...Not THAT kinda Shade! Eye shade! *Sunglasses Review* from GlassesShop

I've always been a fan of Gucci style sunnies so when I stumbled across GlassesShop offering discounted stylish sunglasses at ROCK BOTTOM prices, I jumped at the chance to try them out.

I tried out the Catherine Wayfarer Shades


These glasses are fully polarised and totally lightweight, so they not only look uber cool but they don't weigh down on your nose.


For a pair of cheap glasses these do not lack in quality at all. They are durable and have lasted my entire summer so far and with the fabulous weather we have had, I'd say that's pretty awesome! I would have expected them to fall apart by now! 

Fall apart?  Why would you say that?
- Simply because of the price!  These frames are UNDER £20! These are currently available for just £18.27!!


The great thing about GlassesShop is the fact that you can add your pupillary distances (RX & PD) to your order and have your glasses made into perscription sunglasses.  They also offer standard frames for prescription eyeglasses, make sure you check them out!


As if this post could get any sweeter but I'm gonna try and do just that by offering you a whopping 50% off any eyeglasses and sunglasses with free lenses (sale frames excluded though!)
Just quote GSHOT50 at the checkout to apply the discount.

Happy Shade Shopping!

Disclaimer
.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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Simply Yours & Beach to Beach Swimwear from Simply Be/JD Williams

Summer is by far my favourite season and we have been blessed with such amazing weather so far.  Unfortunately a holiday is just not something I can afford at the moment, so I vowed to make sure I am living for my weekends and soaking up all the rays here in the UK. 

With so many brands offering beautiful plus size swimwear I am always spoilt for choice. These two pieces are from the #SimplyYours & #BeachtoBeach range for +JD Williams+Simply Be.

First up is the Beach to Beach Blouson Tankini Set in mint green gingham print.
The top is a size 18 and the bottoms a size 20. With this being a blouson cut, it is designed and shaped to be loose fitting.  This is perfect for people who are conscious of tight fitted swimwear.  


The top sits just below my tummy and gathers with an elasticated waistband.  The sizing is generous and I am glad I opted to go for an 18 in the top as the 20 would've been rather loose. The tankini top has a light inner bust support, no cup mold or underwire at all, it's just an inner panel which helps keep the pups in place but be under no illusion that it offers any support.  It has fully adjustable detachable straps, but can also be worn bandeau style. The bikini bottoms are pretty standard, full brief fit, no high leg, good bum coverage and affordable too.  I probably could have chosen an 18 in the bottoms also.

These items are sold as separates;

Next up I wanna talk about the #SimplyYours Floral Bandeau swimsuit

The print alone of this suit sold me, it's gorgeous! It's a simple bandeau cut with detachable & adjustable straps. I opted for a size 20 and this is quite generously cut like the tankini set. Where I am between a size 18/20, I could have opted for the 18 and still been comfortable. There are fixed foam cups sewn into a bra support panel and it offers decent support for my size 38GG chest. 

You can pick this up for £25.00 at the moment.


Overall Summary:  Both the tankini set and the swimsuit are lovely items and perfect for any holiday.  The both offer a comfortable and stylish way to rock your curves over the summer months.

Rating:  9/10

Potential improvements: When making swimwear for D+ cups, a little more support in the bra region would not go a-miss. An underwire would be amazing.

Would I recommend this? Yes I would, I have always loved these styles of swimwear they really complement the figure without being too revealing.  They're versatile enough to rock on the beach and at your local swimming pool. They're winners for me.


Disclaimer
.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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Plus Size Skater Dresses from Want That Trend - Modelled by The Rubenesque Effect

We at #TRE HQ had the pleasure of modelling some gorgeous dresses for Want That Trend at our #TREPicnic photoshoot.  Now you may be thinking who are Want That Trend? Don't despair...me too. That was until +Lottie Moor reached out to me telling me about this primarily straight sized brand who had just launched an extended range up to a size 24.  I was intrigued, I share Lottie's sentiments in the fact that whilst I wish this range didn't stop at a 24, it is a positive thing that they have extended their range into plus size, without raising the price tag at the same time.  

You can read Lottie's opinion right here >> *New Brand Alert! Introducing Want That Trend*

We were sent five skater dresses to showcase in our shoot and I couldn't help but want to throw together a little review for you ladies to let you know all about this fab new collection.


The sizes start at a size 8 up to a size 16 in their standard ranges, however they have extended some of their outfits up to a size 20, with a small selection available up to a size 24.  The dresses available on the website are made up of an array of beautiful vibrant colours and floral prints, many of the dresses are made of a thick scuba material with quite a bit of stretch in the fabric.  The have many skater style dresses and body cons and even a few maxi's.


I asked the #TRE ladies and our gorgeous friend Kimberley to give me their opinions on the dresses they each wore.  Here's what they had to say...
Claire wearing Aliza//Size 20//Height: 5ft 10"//Photographer: Freddie Onadeko (c)
Claire said; "Loved the colours of the dress, the blue really made my eyes pop. The quality of the material was very nice and I liked the shape the dress gave me, however, the dresses are far too short for anyone over 5'7 really.  WTT should think about doing a range for taller women then I think a lot more people would by their dresses"


Sian wearing Tanya//Size 22//Height: 5ft 11"//Photographer: Freddie Onadeko (c)
Sian said; "Although the dress is too short in the leg and the body for my own comfort level being 5'11, it is a beautiful dress! The colours are vibrant and you really stand out in it.  The fabric is a scuba material so it hugs you just the right amount and is very flattering.  I would most likely save the dress for winter and wear some thick tights and boots with it to brighten up those dull days!"


Daniella wearing Jayne//Size 18// Height: 5ft 5"//Photographer: Freddie Onadeko (c)
Daniella said: "I adored the cut of the chest area, it didn't show off too much cleavage. The colours complimented my skin and eyes. The material had a nice feel. The only negatives is that I felt the puff of the dress made me look bigger than what I was and that even at 5ft 5 I felt conscious of how short it was at the back. Overall a lovely dress but needs to be made longer."
Kimberley wearing Julie//Size 20//Height: 4ft 10"//Photographer: Freddie Onadeko (c)
Kimberley said; "The dress hugged my curves and made me feel very girly, the skirt length was perfect and the material was soft and breathable. A definite for every wardrobe."

...and last but by no means least....

Kat wearing Cavalier//Size 20//Height: 5ft 4"//Photographer: Freddie Onadeko (c)
Overall Summary:  I personally wish that I could own every single dress on the website.  The dresses have such eye-catching prints that are perfect for Spring/Summer occasions.  The scuba fabric is light-weight and cool.  I like the fact that even though this dress only retails at a mere £22.95, the quality of these dresses outweighs the price tag.  The cut is complimentary to the figure, showing just enough cleavage and accentuating the waist.
Rating:  7.5/10
Potential improvements: I echo the sentiments of the other ladies, even at my height, I am conscious of the length of the dress.  A little extra length in the body and the skirt would make this dress a winner for me.
Would I recommend this? Yes without a doubt, the prints are gorgeous and if you don't mind showing a little thigh, then these dresses will be right up your street.


Hair & MUA: Models Own, Hair for Kat - Mya Henry
Photographer: Freddie Onadeko
Disclaimer
These products were sent to me for review purposes. The review above is based on our own opinions of the product and I own all creative content of this post.

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...and the Nominees are....

Since the nomination window closed on 30th June, we have all been sat in eager anticipation of the announcement of the nominees for this years' British Plus Size Awards.

Today the shortlist of nominees were released...




You may recognise a fair few faces in this immense list of names, some of them may be new to you. I'm impressed with the global diversity across this list, so many different brands, international additions which have taken this year to expand into the UK such as Curvy Swan, Ms Pomelo Bras, Coral & Co, Monif. C and Sydney's Closet. I welcome the additions of UK based brands such as Silly Old Sea Dog, A Rose Like This and Vixen Curves, who haven't previously been nominated for a BPSA alongside some of our most treasured brands such as Anna Scholz, Nicky Rockets, Scarlett & Jo and all the mainstream retailers like Simply Be, ASOS Curve, New Look, Yours Clothing, Evans, Boohoo & Very.  

There are more than a handful of WOC flying the flag this year which is fantastically positive for ethnic diversity.  We have Kemi, Jerri, Olivia Campbell all up for Best Model whilst, Jodie Folley, Emily Blake & The Rubenesque Effect ladies are all up for Best Achievment. In addition to these fab ladies, well known celebs Gabourey Sidbe, Alison Hammond are also nominated. Also at least two brands that I personally know are fronted and founded by women of colour; Curvy Swan & Gorgeous Bride Magazine.  Also Rianne Ward heads up UK Plus Size Fashion Week and Ms Curvaceous is owned by Theo. 

I would love to see this continue in future years and perhaps a further inclusion of people within the plus size industry who are less able bodied too, but it should be noted that WE the public set the nominations. The power is in our own hands.  Let's keep nominating those who we feel deserve recognition.

I'm immensely proud to have been nominated myself for not one but two categories this year; Best Plus Size Social Media and Best Plus Size Blogger.  Now I simply do not stand a chance of winning up against the ladies in my categories, they are all masters in their fields and whilst I feel like I am worthy of my nomination I cannot compare to these beautiful women.  That being said, to be nominated alongside them is an honour and I couldn't have picked a nicer group of ladies to share this pitch with.

I'm also ecstatic that Ms Curvaceous UK has been recognised for Best Event. I have a lot of love for my MCUK family and this to me feels like a huge achievement. Well done team!

Also My TRE sisters and I have been nominated for Best Achievement, we are gobsmacked to say the least. I joked with the ladies and said I'm surprised people can even spell our name to be honest let alone nominate us!  We are total newbies to this and we are simply overwhelmed that people support what we are doing enough to nominate us alongside such fantastic achievements like Callie's Marie Claire win and my Sister Queens Jodie & Emily being crowned as representatives for Great Britain and the amazing record breaking photo shoot with over 100 plus size ladies for Scarlett & Jo that we were a part of too.

I am thoroughly looking forward to November's awards ceremony, can't wait to see who wins and to get the chance to once again be present at one of the Plus Size communities social highlights of the year to shake & wiggle with some of my favourite people.

Obviously being nominated is pretty immense, but I would be super grateful if you could spare a couple of minutes just to vote for me... Just click on the image below and it will take you to the voting page.

My nominations are;
VOTE Katherine Henry for Best Plus Size Blogger
VOTE Kat Henry for Best Plus Size Social Media
VOTE The Rubenesque Effect for Best Achievement
VOTE Ms Curvaceous UK for Best Event

Congratulations to all of the nominees and best of luck to you all. We're winners in my eyes just for being nominated!  I would also like to thank every single one of you awesome people who took the time to nominate me - if you could just make sure you vote too, it would be greatly appreciated.



See you all on the night - do not miss out!

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Aching Arms: Our Charity Fundraising with LouiseFitness

Aching Arms is a charity dedicated to supporting parents who have experienced the heartache of leaving the hospital without their babies. 



They work to raise awareness of the impact that pregnancy and baby loss can cause to families and hope to bring some comfort to newly bereaved parents by offering them an Aching Arms bear before they leave the hospital.

The charity is run by group of bereaved mothers, who work tirelessly to offer a line of friendship and support to parents who are coping with the emptiness and pain of losing their much-wanted baby.


The charity provides bears to hospitals for midwives to give to the parents as well as reaching out to those who contact them directly.  You can contact Aching Arms to donate a bear to a family in memory of a baby lost too soon.


Louise chose this well-deserved charity to be the beneficiaries of our recent fundraising.

With the very generous contributions of all our lovely ladies at LouiseFitness, together we managed to raise £450 for Aching Arms which is a truly phenomenal amount. Especially knowing the impact it will have on the families that will find comfort in receiving a bear as a result.


On behalf of Louise & the rest of the team, we'd like to thank you to all of you for donating.
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Anuskha: An Elomi Lingerie Review

I was an Elomi virgin until Anushka arrived on my doorstep. 
Isn't she sassy?  I adore the new colour scheme for this Spring/Summer.  When I opened the package I initially thought this was a bikini as the colours were so bold and vibrant and the material felt more sturdy than your average bra.  She'd make a fantastic swimwear option, not gonna lie!

 
The "Kingfisher" colours are a combination of lime green under layering with a turquoise blue lacy over lay.  

The set consists of a plunge bra and briefs. I wore the 38G in the bra and size 20 on the briefs.

You can check out the Elomi website to see your closest stockists whether it be a store or online.


Sizing & Fitting;   The central gore does sit flush against my breast bone, however I think I should have ordered a 38GG rather than a 38G as there is a slight overspill, this is my own fault - I am usually a GG so I'm not quite sure why I opted for the a G cup especially as their range goes up to a 42HH, 44G & a 46DD. The straps are thick and comfortable and the back band is supportive and wide.
The briefs are not high waisted they sit under my navel but they are well sized.  I would say they run true to size as they are a little loose on me and I sit between a size 18 & 20.  The back panel is entirely see through mesh.  They are a full shape and low rise cut on the leg.




Detailing: The lace detailing and lime green accents on the bows are adorable. The quality of the fabric is impressive. The items feel thick and durable, not flimsy, like they are built to last.  I like that!


I love the set so much that I even used one of these photos as one of my submission photos for Curvy Kate's "Star in a Bra" competition.


Overall Summary:  The colours really make this set for me.  It's such an eye-catching set that exudes a fun and flirtatious vibe.
Rating:  9/10
Potential improvements: Perhaps a wider band at the back.
Would I recommend this? Yes of course. The quality alone is enough to make me want to try more from Elomi.

Hair & MUA: Kat Henry
Photographer: QR Photography
Disclaimer
This product was sent to me for review purposes. The review above is based on my own opinion of the product and I own all creative content of this post.

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Navabi: What to wear to a Wedding

Wedding season is well and truly under way and finding that perfect outfit to make you look and feel gorgeous can be a little daunting.  Let me give you a few tips based on how I chose what to wear as a wedding guest with a little help from my friends at Navabi.

The key points to remember when picking an outfit for a wedding are;
 - Never upstage the Bride. It's her day...not yours, so whilst you should always dress to impress, try not to pick something that is likely to attract attention away from her beautiful gown.
- Bear in mind any colour schemes. I have been asked to sit out of group photos in the past down to the fact that I didn't follow the couples colour scheme. 
- Avoid white.  Some white on an outfit is different to rocking up in a plain white dress.
- Think about comfort too; You will be in this outfit all day, you will be eating and or drinking and hopefully dancing so think about being comfortable as well as looking fabulous!
- Being barefoot at wedding is never a good look.  Bring flats, if you're planning to dance the night away!

Navabi have a plethora of stunning wedding guest outfits starting at around £80 and ranging from a size 14 up to a 28. 

Here are a few of my favourite items available now; 
Left to Right:
Floral Print Satin Dress//Lace Jersey Dress//V Neck Lace Dress

Left to Right:
Floral Layered Chiffon Dress//Embellished Chiffon Dress//Floral Print Dress
My favourite pick of this season's offerings has to be this dress;

Elvi Draped Jersey Dress


I just had to try it on.  I was not disappointed.  The beautiful blush colour really complimented my skin tone and newly dyed red hair (Did you notice??)  I teamed it with silver accessories and a pair of nude block heeled sandals.  I would usually team this with a sparkly clutch and perhaps even add a pretty fascinator
Embellished Clutch//Fascinator

The ruching on the side reveals a slight side split.  The neck is embellished with small square studs to accentuate the slash neck style. 


The dress is simple but with the right accessories it really comes to life. I am wearing a size 20 and I feel that this is true to it's size. I am between an 18 and a 20 and this is a little loose on me.  This dress isn't meant to be skin tight, it's meant to drape, so get the desired look opt for the higher of two sizes if you (like me) are between two.


Overall Summary:  A gorgeous dress, perfect for spring/summer occasions.  Chose your accessories carefully to complete the look.

Rating:  10/10

Potential improvements: I can see no fault with this dress.

Would I recommend this? Yes I would, I adore it!

Hair & MUA: Kat Henry
Photographer: QR Photography
Disclaimer
This product was sent to me for review purposes. The review above is based on my own opinion of the product and I own all creative content of this post.

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