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Monochrome Mixup!

Sometimes you just feel like mixing things up a little. In my case I tend to dress according to my mood, the usual tact I take is dress in a way to compliment my mood or in an effort to change it. When it’s a hot summer day I like to wear bright and fun colours that make me feel summery and ready for anything. In the winter although I dress in accordance to the weather, my mission there is to add some much needed colour to the dreary season.
Just a few days ago Hanna, Isha and I went to the George Asda press day which took place at Somerset House to see what spring and summer delights they had to offer. That morning before heading out to meet the girls, I took a look out the window and decided that I would be wearing an outfit that was head to toe black and white. When I play around with monochrome styles the look tends to be a causal one. I figured that as I was heading to a fashion press day I would put my spin on things and play around with varying patterns and prints all in black and white.


The girls and I had a fun filled afternoon and we got to see some great new lines coming from George. Fun and fresh beach looks, sophisticated and fun outfits for the evening, cute looks for summer days and some amazing items for the home. Stay tuned for some future posts from me featuring some of the current lines available.

Working my way from top to bottom I decided to pull out a black and white bandana for my hair, those of you who know my style will know that hair scarves, bandanas and hats are very prominent in my personal style. I like to use them as a way of pulling an outfit together and more often than not they come in handy when taking care of a bad hair day! Paisley prints are something I go crazy for just as much as houndstooth and polka dots so this was an easy choice for me.


The main outfit for me was going to be some items that are from previous collections by Zizzi. What with London Fashion Week just behind us and the fashion brands all out in force promoting their High Summer ranges the slogan ‘Sport VS Fashion’ seemed to fit perfectly for a casual sports luxe sort of look. I’m wearing the oversized t-shirt dress in size XL. Paired with black leggings that come complete with a white panel across the legs, size XL. I couldn’t go wrong with the look I wanted to achieve.


To finish off the look I of course opted for my Biker Jacket from Yours Clothing, size 24. This jacket has become one of my many go-to items as it works with a large variety of styles. My dogtooth trim shoe boots from Evans were a must as I was mixing patterns and prints. For accessories I wore my houndstooth satchel, black steel diamonte chaps bracelet and chocker.

For me when it comes to style it’s subjective. Wear the clothes that make you feel incredible and have fun with how you style them! I love experimenting with my look I find it’s a really fun and changeable way of expressing myself and the great thing about it is that many other people will inspire you along the way. I see women walking down the street every day in the cutest outfits and I’m always attracted to the fine details in the outfit. I pay attention to colour combinations, accessories and makeup.

Sometimes the simple items can be really brought to life by the small things you do in your outfit. Match your lipstick colour to something in your look maybe a colour on a top, your bag etc. Find accessories to either compliment an outfit or bring a new dimension to it.

Zizzi clothes can be found at Navabi, these items may not be available but there are some really cool looks that you can pick up, check out their link here.

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

Invasion Of The Killer Curves – A Nicky Rockets Review

*This t-shirt was a gifted item

The past few years has seen some really interesting twists and turns for the plus size community. We have seen a huge surge of people championing body confidence and trying to push the envelope with how we treat ourselves and how we wish to be treated by society. Those of you who are familiar with my blog will know that I am a huge advocate for body confidence. I like to see women of all shapes and sizes making the most of what they have and doing so with style and finesse. Now I must state (as people love to make presumptions) I’m not here to promote obesity by any means, I personally would like to lose some weight but I figure whilst I am the shape and size that I am, I may as well enjoy myself and embrace what’s out there with my beauty and style options.

Recently we have seen a whole host of new brands sweep onto the market and for the first time plus size women are being spoilt for choice when it comes to fashion. I have never had so many fabrics, colours and prints in my wardrobe before and I have to say I am loving it! I will say this though, there are still some elements to my old style that I simply can’t drop and that is my love of t-shirts. I used to wear my t-shirts in a pretty safe and understated way and it was my mission last year to try and incorporate them into some of my most stylish outfits. One woman who knows a lot about how to play with t-shirt styles is Betty Pamper. Winner of last year’s Best Blogger award at the British Plus Size Awards, MUA and business woman there’s not a lot Betty isn’t involved in. She and husband Nicky created an amazing line of plus size t-shirts that not only have a fun alternative edge, these tees are also a really fun and fresh way for plus women to embrace their curves and show the world that they look hot doing it! Check out the entire collection here. At the recent cupcake party and photoshoot Betty I took part in last weekend for Scarlett & Jo; we spent a lot of time talking about the plus industry and how fashion for plus women has changed over the years. Betty then said that she would send me one of the t-shirts from the collection, and even in the middle of a busy shoot I was thinking about how I might style it.

With all the recent changes and developments in the plus arena it’s pretty befitting that one of the leading designs from Nicky Rockets is the very t-shirt I had to get my hands on. Who could resist a design with a hot and curvy chick which reads ‘Invasion Of The Killer Curves‘! The simple black and white design was one I could definitely incorporate into a monochrome look! Slashed t-shirts have always been my thing, I used to buy t-shirts and cut them across the shoulders, so to be able to get a t-shirt that is already slashed in the right place is definitely a bonus and brings with it that cool 1980s flair that I really love! The t-shirt is also available in ladies fit, round neck and in a vest format and comes in sizes S – 4XL so there’s something to suit everyone. The fit of these tees is true to size and the fabric is a really strong yet soft material.

I decided to pair mine with my Contrast PU Leggings from Misguided, size 24. When styling t-shirts I like to add a little something extra to take it from being a simple casual item to a more stylish one. The pleather fronts of these leggings for me provide a little bit of rock edge and also comes in handy this time of year as they’re really warm to wear. I of course had include a houndstooth print where possible so my new Black Dogtooth Trim Shoe Boots from Evans were a must! To finish up I knew I had to add red lippy and so my ruby red glitter lips had to be worn (review to come soon). For accessories I wanted to wear something a little different so my so my steel and black diamonte chaps chocker and bracelet and black hair scarf completed my look.

I have to say it’s really nice to see people really appreciating and enjoying their curves and for the first time in a long time full figured bodies are really being celebrated so I’m sure that loads of you out there will want to get your hands on your own Rockets tee!

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

Release The Hounds – A Lane Bryant Review

When it comes to jackets there are a lot of things I look at when picking out an item. I like items that work with other bits in my wardrobe. I think about the clothes I currently have and how I might style the new piece with them. I like jackets that I wear as a simple cover up and often these are the focal point to my look. I gravitate towards interesting adornments or features in a jacket and if those aren’t the things catching my eye it tends to be the colour or print. I have always liked items that can remain in your wardrobe and aren’t necessarily what’s “in” at the moment. Unfortunately I don’t have the kind of bank balance that allows me to dispose of items just because they are not in season. To be honest with you I wouldn’t want that anyway. I love the feeling of buying a new outfit and being absolutely in love with it, so much so that to part with it would be a challenge!

I have made no secret about my love of things that are classic and vintage. Polka dots, pleats and prints. This year I have worn a fair amount of items which have a houndstooth print. When I saw this gorgeous Moto Jacket from Lane Bryant I absolutely fell in love with it! This was something I knew I could wear with many of my clothes both in and out of the office. I loved that for such a sophisticated item it came with a casual twist. Under the arms at the waist line of the jacket there is a thick black panel which accentuates the shape in the waist and is a nice way to break up the print. The zip fastening takes the jacket up and across the chest in a diagonal style and provides a really nice coverage. I have worn this item at work almost in the form of a blazer with smart black trousers, a camisole and heels. For office wear it makes for a really practical and comfortable piece.

I got this in a size 24 which leaves me plenty of boob room and allows me to fasten it completely with a sweater underneath. Despite the fact that this feels quite light weight on it is still quite warm so if like me you prefer to wear thinner layers this one will provide great coverage and warmth. The lining is really silky to the touch and makes for a really comfortable jacket.

With this outfit in particular Hanna and I were on afternoon walk looking for cool spots to take some pictures for our blogs and we came across this really cute street nearby where all the houses were painted in beautiful pastel colours. It’s nice when see things like that close to where you live. Especially as London can be quite colourless in places.

With this outfit I was feeling quite casual and seeing as there was a little winter sun I thought I’d take advantage of the situation and wear one of my favourite summer dresses. The cold shoulder dress from Boohoo has made for a pretty cool staple piece that I was able to use in various looks. I wanted something loose fitting and oversized so I got this one in a size 24. The weather wasn’t quite warm enough for tights so I opted for a simple pair of black leggings. I wanted a little extra bling for this look to accent the classic print in the jacket so my Legroom boots from Fashion World were a must!

For my jewellery I opted for some items from Primark; the necklace earrings and ring. I couldn’t resit wearing my houndstooth satchel with this outfit either. It just seemed like the perfect bag for this look. I know it’s houndstooth overload but I just couldn’t resist. You may have also noticed recently that I’m pretty into my hats at the moment, especially berets so I opted for my old favourite from Simply Be.

If you like the look of the jacket or have something similar please send me some pictures, I’d love to see how you styled the item and what you did with it. This is most definitely one of those items I will hold onto for a while and it will most definitely appear in some other looks of mine. Don’t be afraid to change a perceived look, play around with your clothes. Some causal bits can be made more dressy and some more sophisticated items can be taken down a more causal route. Have fun with your outfits and try out different things.

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