Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Curvy Kate Blog Party

Everyone knows how much I love Curvy Kate, I have made it no secret over the years that it is my go to place for amazing bras that actually fit. Not only do I love the lingerie I love the general ethos of the brand. If you didn't know, Curvy Kate have a competition every year called 'Star in a Bra' where girls from all over can apply to model for the brand. I love that CK uses non models for their campaigns as they show that women of all sizes and shapes can look incredible in good lingerie. Curvy Kate was actually the first ever blog events I went to and this one was my third and perhaps my favorite! Not only did I get to see some of the new A/W collection on some absolute mega babes in their pants but, we ended the night with an impromptu dance off to Beyonce Drunk in Love (I'll leave that to your imagination). I love those Curvy Kate girls so much and I'm sure you will too after seeing these photos. Here are some of my favorite shots from the night, leave me a comment and tell me which one caught your eye.

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Casual.

I am wearing thin on catchy blog post titles these days, do forgive me, but I thought I would share with you one of my really casual summer outfits. When I can't really be bothered with dressing up I always go for a trainer, skirt and tee look, you may have seen a similar look else where on the blog in fact. I have no problem with recycling outfits and I'm here to tell you, neither should you! To post only brand new items on here would be false of me as I pretty much always re-wear my clothing items. I don't have the money or space to do that so I like to rework what I already have. I got this polka dot skirt from ASDA for £8 in the sale a few months back and it is a print that I feel goes with lots of colours. The denim tunic top I am wearing is New Look inspire and is so cool and light, I wore mine tucked into the skirt but when un-tucked it's actually a nice length to wear as a dress over tights or leggings. My only qualm would be the arms, I wish that they were more a t-shirt style sleeve then how they currently sit on the upper arm. When I'm looking for a really casual easy look I always wear my Nike Blazers or Airmax they are just so comfy and easy to throw on and they can really transform an outfit.


Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Love yourself.

One of my current favourite plus size brands is Boohoo Plus, I like simplicity and they provide that with a lot of easy wear jersey items. When I went to the Boohoo launch way back in March I was kindly sent an item of my choice and I went for this long sleeved  black playsuit. I know its pretty plain but I like that, sometimes I don't want to wear anything fussy especially if I am knocking about the house at the weekend. I paired this with my high tops (which seems to be my shoe of choice these days) and I tried a new hair style out. I wanted to have a go of wearing the vintage scarf that I picked up in flea shop in Turkey last year. I don't know if I am wearing it correctly but hey ho I gave it a go. The tiny necklace I am wearing is actually really special to me, its another Anna Lou of London piece and it is engraved with the words 'Love Yourself' I chose these words because I really believe in the power of self love, especially when at some point in life we question our self worth. Even when I was editing these pictures I kept honing in on my legs looking chunky and and the fact that you could see the slight outline of my tummy, it was only when I looked at the little heart on my chest that I decided to give myself a good talking to. My tummy is fine, my legs are fine. At least I have legs some people aren't so lucky, so what if I have a few blemishes, who really cares nothing and nobody is perfect in life and that is just fine. 

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Monday, 14 July 2014

The Underground Cookery School.

Okay I feel so so bad guys, I mentioned in previous posts that I have been a little overwhelmed with finding time for blogging whilst trying to balance my life and job. I have been meaning to get this particular post up  for weeks now because it was most likely one of the best and most fun blog events I have ever been to. You all know how much I love cooking so being invited to The Underground Cookery School was super exciting for me, not only did I get to meet a bunch of lovely blogger babes but I also scrubbed up on my cooking skills. The event comprised of learning to fillet a whole sea bass and prep a chicken plus make a delicious meringue roulade all of which would make the three course meal that we would eat. As you can imagine cutting up fish and chicken isn't very glam but it was so interesting to learn how to effectively butcher meat, I was rather impressed with my cooking skills throughout the evening, I even managed to roll a meringue roulade without breaking it. Just call me Nigella. After finishing the prep the lovely and might I add hilarious chefs created the most delicious three course meal and sitting around the table getting to know the other bloggers was just so cool,  I love that as a collective we share an interest in blogging yet we all have different stories and interests. Such a good evening full of smiles and ridiculously good food. The Underground Cookery School ticks all the boxes for me as a great event to do with friends or for a hen party or birthday its such a fun experience being in a kitchen making really yummy fresh food. For more details head over to the Cookery Schools website and see how you can get involved, I promise you won't regret it.

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Not bad knife skills aye, I was rather impressed with my fillet of Sea Bass.

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Starter was pan fried Sea Bass, minted Pea, and Asparagus.

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Main was Roast Chicken, Salsa Verde, Broad beans and New Potatoes YUM

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and dessert... well I ate it before I had chance to snap a pic. It was that good. 

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

The Brand Edit at Evans

I have such a soft spot for Evans as a brand ever since I did my first ever major blog collaboration with them for their Clements Ribeiro campaign back a few years ago and I am always pleasantly surprised to hear they are working towards adding more fashion forward on trend items for us plus size babes. Just this last month Evans are beginning to add additional brands as part of their edit and I was asked to try some of the dresses they will be stocking. This one I am wearing below is a gorgeous floaty crochet ivory dress from Lovedrobe and I am in loveeee with the colour and the shape of this dress. It has such a festival vibe to it which is why I added boots and chunky rings. The dress itself is a little short as you can see with heeled boots the dress came right above the knee. I wore shorts underneath to avoid embarrassing flashing of my pants but you could also wear some leggings with this if shorts aren't your thing. Although I tend to steer clear of white (being that I spill everything down me all the time) I really did love this and I plan on wearing it a lot this summer. What are your thoughts on Evans bringing in new brands?


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Friday, 4 July 2014

Life gets in the way.

Outfit posts have been pretty vacant on here, mainly because in all honesty I have pretty much lived in leggings, baggy tees and PJ's, moving house is not glam and finding the time to look nice as well as get shit done just wasn't possible for me. Although we are finally moved, we're not really unpacked and I still have a lot of decoration to do to make the house feel more like our home, but in the mean time I am trying to get into a normal routine of  blog work and seeing friends. Having a break away from house stuff was just what I needed when I went to Curvy Kate's blog event last week. I took so many photos that night that I thought I would share them over two posts with this one just being just of my outfit. I got these delightful floral print high waisted trousers from the girls over at New Look and not going to lie it felt like I was wearing PJ's. SO comfy, I have to be honest I was expecting them to be a little more narrow in the leg but I still like them all the same. I paired them with my new long cardigan from Primark and my brand new White Arizona Birkenstocks  from Cloggs. Ohmagawd guys these are ridiculously comfortable. I wasn't sure how I felt about them when the trend began but now I am firmly on Birkenstocks team. They arrived within a day of placing the order and although they took a day to get used to I pretty much haven't stopped wearing them since. What do you think of the Birkenstock thumbs up or down?

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Cardigan - Primark (Currently in)
Vest Top - Primark
Floral High Waisted Trousers - New Look Inspire (Similar here)
Arizona Birkenstocks White -  c/o Cloggs