Monday, 28 January 2013

Five Good Things

1. It was my friend, Robyn's birthday last week. She's having a bit of a tough time lately and wasn't feeling overly enthused about her birthday so I threw her a little surprise tea party at the weekend. She was all smiles and scones which pleased me greatly. It was a good little practise for me and my developing tea party business too! (Unfortunately though all my crockery is being stored at my mum's house for the time being so I only had my personal trios to hand.)


2. I absolutely adore winter. I love the cold, I love having an excuse to wear everything woolly and I love the snow. I was feeling a bit blue at the back end of last week which was a shame because I did want to spend a bit of time wandering around the village in the snow but I couldn't muster up the motivation. Fortunately though my garden (and the cats!) provided more than enough snowy entertainment. 


3. Although I don't have the funds to be buying new clothes right now I've stumbled upon so many new plus size clothing companies lately. It's so, so lovely to be seeing more vibrant, fun and attractive designs instead of the usual frumpy, oversized, uninspiring rubbish. If only I could win the lottery! (Also, just FYI, my birthday is 2nd April... :D)


4. In the week between Christmas and New Year Mr D and I made it our mission to clear out our two spare rooms. In March we'll have lived here for two years and there was still that one, sad cardboard box waiting to be unpacked. I can't even explain how satisfying it was to go through everything and be ruthless with throwing stuff out. We ended up making three trips to the tip! Now our guest room is all pretty and looks far more inviting and our smallest spare room is ready and waiting for me to paint it and turn it into my blogging/sewing/crafting room. Having a tidier, less cluttered house has made me appreciate being at home far more. 


5. My mum and I have been going to the ballet together every year for as long as I can remember. We made our annual visit last week and it was double-y special because not only is it a tradition I cherish, we hadn't seen each other for a couple of weeks so I was really looking forward to spending some quality mummy/daughter time. The ballet wasn't as fabulous as I was expecting (which was disappointing because the Moscow City Ballet company is my favourite) but it was still a really lovely evening out. 


I hope you've had some good, positive things happen in the last few weeks too!

Love,
Mrs D x




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Sunday, 27 January 2013

OOTD - Flowery Feet!

I love snow but I also like my routine and this week there has too much of the former and not nearly enough of the latter. So in order to rid the onset of cabin fever, my hairy husband and I decided to go to the pub for lunch today. This gave me the perfect opportunity to debut my beautiful new Barratts boots!



I'm rubbish when it comes to sensible, weather-appropriate shoes so I was over the moon when Barratts offered me a pair of boots to keep my feet warm. I went for these vintage-esque floral boots which aren't something I'd normally wear but they're so pretty and do their job very well. 

Are you good with winter footwear or do you like to indulge in a little trench-foot by wearing silly ballet flats that soak up the tiniest bit of water?

Love,
Mrs D x



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Saturday, 26 January 2013

Evans Shape Studio

My biggest and most important resolution this year is to stop letting my anxiety get in the way of doing things I really want to do. Last year my anxiety got the better of me on multiple occasions and I had to decline invitations to some really exciting events which was upsetting.

However when I received the email inviting me to Evans HQ in London to spend the day browsing the SS13 collection something in me snapped in a very good way! I really really wanted to go; it was such a good opportunity and for the first time in a long time I felt able to do it.

So, last Thursday I hopped onto a train to London completely on my own! I met up with Becky from MrsBeBe blog at the other end who only helped me feel calmer. We thought we had ages but thankfully she is as good at talking as I am (:D) so once we'd had a bit of lunch and wandered round Primark it was time to head over to the Arcadia HQ.

Something that really stood out was how incredibly warm and friendly the Evans lot are. They made me feel so welcome and seemed genuinely excited about the afternoon ahead. And rightly so because it was brilliant! We were pampered with free flowing bubbly that was topped up before I even noticed it was empty most of the time (thanks Tom!), delicious canapes, the opportunity to have our hair and make-up tweaked, a professional photographer on hand and most importantly, the upcoming SS13 collection.

I was talked through the collections by the lovely Carina. I got to have a nose at the new pieces from Collection, Alex Monroe, Live Unlimited and Scarlett & Jo, all of which will be available from February onwards. I'll be honest and say I'm really fussy with clothes. I like what I like and unfortunately it's usually quite difficult to find on the high street but there were a few key pieces within all the collections that I loved as well as a few that made me want to try something a little different.

There was one dress though that definitely took the limelight for most people and it was this beauty from Scarlett & Jo.
CallieBethany and Georgina
As soon as I saw it on the rail I desperately wanted to try it on but it's so very far apart from anything I own. It took around 5 glasses of wine before I would try it on and as soon as I had it on, I really, really didn't want to take it off!


It took another 3 glasses before these were taken but I never, ever would have stepped in front of the camera if it weren't for Caroline. She was so kind and encouraging without being pushy like most people are when it comes to things like that. She told me I needed to see myself how everyone else was seeing me which was just such a wonderful thing to say because doing that broke down a big barrier for me. I'm fine having my husband take my photo at home but to do it where other people can see me with lights on me and no cat to hide behind, that's something different! However, once the first couple of photos were taken, I bloody loved it. I want to do it again and again! Caroline, you've created a monster... 

Caroline and I in our Dolores dresses!

On a personal level it was a big day for me. I proved to myself that I can do it and that it's not as terrifying as I think it's going to be. Yes, things are going to be a little scary sometimes but if I can just get over that initial panic, I am going to get to do things that make me so happy! I got to meet so many beautiful women, some of whom I felt I already knew and some I didn't. If there's one thing that is apparent within the plus size community it's how incredibly supportive and friendly everyone is. I can honestly say I've never met such a genuinely lovely group of women so I owe Evans a big, big thank you for arranging the day and making it such a massive success! 

And on a less personal, more YAY PRETTY CLOTHES level, there are some brilliant things coming from Evans so watch out! Expect lots of beautiful patterns, lace trims and general prettiness. Goodbye frumpy tunics, hello sexiness!

A few photos...


WendyBeckyRivkie and Danielle.
Becky and myself.


The gorgeous Callie and myself.
Having my make-up re-touched.

Love,
Mrs D x



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Friday, 18 January 2013

OOTD - ASOS Curve

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with ASOS Curve; everything on there is so pretty but being on the tall side I often find things come up a little short on me so it makes me grumpy! I hadn't bought anything for ages but this dress was too cute for me to pass up so I gave it a go.


And what do you know, it's perfect! It's long enough to wear with thin-ish tights (if I had any clean ones...) and it even has elbow length sleeves so I don't need the cardigan. I know it's small things but I never seem to be able to find dresses that are a) long enough or b) have sleeves!

Now, who wants to buy me it in teal? 

Love,
Mrs D x

ps. I was lucky enough to have spent yesterday at Evans HQ trying on some bits from the SS13 collection and schmoozing with fellow plus-size bloggers! Keep your eyes peeled for a post all about it next week :) 




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Friday, 11 January 2013

NYE & NYD Outfits

This is long overdue...11 days overdue infact! This was my New Year's Eve outfit. We spent it as we have for the last few years, at our friend's parents' house. They have an annual party with food, lots and lots of wine and the most incredible firework display courtesy of our friend.


My dress is from Simply Be and is one of my favourites. It doesn't do my shape any favours because the waist is a little too high but it's one of the comfiest dresses I own, plus it's good for swooshing!


And for your viewing pleasure; my chubby face. 


We only surfaced on New Year's Day to go and have lunch in the pub with our friends. I was feeling a little worse for wear so put something cosy but pretty on, threw my hair up and left my make-up minimal. 


I love this Gok Wan for Sainsburys jumper. I picked it up in their post-Christmas sale for £12.50 and I've already worn it at least once a week. I love the art deco style fan pattern and the added sparkle makes it a bit prettier than a regular old jumper. 

Moley moley mole.

I have a lot of posts lined up and keep coming up with some brilliant bloggy ideas so expect more activity from me soon! 

Love, 
Mrs D x




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