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City Chic Bikini – Every body is a bikini body!

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I don’t know if I will ever get the hang of Melbourne weather. So far it’s  been pretty cold for what I’m used to at this time of year. It’s starting to warm up though and I know soon enough I will be complaining that it’s too hot! I was gifted this City Chic bikini a few months ago and only found the weather nice enough recently to finally shoot it.

City Chic Bird Bikini Plus Size

Now first up, YAY to City Chic for releasing bikinis! They have a few different options, but I was drawn to the colours in this bird print set. The top I went for in a 20c as that is about the size I wear (I am one of those super naughty ladies who hasn’t been professionally fitted for a bra) and the fit is great around the chest but a little big in the cups. That is pretty normal for me as I have small boobs. The top has great support though as it has wire! It’s basically a bra in swimsuit material.

City Chic Bird Bikini Plus Size

The bottoms I went for a size 22 because I wanted them a bit spacious. They are super comfy and I love the way they sit. They don’t sit as high on me as they do on the model on the CC site, but I still like that they are a higher waist.

It was a little bit scary at first rocking a bikini out at the beach, but it was also a hell of a lot of fun! I’ve worn a bikini before, but not out to a beach. I’m very much of the opinion that ALL bodies are bikini bodies, and that you can wear whatever YOU want to wear.

Top – Birdie Underwire Bikini Top (Size 20c ) || Bottoms – Birdie Bikini Brief (Size 22)City Chic Bird Bikini

What is your favourite type of swimwear?

Photos by the amazing PurpleNebula Photography.

Nambucca Heads – What I Wore! Plus size holiday edition!

I didn’t take too many outfit specific images away, as I mentioned, I really just wanted to relax, unwind and take a little time away from social media. I couldn’t stay away completely and had my Mum snap a few quicks pics for me and of course, took a few selfies. Oh, and yes, I only took one pair of sunglasses away with me!

XL as Life - What I wore - Nambucca Heads

I actually wore two dresses to my cousins wedding, but only photographed the first one. I picked this ASOS Salon Prom dress up when it went on sale for a fraction of the price. I just loved the colour. I paired it with a black bolero type cover up from City Chic, black strappy flat sandals and my Haus of Dizzy dinosaur earrings!

Dress – ASOS  || Bolero – City Chic || Earrings – Haus of Dizzy || Sunglasses – Quay Australia

XL as Life - What I wore - Nambucca Heads

I kept my makeup pretty simple, gold and pink on my eyes, half lashes and a Ciate Lip Slick. I forgot my setting spray, and I was sweating, but the makeup stayed on so well. I’ve recently swapped to a Smashbox Primer and I think it’s been working wonders! I need to get back onto bio oil-ing where my lip rings were, you can still see all 5 scars!

XL as Life - What I wore - Nambucca Heads

I had limited space to pack, so I really thought about my outfits in advance. Usually I pack too much and never wear half of it. I was surprised that this lip print co-ord was one of my most worn outfits. I think I’ve worn it once since I bought it a few years ago and now I’m just obsessed! I’m really going through a ‘white’ stage.

Top – ASOS Curve || Skirt – ASOS || Bag – Kmart || Sunglasses – Quay Australia

XL as Life - What I wore - Nambucca Heads

When I travel, I like to be comfortable. This is what I wore for the trip from Melbourne to Penrith, Sydney and them from Penrith to Nambucca Heads. It was perfect for both Melbourne and Sydney weather. I loved this shirt so much I put it on one of my Lustlists, but sold out before I could afford it, so I stalked it online until one came back in stock and snagged it. I probably could have sized down, but I still love it.

So many people say that fat people shouldn’t wear oversized items, it looks like a potato sac, you need to define your waist, but I say “WEAR WHATEVER YOU WANT”.

Top – Boohoo+ || Pants – Forever21 || Boots – Betts || Sunglass – Quay Australia

XL as Life - What I wore - Nambucca Heads

Here I am in all my un-made-up glory! This was on the day we left Nambucca Heads, I had hardly slept (I was up most of the night worrying about my niece in New Zealand with the earthquake/tsunami) so I was hot and tired. I wore my most loved Forever21+ flare pants (as in outfit above) but paired it with this tie-dyed button up from Be Me! Look at the background though! I miss that view already!

Top – c/o Be Me || Sunglasses – Quay Austalia || Eyebags – Lack of sleep.

What do you wear when travelling?

In the dressing room – City Chic & 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!?