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Outfit – What I wore to White Night Ballarat

Just a short post today. I didn’t really get any good outfit photos from White Night, but I thought I would share these couple of pictures I do have. I wanted to wear something comfortable and not too hot. I also knew that I would be doing a lot of walking, so I wore my Sonsee Anti-Chafe shorts. Chub rub is a bitch and I’ve tried a few things, but I find bike shorts the best. I’m really impressed with Sonsees shorts though, they are breathable, comfy and don’t roll.

I love this dress so much and I have no idea why I don’t wear it more. I was so sad when Domino Dollhouse closed, but I’m glad I have this dress. It always gets lots of compliments.

XL as Life OOTD - White Night

Dress – Domino Dollhouse || Shorts (worn underneath) – c/o Sonsee || Brooch – Baccurelli
Cardi – Very old, with no label || Boots – Betts

Do you like my wings?

Melbourne Fashion Week Plus – Show One

This week I’m bringing you posts every day from Melbourne Fashion Week Plus! There were 4 runway events split over 3 days, and I’ll be sharing each show in one post. Does that make sense? I haven’t decided what the 5th post will be. It might be about the panels, or some behind the scenes shots, or about the shenanigans we all got up to. I also have outfit photos to share! Let me know if YOU have a preference.

So without further ado, here are some pictures and my thoughts on the first MFW+ show for you!

State of Liberty

Melbourne Fashion Week Plus - State of Liberty - Photo by Jessie Obialor

Wowza, what can I say? This was a way to start the show off with a bang. I was in awe of everything and would happily welcome every item shown into my wardrobe. State of Liberty was designed with curves in mind by a person named Samantha who has a hell of a lot of knowledge about costuming. It really does show in the cuts of these garments and fabric choices. Find the range HERE.

Melbourne Fashion Week Plus - State of Liberty - Photo by Jessie Obialorspacer



It was nice to see a somewhat alternative collection on the runway. It certainly caught the attention of my inner teenage goth. This collection is by Leah Shreader, a student in her 3rd and final year of the Bachelor Degree of Fashion Design. Check out her blog HERE for a really amazing behind the scenes look at the design & construction process. You can also find Voluptua on Facebook.

Melbourne Fashion Week Plus - Voluptua - Photo by Jessie Obialorspacer


Courtney ZOH

Courtney makes a seriously amazing array of turbans, scarves, headpieces & clothing inspired by travels, architecture and hip-hop, to name a few. While not my fashion, I certainly found it visually appealing and it made me wish I could pull off a turban. I’ll be keeping an eye on her in the future as I’m tempted to try to incorporate some items into my wardrobe. I also met her parents and they were sooo excited about the event! Find her on her website, facebook & Instagram.

Melbourne Fashion Week Plus - Courtney ZOH - Photo by Jessie Obialorspacer


Melbourne Fashion Week Plus - NYATA - Photo by Jessie Obialor
Whilst I’m sad to say I don’t own anything from Nyata, they have been a favourite of mine for awhile now, and I wasn’t disappointed at all with their showing. I’m usually drawn to their more colourful options, but this time I’m ALL OVER the black and white prints. Also the cut of the Cinta skirt! Nyata means ‘Real’ in Indonesian and is the brain child of Amber Gwynn, a Curve model for Bella Management and all round talented lady! Find Nyata online at facebook, Instagram and their online store.

Melbourne Fashion Week Plus - NYATA - Photo by Jessie Obialorspacer

Estelle Clothing

Melbourne Fashion Week Plus - Estelle - Photo by Jessie Obialor

Estelle was a bit hit and miss for me, I think if I had a traditional job in an office environment I would have been drawn to more of their pieces. However, the ones that caught my eye, I really loved! The wrap skirt in a what looked like a suede material basically turned me into that heart eyed emoji and I really loved the cut & prints of their dresses. The paisley off the shoulder number was something I never knew I needed! Estella is stocked in selected Myer stores (def going to try some of these on, maybe an ‘In the dressing room post’?) but you can find them online. Be sure to follow them on Facebook & Instagram.

Melbourne Fashion Week Plus - Estelle - Photo by Jessie Obialorspacer

Sadly, a lot of my photos didn’t turn out very good, so for these posts, I’ve used photos by the event photographer Jessie Obialor. I will be posting the photos I took to a facebook album later in the week.

Which outfit is your favourite?

Advertising on XL as Life!


Just a heads up that I’ve redone my sidebar advertising! I’ve gone back to passionfruit ads as I find it a much easier way to host ads.

I always feel a little weird talking about advertising on the blog, it’s one of those things that tends to be all hush hush, nooo, don’t talk about that. But I wanted to say that sidebar advertising is something I’m trying out. I don’t want the blog to be over run with ads, but I also want to try and work harder at this blogging thing, at making it a ‘real job‘. It’s only over the past year that I’ve realised that it CAN be done. I started blogging because I needed to do something, I needed a way to keep occupied, to have a creative outlet. I never thought 3 years later, my blog would be, well, THIS!

Money from advertising goes back into the site. It can go towards anything from buying banner space on other blogs, helping pay the bills for hosting the site, paying off my laptop, or as of right now, that sneaky bill that came out of my bank for my computers virus protection. I don’t think people often realise how much money does go in to blogging, and it’s advertising, in any way that I use, that helps keep it running. Though, in full disclosure, it will sometimes will go towards buying a much lusted after ASOS piece when it goes on sale.

Rambling, anyway, the next few months are shaping up to be busy for me! It’s the perfect time to buy an ad for your blog or business, these months are actually some of the best for my blog traffic!

November will see me –

  • A post on an Aussie stores new range of plus size clothing.
  • Fly! On a plane that is. I’m one of those people who enjoy flying!
  • Spending two weeks in Melbourne!
  • Stay in a swanky hotel. Well, it’s not super swanky, but it looks nice, and technically, it’s serviced apartments.
  • Do some sight seeing, shopping & meet ups with friends & fellow bloggers.
  • Attend the Blogcademy! (Eee! Gala! Nubby! Kat! I’m nervous & excited already!)
  • One, possibly 2 giveaways!

As you can see on my advertising page, I also have a “Special” of “Buy 2 months, get 1 free”. The November/ December / January time is quite a busy and fun time, the perfect time to take advantage of this offer, as I have some great posts lined up.



December will see me –

  • Show off some Christmas Cheer. Posts on Christmas stocking stuffers, how I decorate The Darling Den for the holidays, and my own Wishlist!
  • Celebrate Christmas! Woo!
  • I’ll probably be visiting Taronga Zoo, and I am considering having another “Zoo Week
  • My blogs 3rd birthday!

January will see me –

  • Celebrate New Years! Double Woo!
  • Recap the year that was.
  • I’m heading back to Melbourne at the end of January!


Head on over to the advertising page for a little more info!