Friday, 27 March 2015

WhatLauraWore: Scarlett & Jo Mesh Insert Dress


On Sunday, I was getting ready to go out to lunch with my husband when I decided to try on my new Scarlett and Jo dress to see how it fit.  It was love from the first time I put it on and I just had to take some snaps in it.

I'm going to a birthday party at the weekend and then I'm going shopping in Manchester.  As soon as I put this dress on with my accessories, I knew that this is going to be the exact outfit that I'll wear for the party as I feel so great in it. 


The dress that I'm wearing is the Scarlett and Jo Black Mesh Insert Dress from Evans which is part of their new collection.

When I first saw this prom dress online, I thought that I would like it as I have another dress in a similar style which is also from Scarlett and Jo.  I love how their pieces are classic, ageless and really flattering, theres something for everyone.  Plus, they're very true to size which makes them so easy and worry free to order online.

I have a soft spot for this style of dress in particular as I wore a similar one to my own bridal shower last year, you can see it here.



The dress has a stretchy top with short, quite loose fitting sleeves and a key hole detail with a button closure at the back which adds as an extra detail when you're wearing your hair up.

The front has a mesh panel with a sweet heart neckline where the mesh meets the opaque fabric.  I love how the material on the top of the dress is stretchy because I feel as though it holds me in and fits to my figure.  This is particularly important for me as I need to look for dresses in a size to fit my stomach but this often means that they're too baggy around my arms and bust however this one fits me really well.



The dress does have shoulder pads and at first, I thought that I wasn't going to like them as I thought that they felt quite thick however as soon as I put the dress on, I knew that they only did good things for the shape of the dress!  They're relatively subtle and not very 80s at all like I first thought they would be!



The great thing about the design of this dress is the elasticated panel in the middle.  Having this around the waist really pulls me in and makes me feel as though my figure looks better because this area is accentuated.  It also enables the skirt to fall really beautifully in that classic prom style.



The skirt has a couple of layers; the outer layer being a printed floral and spot design in red, green, blue and white on a black background and the under layer is the lining with netting which helps to give the skirt a more pouffy prom shape.

I adore the shape of this dress as it is so girly and flattering!  The skirt part of the dress is actually available in other designs as a skirt itself, not as a dress, which I would be really interested in trying out.



For my jewellery, I picked out the white colour from the detail on the skirt and decided to wear my new pearl effect jewellery from BHS with it.  I actually picked these out from their wedding shop and was surprised to find out how many pretty accessories, shoes and jewellery they have in addition to their wedding dresses and wedding guest outfits.

My earrings are the Iridescent Circe Stone Earrings which have an undeniable sparkle about them and really catch the light.  I think that stud earrings are so elegant and very underrated.  They're often considered to be the dull sister of large, in your face earrings but they don't have to be boring at all.  By opting for a bigger style in a super sparkly crystal design, they keep you looking put together and sophisticated while still being fun, feminine and flirty.



The Pearl Rope Necklace that I'm wearing is very much a new style for me but a very welcome addition to my jewellery collection.  It looks solid and it is but still very light weight and I love how it sits looking effortlessly chic around my neck.  I'm also wearing some pearl and rhinestone stretchy bracelets that have a crystal and diamante detail on them too that I really think pulls together the sparkly style of the earrings with the softness of the ivory pearls.


The bag that I am carrying is also from the wedding shop at BHS.  The Ivory Elongated Pearl Box Clutch Bag is ideal whether you're attending a wedding or looking for a pretty bag to wear to an occasion like I am.  It is rectangular in shape with lots of ivory pearl beads on one side and a satin style fabric on the other with a diamante encrusted clasp on the top.  This bag is absolutely ideal for me as I love the box clutch style but hate how they generally don't fit a lot in whereas with this one, I can fit my money, phone, keys, lippy and compact easily inside.



My shoes are the Fresh Heart Peeptoe Flats by Melissa and I picked these up on sale at ASOS.  I have loved the style of these shoes and similar ones from the Melissa shoes line for a long time however I have always been wary of ordering them for fear that my feat would sweat in them.  However I have worn them several times this year and haven't experienced anything of the sort.  They're incredibly comfortable too, I'm impressed and will definitely purchase other styles in the future, especially if they're on sale.





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What do you think of this dress?  Do you think that it is suitable for an 18th birthday party?

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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Zoeva Makeup Brushes Order!


After lusting after the Zoeva rose gold makeup brushes for what seems like an eternity, I have finally taken the plunge and ordered a set!

I have been in need of some makeup brushes for years but I've always just tried to make the best of what I already have as are expensive for good quality brushes.  I've heard so many good things about the Zoeva ones that when Mr WLL asked what I'd like as an Easter present, in place of chocolate as I'm watching what I'm eating, I said I'd love a set of brushes.

The set that I've chosen is the Zoeva Rose Golden Set and I have ordered it from Beauty Bay.  I picked this one because it has a good mix of different brushes with a strong focus on face brushes which is what I am lacking in my current collection.  They come in a clutch bag to store them which I think is a great idea however I do with that you could buy the rose gold brushes separately as if you were to buy a few different sets you'd end up with lots of bags that you might not use... plus the bag may add additional cost to the brush sets which might not be necessary if you don't need the bag!

If I like the brushes when they arrive then I will definitely be lusting after the other brushes in the rose gold range.  I particularly like the new ones that have just come out but they sold out almost immediately!

I'd love to know if you have tried Zoeva makeup brushes yourself and what you think of them.  If you've tried these out, please let me know your thoughts!

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Shoe Haul | Whats New On My Feet!

Michael Kors Fulton Flats House of Fraser

Sometimes, I just can't resist a little shoe shopping and I must admit, I have been doing it quite often lately.  I'm a firm believer that many girls are either shoe lovers or handbag lovers and while I'm usually the latter, I've recently been focused on reinventing my shoe wardrobe with some on trend pieces and some higher quality items.


The first purchase was the Michael Kors Fulton Moc Slip On Shoes in jet black with gold hardware.  I'll address the cost first as I know that there will be some who may gasp when they click on the link.  These were expensive.  Well, for me  and my budget, they were pricey.  I wouldn't usually ever spend that much on a pair of shoes, especially flats.  I've only ever spent that kind of money on Ugg boots and even then, they were as gifts with Christmas money etc.  However for years I've spent money on flats from Primark that haven't lasted very long as they aren't really made for longevity and also I find that if I am walking for a long time, my feet can hurt in some flats.  I've discovered that this is because of the sole being thin and I can literally feel every stone on the ground.  Being a lot heavier than the average person doesn't help at all but it really gets me down when my feet are killing me in flats and I cant walk or stand for very long, especially when I'm out with my friends who don't have that problem.

The day I bought these shoes, I had searched every shop in the Metro Centre and I just couldn't find any simply black shoes that were really comfortable.  Everything was either ridiculously over priced for poorly made shoes with thin and/or hard soles, or they were very cheap shoes that had thin and/or hard soles.  It was almost as if I couldn't win.  Then on the way back to my car I thought I'd have a look in House of Fraser when I came across these shoes.  I'd admired them from afar before but never picked them up because I knew they would be really pricey and I do begrudge paying so much money for Michael Kors in the UK when it is much cheaper in America.  This time however, I asked the SA if she could get me my size to try, purely out of interest and from the moment I put them on, I knew I needed them.

I say need.  That's probably taking things a little too far, people NEED water, the world NEEDS peace but as far as material things and comfort goes, I needed these shoes.  They were the most comfortable pair of flats I'd ever worn.  The fit was perfect and they felt like I was walking on clouds.  For someone who has felt so sore walking in uncomfortable shoes for years and years, I decided that they were worth the investment and I have never looked back.

Michael Kors Fulton Flats House of Fraser

I am so pleased that I bought these shoes and have worn them to death since I got them back at the end of January.  Rather than having a thin, flat sole, they have sort of rubber pads on the bottom of them which really supports the pressure points in my feet, making them so comfortable to walk in.  They're really supportive and in my opinion, stylish, although that wasn't the reason why I bought them.  They could have been any brand and any design and I'd have bought them purely for how comfortable they are.

On Valentines Day, Mr WLL took me to the Sandman Hotel in Newcastle for their Valentines Day Package.  As part of the offer, we were given a £50 voucher to spend in Eldon Square.  There was nothing that my hubby wanted and so he said that I could use the full voucher on something that I wanted.  I had only one thing in mind and headed straight to Fenwicks shoe department to buy the same shoes in light grey with silver hardware.  Getting £50 off these was a fabulous deal and I'm so pleased that I now have a light pair and a dark pair in my shoe collection.  The great thing about them is that they literally go with anything, regardless of whether it is a dress or casual outfit. I'm SO impressed with the high quality and comfort.

Michael Kors Fulton Flats House of Fraser

Another addition to my shoe collection recently was the Rose Buckle Ankle Boots from Missguided.  I reviewed them in full in this post so head on over there if you'd like to find out more about them and check out the link to them directly over on the Missguided website.


I love how great these look with frilly socks underneath and with bare feet, showing just a bit of ankle.  I've been wearing them with printed trousers and leggings with dresses.  I'm loving the effect they have on each outfit.

Missguided Boots

They're in the sale, down to £15 so there are very few pairs left but since they also come in oxblood and black, I'm sure you'll find a pair you like.  I'm really impressed with Missguided boots at the moment.  These are so comfortable thanks to the chunky heel and long, steady slope down to the foot bed.  They have so many other styles on their website and many are in this gorgeous colour so I am hoping they bring out similar styles next autumn as I may make a cheeky purchase!

Missguided Boots

Another pair of shoes that I have bought recently are these black and gold chain slip ons and if you're a regular reader of my blog then I'm sure you'll agree that these are far from my usual style.  For some reason, I wanted something that was quite trendy and the latest style and I'm actually really happy with these.


New Look Black and Gold Chain Slip On Plimsolls

They're slip ons with a nice thick sole making them really comfortable... do excuse the marks on the white sole, I need to clean them up evidently!  I have worn these on long days out over the last month and they have been so comfortable and easy to wear.  They look really eye catching with the black plimsoll being textured and having the chunky gold chain running across them.  I have been wearing them with either an all black outfit or with black jeggings and a statement tee.

I'm sure I've seen these kinds of shoes on some websites for much more than I paid for this version.  I'd really recommend them and you can find your own here.

New Look Black and Gold Chain Slip On Plimsolls

My next pair are also from New Look but from their wide fit range.  I must admit, I don't have wide feet but I do actively look to wide fit ranges as I sometimes find that they have more padding in and are more comfortable in some cases than standard width shoes.

New Look Black and Gold Chain Slip On Plimsolls

These are the Wide Fit Zip Side Slip On Plimsolls.  I can't find them online in the nude with gold zips but they're in white here.  Just like the other slip ons, these are so comfortable to wear for the price and style.  I really like the perforated style as it adds a little something extra to the texture.  I've been really enjoying wearing them with jeans.


New Look Black and Gold Chain Slip On Plimsolls

My last pair of shoes are the Faith Garden Embellished Pointed Shoes that I featured in this post.  They're available on ASOS but they keep selling out ridiculously quickly.  I have found them on Debenhams though and they actually have a 20% sale on them at the moment so grab them at a bargain price while you can.


They have such a beautiful pink moc snake skin effect on them with a tiny heel to give a slight lift.  I love the gorgeous embellishment the most though, look how beautiful it is!  These add so much femininity to my outfits, especially the ones that look more plain!


Faith Garden Embellished Pointed Shoes

I'd love to know what shoes are new to your collection... It looks as though I'm becoming quite the shoeaholic!


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Tuesday, 24 March 2015

WhatLauraWore: House of Fraser Wide Fit Sandals

House of Fraser Plus Size Clothing and Footwear Blogger

I love it when the sun starts to shine brighter in the sky and it feels a little warmer outside because I feel as though I can finally wear my maxi dresses and sandals again.

This one is from FD Avenue (review here) and although it has seen better days, it was a firm favourite of mine last summer and is set to be this spring too, until I can get a new one.  I love the shape of this dress; it feels so comfortable to wear and looks pretty flattering thanks to the looser fitting top part.  I don't think FD Avenue are around anymore and to be honest, I'm not surprised if the terrible service I received from them when trying to place a second order was anything to go by.  There is more or less an identical dress here on BoohooPLUS who I would absolutely recommend as I love their range and their delivery is fantastic.  I've just placed an order for a lime top, dress and the blue version of this maxi and it is getting delivered tomorrow, I cannot wait!

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The kimono I’m wearing is actually from Boohoo too.  You can see my post with a full review of it here.  I love the bright colours in the floral design, especially the coral, as it is one of my favourite colours!  I picked out my coral clutch and necklace to bring out the colour of the coral in the kimono too.

A maxi dress and jacket like this are so easy to just throw on as they look really put together when in actual fact; they require very minimal effort at all.  I always find that when wearing a plain dress, it is good to add a touch of sparkle whether that is through accessories or footwear.   For this outfit, I opted for the latter and it is just an added bonus that they’re ridiculously comfortable too.

House of Fraser Plus Size Clothing and Footwear Blogger


The Evans Black Jewelled Toe Post Sandals have the most gorgeous silver diamante leaf design that runs down the top of your foot.  This makes them sparkle so much when I walk, I love the glamour and femininity that they add to even the plainest of outfits!  The most surprising thing about these sandals is that I got them from House of Fraser who stock a fabulous range of wide fit shoes and boots along with a great plus clothing range that I didn't even know about until recently.

House of Fraser Evans Jewelled Toe Post Sandals in black

I often find that wide fit shoes can be too wide for me and even too long at times but these aren't at all, they're a great fit.  With a panel for the heel and an elasticated buckle ankle strap, they feel really secure on my feet but more important still, they're ridiculously comfortable.

When I picked out these sandals, I had my holiday to Morocco in mind as I've been looking for some footwear that will stay on my feet while I'm walking all over exploring Marrakech.  These have the added benefit of having added padding in the sole for extra comfort and this cushioning really makes all of the difference, ensuring that I can walk pain free for hours in them.  Often sandals have a very thin sole that I can feel every stone in the road through but not with these ones.  They feel like I'm wearing slippers!

For the comfort factor alone, I'd recommend these sandals!  They're also available in nude if you would prefer that to black, although I personally think that the silver looks amazing with the black, even more sparkly than against the nude.


House of Fraser Evans Jewelled Toe Post Sandals in black

I'm so excited that House of Fraser have a proper plus size department now as I love shopping on there.  I often use their free buy and collect next day delivery service as it is so reliable and really easy for me when I don't know what time I'm going to be at home on a particular day as I can just drive to my local store at the Metro Centre to collect my parcel at a time that is convenient for me.  I've done this in the past when I bought my Lulu Guinness luggage and several Jo Malone scents and I've had no concerns whatsoever.  I'd definitely recommend it!


House of Fraser Evans Jewelled Toe Post Sandals in black

WhatLauraWore:
Floral kimono from Boohoo
Black racer back maxi dress from FD Avenue (VERY similar here)
Coral clutch from River Island
Large beaded necklace from Evans

What spring and summer clothes are you looking forward to wearing?
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Monday, 23 March 2015

NEW Release | Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks

Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

When I found out that Collection had launched their first ever matte lipsticks as part of their new Field Day collection for spring 2015, I knew that I had to get my hands on them.

The Field Day collection is a led range inspired by the outdoors and overgrown meadows overflowing with wild daisies as seen on the catwalks at Matthew Williamson and Chalayan.  This limited edition line features the most gorgeous springtime shades; think soft pastels mixed with joyful brights girls.  It is simply beautiful!


Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

The line features three nail polishes, two eye shadow sticks and three lipsticks, two of which have a matte finish and one has a gloss finish.

The lipsticks all come in a gorgeous white, orange and silver packaging and I've been trying out the two matte lipsticks from the line.


Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

The first lipstick is Pink Rose which is a very pretty bubblegum pastel pink with a blue undertone.  I like cooler toned pink lipsticks like this as I find that they make my teeth look whiter whereas warmer, more yellow toned pinks tend to make my teeth look yellow, which I definitely do not want!


Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

When I heard that this lipstick was called Pink Rose, I was expecting it to be more rose in colour, perhaps with a little more red in the formula but it is more of a powder pink.  I wish this lippy was available when I was in my late teens/early twenties as I know that I would have absolutely adored this shade.  Back then, super pastel pinks were definitely my thing.

If I had to liken the shade to others in my collection, I'd say that it sits somewhere between MAC's St Germain and MAC's Snob in that it is a light, pastel pink but it does have a matte finish.


Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

For being such a light pastel pink, I do think that this shade is very wearable.  I am most looking forward to wearing it with a dark black and silver smokey eye on a night out as I think that would look really good.


Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

Before applying this particular shade, I would recommend ensuring that your lips are smooth and free from chaps as the majority of matte lipsticks out there will cling to drier areas and highlight imperfections in your lips.

This is so easily solved, simply use a lip scrub on moist lips or hold a face cloth under touchably hot water and then hold them against your lips for ten seconds (this should feel warm, not burning!!) and then lightly rub your lips either with the face cloth or a clean tooth brush.  This should lift away the dead skin cells from the lips and then you can finish up with a nourishing lip balm.  I find that this is a beauty step that is better to complete at night so that the lip balm has time to fully sink into your lips.

The great thing about matte lipsticks is that they tend to be long lasting because they have a drier formula but you're not going to feel that benefit if you're putting it on top of your lips when they have freshly applied lip balm on!


Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

Pink Rose isn't the driest matte lipstick that I have tried by any means but it does take a little bit more work than Tulip which is the other matte shade in the range.  It has a slightly drier, more chalky formula and although it is comfortable to wear, you do have to be careful to make sure that it is applied evenly and not clinging to any imperfections.


Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

In contrast, Tulip applies much better than Pink Rose and I think that this has just as much to do with the shade of the lipstick as it does with the formula.

Tulip is a gorgeous pastel coral shade that looks absolutely gorgeous on the lips.  It has a subtle way of lifting my complexion and I think that this will only get better as my skin becomes more tanned this summer.  I wear a lot of coral in the summer months and this lipstick is absolutely perfect for me.


Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

Tulip is definitely my favourite shade out of the two matte lipsticks that Collection have released.

It is buttery soft and glides onto my lips with a creamy matte formula that would really rival even my favourite Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks.  For only £2.99 it is seriously good stuff and I can definitely see myself wearing this lipstick throughout the whole spring and summer.



What I love the most about this lipstick is the way that it smoothes effortlessly onto the lips, imparting the most gorgeous opaque colour that looks exactly as it does in the bullet.


Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

These lipsticks actually have quite a buildable formula.  Tulip in particular, needs only one swipe to give a true colour on the lips.  Both lipsticks are incredibly well pigmented but you can actually build up the colour on the lips to make it look even more intense.


Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

For matte lipsticks, these are really comfortable to wear and while I found that Pink Rose looked more chalky on the lips than Tulip did they both feel very creamy and soft.  They didn't leave my lips actually feeling any drier, unlike a lipstick like MAC's Ruby Woo that really dries out my lips and they still lasted a long time on the lips and just needed reapplying after eating and drinking.


Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

For Collection's first lipsticks with a matte finish, I am really impressed.  The biggest battle that matte lipsticks have is how they feel and look on the lips and these two are lovely.  They don't need to be applied with a lip liner, there is no bleeding with them whatsoever and they need very little maintenance throughout the day.

If you're looking for a spring update to your lipstick collection or you're wanting to try out a matte lipstick for the first time then I would absolutely recommend these.  I'm just hoping that they bring out more shades in this formula in future collections!


Collection Field Day Matte Lipsticks in Pink Rose and Tulip

The Field Day collection has just launched in Superdrug and Boots and I can see it being really popular.  I am loving these lipsticks, especially Tulip and will definitely be checking out the rest of the line!

You can buy Pink Rose here and Tulip here for only £2.99 each.

Which is your favourite shade?

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