Thursday, 28 May 2009

Look Book - Midas touch



Sometimes even summer days can get a bit grey and drab, and that's when it's best to be creating your own sparkle. Make it like a Bond girl and add some oomph to even the dullest of days with bold gold touches.

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Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Look Book - Just add colour




Take the first step in moving towards the summer by introducing a bright colour into an otherwise monochrome outfit. A gorgeous jewel colour will instantly lift your spirits and make you feel warm even when the cold wind still doesn't allow you to lose all the layers.

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Saturday, 7 March 2009

Look Book - Paint it Black


Look Book feature is the backbone of DIVA Look Book. It's where I pull together workable looks for different occasions from clothes that can be found in most plus sizes. There's no excuse for every girl not to look, and feel, fabulous!



The secret of getting an all-black outfit looking interesting, instead of boring or alternatively overly 'goth', is to mix and match different fabrics, textures and shades of black. Used inventively, black is a great colour for creating a sharp outline and giving some rock'n'roll edge to your outfit.

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Thursday, 29 January 2009

Look Book - Dreaming of Spring


Look Book feature is the backbone of DIVA Look Book. It's where I pull together workable looks for different occasions from clothes that can be found in most plus sizes. There's no excuse for every girl not to look, and feel, fabulous!



In these dark and cold days I can't help but dream of spring. Of a time when the thickest thing you'll wrap around yourself is a feather-light silk shrug. The thought of long warm nights and pretty dresses gets me through the worst days.

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Thursday, 22 January 2009

Get the Look - Casual Chic


Looking fabulous is reserved just for the famous and skinny? Think again.
Get the Look
shows you how to dress with the best.


I always admire people who manage to look casual and comfortable, and yet very polished and well put-together, at the same time. Here Charlize Theron shows us how it's done.

Dark indigo turn up wide flare jeans from Simply Be.
Taupe strappy platform sandals from Dorothy Perkins.
Draped v-top by Anna Scholz from Sosienna.
Black Saskia jacket from Monsoon.
Silver-finish embossed detail set of bangles from ASOS.
Knitted white scarf from John Lewis.
New vintage oversized sunglasses from ASOS.

Celebrity image: www.elleuk.com

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Tuesday, 20 January 2009

<3 US - Red, white & blue


On this, what a lot of people feel is a historical day for our friends across the pond, I thought I'd play a little tribute with this look by keeping to a familiar colour palette. I hope you're all currently dressed to impress and having a right old knees up over there!

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Friday, 9 January 2009

Look Book - Cold Snap


Look Book feature is the backbone of DIVA Look Book. It's where I pull together workable looks for different occasions from clothes that can be found in most plus sizes. There's no excuse for every girl not to look, and feel, fabulous!



London is currently in the grips of an exceptionally long cold snap. The temperature has been dropping below freezing regularly for at least a weak now and everyone's doing their best to wrap up warm. Here's a suggestion for one look that will keep you warm and look pretty good on as well.

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Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Look Book - Little black dresses


Look Book feature is the backbone of DIVA Look Book. It's where I pull together workable looks for different occasions from clothes that can be found in most plus sizes. There's no excuse for every girl not to look, and feel, fabulous!



Christmas, and pyjama time, is almost here! But there is still time to pack in some Christmas parties and other opportunities to glam it up in the hopes of brightening the dark nights. Here's a selection of six of the hardest working little black dresses on the high street. Any of these beauties would be an investment that will see you through plenty of 'I've got nothing to wear' panics.

1 - Metallic lace dress from Anna Scholz.
2 - Purple drape front dress from Dorothy Perkins.
3 - Knot front brooch dress from Evans.
4 - Izzy sequin dress from Monsoon.
5 - Black V back & front dress from Yours.
6 - Black ruched jersey dress from Next.

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Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Unique treasures - Retro crunch


Unique Treasures is a feature that showcases unique hidden gems and celebrates all things hand-made. It's where I'll try to bring you everything from the most beautiful vintage clothes to hand-crafted accessories and custom-made dresses from places like Etsy and eBay.



While the credit crunch continues to bite, it's becoming more and more desirable to invest in good quality handmade items, and vintage clothes, which give you a unique look and don't break the bank either. With this look I was going for retro, but fresh student look, the perfect weekend antidote for serious weekday work clobber.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Look Book - Rainy Day Woman


Look Book feature is the backbone of DIVA Look Book. It's where I pull together workable looks for different occasions from clothes that can be found in most plus sizes. There's no excuse for every girl not to look, and feel, fabulous!



Now that the weather has turned colder and wetter, comfort and warmth tend to be the deciding factors when choosing your outfit for the day. I've also noticed that at least my own colour palette tends to turn darker and more monochrome in the winter months. While bright colours certainly are a pick-me-up, often you feel that they're a bit wasted when it's so dark outside - there's a certain comfort factor in blending into the what seems like endless nights. The little details, such as the dragonfly necklace and the butterfly umbrella, echo memories of summer.

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Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Get the Look - Wardrobe staples


Looking fabulous is reserved for the famous and skinny? Think again. Get the Look shows you how to dress with the best.


Alexa Chung makes dressing up look so effortless. Her secret to looking understated, and yet extremely cool, is building an outfit around well cut wardrobe staples - such as a crisp white shirt and a black waistcoat - but leaving the look a little bit unfinished and dishevelled.


Celebrity image: www.elleuk.com

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Friday, 7 November 2008

From catwalk to closet - Party Spirit


From catwalk to closet takes a look at the hottest trends on the runway and shows you where to find the key items for your own wardrobe.



Cocktail hour was big news on the A/W runways, and now that we're finally in the thick of the party season it's time to make the most of all that jewel-coloured inspiration. Don't forget your bling!

Purple satin tulip skirt from Dorothy Perkins.
Black Viola top from Monsoon.
Black strappy heels from Evans.
Chain and stone woven bracelet from ASOS.

Runway image: www.elleuk.com

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Friday, 31 October 2008

Look Book - Dark Sparkle


Look Book feature is the backbone of DIVA Look Book. It's where I pull together workable looks for different occasions from clothes that can be found in most plus sizes. There's no excuse for every girl not to look, and feel, fabulous!


The Christmas party season is upon us and it's always a nightmare to think of something to wear, as usually you'll have to go straight after work. So here's one look, which is easily adaptable from day to night. For the office just wear a plain tank top underneath the cardigan, then, come clock off time, transform the look into something more glamorous by changing into the sparkly lurex number. It won't take up any space at all in your handbag.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Get the Look - Cute & Classy


Looking fabulous is reserved for the famous and skinny? Think again. Get the Look shows you how to dress with the best.



Rachel Bilson is the epitome of the cute, yet classy celeb. Here she's sporting a relaxed look, where the cut of the top takes centre stage. Understated and classy accessories give this look its polish.
Celebrity image: www.elleuk.com

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Tuesday, 14 October 2008

<3 US - Soft Autumn



The crisp autumn weather makes me yearn for some softness to protect me from the chilly winds. It's time to dig out your scarves and hats and wrap up. This is an outfit to comfort you on your way to work or to kick colourful leaves around in the park.

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Monday, 29 September 2008

Unique treasures - Romantic nostalgia


Unique Treasures is a feature that showcases unique hidden gems and celebrates all things hand-made. It's where I'll try to bring you everything from the most beautiful vintage clothes to hand-crafted accessories and custom-made dresses from places like Etsy and eBay.



I had in my mind a nostalgic look for a woman who's meeting her lover at the train station in order to go away for a weekend break in the countryside. I tired to find good quality handmade items that have a classically timeless look, and this gorgeous coat fit the bill perfectly.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Look Book - Black Glam


Look Book feature is the backbone of DIVA Look Book. It's where I pull together workable looks for different occasions from clothes that can be found in most plus sizes. There's no excuse for every girl not to look, and feel, fabulous!


Capes are hot news this season, and I really love the high neckline of this CarmaKoma beauty. Inspired by the monochrome look of the rest of the CarmaKoma line, I went full-on black with this outfit. If you feel like leather trousers are too daring (or, like in my case, young) for you, you could try the look with wet look, or ruched, leggings.

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Monday, 15 September 2008

From catwalk to closet - All Laced Up


From catwalk to closet takes a look at the hottest trends on the runway and shows you where to find the key items for your own wardrobe.



Lace is one of the major trends this winter, and perhaps surprisingly, it's quite wearable in every day life. Just as long as you go for the more sophisticated look and steer clear of the black lace all-in-one horrors of the 90's, you should be safe. In my opinion lace works best in a dress, and in a dark colour it's not overly prissy. As the days get colder, you might want to invest in some good quality polo necks, they will allow you to wear your dresses throughout the season.

Runway image: www.elleuk.com

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Thursday, 4 September 2008

<3 US - Grown Up Rock Chick



Perhaps I'm feeling in a rebel mood today, but for some reason I felt a strong urge to build a more 'grown-up' look around an old classic, the motorcycle jacket. It's an item that gives a rock'n'roll edge to any outfit, but here I've tried to tone the effect down with an earthy coloured dress and some classy accessories.

Another thing relating to buying from the States. I came across this site called Shop any American store, which, if it works as well as it promises, should make ordering from American stores a lot more straightforward. Basically, it allows you to look for stuff you want in any online store, tell them the item numbers, and they'll order all the things and send them to you in one shipment. If anyone has any experiences ordering through them I'd love to hear from you!

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Friday, 29 August 2008

Look Book - Creature Comforts


Look Book feature is the backbone of DIVA Look Book. It's where I pull together workable looks for different occasions from clothes that can be found in most plus sizes. There's no excuse for every girl not to look, and feel, fabulous!


Today I am yearning for something comforting. As the days are getting shorter, and the air chillier, my eye wanders towards comfy and warm knits. This relaxed cardi from Evans is sure to be soft and comfortable, and also looks pretty smart too. Tapered trousers are one of the new season's trends. This pair from LaRedoute doesn't look too intimidating, I think my eye is certainly getting used to the shape, but only if it's a slouchy laid-back look like here, not the dreaded 'carrot' from my youth...

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Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Look Book - Smart casual


Look Book feature is the backbone of DIVA Look Book. It's where I pull together workable looks for different occasions from clothes that can be found in most plus sizes. There's no excuse for every girl not to look, and feel, fabulous!


I like this sort of smart casual look. Very classy and smart enough for almost any occasion, but still joyously comfortable. What else could you ask for! As a special tip, just check out the shoes at Peacocks this Autumn, so on trend and highly affordable. For example, this gorgeous pair of grey courts is just £12!

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Sunday, 17 August 2008

From catwalk to closet - Boho to Babushka


From catwalk to closet takes a look at the hottest trends on the runway and shows you where to find the key items for your own wardrobe.



This summer's boho trend will easily evolve into an Autumn look, when you add some Russian folk influences. It's not hard to see where this Evan's top gets its inspiration from. If you're feeling brave, team it with just thick black tights, but if that feels too revealing why not try layering it on top of this season's most comfortable trousers, the knickerbockers.

Runway image: www.elleuk.com

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Friday, 18 July 2008

Look Book - Colour Command


Look Book feature is the backbone of DIVA Look Book. It's where I pull together workable looks for different occasions from clothes that can be found in most plus sizes. There's no excuse for every girl not to look, and feel, fabulous!



Sometimes all it takes to transform a look into something more special is that one 'power item'. In this look the item is the gorgeous Jaeger shopper in the very 'now' orange colour. It's an investment, but with the current sale on you can take quite a big chunk out of its original price tag. The rest of the outfit consists of much more affordable pieces, which are elevated to another level by the commanding presence of the power item.

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Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Unique Treasures - Quiet night out


Unique Treasures is a feature that showcases unique hidden gems and celebrates all things hand-made. It's where I'll try to bring you everything from the most beautiful vintage clothes to hand-crafted accessories and custom-made dresses from places like Etsy and eBay.



Here's another dose of unique finds that won't break the bank either. This look is for those nights when you want to go out for a quiet sophisticated dinner. When you want to feel comfortable, but look classy, and be safe in the knowledge that you're not going to come across the same dress in a hurry.

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Saturday, 12 July 2008

Look Book - What to wear to a wedding


Look Book feature is the backbone of DIVA Look Book. It's where I pull together workable looks for different occasions from clothes that can be found in most plus sizes. There's no excuse for every girl not to look, and feel, fabulous!

The wedding season is well and truly upon us, and I got some requests for a Look Book that would give ideas for outfits to wear for when you have been invited as a guest to a wedding. First though, a little reminder of the wedding etiquette.
  • Read the invitation carefully as it will tell you the time of day and location for the ceremony and reception, both of which are important factors when deciding what to wear. Also, if the invitation is fancy with multiple pages and reply cards, it signals a dressy event.
  • When in doubt, overdress.
  • But don't overdo it - it's not ok to wear clothes that are too sexy or revealing. A wedding is about celebrating the bride and the groom, as well as their family.
  • Black is a go, white is a no.



Time of day and location are the most deciding factors
  • Morning: Understated is best, with light fabrics, knee-length dresses and discreet accessories.
  • Afternoon: Go festive but refined with a sleeveless dress, open-toe shoes and bangles.
  • Evening: A chic cocktail dress is a good option unless a black-tie gown has been specified on the invitation. Color is good.
  • Destination: A pretty sundress, beaded thongs and a silky fringed shawl are perfect for a beach wedding.
I came up with three different looks for this Look Book, from a quite traditional one to a more individual look. These are not aimed at any specific type of wedding, they're meant more as inspiration and a starting point for when you start putting your outfit together.


This look is all about pastels, gorgeous fabrics and feminine touches. I just love that dress and it's exquisite tones.


This look is for when you want to make an entrance and feel like a star. The dress is pure glamour, while the nude accessories tone it down and provide a touch of sophistication.



This look is for those who want to make an individual statement. The dress is a little bit quirky, but still completely appropriate, and the raspberry touches project a confident image.
I hope these looks give you some inspiration for when you're trying to decide what to wear. If any of you out there wanted to, I'd love it if you'd share your most successful wedding outfits in the comments! :)

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