23/11/2018

Tis The Season To Sparkle with Simply Be

Every year, I start the festive period with the following vow to myself: This year, I am going to NAIL every party look that comes my way. With this in mind, I've linked up with Simply Be to help you Sparkle this season. 


So here are some of the questions that the gorgeous Simply Be customers have passed our way, have a read, it may just help you to nail this year's festive looks:

'My Body shape is weird. When I wear a body shaper, my stomach sticks out. What is the best shapewear to give me a good shape, especially when I'm wearing dresses.'

I mean, I have to start by saying NO body shape is weird. If you have a body, it's shape is a body shape. I think what you're saying is that your body doesn't look how you want it to look. So my first, very inexpensive bit of advice is to GET USED to your body. Look at it in mirrors. Take photos of it at different angles. Just get used to it, so what if your stomach/bottom/thighs/arms stick out?

My tummy has always stuck out so I'm guilty of squeezing myself into all kinds of palavas to try and change or enhance my shape over the years. Though there's nothing wrong with this IF THIS IS YOUR CHOICE, I spent years not fully enjoying Christmas meals or events because I'd lost the feeling in my bottom. And don't mention trying to go to the loo...


I'm now a big fan of wearing a slip with a built in bra under a party dress. It stops static clinging or ruching whilst still allowing you to do all of the things you need to do. Plus there's no need to layer things up or overheat because it does all the things you need in one item. This Magisculpt multiway slip is billed as being "Firm Control", and although it keeps my parts in place, I'm still comfortable and happy I'm not being squished. Plus it looks sexy as heck and I'm COMPLETELY here for this. 


"I've just started a new job and the Christmas party invites have just gone around. I'm the curviest in the office, what could I wear that would minimise this or should I just accentuate what I've got?"

Again, there is no obligation for you to do either. You would be exactly the same marvellous person whether you were wearing a parka or a string bikini. My advice is that you wear something you are comfortable with (I don't mean pyjamas) and most importantly, that fits. This is not the time to be squeezing yourself into your favourite party frock from ten years ago (The one that barely fit at the time...) I say this as someone who has done this and has spent the whole night feeling rubbish

For me, this is the time of year for sequins, sparkle and glamour and I love being able to go the whole hog without giving what anyone else is wearing a second thought. It's Christmas for crying out loud!


The simple and, dare I say, foolproof wrap style of this dress makes it a no brainer for any festive event. I don't even know where to start with the sequins but I can't imagine it looking anything less than incredible on anyone who wears it. Plus it needs no ironing so you can leave it in your bag all day, optimising your glamorous entrance. Pair it with simple, strappy sandals (Of a sensible stumble home height!) and you're good to go. 

Just remember, when you're at the party, don't let one single comparison pop into your head. Other people can look smoking hot without taking away from how incredible you look - Just make sure you tell them how lush they are and accept all the compliments that come your way!


Look guys, if I can offer you one bit of advice, it's this. Just enjoy yourself and if all else fails, grab a mince pie, a glass of bubbly, a mince pie and be your own glitter ball. 
Em x
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19/11/2018

Your New Fashion Hero - Unique 21

I'm here with a sneaky little fashion post aren't I? 
I know, I know, I'm as blown away as you are But here it is and I would like to introduce to you: Unique 21.

Plus Size Leopard Print
Leopard Blouse: Unique 21
Jeans: Second Scripts
Boots: Next 
We all love a new plus size brand don't we... Well, I *say* new, Unique 21 have actually been knocking about for a while now, albeit previously on other sites such as Simply Be (Where I bought this rather fabulous blouse) and ASOS. They've now launched their HERO range on its very own site, bringing us bright co-ords, snazzy blouses and sparkly knits. 


I think we can all agree that"Jeans and a nice top" are the most useful thing you can have in your wardrobe so being able to extend my options in this department is always very much appreciated. It seems like Unique 21 are going to be a good call for simple well made styles in different colour variations. 

This leopard print wrap shirt is ideal over a pair of skinny jeans, it's an easy to wear, throw on item that would work just as well down the pub as it would in a cocktail bar. I haven't practiced doing backwards rolls in it yet (that's what I do on nights out now, who knew?) I feel like it would be perfectly possible. 


Where the range is currently quite limited, I am told that this is set to increase with more options becoming available in the larger sizes (It currently stops at a 26...) which, as you can imagine, I am very much looking forward to seeing. 

I also ordered a purple pussybow blouse* which is absolutely perfect for work with a good pair of cigarette pants so be sure to keep your eyes on my insta for more...
Em x 
* Denotes gifted items for review - All views are my own. 
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15/10/2018

Five Minutes on Standing Alone

Sometimes we stand alone.

Today is the last day of child loss awareness week. I’ve not said an awful lot this week, partly because so many other wonderful women are saying things so beautifully and partly because I’m in a strange new phase. Beyond grief and into loneliness.


I’m a woman in my mid-30s. As much as I want to deny the understanding that emotions can be biologically led, there are days when I feel physical pain that there is no child of my own in the house. As much as I know that my life will have many other fulfilments, there are days when I feel such a deep sense of solitary that I want to curl up in bed and never get up.


Talking to other women who have experienced child loss, the overwhelming emotion is loneliness.

We all have an understanding of how we think our lives will be, even if we don’t make plans or set expectations (I certainly haven’t) we still build a world around ourselves that has so many intertwining parts, when one goes a bit tits, it can take years to work out how all the other bits work. How the other people in your life fit into it all. What you see your future being, or not being. 


When I first talked about child loss and mental health on this site, I made a bit of a pact to myself to talk about ALL of it. All of the stages, all of the changes. I do it because it helps me and, hopefully, it helps other people to know that they're not alone.  

When I’ve figured it all out I’ll let you know. It could be a while. 

But rest assured I’m not sad, I’m not incomplete, I’m just a bit lost, and sometimes we have to stand alone. 
Em x
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05/10/2018

Stop. Treat. Go with Galaxy® Chocolate Rounds

It's 3.27pm, the words on your screen are starting to blur, your tummy’s rumbling. Home time seems years away, yet lunch is a distant memory. It’s the time of day that clock watching becomes a national pastime and WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE. Luckily for us, Galaxy have got us covered - As soon as that clock hits 3.28pm head for the biscuit jar and indulge in a Galaxy® Chocolate Round.


You may know that I’ve recently started a new job and one of my biggest challenges has been actually remembering to take the time to stop and breathe never mind anything else. The sheer luxury of allowing myself ten minutes to put the kettle on and indulge in some chocolatey goodness this week has been bliss. 


Delicious shortbread (My fave!) covered in the Galaxy chocolate we all know and love; Rounds come in Chocolate and Salted Caramel flavour and are an all round prrrretty luxury biscuit. I *know* that I should say something about sharing the biscuits with my colleagues BUT they’re too nice and I don’t want to. Take that as you will.  


I think we should all make a pact to allow ourselves at a few moments of chill in our otherwise busy days, starting from tomorrow! Galaxy Rounds are available at many major retailers, regular retail price is £1.99.
Em x

*This is a paid advertisement for Galaxy®. However, all biscuity views are my own.
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08/09/2018

Beauty Comes In All Shapes And Sizes

Today, Navabi release their Beauty Comes In All Shapes And Sizes campaign where they aim to reach as many people as they can with the goal of exploring what Beauty REALLY means to us.


Beauty is so subjective. For example, I find those big white wind turbines beautiful but most people think they're vile. Yes, I am using renewable energy as an example of what beauty is, that's the kinda guy I am (I even wrote a post about it many years ago) 

Anyway, moving on from turbines and the such. The Navabi campaign is all about letting us know that we are ALL beautiful just the way we are. With this in mind, I want you all to think about what you value in other people, what makes them BEAUTIFUL to you? 

Beauty isn't just about shiny hair and nice bottoms - I DO like those things but I like other things too. Beauty, to me, is a culmination of the following:
Integrity
Self-Awareness
Compassion
Tolerance

I will always be attracted to someone who is both engaging and engaged. I will always find someone with compassion beautiful. Over the years I have wondered at the beauty of many a human (just try and stop me) gender, size, shape don't come into it. I find beauty in imperfection, in diversity, in things and people that break from the "norm"


With all of this in mind, I'd like to give a special nod to some of the most beautiful women I know:

My Mum - My Mum has never been anybody but herself; She has never given into peer pressure or pressure of ANY kind come to think of it... She is the eternal realist and nothing phases her. Plus she's always been a hot mum and I like that. My Dad and her raised me to be the woman who I am, and my sister to be the woman who she is. Which leads me to...

My sister Kate - Kate is a ridiculous human, she is one of, if not THE most precious things I have in my life. She dances and she sings (She once thought she was an undiscovered opera singer for ages), she listens and she cares. She gave me a niece that I would literally murder for (I will delete this post if there is ever a murder) and she is just an all round wonderfully weird and beautiful woman. 

My best mate (4EVA IDST) Danni - Danni is the most impressive human I have ever met. There. Is. Nothing. She. Can't. Do.
She's got a huge brain and a tiny body. Her capacity for more more more is incomparable. She yogas and sails and learns and laughs and makes ME laugh and she takes me along for the ride, even when I don't think I can do it. She just GETS me in a way that nobody else really does. She is resilient as fuck and I adore her. 

Steph - I can already hear Steph's eyes rolling from here. Her humility is frankly ridiculous. She is caring, supportive, and has no idea just how wonderful she is. Steph is HILARIOUS, she can make me laugh unlike no other, without ever bringing anyone else down. She grafts her ass off and has this unique way of understanding what you're saying, even if you're not saying it. My life got better when Steph walked into it.

Beebs - I loved Beebs before I'd even spoken to her. She always has time for the people who need her, even when she's going through epically crap times herself. She carries herself with the grace of a swan crossed with a ballerina and she is the most capable human being I've ever met. Her capacity for love is limitless and I'm so incredibly lucky to know her.


I've really enjoyed thinking about beauty and what it means to me. We don't often get the opportunity to step outside of things that just ARE.

Beebs and I are incredibly proud to be part of this campaign - You can find out more about  #Beautycomesinallshapesandsizes on Navabi's social media
Em x
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