Thursday, 28 November 2013

Blog Series - Curves around the World - Curvy Plus size Outfits - WEEK #27 STEAL HER STYLE

Curvy / plus size Primark denim chambray shirt dress casual outfit of the day
It's mid week ladies and we all know what that means.....and this week the theme is 'Steal her Style'. Names were picked out of a hat and we each got given one of the other lovely ladies in this blog series to steal the style of. Mine was Nina from CurvyMod.

Nina's style is quite difficult to define. She switches it up quite a lot but there are a few things I noticed. Often Nina's style is summery casual (probably as she is from California), and she often wears denim (and chambray), shirts, floral patterns and floaty skater skirts. She also often wears a cardigan over her outfit and her outfits are often laid back and simple and girly. I also noticed she often wears longer necklaces and doesn't often wear earrings. Nina's hair is usually in a relaxed down straight style which is lucky as mine is naturally the same. 
Curvy / plus size Primark denim chambray shirt dress casual outfit of the day
So with all that in mind, I came up with the above outfit. I had to add leggings (it's freezing here and this dress is very short).  I think this outfit is very Nina. The denim (shirt dress from Primark), the chambray, the fact it's a shirt dress, the cardigan (Primark) over the top, the simplicity and girly edge, and the long necklace (no idea where I got this from!). I think the only thing I would add to this would be some ankle boots which Nina often wears.
Curvy / plus size Primark denim chambray shirt dress casual outfit of the day
Nina, I hope you think this is similar to your style! I think I did pretty well. 

What do you think? Leave me a comment and let me know how well you think I did!

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas for Him under £50

My boyfriend and I have decided on a budget this year. Now some may not like the idea that, but we have big things like a wedding, buying a house and a big holiday next year and so we decided to not go too crazy. We don't have a huge family but have quite a few people to buy gifts for. Plus at this time of year you seem to spend more on travelling to see family, and things like snacks when shopping and hot chocolates to warm you up. All those things added to gifts really does adds up. Personally, I'd rather spend more on someones birthday as I think that's more of a personal day to them. Christmas to me is more about spending time with family and yummy food and relaxing with lovely decorations around you and good movies and board games! Getting into debt and spending ridiculous amounts of money is silly this time of year it shouldn't be money.

So, with budgets in mind (and even if you don't have a budget you'll get ideas), I decided to put together a few gift ideas. I am going to be doing a few of these but gift ideas for the men in your life come first so here it is and they range from £10-£50.

Details:
Hoodie £49.99 Superdry / Computer Game £42.99 Sainsburys /  Headphones £32.99 Currys /Bag £40 Ted Baker @ John Lewis / Chocolate slab £16 Hotel Chocolat  / Wallet Set £50 Ted Baker @ Asos / 
Trainers £38.50 Adidas @ Debenhams / Belt £18 Debenhams / Watch £48.75 Debenhams/ Toiletries/Skincare set £16.00 Boots / Boxers/Sock set £28.00 Debenhams / Tie £16.50 Debenhams / 
Grooming System £19.99 Sainsburys / Battery back up phone case £21.00 Amazon /                         Cufflinks £35 Ted Baker @ Asos / Fragrance £24.75 All Beauty / Gloves £22 River Island @ Asos / 
Shoe Kit £10 Matalan

What do you think of these ideas? Leave a comment and let me know what you are buying the men in your life.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Blog Series - Curves around the World - Curvy Plus size Outfits - WEEK #26 SEASONAL

How's your week going ladies? My camera isn't playing ball so instead of not posting at all, I'm posting ideas and will hopefully add in photos when my camera isn't being naughty.
Autumn in England, U.K / forrest / trees / beautiful colours
Can we just take a moment to check out this photograph I took at the weekend? I am one of those people that sees something really pretty and wants to take a photo but it's usually in bad light, or we can't stop or we are running late etc so I often find myself grabbing my phone and just clicking away and hope one comes out nice. I took this through the car windscreen when we were going quite fast. I patted myself on the back for this one. It's not bad, if I do say so myself!!

I digress...for this week we decided to do a 'Seasonal' theme. We all live in totally different parts of the globe and so it really does show what season we are in and how varied the climates are. Autumn is well and truely here in England, actually it's pretty much Winter but no snow yet although there is already morning frost and ice. Autumn is my favourite season as I really like that in between weather where you wear a cardigan but no need for a big heavy coat or snow attire like hats, gloves, snow boots etc. I kind of like that chill in the air with the sun shining and the leaves and trees are so pretty.

Outfit wise recently I've been very unadventurous and I've either been wearing similar to my last post  (dress, leggings, boots, cardigan/jacket) or similar to below. Lately I've been rushing to grabbing outfits I know work and are comfortable and easy but look nice. I've also been wearing berry shades of lipstick like the Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Smooothie or the Bourjois Rouge Edition Shine in a slightly darker plum shade.

What season are you in where you are, which season is your favourite. Do you like my comfy outfit? Leave a comment and let me know.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Blog Series - Curves around the World - Curvy Plus size Outfits - WEEK #25 TARTAN

Curves Around the World time ladies! How is your week going so far? Life got in the way again last week so I'm sorry I missed it. I'm sure the other ladies kept you entertained with their posts though!
Tartan shirt dress Primark Autumn Winter 2013 / plus size casual outfit of the day
This week the theme is, as you can see, tartan. I'm a big fan of this trend. I am part Scottish so perhaps that's why and I'm pretty sure somewhere there is a tartan specifically for my family clan. For those that don't know, in Scotland the different clans (family groups) traditionally have their own signature tartans which feature different colours and the sizing of the lines is different. I'm no expert but you get the idea!

I love the pattern of tartan as it's just a bit different. I automatically think chilly Scotland and Christmas time as tartan is so often used in festive decorations. I don't own too much tartan (I'd love to own more), but didn't even need to think what I would do for this weeks post as I have been wearing this so much and the colours are just right for this time of year. I just had to show you!

Outfit details:
Boyfriend cardigan-New Look
Tartan shirt dress with belt-Primark
Leggings-Peacocks
Boots-Emu
Bag-local boutique
Statement necklace-Matalan
Hoop earrings-Matalan
Black vest top-New Look
Here's a closer look at the dress so you that you can see the detail. As you can see, it has buttons all the way down the front and a nice square collar. I really like that the tartan goes diagonally by the buttons as it breaks it up a bit and focuses the eye veritcally down that front section.

I absolutely adore the colours in this dress. Navy and dark red are colours that really suit me and I need to own more of those colours as I love them! This style is the perfect length and just so easy to wear and is pretty flattering I think, especially tight fitting bust area, the sinched in waist then the more flowing bottom part.
curvy and plus size casual outfit of the day / tartan dress Primark Autmn / Winter 2013
This outfit has been my 'go to' recently. Casual, comfortable, easy to wear and great Autumn/Winter colours. Tartan is so on trend right now and although I don't always follow the trend (I go with what flatters me personally and what I like), but this is one trend I really like. A tartan scarf is also on  my wishlist so any recommendations, send my way!  

Do you like the tartan trend? Comment and let me know what you think of this outfit.

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Now it's time for you check out the other ladies in this blog series. We are all from different countries and all have different styles and takes on each weeks theme so go check them out to see what they came up with! (Please note, we post every Wednesday but we all live in different time zones so if the posts aren't up yet, please check back later!)

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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Bonfire/Fireworks night 2013

For those not in the UK, you may wonder why everyone in the UK is posting photographs and commenting about Fireworks. For those of you not from these shores, Bonfire/Firework/Guy Fawkes Night, which ever name you prefer, is on the 5th November. It's an annual commemoration dating back to 1605 when Guy Fawkes, one of the members in the 'Gunpowder Plot' was arrested in the House of Lords whilst guarding explosives. The plot was to assassinate the King. People celebrated the King being alive by lighting bonfires and then it became a national day. That's a long story short!

Clearly 1605 was a long time ago and nowadays, focus isn't really on the original sentiment, it's just an enjoyable social gathering and excuse for a celebration. All big towns and cities have events with hot food (think burger vans, hot dogs, baked potato with chilli, and fresh hot doughnuts!), hot drinks (obligatory hot chocolate in my case), bonfires and fabulous fireworks.
Where I live, there is a big central event  the weekend before the 5th, but the roads are closed all around, and its very crowded so we usually watch from afar or give it a miss which always makes me sad. This year we were determined and decided very last minute to go to a small town event not far away in a place called Olney so we wrapped up warm and off we went. I'm so glad we did! It cost us £5 each to get in but we parked close by, it was flat and easy to get to as it was on flat playing fields and there was lots of space, no crazy crowds (even though there were lots of people), and the fireworks were really really well done with background music as well. It was a lovely atmosphere, no drunk idiots and very family orientated. It was extremely well managed. We got there just in time for the fireworks and then had a cheeky small hot dog,  fresh hot sugar doughnut and a scrummy hot chocolate. It was a lovely night and we will definitely go back next year.
 
I hope you all had a enjoyable weekend and that you have all had/will have a good and safe,  Fireworks night and you all wrapped up warm!