Clash Of The Monochrome, War Of The Print

Who says that you can’t mix prints? Well I quite like doing it and I think this combo from Junarose and Simply Be is a great example. I love monochrome and I think it’s a safer option when experimenting with mixing prints together. First of all the Junarose Lana Cardigan is a perfect autumn cover up. It’s a long length and is so versatile it can be work with almost anything! It’s soft and light weight and is great to pop on and wrap you up in as the evening gets colder. It has an almost aztec Jacquard print too it. Quite simple but still a statement piece. Everyone needs some knitwear like this in their wardrobe. (It’s also available in sizes 14 – 26)

Junarose Cardigan

Junarose Friends

Junarose Knitwear - Pretty Big Butterflies

Last year I was a mega fan of shirts and skater skirts. It’s so easy for me to wear to work but makes me feel good and is pretty good on the style stakes. This is the new printed ‘crackle’ shirt from the LOOK Magazine collection at Simply Be.  (I did a blog post on some of the new range recently… it really is awesome!) It’s actually really soft and comfortable. I wore a black cami underneath and tucked it into my PU skater skirt also from Simply Be perfectly. It would really match some black skinny jeans and is an instant splash of stylishness. the perks of this shirt is that because it has a softer feel the buttons don’t pull and gape so much. I would say that the fit is on the snug size and I would personally say to size up if you have larger arms like me. I really like this shirt with the sleeves rolled up… it’s just one of those things!

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Plus Size Stylish Shirt

I love how easy this outfit is and it’s almost a small capsule collection within itself. Just throw in some jeans and that a couple of days outfits right there!  On another notes, I am seriously loving autumn. The colours just seem to be amazing this year. I’d be quite happy if the seasons stopped and just left me here.

Crackle Print Shirt - Plus Size Blogger

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The Luxe Bedroom Edit

I had a pretty epic weekend guys. I have to admit I went a little crazy and I’ve sort of order a whole new bedroom! (Almost) I had a good excuse though, my bed broke (Ask no questions I tell you no lies!) and I really needed to get a new one. So I thought I’d go all out and I’ve ordered a Super King size bed. Woohoo! I’m currently just sleeping on a mattress for a week until it’s delivered but I’m going to feel like a queen when it arrives! It has a huge soft charcoal coloured headboard and it’s quite majestic. Of course I chose an epic mattress, I was considering a memory foam mattress from Dormeo so I can feel like the princess and the pea, without being uncomfortable! I also accidentally ordered some beautiful bedroom furniture in a vintage cream design. I ordered a large chest, a mirror which turns it into a dressing table and some bedside drawers. I can’t wait for them all to arrive. Obviously I know can’t help but look for bedroom accessories. I plan on turning my bedroom into my sanctuary.  So here is my luxe bedroom edit.

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1. Pink Magnolias From Next – My flat is too hot for real flowers, they literally wilt overnight, so these faux flowers are perfect.

2. Bird Parade Gold Fabric – Hillarys do these amazing fabrics and I’d love curtains and pillows to be made out of this. How gorgeous is this print!

3. Catherine Lansfied LOVE cushion – It is a bedroom after all! Argos always has little quirky things like this cushion and it’s these small details that I love.

4. Maddie Table Lamp – This shabby chic lamp is just gorgeous. It’s from House of Fraser and would just lift the room. Would work lovely with the fabric above as well don’t you think?

5. Ivory Chateau Chair Willis & Gambier – Now this is a little piece of luxury from Debenhams. Imagine sitting on this peacefully reading a book, or in my case scrolling through instagram. A little piece of heaven I’d say!

6. Mirror Framed Rose Next– This is a set of 2 and I think this wall art would complement the room beautifully. The soft floral drifts around the room and these would just add the finishing touch.

7. Blackberry & Bay Jo Malone Home Candle – I have to have a lovely fragranced bedroom. It makes walking into the room a delight in itself and like I said, this will be my sanctuary.

Other than my bed which has already been dismissed from the house, the other stuff I need to get to my mums. I was recommended Eco Movers as a man and van type thing. So I may give them a go (recommendations welcome folks!) I love getting new furniture; everything is so fresh and clean. Almost like a new start. I’m going to use it as a way to really minimalise and sort out everything I have. (I’m a hoarder for clothes and make up!)  Plus, it means I get to window shop and do things like this luxe bedroom edit. I want it all!

Clothes Made To Measure – RAUES

Most people would love a celebrity lifestyle. I mean everything is a perfect fit when you’re a celeb right? Your food is cooked to the highest standard with the best ingredients, your wine is the finest and your home incorporates the most luxurious of items. That’s not without mentioning the custom, made to fit clothing that they are privileged with. If only…. Well hold on a second. Maybe it IS my time to feel like a celebrity with the help of RAUES. Let me explain, RAUES are a US based online custom clothing company which ships worldwide. That means while I’m sitting in London, I can be getting an outfit made especially for me. Even better, the prices are great, the service is amazing and the end result, well it’s pretty perfect. Let me explain…

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The process of ordering from RAUES is REALLY simple. At first it looked a bit daunting, but you soon get in the swing of things and it takes 10 minutes max. You have to create an account and input your body measurements. They ask for everything, as they can’t be there in person, you obviously need to provide this. You then choose which item you would like created to fit your body measurements and then the BEST part for me, is that you can choose the design options! You can let them know what length sleeves you would like, the length of the item, the neck line, the fit and the list goes on.

RAUES Custom clothing

 I chose this gorgeous Chloe top because the print is bright and perfect for autumn. I liked the zip design and that it’s a peplum shape. If you read my blogs you should know that my problem area is my arms. But knowing that this top was made to measure, it fitted PERFECT. The jersey fabric was soft and fits like a glove and the length is perfect for a peplum. If you are taller you can order a longer length, if you’re petite you can make it shorter. This is the joy of tailored clothing. I quite like the Chloe top because I can mix it between a top and a jacket and did I mention it fits like it was made for me!

Made to measure clothing UK

In terms of delivery, RAUES state 4-6 weeks. But I have to say, mine arrived super quick, it actually arrived within a week! No being funny, but I can order standard clothes from the UK and it takes longer!  The standard shipping price to the UK is $20.00 via Fedex which is actually incredibly reasonable and they offer free returns to a UK address so you don’ need to worry about expensive postage if you need anything changed. You can check the FAQ here which gives you more information. The top came delivered in a gorgeous package. Wrapped lovely which made it even more exciting and the box (inside a box) wasn’t even dented considering the fast delivery.

RAUES Delivery

The overall experience of using RAUES was really beyond compare. The top tha I received really did fit like a glove, it was made to a great spec, I’ve washed it a few times now and there have been no loose stiches or glitches. Plus their customer service is spot on!

RAUES made to measure clothing

If you want to feel as special as a celebrity (and you SHOULD feel that way) then you can get a very nice 15% off. All you have to do is like the RAUES facebook page and then register on the site. They’ll then send you your code! 

Keeping Up With The Dickins & Jones

I don’t know about where you are but London has suddenly hit rainy season. It hasn’t stopped pouring down for the past few days. I know autumn has hit us relatively quickly but I feel unprepared for the rain! The one thing that could easily save you from the traumas of rain is this rather preppy Dickins & Jones Parka Jacket. It’s that perfect light weight but warm jacket that’s perfect for the transition in seasons as well as looking sharply casual. It also has a hood which is great for bouncing the rain off but is light so doesn’t make you feel like you’re in the midst of winter. Just what I needed this weekend!

Dickins & Jones

House Of Fraser Plus Size

It’s a really soft coat that has a cute navy blue and white spot print on the outside with a gorgeous padded forest green on the inside. Lots of drawstrings for added comfort. This is my relax, get up and go everyday style jacket. A pair of ripped jeans and trainers are just the perfect pairing. This jacket only goes up to a 20, I would have loved it to go to a 22 but considering, it’s quite generous. I can do it up fine and I have lots of space to move around. Usually my arms are an issue but not in this parka.

Plus size rain coat

House Of Fraser rain coat

This jacket is available from Dickins & Jones at House of Fraser; they have some lovely items which are perfect for this season. The pieces in their range vary from size 8 to 26.

Plus Size Parka coat

Dickins & Jones House Of Fraser

A perfect autumn savior, warm, light, comfortable and great with jeans and trainers. You know this is going to around for a while!  A parka always floats my boat!

What coats or jackets are floating your boat this Autumn?

Making Autumn Work

Although I love the cooler weather, sometimes I find the transition from Summer to Autumn a little tricky, mainly when it gets really cold. The cooler evenings I can manage and I love layering, but when it gets quite chilly, I sometimes find jumpers too bulky and it turn me into the incredible hulk. But, I have to say, I think that Yours Clothing have just convinced me otherwise. This knitted long sleeve jumper is quite a winner for numerous reasons. It’s a gorgeous deep purple colour, It’s a great length (Sometimes jumpers are just WAY too short on me!) and it’s quite stretchy so I don’t feel restricted. It’s a thick jumper but with the feel of a light weight piece so it’s really comfy and perfect for layering too which is always a winner. It’s a versatile piece of clothing that you just have to have ready for the chill in the air.

YOURS Clothing jumper

Autumn workwear

 I need outfits like this for work on the chillier days so I opted to put a crisp white shirt underneath and pop a large statement necklace on just to give it a little something sparkle. I love a bit of sparkle. This necklace is great because the chain is wide enough enough to pop over my head but also quite thick which makes it really easy to position under my shirt collar. A chunky necklace always works well with a think autumn jumper.

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Yours Clothing statement necklace

This jumper is perfect paired with some comfy super stretchy high waist jeans (which are vital for the colder weather as leggings just don’t cut it for me where ther e’s ice about!) and ankle boots… of course.  It’s such a simple look but one that I can wear to work in autumn, keeping me warm but still looking and feeling great. Just to add, this jumper is available 6 different colours, one for every day of the week and then you get a PJ day… right?

LOOK – It’s Check & Orange

If you follow me on Instagram or twitter you would have seen that I attended the launch of the second Look Magazine collection for Simply Be at their gorgeous new Oxford Street Store. It was great to chat with the Look ladies and find out their opinions on the Autumn and Winter trends. I also got to meet the lovely Gabi Fresh who not surprisingly loved the collection as much as I did. But I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the new pieces and there was something that was really catching my eye. I literally tried it on and didn’t want to take it off. It is of course the grid design check coat. It’s a duster style lightweight coat that was literally calling my name. The navy blue is a key colour for this season and it’s such a statement piece but clean cut. The front pockets, large sleeves and collar. You know, the plus size fashion I’ve been wanting for ages!

Look Magazine For Simply Be

Simply Be Dust Jacket

I finally got my hands on it and it’s become my little baby. Seriously it will be my coat for most of the Autumn and it will be coming back out in Spring. I also loved another gem from the new LOOK collection and that’s this bright orange shirt dress. At first I thought woah! I have red hair and orange could look a bit off key, but I LOVE it, especially matched with the check coat. It’s a match made in heaven. The dress feels really thick and would be great in the chillier months with thick tights and knew length boots. The pretty pearl button gives it a vintage twist and is really all you need. I found that this dress didn’t need a statement necklace, the simplicity of the cut but boldness of the colour did it all. Both the dress and coat are available in sizes 10-26.

Look Magazine Clothing Collection

Look Plus Size Fashion

Finally, I wore some of my favourite Chelsea ankle boots at the moment (which are currently in the sale!) They are wide fitting with elasticated sides making for a super comfy fit. They have a bit of grip on the sole too so know sliding around in the rain or snow.

Plus Size Vintage Style Dress

Plus Size Ankle Boots

This is one of my favourite outfits and I couldn’t wait to show you the pieces together, the entire new Look  Collection really has some key details running through it which means that it’s a great capsule collection. The oranges and navy colour- ways are apparent, so are the lovely structural pieces that can be hard to find in plus size. I liked the first collection… I LOVE this second collection.

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All Styled Up – Debenhams A/W Style Challenge

Wiggle wiggle, Wiggle Wiggle. What am I doing? I’m dancing in my seat as I type because I’m excited. Why am I excited? Because it’s Autumn ya’ll! I love this season. It’s full of lush colours, textures and of course a whole new wardrobe! (Or at least bringing out the old one!) Well, as window shopping for autumn wear is currently one of my favourite pass times I was a little excited when I came across the Debenhams Style challenge. Right up my street! I’m doing this blog post in collaboration with my lovely and stunning friend Stephanie from Nerd About Town, who is doing the other half of the style challenge with me!

This is the outfit I have created from 1 of 6 trends that Debenhams are embracing this season. This is the outfit I have styled for myself and is the Pastel Palette. Pastels were all over spring and summer and it’s great that you can choose a few new warmer pieces yet incorporate your current wardrobe. Always a bonus. I love pastels because they are perfect for laying and can work for any occasion. The Brogues are just gorgeous, I mean they are a perfect statement piece whether you wear them to work or play. Plus let’s be honest, with the rain and snow we all need some fashionable flats. Plus… just check out that coat….

Autumn Pastels At Debenhams

1.Betty Jackson Wool Blend Coat, 2. Floozie By Frost French Brogues, 3. Betty Jackson.Black Pleat Shirt, 4. Red Herring Batchel 5. Essie Mint Candy Apple Nail Polish

Then it was time to style up Stephanie. The thing about this girl is her skin is just amazing! I mean when Beyoncé sang flawless, she should have just put Stephanie’s face right there. She pulls off bright colours amazingly and as it’s an autumn and winter style challenge I know she will radiate the Pinks & Berries trend. The coat is a gorgeous deep pink colour and the textured jumper will keep Stephanie warm and on trend. The berry hue also matches the boots just to add a little edge. As Stephanie is a classy lady, I added some pretty statement earrings just to add a little bit of bling. Once again… look at the coat!

Debenhams Pinks & Berries Autumn Style1. J by Jasper Conran Cocoon Coat, 2 Principles by Ben de Lisi Earrings 3. H by Henry Holland Eyelash Knit Jumper  4. H by Henry Holland Panel High Ankle Boots 5. Jasper Conran Super Stretch Skinny Jeans 6. MAC All Fired Up Lipstick

I have to say that Debenhams are seriously ready for the change in season and their trends are pretty on point. Just by looking at the above my wardrobe could do with a cold weather overhaul. I have my eye on all of these items… they are just too good to miss.

What’s your Autumn Style? Could you work with these two?

Hillarys At The Harbour With House Beautiful

I love collaboration, whether it is fashion, music or any other form of entwining creative juices. So it isn’t a surprise that I was intrigued with the new collaboration between House Beautiful Magazine and Hillarys. That, mixed with still sourcing interior ideas for my first flat that still resembles a slight bachelor pad (I need some colour!) left me pretty interested when I was invited to lovely event;  Hillarys At The Harbour.

Hillarys

Held in the gorgeous Chelsea Harbour hotel (yes the views are amazing), I had a chance to meet with team behind Hillarys; who you should recognise for their beautiful curtains and blinds. After some chit chat with other friendly bloggers, some prosecco and canapés the fun began. It was lovely being able to see the rich fabric up-close and personal; the House Beautiful collaboration definitely encompasses texture, colour and a real diversity of fabrics. The thing that I REALLY found interesting was the mood boards. Hillarys don’t just stitch a few bits together and create some curtains. NO WAY! The mood boards were amazing. The trend research takes 18 months; while it isn’t as quick as the fashion industry it’s sure as intense.

Chelsea Harbour Hotel

Hillarys Mood Board

Hillarys really take on board global influences from different cultures, environments and surroundings.  They have found eclectic looks that they can take pieces from and match it up with fabrics that really take the essence of these pieces of research. This collaboration with House Beautiful features lots of block printing, jacquard weaving and a Baroque design. Lots of the material has a herringbone weave flowing through it and the detail that goes into the designs is incredible. It makes the fabric feel and look luxurious and that little bit more personalised. This range has a collection of 21 fabrics over 3 colour ways so there is something for everyone.

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Sarah Quilliam is the head of product design as Hillary’s and I have to say she was one of the loveliest ladies I have ever met. She really believes in the brand and that came across in heaps and bounds. She was really knowledgeable and gave me some great depth to Hillarys and how the brand works. She also allowed me to take home this gorgeous cushion in the sumptuous Baroque ink design. The colours are intense but almost relaxing. I love this print as a statement piece in a room mixed with some of Hillarys others textures and designs. The deep colours in this almost hypnotise me and I felt really lucky that I was allowed to take it home. (Thank you Sarah!) I am now going to work my front room around this cushion. Slowly but surely.

Sarah Quilliam Baroque Ink

Pretty Big Butterflies Hollie

The new Hillarys and House Beautiful range is available now and this event had really made me appreciate the work and creativity that goes into finding the designs, that’s before they even start thinking about going to your house and making curtains and blinds that work for you. Hillarys is a friendly but modern brand and their tag line says it all ‘make a window, make a room‘.

I’m Feeling Hotter

London Fashion Week may seem like a long time ago but one event that is embedded in my mine was the Hotter private dinner, showcasing their gorgeous Autumn & Winter collection and providing us with a gorgeous dinner at Kettners in Soho.  On the last day of London Fashion Week, a group of bloggers and the Hotter team not only lusted after the surrounding shoes but even hot footed our way around Soho on a treasure hunt. I kid you not, we all rocked our Hotters footwear around Soho in competing teams competing challenges. From turning out bodies in the word STYLE to passing around the gorgeous Hotter shoes and the dinner table and testing their comfort concept.

Hotter Shoes

Hotter Comfort Concept

The dinner was stunning and as my team won (aptly named The Hotties) we were gifted with a bottle of bubble. Well done to my team of ladies Mayah, Donna and Sharon. The other team did include some gorgeous fashionistas such as Prince,  Leroy and Karen but unfortunately our team was just a little bit ahead and we won. Hooray!

Team Hotter

Prince & Leroy

As we got to get up close and personal with the shoes (yes I tested them to really feel the millions of air bubbles that fill the soles of hotter shoes) and just look at how durable they are, if that isn’t comfort I don’t know what is. The one thing I have to say about Hotter shoes is that their comfort concept really does mean that their shoes have cushioning, are flexible, light and with plenty of room around the toes.

Team Hotties

So imagine this, last day of London Fashion Week, running around London, hot, bothered and been on my feet all day. Blisters and a little cut to prove it. I get to the Hotter dinner and they want me to run around in some new Shawbury ankle boots. My feet were swollen and I literally thought this was going to be hell. Running around in leather boots, with no socks and swollen feet.  The outcome was inevitable… but WAIT! There is a different end to this story than expected. I have to admit, the boots were amazing! They are soft leather so didn’t rub; I had plenty of space for my swollen feet and (sorry to be graphic) but no sweaty bits!

Hotter blogger Dinner

The elasticated sides make the boots really comfortable and now when I put them on first thing in the morning they fit like a glove. The insides of these ankle boots and all Hotter shoes have cushioning, not the obvious pads that you can see, but hidden soft cushioning. It’s really very comfortable and means these boots really are made for walking. I can’t wait to grab some heels for work as I know their comfort concept will make a huge difference.

Hotter Blogger Dinner

A massive thank you to Hotter for a fun filled evening, a wonderful dinner and these beauties….

Hotter ankle boots

Hotter Shoes are available in sizes 3-9 and some are available in wide fit.

Awesome Tips For Berlin Fashion Week 2015

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From January 19th until January 21st the streets of Germany will be buzzing with fashionistas. Bloggers often overlook this fantastic fashion event, in favor of more popular fashion shows. Berlin has two fashion weeks throughout the year. The shows specialize in eco-fashion, plus size style and urban attire. If you get the chance to attend this awesome event, you must do so. There are always so many things to see at the events. There are new trends to see during the shows. When planning to visit Berlin for one of these shows, you must make sure that you make your arrangements in advance. The fashion weeks are wildly popular. That means that you may find it difficult to find places to stay and tickets if you book later. Before you plan your trip, here are some awesome tips to get you started.

Dress to impress every day

When you attend fashion week, you must always dress to impress. Yes, you will be on your feet all day long, but comfortable attire will stick out like a sore thumb. Before you go to Berlin, plan your outfits for each day. There are always journalists and bloggers at these events. That means that your chance of getting snapped by people is high. You need to look your best when attending events, so don’t let yourself down.

Find a hotel that’s cheap, yet central

You will likely be attending many events each day. That means that you will need to ensure you stay close to the city center. Look for hotel deals online before you book your trip. During the event, you will find that many of the hotels boost their prices. Book far in advance to save money. If you can check out Venere before you book any accommodation to compare hotel prices.

If you can’t get in, blag it

How good are your blagging skills? You can get tickets for most of the main events at Berlin Fashion Week, but some will be exclusive and guest-list-only affairs. You want to see as much of the event as possible. Blagging your way into the event is the key to your success. Say that your name should be on the list and give it some amateur dramatics. It might just get you through the door.

Use the underground

When traveling around the city, you should use the underground. You will waste a lot of money on cabs if you don’t invest in an underground ticket. Whilst using the public transport, take in some of the crazy street art in the city. You will notice loads of graffiti both on the city streets and the underground walls.

Take inspiration from the eco-fashion

Berlin Fashion Week specializes in eco-fashion. When you see the eco-catwalks, remember to take some inspiration. As a planet, we spend too little time worrying about the environment. Eco-style is sure to be the future of fashion all over the world. Make notes about the materials designers use and take loads of photos.

See some last-minute sights

Whilst in Berlin, it is important that you see some sights. You may only have a few days in the city, but you will want to take in some tourism whilst you are there. See the remains of the Berlin Wall and the Museum Island. Give yourself some time between shows and events to take in the sights of the city. You will be glad you did.

Blog, blog, blog

When you’re at fashion week, you need to be blogging all the time. It is no good waiting until you get home to write your blogs. Instead, take your laptop or tablet with you and blog on the go. People follow you online to see the latest news. Giving people the scoop on the events a week later just won’t do.