Thursday, 24 April 2014

DIY Ripped Jeans.

A trend that I personally really love at the moment is Ripped Jeans, it is a look that is fairly simple but can be made to look stylish and edgy by just adding a few rips in the fabric. I have a pair of boyfriend jeans with rips that I completely out wore here on the blog, they were just so comfy and chilled that I was always drawn to wearing them. I also really love the rips which have been added to a slimmer fit jean, my only problem was that at first I couldn't find any in plus sizes and was so annoyed that I decided to make my own version using an old pair of ASOS Curve Super Soft Skinnies and some basic fabric scissors. Not long after I did this I actually noticed that ASOS Curve brought out there own version of plus sized ripped jeans so for those who can't be bothered with the hassle of the DIY then you can find them here. I won't bore you with how I did it as to be honest  it was really simple.I just cut a slice away out from the knee area of the jeans then frayed the edges for a more distressed look. It took me less than 10 minutes and I was fairly impressed with the finish. I completed my ripped jeans look with a simple tee,  my Nike Air Max 1's and of course a good application of red lippy.

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What I am wearing:

 Box Crop tee - c/o Simply Be
DIY Ripped Jeans - ASOS 
Air Max 1's - Office

Monday, 21 April 2014

Wide fit Wellies

For years and years I have been looking for a cute pair of Wellies and it was one thing I could just never get to work for me. No matter how many I tried on none would fit around my calf! It was totally frustrating and quite frankly uncomfortable. I even tried those little Wellie Boots, but they just didn't do it for me. Being that there is more rain here than in the UK than there is sun I always wanted to find one good pair that would be great for those rainy day walks or fun in the snow. In come Jilleon Wide Fit Wellies. I was sent these extra wide fit  wellies to try and I thought I would report back.

Firstly these really are wide fit, in fact I think I may have not even needed the extra wide at all there is a lot of room in these. At first I thought they looked too big and loose, but after some adjustments I managed to find a comfortable fit.  Secondly I kind of wish they didn't have the adjustment straps purely because I think they look a little chunky on the side, that said I am really happy with the fit and comfort of these and think I may even invest in another pair! Overall I am really pleased, so April Showers I am ready for you! For those interested in getting a pair be sure to use my discount code FCC20 

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Let's Talk Beauty.

When I turned 25 I hit panic mode at the thought that the bad habits of my 20's would catch up with me. Example A: Endless nights of wearing heavy makeup coming in falling asleep and waking up to mascara covered pillows and a set of eyelashes on my face!  Example 2: Thinking suitable cleansing and moisturising involves a 99p pack of Superdrug Face Wipes and any cream on offer at boots. The more I have been reading about skin care the more I realise just how much I have been neglecting mine. I have decided to start sharing my attempt at improving my skin care regime by taking you through some of the products I am using and how beneficial I think they are to improving my skin. I hope this is something you will enjoy and please do share with me your tips and tricks for good facial care in my comment box. 

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Stage 1.

First up I washed my face with a DELAROM  Face Cleansing Gel, I foamed up fairly well and it made my face feel really fresh and tight. Having been reading Caroline Hirons blog religiously lately I am now wiser about moisturising at this point in your face routine which brings me on nicely to my next stage.

Stage 2. 

I know, I know I look so scary but the next process in my skin care pamper is Cosmetics 27 Plasma 27 Face Mask. The mask itself is different to other I have tried in the past (Fudge Chocolate 99p jobby from Superdrug) in that it literally is a mask that you place onto your face. It even includes behind the ear slots to ensure the mask stays in place. Genius really, except that it makes me look like I am starring in a badly directed horror movie. I left this mask on in the bath for 15 minutes and after I removed I massaged any remaining cream from the mask into my face as instructed from the pack. According to the pack the mask has cell restoring abilities with highly hydrating ingredients. It also contains no Paraben, colorants or silicone. Result: 9/10 I really love how my skin feels after this, especially my neck which is a place I normally neglect. The product is pricy at £65 for 4 packs but I have to say I think it may be worth it considering how incredible my skin feels. 

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Stage 3.

For the final stage I finished my face with a few drops of my Essence 27 Face Fluid  and my Baume 27 Facial Balm  which to be honest I most likely didn't even need. The face fluid had similar qualities to the mask with also added anti inflammatory ingredients, it felt weird on the face as it was a wet liquid and made my face feel tight. Overall I am impressed with its abilities to make my skin look less puffy and rejuvenated. The face balm was a final touch of moisture and made my skin feel just delicious!
So there you have it my pamper day face routine, I'm feeling squeaky clean and perfectly relaxed and would love to hear from you on what you use for your skin, any recommendations for a learner like me?

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Festival Love.

With all the amazing things to happen during summer I have to say Festivals are my favorite. I have been to a number of them in my time and there is this incredible atmosphere, I think that might have something to do with the sun, music and booze but who knows, maybe everyone releases their inner hippy. I have been to a number of them in my time some here in the UK and some abroad and they never get old no matter what your age. Currently everyone is talking about Coachella the music festival in California, but weirdly not about the music. Festival fashion is a big thing and I am currently a little obsessed. Give me all the Kimonos and Crocheted clothing! The beauty of festival fashion is that it is very laid back, think wellies, shorts, kimonos, crop tops. Kimonos are a great for anyone who is particularly conscious of their arms as they are loose and comfortable and great to wear with anything and crop tops are great when worn with a midi skirt for those less comfortable in showing a full midriff! I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite plus size festival clothing picks from ASOS Curve New Look and Simply Be. What piece are you most drawn to?

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Floral Maxi Dress 
Plain Black Maxi Dress 
Crochet Gingham Dress
                                    Floral Kimono                                  

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Monday, 14 April 2014

The Rum Kitchen Carnaby Street

I have really gotten back into my foodie reviews lately mainly because it's something I very much enjoy, London is just full of interesting and cool places to eat and there is something for everyone taste especially as more and more people are getting adventurous with cuisine. I personally get bored of the standard American style restaurant, as much I enjoy them I would always pick something with a little more pizzazz. In comes the Rum Kitchen. I tried this for the first time a few weeks ago for my friends Birthday and I thought I would report back.

The menu all though small has a varied amount of Caribbean dishes including 'Mutton Curry', Jerk Dishes, Burgers, and Salads. The decor of the restaurant is wonderful, it's very chilled with coloured lights, wood features and simplistic designs.
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For starters Dan and I went for Salt Fish Fritters and Jerk Wings (sorry forgot to snap both.) The wings were nice, well cooked and tasty. They were fairly spicy so if you are not a fan of heat I wouldn't recommend this. To be honest I can't say the wings were out of this world but they certainly were well seasoned and not over cooked.

I'll let you into a secret, pretty much where ever we go Dan orders a burger, he just loves them, he's tried burgers all over the place including Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam. He is also a big fan of Caribbean food, which I often cook for us. Since our holiday in Barbados two years ago his love for it has certainly increased. As you can imagine he was in food heaven with this meal, I had a little taste and the Chicken was succulent and flavorsome it seemed they have used some kind of buttermilk coating but obviously with Jerk Seasoning to make this dish and Dan was impressed. He ate the whole thing with no complaints and said major thumbs up for the garlic scotch bonnet mayo!

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For my main I chose the Jerk Chicken Supreme, I was umming and ahhing between this and the Mutton Curry but decided in favour of the Supreme as recommended by the waitress. It was a good shout! The Chicken was perfect as was the creamy sweet potato and Yam mash that accompanied it. The sauce although spicy really complimented the sweetness of the mash, urgh it was really good.

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Overall Opinion

If I had to give this a rating I would go with a 7 out of 10. The cocktails (which I also forgot to snap) were lovely and around the £8 mark which is fairly standard price. Starters were between £4.50-£7.50, Mains £8.50-£13.50 The decor was really inviting and made me feel like I was eating in some cool little rum shack in the Caribbean. Having grown up eating Caribbean food (my Sister is Half Jamaican) I couldn't say the food is as authentic as some Caribbean food I have tried but I don't think the Rum Kitchen claims to be that they clearly added modern twists to the cuisine and it does work! I would absolutely recommend anyone to try this restaurant if in London. There are two Branches, one in Notting Hill and one in Carnaby street be sure to check them out!

Sunday, 13 April 2014

A Day in My Life with MYNT.

Since starting my blog nearly two years ago my life has changed so drastically, before I started writing From the corners of the Curve my main career was (and technically still is) my administration position for a University based in London. However since the blog has gained more readership and I have received wonderful opportunities it has manifested from a hobby to a second job and I wouldn't have it any other way. Yes life is a little more hectic, but for the better. Some evenings after my 9-5 I am lucky enough to attend events, weekends I can be reviewing a restaurant, visiting parks, markets or seeing friends and writing up my posts. Even though I am busier than ever, I am the most happy I have ever been. So today I am going to show you a 'typical day' of my life through some outfits from MYNT.  This is a brand I only recently got to know through their fabulous collaboration with some of my favourite bloggers Nicolette, Franceta, Nadia, Alison and Kellie who each designed their own jacket for the brand. I love all the pieces I am wearing as they are versatile, comfy and monochrome which we all know I am a big fan of.

First look up is a casual Boyfriend Jean and Asymmetrical Blazer. I love how simple yet stylish this look is, to be honest I am normally a Blazer hater, however as my style has evolved I am starting to love the polished professional look a Blazer can create. If I happen to need to visit a brand head office or have a meeting at work I think a Blazer really looks smart whilst the jeans add that causal edge. In this look I am grabbing a quick lunch break, I often catch up with my emails on my iPad in the park near work and if it's sunny like it was this week I get to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine, a girl needs her Vitamin D you know. 

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My second look is a causal pencil skirt and bomber jacket, this MYNT bomber is so nice guys, I have wanted one for such a long time they are perfect to add with skirts, dresses and jeans. The sport luxe trend is still very much in which is why I paired the jacket with my Airmax. This kind of outfit is perfect for a day at a market, where I pick up my fresh flowers and any other crap I need for the house, of course grabbing a cup of tea on the go. 

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ASDA Skirt, Airmax, Brigette Bomber ℅ MYNT, Primark Clutch

Last up is my evening look. Dan and I try and have date night at least once a week so that we can both take a break from our jobs and spend some quality time together, as I said above, sometimes we love to try different restaurants in London then go for a few cheeky drinks. This outfit is so not something I would normally go for but I am all over this! I love the scuba material on the trousers as they are way comfier than the cotton type I normally wear. I also love that the thickness of the trousers allows me to wear them high waisted. VBO is something I suffer with and some materials can be unforgiving, I find this one is really great for hiding that. I look so 80's power woman in this outfit, excuse me whilst I rejoin the cast of Dynasty.
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Pegged Trousers ℅ MYNT, Primark Pointed Heels, Aysmetrical Blazer ℅ Mynt, River Island top (old)

*This post was sponsored by MYNT, as always the views are my own.