Fashion Forecast – STRIPES galore !


Everyone has kept telling us that big girls shouldn’t wear (horizontal) stripes …I know! we’ve been hearing that for ages, don’t we??
Well, well, well: forget that, at least for the season to come! I’m starting to see stripes on every fashion blog I visit …of course I see florals too, but that’s a print you always see during spring time. How about stripes?  they look like a big spring/summer hit!
The lovely girl above is GarnerStyle, of course: great fashion blogger, always looking for something new & original.  & what is she wearing? stripes!

I absolutely love a striped dress on the beach …& Stéphanie Zwicky agrees! I think she looks amazing in this dress, very rétro, incredibly classy. She also owns a striped coat, like the one up up above, that she wore in many occasions (like this one). Seriously, this is really a trend!

& then there’s her …my ever loved fashion guru…Big or Not to Big! wearing stripes, of course. Paired with the most lovely pastel pink skirt, ‘cause she’s cute; & some leopard, ‘cause she’s originally stylish. So adorable!

In conclusion, my dearest girls, make sure you wear stripes anytime you want this season!
you’re not only entitled to it, & have full permission from the style universe…you also have some amazing inspiration all around!

Things I Liked – spring wishes.

You Are Gorgeous.
No matter what – what society says, what other people say, what the TV makes you believe – you are gorgeous to me.
I want to write this down because of many reasons: I receive messages on Tumblr, where I get thanked because I offer inspiration & plus size role models to girls who don’t have any; I read about girls who don’t know how to love themselves, or where to start; I am myself constantly looking for my self-esteem.
Of course, I am not perfect, nor the most self confident person in this world: but I’m trying really hard, & that’s why my web spaces exist. I want to share my journey, my research, my inspiration & my findings …with you.
Because You Are Special. To Me.
You read me, comment me, follow me, pin my pins, re-blog my posts.
You look for inspiration, research to find self confidence, want to see more outfits that may look good on you.
You are like me. I am like you.
& I love you, as much as I’m trying to love myself.

♥ well, well, well … I have added enough sugar to this Friday, I think! weren’t we talking about Tumblr? then let’s talk about it seriously – with this week’s Top Post! I think my fellow tumblers must be missing hot weather, like me (at the moment, I’m seriously shivering; & it’s about to rain – told you!) ‘cause look at what they mostly favored this week …

♥ & let’s not forget about my beloved Pinterest! what’s this week’s Top Pin? rise & shine, & get ready to go out ! this pin makes me feel like that, I swear. & it also has a certain Great Gatsby touch…I think it’s the headband. Anyway, the entire outfit (it’s Macy’s, btw) is totally special … I wonder if I would rock such a dress & where & when … but then I think: who cares? it’s too pretty to miss!

♥ all this (bathing suits & shiny things & so on) makes me think about spring more & more …so I want to share two pretty spring-y videos I just watched: DIY Minnie Mouse Ears (pink & sparkles time!) & Spring Favourites both by the super-cutie Charisma Star. There’s nothing better than surround yourself with sequins, pastel & florals to get you in a spring mood…& I just can’t wait for it to happen!

♥ & then there’s me …grey frills (thrift shop skirt! lucky find), my all time fave galaxy leggings (ebay!), & a little teal + floral ! (Bonprix & lace-up boots by Manhattan, for these last days of rain). The pictures are not exactly good; but well, I hope you won’t mind!

OOTD

Plus Size Lolitas

I don’t know how much you followers know about Lolitas – as a fashion statement, more than about the book where the story came from.
Lolita-girls are basically …dolls; they dress like dolls, wear wigs in pastel colours & create outfits that range from baby clothing to renaissance maids to gothic princesses. I have always felt a sort of fascination for this world, without ever taking part in it; I always felt that my size was an impossible match with this world of baby girls & fairies…but in fact, it is not, as we’ll see!
Since I’ve started noticing more & more plus size styles, I also found out that there are plus size lolitas too, with the complete trousseau: plus size dresses, underwear (very important & specific, as one lolita friend cared to highlight once!), tights, etc. – too bad I was too old when I found out! but no biggie, I keep on watching & admiring my rainbow friends like they’re the barbie dolls I used to have (& wanted to be). I am no expert whatsoever, of course…but I’ve seen enough, & loved enough, to be able to show & share.
So I decided it was about time to share some of my precious finds with you, too… mainly because I love this kind of style; & secondly, because there may be a wanna-be-plus-size-lolita somewhere around here, watching & dreaming … so hello! I’m talking to you! here’s a post of pictures, ideas, & resources you can use…but then I’ll want to see pics I warn you!!

♥ the first Lolita I want to introduce you to, it’s probably my fave of the last period of time … I discovered her blog maybe a couple of years ago, & never let her go since: Georgina of Cupcake’s Clothes! she is awesome: cuteness in a jar, basically. She has pink hair & adorable clothes, & all her pictures are full of nice little pretty details. She also runs an e-shop with handmade things & her spare wardrobe.

♥ second (to none!) is another sweet sweet girl …this time is one of my followers (as much as I am one of hers!!) & her name is Miria of Plus Kawaii. The name says it all, right? but Miria is not only a Lolita; she is also a fashion blogger in general, & on her blog you’ll find ideas on everyday looks. But since we’re talking about Lolita fashion, let me just show one of her looks, which I find terribly adorable (it is a Halloween costume, in reality – but I love it so much that I had to post it! you can go & see more of her directly on her blog).

♥ third…this one is a classic, too: Beck Poppins, on Tumblr! she dresses up a lot, so to say – & many times she looks like a lolita as well. She is big & regal, & hugely creative. Love her!

♥ lastly, I really really want to you meet one of my latest finds…Miriam Wagner & her LookBook! she looks absolutely cute, with her coloured hair & kawaii outfits! I found her page no more than two weeks ago, but I’m totally into it! By the way, I found her through another pretty lolita: PastelKawaii Barbie, whom I love, but still think she should smile more & more “convincingly” – girl, you’ve got it all, why don’t you give us a lolita smile? come on!

 

** for all of you who want to know more about lolita style, I sincerely recommend you watch a movie called Kamikaze Girls. it’s adorable, funny, & one of the protagonists is an absolute Lolita! then, you can go & see more plus size lolitas right here, on my tumblr. **

Things I Like – Valentine’s Special !

YeeeeeY it’s Valentine’s Day !
I know right – commercial festivity of the year, nightmare for lonely hearts club, etc.etc. I know all that, I’ve been single during Valentine’s Day for most of my life.
NO BIGGIE, ladies & gents…trust me. I’ve got a post full of love & ideas & things to read for you & you only, my mostly beloved followers.
You may not have found that special someone, but you have surely found that special blog … it’s me & I love youuuu! let me show you how much.

♥ first thing you need to keep in mind, it’s to avoid Low-Grade Misery towards yourself. You know what I mean? that constant, day-to-day self-hate that doesn’t kill you but definately makes you weaker. That continuous stream of this doesn’t look good on me, I shouldn’t eat this, I shouldn’t talk so loud, I’m ugly when I do this-that-blah-blah-blah. Give yourself a present for this Valentine’s Day: STOP. You are enough. You are OK. Everyday.

♥ before you even start celebrating, take a moment & Get Your Spark Back … or simply, learn How to Survive to Bad Mood. I know that this time of the year can be a little sad, in certain ways…but there’s no better time to learn how to get back up when you feel down, & experiment different ways to make yourself feel better no matter what!

♥ & now that you’re all set up … Start a Gratitude Jar! what a cute little thought, for you, for your lover, for your friends…whatever. Make it the focus of 2014, all right? & maybe you can plan a “gratitude date” for yourself, for next year’s Valentine! so that it’ll be no more important if you have a date with someone else, ‘cause it’s gonna be the day you open the Gratitude Jar & find all the good, loving, lucky moments you lived.

♥ make something! yes, why not? if you have no plan for the night – tho, remember, single friends valentine’s parties are the best! – dedicate your body & sould to DIY projects. You know, one of those you keep dreaming about & procrastinating at the same time? it’s time to get  a move on! Bake a cute treat, make a paper garland, try to replicate these origami butterflies, or make bracelets for you & your friends, to show some love…in the end, that’s what Valentine’s Day is all about.

♥ last but – omg no – not least .. dress up! this is a fashion blog after all. & there is always a good reason to dress up: going to a party, to a romantic dinner, or curling up under a blanket with a huge cup of hot chocolate & your favourite movie. Yes, they are all great reasons, let me show you how.

 

so finally, allow me to tell you one last thing, before you dive into this lovey-dovey day:
I love you.
A lot.
xoxo
S*

 

 

 

Shop with Me .

So I noticed, I’ve been asked many many times to give advice on where to shop … on-line, obviously (I’d take all of you with me of course, but most of the times we can’t!).
Well, maybe it’s about time that we go through a quick overview of where I like to shop !
For now, I’ll try to summarize all my fave web places in one post only …in the future we’ll see if we need more!

Just a couple of clarifications, before we get started:
° I don’t receive any compensation from these websites; in case this situation will change in the future, I’ll specify it.
° I only write about e-shops where I actually shopped, or periodically shop at. Same as before, if this doesn’t apply in certain cases, I’ll specify.

Ready? comfy shoes on? shopping bags on hand? let’s go!

Bonprix
Of course, I need to start with one of stores I visit more. I like Bonprix because it has a good range of products, at medium to cheap prices. I generally use it for basic items of my wardrobe – everyday blazers, shirts & Tshirts, jeans, leggings…these kind of plain, simple clothes. But you can also find some very cute items, looking with care. The size chart is quite accurate, but you’ll have to be very careful to the description of the item: it always says if it’s tight fitting or loose, elastic or not, etc. They have a plus size section, but most of the items in the general store are also fit for bigger sizes. Delivery is within 15 working days …sometimes a lot less, sometimes a little more: it depends a lot on the time of the order, so you’ll just have to be ready & see.

 ★ La Redoute
Also a big fave of mine. As I often said, it is expensive – sometimes a little too much for me. But one thing you can be sure of: the clothes are worth it. Great fit, great materials, great variety…goes from super-classy to country girl without losing its stylish touch. As for the previous shop, they have a plus size section, too; but most of the clothes fit big sizes as well. The size chart is a little messed up, as far as my measurements are concerned…but I figured how/what/what size to order in a pretty quick time, so I’m sure you’ll do too (ex. I’m an apple shape – small butt, big belly – so to order pants I rely more on the measurement of my belly rather than my butt. simple uh?). I ordered almost anything from them; I never ordered shoes tho, so I have no idea about how they would fit. Delivery time is not as precise as I’d like it to be: they give you a span of time, but if the item is not immediately ready they tend to “forget”…meaning, you never know when you’re gonna get it. It happened to me more than once; I never had problems with the ready-to-ship items, anyway.

 ★ Asos
I love the variety, the style, &  the “air” at Asos. I don’t know why, but I’ve always liked that shop…even before shopping there. To be true, I have to say I haven’t shopped at Asos as many times as I have at the other places…but in my experience so far it is as reliable as the others. The range of products is huge, as you all surely know already – I never bought shoes here, either. I got clothes & accessories, & never had problems, even before they had an italian version of the the e-shop (I used to buy at the .uk one! lovely!).
 ★ Irregular Choice
How do I even explain Irregular Choice?! my heaven on earth (ehr…on internet, sorry) for shoes. I love them – crazy, beautiful, silly, incredible (& a little expensive, but I guess it depends on the £ rate!). They’re always a little uncomfortable at the beginning …but they become amazing after a while. & they are sooooo beautiful! have I mentioned it already? sorry. I love them. They take ages to deliver, sometimes – true; even 3 weeks, which is a long time considering that I live in Italy & they’re based in the UK…it’d be quicker to me to go & collect them by myself, but oh! who cares? they have pretty boxes, too! I’m literally head over feet (ehm, yeah) for these shoes. Oh, let me just show you one of the first pairs I got … & then that’s it.
 ★ Kiabi
First of all, let me say that I’ve only shopped at their “real” store, never online. But since I like the products, & they also have an e-shop, I thought I could drop it here anyway. I consider Kiabi my “cuter Bonprix”! I know, it sounds silly, but I’ve got my reasons: first of all, there I find all the current/most recent trends (thing I can’t say about Bonprix); I also find cute, original items that I only saw online in other shops…but at lower prices! too bad they don’t always have my size – this pisses me off a lot, especially ‘cause their plus size section is ugly, most of the times. oh & by the way, they use the french sizing, which I still don’t get, so…I know, it sounds complicated, & sometimes it is: but I have to say that I got many treasures out of my Kiabi hunt! so I’m gonna leave you with my most recent purchase, & you can make your own decision!

Please remember that I’m fully available to provide advice & help on all of this!
I am also available for Outfit Requests – you found an item, but don’t know how to match? you want an outfit with things of a precise brand? you have an occasion & you don’t know what to wear? drop me a comment & we’ll talk about it!

Goodbye for now, love you all
xoxo
S*