SUGAR, DARLING?

BY NANCY WHITTINGTON-COATES


I don't know about you but no matter how many years go by I still love to feel like a princess every now and again. Hayley Hasselhoff has to be one of the most beautiful women alive. I've been fortunate to meet her a couple of times now and she's a really lovely lady too on top of her awesome modelling talent which I'm lucky to have witnessed first hand when I assisted with her shoot for Yours Clothing a few years ago. She's also always been a style icon of mine and so when she started doing collections with ELVI I was ecstatic. I've adored all of the pieces so far and I love that in the latest collection there's even more sparkle and beautiful occasion pieces.

This Nude Pleated Gown (£85.00*) from the collected is a perfect example of her signature dramatic style with its column like length and train but is given a softer edge by the super soft crumpled pleats, relaxed bodice style and the delicate peachy nude shade to the semi sheer fabric. I actually had a size smaller than I usually would in this style so that it fit my upper body better and as you can see it still looks perfect over my tummy and hips, the area that would usually look tighter if I did this - hooray for pleats and generously cut fabric! 

I can't think of something more comfortable for a Summer wedding to be honest, you'll definitely keep cool in this beautiful dress and to me it looks like a contemporary version of the sort of gown one of the Bronte sisters would have worn, hence why we shot it at a stately home near my house in beautiful Leicestershire! What do you think of this classically elegant style? 







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A picture of a Plus Size Wedding Guest Outfit from Evans Clothing

My darlings wedding season is upon us and that means lots of smooches, lots of bubbly, lots of reception selfies and a lot of need for a banging outfit or two! To celebrate this lovely time of year I've put together a special little three part series showcasing three gorgeous wedding ready looks, each one very different but equally as gorgeous!

The first look I'm sharing with you has to be my favourite not only because its different to what I personally would usually pick but also because I love that it breaks down the expectation that at a wedding women should all stick to a super feminine aesthetic. While this outfit is undoubtedly very chic I love that it uses the traditionally masculine shapes of trousers and a collared shirt, but recreated in nontraditional fabrics and with the fabulous addition of some sparkling embellishments.

I know I'm not the only one to have noticed that Evans have really upped their game this season with gorgeous on trend styles and some really unique pieces, exemplified in this maxi cover up and trousers set. The Grey Embellished Maxi Cover Up (£60.00*) was what originally caught my eye - the full length is just so dramatic and contrasts wonderfully with the delicate dove grey crepe style fabric and those crystal and bead encrusted cuffs take it to a whole other level of stunning. To match this stunning statement piece is the Grey Tie Front Tapered Trousers (£28.00*) that are so light and comfortable, just the thing for a long day of celebrating (hopefully) in the bright sunshine. Be warned however that these do run a little small in my opinion so sizing up once or twice depending on hip size is highly recommended.

To complement this gorgeous combination something simple was required and an ivory blouse was the obvious choice, but of course when I saw the silver and pearl detailing to the collar of this Ivory Embellished Shirt (£40.00*) it was love at first sight. Again the fabric of this piece is delightfully soft and cool and hangs beautifully. It's a traditional blouse style so doesn't have a nipped in waist or darted bust which in my opinion makes it infinitely easier to wear and much better for tucking into trousers or skirts to show off your hips and booty! There are some lovely little extra details like the mirrored silver buttons and little vents to the cuffs which make them far more comfortable. it really is a fabulous shirt. 

I finished off my outfit with some simple white and silver sandals (similar to these) and obviously couldn't resist another bit of sparkle with this sweet little F&F Glitter Boxy Cross-Body Bag (£12.00) that I spotted in Tesco last weekend when I was running errands. Don't you think its the most adorable finishing touch?

A picture of a Plus Size Wedding Guest Outfit from Evans Clothing

A picture of a Plus Size Wedding Guest Outfit from Evans Clothing

A picture of a Plus Size Wedding Guest Outfit from Evans Clothing

A picture of a Plus Size Wedding Guest Outfit from Evans Clothing

A picture of a Plus Size Wedding Guest Outfit from Evans Clothing

A picture of a Plus Size Wedding Guest Outfit from Evans Clothing


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Darlings I have a really exciting giveaway for you! I'm sure you know by now but on September 9th The Curve Fashion Festival is hitting The Exhibition Centre Liverpool for the second year for what promises to be a day of full on fatshion fun! I for one just can't wait - I adore catching up with my blogger and brand pals and meeting lots of lovely new people, it's always an absolute blast and I come away feeling so positive and inspired by all the beautiful clothes and people I've seen throughout the day! This year promises to be even better than last with more brands, more celebrities, fabulous catwalk shows and for the first year, menswear.  

One of the great brands that will be in attendance is In The Style Curve, a newer brand who I have fell in love with when I tried some pieces from their first collection - you can check out my video review and try on here. I absolutely adore their on trend styles and all of their pieces make me feel amazing when I wear them! 

One such piece is this gorgeous Karina Skater Shirt Dress (£39.99*) - a really glamorous and beautifully designed dress suited to so many occasions. The quality of the fabric is wonderfully thick and not at all see through and the fit is super generous - I've found this with all of the pieces I've tried and I think it's so refreshing to see this rather than pieces running small! The full dipped back is just stunning and it's such a versatile piece - wear it with bare legs for a super sexy evening get up, over jeans for something more casual or with fitted ankle grazers and heels for a sophisticated office look.


To celebrate the exciting run up to TCFF17 I've teamed up with In The Style and Curve Fashion Festival to offer one of my readers a truly fantastic prize -

You can win a pair of tickets so you and a friend can join in the fun at The Curve Fashion Festival 2017!
Not only that but you'll also get a £50 In The Style voucher so you can rock up to the festivities in an amazing new outfit!

To enter the giveaway just fill in the entries below - the more you complete the more chances you have to win!

Sugar, Darling? x Curve Fashion Fest x In The Style

Entries close at 8pm on May 29th - good luck!



Darling readers a wonderful thing has happened and I've been nominated for the navabi Plus Size Blog Awards! As you all know by now I'm sure, navabi are one of my favourite brands ever and their awards are to be honest the only one I've ever really been bothered about so I would so so SO appreciate it if you'd take the time to vote for me if you think I deserve it.

As I'm sure you will have noticed I've put an awful lot of time, money and grind into my blog this year - investing in professional photography and a new layout, getting professional lighting and editing software so I can start doing more YouTube content and trying to better my social media presence which believe me is hard when you don't have that much free time! I'm also pretty proud of what I've accomplished this year as I'm still working through my depression and it takes an awful lot of effort mentally for me to be able to do this work on top of my full time job and responsibilities at home. I know to some it may appear that posing for a few photos and writing about clothes and products is a pretty easy thing to do, but in all honesty so much planning and work goes into it that it can be pretty exhausting when you have a 9-5 too!

So anyhoo, if you would like to vote for me or your other favourite blogger please go ahead and click this link to cast your vote - www.navabi.co.uk/plus-size-blog-award-2017. All you need to do is click on the person you want to vote for so they get highlighted in red, then scroll down to the bottom of the pictures and fill in the CAPTCHA security check and click 'cast my vote' - you don't even need to put in an email address of any of your details so its easy as pie.

Here's wishing the absolute best of luck to all my fellow blogger babes who have been nominated!

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Sometimes, you just need to wear something frivolous and fun. I'm very into the ruffle trend that is all over the high street at the moment, but depending on the fabric I've found that a lot of pieces just don't look great on me where the ruffles are too structured. You can imagine my joy then when I spotted this Mesh T Shirt with Dipped Back and Ruffles (£25.00) on ASOS Curve - finally a thinner fabric to give a more flouncy romantic feel, but even better in a very unexpected shade of hi vis orange! I won't lie, I didn't know if it would work with my hair but I ended up loving it and decided to go all out with my fave bright orange lippy too - Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in shade A-Go-Go (£17.00)!

My first thought for putting together the outfit was to grab some cute ripped jeans and a cami which seemed like the obvious choice, but on my bigger on the bottom frame it just didn't work with the ruffles and so I routed around and found this Cami Midi Bodycon Dress from ASOS (£12.00) and it worked perfectly, providing a striking contrast for the orange and a plain canvas to really show off the frills!

This tee is very oversized and I ordered it in my regular size, but could easily have sized down. I like how the back is even more drapey and frothy with the oversized fit and I think I'll be getting a lot of wear out of this over the summer. I'm already trying to find a plain black jumpsuit to try underneath!






Photos in this post are by my lovely little sis Laura Whittington!

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