Treat yo’self (and him!) this Valentine’s Day!

Warning: Risky content ahead 😉

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, perhaps you have suddenly realised you forgot to make plans or buy a gift for your significant other. (Or perhaps you are well organised and have no idea what I’m talking about, in which case, just skip this and check out the cute lingerie below). Making plans is hard, let’s be honest; Feb 14th is a Wednesday, you’ve probably got a load of washing to do, school lunches to make or that second job to get to. So, if you’re looking for a little pick me up, something to both spoil yourself and make him feel like you haven’t forgotten him on Valentine’s day for the 5th year in a row, what is better than a sweet new set of lingerie!!

Lingerie + plus size. It’s a scary thought for many, but my question is why? Why shouldn’t you flaunt your curves? If you are putting lingerie on for someone, that is someone that already loves you and adores you and I bet would love to see your new outfit. There is nothing better than finding some super cute lingerie and watching your man drool a little (no, just me?). When it comes to lingerie (just like swimwear), it’s important that YOU feel comfortable, even sexy; so picking the right set is the hardest part! With that in mind, I find the easiest way to decide on your V-day style is to pick a part of your body that makes you feel un-sexy (this might sound counter productive but we’ve all got something), and then work with that to cover it up or wear something that makes you feel better about it. If you hate your waist, perhaps a soft baby doll style that skims over the top of it is best. If you wish your boobs were bigger, find something with extra padding for that extra oomph! Whether you prefer full coverage, lacy, high waisted or anything in between there is definitely something out there to make you feel fabulous (and that’s the most important bit!) To help out, I’ve picked out some of my favourite Valentines Day themed sets, outfits and lingerie to help you  treat yo’self and feel good!

Passions Corset and Stockings – ($99.95) Curvaceously Yours. I love this corset set with the nude lining as it implys lots of nude for him, with extra comfort for you. The bodice of the corset runs bust to pelvis giving a beautiful shape (adjustable with a lace up back), and with underwire support built in it’s great for a bigger bust.

Elomi Flirt Set – (Bra $94.95, Brief $49.95) Big Girls Don’t Cry. For the perfect combinations of ‘Will you be my Valentine’ and ‘I am so comfortable I could nap’, I can’t go past this set. The matching harness detail on the bra and brief paired with the full cup plunge style and high waist is ideal if you’re self conscious about your stomach while still being super fun!

Anika Plunge Set – (Bra $69.95, currently on promotion with a free brief) City Chic.  If you are after something a little more romantic this Anika Set has beautiful detailing and gorgeous lace lines (also comes in black if you’re more a 50 Shades of Grey type gal). This soft cup bra features a lace up front for a little extra cleavage and I love the extra strapping on the thong (there’s also a matching brief if you prefer).

Wonderous Baby Doll – ($54.00) Unlucky Lingerie. The baby doll is one of my all time favourite styles! Flattering on nearly all body shapes it’s fitted in the bust and then just glides over everything else. This one has that little bit of extra X factor with the lace cups and sheers dress and comes in Valentine red, sultry black and all year round, no need for a special occasion blue!

That’s it! I hope you have the best Valentine’s day (or any other day for that matter) and cupid is kind to you. xx

This post is not sponsored or paid for in any way by any of the mentioned brands, these are simply my own personal purchasing/wish list choices.

Love,

kate

A quick guide to Curvy Workwear

As much as I wish I could spend all day every day blogging and taking beautiful photos for IG; most days I stumble out of bed and go to my desk job, after picking out an awesome outfit of course! Dressing for work can be difficult for any women, and there are so many influencing factors that may deem your outfit appropriate or not, and a skirt that might be nice for one work place will not be tolerated in another. For us curvy gals, that pressure is then topped with trying to find brands who cater to our size, style and fitting preference.

We spend most of our lives at work, well I seem to; so the idea that we aren’t dressing to show our personality or in something that oozes confidence is distressing! My biggest, number 1 recommendation for finding work clothes is to invest in some key staple, standout items (and maybe pay a tiny bit more for them), to mix and match with simpler, less expensive pieces. Another quick tip is to add statement jewellery or shoe, a big necklace, some fun earrings, or a sparkly pair of ballet flats is a quick and easy way to to jazz up a simple black dress or otherwise boring work attire.

Finding those few staple pieces really depends on your own style. For me, those staple pieces include a blazer, a patterned skirt and a plain coloured dress. My personal style, can be any where from feminine to grungy but in the work place I like to keep it a little girly professional. So for me, spending a little extra cash on these items pays off in my wardrobe, and then I can fill it with less expensive pieces to swap in and out. To try and help find YOUR professional style, and spotlight some great brands (for all budgets), I’ve put together a list of my favourite (wishlist) work pieces to help inspire you – with a few tips on styling too!

Skirts. I love both floaty and straight skits, and I like to keep at least 1 of each in my wardrobe. Finding a patterned skirt that you love also makes it so easy to match with simpler, different coloured tops to change the look. My favorite of these is probably the Crawford Asymmetric Skirt; I love the flirty cut, and would style it quite simply with a plain coloured black top and simple studs. (The colors in it make it easy to match with different colored tops!

Crawford Asymmetric Skirt – Cooper Street SALE $64.98 (normally $129.95)

Belle Skirt – Studio 8 $196.00

ASOS Curve Longline High Waist Pencil Skirt – ASOS $40.00

Pencil Skirt – Lost Ink Plus $59.95

Dresses. If you follow me on IG you will know I LOVE a dress! I don’t have to think about matching a top and bottom and they’re super easy to dress up with a pair of heels! If you’ve got cash to splash this Leina Broughton dress is my absolute favourite with it’s cute little cut out sleeves, and easy to accessories with a different colour belt or chunky necklace to change the look entirely!

 

Valerie Dress – Leina Broughton $239.00

Kylee Midi Dress – Atmos & Here $79.95

Raven Pencil Dress – Atmos & Here SALE $53.97 (normally $89.95)

Vintage Veronica Dress – City Chic $99.95

Pants. When it comes to pants my number 1 requirement is that they’re comfy! For a professional look I also prefer to tuck my tops into my pants, which means I need a nice waistband that flatters my curvy (sometimes particularly round) shape. I find pants with a high waist and noticeable waistband or tie are best for this. I’ve also found ASOS one of the BEST places to shop for work pants. This Asos Peg Pant with Obi Tie is my absolute favorite as I can pair it with any thing from a company branded, to high neck, to no sleeve, to button up, to frilly top!

ASOS Curve Woven Peg Pant (Obi Tie) – ASOS $50.00

Bengaline Pull On Trousers – DP Curve $59.95

Cross Front Woven Pants – 17 Sundays SALE $35.00 (normally $99.95)

ASOS Curve High Waist Tapered Pant – ASOS $50.00

Tops. Go Simple! If your pants or skirt is patterned, pair is with a plain colured top. Add a big statement necklace or earrings. Put a blazer over the top for a corporate vibe. I find tops are the easiest thing to purchase on sale, or are more inexpensive then other items, which means you can mix and match them really easily. While I adore this Bohemian Traders Blazer as a statement piece; stores like Crossroads, Katies and Target are my go too for tops on sale.

White Blazer – Bohemian Traders $189.00

Double Frill Top – Target $30.00

Flutter Sleeve Top – Katies $39.95

Cold Shoulder Wrap Blouse – Crossroads SALE $30.00 (normally $39.95)

If you have found these styles aren’t for you, never fear! I have tried to include a range of brands in my listings and perhaps you will find something else you love! My styling is based on my own body shape and styling interests, but I hope you can take a little inspiration from the pieces I’ve put together. The main thing is to dress in a way that makes you feel confident in the workplace and create a positive vibe for yourself to get through the work day!

Love love,

kate

How to start 2018 with a BANG!

I cannot believe it’s a new year already! Eeek! For me it literally only seems like yesterday that we were having New Years celebrations last year and saying good bye to 2016! For me, every year older I get is another year of ‘okay, this will be my best year ever’, but life is life, and sometimes it gets hard, things always go wrong and all of a sudden it’s December again and I am left thinking – was that my BEST year?

Don’t get me wrong, 2017 was an absolute blast for me, I advanced in my career, I travelled around Europe, I made some amazing new friends and of course I started my BLOG! But I am always left wondering, was that it? Was that the one year I will remember forever? So coming into 2018; another year older, another year further from my 18 year old self, I’m feeling a little nostalgic and wondering what I can actually do, to keep myself upbeat and ready for all the big things that I want to work towards in 2018. I’m not much of a ‘resolutions’ type of girl – does anyone really stick to those? So instead, I am looking at this as some seriously functional adulating and planning with 5 tips on how to really kick start 2018.

Review. 

When the year is over, I’m always left wondering ‘should I have done that?’, ‘did I do the right thing?’, ‘could I have done more?’ – by taking stock of what you actually have accomplished, and maybe the things you thought you would but didn’t. The important areas of your life such as family, career, financial, relationships, goals, should all be things that get assessed at the end of the year. Ask your self what you accomplished, what do you feel you should of paid more attention to. Looking back at this can give you a shiny new goal for the new year, and perhaps make you think about the things that you are and aren’t capable of this time around.

Finished what you started.

What are your 2017 left overs? Which errands, goals, or projects slipped your mind this year? Re-evaluate, are they goals you want to re-set for 2018, or are they things that were more fickle than you first anticipated. It’s okay to move on from something that doesn’t satisfy you anymore. Perhaps last year you decided you wanted to learn to paraglide, and during they year you realised you’re afraid of heights – cross it off the list. Keeping things around that make you feel like you can’t achieve them, will only stress you out. And I for one am going for a stress free 2018!

Be real.

Setting completely un-realistic goals will only lead to disappointment. Would I like to buy a house – sure, do I have any money? No. So my first goal is to pay off my debt. Big dreams are highly recommended and utterly fabulous, and we all need something to look forward to. However, your dream might come with steps, or a process; break it down into little achievements – paying off your debt, saving for a deposit, saving your repayments, that way you’ve got an achievable game plan towards accomplishing those big goals!

Focus. 

To follow those dreams, you need to make sure you’re taking the right steps – what am I doing to achieve those little milestone goals. Maybe I need to go out for breakfast less, or stop buying new clothes (I’ve picked a seriously hard goal). There will be lots of things you can do over the year to help work towards your goals and re-arrange your priorities to bring you closer to the big picture.

You do you. 

Above all, be your own number 1 priority. Put yourself at the top of the list and take care of your soul. Be sure to re focus on your self when you need it, say no to people when it doesn’t suit, and steer away from things that make your life harder, whether that’s people or places. Make 2018 (and every year on), the year of you, that’s a goal we all need!

Tell me how you’re going to try and make 2018 your best year yet!

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On a side note, thank you thank you thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support you have given to #prettyforplussize in 2017, I am beyond words grateful for the amazing people, businesses and opportunities that I have encountered in the last few months. I can only hope the new year will bring even more exciting things!

Love love,

kate

Tee Time

Hello gorgeous women of all shapes and sizes! I feel like it’s been a little while since I’ve written a blog post, but I have found something so fabulous I need to share it with you. It’s a tee. But it’s basically the best bloody tee I have ever put on my body.

So, back story. A few weeks ago, the gorgeous Rachael at Ruby & Lilli gifted me with some of her gorgeous product, 2 tees and 2 scarfs, to try out, take them for a spin around town. Now, as you may have noticed, I am very much a dress and skirt kinda gal. We’re coming out of winter and my baby elephant thighs (which I love, just fyi), are just not ready to be out on display yet. So in styling these t shirts, I wanted to put my thinking cap on.

The two shirts I’ve styled are 2 different sizes, an XL and a 2XL. Both tee’s fit me well (Note: If you’re looking for a size guide I have 110cm bust measurement), with the bigger style a much more relaxed and longer fit. I now have, in my ever expanding wardrobe, the Tout Va Bien and Sparkle and Sass tees and firstly the material is so soft and comfortable that they are perfect to wear for absolutely any occasion or activity. Secondly, the fit and cut of the shirt is such a nice style, it curves in the right places and even the XL is a great length to wear untucked over shorts or jeans. But my biggest realisation was how much I love the sleeves! The length of the sleeves are short enough to still be classified as a tee, but have just that little bit of extra length in them that means they don’t awkwardly cut into your arm.

I wanted to team my tee’s with something a little different, and style them in a way that I was hoping would appeal to you, gorgeous curvy women, as I know wearing shorts can be a confronting experience for many of us. So I stuck with my skirts! (I’m also obsessed with the whole skirt/sneaker trend right now so I ran with that). My first look was soft and feminine, colorful and flirty, and I adore this Modcloth skirt just as much as my new tee!

My second look was just a little bit edgier, with just the change of my skirt! I teamed my second tee (the larger one), with my City Chic pleather skit, and I loved this look too!! This tee was much more relaxed in a bigger size and you could do it tucked or un tucked, or even a sneaky half in/half out! I love this look for a concert or afternoon drink, comfortable but stylish! I’ve also taken to wearing this tee as part of my ‘activewear’ look, as its a perfect length to pair with tights! (Stay tuned on the IG for this look)

Overall, I’m definitely back on the tee train (choo choo!) and perhaps I’ll even try out a pair of shorts for a new look. I’m holding onto a few gorgeous Ruby & Lilli scarves as well that I cannot wait to team up with some new outfits! Either way, I’m definitely adding these gorgeous styles to my wardrobe staples for sure!

kate

REVIVE SPA & BEAUTY

For those of you who follow me on IG, you will have noticed that over the weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Monique at Revive Spa and Beauty! A few weeks ago Monique approached me to visit her salon and treat myself to some of her beauty services; being the (novice) beauty addict I am, I couldn’t say no!

So Saturday afternoon I set off to Revive Spa & Beauty  located on Brisbane’s Northside in Joyner. Monique greeted me at her home salon and because I’m completely brow obsessed, we decided to jump right in with a complete Brow & Lash makeover! After settling into her beautiful salon room, Monique took me through the process that she would undertake to completely transform my overgrown brows and virgin lashes. (Note: I have never had any lash extensions, tines or lifts before, hence they were ‘untouched’)

To start the process we cleansed both the eye area and the lashes to make sure there was no excess oils or make up left over. To ensure every treatment is customised and suited to the client, Monique selects the correct size silicone rod for my eye/lashes during the treatment (no ‘one size fits all’). This rod gets glued (with water dis solvable glue), to the top of the eye lid and then each individual lash is separated, combed and glued onto the rod with the same dis solvable glue. This separation technique, Monique explained to me, is what achieves maximum lift in the lash and would give me fab looking lashes all day long for 6-8 weeks! From there we applied and removed 2 solutions, the first a ‘perming’ solution to lift the lashes and the next a ‘setting’ solution. Once this was done we removed the rods and Monique took the time to asses the results and make sure there was no irritation and the lift was successful. For that extra OOMPH! We did a standard lash tint to complete my eye opening new look.
For me, this was such a relaxing experience, while Monique was hard at work, I was lying comfortably in pampered bliss – it was a hard afternoon. Once the lash lift was complete we re-consulted about my brows. I LOVE a good strong brow! I spent 4 years working for a Brisbane cosmetics and wax manufacturer as my day job and this only fuelled my brow obsession. As I’m sure many of you know, trusting someone new with your brows can be nerve racking – remove 1 wrong hair and there is no saving them! But Monique made me feel super comfortable as we talked through what I liked and disliked about my brows, the shape, the colour, the final look. Again we did a tint (I requested a double tint, as I find that lasts longer for me), trim, wax and sculpt, leaving me with the perfect brow! Monique then finished off my brows with a final touch up (because nobody likes to go out in public with post wax redness) using selected Poni Cosmetics items which she stocks in her salon.

The final outcome was so perfect even my #instaboyfriend commented on how amazing my lashes looked! But not only did my brows andlashes look amazing, I felt amazing too! Taking the time to relax and unwind (while someone else was working hard), is something I think is really important to feeling good from the inside allll the way out. And treating yourself to these special ‘self care’ moments, whether it be getting your brows done, spending time at the hair salon, getting a manicure, any thing that gives you that ‘YOU’ time, is so important to building that self love and self confidence that so many of us are lacking. There is no reason why, at any size, we don’t deserve to have someone look after us or pamper us, and I’ve heard to many women’s stories already who just don’t feel like they deserve these moments or their self confidence is shattered. Which is exactly why we need to take time to ourselves to build it up! Getting my brows done is something that I enjoy during the treatment, and something that gives me a massive self confidence boost about my look. And if you have something that makes you feel THAT good, it is definitely worth investing in.

If you find yourself needing some me time on Brisbane’s northside, definitely do not hesitate to contact Monique at Revive Spa & Beauty and head to her IG ReviveSpaBeauty to stay constantly updated! Monique is passionate about all her treatments and aims to help every client “Feel beautiful from the inside out!”. Revive Spa and Beauty offers a huge range of services that will help you feel #prettyANDplussize

kate

Note: This treatment was gifted to me from Revive Spa & Beauty, this content in no way is paid or sponsored, merely a reflection and review of the services I received as part of this gift. No money has exchanged hands to alter my perception or view in any way, I am committed to sharing my experiences as honestly and openly as I can.