Sunday, 15 July 2018

Holiday Shopping Trip Wearing Yours Clothing & A Note On The NEW Primark Extended Size Range To Include Plus Size 2XL 22/24

Yours Clothing Navy and White Plus Size Dress on WhatLauraLoves UK Blogger

Yesterday afternoon, my boyfriend and I went to the Metrocentre clothes shopping for our first holiday together.  I felt so excited sharing a late lunch at Barburrito before looking around a few shops.

I wore my Yours Clothing Navy & White Print Pocket Dress that I got for my trip to Bali in May.  It quickly became a summer wardrobe staple as its so lightweight and thin without being see through, making it perfect for the heatwave we're having in the UK right now.  Apparently the weather is set to be like this until August and I for one, could not be happier about that.

I love the navy and white tile print but there's so many different designs available, you're bound to find one to suit your style.  It has an elasticated waist band and as with most things from Yours, I find that it's true to size.

Definitely one of my top plus size dress recommendations for the hot weather girls!

Couples Holiday Shopping Trip to Primark

As promised, I did go into Primark to check out the new plus size 2XL 22/24 that they've launched.  From what I could see, I wouldn't get too excited just yet as it seems as though the majority of the extended sizing in 2XL is coming with the autumn/winter clothing.

There was very few 2XLs store wide and the ones that were in stock were heavier items like jogging bottoms and hoodies and there was a limited selection of PJs.  I did buy a few pairs of the jogging bottoms though in light grey marl, black and khaki and they're great for £5.  I'd say that they fit like a 22 on me.

For the time being, I'd definitely say don't let the lack of 2XL 22/24 put you off if you're a 22 up top like I am.  Many of the XL 18/20 tops in Primark fit me and I bought several pieces in store including a cropped jumper that I'm going to wear with the joggers on the plane when I go on our holiday.

Today, I'm heading back to Primark to swap a pair of the joggers as they had a hole in them so I'll check out the store again to see if they've added any more sizes and I'll do a haul on my IGTV on Tuesday to show you everything that I bought!

WhatLauraLoves Plus Size Blogger Metrocentre

I'm really excited about the extended sizing, particularly for the stretchy tops as the XL is often so generous to begin with that I think the new size will open up more options for women beyond a size 24 to enjoy the new clothing choices once the 2XL hits stores properly.  Hopefully in the future there'll be a full Primark plus size range that caters for women of all shapes and sizes

Although I must admit that I was disappointed to see that there was so many of the 2XS 4/6 size in the shop across a lot of the ranges but the 2XL was really sparse store wide despite loads of boards advertising the extended sizing.  I'm hopeful that this will improve once the extended sizing properly drops!

While I'd definitely recommend checking out Primark to see whats in store near you, if you're shopping for holiday clothes, I couldn't recommend Yours Clothing more highly.  They're affordable, superb quality and have plus size summer clothes to suit everyone.

What summer clothes have you been wearing most?  Are you excited about the extended Primark sizing?
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Thursday, 5 July 2018

Summer Fashion Trends That I Love Year After Year

Summer Fashion Trends That I Love Year After Year by UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves

While layering up in the winter months can look snuggly, cosy and down right cute, the warmer months are definitely my favourite for switching up my outfits, trying new styles and really feeling girly and glam.

There's so much that I love about summer fashion and while I wouldn't say that I was particular trend led, I definitely do wear some pieces that are on trend because I'm buying and picking out whats on the rails now.

The great thing about fashion is that different styles come and go but one things for sure, they always come back around.  I'm not just talking pastels in the spring and jewelled tones in the winter; remember when the fringing of the 70s came back around a couple of years ago?  I got a gorgeous tan fringed bag and while its not something that I'm using right now, I'm definitely keeping it because it looks as good as new and I just know that in a summer or two, I'll be rocking it again.

Summer Fashion Trends That I Love Year After Year by UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves

There are plenty of key style elements that I love about typical summer fashion that seem to come around year after year and these are the pieces that I'm often on the look out for because I know I'll be able to pull them out of my wardrobe year after year.

BRIGHT FLORALS
Summer fashion prints are all about the bright florals.  They're bold, stand out and look so feminine, just take the Efixelle Jersey Dress as a prime example.  Find a dress in a cut that you feel most confident in and you'll be wearing it for years to come.  Alongside florals are the tropical prints that have come into play in the last year or two and by the looks of it, are here to stay.  Remember that bangin' tropical palm print jumpsuit I wore in Bali last summer?  I'm still getting my wear out of it this year!

PALAZZO TROUSERS
Ultra wide leg, light weight and elongating, palazzo trousers are perfect for the summer when you want a little more coverage on your legs but don't want to over heat when the sun reaches its peak.  I picked up some khaki beauties in the sale earlier this year and have been styling them up ever since.

While they look great with an embellished T shirt as you can see in this plus size style post, they're also perfect for taking on holiday with you to slip on over the top of your bikini or swimsuit.  Choose swimwear in a coordinating colour and it'll act as a top to the pants when you're browsing the shelves in a local store or sitting at the pool bar.

Summer Fashion Trends That I Love Year After Year by UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves

DENIM
Forever a style staple for me, denim is the one fabric in my wardrobe that I cannot be without.  Shorts, jeans, jackets, you name it, I've got it and in a multitude of colours and washes.

This summer I've been wearing a gorgeous light wash denim dress so often (thanks for the love for it on this Instagram post!) that I'm considering investing in another in a darker wash.  I've spotted a gorgeous plus size denim dress on Peter Hahn that I think would make a great investment piece.  Like leather, denim just seems to get even better with age doesn't it?

PLAYSUITS
For years now, playsuits have been my go-to wardrobe staple in the summer months.  They're so quick and easy to pull on and have you looking put together and ready for day in seconds.  This summer, I've combined two of my favourite style elements by picking out a denim playsuit.  I'll be sharing it with you all on the gram very soon!

BIG SUNNIES
Last but by no means least are big sunglasses.  I love sunnies in all shapes and sizes but my favourite are plastic frames because I can pop them up on my head without them getting caught in my hair, tortoise shell brown in colour as I find them to be the most complimentary to my hair and skin colour and the bigger the better to keep the sun out of my eyes, preventing me from squinting.  It's lovely being out in the sunshine but I don't want to give myself wrinkles prematurely or damage my skin and eyes that's for sure!

I'd love to know what the summer trends that you love year after year are.  Let me know in the comments!
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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

The Quiz Curve Oriental Floral Print Jumpsuit Review

The Quiz Curve Oriental Floral Print Jumpsuit Review by UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves

Wow well this morning has certainly been manic!  Ever since I posted this shot of the gorgeous Quiz Curve Oriental Floral Print Jumpsuit on my WhatLauraLoves Instagram page, so many gorgeous fashionistas have been getting in touch to ask about fit, where to buy and all the good stuff.

Thanks so much for all of the love on the post, I struggle to put into words how much it means to me but what I can do is answer those style DM questions in this blog post!

The Quiz Curve Oriental Floral Print Jumpsuit Review by UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves

This jumpsuit is the ultimate way to update your wardrobe for summer without breaking the bank.  I've loved it ever since I tried it on in the Simply Be store in the Metrocentre.  The pink and orange wild floral print is stunning, especially against the white backdrop which looks gorgeous against tanned skin.  Plus, it has POCKETS!!

The wrap top of the jumpsuit instantly gets a thumbs up from me.  This is one of my favourite cuts when it comes to the shape and styling of outfits as I find the v shape to be so flattering and subtly sexy.  This deep v is continued onto the back to the dress too but it isn't so low that you can see the back of your bra strap, rest assured girls!  Plus its held together at the top with a thin band of fabric which also adds to the aesthetic of the design, especially if you sweep your hair to the side.  I do think I could do with a little stitch in the front at the bust though as it gapes a little where I'm not that busty!

The Quiz Curve Oriental Floral Print Jumpsuit Review by UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves

This Quiz Curve jumpsuit is made of a light, woven material which makes it perfect for the heat wave that we're having in the UK right now but that also means that it doesn't have any stretch either.

With that in mind, I'd recommend going up a size if you're shaped like I am.  When I first tried it on in Simply Be, I picked up the size I'd usually choose in a non-stretch fabric jumpsuit, a 24, which did fit but was a little tight across the tummy.  The 26 is a better fit on my shape and more comfortable.

There's also a tie around the waist that you can use to cinch in your waist further if you'd like but in all honesty, its not necessary to wear it so if its something that you don't like about the design, just slip it out of the loops.

The Quiz Curve Oriental Floral Print Jumpsuit Review by UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves

The Quiz Curve Oriental Floral Print Jumpsuit Review by UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves

With such a gorgeous colour palette, you could pair virtually anything with this jumpsuit, be it white, black or colourful accessories.  I choose to add my tropical floral print, jewelled heels that I got from River Island last summer but any sandals or heels would look lush with this jumpsuit.

It really is the most gorgeous outfit to pop on for a date night, cocktails with the girls or a more dressy summer lunch in the sunshine!

The Quiz Curve Oriental Floral Print Jumpsuit Review by UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves

Now its going out of stock like absolute wildfire so your best bet is to keep checking the retailers that stock the Quiz Curve range.

First stop is their actual website and specifically, the product page for the jumpsuit here (they also have smaller sizes of this jumpsuit in their standard range here).

Then I'd head to the link that I popped on my Instagram stories for Simply Be.  They have limited sizes left of this jumpsuit, all of which are now low stock but when I last checked it was available in stock in a 16, 18, 22 and 24.  I have a discount code for the Simply Be website if you'd like to use it; LPJ10 which should be valid until mid July.

All I can say girls, is don't miss out or you'll regret it!

How often do you wear jumpsuits? What do you think of this one?
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Tuesday, 3 July 2018

How To Save When Planning A Wedding as a Bride, a Maid Of Honour & a Wedding Guest

UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Chi Chi London Curve Clothing Janine Dress

Even if you're doing it on a tight budget, there's no doubt that weddings are  still expensive for all involved from the happy couple to the bridal party and the wedding guests.

However there are plenty of opportunities to save money when you're planning a wedding and in todays post, I'm going to share with you how you can do this as a bride planning the day, a maid of honour arranging the hen party and as a wedding guest attending the wedding.

UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Chi Chi London Curve Clothing Janine Dress

THE MONEY SAVING BRIDE
Without a doubt, the happy couple are going to be the ones with the biggest financial responsibility when it comes to planning a wedding but there's plenty of ways to save money too.

Start with your guest list.  Compile a list of everyone who you and your partner feel as though you should have at the wedding and then cross off those who you're not really bothered whether they attend or not.  If you look at the cost per head, the amount of money that it'll cost you to have all of those relatives you haven't seen since Aunty Mabel's funeral 6 years ago is unreal.  Focus on having the closest people to you at the day do.

Don't set yourself unrealistic goals.  If you'd love to walk down the aisle to the sound of a string quartet, you can still achieve that with the music on a CD and save yourself the £600 on the live musicians if you don't have the spare cash.  I promise you, on the day, you wont even care as you'll be so focused on one another.  That's what a wedding is truly about.

Spend your budget on things that will last forever such as your rings and videography, not wedding favours.  Often people get so caught up in spending a small fortune on elaborate table gifts that they get really disheartened if they're left on the table at the end of the wedding breakfast.  Save yourself the wasted money by ordering cheap wedding favours that still look really effect but serve a purpose too.  I find ones that are consumable such as sweets, chocolate, mints or alcohol go down a treat and are less likely to be left unused.

UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Chi Chi London Curve Clothing Janine Dress

THE THRIFTY MADE OF HONOUR
Planning a hen party tends to start off fun and exciting but can very quickly become tedious when you're trying to organise activities for lots of demanding girlies.

From experience, the best hen parties are kept simple with an easy to get to venue without a complicated schedule of events and a clear pricing structure of what its going to cost each women to attend together with what they need to do/wear/bring with them.  Food and drinks always goes down a treat and theres plenty of places that offer meal deals for large parties or happy hour pricing if you're dining earlier in the day and if you're having a buffet, there's plenty of affordable snacks that you can bring along to bulk up what is served such as crisps, nuts and sweeties.

Fun games always go down a treat at a hen party and prove that you really don't need a fancy pants venue or expensive excursion to have a memorable hen.  There are plenty of hen party printables that you can find online to get everyone mingling and getting to know each other which is exactly what you need to break the ice when you're bringing lots of people who you don't know together.  Hen party games are so much fun and create lots of photo happy moments so make sure someone has a camera on hand to capture them!

UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Chi Chi London Curve Clothing Janine Dress

THE COST CONSCIOUS WEDDING GUEST

Lets not forget the cost to the wedding guest as things can get pretty pricey for them too when it comes to attending someone elses big day.

My tips for them are to book their hotel accommodation, if needed, well in advance.  I went to a wedding recently that was absolutely fantastic but the cost of the rooms at the venue was astronomical considering we hardly spent any time in them.  To reduce the feeling of that financial outlay, I booked the hotel as soon as I knew that rooms were available for the wedding night and put £10 away each week into a savings account to cover the cost, that way, I didn't have the money to pull out in one go on the day itself.

Another option is to look at neighbouring hotels and guest houses which can often be cheaper than some of the real fancy venues but again, reserve your room in advance to not only lessen the feeling of pulling the money out so close to the wedding but also to make sure that you actually get a room as if other people do the same thing, they'll be fully booked very quickly!  Don't forget to factor in any additional costs involved with travelling to and from the venue though as these can sometimes outweigh the money you'll save by booking elsewhere.

UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Chi Chi London Curve Clothing Janine Dress

Then there's what you'll wear to the wedding as a guest.  Always check with the bride or maid of honour to see if there is a dress code for you to adhere to as it would be awful to turn up to the nuptials wearing the same colour as the bridesmaids if thats expressly against the couples wishes.

Plenty of guests love to really dress up when they're going to a wedding as they're such a special occasions but don't feel pressured to spend hundreds on your outfit.  You can find some absolutely stunning dresses for well under £100 that really rival some of the more premium high street brands.

Chi Chi London is definitely one of those brands.  I've worn a few of their dresses now, including one to my friends wedding evening celebration earlier this year that I also wore again to my other friends 30th birthday party, as you can see in this post on my WhatLauraLoves Instagram.  Their dresses are so well made, beautifully designed and really embody their brands signature style.

UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Chi Chi London Curve Clothing Janine Dress

The outfit that I'm wearing in this post is the Janine Dress from Chi Chi London whose curve clothing range has some stunning occasion wear that's perfect for a wedding, prom, christening or special birthday party.

I love lilac and think that the colours of the digital floral print on this particular dress compliments it beautifully.  A combined bardot and sweetheart neckline is feminine, flirty and so pretty especially when combined with the skirt of this dress.  I love the pleated skirt with the dip hem as it gives you that extra coverage in the back for when you're sitting down but still shows your legs off which is perfect if you have a tan!

If you're looking for a gorgeous plus size wedding guest outfit then I'd really recommend checking them out.  I'd suggest going a size up as the dresses do tend to fit on the small side.

I paired mine with some sparkly chunky heels from Primark which again, don't break the bank, and the gorgeous Pandora jewellery that I always wear.  Pieces like these never come in wrong so if you find a dress you love that would be perfect for a wedding or shoes that would go with so many outfits or jewellery that you can wear for a multitude of occasions, then snap them up in advance, using promo codes or a cash back website if you can to save some dosh.  That way, you're not pulling the money all out in one go and if you can buy the pieces you love in the sale, then you'll save even more!

UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves wearing Chi Chi London Curve Clothing Janine Dress

So there you have it; some of my tips on how to save money as a bride, maid of honour and a wedding guest!

How do you save money when it comes to weddings and special occasions?  What are your top tips for wedding planning?

*This post has been sponsored by Real Weddings.  All opinions are my own.  Images by Mark Dawson.
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Monday, 2 July 2018

Get Ready For Warm Days with the Sanctuary Spa Summer Sun Beach Bag

Get Ready For Warm Days with the Sanctuary Spa Summer Sun Beach Bag from Boots

Ladies, listen up because I've got an INCREDIBLE deal for you.

Fancy all of these Sanctuary Spa goodies for only £22?  Here's how you can quite literally bag this deal...

Sanctuary Spa have been a high street favourite of mine since my teens, largely due to the amazing scent that their products have, not to mention the fact that they perform really well too.  If you're familiar with their signature scent then you'll know exactly what I mean, if not then you'll be needing to pop down to Boots pronto to give it a sniff.

This season, Sanctuary Spa are helping you to say hello to summer and #LETGO with their luxury beach bag packed full of sizzling summer favourites to get you perfectly prepped for a holiday, day at the beach or warm summer night out.

Get Ready For Warm Days with the Sanctuary Spa Summer Sun Beach Bag from Boots

I couldn't believe what was included in the bag and the huge saving that you'd make against buying the products individually but what first caught my eye was the bag itself.  If you watched my Instagram LIVE on Sunday then I'm sure you could see my excitement at how gorgeous it is!

A lot of the time, the bags that come with beauty products and gifts with purchase aren't that good and I generally wouldn't really use them.  However this bag is amazing quality.  Its made of a thick canvas that's coated on the outside so if you get it wet or spill something on it then its just going to wipe clean.  It has a gorgeous thick striped pattern combining copper with an off white, with this white rope straps, a sturdy zip and copper hardware.  It isn't obnoxiously branded like a lot of beauty bags would be and it really just looks like a gorgeous beach bag that I would actually buy on its own for myself or as a gift.  It's absolutely beautiful, practical, roomy and perfect for a holiday!

Inside there are 7 products plus a body puff to use in the shower.  My boyfriend absolutely loves these as they're great for lathering up and scrubbing the skin after he's been to work.

From this point, I've got to say that if you are adverse to the Sanctuary Spa signature scent (boo you!) then don't bother buying this collection for yourself as all of the products have the same fragrance.  However it would make a great gift as I generally find that on the whole, most people LOVE the smell as much as I do.  Everyone aside from the scent haters... here's the contents:

Wet Skin Moisture Miracle- This is a product that's new to me and I can't wait to see how it performs when I go away this summer.  Its really unique in that you apply it as you would a normal body moisturiser but literally as you turn the water off and are still stood in the shower soaking wet.  Then you towel dry and get ready as normal.  A really different idea that's designed to maximise moisture at the skins peak hydration moment and it has been clinically proven to lock in double the hydration to give you instantly softer and smoother skin!

Infused with apricot and avocado oil, the Wet Skin Moisture Miracle is designed to be faster absorbing and quicker to use than a standard body lotion so its going to be great for when you're late in the mornings as you can still be beautifully hydrated as you run out of the door!

Sanctuary Spa Body Wash: A total classic from the brand that I've used for years.  It contains essential oils and jojoba beads which leave your skin feeling clean, moisturised and smelling incredible!  When used with the shower lily that's also included in this set, it lathers up beautifully too.  Definitely a must try at any time of the year!

Body ScrubMade up of natural pumice and essential oils within a gel, this product is the least abrasive of all of the Sanctuary Spa body scrubs so it is ideal for more regular use or for those with sensitive skin.

Heel Balm: Enriched with Shea Butter and Wheatgerm Oil, this balm is ultra nourishing on the dry skin on my feel.  It feels so moisturising that I apply it all over my feet, not just to my heels!  I apply it once I'm dry from the shower and the moisture boost lasts all day.

Hand Cream: What the heel balm does for the feet, this cream does for the hands.  The Sanctuary Spa hand cream not only smells incredible but it feels luxurious on the skin too.  It is absorbed quite quickly, feels instantly nourishing and doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy.  I couldn't ask for more!

Luxury Bath Float: Now in all honestly, its far too warm for me to be having a bath right now but this would be great on cooler summer nights to help you to relax before bed.  I find it harder to get to sleep during the summer months when its still light outside so a nice warm bath can often help with that.  Plus it could always be used as a body wash instead.

Body Moisture SprayI've used this product, albeit in different packaging, from Sanctuary Spa for YEARS now.  There's jojoba oil, sweet almond oil and vitamin E within the formula and of course, it has that incredible Sanctuary Spa fragrance.  The body moisture spray is a really quick way to hydrate your skin, moisturise your body and leave it with a gorgeous sheen in record time.  Perfect for lazy moisturising girlies and those who want to be ready and out the door quickly!

Get Ready For Warm Days with the Sanctuary Spa Summer Sun Beach Bag from Boots

How much is it? I'm sure you're all wondering by now.

The Sanctuary Spa Summer Sun Beach Bag is on SPECIAL OFFER for an unbelievably low £22 instead of the retail value of £45, saving you £23!

The Sanctuary Spa Summer Sun Beach Bag Set is available from Boots online and in larger Boots stores.

It would make a great gift for any woman in your life, especially as its suitable for veggies and vegans too so if you have a birthday coming up for someone who is cruelty free conscious then I think this set would be ideal!

Be quick, its limited edition!

If you want to read more of my thoughts on Sanctuary Spa products, then check out my reviews:


Which Sanctuary Spa products have you tried?  What types of products do you love to use during the summer time?


*Thanks Sarah for taking these photos for me down at South Shields beach!
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