Sunday, 28 November 2010

A few of my favourite things

Those of you that know me will know that I am a freak with accessories! I can't get enough of them! I can't go into a store without checking out what they have on offer. The first stage is my hair accessories. I have a vast collection of hairbands and hair clips ranging from your basic Alice bands in various colours to hairbands/hair clips with bows, flowers etc! I just think that hair accessories provide that finishing touch to your look. Here is just a small collection of my accessories!



Flowers, Pearls & Bows!

My favourite hairband!

The other type of accessories I love are shoes! Who doesn't? Recent shoe purchases have been flat ballet pumps and of course my tan 'lace-less' brogues. These brogues are sooo comfortable. When I purchased them, I actually asked the shop assistant if the laces were missing! She explained that that's how the style is ...lace-less! Anyway, I wear them with everything!

L: black bow ballet pumps - Primark, M: Purple stone pumps -New Look, R: Tan brogues - Primark

Faux Fur

New Look (Inspire), £64.99

ASOS Curve, £65
The time has come to be glam! Yes, tis the season to be merry and all that, which means its time!! Along with the many party outfits I'm currently considering on wearing over this joyous party season - watch this space; I've been trying to decide whether or not to get myself a faux fur jacket. I've seen them on all of my favourite online stores, but I didn't really see any that in my opinion were 'drop-dead gorgeous'; that was until I spotted this lovely jacket on ASOS Curve. The jacket is in my opinion priced a little steep at £65, so I'm hoping the gift fairy will be 'gifting' this to me! Here's another alternative I spotted on the New Look website. This is priced at £64.99. OMG, I do have expensive taste! 

Friday, 19 November 2010

Designer love!

In an earlier post 'What's new?' I mentioned that the 50's/60s trend seems to be re-emerging, as seen on the Prada fall 2010/11 catwalk show. Well, I am really excited to say that this trend seems to be filtering into the high street stores sooner than expected. For those of us that do not have the funds to purchase designer trends, thankfully most of the high street stores have picked up on this trend. I've already bookmarked pages online, especially at ASOS Curve a few 60's inspired dresses I've got my beady eye on! So whats new? Well for those of you that are inspired by the 50's/60's, have a look at the Louis Vuitton 2010/11 fall catwalk show. WOW, it blew me away! I love, love, love Louis Vuitton. Not only obviously for their fantastic handbags, accessories etc, but this show was soo obviously inspired by the 50s Hollywood movie stars in their beautiful full skirted dresses. LV had beautiful dresses in a mixture of prints and plain luxurious fabrics. It reminded me of the type of dresses my mum used to wear in her younger years growing up in the 1950s - full skirted dresses with tight bodices and accessorised with long elbow gloves, bags and her hair tied into tight pony tails. Oh how I wish she had kept all those dresses! LV did this of course with a modern edge. Full skirts were shown in leather as well! But hey, don't let me go on about it! Here's a video of the catwalk show. Enjoy and let me have your comments on this.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Jumpsuit fever

Ever since I started seeing the 'jumpsuit' trend in magazines etc, I've secretly wanted to try one! I was thinking 'well' I'm not really supposed to as I don't fit (excuse the pun!) the criteria to be a jumpsuit wearer, ie tall and thin; if you believe what you read in the media. Well that was until I saw a few styles modelled on the Evans website and ASOS curve. Well, it didn't take me long to make up my mind - especially as the items were on sale on both websites! I purchased the teal and the floral print jumpsuit (see below images) from ASOS Curve and the black jersey jumpsuit from Evans.

I was very pleased with Evans jumpsuit as the fabric is soft and the style disguises the tummy area a little! The ones I purchased from ASOS Curve were okay, although I'm not quite sure about the all-over floral print! This will take a little getting used to. I had to break that up with a black cardi! The other one, the teal colour was great except for the fact it was made for an amazonian/very tall woman. I will have to take up the hem a lot on this one, hence no image of me modelling it! Anyway, I would like your opinion whether curvy women can carry off a jumpsuit.

Monday, 15 November 2010

What Maria wore #2

Mondays! As hard as it was to get out of my cosy, warm bed this morning, it was inevitable that Monday morning would come round again, especially after a weekend of pure hibernation! As usual I fought the battle I always find myself having every morning ...what do I wear today? Today, I finally settled on my grey dress I bought in the Next sale last season. Its a sleeveless shift dress with zipper detail to both the shoulders and front. I wore this over black leggings and my black boyfriend cardigan and of course my favourite boots of the moment. As usual, I have accessorised with a headband! This one is my latest find - a dark grey ruffled headband from Primark. Here's the photographic evidence below!

Sunday, 14 November 2010


"Is ‘fat’ really the worst thing a human being can be? Is ‘fat’ worse than ‘vindictive’, ‘jealous’, ‘shallow’, ‘vain’, ‘boring’ or ‘cruel’? Not to me."
— J.K. Rowling 

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Objects of my desire

Recently, I've been putting together a 'most desired' or a wish list of items I've seen either online or in the shops that I really really want! 
These are just a few of the items on my list! Lets hope the 'gift fairy' pays me a visit soon! LOL. Anyway, here they are ...

And here's an example of how I would probably put a few of my 'items of desire' together.

Top row: Faux fur waistcoat - Evans, wool kilt skirt - Next plus, black biker boots - Primark
Second row: Yellow sequin collar dress - ASOS Curve, black shoes - Evans, black quilted chain bag - market find

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Whats new?

I've been keeping an eye out on the recent trends lately and have noticed that the magazines seem to be showing a lot of 'Mad Men' influenced fashion. Basically 1950's and early 60s fashion. This is good news as these styles are particularly flattering for the curvier figure. The Prada catwalk was heavily influenced by this era. I LOVED loved the Prada fall 2010/11 womenswear show. I've already got a few ideas from the show. Whether it will be an addition to my wardrobe or accessories or even hairstyle! Watch this space as no doubt I will be updating you on this and perhaps showing you my purchases and ideas on this.   

Sew sew

Maya dress
Hi, its been a while! Life has been busy! I've been busying myself with my dressmaking recently and have just finished making a dress for my little niece. I have soo much fabric that I've just got to use up. Here's the picture of her finished dress. The dress is in pink tafetta fabric with a green silk bow sash belt and it has a net underskirt.

Coffee-date dress
I haven't been sewing for too long and am self-taught. No sewing classes for me, I just grabbed some sewing books from the library and was lucky enough to have a friend who is an advanced sewer that I could turn to for advice now and then! The very first item of clothing I made for myself was from the Burda website. The pattern dress is called the 'coffee date' dress. Of course the pattern didn't come in a plus size so there was a lot of adjusting to the pattern before I started to sew. Here's the finished dress. Its in a pink and brown polka dot cotton fabric and has a little ruffle detail to the front. Here's me trying to model the dress and take a picture at the same time! OMG!

Ruffle detail to front