Stepping into Spring. Where are you Spring? I’m ready and waiting! I think I’ve said goodbye to Winter already, I’m not going to lie. Done, goodbye, see ya later Felicia! I’m just not here for it. Every weekend there’s a new weather warning? Like what is it, the rain the wind. Storm Dennis this weekend. I just cannot wait to feel the sun on my skin, to feel the crisp air and the smell of fresh cut grass and most importantly the fashion!
Although I love layering up there is no better feeling than not having to wear tights, are you with me on this one? To not worry about adding the scarf, the hat, packing the gloves and of course to not getting the Brolly in and out, only for it to turn inside out! So this week I want to bring you a couple of looks that are perfect for Spring from Evans clothing. I’ve written about Evans before and how much I’ve loved re-discovering them and their on trend style. So when they reached out and asked if I’d like to pick some items to be gifted I couldn’t wait to choose!
I went for two looks, both very me and both perfect for dressing up and dressing down, and of course both perfect for that transitional period between Winter to Spring, and then Spring to Summer. First up was this gorgeous ditsy polka dot shirt dress I’m such a massive fan of a shirt dress, and this colour was perfect for Galentines! I wore it to work and then straight out afterwards and it was comfortable to wear all day. The fabric is really lightweight but still warm enough to wear in this chilly weather! I love the print as it’s colourful but not too much for day to day. I paired it with a pair of ankle boots but it could also be dressed right down with a pair of trainers, or even glammed right up with a pair of block heels. I love the length of this dress, it really is a great cut as it’s long enough and comfortable enough to run after the little one and stay covered but also I love that you can undo a few cheeky buttons to show off a little skin for date night! Either at the legs or bust!
This dress is available in a size 14-32 so a really good plus size range. I received mine in a size 18 and it was a perfect fit! No pulling at the bust and plenty of sleeve room for movement, no restrictions at all! I’ve actually worn this dress so many times since I received it last week as I just love it so much! I also paired it with this gorgeous rust satin knot headband, also gifted from Evans. Headbands are going no where and I think they are a great accessory for any occasion and this one from Evans is so comfortable on the head, as with some headbands I find they can really dig in after long wear, but this was lovely and no pain or pressure after wearing all day and night! The rust colour also sits perfectly with the dress, so I added a waist belt (it does come with a matching fabric belt but for me I wanted more of a statement belt) a pair of earrings I’m ready to go!
But what about those blustery days? The ones where it isn’t raining but it’s still so cold! Have no fear the Blush one button coat is here! Also gifted from Evans and also another true to size perfect fit. I received mine again in a size 18 and it was so roomy! Great for adding layers underneath. This one runs from a size 14-32 again so a great size range. The fabric is so soft and I’m really feeling the tailored look! So smart for at the office or for brunch with the girls, but also a really great option for pairing with jeans and trainers for a more casual look. Also pockets? Who doesn’t love pockets in a coat?!? This whole colour combo of this outfit I am totally here for. Blush is such a perfect colour for Spring/Summer and this outfit fits together beautifully. Such a romantic vibe for every day and all very versatile pieces that are great when styled all together, or on their own as part of any outfit.
The second look I went for was my style through and through. I felt so confident in this dress and honestly it’s because I felt amazing! This is 100% my go to look for every occasion and every day. Trip to the park? This dress. Into the office? This dress. Out for dinner? This dress. So what am I banging on about, well it’s the Black floral frill hem dress. It’s a beauty and she’s selling fast! This is such a fab dress for Spring, you can roll the sleeves up, unbutton it a little, and all I can imagine is as the days start to get a little warmer, is pairing it with a pair of platform sandals and a pair of big sunglasses! You feeling those vibes too? Well for now it’s a tad cold for that! So I’ve paired it with my favourite leather look jacket, again a belt to accentuate my waist and my comfiest pair of trainers. I actually wore this on our family walk and park run and again no restrictions and was such a great fit! I received mine in size 18 and again this dress runs from a size 14-32.
I’m such a massive fan of a midi dress the lengh is perfect and I also love the print! The colours again are just so beautiful and I’ve matched it with another statement headband also gifted from Evans. Blue is such a fab colour that is great for all year round and honestly this is a look you will see me in most weekends at the park! Although you may even see me on date night in it, blue clutch bag, cheeky pair of stilettos, an added red lip and off I go!
These two looks as I said before are fantastic for this time of year. You can really switch up the look just by adding accessories and taking your own twist on it! So what do you think? Shall I do a day to night look book blog featuring these two? Or would you like to see more day to day options? All I can say is Evans has you sorted for this season. With a great plus size size range and so many on trend looks to choose from you really are spoilt for choice! If you’d like to take a browse at any of the items mentioned in this blog then I’ve linked them under each picture today! Are you ready to step into Spring with Evans? X
Are you ready for it? The best day of February? Nope not pancake day! Although that comes a very close second! I mean February 14th. Valentine’s Day. Not for you you say? Well let’s see, we’re not quite there yet, but seriously what are you doing this Valentines? Are you romancing it up? Are you making it a Galentines? Or are you saying nope and saying let’s put me first this valentines. What would I love? How can I treat me? Self love is the greatest love of all time after all! Every valentines I’m not going to lie, I use it as a massive excuse. An excuse to make time for the one you love. In our busy lives sometimes the date nights can be pushed back, the taking a walk together, talking the time just to be together. And it’s normal it happens to everyone. To all couples, to friends. Especially with friends, being married doesn’t mean I’m missing out on Galentines! But what about me? What about making V-Day into me day?
After years and years of hating my body, I love nothing better than to celebrate self love by putting on the most gorgeous sets of lingerie and feeling incredible! Lingerie is so empowering and can make you take on a whole next level of confidence! So this valentines I thought I’d bring you three different looks to treat yourself with this valentines! I was gifted these sets from the babes at Brastop. As you may know Brastop a company that I go to time after time, they’re my go to stop for all things bras! They sell all my favourite brands and have such a good size range for fuller busted babes. So they very kindly gifted me these sets to share with you, so are you ready?
First up, this really cute and super pretty Swirl set by Flirtelle. I totally fell in love with the gorgeous pastel blue colour and the material is super soft. I love this set mainly because it’s pretty and it’s fun! It’s a winner for day to day but also wrapping up in a fluffy dressing gown with your slippers and your favourite book. It’s a really comfortable set that also has great coverage. I love the swirl detail and the way the bra and the briefs match perfectly. Who doesn’t love to match their sets day to day? I received the bra in a size 36H and the briefs a size 20. As always I like to size up in briefs to have extra comfort. This set runs from a size 32FF to a 40K, and the briefs a size 10-22, so a really great bust size range. The support and overall fit on the bra is great and I love wide straps for comfort. The briefs are also really comfortable with a mid rise style leaving you feeling secure and supported all over. This set is perfect for feeling pretty and comfortable this Valentines.
Secondly an option that is perfect for the bedroom but also for popping those heels on and feeling like your singing along with Christina Aguilera in Burlesque! This set isn’t really one that you can get away with for day to day, but I think that’s why I love it so much! I used to struggle so much trying to find a babydoll or chemis that fit a fuller bust, I always found they’d be sold in dress size rather than bust size. But here we are again with another scorcher from Curvy Kate. The Starstruck baby doll. I don’t usually opt for a padded cup but this gave that VaVaVoom lift to the girls and gives such a stunning shape. This is a great option for if you did want to surprise that special someone, yes I mean you! To dress up and to feel great! I love this one as sometimes when you’re not having the most self loving day you have got that little bit of extra coverage to make you feel a little more comfortable. The sheer chiffon skirt is a really great layer and is so beautiful. I received my babydoll in a size 36HH, and it runs from a size 32G to 44G so a really good option for seductive with a little more coverage, with a great size range. When there is padding I think it can be best to size up to ensure no spillage, especially if you’re a bottom heavy bust as I am. The fit once sized up was perfect, and I’m not going to lie I think the girls looked amazing and honestly, I felt amazing! The details in the matching briefs are also something I really love, I love the they are a cheeky Brazilian style that do show off a little more bum. I love the matching details to the babydoll and the geometric lace is really gorgeous. I also love the seductive black and silver colour of this set, and the detachable suspender clips! A great option to have especially when it comes to raunchier lingerie. The briefs run from a size 10-20. I wish this expanded a little more to match the amazing size range of the baby dolls so here’s hoping this is something for the future! This set is such a good option if you are planning a candle lit dinner and you are after that little bit more coverage and more of a playful vibe!
Last but 100% certainly isn’t least is a set that I’ve now owned in three colours because I just simply love it so so much. From one of my absolute favourites – Scantilly by Curvy Kate. Scantilly to me is the daring more raunchy side to Curvy Kate. The side that shows a little more, that dares to bare all and more. And this set? The Surrender. The most beautiful detailing and the particular attention to key aspects that make this set perfection. First up the colour. A stunning emerald green, paired along side the most beautiful nude embroidery detailing. I’ve owned this set in the red and black, but this is definitely my favourite so far. The mix of the sheer cups and the over cup strapping is so sexy and so pretty, the design overall is a massive winner for me. I received the bra in a size 36H, very true to size. This bra runs from a size 30DD to a 40HH. The briefs, we have to talk about the briefs, the peephole detail is a cheeky one I love a cut out back! A bit naughty but sophisticated, with a sheer front. I received mine in a size XL and the fit again was great. This set is definitely one if you’re feeling a little more naughty and want the added excitement of Scantilly in your life.
So there we have it! My round up of my top three lingerie picks for the fuller busted babe this valentines. Whether you’re after a set that’s pretty and cute, a set that’s a little more playful or a set that lets out your naughtier side hopefully there’s something for you here! As always I’ve linked the sets below if you want to treat yourself this Valentines, or if you’d just like a browse. So let me know, will you be celebrating self love this Valentine’s Day? X
It’s January the 728th. It’s cold. We haven’t been paid in what feels like forever. And I’m running low on positive vibes for the new year. No wait I’m not running that low on positive vibes but I’m definitely in need of some inspiration. The new year goals are going well though, I still haven’t had a drop of alcohol and still fully vegan. So I guess there’s a positive. As soon as Christmas is over I feel this overwhelming craving for sunshine, to feel the warmth, to feel the sun on my skin, to not have to wrap in one hundred million layers.
So with all the negatives of January I’m using it as an opportunity to rejuvenate. To have some much needed me time. To turn the negatives into positives. And if I’m honest one thing I really have been better at this year is making sure I take the time for my own self care. After all self care isn’t selfish, it’s a necessity. Yes a bubble bath and a face mask are both great self care routines and usually that is 100% what my Sunday evening routine consists of, but what about other forms of self care? The ones that may seem simple but on the bad mental health days are actually massive achievements. I’m talking about putting you first. Washing your hair, feeding yourself, doing something you love.
One of my goals for this year was definitely to take myself on more dates, with myself! Of course more date nights with Paul are on my to do list this year but having me time is also massively important. I’ve had a couple of coffee dates just me this year so far and I feel it’s been amazing for my mental health. I’m even having one now whilst writing this! Just having the time to sit and think over a good brew. To write down my plans, to take some time to blog, and even to read some of my favourite bloggers new posts. I also love to people watch, not in a stalker way like Joe/ Will off ‘You’ ( if you haven’t seen season two yet you’re missing out! ) But in a way that I like to see what everyone else does over a brew. A catch up with friends, a date, just a cuppa and a read of the morning paper. It’s quite lovely really how much a warm beverage can mean so much and so many different things to so many people.
And if like me you’re feeling the pinch of January on the bank and a coffee shop may not be the first go to for some time out, something I’ve also really enjoyed doing is going for a walk. Simple right? But so effective. Coat on, boots on. Just walking. Walking where? Having a mooch around town, having a walk past the canal, a trip to the park, out to the woodlands, just walking. It’s so funny how just getting some fresh air can be so wonderful for the mind and soul. We have a much loved spot up the Quantocks in Somerset. There’s something about the woods and the fields that is so relaxing! Being at one with nature with no distractions is actually really refreshing, no telly, no phones, no daily life reminders. Just me, my wellies and my loved ones, talking about nature, thinking about how wonderful where we live is.
Another self care routine that won’t hurt the bank is having a sort out, a switch up. We’ve had a good post Christmas clear out and taken so much to our local charity shops and recycling centre. All items we don’t use or wear or just have never used. It’s felt so good giving it all to charity and honestly if I had more time, volunteering at a charity shop is definitely something I’d love to do. Just having the sense of community and knowing you’re helping. But right now I know I can’t give up anymore time, so I’ll help by donating. I’ve been listening a lot to ‘Heart’ breakfast in the mornings on the school runs and something Jamie and Amanda are talking about in January are their feel good deeds. How helping other can actually make you feel really good about yourself. Putting a really positive spin in January and I’ve loved it! Hearing what everyone’s up to and how they’re helping someone else. So I packed up all the gifted clothes and clothes that just don’t fit or that I just don’t wear anymore and I donated them to charity. Some well loved, others hardly worn but all in great condition so hopefully someone in the Taunton area will get a real bargain! And the charity shop a few pounds!
For me January really is about taking the time and the space you need. I actually feel really rejuiuvinated at the coming end to this month. I feel like I’ve not set unrealistic goals and I feel a sense of achievement for focusing on me. It’s definitely something I want to do more of. I’ve also made sure I don’t push myself. Learning today no for me is one of the biggest forms of self care. Saying no to go out when you just feel exhausted. Saying no to cleaning up when you could just do with a relax. But also saying yes. Saying yes to every opportunity that could add some happiness. Saying yes to having a friend over for a cuppa and saying yes to putting myself first sometimes. As I write this blog I’m sat in one of my favourite coffee shops in town. On my own. No distractions. No to do lists. Just me and my thoughts and my phone, writing down all of my thoughts and feelings.
If I’m honest I never knew just how much blogging could also be such a massive self care help for me and how it’s affected my mental health and my overall well being. My own little journal, my happy place in these words. For me my blog is my online diary, of what I love, of how I’m feeling and most importantly my own reminder. On the days I feel like I’m failing, or that I’m not good enough. It’s a reminder that I’ve got this, and that if my words only inspire me on the bad days then that’s honestly good enough for me.
January may be very nearly over and after reflecting on this month through these words it really hasn’t been as negative as I thought. Maybe 2020 will be the year of self care. Self motivation. Self love. So try to put yourself sometimes. Take that break, take that walk.How do you practice self care? What’s your favourite self care thing to do? Let me know in the comments. And if all I’ve learnt from 2020 is that self care really isn’t selfish. It’s a necessity, then that’s a pretty good start of the year for me.
Okay okay, it may be 2020 but I am still 100% obsessed with animal print! Leopard print, snakeskin and even zebra! I love the bold bright prints, they’re great for dressing up or down any outfit and they pretty much go with any block colour. Versatile and a great statement look that is set to follow for 2020, I’m obsessed still! I have my key items in my wardrobe that I love to switch up depending on occasion, including a few oldies but goodies. But today I’m bringing you something a little new, an animal print option that you can actually wear everyday!
Yep you’ve guessed it, it’s underwear! I used to be such a plain Jane when it came to underwear, always sticking to basic nudes or monochrome sets, never experimenting with prints or bold colours. As you may be able to tell, those times have changed and thank goodness! I love experimenting with new sets and styles. So today new to the Sculptresse family, let me introduce you to Dionne, kindly gifted to me by Panache. As I’ve said in previous blogs, Sculptresse by Panache are one of my favourites. Every time the quality and fit is really great and I’ve yet to find a bra that doesn’t work for me from them, but what about this one? What did I think of Dionne?
First up the print, the animal print! It’s a tile print that has a gorgeous snakeskin look, the python set! I love that it’s not an all over, too much print and that it features in sections along side the black mesh and matches perfectly with the mid rise briefs. It’s so stylish and so on trend. It’s great to know you can be on trend even when you have to pop office wear over the top or just jeans and a tee on, it’s one of those sets where you can feel like an utter queen underneath and no one knows!
Next the fit, I received my bra in a size 36G. The overall fit is great, sitting flat the cups and giving a really comfortable fit. I love a four part cup that gives support all around. With adjustable straps and double hooked back it really offers great support. The shape this bra gives is also really lovely, I’m such a massive fan of a harness strap! It adds so much sass with just a simple detail. It’s great for under any outfit and on a low plunge neckline it really adds effect! This bra runs from a size 36D to a 46K, a really great range for the plus size fuller bust babe. If your band size is smaller than this range, Panache also do a range of really gorgeous bras in a similar print and style that fit just as great.
Then the briefs, I received mine in a size 18. And they are a really comfortable mid rise style which give great coverage and comfort, again the material is so lovely and super soft. The briefs run from a size 12 to a size 24. Again a good range, although it would be nice to see Panache extend their range past a 24 to match the bra sizes. I love how the print on the briefs match the bra perfectly, with the snake print and mesh details.
This is such a great set that sits perfectly under any outfit for day to day or to spice up an outfit if you want it to be seen! I actually wore this bra under my Christmas party dress to make the harness detail seen! It was really gorgeous and really finished off my outfit! It’s so comfortable too It’s definitely my go to for a busy day. As always I’ve linked the set below if you wanted to have a look or even treat yourself! Is animal print still a favourite of yours this year? It’s definitely not leaving my wardrobe! X
So Christmas may be over, and you may think that also means party season is over, or is it? I actually find that I spend a lot more time catching up with friends, and having girls nights and date nights in January than any other time of year. January is a fresh start to make time, to go out to enjoy what the new year brings! And for me it also means another excuse to glam up, to let your hair down, to feel great catching up and spending time with your favourite babes with no pressure of Christmas.
And as I’ve said many a time before, the secret to a great outfit is a great base layer! And nothing beats a strapless that can hold up to a J cup! Am I right? So today to the blog I bring you the Sculptresse Dana strapless bra. The ultimate party essential.
First up I love Sculptresse, I find the quality and styles unbeatable and the fit is pretty perfect every single time. It’s a brand that I can really rely on for support and structure as well as the most beautiful designs. It’s with great pleasure that I bring another Sculptresse by Panache review to the blog this year, and I’m hoping for 2020 there’ll be many more. It’s a brand that I love and trust and that I’ve used for years so to be sent gifted products with the option to review is a dream, and I can honestly say all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
So what’s the sizing like? I was gifted my bra in a 36G. As I am bottom heavy in regards to my bust, strapless bras can be really hit and miss in regards to the fit, so I always tend to size down in the cup just incase. In this case this worked perfectly. The support was really there and there was no drooping or lack of hold. It’s fair to say the bust was lifted! My favourite part about this bra is how wide the back strap is. Most people believe bra support comes from the straps when really it’s the band that should be doing all the work! So having a sturdy 6 hook back was perfect, I really felt uplifted and felt really comfortable. And having silicone elastic supporting the top and bottom of the wings gives an all round great shape.
The satin feel fabric is a really gorgeous touch and the material on the cup sits flat, so no bra lines when wearing a tight top! And the four part cup gives really great fit and shape. This bra runs from a size 34E to a 46GG So it’s definitely a winner in the plus size strapless bra department, with a really great size range.
I gave this bra the shimmy test, the wiggle test and the jump test! All moves I’d be pulling on a night out and she held in place perfectly! No nip slip and the girls stayed right where they needed to. And if your after a little more support or just want this bra as an option for day to day it also comes with detachable straps. I know I sometimes feel more comfortable with a little extra support for the day to day errands.
Overall it’s a great bra for day or night. For heading to the shops or heading to an ultimate catch up and dance night! I know I’ll definitely be treating myself out in January and it’ll be a great support as the spring months draw in, you all know how much I love a balconette top! As always I’ve linked the bra below if you want to treat yourself this January or if you want to take a browse. Will you be taking yourself out this January? Let me know in the comments below! X