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OoTD No. 36 – SHORTS WEATHER

As I mentioned in my last OOTD post, spring has well and truly sprung in Sydney. As soon as the temperature started nudging the mid-20s (celcius, obvi) I got my pins out (and proceeded to tell the world about it).

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I promise I wasn’t feeling as surly as I looked in the photo above. I was super excited to be outside on this gorgeous day BUT I was also keeping an eye out for the bus that was to take us to the pub, so I think that’s my ‘hurry up and take a photo’ face.

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I finally FINALLY have a pair of Jeremy Scott x adidas kicks to call my own. I have been dying for a pair of sneakers from their collabo ever since I saw those gold wings back in 2008, so I am loving myself sick right now. Pastels aren’t usually my thing, but I’m VERY into this ice creamy colourway… expect to see me wearing these a lot this summer.

Jacket: Asos - men’s size L. Currently available.
Tshirt: Lazy Oaf – one size. Currently available (FYI, it’s cheaper on Urban Outfitters).
Jeans: Witchery - size 16. Old collection.
Sneakers: Jeremy Scott x adidas Originals JS License Plate ‘South Beach’ – men’s size 9.
Backpack: Second hand from GAMMAvintage

I am 1.72m/5’8″, somewhere between 90 and 95kg/200 and 210lbs and I normally wear an Australian size 16/UK size 18/US size 14-16. My measurements are 107-96-114cm/42-38-45 inches.

OoTD No. 35 – Donut Steeze

It seems ridiculous to be posting this outfit now; I wore this over a month ago on a trip to the Blue Mountains with the in-laws. Being Sydney, winter is now well and truly over (and has been for weeks) so it somehow feels wrong to be featuring an outfit that involves ear muffs and a scarf. BUT said outfit also features the Greatest Jumper of All Time so I got over it.

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IT HAS DONUTS ON IT. DONUTS. (This, coupled with my tshirt covered in burgers, form the beginning of a great food-themed wardrobe.)

If you need a closer look at the detail, here’s a selfie taken in my bathroom with post-pilates hair the day it arrived in the post. Best purchase ever, Y/Y?

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Jumper:  Criminal Damage from Asos - men’s size L. Currently available (and on sale!)
Jeans: Witchery - size 16. Old collection.
Sneakers: Nike Air Max 90 – men’s size 8.5.
Ear muffs: Rike Feurstein. Old collection.
Scarf: A stall in Florence
Sunglasses: Ancient pair of Versaces from Sunglass Hut

I am 1.72m/5’8″, somewhere between 90 and 95kg/200 and 210lbs and I normally wear an Australian size 16/UK size 18/US size 14-16. My measurements are 107-96-114cm/42-38-45 inches.

OoTD No. 34 – Do the Bartman

My wardrobe is getting the to the point where I’m basically dead happy with everything in it. I’ve culled the dull stuff (mainly a lot of black jersey), and have stuck to only buying stuff I need/want with great urgency.

The weird thing is that my wardrobe now seems to be the one that I’ve been wanting since I was about 13 years old. The leather jacket, the platform sneakers, the all bright everything… it’s all stuff I’ve been into since I was barely pubescent (with the exception of my ill-advised punkish/numetal-y  stage when I was 17).

I’m basically the embodiment of that prolonged adolescence phenomonen that baby boomers love ranting about.

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Mining the men’s section is the best thing ever. Just like in my last OOTD post, this fookin’ amazing acid wash denim jacket was made for a dude. (And, just like last time, I have to roll up the sleeves so I can see/use my fingers.)

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Everyone remembers this song, right? Shake your body, turn it out if you can, man.

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Jacket: Asos - men’s size L. Currently available.
Tshirt: Romwe - one size. Romwe turns over stock incredibly quickly, so even though I bought this shirt a few weeks ago, it’s already off the site. That said, they still have a few Simpsons items left. The site isn’t fat friendly but you may have some luck with the oversize tees/shirts/cropped tees.
Jeans: Witchery - size 16. Old collection.
Sneakers: Converse All Star Chuck Taylor – men’s size 8 (I think). Available literally everywhere that sells sneakers.
Backpack: Second hand from GAMMAvintage
Half-arsed top knot: Not showering before I left the house
Soft drink: Jarritos Mexican Cola

I am 1.72m/5’8″, somewhere between 90 and 95kg/200 and 210lbs and I normally wear an Australian size 16/UK size 18/US size 14-16. My measurements are 107-96-114cm/42-38-45 inches.

Life, as seen on instagram

So all of a sudden it’s July and I haven’t updated my blog in bloody ages. Again. Sorry about that. It may please you to know, however, that I have been quite prolific on my new instagram: @awesomefrances. (Because apparently the tumblr, the other tumblr, the twitter, the facebook, and the pinterest weren’t enough.)

I never quite understood the appeal of instagram, but it turns out that was purely because I had a crappy phone. Once I upgraded to a handset that can actually actually take a clear photo AND cope with the instagram app without crashing, I turned into an insta-freak. Here’s what I’ve been up to over the past six weeks:

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I started learning Brazilian Portuguese! Eu falo um pouquinho de portoguês. || School night cocktails at Mary’s in Newtown

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90s descent continues: I bought a flanno || I don’t try to look like a kids’ TV presenter, it just happens

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New dress from Asos! || Hooked on work bathroom selfies

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Blue Mountains before dawn. It was cold. || Important new purchase from Romwe

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Tea and le Tour de France on the telly. It’s the most wonderful tiiiime of the yeeear… || BANANAGRAMS

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Frenchy themed feast to celebrate le Tour. The Boyfriend made the braised beef cheeks on the left and I made the poached pear and hazelnut clafoutis on the right.

OoTD No. 33 – Girl gang

Another item crossed off my 90s wishlist: I now have a sick leather jacket to call my own.

(For those of you who are curious, these are the remaining items on the list: a denim jacket (preferably acid wash), a denim vest (ditto), some butterfly clips, maybe a pair of high top Chuck Taylors, maybe a pair of black Dr Martens. However, I am of course taking all good suggestions.)

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Jackets are usually my enemy. I have quite broad shoulders which are usually contricted in women’s jackets. The solution? A leather jacket from the men’s section of the shop. It fits my shoulders better than any other coat I’ve owned, I can zip it up AND it’s not stupidly cropped like so many jackets for women (perfect for when your chest is freezing but your midsection is burning up). The only downside is that I have to roll up the sleeves.

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Wearing a leather jacket kind of makes me feel like I’m in a girl gang. Not an actual gang, mind you, more just looking good and loitering.

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Jacket: Second hand from Cream on King - size 40 (men’s)
Dress: Lazy Oaf – size L. Currently available.
Black skirt (worn underneath): Supre – size XL. Old collection.
Tights: We Love Colors Nylon/Lycra in neon green – size C/D. Currently available.
Sneakers: Converse Lady Weapon – UK size 8. Old collection.

I am 1.72m/5’8″, somewhere between 90 and 95kg/200 and 210lbs and I normally wear an Australian size 16/UK size 18/US size 14-16. My measurements are 107-96-114cm/42-38-45 inches.

OoTD No. 32 – Smells Like Teen Spirit

I am officially writing to you from my late 20s, as on Wednesday, I turned the ripe old age of 27. Interestingly enough, when I was little this was the age at which I thought I’d be getting married and having babies. I don’t know why I picked this number in particular; ’27′ just sounded terribly mature. (In reality I live in sin with the Boyfriend, dress like a teenager, and forget to buy groceries every other week. SHOWS WHAT YOU KNOW, LITTLE FRANCES.)

To celebrate this momentous occasion, a bunch of mates and I went to a 90s-themed dance party called Teen Spirit, which is a ridiculous and amazing club night that I love with all my heart. Since I’m still firmly ensconced in my 90s obsession, I decided to dress the part.

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I can cross another item off my 90s extravaganza wishlist: I am now the owner of the PERFECT leather mini backpack.

I had forgotten how spacious these things are. This wee backpack is smaller than my handbag, but with its multitude of zips and hidden pockets, it fits just as much. I bloody love it… so much so that this cheap, tacky thing has replaced Marc Jacobs. I’m bringing ‘em back.

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And here is me and my outfit in action. The DJs played Pony and Ignition (Remix) and Common People and I shout sang and danced dirty and saw 18 years olds making out like their lives depended on it.

It was a spectacular night.

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Top: Worn By from Asos – size L. Currently available (and on sale!)
Shorts: Witchery – size 16. Old collection.
Stockings: Kayser Plus Fuller Figure Sheer Nylon Pantyhose from Myer – size 1 (supposedly equivalent to a size 18/20 but it fit size 16 me perfectly). Currently available.
Backpack: Second hand from GAMMAvintage
Shoes: Buffalo x Solestruck – size 10. Currently available.

I am 1.72m/5’8″, somewhere between 90 and 95kg/200 and 210lbs and I normally wear an Australian size 16/UK size 18/US size 14-16. My measurements are 107-96-114cm/42-38-45 inches.

OoTD No. 31 – This is more like it

In my last OoTD post, I wrote that I had not yet found an outfit that was worthy of my sickening Buffalo x Solestruck platforms. A couple of you left lovely comments saying that my first attempt at styling them had already hit the mark, which was terribly sweet of you.

Sweet but wrong.

Because now I look bloody amazing:

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The dress is by Lazy Oaf, a London-based brand that I LOVE. I so wish they would expand their size range so all fatties can have this much fun with their clothing. (Domino Dollhouse’s latest collection is the closest a plus size range has come to speaking to me the way Lazy Oaf does.) This dress is marked as a size UK12-14, but it’s incredibly stretchy so I was able to fit my UK18 size body into it without much trouble. That said, my width and height does mean that the dress rides up like a mofo on me, requiring a black mini underneath to prevent flashing the odd flap.

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I can now tick ‘Oversized chambray shirt’ off my ’90s extravanganza’ shopping list. Next target: a mini leather backpack. I’m already trawling etsy…

Dress: Lazy Oaf – size L. Currently available. (It’s also available on Asos.)
Denim boyfriend shirt: Asos – size UK18. Currently available.
Black skirt (worn underneath): Supre – size XL. Old collection.
Shoes: Buffalo x Solestruck – size 10. Currently available.

I am 1.72m/5’8″, somewhere between 90 and 95kg/200 and 210lbs and I normally wear an Australian size 16/UK size 18/US size 14-16. My measurements are 107-96-114cm/42-38-45 inches.

OoTD No. 30 – My mad fat obsession

Have you experienced the glory that is My Mad Fat Diary yet? (If you haven’t, a wonderful person has uploaded all of season 1 on youtube. It’s only six episodes, so you can/should/will knock it over in a day.) MMFD is a British TV series set in Lincolnshire in 1996 that follows a fat, 16 year old girl named Rae as she tries to navigate friends, family, boys, and life outside the hospital after four months of psychiatric care. It’s hilarious, heartbreaking, sometimes triggering and is the best best best best best best best.

Sharon Rooney - who plays Rae - is spectacular and has the most wonderfully expressive face I’ve ever seen. The writers have captured the mindset of a 16 year old girl perfectly (which is perhaps unsurprising, given the show is based on real life Rae Earl’s real life diary); I see a lot of my teenage self in Rae, and going by the #mmfd tag on tumblr, so do many young women. On top of all that, one of the things I love most about the show and its popularity is the fact that a poor, fat, female protagonist is openly and vocally loved by the viewers.

Though Rae has severe body image problems, she is strong and resilient with an awesome sense of humour. She is comfortable with her teenage sex drive and she is attractive to boys. Not only that, she is attractive to objectively good-looking boys.  Not only that, but fans are ACTIVELY AND FEROCIOUSLY SHIPPING a fat character and her totally lush love interest. It’s bloody brilliant and I never thought I’d see the day. Well done, Shaz :)

ANYWAY, back to me. In the last month, my relationship with MMFD has gone from seen-a-few-gifs awareness to a full blown, all-consuming obsession. Like, to the point of reading fanfiction on tumblr. To the point of downloading the season 1 playlists and (re)acquainting myself with the awesomeness of Oasis, the Stone Roses, and early to mid-90s dance music. To the point of finally getting on the 90s revival bandwagon and hunting down the perfect chambray shirt (on its way from Asos to me as I type), the perfect leather backpack (search is ongoing), and the perfect platform sneakers:

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I AM LOVING MYSELF SICK RIGHT NOW.

I’ve been desperate for a pair of Buffalo platforms since the Spice Girls were at their peak (both in popularity and height, ba doom tish). All glory to Solestruck for letting me live out my pop starlet/club kid/giantess fantasies. And I am a deadset giantess in them. Normally I am around 5’8″ but in these babies I am at least 6′ tall. Not so long ago, I used to get self-conscious about my height and whenever I had to wear heels I would walk with a bit of a hunch to appear less domineering. Not anymore. I feel positively Amazonian. I feel like I could stomp on people. I am loving it.

The shoes arrived last week so of course I wanted to wear them out the first chance I got. Unfortunately, my first chance was dinner at a fancy restaurant so the accompanying outfit is not as loud and inappropriate as I would like (though I suppose it does draw attention to the shoes)…

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There’s room for improvement here, but this is a decent start.

Dress: Aje for Sportsgirl – size XL. Old collection.
Necklace: Sass & Bide. Old collection.
Shoes: Buffalo x Solestruck – size 10. Currently available.

I am 1.72m/5’8″, somewhere between 90 and 95kg/200 and 210lbs and I normally wear an Australian size 16/UK size 18/US size 14-16. My measurements are 107-96-114cm/42-38-45 inches.

OoTD No. 29 – Fashion is catching up to me

On weekends I basically live in some combination of the following: graphic print tshirt, denim shorts or jeans (preferably in a colour other than blue), high top sneakers, and if the weather requires, a sometimes-printed and always-colourful polar fleece jumper. (Now, I know I don’t post my outfits on here very often – I’ve been living here for the past four years am only up to my 29th OoTD – so you’ll just have to take my word for this. My IRL friends can vouch for me if needed.)

I’m happy with my weekend get-up. I was aware that it wasn’t very girly nor very stylish but it was very me, so I dug it.

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Apparently I wasn’t giving myself enough credit because it turns out that I am a massive trendsetter: my style of dressing is now in fashion. Beyonce’s gone street, the Spring Breakers costume designer must’ve raided my wardrobe while I was asleep, and everywhere you look women are wearing high tops (even if most of them are wearing those hideous sneakers with the wedge in them… seriously, just buy some regular Dunks and give your calves a break).

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So, given my new status as a fashion doyenne, I can only assume that 6 months from now I’ll be designing numerous capsule collections for various high end and high street brands, sitting front row at fashion weeks around the globe, and diving into pools of cash like Scrooge McDuck. Can’t wait.

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Hoodie: Matthew Williamson for H&M via eBay – size XL (men’s)
Tshirt: Lazy Oaf – size M/L. Old collection.
Shorts: Witchery – size 16. Old collection.
Sneakers: Nike Air Flight 89 from Hype DC – size 8 (men’s). Old collection.

PS. SYDNEYSIDERS: I’ll be a guest panellist at Cherchez la Femme on Sunday 21 April 2013. In the words of the organiser, “It’s like feminist Q&A… with drinks. CLF features thoughtful, uncensored, and irreverent takes on pop culture and current affairs from an unapologetically feminist angle.” It’s at the Vanguard in Newtown and may be your last chance to see me before I’m famous ;) Get your tickets here.

I am 1.72m/5’8″, somewhere between 90 and 95kg/200 and 210lbs and I normally wear an Australian size 16/UK size 18/US size 14-16. My measurements are 107-96-114cm/42-38-45 inches.

2012: The End of the World

Here we are at the end of another year. Like sands through the hourglass and so on and so forth. Sydney, the beautiful bitch that she is, has turned on a cracker of a day to farewell 2012: sunny, clear skies, cool breeze. The Boyfriend and I found time for a quick swim at Clovelly (my favourite beach) this morning and are currently prepping for a BBQ at ours tonight.

So this post isn’t a massive text dump, here’s the outfit that features my go-to dress of the summer party season:

Dress: Camilla – one size. Similar styles available.
Bag: Secondhand from Broadway Betty
Bangle: Dinosaur Designs. Similar styles available.
Sandals: Witchery – size 40. Old collection.
Lipstick: MAC Girl About Town

I’ve been waiting to show this dress off for months. I bought it specifically for my aunt’s wedding in Bali; as the sweatiest person alive, I needed something floaty and elegant that was made from natural fibres. Even at almost 50% off, this dress exceeded my budget but as it’s utterly perfect I bought it anyway. I had been coveting a Camilla dress or kaftan since I first saw her designs as a teenager. The vast majority of Camilla’s clothing is one size fits most, and given her kaftans and dresses are so shapeless, they really will fit most of us. The fact that I own a dress by a designer I’ve loved for over a decade, that will always fit AND that I never need to iron? To awesome for words.

But back to the day at hand.

For better or worse, 2012 was massive year for a lot of us. In my close circle of loved ones to my wide circle of internet friends, there have been life-changing events: serious health issues, break ups, moves overseas… Me and mine haven’t been spared. In a twitter conversation with Phebe of Lightning Heart about exactly this, she wondered if this is what the Maya had predicted; not the apocalypse, but great upheaval in our lives. I think she may be onto something. 2012 did not bring about the end of the world, but it was the end of the world as we knew it.

I hope that 2013 is less eventful.


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