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London Spring

A plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakers by a traditional red UK phone box

One of the things I love about being born in London is that there is just so much to do. We have some gorgeous parks, historical sights and great architecture to indulge in. I live close to to Hampstead Heath and really enjoy taking walks there when the weather is nice. This particular part of the city has remained the same for so long. Unlike the glass structures and modern fixtures you see everywhere we still see old buildings, red phone boxes and other things that are typically British.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakersA plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, and white denim jacket by a traditional red UK phone box

The other day I was taking an afternoon walk around Hampstead on a cooler spring day. I decided that as it was drizzling I would pull on some lighter items and celebrate the spring that way. It’s the time of year when although the sun is out and the weather is hot we still have wet and dreary days. I pulled on these fun pearl jeans from Evans Clothing. My thought was that i’d wear something casual and easy. When it comes to denim you just can’t go wrong!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakersA plus size woman wearing pearl jeansA plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakers by a traditional red UK phone box

Along side the jeans I thought I’d pull on this baby blue off the shoulder sweater from Navabi. This top is also available in peachy Apricot but with blue being my favourite colour there really was no choice lol. I thought i’d wear a simple pair of converse sneakers and a white denim jacket to finish things off. One thing London could be famous for is unpredictable weather so at times you have to be prepared for all eventualities.

A plus size woman smiling in a traditional red UK phone boxA plus size woman wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakers by a traditional red UK phone boxA plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, white denim jacket by a traditional red UK phone box

The funny thing is I have lived in London my entire life and some things never get old! Since the rise of mobile phone usage you pretty much would never see a phone box anywhere but the traditional red ones have been left in place. Some of them have random plants and things placed inside. This one I stumbled across still worked which is a rare thing to see in the city!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater and white denim jacketA plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakers

London is my home town. I was born here and have never lived anywhere else. So many people come to my city and fall in love with the place. When you grow up somewhere like this it’s easy to overlook the gorgeous architecture, history and splendour. Such a diverse place to live bursting with life and madness lol. With the run up to the Royal wedding one can’t help but be surrounded by all things British and enjoy it!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater and white denim jacket
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

The One And Only Stranger

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled boots

So, I’m back with another Michael Jackson fan inspired post. I have so many MJ tees that I have lost count. Truth be told, one of the 2 massive drawers under my bed is full of MJ t-shirts! The sweaters and jackets have their place within my wardrobe lol! I have been collecting these for years and some of them are even sought after collectables from fans. The thing is, it was after Michael passed away that the options became so vast. Seriously, there was only 1 cut available previously, usually for a man’s shape and they were only available in L or XL. This led to many fans either looking drowned in fabric or squeezed into theirs. Not a pretty picture when it came to everyone, I can assure you lol.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled boots

Stranger In Moscow is one of my favourite songs from the King Of Pop. The song speaks of Michael going through quite a difficult and traumatic time in the Russian city. The music video (short film to MJ fans) sees Michael and many people all experiencing their own sense of loneliness on a cold and rainy day. Such a beautiful melodic song matched with gorgeous black and white cinematography makes for a really powerful piece. It’s not a song that is raved about quite like some of Michael’s other hits but it deserves to be! The final scene sees Michael surrendering to the elements and allowing the rain to saturate him. He finishes strong in a pose that is reminiscent of the Shaw shank Redemption movie poster. This very frame is captured in the face on my t-shirt.

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson Stranger In Moscow t-shirt from the Cirque Show MJ OneA plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ OneA plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled boots

Music is such a powerful and beautiful medium, one which musicians tend to look at and appreciate in a different way to the listener. Stranger In Moscow has always connected with me. The seamless layers of melody, percussive sounds and vocals encompass a complex and thought provoking piece. As a musician I like to listen to songs in layers pulling out the random sounds and elements, this song just has so many ingredients! As an MJ fan t-shirts connected to the HIStory album are few and far between. Even this one is a newer piece of merchandise from the Vegas show MJ One, I just had to have it!

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled bootsA plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled boots

Last Summer I went to Las Vegas and was lucky enough to get one of the best seats in the house at the by Cirque Du Soleil. The very scene that features Stranger In Moscow was beautifully put together. I won’t say what happens as I know many fans will be reading this who plan to see it soon. I will say this, you might want some tissues at the ready! This t-shirt was actually made available after I returned home from sin city. Luckily due to some fab connections I got my hands on one! I did however pick up this amazing varsity jacket featuring the MJ One illustration on the back. Guess what, the jacket even has built in headphones!

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ OneA plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ OneA plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One, black skinny jeans, and black laced heeled boots

This t-shirt is one of many amazing items from the Cirque show available at King Of Shop. If you wanna get your hands on it or something else from the show I would head on over to the website! The only other way to get your hands on MJ One goodies is to take yourself to Vegas itself! That’s not a bad idea though, the stage show is amazing and the city is so much fun! If you wanna hear a bit about my trip and see another MJ inspired look of mine. Check out this post here.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson t-shirt and black varsity jacket from the Cirque Show MJ One
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Today I Choose Joy

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, Celine Audrey sunglasses, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

It’s funny, sometimes the energy you put out there can really start a new topic of discussion. I have had countless people contact me recently all speaking on the positivity I display. Many people find it to be refreshing and others have asked me ‘Mayah what makes you so happy?’ In all honesty, I choose to be happy. The more time I spend navigating this world the more I see that joy and happiness are things that don’t happen to you. These are things that you grab by the hands and take for yourself.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt, black boots and silver faux leather backpackA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, Celine Audrey sunglasses, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

My story is one full of roller coaster situations with twists and turns. My childhood and teen years saw me go through quite traumatic bullying. As a result, I ended up making poor choices, entering bad relationships and not taking care of myself. I had to reach a place where it was important for me to “check myself”. I guess you could say I learned that in order to get to a place of joy I had to start with myself…

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Several years ago my life led me to a place where I took my relationship with God to a deeper place and I decided to get baptised. I had been contemplating doing so for a while but I guess all things happen in the correct timing. People of faith often speak on joy as though it’s something only reserved for believers. I don’t agree with that statement. I think we all have a right to happiness, light and love but I do know from personal experience that we have to make it happen. People tend to fall into the trap of thinking that one day they will wake up and everything in their life will be perfect. The thing is this; if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got! I think a paradigm shift and taking the steps to make things happen is the key.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt and silver faux leather backpack A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

I decided to start enjoying how I look, surrounding myself with like minded and positive people among other things. Talking about what I wanted in life was a pointless exercise. Deciding to just get on with things and focus on what makes me happy and what I’m good at made the difference. The easy thing is to focus on the things we’re bad at. That weight we’ve gained, our singleness, lack of money we have… I could go on really. My point is that we spend too much time and energy thinking about what’s wrong with our situations. When you switch your thought patterns to focus on the positive everything changes. You’ll be surprised at how happy you actually are! Don’t get me wrong you may not be where you want to be but, you will have made some strides forward!

black boots and silver faux leather backpackA plus size woman smiling wearing hoop earringsA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and Celine Audrey sunglasses

When I saw this slogan t-shirt from Zizzi at Navabi I knew I had to have it. This one phrase describes my current state of mind and place in life. ‘TODAY I CHOOSE JOY!’ In other words, I’m making the choice to be happy. I like everyone else have my bad days but I thought i’m gonna make a statement by wearing the words and not just a smile! When putting this look together I wanted to pair the grey tee with a simple pair of black jeans. I selected my supper skinny stretch jeans from Lane Bryant. Yours Clothing recently sent me these fab ankle boots so they were an easy inclusion.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and grey joy slogan t-shirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and Celine Audrey sunglassesA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt, black boots, holding a silver faux leather backpack

Finishing things off I decided to add a touch of freshness with this baby pink trench coat from Evans. I thought it would be cool to wear some accessories. Hanna let me borrow her Celine Audrey sunglasses for some added glam. Tobi recently sent me some fun new things which I wanted to include with this look. I’m pretty sure that by now when people think of my style hoop earrings come to mind. With that being said you can see why I wanted this pair of in the loop hoops! Adding more silver I selected the faux leather backpack.

Aside from what i’m wearing, ultimately the key is to do the things that make you happy. It might the clothes you wear that make you smile, the people you’re with or what you do.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and grey joy slogan t-shirt
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile! 

Beat It 35

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots and red bandana

When it comes to music there isn’t a person alive who doesn’t know and love the works of Michael Jackson. I am one of the rare few who would loudly and proudly describe myself as a die hard fan. Thriller is still the largest selling album of all time. With that being said me and the guys are celebrating 35 years of the pop rock classic Beat It. Unfortunately I wasn’t born when the track came out but I have grown up listening to this classic song and not once has it ever felt old!

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots and red bandanaA plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots, red bandana and red lips bag

When I think of MJ’s Beat It so many things come to mind. The track destroyed boundaries all over and made Michael one of the first artists to be loved and embraced by music lovers of all races and backgrounds. Making him a world shaker and game changer on his own. It’s fair to say that Michael pretty much owned the 80s! Even though rock music was very much a white American genre back in the day, MJ was one of the pioneers to change all of that. The fierce commercial track with world famous guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen changed the game. People of all ages still have a phenomenal time playing air guitar and screaming out the catchy chorus.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket and red bandanaA plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots and red bandana

Beat it just so happens to be one of the first choreographed dance routines that fans worldwide can all do! I myself have been known to let loose when the song plays out in public. Truth be told, you really don’t care when the music is that good! I know I’m not the only one who also connects the song with the red leather zipper jacket! No one on the planet is able to wear a similar jacket without Michael Jackson and “beat it” being mentioned.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots, red bandana and red lips bagA plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, and black duster jacketA plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots and red bandana

With that being said you can understand why I decided to style this look the way that I have. King-Of-Shop is something that myself and the boys are extremely proud of. The world’s most successful and talked about MJ merchandise and apparel online store. We are known for only selling official MJ merchandise and fine collectables. Beat It is also heavily featured on the site at the moment and this t-shirt is one of the many available styles so be sure to check us out!

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots, red bandana and red lips bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots, red bandana and red lips bag

I was recently sent the most amazing red faux leather zip front mini skirt from In The Style Curve. I knew that it would be perfect with this t-shirt and the Beat It theme. The funky zips remind me of those on the jacket. Scarlet red and vibrant faux leather is something that any MJ fan would want to wear. I thought it would look pretty hot with my silver Chelsea boots also. Finished off with my Asos Curve fishnet tights, black duster jacket, lips bag and bandana, I was MJ ready!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, red bandana and red lips bag

It’s crazy to think that the song has reached a 35 year milestone but is still just a fresh today as it was when it was first heard. Weddings, parties, club nights, pop discos and events all over the world are playing this song as we speak! MJ was one of the best musical artists for creating a timeless classic and being able to reach people of all generations with his music. Beat It is no exception to the rule and will forever remain a favourite for people everywhere. Let’s not forget the incredible cherry picker routine on the live tours!

Stay tuned on the blog because I will be having fun in more MJ inspired looks and paying homage to some other classics very soon. Last summer I played around with Dirty Diana. Who knows what i’ll be having fun with next!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt and red bandana

Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!