Tag "Casual Looks"

Summertime Gingham

A plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heels

When the sun comes out people rush to the local park, scowl websites looking for the best holiday deals and organise a barbecue for their friends. In my case when the sun shines my fashion senses become inspired. Summer is my favourite time of year. My mood lifts and I get to wear some of my favourite styles. During the colder months of the year you find yourself dressing to avoid catching colds or the flu. In the summertime it’s easier to have fun with your clothes as these problems no longer come into play. I never tire of wearing Gingham in the summer and have a few items with the print.

A plus size woman wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress

I find that gingham is a print that suits everyone who wears it! Young or old, everyone seems to look good in it.  I see it splashed across a series of different styles and in a wide variety of colours. When Studio8 contacted me and asked if I would like to review something I had to try out this Alice Gingham dress. Wrap dresses are so comfortable and work with women of all shapes, big or small busted. What drew me to this one, other than the gingham are the three quarter length sleeves. I find if a dress has elbow sleeves or longer they can be worn in many places and no longer require the need for a jacket or shrug.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heels

I’m wearing this dress in a size 26. The fabric has very little stretch so if like me you have larger biceps or a big bust you may wish to up-size. The ties are really long and there is a loop at the side of the dress where you can cross the fabric over your front and fasten it securely. Some wrap dresses aren’t designed this way and you find yourself constantly needing to readjust your clothes. I felt free and secure when wearing this one. As you can see the cut gave me a deep cleavage which is OK. I always find that if a dress has a deep cleavage, a midi or maxi length creates a nice balance. This dress is a comfortable fit and the colour way allows you to match it with any accessories or shoes.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heels

When I took these photos I wanted to keep things really simple. I find that with some items it’s best to let the clothes do the talking for you. I wore a simple pair of t-bar heels from a previous Hotter collection in a champagne nude colour. Makeup isn’t something I tend to experiment much with so I kept it to my usual style. Hair up and my signature hoop earrings in and I was ready and set with my look.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress, and t-bar heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress

It’s important to feel confident and comfortable in what you wear. If there is a print you love play it safe and stick with it!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a gingham wrap dress

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

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
*Top And Jeans Are Gifted Items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Spring Time Blush

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heels

I decided the other night when I took a walk around my local area that I’d opt for cute and stylish outfirl with these blush pink items. We’re in that weird time of the Spring season when the sun is out but we still can get a sharp sting of cold in the air. Just a few days ago in London it was so cold at night that one might have needed to have put the heating on! I personally like to be warm enough to battle the cold but still dressed in a way that’s comfortable. Elvi have fashions to suit every mood you could be in, something I love about them!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heels

I have a thing for really cute and fluffy sweaters. When I first saw this one I really wanted it as a part of my wardrobe. It looked as though it would be super comfortable. I love the blush pink colour and the pearl bar detail on the sleeves is a really nice touch. It is a little shorter than what I would usually go for but, it works really well with skirts and high waisted jeans. As a neutral colour I think it works well with a wide range of items and looks. A great option for anyone.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumperA plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heels

One thing I love is when a brand can make a simple skirt have a little edge and flare. Who can go wrong with a blush pink patent skirt?! This one has a ruched elasticated waist, perfect for a little added comfort and security. Living with one of your best friends is a lot of fun, especially when it comes to swapping clothes! Hanna had this skirt, also from Elvi and I just had to try it with the sweater!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heels

I like to mix different looks. Sometimes wintery items work perfect with summer ones and vise versa. Sweaters and skirts are a fun combination to wear. I thought to finish off the look i’d wear these cute navy open toe flare heels. Combine those with a nice brown leather bag and you’re good to go. Transitional pastels along with some darker tones, quite chic I think. It helps that I have dark hair or everything would be brown or blush lol.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heels

Even though I hare a series of scars on my legs from tumbles and falls as a kid I still showcase my pins from time to time. Something like that is not reason enough for me to cover up my legs. I would urge others who are conscious of theirs to just go for it. Trust me, most of the fear you have is built up is all in your own head. Everyone has things that they are unhappy with. I say, you do you!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper, blush pink patent skirt and navy blue flare heels

I’m hoping that the last of the cold days are over. Hopefully I won’t have to break out anymore sweaters lol. To see some other fun edgy items from Elvi, check out this recent post.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a funnel neck jumper

*This is a gifted Outfit
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!