Monday, 14 August 2017

Casual Plus Size Styling ON SALE at Yours Clothing

Love Is The Answer Slogan Plus Size Jumper from Yours Clothing

Beauties, have you checked out the Yours Clothing sale yet?

I was browsing the site last week and couldn't believe how many bargains are to be had.  Sure I'd seen the deals in store but the sale online is even better because you have access to far more stock and more sizes.  There's even an extra 20% off some items for a limited time.

With the weather being really hit and miss at the moment, I've been starting to look for items that I could wear come rain or shine.  The Limited Collection Grey Sweat Top is perfect whatever the weather because it strikes the balance between light weight and warm.

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With the jersey fabric, round neckline and long sleeves, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this is a regular jumper but this beauty is all business in the front and party in the back with a cut out detail.

I love the attention that Limited Collection have paid to the design here; the cut out sits higher than where a bra band would lie which might seem like an obvious design feature but its unbelievable the amount of brands that forget this when cutting holes into clothes!

Love Is The Answer Slogan Plus Size Jumper from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves Blogger

The jumper doesn't come up really short either which, again, is something that I tend to find with a lot of brands.  I'm wearing it really comfortably here with my Yours Clothing Jeggings and it doesn't ride up or sit at what I feel would be an unflattering length on my shape.

Incidentally, if you're looking for some new jeans then I'd highly recommend these.  I have them in so many different colours from Yours and they're ridiculously comfortable to wear.  They sit high on the waist, give you a great shape and since they're jeggings, they don't add any of the extra bulk that a zipper and a button on regular jeans can.  Jeggings are a great option if you're shaped like I am; I always struggle to find jeans to fit my larger tummy that aren't too baggy on the legs.  These ones are perfect whether you're dressing them up for an evening out or down for the daytime with a jumper like this one.

Pom Pom trainers from Primark

I'm loving dressed down yet girlie styles right now and with a jumper like this, some good fitting jeggings and some cute trainers or flats, you can't go far wrong.  Yours Clothing have some gorgeous embroidered trainers in right now that I'll definitely be ordering soon.  Check them out here.


Love Is The Answer Slogan Plus Size Jumper from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves Blogger

When I saw this jumper in store, I knew I wanted to get it when I got back from my holiday and I'm pleased I waited now because its in the sale and currently has an extra 20% off, bringing it down to £16.19 from £26.99!  That and the fact that it looks great with a tan!

Love Is The Answer Slogan Plus Size Jumper from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves Blogger

The light grey colour is perfect against any skin tone or hair colour and the slogan across the front really pops out in black and hot pink.  'Love Is The Answer' is a message that really resonates with me as I believe that it really is the answer for most things in life.  Live your life with love and you'll make the right decisions and not go far wrong.

I usually find that I need to size up one size on the Limited Collection branded items but I found the sizing of this piece to be spot on so I'd recommend sticking with your regular size.


Love Is The Answer Slogan Plus Size Jumper from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves Blogger

If you love this jumper as much as I do then be quick because I don't know how long the extra 20% offer will be on for!


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How would you style this jumper?  What sale bargains have you bagged this summer?


*Thanks Tasha for taking these photos for me at The Customs House, South Shields!
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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Elemental Herbology Shiny Locks Shampoo & Hair Soufflé Conditioner Review

Elemental Herbology Shiny Locks Shampoo & Hair Soufflé Conditioner Review

Elemental Herbology have launched a brand new hair cleansing and conditioning duo, rich in natural ingredients, that'll have your locks super soft and shiny after the first wash!

Love the sound of that? Then read on!

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Elemental Herbology products are longstanding members of my bathroom stash.  I first used their products when I was preparing for a huge life event many years ago; I fell in love with some skincare essentials that are perfect for oily skin and I've used their products ever since.

This new shampoo and conditioner are the first venture into haircare for the brand and I couldn't wait to see if they lived up to the expectations that the skincare had set... SPOILER ALERT, they do!

I must first give a nod to the packaging; pump action bottles are so much easier to use in the shower and I love that they have a slight apothecary look to them.  They're in that signature yet simplistic Elemental Herbology style that looks so stylish in any bathroom.

The Elemental Herbology Shiny Locks Shampoo is a cleansing yet softening shampoo that does a great job of cleaning the hair and scalp without leaving it feeling dry.  The gentle surfactant within Shiny Locks ensures that it cleanses without irritation as it lathers gently and, together lavender and honey within the formula, it soothes the hair and locks in moisture.  Wheat proteins help to thicken, add volume throughout the hair and shine to the hair too which is definitely what my fine hair needs.

I love the way that my hair feels clean and soft after use with a healthy sheen to it but without a greasy or weighed down feel.  I usually avoid shampoos that claim to make the hair shiny because it usually means that they wont be suitable for my greasy roots but this one works perfectly well.

Elemental Herbology Shiny Locks Shampoo & Hair Soufflé Conditioner Review

Just like the shampoo, the Elemental Herbology Hair Soufflé Conditioner softens my hair without weighing it down.  It contains jojoba oil and shea butter to hydrate, nourish and leave a glossy finish and the rosemary in the formula is intended to stimulate circulation, with the scent invigorating the mind.  I squeeze out the excess water from my hair, apply it to the mid-lengths and ends and leave it on for a few minutes while I wash my body and exfoliate, before rinsing it out.

My hair instantly feels so smooth and its easy to brush through, as though the conditioner has had a detangling effect.  Once blowdried, my hair is soft, visibly nourished and glossy.  Whats great about it is that the soft feel and appearance lasts until my next wash.

If you're looking for a new shampoo and conditioner to clean and care for your hair, then give them a try.  You can buy them direct from the Elemental Herbology website.

What are your favourite Elemental Herbology products?  What haircare do you like to use on your own locks?
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Monday, 7 August 2017

Plus Size Bardot Swimsuit You NEED This Summer!

Plus Size Bardot Swimsuit You NEED This Summer from Yours Clothing

My love for the bardot trend has dominated my wardrobe this past year from my tops and dresses right down to my swimwear.

Off the shoulder fashion is fun, flirty and feminine but above all, it makes me feel great when I wear it.  Smiling from the inside out really makes my body confidence shine and that's super important when you're hanging out poolside on holiday.

Plus Size Bardot Swimsuit You NEED This Summer from Yours Clothing

Plus Size Bardot Swimsuit You NEED This Summer from Yours Clothing

If you want to wear this style in swimwear as well then the one piece I'd recommend has to be the Orange & Multi Tile Print Cold Shoulder Frill Swimsuit from Yours Clothing.

I picked up one for my trip to Bali and loved wearing it for sunbathing and swimming at the Askara Villa in Canggu.

Plus Size Bardot Swimsuit You NEED This Summer from Yours Clothing

Plus Size Bardot Swimsuit You NEED This Summer from Yours Clothing

The all over tile print is colourful, eye catching and definitely summery.  Its not too bright and I think it'll look gorgeous against all skin tones regardless of how pale or tanned you are.

What I love about it the most though is that gorgeous ruffle which stands out against the print.  Its cute, flirty and offers a little extra coverage across the arms which I know some women do prefer.

You could always slip your arms out of the sleeves to create more of a bandeau style while sunbathing, if you enjoy tanning but don't want to get random tan lines!

Plus Size Bardot Swimsuit You NEED This Summer from Yours Clothing

Plus Size Bardot Swimsuit You NEED This Summer from Yours Clothing

As with the sleeves, you can slip down the shoulder straps while sunbathing too to avoid those tan lines as well.  I do like that this swimsuit has the straps attached, despite being a bardot style because it gives extra support, especially to those with a heavier bust or lower hanging tummy like myself that may otherwise pull the swimming costume downwards.

Plus Size Bardot Swimsuit You NEED This Summer from Yours Clothing

Plus Size Bardot Swimsuit You NEED This Summer from Yours Clothing

As with most Yours Clothing swimwear, this piece has inner mesh lining for added tummy support.  I love it because it holds me in and gives a smoother look.

The added control does mean that I need to go up a size though so if you're shaped like I am, you may find that you need to do the same.

Remember that the label inside doesn't matter; its finding a great fit that you feel comfortable and confident in that does.

Plus Size Bardot Swimsuit You NEED This Summer from Yours Clothing

Plus Size Bardot Swimsuit You NEED This Summer from Yours Clothing

Everything about this plus sized swimming costume is designed to give you a smooth silhouette with plenty of support from the ruched front and padded bust to the straps and the mesh panelling inside.

If you're looking for a piece that'll fit, flatter and have your body confidence on fleek, then this is the swimsuit you NEED this summer!


What swimwear styles do you love the post?  What do you think of the bardot trend?
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Monday, 31 July 2017

5 Things I Learned In Bali This Summer

Plus Size Blogger wearing Yours Clothing at Askara Villa in Canggu Bali

Summer 2017 has taken me on a rollercoaster ride of emotions and adventures.  I've enjoyed some fabulous highs along with some of the most challenging lows of my life to date.

It was Albert Einstein who said that 'the only source of knowledge is experience' and after reflecting on my trip to Bali last month, I can certainly say that I am wiser and more knowledgable thanks to the experiences that I had out there.

Continuous personal development is really important to me and I love to be inspired by the people that I meet across the world and draw on my experiences to improve my life.

In today's post, I wanted to share with you, five things that I learned while in Bali.

Plus Size Blogger wearing Yours Clothing at Askara Villa in Canggu Bali

Plus Size Blogger wearing Yours Clothing at Askara Villa in Canggu Bali


1. FRIENDSHIP ISN'T ABOUT WHO YOU'VE KNOWN THE LONGEST

While in Bali, I had the pleasure of meeting some truly amazing people.  One in particular showed me that friendship really isn't about who you've known the longest.  She listened to me and provided some of the most significant and helpful advice and support I've received in life, drawing on her own experiences and wisdom.

I learned to not fear opening up to someone; if it feels right, go with your gut.  Sometimes the right people are there at exactly the right time you need them.


2. YOGA IS FOR ME AFTER ALL

While in Bali, I had the chance to try out yoga for the first time.

I'd often thought that yoga was for those far slimmer, fitter and more flexible than myself but it really is for everyone.  Real yoga is about the mind, body and spirit being one, its not about what you look like, what you're wearing or about being perfect; its not a competition.  That in itself smashes the trendy, Sweaty Betty mould that many associate with the practice.  This stereotype was what always made me admire yoga from afar but never have the confidence to join in with.

While staying at Bliss Sanctuary for Women in Canggu, I was able to start my day with an early morning yoga class and the peaceful awakening was so beneficial to me.  Aside from discovering the benefits of the physical side, i.e. that I am stronger and able to move into more positions than I first thought, the relaxation, meditation and focus on the breath had a great impact on my mental wellbeing.

Now that I'm home, I'll definitely be practising yoga on a more regular basis, even if its just once a week or once every fortnight to get me started.  As someone who suffers with anxiety the calm that it brings to my day and how positively it directs my mindset is essential.

Its important to me to find an instructor who really knows their stuff, especially as I have injuries from an accident that happened several years ago.  Research is going to be key and I'll be using Bidvine to help me to find the perfect person.


If you're not familiar with Bidvine then get to know because their services could really benefit many aspects of your life.  Whether you're looking to find a painter and decorator, a photographer for your wedding, a personal trainer or  a music teacher, its the easiest way to find professionals in your area.

You can see exactly how it works here but you can take my word for it that its a really easy to use service that really narrows down to exactly what you're looking for.

Simply type the service you require in the search bar, add your postcode and begin your search.  Bidvine will then ask you some specific questions to pinpoint exactly what you're searching for.  After that, they do the hard work for you by taking the information you've given and finding local professionals who can provide exactly the service that you're looking for.  Your information isn't shared with them so its entirely up to you as to whether you get in contact and use their service.

If you're a busy bee like I am then you'll know that its not always easy to find the time to trawl the internet looking for the reliable people you need.  Bidvine takes the hassle and stress away which, in my case, will keep my mind free to focus on my breath in yoga!

Plus Size Blogger wearing Yours Clothing at Askara Villa in Canggu Bali

Plus Size Blogger wearing Yours Clothing at Askara Villa in Canggu Bali

3. COLLECT MEMORIES NOT THINGS

Filling my life with experiences is more important to me than owning things.  Having stories to tell, memories to look back on and a life that's been lived is what enriches my own life and makes me more interesting than having things to show others ever would.  Admittedly, its taken me longer in life to realise that than it should have.



4. TINY FOOD TWISTS MAKE BIG DIFFERENCES

Scrambled egg was the baby sick breakfast lookalike that I've passed by for years until I stayed at the Alassari Plantation.

The Balinese chefs there instantly upgrade their scrambled eggs with the addition of sun-dried tomatoes.  A tiny food twist with a bold flavour that makes such a difference to this simple dish that I've been left wondering why I hadn't thought of enjoying them in this way sooner.

Breakfast game coming back strong!


Plus Size Blogger wearing Yours Clothing at Askara Villa in Canggu Bali

Plus Size Blogger wearing Yours Clothing at Askara Villa in Canggu Bali

5. A SUCCESSFUL HOLIDAY IS NOT DETERMINED BY A DEEP SUNTAN

I love having bronzed, tanned skin but for so long my suntan has definitely factored in whether I'd class a holiday as being a success or enjoyable.  I'll always love soaking up the sun, protected by my favourite Clarins SPF and while wearing gorgeous swimwear like this plus size bardot swimsuit from Yours Clothing (review here) but Bali definitely gave me a reminder that holidays and travelling are about relaxing, seeing the world and enjoying new experiences and you don't get that from chilling on a sun lounger alone!

What did you learn when you last travelled?  How did your experience benefit you?
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Friday, 28 July 2017

Unique Date Ideas All Over The World

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There's nothing quite like date night, where the two of you can get together and spend some well-needed time with one another.  Sometimes though, dates can get a bit samey and it can be hard to find something unique to do without breaking the bank, regardless of where you are in the world.

Whether you're living in Rome, London, Paris or New York, there's a perfect date out there for everyone and who knows, it could be the date that takes your relationship to the next level!  Together with Angelic Diamonds, retailers of bespoke seven stone rings, I'm sharing date ideas from around the world so that you can make the most of your time together, wherever you are!


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LONDON
Let's start with the UK.  London is a booming metropolis, full of great shops, bars and restaurants that'll keep you entertained for more than just one date... if you're lucky!  I love visiting London but I tend to be there for work, making my time limited.  I've experienced lots of things to do that would make great date ideas though such as the Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea at the Sanderson Hotel which would set you back around £50 a head.

For a date thats even more purse friendly, the Natural History Museum, National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern are great options because they're all free to enter and will provide hours of entertainment, soaking up the culture.  Westminster Bridge with Big Ben nearby and the Houses of Parliament aren't too far away either and since they're close to the Southbank, you can grab some tasty street food while you're there too.


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ROME
As the capital of Italy, Rome is brimming with 3000 years of art, architecture and culture; making any date in this beautiful city one of true romance and sophistication.

If you're sporty, an A.S. Roma football match at the grand Stadio Olimpico would be an exciting date.  A ticket will set you back €100 (roughly £88) but if that's out of your budget then there's still plenty to do in the capital that will be more memorable than going to the cinema!

The Trevi Fountain is so picturesque that it'll have you mesmerised and you can even through a spare penny in to wish you good luck on your date.  Once you're done, you can take a stroll to one of the many cafes for coffee and people watching!


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PARIS
Paris has to be the true city of romance.  Tourists come from far and wife to have a great time with their partner; I even have a friend whose boyfriend took her to Paris for the day on the Eurostar from London!

Since it is home to many of the world's greatest writers and artists, Paris oozes chic everywhere you walk through its many streets.

If you'd like to take your date to new heights then the Eiffel Tower is an impressive feat any day of the year.  Why not book in at 58 Tour Eiffel while you're there too?  This restaurant has a fantastic menu, including a cute picnic lunch and has amazing views over the incredible city.

There are plenty of affordable options in Paris too.  It is home to some of the most beautiful bridges in the world so my top pick for a unique yet affordable date would be to head to the Pont des Arts Bridge where many lovers write their names on padlocks and attach them to the bridge.


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NEW YORK
If you can make it on a date here, you can make it anywhere... The big apple offers something for everyone with the theatres of Broadway, the neon-lit Times Square and skyscrapers like the Empire State Building.

For the ultimate unique date, a private helicopter ride would be absolutely incredible.  You'll need to get saving though as a date seeing New York's famous landmarks in this way will set you back well over £1000 but with unparalleled views of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Central Park, it'll be worth every penny.

However New York offers plenty of unique yet affordable date options too.  Take a twilight walk around Central Park like Audrey Hepburn did in Breakfast at Tiffany's before heading to one of Manhattans cool rooftop bars or head to the restaurant that was featured in When Harry Met Sally; if you're a movie buff I'm sure you'll be quoting lines from the film in no time!

If that's not enough, you could take your date on a walk through the financial district to feel part of the glamour and excitement of the Wolf of Wall Street.  Just be careful, its a jungle out there...!

Plus size clothing uk blogger praslin monochrome floral dress

Once you've chosen your date, you'll need an outfit.  Now I don't claim to be overly clued up on mens fashion but ladies, I've got you covered. Praslin have just launched their UK website and its packed full of gorgeous outfits that would be perfect to wear on a date day or night.

The monochrome floral dress that I'm wearing in these photographs at the Alassari Plantation in Bali is from their plus size line which will soon be added to their website.  For now, you can shop Praslin online at Yours Clothing and ASOS.  I'd definitely recommend checking them out if gorgeous evening dresses and floral prints are your thing.

Feminine, glam and cut to flatter, you'll be sure to find something to wear on your next date!


Plus size clothing uk blogger praslin monochrome floral dress

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Where would your dream unique date be?  What do you think of this gorgeous dress?
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