January sales & birthday presents … Part One

I had a little splurge in the January sales. I’ve justified this by telling myself that I’ve been really good at not buying new clothes for a while now …

Anyway, I’m going to break down what I brought by brand so this first one will cover what I brought from Asos curve as I only brought one thing.

Can you guess what it was? Yep! Got it in one, I brought the psbloggers favourite swing dress of the year in Red Leopard print!

This is how I styled it today for breakfast with my gorgeous friends and shopping with Mummy.

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(Please excuse my crappy photos, I live alone and am single so finding people to photograph me is a struggle)

I love this dress, it’s so vibrant and floaty and the short sleeves make it perfect for summer. If you like this dress then you can buy it here the ASOS curve sale has up to 70% off, so is well worth a visit!!

I went shopping with my Mum to pick up my birthday present as her and my Dad brought me a new coat from Evans.

I am in LOVE with this coat. I struggle to find winter coats I like and since Evans started only doing dual sizing in coats, I’ve avoided them like the plague, this coat however is a dream!

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It’s a very thick woven texture with a detachable light brown fur collar. The fasteners are little clasps and give a more luxurious feel to the coat. I brought a size 30/32, as my breasts are somewhat on the large size, which fits me with room so if you are smaller chested you may wish to size down.

It has now sold out on the website but I brought mine at the Bluewater store and they did have more. The other coats Evans have on sale are here and are actually worth a look!

I’ll be doing a Yours Clothing and Simply be sales shopping post too so stay tuned.

Much love
Lyss xx

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Blog Sale … Round One

I have been having a spring clean and found some clothes that have been in storage which I no longer need and could do with some new homes!!

I’m putting the items up on my blog before I load them onto EBay to give you a chance to get a bargain!!

Postage and a packing will be £4 for each item and I will get proof of postage when they are sent. Please either comment below, tweet me @twisted__siren or email alyssa@twistedsiren.co.uk if you wish to buy something and i’ll send you a PayPal invoice.

Cotton feel summer dress from Evans Size 32 £5 (plus £3 P&P)

Worn once to a christening, very lightweight and pretty. The bust is relatively small on this, but that’s to be expected from Evans.

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Weird Fish Tea Dress £5 (plus £3 P&P)

One of my faves from 2012! Time to find it a new home!

You can see me wearing it here

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Joe Browns BRAND NEW multi-way beach kaftan in vibrant pink Paisley design. Size 30 (will easily fit bigger or much smaller) tags still attached £5 (plus £3 P&P)

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Stunning Dorothy Perkins neon Print 80s style strapless prom dress (sweetheart neckline) from the tall range. Size 22 but the style and shirring on the back means it will easily fit up to a size 26. I can still fit into it.

This has been worn but is time to move on to a new home. £5 plus (£3 P&P)

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So Fabulous short black beaded dress size 30 worn once. £5 (plus £3 P&P)

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BETH DITTO FOR EVANS wiggle dress size 30 £5 (plus £3 P&P)

I love this but have only been brave enough to wear it once. There is a slight tear at the back (approx 1/2 inch) where the elastic feature at the back meets the material but this is an easy repair. Such a sexy dress!

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Some of these items have been in storage so may need washing when they arrive. I also have a cat so cannot guarantee that he won’t contribute some ginger fur to my packages!

I have more to upload shortly xxx

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

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.

Easter Sunday OOTD

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Dress – Weird Fish clothing from http://www.marisota.co.uk
Cardigan – Last season at http://www.yoursclothing.co.uk
Tights – BBW tights brought from eBay Necklace – Tatty Devine bespoke name necklace http://www.tattydevine.com

Love and Kisses
Lyss xx

OOTD Comedy Gala night!

Tonight I am going to the Teenage Cancer Trust comedy Gala night at the Royal Albert Hall.

This is my outfit!

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The dress is from Simply be last year and is one of my favourites! Easy to wear and flattering as it pulls you in at all the right places!

My scarf is from EBay, I have 5 different coloured versions of this, I love it!!

Shoes from Accessorize, I believe that they are still in store at the moment!

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I decided to go for vibrant makeup with ruby red lips to match my nails

The shade is 103 Black Wine by Estée Lauder and my nails are ‘The Thill of Brazil’ by OPI

I am so excited about the show!!

Love and Kisses

Lyss xx

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Missy Lyssy Loo