Working 9-5 (working hours may vary)

Work work work THAT'S ALL I EVER DO! ....Well...actually...I also eat, sleep,occasionally bathe and spend a hell of a lot of time talking about how all I do is work...But all of that aside, as I'm sure is the same with some of you, I spend A LOT of time at work. And alas, work necessitates clothes. 

This morning, I was enviously reading http://plumpparsnip.blogspot.co.uk/ and drooling at how Cass manages to look gorgeous, cool and individual for work, she makes it look SO easy. (Check her out, she's so jealousy inducing it's ridiculous)

And this got me to thinking (yeah, that's right: THINKING) My work wardrobe is grim. I used to work in a job that meant I had to be in business dress aaaall the time, I was practically sewn into my black skirt suit (From Next and more politician at a funeral than Dolly Parton). At this point in my life, I wasn't particularly interested in colour or cut, plus I was a bit rubbish at my job so was happy to hide quietly behind the photocopier...

Now, I work in a job where the dress code is much more casual, but despite being there for nearly four years, I haven't invested in much new at all. It's all the old stuff, mixed with things I don't like enough to be seen in during my free time. And cardigans. Lots of cardigans. 

The pictures below are examples from this week and last, and they look even more depressing en masse. It's all blue and black and grey and brown. SAD.
I quite like the dress on the right, the cut is classy and the neckline offers itself to an array of large necklaces that turn my neck green - perfect. But the other looks are depressing as sin. 

When I dress good, I feels good, it's as simple as that. So I am making myself a promise right now, I am going to stop being a sad little office bitch, and become a bright, vibrant bubble of office wonderfulness. 

A bit of inspiration here. Now to get on with it!!

Does anyone have any advice on how to do this without spending a fortune? Dress me! Dress me!

Em x



I freaking LOVE Autumn, it's the most wonderful time of the year. Falling leaves, big jumpers, Hull Fair and NO SWEATING. Hurray!!! 

This OOTD is a homage to things I love about Autumn (except hats, I feel that wearing a hat indoors is frankly odd so headwear will have to wait for an outside post) 

It also gives me the opportunity to showcase my new leather look skirt, which I am very pleased with myself about....
Leather look skirt: H&M 
This is the skirt in question, bit fit isn't it?!? It zips and press studs up the back and looks VERY leathery (unlike a lot of the other farcical skirts I tried during my search) The only issue is, this is a 16 and it is TIGHT. VERY TIGHT. Despite this, as long as I wear a longer jumper I should be fine. Enter stage left The Autumn jumper.
This particular Autumn jumper is from Topshop last year. This is a size 10 and is HUUUUUUGE, excitingly for me, even the sleeves are long enough. I rarely get to wear this jumper for two reasons: 1) This jumper is really warm, terrifyingly so. 2) I can't fit any of my coats on over it...

I wore the skirt and oven jumper with tights and my lovely suede look knee boots that I bought around 10 years ago for £3 from ShoeZone of all places, why do I never find bargains like this any more?!?! The overall look was looking a bit vapid so I grabbed my red tartan Primark carpet bag that I desperately want to replace this year (keep your eyes open for me!) 
I really like this look, I'm trying to find other tops to wear with the fabulous skirt but it's definitely going to be a wardrobe staple for autumn/winter 2013. 
You'll see that I've gone for the fresh faced look with my makeup, my skin is an absolute ruin at the moment and I'm pretty much covered in sudocreme or toothpaste whenever I'm not at work to try and get the spots to remove themselves. The lipstick is a natural collection one, their pale and nude lipsticks are my favourite by far - They're moisturising and don't crease like a lot of others are prone to. Eyeshadow is Mac and mascara is Benefit "they're real" which I need to have eyes (Even though I'm considering brown mascara for the near future to look a bit less panda-y) 

I hope everyone else is excited about Autumn, I love forward to seeing your wardrobes!



OOTD - Plus North Simply Be sexy wiggle time

 I'm sure none of you will know about this tiny little event I went to this weekend called Plus North...


As I said in my last post; It was an incredible weekend, just INCREDIBLE. And I was lucky enough to not only attend but also model for Simply Be.

I was thrilled to find out that I would be modelling for them (Even typing it feels fraudulent!) I've seen so many lovely ladies blog items from this company and couldn't wait to see what I'd be wearing. 
Simply Be chose to have me wear the Project D Olympia dress in Magenta.
When I first saw that this was the dress, I was excited beyond recognition. I mean, LOOK AT IT - IT'S BEAUTIFUL. But then I became a bit worried. It is a maxi. Look, the pretty lady in the picture has it trailing on the floor because it is MAXI. Maxis are great but I too am maxi, 6ft in fact. So I got a bit scared. Then it was delivered, I put it on, it was shorter than the picture but I DIDN'T CARE BECAUSE: LOOK AT IT - IT'S BEAUTIFUL.

The dress has a lovely plunging neckline and contrast satin side panels which are one of my favourite features of the dress, they take it away from being a full lace dress and give it a real sophisticated edge. It has two layers: the gorgeous heavy lace on the top and a satin lining that peeks through the lace and feels beautiful against your skin. The exposed zip on the back gives it a real a modern touch.
Excuse the blurry picture, I didn't tell anyone how to actually use my camera
As you can see from the picture above (albeit a blurry one!) the Olympia is extremely figure-hugging but because of the fabric and the lining, it accentuates the sexy bits and contains any parts you may want to...well...contain. Yes, the dress does come up a bit short on me, but because of the fit, I think it works. It also means that there is nothing for me to fall over, which is always a bonus for me. 

I felt sexy as hell in the Olympia, it even made me walk differently, I felt like I was wiggling in a Mad Men style (Anybody who saw me, if this is NOT how I was walking, don't tell me - I have my pride right?!?) The number of comments I received on the dress was obscene, everyone seemed to adore it - Thank you Simply Be for choosing the Olympia for me, I have never worn an item more coveted by people in my whole life. 
When it came to the catwalk, I actually got a bit nervous... I needn't have though, because the audience were incredible - What an atmosphere (Full and endless respect here to Kathryn from Miss Kathryns MissTakes, everyone has mentioned it today, but she made every single woman there feel welcome and gorgeous, what a true diamond she is)  There was whooping, clapping whistling and THAT WAS JUST ME, I smiled all the way and it was a real smile, a full, from the belly smile.
Headpiece by the lovely Debbie at DC Bouquets
At the end of the catwalk, all the models stopped to receive their much deserved adoration - Just look at all these hotties. More importantly, just look at all those beautiful, genuine smiles - Isn't is a wonderful thing?
Between the other catwalks, I had a mooch around the various stands mentally adding things to my "I must have these items or my life will be an empty shell" list. They are all actually from Simply Be - I seem to have forged extreme brand loyalty here (Give me a gorgeous frock and I'm all yours...This is also how I ended up married...) Their Autumn range is just stunning, lovely mixed textures, houndstooth, checks and clothes meant to be worn by a log fire with whisky in hand.

The dress on the left was actually modelled by Lyndsey from Une Monstre Bell and in all honesty, she looked even better in it than the model on the website (Plus she's flaming awesome just in general)
On this note, I met so many mega people in the space of 24 hours. I hope that there'll be more events like this in the near future so I can get all up in their faces again (Whether they like it or not)
This is Barry the Pug, I bought him from Chloe at Life's Big Canvas - She had a veritable smorgasbord of jewellery and other niceties that I wanted and I had to limit myself largely...(Especially seeing as she's so awesome and I get a bit carried away when I'm being in love at someone...)

I couldn't pick a fault with the entire day (Except I ate too many sweets because I'm a moron) Becky and Toni are incredible women for giving so many other people such happy memories and positive experiences - I hope they realise what an impact an event like this has.


Plus North - You beauty

PLUS NORTH. Oh Plus North.

I'm going to do a picture post when I get my camera back from my lovely little sister so this is going to be a bit of a brain purge instead. How narcissistic. 

WHAT A WEEKEND, it was incredible. I've spent time with some of the rocking-est, gorgeous-est, hilarious-est people that ever there was. I met people I had only seen on thumbnails, I wore a dress that made me feel like a mermaid (a good thing obviously), got to call myself a model (crazy stuff!), plus I got mega inspired by women who know their shit. 

As I say, I'm going to do another post but I just want to get all this out there (plus I'm currently on Woodhead and have a brain full of fluff and thinkings) I feel like this weekend has given me a total brain turnaround.

I tweeted that I found going back to the "real world" last night HARD. Less than 24 hours with the gorgeous girls of Plus North but the whole time I felt confident, happy and secure. I was entirely myself the whole time and didn't feel like I had to be anything but.

I went out last night, it was my beautiful friend Anne's 30th birthday (I need to get hold of a picture of how she looked last night because you guys would have your minds BLOWN) At the party itself I was great because my friends and Anne's friends are absolutely mega and I love the bones of them. But on the way there, and when I was outside, I didn't like it. I just didn't like it.

Judgey stupid foolish people. The people physically shaking their head because they can't believe that a lady with a round tummy and a juicy butt could be confident and wearing what they daren't even wear. It can really knock you, particularly when you've been in a warm cocoon of plus sized fabulousness. The urge to slink* (*totter in shoes that HURT dude) off into a place where nobody can see you (toilets/corner of the smoking area/home) can be pretty intense. 

BUT DONT WORRY!!! I talked to myself. I talked to myself HARD, and: 

Now, I can just think about how I felt when I walked down that catwalk, or when I sat at a long table of incredible, intelligent, beautiful, funny women and felt fully included, not looking nervously in from the outside. I look just the same, I'm in the same world, I'm the same me so I am going to FEEL the same.

So Becky, Toni, Simply Be and all the other people who put together this phenomenal event. Thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for letting me be part of it xxx


OOYD (outfit of yesterday innit)

I went out last night. I went for pie to celebrate the anniversary thing. I entirely didn't know what to wear, it's not hot but it's not cold, also I wanted to look nice (in a "now do you remember why you married me?!?" way) But I didn't want to overdo it because we were only going to the pub. For the aforementioned pie. 

I did the usual: throw everything in a sweaty pile on the floor, get an angry looking hot fringe and ultimately fall out with myself big style. That's when I remembered my ASOS Summer dress...

Nice innit?!? I fell for it after seeing a girl in Revolucion de Cuba, perched on the edge of a stool looking all Audrey Hepburn-y and serene. (Totally achievable non?!?) After following her into the toilet and threatening her with violence (extremely mild violence, Chinese burn/gentle flocking etc) if she didn't tell me where it was from, I got straight on my phone and ordered it there and then.

It's a terribly easy to wear dress, the length is perfect for me and there's plenty of pie room in the waistband. I wore it last night with my gold go-to sandals, my old and expensive leather jacket and my huge rose gold ear danglers.
(You'll have to forgive my miserable mug in these pictures, I was in the pub toilets (classy bird me) and if someone walked in on me I wanted to look mildly less knobby...)

Dress: ASOS 
SANDALS: River Island
Leather jacket: Oasis 

On most people, the back looks beee-autiful, not so much on me, I just have an awful lot of back, it's all over the place and in this picture it looks a tad misshapen...BUT when I have grown my hair aaaaaall the way to my bottom (I've only been growing it since I was 8 - GIVE ME CHANCE) it won't matter so much any more as all you will see is a curtain of glossy locks. Like Penelope Cruz. Or a Shetland pony.

The dress can be found Here and is available in black, blue, yellow and white.
To see it on another hottie, lovely Sera at the Agoraphobic fashionista reviews it Here.

And did he remember why he married me...? Well, I think he was getting there until a bottle of bolly and 9 hours of snoring got in the way... Ah well, at least love's blind eh....?


Three years for crying out loud

This post is going to be pretty dull for most of you, but today is MY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - three years for crying out loud. 
It's odd because it feels like three years of marriage but not three years since the wedding, which was genuinely the greatest day of my tiny life. All we wanted was a party and to leave married, and that's totally what we did. We had a magnificent (and meaningful) venue, the most awesome band, the photographer is to this day one of the most beautiful human beings I have ever met and most importantly for us, we got the spend the day with the greatest family and friends two people could wish for.

My lasting memory will always be our first dance, it was like in one of those Disney films (or Sabrina the teenage witch) where the couple start dancing and end up floating in the air gazing into each others eyes. YUK GROSS BUT IT REALLY FELT THAT WAY and I'm one of the least soppy people on earth...

So this is a rather pointless post, the man what I married doesn't read my blog (there are no watches or men's shoes on it) but if he did I'd say: Hey there funny face, thanks for doing a marry at me, it's worked out alright hasn't it?!? 

Here's to love in whatever form you find it. May we all love who we love and one day find our lobsters.

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