Thursday, 25 August 2016

Swimwear With Simply Be

Before I went out on my travels to explore one of my favourite countries, Spain, I decided that I had to get myself some new swimwear. I always like to update my swimwear wardrobe from time to time as with everything else you get tired of wearing the same things. However, finding good swimwear for bigger girls is something I find very very challenging. It's especially three things that are crucial when it comes to me finding a costume that becomes that good one that I always keep coming back to. Support in the boobs region is the most important for me when it comes to swimwear. Imagine swimming around and all of a sudden your boobs are doing their own thing cause believe me, they like to float!!! And to get good support I've found that underwires in the cups  not necessarily is the solution as a sturdy and good thick material still with good stretch is the best for me as the fabric keeps my boobs firmly in place and also gives it a great shape, lift and it feels comfortable. Secondly it's important that the costume stays in place, i.e doesn't ride up or down as this becomes such a distracting element while you're swimming either it be for exercise or for fun or both. Thirdly it's so important with well fitted bottoms. I have yet to find a great fitting pair of bikini bottoms/tankini bottoms cause most bottoms are too baggy around my bum. I have a lot narrower hips than my top half so it's always been a challenge to find something that fits well on top and bottom at the same time.

I decided to go for some items from Simply Be as they had some great swimwear and beach cover ups . I had high hopes for this Gingham patterned tankini, but when I got it I hadn't received my bottoms so I had to use another pair I already had so I can only review the top. On the website the top looked stunning and what made me buy it was the 50s feel to it and retro style as it was cute and the colour was also stunning.


When I first tried it on I was very happy that it at least fitted over my boobs in my size 24. But as soon as I started wearing it a little around the house I noticed that there was no support in this tankini top at all. It has built in cups and one of those "shelves" that will give your boobs support and lift. But sadly not for huge boobs like mine. My boobs are fighting gravity every day and for someone that is 41 years old and have heavy breasts I don't think my boobs are too saggy. But this tankini does what it can to help gravity doing its job. My boobs look flat!!! And that is not a desired look, especially on the beach where you want to feel confident and sexy.

This tankini gives more of a lift when you sit down so posing for sitting down photos it looks really cute. 

The material is quite flimsy and not at all thick enough to give me the needed support. The straps are super stretchy and are adjustable, but even when I'm taking them into the tightest they can come it's not improving the support. It's such a shame as with a design like this I thought I might had found a new favourite swimming costume. 

 The pattern and design of this tankini is so cute and I adore it, but that is not enough to make me want to wear this. It might be a better fit for those of you who has smaller boobs as the design is super cute.

I also bought a kaftan from Simply Be which I absolutely love. I loved the look of it on the website and it is just as lovely in real life. It was quite windy on the beach when I went and took these photos and it made me feel like a diva walking down the beach in the beautiful flowy animal print pattern. I'm wearing size XL here and I'm glad I went for that as I don't like cover ups to be tight fitting as you tend to get a bit sticky from sun creams and damp from water, so better to have a bit of fabric to spare.

The design is beautiful. It has a knotted design which gives it a deep plunging neckline and also a big split all the way up to your waist. So if you want to show off a hints of skin while sitting down for lunch by the pool bar this kaftan is definitely for you. I'm even tempted to wear this kaftan as a dress with just a black short skirt under and a cropped top! I might do that one night and update this post with photos.

I love the different colours in the animal print. It gives it a subtle, but sexy detail. This kaftan is not screaming for attention, but it's classy and sexy.

The length is also really good on me. I'm 5'6 and it's floor length on me which is perfect as I like my long dresses to reach the floor.

Do you find it easy to find plus size swimwear?

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Under Cover In Spain Wearing Boohoo

Just before I left for my stay in Spain I was lucky enough to be invited to Boohoo's press day where we were shown some really nice pieces from their current and upcoming collections. I love Boohoo cause they have very affordable fashion for plus size women. Their sizes goes up to 24, but some up to 26 and their sizing is in many cases very generous so it can cater for sizes above the 26 mark.

The day before I left I received one of the pieces we had seen at the press day. This Dina Camo cropped bomber jacket* that I think most of us who was there fell in love with. What did it for me was when the beautiful and funny Olivia Campbell wore it and told us it was cropped cause I love cropped jackets!!! Cropped jackets works so well on girls with big boobs. I remember when I was younger and lived in Norway, whenever I read an article or saw some fashion advice for bigger girls it told me to avoid cropped jackets at all cost as they would just make your boobs look bigger and more bulk up top. Biggest non sense I've ever heard!!! Cropped jackets are perfect as they nip you in just under the boobs, which in most cases also is the narrowest of your upper body so it means it looks super flattering and gives you a really nice shape.

 This jacket is no exception! I love it!!! I love the colours, I love the shape of it, I love that it is collarless and the fabric is really nice too.
 I'm wearing a size 24 which is perfect for me. I don't find it too small or too tight. I think Boohoo is very good in most cases with their sizing so I was very confident choosing this jacket despite it not going higher in size than a 24.
I chose to style it with a cropped top and a leather skirt as I wanted to keep it edgy. I always prefer to pull the sleeves up as I always get too hot and here in Spain at the moment it is way to warm for jackets during daytime, but I can see myself wearing this exactly like this going out in the evenings for a drink. I also like the look the pulled up sleeves give.

Silly as I am I forgot to put shoes on before I did these photos, but I think a pair of Converse would be a good look. Same with block heels sandals.
The only thing I don't like about this jacket is the pockets as they are way too big!!! They kind of hang out of the jacket which is not a very nice look. It's easily fixed with a couple of stitches though so that is what I will be doing.
The colours of this jacket is pretty and quite neutral. I can myself using this jacket with white, pinkish colours, neutrals and grey as well, so in the autumn I think it would look great with a polo neck jumper, jeans and sneakers.

I love the skirt I'm wearing as well. It's from New Look and you can find it HERE in both black as I'm wearing and in Burgundy. It's a-line and it has pockets!!! Nothing is better than pockets, so this skirt will be one of my autumnal favourites. I'm wearing a size 24 and it's true to size.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Everyday Elegance With Pink Clove

I was so lucky to be asked to review this beautiful Velma duster coat from Pink Clove* a while ago and I have had the photos on my computer since forever. I've just been so poorly lately so I haven't had much energy to write. I've started this long winding road to try and find out what is wrong and why I keep fainting all the time and in addition feel like shit most of the time. I won't go into too much detail in this post, but I have a whole long list of symptoms that makes it difficult from day to day to plan much.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Everything You Need For Summer

This post will be very photo heavy, but I'm showing off lots of different looks for the summer.

First up is the lovely swimsuit, hat and sarong from Yours Clothing*. I love this swimsuit so much and it's such good fit for me. It fits beautifully over my boobs and gives me a good lift and support when swimming. It's a really cute design as well as it's 50s style and that suits me perfectly. The sarong is in a beautiful ombre blue and turquoise and also comes in a bright vibrant red and orange as well so go take a look at the website here. The hat is also from Yours Clothing and is so versatile. Neutral colour that will go with all your summer favourites.

Secondly we have this stunning A-line dress* from Navabi with dipped hem. It's different tones of blue is stunning and it's a kind of a burntout material. It's from Exelle and it's really flattering and beautiful to wear. It's soft and the photos doesn't do this dress justice. It's one of these pieces that you can have for years and years and it stay in great condition. I love wearing it with cropped leggings as it's a bit short for my liking without. I'm wearing size 24 here and it's a great fit for me. I have to wear a vest top underneath, but if you're daring then wear it as it is, but it's quite revealing.

Thirdly there is this stunning tankini from Curvy Kate via Brastop and is a stunning tankini in a bright red with yellow and orange accents. This tankini is good, but have potential to be so much better. I love the fact that there is underwires in this although too small for me, but it still adds to the support. The fabric is thick which means it gives great support as well. What lets it down is the straps! I don't understand why companies can't understand that when you've got bigger boobs you need wider straps. Or if not, then a lot more support around the back, cause two hooks around the back is not enough in the biggest sizes. I wish I could find swimwear or a bra with 4,5 or 6 hooks at the back cause that would give amazing support!! But it's so pretty and the bottoms from Curvy Kate are always good. I like the drawstring at the side as you can make the fit of the bottoms different as you like it or fits your bum/hips. Brastop is a great place to shop for reduced prices lingerie and swimwear. They have a lot of bigger sizes as well and an array of different brands. So if you haven't visited their website, go take a look!!!

The final outfits contains items from one of my favourite plus size retailer Apples and Pears* clothing. It's run by the wonderful Liz and she is so friendly and helpful. They have a great selection of affordable plus size clothing.

This first item is a longline sleeveless shirt which I wore with my swimsuit for a cute lounge around the pool style. The colour is so on trend and I know I will get lots of wear out of this later in the summer and autumn as well as it will be nice to wear with a jumper and jeans as well.

This second look is this oh so me polka dot dress also from Apples and Pears clothing. It's such a cute and easy dress to wear. It's made of a lightweight polyester material so perfect for the less hotter days in the summer. It's navy blue and it can be accessorised with anything as it's so diverse. I love the midi length as well. The sizing on this dress is not great as I had to get a size 28 to be able to fit my boobs into it. There is no stretch in the material either, so even 28 is a close fit on me. It's a shame cause it means that it will be too baggy around the waist. Thankfully there is a belt around the waist to make it less baggy. I know this dress will be worn a lot of me in the months to come and also in the wintertime with leggings and tan coloured boots. I also found the perfect accessory to posy by. This cute mint green VW Beetle. :) 

Some bonus photos from when we went to the beach and going to beach and going in the water. It makes me like a little child cause I love the water. My hubby have called me a mermaid since we met and he is spot on with that description.

The last item from Apples and Pears clothing is this cardigan. It's one of those batwing cardigans and it's so comfy. Stunning colour and great material. I teamed it here with the same dress as above and they goes so well together. This cardigan is a must for those cooler summer nights and also a great item in the transition from summer to autumn. I'm wearing a size 24 and it's a great fit for me. Very true to size. 

Have you found some staple items for the summer or are you still looking for them?