Monday, 11 December 2017

Top Girly Girl Christmas Gifts from River Island Kids

Top Girly Girl Christmas Gifts from River Island Kids

With each year that passes, more of my friends are having children and that leaves me with more worry each year with what to get them for Christmas.  I don't have any children of my own and if truth be told, I don't know a thing about kids but what I do know is girly girl fashion and accessories.

Kids clothing is far more stylish that it was when I was rocking my sailor girl dress circa 1992 and with stores like River Island on the highstreet and online, there's so many high quality choices available without breaking the bank.

I've been checking out the selection and have put together my edit of my top picks for girly girls this Christmas from River Island Kids.


River Island Kids Girls Rose Gold Scuba Mesh Runner Trainers

When I saw the Girls Rose Gold Scuba Mesh Runner Trainers, I knew that I had to include them.  They're so similar to mine that I featured in this post and would look awesome on a little girl.  Imagine having Balenciaga runner dupes as a kid, how lush!


River Island Kids Girls Grey Chenille Knit Hat and Mittens Set

Equally as gorgeous is the Girls Grey Chenille Knit Hat and Mittens Set. This is a two piece set aimed to fit girls from 5 to 12 years of age.  The pom pom hat and mittens are in a gorgeous grey coloured chunky chenille knit with a contrasting white faux fur pom pom detail on the top.

The mittens are fingerless which I think makes it easier to hold and open things, plus I find that if gloves are fingerless then you're less likely to take them off and therefore less likely to lose them!


River Island Kids Girls Blue Unicorn Snap On Watch

Unicorns have taken the world by storm in 2017 and they certainly seem to be everywhere this Christmas.  The Girls Blue Unicorn Snap On Watch would be perfect for a girly girl as its pretty, functional and can help them when they're learning how to tell the time too.


River Island Kids Girls Rose Gold Sequin Round Cross Body Bag

For the little girl who has lots of parties in her festive calendar then the Girls Rose Gold Sequin Round Cross Body Bag would be absolutely perfect.  Its super pretty, very sparkly and will look perfect with so many of her party dresses!


River Island Kids Girls pink and rose gold nap queen PJs
Finally, I honestly believe that you cannot go wrong with a set of PJs no matter who you're buying for this Christmas.  These pink and rose gold nap queen PJs are so gorgeous, I'm sure any little girl would be delighted to receive them!

So those are my top picks from River Island Girls.  Shop them all by clicking on the images below and don't forget to check out the rest of the range.  There's some really high quality, fashion design led pieces that don't cost the earth and I really think that they're a great place to start your Christmas shopping for the little fashionista in your life!

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette Review

Urban Decay have released their brand new eyeshadow palette, Naked Heat and of all the Naked palettes they have released, this has to be my favourite.

It takes the Naked line in a completely new direction with all of the shades having the most stunning warm, amber hues, from warm browns and burnt oranges to rich siennas.  Even before swatching it, I was captivated and knew I'd love it.

This palette gives me what I so wanted the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette to; wearable reds and burnt oranges.  While I do still enjoy using the ABH palette and it does have plenty of differences between it and the UD palette, especially because of the pink shades, I do find the Naked Heat palette to be so much more wearable and I can create far more looks with it with my current application skill set.


Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette Review by UK Beauty Blogger WhatLauraLoves

Naked Heat is very much a collection of eyeshadows that I'm sure anyone can wear and use effortlessly; I've found all of the shadows to be buttery soft, easy to blend and they all look fantastic with one another.  They don't crease on me and last all day long with the vibrancy of when they were first applied.

In creating this palette, Urban Decay were inspired by the hype around the cult-favourite neutrals that makeup addicts are loving right now; warm, burnt reds, coppers, siennas and butterscotch, as well as drawing inspiration from some their own popular shades like Bitter, a reddish-brown matte from the Vice4 palette and Extra Bitter, a burn orange matte from the Naked Ultimate Basics palette that I've been lusting after since it first hit the shelves.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette Review by UK Beauty Blogger WhatLauraLoves

Inside there are 12 completely new neutral shades that are perfect for creating any number of looks from a sultry daytime eye through to an intensely smokey night out look.  I've used this palette on countless occasions already and I cannot see the day when I'll no longer need it in my collection.

This palette really turns up the heat on summertime makeup and with shades like the smooth red-brown matte, the shimmering copper and the deep shifty bronze, it would be perfectly suited to the autumn and winter makeup trends too.  I used this palette LOADS when I was creating my Halloween and autumn fashion lookbook.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette Review

The shades from left to right are as follows; Ounce (ivory shimmer), Chaser (light nude matte), Sauced (soft terracotta matte), Low Blow (brown matte), Lumbre (copper shimmer with a gold pearl shift), He Devil (burnt red matte), Dirty Talk (metallic burnt red), Scorched (metallic deep red with gold micro-shimmer), Cayenne (deep terra-cotta matte), En Fuego (burgundy matte), Ashes (deep reddish-brown matte) and Ember (deep metallic copper-burgundy).

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette Review

Whether you're blending the perfect sunset eye or smoking things up, these shadows were created with a formula that makes it so easy to transition the shades seamlessly.

Each one features the Urban Decay trademarked Pigment Infusion System; the top secret blend of ingredients that enables each shade to have the velvety texture, rich colour payoff, easy blendability and incredible staying power that have become synonymous with Urban Decay cosmetics.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette Review by UK Beauty Blogger WhatLauraLoves

As well as turning up the heat with the eyeshadows, things are hotting up with Urban Decay's packaging design too; they really thought of everything when creating this palette.

It sits within a beautiful box, designed like a matchbox that slides open to reveal the gorgeous palette inside.

The colour scheme for the outer packaging and the case is clearly inspired by the deliciously warm shadows inside and I love the graphic with 12 burnt matches underneath where the palette would sit. However its the artwork on the case that really caught my eye as its designed to look as though you're peering through vertical blinds into a hot, steamy sunset.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette Review by UK Beauty Blogger WhatLauraLoves

The protective plastic case that the shadows are housed in is my favourite from UD to date because it is so easy to open yet secure enough that it'll not come open in your make up bag and its sturdy and robust for travel too which is always a top priority for me.

Also handy for travel are the full sized mirror in the lid, which is great for getting really up close to my eyes during application, and the double ended eyeshadow brush (a blending brush and a detailed crease brush).  Although I still feel the need for a MAC 217 fluffy blending brush when applying these shadows, I can use it alone with the brush thats included and I can't say that for any other palette I own.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette Review

I'd highly recommend the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette; its my favourite from them to date so whether you're buying for a friend or beauty addict family member this Christmas, or even treating yourself, add it to your basket.

The Naked Heat Palette is available direct from Urban Decay, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Feel Unique, John Lewis, Debenhams and Macy's.

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Saturday, 9 December 2017

The Lambton Worm Pantomime at The Customs House in South Shields Review

The Lambton Worm pantomime at The Customs House, South Shields, review

Whisht! Lads, haad yor gobs... an aa'll tell ye boot the new panto at The Customs House!

The Little Panto with the Big Heart is back and this year, writers Ray Spencer and Graham Thompson have brought The Lambton Worm to the South Shields stage.

Since the closing night of Jack and The Beanstalk in January, I've been intrigued all year as to how The Lambton Worm would play out as it isn't a traditional panto.  When I first heard that The Customs House would be celebrating 150 years of the old folk song with this new pantomime, I was unsure as to how it would translate into a theatrical performance and I was excited to see the result.

David John Hopper in The Lambton Worm Pantomime at The Customs House South Shields

If you're from the North East, then I'm sure you'll have heard the story of The Lambton Worm.  I remember learning about the traditional folktale back in junior school and even recited the tale as the head of the worm in a school assembly; I'm yet to discover if my casting was due to my ability to speak confidently in public or my resemblance to the worm itself, hopefully the former.

Thankfully, The Customs House cast do a far better job at telling the tale than I ever could and they blend the traditional folktale with elements of a classic pantomime exceptionally well.

Lewis Jobson in The Customs House Pantomime South Shields

This retelling starts with a reflection back to the childhood days of friends John Lambton and Arbuthnot, their dog Puddles and the Penshaw twins, Penelope and Susie the Soothsayer who all love playing together around Lambton Castle and fishing in the River Wear.  One day, John catches an awful looking fish and while showing it to the twins, it falls down the well and puts an end to their friendship.  However as the years pass and the children grow into adults, who still hold their grudges, the worm grows too, becoming the ginormous Lambton Worm.

Penelope, played by the beautiful Georgia Nicholson, becomes the cunning Poison Pen and is hell bent on revenge using the worm.  While the kids lives  may have taken them off in different directions, the impending danger will see them all brought all back together.

Steven Lee Hamilton in The Lambton Worm at The Customs House South Shields

Goodie, Susie the Soothsayer gives the power of speech to Puddles the dog, energetically played by Lewis Jobson, so that he can warn the Dame and Arbuthnot of what is to come.  The brave and bold John Lambton is summoned to a help fight the monstrous beast.  He returns accompanied by Princess Aneesa who he has been entertaining in foreign lands, much to the irritation of the Sultan, expertly played by encore favourite, Gareth Hunter who brings a towering air of superiority to the role.

But what happens next?  How does the story pan out?  Well, you'll have to go along to see it of course.  I'll not spoil all the fun for you but what I will say is that you're guaranteed to laugh with the unbeatably funny messy scene and the most tremendous super hero costumes this side of galaxy; I've seen things I cannot un-see after this pantomime and you really must go along to witness it for yourself!

Ray Spencer and David John Hopper in The Lambton Worm Pantomime at The Customs House

Quick witted and very cleverly written, this is the panto that has me literally crying with laughter year after year and 2017 has been no exception.  That's largely down to the roles of Dame Bella Ballcock and Arbuthnot played by Ray Spencer and David John Hopper respectively.

Ray Spencer has been entertaining audiences for years; he's absolutely hilarious, especially when Arbuthnot is the butt of his jokes, and so quick with his one liners and ad libs that the panto wouldn't be the same without him.  However this year, David John Hopper proved that The Customs House pantomime wouldn't be the same without him either.  I never thought there'd be another person to make me laugh like Spencer does, until I saw Arbuthnot in another pantomime back in summer.  Hopper has really developed the character and his comedy timing is impeccable; he is without a doubt, the next Ray Spencer.

Natasha Haws and Cal Halbert in The Customs House pantomime

I say it every year but there is more jokes in it for the adults than the kids but even funnier still is what is said outside of the script.  Its the ad libs and I can't believe that just happened moments that really make this pantomime even more special.  The ability to deviate off course from the structure of the script while not losing the story is a real skill and these guys have it down to a fine art.

The chemistry between the whole cast is really great to see, they're a close knit bunch so when things happen on stage that even they didn't anticipate, it makes the scene even funnier.

Natasha Haws and Georgia Nicholson in The Lambton Worm Pantomime at The Customs House South Shields

It was lovely to see Natasha Haws cast in a different kind of role this year, as Susie the Soothsayer, rather than as the princess as she has been in previous years.  The role of Susie really suits her both vocally and theatrically and I think that came across in how comfortable and natural she was on stage.  What I loved about her in this role was how her humour and sarcasm was able to subtly come across which gave her character more depth and provided a great contrast between her and the other comics in the show.

Being a 'goodie,' she contrasted so well with the 'baddie', Poison Pen.  Georgia Nicholson took to her role like a duck to water and really commanded the stage, with both the children and adults in the audience boo-ing with passion.

Cal Halbert as Lord Larry Lambton in The Customs House pantomime

Adding another layer of comedy value to the panto this year was the casting of Cal Halbert as Lord Larry Lambton.  You might remember him alongside Alfie Joey as impressionists, The Mimic Men, on Britains Got Talent.  I've seen him doing his fantastic live impressions before but in the panto he really impressed me with how he was able to blend them into his role of Lord Lambton so effortlessly, showing his strength as an actor.

Halbert appeared to be so comfortable on stage and very well rehearsed which came across in how well paced he was.  I've seen other impressionists in different pantomimes and sadly they've fallen short of the high standard that Halbert sets in The Lambton Worm.

Eleanor Chaganis in The Lambton Worm at The Customs House South Shields

The Customs House pantomime felt as though it had a change of dynamic this year with less of a focus on the prince and princess style roles like a lot of pantomimes do.  However the difference with The Lambton Worm is that all roles are strong and expertly cast, especially in the case of Eleanor Chaganis who impressively held her accent throughout the performance as Princess Aneesa, and Steven Lee Hamilton as the handsome Brave and Bold John Lambton.

Both with incredibly warm and rich voices, they gave a lively and animated performance with a captivating stage presence, proving that they are natural leads.

Steven Lee Hamilton in The Lambton Worm Pantomime at The Customs House South Shields

The Lambton Worm is a brave step away from traditional fairytales that are replayed year after year at theatres all over the country.  The Customs House has always been a panto written by the North East, for the North East but retelling the treasured story of The Lambton Worm cements that.

The story was brought to life further by couture theatrical costume, set and digital fabric designers, Fox and Shriek who have been working with The Customs House for years now.  The dynamic set design is colourfully vibrant, surreal and unlike any other panto set I've seen before.  A further unique touch came from the addition of The Lambton Worm song manuscript woven throughout the design.  Fox and Shriek truly bring the characters to life with their work with stunningly detailed costumes you wouldn't find in other theatres.

Gareth Hunter, Ray Spencer and David John Hopper in The Customs House Pantomime South Shields

The Lambton Worn is certainly a pantomime for all the family. With the entire performance firmly rooted in the North East, I felt really proud to be from here as I left the stalls smiling at the end of the night.

There's plenty of fabulous songs, sing-a-long and join in moments and all of the he's behind you's that you'd expect from a classic pantomime but with a twist that only The Customs House can give.

You wouldn't be alone in thinking that Christmas Day is my favourite day of the festive season but you'd be wrong; the day I go to see the The Customs House pantomime is the one I look forward to the most throughout the whole year.  No matter how tough my year has been, I go to see a show, laugh my socks off and leave feeling happier than ever.  If laughter is the best medicine, then its the best therapy you could ask for.

The Lambton Worm Pantomime 2017 at The Customs House in South Shields

I'm a big believer in not wasting your money, especially when it takes so long to earn it and panto is very much a family affair which can quickly add up.  So with that in mind, the only panto I can wholeheartedly recommend and guarantee you'll love this Christmas is The Lambton Worm at The Customs House.

Its the one pantomime that you can consistently rely on to deliver, show after show, year after year.  Their focus isn't on paying large sums of money to big names that don't quite deliver.  Instead, they focus on a strong cast with incredible vocal, comic and acting abilities, performing on a visually captivating set in costumes to rival those with the largest budgets.

The Customs House Pantomime Wishing On A Star Campaign

Rather than inflating ticket prices, they keep them reasonable, starting at just £9.99 and the great thing about The Customs House is that no matter where you're sitting, you'll always get a great view of the stage.  Bar drinks, snacks and merchandise are very reasonable too, compared to many other venues.

They've even launched their wishing on a star fundraising campaign to help more children and families visit The Customs House pantomime in the future.

Star-shaped baubles are available to purchase at the box office for only £1 for people to add their own wishes to and hang in The Green Room cafe, bar and bistro.  The proceeds will then go towards subsidising tickets for next years show, Beauty and The Beast, for people who would otherwise not be able to attend a panto performance.

David John Hopper as Arbuthnot in The Customs House Pantomime South Shields

The Customs House are celebrating 150 years of The Lambton Worm folk song right up until 6th January so there's plenty of chances for you to go to see it.

Tickets are available online here and in person or via phone at the box office on 0191 454 1234.
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Friday, 1 December 2017

The Importance of Gifting & WIN with Boots Secret Santa

The Importance of Gifting & WIN with Boots Secret Santa

Christmas Day is fast approaching and, as well as planning an epic Christmas dinner that I'll be cooking myself for the first time, I'm working hard to pick out the perfect presents for my friends and family.  Christmas gifting is important to me as its a way of saying thank you for everything that they've done for me over the last 12 months.

It's been a tough year to say the least and I cannot thank them enough for their support so being able to buy them a gift that shows that I have taken an interest and actively listened to what is going on in their lives while mine has been so hectic is a great way for me to give back to them.

The Importance of Gifting & WIN with Boots Secret Santa

While Christmas is definitely more about who is around your tree than what is under it, gift giving is certainly important.  It's a way of sending a message of love, thanks and appreciation.

I'm a firm believer that no matter your budget, if you're going to give a gift, you need to do it properly; i.e. thoughtfully and with effort.  Whether you're spending £5 on a Secret Santa gift or £500 on a splash out, luxury surprise, pick out something that the person you're buying for will really love, don't just buy something for the sake of it, and wrap it beautifully too.

Wrapping is the first impression someone will get of your gift and how much thought you've put into it.  It doesn't matter whether you're gifting a designer fragrance or a budget bubble bath, if its been wrapped like its fish and chips, that'll instantly give the impression that you're not bothered and no one wants that, do they?  My best advice is to pick a colour scheme or theme for your wrapping and to choose items that coordinate well with one another.  There are so many big packs of Christmas gift wrap that work well for this and wont break the bank.

The Importance of Gifting & WIN with Boots Secret Santa

Wrapping a gift well certainly adds to the excitement and anticipation of whats inside but the success of the gift largely depends on how well you know the person, your listening skills and your investigative prowess.

Pick a present like a pro by noting down any gift ideas you get from talking to your loved ones.  If they smell a perfume on you and compliment you on it, make a note on your phone.  Similarly, if they tell you're they're running out of their favourite body lotion or that they could really do with relaxing in the bath after a stressful day at work, make a note of it.  If you notice that they tend to have sweet scents around their home, be it with candles or existing products then jot that down too as all of these things will help you to find the perfect gifts for the people you love and show them that you've chosen them thoughtfully with them in mind.

This year, I'm on a tighter budget than I have been in previous years so paying attention and getting the gift right in one rather than in several presents is important to me.  So far, I've picked up a gorgeous bracelet for my mam that I know she'll love because when I got her another piece of jewellery for her birthday, she said that she loved how sentimental it was and she's worn it every time we've gone out somewhere since, and I've bought my dad a huge bottle of the aftershave he'd pointed out on a TV ad, having smelt it when walking through the airport.

My Christmas shopping is far from over for this year but having a good idea of what I want to get my friends and family certainly makes the job a lot easier and it enables me to stick to my budget too.

You can gift thoughtfully no matter how much you have to spend, even if you're on a £5 spending cap for the office Secret Santa!  Boots have a fantastic range of Christmas gifts for her so there's no excuse not to give a gorgeous gift this Christmas!

The Importance of Gifting & WIN with Boots Secret SantaThis year, I'm taking part in the Boots Secret Santa campaign which is all about sharing the love and Christmas spirit by giving a little happiness to others.

I'm going to be giving a surprise gift worth £100 to blogger Alice, from Teacake Travels and in return, I'll receive a gift from another blogger too.  I'll also be giving away the same gift that I picked out to one of you so enter below for your chance to win!

When the giveaway has ended, I'll be revealing the secret gift I received over on my Instagram!


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The giveaway is open to entrants from the UK only.  The winner will be announced on this blog post and via email after the closing date.

*This post is in conjunction with Boots but all thoughts are my own 
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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Perfume Review

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Perfume Review

Jean Paul Gaultier have released their brand new fragrance for 2017, Scandal.  Everything from the concept behind the fragrance to the bottle and most importantly, the scent, makes this a sparkling release that's got me feeling really excited... especially as the Christmas gift set is absolutely beautiful too!


Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Perfume Review

Scandal is the fragrance of and for a woman who is free and strong, quite like myself!  It very much encompasses JPG as a brand and the designer who started it all himself.

Jean Paul Gaultier is someone who pushes boundaries, confidently disrupts the everyday and isn't afraid to stand strong, alone.  He's the designer who rejected the confines of gender by dressing men in skirts, sent plus sized models down the runway at Fashion Week and cast men and women from the streets on the catwalk.  Not forgetting, he's the man who famously gave Madonna the supersonic-conic breasts.  As someone who always found the politically correct tedious, he became the king of Scandal and it is this free living spirit that inspired the new fragrance.


Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Perfume Review

Scandal is a fragrance about life; a woody scent that embodies day and night, dreamt up by top perfumer Daphne Bugey along with Fabrice Pelegrín and Christophe Raynaud.  It is very sweet but in a grown up way rather than a sickly, teen perfume.  When wearing it during the day, it is a gourmand fragrance combining fresh honey with a floral heart of gardenia and a sparkling hook of blood orange and at night, it is a sensual and seductive honey that's blended with a woody patchouli base.

This is the kind of fragrance that you could wear at anytime; it all comes down to your own preference.  For me, I like to wear this one during the day and I'd opt for more of the JPG Classique for the evening as it is heavier, sexier and stronger.  That being said, Scandal is still strong in that it is a long lasting, eau de parfum.

Scandal is a really fun approach to fragrance compared to Classique and one that I think will appeal to a wider female audience.  It is a totally different take on perfume so if you've not been a fan of JPG fragrances in the past, I'd highly suggest giving it a go.  For me, though... well, I've always loved JPG perfumes and have been wearing them since my teens!

Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Perfume Review

As you'd expect from JPG fragrances, the packaging of Scandal is stunning.  Even the outer packaging is gorgeous; they've kept the signature can style but given it a dusky pink colour change, with a fuzzy texture that's just like a suede or velvet. However the bottle itself is what sets Scandal apart from the other Jean Paul Gaultier fragrances.

Forget the corset dressed torso bottle that you'd usually associate with the perfume house, sexy legs are taking centre stage with this bottle.  Reminiscent of the endless fun of Paris by night, Scandal's bottle is flirty, sexy and dressing table ready.  The notion behind it is the powerful Madam Minister, a woman who spends her days consumed by her serious career with her head buried in confidential files, while at night, she creates her own classified, private files.  However her ultimate example of a work-life balance was thrown off course when the paparazzi snapped a photo of her, flooding the social networks online and therefore creating a scandal!

What a fabulous story behind a bottle design; surely this could only come from Jean Paul Gaultier!


Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Perfume Review

Scandal is available in a 30ml, 50ml and 80ml bottle nationwide, as well as in a gift set, making it the perfect Christmas gift.  I think this fragrance will appeal to daughters and mothers alike from the packaging design through to the scent itself.

You can find out what others are saying about the new fragrance and join in the conversation online yourself @JPGaultierOfficial with #BeScandal!

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Whats Under My Yours Clothing Dress?

Yours Clothing UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves

'Whats Under My Yours Clothing Dress?' Now hows that for a title?

A little tongue in cheek perhaps but when you're wearing a statement dress such as the Limited Collection Black Floral Print Cold Shoulder Dress, its important to consider what you'll wear underneath it before purchasing.

When I had a fancy work event and a wedding come up in my calendar for autumn, I knew that this dress would be the perfect outfit to wear.  The scuba style jersey fabric is a little heavier than a lot of my other dresses and it makes this dress hang beautifully.  Its a really flattering fit with a beautifully feminine shape that makes me feel so pretty and girly when wearing it.

I like to pair it with strappy heels such as these ones from Primark and I love to pop on a shawl across my shoulders and arms for when it gets cold.  This dress also looks awesome with tights, little ankle boots and a black waterfall jacket too.

Yours Clothing UK Plus Size Blogger WhatLauraLoves

I really love the neckline and the way the frill detail falls over the cut out shoulder but those strappy details definitely make it impossible to wear a normal bra with it.

When wearing a dress or top like this then I'd recommend checking out the shape wear range from Yours Clothing.  They have a wide range of lingerie to suit many styles, budgets and concerns.  Great shape wear and the right underwear can really work wonders underneath outfits as they can smooth and contour the body, make your clothes look even better, help your posture and give you a confidence boost.

If you're going strapless to suit a dress like this then you could check out the Black Seamless Surefit Bandeau Bra with Soft Padded Full Cups.  This is a great piece to wear with any tops that have straps or cut outs as they'll not be seen at all.  However it is incredibly small fitting so you may find that you'll need to go up a couple of sizes.

By comparison, the  Nude Multiway Lace Bra, or the same but in Black is a much better option for most as it is a standard strapless bra and offers more support and structure than the bandeau style.  Sizing on this piece is on the large side, particularly in the cup in my opinion, so I'd suggest ordering a couple of different sizes just to be on the safe side.  With this bra, you'll have the option of wearing it with straps too as they are included, making it great for wearing with other tops and dresses as well.
Shapewear Underwear from Yours Clothing Plus Size

When it comes to the bottom half of my body, I absolutely love to wear the Black and Nude Floral Lace High Waist Brief that I discovered quite recently and any opportunity to wear them underneath my dresses, I take.

They're high waisted and elasticated so they hug my body and they stay in place without rolling down like most other pairs of knickers do on me.  They're supportive, hold me in a little and enhance my shape a little by smoothing everything over and disguising the dip of my belly button which I really like when I'm wearing clothes that are tighter across my tummy.


I'm a huge advocate of body confidence and theres some pieces out there that have really helped me to feel even more confident in the clothes that I wear; high waisted knickers and a great strapless bra are definitely one of them!

What makes you feel more confident in your clothes?  What are your favourite kinds of underwear or shape wear?
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Friday, 24 November 2017

Channelling Autumn Vibes in Camo from Yours Clothing

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

With all of the rushing around that I've been doing this autumn, pulling on my Converse All Stars has been an easy choice for casual days; they're  an iconic design, mega comfortable and in a gorgeous burgundy shade that pairs so well with a huge majority of my wardrobe this season.

I've been working year round favourites like black and cream with seasonal faves, navy and khaki, and the burgundy colour of these trainers fits right in.  I find these colours particularly easy for the vast majority of people to weak.  Really, its all about getting the right hue and making sure that the style and fit of the garment is what you feel most confident in.  As a plus size girl who has been on a body confidence journey over the years, I really am a firm believer in wearing what makes you feel happy, confident and like the best version of YOU and for YOU!


Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields


Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields


Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

Sometimes though, a style comes along that completely surprises us and that's exactly what happened when I discovered the Khaki Camo Longline Jacket With Pockets and Rhinestone Embellishment in Yours Clothing.

I'd been eyeing it up for AGES, as you do, and I was really attracted to the khaki colour first of all.  Its a shade that I'm wearing more and more with each autumn that passes and I'm finding that regardless of how tanned or pale I am and no matter how dark or light blonde I have my hair, it always suits me and looks flattering against my skin tone and hair colouring.  However I wasn't so sure if the shape of the jacket or the camouflage design would suit me.

Trying it on in the changing rooms proved to me that I'm right when I say, if in doubt, try it on!  I loved it from the moment that I put it on.  The heavy cotton mix material (feels a bit like canvas) is a great material for autumn as it has a weight to it for warmth but it isn't thick so its easy to layer pieces underneath depending on the weather outside.  I bought my usual size as its an accurate fit and find that I can easily layer a thermal vest, long sleeved top and even a jumper underneath without it feeling uncomfortable.

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields


Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

The shape of the jacket is really relaxed, almost like a boyfriend style which adds to the casual vibe and the 4 pockets come in handy for keeping my hands warm and holding the multitude of loose change and receipts I seem to acquire when only nipping to the shops.  The funnel style neck is one that instantly drew me in too as it feels so cool, calm and collected to have a collar sitting up right!

Undoubtedly though, my favourite thing about this jacket is the combination of the gorgeous khaki shades within the army camouflage design and that gorgeous jewelled embellishment on the pocket.  The jewels may not be to everyones taste but they can be easily taken off without damaging the jacket; I know this as one of my friends did that but I personally love it.  I'm all about adding a little feminine sparkle to an otherwise grungy, masculine or casual look.


Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields


Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields


Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields

True to form, I've paired the jacket and converse with a couple of staple pieces from my wardrobe that I really think everyone needs; a long sleeved T and some black jeggings.

The Yours Clothing basics range is fantastic; whether you're looking for vest tops, camis or t shirts, they have something for everyone and they're ridiculously affordable, many with buy two offers on.  As well as those, their plain long sleeved tops can't be overlooked either.  I've had the Ivory Long Sleeved V-Neck Basic T-Shirt since September and I've got so much wear out of it, especially on the days where the milder weather still wants to give us a wave.

It sits so well underneath jumpers for added warmth and looks great alone or layered underneath this jacket.  I always tend to prefer v neck shapes on me; they're much more flattering than a round neck on me.

Another staple has to be the Black Pull On Stretch Jeggings.  These are one of my all time favourite styles from Yours Clothing and I have them in quite a few of their different colours.  If you're looking for jeggings that are uber comfortable then these are a must try!


Plus Size Camo Print Jacket from Yours Clothing WhatLauraLoves South Shields
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When I'm wearing an outfit that I feel comfortable in, I instantly feel more confident and able to tackle the day head on.

Speaking of which... must dash as I'm taking over the Yours Clothing Facebook today for Black Friday where you can grab this jacket for a whopping 50% off!

*Photographs by India Jackson
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