30/10/2014

Staying inside my comfort zone and WHUT???

For me, there's a tendency when I'm window shopping online to get carried away. I'm not sure if any of the rest of you get me (it'd be the first time anyone did...) but I get some incredible multicoloured unicorn idea in my head and think I'd look fabulous in a floorlength ball gown, holographic boots and a large hat. The likelihood is that I maybe would, HOWEVER, I generally wouldn't feel comfortable or at all myself in those particular items.

Blogging really gives you the opportunity to try new things and I regularly move myself out of my comfort zone (tutu anyone?) but ya know what? I LIKE BEING ME. SO, ladies and gentlemen, I bring to you: 
OUTFITS INSIDE OF MY COMFORT ZONE



I apologise that this is such a "safe" array of clothes but this is me guys; simple through and through (in all contexts...) AND I LIKE IT.
Em x

22/10/2014

It does exactly what it says on the tin - Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless

Advance warning: I had to put a filter on these pictures because I got some chicken jalfreizi on my neck and didn't realise until it was too late because I didn't have my glasses on. Let this be a lesson in how not to blog to us all. 
In this picture, I am smiling. I am smiling because I am wearing a perfect bra. This is the Curvy Kate Luxe strapless and as with all of their bras that I've tried it is FABULOUS. 

I wear their daily boost every day (I just don't leave the house on wash day...) and had a ceremonial burning of the majority of my other bras when I realised just how perfect for me it is. In fact, I made a video about it which you can see on the Curvy Kate YouTube page, you can hear me talk and wave my arms about and have many, many chins 
Back to the the bra in hand; The Luxe fits me in exactly the same way, I went for the 34GG which is my size in a moulded cup (I'm a wee bit/very wonky and so go for the larger cup to avoid double boob). I get full coverage, nothing over (or under) hangs, the centre fits flush against my chest and nothing rubs. Anywhere. 
The most important thing about any strapless is the support that it provides. My main beef in the past has been with that slimy, sticky edging which is meant to hold the bra up but actually gets all sweaty and wet and then slides down your back and gets tangled up in your tights (that you're wearing up to your armpits in order to stop them also sliding off) and then you end up in a big messy sweaty heap and vow to never leave the house again or at the very least never, ever attempt strapless again... 

WELL: That does not happen with the Luxe. It just doesn't. It is so much lighter and less constrictive than any strapless I've ever tried, yet the four hook and eye fastening means it doesn't slide up and down to where you don't want it to.
It comes with multiway straps which give excellent added support should you decide to do an office to bar dash and goes up to a J cup in some back sizes.

Finally, this bra looks GOOD. The detailing, as ever, is very classy and importantly doesn't show through even the tightest of dress. I carry most of my extra lumpy parts across my ribs and so rarely feel flattered by a supportive bra - It's one of the other: support OR sex appeal, but I don't feel like that with this one.

I JUST REALLY REALLY LIKE IT.

Keep up the good work Curvy Kate, your changing of lives and saving of boobs will not go unrewarded.

Em x

19/10/2014

Getting my Pretty Woman on - Revival Retro

Whilst I was enjoying my epic(ally expensive) weekend in London, my friend and I went to Fitrovia to visit the fabulous Revival Retro store on Windmill Street. Because we're decadent like that.

Retro revival specialise in retro inspired and reproduction 20s, 30s and 40s clothing and shoes from brands like Stop Staring!Emmy Design, Trashy Diva, ReMix Vintage Shoes and Aris Allen Dance ShoesI've had quite a browse online in the past but never taken the leap as I really wanted to try before buying. 
The shop is just stunning, everything is displayed in such a glamorous, easy to browse way (just look at those beaded 1920s gowns!). I didn't feel awkward about picking anything up for a look (or try...). The ladies who run the store are ridiculously knowledgable on their stock, vintage clothing in general and most importantly, the women they dress.
From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty. We were given a fitting area each and a lady with the best hair EVER brought us an array of beautiful dresses. Not once did I put on a dress that didn't fit or flatter (I know, f*** flattering but sometimes it feels damn good to look like you belong in Mad Men...). 
I could have happily left with any one of the dresses I tried, some of which are above. All of them were a wiggle shape, all fell below the knee on me (at 6ft) and all gave me what I would class to be an enviable rack. What on earth more could I ask of a dress. The shoes are also simply fab, plus some of them go up to a UK size 9 - it's like a dream come true.
The cardigans on the right were simply GLORIOUS, they had two shapes; a cropped boxy style and one with a dipped fishtail hem. The detailing is immaculate, my friend came away with a red one and if the mustard one becomes available in the dropped hem style I don't think I'll be able to help myself...
I was so in love with this cabinet I have my own jewellery at home in a display cabinet and I was very into how the items were grouped - it was like being in a sweetie shop. It was actually really inspiring, I generally end up taking my glamour level down a notch before leaving the house but I'm definitely more inclined to channel my inner Elizabeth Taylor after a couple of hours in the store.
This is the dress I went for, I'm not going to say too much because I want to give it a post of its very own (I think you'll agree that it deserves it). Now, I am not a rich woman, but I do recognise quality and know that this is one of those timeless dresses that I'll be able to wear for many, many years ahead (also my in-laws didn't know what to get me for Christmas so there you go!)
Some of my other favourites.
The really excellent thing is, I now know exactly where to go if I ever need another fancy pants dress, maybe one in teal...
Em x

15/10/2014

A whole lotta MS SVG love

I make no secret of the fact that I'm a big fan of MS SVG. A lot of the time I feel like their clothes were chosen with me in mind (this is all part of my spectacular self-belief and assumption that everything on earth involves me in some way obviously). So I'm not going to be selfish - I'm gonna share the love (hope you're alright with this, I'm generally quite clean...) with a few of my top picks for Autumn/Winter '14.
This Junarose Aubrey Velour dress is just so versaltile, I can imagine it goes as well with tights and leather ankle boots as with a pair of sexy stilettos and a statement necklace
I actually saw the Junarose Lana open cardigan on a few of the bloggers at the Spring 2015 preview and it looked truly excellent on them all. I'd pair this with my ripped jeans, ankle boots and a black cami for winter afternoons by a log fire in the counrtyside (Seriously, I do this, I'm just THAT exciting)
 I've got a baby blue eyelash knit cardigan that is pretty much superglued about my person when the weather turns. This Junarose Nika Eyelash Cardigan is very similar but has a bit of a sophisticated edge with the open front - I can see it over a floral dress with knee boots and a messy up do, or just over my pyjamas for when I want to feel like a massive teddy bear...
My final pick is quite clearly the Piece de Resistance; The Junarose Fling fake fur jacket is vintage glamour in furry form. I LOVE this - Just imagine it over an LBD with tousled hair and scarlet lips...I CANT STOP IMAGINING IT.
If you've not shopped with MS SVG before I urge that you give them a go - Let me know how you get on (and maybe share the clothes with me).
Em x

12/10/2014

Fair's fair - Yours Clothing cosy knits

Last week I learnt the hard way that I really, really needed some new jumpers in order to not lose my arms to the Sheffield Winter. As such, I was positively delighted to receive this beautifully Autumnal magenta and black long sleeved jumper from Yours clothing. It arrived just in time for me to go to the fair which was VERY lucky as I am notorious for dressing entirely inappropriately for such events, freeze my boobs off and end up living in a hot bath for weeks afterwards.
First things first, the sleeves on this jumper are full length, as in: The full length of my arms. This is a rarity in itself. It's also a lovely length, I've rolled it under a bit here with the skirt being a longer length but with jeans or a mini skirt I would definitely have it a bit longer. The side ruching is really flattering, a friend of mine with a much larger bust tried it on almost before it was even out of the bag and she looked an absolute bombshell in it, which suggests to me that it would really work with a variety of figures. Finally, I'm well into the deep magenta colour with my hair, the pictures make me look a wee bit eccentric and I'm really digging it, 

For me, Autumn is all about layers and this jumper is warm yet light enough to wear under a coat without becoming a big sweaty palava. It's also not itchy as heck so you don't need to worry too much about an additional layer underneath. 
I also received this fab denim midi pencil skirt - I love me a good denim skirt and this is ideal for the 60s mod look that I perpetually crave. It has an elasticated waistband which I generally avoid because of the tendency they have to twist/dig in/cut you into a link of sausages. However, this band is nice and thick and properly stitched into the skirt so that it sits tight against my middle with none of that kind of debacle. The length is also great, as you know, I'm 6ft and this skirt falls below the knee even as I'm walking.

In both items, I'm wearing a 16, I'd recommend that with the jumper you size up (unless you like your knitwear tight obvs) but the skirt has great stretch so I'd say size down to keep the pencil shape pencil-y.
To go to the fair I wrapped up in my Evans coat and new faux fur stole from Select, I had one almost identical but flushed it down a toilet in a freak KFC incident (don't ask...) and it's taken me forever to find another one I like - expect to see much more of it! I'm also wearing my heeled chelsea boots from New Look which I've already worn to within an inch of their size 9 lives and my standard 120 den Primark tights - perfect on my 34inch legs.
Just a final picture for you, I was at the top of the big wheel trying not lose control of my faculties here, flipping good job I was so well wrapped up - Thank you Yours for stopping me from freezing my bottom off!

Em x

08/10/2014

"Date" night - Elvi's teal lace dress

I've been starting to think about the fact that this time of year requires nice dresses. Lots of nice dresses.
Teal Lace Dress: Elvi
Earrings: Topshop
Tights: Primark 120den
Shoes: New Look
Blue Clutch: New Look
I've always been a fan of a long sleeved lace dress, I have a black Primark one which is such a wardrobe staple and this beautiful teal dress from Elvi is definitely going in the same category.
The dress is double layered, with a lovely soft under layer and an eyelash lace over the top. The neck is a slash neck which is ideal for me - I find with having a broad back, a round neck on a fitted dress means the arm holes can pull a bit. This is also helped on this dress with the zip up back, no sleeve twisting.

I'm reluctant to use the word "comfortable" because generally "comfortable" and "sexy" don't go hand in hand. HOWEVER, this dress IS comfortable, it's fitted without being completely clingy, the ruching around the middle also gave me a bit of space for food and drink. Which is important. Despite this, I would class this as a sexy dress; it's slinky, a great shape and a fabulous colour.
I love how the teal looks with my hair, it's definitely a shade I'm going to look out for more. I went for the size 16 but a 14 would have been fine everywhere other than the arms. I would say, as is usually the case with Elvi, the clothes are true to size. 

For the purpose of posh, I wore the dress with my New Look pointed heels and oversized clutch and these Topshop chandeliers. For the purpose of not freezing, I wore tights... I definitely don't think this bag "goes" with the outfit but it's just such a perfect size - if I could find one like this in a tan or black leather I would NEVER need another bag again. EVER. (Until I see another one I NEEED obviously...)
When I actually went "out" out I put on my leather jacket, switched to some "rock" earrings and became smart-casual Smyth. And I liked it. So I ate a curry (and several million popadums) in it... Hurrah for the lace dress!
Em x

06/10/2014

Good Tartan / Problematic Tartan - Liz Mcclarnon for Fashion World

Whilst I was in London last week I visited the breathtaking Ham Yard Hotel (seriously, truly aspirational vibes were throwing themselves at me as soon as I walked though the door, IT HAD A LIBRARY. There was also quiche...) and had a peruse of the new Liz Mcclarnon range for Fashion World.
The range has some beautiful lingerie and sportswear. I'm not one for sportswear, I'm a dedicated pyjama or not-pyjama girl. However, I loved the high waisted cut of the bird print brief and the bold tartan print which is available in both a balcony and plunge style bra as well as brief.
My favourite piece is the bird print body shaper. I'm told that this isn't "shapewear" as such - meaning that it will streamline your shape but not feel like you've been got by a boa constrictor... Quite rightly, not everyone wants streamlining but I personally prefer wearing separates with a shaper underneath, it saves me tugging at myself from all angles.
Above are some of the prints fashionworld have going down at the moment - great for anyone feeling a bit snazzy.
After taking a look at Liz's range, I put my sticky little fingers all over a couple of pieces from the current Claire Richards range. Those of you who follow me on twitter and Instagram may recognise the green sequin dress
I truly adore this dress, the only issue that I have with it for myself is the length. At 6ft, the dress is above the knee and I know that I just won't wear it. For anyone shorter than me, this is the PERFECT statement dress for the festive period, I know that the price is a bit £££ BUT the quality really is fabulous and it would be a guaranteed hit at the work/family Christmas do/drunken mess. 

I'm going to give the black spot mesh prom dress a try - it's surprisingly light and has so much movement to it, plus the length seems much more up my street (also, sleeves, thank you)
Just a final image for you here. Yes, my coat was the exact same fabric as the wall. I was like a crap tweed chameleon. It wouldn't happen to Beyoncé....
Em x

01/10/2014

Keen as mustard - Elvi's Tweed Jacket

This jacket is one that I wore on the Plus North catwalk and that I absolutely adored. So when Elvi contacted me to ask if I'd like to also wear it for my real life I was like "nah, you're alright, I hate nice clothes..." YEAH RIGHT, I absolutely bit their hands off. 
ALERT: THESE PICTURES ARE OUTSIDE!! I didn't burst into flames...
Jacket: Elvi
Dress: New Look, similar here
Tights: Primark
Boots: New Look, similar here
Hat: Primark, similar here 
The jacket is cropped but not pointlessly short, it hangs just above my hips and so doesn't make me look too boxy (a shape I'm not a fan of on myself). The fabric is divine, so soft and light yet keeps the cold off a wonder. However, the absolute best thing about this jacket BY FAR, is the shoulder pads, they're just flipping glorious and give me that "power sillhouette" I'm constantly craving.

I'm wearing the jacket with a New Look Jersey dress (last year's but similar here), Primark 120dens (tall girl tights all the way) and my flat New Look ankle boots which are just like wearing slippers. Finally, the cherry on the cake is my 'at. I love a good 'at. This particular floppy wonder is from the Primark limited range and cost me the grand total of £10. 
The jacket zips up but I don't know that I'll fully use this feature, unless I'm on a rollercoaster. I like how the lapels look opened up (although this glare may suggest otherwise....) I'm wearing the 16 here and can confirm that it is VERY true to size (another excellent thing about Elvi)
Elvi's Autumn/Winter range is really impressing me, the colour way is right up my street and the attention to mixed textures makes it extremely versatile - I can't wait to show you more!
Em x