Monday 20 April 2015

ModCloth Get Up and Bow dress from Hell Bunny

When placing my order for my 'Stylish Surprise', I made a number of silly errors, one of which was checking out  so quickly I didn't realise that this dress was already in my basket! 

However, clearly it was meant to be because:

Not that you can tell from my face mind!!

This dress fits like a dream and is a real 'throw on and leave the house' dress - no styling required! I'm wearing it in the office right now, with my Clarks mens Brogues for that extra wartime feel!

I followed the advice in the review section and sized up to a 4x and while it felt a little more tight than I'm used to, I'm getting used to it! 

This may well become 'The Dress I bought by accident'!

Much love, my lovelies,

ModCloth Stylish Surprise

There is little more that gets me hot under the collar than having a scout of the ModCloth website. Add to that the idea of not knowing what you're getting and I was on that website super quick fast! 

The idea is you pay a set rate, select your size, and then wait. $20 for a dress, $15 for top / bottom, and $10 for shoes. I thought I'd chance my luck with 2 dresses and an 'apparel' piece, not realising I already had a dress in my basket from my aforementioned regular scouting trips! Safe to say I got hit with a customs charge, but it was worth it!

Out of my 3 Surprise items, I'm keeping one (edit: okay, maybe 2 of them!) of them, and selling the other two - again, it's the gamble that you take, especially with ModCloth sizing being as it is, that the items will fit when they arrive. 

My 'keeper' dress isn't on the website any more, but it is a wine coloured version of this dress:

Which is made of a very heavy material, so more a winter / spring dress - watch this space to see if I actually get around to wearing it!

My apparel item was this cute skirt, which unfortunately had no stretch in it whatsoever:

Which means it will have to go on the sell pile.

And this dress, which is cute as, but the neckline / strap position means I'm not really likely to wear it:

Although, should there be an unexpected event, or wedding, one good strapless bra might save the day. I may keep this for a wee while to see if I have an occasion to wear it to!

There were a couple of other bloggers who were as taken by the idea of clothes as surprises, so make sure you check out their spoils here:

Sarah (link to be added)
Mookie (link to be added)

Much love, my lovelies, 

K x

Thursday 16 April 2015

Falling for Lady Voluptuous

Back in February, right at the start of my spending ban, the fantastic plus size range for Lady Vintage London launched, aptly called Lady Voluptuous

In their own words: Lady Voluptuous is the UK's first dedicated Plus Size Vintage Clothing label and is proud to be Made in London, England. Lady Voluptuous was created in collaboration with Georgina Horne, from the blog Fuller Figure Fuller Bust.

I've been a supporter of Lady Vintage London since they first launched, and rocked their swing dresses for all I was worth! I remember talking Georgina through what style of dress to order, and pointing her in the direction of the Hepburn. The rest is history, and I can't think of a better pairing of Lady V and Georgina, and if Lady Voluptuous is their first borne, I can't wait to see what they produce together next!

I digress!

Lady Voluptuous is now synonymous with the beauts that are Debz and Lucia:


Why Debz and Lucia? Because they represent what makes Lady Voluptuous extra special - that they go up to a size 32. Not only that, but the sizes at the top end of the spectrum were the ones that sold out first! Showing that if you build it (or sew it, in this case), they will come!

When I finally got round to placing an order, I knew the Lyra would be the dress for me - not only because the His Dark Materials trilogy is one of my favs - but because the tea dress is a classic shape missing from my wardrobe! I've got body con, skater, but no tea dresses! 

I opted for the 22-24, and it is a perfect fit, hugging my waist (with the tie pulled as tight as I can get it), and skimming everything else.

It is also one of the only wrap dresses where I don't think I'll need to pin / sew it shut. It is a perfect fit for my 36JJ bust.

The Lyra comes in an assortment of colours, and I opted for the jade to start with, but I was tempted by the navy, which may well be my next purchase, but to be honest, I want one in every colour:

This dress may seem a wardrobe staple, but it's a dress I've been hunting for - and that Lady Voluptuous have been the first to deliver!

Much love my lovelies, 

K x

Wednesday 8 April 2015

Temple Spa

Temple Spa and the day my skin care routine GREW UP!

I've always thought I was a good human when it came to removing my make up. I used to be team make up wipes, and slowly graduated to supermarket cleanser and toner. 

I saw the benefits to moving away from wipes, but it was the TIME. I just couldn't face sitting at my makeup table when I could be in bed with a makeup wipe and be done with it!

I nearly fell of the routine bandwagon, and back into the wipe habit, but then a Temple Spa party saved me!

This was a few months back, but I'm still going with the products I'd snapped up, but more on those later!

It wasn't so much a party, as an education with added facial! 

If I'd thought about it, I should have gone makeup free, or at least been willing to remove it all and fully benefit from Carly's experience and expertise!

After doing a skin survey (I'm oily and combination, but with a tendency to be more oily) we then got to try all the products which were tailored to our particular skin / problem areas (HELLO T-Zone). 

It was at this point I discovered and fell in love with the Moisture Matte which acts as a primer to stop my makeup sliding off my face, and makes it so strokeable! It's just like velvet!

The Dual Act cleanser (which I have only used on dry skin before bed, not yet done anything adventurous with it!), coupled with the Toning Essence fully removes makeup and dirt before bed, and smell so refreshing and CLEAN!

Although, as Temple Spa has been put together by the people who started Virgin Vie, I'm not surprised it smells so good! 

I've been a bit of a disorganised mess over the past few weeks (months?!) and not even managed to fit in a relaxing bath, which means I've not yet tried the Purification Scrub (like a vacuum for pores, apparently!), but if the other 3 products are anything like this one, I'll be signed up to Temple Spa for life! 

Our party was a showcase for their facial range, but we also got a taste (or rather smell) of some of their other ranges, and their candles are definitely next on my list!

I got this package for £64 as part of a multi-buy deal, but the difference in my face and reduced amount  of breakouts means it's worth it!

Much love my lovelies, 

K x