Boxing Day, St Stephen's Day, 26th December...whatever you call it, it's the day after Christmas and it happens to be my birthday. This year I spent the day at my brother's (as I did on Christmas Day) and again I was looking for an outfit that was versatile enough to be comfortable and stylish. I opted for the George at Asda Jacquard Skater Dress (£14, UK sizes 8-24 (now sold out)).
For most people, Christmas Day typically involves eating a hearty lunch, followed by lots of sitting around, opening presents, playing games and watching tv. It's therefore crucial to wear a comfortable outfit as the last thing you want is to feel constricted by your clothing. Some people opt to wear their pyjamas all day but seeing as I would be going to my brother's I knew I would have to get properly dressed and so decided to make the most of it and go for something festive and fancy.
A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by the lovely PR team at fashion forward plus size brand Pink Clove. They offered to send me something to review from their partywear range and immediately I knew what I wanted: the Pink Clove Claret Velvet Dress (£35, UK sizes 16-32).
Plus size brand Pink Clove have been making waves on a number of blogs for some months now and you may have already read my review of their Tartan Skater Dress, which was a big hit with me. I have some other items to tell you about from the order I placed back in November, but for now they will have to wait. I was really excited when the Pink Clove PR team got in touch and asked if they could send me something to review. At the time they had not yet released their partywear collection so I went for something that I thought might work as an everyday dress: the Ballerina Wrap Bust Dress (£30.00, UK sizes 16-28).
I love browsing in the clothing sections at my local Asda stores. There's always a great bargain to be had and in these days of 'fast fashion' George at Asda is ideal. A few weeks ago I saw the G21 Animal Print Bodycon Dress in store and it really grabbed my attention.
A few days ago I posted my review of the Ewa MichalakS Porcelanka. The 'S' bra is kind of like a padded balconette that centres the breasts on one's chest and projects them forwards. You might be thinking, 'Well, isn't that what a bra is supposed to do?' Actually, bras do lots of different things to boobs (especially larger boobs) so it's important to know what type of bra suits your boobs best. Today's review is the Ewa Michalak S Satine.
As Christmas approaches many people's thoughts turn to parties, celebrations and family gatherings. At this time of year it's great fun to go shopping for new clothes as there are so many stunning dresses and separates available on the high street. I was so excited when a surprise package arrived a couple of weeks ago and inside it was the most beautiful dress from the wonderful team at Scarlett & Jo.
A few months ago I was contacted by the lovely folks at Bonmarché to ask if I'd like to review an item from their website. If you're not familiar with the brand, they are a high street retailer who also have a wider range of clothing available online. Catering towards the more mature end of the ladies fashion market, Bonmarché often have unexpected gems so in my opinion they are always worth a look. After a browse through the website, I went for the David Emanuel Madagascar Abstract Print Mock Wrap Jersey Dress in size 12 (£28.00, UK sizes 10-24):
Earlier this year, Polish lingerie manufacturer Ewa Michalak brought out the new 'S' bra: a fabulously shaped bra that is ideal for women with softer or 'difficult' breasts. This bra is designed to keep the breasts very much at the front of the body, so it seemed like a great option for me with my 'up front' boobs. I reviewed the first S bra, the S Wiśniówka, back in June this year and although I loved the shape and support it gave me, the 32K was too small and frustratingly the 32KK was a smidge too big! I also found that the cups gave almost full coverage, which is not what I was after at all. That said, it turns out that the S Wiśniówka 32KK is a bra I have ended up wearing a lot, especially under higher neckline clothing. I was recently given the opportunity to try some of Ewa Michalak's latest bra designs and today I am going to share with you my review of the S Porcelanka.
Earlier this year, online plus size retailer Simply Be worked with three bloggers to design their dream dresses. It was such a wonderful opportunity for Laura, Lauren and Em and they each came up with a unique design that was very typically 'them'.
I have known about US corset specialist retailer Orchard Corset for well over a year now. One of my friends in particular has regularly sung their praises and in the past I have contemplated placing an order...only to decide against it due to being unsure how much use I would get out of it and whether or not I really needed a decent corset in my life.
A while ago I wrote about new UK plus size fashion brand Pink Clove. They have a gorgeous selection of clothing on their website, catering for UK sizes 16-32. I had a great time looking through the rails of their clothing at the bloggers' supper I attended back in September and I knew I would have to place an order so I could try some of the pieces for myself. I actually only got around to placing my order a couple of weeks ago and was able to take advantage of a free shipping offer they had on at the time. I always love to save on postage when I can so free shipping is often a trigger for me to buy, buy, buy! The first I item I am going to share with you is the infamous Pink Clove Tartan Skater Dress.
I was overwhelmed with the number of entries for my Little Mistress giveaway - it seems there are a great number of you who are itching to try a dress for yourself!
Image courtesy of Little Mistress
The competition closed at midnight GMT last night and I am delighted to announce that the winner is:
If that's you, please check your emails as I have sent you a message. Thanks so much to those of you who took the time to enter. I hope any new followers will stick with me and find my blog useful. And I'm sure it won't be long before my next giveaway so keep your eyes peeled!
Little Mistress is a fashion clothing brand that has been making a big impression on bloggers all over the place. I first became aware of them when reading Fuller Figure Fuller Bust's review of one of their dresses and have been following them with interest ever since. It's always great when a straight size brand creates a collection for plus size women and that's exactly what Little Mistress have done with their 'Curvy' range.
Thanks so much to those of you who have taken the time to participate in my recent F&F Clothing at Tesco giveaway. The prize was a £50 voucher to spend online at F&F Clothing at Tesco - so many gorgeous items to choose from!
Image courtesy of F&F Clothing at Tesco
I would love to be able to give a prize to you all but of course there can only be one winner, and that lucky person is:
I have recently posted some reviews of items from boob friendly Polish clothing brand, BiuBiu. Did you know there is another fairly well known full bust retailer in Poland? Yes indeed, Urkye are another company who are doing fantastic things for busty ladies.
A couple of months ago I was contacted by the F&F (also known as Clothing at Tesco) PR team to ask if I'd like to model for them in their top secret A/W 2013 partywear video. Of course I jumped at the chance and before I knew it I was heading to London at the crack of dawn on the big day. We weren't allowed to mention what we were doing to anyone so I had to try to contain my excitement and not share it on social media. I'm amazed that I managed to keep it quiet for so long! When I arrived at the studio in Shoreditch I met up with the other fabulous bloggers who'd been chosen to take part in the shoot: Sarah, Sherin, Rebecca and Annie.
I buy a lot of my clothes online. It's not intentional - I love shopping on the high street and being able to try things on before I buy - but there is a much wider range of style available on the internet so that is where I tend to do the majority of my shopping. However, I was recently in my local Matalan and very much enjoyed browsing the aisles and being able to touch and feel the clothes and compare sizes side by side to see what might work best for me. Whilst in store, I tried on this Jersey V-Neck Dress in a size 12 (was £16.00, now £10.00):
For many years, women above a G cup have had very few lingerie choices. We've had to count ourselves lucky that lingerie brands finally clocked on to the fact that we'd like bras in colours other than just black, white and nude, and some savvy companies even gave us choices in bra style. Yes, we're so fortunate to not just have to stick to full cup bras, but many of us can now also choose from plunges, half cups, balconettes and even multiway and strapless bras. Lucky us! Forgive my flippancy...but sometimes it feels like those of us with larger boobs have to be grateful for these things and not ask for more. Don't get me wrong; I am incredibly grateful to brands such as Ewa Michalak and Bravissimo for really pushing the boundaries with bra styles in larger cups. But what has been missing for so long are options beyond this. We want longlines, we want bustieres, we want basques, we want bra-sized nightwear and we want babydolls. That last 'want' in my list is one that has been addressed by several brands in the past year or so. Plus size lingerie brand Elomi brought out the Betty babydoll, but the largest cup available was an H. Fortunately, this has been followed in recent months by other brands bringing out their own babydolls and large cup lingerie trailblazer Curvy Kate has done just that.
Today I am incredibly excited to bring you what I believe to be the world's first blog review of the Ewa Michalak SM Margot! I have written many a review of Ewa Michalak's padded bras here on my blog since I got started. If you're a regular reader you will be very familiar with my love for her bras and how much I adore the rounded, uplifted shape they give me, along with the superb support provided by her beautiful-looking lingerie. Being in the K-L cup range means that I have very little choice when it comes to lingerie so Ewa Michalak has been somewhat of a godsend to me. I can't buy bras on the high street and although I occasionally find a UK branded bra that works for me more often than not there is some kind of compromise with fit. It was such a revelation to me when I finally discovered Ewa Michalak bras around two years ago and I could not believe the magical powers they had to transform my boobs from looking ok into show-stopping! Surely it's impossible for boobs as large and as heavy as mine to look pert, rounded and - if I say so myself - pretty amazing? Well, Ewa Michalak has indeed achieved the impossible and all my bra dreams came true at once as not only did I discover that she made magical bras but also ones that LOOK beautiful.
At the end of August, I went shopping at Westfield Stratford and London's west end with two of my lovely friends: Hanna from The Wardrobe Challenge and Mouna from Brussels Fatshion. We had a terrific day together and literally shopped till we dropped! Whilst at Westfield we went to Forever 21. This is the only branch in London with a plus size section so it's always worth a look.
I hope it hadn't escaped your notice that for the past week I have been running a giveaway with fab plus size brand Pink Clove. The competition closed at midnight on Sunday night and I am delighted to announce that the winner is...
If that's you, please check your emails as I have sent you a message.
For some time now, I have been reading posts by other bloggers about ASOS and ASOS Curve. Many a lady has looked terrific in their clothing but I had never tried them for myself because I was unsure about sizing. However, I recently decided to take the plunge and placed an order for a number of ASOS dresses, including the ASOS Curve Exclusive Bodycon Dress In Graphic Print (originally £28.00; now £19.50):
I have got a very exciting offer for you today - a giveaway from new plus size fashion brand Pink Clove!
I was fortunate enough to be invited to a bloggers' event a few weeks ago where we were shown the inaugural Pink Clove collection and I am pleased to be able to tell you how impressed I was with it. Their items are available in sizes 16-32 and cover a wide range of styles, tastes and occasions.
Over the past couple of weeks here in the UK the weather has taken a turn for the worse and it's been feeling a lot cooler. I've been pulling out my old favourites from my wardrobe to help keep me warm but it's great to have a few new options, too. I am over the moon that the lovely team at BiuBiu sent me a few items to try a while back. Today I am reviewing the Bombay Dress.
The prospect of bra fitting can fill many a woman with fear - with so many fitting methods available on the internet it's hard to know who is right and who is wrong. The fact of the matter is that very few methods are completely wrong and it may take you a few attempts to find the system that works best for you. In this post, I will talk through my personally preferred way of fitting and will also reference some other sources of information that you may find useful.
Earlier this year, I attended the inaugural British Plus Size Fashion Weekend. During the main event on the Saturday, I got the opportunity to speak with a number of plus size fashion brands from all over the world. One of the brands who were particularly friendly and easy to talk to were Lucabella, who had come all the way from New Zealand in order to attend the event. To me, that demonstrates their commitment to working with plus size women to produce clothing that works for them and, having spoken to the team, I can confirm their passion to make a success of their brand.
Some months ago I'd heard from friends about a dress from Bravissimo's clothing arm, Pepperberry, that worked for almost all curvy women: the Red Corsage Dress.
In theory, it looked perfect for me. A wrap-over bust area, a cinched, ruched waist, and a tulip-shaped skirt - all things that would be on my 'dream dress design' wishlist. Surely it would match up to my high hopes...?
Before midi skirts became all the rage, I was looking for a black pencil skirt that I could wear with blouses and tops. You know the sort of thing - something that skims curves and is stylish and elegant. I discovered the F&F Clothing at Tesco Black Ponte Pencil Skirt - an absolute steal at only £10.
Last month, I was approached by Fashion World to take part in a fabulous bloggers' challenge. We were asked to pair their fantastic new Legroom 'Wear Two Ways' Boots with some jeans and to show how the boots work with different outfits. The fab Legroom Wear Two Ways Boots are absolutely ingenious. They look like regular knee high boots - and pretty fab ones at that as they feature an elasticated back panel to allow for wider calves (like mine!) - but with a quick unzip and unbuckle at the ankle they are converted to on-trend ankle boots!
You may have read my recent review of the Collectif Dolores Wiggle Jersey Vintage Crepe Dress 16/XL. In that post I mentioned that I had previously tried the Dolores wiggle dress made from regular material, as opposed to the crepe used on that one. I hadn't got around to reviewing it...until now! Earlier in the year I made the most of one of Collectif's amazing special offers and ordered the Collectif Wiggle Rose Print Dress.
Maxi dresses are great. They are wearable all year round and can be worn casually or for a fancy soirée - it all depends on the dress itself and the accessories you choose to wear with it. I love a good maxi and have reviewed several on my blog in the past.
You may have seen my previous post in which I mentioned that the lovely Kinga from BiuBiu very kindly sent me a package of goodies recently. Next up for review from this parcel is the BiuBiu Modena Shirt in Red (£25.87):
Curvy Wordy is a blog charting my quest to find comfortable, stylish and fashionable clothing to fit my extreme hourglass figure. My out-in-out body (46-30-47) can be rather a beast to clothe so I get very excited when I find things that work, which is why I decided to start sharing my findings with you all via this blog. Today I am going to tell you about a fantastic boob friendly clothing brand from the same country as Ewa Michalak (designer and manufacturer of my favourite lingerie): Poland.
Back in May I tried on the gorgeous FreyaGem bra at Leia Lingerie, Bluewater. I fell in love with the look and shape it gave me but unfortunately they only had the size I needed, 30K, available in white and my preference was for the nude.
Image courtesy of Freya
Thankfully, the fab team at Freya heard about my bra search and very kindly sent me the nude balcony bra in 30K and matching high waisted briefs in XL.
I have been fortunate enough to have had the Ewa MichalakPL Cappuccino set in my possession for quite some time now and I have been wearing it so much that I hadn't got round to taking photos for a review! That probably says all you need to know about this set - it's a firm favourite of mine and now it's time for me to tell you all about it.
If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll be very familiar with my love for Anna Scholz's stunning plus size designs. Sadly I am not in a position to be able to afford items from her own label so I am eternally grateful that I can get designer plus size fashion at a snip thanks to her collaborative line with Simply Be. When I was recently contacted by Simply Be I had a couple of dresses in mind, and one of them was this beautiful Anna Scholz for Simply Be Print Midi Dress (£56).
I have always wanted to own one of Collectif's wiggle dresses. Sadly for me, the cut simply does not work and no matter what size I try there are seemingly insurmountable problems with fit. I wear a size 10 or 12 in the Dolores Doll flared dresses but in the past I have found trying these sizes in the regular Dolores wiggle cut was a joke as I could barely get them over my head. I even tried sizing up to an 18 but even then the hips were very tight, despite the back gaping dreadfully, there being surplus boob room and of course the waist being very baggy on me. Now, I know my 46-30-47 figure is notoriously difficult to clothe, but having recently discovered the joys of faux vintage wiggle dresses thanks to Fuller Figure Fuller Bust and Pinup Girl Clothing, I decided to give Collectif another try.
Back in January I was fortunate enough to attend a fab event run by plus size fashion retailer Evans. A select group of bloggers got to try on a range of items from the forthcoming collections and we were spoilt with bubbly, hors d'oeuvres and fab company. Additionally, the Evans Shape Studio included the opportunity for us to get our hair and make-up done and pose in front of the camera in the gorgeous Evans clothing. One of the dresses I got to try on the day was the Live Unlimited Black Slinky Maxi Dress.
When I visited Leia Lingerie last year with Hanna from The Wardrobe Challenge, I was recommended by my lovely fitter, Julie, to try some bra strap cushions. I had seen these on places such as eBay and Amazon before and was keen to give them a try to see what they were like.
Since starting my blog, I have been regularly asked about Panache bras so I thought it was about time I reviewed one on here. The reason I haven't done so before is that I tried them years ago and found the wires to be crazily wide for me and the way too cups too tall. However, I have heard that Panache have a range of fits amongst their different styles of bra so when I placed a recent order with Bravissimo I decided to add the Panache Melody Balconnet bra to my basket to see if it worked for me.
I recently received my latest item to review from the wonderful AX Paris. I have been trying to select a range of different items from the brand in order to try out clothes I perhaps wouldn't normally or to see how different cuts work for me. On this occasion, I decided to have another try from the AX Paris Curve range, which stocks items from 16 to 26 (UK). I was spoilt for choice - such a wealth of pretty dresses! In the end, I settled on the AX Paris Curve V Front Lace Dress in Navy in a UK size 18.