Simple Seduction - Playful Promises x Gabi Fresh

Sometimes we can lose touch with our appearance, other things take over, time goes on by and before you know it, you're wearing your pizza-eating-pyjamas to the supermarket and your hair's so grey you get mistaken for Dame Thora Hird. 

Gabi Fresh Playful Promises Strappy Bra
Gabi Fresh Playful Promises Briefs 
Moving house saw me go a full month looking like Official Garbage © - My hair was never clean, my face was never made up, my outfit was 95% stretchy polyester related so I needed to shake things the heck up. Queue my failsafe plan of: Buy some smoking hot lingerie and take some glam (for me!) pictures. So that's what I did.


I'd been eyeing up this stunning Gabi Fresh x Playful Promises set for a while. Gabi's Swimsuitsforall ranges have consistently been on my wish list yet I haven't been able to justify such beautiful pieces for so few days of the year, so when this range with mega lingerienbrand Playful Promises dropped I knew that all excuses were out of the window. 


The set is incredibly comfortable, with thick straps, smooth cups and perfect band placement on both the bra and briefs. PLUS IT IS SEXY AS HELL. The straps on the briefs can be moved as low or high as you're happy with, the harness fastening can be adjusted and it moves beautifully with your body. I can actually imagine wearing this set under an LBD which is rare for me with sexy lingerie - There is no bumpy lace, no tugging, no impracticality at all. I may be making it sound dull but I'm in my 30s and I have no time for nonsense. 


The bra is just £35 and the briefs £20 - With this alongside the incredible fit and quality, I'm sorely tempted to try this little number next...

Em x


Curve Fashion Fest with Very.co.uk

Where have I been?!? How has it been so long?! WELL I've had a lot going down recently, as you may have seen from my instagram, all of which I will tell you about very soon BUT until then, let's talk about the fabulous day I had at the Curve Fashion Festival.


As I've said before, Curve Fashion Fest is a day long event celebrating all things plus size fashion. The event actually started in the morning but passport control at Manchester Airport (aaaaaaghhhhh!) meant that I didn't actually make it to to Liverpool until well into the afternoon which was a real shame. 

 Very.co.uk had paid for my tickets for the day and also very kindly dressed me in this beautiful 
bardot midi dress which was ideal taking into account how indescribably hot I was ALL DAY (I think I had a touch of sunburn...) and how much dashing about I was doing. I'm wearing an 18 here and it was a lovely fit - Loose but still a great shape. It was also incredibly easy to get changed into in a train toilet which is a massive bonus and I think you'll all agree, real USP. 

My lateness meant that I missed much of the catwalk but luckily my fabulous pals didn't, so I was able to watch from the train via the power on instagram. The Very catwalk was SO up my street it was ridiculous, with Autumn/Winter heralding retro prints, pussy bows and oh so much green.  The Very stand itself was HUGE and had some corking bits that I'd not noticed online (Like this biker jacket and these lace hem trousers) so they're well worth a look right now. 
Picture c/o The Curve Fashion Festival Instagram
I spent the day with so many of my favourite people, so much so I'm sorry but there aren't that many pictures!! (I also got to drink some Ice & Easy mojito which is literally the greatest drink you can drink after a day of rushing about - TRUST ME) I'm consistently impressed by how TCFF manages to attract brands and visitors alike with their true dedication to all things plus - Roll on TCFF18!

Em x


Guest Post - Keep banging your drum and eventually we’ll all get a dance


My name is Danielle and I am Emma’s BEST FRIEND FOREVER and number 1 fan.

‘Are you sure?’, 

I hear you ask,

‘She’s never once mentioned you in any of her blog posts or pictures?!’

Yes… yes I know, and yet I’m still here, adoring her from behind the scenes despite that fact I am largely ignored. It’s important to love those we are closest to yet not be blind to their flaws *nostril flare*. I’m not bitter or attention seeking. Really.

Emma and I have a cute story. It goes something like this…. We hated each other at school, both moved to Sheffield (albeit 6 years apart), she saw me on a bus, messaged me on Facebook and since then we’ve been stuck together like clams. The end.

The other cute thing about Emma and I is that physically we are very different. You will know she is a tall, flamed-haired, pale, Amazonian goddess. I am very short, dark-haired, olive-skinned. I also have massive tits but the hands of a four-year-old child. My Patronus would be Ronnie Corbett with breast implants. We look funny when we are together. A bit like Arya Stark and The Hound, Timone and Pumba, Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum,... you get the picture. One of the ways in which we are very similar is that we are fully-paid-up members of the feminist sisterhood, Prosecco-swigging socialists and independent ‘wimmin’. You know, the type the Daily Mail hates.

Emma’s success at Plus Size blogging has me bursting with pride. It’s so-fucking-fantastic that she and her peers are chipping away at the status quo with gathering momentum, providing an alternative with intelligent reasoning and fuckloads of style. I have had the pleasure of meeting several of Emma’s blogger friends, they have all been PROPER BIRDS and gorgeous. I hate them.

And yet I feel dissatisfied. See when one bastard child eventually gets their slice of the pie, the rest us want ours too. But do I deserve it? I’m not big enough to be fat shamed or brown enough to be systematically excluded. For the large part, my seat at Society’s table is reserved, albeit at the back of the room, and I sometimes get mistaken for the waitress. I can sit with ‘them’. On a good day. Still, I can’t open a magazine or watch a TV advert and see women that look like me. I can’t covet a dress on a website and really imagine what I’m going to look like wearing it until it’s on (clue: usually too tight across the chest and 6 inches too long). Society, media, popular culture, seem to only exist in extremes much of the time. We can only communicate at a quiet or shockingly loud level, the rest is just white noise. The Plus Size movement, I feel, is testament to this. You bang your drum to such a rhythm it’s getting difficult to ignore; the fashion industry is tapping along to your tune, media outlets are beginning to sway their hips and retailers are dragging you to your feet.

But what does this mean to lil’ old big-tits me? Well when the first balloon has popped with a bang the rest don’t seem as intimidating. Women need better representation whatever we bring to the table and somewhere in the distance I can hear your vibrations. People are listening. So, Emma et al, you’ve put a crack in the glass ceiling of societal norms for ALL women and for that I salute you. Keep banging your drum and eventually we’ll all get a dance. 

Ronnie Corbett, eat you heart out.

Danielle (Emma’s BFF IDST)


A Joanie Love Affair - Miriam In Green

Oh Joanie, Joanie, Joanie, How I love thee. You never fail to make me feel fabulous, this time with the occasion-ready Miriam Lace Dress.

Miriam Dress - Joanie Clothing
First of all, THAT COLOUR! Miriam comes in Dusk Blue and Pepper Green and, frankly, I'd have been over the moon with either. They're part of that muted colourway which includes dusky pink and I honestly think it's become my preferred way to wear colour. The nude lining shows up the delicate lace beautifully and the eyelash edging which has become somewhat of a Joanie trademark adds that high-end feel which isn't matched by the incredible £45 price tag.

As for style - This isn't a shape I usually go for but I actually really enjoy the way the skirt flares from just under the bust rather than at my waist (Empire line innit) - I wasn't sure that it would work on me but with the length and fullness of the skirt itself, I feel the proportions are pretty much A*.


Miriam isn't actually an off the shoulder dress if you look on the site BUT it sits so nicely this way I just couldn't help myself. With my animal print sandals and a today's glorious sunshine I felt like a carefree nymph, floating about the streets of South Yorkshire. I felt less floaty after three Yorkshire puddings and half a bottle of pinot but I still looked nice so there is that.


My only ever criticism of Joanie (EVER!) was that I felt their sizing was off - DISREGARD THIS, I'm wearing an 18 here and really feel I could have sized down which means I can now confidently say: We are in the True To Size realm. Also, please remember that were something looks shorter on me than on the model, it is because I am a bit very tall. 


The Joanie site is stocked with some absolutely stunning Summer dresses at the moment - Think Sophia Loren on the Amalfi Coast. WHAT A DREAM! 
Em x
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