Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Moving On Up!

I was trying to think of a cheery, motivational type title for this post and all I could come up with were the wise words of Heather Small, I'm sorry. 

This isn't going to be a detailed run down of my year finishing with unrealistic goals for next year but it is going to be something I want to look back on whenever I'm feeling marginally less fabulous than usual or when I feel like I need to *do* something. (Not in the sense of  'I've got a spare ten minutes, what can I do because that never, ever happens.)

And so, this year I will endeavour to:

1. Get out more, as in literally leave the house. Start walking to the post box at the end of the road instead of waiting to go to the post office. I could never do that sort of thing when I was unwell but even though I'm doing much better I still don't out of habit. I'd like to push myself a bit more with getting out and doing the things.

2. Spend more quality time with Mr D.

3. As part of number 2, go out for Sunday lunch in nice country pubs more often!

4. Put down my phone and actually focus on what I'm doing.

5. Wear more jeans.

6. Keep exercising. Not for weight reasons but for sanity and peaceful mind reasons.

7. Make more of an effort to visit non-local friends.

8. Get more tattoos! (Sorry mum.)

9. Keep on top of paperwork and filing important things.

10. Take better care of myself both physically and mentally.

Hopefully none of those are too unrealistic! What would you like to do in 2015?

Have a wonderful end of this year and start to the new one!

Mrs D x

2014 Quiz!

2012 and 2013

1. What did you do in 2014 that you'd never done before?
I got tattooed! Four times!

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I didn't really make any other than to make an effort to look after my skin a bit more which I definitely did. Not that it's made the slightest bit of difference! This year I resolve to stop comparing myself to other people and to spend more quality time with Mr D. I want to make a list of things I physically want to do rather than resolutions which I will put in a different post.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

We had two babies born in our group of friends this year! Both beautiful, healthy, happy girls who I am completely in love with.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, thankfully.

5. What countries did you visit?
The Netherlands with my tiny best friend to visit our tall best friend and her beardy husband. 

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

The same thing I wanted last year; a non-leaky ceiling! And for the brain stability I've gained to continue.

7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Not exact dates but mid-June when my beloved tiny best friend left for Canada which broke my heart a little bit.
My weekend spent in an Amsterdam garden drinking wines, eating crisps and singing in the sunshine (and filming it) with three of my favourite people.
My husband's birthday. We had a really simple weekend, we went and stayed in a hotel, went for a fancy dinner and had cocktails.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Starting university, sticking it out when it got taxing and generally making it through the first half of the year.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I can honestly say I don't regret anything or feel like I've failed at anything this year. Unpleasant things have happened but none of them were in my control. 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Serious bad mentals.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My new floors. I  am officially a grown up.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
As always my two fabulous best girls, Mr D and my mama. I can say hand on heart that if it weren't for all four of them I would not be here. It's a bold statement and I normally cringe when people say it but it's absolutely true,

13. Where did most of your money go?
On the house, and Modcloth.

14. What songs will always remind you of 2014?

Bears Den - Agape
Sam Smith - Stay With Me 

15. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Spending quality time with my hairy husband.

16. What do you wish you'd done less of?

Comparing myself to other people.

17. How did you spend Christmas?
I loved this Christmas. My tall best friend and her beardy husband came to stay with us for a few days before Christmas which was so, so lovely, I really loved having them here. Our village do a carol service on the square with fireworks on Christmas Eve every year (which always get me right in the feels) so after we went to that we had some people over for party food, cheesy music and boozes. We spent Christmas Day with my husband's family and then spend Boxing Day and the few days after with mine. It was all pretty wonderful. Except the tummy bug Mr D and I got, that was pretty grim!

18. Did you fall in love in 2014?
Yes, with our new fur baby, Opie. 

19. What was your favourite TV program?

Sons of Anarchy, The Fall, AHS: Freak Show aaaand Eastenders. I've really loved Eastenders this year and I'm not ashamed at all.  

20. What was the best book you read?
Cupcakes and Kalashnikovs. 

21. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Bears Den. 

22. What did you want and get?

To come out of my bad brain patch and get a bit more stability finally.

23. What did you want and not get?

A ceiling that doesn't leak. 

24. What was your favourite film of this year?
Interstellar, without a flippin' doubt. Incredible film!

25. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I was 27 but I cannot for the life of me recall my birthday at all. 

26. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Obviously better mental health. And perhaps giving in and hiring a cleaner earlier than I did because it has taken so much pressure off! 

27. What kept you sane?
Netflix, cinnamon buns and my Hoff botherers.

28. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Jamie Dornan, especially in The Fall. It was a new experience fancying a serial killer.

29. Who did you miss?

As always, my Amsterdam dwelling Victoria but now my Canada dwelling, Sinead too.
30. What does 2015 hold for you?

A new sofa, a holiday or two and a LOT of studying!

This was a little difficult to do because my recollection of the first six months of the year are very patchy. It sounds a bit scary but it's one of the things about brains I'm rather fond of! Mine has a wonderful habit of protecting me by not allowing me to remember the traumatic times until I'm absolutely ready to process them. Thanks, brain! 

I love doing these quizzes at the end of every year. I first started doing them about ten years ago on my LiveJournal so I have a good collection now! 

Mrs D x


Monday, 22 December 2014

Plus Size PJs

Pyjamas aren't something you see very often on fashion or style blogs but considering I spend approximately 74% of my life in them I thought it was about time to introduce them.

I have a touch of the Princess and the Pea syndrome and cannot sleep in pyjamas so mine are reserved for cosy evenings and lazy mornings, which incidentally I have rather a lot of. Pyjamas have to be comfortable, matching and cute and these Minnie Mouse 'jamas from Simply Be are all of those things. I'm not even slightly ashamed to say I love Minnie Mouse. Bow in her hair, polkadot dress, loud shoes...what's not to love?! 

Finding plus size pyjamas in cute cartoon prints is quite rare but Simply Be have quite a few including Betty Boop, Hello Kitty, 101 Dalmations and more Minnie Mouse. I really wish it was socially acceptable to wear pyjamas as regular clothes, really, really wish.

Mrs D x


Friday, 19 December 2014

Mental Health & Where to Find Help at Christmas

This time of year is magical; full of twinkling lights, Christmas music and people making an extra effort to be kind, but it also be really tough. 

This photo popped up on my Timehop this morning and it reminded me of the position I was in this time last year. I've mentioned before on my blog that I've struggled with my mental health for almost half my life now. There have obviously been all sorts of ups and downs and all over the places but this time last year I was in the midst of the worst episode of my life and weeks away from a serious breakdown. 

Mr D had started to notice my behaviour was a bit strange and that I wasn't coping very well around October so I did what years of therapy has told me to do and asked for some support. Despite having been in and out of secondary care for the last 13 years I was added to the waiting list and told to go away. As things got progressively worse I got increasingly determined to power through and just get on with it. I decided I could still do All The Things and part of that was hosting Christmas at our house for my family. Both my mum and Mr D tried to convince me that it wasn't a good idea but when I'm in that place I will not listen to anyone (see mum, I do admit you're right sometimes!) and ploughed on. 

It's difficult to explain but it's quite childlike behaviour; blind to consequences and being convinced that you're capable of anything. (Actually I'm not sure that's not just my entire personality rather than my mental health!) I genuinely had fun and enjoyed myself in whatever it was that I was doing but I had no concept of what it was doing to my brain. Inevitably though I would end up an exhausted, sobbing, crazy mess unable to move or do anything for the couple of days after. I think (but I can't remember too well) I may have even gone to some blog events and although I really, really enjoyed being there and was happy as larry at the time my brain didn't feel the same way.

Once the excitement and joy of Christmas and New Year had passed and I had nothing to occupy my mind with, it all came to the surface in a very unpleasant way. Fortunately for me my mum was at my house on the worst day so she took care of me then decided to come to stay with us for a few weeks. Between her and Mr D they kept a constant eye on me and I didn't have to go through it alone. Thanks to a medication change, some intense therapy and my mum's no nonsense attitude with the mental health services I've improved a lot over the year and feel like I've made serious progress.

As much as I love this time of year and Winter in general (and I really, really do) it's always a little bit difficult. End of term assignments and feeling like I still have tonnes to do for next week has left me feeling quite frazzled this week but I've taken a step back, prioritised and taken care of myself which is not something I've been able to do before. Stress is a big trigger for most people with any mental health issue and Christmas is the epitome of stress. It's incredibly easy to get overwhelmed and feel out of control.

As cliched and cheesy as it sounds, you are absolutely not alone. There is so much support to be accessed and although it's scary to pick up the phone or send an email saying 'help', it's scarier being alone with unpleasant thoughts. Just knowing that someone else knows how awful you're feeling can be comfort enough and often, a kind word from a stranger will do wonders. I've lost count of how many times a few simple tweets of support have made me feel that little bit less alone. It's scary being honest and for some people it's a very hard thing to do but in my experience honesty has only ever brought me love and support, whether it's from a stranger or someone close to me.

I'm not sure where I wanted this to go really and I've closed this window more times than I can count. I've listed some helplines and ways of getting some support online below, please feel free to copy and share it elsewhere.

Whatever you're doing this Christmas, be safe.

Mrs D x


Telephone: 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours a day)
Provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide. You can phone, email, write a letter or in most cases talk to someone face to face.
Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)
Web site:
Mind provides confidential mental health information services.
With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental distress, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind also has a network of nearly 200 local Mind associations providing local services.

Rethink Mental Illness Advice Line

Telephone: 0300 5000 927   (10am-2pm Monday to Friday)
Provides expert advice and information to people with mental health problems and those who care for them, as well as giving help to health professionals, employers and staff. Rethink also runs Rethink services and groups across England and Northern Ireland.


Telephone: 0845 767 8000 (6pm-11pm)
Saneline is a national mental health helpline providing information and support to people with mental health problems and those who support them.


ChildLine is a private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of nineteen. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor for free about anything - no problem is too big or too small. 


Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself. Elefriends is run by Mind. 

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Going Glam at the British Plus Size Awards

It's been a few weeks since the British Plus Size Awards happened but I've been snowed under with uni assignments and I haven't spent a weekend at home since the beginning of November so blogging has sadly slowed down a little. However, I have a few hours to myself this morning so I thought it was about time I showed you my outfit for the awards!

The awards were a black tie event which usually means a long dress. Long dresses do not look good on me; they're rarely long enough and I like a little volume around my hips otherwise my shape looks a little odd. Scarlett & Jo very kindly offered me their Embellished Velvet Dress to wear but when I tried it on it just didn't work for me and I wasn't comfortable looking so lumpy. I was quite heartbroken because it is honestly one of the most beautiful dresses I've ever seen, so luxurious and glam. I'm currently running a giveaway on my instagram to win this dress in a size 24, go and take a look!

Embellished blue velvet maxi dress

However, I'd had my eye on the Going Glam dress super blogger Nicolette Mason designed with Modcloth since it was teasingly added to the site three weeks before it was available for sale (why, Modcloth, why?!). When I showed it to people more than a couple of them said it was the perfect dress for me so it seemed silly not to give it a go!

I initially went for my usual s a size in all the items I've bought from Modcloth, a 3X (for reference, I'm a UK24) but it was a little too tight on my boobs so I sized up to a 4X which gave me some extra room for my three course meal. As the dress was satin I thought I'd go full on luxurious, swanky material and got myself a velvet shrug and shoes because who doesn't love a bit of velvet?

I desperately didn't want to wear black tights so knowing how well the All Woman tights from The Big Tights Company fit me, I gave their 'natural' tights in size 22-32 a go. The last time I wore nude tights that actually fit was my school leaving party in 2003 so I was a bit skeptical! I needn't have been though because as always with All Woman, they fitted perfectly. They stayed up all night without any need for lifting my dress over my head and hoiking them up in a classy fashion, nor did I get Nora Batty ankles.

Although my outfit was quite simple I felt flippin' fabulous in it. With my pin curled hair and having had my eye make-up done at Illasmasqua earlier in the day I felt so glamorous! 

I normally loathe photos of my laughing with my massive gob open but I really love this!

The lovely folk at Panache very kindly took Becky and I as their guests so we got to spend the night with this lovely pair, Jennie and Richard. How fancy do they both look?! Jennie's skirt was possibly the most beautiful skirt I had ever seen!

My favourite blog girls, BettyKateRivkie and Becky. These girls keep me laughing and breathe life into me when I'm feeling marginally less fabulous than usual. 

There was a real life red carpet which we all spent a significant amount of time posing on whilst the photographer, Betty's lovely husband Nicky (who also makes the fab Nicky Rocket tees!), patiently snapped away.

As most of you know I was up for Best Blog at the awards. I was so shocked when I found out I had been shortlisted, it was seriously overwhelming. Regardless of any issues people have with the event and organisation itself, being up for an award means people took the time and effort to nominate me and for that I want to say a huge thank you. I was amazed to be in a category with bloggers I respect so much and see as being far more established and successful than I am so being nominated in the first place was more than enough of an achievement for me. Although I didn't win I genuinely didn't feel a hint of disappointment because I lost out to the beautiful and inspiring Betty Pamper. Betty's blog was one of the first I ever read and she works so very hard on it so it was a well deserved win. Her posts are always full of sass and style and I'm insanely happy to call her my friend. Well done, B!

I love this photo! Especially my red lipstick mark on her face :D

Thank you again to everyone who nominated and voted for me, I love you all!

Mrs D x


Sunday, 30 November 2014

Plus Size Woolly Winter Tights

As soon as I got above a size 18 tights have been the bane of my life. I'm 5 ft 9, a size 24 with very wide, podgy hips, big thighs and calves and a smaller waist. Tights are either too short in the body and stop mid-hip so they fall down or they're too short in the leg and I get friction burns where the crotch is too low down (sexy, I know) or if they're long enough they're too big on my waist and hips and fall down as soon as I move. It's so irritating! A few months ago I went through my drawers and cleared out my tights; I had 17 pairs all of which had either tried on and immediately taken off or had never been worn. That's a lot of wasted money!

Fortunately for me, The Big Bloomers Company exist! They also have a sister site called The Big Tights Company, both of which sell a huge range of tights from a size 20 right up to a size 42 which I've never seen a company do! The only thing I want to wear in winter is woolly tights which are more impossible to get than regular tights for a fat body so when lovely Laura offered to send me a couple of pairs of their new winter tights there was no way I was going to decline.

I was sent All Woman Cotton Tights with Cotton Feel and All Woman 180 Denier Tights. After trying a few brands from The Big Tights Company I've discovered that the All Woman range suit me the most so I had high hopes for these.

Upon taking the tights out of the packet the shape is very different compared to regular tights is completely different. They're longer, the waist band is deep and there's a completely opaque shorts area. They're much bigger than tights I've bought before, almost legging-like which I quite liked because it meant I didn't have to do the sexy tights wrestle that leaves me looking like I've just had the biggest, sweatiest sexy time when I put them on but minus the pleasant, satisfied afterglow.

The opaque shorts on the 180 Denier Tights were quite long, much longer than the ones on the Cotton Feel tights. If you're wearing a shorter dress/skirt that falls about mid-thigh I'd suggest going for the Cotton Feel ones just to be safe.

Both pairs of tights were so, so comfortable on. The Cotton Feel were slightly more opaque than the 180 Denier but both were nice and warm, perfect for this time of year. I like my tights to come up high and I'm quite partial to having them tucked in my bra for extra toastiness which I could do with both. I even found the 180 Denier ones a bit too long in the body which almost never happens! I didn't have to pull either of them up once during the day although the 180 Denier did feel a bit droopy towards the end of the day.

Now for some beautiful, super sexy visual aids!

All Woman 180 Denier Plus Size Tights
All Woman Cotton Woolly with Cotton Feel Plus Size Tights
I did manage to poke a couple of holes in the Cotton Feel tights purely because I was putting them on in a rush and I have ridiculous stiletto nails. Amazingly though because these are cotton the holes didn't run and I even managed to put a stitch in them successfully!

If you're trying to choose between the two pairs I would personally go for the Cotton Feel ones. They were thicker, more opaque and all over a better fit on me. I think the 180 Denier would suit someone size 28+ or over 5 ft 10 with a larger tummy or longer body. 

At £18.95 and £19.95 they are expensive but if you struggle to find well fitting plus size tights, it's worth it. I've had mine for about two weeks now, wear them 4-5 times a week and run them through the washing machine (because who has time for hand washing) every two wears and both pairs are still perfect. I've bought myself two more pairs to keep me going until summer and although it did make me wince paying out for them, they are absolutely worth it.

Mrs D x

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Winter Crochet

I'm not normally one for jersey skater dresses because I'm not big fan of my tummy and they tend to cling but the Scarlett & Jo Crochet Collar Dress was too pretty to pass up! I love purple hues in the winter and anything crochet is guaranteed to win my heart.

I got my usual size 24 and as always with Scarlett & Jo the fit is spot on. Their sizing is so consistent and even the length is perfect for my 5 ft 8ish stature. The longer sleeves are brilliant, not just for covering my wibbly arms but for extra warmth in the colder months. I wore mine with my black fur coat which never fails to make me feel like a big, glamorous bear and keeping with the purple hues, my trusty Clarks loafers and favourite AW lipstick, Kate Moss for Rimmel no107. 

The colour of the dress comes up a little more purple than it is in real life, it's much closer to the silly selfie with my mama!

Hello wonky boob...
Beautiful collar detail
My mum has been doing excellent fashion lately!

The dress is in the sale for £30 at the minute AND Evans are giving you 15% off with the code 15TREAT so if you like the look of it, grab it now!

Mrs D x

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Lindy Bop Plus Size Spots

Lindy Bop have been around for quite a while but until recently I wasn't able to shop with them due to their dresses peaking at a UK22. However, over the last six months they've introduced sizes 24 and 26 into the mix which brought joy to my size 24 body! 

They have an enormous range of dresses all of which are very reasonably priced. Plus size pin-up and retro style clothing used to come with a rather large price tag so it's brilliant seeing companies charging the same amount as they would for straight sizes. Lindy Bop stock the increasingly popular Ophelia dresses (which now come in 34 different prints!) and have recently introduced a dress I have lusted after for a long time, Bella, in plus size too. 

For some reason though I didn't dive in with the Bella straight away, instead I went for the Lana Red Polka Dot Swing Dress. It felt a little more like an every day dress and it's definitely proved to be that! 

plus size pin up polka dot swing dress

I originally bought this in my usual size 24 but found it a struggle to get over my boobs. I'm not sure if it was due to the thick material, my massive ol' boobs or whether the dress just comes up a little small. I exchanged it for a 26 which fits perfectly. It's comfortable over my bust, the waist nips in nicely with room for dinner and the length is, for once, spot on! The dress is lined and the fabric is heavy so falls well without any riding up against tights and very little creasing. Considering it cost £29.99 I am extremely pleased! It comes with a black cinch belt but I have quite a small torso so often find wider belts don't fit well and tend to scrunch up. However, I love how it looks without one!

(I know, I know, the hem was turned up but husband conveniently didn't see that...)
All Woman Opaque Winter Tights from The Big Tights Company (Look out for a review on these very soon!)
Primark black court shoes
Red check bow shoe clips from a vintage fair

I really hope Lindy Bop will eventually extend their plus size range to include larger plus sizes too. It's such a shame to make that step into the plus size world but it still be limited to some. Plus size pin-up dresses for all!

Mrs D x

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Black Cats and Bruce Campbell

As much as I love Halloween I rarely get a chance to dress up because I never do anything that warrants it so sadly you won't find an incredible costume here. I always get some sweets in for the trick or treaters, carve a pumpkin to put outside (although I didn't have time this year so bought some glow-in-the-dark balloons from Tesco which turned out to be utter rubbish) and watch a scary film. 

original poster for the evil dead

Mr D found our local art cinema, Errol Flynn Filmhouse was showing The Evil Dead at 11.45pm. We seriously struggled to stay awake but it so worth it because it was even more hilarious on a big screen! If you've never seen it, I strongly urge you to, it is quite possibly the cheesiest, funniest, most disgusting horror film I've ever seen. Despite the fact that it was released in 1981 and therefore the special effects and make-up are laughable, it is seriously stomach floppingly gross in places. Stop motion decaying, cottage cheese innards and more tar like blood than you can shake a stick at. It is glorious! There were only about 30 people in the cinema and we were all cheering and laughing along, it was so much fun.

Oh my god, we've run out of sweets!
Halloween seemed the purrfect opportunity to don the black sequin cat eared fascinator I was gifted by Arcadia and my beautiful Black Cat It Again dress from Modcloth. From far away it just looks like it's covered in black splodges but up close it's fat black cats! I got this dress in the Modcloth sale a few weeks ago and for some reason I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I do but it's lovely! I got my usual 3X and as always, the fit is spot on. 

(I almost didn't post these photos because they're so shoes so not even a proper outfit and the worst cluttered background I could have found! I love you Autumn and Winter but not your lack of light.)

Clutter and untidy living room from my new found busy life at university.
My very own black cat from...Cats Protection.

What did you do for Halloween? Do you hate me for my awful photos?

Mrs D x


Saturday, 25 October 2014

Voodoo Vixens & Retro Kitty Cats

When Voodoo Vixen announced they were extending their range into plus sizes I was so pleased and even more so when Fashion World and Simply Be started stocking them. I've always wanted a retro, pin-up style cardigan with a motif on the front of the shoulders but getting them in plus sizes is difficult. When I saw them on Simply Be I decided to try one out. I ordered the Retro Kitty Cardigan (obviously...) in a 4X which according to their sizing chart is a UK24. I was expecting it to be quite a bit roomier than it was because all the Modcloth dresses I own are a 3X and fit perfectly. I know sizing does differ in various places but it's quite frustrating!

The cardigan is very expensive at £42 but there is such a lack of plus size retro clothing in the UK that it didn't really surprise me. Whilst the material is very good quality and not thin in the slightest I was quite disappointed with the fit. It came up quite short, sitting around my waist despite having the shortest body in the history of short bodies. I wanted to wear it done up but unfortunately because it's so short it just didn't feel comfortable. However, it might look better with a pencil skirt rather than jeans. It doesn't look too bad undone but the back sits considerably further up than the front which does look a little odd. None of that will stop me wearing it though because it's so cute!

plus size retro cardigan

red hair and cat eye glasses

kitty cardigan with pearls

1950s cat eye glasses

Lipstick is MAC Ruby Woo
Vintage pearls
Spotty umbrella bought from Achica

Mrs D x

I've been nominated for Best Blog in the British Plus Size Awards, eek! Vote for me (pretty, pretty please with a cherry on top) by clicking on the image.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Afternoon Tea with Scarlett & Jo

If there was ever a perfect occasion for the Scarlett and Jo jersey tea dresses it's afternoon tea. I have a few in my wardrobe that are well circulated and have been used for all sorts of occasion. My favourite style is this traditionally 40s style tea dress with the shaped neckline and buttons but I do love the wrap over bust and tie style of the one I wore a couple of weeks ago for afternoon tea at a 1940s style tea room with some friends.

Plus size vintage girl

Fat vintage

The extra details on these tea dresses are beautiful and each dress I own fits perfectly. They're all in my usual size 24 which is large enough on my big boobs, skims my equally massive hips nicely and due to the waist ties, it nips me in the right place. The best thing though? The length! I will forever love Scarlett & Jo for their perfect lengths because it's nigh on impossible to find pretty dresses that fall on or below the knee on my 5 ft 8 height. 

Plus size 1940s vintage tea dress

Illamasqua Corrupt lipstick

The new AW14 Scarlett & Jo collection is slowly being released and there are some seriously beautiful pieces on their way so keep an eye out!

Mrs D x

I've been nominated for Best Blogger in the British Plus Size Awards, eek! Vote for me (pretty, pretty please with a cherry on top) by clicking on the image.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Lovely, Cosy Autumn

I realised last week as the air turned chillier and the drizzle began that the cardigans I've been carrying around just in case all summer were not going to cut it. Yours Clothing must have sensed this somehow and kindly asked if I wanted to try this Black and grey long sleeve jumper!

I usually steer away from jumpers because I'm a sensitive soul and they can be a little itchy sometimes. However, despite being a mere £14, this jumper is really soft and didn't irritate me once during the day. It's a medium knit so perfect for snuggling up in during Autumn.

The sides are slightly ruched and the lovely long sleeves are turned up. They're small things but little touches make a big difference. Yours also sent me some gorgeous aubergine coloured jeans but thanks to my ridiculous long legs and wide hips, they were too small. They would have looked so good with the jumper! Instead I made do with some black jeans, showed my darker hair colour (specially for Autumn!) off with an unnecessarily large hair flower and cracked out my favourite Autumnal lipstick.

Yours Clothing have really stepped it up a notch lately. I'm guilty of overlooking them sometimes but then I see something on someone else or wander into my local shop (another reason I love them, they're one of the very few plus size shops in Northamptonshire!) and I remember what a gorgeous range of clothes they have. And what brilliant value it is. I can't get over the fact that this jumper is only £14! I'm definitely going to add more colourways to my wardrobe.

Are you a fan of jumpers?

Mrs D x

I've been nominated for Best Blogger in the British Plus Size Awards, eek! Vote for me (pretty, pretty please with a cherry on top) by clicking on the image.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

International Polkadots

My husband and I celebrated our third wedding aniversary last week so we splurged on a really lovely meal and cocktails at the weekend. I wanted to wear something pretty but still quite casual. Husband is a fan of my polkadot dresses and I've been dying for somewhere to wear this beautiful polkadot cut out dress from eShakti so it seemed a good opportunity. 

I've wanted to order from eShakti for years but as they only ship to the US I couldn't do that without using a re-direct service. Earlier in the year though I bit the bullet and tried out Reship. The joining fee was small, only around £2.50 and that was the only payment I had to make to them. They gave me an address in Portland when signing up and I apprehensively sent my eShakti order there. My order arrived there within the week leaving me at the courier stage. Using their shipping quote form I decided to use DHL which is a company I'm familiar with and have had no issues with before. The shipping charge from the US to here was around £60 which I didn't think was so bad at the time because I had gotten three dresses for the price of two and used a few vouchers. However, that is when the simplicity stopped. 

It took three weeks for my order to reach the UK and once it had cleared customs it disappeared. The tracking information stopped and it took another 12 days of frustrated calls and emails to DHL to track it down. Once they located it there was even more hassle when the tracking information told me it had been delivered but it hadn't! It was incredibly frustrating but it did eventually arrive safely. With extra customs charges to pay, obviously.

The three dresses I ordered are absolutely gorgeous and they fit beautifully. For the first time ever they are exactly the right length! Normally with US sizing each size covers two sizes, for example a 3X is around a 22/24 but with eShakti you can select either of those sizes to make it more specific. You also enter your height and even alter the neck line, sleeve and dress length and remove any pockets, although why anyone would take pockets away is beyond my comprehension! 

For the cost of the extra shipping plus the hassle I'm not sure I would use a re-direct service again but I am pleased I tried it because I got three beautiful dresses out of it! 

This polkadot pretty is definitely my favourite. The shape is beautiful, the waist sits in exactly the right place and the little cut out triangle makes me feel a teeny bit daring! Although Mr D says I'm so pale it just looks like a white insert haha!

The necklace I'm wearing was my wedding gift from Mr D. It was a complete surprise as we said we weren't going to buy eachother them! It has a heart with my initial on, a pearl and a seashell (because he proposed on a pier). I love saving it to wear on special occasions.

Dress from eShakti
Lipstick is Besame Red from Besame

Have you ever used a re-direct service? I'd be really interested to hear other peoples' experiences. 

Mrs D x

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Comfy, Comfy, Clarks

During my teens I was very guilty of wearing shoes that were far too small for me and left me with crippling blisters that meant I winced with every step. As I've gotten older though I've swapped the ridiculous for the comfortable and my feet are so very thankful for it!  I've come to terms with the fact that my feet are more a 9 than an 8 and I definitely do need a wide fit. Unfortunately that means I'm quite limited to where I can shop. I've learnt to wait until I find shoes I really love and spend that little bit extra than grabbing whatever fits for a tenner. There are a handful of places I know I'll always find something I love that are guaranteed to fit and Clarks are one of them.

I own a few pairs of brogues from Clarks so when I was offered a pair of shoes to review I made sure I went for something a little different. It was difficult though because they have so many gorgeous brogues in their AW14 collection! I went in store to choose them which isn't something I do very often but I'm really glad I did because it meant I got to see what the colours were really like and have a feel of the materials. The young girl who served me was so helpful and didn't bat an eyelid when I handed her five pairs of shoes and asked to try them in a wide fit 8, wide fit 9 and a standard 9. Because I'm an incredibly awkward person the pair I fell in love with weren't in stock in a wide fit 9 so I had them sent next day delivery to my house. It wasn't quite the same as leaving the shop swinging a bag of shoes gleefully but it was a nice surprise when I forgot I'd ordered them the next day!

The pair I chose were the Griffin Molly shoes in patent oxblood, a colour I am all over at the minute. They're £44.99 which might seem a lot but considering how sturdy (and beautiful!) they are, they're definitely worth it.

If your feet are on the larger end of the scale, have a look at Clarks, I can't recommend them enough! And if your feet aren't but you just love shoes, have a look too! They have some really lovely smart shoes in at the minute in gorgeous autumnal colours. 

Clarks Autumn Shoes

Mrs D x

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