Missguided Plus – A step in the right direction.

Hi all!

I love that fact that more and more retailers are beginning to expand their existing ranges and include a plus size range! The newest retailer to do this is Missguided. I’m really excited about this because my size is included, the clothes are actually fashionable and best of all – they’re actually affordable. It’s nice to not have to pay absurd prices just for a few inches more fabric. They currently have 70 items available up to a size 24 – these are my favourite pieces.

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Flocked dogtooth skater dress.

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Dogtooth Tapered Trousers.

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Longline Crepe Duster Jacket in Black.

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Grid Print Wrap Dress.

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Cropped Tartan Jacket.

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Tartan Mesh Panel Skater Skirt.

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Grid Print Midi Skirt & Grid Print Crop Top.

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Velvet Wrap Dress.

I’m in love with this collection! It’s actually age appropriate for me unlike some other fashion brands and has some beautiful twin-sets which I’ve wanted for FOREVER. The grid set is definitely going on my Christmas list because I think it’s stunning and I’ll be able to wear it together and separately.

I definitely need to try some of these pieces soon and hope they don’t all sell out – those dogtooth trousers are stunning and I don’t want to miss them!

What do you think of the Missguided + range? Is there anything you’re lusting after?

Let me know below!

Hannah x

Dressing for the festive season – Featuring Simply Be!

Hi all!

That time of the year is upon on – where sequins and glitter adorn everything and we can dress up to our hearts content. Whilst out at the weekend I decided to search for the perfect Christmas dress in Simply Be  as they have some simply stunning offerings this year! Here’s some of the dresses I tried on, with a cameo from Adam who was chief zip manager.

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The first dress I tried on was this Embellished Maxi Dress from Little Mistress. I loved this on the hanger and the fit was great apart from it being snug on the bust! The length was also incredibly long on me – but I’m only 5’2″! At £65 this dress is affordable and perfect for a formal party this Christmas.

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The next dress I tried on was the Embellished Prom Dress from Little Mistress which I had lusted after for quite a few weeks. Unfortunately, when I tried it on I was disappointed. The sleeves I wish were tighter/fitted rather than flared and I felt the bottom half of the skirt was a bit plain and didn’t have much to it!

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The next dress I tried was the Look Grid Design Mesh Dress. The fit of this dress was great and its a stunning dress, but I wanted something more festive which I can wear out!

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I finally found everything I was looking for in my fourth dress. The Off The Shoulder Prom Dress is perfect for me. Not only is it a great length for my height – it also shows off my legs which are one of my favourite areas. The bust line is plunging and can be manoeuvred to be more or less risqué depending on the company. This works well for me as some of my family is very conservative and so it won’t offend anybody! The puffed elastic sleeves are great as they cover my bra straps when worn up on the shoulder but they can also be worn off the shoulder too. The cranberry colouring is perfect for Christmas and the floaty skirt is so soft and wearable but will really move on the dance floor. This dress is definitely on my Christmas list and hopefully I’ll get to wear it on Christmas day because I felt a million dollars in it.

There’s tons more dresses online at Simply Be perfect for the festive season with selected dresses at 20% off so go ahead an treat yo self!

Also,

After a pretty terrible lonely birthday this year I’m fundraising to go see the stars of Ru-Pauls drag race and so I’m asking for friends to donate what they would of spent on a card/gift for me towards the ticket price! If you’d like to support me, the link is here!

Do you have your festive frock chosen yet? Are you excited to dress up?

Let me know below!

Hannah x

If I was your boyfriend… Featuring Primark Boyfriend Coat!

Hi all!

Sometimes things just fall into place and make life that little bit easier – I love it when this happens! For the last two years when finding a winter coat I’ve agonised, looked at every single site and never really liked one enough or had to pay through the nose for it. Last year I got a great biker jacket from Simply Be, which took me AGES to find and then I thought about it as it was very expensive – and the year before I did without and wore layers under my old scruffy parka because there were none I liked.

HOWEVER, this all changed this year. I popped into Primark with a friend just to have a look and ended up finding the coat of my dreams!

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It’s an oversized boyfriend/crombie style coat with disguised buttons and large lapels.

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The colour is between a white and a grey which means it can go with so many different outfits/scarves.

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The shape is much wider at the top and tapers down. Not so good for a pear shape but it fits my large bust and petite height perfectly.

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This coat also comes in yellow, pink, baby blue and tartan so if they grey/white isn’t for you – there’s options!

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This coat is so cosy and effortless to wear. I’m a size 22/24 but the size 20 fit me with room to spare. I like to have the extra room for layering in the super cold weather!

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The best part of this coat? The price. It only cost me £25! I had been looking at ones for double that and more but this one is perfect and meant I had some money left over to buy a lovely popcorn jumper (which I’ll show you later) and some bits for Christmas! I can’t wait to layer this coat with trousers, boots, cute jumpers, big hats and scarves in a whole variety of colours!

Are you into the boyfriend coat look? Have you got a new winter coat this year, or making do?

Let me know below!

Hannah x

When Hannah Went For Tea – Featuring The Olde Young Teahouse

Hi all!

This week I decided to check out the new location of the wonderful The Olde Young Teahouse! The Teahouse has recently moved into a newer bigger premises due to it’s popularity – but don’t worry tea lovers; it’s only moved two doors down. Being as nosey as I am, I wanted to see what the new place looked like, and how it felt in comparison to the previous premises which was small and cosy with a lovely atmosphere.

With the weather being on the cooler side, I finally decided to dig a jumper out. This jumper is lovely because it’s really toasty, but it’s been knitted with an almost lace like effect and it’s quite see-through which means it’s not “bulky” on me but is still super toasty. It’s been knitted from a black fuzzy wool with various colours running through it here and there. I love it. I picked it up from the amazing Vintageous Rags on one of their “Everything £10 and under” days” which happen every month or so and is a great way to grab a bargain!

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I teamed this jumper with a lovely orange and white poppy skirt I got from Boohoo (which is no longer available) to bring some colour to my outfit – the midi length and colours being perfect for autumn..

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I finished my outfit with a slick of MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Atomic, chunky glasses and Buttons (straightened) by Geisha Wigs (who currently have 10% off with code COMICCON) and I was ready to leave!

I met up with my friend Amy and we ventured to the new Teahouse. Once inside I was blow away. The previous shop front was tiny where-as this unit is really wide letting tons of light in and allowing for my favourite pass time – people watching.

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The shabby chic look runs through the whole shop with one of the most beautiful features being these stunning wood floors they found underneath the carpets.

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The eclectic mix of vintage furniture makes it so homely and inviting.

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I was pleased to see they’d found the same wallpaper as before which makes a beautiful backdrop against the thick wooden shelves which house the various different offerings of tea.

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Got to love a feature lampshade!

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The serving counter is big and beautiful and made from recycled materials. I love the panelling effect which has been created. You can see the tons of different choices on top. Again, I love the different coloured stands/chunks of wood and glass cloche’s which all work together to look so inviting. I couldn’t decide what to eat – so I ordered everything.

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The menu’s are on clipboards and hooked the bar. I loved this!

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The front display is actually made from scaffolding boards and houses various teacups, bottles and other bits and pieces all adorned with cute bunting. I really love this look!

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Down to the menu! I decided to order afternoon tea as I couldn’t decide what to eat. For £9, you get mini sandwiches, a big slab of cake, a scone with accompaniments and all the tea you can drink.

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Our beautifully presented afternoon tea! (although bigger cake stands may be needed as those slices of cake are huge!). We had ham and mustard and hummus and roasted veg mini sandwiches which were delicious! When I used to be a vegan I could always count on the teahouse to have hummus and bagels for me to fill myself up on with lashings of mint chocolate tea; for this trip though I went for an English Royal as I was having such flavourful food and didn’t want to overpower it with my tea.

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The English Royal tea (as suggested by the Tea Bee’s) was beautiful – light and delicious with slight floral notes. I then dug into my cheese scone which was possibly the best cheese scone I have ever tasted. They reminded me of being young, sat at the table in my nana’s waiting for them to come out of the oven. I definitely recommend these!

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Finally, with the help of a new tea which I didn’t quite catch the name of which was equally as tasty I somehow found room for my huge slice of milky bar cake. The cake was so light and fluffy that it melted in the mouth, and the generous milky bar toppings were naughty but oh so nice. I was really glad that I wore an elasticated skirt because I came away stuffed!

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As stuffed as I was, I had to get some snaps with the Tea Bee’s! These ladies really made my experience special, helping me to choose teas based on flavours I liked, were knowledgeable about all the products but most importantly they were both so lovely to speak to, kind, considerate and genuine.

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Here’s me with owner and Queen Tea Bee Carli! I’ve known Carli for almost about ten years now as she’s friends with my older brother, and I am so pleased to see how well she is doing. It’s clear to see how much hard work and passion Carli, and the other Tea Bee’s put into this business and it really pays off as its such a lovely place to visit. The Olde Young Teahouse really sticks by its name and when we visited, there was a huge mix of people from children to elderly – it really is a place where all generations can pop along for a rest, slab of cake and a great cup of tea.

Hope you enjoyed reading this and it didn’t make your mouth water too much! If you’re local and fancy going – message me! I always have time for tea.

Hannah x

Making a statement! Featuring Punky Pins!

Hi all!

I love to make a statement, whether it’s with my clothes, my hair or my persona. I love anything that is bold, and out-there and eye catching in a way that commands that you look at it. I spent many years hiding in the shadows of my own insecurities, and now I live for myself and BAM – I’m pretty out there.

I had been speaking to a local company Punky Pins about stocking some pieces in my up and coming vintage shop when they kindly offered me some pieces to review for my blog. I of course accepted and spent a good hour deciding what pieces I liked from their huge offering of pieces. They really do have something to suit absolutely every bodies tastes – and even do custom pieces!

These are the three pieces I was sent!

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I was very impressed with the way that the pieces were packed. Each came in an individual branded box with padding which looked super professional.

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The first piece I was sent was this strawberry plant collar necklace.

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This piece is so kitsch and cute I adore it. The chain is slightly too short on me as I have a fat neck, however this is something I can fix myself as I’m very crafty. I think this would look lovely with a collared blouse!

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The next piece I was sent was this Multi Flower Necklace.

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Made up of layers of colourful acrylic with pops of glitter, this necklace is so bright and fun. This would bring a pop of colour to any outfit and it sits very comfortably around my neck.

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My last piece is this Lucky Cat Ring!

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I’m a huge fan of cats and this one is adorable. This acrylic kitty is mounted on a thick adjustable ring back – perfect for chubby fingers!

I love my pieces from Punky Pins and will definitely be buying some pieces from them for Christmas presents…as well as for myself!

Have you got any pieces from Punky Pins? Do you love statement jewellery?

Let me know below!

Hannah x