Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Dressing For Rainy Days: Gemma Collins Collection

If you follow my Instagram (and if you don't then go follow it now) you'll see that over the weekend I posted a picture of a gorgeous Gemma Collins Collection dress that I wore on Sunday and it's pretty perfect!

I was sent this 'Palazzo' tunic dress recently and was so excited to dress it up for warm summer hazy days. I had bare legs, sandals and bangles in mind for this outfit but good old British weather put a stop to all of that!

This weekend bought us a good old dousing of rain which meant I had to rethink my plans of flouncy, summer chic and ensure I was water tight and weather resistant. Cue the 60 denier tights, biker jacket, boots and floppy hat...

'Palazzo' Dress - Gemma Collins Collection (will update you when it's available again!)*
Black 'Fuller Figure' Tights - Primark

Although I was gutted I couldn't wear this dress the way I had originally intended to it was great to see how versatile this piece is. Even with it's bold, vibrant print which screams of summer I know I'll be able to pull this piece out of my wardrobe time and time again to get me through Autumn/Winter and still look on point (don't get me wrong though I'm still waiting patiently (anxiously) for some fabulous sunshine to get my legs out in it too though! 

I'm wearing this dress in a UK size 24 and it's a perfect fit on me. There is no stretch in this dress and has a full length back zip but I was able to pull it on over my head. If you're larger busted and big tummied like me, you'll be fine in this little number.

You may have noticed that this is the second post in a row where I've featured this biker jacket and it's from a retailer called 'Balsamik'. They sent me a whole outfit to play dress up in and I'm going to do a full post about them very soon showing you all of the lovely items I got from them, but until I get round to that I just wanted to give you all a heads up because If you like this jacket grab it now whilst it's currently on sale for £24.95!!! The perfect item to give any girly outfit a bit of an edge.

Anyway, If you haven't checked out Gemma's Collection yet then what are you waiting for? If you like ultra, girly glam then it's definitely a range you need to shop! 

Unfortunately 'Palazzo' doesn't seem to be in stock on the website at the moment but as soon as it is I will update you all; however I have just seen this beaut 'Marrakech' dress which boasts similar boho, festival-esque vibes, I definitely WANT!

*Denotes gifted item

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Curves For Days: Plus Size Outfit : Studio 8

There are different things that draw me to my favourite clothes. It may be an amazing cut, a beautiful fabric or a totally wow print and today's post is all about the 'WOW' factor print.

New plus size brand on the block Studio 8 launched online on 1st July 2015 and I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful piece from their brand spanking new range. 

When the 'Rachel Rose' dress turned up I was in love, this fitted bodycon-esque number in this AMAZING vibrant print makes it one of the most stand out items in my wardrobe. 

Combined with this fabulously sexy cut this piece is so on point and looks banging on a plus size figure, I mean what can I say? CURVES FOR DAYS!! 

Teamed with my fave, old faithful ankle strap heels, my new biker jacket from Balsamik* and a hot red lip I felt completely amazing in this outfit...

Ankle Strap Heels (old)
Clutch Bag (old)

Studio 8 is part of high street brand Phase 8 whom are synonymous with creating higher end high street pieces and that's exactly what is replicated through Studio 8, a collection of plus sizes pieces in sizes 16-24 which incorporate a huge dollop of style and an effortless side of class, a perfect combination to make you feel amazing! 

Whilst I know the size range of Studio 8 isn't as extensive as we would like, it is great to see a higher end brand taking on plus size and giving us another option. Beautiful, high end, high quality pieces that plus size is crying out for!

If you prefer to try on before you buy Studio 8 is also available in selected store concessions across the UK too so find your nearest one and go and give them a gander.

What do you think ladies??

*Denotes gifted item