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Winter layering

Hello lovelies! 

It's been colder than a witch's tit here in the UK so I've been layering under or over my clothes to keep warm. This day I wore a red long sleeved top under a shirt sleeved dress to stay toasty. You can't see it because I'm wearing my jacket, but wearing something under or over a summery dress is a great way to maximise your wardrobe. 




Here's me wearing the dress in 2017.


Everything in this outfit is old but my hat, but it's out of stock at the moment (River Island). 

How are you keeping warm? 

Thanks for reading. 
Leah xoxo

Happy 2021 - I'm still cute

Hello lovelies! 

I hope you had a great Christmas and New Year? Mine was really quiet but good. I don't have a lot of money for outfits these days (which is one of the reasons I hardly blog any more) but I've decided to work with what's already in my wardrobe rather than always looking to buy new things. 

Here's a recent outfit I put together which I really love. 

Plus size Simply Be leopard print dress

Plus size Simply Be leopard print dress

Plus size Simply Be leopard print dress

You can see my funky socks and Skechers in the shot below. I go out walking every day to keep my mental health on the right side of healthy. 

Plus size Simply Be leopard print dress

I'm wearing:
Hat River Island via Asos (out of stock) 
Jumper old George at Asda
Leopard print dress Simply Be (from two pack)

Are you interested in my forays into my existing wardrobe? Or are you all about the new? 

Thanks for reading, 
Leah xo 

Boohoo Plus Leather Look Wrap Dress

Hiya lovelies, 

I'm back with a blog post, my first in such a long time. I've lost my way with words but really want to find my way back to them again. Here's a dress I bought recently which really makes me feel amazing. 

Boohoo Plus Leather Look Wrap Dress size 28 





As you can see it's tight, short and indecent but I love it! You can grab it here - Boohoo Plus Leather Look Wrap Dress. 

I'm wearing a size 28 and it's true to size. 

Thanks for reading. 
Leah xoxo

In Need Of A Good Night's Sleep?

Hey loves, this is a collaborative post (not written by me). 



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If you're not sleeping well right now, you're not alone. Many people are suffering from anxiety or stress due to coronavirus and are worrying about their jobs, money, family members, catching the virus and the uncertainty of what will happen over the next couple of months. However, right now, to fight and avoid this virus, it's important to be as healthy as you can be and sleep is so important for your health. If you're struggling to get a decent night's sleep right now, here are some tips to help you.

Stay in a good sleep routine.

While it can be difficult if you're not working right now or some days you're working from home so can sleep in longer than other days, if you want to sleep well every night then it's really important to get in sync with your body's natural sleep-wake cycle and try to keep to this. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day and avoid sleeping in—even on weekends. If you can do this, you'll soon find that you feel much more refreshed and energized.

Use a Sleep App

Sleep apps can wake you up naturally when you're in your lightest sleep, which helps you to wake up feeling fresh instead of an alarm, making you jump and leaving you feeling groggy. Sleep apps are also really useful for data too as they show you how much sleep you have and what your sleep patterns are

Wind down and clear your head

It's important to deal with your stress before you go to bed. Try having a bath or reading a book to prepare your mind for sleep. Getting into a good bedtime routine and freeing your mind will really help you to sleep well. Try a relaxation technique, dimming the lights and listening to soft music or an audiobook, or click here to find out more about CBD and how this can help you to relax.

Avoid bright screens

Try to avoid bright screens before you go to bed. The blue light emitted by your phone, tablet or computer is not good for sleep, and neither is a lot of the material you are taking in on these devices either. If you want to read, read a book but try to avoid screens as much as you can. If you must use a screen, then use a device with a smaller screen and turn the brightness down.

Turn off the TV

Many people believe that watching television in bed helps them to relax. However, again the light from the TV is no good for sleep, and it suppresses melatonin which is the hormone you need to go to sleep. Also, just like with using your phone or laptop before bed, the content is usually stimulating rather than relaxing, which won't help. Try listening to relaxing music or audiobooks instead.

Exercise during the day

People who exercise regularly sleep better at night and they feel more alert and energized during the day. You don't need to do a lot, simply start with a ten minute home work out each day and see if you notice a difference.

Thanks for reading, 
Leah xoxo




Thanks for reading. Leah xoxo

10 Quick Fashion Fixes That Won't Break the Bank

Hey lovelies,

This is a collaborative post (not written by me).



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It can be tough to find new clothes without breaking the bank, especially if you've gotten into a habit of buying whenever you feel like you have nothing to wear (spoiler: you always do). This habit can be a severe drain on your finances, and it also makes your wardrobe too cluttered. While you might be buying more clothes, you rarely get rid of the ones you already have. There are solutions to this, though, and they are often quicker and cheaper than you think.

Have a Clearout

The first step toward fixing your fashion is to stand in front of your wardrobe and have a good old fashioned clearout. Here, you can get rid of every clothing item that you don't wear, or even plain forgot that you had. The feelings that come with clearing out long-forgotten pieces will be a relief, and you won't feel so stressed every time you need to decide what to wear.

Dress Up

There will always be some clothes that you can never decide on, though. Do you throw them out? Do you give them another chance? Dressing up and putting on a fashion show for yourself will help you decide what to do with the vast number of clothes in the Maybe pile. By playing dress up, you can test different items with each other, create complimenting outfits, and finally realise which types of clothes you want to keep for good.

Learn From Mistakes

We have all made fashion mistakes in our lives. Maybe we were inspired by something we saw online or in a movie. Perhaps we went shopping and bought something just for the sake of buying it. Whatever these mistakes were, it's time to learn from them to make sure you never repeat them. You can ask yourself how often you have worn it; you can consider whether you even like the colour, or whether it fits you (or ever fits you), if the answer to any of these is hardly at all, no, and no again, it's a sign to say goodbye.

Think of 30 Wears

You can take this attitude the next time you go shopping (or rather, browse sites online because who wants to go into a shop right now?) When looking for new clothes, ask yourself if you will get 30 wears out of it. This is an idea promoted by Livia Firth, the Eco-Age founder, and it encourages people to be more intelligent with their fashion choices. Sure, you might find a stunning dress that would be great for your next night out, but if you're not going to wear it again, then what's the point?

Don't Be Afraid to Repeat

There is a weird idea within the fashion world that you can't wear something more than once, but if you're trying to be more conscious with your fashion choices, it's time to ditch this idea. You might not want to wear the same outfit again, but you can mix and match existing items to create something entirely different. Repeating outfits will stop you running to the shop every time you have a big night coming up, meaning you can protect your bank balance.

Embrace Your Accessories

Accessories can often make an outfit. But, you've got plenty of options available for you, whether it's a chic pair of specs from Eyeglasses.com to an array of gorgeous bangles, bracelets, or rings, polka dot headbands or just an elegant watch, there are no limits to how your accessories can improve an outfit. If you've got a low cut top, adding a necklace will make things look less bare. For short sleeves, bracelets add some sparkle to your attire and make it much more interesting.

Ditch the High Street

High Street shopping is something that everyone flocks to whenever they need a new outfit, but with rumours (and sometimes evidence) of unethical practices, it's time to ditch the High Street and look elsewhere. Sustainable brands can be found all over the internet, and even Charity shops or Vintage clothing stores can help you find something special. While these clothes can sometimes be more expensive than what you're used to paying, they will also be better quality, meaning they will last longer and you'll not need to replace them as often.

Get Creative

If you're tired of the same old fashions every time you browse your social media feed or spend hours looking for the perfect outfit, you might be better off getting creative. Self-made styles are becoming increasingly popular, and if you have any knowledge about sewing, stitching or embroidery, you can create something new out of something old. Here, you can indulge in your creativity and create something unique, or you can fix old clothes to make them as good as new, meaning you don't need to throw them out.

Try Pre-Orders

Pre-ordering clothes is becoming a popular trend in the battle against wasted items. Rather than mass-producing endless denim skirts and cute t-shirts, pre-order companies will only start making something when a customer purchases it. Aside from helping the environment, it will also test your interest in trends. As all clothes are made to order, you'll need to exercise patience, and if you can't wait, it is unlikely to be an essential purchase.

Borrowing

Sometimes you can't find the right outfit no matter what wells you try to source it from. Or, you'll find the perfect piece, but it's way out of your price range. The solution to this is borrowing from friends, family, and even clothing rental companies. Rather than splurge on one item that you'll only wear once, you can exchange items with your friends or have an item delivered to your door, all you need to do afterwards is send it back in perfect condition.

Fast Fixes

Fixing your wardrobe and filling it with items that you love rather than just like, or have even bought for the sake of it, can transform your style while still giving you plenty of options the next time you head out. A refreshed wardrobe is something that makes you feel better about all your clothes and means you'll step outside with more confidence than you've ever had before.

Thanks for reading. Leah xoxo

Dealing With Mental Health Amidst A Pandemic

Hiya loveys,

This is a collaborative post (not written by me).

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been one of the hardest years that many of us will ever have to experience in our lifetimes. Whilst numbers are very much dropping, the virus is still at large. It’s understandable that worries and fears about the virus may have negatively affected your mental health and today, we’re going to talk about the best ways to deal with depression and other mental health problems amidst a pandemic.



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Don’t believe everything you read in the media

While it’s important to stay up to date on news surrounding the virus, the media are notorious for creating clickbait articles that are used as scaremongering techniques. Using only trusted sources such as the BBC website and app will ensure that you’re reading accurate information and advice. Staying away or reducing your time on social media may also help relieve your worries and fears.

Use regular relaxation techniques

This is a scary time for everyone, so practising calming techniques is important for mental well-being. However, when you suffer from depression and anxiety, these fears are amplified and can be difficult to alleviate. Here are some tried and testing relaxation techniques:

Use the grounding method. Find something you can see, smell, taste, and touch. This will help calm anxiety and help you gain clarity on what’s actually happening.

Practise yoga. It’s an amazing way to stay in shape and also promotes breathing techniques to help keep you calm.

Consider using CBD to help diminish your fears. You can read here how CBD oil can help with depression.

Distracting yourself is a fantastic short-term solution for calming anxiety. Read a book, play a game, or even try cooking that dish you’ve been wanting to make - you’ll feel better sooner than you think!

Speak to family and friends

One thing that may help tackle your depression during this pandemic is talking to your family and friends. We’re all in the same boat and it’s very likely your loved ones have the same worries. Whether it’s your parents, your best friend, or even someone you went to school with, talking it out can make a massive difference. 

Take necessary precautions

Did you know the reason we feel anxious is our minds trying to protect us? So naturally at a time like this, your mind is going to go into overdrive. Taking the necessary precautions as issued by the government will give you peace of mind that you’re doing everything in your power to keep yourself safe. Here are some safety guidelines in regards to the pandemic.

Remember that you’re not alone!

Finally, always remember that you’re not alone! As mentioned earlier, we’re all in the same boat throughout this pandemic, and it’s important not to shut yourself off from those who care about you. Remember if you feel that you cannot cope to speak to your GP as soon as possible, and they will be able to direct you to the right method of care. Together we can beat mental health difficulties amidst the pandemic!

Thanks for reading. Leah xoxo

#Ad Perfect4u babydoll nightwear

Hi lovelies! 

Recently the kind folks over at Perfect4u Fashion sent me a babydoll, and I'm in love! 


I was already familiar with Perfect4u because I'd seen them at the Curve Fashion Festival in 2018 and I bought one of their babydolls then. Their designs are very detailed and such a good price. 




I'm wearing the babydoll in size 26-28 and it's generously sized. It comes with a matching thong and it's very well priced at £28.50. It's available from sizes 18-32 in plus sizes, and Perfect4u also do straight sized lingerie too. Don't walk, run to get yourself some of their designs. 

Thanks for reading. 
Leah xoxo

5 Powerful Ways to Get Rid of Bad Habits*

Hey loveys,

This is a collaborative post (not written by me).

Is there something you do that you're tired of? Has it gotten so bad that it's interfering with your regular activities and relationships? Well, you're definitely not alone, and it's always good to become the best version of yourself. With that said, it is not so easy getting to that stage where you can be satisfied with yourself, and you'll need all the help you can get. Here are five tips that can make it easier for you.

1. Start small

Quitting a bad habit does not happen in a day and so be patient with yourself about the behavior you want to get rid of. Start with baby steps, changing one little thing at a time until you have reached your goal. For example, if you want to quit smoking cigarettes, switch to a less invasive option such as vaping. Click here to find out more information about quality accessories you can use. From there you can move to something less damaging and so on. Trying to stop at once might worsen the situation.



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2. Find a Partner

Doing it by yourself might be harder than finding someone going through the same process. An accountability partner will be useful in getting rid of the undesired behavior. You can also join a group of people with the same aim as you to share your journey with. This way you know that you're not alone and that you will be relieved of some pressure, making it easier to quit.

3. Change your environment

Changing your environment involves making it harder for you to access the things that contribute to your bad habit. For example, put junk food out of reach or throw it away altogether. If seeing the grocery store makes you want to buy some snacks, then walk on the other side of the street. And if having more clothes makes you disorganized then give some away.

4. Have a solid reason why

It is easier to eliminate an undesired habit if your reason is legitimate and meaningful. Though important, it’s simply not enough to try to stop ‘just because you want to’. What does it mean for your health if you quit? How will your friends and family feel about it? Are there people looking up to you that you can change your behavior for? These are some excellent, sentimental reasons you can have to keep you going on your behavior change journey.

5. Delay your urges



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Slowing down your response to the urge for the habit can make you forget it temporarily. Count to 20 seconds whenever you feel you want to get into the practice, and you might not feel the same way after. It is like procrastinating the practice, and like how that works, it can lead to you forgetting to do it altogether.

The life you desire is just within reach if you take the necessary steps. It is great that you are thinking about getting rid of the bad habit, and that is the most critical step. Once you have that at the back of your mind, it's smooth sailing going forward.

Thanks for reading. 
Leah xoxo