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Today I Choose Joy

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, Celine Audrey sunglasses, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

It’s funny, sometimes the energy you put out there can really start a new topic of discussion. I have had countless people contact me recently all speaking on the positivity I display. Many people find it to be refreshing and others have asked me ‘Mayah what makes you so happy?’ In all honesty, I choose to be happy. The more time I spend navigating this world the more I see that joy and happiness are things that don’t happen to you. These are things that you grab by the hands and take for yourself.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt, black boots and silver faux leather backpackA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, Celine Audrey sunglasses, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

My story is one full of roller coaster situations with twists and turns. My childhood and teen years saw me go through quite traumatic bullying. As a result, I ended up making poor choices, entering bad relationships and not taking care of myself. I had to reach a place where it was important for me to “check myself”. I guess you could say I learned that in order to get to a place of joy I had to start with myself…

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, black boots and silver faux leather backpackA plus size woman smiling with her eyes closedA plus size woman wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans and black boots

Several years ago my life led me to a place where I took my relationship with God to a deeper place and I decided to get baptised. I had been contemplating doing so for a while but I guess all things happen in the correct timing. People of faith often speak on joy as though it’s something only reserved for believers. I don’t agree with that statement. I think we all have a right to happiness, light and love but I do know from personal experience that we have to make it happen. People tend to fall into the trap of thinking that one day they will wake up and everything in their life will be perfect. The thing is this; if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got! I think a paradigm shift and taking the steps to make things happen is the key.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt and silver faux leather backpack A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, black boots and silver faux leather backpack

I decided to start enjoying how I look, surrounding myself with like minded and positive people among other things. Talking about what I wanted in life was a pointless exercise. Deciding to just get on with things and focus on what makes me happy and what I’m good at made the difference. The easy thing is to focus on the things we’re bad at. That weight we’ve gained, our singleness, lack of money we have… I could go on really. My point is that we spend too much time and energy thinking about what’s wrong with our situations. When you switch your thought patterns to focus on the positive everything changes. You’ll be surprised at how happy you actually are! Don’t get me wrong you may not be where you want to be but, you will have made some strides forward!

black boots and silver faux leather backpackA plus size woman smiling wearing hoop earringsA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and Celine Audrey sunglasses

When I saw this slogan t-shirt from Zizzi at Navabi I knew I had to have it. This one phrase describes my current state of mind and place in life. ‘TODAY I CHOOSE JOY!’ In other words, I’m making the choice to be happy. I like everyone else have my bad days but I thought i’m gonna make a statement by wearing the words and not just a smile! When putting this look together I wanted to pair the grey tee with a simple pair of black jeans. I selected my supper skinny stretch jeans from Lane Bryant. Yours Clothing recently sent me these fab ankle boots so they were an easy inclusion.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and grey joy slogan t-shirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and Celine Audrey sunglassesA plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat, black skinny jeans, grey joy slogan t-shirt, black boots, holding a silver faux leather backpack

Finishing things off I decided to add a touch of freshness with this baby pink trench coat from Evans. I thought it would be cool to wear some accessories. Hanna let me borrow her Celine Audrey sunglasses for some added glam. Tobi recently sent me some fun new things which I wanted to include with this look. I’m pretty sure that by now when people think of my style hoop earrings come to mind. With that being said you can see why I wanted this pair of in the loop hoops! Adding more silver I selected the faux leather backpack.

Aside from what i’m wearing, ultimately the key is to do the things that make you happy. It might the clothes you wear that make you smile, the people you’re with or what you do.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a baby pink trench coat and grey joy slogan t-shirt
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile! 

Plus+ By Bethany Rutter

A plus size woman smiling wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirt, white tutu, hot pink beret and pink ballerina shoes

When it comes to the Plus size community we have really made some huge strides over the past few years. We now have a wide variety of fashion brands on the market to cater to all of our different styles. Women all over the place are able to move and stride with an air of confidence and generally speaking we are more appreciated for what we have to offer and how we look. The standards of beauty continue to remain pretty much the same though, so when big things happen in our community we celebrate them! One of my fellow blogging sisters Bethany Rutter not only launched a fab collection with Navabi last year. We now have the most amazing little coffee table book ‘Plus+’.

Plus+ By Bethany Rutter

I was extremely honoured and flattered to have been asked to be a part of this book. Bethany has banded together a series of fabulous women from all over the world to highlight their fashion and beauty. Plus+ features women of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds across a varied age demographic. Each woman has their own style and their own way of expressing themselves. It’s great to be able to see so many different looks and styles. If you get hold of this one you will see a little something for everyone. Edgy street fashion, vintage classics, abstract looks, elegant, classy, casual and sophisticated fashion. Each woman has a quote about her style so you get a glimpse of everyone’s personalities too.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a hot pink pussy bow shirt, faux leather pleated skirt and black pumps

The cover art features American fashion blogger and designer Gabi Fresh and the foreword is penned by the ever celebrated Nicolette Mason. Bethany of course speaks about what inspired this book and how it was put together. I guess for me just knowing that a book like this is available gives me reason to smile. If you had asked me a few years ago if this sort of thing was possible I would have laughed in your face! I remember a time when plus size women were scoffed at and our fashion choices and were limited to what I call granny chic! We had nothing but butterfly prints and shapeless sacks to dress ourselves in. Being part of something celebrating us bigger women as sexy, trendy and stylish means more than you could possibly know! Hats off to Bethany for making it happen!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirt, white tutu, hot pink beret and pink ballerina shoes

Some of you may remember my reviews of not only the ruffle gingham shirt in these pics but the hot pink shirt Bethany designed.

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

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A plus size woman smiling wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirt and hot pink beret

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

Beat It 35

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots and red bandana

When it comes to music there isn’t a person alive who doesn’t know and love the works of Michael Jackson. I am one of the rare few who would loudly and proudly describe myself as a die hard fan. Thriller is still the largest selling album of all time. With that being said me and the guys are celebrating 35 years of the pop rock classic Beat It. Unfortunately I wasn’t born when the track came out but I have grown up listening to this classic song and not once has it ever felt old!

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots and red bandanaA plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots, red bandana and red lips bag

When I think of MJ’s Beat It so many things come to mind. The track destroyed boundaries all over and made Michael one of the first artists to be loved and embraced by music lovers of all races and backgrounds. Making him a world shaker and game changer on his own. It’s fair to say that Michael pretty much owned the 80s! Even though rock music was very much a white American genre back in the day, MJ was one of the pioneers to change all of that. The fierce commercial track with world famous guitar solo by Eddie Van Halen changed the game. People of all ages still have a phenomenal time playing air guitar and screaming out the catchy chorus.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket and red bandanaA plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots and red bandana

Beat it just so happens to be one of the first choreographed dance routines that fans worldwide can all do! I myself have been known to let loose when the song plays out in public. Truth be told, you really don’t care when the music is that good! I know I’m not the only one who also connects the song with the red leather zipper jacket! No one on the planet is able to wear a similar jacket without Michael Jackson and “beat it” being mentioned.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots, red bandana and red lips bagA plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, and black duster jacketA plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots and red bandana

With that being said you can understand why I decided to style this look the way that I have. King-Of-Shop is something that myself and the boys are extremely proud of. The world’s most successful and talked about MJ merchandise and apparel online store. We are known for only selling official MJ merchandise and fine collectables. Beat It is also heavily featured on the site at the moment and this t-shirt is one of the many available styles so be sure to check us out!

A plus size woman wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots, red bandana and red lips bagA plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, silver metallic Chelsea boots, red bandana and red lips bag

I was recently sent the most amazing red faux leather zip front mini skirt from In The Style Curve. I knew that it would be perfect with this t-shirt and the Beat It theme. The funky zips remind me of those on the jacket. Scarlet red and vibrant faux leather is something that any MJ fan would want to wear. I thought it would look pretty hot with my silver Chelsea boots also. Finished off with my Asos Curve fishnet tights, black duster jacket, lips bag and bandana, I was MJ ready!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt, red faux leather zip front mini skirt, black duster jacket, red bandana and red lips bag

It’s crazy to think that the song has reached a 35 year milestone but is still just a fresh today as it was when it was first heard. Weddings, parties, club nights, pop discos and events all over the world are playing this song as we speak! MJ was one of the best musical artists for creating a timeless classic and being able to reach people of all generations with his music. Beat It is no exception to the rule and will forever remain a favourite for people everywhere. Let’s not forget the incredible cherry picker routine on the live tours!

Stay tuned on the blog because I will be having fun in more MJ inspired looks and paying homage to some other classics very soon. Last summer I played around with Dirty Diana. Who knows what i’ll be having fun with next!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a Michael Jackson beat it t-shirt and red bandana

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

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