Why I’m not a fashion blogger

Friday, April 6, 2012 Permalink

It probably won’t surprise you to know that I’m NOT a fashion blogger. I mean, you may have read tweets in which I confess to leaving the house in old tracksuit pants and thongs to do my grocery shopping. And you’ve undoubtedly noticed that the closest I’ve gotten to talking about ‘fashion’ was a post about TV show Drop Dead Diva and the fact I need to be less self-conscious of my WAY less-than-perfect body and perhaps cover up a bit less. (And by that I don’t mean, show-off my muffin top or mottley chubby thighs… rather, wear more fitting clothes that – APPARENTLY – are more complimentary to one’s shape.)

Between my hatred of shopping (in general) and body issues, I’ve probably been clothes shopping once this entire year (if that) – deferring the torture pleasure – until I’ve lost more weight; or have adopted a drug habit that numbs the senses sufficiently.

I wore my fabulous Nicola Waite shirt; its bling seen here next to my giftbag

However, last Thursday fellow blogger, Loulou from Here I am LouLou, and I ventured into trendy inner-city Brisbane location, New Farm, to partake in a James St Up Late party, hosted by Marie Claire magazine.

I hadn’t been to something similar before and didn’t know what to expect, but diligently researched the event (ie. Googled) beforehand. I must confess I also hadn’t been to James St for yonks. Longer than yonks. So, I was pleasantly surprised by what was on offer.

However, just in case I haven’t made it clear (!!)… I am (significantly) less than petite  so I wasn’t sure I would enjoy the evening scouring fabulous designer labels I could neither afford nor fit into; but somehow Loulou and I managed to spend three delightful hours wandering from store to store browsing. (Yes, every store owner’s nightmare – the window shopper!)

Nat Sui

I had THE. BEST. TIME. And I met some fabulous people. For those to whom fashion labels mean something… We spent ages in Nat Sui and the staff were very friendly (it was there I partook in my first part-glass of champagne – which most stores had on offer). Heidi Middleton of Sass and Bide fame was just lovely and I suspect pretended she didn’t hear me giggling over their ‘Spray-on’ jeans (l swear, that’s what they’re actually called).

And… better still, she didn’t look me up and down – as I fussed over their latest lines – with the look of disdain usually held for someone who (in no way in hell) would fit into something in the store. (Believe me, I’ve seen that look in the past. Bah, bitchy shop assistants!)

Easton Pearson

I have long loved Easton Pearson – again, somewhat outside my price range (and size). And during our chat to Pamela Easton I told her I was sad when a former store of theirs disappeared from my route from the city to home each day. Their clothes are always unusual and I love their textures – just gorgeous. Someone used to update their window displays almost daily and I looked out of the bus window longingly as we voyaged through the dreary tones of the inner city in the early evening.

I’m a bit of an eclectic kind-of-gal myself so love me some sequined bling combined with tweed for winter. Oh and frills seem to be in as well.

If you have time, take a look at their website. A. M. A. Z. I. N. G! Despite my minimal knowledge of fashion they, along with my beloved Nicola Waite (who does make bigger sizes and who I can occasionally afford), are probably my fave Oz designers.

My blogging buddy Loulou got to meet Jackie Frank, editor of Marie Claire and again the woman of the hour (umm… and by that I don’t mean Loulou) was chatty and loved hearing from a reader. (I refrained from telling her I don’t read fashion mags because my ability to see myself in any of the clothes worn by skinny models is light years away.)

I must confess that I hadn’t even heard of designer Camilla, but fell in love with her store of brightly coloured kaftans, one of which was worn by Oprah – yes THAT Oprah – on her visit here last year!

Given my lack of fashion savvyness and the fact that I wasn’t even sure I wanted to go…  the evening was the most fun I’ve had in ages. Loulou and I were madly tweeting as we wandered about (the good thing about being with another blogger is that neither of us thought the other rude when we stopped in the middle of the street to ‘instagram’ something). I’ve never seen so many AMAZINGLY clothed women in one place in ages (and some of them so ridiculously young and beautiful)!

Loulou fell in love with these large bottles from St. Barts

In fact, the area was packed with all sorts of people clutching their Marie Claire gift bags, along with their many purchases. As for me, I only bought some soaps (yes, me and my ‘bath’ habit) from the fabulous store, St. Barts.

I gather that the James St precinct hosts these events on a semi-regular basis and according to all of the shop owners and assistants we spoke to, the evening was a huge success.

I certainly had a great time and, although I can’t see myself becoming a fashion blogger anytime soon, it was nice to hang with the beautiful people and ponder on other ways to spend my mortgage payments!

20 Comments
  • Nikki @ Styling You
    April 6, 2012

    Deborah, sounds like a fun night! Would love to see a photo of you in your Nicola Waite shirt. I would!

    • Debbish
      April 6, 2012

      I probably don’t have a photo… I wore the same shirt to a wedding in Sept and to my dad’s funeral. Bizarrely I forgot I had it and must confess I have a bit of Nicola Waite (and Nic) stuff – a lot of which doesn’t fit me! I bought some of it on eBay and must put it back on there at some point before it is all completely passe.

      I just got her latest catalogue and LOVE some of the pieces. I love her stuff cos she goes up to a (v.small) size 22! And it’s funky!!!

  • Kek
    April 6, 2012

    Lucky you! Sounds like so much fun. I’d love to go to something similar here… 🙂

    My recent style consultation taught me that I can dress in clothes that look great and make me feel good without: a) going to a lot of trouble choosing them; or b) squeezing myself into something uncomfortable. A simple pair of jeans and t-shirt can be dressed up or down to suit a wide range of occasions.

    Listen to me – Ms Fashion Expert. LOL. Up until last week, I was always the trackies-and-thongs type at the supermarket. Not any more…

    • Debbish
      April 6, 2012

      It was great fun Kerryn. A blogger I met at an event just put the word out as the precinct had emailed bloggers, BUT it was open to all and sundry. Made me see other opportunities in my blogging world.

      I enjoyed reading about your style consultation! I’m still putting off ‘shopping’ for too much until I lose some more weight, but am going to Melbourne next week and have three things on my agenda: new jeans (eek!); boots that I can walk in and wear to work/out etc; a jacket of some sort. (Wish me luck!)

  • Jess
    April 6, 2012

    I confess I have no idea who you were talking about in this post, but I have heard of Sass and Bide so maybe I’m not a complete fashion loser after all.

    Scratch that, yes I am. I’m happy in my shorts and singlets. That it is all!

    Oh and I loved being with other bloggers in Melbourne and doing the whole Instagram/tweet thing mid conversation. So nice to be with people who understood!

    • Debbish
      April 6, 2012

      Jess… I can hardly talk either.

      I know what you mean about the blogging world. I attended a Hello Blogger event here in Brisvegas in early March and LOVED that I could sit and tweet throughout something. I returned to work the next week feeling some despair that I couldn’t do the same there. (Surely would make our working day more enjoyable… ‘Could Brad’s presentation be more tedious?! #boredshitless’ That sort of thing!)

  • bridal designer sarees
    April 6, 2012

    I love that fur stuff .superb!!!!

    • Debbish
      April 6, 2012

      I know… it’s just gorgeous.

  • Lou Lou
    April 6, 2012

    For someone who claims not to be a fashionista, you sure are rubbing shoulders with some uber sytlish women! Sounds like a fantastic night and your partner in crime has a wonderful name.

    • Debbish
      April 7, 2012

      So many Lou Lous!!! I have to say the designers we met were fabulous. Initially I didn’t want photos with any of them, but later kinda wished I had because they were so lovely and chatty. (And normal… who woulda’ thunk it?!!)

  • loulou
    April 7, 2012

    Hi lovely lady,

    Woo hooooooo – we had a ball.

    Loved the night with you and loved all that you described.
    The shop assistants were delightful (well the shops we selected to go into anyway).
    You looked stunning and “next” time we will get some photos of YOU in them.

    thank you for mentioning me in you fabulous blog post – your writing is such a talent and clearly takes the reader to your event.

    have a lovely day

    x Loulou

    • Debbish
      April 7, 2012

      Thank you so much Loulou. I was surprised at what a good time I had. Realise I must get out and about more!

  • Anna (My Design Ethos)
    April 10, 2012

    Looks like a fabulous night! I’m always a teensy bit jealous (ok maybe a lot) when I see all these gorgeous events that bloggers from the south get to go to. I’m a bit far away in North Queensland to get to enjoy some of these pretty evenings. Oh well – I will live vicariously!

    • Debbish
      April 10, 2012

      Hi Anna… it was the first thing of its kind I went to and I (obviously) had a great time! I’m only just starting to go to blogging events this year too. I went to a local (Brisbane) workshop in early March, and am going to Nuffnag’s Blogopolis at the end of June!

      Deb

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style
    April 14, 2012

    I am so jealous. I really wanted to go to James Street but couldn’t find anyone to play with, so stayed home. The clothes look gorgeous. Rachel x

    • Debbish
      April 14, 2012

      Wish I’d known as I went with another blogger, Loulou and we would have been happy for company!

      Deb

  • Misha - The Bling Buoy
    April 15, 2012

    I’m SOOO jealous! You met Jackie Frank! And all that lovely Nat Sui! Sigh. I’m glad you had such a wonderful time though. Everyone deserves to be spoilt. 🙂

    • Debbish
      April 15, 2012

      Thanks Misha. I (we) had a great night!!!!

  • Paola
    April 24, 2012

    Really like the new look. I enjoyed this article. Many thanks for the fantastic blog post.

    • Debbish
      April 24, 2012

      Thanks Paola!

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