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I am the ultimate water baby. As soon as I get a chance I am living my best mermaid life 24/7. What has been wonderful about my body positive journey is my renewed love of swimwear. Before the great swimsuit revolution of 2015, I mainly wore a black swimsuit I'd had for about 15 years. And the idea of buying another filled me with dread. But now I LOVE having ALL the swimwear... All the patterns, styles, colours! And one of my very fave brands for plus size swimwear is Figleaves plus collection. Check out a round up of some of the pieces I wore while in Turkey for the Azure BoPo Retreat...

Feeling Fab in Figleaves Swim


I am the ultimate water baby. As soon as I get a chance I am living my best mermaid life 24/7. What has been wonderful about my body positive journey is my renewed love of swimwear. Before the great swimsuit revolution of 2015, I mainly wore a black swimsuit I'd had for about 15 years. And the idea of buying another filled me with dread. But now I LOVE having ALL the swimwear... All the patterns, styles, colours! And one of my very fave brands for plus size swimwear is Figleaves plus collection. Check out a round up of some of the pieces I wore while in Turkey for the Azure BoPo Retreat...


It's officially as hot as Hades in London. And across most of Europe. Despite the scoffs of climate change deniers (dicks), last summer was roasting, and this one looks like it's about to follow suit. So I am here to tell you how to look after yourself in this sweltering heat! Now, what gives me the credentials to dispatch this advice you ask? Well... my home town of Durban, South Africa is ridiculouisly humid hot. Like muggy, steamy heat. Pretty much all year round. And we didn't have air conditioning. So...yeah... I may as well have a doctorate in this shit.

Real Talk: 12 tips to help you stay cool this summer



It's officially as hot as Hades in London. And across most of Europe. Despite the scoffs of climate change deniers (dicks), last summer was roasting, and this one looks like it's about to follow suit. So I am here to tell you how to look after yourself in this sweltering heat! Now, what gives me the credentials to dispatch this advice you ask? Well... my home town of Durban, South Africa is ridiculouisly humid hot. Like muggy, steamy heat. Pretty much all year round. And we didn't have air conditioning. So...yeah... I may as well have a doctorate in this shit.

Summer is coming, I can feel it (I mean everyone can, this bloody country is finally starting to thaw) and with it comes holiday plans (yay) and swimwear shopping. For a lot of plus size babes this can be a bit of a source of consternation - swimwear has a special power to make us feel bad about our bodies. Mainly because we have to hear all the gross, destructive bullshit about bikini bodies (reminder - to get a bikini body all you have to do is put a bikini on your body ffs) and because for a long time the options for plus size women were really shite. But, horray! No longer! We now have lots of options and much swim fabulousness. So let me help you navigate this lycra labyrith with my ultimate plus size babe swim wear shopping guide!

My Ultimate Guide to Shopping for Plus Size Swimwear like a BOSS


Summer is coming, I can feel it (I mean everyone can, this bloody country is finally starting to thaw) and with it comes holiday plans (yay) and swimwear shopping. For a lot of plus size babes this can be a bit of a source of consternation - swimwear has a special power to make us feel bad about our bodies. Mainly because we have to hear all the gross, destructive bullshit about bikini bodies (reminder - to get a bikini body all you have to do is put a bikini on your body ffs) and because for a long time the options for plus size women were really shite. But, horray! No longer! We now have lots of options and much swim fabulousness. So let me help you navigate this lycra labyrith with my ultimate plus size babe swim wear shopping guide!

I don't know about you, bu my skin is a completely different beast in winter to what it is in summer! I grew up in a country where the climate varied very little year round, so when I moved to the UK ten years ago I was shocked by the differences in my skin depending on the season. This year my skin went a bit haywire as we entered into Autumn, and so I reached out to people online to see what they used to take care of their winter skin, and I also went back to some of my favourites, and I have come up with a selection of products that have kept my skin pretty happy all winter long! 

My Winter Skincare Faves


I don't know about you, bu my skin is a completely different beast in winter to what it is in summer! I grew up in a country where the climate varied very little year round, so when I moved to the UK ten years ago I was shocked by the differences in my skin depending on the season. This year my skin went a bit haywire as we entered into Autumn, and so I reached out to people online to see what they used to take care of their winter skin, and I also went back to some of my favourites, and I have come up with a selection of products that have kept my skin pretty happy all winter long! 

After all the glitz ang colour of the festive season I often find myself returning to black in January. I've always loved some black in my wardrobe, and I find it easy to wear with my colouring. Plus it's the month of lazing and lounging (well for me it is anyway) so comfort in dressing is a must. I recently chose this Black Embroidered Mesh dress from Lovedrobe because I love the dobby mesh overlay combined with the embroidery, and because it's super comfy over a pair of leggings with some ankle boots, but it still looks like you made an effort - my favourite kind of dressing! 

Getting Meshy: Lovedrobe Embroidered Mesh Dress


After all the glitz ang colour of the festive season I often find myself returning to black in January. I've always loved some black in my wardrobe, and I find it easy to wear with my colouring. Plus it's the month of lazing and lounging (well for me it is anyway) so comfort in dressing is a must. I recently chose this Black Embroidered Mesh dress from Lovedrobe because I love the dobby mesh overlay combined with the embroidery, and because it's super comfy over a pair of leggings with some ankle boots, but it still looks like you made an effort - my favourite kind of dressing! 

One of my fave things about Christmas Eve is new pjs! In my family we usually open them on Christmas Eve - so I am always on the look out for cute sets this time of year. And they make wonderful last minute presents - because who doesn't love jammies! And excellent news - if you order from Camille this week and chose next day delivery you can get them before Christmas!So I've saved you the hassle and picked some of my faves below...

Need a Last Minute Christmas Gift? Try Some Nightwear from Camille


One of my fave things about Christmas Eve is new pjs! In my family we usually open them on Christmas Eve - so I am always on the look out for cute sets this time of year. And they make wonderful last minute presents - because who doesn't love jammies! And excellent news - if you order from Camille this week and chose next day delivery you can get them before Christmas!So I've saved you the hassle and picked some of my faves below...

I love creative present buying. I love taking time to buy something unusual or that really speaks to me for a particular person. But in all the din and present mania of Christmas I sometimes find my creativity getting a little frazzled, and I run out of ideas. When I started looking over on the Attitude clothing website however I found that they do waaaay more than just clothes, and they have loads of kooky and cool gifts if you're looking from something a little different, or if you have some last minute stocking stuffers to get. AND especially for fellow procrastinators - if you order before the end of Friday, and choose guranteed next day delivery you'll get your bits before Christmas! Yaaay!  

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers with Attitude Clothing


I love creative present buying. I love taking time to buy something unusual or that really speaks to me for a particular person. But in all the din and present mania of Christmas I sometimes find my creativity getting a little frazzled, and I run out of ideas. When I started looking over on the Attitude clothing website however I found that they do waaaay more than just clothes, and they have loads of kooky and cool gifts if you're looking from something a little different, or if you have some last minute stocking stuffers to get. AND especially for fellow procrastinators - if you order before the end of Friday, and choose guranteed next day delivery you'll get your bits before Christmas! Yaaay!  

While the whole season is filled with sequins, sparkles, faux fur and fanciness - some of my favourite things, of course - I always have something special to wear on actual Christmas day. Christmas is a dress up occasion in our house - an excuse for a new dress (like I need one!) so from Autumn I am on the look out for the perfect dress. And this year this prettiness from Lovedrobe caught my eye early on. 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: Lovedrobe Star Print Skater Dress


While the whole season is filled with sequins, sparkles, faux fur and fanciness - some of my favourite things, of course - I always have something special to wear on actual Christmas day. Christmas is a dress up occasion in our house - an excuse for a new dress (like I need one!) so from Autumn I am on the look out for the perfect dress. And this year this prettiness from Lovedrobe caught my eye early on. 

If you've been following any of my social media channels of late, it will come as no surprise that I am totally and utterly besotted with Joanie Jumpers at the moment. So I thought I'd show you some of the total beauties I have been wearing at the moment (and guess what? They are 40% until the end of Black Friday, so if you want one - get on it NOW!) 

Just Jumpers with Joanie Clothing


If you've been following any of my social media channels of late, it will come as no surprise that I am totally and utterly besotted with Joanie Jumpers at the moment. So I thought I'd show you some of the total beauties I have been wearing at the moment (and guess what? They are 40% until the end of Black Friday, so if you want one - get on it NOW!) 

Y'all know I am usually very much a dresses kinda girl. But lately I am really enjoying separates. I like the mix and match quality, and I absolutely cannot resist a pleated skirt at the moment. So when I was recently asked to pick some pieces from Marks and Spencer, I decided to add some separates into the mix. I am also obsessing about luxe fabrics, and I love the juxtaposition of the faux leather with the satin. 

Stepping Out In Separates With Marks and Spencer


Y'all know I am usually very much a dresses kinda girl. But lately I am really enjoying separates. I like the mix and match quality, and I absolutely cannot resist a pleated skirt at the moment. So when I was recently asked to pick some pieces from Marks and Spencer, I decided to add some separates into the mix. I am also obsessing about luxe fabrics, and I love the juxtaposition of the faux leather with the satin. 


First things first - well done. If you are reading this post, it means you are trying to get help to get well. And that in and of itself is a most tremendous achievement, when the smallest thing can seem insurmountable. I am proud of you, and you should be proud of yourself. Even if you haven't felt that feeling in a while, allow that glow of pride to warm you now.

I'm not going to lie, getting help and getting better - it's tough. Of course it is. But the only thing tougher is staying ill. The only thing tougher is living with this beast on your back for God knows how long. It's a fight - but then is there anything more worth fighting for than your own mental health? No. There isn't. This is the most important fight. And while only you can possibly know how hard it is, and only you can really ask for help, help is exactly what you are going to need. Doing this alone will be harder.

Real Talk: Anxiety, Depression and Getting Help



First things first - well done. If you are reading this post, it means you are trying to get help to get well. And that in and of itself is a most tremendous achievement, when the smallest thing can seem insurmountable. I am proud of you, and you should be proud of yourself. Even if you haven't felt that feeling in a while, allow that glow of pride to warm you now.

I'm not going to lie, getting help and getting better - it's tough. Of course it is. But the only thing tougher is staying ill. The only thing tougher is living with this beast on your back for God knows how long. It's a fight - but then is there anything more worth fighting for than your own mental health? No. There isn't. This is the most important fight. And while only you can possibly know how hard it is, and only you can really ask for help, help is exactly what you are going to need. Doing this alone will be harder.


I always say that I spend more time talking about the curves on this blog, and sometimes quite neglect the curls! Well - my curls got all the attention when I recently visited The Chapel salon in Islington, for a cut, colour and hair lesson with the lovely Oliver.

Hayley and the Hair: My experience at The Chapel Hair Salon



I always say that I spend more time talking about the curves on this blog, and sometimes quite neglect the curls! Well - my curls got all the attention when I recently visited The Chapel salon in Islington, for a cut, colour and hair lesson with the lovely Oliver.

Swimwear shopping can be a bit daunting, but don't worry I've got you covered with a full round up of what I've been wearing on my last two trips to Turkey. So if you're a curvy plus size babe looking for some swim inspo (swinspo?) then keep scrolling water babies! 

Plus Size Swimwear Look Book 2018


Swimwear shopping can be a bit daunting, but don't worry I've got you covered with a full round up of what I've been wearing on my last two trips to Turkey. So if you're a curvy plus size babe looking for some swim inspo (swinspo?) then keep scrolling water babies! 
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