Sunday, 29 October 2017

The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn

The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden



When the colder months rear their frosty head, the one item I see so many fashionistas pulling out of their wardrobes is a leather or leather effect jacket.

A leather jacket, particularly the biker styles, can really transform an outfit by adding a little edge as well as a much needed layer of warmth.  I really like the effect that they have on girlie dresses; it really toughens them up and I love how versatile they are as they can be dressed up or down.

Some of the best styles I've seen for autumn and winter feature faux fur too and I've been scouring the internet looking for the best plus size leather jacket ever since.

Well girls, I've found it...


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Black PU Leather Look Biker Jacket With Faux Fur Collar from Yours Clothing was that popular last year that they've brought it back this year for the new season.

Available in burgundy as well as black, this jacket is a really quick (and warm!) way to update your wardrobe for the autumn season and it'll see you right through to the springtime.

Its a PU jacket with a leather look finish and the quality is great for the price point.  Theres a couple of zipped pockets to keep your hands warm and your coins safe when you're out at all of those bonfire night firework displays and the faux fur around the hood is detachable so whatever the weather, you can wear this jacket.  I love that it looks great with and without the faux fur, although with is definitely my preferred way of wearing it because the fur is so soft and it really keeps my neck warm when I wear it.


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


This jacket has silver hardware and the quilted, stitched details you'd expect from a biker jacket which are always going to be on trend.

I found this jacket to be true to size but I do think that with a leather look biker jacket, the size you go for should really depend on how you'll be wearing the item.  I personally dropped down a size because I never intend to wear this jacket fastened up.  I always envisage biker jackets to be worn open, either over the top of a dress or knitwear, but never closed.  For that reason, sizing down was the best option for me for a more fitted look across my shoulders and arms.


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden

I absolutely love this jacket more than I ever thought I would and I actually really surprised myself when trying it on.  It made me realise that wearing this classic style is all about finding this piece thats right for you and I definitely have with this one.

You'll see I've styled it up at The Alnwick Garden which has been given a spooky transformation in time for Halloween.  I'm wearing it as part of a wearable werewolf style costume with my Yours Clothing Black Bardot Swing Top and my Limited Collection Black Leather Look PU Leggings which are another staple in my wardrobe for the autumn months.

The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden

Of course this look would work particularly well throughout the autumn and winter months, without the added blood and Headband with Cat Ears but its certainly something fun for over the Halloween period.

This year, I'm all about creating costumes out of items that you can wear again and again over the colder months.  I'm really trying to stick to a budget when it comes to shopping lately and it really seems like a total waste to pull out a lot of money on a costume that you'll wear once.

Instead, I've got a jacket, top and leggings that I can mix and match countless times over the autumn and they look great with a slick of this classic lipstick from MAC in the shade Ruby Woo and my Steve Madden biker boots that I've had for a good two or three years now.

The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden

The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden

The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden

If you're subscribed to me on Youtube then you may have noticed that I've created a Halloween inspired autumn fashion lookbook video filled with lots of ideas for updating your wardrobe for the autumn months and how to change them up into costumes for Halloween too.  There's a corpse bride, a cat, this werewolf look, a devil and more!

Do check it out and give the video a thumbs up if you enjoy it.


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden

Filming my lookbook and shooting these photographs really got me into the autumn spirit.  I love to see the leaves change colour and crunch them beneath my feet on autumnal walks.

The Plus Size Faux Fur Leather Look Jacket You NEED This Autumn from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


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*Photographs by India Jackson. Huge thanks as always to The Alnwick Garden and Yours Clothing.
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Saturday, 28 October 2017

Plus Size Devil Outfit from Yours Clothing

Plus Size Devil Outfit from Yours Clothing worn at The Alnwick Garden by UK Blogger WhatLauraLoves

A devil; another classic Halloween costume that is favoured year after year.

Due to its popularity, its no surprise that I chose to feature this red based look as part of my new youtube video; a plus size autumn fashion lookbook with a halloween twist!

I picked out some key pieces from plus size fashion retailer, Yours Clothing, that I think will make gorgeous Halloween outfits as well as being a great addition to your autumn/winter wardrobe.

Choosing an outfit to wear on All Hallows Eve needn't be about spending a fortune on a costume; you can take something that's already gorgeous and give it a spooky twist.  Quite like what The Alnwick Garden have done amongst their vast grounds.  You can take a look around the spooky makeover it has been given in my new video but for now, lets get back to the fashion.


Plus Size Devil Outfit from Yours Clothing worn at The Alnwick Garden by UK Blogger WhatLauraLoves


Plus Size Devil Outfit from Yours Clothing worn at The Alnwick Garden by UK Blogger WhatLauraLoves


Plus Size Devil Outfit from Yours Clothing worn at The Alnwick Garden by UK Blogger WhatLauraLoves


Red is big business right now.  It is a colour that featured heavily on the catwalks for this season and that's why you'll see a lot of it over the coming months.

If you're wanting to go bold and make a statement with red then the Limited Collection Red Checked Lace Neck Longline Jersey Top from Yours Clothing is a fantastic option.  Featuring a lace up detail to the bust, its fun, playful and adds a certain edge to the stretchy checked top.



Plus Size Devil Outfit from Yours Clothing worn at The Alnwick Garden by UK Blogger WhatLauraLoves


Plus Size Devil Outfit from Yours Clothing worn at The Alnwick Garden by UK Blogger WhatLauraLoves


Plus Size Devil Outfit from Yours Clothing worn at The Alnwick Garden by UK Blogger WhatLauraLoves


I tend to find Yours Clothing tops to be generously sized and cut at just the right length.  They've got this piece in particular spot on as it is more than long enough to cover the bottom making it an ideal candidate to be paired with any number of options on the bottom half.  It would sit smoothly under a skirt or high waisted jeans and since it reaches past the bottom, it works very well normal leggings or the gorgeous Limited Collection Black Leather Look PU Leggings that I have on here.

These leggings are absolutely fantastic if you're looking for an alternative to wearing the usual leggings, jeans or trousers.  They look expensive, really stylish and the gorgeous eye-catching sheen on the fabric has a smoothing effect which is really flattering.

I've worn mine on countless occasions both day and night and they're definitely one of my top picks for the autumn and winter months.

Plus Size Devil Outfit from Yours Clothing worn at The Alnwick Garden by UK Blogger WhatLauraLoves

Plus Size Devil Outfit from Yours Clothing worn at The Alnwick Garden by UK Blogger WhatLauraLoves

To complete the look, I added a slick of MAC Lipstick in the shade Ruby Woo to my lips, and some coral red platform heels.  I love the look of high heels but I really struggle to be able to walk in them so chunky platforms are always the way forward for me!

Don't forget to check out my new plus size autumn fashion video here and check out the links below to shop this look and for more outfit inspiration.


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Floral Skull // Dead Bride // Cat // Witch // Werewolf // Autumn Fashion Video


*Photographs by India Jackson. Huge thanks as always to 
The Alnwick Garden and Yours Clothing.
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Thursday, 26 October 2017

Plus Size Cat Halloween Costume at The Alnwick Garden

Plus Size Cat Halloween Costume at The Alnwick Garden

My next Yours Clothing look for Halloween is so simple to create; the classic cat.  Sure you could go all out with a tail, claws and painted on whiskers but the simple addition of a Claire's Cat Ears Headband takes a gorgeous all black outfit from night out to fright out.

I picked out two staple pieces from my wardrobe that I've already been getting so much wear out of this season.

The Yours Clothing Black Bardot Swing Top paired with their plus size Leather Look PU Leggings is a great alternative that would rival the go-to Little Black Dress for any night out be it a dinner date, drinks with the girls or partying well into the night.

It is sexy, chic and you can switch up the look by pairing it with any coloured accessories; make this look sparkle with silver or gold metallic accessories or have it pop with hot pink heels and a clutch.

Plus Size Cat Halloween Costume at The Alnwick Garden

Plus Size Cat Halloween Costume at The Alnwick Garden

This duo also works so well as a Halloween or fancy dress outfit because you can create lots of different costumes around it; think Sandy from Grease, a cat or even Morticia Addams or a witch if you wanted to rock that all black everythang look without wearing a dress.

For me, this outfit leant itself well to a cat; a quick and easy transformation with the addition of a Cat Ears Headband from Claire's Accessories.  They have so many gorgeous headbands for Halloween and parties throughout the year and they're not badly priced either which is great if you can only envisage yourself wearing it for a night or two.

Cat ears make for a statement look on a really quick turnaround.  They look great on short or long hair, especially when curled and you can amp up the look further by adding a nose and whiskers with black face paint or even a kohl eyeliner pencil.  Quick, easy and perfect for those after-work Halloween parties.

Plus Size Cat Halloween Costume at The Alnwick Garden


The Yours Clothing Black Bardot Swing Top  that I'm wearing has already seen plenty of outings.  Black is such a staple that goes with everything.  I love the layered hem as it makes this top a little different to the other bardots that I have and the swing style is floaty, feminine and skims over the body.  Its long enough that you can wear it over jeans, leggings or leather style pants like I have and the elasticated arms ensure that it stays in place and doesn't ride up when you're dancing.

However my favourite part is the open tie detail on the sleeves; they're fun, pretty and girlie while giving that little extra coverage that some women may feel as though they need if they're not as confident with their arms.

Plus Size Cat Halloween Costume at The Alnwick Garden

Plus Size Cat Halloween Costume at The Alnwick Garden

If you're looking for an alternative to trousers or the usual leggings, then I'd really recommend checking out the Limited Collection Black Leather Look PU Leggings from Yours Clothing.  They have a couple of different styles on their website but I find that these ones are the best size and style wise.

They're really easy to wear, very stretchy and a great fit so they're great for if you're looking for a different look to the one that you'd usually wear.  There's something really sexy about leather clothing; it definitely channels those rock chick vibes!

I've paired mine with my Steve Madden boots purely because of the terrain we were covering at The Alnwick Garden but this outfit would look absolutely stunning with a pair of killer heels.

Plus Size Cat Halloween Costume at The Alnwick Garden

To complete the look, I've added a smattering of blood from Poundworld (I'd suggest giving this one a miss- it really isn't all that) and a slick of matte lipstick from MAC in the shade, Ruby Woo.

The Alnwick Garden has been transformed into a scare zone this year.  To my delight, my favourite outdoor tourist attraction in the North East just got even better!

Will you be brave enough to enter?

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*Photography by India Jackson, with thanks to The Alnwick Garden and Yours Clothing as always.
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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Why The LBD Is A Wardrobe Essential: Feat. A Plus Size Black Lace Dress from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden

Why The LBD Is A Wardrobe Essential: Feat. A Plus Size Black Lace Dress from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden

The little black dress; there's not an item in fashion more classic.  Every woman needs one and if you haven't experienced the value of having an LBD in your closet already then invest in one and I promise you, you'll feel the benefit.

My top pick for a plus size LBD this season has to be the Yours Clothing Black Lace Knee Length Skater Dress as its one of those classic shapes, styles and cuts that'll suit almost everyone.

Got a hot date? Last minute plans with the girls? Family party? Job interview or even a funeral? A little place dress will see you through all of these occasions, good or sad.  Play it down with sheer tights, flats and a fitted blazer for work, add dark tights and a heavier, longer coat for a funeral, or get your legs out and pop on some killer heels for a night with the girls or a date night.

Why The LBD Is A Wardrobe Essential: Feat. A Plus Size Black Lace Dress from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


Halloween at The Alnwick Garden


Why The LBD Is A Wardrobe Essential: Feat. A Plus Size Black Lace Dress from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


Why The LBD Is A Wardrobe Essential: Feat. A Plus Size Black Lace Dress from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden

You can even function a little black dress as a Halloween costume as I did here at The Alnwick Garden.

This autumn, I'm blogging all about fashion that'll see you through the colder months and where to allocate your spending.  Who wants to splash the cash on a Halloween costume they'll wear once when they can buy a gorgeous black dress they'll wear all winter, throw on some heels and a witches hat and look just as great?

Taxidermy at The Alnwick Garden


Why The LBD Is A Wardrobe Essential: Feat. A Plus Size Black Lace Dress from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


The Black Lace Knee Length Skater Dress from Yours Clothing is certainly one of those items you'll be able to wear all throughout the autumn and winter months by adding tights or a cardigan, jacket or coat depending on how cold it is outside... or adding nothing at all like we do many a time up here in the North East!

A skater dress is a really classic shape and one that I find to be very figure flattering, especially on my shape where I'm far larger around my middle than I am at my bust.

The sweetheart neckline is pretty, flirty and shows just a hint of cleavage.  The dress is all black from the neckline down with a pretty lace overlay across the top, heading out across the chest and down through the arms to create short sleeves.  The dress skims effortlessly over the lumps and bumps around my middle and I love the way that it hangs; its a really feminine, girlie shape.

I'm 5ft 5" and found that the midi length of this dress sat perfectly on me, with lace hitting my knee and the black layer sitting just above so if you're a bit taller than I am then I'm sure it'd sit at a nice length for you too.  A lot of taller women say to me that they struggle with shorter dresses being more like tunic tops on them so I'd urge them to try this midi dress as yes, it'll sit higher than it does on me but it shouldn't be too short at all.

Taxidermy at The Alnwick Garden


Why The LBD Is A Wardrobe Essential: Feat. A Plus Size Black Lace Dress from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


Taxidermy at The Alnwick Garden

I'm sure you'll agree that this dress functions well as part of a Halloween outfit too and I had so much fun wandering around The Alnwick Garden to photograph it for my blog.

The clever staff at the garden this year have transformed the landscape into a spooky attraction for All Hallows' Eve and wherever you look, there's always something new to see.

In this post you'll see photographs of my witch costume photographed in the orchard and the Shepherds Hut which is one of my favourite parts of the whole garden, not only because of the world famous Poison Garden that's right beside it.  The Poison Garden is particularly intriguing as it is filled with poisonous and deadly plants.  The Duchess of Northumberland who created the gardens even holds a licence to grow marijuana, cocaine and magic mushrooms there for educational purposes; of course this area is strictly monitored and entry is by guided tour only.

Inside the Shepherds Hut you'll find a space filled with mystery and equally as much to look at as the Poison Garden, with a real log fire burning away surrounded by various pieces of taxidermy belonging to The Duchess of Northumberland.  It is well documented that she is a lover of taxidermy and has acquired a vast collection, of which you can read about here in this article by the Telegraph and see glimpses of from inside the family home, the fascinating Alnwick Castle, in this Tatler read.

Why The LBD Is A Wardrobe Essential: Feat. A Plus Size Black Lace Dress from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden


Taxidermy at The Alnwick Garden


Taxidermy at The Alnwick Garden


Taxidermy at The Alnwick Garden


Why The LBD Is A Wardrobe Essential: Feat. A Plus Size Black Lace Dress from Yours Clothing at The Alnwick Garden

Whether you're dressing up for Halloween or not, a Little Black Dress is sure to be the secret weapon in your wardrobe.

Check out the full range of plus size black dresses on the Yours Clothing website and make sure your wardrobe is ready for whatever occasion life throws at you!



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Floral Skull // Corpse Bride // Cat // Devil // Werewolf // Autumn Fashion Video


*Photographs by India Jackson. Huge thanks as always to 
The Alnwick Garden and Yours Clothing.
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