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M&S Curve – A New Fashion Range

Plus size woman wearing an M&S black double layered dress, heeled buckle boots and a biker jacketM&S Curve Launch Event 2018

It’s not often that everyone can agree on the same thing! Ask anyone in Britain to name a brand known for amazing quality and M&S comes to mind. The company have been going since 1884,  developing and expanding ever since. Food, home goods and of course fashion are just some of the things one can purchase from them. I’m super excited to be able to share some amazing news with you. Their fashions have gone from strength to strength and now we have an M&S Curve range! Partnering with the fiercely fun and stylish Danielle Vanier they created a collection with plus size women as their focus.

M&S Curve Launch 2018

On January 9th fashion bloggers, media and press agents were all invited to a lavish breakfast at London’s Ivy Soho Brasserie. Hosted by Jo Hales, head of buying for the brand and Danie. What more can someone want than to enjoy a lavish breakfast, catch up with old friends and form new acquaintances? They wanted to share some details about the range with us and showcase some lines from the collection. We learned that the main range of clothing is based around a size 12 frame. M&S wanted to focus creating the Curve collection on a size 24 woman, a true plus size collection! So far a great start to 2018, we have a fab new collection in sizes 18-32.

Danielle Vanier at the M&S Curve Launch Event 2018

Danielle Vanier wearing the half sleeve mesh midi dress she designed for the collection

Special attention went into the selection and cut of fabrics, specific print designs were chosen all with plus size women at the forefront. I can honestly say that nothing synonymous with the brand has been compromised when putting this collection together. Quality, style and variety is all a part of this range. Specially sourced size 20 mannequins will be also be used in the stores that carry the Curve collection. Great for women who aren’t so keen on shopping online and happen to see some stuff when picking up their groceries! 30 styles are already available.

Danie, was brought on to work with the brand as a consultant and she also designed 2 gorgeous LBDs (you can see me wearing one of them in these pics). A sexy bodycon with mesh shoulders and arms with some asymmetric gathering across the front. At the breakfast event Danie had said about the collaboration, ‘When I started with them I thought, they’re gonna be synonymous with quality, design, fit and fabric. Everything they do is really thought out and considered.’ 

I tried on a few of the samples that were showcased. I love that there really is something for everyone. Some great basics, work wear and dressier options are all included. A particular item to catch my attention was the incredible biker jacket. The faux leather had stretch throughout including additional stretch panels. This is available in black and gun metal grey. Even when fastened there is plenty of room in the stomach and breast area! A must have if you ask me! There was also a hot trench coat and lurex plisse jumpsuit that everyone at the event had their eye on! Be sure to keep an eye on the site as more items from the curve range become available.

Plus size woman wearing a M&S black double layered dress, heeled buckle boots and a biker jacketPlus size woman smiling wearing a M&S black double layered dress, heeled buckle boots and a biker jacket

I was thrilled to finally get my hands on some pieces from the range. Stylish, sophisticated and edgy lines can be found from M&S curve. There’s some fab items that would be great at the office, on a date night and for everyday wear. The half sleeve mesh midi dress is an item that to me is multipurpose. I can see myself wearing this casually with trainers and colourful accessories. I decided to bring a bit of a biker chick vibe to the look for these pics. Deciding to double up on the mesh by wearing fish net tights and pairing it with the curve biker jacket with a pop of red lipstick. Of course being that this was designed by Danie it was going to have some fun features. Gathered detail at the waist, the doubled layered effect, silky sash detail at the front and back zip.

Plus size woman wearing a black double layered dress, heeled buckle boots and a biker jacketPlus size woman wearing a black double layered dress, heeled buckle boots and a biker jacket

Everyone in attendance at the event were excited that some top quality items would be available on the high street at a great prince point! I’ve seen the look book and there’s some really hot lines still to come. I can’t wait to see what they bring out later in the year!
Check out the website and to look out for M&S Curve in a store near you!

Plus size smiling woman wearing a black double layered dress
*Dress And Jacket Are Gifted Items.
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Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Let’s Get Customised

A plus size woman talking on a mobile phone

One accessory that everyone has with them at all times is their phone. Many people would go into panic mode if they left the house without it. People who own tablets i’m sure feel the same way. As most of us are heavy texters, app users and general tech savvy geniuses these days it makes sense to be creative with these things! We make our gadgets work for us so why not get yours customised?

We all select what ring tone suits us best, fill up our dash boards with a selection of apps etc.. I think it’s fair to say that everyone is a little gadget obsessed these days! There are so many different cases out there that it can be hard to choose one to fit you! Rather than trying to pick something out from a market or in a store why not create your own! Go Customised got in touch with me recently to see if I would like to do just that.

A plus size woman talking on the phoneA customised phone case designA woman talking on a mobile phone

Emails and messages are often filling up my inbox, as a blogger i’m someone who always has her phone close by. During my morning and evening commute is when I get the chance to keep on top of my messages. So what would make you want to get your item customised? It’s a great way to showcase your personality to the world, especially when you’re on the go. Music is my ultimate passion and so it only made sense that I would want a music related design for my case. I’ll be honest tough I wasn’t sure what to go for. I jumped on my photoshop and threw a vibrant and colourful design together.

Many people would select a family photo, their favourite sports team or something totally abstract. There’s something to suit everyone by the company though. Go Customised have plastic hard cases, bamboo options, wallet and flip case styles for each generation of Iphone and Samsung models. It’s definitely worth checking out if you want to give your item a new look!

A plus size woman talking on the phone

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!

Who Said Grey Had To Be Dull?

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch

It’s a few days into January so let me wish you all a big Happy New Year. Even though everyone is back to work and the weather is still awful it’s not all doom and gloom. Even though the mood may feel grey that doesn’t mean grey fashion items have to be dull or boring. I’m really not a fan of the cold, in fact I can’t stand it. Maybe it’s because I was born in the middle of July, or perhaps because people aren’t as cheery this time of year. Either way I try to find fun ways to fight the chill in the air.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch A plus size woman wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch

When In The Style Curve recently released this sweater dress I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. It looked so warm and cosy in their stock photos. It’s not often that I have found a roll neck (or turtle neck to some people) sweater where the neck is fully covered and the folds stay in place. I absolutely love the fit of this one. I should note though this is a very short one if you want to wear it as a dress. It does have a true to size fit though. I’m wearing this one in size 22-24.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweaterA plus size woman wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch

I thought it would be fun to continue with wearing metallics and so I paired this top with my mini skirt from Simply Be (To read my review on this item check out this post). This gave me the little extra length that I like and was a fun way to create an outfit. I rolled the hem of the top upwards slightly to really emphasise the baggy oversized look. To finish things off I added a simple pair of fish net tights from Asos Curve and slipped on my heeled Chelsea boots.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch

I love that some items that are meant to be pretty casual can really get some added sass by the way they are accessorised. If like me you’re all about colour coordination this should be easy for you. Working with a colour pallet can simplify the decision making process when it comes to putting an outfit together. As Pink goes so well with grey I decided to wear some pink lippy with this one. Even when wearing block colours a little touch of something different can make all the difference.

A plus size woman wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled chealsea boots, holding a silver clutch A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweaterA plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater, silver mini skirt, black heeled Chelsea boots, holding a silver clutch

As it stands I believe the grey version of this sweater dress may be out of stock but it does come in a lush stone colour so be sure to pick one up while stocks last! I can assure you it is as warm as it looks! This would work really well with leggings, jeans and many other items. And for those of you who are daring enough as a single item! Tell me what key items are you wearing to battle the cold this season?

A plus size woman smiling wearing a grey turtle neck sweater

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