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 

 photo 1-DSC_0797_zps6bb8f83c.jpg  photo 2-DSC_0803_zpse62f9266.jpg  photo 5-DSC_0823_zps6ca94ad7.jpg  photo 4-DSC_0825_zpsd8bead6e.jpg

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. 

 photo 91591f87-a651-4990-afd2-fc67fcf74dc4_zps0e6b5b72.jpg

 photo 6437801e-b985-4710-ba90-7318397cb355_zps9cca6321.jpg
 photo 5-DSC_0692_zps2bdfa217.jpg

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. 

 photo 1-DSC_0705_zps49a9717c.jpg

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?

 photo 1-DSC_0680_zps45e9826b.jpg


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?

 photo festivalcollage_zpsc3d423d1.jpg
Floral Maxi Dress 
Plain Black Maxi Dress 
Crochet Gingham Dress
                                    Floral Kimono                                  

 photo Simplybefestivalcollage_zps68b08059.jpg

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.
 photo 3223D3C0-EBBC-479D-8996-7081C6454CDF_zpsm63uavlb.jpg

 photo 6F1834F4-BFDF-4383-9AB6-1FD5B5415DC9_zps97heweaw.jpg


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!

 photo 7B9AF1C9-C0E7-4D2A-BC5C-FEE90910C41E_zpslcf2zcac.jpg

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.

 photo 8C53431E-23CF-49D0-BE10-AC99A666ACE6_zpsr2oc9jks.jpg

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. 

 photo 02-DSC_0528_zps8482a115.jpg  photo 03-DSC_0519_zps1af76898.jpg

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. 

 photo 05-DSC_0606_zps034d5479.jpg  photo 04-DSC_0609_zps1f63dcaa.jpg  photo 06-DSC_0620_zpsdfc8bfee.jpg  photo 08-DSC_0625_zps43a039b7.jpg
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.
 photo 3-DSC_0629_zps4b5bc045.jpg  photo 2-DSC_0628_zpsfda15e6d.jpg

 photo 11-DSC_0664_zps41de52f7.jpg  photo 10-DSC_0640_zps673b2195.jpg
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.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Why I don't care about being the Fat girl in the Gym.

For years and years I had anxiety about being overweight in the gym, during the period in my life when I was desperate to lose 7 stone in 0.6  minutes I joined in hope that I would finally lose weight. The problem was I didn't know what I was doing, during my introductory program session I was given a hench looking young man who was rude and took no interesting in really helping me. In fact he put me on a cross trainer and said 'Do interval Training.' If you don't know what interval training is then let me give you a brief breakdown. It is Hell. Hell I tell you! Especially if you are an overweight, woman that has no real clue what they are doing. I felt so nervous at him watching me pant, he was very uninterested in me and he made that clear. I decided to cancel the other two sessions I had with him and just do my own thing, which of course was most likely an ineffective work out. I felt too nervous to try and do work outs with the medicine ball or any weights, I felt like I was the biggest person in the gym and soon I just hated being there.

Back then I wasn't happy with anything in my life, I wasn't secure enough to be in the gym I was going for the wrong reasons and because of that I did never stick it out. Fast forward to now and I am back in the gym instead the goal isn't for drastic weight loss, simply for health and fitness. It took some time to get my head in a place where I remembered what a gym was actually for. What baffles me most is the judgement that is made against fat people in the gym, you know the type that comment on how unhealthy it is to be overweight yet mock those actually wanting to get fit. I have to say these people are a minority in the gym, most people go in there to do their workout and don't pay attention to anyone else. Of course there are still a few that are judgmental tossers, and my advise to any one who is nervous about the gym is to fuck them. It is not important what other people think, no matter what you are in the gym for, whether its weight loss, fitness improvement or even stress relief. You cannot worry about these people. They do not pay your bills, they do not go to bed with you at night, you are responsible for you only. If a trainer is unhelpful make a complaint, don't be afraid to ask for help, these people are paid to be there to help in any way they can so utilize them. Remember you set your own goals in life and if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything you want. If you are looking for inspiration on health and fitness when plus size make sure you check out my girl Cece's blog Plus Size Princess   she is the founder of PSPfit a program which supports plus size women on their health journeys. It's really fabulous and she is an absolute doll so make sure you check her out! 

 photo 0E91232F-A0FE-4CCE-8669-D408D3927A14_zpsllwi26x0.jpg

 photo gym_zps0e8ffbc8.jpg