Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Swirly Goodness: Cut for Evans Pink Tunic Dress

This heat wave is insane! It is 8pm at night right now, and it's 31 degrees here in London. What?! I can't even! I am from Africa people, Africa! And right now I feel like I am nestled inside hell's bumhole. Does anyone know if you are allowed to legally marry your fan? How about a three way with a fan and a calippo? Answers on a postcard...
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Friday, June 16, 2017

#MyBodyMyBFF with Curvy Kate


How do you talk to your body? How do you talk about your body? Do you treat your body with kindness, compassion, understanding and respect? Or are you more likely to reach for criticisms and harsh words when describing the form you inhabit? Is you body you BFF? Curvy Kate's newest campaign, #mybodymyBFF, focuses on how we talk to and treat our bodies, and urges women to treat their precious bodies as their BFFs for one month.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Lady in Lace: Featuring the Chi Chi London Liviah Dress from Simply Be


I adore pretty dresses. Despite having a wardrobe overflowing with frills and frou frou, I can always find space in my heart for one more. So I was delighted when Simply Be made my princess dreams come true and sent me this gorgeous pale pink confection to feature on the blog.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Utterly In Love With Ursula: Lady Voluptuous Ursula Dress in Jade Bouquet


Since Lady V London launched their plus size brand, Lady Voluptuous, two years ago I have been a dedicated fan. The styles are well designed for plus size bodies, and have a timeless vintage quality. Every season they release new colours and prints meaning you can get your hands on updated versions, and I now have a lovely back catalogue of my favourite styles. Lady V recently sent me an Ursula dress to review, and I am rather smitten! 
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Friday, June 2, 2017

My Month In Outfits: What I Wore in May


Sheesh! May was a busy month. I spend 5 days in France with my family, which was wonderful. I had a host of parties to go to. There were loads of press days in London, previewing Autumn Winter trends (I know, it's weird, summer has barely started). So lots of opportunities to dress up. Check out what I wore in May...
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Ariel in Disneyland: Feat. Voodoo Vixen Maggie Dress


While on a recent trip to France my mum and I went to Disneyland Paris, because you're never too old for Disney! I decided I wanted to do a Disney inspired outfit, because why the hell not, and couldn't resist going for a plus size Ariel look because, well, #lifegoals.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Come On Dover! Dress Destination with Studio 8 London



Summer is always full of exciting events and engagements. Weddings, parties and race meets mean your occasion wear will be working overtime. Studio 8 London is my go to for gorgeous plus size dresses for pretty much ever occasion, and a couple of weeks ago they were kind enough to take me and Emma Smyth (of Terrible Tumbles) for a super luxurious day of racing, delicious food and general fanciness at Ascot.
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How to Dress for Actual Spring Weather: WIth River Island Plus Cold Shoulder Top


This look is a bit sneaky - it looks all Spring like and ready for the warm weather, but add a jacket and you're ready for the unpredictable, often chilly London climate. I'm loving the combo of black and pale pink at the moment - it's like a softer monochrome. And I am finding so many great pieces at River Island. Viva their plus size collection!
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Saturday, May 6, 2017

I Feel Pretty: Collectif Peony Dolores Doll Dress




I have been feeling so girly in the last few months. Which is good because a lot of SS trends are decidedly feminine - lots of pinks, lots of florals, lots of embroidery. All those girly trends have kinda combined in this vintage look from Collectif.
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

My Month In Outfits: What I Wore in April


April was a brilliant month! To be honest, it's the first time I have felt like myself in a really long time - I can feel my usual cheerfulness and interest in life returning, and after a long battle with depression and anxiety that is kinda a big deal! I got out and about much more, I got dressed up more, and I totally milked my birthday, with waaaaaay more celebrations than are merited for a 33rd! But it was marvelous! And here's what I wore...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Take It To The Maxi: City Chic Graphic Print Maxi Dress from Evans


Each year on my birthday I get a new outfit, a tradition I have had since I was little (my mum has always done this too). This year I opted for this City Chic maxi dress. I am having a real moment for maxi dresses and skirts at the moment. Getting back to my boho roots! I am a big fan of City Chic clothing, an American brand that Evans has recently added to their online stable of plus size brands. I got a really great maxi dress from them last year, which I wore in the Caribbean, and so I have been keeping my eyes peeled for more from them since then. In summer they look super elegant, while being cool and comfortable. I tend to wear shape wear with my more fitted dresses, but this style requires no structural undergarments (other than a bra in my case lol),  just some chub rub shorts and I'm good to go.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Little Lace: New Quiz Clothing Plus Size Collection feat Lace Skater Dress


It's too fabulous to see more of the high street opening up their offering to plus size customers. The most recent to add a plus size collection is Quiz Clothing - launching a Curve range in sizes 18 - 28. It landed in March, modelled by the absolutely delicious Felicity Hayward, and the new collection is fresh, pretty and romantic. So when the team at Quiz asked me if I like to review something for the blog, I decided to opt for this beautiful lace skater dress.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Say it with me "ALL BODIES ARE SUMMER BODIES"



The days are finally getting longer. The shops are starting to fill with the first hopeful hues of summer fashion, and there are daffodils everywhere. Which means we are seeing the first stirrings of the great marketing con, perpetrated against all women, the "summer body". Also known as the "bikini body" or "beach body", it is a myth rooted in a desperation to sell us things we don't need, patriarchy and utter horseshit.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Welcome to the Jungle: Studio 8 Thea Dress

How is it that every season Studio 8 London make the perfect green dress? It's like they have a gift! And incidentally this Thea dress arrived as a little gift for me last week from the lovely lot at Studio 8, and I couldn't wait to get it on my body!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

First Blush: Sequin Pearl Top from Navabi


We make a lot of rules for ourselves. We put boundaries our own way. I am currently on a course that talks a lot about the limiting belief systems we construct for ourselves, and how we get hemmed in by them. I am unpicking some of those beliefs now, and I'm finding the process most enlightening. It's also hard seeing how many rubbish rules you have put in place for yourself, that are usually based on flawed evidence and are instrumental in holding you back. It's got me thinking about some of the nonsense fashion rules we follow.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

My Month in Outfis: What I Wore in February


I really enjoy doing these monthly round ups. It inspires me to keep enjoying my wardrobe and be creative with the outfits I put together, and I think it's also important to see how new items can be incorporated into your existing wardrobe because sometimes with bloggers I think it can look like we have a new wardrobe every month. While I am lucky to have a vast wardrobe, with more new garments than most, I still really love to wear my favourites, whether they are a month old or a decade. So, here's what I was wearing in February (with again the reminder that I am not working at the moment so most of the time I don't get dressed!)...
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Keeping It Casual: A Casual Look with Simply Be


With my latest incarnation as a lady of leisure (read unemployed) I am definitely wearing casual looks a lot more often. Anyone who has read my blog for a while will know this has always been an area of fashion I've been less comfortable with, but I feel like I am finally starting to crack it. And so I have put together this totes casual season transition look from Simply Be, which I am living in right now.  
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Ain't Got No Blues: Studio 8 Dita Dress and Priya Jacket



It's been a while since I've shown you a really Hayley, plus size work wear option (not working means I rarely have to even get dressed - hallelujah!) but this look from Studio 8 London is cute and fresh, and almost enough (but not quite) to convince me to get a damn job already! 
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Pretty in Pink: ELVI Premium Embroidered Skirt


My taste lately has taken a really girly turn. It might be that after living in black most of the winter, I am now ready for the colour and lightness of Spring. It might be this season's obsession with pinks, florals and embroidery. Or it might be that pretty, romantic clothing feels like a wonderful antidote to the rather broken, angry world we seem to be living in right now. It's probably a combo of all the above!
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Monday, February 6, 2017

My Month in Outfits: What I Wore in January


January is always a bit of a slow, lame month. Not much happening socially, and even less happening generally if you're unemployed (yup - I took the plunge at the end of last year and left my job after almost 5 years, and now I am (kinda) looking forward to pastures new). Which means that a large part of January was spent in pyjamas and slippers. Not that I'm complaining. But when I could be arsed to get dressed, here's what I was wearing...
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Friday, January 27, 2017

She's a Tease: Curvy Kate's Tease Balcony Bra in Black and Purple


Okay, I'm gonna say it. Curvy Kate's Tease bra is my favourite! It's pretty and sexy, gives my rack a wonderful shape, and is comfortable enough for day wear, but saucy enough for the bedroom. 
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Dealing with the Wobbles: Feat. Collectif's Blossom Printed Dolores Doll Dress


This was a hard post to write. When you write a blog that is largely about being body positive, and loving you body, it's hard to admit that you have experienced a bit of a body positivity wobble lately. How can I hope to be a light to others, when I am struggle to keep my own little flame going? But I want to talk about it. Because I think sometimes we can really beat ourselves up when we think we're the only ones struggling. Body positivity is not like a qualification - when you've found a body positive mind set, you don't get a certificate or a couple of letters after your name, and that's it. It's something you have to work on, and work for.  
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Light My Fire: Ignite Halfy Cup Bra by Scantilly


Since their launch in late 2015, I have been obsessed with Scantilly. The gorgeous, flirty designs are a dream come true for busty girls everywhere, and a product that the plus size market just didn't have before. The team at Scantilly are radiantly body positive, something that shows in their campaigns and their social media - if you're not following them already you really should be - and so it's not just their product that I love, but their ethos as well. Recently the team sent me this gorgeous Ignite half cup bra to review, and it's just as saucy and sultry as I could have hoped.
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Monday, January 16, 2017

Kiss My Deadly: Hell Bunny at Yours Clothing


Urg, January! How hard it is to hold on to any semblance of body positivity in the cacophony of new year new you bullshit. Television is choked with dieting adverts, social media feeds are full of self deprecating memes about being a fat fucker, and everywhere people are being smug about sticking to their resolutions, or self flagellating for not managing to do so. It takes a lot to hold on to any sense of normality in this tsunami of bullshit. Not because making change is in any way a bad thing, but because of the nonsense moral value that is ascribed to making certain changes. As though anyone not doggedly chasing societal depictions of the perfect body, skin, hair, diet is some sort of deviant, delinquent aberration. The horrifying "Before" shot, to be avoided at all costs.  Urg! Enough!
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Making It Your Own: Elvi PU Skirt and Velvet Trench

This season a big trend has been textured pieces - exciting, tactile fabrics of various types have been a big hit. But sometimes I can be hard to know how to wear such statement pieces. How to blend them with your existing wardrobe and make them your own. I've taken this PU skirt from Elvi, a rather modern piece, and made it something wearable for me.

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