Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Workwear Wishlist with House of Fraser

Last week I was invited by House of Fraser to have a look at their workwear section. They asked me to put together a workwear wishlist which I jumped at the chance to do. You'll probably have seen from my early morning selfies on Instagram that where I work doesn't have a strict dress code but it's always good to be prepared.

I have found in the past the plus size workwear is something that is a bit of a struggle to get hold of. There seems to be a good few options, especially if you are around the size 24 mark or lower.

Plus Size Work Trousers

Plus Size Work Tops

Plus Size Work Jackets

One of the best things about House of Fraser is that they stock a whole range of brands - these items come from Evans, Studio 8 and many others - all bought from one place, with one postage to pay - YAY! I didn't actually realise House of Fraser did so many brands until last year, but now I always check them when I'm looking for items. They often have a cheeky sale on too, which is always good news!

What do you wear to work?

Debz x

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Friday, 29 January 2016

A New Look For Valentines

Despite forever being a resident of Singleville, I do love the thought of getting a bit mushy at Valentines Day. Don't worry, if you don't have a partner then you can still enjoy the day - there's nothing wrong with spoiling yourself and giving yourself a treat. Valentines is all about love and after all, who is the most important person in your life deserving of love?

I thought I would have a look at some new outfits for Valentines just incase I decide to take myself on a day date or simply use Valentines as an excuse to buy a new dress!

I am really lucky, my local New Look Store has a decent selection of New Look Inspire so I often have the opportunity to pop in for a browse. I really like these 3 dresses because they're nice and simple - and can easily be dressed up or dressed down.

What I also like about a trip to New Look is their selection of shoes. They always have a good few racks of wide fit shoes so there is always a pair to grab and always at a decent price too!

I'd quite like to make an outfit with with the burgundy dress and the leopard print shoes, I think that'd be a really lovely look. With the right jewellery and bag it could even be made into a night look, depending on where your Valentine is planning to take you.

Then of course, while you're browsing the store or website you can pick up some accessories to make everything perfect.

So, tell me - what are your plans for Valentines?

Debz x

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Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Where Van I Travel To?

As a blogger I often get asked my opinion on things and some strange and wonderful questions. Last week Northgate Vehicle Hire got it touch and asked me to think about travelling the world in a van.

Now, this van isn't just any old van, it's one big enough to house the family and travel in style. In the past I haven't really been much of a traveller however if I had a van and someone to drive me around, I'd definitely be tempted!

Now, let's pretend that we can drive anywhere without too much hassle - I want to go to Japan. A lot of people talk about visiting this part of the world and the culture that they'd love to experience. For me, I want to go and taste the Kit Kats.

If you follow me on social media you might have seen that I have a bit of an obsession with these - I got loads of my birthday last September. Believe it or not they have hundreds of flavours of Kit Kat  - including savoury ones such as sweetcorn and baked potato. Now, don't get me wrong they're probably horrible but I really want to try them! 

I think experiencing the hot temperature of a country is something I'd like to do too. So perhaps a road trip to Australia would be in order! Of course, I'd have to pick up some Tim Tam chocolates while I am there; do you notice a theme here?

When it comes to travelling I want to do it in comfort. I'd need comfy seats, decent pillows and a fleecy blanket to say the least! A mobile phone with international data so I can get my social media fix and something to watch some TV on would be a good shout.

Of course, there really is one thing I can't travel with out - well a group of them really. I'd have to make sure that I take a handful of my nearest and dearest with me!

Oh, and some sort of trailer attached to the pick to fit in some of my wardrobe!

Where would you travel to?

Debz x

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Sunday, 24 January 2016

Is Life Really Too Short To Wear Boring Clothes?

Today I am asking myself

Plus Size Fashion - Do We Always Have To Be Revolutionary?

There is a well known saying that life is too short to wear boring clothes. It's often pictured on memes and pops up on my social media feeds. The question I have been asking myself is, who made that rule?

Over the last few weeks we have seen fat bodies celebrated more than ever. Yes, we still have a way to go but there have been several publications celebrating plus size bodies and the way they look. We have seen people and their bodies celebrated for their bravery and the way they dress which is nothing less than fantastic.

A lot of the time we celebrate bodies that are really making a stand - we see underwear shots, crop tops, short skirts and more shared amongst ourselves. It really is fantastic that people want to wear these clothes and that we're starting to see attitudes change towards those that start to wear them!

However, my wardrobe is pretty boring in the grand scheme of things and I don't want to apologise for that. If I want to wear butterfly patterned dresses with leggings and want to shy away from crop tops, that's OK too! Most days I wear a dress and leggings - sometimes with trainers, sometimes with shoes and if I am feeling particularity sassy I'll team it up with some ankle boots.

Yes, life is short and most of us could probably do more to make the most of it however don't let anyone make you feel that you're doing something wrong because you have  a "boring" wardrobe. 

One of the nicest things about fashion is that we have choice - and more and more those choices are sneaking their way to into plus size fashion. If you want to wear a crop top and booty shorts I'll fight pretty much to the death for your right to do so, but also if you want to wear a hanky hem tunic top and leggings that's more than OK too!

We're starting to see lots of strong men and weep seep through to our social media influences which is nothing less than amazing. But please don't put yourself down if you're not someone who wants to show off their belly or if you prefer to wear something that covers your arms - your body is yours to dress how you wish and please do not let anyone tell you otherwise!

What is your favourite 'boring' outfit?

Debz xx
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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Winter Boots Wish List

Where did this cold weather come from? I know it's winter and everything but 2 weeks OK it wasn't as cold as this! Last weekend we had a bit of snow and I find myself basically ice skating my way home from work. After nearly falling over 1,638 times I decided enough was enough and it was time to look at some proper winter boots.

I tend to get the bus to and from work, so I really need something comfy and sturdy to see me through the winter months. At the moment I have been wearing fleece ankle boots and as great they are for keeping my feet warm they're next to useless in the rain and especially in the ice.

Thankfully there seem to be some good choices for wide fit ankle boots so when I get paid at the end of the month one of these pairs will be going straight in my basket.

Emilio Luca X Red Utility Ankle Boots Casual Boots

I like these Brantano boots because the bottom of the boot looks nice and sturdy. They look as though they would be great in wet weather! The fact that they're under £40 makes them a bit of a bargain too! These aren't strictly wide fit, but with a style like these I tend to size up and they usually works out fine.

These from Simply Be look great. I've had shoes from Simply Be before and I have always been impressed with the fit and quality. They're a bit more of an investment but they look like they'd do more than winter which is great. They come in wide fit size E as well which is great news!

New Look always have a a great range of wide fit shoes and their boots are no exception. One of the things I like about New Look is that you can go in store and try them on. I know you can in Simply Be and other places but for me New Look is right next  to my work where as my nearest Simply Be is an hour away.

There are all quite similar in style - I like that they'll pretty much go with everything. I'd be able to wear these with jeans or leggings so they're perfect for both and leisure. 

What footwear do you like for the bad weather? Any recommendations?

Debz x

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You Are What You Sleep?

Bit of a random topic this evening, but I am going to try and incorporate more lifestyle posts into my blog. Apparently there is a life beyond pretty dresses, who knew!?

Over the last couple of weeks I have been thinking about getting a new mattress to see if it would help me sleep better. Now, I am actually one of those people who could pretty much sleep anywhere but lately I have been waking up tired, even if I have had a decent nights kip!

I did a bit of Googling and a few places suggested that my mattress could be a bit tired and in need of a change. Apparently after a few years they start to get worn out and they don't give as much support as they used to - so you need to replace them! I think mattresses are generally one of those things that you take for granted and don't really think about day to day.

I thought I would take a look at what online stores sold mattresses and I was pleasantly surprised at how many different types there were. Who knew there were so many mattresses online?

However, I need a little help, with so many different mattresses out there, I don't know which one I should buy! There are some real bargains out there, but is a mattress something that you don't really want to scrimp on? or does a bargain mattress do the job just as well. 

I've got just a large single divan bed, the base is fine so really I just want a mattress to go with that... What do you all sleep on? Tell me about your beds!

Debz x

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Monday, 11 January 2016

How Do You Cure A Floordrobe?

So, it’s no secret that I am a sucker for a pretty dress, in fact I am known to buy them and then not even wear them – please tell me I am not alone in this? Alongside a whole host of pretty dresses  I have developed what is commonly known as a floordrobe.

It’s ridiculous really because I always tell myself that I have enough dresses and to wear what I have and then along comes a new LadyVolup offering or the ASOS sale and I am sucked in again – they make it so hard to resist!

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret It too much, after all there are so many different and beautiful patterns out there! So, in 2016 I have decided to do something about it! Now don’t panic, that doesn’t mean not buying so many dresses – it means coming up with a solution to this floordrobe problem!

And that’s where you guys come in! I know that so many of you will have loads and loads of clothes and probably have spectacular storage set ups – and I wanna know about them! I’ve had a look at some options but it all seems so overwhelming, I don’t know where to begin!

I know that there are some brilliant options out there when it comes to clothes hangers and shoe storage ideas – I just need to know what they are!  Do you go for just a hanging rail? Storage box? A well organised wardrobe – I wanna know it all!

On top of that, I wanna know how you decorate your room and what you do with accessories. I have seen some great necklace holders and hangers but I just don’t know what I want to do!

I know this is a bit of a different post from me, but I gathered you guys are the experts! I have no doubt that I am not alone with the dreaded floordrobe problem, so maybe we can all work together and get a solution going. After all, 2016 is bound to be full of more and more pretty dresses so I need to know where to put them all!

Debz x

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