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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!

Disco Diva, Oh Yeah!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic mini skirt, slogan t-shirt and silver boots

Sometimes you find yourself wanting to wear something different. I find that it can be boring if you only dress for the day to day situations in life. Don’t you ever just want to have fun with the clothes that you wear? I like many women have an obsession with things that are shiny lol. Lately I have been on the hunt for metallic and chrome footwear and clothing items. When I saw these fab items from the Glamorous Curve range at Simply Be I knew I had to get my hands on them!

A plus size woman wearing a metallic mini skirt, slogan t-shirt, mirrored sunglasses and silver bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic mini skirt, slogan t-shirt and silver boots

I look at kids and I’m jealous of their freedom when it comes to clothing. They can wear whatever makes them feel fun and fabulous without anyone batting an eyelid. In adulthood you have to be prim, proper and practical most of the time. Whenever I get the chance to play around with my look I take it! I wanted to experiment and wear something a little different. As a musician I like to channel my inner diva when I can. In this outfit I feel like the ultimate disco diva!

A plus size woman wearing a metallic mini skirt A plus size woman smiling wearing a slogan t-shirt, mirrored sunglasses and biker jacket

I got this mini skirt in UK size 26, US 22. I really like this one, even though it is pretty short! The fabric has no stretch though so if you have a belly and a large booty like me you will need to up-size for extra room. If you enjoy picking up fun clothes that are easy to maintain you’ll love the easy to wipe clean fabric. The side pockets are purely for decoration though. I find that for a simple mini skirt the fabric brings that extra wow factor to the item.

A plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic mini skirt, slogan t-shirt and silver bootsA plus size woman making a face wearing a slogan t-shirt A plus size woman smiling wearing a slogan t-shirt and biker jacket

The thing I love about this outfit is that each item has a wow factor of it’s own. Take the slogan t-shirt for example, there are so many out there the market but this one has a fun simplicity about it. I have to say I felt really good wearing this outfit and the t-shirt did make me wanna say “OH YEAH”! I’m wearing this one in a UK 24, US 20. For a basic white tee I know i’ll be wearing this one with a variety of my outfits.

Of course no outfit is complete without an amazing pair of shoes! To see that the Glamorous Curve range included shoes was a huge bonus! I just had to have this pair of heeled silver chelsea boots with matte finish.  I love that the silver perfectly compliments the skirt and adds even more shine to the look. This is a pair that I plan to wear with many looks so keep an eye out here on the blog for some future styles. Simply Be currently have a large range of shoes and boots for people with wide feet and big calves so be sure to check them out here.

A plus size woman wearing metallic silver bootsA plus size woman smiling wearing mirrored sunglasses

We’ve not had many sunny days in London as of late. We’re in that strange phase when the days are ending earlier, nights are getting longer and skies are filled with grey. I took full advantage of the sunshine and pulled on a fab pair of mirrored sunnies from Polaroid. These Palladium shades seem to be the go-to pair when i’m dressed like a disco diva of sorts lol. Sometimes you just have to wear something that takes a look over the edge!

A plus size woman wearing a metallic mini skirt, slogan t-shirt and silver boots and a biker jacketA plus size woman smiling wearing a metallic mini skirt, slogan t-shirt and silver boots

So yeah, I like to have fun and be a little out of the box. Sometimes you just need to experiment and express yourself with the clothes that you wear. I decided to wear an outfit that not only said “OH YEAH” but made me feel sassy and fearless. I’ve said on previous posts that I’m trying to become more confident with my legs and so the best way for me to face a confidence demon is to meet it head on! The more my pins are out and on show the better i’ll feel about them. Putting on a pair of fish net tights and a shiny bright mini skirt is definitely a way for me to do so!

A plus size woman smiling wearing a slogan t-shirt

*The skirt, boots and t-shirt are gifted items
Remember whatever you wear, feel fabulous in it and do it with a smile!

Crochet To The Maxi!

A plus size woman smiling in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglasses

When it comes to the summertime there are many things to look forward to.  Some of us make plans to travel and catch some sun, others decide to stay home and enjoy those surroundings. This past month I turned 30 and the big occasion was taking place in Las Vegas! The last time I was in the USA, I was on the west coast, LA to be exact. Some of my best friends had visited sin city before and so, they made sure to warn me of the extreme desert heat!

A plus size woman wearing freetress gogo curl crochet braids A plus size woman smiling in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglasses

In preparation for a summer holiday we all tend to stock up on new clothes for the big trip. In my case I wanted to be fashionable and comfortable in the sunshine. Of course my birthday falls right in the middle of July, typically the hottest time of the year in Vegas with temperatures reaching up to 50 degrees. I had a lot to consider wardrobe-wise. The aim was to have a selection of summertime options that would be comfortable, easy to wear and fat friendly! Each summer there is one item that all women tend to look for and this is of course is a maxi dress.

A plus size woman smiling in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglassesA plus size woman in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglasses

When I saw this low cut tie-dye number from Junarose (also available at Simply Be) it was something that I really wanted to try. The splashes of blue and white would compliment many other items in my closet. I already knew that I could add my own style and flair to such an item. I tried this dress in both sizes 24 and 26; eventually opting for the 26. The V shape lines sat too high against my large bust in a 24 and so I decided to go one size bigger. We all like to explore when we go on our travels and so I thought it would be best to pair the dress with a simple pair of trainers. Las Vegas is a city built in the desert, with this in mind it was important to include a bag.

A plus size woman in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglassesA plus size woman in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglasses

My white backpack was to help in carrying water bottles and other essentials. Aiming to protect my eyes from the bright sunshine, I borrowed Hanna’s Polaroid sunnies. Wearing this outfit I felt like a 1970s, disco diva. I really enjoyed wearing this look and found it to be extremely light and airy. The deep V cut, allowed for quite a helping of cleavage, which is fine with me lol. With my arms uncovered and exposed, it took a little added confidence to wear this one but I enjoyed myself and felt really great.

A plus size woman smiling wearing freetress gogo curl crochet braids and round sunglasses A plus size woman smiling in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglassesA plus size woman wearing freetress gogo curl crochet braids and sunglasses

My amazing friend Venice had installed some crochet curls into my hair the very day before these photos were taken. The plan was to have a heat protective style for my hair that would be easy to manage. Many women with natural afro hair are conscious of protecting their hair from extreme heat and UV rays. Unfortunately I have found that no amount of oiling my hair has prevented it from drying out in the sunshine. I wanted a stress free, time-saving style and thought that curls would be a nice way to go. Interestingly enough, human hair is usually the chosen option when wearing extensions. Crochet braid wearers tend to go for synthetic styles instead. Of course this is helps when it comes to the price tag and can save one hundreds of pounds! I selected the Freetress GOGO curl, colour 1B.

A plus size woman in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids and sunglassesA plus size woman smiling wearing freetress gogo curl crochet braids and sunglassesA plus size woman smiling in a summer maxi dress, wearing crochet braids

I always select colour 1B when wearing extensions as this matches my natural shade. If I were to wear a weave or a wig, Brazilian or Peruvian hair would be my texture of choice. I have become a huge fan of crochet braids as they are such an easy style to wear and extremely lightweight. They come in a variety of curl and twist patterns and only take a short amount of time to install. Venice more than hooked me up! I thought it would be cool to include my navy bandana with this outfit to compliment the shades in the maxi-dress.

The sunshine is still here so i’m hoping that I will get a little more wear out of my summer clothing this season! I may have big hair, loud dresses and bold prints in my wardrobe but, I plan on experimenting. I find that you can surprise yourself when you just take a chance with your look!

A plus size woman smiling wearing freetress gogo curl crochet braids

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

Fifty Shades Of Grey

You know I really enjoy being super casual and comfy. Don’t get me wrong I like to slap the makeup on and get dolled up as much as the next woman but I have to admit sometimes it’s really nice to not have to put so much time and effort into an outfit.

We all live a life of having to be on the go and having a lot to do. Living in London to me is something I know all too well but whenever I speak to friends who have previously lived elsewhere they tend to find the hustle and bustle of the city a little too much to take. I personally don’t know any different but when I take myself off somewhere for a weekend or something I do enjoy the quiet. With that being said it doesn’t matter where you are based sometimes it’s just a lot to have to spend an hour on your face and hair, then even longer putting together the perfect outfit.

I recently bought a new trench coat from Elvi, the metallic jacket has fast become a favourite item of mine with my mum already threatening to steal it from me, even though she only wears a size 12 lol. I love that this one can be the little something extra to a casual and simple outfit or it can set off the perfect evening look with just that little added flair. I used to own a silver metallic bomber jacket so this is a nice replacement for a metallic piece, I have got mine in a size 24. This trench coat is no longer available but there is a sexy summer version currently on the Elvi website.

I decided to pair the trech with an oversized jumper dress from Simply Be. I borrowed this one from Hanna and I have to say I love how snugly it is! It can be worn as a singular dress or as a massive jumper paired with leggings or jeans. As you can see I wore this one with a pair of loose ankle leggings.

I was recently sent the most amazing pair of grey brogues from Hotter and these worked as a comfortable but stylish shoe for my look. Just like all my other shoes from Hotter the comfort level from these is second to none!

I neverr owned a lot of grey clothes in the past but the collection from Elvi has been a great one and, I have really enjoyed picking up some of their items. Check out this long sleeved sweater dress I got up in their last sale! I would definitely check out their website as they have some great options that work for a multitude of styles and can be perfect for the office or as day wear.

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