OMCZ #37

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 | No comments



Hi!





Theme: Summer Trends
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Danielle has chosen the next theme:

"What summer trend have you been nervous about trying? Do you avoid wearing sleeveless tops or shorts? Are you interested in trying a crop top but afraid to try it? Are you thinking about finally wearing a bikini to the beach? Show us what trend you're hoping to finally get on board with this summer! "
 
 
I'm getting over my fear of getting my arms out.
 
 
Getting my legs and arms out.
 
I really want to try a crop top but am little afraid of getting my stomach out! Here are some crop tops that I have my eye on incase I ever feel brave enough!
 

 

 
 
All from Forever 21
 
 
Don't forget to take a look at the other ladies taking part!
 
Much Love
 
Natalie
x
 
 
 
 
Nikki
Stephanie 
Becky Brown
Mary 
Hollie
Erin
Stephanie 
Becca
Leah 
Mookie
Danielle
Sam 
Gillian
Sarah
Abi
Charlene
Sabina
 
 
 
 

An Introduction to the man behind the wheelbarrow...

Thursday, 24 July 2014 | No comments


 
 Hi!

Natalie has been bugging me for some time to write a couple of posts for her, so here I am! Mr C is finally taking the opportunity offered to publish some of his thoughts.

There are many things that I could have written this blog on, but unfortunately not many of those topics would have held much interest for you guys – the loyal readers and followers. So I am going to keep my first one quite simple  - who am I and my experiences so far of living with a plus size blogger.

Well, where to start? I am 30+ (cough cough) years old, slightly hard of hearing and the day job is an Assistant Accountant working for a Charity. I am plus size as well, have been for as long as I can remember, well, give or take a few years of short term success of being fitter and skinnier. Then again, even when I was exercising every day and doing pretty much every sport (at one time or another in my life so far) ever invented I have never been what people would now class as “normal” or “skinny”. To be honest, my biggest problem was that even though I would do lots of sport I also enjoyed food too much, still do to be honest. I can go months without any Alcohol and have never so much as taken a solitary puff on a cigarette or anything. BUT, food………………. Ahhhhhh food – my everlasting friend that hates my waistline but helps me feel better when I need a pick me up. If only chocolate and crisps weren’t so blooming tasty and so good at making me feel better! Oh well, a little bit of exercise probably wouldn’t go amiss in my middle aged years either, but that is another discussion for another day.

 I met Natalie nearly 8 years ago now. We have been engaged and living together now for nearly 7 years. When she decided to start the blogging I had no idea just how important it would become to her. Many are the evenings & weekends that are spent taking, and finding new locations for, photos and listening to her tip-tap away on her laptop. Not that I complain, this gives me time to play on my PS3 and X-Box etc to my hearts content – except when I am called in to action as the (unpaid) photographer. We do have some fun taking the photos though and have tried to incorporate these in to our trips out. I can honestly say that she gets a huge amount of pleasure from writing the blogs and whenever she gets a nice comment left on her blog or on twitter, well, she almost explodes with happiness. It does seem crazy that the 300 blog mark has come and gone already. To those of you who have entered the competition, Good Luck, a lot of time and thought was put in to getting (hopefully) the right prizes and we both sincerely hope the winners enjoy what  they receive.

 Natalie has talked me in to doing a couple of blogs over the next few days. I won’t say what on, but I will explain why. The first reason is she had been bugging me anyway to do a couple of posts from a blokes point of view of being plus size. The second, and why there will be a few this week, including this one, is that she will be unfortunately doing loads of overtime due to work commitments this week. Normal service will be resumed though and whether I make this a semi-regular thing going forward or not will depend on the reaction my posts get from you out there in blog-land.

 
Thanks for reading!
 
Mr C.

OMCZ #36

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 | 2 comments


Hi!

 
 
 
This week it is the turn of the lovely Mookie from Mookies Life.
 
 
Mookie Wrote:

I decided to go with two different looks. Firstly I want you to show us what you consider is your go to style. The kind of style you know you look good in and that flatters your body. The secondly I want you to go totally out of your comfort zone and choose something you've been dreading or don't really like wearing for some reason. So comfort style and then out of comfort style. 

I'm doing a bit of a throwback post this week, this is partly due the fact that I have hurt my knee and back so have been unable to take any photos. I'm sure no one wants to see me hunched over and looking miserable!

A few years ago my go to style for work would be black trousers, black vest top, maybe white if I was feeling brave and a cardigan. I never wore a skirt, even if the weather was hot. I hated showing my legs and also having to deal with the dreaded chub rub.



Fast forward to 2014 and most days I find myself reaching for a skirt or a dress. I feel more comfortable about getting my legs but only if the skirt covers my knees. I have 'knock knees', I have no idea if there is a medical term for this! My knees always knock together as they curve inwards. It has always made me feel self conscious.

 
 




This dress from Simply Be is above the knees, I have worn it a few times with leggings but if the weather does get hot then I have made myself a promise to the knees out! Knock Knock, here comes Natalie!

Much Love
 
Natalie
 
x
 
 
Nikki
Stephanie 
Becky Brown
Mary 
Hollie
Erin
Stephanie 
Debz
Becca
Katt
Leah 
Mookie
Betty
Danielle
Sam 
Gillian
Sarah
Abi
Shuhina
Charlene
Sabina






300th Post

Monday, 14 July 2014 | 15 comments


Hi!
 
So as you might be able to tell from the title, this is my 300th blog post! eeek!
 
I started this blog back in December 2012 after reading Girl With Curves and Forever Fabulous in Bows. I was absolutely blown away by these gorgeous woman writing and posting photos about their love of fashion and beauty. The next morning in the shower I came up with a name and opened up a brand new notebook to jot down all my ideas.
 
It was very difficult at first, I wasn't sure whether to blog about fashion, beauty, life or gardening. I thought that I had to post every day and I didn't even know how to use my camera properly. I finally decided to post about things that I enjoy, those being clothes, shopping, more clothes, beauty and myself and Mr C going on our travels somewhere! 18 months later and I can honestly say this is best hobby I have started and actually kept up with!
 
I want to say thank you to everyone that reads my blog and leaves lovely comments, it really means a lot to me. Even though I am rubbish at replying, I do read all comments.
 
I will be giving away two prizes, the first of which is a £15 New Look voucher and a set of the Real Techniques brushes. New Look is my favourite online shop, there are so many items I am lusting over right now! I have a set of these RT brushes and they are really good. I've tried MAC, Body Shop and various other brushes but these are the best by far in my opinion.


The second prize is a £15 voucher for the Arcadia Group, this includes Evans and Dorothy Perkins. Along with the voucher is a Cath Kidson Make Up bag with some of my skincare favourites.




The giveaway will run until the 25th July and I will choose two winners at random. Prizes will be sent out within a week of the giveaway ending. This is open to UK residents only.

Thank you and good luck!
 
Much Love
 
Natalie
 
x


I Feel Good

Sunday, 13 July 2014 | 1 comment


Hi!



Time for the next I Feel Good challenge.

 
 
"You know sometimes when you spend ages getting ready for a night out, an event or even just a blog post, and the reflection in mirror isn't what you hoped?  This challenge is for those times when you look in the mirror, no pre planning involved, and think "I look good today".  
 We all have our good days and our bad, but this challenge is to record those good days and to remember that confidence, at any size, is beautiful.






 
I'm so happy that my hair is finally growing! My mini pigtails!
 

Much love
Natalie

X

Have a look at the other lovely ladies taking part!


 



The Weekend Break

Saturday, 12 July 2014 | 1 comment

 
Hi
 
At the end of June Mr and C and I decided it was time for a weekend break to recharge our batteries. I took a risk this time and decided to let Mr C decide where we were going and to book the accommodation...eeek!

Hello Great Yarmouth!
 
 
 

 
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!
 


 
All of this went in my belly (well I did give Mr C a tiny piece of scone)


Super yum breakfast!
 

The room of doom
 
 

Storm clouds brewing over Mr C.


My first time *arcade* bowling!

Dinner at a Portguese, it was delicious.

I could eat this right now!

I couldn't resist starting the cake before taking a picture.

Olives..I love them and these tasted amazing.


It was a good weekend. I had never been to Great Yarmouth before. I really enjoy going to different seaside towns, the sea air, hot doughnuts on the pier and air hockey at the arcades, what more could a girl ask for!

Do you have any suggestions of places to go to?

Much Love

Natalie
x

ASOS Love

Wednesday, 9 July 2014 | 1 comment

 
Hi!
 
So, I seem to have developed a slight love affair with ASOS. Over the last few months many a lunchtime has been spent browsing the site and hoping that I won the lottery that week.
 
A few weeks ago I received that email with the words I had been longing to see...SALE! So, once again at lunchtime it was tools down and time for some major browsing.
 
 
I had been on the hunt for a black maxi skirt and hurrah, I finally found one. I must admit I was bit sceptical at first, the skirt is pretty long but the spilt and buttons at the front finally won me over.
 

 
The jacket is also from ASOS, I got it a few months ago again in the sales. The yellow top is from H&M, just the regular section. I love to try everything on because you never know when something will take you by surprise when it fits.

Hi Shoes!
 
Do you enjoy shopping on ASOS?
 
Much Love
 
Natalie
x

The Magnificent 7th

Monday, 7 July 2014 | No comments

Hi!

 
 
 
 
'We will be posting on the 7th of each month, and the aim of the challenge is to create an outfit to fit the theme, using clothes from our wardrobes, and yes that does mean digging deep into the depths and finding those long lost clothes! Hopefully one of us won’t end up in Narnia, but you never know with a bloggers wardrobe!'
 
Let someone else pick your outfit
 
 

So, here is Mr C choosing an outfit for me! Shortly after I took the second photo he said the classic line,' I've never seen this one before'.

Here is the outfit that he choose for me to wear to work.


Apologies for the huge final picture, its the only way I could show the picture without the print going all weird!

 
Dress - New Look
Leggings - Evans
Bag - Kate Spade
Shoes - Primark
Necklace - Car Boot
 
Much Love
 
Natalie
 
x
 
 
Kaye
 
Becky
 
Nicola
 
Gail
 
Mary
 
 
Kathryn
 
Steph
 
 
Charley
 
Rebecca
 
Leah
 
Lindsey
 
Vicky
 
 
 
Nikki
 
 
Christiana
 
Leah
Nancy
 
Beverly
 
 
Gillian
 
 
Katt
 
Sarah
 
Hannah
 
Hollie
 
 
Kitty
 
Emma
 


 



 

 
Abi
 
 
Sarah
 
 
Charlie
 
Sally

Mayah
Lucie


 
 
 
 

Fashiola

Saturday, 5 July 2014 | No comments


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Fashiola is a new search engine that has recently launched in the UK. It is a 'fashion finder' which is the new and easy way to find all products of top fashion for women, men and children, high street and designer, in the UK.

It enables shoppers to browse products from all brands at a glance including Topshop , Marks and Spencers , H&M, Micheal Kors and Hugo Boss.

As part of the UK Fashiola launch, four of their key retailer partners, House of Fraser, Urban Outfitters, Dune London and Coast are participating in a launch giveaway worth £2,000.




 
 
I had a quick look at the website today and it's really easy to use. You can also create a wardrobe of items that you wish were in your very own wardrobe. A great option if you are waiting until payday to buy pieces.
 
You can also look at all the plus size clothing options which includes F21, F&F, Asos and even Bloomingdales! 







I also search for Plus size dresses, of course I need another dress for my wardrobe, and it bought up lots of options from various online stores. Now I'm waiting for a package from H&M to arrive.....oh dear!
 
Have a look at the website here.
 
Much Love
 
Natalie
x
 
 
*This is not a sponsered post*