Curvy Chic Bridal : Local Business with Bootyful Meaning.

Theres something I love about a company that oozes self-love, fair treatment and encompasses a welcoming atmosphere. Not often you get it all. That was exactly what I got when I walked into Curvy Chic Bridal in Belfast - Northern Irelands very first bridal boutique for the bootyful bride.

Last week I spent a lovely evening at the store eating cupcakes, viewing a wedding makeup tutorial, taking a peek all of the new dresses in for the season, sipping on prosecco and chatting about how it all begun.

 The lovely founder Rebecca, after hearing many plus-size brides' disheartening wedding dress stories (and having some of her own), wanted to be able to give these girls the experience they really truly deserve, just like any other woman! After all, size should never come into the equation or alter the experience. 

Rebecca - a professional makeup artist by trade (she just did some of the Paris Fashion Week shows by the way, eek!) - has successfully self funded her own business, built it right off the ground and my favourite part? The boutique is in her home.
I couldn't help but feel so relaxed when I waked in, so different from my own experience wedding dress shopping early last year.  Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed hopping from shop to shop trying on dress after dress and finding the ONE, but there was just something about the atmosphere that Rebecca has been able to create that you just couldn't get in any bog-standard bridal boutique on the street.

What is most amazing is their rage of sizing. Their samples in store range from a size 16-32, whereas in most high street boutiques samples are stocked in sizes 10, 12, and 14 so for the curvier girl this can really dampen the whole experience! They also stock bridesmaids dresses from a slim 6 to a curvy 44, mother of the bride/groom dresses, bolero's, and some beautifully sparky additions for your dress (pictured above) all handmade by another local lass, Kitty Dickson at Kittys Jewels. They have literally thought of every little detail, so that the bride feels nothing but relaxed at and ease.

Every bride should leave a wedding dress shop feeling utterly amazing, and I really believe that Curvy Chic provide that for the curvier bride with thought, care and class.

Thanks for having me guys!
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Fashion Week & Shopping Haul.

One of the most fashionable times of the year is fast approaching, the week us fashion enthusiasts go nuts for. I thought I'd take today to talk through my plans for Fashion Week, and give you a mini shopping haul of my most recent purchases for the month including some key pieces I've bought for the season.

Fashion Week is always my favourite, I love the buzz. I'm not heading to many shows this year, but my main aim is to head to the Max Mara show on the 10th and possibly the High Street Heaven Show on the 24th in Belfast (definitely a favourite!). This year, the main shows are scheduled between 23rd and 26th of march. I'm excited to be attending as a blogger this year, but if you are interested in heading on down the tickets aren't too expensive at all, ad its always worth the experience! I'm really looking forward to the MaxMara showcase, I hear there will be trend notes of a tropical vibe - right up my street! For all shows and info visit the BFW Website here.

So, lets see what we bought this week! I loved photographing these pieces around our home by the way, I wish I could stylise my sunglasses and boots around the house all day long but I'm not sure Frankie would be too amused!

1) First off, the boots. These beautifully patent babies are from Public Desire. Definitely a win with all outfits - I'm feelin' dressed up with skirts, and even dressed down with a pair of cut of jeans and a tee.

2) Ray-Ban squarecle/round dupes. These shades are the perfect size and shape, and are identical to the Rayban shape featured a lot in street fashion and magazines at the moment. I absolutely love these, they look effortlessly cool and are a definite spring summer piece. To my amazement, I found them with my sister in Primark for £2 - WIN! Unfortunately I can't link the item because Primark isn't online but they are definitely still in store!

3) That out-of-space velvet bag by Miss Guided. I just love it! Its so unique, and it's just gone into sale, so head online to buy it quick! Its one of those marmite purchases I just know some people will love or hate, but I just fell in love with how cute but bold it is. Surprisingly I'm not really a velvet gal but this really caught my eye!

4) That cute off the shoulder top - a Primark steal yet again. Ruffles and frills are taking over the catwalk this season so I'm excited to take this piece out for a spin. Again it's a Primark steal, would you believe it? Sill in store so get in quick!

Well there you have it! My mini shopping haul for this week.
All items bought recently and still in stores! Enjoy fashion week, all the exciting shows you may have planned or even just catching the buzz before a show. My absolute fav is catching up with the latest street fashion!
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Backpacks & Fashion Weeks top trends.

I've recently been introduced to the world of backpacks and I don't think I'll go back for a while.. Theres so much choice! I literally use this faux leather baby like everrryday. I take it to work, church, for shopping and so much more. Every time I go to use my hand bag I'm like "wait.. I have to actually carry this?!" #lazylady

This outfit it probably the cutest ever. I'm just about to get my wardrobe ready for some new key season pieces and in organising my wardrobe, dug this cute check skirt out from Miss Guided. I've seen a lot of these in the shops recently, especially in dogtooth so a little skirt like this is definitely an all-round winner! Paired with black boots and a knit tucked in.. you're good to go!

So, whose feeling Fashion Week ready? Got lots of shows booked? Sometimes, with a whirlwind of showcases its hard to narrow down what the key trends are so heres my mini guide to help you this season. I've created a list of key season trends to keep you fashion ready and keep it simple. Reigning supreme on the catwalk are:

- Blush pinks & soft metallics
- Swaying away from skinnies, and towards a more loose fit denim
- Ruffles and frills are reigning on the catwalk with most designers such as Chloe, Loewe and Alexander McQueen
- Wearing the bralette backwards is BIG on trend (i.e. wearing over shirts, tees etc)
- Statement sleeves such as a wide fit, ruffle sleeve or bell sleeve.

enjoy the fashion week madness!
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Nor Lisa SS17 Showcase.

Just last week, I was invited to attend the Nor Lisa Fashion Design SS17 fashion show in honour of raising money for Cancer Research. It was held in the very beautiful Chelsea Bar, along with a handful of other Belfast based bloggers & vloggers. It was a very intimate event with only around 30 attendants which made it feel so special to have been a part of. Heres me and some of the girls:

From left: Siobhan from Shivonstyle, India from Majestic Glitter, short-ass me, and Katie from Katie Andrew Blog

If you haven't heard of Lisa Mccabe and her beautiful collections, definitely go check her out. A leading Belfast designer originally born and brought up in Enniskillen (Fermanagh), who has definitely set the mark for fashion designers here in Belfast. She completes all of her pieces by hand from start to finish: from design, to choosing the material, stitching and embellishing. It really doesn't get more passionate than that! Lisa is also a very talented jewellery designer and maker, so the fashion show also included some of her pieces which were so eyecatching.

Love local.
Something that I adore about this woman is that she is a local lass, and has kept it that way. She raises money for lots of local charities including Akita Rescue NI, a dog kennel that rescues unwanted and stray dogs. She has taken part in many local events and always attends Belfast fashion week.

The fashion show was split into three parts, each showcasing at least six designs and outfits. All of her pieces are beautiful but I have to admit I had at least four top favourites. Most are pictured above, and include this stunning blue caped jumpsuit, a brilliantly gold foiled skirt, a pink sequin two piece and of course that fantastically handmade necklace worn backwards which I think I might just have to steal. It was a sea of sequins and metallic, mixing prints and materials and beautiful full skirts. So dreamy!

For more, and if you'd like to support this talented designer:
Visit her Nor Lisa boutique in Enniskillen, or her Facebook page and give it a like, or her blog.
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