Christmas Outfit Ideas: Taking Shape Review

Taking Shape have a great new range just in time for Christmas and I’ve been lucky enough to sample some pieces!

The Briar Rose Dress has a gorgeous floral print, with a cute, black V-neckline that has crystals to add a touch of glamour.

The dress has a cross over style and contrasting side ties which helps to accentuate the curves whilst hiding some of the bumpy bits! There’s a large side bow that rests on the hip which contrasts with the floral print and pops out of the outfit.

This is definitely something that I am going to wear at a Christmas party matched with a black, sparkly handbag and some bright shoes.

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The Matilde Cardigan is a gorgeous black, glittery cardigan which has a draped front opening. I like that it has a 3/4 length sleeve to cover my top arms, and it pops nicely against a white tee as shown off by my sister! I would team this up with some black slimline trousers or harem trousers and some stilettos for a casual, but glam look.

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I was given these two items by Taking Shape in order to review. No payment was received and all opinions are honest and my own. 

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Finally, Gloves That Fit!

As well as being tall, plus size and owner of some long feet, I also have long hands!

Finding women’s gloves to fit my large palmed, long and chubby fingered hands has always been impossible so I was really pleased to find a new company called TallFingers who cater to us longer fingered guys and gals.

TallFingers are an American company based Texas that cater worldwide and was created by a 6’5, size 16 shoe man who was sick of wearing ill-fitted gloves.  Like my sister and I, he only ever managed to find gloves that would leave him looking like he had webbed fingers, so he created TallFingers to help us all!

Whilst I have large, rugby-style chubby hands, my sister has long, slender hands and has always been told she has “piano playing fingers” but she too has never found any gloves to fit her dimensions.

TallFingers kindly gave me The Attitudes black leather gloves to try which have a gorgeous studded detail on them, and they gave my sister a pair of The Classics black leather gloves.

TallFingers: The Classics & The Attitudes Leather Gloves

TallFingers: The Classics & The Attitudes Leather Gloves

The Attitudes fitted my fingers perfectly and were a slightly tights palm fit, but due to being a good quality leather I know these babies will mould to my hand shape after wearing them a few times. For my sister The Classics were still slightly too small in the finger and again tight on the palms, but she felt they were a huge improvement on the many store-bought gloves she has bought. The lovely people at TallFingers were actually keen to find out more about my sister’s hands in order to start making gloves for people with her unique dimensions so I was very impressed!

These would make a great stocking filler for any men or women in your family with large hands so order now to get them sent in time!

Due to this recent cold, rainy weather we have been having in the South I have already been wearing these gloves a lot and I love them. Being black they will of course match anything I wear them with, and the studs give them a little bit of colour. Because they are leather they are likely to last a long time which of course is my favourite thing about them, and guess what…

YOU CAN WIN A PAIR FOR YOURSELF! 

TallFingers Competition: Win a pair of Mens or Womens Gloves.

To enter this competition simply visit the TallFingers competition page here, and good luck!

For the purpose of this review we were given two pairs of TallFingers gloves. No payment was received and all opinions are honest and our own.

 

Bargain sale dress from F&F

Just a quick one to show off the bargain I found today!
I popped into the local Tesco and noticed F&F clothing were having a little sale.
I didn’t see anything I liked but then noticed a swarm of people around a small section of bits with even more discount.

I managed to get a couple of dresses for £1.50 each and my favourite which was this yellow beauty at just £3.

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Bargains or what! Definitely showing this dress off tomorrow at a London press lunch!

Review: A Collection Of Plus Size Tights From UK Tights

If you’re anything like me, tights have always been a difficult thing for me to wear, because of my height, dress size and big feet!

I’ve also never seen any that match my skintone, so have only ever been able to wear black ones, which don’t always go with all dresses and skirts I would love to wear in the winter!

So when I noticed UK Tights sell a range of tights that can meet all of my above needs, I had to give them a try…

The Range I Was Sent To Test By UK Tights

The Range I Was Sent To Test By UK Tights

The Gerbe Ethnic Tights (15 denier) are for people like me from mixed parentage families. I have a light brown skin, and tested the Peau Bronzee shade.

I was pleased they come in a range of shades, both lighter and darker than my skintone, and when I tried them on I could tell they were of very good quality. They felt lovely on my skin, and they matched my skintone very well, to the extent that when I looked in the mirror I didn’t look like I had any tights on, which has never happened to me before.

They are also seamless and have an invisible waistline which were even more bonuses, so they will definitely be products I wear in future.

Gerbe Ethnic Tights

Gerbe Ethnic Tights

I was also sent a couple of pairs of tights from Pamela Mann, which is a company I have reviewed before and also loved. I tried the Pamela Mann Heart Seam Tights (Denier 28) which are gorgeous, if a tad fiddly to get the seam line straight! These will definitely be ones that I shall be wearing with my vintage-inspired dresses, such as my ophelia dress, as they complete the look well.

The Pamela Mann All Over Sheer Bow Tights (Denier 15) were more of a quirky style, with little bows all over the black tights. These I already have in mind to wear for an upcoming Halloween party, so watch this space!

Pamela Mann Tights

Pamela Mann Tights

I also got to review the Naomi and Nicole Amazing Light Adjustable Rise Thigh Slimmer. This is something I shall be using a lot over the winter months, especially when Christmas parties start to appear on my calendar, and Christmas food appears in my tummy! I loved how they smoothed my stomach out, never mind my thighs, so they will be going on under my dresses from now on.

They have great elastine which gripped my body well, so when I was walking it didn’t ride down at all unlike some cheaper brands I have tried in the past.

Naomi & Nicole Thigh Slimmer

Naomi & Nicole Thigh Slimmer

So all in all, I was very pleased with the selection UK Tights sent me, and they are definitely going to be a website I shall be using from now on for tights, stockings and leggings!

For the purpose of this review I was sent the products from UK Tights. No payment was received, and all opinions are honest and my own.

Review: Ann Harvey Astrakhan Coat

Ann Harvey have a brand new collection which has just launched at Bon Marché.

The A/W range is only for us plus size girlies, and comes in sizes 16-32.

I was given the chance to test out the Ann Harvey Astrakhan Coat which caught my eye due to its vintage-inspired glamour style. Thankfully it really did feel as good as it looked. It’s soooo soft and more importantly WARM which in our British winters is a must. I felt very glamorous wearing this coat, and have already been planning the outfits I will wear underneath to compliment it when I’m out on the town!

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Me Enjoying My New Ann Harvey Astrakhan Coat

It’s a great length too, coming just above my knee, and it has a gorgeous, deep purple lining which works well with the dark grey tones of the coat. There are popper buttons which I tend to prefer to zips, and it has lovely, deep pockets which are handy for an unorganised mum like me!

If I were given the chance to add accessories with this coat, I would choose the gorgeous blue Ann Harvey Fringed Wrap scarf which would pop out beautifully against the grey, along with the matching Ann Harvey Blue Satin Clasp Clutch Bag.

And to add a touch of vintage-inspired glamour, I would also wear the stunning Ann Harvey Feather Detail Fascinator.

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My Dream Outfit from the new Ann Harvey Collection A/W 2014

All of these items can be found on the Ann Harvey section of Bon Marche’s website, and there’s currently £5 off when you spend £25 so even more of a reason to start your winter clothes shopping!

Rogers PU Biker Jacket for Matalan

Rogers Biker Jacket

Rogers Biker Jacket

Summer is practically over, and now the shops are launching their autumn/winter ranges which is the perfect excuse for me to start shopping (like I even needed one).

Rogers, the plus size brand that Matalan stock, has launched it’s latest line recently and I was lucky enough to get a sneaky peak at what was coming out, and even got to pick a piece for myself!

I chose the PU Biker Jacket because it’s gorgeous. I love the short, waist length as it helps to add more shape to my hips, and makes me look slightly slimmer which is always a bonus for me!

It comes in sizes 18-30 and has a gorgeous purple lining that my rubbish camera did not do justice. I love the positioning of the zips and this will definitely be a jacket I can wear during the day and for my rare nights on the town.

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Some other bits from the range I have my eye on are the Spot Print Panel Dress and the Embellished Shell Top.

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What are your favourites?

Pamela Mann Footless Tights

Due to my lovely, long feet I do not enjoy tights. Even as a baby my mum had to cut the feet off my babygrows, because whilst the legs fit perfectly, the feet were always way too small for my flippers. 

So I was pleased to see that Pamela Mann offer a pretty extensive range of footless tights in LOADS of designs, from classic to bold and even multicoloured. 

They kindly let me try a pair to see how I got on, and I love them!

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They are a good quality material and I love the retro, but funky design that my pair have. I tend to ladder mine within the first few seconds of wearing them, so was very happy that I have worn them a couple of times now and they have remained in tact! I have had a lot of compliments when wearing them from some rather cute guys so I’m definitely going to be purchasing some more! 

They have tights, leggings and footless tights with some going up to an impressive size 32, and I noticed they currently have a pretty good sale going on!

Check out their entire range here.

For the purpose of this review I was sent on pair of Pamela Mann footless tights. No payment was received, so all opinions are honest and my own.