Friday, 26 May 2017

Style: Evans Embroidery Magic

It's no secret I've been into the embroidery trend in a big way, I love the intricacy and texture of it, how it lifts a simple piece from standard to something quite special, and today's piece is no exception.  Now it feels like an age since I've worked with Evans, but I'm excited to say I've got three pieces from them to bring you over the next few weeks. 

The first though is this gorgeous denim jacket with embroidered sleeve detail. Now, I have a very old and very familiar denim jacket, which you've all probably seen a million times on the blog, I've had it since I was pregnant so it's knocking on nearly eight years old now, and although it is still very much loved, I felt it was time to add another denim to the collection and what a beauty it is. 

I went for a size 24 as I wanted a bit of an oversized look and a bit of a contrast to my old jacket which is cropped and very tight. I was really please with the sizing on this, it is obviously loose and roomy but it doesn't look like it's drowning me. 

The colour looks a little darker than the website, but it's a good solid denim not too light, not too dark and the embroidery is just so pretty with loads of scope to build outfits around. The softs pinks are perfect for the summer, they'll go with khaki, other soft pinks and of course as I've done here, good old black. The deeper pink tones are going to be gorgeous in autumn with burgundy and again khaki. 

In terms of styling, you really can't go wrong with a black maxi and cons, and teamed with a denim jacket, it's just a classic really. And I mean, the crisp packet at the bottom just adds to the whole urban vibe to the look (blogger fail hahaha).

I can't wait to share the other pieces with you, there really are some gorgeous items on the site at the moment, prints galore and colour abundant. 

**This item was sent to me for review, all words and opinions are my own**

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Style: Elomi - Matilda

The sun is shining, I'm still the colour of a milk bottle but hey, who cares right?! Today I've got a lingerie set from Elomi to share with you, where you can see said milk bottle body in all its wobbly glory! The Matilda is an Elomi favourite and this coming season you'll be seeing it in more gorgeous colour ways. 

This nude set though is a lingerie drawer staple, it will go underneath most garments beautifully without detection. I wore this set all day and found it really comfortable, the fit is lovely and the fabric is soft and the bra gives the babs a lovely perky shape! 

I also visited the Wacoal group press day last week, of which Elomi are part of and got some lovely snaps of all the upcoming style for AW17, so I thought I'd give you a sneak peek! 


So many gorgeous styles to come I think you'll agree!! And watch this space, because in June I have so gorgeous Elomi Plus Size swimwear to showcase too! 

** This set was sent to me, hooray for my boobs! But all words and opinions are my own! **

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Style: Joanie Clothing 'Bluebell'

Hola! How's your weekend gone? It thankfully brightened up here today (well it didn't rain, put it that way) so we headed down to the seafront for some lunch and a walk. Pretty perfect to be honest. And for such a lovely venture, I had the pleasure of wearing the bluebell chambray dress from Joanie Clothing.

There's not a tonne to say other than, it's ridiculously cute, I mean look at it. But seriously, it's a medium weight chambray (no stretch) so it's pretty much an all year rounder, it's quite short so personally I couldn't wear it without tights or leggings. Size-wise I'm wearing the 22 and it's spot on, it fastens in back with a feature zip, but I was just able to pop it over my head! 

As you can see it does crease a little due to the nature of the fabric, but I can forgive it that, because otherwise, it's just lovely, PLUS it has pockets so you know, it's pretty much perfect.

Joanie have some gorgeous pieces up to a 22, they did go bigger for a while but seem to have reduced that now. The XL in the t-shirt range I would say would fit a 24 comfortably, so don't rule them out all together and they do still have some of the larger stock left from last year, so they are worth checking them out if you're 24+. 22 and under though, you're good to go and ready to start shopping all their wonderful wares! I'd definitely say they are more vintage inspired more than full on repro, which is lovely, it's a bit cooler than your average boring retro get-up. 

**This item was sent to me, which is bloody lovely for me. As always though my thoughts and words are my own, which is nice because I quite like them**

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Style: Beating Summer Chub Rub

It is going to get warmer, I tell you! And when it does, there is nothing worse than the dreaded chub rub, as those of us with ample thighs will know. I wanted share with you today my go-to anti-chafing short, which for the past couple of years has been from The Big Tights Company

I mean, let's be honest, it's not my best look. But, these bad boys have been looking after my thighs for years now. As you can see I prefer the longer short, I find the short ones cut my thigh in half and the chub just squidges out the bottom, which does not look good when you're wearing a tight skirt.

The shorts come in white, black and beige, and as mentioned, do come in a shorter and longer length. Size-wise The Big Tights Company cater for sizes 12-36, I usually opt for the 24-28 option because my hips and thighs are the largest part of me. 

The shorts are lightweight and hugely stretchy and above and beyond their anti-chafing properties, I also find them great for keeping my modesty. As a perpetual trouser wearer, I'm always a little nervous when wearing skirts, so when I have these on, I feel assured that I'm not going to be flashing my pants to the world! 

If you're looking for a comfortable solution to modesty and chafing, I cannot recommend these enough! 

**These shorts were kindly sent to me  by the Big Tights Company, but I proper loved them anyway, so winner winner chicken dinner**

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Event: Yours Store Opening - Grimsby

I can't believe it's been over a week since I had honour of attending the Yours store opening in my home town Grimsby. The store is located in Freshney Place Shopping Centre, which conveniently is across the road from my house! So often I have to travel for blog related work, so to be able to nip across the road after dropping Pops off at school was an absolute joy!

I arrived at the store round 9am to find a small queue already formed, including the lovely Emma who had been there since 8am! As we headed towards opening time at 10am there was a huge queue, as I chatted with the women queuing it was apparent how excited the women of Grimsby were about Yours Clothing's arrival, and how good quality, great value clothing for plus size women was very much missing from the town centre.

As the doors opened the store filled up so much that people were queuing to get in because the shop was just so full!

The Grimsby store is packed full of everything you'd expect from Yours, bright colours, bold prints, value for money basics and in the top right corner there's even a little Bad Rhino selection for the chaps.

I was honestly so bowled over by how popular the opening was and how excited all the customers were, every customer I spoke to said how pleased they were that we finally had a Yours, and one woman even went as far to say it was like 'being in heaven'. 

To be honest I spent the day making a nuisance of myself, just chatting with all the lovely customers, dishing out unsolicited style advice and generally having fun! The atmosphere was absolutely buzzing, staff and customers alike having a lovely time. I also had the honour of styling the competition winner Kate who attended with her mum, we spent lots of time trying on different outfits and styles and found some beautiful summer pieces for Kate's wardrobe as a busy mum of two. 

Thanks for having me Yours, it was an awesome day! 

P.S. Outfit details will be on the blog soon! 

**Post in collaboration with Yours Clothing**