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My Time is Valuable!

Really quick post to show you guys a little something I bought recently..

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Naomi of Diamonds & Pearls in collab with XL.Promodoro created a really cute slogan tee with a really good message. If you want to find out more about the idea and what it means to her, have a look at Naomi’s post here. 

I’m going to leave you with some pics of me looking cute in my tee :)

 

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To borrow or not to borrow…

How I Handle My Money?…

…Well I kinda don’t which is my biggest problem. I’m not bad with money but I’m not good with it either.

I’ve never been in money trouble or owed the bank anything. I’ve been in debt to a clothing catalogue a long time ago lol but looking at my blog that can’t really come as a surprise.  shopping-addiction

So… when I was approached to feature a loan company on my blog I  was in two minds but in an attempt to educate myself provide information on a company to anyone in my situation that reads this, I’m going to give it a whirl.

Vivus loans is actually one of the best loan companies I could be writing about because they have a unique selling point that even I thought was pretty smart and its what stood out to me the most. First time users get a half price loan! One of the main reasons I have avoided loans in the past is the crazy interest, but with the half price deal its actually very appealing.

They boast a simple and quick service that provides a fast loan that is paid back in one lump sum in 10-41 days when you get paid; you can apply online and get an instant decision . They have a comprehensive website and a team of staff available to call, which I would strongly suggest making full use of if you are a green as me when it comes to borrowing.

This has always been something I feel should be taught in schools. Growing up I had so many friends that knew almost nothing about managing money and it’s something  that is so so important to everyday life. Companies that provide payday loans really must be a life saver for people that get into the odd sticky situation when the next pay day just isn’t quite soon enough.

When dipping your foot into the world of borrowing it can be overwhelming at the best of times and I think people make rash decisions when the pressure is on and money is needed immediately. What I like about the positioning of Vivus is that the control is in the borrowers hands. You borrow only what you need and there are no hidden charges. This, along with the half price deal they have, makes it a stand out company in my eyes especially for first time borrowers who need short term financial help.

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As you have probably gathered by now, I am no financial guru but all I will say is that you should find out as much as you can about who you are borrowing from and make sure you know everything about the loan you are getting so you don’t get any nasty surprises if you do decide to go ahead.

I hope this post is even a little bit informative.

All content and opinions in the post are my own despite the fact that the post is sponsored

 

 

 

 

New ways to shop. (via lovethesales.com)

There are a lot of sites popping up that give you access to multiple shopping sites in one place and I think its a great way to shop. As someone at the higher end of plus size, I very rarely even look at websites that don’t carry plus size items so I miss out on a lot of accessory items available from those places.  I heard about a site called LoveTheSales and I thought I’d check it out to see of they had any plus size brands and to my surprise they do! This is always a pleasure to see as we are so often forgotten. Being able to shop for clothes and have access to non clothing items from brands that do not cater their clothing to plus size people, provides more opportunities to create great outfits.

They have items up to a size 32 available through the Simply Be Sale and also include other big name plus size brands including but not limited to Dorothy Perkins, Studio 8, Junarose and Frock and Frills curve.

I remember in my late teens going shopping with my friends to big shops like topshop and only being able to look at the bags and accessories and always being really bitter about it and subconsciously just counting it as a store that just isn’t for me but while browsing  the lovethesales site I found myself constantly drawn to items in the Topshop Sale, specifically the handbags. The Topshop sale is incredible with massive reductions, I keep filling my basket with so many bags and then closing the window like a form of modern torture lol.

I just think it makes shopping more fun. A huge variety, and a lot more brands that you may not have ever heard of before, much more accessible. Definitely worth checking them out if your looking to put together an outfit or just want to shop a whole load of sales in one place.

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Freestyling summer dresses.

I’m off on holiday to Vegas tomorrow morning and I have been looking for good stand alone pieces that need no accessories to be beautiful.  As bloggers people often look to us for styling tips and ideas, something I do a lot in summer is rely on the beauty and features of the item I’m wearing to be the star.

I picked this beautiful and super bright summer dress from JD Williams because the ruffle feature becomes the focal point and I don’t have to faff about with too much accessorising, When I’m on holiday and even in the British summer I find extra layers and fiddly jewellery an annoyance.

So my biggest tip for styling in summer would be to pick some bold colours and/or bold prints or even items with fun details on them so you don’t have to style them if you don’t want to.IMG_20160708_163454something else that is a massive contributor to great summer looks but is  a lot harder to come by than a pretty dress is CONFIDENCE! In this dress I have legs out, arms out, VBO and a whole ton of confidence. I have absolutely no desire to be baking in the summer sun all covered up and feeling uncomfortable and this dress is far too cute for me to want to hide it.

I’m obsessed with simple outfits and comfy shoes, especially during the summer months because for me comfort and cuteness is key.  Simply be have a huge range of summer dresses up to a size 32 and are so worth checking out.

 

*this dress was kindly gifted to me, all tips and opinions are my own*

 

You Can Wear A Little Luxury

You Can Wear A Little Luxury

Over recent years the plus size fashion has really improved when it comes to fast, high street fashion.  I have also noticed an increase in choice when it comes to styles such as vintage fashion and even bridal wear. However in my opinion, we’re still lacking a little.

For example luxury wear is something that I still struggle to find. Don’t get me wrong I don’t have the budget to be shopping for luxury items all the time but it would be nice to have the option to shop for items if and when I felt like it. That is why I got excited when I was offered the chance to write for David Nieper and saw that they offer exclusive silk dresses. Honestly speaking lots of their items wouldn’t fit me but the fact that they do up to a size 28 is great news. plus size silk dresses

In fact I do sometimes fit into size 28 items so rather than saying ‘U Can’t Wear That’, I’d like to try some of the items at one stage and see how myself and my body could make them work.  As I am sure you have seen from previous social media and blog posts I often make smaller items work so I am pretty confident I could do the same here!

Not going to lie, I love comfy clothes and pyjamas when I am at home. I enjoy dressing up when I am out of the house, but at home I love comfort. I like the idea of doing this in luxury ladies dressing gowns, because then I get to feel dressed up whilst feeling comfortable. David Nieper do these up to a size 28, so they’d be fun to try! luxury plus size dressing gown

If you’re a size 28 or under then I can only recommend that you give this brand a try. They’re a new one on me, but one that I’ll definitely be checking out sometime in the not to distance future. They’re not 100% my style – they come across as a more mature style than I am used to wearing, but it’d be fun to see what I could do with them.

Even if these items don’t fit me, I felt it was important to introduce them because I know often I assume I can’t wear certain type of items because of being plus size – and I love being proved wrong!

*Sponsored post

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Simply be swimwear wishlist

I’m off on my holiday in 3 days so I’ve been doing a lot of shopping for plus size swimwear. Simply be has been a huge surprise to me as they have a huge range of swimwear and beach wear. Usually I will go to a site, go to the swimwear section and the then once I’ve filtered by size I’m not left with my choice. To my surprise simply be had the most items available in the top size range than any other vendor I tried in the UK. I was very impressed and these are some of my favourite pieces;

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1. Beach cover up
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.  Beach playsuit
3. Palm bikini top
4. Palm bikini bottom
5. polka dot swimsuit

Looking back at my wishlist items now in just realised that they are all monochrome lol which makes me giggle because when I’m on holiday I use it as an opportunity to play with bright colours which is obviously not reflected here. I stand by my top picks though as they are all gorgeous pieces.

I’m not shy when I go on holiday and can often be found in a bikini simply be had many bikinis available and something I found really useful and impressive is that they have bikini tops in clothes sizes as well as ones by bra size. Having a K cup and a large back makes it near on impossible trying to find a bikini top to fit so I was able to buy bikini tops in a size 32.

I have some lovely pieces from their range and these are just some more that I would love to add to my collection.

Thanks for reading x

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Octer Shopping

The last few weeks I have been on the hunt for some dresses that I can wear on my holiday in Vegas. Some that are summery, light enough that the heat wont kill me and ones that are actually available in my size .

As if the Angels shone down on me at just the right time,  I was contacted by a company called Octer who have thousands of brands all in one place with items ranging from fashion to electronics to beauty and homeware. I was instantly dubious as these all in one sites rarely have plus size items but to my surprise this site does, my next thought was “Ok…this is a good start but size will they go up to…” I was then surprised a second time when I started my hunt for a desert sun appropriate maxi dress and a ton from ASOS curve came up and i walked away with a stunning dress in a size 30!!!!!

This site is perfect for when you know what you want but don’t know where to look. I plan on wearing my hair up in a bun for the duration of my holiday (the sun ugh) so I wanted a couple of pairs of cheap hoops to wear and managed to find a a lovely new look pair on the site for £3.99  and picked up a plain black midi skirt that my wardrobe was in desperate need of.

The only issue I had with the site was that I was unable to search by size so I had to know what brands stock my size instead of getting excited about items that I would click on and then not be able to buy. You can however search by brand or item and sort by price which is always handy. The site actually takes you through to the retailer once you’ve decided top make a purchase so the Octer site is just a sorting vessel of..sorts lolIMG_20160624_153922_resized IMG_20160627_092849-1

This site is definitely worth checking out especially if you are looking for one specific item and you’re stuck for where to look. The site is easy to use  and you really can find some gems that you may not have come across otherwise.

*The items were my own personal choice but were gifts from Octer, the opinions in this post, both positive and negative are true and my own*

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What’s in my camera bag.

I have always enjoyed taking photographs, but always assumed that proper photography equipment was best left to the professionals.  To be fair my Samsung phone has always done me well for outfit photos so I’ve always made do. However a few months ago I decided that I wanted to explore photography as more of a hobby. Don’t get me wrong I’m never going to be a professional photographer but it will be nice to have more of an idea of what makes a good snap and how to take one.

Rather than rushing in like I usually do (that explains the double sized wardrobe of dresses) I decided to do a bit of research and see what was out there. I know that a decent camera would be a bit of an investment, so I wanted to make sure that I was investing wisely. At first it seemed a little overwhelming, I couldn’t tell my Panasonic Super Zoom Cameras from my Lumix Super Zoom Cameras and it seemed a little overwhelming. However I am glad to say I stuck with it and I am really happy with the camera set up I went for.

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A watched a few Youtube videos that showed how this camera worked and I was really happy with how easy it looked to use. I knew I didn’t want something too complicated because I wanted to be able to take quick snaps when I wanted to. The quality of the photos I have taken with this have been great, which considering I am still getting to grips with things I am really happy with.

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Specifications: 18-megapixel CMOS sensor, Scene Intelligent Auto mode, On-screen Feature Guide, Up to 3.7fps continuous shooting and Built-in wireless flash control

Canon Camera Bag

I made sure I invested in a high quality camera bag. I wanted to make sure that I could feel confident taking it to blogging events, on holiday and on days out without it getting broken. This bag is really sturdy and helps to keep the camera safe and secure – it even survived Easter weekend in Blackpool!

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Meike LED Ring Light

I take lots of my photos indoors, especially for makeup posts so I needed something that would complement my Canon 600D camera and help with this. The Meike LED Ring Light came recommended by a couple of other bloggers and it’s great! It’s perfect for a bit more natural looking light for YouTube videos too!

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I still have lots to learn when it comes to photography and using my new camera but I am glad I took the plunge to invest because learning all about it is really fun!

What do you use to take your photos?

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reuse that xmas party dress.

I was asked by George at Asda to do a really interesting style post that I thought could be really useful to people so I jumped at the chance.

I was asked to take a dress that I would wear to a Christmas party and then restyle the dress so it was suitable for something else. I wear a size 32 and I didn’t find dresses in my size that I would wear to a party so I checked the size down, then the size down again, and again etc til I found a gorgeous dress in a SIZE 24!!! that I would wear to a party. Now I know my body very well and I have a good idea of what I will and wont be able to get on. I thought the size 24 was going to be a push but I didn’t want to do the post unless it was something that I would actually wear.

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The fit of the dress on its own may not be for everybody but there are certain places I would definitely wear it on its own (and plan to) but I love that the dress is tight enough that it is completely comfortable worn with the skirt and doesn’t feel like you have a whole dress on underneath.

I chose to restyle the dress to make it suitable work attire and I think I did a pretty good job. I was very happy with the second look and will definitely be wearing it all together again.

I was able to create the second look with the blazer, the shoes and the bag all being George at Asda pieces.

I’m going to leave you  with a couple of pictures of the work wear look and links to all the items.

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Animal print dress

Textured Blazer

Pointed flats

Satchel similar

 

I really hope you liked this post because I really enjoyed doing it.

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chaffree – this big girl’s big pants

I was really excited to try these out when I was offered a pair because I always struggled to find pairs in my size but what I have realised is, is that if you size down in these types of under garments they will offer some control.

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I find the legs of these ride up just a bit but its not a problem as I have the longer length ones which come down to my knees.

I had had the opportunity to wear these a few times now and they have been great especially on nights out as they are super breathable so I imagine they will be fantastic to wear when summer rolls around again and you need something to go under summer dresses and skirts to prevent discomfort,

These shorts have been a life saver over the party season because they allow me to wear dresses without worrying about chub rub and exposing myself when the wind blows. I was out last weekend and the wind took my dress right up above my head, I was still super embarrassed but I have never ever been so grateful for a pair of pants lol.

20151217_132146-1_resized I have a lot of tummy and these pull all the way up and are very comfortable to wear. 20151217_132853-1_resizedI am only 5ft 3 so the longer length version sit just around knee length.

You can find the Chaffree knickers here

These undershorts are seem free and extremely stretchy so they are very comfortable. You can find out more info about them by clicking the link above.

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