Fit For A Pregnant Queen – Featuring Simply Be Gateshead

Hi all!

A few weeks ago now I was kindly invited to Simply Be to check out their Gateshead shop and to try on a mountain of beautiful clothes.I did a previous post which showed my mum at Simply Be and how I dressed her for a few occasions, however it’s now time for me to write up my experience of the day and show you some of the looks I pulled together with the help of Emma. Emma was an absolute gem on the day and helped both me and my mum tons. We could not of asked for a kinder, lovelier, more conscientious member of staff to be helping us. Emma you are a credit to Simply Be.

Some of the images you may of seen before, but as I said this will all be from my perspective now!

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My outfit for the day was –

Jumper – Primark

Skirt – Primark

Coat – Evans

This outfit was built for warmth and bump comfort – but it was also really cute.

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Selfie!

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When we arrived at the store, I didn’t announce who we were as I wanted to have a look around and get a feel for the store myself first. The store isn’t the biggest Simply Be I’ve been in, however the layout is accessible and there’s a lot of product on offer. I finally introduced myself to Emma who gave me a massive warm welcome. Me and my mum then mentioned what we were looking for – her an outfit for a night out here which could be taken on holiday, and me something that I can get a lot of wear out of during my pregnancy which still looks smart.

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My first try on was this beautiful Zig Zag Print Maxi.

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Both me and my mum loved this dress on – and I ended up taking it home with me.I sized up and got a size 26 so this one is slightly big but there’s room for my bump to comfortably grow. The fabric is lovely – soft and flowing and the dress is super comfortable. It will definitely take me from spring, to summer and allow my bump to grow underneath.

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Next we tried on the Joe Browns Brazilia Dress.

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We both loved this dress. My mum went for a size 16 and downsized to a 14. I went for a size 24 which was a smidge too tight on the bust but nothing major. My mum ended up getting this dress which I absolutely loved on her.

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Our next choice was a real let down size wise. I tried the Voodoo Vixen Connie Dress on in a size 4XL which didn’t fit at or or could get zipped! I’ve worn a 3XL and a 4XL in them previously with no issues but this dress was tiny and honestly didn’t make me feel good when the zipper wouldn’t go..

My mum tried on the Kelly Brook Lace Peplum in a size 16 and had to really squeeze into it. This dress is also tiny sizing. My mum also wasn’t a fan of the split up the front which was almost exposing her pants! These two were definite no go’s so we moved on.

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Next I tried on this lovely red pleated skater dress which i’d tried on a few weeks ago and loved.

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I loved everything about the dress, from the lace detailing, the vibrant colour and the flowing fabric – however it was a smidge too tight on my bust and I didn’t feel like I would get much pregnancy wear from it.

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My next dress was the Lace Detail Swing Dress in Acid Yellow which I teamed with the stunning Checked Unlined Jacket.

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To me this was a winning combination. The jacket I wore in a 24 and was perfect, it was so light and comfortable and a real great transitional jacket for spring time into early summer. The dress is was not a colour I would ever think of wearing, but I really loved the colour on me, and I loved how it popped against the checks. I’m wearing a 22 here which was just that little bit too small on my chest.

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As the dress was small in a 22, I tried a 24 in the white just for size and it was perfect. I loved this dress with the coat and looking back – wish I’d of been brave enough to get it! I fell in love with this dress but the whiteness put me off as I’m such a mucky pup. Maybe i’ll keep my eye on it and purchase it soon – it really was a lovely dress.

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Another beauty I’m sure i’ll be purchasing soon was the green floral jersey swing.

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I wore a size 22 and everthing about the dress was just lovely. The colour popped, the print was fabulous, the cut out detail showed a little but not too much, great length on me, loved the sleeves and most importantly – the jersey meant that it would be a great bump friendly dress with a pair of leggings (I do love the Simply Be ones!).

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Emma suggested that I try the dress with a denim jacket which my mum loved…but I just wasn’t sure. Maybe with cropped sleeves!

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I also tried the jersey swing on in blue floral..

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..but it just didn’t pop like that beautiful green – although I did really like this one too.

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My last outfit wasn’t actually a dress! It contained the lovely check jacket of dreams from earlier, with some jersey peg leg trousers (which i’ll admit were too big for me as they only had a size 26) and a bright lemon waffle shell top which I tucked in. I loved this outfit and was very comfortable in it – despite the trousers drooping at the front and being too big! The colour clash worked well and it would be great for expanding bumps!

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Me with the team!

Overall I had a wonderful time with the Simply Be team who were all so kind, caring and attentive to my needs. Emma kept me topped up with soft drinks – even letting me use her special cup which I appreciated. Both me and my mum had our eyes opened to just how many lovely lines there are out and how affordable and accessible Simply Be is becoming as a brand – some of the dresses I tried on were as little as £26 – which is excellent.

A massive thank you to the Gateshead staff for having me!

Hannah x

Styling my beautiful Mum – With thanks to Simply Be.

Hi all!

Recently I was asked if I would like to go along to a Simply Be store and try on a load of clothes and check out the store. With Simply Be being one of my favorite brands, I immediately accepted! I then decided to couple this trip up with a day out with my mum for Mothers Day as we hadn’t been able to see each other on the actual day. I spoke to my mum and asked her if I could try something different for the blog and actually dress her – which she accepted.

My mum is a stunningly beautiful woman, however she does suffer from self esteem issues at times and dislikes parts of her bodies and so shopping for something for her to wear can be quite stressful as after a few items she just wants to go home. If my mum isn’t in the mindset – she will hate everything she puts on.

I’m going to do a whole post about the shop and my experience so this is focused around what I chose for my mum. She told me she wanted something to wear for a night out at the weekend and for an up and coming holiday that she’s going on.

This is what I chose!

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First of all, we both tried on this beautiful zig zag maxi dress, mum in a 14, myself in a 26. We wanted to show that style is sizeless and people of all sizes can wear the same clothes! My mum really liked this dress, but decided it was more summer/holiday than going out.

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The second dress that my mum tried was the Joe Brown Brazilia Dress. This dress was a complete hit from the first moment my mum slipped it on. She beamed and spun round and flicked the skirt like a little girl – she looked truly happy as you can see from the pictures.

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The third dress however was NOT a hit. I’ll talk about mine on my post, but my mum tried on the Kelly Brook Lace Peplum dress. This dress was tiny fitting and we couldn’t understand the front slit as it almost shows ones pants! DEFINITELY not worth the money.

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The next dress was this utterly stunning Lace Contrast Midi Dress from AX Paris. My mum is super petite up top with wider hips and this dress just completely balances her out and shows off her tiny waist. She’s wearing a “wear your own bra” shapewear piece from Maidenform in the second image which helped her confidence in the dress.

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This is the next dress my mum tried – the Boho Print Jersey Swing Dress. This was very generous in size and my mum needed atleast one or maybe two sizes down!

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The final outfit my mum tried was this eye catching Pleated Handkerchief skirt. We decided to try it with both a basic orange camisole top….

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..and a black camisole top

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..with a statement necklace!

We decided that the orange popped more but my mum wasn’t 100% on the skirt. Mum actually ended up getting the orange camisole and later on found a lovely cocoon shape kimono to match.

It’s no surprise my mum went with the Joe Browns dress. She decided to get a size down as these dresses are very generous and I have to say she looked stunning. As much as she looked amazing in the dress – the real winner of the day were the Sole Diva Strappy  Wedge heels that I ended up purchasing for her as a late mothers day gift. You can see them on her in almost every shot – she only popped them on to try clothes on with and ended up falling in love with them. My mum suffers from a few problems with her legs and ankles which put her in chronic pain and she finds it extremely hard to find comfortable shoes to wear – even harder is finding comfortable heels to wear. She has been stuck wearing boot heels on nights out which meant she couldn’t really wear dresses and meant she felt self conscious about her footwear. Not now!

I knew from the moment she slipped them on and beamed that she had to have them. She wore them for over 2 hours in the changing room/shop without pain and has since worn them on a night out and they successfully kept her pain free all night! She decided to get the wider fitting in the shoe and they were in her words “like walking on a cloud”. I am so happy that I could help my mum find something to beat one of her obstacles and I know Simply Be will definitely be her first port of call for any future heeled footwear.

Overall my mum had a wonderful day and couldn’t get over how wonderful the staff and clothes are at Simply Be. My mum had thought Simply Be started at only plus sizes and so always avoided them – she was actually shocked to hear they start from a size 10 in some ranges and a size 12 in the main Simply Be range. I know armed with this information (and the account she signed up for) that Simply Be is going to be one of my mums new regular places to shop – and I can’t wait to finally go back to a store which can actually cater for both of us!

Hannah & Helen x x x

Taking on a new role can be a BUMP-y ride.

Hi all!

I’m aware I’ve been quiet once again but this is because I have absolutely huge news to share with you – I am pregnant! I haven’t been dressing up/making an effort apart from work because I have been suffering with morning sickness badly. Well, they call it morning sickness but it’s been hitting me all day every day. I have to say thought it will all be worth it once our little baby is here – we couldn’t be more excited!

So I guess this blog is going to take a little bit of a shift and will also be looking at how to make-do and dress for my changing body. As it stands there’s not much plus size maternity wear out there so hopefully I can still dress well and help other ladies too!

One thing I’m petrified about it the fact I’ve already been called a “high risk pregnancy” and been belittled by a doctor who I asked for help. I went to the doctors about feeling sick and not being able to eat and got a huge lecture about being overweight and told not to overeat and put excess weight on. How can I overeat when I’m finding it hard to stomach food?!

I’m around 9-10 weeks pregnant and I have my first midwives appointment next Monday which I am dreading. This is supposed to be one of the most happy and exciting times of my life and I’m worried about being fat shamed and patronized by a health care professional – yet again.

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Oh well. Back to a positive – me and Adam are super super excited and our baby couldn’t be more wanted or loved. Adam has been excellent looking after me whilst I’ve been poorly and I honestly couldn’t ask for a more supportive or brilliant partner. So thanks Adam!

Any information about maternity wear, comfy undies, large cup maternity bra’s etc would all be greatly appreciated – as well as any stories about your experience with the NHS!

Hannah & Bump xx

Wearing Summer In Winter & A Look At Work Attire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi all!

With starting a new job recently, I’ve been getting back into wearing work-wear and dressing for an office environment. I’m not going to lie – my version of “smart” and “business” attire is generally a lot different to other peoples as I like to have fun with my clothes and keep them bright and quirky. With this is mind, I wanted to take a summer midi skirt and dress it up for work in the winter.

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I teamed this skirt with an origami collar blouse from ASOS curve which in my opinion, looked really great with the midi skirt. The skirt is highwaisted which works well with the blouse as it’s slightly over-sized on my waist/stomach and so the skirt pulls it in. I felt super confident in this outfit because it’s fun as well as smart. I also threw on a fuzzy black cardigan however I never got a snap of it.

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I kept my wig light. This is Treacle Toffee from Geisha Wigs which I straightened and backcombed a little. I think the colour of this wig goes well with the cream blouse and the orange of the skirt.

Some other looks I’ve been rocking at work lately –

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Dress – Scarlett & Jo

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Dress – Lady V London

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Jumper – Primark

Dress – ASOS Curve.

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Bardot top – ASOS Curve

Trousers – New Look for ASOS Curve.

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Dress – Bon Marche via Sarah

Cardigan – Collectif

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Dress – Lady V London

Cardigan – Collectif

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Peplum Top – ASOS Curve

Cardigan – Primark

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Trousers – ASOS Curve

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Dress – Lady V London

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Dress – ASOS Curve

Coat – Primark

Cardigan – Primark

Scarf – Vintage

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Dress – Matalan

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Oversized Jumper – Simply Be

As you can see, I’ve been having lots of fun with my different work-wear items, and of course my different wigs!

Do you like to dress a bit quirky below, or are you stuck in a uniform wishing to wear your own clothes?

Let me know below!

Hannah x

Put on your dancing shoes – Featuring Topshop Joyful Glitter T-Bar Heels.

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Hi all!

Have you ever found and item and just squealed a little bit inside with excitement?

Well that’s how I felt when I found this pair of shoes. Being disabled and having problems with my feet resulting in me very very rarely finding a pair of heels I can actually bare, I’ve pretty much written off having cute shoes for nights out and had accepted that boring flat dolly shoes would have to do. I had managed to find a great pair of black t-bar wide fit low heels from Primark for nights out which I love – but in honesty I was looking for something a little bit more special. Thankfully my wish was granted – and by Topshop of all places!

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 I popped in for sensible work shoes – I find their shoes last really well and are comfy – and spied this pair of glitter covered heels. I bee-lined over to them and found out that not only were they my size – but they were in the sale for £20! Not expecting them to be remotely comfy, I tried them on and was surprised when they fit me like a glove – result. I promptly purchased them and decided I was going to wear them on my next night out with my best friend Chloe.

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I of course needed a new bag and necklace to match my lovely new shiny shoes. The bag and shoes are both Primark bargains. I paid around £13 for the both – what a steal!

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I wore my new bits with my beautiful AX Paris Lace Prom Dress which I received for Christmas. I feel amazing in this dress and the accessories just finished the look off perfectly.

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Selfie!

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With my best friend in the world.

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Showing off my lovely necklace.

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Outfit shot!

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My shoes lasted all night and so the next day I woke up feeling fresh as a daisy and without the usual aches and pains after wearing heels. Unfortunately for Chloe – she wasn’t feeling so fresh the next day and spent a long time in my fuzzy rabbit nightie, in-front of the fire watching Netflix with my cat.

I’ve looked through Topshop shoes since my purchase and I’ve found that more and more low/mid height heels are popping up which is great for me. I look forwards to expanding my shoe collection this year.

What may be one small heel for wo-man, is one giant leap for Hannah-kind!

Bring on the shoes.

Hannah x