The Highest Form of Flattery

Three outfit posts in one week? I must be ill.

This outfit owes its existence to the inimitable Bethany from Arched Eyebrow. I saw her posts featuring this Asos dress some weeks ago and fell for the frock instantly. It doesn’t look like much on the Asos site but Bethany’s inspired styling and cool deameanour gave it an edge that I couldn’t ignore and I ended up buying it.


So here I am wearing the same dress to church this week



I’ve styled it with my “go to” church bag which I bought from Radley last year, my new Simply Be shoes and my faithful M&S cardi which I have in several colours. I figured those magnificent sleeves needed to be shown off so I’ve scrunched the sleeves up to show the floral puff shape in all its ladylike glory.

Outfit success though I think next time I’ll team the dress with a brighter bag to really pick up on the intensee floral print. I’m off to trawl the fatosphere again to see who else’s look I can copy next week….

Dress: Asos

Shoes: Simply Be

Cardigan: M&S


LADIES. Did you know that Irregular Choice carries shoes up to a size UK10??? SIZE TEN?!!

I have always loved Irregular choice shoes and have owned a couple of pairs in my life that I’ve worn into the ground. However, I’ve never been able to buy many because my feet are a size 8-9 and ultra wide to boot. I usually am restricted to gazing lovingly at them whenever I go to Schuh as their size 8 rarely fits. Thats pretty standard in most stores. Well I was in London a few days ago and popped into the I.C store in Camden for a general browse to tease myself to a higher degree and I noticed a pair of womens shoes on display that looked really big. I picked them up and they were indeed a size 43. I asked at the desk if only select styles went to a 43 and was told no- THEY ALL DO.

Wait- WHAT?!

Yes. Irregular Choice womens shoes go up to a size UK10/ 43. I nearly fell over and it was hard to contain myself. I would hear myself rambling at speed to the sales assistants who were probably wondering if I should even be allowed out on my own. You might all know this already as its not a new development but it was news to me. Mentally I spent about £1000 in a matter of seconds.

Another shoe brand I love is Office but Office don’t love me back. I’ve written to them before to complain about their very limited size 9 offering (standard styles in basic colours) and while I can’t remember the details of the response I got, several years later nothing has changed.

Now look at these…


All available in a size 10 on the IC website. Would I wear them all? No- but thats not the point. The point is that THEY ARE AVAILABLE. If IC can do this why can’t Office or Dune any other shoe shop? Plus size fashion has come a long way but larger size footwear is several steps behind. Irregular Choice is again going against the tide and showing their competitors how it’s done.


The official birthday portrait. I’m at work but hey ho, gotta keep those bills paid. Grateful for life and health. Happy birthday to me.


Dress: Vintage

Tights: Yours

Cardigan: M&S

Shoes: (covered in flour): Evans



Full on Floral

This season I’m all about a lil shoulder ruffle. Three new items of clothing bought over the past month- all three have some ruffle or another. I think that’s me taking to a trend.

I’m loving this dress and I can see me wearing it until the print fades to nothing. Its super comfy and I love that it has full length sleeves. I’m so happy full length sleeves are back in vogue as I was getting tired of cold forearms (don’t even get me started on cold shoulders). My only minor gripe about this dress is that it could do with being about 6cm longer. I’m 5ft 7 and feel a little conscious every time I rise out of a seat and have to make sure its pulled down at the back. I can wear it with leggings and do away with that issue but I prefer the look of it with tights.


My favourite bag in my wardrobe, of which there are many. Bought from Lili’s Vintage who has a concession at The Emporium Brierley Hill as well as a Depop shop.portrait7

Loving the shoes which are also from Simply Be. Comfortable and shiny. What more does a shoe need to be?


Shoes- Simply Be

Bag- Lili’s Vintage

Dress- Simply Be


New Shop Items!

Recently added vintage items for autumn in sizes 14- 28. Please click image to go straight to online shop.

Polkadot Dress  Star Print Dress Floral Dress Stripe Dress Self Stripe Dress Maxi Dress



Frill Seeker

Girly I most definitely am not. I have spent my entire life since the age of 15 stomping around in DM’s and other chunky footwear and am definitly not someone you will catch shopping in heels and cute handbag on a Saturday afternoon. I like chunky and I like geometric. I like colour blocking and I like graphic shapes. But every now and again something catches my eye that’s the polar opposite to my usual sartorial attitude and I end up donning something like this.

Not only is the skirt floral- its frilly at the hem. Not only is the skirt frilly but the blouse is too. All the way around- 360 degrees. Not only that but I’m wearing heels to boot. As if all that wasn’t enough I worked hard to get this blouse, messaging Simply Be HQ when it sold out online, calling my not very local store and interrogating the staff, then finally going out of my way to pick it up in store. So enamoured am I with this blouse that I bought another frill shirt a couple of weeks later. Is this the end of the DM boot wearing season of my life? Ha- not on your nelly.

Blouse- Simply Be

Skirt- Evans (Clements Ribeiro Swan from several seasons ago thought I bought it 2 weeks ago at the bargain price of £8!!)

Shoes- Evans from around 2008


Item of the Week 08/09/2016

I just cannot explain the joy this coat gives me. I have no words.


£169.99, Manon Baptiste at Navabi