What's it like to be the #FaceOfYours?



Yours Clothing have only gone & shortlisted little ole me in their recent #BeTheBlogger competition. I am over the moon, but I wanted to delve a little deeper into the world of Yours.

I hooked up with some of the ladies of The Rubenesque Effect to talk all things Yours, especially as two of them were selected as finalists of their #FaceOfYours competition to find the new faces of the brand.
Photo Credit - Tendai Pottinger - The Rubenesque Effect -  Left to Right - Claire Hynes, Kat Henry, Daniella Smith & Sian Yapp
Meet Claire & Daniella;

So ladies congratulations on being shortlisted I thought I would ask you a few questions to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to be behind the scenes with one of the UK’s largest Plus Size clothing brands.

Firstly how did you feel when you found out you had been selected?
Daniella:  It was very much a shock! I really didn’t expect to be picked out of hundreds of ladies for this as I knew there would be a lot of stiff competition but when got the message from Yours I was elated. I was even more so ecstatic when I got the email to be told I was picked to model one of their trends, it definitely was a dream come true.
Claire: I felt completely shocked too! I had applied to quite a few similar competitions for similar brands and had never been picked before. I couldn’t quite believe it, I've been wearing their clothes for years, half my wardrobe is from Yours.  A couple of their stores are near to me in Basildon and Southend, so I was truly over the moon.


You were each given a trend to showcase, what line did you model?
Claire:  I wore their party wear and Christmas range.
Daniella:   I modelled the Athleisure wear, which I was happy to model as this suited my every day style.

How did you find the fit and feel of the items you wore?
Daniella: I found the items to be very good quality and they seemed to fit me well.  I personally think that the items were true to size.
Claire:  I loved all of the items I wore, the fit of the party/evening dresses were great and really accentuated my curves. I especially loved the Christmas jumpers, they were really fun, and for someone who is tall, jumpers don't usually come down to my bum and these ones do, plus the materials were really soft.

How was the modelling experience overall?
Claire:  Overall, It was a great experience, very nerve wracking but everyone made me feel super comfortable and I came away with some great pictures, I'll remember it forever.
Daniella: I agree, the experience for me overall was great. The team at Yours were lovely and helpful, they made me feel so comfortable and at ease. From the stylist, to the photographer, to the hair and make-up artist and all others involved, they truly made the experience one to remember.

If Yours were to run another competition like this one – what would you say to women who were thinking of entering?
Claire:  I would just say to go for it! People can sometimes doubt themselves and over think stuff but I would advise to just put yourself out of your comfort zone and enter! The Yours ladies love people of all shapes and sizes and this is reflected by the people shortlisted in the #FaceofYours competition.
Daniella:  Everyone should take a chance in life, I did and it paid off, you never know what could happen. When given these opportunities just grab them with both hands and just try your best. They didn’t have any rules or regulations when entering so you didn’t feel like you couldn’t enter either because you’re not the right height or size. If they run something similar, hopefully it will be open to all again.

Thank you ladies, for taking the time to speak to me, just one more thing before you go.  Can you create me a look from Yours which you feel represents elements of your style...

Claire: Sure we can and while we’re at it – why don’t you and Sian get involved too? Here’s mine, I've chosen these items as its winter.  I went for a warm turtle neck jumper with long sleeves and I would usually tuck this into the skirt.  You could wear this to a casual day outing like lunch with friends or a day out shopping! You wouldn't have to worry about wearing heels all day because the Yours heeled boots are super comfortable!    


Shop Claire's Outfit >> Turtle Neck//Ankle Boots//Tights//Skirt
Daniella: So I have paired together a late spring/summer day time casual look.  You could wear this to go shopping, lunch with friends/partner or even a family party.


Shop Daniella's Outfit >>Jeans//Faux Fur Gilet//Longline Tee//Plimsolls//Tote Bag//Jewellery

Sian: Well hey there ladies, I’ve chosen this little selection which I think is super cute and I would totally wear this for a date night or perhaps even out to dinner with the girls.

Thank you ladies, here’s what I would pick;

Shop my outfit >> Coat//Scarf//T-shirt//Jeans//Boots
This outfit is very “Kat” I would wear this for a weekend shopping trip or out and about for lunch.  It’s versatile enough to dress up with a cute clutch & some heels for a night out too.

I also reached out to a couple of ladies who really lived and breathed the ethos that I believe Yours Clothing stands for; fun, fearless and trendy clothing that embraces and enhances the woman’s natural curves, regardless of their shape or size.  They both chose to rock outfits in national beauty pageants.  I watched them both strut their stuff with pride and confidence on the stage so I wanted to know why they chose Yours for their outfits.

Meet Aisha & Alexandra...

Alexandra:  "I entered Miss British Beauty Curve pageant for the first time last year. I was a bit of a late entry and with only a month to get all my outfits sorted in time I was panicking!! I work in one of Yours Clothing stores so they were my first choice. I absolutely love their clothes!! There is such a range for woman and men of all shapes and sizes and they keep up to date with the latest fashion. I managed to find 2 gorgeous dresses as well as a swimsuit, kimono and 2 pairs of shoes. When I walked on stage in my outfits I felt confident. I had found clothing that fitted me perfectly and was comfortable. Especially my final Chi Chi prom dress I felt like a princess which has got to be every girls dream."

Alexandra - Photo Credit - Paul Carroll
Aisha: "I chose Yours Clothing because as a plus size fashion retailer they do more than just give us fabrics to put on our bodies. They consistently present lines that a woman can be proud to be seen in they represent a fun and fabulous edge to fashion that other high street plus size retailers lack. They have in many ways changed the face of plus size fashion and I was proud to be able to showcase their clothes in a way that they may not have been worn before. I rocked the bikini with no cover up because quite frankly when a bikini makes you feel like a goddess why on earth don't you want the world to see it! The full length shirt I styled with some Afro-centric Nubian styling, with its palm print it was the perfect way to show some Afro-centric sass by mixing with the head wrap and showing a tiny bit of tum to help ladies see that skin is not just for the thin! I chose yours because they are a brand I wear, a brand I believe in and a brand that's accessible to all!"

Aisha at Miss Plus Size UK - QR Photography
I really do think that Yours have found a way to market clothing for plus size folk which is appealable to all different body shapes and sizes and even skin tones.  Speaking to all these ladies has really made me see how much an impact a brand can make, their competitions show inclusivity and diversity whilst their trends breathes an air of sass and versatility.  All these things just really reinforce the reasons why I would love the honour of joining the Yours Clothing Blogger Dream Team – it sounds like not only would it be a tonne of fun but maybe I could reach out to more people with their help to show that fashion is accessible to ALL and not exclusive to any particular size.

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Evans Giveaway PLUS Exclusive Discount Code Just 4 U...

What a better way to start off 2017 than giving you amazing folk the chance to be rewarded just for being kind...

Early in December I won a fantastic prize from Evans as part of their #EvansBlackFriday blogger competition which included two things which I think might interest you way more than the items of clothing that I chose. Of course it wouldn't be right to not show you what I got but that's not the purpose of this little chat here (bear with me, that post is coming soon)

So in the meantime, who wants some "free"ness?


I would like to give one of you beautiful kids a £20 gift card to spend at Evans Clothing but as it's new year I want to kick it off with nothing but kindness. So in order for you to win I want you to head on over to Instagram and post a photo of you doing something kind for someone else this week, a random act of kindness if you will.  Post your photo, tag both @evansclothing & myself @kat_v_henry in your photo and make sure to use the hashtag #KindnessComesForFree so I can see it.
At 8pm on Sunday 8th Jan 2017 I will pick one of your photos to win this awesome prize.

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE...

Just for you guys I have been given an exclusive discount to share with you so you can grab 15% off all full price items on the Evans website between 1st January 2017 and 7th January 2017.  Just use the code KAT15 at the checkout.

If you use the code, don't forget to tag me in a pic of what you buy...I'm proper nosey and I wanna see what you buy plus I wanna live vicariously through your purchase cos Christmas got me BROKE as hell!

So - don't delay, go get your kindness on and happy shopping!

http://www.evans.co.uk/

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#EvansBlackFriday Sales - Day 1

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Black Friday sales have arrived and @Evansclothing are kicking things off with a few fabulous offers to get the ball rolling on their week-long sale period.

Every day this week Evans Clothing will feature a new deal online on their website as part of their #EvansBlackFriday sale.  The deals are only valid for each 24 hour period.

Today’s offers are;

Up to 30% off Festive Gifts – including Christmas jumpers, soft cuddly knitwear, sleepwear, accessories and lingerie.

They also have a “Deal of the Day  Today’s deal is 50% off this Navy Blue Robin Jumper which reduces the price from £35 to just £17.50!!

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The item today that has most caught my eye is this saucy little thing…and at reduced price of £38.50 I may just have to make a purchase…or three….

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Make sure you head on over to Evans online and keep an eye on their sales each day – there’s bound to be some amazing offers to come…

Has anything caught your eye so far?  Share your pics with me, tag me,  I wanna see, just don’t forget to use the #EvansBlackFriday & #IAmFestive hashtags too!!

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Autumn Vibes with Navabi's new collection; Jo and Julia

Navabi have a new collection, it's a collection of seasonal pieces ranging from a size 14 to 28. 

Luxurious fabrics like chiffon & leather and lots of warmth in the colour palette; offering some of my fave autumnal shades like mustard and wine.

Two pieces caught my eye;

Black Leather Jacket // Mustard Ponte Jersey Dress
The black leather jacket is such a beautifully feminine cut, I couldn't stop gawking at it but when I saw it retailed at over £300 my heart sank, I just couldn't afford it. I vow that if I ever came into a sudden windfall, it will be one of my first purchases.  If you cannot wait - then you will be super pleased to know that it's currently on sale reduced from £344.50 down to £244.00.  Grab it while it's on offer!

The ponte jersey dress was very kindly gifted to me from Navabi. 


This truly is a beautiful dress.  I have worn it a few times so far to events and work, it's so versatile.  It could quite easily be dressed up for a night out as well as a perfect daytime outfit.


I ordered a size 20 and I could have potentially sized down on this item as it was quite loose.  I usually sit smack bang in the middle of an 18 & 20 size wise, so if you too are between sizes, perhaps go for the lower size if you would prefer a more fitted fit.


The mustard colour is one of my favourite autumn shades. It's so vibrant and warm, it really adds a little flavour into the dreary days.  The quality of the Ponte Jersey fabric is lovely and thick. It's warm enough to wear without the need of an extra layer.  The sleeves; 3/4 length.  The dress has one pocket, with two openings either side (you know me - this is a major selling point from me) There's a full zip at the back.  The neck is quite wide and almost a slash neck.  


I teamed this with a light tan wide brim hat which I picked up for £3 from a charity shop and these gorgeous extra wide calf fit heeled boots from Simply Be.

This dress is currently on sale online reduced from £126.00 to £114.50.  


Overall Summary:  I am eager to try more pieces of the new collection just wish that my wallet was unlimited!  I love the colour and style of this dress. I can't really find any fault in it.

Rating:  10/10

Potential improvements:   I have no recommendations for improvements on this dress. 

Would I recommend this? YES if you are prepared to pay for quality then Navabi have exactly what you are looking for.  Everything from the material to the quality of the garment justifies it's price.  Do not be put off by price tags - invest in fabulous quality that will last.

Photos by QR Photography

Disclaimer
This item was gifted to me for review purposes.  The review above is based on my own opinions of the products and I own all creative content of this post.

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Dark Khaki Midi/Maxi from Yours Clothing


Khaki is by far one of my autumn staple colours and I can feel that this dress is gonna get a fair few outings this season.  I spotted this dress online at Yours Clothing and was desperate to try it on. 

Dark Khaki Midi/Maxi Dress

Yours clothes often tend to be rather generous on their sizing, so I went with my safe option of a 20.  I am between a size 18/20 usually and in all honesty I could have gone for the 18. 


The dress has a mock knot detail at the front with ruching all around it to pull in the waist and a panel underneath for modesty I guess.  It's made from a light viscose material and has quite a slinky feel to it. It's also advertised as dark khaki in colour but it definately looks more of a grey clay colour to me.


The dress currently retails at £29.00 and you can pick it up online using product code 101121.  The dress is available from a size 16 to a 32. If you are aiming for a more fitted look and you're between sizes like me, go for your lower end.

The dress is advertised as a maxi, but I'm not sure that's the most accurate description.  I'm 5ft 4" and this dress only just met my ankles when I stood up straight, it's also not a full skirt especially with the front panel and split front opening.  This dress is more of a midi than a maxi.

I grabbed these super versatile white heels from Yours too.  These shoes are a EEE width fitting with a 3" heel, believe me they are SUPER comfy.  I can easily spend the day in these heels without being in agony.  These retail at a mere £19.00 which is a bargain in my opinion! Product Code: 056467
Square toe Heels
Overall Summary:  Cute dress, super comfy shoes, all round a great combo for late summer evenings or early autumn nights out.  You could style this with a statement necklace and perhaps a pair of heeled ankle boots for an evening out.

Rating:  8/10

Potential improvements:   The dress could be longer as it's advertised as a maxi.  

Would I recommend this? Yes especially the shoes.  They are comfy and versatile and they are available in both black and white - buy both!  The dress is quite simple and plain so it's crying out for some statement jewellery, but with that it could be dressed up for a night out or thrown on with converse for a casual day look.

Photos by QR Photography

Disclaimer
.These items were gifted to me for review purposes.  The review above is based on my own opinions of the products and I own all creative content of this post.

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#SpottedInEvans - Autumn Feels all in black


Today I went all "all black every thang!" with this outfit from Evans Clothing.


I know this looks like a dress right, but it's actually separates made up of a crop top and a midi skirt both from the City Chic range.


The City Chic is one of Evans' largest concessions at the moment and their range seems to run small on its sizing. Evans does give quite handy advice online about their sizing; 
 "Please note the sizing of this product is different to Evans standard sizing. Size 18 fits an Evans size 16, size 20 fits an Evans size 18/20, and size 22 fits an Evans size 20/22. Sizes 24-28 are true to Evans sizing. "


So fully armed with that info I opted to size up to a size 22 on the crop top to account for the puppies. I am a size 38GG and this was totally the right decision, had I gone for my normal size of a 20 I'm not sure that it would have fitted my chest. It might have been a little more fitted in the body as this is quite loose but I'm way more comfortable with it being looser.


The crop top retails at £60.00 and is available online now.  It has a sateen type feel to it, it has a full zipper at the back which completely undoes and the cups are structured for a better fit.  The spaghetti straps are also fully adjustable.


The midi skirt is also has a sateen feel, this would be lovely with a block bold coloured top and chunky scarf for a warmer feel.  


The skirt retails at £70.00 and is also available online now.  I chose the size 20 and it's a perfect fit for me on the waist. I usually wear an 18/20 so Evans' advice on sizing is pretty accurate in my opinion. 
I am 5ft 4" and quite short in the body - this skirt would  look lovely on someone a little taller but it you are under my height be prepared for this to be more of a maxi skirt!

... and now for the "piece de resistance"  These peep toe heeled boots are giving me so much life!  These bad boys unfortunately are only stocked in a standard fit :(  I don't have particularly wide feet but these are a little on the snug side. I have no doubt that with a few wears these will give a bit but I had there been a wide fit option I would have been happier than a pig in shiznit! They are sporting a 4" heel. The ankle straps are the the bit I love the most, they just look so HOT! Team these with a pair of skinnies and a oversized sweater and I would be in shoe heaven.  These pretty little things are available online for £50.00.


Overall Summary:  I love the items as separates and I can't wait to try other combinations with each product.  I'm loving the quality and feel of the garments. 

Rating:  7.5/10

Potential improvements: The shoes need a wide fit option and the range needs extending past a 24 in my opinion. Especially as Evans offer up to a size 32.  I would work at sizing the products better, whilst the addition of the size guidance is super helpful, what's more helpful is actual correct sizing all round.

Would I recommend this? Yes I would for separates they have so much potential for great autumn combos, the shoes yes for my sisters & brothers with a standard/slim width foot.  

Photos by QR Photography

Disclaimer
.These items were gifted to me for review purposes.  The review above is based on my own opinions of the products and I own all creative content of this post.

xXx

Evans #IAmMe Awards

Evans spared no expense with their recent #IAmMe Awards event, it was a night fuelled by positivity, giggles and a shed load of prosecco!  I was honoured to have received an invite to the prestigious awards, especially when I saw how well Evans looked after us Blogger gals.


Photo Courtesy of Evans Clothing (c)
As soon as I got my invite I made sure to get in touch with Vicky of Vixen Curves to discuss a collaboration.  I had found a killer dress from Boohoo Plus that was perfect for the event, but it needed something to give it that little somethin’ else! When Vicky suggested customising one of the “vixen” harnesses to wear with it, perhaps a little eye-catching gold number, I was all over that! 


Photo Courtesy of Evans Clothing (c)

Considering I got ready at work, I don’t think I scrubbed up too badly!

Outfit rundown;

Dress – Boohoo Plus Karina Plunge Split Maxi Dress – Size 20 – Product Code: pzz9386610568 *No Longer Available* £25.00

Harness - *Custom Made* “Vixen” style harness embellished in gold. http://vixencurves.co.uk/ *Gifted*

Shoes – SoleDiva Sandals in black from Simply Be – Size 6EEE £25.00

Choker – Black Velour “K” choker from Primark - £2.00



I’d always wanted to wear something a little more racy and this outfit turned some heads, exactly the response I was aiming for!

Photo Courtesy of Evans Clothing (c)
100 Wardour Street is a plush venue and it was decked out to nines with #IAmMe hashtags & goodies everywhere you turned, (I kinda felt bad for the clean-up team that would have to get the mirror & wall transfers off before the next working day!) It was pretty impressive though, even the loos were kitted out!


Photo Courtesy of Evans Clothing (c)
The awards ceremony was really uplifting. Five awards, given to five ferociously fabulous and inspiring women, including our very own Lucy Earnshaw who was awarded the #IAmStyle award. Well done beautiful, you totally deserved it.  I hadn’t heard of the other lucky ladies who won the other awards before this evening, but they were all lovely women full of confidence and some pretty funky dance moves!  It was awesome to meet them and spend the night dancing with them.  I will definitely be following their journeys from here on out.

Photos courtesy of Evans Clothing (c)

Hosted by the uber stylish Laura Puddy, she was joined by Hayley Hasselhoff, Callie Thorpe and leading ladies from Evans, Garnier & Marie Claire who all spoke passionately about what the Awards meant to them and how much each of the nominations recieved were truly heartfelt. It was so empowering to hear others speak so highly of other women, there's not enough praise of each other these days so it's refreshing when we get the chance to celebrate and uplift others. Jess and her Bandits played a fantastic set, not only is she stunning with the voice of an angel she is so down to earth and real. Always a pleasure, Jess x

Photos courtesy of Evans Clothing (c)

Some of my favourite blogger babes were in attendance, everyone's outfit was unique and each of the ladies had dressed to impress. We all had seats laid out for us; such a nice touch. 





Photos courtesy of Evans Clothing (c)

There was a pamper bar in a side room where you could have your nails painted, I opted for a blood red shade from Essie. 


With the addition of delicious canap├ęs including the most adorable mini burgers I have ever laid eyes on and free flowing prosecco we were in for a fabulous night.  Bethany of The Arched Eyebrow spun the tunes all night keeping us dancing well into the small hours.



It really was a fab night and we were even given a goodie bag filled with Garnier products and an edition of Marie Claire. 

I cannot wait for next year's event; Evans know how to throw a shindig!




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All professional photos are courtesy of Evans Clothing (c)

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