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Curvy Connect Magazine And My Vintage Winter Style!

Hey everyone I hope you’re all doing well and getting into the Christmas Spirit. For me this is a really busy time of the year with work and the countless birthday and Christmas engagements I’m required to attend. Despite being all over the place at the moment I received a message that really took me by surprise. Recently I was contacted by a lovely woman named Jennifer Amoako who just so happens to be the editor of an amazing online publication called Curvy Connect Magazine. Jennifer had seen some of my pictures on social media and mentioned that she liked my look and style. She thought I should should submit some images of some of my favourite winter looks to hopefully make the cut for the current issue of the magazine.

Curvy Connect is a magazine that speaks to curvy and plus size people and their admirers. Fashion, beauty and style trends are a heavy focus in the publication along with some really interesting articles and features. I submitted 3 different looks to Jennifer and awaited a response from the Curvy Connect team to see if any of my images made the cut. I was so excited to learn that they had selected an image of me in one of my favourite vintage looks to feature in their Winter: City Chic issue.

This Is the Image that is featured in the Winter: City Chic issue of Curvy Connect Magazine.

Many of you may have read my previous reviews of the 2 main items in this look the gorgeous Faye Dress and Blue Dietrich Trench Coat; both from Collectif Clothing. My affection for vintage fashion stems from the fact that so many of the old Hollywood stars we know and love sported the fashion and many of them made the trends so popular that we still wear them today. Admittedly many of the items in my closet are vintage inspired and not original vintage items but that’s actually the thing I like about it. Being a plus size woman and actually having the choice to wear a variety of looks and styles is such a blessing to me. It really wasn’t that long ago when women like me were thirsty for variety in our wardrobes and the chance to look sexy and chic in our clothes.

The thing I love the most about vintage clothing is the way that super feminine and sexy outfits are packed with class, fun and sophistication. I always feel my best when I wear these sorts of outfits and the compliments are never few and far between. It’s great that some of the outfits I have are worn by women size 6-22. Even though we all put our own spin on the looks and we all have different shapes I can honestly say I haven’t seen a single woman in these items who doesn’t look good!

This time of year the use of warm tights and petticoats is a must with vintage clothing because of the cold. Everyone wants to wear darker colours and heavier fabrics so when I was thinking about what looks I could pull for my Curvy Connect submission the Faye Dress was a must! The fact that the dress comes with built in petticoats makes it a comfortable and warm one that doesn’t feel like you are wearing countless layers. For me this kind of dress works as a multi purpose dress. If you want to wear a cute party dress this is perfect, the flower accents and sweetheart neckline make for a really fun look. If you wanted to dress down a bit and wear it as more of a casual number then a cardigan, jacket or bolero might be a nice option.

When I first saw the Blue Dietrich tench it was an item I had to have in my wardrobe! The length was the first thing that caught my attention, I loved how every vintage swing dress of mine was just the right length for the jacket. The pale shade of blue and grey is one that works with many of my outfits and that was a huge draw for me.

As I have a thing for hats at the moment I wanted to wear my faux fur beret with this look. There is a heavy chill in the air at the moment here in London and even though we have the odd ray of winter sun I like to do whatever I can to feel warm this time of year. My signature hoop earrings were a must for this look as well as my favourite black heels and the addition of a black diamonte heart pendant.

Check out Curvy Connect Magazine and subscribe to check out future issues. You may see some familiar faces with some of your favourite bloggers and fashionistas and you will most definitely see some new ones.

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

Collectif Dolores Doll Summer Bouquet Review

I have officially fallen in love with the most gorgeous dress, the Dolores Doll Summer Bouquet!
It’s no secret how much I love vintage swing dresses. The style is classic, sexy and amazingly fun to wear! When I picked up a Dolores Doll dress last year I absolutely loved the fit, length and cut of the dress. The Summer Bouquet dress was one I really wanted to get my hands on last year but it was often out of stock in my size. The original print of the dress comes in a gorgeous yellow and green floral design. I will be honest when I ordered the dress I expected to get the original print delivered to me in one of those hot pink Collectif packages. So when I pulled out this gorgeous pink and navy print I was even happier than expected, the colours are really nice and I love how they sit against my skin tone.
The beautiful Georgina Horne from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust modelling the Summer Bouquet dress.
Image Courtesy Of Collectif
 I like for my dresses to cling to all the right spots and hang loose on all the other parts. When I select a dress to wear, comfort is usually my first port of call and then I consider what might work for the given weather or what might best suit the events taking place that day. As I have been creating quite a collection of dresses from Collectif I knew that this one would fit perfectly, and accompany many other items in my wardrobe.
To be totally honest with you every single person I have seen wear these dresses looks amazing in them and I’m not surprised that every time I have wanted one I have had to act fast to grab my size! Luckily for me when I picked this one up a couple of weeks ago the dress was on sale and I got it for almost half of the price, so I guess you could say I was pleasantly surprised twice over!
The stretch fabric is very generous and most women have to downsize in this style by 1 sometimes 2 dress sizes. I wear this style in a size 20 and I tend to pair mine with a petticoat. Available in sizes 6-22 this style is open to many ladies out there. 98% cotton and 2% elastane, the fabric feels great on and is washing machine friendly, never have the colours on any of my Collectif dresses ran or faded so for me I find these an amazing investment.
I think for me I enjoy the Dolores Doll style so much because the cut suits women of all shapes and sizes. I have found in the past that buying a dress that leaves enough boob room can be a challenge. This style of dress not only is very roomy in that area, I actually don’t mind having a heavy cleavage on show when I wear this cut of dress. I feel incredibly womanly when I wear my vintage dresses and I look forward to picking up even more Dolores Doll dresses in the future.
I am pictured here wearing my white petticoat from Vivien Of Holloway. I actually prefer wearing petticoats when I wear my vintage dresses. I like the way that the fabric drapes over the underskirt and showcases the print that little bit more. I decided to wear a simple black bolero with this one and bring out my black platform heels to match. As this dress is all about the followers I thought it would be wrong for me not to wear any in my hair so my trusty white hair roses from Black rose were a must!
Check out my previous post about the Dolores Doll In Polka Dot print here:
For more reviews and styles in this cut check out the reviews by Curvy Wordy and Fuller Figure Fuller Bust.

Faye Floral Doll Dress – A Collectif Clothing Review

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.
One of the things I absolutely love to do is get myself all dolled up for a night on the town! When I first laid eyes on the gorgeous Faye Floral Doll Dress by Collectif I knew instantly that it had to be mine! When you have that amazing night out or date with that special someone circled in the diary; you want more than anything to look your absolute best. The ritual of getting ready is one that many women enjoy; for me I like to spend as little time as possible and have a simple but show stopping outfit that can do all the talking for me…
When I think of the fashion from the 1940s and 1950s one word springs to mind, glamour.
Beautiful stars like Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Davis, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich and many more had one thing in common. These women were some of the best dressed ladies out there! It is through their fashions and many others before them that we now have new variations of the style that was common place to them back in the day!
The Faye Dress by Collectif to me is a special piece. With the sweetheart detail that is surrounded by a cluster of flowers, tulle shoulders with dress overlay, and built in petticoats you simply cannot go wrong! There are so many black dresses out there that are beautiful, many of which need some added help in making them stand out amongst the rest. With many of my other dresses I find myself searching for Boleros, petticoats and belts to give them that extra something. When it came to wearing this dress the only addition I wanted to add to the look was a serious vintage hair style and so as you can see when I did my photoshoot with Chiara Aprea I opted for a major victory roll!
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.

 
 Now when it comes to the fit of the dress I will be honest, I had to size up twice in this dress and pick up a 3xl. The reason for this is that the tulle over the bust and shoulders has absolutely no stretch so if you do have a sizeable bust as I do, bare that in mind. I usually wear a 20 or 22 in Collectif clothing which in this dress would be a 1xl or 2xl. If you do have a smaller size bust then you may be able to wear your regular size. The skirt of the dress fit me perfectly in the 1xl but I simply needed the extra wiggle room in the bust area. In these pictures I am wearing an over bust corset but the dress does fit me perfectly without it, I simply wanted to enhance the curvature in my waist for the photographs. The body of the dress has plenty of room and the built in petticoat gives it that extra something that would be perfect for a dinner date or a night of swing dancing!
Stock Images Courtesy Of Collectif
I can’t wait to actually wear this one out and about as I feel so beautiful wearing it and I know I’m not the only one! The great news is that this dress is available in a range of sizes and is one of the first dresses that Collectif has introduced with a plus size range going all the way up to 4xl. The £115 dress may not be a cheap purchase but it really is worth the cost as the quality is amazing and the style is timeless! I was able to pick this one up in sale and in even better news, the plus sizes 1xl – 4xl are still on sale and reduced to an amazing £65!
Check out these reviews by the beautiful Georgina A.K.A Fuller Figure Fuller Bust and the lovely Sarah A.K.A Plus Size Proud