Monday, 9 January 2017

New Year, A New Lesson Learnt

Happy New Year to all my lovely readers, whether new or regular!
I thought I'd do something a little different and write a post on my views of something I've learnt over the last week or so.
 


So if you're a plus size blogger, or reader or perhaps just part of the plus community in general, then you may of seen a popular brand run a very rewarding competition. Offering a years paid contract to 5 established plus size/curve bloggers. As a plus size blogger for the last 3 years, I initially thought I'd be mad not to enter! I was sooooo wrong. 
Now I'm going to be honest here; I read the prize and saw paid. Like Gwen Guthrie once said 'Ain't nothing going on but the rent'. I'm sure there are various reasons why people have entered this generous competition, whether it's the money, a way to further their writing career, a chance to be noticed, the love of the brands ethics or perhaps to be a voice of body positivity and size acceptance.
 As with all competitions, there'll always be that person that thinks they deserve it the most, simply because. 
Now what I naively didn't expect was the sheer lengths some people will go to to get this chance. I've seen some very dirty tactics, it's not my place to go in to detail, but the most upsetting thing is the lack of morals and dignity. 
As I've watched my blog and social media popularity grow over the years, I've forged some very special friendships and sisterly bonds within the plus community. Yes there can be cliques, the odd bit of bitching but at the end of it all, we all look out for one another and always try to support and raise each other up. It's so sad to witness such bad etiquette and behaviour from new faces, suddenly claiming to be part of it.
There's also the bigger picture to these competitions is that it's all publicity based. You have this big female audience, all suddenly wanting an easy opportunity and then sharing the brands post, it's seen by literally thousands. Great way of promoting for the brand and they are not at fault for that. But for those that enter, the whole thing is basically one big popularity contest. And that's where I began to feel uncomfortable. I've never really considered asking my friends, followers or readers for votes and the like and once I started, I felt uneasy. I lay sleepless in bed one night, suffering from anxiety about it all and knew it wasn't worth the hassle. I've learnt that it's far more rewarding being the cheerleader than tooting my own horn. I'm humbled that I have regular readers and followers that support what I do because I strive to be myself, show off my qualities and keep things real. Not by asking for recognition from those that don't know me. Should this competition had been about the quality of a bloggers content over popularity from the start, I would of been far more involved. I truly hope the established plus bloggers they do choose, be the girls I know and love and that have continuously worked hard setting a positive voice for body empowerment and equality within the movement.

Good luck to all those that have entered, I can't wait to read your posts x

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

A Sweet New Year with Ahmad Dessert Tea

With all the rich and heavy foods I've consumed over Christmas, I was feeling as stuffed as the table turkey! I certainly needed to dull the palate down a little and give my tummy a rest. As someone who's not shy of the old cakes and puds, I was delighted to sample the brand new range from Ahmad Teas that were dessert inspired.

As a fruit and green tea lover, I couldn't resist the sound of the flavours on offer.  Three being a green  tea; Mango & Lychee soufflĂ©, Strawberry Basil Coulis, Citrus & Mint Sorbet And three black tea varieties; Strawberry Velvet Cake, Citrus & Mint Sorbet and Moroccan Orange Slice, Pear & Cinnamon Strudel.

 

I decided to try these cold as well as hot and they were so refreshing. I'm not a fan of milk or sugar in hot drinks so these were perfect for me in the morning. 

This new collection is perfect for people looking for a sophisticated everyday treat or looking to sweeten up a special occasion. The teas can be enjoyed at any time, with or without milk, as an ideal tasty and indulgent sweet treat. 

With an RRP of £4.00 per pack, Ahmad Tea's Dessert Teas, along with the full range of Loose Leaf Pyramids, are available from Ocado and www.ahmadtea.com now. 
             
   Or if you fancy winning yourself the full set of all 6 flavours, all you need to do is pop your email address in the comment box and one winner will be chosen at random. X

Sunday, 18 December 2016

A Victorian Christmas at SS Great Britain

Today my husband, daughter and myself stepped back in time and celebrated Christmas the way Victorians did at Bristols SS Great Britain. 
Walking through the doors, we were instantly transported to traditional 19th century Christmas on the streets, complete with mulled wine stalls, roast chestnuts, Carole singers, actors and a snow machine which made it picture postcard perfect. 
We spent some time frolicking in the fake snow machine, which my 4 year old just loved! Then headed to the Dockyard Museum to make traditional Christmas cards, dress up in period clothes and learn some history of the ship. 
 
 

We made our way in to the SS Great Britain to explore the levels, deck and cabins. We were even treated to some beautiful Christmas carols by their violinist on the dining deck. 

 
 
 

With the role play from the actors, interactions from Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Charles Dickens, it really did feel magical. With so much commercialism around at this time of year, it was so refreshing to be part of something different. I'm hoping this will be on again next year as I will be sure to return with more of my family for a Christmas treat. 

 

Friday, 9 December 2016

Christmas Party Season with Wingz

 If you're like thousands of women out there who struggle to find clothes that cover the arms, wether it's the full arm or just partly, then Wingz are absolute gem for your wardrobe. 
I've been aware of Wingz for as long as I've been part of the blogging community but as I happen to like my big wobbly arms, I didn't feel I needed any. Until I tried them! 
Now, I'm all for getting my arms out, especially in the summer but when it comes to winter, I'm more than comfortable in a big oversized cardigan. But they're just not practical when I go out 'dressed up'. This is where Wingz have changed the game for me. I'm a sucker for buying things in the end of summer sales then I find the weather goes down hill and I'm having to store all my beautiful summer things away. 
I was planning to show you how you could wear these sleeves with party dresses but I thought why not switch it up and wear them under a jumpsuit.

 

Now as much as I love a good cardigan, I don't want to cover my outfit up if I'm going out out. These Wings were just right. As they only cover my arms, I was not too hot but I also didn't feel too exposed either. I'm wearing the size 2 here. They are so versatile and I'm already thinking about other dresses and outfits that I can drag back out to wear with them. You could even buy them as a gift? There are a great selection of styles and colours over on the Wingz site and would make a great addition to any wardrobe. 

X

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Lush Event at The Mall Cribbs Causeway

On the 1st of December I got to check out the new Lush store at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway. Although Lush has been in residence at The Mall for some time, they moved to a new store right next door. New and so much bigger!
As soon as I walked in I was greeted and welcomed by a plethora of lovely smiley faces and I could not wait to get my nose in ALL the products! 
I was quickly swept up by the sweetest staff member who sat me down and got to know a little bit about the products I like and smells/memories that evoke happy thoughts. Off she went and gathered armfuls of the most glorious pots of salts and gels and creams. 

Just a small selection to sample



I spent a good 20 minutes having my arms and hands scrubbed and slathered in some wonderful treats, some of which I had never tried and I'm now eager to get for Christmas, especially Ocean Salt shower scrub. Containing limes, grapefruit and vodka it was nearing a cocktail! It smelt like my holidays in Mexico and days spent with my husband in the spa. Feeling super smooth, smelling lovely and totally relaxed, I took a wander around this fab new store and layout.




 
 
Love this quirky little shelf!

 



There's just so much on offer, I was literally like a kid in a sweet shop. One fun thing I did get to do was make my own bath bomb! Surprisingly they were really quick and easy to make and as I got to take my one home, I can't wait to use it knowing that I made it. Such a child! 

Myself and Becky making our bombs
I'm now pretty much obsessed with the new store and I've already been back for another visit and picked up some Christmas presents. Should you be in Bristol, be sure to pop in x

Monday, 14 November 2016

Christmas Snacking with Tyrells

So usually I'm posting new outfits, recent purchases or an event I've been to, but today I'm talking snacks. More specifically, crisps and popcorn. I'd like to think my body is chistled out of a combination of the two and with Christmas lurking around the corner, I thought 'why not!'

The fab guys over at Tyrrells  kindly let me sample their two new seasonal flavours. Three Bird Roast crisps and Bellini Poshcorn. These just scream Christmas and no doubt in 6 weeks I'll be slumming it in stretchy pants, reaching for a bag whilst watching cheesey movies under a blanket OR I could be dressed in my favourite party frock, heading to a family house party, armed with my new decadent flavoured snacks. My family loved the Three Bird Roast flavour best and the Poshcorn was actually fizzy! It was very subtle in flavour too, perfect to accompany drinks.

 


Seasoned to perfection, Tyrrells is giving traditional roast turkey a splendiferous twist, with the traditional Christmas trio of roast chicken, duck and turkey brought to life on a characterfully curly Tyrrells crisp. Avoid 'foul-tempers' at Christmas and fill up your bowls with this entertaining sharing sized pack!

 


It's Tyrrells Poshcorn Cocktail hour! Put the glamour into Christmas with this fun, frivolous and ever so slightly fizzy cocktail delight from the popconnoiseurs at Tyrrells. Available in generous sharing sized 75g pack, Bellini Poshcorn is carefully popped in small batches at Tyrrells Court Farm using gold standard kernels, Tyrrells Bellini Poshcorn is available from CoOp, Ocado and independents nationwide. 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

A Babe in the Woods with Lovedrobe

 


There's something so soul warming about walking through the woods in the Autumn. It's my ultimate favourite month with my wedding anniversary, beautiful colours and those festive feelings building up towards Christmas.
When Lovedrobe offered to send me a little Autumnal blouse, who was I to refuse?!

 
This stunning mustard coloured blouse is slightly sheer, perfect for layering up and has the most beautiful pleated back. I've not owned anything like this and can see me wearing it through to Spring quite easily. 

 
 

I teamed mine with a simple pull on skirt, tights and over knee boots. 

You can find this blouse here and is available in sizes 16-30 x