Thursday, 19 October 2017

Ain't no Sunshine

Sometimes you need to get stuff done, come rain or shine! Giving you a little run down on today's outfit.

I'm all about filling my winter wardrobe with basic staples. Soft jersey tops in an assortment of colours are just perfect for layering up an outfit and my favourite are these from Yours Clothing. A pair or 2 of patterned trousers that can make an outfit pop, like these Ericka Gingham trousers from Pink Clove. If colour isn't your thing then work in statement accessories like this fab leather tassel choker from AliExpress. 

Friday, 22 September 2017

I've Gone (coco)Nuts for Ape Snacks

I've recently discovered these delicious snacks from Ape. A range of coconut goodies that are gluten free, high in fibre and vegan friendly too! With flavours such as Slightly Salted, Pepper and Spices and the more unusual, Salted Chocolate, they are far from what you'd expect when it comes to dried coconut. What's more, you won't find any nasty chemicals here, meaning I'm happy to give these to my kids knowing they are eating well.

As well as the dried curls, there's also three varieties of crunchy bites too. These little discs pack not just crunch but tonnes of flavour too. Sweet and coconutty as you'd expect, but also slightly savoury and very moreish! 

You can find these coconut Ape Snacks in Holland & Barrett, Ocado, Boots, Whole Foods Market, Harvey Nichols, Planet Organic or you could buy online from their home page here x

Although gifted, all opinions and views are my own.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Kicking off Autumn with In The Style Curve

In The Style are killing me right now. It's such a good feeling to go to their Curve section and find a load of stuff that I want on my body. In fact, I don't think there's anything I wouldn't wear and that's a pretty big deal!

Dressed down and in need of some comfort for a food based event, I went for this simple sweater dress with rose embroidery details on the sleeves, with the camo oversized jacket on top. I love that the sweater dress was pretty thin, it's not your average thick, fluffy backed sweatshirt material more of a thick cotton/ thin jersey. I get way too hot most of the time so it's just ideal for me. Same goes for the coat. It's not lined and relatively lightweight, making it perfect for layering. 

How are you transitioning your wardrobe this Autumn? X

Although items were gifted, all views and opinions are my own

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Future Is Female with Peacocks

There's a growing trend of feminist based slogans on tops right now which I just love. This one is one from Peacocks is no exception and I love that it's in plain colours so I can dress it in a variety of colour ways. The t shirt is always made from ultra soft stretchy jersey which again is a favourite of mine as I find it more comfortable than a stiff cotton.

 You can find this top from Peacocks online here x

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Abstract Bikini by Elomi

I just had to share this gorgeous image with you, of my newest bikini from Elomi.
The stunning abstract print and plunge detail really caught my eye and the colours really complimented my, somewhat slight, tan. The sizing was spot on, ordering my usual 38F top and 20 bottom. 

You can find this beauty here x

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Misguided by Missguided

Alarm set for 9am, I hastily rushed straight to the Missguided site in sheer glee that I could get my hands on their new Barbie collaboration that they had extended to plus size. Their first drop of the collection had only been made in a size 4 - 16 so myself and many other Barbie loving gals were pretty upset that we had been excluded. The collection featured pink velour shorts and matching hoodies, cute little crop tops, mesh tops, quilted skirts and denim jackets. It was clearly a huge hit and sold out almost instantly. I had money, I wanted that too!

So back to me this morning. I get to the saved page, hit refresh and what do I find?! 8 t shirts. That's it. 8. Now this alone gets me sad. I'm a woman, I'm 35. I LOVE fashion, I love experimenting with styles and I bloody love colour. My hair is BRIGHT PINK! So why would I rush to a Barbie collab collection for drab, grey T shirts? Why? Because for brands like Missguided it's easy. It shuts us fattys up. 

Let's take a look at what my money could have bought me IF I was under a size 16

Now let's see what us fat girls have been given...

I really love that they've modelled them plus size T shirts on a plus size girl too...

So IF I decided that these boring T shirts were just what my colourful life was missing, look at how many we get in comparison to the 16 and unders. Why? How? Do these brands just not get it? I might be a blogger, I might get the odd bit of clothing given to me but I do spend money. I'm sick and tired of brands spinning me the same old bullshit, telling us that 'plus just doesn't sell' or the old 'it costs us too much'. If you gave us the same choices as straight sizes, YOU WOULD SELL MORE! We don't even need a seperate collection just for us, we just want regular styles extended. I fucking live for crop tops and tight shit. I might be fat but I'm not prepared to hide it. Stop marginalising us. We are not over sized T shirt wearing, hiding in the shadows, meek little girls. We demand more and we deserve better. I hold a little hope that more styles will be added, but sadly I won't hold my breath on it running bigger than its current size 24. Yet another blow for larger girls but sadly not uncommon.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Dirty by Name, Dirty by Nature at Bristol Squeezed

Today was the opening of Squeezed, Bristols latest offering in the world of burgers. Is there such a thing as too many burgers? Not in my book!
Squeezed is the baby of Alex Hayes, of former Rebel Roll, and brings back the much loved classics that he was synonymous for. Having been living under a rock, although I was aware of previous offerings, I didn't get the chance to sample the goods. But now Squeezed has arrived in Whapping Wharfs Cargo 2 development, I can revisit til my little fat hearts content. 
As the name suggests, Squeezed focuses on lemonade, burgers and fries. Everything from the brioche buns down to the sauces is made fresh in the compact shipping container.

Tonight I went for the Reverse Cowgirl (nothing new there *wink wink*), fries and lemonade, all for a very reasonable £9.99 The fact you can get meal deals here are fab. If like me, you have a limited budget, it's perfect to know you can get the works for a set price.

Let's talk burgers. I like mine pink and juicy and was relieved to find that's exactly what I got. Not too thick, not too thin. This was then loaded with smoky, rich peanut chipotle bbq sauce, charred scallion sour cream, smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and Monterey Jack cheese- although there was so much flavour, the cheese did get a little lost. There was certainly no holding back on any of the ingredients, this burger was definitely a two handed job! The skin on, handcut fries were lightly seasoned with ancho chilli salt and were beautifully hot and crisp. 

The lemonade had to be the winner for me. Pinky Punky lemonade with watermelon and rosemary, it was strong and punchy with a delicate aftertaste from the rosemary and even though it was just a juice, it almost tasted alcoholic like a guilt free cocktail. Winner! 

No doubt I'll be back to sample more of the menu soon.