Saturday, 27 September 2014

My Evans Collective Outfit

When I was deciding what to wear to the Evans Design Collective catwalk I toyed with the idea of buying something new and trying out something on trend. I've always felt a bit funny calling this a fashion blog because I don't tend to follow fashion very well. I like the way I dress and I'm very happy in my silly, childish dresses and boring cardis but sometimes I do feel like I should dip my toe in the trendy stuff. However a few sensible words from Mrs BeBe and I realised that I do what I do well and why should I mix it up unless I really want to? Some days I do enjoy putting my jeans on and being more casual but honestly, the idea of really on trend fashion scares me a little bit! 

And so, I decided that London Fashion Week would have enough fashionable folk around so I opted for something I loved that already lived in my wardrobe. 


Evans wide fit flats (no longer available)

What would you wear to London Fashion Week?!

Love,
Mrs D x

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Evans Design Collective Catwalk SS15

London Fashion Week's first plus size catwalk was hosted last week by Evans to showcase their incredibly exciting Design Collective with collections from Giles Deacon, Lulu Lui, Hema Kaul, Clements Ribeiro (who have already designed some beautiful collections for Evans in the past), Jamie Wei Huang and Vita Gottlieb. I was overjoyed when my invitation popped into my inbox and am not ashamed to say I did a little sofa dance to celebrate. I've been invited to some wonderful events before but nothing this groundbreaking and it felt truly magical to be a part of it.



Our day began with a visit to the Arcadia jewellery showroom; full of gems, jewels and fizz. Six walls covered in earrings, necklaces, rings, watches, hair accessories and my personal favourite, bow ties! We were very kindly allowed to take away some of our favourite pieces which I'll be showcasing on the blog a little later in the month. After a few glasses of fizz and chatting with fellow bloggers we were whisked off to the Freemason's Hall in Covent Garden for the catwalk show.

I was completely enamoured by each collection. The pieces were all beautiful; lots of iridescent fabrics, sheer layering and bold prints. The styling was simple, straight hair tucked behind the ears, natural eyes and a bold orange lip which allowed the clothes to take centre stage. Jewelled visors and silver sandalds were added to one collection which although sounds odd, worked perfectly!









Unlike a lot of catwalk fashion I've seen all of these pieces felt wearable and relevant. A few of them weren't to my personal taste but for the majority of those that weren't I had people popping up in my head that I knew would look amazing in them. Unsurprisingly my favourite pieces were the very feminine, shimmery ones but I surprised myself by being drawn to a lot of the sheer items and some bold prints.



This was without a doubt the outfit I loved most. Despite being forced to wear them at my posh school, pleats make my heart sour as does any fabric that catches the light and begs to be twirled in. It's so rare to find pleats in plus size fashion especially pleats that are actually designed to work with larger bodies so fingers crossed this is one of the items being released. I'm a sucker for anything with birds on and this jumper complements the skirt beautifully.



Again, light shimmering skirt but this time with a beautiful sheer print teamed with a beaded jacket is just perfect. So feminine for the Spring. The scallop shape of the top has a hint of 1920s flapper girl about it which ticks my vintage box!



Another neutral pink shade in this beautiful jacket. The dress is gorgeous but the jacket is stunning. I can definitely see which colours and shades I'm going to be favouring next year.



I definitely surprised myself with how much I loved this outfit. Trousers are not my style at all but these moved so elegantly and look incredibly comfortable that I would be inclined to give them a go. This black top with sheer chevron patterned sleeves is simple but so classy.



Images do not do this dress justice. The way the sleeves and skirt swung was mesmirising and the sparkle detail caught the light at every movement, it was so, so beautiful.

All the pieces will be available online and selected items in Evans flagship stores from February 2015 onwards with prices starting at £45. If you want to watch the full catwalk it's available on the Evans YouTube channel. (And if you look closely you can see my red hair and chubby little hand taking photos on my phone in the second row haha!)

Seeing high fashion and key looks transformed to work for plus size bodies was brilliant. It feels as though it's opened a door to a higher end of fashion for plus size women and I can't wait to see what's next! It was an incredible experience and if I never do it again I would be happy in the knowledge that I was there for the first and it was absolutely worth snapping my nail, having a drastic blood sugar drop and nearly passing out (thanks Naomi for the banana!) and sitting in a pool of my own sweat for most of the day. I loved it and I'd do it all over again!

What are your favourite pieces from the show? Would you buy any?

Love,
Mrs D x

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Black, White and Red

I know, I know, it's another Modcloth dress, I'm sorry! I was a bit apprehensive about buying this Make Yourself At Home dress because the shape of the skirt is a lot different to ones I usually opt for. I'm so used to swing skirts that skim over my hips and the line following through to a flared shape which works well for my smaller waist and wide hips. However, this dress has a classic a-line skirt, something I haven't worn a lot so was a bit nervous about. As it happens, I absolutely love the shape!





I'm wearing a 3X which translates to the size I normally wear, a UK24. Due to the skirt being that little more fitted I expected it to be a little tight over my hips but it isn't at all, there's plenty of room even with my hands in the pockets. This particular dress is from a collection called Bea & Dot where the majority of the items on my wishlist are from and also over half of the Modcloth items in my wardrobe! I find their items fit me best; not too tight around my big boobs, fitted in the waist and generous on the hips. This is definitely one of my favourite items in my wardrobe at the minute along with the cardigan which may or may not have cats in jumpers on it...

Modcloth Make Yourself at Home dress (Reduced from $199.99 to $35.99 which is about £22!)
Urban Outfitters initial necklace


Love,
Mrs D x

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Whaaat!

In a very bizarre turn of events I have managed to find myself one of the 6 nominees in the Best Blogger category at the British Plus Size Awards! I am completely overwhelmed that anyone would take the time to nominate me so if you did, thank you so very much. I love blogging but I'm not half as committed as some are and I don't have half the readership as some so I really am bowled over, thank you!




I'm up against some serious competition (and some of my best pals!) so I need all the votes I can get. The awards ceremony is on the 22nd November and voting closes on the 28th October so there's not long to vote. You'll need to vote for each category but it only takes two minutes and I will be eternally grateful! 


Love,
A Very Happy Mrs D x
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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Do You Want Curves With That?

During my greebo and then emo phase as a teenager I was obsessed with t-shirts with quirky shit on them like this gem...

Quirky t-shirt? Check. Black hair with a big sweepy fringe? Check. Weird scrunchy pout? Check. Must be MySpace!
I grew out of my emo kid phase, thankfully and gradually put weight on (they weren't linked...) which meant t-shirt options were seriously limited. Slogan t-shirts don't tickle my fancy at all. I think because I very rarely wear jeans I feel like I want my top to be fun and different. Enter, Nicky Rockets!

"T-shirts designed for, and inspired by, all the curvy super women in the world", Nicky Rockets was created by the fabulous duo of Betty Pamper and her awesome husband, Nick. All five designs feature a sexy, curvy goddess and are available in standard round neck, slash neck, vest and lady fit from a size small right up to XXXL. For reference I'm wearing an XXXL here and I'm a size 24. If I wanted a really tight fit I could have gone down a size.


Another thing that was eradicated with my emo phase was black clothing so I added a pop of colour to compliment my big boobied babe. I adore these shoes and they've featured quite heavily in my outfit posts this summer but with the onset of dewy morning grass and cold toes they're going to be retired soon so I'm getting the most out of them! Fortunately I had a cardigan lurking in my wardrobe that matched it perfectly.


The cats just can't let me have any of the limelight.
I got this sweet hair bow at Twinwood, I wish I could remember the name of the shop! My hair is shit so focus on the bow and cherries...
Evans button down cardigan (no longer available in this colour)


Love, 
Mrs D x



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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Back to School for Grown Ups!

Back to School 3



Wallpaper print really appeals to the old lady in me, as does the below knee hem on this ASOS Curve Midi Dress in Wallpaper Print. The print is so pretty I wanted to keep it simple with these Clarks black suede shoes and Zara Office City bag which has a handy long shoulder strap to make carrying around books that bit easier. Jewellery wise you can never go wrong with a good old feline accessory like this Sugar and Vice Black Cat necklace and just incase it gets nippy and I'd have this JUNAROSE Open Knitted cardigan in Winetasting to hand.

Love,
Mrs D x
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Saturday, 6 September 2014

False Sailor Style

There was no hesitation in adding this cute Modcloth Oslo and Behold Dress to my basket when I saw it. The bright cobalt blue isn't a colour I've tried before but I'm really getting into trying brighter colours and this didn't disappoint. The dress is a stiffer material than I was expecting but it works perfectly because it holds it's shape nicely and as such nips in my waist and gives me a lovely silhouette. I'm consistently pleased with the high quality of Modcloth dresses and this beauty is no different. It has a thick satin lining which means I'll can wear it throughout the winter without getting too chilly. It also has the fat girl holy grail; pockets!



Primark comfiest shoes in the world

I also need to make a formal apology for both the quality and the clutter of these photos! Husband said the tv looked awful in the first one so I moved but he failed to tell me the other angle looked awful too. I am ashamed.

Love,
Mrs D x


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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Back To School For Grown Ups!

My first Back to School outfit was quite casual with muted autumnal tones so I wanted this one to be a little more vibrant. Obviously this is a good weather day outfit which is hit or miss for a British September!

Back to School



I love this AX Paris floral skirt from Simply Be but it took me a while to figure out which colours to pick out to create the rest of the outfit. White always seems like a safe option with bold floral patterns so I teamed it with a sleeveless JUNAROSE top and some wide fit leather peep toe sandals from New Look. Satchels seem like a sensible choice for college or university so I added the beautiful pastel violet leather satchel from Zatchels (I may have bought myself a pastel blue one in the sale for myself!) and finally finished it off with some pink pops of colour with a magenta Charter School cardigan from Modcloth, a hibiscus hair flower from Bow and Crossbones and Illamasqua lipstick in the shade Corrupt. Perfect bright and bold outfit for a warm day!

Love,
Mrs D x

ps. The sandals and the satchel are both in sales at the minute!
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Monday, 1 September 2014

My First Twinwood Experience!

If you don't already know, Twinwood is a vintage music and dance festival in Bedfordshire with over 100 traders selling vintage wares, jewellery, clothes and loads more. I've always wanted to go but never really had the opportunity so when my lovely friend Sidonie asked if I fancied going I didn't even have to think about it! 

Vintage fashion is a huge part of the event so it took me a while to decide what I wanted to wear. Being plus size there are very, very few genuine vintage items available to me so the majority of my clothes are either reproduction or just a little retro inspired. After having read a vile article the night before about '10 mistakes people make with vintage' I had a moment of apprehension because I know a lot of vintage fans are very uppity about how vintage should be worn and Twinwood is rife with die hard vintage lovers. As someone who loathes general fashion rules (especially plus size ones) the article really irritated me as it was simply another form of policing peoples' choices. I'm still working on not caring what people think and doing my own thing but fortunately when it comes to fashion choices that's where I feel most confident so after a brief moment of  'wah I don't deserve to be there', I got a surge of confidence and decided to wear what I felt most comfortable in. And it just so happens that the outfit I felt most comfortable in is one of my tackiest, brightest and most beautiful dresses!




Sid is not only my lovely friend but she is also a vintage hair extraordinaire and runs her own business under the name of Aurora Loves. This benefits me greatly because not only do we swap fringe cuts for manicures but I get to have fancy hair! I asked her to put it up for me but low on my neck and this is the magic she created.

Vintage up do by Aurora Loves

Moley moley mole
We spent the day browsing the stalls, rummaging through hair accessories (including an enormous magical Mary Poppins style box of £1 chiffon headscarves!), listening to the music, watching people dancing and posing with cars.

Beautiful Sid with a special car who is only one of three in the world!
We bumped into our gorgeous friend Maddy and her handsome not-so-little-anymore boy. 
I loved this mustard beauty.
Hell Bunny sunflower dress From Soho's (No longer available but more at link.)
Vintage cat eye glasses brooch
Handmade hair flower 

I really enjoyed my day at Twinwood and will definitely be going again next year, possibly for the weekend if I'm mad enough to camp!

Love, 
Mrs D 

ps. Dear Hell Bunny, I want this dress in size fat please...



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