MeandI Plus Size Summer Clothes & Evans Shoe Sales!

The last few days have been SO HOT you would think we were abroad!

I’ve had to get some clothes that suit this climate and managed to find some great, affordable bits and wanted to share them with you!

I came across MeandI, a Swedish clothing company that features women’s, baby and kids clothes. They’re all sustainably and ethically produced clothes and have some cool, unique designs which is what first caught my eye.

The company was created by two mums in 2004, as they wanted to produce clothes that would last for kids in particular, but that were also stylish. As well as being a great site to get clothes from, MeandI also offer mums the chance to make some money themselves (always a plus with me!).

For £100 you can start your own business with them by hosting parties and events to sell their clothes and you get 20% commission on everything you sell. You also get discounts on anything you want to buy which is always handy.

I like the quality of the fabrics and the finish of the garments. You can tell they are made well and should therefore last.

I got some boyfriend jeans in the sale which are a size smaller than usual as an incentive to shed the pounds. Thankfully I have started an exercise regime this week so it’s looking good!

I also got a lovely maxi dress which is keeping me cool during this humid weather. Considering I’m so tall it still goes down past my ankles so I’m very impressed! It fits well and the straps are adjustable which is really handy.

MeandI Clothing Review
My New Maxi Dress

Preparing for winter…

And guess who else has a sale?! House of Fraser have reduced lots of their boots and these include ones that can fit my big size 10’s!

I got these black Biker Ankle Boots which have a zip fastening and two buckles. They have a very low, wide heel which is perfect for me as I can find high heels difficult to walk in.

They are very comfortable, if a bit wide for my feet, but I will just have to double up on the socks which I’m sure I will want to do judging by our recent winters!

House of Fraser Boots by Evans
My New Biker Boots

I chose black because they will go with anything I wear and they hide the mud and dirt better, and trust me my feet always seem to find the dirtiest paths to step on.

They also have sandals on sale, so I may well be ordering some more from them as it’s so hard to find women’s shoes in my size!

I was sent these products to test for the purpose of this review. No payment was received and all opinions are honest and my own. 

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Claire Tries Vintage!

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Me attempting to model for my camera whilst it balanced on my window!

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I put my Scarlett & Jo dress with some grey wedge heels from New Look

Now that I’m getting back onto the dating scene, I’ve been rummaging through my rather unflattering wardrobe and decided I need to start dressing with some style to feel more confident and attractive!

Thankfully, Scarlett & Jo have come to my rescue, by sending me this beautiful dress from their new Spring Romance collection for Evans.

The new collection celebrates Scarlett & Jo’s one year anniversary, and the range has a vintage 1940s and 50s theme, ranging from tea dresses to retro prom dresses, all of which seem to flatter my mummy curves!

This beautiful dress is their black retro wrapfront midi dress, which features a retro, swirled pattern, and I can tell it has been well made from its gorgeous, thick fabric, to it’s lovely empire seam detail. It has back ties for underneath the bust, and even small shoulder pSAM_0622ads to help create the classic hour-glass figure I crave so much!

I love this midi-length dress, as it covers the tops of my arms, and reaches my knees (two areas I prefer to hide), and it has a very flattering cut.  The only thing that would make it look better would involve me growing a decent-sized cleavage to suit the v-shaped, plunging neckline (plastic surgeons please feel free to get in touch).

Scarlett & Jo say their mission is to “inspire and express both personality and confidence” and I think they’ve achieved this with the spring romance range. I feel that confident in this dress that I intend to wear this to my first dating experience this week, and I’m already eyeing up others in this fab collection for my future dates!

To see reviews of other dresses in the range on Scarlett & Jo’s website.

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Why I’m Writing This Blog

Resting my ‘flipper’ feet in 1984

From the day I was born, people noticed my big feet. The nurses on the labour ward nicknamed me ‘flipper’ and my mum had to cut the feet off my babygrows to allow them to fit. It was obvious from day one that my foot size was going to cause me problems!

Me (right) next to my slightly younger cousin Steve.

As well as these flippers, I was blessed (or at times felt cursed) by my father’s height. At 5’11, I was the tallest in my school year throughout primary school, which led to a lot of boys bullying me (small man syndrome), and for most of secondary school I still stuck out from the crowd. Even with my cousins (see left), you can clearly see I was the tallest, but my cousin, Steve (to my left) is only a few months younger than me!

To add to my height, I also had weight, a LOT of weight. I’ve been a chubster all of my life, because I love food, and hate exercise! My weight throughout school was big, so I really did stick out like a sore thumb. Due to being tall, chunky and big footed (not to mention one of the very few mixed parentage children in the city), I was extremely shy, awkward and an easy target for the bullies.

As I’ve gotten older, my weight has yo yo’d and since having my son nearly two years ago, it hasn’t improved, but I’ve not let it stop me from living my life.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel particularly attractive at my current weight, which is why I am so scared to head back into the dating world, but I will not allow people to make me feel bad for my lifestyle choices any longer. weight2

Due to my big feet, tall frame and curves, I’ve never been interested in fashion, because I’ve always assumed I will never be able to find anything that will flatter, fit or be affordable.
This is now going to change.

I’ve set up this blog to learn about fashion for my frame, to find places I can buy clothes and shoes in my size at reasonable prices, and to help other women out there get access to these too. I want to finally enjoy dressing my body, and to stop wearing men’s trainers!

Footwear is the hardest thing for me to find, because most shops only cater for women up to a UK size 9. I am a size 10, and currently only have three shops I’m aware of in my local area that sell my size: Brantano, Barratts and Evans.

Unfortunately, I’ve noticed the size 10 shoe shelves in these shops have decreased so much over the last few years, that I’m left with little choice, and they’ve also become incredibly expensive! I’ve found some online shops that sell this size footwear, but they tend to again be quite expensive, and postage is also highly priced!

I have a very low budget, due to being a working single parent (with no help from his father I might add!) with a mortgage, childcare costs and a child that wants to eat me out of house and home. 

downloadTherefore, I’m on the hunt to find great products at low prices! As I find companies that offer this, I will add their websites to my links page. If you know of any companies that sell great plus size / tall clothing, or have womens footwear up to at least a UK size 10, please get in touch on the contact form below, so I can feature them on this blog!

Enjoy!

Claire

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