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Bring On The Self Love With Simply Be

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HOW IS IT NEARLY VALENTINES DAY AGAIN?!? The day of romance, chocolates and (in my case) sausage, chips and beans at Morrisons. Something I've learnt about love and romance and all that jazz is that there is utterly no point whatsoever in expecting to be happy in a relationship if you're not happy with yourself. 

So much of what makes me happy now is not having a reliance on other peoples' opinions of me. Of how I look or how much they value my existence. I like who I am, and even on my worst days I know that I'm doing my best.

Lauren Lace Plunge Midi Bra - Simply Be [Gifted Item] Available up to a 48DD
Lauren Lace Brazilian Briefs - Simply Be [Gifted Item] Available up to a 26

Sometimes self-love comes from acknowledging your limitations and moving onto the next thing. 
Sometimes self-love comes from a full face of makeup and some banging selfies. 
Sometimes self-love comes from eating something covered in cheese. 
Sometimes self-love comes from putting on some really beautiful lingerie and admiring all of the gorgeous things that make your body so unique. And, for me, embracing that uniqueness, both physically and in all the other elements that make you YOU, is your real power in self-love and happiness.

For those of you not planning to spend the evening in a Supermarket cafe, Simply Be have got us covered on the lingerie front with a range, that is not only beautiful but also available in an increasingly extending size range; Some lines go from A - L cup and up to a 56 back, the ones I am featuring below go up to a 48DDI know personally how much effort has gone into ensuring new ranges are both well fitting and current so I was very excited to be giving it a bit of a trial, starting with the Lauren set. 

The Lauren bra fits like an absolute dream, and it LOOKS (albeit in my eyes) PHENOMENAL. I could walk around the house in it all day, the support is spot on, the coverage is perfect and, most excitingly, it's just £20. If you take into account the briefs being just £12, £32 for the whole set is frankly ridiculous.

The briefs are beautifully soft and clearly designed with curves in mind which makes them a dream to wear, but honestly, I cant stop thinking about this bra! You know how much I love a longline and I just really, really enjoy wearing this one. I'm very much looking forward to finding ways to show off the bra under sheer tops and dresses, or just by itself because something this gorgeous deserves to be seen.

Next up is the Figleaves Curve Fever set, because if you cant wear red on Valentines Day, when CAN you wear it please?
Figleaves Fever Balconette Bra - Simply Be [Gifted Item] Available up to a 48DD 
Figleaves Fever Brazilian Briefs - Simply Be [Gifted Item] Available up to a 26 
Figleaves Fever Suspender Belt - Simply Be [Gifted Item] Available up to a 26

I. Feel. So. Sexy. In. This. Set. 
Word to the wise with these briefs; Size up. I think I was bamboozled by the low-slung ness of them (Perfect for under the suspender belt) but I think I'd feel more comfortable in something a bit bigger wedgie-wise (Just a personal knicker preference) Size aside, I'm very into the cut-out feature at the back and the floral detailing.

For me, the real hero of this set is the Balconette Bra - The quarter cup padding, sheer mesh cup and shoulder detailing all come together to make a truly beautiful piece of lingerie whilst offering the kind of support and comfort you would never expect from something so utterly lovely.

Whichever way you look at it, thanks to Simply Be, I'm all set for Valentines day on the lingerie-front. Now all I need to do is hope Cupid brings me a card...
Em x

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!
Irena Harness Bra* - Playful Promises
Irena Briefs* - Playful Promises
Playful Promises are up there with their stylish, well-made, supportive and oh-so-sexy lingerie. With its rust-coloured detail, eyelash lace and harness straps, the Irena set was pretty much made for me. Longline bras and high waisted briefs are always my styles of choice and all of these elements come together in making me feel AMAZING.

I’m wearing a 36F here with 18 briefs. The bra is perfectly true to size, as are the briefs. I do think I could have sized down but with mesh I don’t like to risk it JUST IN CASE (I’m a pro at putting my big silly thumbs through things…). You know how I feel about comfort above all else and this set is an absolute joy to wear - If I was someone who dated, I have no doubt in my mind that this would be a date set (e.g. It's sexy but I wouldn't have to go to the toilet to arrange it before taking my clothes off) (Is this a thing that happens?!? I miss being young...)

I’ve been thinking recently about how much more comfortable I am with reviewing lingerie nowadays and I think this comes down to two reasons:
1. There’s a lot more lingerie out there that I like, that fits and that makes me feel good.
2. Looking at myself in less clothes has genuinely changed how I feel about how my appearance, I’ve gone from checking myself in the mirror all the time, doubting myself and feeling just generally yuk, to liking what I see in these pictures -This frees up more time for doing useful things like working on my horrific personality…

If you WERE thinking of treating yourself to a little summin summin for Valentines Day, Playful Promises have a VERY comprehensive list for all of your sexy/sultry/sweet/hibernation Valentines needs (I'm very into these pjs...)
Em x 
* Denotes items gifted for review. All opinions are my own

Stupid Cupid - A Joanie Valentine

With their romantic vintage prints and styles, Joanie Clothing seem to be just like me in that they were positively made for Valentines Day. Alright, so I only go to Morrisons for sausage, chips and beans (minus the beans), it's still nice to know that every year, there is a day put aside purely for getting mushy - whether this be with your partner, your friends or family (My Dad has sent me a card every single year as far back as I can remember which means more than any others) I'm all for the hearts, kisses and declarations of love.
Stupid Cupid Jumper* - Joanie Clothing
Pussy Bow Dress - Primark
Ankle Boots - Dorothy Perkins
Heart Bag* - Joanie Clothing

As someone who isn't big on accessories  it's somewhat controversial that I start a post by singing the virtues of a handbag BUT LOOK AT THIS BAG. Isn't it just sublime?!? I managed to fit all of my usual handbag things (Purse, phone, makeup, keys, crisps, hair brush, 7,000 receipts, wet wipes) and still fit a jumper in there too. It's a novelty bag without being too OTT, to the extent that even I can pull it off.

Joanie are the Queens of jumpers, from Maybe Baby to Brunch Club; fashionistas across the country are going wild for the kitsch colours and sweet slogans. The Stupid Cupid jumper is no different and I think you will concur, incredibly apt for this time of the year. The fabric is lovely and soft and the chain stitch embroidery is such high quality. I'm wearing a Large here which is a 16-18, be aware that the jumpers aren't very long so I don't tend to wear them by themselves but they're the perfect length for layering over a shirt, or in this case, a pussy bow dress - the cropped sleeves make it ideal to show off a bit of cuff.
I'm off to see the ladies at Joanie this week, so keep your eyes peeled on my Twitter and Instagram for some sneak peaks!
Em x
* Denotes items gifted for review - All views are my own

Love Yourself - A Very Vintage Valentine.

Happy Valentines Day Everyone!

I just wanted to call in and wish you a wonderful day of hearts and cheap chocolate, as well as slipping in a couple of pictures of my one true love; Clothes.

Vintage Roll Neck Sweater Dress - No 87 Dove House Hospice Shop, Hull
Pointed Ankle Boots - New Look 
To show myself how much I love me on this magical day, I got dressed up all nice in my new vintage dress and let my Mum take pictures of me whilst i pranced about in the garden, because nothing says self love like a touch of frostbite and a chest infection...


I couldn't speak higher of No 87 in Hull - It's a Dove House Hospice shop which is curated so beautifully that I've never left empty handed. This particular visit brought two new/old dresses into my life and I could have quite happily left with more, especially as this one only set me back £10. The other wonderful thing about this shop is that it adjoins the original charity shop, meaning that nothing goes to waste - None of that overpriced second hand as vintage nonsense.

On this Valentines day, I would like leave you with the reminder that the most important person to love today is yourself. 
And Liam Hemsworth... 
But mostly yourself. 
Em x

Plus Size Valentines with Yours Clothing

Despite me being literally the least glam human on Earth I actually like a good slinky chemise 
(As do my cats... Hence me never being able to wear one outside of a locked room...)
Kimono Robe and Chemise* - Yours Clothing 
This silky number from my faves over at Yours clothing is treble-y good because not only do you get the chemise and the robe BUT YOU ALSO GET A COAT HANGER. This may not sound particularly exciting to you but it is a silky padded coat hanger and so you can use it OUTSIDE of your wardrobe to display things like people who have their lives together do. I am going to put my lanyard on it.

I sincerely apologise for everything looking a bit crinkled but this is my life and this is how I wear things. Its my signature style if you will. If you think this is bad, you should see the contents of the chest of drawers behind me.

The back detail is gorgeous, with cross over lacing and a deeeeeep opening which I'vve not photographed because:
a) Bum crack
b) Crap 90s tattoo
And OK, so it only just covers my arse but I suppose that's the point of it... It really is a very romantic piece, sweet and sexy without being at optimum saucy level.

Yours Clothing have all kinds of saucy shizzle going on at the moment, from cheeky bustiers to romantic sets like the one my good and sexy friend Becky is bedecked in here so there's something for everyone this Valentines. Even if it's a big lovely pair of pyjamas.

Em x
*Denotes gifted item but as always, my view is entirely my own.

A very different Valentines Day with FarFetch

Today I'm going to tell you about my Valentines day. For the past seven years my husband and I have done exactly the same thing on the annual day of romance. It has become a tradition if you will, symbolic of our love for each other. I am never disappointed, I once even managed to read a paper whilst we were doing it. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, every February the 14th my husband and I go to Morrisons café for sausage and chips.

So as the big day approaches and magazines tell us what we should wear to impress our dearly beloved, I will always be confident in my choice of: Whatever doesn't show up the ketchup. 

Saying this, I do sometimes wonder what it would be like to be the kind of couple who do full blown romance, you know; Helicopter flights, oysters, champagne and rose petals on the bed. Basically, V Day Kim and Kanye style. That's where come in.
Checked Coat - Balmain / FarFetch   Tassle Earrings - Lanvin / FarFetch
Lace Dress - D&G / FarFetch    Embellished Clutch - Lanvin / FarFetch
Pumps - Aquazzura / FarFetch
FarFetch bring together over 300 high end boutiques and showcase over 1000 designers. I must confess, I spent a good few hours on the site whilst I was putting this look together. It would have been difficult not to.

So here it is, my fancy "what if" Valentines outfit. The D&G dress makes me feel weak - It's utterly perfect. Grungy black lace with a hint of my favourite shade of green, teamed with the vibrant red shoes and earrings and the stunning Lanvin clutch (it IS the international day of hearts on everything after all) and all topped of with the power coat of a lifetime. 
Heart Cut Out Ring - Aurelie Bidermann / FarFetch
This outfit is all about the glamour and I'm a bit sad that I'll never get to wear it all. Unless I win on the Premium Bonds... So if, like me, your budget doesn't quite stretch to Balmain, why not wear your heart where we can see it with this slightly more payday friendly Aurelie Bidermann heart ring.
Jeans - Saint Laurent / FarFetch     Peacoat - Rick Owens / FarFetch
Polo Shirt - Ralph Lauren / FarFetch      Desert Boots - Opening Ceremony / FarFetch
There is just as much choice for the discerning gent - This is exactly the kind of shizzle my Husband wears and he looks damn good in it. 

I just want to mention sizing. Everything above is available in my size - 16 in dress and 9 shoe, and many items are available up to an XXXL which the website states is a size 20 (Mostly Carolina Herrera and Diane Von Furstenberg)  FarFetch is definitely worth a look for the incredible bags alone, but unless you're a smaller plus, clothing choice is limited.

For this year at least I'll be helicopter and designer dress free, which isn't a problem with me at all - If I ever end up anywhere other than Morrisons Caff, we all know love is dead...

Em x