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SockItToMe Sock Design Contest

Cheerful is as cheerful does right? Better to smile this early in the morning than frown and set my face for the day lol especially in this stormy weather! 3rd day now – I could totally do with a Johny 5 moment wake up call ๐Ÿ˜

Anyway Mum and I entered this great competition a couple of weeks ago, a very simple and straightforward design contest that a lot of people had fun with ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d never designed anything for feet before but have always been an admirer of fun, soft, long socks especially in warm or fluffy material (and yes pom poms too ^^’ ).

Unfortunately out of only 4500 entries (yeah that’s not much when it comes to testing my luck ๐Ÿ˜› ) we didn’t make the 30 finalists for voting but like with any contest there were so many cool and quirky entries and out of the finalists there’s the usual mix of greats and… Good luck to ’em and congrats thus far ๐Ÿ™‚

So since my tea is finished *looks at the pile of used tea bags* and I’m still lethargic here’s our what our entries looked like for the hell of it. Don’t laugh!

Poket

purse

Seet-Shop1

UnderSea

SocksandLadders

Note: Any length below the knee was eligible but the longer ones seem the most popular. Also these are just the rough presentation images, the smooth vectors & high res stuff is kept separately.

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An Outfit with Little Mistress Competition

The Warrior

This is my entry for an etailpr (see the side banner/widget on my blog) competition sponsored by Little Mistress – a purveyor of gorgeous clothing particularly dresses. This content is featured in the etailpr newsletter and on their site so may just be for members but the deadline is the 28th February so still time to sign up and enter and see if you can qualify for any of their other campaigns.

Guidelines:
To celebrate the launch of their spring summer collection, Little Mistress are hosting a spectacular competition that we know you’re going to fall in love with – appropriate considering it’s Valentine’s Day, we know!

You could have the chance to win ยฃ500 to spend onsite at Little Mistress! That’s right, a whole ยฃ500 to buy whatever you please. All you need to do, is create a wishlist post featuring an outfit from Little Mistress and blog about it before Friday 28th February.

To give you a little inspiration, you might like to style an outfit for the perfect date night, a girls night, or even a collection for a weekend away. Whatever you choose, make it good, and you could get the chance to buy it all for real!

When you’ve selected your items, styled your outfit and published your post, just make sure that you email a link to bloggers@etailpr.com so that we know you’d like to enter and for your entry to be counted.

Good luck girls, we know this is a fabulous one!

I’m a sci-fi/fantasy fan (so that includes a lot of YA fiction as well) and like the idea of visual kei, conventions and theme/costume parties – so when I saw this dress from Little Mistress I automatically thought Starship Trooper but then altered it to my own preferences with the fantasy theme making it work for an older fashioned warrioress rather than techie soldier.

Warrioress Goddess Valkyrie Amazon Fighter Warrior

The Dress can be found HERE – gorgeous sequin embellishment in a very feminine pattern

The headdress is HERE
The Wings are from the same shop HERE
The mask is HERE
The shield is HERE
The coat which I’ve been eyeing for years isย HERE
The bone/skeletal hand jewellery is HERE
The skeletal/bone finger claw/ring which mum and I actually both have and bought ages ago from the famous Camden Market is HERE
I’m a super fan of shiny lurex tights so the next best thing for a sequin metallic dress like this – chainmail boots! Ha ha ha! With suspenders to hold them up – substitute tights and footwear all in one. Can you say ‘love’? I can.ย HERE

The Sword
Please bear in mind that I’ve used this for artistic affect and to complete the armour looking outfit however a sword is not a toy or a pretty accessory. No matter how beautiful or ceremonial the look it doesn’t takeaway from the intended purpose and nature of the tool/weapon. The character in the scene is a warrioress and so it fitted in with her appearance, however in actuality if going to a convention/party a costume one would be better ๐Ÿ˜‰

So that’s my outfit, whether for a costume ball or end of the world, I’m ready ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mum

Mum

Jungle Warrioress Black Gold Lurex Cape Sateen Pants

Me

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New Designs – Trousers/Pants Galore!

‘Tis been an age since I submitted any designs to the Chicstar fashion design competition and I decided that since every line of pants they are still selling are discontinued stock I should submit some new ones. Truth be told pants barely ever score well on Chicstar but they are necessary and so many of us wear them. Dresses and skirts are lovely but pants are so much more practical and just as flattering. Hence I submitted the following designs; some have finished scoring (the voting period is 15 days) and some are still being voted on but I thought I’d post them altogether here as I don’t know if/when I’ll get around to other designs.

dapperdolly design lace up pants goth biker

Form fitting stretching lace up pants. Lace up over the crotch and side calves. Insert of the same fabric underneath the calf lacing.
Material: 86% Polyester, 14% spandex

dapperdolly buckle up stretch pants goth biker

Shapely semi-stretchy buckle pants. Zip up front with buckles on the side calves and insert of the same fabric underneath the buckles.
Material: 80% polyester 16% rayon 4% spandex

dapperdolly zip up stretch pants goth biker

Strong yet comfortable zip up pants. Zip up front with side calf zips and fabric underneath them (possibly a softer fabric for the insert).
Material: Ponte i.e. 100% polyester.

dapperdolly buckles straps pockets pants trousers

Shapely semi-stretchy metal accent pants. Boot cut pants with two small splits on the outer side of each leg, front pockets, three buckles on the left outer leg and one pocket on the right leg just underneath the knee. Discreet zip at the front.
Material: 80% polyester 16% rayon 4% spandex

dapperdolly Black Wide Leg Pocket Pants Trousers

Figure flattering and slightly flowing wide leg pants fold over front ‘belt’/waist band with hook or stud closures underneath and discreet zip. Front pockets and one side cargo pocket on the right leg just underneath the knee.
Material: 85% polyester 12% rayon 3% spandex

dapperdolly wide leg denim pocket cargo pants trousers

Figure flattering and slightly flowing wide leg pants fold over front ‘belt’/waist band with hook or stud closures underneath and discreet zip. Front pockets and one side cargo pocket on the right leg just underneath the knee.
Material: Denim

dapperdolly high waist laced lace up knee length pants pedal pushers

High waisted knee length pants with decorative lace down both outer legs and a small split at the bottom of each to allow the last two hoops to be functional and adjustable. Lace up at the back.
Material: Bengaline – 85% Polyester 12% Rayon 3% Spandex

dapperdolly velvet pedal pushers knee length pants

Sexy knee length pants with functional buttons at the front and bottom sides of both legs.
Material: Velvet

dapperdolly wide leg work suit pants trousers knee length

Work ready or just chic knee length wide leg pants with single middle pleat front and back, and upturned hems. Zip up with attached/fitted belt buckle on the waist band and two flat (suit style) front pockets.
Material: 80% Polyester 16% Rayon 4% Spandex

dapperdolly stripe pinstripe laced lace up pants

Boot cut fitted pants with lacing on the right side leg only, two functional flat block colour pockets on the back and 4 belt loops around the waist band. Discreet zip up front.
Material: 85% Polyester 12% Rayon 3% Spandex

Variations

These designs are variations of the ones above e.g. varying colours, prints, fabrics and details.

dapperdolly grey black stripe pinstripe lace laced up pants

Grey/Black pinstripe. Boot cut fitted pants with lacing on the right side leg only, two functional flat block colour pockets on the back and 4 belt loops around the waist band. Discreet zip up front.
Material: 80% Polyester 16% Rayon 4% Spandex

dapperdolly red rose print stripe pinstripe lace laced up pants

Stripes & Roses print. Boot cut fitted pants with lacing on the right side leg only, two functional flat block colour pockets on the back and 4 belt loops around the waist band. Discreet zip up front.
Material: 92% Polyester 8% Spandex

dapperdolly brown stripe pinstripe lace laced up pants

Brown stripe. Boot cut fitted pants with lacing on the right side leg only, two functional flat block colour pockets on the back and 4 belt loops around the waist band. Discreet zip up front.
Material: 80% Polyester 16% Rayon 4% Spandex

dapperdolly brown stripe pinstripe buckles straps pocket pants trousers steampunk

Brown stripe. Shapely semi-stretchy metal accent pants. Boot cut pants with two small splits on the outer side of each leg, front pockets, three buckles on the left outer leg and one pocket on the right leg just underneath the knee. Discreet zip at the front. This print was recommended by another member.
Material: 80% Polyester 16% Rayon 4% Spandex

dapperdolly cogs wheels print bronze brown buckles straps pocket pants trousers steampunk

Bronze steampunk cogs & wheels print. Shapely semi-stretchy metal accent pants. Boot cut pants with two small splits on the outer side of each leg, front pockets, three Gold buckles on the left outer leg and one pocket on the right leg just underneath the knee. Discreet zip at the front.
Material: 80% Polyester 16% Rayon 4% Spandex

dapperdolly cogs wheels print black buckles straps pocket pants trousers steampunk

Black & Grey steampunk cogs & wheels print. Shapely semi-stretchy metal accent pants. Boot cut pants with two small splits on the outer side of each leg, front pockets, three buckles on the left outer leg and one pocket on the right leg just underneath the knee. Discreet zip at the front.
Material: 80% Polyester 16% Rayon 4% Spandex

dapperdolly cogs wheels print black white pinstripe stripe buckles straps pocket pants trousers steampunk

Black & White steampunk cogs & wheels print. Shapely semi-stretchy metal accent pants. Boot cut pants with two small splits on the outer side of each leg, front pockets, three buckles on Black straps on the left outer leg and one Black pocket on the right leg just underneath the knee. Discreet zip at the front.
Material: 80% Polyester 16% Rayon 4% Spandex

dapperdolly wide leg studded belt pants trousers black

Studded belt. Figure flattering and slightly flowing wide leg pants fold over front ‘belt’/waist band with hook or stud closures underneath and discreet zip. Front pockets and one side cargo pocket on the right leg just underneath the knee. Decorative studds on the waist band.
Material: Bengaline – 85% polyester 12% rayon 3% spandex

dapperdolly wide leg studded belt pants trousers denim

Studded belt. Figure flattering and slightly flowing wide leg pants fold over front ‘belt’/waist band with hook or stud closures underneath and discreet zip. Front pockets and one side cargo pocket on the right leg just underneath the knee. Decorative studs on the waist band.
Material: Denim

Hope you liked them!

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Black and Red Roses Vintage Inspired Dress

Hello all,

It’s been a long time since I entered the main design contest on Chicstar.com (more info HERE) and recently they gave a simple design spec for what they would like in new entries. It so happens that I have some old designs that I hadn’t got round to submitting and I thought I’d try my luck by entering one I did last Sept/Oct.

The current desired design spec is:

Chicstar_Current_Design_Requirements

My new entry is:

Bolero Vintage Inspired  Flared Insert Dress Roses 50s

This is a 50’s style knee length 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 (to match the top/bolero) in the skirt section. The should only be a slight amount of stretch to the fabric, if any.

It is a variation of a design that did quite well and got good feedback. I made it longer to be more practical and changed the print from the ones available HERE

The original dresses were these:

Jacquard Red Black Blue Rockabilly 50s Dress

Rockabilly 50's Leopard Pinstripe Polka Dot Spot Vintage Retro Dress

As blogged HERE

Fingers crossed that I do better this time and have my first success!

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Denim and Patterns

‘Ello ‘Ello!

A few days ago I wore these great looking pair of jeans/denim pants that have Black/White stripe pockets and accents which make them quite striking but not overwhelming. I generally have a hard time finding and wearing jeans and unfortunately I found with these I should have ordered a size up because they were not as stretchy as I thought they might be. They still fit but I had to wear them quite low for comfort and will wear them at times when I’ve lost weight.

I wore them with a short sleeved Black jumper that has dogtooth patterned trim and pockets, over a long sleeved Black polo/turtle neck and I believe they matched the trousers nicely. To top the outfit off I wanted to give it even more texture(!) and so wore a faux fur hat to give the outfit a colder weather feel too. I hope you like the pics!

The first pic is also my latest fashion/customer photo entry for Chicstar Competition 3 โ€“ posting a pic of yourself or someone you know wearing an item of Chicstar clothing. Itโ€™s a great way of getting discounted clothing, it can be fun and itโ€™s also nice to see the clothing on different people.

Navy Denim Stripe Jeans

Navy Denim Stripe Jeans

Navy Denim Stripe Jeans

Here is the shop photo:

Chicstar_Stripe_Jeans_Denim

Thanks for stopping by!

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It’s a Golden Day

Hey all!

Here is my latest fashion/customer photo entry for Chicstar Competition 3ย โ€“ posting a pic of yourself or someone you know wearing an item of Chicstar clothing. Itโ€™s a great way of getting discounted clothing, it can be fun and itโ€™s also nice to see the clothing on different people.

The first pic is my entry and the next two are the others I was choosing from. The item of clothing from Chicstar are the trousers.

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Gold_Bronze_Trousers_Shiny_Pants

Gold_Bronze_Trousers_Shiny_Pants

I wore the trousers with a matching faux corset top that I bought from a local discount store.

Here is the shop photo:

The trousers look Taupe on my computer screen but they are actually Bronze/Gold.

chicstar_bronze_pants_trousers

They are currently at clearance price atย their standard size 42 for $19.95

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New Fashion Competition Photos

Good day to y’all!

Here are my latest fashion/customer photo entries for posting a pic of yourself or someone you know wearing an item of Chicstar clothing. Itโ€™s a great way of getting discounted clothing, it can be fun and itโ€™s also nice to see the clothing on different people.

Sheer Black Chiffon Blouse Top Chicstar

Red Jumpsuit Bolero Stretchy All In One Ruched Chicstar

Here the jumpsuit is worn with a matching bolero underneath and as the jumpsuit was a little big for me I twisted the straps and crossed them over the front. It was really humid that day hence I look a bit frazzled and sweaty, I’m not used to hot weather lol!

Here are the shop photos:

Sheer Black Chiffon Blouse Top Chicstar

Red Jumpsuit All In One Stretchy Ruched Chicstar

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Fashion Illustrations

Hello everybody,

it’s been quite some time since I posted any designs, that’s because I haven’t been competing but here are the last set of designs I entered into the Chicstar Design Competition 1ย  for your viewing.

Edwardian Victorian Lace Satin Gown Dress Fashion Illustration Design

Edwardian inspired full length gown with draping on the side, fitted/structured bodice with sweetheart bust. Lace over the fabric bust and panel over the waist for contouring but also over the bare skin of the upper body and arms for a sexy yet mysterious look. Faux pearls and cameo brooch on the front for a finishing touch.

Fashion Design Illustration White Black Lace Gown Maxi Dress

Strapless maxi gown making use of Black/White colour contrasting and accentuating the bust and waist. Lace panel over Black fabric down the front and an attractive yet practical slit on the front side.

Fashion Design Illustration Black Lace Gown Maxi Dress

Variant of the above, this is fully Black but with contrasting fabrics i.e. the main body of the dress would be a cotton spandex or ponte and the trim on the waist would be a matte satin. Again Black lace over Black fabric and a front side slit.

Thanks for looking and I hope you liked them!

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Ballet and Holmes? I Like Quirky Combinations :)

Hiya all! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are the last two pics that I’ve taken recently whilst wearing Chicstar clothing. The first pic features elegant wide leg pants, and a faux corset top from Next clearance.

The second pic features a unique pinstripe and ruffle skirt with lace-up ties on the side matched with a pinstripe peplum blouse I got from a cute little discount boutique I found.

Hope you like them!

The statue is one of my favourites in London; she looks a little lonely and strangely situated but I love her ๐Ÿ™‚ The items I’m wearing include a floral embroidered Silver/Black corset style top with chiffon sleeves from Next.co.uk. I was a new customer so got a discount and the top was already on clearance sale so double the savings! The trousers are from Chicstar.com and are in the beautiful wide leg flowing style made in stretchy fabric. Unfortunately they are now discontinued.

At a very quaint specialty museum – small but very detailed ๐Ÿ™‚ The Sherlock Holmes Museum can be found at 221b Baker Street (of course! ๐Ÿ˜€ ) London, UK. They have the best gift shop I’ve ever been into at an attraction, the gifts are very thoughtful, decorative and fun. I bought a an excellent detective board game (up to 4 players)!

The skirt I’m wearing is a fabulous couture design from Chicstar.com, it costs $59.95 and $65.95 in plus size. It also comes in Black fabric with Red stripes.

Here is the shop photo:

Stripe Pinstripe Gypsy Swag Lace Skirt

Polka and Nautical Love in Photos

Top ‘o the week to ye! ๐Ÿ˜€

Here are my latest fashion/customer photo entries for Chicstar Competition 3 โ€“ 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; itโ€™s a great way of getting discounted clothing, it can be fun and itโ€™s also nice to see the clothing on different people.

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

Retro Black White Satin Polka Dot Spot Belt Long Sleeve Top Chicstar

This is a fun top, I really enjoyed wearing it. The only issue is that it’s very loose and low cut, so if you tie it tightly at the back the open chest is pulled back wider and exposing more so you have to wear a top underneath. Also, when you tie it there’s a lot of extra fabric above the ties especially at the back. It’s ok but you just have to get used to it. I made this pic into a fun montage to represent the top’s retro fabulousness – hope you like it!

Black Jackt Blazer Gold Buttons Nautical Sailor Chicstar

This jacket is a lot more than it seems, the fabric is thick and very soft, almost like faux seude, very nice to the touch and it’s also very smart. The only issue I had with it is that it’s not fitted so even though it doesn’t feel very loose it can look it from the side and back but it’s manageable. The sleeves were a bit long for me so I rolled and pinned them inwards still exposing some of the awesome buttons. Those buttons really add character to the blazer.

The top from the first photo is now discontinued but the blazer is on sale at an incredible $19.95, it comes in Black and Navy and there’s only a few sizes left if you’re interested ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the shop photo:

Chicstar-Black-Gold-Button-Nautical-Blazer