Saturday, 13 August 2016

5 ways to wear yourself fabulous on fat days

I'm about to have one of *those* days, where body parts just feel ... ripe. You know what I mean?

Body sensitive is an understatement. 

Nothing will fit quite right, my temperature will increase just  e v e r  so slightly, but I'll feel like I'm in a volcano, and I'll wish my belly button was actually a valve that I could loosen to release the bloated fatness. And my ankles will disappear.

So, how do I get through those fun-filled 24 hours, assuming I can't hide under the duvet? 


1. Leggings and a loose dress.


Dress + Leggings = Happy Size15Stylist

These two items are my standard wardrobe attire, and I have a lot of both, but they ensure my shoutiness is reigned in. Most of the time. Loose and simple is the key. But you don't have to wear the LD combo, there are some gorgeous loungewear options out there; think relaxed jersey and snuggly cashmere cardigans against moda camis and t-shirts.  Yum! If you have to wear a uniform, why not order a size bigger for these special occasions?

2. Choose your underwear carefully. 
No pokey wires or annoying trims. Go big (knickers; ensure you have had a bra fitting recently) or go home. Or to bed if you're already home. Hell, go braless if you can. However there are a gorgeous range of seamless, unpadded bras available in most stores, that almost make fat days fun.  Well, they allow room for the chocolate eating by not digging into your stomach at the end of the day.

3. Think! Feet!

When body, and outside, temperatures increase, things start to swell and sway.  Ditch the heels and flip-flop, ballet-flat or sneaker your way through the day, whatever you're most comfy in. This is why it's handy to buy the prettiest flat shoes that you can afford.

4.  Bag. 

Great news - any bag can make you feel fabulous, every day.  Just fill it with the necessaries: water, chocolate, sunnies (to block out the world), headphones (to block out the noise of the world); pain relief pills and spare leggings if necessary. 

Karen Millen SS2015

5. Wear fabulous your way. 
Look, your body is fantastic, take a peek at what it can actually do! Mini Stylist is absolutely fascinated with just breathing at the moment, never mind all the running, jumping, walking, sitting and lying down we can do.  

Indulge the bloat and then enjoy the upcoming skinny days. 

How do you wear fabulous? Why not share your tips in the comments box below?!

Friday, 5 August 2016

Fashion Review: Elle-oh AW16 Style

Because I'm in no hurry to say goodbye to summer, it's with equal measures of trepidation and giddiness I write this post, about the September issue of Elle UK AKA The Fashion Issue; the first gander at the trends that High Street stores (such as River Island, you're about to discover) and Designers (some outstanding Fendi dream bags...mind, I am 40 next year....) have chosen for the unsuspecting public. Note; style and fashion are not the same, but they can both be great fun.

In short....I LOVE September glossies that are out in August! 

Especially the ones with a FREE Benefit (non-eye) product attached, such as their iconic bronzer (Hoola) in dewy liquid form: Dew the Hoola:

Elle-oh, thinks the Size15Stylist: freebie!

 
Being of the English rose/alabaster complexion, I am so happy this looks lovely on my cheeks, as the rather dark looking liquid on the back of my hand had me actual balking, but it blends beautifully;  may have to pop a full-sized product on my Boots October Event Wish List. 

There's even a handy advertorial on page 291 for either 1) an all-over-glow or 2) clever contouring. I'm half-tempted to summon my four year old assistant for a rummage through my cosmetics drawers and sideline all powder products in favour of the creams and liquids to perk up my drained complexion.  It'll be a handy rainy day activity. 

Beauty Instructions are the ONLY kind to follow.


So in between a Shimmer and Shine episode and pre-bedtime milk, I managed a quick glance through the issue before Mini Me went to bed, and I spotted a few trends on their way: Frills, Velvet and the Stomper Platform.  Hopefully not all at the same time, although maximimalism (as opposed to minimalism) is mentioned an awful lot, so Austin Powers might be on a comeback.  

Must not look like Austin Powers

I'm going to keep my eyes open for tailored velvet pieces to subtly update my wardrobe for Autumn, probably starting with H&M, my favourite straight-from-the-runway-store.

And though not a store I normally go in - have no idea why; I ALWAYS coveted their carrier bags as a 90s teenager - River Island is on my radar this season, thanks to this fabulously mad jacket that is only £65 and will need to be tried on to be believed (I imagine it'll dwarf my 5' 2" frame, but it looks so snuggly) 

Snuggly late-Autumn wear


Handy, then, that October's Elle UK will have a 25% River Island discount nestled 'tween it's pages.  

Now, if you'll excuse me, my darling daughter has finally crashed out so I'm off for a Bath and Body Works bubble bath to enjoy the rest of my magazine (read: indulge in some bag-porn).  



Disclaimer: I paid for this fantabulously huge magazine myself, because I wanted the mini Hoola, and because it's only the second week of the school holidays. I received no money or accolade for this post, save the adoration from my gorgeous readers, but I will likely take advantage of the 25% River Island discount available in next month's Elle. 

Friday, 29 July 2016

Are you a Me Time Practitioner?


I’m a busy Mum (aren’t we all?) and I’m a Me Time Practitioner. 

Er, what now? 

Well, I regularly shove parenting duties, housework (little encouragement needed) any kind of work-work and social engagements to one side, and I take care of myself, as the Boots’ research indicates we should, although Me Time is for non-Mums, too.  

Sometimes I pop 30 minutes into my diary, sometimes an afternoon or day, usually once a week/month so that I can catch up on my favourite TV shows (not the ones I share with anyone else) or gorge on an Amazon video with a Bounty mid-morning. Sometimes I just hog the bathroom and gather my hundreds of beauty products for a bit of a tidy-up session, without a four year old investigative reporter by my side (Mummy, why are your toes hairy?).


Saturday, 16 July 2016

Are Holland and Barrett changing the way we shop?



One of only 3 flagship Holland and Barrett More stores opened in Plymouth's Drake Circus mall on Thursday – have you been in yet?   The other two stores are in York and Chester, so the South West really has something to shout about retail-wise this week!
 


I think I've only ever been into H&B for energy bars (read Nakd cocoa bars) however I popped in on launch day for a complimentary tour and was hugely impressed with the range of healthy beauty products available alongside the healthy food options, including the fabulous Dr Organic, Weleda and  Yes to Carrots/Tomatoes/Cucumber et al range - which I've sent MrS15S pootling around Europe for in the past - so my inner twirl was seriously twirling.