Sunday, 26 July 2015

Introducing: Polly Grace's Tee-shirt challenge

I was recently contacted by plus size brand Polly Grace who set me the challenge of putting together a look featuring a top or tunic from their current range.

 I like a challenge (I would totally be on the Crystal Maze if it was still around and if I wasn't almost certain it would kill me...) so I chose the Catalina* tunic top, partly because Catalina is the name of my smallest and most irritating cat and partly because I was taken by the bold floral print.

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Catalina Tunic Top* - Polly Grace
Ripped Joni Jeans - Topshop
Block heeled sandals - Primark (Available up to a 9) 
I styled the tunic with my old favourite Joni jeans from Topshop which are still going strong (despite me extending the rips on numerous occasions because I have flippers for feet and am not cool enough to wear yoof clothes without sabotaging myself and demonstrating how middle aged I am) and my bargain £7 block heel sandals from Primark, which I have picked up and put down three years running before finally giving myself a talking to.

I wore the outfit for Sunday lunch with family and other than a few comments around me "falling of my bike" (Ripped jeans are beyond my family's comprehension...) it was a winning look: Comfortable, fun and stylish. 

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As always, my opinion is generally "f**k flattering", however, if flattering is your style then I have to say that the dipped hem at the front and back is exactly what you need in your life. I was concerned that the double layer and cut would be a bit too busy for me but it's actually a really simple way to add a bit of interest to an outfit.

It is also ideal for all ages and body shapes - For example, my Mother in Law tried this on, she is  5ft 4, tanned, a slim size 14 with narrow hips (Basically: NOT ME) and she also looked utterly ravishing - In fact, she's going to borrow it for her holiday to wear around the pool with a pair of shorts.
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I went for a 16 in the top and it fits very true to size on me. The only thing I would say to take into consideration is that the arm holes are on the smaller side. I personally like this with the Catalina tunic as I don't like when an arm hole hangs lower than the side of my bra on looser tops. However, I know for a lot of women this can be pretty frustrating - so maybe size up.

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Polly Grace have a huge range of plus size clothing, with many items going from a 16 - 32, as well as accessories and jewellery, such as the gorgeous Tula necklace below:


In fact, I also have a pair of Polly Grace's black leggings which are fab so expect to see them featuring on here very shortly!
Em x
*denotes items gifted for review

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Sun, Sea and Seaspray Swimwear

I hear that there's a heatwave in the UK. I'm not witnessing that first hand because I am actually in Spain which is prrrrretty frustrating because I didn't spend all my dosh on a holiday for you lot to be swanning about in basically the same temperature. I'll let it go this time (mostly because I'm eating crisps for breakfast and you're probably not so I'm winning).

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HELLO black halter-tie tummy control bikini. I was sent this gorgeous little number by Seaspray Swimwear who aim to provide fashion forward swimwear for every body shape and requirement.

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The bikini features a halter-neck braand  draped briefs which are a work of genius! They can be adjusted every which way to suit your needs - I'm wearing them half rolled down to give a 50s shape but they can be worn higher, as a skirt or even pulled all the way up to give the appearance of a full swimsuit. 

There's a definite vintage glamour feel to this bikini which really floats my boat. As for how I feel wearing it: This year, I have slightly more chub than I'm used to. I have no beef with this as I am still able to do all the same things that I could last year (Other than do knee slides on the marble floor but that's a lifestyle choice rather than chub related...) and I'm not one for wasting quality holiday time on what other people may or may not think of MY body. 

Despite all this, I have felt that I would like a little more control around the midriff, which these briefs offer without squishing the paella right out of me. There's no shame in wanting to feel glorious in what you're wearing and Seaspray seem to really get that. I'm wearing a 16 in the bikini which I have found to be true to size.

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The only minor criticism I have with the bikini is that the top doesn't offer quite as much support as I would like - I have a broad chest and benefit from a bit of a boost. Saying that, the padded cups do give a lovely smooth shape and if you have boobs which go out rather than across this shouldn't be an issue at all.


Leaving you with a cheeky back view here - YES, I have folds, they're lovely aren't they? Sometimes I find things in them.

Seaspray design swimsuits, bikinis, pareos and kaftans inspired by luxury destinations around the world. Most items are available in sizes 10-20.

Em x