Athleisure Summer

Plus size woman wearing split trousers, silver t-shirt and navy blue satin trainers and Le Specs sunglasses

We all have those days when comfort comes before anything. There is a way to be both comfortable and stylish in an effortless way. What am I talking about? Athleisure of course! This is the trend where sweats, work out clothes and joggers have a little added style and flair. Outfits like this don’t have to look lazy and thrown together. Why not add a little extra swag into your look when you just want things to be easy?

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I don’t know about you guys, but those days when the list of things to do is endless and you have to run around everywhere can seem overwhelming. I tend to find myself wearing a simple pair of jeans and top out of convenience. That being said we’re in the full flow of summer and the last thing people want to do is wear heavy clothes. When Pink Clove reached out to me to ask if I would like to try some of their new lines I saw many items that would be perfect for those days.

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The first item I saw and really wanted to try out was their Shola Stripe split trousers. The oversized, wide legged pair looked so comfortable. The monochromatic black and white could be worked into a series of outfits easily. I just had to have them. Don’t let the black put you off wearing them this time of year. They are so comfortable, especially on a hot day! These are nice to wear both out and about or around the house.

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Of course when it comes to athleisure, t-shirts would be a comfortable and safe option to wear. Neutral colours are always a winner. They work at any given time of the year and can be a staple in the wardrobe which fits into many looks and outfits. This Claire tee in silver was comfortable addition to the outfit. In hindsight I should have selected a larger size for a more relaxed fit. Either way I like how it works with the overall look and feel.

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On a hot and sunny day everyone needs a good pair of sunnies. Sunglasses are such an important item to own. Not only are they great for protection but they can be that amazing final piece to an outfit. This pair of Liar Lair milky lilac ones by Le Specs are so nice to wear! Sunglasses shop sent them to me and I knew I could make them work into my looks. Not only have I previously worn them in a nude colour (borrowed by Hanna) but I thought they would make a nice pair this season. Mirrored lenses are always nice to wear and can be good for concealing tired eyes.

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Athleisure is a really nice fashion style. It’s nice to have some cool options to wear when you just wanna be relaxed. Summer is a difficult time of year to know what would look and feel nice. All it takes is a little creativity.

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*This is a gifted Outfit (Apart from the trainers)
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Shirts Can Be Sexy!

Plus size woman smiling wearing a white shirt dress, pink cropped denim jacket, Ted Baker sunglasses and chrome stiletto heels

Shirts, everyone has them but not everyone enjoys wearing them. I have a real thing for oversized shirts and sexy shirt dresses. I think that if you can find an item that can be worn casually when out with friends, at the office or on a date night you have a winner! If you have an item that can be worn in more ways than one you simply can’t go wrong! It’s even better if the fabric is lightweight and comfortable to have on.

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We’re deep into the summer and I have been loving the heat and the strong rays. I am a summer baby born in July so this is well and truly my time of year. With that being said sometimes I do still like to wear sophisticated items and add a little of my own personality to the look. Being at the office doesn’t mean you have to lose your sense of style. In The Style Curve sent me this gorgeous shirt dress and cropped jacket. I have to say it is an item I see myself wearing these a lot this season.

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It’s a really nice length to wear as a dress. I find that if you have a large bust or behind (as I do), items can get hitched up. There are so many dresses in my wardrobe I have had to wear as tops because of this. The tie detail at the front makes a really simple style have a nice featured twist. I found that I have plenty of boob room and this is still lightweight on a really hot day. I thought that I would pair this with the pink denim crop jacket. Many of us tend to spend long periods of time out of the house and when you need to combat that chill in the air it’s nice to wear something light. Pastel colours are perfect with bright white items so I thought, why not?!

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You all know me, I keep things simple. Makeup is always the same, as is my accessories. I always wear large hoop earrings and so I thought why not pull out my chrome stilettos to match. Like many women I have a real thing for shiny things lol. Sometimes when you wanna wear a little bling, you can do it on your feet lol.

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There is definitely a way of mixing more sophisticated items like a shirt dress with casual ones. Play around with your look you’ll be surprised with what you can achieve! This dress is also available in black, I can definitely see people picking it up in both colours!

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*Dress and jacket are gifted items.
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

The Essential LBD

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One thing all women need to have in their wardrobe is an LBD (little black dress). This is one of those items that can be worn at a multitude of events. You never know when you’re gonna need to quickly glam up for a business meeting, dinner date, elegant night out on the town or a family function. I have several to be honest lol. That being said, I don’t think you can have too many. When Debenhams asked me to select a dress from their collection I just had to.

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Even though it’s July that doesn’t mean people avoid black altogether. In fact, there are more social events, dinners and fun places to be at this time of the year than usual. When I look for an LBD I tend to gravitate towards comfortable cuts that are easy to wear. The worst thing you can do is find yourself tugging at your dress because it clings uncomfortably. I picked out the Curve black ruffle scuba dress by Dorothy Perkins. I love the small detail around the shoulders and the extended waist tie. Scuba is that fabric that is lightweight and just skims the curves nicely. The length is perfect for a modest yet sexy look. Sometimes you want minimal cleavage and would rather show skin in other ways.

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If like me you would like to select an entire outfit from the same place to make life easy, you’ll have to see what else Debenhams has. I decided to pick up a white duster jacket, cobalt blue heels and a large blue clutch to match. I find that when you wear a black dress a nice pop of colour is a nice addition. Blue is my favourite colour so it was a given that it would be my go to. As a lover of shiny things you can imagine the look on my face when I saw these heels! Some might call them the shoe of my dreams lol. Pair those with a clutch bag large enough for your essential items and you have all that you need.

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There are people who are lucky enough to have items exclusive to one look. I’m not one of them so when I buy an LBD, accessories or shoes I like items that can be incorporated into many looks. Each of these items can be worn with countless items in many ways. This is why items with block colours and limited patterns feature heavily in my wardrobe. I look forward to wearing these in many different places.

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If you are looking for a sexy LBD, summer, dress, business dress or something casual you have to check out the range at Debenhams. They have something for everyone and items from women of all sizes. What fabulous events are you going to this summer?

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*This blogpost is part of a Debenhams little black dress campaign
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

A Blush With Confidence

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Every now and then your social calendar gets some excitement with some fab events. Just a few days ago I attended the opening of the ‘Michael Jackson On The Wall’ exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. This was a very exciting occasion for MJ fans and art lovers. The only Michael related event I have attended where black tie dress was requested. When trying to figure out what to wear I had one item in mind. This blush maxi dress from In The Style Curve.

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I love an elegant dress. Wedding, gallery exhibition, dinner party… whatever the event a good dress can set the tone. Blush is a colour that works with all skin tones. The muted pink shades are feminine and cool. This maxi dress shows just the right amount of skin with a plunging V neckline and above the knee split on one side. I love the fit of this dress and how it clung to my curves in all the right places. The only problem I had was the length. I found myself treading on it at times even though I was in heels. I still enjoyed wearing it though.

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Michael Jackson is a man who is more than special to me. As a musician he has inspired me more than most. Growing up he was a huge male influence in my life. Through him I saw what it meant to be a dignified, highly educated man full of heart, soul and music. It’s not surprising to see that he is such a muse for many artists of all persuasions. Musicians like myself, sculptors. painters, designers, actors and much more. Seeing incredible pieces by the likes of Mark Ryden, Andy Warhol and many others was such a pleasure and highlight for me. Especially being able to see the actual painting used for my all time favourite album ‘Dangerous.’ My friends and I had a great time seeing all the interesting works.

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Michael Jackson ‘Dangerous’ by Mark Ryden.
Michael Jackson fans at the opening for Michael Jackson On The Wall At the National Portrait Gallery
Paintings by Andy Warhol

So I can say that I had a great time with my friends as a part of MJvibe (check out the fab review of the exhibiton), and of course being stylish in this elegant dress. It would be a lovely option in a series of colours and just a tad bit shorter. Be sure to head on over to In The Style Curve to see what sassy, sexy and fun items they currently have available!

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If you guys love art, music and you’re in London, be sure to head over to the National Portrait Gallery to check out the exhibition, it’s really interesting.

 

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*This dress is gifted
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!