Having been a beauty/makeup influencer on YouTube years ago and working as a makeup artist in London and just loving to paint my face in general, beauty has been a big part of my life for many years now.
I have started to lose inspiration as I haven’t been working in makeup since I moved away from London so I really want to incorporate makeup and beauty into my blog to get me excited again and also to make more use of the abundance of beauty products and makeup that I own lol
2016 was a very quiet makeup year for me, I pretty much did the same natural makeup look each time I had to put a face on and I want to make 2017 much more exciting and experiment so much more.
With my blog being named ucantwearthat I love to dispel myths about what fat people/black people etc can and can’t wear. I have recently posted pics and a video on Instagram of myself playing around with pink and green makeup highlighters by Radioactive Unicorn to show that when used correctly they can be brown girl friendly.
I realise beauty products are much more than just makeup and skin care however. A large chunk of the population use spray tanning and self tan products as party of their beauty regime. I personally have only used a self tan lotion once just to see if it made any difference, the skin tone on my legs is very fair so I used self tan to see if it would even up my skintone to match the rest of my body, it didn’t, but it did give me a beautiful golden glow to my skin which was really pretty. As not all of my readers are my skintone I still wanted to mention tanning products as part of my post for popular beauty trends Ellison supply spray tanning kits has a tonne of products to help create that gorgeous summer tan without having to go on a holiday. Tanning products are definitely something I would use again but most likely on my face this time as I really like the health glow it gave my skin.
Something else I want to play around with more this year is unusual lip colours, again just to show people that no matter your skintone all areas of beauty are open to us.
Look forward to more beauty related posts from me this year as well as more make up of the day and tutorials. I intend to revisit my beauty YouTuber days and play around with a lot more beauty products and trends.
One of my most ‘liked’ pictures on my instagram is me in the mustard Lyra dress, it is by far my favourite dress so when Lady Voluptuous released some new prints I was very excited, especially when I saw they had a cat print! The elegance of the Lyra style and a quirky print make for the most amazing dress and I had to have it. ￼￼￼
It’s really cold here at the moment so I wore leggings underneath and put on some little tan boots to keep warm, having long sleeves on this dress helped with that too.
There really isn’t much I can say about the dress except that it’s another stunning Lyra and once again Lady V London and Lady Voluptuous have done great!
This dress was very kindly gifted to me, the opinions in this post are all my own.
I love dressing up and wearing fancy dresses but when I’m shopping I’m usually looking for cute items that I am comfortable in and can wear on a daily basis.
I wanted a couple of new items that I could wear with leggings and trainers and still be really cute. They are definitely my favourite buys as I get much more wear out of them than I would a party dress.
This is the Jameela Jamil off the shoulder dress. it is definitely a more fancy day time dress which I like and would be a great piece to transition from day to evening if you had drinks after work etc.
This one has no stretch in the fabric and is a little tight on my tummy but still absolutely wearable for me. This one i love more than life, you know when you find an item and the fit is just perfect and its the most comfortable thing ever…. well this is that for me. its the Multi print jersey babydoll dress. On a normal day I like to be as comfortable as I can and this dress feels great, such an easy piece to wear and a really cute ditsy floral print.
Both of these dresses are listed as Simply be Party Dresses but they are definitely more day to day dresses for me. I am very much into wearing whatever makes you feel good and what suits your lifestyle and dresses like these are just perfect for me and mine.
Really quick post to show you guys a little something I bought recently..
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
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.
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.something 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.
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.
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!
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!
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;
1. Beach cover up
2. 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
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 lol
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.
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.
What it was and what it became:
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.
Animal print dress
I really hope you liked this post because I really enjoyed doing it.