Saturday, 23 August 2014

OOTD || Classic or Contemporary

Over the last few years I have noticed more and more past trends seem to be sliding back in to mainstream fashion. Grunge style checked shirts and ripped jeans are a firm favourite of mine. 

However I am a sucker for a pretty dress and have noticed that there is an abundance of 20ies style tea dresses and 60ies a-line dresses, which I LOVE.

When JD Williams contacted me and asked if I would be interested in picking an outfit that could be styled as classic or contemporary, I thought it would be ideal to release my inner 60ies fashion diva.

When I think of the 60ies,  I think of Twiggy. She was, and still is, an awesome fashionista, and there is a whole load of photos of her in a-line mini dresses.

In my head I was going to try and recreate the Twiggy post, but I looked, how shall I put it,  a little bit stupid. I had my legs out and everything!

So to plan two. A contemporary look. Created by simply adding leggings and in the later photos, a denim jacket and loafer style shoes.

The dress I have on is a UK size 20 and although it fits, I could have worn an 18 for a more fitted look.

As with the a-line dresses of original, this dress has elbow length sleeves but is a tad longer and sits exactly on the top of my knee. The dress is made from cotton as is light enough to wear during the summer. Add a pair of biker boots and a big oversized cardigan for the winter and you've got a winner.

Yes, the sun was in my eye!
Would have you worn it a lá the 60ies? or are you a more contemporary fashion follower?

A-Line Dress - JD Williams *
Leggings - JD Williams *
Loafer - JD Williams*

Sunday, 17 August 2014

OOTD || Check Mate

A few Saturday ago I popped myself on the train to go to lovely Leah's first Style XL event in Leicester.

I had been looking for something to wear over the last few weeks and when I was buying some sale shoes from New Look, I noticed this Black Check Print Tunic.

New Look Inspire Black Check Tunic Dress

Although it's quite dark for this lovely weather that we have been having, I thought it would be perfect for Style XL and going forward for AW. I did size up to a size 22, a size bigger than normal, as I have found the last few inspire bits to be a bit odd size wise.

I actually felt really 'on trend' wearing this outfit. Especially with my new favourite Primark dolly shoes. They were a mere £10 and a size 5 from the standard fit section. They are a very generous fit and I will be buying multiple pairs come pay day. 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

OOTD || Blog Sales

I love a blog sale. I love a MrsBeBe blog sale. 

You see, she has a wardrobe to die for. When the first Clement Ribeiro collection came out for
 Evans, I really wanted one of the tops, but me being me, missed the boat and when I got around to buying it, it had sold out. 

So when Becky tweeted me asking if I want to buy it from her blog sale, I obviously said yes!

I even decided to have a casual day at work, so I could wear it the very next day.

Top - Clements Riberio Swan top (old)
Jeggings - George @ Asda (old)
Flats - George @ Asda (old)

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Brand Spotlight || Topsy Curvy

Last year Topsy Curvy attended their first Plus North and its a bit of an understatement to say they were very popular. 

This year Topsy Curvy will be showcasing their wears on our catwalk and to celebrate they sent Team Plus North the Crazy Love Skater dress to celebrate!

Made from a thick heavy polyester, this dress falls really nicely, even on my oddly shaped body. The only negative is that its short. Very Short.

We still have a few plus north tickets left. Make sure you get yours before it's too late. Visit for more details.

Don't forget to check out the rest of Team Plus North.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Review || Alice and You for Simply Be

If you saw my post a few weeks ago about visiting my local Simply Be store, I asked you which two items you thought I added to my ever overflowing wardrobe.

Well, the first one was the Alice and You High Low Floral tunic.

I love prints and this one is no exception. Its a lovely length if you like your bum covered.

Although this tunic is made from polyester, I wore it on a hot, sticky day and it wasn't too clingy or sweaty.

Top - Alice and You via Simply Be*
Jeans - Dorothy Perkins Jeggings

Monday, 4 August 2014

Review || Camden Town Fashion

Sometimes you see a dress that is so you it should just have your name on it.

For me, this is a dress that is pulled or fitted under the bust and them is a bit fit and flare. 

When I first discovered  the Camden Town Shop, I was a bit sceptical that any of their clothing range would fit me. All their models are very petite and the first few items I looked at only when to a size M. 

Then I found this dress*

Its made from 100% linen and at £35 is a complete steal. It also has some beautiful hand stitching on around the neckline and on the sleeves and it also has POCKETS!!!! 

Obviously I opted for black, but it is available in a staggering 14 different colours. I ordered the largest size that they have, an XL, and it fit well although I would have got away with a large. 

Camden Town Fashion

For the purpose of my photos, I wore black flats and tights. If I was where this on a day to day basic, I would definitely need to wear it with jeggings. I am not the tallest person in the world, about 5'3 and it was far to short at the back. even to wear with leggings.

Camden town also stock an amazing range of jewellery, menswear and homewear.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Review || Jersey Maxi Dress

Maxi dresses have definitely been a staple wardrobe item again this year. My wardrobe is a little lacking in the maxi dress area, but I am working on it.

I love jersey maxi dresses but I don't like VBO so generally avoid them, so when Bonprix asked me if I would like to review an item from their summer range, I thought I would step out of my comfort range and try a jersey maxi but size to a 22/24 for a bit of extra room, and ordered a striped jersey maxi dress. I was torn between black and white and purple and black. When I received the dress I was glad I opted for the latter.

Bonprix stripy maxi dress

This dress is so easy to style. On this occasion I wore it with cons and my denim jacket. I did have a bit of vbo, but it wasn't too bad. If I had some of the high waisted shapewear pants, I don't think the VBO would have bothered me at all.

Bonprix have got some lovely items on line at the moment and a lot of their plus size range goes up to a size 32. They will also be at Plus North again this year. Their space is always extremely popular and they have an amazing team working for them.

Will you be visiting Bonprix at Plus North?