Saturday, 29 December 2012

Simply Be Mary Jane Block Heel Court Shoes EEE Fit

Several weeks ago, I was feeling particularly fed up with having hardly any shoes that fitted me properly and were comfortable so I went on a footwear binge and ordered a TON of shoes from Simply Be.

I have long relied on Simply Be for wide-fitting shoes - did you know they stock footwear in a range of widths all the way up to EEEEE?  I usually find that the EEE works best for me, but this varies depending on the style of the shoe/sandal/boot and sometimes I size up or down in shoe size and/or width.  It's great to have the luxury of options like this, which is not something easily found on the UK high street, so I am eternally thankful for brands like Simply Be who really understand the varying sizing needs for footwear.

When my huge order arrived, I had great fun trying on all the shoes.  I ended up keeping several pairs, with one of them being the Simply Be Mary Jane Block Heel Court Shoes EEE Fit:

Image courtesy of Simply Be

Monday, 24 December 2012

Earth Spirit Mary Jane Shoes from Barratts

I always get very excited when I find new shoes.  That's because my feet make it very difficult to get a good fit, as I discussed in this post.

On a recent trip to Bluewater shopping centre in Kent, I popped into the Barratts store.  Once upon a time, Barratts stores could be found on every high street, but in recent years the company has had to adapt to meet the needs of online shoppers, whilst experiencing a reduced presence in some towns.  However, there are still a number of stores around, and you can find your nearest one by using the Barratts store locator on their website.

Whilst instore, I had a good look around the women's footwear section.  The sale was on so I had plenty of bargain options to choose from.  I was served by a very helpful young lady called Anika and ended up purchasing these lovely Mary Janes by Earth Spirit:


Image courtesy of Barratts

Friday, 21 December 2012

Forever 21+ Denim Jacket

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of the company of my beautiful friend Hanna from The Wardrobe Challenge.  We met at Westfield Stratford City in east London and proceeded to shop our socks off.

It was a fabulous day and we battled through the crowds to nab ourselves a fair few bargains.  I managed to get something I had been wanting for quite some time - a denim jacket.

Regular readers of my blog won't be surprised to learn that I have struggled in the past to find a denim jacket that works for me - with my big boobs and small waist it's been almost impossible to find something that fits well and does not hide my curvaceous figure.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Marks and Spencer Per Una Teal Flower Print Dress

About a month ago, I visited the Marks and Spencer Outlet at Ashford's Designer Outlet.  It comprises a range of stores selling items at knock-down prices, and there's usually many a bargain to be had.

The items sold in the M&S outlet store are usually end of the line or last season's/year's stock.  None of that really matters to me - I just want to get fabulous clothing at reduced prices!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Simply Be WOW Peplum Illusion Dress

What do you think about peplums?  My opinion varies, depending on who is wearing it and how.  For example, one of the local weather presenters on tv sometimes wears them and they look awful on her.  She is fairly tall and has a long torso but wears regular sized dresses (as opposed to those specifically for tall people) so they just don't sit in the right place on her.

I have never tried on a peplum skirt or dress myself.  I have been told that the purpose of a peplum is to highlight one's waist and/or hips...well, I am lucky enough to have been blessed with a figure that does just that all by itself, without the addition of a frill on my clothing.  But I have also been told that a peplum would look amazing on me so it's something I have wanted to try, merely out of curiosity.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Simply Be Pleat Dress

The lovely people at Simply Be have been getting in touch with some of us bloggers lately to help them promote their 'Find your perfect Christmas party dress!' campaign.  I jumped at the chance when they emailed me - any excuse for more pretty dresses!

I had a long look through the items available at Simply Be and in the end settled on the Pleat Dress.


Image courtesy of Simply Be

IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel Natasha Dress

Back in the summer I was lucky enough to review the gorgeous Naime maxi dress from IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel.  It was so beautiful and the fabric so luxurious that ever since I have been itching to get my hands on more from this brand.

I was contacted a few weeks ago by the lovely people at IGIGI who offered me the chance to try a dress from their latest collection.  I went with the Siren dress in Tanzanite but unfortunately it ended up being too small on my boobs and too big on the waist.

Not to be beaten, IGIGI very kindly said I could try something else and after some advice from Yuliya Raquel herself it was agreed that I should try the Natasha dress in size 12 US/16 UK with an Obi Belt to bring in the waist.


Image courtesy of IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel

Thursday, 6 December 2012

IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel Siren Dress in Tanzanite

For some time now, I have been a huge fan of the gorgeous dresses and separates available from IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel.  I have previously blogged about the stunning Naime maxi dress I tried back in the summer and I have been longing to try more dresses ever since.

A few weeks ago I was offered the chance to try the Siren Dress in Tanzanite.


Image courtesy of IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel

Monday, 3 December 2012

Yours Clothing Lycra™ Xceptionelle Hosiery 40 Denier 3D Tights

I am always on the lookout for new hosiery and shapewear to try.  Day to day, I usually wear my beloved Sweet Nothings Get The Skinny Shaping Leggings, but, depending on the season, event and outfit, leggings are not always appropriate so I try to keep a good selection of other items which can do the job of smoothing and shaping instead.

Tights are something I have been keeping an eye out for recently.  Here in the UK, the weather has taken a turn for the worse and it's been much colder of late.  This means that I need to wear tights when wearing a skirt or dress so I was really pleased when Yours Clothing got in touch to offer me a pair of tights to review.




Sunday, 2 December 2012

Collectif Dolores Doll Leo Red Velvet Dress

I will always be thankful to my lovely friend Georgina at Fuller Figure Fuller Bust for taking me to the Collectif store at Covent Garden a month or so ago.  That's where I discovered dress heaven...and the beautiful Dolores Doll Polka Dot Dress.

Since then, I have been searching the internet regularly to try to get my hands on more Dolores Doll dresses - it has undoubtedly become an addiction of mine - and recently posted a review of the very delicate and feminine Dolores Doll Ivory Hibiscus Dress.

During my search, I happened upon the Dolores Doll Leo Red Velvet.  


Image courtesy of Collectif

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Collectif Dolores Doll Ivory Hibiscus Dress

Ever since I bought my beloved Collectif Dolores Doll Polka Dot Dress I have been itching to try more.  The fit, style and look of the Dolores Doll dress is so wonderful and made me feel so special that I wanted to get it in every possible colourway and pattern.

There are not many Dolores Doll dresses currently available on the Collectif website but I have been trawling the internet to see if I could find any offerings from previous collections.  Luckily I am very dogged with these sorts of searches so persevered when I didn't initially find a great deal of options...and was thrilled when my hard work eventually came up trumps.

My first purchase was the Collectif Dolores Doll Ivory Hibiscus dress.


Image courtesy of Collectif

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Panache Cleo Zia Bra 32J

It's been a little while since I did a lingerie post (and I know some readers have been missing them!) so when the lovely people at Panache got in touch to ask me to review something from their latest collection I was absolutely over the moon!

In the past, when I have tried Panache bras I have ended up feeling disappointed.  The wide wires and shallow cups just didn't suit me, no matter how much I loved the gorgeous designs.

However, a few months back I tried the Cleo Chloe and Alexa bras in 32J and I fell in love!  Seriously - the Chloe in particular was threatening to rival my beloved Ewa Michalaks!!  I'd heard that Cleo wires were significantly narrower and the cups deeper than regular Panache bras and I found this was absolutely true.  The bras were wonderful and gave such amazing shape, uplift and support, especially for unpadded bras.



Friday, 23 November 2012

Matalan Sunray Metallic Dress

About a month ago, I popped into my local Matalan.  I hadn't been in the store for some time - probably around a couple of months - so it was great to have so many new items to look at and try on.

I saw the Sunray Metallic Dress on a rail and although it didn't look anything special on the hanger I decided to pick one up to try, along with a few other pieces.

Sunray Metallic Dress
Image courtesy of Matalan

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Matalan Print Midi Dress

When browsing my local Matalan store recently, I happened upon a couple of wrap dresses that I hoped would work as well as my beloved George at Asda Moda Wrap Dresses.  

The Print Midi Dress is available in blue:


Print Midi Dress
Image courtesy of Matalan

And also in black and white:

Print Midi Dress
Image courtesy of Matalan

I tried the dresses on in store in size 14 but they were far too big on me so I got them both in size 10 and took some photos when I got home.

I'm going to review both dresses together as they are exactly the same dress, just with a different print.  So, first of all, we have the blue dress:


Sunday, 18 November 2012

Bonmarché David Emanuel Red Pleated Dress

Bonmarché is a UK high street store that has been around for over 50 years.  


Bonmarché Home Page

There's a branch in my local town and I've often popped in there to have a look around, either when shopping with my mum or on my own.  It's aimed at more mature ladies, stocking lots of 'classic' items with generous cuts so I've not bought many things from there in the past.  Having said that, on the odd occasion I have picked up general everyday items such as a pair of work trousers or a cardigan, so it's always worth a look.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Ewa Michalak CH Bikini and Shorts in Black

I recently posted a review of the Ewa Michalak PL Bikini in Black and now it's time for me to tell you about the CH version.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I discovered earlier this year that Ewa Michalak's swimwear would not be available on the website but instead could be ordered by email (via sklep@ewa-michalak.pl).


Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Monday, 12 November 2012

Ewa Michalak PL Bikini and Briefs in Black

Ever since I first discovered Ewa Michalak lingerie, I have been longing to try their swimwear.  I got all excited earlier this year when I saw pictures on their Facebook page of the new designs and couldn't wait to try them for myself.


Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Clothing at Tesco Julia Support Ponte Wrap Dress

A few weeks ago I was browsing the Clothing at Tesco website to see what dresses they had available for this season.  I was spoilt for choice - so many gorgeous numbers!

I love this F&F Burnout Wrap Dress.  


Image courtesy of Clothing at Tesco

It's available in black (pictured above) and purple (although I would describe it as more of a burgundy colour), and at only £25 a pop it's a great budget option for all those Christmas parties coming up in the weeks ahead!  It would also be suitable for daytime work wear as it's subtle and the skirt is of a modest length.

This F&F Limited Edition Lace Prom Dress is almost too pretty for words!


Image courtesy of Clothing at Tesco

Friday, 9 November 2012

Curvissa Wider Style Wedge Court Shoes

I love wedges.  They add height but feel more secure to walk in than thinner heels.  All of my most comfortable shoes, boots and sandals are wedges of some sort and I am always on the lookout for my next pair.

Wedges look great with all sorts of outfits.  High wedges can look classy, elegant and sophisticated, and lower wedges add a hint of height without compromising on comfort.

I was recently contacted by the lovely people at Curvissa who asked if there was anything I would like to review.  I have been after a comfortable pair of wedge shoes (rather than boots or sandals) for a while so I was absolutely over the moon when I spotted the Wider Style Wedge Court Shoes on the site.  I ordered a size 5 in the black.


Image courtesy of Curvissa

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

DDatelier Arno Graphite Dress

I recently posted about DDatelier, a retailer of bust friendly clothing based in Russia, who have recently launched an English version of their website in order to make their clothes available to more booby ladies.

I was lucky enough to review their Wrap Tie Top in Purple; but they also very kindly sent me the Arno Graphite Dress to try too.


Image courtesy of DDatelier

Sunday, 4 November 2012

DDatelier Wrap Tie Top in Purple

A little while ago, I stumbled upon a new (for me, at least!) boob friendly clothing line.  DDatelier are based in Russia and aim to provide mainstream sized ladies with clothing options to fit and flatter their hourglass figure.  They have been in business for five years, selling their clothing to bustacious Russian ladies.  The English version of their website only launched in September 2012 so it shows how keen the brand is to spread the word about what they do.

Like Pepperberry, Urkye and BiuBiu, DDatlier joins a growing area of the market which I feel has not yet been fully embraced.  There are huge gaps in the market for women like me who are on the extremes of the sizing charts and I am longing for a company to come along and meet my needs.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

George at Asda Moda Lace Print Dress

Very recently I posted about the lovely George at Asda Moda Floral Jersey Wrap Dress.  It's a shape I love as it nips in at the waist but is also generously sized over my voluptuous boobs and hips.  The result is a great look for hourglass figures in particular, but the dress would also work for pears and other 'typical' body shapes.

I also have this dress in the original Moda Printed Jersey Dress, and even dyed several to give myself more wardrobe options.

I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw that George at Asda had brought out yet another variation of this dress shape - the Moda Lace Print Dress in burgundy and black.


Image courtesy of George at Asda

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Principles by Ben de Lisi at Debenhams Mac

I have always struggled to find a raincoat that works for me.  Either the waist is enormous but the bust fits well, or the bust area is too small but fits on the waist.  And what about the hip area?  Just as troublesome - either the buttons pull it too tight or there is a ridiculous amount of surplus fabric.

I have tried many different brands of macs over the years but had yet to find anything that worked for me, or that I really wanted to buy.

That is, until February this year when I attended Plus London Two and met the gorgeous Lorna.  She was wearing the most breathtaking coat I had ever seen - a Principles by Ben de Lisi mac.


Image courtesy of The Ginger Peardrop

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Collectif Dolores Doll Navy Blue Polka Dot Dress

For some time now, I have been wondering if I should invest in a circle/swing dress.  I have been wearing bodycon-type dresses which follow my curves and show the shape of my figure, but I have always been drawn to the feminine and fun look of a circle/swing dress.

Back in April this year, I was lucky enough to try on some of Georgina's Pin Up Girl Clothing Heidi dresses.




Monday, 29 October 2012

George At Asda Moda Floral Jersey Wrap Dress

I've made no secret of being a huge fan of George at Asda clothing and in particular their Moda range.  It suits my tastes so well - simple, stylish, feminine and flattering.

I was over the moon when I discovered that they had brought out a new fabric design in their classic Moda Jersey Wrap Dress - this time heading in a floral direction!


Image courtesy of George at Asda

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Simply Be And Abigail Strappy Wedges E Fit

Following on from my recent review of the Simply Be Viva La Diva T-Bar Sandals EEE Fit, I also received a pair of wedge sandals from the wonderful people at Simply Be that I wanted to review.

When browsing the Simply Be website these And Abigail Strappy Wedges E Fit jumped out from the screen at me and I knew I had to give them a try for myself.


Image courtesy of Simply Be

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Simply Be Viva La Diva T-Bar Sandals EEE Fit

First of all I must apologise for not having posted for a couple of weeks.  Things got really hectic with My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway, as well as with work and my personal life, which has meant that I needed to take a break for a little while.  Thank you for bearing with me - normal service will now resume :-)

Back in the summer, I was on the lookout for a dazzling outfit to wear to a posh do I had to attend with work.  Not only did I need a frock, but also shoes to match.  It's always a bit of a quandary with an outfit - is it best to pick the shoes first or the dress?  I daresay the majority of people would say the dress, but for me it can often be best to start with the shoes.  

The reason for this is that I have VERY difficult feet.  Here are my main issues:

Sunday, 14 October 2012

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - The Winners!


Just two weeks ago I launched My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway.  It comprised 32 separate competitions for readers to enter, and there were multiple ways in which entrants could take part.  Entrants had the potential to enter as many competitions as they liked, and could therefore win more than one giveaway.

I have been absolutely blown away by the number of entries - almost 16,000 - and the level of support I have received from the companies and brands taking part as well as those who entered the prize draws.  Thank you so much to you all; it means so much to me.

I really hope that I have genuinely gained new readers and followers through this competition and that you'll stick with me and continue to read my blog.  It's lovely to have you here and I'd very much like you to stay!

But, on to business.  I am sure you are all eager to know the winners, so without further ado, here they are!

A Sophisticated Pair - $25 US gift voucher: Tiffany Danielle Olivarez

Affinitas - Parfait Honey Babydoll in Black: Amy Schroeder Phelps

Beautiful Bosom Bras - Free bra fitting consultation: Lucy Barbie Jones

BiuBiu - A top/shirt/blouse of your choice (3 winners): Ne-Knopka, Holly Jackson, Jessica Johnson

Brood's Big Bras - $50 AUS gift voucher and free express shipping: Ola Chromik (redrawn)

Butterfly Collection Lingerie - $50 US gift voucher: Allyce Smith

Clothing at Tesco - £50 gift voucher: Michelle Anne Gracey

Curvissa - Faux leather tote bag: Emily Anne Hutchinson

Curvy Kate - A lingerie or swimwear set of your choice: Emily Mustaine Wood

DBusted - $50 AUS gift voucher: Cairo Malet (redrawn)

Debenhams Gorgeous Lingerie - A lingerie set of your choice: Lucy Barbie Jones

Do It Momma - A personalised canvas tote bag with statement: Liz Divall

Eliza Parker - $50 US gift voucher: Brianna Headley

Elomi Lingerie - A lingerie or swimwear set of your choice: Jo Bryan

Esty Lingerie - £25 gift voucher: Hollie Thomas

Evans Clothing - £50 gift voucher: Yvonne Brownsea

Ewa Michalak - A PL (plunge) bra (3 winners): Jana Maren Valsdottir, Katie Gordon, Amy Harvey

Excite Clothing - £20 gift voucher: Mhairi Williamson

Forever Yours Lingerie - Gift package worth $100 US: Chloe B

Freya Lingerie - A lingerie or swimwear set of your choice: Izabela Rubio

IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel - $100 gift voucher: Amber Nadira

Large Cup Lingerie - £50 gift voucher: Sita Suchocka-Mohr

Leia Lingerie - £50 gift voucher: Becky Brown

Lepel - A lingerie set from the AW2012 collection: Astrid MB

Navabi - £50 off a minimum £100 spend: Camilla B Wold

Panache Lingerie - A lingerie or swimwear set of your choice: Karen Teulon

Playful Promises - £50 gift voucher: Kate Nolan

Rixie Clip Bra Band Tightener - Three pack of Rixie Clips: Laura Kelly

Rixie Clip Bra Band Tightener - Single Rixie Clip: Kati Kemppainen

Simply Be - A dress of your choice: Nicole Lyne Russell

SLiNK Magazine - A year's subscription: Adena Morgan

Urkye - 70 Polish Zlotys gift voucher: Katherine Harvey

Yours Clothing - An item of your choice: Karen Teulon

I will be emailing each of the winners in due course to let them know how to claim their prize(s).  Congratulations to all who won and a huge thanks again to everyone who entered.

Do stay tuned to my blog and Facebook page (CurvyWordy) as I hope to have more giveaways in the very near future :-)


Sunday, 30 September 2012

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Yours Clothing

Yours Clothing is the fastest growing plus size fashion retailer in the UK, if not the world.


Image courtesy of Yours Clothing

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Urkye

Urkye are a Polish boob-friendly online fashion retailer.

Image courtesy of Urkye

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Simply Be

Simply Be are an online retailer who provide a whole raft of fashion choices for plus sized women.

Image courtesy of Simply Be

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - SLiNK Magazine

SLiNK Magazine is a bi-monthly fashion and lifestyle bible for women size 14+.


SLiNK Magazine
Image courtesy of SLiNK Magazine

SLiNK is packed full of fashion, beauty, health, culture, lifestyle, interiors and interesting articles.  Its slogan is: Styling your curves; fashioning your life.  And this indeed is true as the mag features a ton of useful articles to help you work out what clothing is best for your figure, as well as covering off other areas of your life.

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Rixie Clip Bra Band Tightener

Rixie Clip bra band tightener is a product I reviewed very recently on my blog here.


Image courtesy of Rixie Clip

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Playful Promises

Playful Promises is a London-designed lingerie brand which mixes quirky, directional design with all things playful, flirty and even a little bit dirty.


Image courtesy of Playful Promises

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - BiuBiu

A few months after starting my blog, I heard about a Polish company called BiuBiu.  They are a clothing brand who aim to offer a range of items to women with larger breasts.


Image courtesy of BiuBiu

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Affinitas

Affinitas is a lingerie company whose mission is 'to bring beautiful lingerie to women around the world seeking affordable luxury in stylish, quality intimates'.


        
Images courtesy of Affinitas

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - A Sophisticated Pair Lingerie

Since the launch of my blog one year ago, there have been several companies who have kindly supported me by retweeting my posts on Twitter and sharing my statuses on Facebook.  A Sophisticated Pair Lingerie has long been one of these companies and I am delighted to be able to share with you a few details about them.


Image courtesy of A Sophisticated Pair Lingerie

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Butterfly Collection Lingerie

Butterfly Collection Lingerie is a Canadian lingerie company run by British-born Claire and her husband Paul.  


Image courtesy of Butterfly Collection Lingerie

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Beautiful Bosom Bras

Beautiful Bosom Bras are based in Kent, fairly near to where I live.  Run by the lovely Beverley Webb, the company aims to source bras that are difficult to find, taking the stress out of bra shopping for their customers.

Image courtesy of Beautiful Bosom Bras

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Brood's Big Bras

Brood's Big Bras is an Australian company which is run by the gorgeous Brood.


Image courtesy of Brood's Big Bras

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Curvissa

Curvissa is a new online fashion brand for size 14-32 women who are proud of their curves.


Image courtesy of Curvissa

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Clothing At Tesco

Clothing at Tesco is the supermarket's own brand range of clothing for men, women and children, otherwise known as F&F or Florence and Fred.


Image courtesy of Clothing at Tesco

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - DBusted

DBusted is an Australian online store which sells clothing and lingerie for fuller busted women.


Image courtesy of DBusted

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Curvy Kate

Curvy Kate are a lingerie brand who aim to provide fuller busted women with a range of sexy, comfortable and supportive options.

Image courtesy of Curvy Kate

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Elomi Lingerie

Elomi Lingerie is part of the Eveden group of companies and is a brand which is aimed at fulfilling the underwear needs of plus sized women.


Image courtesy of Elomi

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Eliza Parker

Eliza Parker is an American company who specialises in clothing for plus sized women.


Image courtesy of Eliza Parker

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Do It Momma

Do It Momma is the brainchild of former Curvy Kate Star In A Bra winner, Lizzie Haines.


Image courtesy of Do It Momma

My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Debenhams 'Gorgeous' Lingerie

Debenhams' own lingerie brand, Gorgeous, is a great option for larger busted ladies.


Image courtesy of Debenhams

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