Thursday, 27 November 2014

Style: Simply Be - Style Your Partner Challenge

Hello! So Simply Be asked Michael and I to take part in the 'Style Your Partner' Challenge. Always ready to take on a challenge we jumped at the chance. 

Micheal had to go over to Polyvore and choose an outfit for me (which you can see here), which was then sent out and we did a little photo shoot at home with Michael helping with my make up, hair and accessories, I mean what could possibly go wrong?

So first up we made a little video explaining a bit more about it...

Michael helped choose my makeup and hairstyle and when I say choose, I mean looked lost whilst I wafted various brushes and eyeshadows under his nose. We then picked out some jewellery and got some pictures of his creation... 

So what do we think? Did he do well? Michael chose this fab metallic shell top and PU trousers, I think he chose some tight fitting ones on the polyvore set but these jogger style ones turned up, so I think he was a little disappointed at not getting my ass in skin tight trousers but these worked equally as well! 

Michael accessorised with these fan earrings and chose a green metallic pallet for my eyes to match the top.

He went for a contrasting deep blue sequin bag and gorgeous gold panel shoes.

I think over all Michael did a really good job, I personally would have gone for a softer fabric in the trouser to act as a contrast as I think the PU against the metallic is maybe a little full on, but other than that I don't hate it! 

Well done Barnesy!

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Style: Work wardrobe of sorts...

So my work is probably a little different to most peoples. As a freelance writer, lets be honest, my actual day-to-day work wardrobe is mainly pyjamas. I work from home so you're lucky if I'm dressed by noon! I know, sloth extraordinaire over here, well I have no shame, so there you go.

On the odd occasion I do have to travel for work, I like to keep things casual. This Sunday I had my SLiNK hat on, where I got the absolute pleasure of assisting on a shoot and then conducting an interview with the one and only Tess Munster. So when I say work, what I actually mean is, have an awesome time.  

It's a hard life...

I wore: Check Print Top - Simply Be// Jersey Maxi Cardigan - ASOS// Jeans - JUNAROSE// Chelsea Boots - Clarks// Fur Collar - eBay// Necklace (sold out) - New Look 

I love this top from Simply Be, I ordered it this week and decided to size up to a 24 and I'm glad I did, it gives it a smock feel which is so cute. The material is a thin poly/cotton kind of mix, it's very lightweight which is great as it can be worn all year round. I added my longline jersey cardigan from ASOS, my favourite JUNAROSE jeans and Clarks boots. I've also fallen in love with the fur collar you can see on the first pic, I picked it up from eBay and I can't stop wearing it, it just changes the look of all my coats and jackets which is awesome!

Now you've seen me doing my stock teapot pose, may I direct your attentions to a proper model. Ladies and gents I give you, the divine, Miss Tess Munster...

A quick touch up...

This girl climbs for the love of fashion...



After the shoot we headed to All Star Lanes which was just across from the studios, I can heartily recommend the buttermilk fried chicken, it was awesome.

Come to mamma...

Sadly I've been bit poorly and had all but lost my voice, which is only just coming back now, so the lovely Elena stepped in and used my notes to interview Tess, whilst I sat there looking like a nodding buffoon. I managed to squeak a few questions out myself with Rivkie as my interpreter! Haha! I was so gutted I couldn't converse properly with Tess, she came across as such an awesome woman, who despite adversity has carved an amazing career out for herself. I just know the shots are going to be amazing, and I hope I can do her justice in the article! Keep your eye out for it when the new issue of SLiNK comes out.

My darling Elena who saved the day <3

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Style: British Plus Size Awards

This weekend I headed to London for the 2nd British Plus Size Awards. The awards recognise the achievements of brands, celebrities, organisations and bloggers in the industry. I was honoured to be nominated again this year in the Best Blogger category. 

The event was held at the Radisson Blu Portman hotel and was hosted by handsome, cheeky welsh chappy Matt Johnson, who I have to say was hilarious. He took the time to have a chat with us outside where we shared a very special moment regarding our love of abandoned theme parks/theatres/buildings and I think it's safe to say, he was probably ready to whisk me up to his room and ravage me after that... Seriously though the guy is so handsome I couldn't stop staring at him. 

I was very kindly sent this beautiful green ASOS dress for the event. I remember last year I was so desperate for a green dress but couldn't find one, so when ASOS said they'd like to dress me, I knew exactly which dress I wanted, this tie front green maxi from Curve is my dream dress. I teamed it with the New Look watermelon bag that I bought from the lovely Lolly, and holographic accessories which I commissioned from the fabulous Black Heart Creatives.
Amazingness from BHC <3

I was lucky enough to share an apartment with the most gorgeous of babes Kate and Elena, and completely, unintentionally, we all ended up wearing green dresses in varying shades to go with our varying shadse of read hair. 

My most favourite babes <3

As the night got underway there was some wonderful food, entertainment and of course, the awards. Sadly I didn't pick up the award for Best Blogger, but my favourite uber babe Betty Pamper did take home the gong and it was massively deserved! 

Not all was lost, I quite unexpectedly got to pick up the award for Best Fashion Event! As the founder of Plus North, I am massively proud of the event and the joy it's brought to peoples lives, and to finally get the recognition myself, Toni and every team member who has worked on the events over the years, it really does mean the world to us, so thank you! 

As well as picking up an award, I also got to hang out with lots of my favourite folk! 

Myself, Hannah and Chantelle from Curvy Kate.  
It's me and the boss ;) 

And finally, I have to say a massive thank you to Panache Lingerie who made my attendance possible. They very kindly invited Elena and I along as their guests for the evening and yet again, my under garments (The Black Pure set from Sculptresse) were amazing comfortable and supportive. Every girl needs a decent foundation under a posh frock! 

Thank you again Jennie and Richard, we had a blast! 

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** My attendance at the event was courtesy of Panache Lingerie, as was the underwear they sent me. My dress was very kindly sent to me for the event from ASOS. I know right? Amazing** 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Style: Wallis goes Plus Size part 2

I've been meaning to get this second part of my Wallis review up for ages, but what happened was I've been too busy wearing this top and loving it so much that I forgot to photograph it, I must have worn it at least ten times since I received it!

You might remember last month I told you all about the new plus size range at Wallis, this tunic is the last of the items I was sent through, and although on first look it's quite a simple piece, it just oozes style.

This drop hem top, is one of my favourite items of the year, it's so wearable, it's comfortable, but looks so fresh. The raglan sleeves give it a casual feel but the satin panel to the front and sheer panels make it something really special. 

I've worn this with leggings, jeans and tights for casual and dressy occasions, it really is a wear anywhere garment. 

I'm wearing the 22, it's true to size and sits beautifully on. It's fitted through the sleeves and chest area then skims out which I love, it has a jersey vest layer underneath and on my 5'7" self sits mid thigh at the front, and knee length at the back. The quality is outstanding and at £20 as it is currently in the sale, you really can't go wrong. 

P.S Sorry if I look super tired in these shots, I haven't got any make up on and and I've been rushing around with uni work and Plus Size Awards prep this week! I'm so excited to head to London for the awards tomorrow and spend the evening with all my favourite gals! A massive thank you again to everyone who voted, you're fab! And fingers crossed eh?!  
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** This item was sent to me for the purposes of review, all words and opinions though are my own**