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Doing Chubby Cartwheels!

The Natalie dress.

A little while ago I opened my email inbox to find an email from Shawna of Chubby Cartwheels, to say I was over the moon would be an understatement. I have been following her for a while now and think she is an amazing woman. I love seeing women that are a similar size to me flying the flag for fat girls everywhere.

The Chubby Cartwheels site is full of beautiful pieces, what I like the most is that there are so many unique items and that some of the pieces are customisable so you can adjust the sleeve length etc to suit you before placing an order.

Chubby Cartwheels is very well known for the their stunning range of body suits up to a 5x, A couple that I have been seeing everywhere are the mesh and lace bodysuits. Fat girls all over Instagram have been donning these bodysuits with pride and it really is beautiful to see.

When looking though the website, as I always am, I was drawn to the dress section and the Natalie dress stood out to me instantly, the plush velvet material is a fabric I have been lusting after in a dress for a while, especially with a couple of companies bringing out velvet dresses but not quite up to my size.

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I got this dress in a 5x as I wear a UK size 30/32 and the fit is brilliant. I am only 5ft 3″ tall so the dress comes up longer on me than it does on the model on the site, for me this is a plus as I love where this dress hits on my legs.  PicsArt_1428314362287

I’m actually staying in London for a few weeks and I only have one case full of clothes so I don’t have much in the way of styling options.  This is a classic cut skater dress so it’s so versatile and easy to wear,  I put the dress on with a pair of black vans just to show it at its most casual and I actually really like it that way. The material gives it a little extra something so its casual but far from boring.PicsArt_1428314455755

At the moment I am totally obsessed it tights and brogues (as you will see from an upcoming post). I think a lot of dresses can be styled this way and makes for a very wearable outfit. I love brogues and a blazer paired with so many different dresses, its still really comfortable but looks like you’ve made an effort. PicsArt_1428314559326

When I first saw this dress on the website I knew straight away that I wanted to wear it with boots, a leather jacket and a dark lip. Unfortunately I didn’t have either of my leather jackets in London :-( but I still really love the dress with the boots, In this instance I do wish the dress was a little shorter on me as I lose a lot of leg in the boots.PicsArt_1428314654446I really love this dress!!!! I like it all the ways I have worn it but I think my preference is with the brogues and tights.

I have another item that I bought from Chubby Cartwheels to share with you soon… so keep an eye out.

Natalie dress

Clarks Brogues

New look boots

*This dress was very kindly gifted to me for review purposes, all opinions are honest and my own*

But first, let me take a CÉLFIE!

 

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But first, Let me take a Celfie

I have never really been a fan of having writing across my chest as I feel my boobs already draw the eye, but when Yours Clothing contacted me about this Celfie T-shirt I have to admit I was a little excited. I make a big deal about dressing out of societies comfort zone so I excited to spend my day with people reading my boobs and I discovered that I actually really like statement T-shirts and have already started looking for another one.

I am away in London for a week so my clothing options are limited so  pair this tee with my Scarlett & Jo prom skirt and use it as an opportunity to show the skirt really dressed down.

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This is just a really quick post to show off the T-shirt, I surprisingly really love it. The fit is really nice too, It has a dipped back and a slight puff sleeve.  Available here if you want a better look.

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I went to a plus size clothing swap in North London and then went to see my aunt to say Happy Birthday, drop off her present and of course for the abundance of food and cake! I then went on to meet some friends for drinks in town and stayed out til the wee hours and I got a lot of compliments on the outfit throughout the day.

My necklace was one that I picked up in the ASOS sale and this is the first time I’m wearing it but I really love that too.

 

 

 

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British Plus Size Awards feat. Estella

On Saturday night I was lucky enough to attend the British Plus Size Awards held in London because my best friend won two tickets, she was also a nominee for  best blogger WannabePrincess.

I wore a Beautiful Lady V London Dress. This is the Damask print Estella Dress Designed by the gorgeous George at Fuller Figure Fuller Bust I have this dress in three prints as I am in love with the style and think its a great dress for my shape.

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IMG-20141113-WA0002In the hotel lobby showing off this gorgeous dress.

My shoes, necklace and fluffy handbag are all from NewLook in the last two weeks and are all still available.

Overall it was a lovely evening, It was so nice to get all dressed up and have a really grown up sophisticated night, I’m more of a night out in a club type girl so this was a really nice change. We arrived to a champagne reception, which was lovely and it was so nice to see so many other bloggers in attendance. I’m usually really bad at taking pictures when I attend events so I made sure that I had my phone in hand at all times to snap a few pics.

The three course meal was really lovely, I had Pâté to start and then a beautiful beef roast dinner for main and had a citrus cheesecake for dessert.  It was so nice to see so many familiar faces in all their finery, I took a few pics with some fellow bloggers.

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Me with the stunning Kate from How Kate does Fashion and Mary of Channelling Liz

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Me with Beautiful plus size models Sarah Hadzipasic and Olivia Campbell.

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Me with the absolutely stunning and always flawless Georgina of She Might be Loved

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Me and the princess. (if you can’t tell, we love a good selfie) Saturday night was a great night for boobs and selfies lol

I think the nominees should have been given free tickets anyway if you ask me, it may have decreased the amount of ‘Unfortunately _______ was unable to attend to collect his/her award’ speeches. Aside from the lack of winners attendance it was a great evening with some really fun entertainment. I especially enjoyed the humour of presenter Matt Johnson. But I would have to say the highlight of the evening, performance wise, would definitely have to be by Ashleigh Owen. I have seen her perform before at the Hamburger Queen finals and she was amazing then too, a very well deserved standing ovation from our table.

Considering this is an event I wasn’t planning on going to I had a really nice time and got a chance to catch up a lot of people that I already know from various areas of my life, whether it be my makeup work, blogging or my general social nights out and I would definitely be up for going again should another ticket fall into my lap.

Lastly I would like to say a massive congratulations to all the winners and nominees on the night xx

 

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Still blossoming in Winter.

Since Scarlett & Jo became available in Evans they have been producing item after item that I have lusted over. I, like everyone else on the planet fell in love with the infamous prom dress but by the time I was able to buy it everyone and their cat already had it. Then the prom skirts came out and I knew I had to have one. A little late to the party (or prom lol) again I now have a beautiful Scarlett & Jo prom skirt. They are still available HERE on the Evans website on sale and in three colours.I chose the purple because with winter approaching I wanted something that was dark enough to wear throughout the colder season but with the vibrant flowers it still stands out beautifully.

The skirt has an elasticated waistband and is so comfortable, I have on a size 30 and it fits great so you could easily size down if need be. The skirt has a built in tulle underskirt and feels so girly and ‘flouncy’ to wear. It really feels like a luxury piece when you have it on. I know with all my extra padding I shouldn’t need the help of tulle to fill out the skirt but it just makes it so pretty.

This is just going to be a really picture heavy post as the skirt is so gorgeous!

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This is probably my favourite skirt at the moment and I can’t wait to see what Scarlett & Jo come out with next. They have some beautiful vintage jersey dresses in at the moment. Go check them out.

Thanks for reading x

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In ca’boots’ with JD WIlliams.

 

Something I discovered very recently is that more and more brands are stocking wide fitting shoes,  some are even starting to cater to us ladies with super chunky legs with their vast range of calf width fittings, one of those companies being JD Williams.

I got a pair of boots from the wide fit shoe section of their website and I wanted to try a pair of long legged boots just to see if their largest calf size would be suitable for me. If you read my post on wide calf wellies you will know how much I have struggled over the years to find boots to fit my huge calves. JD Williams have a whopping seven calf widths to choose from in a selection of their boot; Slim, Standard, Extra large, Curvy, Super curvy, Curvy plus and Super curvy plus. I went for the Suer curvy plus as I know my legs are really really big and I wasn’t even confident that these would fit.

When the boots came I was really excited because laying them out on the floor the calf looked massive. You can find this pair HERE!

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I love the boots and this is the closest I have ever come to having a pair of everyday knee high boots fit. As you can see from the last picture the boots are still a little tighter around my calf than it should, be but this is purely down to the fact that I have huge legs (which I accept and embrace lol). But to my surprise the boots go on easily and are not uncomfortable in the slightest. I wore these boots for a few hours and I love them, they are super comfortable and easy to walk around town in. I will show you the boots again as part of my outfit;

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I will be blogging this outfit in my next post which should be up in the next two days x

 *These boots were kindly gifted to me. However all views, positive and negative are my own*
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Joe browns on the Town!

The perfect dress?
As the weather has gotten warmer one of my favourite dresses to wear has been the Joe Browns Colourful Coral 50s Dress *(very kindly gifted to me to review) I can sometimes struggle with the fit of the 50s style dresses but I found this one sat very well on my body.
I love that the dress has a structured feel when wearing it, it is 98% cotton and 2% elastane, There is enough stretch in it for it to hug me in the right places and I would say it is a perfect fit and I love the way it makes my boobs look, this is definitely a great dress for ladies with a large bust.
The material is a little thicker than most of the other dresses I have been wearing and I was worried that I would be way too hot in this dress but I haven’t been, I think that’s where the benefits of it being cotton come in.
This dress feels a bit like magic, its thick enough to give that structured authentic 50s feel but the fabric is very breathable so can comfortably be worn on a hot summers day.
After deciding that this dress would not have me sweltering I decided to give it a go on a night out in a club…
I love the big prints on this dress. This fat girl loves large prints!!!!
I don’t know what people were thinking saying big girls cant wear large prints, I think it looks fantastic! I love the coral in the dress and it’s such a welcome addition to my dress collection because I have nothing else like it.
I wore this dress on an evening out with a pair of leggings, nude shoes from Primark and a nude clutch from New Look
I’m a really big fan of this dress, I think it looks beautiful on and I think it is the perfect shape/material for a bigger girl who wants to flatter her shape.
I personally am not all that interested on flattering my body, I just wear whatever I feel good in, but I do understand that not everybody feels the same way I do. I feel very comfortable in this dress though and I feel that it looks good on my body so I will be wearing this again and again.
I think this is very close to being a perfect dress, It fits like a dream and is beautiful to look at.
Joe Browns… I am impressed!
*This dress was kindly gifted to me for review purposes, all opinions expressed here are true and my own* I really do LOVE this dress!
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It’s True Love – an ode to the Kimono

Any of you that read my blog or follow me on any form of social media you will know that I have a not so little obsession with Kimonos.
The kimono trend is one that I have fallen head over heels for, they are so versatile, I love that I am able to dress them up or down.
In some of my previous posts I have pictures in Kimonos dressed up and with more casual outfits.
For the purpose of this post I am showing my kimonos all with the same simple black outfit of a midi skirt and tucked in vest top just so that the kimonos are the focus.
This one is the Floral Print Kimono from Pink Clove
The pictures don’t do the colours in this kimono any justice at all, it is so lovely and vibrant. I love wearing this kimono to add a little summer to any outfit.
This is the Multi Print Floral Kimono from Yours Clothing
This Kimono I got in a size 36 so it is super comfy and I have enough material for it to come together when its windy, I tend to wear this one on casual days with leggings and a T-shirt.
This is the Floral Print Sheer Georgette longline from Yours Clothing
This is probably my most grown up and sophisticated of all my kimonos and the one I wear the least.
This is the Tropical Floral Print Kimono from ASOS Curve
This one is my favourite for casual days with jeans and a pair on converse.
The newest addition to my Kimono collection is this one…
This is the Neon Peach Oriental Floral Kimono from New Look
I got this one for my birthday last week and is my new favourite, I absolutely adore the colours and the light and airy fabric, It is coming in so handy at the moment because London is scorching hot.
I have just realised while writing this post that all five of my kimonos are floral print…. hmm maybe time to hunt for one with something else on lol
Whenever I am out and about and see a Kimono I always try it on just to see if I fall in love with it. I am trying so hard not to buy any more but they seem to call to me. One thing I do know is that I will continue wearing Kimonos long after the trend had died. I think they are the perfect item to throw on on a hot day and I’m actually looking forward to when the cold weather comes back so I can wear them with jeans and a roll neck jumper and boots…doesn’t sound awesome but trust me, just wait and see!!!
Are any of you as in love with these as I am? I can’t see how anyone can live without one lol
Thank you so much for stopping by xx
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My Birthday week so far…


Hello home slices. 
My name is Lucia and I am a shopahol…. Just kidding. I actually don’t know what to write so this is pretty awkward, I think I’m just gonna talk to you guys about my week so far. I am visiting my hometown of London this week, I came down on Sunday so that I would be able to celebrate my birthday (which was on Monday) with my family and friends. I didn’t really have anything planned but I thought it would be nice to be home. I left my boyfriend in Derby as he was going to be working anyway.

I went out with my sisters and cousins on the Monday evening, we just had dinner and cocktails in Wetherspoons in Angel, and after cocktails turned into shots I was ready for bed. It was a lovely quiet night. Didn’t take many pictures but here are the ones I do have from that evening.
Pretty casual birthday outfit. 
Oh god the shots!
Fresh cream and white chocolate birthday cake (That’s 30th not 50th btw!)
Pub selfie with one of my sisters. 
I had some lovely presents delivered to me from a certain Princess who was unable to be there for my birthday due to a big move of her own. I got a beautiful Kimono that I have been after for ages and she knows I am Yankee Candle obsessed so I got some lovely smellies.
On Wednesday night I went out for dinner and drinks with a few friends. We went to a Mexican street food restaurant called Wahaca in Angel (seems like I don’t veer very far from the Angel lol) and then onto the Glassworks for drinks afterwards. As you can see from the pics below I wore my newest Kmono that I got from my Bestie and a simple black maxi dress. 
My Wednesday night outfit.

Not gonna give any info on the outfit as I will blog about this one soon.
Moving away from London was a big change for me as I was born and raised here so it’s been really lovely being able to see all my London friends and family.
I will be staying in London for a few more days as it’s my mums birthday on Sunday, then I will make plans to go back home.
I don’t really have much going on here til I go home, All I know is that I need an emergency trip to Mac as I have zero eyebrow products here lol

Hope everyone is having a lovely week and I hope you liked this post.
Lucia x

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Hue am I?

Hue am I? feat. Pink Clove

With summer fast approaching I have been looking for items to add a little colour to my wardrobe, I am a big fan of black and neutral colours but I have recently been getting a lot of compliments when I wear the occasional pop of colour.
So in the spirit of what my blog is all about, I want try and change up my hues this summer.
I have been experimenting with bright colours and bold prints and actually really enjoying it.
As everyone and their mother knows I am a big fan of kimonos at the moment so when i saw this one on the Pink Clove website I was really excited as I like my kimonos to be big and flowy so whenever a brand has one in my size or larger I am a happy girl. Since the launch of Pink clove I have been very impressed with their range of fashions, quality and price.
This is the Floral Print Kimono
and the Royal Blue Cami Vest
both from Pink Clove
I really love the Kimono, Its hard to tell in these pictures or on the website pictures but the floral print beautiful and super vibrant and of the four kimonos I have at the moment it is the most colourful and summery and a steal at just £20.
I really like the quality of the camisole, In the pictures on the model on the website the cami is very loose and flowy yet I found that it was tighter around the midsection that I thought it would be, it fits me like a regular camisole would without the flowyness. I still really like it but I would suggest sizing up one if you want it to be loose and swing.
I wore the cami tucked in to an ASOS midi skirt as I just wanted a small block of colour.
I got this small leather handbag for a couple of quid on eBay because when I picked up these shoes a month or two ago from Primark I had nothing to go with it.
I really like this all these pieces together,  I decided to go without jewellery as I felt like there was already quite a lot going on and I’m still trying to get used to all the colour and prints etc.
Want this post to show you that no matter your size, all fashion trends are open to every BODY!
*The Pink Clove items were gifted to me for review purposes, all opinions, positive and negative, are honest and my own*
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5 outfits, 1 post!

What I’ve been wearing over the last couple of weeks. 
With moving house I have been dressing for comfort and practicality, I have taken a few pictures but haven’t really felt like I have worn much to blog about.
I am just doing this quick post about some of the things I have worn recently that I really love and have kept going back to and just show you where the items are available x
I got this maxi dress from new look inspire in their extended range up to a size 32 online, I have just had a look and can no longer find it on the website even though I know I saw it there last week :(
I love this dress so much, I’m not really one for bright colours and big prints but I really enjoyed wearing this dress, it felt so summery and all the pink makes it super girly. Its a Bandeau maxi and has no straps and comes with a weaved tan belt which you can see if you look closely lol.
Like I said i have been dressing mostly for comfort, this outfit was for a day of unpacking and then a quick trip to IKEA. I did however want to mention this T-Shirt at some point. This is the ASOS curve oversized T-shirt and is massive, I wear a size 32 and this top is a size 28 and it is huge. I love it, it is such a nice piece to just throw on and go I also wear it alot with black leggings. Here I have it on with a pair of old evans jeans and white converse. The jacket is the Khaki Asymmetric Military jacket with PU sleeves
I wore this outfit to have dinner with family in London, It is an old Simplybe floral blazer, Primark crop top, Primark shoes and old evans jeans. The reason I am including this outfit is because i feel like it pushes boundaries in that i think its rare to see women my size not trying to cover their tummies etc. i love this outfit and i felt so fierce in it. this is definitely one that I will recreate again.
 I love this Joe Browns dress, I is covered in a small bird print and is full of autumn colours, its such cute little day dress and I really enjoy wearing it. Its has 3/4 length sleeves and is a a light weight fabric and was great to wear between the seasons.
The jacket is the one I mentioned above, black leggings and black converse, This dress is a Pink clove jersey dress that I picked up a couple of months ago and has actually just gone into the sale today here – Pink Clove Skater Dress
The only thing I can say is that its is the most comfortable item I own! I could have easily sized down, I bought it in my true size and it is very loose and comfy, pair it with leggings and I swear its like you are not even wearing any clothes. This was me on moving day and it was the perfect choice.
Do you have any of these items? or any suggestions for me based on what I like?? I love people suggesting items for me :-)