Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Battle of the Affordable Body Scrubs

Soap and Glory, Garnier, The Body Shop, Palmers Cocoa Butter, Affordable Drugstore Body Scrubs Exfoliators

The summer is fast approaching and I am starting to think about getting my body skin in tip top shape for all of the outfits that I'm going to be wearing.

I always exfoliate twice a week regardless of the season but theres something about the springtime that makes me want to crack out my favourite pampering treats and get super prepared for the summer, especially as I'm going on holiday in a couple of months time and want to have super smooth pins!

I've got four different body scrubs that I have been using lately in a bid to pit them against each other in a battle of the body scrubs post!  I use all of these either in the bath or the shower on damp skin but without being in the direct stream of water so that they are at their most effective.  Otherwise, the water washes away the majority of the product and it becomes too slippy on the skin.


Soap and Glory, Garnier, The Body Shop, Palmers Cocoa Butter, Affordable Drugstore Body Scrubs Exfoliators

I'll start with my favourite and thats the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub.  This exfoliator has been a firm favourite of mine for the last two years at least and there's nothing that I don't love about it.  It smells delicious, just like key lime pie and out of all of these body scrubs, it is the most effective at sloughing away the dead skin cells as it is very abrasive and leaves my skin feeling super soft and moisturised.  You can read my full review of this sugar scrub here and buy it from Boots.


The Garnier Body Tonic Smoothing Scrub which featured in my affordable skincare haul (buy from Chemist Direct for a great discount) is the one body scrub that I prefer to use in the mornings as it has a really zingy citrus and apple scent that feels so awakening and invigorating, especially when combined with the scrubbing action of the exfoliator.  The sugar exfoliating particles are pretty densely packed into the gel like solution, although not as much as the Soap and Glory Scrub, and it does a fabulous job at smoothing the body.  I thought that the gel texture of the solution would make this too slippy on the skin but it isn't at all.  Plus it has fruit extracts to help the smoothing effect along.  It is really effective but quite gentle at the same time so if you like an intense effect but have more sensitive skin then this is the one for you.


Soap and Glory, Garnier, The Body Shop, Palmers Cocoa Butter, Affordable Drugstore Body Scrubs Exfoliators

Next up is the Coconut Body Scrub from The Body Shop (available here).  I have a full review of this body scrub in this post but essentially, it has lots of gritty particles in a creamy solution that does a pretty good job at exfoliating the skin.  It doesn't do as good a job as the Garnier or Soap and Glory scrubs yet it is the most expensive at £13.  It has a lovely light coconut scent and the creamy solution that it is in leaves the skin feeling soft after use, although not as soft as Sugar Crush which is so moisturising, I needn't follow up with a body butter at all.  I guess in isolation, the Coconut Body Scrub is a fab product but when compared to the other two amazing ones above, it does fall short of being my favourite!


My least favourite of the bunch has to be the Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Cocoa Butter Scrub (buy it from Chemist Direct for less than the RRP).  This is another product that featured in my affordable skincare haul and was the one product of the bunch that I was quite disappointed by because it isn't very abrasive.  If you're someone who has sensitive skin or who is just trying out exfoliating for the first time then this would be a good one for you but if, like me, you prefer a more gritty, abrasive scrub then this one isn't for you I'm afraid.  What really put me off was the scent.  I had super high hopes for this as I adore the scent of the Palmers Cocoa Butter body moisturiser but this scrub smells awful.  It has a slight hint of cocoa butter but a strong smell of wet dog.  It really reminds me of the scent of a veterinary surgery that we used to take our labrador to when I was a child.


Needless to say, I wont be repurchasing the Palmers scrub.  I would happily use The Body Shop scrub again and would repurchase one of their scrubs if it were to be on offer but the ones that I will definitely repurchase would be the Garnier one and most definitely The Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub (or their Breakfast Scrub) as it is my absolute favourite and I always have one of these in my bathroom!

What are your favourite body scrubs? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

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Monday, 30 March 2015

Guide to Newcastle: Theatre Royal Review

Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the theatre and as I've grown older I have realised just how lucky I am to live in the North East.  We have some amazing theatres up here that attract some of the best shows direct from the West End.

The Theatre Royal in Newcastle is one such venue, standing proud on Grey Street amongst some of the city's best restaurants, bars and shops.  Attracting some of the country's best West End musicals along with comedy, ballet, drama and operatic performances as well as a fabulous Pantomime at the end of the year, the Theatre Royal is the best venue for such performances in Newcastle.


Aside from the shows being a true spectacle, the building itself is pretty impressive too and really rivals some of the most famous theatres in London.  The Grade 1 listed landmark was built back in 1837 and reconstructed in 1901 following a serious fire, making the Theatre Royal not only one of the most aesthetically pleasing theatres in the UK but also one of the most historic too.


Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne Programme

This month, I was lucky enough to attend a matinĂ©e performance of Shrek The Musical with my Dad.  I was so excited to attend as I'd heard so much about the musical from friends who had seen it when it was on stage in London.

I've loved Shrek since I first saw it at the cinema when I was in my teens so to see it brought to light on stage was magical.  I was so tempted to buy some of the merchandise available as there was some Shrek ears on offer but I managed to restrain myself!  I'd really recommend the show if you have the opportunity to see it, especially if you have children as it is suitable for all of the family with plenty of jokes in the script for the adults too.  The music in it is fabulous, with a huge performance of I'm A Believer at the end.



Once again, I was thoroughly impressed with the theatre from the speedy ticket collection and the kind service from the stewards to the grand design and cleanliness of the venue.  It is definitely the place to take someone you're looking to treat or impress.  The design is opulent and really beautiful inside with beautiful murals on the ceiling, dark wood and soft lighting.

There are three bars that are open for drinks before the performances and during the interval, where they can be ordered in advance so that they are waiting for you during the break, saving time and queuing.  There's a great selection available from soft drinks through to fine wines, beers and spirits with snacks available too.  Afternoon tea is also available on selected dates which I think is a lovely touch, especially if you were visiting the venue for a special occasion.

My favourite thing about the Theatre Royal is how comfortable and accessible it is for all of the family.  Unlike some theatres I've been to, it has a lift that can take you right up to the top of the venue which is a godsend for those sitting in the Gallery.  I've been to theatres before where I've had to walk up lots of incredibly steep steps which can get a little uncomfortable, especially if you're claustrophobic or scared of heights.  Not to mention that it makes the cheaper seats in the gallery unavailable to those who may struggle with the stairs.  At the Theatre Royal, there's two options; a grand staircase with plenty of breaks on platforms and wide steps or the lift.



There are plenty of toilets which are spread out across the different floors of the venue which I think is ideal, especially for parents bringing little ones as I noticed quite a few needing to pop out to the restrooms during the performance.

The seats at the Theatre Royal are very comfortable as well; nicely spaced with plenty of leg room and with lots of padding and short arm rests which makes watching a long performance very comfortable and these are touches that are even more welcome if you're a larger person or someone with long legs.  There are even booster seat pads available without the need to leave a deposit for those who need them which is particularly handy for children.  I remember going to another theatre as a child to watch a pantomime and I couldn't see over the persons head in front of me.  I could have really done with one of those booster seats then!

Despite sitting in the gallery, we had a fabulous clear view of the stage and I was really impressed with how comfortable it was to watch the performance from such a height which was something that I wasn't expecting.  These seats are great if you suffer from anxiety or don't like being in large crowds of people as there is lots of space up there and not too many people in one area.  The Theatre Royal staff still serve their special artisan ice cream up there during the interval which is a welcome touch if you're not wanting to leave your seat to head down to the bar area.


Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne Restaurants Bars

On this particular occasion, we made a bit of a day of it by going for lunch and drinks before and after the show.  That's the great thing about the Theatre Royal- it is ideally located for so many great eateries and bars whether you're looking for a light bite and a coffee in Pret, lunch and a glass of wine in Carluccios or a expertly mixed cocktail alongside a meal at Jamie's Italian or the latest Newcastle hot spot, The Botanist.


Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne

There's so much more I could tell you about the Theatre Royal but the points I've mentioned here are the things that really make it one of my favourite places to visit in Newcastle Upon Tyne.  I'd highly recommend giving the venue a visit whether you're a local or visiting the area, you'll certainly not regret it.

I love Newcastle because it has everything you're looking for in a city whether thats culture, nightlife, sport, theatre or architecture.  You only have to walk along the streets and look up to see how beautiful the buildings are.  Us Geordies are pretty friendly people too and you'll never fail to see a happy smiling face amongst us, ready to share our Geordie humour!

To discover more about what the city has to offer, then check out this great guide to Newcastle and to find out more about the Theatre Royal, to see which shows they have coming up and to book tickets, head on over to their website.

What is your favourite place to visit in Newcastle?  Which show would you most like to see at the Theatre Royal?

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

WhatLauraWore: Heart Print Coordination

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

I'm totally guilty of pulling out super old clothes from my wardrobe in todays post but sometimes, the oldies are the goodies.  Like this Evans heart printed cropped cardigan.  I've had it for YEARS, it may have even been a part of the Beth Ditto collection many years ago, but I love it.  So comfortable and easy to wear.  I love pairing it with a plain black vest top which makes it so easy to wear and ensures it doesn't clash with any other prints or styles of tops. 


Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

In keeping with the heart theme, I'm wearing my Vivienne Westwood necklace.  Its a little larger than the ones that are available now, at least that I can find online.  I got this one for my 21st birthday from Cruise in Newcastle.  I didn't realise that they sold so many designer brands online, they have some GORGEOUS pieces and free delivery when you've spent a pretty penny so I'll definitely be looking on there in the future when I'm fancying a new designer piece (preferably later rather than sooner as I'm attempting to save up to buy a house!). 


Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

The trousers I'm wearing are the heart print peg leg trousers from ASOS Curve.  When I first bought these, they were black with white hearts but after washing them, the hearts became stone coloured which, although annoying, is good because it coordinates well with the stone and gold hearts in the cropped cardigan.

I love the peg legs from ASOS as they're a gorgeous light jersey kind of material that feels so soft.  They are so comfortable to wear, one could be forgiven for thinking that they were pyjama pants!

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

As always, I have been really enjoying my Pandora bracelets.  Here I am wearing my completed charm bracelet along with my purple double woven leather bracelet and my heart bangle.

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

You might recognise this bag from my Michael Kors haul.  This is the Saffiano Satchel in the colour Mandarin which is an orangey red and looks so pretty, especially for the summer.  It was a past season when I bought it however there is a one that is very similar here.  I've noticed that Michael Kors tend to change the hardware around quite often but the style is very similar between the one that I have and the one I've linked here.

Red Nail Polish

My nail polish is the one in this post and I think that the red really helps to pull the outfit together with the red in my necklace and the red in my bag.

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

The sunglasses that I'm wearing are from Firmoo.  They were gifted to me at the end of last summer but I must admit, I wouldn't recommend them.  Price wise, they're very affordable so I wasn't expecting miracles but in all honesty, they feel really cheap and I have better quality sunglasses that were a couple of pounds in Primark.

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

They are quite pretty with a brown lens, plastic tortoiseshell rectangular frames and gold coloured detail on the arms.  They feel light weight and are reasonable comfortable to wear but when opening up the arms of the glasses, they feel very cheap.  Not my cup of tea I'm afraid but I thought I'd let you know about them in case you wanted to try them out for yourself, each to their own :)

Onto something that I do love though and that's these flip flops with a lush big heart on them.  I got these in Garage shoes last year but they have the exact same ones on ASOS this year.  These are incredibly comfortable because the sole feels quite spongy yet still supportive and don't rub my feet at all.  I wore them all last summer and have bought a new pair as well as a white and black pair to wear this summer too.


Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

WhatLauraWore:

Heart print cropped cardigan from Evans
Heart print trousers from ASOS Curve
Sunglasses from Firmoo*
Michael Kors Saffiano Bag in Mandarin (very similar here)

Which prints do you like to mix and match?

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

WhatLauraWore: Casual Saturdays with Gucci and LV


I cannot WAIT for summer to come.  All I want is for the weather to make up its mind so that I can finally crack out my maxi dresses and sandals once and for all instead of having to flit between cardigans and scarves and my lighter wardrobe.

Anyway, here's a quick casual Saturday outfit of the day post.  I hope you all have a great weekend!


WhatLauraWore:
Animal print cardigan from Fashion World
Scarf from Gucci (also, OMG Gucci BEAUTY!!)
Shoes from Steve Madden
Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 bag in Damier Azure

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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

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