Friday, 24 March 2017

Trend Trial: Layering Dresses Over Jeans ( & #Passion4Fashion LinUp!!)

Dresses over jeans is one of those good old styles that's veered its ever so practical head once again. I remember rocking dresses over jeans in the 90's and early 00's, and lately I've spotted some cool people/ street style posts in articles and on pintrest.
I think what killed the trend for me was when leggings came in to affect.. and feel free to shoot me a scornful look, but i have a complete aversion to leggings and dresses, leggings in general really (exception is exercise or lounge wear only), I just don't like them (sorry). I rocked the leggings under dresses thing and just look back with regrets, to be fair it was fairly ubiquitous here in the UK at the time. But i swore i would not do it again ( I hope my sister isn't reading, she still wears leggings with dresses). Jeans or trousers however does create a rather interesting silhouette. Its fun its flirty and yet totally practical too.
I'd been dying to wear this dress a bit more as i hadn't worn it since December (which annoys me, you know me, I like to get lots of wear out of everything in my wardrobe!), so inspired by the returning trend i layered the star print dress with my favourite topshop jeans and trusty biker jacket.
It felt great!
I felt pretty in a dress, like party pretty up top, and then practical and functional on the bottom, enabling me to clean and tidy and play on the floor with out feeling 'precious' in a dress.
This particular dress is so lovely with its wave drop hem, i found myself swishing through the day.
So i think its fair to say this is a trend i will definitely be wearing again!

What are your thoughts on layering Dresses over Jeans?
I would highly recommend giving it a go.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Discrepancy in Clothing Sizes on The British High Street and How it Shouldn't Effect YOU!

Last week I filmed a segment for a BBC Wales programme X-Ray. Its regarding a prominent thought that seems to be in the forefront of women's minds, on TV and social media of late.
The programme is here: (We're the last segment)

The programme shows an experiment where we shop in 6 well known High street stores for the same style pair of jeans (mid rise skinny fit) in the same size from each store.
I brought my sister along for the experiment, so we shopped for a UK size 10 for me and a UK size 12 for my lovely sister to see what the outcome would be for each retailers size.
We then tried each pair of jeans on and saw first hand what a difference in inches there actually is. It was remarkable how each pair were labelled with a Size 10 or 12 and yet they measured and fit completely differently.

The question was posed: Should UK high street retailers standardise their sizes for continuity of shopping?

Before taking part in this experiment (and making my TV debut, ha!) I read an article about a women who broke down in tears in the changing rooms due to the disheartening size system, and how it knocked her self-esteem to have to size up multiple times to get the jeans to even do up.
And this isn't the first time I've heard this, it is fairly common to hear women exclaim that they hate shopping (Jean shopping in-particular), that it can be an upsetting experience where the size they thought they were just don't fit, causing stressful situations in the changing rooms and generally making you feel a bit rubbish about yourself.

My sister admitted throwing pieces down in temper and leaving the shop immediately, finding that her mood had taken a very swift down turn in reflection of the unfair sizing of items.

Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever taken the item in your size in to the changing room to find it doesn't even come close to fitting even though your shape hasn't changed since the last time you bought jeans?

After seeing the difference in inches between each brand it was clear that the High Street doesn't and probably won't be standardising on sizes anytime soon, however as women we should not let this effect us.
That number on your item of clothing does not reflect who YOU are as a person. It doesn't even reflect your true size as these numerical figures that the shops have generated aren't an accurate account of our sizing in the slightest. These UK 8, 10,12,14, 16 etc are just reference to an article of clothing that this shop has given to its pieces. 

This number doesn't represent how wonderful you are, how your body is doing miraculous things each and every day to keep you standing, moving and breathing, this number doesn't mean you are a good or bad person, this number doesn't even mean that you are fat or thin or anything inbetween.
It is just a number.

I was talking to my step daughter about this and how women feel pressured to fit in to certain 'Number Size'. I explained to her that this fictious number is a loose reference at most. It is a way for the shop to reference stock. It is not a representation of any given person.
I don't want her to grow up fearing sizes. I don't want her or any women to try to prise themselves in to certain 'number size' because society dictates which size is cool and which isn't.

It is so important that we look past the numbers and look at who we are and what we feel comfortable in.

For example, if we removed all the sizing tags and referencing from 6 pairs of jeans we would choose the ones that fit the best and feel the most comfortable.
The  dreaded 'Number Size' would be irrelevant.
We would just be happy in the fact that we got ourselves a lovely new pair of jeans and they fitted just as we want them to.
That's how shopping should be!
Yes sometimes you have to try on multiple items before you get the winning pair, which i know is an inconvenience, but surely its better to try before you buy and look for a winning pair that fit like a dream rather than getting upset over a retailers reference.

So after our shopping experiment there is some sound advice to partake for ladies looking to go shopping without feeling the shopping blues:

  • Be open minded. Get those certain numbers out your head straight away.
  • Take a number of different sizes in to the changing rooms with you, don't be afraid to try on a size bigger than you think or smaller. The stores products really do vary in inches, it is not a representation of you, it is about finding your best fit.
  • Try new shops. We are all prone to falling in to the same old haunts when it comes to shopping, but branching out and trying new shops may open your mind to new clothing pieces. Plus each store cuts their products slightly differently. For me I love Topshop jeans and highly recommend them (this is because they work on waist inch basis rather than their UK sizing of 10,12 etc), my sister would never have stepped foot in Topshop previously, deeming it to young, but lo and behold the jeans were her absolute favourite out of all 6 that we tried on. It all goes back to being open minded.
  • Make shopping a fun experience. Get your mate, sister, mum (or me!) to go with you. Someone you trust and who is fair and honest. There's no need to shop alone if it depresses you, bring someone along who can help keep the mood light and offer practical advice.
  • If you're ordering online, try a company that offers free returns (most do these days) and order a few sizes if you can. This way you can gauge in the comfort of your own home what fits you best.
Remember you want to look your best, we all do, and that has nothing to do with the retailers number system. I have sizes 6, 8, 10 and 12 in my wardrobe and i wear all of them because they fit me, i no longer care what the tag says and just go by how they look, fit and feel.

Ditch the labelling ladies! You will be a damn site happier for it i promise you.


Monday, 20 March 2017

March Love List

March has been one rainy day after the other (or so it seems!) I'm hoping we've had our allotted amount of April showers early maybe? Lets hope as this constant rain is DEpressing! Ok so enough of weather chit chat, you don't come here to talk weather forecasts now do you ;)

March has flown by at a crazy rate( i'm aware i say that every month, seriously am i going to be like 90 in the blink of an eye??!) and the weeks have kind of blurred, but a few things have stood out and those are these things:

1. Fashion

Some of the mid season sales are in action and I have bagged myself a couple of goodies, in particular this maxi dress from Warehouse  and some panel leg raw hem jeans from Next, both absolute bargains. I've already worn the dress and can not wait to wear it again but with my red boots- another sale favourite, and i'm currently awaiting the arrival of the jeans, but shall keep you posted.

2. Eats

Zizzi's Gluten free vegan pasta is uh-mazing! So is their strawberry sorbet which is the tastiest sorbet i've ever tried.

3. Face

So i ran out of my Elf foundation and for a while reverted back to my Chanel old foundation to tide me over whilst i ordered and awaited delivery of the Elf product. What i realised however was how much i actually prefer the Elf foundation (which is cruelty free and vegan) and what a better foundation it is for me and my skin. When i apply the Elf product it lasts the majority of the day, is build-able and gives a great coverage and most importantly doe not go greasy/oily.
As a contrast the Chanel makes me look oily after about 3 hours and by lunch time i would say there is not a great deal left coverage wise. I also find it clings to dry patches and can be quite 'clumpy' in areas when applying.
The ELF Studio finish flawless foundation is a fraction of the price and is by far (for me) a superior product. I'm currently wearing the shade 'Natural' but progress on to Sand come summer, both are perfect matches for my skin through out the year and is an absolute delight for the skin.

4. Media

So i haven't been reading much, which makes me a bit sad, so I'm making a conscious effort once again to pick up a book. I read The Stylist which was a great fun light hearted read and now i'm wizzing through a short stories book by Victoria Hislop.
TV wise i absolutely LOVED and watched in 2 sittings Catastrophe on Amazon Prime. Hilarious, slightly wrong humour which is just my thing. Even the husband loved it. Written and starring  by Rob Delaney and Sharon Hogan it tells the story of an unlikely couple who suddenly find themselves together. Comedy gold.

5. Life

Bit of a different day in my life last week. My sister and I filmed for BBC wales a segment for the TV programme X-ray. Its being aired tonight at 7.30pm so if you can get BBC One Wales in your area and fancy seeing me on your TV then please go have a watch. The subject is about clothing sizes on the British High Street, which i will be following up with a post too, but i think its something we as ladies can all relate to.
So yes, that day Rhiannon and I saw how a TV segment is broken down and filmed and often then repeated and filmed again from different angles. I was so impressed by the sheer amount of work and tenacity from the staff filming, it made me realise how hard they work to piece an episode together.
Great fun and a very different type of day for me.

So my lovelies, what have you been up to in the month of March? What have you read, bought loved?
Any recommendations? Let me know in the comments, I love to hear what you've been up to!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Green Coat of Dreams (& #Passion4Fashion Linkup)

Ok so i've been banging on about this Green Coat since i got it a mere few weeks ago. It has been on constant repeat and i don't even care if every outfit is based around this coat right now. Seeing as we're still in what feels like the depths of winter most days its nice to have this giant cuddle of a coat to wear. Plus it just seems to go with everything. So wear it I shall be, for the foreseeable at least. I also picked these Red boots up after being on the hunt for the perfect pair (not too high, comfy yet smart) and they're a delight for the feet. I was a little bit cautious that the red and green in the outfit would scream 'Christmas' But i think being at opposite ends and broken with the neutrals makes it work.
It always feels a little late in the season to be buying coats and boots, especially as all the shops are being filled with pastel floaty pieces. But in truth, it will still be cold here for quite a while enabling much more wear before they get put in to storage for their return appearance in Autumn.
The other great thing about shopping late in the season is, of course, the bargains. Both these items had a huge saving on them (30% off i believe) which makes me love them all the more. 

Have you bought anything you love late in the season?

Green Coat
Cropped kick flare jeans

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