What I’m Digging: My Autumn Wish List 🍃🍂🍁

Autumn is of course the best season and I am Autumn’s child.

I was born to be swathed in rusts and greens and mustard yellows, to roll in the softest wool and twirl about in plaid. Lucky ASOS is kicking it out of the ballpark right now then, isn’t it?

I’m trying not to shop in the lead up to my birthday and Christmas but if I were to slip, I would probably drop the rent money on these absolute gems.

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ASOS Skull Stud Halloween Earrings, £5 ~ ASOS Curve Tea Dress in Leopard Print, £28 ~ ASOS Curve Wide Buckle Waist Belt, £14

Love these pieces, that belt would be a godsend for many of my outfits, adding a funky new edge. Those studs, though.

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ASOS Bead Pom Strand Earrings, £15 ~ Monki Pom Pom Roll Neck Jumper Dress, £50 ~ Junarose Textured Knitted Jumper, £38

That Pom Pom jumper! I am so tempted! Monki is such a cool brand and although they technically cater to ‘straight sizes’, a lot of their piece fit bigger bodies so I enjoy browsing both ASOS and their own website a lot.

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ASOS Pleated Metallic Midi Skirt, £40 ~ ASOS Curve Shirt Dress in Block Print, £35 ~ One Day Plus Metallic Cap Sleeve Jumpsuit, £32

These metallics are so special and would be great to take into the evening. And I really love the idea of shirt dresses but I’m concerned about how they might fit around my boob area. I guess there’s only one way to find out…

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So those are the bits I’m coveting right now, good huh?

What are you digging? ❤

Pay Day Wish List – July

I’m still not shopping (much) but if I was, I’d be all over these bad boys:

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Embellished Stripe Kimono, £70 ~ Pleated Midi Skirt in Polka Dot, £35 ~ T-shirt with Embellish Watermelon Badges, £18
This rainbow brite sequin dream coat is literally everywhere at the moment and boy is it stunning! I do feel it’s overpriced however, and in the real world I just know I’d be shedding scales all over the shop but a girl can dream and imagine herself swirling about from event to event in this fun piece, can’t she? (Ha, like I do events!).

The polka dot skirt is just dreamy and I feel like it could be dressed in several ways so would make a great wardrobe stable. Watermelons are bang on for the Summer (and always as far as I’m concerned) so this is a good buy too and with a bargainous pricetag. It would also go very well with another item I’ve included further down this post…

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Pyjama Floral Print Blouse, £34 with matching Wide Leg Trousers, £38 ~ Boohoo Plus Paisley Print Swing Dress, £16 ~ Bomber Jacket with Zip Detail, £55
The thing with the pyjama co-ords is that I would look like I’d rolled straight out of bed, it’s a gift I have and in a IRL situation there’s no way I would be able to pull it off. But I still like it and I love the idea of rocking posh PJs all day long.

This dress is super cute but I agree with the Internet Fat Community who bemoan the lack of options for us big women. Swing dresses and cold-fucking-shoulders all the way. Do better plus size brands!

As for this dusky pink bomber, I featured something very similar last month but this one looks infinitely more wearable tbh. I think it’s a great piece.

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Deckchair Striped Pyjama Set, £24 ~ Alice & You Boyfriend Jean with Floral Embroidery, £39 ~ Alice & You Floral Print Tea Dress, £30
I’ve said it before and I will say it a hundred times more: ASOS Curve do the best pyjamas, hands down. These new deckchair print ones need to be mine NOW.

These jeans are a little different for me and I’m not entirely sure the fit would work on my body shape but they’re pretty (and would be ace with the watermelon tee, above). I might try this style someday.

Annnnnd finally… Wow, another floral skater dress, Christa, how groundbreaking! I just like it, okay?

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So these are my lust objects of the month and I’m hoping some of them are still available when I’m in a position to shop again. If they’re not though, it’s cool – it just wasn’t meant to be!

What are you digging at the moment? ❤

Pay Day Wish List – June

It’s Pay Day and even though I’m observing a Shopping Ban for the next two months (honest G’uv!), that doesn’t mean I don’t know what’s what on ASOS.

If I were shopping this month, I’m pretty sure at least 50% of this collection of would make it into my wardrobe… so it’s a good job I’m not.

As usual everything here is from ASOS.

#noregerts

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Oversize Tie Die T-shirt, £20 ~ Skater Dress with Floral Border Embroidery, £45 ~ Wrap Jumpsuit with 3/4 length sleeves, £28
That jumpsuit, tho! Although it is very similar to one I already have…  I do love an over-sized tee and that folky dress, it would be a bit unusual for me to wear white as it’s not normally one of my staples but why not, eh? It is the Summer after all (apparently).

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Midi Skater Skirt with Poppers, £20 ~ Satin Bomber Jacket, £35 ~ Maxi Dress with Hydrangea Print, £65
On man, this is like the Holy Trinity of the group. I can’t explain how much I love each of these items individually but also feel like the bomber would work with both the others. That mint midi skirt is dreamy AF and wouldn’t the maxi see a girl through Summer events like a boss? (The answer is FUCK YES).

NB: As I type this the bomber has actually gone out of stock, however similar can be found here with a varsity flavour.

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Patchwork Shopper Bag, £45 ~ Smock Dress in Mixed Ditsy, £28 ~ New Look Peep Toe Shoes, £24.99
This bag reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream which can only be a great thing. I live in smock dresses which are a fat girl’s best friend (if a little ‘safe’) and how cute are these peep toes? I’d probably not be able to walk in them though, let’s be honest.

So that concludes my serious lust objects of the month. I think hanging up my credit card is going to be a lot harder than I thought. Hopefully by the end of it I’ll have curbed my addiction a little, I know I can’t go on the way I have been. And I’ve done so well getting out of crippling debt.

That said, if any of these are still available on 1st August, I might have to treat myself!

What are you digging this month? ❤

Met Gala Ball 2016

It’s not all killer wasps and sticky shit around here you know. Sometimes there are pretty dresses too.

Yesterday was the supremely chic Met Gala Ball and of course all our favourites (and Rita B-ora) were out and about in their high-tech finery. I believe the theme was Technology this year, hence all the metallics.

Here are a few of my favourite looks from the night:

Lupita Nyong’o in Calvin Klein ~ Rachel McAdams in Valentino ~ Willow Smith in Chanel

I love The Smith Family and both the kids really slayed last night. Lupita’s dress is so dreamy and the colour is just perfect for her *heart eyes emoji*, while Rachel is pure gothic babe through and through.

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Solange Knowles in David LaPort ~ FKA Twigs in Atelier Versace ~ Alexa Chung in Thakoon

Nobody could ever accuse Solange of playing it safe and I love this pop of solid colour on her. She’s always interesting and my favourite Knowles sister (I love you too Bey). FKA should have ditched the date because she looks increds and this jumpsuit on Alexa is pure perfection.

If I ever attend the Met Gala (next year?), you can be sure I’d wear a jumpsuit too.

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Zoey Deutch in Dolce& Gabbana ~ Jemima Kirke in Chanel ~ Emma Stone in Prada

I’m not sure Zoey got the memo about the theme but when your dress is this beautiful does it even matter? I think not. Jemima looks like an angel in this stunning nude gown and – hello Emma Stone! Loving everything about the hair, make-up and frock here. Bravo, love. Bravo.

Special props to:

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Jennifer Connelly in Louis Vuitton ~ Queen Bey in Givenchy ~ Florence Welch in Gucci

I bloody love the pretty frock and DMs look. Jen looks like she’s channeling a very 90’s aesthetic and I’m here for it. Bey smashes it every time but I like that she’s been a bit risky here (in the wake of Lemonade, was it going to be any other way?) and Florence, that opal metallic is heavenly.

There has to be a special mention for Solange’s after party look which nails sports luxe meets sci-fi chic perfectly. I’d wear the shit out of this in a darker colour:

Girl Power, yo

So that’s me mooning over some gorgeous couture, hope you liked it. You can check out the rest of the fashion and Vogue’s Met Gala coverage here.

Any favourites of your own? ❤

Pay Day Wish List (featuring ASOS)

I’m addicted to ASOS as you all know. Most of what I buy is from there as, personally, I think their plus-size range which incorporates lots of different labels is generally a good one.

Sure, it can be hit and miss and sometimes you can be hard pressed to find anything you really love, but doesn’t that go with all shopping?

Anyway, I’ve got my eye on lots of nice things at the moment, some of which could be considered solid basics which pleases me. I’m a sucker for a good black dress or t-shirt I can just throw on some mornings and feel good.

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Block heeled sandals, £14.50 ~  Retro print smock dress, £18 ~ Cut-out shopper bag, £22

I don’t know why I’m so attracted to those heels as I rarely wear them but they’re so cute! I may have already bought the dress… and the bag would add just a delightful pop of colour!

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Spot print t-shirt, £12 ~ Skater mac, £65 ~ Skirt, £18

The skirt really looks like the school skirt I so hated as a kid but I think it would look great with a block colour tee tucked in (maybe coral?). I love the polka dots and the mac is a bit of a lustful piece but I can image myself spinning gleefully around in it during a (light) April shower.

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Round neck body, £12.99 ~ Inflatable Swan pyjama set, £24 ~ Jersey dungarees, £27

Those pyjamas though! IMHO ASOS Curve do the best pyjamas ever, and I’ve already got two pairs. Will I make it a hat trick?

I really love the neckline on this body suit and have definitely already added the dungarees to my basket. I like the cuffed legs and the fact they’re made of soft jersey.

So these are the items on my radar for this pay day. I will allow myself a couple of pieces!

What are you digging this month?

Also, do you like to treat yourself come pay day – and what’s your favourite pay day treat? ❤

Couchella 2016

Yesterday, on my day off, I nearly bought a pair of Coachella endorsed sunglasses in H&M, simply because they had tiny little cats ears on them (I might go back, don’t judge).

I quickly came to my senses (again, might lose them again, my prerogative) when I realised they were pretty pricey for what they are and it was just the ‘name’ seducing me.

Coachella. Everyone knows that this is where the pretty people go to be seen, to wear fringing and sit on grass with big cups. There’s also a big ferris wheel and some music (I think).

The closest I have ever been to Coachella myself is those sunglasses and I can’t imagine this will be changing any time soon. I’ve actually never been to a festival and I can’t work out if this is because I just haven’t lived or because it really isn’t my scene at all. Hard floors and too much sunlight? Ugh.

But if a festival ever looked like it might be my scene I think it would be Coachella, not least because I’d be too busy staring at all the bohemian beauty around me. I should imagine most festivals are people-watching Heaven and that might be enough to get me over my prejudice and actually go to one (a small one).

As I say a lot, this isn’t a fashion blog, I leave that to the experts but it doesn’t mean I don’t love it and the best outfits of Coachella season are always a highlight of the fashion calendar for me – alongside The Academy Awards, The Met Ball and London Fashion Week (ooh get me).

So here are my favourites from 2016 so far:

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Those jewel colours, though! (Both those dresses are EVERYTHING) – and Kendall rocking simple yet classic crochet
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I love each of these outfits for their simplicity, like these girls look like they just threw something on with no thought whatsoever *sigh*.

I also love the short hair on Lady number 3, it makes me want to have a very drastic cut (which I’m considering for the Summer).

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Flipping beautiful floral prints – especially when they’re rocked with sneakers ❤

I don’t know who any of these lovelies are, apart from the divine Miss Jenner, so they’ll have to forgive the lack of name checking. I have to say it’s the street style that stands out for me this year, rather than the celebrity spotting and that’s a great thing.

I want all these items in my size please! I’d also like to be outside in a park (in the shade) enjoying a light breeze right about now.

And thus concludes my thoughts on Coachella from my couch.

What do you think? ❤

Skinny Dipping (and Other Pursuits): March Wish List

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Rachel Backpack, Skinny Dip London, £35 (I might now own this)*

Fashion is supposed to be fun. Clean lines and lightweight fabrics have their place but if it’s boring and not zhushed up with something delightful then what is the fucking point?

I personally like colour, clashing prints and things that hang from my throat and earlobes that resemble toys from Kinder Eggs.

The rise of the pin badge has got to be one of the most pleasing trends and it’s in full swing now, as is the sew or iron on patch, which makes me glad I bought an over sized black denim jacket for the Spring. It was born to cart around the clacking pins and embroidered nostalgia I will bestow upon it.

Here are just a few of my favourite things at the moment:

Skinny Dip London

I first noticed this brand in Topshop, a store I seldom go into because it doesn’t do clothes that fit me. But a friend was buying Mom Jeans and there I was, drawn like a magnet to the Mermaid Tears clutch bags.

Since then Skinny Dip seems to have gone from strength to strength, branching out from cute phone cases to bags, purses and make-up bags, as well as collaborating with interesting people such as ASOS Stylist and Curve model, Felicity Hayward.

My only issue now is having too much to choose from. I’ve narrowed it down to just a couple of pieces that are guaranteed to up your handbag game (and I might own a couple of them now, so sue me).

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Leopard iPhone 6 case, £14 ~ Girls Coin Purse, £12 ~ Leopard Makeup Bag, £14

Sugar and Vice Designs

I’m obsessed and just about ready to splash out on a handful of the sweetest enamel badges I’ve ever seen. Somebody stop me! (Actually don’t, my Spring/Summer wardrobe needs them). Also, irony = I don’t even like avocados!

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Tik Tok, £7 ~ Gemstone, £7 ~ Planchette, £6 ~ Avocado, £6

Tatty Devine

Probably one of the first brands you think of when you think of fun pieces. I personally covert this baby:

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Dental Bling Necklace, £45

As worn by super babe, Emma of Archer Avenue. Check her out!

Black Heart Creatives

I have so many amazing pieces from here, including my ultimate favourite Glitter Lips Necklace but it just keeps getting better and I just keep getting poorer.

How bloody cool are these? WANT!

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Girl Gang Fist Necklace, £30-£33 ~ Custom Bamboo Earrings, £20 (I would totes have the No Scrubs though)

Fairy Cakes

Another great treasure trove of enamel pins and patches. I’m seriously digging:

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Rainbow Juice Box, £7 ~ Ferris Wheel, £7 ~“No Thanks…”, £7 ~ Nutella, £7

I’m also obsessed with this necklace and this patch:

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Giant Hexagon Necklace, £50 ~ Fight Like a Girl Iron On Patch, £6

So that concludes this rather colourful post of all things I am currently lusting after. I think this year is going to be a colour riot with lots of nods to the happy times of my childhood.

Yes, I’ll definitely be getting out the sewing kit and adding my favourite things to my jacket. Ten year old Christa would be proud as a pickle.

What do you think about all this kitsch? Is this a look you would happily rock or does it terrify you? ❤

Ps. These are mostly small businesses run by people I follow and admire on social media. Where possible I always try to support small business because I can see how much love and attention has gone into each design and piece. Check them out, I know you won’t be disappointed.

*In my ‘raving days’ I had a Barbie backpack (this! Which is heartbreakingly SOLD OUT). I loved it more than life and I’m forever trying to recreate that relationship with fluffy arm candy! Pretty sure my mum threw it away when I went travelling…

The Cat’s Pyjamas – A Loungewear Special

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I love being comfortable.

My idea of absolute bliss is coming home, slipping into a fresh pair of pyjamas (preferably something loose and in a jersey material) and lounging. Books, baths and some form of televisual treat will obviously ensue, as would one hopes, something delicious to put in my belly.

I’m not very sexy about the house, in that I’m not a negligee kinda girl but I think my husband is impressed nonetheless. And he better be.

I ordered the best pair of pyjamas last night and NGL, I can’t wait for them to arrive. Unfortunately, my ASOS Premier account has expired and I’m trying to prove to myself that I don’t need it (I totally need it). This just means I still shop as much but I have to wait 3-5 days for my items to be delivered for free. It’s quite thrilling really.

Anywhoo. I thought I’d share what my cosy heart has it’s eye on at the moment. I like doing the odd shopping post because it is a big part of my life. I do like to dress well (ish), even when I’m only sharing my evening with my boyfriend, Netflix.

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Donut Print PJ Set, ASOS Curve £24 – These are my new pyjamas-to-be and I couldn’t be happier about starting our new life together. Will I leave the house again? Probably not.
Valentine’s Heart Sleep Tee, ASOS Curve £18 – Slightly tongue-in-cheek and cute. I recently purchased my first sleep tee* and it’s a joy to bum around in, like the big nighties we had as kids. Plus it’s sooooooo soft I could die.
T-Shirt and Spotted Trouser Pyjama Set, ASOS Curve £24 – This is a cotton set and it looks so fresh. Plus polkadots never tire, and that’s a fact.
Valentine’s Heart Printed Leggings, ASOS £18 – These are totes adorbs and that’s that. Not a full set but these would be lovely under an over-sized tee, plaid shirt or nothing else at all *shocked face*.

All these picks are from ASOS which is standard. I did go on a hunt for cute plus size PJs elsewhere but came up pretty short. The majority were boring, not in my size or weirdly slogan-y. I mean why? I have to say I wish Missguided’s nightwear range extended to their larger customers (maybe it will) and New Look was just depressing. Not all fatties love butterfly print, y’all. Be better.

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Lounge Jumpsuit in Marl, ASOS Tall £28 – I’m definitely not tall but what I wouldn’t give for this in a short-arse length! Looks so perfect for chilling out maxin’.
Giant Spot Pyjama Set, ASOS Curve £30 – What did I just say about polkadots? And these ones are mahoosive. Nobody would ever lose you round the house in these puppies.
Giant Animal Tee & Jogger Pyjama Set, ASOS Tall £26 – Another from the Tall range but how could I leave these babies behind? So good.
Fleece Onesie with Ears, ASOS Curve £28 – I want this so badly but I know if I ever get it, that’s it for me and the outside world. Forever.

So that’s me and my ultra glamorous wardrobe plans. I will try not to spend the remainder of my wages on lounge pants.

What’s your hanging out routine? Are you pyjama person or do you keep it a little more sassy?

Apologies to the lovely ASOS models whose heads I cut off in the above images.

*I sleep in the nuddy FYI. I just can’t settle if I have to wear clothing 😄😄😄

What I’m Digging: My Internet Wish List (with a Valentine’s Twist)

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It’s January payday today and boy has it seemed like a lifetime away.

But now it’s here, of course my eyes are on things I can purchase to make my life infinitely better (relax, this is mainly a fantasy thing, my credit card is staying firmly in my wallet for now).

(Mostly).

The bulk of my dream items are from ASOS as is the norm but I’ve tried to branch out a little bit. While I was thinking about this post I kept stumbling across a lot of Valentine’s themed gifts so I’ve incorporated some of those for shits ‘n’ gigs, even though it’s not one of my favourite ‘holidays’.

Still, maybe a secret admirer will click on a couple of these links. You just never know. But to the goodies – what’s floating my boat during these difficult (and wet months)?

Sweet Treats (under £10)

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ASOS NO YOU DIDN’T Valentine’s Pom Slippers, ASOS £10 – Comfy and super cute!
The Smiths T-shirt, various sites (around £10) – Hilarious (my example is actually £12.50 from Etsy, but you can shop around for a better deal)
Paperchase Male Torso Cocktail Jar, ASOS £6 – A touching tribute to the male form, and handy too. Especially when you’re trying to drink more water…
Paperchase Valentine’s Lips Money Box, ASOS £6 – For saving pennies to buy all this toot

Think About It Splurges (under £25)

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Hattori Hanzo Ladies Regular Black T-shirt, Last Exit to Nowhere £20 (although I had a discount code to save 15% in January) – I can’t gush about LETN enough and buy something from them every year for my beloved. This month it’s my turn, and what better way to start the love affair than with a tribute to my favourite film? – BOUGHT IT!
Suzywan Sweet PomPom Hoop Earrings, ASOS £15 – Lush! I do love a PomPom – BOUGHT THEM!
Woven Tapered Peg Leg Trouser in Mono Stripe Print, ASOS Curve £25 – Smart and funky (like me?)
Brunch Club Sleep Tee, ASOS Curve £18 – I’ve had my eye on this lounging lovely for weeks now… lounge wear is the greatest – BOUGHT IT!

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Blair Sweatshirt, Rad £29.90 – Gossip Girl was and is one of my favourite things of all time, as is Blair Waldorf so what better way to represent? Plus: cosy
Plus Size Velvet Ribbed Midi Dress, Missguided Plus £30 – So very pretty
Adidas Originals Pharrell Williams X Todd James Superstar Trainers, ASOS £59.50 – for smashing it at the gym in style. (Honestly though, probably too nice to wear on the treadmill)
Skinnydip ‘Girls’ Heart Across Body Bag, ASOS £28 – possibly my favourite thing on this page – BOUGHT IT!

So that’s me and what’s caught my eye recently online – and yes, I lied above. I’ve already purchased a few of these beauties because I’m totally worth it obviously.

What’re you eyeing? ❤

A Little Miss Guided

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It’s with a start that I realise I haven’t done my annual Autumn-loving post and it’s already mid-way through October. I mean, who am I anymore?

I don’t, however, think there’s much I can add to previous posts that hasn’t already been said. Pumpkin Spice Latte, chunky knit scarves, crunchy leaves – you know the drill by now.

So I thought I’d do something a little different (ish) and blog about clothes (I won’t lie, mostly inspired by Tatty’s great Layering post). I know I do this semi-regularly when I talk about my ASOS wishlist (well I’ve done it twice) but I thought I’d mix it up and talk about one of my favourite plus-size brands, Missguided.

As I type this I am posed with the question: if a clothing brand offers a plus-size range, does that make it a plus-size brand, or must it cover only plus-sizes to qualify? I guess the the answer is: who actually cares? As long as there’s enough material to go around my ample body. Which there seldom is with ‘regular’ brands but that’s another post for another day, yo.

So, to my top picks from Missguided’s new plus-size range:

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Asymmetric Shirt, £28
Printed Silk Shirt Dress, £28
Checked Shirt Dress, £30

Oh em gee, check out these over-sized shirt/dresses! I particularly yearn for the gorgeous print of the middle number, look at that wonderful autumn palette. Want.

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Skull Print Jersey Dress, £20
Suede Slit Front Midi, £28
Drop Hem Cap Sleeve Chiffon Top, £25

What office wardrobe doesn’t need a little injection of the macabre round Halloween? Plus, that skirt is to die for. TDF!

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Slinky Wrap Dress, £30
Faux Leather Skater Skirt, £20
Cape Dress, £35

Christmas Season will soon be upon us and I’m pretty sure I’ve worn the same dress (or v. similar) to our work’s do two years running. This year I think I’ll treat myself. The green and red dresses aren’t my usual style but what’s a party for if not to go against the grain? I happen to believe I would rock the shit out of both. The leather skirt is just cute, I’d dress it down with a casual tee.

So these are the items I’m most coveting right now. I actually really enjoy Missguided from a quality and design point of view. It might not be the largest range yet, in comparison to ASOS Curve (The Queen of Fat Fashion) but it’s a start.

It feels to me as though the plus garments have actually been thought about and constructed with the body in mind. I’m not actually that sure what the fuck I’m talking about, just that the few things I’ve picked up from the range in the past have been spot on. So I definitely intend to shop here more (any time you want to stand up and be acknowledged, Mystery Benefactor, I’m ready).

I will say that the website is dreadful and needs a lot of work. (Don’t worry, I’ve helpfully tweeted to tell them my thoughts). But from a value/customer service/quality/selection/sizing point of view, they’re doing okay.

Great accessories too.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a little creative inspiration, check out the new Missguided offices. Who wouldn’t feel positive taking a meeting in the Unicorn Stable?

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Swing out, sister (Via Missguided)