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Liberate Your Style Challenge – A Fashion World Review

Recently I was contacted by Fashion World offering me the chance to put together a fun and fresh summer look from their current collection by Joe Browns. When I think summer style; I like clothes that are cute, bright and comfortable to wear that can work for me during daytime and evening events.

No matter who you are just the thought of Summer makes you smile. In my case I tend to venture outdoors when the sun shines for a large variety of activities such as long walks, Pimms in the park, beach holidays, fun adventures or just chilled days out with friends.

When I took a look through the Joe Browns Collection I really wanted to pick a cute sun dress of some kind and when I saw the sweet style of the Collins Avenue Dress I knew this was something I could wear comfortably and play around with. The pinky/purple tones in a floral/leaf print really suit the season well. I wanted to try a couple of different looks with this dress and I found that by accessorising it I could make it look pretty different.

In keeping with the colour scheme I thought it would be nice to drape a pink shawl over my shoulders. I personally feel more comfortable and at ease when my upper arms are covered (we all have those areas we’re not 100% happy with) and as some of the evenings this time of the year still hold a slight chill in the air,  I thought this would be a nice way to cover up and stay warm of an evening.

Sometimes it’s fun to play around with more dressy, girly accessories and I actually like the look that was achieved in the end. I often don’t go overly girly in my style unless I’m dressing in vintage attire, so I use the summer months as an excuse to bring out the softer side of my personality and I like to express this in my sense of dress.

Some girls like to play around with cute daisy dukes and denims during the summer. It got me to thinking, how would a city girl like myself bring in a little bit of country into her style? I like being able to make sweet and feminine dresses more casual in their style. I decided to ditch the shawl and pair the Collins with a cropped sleeveless denim jacket from Forever 21 (several seasons ago size 2xl) to achieve the look. The idea was to bring another dimension to a classic cut and print of dress and have a little fun with it.

Overall the dress fits really nicely and just skims over my frame. There are absolutely no tight spots anywhere and an added bonus is the fact that the dress comes complete with pockets. A nice addition if you don’t want to carry anything other than your phone, keys and wallet. There’s a really cute ribbon detail at the back also. The folding neck line is really sweet and enhances the general style of the dress which could lend itself to vintage styles, boho chic, cowgirl and country looks.

As you can see by my photos I wore this dress with black leggings. In all honesty the length for this one is fine to wear as a single item; in my case I prefer the additional coverage because my sizeable behind could make the light fabric hitch up a little at the back and I wouldn’t want to showcase my undergarments to anyone lol.

As I said I wanted to find a way to bring a little bit of a country edge to the look and initially I was thinking to wear a pair of knee high brown boots but when I saw the Joe Studded Boot In E Fit. I really like the tan colour and gold studded detail. These boots are so comfortable and I thought they really complimented the colours in the dress.

In my usual tradition I colour coordinated my outfit with my more playful accessories. In attempt to cover my bad hair day I pulled out a pink bandanna, I love bandannas as an accessory and feel that they can bring a totally new dimension to an outfit. They compliment 50s vintage styles, hiphop styles and have been known to work with many other fashion trends. To complete the look I opted for lilac drop hoop earrings and deep pink lipstick.

For more clothes in the Joe Browns Collection click here!

Jackson Action – My Take On Billie Jean Chic

When it comes to casual clothing items many people struggle with adding a little style and finesse into their look. It’s no secret how much of a Michael Jackson fan I am and I thought that with all the t-shirts I have I need to switch things up a little. My aim was to see what I can do to make some of my tees more feminine and fashion forward.
I pulled out one of my favourites and decided to work with the colours there. Lucky for me black, white and grey were my choices. All MJ fans like to incorporate signature things from his look into their style especially when wearing something with his name or face on. I decided to play around with a style I like to call Billie Jean Chic. I would usually do the easy thing and wear an MJ t-shirt with a pair of jeans so I thought, let me go the other way and pick out a skirt. From Primark, this size 20 tube skirt was my choice. The horizontal stripes in black and white really compliment the t-shirt design and despite my belly being on show I still love the look and feel confident wearing it! I played around with the t-shirt tucking it into the skirt, tying a knot to make it more fitted in it’s style and letting it hang over the skirt. In the end I decided I prefer the tee either tucked in or draped over the skirt and knotted. As this is a men’s t-shirt in XL I wanted a more tailored fit for my more dressy style. We have recently got this t-shirt in stock over at King Of Shop so if you like it you can pick it up in sizes S-XL.
Billie Jean as one of Michael’s most famous songs sees the king of pop wearing the world famous black sequin jacket. Mine is the gorgeous Veronette Cardigan from Igigi, US Size 22/24. The Jacket comes complete with a sash belt which you can use to close the jacket and fasten it shut, I thought I would wear mine true to MJ’s style and leave it loose. XL tights from Primark and a pair or suede high heeled shoes I was more than ready to hit the town in this number!
I like to showcase the fact that I’m an MJ fan and if I can do that with a little style and fun then I most certainly will! I’m sure you’ll see me playing around with some of my other t-shirts soon and you can give me your feedback lol.

No MJ style look would be complete without mirrored aviators! When I saw this pair I had to do a double take as they are really similar to a pair he wore when I saw him in London for the 2006 World Music Awards. He wore the most amazing pair of diamond framed shades. Mine are of course an imitation but for £3 in Primark you simply can’t go wrong!
Many of us have the odd outfit influenced by a celebrity and for me Michael was the one person who’s style I found to be a fun and playful challenge. His look was most definitely his own and as he was not afraid of sequins, glitz and glam I thought it might be fun to add a twist to his look and see if I could adapt it to suit my own.
I know I’m 2 days late but this month’s magnificent 7th challenge was to replicate the style of a celebrity and as Michael’s Billie Jean style was created for the stage I thought it best to adapt the look. Check out some of the posts for the others bloggers in the challenge and see what celeb styles they tried out:

Kaye, Becky, Nicola, Gail, Mary, Kathryn, Steph, Charley, Rebecca, 
Leah, Lindsey, Vicky, Nikki, Christina, Leah, Nancy, Beverly, 
Gillian, Katt, Sarah, Hannah, Hollie, Kitty, Emma,

Michelle, Abi, Sarah, Charlie, Sally, Lucie, Natalie

Magnificent 7th Challenge – Create An Outfit Around Your FavouriteAccesory

I would just like to start by saying sorry I am a day late with this post. I was having some connection problems last night...
This month’s theme is all about our favourite accessory. I will be honest here I tend to spend more time thinking about the outfit i’m selecting and then find an accessory to work with my chosen ensemble. One that I tend to use for various different styles, usually for vintage and pinup looks is my white hair rose.
Petticoat By Vivien Of Holloway
Hair and MUA and photography by Aprea Chiara
Styling by Chiara and myself.
Please do not copy or edit any images without permission from model and photographer
Dress and Cinch Belt By Collectif
Photography by Blast Photo
I absolutely love hair flowers I think they can add such a sweet and feminine dimension to a look. They are an accessory that is typical in vintage styling but are fast becoming more popular with other looks. What makes this one of my favourite accessories is that it’s actually my favourite flower also. I love roses and the handmade velvet rose was something I had to have when it saw it in the shop.
Made by Black Rose, an alternative store based in the heart of Camden Lock they had several vintage treats and the rose was a must have for me. I need to pick up a red one soon!
Check out what some of the other gorgeous ladies picked as their accessory!
Kaye, Becky, Nicola, Gail, Mary, Kathryn, Steph, Charley, Rebecca, 
Leah, Lindsey, Vicky, Nikki, Christina, Leah, Nancy, Beverly, 
Gillian, Katt, Sarah, Hannah, Hollie, Kitty, Emma,
Michelle, Abi, Sarah, Charlie, Sally, Lucie, Natalie

Magnificent 7th Challenge – Something You Never Wear.

The 7th day in every month is a day that the bloggers are challenged to follow a theme and come up with a creative idea around the theme. This month the theme is: Something You Never Wear.
We all have those items of clothes in our wardrobe that we love but never wear! In my case it’s my metallic silver bomber jacket from Simply Be. Despite having this jacket in my wardrobe for years I can’t bring myself to part with it, even though the fabric in the shoulders has started to wear. I just love the look of this jacket and it’s a piece I used to have a lot of fun with back in the day. For me this item of clothing is significant because when I wore this I was still in a place where I thought plus size women had to wear mostly black, avoid stripes and follow the endless set of rules dictated to us by people who write the fashion magazines. 
This was a really bold piece for me and trust me, it’s not one you can wear and go unnoticed! The super bright silver fabric would always get attention from people but despite some of the looks I would get (mostly good but as you can imagine there was the odd dirty one) I didn’t care about any of that and continued to venture out in this one anyway.
These pictures were taken when I was 21 and I did a photoshoot to mark the milestone. 
Check out some of the posts by the other bloggers involved with this challenge:

You Are Good Enough!

One thing that us plus size bloggers enjoy is taking part in a good challenge. This time Debz aka Wannabe Princess  set us the task of spreading the message that YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH! The idea was taken from a blog on tumblr and has been expanded a little. With so much ridicule and body snark spreading across webpages we are aiming to push out as many positive messages as we can by talking about a part of ourselves that we love.

Confidence is such an important thing and with this task, I decided to talk about my eyes.
My eyes are my favourite part of my face and often, the facial feature I get the most compliments on. With all of my confidence battles over the years and all the time I spent hating myself and the way that I looked, I have always loved my eyes.
In these pictures I am wearing varying degrees of eye make up. The first 2 shots are a few years old but I like how my eyes look in them. 
I am pictured with absolutely no make on in the second picture. 
Whenever I meet someone new for the first time, their eyes are what first strike me about their appearance. I think you can tell a lot about a person through the looks and the expressions they make with their eyes. I definitely agree with that age old saying ‘the eyes are the window to the soul’.
In my case I really like the shape and size of my eyes. Whenever I look back on pictures of myself, my eyes always look really bright and expressive. Even though we all scrap those bad pictures of ourselves that will never make it online, I often find myself saying something like ‘shame about my hair but my eyes look nice!’ For me I would say that they are the main focus on my face, which might explain why I spend more time putting on my eye make up then I often do putting my outfits together!
We all have those parts of ourselves that we may not like very much.
I think that until we can learn to embrace those problem areas we should really embrace those bits we love the most. Despite what goes on in today’s society and what things are pushed our way it’s important for you to remember that YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH!
I would love to hear what your favourite body part is and why so please feel free to drop me a message.
Check out some of the posts by the other bloggers taking part:

Magnificent 7th – Sport Relief

The 7th day in every month is a day that the bloggers are challenged to follow a theme and come up with a creative idea around the theme. This month the theme is: Sport Relief.
When I thought about this theme several things came to mind. I thought about the cheerleaders you see on the sidelines dressed to impressed doing their cute and athletic dance routines. The girls you see at the boxing games or car shows in their cute and tight fitting outfits…. I quickly realised I have nothing in my wardrobe that might work with those ideas so then I got to thinking, ‘what else can I do?’ I don’t own any interesting Jersey’s for my favourite team or player so I ended up going for something related to my favourite form of exercise.
I love to swim it is one of those things I have always loved to do and I never get bored of. I could spend all day in the water be it at my local swimming baths or at the beach. 
I recently bought a swimdress from Evans which hugs my curves and hangs just perfectly! With a little added support for my bust. What more could you want? Something that makes you look good that can be used for exercise and lounge-wear on the beach. I also purchased a Kaftan to wear with this one so that should I end up at the beach on a rather windy day I can get a little more coverage. 
With this one I may need a wrap or a cinch belt as I wouldn’t want to end up in a Monroe moment at the beach should a gust of wind pick up speed. The Kaftan is completely open at the sides which makes it a one size fits all garment. It is so light and flowing that it’s perfect as a cover up on a sunny day. I personally would like that added security with it though.

Check out some of the interesting ideas that some of the other bloggers had for this theme:
Kaye – http://polishedcurves.wordpress.com/
Becky – http://www.doesmyblogmakemelookfat.com/
Nicola – http://chunkycatcuddler.blogspot.co.uk/
Gail – http://gailygumdrops.blogspot.co.uk/
Mary – http://marysbigcloset.blogspot.pt/
Kathryn – http://misskathrynsmisstakes.blogspot.co.uk/
Steph – http://seeingsp0ts.blogspot.co.uk/
Charley – http://www.biggirlabouttown.blogspot.co.uk/
Rebecca – http://sullen-hearts.blogspot.co.uk/
Leah – http://www.justmeleah.blogspot.co.uk
Lindsey – http://linzerellofatshion.blogspot.co.uk/
Vicky – www.thecurvedopinion.com
Nikki – nattynikki.blogspot.co.uk/
Christiana – http://www.lifeofouk.blogspot.co.uk/
Leah – http://www.thirtysomethingcurvyme.blogspot.co.uk/
Nancy – http://sugardarlingblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Beverly – http://www.thecurvyword.com/
Gillian – www.weegillie.com
Katt – http://acurvycupcake.blogspot.co.uk/
Sarah – http://plussizeproud.wordpress.com/
Hannah – http://www.fabulouslyfatfashion.com/
Hollie – http://prettybigbutterflies.com/
Kitty – http://misskittykaos.blogspot.co.uk/
Emma – http://emmaatouchofsparkle.weebly.com/
Michelle – http://stageyourpresence.blogspot.ie/
Abi – http://aisforabi.blogspot.co.uk/
Sarah – http://pookledo.blogspot.co.uk/
Charlie – http://www.freakumdress.co.uk/
Sally – http://www.thehumanmannequin.co.uk/
Lucie – http://www.fatbeautyx.co.uk/
Natalie – http://www.awheelbarrowfullofstyle.blogspot.co.uk/

Fashion World Red Carpet Challenge!

Every woman likes to look her best and when it comes to red carpet looks we take no exception! When Fashion World reached out to me and asked me to take part in a recent blogger challenge I jumped at the chance!

The challenge was to select a dress and shrug that you would like to wear on the red carpet. With a careful selection to chose from I knew I wanted something from the Claire Richards collection!
As we’ve had such a long and drab winter my selection was something bright and colourful.
I absolutely fell in love with the Prom dress in the collection as it has a look that lends itself to the vintage style that I absolutely adore! This dress made me feel so feminine and dainty and the beautiful flowers that accent the garment add that touch of sunshine that we’ve been missing at the moment. With the Grammys, Brits, Baftas and Several other award shows that have taken place recently I got to thinking about how I would wear this gorgeous number.
I love the sweetheart neckline of the dress and it hugs in all the right places. A snug fit around the bust and waist and a gentle flare over the hips gives such a comfortable fit. I decided to add pearl bracelets and white hair roses to add to that girly but elegant feel. If I had decided to wear my hair down I would have worn a cluster of hair flowers to add that little something extra.

If I were to wear this dress without the pink cardigan from the Claire Richards collection I may have paired this one with a pink cinch belt and maybe some white heels.
My usual thing to do when it comes to such a colourful number is to wear black heels with a black clutch bag just to add that little touch of sophistication to an otherwise really fun piece.
I find that many women decide to dress in a way that can sometimes be older than their age when it comes to red carpet looks. As I’m still in my mid twenties I wanted to go with something more fun and fresh that would lend itself to the current trend of pastels and flowers.
There are so many gorgeous dresses in the current collection by Claire Richards that you are simply spoilt for choice!
Doesn’t she look fabulous in this one?
Stock image Courtesy Of Fashion World 
I already have my eye on many other dresses. Check out the collection and see for yourself: www.fashionworld.co.uk