Monday, 20 June 2016

OOTW; Summer Lovin'

Sunday 30th May
Out in London on a Summery Warm Evening
What better way to bring myself back into outfit of the weeks posts then to do this simple smart but summery outfit!
So the last Bank Holiday in the UK until August was a couple of weeks ago and I was invited to go to a friends birthday do up in London, as we all know I can't say no to a glass of wine so me and my other friend went along! We had an awesome time.
My outfit was just a simple colour palette of black and white, nothing over the top but sophisticated.

Outfit Details
Black Midi Dress, New Look - £12.99
Size 18
White Jacket with Gold Zips, Peacocks - £25
Size 18
White T-Bar Sandals, Boohoo - £14
Silver Hoops, New Look - £5
Leopard Print Frame Sunglasses, Peacocks - £5


I can never say no to a matching manicure and pedicure - I opted for the No.7 nail polish topcoat of Disco Ball. I love how much glitter you get after two coatings. One of my absolute favourite glitter nail polishes I have ever owned!! (Also please excused my bruised foot - I had an extremely heavy power chair roll over and crush my foot - its still very tender and painful!)

I went with a simple make-up look, of just a tinted moisturiser, a white eyeshadow over my eye lids with a champagne eyeshadow in the crease and blended out. I used my Barry M Mascara and doubled up with my No.7 Mascara for extra volume and length. 

I threw my hair up into a ponytail and quiffed what used to be my fringe (which can't be a fringe anymore as my hair is down past my nose).

For my handbag I went with my current small little clutch bag from Peacocks. This is what I like to call my little Mary Poppins bag - I'm amazed at how much stuff I can get in this!!

And have a couple of images of my friends and me from that day/night!

Lots of Love

Emma V

xoxoxox

Monday, 13 June 2016

My Handbag Essentials


I thought I would do a post on what essentials I have in my handbag - I regularly get asked by friends and followers about what things I always have to have on me. So, it was about time I shared with you all what my handbag must-have's are!!

I thought I would use my current small little handbag as I only have what I really need in this bag (although it is a little bit like a Mary Poppins bag with how much stuff I can actually get in it!)

In the main section of my handbag I have;
- White purse from Peacocks, £5 - has all my cards change and receipts. 
- Pink YSL Bag (Details below!)
- Keys (with my cut key chains) attached is a USB stick & Tesco and Pets at Home Clubcards
- Hand Sanitizer in Strawberry Laces Flavour
- Polo's just in case I stay over someone's house and I don't have access to a toothbrush but don't want morning breath (morning breath is icky...)
- And of course, especially with me - you have to have sunglasses. These are from Peacocks which I bought for £5.

In my pink bag I have the other little essentials I need;
- Body spray - just in case as said before I stay at someone's house, I can freshen myself up and not feel yucky.
- Lip stick and lip pencil in a pale pink - always got to look beautiful!
- Nail file because well, if I don't take one its fate that I will break a nail
- Small tester of Black Opium - again to give me my sexy fragrance that the men can't deny!
- Pair of Panties - the just in case aspect again. I HATE having to put the same panties on the next day if I have an emergency stay over so I always take a pair with me - you never know when you might need them!!

In the zip compartment of my bag;
- 2 portable charges; one pink and one blue so I can tell which ones I've used and not have them the same colour and get mixed up.
- Of course, I have a iPhone charger kept in my bag. Don't want to hassle of moving over the same charger and means I won't screw myself up if I ever did forget the charger cable.
- I have 2 types of lip balm - a clear shea lip butter and a tinted cherry red lip balm that leaves a pale red stain over my lips for those times I need to impress a man
- And of course I have a couple of tissues... You can never NOT have tissues in a handbag!

So that's all my handbag essentials! As you can see I do have a fair few things I take with me but you can never be too careful - you never know what can happen! I can say from experience that when you don't have these things, I feel totally unprepared and thrown off my feet... so even if I do decide last minute to stay over someone's house, at least I have panties, body spray and polo's to make myself a presentable human!

I hope this has helped you if you can't decide what things you may need in your bag!!

Lots of Love

Emma V

xoxoxox

Monday, 6 June 2016

Dating 101 - My Personal Top Tips!! (Part One)

As mentioned in my previous post I have now rejoined the dating world (I was only out for 6 months!) but surprisingly in that time I still had things I had forgotten after being in a relationship... Now, a lot of my friends turn to me when it comes to dating advice - I don't know why but they do; so I always try and give them the best advice I can give them based on the situation...

Now, before I give some situations and examples I want to just put a little disclaimer out - EVERY situation and relationship is different, not everything I can recommend is going to work, its what has worked for me in my 4 years of dating as a young adult. I am not a qualified relationship adviser, I'm just your every day 20 (nearly 21) year old woman.

(Right, now the boring bit has been done!) I'm going to try and do these posts in parts as they will be pretty lengthy going into details about the different situations - I don't know how many parts yet, but here is part one...

Example 1 - Busy? / Cancelled Dates?
This is my most current situation that I am currently in - now if one of my friends was to read this they would know my most recent ex and that it didn't end too great.
After a week of splitting up I went and had a bit of fun (its never wrong to have 'fun' just so long as both parties agree and understand the full intentions). A week later, I felt sort of ready to jump back into the pool of dating... So I did..

Now, I know it has a bit of a dodgy reputation but I joined... Tinder! Now, I matched with a guy who was very local to me, straight away we both clarified that we are not interested in just a hook-up - he is very busy with work (and I mean super busy, but we'll touch on that in a second), so we matched and started speaking on Wednesday, by Friday we had our first date. We went for a drink at a pub local to me (as we all know I don't drive so he offered to come to me), the date went well, he offered to drive me home but I was happy to walk - now, a lot of dating advice sites would say that shows I'm not "interested" but I refused purely because I; a) wanted to walk home b) he had travelled to me and I didn't want to be a bother.

Whilst on my walk home, he messaged me saying thanks for a good night, and did I want to go on a second date - I obliged as we seemed to get on well. Our 2nd date was on the Sunday, we went round his house (see what I mean about different situations? He wasn't taking me back for sex, he had been at work all day and I didn't want to drag him out somewhere when I assumed he would be tired). We ended up chatting for 3 hours, and he then dropped me home - we kissed twice on this date. And, again asked if I would like to go for a third date, so on the Wednesday, he cooked dinner for me at his house and we watched a movie. I ended up staying over at his that night... We definitely had a spark/chemistry and it felt "right" - normally for me I'd say this was going way too fast, we only knew each other a week, but I didn't feel any pressure.

So, this is when it gets tricky. We organised a date for the Saturday - all was well and it came to Saturday, now remember I said he is very busy with his job? Stuff had happened and he had to cancel.

Now you can act 1 of 2 ways... You can act;
a) Get angry, send an emotional text to go fuck himself
b) Be graceful and reschedule

Go for option B!! In a way, see it as a test, especially this early on - if you get angry/stroppy then he may just call the shots then and there, show you are a mature adult - it happens. Life can and does get in the way.

Anyway, we rescheduled for the Monday (bank holiday Monday) now with the job he does he still had to work - so I was waiting at home, as we had arranged to meet up. I messaged him about 5.40pm... I didn't receive a response till 6.20pm saying work had been a nightmare and had to cancel. So, again... I was in that awkward place of do I give him the benefit of the doubt or do I just cut the chord...

I decided to just play it cool and say its okay - I had a gut feeling that he wasn't lying to me. So I simply messaged back and said "Sucks when weeks turn shitty :/ well let me know as I would like to see you again :) xx" - I didn't go over the top I just kept it cool and made my feelings clear that I want to see him again.

Now I will update this when the fourth date is set and it goes on... but for now watch this space!

My main tip from this is to play it cool, be mature and be calm. You don't need to give an over-dramatic reaction - as you may just lose someone that is really decent!


Example 2 - Not being the Booty Call
So one of my best friend's recently came out of a long term relationship, so she really hadn't had much practice in the dating world. I frequently remind her that we have to go through the shitty dates to get a good date, and even then good dates don't always work out.

There is some guys I've been on some lovely dates with but there was no spark for me - so I stayed friends with them and now they are absolutely dear to me!

Anyway, basically she went on a date with this guy, ended up going back to his for whatever reason... ended up doing some 'stuff' (you know what I mean) but not the whole way.

Now, he texted her the following days - she is not looking to just hook up, she wants to date and see if it leads to anything...

My friend sent me some screenshots of their conversations, she was making all the effort. Literally all of it! He wasn't fussed what they would do for their second date - he is meant to be her wooing her and vice versa - I don't believe the man should do all the work, but he was doing none at all!

After reading his last couple of messages which were over 2 consecutive days; "Come c me tonight x" and "call me I'm bored x". He made no effort at any other time to contact her.

Straight away this was a red flag for me. He only contacts her when its convenient for him and he is 'bored'. Sometimes, trust your instincts - they are your best indicators. If it looks like a fish, smells like a fish and feels like a fish... Its probably a fish.

My main tip is; Find out his intentions - don't assume you shouldn't sleep with someone. If it feels right then do it, but get each persons intentions from the start before anything happens. There will always be people who lie and then flake off - but be prepared for this beforehand. Trust your instincts.

I'll leave it at these 2 for now, I'll do some more parts over the next few weeks, I don't want to divulge in loads all at once!

If you have a dating issue you want me to discuss or address then feel free to message me over on my new Facebook page - specifically for my blog! You will remain anonymous as well (its all up to you!)

Lots of Love

Emma V

xoxoxox

Monday, 23 May 2016

Coming back with a bang!

Wow... A lot has happened this year, mostly unexpected but I feel as if I'm sort of falling back on my feet again...

Where do I begin?
I lost my job, I lost my boyfriend (it was inevitable, so I wasn't really too upset - but that's besides the point) and so many people were being so negative around me... So I just sat myself down and said enough is enough. To the people who have been nothing but a downer I've disconnected from and stuck with the people who are positive and will bring me good and happy vibes - no one wants a Debbie Downer, they want a Positive Polly!

I've picked up my fitness and healthy eating again (read more about that over on my LiveHealthywithEmma blog) - after months of eating not so good food and nearly no fitness (have to say I do feel ashamed in myself) I have finally picked up and already progressed loads.

So where does that leave us with Anchors Away?
I'll be honest, the last 8 months I've really not been 'into' my blogging, I didn't want to write for the sake of writing because I knew I wouldn't be creating content to my highest standard and it wouldn't be something I'm invested into... I didn't want to hate my blogging. Now with myself being out of work (and looking for a new job) I have some extra time on my hands where I feel happy to utilise the odd bit of time to do some blogging, and bring back something that means a lot of happy and positive vibes!

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So... this is where I come to you - please bear with me while I get some posts up and going again, tell me what you want to see!! Lifestyle, fashion, tips etc I'm happy to oblige to the best of my ability!

I'm hoping to do some OOTW posts when the weather picks up again... so watch out for them!!

I hope you are all well my darlings, and I hope 2016 has been a kinder year to you then it has to me!

Lots of Love!!

xxxx

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Irresistible Me - Hair Extensions!

I've been meaning to write this post for months but life has been getting in the way a lot hence my lack of blogging...

Due to recent unforseen events I've got some time on my hands to catch up on writing this!

(Super sorry to the lovely ladies at Irresistable Me for the wait too!! Much love!)

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Back towards the end of 2015, I had the lovely Irresistable Me get in contact about hair extensions; for someone like myself who is always so indecisive about their hair, particularly when spending so long growing it out to drastically decide to cut it. Its always nice to have a back up plan!

I've always wanted some decent hair extensions (by that I mean ones that I can curl and wash and not go all horrible...) and this was when I thought I'd give these a go!

I went for 200grams of 20 inch hair extensions in platinum blonde.

It will be obvious in the photos that the colours aren't blending with my natural hair colour this is because I haven't got round to finding a dye that matches my natural blonde but with the lightness of the extensions it should be easy to dye and wash them! Although for the benefit of looking at the length you can determine easily between my natural hair and the extensions so you can get a good idea!

When the extensions turned up (if I remember correctly they turned up about a week after the order was placed) they were in this beautiful black box with the Irresistible Me". The extensions were sealed in a plastic bag with a tab that had to be broken to open them...

So, I proceeded to take the gorgeous extensions out of the packaging (they were in a netting to protect them) - I had received one 4 clip weft, 4 two clip wefts, 3 three clip wefts, 4 one clip wefts - so there was plenty to cover the whole of my head. (For the images taken below I used; one 4 clip, 2 three clips and 2 two clip wefts).
My natural Hair length (also excuse the ill fitting bra!!)
And now with the added extensions (before they are dyed to my natural colour!)
I wore these from about 1pm in the afternoon till about 7pm and they didn't hurt or pull on my hair. The quality of the extensions are absolutely wonderful and they are so silky smooth (puts my natural hair to shame - best get buying some more conditioner!)


I prefer to wear extensions when I'm doing my hair in a specific "style" or "do" particularly when curling it and pulling my hair over onto one shoulder, or a ponytail/bun. So I also wanted to see what its like when all gathered on one shoulder - I absolutely love the fullness of the extensions and the added volume and length it gives to my hair!

The love is unstoppable I have to say...

Again below you can see the complete difference in length from my hair to the extensions...

For someone who has had an up and down/ love and hate relationship with hair extensions these have definitely made me fall in love with these, they are comfortable, easy to style and the quality of them is absolutely fantastic - if you want some really decent hair extensions you have to purchase these!!

They are made from 100% Remy Hair and you can select how much or little you'd like to purchase, they were super helpful with my bombardment of questions about the product so never feel afraid to ask (even if you think it seems silly!!)

I got the Royal Remy in Platinum Blonde at 20 inches long...
Prices start from as little as $130/£92...

http://www.irresistibleme.com/hair-extensions/royal-remy/platinum-blonde-699.html

Thanks for reading guys!!

Lots of love!!

xx

Saturday, 16 January 2016

OOTW; Wrap It Up


Outfit
Underwear
Red Plus Size Bra (42DD), New Look - £12.99
Black 80 Denier Tights (L), New Look - £4.99

Main Outfit
Baby Pink Strappy Top (18), Primark - £1.80
Grey Pencil Bodycon Skirt (18), Primark - £2
Black Block Heels (6), Primark - £15

Jacket & Accessories
Woolen Wrap (One Size), Next - £Gifted
White Woolen Snood (One Size), Primark - £5
Silver Heart Pendant Necklace, Gift from the Boyfriend


What I love the most about this outfit is just how lovely it looks. You can look smart yet feel so darn comfy! This grey pencil bodycon skirt is my definite go to for work at the moment, especially with all the running around I do, I can still look smart, sophisticated but still be comfy and be able to do all the things I need to do.

I've definitely been on the trend of wearing wraps/shawls this year, I have 2 so far, and this was gifted to me for Christmas. I absolutely love how soft and cosy this is to wear! It's definitely like getting a hug when you can't get an actual one from someone. Cuddles me all day long!


Can we all take a moment to admire how beautiful my necklace is?! 
(Little secret, I balled my eyes out when I got this at Christmas!)

I've had a lot of "Are you're shoes comfortable?!" yes, yes they are! These stunners from Primark for a mighty £15 are super comfy and the absolute perfect height for me. They are definitely not too high, and are comfortable for me to wear all day. I can also jog lightly in them when required... Obviously not out of choice, but I have tested this out.


As you can see, I'm currently sporting a choppy bob and full fringe. We all know how spontaneous I am with my hair, and decided to go for the chop back in December; my hair was not in a very good state and had been through the wars a bit. To get my hair back into a better condition I got my split ends all cut out with a bit of extra length taken to make sure I can grow my hair beautifully.

My make-up is a simple Autumnal look, I've really just stayed in my Autumnal fashion this autumn and winter due to the weather. It's not been cold enough for big fur coats and elaborate winter fashion for me. I've enjoyed being able to play out my autumn fashion style a little longer then normal too! I've gone for some light browns on the eyelid and a dark brown in the crease blended through, in the small of my eye I've gone for a shimmery gold, blended through into the light brown and dark brown in my crease.
On my lips I began with exofliating with a toothbrush and proceeding to put on some Carmex lip balm. After a while I added my Benefit Rockateur Lip Gloss over the top for that extra bit of glam!
My foundation and concealer are both Rimmel in the shade Soft Beige and my eyeshadow's are from the MUA Palette's. Blusher is a combo of Soap & Glory's & Bourjois in Rose D'Or.



Lots of Love

Emma 
xoxo

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Perfume Review; YSL Black Opium


Perfumes are absolutely wonderful; I love the unique smells they create and how they can enhance to you as an individual. I'm definitely a person who matches my perfumes to my emotional mindset - so I will want my perfume to convey a certain aura and a specific sense to the people around me.

Before I purchased the Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium perfume my day to day perfume was the Marc Jacob's Daisy Eau So Fresh which is a wonderfully floral, refreshing and girly perfume and my old work perfume was Ralph Lauren's Ralph (for women) - I decided that I would switch my perfumes up what with starting my new job last September, so I switched my Marc Jacob's Daisy Eau So Fresh to my work perfume, but then I was left with no perfume for when I'm out of work.... So I went to several different places for the shop assistant's opinion as I like to get a different opinion and compare, I then asked a few of my blogger friends and then proceeded to put a status on my Facebook page... The comment that swayed me the most was the lovely Jessica's (from www.jessicaann.co.uk) comment on my status!

What was I searching for?
I was searching for a perfume that was very demure, sexy and slightly musky and something with a good staying power. I wanted something romantic (I know, not asking for much was I?) I originally decided on Opium by YSL as after reading comparative reviews of the two Opium's I went for the original Opium. The Black Opium was under very mixed reviews (a bit like Marmite if I'm honest, some loved and the others hated it, there wasn't any in between!). As I had lots of points on my Boots Card I risked buying the Black Opium after my discussion with Jessica... And boy am I relived I bought Black Opium!

Opium arrived and I was disappointed, the smells were lovely and romantic but far too old for me. For someone who has a very young persona, outgoing and rather outwardly seductive, it was a bit too "settled" for me, I decided to gift this to my mother instead and she absolutely adores the perfume and reminds her of when she wore it when she was younger... Happy days! So I waited anxiously for Black Opium to arrive; and boy was I blown away when it did arrive!

What does it smell like?
So I'm going to borrow some of the official information from the YSL website about Black Opium's scent because in my opinion they have summed it up absolutely perfectly...

"THE FRAGRANCE COMPOSITION:
When the electrifying energy of black coffee meets the assertive femininity of white flowers. A vibrant, sensual and addictive contrast of light and dark. Black coffee accord - Orange blossom - Cedarwood – Patchouli

OLFACTIVE FAMILY:
Oriental floral gourmand"

Black Opium is that perfect contrast of demure, sexy, and romantic as well as the amazing staying power. It has the rich demure smell that is perfect if you want a very strong and powerful perfume, strong smell for a strong woman if you ask me. This perfume pretty much defines me now, everytime I've met up with friends since and they've had a quick sniff of my perfume they pretty much think its a match made in heaven to me, the subtle and strong hints of the fragrance is just me in a complete nutshell, strong, demure, sensual and powerful. 

How much does it cost?
For the 30ml bottle from Boots it is £44
For the 50ml bottle from Boots it is £64
For the 90ml bottle from Boots it is £84

Eau de Parfum or Eau de Toilette?
I won't buy anything other then EDP for myself, I'm very fussy on this, but I'd recommend asking a fragrance specialist about what they recommend for you and what your personal taste is.

Are you happy?
I'm very happy with this perfume, it has been what I've been searching for for a very long time! I doubt I'll be changing my perfume anytime soon now! I'm in love with this perfume and have already purchased my third bottle (yes, you read correctly my THIRD bottle!!). My boyfriend also loves the perfume on me, which for me says it all!


Emma
xoxo

Thursday, 31 December 2015

A Happy New Year!

Just so you are all aware, I'm having to schedule this post as I'm away over New Year (I was also away for the majority of Christmas too!)...

I know I've often been away from my blog this year, however taking a backseat has mean't lots of other things have happened in my life; I started 2015 completely pessimistic that it would be a good year, I knew things were going to go wrong "like every other year" so I went to bed early and didn't bother. Guess what? Bad things happened. BUT the most important thing I learnt was...


No matter how many bad things happen, good will happen to. We have the go through the bad to appreciate the good things that happen to us. Its the rollercoaster of life - and how we handle them, reflects on the type of person we are

I've grown up so much this year and so much has changed; below is a little month by month(and Positive/Negative) summary of some of the things that have happened this year...

January
NWas ill for 6 weeks and recovering from a dislocated knee throughout this month
PInterviewed on Latest TV (popular Local TV station!!) in regards to Plus Size Modelling
P - Reviewed a stunning skirt and made a great friend with Fiza from Das Rock Haus
P - Went on a few dates, despite not working out, I made good friends with them!

February
N - Still very unwell with a bad chest infection, back and forth to the hospital...
N - Another Valentines Day alone; this really got me down this year...
PI took part in the Queen of Hearts Catwalk Show!
P- My modelling page hit 1,000 likes!

March
N - Still feeling ill...
P - Went to see Mark Feehily with my best friend in London
P - Began to start looking for a new job
P - Picked photography back up and got some shoots booked with some model friends!
P - Derby Day at Wembley Stadium with my best friend (Rugby!)
P - Got a job interview with 2 schools for April...

April
N - Found out who some true friends really were...
N - On anti-biotics... Again.
P - Had my interviews... I got offered  new job from both schools; but took the job at the private school! 
P - Started to do some proper work outs (including a bit of boxercise!)
P - Worked as a backup Photographer on a Fashion Shoot!

May
N - I'm still ill... Is that even humanly possible to be ill this long?
N - Started to feel very low and looking at the negatives of life instead of the positives...
N - Went on possibly some of the worst dates imaginable...
PWent to Atomic Vintage Festival with the gorgeous Vintage Kisses!
P - 50,000 views on my blog!

June
N - Battle with the local authority to keep my brother at his current school, where he had been for the past 13 years...
N/P - I took a break from dating... Things didn't feel good, and I needed to take a break.
P - Began my new healthy living plan... A tough start.
P - More confidence in my own cooking and creating recipes!
P - Went to the British Belle's Pinup Picnic in the Park - met the amazing Vintage Doll Laura!
P - Ran a personal best of 2.46km - the most I had ever run in one go at that point in my life!

July
N - Got verbally harassed in public... Complete confidence blow.
N - Again, I found out who were some of my true friends... On my 20th birthday.
N - Didn't celebrate my birthday due to those friends above completely ditching me...
P - Did my first proper open fire barbecue!
P - Sent the most beautiful dozen roses for my 20th Birthday. I'd never been sent flowers on my birthday before!

August
N - My laptop stopped working... And cost me a shit tonne of money to get fixed.
N - Physically harassed in public whilst food shopping.
P - I went to Benefit HQ for a meeting... THEY INVITED ME!
P - Had blood test, fitness test and health review back from the Doctors. I'd improved and everything was super healthy... Best News Ever!
P - Barbie Girl shoot in Southampton before my modelling break!
P - Officially left my job!!!!
P - Got free tickets to UK Plus Size Fashion Week as part of the Media!

September
P - Started my new job!
P - Began Dating again... Started speaking to someone and things began going well..
P - Approached by a WORLD FAMOUS Photographer to work on a photo shoot for a Calender in 2016!!!
P - Did the photo shoot in the freezing milk (BIG HINT HERE!!!!)... Amazing experience of my life!
P - Went to UK Plus Size Fashion Week and met some bloggers I had wanted/been meaning to meet for a long time! 
P - Weight loss and healthy living going well, but being less harsh on myself and just living wiser!

October
N - Ended up very ill again.. Ended up going to hospital.
N - Lots of Anti-Biotics.
P - Began going on some dates with the person I started speaking to in September!
P - Started my Neuro-Linguistic Programming Diploma!
P - Finally got a new phone... that works!

November
N - Gained a few physical injuries at work...
P - Lots of positive praise from my Senior at work... And that I have a lot of potential in the future for training to my ultimate goal!
P - Lots more fantastic dates... And becoming an official couple!

December
N- On Anti-Biotics and Steroids to help me get over the chest infection I still had from October...
P - Spending lots of time with the boyfriend... Chill out Days, Going out...
P - Sent some beautiful hair extensions from Irresistible Me.. Review in the New Year!
P - Got my hair re-styled with a full fringe and a shorter bob style. Confidence!!
P - Spending the 4 days before Christmas with my boyfriend.
P - Being absolutely spoilt over Christmas from my amazing friends, family and boyfriend. Happiness!


If we look at the negatives... I had an awful year. I was ill for the majority of the year and lots of bad things did happen... Which I predicted correctly.

BUT

If we look at the positives... I had an amazing year! Lots more great things happened to outweigh the bad! I've not been as happy as I have been the last few months, lots of things have changed since January 2015 to December 2015... But things are looking amazing for 2016 if things carry on with how well they've been going!

Keep positive my darlings!!

Lots of Love and a very Happy New Year!!! 

xxxx

(Blogging will resume hopefully regularly from the 9th of January!)

Saturday, 21 November 2015

UKPSFW - September 2015

I know I know... It's been forever since I've been meaning to post this!! But in my previous 2 posts where I explained everything that's been going on - its not that interesting but there is some news I suppose!!

Back in August I received an email to see if I would be available to attend UK Plus Size Fashion Week... In no way humanly possible would I turn this opportunity down! (I would just love to say a huge thank you for the opportunity!)

So below are some of the images from UKPSFW and some of my favourite pieces... I think my absolute favourite Catwalk had to be the Nine X Lingerie; they are a fantastic lingerie company, but everything on their catwalk show just made me go 'WOW'!

Below are some of my favourite pieces from all the Catwalks... I did also love this light blue sparkly dress by BooHoo.. But I can't find a picture! It was also worn by Hayley Hasslehoff who looked incredible!!








Tuesday, 17 November 2015

But seriously... Where are you?

SORRY SORRY SORRY SORRY SORRY SORRY AND SORRY!!!!!

I know in my last post (which also explained my absence!) that I would start getting some posts up, but life really has just got in the way still.

As said in my previous post, I'm in a new job. I've been there for a couple of months now and really settled in well, however, its a very stressful and demanding job which generally means when I get home in the evenings I don't want to sit in front of a computer and write up blog posts... My brain isn't in the right mindset to do that. Plus with the physical demands of my job sometimes, I'm falling asleep by 8.30 during the week... I'm a sleepy girl!

However, I know you are probably wondering "but Emma you are free on the weekends and Friday night"... Now that is what I need to discuss with you. I've sort of not been very free then either. I vowed several things to myself at the beginning of 2015 which are below...
1. Start my fitness plan more regularly - Done!
2. Get a new job that I love which will help me progress - Done!
3. Look into career options - Done!
4. Start to take time for myself... - Doing!

Now by time for myself you may wander what I mean. For so long, I've done so much for other people which is amazing and I'm grateful for all the volunteering and helping others I have done.. however; I did begin dating again, and this time much more successfully. Now, I don't want to go into much detail as this is not a blog where I persistently discuss relationships (unless its productive conversation and advice for yourselves) but I'm very happy with how things are going at the moment. Stay tuned...

So, I'm making no promises about how often I will post, but first things first, I will be posting the UK Plus Size Fashion Week post this Saturday, with images from my favourite pieces from the Catwalk! I also have a MASSIVE amount of stuff I have bought, so I may do some outfit posts when I get time too!

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Earth Calling...Emma?

Hey guys.

Its been a while hey? I have a backlog of posts I need to write and post up but I really needed to fill you in on what's been going on first so you don't just think I was abducted my aliens (I wasn't but that'd be awesome if I was...).

You may remember my Casual Pastels post where I mentioned starting my new job. Well I've been working there for over a month now and starting to settle in; I'm a lot more relaxed compared to before and definitely feeling more grown up with this job; I think its mainly to do with the responsibility that's made me grow up and actually have a higher payslip each month has mean't I can actually.. well have a life again and do stuff I want to do and not freak out on the "I have no money to socialise but don't want to always say no and let everyone down" thing.

With starting this job, I work 5 days a week, I spend 4 hours a day travelling to and from work, so I don't have much time in the evenings either, I just want to relax; which means most of my stuff is done on the weekends and what with modelling and events coming up I don't always have time to write up on here or my LiveHealthy blog.

I've also been looking into possibly moving out at some point in the near future, due to the distance I live from work I do want to move nearer, so this has also been taking up a lot of my time.

Update on my weight loss for those interested; since June 1st I have lost 31 pounds in weight which is just over 2 stone. I'm still larger and still plus size. I've been lucky this far to not come under much criticism over losing weight, but I do expect this more with the more weight I lose. I'm losing the weight for myself and no one else, not for industry standards, not because of pressure but because I was no longer happy in my body anymore. For the first time in my life this year I wore crop tops, I gained something and a confidence I had never had before.

I could write a full on essay about why I haven't posted but sometimes its better to just keep it short, and I know my true blog followers understand what life can get like, I can't document every living moment of my life, but I will try and get posts up more regularly.

I do have my UK Plus Size Fashion Week post I need to write up which will be up by the end of October, promise! I also have a few other bits I have planned to post at some point

Much love!

Saturday, 12 September 2015

OOTW; Casual Pastels

Before you read on, I just want to apologise for my lack of posting. My laptop hasn't been working for a few weeks due to the fan not operating subjecting my laptop to major over heating issues... I'd use it for 10 minutes before it overheated, which gave me no time at all to post on here. I took these images back in August, but I couldn't not show you my outfit!
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So I started my new job on the 3rd of September... I don't have to dress in a suit (thank god!) but I do need to dress reserved... I wanted to do this outfit purely because its what I wear (bar the jeans) when I'm just chilling and not off somewhere that requires me to usually dress up. This was also the first time I wore skinny ankle grazer jeans in nearly 3 years!!  This outfit is simple, cute and casual - you can just throw your hair up in a pony tail if you don't want it down! I wouldn't wear flip flops for work, I'd probably match this outfit up with some converses which are comfy!

(P.S Who loves my hair here?! I only had it for a few weeks till I started work but it looked so cute!)



Pink Alice Top, Collectif - £15
Blossom Flower Light Cardigan, F&F - £18
Roxy Flip Flops, Blue - £5






I kept my make-up very bare as for work I don't tend to wear that much anyway because there isn't any need for me to. I just use a tad of concealer (I use my Rimmel Lasting Finish Concealer in Ivory) for my troublesome area's and I will use my Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid if my skin is particularly bad.

I painted my nails all in the shade 'Prickly Pear' by Barry M and used my top coat by Rimmel to give a lasting effect. 

I'm just wearing some studs and my usual plain metal scaffold bar and my birth stone necklace I got for my birthday.





Emma Victoria
xoxox