Saturday, 28 June 2014

Floral flurry...

More and more online brands seem to be adding a plus size range to their sites, which is definitely no bad thing. The way I see it is, they might not always be your cup of tea, or they might not stock your size, but the more brands that do it, means more choice and hopefully is the sign of a changing and ever growing market. 

Lipstick Boutique contacted me back in May to see if I'd like to go along to the photoshoot for their new plus size range. Sadly I couldn't make it, well I say sadly I was flying to Kos so it was awesome, but sad I couldn't make it all the same. So instead I was sent a piece from the collection to review. 

I went with this glorious floral jacket...

This is such a good, good jacket. I mean look at it. It takes a simple, very casual outfit to a whole different level. The jacket is made from a scuba kind of fabric. I did find it quite small fitting but the stretch in the fabric and the fact it's a jacket meant I could quite easily get away with it! 

The jacket isn't on the Lipstick Boutique site at the moment. I'm not sure if this is because it's sold out or it hasn't been added to the site yet. If you do desperately want it, please email Lipstick, because either way it would be great to let them know how much you love it! I have however spotted it on ASOS

Such a gorgeous print...

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

OOTD: Casual grey

I'm manning the shop today so it's casual, comfortable but relatively smart for me today. It's the first time I've worn this maxi skirt and it's another H&M gem. It's one of my favourite places for basics, they're affordable and always great on fit and style. 

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

May-be, may-be not...

It feels like ages since I've done a JUNAROSE post, sadly my April choices were lost in the post, but considering it's been nearly a year since I became one of the brand ambassadors, I've not done too bad to receive all but one of my packages from Denmark! 

For my May choice I went for a weather appropriate cool cotton dress. I fell in love with the print of this dress and the embellishment around the neck is really beautiful.  

Dress - JUNAROSE// Wedges - Clarks Shoes 

Now I must admit, I'm not too convinced the fit works for me. I think it's supposed to be a trapeze kind of fit, but it just doesn't sit right. Maybe if I sized up it would have helped? I'm not a huge fan of control wear but maybe that would have solved my problems in this dress? 

I definitely like it better with the jacket, it seems to improve the line. But that aside, the dress itself is, as always, great quality. The print is gorgeous, as is the neckline. It's just a shame it doesn't suit me. 

Good news is this dress along with a ton of stuff on the website is on sale at the moment. There's 30% off this particular one and even more on some garments! 

I had a little bit of allowance left this month so I also went for a pair of the basic leggings. I am yet to try them from JUNAROSE, so I thought I'd give them a try! I'm obviously not going to wax lyrical about leggings, but a few notes: I'd size down, they're generous. They are soft, thick and comfortable. Winner winner right? 

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Monday, 23 June 2014

If the shoe fits...

Oooh! I'm going to do a little haul post, that's what they're called isn't it? I've never done one before (well not that I remember but this is my 600 and something post, so do forgive me!).

So, I went a bit shoe crackers in Primark and picked up three gorgeous pairs of shoes for £6 each. 

I've just noticed too, my feet look totally different colours, it must have been the light, they are the same I promise! Ha ha !! 

These SO comfortable, I danced all Saturday night in them, they are honestly amazon, hence why I got them in a different colour (see the bottom pics!)

I haven't road tested these leopard beauties yet, but I don't even care if they're not comfortable, they are sooooo pretty!!

And finally, same as the first pair but in a different colour way. So, so cute! I've kind of been sensible with shoes of late and have been making quite expensive investment purchases, but sometimes, you just can't help having a bit of a fast fashion splurge now and then!! 

Have you picked up any bargains lately? Let me know where you've been shopping!

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Friday, 20 June 2014

She wore a flower in her hair...

I never got to go to a prom. When I left school there wasn't such a thing. We didn't even have a school disco, a mate of mine managed to hire a function room at a local pub and we all chipped in a fiver for the buffet. Glam huh? 

When fast fashion brand Chi Chi contacted me to ask if I'd like to take part in a style challenge with them I was really excited. For starters they've extended the sizing on a couple of items in their range up to a 24 and some up to an 18, which is a great start and hopefully if they do well they might start looking at extending the sizing on a wider range of garments and making more plus size dresses.  

I was asked to choose a dress and then style it up for a special occasion, I wanted to wait until the dress arrived before I decided how I was going to style it and for what occasion exactly. 

When the dress arrived I was blown away with how pretty it was. I mean way prettier and more girly than I would have ever chosen for myself, but I was excited to try something completely out of my comfort zone. 

I decided to go full on with the styling. It's pretty full on dress that deserves to be complimented accordingly.

It really is just so so pretty, and yes the floral crown is utterly ridiculous, but I just loved the pink flowers against the sumptuous jade green of the dress.  

Now onto the practical stuff. The Dolly dress is a size 22, I found it true to size and if you're a little less busty like me, you could probably size down to the 20, as the back has an elasticated panel. The bust area has moulded, padded cups, so I wore this without a bra, there was bags of room for a larger bust than mine, and I felt well supported, but you could easily wear a bra with this too should you feel more comfortable that way. 

The dress is fully lined, then there are 3 petticoat layers on top with the final beautiful dress layer on top. The dress is quite short, I'm 5'7" and it was mid thigh, which I'd usually be mortified about, but for some reason the poofiness of the skirt helped with any modesty issues I had. 

The dress would be perfect for any special occasion, it really is a stunner. 

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Is age just a number?

As a blogger, you can keep track of how many people are reading your blog, which posts they've read and even what country they are reading from, which is quite fascinating really. You can also see how people have found your blog, for example, they might visit you from another blog or google you. 

When someone googles certain words they might happen to stumble upon your blog, we see those words in a section called "Search Terms" which is a constant source of amusement for me, especially the pervy ones like "fat chick in knee high boots" and "sexy chubby thighs" - anyway you get the idea. So you can imagine, today when I see someone found my blog by searching "elderly fashion brand" I was tad dismayed. Elderly? Really? But I'm 34 surely not ready for the knackers yard yet! 

This is the fresh-ish face of a 34 year old woman...

Of course the only reason someone happened upon my little corner of the web was because at some point I have mentioned "elderly" and I repeatedly use the phrase "fashion brand" so of course the weirdness of google pointed them in my direction. But it did get me thinking about age and the fickle world of fashion and if I still have a valid place in it. 

Fashion for all?

Never more in the past year of fashion trends have I become acutely aware of my age, with the 90s trend in full force I can't help but quietly weep at the reoccurrence of clumpy shoes, cami dresses and dungarees. It's only when the trends you experienced first hand come back around do you truly get a sense of your mortality. 

Don't get me wrong, I have to say part of me is feeling quite warm and fuzzy being back in my comfort zone. We all know I love a good jumpsuit and during the late 80s/early 90s it was my go to piece, so to be able to re-live that portion of my youth again is, in a way, quite invigorating. I love all the swooshy cami tops and ripped jeans, I can once again pretend I'm a brosette (minus the DM's and Grolsh bottle tops), the hazy summers dancing to Push in my back garden. The boxy crop tops and culottes remind me of miming to Roxette, It Must Have Been Love in my bedroom, with all the gusto and heartbreak such a track deserves. I can only thank my lucky stars though, that the proposed bumbag revival never really took off, and only the hardened fashionista is wearing flezzy cycling shorts and scrunchies again.

I think fashion, for those of us a little bit older, it's about minesweeping the trends and finding pieces that suit our lifestyle, we don't get up and get dressed just for appearances sake anymore. We get up and dressed for a purpose most days, whether that be the school run, the busy commute, a days hard graft or running errands. It's not just about form, it's about function. 

Neon? No worries! Small touches lift an outfit.

So what if I'm gradually slipping off the younger brands radar like a granny's wrinkly support stocking? So what if I can't run with the young 'uns any more? You know what? I'd only fall off those ugly clumpy heels that I wore the first time around any way! 

My style is just that, style. Trends will come and go, but style is forever. I love keeping abreast of the latest trends and indulging in some fast fashion but as I grow older I find myself investing in timeless, quality pieces, mixing vintage and high street and enjoying the discovery of my personal style. I don't always get it right, but I have fun trying. 

I thought I'd have a go at some top tips for enjoying trends at any age:

- Have fun and experiment, but don't be disheartened if something doesn't work for you.

- Start small with jewellery or a bag, dip your toe in the trend so-to-speak. 

- Build a good basics wardrobe with quality items and add fast fashion items to it.

- If something works for you, don't be ashamed to stick to it (see me with my jumpsuits/kimono's/ripped jeans and jackets!) 

- Dress for you, not for your friends, or partners, or anyone else but you. Feeling great in yourself is the first step to looking great. 

Okay, so I hope that wasn't too clich├ęd or patronising, I just thought it would be nice to share my knowledge, you know, now I'm advancing in years... Ha!! 

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