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London Spring

A plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakers by a traditional red UK phone box

One of the things I love about being born in London is that there is just so much to do. We have some gorgeous parks, historical sights and great architecture to indulge in. I live close to to Hampstead Heath and really enjoy taking walks there when the weather is nice. This particular part of the city has remained the same for so long. Unlike the glass structures and modern fixtures you see everywhere we still see old buildings, red phone boxes and other things that are typically British.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakersA plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, and white denim jacket by a traditional red UK phone box

The other day I was taking an afternoon walk around Hampstead on a cooler spring day. I decided that as it was drizzling I would pull on some lighter items and celebrate the spring that way. It’s the time of year when although the sun is out and the weather is hot we still have wet and dreary days. I pulled on these fun pearl jeans from Evans Clothing. My thought was that i’d wear something casual and easy. When it comes to denim you just can’t go wrong!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakersA plus size woman wearing pearl jeansA plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakers by a traditional red UK phone box

Along side the jeans I thought I’d pull on this baby blue off the shoulder sweater from Navabi. This top is also available in peachy Apricot but with blue being my favourite colour there really was no choice lol. I thought i’d wear a simple pair of converse sneakers and a white denim jacket to finish things off. One thing London could be famous for is unpredictable weather so at times you have to be prepared for all eventualities.

A plus size woman smiling in a traditional red UK phone boxA plus size woman wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakers by a traditional red UK phone boxA plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, white denim jacket by a traditional red UK phone box

The funny thing is I have lived in London my entire life and some things never get old! Since the rise of mobile phone usage you pretty much would never see a phone box anywhere but the traditional red ones have been left in place. Some of them have random plants and things placed inside. This one I stumbled across still worked which is a rare thing to see in the city!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater and white denim jacketA plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater, pearl jeans, white denim jacket and converse sneakers

London is my home town. I was born here and have never lived anywhere else. So many people come to my city and fall in love with the place. When you grow up somewhere like this it’s easy to overlook the gorgeous architecture, history and splendour. Such a diverse place to live bursting with life and madness lol. With the run up to the Royal wedding one can’t help but be surrounded by all things British and enjoy it!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a off the shoulder sweater and white denim jacket
*Top And Jeans Are Gifted Items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

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! 

In The Varsity

A plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea boots

Sometimes things just come together in a way that works. I love to get girly and dressed up as you guys know but I do love being comfortable and casual. I have always loved varsity jackets. This might have something to do with my appreciation of vintage fashion? When I take a look in my wardrobe I see a series of jackets all with a varsity cut. I currently have 3 Michael Jackson ones, 2 basic casual ones and now this hot metallic number! Navabi contacted me over Christmas and asked me if I would like to select a gift to celebrate the holidays. It was actually Hanna who spotted this one and was like ‘this jacket is so you!’. Of course she was right, I wanted it as soon as I saw it!

A plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea bootsA plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea boots

In some ways i’m a typical woman, I love shinny things! Metallic and sparkly clothing items draw me in the same way a woman is pulled to jewels. I know we’re in the new season but I still have an appreciation for metallic fashion. What I love about this jacket is that unlike many, the distressed texture adds some edge and difference to things. The long-line cut makes this one workable with bodycon dresses, jeans, tunics, t-shirts and a multitude of items. I should note though that the glitter does like to get on other clothes so you may wish to select light or grey items to wear with it! Most of us like to up-size with jackets and coats to accommodate the clothes under and make room for our bust. I got this one in size 26/28.

A plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea bootsA plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacketA plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea boots

Monochrome outfits for me are so easy to wear and can be casual with a twist. I decided that rather than wear black and white i’d select black and silver items. Evans recently sent me a pair of coated jeggings and I thought that the texture against the metallic jacket would be a fun look. These are a true to fit size and are high waisted. I’m wearing these in a size 24. I feel that black items are so easy to incorporate into the wardrobe and make for a great basic.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea bootsA plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black chelsea boots

Sometimes you want to wear an outfit that is simple, comfortable and effortless. I do find that items like varsity jackets can be worn in so many ways. If you wanna see how I wore one in a sexier and dressier look check out this post from last year. As I always say multipurpose clothing items are great for those of us on a budget! I plan on wearing this jacket with a series of different items. Why worry about people seeing you in the same thing more than once. It gives you the chance to be creative?!

A plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea bootsA plus size woman wearing a metallic varsity jacket, black coated jeggings, and black Chelsea boots

I thought pair these items with an oversized black top and i’d put my hair in bunches, keep my makeup simple and wear my signature hoop earrings with my long cross chain. A simple yet flashy look all at the same time lol. As I said before I don’t think you can go wrong with shinny things lol. Maybe next i’ll add a pop of colour to switch things up a little. Stay tuned, who knows I may include this one in another outfit on the blog one day!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic varsity jacket

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