Okay so first off let’s throw it back, when I was around 15/16 years old, I loved going to the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham. I was into fashion, shopping and runway it was the perfect day out, and it was there I discovered Pretty Polly. Their tights were everything I wanted, quirky, pretty and fun! But after a change of direction in my life, and with online shopping still being a bit scary for 16 year old me… My love for PP had tragically ended.
Until… A couple of weeks ago when the team from Pretty Polly contacted me, I was so thrilled to collaborate! The thing is with this blog is I always want to be open and honest, I love to work with brands that I love, and think you lovely lot will too. But there was one question on my mind, did Pretty Polly do my size? Did the brand cover the plus size community? My questions were soon answered as I received a few lovely pairs from their curve range that were perfect for jazzing up day to day work wear! Their range has a good size scale and there are so many different unique styles and patterns.
The first pair I put to use we’re the suspender look tights, I received these in their ‘one size’ and to my surprise, the fit was pretty good with no sliding down or rolling over. I then paired these up with a cute pair of their sparkly socks to enhance my work wear. When matched with a little skirt and flats this was an outfit I can wear any day of the week, plus its comfy but also super cute for Spring.
The second pair sent to me were a little more edgy than I’m used to. Fishnets you say? Absolutely, and I’m converted. With a pencil skirt and pair of flat shoes this is a quirky look for day to day, although I chose to pair them with a pair of killer heels for a more naughty, date night look. These also came in their ‘one size’, and the stretch and the quality of these tights is incredible, with no worries of catching or tearing at all.
And last but certainly not least, the most retro, the most classy, the most right up my street tights. The nude, back seam tights. These came in the size M/L and if I’m honest I could have sized up for comfort. But the sheerness, the softness of these tights? Just wonderful. And the back seam? Ever so vintage.
Pretty Polly has a pretty detailed size guide, ensuring you can find the right pair for you straight away. Although I wasn’t too keen on their size guide including weight as a measurement I do think their height and size guide is very helpful. Starting at XS to a XXL. So there we have it, my round up on tights for thicker thighs.
Have you tried Pretty Polly? What do you think of their hosiery? Let me know in the comments! As always I will link the below.x
Although I was gifted the lovely hosiery for this blog post all opinions are my own.
So it was about a month ago now that I was ready to attempt my first run. I’d dusted the trainers off and was ready to tackle the first run nerves. I went upstairs to dig my old kit out and I had a moment. None of it fitted. I felt like rubbish. I put my pjs on and had a sulk. My good old shock absorber was pulled, torn and was just too small. It had such a good life and I loved it.
It took me a few days to get over the sulking and get my confidence back to realise I didn’t need that old kit. Bodies change all the time, and mine had. So I went on the hunt, first for a sports bra. I wanted to try a new brand, one that everyone swore by. So I put it out to the internet and after so many recommendations I decided on Panache.
As you all know from one of my previous blogs I love Panache. Their style, their fit! So I was excited to see what the sports range had to offer. How was I supposed to choose?!? So many colours and prints. I was spoilt. I hunted through the Brastop site for so long before I finally decided which one would make the cut!
It was the galaxy print, fun, bright and everything I wanted in a sports bra. It was a little on the pricey side compared to others on the site but I couldn’t resist. I had to see what everyone was raving about?!
So it arrived, I tried it on and it was perfect. The j-clip was fastened and adjusted for extra support and… I cleaned! I cleaned the whole house, up and down, right and left. The stairs, vacuuming, bleaching the bathrooms. And how did it cope? It was incredible. My girls hadn’t fallen out and were well and truly snug and supported.
So then it was time to put it to the real test, I skipped and I ran. Still in their place. There was the teeny tiniest bit of bounce but nothing that I didn’t expect for my 36GG bust! The sports range runs from a 30DD to a 40G. This sports bra is a real winner, my only issue is that it’s hand wash only and if your like me and you can’t be bothered, it can be a real pain if you want to go on multiple runs per week. But I guess that just gives me an excuse to buy another to keep on rotation, and the other styles are so lovely it’ll be so hard not to!
If you fancy giving the Panache sports range a try check out the link below. What Sports bra do you swear by? Let me know in the comments. x
Lately I’ve been feeling a bit rubbish. Sometimes I feel as though I’m not doing enough, that I’m not good enough. And no I don’t necessarily mean exercise wise. I mean just in general. Life. Like I don’t feel myself. Like I’ve prioritised a lot of things over my mental health. I don’t know about anyone else but sometimes my anxiety takes over more than a little bit, I doubt almost every move I make. I panic in my mind that I’m failing everyone, I have mini arguments with myself in my head. I feel as though I have no self belief. But one thing that really used to help me was running.
When I was training last year to run 10k it was me time. Time to clear my head. Time to reflect on the day. Time to just let go, not care, and run. And once I ran the race and completed my 10k I gave running a rest. Well more than a rest, I stopped. I hadn’t run since that day. So what was stopping me?
For me the 10k was never about weight loss or fitness it was about the journey. It was about raising money for a charity that means so much to me. Last week I went running for the first time in nearly a year, I could have cried, it was hard. I’m going to try and run a 10k in a month, in 6 months I’m going to run a half marathon. And next year I’m going to run a marathon. Hopefully London. Why? Why am I doing this? Why now? Since changing jobs I’ve been so busy, I’ve been so, so happy but so busy. For me running does wonders for my mental health. And I’ve missed that. I’ve felt a bit down lately, not myself. Well more than just a little down. I’ve been triggered by a lot of influences around me and I’ve struggled the past month.
The marathon will probably be the hardest physical challenge I’ll ever do. I want to do it, not just for myself but for my child. I want to raise money, as much as I possibly can to help a charity that has done so much for the Cystic Fibrosis community. A lot has been talked about in regards to new treatments being denied by the UK government or put to further discussion and it’s heartbreaking. Treatments that could change my sons life in the long term. So if I can raise anything to help them. I will.
So why running? As a size 18 woman, a lot of people would believe its not my strongest suit, but I bloody well want to prove that it can be. I’m not stupid, going from not running at all to exercising weekly may change my body shape, my weight might increase it might decrease, and I know I’ll have to be careful that I don’t fall into old tendencies. But I need to focus, this isn’t about that. This is about raising money for an amazing charity, about getting my mental health back on track, about not only completing races but enjoying the journey. This about getting back some me time.
I’m not saying running is for everyone because it’s not. I know it’s not my strong point, I’d rather have a cuppa and cake! But the reality is I need to focus on something. Feel like I’m helping. Sometimes I struggle talking about my sons CF, you only ever hear the not so good stories about it. But I get it, you wouldn’t raise money if all you talked about was a happy child who lived a normal life and took some medication and did some physio. The CF Trust make that happen. But I know this won’t be the case forever with Parker.
Last week I ran 3 miles, night after night. I pushed myself more, I ran so many times. And now I’m paying for it. Everything aches, but it’s okay. I know I can push through, I know I’ve got this. I’ve taken this weekend to rest up, but I’m going to use some Monday motivation to get back out there tomorrow evening. I think we all forget how easy it is to let the focus of our mental well being slip. And sometimes it is the small things that can really make a difference. I will continue to share my running journey on social media as the amount of support we give and receive can be so positive and so boosting. Also I want to share some active wear and sports wear blogs with you over the next few moths of my journey, that I’ve found have really worked for me as a plus sized woman. I will enter the London Marathon ballot next month and I’ve got everything crossed I get in. Has anyone started a running journey lately? As always I would love to hear how you’ve found it! Let me know in the comments. x
Last week I posted a photo on social media of my experimental, dairy free peanut butter brownies of my own creation. I was so surprised when so many people wanted the recipe so that they could try them! Even the girls at work said how yummy they were and wanted the recipe! It’s my twist on Kayla Insines ‘healthy brownie recipe’. Although I do not love her massive impact within the diet industry, and her use of the word health as a goal, she does do an amazing range of dairy free and gluten free recipes. When one of the ladies at work sent me the recipe I had to try it! First I baked them exactly to the recipe but then I got experimental and upped the game to make them extra delicious.
Since finding out I was lactose intolerant, it’s almost impossible to find yummy cakes that are dairy free and don’t cost a fortune!
So here it is, my take on sweet potato brownies.
1 massive sweet potato
150 ml of melted coconut oil
3 large eggs
4 tablespoons of maple syrup
4 heaped table spoons of coconut sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
120g of self raising flour
2 huge tablespoons of peanut butter
80g of cacoa powder
A few squares of dairy free dark chocolate
Ready, steady, bake!
I start off by lining a square baking tin with greaseproof paper, and pre-heating the oven to 180 degrees. Then I peel and grate the whole sweet potato into a bowl, then I add the eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, peanut butter, coconut sugar and vanilla extract. Simply mix together until all combined.
Then sift in the flour, cacoa powder, baking soda, baking powder. Mix together gently until brownie mix consistency. Pop in to the oven and cook for about 35-40 minutes. I always pop a skewer through the middle just to check it’s cooked right through. If the skewer comes off mostly clean then it’s ready! They can be quite gooey so I try to let them rest in the tin for about 15 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
When fully cool melt the dark chocolate and drizzle over the top. Once the chocolate has set wal lah! Yummy chocolate brownies that are quick, easy and dairy free. They keep best when popped in the fridge and are good to eat within five days, unless you’re like me and they only last five minutes! Let me know what you think of them if you do decide to bake.x
Back in January as you may know I was lucky enough to attend the Very Valentines event and as well as meeting some amazing women I also met some amazing brands. One of them of which I have never tried before, until now!
Today I am going to share with you some gorgeous sets from Panache and it’s sister brand Sculptresse. At the event I got to look through some truly beautiful sets and I was intrigued as to what the fit would be like, as the cups looked a lot fuller and a lot more structured to what I’m used to. When I received the sets from the lovely ladies at Panache, I could not believe how gorgeous the packaging was. A cute little box that unveiled an array of goodies!
The first thing I thought when I saw the sets was how much they just shouted all the Spring vibes at me. Which is typical as today I type this from inside a house with the heating full blast and heavy snow outside! The florals, the pastel, the crisp lace details. All gorgeous sets that I couldn’t wait to get my baps into!
The first set is the Panache Clara, I received this set in Ivory and in a 36GG and size 18 briefs. The details are incredible on this set, beautiful lace, a gorgeous stretch cup and the softest briefs. This set runs from a size 30D to a 40K and is available in five different colours! This is the one of biggest back and cup size range I’ve come across in an underwear brand and I love it. The briefs run from a size 8 to a 20. The fit is incredible and the quality is beautiful.
The second set I’ve fallen in love with is from Panache’s sister brand Sculptresse. The Sculptresse sets are for the more fuller busted and plus size lady. This one is called Candi and do I have to say much more than look at the florals?!? The print is stunning and the polka dot panels? A match made in heaven! The most perfect colours for Spring (when it decides to arrive!). This set I also received in a 36GG and size 18 briefs. This is one my favourite sets ever. You all know how much I love a floral design! This set runs from a 34F to a 46HH, and the briefs a 14 to 26, so still a wide size range.
And last but certainly not least is Gina from Sculptresse. This set gave me all of the summer vibes, the pastel denim colour, the cute red bow in between the cups, the matching high waisted brief. I was sold. This set was the same size as the previous ones I received, and the size range for this set is a 34E to a 46HH and the briefs run from a 14 to a 26.
One thing I really need to emphasise about Panache and Sculptresse is the fit. The fit is without a doubt the best I’ve ever had with any set. The quality really shows through and the structure of the cups is incredible. The attention to detail is some of the best I’ve seen in the lingerie world. These sets are a little more pricey than I’d usually pay but I can hand on heart say this is due to the quality. Without a doubt I will be popping Panache into my basket when I’m looking for my bikinis for holidays this year… even if it does hit the bank account!
As always I will link these sets below, have you tried Panache? Or their sister brand Sculptresse? Have you fallen in love with the fit? Let me know in the comments. x
Recently, to my surprise I’ve had a lot of lovely ladies asking me for bra recommendations, often I’m asked about more saucy pieces, and sometimes a good strapless but mostly a good basic day to day bra. One that has good coverage, is good under workwear and most importantly, comfortable!
A couple of weeks ago I received the Rebecca set in caramel, by Flirtelle from Brastop. This is now my number one bra for day to day. With my new job, my dress code is a lot more relaxed than the all black waitressing uniform I’ve been used to, it’s been great being able to experiment with dressing in all my floral favourites. One of the items in question is a white top that I bagged in the New Look sale last month. This bra goes so perfectly underneath, so not to distract from the gorgeous details. It looks wonderful, but what do I think of the fit you ask?
The lovely ladies at Brastop sent me the bra in a 34GG as the cup can sometimes run a little small. Recently I’ve fallen out of love with padded styles as I much prefer a sheer cup for comfort and overall fit. But this bra sits lovely, regardless of the padding, it’s got a cheeky plunge to it with some pretty lace detailing underneath. Also let’s be honest with ‘The Beast from the East’ on the way I need to help cover the tick tack, pointy nips and give the baps an extra layer!
Then onto the briefs, good coverage, extremely comfortable and super soft material with matching lace details. Can you expect any more from every day pants? I received mine in a size 18 and they fit to perfection!
The whole set is currently half price in the Brastop flash sale, and currently comes to £25! The briefs are currently in stock in a size 12-22 and the bra from a 34F to a 40J. Be quick though this sale ends tonight (28/02/18) at midnight!
The gorgeous Flirtelle queen @fairyboobmother, Linzi, has also showed off this look, and doesn’t she look incredible? All bodies are different and all bodies are beautiful. I wanted to show these two images, to show you how different styles look on different bodies. Every body is so unique and so individual. Comparison really is the thief of joy, let’s not compare, let’s uplift and support. When strong women come together amazing things happen.
As always I have linked this set below, have you tried any Flirtelle sets? What did you love about them? Let me know in the comments x
Although this set was gifted to me all opinions are my own, as always.x