Plus Size Autumn Wedding Guest Style Featuring Navabi*

Happy Autumn everyone, I love this time of year so much. I love the colours and of course there is Halloween and Bonfire night too! James and I were invited to a wedding in the lake district last weekend and being plus size I was really struggling to find something to wear I would feel comfortable in. When I was asked by Navabi if I would like a dress back at the end of September, I knew I had to choose something for the wedding!


Navabi is a plus size clothing company, that stock 10000 styles for sizes 14+. They have an amazing variety of plus size dresses to suit any occasion and budget and I for one was pleasantly surprised by the range they had to offer, from designer brands to their own line there really is something to suit any ones taste. Having never shopped with them before I was in awe looking at all that was on offer on the website and managed to choose a dress I loved fairly easily using the filters you can apply on the site. I will just add here that Navabi don’t just sell dresses, they have everything from coats to knitwear and skirts to trousers so make sure you check them out if you are looking for something new to add to your wardrobe.

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If you follow me on social media, you may have seen my posts on Twitter and Instagram yesterday about Real Nappy Week 2019!

I have a few posts coming up this week including one about busting the myths about cloth nappies and our own personal cloth nappy journey. First I thought I would share some info about disposable nappies and also some websites and groups I found helpful that you can check out if you’re thinking about using cloth!

I was shocked to discover some of the hard hitting facts about disposable nappies, mainly that 1 disposable nappy takes 500 years to biodegrade! According to Baby Centre around 7 Million disposable nappies are thrown away in the UK every day, this figure is incredible, just imagine how long those nappies are in landfill!

Of course there is a great incentive with cloth nappies in that you will save alot of money. The average cost of disposables per child is around £750 from birth to potty, meaning that after buying your cloth nappies, you  could save around £600 depending on brand and style chosen as some are more expensive than others.

So if you’re thinking of getting started with cloth nappies, here are some places to start!

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Plus Size Trend – Animal Print

*This post contains affiliate links. For more info on this check out my disclaimer! Not all links to products in this post are affiliate links, so to make it clear which would make me a small commission, I have put (AL)before those that are 🙂

If you’ve been shopping for clothes recently, you will have no doubt noticed that Animal print is somewhat of a plus size trend at the moment! I’m pretty boring when it comes to my choice of fashion at the moment, having just had a baby, I feel like I’ve not been wearing anything exciting lately, choosing convenience over fashion. I thought I would share some animal print pieces from some of my fave plus size brands. I also reached out and asked for other bloggers to share their animal print outfits too so will be including some of there looks for inspiration!ATTACHMENT DETAILS Plus-Size-trend-animal-printboohooThe-plus-Size-of-life-Emma-Ellis-Plus-Size-Blogger-

(AL) Leopard Print Wrap Tie Waist Maxi Dress £25.00

(AL) Leopard Print Pocket Detail Shacket £28.00

(AL) Wrap Leopard Wrap Cami £18.00

Tiger Print Tie Waist Blouse £25.00

Snake Print Button Detail Wrap Mini Skirt £18.00

Orange Snake Print Tie Waist Blouse £22.00

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Bargain beauty buys to use everyday*

*This post: Bargain beauty buys to use everyday contains Affiliate Links, please see my Disclaimer page for more info. These types of links have all have (*AL) before them.

If you have read my blog for a while you know that I am not adverse to bargain beauty buys. I have a range of posts on budget beauty including this everyday eyeshadow look and this pound picks post.  Recently, I’ve fallen in love with some great products that really don’t cost the earth so thought I would share my bargain beauty buys I use everyday!

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(*AL) Collection Primed and Ready Illuminating and Reviving Eyeshadow Primer £3.99

It seems like there is a primer for everything these days and when I first bought this I was not expecting much, but I have to say this is honestly one of the best eyeshadow primers I have tried.

It’s a good consistency, not too thick and sticky and applies evenly over or under foundation. As it has a brightening effect, I sometimes do apply this underneath concealer as a base on my lids and don’t apply any eyeshadow and it really helps to brighten the eye area. If I apply shadow once it has set, it really helps to bring out the colour and helps the product blend.

For best results do not set with powder!

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Welcoming a baby into the family when you have other children

As all of you know, we have recently welcomed Arthur into our little family. One thing I was worried about when I was pregnant was upsetting our daughter Maisie, who is 7, or making her feel like we were trying to replace her in some way. I was also really worried that an age gap of 7 years was too much as it had just been James, Maisie and I for so long! I thought I would write this post and include some of the things we did to help with welcoming a baby into the family when you have other children.


Involve your other children in your pregnancy

I think this one goes without saying. I think it’s really important to involve any siblings in your pregnancy from the beginning. We told Maisie about Arthur as soon as we found out – although watch out with this one as it might not be a secret for long! There were lots of ways Maisie was able to be involved in the pregnancy, such as coming to scans and Midwife appointments, shopping to help choose things for the baby and helping to choose the name.

Don’t pressure them to touch your bump if they don’t want to, I let Maisie know she could feel the baby when she wanted and she came to me to ask when she felt ready. I was always available to talk to if she wanted to ask any questions and she took everything in her stride. 

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Plus Size and Pregnant: My Birth Story

My first pregnancy and birth in 2011 was a completely different experience to this one. My body has changed so much since then and being plus size and pregnant has been somewhat of a challenge as I documented in my pregnancy diaries. That said, I had quite a positive birth this time and I wanted to share my birth story with you on the blog!


Before it began

Throughout my pregnancy, there was concern over the size of our baby. I was initially told that I had been referred to consultant led care because of my BMI, but as the weeks went on it became clear due to the fact that my little girl had been born small (6lb 3oz) at full term, they were concerned for this baby too. I want to point out here that I had no complications throughout my pregnancy relating to my weight. My GDD test came back fine and I didn’t suffer with any sort of pain. I only had regular check ups and scans at the hospital to check whether Arthur was growing properly. From these scans towards the end of my pregnancy, it was identified that Arthur was not progressing in growth as much as they would like. By week 35 he had dropped from the 10th centile to just below the 5th and the doctor made it clear that I would probably have to be induced. At 37 weeks and 2 days I had my final growth scan, Arthur had grown but he was still below the 10th centile, so the Doctor said he recommended that I have an induction as soon as possible.

I just want to say that this was not what I wanted. I had not only heard and read stories about how terrible inductions can be, but I really wanted to go into labour naturally. I had with Maisie and this was what I wanted again. I knew that as my pregnancy was high risk, I wouldn’t be allowed to go to hospital to be induced and then return home, I would have to stay in and this was also a concern for me as I didn’t want to disrupt my 7 year old daughters routine too much and have her worrying because I was in hospital for days on end. I was booked in for my induction on Sunday 4th November. I was told that the hospital would call me when they had a bed available for me to go in.

The Induction

Sunday started as any other would. I got up and had breakfast and then James and I tuned into the Leeds United Match that afternoon. Just as the game was about to kick off my phone rang, it was the Midwife from the hospital, she wasn’t calling me in she was just checking in to tell me that they hadn’t forgotten about me. Around half way through the game, my phone rang again and this time the Midwife said there was a bed for me. We gathered my things and Maisie’s too for her stay at her Grandparent’s for the duration and then my Father in Law picked us up and drove us to the hospital.

I had tried my best to prepare Maisie for the fact that I might be in hospital for a while as I was so sure that I would be one of those unlucky ones whose labour takes days to begin. Leaving her in the car when we arrived at the hospital was really hard as she was really upset. I think she would have found it easier if I’d gone into labour naturally, at least to her then something would be happening and the baby would be on it’s way.

We arrived at around 4pm, found the ward at Pinderfields hospital and I was shown to my bed.  After getting comfortable the Midwife came and explained the process of induction to me. She then left us for a while and went off to get things prepared. Some time later, she returned and congratulated me on how well I had done to not put any weight on during my pregnancy. I rolled my eyes, how annoying! I had only not put any weight on because I’d been so ill throughout! Already the focus was on my weight! I was then asked to lay on the bed whilst I was hooked up to a monitor whilst they checked Arthur to see how he was. It was so strange that once hooked up I started to get small cramps which would build up and go, something I hadn’t had at all throughout my pregnancy, even the midwife asked if that was happening. The monitoring was fine and once I had been on the machine for an hour the midwife came to check my cervix.

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Plus Size and Pregnant: Pregnancy Diary 25 to 37 Weeks!

So as most of you may know, I’ve already had my baby! But I continued to update my plus size and pregnant: pregnancy diary but I just never got around to posting it on my blog because Arthur was born at just under 38 weeks. So here is the last part of my pregnancy diary!

25 and 26 Weeks

In my last pregnancy diary, I talked about my struggle with morning sickness. It’s not getting much better and I’m currently signed off work with Hyperemesis. It can be such a debilitating illness during pregnancy and to be honest I’m really struggling. I think the worst thing about it is that if you haven’t had it, you cannot relate! Like the feeling of nausea is so overwhelming and you literally have to lay still otherwise you feel like you might pass out. That coupled with vomiting over 6 times a day is just the worst and I’ve been constantly worried about not being at work. I think for most women, this can go away as you reach the second trimester but unfortunately not in my case. Fortunately I know I haven’t had it as bad as some women can, so I’m feeling slightly blessed!

I haven’t seen the midwife or consultant for a while but next week I have a scan and am also seeing my midwife so hopefully everything will be ok!

27 Weeks

I had 3 medical appointments at 27 weeks after not having many recently. When it is your second pregnancy you don’t see the Midwife as often as with your first for some reason.

The first appointment was to have my gestational diabetes test. It’s a 3 hour test and you have to fast from 10.30pm the night before. I haven’t been eating the best due to the Hyperemesis but managed to have some noodles before going to bed. I woke up feeling horrendous, but managed to get myself looking presentable and out the door for 8am. I was waiting outside for my father in law to pick me up and was throwing up down the drain. I was so bad I thought I wouldn’t be able to complete the test. I arrived at the hospital and I just knew it would be a farse! They struggled to take my first set of bloods and left both my arms in bits after like 6 attempts in several veins. Once the first set of bloods were taken, I had to drink this very sugary drink, basically flat Lucozade and then sit in the waiting room for 2 and a half hours or so and have my blood taken again. I felt horrendous for like the first hour, but I managed to keep the drink down as I didn’t want to have to come back another time for the test.

When it was finally time to go and have my blood taken again, I had to tell them to try and take it from somewhere else as where they had poked around before was so bruised and sore. After several attempts, they had to call a Midwife in to take the blood and she found a different vein and got it straight away which was a relief.

My results came back all clear which was awesome!

I also went for a growth scan this week. I was soooo excited because we were desperate to find out the sex of our baby. However, this did not quite go to plan! As I walked in I asked the sonographer straight away if she could tell me the sex and she abruptly refused as it was not policy to reveal that information after 20 weeks. I was so upset, but managed to keep it together for the scan. I asked at the end if everything was ok with the baby and the sonographer again was so abrupt and said the Doctor would discuss things with me.

I went in to see the Doctor, who told me that everything was fine with the baby, but they were worried about the femur measurement as it had not grow as much as expected. She reassured me that the other measurements had progressed fine and they were not worried about anything but they wanted to book me in for another scan in two weeks time to check progress.

I also saw my midwife this week, had my 28 week bloods checked and discussed feeding options etc

28 Weeks

After not being able to find out the sex of our baby at our last scan, James and I decided to book a private gender scan. We looked online and found a company called Ultrasound Direct and booked their Gender Scan which cost £39. After having such negative experiences with my NHS scans, I was so worried that they wouldn’t be able to tell us the gender or even see it because of my BMI.

We arrived and waited anxiously, within 2 minutes of being scanned the sonographer was able to tell us the gender of our baby. I felt so calm and relaxed for the first time in a long time when having something like this done. We were delighted! We even got a 4D preview included, which was slightly weird to see on the screen.

I would definitely recommend Ultrasound Direct of you are looking to have a private scan. They offer so many different options and have various locations around the UK so if you are thinking about booking one definitely check them out. Anyway, you all now know we had a boy!!! James and Maisie were right!

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Esqido Lashes and Companion Eyelash Glue*

Anyone who knows me will know that I love a good set of eyelashes. I was thrilled to be contacted and asked if I’d like to review a pair of the Esqido Lashes along with the Lash Companion Eyelash Glue.

Esqido were tired of the unnatural and uncomfortable lashes that were available on the market and decided to set out to create something better. Their lashes have been worn by many a famous names, including Rhianna and upon checking their website to choose my style, I was amazed at their extensive collection of lashes, view them all here.

I chose the style Starlet, which are a medium volume lash with more Volume towards the outer corner. Delivery was fast and I was amazed at the quality of the lashes when they first arrived.

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Upon receiving my lashes in the post, I was struck by the packaging in particular. These definitely feel like a little piece of luxury and are definitely a world away from the lashes you buy at the drugstore. The package contained a sleek, white, padded box which housed the lashes making them easy to store for future use.

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