Happy Birthday Mumma ~ with Yours Clothing

Mama loves clothes just as much as I do, back in the day she was quite the trail blazer fashion wise, I mean just look at her... She was a proper hottie! I need that white ensemble in my life!

When her birthday rolls around I often buy her bits to wear mainly cos after this many years of birthdays I cannot keep buying her household appliances that she will never use and I will only end up stealing and using myself!

My Mama isn't as able bodied as she used to be, she suffers from many illnesses and as a result she is practically bed bound and uses a wheelchair.  Over the years her body shape and size has fluctuated.  She is currently wears clothes ranging from a size 28 to a 32 depending on shops and styles.

I gave her a little mini make-over to boost her mood and as she was all dolled up with no where to go, I made her throw on the two tops I got her for her birthday recently so I could take some snaps to share with you.

Mama is conscious of her tummy and prefers a longer top which covers her bum and tum.  Despite me banging on about embracing your body, I would never force her to wear something fitted as she would never be comfortable in it.  So I opted for two long-line tops which are cut differently but are both long enough to conceal the areas which she is conscious of whilst providing a flattering cut for her apple body shape.

Shop Judy's top
We got this top in a size 30-32. My mum is 5 ft 6" and this top falls below the knee on her. It was a tad see through so we whacked a black cami underneath as she was wearing a white bra.  The material is a fine knit and it has a purple metallic sparkle to it.  She teamed it with a pair of black leggings, a pair of silver chunky heels and a silver necklace.
Shop Judy's Top
The next top was Mum's fave, she preferred the cut and feel of this top but wished it was a little less wide across the shoulder width as it tended to fall slightly off the shoulder. We got this in a size 30-32, we could have probably sized down one in this top to stop the shoulder dropping but it may have been a little too fitted for her liking on the tummy.
Shop Judy's Top
The ombre effect she found really flattering and loved the colour and embellishment offering a little sparkle.

Mum loves shopping with Yours Clothing, she usually goes for long tops and is rarely disappointed with her purchases. She loves the variety available and how versatile the clothing is that someone who is older can wear trendy garments like this and not look out of place.

I think you look smashing Mama, Happy Birthday xx


Written in collaboration with Yours Clothing UK as part of #BETHEBLOGGER

Photos by QR Photography

Why I choose to move - Collab with JD Williams

The whole "New year New Me" thing just doesn't work for me.  I see the perks of choosing the start of the new calendar year to be the time to embark on something new but in my opinion that should not be the catalyst to shed any weight you may have put on over the festive period or to begin any drastic fad diets or to set yourself unacheivable goals that you feel you must bust a gut to attain, simply because society tells you that the way you are is not good enough in some way.

I don't make resolutions, I set myself goals.  Goals that I know will positively change my life in some way.  Goals that I can control and achieve. Goals that make me feel better about myself.

This year I set myself a list of goals which I will be posting all about soon but for now we are gonna talk about the two that I am most excited about.

- Move more
- Love myself a little more

As you may know I am a BOOSTfit Fitness Instructor.  I am also overweight.  I am strong and able. I love dancing. I exercise because it means I get to dance.  I dance because it makes me happy. The more I dance the more I move. I move more to increase my fitness levels.  I exercise to improve my breathing and endurance. I do not move to lose weight.  I don't exercise to lose weight. I enjoy moving my body.  I love my body. I like seeing my body changing and becoming stronger. I am not the picture of perfect health, but I am not unhealthy. You cannot judge my health by looking at my photo.
Shop this T-shirt from JD Williams
 The two goals I have set require a level of commitment to maintain, they are both life choices. Choices which will in fact be boosting my own happiness and in turn helping me listen to my body and learning to love it a little more. Allowing myself to care more about the fabulous vessel that I inhabit and to care more for my mental well-being by choosing happiness overall.  

To move more I have chosen to increase the amount of times I go to class whenever I can.  I plan to also increase the intensity of my workouts when I do.  Not drastically, just take things a little higher, dig a little deeper, jump a little more and push a little harder.  When one embarks on such a journey and one is a fashion blogger, one should treat themselves to snazzy new active wear. (Hey JD Williams...wake up...it's your time to shine!)

Adidas Sports Leggings
JD Williams made my day when I found out that Adidas sell plus size active wear!  These Adidas Linear Tights are perfect for working out. I got these in a size 20 and they fit like a second skin. I have washed and worn them several times and they have not lost shape nor lost colour or started bobbling. The fit is not restricting and the material is breathable. They kept my legs cool through out classes too.

These leggings have all sold out but they have many other similar styles available online (Shop HERE) and as far as I can see these are available up to a size 24. It's not a full size range but for a straight size fitness brand to recognise the desire from us plus size folk to have stylish and durable active wear and to deliver at an affordable price point, it's progress. Hopefully this will spur more brands to follow suit and also to extend the range to incorporate more sizes.

I love this Pineapple Dance hoodie, it's so warm and comfortable.  Unfortunately this hoodie is now sold out but JD Williams stock other Pineapple active wear some of which goes up to a size 30.  I sized up with this hoodie and went for a size 22 as I like to wear my hoodies nice and oversized.  

Elomi make fantastic sports bras that offer support for larger cup and back sizes.  They are my sports bras of choice. This is a size 38GG keeping me nice and secure for all kinds of movement.
Shop Elomi Energise Sports Bra
There are so many brands available via JD Williams like Glamorise, Panache, Shock Absorber and Freya all catering for both larger cups and back sizes. Make sure you check them out.

I am fully in support of anyone who chooses to lose weight, as long as they are doing it for themselves and not to conform or because others have told them they have to. You have to live your best life. That being said I am fully in support of anyone who chooses to live their lives exactly the way they want to and if that means that they are happy in the skin they are in then that makes me happy just as much.

However you choose to live...whether you choose to move or not. Promise me three things;
  • You will make a conscious effort to love yourself a little more.
  • You will try to believe that you are stronger today than you were yesterday and with hard work and perseverance, tomorrow can be even better.
  • If you choose to move - do it in style and start your active wear shopping with JD Williams


Written in collaboration with JD Williams

Photos by QR Photography
**Special Thanks to Natalie S**

You need a good coat to see you through the winter with Yours Clothing

Did you hear that weather predictor guy on This Morning this week saying that he reckons we are in for 3 months of bitter coldness? Guys, he even said SNOW is a possibility (it's snow joke - hee hee)

Cold weather for me means layering up, wrapping myself up to the point of cocooning. I wanna be as snug as a bug in a rug.  I HATE being cold, so I needed to find a coat to be the final layer to any winter ensemble.

This coat from Yours Clothing is a lovely addition to my winter wardrobe, it's suitable to wear to work as my day to day outfits are corporate, this coat is smart enough to wear daily but also it makes a stylish addition to a night out outfit.
I am 5ft 4" and this coat comes to just above my knees. It covers most knee length dresses on me.

The general fit of the coat is good. I chose a size 20, my regular dress size and it fits me perfectly. Arm length and fit is just right, not too long or too tight at all. I am between an 18/20 size-wise so if you are more of a 20/22 then perhaps consider sizing up on this one.

The coat is designed in a front wrap style and the faux fur keeps your neck lovely and warm. The faux fur is soft to the touch, can't help stroking it!

Buy this Coat
The belt is both removable and fully functioning. It nips the coat in at the middle creating more definition of the natural waist. Even with an apple or round body shape this will create a waist but if you don't like a belt you can completely remove it and wear it without.  There are two front popper buttons, these are a little annoying to be honest as they don't stay together but if you tie the waist belt the coat stays closed regardless.

This coat is not really something I would wear with joggers and trainers for example but you could wear it with jeans, jumper and boots for a more casual look.

Buy this Coat
If this coat is not for you there are a load of coats available on the website <Shop NOW> and in store too so make sure you take a little look-see.

Rating:  Overall - 7/10

Potential improvements:  I'm not a huge fan of the popper buttons, as with their positioning they do seem to pop open quite often.  A securer button would be beneficial.

Would I recommend these?  Yes, this coat is a staple in my opinion.


Written in collaboration with Yours Clothing UK as part of #BETHEBLOGGER

Photos by QR Photography
**Special Thanks to Natalie S**

NYE Party Ready with Yours Clothing

New Years parties are the best excuse to unleash the glamourpuss within, you get an unequivocal reason to wear as much sparkle and sequin as you like without anyone batting an eyelid.

Yours Clothing has fabulous party glam outfits which are perfect for any NY shindig.

Shop Hollie's look
Shop Hollie's Look

Hollie is looking ravishing in this wrap front sequin embellished dress teamed with a pair of simple and comfy heels to party the night away.

Shop Laura's Look - Skirt // Top
Laura is rocking a slinky black top with beaded cowl under this sparkle embellished mesh skirt making the perfect combo.  Not too dressy but perfect for a NY house party or even a night out on the razzle.

Shop Jess' Look 
Jess is wearing the prettiest number from the Luxe range. This dress is my fave outfit, hands down.  It's simple yet elegant and teamed with a pair of snazzy heels this would make the ultimate outfit for any party.

Shop my outfit: Top // Leggings //Heels

My outfit was so comfy to wear. If dresses are not really your thing but you still wanna glam it up this outfit is a fab alternative. The Luxe top was lovely and long and the leggings were really roomy despite the fact that they are designed to look skin tight. 

Whatever you wear I'm sure you are all gonna look fabulous, just make sure you check out Yours for all your party needs.



Written in collaboration with Yours Clothing UK as part of #BETHEBLOGGER

Christmas Jumper Day with Bad Rhino & Yours Clothing

Next Friday the 15th is Christmas Jumper day and despite Christmas sneaking up on me like a stealthy ninja I feel in the mood to get all festive with you guys and show ya my pick of the feast of Christmas fuelled attire from Yours Clothing and Bad Rhino to tickle your taste buds.
BUY Reindeer Hoodie
I think if you are gonna do Christmas Jumper day justice you gotta go the whole hog, so why not just be everyone's fave reindeer for a day?  This Rudolph hoodie even has a bell collar, antlers and it's all fleecy and warm too...looks pretty special to me. Love the fact that it's a zip up hoodie too so you could wear a top underneath...why not keep it Xmas themed and go for a festive tee like this one...

BUY Christmas SElfie Tee
How cute is this #SelfieTime design? Y'all know I love a #selfie or ten so this t-shirt is right up my alley PLUS Yours have pledged to donate 10% of all sales of this item to their charity partners, Alzheimer’s Society & Alzheimer Scotland.  Such a deserving cause, I love to be able to give back in any way I can, so something like this is just a small way that you can do your bit to help.
BUY Reindeer Christmas Jumper
As much as Andy would NEVER agree to wearing an Xmas jumper, I could help but dream of us being reindeer twinsies with me in the Rudolph hoodie and him in this adorable sweater from Bad Rhino.  I love the colours in this sweater, you could totally wear this with denim, black or blue and it's actually not that over the top Christmas-wise so for the blokes who are more Scrooge than Santa this jumper is a decent pick.



Written in collaboration with Yours Clothing UK as part of #BETHEBLOGGER

Winter Warmers - The Accessories Edit with Yours Clothing

When I think accessories, I think of jewellery and bags...apparently these things do not keep you warm in the winter (who knew!?) When I think of winter, I think of Christmas work do's and party time...so I am gonna show you my fave accessories for a work Christmas party.

First up - every good party outfit calls for a bag of some description. I love a clutch, simple, no faffing around with a big bag, just something small enough to carry the essentials, lippy, phone, money, keys and charger.
Buy: Clutch
This sparkly clutch is perfect, I am a silver girl as apposed to a golden girl and I find that you can add a silver clutch to practically any outfit.  
Buy: Earrings
Yours have stocked up on so many beautiful earrings this year. These drop earrings caught my eye instantly.  I love the blue tone of the stones.  Earrings bring a little pizzazz to any outfit and even if you don't have your ears pierced, Yours have got you covered with their array of clip on designs too.

BUY: Scarf
If I had to pick any winter specific accessory, I would say scarves are my thing.  I love the ease of throwing on a scarf for warmth or to add another layer to an outfit as you know I love to layer. 

This scarf was an impulse buy one day when I didn't have a coat and it served me well.  It also has been a staple in my winter wardrobe so far. Love the colour combination, it goes with everything!

As the days get colder there is a pressing need to pull out the gloves to keep those digits toasty warm. Loving the unique stud detailing on these gloves and I believe there is a matching hat...but I'm not really a hat kinda girl.
BUY: Gloves
Lastly I'm gonna show you this uber cute necklace and stud earring set which would be perfect for accessory gifting for Christmas and at such a steal of a price you cannot go wrong with this set.  It would be the ideal gift for a secret santa or even a teen family member.
BUY: Jewellery Set
Whatever your accessory needs, Yours Clothing have a beautiful array of options for you.
Head on over and snap up an accessory or two as gifts and while you're at it - why not treat yourself too!



Written in collaboration with Yours Clothing UK as part of #BETHEBLOGGER

Get Comfy with Kat & Yours Clothing

As far from glam as this may sound, I spend most of my time in PJ's.  I currently work from home twice a week, so on those days I rarely even brush my hair let alone get dressed.  I love lounging and chilling out in uber comfy clothing. I don't want anything fancy or too restricting, I just love to be free.

Now I am very late to the onesie party, I bought my first onesie last year and it has been my item of choice ever since, but then...I happened across this magical creation. Yup that's right, a UNICORN ONESIE, be still my beating heart.  Now don't get me wrong yes, I appreciate it's ridiculously childish and impractical but I couldn't care one bit. This bundle of warmth and loveliness is perfect for snuggling up on the sofa and binge watching a Netflix boxset or two. I love that it's a unicorn, I love that I feel like a 5yr old wearing it, it makes me feel young and carefree! 

Be a Unicorn - Buy this NOW
I actually bought this onesie to take part in a social media campaign to raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes.  All of my fellow BOOSTFit instructors did a whole fitness class in our onesies.  We sweated like pigs (well I didn't cos unicorns don't sweat they sparkle!) but we raised a load of money for Diabetes UK and JDRF and it was loads of fun to get to wear your PJ's to "work"

Another thing that I cannot live without is a pair of fluffy socks. I own far too many pairs to count and they are the first thing I put on whenever I get home from work. I hate having cold feet, cold feet are like the devil!

Fluffy Penguin Socks
Yours Clothing have a tonne of comfy loungewear in at the moment some of the PJ sets are Christmas related too which I love cos it's tradition in my family to buy a new PJ set for Christmas Eve.

Here's the one I plan to buy...
Buy this PJ set
I'm also a sucker for a fluffy dressing gown and slippers. When we went to Yours Clothing HQ for our blogger shoot we all were lent these gorgeous fluffy purple robes to wear between changes. 

I didn't want to take it off, it was lovely, cosy and roomy for sizing. 

Buy it too: Dressing Gown//Santa Slippers
Although those Santa slippers were a total colour clash - I couldn't help strutting around in them, exactly what you need when you have sore feet from wearing heels all day!

What do you lounge around in??



Written in collaboration with Yours Clothing UK as part of #BETHEBLOGGER