Tuesday, 30 June 2015

WhatLauraWore: Curvissa Holiday Shop

Curvissa Holiday Shop

Before we begin, let's just address the elephant in the room... the white bra.  A nude one would be so much better as this top is quite see through but I'd just got back from Morocco when I took these photos and everything was in the wash!

Now that that's out of the way, lets hop into the blog post!

I have been challenged by Curvissa along with Zoe, Naomi, Emma and Charli to style an item from their Holiday Shop.

Curvissa Holiday Shop

I picked out the Love Top by the brand Beachtime.  Although I've just got back from Morocco, I've already booked my next holiday so I definitely picked this piece out with that trip in mind.

This is a vest top shape with a round neckline in a white, almost mottled print.  Down the centre, theres 'love' written in colourful, artistic writing.

The top is thin, light weight and perfect for holidays in warm climates.  I think that it is a little too see through for wearing back here in the UK but on holiday over a bikini, it would be perfect.

I ordered my usual size (22/24) and found that it was true to size and very comfortable to wear.  It would look equally as good if I had sized up for a more relaxed, oversized fit.

Curvissa Holiday Shop

I paired my Curvissa top with a sleeveless open cardigan, my wardrobe staple jeggings and slipped on my peeptoes. For accessories, I added some gold bangles, a statement necklace and one of my most used bags.

Curvissa Holiday Shop

WhatLauraWore:
Cardigan from New Look
Black peeptoe heels from Simply Be
Statement necklace from Miss Selfridge
Bangles from Primark

Where are you off to on holiday this year?

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Monday, 29 June 2015

WhatLauraLoves: Dressing My Curves In Curvety

IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel Lindsey Dress in Raven Illusion on the Curvety

When Mr WLL has time off work, we always plan lots of date nights together and days out.  Not only does that signal lots of fun but lots of outfits too and as always, I like to plan these in advance.  I just seem to feel lots more settled when I know what I'm wearing.

Dresses like this are perfect for evenings out, especially when you're in a rush to get ready as they're such a statement piece, they do all the talking themselves.  Simply pull them on, add some heels and some volume to your hair, grab your clutch, slick on your lippy and you're good to go!

IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel Lindsey Dress in Raven Illusion on the Curvety

As soon as I saw the IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel Lindsey Dress in Raven Illusion on the Curvety website, I knew that it would be perfect for dinner and drinks along the quayside in Newcastle.  It has become one of our favourite locations to head to mid week as it is quiet and perfect for couples looking to chat over a nice meal and a couple of drinks.

I love the monochrome colour scheme of this dress and the way that the black and white pattern on the bust adds an extra shape to the dress.  The bust of the dress is really eye catching and I love the flattering deep V neckline with the wrap over.

Being sleeveless, this dress looks great when worn alone or with a cardigan, shrug or blazer/waterfall jacket for warmth or to cover up your arms if you don't want to show them off.


IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel Lindsey Dress in Raven Illusion on the Curvety

The dress is elasticated at the waist for a really comfortable fit with a tie belt that you can either tie at the front side, at the back like I have or remove completely.  Personally I like to keep mine at the back to not add more bulk to my side.

The skirt falls beautifully in an A Line Shape and on me, at 5ft 5" it hits right at my knee which is an ideal length to look flirty but still sophisticated and classy, especially when paired with black heels and a clutch.  A splash of colour would add a fun edge to the outfit, perhaps for a night out with the girls whereas I preferred to keep it more simple with black accessories and silver jewellery.


black clutch and heels

I ordered mine in a UK 22/24 and I would say that it is true to size.  The garment is made of a stretchy jersey fabric that does hug your curves.  I don't mind this at all as I'm sick of trying to hide my shape.  I'm embracing the body I'm in and loving the results!

This is the first dress that I've tried from Curvety and I'd definitely be happy to order from them next time I'm looking for a date night summer dress!


IGIGI by Yuliya Raquel Lindsey Dress in Raven Illusion on the Curvety

WhatLauraWore:
Platform heels in black by Anna Scholz from Simply Be
Diamante and pearl earrings from BHS
Sweetie bracelet and charms from Links of London
D&G silver diamante watch from Goldsmiths

What are your favourite pieces from Curvety?

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

WhatLauraWore: My Personal Style & Plus Size Jumpsuit

WhatLauraLoves Simply Be Plus Size Jumpsuit Cobalt Blue

I love clothes, dressing up and the way that feeling pretty on the outside makes me feel on the inside.  Its nothing to do with the influence of others and it certainly isn't for anyone else, its purely about how I feel in myself.

Over the years I've toyed with different outfits and since the winter months, I finally feel as though I've settled into my own personal style and there's starting to be some continuity to the style of clothes I'm wearing and whats hanging in my wardrobe.

I can look at something from afar and think, thats something I'd wear and feel great in and I know how I'd style that to work for me.  There's lots of pieces out there that I love the look of but I don't think they'd all work for me or be something I'd feel comfortable in.

I'd say my style is a balance between girlie and glamorous, and comfortable and practical which is exactly what this jumpsuit is all about for me.


WhatLauraLoves Simply Be Plus Size Jumpsuit Cobalt Blue

I wore my first plus size jumpsuit last year for my birthday night out and its taken a long time for me to find another one that I love just as much, if not more.

When I was picking out clothes to take away with me to Morocco, I came across this floral leafy print jumpsuit and instantly knew that it would look amazing not just on holiday but throughout the summer too.  It all comes down to the shape as it is elasticated and slightly gathered at the waist which makes it more flattering on the stomach.  The material is a stretchy jersey which makes it feel so comfortable to wear and move around in, especially when dancing, but it holds its own too without being clingy.


WhatLauraLoves Simply Be Plus Size Jumpsuit Cobalt Blue

I love that it has thin, adjustable straps and that the neckline and back aren't too low at all, they're literally the perfect height as it stops at the top of the bust so it isn't too revealing and it doesn't come down very low at the back or under the arms either.  Simply Be are getting it SO RIGHT right now with their summer collection the shapes and prints are to die for and some of my favourites that I've seen.

I tried another jumpsuit on from a different brand before I went away as the back was so low you could see my bra straps and the arms on the side were so low as well which I don't think looks very flattering on me at all so I had to send it back.


WhatLauraLoves Simply Be Plus Size Jumpsuit Cobalt Blue

I have a summer holiday lookbook coming up where I'm wearing this jumpsuit as I loved it that much, I wore it twice while we were away and wore one of the other dresses I'd taken for the evening out during the day instead!  Its so versatile and while the bold black and white print on it speaks for itself, it is easy to change up your look as you're wearing it by simply pulling your hair up into a high bun for an edgier look to how I'm wearing it here with big bouncing waves thanks to my Foxy Locks Extensions and Enrapture Totem Styler which is my favourite hair tool- ever, for a more glamorous look.

There's an orange plus size jumpsuit available in the same print too that I'm so tempted to buy but it was the cobalt blue that stole my heart.  It is such a universally flattering shade.  I was going to wear my black waterfall jacket with it but as it was such a lovely summers evening, I could skip it.


WhatLauraLoves Simply Be Plus Size Jumpsuit Cobalt Blue

I wanted to show you all how I would wear it and style it when at home as well as abroad so here it is.  I'm off to dinner and cocktails for my friends birthday here and I've paired it with some black wedges that are almost flatforms and my Chanel WOC which is my favourite bag in my whole collection.  Mr WLL gave me it as a gift for our anniversary and Valentine's Day and I feel so lucky to have it as I'd admired it from afar for so long.

Theres silver hardware on my bag and chain so I kept my jewellery silver too with a sparkly watch, bracelet and earrings.


WhatLauraLoves Simply Be Plus Size Jumpsuit Cobalt Blue Chanel WOC

The legs on this jumpsuit are quite wide and ever so slightly flared so I think that together paired with some platform shoes is a subtle but welcome nod to the 70s.  These ones are from Primark last summer and they do have some that are very similar in stock this year.  If you're looking to order online though, I'd recommend checking out these ones from River Island and New Look which are similar and affordably priced at around £20 each.  I've bought numerous pairs of shoes from them in the past and they've always been comfortable and hard wearing.

Comfort without compromising on style is whats great about this kind of shoe as you're getting the height from the platform but your weight is evenly distributed on your feet so you can wear them for a long time without your feet hurting.  I don't know how I used to walk in stilettos now!


WhatLauraLoves Simply Be Plus Size Jumpsuit Cobalt Blue


WhatLauraWore:
Black wedges from Primark (very similar from New Look and River Island)
D&G silver diamante watch from Goldsmiths
Guess bracelet (similar here)
Diamond and white gold rings

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What are your favourite pieces from Simply Be at the moment?  Do you have any plus size jumpsuit recommendations for me?

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer Review

Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer Review

If you're looking for a concealer to brighten, highlight and illuminate while still providing coverage then you simply must try the Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer.

It is a 3-in-1 product that you can use as a quick fix to correct imperfections, highlight and illuminate the skin in record time.

I've been using this for the last couple of years and I wouldn't even like to hazard a guess as to the amount of times that I've repurchased it.


    Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer Review

    It is available in three different shades- natural, naked and glow.  This is the natural shade.

    It comes in a twist up pen with a brush on the end that makes it really easy to apply.  You can either twist it up, put some on the back of your hand and then apply in swirling motions with a small fluffy brush like a MAC 224 for a light application or apply the product directly to your face.  This is my preferred method of application.

    For every day use, I apply some under my eyes and blend it in with my Zoeva concealer brush.  However when I am going on a night out, I really like to go to town.  I apply it in a downwards triangle shape under my eyes and down towards my nose, then I apply some on my cupids bow, a little along my nose, fanned it out onto my forehead and some on my chin.

    It does feel a little drying and it has a matte finish.  However it doesn't settle into the fine lines under my eyes which is a problem area for me as I'm getting older.  I love the way that this blends effortlessly into my foundation and skin.


    Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer Review

    This concealer does exactly what I wanted the YSL Touche Éclat to do, but it didn't.  The Touche Éclat is fairly brightening under my eyes and reflects light pretty well but when I have dark circles, I don't find that it doesn't conceal them or correct the colour, it purely highlights.  The Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer, however, does everything.  It is absolutely amazing at concealing dark circles and has a very brightening effect under the eyes.  When used on other parts of my face, it highlights excellently, better than any other highlighting concealer I've used.

    The concealer has a thick consistency, although not as thick as the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer that I like to use on blemishes.  I wouldn't use the Illuminating Touch Concealer on blemishes as it is too brightening and I feel that it would reflect the light too much which may draw more attention to the blemishes, although it would greatly reduce the redness from spots.

    This concealer is also a great product to use on your skin if you have any redness that you want to cover.  Annoyingly, I caught the edge of my jaw with my curler the other day and once it had settled, I applied some of this concealer to the red mark which lightened it and set it with a little bit of powder and it covered it completely which I was really pleased about.


    Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer Review

    I would highly recommend the Collection Illuminating Touch Brightening Concealer and you can pick up your own for £4.99 here.

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    Thursday, 25 June 2015

    WhatLauraWore: Airport Travelling Outfit

    Plus Size Airport Holiday Travelling Out

    When I'm off on holiday, my holiday begins on the day that I'm travelling not when I arrive at my destination.  I like to get everything that I need to get done by the day before we're travelling and then I like to switch off.

    The night before a trip I usually have a pampering bath, a nice meal and a good nights rest.  Then I wake up on the day of our flight and I think of that as the start of my holiday.  I've become quite anxious of flying in recent years, I'm not scared of flying at all but I've become very claustrophobic and quite wary so I find that getting into a routine really helps me to relax before I get on the plane.

    I always take time planning my outfits before I travel, you all know what I'm like by now, and the same goes for my airport outfit.  I like to be very comfortable when I'm going to be sitting on a plane, regardless of how long its for, but I also like to look nice and put together too.  We often go in the airport lounge before our flight and they often have a comfortably smart dress code so I do keep that in mind when choosing my outfit too.

    Lime has been my colour of 2015 without a doubt.  For some reason this year I have been all about the lime shades and I don't think that'll change anytime soon.  When I saw this oversized lime top in Yours Clothing, I immediately took it to the changing rooms to try on.  Despite having to size down a lot as it is very oversized, I loved it immediately, especially when paired with the black and white floral trousers.


    Plus Size Airport Holiday Travelling Out

    This look was something out of my comfort zone but it felt so right to try something new.  I love how comfortable it feels to wear but how on trend it seems too.  When paired with my uber comfortable flip flops, I knew this would be the perfect outfit to wear to the airport for my journey to Morocco.  It always baffles me when I go to the airport and I see ladies tottering around in sky scraper heels.  Literally baffled every time.

    Its sods law that all of these pieces are in the sale now when I paid full price for them!  You can bag the lime top for only £11, the trousers for only £16 and the flip flops for £10, although sizes are limited with the sandals.

    If you spot anything on the Yours Clothing website that isn't in the sale then you can get some money off your order by entering my code WLL15 at the check out for 15% off (for new customers only).

    The bag that I took with me was my Longchamp Le Pilage large shopper that I got last summer in the coral colour.  This one is new this season and is very similar.  It doesn't match my outfit in the slightest but I don't actually have a large black bag that I could have used as my hand luggage bag.  Whenever I travel I either use my Monogram Speedy 40 or this Longchamp bag and to be perfectly honest, I usually decide which one I'm going to take based on where I'm staying when I'm on holiday and who I'm going with.  The Speedy holds A LOT but it isn't particularly light to carry and it is hard to organise anything in there as it is just one big compartment, plus its nearly £600 worth of bag so if I'm going somewhere where I think my things will be secure in the room and Mr WLL is there to carry my bag, then I'll take my Speedy with me (I have a bag neck so can't carry heavy things, I'm not being a princess I promise!) but when I need to carry my bag myself or when I'm unsure whether the place I'm staying at has a large enough safe to fit my bag in, etc then I take my Longchamp one.  Like the Speedy, this is just one large compartment inside too with a little pocket but when I'm travelling on my own, I don't usually carry much, just the essentials and a travel pillow which takes up a lot of room!  If you're looking for a hand luggage bag then I'd really recommend either of these.  A lot of the time when I travel with Mr WLL, I take a small handbag too to keep our tickets etc in separately to my Speedy.

    My essential item to wear for travelling has to be a scarf.  While they look effortlessly chic, they also double up as a lovely blanket for use on the plane.  Not only does this keep me warm but it gives me comfort too to be snuggled up in something while I'm on the plane.  The scarf I'm wearing here is one of my favourites from Gucci.


    Plus Size Airport Holiday Travelling Out


    WhatLauraWore:
    Black and White Floral Rose Print Textured Slim Leg Trouser from Yours Clothing (NOW ON SALE-- ONLY £16)
    Enter code WLL15 for 15% off full priced items at Yours Clothing
    Longchamp Le Pliage Bag in the coral shade (cant remember the exact name sorry!)
    Silver and diamante stud earrings from BHS

    What do you wear to travel on holiday in?

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