Return of the Lost Blogger

A few weeks ago Claire from a monkey fatshionista came over to try out a bit of video blogging.  After a long chat about plus size fashion which kept being disrupted by my dog Porthos breaking continuity her lovely husband Rob was press ganged into taking a few photos for me to allow me actually put up a blog post.

They were slightly lacking in preparation for me, hence the mad ungroomed hair etc.  They are however very good and gives me a chance to actually blog again.

My husband Andrew just can’t be bribed into taking photos of me, I have a camera that doesn’t have the swivel round screen or a decent tripod so I guess I have slipped into doing a lot of instagram.

Its nice to be able to share some words too, so I’m going to try and find a work around on this one.

I thought I would start with this jumpsuit.  I really fancied the idea of a jumpsuit  this summer after being given one last year by Em which I unexpectedly really liked.  I have tried about 6 to get to one that I wanted to keep.  I loved the Cut for Evans jumpsuit but it just wasn’t good on me.  Pleats in the wrong places.  I also tried another couple of asos ones and a New Look inspire one before getting to this.  The main problem for me was that the legs were just too baggy or wide on most of them.  I have slim legs and being fairly small need to keep to a fairly fitted leg.

I love this one

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The jumpsuit is from Asos Curve & is really comfortable.  What I love about it is you can dress it up or down.  It looks great with a biker jacket but becomes very 70’s disco with a pair of wedges and some gold jewels.    I have my eye on a black Junarose one now too.  

The necklace is from Topshop and the shoes are an Evans pair from last year.

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Pencil Skirts and Pussy Bows

So its Valentines Day!

I hope everyone has had love in their life in one form or other today. Im just typing this up quickly before making some dinner for my lovely husband. M&S Dine in for Two special. Lovely. Husband on lates so once again somewhat cobbled together photos.

The challenge this week is pencil skirts and pussy bow blouses. I love a pencil skirt so it had to be that. The pencil skirt I have chosen is the very elusive asos curve multi sequin one. This was one of those pieces that appears and disappears from curve. Luckily Clare aka chattermonkey keeps an eagle eye out and spots when the odd one lands back on the site. So I was lucky to get it.

I hadnt managed to find the right place to wear it as I was ill all over Christmas so I decided to dress it down for work.

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I had to add the blazer to make it a bit formal so sorry for the two weeks of blazer. I wore it with a vintage style t-shirt, a replica of an original New Order t shirt I once had. I wore it with some ankle biker boots I have had for a couple of years from Evans.

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The accessories today is a sale bargain from Christmas 2011 a bargain £8 from River Island who do fab accessories

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So outfit is
Skirt – Asos Curve
T-Shirt – Topshop
Necklace – River Island
Blazer – H&M
Boots – Evans

This is a detail shot of the sequins and the necklace

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Finally, once again a bit of accessory puppy porn

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So sorry for the quick post today but please check out the other blogs in the challenge below. Once again my partner this week is Gemma.

Naomi – http://www.diamondsnpearls.co.uk
@naomi_griffiths

Amy – http://www.thesegirlsturnheads.blogspot.co.uk
@missamysimon

Claire – http://www.amonkeyfatshionista.co.uk
@chattermonkey

Hanna – http://www.thewardrobechallenge.co.uk
@fattyschallenge

Laura – http://www.whatlauralovesuk.com
@whatlauraloves

Rosie – http://www.aroselikethis.blogspot.co.uk
@rosieroundface

Gemma – http://www.pinkgemmaplus.blogspot.co.uk
@pinkgemma

Sara – http://www.confusedbrit.wordpress.com
@sarascribblings

Beth – http://www.tinkerbellandthelostgirls.blogspot.co.uk
@tinkslostgirls

Shiver Me Timbers

Its been a while since i blogged last. Partly due to the fact that I managed to catch that lovely chest infection that was doing the rounds. Which really knocked me for 6 for about 3 weeks so most of my fashion was about keeping warm, and then cooling down to counteract the fluctuating temperature that went on for about 9 days. During all this for various reasons I was in work, including a few days at a court like place where I outcoughed the voice of our barrister.

It started when I went home to see my Mum and Dad on Jubilee weekend which also happened to be the Whitehaven Maritime Festival. Whitehaven was once the biggest port in the country after London and was a major trading point. The coast was rife with smugglers at one point bringing in smuggled alcohol. We were also invaded during the independence struggle with America. So lots of maritime history. If you are ever in the Lake District Whitehaven is worth a look.

It was a very hot weekend and I wanted something cool and simple for going around the festival.

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Shirt – Asos curve
Trousers – New Look Inspire
Hat – Festival Market

I love pirates! I think if I had lived in those hard times I would have had to be a female pirate. I do like the pirate fashion too. I have managed to snag a great shirt from the Mary Portas sale which is very pirate-esque. Im just an 80’s girl at heart. I will blog on the shirt soon, but more on Mary later.

I wore the shirt with my ASOS curve jacket

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This is a picture of my fantastic dad which though he hasnt got his fashion mojo on is just too good not to share. My sense of humour is very much from my Dad

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A day later it had really kicked in. The weather had changed and I turned to warmth and comfort layers including my Vuitton Sprouse scarf which was outrageously expensive but in terms of pence per wear has paid for itself many times over.

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Cardigan- Marks and Spencers Autograph
Skinny Jeans – Very South range
Top – GAP pure
Shoes – Converse
Scarf – Louis Vuitton

By Saturday just gone I was starting to feel myself again so headed off for a day shopping with my friend P.

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Jacket – ASOS Curve
Top – Very South Range (now bought another 3 in the sale)
Skinny Jeans – M&S plus jeggings
Bag – Zara
Necklace – Tatty Devine

Paula was shopping for a wedding outfit and I thought it was going to be a hard long day but she managed to bag an amazing emerald green dress in the Mary Portas sale reduced from £135 to £40. We both bought the sheer white shirt reduced from £60 to £30 , and errr I managed to buy a non sale item the firework print dress which I also will blog soon.

Mary Portas now goes up to a size 20 in some styles but as much of the styles are over sized it will fit sizes above. The shirt i bought was a size 16 and I tried on the new no brainer dress and would also get that in a 16.

I have to say I was incredibly impressed with the quality and service. I will definitely go back. The clothes are simple and stylish with a bit of an edge and are high quality. The staff said Mary is responding to customer demand so the more of us that go in there, the more styles that will go up in range.

All I can say is thank god I now dont wheeze like an old spaniel and will crack on taking better blog photos.

Heat!

London has been very, very hot this last week. Im not a summer girl, never have been. Im just not keen on summer fashion. I struggle in summer to combine comfortable, cool, fashionable and London. Im a bit in mourning this week as the amazing vintage fur coat I found in New York has headed off to cold storage for the summer. Im counting the weeks for its return and the lovely AW wardrobe.

London, dont let anyone tell you any different is very very oppressive in the high heat.
This summer has been particularly difficult due to my well documented hatred of pastels, frou frou sweety dresses and the majority of prints. I cant do sweet. My lack of natural waist can make me look a touch docker-ish. So with temperatures hitting 29 degrees this week. What the hell do you do? I am boring myself with black though, so I have taken the plunge and bought some colour and prints.

I thought I would share a couple of my heat week outfits.

This is something I bought from Windsmoor sale about 5 years ago. It sat in the wardrobe for about 3 as I couldnt work out what the hell to do with it. When kimonos emerged last year it jumped into becoming a summer staple. Its pure silk and is so nice to wear and cool.

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Still forcing the husband to take pics and you can see he is still not keen.

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Top – Windsmoor
Trousers – Very So Fabulous

On Saturday I went to a clothes swap that Katie G had organised. Red bows boutique, claire, sian and sally were there. Always as usual great to meet up with the amazing ladies, swap unloved clothes and gain new free ones ( thanks Sally for the polka dot skirt which is coming to Mexico with me). I unfortunately didnt get any pics but wore cobalt blue jeans from New Look Inspire and the asos curve blondie t-shirt with the jacket in the next picture.

Sunday was my husbands birthday and we went for lunch in One Aldwych. A great deal of 3 course brunch with unlimited Prosecco. Its a lovely hotel and I wanted something a bit more formal but cool and comfortable again.

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Jacket – asos curve
Top – GAP pure
Trousers – Evans
Shoes – New Look

I wore some harem trousers which I got from Evans a couple of years ago, pre the death of fashion there. They are in a really fluid fabric but are not too wide. I really like the jacket. Its very light and fluid and is a lovely nude rose colour.
We had a great lunch and took advantage of the Prosecco. We were going to finish off with a cocktail in the bar downstairs but it was invaded by the whole cast of Made in Chelsea. Im sorry those who like this but for me, if there was ever an advert for socialism this is it.

Yesterday I think I went a bit mad, but I actually like this outfit. I wanted to clash prints and colours.
I enjoyed it.

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Aagh my comfort blanket, the ever present Breton top

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Jacket – asos curve (sale)
Top – Very South
Trousers – Very So Fabulous
Necklace – Shape of Lies
Flip Flops – Havainas (pretty much live in them, esp going to work all summer)

That leaves today. Another top that doesnt get enough outings but Im going to wear it more.

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This is a really interesting blouse. A bit waterfally but a beautiful pearl/dove grey colour with dandelion print in gold. Its a very fluid but still a bit structural in a way I love it. Im now also experimenting with self timer on the photos, so a wee bit dodge.

Jacket – asos curve ( this is the rose one in black)
Blouse – Topshop
Trousers – Simply Be

Its now cooling down, so I may be able to revert back to my usual black and weekend skinny jeans staples.

On a shopping note. New Look Inspire have some amazing bright 7/8th trousers in at the moment. They also have amazing shoes including some great styles in wide fit. I went a bit shoe mental after the clothes swap in New Look and ended up with a pair of peep toe flatforms, gold grecian sandals and a great pair of flatform brogues. I will post on them soon.

Oh my God is that a print your in!

As you know from my previous post Im finding this season very difficult. I am struggling badly with almost every look. The sugary pastel and sugared almond colours, pretty dresses and floral prints being the main offenders. However not too wild about a lot of the other prints either.

But, I am boring myself with one woman move towards a gothish summer and am feeling decidedly left out. So the only thing that I really quite like are the more tropical prints with the stronger colours. I had been inspired by Amy of These Girls turn heads wearing the asos floral trousers with her amazing charity shop find of an Issey Miyake jacket. I saw these trousers in Very’s So Fabulous range and thought I would give them a try.

I was meeting up with some other bloggers (strange now being able to say Im a blogger too) for lunch on Saturday and knew I would get an honest reaction. The ladies being Clare from amonkeyfatshionista, Gina of fatfitfine and Sally of Sallyre I have truly met some amazing women through the blogs and Plus London.

This is so far out of my comfort zone, Im so print phobic.

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Trousers – Very So Fabulous
Jacket – ASOS Curve
Top – Gap Pure
Necklace – Spitalfields market years ago
Earrings – Tatty Devine
Shoes – Evans

The photos are courtesy of Claire’s lovely other half Rob. My husband is proving difficult to corner on photo taking duties at the moment.

I do like the trousers. On Very’s website they are down as cigarette trousers, which I would say they are not. I was worried they were leaning towards festival style baggy but they are still fairly slim. These are quite a true fit and I would say are quite roomy, so probably dont be tempted to size up as you sometimes need to on cigarette trousers. My legs are probably my slimmest part though. I am very tempted to get the ASOS Curve floral cigarette trousers to try now.

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I love the jacket and will probably end up getting the nude rose colour for summer. Curve does do great pieces when they get it right. Even though I did have a complete mare with the delivery of the jacket and asos customer care. It ended up taking over a week to get a next day delivery, and I did end up stuck in a round of endless emails with customer care to get the parcel redispatched. With different people telling me different things, and asking me to reply to emails which then bounced straight back telling me that was an unattended mail box, and to start the circle all over again. The order was quite large cash wise and I was a bit annoyed this took so long to sort out. Ordering on line does wind me up a bit as often due to sizing being a bit all over the place, you end up ordering 2 sizes, paying for it, sending back etc. Delivery should be damn easy. I do miss a shopping experience!

I wore the trousers with a black top as a kind of way of easing myself into it. On reflection I think I would try to wear them with a colour or white next time. I have just got the asos curve classic white shirt which is a great cut and fit and I think I would

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I like Gap Pure and this a cocoon shape t that has just come in. I probably wouldnt get another. There is a better style in violet, black and white which is a more flattering shape and this did get a bit big and shapeless after a while.

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Thanks Rob for the great photos.

Last weekend was that delighfully cold snap which gave me a brief opportunity to wear my fantastic NY purchase, my mink coat for 1 weekend before it heads off to cold storage for the summer. Its a vintage coat and is gorgeous. I wore it to the tatty devine sample sale in Brick Lane where I met up with Lauren of the thepocketrocket and Bethany from myarchedeyebrow. I wore it with skinny jeans and a breton top. Roll on winter!

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I bought far too much at Tatty Devine and I will blog the pieces as I wear them. It was amazing, baskets and baskets of lovely Tatty Devine things at amazing prices. I havent spent as much time as I should around Brick Lane and I also had the most amazing bagel at a shop Lauren introduced me to. As an added bonus I got to have cocktails with Rachie before heading off to meet my husband for drinks.

I wore the great shark tooth necklace I got for work to dress up a navy jumper. It just jumps out at you and was such a steal.

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So me in a bright print. What next a peach dress possibly involving chiffon or lace?

Err, no. Im still looking longingly at A/W and will be stalking Asos_Clare on twitter to pester for dark edgy pieces.