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Thursday, 30 April 2015

To The Beach | Collaboration With Sally Wills

This week, I have been working along side fellow Plus Size blogger, Sally Wills on a fashion and lifestyle guest post, inspired by Sally's amazing 'To The Beach' series on her blog. Our challenge was to create a beach style for the other blogger and give our top five tips on body confidence and accentuating our curves for the upcoming summer months!

Through talking to Sally and drawing inspiration from her previous blog posts, I got the impression that Sally was a confident and had a unique personality. Sally screams a combination of a girly, colourful and sometimes vintage personality to me, which I really wanted to bring through in my style creation for her.

You can check out Sally's post in our 'To The Beach' collaboration on her blog here:
The Human Mannequin
or by following Sally on Twitter to keep up to date with her posts here:

Through talking to Sally and drawing inspiration from her previous blog posts, I got the impression that Sally was a confident and had a unique personality. Sally screams a combination of a girly, colourful and sometimes vintage personality to me, which I really wanted to bring through in my style creation for her.

My Style Creation for Sally
[All images are courtesy of the corresponding online stores, I do not own the right to any of the images used]
Tropical Cheeky Bikini Top // Forever 21 // £14
Tropical Cheeky High-Waisted Bikini Shorts // Forever 21 // £12
Embellished Woven Jersey Beach Kaftan // Very // £27

I chose the floral print bikini as it was something girly that I think really expressed Sally's personality. I also loved the style of the top and shorts; the top has extra support under the bust area, which can be very flattering to a larger figure - at least it's something that always makes me feel more confident when wearing high cut or bikini tops. I also love the strap detailing, as it draws attention to the upper bust and away from the stomach area - something that I swear by for accentuating a plus size figure. I'm really loving the high-waisted styling of a lot of bikini shorts at the moment as they are very flattering, drawing attention to the curves around the waist, and the cut out sections give it a more unique look. I also loved the vintage style pattering and colour combinations which scream summer to me. The bold patterns are also very flattering to a plus size figure. I wanted to keep the cover-up really simple, due to the bold colours on the bikini. I chose the Very kaftan because the flowing style is very slimming and I think it's a really nice length. One of the major issues a lot of my plus size friends have is their upper arms, so I wanted something which would cover the upper arms, but still have an element of see through-ness (this is the only word I can think of to describe it!). I wanted to keep a colourful element to the styling to suit Sally's personality, though, and I really loved the green embellishment on the neckline, which I think went well with the colours in the bikini also.

Juicy Couture Desert Glass Beach Tote // Simply Be // £86
Imogen Oversized Sunglasses // Simply Be // £9.99
Coral Leather Beaded Strap Sandals // New Look // £19.99

As I stuck to black as the main colour for the clothing, I wanted to add some bright colours to the accessories I chose for Sally. I am really loving the photographic elements to bags at the moment, and I thought that this desert bag from Simply Be was perfect for any kind of beach, especially with the bright pink sunglasses design. I also really liked the turquoise colour in the bag as I think it's a colour that goes really well with Sally's brown hair. I didn't want to stick to one colour for the accessories, but wanted to keep a similar under-colour running through, so I went for a pink as this colour. I like the coral colour in the sandals, as they don't draw attention away from the bikini with their pale colour, but can make skin look more tanned being a light colour. I love the strap design in these, as well as them being wide fit. I chose the New Look sunglasses for their peachy undertones, as well as their main colour of purple, which I think goes really well with Sally's brown hair and are much more fun than standard black sunglasses.

My Top Five Tips & Tricks For Plus Size Beach Bodies

1 | Sexy Doesn't Mean Slutty; Every woman wants to feel sexy, whether it's for someone else or for their own self confidence. Unfortunately, a lot of women and girls in the modern age think that they have to wear next to nothing to look sexy - but this couldn't be more false! Wearing clothing that flatters your figure and accentuates your best features, whether that's choosing colours to make your eyes stand out or drawing attention to a specific body part, is incredibly sexy. For plus size figures, wearing high waisted bikini shorts can help to smooth down the problem areas, as well as accentuating your natural curves.

2 | Take Good Care Of Your Skin; Healthy skin can help to boost your confidence ten-fold, no matter of your size. I use Bio-Oil every other day on my problem areas, especially on my upper arms and my thighs, which help to reduce cellulite and really boost my confidence. Before using the Bio-Oil I used to hate wearing sleeveless tops and shorts/skirts, but now I am much more confident in doing so.

3 | Don't Hide In Dark Colours; Whilst black can be a slimming colour in some senses, style plays a big part in this too. Just sticking on a black swimsuit won't shed any pounds from how people perceive you. By not hiding in the shadows and wearing brighter colours that compliment your personality as well as your skin tone and hair colour can not only boost your confidence, but can help other people to see past the shape or size of your body and concentrate on you, the person.

4 | Choose Your Clothing Carefully; One of the major issues I have being plus size is that I fall in love with so many fashionable trends that don't suit me and tend to waste money on buying things that don't suit me just because they are in fashion, rather than choosing clothes that suit my body shape. This is no different when it comes to beach wear. Whilst I love fashion, and love keeping up with the trends, you don't have to own every trend going to look fashionable and feel confident about yourself. There is so many trends out there, sticking to the ones which flatter your body shape won't mean you will be left with nothing to wear.

5 | "Haters Gonna Hate"; Why should you let the way some stranger will glance at your for no more than a few seconds ruin your time? Having fun and brushing off looks from strangers is something that is incredibly difficult to do, and something that I have struggled with on numerous holidays. I know, it's an incredibly difficult thing to do, ignoring people who may be judging you for the shape of your body, but you will never meet them again, and their opinions and meanness should have no direct affect on how you feel about yourself. Remember, you have friends and family who love you for you, and if you keep telling yourself that, you will be able to have fun. The more fun you allow yourself to have, the less you will be bothered by other people. The best time I have had on a beach is when I ignored all the other people and decided I was going to go on the banana boat, despite all my friends being skinny and looking, what I thought at the time, as much better than me. What I realised after going on the banana boat was that I was so involved in having fun and enjoying myself (as well as clinging on for dear life to the banana) that the way I looked didn't bother me at all. People are judgemental and will have their opinions whether you are petit, plus size, short or tall - ignore them and focus on yourself - you'll have a much better time!

I hope you have enjoyed my first collaboration! Don't forget to check out Sally's post on her blog [[The Human Mannequin]] to see what beautiful outfit choices she has made for me. If you have enjoyed this collaboration and would like to see more or if you have some more tips and tricks for beach body confidence, let me know in the comments down below!

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Emma Watson Inspired Vintage | Polyvore Creation

Emma Watson Inspired Vintage

Slimming top
£12 - synthetic shoes
£8.50 -

Gorjana chain collar necklace
£56 -

Lane Bryant metal bangle
£11 -

Job Interview Chic | Polyvore Creation

Job interview outfits don't have to be dull and boring to be professional...

Job interview outfits don't have to be dull and boring to be professional...

Boohoo plus size dress
£16 -

Boohoo green jacket
£20 -

Chelsea Crew heels & pumps
£46 -

Stührling stainless steel jewelry
£43 -

Miadora sterling silver necklace
£43 -

#InstaLove | My Favourite Instagram Accounts

Instagram has quickly become one of my favourite past times, and I have managed to be introduced to some incredible and creative people who produce some amazingly beautiful photographs and stories with their images. I love looking at so many different peoples Instagram profiles, but I, like everyone, have my favourites, who I check up on regularly and whose images always make me smile as I catch a glimpse of their day to day lives and experiences. I'd like to share my favourite eight with you guys...

Thank you to Aisling, who I got the inspiration for this post from, for letting me steal this post idea! You can check out Aisling's Instagram Favourites here or check out her blog, Aisling's Beauty Bytes, or follow her on Twitter @aislingsbbytes.

Sophie Rose | Sophie Rose Blogs

Sophie's Instagram account always manages to make me wish I was a more creative photographer. Like her blog, her images on Instagram are really beautiful and use light, tone and props really interestingly. It's a fantastic Instagram to follow if you love pretty images and interesting compositions, especially if you are a fan of beauty and fashion.

Hannah Bailey-Churcher | Hannah Bee

Following Instagram profiles and blogs from other countries, especially those who have scenery and cultures very different to your own is really interesting to me. Hannah, who is based in Australia, has some fantastic images of beaches, sunshine and food that I can only image here in England. I love her compositions and amazing vibrant colours in all her images - it's like an escape from the dreary weather of the UK.

Aisling's blog and Instagram account are filled with all the things I love - beauty, fashion and Lush! Aisling is a great inspiration to me for both beauty and fashion ideas and her Instagram feels as though you are chatting to a friend about your favourite things.

Sophie Wood | Slogger

Sophie is a lovely person and a fabulous blogger, and he Instagram is no different. I love the variety you can expect from her Instagram, as some days it will be an artistic photograph, other days it will be a beauty or fashion post and some days it will be an every day picture telling a story. I especially love Sophie's fashion pictures and images of her charity work, which she has done incredibly on.

Elise Rose | Elise Rose

Although Elise doesn't have a massive amount of images on her Instagram, I love the variety and accessibility of her blog. It's just like looking through a friends photo album and you feel connected to the things she loves and has been doing. Elise is really good at knowing what filters best fit the mood of her images.

Ally Allen

Ally is one of my oldest and best friends, who I couldn't mention my favourite Instagram accounts without following. Whilst some of the images are personal and won't speak to everyone, they speak to me and I love finding out what my friends are up to. Everyone has that Instagram they follow to keep up with what their friends who don't live close by are up to. Pictures really do say a thousand words and I love keeping up with the homey feeling images of our friends and her kitten, Hugo!

Emmie-Hope Newitt | Carpe Diem Emmie

Emmie has some beautiful images on her Instagram. I especially love looking at her images from events and of nature, with an interesting use of filters which makes her Instagram have a vintage feel to it. There is always something different to look at.

Kirsty Ralph | Kirsty Ralph

Kirsty is a fantastic friend and blogger and I love following her Instagram for the places she has visited to share in the memories. I especially love her images of food, as she is a great food blogger. I love the way she displays her image using a split screen design. It always makes me hungry looking at Kirsty's Instagram, as well as happy to follow a friends experiences.

Let me know in the comments below if you follow any of these beautiful people on Instagram, and let me know your favourite people to follow! You can add me on Instagram also and let me know your links in the comments.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Featured Photographer | Paul McKenzie

I wanted to do something different on my blog, and start a series. Photography is something I'm passionate about, and something that I unfortunately don't have the time to pursue as much as I would like to. I get this creative pre-set from my Dad, it seems, as he too is fascinated by photography and is very good at photoshop and composition, so what better photographer to feature on a post than my Dad, Paul McKenzie.

Paul McKenzie has been taking photographs in a more professional sense for the past two years or so, joining the Tettenhall Wood Photographic Club two seasons ago. He has shown massive improvement in his photographs, and recently created an outstanding portfolio of photographs from his travels around India. 

I love my Dad's photographs, not just because he is my Dad! I love the use of HDR and the shading, making each image look as though it is in a high definition alternate world where colours are more beautiful. Each image, unlike some photographers, tells a story, and has a different feeling radiating from it, whether it's of people or nature alike.

Paul McKenzie Photography | Favourite Images

"A Woman's Work Is Never Done" // India

"Dungarees Boat Blue" // Dungeness 

"Hindu Priest" // India

"Rhododendron Dream" // Scotland

Please leave in the comments below your opinions of this photography (don't hold back just because he is my Dad!). I'm hoping to continue this series every few weeks, so let me know in the comments also whether you want to see more of this kind of series?

All photographs are property of Paul McKenzie, and can be found at

Monday, 27 April 2015

Alternative Spring Wedding | Polyvore Creation

Alternate Wedding. Inspired by my friend who is currently planning her wedding.

Beaded evening gown

Stuart weitzman sandals
£340 -

ZAC Zac Posen kisslock handbag
£105 -

Bounkit earrings
£155 -

Tory Burch iridescent eyeshadow
£40 -

Ready For Summer | Playlist

I thought it was about time I shared another one of my playlists with you, and what better one to share than the one I have most recently created and started listening to non-stop. Filled with upbeat tunes and summer anthems, it's perfect for getting yourself in the summer mood! Enjoy!

If you love these songs, or simply want to share some summer tunes that you love, let me know in the comments below!

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Shopper Casual | Polyvore Creation

Shopper casual

Aztec print crop top

Fold over ankle boots

White shoulder bag
£16 -

Charlotte Russe knot hat
£13 -

Lips makeup

9 Places I Want To Visit Before I Die

I have had the great fortune of having travelled to some of the most amazing and beautiful places in the world, including outstanding countries such as Costa Rica and Thailand, and classic beautiful, heritage filled cities such as Prague, but there are still a number of places I would love to visit before I die. Nine of the most interesting places I would like to visit (when I can afford it) are below.

As I have not been to these places, they are places I have seen on the internet or in books, I do not own the rights to any of the images used, they are all from internet sources such as travel websites and news websites - all website sources are listed under the relevant locations.

1 | Zhangye Danxia Landform, China
image from:

2 | Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

3 | Angkor Wat, Cambodia

4 | Bamboo Forest, Japan

5 | Pumukkale, Turkey

6 | Venice, Italy

7 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia

8 | Tulip Fields, Netherlands

9 | Vatnajokull Glacier Cave, Iceland

Hopefully you have found some new and interesting places that you would like to visit. If you have visited any of these places, please let me know more about them in the comments below!

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