Friday, 30 December 2011

Bright night!

I'm visiting my home town at the moment, catching up with friends and family and relaxing. Last night we went out to see my friends band the "Supernormals", but I was faced with the dilemma....what does one wear to a gig on a Thursday night? I didn't want to go to dressy, after all it wasn't the most salubrious of pubs but in a desperate attempt to hold on to my youth I wanted to look fashionable, so I popped in to the town centre to check out the sales and picked up a couple of lovely bits. My main aim was to get something bright as the winter months tend to get me down, this is what I came up with.....

Colour block pleated top - Next
Chloe Super Stretch Jeans - Simply Be
Lace up Shoes - New Look


Necklace - Howkapow
Oh dear, it all got a little messy!!!!

I loved this outfit, so comfy, yet I felt really "special" in it. The shoes are majorly comfortable, and I got loads of comments about my fab Howkapow necklace, if you are looking for unique gifts, check these guys out, they rock!! I changed up the Simply Be Chloe Jeans by rolling the bottoms up, and as on Christmas Day they served me well!!

So ladies, have you got a piece that brightens up the dark winter days? or do you stick to subdued winter hues?

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Review: Simply Be, Chloe super stretch skinny fit jeans

The second in my series of three for Simply Be is the Chloe Super Stretch Jeans. I don't know about you but I am forever in search of the perfect pair of jeans. They're either too short in the crotch, too baggy in the waist, too long, too short, not flexible enough, the list is endless!!!

So when Simply Be gave me the opportunity to review 3 items, I knew jeans had to be one of my choices. I tend to either wear a skinny/slim fit or a baggy boyfriend/carpenter style. I haven't worn a bootcut for a very long time. I chose the skinny fit style in black. I always wear indigo or vintage wash so I thought I'd try something different.

So, super stretch huh? What better day to test this claim than Christmas day?! I certainly need super stretchy-ness with the amount of food consumed!

I was pleasantly, actually make that ecstatically surprised when putting them on to find that a. they fit like a glove and b. felt incredibly comfortable! Hallelujah!!!!

I have red hair!!!!

I'm happy to report they stayed that way all day too, comfy, no bagginess to the knees, bum etc. I think I've found "the one" and long may it last!!

Lucky girl!

Christmas is a funny old time. I'm an atheist, so never celebrate it in it's true sense anyway, but since leaving work to be a full time mum and run my own business I've missed the big build up to Christmas as well, no works "do", no excited office chatter. Poppy isn't old enough to understand or be excited about Christmas, so for the last couple of years I've not really got into the spirit of it.

That doesn't mean I don't enjoy spending time with family and exchanging gifts, who wouldn't?!! This year was no exception, Poppy's face alone when she opened her presents was worth it. Michael and I couldn't afford to get much for each other, but what we did was thoughtful and useful.

Here's some bits I was lucky enough to receive from hubby and family....

Cath Kidston - British birds bag

My favourite <3

Paperchase diary

oh, and it wouldn't be Christmas without.......


What did you get this Christmas?


Saturday, 24 December 2011

If you pass my way....

Merry Christmas, happy holidays, seasons greetings, whatever you do or don't celebrate I'd like to take a moment to thank you all for reading my little blog, you have no idea how much it means to me!! And now for a bit of, well, a public service announcement I guess?!

Christmas can be such a wonderful time, but along with all the joy, can come great sadness for some people. It can be a harsh reminder of those we've lost, of things we don't have, or can't afford and can put a lot of pressure on individuals and families. So should you pass my way on Christmas Day (see, I'm a poet and I didn't know it!!) and find yourself not feeling tip top, then please know that you are not alone, you are loved and valued.

There is always somebody you can talk with.....

0300 123 3393

08457 90 90 90

Alcoholics Anonymous
0845 769 7555

Info line 08000 50 20 20

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
0207 837 7324

0845 767 8000

Preventing young suicide

For people in Northern Ireland
0808 808 8000

0800 1111


0808 2000 247

Eating Disorders Association
0845 634 1414

0808 800 4444

NHS Direct
0845 4647

No Panic
0808 808 0545

Friday, 23 December 2011

Review: Simply Be, Simply Voluptuous Denim Dress

Sorry for the slightly demented look on my face!!! It is in no way a reflection of my outfit!! Anyway.... The lovely folk over at Simply Be very kindly let me pick three items for review, this is the first in that series of three.

When scrolling through the vast choice of clothes on the Simply Be site, this denim dress caught my eye, its part of the Simply Voluptuous range, offering garments in the usual range of sizes but with a choice of cup sizes: B-DD, E-G & H-K. I ordered the 22 in the B-DD, I *think* I'm a DD/E (I'm ashamed to say I've never been fitted for a bra - cue sharp intake of breath!!, sorry).

The material was a lot more lightweight than I had expected which makes it great as an all year round garment, I think it would look great with flip flops in the summer and equally as nice with woolly tights for the winter. The fit for me wasn't the best, I think I'm somewhere between a 20 and a 22 and I found the sleeves to be on the baggy side. But that's just my inbetweenie body!!

I chose to add my own belt to it because it was a little on the big side, but it does have a tie to the back to adjust the waist to suit. The length was perfect (I'm 5'7") and I love the indigo colour. In terms of the style its so good for me because as much as I like dresses I often find myself feeling too dressed up and have to try and dress it down in some way, but this dress is a great mix. The denim gives it a casual feel whilst the tailoring makes you feel smart.

I don't look like this....that's OK though!!

If you're looking for a great day dress that's going to last you through the seasons I can highly recommend this dress, its easy to wear and feels great.

Disclaimer: This item was gifted to me for review. I have not been paid to write this article or comment favourably on the item/brand, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Five Take Do Festive

Hello! I'm very honoured and excited to be taking part in the revival of "Five Take". If you're not familiar with it, 5 bloggers, Claire, Nicole, Rebecca, Gina & myself pick a theme each week and blog about our own interpretation of said theme. Gina and myself are newbies, so be kind, but if you'd like to see how the other ladies rock a theme, click below for some examples of past posts.....

A Monkey Fatshionista
The Plus Side of Me
A Well Rounded Adventure

In honour of the upcoming festive period, however you may celebrate it, we decided to go with just that "festive" and here's my take....

As some of you may know, I'm not actually that big of a fan of the festive period, but this being my first "Five Take", I thought I'd throw myself in whole heartedly.

I went for the traditional red, a risky choice as you can tread a thin line between looking festive and looking like Mother Christmas, I think I got away with it?!

I'm a little teapot, short and stout........
Dress - Tesco
Belt - Simply Be (past season)
Tights - Evans (not available on web)
Shoes - Miss L Fire (past season)
Necklace - Not sure V old!
Headband - Primark
Handbag - Gift

Terrible photograph, I'm still getting to grips with the self timer!!

I accessorised with warm woolly tights and cute vintage inspired heels. The belt adds definition to the waist, but is elasticated at the back in case I eat too much turkey! I chose the necklace because some of the links remind me of snowflakes, and the headband is just so cute and has a real wintery feel about it. The clutch bag adds a bit of sparkle.

Head on over to the other Five Take folks to see how they got on..... ClaireNicole, Rebecca & Gina 

Thursday, 15 December 2011

OOTD - Birthday find

I promised I would show you a few of my birthday buys as I wear them over the next few weeks, here's one of my favourites. I was heading out of Dorothy Perkins when this cutie caught my eye. I'm a complete sucker for dinky prints, birds, anchors, cherries.... you get the picture. But this bad boy?... dogs, trees, crowns, Eiffel towers, birds, the bloomin' lot!!!!!!

Top - Dorothy Perkins

Surprise, surprise, I'm wearing it with my leggings and boots!!!!

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Baby it's cold outside.......

I never did the grunge look, I was too busy listening to Kylie and Jason and making up dance routines to Ace of Base. My wardrobe consisted of ripped jeans, braces, DM's with bottle tops and Bros T-shirts or florescent lycra and friendship bands. So after that earth shattering confession, this is my kind of take on grunge!!

I like the juxtaposition of the floral cocktail dress with the chunky tights, biker boots and warm cardigan (one of my recent birthday purchases).

Dress - Inspire @ New Look (last season)
Cardigan - Primark
Tights - Evans
Boots - KG Kurt Geiger @ Viva La Diva

Frizzy hair alert!!!!

Are there any looks you missed out on the first time around you'd like to have a go at?

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Black Lace, leopard print and disco tunes....

Ah now I realise those of you fond of Agadoo may be disappointed by this post, sadly it has nothing to do with the 80's "party" band and more to do with my actual outfit.

Right now we've cleared that up, lets get on with the clothes. This is the final instalment of my epic birthday weekend. On Saturday we headed over to my home town to meet with friends and go and see one of my friend Sara's bands (she is in a few, this one is a disco band).

I bought this dress last year from Simply Be, I was desperate for a black lace dress, I tried on maaaaannny before I found this one. I loved the fit, but it had extra lace on the shoulders which I did not like, or think suited me. So my very clever mummy, very carefully removed them for me, and voila, I had the perfect little black lace shift. I love the scalloping detail to the arms and hem. They have some similar styles this season too, check them out here.

My tights are 100 denier from Evans, I made the mistake of getting a size 3 so I had "Nora Batty's" all night (I realise now that my lovely American readers probably won't have a clue who Black Lace & Nora Batty are, I wont bother explaining, just google guys!!)

You may have noticed I have somewhat of a like for leopard print (ok, its a complete obsession) so I accessorised with leopard pumps, handbag and earrings!!
Manky eye has nearly cleared up, hoorah!!!

Black Lace Dress - Grazia @ Simply Be (Last Season)
Leopard print pumps - Dorothy Perkins
Tights 100 Denier - Evans

For some reason my hips look square, dodgy hand placement!! Sorry for the buggy in shot too!!
Leopard print pumps, complete with Nora Batty, saggy ankles!!!

Thought I'd get another one of the husband in, just cos it freaks him out!! ha ha!!

What will you guys be wearing over festive season, love an LBD or fancy something more colourful?

Friday, 9 December 2011

Birthday merriment!...

As you may well know it's my birthday, hooray for me! I've had a bit of a revelation, at the grand old age of 32 I feel I may have finally started to accept myself and appreciate myself, and that, for the most part, is down to blogging. So to those of you who take that time to read my ramblings, leave comments and support me, I say thank you!

Now lets get down to the important matter of what I wore! Dearest husband and I went out for a day of shopping (the poor sod), leisurely cuppas and yummy burgers.

A late night stop at our local Tesco last night proved fruitful as I picked up this gorgeous red dress for the bargain price of £10! I teamed it with leggings, I could have quite easily worn tights but I just feel a bit more secure with leggings in case of blustery incidents! My already faithful Kurt Geiger boots, sloppy old woolly hat and fishy charm necklace.....

Dress - Tesco (similar here)
Leggings - George at Asda
Boots - KG by Kurt Geiger Viva la Diva

I popped my new cape over the top for warmth which I picked up on eBay, I love it!!

Safe to say I shopped until I dropped, the results of which will, I'm sure appear on here over the next few weeks! A great day was had by all, and now I'm settling down with Mr BeBe to watch Sherlock Holmes in anticipation of the second film coming out on the 16th, we're a bit excited! Geeks!!!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Date Night....

Whilst the babies away, mummy and daddy will play! It's my birthday tomorrow, so my lovely man took me out for a meal.

The original outfit I had planned was a major no-go, I ordered these, its my own fault for not trying them on more than an hour before I went out, but oh dear, awful, awful. The fit was appalling: tight round the tummy, ridiculously baggy in the legs. So I just had to throw a pair of jeans on, but then, me being me I couldn't decide on a top.

First outfit choice
Satin rose top - Tesco (about 2 years old)
Jeans - South @ Littlewoods

Satin peep toe shoes - Love Label @ Very (about 3 years old)
2nd Outfit Choice
Bird Print blouse - South @ Littlewoods
Jeans - South @ Littlewoods

It's true love
Shoes - Miss L Fire

Can we just take a moment and feel the love for the shoes. They are the most beautiful shoes I've ever owned. FACT. They are a couple of years old now, but head on over to the Miss L Fire site and soak in the the amazing-ness that is Miss L Fire.

Anyway, I digress. I went with the second outfit, mainly because you may have notice its a tad chilly I need sleeves!!

What a handsome couple!

OOTD - A splash of colour....

Picked up this little colourful number on ebay for 99p, bargain-a-licious no?! I'm forever wearing black so I thought I would step out of my comfort zone...."hmmm" I hear you say, "but she's still wearing a black top and black leggings", yes, yes I know, so ok, you got me, maybe I dipped a toe out of the comfort zone as opposed to a full blown jump!!

Please excuse the extremely manky eye, I suffer from conjunctivitis every time I'm run down, I've had it twice in the last month, so needless to say, I am very , much looking forward to my mani/pedi this afternoon and a few baby free days!! (Sorry Poppy, mummy loves you, she just needs a break!!)

I'm a bit fed up as it can be painful and more than anything just bloody annoying. I've got such a fun packed weekend planned too! I don't want to look like a complete minger!!! But hey ho, I'll numb the pain with alcohol!!!

 I'm hoping to bring you a few outfits over the next few days as I'm out and about, how very blooming exciting!!!!

So anyway, what do you think of the colour? Do you like a to dip a toe out of the comfort zone now and then?

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Blog therapy...

People blog for many reasons, to feed a passion, as an outlet, to promote a cause or message, to promote a business, to get free stuff (come on admit it) or to to earn a living.

I started mine predominantly because I'd been inspired by other plus-size blogs, to show off my style, regardless and possibly in spite of my size, as the months have passed it's developed and grown into something else.

I was diagnosed with Bi-polar about 7 years ago having suffered with depression many years prior to this, and despite fighting my condition and living without medication for 4 years the bastard has caught up with me again, I guess it never went away, but of late I just can't run as fast as I could! So I guess my blog has become a form of therapy, an escape from the daily grind, a lighthearted outlet, a distraction.

It's also given me a much needed boost of confidence in terms of my body image and personal style. I've always struggled with my perception of my body image and after years of unhealthy eating habits and vicious cycles of starvation and binge eating my weight reached 24 stone. My self loathing led me to the doctors where I eventually convinced them I needed a gastric bypass. That was over four years ago. Through hard work, pain, vomit and stress I lost 7 stone, but I still wasn't happy and started slipping back into bad habits again and I guess that's where blogging stepped in. Slowly but surely I'm beginning to like me, and my body and accept it. Now I try to eat what I want, when I want, I know when I'm full, and I don't tell myself off for every single mouthful of food I eat.

I'm not looking for congratulations for my weightloss, it was hard, it was scary and I'll forever be scarred both physically and mentally by the experience, I just wish I could have realised sooner that as long as I'm sensible, and enjoy food for what it is and that I'm not answerable to anyone else regarding my body and what goes in it, I'd have saved myself years of heartache and self abuse.

Wow....sorry I rambled on immensely. Who'd have thought fashion could be so profound? ;0)

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Pick of the knits....

Now I may be stating the obvious here, but its getting a tad chilly! Thought I'd do a little collection of some knitwear that's tickling my fancy!

1. Simply Be - Deep V Neck Military Cardigan -£27.00
2. La Redoute - Cropped knit sweater - £35.00
3. New Look - Shawl collar cardigan - £15.00
4. Evans - Fairisle Cardigan - £15.00
5. Very - Stripe Sailor Sweater - £29.00
6. ASOS - Knitted jumper with faux fur collar - £30.00

Friday, 2 December 2011

These boots were made for walking.....

Oh curse of the chunky calf's. As the owner of substantial calf's (19 inches to be precise) I find it incredibly difficult to find knee high boots to fit.

This winter has proved unsuccessful again. I did manage to find a cheap pair on eBay (seen here) to see me through the Autumn, but now winter is officially here I needed a more substantial, and better quality boot. I don't drive so as my main form of transportation my feet need to be warm and comfortable, but preferably still stylish.

I tried Clarks wide calf range, they didn't come close, I've given up on Evans after a rather embarrassing sob fest in Marble Arch a couple of years ago and as for Leg Rooms "extra ultra wide" fitting, could you be any more degrading? They can't be that extra or ultra, because they still don't bloody fit!!!

So as per last year I've opted for a mid calf biker style boot, I managed to find a cracking bargain over at Viva La Diva, hold your breath.....

Oh My!!
Oh Hello!

Oh ye of the buttery soft leather, chunky sole and snugly warm lining, let me bask in your beauty..... (sad right?!!) at the time of purchase I got them for the bargain price of £75.00 it would now appear less than a week later they have jumped up to £194.05 (oh bejesus). I think if you have that kind of money for Winter boots and are happy to pay that, they are still worth it. I own one other pair of KG's and they are still going strong after 7 years, so the quality speaks for itself, I just can't afford that amount of money at the moment!!

I love this style of boot because it "toughens up" any girly outfit. I have a habit of buying girly dresses with the best of intentions, but when it comes to putting them on I feel insecure, but I find if I stick a pair of biker boots on with it I feel more comfortable. My outfit today was a prime example of that...

Dress - Florence + Fred @ Tesco - (no longer available, but this is similar)
Leggings - TU @ Sainsburys
Cardigan - South @ Very

What piece of clothing brings you back into the comfort zone?