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Get It Checked

A plus size woman wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

Over the past few years we have seen that checked shirts have been in style for women all over the country. I personally hadn’t owned one until just a few months ago. Now I find myself with a few in my wardrobe each with a different element of style. In The Style Curve have quite a range of plus size clothing and there is pretty much something for everyone. Sometimes you just want to wear something with some colour that can either be dressy, smart or casual.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

When I saw this shirt from the Binky collection I knew I wanted to try it out. The rich and warm colours really caught my eye. Reds and oranges really work against my complexion so I knew that something containing both would be a really nice fit. This one is designed as a dress but I like to wear it as a shirt with some extra length. I like that checked shirts allow for a mix of colours in a single garment. It can make putting together an outfit rather fun. I decided to keep things simple and only wear black with this one.

A plus size woman wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

Whenever I buy dresses or shirts with front fastening buttons I up-size. When you have a large bust you need to account for this to minimise the gaping that can take place. I have this one in size 26 because of this. I like that unlike other checked shirt designs there is a small but subtle added detail, the sleeves! They come with long checked ties that you can use to fasten bows or leave loose if you wanted to have a different look altogether!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

Lane Bryant recently sent me this pair of super stretch skinny jeans. Of course black skinny jeans go with a multitude of clothing items so you can see why it was so easy for me to pair these with my checked shirt dress. I should note that usually you downsize with American sizing when buying in the UK. I did however get these in a size 26. From my trip to Vegas last summer I knew that with Lane my size for shorts, trousers and jeans would be a US size 26. That being said if you disregard the size label in the back of your jeans the fit is amazing. The denim is super stretch and extremely comfortable. They honestly feel as comfortable as a pair of thick leggings. Perfect for this time of year!

A plus size woman wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt, black skinny jeans, and black patent buckle boots

So there are many ways you can put together a casual yet stylish look. Some work with shapes, prints and cuts. I like to colour coordinate my looks and go from there. Whatever it is you do to look stylish be sure to have fun in your clothes and stay warm in the winter cold!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a checked shirt

*Checked Skirt And Jeans Are Gifted Items
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!

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!

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!

Pink Isn’t Only For Barbie! A Lane Bryant Review

A plus size woman smiling wearing a pink convertible midi dress and white denim jacket

One colour I didn’t enjoy wearing too much in my younger years was pink! As it turns out I realise that the colour isn’t just for us women, it looks amazing on everyone of all shapes and colours. As I scroll through my social media feed I come to realise that all girls love pink! Makeup, clothing, accessories…you name it people everywhere are really feeling the many shades of pink. When I was in Las Vegas in July I found this incredible hot pink plus size convertible midi dress during my trip to Lane Bryant. When it comes to summer fashion we all love a bit of colour. I enjoy wearing bright, bold and striking colours when the sun is shining. With just a few days left in the season i’m making the most of the newest additions in my wardrobe.

A plus size woman wearing a pink convertible midi dress and white denim jacket holding a backpackA plus size woman wearing a pink convertible midi dress and white denim jacket

I guess you could say people tend to think of pink as a girly colour, which it is but, many people are rocking it in a variety of ways. I’ve seen men sporting some really nice summer suits, slacks even sunnies this season. Ladies like myself have been playing around with prints, florals etc.. I don’t own a lot of pink but when I do get items this colour, I tend to go for hot pink! I was on the lookout for something comfortable and flattering to wear in the sweltering Vegas heat. As soon as I saw this plus size convertible midi dress I went right to the fitting room to try it on! The gathered detail makes it hang in a way where it clings to only the best parts. In these pictures I’m wearing this dress strapless. It does however come with additional straps that can slide into sewn in clips. With 2 adjustable sections you can make them a closer fit or far apart depending on the width of your shoulders and what feels best for you. The top of the bust-line is elasticated for a snug and secure fit so either way works.

A plus size woman smiling, wearing a pink convertible midi dress and white denim jacket holding a backpack by a benchA plus size woman wearing a pink convertible midi dress and white denim jacket

I’m only 5’5 in height and so for me the length of the dress is maybe a bit longer than intended but, if you want something a little shy of maxi length and you’re 5’7 or under this would be perfect. The fabric is a super soft jersey, lightweight and perfect on a really hot day. For a delicate and simple dress, the material is thick enough to withstand a strong breeze and will conceal your undergarments when stretched.

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I feel super girly when I wear pink but, I like to think of myself as the queen of coordination. I’m one of these people where everything has to match. When styling this look I did think that to add more pink would take away from the dress. Not wanting to look too candy coloured I decided to pull on a white denim jacket, white brogue shoes and a white pleather backpack. I’m always on the go and so I need my fashion to be fun and practical at the same time. I did however decide to wear my favourite pink lippy, Raspberry Miracle 04 from Lumene.

A plus size woman wearing a pink convertible midi dress and white denim jacket A plus size woman smiling, wearing a pink convertible midi dress and white denim jacket

So I guess it’s kind of funny, the older I get, the more cutesy and girly I become! I don’t think we ever grow out of playing dress up, even if we do it in a playful, understated sort of way. Casual or glamorous, come rain or shine I love bright colours. Your mood can become heightened just by what you wear, the spring in your step may get some extra bounce and people may even smile at you more frequently. I intended on wearing some much needed colour in the autumn and winter months. I plan on transitioning from light summer styles to some interesting but fun looks this coming fall. You will most definitely see me wearing some fun things, who knows maybe even more pink!

Check out this recent post where I feature hot pink in another summer style.

A plus size woman smiling, wearing a whit jacket and a pink convertible midi dress dress

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…

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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.

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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!

Cutely Sophisticated With Arched Eyebrow!

*The Blouse Was A Gifted Item

There’s nothing more exciting for a fashionista than learning of a new and upcoming collection. The thought of being able to try out some new and exciting clothing is always a plus especially for us bigger girls! I was recently at a AW17 preview of the new Navabi collections and, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that one of the new ranges was completely designed by one of my blogging sisters Bethany aka Arched Eyebrow! For the past few years I have been a fan of Bethany’s blog and have enjoyed seeing her girly yet edgy and sophisticated style come to life through her photos.

Her range features bold and bright block colours, pretty bows and feminine details with a twist that add more than just a little colour to the winter wardrobe. I tried on this hot pink pussybow blouse and just knew I had to get my hands on it, in addition to a gorgeous cobalt blue coat and gingham shirt (i’ll be sharing the shirt with you in a future post)! I’m wearing this one in a size 26, the 24 was a great fit and true to size but with shirts I always like to up-size for the additional boob room. There’s nothing worse than when a cute shirt gapes in the front when you move and, I didn’t want to take any chances and wanted to be able to wear this one without any restrictions.

The buttons are embossed cut black triangles which give this item a little twist, there is also one at the back of the neck to keep the bow secured and in place. What I love about this top is that it’s cutely sophisticated and even though it is 100% Bethany personified, it works for all women out there and can bring a fun element to your own personal style. The bow can be tightly tied or left rather wide (which I have done in these photos).

The rich candy colour of the blouse is really easy to style and would work with denim, black, white, pinks and a variety of fun prints. I decided to pair this one with an a-line shaped, pleated pleather skirt from a previous Lane Bryant collection, some cute ankle boots from New Look, a leopard clutch, my signature hoop earrings and a hot pink lippy. What I love about this blouse is that it’s a multi purpose item. I knew as soon as I saw it that I could wear this to the office, as a causal item for a fun daytime look and even on a night out with friends.

I have to say I’m really happy to see that a blogger with her own style and approach is being highlighted in such a way and, that people who may not have known her before can pick up a piece of it for themselves and add it to their own wardrobes. I hope that a second collection is on the cards for Bethany as her items are great in style and quality and in my opinion, are must have items for everyone!

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

Nautical Summer Style

Top And Trousers Are Gifted Items*

I love this time of year! The sun is shinning, everyone is in a playful mood and wanting to spend as much time outdoors as possible. July is a special month for me for so many reasons, for one thing it’s my birthday this month and this year I’m heading to Vegas! I cannot wait to soak up some of the desert sun, catch a fun stage show and see what the city known for millions of lights has to offer. At the moment i’m still in London and the sun is shining fierce and hot over here and, I hope it stays this way for quite some time!

I love the fun and fresh colours that are available, fun pastels, pretty florals and of course nautical stripes! Navabi sent me the most amazing pair of wide legged trousers from Manon Baptiste with a series of fun navy and white stripes. I have to say these are so comfortable and the thick elasticated waist band makes for a tailored yet floating feel. The tassels are really fun and playful (even though I tucked them in for this look), I have to say I do enjoy a good pair of statement trousers. This is the time of year where bold prints are a must so why not have fun with them?

I knew I wanted to wear a really fun summer top with these pants and seeing as I’m the queen or coordination it was always gonna be something blue or white! I was recently sent the cutest top from Lane Bryant. The belted off the shoulder top brings a little bit of girly magic to a simple piece. This one is part of the amazing Glamour X collection and, I have to say I LOVE IT!  There are thin elasticated loops to hold the belt in place and the front can be tied in a way that suits your own personal style. I wanted a large girly bow when I wore this one. The belt really helps to accentuate the waist and showcase your curves, even for such a loose item. The gathered neck detail is also really flattering in addition to the fluted sleeves.

I pulled out my old pair of blue wedges and finished off my look with my signature hoop earrings, a navy bandana, blue flower bracelet and my favourite blue cross. Now when the weather is like this an amazing pair of sunnies is very much needed! I decided that my pair of Ted Baker Belle Tortoiseshell glasses were a must! The gold mirrored lenses are really nice and the feature makes these really nice to wear when the sun is beaming bright and strong.

Enjoy this time of year, get out with friends and family, make the most of what the season has to offer. There are so many amazing events and parties to attend but if you’re more low key and you just want to kick back that can be a lot of fun too. I plan to spend the rest of the summer in a variety of ways and I definitely have to catch up with some friends. I’ll be sure to play around with some fun summer styles in the process so stay tuned!

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

Summer Stripes – A Lane Bryant Review

*This is a gifted Dress

Summers in the UK seem to get shorter with each passing year. As a summer baby born in July I crave the warm sunny days where the flowers have bloomed, pub gardens are packed and we can wear those cute summer outfits that are needed during the warmer months. I love it when I can get really cute and girly and I find that summer is the season where I most enjoy doing so. I was recently sent a cute stripy sun dress from Lane Bryant and I was finally able to wear it last weekend. Technically summer starts in June but lately in London the warm days have been few and far between but, when they do finally come they tend to be sweltering hot!

I really love this dress it’s bright, light and extremely comfortable. I really like the length and found that I could easily wear anti-chafe shorts without them being seen if I wanted to. The thick shoulders allow for any style of bra to be worn and I was able to select one that provided me with a lot of comfort and support in the summer heat. I often worry that buttons will gape when it comes to any item of clothing with a front fastening due to the size of my breasts. With this dress I found that I had more than enough boob room with all of the buttons fastened although in these photos I chose to leave a few open at the top for a little cleavage to be shown. The tie detail at the front I found to be a really cute way to accentuate the waist and showcase the shape of the breasts when fastened.

The bright pastel blue of the dress is perfect for this season and the different sized stripes I think is a nice touch and elongates the length of my 5’5 frame. I deiced to pair this one with a pair of brown leather sandals from a previous Lane Bryant collection, my signature hoop earrings and a pair of Isabel Marant Daria Mirrored glasses. I felt a little like a 70s soul diva in this outfit I have to say lol. The temperature in London was about 32 degrees Celsius when I took these pics. Even in such hot sun I was more than comfortable and felt like summer had well and truly arrived!

I love to wear a comfortable heel regardless of the time of year but a cute pair of open toe sandals or wedges really tops off a summer look. I could have gone for a white or blue shoe to compliment the colours in the dress but thought i’d go the other way and work with the sunglasses I was wearing. If there was a bit of a chill in the air then a white cardigan or a denim jacket of some kind would have been a nice addition to this outfit.

I’m really hoping that I have some more sunny days to enjoy in London as I have several summer outfits I plan on wearing! If all else fails I am taking a trip to Vegas next month to celebrate my 30th and I will most definitely be able to sport some of my summer looks in the strong desert sun! I used to dread swealtering hot days as I would want my arms covered due to lack of confidence. Now I could care less about layering up on a hot day and choose comfort before anything else. Having said that comfort doesn’t have to be safe and boring. It can fun, sexy and flattering all at the same time!

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

Slay Sista Slay!

You know it’s funny, sometimes the oddest things can make you adopt a different posture, mindset and even attitude! I was recently sent the most amazing statement t-shirt from one of my favourite brands Lane Bryant. I opened up a pretty little black box sealed with a bright red ribbon and the words “SLAY SISTA SLAY” were speaking loud and clearly to me! I know it sounds weird but when I saw the slogan gleaming up at me from the box I thought to myself ‘OK then, I will!’ I use the term slay a lot, I find that when I see someone totally rocking their style and pushing forward in their lives doing big things the term is often applied. I guess you could call it a seal of approval that is used all the time in street lingo and internet speak. It got me thinking though, why don’t I just throw on something fabulous hit the streets of London and do my thing!

You guys know how much I love monochrome outfits! I have a series of different black and white styles that I enjoy wearing but when it comes to t-shirts I tend to keep it more comfortable than anything else. I knew that my Manon Baptiste sequin bomber from Navabi was going to compliment the outfit I had in mind perfectly. I do enjoy wearing sequins and I love the fact that they are making their way into more casual clothing items. All Michael Jackson fans have sequins somewhere in their wardrobe and I’m most definitely a sequin wearing fan lol. I got this one in a size 24.

Hanna and I were out for lunch and she borrowed me her pleated leather skirt from Lane Bryant to go with my look. I love this skirt and i’m sad that it’s no longer available because I would have to get my hands on one for myself. I really like the length and the style. This is definitely an item that could work for edgy, sexy and sophisticated looks. A tutu might make for a more playful version of this outfit also. I slipped on a pair of black tights, my Vanity Boots from Hotter and I was almost slaying! I pulled out my twists, let my hair hang free applied a coat of Divine Wine (shade 975) lipstick from Maybelline New York and I was ready to hit the road…

It’s funny how fashion can dictate how you feel sometimes. Some styles can make you feel like a dainty princess, others a sexy vixen and many items have been known to make a woman feel like a boss bitch! You can’t help but walk with confidence when an outfit requires that you SLAY SISTA SLAY! I’m going to be on the look out for more fun slogan tees and I look forward to playing around with different looks.

Lane Bryant continue to be a brand that is pioneering body confidence in women of all ages, colours, shapes and sizes. Their latest campaign #This Body is all about how we as women can do anything we want! Dream big, sing big, dance big and pretty much do whatever makes you feel good whilst loving the skin you’re in and smiling hard! The commercial is amazing and I definitely see myself in this campaign. So ladies I say slay hard, do what makes you dream and reach high!

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