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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Love 4 All Plus

Well hello it has been awhile since I last posted but today I want to talk about a new Plus Size Fashion brand who very recently launched.

Love 4 All Plus had been creating quite the stir on Instagram with sneak peeks of their new clothing line especially the starfish print dress. I was lucky enough to be asked if I would like to review something from their new range and I decided to try a top as I have recently re-discovered a love of jeans and need more tops to wear with them.





I chose to review the Suede Patches Jumper as I do like tops that have a bit of extra detailing on them and this has really cute suede patches on the elbows an button details down the sides. It is a lovely soft material and kept me very warm and cosy during the recent colder weather.

The advice for this top is to size up which I did meaning I am wearing this in a size 22 (I currently wear a size 20 in most tops) I'm glad I did as I had room to manoeuvre without it being too baggy.

In terms of pricing I would say it is on a par with most other plus size fashion places and I felt it was value for money.

From what I have seen so far I think this brand has the potential to do well especially with how popular the star fish print dress has been and it is always good to see a new PS brand as it means more choice for us!

Have you checked them out yet? If so let me know what you think!


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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Forever in Blue Jeans with Simply Be*

If there is one item of clothing that I struggle with it has to be jeans, and it would seem from talking to those around me that I am not alone in this! Finding good jeans is like finding the holy grail of clothing, so I was keen to try some pairs from Simply Be to see how they fit- so lets find out!

First up I decided to try their Lucy high waisted skinny jeans as I had never tried their own brand before. I love high waisted jeans as I am naturally high waisted so I tend to find this a much more comfortable fit for my shape.




These jeans tick all the boxes for me, dark coloured denim, high waisted, and stretchy which means I can sit down without them cutting me in half! I tried these out for my dress down Friday which meant a whole day of wear including public transport, walking and lots of sitting at my desk and they held up really well. They didn't lose their shape and go baggy as the day wore on and I didn't feel the need to keep tugging them up! They come in a variety of leg lengths and I am wearing the short fitting which means they don't bunch up around my ankles. I am wearing a size 18 and the fit is good, I could maybe have gotten away with a size smaller but I fear it may have been a bit of squeeze around my tummy. (The curse of having smaller legs but a bigger tummy means I always struggle with the fit).

Next up are the jeans that I was really excited to try- Levis 310 Super Skinny! I haven't worn Levis since I was about 18 and I lived in my trusty 501's, I have to be honest and say I didn't even realise that you could get Levis in plus sizes but I am very happy that you can!!





These jeans are a slightly lower rise which took a bit of getting used to as I kept wanting to pull them up and then nearly gave myself a wedgie!!! I took them for a spin around Birmingham and again they stood up really well, they didn't lose their shape and go baggy. As with the Lucy jeans these are a size 18 short fitting and my only gripe is that the ankle isn't as tight as I would like it to be but to get round this I can roll them up to make them ankle grazers. I maybe should have gone with the longer leg length and again I could have maybe sized down to the 16 but I may have found them too tight around my waist. The best part of these jeans is the booty! I love how they lift my bum and give it more definition and shape!!

So the overall verdict is that both pairs come really really close to being the ultimate jeans, I just think that due to my shape (which has changed and I am still figuring out what fits) I may never get a fit that is 💯 but these come very close and will be a staple of my wardrobe!

*Denotes item gifted for review-all opinions are my own
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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Winter Boot Round Up with JD Williams*

Hello and Happy New year to you all I hope so far 2018 has been kind to you!

The weather at the moment is quite frankly a bit on the chilly side (well it certainly is here in the UK!) so what is better than a lovely pair of warm boots to keep your feet toasty!

I have a fab selection from JD Williams on the blog today that will keep your feet warm and comfy throughout the colder months.

Lets kick things off with these funky cowboy style low suede ankle boots which come in both E and EEE fittings.




They have an elasticated ankle so are really easy to put on even for someone like me who can struggle with getting my feet into boots due to my high instep. I found these quite generous in fit and very comfy around my ankle and I can easily wear two pairs of socks inside for extra layers. The heel is low so they are ideal for a day on your feet. I wore mine with jeans but you could easily put these with a dress and tights.


 Next up are a pair of grey ankle boots which really appealed to my inner student as I loved boots like these when I was younger! What I love about these are the fleece inner which keep your feet really warm! They also have a lovely spongy inner sole which makes them really comfortable for walking and a zip on the ankle, making them easier to put on. As with the other boots they also come in E and EEE fittings. The soles are cleated and have good grips which for me is great as I do struggle to stay upright sometimes!




Last but by no means least are a pair of gorgeous high leg boots in a wine colour, which again are also fleece lined meaning they keep not only feet warm but also your legs! These come in two different calf fittings-standard and super curvy as well as E and EEE fittings. I went for the E fit standard calf and for me the fit is spot on but if you want extra leg room then try the super curvy fit. I love the scalloped pattern and the wedge heel is high enough to give me some extra height but not too high so as to be uncomfortable to walk in.






I hope you like my picks, and if you are out and about in the cold then wrap up and keep warm!




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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Would You Rather: Christmas Edition



I was tagged by the lovely Leah from Love Leah  to have a go at the Would You Rather Tag but with a Christmas twist!

Eat brussel sprouts or cauliflower cheese?
I have to be honest and say I dislike both of these but as it has cheese on it I would have to go with the cauliflower!

Have twinkling lights or still lights?
I have a mixture of both on my tree, but I do love lights that twinkle as it makes me feel really festive.

Eat gingerbread or Ferrero Rocher? 
It has to be Ferrero Rocher even though they have the cheesiest adverts I can't resist them!

Open your Christmas presents with only immediate family or with all your family members?
For me it would be immediate family, when the presents are opened first thing in the morning it is usually just the three of us and then we spend the rest of the day with either side of our families.

Cook Christmas dinner for the whole family or don't eat Christmas dinner at all?
I would cook as for me the dinner is a big part of the day and something I look forward to, and I'm sure Mr S could be roped into help!

Have a real Christmas tree or a Fake Christmas Tree?
My tree is fake as I don't like the idea of finding pine needles for rest of the next year!

Use blue,yellow, white or multi-coloured lights?
I prefer multi-coloured lights but I do have a string of just blue ones as well!

Eat mince pies or Christmas cake?
Always Christmas cake as I love the icing and marzipan.

Wake up at 6am or 10am?
As I have a 10 year old the chances of me being still in bed at 10am are slim to non existent so I guess 6am!!

Drink champagne or hot chocolate?
Champagne as much as I like chocolate I'm not a huge fan of hot chocolate.

Eat Heroes or Roses?
That is tough but it has to be Roses as they remind me of my childhood.

Get a puppy for Christmas or a kitten for Christmas?
As much as I love pets I wouldn't want one as a Christmas present as I don't agree with it, if you want a pet then look to adopt a rescue one and make sure you are fully committed to it's care.

Watch Elf or Home Alone?
It would have to be Home Alone, as much as I love ELF I just howl with laughter at Home Alone.

Only be able to listen to Christmas songs all year round or never hear a Christmas song again?
All year round as I do love a good Christmas song and it just wouldn't be the same without them.

Wake up bright and early and get all of the best boxing day sale goodies or stay warm and cosy in bed wearing your new Christmas pyjamas?
Definitely stay in bed if I want to shop the sales I'll do it online from the warmth of my bed!!

I was meant to tag four people but as I have left this so late please feel free to take part if you fancy doing so!!

Happy Christmas!!



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Monday, 18 December 2017

Le Petit Ballon Wine Club*

I am quite partial to the odd glass of wine or two, but I will admit that I actually know very little about wine. I am not a wine snob and I tend to drink whatever is on offer and once I find something I like I stick with it, so when Le Petit Ballon Wine Club got in touch with me and asked if I would like to try their festive wine subscription box I thought well why not! 

The idea behind the company is that Master Sommelier Jean-Michel Deluc has carefully selected all the wines on the site so all you have to do is subscribe and wait for your wine to arrive! 

I was sent two rather nice bottles of wine, one white and one red (which is great as I love white wine and my husband is rather partial to red!). 



The red was Bindi Sergardi La Boncia 2016 Chianti, and the white was Chateau des Bois Macon Milly-Lamartine 2015, which are both wines I have never tried before. Also included in the box is tasting notes for both bottles and this is where the box really shines for me. As someone who is clueless about wine these cheat sheets are a brilliant idea. 



On these sheets is information about the estate the wine comes from, suggestions for food to pair with the wine and tasting notes. There is even a guide as to how long the wine can be kept for (2022 in the case of these two bottles but with Christmas on the horizon I doubt they will last that long!!). 

What appeals to me is the easy to understand, jargon free way these notes are presented making it ideal for those like me who don't have a great knowledge of wine. 

Also included in the box is a little magazine called The Gazette which features recipes, tips and even wine trivia! 



Should you wish to try the service it works in the same way as most subscription boxes in that you can choose to skip a month or cancel at any time. For the box I received the monthly cost is £24.90 and there is an option for a more expensive box at £39.90 per month aimed at those who are more knowledgeable.  In order to find the wines that you will enjoy there is a wine profile for you to fill out which then helps to suggest wines that would be best suited to you. 

Should you wish to buy more bottles of the wine you have been sent then these can be purchased via the website and subscribers get a special lower price for each bottle. 

With Christmas fast approaching it also worth bearing in mind that you can gift subscriptions to the wine lovers in your life!


Overall I like the idea of this box as it has introduced me to wine I wouldn't have considered before and for will appeal to those who are just discovering wine and also to those who have more knowledge.

Bottoms Up and Chin Chin from me!

 
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