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New Photo Competition Entries

Namaste! 😀

Its been a while but here are my latest fashion/customer photo entries for Chicstar Competition 3 – posting a pic of yourself or someone you know wearing an item of Chicstar clothing. If you like them please click on the pics, which will take you to their ChicStar pages and why not take a look at the other entries. Perhaps even get involved yourself; it’s a great way of getting discounted clothing, it can be fun and it’s also nice to see the clothing on different people.

Tip – you get $10 for entry into the contest and could win an extra $100.

Chicstar Black Satin Sweetheart Corset Frill Peplum Top

Black Satin Sweetheart Corset-Style Frill Peplum Top

Chicstar Black Gothic Goth Lace Up Jacquard Sleeveless Top

Black Gothic/Goth Lace Up Jacquard Top

Chicstar Black Sweetheart Velvet Jacket Coat

Black Velvet Sweetheart Bust Jacket/Coat

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Designs – Vintage Inspired Dresses + Heart Cut-outs!

Hello everybody! 😀

Here are some more of my current fashion designs being voted on at Chicstar.com in Competition 1 – submitting original designs. If you like them or want to see what other people are saying click the pics and maybe vote 🙂 You can also view my past designs by clicking my name on any of the ChicStar pages.

Remember there are many awesome designs submitted to Chicstar, and we’d (designers) love your feedback and if you see anything you’d like to buy you can get a 30% discount with coupon code WINNER.

This is a 50’s style mini dress that appears like a dress and bolero but is really one piece. It has a high collar, 3/4 inch sleeves with turn-up style cuffs, a sweetheart bust shape and Black inserts in the skirt section. The Black fabric can be poplin, cotton or poly-stretch (only slight amount of stretch) fabric. The length should be mid-thigh. I’ve drawn it in Red, Blue and Black jacquard/brocade to show different options.

Same as above except I changed the fabric to leopard print, pinstripe and polka dot to show alternative options.

This is a cute and smart jacket in soft/comfy velvet with satin trim. The main body is velvet and the hip section and cuffs are ruched satin and cuffs have lacing. The jacket closed with hook and eye closures. The back of the hip section has a tie-up long bow.

Same as above but in cotton pinstripe and satin trim.

 Hope you like them!

Contrasting Patterns = Cuteness

Contrasting patterns is one of the latest crazes, it’s not new but in terms of fashion life cycles it’s having its time in the sun again. I haven’t always been a fan of mixing patterns e.g. stripes and dots but I think if it’s done with a method, it can be done very flatteringly for everybody. Of course that means picking patterns, colours and fabrics that suit you personally but also finding ones that have some matching feature even though they contrast. Oxymoron? Well, they don’t have to be polar opposites but they can be different enough to contrast yet still share some synchronicity. I think it’s achieving that balance which pulls a whole outfit together using the varying elements to set each other off but in a complimentary way instead of being too loud.

The example I give here is one of detailed florals and animal print – sound nothing alike eh? Very true, they don’t sound like natural bedfellows for non-catwalk fashion but I discovered that such striking contrast can work! How? By embracing their similarity and relishing their difference. Both the floral trenchcoat and the hat are Black and White, the ultimate flattering contrast. The coat is Black with White flowers and the hat is White with Black patches (faux dalmation). The coat pattern is small and intricate and the hat pattern is large and simple. If they had been different colours I don’t think the combination would have worked but because they are the same, they both maintain their individuality yet work well together.

I think this method could work particularly well for people who perhaps aren’t too comfortable wearing patterns let alone a lot of pattern or multiple patterns as they can experiment with ones that appeal to them and have the security of knowing that they have matching qualities. Wearing mis-matching patterns, colours (e.g. the latest version of the colour blocking style) and fabrics isn’t for everybody but that doesn’t mean they are a no-go area; with a little effort we can find what suits us best and with ‘safe’ methods like this hopefully there can be as little trial and error as possible!

What do you think of contrasting patterns and what your tips on wearing them confidently?

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 Competition Entry

I took these photos for Chicstar Competition 3 – posting a pic of yourself or someone you know wearing an item of Chicstar clothing for $10 entry and the chance to win a further $100.  If you like it please click on the pic, which will take you to their ChicStar page and vote Yes. Also why not take a look at the other entries and vote, perhaps even get involved yourself, it’s great fun and nice to see the clothing on different people.

This coat is now discontinued as I bought it a while ago but there are plenty of other cute ones available, if you see anything you like remember to get your 30% discount with the WINNER coupon code!

Fashion Designs – Contest Entries

Hello all! 😀

It’s been a while but here are my latest fashion designs being voted on at Chicstar.com in Competition 1 – submitting original designs. If you like them or want to see what other people are saying click the pics and maybe vote 🙂

Remember there are many awesome designs submitted to Chicstar, and we’d (designers) love your feedback.

Thank you!

Blazers are all the rage and great for layering during Spring to Fall. I thought I’d make a more feminine, retro and two-in-one version of the classic boyfriend blazer. It has a faux shirtfront attached to it in either polka or pinstripe, which buttons up like the jacket and has a pussy bow tie-up at the collar. So basically this jacket and blouse like coverage but can still be worn with a top underneath. The polka or pinstripe is also on the roll up/turn up sleeves. The jacket is fitted at the waist. I hope and imagine this as both smart and dressy.

This dress benefits from both the pencil and swing skirt silhouettes. It has a faux shirtfront in polka or pinstripe and tie-up bow at the collar (pussy bow blouse style) and buttons down to the waist (functional buttons) to make it easy to take off and put on whilst looking formal. The ‘upper/over’ plain colour layer then billows out a bit over the ‘lower/under’ layer which is in pencil style. The plain fabric is shorter than the pattern fabric. In reality it is all one layer sewn in sections but it gives the illusion of a double layered, more expensive, two-in-one dress. I think this way will be more wearable and comfy though with coverage yet coolness due to the turn-up sleeves and knee length. Overall I imagine it can be worn for both cuteness and smart wear.

I love both retro cut out shapes and peplum and Im glad to see that both are making a big comeback in all fashion shows this year with peplum staying strong from last year and cut-outs becoming more popular. So I decided to incorporate the two in the classic pencil dress to make a saucy yet cute little black dress of my own (though it can really be in any colour). Sleeveless, wide collar, mid-low narrow rounded neckline, fitted waist, heart cut out at the back, peplum hips and pencil skirt section. The dress fastens at the back above the heart cut out. Small slit at the front with a faux small button above it for detail/decoration.

This is a cute and smart top/jacket for warm weather and can be worn as top underneath something else in cold weather. It has a sweetheart neckline, cute puff sleeves, button up front and a detachable belt that you can tie as you like e.g. in a bow or long sash style. Both the top/jacket and belt are forest Green (or other satin colour) with Black trim. Black buttons. The fabric or both the body and trim is satin.

This is a cute and fun top/jacket for warm weather and can be worn as top underneath something else in cold weather. It has a sweetheart neckline, cute puff sleeves, button up front and a detachable belt that you can tie as you like e.g. in a bow or long sash style. Both the top/jacket and belt are floral with Black trim. Black buttons. The floral is cotton but the trim can be either satin or cotton.

This is a full length skirt with the benefit of both long skirt coverage and mid section accentuated shape due to the over layer in wrap/tulip style. Both layers are attached.

This one is for those occasions when we feel we just have to free our legs and walk as fast as we want to but in a skirt lol. This should be above the knee and have a very small slit at the back which should not reach past the back tulip point/’flap’ and for the taller ladies the back detail should act as coverage just in case the skirt is very short and the slit a bit worrying. Contrasting colours Black with White trim but could be any colour combination especially as colour blocking is such a popular fashion style.

This is a longline waistcoat/vest for good fit, coverage and accentuated shape. Rounded/angular double breasted collar, overlapping front, detachable belt, hip length with the front being longer. The back is not angular, it simply goes right round at hip length. The buttons are Silver tone.

Fashion DIY – A Favourite Coat Alteration!

Hello readers :-),

I’m overjoyed to read more and more from fellow bloggers about fashion (and indeed household) DIY projects and clothes recycling. This is basically when we buy something and need/want to alter it or upgrade an old item instead of throwing it away or donating it. I’m no seamstress but I have always made basic alterations to my clothes to make them fit better or look more to my liking. Alterations can include hemming, pinning/taking in or out and adding decorative features like lace or studs, and even those simple fixes can change the whole look or feel of an outfit. It’s a great way to update your wardrobe!

The particular piece I’m posting about was a coat I bought a few years ago and changed the colour to a darker shade. It was a beautifully shaped and elegant coat but the light Khaki/beige was too light for me to wear as an everyday coat but I loved it so much and wanted to wear it often without getting it dirty so easily so I had to do something.  Hence it started off like this:

BEFORE:

and ended up like this… AFTER:

I still have and love this coat and the only DIY I’ve done since is change the buttons but I’ve found I’ve had to re-sew buttons for pretty much every  jacket and coat I’ve bought in the last 3-4 years regardless of where I bought them from. Anyone else noticed the trend of loose buttons? :-S It’s ok though in one sense because that spurs me on to change them altogether to more decorative ones.

BTW this coat is still available in limited sizes from the store I bought it from http://www.chicstar.com/storefront/listproducts.aspx?Cutaway-Flare-Long-Trench-Coat&id=6388 it’s on sale for $39.95 and also available in Black as pictured below. If you’d like to buy it or anything else you can also get 25% off your order with the coupon DAZZLE

Happy DIY-ing to you all! 😀 

Fashion Photo Competition Entries – Catching Up!

Hello all!

It’s been a while since I posted any photos for the Chicstar customer pic contest so here’s a bunch in one go!  The model is my beloved mother dearest!

Note – Chicstar Competition 3 – posting a pic of yourself or someone you know wearing an item of Chicstar clothing. If you like it please click on the pic, which will take you to their ChicStar pages and vote Yes. Also why not take a look at the other entries and vote, perhaps even get involved yourself, it’s great fun and nice to see the clothing on different people.

Tip – you get $10 for entry into the contest and an extra $100 if you win.

Here are most of the items used in the pics above. Click them to go to site and check availability.  The clothes not listed were either discontinued/sold out or limited edition prototype designs.

         $29.95                   $19.95                    $29.95                    $39.95


$29.95               $29.95                     $25.95                            $9.95

 

           $19.95                            $19.95

Unique Maxi Gown – Fashion Photo Competition Entry

Note – Chicstar Competition 3 – posting a pic of yourself or someone you know wearing an item of Chicstar clothing. If you like it please click on the pic, which will take you to their ChicStar pages and vote Yes. Also why not take a look at the other entries and vote, perhaps even get involved yourself, it’s great fun and nice to see the clothing on different people.

 The model is my beloved mother dearest!

Tip – This dress was a prototype meaning that only 2 or 3 were made, one for auction, one for the model to wear and possibly one for the designer if they chose a prototype of their design rather than prize money. So this is truly couture! There are limited edition designs available every week at auction and throughout the year Chicstar will occasionally release/put the prototypes worn by the model up for sale at a discounted price so if you missed out at auction, are a size US4/EU36/UK8 and are fast enough with the checkout you can catch them then!