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Win a dress this Bank Holiday!

Giveaway time!!!

I am giving away an Alice & You Long Sleeve Floral Printed Swing Dress

Brand new with tags in a UK size 28!!
I bought this dress myself and it decided to give it away for no other reason than I am having so much fun blogging and am amazed at all the support so Thank you 
*This giveaway was not sponsored*
Unfortunately this giveaway is only open to UK entrants
There are a few ways you an enter this giveaway, just check out the Rafflecopter box below x

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My Primark Treasures!!! VIDEO!!

Good day ladies :-)
People always seem really surprised when I say I buy clothes from Primark… not because its Primark but because I wear a UK size 30/32 and Primark do clothes up to a size 20!
I have made a Plus Size Primark Haul Video!

I would really like it if you would watch the video but I’m going to put up a few pics of some of the tops that I picked up over the last week just so you can see that there are some things that we women at the bigger end of plus size can pick up for fantastic prices that are still super on trend <3
I’m going to start with my favourite Primark Purchase
 
Black floaty Crop top, UK size 18!!!
They have this in black, Cream and Pink
£3 in Primark.
I love how girly a floaty this top is, its really fun and swishy
This is an oversized loungy crop top that has super droopy arm holes, 
This is a size 20! and is also £3 in Primark at the moment, 
They have this one is Black, white, purple and a neon orange.
Guns N Roses oversized T dress. 
This is a long Tee that I have put a midi skirt over. 
This is a UK size 20 and sells for £8
I don’t want to go into too much detail about these items as I plan to blog about them individually in outfit posts at some point.
I just want to show that there are a lot of options available to bigger girls in stores that don’t stock our size. 
It really is all about just going in and have a good look and a good feel of fabrics and knowing your body well enough to know what will and won’t work for you. 
I literally go into Primark and give the clothes a good pull and stretch and I always find items that work. 
I hope you find this post helpful and I hope you like the items that I picked up.
If I had to recommend one item I would say definitely pick up that floaty crop top as it is sooooo lovely and its only Three squids!!!!! 
You can see what else I picked up in my haul video if you haven’t already.
Thanks for reading guys…. 

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I’ve got the Summer Blues

Feeling Blue?… me too :)
Since Scarlett & Jo have been being stocked at Evans I find myself going in there much more, I went into store last week and picked up two dresses, This is the second and my favourite of the two. 
My 18yo sister was with me and she actually picked out this dress and told me to try it on, I’m not really big on lace as it seems really dressy and I didn’t think it was very me. I had to admit when I tried it on in the dressing room I thought it was quite cute.
The peter pan collar adds to the cute and girly feel of the dress, I really love the colour of the dress, I don’t often wear bright colours so this is a nice summery dress in a nice safe colour and I nice colour to transition into the next season.    
I kept my makeup really simple on this day, as the dress is kinda cute I didn’t want to go heavy on the makeup, I have on a Mac tinted moisturiser, eyeliner and mascara and I have used the Mac lustre drops as a cheekbone highlight. (I have filled in my brows with the mac eyebrow pencil in stud as always) 
Because of the ‘somewhat statement’ collar I kept my accessories really simple with a pair of studs and small silver chain.
  Here I have the dress on with a pair of beige pointy flats from Matalan and a beige/grey tassel bag from eBay  
Bailey my dog squinting in the sun
Although it was really sunny on this day it wasn’t really warm at all So I wasn’t going to wear the dress like this by itself. I really like the dress like this but for me its just too short to wear without leggings.
Below is how I wore the dress for that day. Good old leggings and converse. I’m gonna have to do a post on dressing up this dress as I think it would be lovely with a thick belt and heels and some chunky jewellery.
 
I have no idea why I look so miserable lol… maybe cos the sun went in?
Any other ideas how I could style this dress? I really wanna play around with this one.
Thanks for reading guys xxx
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Giving me Butterflies.

Heeellllllooooooo :-)
So I went into the Evans flagship store in marble arch and to be honest I wasn’t sure what I was looking for and in the end I picked up a couple of dresses the first one being this… the Evans Navy Crinkle Midi dress It does not look like a dress that I would normally pick up as I am not a fan of butterfly print, I do feel though that this dress has enough going on, print wise, that you almost don’t notice the butterflies. I wanted a couple of dresses in colours that I don’t already have and that are nice fabrics for the summer (this dress is cotton)
This dress is available in both Midi and Maxi lengths. I have a couple of maxi dresses for this summer so I opted for the midi, (looks like I will be getting the old cankles out) 
I’m not sure how I feel about the dress without the jacket as I feel like it whispers ‘Grandma’ but again I love the colours, the print and the fabric so I will be getting a lot of wear out of this dress.
I really like the colours in this dress and picked it up with my denim jacket in mind, due to all the different shades of blue in this dress I knew it would be lovely with any shade of denim. 
I picked up these really cute shoes in Primark this week and I absolutely love them, so much so in fact I plan on going back to get the pair they have in electric blue (and any other colour I can find)
They are wide fit and are so comfortable and I just love the wide strap and buckle. 
This week I will show you guys the second dress I picked up too… Its super cute!
Thanks for reading :-)
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Yours skirt is now my skirt!

Really quick confession post… 
I was up in the Midlands house hunting with my boyfriend and we have decided on a totally new area to live in so the house search has to start from scratch…. I have been saving for a while now and decided to get involved in the #shopmywardrobeforlent and not buy any new clothes. Since we have chosen a new area to live in we have pushed our moving date back by Approx. 4 weeks (which means more time to save) So I decided to treat myself and buy a couple of items of clothing 
(#brokemyspendingban) lol
Saw this lovely skirt in the Yours Derby store and had to try it on! 
 
I dont have very many maxi skirts but I fell in love with this one, Cant wait to wear it properly, probably with a vest top, converse and a denim jacket <3
I love the thick elastic waistband, It reminds me a lot of the waistband on the Scarlett and Jo Floral prom dress that everyone has been drooling over recently. 
Closer look at the waistband. 
(This is a size 18 top from Primark that I picked up and will talk about in a later post, I have tucked it up so you can see the skirts waitband) 
 
Broke the spending ban quite badly…. but guess what,,,, I dont feel any guilt at all, I am very happy with everything I bought.  
Stay tuned this week to see what else was in those bags!!!!!!
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My Skin care routine.

Care for the skin you’re in!
As some of you may know I am a makeup artist in  nd I have decided to start incorporating some beauty into my blog.
I am a huge fan of makeup and what it can do but I think the foundation for your makeup if far more important. By foundation I’m not talking about base makeup I am talking about our skin!
I have had problems with my skin in the past but at the moment my skin is in the best condition it has ever been purely because I have been taking care of it.
I will be 30 this year (eek) and I have only been making an effort with my skin for approx. the last two years.
My skin care routine is pretty simple and it works for me. I must stress at this point that what works for one person may not work for another and I feel like finding your best routine is a matter of either trial and error or thorough research.
In this post I am just going to show you what works for me and show you that you don’t need a 100 step programme to achieve and maintain good skin.

1. Simple kind to skin moisturising facial wash I use this everyday when washing my face in the shower, I love the simple range because it is so gentle. 
2.Bioderma Sensibio H2O This is my daily cleanser, I swear by it and use it on myself and my makeup clients. I use it to remove makeup and find it super effective (even with water proof eye makeup) I also use it when I have no makeup on just as an everyday cleanser. 
3. Clinique clarifying lotion This is a liquid exfoliator and I only use this about 2-3 times a week and has worked well for me for the last two years. 
4. Avene Cleanance toner. This is a very new addition to my skin care routine as I have never used a separate toner before but I heard wonderful things about this one so I am now giving it a try out.
When it comes to moisturisers I jump between these three depending solely on the weather
1. Clinque dramatically Different Moisturising Gel I use this one when the weather is really warm, as its a gel it is very very light weight and even though it feels as though you have nothing on your skin it is very moisturising. 
2. No7 Essential Moisture day fluid This is my go to face cream most of the time, I find it works very well and is again very light weight (which I prefer for having under makeup as well) This is a great cream to chuck on every day and sometime i mix it with a foundation to make a tinted moisturiser for day when i just want to even out my skin tone without a full face of slap.
3. Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate This is a very heavy cream popular in the makeup world at the moment. I use this cream only in the winter it is very thick and luxurious but not a good cream for people with oily skin. Even in the winter I only use it at night before bed and skin is beautiful in the morning.
I’m loving my skin at the moment. sometimes on lazy days I will just cleanse and moisturise, I tend not to deviate away from these products because they have been working so well for me. Sometimes I hear about wonder products and give those a shot but I always come back to my old faithfuls. 
I have just recently heard a lot of talk about a new cream to help with breakouts and problem skin, I placed an order for a tube this morning and I will definitely be doing a review once I have given it a whirl.  
Please let me know if you think I should add some beauty posts into my blog…I would really like to hear your thoughts xxx
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Gold bodycon dress – When 1 became 2!

When One became Two!
I found a way to turn a beautiful sexy dress into an entirely different and just as stunning dress without making any alterations!
I purchased this Gold sparkly bodycon dress for £18 in the new look Inspire sale a month or two ago and I think its just gorgeous. I bought it in a size 28 and it fits really nice and close.  
Below is how the dress look on.
 
As you all know I love a form fitting dress but I also love a fun and flirty full skirt so I decided to make a very sexy dress into a totally new dress for a specific night out without altering the original dress in any way.  
I put one the body con dress and put on my Polkadot Polly full circle skirt over it.
I makes it look like an entirely different dress and  love it.  
I wore this outfit with a pair of gold and black wedges that I picked up in Torrid while on holiday in the states. 
A leopard print New look Clutch. 
I love this look and I think I will be using this skirt to revamp a whole host of other dresses that I have. I don’t think bodycon dresses are appropriate for every single occasion so this is a great way to make some of my other dresses a lot more versatile.  
What do you guys think? Which way do you prefer?
 
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Hamburger Queen is coming!!!



Hey guys!!!!

Last year a few friends and I heard about a fatty talent competition being held in London and to say we were excited was a major understatement. We managed to get tickets to one of the heats and to the Grand final. We as a group had an amazing time so much so that a few of us bought tickets for this year as soon as they were released.

I wasn’t too sure what to wear and ended up going really casual as the event was held in a pub. 
I wore converse, (not so) skinny jeans, a men’s denim shirt I picked up from eBay and later customised and my Evans leather look jacket. 
Looking back on it now I wish I had been a little more adventurous with my outfit… but I made up for it the next week at the finals :) 



I didn’t know what to expect before I attended the first one but I was greeted by the fabulous Ginger Johnson 


 Another nice little surprise was the fries and chocolate chips on the menu, sounds really odd but was actually really really good! 

Met and had my picture taken with Hamburger Queen Judge June Brown (Plays Dot Cotton in Eastenders) 

There were some really fun fatty bits and bobs for sale and I couldn’t resist a ‘Chubby’ badge!!!
When the time came for the Grand final I decided to make a statement T-Shirt in the spirit of the fatty event and this is what I came up with!
‘Fat Bitch’
I absolutely loved this top! I made this shirt in the days leading up to the Hamburger Queen final specifically with this event in mind. It was a little awkward on the train so I ended up zipping my jacket all the way up half way home (once the wine started to wear off lol) 
Not only did I have fun with the outfit, I also used it as a opportunity to wear some fun make up too…
I basically chose 5/6 Mac colours and had some fun on my eyes.

 

Was chatting to some interesting characters outside the venue during intermission.
Below is performer 

As well as the Talent show there are other  performances to fill the night. My friends and I had an amazing time at the two events we went to last year and I am eagerly awaiting this year’s events.  
Hamburger Queen really is a place that is all about fun, you can really just let loose and be a little outrageous, see some outrageous stuff and meet some outrageous people. If you come along be sure to pop over and say Hi. 
Tickets are available here http://www.hamburgerqueen.co.uk/



 A little info about this year’s event from Scottee himself….

“Scottee welcomes you back for a fourth and final, super sized helping of his infamous talent show for fat people Hamburger Queen!
 
Over four heats and a grand finale, a gang of plus size punters will be whittled down in a game show designed to find the perfect fatso. Each chubby contestant will endure three rounds: Trend (flaunting your fat fashion), Taste (your signature dish served to our celebrity judges) and Talent (light entertainment for heavy weights).
 
Each heat is judged by some familiar showbiz faces including the UK’s biggest talk show host, international pop diva, 90’s pop legend, day time TV’s fave fatty, YouTube sensation, an international model, a muse not to mention Scottee’s Mum.

This years head judge is international plus size model and ‘British bombshell’ (Vogue) Felicity Hayward!”

London Heats 3rd, 10th, 17th, April
Brighton Heat 4th April
Grand Final 24th April

Keep up to date with the hashtag #HamburgerQueen

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Casual Lucia in a lovely swap jacket.

How I potter about day to day!!!
I don’t wear makeup everyday and I wear glasses so I can see stuff haha.
This is a really random post, but I kinda wanted to show what I look like and what I wear when I am not doing an actual outfit post.
Converse, Jeans and an Oversized Tee!
Pretty much sums me up when I’m working or popping out to run errands.
I had to do a post about this Jacket as it is something I picked up at the clothes swap that a few of us bloggers went to, I love it so much, I never noticed how popular they are until I wore it the first time and felt like everyone and their cat had a similar jacket on lol.
Its a Khaki Combat style jacket with PU sleeves.
Its a new Look jacket and its a size 26 So I cant actually button it up but as the weather is improving I find its perfect to just chuck on and I still feel rather trendy even though I have made no effort at all.
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You Are Good Enough!

You Are Good Enough!!!!

Debz over at Wannabe Princess  decided to start a blog challenge for Plus Size blogger to get involved in a small movement that originated here at Smile and Spread the Word.

I really like this idea as it is a message that I like to send with my blog so I definitely wanted to get involved.
I am good enough and so are you!
This is something I have learned over time and I am at an age where I can say this and mean it…Its a wonderful feeling!

We were also asked to talk about a body part that that we really like… I chose my face… I am really happy with face, more specifically my skin, I used to have really bad skin and hated my face without makeup.
So in the spirit of being good enough I am bombarding you all with pic of me with no makeup on at all and no filters. This is something that I would have never have done a couple of years ago and now I am very happy to share my bare face!!!!



The other bloggers taking part are..

  
  
Ladies… what makes you feel good enough???? 
 

Plus size fashion and beauty blog.