Saturday, 31 August 2013

Lacoste - Unconvential Chic.







Lacoste Polo's: c/o Navabi. Skirt: Dorothy Perkins. Shoes: Evans. Scarf: Charity Shop. Glasses: Gok Wan.

Now I have to admit when the word Lacoste first springs to my mind I tend to think about the perfume or tennis gear not plus size but when navabi offered me the chance to try out there newly released Lacoste Polo's I couldn't resist finding a way to style them that doesn't remind me of anything overtly sporty because as you can probably guess I am not the sporty kind of girl! I received the red polo in a size 20 and blue in a size 22, I would say there isn't much difference in the sizing but to be a little looser I'd stay with the size 22. 

I wanted to channel my inner Mod girl and keep it slick without stepping into the sportswear route. A must for me was to style it with structured pieces such as my denim skirt and add some patent flats to keep it polished. then bring all the colours together with the vintage scarf, I think it certainly looks more chic than Sports teacher cool! I utterly adore the 3/4 sleeve on the blue number as it's so different from the generic polo look. The colours pop perfectly particularly when paired with my classic red lip and vintage styled glasses frames. Now it's channelling it's way into Autumn I find myself wearing the fully buttoned up look more so I know I'll be grabbing these again to mix up my wardrobe some more. Block colours such as these are something I tend to shy away from when it comes to tops but after trying these beauts out I feel ready to face my wardrobe in full technicolour. I know these won't come cheap but I know these will wear wonderfully and will still look awesome in 5 years time due to the classic colours and shapes.

You'll be able to check these out on navabi any day now in fact the red piece is already up along with a few other styles! What do you think did I manage to make them suit a much less sporty style and inject some quirky cool into these poloshirts?

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Plus North Premier Spotlight Excite Clothing.



Pencil Skirt: c/o Excite Clothing. Heels I can't walk in well: Charity Shop originally M&S. Oversized Tee: Asos Maternity.

As you know I'm a part of the Plus North team this year! We have started a series of spotlight posts for our Premier Sponsors for the event this year so you can all see them before the big day on September 7th! (Which is now only a week away and I'm SO behind on these posts!)

Excite have a rather fabulous selection of plus size fashion at amazing prices I own there jeggings and I have to admit I bloody love them! I also own a rather adorable Daisy print tunic from them which is perfect for when I like to be comfortable.For this post we were all sent one of the houndstooth pencil skirts, I got the coral version which matches my home girl Mrs Bebe!
 
Now I have to admit I've always loved pencil skirts on everyone else but not myself so I found this so hard to style up which is why I probably look a little grumpy in the pictures! I was sent the 18/20 I believe and it does fit extremely well and I do like how it fitted my bum, it's just a style I'm not quite used to yet but will be soon! I paired it with this insanely oversized tee which is a size 12 from the maternity section on Asos, it's generally something I throw on when it's to hot for anything else or I just feel uncomfortable. This time I just couldn't help pairing the adorable cat with the fun colour of the skirt!

 Check out how the rest of the team styled up this cute dress below!

Monday, 19 August 2013

Reading Space.







Just a quick post from me today to show you my little reading corner/space which is really just the end of my bed but it's so full with cushions (my mild addiction, when I see a pretty on I just can't help myself!) it's perfect squishing into and getting lost within the pages of a good book. My cushions come from a number of places including charity shops, primark and good old Ikea, this is just a few from my large collection half are still in storage! The latest ones I've added are these lovely ones are from Joules.com, somewhere I only thought did clothing and cute wellies they have a really cute selection of soft furnishings including this really lovely duvet cover set that I'm tempted by, it'd make a nice change from my childrens heart print one I currently have on my bed!

While I was at it I thought I'd show you my latest read and my new bookmark! (I'm easily pleased can you tell?) Now I picked this book up on holiday and it's one of the most weird,sad and ever so slightly disturbing stories I've ever read but also equally brilliant I couldn't put it down! My next step is to watch the film but I'm too worried I'll freak myself out!

And finally yes that is a One Direction cushion you can see in the background.... my mum bought it for me! But I did kind of ask her too....

Diamond's In The Sky.




Dress: c/o Curvissa. Clutch: Vintage Thrifted. Necklace: Dorothy Perkins. Shoes: Peacocks.


Here's my second piece the lovely people over at Curvissa sent me forever ago to style up! As soon as
I saw this I knew it'd be perfect for the summer to dress up or down and also help keep me cool when the temperature was insane. It's something I also thought would be perfect to wear to work, comfortable to sit in all day at my desk but not crease easily. I adore the print of this as it's still quite tribal stylised but a little more classic and smart, particularly with the repeated diamond pattern. It's also a colour and cut I feel good in. It doesn't cling to my stomach or badly in any other places and the subtle hit of colour throughout helps me break my dark coloured cycle slightly. I have no problems with the sizing or stitching from what I can see! 
Here I'm wearing a size 20 and it fits like a dream for me personally, loose on my arms with the bat wing style to help me keep a little more cool without flashing my pasty top of my arms!

I kept the finished look quite simply with the chunky necklace from Dorothy Perkins which I picked up in the sale, some ancient peep toe flats which have certainly seen better days but I just love to much to throw away and yet again my new Vintage Clutch I picked up in the charity shop. I can see this appearing in a lot of outfit posts in the future as I just adore the embossed pattern on the outside of the leather, well at least I think it's leather! All I changed make up wise for this was a slightly stronger coloured lip to bring the colour of the dress up and out more to my face (if that makes any sense) I'm wearing a slick of Rimmel Apocolips in Stellar, which I love the intense colours of but do find them a bit much on my lips over time and tend to feather and bleed with repeated application on top of another, but I find them wonderful for giving a colourful and glossy finish to my lips so I put up with it!

Let me know if you've not heard of the fab Curvissa until now or are you firm fans or fancy a flutter on their site from time to time?

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Tribal Prints.




Oversized Tee: Peacocks Men's. Trousers: c/o Curvissa. Clutch: Vintage Thrifted. Ear Cuff: Primark Flip Flops: Matalan.

The lovely people over at Curvissa sent me a little package quite sometime ago and I've only just got the chance to post about the pieces! Unfortunately as per usual life got in the way a little bit yet again so some parts of my blogging life had to take a back seat for awhile but hopefully I'll be posting less sporadically as soon as possible, well until my laptop has to be taken in again for some TLC anyway! 

These trousers aren't something I'd normally choose to wear which is why I decided to give them a go as I'm trying to step out of my comfort zone a bit more and these were a perfect first step! I tend to shy away when it comes to trousers or bottoms as due to being pretty short they're either way to long or due to my body proportions just don't look right on me! Here I'm wearing a size 18 in the shortest length they do, yes you heard me right they have length options which is rare and extremely wonderful! My only main issue with these is I feel joining of the two legs (ie the crotch) is sewn quite funny in a way it pulls slightly so wearing an oversized tee has hidden this little niggle for me, though I'm almost certain the only reason I noticed this is because I'm used to working with fabrics and utterly detest doing pants as crotches are so hard to do and I've become quite picky when it comes to them. Another thing is that Curvissa sizing can be a little confusing, just like most Plus Size companies really. I've tried a range of sizes from them and depending on the fabric and cut this determines what size I am in the item, just something to keep in mind! 

I kept the rest of the outfit quite simple so the bottoms were the main focal point. I paired them with my new clutch I picked up in a charity shop on holiday (which I'll show you in more detail soon as I have lots of bits and bobs to show you from then) and this cute and quirky ear cuff from Primark. Look out for my next post featuring the second item Curvissa sent me.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Asos Competition!

The lovely people at Appliences online have offered me the chance to give away a £50 asos voucher to one of my lovely readers!

I've had so may thought's as to what I could make you all do as questions to enter but in the end I'm just happy enough you all choose to read me! I'm so in love with this "ASOS CURVE Premium Skater Dress with Embroidery" I just wish I had a money tree to get it! Though it's in my saved items for when it comes into the sale then I'll be all over it! 




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Friday, 9 August 2013

Plus North Premier Sponsor Spotlight Yours Clothing.


Incase you didn't realise I was lucky enough to join the Plus North team this year where I've been helping out with model things and such! We are starting a series of spotlight posts for our Premier Sponsors for the event this year so you can all see them before the big day on September 7th!
 
For the first spotlight posts we're on Yours Clothing. With stores throughout the uk and an online they're This will be Yours Clothings first time at Plus North so were of course really looking forward to seeing them there! As part of our spotlight posts we're doing a series of Take Fives with the team. The five of us will all receive the same item to style differently. For this challenge we were sent this adorable Dandelion Star dress. I wanted to be fun with this outfit and I think I suceeded don't you agree?
 
 Dress: c/o Yours Clothing. Flats: Wide fit Matalan. Denim Vest: Dorothy Perkins. White Crop Top: Primark. Red or Dead Sunnies: Specsavers.

I love the print of this dress and how easy it is to wear. Another bonus IT HAS POCKETS! How rare is it to find dresses with pockets lately? The length is also great on me too I initally thought it may be a little long as I'm abit of a midget at 5'2 but it's actually great. As it's so warm all I want to do is tie my hair up off my neck as it's so thick. I even got it cut only last week so it would be more bearable but unfortunately it's not. I'm not sure if you can tell in these pictures but I've actually got rid of my ombre for now, so my hairs looking more natural than it did when I was 12!

I hope you enjoyed my silly and more fun pictures and you can check out how the rest of the team styled up this cute dress below!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

"I always think about what it means to wear eyeglasses. When you get used to glasses you don't know how far you could really see."

"I think about all the people before eyeglasses were invented. It must have been weird because everyone was seeing in different ways according to how bad their eyes were. Now, eyeglasses standardize everyone's vision to 20-20. That's an example of everyone becoming more alike. Everyone could be seeing at different levels if it weren't for glasses.”
Andy Warhol

Frames one, two and three.



The lovely people at Specs post got in touch with me recently to ask if I'd like to check out some of there glasses, of course I jumped at the chance as I was currently in need of a new set of frames and as I'm supposed to wear my glasses all the time it's nice to have a few different choices in frames to suit whatever mood I'm in at the time.

Whats even better about Specspost is that they let you try the frames before you buy them which means I could decide which ones suited my face more or were just the style I was after! This is something that I think is a fabulous idea for online glasses retailers as the ones where you put a picture on of your face and they like stick an image of the glasses over? I'm sure you know what I mean but anyway I digress! I got to choose three pairs of frames to try out as you can see in the snaps above! They were delivered on next day recorded delivery and Specspost were so lovely sending me them across it was easy and a pleasure!

Now onto the choosing, I asked my lovely followers of twitter and instagram to help me choose and everyone loved them all but I had a soft spot for the cat eye vintage style in black. I've been desperate for a vintage styled pair of frames and these fit the bill perfectly! I can't wait to receive these and combine them into an outfit post. I'm also thinking of doing a make up post of how I wear my make up with my glasses? If you're after a stylish pair of frames at a great price I think this is the perfect place, none of the frames I tried were over £30 if I remember correctly. Also if you have the perfect pair of vintage frames but need your prescription put in them Specspost have an option for this at just £20, I know when I eventually find my perfect frames this is where I'll send them!

P.s I just couldn't resist the Andy Warhol quote when I found it!

Saturday, 3 August 2013

The Evolution of Festival Fashion by New Look

The festival season is with us once more and as the nation descends upon previously tranquil countryside New Look have created there very own festival fashion timeline, bringing us all the music and style you need to inspire everyones festival outfits. Whether you're an indie girl at heart dancing to Mystery Jets at Y Not Festival this weekend or saving yourself for Queen B headlining V Fest, New Look have everything you need to get in the mood.

Tracing the evolution of festival trends in music and fashion from 1969 to 2013, they're taking you on a fashion filled journey back in time. So pull on your wellies or Docs as you decide which decade is your favourite!


You can check this our in full and see all the different looks on the evolution of festival fashion here!

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Flower Arranging.





What now seems like forever ago I got a lovely DIY Flower Box from The Great British Florist and thought it would be the perfect thing to give to my mum for her flower arranging which I also help her with.
We got a glorious box full of flowers within a day of ordering and decided to make something up for the alter at church, my mums on the router so she does a month at a time. Due to how insanely warm it's been over the last few weeks they weren't overly perky when we managed to open the box mostly due to them being left in the box half the day as I was at work.

All we added to the DIY set was some greenery and a few other flowers to add some more depth to the colours.The pictures were taken just after we'd finished it and some of the Lillie's were unfortunately still closed but after a vigorous spraying with water and being left over night they were fully open in all there glory for the church service the next morning!

I think packs such as these are perfect for the budding florist in you but if your not so kindly green fingered they could throw you slightly as how to put them together! Though this is something I'll definitely think about getting my mum one of these again as it certainly adds much more choice to the flower options she normally has for our church arrangements! And of course the obglitatory awkward photo of a slightly sweaty me with the flowers, they almost match my dress thank you Asos Curve!