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

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