Friday, 25 April 2014

Aussie Curves - Hipster

This weeks Aussie Curves challenge of 'hipster' initially had me a bit stumped. Google defines a hipster as "a person who follows the latest trends and fashions" but I was not satisfied with that definition especially considering my limited knowledge of the term was more in depth than that. After doing a bit of research I came across the UrbanDictionary.com definition, that even though it is not by any means a reliable resource it still seemed to be pretty spot on and funny how in depth the definition went.
Now keep in mind this UrbanDictionary.com definition is a generalisation of the stereotype 'hipster'.

"Hipsters are a subculture of men and women typically in their 20's and 30's that value independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence and witty banter...Although "hipsterism" is really a state of mind, it is also often intertwined with distinct fashion sensibilities. Hipsters reject the culturally-ignorant attitudes of mainstream consumers, and are often seen wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions, tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers and sometimes thick rimmed glasses.
Both Hipster men and women sport similar androgynous hair styles that include combinations of messy shag cuts and asymmetric side-swept bangs. Such styles are often associated with the work of creative stylists at urban salons and are usually too "edgy" for the culturally-sheltered mainstream consumers... Despite misconceptions based on their aesthetic tastes, hipsters tend to be well educated and often have liberal arts degrees or degrees in maths and sciences, which also requires certain creative analytical thinking abilities. Consequently many hipsters tend to have jobs in the music, art and fashion industries...
Although hipsters are technically conformists within their own subculture, in comparison to the much larger mainstream mass, they are pioneers and leaders of the latest cultural trends and ideals. For example, the surge of jeans made to look old and worm (i.e., "distressed") that have become prevalent at stores... Were originally paraded by hipsters who shopped in thrift stores years before such clothing items were mass produced and sold to mainstream consumers..."
Using that definition as my main inspiration I created my own hipster look, heading towards the intellectual artist feel. 
Thrift store buys of course, glasses (how can you not!?!), classic old school doc marten boots, khaki pants (these will be hot and on-trend on & off forever in my opinion!), khaki snood (or scarf) to match my pants and then I added the feathers on my earring for a little indie rock incorporation.
As for my hair the Side swept fringe with a little teasing at the back gives that 'i don't care' messy hair look and to top it off I've got a few art books and some paintbrushes in my pocket.


 What im wearing:
* Black City Chic Zipper top - Op Shopped for $4 
* Lace sleeved bodysuit - Op shopped for $4 
* Khaki green My Size pants - Op shopped for 50c 
* Khaki green snood scarf - Op shopped for $3
* Blue reading glasses - my own from a pharmacy $15
* Doc martens - second hand from a friend for $10 roughly 15 years ago!
* Feather earrings - made myself from bits & pieces

And that my friends is my Hipster post for Aussie Curves this week.



Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Aussie Curves - Body Con

I've always wondered why a body-con dress is called that? Body con apparently stands for body conscious; so if you were conscious of your body surely you wouldnt go for a tight fitting dress!?! Well when googling body-con I found this definition by MacMillan online dictionary that I feel best describes why they are call body conscious.
It all makes sense now! They're called body conscious because you feel very conscious when wearing something so tight!!
Anyway, the point of this blog, the challenge; I was originally going to wear my SWAK dress that I op shopped for $5 but i didn't like how conscious it made me feel! Even with body shapers on I still had unsightly lumps and bumps, not to mention the annoyingly twisted seam down the front! I should probably send it back to an op shop but its the only SWAK thing I own, or have seen before so I wanna keep it. A little lame I know!
So I decided to take some inspiration from the January Aussie Curves challenge, Double take. 
I decided to wear my Bellecurve body-con dress I got from Target for $30 with a black $4 op shopped skirt on over the top and an op shopped autograph knit cardigan over the top for when it was chilly. Add a 50c op shopped belt to tie the skirt and dress together, accessories and my $50 novo boots and I was set for a days work and the outfit for my body-con challenge!

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Monday, 7 April 2014

Aussie Curves - Pattern Clash

Pattern clashing makes me cringe. It is not a challenge I've been looking forward to cause it is just that, a challenge! 
Whatever outfit I post for Aussie Curves challenges I like to be an outfit that I would or have worn in public and I really struggle doing that with pattern clash outfits. 
So for this challenge I decided to do an outfit I wore to work that had a subtle pattern clash and another that I probably wouldn't wear in public because its very.... very... um clashing?!? Canyou guess which is which? Pretty obvious!
I wore:
City Chic stripe dress - bought off a gorgeous Curvette on Instagram for $25
Novo boots - $50
Black lace cardi - op shopped for $3
Black & white kimono - op shopped for $7
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Saturday, 5 April 2014

Aussie Curves - Green

I'm tempted to post my green $3 peplum by City Chic that I op shopped last year, my favourite bargain, but I've posted it a few times before so I thought I'd go a different path instead.



So for this weeks green challenge I decided to go with this $3 NOW top I got from an op shop however its not really green, more teal I guess. Passes as green anyways. I dressed it with a plain black skirt and heels which I wasn't 100% happy with but decided to just leave it like that. Oh and I wore my light green earrings I got as part of my Aussie Curves Christmas Accessories gift.
This all changed this morning after I ducked into my fave op shop. I found a few things I liked and as I went up to pay the gorgeous old lady told me she had some other plus size clothes, that they didn't put them all out at once cause one lady snaps them all up and sells them on eBay. "However they'll be $4" I just laughed and said $4 is so cheap!! Anyway point of the story is I bought this gorgeous green Taking Shape tunic for $4. Wasn't sure I'd like it but I love it on so I decided I'd use this for my green post instead!!
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