Monday, 27 April 2015

Return to Retro - F&F AW15

Whilst I was in London last week, I accompanied my beautiful friend Becky from Mrs Bebe Blog to the F&F Autumn Winter 15 event.

***Brief disclaimer here with regards to me attending this event, lucky doesn't cover it, if there was a less clich├ęd way of saying #blessed in caps, bold, size 72 I would be saying it right now.***

To put it in perspective, this is Paloma Faith, you may have heard of her. She's a bit amazing and she sang us two songs and I got tears in my eyes because this kind of stuff does not happen to me guys.

The setting was stunning, I've never been to The Savoy before (Well why would I, I'm a peasant) and it is breathtaking (Was going to write something about how the toilets were bigger than my house but decided against it seeing as this is a pretty classy post innit) We were wined and dined beyond my wildest dreams, and FYI I had two different types of salmon sandwiches.

Then to the catwalk where, if my mind wasn't already blown, it certainly was by the end. Described as "a nostalgic wander back to the Seventies, blurring the line with late 1960's fashion styles", the F&F AW15 season is stupidly in line with my aesthetic.

Camel, rust, teal and mustard are basically the key colours of my existing wardrobe so finding out that I'm on trend is a great feeling.

Layering was key with so many of the looks,  patterns and colours were contrasted and I love the mix of textures: Chiffon with leather, suede with lightweight woolen roll necks. I'm a big fan of how the tailoring of the trousers above gives a masculine edge paired with brogues but would look equally as stylish with pointed courts.

I actually audibly gasped at the print of this blouse. Can you imagine it with a button up denim skirt and tan clogs...? Because I can and now I can't stop thinking about it... It's just so fun and vibrant.

Burgundy wool with brown leather just works so well, I'm not sure I could rock the bralett over roll neck vibe but I could certainly go for a leather mini and this faux fur accented coat is just so decadent i don't feel like I'll ever be fully dressed without it.

This geometric print dip hem tunic dress is exceptionally wearable and the way it had been styled with a roll neck jumper has got me craving Autumn SO HARD. I also fell hard for a stunning pussy bow tea dress in rusts and oranges, and a glorious shearling coat which seriously made me weak at the knees. 

Now I want to say here, the venue was glorious and the clothes are just stunning so it was almost too easy to forget that F&F is a highstreet retailer. With a full length camel coat at £59 and chiffon pussybow blouses at £16, this is a range for both high end fashionistas and the likes of little old "which fork do I use for a macaroon" me alike.  

I've honestly never been so excited about a range, the colours, patterns and pure versatility of it all makes me want to hibernate through Spring and Summer. I can't wait to get my mits on it, a number of limited edition pieces are already available online but keep checking back for more and expect to see me in a fair few of them!

Em x

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Tea time with Tess

You'll have seen me in Yours clothing on a number of occasions - Fast, Fun and affordable, Yours clothing cater for sizes 14 - 36 and have become the brand to watch for me of late. (It helps that they now have a store in almost every big city so I can TRY STUFF ON. What a delightful novelty!)

Last week, I was a very, very VERY lucky little girl and was invited to join Yours for dinner at the exceptionally glamorous South Place hotel with...(wait for it)
...the incomparable Tess Holliday.
You can't not selfie with Tess - She's stunning.
If you watched Plus Size Wars on Channel 4 recently, you will have seen the managing director of Yours, Andrew Killingsworth, talking about (amongst many other fabulous things) the positive influence that Tess has had on the plus sized industry as a whole, so it's no surprise that in 2014, Tess became the face of Yours.

Tess is a plus sized model and inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe who have found support in her #effyourbeautystandards movement. At a size 22, she is the only woman of her size to have a major modelling contract and after meeting her I can testify to the fact that anyone who thinks that using a size 22 model won't sell clothes is very, very, VERY wrong. Tess is utterly stunning (I coveted her hair to a stupid extent), unique, saucy and a real presence. I'm thrilled to have spent an evening with her.

Now on to the clothes and I can honestly say that Yours are doing themselves proud with their Spring/Summer 15 looks. I have to share my favourite pieces with you because as much as I want to, I can't keep them all to myself:

Yours Clothing

Yours Clothing

Playful Pastels does exactly what it says on the tin, a beautiful Summer wardrobe of pastel florals, denim staples and metallic highlights. This floral skater skirt ticks so many boxes for me, I can see it with a bardot top and sandals (maybe the holographic ones above...?) on a warm evening. And UGH this necklace - IT IS PERFECT, (Plus I've just noticed that it's 3 for 2 at the moment...)

Yours Clothing

Yours Clothing

Urban Jungle takes inspiration from the 70s (Yesss), mixing tropical brights and monochrome in a range which I couldn't keep my grubby little mits off. I've never been fully behind fluro colours but just can't stop thinking about this lime green top, so I may be a Nu raver yet! I also really like the printed trousers, it's been so long since I wore acceptable Summer trousers (e.g not ones that I want to rip off within minutes)  

I can't thank Yours enough for the past week. The passion and sheer hard work they put in to reaching their target audience and ensuring that their customers feel valued is incredible, the praise and recognition that they are currently receiving is SO well deserved. Hurray for Yours!

Em x

Saturday, 11 April 2015

April Showers - The Simply Be Waterfall Mac

Today it wasn't warm. As such, I decided in my wisdom to go for a lovely walk around a duck pond. Six hours later I have just defrosted. Thus is the nature of the weather in the UK. Last week is was scorchio, this week there was hail. GOOD JOB I HAVE MORE CLOTHES THAN I HAVE SENSE EH?!?
Waterfall Mac - Simply Be
Jamie Jeans - Topshop
Peplum Top - Dorothy Perkins (No longer available)
Shoes - New Look (Similar Here)
Satchel - John Lewis (Similar Here)
Here's what I wore - A perfectly acceptable Spring outfit (Or so you'd think...). My Topshop Jamie jeans which are a perfect fit at a 16 (I wear a belt with them as they are a bit lower waisted than I'm used to and I hate the feel of them falling down), New Look shoes which are fab but that I'd prefer were leather or suede (sweaty plastic feet anyone...?) and an oldie but goodie peplum top that I bought in the sale from Dotty P's a couple of years ago and only got round to wearing last Summer as it's loose and just snazzy enough to make an outfit a bit more interesting.

The waterfall Mac is a recent purchase from Simply Be and I'm utterly thrilled with it. I'm particularly pleased with the fit across my back, shoulders and the tops of my arms, as well as the fact that I can wrap it around me with it remaining loose. Light jackets tend to be a terrible fit no matter what size I go for, which makes me feel much less care free and flamboyant than one should in a Mac (I like to feel all Parisienne, chic and a little bit rebellious like I could zoom off on the back of some guy with a beard's/girl with a pixie cut's scooter). This one is spot on, I wanted something light enough to take to Madrid with me but that still gave me a little bit of warmth should I need it. Which I evidently do.

My plan for the next month is to carry around a large rucksack with clothes for every eventuality from string bikini to snowsuit (I have neither. Yet) OR just wear everything I own all at once with a large hat on top.

I have an exceptionally exciting week ahead (I'm going for dinner with Tess Holliday dontcha know? *insert HOW IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME?!?! face*) so be sure to check in on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to check up on me, ensure that I am correctly dressed and behaving myself.

Em x

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

What's that in the sky...? The Scarlett & Jo feather tunic

Scarlett & Jo are a brand that I'm certain a fair few of you are familiar with. Over the past 12 months I've seen a bevy of beauties rocking their 50s style tea dresses, glamorous figure hugging silhouettes. and luxurious lace maxis. 

So now it's my turn with this simply stunning feather print tunic*. The chiffon tunic comes with a jersey slip which can be easily attached/removed with press studs, although I really like this feature, the height of the neckline was just a bit too modest (floozie, me?) so I replaced it with one of my own slips. I'm a big fan of a deep V neckline, and love where the tunic sits on me.

I'm wearing a 14 here and although the slip is true to size, the chiffon tunic is extremely roomy which is where the belt helps to give a little bit of shape should you want. I also really like the sleeves on this. Summer has always been a struggle for me and my perception of my arms, so as much as I'm becoming less judgey of myself I still like a sleeve that gives some coverage without being too tight and getting all sweaty. Nice. 

I have big plans for this tunic, some of which I've already tried (My Instagram can testify as much):
> Coverup over a bikini (I WILL be Elizabeth Taylor. I WILL)

Towards the end of last year I took a trip to London and was very fortunate to spend some time with designer/CEO/all round dude Gifi and the S&J team. What I love about this brand is that they understand and listen to their customers, they know what they're doing well but haven't become complacement, hence the addition of classic separates and new silhouettes. This new direction is extremely appealing to me and the feather tunic was an excellent place to start.

The feather tunic will very soon be available in Evans (this week I'm told!) and I will add links ASAP so you can nab a Summer fail safe of your own!

Em x
* Denotes gifted item 
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