SUGAR, DARLING?

BY NANCY WHITTINGTON-COATES

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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Last week my husband and I had a short four night break away to Crete. It was kind of a last minute thing and I didn't even buy a bunch of new clothes for it as is my usual habit, but little did I know this would turn out to be one of the loveliest and most relaxing holidays I've ever been on! That really was the aim of the game with this escape, just to kick back and relax and hopefully get myself back together again after being so ill with my appendix last month. 

We knew we wanted all inclusive so we didn't have to worry about money while we were there and we knew we wanted a nice space where we could chill out with just the two of us, so I did my usual thing and went searching online. It always takes me ages to find holidays because in all honesty me and Pete are kind of fussy, mainly about having good food but also about hotel design and the feel of a place. We aren't kids people so we try and go for more upmarket resorts where there are likely to be less children and more adults who are on our wave length so to speak. This time we were also kind of limited as to where we could go that would be sunny and warm as its the very start of the season and most of Europe is still pretty cold, so after some research we narrowed it down to either Morocco, the Canary Islands or Southern Spain or Greece. 

After about a week searching around I narrowed it down to two hotels both on the island of Crete, the southernmost of the Greek Islands and after some Trip Advisor snooping to get better info on the quality of the food we decided to stay at the Blue Marine Resort and Spa which is in Agios Nikolaos on the left hand side of the island. Another big draw for this hotel was the fact that we could get a suite with its own private balcony and jacuzzi and to me that just sounded like heaven! The hotel is just over an hour's drive from Heraklion airport and when we arrived at about 2pm on Sunday we were just blown away by the scale, airiness and hospitality of the place! 

Blue Marine is definitely one of the best hotels I've ever stayed in, not just because it was spacious and bright and calm, but also because it is no doubt the cleanest place I've ever holidayed. Honestly it put most of the London hotels I've stayed in completely to shame, it was spotless and smelled fresh and inviting everywhere. To top it off all of the staff were so so lovely and kind and seemed to genuinely care if you were having a great stay or not, were happy to help with anything you needed and were just great! 



We checked in and were brought two lovely fruity welcome cocktails as we checked in to our suite, which already had ready for us a chilled bottle of wine and a basket of fruit. I couldn't believe the size of the room, it was huge and smelled really fresh and floral and lovely, decorated in typical Greek resort style with white and cream walls and blue detailing. I was impressed by all of the notes about the hotel's eco policies and liked that you were given the option to have your bedding and towels changed less than daily in order to save water and energy. As well as a tv, little fridge and hot drink making facilities there were some extra fab touches like a Nespresso machine and a router in the room, so wifi access was a breeze! 

We were shown out on to our balcony and my heart just soared - the view was breathtaking and it was such a great size, not cramped at all despite there being a full size jacuzzi out there too under its own little awning and despite having other balconies on either side the wood panelling made it feel really private and comfortable. It was exactly what we'd wanted, a lovely calm little hideaway of our own where we could read and soak in the tub and have some drinkies. Perfect!

We spent most mornings down by the pool reading on sun loungers and sipping on cocktails and ice coffees and then after lunch we would head back to our room to relax in the jacuzzi which was just dreamy! On our last day we also booked in at the spa for massages, a first for both of us. Pete went for a deep tissue massage over his back, neck and shoulders and I chose the aromatherapy massage with rose oil that did my back, neck, shoulders, legs and arms. The spa was gorgeous and serene and while Pete was having his massage I spent a lovely half hour in the steam room before heading in for mine. We both loved it and would definitely go back for another.





Now on to food and drink! If you are a foodie person you definitely need to put extra research in when going on all inclusive breaks as I hear that more often than not that is the area that lets people down. We always read reviews to see what other people think of the quality and selection of food and what kind of thing you'll be getting as we like to try local food as opposed to getting pizza and chips every day. One thing that I loved was that all the olive oil used was from that island which was a great touch.

The food here was predominantly really good with a nice selection at each sitting that included some traditional Greek dishes as well as international foods. We particularly liked the rice dishes and there were always some nicely cooked meats, seafood and roasted veggies which I am particularly fond of - I feel like I ate half my body weight in courgette and aubergine while we were there and have no regrets! There was always a great array of super fresh salads with olives and stuffed vine leaves and a freshly cooked counter at the back where something different was prepared then and there for you each time - our favourite of the trip was perfectly cooked belly pork slices with a soy honey glaze that was just divine! We also had a particularly tasty paella-esque dish with perfectly cooked chunks of squid that was a stand out and a lemony courgette pilaf. Desserts were ice cream plus the usual selection of pre-prepared gateaux and jellies plus fresh fruit so nothing to really shout about.

The only let down was the breakfasts really, but I always find that all over the world - it's just a tough job to mass prepare a good buffet breakfast. There was a wide selection of hot and cold foods with cereals and fruits and yoghurt and some nice breads and pastries so it was ok, but it just wasn't great.

There are three different a la carte restaurants at the complex, a Greek, an Italian and a lunchtime grill and very generously we also got to eat at all three of them during our stay for no additional cost. The Italian and Greek were both five course dinners and the lunch was three courses starting off with a fresh salad bar. All these meals were lovely but the best was definitely at The Olive Tree which is the Greek restaurant on the fifth floor. We were seated at a table right at the edge of the terrace and so had the most stunning view while we ate. I'm not going to do a full review style thing here and just let you look at the photos below, but believe me it was a brilliant meal!




Fried halloumi cheese with tzatziki dip


Shredded lettuce salad with feta, sun dried tomatoes and Cretan olive oil


Chilled salad of smoked aubergine with olives, peppers and feta cheese


Grilled prawn spaghetti with fresh tomato sauce


Kleftiko - slow cooked lamb with vegetables


Grilled swordfish steak with warm bulgar wheat salad


We really did have a fabulous time at Blue Marine, it was just so relaxed and friendly and we were so impressed by the cleanliness and quality while we were there. In fact, we loved it so much that we may well be heading back at the start of October for my birthday - I can already hear that hot tub calling my name!


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