Friday, 14 October 2016

Shopping Satisfaction From Gratisfaction

This week I was introduced to a new voucher and freebie website and I was really impressed. Most of you know by now that I love to bag a bargain so I am always looking at ways to save money, especially when it comes to shopping online. I got out of the habit of applying for freebies online but I might have to get back into it now. I don't know about you but I love getting post so freebies coming through the letter box are like little presents to myself, without having to spend anymore.

When I looked at the Gratisfaction UK website the first thing that struck me was how nice and bright it was. You'll all know I'm a fan of colour, so this website caught my eye straight away! I also liked how easy it was to navigate and find free stuff. In the past browsing for UK freebies hasn't always been the easiest, so this website is well needed.


On the website there are different sections. The Freebie section as it suggests is the bit you want to find out about all the free stuff. This bit lists different competitions and free samples to sign up for - YAY! I like that you can see how many people have liked it, so you can see how popular things have been. Flash Bargains looks at different last minute codes, sales and bits and pieces - great if you're window shopping online and want to find a way to save money. Voucher Codes is probably my favourite bit - I love using discount codes when I shop online! Hot shows the bits that have the most likes so you can see what is being claimed and used the most!

When it comes to shopping online I would always recommend using a website like Gratisfaction because why would you want to spend more online than you need to?

What tips do you have for getting a bargain online?

Debz x


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Monday, 10 October 2016

Talking Jewellery with House of Fraser

As much as I love pretty dresses, it's all about how you accessorise them. What I love about adding some accessories to a dress is that it totally changes the occasion I would wear them to. I love shoving on a dress and leggings to wear casually throughout the day, but with the addition of some pretty jewellery the whole look of a dress can be changed.

When it comes to my jewellery and accessory box I have all sorts of items and both ends of the scale. I love big, bold acrylic jewellery (Black Heart Creatives are my favourites) but I also love some sparkly, luxury bling - again it depends on the occasion and the style I go for.

I was invited to look at some House of Fraser jewellery so thought I would post a few of my favourites. As ever I am guilty of HoF not always being on my radar when it comes to clothes and accessory shopping, but they really should be. Whenever I browse their shop I always find at least a couple of items that I like - I think I'll be treating myself with something from there on payday. 


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One of the nicest (but most frustrating) things to do on the House of Fraser website is to look at jewellery that is out of my price range. They have some AMAZING pieces that one day I would love to be able to afford - when it comes to luxurious jewellery they really do seem to know where it's at! These two pieces are definitely on my lust list!




What are your favourite jewellery pieces?

Debz x

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Talking Jewellery with House of Fraser

As much as I love pretty dresses, it's all about how you accessorise them. What I love about adding some accessories to a dress is that it totally changes the occasion I would wear them to. I love shoving on a dress and leggings to wear casually throughout the day, but with the addition of some pretty jewellery the whole look of a dress can be changed.

When it comes to my jewellery and accessory box I have all sorts of items and both ends of the scale. I love big, bold acrylic jewellery (Black Heart Creatives are my favourites) but I also love some sparkly, luxury bling - again it depends on the occasion and the style I go for.

I was invited to look at some House of Fraser jewellery so thought I would post a few of my favourites. As ever I am guilty of HoF not always being on my radar when it comes to clothes and accessory shopping, but they really should be. Whenever I browse their shop I always find at least a couple of items that I like - I think I'll be treating myself with something from there on payday. 


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One of the nicest (but most frustrating) things to do on the House of Fraser website is to look at jewellery that is out of my price range. They have some AMAZING pieces that one day I would love to be able to afford - when it comes to luxurious jewellery they really do seem to know where it's at! These two pieces are definitely on my lust list!




What are your favourite jewellery pieces?

Debz x

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Sunday, 2 October 2016

Only Straight Sizes? I Don't Give a Monki!

Let me start with a disclaimer. I absolutely DO care if a brand only stock straight sizes and I think that more needs to be done with plus size fashion, especially when it comes to the top end of plus sizes. However when it comes to fashion it's always about making it work for you and dressing to your own style. I am all about making items work for your body - and that is why I was excited to learn about Monki.

I'll be honest I have heard whisperings of Monki on social media for the last few months. Lots of fat ladies have been tweeting and Facebook'ing photos of them in amazing outfits and then proclaiming that they're wearing a size medium or large. I know in some ways we shouldn't be celebrating the fact that clothes fit our bodies, but we're still in an age where we have to. 

Last week the lovely Danielle Vanier was chosen for a Monki campaign about individuality and celebrating bodies. This is such an exciting move because a brand that don't stock plus size clothing have used a fat body for a campaign nationally and that's got to be a good thing. 


Unfortunately Ms Vanier has had mixed response to this, with many people complaining that she shouldn't have worked with a brand that don't stock plus sizes. Whilst I agree that Monki could do more I don't think that her being used for a campaign can be seen as a bad thing at all! 

Unfortuantly I don't live near a Monki store and I wouldn't risk buying online because I can't see, feel and stretch the items in my hand but I have been told that there are a few option in store that I would be able to make work. One day, I'll get my hands on some Monki items of my own and show you for myself... But for now, here are some lovely ladies showing you how they rock Monki and made it work for their fat bodies!


Ms Vanier herself in a XS jacket - she generally wears a 20/22



Kathryn from http://www.misskathrynsmisstakes.co.uk/ wears a Large size shirt on her size 24 body!


Lorna https://twitter.com/TheGingerPear wears a 20/22 black and white dress and green top are large, white top is a medium, black top is also medium but she feels could have worn a small.


Lovely Lottie https://lottielamour.co.uk/ usually wears a size 22. The top two items are large and the bottom one is a medium.

The ever glamorous http://buttercupsfrocks.tumblr.com/ usually wears a size 22 - the dress at the top is a medium, top next to it is a large and the dress at the bottom is an extra small!!



Lovely Hollie http://prettybigbutterflies.com/ usually wears a 24/26


'Vintage' Monki thanks to Nancy http://www.sugar-darling.com/ and this jumper from 2014 - jumper is a size large on a size 22 body.


Bethany http://archedeyebrow.com/often features Monki on her blog. She's a 22/24 in these pics and both dresses are a size large.



Glorious https://twitter.com/mellymeep usually wears a 24/26 - she warns that not all items will be appropriate for higher end plus sizes, but always worth a try!


https://twitter.com/ChristinaMcMc wears all of these in a medium and generally wears a size 20.


Callie from http://www.fromthecornersofthecurve.com/ in an XL shirt from Monki

Of course not all items will work for plus size bodies so it's wise to go to a store or ask on social media for opinions. It tends to be that up to a size 22/24 has many more options that large plus sizes, but if you're over a size 24 then you're probably used to that anyway! That said, not disregard them - if you have a chance to try them, give them a go! 

I asked Danielle about her Monki experience, because she's a big fan of the brand and she gave this advice for shopping with them. "An L in the shapes I can fit into. You have to look and try lots on. I'm an M in tops. But mostly an L. They do so many oversize shapes that this is why it works well for us. I can't fit into their fitted structured stuff but there's plenty of things you can make work for you. I'm wearing an M in the black polo neck dress in the campaign and I'd say an L could fit a 26 maybe even 28." (I should say that I stole that from a Twitter DM she sent me - thanks babe!)

Let's all pray that one day Monki will do an XL and an XXL range and give even more of us the chance to wear their items - YAY! If I get a chance to try any items I'll be sure to report back!

Have you shopped a straight size store and been suprised at items fitting? Tell me more!

Debz x

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