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Merry Christmas and Thank You

Hasn't 2016 been a wild ride?!? 
But we've done it, we're here with just eight days left to go and fun and games with Father Christmas to look forward to. 
My plans for the next week are to do the following:
Eat,
Drink,
Be massively merry.
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Fatale Dress - Revival Retro 
I hope that your plans are similar and that you all have a beautifully restful, safe and happy festive period readers and I'd like to take this opportunity to wish those of you who celebrate it a very, very 
 I would also like to say a huge
 for your love, support and general ace-ness in 2016 - It means the world to me and I think you are all marvelous!

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I would also just like to take a moment here to acknowledge that this time of year can be incredibly difficult for so many of us. Below is a list of organisations and helplines compiled by Lovely Kellie from Big Fashionista and displayed so beautifully by Lottie L'Amour. Please keep a copy of this to hand and don't hesitate to reach out if you need support this festive season. 
Please know that you are loved, you are important and You Are Not Alone


I'll be back with you all in 2017, if not sooner!

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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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 

Perfect Plus Size Jeans with Yours Clothing

Just a very quick post today to let you know that I've only gone and found the best casual jeans EVER.

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Roll Neck - Vintage Dove House 87
Indigo Rip Detail Skinny Jeans - Yours Clothing
Block Heel Sandals - Yours Clothing
These jeans were chosen on an impulse, mainly because I don't have any trousers that aren't so tight you can see my dinner through them and I wanted a trouser option as the weather picked up. What a great impulse it was! 

These are a 16 and they are spot on size wise, I know they state online that they're skinny but I would say they're more of a slim fit straight leg and worn rolled up they give a fabulous fitted boyfriend look. The high waist means that I'm not always tugging at myself (That sounds rude. Don't know why) and as I've said in the past, I always feel more put together with a high-waisted trouser, everything just looks so much better with them.

Weird fact: I get annoyed by how often plus size distressed denim is so obviously false; the thighs are a giant big bleached white patch and the rips don't have that "oops I just did this whilst being an international rock star" look to them. I've realised that Yours Clothing denim doesn't have this weird creepy look to it and have been pleasantly surprised on many an occasion - These jeans are no exception.

I've mentioned these sandals before but they've pretty much not been off my feet so TA DAAAA.

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The top was yet another vintage find c/o Dove House No 87 in Hull - Whoever it is that keeps taking in Size 16 and 18 items in to the shop is basically me but from the 60s  because this fits like a glove and brings me much pleasure. I bought it thinking it would go in the drawer until Autumn but there Summer was and there it went and I'm back in the old velour rollnecks...

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I've got an LBD and a little blue two piece coming up on here so the sun wants to get its act together or we're going to have a pneaumonia incident on our hands...
Em x

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.

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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...

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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.

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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

60s Vibes with Hairspray the Musical

Think that only Twiggy looked good in swing dresses? WELL YOU’RE WRONG, Plus size babes have been making trends look good long before the likes of Melissa McCarthy and Amber Riley were gracing our screens.

The 60s broke fashion rules – Hem lines got higher, eyelashes got longer and musicians became the icons of the time.  Luckily for us, you can grab a bit of inspiration from the best of the 60s trends for your Autumn/Winter 15 wardrobe:


Bold Patterns – The 60s were all about floral prints and clashing colours. Forget the antiquated “fashion rules”, bold patterns work on EVERYONE. If you’re not quite ready for a maxi dress, start with a fancy pussy-bow blouse or Biba style neck scarf.


How I wear it...
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How you can wear it...

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Floral Tunic - New Look
Scarf - Marks and Spencer
Maxi Dress - Yours Clothing
  • High Neck collars –A high neck is so classic yet so chic. Scour the vintage shops for an authentic look or head to the high street for a huge selection of dresses and tunics with this feature. Ramp up the eyeliner and backcomb your hair for a Brigitte Bardot look that simply can’t fail.
How I wear it...
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How you can wear it...
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Green Marl Dress - Yours Clothing
Monochrome Top - Evans
Knee boots – So many plus-size brands are now making knee boots with a wider calf, this opens up a world of possibilities; Suede A-line skirts over bold tights, a peek of a chunky heel under flares and, for the confident amongst us, Hot pants under a faux fur gillet – Why not? If it’s good for Elizabeth Taylor, it’s good for me!


How I wear it...

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How you can wear it...
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Tan Boots – New Look
Grey High Leg Boots – Simply Be
Black Stretch Boots – Yours Clothing
My top tips:
  • Second hand and vintage shops are your friend – Most vintage shops will now stock a full range of sizes (For example Mooch in Sheffield - They're ace) and if they haven't anything in for you ASK THEM; If they're a decent kind o' person they'll keep an eye on any new stock and let you know if anything suitable comes in. 
  • Pinafores look gorgeous and are so versatile - You can wear them over roll necks, shirts or t-shirts and keep them as casual or dressed up as you want
  • I genuinely don't think the 60s have ever gone "out of fashion" BUT if you want to play it safe go for a classic shape with a 60s print or a 60s shape in a block colour.

Want to celebrate your new found love for all things 60s? Hairspray the Musical is currently touring the UK, if you've not seen Hairspray YOU HAVE GOT TO, as someone who doesn't "do" musicals I love this one which is testament to just how much fun it is. They've even given me a ticket to go and see it so if you follow me on Instagram and Twitter, expect to see much more!

Em x