Friday, 12 February 2016

Style: Rebel Rebel.

Well hello there! It's a fine and crisp day here in glamorous Grimsby (stop laughing you). I'm in uni today so I thought I'd crack out this gorgeous Khaki number from Navabi. It's super easy to wear, doesn't crease and looks laid back but put together, perfect huh? 

Oh yeah! I have purple hair! My lovely hairdresser Linda and I fancied a bit of a play, I think it turned out great! I'm getting all this out of my system before I finish uni and have to be sensible employed person again!

Back to the dress. I fell in love with this cocoon dress from the Navabi collection at the blogger event I attended last year, I love the panelling, the way it drapes, the fabric, the colour, the pockets. It's just a great piece. It's true to size, but if you prefer a more snug fit, by all means size down. 

Even though it's got a good weight to the fabric I can still see me wearing this in the summer with sandals, it's so loose and flowing it's going to be gorgeous all year round. 

Right, it's a bit quick and brief today as I need to crack on with this uni work, but I'll be back with some lingerie posts in the next week and I'll try and squeeze in the odd outfit of the day post too! See you soon gang! 
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**This dress was sent to me for the purposes of review, all words and opinions are my own**

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Style: Rockabilly Rebel.

Ooh it's been a long while since I've dipped my toe in the old retro pool, and I hadn't realised how much I'd missed it to be honest. The occasion was a visit to London to meet my gorgeous girl Elena of Frivolous Mrs D. Elena is a vintage kinda gal so I thought I'd make the effort. 

The lovely folk at Lindy Bop sent us some dresses over for the occasion, sadly mine was bit small so I'm swapping it, and I'l be blogging it soon, but thankfully I'd bought myself a bargain in the sale that week also, so I wore that instead.

I just can't get enough of this dress, I've worn it twice in a week, which is not like me at all, I normally come out in hives if I wear the same outfit too close together! I think it's sold out on the site, but there are a tonne of cute plus size wiggle dresses on there to chose from.   

Love a good bog shot.

Elena and I had a wonderful day in London, we visited All Star Lanes for some retro american diner fun, grabbed a quick hug with our lovely friend Cath and bought Lola's cupcakes. Elena looked so gorgeous in her 'Rita' dress also from Lindy Bop, we had such a lovely, chilled day, lots of chatting, laughing, a tiny bit of crying and lots of yummy food. Pretty perfect really. 

I'm definitely enjoying revisiting my vintage phase, it's not something I'd do full time because I love jeans and trainers and baggy sweatshirts too much, but I think I'm going to incorporate little bits into my wardrobe for rebellious, rockabilly days. 

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Health: #TimeToTalk Day 2016.

It's Time to Talk day. A day for talking about Mental Health (although that should be every day to be honest). But maybe take today to think about how you perceive those with mental health conditions. I have Bipolar, it can be crippling and painful and heartbreaking. It affects not just me but those around me.

Sometimes I'm not a very good friend, sometimes I cancel at the last minute, sometimes I can't afford stuff because I haven't been able to work because of my condition.

Sometimes I'm not a very good mum and that breaks my heart.

And sometimes I'm not a very good wife and that makes me wonder why he puts up with me.

It makes me question everything in my life, it makes me scared and unsure.

I spend a lot of time trying to hide all this and look like I've got my shit together. And sometimes I genuinely have. What I do is live the best life I can whilst living with my illness. And that is all anyone can do, in fact some days, just breathing is the best you can do and that is okay too.

Appearances can be deceptive, theres no one way to be a 'nutter', we don't all look the same, we're anything and everything, we're your friend, boss, postman and doctor. 1 in 4 people live with a mental health condition of some sort, yet the stigma surrounding it is still massively prevalent in society.

Stop judging and start understanding. It's #TimeToTalk

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Style: Embracing Colour with Navabi.

I had somewhat of a monochrome 2015, or at least that's what it felt like. And I loved it, things were a bit crazy and I think paring back my wardrobe and taking the minimalist route was right for me at the time. As we head into to 2016 I'm feeling a whole lot brighter and I think my wardrobe is going to reflect that.  I'm still very much into fuss-free, clean lines, but I'm trying explore colour a bit more and this gorgeous rust coloured dress by Zizzi, from Navabi is helping me do just that!

The dress is a faux suede, which has the soft feel of suede but the comfort of a stretch material. I love the way it is cut into sections and the pockets are perfect. The dress skims the top of my knees (I'm 5'7") and sits really nice. I'm wearing the 22/24 which is a great fit on me, but if you're on the smaller side of a 22 I'd recommend sizing down. 

I've kept it simple with the styling, flat boots, tights and a biker jacket. The dress is the main attraction with this outfit. I'm just heading to uni today, but this dress is just one of those perfect all-rounders really, office, drinks, meal out the lot (except maybe the gym, five mile hike etc of course.)

The dress is also available in grey, but I have to say the rust colour just does it for me. Also a quick note about the Navabi website, I love the detail they go into in terms of fabric and fit, it's such a joy to see the care and attention that goes into informing customers choices. Bravo Navabi

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** This dress was sent to me as part of the blogger network. All words and opinions are my own**

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Style: Valentines Lingerie with Yours Clothing.

Hey guys! Hope you're having a great weekend! I think the spring clean vibes have kicked in here at BeBe Towers as it feels like we've spent the whole weekend shifting, organising and cleaning.  

Earlier in the week though I did have some spare time to get some shots in this gorgeous plus size lingerie set from Yours Clothing

With Valentines Day coming up I'm sure you'll be flooded with mail outs and adverts about treating your partners, buying cards etc and I'm sure this could feel like another one of those, but I would like to say, romantic element to one side for the moment, why not treat yourself? You deserve to feel wonderful and this Black and Nude Lingerie set certainly does that. 

On a practical note I wore this all day and it was really comfortable, so it's not only a lil bit sexy but it's totally wearable as an every day set. I found it true to size (I'm wearing a 38F and a 22/24 pants), it's lightly padded and gives me a really nice shape. 

You might have noticed in some of the pics that my left boob is bigger than the right, something plunge styles always seems to emphasise, and I was a bit bothered about this for all of two seconds, then I gave myself a swift slap around the chops and remembered that nearly every other girl out there has uneven boobs and just like I show my fat body and stretch marks to show people that there is no such thing as perfection, I also need to show my uneven boobs, so here they are in all they glory, along with afore mentioned body and stretch marks and scars. 

It's tough sometimes to remember that actually, you're more like everyone else than you think and that these things you see as imperfections just make you part of one big awesome gang. Wearing beautiful lingerie, stylish clothes and accessorising to the max is my way of reminding me that I am worthy, valid and pretty damn special. 

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**This set was sent to me for the  purposes of review. All opinions and words are my own**

Monday, 25 January 2016

OOTD: Between the Lines.

I started writing this post and embarked some long spiel about flattering and the beauty ideals placed on us as fat people. But It's late and I'm tired! In brief what I wanted to say is this outfit isn't "flattering" and I could not give less of a shit. 

Fuck Flattering
I'm not here to wear clothes that make me look "good" or adhere to some crazy hourglass ideal, sometimes I like fitted, sometimes I like baggy, sometimes I like chic, most of the time I'm just amazingly comfortable and hopefully, in my own special way, stylish. 

See I ended up going into a huge ramble anyway!!  

This striped sweatshirt dress from ASOS is pretty much my ideal garment, it's banging, and I've worn it to death over the two weeks I've owned it. I wanted to smarten it up today though, so I teamed it with a longline shirt also from ASOS, jeans (of course) and classic tan accessories. 

I'm Wearing: Longline Shirt - ASOS// Striped Sweatshirt Dress - ASOS// Jeans - JUNAROSE// Tan Boots - Clarks// Bag - Vintage// Necklace - Tatty Devine

So yeah, there you go, never wear something because you think you should, or because it will suit your figure, wear it because you like it, because it makes you feel banging or well whatever reason you want to wear it for. 

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Food: Family fodder with Crown Carveries.

Hello! I hope you've all had a great week? I've been busy working on my Final Major Project for uni, but on Thursday evening I took a well deserved break and headed to the Jug and Bottle on the outskirts of Grimsby for a bit of family time and food. 

We were invited along to try some of the dishes from the winter menu. The Jug and Bottle is known for its gorgeous carvery, so we was excited to see what else would be on offer. The winter menu is small but perfectly formed and offers something extra for those who don't fancy the traditional carvery

Dishes on the menu included a chicken balti pie, fish and chips, shepherds pie, gammon and eggs, sausages and mash and half a roast chicken, all pretty traditional pub grub, but what we found most helpful and convenient was that it was all served at the carvery hot plate. 

Unlike other places we've visited before, where if you order from the menu separate to the carvery you have to sit around and wait and then try and time it right so that everyone can eat together, here we could all go up at the same time, get our respective dishes and choose our accompaniments from the hot plate. For a family like ours with grandparents in their 60s, parents in their 30s and a sometimes fussy five year old we could tailor the meal to our preferences and enjoy it all together. The children's menu has plenty of choice and just like the adults, Poppy could choose exactly what she wanted from the carvery.

I went for the bangers and mash, but was able to load up on veg, Dad went for gammon, so had chips and mushy peas instead, Michael had the half a chicken and mum went for the traditional carvery as did Pops but in the kids size.

The pub itself has a lovely feel, it's decorated quite traditionally but feels fresh. The staff were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble. We even got serenaded at the hot plate by the lovely server (thanks love). 

When it came to desserts,  our lovely server was able to deal with our requests, like me swapping out the custard for cream, and mum basically stripping her banana split to just plain ice cream and banana haha! Oh and yes, that is cheese cake with oreos...

And as you can see, Poppy went for a small, modest dessert...

Overall we had a really great experience at the Jug and Bottle, Grimsby, the food was tasty, the service was exemplary and the meal was excellent value for money. We'll definitely be going back, it's perfect for a nice afternoon drive out with the family when you fancy a bit of pub grub.

You can visit the Crown Carveries website to find your nearest branch.

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**I was sent a voucher as means of payment for the meal. All opinions and words are my own**