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In the dressing room – City Chic & Peter Alexander

Fashion Outfits
In the dressing room at City Chic and Peter Alexander

The other day, I posted on facebook admiring this top (& a skirt that I couldn’t find instore). Something a little different for City Chic and quite fashion forward. I decided whilst I was near a store today to go in and try it on. I often find CC sizing all over the shop, so picked this up in a L to try.

In the Dressing Room at City Chic trying on the 007 Shirt

Top – City Chic – $119.95 – Tried on in a size L (Probably could go a M)

In the Dressing Room at City Chic trying on the 007 Shirt

It has pros and a con for me. Mostly pros. Firstly,  I probably could have sized down. The shirt is really fitted with the bandeau being slightly stretchy. The bandeau is totally removable, which means you can wear this 3 ways (1. Shirt. 2. Bandeau. 3. Shirt + Bandeau). I also loved the hard wear details. The con is, it will have to be ironed and I don’t iron.

In the Dressing Room at Peter Alexander trying on stuff from the P.A. Plus range. Cats and Dogs.

Next up, was Peter Alexander. I’ve always admired their range of pyjamas and lusted over many things. They always have such great collections. A few months ago, they released a new Plus Size range! YAY! Sadly, a lot of the licensed collections (Disney, Muppets, SpongeBob etc) aren’t included in the PS range, but they have just released a super cute Cat & Dog collection.

In the Dressing Room at Peter Alexander trying on stuff from the P.A. Plus range. Cats and Dogs.

Cat Tee – Size 1 || Dog Pants – Size 2

Seeing as I’d never tried them on before, I wanted to check out the sizing. The 1+ is described as size 16-18, the 2+ as 20-22 and the 3+ as 24-26. As sizing goes, I think it’s pretty right. I am smaller on top than bottoms and found the sizing I chose comfy. The pants are slightly oversized on me (like I like pyjama pants) and have a drawstring waist. I could happily wear these lower on my hips, but pulled them up a bit to show that they are quite high waisted.

In the Dressing Room at Peter Alexander trying on stuff from the P.A. Plus range. Cats and Dogs.

Be sure to check out the fill P.A Plus range HERE as they have even more cute Cat & Dog designs!

So here’s the question, would you choose Dogs or Cats!?

Melbourne Fashion Week Plus! #mfwplus

Fashion Melbourne Moments
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Wahey! I am so excited because this month holds Melbourne Fashion Week Plus! A jam-packed few days full of panels and runways. I’m not 100% sure what events i’ll be attending, but I”ll be trying  to make it to most. I just need to figure out what to wear!

Melbourne Fashion Week Plus (MFWPlus) will be a celebration of plus size culture, focusing on design, discourse and body positivity. Our events will promote the very best of fashion, business and creativity in an environment of inclusivity, diversity and thoughtfulness.

MFWPlus was developed by a core group of passionate women who are dedicated to the promotion of plus size fashion and body positivity on a global scale.

We have a keen knowledge of the trends, market and demand of plus size fashion in Australia and aim to create a world class week of events in Melbourne to highlight the amazing breadth of talent and design available to the plus size woman, while promoting the concept of positive body image in an industry that is not often welcoming of differing body shapes.

With events catering to women size 14 and up, MFWPlus will combine informative talks, body positive classes and interactive online content with a three day program of fashion runways. We are dedicated to bringing together plus size women, designers and businesses in a forum of inclusivity, diversity and celebration, on par with international fashion events worldwide. Our firm belief that fashion should be accessible to everyone, irrespective of their size, shape or style, is the foundation of these runways. By using a mix of trained street and professional models, in sizes ranging from 14 to 26, we promote inclusion and representation in our runways.

17 Sundays will be appearing Melbourne Fashion Week Plus #mfwplus

Tuesday 23rd August – Panel Discussion: Feminism, Fashion & Plus Size Bodies

Join our guests for a night of passionate discussion on the topic of fashion, lived experiences as plus size women and how these two combine to colour how we present ourselves to and armour ourselves against a world that sometimes tells us we aren’t good enough for the clothes we want. Enjoy lively conversation, debate and exploration in a safe, friendly space.

Meagan Kerr – renowned New Zealand fashion and style blogger and body positive public speaker
Kath Read – fat activist and advocate, prolific and passionate feminist writer, media darling
Sarah Harry – Body Image and Disordered Eating specialist, clinician, lecturer, researcher, fat yogi and writer

Hosted by Jessica West, Director of MFWPlus, the panel will not only speak of their experiences of fashion, taking up space in the fashion world and the politics of being fat and fashionable, but will encourage discussion on representation, media, online presences and the help and harm that can be done by fashion.

Meagan Kerr joins #mfwplus panel!

Runway 1 – Friday 26 August @ 8pm

State of Liberty
Voluptua
Courtney Zoh
Nyata
Estelle

Saturday 27th – MFWPlus presents: The Plus Size Fashion Industry

Ever wanted to know what happens behind the scenes of plus size design and modelling?  Have you wondered what makes a plus size model? What it takes to design and present a plus size collection? In this panel, our guests will discuss their personal experiences, their triumphs and tribulations, how they got started in the industry and how they’ve kept going. From modelling to design to production and beyond, we’ll tackle the ins and outs of where the Industry has come from and where it’s going, from the perspective of four different people.
Enjoy lively conversation, debate and exploration in a safe, friendly space.

Chelsea Bonner – Director and founder of Bella Management
Amber Gwynn – Designer at Nyata, plus size model and founder of #nonairbrushedme
Harvest Powell – Designer at Hope & Harvest
Scott Bertram – CEO of Alison Dominy Designs

Hosted by Jessica West, Director of MFWPlus, the panel will speak of their experiences in the plus size fashion industry, their views on it’s future and how the business works. Questions will be taken from the audience during the second half of the show and respectful discussion is highly encouraged!

Runway 2 – Saturday 27 August @ 7pm

High Society NZ – Chocolat
Alison Dominy Designs
Diane Covino
Lyn-Al
Coral and Co

Embody Denim will be on the runway at #mfwplus

Runway 3 – Saturday 27 August @ 8:30pm

17 Sundays
Remi Ray Designs
Black Mob the Label
TH Label
Hope & Harvest
Embody Denim

Runway 4 – Sunday 28 August @ 7pm

Sprinkle
Joolz
Miss Scarlett Did It
Sonsee
Active Truth
Beyond the Sea

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Are you going!?

Yarra Valley Chocolateries Hot Chocolate Festival!

Melbourne Moments
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie - Hot Chocolate Festival

I’m pretty lucky to have some awesome friends, and some of my favourites kidnapped me on Monday to take me to a hot chocolate festival. Though it probably wasn’t kidnapping seeing as I was so willing! I’d never been to Yarra Valley Chocolatarie & Ice Creamery before, but I was in love the moment we pulled up, I mean, look at those views!

The view from Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Once you walk inside, it’s a bit like a Willy Wonka-esque dream! It’s so bright & colourful. I really didn’t know where to go, I was just wanting to look at everything! Luckily Kayley had been before and lead us over to the cafe area.

Inside Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Chocolate Fountains at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

The YVCI currently have a Hot Chocolate festival on where they have 31 different hot chocolate flavours over 31 days. Mmhmm, 31 flavours! Pretty much 8 different flavours every week. I didn’t have too much of a problem choosing from this weeks flavour, one jumped out at me straight away.

Yarra Valley Chocolateries Hot Chocolate Festival

That my dear friends is the ”Hot Gaytime'”. For those of you who don’t know, a Golden Gaytime is an Australian ice cream. It was soooo good! It was described as “A saucy caramel and honeycomb experience; indulge in caramel infused milk chocolate drizzled with caramel sauce, honeycomb pieces and served with a spoon of ice cream and a vanilla marshmallow.”

Ice cream from Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Other flavours for the month include Frog in a Pond, Espresso Martini, Honeycomb & Lavender, Salted Caramel Popcorn, Basil & Tomato, as well as Mississippi Mud Pie. I kind of want to go back to try more!

Sugar Free Chocolate from Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

After the hot chocolate, I took a little wander around. The variety of different chocolates was uh-may-zing. All different flavours and designs. A whole range of shapes ranging from tennis balls to Australian animals.

Chocolate coated plums being made at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

As you can see above, they have a viewing area where you can watch them making stuff, it was really fascinating to watch. They were making Plumpticious Plums.

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Seriously, so many flavours! Other chocolates I noticed was Caramelised Sesame & Celery, Toasted Coconut & Curry Leaf, Violet & Forest Berries. Flavours I would never have dreamed of!

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Oh, and the amazing smelling body range! I tried some of the mint lipgloss and it was really good.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

I also had lunch there, a delicious pulled pork baguette that was so huge I struggled to finish it. 10/10 would eat there again, and again, and again! Also, take another look at that view!

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Have you ever tried any interesting hot chocolate flavours before?