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.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Urkye

Urkye are a Polish boob-friendly online fashion retailer.

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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.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - SLiNK Magazine

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

SLiNK Magazine
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - DBusted

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

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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.

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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.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Eliza Parker

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

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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.

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

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

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Evans Clothing

Evans are a clothing, footwear and accessories retailer for plus sized women.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Esty Lingerie

Esty Lingerie is an online luxury lingerie boutique specialising in independent designers.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Ewa Michalak

Ewa Michalak are a Polish lingerie company who have created some of the most beautiful lingerie I have ever seen (and worn!).

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Freya

Freya are a lingerie brand who are dedicated to giving its customers gorgeous lingerie and swimwear that fits beautifully.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Forever Yours Lingerie

Forever Yours Lingerie is a Canadian company that specialises in personal bra fittings (in cups B-K) and fine lingerie for women of all sizes.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Excite Clothing

I first discovered Excite Clothing over a year ago when I was searching on eBay for some reasonably priced shrugs.  They had several different options available and all at low prices.  Great - I love a bargain!

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Large Cup Lingerie

Large Cup Lingerie are online specialists in beautiful and well fitting lingerie for curvy ladies.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - IGIGI By Yuliya Raquel

IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel regularly makes my heart skip a beat with the gorgeous items of clothing they have on offer.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Lepel

Lepel is a lingerie brand based in Nottingham, UK.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Leia Lingerie

Leia Lingerie are a UK lingerie retailer who have stores in Cardiff, Bluewater and York, as well as a very user-friendly website, where you can purchase an array of gorgeous lingerie.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Navabi

Navabi is striving to become the world's premier online plus size designer fashion retailer.
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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway - Panache

Panache are an award-winning lingerie company who have built their reputation on three core values: fit, support and comfort.

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My Blog's First Birthday Giveaway!

Wow.  I can't believe where the past year has gone...and that it's really been 365 days since my very first post.  I'm so lucky that my blog has lasted this long - when I began it I honestly thought it would be something very few people would read but I had so many thoughts going round in my head about the lingerie and clothing I was trying that I needed somewhere to put them.  And here I am, 12 months later, still going strong.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Anna Scholz for Simply Be Contrast Pencil Skirt

Ever since I got to try on an array of gorgeous dresses at Anna Scholz's London HQ during Plus London Two, I have been keen to add some of her pieces to my wardrobe.  I mean, how can a girl resist beauties such as these...

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Monday, 24 September 2012

Rixie Clip Bra Band Tightener

Since I received my Ewa Michalak 32/70 band bras a couple of months ago I have disappointingly found them to be definitely too big in the band.  I have got on much better with my 30/65 bands.  This is good news, as I seem to be getting closer and closer to establishing my true bra size, but it is also frustrating as it means I have a fair few bras which are too loose in the band for me.

Of course, the most obvious solution to this issue would be to get the bras in a smaller band size.  That's fine...but very few of us have money to burn so this isn't always an option, not in the short term at least.  So how else can we address the problem of owning a bra with too loose a band?

The most common thing to do is to alter the bra band to make it smaller.  There are various tutorials available on the internet (such as Helena's fantastic post here) which show how to do this but I am too scared to try them - hacking up my beautiful Ewas seems like sacrilege!  Surely there must be another, less permanent way?

Friday, 21 September 2012

Ewa Michalak PL Bratki

As a child, my mum dressed me in blue whenever she could.  WIth my blue eyes, blonde hair and fair complexion I guess it was the natural choice but once I was older and made my own clothing choices it lead me to avoid wearing blue for a while as I'd had such an overdose.

These days, I wear clothes - and lingerie - in as many colours of the rainbow as I can.  Diversity is all good in my book.  That's one of the many reasons I love Ewa Michalak lingerie as they have such a wide range of styles and designs on offer.

I was recently offered the chance to try some of the newer PL (plunge) range and, having overcome my earlier aversion to blue, I wanted to give the PL Bratki (Pansies) a try.

EN Pansies
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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

A super Saturday fitting with Leia Lingerie and a review of the Freya Ellie Bra

A couple of weeks ago I had the great fortune of spending a Saturday afternoon and evening in the fabulous company of the beautiful Hanna of The Wardrobe Challenge.  We went shopping to Bluewater, Kent, and had a lovely time.

One of the places we spent a great deal of time at was Leia Lingerie.  I have blogged before about how much I love Leia and their friendly, welcoming atmosphere, along with the distinct lack of pressure to buy - so important!  I love how passionate all the staff are about their jobs and how they ensure that every customer gets the best possible fit in the lingerie available.  I have never seen a grumpy member of staff in Leia and the amiable and professional team are always ready to help anyone who requires assistance.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

M & Co Dresses: Summer 2012

Ok it's rather late in the season to be posting 'summer' dress reviews.  But I wanted to share these with you as examples of some of the great things high street and online retailer M & Co have on offer.

I visited the Tenterden store a little while ago and received excellent customer service from Charlotte who was looking after the changing rooms at the time.  She was sweet and helpful and even paid me compliments on the dresses I was trying on, bless her!

I tried on a variety of dresses, none of which are available on the website any more so I am afraid I can't link to them.

(Sandals from Evans) 

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Roman Originals Polka Dot Dress

I love a bit of polka dot.  It's such a pretty and feminine look and is smart enough for work but also fun enough for nights out.  I have been looking for a polka dot dress for a while but haven't had much luck in finding one in a stretchy fabric.  I guess that's fair enough as stretch could make the polka dots lose their circular shape, but even so I have been keeping my eyes peeled.

A few weeks ago, I came across this gem from Roman Originals:

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Sunday, 9 September 2012

Ewa Michalak PL Malwa

I hadn't owned a plain white bra for many a year until a few months ago when I got to try the Freya Lauren in white.  It's a very nice bra but it's a bit too high cut on me and my short shoulders to wear under most of my tops and dresses so when Ewa Michalak recently agreed to send me some bras for review I knew the PL Malwa had to be one of them.

EN Malwa
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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Ewa Michalak PL Carmen

For a while now, I have been finding that my 36J/HH and 34J Ewa Michalak bras have been feeling too loose in the band.  This has made me sad because I love these bras so much...but wearing a bra with too loose a band is no good, regardless of how pretty it may be.  *Sob*

You can imagine my delight when Ewa very kindly agreed to send me some new bras to review.  I was thrilled to be able to try one of the bras I have lusted after for some time now: the PL Carmen.

EN Carmen
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Sunday, 2 September 2012

Marisota Coleen Nolan Ruffle Dress

I was recently contacted by Marisota to see if I wanted to review something from their Autumn/Winter collection for this year and of course I jumped at the chance.  It's always so flattering to be asked to do this and seeing as I had been eyeing up several items I knew I would have a great selection to choose from.

I wanted to get something special and I was particularly attracted to some of the items from the Coleen Nolan collection, as they are glamorous and great for special occasions.  Coleen says the following of her collection on the Marisota site:

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Swan by Clements Ribeiro Autumn 2012 Collection at Evans

I was recently lucky enough to attend the press launch of the Autumn 2012 collection of Swan by Clements Ribeiro for Evans.  It was held in London and I was delighted to be in the company of fellow bloggers including Hanna, Bethany, NaomiAmy and Joanna.

Having never been to an Evans event before I was excited to meet their PR team and see what the collection was like.

The event was held in the press room of Arcadia's London office - a lovely venue which not only had Evans Clements Ribeiro items on display but also a few from Wallis, Dorothy Perkins and Miss Selfridge as well.

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