Monday, 30 October 2017

Style: Sixteen47 - Leopard Lovely

Howdy y'all! I have a tonne of posts to get through, but I just had to pop this one up first because it got such great reaction on social media and I kinda know why, this suit from Sixteen47 is the bees knees! 

Now as I mentioned on instagram, I was a little apprehensive when the lovely folk at Sixteen47 suggested this outfit. The utter wimp in me was like, there's no way on earth I can pull off a head to toe leopard print velvet suit! But always one for a challenge, I agreed. 

Man was I wrong! It's a bloody dream! There's nothing to 'pull off' because it looks great! The fit and quality are excellent. 

I'm wearing the '2' which is 20-24. What I will say though, is if like me you fall into the 22/24 bracket and prefer a more slouchy fit then I'd size up in this one. The trousers fit me more like a tregging than a peg leg if that makes sense? 

The beauty of this suit is that as separates you can mix it up with other garments. Imagine the trousers with a big chunky black jumper. How cosy?!! The jacket with jeans (you knew it was coming). 

I honestly can't get over how amazing this suit looks and feels. I'm very into it. If leopard isn't your thing though there is a very nice blue velvet number in the same style. It really is testament to trying things on. Not just taking a look at the website and discounting things on first glance. 

Why not take a look at their website for the full plus size range and maybe try something you wouldn't normally|? 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Style: Elvi Velvet Dream

It's been a funny old week hasn't it? Red skies, hurricanes, then out comes the sun again. Well kids, I am more than glad to say I'm hopping on a plane and whizzing off to Zante tomorrow and I can't bloomin' wait! BUT in the meantime, I am excited to get more invested in Autumn/Winter fashion once I get back and this Elvi velvet dress is a very excellent starting point! 

It's a gorgeous steel blue/grey colour depending on how the light catches it, and of course every time I write blue velvet, I want to break out into "She wore bluuuuue velvet" hahaha! 

Elvi Velvet Dress

This beauty is currently on sale at £45.50 instead of £65 and it's worth every penny. The fabric is sumptuous AF and the colour is so gorgeous. This is going to be one of those pieces you can roll out for Christmas parties, even the big day itself because it's so comfortable, soft and what's the magic word? Stretchy!!!!  

The fluted sleeves are so cute and it's a great length too so you can wear it bare legged. This is also going to look great with black tights or leggings... and of course because I will literally wear them with anything... jeans. 

Size-wise I always size up in Elvi, I think though, I probably could have got away with my usual 22 in this as it's quite roomy and flexible. 

Elvi are knocking it out of the park this season with some gorgeous velvet pieces, knitwear, satin and tweed. And I'm seriously loving it all! 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Style: State of Mind Activewear

I'm a long time fan of State of Mind. They were the first plus size activewear range I can remember launching. Prior to this I'd managed to squeeze myself into an 18 from some of the sports giants, or I would usually find myself wearing leggings and baggy tees for the gym, workouts, yoga and any kind of active type stuff. 

State of Mind have always done basics and essentials very well. But recently they have launched a range of more bold pieces with funky prints, logos and more daring styles like crop tops and mesh pieces. Everything I love about State of Mind is still there though, quality of fabric, great fit and durability. 

Having been a fit model in the past for State of Mind I always find them true to size. I'm wearing the floral capri leggings and the ballerina wrap top both in a size 22 which are perfect. I was concerned though when I put the leggings on they would be a little shallow in the waist as they didn't feel like they would come up very high, but they stayed put and didn't roll down which is awesome! 

I am mega impressed by the range and love the new bold pieces. You'll also find some funky accessories on the site too like water bottles and yoga mats. So if you're looking for workout gear, activewear or even just bright pieces for your fashion wardrobe, State of Mind are your gals! 

PS. A huge thank you to Kerensa, the woman behind State of Mind who very kindly sent me some replacement leggings when I very stupidly lost the first lot somewhere in Liverpool. Good one Becks.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Style: Strong is the New Pretty

I never thought I'd get into logo tees. I'll be frank, I used to hate them; slowly but surely though I've started adding more to my wardrobe and this one from Pink Clove is the latest. 

I love the tattoo/vintage feel aesthetic, so cute right? The scroll underneath is the title of today's post "Strong is the New Pretty" which I love. Finding strength and resolve is something that has come to me as I've got older. I still very much take pride in my appearance, but it's nice to know that not everything about me has to be underpinned by some kind of false need to be 'pretty' or at least what people deem pretty. I am a multifaceted, complex woman (hear me roar haha!).

I teamed the tee with what has become a bit of a uniform for me at the mo. You know what I'm like, I'll find one style that I love and wear it to death haha!! But that is the beauty of little pieces like this tee, you can have a few in your wardrobe and swap them as and when to change up an outfit. 

I think everyone and their Aunt has this New Look jacket now, but it is pretty damn good so I don't blame them! It does come as part of a suit too, so if you're looking for a corporate or tailored look, I highly recommend it. 

Back to the tee, I'm wearing the 22 which I found it true to size. It's a regular fit so there is a little room for manoeuvre without being skin tight but it's not oversized either. The fabric is good and the neckline is a nice round shape without being restrictive.

As with all of Pink Clove, the price point is great and I've got some more pieces to share with you over the next few weeks too!  

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