Tag "Confidence"

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! 

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.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and grey joy slogan t-shirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and Celine Audrey sunglassesA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt, black boots, holding a silver faux leather backpack

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! 

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! 

Plus+ By Bethany Rutter

A plus size woman smiling wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirt, white tutu, hot pink beret and pink ballerina shoes

When it comes to the Plus size community we have really made some huge strides over the past few years. We now have a wide variety of fashion brands on the market to cater to all of our different styles. Women all over the place are able to move and stride with an air of confidence and generally speaking we are more appreciated for what we have to offer and how we look. The standards of beauty continue to remain pretty much the same though, so when big things happen in our community we celebrate them! One of my fellow blogging sisters Bethany Rutter not only launched a fab collection with Navabi last year. We now have the most amazing little coffee table book ‘Plus+’.

Plus+ By Bethany Rutter

I was extremely honoured and flattered to have been asked to be a part of this book. Bethany has banded together a series of fabulous women from all over the world to highlight their fashion and beauty. Plus+ features women of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds across a varied age demographic. Each woman has their own style and their own way of expressing themselves. It’s great to be able to see so many different looks and styles. If you get hold of this one you will see a little something for everyone. Edgy street fashion, vintage classics, abstract looks, elegant, classy, casual and sophisticated fashion. Each woman has a quote about her style so you get a glimpse of everyone’s personalities too.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a hot pink pussy bow shirt, faux leather pleated skirt and black pumps

The cover art features American fashion blogger and designer Gabi Fresh and the foreword is penned by the ever celebrated Nicolette Mason. Bethany of course speaks about what inspired this book and how it was put together. I guess for me just knowing that a book like this is available gives me reason to smile. If you had asked me a few years ago if this sort of thing was possible I would have laughed in your face! I remember a time when plus size women were scoffed at and our fashion choices and were limited to what I call granny chic! We had nothing but butterfly prints and shapeless sacks to dress ourselves in. Being part of something celebrating us bigger women as sexy, trendy and stylish means more than you could possibly know! Hats off to Bethany for making it happen!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirt, white tutu, hot pink beret and pink ballerina shoes

Some of you may remember my reviews of not only the ruffle gingham shirt in these pics but the hot pink shirt Bethany designed.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirt, denim skirt and nude heels

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A plus size woman smiling wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirt and hot pink beret

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! 

Soft, Blue And Velvet

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

It’s the end of the year and as we are enjoying the remaining days in our Christmas break, making the most of the good food and chill time. At the moment most people are thinking of how they want to bring in the new year. Thoughts of resolutions are taking place, people are wondering who will give them a kiss when the clock strikes twelve… others take the time to think about what they will be wearing and how much alcohol they will or won’t consume lol. Making the most of this season and the weather I will again be either wearing a velvet or a sequin number.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

This is the third and final instalment of my velvet series. I started off by writing about another soft velvet wrap dress. I then followed this by discussing a mulled wine dress, perfect for Christmas. I’ve been having fun and recently Navabi sent me this gorgeous wrap dress and I was thrilled! Manon Baptiste are known for luxurious premium fashion for us plus size women and offer a fabulous range of clothing. If you’re looking for something with that extra wow factor they can and will deliver! What I love about this dress besides the gorgeous colour and sumptuous velvet is the design. To me the dress is a cross between an elegant wrap dress and feminine smokers jacket. The lace trim adds a sassy feminine touch perfect for some additional elegance and the v-neck cut is perfect to showcase the decolletage.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress and blue sequin beret A blue velvet wrap dress with lace trim and black fluffy bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

The soft velvet is thick and warm and has a nice amount of stretch. This cut would suit women of all shapes and moulds perfectly to the curves. The ties are really long so you can pretty much wear them in whatever way makes you feel comfortable. With 2 invisible loops, one on each side of the waist, this is one that you can feel secure wearing without having to worry about adjusting constantly. I really like that the sleeves are long as you still feel covered even though you may have your legs on show and some cleavage out. This one is definitely true to size. I selected this in a size 24.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

When putting this outfit together I was heading out for a Christmas get together with friends. The idea was to be festive and stylish. I pulled on a simple pair of black tights and wore my newest pair of ankle boots from Yours Clothing. To finish things off I dug out my old blue sequin blue beret for added sparkle. I thought my new fluffy clutch from In The Style would be perfect as the black compliments the hem of the dress, my tights and hair colour. The silver chain works perfectly with my hoop earrings and the sparkle in my hat.

A plus size woman wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

Blue is my favourite colour! It is really nice to be able to wear another fab dress in rich royal blue. Who can go wrong in soft, sumptuous velvet?! There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t feel fabulous when they wear this luscious fabric. Who knows I may even wear both sequins and velvet to bring in the new year! Whatever i’ll be wearing it’ll definitely be stylish and fun!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress and blue sequin beret
*This Dress, Bag And Boots Were A Gifted Items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Sweet Like Mulled Wine

A plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf boots

So as we’re approaching Christmas I am well and truly into Velvet. With that being said this post would be the second in my end of year velvet series. I love that Christmas brings in some life to the dreary winter season with rich sumptuous colours everywhere. I love wearing red as it pops so well against my skin. When I saw this Charlotte Crosby wine coloured mini dress I knew I had to have it!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dressA plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress

When I’m with the family for Christmas I like to wear something that is stylish and comfortable and has some colour. Red tends to be my chosen colour so this dress was a must have. I love the fact that it has short elbow sleeves and that the cleavage is covered. Sometimes the only skin you want to have on show is your legs. I picked this dress in a size 26 as when you have a large bust or behind mini dresses can hitch up and I didn’t want it to fit like a top so I decided to up-size.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf boots

What more can a woman want than a dress that is the colour of fine mulled wine for Christmas?! It’s funny how things like fabrics and colours can really get you into the spirit of things. I’m obsessed with the velvet, metallics and sequin options out this season and I plan to make the most of the them before they aren’t as appreciated in the new year. I say wear what makes you feel special this holiday season even if you aren’t someone who celebrates Christmas. We all love having the chance to dress up don’t we?

A plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dressA plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf boots

I love the softness of the velvet and the length which is absolutely perfect for my 5’5 frame. This one also comes in a black and deep emerald green colour for those of you looking for other options. I love that you can keep things simple whilst still looking pretty glam. I decided to pair this one with a pair of black tights and my Jilsen boots from Wide Calf Boot Store. Even though I have my signature hoop earrings I may also slip on a necklace of some sort as silver looks gorgeous against red velvet!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress, tights and black leather wide calf boots

Speaking of sequins and other fine fabrics check out my review of this amazing rose gold sequin dress also available from In The Style Curve. There really is something for everyone this season and you’ll be seeing more options from me too! Stay tuned for the final item in my velvet series but for now grab yourself a glass of something nice, and enjoy the festivities wherever you are!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a wine red velvet dress
*This Dress Was A Gifted Item
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Velvet Dreams

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf boots

It’s the middle of December and we’ve seen snow, ice, rain and high winds. I personally like to make the most of this time of year even though I absolutely hate the cold! Velvet is a fabric that I love wearing, it’s so comfortable on the skin, adds a little extra glitz and glamour and also helps to keep the cold at bay. Every winter we see that velvet is something that continues to stay in fashion. T-shirts, dresses, tops, leggings…. you name it there is something out there for everyone. Blazers and jackets are available for both men and women and there are many ways to incorporate it into your look.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf boots

I love going through the wardrobe and finding items that you may have had for a while but never worn. A while back I got this emerald green crushed velvet wrap dress from Pink Clove. I love a bodycon dresses as much as the next woman, especially a wrap dress. There’s something about this cut of dress that suits every woman of all sizes and shapes. I own quite a bit of velvet but there’s something about emerald green and red velvet that specifically speaks to me. At the beginning of this year I spent some time in Finland and wore a classic vintage green dress in sumptuous velvet to Mimmi’s wedding. Check out my post about my Finnish winter.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dressA plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress

I think that for this time of year velvet is such a nice fabric to wear at Christmas dinners and parties. The colour of this dress is really nice and such a gorgeous Christmasy shade that you just can’t go wrong. My plan was to wear this dress with my fishnet tights and Jilsen boots from Wide Calf Boot Store. Warmth, comfort and style are all factors that I consider when putting my outfits together. I also thought that because I wasn’t having the best hair day I would wear a black hair scarf to compliment by boots.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf boots

I love that sometimes a statement fabric can do all the talking that you want whilst keeping the other elements of an outfit rather simple. You simply can’t go wrong if you want a sassy, sexy and stylish look that is also easy to wear and works with a variety of accessories, shoes and jackets. I would probably wear this dress with my leather biker jacket if I was out and about for the day. Unfortunately this dress in particular is no longer available but there are some similar options from Pink Clove and all at fabulous prices so be sure to take a look.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress, fish net tights and black leather wide calf boots

Whatever your plans are this time of year there are many ways to dress sassy and stylish whilst keeping to a budget and being comfortable. If you plan to be out in the cold watching the fireworks at new year or going to fab parties in great locations you can look fabulous in one way or another. I’ll personally be celebrating the holidays in velvet, sequins and metallic items of course not all at the same time though lol.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet dress

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

Style Explorations

A plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

Sometimes when it comes to fashion clothing can be more than what we wear, it can be rather exciting. I love to branch out and wear a variety of styles and if you were to go through my wardrobes it would look like clothing for about 5 different women lol. My style changes with my mood and so I like to have items to pretty much suit every situation. I like to push boundaries at times and challenge my confidence. I often find that when I push myself out of my comfort zone my confidence is majorly boosted!

A plus size woman wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

Hanna and I were on our way to view the latest lingerie and swimwear collections from Elomi a couple of weeks ago. When I attend press events I usually like to wear something from the brand i’m visiting, however I had no intention of walking the streets of London in my underwear! With that in mind I thought why not wear a lace top from Zizzi that I bought about a year ago. Most women have clothes that they have never worn before and this item was one of mine! Underneath I was wearing my Carmen lingerie set featuring plum coloured plunge bra. I figured that as I have no issue wearing dresses that highlight my cleavage what difference would this look make?!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirtA plus size woman wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

We all have our own set of style rules that we choose to follow. In my case I don’t like to showcase both my legs and cleavage. I figure it’s best to balance everything out by going with one or the other. As it was a chilly November day in London I decided to pair this top with my gold metallic skirt from Lane Bryant (previously seen on the blog about a year ago). The funny thing I find is that when I wear daring items my confidence soars. Some people may find that they feel exposed or on display. For me I think it shows that only a confident woman would put her outfits together the way I do lol.

A plus size woman wearing a lace blousemetallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

Coordination is the name of my game and so I decided to select items with gold adornments to finish off my look. Starting with my signature hoop earrings of course, pulling out my vanity boots from Hotter and wearing a black handbag showered in gold studs. The hint of purple in the bra is literally the only colour i’m wearing here other than black and gold lol. I actually got a lot of compliments for this outfit even though it is rather edgy. Of course I was feeling sassy, fierce and quite like the fashionista…

A plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse, metallic pleated skirt, black gold studded bag and ankle boots

It’s always good when items you’ve had for a while are still very much in fashion and on trend for the season. That doesn’t matter though, I say wear what makes you feel amazing and confident. Don’t get caught up by the so called rules, unless of course you set these rules yourself! Experiment with what you wear, step outside of the box and try something new. You may surprise yourself with how your confidence improves!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a lace blouse

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

It’s All About Love

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black love slogan sweater, a-line midi skirt and blue trainers

It’s the first week in December and with that comes talks of family, friends, gatherings and of course love. The UK is always buzzed this time of year but after hearing the news of Prince Harry’s engagement it seems love is something the whole country is thinking of. Mistletoe is hanging everywhere, romantic movies are on show. Parties, dinners and other celebrations are taking place all over the country…. And it’s no surprise that already a date is set for our favourite royal and wedding bells will be ringing in May. I am a huge fan of love in all of it’s forms and I enjoy wearing things to represent that. When I saw this cute off the shoulder sweater from Rose Gal I knew I wanted to try it. This one is available in red, white and grey also.

A plus size woman wearing a black love slogan sweater, a-line midi skirt and satin blue trainersA plus size woman smiling wearing a black love slogan sweater, a-line midi skirt and satin blue trainers

Sometimes you want a girly look with a twist. I paired this sweater with a pleather skirt from Zizzi that I was sent with some other samples. Deciding to keep everything black I thought i’d throw in a splash of colour in places. Wearing a cute pair of satin trainers in my favourite colour blue, these are from a recent Asos collection. When my clothes are black I like to wear red lipstick with my makeup.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black love slogan sweaterSatin blue trainers

I’m a sucker for all things love related. I enjoy seeing people gather and sharing positive vibes. Being out and about seeing people romantically in love and doing kind things for others makes me smile. The funny thing is that in some cultures my name carries the meaning so maybe there’s something in that lol. At present I pretty much have a non existent romantic life. Not a woman who gets in my feelings about these things, I like to focus my energies on loving myself and those around me. Of course I start with trying to spend time learning and building my faith, eating right, sleeping well, exercising and taking the time to see friends and family. I won’t try to pretend to be perfect though, like everyone else I have my faults…

A plus size woman wearing a black love slogan sweater, a-line midi skirt and satin blue trainersA plus size woman wearing a black love slogan sweater, a-line midi skirt and satin blue trainers

Things often happen that challenge how we see things. I’ve been doing my best to stay positive but things keep happening to make that difficult. Just a couple of days ago my eldest uncle passed away and this led me to again seeing the importance of family closeness and support for each other. Even sometimes when you mentally prepare for something the reality of it can still knock you for six. Honestly, I don’t know where I would be if I didn’t have people in my life who look out for me and show me that level of love and care. My new mission in life is fast becoming to be a support for others as best I can.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black love slogan sweater, a-line midi skirt and satin blue trainersA plus size woman wearing a black love slogan sweater, a-line midi skirt and satin blue trainers

The aim is to encourage people everywhere to be confident, positive, motivating forces in their own lives. In a recent post I published on instagram I wrote “You would be surprised how many people are down, lonely and hurting in some way. The little things you can do for someone can mean more to them than you could possible know! A simple compliment or a smile can be all a person needs so be sure to spread your kindness as much as you can!” I guess you could say I have experience with dealing with negativity and can first hand speak on how you can be a blessing to someone without even really trying.

A plus size woman wearing a black love slogan sweater, a-line midi skirt and satin blue trainersA plus size woman smiling wearing a black love slogan sweater, a-line midi skirt and satin blue trainers

We should treat people the way we wish to be treated, this is something I truly believe. A simple act of kindness to someone can make the world of difference and is a great way of spreading the love!

Check out my recent review of a vintage swing dress my Rose Gal.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a black love slogan sweater
*The top and skirt are gifted items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!