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Lady Voluptuous – Vintage To The Max!

All Images Courtesy Of Lady Voluptuous

You all know the old saying, “the best things come to those who wait”, the plus size community is one group of people who can really relate to this sentiment. It’s no secret that beautiful, striking and interesting women have been hiding themselves away in tents for as long as we can remember. The choices open to us for clothing didn’t really give us much more of an option. If we wanted to wear gorgeous and on trend items the chances of doing so were very slim or extremely expensive. In the past few years we have seen a massive change, women are climbing out of their shells, regaining their confidence and enjoying their bodies. The amazing thing about this is that the fashion industry is really starting to take notice!

Many of you who are familiar with my blog will know that I am one of those women who was very lost when it came to my body image. It was through seeing women who looked more like me showcasing their fashion finds and embracing their body confidence that my outlook and self perception started to change. One woman in particular who really struck a chord with me is the beautiful Georgina Horne AKA Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. A few years ago I started to follow plus size fashion and beauty blogs and Georgina’s is one that I would always refer to and still do even today. When I first discovered Fuller Figure Fuller Bust I was on the hunt for vintage swing dresses. I had always loved the fashion and style and always wanted to see what one would look like on me… years of watching Greece on TV at Christmas will do that to you! I was always fascinated by the women of the era such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and many others and it was their fashion, beauty and sense of style that would often inspire me. Whilst scouring the blog pages I followed I came across some pictures of Georgina modelling for Lady Vintage and Collectif and I thought she looked amazing. After reading her detailed reviews I ventured out to see if I could find a swing dress that could work for me, my first purchase being from Vivien Of Holloway…

Even before making the choice to start my own blog I would always see what her tips were for bra and lingerie fittings and vintage clothing. It’s fair to say that she has created quite a niche for herself among plus size fashion bloggers and fashion bloggers everywhere. When I think of vintage pinup looks she tends to be the first person to spring to mind for me. When I discovered a few days ago that Lady Vintage had approached her to create a new plus size clothing line with them I was so happy for her! To see another blogger be respected so highly by a brand that they love and have worked with previously was a really nice thing to witness. To me it showed me that the feedback given to brands from buyers and bloggers is really important to them. It’s great to see that for the first time plus size women from sizes 16-32 are not the afterthought for a brand but the soul focus!

Here’s what Georgina had to say about the new label:

“When I was asked if I wanted to create a Vintage Inspired Plus Size line I didn’t know how to react! Of course it was a yes but imagine being asked if you could have a dream made real – what a feeling! I adore retro inspired fashion pieces and I’m I believe that plus size fashion shouldn’t be frumpy or boring, and so with this in mind I’ve tried my hardest to come up with pieces that will suit a variety of gorgeous voluptuous ladies. The names of the items come from female characters that I adore in books and plays and films and musicals, and I’d love to think those women would wear my creations if they could.”

I can’t wait to see what else is to come from the collection! I have already made my first purchase, (I couldn’t resist a gorgeous Cosette Dress) you will of course get a full review as soon as I take some pics.

For now here is the amazing new collection from Lady Voluptuous:

Cosette Dress

Lyra Dress

Medusa Dress

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

Curvy Connect Magazine And My Vintage Winter Style!

Hey everyone I hope you’re all doing well and getting into the Christmas Spirit. For me this is a really busy time of the year with work and the countless birthday and Christmas engagements I’m required to attend. Despite being all over the place at the moment I received a message that really took me by surprise. Recently I was contacted by a lovely woman named Jennifer Amoako who just so happens to be the editor of an amazing online publication called Curvy Connect Magazine. Jennifer had seen some of my pictures on social media and mentioned that she liked my look and style. She thought I should should submit some images of some of my favourite winter looks to hopefully make the cut for the current issue of the magazine.

Curvy Connect is a magazine that speaks to curvy and plus size people and their admirers. Fashion, beauty and style trends are a heavy focus in the publication along with some really interesting articles and features. I submitted 3 different looks to Jennifer and awaited a response from the Curvy Connect team to see if any of my images made the cut. I was so excited to learn that they had selected an image of me in one of my favourite vintage looks to feature in their Winter: City Chic issue.

This Is the Image that is featured in the Winter: City Chic issue of Curvy Connect Magazine.

Many of you may have read my previous reviews of the 2 main items in this look the gorgeous Faye Dress and Blue Dietrich Trench Coat; both from Collectif Clothing. My affection for vintage fashion stems from the fact that so many of the old Hollywood stars we know and love sported the fashion and many of them made the trends so popular that we still wear them today. Admittedly many of the items in my closet are vintage inspired and not original vintage items but that’s actually the thing I like about it. Being a plus size woman and actually having the choice to wear a variety of looks and styles is such a blessing to me. It really wasn’t that long ago when women like me were thirsty for variety in our wardrobes and the chance to look sexy and chic in our clothes.

The thing I love the most about vintage clothing is the way that super feminine and sexy outfits are packed with class, fun and sophistication. I always feel my best when I wear these sorts of outfits and the compliments are never few and far between. It’s great that some of the outfits I have are worn by women size 6-22. Even though we all put our own spin on the looks and we all have different shapes I can honestly say I haven’t seen a single woman in these items who doesn’t look good!

This time of year the use of warm tights and petticoats is a must with vintage clothing because of the cold. Everyone wants to wear darker colours and heavier fabrics so when I was thinking about what looks I could pull for my Curvy Connect submission the Faye Dress was a must! The fact that the dress comes with built in petticoats makes it a comfortable and warm one that doesn’t feel like you are wearing countless layers. For me this kind of dress works as a multi purpose dress. If you want to wear a cute party dress this is perfect, the flower accents and sweetheart neckline make for a really fun look. If you wanted to dress down a bit and wear it as more of a casual number then a cardigan, jacket or bolero might be a nice option.

When I first saw the Blue Dietrich tench it was an item I had to have in my wardrobe! The length was the first thing that caught my attention, I loved how every vintage swing dress of mine was just the right length for the jacket. The pale shade of blue and grey is one that works with many of my outfits and that was a huge draw for me.

As I have a thing for hats at the moment I wanted to wear my faux fur beret with this look. There is a heavy chill in the air at the moment here in London and even though we have the odd ray of winter sun I like to do whatever I can to feel warm this time of year. My signature hoop earrings were a must for this look as well as my favourite black heels and the addition of a black diamonte heart pendant.

Check out Curvy Connect Magazine and subscribe to check out future issues. You may see some familiar faces with some of your favourite bloggers and fashionistas and you will most definitely see some new ones.

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

Collectif Dolores Doll Summer Bouquet Review

I have officially fallen in love with the most gorgeous dress, the Dolores Doll Summer Bouquet!
It’s no secret how much I love vintage swing dresses. The style is classic, sexy and amazingly fun to wear! When I picked up a Dolores Doll dress last year I absolutely loved the fit, length and cut of the dress. The Summer Bouquet dress was one I really wanted to get my hands on last year but it was often out of stock in my size. The original print of the dress comes in a gorgeous yellow and green floral design. I will be honest when I ordered the dress I expected to get the original print delivered to me in one of those hot pink Collectif packages. So when I pulled out this gorgeous pink and navy print I was even happier than expected, the colours are really nice and I love how they sit against my skin tone.
The beautiful Georgina Horne from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust modelling the Summer Bouquet dress.
Image Courtesy Of Collectif
 I like for my dresses to cling to all the right spots and hang loose on all the other parts. When I select a dress to wear, comfort is usually my first port of call and then I consider what might work for the given weather or what might best suit the events taking place that day. As I have been creating quite a collection of dresses from Collectif I knew that this one would fit perfectly, and accompany many other items in my wardrobe.
To be totally honest with you every single person I have seen wear these dresses looks amazing in them and I’m not surprised that every time I have wanted one I have had to act fast to grab my size! Luckily for me when I picked this one up a couple of weeks ago the dress was on sale and I got it for almost half of the price, so I guess you could say I was pleasantly surprised twice over!
The stretch fabric is very generous and most women have to downsize in this style by 1 sometimes 2 dress sizes. I wear this style in a size 20 and I tend to pair mine with a petticoat. Available in sizes 6-22 this style is open to many ladies out there. 98% cotton and 2% elastane, the fabric feels great on and is washing machine friendly, never have the colours on any of my Collectif dresses ran or faded so for me I find these an amazing investment.
I think for me I enjoy the Dolores Doll style so much because the cut suits women of all shapes and sizes. I have found in the past that buying a dress that leaves enough boob room can be a challenge. This style of dress not only is very roomy in that area, I actually don’t mind having a heavy cleavage on show when I wear this cut of dress. I feel incredibly womanly when I wear my vintage dresses and I look forward to picking up even more Dolores Doll dresses in the future.
I am pictured here wearing my white petticoat from Vivien Of Holloway. I actually prefer wearing petticoats when I wear my vintage dresses. I like the way that the fabric drapes over the underskirt and showcases the print that little bit more. I decided to wear a simple black bolero with this one and bring out my black platform heels to match. As this dress is all about the followers I thought it would be wrong for me not to wear any in my hair so my trusty white hair roses from Black rose were a must!
Check out my previous post about the Dolores Doll In Polka Dot print here:
For more reviews and styles in this cut check out the reviews by Curvy Wordy and Fuller Figure Fuller Bust.

Magnificent 7th Challenge – Create An Outfit Around Your FavouriteAccesory

I would just like to start by saying sorry I am a day late with this post. I was having some connection problems last night...
This month’s theme is all about our favourite accessory. I will be honest here I tend to spend more time thinking about the outfit i’m selecting and then find an accessory to work with my chosen ensemble. One that I tend to use for various different styles, usually for vintage and pinup looks is my white hair rose.
Petticoat By Vivien Of Holloway
 
Hair and MUA and photography by Aprea Chiara
Styling by Chiara and myself.
Please do not copy or edit any images without permission from model and photographer
 
Dress and Cinch Belt By Collectif
Photography by Blast Photo
I absolutely love hair flowers I think they can add such a sweet and feminine dimension to a look. They are an accessory that is typical in vintage styling but are fast becoming more popular with other looks. What makes this one of my favourite accessories is that it’s actually my favourite flower also. I love roses and the handmade velvet rose was something I had to have when it saw it in the shop.
Made by Black Rose, an alternative store based in the heart of Camden Lock they had several vintage treats and the rose was a must have for me. I need to pick up a red one soon!
Check out what some of the other gorgeous ladies picked as their accessory!
Kaye, Becky, Nicola, Gail, Mary, Kathryn, Steph, Charley, Rebecca, 
Leah, Lindsey, Vicky, Nikki, Christina, Leah, Nancy, Beverly, 
Gillian, Katt, Sarah, Hannah, Hollie, Kitty, Emma,
Michelle, Abi, Sarah, Charlie, Sally, Lucie, Natalie

Faye Floral Doll Dress – A Collectif Clothing Review

Hair and MUA and photography by Aprea Chiara
Styling by Chiara and myself.
Please do not copy or edit any images without permission from model and photographer.
One of the things I absolutely love to do is get myself all dolled up for a night on the town! When I first laid eyes on the gorgeous Faye Floral Doll Dress by Collectif I knew instantly that it had to be mine! When you have that amazing night out or date with that special someone circled in the diary; you want more than anything to look your absolute best. The ritual of getting ready is one that many women enjoy; for me I like to spend as little time as possible and have a simple but show stopping outfit that can do all the talking for me…
When I think of the fashion from the 1940s and 1950s one word springs to mind, glamour.
Beautiful stars like Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Davis, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlene Dietrich and many more had one thing in common. These women were some of the best dressed ladies out there! It is through their fashions and many others before them that we now have new variations of the style that was common place to them back in the day!
The Faye Dress by Collectif to me is a special piece. With the sweetheart detail that is surrounded by a cluster of flowers, tulle shoulders with dress overlay, and built in petticoats you simply cannot go wrong! There are so many black dresses out there that are beautiful, many of which need some added help in making them stand out amongst the rest. With many of my other dresses I find myself searching for Boleros, petticoats and belts to give them that extra something. When it came to wearing this dress the only addition I wanted to add to the look was a serious vintage hair style and so as you can see when I did my photoshoot with Chiara Aprea I opted for a major victory roll!
Hair and MUA and photography by Aprea Chiara

Styling by Chiara and myself.
Please do not copy or edit any images without permission from model and photographer.

 
 Now when it comes to the fit of the dress I will be honest, I had to size up twice in this dress and pick up a 3xl. The reason for this is that the tulle over the bust and shoulders has absolutely no stretch so if you do have a sizeable bust as I do, bare that in mind. I usually wear a 20 or 22 in Collectif clothing which in this dress would be a 1xl or 2xl. If you do have a smaller size bust then you may be able to wear your regular size. The skirt of the dress fit me perfectly in the 1xl but I simply needed the extra wiggle room in the bust area. In these pictures I am wearing an over bust corset but the dress does fit me perfectly without it, I simply wanted to enhance the curvature in my waist for the photographs. The body of the dress has plenty of room and the built in petticoat gives it that extra something that would be perfect for a dinner date or a night of swing dancing!
Stock Images Courtesy Of Collectif
I can’t wait to actually wear this one out and about as I feel so beautiful wearing it and I know I’m not the only one! The great news is that this dress is available in a range of sizes and is one of the first dresses that Collectif has introduced with a plus size range going all the way up to 4xl. The £115 dress may not be a cheap purchase but it really is worth the cost as the quality is amazing and the style is timeless! I was able to pick this one up in sale and in even better news, the plus sizes 1xl – 4xl are still on sale and reduced to an amazing £65!
Check out these reviews by the beautiful Georgina A.K.A Fuller Figure Fuller Bust and the lovely Sarah A.K.A Plus Size Proud

My Boudoir Shoot With Chiara Aprea

One of the hardest things for any women out there to do is to look in the mirror and absolutely love what she sees! About a year and a half ago I pretty much hated myself physically. I would poke holes in my appearance, jump in with insults before others could and like many plus size people, I would hide away in black clothing hoping to blend into the background. I would do things to make myself feel better like get my hair done or my nails but I would still find fault with myself. Those who have known me for quite some time will know that I may be confident in my personality and with my talents but my image was the one area that had always taken a beating leaving me with limited self confidence.
When you spend years of you life listening to the comments of others and telling yourself that being big makes you ugly it can be hard to have any real level of self esteem. What changed for me was when I reached my mid twenties. I decided that I had spent more than enough time hating myself and that if I didn’t “pull myself together” I would spend way too much of my time beating my own confidence into the ground. I experimented with different styles of dress, playing around with fashion and make up and have now reached a place where I can look in the mirror and actually like what I see!
When I was at Plus London last year I met an amazing girl who not only is a stunning plus size model but amazing photographer! Chiara Aprea is fast making a name for herself specialising in plus size photography with an aim of building confidence in her clients. When I saw the gorgeous photoshoots she had done of some of my friends I thought you know what i’m gonna call her and try this out. I dropped her a message and we made plans to do a boudoir themed shoot…
I arrived at her home with a suitcase full of vintage inspired clothes and some lingerie. I was full of nerves but excited to get all dolled up for the shoot. Chiara worked on my hair and make-up and transformed me into a vintage sex kitten! We were soon ready to get snapping away and I went in with a mind set that even if I don’t like how I look in some of the shots, the experience would do me some good…
Hair and MUA and photography by Aprea Chiara
Styling by Chiara and myself.
Please do not copy or edit any images without permission from model and photographer.
As we first got started I was really nervous and self conscious and Chiara convinced me that I looked good and that I had nothing to worry about. She directed the shoot giving me hints and tips on how to pose. We played around with different hair styles, clothes and backdrops, always fun for any girl who likes playing dress up! For me I found this experience extremely daring! I had posed in as little attire as a sheer sheet and my underwear, right the way up to a corset and cape with petticoats on. I started out as a shy woman doing something for a little fun and ended the day feeling revived, confident and fabulous! From start to finish Chiara made me feel comfortable, in control and beautiful. She would give me sneak peaks of some of the frames and in truth I looked one hundred percent better than I could possibly have anticipated!
Not only did it feel good to have a friend on the other side of the camera, I felt confident that she would be able to get the best out of me. As a plus size model herself with some beautiful photos I knew that she was able to capture me how I wanted. Looking back in hindsight I really believe that what had me nervous in the beginning were my former doubts trying to creep in!
When the shoot was done and we went to review the pictures I expected to pick out maybe 5 or 6 that I liked and I ended up wanting to purchase almost every single frame taken in the shoot! I had never thought I could look so good and I am so glad I did it! Putting myself in a new situation that was totally out of my comfort zone and pushing myself to try something new has given me new insight. You have to be willing to take more risks, you may love the end result!
Myself and the gorgeous Chiara after a fun day of shooting
If any of you have considered doing a shoot of this kind and you live in the UK you really should drop Chiara a message and book in your shoot! You will not be disappointed!
You can find her on Facebook here.

My Collectif Spring And Summer Wish List!

One thing about Collectif that I have to warn you all about…………

BUYING THEIR CLOTHES BECOMES ADDICTIVE!
 

It’s no secret how much I love their clothes and I can’t wait for you all to see some of the new pictures I took wearing my latest Collectif purchase (post is coming for that one real soon). The new spring and summer collection is just amazing! I love the different looks and prints available and I already have my eye on a few bits! Here are the items in my wish list!

Hopefully I’ll be able to pick up a few of them before they all sell out. I can already think of when and where I might want to wear some of these gorgeous items and with a holiday hopefully on the horizon I hope to try some of these out overseas too.

Here’s my spring and summer wish list:

Marina Jumper £29.50
 
Carmen Lace Skirt – Was £65 Now £49.50
 
There are so many more amazing items to come and many of them aren’t even on the site yet! Here are some of the others catching my eye:
 
Kathryn Polka Dot Dress
Jemima Stripped Doll Dress
Dorothy Tulle Floral Swing Dress
Viviene Lace Pencil Dress
Bernadette Sailor Blazer, Wendy Sailor Blouse & Bernadette Sailor Trousers
There are so many amazing looks to pick from, casual, dressy, sexy and sassy and of course they all come with the vintage flair! No doubt I’m not the only one who will be filling their wardrobe with some of the new collection this summer. If you’ve checked out the collection yourself please drop me a message and let me know what you have your eye on.
For more details on other items and prices check out the website www.collectif.co.uk
 

Fashion World Red Carpet Challenge!

Every woman likes to look her best and when it comes to red carpet looks we take no exception! When Fashion World reached out to me and asked me to take part in a recent blogger challenge I jumped at the chance!

The challenge was to select a dress and shrug that you would like to wear on the red carpet. With a careful selection to chose from I knew I wanted something from the Claire Richards collection!
As we’ve had such a long and drab winter my selection was something bright and colourful.
I absolutely fell in love with the Prom dress in the collection as it has a look that lends itself to the vintage style that I absolutely adore! This dress made me feel so feminine and dainty and the beautiful flowers that accent the garment add that touch of sunshine that we’ve been missing at the moment. With the Grammys, Brits, Baftas and Several other award shows that have taken place recently I got to thinking about how I would wear this gorgeous number.
I love the sweetheart neckline of the dress and it hugs in all the right places. A snug fit around the bust and waist and a gentle flare over the hips gives such a comfortable fit. I decided to add pearl bracelets and white hair roses to add to that girly but elegant feel. If I had decided to wear my hair down I would have worn a cluster of hair flowers to add that little something extra.

 
If I were to wear this dress without the pink cardigan from the Claire Richards collection I may have paired this one with a pink cinch belt and maybe some white heels.
My usual thing to do when it comes to such a colourful number is to wear black heels with a black clutch bag just to add that little touch of sophistication to an otherwise really fun piece.
I find that many women decide to dress in a way that can sometimes be older than their age when it comes to red carpet looks. As I’m still in my mid twenties I wanted to go with something more fun and fresh that would lend itself to the current trend of pastels and flowers.
There are so many gorgeous dresses in the current collection by Claire Richards that you are simply spoilt for choice!
Doesn’t she look fabulous in this one?
Stock image Courtesy Of Fashion World 
I already have my eye on many other dresses. Check out the collection and see for yourself: www.fashionworld.co.uk

Acrylic Is In! A Different Kind Of Accessory!

Some of us like them and some of us love them but for me accessories are that little something extra that brings an outfit together. I have a collection of bits and pieces from bracelets, necklaces, pins, broaches etc. I can’t get enough of them and my collection is expanding rapidly!

When I first heard about the brand Black Heart Creatives it was at last year’s Plus London event. The independent company specialise in a new kind of accessory. Everything they make is made from acrylic! They have a selection of fun and funky pieces (check out their site, some of the items are pretty edgy). Everything on the site is available in a series of colours and finished and I already know which ones I want to pick up next!

Rockabilly and Vintage styles are a huge favourite of mine and because of this I decided to opt for a custom necklace with the chosen phrase, Vintage Princess!

I picked up my necklace in the Red Mirrored option. And as you can see the small details give it that extra something. I just adore the little love heart that hangs on the clasp and I can’t wait to get my next piece. If you like Acrylic jewlerry and want to try something new why not check out their site:
www.blackheartcreatives.com
Choose from their selection or customise your own piece!

Rockabilly Meets Rock Chick

Recently I have been trying to switch things up in my wardrobe. One of the things that I hate the most about the winter months is the fact that most of the warm and comfortable clothes out there end up being dark, lifeless and to be honest quite boring!

I wanted to find a way to put my usual 1950s flair into a more modern day casual look. Unable to wear my circle skirts and swing dresses due to the piercing cold temperatures and dreary wet days I opted for a mix of rock chick chic and classic rockabilly.

I decided to pull together my look with my classic White Dolores Top from Collectif, Wine Studded Cardigan from Excite Clothing and Black Rouched leggings from Yours Clothing. To add that extra touch of vintage chic I selected my red polka dot scarf from Collectif. I had been waiting for a moment to wear it and I liked the way it accented the outfit. I wore my black cinch belt from Primark with gold clasp to compliment the studded shoulders of the cardigan and gold hoop earrings. Black platform heels finished off the look.
Outfit Pieces:
White Dolores Top £25
Stock Image Courtesy Of Collectif
Wine Colour Studded Cardigan £16.99
Also available in black, grey and purple
Stock Image Courtesy Of Excite Clothing
 
Black Rouched Leggings £10
Stock Image Courtesy Of Yours Clothing
When it comes to these individual items the thing I love about all of them is that they have become staple pieces in my wardrobe. Each item has a versatility that makes it accessible to a variety of styles. Take the Dolores Top for example. This is one that could be paired with jeans, pedal pushers, shorts and a variety of different skirt styles. The cut and shape is vintage but it lends itself to several modern looks. I picked this up in a size 20, as this is the top half of the Dolores Doll dresses that I love so much so I knew the size would be just right but if I wanted something a little less tailored I would have got this one in a 22.
What I loved about the Studded Cardigan the most was the length and the shoulders. I love the fact that I can wear a warm, comfortable and stylish cardigan with interesting adornments that again can be dressed either up or down. I have also worn this one with a simple cami and black leggings. The Cardigan was a size 20/22. I wanted there to be room, but for this one to have a more snug fit so that I could wear it with the kind of tops showcased in this post.
All of these items are still available from the relevant sites and you can switch them up in pretty much any way. If I wanted to take the vintage style to the next level I would style my hair in the rockabilly fashion either putting a quiff or victory rolls in my bangs, wearing cherry or pearl accessories and patent shoes. If I decided to veer more towards the rock chick look then I would most likely wear a studded clutch or handbag, heavy smokey make up and black acrylic jewellery.
If any of you pick up any of these items I’d love to see how you put your outfits together!
To pick up any of these pieces check out these sites:
www.exciteclothing.com
www.collectif.co.uk
www.yoursclothing.co.uk