Sunday, 29 March 2015

Elomi Etta Underwire Bandless Bra Review - House of Fraser

Department store House of Fraser launched their plus size boutique nearly a year ago and they offer a whole host of plus size bras brand and clothing like Evans, Taking Shape, Juna Rose to name a few and I like the idea that you can shop for all your favourite brands on one website. 
You can find hosiery up to a size 32, and D-K cup lingerie and swimwear from brands like Freya and Elomi. I love brands like Dickins and Jones and Biba so knowing that their swimwear has been extended up to a FF cup is great news for me. It's nice to see some trend led pieces available and not just bland basics. 
House of Fraser asked me to browse their plus size collection and pick something to try out and I opted for the Elomi Etta bra. 

The bra features three-part cups with a side frame to give a good shape and lift and there's a handy back J-hook converts straps to racerback. This bra has been very comfortable and the racerback feature is handy to keep me supported if I go to yoga straight from work. The bra was designed for fuller figures on smaller frames which is perfect for me because I don't have very broad shoulders and I often find that straps slip down and I'm constantly pulling them back into place. The bandless design with a curved center gore fits higher tummies or shorter waists.



Sunflower embroidery adds a little detail across the tulle top.



My bra is a 38G and is very comfortable and supportive. Thick straps and a three hook fastening at the back are what I look for in a bra and mean that nothing digs in and I'm held in firmly. I was worried this photo might make some of you spit your tea out but I'm sure you're all used to blogs like Cheryl's and Georgina's so I put it up anyway. If you're going to buy a bra you want to see how it fits, right? 


I've been impressed by the varied collection of plus size items at House of Fraser and I'll be adding it to my list of places to browse on pay day each month. What are your 'must have' lingerie brands?

Gemma
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Friday, 27 March 2015

Tresaith - West Wales

I've posted about my unusual accommodation on my recent trip to West Wales, I loved our train carriage holiday let and didn't want to leave but I did mange to head out and do some exploring in the local area whilst on my holiday. Our accommodation was right on the coast path in Aberporth and Tresaith was only a 3-4 mile round trip so Martyn and I decided to brave the strong winds and head out for a coastal stroll.

Tresaith is between Aberporth and Llangranog and is part of the Ceredigion Heritage Coastline which and offers some stunning views. There are lots of regular sightings of grey seals and dolphins in the area, especially when the waters get a little warmer in the summer.

I love the local legend that says a king of Ireland had seven troublesome daughters. Failing to exercise control over the princesses he finally lost his patience and told his servants to put his daughters on an open boat and cast them adrift. The Irish Sea currents took the craft towards the coast of Ceredigion where it beached. The seven princesses landed safely, fell in love with the sons of seven local Welsh families, married and settled down. This is why the settlement is called Tresaith which in Welsh translates as the Town of Seven.


Lots of people had mentioned the waterfall at Tresaith beach in the guestbook at our train carriage, if we hadn't found out about it in there we might have missed it entirely as it isn't visible from the main bay of the beach. You need to stumble over rocks if the water is in or walk around them if the tide it out to see the magnificent waterfall. The Saith river tumbles over the cliff to the beach below.


The waterfall was stunning and I've never seen one on the coast before. It was well worth the walk in the cold and wind. I needed a few more layers on but I've never been one for practical clothing. Wellies kept my feet warm but were a bit slippery on the rocks and the mud along the footpath and my little leather backpack was only big enough for a tiny flask of tea so I definitely need to invest in a bigger, more sturdy backpack (maybe one from Surfdome's collection) so I can take a picnic next time and a jumper. I did once walk through a national park in New Zealand with some Topshop pumps on and a summer dress so practicality isn't my strong point.



Me and Martyn goofing around.



After drinking some tea and admiring the views Martyn and I headed back to sit in front of our log fire in our cosy carriage.  Tresaith beach has been awarded the blue flag for many years and is a great place to surf particularly in the winter so there are plenty of reasons to visit if you are in West Wales, not just to see that waterfalls. 


Have you been to Tresaith before? What are your favourite coastal destinations?

Gemma
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Monday, 23 March 2015

Unwearable Fashion

There is no denying that catwalk fashion can be wild, and sometimes even absolutely bonkers. Some of what's on show can seem more like fine art than fashion making you ponder 'who the hell would wear that?’ Two Big Ladies asked me to talk about some of the most unwearable fashion from the A/W fashion week and boy did I find some awful clothes and weird and wonderful trends...


Like many designers this season,Christopher Bailey was  inspired by the '70s boho vibe. There was plenty of floral and paisley prints and fringed suede coats on the Burberry catwalk.I don't mind a nod to the 70s with a floppy hat or some wide legged trousers but the full on fringing and ponchos were hideous. Does everything need to be fringed?
At least the whole 90s thing is over, I lived through cropped tops and ugly shoes the first time around, I didn't want to see it again. Chokers and frosted lipstick can go and do one. 



Pat McGrath is easily the most accomplished makeup artist in the world right now. She’s worked with everyone from Alexander Wang to Gucci and in in demand all all the major fashion weeks. Her work is simply stunning but you can't really go walking down the high street trying to recreate this with a string of pears draped over your face can you?


Givenchy's Autumn 2015 collection was showcased with loads of oversized faux facial piercings and jewels glued on to models faces. I don't think this trend will really catch on and I'm really not a fan of cultural appropriation so the kiss curls which are associated with chola style/subcultures used on the catwalk were rather annoying. It's like the bindi debacle all over again.




While the catwalks of fashion week inspire a lot of trends, not everything that's shown on the runway will end up in store, thank God. I love fashion week for its extravagance, beauty and fun but I blame designers and high end fashion for the nonsense below.


A faux suede fringed dress, no thanks. Holographic glam rock boots, I'd rather not.

What are your thoughts on the A/W that were recently seen at LFW?



Post written in partnership with 88 ladies.

Gemma
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Friday, 20 March 2015

Curvissa Spring Denim Challenge

Denim is pretty big this season and I'm not just talking about jeans - think dresses, shirts, dungarees, jackets, tunics, shoes and skirts. Designers like Stella McCartney and Burberry featured it in their SS 2015 collections so prepare to see it everywhere.

You might be brave and happy to sport a bit of double denim or think I'll just throw on a pair of jeans but there are plenty of fun ways to get a bit of denim in your Spring wardrobe. You could try an A-line button-through which Alexa Chung has been sporting recently or try a pair of flares with a polo neck if you're going for a 70s vibe.

Curvissa challenged me and four other bloggers to take part in a denim styling challenge. I wanted to try something a little out of the ordinary so didn't opt for a pair of jeans. This devoted dress wearer couldn't say no to a denim dress.

Top: ASOS Curve - Dreess: Curvissa - Shoes: Topshop



I went to a Spring trend blogging event wearing my denim dress and there were loads of denim items on show there. Yellow also seems to be a big trend and there were some flares, denim shirt dresses and lots of 70s boho style items.


I'm going to be wearing my new denim pinafore dress a lot over the next few months. There's nothing else like it in my wardrobe and I feel like a big kid in it. I would give this a 4/5, only just missing out on 5 because I had to size up one size.

If you want to see how the other blogging lovelies styled their denim items all the links are below:

www.toodalookatie.com

How will you be wearing denim this season? 

Gemma
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Monday, 16 March 2015

Wendy the Aberporth Express



You might have seen me mention my love for trains on this blog in posts about steam railways and the Transport museum or over on twitter before. I love industrial history and the railway was an important factor in that and has shaped the UK we know today. I highly recommend watching Great British Railway Journeys if you haven't already. My holiday accommodation on my recent holiday in West Wales was ideal for someone like me who adores trains and it was pretty unusual so I thought I would share some images from my stay at Wendy the Aberporth Express.


Wendy is the sole surviving carrriage of her type. She was built in 1908 as a LSWR  (London & South Western Railway) Sleeping Car for the Plymouth-Waterloo 'boat train', with seven single and two double compartments, a lavatory and a compartment for the attendant. The train was timed to line up with passenger sailings from Plymouth. She was sold to GWR (Great Western Railway) in 1911 and converted to 8 single, and 1 double in 1919. In December 1931 she was retired from use, and in 1936 she was purchased from GWR delivered to Aberporth where she has rested ever since.

Her original neighbours at Aberporth were carriages from Queen Victoria's own train but one has since been removed to a museum, though other historic carriages can still be seen on the coastal footpath. She is painted in GWR colours and lots of original detail remains including the side corridor past the bedrooms.


Wendy has its own 'dining car'.




There were lots of cute little details like old advertising signs, railway posters and luggage racks in the bedrooms. I did enjoy asking Martyn if he had a valid ticket to be on board.




Even though it was a bit chilly and early March I took tea out on the veranda. Wendy is located on a foot path with panoramic views of the Ceredigion Heritage Coast so it's the perfect place to sit back and relax and take in the views. 




Wendy is located in the small village of Aberporth. It used to be a active port and one of the main centres of the herring fishing industry in Wales. It's now a very pretty coastal village with a Blue Flag status beach. Bottlenose dolphins are seen frequently close to shore and there were lots of sightings mentioned in the guestbook at Wendy even though we weren't lucky enough to spot any.




I wish I had booked a longer stay in Wendy, four nights just wasn't enough. I would love to return in the summer but high season prices can be a little steep but worth it for somewhere as unique as this.


If you want to book a stay at Wendy you can do it via Under The Thatch or Airbnb.

Gemma
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