Wednesday, May 20, 2015

But If You Put The Hammer In An Elevator?

Kmart T-Shirt // Dangerfield Skirt // American Apparel Shoes // Dangerfield Belt // eBay Headband

I've just realised that I somehow managed to completely space on posting this outfit! I wore it especially to see Age of Ultron when it first came out a month ago and it's since become one of my favourite coordinates. Captain America is easily my favourite hero, and I can't believe how difficult it was to find a shirt that only featured him that wasn't only sold online, let alone in a female friendly cut. As I was rifling through the mens and boys clothing sections (I ended up finding this one in the mens pyjamas section, and it came with matching shorts which is a bonus!) it really got me thinking about how adult women are limited when it comes to ~geeky~ apparel. As expected, the mens section is littered with typically masculine character merchandise - t-shirts, underwear, socks, even dressing gowns featured all kinds of pop culture icons from Mickey Mouse and Finn The Human, to The Hulk and Sons Of Anarchy, but in the women's section there were only a couple of shirts featuring either Minnie Mouse or Bettie Boop. It's almost as if, as adult women, we're expected to take no enjoyment from superheroes or fictional motorcycle gangs, which I find quite disappointing - why do we have to be the 'grown up' ones? Girls are just as likely to enjoy fantasy and fiction as boys, with 46.6% of comic readers  and 48% of gamers identifying as female, so it seems very strange to me that this isn't reflected in what's available to us when it comes to clothing in stores that make all of this swag available to our male counterparts.

But there is always hope online! With brands like Her Universe and Living Dead Clothing dropping some super jazzy pop culture designs, we don't have to be restricted to giant dudes t-shirts - just learn from my mistakes and remember to buy things before the day you want to wear them, lest you spend an hour frantically running around your local shopping centre hunting for a Captain America shirt. 

(P.S. if you haven't seen Age of Ultron yet, I highly suggest you do. It was a great movie and I liked it more than the first Avengers and it really reinforced my need for a standalone Black Widow film)

Friday, May 8, 2015

Forest Fairies

Last weekend Sam, Toby and I took advantage of the lovely, sunny weather and went for a drive up to Kuitpo forest. I've always wanted to go there and take some photos, and I finally got a chance to do it! We had a really nice time wandering through the trees and Toby was very happy to sniff as many forest smells as he could. We took the long way home through Hahndorf and stopped for a pie and a chocolate milk, because why not?

I definitely want to make trips up there a regular thing. It reminded me a lot of the hikes we would go on during school camp when I lived in the Northern Territory, which I hated because the weather was so hot and sticky and we had to carry massive packs full of our stuff, except a whole lot nicer. It was lovely to be somewhere quiet and breathe the fresh air and listen to the birds with my two favourite boys, I can't wait to do it again!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Barbie for Miss Shop @ Myer

Barbie's copped a lot of flak in recent years for being a bad role model because she perpetuates an unrealistic standard of beauty with measurements so unrealistic that if she were a real person she wouldn't be able to walk upright, but I think this is a little harsh - she's just a toy after all, and we don't condemn Transformers for setting an unrealistic example when a little boy says he wants to be a firetruck when he grows up. Barbie is a plaything, a blank slate for kids to project their fantastical imagined scenarios onto, or a tool for hairdressing practice (guilty, there was many a scalped Barbie doll in my house when I was a kid).

Over the past 56 years Barbie's built herself a pretty impressive résumé, she's been a doctor, a veterinarian, a Formula One driver, an Olympian in a number of different sports, a presidential candidate (six times), an architect, a computer engineer, a ballerina, an actress, and a business executive, as well as 140 other things. If Barbie's numerous career paths doesn't tell our children that girls can be literally anything they want to be, then I don't know what does. Barbies clearly got a lot of motivation to succeed in any field she tries her hand at, and I think that makes her a pretty great role model.

Moschino SS15 
And it seems I'm not the only one who thinks Barbie is an inspiration. Meryl Streep was right when she told us as her character Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada that what features on the runway trickles down through department stores to the high street and so on. Moschino's Spring/Summer 2015 collection featured a clear plastic fantastic influence, and that influence has now made its way into the new Barbie for Miss Shop collection at Myer. With items ranging between $8.95 for a coin purse to $59.95 for the fluffy cardigan featured above, there's some Barbie goodness available for every budget and the bright pink colour palette is perfect to add some colour to an otherwise neutral winter wardrobe. Check it out on the Miss Shop site!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Let's Get Skirty

Skirts from ModCloth

Skirts from Hell Bunny

I think if I had to choose a favourite clothing item, it would be skirts. I love the versatility of being able to dress one up with a blouse and a cardigan, or down with a t-shirt and a waist belt. They lend themselves to all seasons, with tights in winter and without in summer. If you've got a skirt you've got a plethora of choices, so I thought I would share some of my favourite recent skirt finds! As you can see, I'm really feeling the mid-lengths at the moment. If you have a favourite place to find cute skirts, please feel free to share it in the comments!

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Cute Finds + On Being a Marshmallow Girl

I'm a little chubby, and I love cute clothes. Those aren't really shocking revelations as much as they are facts, but sometimes it can be a difficult combination. I really dig Japanese street styles like gyaru and lolita, but sometimes it feels near impossible to be able to track down cute pieces that will fit my cuddly, western measurements - until I discovered La Farfa, Plumprimo and the 'Marshmallow Girl'

In a step towards de-stigmatizing larger bodies in a society so focussed on being slim, Japanese magazine La Farfa features a whole host of super cute, plus sized models coined as 'pocchari' or marshmallow girls, a term that helps to connect being plus sized with being soft and cute rather than something negative. I personally love the phrase marshmallow girl, because it makes me think of someone who would be kind and nice to hug! 

I think that one of the problems with western plus size fashion is that if you don't have all your curves in exactly the right places then you're better off just covering everything up with layers of boring, neutral coloured fabric. Enter Plumprimo, a plus sized line produced by Japanese brand DreamV and available on Rakuten  While Plumprimo does have long skirts and oversized tops, it also has a number of ridiculously pretty dresses and skirts, with some styles going up to a size 6L (most end at a 4L with a waist of aroun 99cm) rather than the small/medium or 'free size' of many other Asian clothing labels. Many styles also feature elasticated shirring and stretchy fabric for even more ease of fit.

These are some of my very favourite pieces, note the styles that are usually reserved for teeny tiny measurements! While I haven't been able to order any Plumprimo pieces for myself yet, I've browsed through the Tumblr tag and it definitely looks like the clothes are just as nice on real people as they are on the website! 

The older I get, the more content I am with the way my body looks. I've never been long and lean and I most likely never will be, and that's okay. I've got chubby cheeks, batwing arms, and I'm a lifetime member of the chub rub club, and there's nothing wrong with that. The more that we tell ourselves that it's perfectly fine to not look like an airbrushed model on a billboard the happier we'll all be. The marshmallow girl movement proves that being plus sized and looking cute aren't mutually exclusive, you absolutely can have your peterpan collared, skater skirted cake and eat it too!

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