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Something Sweet

A plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heels

It’s that time of year when the winter cold has finally set in. We all struggle to figure out what to wear when battling the elements. I like to still bring in my style with the new season as well as dress in a comfortable and bright way. I love the blacks, greys and navys as much as the next girl, but sometimes something else is required. Don’t you wanna have that little something extra than everyone else in your outfit? Navabi reached out to me and sent me an amazing outfit of my choice and guess what, it can be yours too! Before we get into what I mean by that let me break down my look for you…

A plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heels

If you have been following my blog for a while you’ll know I have a thing for cute shirts! Pussybow shirts and tops have very much been the in style for a couple of years now. Marina Rinaldi are the brand behind this amazing one i’m wearing! Denim is a fabric with limited stretch and so like I do with all of my shirts I picked this one up in a larger size than what I would usually wear, size 26 to be exact. Those of us women with larger boobs have to accommodate for the fastening of buttons and the possibility of gaping. It should be noted that I wasn’t wearing the best bra when I took these photos. I was unwell at the time and comfort was my priority. It’s a really nice length though and can easily be worn with other skirts, trousers and jeans.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heelsA plus size woman wearing a denim pussybow shirtA plus size woman wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heels

So the shirt was the first item I picked when putting this look together. You know me, I like items that can be worn in a variety of ways. I did however decide to select an item that would be great for the season and could be worn with other items in my closest. This led me to the fabulous a-line faux leather skirt in Bordeaux red colour. A warm colour perfect for both autumn and winter, especially the Christmas season. I already knew that I had a variety of lipstick shades that would make a perfect match! I also knew that I had the perfect pair of heels to compliment my look. This I selected in a size 24. I also selected a pair of 60 denier tights, size 24-26. Once the cold sets in it’s always good to have a nice pair to keep the chill at bay.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heelsA plus size woman wearing a faux leather skirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heels

Now I’ve broken down my look and what led me to select these items here is where it comes to you! Navabi and I are give you the chance to win this entire outfit (apart from the heels lol). All you have to do is as follows, the winner will be selected at random and the outfit will be theirs! Good luck everyone!

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A plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt

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

General Sexy!

a plus size woman wearing an oversized camouflage jacket, t-shirt dress, ray-ban sunglasses and over the knee black heeled boots

So this season we are starting to see a variety of prints, colours and fabrics coming in for the winter. One print that is huge at the moment and has been for the past few weeks is of course camouflage! I have been really enjoying the options out there. Green and khaki prints are currently available everywhere and I’ve been having a good time styling them in my own way. In The Style Curve recently sent me their Sarah Ashcroft oversized jacket that makes me feel confident and full of attitude, a total boss chick. I recently wore this one in a look that made me feel like a sexy General!

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When I think of camouflage, like most people thoughts of the military come to mind. The print that is synonymous with soldiers all over the world has been extremely popular in casual fashion for decades. Men and women have been able to incorporate this into their wardrobe in a variety of different ways. I personally started wearing camouflage not that long ago. I found that when it came to plus size fashion we were limited to what was out there and very few options suited my personal style.

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The selection of options available for plus size and curvy women nowadays are sexy, funky, trendy and most of all comfortable. This jacket has some really fun distressed and edgy details with an oversized fit. Deep pockets, leather trim and bright yellow strip across the shoulders make this a really easy item to incorporate into many looks. I have this one in size 22/24 and for an oversized item it’s definitely true to size.

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When I took these photos I decided to really hone in on the sexy General thing. Aviator sunglasses are one of my favourite styles and so I pulled on a pair of vintage Ray-Bans. As I like to colour coordinate what I wear I went for a black t-shirt dress, fish net tights, over the knee boots and my favourite shade of red lipstick! I really enjoyed this outfit. This look made me channel my inner boss bitch, sassy attitude and playful side.

A plus size woman wearing an oversized camouflage jacket, t-shirt dress, ray-ban sunglasses and over the knee black heeled bootsA plus size woman wearing an oversized camouflage jacket, t-shirt dress and over the knee black heeled boots

It’s funny how certain clothing items can really affect your mood. In my opinion I find that fashion is a great way to purposefully channel an attitude or a vibe when you want to. If you’re in a mood where you really need to feel confident and in charge, clothing can make this happen. When i’m feeling bad or down I always go for that dress, lipstick or pair of shoes that makes me look and feel good. I guess that camouflage makes me feel extremely confident because I always feel fabulous when I have it on.

A plus size woman smiling wearing an oversized camouflage jacket, t-shirt dress and over the knee black heeled bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing an oversized camouflage jacket, t-shirt dress, ray-ban sunglasses and over the knee black heeled boots

This is a jacket that has fast become one of my go-to items. I have worn this one with jeans, sweaters, leggings and skirts. Multipurpose items are always welcome in my wardrobe because they can be so versatile. We all have those items that can only be worn with that one pair of shoes or accessories… I really enjoy switching things up when I can. In The style Curve have a wide variety of items that can be worn in different ways. They really know how to come up with fun oversized styles. I recently reviewed one of their sweater  dresses that is still available on the site, check it out here.

a plus size woman smiling wearing an oversized camouflage jacket
*This is a gifted jacket
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Getting Shady In Winter Warmers

a plus size woman smiling wearing an off the shoulder sweater, white leggings and black heeled ankle boots

November has well and truly arrived. It is officially cold and so that means that it’s time for us to start wrapping up and battling the elements! I was recently sent some fab clothes from Yours Clothing just in time for the colder season. I have some fun casual items that can work with a variety of outfits including warm knitwear. This is the time of year when there are 3000 things to do and not enough hours in the day. You’ll find yourself running around to work events, parties, running errands etc. When things get hectic we all like to be comfortable but I still like to look good in the process.

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Sweaters these days have really come a long way. We used to wear items like this purely for comfort and warmth. Now we are lucky enough to have some cute, fun even sexy options. I read somewhere that the sexiest part of a woman’s body is the decolletage so it’s nice to have the shoulders and collar bone exposed. A small amount of flesh revealed can be sexy in a modest way. I really love this sweater from the Limited collection. The swooping off the shoulder neckline, thick fabric and distressed element adds some edge to a simple item. This makes for a really fun basic item that will work with a variety of clothing items for many looks. I picked this up in a size 24.

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Leggings, every woman has a pair, every woman likes these for easy and comfortable fashion. I tend to gravitate towards wet look leggings and I have about 9 pairs to be honest with you lol. I had never worn a pair of white ones before but I figured as I wear white jeans why not get a pair of white leggings? I chose this pair in a size 26. I find that with leggings it’s better to up-size. When you have a large bum and a sizeable belly like I do you don’t want the fabric to stretch so much that it gets see-through. This pair is high waisted and full of stretch. And of course black or white items work with most looks.

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I like many women love wearing a cute pair of heels. This is the time of year when one might wanna slip on a pair of heels but the cold chill in the air can make that an off putting prospect. I like ankle boots as they provide that sexiness to an outfit but can be worn with thermal tights, socks etc. This pair has a nice height, are really comfortable and work with pretty much anything you wanna pair them with. There is a flexi-sole making this an easy pair to walk in too.

I’m a woman who’s always on the go so I need a bag of some kind to carry my makeup, money, phone, keys etc. I wanted something with a little splash of colour and what better way for me than to pick something blue?! This small quilted backpack is really practical and is an item I can wear with items in all seasons due to the fresh colour. It comes in one size and will work for anyone who needs to carry more than the essentials with them.

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So there are many ways to be fun and casual while the weather changes. I have several items from yours that are great to wrap up in. Check out my post featuring camouflage prints and khaki colours. If you are looking for some great knitwear basics or you want to try a monochrome look of your own check them out here!

a plus size woman smiling wearing an off the shoulder sweater
*This is a gifted outfit
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Silver Is The Way!

 A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet t-shirt

When it comes to fashion trends I tend to take on elements of what’s popular. One trend that totally captured me this season is silver fashion! Metallic clothing items really bring some fun edginess to a look, they work in all seasons and give ladies like me that little extra shine we love! Another trend that has really taken a life of it’s own this season is fun velvet. Elvi recently gave me the opportunity to review one of their items. You can only imagine my thoughts when I got the chance to combine the 2 trends not only in an outfit but a single item!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a leather mini skirt, crushed velvet t-shirt and silver high heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a leather mini skirt, crushed velvet t-shirt and silver high heels

The nude gold coloured velvet of this t-shirt is easily worked into a variety of outfits. I like that it’s a neutral shade and compliments all skin tones. The velvet is light on the skin but has a nice amount of stretch also. I’m wearing this one in a size 24. I am currently obsessed with not just silver items but chrome silver! The different sized chrome loops are a really fun feature on the pocket of the t-shirt. They add that little something extra to the item that makes it stand out.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet t-shirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a leather mini skirt, crushed velvet t-shirt and silver high heels

When I got this top I knew that I had the perfect pair of heels to wear with it. I had been hunting for a pair of silver chrome stiletto heels since I had seen that the trend was coming several seasons ago! The challenge was finding an affordable pair that was comfortable and sexy at the same time. I found this pair at Asos several weeks ago. Unfortunately they are sold out but here is a similar pair if you want a pair of your own.

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When it comes to velvet items they tend to bring out my sexy side. Feeling fun, flirty and a very fashionable makes dressing all the more enjoyable. In completing this outfit I wanted a really simple selection of colours. Black goes with everything of course so I selected a leather skirt, fish net tights and my largest silver hoop earrings. I have a range of style ideas when it comes to wearing this top. It can be worn with jeans, wet-look leggings and all kinds of skirts.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a leather mini skirt, crushed velvet t-shirt and silver high heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a leather mini skirt, crushed velvet t-shirt and silver high heels

I think it’s important to select clothing items that make you feel confident, comfortable and fabulous. I find that even when pushing the boundaries there are ways to expand and experiment. You may have noticed I’ve been wearing a lot of skirts lately. I guess you could say I’m trying to improve my skirt game and get that bit more confident in showcasing my legs. There are many ways of playing around with fashion so get to trying I say!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a leather mini skirt, crushed velvet t-shirt and silver high heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a leather mini skirt, crushed velvet t-shirt and silver high heels

I’m going to start as I mean to go on and will be on the hunt for more silver and velvet items. The party season is coming with Halloween, Christmas and New Years so why not?! Shiny things and glamorous velvet are perfect for the winter and will always work year in year out!

Speaking of Silver you may remember earlier in the year I wore a fabulous trench coat. This was another fab item from Elvi. Check out their current collection for some fab edgy styles this season.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a crushed velvet t-shirt

*The t-shirt is a gifted item
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Disco Diva, Oh Yeah!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic mini skirt, slogan t-shirt and silver boots

Sometimes you find yourself wanting to wear something different. I find that it can be boring if you only dress for the day to day situations in life. Don’t you ever just want to have fun with the clothes that you wear? I like many women have an obsession with things that are shiny lol. Lately I have been on the hunt for metallic and chrome footwear and clothing items. When I saw these fab items from the Glamorous Curve range at Simply Be I knew I had to get my hands on them!

A plus size woman wearing a metallic mini skirt, slogan t-shirt, mirrored sunglasses and silver bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic mini skirt, slogan t-shirt and silver boots

I look at kids and I’m jealous of their freedom when it comes to clothing. They can wear whatever makes them feel fun and fabulous without anyone batting an eyelid. In adulthood you have to be prim, proper and practical most of the time. Whenever I get the chance to play around with my look I take it! I wanted to experiment and wear something a little different. As a musician I like to channel my inner diva when I can. In this outfit I feel like the ultimate disco diva!

A plus size woman wearing a metallic mini skirt A plus size woman smiling wearing a slogan t-shirt, mirrored sunglasses and biker jacket

I got this mini skirt in UK size 26, US 22. I really like this one, even though it is pretty short! The fabric has no stretch though so if you have a belly and a large booty like me you will need to up-size for extra room. If you enjoy picking up fun clothes that are easy to maintain you’ll love the easy to wipe clean fabric. The side pockets are purely for decoration though. I find that for a simple mini skirt the fabric brings that extra wow factor to the item.

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The thing I love about this outfit is that each item has a wow factor of it’s own. Take the slogan t-shirt for example, there are so many out there the market but this one has a fun simplicity about it. I have to say I felt really good wearing this outfit and the t-shirt did make me wanna say “OH YEAH”! I’m wearing this one in a UK 24, US 20. For a basic white tee I know i’ll be wearing this one with a variety of my outfits.

Of course no outfit is complete without an amazing pair of shoes! To see that the Glamorous Curve range included shoes was a huge bonus! I just had to have this pair of heeled silver chelsea boots with matte finish.  I love that the silver perfectly compliments the skirt and adds even more shine to the look. This is a pair that I plan to wear with many looks so keep an eye out here on the blog for some future styles. Simply Be currently have a large range of shoes and boots for people with wide feet and big calves so be sure to check them out here.

A plus size woman wearing metallic silver bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing mirrored sunglasses

We’ve not had many sunny days in London as of late. We’re in that strange phase when the days are ending earlier, nights are getting longer and skies are filled with grey. I took full advantage of the sunshine and pulled on a fab pair of mirrored sunnies from Polaroid. These Palladium shades seem to be the go-to pair when i’m dressed like a disco diva of sorts lol. Sometimes you just have to wear something that takes a look over the edge!

A plus size woman wearing a metallic mini skirt, slogan t-shirt and silver boots and a biker jacketA plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic mini skirt, slogan t-shirt and silver boots

So yeah, I like to have fun and be a little out of the box. Sometimes you just need to experiment and express yourself with the clothes that you wear. I decided to wear an outfit that not only said “OH YEAH” but made me feel sassy and fearless. I’ve said on previous posts that I’m trying to become more confident with my legs and so the best way for me to face a confidence demon is to meet it head on! The more my pins are out and on show the better i’ll feel about them. Putting on a pair of fish net tights and a shiny bright mini skirt is definitely a way for me to do so!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a slogan t-shirt

*The skirt, boots and t-shirt are gifted items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Going To Bootcamp – A Yours Clothing Review

A plus size woman wearing camouflage jeans, khaki sweater, black backpack and black boots

Sometimes life can present many challenges. I know I’m not the only one who can find things pretty tough sometimes. Work may be stressful, the love life could be in the toilet, money is sometimes tight… whatever the case may be you could feel like it’s just too much! Ever feel like you need to just set some goals and reevaluate the situation? We’ve all been there in some way, shape or form. I personally have been trying to give myself a bit of a kick up the bum. I’m 30 years old now and although life is pretty good things can always get better. Metaphorically speaking you could say I’m putting myself through bootcamp! I’m working on my health and fitness, career is going well and i’m doing what I can to be a better friend and daughter. Dressing for the occasion khaki camouflage was my style choice.

A plus size woman smiling carrying a black backpack wearing camouflage jeans, khaki sweater and black bootsA plus size woman carrying a black backpack wearing khaki camouflage jeans, khaki sweater and black boots

I like my clothing to represent my mood. As i’m going through my personal changes I figured why not pick a transitional outfit that is not only perfect for the season, but for my life also. Yours Clothing got in touch with me recently and asked if I’d like to select some items. I’m a jeans girl, always have been always will be! These khaki camouflage skinny jeans caught my eye when I had first seen them. Usually I wear some sort of plain coloured jean, the most adventurous being some sort of acid wash. Opting to have a little more colour in my wardrobe I picked these in size 24. I have to say the fit is really good, these are high waisted with plenty of stretch.

Plus size camouflage jeans, and black bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a cold shoulder khaki sweater and black backpack

Walking is something I do a lot of and so, good shoes are required. I love a pair of Chelsea boots and figured these would make for a fun bootcamp style look. As much as I like to dress to my mood, it’s fun to be on trend too. For the past few years cold shoulder items have been hugely popular and they still are! With that being said we all need to be prepared for the colder weather and so I figured this sweater would be a nice addition to the outfit. I decided I wanted an oversized fit and so I picked this one in size 26/28. I should note it’s also available in Dusky Pink.

A plus size woman smiling wearing camouflage jeans, khaki sweater, black backpack and black bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing khaki camouflage jeans, khaki sweater, black backpack and black bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing camouflage jeans, khaki sweater and black backpack

We all have those essential items that we take everywhere! A water bottle, wallet, phone charger, makeup etc. I like a bag that can fit it all in that is easy to wear. Black bags suit almost every outfit. A backpack is both comfortable and practical and is a great item for the autumn and winter months. This medium size one can fit quite a few items and has an internal compartment also, perfect for your keys!

A plus size woman holding a black backback wearing khaki camouflage jeans, khaki sweater and black bootsA plus size woman sitting smiling wearing khaki camouflage jeans, khaki sweater and black boots

It was fun putting this outfit together. For me it’s a lot more casual than my day to day style allows for but sometimes that’s needed. Of course I had to include a little femininity where possible so I have my pinup style eye makeup as usual, hoop earrings and a purple lipstick. I’m wearing the aptly named Berry Bossy shade 886 from Maybelline New York.

A plus size woman smiling wearing khaki camouflage jeans, khaki sweater and black boots

I think if I was actually being sent off to bootcamp I would be ready and dressed for the task! I find that with life’s changes and challenges the important thing is to keep an open mind, embrace the change and make the most of the situation. Hopefully in the next few weeks and months I’ll be reporting on some really positive things that are happening but for now I’m gonna buckle up and work hard. After all the best things are worth working hard for!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a could shoulder khaki sweater and black backpack
*This is a gifted outfit
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

A Different Kind Of Flare

A plus size woman smiling wearing a floral flared dress and over the knee high boots

When it comes to dresses I tend to look for something fresh, fun and a little sexy. Sometimes you just want to be able to step into a room feeling bold, confident, sexy and understated all at the same time. In The Style Curve have a wide variety of dresses, many of which are casual and others that are more suited to dressy occasions. When I saw this flared dress with floral print it caught my eye. I was looking for something that could be easily dressed up or down that had a little something different. I really liked that the colouring was simple and the item could work with a variety of accessories. As I always say multi purpose items can always be a great addition to the wardrobe.

A plus size woman wearing a floral flared dress and over the knee high bootsA plus size woman wearing a floral dress with flared sleevesA plus size woman smiling wearing a floral dress with flared sleeves

I love that the dress has buttons right the way down the front to allow you the option of being covered up or having an exposed cleavage. Fluted and flared sleeves are very much all the rage at the moment. The wide cut of the arms and sleeves are available for women of all shapes and sizes. Items that would otherwise be a little basic are brought to life with the added character that the shape allows. I personally find that even though there is added fabric there is a sexiness that flared sleeves bring to a look.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a floral flared dress and over the knee high bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a floral flared dress and over the knee high boots

I really like the floral print of this dress as it’s a simple beige wash over a black base. The added cinch belt helps to accentuate the waist also. This is an item I could wear in any season. It’s cool enough to wear on a hot or warm day and airy enough to be comfortable in the summertime. Having said all of that I wore it out to dinner last week with black velvet leggings and champagne kitten heels. When I took these pictures the aim was to create a look that was both covered up and sexy. Over the knee boots are a lot of fun to wear and can add a sultry feel to an outfit. This is my favourite pair from a previous Lane Bryant collection and funnily enough, I wore them when I reviewed the Karina dress (still available) from the brand.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a floral flared dressA plus size woman smiling wearing a floral flared dress A plus size woman wearing a floral flared dress and over the knee high boots

Fashion has a way of making you feel emotions and different moods. I like to be expressive with what I wear and channel the different attributesof my personality. This outfit makes me feel cute, sophisticated, girly and sexy all at once! Simplicity was what I was aiming for when putting this look together. Less is most definitely more, flared sleeves and over the knee boots make a pretty big statement on their own! Showing my legs is not something I feel too confident doing so boots like this help me do so whilst feeling covered up.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a floral flared dress and over the knee high bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a floral flared dress and over the knee high boots

Your clothing should make you feel incredible. Play around with how you dress yourself and you’ll be amazed by the results.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a floral dress with flared sleeves

*This Dress Is A Gifted Item
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

It’s All About The Ruffles

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

Don’t you just love it when you find an item of clothing that you can wear in many different ways? A few months back, I was at a preview for some fresh new styles for AW17. Block colours, fun prints and bold cuts were on display for us to see. Navabi is a brand that carries a collection of styles from a wide selection of plus size brands, each with their own flair and all with quality and originality at the forefront of their ethos. One of my very own blogging sisters Bethany aka Arched Eyebrow designed one of their current collections. You can see my review of her hot pink pussy bow blouse here. In truth the cobalt blue items were of course ones I wanted to try out but it was the pink lines that most captivated me, especially this ruffled gingham shirt.

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

What immediately caught my eye was of course the baby pink gingham. As a huge lover of vintage fashion, gingham contributes to some of my favourite rockabilly and retro looks. The freshness of the colouring with this shirt made the item a transitional piece in my view. I opted to wear a denim mini skirt and high heels with this one but I could see myself styling it in many ways. This could make for a fun and vibrant item in the office or a fun casual item. I could even see this one being worn with a little cowgirl magic for a fab rodeo feel. Bethany 100% has a style of her own and these ruffles are most definitely her!

A plus size woman wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirtA plus size woman wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirt, denim mini skirt and high heels

Trying to find ways to make a classic piece like a shirt have something different can be a huge challenge. The cut and shape of this ruffled gingham shirt is flattering on women of all shapes, sizes, and colours. What I like is that the ruffles bring something fresh and new to whatever you match the shirt with. In my case I wanted a rodeo cowgirl look with a twist. Gingham is something I tend to pair with fun bandanas and cute handbags but I thought i’d let the shirt do the talking this time.

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

People often assume that I have spades of confidence which I do, but we all have those areas we need to work on. In my case I struggle to show my legs. I hate that they’re covered in scars from playful times in my childhood and aren’t as shapely as I’d like. With all that being said I have always decided to throw myself into the deep end and showcase the very thing I hate to push the boundaries where my confidence lies. This has always helped me in overcoming those personal demons. It helps when you have a baby pink ruffled gingham shirt on with statement shoulders! I find that if you have on an item with a statement colour or cut, the focus is geared to that area. I also find myself feeling more comfortable in that situation.

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

If you’re looking for something bright and colourful this AW17 then you have to check out the collection by Bethany. Who said autumn and winter has to be dressed in black?! If like me you enjoy bringing colour to the colder months of the year you won’t be disappointed.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirt

*This Shirt Is A Gifted Item
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Having Fashion Fun With Binky

A plus size woman smiling wearing an oversized sweater dress and knee high boots

Reality TV is massive in today’s world. We see stars from various shows fronting many campaigns for apparel, beauty products and a variety of other items. I’m not into many shows of this nature but as a Londoner, Made In Chelsea has been my guilty pleasure for the past few years. The beautifully shot scenery of my home town and dramatic stories have kept myself and many other viewers hooked! One of the show’s longest running characters, who happens to be stunningly beautiful and stylish is Alexandra Felstead aka Binky. For quite a while now Binky has teamed up with a brand I love In The Style for some fun and fresh collections. I really love the casual and edgy feel of the items and I was happy to see that many items from the range are available in their Curve collection. This oversized sweater dress being one of them.

A plus size woman wearing an oversized sweater dress and knee high bootsA plus size woman wearing an oversized sweater dress and knee high boots

Summer in the UK this year was minimal. It’s fair to say that we didn’t have much of a season and so transitional looks are how I’m making the most of my wardrobe. I really like how simple this dress is whilst still having some colour and a bit of character. I should note that when it comes to In The Style Curve items I tend to wear sizes 22 and 24. With this dress I opted for a size 28 as I really wanted it to fit in an oversized way. It’s no secret that I have a large bust, big bum and a tummy. To get the desired look I decided to up-size, I’d say it’s a true to size item more than oversized.

A plus size woman smiling wearing an oversized sweater dressA plus size woman wearing an oversized sweater dress and knee high boots

I really enjoy wearing dresses that can be paired with others or worn on their own. I thought about wearing this one with some wet look leggings but decided against it. What girl doesn’t love a good pair of knee high leather boots? I pulled on some fun fish net tights and opted for my Jilsen Denise boots from Wide Calf Boot Store. Ladies like myself often struggle to find good quality boots to fit our calves. I can highly recommend this brand if you’re looking for a variety of style options this season. In my case I like a pair of knee high black boots for autumn and winter as they work with so many outfits.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a knee high wide calve boots A plus size woman smiling wearing a knee high wide calve bootsA plus size woman wearing an oversized sweater dress and knee high boots

I have to say I really love the range of clothing items in Binky’s range. It’s really nice to see that so many of the items in the main range are available in plus size too. This dress in particular makes me feel really sexy when wearing it even though it’s essentially an oversized sweater. The length is just right for a short dress and doesn’t hitch up high over my bum. The item makes for a fun casual piece that can easily be dressed up or down. The floral embroidered sleeves are really fun and the cute detail brings some rich colour to a black piece. I even found the perfect lippy to match the flowers, Orange Danger shade 883 from Maybelline.

A plus size woman wearing an oversized sweater dressA plus size woman wearing an oversized sweater dress and knee high bootsA plus size woman wearing an oversized sweater dress and knee high boots

I decided to wear this in a casual way but it could easily be dressed up with some cute stiletto heels, fun accessories and bright makeup. No doubt there will be more edgy and fun items to come from Binky and In the Style in the near future and I can’t wait to see them! Check out the other items in the current collection from In The Style Curve, rich colours, fun patterns and prints and sassy cuts are available. It’s definitely worth taking a look as there is something for everyone.

Check out my review of the Karina Dress which is still available.

A plus size woman wearing an oversized sweater dress and knee high bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing an oversized sweater dress and knee high boots

Stay tuned here on the blog as I’ll be sharing more items from the brand here on the blog very soon!

Have fun with your look this season and don’t ditch those summer items just yet. You may be able to include them in a fun transitional look. If you are wanting something a little warmer you should definitely try out a sweater dress. Who would have thought that a sweater with a little extra length could be so fun and sexy to wear?!

A plus size woman smiling wearing an oversized sweater dress

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

A Little Bit Of Music

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoat

Music is absolutely everything to me. I have loved music for as long as I can remember and have always enjoyed all things related to it. As a musician I spent many years singing and performing. I have found that my love of music has developed in many ways as the years pass by… Times were always hard as a fat woman on stage. When I was coming up in the game it was very much a thing that image is everything and to be a larger woman was not acceptable. Needless to say I struggled in this area as the fashion options were so limited… As popular as treble clefs and music symbols are I have struggled to find music print clothing. So you can imagine how excited  I was to finally find a music print vintage dress.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoatA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoat

Rose Gal contacted me a short while ago and asked if I would like to review some of their clothing. As soon as I saw this dress I knew I wanted to try it. I’ve been on the hunt for music print clothing for ages! I can’t begin to tell you how long I was searching for something available in plus size… The material for the dress is satin so there is little to no stretch in the fabric. I’m wearing this one in size 5XL (UK 22/24 in their sizing). I should note that there is very little boob room and it fits a little tight in that area. Truth be told I didn’t really care though, a 50s style dress with white music score print is right up my alley.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoatA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoat

When I first tried this one on I wasn’t sure how I would style it due to the tightness in the chest area. I decided that I’d have fun with a rockabilly look. Pulling out my red tulle petticoat from Vivien Of Holloway, this gave the dress a little added volume. I have more than 2 red bandanas so that was an easy addition to the outfit. Topping off the look with my black biker jacket, red lip clutch and fave red lipstick shade and I was set! I figured if I can’t have fun wrapped up in music who can!?

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red bandanaA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress and red petticoatA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoat

Playing around with retro looks is always fun to me. I always feel super sexy and feminine even if my cleavage is totally covered and my curves are hidden beneath the many folds of my petticoats. Vintage fashion is something I wish I could wear more in my day to day life. The big, bright and playful looks always lift my mood and my confidence levels. You will be sure to find me in vintage stores whenever I venture out looking for a pretty frock to wear somewhere special. The challenge is trying to find a way to incorporate retro looks into my work wardrobe. This may be something I can play around with in the near future. Stay tuned on the blog for upcoming styles!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoatA plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress, biker jacket and red petticoat

I will forever be grateful to have musical abilities and thank God each and every day for blessing my life in that area. Music has brought so many amazing people into my life, friends, colleagues and even family members. I am connected to music of every genre and style and will forever create and sing songs. The last time I really had fun on stage was in church and I hope I get to perform again soon as I miss it. Who knows maybe I’ll even get to do so in this dress! Music makes me happy and is one thing I simply could not live without so to finally be able to not only listen to it, create it and observe it, I can now wear it!

Check out some more white dresses from Rose Gal here.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a vintage retro music print swing dress and biker jacket

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