Monday, 23 February 2015

Ewa Michalak PL Cappuccino Bra 36KK/80KK and High Waisted Briefs 16/44

Ewa Michalak's PL Cappuccino bra is one I've reviewed in the past; you can read my original post hereHowever, my boobs have long grown out of the 30L cups I was wearing then, so when I placed an order shortly before Christmas to take advantage of a sale they had on, I wanted to get this bra in a more appropriate size. 


Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Evans Pear Ultra Stretch Skinny Jeans 18

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that I have never before reviewed jeans on my blog. There is a simple reason for that: I don't wear jeans because I can't find any that fit me properly. 

Yes, I know I am fussy about fit, but why shouldn't I be? The problem is, finding jeans to fit hips that are 19" bigger than the waist is a pretty tough task. Most jeans are cut to fit a 'typical' woman, and I am a million miles away from fitting into that norm. I understand that. 

In the past I have considered ordering custom-made jeans over the internet as I don't think even curve-friendly brands like PZI would work for me, but I never ended up going for it as I was sceptical they'd be worth the money (I would have had to order from abroad). I also don't have a desperate need for jeans - I have a wardrobe full of gorgeous frocks; why on earth would I need jeans?! I admit that I didn't want to feel that awful disappointment when you can't find anything that fits, so for my own pride I never searched too hard and so I eventually lost any desire to own denim. An additional put off was that the fashion for jeans and trousers over the past decade has been for them to be 'hipsters', or at best low rise. Such a terrible look for pears and hourglasses, in my opinion, and something that looked absolutely awful on me. However, over the past few years I have had a number of requests from readers who wanted me to review jeans, so it has always been in the back of my mind to get around to doing so one day.

Little did I know that UK plus size fashion retailer Evans held the key to my jeans dreams: the Evans Pear Ultra Stretch Skinny Jeans (£30.00; UK sizes 14-32, in short (71cm/28"), regular (76cm/30"), and long (81cm/32")lengths):

Image courtesy of Evans

Monday, 16 February 2015

Bravissimo Lola Luxe Basque in Blackberry 36K and Thong XL

Early last year I bought the Bravissimo Lola Luxe Basque in Black/Teal from a friend and reviewed it on my blog. Although the fit was not completely perfect it's a set I am glad to have as it's very pretty and is perfect for those special bedroom occasions.

Last month I was looking on the Bravissimo website to see if there was anything I could review and my search brought me to the Lola Luxe Basque in Blackberry (was £50.00, now reduced to £40.00; UK sizes 30-38 F-K (limited availability)).


Image courtesy of Bravissimo

Thursday, 12 February 2015

My quest for a sleep bra: Ewa Michalak Nina Top 34KK/75KK

I can't believe it has been two years since I last blogged about my quest to find a sleep bra. If you're not already familiar with my mission, allow me to explain what I'm talking about. 

I long for a bra/top that is comfortable enough to wear in bed at night, but that is also supportive enough to wear around the house during the day. When I am at home for the day I usually wear a t-shirt or casual top and pyjama bottoms, and go without a bra. Most times, this is perfectly comfortable for me, but there are instances when I wish I had something soft and supportive to wear to help keep my breasts in check. I have tried a number of options since starting my blog, including sports bras, non-wired bras, and even nursing bras (NB: If you'd like to read my previous reviews they are listed at the end of this post). A few have come close to meeting my requirements but I haven't yet managed to discover the holy grail.

I was therefore super excited when I saw that Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak were bringing out their own version of a sleep/house bra: the Nina Top.


Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Monday, 9 February 2015

Ewa Michalak S Kleksik Bra 34KK/75KK

Shortly before Christmas, I placed an order with Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak as they were having a sale. I ordered as many bras as I could in my size (or sister sizes) as I was very short of bras that fitted properly. One of the bras I bought was the S Kleksik:


Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Evans Scarlett & Jo Animal Print Fit and Flare Dress 14

I've reviewed quite a lot of Scarlett & Jo items lately, and that's because they are a brand that make some really great pieces of clothing. They are committed to designing gorgeous frocks for us plus size ladies and so I can't help but want to share them with you all.

Today I'm going to share with you the Scarlett & Jo Animal Print Fit and Flare Dress (£39.00; UK sizes 14-32. I'm afraid this is no longer available online but it may still be in stock in some Evans stores - probably in the sale section). 


Image courtesy of Evans

Monday, 2 February 2015

New Look Inspire Jersey Peplum Dress 18

Back in the summer I was looking for a smart dress that I could wear for work; something that was suitable for business meetings, conferences, and interviews. My problem is that business dresses are often made from non-stretchy materials, so I knew I would have to scour around to find something suitable.

When browsing the New Look website, I happened upon the New Look Inspire Jersey Peplum Dress (no longer available online but was £12.99, UK sizes 18-32 (it was also available on the ASOS website)).


Image courtesy of ASOS

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Evans Scarlett & Jo Black 3D Textured Floral Prom Dress 16

Plus size brand Scarlett & Jo seem to be going from strength to strength. Sold exclusively at Evans, this is a range of clothing that is designed to accentuate the figure and makes the most of curves. I have reviewed a number of items from their collections on my blog, and today I will be showing you a dress I tried shortly before Christmas: the Black 3D Textured Floral Prom Dress (original price £75; sizes 14-32, now sold out online but may still be available in stores).


Image courtesy of Evans

Monday, 26 January 2015

Collectif Phyllis Velvet Pencil Dress 20

For several years, I have been a huge fan of vintage brand Collectif. I love their 40s and 50s style clothing and own a number of their items, including coats, tops, and dresses.

Shortly before Christmas, I was contacted by the Collectif team to ask if I would like to review something from their range and of course I jumped at the chance. My first thought was to go for a Dolores Doll dress, but I have already reviewed a number of these so I wanted to go for something a little different. I ended up picking the Phyllis Velvet Pencil Dress (was £60.00, now £30.00; UK sizes 6-22):

Image courtesy of Collectif

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Yours Clothing Glitter Flocked Skater Dress 18

In late November, plus size retailer Yours Clothing had a huge sale. I ordered quite a number of items to try on but ultimately only kept two: the Glitter Flocked Skater Dress in blue (sizes 14-32; was £35, now on sale in limited sizes at £18.40) and in purple (sizes 14-32; was £35, now sold out online but may be available in some stores).

 Image courtesy of Yours Clothing

Image courtesy of Yours Clothing

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