Happy New Year

I’m a day late, sorry about that, but I’m writing a post so that’s an achievement in itself after the minimal effort I made last year!

2013 was pretty shit if I’m honest, I was made redundant & whilst I tried to follow my dreams learnt the hard way that it’s not always possible to do that when you don’t have a financial support network. BUT that year is behind us now and I’m looking forward to bigger and better things now we’ve hit 2014.

The January sales are in full swing and I’ve indulged a bit, even though I shouldn’t really, so I’ll be doing some sales hauls in my forthcoming blogs.

I wanted to share my favourite dress of the moment, which is what I wore to Xmas day dinner with my family.

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It’s from Yours Clothing and is available in the sale in the wine colour here Obviously this is one of the items on the way to me!

It is my intention to blog more in 2014, I manage to write a daily journal so I really should be able to manage to write a blog!!

Wishing you all a sensational 2014.

Love and Kisses
Lyss xx

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Wedding Days

My lovely cousin is getting married in October, I am very happy for her as she has been trying to find someone to settle down with for quite some time and thanks to EHarmony she finally seems to have found her puzzle piece. Now, this is lovely apart from one thing, he is one of the best friends of my evil ex-boyfriend which means that I have to spend a day in his company. I was kind of hoping to be able to snare a fit bloke to talk into being my arm candy on the day, however, I haven’t got a plus one so I’ve got to do this bad boy solo.

 Obviously, this means that I need to look FIERCE!

I have started doing some browsing to try to come up with an idea of what I want to wear to make myself feel good on the day and I thought I’d share some of them with you.

 I’ve had my eye on this Rainforest Paradise Maxi by Igigi for some time, I love the colours and think that on the black background they really do pop and look awesome. The variety of colour gives me varied makeup and accessories options but I am not sure I’d wear heels with a Maxi so I’m unsure that I’d feel ‘dressy’ enough.

Continuing with the maxi theme this beautiful ‘Kiyomi’ Zebra print dress by Igigi has caught my eye. I LOVE the red accents and could totally see me rocking this with a red clutch, pashmina and shoes. However, I would want to wear my red glitter Dorothy shoes and the fact that it’s a maxi might mean that they look a bit odd. I am of the opinion that Maxi’s look better with flats as the whole design of them is a bit boho, however, having done a quick scout online, I am struggling to find red flats that I like!

 The sexy Siren Satin Dress by Kiyonna is another one that I have had my eye on. This really would be the sex kitten option, it’s satin and figure hugging but the way that it drapes makes it look very flattering on and with the right underwear I can smooth down the lumps and bumps that I wouldn’t want to have on show. I can just see this with some serious killer heels and 50s style hair and makeup and as it’s a bargain at just over £50 I could spend the money I’ve saved on more expensive shoes!!

 

Sticking with the sexy slinky vibe this dress by So Fabulous has caught my eye. It is called the Animal print Illusion dress as it has the dark panels at the side to create that hourglass illusion effect. I would need to order this and try it first though as the So Fabulous range is a little hit and miss on quality in my experience and a dress like this would need to be a decent thick material to work. I would personally accessorize this with a very HOT Pink shoe and makeup combination. I think it would look awesome with the monochrome dress.

 The final option is to do what I did for a wedding a couple of years ago and get a dress made to measure. I LOVED the dress that I got made, It fitted me perfectly and I felt gorgeous in it. It did cost me over £250 BUT I personally think it was worth every penny. Here is a picture of me wearing my dress with my Mummy and Auntie Sheena

 What do you think?

 I have until October to decide what I am going to wear but I always find it’s best to start the search early, if you have any suggestions, or know anyone that makes banging dresses then please do let me know!

Love and Kisses

Lyss x

For the love of Lipstick

For as long as I can remember I have taken the dark eyes & pale lips approach to my makeup. I love a heavy smokey eye, combined with fairly plain skin and just a slick of gloss. As you can see from the next couple of pictures, this has been my staple ‘go to’ look for quite some time ..

I have a few products that I use when I have nude lips. My favourite way of creating a very basic nude lip (Per the pics above) is to use MAC ‘What comes naturally’ lip pencil all over my lips and then just finish it off with a touch of either Carmex Cherry Lip balm or Cocoa Butter Vaseline, for a bit of moisture and a natural shine, you can buy these items at Boots.

If I want to have a glossier look then my favourite lip glosses are ‘Sexy Mother Pucker’ from Soap and Glory, MAC Lustreglass in ‘Luminary’ or the gorgeous ‘Marshmallow Elect’ Lancome Juicy Tube

If I am in a sparkly mood then I have an amazing glitter ‘top coat’ gloss from Christian Dior, it was released a few years ago as a limited edition at Christmas so cannot be brought now, Sorry! It looks so stunning on but the glitter chunks are large and it can be uncomfortable to wear after a while.

Me with a glossy nude lip …

Recently I have been being a bit more experimental with my makeup and have introduced some colour into my life! I have to say that I always thought that coloured lipsticks didn’t suit me as I don’t have the fullest of lips. However, I have experimented with some colours and I am pleased to say that I feel very differently now.

So, this first look (Below) was created using Estee Lauder Pure Colour Long-Lasting Lipstick in Black Wine. Now this was a limited edition colour that is sadly no longer available but I have found that MAC Dubonnet Lipstick is quite similar if you line and cover your lips with MAC Beet underneath to give it the darker/purple tone, this also helps to set your lipstick!

The Nail Varnish is OPI ‘The Thrill of Brazil’ which you can buy here

I have become a tad obsessed with Mad Men recently. The craze missed me when it was first came out but I am now at the end of the 2nd series and my girl crush on Christina Hendricks grows by the day! Inspired by the fabulous makeup in the show I tried to create a ‘Mad Men’ look for a recent night out, this obviously required a red lipstick. I used MAC Russian Red to create the look, which is a slightly more blueish red and is quite matte on the lips. I used Rimmel exaggerate lip liner in 024 Red Diva to line and provide the base to my colour to give an even more matte finish and a brighter red base. I really like the results – what do you think?

Having started being brave with Reds I decided that I wanted to extend my lip colour palette and try a more ‘out there’ colour. On a shopping trip to Bluewater I visited the MAC counter in House of Fraser and advised the assistant that I was looking for a bright pink. I had my friends daughter Lilia with me (she’s 4 and like most little girls LOVES makeup) and she picked the colour that she decided looked best of the two that the assistant tried on me, we settled on ‘Girl About Town’ lipstick and Magenta Lip Pencil.

I decided to premier my pink lipped look at my friend’s wedding on Saturday and as I was wearing a bright pink top, it seemed fitting to match my lips to my outfit. I hope that you love the look as much as I do!

This pic is me and my gorgeous friend Jenna!

My plan now is to try out some more exciting colours … maybe an orange or a coral next! I shall keep you posted!

What’s your favourite lip colour?

Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

Payday Wishlist

My bank account has taken a serious battering this month, which means that I am ever so slightly skint as this is the dreaded week before payday!

This means that I do an awful lot of window shopping during this week, planning what I am going to buy on Payday (which is the 23rd of each month) and spending all my hard earned dosh before I get it.

I thought i’d share with you my wants for this month …

The lovely Hayley of @DiamondsandDaggers has done it again and created a gorgeous necklace that I cannot wait to own!!

Union Jack Crystal Heart Pendant - "Blighty" - Diamond Jubilee Edition

The Blighty Love Shines necklace can be brought via Hayley’s Etsy shop here and is a bargain at only £25!

I have 2 necklaces and a brooch from the Love Shines collection already and can honestly say that they are beautiful, the attention to detail and craftsmanship is amazing and they are well worth the money. I can’t wait to get my Blighty necklace just in time for the Jubilee weekend!

 

I have sharpened by Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil to the very bottom and really need to replace it!

I mention these amazing eyeliners in another post and I really cannot rave about them enough, the pigment is amazing and they really do stay on – even in the waterline!

I will be ordering a replacement for my Perversion eyeliner from Debenhams, you can buy this awesome eyeliner online here for the bargain price of £13.

 

Whilst i’m on the subject of Makeup, I will also be ordering a new foundation brush. I absolutely love MAC’s brushes and for me the best foundation brush is 187

 187 Duo Fibre Brush

Now, this isn’t advertised as a foundation brush by MAC, they say that it is to be used to blend powder and pigments but I can honestly say that this is the best foundation brush I have ever owned. Mine is a bit cloggy now and having washed it a gazillion times I think it’s due to be retired and replaced by a new one.

This brush isn’t cheap at £32.50 but I love the way my foundation looks when applied with this so I think it’s worth every penny! You can buy this brush online from MAC here.

 

I am going to the Isle of Wight festival this year and am trying to get my festival capsule wardrobe sorted for the 4 days camping!

I have my eye on this gorgeous bright blue jumpsuit from @SimplybeUK that I am going to order to try

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I am new to the whole jumpsuit trend by love the little leopard print playsuit that I got from Simply be so think i’m going to brave trying a long one too – they are perfect festival wear! You can order this jumpsuit for only £42 from Simply Be here

So, these are the things that are on my ‘Wishlist’ so far … I do still have a week to go though so i’m sure that it will get longer!!

Do you make a wishlist before payday? If so, whats on yours?

Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

My Favourite Dress of the Moment …

Is on sale!

I know lots of people that have commented on this dress when i’ve put pics on Twitter so when I saw it was reduced I thought that i’d let you all know.

You can buy it now here

Here are a couple of pics of me wearing mine …

Banish Black!

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I am glad that the plus size clothing retailers have moved away from black shapeless clothing that covers our curves without flattering them. It would appear that not all plus size beauties agree with me though.

I had a conversation with a colleague this morning about a gorgeous Cadbury’s purple top that she is wearing, as I complimented her on it she advised me that she feels really self-conscious because it isn’t black and loose which is her usual choice of clothing.

Being me, I asked her why she felt like this, she told me that she wants to blend into the background and not be noticed. She said that she feels that when she wears a bright colour, she stands out and people will notice her. I responded by pointing out that there is nothing wrong with standing out and that she should embrace her curves, clearly this made her uncomfortable and she returned to her desk.

 This makes me so sad.

 Yes, as part of the plus size community, we’ve all been the subject of offensive comments and negative feedback, but do you know what I’ve learnt over my 32 years on this earth? If you are the person that’s covering up in baggy clothes and walking with your head down, you are more likely to be the person that is getting shit.

Confidence is the best way to beat the bullies (because that’s what they are) as it is almost impossible to find something negative to say to someone that clearly doesn’t give a fuck what you think and is happy in their own skin. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect, there are times that I have a bad day or have too much to drink and get over-sensitive but 8/10 times I can brush off idiotic bullies without a second glance.

I was surprised by a conversation that I had with someone I know recently. This bloke can actually be a bit of dick and is definitely someone that I have always approached with caution. However, in this exchange he shocked me, he told me that he thinks that my confidence is stunning and that he admires me for being who I am. He is, in his words, ‘ a massive fan’ of me and can’t wait to meet the man that can keep up with me!

 I honestly believe that black shapeless clothing is a disguise. A tool that fat people use to hide behind to make themselves feel better. Well guess what? You don’t blend into the background and it won’t stop you getting noticed. You are not the ‘norm’ and if you think about it, would you really want to be?

It took me a long time to get here, but I am finally happy in my own skin. I’m not saying that I won’t get thinner, but I’m not saying that I won’t get fatter either. I will do whatever makes me happy. This confidence has meant that I have tried out clothes that I wouldn’t have even considered before and means that my wardrobe is evolving into something quite exciting!

If you are reading this and are thinking that you have an excess of black clobber in your wardrobe, then check out some of my favourite colourful items that you can buy right now …

Evans  

Orange Sunflower dress

 

Clements Ribeiro Red ‘Joan’ Dress

 Rust Coloured Jeans

 I love these Jeans! They look so good on (apart from the saggy arse on me because I have no butt!)

 Simply Be

 Kimono Sleeve Top

 I have this in Red and I LOVE it, the tie makes it really flattering and the sleeves are really dramatic.  

Frock and Frill Bell Sleeve floral dress  

You can see the gorgeous Naomi’s review of this here

 Anna Scholz 60s print Tunic

I LOVE this tunic and it’s only £35! I get so many compliments when I wear it.

 Cobalt Blue Jumpsuit

Trust me, Try one – you might surprise yourself!!

 Yours Clothing

 Leopard Leggings!

LOVE!

 ASOS Curve (Even though I can only buy bottom half clothing! Boo!)

Flower Print Pencil Skirt

 Chain Print Dress

Want! So depressing!

 Domino Dollhouse

 Birthday Bash Dress

I love this SO much!

Meringue Petticoat

I am ordering one of these!

Curves can wear colour!!

I hope that I’ve given you some ideas of how to brighten up your wardrobe!!

 Love and Kisses

 Lyss xxx

New Season Style – The Results …

I had a lovely package from Simply be when I arrived back at work today, it was the items that I ordered last week and promised to review.

First of all I tried on the very pretty floaty flowery dress that I ordered

I love this, I think that it is really feminine and cute and the sparkly stones around the neckline and on the straps add a bit of edge to it.

I ordered this dress in a size 30 as I always allow space for my ample bust, but could have definitely sized down for the fit on the bust and hips. Iwill not be ordering the size down though as I am happy with the length and don’t want to risk the smaller size coming up shorter.

The dress goes down at the front and the back and so it long enough for me to wear as a dress. This may not be the case for everyone though as it does come above the knee and I know that not everyone is comfortable flaunting their pins.

My personal paranoia is around my arms, so I never have them uncovered. The only accessory that I had available at the office was a black cardigan from the So Fabulous range at Very. I slung this on to have a look and quite like the effect. I am more likely to wear a waterfall cardigan with it when I go out though as I think that the flowing material will compliment the style of the dress.

Next I tried on the leopard print playsuit – something that is VERY different to my usual style.

 I don’t hate the effect of this playsuit, I don’t love it either though.

I ordered a size 30 to allow for my bust and have to say that I am impressed by the cut. I have more than enough room for my ample boobage and the poppers are not straining to escape.

I am longer in the body than I am in the leg, this means that the first time that I tried this on I was suffering from a bit of camel toe (slightly evident in the pic – sorry about that) but the second time I tried it on I realised that there was so much material on the butt area that a bit of adjusting got rid of the dreaded camel toe and made the outfit more wearable.

I chucked the black cardigan over it again and actually really like the effect in this picture – far better than the first one.

I cannot guarantee that the camel isn’t going to rear its ugly feet again during the course of wearing this in the day though,  for that reason I think that I am going to have to send it back.

What do you think?

Both of these items are from the new season at Simply Be

Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

PS: Apologies for the work toilet pictures, I have no one to take photos for me!

New Season Style

My shopping addiction has taken hold this week and i’ve done a bit of damage to my bank account as a result!

I’ve decided not to ‘play it safe’ with my selections this time and have ordered some items that I wouldn’t usually consider, especially from the new season @ Simply be!

This is what I have ordered …

I love a pencil skirt and wear them quite a lot but this is the first time that I have ventured away from my standard black!

I’m not usually a fan of a hanky hem but I really like the pattern of this dress, I am hoping that it looks as good in person as it does in the picture.

Ok, this isn’t really a new style dress for me … I just loved it and it totally feeds my current navy obession!

The final item from my Simply be shopping spree …

Now this is a HUGE leap for me. I have never even considered a jumpsuit previously as I have always been a little bit scared of them but I love this one.

I am more top heavy that bottom so I don’t think it will look too horrific … we shall find out when it arrives though!

Delivery should take 3-5 days and I will do a blog post when they arrive of how they look … even if they look hideous!!

You can shop the new season Simply Be range here

Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

OOTD Casual @ Work ….

I am wearing my new top from Simply Be today and as it is in the sale at the moment I thought i’d show you what it looks like!

Cue more dodgy pictures of me in the work disabled toilets …

Dress/Tunic – www.simplybe.co.uk

Cardigan – www.yoursclothing.com

Leggings – Sainsbury’s Tu collection 2 pairs for £10!

Bracelets – www.arcobalenojewellerydesign.co.uk

I love the colour of this gorgeous tunic/dress it is really vibrant and already today I have had 2 comments from people on how lovely it is. The belt that comes with it is true to size and pulls me in at exactly the right place.

I decided to wear a cardigan over mine as the pattern sits funny on my boobs …

It may just be me but I feel like the pattern starts going into points where my nipples might be sitting. Not that it really bothers me but it made me giggle so much that I decided that I’d break it up with a cardi!

The material of the top could be better, it’s pretty thin but it does have a really nice soft feel to it.

Should you wish to buy this top then it can be found here  in the Simply Be sale!

Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

 

 

 

Plus Size Fashion

I am the first to admit that plus sized fashion has moved on leaps and bounds in the past 5 years. Gone are the days of my only choice being black shapeless tunics and elasticated waisted jeans, now I actually have choice and boy does my bank balance know it.

However, there are still some things that the plus size clothing manufacturers do that drive me insane and I just wanted to have a little rant about it.

1. Dual Sizing

Now, I’m no expert but I’m pretty sure that clothing sizes are measured and created based on ‘real’ women. I have done some research (Ok, I googled it) and it says that UK sizing is mostly based on body dimensions.

WHY oh why then do retailers insist on making certain ranges in dual sizes?

If you are a size 28 that means that you do not fit into a size 26, so where does the logic come from that it is a good idea to make clothes in a size 26/28 which is essentially a size 27?

I would be all for clothing being made in mid sizes (Ie: 26, 27, 28, 29 etc) but the nonsensical dual sizing just upsets me.

2. Pear Bias

I am not blessed with a buxom derierre.

I have a totally flat non-bum that my friends do take great delight in mocking me about.

Some of the larger plus size retailers (I’m mostly looking at you Evans) clothing really does have a bias towards the pear shaped lovelies among us.

I am unable to find a pair of trousers that fit me well as they all seem to be cut for a more voluptuous bottom, which means that I end up with a big old saggy ass of material – really not flattering.

Another problem with the pear bias is the assumption that because I’m large, I must have a small bust. I don’t. I have a very large bust that, quite frankly, I want to show off.

Dresses have a tendency to be cut towards a smaller bust and a larger bottom half which means that I can be swimming in material from the waist down and unable to breath from the waist up in a lot of designs.

Evans are the prime culprit for both of these faux pas, however, I notice that there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon as they have introduced a new ‘shape’ range that caters for different body types.

I would definitely fall into the ‘Busty’ category and have looked at all of the items that have been recently listed with excitement … only to be sorely disappointed in the items they have selected for this range.

I was ecstatic that the Clements Ribeiro range catered for the larger bust perfectly, to be honest, every item that I tried on felt like it had been tailored specifically to my measurements. (I should point out that I avoided anything in dual sizing)

3. Below the knee

This pet peeve is about the fact that the majority of plus size retailers insist on making dress/skirt length sit just below the knee. This is just not a flattering length on most people.

I have pretty good pins, I have shapely calves, ok knees and a slender ankle so I want to show them off. The ‘below the knee’ cut makes me look dumpy and round and totally counteracts anything positive about my legs as the garment ends at the most shapely part of my calves.

The ASOS ‘Curve’ collection have been a godsend against the war of the skirt length. unfortunately I am only able to order things that fit from the waist down  as the tops do not fit me  (please start catering for a larger bust size!)but I have brought a lot of skirts from them that I love.

4. Recycling

I spend a lot of time browsing websites, looking at catalogues and reading all the pamphlets that come through my door. If you have released an item a few years ago, then I will know about it and I will not be impressed.

There isn’t much more to say on this particular rant but I just think that if retailers are going to ‘recycle’ an old look, they should at least have the courtesy to acknowledge that they have done so because it’s so popular (or they’re too lazy to design anything new)

Oh and Evans, I am looking at you again, the black and white spotty prom dress has been resurrected in various (ever so slightly different) re-incarnations TOO many times now.

5. Model Madness

Finally, I just wanted to have a little moment to beg the designers to start using actual plus sized models to advertise their ranges.

ASOS curve are the worst culprits, I’d say that the models they use are a healthy size 12-14 at the most. This does not give us any idea what the clothes will look like on someone with real curves, lumps and bumps.

Evans have recently appointed models in the various body shapes that they are now doing their promotion around. Frankly, I struggle to see the difference between them.

I guarantee that if you started using real plus size models (24-26) then you would increase your online sales as women would have a true reflection of what the clothes would look like on them.

In the meantime I guess all the wonderful plus sized bloggers out there will do this for you, I know that I certainly check to see if anyone in the bloggosphere has brought something I like before I buy it!

Anyway, that’s enough ranting from me!

Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

I have mentioned the following retailers www.evans.com.uk and www.asos.com during this post.

Missy Lyssy Loo