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
* Denotes gifted item - All views are my own 


Five Minutes on Feminism + Fashion

Feminism in fashion is "having a moment" as they say and high street store Peacocks have sasheyed in with their fab The Future Is Female t-shirt, which you may have seen gracing the body of celebrities and bloggers aplenty. It's a beaut tshirt - Lovely soft cotton, great fit and most importantly, a message we can all get behind.

The Future Is Female Tee* - Peacocks
Faux Suede Skirt - Navabi
Sandals - Topshop
Bag - H&M (Similar
Okay, I accept that there are extremely problematic areas around feminism in fashion - Until marginalised women are appropriately represented in advertising, until ranges are inclusive of ALL sizes, until working conditions for the women who make these clothes improve, until fashion is accessible to all; Fashion by its very nature is a feminist issue. 

Some brands recognise that they have a corporate-social responsibility to put their money where their mouth is. For example, my faves Navabi have partnered up with Smart Works, supporting women into work in the UK. I'd love to see much more of this, and as someone who personally works for a company with an incredibly strong commitment to their social responsibility, I can confirm that this working culture has an incredibly positive effect on staff and stakeholders alike. 


My question is, why is feminism in fashion OK when it's only available to people with a big bank balanceWhen Vivienne Westwood and Stella McCartney showcase feminism, we see it as art, as politics, as a war cry (This is in no way a criticism - These women are incredible and what they give back is phenomenal). Yet when the high street does it, we see it as somehow crude or gauche. For those of us not rolling in cash, this is an affordable way of showing your colours, of spreading the word. Why shouldn't feminism - a movement which should benefit us all (including men, not that I care), be accessible? 


I feel that this is likely going to be an unpopular decision but I think that feminism and high street fashion CAN work. In a time of great social change, where misogyny seems more visible than ever before, intersectional feminism is essential in preventing the fight for equality being thrown back in time a hundred years or more. The important thing is that you don't just wear the t-shirt, you believe in it and you live it; Support marginalised women, be loud, call out the bullshit. Disrupt the default.
Em x 

I'm extremely open to comment on this post as you don't get anywhere in life by talking and not listening. I'd like to also say that I will always recommend supporting your local small feminist business by spending your cash with them where you can - I will start to share below but if there are any you would like to share - Please let me know and I will update the post with these. 

Penfight - A little zine & DIY art distro based in Manchester, UK. Distributing new, affordable, self-published creative work – Prioritising women, non-binary, working class, LGBTQ+ or disabled people.


Curve Fashion Fest All Dressed Up With Debenhams

The time is almost upon us guys - The Curve Fashion Festival (#TCFF17 for the hip and happening amongst us) is just around the bend. The 9th of September will see every self discerning plus size babe descending upon the Liverpool Exhibition Centre to delight in a full day of fashion, shopping, celeb-spotting and all round Good Timez.

I had an INCREDIBLE time at TCFF16, I tried on more clothes than you could imagine, I met awesome women I'd only ever spoken to on the internet and, most importantly, I gave a fan to a Big Brother finalist - One who I actually recognised and who I may or may not have fan girled over in my younger years...
If you've been to TCFF before, you'll know that all the fashion, friends, food, catwalks and shopping mean a good old sit down is an essential (or at least it is for me...), and every fabulously dressed fashionista needs an equally as fabulously dressed lounge to do just this. That's where the Debenhams Chill Out Zone comes in. Kitted out top to toe with Debenhams furnishings and accessories, you're guaranteed somewhere to get that perfect Instagram shot, even if you do have to push me out of the way to get it... 

I'm particularly interested in the Debenhams Chill Out Zone because, after eleven years (and six months of house selling palavers) I AM FINALLY MOVING HOUSE. This means predominantly that I need to CHILL OUT but also that it's a good time to be perusing interiors ready for when we finally get through the front door. in fact, I'm already rather taken by this Palm Leaf Ceiling Light....

If all of his isn't enough, Debenhams will also be dressing some of the gorgeous male models with their Big & Tall range, so they truly are the gift that keep giving this CFF!

Not already got your tickets? (WHY NOT?!?!) 

I have two standard tickets from the team at CFF to give away. All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter instructions below. Winners will be announced Friday 25th August - GOOD LUCK FRIENDS! 

Em x


Rethinking What Feels Good - The Cropped Jumpsuit

I really should have written this post ages ago but I didn't. The reasons for this are multiple but basically come down to the fact that I'm craving a holiday so hard that even just looking at myself having a nice time in the sun is like a knife to my sun-starved heart.

Jumpsuit - Warehouse (Similar)
Wrap Sandals - Simply Be
Earrings - Zara (Similar)
I love me a good jumpsuit. Whenever there's an event where I want to feel put together, I find myself a good jumpsuit, some cracking earrings and a pair of heels and I feel fabulous all night. This year I took two away on holiday with me - The unspeakably useful wide legged Farrah jumpsuit from Joanie Clothing (£24 in the sale right now) and this cropped leg, tie waist jumpsuit from Warehouse.


I think everyone has one piece of clothing that they want to love but that they just don't feel mega sexy in and this jumpsuit is it - It clings to my bum, it clings round my front lady pouch and the neckline has the potential to make my bosom look distinctly matronly, but here is the (big) but; It is comfortable, it is practical, it goes with heels just as well as it goes with trainers - It's basically an incredibly useful and versatile item to take on holiday. in fact, by the time I got back I'd decided to slot it into my corporate work wardrobe. I think I've started to realise that it's ok to not always feel sexy and that there's just as much value in feeling comfortable. 


I'm really in to the stitched in belt detail as I mentioned in my last post, it just adds to the practicality element. I'd say that Warehouse sizing is on the smaller size - An 18 fits me really well. For these pictures, we were on our way out for a nice meal so I wore it with my wrap around sandals and some banging Zara earrings - Seriously, I don't even bother with anywhere else for statement jewellery any more, Zara have it in the bag. You will see that I also accesorised with a beautiful tone of sunburn - Please people, learn from my constant errors this year and go for more rather than less with the lotion. My skin is still looking horrendous more than a month later - It's not big and it's definitely not clever. 


Looking at this last picture, I think I actually quite like how my butt looks... I should take more rear view shots...
Em x


Bright As A Button - Arched Eyebrow x Navabi

This is a really special blog post, in that it's not every day I get to show off an item designed by one of my very special pals. Today is that day. 

Belted Shirt Dress - Arched Eyebrow x Navabi
Leopard Courts - Simply Be (Similar
When Navabi announced that they would be hooking up with plus size influencers to create three capsule wardrobes, we all knew that something special was afoot. Just imagine the excitement when they then announced that one of those influencers was the frankly incredible Bethany Rutter of Arched Eyebrow. Now Bethany is probably one of the most talented people I know so it stands to reason that she be able to design banging clothes, though I don't think anyone could have imagined just how stunning this range was going to be. Arched Eyebrow x Navabi is a riot of block colours, utilising classic tailoring and modern sillhouettes to give us a range so rarely seen in plus size ranges. 


The obvious thing that drew me to the belted dress was the colour - It is the most perfect green. Bright but not fluorescent, block but not boring. The next eye-catcher was the button shape - The most fabulous 80s detailing, glossy black triangles which, remarkably, actually make them really easy to fasten - Who'da thunk it?!? Then the mega long, mega wide belt which is stitched in at the seams so it won't fall off or move about and is just the one of the best fashion design features in the world in my opinion - You are always pulling the dress in at the right place meaning that the buttons don't pull and the seams sit in exactly the right place.

I'm wearing a 16 here and the fit is PERFECT. There's plenty of room around the bust and the straight cut shape means that you can pull it in as tight or loose as you like with with the belt. The length is spot on for me, just below the knee, meaning I can wear it to work with courts or ankle boots and still look like a business bitch. I genuinely cannot see this dress being off my body when Winter sets in. The long (incredibly well made in terms of movement!) sleeves and thick fabric make it a wardrobe staple for the colder months and for this reason, and this reason alone, I cannot wait for them to start. . 


There are so many other pieces of this range I'd love to get on my body, not least the incredible blue wool mix coat. I feel like this dress was made for me and reckon everyone who wears one of the Arched Eyebrow x Navabi items will feel the same way - There has been so much thought put into this range and it really shows. Bethany you have absolutely smashed it and I hope we get to see more...
Em x


Intoxicated By You....

Now it's time for something a little sexy. Well at least *I* think it's sexy, you may think otherwise in which case I DO NOT CARE because sexy is in the eye of the beholder and my eyes say it is. 

Intoxicate Balcony Bra* - Scantilly
Intoxicate High Waist Brief*- Scantilly 
This frankly perfect set is the Intoxicate by Scantilly, who you will know as Curvy Kate's sexy sister brand. Earlier this year I shared their beautiful best seller Peek-a-boo to great response so I was over the moon when they sent me this beauty. With sheer mesh cups and delicate eyelash cups, I was already head over heels before I'd got it on my body. 


I love the tie details on both the bra and the briefs - It's sexy without being full bondage which is important to me because in all honesty, chains and whips do not excite me but chips and dips do. It also allows you to get exactly the right fit with not gaping or digging in. The design is just so well thought through, making it both beautiful and functional - Something I will always, always love about Scantilly. 


My wonky bosom means that bras are always a bit too big in one cup (Which you my notice in the pictures) but it's infinitely better than double boob innit? With fit, I only really wear Curvy Kate, Scantilly and Freya nowadays (I swear there is nothing more comfortable) so it's really tricky for me to give you a comparison but I can say I'm a 34FF in pretty much everything but swimwear and that's what I'm wearing here with an XL in the brief (PERFECT fit on me) 

The detailing on the new Scantilly pieces is just stunning - If you wear between a DD and HH I urge you to have a nosy. You won't be disappointed. 
Em x
*Denotes items gifted to me, all views are mine because I'm that kinda guy.


Falling Back In Love With Fashion

We all lose our mojo sometimes. We get stuck in fashion ruts, we fall out of love with our beautiful bodies, we dont see ourselves the way that other people do. Then just as soon as you've lost it, you can find it again. AND I HAVE FOUND IT. 

Tie Front Blouse* - Lovedrobe
Mum Jeans - H&M
Shoes - Topshop (Similar
I really really enjoyed taking the pictures for this post because I actually felt great. Genuinely great (Hence the title of the post!) and a lot of that came from shaking up my wardrobe just a little bit. Up until last week I had managed to let peasant blouses pass me by, now all of a sudden I have three... (How do these things happen?!?) but with luxe embroidery, shirring and tassels this Lovedrobe number is definitely my favourite. It sits so beautifully and is really grown up, even with just a pair of ripped jeans. 


The top is an 18 and fits me like a glove. I'm sure a 16 would have been great too but with this style, the idea is that it's loose isn't it? So I'm going to say go for true to size. It's actually on offer at the moment for £28 and I cannot get across to you just how good value this is for such a well made blouse - I can see this in my wardrobe for years to come. 


These jeans are SO far from anything else I have - Highwaisted, ripped (I think the term is actually "trashed" when they're this ripped?!?) AND cropped. Bonkers but I just love them. They're and H&M size 44 which I believe is an 18. I haven't fit into an H&M 18 since I was a real world size 12 so this is, once again, evidence that you should always try things where you can. In fact, I'm reluctant to shop as much with H&M because it REALLY grates that they don't stock a wider size range in-store, this said (jeeeeez I'm fickle) there's so much more online - I managed to find heaps of styles I never imagined would be available in 18/20/22. So yes -  My morals can be turned by a green jumpsuit...


I'm sincerely hoping that this post is the first of many where you see me smiling and really really meaning it!

Em x
* Denotes items gifted for review - All views are my own. 


Floral Fancy with Yours Clothing

Ok, I said I was going to do a five minutes post but the words just aren't coming out of my fingers from inside of my head SO LOVELY PRETTY MAXI DRESS IT IS! 

Bardot Maxi Dress* - Yours Clothing 
Please play the Little House On The Prairie theme tune in your head whilst you view these pictures, I'm SO gutted I couldn't find a hill of tall grasses to run down but, with the number of bones I've broken since I've started this blog, I think it's very much for the best. This Yours Clothing dress is one of those lovely floaty light floral dresses that always looks good on other people but not me EXCEPT THIS ONE DOES. 


I can only put the success down to the fact that the shape is loose yet the elasticated ruching, which starts at the top and extends to the waist, offers just a enough structure for my liking - plus it keeps the dress from falling off which is nice. 

SO. Maxi Dresses. They generally aren't are they? Especially not on me. I probably wouldn't class this one as maxi either, rather a long midi BUT I recently learnt that maxi dresses are tricky, especially light coloured ones on freshly cut grass - You get a weird green ombre effect and then when you wash them they just end up looking sad and grey and a bit like something Miss Havisham might wear. So long midi is just A-okay with me. Also, I quite like not wearing shoes. Mainly because I have broken toes but partly because I'm a raging hippie at heart.


I'm wearing a 16 here which is absolutely perfect so my advice would be to buy true to size, unless you're between sizes, in which case size down because life's generally easier when your dress doesn't fall down in my opinion. 

If you're in the market for an "all occasion" Summer dress, Yours have some fabulous  maxi dresses right now - I'm a big fan of this long sleeved number on gorgeous Jess and Poppy looks INCREDIBLE in this bardot. 
Em x 

*Denotes item gifted for review - All the word shiz and opinion things come from my own head.