Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Meadham Kirchhoff Style: Plus Size Edition

As much as women's magazines can frustrate me with their stereotyping, misogyny, fatphobia and general crapness, I read them. I love fashion news, runway shows, seeing what the cream of the crop of the shops are, editorial shoots and seeing the high end stuff I will never be able to afford.

The one name that has really struck me at the moment? Meadham Kirchhoff. If you haven't seen either of their last two shows, I really reccommend watching them. The intense saccarine, girliness, which is so over the top, it is satirical, like a parody of what is the be a girl.

It was really hard to find pieces in plus size stores which would work in this theme, but I guess accessorising is key here, so you could dress up a more plain outfit with lots of novelty style bits and bobs.

Plus Size Meadham Kirchhoff 1


Plus size party dress

Forever 21 top
$20 - forever21.com

Plus size blouse
$36 - asos.com

$8.06 - asos.com

Forever 21 nylon stocking
$4.80 - forever21.com

ASOS mary jane shoes
$54 - asos.com


ASOS ankle wrap sandals
$90 - asos.com

ASOS peace sign jewelry
$11 - asos.com

ASOS metal ring
$11 - asos.com

ASOS fascinator hat
$21 - asos.com

This set is shwoing the bright pastels and lots of accesories, which could create and interesting Meadham Kirchhoff style outfit. Flatforms, florals, petticoats and odd additions such as smiley face prints or a clock bag.

Plus Size Meadham Kirchhoff 2

This set is a little more toned down with coral as the main colour, which is girly but more wearable than bright pinks and lavender. The addition of texture in the first set was petticoats, but here it is feathers in the jacket.

And I  realise that I have left out two pairs of shoes I wanted to show you guys:

These beauties are from Evans. They are gorgeously tacky imho.

And these are from ASOS. I find them alluring, my mother says they look like something my grandmother would wear. I'm good with granny chic. :)

Hope you guys like this. What did you think of Meadham Kirchhoff and the novelty trend?

PS. I have a tumblr here, which I am slowly learning to use! Mainly its body politics, fashion, pictures of me, feminism, queer stuff and the occasional bit of fangirlish glee. (But no Glee.) :P

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Illamasqua Lipstick Swatches

Hey, guys!

Now, I'm not a huge make-up person, I can't do those amazing smoking eyes or make my skin flawless and luminescent, but lipstick? I love lipstick. Most days if I want to wear make-up I'll stick some lipstick, maybe some mascara.

When it comes to lipstick I either like them alternative or bold, so I was so happy when I found the brand Illasmasqua, which has both! Plus Illamasqua are a British brand and I love to support my country's retailers.

Over the last few months I've bought 5 lipsticks in the sales.

Left to right: Pristine, Perilous, Fetish, Atomic & Flare.

Pristine is described as "pure black, matt finish", which I completely agree with. It is a great opaque, high end black lipstick. The only other black lipstick I've used is Stargazer, which is great for my gothy teenage self, but this Illamasqua version feels much better on the lips. It is smooth, glides on nicely with full coverage in only 2 swipes.

Perilous is described as "bright apricot orange, matt finish", while it is orange I don't see it as that bright unless you build it up considerably. Compared to pristine it is a little chalkier and less smooth in application, which means it can look a little patchy. I can say that if you use a lip primer (I use Pixi Line & Prime), this problem goes away. Though all pictures here are without primer to show them on an ever field as it were.

Fetish is described as "bright blueberry violet, matt finish". This one I'm a little dissapointed with. The swatch on Illasmasqua'a website makes it look bright with a definite blueberry edge. On me, its a bit more ordinary and very patchy. The texture is nowhere near the smoothness of pristine.

Though I will say, I wore it yesterday in my last outfit post with Pixi's Lip Line & Prime and it was much smoother and looked better if not as good as the online swatch.

Atomic is described as "fuchsia violet". An apt desciption. I have been looking for a bright fuchsia for awhile now. I looked at Nars Schiap, Carthage, OCC Anime, Pretty Boy, Mac Show Orchid. They're all great colours, but didn't quite have the edge I was looking for. Then when I got an email from Illamasqua saying Flare was back in stock I saw Atomic.

The violet edge really makes this a beautiful fuchsia, very different from many lipsticks I've seen. The formula is also very good, it glides on smoothly and with complete coverage.

Flare is described as "bright orange", which is possibly an understatement. It is neon orange and absolutely beautiful. Seriously, my camera has not quite captured how gorgeously neon bright this is. If you like a bold lip, then this is for you.

This lipstick is a little drying, but I do not have the best lips in the world as is. I should really use lip balm more! It applies smoothly, but does show a few more lines and imperfections than I would like. Though once again I must say a simple lip liner or primer would sort this out fine.

Illamasqua lipsticks are £15.50 for 4 grams of product.

I have never paid this much for any of these lipsticks. I got two half price in the Christmas sale and the other three 20% off when Illamasqua hit 50,000 fans on facebook, so there is always opportunity to get a little more bang for your buck. ;)

Every order I have got from illamasqua.com has also come with a small sample of Illamasqua's Freak perfume and a post card with the Freak art work on it.

My overall rating:
Pigmentation 9/10 (Opaque in one/two swipes)
Formula 6/10 (Great on some, not so great on others, which is dissapointing with such a high price point)
Price  7/10 (Worth it in some cases, but can be avoided due plentiful sales.)
Can be bought at Illamasqua's wesbite and also on ASOS.

Hope you liked my swatch round up. Probably not something I'll do all the time just when I've got a few of a brand and want to show how either amazing (or crap!) they are.

What do you guys think of Illamasqua?

Friday, February 24, 2012

The Big Come Back

Hey guys!

So I had my cast off at the start of the week and I can now put weight on my foot, so I can walk around slowly, but way better than when I couldn't put any weight on it. More importantly, I can wear jeans and tights again! Oh jeans, I missed you, let us never part again. 

6 weeks is too long without playing around with my clothes. So I decided to have a play today seeing as I was out to the opticians anyways.

 {Denim Dress ~ ASOS Curve, Blue Petticoat ~ Domino Dollhouse, Web Tights ~ TK Maxx, Badges ~ ASOS, Creepers ~ London Underground}

So as soon as I saw this ASOS dress I was in love. It is a great length and I may sounds like a prude, but I like a high neckline. This may come from a life in t-shirts. I like a collar and top button buttoned. :)

Unfortunately I did have a few problems with this dress. I originally ordered it in a UK22, which from ASOS generally gives me a great fit, a little loose, but I tend to prefer that. I could not button a 22, so I sent a 24, which is what I am wearing today. It is a little tight but I like it. I think being bed bound for 6 weeks has made me gain a bit of weight as my loose jeans are now a little tight.

Oh well, I'm back on my feet slowly that should send me back to my steady 20/22 size. :)

Haha, awkward pose is awkward. I will get better at this! I promise.

Can I talk about the bright blue elephant in the room? (No, not me!)

The petticoat! Oh the petticoat! I am in love. I got a few things in the last Domino Dollhouse sale and was pleased with all the items, but the petticoat blew me away. It is so soft and light. I don't even know I've got it on. Its that comfortable. Plus the colour is gorgeous, really vibrant. When I get some pocket money, I'll think I'll be getting a few other colours too. :)

I got these cute buttons in the ASOS sale. They're a studded peace sign on a checkerboard background and a big bright pink googly eye smile.

I am wearing Illamasqua lipstick in Fetish. It is way more gorgeous in real life.

Obligatory dog pictures.
Dylan frowns in confusion. 
Dylan looks pleadingly at the strange girl who keeps pointing boxes at him.

He is adorable and getting really big!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Pinteresting, My Dear.

So, yes, once more I sign myself up to one of these sites which I will add to ever increasing list of sites I obsessively check.

This one I can see being pretty interesting and useful though. On Pinterest, you create boards and 'pin' pictures and videos to your virtual board. Your boards could be what you have in your wardrobe, what you want to buy, what you wish was in your size/price range, your style, products you love, etc. That is just considering it as a fashion related tool. You can also have boards full of quotes, recipes, inspiration, art, technology, craft projects, travel ideas, wedding plans, books you love, home decorating, hair and beauty ideas. Its really endless.

Of course, with all social networking type sites you have friends and followers who see what you pin and there is a commenting feature on the pins too. But here you can either follow all or choose specific boards you want to keep track of. I think this is super useful, as maybe I want to follow someone's style board, but not their fitness or baby shower idea board. Not because I don't like the person or their ideas, but because fitness and kids aren't my thing. This is also a good way of keeping your feed full of things you want to see not clogged up with stuff you don't care about. I'm looking at you, Facebook.

My Pinterest account is here. As I am mostly housebound I have been spamming a bit. I promise to be less annoying, but I will still probably post quite a bit when I do have internet access as I love gathering inspiration into one place.

Any of you have a Pinterest account? :)