Curvy Chic: Five Fashions for Fuller Figures

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If you’re a plus size woman, you know that shopping can sometimes be more frustrating than it is fun. But that doesn’t have to be the case if you know what to look for. Most of the time, the frustration that comes from shopping as a plus size woman originates in not knowing what looks amazing on a plus size frame, rather than there being a lack of options available. There really are a wide variety of options for plus size women. Never miss out on a fashion trend; just keep the following tips in mind and you’ll be able to find an outfit that’s perfect for you.

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Pencil Skirt

The pencil skirt is one of the most useful fashion accessories for plus size women. Its straight style is great for slimming your hips, and the high waist, when paired correctly with tops, can help slim your tummy. It also helps to elongate your figure, which helps you look taller and sleeker. Add some heels to a pencil skirt, and you are ready to rock!

Faux Sheepskin Jackets

Faux sheepskin jackets can be beautiful and stylish, but they can also help you out if you’re a plus size woman. A sharp jacket can compliment any outfit, and it can help by creating a straight style, which elongates your body, makes you look a bit taller, and covers some common problem areas. Since they come in so many colours, you can wear a faux sheepskin jacket with just about anything, and in the winter months, they come in particularly helpful since they are so warm.

Thick Belt

A thick belt can help cinch in your waist, which gives you a beautiful hourglass figure. This can help you look thinner through the middle, and it also elongates your body. The other thing that’s great about belt’s is that they can be used to break up your body, keep on the natural waist to create an hourglass, wear high on the empireline to elongate legs and drop it low on the hips to create a longer torso.

Shift Dresses

Shift dresses are usually monochromatic, draw attention to the face, and have a loose but complimentary fit. These dresses are not only easy to slip on and comfortable to wear, but they do wonders for the plus size figure. While most plus size women stick to dark colours and black, the shift dress can be worn in just about any colour and still look great. Add a pair of heels and some long earrings to your favourite shift dress, and you’ll be on your way to a classy outfit that elongates your frame and makes you look smaller. I simply adore seeing all these plus size bloggers showing how to wear a shift, so chic.

Jeans That Fit

Make sure you have a pair of jeans that actually fit you. Many plus size women try to wear loose, baggy, or large jeans, but this does not help you at all. In fact, it makes you look larger than you really are because it adds to your figure. Instead, get a pair of jeans that fits snugly but comfortably, and wear them with v-neck tops and heels, if you want to dress it up. This can help elongate your frame. Bootcut jeans are in style right now, and they’re great for plus size women, so find a pair of properly fitted bootcut jeans and show off what you’ve got.

Theses tips, tricks, and styles can help you immensely if you’re a plus size woman. They can elongate your frame, accentuate your hourglass figure, and frame your face beautifully. But the best tool any woman can have when it comes to fashion is confidence. Embrace your shape! There are many beautiful options available for plus size women, and owning your body type with confidence can help you shop with a positive attitude. So get out there and find some amazing outfits!

Guest post from Megan Barnes, a plus size beauty who is passionate about fashion. She often writes about flattering and beautiful looks for every woman.

Whirlwind Weekend in London

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I’m am just back from a whirlwind weekend in London. We went down on Friday for two days of shopping, eating and gossiping. I am suffering now, not sure if its too much talking or Tube germs but I’ve lost my voice which everyone thinks is hysterical. I think we must have qualified for the most tartan worn in a group in the Guinness Worlds Records. If one of us gets funny looks walking down the street you can imagine the reaction we got when we are in numbers! #AnnualTartanConvention

Outfit: Being Meryl

This photo was actually taken a while back to help out a blog reader who was working on a project illustrating how the trench coat is a timeless piece. I am wearing my vintage Burberry trench which I utterly love. Do you recognise the pose? I was reenacting the famous Meryl Streep pose in Kramer vs Kramer from 1979. The film was made 3 years before I was born so I think that proves the trench really is a keeper piece! The dress and boots are vintage finds too, but you can find similar chocolate brown boots in this Guess pair and I recommend ebay for finding vintage Burberry trenches.

Lucy Locket: The Jewellery People Review

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‘Lucy Locket lost her pocket

Kitty Fisher found it;

Not a penny was there in it,

Only ribbon round it’

I’ve always been totally enchanted by lockets, how they can conceal tiny secrets. I have a fondness for charms too, how they can tinkle with the shake of a wrist. The origins of the locket have now been lost but they have been popular all over the work, especially in England during the Victorian era. Is there anything more lovely than being able to keep a loved one so close to your heart be it a photo or lock of hair. So when The Jewellery People asked if I would like to review something I couldn’t resist choosing a locket. They have a wonder collection of sterling silver jewellery including some beautiful lockts from traditional, ornate styles to simple modern minimal ones. I was drawn in by this smooth oval style locket and a long 30″ snake chain. All I can say is that I was delighted with the locket when it arrived, the chain was so glimmery and the locket perfect for running your thumb over as I like to do. I can’t resist playing with my jewellery and wanted the locket to hang low, almost waist length so I could tuck it in my blouse or have it loose. The quality of the presentation box was lovely too, so I am more than happy to recommned. With Christmas coming up I have my eye on some gorgeous gifts for friends and family.

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Had to include this beauful Lucy Locket illustration, reminds me of Kensington Palace.

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Throw Back Thursday: Holey Socks at Worlds End

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I ususally only take part in the Throw Back Thursday tag on Instagram (@SuperElevated) but I wanted to share here too as it is such a great photo, with such a great tale. You can find out why I was wearing these holey socks at Worlds End in the original post back in January. I was reminded of it as I pulled out all my big winter clothes this week, I may not like being freezing cold but I do love winter fashion!

Warm in Winter: Plus Size Coats to Flatter Every Full-Figured Woman

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Finding the perfect coat can be a tough task for the fuller figured lady, but a little knowledge goes a long way when it comes to picking the perfect design. Certain styles are designed to hide or accentuate different parts of the body, and allow the wearer to make the most of their assets. Whether you are blessed with an hourglass figure or wish to balance out a top-heavy frame, the following guide will ensure you look your best in any weather, and only draw attention to the parts of the body you want to show off.

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Pretty Pear Shapes

Pear shapes are defined by shoulders that are narrower than the hips, but a little clever styling can transform this shape into a perfect hourglass. Shoulder pads, Sherlock style capes, and fur collars will help to create width in the top half of the body, and adding a belt in a contrasting colour will draw in the waistline creating the perfect silhouette. Chunky knit scarves are also a must for pear-shaped ladies, and coats with a hood or attached cape are a fantastic choice. Empire line coats and those with a peplum detail are also a fabulous option for pear shapes, and there is a wide selection available at navabi.co.uk.

Buxom Beauties

Big breasts are at the top of every teenage girl’s wish list, but those with cleavage to spare know they can be a nightmare when it comes to clothing. The trick is to draw attention down and away from your chest, so a low-cut single breasted style will elongate your frame and create a more elegant shape. Steer clear of anything that adds inches to your top half such as double breasted necklines, pockets, fur collars, or ruffles, and don’t even think about a poncho or cape, unless you like resembling a circus tent. There are many blogs available online that cater specifically to curvy ladies, and offer invaluable advice on dressing for every occasion.

Classic Styles for Every Body Type

Some styles are universal and look good on every shape, and you can’t go wrong with a classic trench coat. This design can easily be dressed up with some killer heels and statement jewellery, or keep it simple in some Uggs and a cosy scarf. Any coat that features a wraparound design and belt is also a good option, and bold prints such as hound’s-tooth and leopard print will increase the wow factor. The correct underwear can also make a big difference to your silhouette, and you should already be familiar with the benefits of tummy control knickers and minimiser bras.

The best dressed celebrities are often the ones with the most talented stylists, and not those that simply have a perfect body. The right clothes can transform a woman’s figure in a matter of seconds, and finding the correct fit is just as important with outerwear. A curvy figure is something that should be embraced and not covered up, and the aforementioned styles will help you make the most of your assets and ensure you look your very best this winter.

Guest post by Carol Wright, fashion enthusiast. She takes pleasure in sharing her insights with other women.

Best Invention Ever, Fold Up Raybans

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Best invention ever, honestly even better than sliced bread. What could you need more on those unexpectedly sunny autumn days than to pull a tiny little case from your bag with sunglasses inside! I am so impressed with how small the case is, the size of a pack of cards. The Raybans foldout and just look like regular ones, they are nice and sturdy so only you would know their secret. I think they are really neat to have in your bag for winter as they don’t take up much space like traditional sunglasses cases. I don’t mind having a large case during the summer when I know they will be used everyday, but for the colder months I need that space for gloves, scarf and hat! Rayban Wayfarers have been my go-to staple style for many years, they are such a versatile shape and suit all faces. They are undeniably cool in a Blue Brothers way! It’s hard to believe they have been popular since they were first made in the 1950s, true style never dates. This pair have polaroid lenses too whic protect your eyes. I got these from Vision Direct who have a full range of Raybans in all shapes and sizes. The history of the Wayfarer is rather facinating, they were the first plastic sunglasses moving away from traditional metal frames. They have also been featured in more movies than you could ever imagine from Risky Business starring Tom Cruise to Robert Pattinson in Twilight. I do have a bit of a sunglasses collection but this is a style I always stick with no matter what trends come and go, I was rocking them in 2011 in this post. I really think they are up there with the style classics, are you a fan?

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Halloween Outfit: The Princess & the Pea

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The Princess & the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen

Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess; but she would have to be a real princess. He travelled all over the world to find one, but nowhere could he get what he wanted. There were princesses enough, but it was difficult to find out whether they were real ones. There was always something about them that was not as it should be. So he came home again and was sad, for he would have liked very much to have a real princess.

     One evening a terrible storm came on; there was thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly a knocking was heard at the city gate, and the old king went to open it.

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   It was a princess standing out there in front of the gate. But, good gracious! what a sight the rain and the wind had made her look. The water ran down from her hair and clothes; it ran down into the toes of her shoes and out again at the heels. And yet she said that she was a real princess.

┬á┬á┬á┬á Well, we’ll soon find that out, thought the old queen. But she said nothing, went into the bed-room, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of the mattresses.

     On this the princess had to lie all night. In the morning she was asked how she had slept.

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┬á┬á “Oh, very badly!” said she. “I have scarcely closed my eyes all night. Heaven only knows what was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard, so that I am black and blue all over my body. It’s horrible!”

     Now they knew that she was a real princess because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down beds.

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    Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that.

     So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that he had a real princess; and the pea was put in the museum, where it may still be seen, if no one has stolen it.

     There, that is a true story.

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My Halloween outfit this year was inspired by The Princess and the Pea fairytale and Vivienne Westwood’s Prince Charming collection from AW2010. Vivienne Westwood sample dress and crown from the Prince Charming collection, Gillie platform shoes, Alex belt and Pearly Queen necklace; wig and tights Ebay. Make-up: Smashbox primer; Bobbi Brown Long Wear foundation, Retouching Powder, Pink Valentine nail varnish; Illamasqua Blush Duo Katie used also on eyes; Chanel Inimitable Mascara Blue Note, Rouge Allure lipstick Kensington, Levres Scintillanties lipgloss; GO Paris glitter and stars.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Beauty: Bobbi Brown Smokey Eyes

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As you know Bobbi Brown is one of my favourite make up brands and they have let me into a few secrets on their up and coming launches. The first is one you can already get your hands on, the Smoky Eye, as seen here on the beautiful Katie Holmes. As always Bobbi wanted to make it easy for everyone to create the perfect smokey eye themselves and so introduces the Smokey Eye Mascara (┬ú22) and Smokey Eye Kajal Liners (┬ú18). I went to Selfridges to have a make up lession in recreating the look myself – anyone can book in for a free lesson at their local counter. I love a smokey eye and often just smudge on a dark brown shadow with my finger for a quick fix. Bobbi Brown shadows have been my staples for the last couple of years so I was excited to try out the new liners. I was equally thrilled with the gorgeous colours available especially Black Amethyst and Jade, as I was with the soft formulation. They are wonderfully pigmented and have great staying power. I have been wearing the amethyst on the top lid and jade below and on the waterline for a modern, colourful take on the smokey eye. The Smokey Eye Mascara promises to give lashes high impact, volume and length with out smudging. To top of the smokey eye look their is also a new Ink Liner (┬ú20) which gives brilliant precison and smudgeproof definition. I have already been enjoying creating new looks with the new liners and will can say they have become a permanent feature in my make up bag. Lots more Bobbi Brown news to come so stay tuned!

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New and old favourites

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Black Amethyst and Jade Smokey Eye Kajal Liners

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The Smoking Hot look at Selfridges Bobbi Brown

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Me after my Smokey Eye lesson

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Outfit: Ghawazi Skirt First Outing

1384322_652622291444493_708306248_nWearing Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Ghawazi skirt, Tits t-shirt, Animal toe shoes, Samuri cardigan

Finally decided to wear the Ghawazi skirt I bought from SS12, sometimes I just like to save things for a while before I wear them. This was during the Vogue Fashion Night Out event. Really want to try this skirt over a jumper for winter as done on the runway, just need to find the right one. The silk printed fabric is absolutely stunning, one of my favourite pieces by far. Another firm favourite are these black suede Animal Toe courts, I wear them all the time. I think black courts are just the easiest shoe to wear, my old Dior black patent courts have been a staple for years. I’ve been after a new pair, but I’m picky and finding it hard to find the perfect ones. Love, love, love the Animal Toe courts and really want them in another colour, but also want a classic black court but with something a bit special about them. At the moment these pointy wedges from Bourne are tempting me. The key for me is finding a comfortable pair which are easy to run around in, I can find tons of gorgeous pairs with staggering heels!

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On the runway – different fabric

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