Thursday, 27 October 2016

Clothing hack - 3/4 playsuit into long lagenlook dress

Hey loves! It's been a while again, hasn't it? James kindly passed on his man flu to me, and as I have asthma that means instant chest infection. Yay, lucky me! ;) In today's post I'm going to talk about how I hacked this long lagenlook dress from a three-quarter length playsuit.

Friday, 21 October 2016

'By Invitation', a fragrance by Michael Bublé

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Whenever I receive anything for review purposes I always keep an open mind and try not to prejudge something until I have it in my hands. I deliberately didn't read any reviews of this Michael Bublé perfume before I received it (or even look up the scent notes) as I didn't want to shape my opinion before I put my nose to the test. I'm not someone who normally buys celebrity fragrance at all - I'm not swayed by that kind of thing. I had no idea what to expect - I was worried I might hate it - but I loved it from the first spray. I'm not a perfume whizz who can pick out many individual notes in a perfume, but on me this smells of vanilla, citrus and musks. It has a heady, intoxicating warmth which just draws you in, and when I'm wearing it I can't resist sniffing my wrist constantly. I would imagine this is the kind of perfume which draws people in slightly closer so they can smell it better. If I was a single lady I'd definitely be wearing this on nights out!

Thursday, 20 October 2016

It's been a while

I haven't taken any outfit photos in nearly 3 weeks, and people who follow me on Instagram may have seen this outfit there a month ago or so. I've lost my way with fashion blogging and have been in a bit of a funk. It's a mixture of things - fatigue from the move affecting my mental health compounded by looking at a face in the mirror which is visibly ageing by the day, with a dash of materialistic ho-bag guilt after packing up my entire life into boxes and realising how much crap I own. Going forwards I intend to show a mix of old things with the occasional new item thrown into the mix, and as I said in a previous post I'll be trying to diversify. I want to show other sides of my personality other than hopelessly addicted fashion victim. ;)

Anyway, here's a really simple casual outfit I wore on a blisteringly hot day last month. A few of the items I've had for months, but thankfully as they're basics they're still for sale.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Introducing Viva Voluptuous lingerie

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Viva Voluptuous are a lingerie company who launched this month. Filling a gap in the market for luxurious boudoir lingerie for the over size 16 figure, they stock babydolls, kimonos and corsets in sizes 16-30 and for bust sizes of 36D and above.
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Speaking about the inspiration behind the brand’s creation, Founder Liz Willis says, “I created VIVA VOLUPTUOUS because plus-size women were expressing frustration when buying boudoir lingerie. High street retailers often take size 8 designs and add more fabric to get a size 18! I believe that voluptuous ladies have as much right to look and feel sexy as someone of a sample size. Therefore, our range is designed specifically and exclusively for these women to fill the big gap in the market.”
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I love that Viva Voluptuous have used the gorgeous Olivia Campbell to model some of their items (in red, above) and another bonus is the handy Gentlemen's Guide to lingerie buying to help anyone struggling with a lack of knowledge to treat (and wow) their significant other. As well as the lingerie itself, they also have a range of accessories such as masks, hold ups and gloves to spice up bedroom activities.

My favourite items are the Festive Surprise corset (ideal for a saucy Mrs Claus outfit) and the vampy black and red Holly babydoll. What's your fave item from the website? *EDIT* Since I've shared this post I've fallen in love with the black robe in the header image and I want to swish around like a fat Lady Gaga in AHS: Hotel. Super gothic vibes!

Thanks for reading,
Leah xoxo
(Not a sponsored post).

Saturday, 15 October 2016

The pen is mightier than the sword - an apology (of sorts)

Words have such power. The power to do small every day kindnesses which are easily forgotten or ignored, or the power to do great harm.

The other evening I sat down to capture why I feel so out of sorts with blogging, and in my usual bulldozer-in-a-meringue-factory style I ranted impulsively without any thought to who would read my words and relate to them as if I wrote it especially for them. This isn't a complete about-turn for those hoping for one. This post won't placate people who disagree that there are some fake aspects to blogging, or those who think purely fashion-related blogging as controlled by brands is better than the radical fatness/political days of old. I stand by the message, but not necessarily the delivery of it. There are kind ways of getting any message across, and my words were hasty, not kind.

What I really want to apologise for are the people who messaged me directly to say my scattergun accusatory tone had found a home in them. Hearing that my words had made anything they were already going through worse made me feel like shit, and quite rightly so. I deserve to feel shitty about that. When I sit and tap out posts in the small hours I have no idea how far my words travel, and little imagination of how they'll be taken by the tender souls of fellow creatives. It's been an important reminder that the pen is mightier than the sword, especially when wielded by someone in a shitty mood. To those people (and you know who you are), you didn't deserve that.

Leah xoxo

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Why plus size blogging is making me f*cking miserable

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Stock photo from Makeup Savvy (edited by me)

There are a million other things I could and should be writing about now, like my shiny new flat or the fact that because I've been so stressed I've had an upset tum for a week and all my knickers keep falling down. But no, I have other things on my mind right now.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

How to declutter in an eco friendly way

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How to declutter in an eco friendly way

Although our upcoming house move has been quite short notice, I was determined that I would donate and recycle as many of our unwanted belongings as I possibly could. Here are some of the things I've done to pass on our surplus goods. I'm not writing this post to paint myself as some kind of saint, but to give you some ideas about how you can clear out your clutter AND perhaps do some good with it. In the past when we've moved we've been quite wasteful, but this time round I've spent a lot of time and money making sure we throw away the bare minimum.
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