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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…

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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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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!

Soft, Blue And Velvet

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

It’s the end of the year and as we are enjoying the remaining days in our Christmas break, making the most of the good food and chill time. At the moment most people are thinking of how they want to bring in the new year. Thoughts of resolutions are taking place, people are wondering who will give them a kiss when the clock strikes twelve… others take the time to think about what they will be wearing and how much alcohol they will or won’t consume lol. Making the most of this season and the weather I will again be either wearing a velvet or a sequin number.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

This is the third and final instalment of my velvet series. I started off by writing about another soft velvet wrap dress. I then followed this by discussing a mulled wine dress, perfect for Christmas. I’ve been having fun and recently Navabi sent me this gorgeous wrap dress and I was thrilled! Manon Baptiste are known for luxurious premium fashion for us plus size women and offer a fabulous range of clothing. If you’re looking for something with that extra wow factor they can and will deliver! What I love about this dress besides the gorgeous colour and sumptuous velvet is the design. To me the dress is a cross between an elegant wrap dress and feminine smokers jacket. The lace trim adds a sassy feminine touch perfect for some additional elegance and the v-neck cut is perfect to showcase the decolletage.

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The soft velvet is thick and warm and has a nice amount of stretch. This cut would suit women of all shapes and moulds perfectly to the curves. The ties are really long so you can pretty much wear them in whatever way makes you feel comfortable. With 2 invisible loops, one on each side of the waist, this is one that you can feel secure wearing without having to worry about adjusting constantly. I really like that the sleeves are long as you still feel covered even though you may have your legs on show and some cleavage out. This one is definitely true to size. I selected this in a size 24.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

When putting this outfit together I was heading out for a Christmas get together with friends. The idea was to be festive and stylish. I pulled on a simple pair of black tights and wore my newest pair of ankle boots from Yours Clothing. To finish things off I dug out my old blue sequin blue beret for added sparkle. I thought my new fluffy clutch from In The Style would be perfect as the black compliments the hem of the dress, my tights and hair colour. The silver chain works perfectly with my hoop earrings and the sparkle in my hat.

A plus size woman wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress, blue sequin beret, black fluffy bag, tights and black ankle boots

Blue is my favourite colour! It is really nice to be able to wear another fab dress in rich royal blue. Who can go wrong in soft, sumptuous velvet?! There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t feel fabulous when they wear this luscious fabric. Who knows I may even wear both sequins and velvet to bring in the new year! Whatever i’ll be wearing it’ll definitely be stylish and fun!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a blue velvet wrap dress and blue sequin beret
*This Dress, Bag And Boots Were A Gifted Items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Something Sweet

A plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heels

It’s that time of year when the winter cold has finally set in. We all struggle to figure out what to wear when battling the elements. I like to still bring in my style with the new season as well as dress in a comfortable and bright way. I love the blacks, greys and navys as much as the next girl, but sometimes something else is required. Don’t you wanna have that little something extra than everyone else in your outfit? Navabi reached out to me and sent me an amazing outfit of my choice and guess what, it can be yours too! Before we get into what I mean by that let me break down my look for you…

A plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heelsA plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heels

If you have been following my blog for a while you’ll know I have a thing for cute shirts! Pussybow shirts and tops have very much been the in style for a couple of years now. Marina Rinaldi are the brand behind this amazing one i’m wearing! Denim is a fabric with limited stretch and so like I do with all of my shirts I picked this one up in a larger size than what I would usually wear, size 26 to be exact. Those of us women with larger boobs have to accommodate for the fastening of buttons and the possibility of gaping. It should be noted that I wasn’t wearing the best bra when I took these photos. I was unwell at the time and comfort was my priority. It’s a really nice length though and can easily be worn with other skirts, trousers and jeans.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heelsA plus size woman wearing a denim pussybow shirtA plus size woman wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heels

So the shirt was the first item I picked when putting this look together. You know me, I like items that can be worn in a variety of ways. I did however decide to select an item that would be great for the season and could be worn with other items in my closest. This led me to the fabulous a-line faux leather skirt in Bordeaux red colour. A warm colour perfect for both autumn and winter, especially the Christmas season. I already knew that I had a variety of lipstick shades that would make a perfect match! I also knew that I had the perfect pair of heels to compliment my look. This I selected in a size 24. I also selected a pair of 60 denier tights, size 24-26. Once the cold sets in it’s always good to have a nice pair to keep the chill at bay.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heelsA plus size woman wearing a faux leather skirtA plus size woman smiling wearing a denim pussybow shirt, faux leather skirt and heels

Now I’ve broken down my look and what led me to select these items here is where it comes to you! Navabi and I are give you the chance to win this entire outfit (apart from the heels lol). All you have to do is as follows, the winner will be selected at random and the outfit will be theirs! Good luck everyone!

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

It’s All About The Ruffles

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

Don’t you just love it when you find an item of clothing that you can wear in many different ways? A few months back, I was at a preview for some fresh new styles for AW17. Block colours, fun prints and bold cuts were on display for us to see. Navabi is a brand that carries a collection of styles from a wide selection of plus size brands, each with their own flair and all with quality and originality at the forefront of their ethos. One of my very own blogging sisters Bethany aka Arched Eyebrow designed one of their current collections. You can see my review of her hot pink pussy bow blouse here. In truth the cobalt blue items were of course ones I wanted to try out but it was the pink lines that most captivated me, especially this ruffled gingham shirt.

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

What immediately caught my eye was of course the baby pink gingham. As a huge lover of vintage fashion, gingham contributes to some of my favourite rockabilly and retro looks. The freshness of the colouring with this shirt made the item a transitional piece in my view. I opted to wear a denim mini skirt and high heels with this one but I could see myself styling it in many ways. This could make for a fun and vibrant item in the office or a fun casual item. I could even see this one being worn with a little cowgirl magic for a fab rodeo feel. Bethany 100% has a style of her own and these ruffles are most definitely her!

A plus size woman wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirtA plus size woman wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirt, denim mini skirt and high heels

Trying to find ways to make a classic piece like a shirt have something different can be a huge challenge. The cut and shape of this ruffled gingham shirt is flattering on women of all shapes, sizes, and colours. What I like is that the ruffles bring something fresh and new to whatever you match the shirt with. In my case I wanted a rodeo cowgirl look with a twist. Gingham is something I tend to pair with fun bandanas and cute handbags but I thought i’d let the shirt do the talking this time.

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

People often assume that I have spades of confidence which I do, but we all have those areas we need to work on. In my case I struggle to show my legs. I hate that they’re covered in scars from playful times in my childhood and aren’t as shapely as I’d like. With all that being said I have always decided to throw myself into the deep end and showcase the very thing I hate to push the boundaries where my confidence lies. This has always helped me in overcoming those personal demons. It helps when you have a baby pink ruffled gingham shirt on with statement shoulders! I find that if you have on an item with a statement colour or cut, the focus is geared to that area. I also find myself feeling more comfortable in that situation.

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

If you’re looking for something bright and colourful this AW17 then you have to check out the collection by Bethany. Who said autumn and winter has to be dressed in black?! If like me you enjoy bringing colour to the colder months of the year you won’t be disappointed.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a pink gingham ruffle shirt

*This Shirt Is 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!

Twinning With Navabi

These outfits are gifted*

Summer is approaching and thank goodness for that because there is only so much more of this cold weather I can tolerate! We’re slap bang in the middle of May and usually we would start to see the blooming of flowers, clear blue skies and the temperature rising. I like to make the most of the good days when they come around and recently I had the perfect outfit to wear for such an occasion, in fact both Hanna and I did! We were recently sent some items from navabi; the idea was to see how an outfit would look on two women who are slightly different shape and as Hanna and I also come in different complexions we thought this might add a little something to the look…

Everyone wants the perfect pair of jeans and most would say that you can’t go wrong with a pair of Levi’s, for the first time in forever I can finally say I own a pair from the legendary brand! I will say, after having worn a pair myself I can most definitely see what all the hype is about! Their shaping super skinny jeans do just that! It’s great to have a perfect pair of light blue jeans for the summer that mould, sculpt and lift your behind. I love wearing light blue or acid wash jeans in the summer as the colour isn’t so harsh against the pastel offerings that the season brings and they work with a multitude of items. The quality of these jeans is second to none and I can tell that this is a pair that will most likely stay in great condition for many years to come! I love the distressed features and the power blue colour.

We thought it would be fun to select a top that would fair perfectly to a festival, beach party or summer barbecue and pick a cream coloured top with crochet detail. Zizzi had a really cute top that we just had to try. The fluted sleeves with their crochet detail make this one feel really light and airy and would be a really nice option on a more humid and hot day. With a plunging neckline this one can be worn a little lower to reveal a hint of cleavage and a nice viewing of the decolletage but this is an option that still remains modest and casual.

Hanna and I decided to wear different styles of shoe. I opted for my ash grey brogues from Hotter for a comfortable and casual feel. Hanna opted for a pair of sandy coloured boots. Heels are great with a hot pair of jeans as they can elongate the legs, this not only gives height but also helps to showcase the curvature of the legs. Flat shoes like I have worn here are a lot more comfortable for walking in but make the look a little less sexy and more practical.

It’s not often that I own the exact same outfit as one of my friends, Hanna and I borrow each other’s items from time to time. As friends, neighbours and wearing many things the same size I have enjoyed this as I never had friends I could share clothes with in my teens. Now that Hanna and I share a flat this is something made a lot easier but we still have those items that are just too good to share and so there are times when we both have bought something lol. The cool thing is that 2 women can wear the exact same outfit and both bring a slightly different swag and feel to the look. Varying body types, hair styles, skin tones and even make up techniques can make someone in a uniformed situation still have their own personality that shines through.

Remember whatever you do, 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!