Sunday, 26 October 2014

Fierce-some Fashion
for Halloween

Halloween is rapidly approaching so I thought I'd share some freakin' awesome plus size fashion finds with you all! I'll be heading to the Feeling Gloomy Halloween Special in London with my friends on 1 November to celebrate. Tacky expensive costumes aren't really my thing and I can never motivate myself to make something half decent; here's what I'm wearing...
#1 New Look Inspire Black Glow In The Dark Skeleton T-shirt, £9.99 (limited stock)
#2 My tutu is ancient so this is just a random photo, but check out the Tutu Factory
#3 The black veil I bought from eBay is now sold out, but there's a similar one here
#4 New Look Wide Fit Black Lace Up Chelsea Boots, £24.99 (sizes 3-9)

I also bought some Edit Manson Contact Lenses in white from Swapeyes (if you're a student and have a NUS card you can get 15% off); they're out of stock now, too, but I've found them elsewhere (albeit slightly more expensive). I've yet to decide what to do with my make-up so I'll probably just 'wing it', although a skeleton face would be awesome!

Unfortunately a lot of the Halloween themed goodies have sold out (Boohoo's skeleton dress and Asos Curve's skeleton leggings, for example), but there are still some great buys out there that you could get in time for the festivities...
#1 New Look Inspire Black Glow In The Dark Skeleton T-shirt, £9.99 (limited stock)
#2 Simply Be Halloween Trick or Treat Jumper, £20.00 (sizes 12/14-22/26)
#3 ASOS Halloween Lips Clutch Bag (out of stock, sorry!)
#4 Black Heart Creatives Red Lip Fang Necklace, £16.00-£19.00
#5 Boohoo Maria Pumpkin Print Dress, £18.00 (sizes 16-22 in black and 16-24 in orange)

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Review: Wild Berry with
New Look Inspire AW14

Image (Below) © Big Fat Betty | Hi folks. Today I'd like to share with you some fabulous AW14 fashion, in collaboration with New Look Inspire's latest trends and their Autumn palette; Wild Berry. I'd like to thank New Look for gifting me the Inspire Burgundy Mesh Hem Split Back Top (£19.99, sizes 18-32) [PC: 326520265] to review and share with you. This top jumped out at me as it looks like a thin jumper, so I knew it'd be fairly warm, and I also love the rich burgundy colour.



Please excuse the creases; I expect most of you know me well enough by now to know that the iron is not my friend! I decided to size up in this and got a 24 instead of a 22, as I wanted a loose fit; I'm pleased that I did as it's just right. This has quickly become my favourite top and I've always received compliments when wearing it; I'm even tempted by the 'shell pink' version, although I don't normally go for pale colours. The split back gives the top something a bit different and, as I often find tops too short, the extended hem is ideal for providing a longer length.

For a casual look I paired the top with my Simply Be Denim Pull On Slim Leg Jeggings Long Length (£20.00, sizes 14-36) [PC: MB964FX] and my New Look Wide Fit Black Lace Up Chelsea Boots (£24.99, sizes 3-9) [PC: 317987901].

As usual there were many other items that I was tempted by from the AW14 Wild Berry palette...














































#1 New Look Inspire Purple Fine Knit Lace Shoulder 3/4 Sleeve Top, £14.99 (limited stock) [PC: 315370757]
#2 New Look Inspire Dark Red Paisley Burnout T-Shirt, £12.99 (sizes 18-32) [PC: 321304968]
#3 New Look Burgundy Textured Collarless Coat, £24.99 (sizes 6-18) [PC: 314586867]
#4 New Look Inspire Dark Red Short Sleeved Pleat Front Skater Dress, £22.99 (sizes 18-28) [PC: 320302365]

What do you think of New Look Inspire's AW14 collection and the Winter Berry palette?

Monday, 29 September 2014

Giveaway: Curvety Bag

Hi folks. The lovely team at Curvety have very kindly offered the opportunity for one of my wonderful readers (that's you!) to win their Diamond Quilted Bag in Cream (RRP £35.00). To enter simply use one or more of the options on the Rafflecopter widget below; don't forget that you can tweet every day for an additional entry!

The giveaway will run until Sunday 12 October and is open to UK residents only (sorry).


As well as their gorgeous bags and accessories, Curvety offer a range of stylish women's plus size clothing in sizes 16 to 36, with free delivery and returns (in the UK). Whether you're looking for sumptuous occasionwear (they also stock IGIGI *swoon* amongst other brands) or executive workwear I'd recommend that you take a look at what they have to offer. Anyway, enough of my rambling, here's the important bit ;) good luck to everyone entering!

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Review: Boohoo Plus
Collection AW14

Image (Below) © Boohoo (Nadia Aboulhosn)Hi folks. Boohoo have recently launched their AW14 boohooPLUS collection and kindly offered to gift me an item from the new range, which has been styled by US fashion blogger and model Nadia Aboulhosn. I love Nadia's style and think she was a great choice.



















































Image (Below) © Big Fat Betty | The gifted item I chose was the Alina Floral Textured Shift Dress in black (£18.00, sizes 16-24). I opted for my usual size (22) though I think I would have preferred to have sized up for a looser fit (as Becky from The Ramblings of Mrs BeBe did). The dress is very comfortable and just above knee length on me (I'm 5'7"); I chose to wear it with leggings but I think it's long enough that you could wear it with tights, too.












































I have worn this dress practically non-stop since I received it; in fact, I'm wearing it now! Another thumbs up for boohooPLUS.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Review: Ann Harvey
at Bonmarché

Image (Below) © Big Fat Betty | Hey folks. You may have already heard that Bonmarché is the new home for Ann Harvey and they've launched a new collection, which comes in sizes 16-32. The collection is available now and you can view and purchase via their website. I'd describe the overall feel as formal and elegant.

When Bonmarché asked if I'd be interested in reviewing an item from the Ann Harvey collection, I chose the Brush Stroke Floral Wrap Dress (£45.00) in my usual size (22). I love wearing dresses to work and this dress looks both flattering and colourful. When I received the dress I wasn't disappointed, it came in a lovely box with tissue paper and the catalogue images are an accurate representation of the pattern and fit.

I wore it with leggings and a vest top; the latter as I felt that the wrapover part of the dress is a tad too big on me, which is not unexpected as I regularly have this issue due to my small cup size (42B). Easily solved by wearing a vest/cami underneath or adding a couple of stitches, and if you're well endowed on the breast department you probably won't find it to be a problem. The dress is quite roomy so sizing down may have helped, but the rest of it is a good fit.

The wrapover style and rouching at the side gives this dress a flattering cut that I love; it's my perfect style in terms of shape and I also love the print.

I intend to wear this dress for work but I think it could also be worn as evening wear, with a sparkly necklace and/or hair accessory and swapping the leggings for tights. Heels would also go great with it, but unfortunately I can't walk in them!

£45.00 is more than I would usually spend on a dress, but I can tell that you're getting what you pay for in terms of quality. It's fully lined and comfortable.

What do you think of the new collection and, more importantly, 'how do I look'? ;)