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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Buy One, Get One 50% Off (Full Priced Styles Only) 2

So continuing on from my previous post, $600.00 - $700.00 is a lot of money especially when a) you don't really need new clothes and b) there is very little in the kitty and it will take several months until I can start saving again.

There are three outfits - black lace, blue dress and the white look. I have a voucher for $125.00 (vouchers can only be used on full priced items), and I have calculated the three outfits using the voucher. As much as I like all three, common sense is asserting itself and I need to have a good, hard think and select one. But which to choose?

1. I like the  Black Lace and Florals because it looked stunning, but ask myself - how often will I get to wear it?
2. I like the  Blue Summer Shrug  too and I would get more use out of this than I would the first option, the black shrug  can be used with a number of other dresses and outfits.
3. The third option  White and Silver  looks so very clean, pristine and pure and is a new departure from the colours I would normally wear, but how often does one wear white?
4. I am leaning toward the first option - Black Lace. This outfit would be worn with the Gorg Tunic in fuschia and black cropped leggings. I have a pair of dressy black leather sandals (brought for a wedding).

Option 1 - Black Lace and Florals


$149.95 + $69.97 = $219.92 less $125.00 = $94.92

Option 2 - Blue Summer Shrug


$129.95 + $44.97 = $174.92 less $125.00 = $49.92

Option 3 - White and Silver


$119.95 + $44.97 = $164.92 less $125.00 = $39.92

Accessories - Jewellery Jive
Out of the three pieces here, I like the first two best. I did like the third but when I saw it instore, I had second thoughts. If I purchase it, it would only be because it is 50% off.


$49.95 + $29.95 + $19.97 = $99.87



ETERNAL ROMANCE TUNIC - $139.95 Now $69.97


MILLENNIUM TOP - $119.95 Now $59.97


PALM FROND BLOUSE - $89.95 Now $44.97


SILHOUETTES NECKLACE - $39.95 Now $19.97

SEED OF DOUBT NECKLACE - $29.95 (Special doesn't apply to this)

Total $644.63

Buy One, Get One 50% Off (Full Priced Styles Only)

The Buy One, Get One 50% Off isn't a bad sale idea, the item with the 50% off must be of equal or lower value than the first item. Good, good, that's good. Or is it? I did a trial run of nine items, listing them from highest to lowest price. Now you would think every second item which is a lower price than the preceding item would be half price - yes? Not so. What the website does and does automatically, is source the lowest priced item on your list and take the 50% off that. That's a bit cheeky don't you think.

Here's my list
Price is automatically calculated on their website





GOING PLATINUM TANK - $89.95 Now $44.97

EYELET MESH SHRUG - $89.95 Now $44.97

MULTI NECKLACE - $49.95 Now $24.97

SILHOUETTES NECKLACE - $39.95 Now $19.97

SEED OF DOUBT NECKLACE - $29.95 (Special doesn't apply to this)

Total: $704.63

The way I would calculate discount prices

Now to my way of thinking it is fairer not to mention cheaper, if the 50% discount is applied like this -


ETERNAL ROMANCE TUNIC - $139.95 Now $69.97


MILLENNIUM TOP - $119.95 Now $59.97


PALM FROND BLOUSE - $89.95 Now $44.97


SILHOUETTES NECKLACE - $39.95 Now $19.97

SEED OF DOUBT NECKLACE - $29.95 (Special doesn't apply to this)

Total $644.63

That's a difference of $60.00.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Rock Star in Purple

This is the first short(er) length top/jacket that I've worn in a very long time and was at first hesitant as I usually wear "fat clothes" - tunics that hide everything (but really don't) and was pleasantly surprised to find it didn't make me look bigger. It looks really great and I teamed it with the Stockholm pullover in fig, long sleeved tee in opulent purple and base skirt. Added indigo mesh leggings, rocha bootie and New Bride Necklace and felt a million dollars. Daughter said I look like a Rock Star!

I didn't wear the boots again - they hurt my toes. I have narrow feet, TS shoes are a wide fit, I had hoped that being almost flat, I'd be able to wear these boots, but it wasn't so. My toes squished down the toe-y end together and caused agony when walking. I was able to put up with it for the night, but that was it. Couldn't return them either because I had foolishly told the sales lady they were too wide for my feet and I couldn't walk in them after half an hour. Damn! Perhaps had I kept my big fat trap shut who knows! I may have been able to return them and get my money back. The soles weren't really marked anyway as I had been inside the whole time. Well, there was a short, a very short walk from my car to the entrance door, but it was minimal.

So .... here I am stuck with a pair of boots I can't wear, a skirt that is uncomfortable around the waist because it rolls over and every time I needed to go to the loo, I had to talk the skirt down around to my ankles like it was a pair of trousers. Why? you as? Because lifting it up, trying to get the leggings down was a work of art. Too hard, too much grunting and groaning doing this, far easier (and quicker) just to pull the skirt down with the leggings. No fuss, no bother, no getting all het up in the face.

I did look nice though.

And I have just realised that I have not worn this outfit since attending that party last year and these items have been sitting in the wardrobe gathering dust and taking up space.

Decluttering Your Wardrobe Part 3 - Start with the basics

Reading on the TS website about "Basics", I decided to go looking for "basics" to find out just what constitutes a "basic wardrobe" and how best I could utilise one, if I had one and how many pieces I would need to purchase so I had one.

What I found was this - most of the stuff in it is dull. boring and so not me. Yes, I could certainly do with some "basic" pieces in my wardrobe and use these to "build" on but all in all, they are not the sort of pieces I have in my wardrobe, or have had in my wardrobe. Even when I was a young something or other back in the day and worked in an office, my wardrobe never looked like this.

Mind you, I knew even less about fashion then than I do now. Oh how I wish what I knew today, I knew when I was a 20 year old! At least on the fashion field.

The first of these informative fashion know how is from Real Simple and is titled, "10 Staples for Every Woman’s Wardrobe". In this section, I have used the images, please click on the link for the full article. I have not been able to find name of the writer, but will say for a newbie like me, it is easy to see understand, perhaps because it is basic and the writer has kept it simple.

10 Staples for Every Woman's Wardrobe

Black pants

French-Cuff Dress Shirt

Black Pumps

Day Dress

Black Suit

Evening Dress

Dressy Jacket

Evening Clutch


Metallic Strappy Sandals

Think of silver (or gold) as your nighttime neutral—subtle enough to go with everything from black to red to a plethora of patterns. A slight platform adds comfort to these 4¼-inch heels, so you can dance all night in them.

The Essentials of a Well-Balanced Wardrobe

This following one is also from the same site Real Simple and is titled, "The Essentials of a Well-Balanced Wardrobe". (I didn't realise until now that both were from the same site. The article was written by Karen Kozlowski.

The Well-Balanced Wardrobe

Remember the food pyramid from nutrition class? If you apply its principles (variety, moderation, portion control) to what you put in your closet, you'll have a well-balanced wardrobe that makes getting dressed easy. Load up on your basics, go easy on the patterns, and indulge in one showstopper for special occasions.

Follow these guidelines to the wardrobe essentials you need to satisfy―and streamline―your daily dressing requirements. 

The Basics
Build a strong foundation with a strategic selection of basics that will mix with almost everything in your wardrobe. 
Fill your closet with wardrobe essentials from five basic "clothing groups," and you'll never again ask "What should I wear?"
By Karen Kozlowski

Black tank: A white tank looks right at the gym and for casual outings, but a black one can be worn with everything from khakis to a cocktail skirt.

Crewneck sweater: Opt for thin knits in cotton or wool that layer easily.

Jeans: It's worth paying extra for jeans that actually fit and flatter. Your best bet? Stretch denim with no more than 2 percent Lycra (the fabric will follow your curves and keep its shape).

Long-sleeve white T-shirt: Looking thin in white doesn't have to be difficult. The trick? Choose a slim-fit T-shirt that skims over your body (but doesn't cling).

Khakis: Forget the pleats (a flat front is more flattering) and forgo the front crease, too. After all, these are casual pants.

More Basics

Shown, left to right:

Black turtleneck: Cashmere is worth splurging on―you get more warmth with less bulk.

White button-down: A fitted one will get the most use, because it's easier to tuck in and looks neater when left out.

Long-sleeve black T-shirt:
A surprisingly sophisticated layering piece, this works well under a dress shirt―or even a dress.

Cardigan: A neutral shade offers the most versatility; a longer style that hits at the hip is the most attractive cut.

Short-sleeve white T-shirt: White tees become unwearable quickly―so skip the designer versions and buy a bunch of cheap ones, then replace as needed.

Black pants: Get the most out of these pants by selecting a style made of an all-season fabric, like tropical wool or viscose.

Denim jacket: A darker wash and a slimmer fit look more polished.

Short-sleeve black T-shirt: The best short-sleeve length is about 1/2 to 1 inch longer than a typical cap sleeve―it shows just the right amount of arm.

The Essentials of a Well-Balanced Wardrobe

The Staples

Daily rations of these wardrobe workhorses will help get you through the week. Maximize versatility with neutral shades and classic cuts.

Shown, left to right:
Wool skirt: An A-line style suits most figures, and pockets add practicality.

Black suit: Splurge-worthy? Definitely.

Pinstriped oxford: Update this classic by choosing an unexpected colour.

More Staples

Black dress: A shirtdress style can be worn every day, every season.

Silk blouse: A jewel tone accentuates the luxuriousness of the fabric.

Gray trousers: Charcoal pants look dressier than heather gray.

Fitted jacket: Leave enough breathing room for a sweater or a camisole.

Camisole: Go for an unembellished style and leave the lace trim for your lingerie.

The Statement Pieces

No closet is complete without a few signature pieces―the kind guaranteed to garner compliments (and attract notice if you wear them two days in a row).

Printed dress: Bold is beautiful, but large patterns work best when you keep the colors subtle.

Patterned jacket: Don't get overpowered by a print; show off your shape with a close-fit style and a shorter cut.

Bold blouse: Give a printed shirt top billing by pairing it with solid pants or dark jeans.

More Statement Pieces

Graphic sweater: Pattern shy? Start with a neutral knit in a geometric design.

Tweed pants: In brown or black, they're a classic, but cream-coloured tweed trousers are pleasantly offbeat.

The Evening Standards
Even die-hard homebodies need a couple of after-dark pieces, but you can also let these stunners see the light of day by pairing them with casual wear.

Velvet jacket: Whether you choose a modern or classic style, this piece will instantly upgrade your outfit.

Ruffled shirt: Don't go for all the frills. When wearing ruffles, skip the rhinestone buttons and fussy bows.

More Evening Standards
Cocktail skirt: What makes a skirt party-ready? It's in the details: Go for volume and embellishments such as beading.

Sparkly top: Sequins aren't the only way to shine: Metallics can be just as dazzling.

Velvet pants: With a heavier fabric, like velvet, black is the most slimming way to go. You can choose to save or splurge―there are styles to fit every budget.

The Showstoppers

Formal events may roll around only once a year, but it pays to treat yourself to a dress that guarantees a grand entrance every time.

Party dress: The rules of selection are simple: Choose a timeless style that is figure-flattering and, most important, makes you feel fabulous.

My Opinion

After having gone to all the trouble of c'ing and p'ing, I am not going to delete all the above text, it will stand. Having looked long and hard at the images of the said "basic" pieces and read through it all, my opinion is this - this is without doubt the most boring and god-awful set of clothes that I've ever had the misfortune to see. Any woman who who thinks this lot of clothes works well needs her head read.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Little Miss Sunshine

Yup ....... still Fabulous ! 

Give me normal any day, the two so called "beauties" look positively deformed!

It is a sad thing - parents who objectify and sexualise their little girls just to win a so called "beauty pageant"! What a croc of shit these parents are. Ditto for the organisers, judges and everyone else who has anything to do with child "beauty" shows. Were I a judge at one of them, I'd never choose any child wearing makeup or who looked like the two hyenas in the above pic. No fair I hear you say - hard cheese. Or in the words of today - stiff shit.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Summer Favourite

This is one of my favourite summer outfits. I'm wearing the Coco Bananas Tunic with Easy Breezy Crop Leggings in white - jewellery is the Curly Whirl Necklace and a Cath Kidston resin bracelet. Teva Tirra sandals complete the look. Items are from Taking Shape except for the bracelet and sandals. This is one of the outfits I'll be taking on my trip to Japan next month sans jewellery.

The tunic top has a side drop hemline, front pockets and a front seam drawstring for personal styling. I wear mine with the drawstring pulled a little to give a wrinkle effect and raise the centre front hemline for interest. Drawstring loop is tied in a loose knot. Fabric is a crushed knit with stretch for a comfortable fit. The top doesn't flare out, I'm just holding it. The photo below shows the top falling naturally.

Below are close-ups of the jewellery.

Above: Curly Whirl Necklace

Above: Cath Kidston resin bracelet

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Is Taking Shape Discriminating Against Larger Ladies?

I was quite taken with a pair of long pants worn by one of the models on the Taking Shape website so went searching for them. Found themm, they're the LOVE THE THOUGHT F/L PANT Style number T60969. Normally they retail for $129.95, but this weekend Taking Shape have a 30% off sale. Good, thought I, I'll get the pants and the sneakers I tried on the other day.

But there's a problem. When checking to see my size, I was disgusted to see they are only available in sizes 12 to 20. What ? 12 to 20? From Taking Shape? Taking Shape who was TS14+ but now seem to have changed from TS14+ to Taking Shape. AND, AND, they start from size 12. Huh? Since when has size 12 been a plus size? Actually for that matter, size 14 is not a plus size either. Plus sizes were size 16 to 26. So why the hell are plus size clothing companies catering to size 12 and 14? They shouldn't. Oh, why not? I hear you ask. I'll tell you why not, because if you're only a size 12 you can buy clothes from anywhere - you can go into any clothing shop and know you will be able to find clothes. Unlike those of us who are a "Plus" size - we can't go into just any store and buy clothes. We can't go to the normal section of ladies clothing at Target because we are too big - we have to go to the plus size section. It is either go to the plus size section in department stores or shop at plus size clothes shops. Your size 12 and size 14 lady doesn't have to shop at plus size shops - she can shop any bloody where So why is Taking Shape catering to these ladies?

Oh, they happen to like the styles? Oh, they've lost weight and now the Taking Shape clothes are too big for them? Big effin DEal. So what, They can shop at ordinary shops. I lost a lot of weight many years ago and was able to shop at ordinary shops and do you know how good it felt? It was wonderful.

I was in my local TS shop a while ago, a lady was wanting to buy something for her mother but complained her mother had lost weight and their clothes were too big and couldn't they make them in a size 10? Far out. That's just ridiculous. Who cares if these women lose weight and can no longer wear this brand? They should give thanks and be glad that they don't have to wear this brand. But no, they're not satisfied. They forget about the poor sods who can't go anywhere else.

These are the pants that Taking Shape have in sizes 12 to 20 -

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Decluttering Your Wardrobe Part 3 - Clean my room

The bedroom is a mess. When I say mess, I don't just mean a bit untidy, I mean really disgustingly messy. I have what is known as a "Floordrobe"! You know - your wardrobe is not a wardrobe, the floor becomes the place that holds your clothes. I must make a start. Back later.................

Room update - Dumped clothing into a laundry basket then changed the sheets and made the bed. As I could barely see the carpet, picked up paper, plastic bags, clothing labels/tags, the plastic strips that come with it, you name it, I had it, found the supermarket plastic bag too small so went and got the big black bin liners - one for plastics the other for paper stuff.

Picked up and dumped all the other stuff in the other room to clear a space, looked under the bed and nearly had an apoplexy - lay flat on the floor with a long thing to "sweep" the stuff from under the bed (couldn't reach otherwise). Sorted out what has to go (either haven't worn for ages or doesn't fit), granddaughter is coming tomorrow to have first dibs before the charity shop. Have hung up most of the clothes. Still have to do pants, leggings, sleepwear, lingerie. And there is a huge mess on the tall boy, but that will be done last.

I have the unfortunate habit of picking something up, or taking it to the room and plonking it down (usually on the tall boy or bedside table). There's stuff in one corner which has reached high height proportions and that will have to be done too. Do you know there's a boxed dinner set that son and dil received for their wedding which they didn't want, so left it at my place, also a pair of crutches from my time in NZ in 2007! I just checked when they were married - five years ago! I can't believe it's been sitting there for so long. I have the problem of saying, oh I'll do it later.......I toyed with the idea of taking before and after pics, but in the realms of decency, decided against.

Still haven't had lunch, and it's almost 2.30 in the afternoon. Coffee first I think.

Room update #2. It's now the wee hours of the following day (nearly 12.30 am) and I'm going to have me dinner. The clothes have now been folded, hung up, flattened, compartmentalised and put away. Phew! Checked and cleared the bedside table and tall boy drawers - found the bottom drawer full of neatly folded tees and tops which haven't seen the light of day for it must be around two years. I'd forgotten about them (they no longer fit). They're in one washing basket for the charity shop.

Still a long way to go, but I can see carpet! Two laundry baskets of clothes for gd to check out tomorrow. The other room is still an obstacle course, shoes haven't found a home, still more paper, plastic, bits and bobs to clear and throw out. I found I was slowing down to a trickle over the last few hours, ankles swollen, triple their size, lower back ache from all the bending. I swear once this is done, I ain't never going to allow this to happen again..

I feel a bit like Clancy
In my wild erratic fancy
I have visions of a neatly ordered house
The kitchen's looking tidy
The lounge room's just as neat
And when I get home straight from work
I can go put up my feet.

The bathroom will be sparkly with taps all shine and gloss
And the floor will have a smart look to it too
The laundry will be empty
The washing's all been done
And the dunny bowl will swish with Jays blue loo.

This is a flight of fancy which I hope to come true blue
And the day cannot be too far long away
For I'm sick of mess and clutter
Cannot find what I am after
And the never ending search for what I need today.

Decluttering Your Wardrobe Part 2

Anyhoo, I started and after beginning my new "collection" went through all the old stuff and ended up with several laundry baskets full which were given to the local charity shop. A family member of similar size was given first dibs at anything she liked. Move forward seven or eight months.....................some of those first clothes I bought when I started to change my wardrobe I realised were not really me. Either they were the wrong fabric (polyester) and/or it wasn't something I really wanted. Like the purple short sleeved top with the frill at the bottom and the white top thingy which looked alright on the model but not really on me - I'm not a wear hanging off one shoulder kind of girl.

Above: Fashion Mistakes. These two items were among the first things I bought when I started planning a new wardrobe. I wasn't really happy with them, but the sales lady who was the store manager was so positive about them and how they looked great on me, she convinced me to buy them.

Ask yourself the following about every item in your closet:
1. Do I love it?
2. Do I wear it?
3. Does it project the image I want to project?
4. Does it itch or scratch?
5. Does it pinch my toes? Are the heels to high to walk in?

Everything in your wardrobe should:
*Fit well
* Be worn regularly
*Comfortable enough that it is not distracting
*Project the image you want to project
Any items that do not fall into one of these categories are ready to be let go.

(i) Things you've never worn - you can tell because the label's still on, and they're still shop pressed
(ii) Things you haven't worn for a year
(iii) Things that are uncomfortable
(iv) Things you have worn but you've grown out of
(v) Things you hope to wear again some day

1. Group like with like.
Slacks should be hung; knits and sweaters should be folded. Your favourites in front of the closet, less-frequently worn items towards the back.

2. Hang & stack by colour.
You might forget if your blue sweater is a v-neck or crew neck, but you will always remember it's blue. Ditto for your flare leg and straight leg grey slacks.

3. Separate Out Undies
The most useful addition I've made to a closet is a set of baskets for undershirts (men) and camisoles (women).

When you pull out a slightly see-through button down, too-low-cut-for-work wrap dress, or sheer sweater, you can easily find the appropriate under garment.

4. Organise with Baskets & Bins
Baskets or bins are also great for tights, gym clothes and winter gear like mittens, scarves and hats. If you can store your winter accessories out of season in the same bin, even better.

5. Own less clothing!
If you haven't worn something in its season for more than one season - get rid of it.

Remember: Each piece of clothing is taking up valuable space. A good rule of thumb to follow: when you buy something new, be prepared to get rid of/donate something old.

The new rules of shopping should be something like this:

1. If there's only one thing you remember it should be: "buy less, buy better".

2. Don't buy now: research has shown that we get a lot of pleasure from thinking about something. Think like you've bought it. Often, by the time you've come to actually buy it, you're bored of it.

3. Never buy anything you like. Only buy things you love. Never buy anything that almost looks amazing. Only buy something that absolutely looks amazing. If you have an issue with even one little thing, don't buy it.

4. The first place to shop should always be your wardrobe.

5. Think of your wardrobe as an exclusive nightclub, where you are the doorman. Have a one in, one out rule. Decide on a maximum number, and stick to it. If you love something enough to want to let it in, decide who's not pretty enough to stay.

6. You're also the maitr'd: it's your responsibility to make sure the right people are sitting near the right people. That helps turn any clutter into a collection. So, work shoes next to work shoes, evening dresses next to evening dresses etc.

Information about decluttering from This site.

Decluttering Your Wardrobe Part 1

I knew I had to get rid of a lot of clothes - I had what seemed like "heaps" of clothes, yet had nothing to wear. Some no longer fitted me, others didn't seem to "go" with things and most of the tops were prints. I would have preferred plain but most if not all, the tops only came in prints, they didn't make them in plain colours. There was the odd one or two which were plain, like the coral, sleeveless top with tiny buttons and pleats down the front, and the black one more suited to cooler weather and a white one I bought but never wore because nice though it was it emphasised my "fatness"! And so.....something had to be done.

I had discovered TS (Taking Shape) did have some things that were me. Previously I had ignored this clothing label because most of their stuff was all layers and stuff, weird, wide skirts and designs and definitely not me, but then I discovered they also had Virtu. This label is younger, funkier and a bit more casual, much more me and I quite liked some of their range. And so the whole new wardrobe thing began.

When changing your wardrobe, unless you make a conscious effort and sit down and plan it, it takes a lot of money, time and hit and miss which is what happened with me. How I wish I'd thought to find out and read up about decluttering your wardrobe before I began, but there we are - we think of these things later. Or shutting the stable gate after the horse has bolted as mum and dad would say!

Forget prints and patterns

Above: Top row - these are both from the Sara label from DJ's, on sale, cheap price, massive mark down. - Big mistake! Don't buy something because it's "on sale!" Second row: The black/white/orange top is from Yarra Trail Woman, not all that cheap. Bought in Port Fairy January 2015. Lovely fabric but bought on impulse. Beware impulse buying.. Next to this is the BIB top. Another fashion mistake. I don't wear the BIB label - it's old looking and old-lady clothes, daggy and dowdy. This looked alright online though - Myer had it for $17 (again, cheap) but I have never worn it and these too, went the way of the rest. See what I mean about impulse buying?

Remember - think before you buy. Look at it but don't buy it. Really think about it and picture how it will look with the rest of your wardrobe. Do this with every piece of clothing you are tempted to buy. It works.

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