Review: Studded Strappy Ankle Boots

I LOVE boots, especially ones with heels as they tend to make my long feet look a little smaller, and they can make casual jeans look glam.

That’s why I was a very happy girl when Fashion World asked if I wanted to review some of their footwear from their larger foot-size range.

I came across these gorgeous studded, strappy ankle boots and fell in love. I’ve never had studded boots before, and I liked the silvery colour of the boots in contrast to the light wood coloured heel.

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Fashion World Boots

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Strappy Studded Ankle Boots

The 2.5 inch heel is nice and thick, meaning I can walk easily without fear of breaking my ankle, or worse, the boots! They are really comfortable to wear, and when I first started to wear them I had none of the classic ‘new shoe rub’ on the ankles or toes, which was great!

I’ve been told some studded clothing and footwear can be poorly made, so the studs come off easily and quickly, but these seem really well made.

The three decorative straps and buckles work so well on the boot, and I love how even these have studs on them.

They work so well with bootcut jeans, but I’m also thinking about trying them with some bootcut smart trousers to see if I can work it or not.

They come in a range of width fittings, and can be bought for £55 from (UK) sizes 4-10, which is handy as 10’s my size!

I’m now eyeing up some of their flat, calf boots for next winter, as well as their summer footwear which includes a couple of size 11 sandals which is brilliant.

Love these boots!

Love these boots!

These boots were given to me by Fashion World in order to review. All opinions are honest and my own, and no payment was received for this post.

Moyra Nail Varnishes

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Tall curvy mumma has been selected as an official blogger for Moyra UK, and we were kindly sent 3 nail varnishes, from their extensive range, to trial and review.

We received Holographic no.252, Suede Effect no.504 and No.14.

What I loved about these varnishes are the long, sleek brushes which made the colour glide on smoothly over the nail and so easy, compared to other varnishes which have short, stubby brushes  which don’t fan out on the nail bed making uneven colour!

After applying the first coat, I was stunned at how quick it was starting to dry, within a couple of minutes it was dry enough to apply my second coat! Once my nails were finished they were touch dry in under 5 minutes!! Very impressive!

The colours were gorgeous and as soon as the sun hit the holographical colour it was stunning!! Can’t wait to wear this one in the summer.

With the suede effect I applied a glossy top coat to give it a shine to match the other nails, but next time im going to try a matte top coat to really bring out the suede effect.

The stayin power of these nail varnishes are good too, I’m on day three and still no signs of chips etc. Very impressed Moyra UK xx

the nail varnishes were given to us for this review, but all opinions are honest and our own. No payment was received for this post.

Double wear All day glow BB makeup

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Today on this rainy easter sunday, I thought I’d brighten my skin with my free sample of the new Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB moisture makeup.
I found it slightly richer in texture then other BB creams I’ve used, but as it’s part of the double wear foundation range I expected this.
It glided on my skin nicely, leaving my skin feeling softer and smoother.
I love the dewy glow it has given my skin, and even with its richer texture it’s surprisingly lightweight, can’t tell i am wearing it. I would say this has a natural light coverage but you could build it up to a medium coverage using concealer and tinted primer.
I finished my look with a rose coloured blusher and lengthening mascara.

Emma Plus Boutique 20th Birthday Party

I had the pleasure of being invited to Emma Plus’ 20th birthday party last weekend, and wanted to share some of the fab outfits I found during the party!

Emma Plus is a great little plus size boutique in Brighton, and they also have a lovely forum on their website where fellow curvy women chat about fashion and their great plus size buys.

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The shop opened in 1994 and has managed to successfully survive both in our recent recession and in Brighton’s hugely competitive fashion industry, which is an amazing achievement in itself!

Emma herself said she organised the birthday party “to thank our wonderful customers for all their fantastic support over the years. Without that, we would not be here”.

The party was well organised, with gift bags given to the first 50 customers, and the first 20 also got a coupon for a limited edition scarf designed by Emma herself! I was the twentieth person into the store, so am patiently waiting to be contacted to arrange getting my scarf, which I will of course post a photo of on here!

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Cute Gift Bag!

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Yummy Cake!

The gift bags were very cute, and included chocolate, Clarins samples and even a pretty flower brooch. There was a buffet (including Harrods biscuits I might add) with a lovely birthday cake, and even some bubbly!

I’ve never browsed through a clothes shop with a glass of vino in my hand, so  it was quite an experience!

There’s such a range for all shapes, sizes (above size 16) and ages which really impressed me. I noticed there were a lot of gorgeous, bold prints for this summer, with beautiful turquoise and teals being my faves.

Due to being devastatingly broke at the moment, I couldn’t buy the clothes I wanted, but I did take photographs of the two outfits I fell in love with, which were a black dress with GORGEOUS shrug, and a beautiful dress which I think would look lovely against my skintone during the summer.

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This shrugs on my wish list!

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Loving the bold colours on this dress!

I got to the party quite early and was shocked by how many people were already there- you could hardly move at one point, but it was lovely to see how many women wanted to come to show Emma and her staff how much they loved their products.

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Busy Party

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Teals are my fave!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emma said: “I simply couldn’t believe how many of our lovely customers came today to help us celebrate our 20 years in existence. Women were queuing at our door before we were open, and, when we swung the door wide, everyone poured in, and a kind of happy melee ensued.

For the first time ever, we had to give out numbers to people waiting to go into our four changing rooms. It has been one of our best days ever.  I hope that we will be able to serve our community of like-minded plus-sized fashionistas for many years to come.”

Judging by the shop’s longstanding success, I think Emma’s wish will come true!

Introducing…Beauty Within Blog!

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After months of begging, my sister has finally agreed to lend me her skills to write regular posts about hair and beauty for Tall Curvy Mumma!

She is a fully trained hairdresser, beautician and skincare specialist, so will be writing about her favourite beauty products, reviewing new products and giving tutorials on hair, skin and make-up.

She has decided to call her part of this blog ‘Beauty Within Blog’ which can be found here.

My sister uses Instagram a lot, so will also post relevant images to this too, so feel free to follow her!

If you have anything in particular you want tips about (e.g. how to shape your brows, wax your legs, skincare routines) then feel free to comment below and she will do her best to help you!

 

 

Beauty Within Blog: Clarins Eyeshadow

IMG_20140418_180044Todays look is from wearing Clarins Forest Eye Quartet. I love the silky smooth texture of the shadows, it is very long lasting and doesn’t crease on the eye lid.

You can create different looks with this palette as there are 4 shades, gold, khaki green, brown and black, very versatile for day looks and can smoke it up for evenings.

 

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Competition: Win Silver Necklace From Harry Fay Boutique!

I love the Yumi Necklace  I reviewed recently so much that I’m giving you lovely readers the chance to win one of your own!

 

YUMI Silver Chain Pendant with Sapphires

To win this necklace from Harry Fay Boutique, simply click on the Rafflecopter link below and enter the competition.

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Entries must be from the UK and aged over 18.

The winner will be picked at random, and I will double check they entered properly (e.g. Really did follow me on Twitter rather than pretended to!) and if they did not enter correctly, the winner will be randomly picked again.

 

 

My New Yumi (Mummy) Necklace

I’m really starting to get into accessories, as they can really liven up an outfit without me having to make any effort!
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Harry Fay Boutique Pendant

I’ve always loved sterling silver, as it compliments my light brown skintone quite well, so when I was given the chance to review the Yumi necklace from Harry Fay Boutique, I jumped at the chance!

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Yumi Necklace

The heart-shaped pendant with blue sapphires was designed by the Boutique owner’s uncle, and produced by his father for the family-run company.
I love the design, and think it’s a bargain at just £35. The chain is good quality, unlike the thin, easy-to-snap ones you can get with some pendants, and the sapphires shine beautifully in the sunshine.
I would team this up with any low cut black, white or blue top, as these colours tend to make the pendant really pop out.
Love this necklace!

Love this necklace!

Harry Fay Boutique also sell rings which go up to a size Z+4, which is perfect for us curvier girls!
I love this pendant so much that I am going to offer you the chance to win one too!
To enter my competition, visit my competition post.
For the purpose of this post, I was given this item to review. No payment was received for this post, and all opinions are honest and my own.

 

New Me, New Hair!

I don’t know whether it’s to do with my age, or from me finally getting over what has been quite a traumatic two years, but I’m beginning to feel like a very different, calmer, lover of life person and I like it!

To celebrate, I’ve been making a few changes to my home, my wardrobe (as you can see from all my recent reviews!) and now my hair…

My sister kindly did my hair today, and she agreed to try an ombre hair colouring style, which she has never done before. She is a trained hairdresser and beautician (yes I am encouraging her to start writing on here about make up/skincare tips and great beauty products!) so I had complete faith in her.

This is the result, and I absolutely love it!

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My New ‘Ombre’ Hair

 

What do you guys think?

Claire Richards Spring/Summer 2014 Range: My Review & Competition

You should have seen my face the other day when I opened the door to see a huge parcel with my name on it from Fashion World- I felt like it was my birthday!

Fashion World kindly gave me the opportunity to review pieces from Claire Richards’ new Spring/Summer range, and impressive is an understatement. Claire seems to have gone for a modern day take on classic vintage styles, which is definitely a style I have wanted to try to learn more about recently, as I think it’s superbly flattering on us curvier girls.

Claire herself has said she’s excited about her second collection, because the range is “full of bright colours and feminine shapes, designed to flatter and fit.” Claire has added longer sleeves (a must have for my bingo wings), cinched-in waists and illusion designs to flatter our figures even more.

The first pcoatiece I tried was the Claire Richards Summer Coat, priced at £75 (but today it’s on sale for just £50!) and I love the length and the slight a-line cut of it.

The arms of this jacquard coat have a unique, ruched sleeve, and I especially love the texture of the coat.

I feel quite glamorous when wearing it, which is a feeling I rarely have! The only thing I would want is a little bit more room in the upper arms, but that’s because my arms are a lot wider than the rest of my size 16 self (well apart from my thighs!).

This coat would suit all of the dresses in the new range, including this Lace Trim Print Dress (£60).b&wdress

It’s a great length, falling just below the knee, meaning my thighs get the coverage I prefer, and it would look great with some leggings too, for a more casual look.

It has a cute belt which helps to flatter the waist, and I love the floral print. The light material is perfect for the upcoming hot summer, so I think this will get worn at a lot of BBQs I’ve already been invited to!

For work, thtrouserse High Waisted Trousers are a must for me, as the cute row of three buttons on each hip make them stand out from the usual, bland office trousers.

The high waist also makes them feel quite comfortable (and no danger of a builder’s bum when you drop your paperwork on the floor!). D

Due to me being so tall, I could have done with them being just a couple of inches longer. However, with some heels on, I’m hoping I can get away with them, what do you think?!

And last, but certainly not least, both my sister and I got the chance to try the Lace Bodycon Dress (£85), which has to be my favourite of all the pieces I tried!

I had to go a size up for this one, because my arms wouldn’t fit into the smaller size (need to start using hand weights again) but I soon got over this when I put the dress on. I felt like I was back in the 1940s, and my kitten strap heels just added to the feeling; I just needed a retro, pinned hairstyle and gorgeous Clark Gable lookalike to take me out for a romantic stroll along the beach!

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My little sister Nat also loved the dress, and with the killer high heels she put with it, she managed to give it a modern twist. Nat felt she would have wanted the cleavage cut a little lower as she felt it was too high, and she felt the slit at the back of the dress went slightly too high for her liking. Personally, I like the cleavage being cut high, as it makes a change for a dress tSAM_0837o only show a hint of what is underneath, and the cut at the back didn’t bother me (just don’t bend down in it!). 

The lace detail on the dress is stunning, and the silky, aqua-lining complimented my skintone beautifully. This will be worn on any future date I may be asked out on that’s for sure!

Because we loved the dress so much, Fashion World have been amazingly kind enough to let me offer you lovely readers the chance to win one! Just click on the link below and you will be able to enter as many times as you like, providing you follow the instructions- good luck!

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So overall, I love the new collection, and after browsing through the website, there are three more pieces for the collection I would LOVE to get my hands on: Print Prom Dress, Lace Sweat Jersey Top and Print Maxi Dress. Where’s my Clark Gable lookalike to buy me a belated Valentine’s gift…? Oh the joys of being single!

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For the purpose of this post, I was given these items to review. No payment was received for this post, and all opinions are honest and my own.