Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Clarins Skin Analysis at House of Fraser Metrocentre

Clarins Skin Analysis House of Fraser Metrocentre Skin care

When you're a beauty blogger or addict like I am, you tend to try out lots of different brands however there are always some that you favour more than others.  These brands are usually the ones that you reach for time and time again, the ones that you trust when you're looking to try something new and the ones that you repurchase from the most; that's when you really know its love!  For me, one such brand is Clarins.

I've been using Clarins skincare for absolutely YEARS and I've dabbled in their makeup.  When I think about it, they're definitely my most repurchased higher end skincare brand; especially since I've repurchased their Foot Beauty Treatment Cream more times than I can remember.  I've been using it long before I started my blog and since its my holy grail foot cream, I don't see the point in buying others anymore when this one can't be beaten!  You can read my full review of it from way back when here.

Another favourite of mine from Clarins has to be their Instant Eye Makeup Remover.  I'll be reviewing it in full very soon but lets just say, I never used to like bi-phase eye makeup removers until this one converted me.  It has fit perfectly into my routine, alongside the Clarins Water Comfort One Step Cleanser which is a great makeup remover and the Clarins Ultra Matte Rebalancing Lotion which is a light weight moisturiser for oily skin.

The great thing about Clarins skincare is that there are so many products that you can mix and match together to target any skincare concern within your routine.  With such a wide product range, its sometimes hard to know which products to go for and which will work best for your skin.  That's why the Clarins counters within department stores like House of Fraser are so important.


Clarins Skin Analysis House of Fraser Metrocentre Skin care

I recently went along to my favourite Clarins counter in House of Fraser at the Metrocentre to see Clarins Specialist, Nikita, for a Skin Analysis.  This is something that anyone can book in for, be it for the face or body, simply by going along to a counter or calling the store direct.  It is a completely free service that enables you to find out about your skin type and the products that would benefit you.

During my Skin Analysis, Nikita talked to me about my skin, the products I'm currently using and the concerns that I have with my skin, then she checked my skin type, which was oily and dehydrated.  I was already aware of this but was reassured that she confirmed this so that we were both singing from the same hymn sheet.  Its amazing the amount of people from other stores and brands that have tried to tell me that I have dry skin when really its just very mattifying makeup!

Following my consultation, Nikita then carried out a mini counter facial using products that she'd picked out from the Clarins range to suit my skin.  This included the Cleansing Milk with Gentian and the Toning Lotion with Iris to remove impurities and tone my skin, both of which I've used and reviewed before here.


Clarins Skin Analysis House of Fraser Metrocentre Skin care

Next was exfoliating and Nikita recommended the Clarins Gentle Exfoliating Brightening Toner for me.  This is a liquid exfoliator that uses Tamarin Fruit Acids to gently exfoliate the skin.  While I have only had it applied to my skin that one time, I can attest to its gentle properties.  I'd used the Alpha H Liquid Gold a few years ago and it was so strong that it stung and stripped my skin whereas this one has different ingredients and is far more gentle.  It is definitely something that I would consider purchasing once my current liquid exfoliator has been used up.

After exfoliating, Nikita then moved on to hydrating my skin and the products that I could use to keep it soft without encouraging my skin to become more oily.  This step began with the Clarins HydraQuench Cream Mask which was applied all over my face and then left for ten minutes.

The great thing about this mask is it actually shows you where you're more dehydrated as after the allotted time, you'll find that when you look at your skin, the areas where you're most dehydrated will have little to no product left on them as it will have gone clear and sank into the skin whereas the areas that are more oily will have some product left on.  True to form, the dehydrated areas of my skin were shown to be around the outer part of my face, particularly high on the outer cheeks.


Clarins Skin Analysis House of Fraser Metrocentre Skin care

As well as the mask, Nikita recommended the Double Serum which is a two phase, age control serum that uses plant extracts to target all aspects of skin ageing within the one product.  There's so much that this serum does and everyone can benefit as it is suitable for all ages and skin types.  I was so surprised to feel how light weight it is and it sank into my skin straight away after patting it in.

To moisturise and nourish my skin, Nikita recommended a couple of products from the Clarins range that could be used together with the Ultra Matte Rebalancing Lotion that I already have.

The first was the Lotus Treatment Oil which is 100% plant based, free from preservatives and works as a natural astringent for oily skin.  It blends a combination of oils together that purifies the skin, tightens pores and refines texture as well as softening the skin, soothing it and locking in moisture.  This all helps to prevent fine lines which is something that I'm very concerned about.  It can be used alone as I had it applied at the counter or you can add a couple of drops into the moisturiser you're using in the palm of your hand.


Clarins Skin Analysis House of Fraser Metrocentre Skin care

The second product was one of the new Clarins Boosters.  These are absolutely fab oil like products and I immediately got on board with what they're all about.   You basically add 3 to 5 drops of your booster into your face cream, mask or foundation and continue this for a day, week or month until you see the desired results; it all depends on your skins needs.

Nikita asked me 5 quick questions about my daily routine and skin to be able to determine the kind of lifestyle that I lead and the impact that it has on my skin.  I was then matched to one of the three Boosters.

First up, there's the Energy Booster which has Ginseng in it.  This helps to tone and re-energise the skin, minimising the signs of fatigue and reviving radiance in the skin.  This one is ideal if you're the kind of person who is always on the go, drinking plenty of coffee and having a dull and tired skin day.

Then theres the Repair Booster which contains Mimosa Tenuiflora.  This one helps to reduce feelings of discomfort in the skin.  It helps to optimise the skins strength and minimise the appearance of redness.  This makes it ideal to use if your skin is feeling particularly sensitive, perhaps from sun damage, or if you've been exposed to a lot of pollution, perhaps through being out and about in a large city which can leave your skin feeling tighter.

The last booster is the one that I was recommended, Detox, which contains Green Coffee and is designed to tackle a dull complexion by reviving its radiance and detoxifying and plumping the skin.  It is ideal to use when your skin is feeling congested and looking uneven.  I'd been out late quite a lot for work and socialising and really felt as though I'd over indulged with everything from the amount of makeup I was wearing to what I was drinking and eating.

I was really surprised to find that the booster didn't make my moisturiser feel oily at all and they really blended well together.

Clarins Skin Analysis House of Fraser Metrocentre Skin care

After my Skin Analysis, my skin felt fantastic and looked clear, hydrated and healthy as you can see in the photo above. Some of the products that were used, I could tell immediately that I liked them and that they would be something I'd purchase myself, such as the exfoliating toner and the mask.  However some I would need to try out for a little longer, such as the Lotus Treatment Oil, to see how they would fit into my routine with my existing products (Clarins and otherwise) to see what the benefit would be to my skin.

As part of the Skin Analysis that I had booked in for, Nikita gave me some samples to take away with me to try which was great as it enabled me to use them at home to get a real feel for how they work for my skin.

She gave me a sample bottle of the Lotus Treatment Oil that I had wanted to try out further as well as a small sachet of the Energy Booster which I got a couple of uses out of.  I have been mixing both in with my moisturiser and I love the results.  My skin looks hydrated, supple and full of life; these two definitely give my moisturiser a boost.  It feels so soft after I use the oil and my skin really looks healthy.


Clarins Skin Analysis House of Fraser Metrocentre Skin care

I would certainly purchase either of these myself as I really saw a difference in my skin with using them, especially the oil.  You can see how healthy my skin looks in the photo below.  Since you need such a small amount of each of these products, I could see them being a worthwhile investment as they'd last ages!

The other two sample sizes that I received were the Eye Contour Balm and the Pore Minimising Serum.  These are both products that could be used to complement my skincare routine.

I tried out the Eye Contour Balm until the generous sample was used up but I didn't find any noticeable differences through using it.  It wasn't as balm like or hydrating as I'd have liked.  I'm very pleased that I was able to try out a sample as this would have been something that I'd have just taken the plunge and bought because of the name, only to find later that it wasn't quite right for me and that would have been a disappointing waste of money!

Similarly with the Pore Minimising Serum, I do think that this product is good but not something that I could see myself buying.  It is light weight in texture so it sinks in effortlessly and its pale green colour does help a little with redness.  It is designed to refine and smooth the skins texture while improving the appearance of pores.

From using it for a short time, I would say that I like the feeling of it on my skin and I can see where it could help the skin over time but for me, I didn't see enough of a benefit in the week that I used it to make me want to buy it.  Again, a sample I was pleased to try out as this was actually a product that I was going to buy quite a while ago.


Clarins Skin Analysis House of Fraser Metrocentre Skin care

The whole Skin Analysis appointment took approximately half an hour and it was completely bespoke to me and my skins needs.  The majority of the samples I was given lasted about a week which gave me ample time to test them out and see which ones I really liked.

As part of the service, Nikita usually recommends that customers come back in to see her for another appointment 6 weeks later so that she can see how they're getting on with the products that they purchased and to see how the samples worked for them.  This time gives the skin a chance to adapt to the change in routine and so that the true results can be seen.

Nikita had such a fantastic knowledge of Clarins products and it was great to see how much she believed in the brand.  When you're talking to someone who really enjoys the company they work for, it shows and  I felt really comfortable asking her any questions about the products and my skin, without feeling intimidated which I think is exactly what you need when you're looking for beauty recommendations and advice.

I really felt as though her recommendations were spot on for my skin type and I'll definitely be picking up a bottle of the exfoliating toner in the future.  I also asked her for some suncare recommendations as I'm always off on holiday and I'll certainly take her advice on which SPF products to take with me.


If you're looking for a new skincare product or if you're wanting to change your routine, perhaps if you feel as though it is lacking in something at the moment, then I'd definitely recommend booking in at a Clarins counter.  The trouble is, there are so many products out there and what works for one persons skin might not work for yours so to have someone who can analyse your skin and your needs and to recommend individual products or a whole routine to you off the back of that is really valuable.

To get healthy, youthful skin, book your Skin Analysis with a Clarins Specialist by contacting your local Clarins counter.  If you're in the North East, I'd highly recommend going to see Nikita in House of Fraser, Metrocentre as she really knows her stuff.  Book in by calling 0191 493 2424, extension 7954.

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Sunday, 1 May 2016

FASHION | River Island Plus Size Printed Joggers

River Island Plus Size Floral Printed Joggers Blogger WhatLauraLoves

When I first heard that River Island were launching a plus size line, I was more excited than I ever have been to find out that a standard size store were expanding their size range.

I've loved and longed for River Island clothing since I can remember.

I've always been plus sized and have never shopped for clothes in stores like River Island or Top Shop before, well until relatively recently when I went into River Island and found that I could fit into some of their more over sized, size 18 pieces.  You might have seen some of the pieces that I bought in one of my plus size haul videos.


River Island Plus Size Floral Printed Joggers Blogger WhatLauraLoves

What I really love about River Island clothing is the way that they combine the sophisticated with the fun, the classic with the glam and the way that they have the most fabulous range of basics alongside some really bold, out there prints; its all right up my street.  They're one of the few stores where I could spot countless things that I love from every category from clothing to underwear and nightwear to accessories, jewellery and footwear.

In a nutshell, to know that they are now doing a plus size range has completely made my year and we're only in April!


River Island Plus Size Floral Printed Joggers Blogger WhatLauraLoves

The RI Plus line is available in sizes 18 to 24 and from the outset, it is so apparent that the line is very much an extension of their standard range.

Sometimes retailers create a plus size line and it doesn't match their usual aesthetic at all whereas I can imagine every piece in the RI Plus line as a size 12 and as a 22.  This is so refreshing and a definite nod to the progress that plus size fashion has made in recent years.

As you can probably expect, I couldn't wait to get my hands on some pieces from the line and while the reality is that I was spoilt for choice, I couldn't help but be drawn immediately to the RI Plus Black Printed Joggers*.

The colourful floral print against the black background is so fun and girlie, very me!


River Island Plus Size Floral Printed Joggers Blogger WhatLauraLoves

Regardless of your shape and size, you really can't go wrong with a printed trouser.  These ones are made from a cotton jersey material and while they're soft to the touch, they don't feel as relaxed or too casual as 'joggers' would usually be.  This is great as they look smart but feel really comfortable to wear, making them suitable for wearing during the day with some sandals or slip ons and a t shirt or dressed up at night with some wedges.

I love the shape of these trousers.  They're high waisted and have an elasticated waistline which has a lot of give in it, making them a perfect fit and very comfy.  The legs are chuffed too which creates a great shape overall.  While they don't hug my ankles completely, they're by no means loose and give my legs a lovely shape as they slim down towards my ankles.  I think is more flattering on my legs, given that trousers are usually huge on my legs as I have to size up to fit my stomach.

I took these in a size 24 and they fit perfectly.  I've deliberately worn them with a shorter top (usually I'd opt for a longer top that would cover my tummy), the ASOS Curve Exclusive Swing Vest, in the hope that you can see how high waisted these are.  They sit quite a way above my tummy button which is fabulous news for someone with a longer torso and such a large, low slung tummy like I have as usually high waisted things sit where standard pieces usually would rather than sitting further up the body!


River Island Plus Size Floral Printed Joggers Blogger WhatLauraLoves

On the particularly windy day that I took these photos, I was at Beamish Hall, going to their fabulous restaurant and brewery, The Stables which is one of my favourite places to enjoy a meal out in the area.

I wanted to wear something that was between smart and casual so I paired my printed joggers with some black flatforms from Primark, you can find similar ones here and here.  Shoes like this are a great idea if you're wanting to make your outfit look smarter while still remaining comfortable and relaxed.

Another piece that works in a similar way is the Evans Black Belted Sleeveless Trench which I keep pulling out of my wardrobe to wear every time the sun shines!  I wear it tied to the back in an open style but you can wear it belt in the middle too which also looks fabulous, particularly if you're less round than me in the middle.  I'd really recommend checking this piece out as I've got so much wear out of it.  You can wear it with long, short or sleeveless tops and it looks great over jeans or printed trousers; with the right piece, you could even wear it over a shift dress.

To complete my look, I added my Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac  bag which I bought a couple of years ago now in America.  They still make this bag but in different colours which you can see here.

If you don't tend to carry too much around with you, they're a fantastic option as they hold all of the essentials like your phone, keys, purse and a little makeup, and more.  The strap of this bag can be adjusted to create a short, mid length or long shoulder bag, or it can be worn cross body depending on how long and wide you are in the body.

River Island Plus Size Floral Printed Joggers Blogger WhatLauraLoves

I can't wait to bring you more outfit posts from the River Island Plus size line; I'm absolutely LOVING the range so far.  I've noticed that they're adding new pieces to the collection on a regular basis, including a couple of more pairs of printed trousers just like these.

I've heard on the grapevine that the summer collection is going to be incredible... I for one, can't wait to see it!

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Friday, 29 April 2016

BEAUTY | Japonesque & So Eco Makeup Brushes

Japonesque & So Eco Makeup Brushes Makeupbrushes.co.uk

We all know by now that I do tend to favour my high end beauty products but that doesn't mean that I'm not looking for a bargain as well.  If I can get something that's just as good as something else for a fraction of the price then I'm definitely going to be game to try it out.

A brand new online shop, Makeupbrushes.co.uk, got in touch with me to see if they could send over a selection of their brushes for me to try out and to give my honest feedback on.  I had a look at their website and was immediately impressed at the variety of brands that they stock and the selection of brushes that they have within their ranges.

Makeupbrushes.co.uk are essentially a one stop shop for affordable makeup brushes and accessories.  They only sell 100% genuine products that they source directly from the brands themselves and have over 600 products in stock, with new exciting brands, products and collections being added all of the time!

The great thing about this website is that a lot of the products are actually at a discount compared to their RRP.  I know how much we all love a bargain!


Japonesque & So Eco Makeup Brushes Makeupbrushes.co.uk

I picked out the Japonesque Pro Eye Shadow Fluff Brush in the medium size, firstly because I've heard a lot about the Japonesque brand and secondly because of the shape.

This is a fluffy dome shaped eyeshadow brush that is lightweight and easy to hold, giving you great control over how you use it.  It enables me to sweep eyeshadow over my lids or to blend shadows into the crease.  The natural fibres that this brush is made from are really soft and the brush is pretty fluffy so it doesn't pick up masses of product which is ideal for those who are a little heavy handed and need a handy with a lighter application.

This brush retails for £13 and I do think that the quality is worth the price tag.


Japonesque & So Eco Makeup Brushes Makeupbrushes.co.uk

The next brush that I picked to try out was the So Eco Multi Tasking Brush which is far more of an affordable makeup brush, being priced at £7.50.  I chose it because its rounded, almost kabuki style shape reminds me of the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

This is a brush that you can use for either liquid or powder products.  I personally have been using it to buff in my liquid foundation.  It isn't as densely packed as other brushes I've used that have a similar shape to this one, such as the Real Techniques brush, and I find that it does take a little more work to blend my foundation into my skin because of this.  However the little extra effort is worth it as it does leave a lovely finish on the skin.

If your budget doesn't stretch to the Real Techniques brush or the Look Good Feel Better brush, then I would suggest going with this one as it does work well for for the lower price point.  It is also ethically sourced, eco friendly and comes in recyclable packaging which will be important to so many people.


Japonesque & So Eco Makeup Brushes Makeupbrushes.co.uk

The final product that I've been trying out is actually a kit; the So Eco Eye Brush Kit.

This is a 5 piece kit, designed to enable you to line, smudge and blend eye makeup.  It comes in a cute little brush roll which you could use to store the brushes in should you be travelling or transporting them, or simple for storage.  They're made from handcrafted, responsibly sourced materials like the rest of the So Eco line.

This is the item of my package that I didn't enjoy trying out.  It comes with a  brush thats labelled as an Eye Shading Brush but it actually looks like a Concealer Brush.  It is far too large for eye shadow application, at least on my eyes, and when I have tried it to apply concealer, I found the bristles on the brush to feel quite harsh and wiry.  It didn't blend the concealer as I would have liked it too and I felt that it left my skin a little stripy.

There is a fine liner brush in the kit which is too flexible to work effectively, in my opinion, because the bristles kind of stick together and bend awkwardly which doesn't enable to you to use the brush precisely.  Then theres a brow comb which is pretty standard; I tend to find that I get brushes like these in kits and then I never end up using them.

The two brushes from the kit that I do like are the spoolie, which is great for combing through the brows and my lashes if I'm wearing extensions, and the Angled Eyeliner Brush.  This brush is too thick and too soft to be used for winged liner as it isn't precise enough but it is good for smudging shadow along the lower lash line.

At £12.50, I wouldn't recommend this brush set as I think that there are far more effective brush sets out there for a similar price per usable brush.


Japonesque & So Eco Makeup Brushes Makeupbrushes.co.uk

Now that I've tried Makeupbrushes.co.uk, I would certainly buy from my website myself when I next want to order a makeup brush.  I'd be particularly interested in trying out the rest of the Japonesque line as well as some others from my well loved brands, Look Good Feel Better and Real Techniques.  The also stock plenty of beauty tools and lashes, including my affordable faves by Red Cherry.

Makeupbrushes.co.uk offer a speedy service, in that if you order before 2pm Monday to Friday, they'll dispatch your order the same day with FREE 1st Class delivery.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

FASHION | The Sparkle Box Review


In today's post, I'm going to be sharing with you a new subscription service that's ideal for jewellery lovers called The Sparkle Box.



If you love jewellery and like to keep up to date with the latest trends, then you can subscribe to receive a beautifully packaged surprise box of gorgeous boutique jewellery every month.

Each Sparkle Box contains 4 to 5 pretty pieces which are all specifically chosen to go into that box.

As you can see, the box arrives beautifully packaged and all of the contents inside and wrapped up so prettily.  The extra packaging ensures that the contents are protected while looking really lovely too and I love the combination of lime green with the bright pink.  That has always been a colour combo that I have loved.




Inside my box, I received a pair of diamante ball studs which aren't too dissimilar to a pair I already have from years ago so I'm really happy to have a new pair as they others are starting to look a little past their best.

I then received a matching statement necklace and earrings set which I think would be ideal for wearing on a holiday abroad as they'd look awesome with a plain black maxi dress.  The chain is a gorgeous hematite grey colour which is so different to the usual gold or silver chains that most statement necklaces I have seen come on and I think that the the bright pink coloured stones would really pop with a tan.

I also received the burnished silver colour turquoise blue effect bracelet which is also available to buy individually here, as are many other beautiful pieces of costume jewellery on The Sparkle Box site.

The fifth and final piece that I received was a two in one gold coloured necklace, that has a turquoise coloured stone hanging from it.  Again, this piece would be ideal for wearing during the summer months, perhaps with a sheer shirt.




And the cost? It is only £20 per month including first class postage!
 You're getting a great saving with this box as to buy each of the pieces individually would add up to far more than the cost of the box itself.

I think that this is a great way to be able to keep up to date with the latest jewellery trends without breaking the bank!

The great thing about this subscription service is that you can cancel it at anytime so if you wanted to buy a one off box to give as a gift to a friend then you can do and you can include a message with your order as well.

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Monday, 25 April 2016

FASHION | Inspiring Plus Size Body Confidence

Scarlett and Jo Houndstooth Leggings Inspiring Plus Size Body Confidence

When I started to type this, I was on my way home from a plus size photoshoot with Scarlett & Jo in London; a day that was all about inspiring plus size body confidence, wearing beautiful clothes and making new friends, above everything else.

I had my latest playlist on, I was dancing about in my seat, beaming from ear to ear.

When I think about Saturday and the electric atmosphere, I am filled with pride and happiness.



I was at the photoshoot with the other S&J brand ambassadors along with over 100 other plus size women who had entered a competition to become the face of the brand and the petite and tall plus size lines.


The Scarlett & Jo Brand Ambassadors; me, Ana and Lu
Many of the beautiful ladies had never been on a photoshoot before and many hadn't worn a dress or makeup in years.  All of the women were between a size 14 and 32 and aged up to 62.  I found it incredible to hear their stories, learn of their struggles and their achievements and to hear about why the day was so valuable to them.  Often life gets in the way and for many of the ladies, they had been so busy focusing on looking after others for years that they really valued the day as a time for taking a moment out for themselves which is a really powerful thing; great for the mind, body and soul.

Although uniquely different, we had all shared many of the same struggles and prejudices that can come with being larger than what is considered to be the desired standard in society.  To finally be in a place with so many likeminded women, all supporting one another and building each other up felt comforting and inspiring in equal proportions.


Scarlett and Jo Plus Size Body Confidence Photoshoot in London

The way that women in particular can make other women feel about themselves  and their choices is really powerful so to have so much positivity and happiness under one roof is so over whelming and inspiring to me.


Scarlett and Jo Plus Size Body Confidence Photoshoot in London

I've worn many Scarlett and Jo dresses in recent years so I can shout from the roof tops about how incredible they are but to try one on for yourself is a different matter entirely.

To see the sheer happiness on the faces of many of the ladies who tried on a Scarlett & Jo dress for the first time or in a style that differed to what they would usually wear was fabulous.  It was a day that inspired confidence, camaraderie and friendship.

An ultimate nod to GIRL POWER!



I am very lucky to have been able to meet so many lovely ladies, including some who read my blog.  For me, the day was a reminder of one of the reasons as to why I blog and why I've dedicated almost 6 years of my life to WhatLauraLoves.



I'm a big believer in being the best version of yourself possible, for you and you alone.  Loving yourself is an option that anyone of us can pick yet so many choose to hate themselves.

Most of us have parts of ourselves that we are self conscious of, things that we like more than others and things that we would like to change if we could but I think its really important to focus on the things that we do love.


Scarlett and Jo Plus Size Photoshoot

People often think that I'm really confident in myself and to some extent, I definitely am.  However there are things about myself that I'm not so confident about and that have taken me a lot of years to embrace.

My stomach has always been an area that I haven't been 100% confident about and I'm still not but I'm getting there and the vast majority of the time, I don't let my insecurity get in the way of me living my life.

Whenever I feel worried about it, I remember the empowering feeling that I get when I haven't let it stand in my way and that keeps me going.  My tummy is a part of me, I can't hide it and I love me and my life so I'm sure as hell not going to let anything or anyone elses opinions affect my happiness.  Having a large stomach certainly doesn't define me as a person and the moment I realised that, I became far happier.

It is hard, especially doing the job that I do as the rare online troll will make a comment that could really knock my confidence, if I didn't have both feet on the happy train.  The reality is, I couldn't care less about what other people think about the way I look and I wont hide away for fear of their comments.  If I feel happy and confident when I leave the house, thats all that matters.


Scarlett and Jo Houndstooth Leggings

I chose to share these outfit photos alongside this post as they share two different views of my tummy.  One where it stands out more than the other.  This wasn't intentional when I took the photos; I'd actually intended for them to be part of a post showing how you could dress the Scarlett and Jo Houndstooth Leggings up or down but I think they illustrate my point perfectly.


Chanel WOC Camelia Print

My tummy is a part of me and I'm going to wear whatever the hell I like as long as I feel comfortable and confident!

I love these leggings because the have a fantastic print on them that really makes a black outfit pop.  If you love monochrome then they're a great way to change up your outfit but they would look equally as lush with a bright top.  I have these in a size 20 and they're a big fit.  I would usually wear a 22-24 in leggings but these fit perfectly so I'd advise sizing down when ordering leggings from Scarlett and Jo.

What I love the most about them, aside from the houndstooth print, is their material as they're not thin and flimsy and you can't see through them.  They're very much a legging that you could wear with a shorter top.


Jones Footwear

In the first outfit, I'm wearing the houndstooth leggings* with a black cami and my black belted sleeveless trench jacket which is now ON SALE for only £25; I'd really recommend check it out as it makes a great layering piece for day or night and its an absolute steal for the price.


UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves

This is a look that I would wear for a night out because its a little more dressed up and with my Chanel WOC, silver earrings to match the silver hardware of the bag and my Jones Bootmaker boots* for a little height, I think this outfit looks well thought out and put together.  Perfect for a meal out or drinks with friends.

These are the first boots that I've tried from Jones Bootmaker and they're certainly well made and superb quality.  I love the design of them as they're shaped unlike any other ankle boots that I own.


Scarlett and Jo Brand Ambassador Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves

The second look shows how I would wear these leggings during the day but in all honesty, I still think that this outfit looks smart and it could easily be worn for dinner out at night.


Scarlett and Jo Brand Ambassador Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves

The jumper that I'm wearing is from Yours Clothing and it is HUGE.  It does have a slouch fit but this light weight knit is seriously oversized.  I'm wearing an 18 here when usually I'd buy a 22 in something like this.  I love how long this jumper is and I've got so much wear out of it as I can just throw it on over leggings and jeans, either on its own or with a cami underneath.  Since its quite thin, it easily fits underneath all of my jackets too.


Michael kors flat shoes scarlett and jo houndstooth leggings

I paired it with my uber comfortable Michael Kors flats and my new bag from BB Bags*.  They create the most gorgeous personalised real suede clutch bags; I went for the grey with rose gold lettering and I'm seriously IN LOVE with it!

I'll be reviewing this bag in full later this week but for now, head on over to their facebook page to check out all of the beautiful colour combinations; the options are endless!


BB Bags Boho Boutique Personalised Suede Bag Grey and Rose Gold

I can't decide which outfit I prefer out of the two as I've worn both looks so much with these leggings!  I can't wait until the weather gets a bit warmer as I'll then be styling them with some brights from my wardrobe.

To shop the leggings, head direct to the Scarlett & Jo website here and for all of their other beautiful S&J pieces you wanna be checking them out here.

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