All posts by Lucia Morris

Esprit winter wishlist

Two months ago I decided to cut off all of my chemically straightened hair, I was left with around 3 inches of curly hair. It was definitely the right decision for me so I can now grow my healthy natural curly hair.

Since cutting off all my hair eight weeks ago, hats and large earrings have been my go to accessories. I love hats so much, they save all the faff of playing about with wigs and its saves so much time getting ready not having to curl my hair.

These are my two favourite hats at the moment;

20171019_160725With the weather being what it is at the moment I have been reaching for these two hats all the time. One is a beanie and one is a beret and these are my favourite hat types for the aesthetic I go for.

Hats are such a nice way to accessorise and maybe add a pop of colour to your outfit if you choose.  I have been looking at some hats on Esprit and these four are my favourites.

 

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I love warm hats over hats that just serve as fashion accessories even though I love the look of a knitted hat, as you can tell  by my choice of favourites. Esprit have a wide range of products in their Hats and Caps department.

Esprit have a number of ranges from womenswear, menswear, and a kids department to home wear which has a huge range of throws and cushions which i have been lusting over. All in all its a really great site with so much to offer.

Do you have short hair? how do you like to accessorise? or do you have a love of hats, I would love to hear about what hats you all like.

 

 

 

Beautiful windows for my loft.

I know I mention this all the time but I’ve recently moved into a new house in Birmingham and I am currently decorating . I have chosen beautiful paint for my living room, its called Mocha, its a beautiful grey brown. I initially only wanted to paint the living room but now that is done we are moving onto other rooms in the house.

We have been storing things in the loft but its scary and dark up there so we have been talking about getting a new window put in up there so when I was approached about writing about Velux top hung roof windows I thought that was a sign and absolutely perfect .

Velux have a huge range of roof windows in a whole of finishes and types of glazing to suit your needs.

My preference is in a white finish to match my existing decor and definitely with noise reduction because I live near a school and kids are great but not at 8am lol.

vr1These windows are truly beautiful and really do change the aesthetic of a room. They are very classy and allow for so much light to flood into a room. The windows obviously open as much or as little as you want to but when fully open it brings the outside in having such a large open space and is just stunning. A beautiful addition to any room and definitely a focal point of your home interior.

Spending a lot of my time indoors I would really love to have a large window , I love light and airy rooms and in the spring my windows are constantly open . The website is very easy to navigate so you can browse their huge array of window options for find the best option for you.  They also have online assistance that offers help should you need it.

 

The Independent Pharmacy

This post is a little different for me but I think it’s really important to talk about. For the last year and  a half or so  I have been struggling with what I believe is acid reflux or possible GERD, I have found some ways to that really help me, like not eating right be before I go to sleep and making sure I am propped up slightly when I have eaten late. I have also increased the amount of water that I drink and these things really help me out.

Even though I have been doing these things and I gave googled to the ends of the earth and back to make sure as much as i can that it is hat i think it is, I still want to check in with my GP to see if there is anything else I can do or anything they can offer me.  I just come across a website called The Independent Pharmacy who have an online pharmacist and an online doctor and you have access to over 400 medications, you can get a consultation, order your medication and have it delivered to your door, all without having to leave your house. I think this is fantastic for people who are not physically able to get to the doctor for medical reasons and also for people who are unable to make it due to time constraints and those who work awkward hours.

They have a very easy to navigate website and you can check their list of medical conditions to have a look at what medications are used to treat the condition before going through to the actual consultation.

I genuinely think this is an amazing and very very useful resource, one that would come in very handy for my lifestyle.

Yours Clothing Maxi Dress

 

 

If you follow me anywhere at all on social media you’ll know that I have been loving this maxi dresses from Yours Clothing. They are so comfortable and easy to wear.IMG_20171013_160743_253

As you can see I literally throw them on with various jackets (which I mix and match depending on how I feel) and I’m out the door.

Also…. THEY HAVE POCKETS?

I’m a little bit obsessed with dresses with pockets so I love these.

I just wanted to drop in quickly and show you one of my fave dresses for when you want to be casual and don’t know what to wear. IMG_20171013_162038_115Do you have any go to items that always make you feel good? If so what at are they?

 

Five fierce fashion influencers with fabulous curves

For years the world of fashion has focused on very slim women because this is what we have been made to think is the ideal.

But this provided an unrealistic definition of beauty for millions of women whose fuller figures are more like curvy Coca-Cola bottles.

And thanks to the power and reach of social media, a new generation of confident women with curves are inspiring full-figure fashionistas across the globe.

With that in mind, here are five fierce fashion influencers with fabulous curves.

Nadia Aboulhosn

Nadia Aboulhosn is a legendary body-positive Lebanese-American fashion blogger, model and clothing designer.

She’s the second plus-size model to appear on the cover of Women’s Running magazine and has designed everything from lingerie to sportswear for a range of famous high street brands.

We hope that this terrific trailblazer keeps breaking barriers in the fashion industry for years to come.

Gabi Fresh

Gabi Fresh is another curvy beauty blogger who’s championing the cause of body confidence.

When she’s not designing swimsuits she’s spreading the word about healthy eating and generally being a kick-ass ambassador for larger women’s fashion.

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She rejects the idea that plus-sized ladies should ‘dress for their body type’ and believes that every woman should be catered for when it comes to clothing choices.

Gabi has over half a million Instagram followers hanging on her every word when it comes to fashion, health and lifestyle advice.

Diana Sirokai

Diana Sirokai recently broke the internet when she went head to head in the same iconic swimsuit as Kim Kardashian and absolutely smashed it.

Her Instagram post was designed to inspire other fuller-figured women to love their shapes and be proud of their bodies.

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And tens of thousands of social media fans responded overwhelmingly positively — proving that women can feel more empowered by realistic role-models.

Ashley Graham

Ashley Graham is one of the most successful plus-sized models in the US and has proudly taken a seat as a judge on America’s Top Model.

She’s modelled everything from swimwear to sexy lingerie and describes herself as a ‘body activist’.

Fashion will feel much more inclusive once more brands are bold enough to use more marvellous models like Ashley as advocates.

Iskra Lawrence

Iskra Lawrence is a beautiful New York-based British model who’s never afraid to flaunt her fuller figure.

She once stripped off in a New York subway car to spread the message on being positive about your body.

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And she rails against negative comments in the male dominated mainstream media as well as negativity in the digital domain.

These five fierce fashion influencers with fabulous curves are blazing a brilliant trail in beauty and fashion — we hope you’ll follow their lead.

Which full-size model do you admire most? Share your views in the comments section.

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Plus Size Dating: Having a Great First Date

I guess when it comes to dating, life isn’t much that different as a plus size dater, but seeing as I have only ever dated as a plus size woman I couldn’t say for sure.  For me, dating someone new is all about being as comfortable as possible. If you have met someone online and are meeting up ‘in real life’ for the first time, then you are probably nervous enough as it is – without having the added pressure of being in a venue that you hate.

Go Somewhere You Know

For a first date I always try and go somewhere I have before. That way I don’t have the added pressure of trying to find a place, knowing where to sit, where toilets are etc. Of course if you want to explore new places after this, that can be fun but make sure that you go somewhere you like first.

Choose Your Time Wisely

The time that you meet someone can help take the pressure off too. Try and meet someone in the evening, rather than the afternoon where you could be stuck for hours on a date you aren’t comfortable. If you do have to meet in the afternoon, tell them beforehand you have somewhere to be at a set time so that you can leave as and when you need. I like to keep 1st dates short and sweet, I want them to want more and I like to know that it won’t last long if I don’t like the person. The only problem with having short dates is if you’re travelling far for them this is why I avoid dating far away so dating agency tayside and Buckinghamshire dating site are off the cards for me.

Sit Comfortable

When you are thinking about venues, make sure you choose somewhere that you can sit comfortable. It can be tempting to sip cocktails in a trendy bar but you’re not going to want to be perched on a high stool for hours at a time – choose somewhere with proper seating and tables. You are going to be sat for a while so you are going to want to feel comfortable.

Get There First

Personally I like to get there a few minutes early. That way I can walk in, get a drink and find an area of the bar/pub that I like the most. I can sit down and get comfortable and sorted before they arrive. I don’t want to walk in flustered and hot when they are already there. Get there a few minutes early, get sorted and let them come to you when they get there. It makes the whole process much less stressful.

Being single I love to date and I find the majority of potential dates online , a few sites that may help you find what you’re looking for might be best dating sites or if your looking for something more specific like you want to date divorced singles or if you’re looking for something a little more location specific like Cambridgeshire dating sites then the internet has everything you need.

What tips do you have as a plus size dater?

 

Dressing for dates

What To Wear on a Date

I’m not a fan of rules of what to wear and when because I love fashion and feel it should be a reflection of your personality and what you want to wear. However, what I will say is that when you are going on a date you want to look good, feel good but also be comfortable.

If you’re on a date in a bar then the chances are you’re going to be sat down for a good few hours at a time, so the last thing you want is to be tugging on something that is digging in or feeling uncomfortable because something just doesn’t fit right.

It can be tempting to get dressed up fully glamorous because you want to impress, but you can look great without having to torture yourself with wearing something uncomfortable. You’ll feel much more confident in something that you feel great in and this will show to your date.

I love using dating so sometimes I end up travelling a little further than I might like and have to get a train, in those instances I like to make sure I’m super comfortable. There are so many places online to find a potential partner nowadays like Berkshire dating site and Merseyside dating site.
If you’re open to travelling to find ‘the one’ then the internet is probably a good place to because it gives you the opportunity to meet people that you wouldn’t bump into in a bar or the supermarket, Or maybe you live in a city that has it’s own dating site like this Cheshire dating site or a dating agency Northamptonshire.

What I Wear

Personally I love to wear a dress, leggings and comfortable shoes. Skater dresses are a firm favourite because they’re really nice to wear and I love the shape they give me. Luckily I have a few of these so I always have something that suits. I might even throw on a Lyra dress for a date if I am going somewhere a bit fancier.

I always choose trainers or boots so that I am ready to go should we decide to go to a new bar. I usually choose the first venue but I want to be good to go if we decide that we want to go on to a few different bars or a walk down by the water – Brindley Place is perfect for this!

What are your best dating sites or dating apps?

What do you like to wear on a date?

My search for a reinforced bed

In case you couldn’t tell just by looking at me, I’m a super fat girl. I have been various sizes of fat since I’ve been an adult and I have always just had regular beds whether that was a bed with slats or a divan. I remember being really upset every time I broke a slat or my divan bed caved in. Once in my later teen my dad reinforced my divan with large wooden boards and that was great and lasted me for years.

When me and my last partner moved in together my dad bought us a really nice leather bed with regular slats and even though my partner was really slim I was worried it wouldn’t last very long, oh boy was I wrong! I got that bed in 2014 and I still have it . I don’t know what prayers and miracles have kept that bed in one piece but I will forever be grateful.

I have just moved across the country to Birmingham and I have brought my trusty bed with me of course but I’ve recently been thinking that I would like a King size bed instead of my double and it’s makes sense for me to look at some Reinforced Beds so I won’t have to be careful when I throw myself down on the bed and when I get into my next relationship it wont be such a concern.

Screenshot_20171012-151758This is my bed and I absolutely love it , I love decorating it with pillows and toys and cute bedding but I do really wish it was more roomy and was a little more secure.

In my search I came across Reinforced beds and Endurance beds  who both offer reinforced and heavy duty beds aimed at overweight people and people in the market for beds that will last a lifetime.

“We supply many types of bed frames of which include divan bases, metal bed frames, wooden beds, ottomans and many others. All our beds are manufactured using only quality materials which ensures that the user obtains a very reasonable bed life span. Some of our beds are guaranteed for weights of up to 40 stone per individual so they really are robust and strong.”

They do high quality, heavy duty mattresses also aimed at plus size sleepers so you really can get a bed that was literally made for you. They have a special offers section as well so there are some really well priced beds that are available whether you want wood, wrought iron bed, a cast iron bed or a divan.

I love knowing that when it comes to beds for plus size people there is something to suit everyone. What is even better is that these beds look good, so you don’t even have to compromise on style to be able to sleep in something you’ll feel safe and secure in. I personally feel that having a bedroom you love is really important so style and the look of all my furniture is important  and these beds match everything I need perfectly.

My absolute favourite bed from them is called the Leona and its just a classically beautiful bed.

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As soon as I’m in the financial position to get my new bed this is definitely the one I’ll be going for.

Wild play super bet.

As someone who uses the internet for a lot of different stuff, I have recently been looking at new ways to spend my time online and make the most of the World Wide Web. Shopping online and social media is great, but I also know there is loads more to see and do online.

Fun & Games Online

One thing I have gotten into lately is online betting and gaming. I have always loved playing games such as Farmville online so the added bonus of maybe winning some money is great – who doesn’t love free money? I wouldn’t recommend everyone go out and there and gamble if they can’t afford it, but if I have any spare pennies then I do admit to liking the odd flutter.

When I was looking at different places to play online I came across Wildplay Super Bet Online – I really liked the way that the site looked and the fact that it had a mixture of different games to choose from.

However one of the nicest things about the site is that it offers a 100% sign up bonus. This meant that when I made my initial deposit to the site I order to play, I actually got double the money to play with. As you will all know, I love a bargain so this idea really appealed to be. The Wildplay slot machine game is super fun and easy to play, but there are others to choose from too, so there really is something for everyone.

Gaming Responsibility

The thrill of gambling online is such a fun one but I would make sure it is something that you can afford to do. I have been lucky with a couple of small bets I have placed, but I do know that not everyone will be so lucky!

Of course, that said the whole thing is a lot of fun and I love sitting in of an evening and having a few games while I watch TV. I find it really fun and relaxing and if you’re someone that would love a bit of a gamble online I would thoroughly recommend it!

Make sure that you sign up with the above link as that will make sure that you get your Welcome Bonus. And if you do sign up, make sure you let me know if you win because I’ll be just as excted for you

Most importantly – have fun!

I don’t do tools

Since the day I was born I have always lived with people/someone that has been able to adult in ways I couldn’t, whether that was my parents or a partner but I have never lived alone and been responsible for all of the adult things that come with living in a house.

For the last year however, my sister and I have been living together in a house in Birmingham and she is just as rubbish at being an adult as I am so we have had to do a lot of growing up pretty fast.

We have had to buy and fit new door knobs, fix shelves, build wardrobes and attempt to sort out our huge garden….you name it.

Now as you know from my blog, I love to shop but I had no idea where to start when it came to tools and gardening appliances but I was recently made aware of a site called BPI Marketplace and they sell so many different things but they have a wide range of tools available and items for garden work, Still in this year one of fending for ourselves but this is a great place to know about because you can search for exactly what need and get it for a good price.

IMG_20170925_162240We are on our way to building up a little toolbox and its feels great when I can fix and make things myself, right little barb the builder these days lol

There are so many of these site where you can find a whole host of household maintenance items , its funny how you never really think about these things until you actually need to get stuck in and use them yourself but building up my collection of little tools does feel really good.