Saturday, April 27, 2013

Weekend errands

Outfit details:
Top/Tunic: H&M+
Skirt: ASOS (get it here)
Shoes: Thrifted
Bag: Leather Satchel Company (get it here)
Belt: Addition-Elle

I took a break from my paper-writing today to go and do some long overdue grocery shopping today and then take a stroll to do some window shopping. It's so warm today, despite the snow in my pictures. It finally feels like spring. I can go outside without a jacket without making myself freeze to death. I can go bare-legged!
To celebrate, I wore this maxi skirt (I guess it's a midi on me because I hiked it up so it's not on the floor) from ASOS that I got during their mid-season sale. This is not from the curve collection, but from the straight-sized collection! It's a UK 18 (size 14 US) and it has lots of room to spare. Seriously, I could have sized down two sizes on this maxi skirt and it would still fit me. The waist is elastic and it is absolutely perfect. I got many compliments on it today. I wanted to pair it with my platform sandals but my mom put them away somewhere... and I didn't feel like digging through the dreaded "shoe closet" (yes we have a closet just filled with shoes and stuff) so I wore my trust flats instead.

NOW, I actually have to go back to writing my paper. Only three more days and I'll have somewhat of a break. Come May 6th, it's back to the grind again. Summer is just around the corner and I can't wait to go strawberry picking, go to the beach, go on spontaneous road trips, and sit in my backyard with a bonfire. (I'm a pyromaniac.) We have a hammock/swing bench in our yard and I love to just lay down and swing while watching my dogs play in the grass, while the breeze just brushes your body. Ahhh. I can't wait.

Until next time. Don't forget to enter my giveaways!

By the way, a winner has been announced for the ASOS giveaway. Thank you to all who entered. There will be two more giveaways next week: Circle lenses and a package I picked out (which includes cosmetics, sweets, a pair of polkadot shorts, some tea, and other goodies...)


  Addition-Elle and Penningtons Giveaway - Winners have been announced. Contest closed. Congrats to Cassandra and Jocelyn for winning! I have contacted you via email.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spring Flowers

(Yes. My eyes permanently look like I'm squinting. And it was very windy when I took this picture, the dress is not as clingy in real life!)

Outfit Details:
Dress: H&M+ (similar here and here)
Belt: Addition-Elle 
Bag: H&M 
Shoes: Thrifted 
Ring: Icing
Jacket: New Look Inspire (available here)

Finally, spring has arrived! Snow is melting and I can switch from my wool coat to a pleather jacket. I celebrated by wearing a floral dress. I didn't do anything much today besides doing school work and going to school to get library books. I am enjoying what is left of my so-called "vacation" (when really it isn't at all) because in less than two weeks I'm going to be hitting the books again and going back to class. Nothing is new in my life except that I've been hitting the gym now, doing aqua aerobics and I feel great! Now I know what people mean when they say the ache in your body after a workout is extremely satisfying. :)

Don't forget to check out my giveaways below. There are more giveaways in store for next week. :)

Addition Elle and Penningtons Giveaway (Ends 5 days from this time)


THE WINNER OF THE ASOS GIVEAWAY IS STINA PAWLUK! (See this entry for more details) Thank you for everyone for entering. I still have exciting giveaways coming up. :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A weekend getaway~

This past weekend me, my fiance, and a friend of mine spontaneously decided to go on a trip to the United States - Minneapolis to be exact. It is exactly what we needed! We all felt burnt out from school and work and with the dreary prolonged winter in Winnipeg we needed to just escape. Minnesota is not exactly a sunny haven but it was still nice to go out, shop, and go eating. Here are some pictures from my trip, but I didn't take many pictures because we were out and about - who has time to whip out the camera when you're having fun? We all had good food, had a fun time shopping, and it just feels nice to be going on a road trip with people you really care about.

Outfit details:
Jacket: ASOS Curve 
Dress: ASOS Maternity (get it here)
Scarf: Forever 21
Ring: Icing 
Shoes: Kohl's
Bag: Cambridge Satchel (get it here)

Here's an outfit I wore. It was nippy in the American Midwest so I'm glad I brought my ASOS faux-fur coat (about 3 years old now!) My outfits I wore throughout the trip are a variation of this. Before anyone asks, no, I wasn't cold just wearing tights. At least not that much because it was sunny. Plus, I've grown accustomed to it in Winnipeg. I'm glad to have been able to go away and go to Minnesota because I have not been since my parents were still together. Hint: I was still a teenager ... so being able to go as an adult is great! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

ASOS Curve Order Review 2013 - #1

ASOS Curve is by far my favourite plus size brand and label of all time, and I know I'm not alone in this. It's not a surprise that ASOS is a favourite amongst fatshionistas -- their lines are trendy and affordable when you factor in that ASOS always has sales and the sales always have significant mark-downs on their stuff (actually, there's a mid season sale going on now, click here to access it!), and if you compare it to the other brands out there in the plus size market.

I can gush on and on abut how much I love ASOS, but if there's one thing that does annoy me is that their sizing is inconsistent. It is both a blessing and a curse, I think. I think everyone knows that ASOS tends to run large. I know many who are over UK 26 are thankful for this (me included, by the way. My belly is huge.), but it is also a hinderance because personally, I'm taking a gamble on some things. I look at the fabric compositions (example: 98% cotton, 2% elastane) and I look at the pictures of the garment before I make a purchase. It is tricky because I cannot try stuff on, so I can only hope they fit.

In addition to things that annoy me on ASOS... while it is nice that there are bloggers who review garments from ASOS Curve, I really wish there was a review panel similar to what Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Old Navy, and Forever 21 (in the US) have. That way, I can look at customer feedback to see if I need to size up or down.

Unfortunately we don't have that luxury (yet, I hope), so I will be joining the many other bloggers who write reviews about garments. I had placed an order last month and I received my parcel just recently and I got to try on the items. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of me wearing the items because I look like a mess at the moment, but I will try to be as descriptive as possible. For the record, I ordered these following items: ASOS Curve Wide Stripe Leggings, ASOS Curve Floral Peg Leg Trousers, ASOS Curve A-Line Skirt, and ASOS Curve Floral Print Skater Skirt.

The Review:

ASOS Curve A-Line Skirt (buy it here)
When I first saw this skirt come out on ASOS Curve, I knew it was a must have. I have a black skirt from H&M that's similar, however, that skirt is slowly deteriorating into shreds so I knew I needed to buy a replacement skirt for the future. I also took into consideration that this skirt, could ideally be used for both casual affairs, clubbing, or dressed up for work. I ordered this in a UK 26 and upon trying it on, I'm glad I did. This skirt has no stretch whatsoever, except for the fabric of the skirt, however, with that said it is a wonderfully constructed skirt. Sometimes ASOS is hit-or-miss in terms of quality for me personally, but this skirt did not feel cheap at all. In terms of how long it is, this skirt definitely shorter on me, which is a surprise because ASOS things tend to run long for my 5'5" height. For this skirt I definitely recommend ordering your usual size because it does not run large like usual ASOS garments. 

ASOS Curve Floral Peg Leg Trousers (buy it here!)
I'm not one for loud floral prints on trousers like this. Usually, when I look at it, it reminds me of PJ pants. I knew upon inspection of the pictures and looking at the fabric composition, AND reading the description it'll be a soft jersey pant, kind of like a harem pant. Despite my apprehension I took the plunge anyway. One thing I was worried about was whether or not these pants will be a tad long on me. I ordered these pants in a UK 26. When I tried them on, they are a bit long but I can get it altered. It is a bit baggy on the leg, but not too much. It's not tight either. However, I could probably order a size down and it would fit me. These pants are very stretchy and can definitely accommodate larger than a UK 26. Also, they're very beautiful in person and the photos do not do them justice - the flowers and colours are very vibrant and I can see myself putting on a solid coloured tee and some gold jewelry for a quick outfit. Last note: these trousers also include pockets!

ASOS Curve Floral Skater Skirt (buy it here!)
I ordered this skirt because it looked absolutely gorgeous on the model. I'm not particularly TOO fond of this kind of floral print, and when I received this in person I was right. Despite this, I'll still wear it of course! I ordered it in a UK 26 because I had other skater skirts in a similar material and it was just right. However, I think this one has an elastic waistband so it could definitely fit larger than a UK 26! It's very accommodating in the hips. Also, its a bit long on me at 5'5" reaching my knees. I prefer my skater skirts short. 

ASOS Curve Wide Stripe Leggings (buy it here!)
Vertical, beetlejuice-esque stripes are in now and when I saw these leggings on ASOS I had to get it! The skinny jeans in Forever 21 don't fit as nicely as I like, unfortunately, so this was the next best thing. I have an obsession with black and white lately so this definitely satisfies that. I ordered these in a UK 26 but I should have known better knowing how ASOS fits. They're big on me, kind of baggy, but not too much that it's obvious -- they're also too long on me and I may need to alter or I can let it bunch at the ankles, lol, it doesn't bother me too much. They're out of stock but when they come back, definitely size down! The fabric isn't too thin and it's very soft. 

Have you ordered anything from the ASOS sale yet? (I will be, lol.) If so, what? Do you like these kinds of reviews? Let me know and I will try to post more if it's well received. :)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The ~Default~ Outfit

Outfit Details:
Striped Knit Sweater: Forever 21+ (similar here and here)
Ponte Knit Pants: ASOS (similar here)
Bag: Vintage Coach (similar here)
Scarf: Forever 21
Aviator Jacket: Evans
Socks: Jacobs
Shoes: Kohl's
Watch (seen below): Thrifted

We all have our default outfit for any occasion... you know, the outfit we default to when you want to look put together yet you threw it all on in two seconds. The outfit you wear when you want to go shopping at the mall, doing errands, or going to school. I almost always wear this outfit at least twice a week, and these knit ponte pants from ASOS and a striped knit top. To tell you the truth, I wear these pants so much that thinking about them inevitably being worn till it's completely destroyed gives me anxiety attacks because it is my favourite pants and I don't think I can find anything else like it. With striped knits, I actually have a striped knit problem... I'd like to say I own too many but for me, I can never own too many striped knits or anything striped, really. I'm obsessed. Pair it with a scarf and lipstick and ta-da!

I love this outfit, I love it because I think it really is what describes my style as a whole. People always tell me that when they think of my style it's black and white, stripes, outrageous glasses, and something red -- either in a form of a garment, accessory, or a lip colour. Yet, as much as I like this outfit... I'm dying to be able to wear skirts and dresses again while bare-legged. As you can see in the photos there is still snow, and yes, it is still cold as hell. At least there's not that much snow or ice on the sidewalks so I can actually wear my different types of shoes again. Until then it's trousers and knits for me until Winnipeg gets its actual spring...