Friday, 31 July 2015

Occasion Wear Challenge with Curvissa.



Dress: c/o Curvissa. Corset: Amazon. Bag: River Island. Shoes: Evans. Necklace: Topshop.

Curvissa recently got in touch to ask if I'd like to style up one of their occasion wear pieces and I couldn't say no to the Leaf Print Tea Dress! It's been on my radar for quite sometime as I simply adore the monochrome with the flash of vibrant flowers at the bottom. The Dress itself is really good quality and is currently on sale for £49.00 which I think is the going kind of rate for a pretty dress for a wedding or party. It's also partially lined at the top, I know sometimes people prefer something to be fully lined but generally speaking I prefer them not to be so I can have the option of wearing a petticoat under. My only issue with the dress itself really is the sizing. Here I'm wearing a UK20 which does fit but only just, generally speaking I often size up with Curvissa as I think they run a little small sometimes. I'm also only 5'2 so its a little long in the body for me but nothing a was it belt wouldn't fix!

Due to it being a little snug I decided to wear my cheap corset over the top! Originally I was going to wear it underneath but I thought it would make it look a little different on top and I actually really like how the look has turned out! I then picked out the vibrant pink colour within the flowers to match my lips and heart shaped bag which I then accessorised with my heart necklace. I popped a pair of subtle glitzy flats on as if you're at something all day and wearing a corset I'd probably choose flats for a little more comfort! 

Overall I'd give this dress a 4 out of 5 stars as other than the fit issue on me it's a wonderfully made garment that I feel wouldn't look dated easily and would last a good while too! 

You can check out the other girls from this little challenge here:
Nancy from Sugar, Darling?
Mookie from Mookie's Life. 
Georgina from She Will Be Loved.
Carlyn from Smoking Peaches. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Polly Grace - Tee Shirt Challenge.





Top and leggings: c/o Polly Grace. Clutch: birthday present. Shoes: Amazon. Sunglasses: Dorothy Perkins.

The lovely team over at Polly Grace popped me an email not so long ago asking if I'd like to take part in a little challenge by styling up a Top or tunic with a pair of leggings from their range. Now I love a good challenge and decided straight away that I'd have a go at dressing them up a little so it would be something that could work for a few drinks out in town and hopefully I think it does! 

Here I'm wearing this adorable pineapple printed tee in a UK 22/24 I wanted a relaxed fit so I could wear it with leggings but I think I would have been perfectly fine in my usual size. I was a little dubious as the next size down was an 18/20 and usually I'm more of a 20/22, I needn't have worried though! I paired it with the Polly Leggings but rolled them up once or twice as being 5'2 bottoms can often be too long on me! these are true to size in a UK20 and very comfortable to wear! Initially I wasn't sure what to accessorise this look with but once I put on my usual slick of red lipstick I knew I had to have my bag and shoes to match with it. My shoes are of the jelly variety and I also own them in black, I've since found them in an array of different colours so I may have to stock up as I seem to be able to wear these beauties for more than 10 minutes unlike how I am with 'normal' heels! 

Over all I'm pretty impressed with Polly Grace and I can't wait to see what they'll have for A/W! 
My lovely blogger friend Em over at Terrible Tumbles has also posted a style up challenge too and you can check that out here!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Vintage Glamour thanks to HMS Vintage.





Photos by HMS Vintage. Dress c/o Voodoo Vixen. Necklace: Black Heart Creatives. Hair Flower: Claireabella's Closet.


Now these photos were taken quite awhile ago now but unfortunately due to being a crazy busy bee I've only just had chance to show you all on my blog. I have however posted snaps up on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages! I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to have a little shoot with the Photographer Ian who runs HMS Vintage that is based in Manchester. I'd been desperate to do another shoot with him after taking part in one for my job at the back end of 2012! Now this shoot is different to others I've done in the past it's a little more sultry and dare I even say sexy? Normally I stick to the cute and fun look because I tend to think I'm not grown up enough for anything else but I was surprised at how sassy I kinda look! I think out of the final 3 my favourites are the hair flick an the accidental pinky! The make up was amazing and the girl who did it (whose name I can't remember because I'm awful!) was an absolute doll, I mean just look at those lashes! 

When Voodoo Vixen sent me the Emmie dress I knew I had to save it for this shoot! As I could tell that the tartan print would come out so well in black and white, You can see it below in full colour from a photo I put on Instagram on the day! I'm wearing a 2XL which is roughly a 20/22 and it fits me perfectly the fabric has a slight stretch so it just skims and hugs the body perfectly. Voodoo Vixen are quickly becoming my favourite place for plus size reproduction as they just fit so well and I don't fluctuate size wise in their range at all! I couldn't resist wearing one of my Black Heart Creative necklaces as they're my favourite indie jewellery designers and it was also a big hit from the team at HMS Vintage! 

From Instagram @aroselikethis (my make up had worn off a little!) 

Unfortunately HMS Vintage will be closing it doors for a short period of time at the end of the Month, so if you're based in the North West and fancy some snazzy photos and a Vintage Makeover I think you can still book in! I've also heard a whisper that they may be having a sample sale of the outfits they use for shoots, so if I find out more I'll of course let you know! I couldn't recommend Ian and the team enough I felt really comfortable and they event made me a brew! What more could you ask for?! 



Friday, 3 July 2015

Lifes a Beach(ball) with Swimsuits For All!





Bikini: c/o Swimsuits For All. Sandals: Simply Be. Sunglasses: Specsavers. Hair Orchid: Gypsy Rose Vintage.

I'm here again with even more swimmer, yes I'm completely embracing swimwear this summer on the blog because I've spent so many years hiding away when it started hotting up but NO LONGER! I love this so much I just want to wear it all the time but I'm not sure that would go down well in my hometown! Now at the (not so grand) age of 22 I've finally decided I'm going to fully embrace the body that I have as even though I have days where I question myself overall I'm comfortable with the skin I'm in. 

I've always LOVED Swimsuits For All but I've never been brave enough to take the plunge and order from them so when they popped me a message seeing if I'd like to try a few of their pieces I almost bit their hands off! I've always thought the collection were so flattering and I just knew I'd feel really confident in them, which of course I do! Here I'm wearing the Swim Sexy Isander Halter High Waist Bikini, for starters I adore the print and can't wait to feel a little pin up on the beach but over all its extremely comfortable and I adore the bottoms! I was initially worried about the fact it has no underwire's but I had no need to as I feel fine in this! (and it probably makes it more comfortable) For reason its in US sizing and I believe I got either a US 18 or 20 which is around a UK 20/22 depending.

I'm so in love with Swimsuits For All I can't wait to show you the other two pieces they sent me! You can check out their full selection of Bikini's and two pieces here.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Do You Want Fries With That? - Love This Sunday





Swimsuit: c/o Love This Sunday. Sandals: Simply Be. Fat Babe necklace: Black Heart Creatives. Skirt: Was dress altered by me from a charity shop. Sunglasses: Claireabella's Closet.

A few weeks back now the babes over at Love This Sunday gave me the chance to style up another of their swimsuits and how could I say no to this one covered with chips?.. WHO DOESN'T WANT TO BE COVERED IN CHIPS?! Yell I know I want to be. Again I've not had chance to properly test this out in deep water yet it held up fine with a little paddle and splash around. I certainly match the British seaside perfectly in this! Here I'm wearing a 3XL but I'd probably easily be able to size down it's just that I panic when looking at sizing so normally opt for the larger option as I'd rather something a little loose than too snug.

I styled it up with some cute retro sunglasses and windmill that went with my graduate collection (but really I got them because I loved them too!) and what chip covered swimsuit isn't complete without a fat babe necklace?! This skirt I've had for years but now I've cut it up a little I feel it's much more wearable and something which will be perfect now it's heating up. The sandals are old favourites from Simply Be which I bring out year after year and they still seem to look cute and work with my personal style. 

Finally I just want to say a quick sorry for not jumping back into blogging as quickly as I would have liked after getting through my degree. I'm currently trying to decide what my next move will be and what I want to do next! Exciting but also terrifying!