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The Lady In Red – A Scarlett & Jo Review

*This Dress Was A Gifted Item

There isn’t a woman alive who doesn’t want to feel glamorous, sexy and elegant. Many women have their idea of how they would like to look and it usually involves wearing a beautiful dress of some kind.

I personally believe that every women should own a LBD and an LRD for those of who aren’t familiar with the acronyms I mean a Little Black Dress and a Little Red Dress. I view these 2 dresses as essential wardrobe items. Most of us have found ourselves or can find ourselves in a situation where a beautiful dress is the required attire for a function. Family events, work functions, nights with friends or more romantic evenings are known to inspire all women to glam up.

As you know I was one of 8 lucky bloggers who participated in the SS15 campaign shoot for Scarlett & Jo. One dress in particular caught everyone’s eye, the gorgeous Lace Maxi Dress. This design was inspired by the lovely Georgina Grogan who was nicknamed ‘The Queen Of Lace’ by Scarlett & Jo’s designer, Gifi Fields. I first tried this dress on when I went into the office for my SS15 shoot fitting. I originally tried this one in black, size 24 and I loved the shape and fall in the skirt.

Gifi has showcased a great deal of enthusiasm about this design as he feels that it’s one of the best in his career thus far. I can see why he would say so because the shape of the dress is one that is adjustable to all body types. The clever engineering involved allows the dress to work with you, highlighting your best assets and beautifully concealing the ones you may not be as happy about. The inner lining of the dress is a silky smooth slip that to my luck is cut in the same shape as a Powerfit dress. The lace overlay is silky soft to the touch and so comfortable to wear. Many lace items I have worn in the past have been a tough and itchy material that may look amazing but isn’t so nice on the skin. I was really impressed with the quality of the lace used. In even better news it’s stretchy and will mould nicely to your bust, stomach and behind in a very comfortable way. The three quarter length sleeves are an amazing length for me, as a woman with large upper arms I should also note that nowhere did this dress pinch me in the arm area. The comfort is incredible and a great choice if you want something glamorous but also easy to wear. Of course the fishtail detail at the hem of the dress gives the overall design that little something extra. I also find that the way the lace drapes, provides a really nice structure to the dress with a secure fall of the skirt. The V shaped neckline allows for a nice amount of cleavage which is tasteful but still modest.

I should note that shapewear and heels will elongate the silhouette of the body and provide a better look overall for this dress and many others in a similar shape.

I spent many years professionally singing soul, jazz and R&B music and I always wanted the opportunity to glam up like the classic singers; Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James and many of the other legends. It has been and still is a dream of mine to walk on stage in the most beautiful gown, microphone in hand and wow the crowd both with my voice and my stage attire. I may end up in a photoshoot of this kind before that happens, either way you guys will all be informed of what happens through my pictures and blog posts.

As we are heavily into award show season I thought about all of the gorgeous red carpet looks I have seen at the moment and it got me to think about how I might style this dress for such an event. Going back to the style of the gorgeous soul singers, I gravitated towards pearls. I decided to wear a pearl necklace, pearl bracelets and studs with diamonte adornments. Black patent heels and a faux fur black coat topped off the look and I was left feeling like a million dollars!

This dress is available in red, blue and black. The red goes on sale tomorrow and is available exclusively online at Evans. Valentines may have just passed but with the spring and summer right around the corner this dress would be great for many of the events in the season. Every woman should have that one dress that makes her look and feel like a queen. I feel so elegant, glamorous and confident in this dress. A timeless design that will turn heads and make you feel amazing, trust me on this one!

For more on Scarlett & Jo  and to see what else is available in the collection check out their Tumblr and Evans pages.

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

My Valentines Choice: The Red Lace 2-in-1 Peplum Dress By Scarlett&Jo For Evans

It’s not secret that I love the range of dresses by Scarlett & Jo. The quality and style of their collections always has something to suit everyone. I recently picked up another one of their gorgeous styles in the Evans sale that took place over the Christmas period. This time I opted for the Red Lace 2-in-1 Peplum Dress.

What drew me to this dress in all honesty was seeing so many other bloggers and friends wearing this one. The variety of colour ways available meant that there was something for pretty much any occasion. After seeing so many fantastic images of women in this dress I knew it was one I wanted to try out.

As we know this is the time of the year when all talk goes to romance and passion with Valentines day right around the corner. Fashion mags and high street stores are already talking about lingerie and dress options for us women to select for that perfect evening with our partners and in my case it was this dress that came to mind when I was picking out my own for the public holiday.

True to form, Scarlett&Jo have thought about everything with this one. The design is simple but sweet. The peekaboo lace panel that sits over the cleavage adds an element of sophistication to the design whilst being very sexy and chic.  The peplum top just drapes over the the skirt in a really delicate way. I love the way this feels on. The quality of the fabric is great as it’s a thick stretchy material that moulds generously to the curves, covering up any lumps and bumps that you may not want to showcase and enhancing the best bits.

What I like the most about this dress is that all on it’s own it’s a sexy, elegant, sophisticated dress that makes you feel fantastic and it doesn’t need much in the way of enhancements. I decided to keep the accessories to a minimum when wearing this dress as I don’t want to take away from the sweet and simple style. I paired this one with thick black tights, black shoes and silver accessories.
I look forward to wearing this one out on the town as I know not only will it feel great on but it will look it too!
 
Stock Image Courtesy Of Scarlett&Jo By Evans
The 2-in-1 Peplum style has proved popular with Evans and Scarlett&Jo have since brought out a series of styles including both block colours and 2 tones styles. Check out the Evans website to see the available collection and to pick up yours! www.evans.co.uk

Other blogs to review this one are:

Curvy Wordy http://www.curvywordy.com/2013/12/evans-scarlett-jo-midnight-2-in-1-lace.html
Fuller Figure Fuller Bust http://fullerfigurefullerbust.com/category/dresses/page/12/

Flock Skater Dress And PU Side Panel Leggings – A Yours Clothing Review

For a very long time the name Yours Clothing has popped up when I have searched for “plus size clothes at a great price”. I had glanced at their website many times in the past, and I always wanted to pop down to one of their branches to try on some of the clothes before taking the plunge and making a purchase. After speaking with a friend on Instagram who was wearing a gorgeous dress from the site I decided to take another look at the site and see what was on offer.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the clothes were not only bang on trend but there were loads of items that I really had my eyes on! I decided to take advantage of the current discounts on offer and I placed an order. My selection was the Black PU leggings with side panel and the Red And Black Short Sleeve Flock Print Skater Dress from the ‘Limited Collection’.

Both items are still available on the website and in stores. The dress retails at £30 and is also available in purple. The leggings £12.50
I have to say I absolutely love this outfit! The dress is fantastic quality, the flock print detail is in a soft velvety material 95% Viscose and 5% Elastane. The dress skims over the curves perfectly and feels so soft against the skin. This is one that is fantastic for the autumn/winter months and can be worn as a simple dress or paired with leggings or tights. The material has a fair amount of stretch and sits nicely on the bust. You could wear this one with a cinch belt if you wanted to enhance the curvature of the waist.  I will be honest, I don’t think it needs it as it’s such a nice fabric and a great fit! I ordered this dress in a size 22 as I like a fair amount of room in my dresses so that I can feel comfortable in the boob area but there is a fair amount of stretch as I said before so you may want to go by your exact size, this dress would have fit perfectly fine in a 20 if I wanted to buy it a size smaller.
The leggings are a fantastic fit and they feel extremely comfortable and warm on. I always worry about picking leggings because I find that depending on the pair you buy they can stretch across your behind and go a little see-through. I’m not one for showing everyone what under garments I have on so I was happy to see that this pair was just the right thickness to give me full coverage.
Stock Images Courtesy of Yours Clothing 
You could accessories this outfit in many ways with gold, black or silver adornments such as bangles, chokers or necklaces. I like to pair this one with my black suede jacket and platform heels. There are so many possibilities!
I have to say I will definitely be picking up more items from Yours Clothing and I’m glad that I finally took the plunge and tried out some of their items!
 

Collectif Sindy Doll Dress Review

As many of you will know when you have a particular shape what you read in magazines and hear from friends may have you gearing towards the darker items in the stores….
When I first saw this dress I was actually reading another blog post and the minute I saw it I fell in love with it! I of course went and ordered one for myself, and I have to say I was not disappointed! The colour is so bright and vibrant that you can’t help but feel that way when you slip it on. Now I know some of you may be thinking that summer is over and that bright dresses like this one might be a little much but the good news is that it is also available in a black or navy colour way.
The side zip is virtually invisible and also makes this one easy to slip on. I loved the quality of the fabric also, and I found it to be a little heavier than some of my other vintage dresses; which for me provides a little extra warmth on the cooler days. You can of course wear this one with or without a petticoat depending on what look you want to achieve. I decided to opt for my red one from www.vivienofholloway.com and went for a simple red bolero to complete the look. Also I should add that after wearing this one several times and washing it each time the colour hasn’t once faded and the red doesn’t even run into the white sailor style stripes.
If like me you want a bright and bold kind of dress to add to your wardrobe you’ll definitely want this dress in red! It will look great with heels or flats and the best part… It’s available in UK sizes 6 – 22! I tend to wear a size 20 but in this style I picked this up in a size 22 as the material is not as stretchy as some of the other dresses from Collectif and as I have a fairly big bust I thought it was best to go up for this style.
To see what other great items Collectif have or to pick up your own Sindy Doll Sailor Dress check out www.collectif.co.uk