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Leather In The Dandelions With Elvi

A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black boots

When it comes to fashion sometimes people like to play it safe. I have those days myself but there are also times when I really want to wear something fun, edgy and a little sassy. Elvi are setting so many trends with their plus size offering and I have to say, I’m here for it! The current collection features some really fun and interesting fabrics, cuts and colours. At their press event a few months back, as soon as I saw this incredible dress I knew that I had to have in my wardrobe!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black boots

There’s something really fun about wearing shift and bodycon dresses with thin spaghetti straps with cute blouses and t-shirts. Initially the honeycomb laser cut hem was the first thing to catch my eye about this dress. In truth, most of the options to have laser cuts haven’t been to my taste. In most cases the choices have been perfect for weddings or a day at the races. I love that Elvi put together a faux leather edgy option that could be dressed up or down. I say this all the time but, multipurpose clothes that can be causal or elegantly sophisticated are what I go for! I did have to get this dress in the largest size which is 28. All the other items I have from the brand have been in sizes 24 or 26. Faux leather has little to no stretch and it fits tight in my mid-section.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from ElviFaux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hemA plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black boots

Despite the dress being a little tight in the stomach area it’s one of my favourite dresses from Elvi. The floral embroidered neckline and bust detail is such a nice touch too. One thing that Elvi do really well is make shirts and blouses with really incredible statement sleeves! Their dandelion shirt is so comfortable and really nice to wear. I love the thin sheer fabric with embroidered dandelions. What first drew me to this item was the really puffy bell shaped sleeves and extended cuffs. This is such a light and airy item that I really wanted to pair with the dress. As a busty woman with a larger stomach it sits a little high for me so I would wear this one with dresses or skirts. The shirt would also be really cute with a pair of jeans or nice slacks.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black boots

If you are unsure what size to get this shirt I would say it is true to size. I picked it up in a size 26 as I always up-size to accommodate my bust. What’s really great about these items is that they look great together but can be really fun with whatever you pair them with. If you want to look good and make a statement these are bits to get in your wardrobe! To give my 5’5 frame some added height I popped on my black heeled Chelsea boots. Definitely my kind of monochrome dressy look!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a dandelion shirt with full sleeves and heart shaped hoop earringsA plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black boots

Tobi sent me a few accessories recently and as a lover of hoop earrings you won’t be surprised that I had to have this heart shaped pair! Paired with a sheer black hair scarf and I had a outfit complete with contrasting textures and shades. Sometimes when something has a simple concept when you put it together you get something more creative than you may have anticipated.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi and black boots

I say this all of the time but I have to stress the point that it’s important to wear clothes that make you feel confident, give you an air of comfort and will make you feel like you want to make a statement. When you move with confidence your entire day will feel different. I’m looking forward to seeing what other edgy and fashionable items will make their way into my wardrobe over the next few months!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a faux leather black dress with floral neckline and honeycomb style laser cut hem, dandelion shirt with full sleeves from Elvi
*This is a gifted outfit
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile! 

Wearing My Music

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

People often say that fashion is a form of expression. I would agree with that statement, however it’s not always true to everyone. I spent years working as a singer and musician and was only ever able to express my musicality by wearing fan based items. It was never easy for me to find items donning a music print. These days every time I see something remotely featuring music symbols it simply has to be mine!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

Collectif Clothing is a vintage brand that I have loved for years. Recently they carried some lines with bold piano key prints and music based items. When I was browsing the sale section of their website a few weeks back I was thrilled to see that this skirt was available. When it comes to vintage fashion, swing skirts are my thing. especially Transitional items are always great to wear especially when you can pair them with other items in your closet.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater and beretVintage retro music print swing skirtA plus size woman wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

You could call this a Parisian chic kind of style. When putting this look together I wanted to go for a classic, chic style. I have more beret hats and head scarfs than anyone so it was easy to include one of my black ones. The winter cold is still making the days uncomfortable and so I decided to opt for a turtleneck sweater. Believe me you can dress in a way that you want and accommodate the weather too, especially in the winter!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

This skirt is a nice thick material with quite deep pockets too. I love the practical side it has in addition to the scarlet red stitched music notes. I decided to wear a pair of shoes that are extremely comfortable and vintage enough in style so of course I opted for my black t-bar heels from Hotter shoes. As always when I wear black on black fashion I go for a pop of red lipstick so when the clothes I have add that extra red, even better!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing skirt, biker jacket, black turtleneck sweater, black beret, t-bar heels and red lips clutch bag

I really do hope that I continue to find music based items to wear because they will always have a valued space in my wardrobe! A bomber jacket with a giant treble clef at the back would be perfection!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black turtleneck sweater and black beret

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

My Finnish Winter

I love getting to know new people and see new places. I have always been intrigued by what makes someone who they are and, I have found that learning a bit of someone’s history is a great way to connect. When I met Hanna a few years ago I had actually been following her blog for quite some time! If you know Hanna’s style you’ll easily see why she continues to inspire many women like myself. Like many girls in the bloggersphere our initial connection was about fashion and lots of it. Our bond was strengthened by many things including our love of boy bands and music. Hanna and I have been through a fair bit together these past few years laughing and crying together at times. I’m lucky enough to say that she is by far one of my best friends and I would have been lost if she hadn’t been there for me to rant with on occasion!

I have been hearing many stories and tales about Finland since meeting Hanna and have since made some connections and new friendships of my own with other Finns. I had wanted to visit for a while now and so when Hanna and I were invited to Mimmi’s wedding party (you can see some of the photos on my Instagram) we made plans for my first visit! I was really looking forward to seeing friends, catching up with Hanna’s family and seeing the very country I had heard so much about!

Hanna was seriously worried that I might dislike Finland because of how freezing it can get over there! Everyone knows my distaste of winter and the cold so she made sure I knew that almost all of the homes out there are kitted out with saunas and that we’d not only get some time to relax but be more than warm! When she said it was cold she was not joking! The minute I stepped off the plane I felt a cold wind that made my teeth feel like shattering glass! The temperature was at times below 20 degrees Celsius! Having said all of that it’s absolutely gorgeous out there! The snow is a fluffy like powder and the bright sunshine makes it sparkle. Trees and wide spans of forest can be seen for miles and overall the countryside is a really tranquil and calm place to be.

Now when you’re heading to a winter wedding on a freezing cold day what does one wear?! I thought my Collectif Claudette dress would be the perfect dress. It is rather glam but I felt that the emerald green colour would be perfect for the season. The velvet provided some much needed warmth and comfort. As this is a very booby sleeveless dress I borrowed a green turtleneck from Hanna and went with a layered up look. My Georgette heels from Hotter and a silver clutch and I was set! I was so excited to get to the wedding that Hanna and I started taking pictures before I applied my lipstick lol.

I’d like to thank Hanna’s lovely family for having me at their home. They made me feel so loved and welcome and like a member of the family. I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

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

Paint Pots And Dolores Dolls – A Collectif Review

There isn’t a woman out there who hasn’t seen a dress that she just HAS to have! Admittedly I see gorgeous clothes all the time but it’s not so often that I literally find myself searching the globe for a dress! When I first saw the gorgeous Paint Pot Dolores doll dress from Collectif I could see myself wearing it. I knew exactly how I would style it, exactly where I would wear it and exactly how great I would feel in it! Now anyone who knows me knows that when it comes to vintage swing dresses I’m a little crazy! I have more in my closest than I can literally store, in a series of bright and bold colours and prints and even though some have similarities, they all have a little something special about them.

My ultimate vintage cut is the Dolores Doll from Collectif. I have loads of them now and I don’t plan to stop buying them anytime soon! I say this a lot, when something works for me I stick with it! I’m the girl who would and has bought the same dress upwards of 10 times, simply because the colour is different or there is a slight design tweak. The Dolores Doll for me is the perfect length for my 5’5 frame, the cap sleeves are extremely comfortable and are perfect for covering up the bra straps. I find that these dresses lift and shape my bust in a way that gives the ultimate cleavage and they are just the right cut and shape for an extremely sexy yet modest look.

When I was sent the lookbook for a recent collection by Collectif I was instantly taken by the amazing new lines all in paint pot print! I instantly knew I wanted the girly pink and blue version of the dress. I love wearing all shades of blue as you know and pink is a colour that whilst I enjoy it, I like to pair it with many tones and shades. This dress took a lot of the work out of putting the colours together and for me needs very little with it! Unfortunately for me this dress sold out so fast I was unable to get my hands on one! I literally mean the dress was sold out in size 20 within a matter of days! The spaghetti strap version, the Janie was also totally unavailable! I was crushed. I made it a personal mission a few years ago to treat myself every summer to an incredible vintage dress and the only one I set my sights on was the Dolores Paint Pot dress!

As you can imagine a keen few women out there beat me to the punch as well as some wholesale companies who source some of their vintage goodies from the brand. I scoured the internet hoping for an opportunity to buy a second hand version but of course no one wanted to give up this one! My search led me to a dutch based vintage company Succubus where I snapped up one of the last in my size, spending money I didn’t have at the time and not even caring about the cost lol. As soon as I paid I had my eyes on the tracking website and post every day that followed, lucky for me I got this vintage treasure in record time!

Hanna and I had decided to spend an afternoon in Highgate, the weather was great, sun was shinning and I was in the perfect mood to wear a girly dress! I decided to pair this one with my white Sam’s petticoat from Vivien Of Holloway, Michelle shoes from Hotter and the main outfit was pulled together. In keeping with the idea of white additions I pulled my new denim jacket from Zizzi, recently gifted to me by one of their UK stockist, Navabi. I’m wearing this in a size 22. My new square buckle stretch belt from Lane Bryant was a must with this look. One of my many bandanas, this time in baby pink, my hoop earrings of course and I was set.

I have to say I’m so happy to finally have this dress. I love everything about it and I have to say, this is another one I just have to twirl in!

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