Friday, 13 February 2015

Simply Be Printed Peplum

Oh hello! 

This printed peplum was a spare top at the Simply Be Denim shoot this week, and they were kind enough to let me keep it!

I would normally pair something like this with a skirt, but I felt the need to mix it up a little bit - perhaps all the denim was rubbing off on me!!

I was super comfortable in my skinny jeans (which I'd had for years), and this top. If I'm being picky, this may be seen by some (my Mam for example) as a little short, as it shows off my VBO, but you know what? That little voice only piped up when I met my Mam that evening - go figure!

This is a size 22, and it fits pretty perfectly all over.

The lovely Steph from Nerd about Town was meant to wear it at the shoot:

Which fits her length wise, a whole lot better, but she wasn't comfortable in it, and who are we to say anything to combat comfort!

I love it as a dress down, casual top, but after seeing this picture from the Simply Be website, I need a pair of wet look legging in my life!

Either that or black cigarette pants! Shame I'm on this spending ban for another 60 odd days!

Much love my lovelies, 

K x

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Model for a Day

I can't begin to explain my excitement when an email popped into my inbox, inviting me to take part in a Simply Be Bloggers marketing campaign, would I be interested?

The emailed I pinged back over was gushing in it's excitement, and in it's gratitude in being chosen for this exciting campaign.

And so, I packed a number of bags, and headed off to Manchester:

Where I met the lovely Em and Becky in the Hilton, and enjoyed the luxury of a king size bed:

After a night of giggles and putting the world to rights, they trotted off to their room (where fun times happened which I'll leave for them to tell all!), the morning dawned, and we were set for our wonderful day ahead:

After a hearty breakfast, Em, Becky and I met the lovely Hollie and Steph, and made our way to reception to meet Stephanie and Shali with the organiser of the day, Sarah from Simply Be.

We were dispatched at the lovely Plan Pictures studio, where the awesome team were ready and waiting for us, handing out hearty cups of tea, ready to whip our collective hair and make up into shape.

My mother instincts kicked in, and I was on tea making, confidence building duty, which meant I was always losing my place in the queue for the MUA transformation. It also meant my anxious little bundle of energy just kept on building up!!

But boy was the transformation worth it:

Other than a stronger brow, this was perfect :D

I felt amazing, I'd be treated like a model for the full day, and hopefully looked like one in front of the camera too!

It'll be a couple of weeks before the campaign is launched, and a then you will be sick of our faces!!

A big thank you has to go out to the lovely team at Simply Be for putting together a lush team, and a for a red letter day! I'm just trying to work out a way to work in a MUA into my contract in the office :D I jest, I need hair too!

Much love my lovelies,

K x

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Wear A Coat As Bright As Your Lipstick

I would like to take you beauts back in time, if I may? 

Back to the awesome Plus North 3, in a land far far away (Leeds, but still), where I first encountered this lovely coat, and the saw how the sample size coat fit my dear friend Katie, just made it even more imperative that I owned it!

I was sent the coat by the ace PR team behind Ann Harvey, and it was just a case of finding a good day to wear it. 

It's not a winter coat you see, it's an inbetweener kind of a coat. It's lined, which is awesome, but it's also very light weight otherwise.

I first wore it to the wedding rehearsal way back in December:

But felt the cold very much as I was rushing around Durham, so it got shelved a little bit until one of the North East's warmer days last month:

Eee, look at my face! It just sums up my sheer joy at wearing this coat! Although, the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed my sleeves. For the arms do fall short on me, but by wearing a black cardigan underneath, this is easily resolved.

Matching your coat with your lipstick! Always a good move!

I have to say, Bon Marche did good with stocking this coat. It appeals so much to my 60s mod sid
e, whilst also being such a good fit!

And before you ask, yes it does fasten up completely, I am just not one to do my coat up! I'm 30 going on 3!! 

I got this coat in a 22, as I knew I wouldn't really want to fasten it, and that was how I wanted the coat to sit, but if I did want to wear anything thicker than a t shirt and cardigan, I would have had to size up. But I don't really wear jumpers so I'm alright on that score!

The lovely Katie from Lady From A Tramp had her Mam review this coat for her here, as pure coincidence!

Much love my lovelies, 

K x

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

100 Days Style Challenge Update One

As my 100 Day Spending Ban is going pretty well right now (helped by the fact I have NO MONEY), I wanted to bring an update on how I was feeling about my 100 Days, 100 Outfits challenge. 

In all honesty, I am really enjoying it! I'm liking that I'm having to think through outfit choices and whether I can wear a certain outfit today, if I might need it for later in the challenge. 

As I mentioned here, my first day was my favourite dress, and I'm not really regretting that decision, as I've loved every combination I've worn since - and it has taken it out of the running for the rest of the challenge!!

 Next up was my 'lady bird' outfit, as penned by the office as a whole (or so it seemed!)

Day 2:

Top was ASDA George, past season, and skirt is my trusty Collectif Liesel circle skirt.

Day 3

Already challenging myself, by opting for jeans, along with Bespoke tunic in leopard print!! Not just any jeans either, but FLARED JEANS!

Well, sort of!!

Day 4

Same jeans, but with a owl print tunic number

Day 5

Wears Wally! 

Or so I was called in the office, and yes, I've misspelled it on purpose!

Domino Dollhouse cardigan (past season), and basic black skater dress as a base. 

Day 6

Saturday called for weekend casual, as I was off to help my Grandma. Bespoke tunic and those flared jeans again!

Day 7

Daisy print dress (similar here) and leggings for a relaxed Sunday of naps and singing and tidying.

Day 8

Back to work, and so Welsh School Teacher was my look, and someone in the office even asked if that was my aim! I do love my team for noticing things like that!

Domino Dollhouse shirt (past season), Collectif Skirt and Blackheart Creatives commissioned Welsh Dragon necklace. I am a little said that I can't wear this combination again until the end of April, but can't wait to see what other pieces I put together!

Day 9

 Another outing for my Collectif skirt, along with my Simply Be lace effect top, and Look Magazine duster jacket

I've loved the idea of the duster jacket since it appeared on my radar about a year ago, and I finally picked this one up late on last year. This is a soft, thin material that I really see taking me into the summer months - it is not a function item! 

The print is a different take on the galaxy print, and my only wish is that it had pockets!!

Day 10

This was a very rushed outfit - I was running rather late and just lacked inspiration! So out popped my Excite Clothing dress from Plus North 2 in 2013. I call it my winter rose dress!

So, how do you think I'm doing? I'm feeling rather positive about the whole affair to be honest!!

Much love my lovelies, 

K x

Monday, 5 January 2015

100 Days of Outfits and a Shopping Ban

I've not come up with a fancy name for this challenge, but not only am I partaking in a 100 day spending ban, starting today (more information on the ban can be found here), I'm looking at not wearing the same outfit for 100 days. 

Although, to be honest, I do think that with wardrobes like these, it's not that much of a challenge!!

Tops, skirts and cardigans



No repeats of dresses or tops, but skirts are okay to be repeated. Also this dress, as it's a basic basis to so many options!

Day One

I reckoned it called for something a little bit special, so my Modcloth dress of POCKETED dreams:

Along with these cute ballet pumps from George ASDA, bought pre-ban (promise!)

Let me know if you're joining in, but don't blog, in the comments. Also follow our progress on Instagram:

And on the hashtag #100daysstylechallenge 

Much love my lovelies,


Monday, 22 December 2014

What I Wore to Wedding of the Decade

Oh I was flapping! I was in full on panic mode come Friday morning. I don't know if I thought the other outfits I'd put together worked better, or because I was trying it on with no instant feedback (i.e. in an empty house) - but I had made my wardrobe decisions and I had to live with it.

I had planned ahead, ordering this beaut of a dress back in April from Polka Dot Polly:

The perfect print, in my eyes, for a winter wedding - and as it was made to measure, I knew I would have no issues with fit!

When the gorgeous Rockin' Rockette shared a picture of a pair of shoes in the exact same print, I messaged her to see if she could work some magic for me and here we have the most perfect handbag:

My only concern was a cover up and my shoes. I fretted and fretted over what would match it, complement it, clash with it... 

And settled with this:

And felt comfortable, dressed up, and wedding appropriate. I wasn't pulling or adjusting anything other than the bra straps which kept slipping from my shoulders - but once Them Beatles started, I was too FanGirly to care!! :D

Everything, the whole day, was perfect day, and I can't believe I was so worried over this! Not when I was reading in Durham Cathedral - no biggie!

Much love my lovelies, 

K x

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Winter Wedding - MissGuided

Having played it a little safe with the Winter Wedding outfit in this post, I fancied putting together an alternative look, and where better to get my inspiration from, but from MissGuided.

Now, lets take a moment to say: Missguided did GOOD with their new Plus Size range. I've yet to try any thing, but if I did, it would be this tartan two piece!

I'd love to add a fancy hair piece, and brooch to the jacket to make it a little more Wedding appropriate (which MissGuided don't seem to do!), but with these dancing shoes, no one can question it's a special occasion kinda outfit!

A winter wedding just called for feathers and this clutch has the perfect muted tones for the tartan, as has the pom pom texture necklace.

What do you think? Too understated for a wedding?

Much love my lovelies, 

K x