Plus Size Bonfire Night Outfit

Plus Size Bonfire Night Outfit | Plus Size Life.co.ukWith autumn looming, I can’t help but to get excited about Bonfire Night! Bonfire Night is exactly what it sounds like–a night of roaring bonfires, mugs of hearty chili, fireworks and sparklers held on the 5th of November in the UK and this lovely plus size bonfire night outfit will keep you warm and cosy and looking spectacular!

This outfit combines some of my favourite things that every curvy girl can pull off: coloured skinny jeans, a flattering top and tall boots. Most specifically, this outfit features two ultra trendy items: the marsala red Melissa McCartney skinnies and the scarf in this season’s must-have print: tartan.

A few things to remember when dressing for bonfire night:

  1. Wear thick and comfy boot socks
  2. Remember that you’ll be around quite a lot of smoke, so wear the right fabrics!
  3. Fabrics like wool and machine washable blends and cotton are best since they can be laundered at home to remove the smoky smell. They can also be treated with a vinegar rinse if the smell still lingers.
  4. Avoid furs, silks and satins and other fabrics that would require dry cleaning to keep the expense down and the smoky smell out of your clothes.

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Banana Winter Foot Treatment

Get soft, supple feet using this all natural, organic and vegan 10 minute banana treatment that truly works!

How to use bananas to beat crackly winter feet from Plus Size LIfe.co.ukFollowing on from the last post about how to get flawless skin in 3 steps, I’ve decided to share a new-found beauty secret that I’m in love with!

It’s how to use bananas to treat cracked and dry winter feet and it’s a beauty must-have for anyone who suffers from extra dry skin in winter.

I first stumbled across this banana winter foot treatment in my newest copy of Neal’s Yard’s Beauty Book (a fascinating and informative book) and knew I had to try it.

I don’t always have time to go to the spa for a pedicure. In fact, the last time I ever even had a professional pedicure was during the second trimester of my pregnancy, nearly four years ago. Between working a full time and demanding job, writing two blogs and being a mommy, my days, evenings and nights tend to get pretty full with things for others and not necessarily myself. So the relaxing luxury of a spa has gone out the window.

However, I’m a huge believer in everyday pleasures and in treating yourself and I simply couldn’t resist this fantastic beauty trick for soft, supple feet.

I took to Periscope on Sunday to do my first ever broadcast with smushed bananas on my feet and over 20 people watching! *gulp*

 

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3 Steps to Flawless Skin using Vitamin E

Uncover my secrets to flawless skin using vitamin E in three easy steps to add to your beauty regime!

From avocado, to almonds, and must-use skincare products, add these vitamin e secrets to your beauty regime for flawless skin! | PlusSizeLife.co.uk

Let’s play 2 Truths & 1 Life–which of the following statements do you think is untrue?

  1. I don’t get enough sleep at night
  2. I have flawless skin
  3. I don’t wear foundation or pressed powder

BB cream versus natural skin | PlusSizeLife.co.uk

Option 2 is a complete lie. I wish I actually had  naturally flawless skin (don’t we all?) but truth is, I’ve got to work at it. Luckily, though, my beauty regime is pretty simple. Keep reading for three steps to flawless skin:

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12 Ways to Wear Checks If You’re Plus Size

Checks, tartan and plaid are the trending pattern for autumn winter 2015. Here are are 12 ways to pull off the look if you're plus size. | Plus Size Life.co.ukChecks, Tartan and plaid are all words used to describe that pretty grid-like pattern made from crossing horizontal and vertical stripes and they are the on-trend pattern for Autumn/Winter 2015! Even if you never thought you could pull off the look, here are 12 ways to wear checks if you’re plus size:

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Must-Have Travel Accessories

Must-have travel accessories | Plus Size Life.co.uk

Although the season for summer holidays is over, I find that I tend to do more travelling in the autumn. It’s a combination of work engagements and my infatuation with all things autumnal that keeps me hitting the open road and bedding down in cosy B&Bs and quaint hotels, hoping to catch the leaves’ vibrant colour display.

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Find the Right Plus Size Bra for Your Outfit

Give a woman right bra and she can conquer the world | Plus Size Life.co.uk

For ages I’d just assumed I was doomed to the typical plus size bra: a bland restraint only available in shades of boring (white, black or taupe) with straps wide enough to race Hot Wheels cars on and the obligatory feminine bow at the centre. I would flip through lingerie catalogs and grow absolutely envious. Not of the tiny-framed women and their dainty C cups, but of the beautiful bras adorning their chests. Bras in a kaleidoscope of colours, fittings and shapes. Bras with no straps!–how was that even possible?!

The truth is, curvy women aren’t doomed to one type of ill-fitting bra. There’s actually a wide range of options out there. Once you know how to find the right plus size bra for your outfit, you’ll find that your clothes fit better. Go one step further and make sure you get a bra that’s actually your cup size and suddenly, the world is your oyster.

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12 Tips for Enjoying Yoga if You’re Plus Size

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For me, yoga is about balance, learning how to keep calm in a difficult situation and learning how to breathe through pain without panicking. But the key is taking the lessons you learn through practicing yoga and applying them to your life.

Everyone can do yoga, no matter your size. Some of the positions may prove difficult for plus size women, especially if it’s your first time, but through following these 12 tips, you’ll find that you can enjoy a rewarding yoga experience and enrich your life through activity, focus and determination.

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16 Perfectly Plus Sized Halloween Costumes

16 Plus Size Halloween Fancy Dress Costumes | Plus Size Life.co.uk

It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year! The leaves will be changing, evenings will darken, scarfs will loop necks against the chill and millions of children across the world will, in direct breech of everything they’ve ever been taught, ask strangers for candy. I absolutely love Halloween: from getting lost in the maize maze to carving pumpkins.

Halloween coutdown | Plus Size Life.co.uk

With the ghoulish night on my mind and fast approaching, here are 16 of the most fantastic, perfectly plus sized Halloween costumes for 2015:

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Autumn Birds Plus Size Outfit Ideas

A casual plus size outfit featuring bird motifs for autumn | Plus Size Life.co.uk  There’s something you should know: I’m a creature of clothing habit. Maybe it’s because of my lifelong struggle to find shapes and fabrics that flatter my curves, but when I find clothing that I like, I buy it in triplicate.

You see that fab bird printed tee? That’s in my wardrobe. Along with two of its cousins: the exact same shirt in black. Twice. I’m a sucker for a 3/4 sleeve and a scoop back.

The skinnies I paired that top with are my absolute favourite. They’re ultra stretchy. I’m not making that up, it’s in their name. And they’re so damn comfortable. I practically live in these jeans.

Know what else I’m a sucker for? A curvy girl in skinny jeans. Skinny jeans were made for curves. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Blush pink is couleur du jour in wedding world, and since I spend practically all day at work thinking about it, looking at it and writing about it, it’s only natural that it’s started to creep into my wardrobe and in the scarf and flats in this outfit card. And to complete the birdie ensemble, a dainty parakeet bracelet. Tweet.

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72 Hours in Malta

Malta is a tiny island in the Mediterranean, afloat between Sicily and the North African coast. I took a two-week holiday to Malta in summer 2014 and fell in love with it. Here’s everything you should do in 72 hours in Malta.

72 Hours in Malta | Plus Size Life.co.uk

Where to Stay:

InterContinental Malta (5-star)

How to Get There:

Flights available from most UK cities; budget and domestic airlines

Must-See:

Malta’s capital, Valletta

Helpful Tip:

For an island in the Mediterranean, Malta has very few sandy beaches. Most hotels have private beaches for their guests to enjoy, although stretches of sandy coastline can be found in the sparsely populated southern coast of the island.

Feel at Home:

English is one of Malta’s official languages.

Day One

Morning: Trek through Valletta, nipping in and out of the tiny tourist shops down the narrow streets lined with gallerias–traditional enclosed balconies jutting from the buildings. Wear comfortable shoes and opt for a rucksack instead of a wheely suitcase: everywhere in Valletta seems to be uphill! Pay a visit to some of Valletta’s tourist attractions including the Barrakka Gardens and the National Archaeology Museum and head to the sea to look back at the city’s impressive waterfront.

Gallerias and Windows in Valletta, Malta | Plus Size Life.co.uk

Noon: After a morning exploring the beautiful city, enjoy a cafe lunch at an outdoor table along St George’s Square. Leave space for a refreshing fresh orange or lemonade slush from street vendors, pushing carts through the winding streets. Catch a bus to neighbouring St Julians and check into the InterContinental Hotel.

Quintessential narrow street in Valletta, Malta | Plus Size LIfe.co.uk

A quintessential narrow, steep street in Valletta.

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