Wednesday, 13 August 2014

She moves in her own way.

The beauty about fashion is that you can make what you want out of it, its no lie that I love a good fashion trend but I am also not afraid to be daring with my choices either. Conformity is boring and fashion or more importantly style is a way for a person to fully express themselves. This outfit I am wearing leather on leather, well, I guess more PU than leather but you get the point. Some might say this is a no no in fashion, but, well, who cares I like it. This outfit made me feel like a bad ass babe most likely because it is so far from what I usually wear but it's always good to switch things up a little bit right? The skirt is by Australian plus size brand Harlow and I'm a little bit in love with it, its not a flimsy material in fact it's quite a heavy skirt with half PU and half jersey stretch material. It's also a really great length for those of you who are a little conscious of your legs. Asymmetrical skirts were quite popular last A/W and I have a feeling they will be again this year so bring on Autumn so I can wear this skirt with tights and layers I don't know about you but I think I am kinda ready for it.
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What I am wearing:

Simply Be - Leather Jacket (also similar here) 
Skirt - Harlow 
Trainers - New Balance 
Bag - Celine Dupe
Lipstick - Barry M Stain Paint with Loud Mouth gloss top.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

How To Be Confident - with Danie & Callie | Simply Be

After much anticipation we are finally able to share our Youtube video collaboration with Simply Be. First up is our tips about confidence. So many girls ask us 'How are you so confident' and the truth is there is no magic fix, it is something that comes from within. However we believe that there are tools out there to help you find the confidence inside of yourself. Please watch, leave comments and share we would love to hear your views. 
All our love
Callie and Danie 

Monday, 11 August 2014

Trés Cool.

Summer has been lovely this year, but I somehow feel like I have missed it or to be honest simply not enjoyed it. When you live in London my idea of hell is a boiling hot day during the week especially when working in central London. Humid, sticky, no air that's pretty much what we get, not to mention the fact that we have to squeeze on to overcrowded trains at rush hour whilst our sticky sweaty bodies are glued to each other. It's gross. For these days I like to wear something cool and light and I personally find Kimonos work a treat in surprisingly, keeping me cool. This one is from Lovedrobe, the print is just stunning. It is a trend I will also be carrying over to autumn and will be perfect for a layered look. Colbalt blue is also something I plan on wearing a lot of this Autumn it is an inviting colour which works on many prints and styles. Oh and can we talk about my new bag? I spotted it in the new H&M catalog and for £14.99 I couldn't resist I am a sucker for a printed logo these days they are Trés Cool. Too much? Yup. 

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What I am wearing:

Black Jersy Skirt - Primark
Plain Black Tee - Primark
Necklace - Primark
Floral Kimono - c/o Lovedrobe 


Sunday, 10 August 2014

Why are brands not promoting their plus size lines?

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Last week I ordered some bits from H&M home for the new flat, and when receiving my package inside was a new season catalogue, another great way to entice me in to spending more of my money. There is something so enjoyable about flipping through a magazine or catalogue and building an imaginary basket of things you want in your head, most of which you will never buy but still a girl can dream aye? As I was flicking through the pages I stacked up a large amount of things that I would love to have for Autumn, gorgeous boots, sweaters, shirts, leather jackets. Bummer for me that most if not all sadly wouldn't fit me. Don't worry this isn't what this post is about, having things not avaalible in my size is something that I am used to, trust me.  That said the fashion industry has come on leaps and bounds to providing fashionable trend led plus size clothing lines. Some of my favourites being New Look Inspire, Boohoo Plus, Simply Be and ASOS Curve. My question is why don't some of these brands choose to promote these lines more?

In the H&M catalogue full of 200+ pages of items only four were dedicated to their plus size range, as small as four pages is, this is still good to see, the pages included editorial images on models which I think is always helpful providing visual inspiration is key for me. Personally I'm not the biggest fan in general of the range, in my opinion the collections have always been a little dated, it's mostly made up of  basic clothing items such as jeans, tees and skirts but little on great print, different shapes or trend led fashion pieces. That said I really do like the printed logo sweater which you can see below. As for in store displays I feel very little effort is put on visual merchandise, the Regent street store being prime example of this. The last time I visited, the plus size section was on the lower ground and felt hidden away in a corner, nothing really caught my attention because, it all kind of blended together. I wasn't inspired or drawn to anything which is really kind of rubbish and often leaves you feeling rather deflated when surrounded by great items on other floors that are bright, and innovative. 

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Which brings me swiftly on to ASOS curve, a brand whose items are innovative, bright and inspiring. Curve is perhaps my favourite plus size brand because they sell trend led items, great prints on different styles from t-shirt dresses, playsuit, dungarees all the way to body cons. They are doing it right and I would happily give them my money. ASOS also happens to send out a monthly magazine, it is my favourite thing to read on my way to work full of great editorials, features of beauty, accessories items, great articles featuring bloggers from all across the world and really great eye catching lay outs. It is an all round epic magazine, sadly however there are virtually no curve items featured. Just this months mag only two pages of the whole magazine included tiny features from the curve range. For me this is disappointing, I am not expecting ASOS to feature pages and pages of curve, heck even half a page would do but it would be nice to have something in there to offer inspiration for outfits in the same manner in which straight sized clothing is. ASOS are missing out on a huge part of their demographic, with many women being over 16+ and over who want the same fashion options as their slimmer friends. It seems a waste to have make all these amazing clothes for plus size women then to not promote it using a key tool such as a magazine that reaches over 449,971 readers. 

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 On the opposing side there is an on going argument that buyers for brands simply aren't selling the plus size clothing as much as straight sized lines. Sarah Conley a blogger and retail consultant also spoke frankly in this article from Fashionista about the fact that even though many cry out for more relatable, bigger sized models to be used by brands, customer trends show that women still aren't buying the clothes. Some really great points were raised throughout this article about the issues running through the plus size fashion industry and whether or not plus size women play a role in the problems. 

When writing this, I was nervous about posting, I was questioning whether I was overreacting. Should brands have a responsibility to promote plus size ranges? Or as a friend pointed out, are they given the same air time as other ranges such as 'Tall' and 'Petite' and is that just fair game? Do you think that Fashionista's article, to an extent explains why brands simply aren't investing in their plus size ranges? What are your thoughts? Would you like to see plus size ranges featured more by brands,  in main stream print magazines and online features or do you think that brands don't have a responsibility to cater to everyone it sells to? 

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Culottes and Curves

Culottes have become a popular fashion trend this summer and I decided to venture in and try them out. What I like most about Culottes is that they are in between a short and a skirt which makes them a hell of a lot more comfy during the summer time when chafing can be at it's worse especially if you can get hold of a jersey or cotton pair. The ones I am wearing below are New Look, I went for a size 22 but to be honest in hindsight a 24 would have been a much better fit and a little less clingy around the tummy area. I paired the shorts with a vest top and a leather jacket (jacket was a mistake - far too hot!) and my gorgeous bag from Camden Town, be sure to check these guys out they are a online store where indie designers and sell some really cool clothes jewelry and bags.
So am I Culottes covert? The answer is yes, if you are after comfort and style these are perfect and get a 10/10 from me. 

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What I am wearing:

Printed Culottes - c/o New Look Inspire
Black Vest top - Primark
Leather Jacket - Simply Be 
Bag - Camden Town 

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Work hard, play hard.

Life has been a mixture of exciting, busy, and stressful these last few months, the days and weeks seem to merge into one and before I knew it, it was August, how does that even happen? Last month Danie and I went to Manchester to film some exciting YouTube videos for Simply Be's channel, we did videos both together and individually and I have to to say you guys are in for a treat with our ridiculousness. We styled ourselves in our videos and managed to grab a few cheeky snaps of our outfits to share with you guys. We hope you love the videos when they go live, be sure to keep your eye on Simply Be's social media channels for the launch.

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What I am wearing:

Printed Duster Jacket - c/o Simply Be
Denim midi tube skirt - c/o Simply Be
Work hard play hard tee - c/o Simply Be
Black wedged sandals - c/o Simply Be

What Danie is wearing

Alice and You  floral dress - c/o Simply Be
Chunky strap sandals - c/o Simply Be