Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Taking shape fitting room post

Happy (what it feels like Monday) Tuesday!
I had a very busy Easter weekend and I have eaten far too much chocolate so tonight I am going to hit the gym!
On Good Friday, I decided on a road trip to Leamington Spa to visit my closest Taking Shape store, I had a £10 voucher from the Capturing the Curve event organised by the ever so glamorous Betty Pamper so I had to use it!
To be honest, I wasn't sure about this store, I visited the website and I couldn't see anything that catch my attention but I have read posts from other bloggers and I thought I have a voucher I may as well use it.
The truth is that I thought it was going to be a bit old-fashioned for me.
Anyway, I browse the rails and I grabbed a few things I liked, I could tell straight away it wasn't cheap and the fabrics felt really nice.
While I was doing this, the shop assistants were so lovely recommending stuff and helping me take the pile of clothes to a fitting room, so there was no way back I had to try it on!
I have put some pictures below of all the stuff I tried, everything fit quite well and most of the dresses were really flattering (really!!) to my shape, if only they were a bit too long (but it's an Australian brand and I am only 5'2 tall so I bet the average Australian woman is taller than me).
I have added as many links as possible.
They also had a nice sale going on, some reduced items and 20% of full price stuff, plus the necklaces which are A-MAZING and were buy one get one half price and most of them reduced to £5!.
Their size range goes from size UK14 to 26 but I will say the sizing is in the generous/big side.

The nice shop facade

I bought this dress, I loved the colours and shape, It was on the sale at £29. You can buy the Purple Reign dress here.

Napa dress - £45

Lexa Dress - £45

Can't find this one online but I really love the colours and shape, and it has a pocket!

Bella Vista trousers £29

Tortoise trousers £39 - I bought those ones!

I loved this one on the hanger not so sure on me as my skin colour clashed a bit

Some of the amazing necklaces!
And there are a couple of more things that were not available on my size but I am very tempted to order online as there is free UK next day delivery with no minimum spend and one of the dresses is reduced to £19!

A lady was trying the last one they had in the shop and is really eye catching I love the fringe detail.

So what do you think, will you give Taking Shape a go?
This post has not been sponsored and I paid for my items but I am really happy with the clothes and the lovely shop staff so I will definitely will keep an eye in this new brand in the UK (they have been going forever in Australia). Ahh I also got some freebies: a cute nail set purse and a nail file in a little case.
Patty xx

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Evans I am back!

Hello dolls,
I hope you are enjoying the Easter break and Easter Sunday, all the shops were closed in my town I didn't expect that but a bit of peace and quiet was nice for once.
I choose the title 'Evans I am back!' because it was long time ago when I last bought something from Evans
I have been always keeping an eye on their website and collections but nothing had catch my eye until they introduced the Cut for Evans Collection (watch the video and browse a few things left on the sale).
I always loved their shoes, the leather ones are really comfy and very good value in the sale.
Anyway, back to the Cut Collection, there was a lot of buzz when the collection first came out and lots of bloggers wrote reviews and went to the Marble Arch store event and I have to say when I first saw the pictures I was really impressed.
So, after the pictures I went to the website and even though there were a few things I loved like the peg trousers, the skirt and the blouse I thought the price was a bit too high so I left it like that, no order from me, I though I can always snap one in Ebay if I really regret it.
Then came the sale and I couldn't stop myself, I bought the abstract patterned skirt and the trousers and I passed on the same patterned shirt (I think my size was sold out) and I really wish I had it but never mind.
I bought both in size 20 and the sizing is actually different in my opinion from the trousers to the skirt, I could size down in the skirt but probably size up in the trousers the waist is only half elasticated so it's not like the skirt which has a full elasticated waist.
Once they arrived, I opened the parcel and I loved the colours!! The weather wasn't great so I thought I wait till we get some sun but the real reason which I waited (instead of wearing them the next day I got them) was that I didn't know how to match those trousers and skirt with a top.
At the end, I matched the trousers with a New Look Inspire blouse that I grabbed at the Northampton clothes swap organised by the lovely Elena from Frivolous Mrs D and it belonged to the also lovely Becky from Does my blog make me look fat.
So what do you think, do you like my match with a pink blouse? I will do another post with the skirt soon.
Patty xx

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Pamper my curves!

Hello again, post time!
I was lucky to snap one of the tickets for the Pamper your Curves event in Manchester on the 29th of March. I am so glad I did because I had a fantastic time with Betty Pamper and her team and all the ladies who attended.
When we got there Betty introduced herself to the group and explain why she thought of organising the event and how blogging has changed her life. She is such a strong woman and her words were so great that she sure passed her confidence into the rest ready for the Photoshoot.
The venue was great and very private. While waiting for my hair and make up by Lily Von Pink,I was able to enjoy a nice burger.
Then, just before I had my picture taken Becky from The ramblings of Mrs Bebe, follow her blog if you not doing it yet, talked about her experience on being a plus size woman and dealing with mental health issues, she is a truly inspiring lady...
All in all it was a great day and I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures, all the girls look amazing!
Below there is a little taster of the day and how stunning everybody looked!
Patty xx

picture collage from Betty Pamper 
Nicky Rocket was the fantastic photographer.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Polka dot mania

Hello lovelies,
I hope you had a fab weekend, mine was fabulous! I was in Manchester in the Pamper Your Curves event that Betty Pamper organised and it was fantastic, I had my hair and make up done by her amazing team and then Betty's husband took some pictures (fingers crossed they turned up ok because as you can see below I am not the most photogenic person). Ah I must not forget to say that it was lovely to see all the beautiful ladies and chat and listen to the always inspirations Becky (read her blog The Ramblings of Mrs Bebe here).
My outfit is very simple, I've got this dress in Primark for a tenner (yay bargain) and it is available up to a size UK20 which will fit up to a size 24 me thinks as it is very swingy style.
Cardi is a basic one from Forever 21, leggings from M&S and my good old pumps.
Are you as crazy as me about everything with dots? I also love my little pale rose tiara from Primark too.
Hola guapis,
espero que hayais tenido un finde genial, yo estuve en Manchester en un evento 'Pamper your curves' que organiza Betty Pamper podéis leer su blog que es una maravilla aquí. Me peinaron y maquillaron y luego fotitos a mil ya os las ensenyaré aunque no soy muy fotogénica.
El vestido y la diadema es de Primark y lo hacen hasta la talla 48 pero es muy generoso así que os irá bien hasta la talla 52-54 porque es muy amplio.