Update on the wedding plans…

I know that some of my regular readers are quite interested in how my wedding planning is going, so I thought I would post a little update on recent events.

Last weekend, not only did we manage to sort my bridesmaid’s dress (it’s going to be an Eggplant/Aubergine colour instead of Cadbury’s purple, eek!) but on the Sunday me and my mum went to a wedding fayre. We weren’t really expecting much due to previous wedding fayre’s being tiny and having hardly any exhibitors so imagine our surprise when we turned up just before it was due to open and there was a massive queue! Outside were vintage wedding cars and even VW campervans that were available to hire.

We don’t need any transport for our wedding as we are all staying in the hotel the night before, so we ventured inside as soon as the doors were opened. The first so many brides were given a goody bag with various treats and there were numerous rooms with exhibits which were all really pretty. In the first room there was a bridal store, photographer, cake maker and a table with a lady who made guest books and post boxes. Mum picked up a glass of bucks fizz as we made our way into the second room where there was another photographer, florist and a rack of wedding dresses. There were literally around 5 or 6 more rooms packed with tables!

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An unusual place for me to find shoes

As regular readers of my blog and twitter will know, last weekend I went bridesmaid dress shopping with my lovely Bridesmaid to be. Now don’t stop reading as this post isn’t another boring wedding post… It’s all about SHOES! We found ourselves in the usual places looking for that perfect dress when we stumbled into John Lewis. I must admit I’m not a regular shopper of John Lewis apart from around Christmas time when they sell the most delicious gingerbread houses and Christmas treats but after looking online I thought we’d give them a go.

I found myself getting more and more distracted by the shoe section. While my bridesmaid was looking for her dress, I still needed bridal shoes so left her to it while I ventured off in the direction of the shoe department. This is where I stumbled across Kurt Geiger. This is in all honesty not a brand I would have previously considered due to my bargain hunter instinct in me but I was really surprised by the different styles of high heeled shoes they had in store! I came away empty handed on the day but when I got back I thought I’d take a look at the John Lewis website and have a proper nosey with a cup of tea and my pyjamas in tow!

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Free Delivery on Yours Clothing this weekend!

Just a quick little post from me to let you all know that Yours Clothing is offering free delivery & returns on all full priced items on their website this weekend :)

This special offer ends at Midnight on Sunday and all you need to do is add the coupon code: FREETREAT at the checkout…


And best of all, there is no minimum spend!  Have fun ladies.. I’m off bridesmaid dress shopping so I have to be good :'( 


Style it My Way Challenge: Week 4 – Bodycon! / OOTD for Plus North

I’m late… I know… I’m very late with these challenges and all I can say is that I’m putting it down to real hectic life, the weather and my cold that has knocked me for six.  I decided today that although I still have my cold that I was going to get myself all dressed up to make myself feel better and to make myself look more human.  There’s only so long you can lounge about in fleece pyjamas right!? (Major perk of working from home though!).

Today’s Style It My Way Challenge is from week 4 – Bodycon. I still have week 5 and this week to style and will aim to do that asap so that I am back on schedule.  The outfit I have chosen for the bodycon challenge is the same outfit that I wore to Plus North 2013 for the day event, minus a belt.

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The warped view we have of ourselves…

I was reading my daily dose of fashion blogs when I stumbled across Betty Pamper from Pamper and Curves most recent blog update – “Are you size wise”. I found this post very intriguing because it explained about a new tool that the brand Marisota had released to see the difference in what we think we are and what we really are.

I thought I would give this tool a go. Before I started, I had to choose a body size that I thought best represented me. Easy so far. You aren’t asked what “shape” you think you are, however for years I have assumed that I am an apple and at high risk of heart problems etc which if I’m honest has been worrying me…

Once I had clicked on the body size that I thought I was, the tool then asked me for my measurements. I have these to hand as I have been measuring these for the last few months since I started spinning. I don’t mind sharing these with you – I am currently a 42, 37, 47. My ass has actually come down from 50 inches since I started spinning.

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…Here Comes Autumn!

You may have noticed that I am running behind on the Style it My Way Challenge and Outfit posts… I wanted to explain why :) It’s not because of the wedding, or because I am too busy (In fact I am itching to get some photos taken as I really love my bodycon style challenge outfit – it’s the one I wore to Plus North in the day).

The problem is… the weather!!! It has been dark, raining and dreary for days now. I am a bit of a perfectionist and I also don’t want to get my camera wet… so if anyone has any tips on taking pictures inside a darkish house.. I would really appreciate them!

Fear not.. I’m not going anywhere! :) :) 


Scarlett & Jo Powerfit Dresses at Evans

Recently, Scarlett & Jo launched their brand new Powerfit dresses on the Evans website and I was lucky enough to see them in person at Plus North in Manchester last weekend.   If you’ve never heard of the Powerfit dresses before, they are based on the illusion style dress with black panels down the edges and a contrasting colour or pattern down the middle.  These dresses give the illusion of a smaller frame and are very on trend at the moment.

The difference between other illusion dresses and the Powerfit Dresses by Scarlett & Jo are that many of their designs include a built in mesh lining that gives support and acts as shapewear.  Personally, I probably would wear more shapewear underneath the dresses because I like a really firm look to hold in my lumps and bumps.  The dresses come in a number of gorgeous colours, such as purple, red, blue, leopard print and lace panelled.  My favourite is the red one and I think that they would suit power dressing for work or equally be beautiful for an evening occasion.

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Plus North 2013… A night away

I have just returned from my first ever Plus North event which took place in the Renaissance Hotel in Manchester.  We woke early on Saturday morning ready for the drive ahead of us and although it took a little time to get everything packed and sorted we eventually made our way up the motorway to Manchester. I must admit, I had booked tickets, hotel etc before we booked our wedding so I did have a slight pang of guilt that the money I had spent could have been used for our wedding.  I’m such a worrier! For the day event I wore a bodycon New Look dress, brown leather jacket, ankle boots from Tesco and a sparkly statement necklace also from New Look.

Anyone who knows me knows that I hate being late for anything so when we got stuck on the M6 with long delays I started to panic and ended up being around 30 minutes late – grr!  When I walked into the Exhibition Hall I was greeted by the lovely Charlotte from Yours Clothing with a goodie bag and a warm welcome which was much appreciated because for some reason I was really nervous!  There were clothing racks everywhere and pick a mix too!  Yum!  I arrived just in time for the first catwalk show which was the Simply Be catwalk.  I stood next to the Yours Clothing exhibit and watched as everyone walked down the catwalk looking fabulous.  

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My Picks of Simply Be Autumn/Winter Collection

As you all know, Plus North is approaching fast so I finally to step foot in a Simply Be store for the first time.  I am becoming a big fan of ordering clothes online however nothing beats the feeling of stepping into a changing room armed with loads of clothes and trying them on right there and then!  My plan for the weekend involves going to the exhibition and then head into the Simply Be store where I hope all of my favourite Autumn / Winter 2013 pieces will be.

I have to be relatively good though – with the wedding fast approaching, I must resist temptation to spend lots on clothes for the next few months but I will allow myself one item if I really love it as I don’t know when I will next get the chance to visit the store.

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