Saturday, 20 January 2018

Style: Elomi Morgan

Oh hello to you all! How's your weekend going? I've got a beautiful boobie holder for you today from the gorgeous folks at Elomi, purveyors of the finest plus size lingerie and swimwear I must say. 

Now firstly, this photo kind of broke my instagram, in a wholly delightful and surprising way. It got what I think is the most likes I've ever got and attracted lots of lovely new followers. So thank you to those of you who liked it and said lovely things. I really do appreciate it! 

Now onto the important stuff; the bra itself. I have actually got the full set but I just wanted to try something a bit different so I kept my clothes on-ish. 

So, I'm wearing the Morgan in the most delicious feather print. It comes in several colourways, this is the ebony, a mix of beige, brown and black, which makes it a great everyday set... well in my head it does because anything other than black in underwear makes me panic. 

The bra and briefs are true to size; I wear a 38FF and size 22. Both are comfortable enough for me, even with my pain issues, to wear throughout the day. Don't get me wrong, I still have to take it off when I get home, but I'm not in agony by 11am like I have been in other bras. 

I love the look of this set, it's grown up, sexy, but completely wearable, and has fast become my new fave. 

Monday, 15 January 2018

Style: Coming up Roses

Hello all! Hope you had a wonderful weekend? I've got a mega quick outfit post for you today. I popped an outfit up on instagram and did a poll on my stories and everyone said I should blog it, so as the public have spoken, I must obey haha! 

So a very lovely friend of mine sent me this dress after I had been searching for it. It's from Elvi and they had sold out in my size online! I just love the 90s grunge feel of it and the shoestring straps mean I can layer it up depending on the weather.

Shop the Outfit: Dress - Elvi // Top - Similar // Leather Jacket - ASOS

It's oversized so there's loads of room in it. If you're looking for for a more fitted look, I'd definitely size down. The fabric is a heavy velvet, it feels so good on! 

I went for a baby pink jumper to wear under, but olive green, black or white is going to look great under this too. You might even be more adventurous and wear a clashing colour, but we all know I'm such a matchy matchy girl. 

Elvi have some amazing stuff in at the moment, and with their #everyBody campaign launching soon, there's lots to look forward to! 

Friday, 12 January 2018

Style: Viva Voluptuous Ecstasy

I've got a lovely undie post for you today! Alex and I went away to Edinburgh for the New Year, so I thought it would be an ideal occasion to pack one's sexy kecks for both blogging and loving (ooh aye) purposes. And what better kecks than those from the lovely folk at Viva Voluptuous.

Before I go on with all the fit/fabric/quality info like I do on most of my blogs, I just wanted to tell you a little tale... from the mouths of babes... I was joking around with Pops today and I mentioned that I was 'practically perfect in every way' she retorted with an instant 'Nahhh" and giggled, but then said "except for your body, that's perfect".

Well blow me down with a feather. Here's this kid who is surrounded by body bullshit every day from outside forces, including some kid who told her the other day she had 'chubby fingers', who through all that, see's my body as perfect. She loves its softness and warmth, it's where she snuggles up to when she's sad, it's the same body that dances with her in the kitchen and swims with her in the pool. And instead of being embarrassed by it, as a lot of kids would be, she loves it, and thinks her mamma is great. **PROUD MAMMA KLAXON**

So, I have somewhat digressed, but I just wanted you all to know, that our bodies are practically perfect in every way, and we should give them more credit, no matter what shape they are. 

Anyway. Back to facts. The set is sturdy; that might sound weird, but it is! It's not flimsy or silky, it's weighty and substantial, which means it's supportive and functional, so not only will this look banging in the bedroom, this is the kind of lingerie you can wear out and about as your own personal sexy secret!  

The fit is true to size (I'm wearing my usual 22 briefs and 38FF bra). The caging to the bra sits really nice and the bra is actually comfortable! I wore it around Edinburgh all day, went for a meal and I wasn't desperate to rip it off when I got home. The pants not so much if I'm honest. Being the weird long bodied bugger I am I found the straps rolled down and dug in a little bit, so I might be tempted to save them for bedroom fun and wear a different brief for every day use. 

That doesn't mean they'll be the same on you, but it's just a noteworthy point! 

All in all I adore this set, it's a nice change with the higher cage detail, as the ones that rest on the top of the boob don't always work for me as I'm not full on top. The shape of the bra is structured wonderfully too and pushes your babs up beautifully! Hoorah for elevated jubs! 

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

News: UKBA18 Finalist!

YOU GUYS! I just wanted to pop on first and foremost to say THANK YOU! I was recently nominated for a UK Blog Award, which went to a public vote and low and behold, I WAS SHORTLISTED!!! I'll stop shouting now, I promise. I am just so so proud to be a finalist amongst some amazing bloggers and I couldn't have done it without you. 

But why all the fuss? Well, not only is this a huge deal for me on the pure basis of the nomination, but, in a veritable vast ocean of blogs, there is tiny, inconsequential me, and somehow, I have made enough of an impact for someone to want to nominate me and subsequently vote for me. And in addition to that, I'm fat. 

Photography - JKG Photography

So what?!? Some of you might cry, but the fact of the matter is, despite the fashion industry coming on leaps and bounds, it is still incredibly hard for fat women to make their mark on a thin-centric industry. And don't get me wrong, as far as making my mark, I haven't even scratched the surface compared to some of my gorgeous plus size counterparts, but, what I hope I have achieved is relate-ability, approachability and a voice of reality in what can feel like a very unobtainable world. 

Fashion can feel incredibly distant to women over a size 20, it's a frustrating world that can feel a million miles away. We are still grossly underrepresented in mainstream media, and for too many years now, we've sifted through the pages of fashion mags, watched catwalk shows, seen programme after programme void of anyone who remotely looks like us. Endlessly searching for figures that represent us. Compounded by the fact that we are constantly challenged when trying to emulate that fashion. And I hope that somewhere amongst all that darkness, I have given plus size women hope and represented them in a real and meaningful way.

It's still painfully evident that the plus size shopper isn't welcome on the high-street, demonstrated perfectly by Linh and Bethany from Navabi in this excellent video. 

But, fear not, tides are turning. Today Marks and Spencer have relaunched their curve range to include two pieces designed by influencer Danielle Vanier, the range was overseen by Danielle who acted as an advisor to the brand. And it's moves like this that need to keep happening. Brands - Speak to the women who understand and know plus fashion. Involve us, consult with us and respect us. That is all we're asking. We have for years demanded more and it looks like we're finally being listened to. 

Photography - JKG Photography

When I started this blog nearly seven (!) years ago, I never expected to still be doing it today, nor did I expect all the wonderful opportunities it has afforded me. It's been one hell of a slog, but by god has it been awe-inspiring, crazy and fun. 

Thank you again for all your continued support, you really do make it all worthwhile. 

Friday, 29 December 2017

Style: Outfit Round Up - Dec 17

The month and yes, year are nearly over. So I thought I'd do a little outfit round-up for you as I'd had lots of queries on instagram about some of my new bits and its not always easy to link on there! 

I actually really struggle in winter, I never know what to wear, I always feel like I lose a bit of my style mojo. I'm definitely more of a Spring/Summer kinda gal. 

Shop the Outfit: Star Dress - H&M // Roll Neck Jumper - Yours Clothing // Jeans - New Look

Where items have sold out, I've tried to find alternatives, and a lot of sites will offer alternatives too if they're showing up as sold out. 

Shop the Look: Teddy Coat - Similar // Jumper - Monki // Jeans - Similar

Shop the Outfit: Jumpsuit - ASOS // Trainers - Nike

Shop the Outfit: Dress - Monki // Jacket - ASOS // Handbag - Cath Kidston
As you can see, towards the end of the month, I favoured the old standard dress and biker jacket look. It's just so easy to wear and looks so stylish. You can layer it up with scarves or roll necks under the dress to add extra warmth if you need it. 

Shop the Look: Top - New Look // Leggings - Tu Clothing // Jacket - In the Style Curve 

Shop the Look: Dress - Similar // Jacket - ASOS
 Alex actually bought me a new biker jacket for Christmas as my old one wasn't leather and it was wearing away at the elbows. I think if you get a lot of wear out of something, it's definitely worth investing in a  good quality version. Obviously if you're vegan, this isn't an option, but you can get them cheap enough that you could re-buy every couple of years.

Shop the Look: Jumper - Similar // Wide Leg Trousers - Similar
I'm also the same with footwear. I know I'll get a tonne of use out of my favourite adidas superstar trainers, so I don't mind the £60+ price tag. As long as you look after them, wear socks with them (which I'm guilty of not doing!) then you'll get years of wear out of them. I also like to get my winter boots from Clarks, although I'm happy to pick up leather boots from anywhere, especially when there's a sale on. I got some leather biker boots from New Look about 4 years ago now and they're my go-to bad weather boots. Great chunky sole, the leather protects me from the elements and the come up way past the ankle for extra wether proofing. 

Shop the Outfit: Dress - ASOS // Jacket - ASOS // Trainers - Adidas

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Style: JD Williams Workout Wear

DON'T PANIC - I am NOT going to foist some New Year, New You bull on you. Yes, we're approaching that time of year when the media likes to tell you you're not good enough, that in order to live a fulfilling and meaningful life you need to be smaller or fitter. Well you don't, trust me. 

So, why, you might ask am I parading in workout wear? Well, when the lovely folk at JD Williams asked me if I'd like to review some bits, I'd just started up with my yoga again, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out some new threads. 

And here cometh the point; I promise there is one. I go to yoga because it makes me feel good. I mean, really good. I feel refreshed and relaxed when I do an hour of yoga. It enables me to quieten my quite frankly, very noisy and messy mind. It gives me time to reconnect with my body and appreciate it, listen to it, stretch and move it in a gentle and empowering way. 

I'm not there to get fit, or lose weight. I'm there to enrich and relax. And that's the key. 

If you want to move your body, and only if, find something you love, find something that leaves you feeling amazing afterwards.  I am simply here to say, if you want to do something, these clothes are pretty comfortable and fit for purpose. 

So, let's talk about the actual clothes then yeah? 

I went for a colour block top from the JD Williams main range, and some plus size Adidas trousers. I usually wear regular old leggings for yoga, so I wanted to try out some real top of the range trousers, and hopefully not show my knickers off while adopting my poses ha! 

They are definitely thick, there's plenty of movement in them too, I'm not sure if they're going to be a little too thick for yoga though (my classes don't reconvene until the end of January) but for the purposes of a good walk to blow out the cobwebs they're great. They provide the warmth and coverage that leggings just don't. I went for the 20/22 and they fit great. 

The top is a thick, almost scuba type material. Great for popping on to travel to classes, or for walking in. I sized up to the 26 as I wanted it for layering, and needed it to be roomy.  I love the contrast of the bright coral tie on the neck, it just adds a little interest to the garment. 

I was really pleased with the garments. The adidas trousers are great, but they are pricey, so unless you're going to get tonnes of wear out of them, it might be worth shopping around for something a bit more reasonable. The top, however, is currently in the sale for just over £18, an absolute bargain. It's so wearable for workouts and casual wear, I know I'm going to wear it to death! 

A little parting note: Please be kind to yourselves, there's a lot of pressure on people this time of year, the diet talk is deafening, these people make money from degrading you and making you feel like you're not good enough. Let me tell you, you are. 

Right here, right now, you are wonderful, able and amazing. 

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