25/11/2014

It's all in the Jeans - The Fashionworld essential trouser

Check this out, I have my very own infographic - yeah, that's right, I've hit the big time guys. Look at my little face in the corner. This (MY) Infographic is courtesy of Fashion World and aaaaaall about my favourite trouser. The high waisted jean (I chose all the words myself, I'm basically a copywriter innit).
I'll admit, I used to be a bit scared of high waisted jeans. I thought they'd make my bum look like a horse's bum. To an extent, they do but apparently horses' bums are quite a nice shape and so I've embraced the look and rolled with the high waisted.
As you can see, I like a casual pair of high waisted jeans, I feel comfortable, smart and not like my bum's going to be on show any minute. One day I may be brave enough to wear them with a shorter top, maybe even a crop top. Maybe. Until then, I like a slightly longer loose cami or tee with a jacket, perfect for dressing up or down in any weather.
Above (L-R): Joni high waisted jeans - Topshop // High waisted skinny jeans - Claire Richards for Fashion World //  Simply Be Lucy skinny jeans- Fashion World // Bailey High waist super skinny Jeans - Dorothy Perkins // Simply Be Lucy skinny jeans- Fashion World
Here are a couple of my favourites available for sale RIGHT NOW. Try some and we can all have horsey bums together <3 If high waisted isn't for you, why not head over to the Fashion World website and see what does it for you. 

Em x

17/11/2014

Guest Review - Younique 3D Fiber lashes

Due to my inability to see my own eyes without my glasses on, I have a guest reviewer today; My cutie pie younger Sister Kate (I'm biased, but would you just look at her?!?)
Kate was kind/gullible enough to offer to review the Younique Fiber lash mascara on my behalf.

The mascara consists of a Transplanting Gel and tube of Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of thickness and volume. It comes in a lovely case and looks pretty swish, HOWEVER, I was sceptical. Because I always am. Because I'm crap at makeup.
Kate threw herself into the challenge with the vigour of someone with youth and ability to try new makeup without their face sliding off. These are Kate's lashes in their natural state. As you can see, they're not exactly short but they're definitely not that dramatic (well actually they are compared to mine but I'm basically a mole person) 
And this is the outcome - I mean, WOW. They're just so LONG! 

Kate sent me the following instructions 
"1. I put my own mascara on - a very light layer and let it dry.
2. Put a layer of the glue stuff on immediately followed by a layer of fibres. I did this step three times.
I think you have to be careful how many layers you put on as after the first time I tried it, about 10 mins it was all under my eyes..." (Reviewing PROS in my family, AMIRIGHT?!?)

On the surface I was really impressed but I wanted to know from Kate how the mascara felt, I mean it's all well and good looking amazing but if you can't blink then it's not ideal. Well Kate LOVES it, she did state that it takes some getting used to putting on but when it comes to a big night out or event this will be taking the place of false lashes all the way. 
Just a step by step above to show you how much of a difference Younique makes from what I always thought was already quite a dramatic change with the mascara. It's absolutely amazing, when Kate sent the pictures through I refused to accept she wasn't wearing extensions. Sisters lie you see.

Younique is now available in the UK as well as around a lot of the rest of the world. I'm going to have to enlist Kate in doing my lashes for me when I next go out, I don't want to be the letting the family side down... 

Em x

16/11/2014

Monroe Knows, they REALLY do..

I recently met Marvin. Marvin is the brains behind Monroe Knows, a signature collection of classic dresses inspired by his experience with female friends struggling to locate dresses that both fit and made them feel stunning (hey, we've all been there!). It was clear to me that Marvin was GENUINELY interested in making plus sized women feel good about themselves and I wanted IN, so when Marvin contacted me to try some of the range I said "No, absolutely not" (we all know how this goes now...)
A stunning package arrived, complete with tissue paper, handwritten note and an absolutely delicious truffle (OBVIOUSLY there is no picture of that because I ate it before I'd even confirmed it was food...) and then came a gift even better than chocolate:
Dress: Leigh by Monroe Knows
Shoes: Faith at Debenhams
Necklace: Topshop

This is The Leigh, a long sleeve maxi dress that is just SO Hollywood. You know I have the occasional beef with maxis due to my trĂ©s long legs but this is another example of why you shouldn't rule out anything until you've given it a go (well...not ANYTHING...) The weight of the fabric prevents it from flip flop flapping about and allows it just the right amount of movement. Saying this, I think it would look equally as nice with sandals when it warms up...one day...in the distant future... In these pictures, I'm wearing my lovely new Snakeskin pointed courts from Faith (size 9 and the fit is perfect).
The Leigh is available in a 16-24 although a few of the other dresses go up to a 26. I am wearing a 16 and feel the sizing is extremely true, maybe even a bit bigger due to the spandex. The crossover is a bit cheeky but has enough fabric that ladies with a fuller bust will be catered for. The tie is a lovely touch but is for decoration rather than function - It's what most would call a "mock-wrap" - There's no chance of it undoing and there being an unintended Full Monty moment (no matter how hard you try...)
ALERT: I'm going to use the word "curves" here and mean it in its truest sense: I am not a very curvy woman, I'm a typical "hourglass" shape but am wide rather than curvaceous e.g. There is no dramatic difference between my hips and waist and my bust is wide rather than portruding (gosh, don't I sell myself here?!?). This dress on a "curvy" woman would be INCREDIBLE (have a look on the website if you're not sure what I mean). There is just so much stretch in the areas that you like to stretch and the split skirt is wrapped in such a way that even if you have generous jambons (as I do), you can still choose to be covered up.

And just for you: Ma face. Complete with a bargain Topshop sale necklace which I just knew was going to work with the Topshop lipstick in Inhibition. I love all these jewel tones at the moment, they're just so decadent. 
Im so, so pleased with this dress, Monroe Knows are definitely a brand for ladies size 16plus who love a bit of classic glamour to keep their eyes on (Check out the Amber - it's absolutely stunning.) I, for one, can't wait to see more as the range grows and want to wholeheartedly thank and congratulate Marvin on a collection that ticks all of my sartorial boxes.
Em x