Outfit of the Day – Paisley Print Maxi Dress

Today’s outfit of the day is my birthday present from my mum from Simply Be.  This paisley print split leg maxi dress is the one that I saw on a review by MrsBeBe and I loved how she wore it with a denim jacket.  When I saw it in the sale, I knew that it would be a great buy for just £20 – and would also save my mum some money too for my birthday.

This dress is still available on the Simply Be website, however I don’t think it is in the sale at the moment.  I haven’t got a denim jacket or gilet as I haven’t found one that suits me yet, plus I can’t really copy someone elses outfit of the day (as tempting as it is!) so I have combined my maxi dress with a peach floaty cardigan and bracelet from New Look, a delicate peach necklace from Primark and some comfy low wedges which are quite old and I haven’t a clue where they were from.

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My birthday outfit of the evening…

It’s my birthday!! :) My actual birthday, not my blogs birthday… and I have been fretting for weeks about what to wear as I knew that I would be going out for a couple of hours in the early evening to Chiquitos so although I really wanted to wear one of my new Paper Dolls dresses, I decided I might look a bit overdressed with everyone leaving work or wearing jeans and t-shirts. 

After trying on all of my new clothes which I will post about in a minute, I decided on the AX Paris Curve animal high to low print dress because it has wow factor without being too formal.   This dress is from Just Curvy and was a complete bargain at £22.50 and after the success of my AX Paris Curve floral dress from Simply Be I didn’t have any worries about sizing or quality so I decided to order it.  It came the very next day which was pretty impressive as I paid for standard delivery and ordered it in the afternoon.  

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Recent purchases that will appear here soon :)

Hi everyone! I am so excited about a couple of recent purchases that I wanted to make a quick little blog post to show you them before I get to take pics in them.  My birthday is coming up next week so I decided to treat myself to a gorgeous high-low leopard print dress from Just Curvy.  The dress is with the AX Paris curve brand and is currently on sale with Just Curvy for £22.50 which in my opinion is a complete bargain for this dress.

The reason I decided to buy an animal print dress is due to trying one on in Select and it being a bit too figure hugging (they only went up to a size 16) but I liked the overall look of it and thought it would be great for daytime or evening wear depending on the accessories I wore with it.  That afternoon I trawled the online shops for another animal print dress that I liked, and that is when I stumbled across the AX Paris Curve version.

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OOTOD (Outfit of the Other Day!) – Turquoise Floral Dress

I seem to have a habit of cheating a little and posting outfits from the “other” day, however with our weather being so topsy turvy at the moment and my hectic schedule I take my photos whenever the sunshine lets me! I was meaning to post this on Sunday when I wore it, but real life took over so you can have it today instead :)

“Today’s” outfit of the day consists of an AX Paris Curve dress which is exclusively available over on the Simply Be website.  I’ve never tried on any AX Paris branded clothes before but I have been lusting after their sequin skirt prom dress as seen on What Laura Loves since Autumn last year.  This turquoise floral dress is really vibrant in real life compared to the photos – but that makes this dress a very pretty summer dress.  I would say it is more of a day dress than an evening one because it isn’t as exquisitely made as the Paper Dolls dresses I recently had the chance to review.  That said, the price tag of £32 makes this dress very affordable and is perfectly on trend for Summer 2013.

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What am I reading at the moment?

Before I started blogging myself I was an avid reader of many plus size fashion blogs.  I was completely inspired by many of the women featured below and they helped me to appreciate my body for what shape and size it is and to embrace it and dress fashionably rather than trying to wear black for every occasion.  I have these ladies to thank and I hope you’ll show them some love and check our their blogs if you haven’t already… 

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Plus Size Wedding Dress Shopping

Wedding dress shopping can be a scary thought, let alone when you are plus size. I have been through this experience and come out the other side unscathed, so I thought I would share my tips with you for a Stress free experience.
With most wedding dresses from bridal boutiques you generally have to go up 2 sizes. Sounds scary right? My wedding dress ended up being a size 22, even though I’m only a size 18 – but remember it doesn’t matter what the label says as long as you look fabulous.

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My review of “Paper Dolls” – an exquisite brand of partywear available at Simply Be…

If you’ve never heard of Paper Dolls before, let me fill you in…Paper Dolls is a brand available at Simply Be, that offers plus size party dresses, which are bang on trend.

I remember back to my school prom and although I was a size 14 at the time, I could not find anything remotely trendy to wear and ended up wearing a black shift dress with a silver buckle on the front – very uncool!

How times have changed! Now, with thanks to Paper Dolls @ Simply Be, it is now possible to order absolutely gorgeous party dresses from a UK size 12 to 26. I have been eyeing the Paper Dolls @ Simply Be collection for a while now, so when Simply Be asked me to review it, I jumped at the chance.

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Outfit of the Day: Monochrome

What glorious weather!  It has been absolutely gorgeous the last few days here in this part of the UK which is fantastic because it means I can keep wearing dresses and skirts.  Today’s outfit is a dress that I have had for a year or two however I noticed my local Select have been a bit naughty and brought it back out for this summer on the sale rail!

This black and cream dress is made from a slinky stretchy fabric but has an almost floaty feel about it.  It has a variable hem line and a line of black lace near the bottom.  With quite a plunging neckline it works for both day or night.

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Plus size summer 2013 dress picks from New Look (Inspire and More)

For part 2 of my plus size summer 2013 dress picks I decided to head over to the New Look website and see what they had to offer in their Inspire range.  Normally I am not very impressed with this range and I generally try and squeeze my bum into their main range which doesn’t always work out as intended.  This time, however I have been genuinely shocked by the amount of dresses that I like the look of on the New Look website which is possibly lethal!

First up, this absolutely gorgeous “Sienna Black and Pink Floral Maxi Dress”.  After such success with the Scarf Print Maxi Dress that Simply Be sent me to review, I have an even bigger love for maxi dresses and this New Look one has a gorgeous bold print with pink and purple flowers and a splash of yellow.  It is available in sizes 16 to 26 and has little spaghetti straps.  It doesn’t have a shirred back or front, however I imagine that it is stretchy due to the material it is made from.  I have a feeling that this dress would be a bit more clingy than my Simply Be maxi dress so I would possibly order a size up.  This dress is one of New Look’s online exclusives meaning that it is not available in stores. Continue reading Plus size summer 2013 dress picks from New Look (Inspire and More)