Quite a few months ago I was sent a parcel from the wonderful Ewa Michalak. This parcel contained a wealth of lingerie goodies that I was itching to share with you, but unfortunately real life got in the way and as explained here I was forced to take a few months' break from blogging. So this post is long overdue and comes with huge apologies to Ewa and her team.
Like many women, I am a huge fan of polka dots, so any time I see a piece of clothing with a polka dot print I am sorely tempted to buy it. I've already reviewed the Collectif Dolores Doll Red Polka Dress here, and have had the Black Polka in my wardrobe for quite some time. I was absolutely gutted that I missed out on the version with a blue background and red spots a few years ago, but last summer I was excited to see that Collectif had brought out a new colourway: the Dolores Doll White Polka Dress (£50, UK size 6-22).
Around four years ago, when I started regularly wearing dresses for the first time since being a teenager, the first dresses I favoured were maxi dresses. They are so easy to wear, with their long, flowing skirts that go all the way down to the floor. However, over the past few years I have mostly moved away from maxis and instead favoured midi or knee length dresses as I feel they work better for my figure overall. I do still have a few maxis in my wardrobe, including some gorgeous numbers from plus size US brand IGIGI and boob friendly Polish brand BiuBiu, but they usually only get worn when I go on holiday or on a more formal occasion. This summer, I decided to see if I could find a few everyday maxis out of which I would get more frequent wear. I came upon this decision when I was browsing the rails of my local Asda Living, where they have a reasonable range of clothing available, and quite a few maxi dresses. I tried a few dresses on in store, bought some of them, and then when subsequently back at home I ordered more online to collect from the store a couple of days later.
I love summer. The sun shines, the skies are blue, and the warm weather makes my soul sing. However, I must admit that for me there is a downside to summer: I dread the onset of the higher temperatures because it means if I wear my beloved leggings I will overheat. I have to make the tricky decision between feeling way too hot and going barelegged, neither of which are a concept I relish.
I have always had large thighs. I can recall that even as a perfectly healthy and of average weight child if I went barelegged I would experience chafing that brought me to tears. A particularly strong memory is when I spent a fun day at the beach with my family, but unfortunately the combination of salt water and sand lead to me developing a rash on my inner thighs that left me in agony for much of the day.
I have reviewed a few of affordable plus size fashion brand Pink Clove's dress offerings here on the blog since they first burst onto the scene in 2013, including their wrap dresses. For spring 2014 they brought the dress out in a new print: tropical!
It's been quite some time since I wrote a lingerie review on my blog so when the lovely people at Panache contacted me to ask if I'd like to review something from their Cleo range I jumped at the chance. Panache's Cleo range is described as being 'crafted for fit; styled for fun' and I'd completely agree with this. The vibrant prints and colours are varied and exciting, and perhaps typically appeal to a younger customer, but as the fit is so superb I know these sets are worn by women of all ages. The Cleo Minnie Red Spot (bra available in sizes 28-38 D-J, briefs and thong available in sizes 8-18 (UK)) is a pretty red and white set featuring my beloved polka dots:
I have always had a problem with finding dresses and tops with sufficient boob room for my big breasts. So many items would look lovely if only they had more coverage over my chest. It's not a good look to have one's bra showing but in order to make sure this did not happen I have previously had to opt for high necklines, which I am not a great fan of, or sizing up to fit my boobs, meaning that the fit elsewhere was oversized and baggy. Fairly early on in my boob-clothing journey I found that I could wear a thin vest underneath tops and dresses to cover my modesty. However, this meant wearing an extra layer and in warmer months or in centrally heated environments this could be pretty uncomfortable. It also changes the appearance of clothing as the neckline looks very different but at least it meant I didn't have to settle for poorly fitting clothing any more.
If you're a regular reader of my blog you will be well aware of my ongoing quest to find dresses to fit my figure. It's not easy as I am different sizes on each of my bust, waist, and hips, but I am always willing to try something different or unusual on the off-chance that it might work for me.
Last summer I was trawling online auction site eBay and I came across this gem: the eBay Jersey Pencil Dress (£9.99 plus postage, UK sizes 8-18/M-XXL).