Thursday, 6 October 2016

Style: All White with Me - ELVI

It's been a while since I've done a pun-tastic title isn't it? Well this winter white plus size co-ord set from ELVI has got me feeling all the feels. I originally saw this gorgeous set at the Curve Fashion Festival and knew it had to be mine! 

The chunky knit bowled me over, the boxy shape and zip detail really tick all the boxes for me. I sized up to a 24 as I do in most ELVI garments, I find their stuff comes up a little bit small. The fabric itself is incredibly stiff, I'm not going to lie, but I think with a couple of washes it should loosen up and become a little more comfortable to wear. But to be honest, when it looks like this, I don't care. I'm willing to suffer for my art.

This skirt is a little longer than I expected, but I think there's room for it to be pulled up a little more. I absolutely love the funnel neck on the top, it just looks so cool. This set is just so beautiful, I can see me splitting it, using the pieces independently, and wearing it together throughout the coming months. 

It is so difficult to find minimalist, clean, chic items in plus, and I think that's something ELVI does very well. If I'm looking for something a bit more grown up but still fashion forward, they are my go-to. 

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**These items were sent for the purposes of review. All opinions and words are my own**

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Style: Confident Swimwear with Zoggs

Finding the right swimwear for actually swimming can be tricky. Ensuring you have the right support and coverage is important. Fashion swimwear is all good and well, but performance swimwear is a completely different... well... swimming pool! 

Zoggs aim to bring the fun back into swimming and want to promote swimming for everyone – it's all about enjoying the water regardless of shape, size or ability. Zoggs are a British swimwear company who focus on fun and shapely swimwear that makes you feel comfortable and supported. 

Zoggs have a range of different suits in sizes up to a 26 and in cup sizes up to a 40H. I went for a cup size costume, in a 40DD, I sized down in the cup because I usually find swimming costumes absolutely swamp me in the boob department, but I think I could have gone for maybe an E or even and F in this. I think it is a case of trying to find the right size for you. If you can get to a stockist I would advise trying a few different suits on or if possible maybe ordering a few different sizes and styles and finding the right one for you, especially if you intend on using this costume for fitness and training purposes. 

I love the design of the Nambucca swimsuit, the bright stripes across the midsection give it a really cool feel. The quality of the fabric is superb and is obviously design to withstand some proper use... Not just my usual lounging round the side of a pool on my hols! 

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**This item was sent to me for the purposes of review, all words and opinions are my one**

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Style: Simply Be Fit and Flare Dress

When it comes to pretty dresses, I'm probably not the first person that springs to mind. But now and then I like to step outside my comfort zone and mix it up. This lace fit and flare dress from Simply Be is perfect for drinks, a meal out or a special occasion. 

I love the contrast of the nude lining and the navy lacework on top, it is so pretty. The v-neck makes the line of the dress really nice and it is a perfect midi length. 

In my infinite wisdom, I went for a size 24. My thinking was that having no stretch, I'd need to size up. I didn't and this is loose on the waist and bust, so I would recommend sticking to your own size. 

The dress also comes in a ravishing red, which again stands out perfectly against the nude lining. Price point-wise this dress comes in at £45 which I think is really reasonable for such a gorgeous occasion dress with intricate detail. A winner in my book!  

Thanks as always for stopping by, I've got some swimwear coming up and some gorgeous co-ords and more party dresses! Looks like Beebs is back in full flow! 

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**This dress was sent to me for the purposes of review. All words and opinions are my own**

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Style: Wide Calf Boots made easy!

Well it looks like Autumn is finally making an appearance, and it may be time to say goodbye to the flip flops and dig out your winter boots. One of the items I often find a lot of plus size women struggle to find are knee high boots. I know from personal experience, finding the right wide leg boot can be difficult. All too often retailers will often claim to stock wide leg boots, yet they don't have the specific leg measurements on the site, or they simply aren't wide enough. 

The Wide Calf Boot Store solve all your problems, with boots categorised by measurement, you can simply measure your calf at home, and start shopping! And that is just what I did. I have a 20 inch calf, so I was able to choose from a wide range of boots. Once you pop in your measurement, the site will tell you what size you are (XL/XXL/XXXL for example). 

I went for a classic tan, biker style boot, and low and behold, for the first time in my chubby calved life, these boots were actually loose on me... I KNOW!!

The boots are a soft tan leather, the foot itself is wide fit, along with the calf. There is an elasticated panel which will allow for even more stretch should you need it and there is a little bit of a heel, just for a bit of elevation. 

Can we once again congratulate my 6 year old on her fab photography skills! I don't know what I'd do without her, she even directs me, the bossy little pickle! 

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**These boots were sent to me for the purposes of review.  All words and opinions are my own**

Friday, 9 September 2016

Style: Sporty Chic with Simply Be

I've been on a bit of a sports luxe vibe lately. I can't get enough of trainers, trainers with everything! (Or sneakers for my lovely American pals). So when I got to chose a couple of plus size dresses from Simply Be, I was excited to pick this sporty number up. 

It's super simple, but the little detail to the neckline just makes it. The midi length is fantastic and the lightweight jersey is cool and comfortable. I of course managed to catch some pictures on the only day for the last couple of months that it rained haha! Oh well! 

As you can see I've just teamed mine with converse, and my biker jacket to keep the rain off. This would look awesome with a bomber jacket too. I'm wearing the 22 and found it completely true to size. Not too clingy, but fitted enough to show off my figure.  

Tomorrow I'm heading to Liverpool for the Curve Fashion Festival, if you're coming along, please stop me and say hi! Whatever you are doing, I hope you have a great weekend. 

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**This item was sent to me for the purposes of review. As always, my words and opinions are all my own**

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Style: ELVI - AW16 Box Top

The eagle eyed of you out there may have spotted I am no longer Mrs BeBe Blog - I know, it's the end of an era, but as I am no longer a 'Mrs' I thought it was time for a change. And what better way to kick off my new home than a bit of plus size fashion from the fabulous ELVI

I'm wearing the gorgeous grey box top from their new AW range. It is, at the name suggests, a box cut blouse with embellished collar detail and tie neck. As you can see, it is sheer so if you're looking to wear this causally or for work, you might want to wear a cami top under it. 

I've styled it for a more evening, night out kinda vibe with ripped jeans and lace up shoes. I absolutely love the cut and detail of this blouse, it's just a great piece. I went for the 24 but in all honesty I think I could have easily gone for my usual size 22. The cut is generous and loose, so it's really easy to wear. 

ELVI have some amazing AW pieces in and have just launched a collab with plus size model, Hayley Hasselhoff packed full of stylish and chic items, definitely worth checking out if you're looking for something fashion led, but grown-up. 

I hope the new home doesn't cause too many problems for you all! It's all the same kind of content, same me, just a new name! And as always, thank you for your support and love, you're all bloody fabulous!! 

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**this item was sent to me for the purposes of review. All words and opinions are my own**

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Style: Transitional Triumphs

Well, up here in glorious Lincolnshire the weather has taken a slight turn for the worse and although it's still relatively warm, it's a bit windy and wet, so I've been having to find outfits that I'm not going to boil to death in, but that are going to offer coverage. 

And to the rescue come the old kimonos and boots. 

This is my 70s prog rock groupie look haha! The kimono is from H&M it is from the accessories section and is basically just a big scarf. It's free size so will work for most folk and is great for layering over dresses and jumpsuits too. I'm wearing it with a plain black cami and ripped jeans. 

Mine are from Yours Clothing and they are the only ones I've found that work for me, I tried the Evans ones and ASOS ones that everyone raves about but they just don't sit right on me. Even these ones aren't perfect if I'm honest, but they are better than any others I've found.  

The boots are just Michael Hutchence, Mick Jagger sexiness. They speak to my very well hidden rock star, which in all fairness I am definitely not cool enough to pull off, but screw it. 

They are from JustFab, who are one of those online subscription service stores. You have to sign up to the site, and they have an amazing selection BUT you do need to remember to opt out every month other they will automatically charge you. But as long as you do that, it's a really cool place to pick up ace shoes and bags. 

All props to Pops again for being my little photographer superstar! I've got some great stuff coming up on the blog soon, I can't wait to share them with you! It's good to be back gang Xx

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