Friday, February 5, 2016

HOW TO MEASURE YOURSELF (AN ONLINE SHOPPER'S GUIDE)


By Anna at The Beetle Shack

Measuring oneself is a task that sounds simple enough but when you've got a shopping cart full of bargains and you were meant to leave the house 15mins ago and your wifi is playing up and hubby is standing at the front door tapping his foot things can get escalate quickly! So heres's a few quick tips for taking your own measurements and being organised for all future online shopping expeditions. So let's go!

You will need:
- a soft tape measure (the paper ones from ikea will do the trick if you have one lying around)
- a pencil & paper to take notes OR your phone with a new note open
- underwear and a bra, preferably on you nudie rudie, so that the measurements are more "wearing" accurate
- a mirror you can stand in front of
- a smile (it's ok if it's a fake one, this won't take long)

Method:
We suggest taking some accurate measurements of yourself using the following guides and keeping them written down somewhere on a piece of paper in your walled (next to your credit card *laughs ironically*) or in your phone so that you can refer to them regularly.
The areas you're likely to need the most are chest, waist, hip, your height and maybe your arm length.  You'll need to work in cm for everything except jeans. Here's a quick guide for measuring each of the main areas:

CHEST: Send your measuring tape around your back (about the area that your bra runs) and pull the tape firmly around to the middle of your bust. You'll need to try and take the measurement with your arms down so you may need a buddy for this one.

WAIST: Wrap the tape measure around the slimmest part of your waist. This is normally somewhere between your belly button and your ribcage but it different on everyone. A good trick is bending sideways and the area that folds is most likely you natural waist.

HIPS: Take this measurement around the widest part of your hips / bottom. Again this is different on everyone. For example my hips are narrow but around mid-bottom things get a little wider than everywhere else so I would take the measurement there. This will ensure when you're checking sizes you'll have enough room to get a skirt or pair of pants on. Which helps, you know?

ARM LENGTH: Sleeve lengths will be taken from the shoulder seam in the top or dress to the end of the sleeve. It's helpful if you throw on a top that has a normal shoulder seam and take your arm measurement from the shoulder seam to, say, the bend in your wrist. This should provide a good reference for lengths of sleeves.

BICEP: Go for the "meatiest" (sorry gross!) part of your arm and take a circumference measurement. If you're me you'll be promptly buying all raglan sleeves and boyfriend shirts until the arm fatigue wears off.

HEIGHT: You'll definitely need a buddy for this one. The best way is stand against a wall, look straight ahead and get your mate to run the tape measure down the length of the wall from the top of your head to the sole of your feet. Note: you won't ever see a "height" measurement on a size chart but it may help you get a rough idea of proportions when looking at "lengths". Lengths of garments are either taken from the Highest Shoulder Point (HSP) or Center Back (CB).

TIPS:
- It's often suggested you keep two fingers under the tape against your body to allow for a little give.
- We know it's a bit of tedious job but once you've done it you won't have to do it again unless you start running marathons or baking A LOT.
- If you start to get an idea of what size you take in different brands this is also handy to record. However be aware that fits of garments can differ within the brand itself so it's always good to check style by style.
- Some other measurements that can come in handy are the length of your torso or legs from the top of your undies to your ankles (for pants or jeans. If jeans use inches and do your inner seam too from bottom of undie line to top of ankles).

Now you're set! Use your measurements to compare with size charts that you're viewing online. It's worth noting a lot of brands' size charts indicate measurements of the actual garment, not the body the size would fit. So you need to think about your body in relation to the garment and whether you want the garment to fit super skin-tight or you want a bit of room between you and the fabric.

Have we missed any areas you've needed to reference in the past when shopping online? Any other good tips? Help a sister out. This stuff is important. And happy shopping!

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

TREND REPORT: DENIM



By Anna at The Beetle Shack

Thank goodness for Denim. Seriously what would we all wear on days like these when it's overcast and wet outside and I have to reschedule my leg waxing appointment yet again!? Skinnies a comfy raglan and my denim jacket is the answer. Life savers.

With my sad little life update done let's delve into 2016's trends for our beloved Denim, don't worry it's all good news. The skinnies and double denim for days like these get to stay! Whoopee! 

(NOTE: While technically all true, these trends may or may not be discussed in my own "healthy" sardonic voice with a running and admittedly snarky commentary. I promise to dislodge my tongue from my cheek for the serious stuff. Like shoes. We don't joke about shoes around here.) click READ MORE below for true denim enlightenment..

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WEARING | ON BLOATED DAYS



Oh gee, what a title for a wearing post, hey. Always put your best foot forward. Ehum. So, today I'm bloated. I think I'm about 5 kilos heavier than I was 3 days ago- you know the drill... right? Don't leave me hanging, dudes. It's not just me, is it?

When I'm bloated, my desire for comfort absolutely overrules all other wants. It's gotta be soft pants and floaty tops- nothing else. Typically I reach for my Drop Crotch Pants (currently 40% off store wide over at BT - Droppies are down to $77.40) but today I pulled out the Carnival Pant. Light weight, loose and complete with the perfect amount of stretch. Teamed with a very old Deep V Tee it's the ultimate comfort first combo.


Now pass the chocolate.

What's your go-to ensemble when comfort is first priority?



WEARING

Bohemian Traders Striped Carnival Pant | size S - on SALE for $47.40
Oversized Deep V Tee | size M - on SALE for $23.40
Chanel Boy Bag
Zoe Wittner Shoes
Bohemian Traders Silk Scarf worn on wrist






Tuesday, February 2, 2016

THE FAMILY HOME PROJECT | JESS, CHAD, JONTY, FINN & RUPERT




























Photographed by Jess, the clever cookie, Joyess Images

Exciting News! You may have guessed we're bringing back the Family Home Project series in 2016 and we could not be more excited about it!

Welcome to the home of Jess, Chad, Jonty, Finn and their little kitty Rupert. Lovely Jess and her beautiful family have kindly put their hands up to kick-start the series and we're so glad they did! Jess, being a photographer, has snapped their beautiful renovated home with all it's sweet character , cleverly organised nooks and perfected finishing touches. 

Take a wander through their sacred spaces and delight in the wonderful little insights their rooms give into each member's personalities and their overall unique style as a family. It's the kind of home that makes you want to take a seat and soak in the delicious comfort it boasts whilst enjoying every joyful detail to the full.

Enjoy! And join in on the celebrations as we continue this series throughout this new year. It's going to be a blast.

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Who lives here? (names, occupations, ages of children)
Chad (IT Manager), Jess (photographer), Jonty (6), Finn (3) and Rupert the kitten

What is your style ethos?
Comfort, Organisation and Style on a Shoestring! 

Who/what inspires your style?
I love the light wood and light in general of the Danish and Scandi styles, but could never do minimal or a pure white palette! I'm also inspired by the bravery of the Mexican colours and the organisation of the Japanese. My kids rooms are inspired by their personalities and current interests and our living areas are designed mainly for comfort!

Where is your favourite place to sit?
Ooh that's a hard one! I'm sure I've worn a dent into our 2nd hand leather lounge where I sit and work on my laptop, but as we've only got one living area I love escaping (from the kids!) to our bedroom and sitting on the bed and seeing what the massive Crepe Myrtle tree is up to (currently bursting into a billion pink blooms).

What are your future plans/dreams for your house?
I'd LOVE to find a way to connect our living area to the backyard and whack another bedroom and bathroom in here somewhere, but suspect we're more likely to sell it and move on before that happens!

Do you have any quirky “obsessions” for types of furniture or things (books, spoons, throws etc)?
I have an unhealthy number of cushions and throws both on display and in hiding... So many colour schemes.. not enough time!

If you had to choose your favourite piece what would it be?
Currently I am massively proud of the leather strap shelf in our lounge room - I sourced the wood and leather and made it myself (girl power!), I also really love the wash stand with the pink tiles in our loungeroom - it was a wedding present to my Great Aunt and Uncle probably close to 90 years ago!

Any tips for someone who might like to emulate your style (places to shop, key items colours etc)?
Don't be afraid of colour and mixing styles. Currently I am really loving pastels and a splash of yellow (ask my 6 year old and apparently yellow is Mummy's favourite colour) and my furniture is a mix of Scandi, turn of the century originals and country! I am LOVING Kmart's new foray into homewares - it's made adding designer looking pieces completely and utterly affordable. Don't be afraid of DIY and to cull FREQUENTLY to keep your home feeling comfy but not cluttered.

What makes a house a home?
Oh more than anything the people in it! I love being able to share our modest little home with my family! Ultimately, if you love it and it makes you happy, then that beats everything.

SEE THE FAMILY HOME PROJECT SERIES

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