Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Discovering New Brands: Sixteen47

I have to say, I pride myself in having a pretty decent knowledge of plus size brands what is out there to buy. Maybe of you know I have a list here which I work on whenever new brands get announced.

That said, every now and then a new brand hits my radar that I haven't heard of before - and this month it is Sixteen47. The brand was founded by Dawn French and her friend Helen Teague and they go up to a UK size 42, which I was really pleased to read!

The brand itself is not one I think I would wear all of the time, I would say their target audience is the 'older generation', if we were going to insist on putting people in boxes of what they should be wearing however it's nice to know that such a brand exists!!

They were lovely enough to send me this navy buttoned tunic top and it's really nice to wear. I can see this would be something you could throw on to pop into town and so some errands, easy to wear and not something you have to think too much about.

The quality of the time is really nice, so I can see why the price points of the garments are where they are at. You can tell by the feel of the material it is a piece to last, rather than the fast fashion so many of us are used to.

I'm really excited to see a UK brand doing up to a size 42, because it's fantastic to see options for people on the larger end of the plus size range.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Debz xx

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The Things You Don't Think About

As I am sure you all know, I don't have children. In fact up until a few years ago, I didn't really like babies at all - although my closest friends having the most adorable children recently changed that.

The other day I went to a soft play centre with a friend of mine and I have to say it was an experience. Don't get me wrong - I had the best time with her and her beautiful children, but I left a nervous wreck!

If it wasn't children running around with dinner in their hands, or arguing over who would go down the slide first (not my friends children I should point out!), it was worrying about if they would fall over and hurt themselves.

When we went outside, it all seemed so dangerous. I hadn't really thought about it before play surfaces have so much to contend it - It really is a good job that companies are on the ball and do such a good job! They really do have it all in hand and so I suppose, when you really think about it - there isn't much to worry about!

I have to say that, once the worry was over the time with my friend and her little people was fantastic and I can't wait to do it again! Aren't they amazing - growing so quickly and learning new things every day, it's the perfect way to spend an afternoon. 

Debz x

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Vaping: Is It More Than A Trend?

When it comes to trends, many of us are used to them coming and go; especially as fashion lovers! For example we've seen everyone wanting to wear converse trainers with oversize baggy jeans or shell suits day in, day out. They are trends we wouldn't look twice at now a days, but in the past they were band on trend and everyone wanted to wear them.

Over recently months we have seen vaping become more popular and it is easy to assume that it could just be another passing trend, but it really doesn't seem to be! Unlike fast fashion where trends do come and go, vaping is something practical which means it has real staying power.

We're a nation of people who are well aware that smoking is not one of the best habits we can have; and while I'm for everyone making their own health choices it's good to know there are options to help people give up, should they need/want to! 

The good think about vaping is that websites such as allow people to pick from a various flavours and styles, which means that there is something for everyone. This will also allow the trend to stay around, as people mix it up and experiment with different things!

Have you tried vaping?

Debz xx UK only, the giveaway will expire in 12th June 2017. 

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

3 Ways To Improve Your Credit Score

If you're anything like me, then the chances are your credit score is less than perfect. I was definitely too frivolous with money when I was younger, which has affected me as an adult. In the past the need for a new dress or a night out was strong and I did go for getting money in various ways , which has resulted in a dented credit score.

However lately, now that I am more of a grown-up I am starting to look at ways to improve this - and luckily there are different ways to do this!

Credit Card

One great way to do this is to apply for a credit card - although you have to max sure you resist the temptation to go shopping. When you get a card, make small spends on this and then pay off the balance each month. This shows that you are responsible with money and gets reported back to your credit file.

Take Out a Loan

In a similar way you can take out a loan and make the payments this way. Of course, it is important that you don't borrow more than you can afford to pay. Ensure that you use a responsible lender such as Cash Lady as then you know you are borrowing from a reputable firm.

Don't Take Out Too Much

Don't be tempted to apply for lots of credit, particularity if you start to get turned down for credit. Each application you make for credit shows on your file and this can have a detrimental affect on your credit file in general

What would you do to improve your credit?

Debz x

Friday, 12 May 2017

I Didn't Read The Memo: Fat Girls & Stripes

Apparently a few years ago, a memo was sent out to say that fat girls shouldn't wear stripes. SHOCK HORROR they apparently aren't flattering at all and you should always dress to look smaller - who knew?!

I 'unfortunately' missed this memo and have been gleefully wearing whatever I wanted, without worrying about what it did to my body shape. This week while at my parents I needed to buy some emergency leggings - and as Yours Clothing do next day delivery I opted to use them! Now, when you're buying just leggings and paying £7 for delivery, it seems rude to not at least browse the sale section before you check out to see what is there. 

                           Bag from ASOS. Shoes from Just Fab

I came across this really nice knitted tunic at just under £12 and had to get it. I actually sized up in this because I wanted the oversize look and it was nice to be shopping with a brand where I could actually do this - however I probably didn't need to as it is a bit 'too' big, I still really like it though!

I love the length (bear in mind I am short) and the fact it looks nice but is still so easy to just throw on and wear out. I wore this to dinner with my parents and it was nice to be sat comfy and cosy, without worrying about looking drab.

I really want a wardrobe with more of these easy to wear pieces - any recommendations?

Debz x

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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

How to Save Money and Find the Perfect Pair of Prescription Glasses

Just because you need prescription lenses it doesn’t mean you should resign yourself to dull affordable practical glasses or very expensive designer glasses. If you’re a savvy shopper you can probably get an eye test for free and find a great pair of designer prescription glasses for significantly less than high-street prices. This guide will help you save money on your next pair of glasses and help you find the perfect pair for your face.

Free eye test

The first hurdle if you’re trying to save as much money as possible is the eye test. When we know we’re going to have to spend money on the actual glasses, forking out £20–£30 for an eye test is a tough pill to swallow. In fact, it can be enough to put some people off altogether. However, skipping the eye test and sticking with your old prescription is false economy as you may find that your glasses only last you one year before it’s clear that you need a new prescription. This is why it’s important to get an up-to-date prescription before you get a new pair of glasses. You just need to make sure you get your eyes tested for free!
If you live in Scotland, then the good news is that you don’t have to pay for an eye test – no matter what your circumstances are. This is because the Scottish NHS budget includes eye tests for everyone. The bad news for readers who live in the rest of the UK is that the NHS only covers the cost of your eye test if you have a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes or glaucoma, or if you are under 16 or over 60. There are actually loads of different reasons why the NHS may cover the cost of your eye test; to see the whole list and find out if you qualify, check out the NHS’s official page.
But don’t panic if you don’t qualify for a free eye test through the NHS, because you can still look out for special promotions at opticians in your local area. It’s common for opticians to offer free eye tests to encourage customers to come into their shop and buy their glasses. They often expect you to also buy a pair of glasses afterwards, but you’re not legally obliged to. You can just get your prescription, look about the shop for two minutes, tell them you need while to make up your mind, then leave with your prescription.

Shop online to save a lot of money on designer glasses

The best way to save money on glasses is to shop for them online. Online retailers are able to keep their overheads much cheaper than in-store retailers because they have cheaper warehouse premises outside of city centres, they don’t need sales staff, and they can buy in bulk from big brands. All of this helps online eyewear companies save a lot of money, and they pass these savings onto the customer, keeping their prices incredibly competitive.
It’s important to shop for high-quality glasses, as this will save you more money in the long run. This is because flimsy cheap glasses might only last you six months to a year. After that, you’ll need to buy more. So, it will save you money in the long run to invest in a better pair of glasses – especially if you’re going to wear them every day.
Another advantage of shopping for glasses online is that online stores have special discount codes, sales, and other money-saving promotions more regularly than normal stores. If you keep an eye out for special deals from a few of the biggest online stores, then you’re sure to save a lot of money. To do this, it’s a good idea to sign up to the news letters of several of the biggest online stores. Also keep an eye out for websites with special offers that run all-year-round, such as Red Hot Sunglasses who offer free prescription lenses on their large prescription glasses range. It’s special deals like this that can help you save a significant amount of money on high-quality designer glasses.

Figuring Out What Glasses Suit Your Face

The biggest downside of shopping online is that you can’t try on the glasses before you buy them. This means that you have to work out exactly which kind of glasses suit you and which ones don’t. This isn’t as hard as it sounds, however. There are two good ways to do this:
  1. Try on glasses in a store and make note of which ones suit your face. Write down the make and model so that you can then find them cheaper online. The width of the glasses is the most important detail, so make sure you check the inside of the frame for two double digits. The larger number will be the width of the rims in millimetres and the smaller number will be the width of the bridge in millimetres. If you find the perfect fit, then jotting down the numbers is the ideal way to ensure you can find the right size glasses online.
  2. Read a few different face-shape guides online. There are guides online that help you work out what glasses best suit your face. As there are so many different shapes of faces, it would take an entire article to explain it. However, I will say that the basic principle is to wear glasses that balance out your features: round face with angular glasses – top-heavy glasses with diamond-shaped faces as they balance out the pointier chin. Red Hot Sunglasses, who I mentioned earlier, have a comprehensive face-shape guide, if you’re keen to do a little more research.

And that’s all the advice I have time for in this guide. I hope this article has been useful, and that a few readers save a big chunk of money on their next pair of prescription glasses.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Loving Denim with Lovedrobe

Happy Sunday!

How annoying is this weather? One day I’m getting sun burnt and the next I’m walking to walk in the drizzling rain – so unpredictable!

That is why I was really happy when I saw this Lovedrobe shirt on my shopping trip to Topsy Curvy a couple of weeks ago. It is the type of thing I would have seen on the website but probably not ordered because it is hard to second guess sizes and with no stretch, it’s the type of thing that has to fit right.

When I was at the Topsy Curvy offices last weekend, Jo encouraged me to try this on and I am really glad I did. I really love the way it fits and I feel like it’s the kind of shirt that could be thrown on with pretty much anything.

Since I bought this I have seen loads of my favourite bloggers in it, which is fantastic too! I love seeing different shapes and sizes in the same outfit. It’s currently sold out on Lovedrobe I believe but Topsy Curvy have it in stock on their website!


What is your latest purchase?

Debz x

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