Best Dressed

I have been amassing quite a selection of clothing and accessories on my Pinterest. Sometimes you just pin and pin and forget to look at that board and enjoy/be inspired by the things you’ve saved. So here are some of my favourites, I hope you like them. Lots of mustards, browns and earthy tones.

 

 

 

 

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Great style for curvy girls.

As a size 14-16 girl I love looking at images of other curvy girls to get style ideas. I often find it hard to imagine myself in outfits featured online because the models are so slim. I ask myself ‘How would that hang on me?’ ‘Would it suit my shape?’ and I end up feeling a little frustrated.

I love all shapes on women and I am certainly not anti skinny, if your happy and it feels right for you, enjoy it. Nobody owns your body but you. If skinny girls only saw clothes/styles/looks modelled by bigger girls I think they would find it hard.

Here are some beautiful looks I found on my internet travels, enjoy…

 

 

For true style perfection you cant beat The Curvy Elle.

Ch ch ch changes.

Amazingly I have given up smoking, Im on day 6. Its getting easier with each day. Maybe its the change in the season, makes it easier to change something in your life. Its not an easy choice and I haven’t been out to a bar yet drinking, that will be a huge test of strength not to smoke. If I can do it I will prove to myself that I am capable of self control, this is something that at 29 years old has eluded me most of my life.

Lets celebrate the change in season and the freedom of stopping.

 

 

Making a dress for under £10

Its rare you find a dress that is both pretty, comfortable and stylish. I recently bought a sweet little grey dress from White Stuff and loved the cut so much I decided to copy the cut and add some details. I did all for £9.20! The fabric I purchased was a light silky viscose fabric that hangs and drapes beautifully, 2meters was more than ample. The lace collar was 99p and both were purchased form Fabric Land in Portsmouth. I was pleasantly surprised to find the fabric as Fabric Land can be very hit and miss and also the sweet little collar. With the excess fabric I created a sash to pull in my waist, it’s safe to say I am more than happy with my new dress.

 

 

The dress I copied

 

 

T-shirt giveaway hooray!

First of all big thanks to Often Hover for the Levis Commuter review, sterling work. On to business…

I have one of these guys left and its an adult large so it just seems right to send it off to a special person!

Just tell me what animal you would like to see on my next print run of tees and totes in the comments section, I will pick my favourite and you win a tee, sticker and postcard. Then you will see your suggestion made into my next design.

Good Luck!

Charlie rocking the tee!

Levi’s 511 Commuter Review by Often Hover

Late last year, Levi’s entered the technical cycling market with a ride-orientated version of their popular 511 jeans. A slew of features have been added to the already awesome jeans to appeal to the two wheeled market and I’ve been clamouring to get a pair since first hearing about them, dropping my £80 at the Levi’s Boxpark store a few weeks ago. They haven’t been off my arse since.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Commuters is just how goddamn hard they are to find anywhere. Levi’s have been massively canny with their launch, keeping the jeans as exclusive as possible and limiting availability to a select set of retailers and a few of their own stores. For a time, you couldn’t even buy them through Levi’s UK online store and besides, I recommend trying a pair out for size before splurging due to some of the reinforced stitching affecting fit.

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Nice and stretchy.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Commuters, even before you get on a bike, is simply how comfortable they are. The fit is a decent compromise between skinny and slim with plenty of breathing room for sweaty post-ride legs; you’d be hard-pressed to tell these were technical jeans at all. However, it’s in the saddle that the Commuters really come into their own with the addition of Lycra into the denim providing more than enough stretch to remedy the usual Tight Thigh Syndrome incurred from riding in any other jean. While the level stretch isn’t anything close to what you’ll get with real Lycra’s, it’s enough to not cramp up your leg on each revolution (or your style, for that matter). On the comfort side, the Commuters get a big thumbs up from me.

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Knee-bunching kinda sucks.

The core reason I was initially attracted to the Commuters however, was their liquid and dirt-resistant coating, considering how liquid and dirt heavy Britain is. In the short time I’ve had the jeans, I’ve taken them out in more than a few rainstorms and I can report that the coating works extraordinarily well. Instead of soaking your legs in grime-ridden wetness, raindrops bead on the fabric surface and successfully wick away. In fact, it’s not just water that the coating repels: so far I’ve tested them with beer, cider, orange juice and blackcurrant cordial, all beading up and running away. When or if you get a pair, I highly recommend throwing anything and everything at them just to see this glorious technology at work. It’s so good that I don’t understand why more clothes aren’t coated this way but then I remember the single downside to all this goodness; saddle transfer. After my first ride, my usually tan leather Charge saddle had attracted indigo selvedge-coloured accents and black spots around the typical stress areas. Although simple enough to clean off with a baby wipe, it’s enough for me to recommend washing your Commuters before riding.

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Arse crack reinforcing.

The other main attraction of the Commuters is their reworked stitching and extra reinforcing over the traditional 511’s. We’ve all come to expect high quality, hard wearing garments from Levi’s and the Commuters don’t disappoint in this respect, featuring heavy duty stitching around all the typical cycling stress areas, particularly the crotch and waist. The seams also alleviate the inevitable and unattractive dismount wedgie encountered with regular denim. While not padded, the saddle area offers ample comfort, moulding well to your rear end and forming a tight yet non-restrictive fit. The built-in lock band on the left rear waist is another handy feature for cyclists with average or undersized locks but be aware that heavy duty locks such as my Magnum X4 simply will not fit. I recommend a Kryptonite NYC series lock for ultimate compatibility and general cycle steez. That being said, an overall plus for the Commuters on the quality front.

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Reflective turnups – this years must have.

The piece de resistance for the Commuters though, is arguably the inclusion of high reflectance 3M strips stitched to the inner leg. Few cyclists want to rock dayglo trouser straps and these strips seem to be the perfect compromise between style and functionality. The standard turnups provide a small reflective area that emits a crazy amount of light when illuminated by standard automobile headlights but are in no way a replacement for frame mounted reflectors. For ultimate visibility, simply roll those cuffs up by five or six inches to the point where the jeans effectively become 3/4 length shorts and you’ll be impossible to miss on the road unless the guy behind you is Mr. Magoo. Are these strips worth the £80 entrance fee to Commuterland? No, but they definitely make the package far more palatable and show a thoughtfulness on the part of Levi’s designers.

On the whole, the 511 Commuters are well worth a trip to the local Levi’s reseller, even if just to check them out. Debonair urban cyclists will already have the entire colour range in their wardrobes and if your aim is to keep up with that crowd then hurry up and go buy a pair but if you just want a comfortable pair of jeans to ride and chill in, I can offer an equally enthusiastic recommendation. If you can stomach the price, no cyclist should hesitate.

Hello chaps

I have been working like a total nutter and must say I felt utterly exhausted today whilst I assisted artist Wendy Middleditch doing printing with 40 kids. It has however been worth every late night, piece of self doubt and shitty headache. So to honour this here are some photos of chaps and chap related goodness. Im working on some dapper toys at present and felt it fitting.