Thursday, 12 September 2013

Aussie Curves - $50 Outfit

Op shopping is what I do. I work full-time running an op shop and op shop whenever I have time off. Knowing this wouldn’t be much of a challenge for me I had initially intended to do an outfit under $50 every day this week, however knowing what a hectic weekend I have ahead of me I’ve decided to do just four.  I think I’ve done a darn good job to get each outfit averaging less than half the amount allocated which allows plenty of money left to get shoes (for the second outfit), accessories and jewellery!
Tights Kmart $7
Black long sleeve City Chic top – op shopped $4
City Chic dress - op shopped - $10
Shoes - op shopped - $4
Belt – op shopped - $2
Total = $27
ASOS floral leggings - $16.30
Autograph cardigan – op shopped - $5
Black dress – op shopped - $3
Oval brooch – op shopped - 50c
Total = $24.80 (plenty of money left for shoes!)
Red BelleCurve jeans - Bought on Facebook - $15
Shoes - op shopped - $4
Sockettes - 50c
Black long sleeve City Chic top - op shopped $4
Black mesh top - op shopped - $4
DIY brooch - free
Total = $27.50
BLUE BABE (Outfit 4)
Blue & Black dress – op shopped - $6
Black long sleeve City Chic top - op shopped $4
Black Intimo pants (size 10!! & so comfy!) – op shopped – Free!
Rivers boots – op shopped - $4
Blue bangle – op shopped – 50c
Fake Armani sunnies – Thailand gift – Free
Total = $14.50
Are you an op shopper?


Sunday, 8 September 2013

Aussie Curves - Vulnerable Side

With all the amazing ladies from Aussie Curves opening up and sharing their vulnerabilities this week I have found myself thinking (and possibly over-thinking) a lot. Why do we feel so negatively about our bodies? Is it the environment that does it? Society? All this thinking has added a lot of mental anguish to my already big week...

At the beginning of the week I stumbled across a profile on Instagram. It was of a young girl who cut herself. I looked through her pics and she clearly hated herself, her body, her life and mentioned numerous times she wished she was dead. I have been in a similar place before and I know it can be so hard to get yourself out of that dark place. I felt useless and sad that there are SO SO many people like this.

Towards the end of the week, a lady I buy my coffee from most mornings came into my workplace and talked to me about her daughter who was depressed due to a recent large weight increase.  She broke down crying as she told me that her daughter would wear a thick jumper to school on a boiling hot day just to hide her stomach; even if she was dying of heat she wouldn’t take it off because of the embarrassment she felt about her body. This lady told me that she had used me as an example to her daughter that you can be ‘bigger’ but still dress to look amazing. She told me how stunning I looked every day when I went in to get my coffee. I was very flattered by the comment but overwhelmed with sadness and concern for her daughter.

My vulnerable side has been put into perspective this week. I don’t care if I had burns to 90% of my body; I’m still the same person and a beautiful one at that, with or without scars; and the same goes for anyone. I know its corny but I really do believe it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

If you have seen me on Instagram, find me @ charlenegirl or click here -> Instagram  you might have seen me post my 2 vulnerabilities. My belly podge (which is only slightly revealed) is reasonably new to me and my bum chin or chins.

Both of these are a result of regaining previously lost weight.

How do I try to avoid this vulnerability??
Choose a good camera angle that doesn't show my second chins.

I have a sleeping disorder called Narcolepsy where I sleep too much. My specialist basically said that things are hard for me because I am overweight (um so is 80% of Australia!) so I got referred to a fat clinic where I lost 15kg. Then...AFTER I'd lost the weight a professor told me that your brain automatically tells your body to put that weight back on unless you go on medication for the rest of your life to prevent that. I’m already on heaps of medication for the rest of my life so I put the weight back on. Instead of going back to all the sections of my body the fat came from, it all moved to my stomach and under my chin.

Slightly revealed stomach podge. How do I hide it?
I choose clothing that fits me well and hide those parts of me I don't want to flaunt.
These two things have made me feel very vulnerable at the moment when it comes to fashion and clothing. My self esteem has been temporarily damaged however I know I will get over it, there are worse things in life!


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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Restyle 2013 - The Last Week!

Finally the last week of the Restyle2013 Op Shop Photo-A-Day Challenge! When I look back it has gone so quickly! It feels like just yesterday I did denim but that was a week ago!

The first day of the last week! Day 26; I used my red Belle Curve jeans that I recently bought off Facebook rather than at an op shop.  I thought it should count for the restyle challenge this once but only because I totally forgot until I got to work, I was way too side tracked. These red babies only set me back $15 and I love them! They have so much wear left in them!

This was a pretty crap day for me. It was my first day of three I had off work and I felt sick. Boo! Since I really didn't feel like having my photo taken I used my Mimco headband and Dior sunnies both op shopped for less than $5 which were great to hide my face in!

My new Asos Curve dress (that I didn't actually order - about that another time) and my $2 op shopped belt for the prompt 'Belt it!'

Now I'm quite proud of my take on cuffed. Every other Restyle2013 post I saw was to do with the cuffs on a shirt, pants or jacket. Not one other person had interpreted it like me and my weird mind. Cuffed = Handcuffed, duh! I used these 50c mini cuffs I'd recently found in a box I'd been unpacking. Add a necklace and there you have it!

This was a prompt I had been looking forward to all month, Jungle Fever! Now I'm not a fan of animal print at all but last month I set out op shopping looking for any 'plus sized' animal print clothing I could use for this prompt. I was almost unsuccessful until I got to my last op shop that had half price off all the clothing... and you wouldn't believe it. An animal print onesie in my size! So for $5 I got this piece and nearly backed out of wearing it when it came to it. I'm glad I didn't cause it was fun and all in the name of the game. It wasn't as ugly as I had initially thought it was, however it was extremely frustrating to take off when I had to pee!

The very last outfit was one to donate back which I personally think is a little silly. If you own clothing that you would donate then they obviously are something you don't fit, wear or like. For me, it was all three. This top, which is supposed to be a tunic is way too short to wear for leggings and therefore way to short for me to own so it was definitely going back to the op shop! I shouldn't have worn it this time but I wasn't about to miss out on the last day of this photo a day challenge. The only reason I still had this in my wardrobe was that I was keeping it for this prompt, otherwise it would be long gone.
I'm going to do a summary of my Restyle2013 experience. So be sure to keep an eye out for it and what I thought about it all!

Aussie Curves - LBD

So I don't really have a Little Black Dress (LBD) per say... not one I can just wear as it is. However a LBD is now on my must have shopping look out list and when I find one I like enough (for the right price) I will definitely rectify this situation!
I do have this LBD but it is not something I would wear on its own as it is too small for me in the top section; It's possibly a teenage girls dress!! I picked it up from an op shop for a couple of dollars a few years back and have used it so much I don't think it has much more wear left in it!
The reason I mention this LBD is that I love its versatility...minus the 'on its own part'. I basically use it as a skirt...

Because the top section is so tight I can basically pair any top with this dress and know it will fit, will look good and feel comfy as! Like in the picture above I have covered the top half with an op shopped old skool Big City Chic top. The top is fitted around the mid section and has a sheer black material with white flowers covering the bust area and the top of my arms. Not bad for $5!
If I feel as though I don't want to be all black I can slip on any number of other tops. This is one of me with my more recent City Chic peplum top that feels sooo good. It's like velvet and set me back $20 at the mid year sale. Oh and you can see a little peek of my Asos Curve Heart and bow suspender tights, my fake suspender stockings which make you feel so sexy!
If I wanted to just keep it simple and continue with the LBD look this $4 op shopped Target high cut cardigan (not sure what these are called...anyone know?) that just covers your bust section blends perfectly with the rest of the dress making it appear as I'm just wearing a simple long sleeved LBD.

Today I wanted to wear my Asos Curve fake suspender stockings to church to see what response I got. So I wore this $4 op shopped Natasha Gan top (anyone know this brand?) with my LBD and wore my beige-yellow boots to try and match the tan in the top. Doesn't look grand but I was comfy.
The response to my stockings wasn't as exciting as I thought it would be! The old ladies loved them, probably reminiscent of their own youths. However most people just thought they were [more] tattoos! Oh well, I still felt sexy, yes, sexy in church. And, No! That is not a sin. God made my body and he did a damn good job. He's proud so why shouldn't I be!

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