Best and Less One Price Fits All range

6 fashion and beauty newsy bits for you

Nikki ParkinsonBeauty, Fashion 40 Comments

How are you going on this fine Wednesday?

I’m in Sydney at the moment working on a project that I’ll share with you soon. Plus, I’m meeting with my publisher to get my “homework” for the next few months. EEK. And then it’s back up to Queensland today for a preview of the spring-summer collections at David Jones.

I think that’s what they call in the business, a busy week.

Today’s post is a bit of a watercooler post. Fashion and beauty newsy bits and pieces that have landed in my inbox that I thought you might be interested in.

Plus-size price parity

This just makes me smile. And I know my lovely curvy friends will smile too. A frustrating thing about buying clothes if you are above a size 16 is that the price goes up for the same piece your smaller-sized friends are buying. Discount store Best & Less has just changed that, bring price parity to its One Price Fits All collection for sizes 8-26. And if these pieces are an indication of the on-trend nature of the collection, I’m very impressed. Hello neon and black and white stripes!

Best and Less One Price Fits All range

Svelte in Style

We talked here a couple of weeks ago about how to shop for clothes while losing weight. Well, I know you want more. Personal stylist and blogger Imogen Lamport (Inside Out Style Blog) has co-authored an e-book with Jill Chivers, the woman behind My Year Without Clothes Shopping Program to create this e-book that will help you on your way.  Click on the book image below and enter the code STYLING at checkout to buy at the launch price of $19US (normally $27US) until midnight tonight (July 31, 2013).


Remember shopping for your first bra? Or maybe you’ve now taken your daughter shopping for one? It’s not so easy to find a training bra that’s not padded and still looks cool. BlossyBloom co-founder Josie Chapman experienced the difficulty of bra shopping with her daughter first hand. They struggled to find a bra they both approved of. After her frustrating experience, Josie chatted with many mums, including friends Rebekah Hancock and Jo Konstandinou about how dismayed she felt with the lack of training bra options available and she found out she was not alone. This led the mums to create BlossyBloom. “Our mantra is girls are perfect just the way they are. We don’t believe that we should make girls look older or more developed than they really are,” says Josie. Amen to that I say.


Zooey Deschanel for Pantene

Zooey Deschanel is the new Australia and New Zealand ambassador for Pantene. She’s joining to support women to donate and benefit from the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program. This is such a great program, supporting cancer patients by urging women to donate their hair to create wigs for wig libraries where cancer patients have access to them through the Look Good … Feel Better program. Since Pantene Beautiful Lengths launched in September 2012, more than 4500 ponytails have been donated to the program. My blogging friend, Kimmi (The Plastic Diaries), donated her hair last year. You can read her story here.

Zooey Deschanel for Pantene

Peter Morrissey for Big W

The new Peter Morrissey for Big W collection is in store from tomorrow (August 1). I already like what I see. Classic summer styling that will always fit into your wardrobe. Prices range from $14.98 to $39.

Peter Morrissey for Big W

Jeans for Genes Day

This Friday (August 2) is Jeans for Genes Day … get behind it, Stylers, and put on your fave pair of denims for the day. Jeans for Genes Day is in its 20th year, supporting Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI), a pioneer in the field of paediatric medicine. Show your support here.

Jeans for Genes

Have you got any news to share with me? Have you been looking in the shops at all? What’s caught your eye?


Comments 40

  1. Thank you Nikki for sharing our BlossyBloom story, and it is so wonderful to see all the positive comments.

  2. Thank-you so much for mentioning my donation to Beautiful Lengths. I truly believe it is a great cause and I am so glad someone as special as Zooey has joined the campaign. I think it will help get lots of young women on board and help them understand the problems women face when dealing with cancer.

  3. Just got back from big w, the maxi dress
    Was great, though a little tip if you are Ordering online, I had to go up a size. Amazed that I got 6 items for 103$! Not all pm but some cute stuff. Thanks for the tip as I had not got the catalogue.

  4. I saw the Big W catalogue today and thought the outfits looked great. Will check it out very soon. Just wanted to ask you if you have any recommendations for pants or jeans for small waisted ladies like myself with voluptuous bottoms. I have recently discover the Levi Bold curve jean in both the bootleg and slim leg and they fit like a glove. I also quite like the ‘woman’ brand in Target. I seem to be able to find a pair of shorts or three quarter pants that fit quite nicely. I also have a pair of coloured David Lawrence modern slim leg jeans that I can get away with – not as good as the Bold Curve but ok. Would love to hear of any other brands that you know of. Thankyou and I love reading all your fashion and beauty tips.

  5. Ooh I like all those Big W pieces! What a great thing those Blossy Bloom women are doing – my girls aren’t in the market for bras yet but I am definitely steering them in this direction when the time comes – no need for them to grow up too soon! xx

  6. Great post Nikki. I have one question though, why do they call bras for young girls ‘Training bras’? What are they in training for??

    1. LOL – that’s a very good question! I guess training them to know what it feels like to wear a bra (remember your first one? Just felt wrong!) so when the girls actually grow that they’re used to that feeling? I hadn’t thought about it to be honest!

    2. Loved this question, and must admit I had a giggle…I suppose they are training for womanhood!! 🙂 I think Nikki’s response was spot on. We find when we meet girls at our BlossyBloom parties, and they try a bra on for the first time (after wearing crop tops), they comment that it does feel a bit different on. They need to get use to the feeling of something tighter around their torso and over their shoulders. I really don’t know where the term comes from. I think we use it as it was what the simple designed bra was known as when we were teenagers. It signifies that its not moulded, or wired.

  7. Thanks so much for the mention of our new book Svelte in Style Nikki! We really appreciate your support and hope your readers find it useful!

  8. Saw the catalogue yesterday for the Peter Morrissey new season collection…adore the pieces. Peter is one of my favourite Aussie designers! (I didn’t say fashion, because he’s designed more than that now!)

  9. Blossy Bloom a big hit with my youngest teen, have rec to lots of friends/mothers for their teens too.
    Good one Best for Less, I love the pic with the two different models, equally gorgeous

  10. Good news for me with Best & Less. My friends and I are constantly asking ourselves why if you go up to plus size that the selection of clothes suddenly becomes ‘mature’. Urgh! It’s a drag. On the upside, it does force you to be more creative. And I had never heard of the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program before. What a fabulous thing to do!

  11. Love the Blossy Blooms idea,I don’t think young girls should look older than they are especially as they are developing so much earlier these days,I remember buying sports style bras for my daughter because she didn’t like what was on offer ,now she loves nice lingerie (she turned 23 yesterday ) my baby is grown up “sob” ,no it is ok it just makes me feel old ,it is great to have a friend that is your daughter.I like the look of the Peter Morrisey for Big W range and i will let my sis know about the plus size range at Best and Less,great idea,love the styles too.I do read Imogens blog and think her book is a great idea.
    I have not been to the shops lately ,I know shocking huh but i will soon and have a look what is around for spring/summer.
    You will be Crazy busy in the next few months Nikki ,good luck and of course i will support Jeans for Genes day such a great cause! Enjoy the DJs Fashion parade Nikki ,let us know what we should be buying for summer.

  12. think Blossy Bloom is a great idea. We had trouble finding one to go under a yellow school shirt. I am a bit in love with the idea of a yellow or chartreuse handbag at the moment. Haven’t bought one because I’m not sure if it will really work with my wardrobe. What do you think?

  13. Congratulations on your book deal – so exciting!

    i picked up a bangle from the Metropolitann Museum of Art store – which has a little shop in Melbourne. I eyed it off last year in NYC and it was half price when I bought it. It is a coral and purple pansy. Love!

    My news is that I’ve been nominated for a Pride of Australia Medal. So proud 🙂

    Have a good day.

  14. I like the blossy bloom idea, will definitely be on website later. Went shopping yesterday for 13 year old bra with no success – all padded. I’m liking the printed pants, especially in navy colours in sussan,sportcraft,witchery, and brought a chartreuse t and some accessories. I like what I’m seeing in new season – nautical never dates either

  15. I love the Blossy Bloom idea! I had exactly the same problems recently with my teenager. I don’t think “sexy” or pushup bra styles are needed at 13! And their bras are cute and priced well too.

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