Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Maidenform and Yours Clothing - Battling the plates of beige

I recently decided I needed some new day to day shapewear to replace the shorts I put my thumb straight through whilst rushing to the toilet on a night out in a jumpsuit... (It was close I can tell you!) I knew that Yours Clothing stock a huge range of shapewear so got in touch with their extremely knowledgable team who not only pointed me in the direction of the Maidenform Power Slimmer Black High Waist Thigh Control shorts but also offered to send me a pair to give a go - So that's exactly what I've done and now I'd like to tell you aaaall about it. 

Without Maidenform Power Slimmer Black High Waist Thigh Control shorts
Dress: Scuba Floral Bodycon, Simply Be
With Maidenform Power Slimmer Black High Waist Thigh Control shorts
Dress: Scuba Floral Bodycon, Simply Be
To ensure that I took effective pictures I really suffered for my art by eating a massive plate of breaded beige which is my least favourite meal food but, oddly, my very favourite food to eat off a paper plate. This ensured that I was substantially inflated for the before picture. 

To be honest, I've always had a round tummy, no matter what dress size I've been and what my diet has been (Even without the plates of beige). This has been something that, along with my arms, has caused me some frustrations when it comes to my appearance, possibly because it's easy to forget about your tummy until it comes to putting on something fitted and then you can't really ignore it... Saying this, as I raise VERY regularly, I have never once looked at another woman's dress clinging to their lovely round tummy and though "UGH I'd never wear that" so why on Earth do it to myself?!? 

Despite all this, I DO feel more comfortable, maybe even secure in shapewear. With dresses it gives an extra layer so they don't cling and with skinny jeans it gives a great foundation, stops them from sliding up/down and also prevents me from flashing my tummy should a breeze cause my top to flap about (happens more than you'd hope...). I thoroughly recommend these shorts for all these reasons, also the longer leg on these prevent any chafing which we can all give ourselves a little high five about because having sore red thighs is not where it's at.

Power Slimmer Thigh Control

So what makes the Maidenform Power Slimmer Black High Waist Thigh Control shorts different from other shapewear?
> The longer body length means they can be tucked into your bra without garrotting your important bits.
> Despite their strong control, these shorts are extremely light. Without being too graphic, shapewear can get a bit sweaty, particularly if you're wearing it over other pants, under tights and then all the other clothes that accompany leaving the house without being arrested. Both my gusset and I are extremely glad I have these for summer this year.
> On the same topic, you won't break any limbs/collapse from exhaustion getting in and out of these, they're very flexible.
> Neither the seams nor the hems of the leg show through trousers, they also do not roll up or gather or turn your knees blue.
> They have a "split" (oh goodness, do forgive me for anything I say here) to allow toileting without removal. I personally have never been able to achieve this feat. I just can't convince myself I'm not soiling myself. Fact.

I would definitely say size down with these, as I mention, they are extremely flexible and as such you don't want too much give or they'll be be neither use nor ornament.

These are now my day to day go to foundation but Yours have a veritable smorgasbord of shapewear for all occasions/requirements so if these don't sound like the ones for you, why not take a look at what else they have to offer? 

Em x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Winter to Spring - Vintage at its best

I've mentioned before that I'm a big fan of vintage and second hand shopping, but since vintage shops became so much more available, it lost a bit of its thrill for me (Contrary?!? ME?!?). Plus with so much beautiful repro stuff about, it just became easier to pick something that I knew was available in my size and not try to wrestle my chicken wings into arm holes made for someone with the toned arms that only twin tubs and a mangle can achieve.

Despite this, there's nothing like knowing that you have a one off, plus (with the exception of my arms), I have a pretty "traditional" shape, which modern retailers don't cater for quite as well as the seamstresses of the 1950s/60s. 

THEREFORE, I've decided that, rather than treating vintage/second hand shops as the source for disposable fashion as I have in the past, I'm going to try and invest in "key pieces" when I see them. Coats, handbags, dresses that I will wear over and over again (I've already achieved this with a PERFECT lace dress bought in Leeds last year). And that, my friends, is where we come to this beautiful coat:

I'd gone into Mooch Vintage for a nosy after it relocated from a side street to its new prime location on Division Street. WHAT A SELECTION. Each item seems to have been picked for its quality and the range in sizes is something I've not seen for such a long time. Plus, and this cannot be under appreciated, the fabulous owners know their stock (hence me leaving with a beaded shawl for my MIL which weighs more than she does and that she will adore) and greet every browser with such warmth and care that there's no way you could not go back. Whilst there, I tried on an entirely banging dress with a frilled collar which I swear I would have worn every second until I died but sadly the arm thing happened. Then I tried on this coat.

It has cropped raglan sleeves (LOVE), funnel neck (LOVE LOVE) and falls at mid calf (DIES FROM LOVE). I've been looking for a long coat in a lighter colour to wear as the seasons change and this ticks all the boxes. This coat is absolutely immaculate, I find it hard to believe that it's ever been worn.

What's your greatest second hand find? I'd love to find the perfect vintage LBD with sleeves, I'm hoping that Sheffield will provide!

Em x

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Shimmery Summery Vibes with Elvi

This is me nonchalantly leaning against a wall in my Elvi Shimmer Layer Dress* which is  basically what I would do all the time if I was a nymph or a pixie. Or an angel (Let's be honest, I'd make a crap angel - too clumsy and I struggle to walk never mind fly...)

Shimmer Layer Dress: Elvi
Pointed Courts: Faith (Similar Here)
PU Jacket: Quiz (Similar Here)
Dunavin Necklace: Aldo

The dress is made up of two layers and is (as you all love) fully lined, it has a great deal of movement to it - I would show you this in a photo but Woolley basically refuses to take movement shots as he is "not willing to be a chauffeur, chef, carer, cleaner AND Photographer". Because he is cruel. 

really like where this neckline sits on me, it's advertised on the website as a V neck but I would describe it as more of a U neck (why is this not a thing?!?) and it sits just below my collar bone.

I didn't get a reasonable picture of the back without showing a shedload of my sensible bra so please see above, the tie back makes it a really Summery number for me, it will definitely be in my case to wear with sandals and some massive gold earrings on the beach whilst drinking cocktails out of a pineapple and hopefully not vomiting fish through my nose aka Em: Marbella 2014.

Rather excellently the layer dress is only £22.50 at the moment which is ridiculous considering just how good quality and versatile it is. 

Shimmer Layer Dress: Elvi
Pointed Courts: Faith (Similar Here)
PU Jacket: Quiz (Similar Here)
Dunavin Necklace: Aldo

I'm wearing the dress with my Quiz pleather jacket, Faith shoes and gorgeous Aldo statement necklace which I will wear until it leaves me for a better, more worthy owner. Summer, I'M READY FOR YA! (By the way, genuinely not a clue why I'm trying to tie my legs in a bow in these pictures. Possibly wine)

Em x
*Denotes item gifted for review. 

Monday, 2 February 2015

Scantilly - Kate's saucy sister...

Not long before Christmas I was invited by Curvy Kate to something wonderful in Shoreditch ('m told that this happens less than you'd think...) (The Shoreditch bit, not curvy Kate, they're consistently wonderful).

The night was full of wine, cheese, knickers, friends, models, boobs, bums (what more could you want?!?) but the pièce de résistance was left until the end of the night... Ladies, meet Kate's sister Scantilly:

Scantilly is a new collection in D-H cups, designed for fearless women who are ready to break the rules (Like me just as soon as I've had a bath and watched silent witness...)

The set featured on the night was just magnificent. I rarely get excited by a lingerie which doesn't feature full (read huge) briefs but this just looks beautiful. I love leopard on underwear, in fact, beyond black and green, leopard is the only "colour" I allow in my lingerie drawer. It's as if Scantilly has taken all the qualities that make curvy Kate so popular (full coverage, supportive straps, wide bands) and sexed them up something chronic. I'm really really impressed.

Would you just look at Lotte? I mean, this woman could make a crisp packet look good but these pictures are just delectable. The range is out later this year and I for one am VERY excited about bringing some of the "sinful opulence" into my life.

Whilst we're on the subject of beautiful underwear and people looking beautiful in said beautiful underwear: Scantilly's lovely sister Curvy Kate are currently running their Star in a Bra competition. In fact the gorgeous Lotte above is their current title holder.

Curvy Kate are well known for featuring customer role models and promoting a positive approach to body image. They are passionate in the belief that there isn’t just one type of ‘perfect body’ - all sizes, ages, frames and heights are encouraged to enter as the brand continues to celebrate the beauty of all women. Having met quite a few of the Curvy Kate ladies, I can tell you that they are all SO different but something that they all have in common is their genuine respect, fun and desire to boost the confidence of the women they meet.

I'll leave you with one of my entry pictures which is here because I have become a massive hippy arse.

I want to look back on my life in 30 more years and be able to say that I gave everything a go and took all of the opportunities that came my way. Anyone who criticises you for having self respect and pride in who you are is more than likely a bit envious that they're not there themselves. Keep on moving upwards and if you're feeling nice, take them with you because maybe they've never heard the good, strong and positive words that you've learnt to say to yourself. So why not enter? If not now then when? And if I'm doing it, I'M TAKING YOU LOT WITH ME

I'm off to eat some quinoa and burn (eat/knit?!?) some ylang ylang now. See you in the drumming circle...

Em x
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