Weekly wish list

Its that time again when I let you know my fashion wants and what has caught my eye in the plus size fashion world.

First off I’m still on the search for another swimsuit. Swimming a few times per week means I need another suit to add to my collection.

This gorgeous retro swimsuit from Simply Be is perfect and ideal match between fashion and strength. I need something with extra strength in the chest area, I will say no more ha ha.

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My 2nd and 3rd choices are from New Look.  I’m in desperate need of some casual every day clothes. I seem to be ruining some of  my tops getting them covered with snot and all those wonderful bodily juices that my foster son loves to share with me.

I combined these Inspire Ripped Skinny Jeans with a Grey Peace and love T-shirt.  I love this set funky and casual all rolled into one.

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To finish this weeks list is these beautiful handmade Confetti Lucite Earrings from the fantastic etsy store Desperate Beatnik. Serious go check this store out as Olivia makes some amazing jewellery.

The colour of these just really caught my eye.

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How amazing are they..

 

So there you go my weekly wish list is complete. No if money was no an issue they would all be on there way to me now.

Click the photos to visit the stores…..

 

Transformation

I have been changing so much over the last couple of years.

Finding out who I am and who I wish to be.

Finding my style, what I like, what I want to wear and so much more.

It’s been a journey full of ups and downs.

So to celebrate this journey and how far I have come and how finally I am starting to like what I see in the mirror I booked myself a photo shoot with the amazing Chiara Aprea Photography.

I had seen a few of the photos from my friends shoots and was really excited for my own.

The whole shoot was amazing Chiara is a wonderful person so friendly and makes you feel at home as soon as you enter her studio.

After a coffee and a chat it was all go.

Besides being an incredible photographer Chiara is also a truly talented make up artist and hairdresser and before long I was transformed.

I chose a very exciting style but Chiara made my idea come to life.

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Then it was time for the photography to begin.

I was so nervous but after the first few photos and Chiara constant reassurance I completely relaxed and enjoyed being in front of the camera.

Honestly I could rave on and on about how fantastic Chiara is but I think I’m just going to let the photos speak for me.

 

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Honestly I love them all.

If you are considering having a photo shoot I would seriously consider working with Chiara Aprea she has some great offers right now on her facebook page also she has been kind enough to offer my readers a 10% discount if they use the code Sara10

Personally I am still on a high after my shoot, it was fantastic to let my gothic vamp out. I still look at the photos and wonder if that’s really me. I know I’ve said it before but I seriously LOVE THEM.

 

Pink Clove Review

Sometimes you love and outfit on a model but when you are there standing it you realise its not for you and just doesn’t suit your shape and size.

I find this leaves me disappointed and in this case super sad.

When asked if I wanted to review a few items from Pink Clove I jumped at the chance I had been lusting over a lace skater dress they had but in my haste and pure excitement I ordered this equally as stunning Lace midi dress.

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The fabric on this dress is beautiful, but for me who carries a lot of weight around the stomach I just didn’t feel as if I could pull it off. Also my height meant that this was a little short too.

The second outfit I chose was these awesome Fleur Cigarette leg trousers  with the Imogen Mesh Insert top

I liked this outfit but again i will have prefer a little more length in the trousers.

 

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My last choice was this blue mesh insert jersey top.. The colour is beautiful, though again my body betrayed me the front of the top ended up fitting a little low and it was a little tight.

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All in all I will say Pink Clove offer some well priced fashionable clothes but please check the sizes closely as I found them to be a little different to my normal.

 

* I was gifted this items for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own.

We need special dresses for a truly special event.

Now if you read this blog you will  know I am one proud mom, my children are my world.

My girls have faced so much loss in their short lives and yet still have held on to their compassionate hearts which isn’t easy when faced with so much hurt I can promise you that.

Besides being fantastic sisters to Livvy they now have happily opened their hearts and homes to the children we foster.

So when I found out that my youngest was a finalist in The Eleventh Annual Mayor’s Civic Awards I could have cried, ok I did cry.

The Mayor’s Civic Awards are now in their eleventh year honouring local people who make outstanding contributions to the borough and my girlie is one of those they are honouring.

We are all so excited for this special evening but are a little worried about what to wear. We don’t really attend many formal events so this is both exciting and nerve wracking for us all.

Especially for my daughter and I as dress shopping is a little overwhelming for us denim loving ladies.

Still we have been searching the internet for our special dresses for this special event.

Here are our choices.

Brodie and I both fell in love with dresses from Chi Chi Clothing 

Brodie loved this elegant lace skater dress

 

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Whilst I fell head over heels with this cap sleeve baroque style maxi dress the detail is simply beautiful.

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Chic Chic Avril Dress

 

These dresses are truly beautiful and would turn a special night into a truly amazing night.

Brodie also fell in love with this stunning dress from New Look 

I love this one and think the colour would really compliment Brodie’s beautiful big blue eyes.

John Zack navy low lace dress
John Zack navy low lace dress

 

I love this Little Mistress Wrap Front Maxi dress from Asos. It’s so special, I am so nervous about this event so making sure I feel good is so important.

 

 

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Little mistress wrap front dress

 

Brodie doesn’t have a third choice but this Little mistress emb nude maxi dress.  from Simply Be caught my eye, I love the detail on the top of this dress.

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Little mistress nude maxi dress

 

Brodie and I are both excited and nervous about this event. It is so special that Brodie has been named as a finalist, I am so proud of her.

 

It will also be a wonderful opportunity for us to tell people about Livvy’s Smile.

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If any of the brands listed or any other brands would like to work with us on this we would be extremely excited and please email us at walkingwithangels@live.co.uk

 

Modcloth Layering with style

The weather has certainly changed, its sooo cold, but having to wrap up warm doesn’t mean we can’t do it in style.

I find that I’m not great with big thick jumpers etc I prefer to layer my outfit so I stay warm but I can strip off easily when I need too. I have hot flushes thanks to medication so layers is the way for me.

Modcloth has some amazing layers that allow me to stay warm but express my own style too.

Below is my perfect winter’s day outfit.

I love this long sleeve cardigan its cheerful and funky and reminds me so much of minnie the minx that I had to love it. Modcloth do have an amazing range of cardigans I want one or maybe three of them.

My second layer would be this beautiful lace top anyone who knows me knows how much I love lace. This top makes me feel a little victorian and that so good. It’s a little gothic which is sooo me.

My third and bottom layer is a basic knit top which is a must have wardrobe essential. Basic but lovely.

I have finished my outfit off with a this gorgeous Bohemian bag, why simply why not it’s beautiful.

Modcloth make looking good so easy. Their clothes are so fun and stylish.

my modcloth layering style

 


Long sleeve cardigan
£43 – modcloth.com

Long sleeve lace top
£30 – modcloth.com

Knit top
£16 – modcloth.com

Bohemian bag
£46 – modcloth.com

#youarefab

I absolutely hate any form of confrontation and will go out of my way not to upset others. Yet when I see people hurt others or generally be rude and disrespectful I can become a mother hen in psycho mode.

So this weeks fat shaming television programmes and Twitter status’s have really wound me up. I mean from she who should never be named to Lord Sugar what is the world coming too.

Yet even I couldn’t believe it when I read that Steve Miller had suggested a tell a friend they are fat day. I mean his bio states him to be motivational, seriously WHAT.

Completely shocked at this I just didn’t know how to respond besides maybe suggesting his friends had a #tellyourfriendSteveheisaprat day.

Thankfully Rivkie editor at Slink Magazine responded in a more professional and helpful way. Teaming up with fashion blogger Kate London James they proposed the campaign #youarefab.

“Encouraging both men and women (of any size) to tell a friend why they’re great and why they value and respect them, instead of thinly veined attempt to harm their confidence.”

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How awesome is this.

As a mom of three teenage girls I have watched the damage the word fat can cause. The perception that fat means unhealthy is so wrong, healthiness and size can vary in so many ways.  The rising of such unhealthy stereotypes and bias’ in the younger generation is leading to higher levels of eating disorders, self harm and mental health issues.

As Rivkie states”A persons size does not, without consideration of other factors determine someones health. This campaign is not only an open invitation for bullying, but scientifically flawed due to Miller’s refusal to take into consideration the numerous factors that determine our health. If Miller’s concern was real, would he not have be better placed running a #letsgetfit campaign”

I’m not sure if Steve Miller is following the principal of any publicity is good publicity but again seriously!

Life should be about building people up not tearing them down. Steve are you also telling your friends that drink or smoke to change their lifestyles or is it just fat people you don’t like or you can make money from?

Anyway I just want to say thank you Rivkie and Kate because my social media feed has been alive today with such friendship and compassion. You have taken a campaign that could have destroyed many and turned it to one that has uplifted more.

So today take to your social media platforms and use the hashtag #youarefab to tell your friends how much you love and admire them.

I know I will be. xxx

 

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My word for 2015

So as we start the new year I have been thinking a lot about the word I wish to lead me through the next 365 days.

The word that will represent all my hopes and prayers for 2015.

It isn’t easy finding one word which fits all your plans and ideas.

Still after thinking  hard for a while I am going to go with the word.

 

dream

2015 is going to be my year of dreams.

This is a big step out of the ordinary for me.

You see I have never really allowed myself to dream.

Broken promises, painful situations and a lot of disappointment made me believe that dreams were for others and not for me.

It was something I accepted as just life.

I could hope but I couldn’t dream.

I was never the girl who dreamed of her wedding day.

Of the children she would have or career she would achieve.

Anxiety and disbelief stole away my dreams.

I cannot get excited for an event or a holiday until I am actually there and as for promises, well maybe we shouldn’t go there.

But this year is going to be different.

I am going to allow myself to dream and I’m going to see my dreams fulfilled.

I am going to dream that I can and will achieve my goals.

I will attend university.

I will move forward with this blog.

I will further my writing career.

I will put myself forward more.

I will look in the mirror and like what i see.

I will believe in me.

2015 you are my year to dream.

Its scary but it’s time.

As the year comes to an end…..

So its the end of another year.

A lot has happened in the last 365 days.

I became the parent to all teenagers

Then a few months later I became the parent of an adult. (crazy)

I also then had to wave the said adult off as she left for university

It has truly been a crazy year, at times it has felt my feet have barely touched the ground.

We are still fostering a handsome young man with special needs and he is certainly keeping us on our toes.

Livvy’s Smile is doing well, we have held some fantastic memory making days and been busy fundraising. We have also had our story featured in a weekly woman’s magazine.

Personally I have had my writing published in a book and also walked the catwalk as a plus size model.

It’s honestly been a go go year.

As I wave 2014 goodbye I do so with two emotions.

Pride and exhaustion.

Proud of all we have achieved.

Exhausted, well simply by achieving all we have achieved.

I am super excited for 2015 though.

I have so many hopes for this forthcoming year.

In September I start at university, this is something I have dreamed of for such a long time and I cannot tell you how excited I am.

I’m also modelling again at Style XL and have a couple of photo shoots already lined up.

We may be adding another foster child to our family, and the girls are still trying hard to drive me completely insane.

So yes 2015 I am looking forward to you.

But while I am not making any new year resolutions I am making myself some promises.

Firstly I’m going to learn how to take time for myself.

Allowing myself space to breath, stop feeling guilty about wanting time out.

Also working on my health and fitness, continue with my swimming and working on my diet, as in healthy food not weight loss (not that I wouldn’t mind shifting a pound or twenty). I’m also going to try and stop stressing about things i cannot change and stop letting others have power over me. Anxiety has had me for the last 38 years, no more.

Secondly I’m going to work harder on my marriage.

It’s so easy after 19 years of being with the same man to take him for granted. To take each other for granted. I want to work on cherishing each other, spending quality time together and having fun. Reminding my husband that I still love every inch of him and that i find him sexier now than ever.

Thirdly Im going to work on believing in myself more.

For too long I have let myself down, rejected compliments or turned away opportunities because I didn’t believe I could do them.

This next year is going to be different.

I am a bright, intelligent woman and I am going to embrace all that I am. Negativity and self disbelief can stay in 2014 where it belongs.

This woman is going places.

Fourthly I’m going to have fun and make more memories.

This year I want to be more spontaneous and just enjoy the moment.

Let go and just take each day as it comes.

Play more with the kids and generally try not to stress as much as I do.

 

So there you go, my 2015 promises to myself.

Still before this year comes to an end i want to thank all my readers for the support that they have given me.

Blogging has afforded me many opportunities but the greatest of all these has been the people I have connected with in real life and here in the virtual world.

Your comments, emails, tweets have all lifted me when I was low.

Inspired me when I was lost and loved me when I was lonely.

I started blogging in 2008 for different reasons than I write now, but as always in 2015 this blog will be my heart.

What you read is simply who I am.

Heart on my sleeve

Words on the page.

So with that I would like to say…….

BLOG NEW YEAR

Dear Tess Munster

Dear Tess

I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I decided to try and meet you on Wednesday.

It’s so different following someone of Instagram compared to actually standing in front of them.

I was so worried I wouldn’t know what to say. 

Was I going to look like a complete idiot struck dumb in awe?

I really was nervous walking toward Yours and actually changed my mind a few times about going.

You see you broke the mould for me.

You changed my opinions on models and how they should look.

You challenged all the lies and negativity that has been living in my mind for so many years.

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I have been on a journey of self discovery over the last few years 

Thanks to the amazing plus size blogging community I was finally seeing that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. 

But I don’t really think i believed it until i came across your Instagram photos and learned about your work.

Simply you rock.

You have challenged so many people’s perceptions and ideas.

You have proven that beauty standards are never to be defined but to be discovered woman by woman.

I was so excited to say hello and to just get the opportunity to say thank you.

So there i was walking towards Yours actually sick to my stomach.

Thankfully the beautiful Hannah recognised me and her hug calmed my nerves.

She also told me you were so nice and so down to earth, so after a quick catch up with Hannah and pals i waited in the queue.

I could just write the word GUSH here right now as lets be honest I so did.

You were so sweet, told me i was cute which i promise you made my day, my year.

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You also told my sweet hubby that he was handsome and that you liked his beard, I think you made his birthday right there and then.

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Thank you for posing for photos and taking selfies for me.

Thank you for my hug.

But mostly thank you for being one of the ladies I can inspire to.

For giving me the opportunity to look in the mirror and like who I am.

Sara xx

Top of the week to you.

Ok a really bad play on words but I thought it was rather apt as my fashion picks this week are mainly tops.

My first choice is this beautiful top from Elvi fashion , this brand first came to my attention at Plus North this year and I’m loving a lot of the range they have available.

This top is in one of my favourite colours and  I can imagine myself wearing this top on Christmas day and out at drinks with friends.

It is simply stunning.

 

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My second choice this week is this beautiful blouse from Asos curve.

My life involves meetings, conferences and training events  and i can imagine this blouse being perfect for all of these.

Yet I can also imagine with a nice handbag and a pair of heels I could dress this up for a meal out with the hubby or drinks with friends.

My person style involves a lot of blouses and jeans, smart and casual. This top would be a great addition to my wardrobe.

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My third choice is this gorgeous Waterfall Jacket from Yours Clothing.

I’m not a great lover of coats as I am rather hot blooded and find most coats restrictive and bulky so this jacket is perfect for me to throw over and to keep the chills at bay.

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Last and but not least i move away from tops and enter into my addiction for awesome boots.

This pair from Simply Be do not let me down they are beautiful and i so need them.

The ox blood colour, the biker buckles it is simply love for this catwalk collection biker boots from Simply Be

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So there we go for my weekly wish wish list some beautiful items that I would love in my wardrobe.

The range of plus size clothing is certainly improving and I am loving the cut and design of the new seasons fashions.