Tis The Season To Sparkle with Simply Be

Every year, I start the festive period with the following vow to myself: This year, I am going to NAIL every party look that comes my way. With this in mind, I've linked up with Simply Be to help you Sparkle this season. 

So here are some of the questions that the gorgeous Simply Be customers have passed our way, have a read, it may just help you to nail this year's festive looks:

'My Body shape is weird. When I wear a body shaper, my stomach sticks out. What is the best shapewear to give me a good shape, especially when I'm wearing dresses.'

I mean, I have to start by saying NO body shape is weird. If you have a body, it's shape is a body shape. I think what you're saying is that your body doesn't look how you want it to look. So my first, very inexpensive bit of advice is to GET USED to your body. Look at it in mirrors. Take photos of it at different angles. Just get used to it, so what if your stomach/bottom/thighs/arms stick out?

My tummy has always stuck out so I'm guilty of squeezing myself into all kinds of palavas to try and change or enhance my shape over the years. Though there's nothing wrong with this IF THIS IS YOUR CHOICE, I spent years not fully enjoying Christmas meals or events because I'd lost the feeling in my bottom. And don't mention trying to go to the loo...

I'm now a big fan of wearing a slip with a built in bra under a party dress. It stops static clinging or ruching whilst still allowing you to do all of the things you need to do. Plus there's no need to layer things up or overheat because it does all the things you need in one item. This Magisculpt multiway slip is billed as being "Firm Control", and although it keeps my parts in place, I'm still comfortable and happy I'm not being squished. Plus it looks sexy as heck and I'm COMPLETELY here for this. 

"I've just started a new job and the Christmas party invites have just gone around. I'm the curviest in the office, what could I wear that would minimise this or should I just accentuate what I've got?"

Again, there is no obligation for you to do either. You would be exactly the same marvellous person whether you were wearing a parka or a string bikini. My advice is that you wear something you are comfortable with (I don't mean pyjamas) and most importantly, that fits. This is not the time to be squeezing yourself into your favourite party frock from ten years ago (The one that barely fit at the time...) I say this as someone who has done this and has spent the whole night feeling rubbish

For me, this is the time of year for sequins, sparkle and glamour and I love being able to go the whole hog without giving what anyone else is wearing a second thought. It's Christmas for crying out loud!

The simple and, dare I say, foolproof wrap style of this dress makes it a no brainer for any festive event. I don't even know where to start with the sequins but I can't imagine it looking anything less than incredible on anyone who wears it. Plus it needs no ironing so you can leave it in your bag all day, optimising your glamorous entrance. Pair it with simple, strappy sandals (Of a sensible stumble home height!) and you're good to go. 

Just remember, when you're at the party, don't let one single comparison pop into your head. Other people can look smoking hot without taking away from how incredible you look - Just make sure you tell them how lush they are and accept all the compliments that come your way!

Look guys, if I can offer you one bit of advice, it's this. Just enjoy yourself and if all else fails, grab a mince pie, a glass of bubbly, a mince pie and be your own glitter ball. 
Em x
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Maidenform and Yours Clothing - Battling the plates of beige

I recently decided I needed some new day to day shapewear to replace the shorts I put my thumb straight through whilst rushing to the toilet on a night out in a jumpsuit... (It was close I can tell you!) I knew that Yours Clothing stock a huge range of shapewear so got in touch with their extremely knowledgable team who not only pointed me in the direction of the Maidenform Power Slimmer Black High Waist Thigh Control shorts but also offered to send me a pair to give a go - So that's exactly what I've done and now I'd like to tell you aaaall about it. 

Without Maidenform Power Slimmer Black High Waist Thigh Control shorts
Dress: Scuba Floral Bodycon, Simply Be
With Maidenform Power Slimmer Black High Waist Thigh Control shorts
Dress: Scuba Floral Bodycon, Simply Be
To ensure that I took effective pictures I really suffered for my art by eating a massive plate of breaded beige which is my least favourite meal food but, oddly, my very favourite food to eat off a paper plate. This ensured that I was substantially inflated for the before picture. 

To be honest, I've always had a round tummy, no matter what dress size I've been and what my diet has been (Even without the plates of beige). This has been something that, along with my arms, has caused me some frustrations when it comes to my appearance, possibly because it's easy to forget about your tummy until it comes to putting on something fitted and then you can't really ignore it... Saying this, as I raise VERY regularly, I have never once looked at another woman's dress clinging to their lovely round tummy and though "UGH I'd never wear that" so why on Earth do it to myself?!? 

Despite all this, I DO feel more comfortable, maybe even secure in shapewear. With dresses it gives an extra layer so they don't cling and with skinny jeans it gives a great foundation, stops them from sliding up/down and also prevents me from flashing my tummy should a breeze cause my top to flap about (happens more than you'd hope...). I thoroughly recommend these shorts for all these reasons, also the longer leg on these prevent any chafing which we can all give ourselves a little high five about because having sore red thighs is not where it's at.

Power Slimmer Thigh Control

So what makes the Maidenform Power Slimmer Black High Waist Thigh Control shorts different from other shapewear?
> The longer body length means they can be tucked into your bra without garrotting your important bits.
> Despite their strong control, these shorts are extremely light. Without being too graphic, shapewear can get a bit sweaty, particularly if you're wearing it over other pants, under tights and then all the other clothes that accompany leaving the house without being arrested. Both my gusset and I are extremely glad I have these for summer this year.
> On the same topic, you won't break any limbs/collapse from exhaustion getting in and out of these, they're very flexible.
> Neither the seams nor the hems of the leg show through trousers, they also do not roll up or gather or turn your knees blue.
> They have a "split" (oh goodness, do forgive me for anything I say here) to allow toileting without removal. I personally have never been able to achieve this feat. I just can't convince myself I'm not soiling myself. Fact.

I would definitely say size down with these, as I mention, they are extremely flexible and as such you don't want too much give or they'll be be neither use nor ornament.

These are now my day to day go to foundation but Yours have a veritable smorgasbord of shapewear for all occasions/requirements so if these don't sound like the ones for you, why not take a look at what else they have to offer? 

Em x
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