Sunday, 30 October 2016

Taking Floral into Autumn with Lovedrobe

I've heard of people who pack away their Summer wardrobe. Like they actually put everything they wear in the warmer months into suitcases and then get them out again the next year. 
1.   Who is this organised?
2.   How do they have this much time?
3.   Why would you do this?
Shift dress* - Lovedrobe
Block Heel Ankle Boots* - Simply Be
Aviator Jacket - River Island (Similar)
Most of my wardrobe is incredibly versatile in that I wear it all year round; Sometimes I put a roll neck under an item, sometimes I swap a skirt for a pair of skinny jeans. More often than not, I bang on a pair of tights, ankle boots and a big old coat to keep out the cold, just as I have with this Plus Size Shift dress from Lovedrobe.

This dress is already pretty seasonal in that it is knee length, fully lined and has a beautiful embroidery to the front and sleeves. I'm an eternal fan of navy blue but this particular dress is also available in maroon (As seen here on gorgeous Lucy) Size-wise, I opted to size up twice due to the generally small fit of Lovedrobe, actually an 18 would have been fine but I like the looser fit of it, particularly around the sleeves.

I've been pairing the dress with my River Island aviator jacket which I invested in after getting hold of a 25% discount in October and I LOVE IT. It's so warm and the over-sizing of it means that it sits in exactly the right place and isn't at all boxy. Plus I get to look like Del Boy - What more could one want from life? I've looked online and can't see it in stock other than in black but have definitely seen it still in store so if you're interested it may be worth having a look about.

I've also been wearing these Simply Be Ankle Boots* non-stop recently, they go with absolutely everything. If you fancy reading a bit more about them I've written the first of two Autumn guest posts for them over on the Simply Be blog - Why not have a read.
Em x
*Denotes items gifted for review - All views are my own FACT.


Sunday, 23 October 2016

A Retro Autumn with Yours Clothing

You all know I love a good year round retro look and this Autumnal outfit of bell sleeved mini dress and over the knee boots is currently rocking my world.
Khaki Swing Dress* - Yours Clothing
Dogtooth Blanket Scarf* - Yours Clothing
Over the knee boots - Primark 
The ladder detailing at the front of this Yours Clothing Swing Dress give it the feel of a dress much more expensive than its £26. It may be mini but as long as I don't stand in any wind tunnels my dignity will remain in tact. I'm wearing an 18 here but could have probably sized down to a 16, I just wasn't sure about that waistline -Turns out it's less skater cut and more swing which makes it nice and loose. The sleeves are also very true to size SO I'd recommend that if you're into this frock, go for your own size or the lower if you're between.  Coupled with an extremely versatile (and delightfully big!) monochrome Dogtooth scarf I'm feeling very mod chick.

So I did it, I bought some over the knee boots. You may have noticed from this here blog that you read, I have long legs, looooooooong legs. I also have a pair of legs which are smack bang in the middle of regular and wide. This means that OTKs have always been well off my radar despite loving them deep down in my heart. Enter Primark with this utterly bloody perfect pair of size 8, block heel, pull up pair of dream boots. They fit me perfectly both in length and width, are comfortable and were only £20: WINNER!

I love, love, LOVE this look.The 60s aesthetic is everything to me and Autumn is the perfect time to showcase it. It's likely that I'll put a pair of tights on with this from this day forward because BOY IS IT COLD but with a long woolen coat and my bobble hat I can see this being a key outfit for 2016.

I'd just like to thank my wonderful sister Tomato for taking these pictures - She's got MAD skillz.
Em x
*Denotes items gifted for review - All views are my own FACT.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Gothic Glamour with Missguided

Unlike most people, I'm not that big on Halloween, I feel like it's become a big deal out of nowhere and I can't keep up with the pressure to be a sexy cat/zombie/squirrel/piece of cutlery. That said, I do quite like a good old fashioned gothic look so this weekend that's what I've done. Right here.
Tassel Earrings - H&M (Similar
Black Pointed shoes - New Look (Similar)
THIS DRESS IS SO SEXY. The length is perfect, the neckline is low but still allows you to wear a good bra and a choker neckline always looks quite saucy in my eyes. I've styled it here with simple black court shoes here and YET ANOTHER pair of tasseled earrings from H&M. These ones are my snazzy going out tassels due to them being diamant√©. Obviously. 

I'm wearing a 16, which I feel would easily fit up to a 20. It is available online up to a 24 so if you're anything up to a size 28 I would definitely give it a go. I'm also not wearing any shapewear with the dress - I'm not entirely sure I'm comfortable with it but that's my issue, not yours. I think I just like to feel tightly packed. Like a tube of Pringles. Mmmmm Pringles. I also like how my shape wear slip handles any issues around transparency - Not that this is an issue with this particular dress as the jersey is lovely and thick despite its stretchiness.

It's also the perfect time of year for donning a darker lipstick - This particular one is by Dior and unfortunately, isn't available any more. However I can totally recommend #107 from the Rimmel Kate Moss collection - Not only does it look great but it smells lovely too.

This is the first thing I've ever bought from Missguided but at £25 for something that I know I'll get tonnes of wear out of, I'll definitely be going back for more. 
Em x

Thursday, 13 October 2016

A walk on the wild side with Elvi

With their classic, easy to wear plus size capsule ranges, Elvi have been a key contributor to my wardrobe in 2016. Today brings the turn of their luscious Animal Print Dress*.
Animal Print High Neck Dress* - Elvi
Jersey Leggings - H&M
Ankle Boots - Primark
Patchwork Clutch Bag - Simply Be
 I'll be entirely honest, I cant work out what animal this is a print of - The closest I can get is a sort of leopard/snake hybrid (Can you imagine?!? TERRIFYING) with its green and grey highlights. The dress itself is a lovely light silky poly blend which, along with its simple shift cut, makes it an utter delight to wear. I'm well into a high neck at the moment (I can keep my chins warm in them) and I like how this one gives a gentle nod to the 1960s.

I'm wearing an 18 here and I would say it is very true to size in all elements except length. It's much more like a tunic on me but that's just fine because over a pair of jeans or, in this case, leggings, it is such an easy item to wear. I wore it for tea with my husband and he did an awful lot of stroking of the silky fabric so I wouldn't recommend it if you don't want to be gently manhandled.

I've seen a bit of what Elvi have to offer going into the festive period and all I can say is: If you like sequins, gird your loins!
Em x
* Denotes gifted items - All views are absolutely 100% my own as I'm not imaginative enough to make things up...

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Finding the perfect fit with the Wide Calf Boot Store

With Autumn comes leaves, with leaves come wet toes and wet toes need the protection some good footwear. More specifically, if, like me, you have incredibly strong legs due to all of the shapes you throw around the kitchen, a pair of wide-fit knee boots. That's where the Wide Calf Boot Store come in.
"Alliance" Wide Calf Knee Boots* - Wide Calf Boot Store
Denim Skirt - ASOS (Similar)
80s Mono Cowl Long Sleeve Top - Topshop
Finding the right fit on the site is SO FLIPPING EASY. At the top of each page is a "Calf Size Calculator" which asks for a few basic details and then presents you with a range of gorgeous boots which will fit you like the proverbial glove. I often find that I don't fit into standard width boots but high street wide calf boots are baggy on me. This bespoke fit means that you have the option of boots which will fasten on the calf perfectly without any gape - Such a rarity. 

My measurements brought me out at a 9 M/L which gave me the choice of around 30 different boots in varying colours and styles. After much internal debate, I finally went for the JJ Footwear Alliance boots in black* because everyone needs a good pair of black boots innit.

The Alliance boots are a perfect fit and have elasticated panel so there's no restriction with movement. They are also the holy grail of new boots in that they have non-slip soles - No more sliding around for the first month or scoring crosses into the bottom in order to maintain your "Staying Alive" status when walking through shopping centres. They also have removable insoles which is fab if you like to use your own. Finally, the pairing of genuine Italian leather and suede gives them a really (dare I say it) grown up look and assures me that I'm not going to destroy these boots in ten minutes flat.

I've worn these boots a number of times already and can honestly tell you that the perfect fit makes a huge difference - There has been no rubbing, no aching calves and most importantly; I have not trapped my skin in anything at any point. I have nothing but gratitude for the Wide Calf Boot Store.

I'm going to leave you with an "Action" picture. This is where my talented photographer has caught me moving in a totally natural, not at all staged manner. I think we're going to stick to the leaning against a wall photos...
 Em x
* Denotes items gifted for review. All opinions and words are entirely my own 

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Christina Forever - The Joanie Clothing Hendricks Pencil Dress

Every now and then you find a dress that puts a huge smile on your face and a little wiggle in your tummy. This is that dress.
Hendricks Pencil Dress* - Joanie Clothing
Shoes - Faith (Similar)
Lipstick - Mac "Lady Danger"
Earlier this year, a new brand called Joanie Clothing contacted me wondering if I'd be interested in linking up for some model type stuff prior to their launch. On perusing their Instagram, I immediately fell for their nostalgic aesthetic, plus the fact that most of their items range between sizes 8-22, which is rare and pleasing for a new brand, so OF COURSE I said yes. 

Well Joanie have finally launched and in celebration have sent me the utterly glorious Hendricks Pencil Dress* to show off. Avid readers of the blog(Hi Mum) will know that I adore Christina Hendricks, so I think we all know how I feel about this look.

Firstly, this dress is the perfect green; bright, eye catching but still classy. It fits me like a second skin and sits at the perfect midi length (I'm 6ft if you didn't already know!) The jacquard texture of the Hendricks gives it a bit of added pizzazz and adds to the early 60s feel of the dress. In terms of actually getting the dress on, there's a zip at the back and a tie at the neck but saying this, I have had no issue pulling the dress on over my head thanks to the stretch fabric. 

I'm wearing an 18 here and as you can see, it fits like a glove. I think this could be a winning item if you are large busted as the stretch really is excellent. A word of advice though if you are a plus size lady: Size up, particularly if you are on the cusp.

I feel fierce, strong and utterly beautiful in this dress. Like genuinely beautiful, invincibly so. I can't help but think that it was made for me, I can just imagine slinking up to a fancy hotel bar for an elegant glass of wine and maybe some posh crisps. It's actually more likely that I'm going to wear it down the pub but one can dream.

A piece of excelleng news here - The Hendricks dress is £35. That is it. There's also 10% off your first Joanie order when you sign up to their mailing list so you could have this dress on your body for £31.50. It's unfathomably good. 

Finally, if you slide on over to the Joanie website, you may see a face you recognise (IT'S ME) in amongst the beautiful clothes. No need to thank me for the recommendation - Just make sure you tag me in any pictures!
 Em x
* Denotes items gifted for review. All opinions and words are entirely my own 

Thursday, 6 October 2016

A Plus Size Wedding Guest

I'm sorry that this post isn't a little more timely but sadly I somehow put the pictures in a folder on my phone I couldn't see. Don't ask. Anyway, these are a couple of outfits I've worn to weddings this year and they seemed too lovely not to share.
Floral Bardot Midi Dress - ASOS
Sandals - Primark (Old)
Tassel Earrings - H&M
The first wedding I went to was a glorious outdoor affair in North Yorkshire.
This dress is a lovely light pleated organza which gave me a stunning silhouette. The length of the organza layer is the perfect midi on me at mid-calf rather than knee length. Saying this, the underskirt is short, and I mean SHORT. This didn't bother me though, I just wore a giant pair of pants underneath so at least if the wind got up I'd have been know as the girl with the massive pants rather than the girl who got arrested for gross indecency. I'm wearing an 18 here and could have done with a 16 really, although it was pork pie for starters so the additional room came in handy...
Bardot Jacquard Midi Dress - Coast at Simply Be (No longer available)
Shoes and earrings as above

I was originally going to wear the same dress to both weddings but:
1.  It was a bit breezy and I didn't want to flash my knickers.
2.  Any excuse.
3.  Content

 I actually got this Coast Midi dress last year but hadn't had the opportunity to wear it until this year. The 3/4 length thick jersey sleeves and longer length made it ideal for a breezy yet beautiful traditional wedding day with a church ceremony. The waist of the dress sits perfectly on me and FOR CRYING OUT LOUD: POCKETS. It was the occasionwear equivalent of pyjamas in the comfort stakes. This particular dress is no longer available, but Simply Be still have a selection of other Coast items, including this jacquard skirt which is very similar to the lower half of the dress.

I wore both dresses with the most basic sandals, earrings and makeup. My new heated rollers made my hair much easier to handle and therefore not mess with all day. "Keep it simple stupid" was very much my mantra here. I've always struggled with the mid-ground between well dressed and over dressed when it's come to weddings but I could not have been happier with both of these looks. Over the years my concern has always been looking like a very tall Christmas tree in the wedding pictures and finding the right outfit for me has certainly made me rethink my desire to "fit in"; I don't need to be wearing satin and a fascinator to feel good.

On the subject of occasionwear, I've just bought a dress that's knocked my socks off, can't wait to share...

Em x

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