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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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The Stellar Estella

This is the dress my dreams are made of.

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I have been on the hunt for a vintage style dress in my size for the longest time. I have come across a few but they have always been in a jersey fabric, which is fine when it comes to fast fashion but I wanted something that was going to last me years.

When I heard on the blogger grapevine that Lady V London were releasing a vintage dress in a number of prints in a size 30/32 I was over the moon.

The Estella Dresses are available here! and were designed by the gorgeous Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust

I bought the Estella in the black and white polkadot as I knew it would be very easy to style and I could wear it practically anywhere.

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When the cupcake print Estella was released on the website I was literally screaming “Oh my God, Oh my God” Two of my favourite things combined just for me… Surely a gift from the Angels!!! I went on the site and bought the cupcake dress without a second thought… just look at it… I had to!

 

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Love how I can still look fierce in a cupcake dress lol

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The Estella dresses are 97% Cotton and 3% Elastane,  the quality is so good and I feel like they are a total investment, I plan on taking really good care of the ones I have so they will last forever.  A problem I find being my size is that it is very difficult to find good quality clothes that are a good fit, I know the bigger I am the more my body will vary from someone else who wears the same dress size. The Estella Dress feels like it was made for my body, the little bit of elastane allows the dress to hug you in just the right places but still has enough structure to fit how it is meant to.

I am really hoping to see more of these dresses coming out and I would especially like to see the dress in some solid colours.

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Lucia Laid Bare

I, like a lot of women, love to get all dressed up… prettying up my face and put on something cute.
I love experimenting with my hair and changing up my make-up looks to suit my mood/the occasion.
But I wanted to to a blog post that was basically just me stripped back from all the extras saying… Look, This is me… The real me.
No make-up and No extra hair

This is my natural hair, The hair that I was born with. No straightening techniques, no hair managing products, just my hair as it grows out of my head. I love braids and weaves and wearing my hair straight etc… but I also love my natural hair. My hair is big and wild and difficult to manage just like me!

I have poor vision so I need glasses, and I love those too lol, I like the way I look in glasses and  think everyone can look good in the right pair of frames. Day to day when I’m out running errands and such I don’t wear any make-up and I kind feel a bit like a fraud when in all my blog posts I’m all made up. So this blog post is just basically a short post showing you all the real me.

All the dressing up is so fun but I always strip back to ‘Me’ and have recently realised that that is just as great.

Also if anyone is interested in me doing any hair posts just let me know x

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My love of Zara grows and grows

Another Zara for the collection.

You won’t usually find post about accessories on my blog but this is something I just had to share, Last week I bought the most gorgeous Zara bag to add to my collection, I absolutely adore Zara bags and I have done for a long time, Obviously I don’t only buy Zara bags but I find that when I’m looking for a new bag that is where I go first.
My sister (after me buying her, her first two Zara bags) also has a love for them, she bought the original Zara city bag when it came out and I fell in love with it when I saw it, I was very tempted to buy it but it was a little expensive for a bag that I knew I wouldn’t use much.
The city bag was perfect for my sister as she was in college at the time, the bag is perfect for paperwork, books and folders etc, but as I was working from home I didn’t really need it. After visiting London last week and being out and about with my sister and her bag my love was reignited and as soon as I got back home I was on the hunt. I knew Zara no longer stock the bag and apparently so did the people selling them on eBay because the price was still super high, So I went on the Zara website in what I thought would be a futile attempt to find something similar and the handbag angels shone their light on this little beauty.

The Zara City Business Bag

 

Something I didnt realise til I actually had the bag is that it actually holds a laptop in the centre compartment, This is brilliant for me as I am always travelling,
My 15″ laptop fits in the zip compartment perfectly with more than enough room to zip closed.
I actually prefer this Zara city business bag to the original Zara city office bag (pic below)
Something that had bothered me was seeing my sister zipping and unzipping all the pockets trying to find what she was looking for (imagine searching for Oyster card on a packed bus while the driver waits… yeah…that) So I think the business back with the two popper compartments and the one zip compartment makes things a lot easier, I will be keeping all my valuables in the middle zip pocket and chucking everything else in the other sides.
This is probably my favourite of all my Zara bags, Its so beautiful and I love that I can wear it with so many things, I will be just as comfortable wearing it with a nice dress and shoes as I would with jeans and converse.
Also this bag is only £29.99!!!!!!!
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Aldi Special Buys & Special Size

Special Buys and Special Size

I was recently contacted by Aldi to see if I was interested in reviewing a couple of their pieces, I was a little sceptical at first because their plus size range stops at a size 24 but in the spirit of what my who blog is about I decided to say yes and see if I would be able to make a size 24 work for me.

I have tried a chunky knit cardigan and a pack of two tops, both available here on this list of special buys products

The two pack of tops and the chunk knit cardigan both sell for only £10.99

I am really impressed with the sizing of these items I got both items sent to me in their biggest size (24) considering I wear a size 30/32 I didn’t think they would fit at all.
I am totally in love with the tops, they come up massive, If I didn’t know any better and hadn’t seen the label I would say they fit like a size 30, I love how long the sleeves are and I love how long the torso is.

*please excuse my face in the pics, I’m really poorly at the moment but wanted to get this post out so you guys don.t miss out on the offer*

I will literally be putting these tops on under everything as the weather continues to get colder, I don’t have any long sleeve tops like this so I am really glad I have these now.
I also really like that the two top have different detailing
The cardigan also comes up quite big although I do prefer it unbuttoned, Its a nice little chunky knit piece although I don’t think it will be keeping anyone warm.
I’m mostly impressed with the generous sizing and the good quality, I would love to see more ‘fashionable’ pieces making their way into the range but at the moment it is very good quality and good prices for your basics.
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Floral and Lace out to BunnyChow

Love this ASOS curve skirt, I love how the little florals and the lace make it so granny-fied lol

I saw this skirt on the ASOS website and knew I had to have it but the original price was £45 which for me was just a little too much for a skirt. As soon as I saw this skirt in the sale for £13 I chucked it into the basket, It was out of stock in a size 28 which is what I ideally would have liked but for £13 I was willing to risk a size 26…. and I am so glad that I did, the skirt fits like a dream.

I love the mix of lace and floral as its so pretty and girly, Its a great length so I’m happy to wear it without leggings (I wore it with leggings on this occasion as it was freezing in London). I just wore it with a plain black top, a tan belt and tan brogues :-)

*Debz at WannabePrincess has also blogged this skirt here if you want to see it on someone else*

I wore this outfit out in Soho to a new food restaurant called Bunny Chow, They are now open to the general public and I strongly advise you go check them out. They are a street food restaurant that serve food originated in South Africa, your meal is served to you in a little bread loaf that absorbs the flavours from whatever dish you chose and you get to eat your ‘bowl’ when you are done.
I chose the Bunny Dog which is Baby Cumberland sausages, onion gravy, blue cheese and mustard. It was absolutely delicious and the bread bowl had sopped up some of the gravy and was so nice to eat afterwards. I will definitely be going to try out another bunny next time I’m in London.

They also offer a range of sweet treats including what I had for ‘dessert’, it was an apple with spiced fruits in the middle, everything is so well presented and delicious.

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I also got a lemon muffin to take away with me.
All the little extras are really nice but what will have me going back again and again is most definitely the Bunnies.. Its such a good idea and so tasty.
Have you tried anything like this before? or do you know of any other fun places to eat that I may want to try????
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A message to my sisters (That means all of you!)

If you read anything I have ever written, please let it be this xxx

Today I heard a big beautiful girl talking about how she wants her daughter to have more opportunities than she had, she wants her to have an easier life… which is fair enough and I expect most people would want the same for their children, then I heard her say something that absolutely stunned me.. She wants her daughter to be beautiful so that she can have that better, easier life,
Now it is often said that pretty girls have things easy but I would have to disagree. Just because you deem a person to be pretty/attractive this does not mean they have ‘things’ any easier than you do.
My heart hurts when I think about young girls who have been told by friends, family and/or society that they are not beautiful, whether that be told directly or indirectly.
I think instilling confidence into young people is the key to them being able to achieve all the things they want out of life.
This morning after hearing this I put up a Facebook status that read
                   
                       If I had a magic power it would be to make all the girls (and women) in the world know how beautiful they are, it breaks my heart when I see/hear a beautiful young women who truly doesn’t know her worth. Feeling beautiful and having confidence is truly one of the most powerful things in the world! I believe this more than any of you will ever know.” – Lucia Morris

This status was liked by many of my friends and family but I had so much more to say on the topic hence this blog post. 
I have a beautiful 18 year old sister and it made me think about how she sees herself, and it would kill me to think she sees herself as anything less than the amazing, bright and beautiful young woman that I have watched her grow into so through tears I sent her this message through Whatsapp;

                    “you are one of the most beautiful people on this planet, inside and out. I love you more than you will ever know. I hope to god you value yourself as much as I and everyone else who knows you does. x”

We continued to have a very mushy conversation, which I will refrain from adding here, It was so lovely and heart warming to hear how much my impromptu message meant to her and made me wonder if had had a confident plus size influence when I was that age would I have viewed myself differently and in turn had a better experience growing up as a extra plus size girl. 
My sister is not a big girl, she is a size 16 and extremely beautiful but by her own admission has some issues with body confidence (as I am sure many girls do at that age). I don’t want a lack of confidence to prevent her (or anyone else for that matter) from accomplishing anything at all that she wishes.


I have two sisters and it goes for them both. 
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I want my sisters to love themselves from right now, not when they get older and develop an IDGAF attitude, going into new social situations like starting university and work, self confidence is the foundation of the amazing people they are going to be.

I don’t usually talk much about confidence on my blog but I think this is a massive issue in the plus size community, I don’t want to continuously write about pretty dresses, yes I do think its very important for people to see that a woman my size has many clothing options and I also think it is important to show that you can be as big as I am, be confident and be happy. These are the things I wish I had known at a much younger age and I feel like I would be doing a disservice having this platform and not reaching out and saying YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. 

I’m going to be honest and say I have no idea what the point of this blog post is but I just feel so strongly about young girls knowing their worth and feeling beautiful. I think a confident girl will become a confident woman and a confident woman can accomplish anything. I don’t think people realise the power of self confidence and I know it is something I have only discovered in the last three years or so, But I know now that it is something that I want to share with everyone that I can.



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My little bit on Plus North

Quick little post about Plus North.
Now that I live in the Midlands I am a lot closer to all the northern events, so as soon as the plus north tickets were released I got mine even though I was still living in London at the time I knew the event wasn’t til after my move.
Me at Derby station waiting for my train (don’t look all that excited but trust me I am! lol)
I was going straight to the event as we couldn’t check in that early so I was dressed for plus north and had my face on. I did really simple make up so I would find it easy to turn it into a night look without bringing too many items with me.
I don’t have any pictures of what I wore during the day at plus north, Here is a picture taken by Yours Clothing of Me and Debz from Wannabe Princess.
I wore a pair of jeans, a black Tee and a check shirt, probably the most comfortable outfit you can imagine but after weeks of debating on what to wear I woke up that morning and that was how i felt most comfortable.
I stuck with the monochrome check for my evening outfit too, I wore the Check Bandeau dress from Asos
Loving this bag at the moment, one I picked up from Chunky cat Cuddler at StyleXL
shoes are from Primark x
I didn’t take many pictures of the actual event, which I kinda regret now. I was more interested in having a good time, seeing friends and meeting new people that I had been interacting with online.
Absolutely love this girl… Hollie of Pretty Big Butterflies
After a few glasses of wine I went round taking selfies with some familiar faces lol
Lisa – http://www.lisaphilbin.co.uk/
Rachel – http://www.adressisforlife.com/
In the evening I kept my makeup the same I just added a touch of black eye shadow to make the eyes a little more smokey and I was good to go.
bar bathroom selfie lol 
After the evening event a whole bunch of us went out for a couple more drinks afterwards which I really enjoyed. I absolutely loved sitting and chatting with the other bloggers and can’t wait ti see everyone again at future events.
I had such a good time at Plus North and will 100% attend again, I really wish I went last year but I was really really new to blogging and didn’t know what to expect. I would now advise anyone who thinks they might enjoy it to come along as its such a great event and friendly atmosphere.
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Simply Be Style Challenge – Embellished Dress

I was recently contacted and asked if I would like to participate in a style challenge for Simply Be, so of course I jumped at the chance! Being right at the larger end of the plus size fashion size range, I thought it would be a brilliant opportunity to show how you can make certain items work for you at any size.
What I enjoyed most about doing the challenge was taking a piece that wasn’t my ‘usual style’ and make it something that I would actually wear just through the styling. I kept the outfit pretty simple going for something that I would feel comfortable in.
We were asked to style the dress for a specific occasion, I didn’t want to focus too much on the occasion until I had the outfit on. Once I was dressed I decided that the place I was most likely to wear this outfit would be out for cocktails with the girls.
This is how bright the cami is, It doesnt show well at all in the outside pics)
I wore a neon orange cami underneath and paired it with a neon green handbag. I am in love with little neon pops of colour this summer and love throwing them in everywhere.
I wore this with a pair of old jeans that I cut up and a pair of Primark shoes.
I really like the dress and I love the shape it gives my body, Its very feminine and a very versatile piece.
I got this gorgeous neon green clutch bag from chunkycatcuddler who had a stall at the StyleXL event this month. They had it in three colours and the bag is absolutely stunning.
A little look at the shoulder embellishment on the dress
When the dress arrived I noticed just how ‘grown up’ it is, and i immediately knew I would be dressing it down for the challenge, The embellishments on the shoulder and the chiffon material make it it seem very dressy and would be what I would describe as an occasion dress, I wanted to take away from that feel with some denim but still wanted it to be suitable for an evening out.
I cant wait to see what the other ladies involved have done for the style challenge.
Dress – Simply be – Embellished Dress
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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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