Thursday, 9 July 2009

Hot off the Press... Beth Ditto's collection goes live




I'm not really around, but I had to pop in to give you the heads up. Beth Ditto's collection for Evans is available online now, and in stores when they open!

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Monday, 15 June 2009

Hiatus + Beth for Evans

Sorry for the silence. This summer has proved super hectic with all my other commitments, so I'm afraid the quietness over here will continue for some time... I will have to figure something out at some point, but for now, all I can do is promise that it's not the end... not yet.

I just had to drop by in order to point you towards a preview of Beth Ditto's long-awaited collection for Evans. Deena of Fat Girls Like Nice Clothes Too! scanned in an interview with Beth from The Sunday Times Style supplement, and it's full of pictures of her upcoming line.

We've waited for a log time to get a glimpse of it so it's pretty exciting that's it's finally here! Head over to Fat Girls Like Nice Clothes Too! to see the pictures.

I hope you're all having a fabulous and fashionable summer!

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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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Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Psst... Carmakoma sale now on





Add some instant cool into your wardrobe, with something black and shiny. Save 50% at the Carmakoma sale, now on!

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Addicted to... checks




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Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Diva of the Week - Jade


DIVA of the week is a feature that showcases people with an inspirational personal style. DIVA of the week is someone who's not afraid to have fun with clothes and who dresses to please herself, and in doing so, brightens up everyone else's day.


Jade 17
High Point, North Carolina

How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is very eclectic, I always like to mix pieces with one another that you normally wouldn't see in an outfit. I like to go to local thrift stores and find cute skirts or retro blouses, and pair them with items in my closets, or other family members' closets. And I'm something like a sandal FREAK, I just can't get enough of them!

What are you wearing today?
I'm wearing a hot pink cardigan I got from my mother's closet and never gave it back. I have on a tank top I bought from Old Navy. I also have on a skirt from our local thrift store, called Carolina Thrift. The sandal, that you can hardly see, I got from Target.

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If you want to be featured as DIVA of the Week, send a good quality photograph, preferably taken outside, and answers to the questions: 'Name/Age/Location', 'How would you describe your personal style?', and 'What are you wearing today (in the picture)?' to diva [at] divalookbook.com.

P.S. Come and post your wardrobe pictures into the DLB Flickr group!

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Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Layla Loves - Purity Cosmetics



What Layla doesn't know about beauty and make-up isn't worth knowing! LaylaLoves is a feature where you can find information on skincare and make-up, and drool over the latest new products. If you have a skincare related question for Layla, direct your emails to layla [at] divalookbook.com.


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In my last post (cast your minds back a bit!) I gave a brief introduction to the wide and wonderful world of mineral makeup. Since then I have been trialing an independent makeup brand called Purity. They do a wide range of foundations, bronzers, blushers and some gorgeous nail varnishes. I had the opportunity to test out their mineral foundation. Here's a quick run down of their products for you lovely divas.






I have found it difficult to stick with mineral foundations in the past, but using Purity's mineral foundations was a doddle. With the lovely finger sponge applicator, the foundation went on fuss-free. It gives great coverage and still allows your face to breathe. I've never been a huge fan of powder foundations, but this one definitely gave me hope and with a promise of no artificial ingredients, these cosmetics really do put a smile on your face.

You can purchase Purity Cosmetics from their website. Its rare to find such a cute website to accompany such gorgeous products. The simple yet professional design really does these products justice. A rare find on most makeup websites, is a guide on how to apply mineral makeup, as many of us (including myself) have got it wrong in the past!

The prices are around what you would expect for mineral makeup, (£12.00 for a foundation) but it really is worth it. The amount of foundation you receive for that price is quite a bit more than most retailers.

Purity is a great brand for those who are 'dipping their toes' into the world of mineral foundation. The products are great and easy to apply.

This is a really gorgeous brand, with a personal touch. And as a bonus, the items that you order from their website come in this gorgeous packaging!

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Sunday, 10 May 2009

SWAKdesign Styling Challenge Winner!



Drum roll please! The votes are in on the SWAKdesign Styling Challenge and the winner, by a good margin, is Tina! Her winning entry can be seen below.


She will receive this gorgeous Opal top in Fuchsia. Congratulations Tina! And thank you to everyone who took part!


P.S. Tina, can you email me with your address so I can post your prize to you!

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Friday, 8 May 2009

Psst... dp 'Girl's Night In' online exclusive




As an extension to yesterday's in-store event, Dorothy Perkins is offering, in an online exclusive, a 'Girl's Night In' discount of 20% off everything, if you order by midnight today, Friday 8 May.

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Sunday, 3 May 2009

Vote for SWAKdesign styling challenge winner!



That's it! The time is now up on the SWAKdesign Styling Challenge and all the entries are in. Originally I was just going to draw the winner randomly, but I thought it would be more fun all round if I put it up for vote! Here's a reminder of what the challenge was:

'Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to create a look for an early summer picnic party. Your Look Book must include one item of clothing from SWAKdesigns, but you can style it with any other items from other sources as you see fit.'

And below are the fabulous entries. Please cast your vote by commenting on this entry with the number of your winning look! You have until Friday 15 May to vote. I will announce the winner next weekend. Thanks to all the girls who took part, and good luck!!
1. Tina



2. Babymama123

  • Purple knit dress (Torrid)
  • Maribelle grey skinny jeans (SWAK)
  • Boyfriend cardigan in grape/pansy (New Look)
  • Purple slingback wedges (Evans)
  • Metal bangles in gold (Old Navy)
  • Mosaic square print scarf in lavender (SWAK)

3. Catrice


  • Printed Cross Body Hobo Bag (Old Navy $12.50)
  • Faux Patent Thong Sandals (Old Navy $19.50)
  • Cheyenne Top (Swak Designs $29.99)
  • Caroline Legging (Swak Designs $20.99)
  • Enamel Capiz Earrings (MyShape.com $23.00)

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Friday, 1 May 2009

Psst... £10 off at DUO



Walk stylishly into summer with some new heels. DUO is currently offering £10 off any of their full price shoes or boots. Just take a look at these gorgeous Liberty leather high heels for example. To claim the offer online, in any of their stores, or over the phone, quote code 'SS10'. Offer ends 13 May.

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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Addicted to... yellow



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Psst... 20% off Simply Yours lingerie




As it looks like summer might finally be here, it's time to show off your curves with some gorgeous lingerie and swimwear. Simply Yours has a fantastic range of lingerie in sizes from 30-50, A-JJ, with selected styles up to K and L. Check out their beautiful collections by Panache and Lepel for body transforming looks. Enter code 'UAKX4' at checkout to receive 20% off your order. Promotion ends 13 May.

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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Psst... 20% off at Red Plastic Factory for DLB readers


Red Plastic Factory specialises in creating professionally handmade kitsch and quirky statement jewellery.

From laser-cut acrylic charm necklaces in the cutest designs, to plastic lego rings, you can be sure to find a bold and interesting piece of design to add to your fashion jewellery collection.

Red Plastic Factory has been kind enough to offer all DLB readers a 20% discount off your orders, valid until 31st May 2009. Just enter the coupon code ‘lookbook’ in the box upon checkout.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Hey ladies!

I thought I'd write a bit of an update as I know I have been slacking with DLB in a bad way lately. Sometimes life just takes over and gets a bit too hectic I guess. I'm really missing creating look books and thinking about goodie bags, but I just haven't been able to find the time lately. I promise it's nothing personal! :D I'm sure there will be slower times when I can get properly back into the swing of things again, life tends to have its ebbs and flows. I hope you're still hanging on in there and not abandoning DLB in these quieter times!

I'd also like to take this opportunity to remind you about The SWAKDESIGNS Styling Challenge! I haven't gotten any entries yet! I'm sure it's just because you're waiting for that inspiration to strike... :P Well, no better time for it. So far your chances of winning are pretty damn sweet!

I hope you're enjoying the spring, and staying fabulous, where ever you are! x

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Psst... $25 off at Torrid


Torrid is running a promotion where, by joining their 'Divastyle' program, you can get $25 off on all purchases of $100 or more. With Divastyle you also collect points that you can turn into discounts later on. Sounds like a pretty good incentive to join now if you ask me! Promotion ends 26 April.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Psst... New Look Fashion Sale





The New Look 50% off Spring fashion sale is on! Be the first to grab yourself the best of the bargains!

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Monday, 20 April 2009

Psst... ASOS sale is heating up...




The ASOS sale is heating up with further reductions of up to 75% off. I adore this cure 'Chic' brooch, now just £4.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009

DIVA of the Week - Catrice


DIVA of the week is a feature that showcases people with an inspirational personal style. DIVA of the week is someone who's not afraid to have fun with clothes and who dresses to please herself, and in doing so, brightens up everyone else's day.


Catrice 25
Minnesota, US

How would you describe your personal style?
I consider myself a bargain label hunter. I love high end designers mixed with vintage and budget concious finds from walmart, target, thrift stores, and consignment. I love to test out new looks from skinny jeans with sneakers, to cardigans with ruffley tops and slacks. I am a cornocopia of style and I believe that no trend is off limits for plus size women. Style is both individual and universal so I like to try everything at least twice. I have one rule that I live by when getting dressed: Color, bling, and texture!

What are you wearing today?
This is an Ed Hardy shirt that I picked up in the Men's section at TK Maxx. I modified it myself by cutting off the sleeves and making bows at the shoulders from the scraps. I wore it as a tunic and paired it with simple black leggings, yellow patent pumps, and some rough cut coral chip hoop earrings that I made myself. I love this outfit because it shows off my curves, while allowing me to have that high end sex appeal on a budget. Don't be afraid to cut a shirt!

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If you want to be featured as DIVA of the Week, send a good quality photograph, preferably taken outside, and answers to the questions: 'Name/Age/Location', 'How would you describe your personal style?', and 'What are you wearing today (in the picture)?' to diva [at] divalookbook.com.

P.S. Come and post your wardrobe pictures into the DLB Flickr group!

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Thursday, 9 April 2009

Psst... ASOS sale kicks off




It's what a lot of fashionistas have been waiting for, the great ASOS sale starts today! You can't go wrong with up to 50% off selected items, ranging from cool bags and accessories to the most enviable shoes on the high street.

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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Addicted to... boots





1. Tan Brooke wide fitting high leg boots from Emotion.
2. Black leather Avignon calf fit boots from Duo.
3. Black suede Caroline bespoke fit boots from Fitted Boot Store.
4. Black Legroom wide fit buckle detail boots from VivaLaDiva.
5. Chocolate wide fit boots from Kaleidoscope.
6. Burgundy Lenda wide fitting high leg boots from Emotion.

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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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Psst... Punky Pins sale


There's only 1 week left to take advantage of Punky Pins' crazy Spring sale with a fresh 25% off a whole host of handmade goodies including all of your favourite personalised items! Type in 'spring' all lower case into the 'Redeem Discount Coupon' box at step 3 of the checkout process and enjoy fantastic savings... Offer valid until 14 April.

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Hot off the Press - Simply Yours spring collection




Simply Yours has launched its spring summer collection of plus size shapewear and swimwear - and it's looking pretty hot!

According to the press release 'the range is designed for sophisticated women who like to express their confidence through stunningly beautiful underwear'.

The launch is being supported by a national TV advertising campaign. A stylish new ad, which evokes 1940s glamour, is available to see online as well as on television.

The collection covers the entire spectrum of plus size shapewear, including bras, corsets, slips and knickers, as well as plus size swimwear and nightwear. Sizes range from 30-50 with cups A-JJ and up to 56 and K and L in selected sizes.

To coincide with the launch of the spring summer collection, Simply Yours has also released a series of videos including advice on choosing the right bra. The videos, which are available to see online at the Simply Yours website, include sections on 'How to find your correct bra size', 'Telltale signs of a poorly fitting bra' plus a 'Bra style guide'.

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