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Fashion

In the dressing room – Target (again!)

Incase you’re wondering why my ‘in the dressing room’ posts have all been from Target lately, it’s because my anxiety has been mucking up & i’ve pretty much been a homebody. When I do press myself to go out, it’s usually my local shopping center, which has a Target, and a few others stores, but the things that have caught my eye have been from Target.

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I really love the grey version of this skirt, but they didn’t have it in my size, so I tried the striped one. I really love the lace at the bottom, it just seems so feminine. This was a navy blue which makes me think nautical! I didn’t quite like how the stripes emphasized my VBO though.

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This top, ohhh, it’s soooo pretty! I love any kind of animals on clothing and the colours in this are really pretty. It would be great for in between weather. It’s very lightweight (as you can see the stripes from the skirt through it), but so comfy as it’s 100% cotton.

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I loved this oversized dress too, but I think it looks (and feels) a bit like pjamas on me! It’s a very thick material and certainly oversized. The colours are vibrant and it has POCKETS!

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NOTE: These items are all from the straight sized line, and stop at a size 20. I tried them all on in a size 20. The oversized dress could fit a bigger size as it’s quite generous.

Blue Floral Oversized Shirt Dress $59 || Lace Trim Pencil Skirt $20
Bird Print 3/4 Sleeve Slub Top $25

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The Belle Curve had a bit of a cool range, but nothing that really gripped me. I liked the maxi skirt on the right (picture below), but I don’t often wear maxi skirts. Also, lots of chambray!

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Fashion, Outfits, Plus Positivity

Underwear, that’s fun to wear!

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I have a confession to make, I have never been properly fitted for a bra. Nope. Though I know I am not alone. I found the perfect t-shirt bra a few years ago, bought 4 (2 white, 1 black, 1 bright pink) and called it day. While I do love lingerie, a lot of it isn’t for every day wear, especially plus size items. It’s all babydolls and frills. There never used to be a good ‘inbetween’. Something sexy & stylish, comfortable yet firm, but also affordable.

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I’d always looked at the lingerie City Chic released, and would sigh. Sometimes being a plus size lady, with itty bitty titties was annoying. A size 22b was hard to find, and then City Chic started releasing some bras in more cup sizes. Hallelujah!

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If you have the chance, go in and try them on. I fell SO in love with the Mila bra, I tried it on in it’s smallest cup size (a D!) and it fit, really well actually. I never thought i’d see the day when I would wear & fit a D cup.

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The Mila set || BRA – 20D || UNDERWEAR – 22.

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So, this is me. Stretch marks, cat scratches, lumps and bumps. And you know what? I love my body, it’s not perfect, but it’s been with me all my life (duh!). It’s seen me through the best and worst of times, it took me until my 20s to realise that my body is something precious and I should take care of it and respect it. In my teens I had a lot of self hatred after being bullied all throughout school, and I’m human, I still have those moments when “I wish my arms were a bit thinner, or that I didn’t have a double chin”, but then I remember, that things could be so much worse, and I should be happy because i’m pretty lucky to be me.

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These pictures were taken by a good friend of mine, and let me say, it’s pretty nerve wracking stripping down to your underwear in front of other people. Random fact, my first ever post on this blog was pretty much about them! So a huge thank you to Nick from Purple Nebula Photography for taking these pictures, and to Kayley for your help making me laugh and not feel so nervous.

Pamela Contour set || BRA – 20C || UNDERWEAR – 22

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These items were gifted to me by City Chic. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is a plus size positive blog, please keep comments appropriate.

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Everyday

3 tips to save some extra money

This post was made possible thanks to IMB

So here is the thing, I suck at saving money. I can do it, but I often know if there is money in my bank, I want to spend it. I find the best way I can save is if I have something to focus on. Earlier this year it was for my Tasmania trip and right now, it’s an estimated $600 vet bill to have a couple of Tonkas teeth removed. It was either amp up my savings or take out a cheap personal loan!

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As someone who loves fashion, it’s so easy to get swept up in fast fashion, I found myself just last night talking myself out of buying a dress because it was $13. Sure, $13 doesn’t seem much, but when saving, every cent does count.

1 – Have a Visa Debit Card

As soon as I turned 18, I switched to a Visa Debit card. Personally, I didn’t want access to a credit card, but having a card that I could use to shop online was a must. Having a Visa debit card means I can only use the money I have in the bank, and means you can’t get into debt by buying those $500 shoes you just HAD to have. The IMB Rewards Saver is a Visa debit.

2 – Limit Credit Card access

Credit cards DO come in handy, I wouldn’t have access to a washing machine if my housemate hadn’t bought one with a credit card. They are an easy source of money though and can be easily abused. My tip is to not carry it in your wallet. Put it in a safe and secure spot so as not to be tempted. If you really need to use it, you can go home and get it, but it might save you buying something you don’t need and regret once you get home.

3 – Save your change

Seriously, all that silver can add up! I have a jar that I often empty my change into and after a while, I take it to the bank and deposit it. It’s gone into the 3 figures before, and you really don’t notice the change missing from your purse (well, except that your bag feels so much lighter!)

Now, these do all seem like common sense, but we all fall prey to spending a ridiculous amount of money for a coffee or hot chocolate whilst out and about. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of our savings goals.

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Also, don’t forget to treat yourself. Your savings don’t always have to be about saving for the future. You can use these tips to save to invest in your dream fashion piece. You can bet that the next thing I’m actually saving for is a pair of Miu Miu sunglasses!

What is one thing you’re saving for?