As you know I do like changing my hair colour but when I recently dyed my hair purple, I thought this would have been my last big colour change for a while. Purple was by far my favourite and I really had planned to stick with that for a while.
Refreshing Roots Turned Into A Colour Change
I meant refresh my purple. At the time the purple had turned by now into a turquoisy blue with at least 8-10cm dark roots. I thought it was best to give it a full rather than just the usual root bleach to avoid my hair turning even more patchy.
To my surprise I liked what I saw when I washed off the bleach. I also never had never ever been blonde which made it all a whole lot more interesting. So I thought it might make sense to stay blonde for a while now that I had to bleach it anyway and ultimately I could always put purple back in my hair at a later point.
So I decided to get an ash blonde toner. My hair had unfortunately a faint green undertone left in it while being a little lighter in the bottom than it was on top. So I went for two tones, firstly as I could not decide and secondly because i thought one was too dark and the other too light and secondly as I was unsure if I would need to.
I ended up using both and had the overambitious idea to create something obre-ish by using most of the darker tone on top and the lighter in the ends. That did not work out quite as intended but I am overall happy with the result although there is still a slight green undertone. But I should be able to get rid of that when using a toner with a bit of a redish/warm undertone the next time. For now thoug I wanted to avoid killing off my hair completely by dyeing it again. I will leave it to recover for a few weeks before I’ll dye it once again.
Like usually I don’t think that this hair change is going to last forever but I do like it and I think I am going to stick with blonde for a while. What do you think about it? Do you like me as a blonde?
If you are looking for last minute affordable plus-size valentines outfit then here is my oersonal plus size wish list coming to your rescue along with “last orders” information to make sure you still get your dream outfit in time.
What do you think? Do you have a favourite?
In order to receive your last minute outfit in time for valentines you need to order by:
Next Day Delivery: Friday 12.02. by 12pm, if you are willing to take some risk you might still be lucky if you order before 5pm on Saturday 13.02.
Next Day Delivery: Friday 12.02. by 4pm
Sunday Delivery: Saturday 13.02 by 9pm
Weekend Delivery: Friday 12.02. by 8pm
Weekend Delivery: Saturday 13.03 by 7pm
What are your plans for valentines day? Will you spend it with your loved one or go out with the girls, but most important, what will you be wearing?
I always love hearing about new plus size brands. So I was quite exited when the House Of Fraser contacted me with the great news that they will be stocking Xandres Xline.
Xandres Xline – A Plus Size Line Of A Beligian Design House
Xandres Xline is the plus size line of the belgian brand Xandres which is admittedly not one of the cheapest lables available but it does offer some interesting new pieces as their style is based on an overall classic style interspersed with some more subtle and some more statement trends but always remains timeless.
Obviously I am not a fan of every single piece and while some pieces are clearly targeted at a market a little older than myself they do seem to have managed to overall achieve a good balance between classic and fashion.
Here are some of my favourite pieces:
Road Testing Xandres Xline with the House of Fraser
Amazingly the House Of Fraser offered me the chance to road test one of the pieces. I was looking out for a piece that would allow me to benefit from the quality that I hoped for as well as the timelessness of the line and so I was looking for a piece that could work with many other outfits rather than one of their beautiful statement pieces. And in my case the best choice appeared to be a cardigan:
The cardigan did not disappoint. The quality is amazing and I really love the colour.
The image does not any wear near live up to reality. The cardigan is a beautiful pastel turquois that is interwoven with some with some subtle silver shimmer. It goes wonderfully with my current obsession of blue hues and nude blush tones.
The quality of the piece also lives up to my from the price already rather high expectations. The downside of the quality though is that you will have to live with the little mither of handwashing it but the positive side is that it if you treat it will should give you many years of wearing a beautiful cardigan, that for once should not lose it’s shape or shine.
The Final Verdict?
Would I buy it myself? I have to admit… Maybe not, with an original price of £109 it would simply lie out of my price range. Out of budget constraints I personally rather look to cheap and cheerful ranges at the moment.
Would I have invested the money into this piece though for this time, I do believe Iwould not have been disappointed – I do believe you would get your money’s worth in quality and length of wear out of it – and at the moment the piece is also reduced to £54.90 and so are many of the other Xandres Xline pieces at the HoF at the moment. So if you like it, now is the the time to snap it up.
The literal bottom line is: If you can afford it and like timeless pieces then I do believe Xandres Xline is a worthy Plus-Size designer brand to invest in.
Autumn is in full swing and as it is getting colder and windier outside it is time to cosy and snuggle up either at home under a blanket with nice cup of tea or to have a stroll in a toasty and warm coat through the awesome autumn landscapes that millions of colourful leaves have turned the world into.
I love this feeling of snuggling in a warm coat or blanket while it is cold around you. This year seemed to be passing me by and although I recently found a lovely autumn coat, winter is just round the corner and I had absolutely now winter ready coat. I already expected I once again had to wear lots and lots of layers.
Affordable Winter Walks With bonprix
So I was even more excited when bonprix got in contact with me if I might be interested in taking part in their Affordable Winter Walks challenge.
If I am honest I have to admit, it was a while back since I had last checked out bonprix and so I was very positively surprised of their range. Since I last knew about them, their choice and range as a whole has significantly improved. I had quite a hard time to decide, there were so many lovely coats and vests to choose from.
Faux Suede Duffle Coat
After I debated for a while for and against a biker jacket (I had recently binge watched sons of anarchy…) I decided to go with the winter jacket that reason was voting for right from the beginning and chose this beautiful faux suede suede duffle coat which is bang on trend with this strong (faux) suede trend.
So ultimately there was not much of a compromise between reason and fashion to make and snuggly as it is, it is the absolutely perfect choice for a stroll in the autumn/winter sun enjoying the colourful landscape
The Fit – Length
Especially while being as a cyclist and being 5’9 both the length of the coat and the length of the arms are important for me.
It is not too long to be restrictive but long enough to cover your lower back which sometimes does get exposed by too short coats when wearing jeans, especially when on the bike.
The Fit – Size
I am usually somewhere between a size 24 and 26 and chose a 26 for this coat, keeping in mind that there might be a time when I might wear a jumper or multiple layers of clothing under it. It is a good job I went for the larger size as it does fit well but is a little bit snug when the zip is closed. So go for your usual size but if you are unsure between two sizes, go for the larger one.
The Fit – Arm Length
I so so often struggle with the arm length,with coats exposing the especially on the bike dreaded dreaded gap between gloves and sleeves, but this coat works perfectly being at this perfect compromise length working for the taller and the shorter girl.
The Cut – Seams
When ordering the coat I wasn’t too sure on the outside seams but now wearing it I do actually like it as it seems to stretch your length in the back and accentuate your waist thanks to strategical placing.
The Lining – Warm & Cuddly
The faux suede is super soft and the coat is lined with and even softer shearling style trim which will keep you warm and toasty even in the strongest winds.
This makes particularly the hood lovely and cuddly, although that might be a little bit roomy but no less comfy.
Right about the time I got the coat, Lindy Bop entered a sale with hundreds of dresses reduced up to 30% and some even more… (bye, bye bank balance) I simply could not resist… As you know I absolutely adore vintage and particularly ‘Tara’, this autumnal dress in plum, seemed just perfect for the season while complementing and connecting the colours in the coat with my blue/purple hair.
The ankle boots are from my absolute favourite shoe shop: Deichman. They are not only one of the few shoe shops in the UK that offer a reasonable ratio of flat to high heels with even some reasonable proportion of kitten heels they also offer fashionable shoes that last more than only a few wears at a reasonable price. Chances are you are going to use those lovelies next winter season for a walk again.
The boots are part of their XXL line, this means they run up to EU size 44 (UK 10) and are usually a little wider than their normal Graceland range shoes. They might not be fur lined, so they are not quite winter shoes yet, but with some cosy socks they will comfortably carry you through autumn.
I will ignore the cardigan for now, not only is it 5 seasons old and from a shop that is not available in the uk, but I am also sure that if you are the slightest like me, you will have a large collection of cardigans already waiting to be thrown into autumn ready combinations.
Adding It All Up – Affordable Winter Walks Indeed
With the overall topic being affordable winter walks, this outfit is definitely falling into the affordable Category.
Wow, there are apparently an approximate 90.000 fashion bloggers in the UK, really a mind-boggling number. The more flattering and the more of a surprise it is to hear that Rebateszone have named me one of the top 50 beauty bloggers. An even bigger surprise was that even within this list Rebastezone placed me at #17 a real honour.
So Many People Who Deserve It Just As Much
I am more than honoured but at the same time feel at the edge of saying it is an undeserved honour as from the top of my head I could probably from the top of my head mention more than 17 amazing plus size fashion bloggers that I personally adore and that would deserve this at least as much as me.
Halloween choices for us plus-size ladies are still a little meagre but slowly seem to be getting better. We still have to put a little more effort into finding our perfect plus size costume but at least options do exist.
There are some great bloggers who have for years already shown some amazing costumes on their blogs and also have this year put together some great resources.
Betty Pamper has recently writen a great article giving you 5 tips how you can ace your costume – including how and where you can obtain some awesome options.
One of Georgina’s awesome costumes this year was a great take on Ursula from Disney’s Little Mermaid. The costume was available at website based in the USA, that also does some other great plus size costumes. The Ursula costume, unfortunately, has now sold out.
Halloween Is Almost Here
If you are like me, you keep putting finding your Halloween costume off and off, and before you know it is almost Halloween. By that time you are either too broke to order a great costume and/or the ones you do find are either sold out or do take too long to arrive.
So, if you are in need a last minute solution, but still would like to channel your inner Ursula , fret not, I have a great alternative for you.
Last Minute Plus Size Costume – But Not Less Awesome
This Ursula costume is super easy to make and mainly using cheap items and or items you might already own.
All the items can be ordered with next day delivery by following the links should you really be under time pressure.
All you need is:
a black peplum dress – get it here (or any other black peplum dress)
kitchen roll, toilet paper, cotton balls or whatever other stuffing materials you can find her
a bit of string
optionial: some stiff but bendable wire, if you want to be super-cool.
optional: leggings/bolero if you like and want to save on the purple body paint
Step 1 – Mark The Shape Of Your Tentacles
Sewing the tentacles is really easy, although I would recommend using a sewing machine if you have access to one.
Pick a marker that you will be able to see on your fabric and mark on the inside of your fabric the shape of your tentacles as large triangles. I personally found it the easiest to decide how wide I wanted the tentacles to be at the top and then to start marking said width on one side of the fabric with always with 3cm space in between. Then do the same on the other side, making the first mark in the middle of the first tentacle marking of the other side and then keep going on this side (see image below).
Once you are done you can simply start connecting the marks across the fabric and there you have the shape of your tentacles.
Step 2 – Sew Your Tentacles
Secure both fabrics and make sure you have the side you want to show on the outside, on the inside and sew along the markings you have just made. Once you are done just cut the tentacles apart by cutting along the 2-3 cm space you have left between them and *boom* there you have are your (limp) tentacles.
Step 3 – Filling The Tentacles
Now you only need to turn the tentacles inside out and fill them, using the toy filler you have bought or any other filling material. I actually used kitchen roll as I was a little desperate when I made it and that was all I had, but it worked fine. So you can use kitchen roll, toilet paper, cotton balls or whatever else you have around and think works best for you. Make sure you leave about 10-15 cm for fixing them on the belt.
If you want to make the supercool you can add some bendable wire along the tentacle and then you can bend them in shape when you were them, but they also look awesome without this.
Step 3 – Finishing Off The Tentacle Belt
You are almost done with the tentacles. Just take the top of the tentacle that you have left unfilled and roll/fold it over and either sew it in place or fix it with safety needles. As I had filled it with kitchen roll I wanted to keep the option open to maybe reopen them one day and fill them with the proper filling material.
Once you have created the loop, slide the belt through the loops of the tentacles then space them out and you have your tentacle belt. When you hold the belt they will all bunch together but you can space them out once you wear it.
Step 4 – Put Your Tentacles On
Here it becomes obvious why you need a peplum dress, next to them looking awesome at any time, the peplum bit is perfect for hiding the tentacle belt. So grab your tentacle belt and fasten it tight enough to stay in place and to keep the tentacles in place but also loose enough so that you can adjust the position of the tentacles.
Once you have made this far, the largest part is done.
Step 5 – The Snail Shell Necklace
At the time I made this costume I ordered a big snail shell from the aquarium decoration section on Amazon. This specifc large shell does unfortunately not seem to be available anymore, but there are multiple sea shell selections available and I am sure there are going to be some nice snail shells in there.
Carefully drill a hole into the shell. I did it by hand, using a drill bit. Slowly but surely I drilled through it by turning the drill bit manually. I was a bit worried, using a power drill might break the snail shell, especially as I only had the one shell available.
You will need two holes – one on either side. Feed the string through the hole and knot the end of the string until it is bigger than the holes. Et voilà – you have your necklace holding Arielle’s voice!
If you happen to have the right shells and the time you could get even another step closer to perfection and look and consider making some seashell earrings. All you need is glue, some old drop earrings, which you are happy to recycle. Select suitable shells (see image below) and just glue the seashells onto the old drop earrings or attach via a hole you drill through the shells similar to what you will have done to create the necklace. It won’t last forever but will look great for an evening.
Step 6 – Ursula Makeup
With the make-up is where the real transformation begins. The Ursula makeup is easier than one would expect.
The most important points are, the eyebrows are very very high, so use the charcoal dazzle dust to conceal your eyebrows (if you do not want to go so far as to use the glue trick). A strong electric blue for the eyeshadow is key as much as the dramatic red lip.
And most importantly don’t forget the beauty spot – and don’t mix up the sides like I did the first time! The spot is on Ursula’s right.
There are some great YouTube tutorials. Simply search for Ursula make-up and you will be spoilt for choice.
Step 6 – The Nails
The longer the nails the better. Ultimately your want to create proper witch nails, seawitch nails to be specific. Therefore I got some Long Red Nails from Amazon to simply glue on. But if you don’t want to be limited in your movements by having insanely long nails you can obviously just use some red nail polish instead.
Step 6 – The Hair
The final and easiest step – take the Albert Einstein wig and comb all the hair upwards. Put the wig on, hide your own hair under it and give the wig a last comb upwards.
The great thing about this costume is that it can also be dressed up or down for the occassion. Wear an officewear peplum dress for day occassion or use a mini or low cut dress if you want to turn it into a sexy costume. Depending on your personal taste you can also add leggings or a cardigan and wear it wither with ballerinas or high heels. It is completely up to you.
What Do You Think?
What do you think. Do you make your costumes yourself? What will you be wearing this year?