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The Essential LBD

Plus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels and white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in hand

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.

Plus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels and white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in handPlus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels, with a blue clutch in hand

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.

Plus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels, with a blue clutch in handWoman wearing a white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in handPlus size woman cobalt chrome heels

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.

Plus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels and white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in handPlus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels and white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in handPlus size woman wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels and white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in hand

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.

Plus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels, with a blue clutch in handPlus size woman smiling wearing a LBD, cobalt chrome heels and white duster jacket, with a blue clutch in hand

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?

Plus size woman smiling wearing a LBD with a blue clutch in hand
*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!

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…

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, black boots and silver faux leather backpackA plus size woman smiling with her eyes closedA plus size woman wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans and black boots

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.

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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! 

The Beauty In The Pleat – A Lane Bryant Review

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels and sunglasses

What woman out there doesn’t love a cute and summery outfit with a little added flare? In summer we are given the opportunity to experiment with layers, colours, textures and prints. Skirts and dresses are my go-to items in the warmer months. Their light and easy style make putting outfits together a lot of fun and can bring in new flavour. I fell in love with this gorgeous pleated midi skirt from Lane Bryant as soon as I had seen it! The kiss coloured flowers, gentle pleats and light fabric touch on the vintage with elements of modern style and make this a great summer option. Pleated plus size skirts are everywhere at the moment in a variety of lengths and shapes. Currently the trend is bold, block colours and metallic fabrics and so, we have something a little different with this…

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heelsA plus size floral pleated worn by a woman in the breeze

The highlight of my summer so far was of course my long anticipated trip to Las Vegas! For as long as I could remember I had wanted to see what made the city so spectacular. Weddings, celebrations and gambling are what sin city is most known for after all. In preparation for my American adventure I reached out to my friends at Lane Bryant to see if there was a store close to my hotel. The world famous fashion brand is a place all plus size fashionistas need to see when stateside! I’ve been a long-time fan of the company, their ethos shines bright with body positivity and their clothes reflect their views.

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The weather was scorching hot as soon as I stepped off the plane and I knew that I was in for an amazing trip! I love the feeling of the sun on my skin and although I had an MJ packed few days; I couldn’t wait to meet the Lane ladies! Day one into my trip, I jumped in a taxi and headed over to the Stephanie Henderson store just a 30 minute drive away from the strip. I was greeted by a group of beautiful women with huge smiles and such a welcoming atmosphere. I felt like a total VIP, a beautifully lit dressing room had been set aside for me. Gorgeous clothes awaiting me, music playing and amazing vibes all around. I selected a series of items to try on (some of which you’ll see on the blog very soon).

Check out a review of the stripy dress I wore during my visit here (dress still available online).

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels and sunglassesA plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels

Being in a Lane Store was an experience I won’t forget anytime soon. I have been admiring the variety of styles from the brand including their sexy Cacique Lingerie from afar and was finally able to try on countless items in sequence. I picked up this lace trimmed blush cami to wear with the skirt, also in 22. The colour matches the floral detail of the pleated skirt perfectly. Topped with a thick elasticated waist band and soft lining, the skirt is such a comfortable item on a hot day. It feels light against the skin and extremely soft to the touch.

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing sunglassesA plus size woman smiling in a denim shirt, wearing sunglasses

I thought it would be nice to pair the outfit with my champagne coloured heels from Hotter and a soft denim shirt. Pretty, girly outfits can easily be dressed down slightly for a more casual summer look. It’s nice to stand out in a bright ensemble in an understated way sometimes. For accessories I opted for a gold clutch and these amazing Le Specs Liar Lair sunglasses in matte stone colour. My signature hoop earrings were a must in addition to my regular makeup and a soft pink lip gloss.

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels and sunglassesA plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels

I have to say I had an incredible time in Vegas, especially meeting some of the Lane Bryant team. I really hope I get to see these incredible women again as they gave me a shopping experience that not only plus women want, all women want! On my way back to the hotel and reflecting on the previous few hours I had, it was clear to me that shopping should be a pleasurable experience and can be. I left the store feeling valued as a customer, had a series of stylish options to choose from and, that I wanted to return soon. I’d never felt so happy shopping for clothes as a fat woman before! I have of course said to the ladies that if they are ever on this side of the pond i’ll be sure to show them the sights and sounds of London!

A plus size woman smiling in a Michael Jackson t-shirt, by the Las Vegas signA plus size woman smiling in a denim shirt, on a summers day

*This Skirt Was A Gifted Item
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!