Thursday, 23 August 2012

Evans Snake Print Skater Dress!

Let's face it! Getting back in the swing of things takes some time... but for me - I'm all about trying to stay positive and feeling great. SO. When Evans contacted me recently about being part of a five-take style blogger challenge - I said YES straight away...

The chosen dress, for FIVE of us bloggers to try?


Skater dresses are absolutely popular (design wise) right now, and I had never tried one. On top of that - add a snakeskin print (I rarely do leopard, let alone REPTILE!!) and I couldn't resist. I have said so many times on this blog - that sometimes, getting outside our comfort zones is so important as far as learning about and defining our own fashion. I mentioned in the last post - that life has been a bit rough lately... Well, what better way to get back into blogging than to branch out and try something a little different.


For me, due to the sleeves - this would be a really lovely autumnal dress. I overheat in summer and need a lighter sleeve - so staying true to that, I paired this with Evans leggings, Evans flats and a Carmakoma belt. I DID try it with a waist cincher belt too, but that was a little TOO Betty Boop (especially with the new hair!)


I like this look. If I'm honest? I didn't know if I would. I thought the print wouldn't suit me, at all - but it did! I also like the style and cut. I'm not sure why I've stayed away from the skater style - but certainly, I'm eyeing up the Evans Swan Print and City Chic Ice Skater dresses, next!

On the Evans Facebook page, they have popped a few other girls in an album - with all of us wearing the same dress. We are different shapes and have different takes on how to wear this one - so get over there! It's worth a look! xxx.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Life wise, it's been a hard month...

AX Paris Curve Dress and snappy shorter haircut.

As rebuttal, I bought a BUNCH of dresses
(YAY: ASOS Curve, Anna Scholz, Simply Be, Evans...)
And cut the length off my hair.

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Before anyone asks, Mr. Darcy and I are fine! Loved up, as ever.
Life has thrown some curve balls, is all...

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Clothes posts will be back through the coming week. 
I will be back blogging with City Chic and on the Curvy Fashionista this week too.
I have MISSED my fashion blogging... xxx.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Simply Be extends the Gemma Collins range.

I know Simply Be is getting a lot of love here on my blog at the moment. For me, life means this blog has been a little "back burner" for the last few weeks - but if Simply Be keeps knocking things out of the park - I HAVE to give them kudos. This is a company that makes HUGE and AMAZING strides in Plus Fashion, and often...
I just read on Facebook, that Simply Be is in the process of extending the Gemma Collins Collection - the extension isn't live yet - but it's coming... Thank Goodness. My vitriol for Gemma's (far too hyped) launch, aside - I KNEW Simply Be would be the ones to MAKE this collection work. You can read more about the launch (my comments are below the post) at the Pocket Rocket Blog...
But let me just say - Frigging WELL DONE Simply Be. The exclusivity of sizing in the original collection was really hard to swallow. I KNEW you were the retailer to take this collection and knock it out of the park. You are amazing.

(I clearly ripped this picture of Gem Collins from Lauren's blog. I'm not on my computer - so this is all I could do. I am TOTES keen for you to have this news. Kudos, Simply Be.)

Friday, 3 August 2012

Simply Be: Plus Size Wedding Dresses as part of their NEW Bridal Collection

A Plus Size Wedding Dress from the new Bridal Collection at Simply Be. For gorgeous, plus size brides and their curves.
Boombands Blog Dress One! Choose which ones I try on the site and comment below!

*Collection Launches TODAY!*

Earlier this year, many of you will recall I did a series of posts on options for Plus Size Brides. I listed a series of stores available for the curvy bride, here in the UK, and then also - THANKS to so many beautiful women - all over the world, I was able to share photos of some gorgeous, plus size brides. It was amazing. Indeed, for me, it was a series of posts that made my emotional heart leap and your responses were amazing. Those posts remain some of my most vistied posts ever.

A Plus Size Wedding Dress from the new Bridal Collection at Simply Be. For gorgeous, plus size brides and their curves.
Boombands Blog Dress Two! Choose which ones I try on the site and comment below!

Last week, when I read on Facebook that Simply Be would be launching a Plus Size Bridal Range, again, my heart leapt. Accessible Wedding Options for Curvy Brides ARE hard to come by - so the fact that Simply Be would not just consider - but LAUNCH a range - is amazing. And that's a fact. In the last year - Simply Be has launched stores, extended sizes (for smaller plus retailers like AX Paris) and is now doing Bridal... Dresses and Lingerie! Whoa and WOW.

Plus Size Wedding Underwear from the new Bridal Collection at Simply Be. For gorgeous, plus size brides and their curves.

The collection launches on the Simply Be Website TODAY and comprises dresses, shawls and underwear. Dresses will retail around the £100 mark and all of them are LOVELY. I PARTICULARLY love these two!

A Plus Size Wedding Dress from the new Bridal Collection at Simply Be. For gorgeous, plus size brides and their curves.
Boombands Blog Dress Three! Choose which ones I try on the site and comment below!

A Plus Size Wedding Dress from the new Bridal Collection at Simply Be. For gorgeous, plus size brides and their curves.
Boombands Blog Dress Four! Choose which ones I try on the site and comment below!

And get this ladies... Along with this line of dresses, Simply Be's released matching shawls and boleros to satisfy girls who'd like a few more fancy flourishes!

A Plus Size Wedding Dress from the new Bridal Collection at Simply Be. For gorgeous, plus size brides and their curves.

And look at this one. I absolutely ADORE this combination and think Simply Be has NAILED this whole look! I like that they've thought of arm coverage... I almost want to cry this next look is so beautiful.

A Plus Size Wedding Dress from the new Bridal Collection at Simply Be. For gorgeous, plus size brides and their curves.

What beautiful touches to this well thought out range... And look at them all - a dress with sleeves, another with split sleeves and then also; wide straps. Dresses designed to emphasise some shape - but also flowing by design, to skim off curves. I like the beading, cut across the breasts and also the side brooch clasp on the dress with longer sleeves. I am so impressed. And even the lingerie is designed to make a woman feel beautiful.

Plus Size Wedding Lingerie from the new Bridal Collection at Simply Be. For gorgeous, plus size brides and their curves.

Simply Be has asked if I would like to feature two of the dresses on this site. They will send me a couple of dresses to post, I will photograph them and then, like with my gorgeous Anna Scholz posts - they will head back to Simply Be. This is literally something I want to do - JUST to show you what the dresses look like on my plus size body. I really want to.

And. I want you to choose the dresses.

So tell me in the comments below, which of the dresses you'd like me to try - I will tally the numbers and ask Simply Be to send through the items YOU'VE chosen. I'm not going to choose them. MY favourites are irrelevant, because ladies - this post is all up to you. Input from any upcoming brides will be given plenty of weight too - so speak up ladies!!

Now I just need to find a good pair of shoes to match!

xxx.

PS - This is an Exclusive and I hurried to get this post live as soon as possible! I will update direct links to the dresses as Monday progresses!
PPS - Just to be straight - I'm not in the market for a wedding dress myself yet ladies, but I'll be excited to try a couple!