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!

Astrakhan Coat Ann Harvey

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.

Ann Harvey Coat 2014

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!

Geometric Print Swimsuit Review

Bon Marche kindly sent me a swimsuit to test for you lovely people, although I’m hesitant to show photos of my in it, as I want to maintain my readership!

Swimwear is such a hard area for me, as it’s just so revealing of all the areas I’m most shy about. I still have some great ideas of swimwear designs that would flatter us curvy girls, but don’t have the know-how to turn these dreams into a reality…yet!

So in the meantime, I need to check out what’s already out there, and that’s where Bon Marche come into it. They sent me their geometric print swimsuit, which has tummy control (thank goodness!) and even built in cups. I HATE swimsuits that don’t have bra cups, as my puppies need to stay in their kennels, especially during physical activities like swimming!


Front View of Geometric Swimsuit


Back view of Bon Marche Swimsuit


Matched with a Sarong (I would pair with a black one)


I love the monochrome edging which really flatters my body, and helps to give an hour-glass shape. The design also has a retro 1950s feel, which is the era I am completely obsessed with at the moment.

For £14 I think this is great value for money, because it really helps in two of my “shy areas”- the tummy and boobs. The tummy control works well and is not uncomfortable like some control-clothing can be.

I would love to pair this swimsuit with a black and white polka dot sarong, I just need to find one first. Until then, I will use my shimmery black kaftan so I feel less self-conscious when walking along the beach.

All that’s left is to book a holiday…and find the money for one!

Bon Marche kindly gave me this swimsuit to review. No payment was received, and all opinions of the piece are honest and my own.