Finding the Perfect Top – Simply Be Wish List

Finding the Perfect Top – Simply Be Wish List

I recently posted about my latest haul from Simply Be and how I needed to find the right top to complete the outfit. My old black tee was fine but I wanted more than ‘fine’!

I thought I’d have a little look at the range of going out tops from Simply Be and put together a mini wishlist of the top contenders! Which would you choose? 
Ruffle off the shoulder body (in black)

Image from Simply Be website

I’d love to try an off the shoulder top and I think this ruffled piece would look super cute with my skirt. It has the added appeal that it would show off my tattoo too! I’d be a bit worried about wearing a strapless bra but I’ve been looking for an excuse to try the new Curvy Kate one so this would give me the opportunity! Sometimes it’s worth stepping out of your comfort zone, right?! If i was feeling less brave I’d go for this Black scoop neck body instead – it doesn’t have the fun of the ruffle, but I’d be able to wear a good bra!

I was also drawn to this lace bardot top (in ivory) which would give the outfit a bit of a Sandra Dee feel – which is no bad thing!

Image from Simply Be website

For a bit of extra sparkle, I’d be tempted to try either this sleeveless high neck gold top:

Image from Simply Be website

Or this metallic boxy top – which looks super shiny! I’d wear both tucked in.

Image from Simply Be website

I think my favourite – and possibly a bit out of my comfort zone – is this Nude Pink sequin shell top.

Image from Simply Be website

Wearing two different patterns in one outfit is something I’d like to try and I think the subtle tones of this top would work well with my skirt. The fabric looks luxurious and would add a touch of class to my outfit. 

I’m still undecided though. Which one would you go for? Or do you think I’ve missed the perfect top?!

Pretty in Pink – with Simply Be!

Pretty in Pink – with Simply Be!

Hello all! I recently Instagrammed this little sneaky peek of my latest Simply Be haul:

I thought maybe it was time to share the full ensemble with you as my next contribution to the lovely Leah (from LoveLeah)‘s Outfit August – where a wee band of blogger babes are dressing up and sharing their outfits (right up my street!)

I ordered the Sprinkle of Glitter pink scuba skirtSole Diva cross strap pumps (in pale pink) and a twist knot top (in black). But the top wasn’t quite right so I’m going to try a different size and look for alternatives too… 

So here’s how the final outfit came together… 

I love that this skirt comes with a belt so I’d tried to pick out shoes to match the colour of the belt Louise (Sprinkle of Glitter) is wearing in the photo on the Simply Be site but unfortunately the belt that came with my skirt was more of a hot pink rather than the dusky/light pink I’d expected. Thankfully the belt was long enough (it’s a common issue for plus size belts to not fit the waistline of the dress they’re intended to accessorise!) but the holes weren’t far enough along the belt so I’m going to have to punch my own (yep I’ve got an industrial-strength leather hole punch!). It’s not a huge issue for me.

I really like the flower print pattern of the skirt – the variety of pink and purple shades there to pick out in accessories and/or a pretty casual or going out top makes it pretty versatile. As someone who generally only wears dresses, this offers me a lot of options. 

For some reason I’ve always avoided pointy shoes in favour of round toed ones but (because I thought they’d go well with the skirt/belt) I decided to give these pointy toe (wide fit) flats a go. I’m so pleased I did! They’re comfortable and cute (a winning combination for me!). Expect to see a lot more of them in future posts!

I added a pretty pink headscarf and my #TeamFatsApp necklace (custom made by Funky Laser for a group of us who used to chat a lot on WhatsApp). The skirt goes so well with the necklace I was thinking of wearing them as part of my outfit to Curve Fashion Fest when I’ll get to meet lots of my fellow Team Fats App babes (and lots of other amazing ladies) but if I do decide to wear it I think I need to find a more suitable top…

I’ll be posting a wishlist of contenders in the next few days – keep your eye out! 

Check out the other lovely bloggers taking part in Outfit August for some awesome outfit inspiration:


Another Wedding Guest Outfit – with Lindy Bop!

Another Wedding Guest Outfit – with Lindy Bop!

Another weekend, another wedding! This time it was the evening reception for an old friend and ex-work colleague at an incredibly grand venue, Gosfield Hall in Essex. It’s also my first opportunity to take part in Outfit August with the lovely LoveLeah (formerly Just Me Leah)!

Because I’d gone to the effort of getting my nails done for last weekend (and the gel polish was holding out!) I had planned another outfit around my light blue nails and my beautiful peacock print Bagladee clutch bag (I haven’t linked to her this time as sadly she’s no longer making them 😭):

As most of you have probably noticed, I love a bargain! Whether it’s a blogger hand-me-down, eBay find or sale item I’ve got the nose for sniffing out the bargains – which is handy as it’s the only way I can afford to feed my dress habit!

I’m already a big fan of Lindy Bop dresses – the variety of styles, colours and sizes available (up to a smallish size 26) at reasonable prices means I’m like a kid in a sweet shop! When they have a sale on, I’m delirious with excitement! 

In their most recent sale I picked up a navy blue Audrey for £9 – with the intention of teaming it with my beautiful clutch bag. Here’s how the outfit panned out:

You can’t see the petticoat in the other pictures so I thought you might appreciate this one – we sneaked into the bridal suite…!

These ones were also taken in the bridal suite – this was essentially a HUGE bay window with the most incredible mirrors I’d ever seen!

Dress: Lindy Bop (past season but similar here)

Petticoat: ‘Banned’ (from eBay)

Sandals: Evans (past season but similar here) 

Hair flowers: Rosadior (these were a Secret Santa gift from one of my fellow bloggers but I’m not totally sure who!)

Check out the other lovely bloggers taking part in Outfit August:


What I Wore – Outfit Round-up July 2016

It’s been a busy month! I started the month with the school Prom (for work) and finished it with a wedding! Here’s some of my favourites from my Instagram:

Annoyingly I didn’t get a full length photo of my dress – it was pretty simple and subtle for me. I don’t often wear just black! The dress was from Simply Be (you can see a full length pic here) but is no longer available.

I have a lot of love for this Lindy Bop ‘Emmy’ dress (also no longer available). It goes perfectly with my Sour Cherry “Balloon Girl” necklace. I feel super cute in a Peter Pan collar! 

My Latitude Festival outfit was a little bit OTT (even for me!) This was my fancy dress costume for a farmer theme…! I was channelling my inner farmer’s wife…! The dress is an old Silly Old Sea Dog one you’ve seen here before!

I wore this Silly Old Sea Dog mermaid dress again today! I’m sure it’s impossible to be miserable in this dress! I also love the shape it gives to my waist.

I’m a sucker for a busy pattern so this Apples and Pears number jumped out at me! The light swishy fabric make it perfect for summer.

And finally my wedding guest outfit – it was refreshing to try something new! 

August looks set to be another busy month so hopefully I’ll have lots more to share with you then… 😊😊