Jeans for Curves from ASOS

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I’m a curvy lady. I’m currently a size 18, but at at any size I am curvy – with a large difference in size between my waist and hips, and a round tum and bum. And this shape basically makes buying jeans a NIGHTMARE. I’d pretty much given up wearing them to be honest, with dresses and skirts taking over. I know that I’m not the only one with this problem, so I wanted to share these awesome Farleigh jeans from ASOS.

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Pink coat – Boden, pink/white breton – Sprinkle of Glitter for Simply Be, gold shell bag – Skinny Dip, Farleigh slim mom jeans – ASOS, gold trainers – Reebok

I’ve found that generally, jeans are either too low cut, which means they cut into the fullest part of my tummy, or roll down under it – really uncomfortable and not exactly flattering; or if they are high waisted enough then in order to get them to fit over my hips the waist ends up being massively too big, leading to either annoyingly falling down jeans throughout the day, or having to belt in excessive amounts of fabric.

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Neither of these are an issue with the Farleighs – they hit me at my natural waist, are snug around the hips & bum, and best of all, stay up all day without a belt. They’re also a slightly heavier weight denim than I’ve found myself buying in recent years (most of the jeans that came anywhere near fitting me were more like jeggings in their super stretch fabric) which I love.

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I wore these jeans to death on my honeymoon in Japan, and I love them rolled up with a pair of heels to dress them up a little as much as I do running about in trainers and a tee.

The Farleigh style is available in multiple washes and colours, and inclusion in the ASOS Curve range means that they run up to a size 28. I can see more pairs in my wardrobe very soon. My only hope is that some more colourful styles become available as Spring approaches – can you imagine them in a gorgeous green, grey or even pink? Oooh!

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Thanks to Ting from The Ting Thing for being my photographer!

Clad in Plaid & Mary Janes from CLOGGS

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Mary Janes are a pretty staple kind of shoe for me – I adore the cute ankle strap, and they invariably come with a blocky heel that makes them smart yet comfortable when I’m in the studio or styling at events (honestly, I never thought I’d become a ‘comfortable shoes’ type of person, but it’s amazing what being on your feet all day will do!) In my recent great annual wardrobe clear out I had to bin my much-loved tan Mary Janes, a sad, sad day but they really were past saving.  The fact that they were so worn out tells a tale as to how much they were worn, and also the giant, gaping hole they left in my shoe wardrobe!

So, I was incredibly pleased when CLOGGS contacted me to ask if I’d like to review a pair of Hush Puppies, and I spotted this gorgeous, tan, T-bar pair.

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It was obviously fate! I loved the double strap detail, and the mix of croc and plain leathers. Of course, being Hush Puppies I also knew that they would be super comfortable. Off went my order, and the postman swiftly delivered! In person I was just as pleased. The detailing was as lovely as it looked on the site, and also the heels had an unusual round / cylinder shape that I hadn’t noticed but think is fab! All the comfort of a block heel, but with a little more interest. And on the comfort theme, the insoles are lined with a bouncy cushion, meaning that I’ve worn these all day in the studio whilst styling with no achy feet issues. An added benefit at this time of year is some grip on the soles. I hate being that woman sliding about in the Winter in unsuitable shoes!

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I teamed my new Hush Puppies with a recent (ish!) purchase from Lindybop. I’d heard lots of good things about this online purveyor of retro fashion, and when I spotted this plaid dress in their sale at the end of last year I thought it would be a good excuse to give them a try! Teamed with red it made the perfect Christmas Day dress, but I’m now enjoying picking out the browns and blues from the tartan fabric as I take it through into Spring. For the, quite frankly ridiculous, purchase price of £16.99 (and they still have lots of sizes in stock!) I’m really pleased with the quality – it even came with the matching belt. I’ll definitely be making more purchases in the future.

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Blue cardigan – Monsoon (old,), tartan dress & belt – Lindybop, tan t bar mary janes – c/o Hush Puppies at CLOGGS, red tights – Dorothy Perkins (old), tan clutch – Topshop (old)

 

 

 

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Disclosure – Shoes PR sample provided for consideration of review.

Where Did You Get That Hat?

 

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I have a very big head. No seriously. People laugh at me when I say it, but it makes buying hats a real issue! I love hats, and truly believe that accessories make or break an outfit. At this time of year a good hat can be the difference between feeling the chill or being sheltered from the drizzle. But, due to my aforementioned large-head-itis (it makes alice bands a right faff too, constantly snapping them in the middle as they stretch over my noggin!) you’ll generally see me in a stretchy knitted beret or beany, whilst I lust after all of the gorgeous 70s floppy brimmed numbers, cloches and fedoras.

I’ve been on the lookout for a navy, structured hat for a while. I had spotted this oversize fedora with gold band in Topshop, but didn’t really pay it too much attention as it was ‘one size’ – generally a no-go for me! But after many a navy hat disappointment, including an ASOS size ‘L’ that had to be returned after it was obviously not going to be jammed on my head, I thought I’d give this one a go whilst passing by Toppers in the Bullring on my way back from a meeting.

And guess what… it fits! [Read more…]

The Wedding Guest Uniform

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I often talk to my styling clients about how establishing a ‘uniform’ is no bad thing – once you know your style, what shapes work for you, and generally what makes you feel happy to wear, you can start to establish some ‘go to’ outfits for different situations. I often think of the Caitlin Moran quote that when a woman looks into her wardrobe and says that she hasn’t got anything to wear, what she really means is that “There’s nothing here for who I’m supposed to be today.”

When it comes to being a wedding guest, something that I’ve found myself doing with increasing frequency once I hit my 30s (last Summer will forever be known to us, friends style, as ‘The one with all the weddings’, I think I’ve definitely hit my happy place as far finding a go-to style, and of course, it’s not too far away from my every-day style, just ‘weddinged’ up a bit (another thing that I encourage, there’s nothing that’s going to make you feel more uncomfortable at a special event than adopting a style that’s completely alien to your own!

It goes a little something like this – floral, full skirted dress, shrug or cardigan, fascinator, heels for day, flats for night, pretty bag with a strap (keeping hands free for champagne quaffing and celebratory hugs!) [Read more…]

Agnes and Norman Penelope Lemon Court Shoes

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Although we’ve had some glorious sunshine over the last week, there’s a definite feeling of the last days of Summer in the air – the sun is setting a little earlier, there’s a nip in the air in the morning and evening, and suddenly heading out without sleeves or a jacket doesn’t seem like such a good idea. Still, as August drifts into September, there’s no reason why you can’t bring your own sunshine, and here’s my attempt, with a sun-set coloured dress and sunny lemon yellow accessories!

I have mentioned my love of Agnes & Norman, the Birmingham based shoe brand a few times on this here blog, and Penelope, the oh-so-perfect, pretty lemon sorbet of a court shoe featured in my July Favourites. Well, here they are, in all their glory, upon my tootsies. [Read more…]