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Style | I Am My Own Best Gift with Playful Promises

It's that time of year when the shops are full of pink and red things, heterosexual men are wondering whether they should start thinking about booking that reasonably priced Italian restaurant and I’m readying myself for sausage, chips and beans at Morrisons (Not a metaphor…) It's also the time of year when our favourite lingerie brands bring out the hottest of their looks - HURRAY!

Style | Faux Fur Fabulous With River Island

Friends, I Have The Lurg. 

Why am I telling you this you may wonder? 
1. Maybe you care, I like it when people care. Thank you for caring. 
2. If you follow me on social media then you'll have not seen much of me. Maybe this has been a good thing. Who knows. Anyway, live tweeting taking antibiotics or instagram grids full of duvets aren't much fun.
3. I'm very whiny. Deal with it.

Style | Catch My Baby Blues With Scantilly

When someone makes a lingerie set the exact same colour as your eyes, you just have to buy it don't you...?

Style | 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.

Style | 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.

Style | Plus Size Occasionwear with Live Unlimited

I've got some more plus size occasionwear for you - This time it's something a bit pared back and cool. Think chic city wedding followed by a merlot or twelve in a classy wine bar.

Style | Plus Size Occasionwear with Studio 8

It's that time of year when there's a posh frock occasion around every corner. Weddings, Christenings, proms and, on this occasion, a day at the races care of the lovely people at Studio 8.

Style | 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.

Style | A Plus Size Superhero - The Want That Trend Cape Dress

 At last weekend's fabulous Curve Fashion Festival, I was invited to meet Geordie Shore's Holly Hagan to discuss the launch of her new plus-size range with Want That Trend.
Navy Fiona Bodycon Dress* - Want That Trend
Fringed Earrings - H&M
Court Shoes - New Look (Similar)
 Now I must confess, I didn't know what to expect with Holly at all but I really liked her.
I have to say despite this, I'm not entirely in agreement with Holly's rationale behind the range; There's a lot of talk of "health" and use of the word "flatter". For me, fashion is fashion, health is health - The two bear no relevance to each other whatsoever and it's part of the anti-fat agenda to suggest otherwise. 

Holly is not currently plus size and the world in which she's lived for the past six years is diet and fitness-centric - She can be sympathetic to the needs of a plus size woman but can't truly understand it. What I will say from speaking from her is, there is no sense of dislike for how she looked in the past, quite the opposite, there is also none of that dissociation from herself as a larger woman that we've come to expect from the exercise DVD generation of celebs. This means more to me than a few poorly worded tweets.
Holly Hagan at the 2016 Curve Fashion Festival 
I know it's very fashionable to berate reality TV stars as being inappropriate role models to young people, but Holly has never been anything other than herself; she works her ass off, stands up for herself and her family and comes across as an incredibly smart young woman. The amount of hate she has received over the past six years is obscene, the fact that she's come out of the other side as sensible and self-aware as she is simply phenomenal. That has to count for something.

By far, my favourite item of Holly's range is the Navy Fiona Bodycon dress* which I was very fortunate to be gifted by the lovely WTT team at last week's Curve Fashion Festival. The dress is a textured elastine which means that it has a bit of stretch but still keeps its shape perfectly. Also, IT HAS A CAPE FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.

I'm wearing a 16 here and it is very much true to size. I mentioned in my last review of Want That Trend that the lengths were a bit of an issue for me, I also fed this back to the WTT team and they told me that they're going to be working on more longer length designs in the future. Fortunately, the Fiona dress is a very true midi length even on my 6ft height.

The Holly Hagan range goes from a size 8 - 24 in many styles, up to a 32 in two of the designs (I love the lace skater dress here), and includes jumpsuits, dresses, separates and trousers. I'm not always great at articulating my admiration for brands but I want to make a point while I'm able: All WTT designs are a set price, regardless of the size - This is how it SHOULD be, but not always how it IS (looking at you ASOS...)

Finally, the owner of WTT, Victoria Molyneux, is a genuinely awesome (and utterly gorgeous) woman - It would have been so easy for her to carry on turning over a substantial profit without expanding the range, but she genuinely wants to make the same styles available to women of all sizes, as she said before Curve Fashion Fest: 
"I'm really looking forward to launching our new plus-size items at Curve and meeting like minded ladies who are as fierce about fashion as I am."
The fact that she recognizes plus size women are capable of being passionate about fashion speaks volumes and I look forward to seeing this range go from strength to strength.
Rear view - I love my ass in this dress,
I have some fab posts coming up over the next week. Until then, you can always catch up with me across the plethora of social mediums which exist on this planet as below:
Em x
* Denotes Item gifted for review - All views are my own because I'm an honest kinda chick,

Style | Plus Size Prom Princess with Yours Clothing

I'm not a fan of Disney. There, I've said it. 
I appreciate it hugely but beyond The Aristocats and Robin Hood (which I LOVE) I'm not big on the old Princess meets Prince narrative. This said, the dress* I'm wearing in this post DID make me feel very much like a Disney princess and I did enjoy this, so maybe now's the time to re analyse my whole life...

Style | A Saucy LBD - Lindybop Kelsey Wiggle Dress

I told you I had an LBD coming up and WHAT an LBD it is! 
I first saw this dress on the babeliest pink haired goddess I have ever seen, on a night out in Manchester. She was wearing it with a pair of chunky sandals: The perfect combination of classy & cool and I was smitten. Once I realised I couldn't have the girl, I set my heart on the dress.