Saturday, 31 January 2015

Shopping: Bold Plus Size Brights on a Budget

I received a message on Facebook a week or so ago now from a lovely lady who was looking for some lime green pieces to brighten up her wardrobe that wouldn't break the bank. So I said I'd put a bit of a post together (sorry it's taken me so long!). Obviously lime green is a little specific so I decided to focus on bold brights. 

Everything here goes up to at least a size 22 and all cost £20 and under, so if you're looking for a colour injection to beat the winter blues, hopefully there is something for everyone here! 


Yellow Tunic Dress - George (£16, up to size 24)// Daisy Burn Out T-shirt - New Look (£12.99, up to size 28)// Orange Kimono - New Look (£10, up to size 28)// Lime Green Swing Camisole - Evans (£16, up to size 32)





Jersey Waffle T-shirt - Simply Be (£14, up to size 32)// Lime Slouch Jumper - Yours Clothing (£18, up to size 34/36)// Jade Soft Jeggings - Dorothy Perkins (£20, up to size 22)// Plunge Neck Bodycon - Boohoo (£20, up to size 24)




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Friday, 30 January 2015

Style: Plus Size Knitwear with idaretobe.com

It's always nice to be introduced to a new brand. I first heard about idaretobe.com last year when I wrote a post about them. They specialise in relaxed look clothing and the lagenlook style, which is perfect for those of you who prefer a laid back vibe. 

I've got a couple of pieces to showcase from idaretobe, the first of which is this grey cotton knit.


It is perfect for layering up, which I've done here over my ancient ASOS bunny shirt, leggings and silly but cute frilly ankle socks. The jumper is a cotton knit which means it has the warmth of regular knitwear, but it's not too fluffy and won't pill. 



The jumper comes in one size, which is suitable for sizes 16-26, as you can see there still room on my 22 size frame. I love the split detail to the side and the relaxed fit. There's loads on the website to suit all different budgets so it's definitely worth a look if you're into flowing silhouettes and casual style.


P.S. The hair? Yeah I have no idea what's going on either. I stripped the red out yesterday and now I'm unsure what to do, I'll probably go brown though... Until I get bored again. 

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

Style: Wingz Review

For as long as I've been blogging, I've been aware of the brand Wingz. I've always been intrigued by them, but as someone who tends to buy long-sleeved for the Winter and don't care about getting my arms out in Summer, I never really had the need for a pair. 

It wasn't until I got to uni that I realised how much they would come in handy. It is hotter than the sun in my uni building, yet, in the deaths of winter the last thing I want to do is wear anything short-sleeved. I mean I need the lightweight fabric so I don't boil, but a lot of my lightweight stuff tends to be short sleeved. So this is where Wingz came to the rescue for me. 


I bought this sleeveless maxi in the sale from Very for the summer and I was desperate to wear it, the Wingz were perfect for making it more winter appropriate. I'm wearing the black, full length, fitted stretch Wingz in a size 2 (18-22). I found them to be really comfortable and versatile. I've worn them several times this week under dresses and short sleeved tops and even wore them to travel down to London in, where they were perfectly comfortable and kept my arms nice and warm.  


As you can see the Wingz go on like a t-shirt but the elasticated section sits under your bust so that you can wear a host of different necklines. They are perfect for under dresses, vests and sleeveless tops. They come in a huge variety of styles and designs, you can see them all on the Wingz website. If you're not comfortable showing off your upper arms, or just want to combat the chill without wearing a hundred layers, I can highly recommend this clever product!






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**I was sent this item for the purposes of review. My opinions and words are 100% mine though, just the way I like 'em**

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Style: Plus Size Fur with The Curve

I've been loving the fur trend this winter, it's luxurious and sumptuous but can still be completely casual. This gorgeous gilet from independent plus size brand The Curve is a bit tasty! 



I kept this outfit so simple, I didn't want to detract from the main focus of the gilet really. I think it would have been easy to over do it which we all know isn't my style. This is the kind of piece that is going to take your outfit to the next level yet is still incredibly wearable. I mean I did the school run in this and took Poppy to her swimming lesson, I didn't feel overdressed, but I did feel just that little bit fancy which is lovely!




I've reviewed The Curve before and found it to come up a little small, so I got the 24 on this occasion, but this faux fur gilet is actually pretty true, so I could have got my usual 22. In terms of budget, this is a high-end piece, I'm not going to lie, it won't be suitable for a lot of pockets, but if you are in the market for something different from an independent plus size brand, you can't go far wrong with The Curve. 










Have you embraced the fur trend? If so how? Just a subtle collar or accessory or full on furry snuggliness? (Yes, that's a word). 

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** This item was sent to me for the purposes of review. All words/opinions however are completely my own. ** 

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Style: In the garden with Colonel Mustard...

I have been lusting after this little mustard tweed jacket by ELVi since September when I saw it at Plus North. Then my long lean northern sex kitten Em at Terrible Tumbles reviewed it and I fell even more in love, why it's taken me so long to purchase I have absolutely no idea. It was finally when my lovely pal Claire got hers, I snapped and though right, I will regret this forever if I don't get it now.


And of course it's perfect. I love everything from ELVi, they serve grown up style with a strong fashion feel. No these aren't fast fashion pieces, they are the sort if items you'll have in your wardrobe for years to come yet they continue to look fresh year on year, because ironically, they're classic (if that makes sense!)


In terms of fit, this jacket is spot on. I'm wearing the 22, it's fitted but not tight in the arms, it zips up with a little bit of room for movement. My only issue and it's a teeny one is that this jacket had shoulder pads, which on my already broad shoulders looked a bit ridiculous. Easily solved, I unpicked the lining (yes it's fully lined too) and snipped them out. I'm going to get my mum to sew up the small bit I unpicked because I'm not so good with the needle. Claire and I have blogged this jacket at the same time so you can see it on her body shape and you'll see on her, the shoulder pads are perfect, they help balance out her large bust. 



The fabric is a soft loose weave tweed, it has browns and red running through the mustard, it's just so pretty. I think one of the reasons I love this so much is it's versatility, I know that's a word I bang on about a lot, but when you don't know from one week to the next if you'll be in a business meeting or dashing around running errands and picking up the baby from school, versatile garments are so important. This is something I can throw on with jeans like today, or over a black dress for a meeting or evening out. 
 

You can pick this jacket up in the sale, just like I did for the bargain price of £20. Don't forget to check out Claire's post on Monkey See, Monkey do, Monkey Wear to see how she got on with hers, and I've linked Em at the top of the post, so there's a good range of heights and sizes to see it on. 

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Style: Green Light...

It's not really been the weather for the most inspirational of outfits. For me it's been about staying warm and comfortable. I've been stocking up on knitwear and I'll be completely honest, when this one turned up I wasn't sure I could pull off such a bright green. But once I tried it on I fell in love with it! 




I'm wearing the jumper with the Simply Be ripped skinny jeans and slightly battered converse. It was my day to do the school run and take Pops for her swimming lesson so I needed my outfit to be warm, comfy and practical. 



As you can see, there is a really nice zip detail to the back and the jumper is a kind of waffle texture. I ordered the 24 because I like a lot of room in my knitwear, but I think it's supposed to be a bit more fitted so if you prefer it that way, I'd stick with your regular size. 




My dearest dad took these pics, hence why you can see half of their back garden and neighbourhood too, but I think they still came out okay! Haha! Also check out my darling chubby Buddah mate in the background, chubby chaps rock! 



I have to go to hospital tomorrow for (joy of joys) a colonoscopy, so I'm currently starving and grumpy. I'm going to try and schedule another post because I'll be spending Friday in bed feeling sorry for myself, then Saturday I'm heading to London to shoot for one of my fave brands so I'm a bit busy, but I will be posting pics from the day so keep an eye out for those! 

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Trend: Smock Tops

Hey! So I thought I'd check out another trend this week. Smock tops and smock dresses for that matter have been around for the last year really and they don't look to be going anywhere soon. The dress variety I find don't work too well on me, my hips are way too big so they kind of sit funny on me, but the top version I really like and have a few now.

To be honest they are just kind of baggy peplum tops, but I like that, it gives the top a more casual edge and we all know I'm a casual girl.

The latest addition to my collection is this bright leopard print smock top from Simply Be. I've been having a bit of a splurge with Simply Be at the moment, much to my credit account's dismay. But hey, I'll save and be sensible when I'm dead.



I sized up to a 24, but I don't think I needed to it is very oversized, so you should be okay with your usual size. I'm wearing it with some panel leggings from Wallis (not that you can tell, Winter is no friend of the blogger!), ASOS pointed flats and Simply Be textured jacket


I think I'm going to wear this to death in the summer, it's a light cotton material, I love the acid yellow, grey and black contrast; one of my favourite colour combos! It will go really great with my jersey peg leg trousers and some sandals.



Have you tried the smock trend? Do you prefer the dresses or tops or is it a bit too shapeless for you?


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