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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! 

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!

The Beauty In The Pleat – A Lane Bryant Review

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels and sunglasses

What woman out there doesn’t love a cute and summery outfit with a little added flare? In summer we are given the opportunity to experiment with layers, colours, textures and prints. Skirts and dresses are my go-to items in the warmer months. Their light and easy style make putting outfits together a lot of fun and can bring in new flavour. I fell in love with this gorgeous pleated midi skirt from Lane Bryant as soon as I had seen it! The kiss coloured flowers, gentle pleats and light fabric touch on the vintage with elements of modern style and make this a great summer option. Pleated plus size skirts are everywhere at the moment in a variety of lengths and shapes. Currently the trend is bold, block colours and metallic fabrics and so, we have something a little different with this…

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heelsA plus size floral pleated worn by a woman in the breeze

The highlight of my summer so far was of course my long anticipated trip to Las Vegas! For as long as I could remember I had wanted to see what made the city so spectacular. Weddings, celebrations and gambling are what sin city is most known for after all. In preparation for my American adventure I reached out to my friends at Lane Bryant to see if there was a store close to my hotel. The world famous fashion brand is a place all plus size fashionistas need to see when stateside! I’ve been a long-time fan of the company, their ethos shines bright with body positivity and their clothes reflect their views.

Lane Bryant Stephanie Henderson, Las Vegas Lane Bryant Dressing Room Reservation Label Plus Size Women In Lane Bryant Store

The weather was scorching hot as soon as I stepped off the plane and I knew that I was in for an amazing trip! I love the feeling of the sun on my skin and although I had an MJ packed few days; I couldn’t wait to meet the Lane ladies! Day one into my trip, I jumped in a taxi and headed over to the Stephanie Henderson store just a 30 minute drive away from the strip. I was greeted by a group of beautiful women with huge smiles and such a welcoming atmosphere. I felt like a total VIP, a beautifully lit dressing room had been set aside for me. Gorgeous clothes awaiting me, music playing and amazing vibes all around. I selected a series of items to try on (some of which you’ll see on the blog very soon).

Check out a review of the stripy dress I wore during my visit here (dress still available online).

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels and sunglassesA plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels

Being in a Lane Store was an experience I won’t forget anytime soon. I have been admiring the variety of styles from the brand including their sexy Cacique Lingerie from afar and was finally able to try on countless items in sequence. I picked up this lace trimmed blush cami to wear with the skirt, also in 22. The colour matches the floral detail of the pleated skirt perfectly. Topped with a thick elasticated waist band and soft lining, the skirt is such a comfortable item on a hot day. It feels light against the skin and extremely soft to the touch.

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing sunglassesA plus size woman smiling in a denim shirt, wearing sunglasses

I thought it would be nice to pair the outfit with my champagne coloured heels from Hotter and a soft denim shirt. Pretty, girly outfits can easily be dressed down slightly for a more casual summer look. It’s nice to stand out in a bright ensemble in an understated way sometimes. For accessories I opted for a gold clutch and these amazing Le Specs Liar Lair sunglasses in matte stone colour. My signature hoop earrings were a must in addition to my regular makeup and a soft pink lip gloss.

A plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels and sunglassesA plus size woman smiling in a pleated skirt and denim shirt, wearing heels

I have to say I had an incredible time in Vegas, especially meeting some of the Lane Bryant team. I really hope I get to see these incredible women again as they gave me a shopping experience that not only plus women want, all women want! On my way back to the hotel and reflecting on the previous few hours I had, it was clear to me that shopping should be a pleasurable experience and can be. I left the store feeling valued as a customer, had a series of stylish options to choose from and, that I wanted to return soon. I’d never felt so happy shopping for clothes as a fat woman before! I have of course said to the ladies that if they are ever on this side of the pond i’ll be sure to show them the sights and sounds of London!

A plus size woman smiling in a Michael Jackson t-shirt, by the Las Vegas signA plus size woman smiling in a denim shirt, on a summers day

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

Jump To It – A Studio 8 Review

There are some clothing options that tend to put the fear of dread into the average big girl, it seems that jumpsuits would be one of these options. Many women out there tend to avoid wearing jumpsuits because there is a worry of having too much of an exposed belly, protruding muffin top or a rather visible camel toe! I can honestly see why the concerns are there with clothing items like these because when it comes to buying an all-in-one item as a larger lady, there are many things to be considered….

We all come in different shapes and sizes, heights and profiles. My personal concern whenever I buy an item like this is that I have plenty of room for my boobs, booty and stomach. It’s important for me to have plenty of comfort in the upper arm area also. As a 5’5 (165cm tall) woman I fit the average height but, many of my peers are on the taller side of things and this can make selecting an item like this a challenge! For those of us who enjoy a jumpsuit, buying one can make you feel like Goldilocks in search for the perfect bowl of porridge; we all want that one that is “just right”. There isn’t a woman alive who doesn’t want to feel fabulous in her clothes and anything that can impede that feeling of unquestionable confidence can result in a multitude of problems!
Ladies everywhere have reported on some jumpsuits being too long, too short, or that the rise is too high in the crotch. The general consensus is usually that there is something preventing the item from fitting perfectly!

Recently I was at a AW17 preview for the upcoming collections by Navabi and Studio 8. Every autumn and winter offering there are a series of dark coloured items to suit the party season and the colder days to come. Studio 8, a brand known for sophisticated style and high quality always have a variety of styles to offer and, one of the items on display was this Navy Claudia Jumpsuit. The rich colour and gold belt immediately caught my eye and I wanted to try it on! I have recently taken the view that I shouldn’t make assumptions when it comes to what may or may not suit me; I find that the best thing to do is to just be quiet, shut up and try on the item lol.

I was really impressed with the fit of this one, the length was perfect for me and I instantly knew that I could wear it with shoes or heels and, not have the hems of the trouser legs drag against the floor. I find that a lot of jumpsuits are made with really long legs that need to be hemmed. I love that there are discreet pockets with enough space for your phone, lippy and credit cards! The scoop neckline makes for a modest item that can be worn on a date night, at the office, to a party or any other event you might fancy. The wide set-elbow sleeves are extremely comfortable and for ladies like myself who have larger upper arms this is a really nice touch, I’m wearing this one in a size 24 and should note that it is true to size.
The gold belt is elasticated and makes for a really nice adornment, I actually have worn this jumpsuit with the belt unfastened at times. I find that it looks like 2 gold pins on either side of the waist band and can slightly switch up the look.

Those of us on a budget often find that multi-purpose items are must. When buying something of a slightly higher price point, they can serve as an investment item to last many years. Often I speak about how your clothing can change or enhance your mood and this item is definitely one that brings out a different side of my personality. I feel super sexy, elegant and womanly in this item even though I’m nearly covered from head to toe without a hint of cleavage! I find that I can feel sexy in many different items but, it’s not often that having everything covered bar my face and forearms can achieve this!

When I wear a deep navy or a black outfit I always go for a blood red lippy! I love how the red works against my complexion and as I tend to wear pinup, vintage style makeup this brings out that sassy, feminine side of my personality. I thought I’d go the extra mile and wear my red lip clutch bag to add a little more colour to the look. As the jumpsuit has that element of gold I thought I’d wear my gold hoop earrings and champagne heels from a previous collection by Hotter to finish things off!
For those of you looking for the perfect jumpsuit with great style and quality you have to check out the current range from Studio 8, this one is currently on sale too!

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