Review: Elena Miro Top

Until recently I was completely unaware that House of Fraser have a huge plus size department on their website!

They feature many top plus-size brands including Evans, Studio 8 and Elena Miro and they even have a small selection of footwear that are UK size 10 so I shall now be browsing this section regularly.

I was sent a lovely top from Elena Miro to try as this is a brand I have never come across. It is a size 14 which I was already nervous about trying as I haven’t been that size for about five years now, but IT FITTED!

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I have been working out a fair bit for that last three months so this possibly helped (a lot) as the top is a silky material so there isn’t any stretching that can done to expand it.

I love the colours, the mixture of mint green, black and white work well and I really like how there are different designs on the sleeves, back and front of the top.

The cut is quite flattering with a rounded edge on the bottom of the top and it’s definitely a well-made, good quality product that compliments the plus size shape in my opinion.

This top could be combined with some leggings for a casual look or some black jeans and heels for a night out. The light, silky material felt lovely on my skin and I would wear it for nights out because it would hopefully stop me overheating!

The top was sent to me to test for the purpose of this review. No payment was made and all opinions are honest and my own. 

Review: Wingz by FatPhRocks

I don’t know about you, but I’ve struggled with the way my upper arms have looked my entire life.

Even when I lost five stone a few years ago and slimmed right down I still had big arms and never felt able to show them off.

This summer for the first ever time I’ve actually had the confidence to wear vest tops without cardigans because I no longer care what other people think of me, and would prefer to feel cooler and more comfortable instead!

Don’t get me wrong I do still get my bad days when I find it harder to have them exposed, so I’m thankful I’ve now found a new item of clothing that helps me cover my arms without a big old cardigan that covers up any pretty dresses I choose to wear like my latest, gorgeous maxi dress.

They’re called Wingz and basically are like a shrug but they go underneath your clothes rather than over the top. It is held by a strap that goes under your bra and come in a range of colours and styles as well as full length arms or 3/4 length.

 

I tried the black chiffon flare 3/4 sleeves and overall was very impressed! I chose black because a lot of my vest tops and dresses are that colour, and I wanted flared because it is a light, airy material that would suit the summer.

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I tried them with a maxi dress and liked how only the sleeves were on show, because I don’t like how shrugs and cardigans cover up some of the dress as they have to be tied up, or they’re left open and baggy which ruins how my overall shape looks.

It sits nicely under my bra and is stretchy so can be worn all day without any problems.

I would love to try the lace wingz next as I think they would make a plain vest top look totally different and more dressy!

What would you pair them with?

Fatphrocks Review: Fleurs Purple and Black Maxi Dress

I’ve been lucky enough to have been sent a gorgeous maxi dress by Fatphrocks, who specialise in clothes for Tall, plus size women.

I was sent this Fleurs Purple and Black maxidress which is perfect for the summer days that we are getting here and there this month!

I wore it yesterday for a date (yes an actual first date lol) and I got a very good reaction! I love that I finally have a maxi dress that goes down to my feet, as all the ones I own are slightly short due to my 5’11 height.

It is made for a lovely, lightweight material that doesn’t crease and is perfect when you need to stay cool on the really hot days of summer.

It has adjustable straps which was also helpful, as I tend to have a small cleavage in some plus size clothes so they can be baggy. There’s also a smocked back section with some tie which means I can tighten it up or loosen depending on the day I’ve had!

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I love the bright, bold colours on this dress as I love wearing stand out clothes during the summer. It has a detailed embroidery section just under the bust which helps accentuate the hips and it sparkles in the sun which is always a plus for me.

Overall this dress is very good quality, feels comfortable to wear and kept me cool during my date so it’s definitely going to be a permanent part of my wardrobe!

I teamed it up with a bright yellow satchel and some gladiator sandals, along with some bright gold eyeshadow. What would you team it with?

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

Rokit Gel Polish Professional Kit Review & Competition!

 

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As many people know I am a bit of a nail polish addict, so when I received Rockit Gel Polish Professional Kit I was very excited!! I haven’t tried a gel polish with a LED lamp before so I was a bit worried if it was going to be easy enough to carry out on myself………

“Rokit promises a rok-hard, high shine and salon quality finish from the comfort of your own home, with a simple one step application.
The brand new and unique Rokit Gel Polish Professional Kit makes gel nails even easier by reducing a typically five stage process to an easy one step application. Just polish and cure for shiny, salon quality nails that last up to 14 days.”

The kit contains: 1 high performance LED  lamp

Rokit 1 Step Gel Polish– Shock Pink

Ready– nail preparation

Remove– gel remover

1 file, cuticle pusher and lint free wipes

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 Following the Instructions for use booklet, I prepped my nails with

Ready to make sure they were clean and oil free to obtain the best results.

 I then carried out my first thin coat of 1 Step Gel Polish and put under the LED Lamp to cure the polish for one minute, which I unfortunately think I timed wrong!

Once I completed the 2nd coat, I then left to cure under the lamp for a further 2.5 minutes, fortunately the lamp is timed to this length of time and turns off once complete! 😉

” The high performance LED lamp combines the latest LED and gel nail polish technology with a solvent free formulation that’s kind to nails. With 32 LED lights, the Rokit lamp promotes a super-fast curing time as well as a built in treatment timer for ease and even better there’s no drying time!”

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 The finished result…….
                                      I love the colour and high shine, but next time I  won’t rush the first curing stage as the gel has slightly  rippled in places.  The gel polish feels tough and durable which looks promising!
 
 To remove the gel is much simpler then I thought! simply soak in Remove for 5 minutes and the colour dissolves and peels off!!
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I found the whole process simple, enjoyable and look forward to using again! 
You can find the full range of One Step Polishes at  RokitBeauty      and the kit is available to buy from select Debenhams stores and on their website Debenhams.com 
 
To win one of these fab kits, enter my giveaway by pressing the Rafflecopter link below:
 
 

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“I  received no payment for this review. All comments and opinions are my own!” x Nat x
 

Competition: Win a Pair of Shoes from Scorpio Shoes

Scorpio Shoes are giving one of you lucky readers a pair of shoes from their website!

They do soooo many shoes (including my fave, Dr Martens!) and it includes some women’s and unisex shoes up to a UK size 10.

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To be in with a chance to win a pair of shoes from Scorpio Shoes, simply fill in the rafflecopter form below and make sure you complete each entry properly to avoid being withdrawn from the competition.

Good luck!

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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. 

Competition:Win a FabYouLess Card worth £49.95

Have you heard about the latest Fabyouless Card that gives you discounts on beauty, hair and fitness products and services?

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The card gives you thousands of offers and discounts nationwide at many of the leading beauty salons, hair salons, tanning salons, gyms, nail bars, clinics and spas. You simply go onto the Fabyouless website, type in the area you live in and all of the nearby places that offer discounts are then listed for you.

I found quite a few places in Sussex for myself, and lots of them were offering 25% discounts and 2 for 1 offers which is really helpful whilst I’m looking at Christmas gifts to buy for people!

I have been sent a Fabyouless card and was so impressed that I am giving a 12 month subscription card to one of you lucky readers for free, worth £49.95!

I will also soon have a discount code if you want to buy a card, where you can get 40% off, perfect in the lead up to Christmas, so keep an eye out!

To enter the competition, simply click on the Rafflecopter below, good luck!

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I was given one card to use for the purpose of this review. No payment was given and all opinions are honest and my own.