31 October 2013

Weekend Wear

I don’t think we can kid ourselves any longer, the nights are now drawing in, the days are getting colder by the second; Winter is on the approach.

I looked in my wardrobe today and had a mini panic. I realised that 99% of my wardrobe is now dresses. Great you say, dresses are fabulous! Well yes, they are, but they aren’t always the most practical thing to wear.

I am on the hunt for a weekend type outfit, something that is stylish but sensible and comfortable.  As much as I would love to walk around the park with my bright pink ice cream print dress, in Winter that really isn’t the best way forward.

So I have put together a few items of clothing that I like for Autumn/Winter weekend apparel.  On checking my wardrobe it appears that I need some boots too.  Although I recently bought a pair of long boots, as much as I love them, there is no grip to speak of on the soles so something a little more substantial is needed for the girl who constantly slides over in snow!

Winter Weekend Wear

Asos Coat with PU pockets £85.00
New Look High Waisted Skinny Jeans £22.99
Equestrian Clearance Fleece lined snow boots £25.99
 Asos Berry zip detail jumper £40.00
Moser Gloves £145.00

I may have gone a "little" overboard with the gloves there, I am sure that cheaper alternatives can be found, but look at the price of the boots! Bargain if ever I saw one.

What are you wearing these Autumnal weekends?




PR Colloboration - all views are my own and items chosen by myself

Halloween

Today is one of my favourite days of the year, Halloween!
 
Hope everyone has a great one, just thought I'd share with you what im wearing at the office today, excxuse the flash of the bra by the way ;)
 
 

30 October 2013

What Vicky Wants

Looking through Asos Curve and I am liking what I see!

Ever a dress girl, here are my current favourites

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What Vicky Wants

27 October 2013

An EE of a Problem

Just a quick post today to say that I haven't fallen off the blogging world but I am having problems with my phone and internet connection so can't post properly at the moment.

Normal service should resume shortly, once I find out what the hell the shop who sold me my new contract has done to my account to mess it up so much.

I'm not able to read comments, respond or indeed read any other blogs at the moment but as Arnie says... I'll be back!

25 October 2013

Just Another Blog Challenge

Recently the lovely Toni of The Only Way is Toni put a call out to see who would be interested in a new blog challenge.  I held my hand up as yes and here we are!

The first month is transitional pieces, what items of clothing you wore in Spring/Summer and are carrying forward into Autumn/Winter.

One item I loved wearing this summer is the gorgeous paisley print dress from +Simply Be and I couldn't bare to pack it away for the Winter so decided layering up was the answer.  Here's my Summer and Autumn looks (you'll notice that the hair gets bigger in Autumn haha):




Now you may have spotted my new knee length boots in these pictures, they are what appear to have become the boots of the season as I have seen everyone wearing them!  They are the gorgeous quilted boots from SimplyBe!



Check out the other ladies in the challenge

Alex http://www.wearenouvellevague.com

23 October 2013

Born in the USA

A few weeks ago during the weekly #psbloggers chat on Twitter on Sunday, the conversation go onto our favourite places to shop.  Many of the shops I have heard from before but I was intrigued to hear that you could also buy from the U.S.  without too much hassle.  More places to find dresses?  Yes please!

The availability of fashion in the plus size community is ever expanding but sometimes, you want to wear something that no one else has.  As it turns out, shipping over to the UK isn’t anywhere near as complicated as I first thought, with many companies working out the correct shipping and more importantly taxes out for you.


Here are a few dresses I currently have my eye on:

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1 - Colour Block Dress from Roamans
2 - Faux Leather Sweater Dress - Macys
3 - Beaded Keyhole Dress - Macys
4 - Printed Drawstring Dress from Roamans

What has surprised me about the American market is the actual ease of buying there and shipping here.  As well as working out the exact shipping and taxes for you, some of the larger companies offer a discount to international customers.  Roamans for example currently gives international customers 40% off your most expensive item, with the idea I guess of getting people to buy more than one item.

There are some gorgeous dresses available and I think I will be treating myself to a bulk buy sooner rather than later!


21 October 2013

Today's OOTD

You that thing where you promise yourself  "I will not buy any dresses this month" and of course, it never happens?  Well here is my purchase this month that I swore I wouldn't buy.  But it's a skater dress with horses on it, what's a girl to do??





Dress - So Fabulous Ponte Skater Dress £32.00 from +Very.co.uk 
Leggings - +Very.co.uk 
Ankle Boots from +Simply Be

Simple Skin

I have always been really lucky with my skin.  I rarely get spots and usually have a clear complexion. 
 
Over the years my skin and I have reached an accord.  I use the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser on it and it stays happy and clear.  The thing with having good skin is that you can fall into the trap of getting lackadaisical about taking care of it the way that you should. I have really been guilty of that, but especially lately.
 
I have always gotten away with just using the beauty facial wipes on it instead of the cleanse, tone; moisturize ritual (I know, I know, you don't have to say).  I usually make sure to at least do a face pack once a week and exfoliate when I remember (read knock over the St Ives Scrub and notice it).  

Now though, my skin has started to remind me that I'm 34 now.  It needs that loving touch that as yet, I have never given it. 
 
So my next quest is going to be finding a decent skin routine and actually sticking to it.  The Simple skin care range seems to agree with my skin and isn't on the expensive side.  Time for me to really start reading some beauty blogs and getting some tips!
 


19 October 2013

Maternity Dresses & Weddings

Times have much changed when it comes to maternity clothes.  Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean that you can’t still be stylish and look great.  There is a vast arrange of maternity clothing out there now, for every occasion.

My friend Jen is going to a wedding in January, exactly a month away from her due date and has been looking for the perfect dress to wear in which she will feel comfortable but elegant.  I promised her that I would have a look over some websites for her as she isn’t very tech savvy and find her a few dress possibilities (like me, she is a real dress girl who loves vibrant colours and prints).

Here are a few examples of what I have found for her:



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I think that there is something in there for everyone and goes to show, just because you are pregnant, you can still still amazing, no matter what the occasion.



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16 October 2013

Strutting Like a Peacock

Knowing that a parcel is waiting for you when you get home from work is always an exciting prospect.  Even more so today because it knew what it contained, the beautiful peacock dress designed by the fabulous Em of The Boombands Blog for +Simply Be 

I have wanted this dress since it came out yet for some reason it has never made it to check out.  I have watched many different bloggers wear the dress, all looking gorgeous, yet still, no purchase.  Then a couple of days ago I saw it worn by lovely Leah of Just Me Leah and I was instantly sold.  I bought it 30 seconds later, sat on the bus, cursing at my slow connection.

Luckily I also saw that Leah had noted on her blog that the dress was available on the Crazy Clearance website for £23.50, a bargain considering the dress is at the full price of £45.00 on the main site.

I absolutely adore this dress.  So much so in fact that I had to take photographs of it right then and there so hence you will also see no shoes, windswept hair and a face with less make up on it than it had this morning!



I don't know why I waited so long to buy this dress, but now it's here, I feel amazing in it.  Perhaps a contender for my work Christmas party??  

Spooky coincidence, just seen that the brilliant Nikki from Natty Nikki has just reviewed this dress today too.  She looks a million dollars in it so I urge you to check her out! 



15 October 2013

I Feel Good 2


Today is the second outing of a challenge that I thought up a while ago now.  I was so happy with the first posting went out last month.  Just a wave of women putting up photographs of themselves that they felt great in.  I found the posts really inspiring and couldn't wait for this month.

Here is the premis of the challenge:

You know sometimes when you spend ages getting ready for a night out, an event or even just a blog post, and the reflection in mirror isn't what you hoped?  This challenge is for those times when you look in the mirror, no pre planning involved, and think "I look good today".  

We all have our good days and our bad, but this challenge is to record those good days and to remember that confidence, at any size, is beautiful.

For today's photograph I am using something that was taken a couple of years ago on a girl's night out.  I chose this one in particular to highlight the example of what confidence levels can do for you.


When this photograph was taken, I hated it.  All I could see were the faults.  I was completely focused on my arms which I don't like, my left eye which looked wonky, my breasts which looked weird.   These are all the reasons why I told my friend I didn't want it uploaded anywhere.   She told me I was crazy.

Roll on two years and I found this photo again, discarded in my Not Uploading file.  I look at it now and I don't see all the faults that I once did.  I see me, looking happy and you know what?  I think I look good.  So today it's going on my Facebook profile picture.

Times change, for the better.

14 October 2013

Stick & Stones


I have to talk about this.   A rant is needed.  What about?  The horrible hashtag on Twitter: #FatShamingWeek

All week I have seen disgusting tweets designed to hurt, shame and attack women.  I nearly broke my computer screen in rage when looking at the website Return of Kings whose idea kick started the hashtag.  Thankfully, I was also pleased to see a lot of backlash on Twitter from a lot of people who like I, thought that the whole thing was disgusting.

Although I retweeted a few comments from people during the week, I refrained from commenting.  Ordinarily this sort of thing I wouldn’t comment on.  Too afraid of being targeted myself or stirring the pot I would normally watch in disgust but say nothing.  Then on Sunday night I saw someone in my timeline, a beautiful, confident and inspiring woman I may add, being attacked by one of these cretins because she promoted body confidence.  How bloody DARE you!

I sent her a message along the lines of “Ignore, they are just pathetic trolls” and copied the instigator of the tweet in.

Here are a few snippets of what I received back from various sources.






Today I look in the news and I see the vitriolic Katie Hopkins, again spouting her venomous bile about fat people or in this case, fat children.

What is it with these people?

It is NOT ok to target anyone in order to hurt, shame or abuse.  Nobody has the right to tell you what you should and shouldn’t look and what is “acceptable” in their eyes to look like.  But lately it seems that it is happening everywhere.

From the fat shaming week on Twitter to pictures being posted on the internet of people with crude and malicious comments written over them to simply people on the street or even your friends saying rude things. 

Emma of Meet the Millards has posted Are You Happy Being Fat Then? this week after a friend said something unacceptable to her.  Last week I had someone whom I met recently ask me if I was “stuck with my body” or whether I simply ate far too much.  Oh yes, I replied, I eat all the pies.  What else can you say?  Apart from being just as rude back which I wouldn’t deign to do.

What strikes me from all of these situations is that every one of the people who say these things think that it is perfectly acceptable to do so.   It isn’t. 

So to those who post “shaming” comments on Twitter, to those who shout at people in the street; to those “friends” (thankfully never any of mine) that say “You’ve got such a pretty face, if only you lost weight”; to anyone who think that they have the right to tell you how they think that you should like; I have a message.

·                     Every single person on this planet is different from the other and that is a GOOD   
                       thing.   
·                     If you want to judge anyone, judge yourself.
·                     If you think that a fat person is unattractive, don’t date one.
·                     If you think that shaming a fat person is an attractive quality, you’re wrong.  Your attitude is
                       ugly.
·                     It is not big or clever to take delight in ridiculing someone else. 
·                     If you enjoy hateful behaviour, you are probably hateful yourself.  You might want to do
                       something about that or nobody really will want you.
·                     If you don’t care that what you say hurts someone else, I suggest that you see a psychiatrist.

Have you experienced any body shaming this week?


13 October 2013

Lazy Day OOTD

Last night I went to my best friend’s for a long awaited catch up.  A few drinks and a late night meant that today was definately labelled as a lazy day which needs comfortable clothing.

I went with a jumper from the Ava Collection from Marisota which was kindly gifted to me at the recent launch I attended together with some leggings and ankle boots.

Everyone needs a little sparkle sometimes!



Tired face

High Waisted Leggings from South at +Very.co.uk  - 2 pack for £14.00

Someone decided that she wanted to get in on the action!

How have you spent your weekend?

* Denotes a gifted item

10 October 2013

Perfect Tweedy Coat Review

I was recently asked by +Simply Be if I wanted to have a look through their current Winter coats and chose one for review. 

I always tend to chose coats that are either practical but plain or stylish but conservative so this time I wanted to chose something that was both warm and stylish; but also just a little bit special.  I also had an eye out for something that would work either day or evening and could be used during the week at work or to dress up a weekend outfit.  Yes, I wanted a lot!!

After much searching through the various styles, colours and shapes, I decided upon the Joe Brown Perfect Purple Tweedy Coat 

I have taken photographs of the coat wearing a black bodycon dress that I wore to work this week and also in a pair of leggings and a tunic dress that I would normally wear at the weekend.  The Purple Tweedy Coat is definately a coat that can be used on all occasions, except perhaps a muddy field, by why would you want to do that to something so pretty?







At £110.00 it is on the higher side of what would be my budget for a Winter coat, but it ticks every single box for me and works doubly well for work or play. 

The coat has a luxurious feel with attention to detail in the coordinated lining and the detailing on the buttons.  It is warm and the neckline can be worn higher or lower depending on how cold it is.  One thing it is missing is pockets however that may have detracted from the lines of the coat.

One thing to mention, the buttons on the coat, mine at least, were quite loose and on the second of time of wearing, one fell off, never to be seen again.  Thankfully there is a spare button and I have restitched them all so they are all now secure.

I feel like a million dollars in this coat, I really do.  I have never been a real lover of coats before this year as they always seem to be teamed with the word "serviceable" which I hate.  This coat is stylish, comfortable and absolutely fabulous.

What will you be wearing this Winter?



 *This coat was gifted to me however all my opinions are my own

Beaucoo

Whether you are browsing through a shop, or checking out the latest styles online; how many times have you said to yourself "If only I could see clothes on someone the same size as me!"  I'm betting hundreds, if not thousands of times.  I know that I have.

When you are a plus size woman in particular, 99% of the time the model you see wearing the dress that you want is not your size. The way it looks on her will not be the way that it looks on you. What I have done in the past is order a large selection of clothing and hope that one or more items look the way I want it to. That is obviously not ideal, particularly if you are on a budget.

However, no matter what size you are, even if you did see a model wearing your exact size, you are not guaranteed that it will look the same on you either. Two people can have the same dress size, but look completely different in it due to their difference in shape.  A larger bottom, a smaller waist; large breasts; tall or short; all can make a vast different in how clothes look on you. so you never really know until you try something on.

Until now. It turns out, there is another way.
 
I recently discovered a site called Beaucoo



Beaucoo enables users to upload their photographs via their Android or Iphone apps of what they are wearing that day. Now how it that different to any number of fashion blogs out there? Well, the difference is that when you join Beaucoo alongside creating your profile, you also enter your measurements and your height. These are stored confidentially and are not visible to other users.

Hit the “Fit Match” button and hey presto, pictures of women with your measurements are shown to you, wearing whatever they have posted on to the site. Along with the photographs are the size they are wearing, wear they got it from and along, how it fits.



What I particularly love is that because the photographs are uploaded by regular people, the outfits have also been styled in their own way so you can also get inspiration of how to wear your garment.

Beaucoo is an amazing site which not only lets users share their pictures for the benefit of others, but also promotes body positivity across all the social networks, just search for the hashtag #BoPo. Check out this Video to see what their message is.

Beaucoo offer a number of buttons to enable you to spread the word on your blog or website and also have a blog themselves which covers a variety of subjects including body positivity, plus size and petite fashion as well as celebrity style and DIY fashion which offers many tips, trick and ideas to help you out.



Like me, I think that you'll find Beaucoo becoming the indispensable wardrobe aid you can't live without!


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9 October 2013

OMCZ 16 - Your Choice


Welcome to OMCZ 16 - this time there is no theme, just our choice of what is outside of our personal comfort zone.

What I decided to wear was the dress that everyone has been talking about, the +Pink Clove UK tartan dress.  Now this dress is out of my usual comfort zone as red check is something I have never thought would suit me and indeed when I saw the trends emerging for Autumn Winter, I swore I wouldn't buy any tartan at all.

Yet here I am today, wearing a tartan skater dress and loving it.  How times change.  I wore this dress to the the +Marisota blogger event last week and it was comfortable to wear all evening and I didn't need to do any adjusting half way through the night which you can find with some dresses.





The lighting isn't great in these pictures I am afraid, I was having a bit of an argument with the flash which seemed to insist on highlighting where I didn't want it to.

With the dress I am wearing an Alice in Wonderland quote necklace which I got from Etsy and wedge ankle boots which are from +Simply Be and I am totally in love with them.

Check out what the other ladies have chosen for their free week