Romance In Moonlight By Lovehoney

Just a quick and lovely post today thanks to my fabulous friends at Lovehoney.

 Moonlight Plunge Basque Set - Lovehoney
Moonlight Plunge Basque Set - Lovehoney 
This is the Moonlight Black Plunge Basque Set - Isn't it beautiful? In wine coloured satin and black lace, it's the little bit of self-indulgence I needed right now.

I honestly feel that the quality and look of Lovehoney's plus lingerie are ramping up by the day. The lace back and strap detail of the moonlight take it into real luxury lingerie territory, the frilled waist is great for anyone with concerns around their middle region and the tie belt adds a real bit of something different 

I'm wearing the 1X / 2X here which translates to an 18/20 and fits beautifully on the tightest fastening. The matching G-String is a little small in my opinion so probably size up if you've got a big ol' butt like myself. This is such a remarkably comfortable basque despite it being fully boned (Nice)- No digging in or tugging. Perfect for a romantic evening.

If you head to the Lovehoney site today you can pick the Moonlight Basque set up for just £20 which is utterly ridiculous for such a beautiful thing so GO GO GO!
* Denotes items gifted for review - All opinions are entirely my own.

Love Your Legs In Heist Tights

Everyone who knows me, knows that I am an absolute tights fiend. When I moved earlier this year, I threw out no less that 27 pairs of cheap, holy, baggy tights. So when luxury brand Heist got in touch to say they were launching in sizes and 16-24 I was VERY interested.

The wonderful Heist team very kindly offered to send me a pair of The Fifty in Black, (also available in Fig which is a gorgeous burgundy colour.) As someone who normally won't entertain below an 80 den for fear of ripping them or that awful uneven coverage you get when your tights are stretched to the limit, I was a little dubious BUT as soon as I put these tights on I knew that the colour and fit of The Fifty were utterly spot on.

I can't go any further without commenting on the Heist packaging. Have you ever seen such beautiful presentation of tights?!? The wrapper which came through the letter box had even the Mr excited. And the box itself? This is some beautiful high-end shiz my friends;  individually packaged with their very own dustbag and guidance on how to wear and care for your tights (Including avoiding cat claws which is easier said than done in this house...) there is no way you could feel anything other than full on luxury b*tch.

These are the high waisted design, I could easily have pulled them higher BUT here's the thing: I didn't need to. In standard tights, I wear my waistband mega high for the following reasons:
1. I dont want them to fall down
2. I find tights move better when they're worn higher up.
3. I hate when my tummy rolls over the top...

The fabric of Heist tights' waistbands are a luxury sportswear design, meaning that they move with your waist in the way that...well...sportswear does. No matter what you do, they don't roll down, they don't twist and MEGA importantly for me, the seamless design mean that they provide an excellent base for anything you wear over the top, including body con dresses and lightweight fabrics. This is rarity in tights in general, never mind larger tights. 

I'm wearing the 16-18 here and they fit with plenty enough stretch to get my hands into them in order to put them onto my legs EVEN AT 6FT TALL GUYS - Brilliantly though, this stretch is stretch; NOT excess material which is what I've got used to when wearing tights which are long enough for me.

But what about the £22 price tag...? If you look after these tights (USE THE DUSTBAG) I am confident that they will last. Wearing tights that ACTUALLY fit mean that you're not having to gently coax them over your knees praying that they don't rip. The toe seam is actually under the foot lessening the chance of you poking through the end. Essentially, you will love these tights so much that you want to take care of them.

These tights look great and they FEEL really great - I could wear them aaaall day without feeling squished or otherwise bothered by them. As tights go, I would give them an easy 10/10 and I now fully intend to stop buying cheap tatty tights that I wear twice and invest in more Heist!
Em x
* - Items gifted for review. All views are completely my own.

Suit Up With Navabi

I've sung the praises of Manon Baptiste at Navabi many a time on this here blog. With beautiful fabrics, timeless designs and quality through and through, they've long since been my go-to for workwear and occasions where only the best will do.
Suit Jacket* - Manon Baptiste @ Navabi
Suit Trousers* - Manon Baptiste @ Navabi
Earrings - Zara
Shoes - ASOS 
You may have seen images from the recent Style Collective shoot with Navabi (More of that soon!) where I'm wearing the most incredible electric blue trouser suit? WELL. I fell in love. Hard. That's when I knew I needed a Manon Baptiste suit in my life AND THIS IS THE ONE. The Autumnal Print against the blue background is eye-catcing without being too OTT, I knew from experience that the trousers would sit at that perfect cropped length on me and, most importantly, I knew it would look utterly banging.

The material of the suit is a light jacquard polyester. Jacquard polyester is a fabulous fabric for many reasons; Bold patterns, long-lasting but most importantly to me; It simply does not crease. Every plus-size trouser wearing woman has been there, you sit down on a train/in a meeting/on the sofa for a prolonged amount of time. When you stand up, your trousers strongly resemble an elephant's arse. Not great. I have cavorted about into many shapes in this suit and it still fits exactly the same as when I first put it on.

Both the trousers and the jacket are an 18. I feel like I could have gone for a 16, they would have been tight but it turns out that's how I like my trousers (Seriously, on paper my measurements are very much an 18 trouser-wise but I always feel like they're too big. I obviously really like having my butt tightly cradled...) So I'm going to say that these probably fit right on a normal person who doesn't weirdly like being squeezed, making them true to size.

I'm planning to get my hands on the electric blue suit now that it's in stock (possibly after my new house-bashed finances replenish somewhat...) and pretty much live in suits from hereon in - They're just so EASY. If you have a suit that you'd like to recommend, please link to it in the comments! 
Em x 
* Denotes Items gifted for review - All views are my own.

Lux Looks with Lindybop and Maltesers Luxury Chocolates

You may have seen on instagram last week that I was sent a box of the delicious new luxury chocolates by Maltesers. To mark this launch, the fabulous team at Lindybop have designed a limited edition version of their bestselling Lily Swing Dress in a vibrant red polka dot and I was lucky enough to get my hands on one! (Queue the dancing lady emoji...)
Lily Swing Dress - Lindybop (£35) 
I had such a lovely time taking these pictures, the weather may be on the turn but isn't this dress just a beautiful pop of retro joy?

I'm a huge fan of how Lindybop dresses fit, the swing skirt moves beautifully, the fitted bodice sits perfectly across the chest and shoulder and the length shows my legs off in just the way I like (If I do say so myself!)  The white contrast lining and metallic belt of this limited edition Lily give the dress that extra bit of snazziness and an adorable nod to the chocolates themselves.

I'm wearing the 18 here and it fits like a glove - I've mentioned the quality of Lindybop zips in the past and I can now confidently say I've just been unlucky in the past - The side zip on the Lily is both convenient and strong (lucky really with the amount of spinning I've been doing in it!)

So I've told you about the dress, what about the chocolates...? You know how Maltesers are the best chocolates know to human kind? (It's a family trait to be very into Maltesers; I even posted my Dad 60 bags for his 60th birthday. He was both delighted and baffled) WELL, these are like a whole new level. I've shared them around (Much to my annoyance) and, without fail, there were Mmmmmms all round. With a wafer layer and that lush malty taste, they're a lovely bit of luxury at the end of a long day.

Look how the dress matches the wrappers - Isn’t it lush!?! The Lily Swingdress is currently online at Lindybop for £35 and Maltesers Luxury Chocolates are available at Sainsbury's for a tasty price of £7.
Em x

*This is a sponsored post, meaning that Maltesers® Luxury Chocolates have paid me to review both their chocolates and Lindybop dress. 

Simply Be - The Curve Catwalk and LFW

I'm sorry this is going to be a bit of a round up post but it's mega picture heavy so you can have a good old peruse rather than a read if you so choose (read the words though eh, they took me a while to write. It's only nice)

You may remember that earlier in the year, Simply Be sent Steph and me to London for a London Fashion Week Tall Girl Takeover. For some unbeknown reason, they asked us again which was very lucky because we love them and also we love each other so it worked out beautifully.
Leather Biker Jacket - Simply Be
Velour Dress - Simply Be 
As an added bonus, for London Fashion Week, Simply Be hosted a special catwalk show. With models from size 10-26, The Curve Catwalk was a real celebration of size diversity. Model and diversity campaigner Kelly Knox, summed the event up perfectly in saying “Fashion should not be defined by ability, size, age, colour or gender choice. Fashion is for everybody.” 

Let me lay down for you my top three points of the Curve Catwalk:

1.  The Models - Hayley Hasslehoff, Callie Thorpe, Tess Holliday, Sonny Turner - The catwalk was a smorgasbord of beauty. Everybody was different, every body was different, it was truly excellent how the clothes moved on different figures and heights and personality really does go a long way.

2. The Fashion - Simply Be are one of the more fashion forward plus size brands I could name and they definitely had their fingers on the pulse here. Every look they showed was chic, up to date and, most importantly, incredibly wearable. 

3. The Show Itself - Now I have to clarify here, I've been to very few catwalk shows. 
They're just a thing I've never really been fortunate enough to be invited to, so I don't have masses of experience for comparison. This said, the curve catwalk was a professional catwalk show. The lighting, the venue, the music, the whole setup was stunning.

I hope that this will become a regular occurrence for Simply Be, I left with a shopping list longer than my legs but, more vitally, the knowledge that fashion inclusivity seems to be on the turn.

SO we'd had the fashion - What was next...? The food obviously. And what food it was! I've never been to Sketch before but I'd seen/heard about it on numerous occasions and was desperate to go - Queue Simply Be being absolute babes and making my life by taking us for an utterly incredible afternoon tea. I EVEN DRANK TEA which is unmitigated for me (It was decaf - I've not completely lost my senses). It was a gorgeous experience with gorgeous people and I can't wait to go again - I thoroughly recommend it.

Following a million sandwiches and small cake type things, it was time to hit the street and check out what LFW had to offer. I can honestly say that this was the most diverse I've seen LFW presenting in terms of size; Pictures coming from the shows suggested that the models represented more than just one body type and if the fashionistas we managed to catch on camera are anything to go off, I'm excited by what I would class a very clear shift. If you were there I'd be interested to know if you thought the same...

I make no secret of the fact that Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of the year and it was fab to see statement knits, slogan jackets and bold layering all making appearances. I was head to (very almost) toe in Simply Be as you'll see from my first picture and I felt utterly fabulous - They really are very much on the fashion ball right now.

I had a fab few days down in London with huge thanks to Simply Be and my babe Steph - Occasionally events like LFW can take me very much out of my com
fort zone (I'm just SO Northern...) but I left with very much a renewed love for all things fashion and a real gratitude for the opportunities this blog brings. 
Em x

Simple Seduction - Playful Promises x Gabi Fresh

Sometimes we can lose touch with our appearance, other things take over, time goes on by and before you know it, you're wearing your pizza-eating-pyjamas to the supermarket and your hair's so grey you get mistaken for Dame Thora Hird.
Gabi Fresh Playful Promises Strappy Bra
Gabi Fresh Playful Promises Briefs 
Moving house saw me go a full month looking like Official Garbage © - My hair was never clean, my face was never made up, my outfit was 95% stretchy polyester related so I needed to shake things the heck up. Queue my failsafe plan of: Buy some smoking hot lingerie and take some glam (for me!) pictures. So that's what I did.

I'd been eyeing up this stunning Gabi Fresh x Playful Promises set for a while. Gabi's Swimsuitsforall ranges have consistently been on my wish list yet I haven't been able to justify such beautiful pieces for so few days of the year, so when this range with mega lingerienbrand Playful Promises dropped I knew that all excuses were out of the window.

The set is incredibly comfortable, with thick straps, smooth cups and perfect band placement on both the bra and briefs. PLUS IT IS SEXY AS HELL. The straps on the briefs can be moved as low or high as you're happy with, the harness fastening can be adjusted and it moves beautifully with your body. I can actually imagine wearing this set under an LBD which is rare for me with sexy lingerie - There is no bumpy lace, no tugging, no impracticality at all. I may be making it sound dull but I'm in my 30s and I have no time for nonsense.

The bra is just £35 and the briefs £20 - With this alongside the incredible fit and quality, I'm sorely tempted to try this little number next...

Em x

Curve Fashion Fest with

Where have I been?!? How has it been so long?! WELL I've had a lot going down recently, as you may have seen from my instagram, all of which I will tell you about very soon BUT until then, let's talk about the fabulous day I had at the Curve Fashion Festival.

As I've said before, Curve Fashion Fest is a day long event celebrating all things plus size fashion. The event actually started in the morning but passport control at Manchester Airport (aaaaaaghhhhh!) meant that I didn't actually make it to to Liverpool until well into the afternoon which was a real shame. had paid for my tickets for the day and also very kindly dressed me in this beautiful 
bardot midi dress which was ideal taking into account how indescribably hot I was ALL DAY (I think I had a touch of sunburn...) and how much dashing about I was doing. I'm wearing an 18 here and it was a lovely fit - Loose but still a great shape. It was also incredibly easy to get changed into in a train toilet which is a massive bonus and I think you'll all agree, real USP. 

My lateness meant that I missed much of the catwalk but luckily my fabulous pals didn't, so I was able to watch from the train via the power on instagram. The Very catwalk was SO up my street it was ridiculous, with Autumn/Winter heralding retro prints, pussy bows and oh so much green.  The Very stand itself was HUGE and had some corking bits that I'd not noticed online (Like this biker jacket and these lace hem trousers) so they're well worth a look right now. 
Picture c/o The Curve Fashion Festival Instagram
I spent the day with so many of my favourite people, so much so I'm sorry but there aren't that many pictures!! (I also got to drink some Ice & Easy mojito which is literally the greatest drink you can drink after a day of rushing about - TRUST ME) I'm consistently impressed by how TCFF manages to attract brands and visitors alike with their true dedication to all things plus - Roll on TCFF18!

Em x

Guest Post - Keep banging your drum and eventually we’ll all get a dance


My name is Danielle and I am Emma’s BEST FRIEND FOREVER and number 1 fan.

‘Are you sure?’, 

I hear you ask,

‘She’s never once mentioned you in any of her blog posts or pictures?!’

Yes… yes I know, and yet I’m still here, adoring her from behind the scenes despite that fact I am largely ignored. It’s important to love those we are closest to yet not be blind to their flaws *nostril flare*. I’m not bitter or attention seeking. Really.

Emma and I have a cute story. It goes something like this…. We hated each other at school, both moved to Sheffield (albeit 6 years apart), she saw me on a bus, messaged me on Facebook and since then we’ve been stuck together like clams. The end.

The other cute thing about Emma and I is that physically we are very different. You will know she is a tall, flamed-haired, pale, Amazonian goddess. I am very short, dark-haired, olive-skinned. I also have massive tits but the hands of a four-year-old child. My Patronus would be Ronnie Corbett with breast implants. We look funny when we are together. A bit like Arya Stark and The Hound, Timone and Pumba, Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum,... you get the picture. One of the ways in which we are very similar is that we are fully-paid-up members of the feminist sisterhood, Prosecco-swigging socialists and independent ‘wimmin’. You know, the type the Daily Mail hates.

Emma’s success at Plus Size blogging has me bursting with pride. It’s so-fucking-fantastic that she and her peers are chipping away at the status quo with gathering momentum, providing an alternative with intelligent reasoning and fuckloads of style. I have had the pleasure of meeting several of Emma’s blogger friends, they have all been PROPER BIRDS and gorgeous. I hate them.

And yet I feel dissatisfied. See when one bastard child eventually gets their slice of the pie, the rest us want ours too. But do I deserve it? I’m not big enough to be fat shamed or brown enough to be systematically excluded. For the large part, my seat at Society’s table is reserved, albeit at the back of the room, and I sometimes get mistaken for the waitress. I can sit with ‘them’. On a good day. Still, I can’t open a magazine or watch a TV advert and see women that look like me. I can’t covet a dress on a website and really imagine what I’m going to look like wearing it until it’s on (clue: usually too tight across the chest and 6 inches too long). Society, media, popular culture, seem to only exist in extremes much of the time. We can only communicate at a quiet or shockingly loud level, the rest is just white noise. The Plus Size movement, I feel, is testament to this. You bang your drum to such a rhythm it’s getting difficult to ignore; the fashion industry is tapping along to your tune, media outlets are beginning to sway their hips and retailers are dragging you to your feet.

But what does this mean to lil’ old big-tits me? Well when the first balloon has popped with a bang the rest don’t seem as intimidating. Women need better representation whatever we bring to the table and somewhere in the distance I can hear your vibrations. People are listening. So, Emma et al, you’ve put a crack in the glass ceiling of societal norms for ALL women and for that I salute you. Keep banging your drum and eventually we’ll all get a dance. 

Ronnie Corbett, eat you heart out.

Danielle (Emma’s BFF IDST)

A Joanie Love Affair - Miriam In Green

Oh Joanie, Joanie, Joanie, How I love thee. You never fail to make me feel fabulous, this time with the occasion-ready Miriam Lace Dress.
Miriam Dress - Joanie Clothing
First of all, THAT COLOUR! Miriam comes in Dusk Blue and Pepper Green and, frankly, I'd have been over the moon with either. They're part of that muted colourway which includes dusky pink and I honestly think it's become my preferred way to wear colour. The nude lining shows up the delicate lace beautifully and the eyelash edging which has become somewhat of a Joanie trademark adds that high-end feel which isn't matched by the incredible £45 price tag.

As for style - This isn't a shape I usually go for but I actually really enjoy the way the skirt flares from just under the bust rather than at my waist (Empire line innit) - I wasn't sure that it would work on me but with the length and fullness of the skirt itself, I feel the proportions are pretty much A*.

Miriam isn't actually an off the shoulder dress if you look on the site BUT it sits so nicely this way I just couldn't help myself. With my animal print sandals and a today's glorious sunshine I felt like a carefree nymph, floating about the streets of South Yorkshire. I felt less floaty after three Yorkshire puddings and half a bottle of pinot but I still looked nice so there is that.

My only ever criticism of Joanie (EVER!) was that I felt their sizing was off - DISREGARD THIS, I'm wearing an 18 here and really feel I could have sized down which means I can now confidently say: We are in the True To Size realm. Also, please remember that were something looks shorter on me than on the model, it is because I am a bit very tall.

The Joanie site is stocked with some absolutely stunning Summer dresses at the moment - Think Sophia Loren on the Amalfi Coast. WHAT A DREAM! 
Em x
* Denotes gifted item - All views are my own