Weekend Staple

As promised Im keeping it up. Its a grey woeful weekend so I have taken comfort in my signature weekend staple. I love Breton tops. I think I now own about 6. I have even ventured away from the blue and white variations into red and white. This outfit tends to be the norm but I do also wear them with pencil skirts for work and al la Alexa Chung with a Burberry style mac.

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Photos are once again by the Husband taken with the ipad so a wee bit sketchy

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Jacket – New Look Inspire
Breton Top – Very South Range
Jeans – Very high waist Superskinny South Range
Necklace – The Shape of Lies
Bag – GAP

You can also get a better look at my lovely little man that I bought in New York. Im so in love with this necklace.

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Im off now to collect my Asoc curve order from the local newsagents, so will let you know what that is like.

I have also set up a selling blog cruellasells so have a look if you want to. Im selling some Beth Ditto too. Will also put some stuff on ebay.

New York – Part 2

I really enjoyed doing the first post and got some great feedback already, so I actually was quite keen to do the Part 2. On the advice of Chattermonkey I have also invested in a photo editing app so hopefully the photos will also be the right way up this time.

I hate having my photo taken, not necessarily to do with size but just that I dont seem to translate well or look like me (apart from my wedding pics strangely, I will put one up so you can see what I mean at some point). I tend to avoid it at all costs, but I have to say just deciding to do this and having the husband take outfit shots over the last week has already made me a bit less camera wary. So thats a good thing.

Anyway, New York. I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the clothes shopping this time. Every trip to New York is different for me and sometimes its hard core shopping and others hard core mooching or sightseeing. This time it was very much about hanging out with my husband and doing some planned stuff and just what happens stuff.

Like here some of the plus size stores have gone from the city. Lane Bryant who had a store on 34th street and was very convenient has gone. Lane Bryant is good for work wear and is a bit better quality Evans, but it does occassionally have some gems. It also stocks 7 for all mankind jeans and a wide range of Spanx shapewear. Old Navy no longer stocks the plus range in its stores. Also the lovely Redress NYC has now gone.

I did visit Forever 21. In Manhattan the Times Square store has a pretty big selection of the Forever 21+ range. The store is wildly busy, go on a weekday or late at night. I wasnt wildly impressed. They did have an amazing cobalt blue blazer in there which was only $29! However there was only one left in the whole of NY and it was you guessed it the smallest size. Apparently the bigger sizes in the range sell out pretty much straight away, so it was fairly frustrating in that some of the things i did like were only in the small sizes in the range. Also I think i have already said that Im not a lover of this season and I think that had a lot to do with it. I did actually get to the point that I am boring myself buying black. I like strong colours but I just cant do the pastels and the ghastly sorbet colours, busy prints etc. Forever 21+ was pretty much like this and the main line range, it was also quite 80’s but in a bad way in my opinion. In fact I have pretty much given up and have accepted that I am shopping for A/W 12 now (more of this later). In the spirit of this I did buy a black chiffon, low high hem dress which will be worn with biker jacket in the A/W.

Macys has whole floor of plus ranges. Again can be a bit old wifey but worth looking. I noticed this time I was in there they seemed to have dropped some of the junior ranges. it used to be great for jeans but I think Apple Bottoms and Baby Phat have gone. Annoyingly the do stock the Levis body fit ranges but, yes you have guessed it only small sizes left ladies. Levis dont currently supply this range in plus sizes in the uk and dont stock them in their Levis stores in the US. They do also stock Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren plus ranges. Calvin Klein had a great pair of emerald green cigarette trousers which I definitely would have got. Yes only small sizes ladies. This is the frustration shopping out there.

Brooklyn does seem like a good bet. There is a big Lane Bryant there, a Forever 21 stocking the + range and Torrid is opening a store there shortly, the first in central NY. Brooklyn is definitely worth a look anyway. Some great shops in Williamsburg and Boerum Hill.

On the Saturday night the husband and I went to the 21 club for dinner, which is where we got married for a belated anniversary dinner. Its very old school patrician NY with impeccable service and amazing food.

I wore my Clements Ribeiro for Evans “Betty” dress and the Evans high suede wedges. I do love this dress. It felt very Mad Men. It was very comfortable to wear and felt very Elegant.

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Again looked a bit better in real life than the photo. We had a great night and also got a tour of the secret wine cellar from prohibition which was amazing.

After buying a vintage rabbit fur coat from ebay, which I have pretty much lived in for the winter. One of the things I was keen to do was to explore some of the vintage fur shops in NY. There are a lot more out there as due to the very cold winters people do wear fur more and part exchange their fur. I know this is a bit of an emotive issue and personally I would never wear or buy new fur but i do feel ok buying vintage. So during some freak spring weather in NY and on one of the hottest April days on record, over 90 degrees I went to Ritz furs on 29th and 7th street. Ritz furs used to be Ritz Furs Thrift shop and specialise in pre-owned and vintage fur. Compared to the odd plus size fur that you can find on ebay or in vintage shops, this store had lots for me to try. I didnt really go in there with the aim to buy but the coat was there waiting for me.

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Its so lovely! So once again Im shopping for AW and now wishing summer over. Im giving the coat a couple of weeks for a possible cold weekend and then it will need to go into cold storage for the summer.
You can also get a glimpse of my favourite daytime outfit of the week which I didnt get a good picture of. I wore the pansy print tunic by Clements Ribeiro for Evans and loved it. I wasnt sure at first but I wore it with skinny jeans and converse trainers. It looked better dressed down a bit and it was cool and comfortable.

On Monday to belatedly celebrate my birthday we went back to the East Village for drinks. We went to a few bars around East 6th and 7th street and back to Death and Company. Which once you are in there is just great. I love cocktails and am a real purist about it. These were very well made and the bar has a great vibe to it
This is the outfit I wore for drinks

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Jacket – New Look inspire from monkeyfatshionistas clothes swap
Top – GAP pure range
Jeans – New Look Inspire
Shoes – cant see in picture Evans Black suede wedges
Necklace – Tatty Devine

I love, love, love New York. We did very New Yorky and tourist things, including the sightseeing bus which I really would recommend, especially if you haven’t been before as it gives you a quick flavour of the whole city and where you might want to go. Also with the one we went with you get a free boat trip, again not to be missed. These last two photos just sum up NY for me. The amazing blue skies and my favourite building ever the Empire State Building.

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New York – Part 1

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So inspired by so many but especially Claire of http://amonkeyfatshionista.wordpress.com/ and Lauren of http://www.pocketrocketfashion.com/ and Sally I am aiming to kickstart my blogging. So please bear with me as Im not used to wordpress yet and I havent had time to put in everyone’s blog addresses that I read and get inspiration from. Also just previewed and havent worked out how to rotate the pics etc.

I comment on a lot of things and do attend some of the plus fashion things but I havent took the full step into blogging, but I thought why the hell not. Most people know me by my Cruella twitter name so i have renamed it too. Its probably not going to be wildly frequent and I can guaruntee the photos wont be as good as Claires or many others but I did start the husband off on his tutorial while I was away. So we may get there.

I have recently come back from a trip to New York so I thought that was probably the perfect thing to start on.

On the plane over I thought you probably cant get a happier time than on the flight out to a trip to New York. So I took the advantage to watch Shame on the plane. It was amazing but bloody hell was I glad I picked a happy time to watch it. Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan are both truly wonderful. There are bits in it where you can just feel the despair of both of them. If you havent seen it do, but really pick a happy time.

Part of our holiday was to renew our vows. The husband and I have been married 4 years now and our wedding was brilliant but a bit frantic. I didnt have the time before to give the attention I wanted to our vows and pretty much ad-libbed. I really wanted to make this up to the husband and recognise that 4 years in we love each other even more than the day we married. Sorry, stomach churning `I know. He also is the romantic in our relationship and does so much for me. So I organised this as a secret with the reverend who married us. I had booked a small community garden in the East Village for the ceremony which looked lovely on the web.

This was all secret. So fashion wise this had to be all done on the hoof, so no flowing dress etc for me. I really did want this to be casual and intimate. I did get a bit of grief packing of the why are you taking that variety!

So even though on the day we had a glorious sunny day I was determined to wear my Anna Scholz for Simply Be jacket and I brought the tiara from my wedding day. I very much had to literally plonk this on as my husband walked into the garden in front of me and saw the Reverend.

I wore

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Jacket – Anna Scholz for Simply Be
Top – GAP Pure
Jeans – High Rise skinny by Very
Shoes- Evans

It really was a lovely ceremony. The husband was completely shocked. The Garden was beautiful and he was really pleased.

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This picture pretty much sums us up

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As a second wedding breakfast we went to a great Mexican in the East Village and had Enchiladas and big Margaritas.

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Afterwards we went to the Big Gay Ice Cream shop a couple of blocks along on East 7th street where there are huge queues at about 11 at night. Amazing ice cream

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On the same street I found a brilliant little shop selling jewellery by small designers call The Shape of Lies that has all been cast and made in New York. I saw this little man in the window and had to have him.

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He is silver and gold plated, just the nicest thing. You can wear him long and short. Hes carved like a proper bear but on roller skates. While I was there I also had to have this Tatty Devine esque necklace which was very reasonable.

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On the same street was some great vintage shops which had some pretty reasonable stuff in there. I really would recommend the East Village. Its relaxed and has great shops for one off, small designers and vintage. Its a bit of a maze and if you find somewhere you like make sure you get the address as you will never find it wandering around again. We wanted to go to a bar called Death and Company on East 6th street but as we didnt have any government issued id we couldnt get in. I thought he was taking the piss at first but apparently this is quite common as the City is using it as an income generator to issue fines where not everyone has an id in bars. We did get there later in the week but we went to the Bourgeois Pig in the next street which was also great. There are lots of speakeasy style cocktail bars in NY at the moment. Again the East Village around 1st and 2nd Avenue is great for bars and restaurants but apparently dont go over further than Avenue B.

So first blog entry done! I will talk a bit more re the shopping on the next one. All comments appreciated. It will get better as it goes along.