Return to Retro - F&F AW15

Whilst I was in London last week, I accompanied my beautiful friend Becky from Mrs Bebe Blog to the F&F Autumn Winter 15 event.

***Brief disclaimer here with regards to me attending this event, lucky doesn't cover it, if there was a less clichéd way of saying #blessed in caps, bold, size 72 I would be saying it right now.***

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To put it in perspective, this is Paloma Faith, you may have heard of her. She's a bit amazing and she sang us two songs and I got tears in my eyes because this kind of stuff does not happen to me guys.

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The setting was stunning, I've never been to The Savoy before (Well why would I, I'm a peasant) and it is breathtaking (Was going to write something about how the toilets were bigger than my house but decided against it seeing as this is a pretty classy post innit) We were wined and dined beyond my wildest dreams, and FYI I had two different types of salmon sandwiches.

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Then to the catwalk where, if my mind wasn't already blown, it certainly was by the end. Described as "a nostalgic wander back to the Seventies, blurring the line with late 1960's fashion styles", the F&F AW15 season is stupidly in line with my aesthetic. 

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Camel, rust, teal and mustard are basically the key colours of my existing wardrobe so finding out that I'm on trend is a great feeling. 

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Layering was key with so many of the looks,  patterns and colours were contrasted and I love the mix of textures: Chiffon with leather, suede with lightweight woolen roll necks. I'm a big fan of how the tailoring of the trousers above gives a masculine edge paired with brogues but would look equally as stylish with pointed courts.

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I actually audibly gasped at the print of this blouse. Can you imagine it with a button up denim skirt and tan clogs...? Because I can and now I can't stop thinking about it... It's just so fun and vibrant.

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Burgundy wool with brown leather just works so well, I'm not sure I could rock the bralett over roll neck vibe but I could certainly go for a leather mini and this faux fur accented coat is just so decadent i don't feel like I'll ever be fully dressed without it.

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This geometric print dip hem tunic dress is exceptionally wearable and the way it had been styled with a roll neck jumper has got me craving Autumn SO HARD. I also fell hard for a stunning pussy bow tea dress in rusts and oranges, and a glorious shearling coat which seriously made me weak at the knees. 

Now I want to say here, the venue was glorious and the clothes are just stunning so it was almost too easy to forget that F&F is a highstreet retailer. With a full length camel coat at £59 and chiffon pussybow blouses at £16, this is a range for both high end fashionistas and the likes of little old "which fork do I use for a macaroon" me alike.  

I've honestly never been so excited about a range, the colours, patterns and pure versatility of it all makes me want to hibernate through Spring and Summer. I can't wait to get my mits on it, a number of limited edition pieces are already available online but keep checking back for more and expect to see me in a fair few of them!

Em x

Tea time with Tess

You'll have seen me in Yours clothing on a number of occasions - Fast, Fun and affordable, Yours clothing cater for sizes 14 - 36 and have become the brand to watch for me of late. (It helps that they now have a store in almost every big city so I can TRY STUFF ON. What a delightful novelty!)

Last week, I was a very, very VERY lucky little girl and was invited to join Yours for dinner at the exceptionally glamorous South Place hotel with...(wait for it)
...the incomparable Tess Holliday.

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You can't not selfie with Tess - She's stunning.
If you watched Plus Size Wars on Channel 4 recently, you will have seen the managing director of Yours, Andrew Killingsworth, talking about (amongst many other fabulous things) the positive influence that Tess has had on the plus sized industry as a whole, so it's no surprise that in 2014, Tess became the face of Yours.

Tess is a plus sized model and inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe who have found support in her #effyourbeautystandards movement. At a size 22, she is the only woman of her size to have a major modelling contract and after meeting her I can testify to the fact that anyone who thinks that using a size 22 model won't sell clothes is very, very, VERY wrong. Tess is utterly stunning (I coveted her hair to a stupid extent), unique, saucy and a real presence. I'm thrilled to have spent an evening with her.

Now on to the clothes and I can honestly say that Yours are doing themselves proud with their Spring/Summer 15 looks. I have to share my favourite pieces with you because as much as I want to, I can't keep them all to myself:

Yours Clothing

Yours Clothing

Playful Pastels does exactly what it says on the tin, a beautiful Summer wardrobe of pastel florals, denim staples and metallic highlights. This floral skater skirt ticks so many boxes for me, I can see it with a bardot top and sandals (maybe the holographic ones above...?) on a warm evening. And UGH this necklace - IT IS PERFECT, (Plus I've just noticed that it's 3 for 2 at the moment...)

Yours Clothing

Yours Clothing

Urban Jungle takes inspiration from the 70s (Yesss), mixing tropical brights and monochrome in a range which I couldn't keep my grubby little mits off. I've never been fully behind fluro colours but just can't stop thinking about this lime green top, so I may be a Nu raver yet! I also really like the printed trousers, it's been so long since I wore acceptable Summer trousers (e.g not ones that I want to rip off within minutes)  

I can't thank Yours enough for the past week. The passion and sheer hard work they put in to reaching their target audience and ensuring that their customers feel valued is incredible, the praise and recognition that they are currently receiving is SO well deserved. Hurray for Yours!

Em x

I'm a #ChloeJeansGirl - Simply Be Denim

If you follow me on any of the various Social Mediums I spread myself liberally across you will be aware that February was an extremely exciting month for me.

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I, along with six other lovely bloggers, was invited by Simply Be to film for their #SBDenim campaign in Manchester. WHAT A DAY! We frolicked about, laughed, danced (badly in my case), jumped (terribly in my case) and had just a generally fab time in front of the cameras.

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We also made a video each, talking about our jean of choice - I want you all to know here and now, that I have realised that turning and winking is NOT for me. It has been a tough lesson but the noise my Husband makes whenever he sees it is enough to put me off this "signature move" for life. I'm working on a casual "pow pow pow" hand signal in it's place. I'll feedback on how it's going...


I became the Chloe Jean Girl which was perfect for me as (in my humble, modest opinion...) they made my legs and bum look freaking awesome.

I'm wore a 14 on the day, I'm generally a 16 in jeans but the stretch in these meant that I made the decision to size down in order to prevent any bagging around the knees. SAYING THIS, the Chloe jeans keep their shape perfectly so I needn't have worried either way. These are the Dark indigo but I also have the Spring Blue pair which look awesome with a darker top and sandals.

At 6 foot, the long length (31") jeans were plenty long enough, even with heels So if it's tall jeans you're after: Chloe is the gal for you.

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To tie in with the launch of their range, Simply Be are running a giveaway to win a pair of your favourite style, so if you're a super skinny kinda chick like me - All you have to do is tweet with the hashtag #chloejeansgirl to enter.


The day was just fabulous, Simply Be are always the most loving and supportive hosts, Charlotte and Sarah went above and beyond to make sure that the day was a success. The team at Plan Pictures were an absolute delight to be around, they're total superstars. Most importantly, as I'm sure you'll realise from the pictures, the six other ladies are the most kooky, interesting, beautiful and fun people to be around. I am very, very lucky indeed.

I must say, the support that all the ladies and I received during and after the day has been absolutely phenomenal and I can't explain how much it means, so from the bottom of my stone cold heart - Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

Em x

Snazzy 70s with M&S

I'm 31 now so I'm wearing clothes that are grown up and understated. Oh no hang on I'm not because I'm not convinced I'll ever actually be a grown up and nobody really needs to be a grown up right?!? This paisley shirt dress is from the Marks and Spencer Limited Edition range and I am over the moon with it. 

Paisley Print Shirt Dress:  Marks and Spencer Limited Edition
Coat: River Island (No longer available)
Boots: New Look (No longer available)

I've always been loyal to the Limited Edition range, it is generally super on trend and incredibly well made (Being M&S and all). The most recent launch is no different - If I was five inches shorter, I'd have happily spent my entire disposable income on it, sadly the dress below was the longest of the range and the only item that covered my gusset...


On the hanger the dress looked pretty shapeless and I thought it would be one of those dresses that you buy oversized and wear over leggings. HOWEVER, I tried it on in the 16 and it goes in perfectly at the waist, plus the hidden buttons mid way between the outside buttons (stick with me) stop me flashing any of my parts. This all means I can wear it over tights and feel thoroughly fabulous both dressed up and dressed down.


I'm wearing it here with a 2014 January sale find coat from River Island (Size 18 - It happens occasionally on the high street) and my New Look ankle boots which I desperately need to replace as they're entirely coming from together.


I'm going to leave you here with a picture of Catalina Winemixer the Bin kitten, she refuses to look at the camera because she's going through a "phase"... Also, she thinks the dress is a bit gaudy...What does she know, she lived in a bin...

Em x

Scantilly - Kate's saucy sister...

Not long before Christmas I was invited by Curvy Kate to something wonderful in Shoreditch ('m told that this happens less than you'd think...) (The Shoreditch bit, not curvy Kate, they're consistently wonderful).

The night was full of wine, cheese, knickers, friends, models, boobs, bums (what more could you want?!?) but the pièce de résistance was left until the end of the night... Ladies, meet Kate's sister Scantilly:


Scantilly is a new collection in D-H cups, designed for fearless women who are ready to break the rules (Like me just as soon as I've had a bath and watched silent witness...)

The set featured on the night was just magnificent. I rarely get excited by a lingerie which doesn't feature full (read huge) briefs but this just looks beautiful. I love leopard on underwear, in fact, beyond black and green, leopard is the only "colour" I allow in my lingerie drawer. It's as if Scantilly has taken all the qualities that make curvy Kate so popular (full coverage, supportive straps, wide bands) and sexed them up something chronic. I'm really really impressed.


Would you just look at Lotte? I mean, this woman could make a crisp packet look good but these pictures are just delectable. The range is out later this year and I for one am VERY excited about bringing some of the "sinful opulence" into my life.


Whilst we're on the subject of beautiful underwear and people looking beautiful in said beautiful underwear: Scantilly's lovely sister Curvy Kate are currently running their Star in a Bra competition. In fact the gorgeous Lotte above is their current title holder.

Curvy Kate are well known for featuring customer role models and promoting a positive approach to body image. They are passionate in the belief that there isn’t just one type of ‘perfect body’ - all sizes, ages, frames and heights are encouraged to enter as the brand continues to celebrate the beauty of all women. Having met quite a few of the Curvy Kate ladies, I can tell you that they are all SO different but something that they all have in common is their genuine respect, fun and desire to boost the confidence of the women they meet.


I'll leave you with one of my entry pictures which is here because I have become a massive hippy arse.

I want to look back on my life in 30 more years and be able to say that I gave everything a go and took all of the opportunities that came my way. Anyone who criticises you for having self respect and pride in who you are is more than likely a bit envious that they're not there themselves. Keep on moving upwards and if you're feeling nice, take them with you because maybe they've never heard the good, strong and positive words that you've learnt to say to yourself. So why not enter? If not now then when? And if I'm doing it, I'M TAKING YOU LOT WITH ME


I'm off to eat some quinoa and burn (eat/knit?!?) some ylang ylang now. See you in the drumming circle...

Em x

It does exactly what it says on the tin - Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless

Advance warning: I had to put a filter on these pictures because I got some chicken jalfreizi on my neck and didn't realise until it was too late because I didn't have my glasses on. Let this be a lesson in how not to blog to us all. 
In this picture, I am smiling. I am smiling because I am wearing a perfect bra. This is the Curvy Kate Luxe strapless and as with all of their bras that I've tried it is FABULOUS. 

I wear their daily boost every day (I just don't leave the house on wash day...) and had a ceremonial burning of the majority of my other bras when I realised just how perfect for me it is. In fact, I made a video about it which you can see on the Curvy Kate YouTube page, you can hear me talk and wave my arms about and have many, many chins 
Back to the the bra in hand; The Luxe fits me in exactly the same way, I went for the 34GG which is my size in a moulded cup (I'm a wee bit/very wonky and so go for the larger cup to avoid double boob). I get full coverage, nothing over (or under) hangs, the centre fits flush against my chest and nothing rubs. Anywhere. 
The most important thing about any strapless is the support that it provides. My main beef in the past has been with that slimy, sticky edging which is meant to hold the bra up but actually gets all sweaty and wet and then slides down your back and gets tangled up in your tights (that you're wearing up to your armpits in order to stop them also sliding off) and then you end up in a big messy sweaty heap and vow to never leave the house again or at the very least never, ever attempt strapless again... 

WELL: That does not happen with the Luxe. It just doesn't. It is so much lighter and less constrictive than any strapless I've ever tried, yet the four hook and eye fastening means it doesn't slide up and down to where you don't want it to.
It comes with multiway straps which give excellent added support should you decide to do an office to bar dash and goes up to a J cup in some back sizes.

Finally, this bra looks GOOD. The detailing, as ever, is very classy and importantly doesn't show through even the tightest of dress. I carry most of my extra lumpy parts across my ribs and so rarely feel flattered by a supportive bra - It's one of the other: support OR sex appeal, but I don't feel like that with this one.

I JUST REALLY REALLY LIKE IT.

Keep up the good work Curvy Kate, your changing of lives and saving of boobs will not go unrewarded.

Em x