Such a perfect day…

I love a wedding. I love them even more when I adore the couple getting hitched. So, I was pretty excited about my big brother’s big day. I really wanted to go all out & look fantastic, I think I might just have pulled it off. 

I went retro. I found a beautiful swing dress that is absolutely perfect on my curves. I then enrolled a professional to give my hair & face an amazing 50’s makeover. I felt wonderful. 

  
It was a perfect day. The sun shone, the champagne flowed & love was in the air. Having our niece & oldest brother home from Australia made the day even more special. My cheeky little muffin could not resist popping into my blog shoot.

  
  
Dress – Lindy Bop

Shoes – Irregular Choice

Shrug – Monsoon

Hair & Make Up – Bombshell Betty’s (@BBsGlasgow)

No wedding post would be complete with the happy couple. So, here they are, the handsome brother & his stunning bride.

  
  

She’s in fashion….

This weekend was the launch of Edinburgh’s first fashion week. My sister & I decided to jump on train and check out all the stylish going ons. We caught  some catwalk shows,perused the pop ups & even discovered some lovely new boutiques. 

Plus size representation was a little thin (ha! a pun) on the ground, but not entirely abscent. Hopefully fatties will have a bit more exposure later in the week. 

Outfit wise, I slipped into my favourite LBD; a style classic. I went bold with red accessories & wrapped myself in faux fur for warmth. I felt rather excellent, a fact my clever sister managed to capture with her fancy camera.







Coat – Primark

Dress – Asos Curve

Scarf – Gift

Clutch – Ben De Lisi

There is a rose in Spanish Harlem….

I nipped into town yesterday in a second opinion & random chat capacity. It was pleasing to get out & about in the world after a week of being mostly at home. Likewise it felt good to put done make up on & try some funky accessories.

I have been oggling flower crowns on other people’s head for ages. I finally took the plunge with this luscious red beauty. I am completely smitten, the search for my next crown has already commenced.

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I am well & truly sick of winter, so I busted out this amazing jungly print maxi to brighten up my day. I got this dress for my Australia trip & I haven’t had it on since. I’ve no idea as I love everything about it.

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I was trying out a new angle on this dress with my favourite belt. Unfortunately, it’s a little too big for me now. I shall have to fashion myself another notch before donning it again. I took a few snaps sans belt too. I’m keen on both looks. What do you think?

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Dress – M&S
Cardigan – Monsoon

Step into my office, baby ….

I had a fairly important meeting last week & whilst I don’t really do corporate, I did want to look smart. I opted for this colourful, but almost conservative look.

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Blazer – Primark
Skirt – H&M
Blouse – AsosCurve

Unfortunately I hated every single picture taken of this outfit, but have opted for the least offensive. Note the big, fat side bun, a recent innovation I’m enjoying.

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Bag – Accesorize

This is my go to presentation bag as it fits my NetBook & everything else I need. I also love it’s giant tassel. The only downside is once it’s all in there it weighs a tonne.

Simply having a wonderful Christmas time….

Merry Christmas!
I hope you all had a wonderful time. It’s been a bumper yultide for me & mine, loads of food, fizz, family & friends. I love the festive season & the opportunities it provides to let those you love know how much they mean to you. By the wonder of facetime I even got to watch my niece open her presents in brisbane, nothing can beat the look on her face as she discovers she’s been given all the things she’s been hoping for.

Talking of presents, I have also been a very lucky girl. My family & friends proved once again how well they know me by buying me the perfect gifts. There are a lot of ticks on my wish list & I am one happy lady.

First from my wish list was an early xmas treat from the lovely people at Bonmarche. As you know I desperately wanted something gorgeous & velvet to adorn myself in, this dress was exactly right. The midnight blue colour is so perfect, the fabric so soft & the fit oh so flattering. I felt amazing in this dress.

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I have actually never shopped at Bonmarche before, but had heard good things, about their plus size dresses in particular. After perusing their website I suspect that some of their ranges are aimed at a slighter more mature woman. Having said that I saw several dresses that I would rock and some faux fur jackets that are to die for. Considering I not only looked super sexy in this dress, but it was also as comfortable as my birthday suit, I will definitely be adding the Bonmarche website to my bookmarks.

Bonmarche also sent me some pretty accessories, which will be featuring in another excellent post incredibly soon.

Another slightly early xmas present arrived in a suspiciously shoe box shaped package. Sure enough when I tore it open nestled inside were the most beautiful shoes ever created. Someone clearly read this blog & liked the idea of having me at their beck and call. I am madly in love with these beauties. Should they ever change the law, I may well marry them.

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Irregular Choice

Last, but not least my darling sister got me this shiny & sleek clutch that she spied on my wish list. Lauren also cooked us all a delicious Christmas dinner, including the cutest dessert ever amp; clearly my little sis has been hiding her culinary skills. Now that her secret’s out she can expect me over for dinner much more often.

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All of my people gave me marvellous pressies & I appreciate every single one. However, the finest thing in my life is undoubtedly belonging to my warm, loyal & hilarious family. The fact that I’ve been able to add to that family with my magnificent friends probably makes me more fortunate than I deserve to be. So, I’ll leave you with some snaps of our Christmas because I believe this is what it’s all about.

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* disclaimer – all the fizz impaired my ability to take photographs in focus, which some special folks don’t appear. I love you all, people!*

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Wishin’ and hopin’….

The festive season is almost upon us & my mind has been pondering the notion of having some fun. Along with the usual seasonal celebrations I also have some important birthdays in December including my fabulous best friend & my darling youngest sibling. My darling sister will be 30 this year & she’s having a big fabulous party. I am determined to go uber luxe for these occasions & with this in mind I have created a party wishlist. Some of these are serious contenders & others are just me dreaming.
I have had hankering for velvet for a while. I’ve always adored it, but it’s popularity has definitely waned in recent years. Wearing velevt never fails to make me feel sexy. It is so tactile & lush. This sleek navy dress screams old school glamour. I have a feeling the side gathering detail will be flattering as hell on my body. I can’t wait to try this on & hopefully strut my gorgeous stuff in it over christmas. I feel a dress this sumptious need some simple show stopping accessories, these Biba earrings certainly fit that bill. Sadly at £1750 they are likely to remain on my wish list.

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Dress – Scarlett & Jo (at Evans)

Ring – M&S

Earrings – Biba

Clutch – River Island

 

Layers do it for me especially if one or more of them are sheer. This evans dress is genuis, sparkly gold, sheer, built in cover up. Three big ticks from me. Similarly this layered Elvi top is so simple, yet striking. Elvi is actually a new find for me, so far, i am impressed.
Irregular choice are pretty much the only shoes I want on my feet & this pair are perfect in every way. They are currently sold out, but i am hoping against hope that they come back. How can anything go wrong when you have unicorns on your feet?

 

 

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Shoes – Irregular choice

Dress – Evans

Box Top – Elvi

Oil Slick Clutch – Asos

 

Faux fur seems like the obvious choice when playing the luxury bitch. Monsoon’s classic shape & colour make their take it on it a winner for me. I’ll definitely need to try before buying as coats are always a tricky fit with my boobs.
I am actually pinching myself over this Lovedrobe flapper style dress. I can’t believe it is so affordable & available in my size. A futher bonus is that this art deco type design is tailer made for a big event I have later in the year. I am snapping this one up immediatey & calling it fate.IMG_1060.JPG

Coat – Monsoon

Dress – Lovedrobe (at Evans)

 

These are my wild cards. They do not fit with my hollywood starlet theme, yet i can’t prevent myself coveting them. The shoes speak for themselves, what woman in her right mind would not want her feet adorned with these masterpieces? If anyone out there wants to have me at their beck and call those shoes are the key. The poodle clutch is so not me. I don’t go in much for cutesy or pastel. However my Mother happens to have to stunning standard poodles who would turn cruella deville into a dog person. Coco & D’artagnan have captured my heart & simultaneously opened it ip to kitch handbags.
Last but not least is another Elvi piece. Whoever thought up the ‘coatigan’ , I owe you a drink. Bright orange cosy coolness are all things i need in my wardrobe.

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Poodle Clutch – Asos

Coatigan – Elvi

Shoes – Irregular choice

 

Watch out for outfits posts as and when i get mitts on these beauties.

 

Wishing And Hoping – Dusty Springfield

 

 

 

 

Bits & Pieces…

I was going through my clothes trying to clear a little space in my packed wardrobe when I came across a skirt I had forgotten I owned. I’m not sure how I managed to forget this skirt as on discovering it I instantly fell in back in love. So, I immediately changed outfit & wore it to see a movie with my wee sister.

The red kimono I wanted to wear with it was in the washing machine, so I decided I would experiment with some pattern clashing. I quite liked the outcome.

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Skirt – Dorothy Perkins

Kimono – ASOS Curve

Leggings – M&S

Vest – H&M

Sandals – Primark

Bag – Market

 

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I really love the fish taily detail on the back of this skirt; it makes it a bit more special. I am also infatuated with my new floral print kimono, I bought a size up as I wanted it to be loose & oversized.

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I teamed my mismatched clothes with my all-time favourite sandals & tried something new with my hair, which turned out ok, but will need a little practise to perfect.

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I wanted to see ‘Cold in July’, but my darling sis was very keen to see ‘Maleficent’. She won the movie debate in the end. It’s a sweet take on a fairy tale, but it’s essentially a kid’s movie, which is really not my thing. Next time I will definitely be choosing.

 

 

Bits & Pieces Dave Clark Five

 

 

 

 

Talking about a revolution…

Last Thursday I celebrated Fashion Revolution Day by attending my first clothes swap. The event was held at Glad Café ( next door is Glad Rags vintage shop, also worth checking out).The fashion revolution objective is to get people thinking about where their clothes come from & if the people making them are being treated ethically. They also want people to consider recycling, reusing & buying from ethical designers. All ideas I am happy to embrace.
From a plus size point of view I’d say there is probably a gap in the market in this area. Cool, ethically produced designs rarely come in larger sizes. This is a great shame, but I feel confident that we are in a period of change & this section of the fashion industry will soon catch up.
The swap itself was fun. I met some congenial bloggers & surprisingly managed to find some cute items. There were not many people of a similar size as me at the event so I didn’t have high hopes. In the end my swag included a cute casual dress & mini skirt, but the prize piece was this darling little bag. Just on the right side of cutesy & my absolute favourite colour.

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So, what did I wear? I donned a bargain I picked up in a mid-season season sale that I have been dying to road test. I am all always up for a bit of leopard print especially when teemed with red. So, that is exactly what I did. I felt good in this dress, sexy & not at all self-conscious. I added my trusty pony belt to properly show off my shape & some little red flats for comfort. I think next time I wear it I’ll vamp it up with some really high red heels & a slinky red kimono. I hope to wow a certain someone.

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Dress – Forever 21                                             Belt – Primark

Cardigan – Monsoon                                         Shoes – Primark

 

I adore clothes that I can feel good in. This dress has gone straight into my top ten.

 

 

Glad Café & Glad Rags are situated on Pollokshaws Rd in Glasgow’s southside.

 

 

Revolution The Beatles

The sex is in the heel….

I was rearranging some shoes earlier & inspiration struck. Since I am still looking rough, I could do a little shoe post. I have rather a lot of shoes, so I might make this a regular thing. We shall see.
I have a definite weakness for striking heels. I actually don’t really wear them that often these days, but that doesn’t stop me buying them. It’s always nice to have the perfect shoe lurking in your wardrobe for any special event. I have a particular love for weird shoes. Anything outrageous is bound to catch my eye. Hence, my favoured show brand has got to be irregular choice. They’ve become more popular recently, but I have been buying them for a long time & remain a faithful customer.

 

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I bought these beauties about 7 yrs ago. I still adore them. They have a smaller heel than I would usually go for, but they shape of the heel prevents them from looking frumpy (which incidentally is what my mum calls me). They also came in very handy when I was dating a man on the short side. I basically find everything about these shoes fabulous. The colours, the print & especially the quirky toes are immensely pleasing. Sadly, Irregular Choice seems to have to ceased making designs with this toe. I’m so pleased I snapped these up when they were available. With the small heel they’re super comfortable & easy to wear whilst still just high enough to give me a nice wee wiggle.

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Irregular choice

 

I had completely forgotten I had these gorgeous shoes. I believe I have only worn them once, but now that I have rediscovered them, I can’t wait to break them out. These heels are higher & sexier, though not quite as unique. Purple & gold are a somewhat regal combination. These shoes definitely make a statement.

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Lastly, I said this was going to be a shoe post, but during my rearranging I also stumbled upon this forgotten gem. I think its intended purpose might have been a lunch box, but I’ve pressganged into use a handbag. You really can’t go wrong with a beatley accessory.

 

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Gift

 

The sex is in the heel Cyndi Lauper

Shiny happy people….

I thought since Australia was such a big influence on my new outlook that I’d do one more Brisbane outfit. I’ve had this maxi dress for a few years, but have never managed to get much wear out of it in Glasgow. It’s the sort of garment that requires sunshine, something we are sadly lacking in here. It was one of the first items in my suitcase & I was eager to wear it.

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Dress –  Gift

Vest – H&M

Sunglasses – Topshop

Satchel – Target

I’ve always been a hippie chick meaning this multi coloured tie dyesque design is right up my street. It has some cute beaded details under the bust & on the straps, which I’m fond of. The halter neck is a gift for those if us who have been blessed in the breast department. It holds them firmly in place giving a great silhouette. The halter does also mean it is a tad too booby, but that’s easily solved by popping a vest underneath.

In short this dress is very bold & funky. Just like me.

Here are some shots from Brisbane. Happy memories.

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I miss the view from my brother’s balcony.

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A big daddy kangaroo chilling out at Lone Pine sanctuary.

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Brisbane street art.

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I stayed at a hotel right in the middle of the city for a few days & I used to eat sushi in this square. You can’t get a proper idea of it from this picture, but it was a gorgeous mix of old & new architecture.