Christmas starts with Marisota

At the end of November I was invited to be a model for the Marisota Christmas campaign. I have to say that I read the email over and over in disbelief, not quite believing that they wanted me to be included. But it was an offer I could not refuse, so I could a trip to the JD Williams offices in Manchester in order to take part in a festive fashion shoot that I can honestly say was one of the best experiences of my life.

With my fellow bloggers and Models

With my fellow bloggers and Models

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A fashion shoot isn’t all glamour. There is an awful lot of sitting around waiting for things to happen, and each chosen photograph has probably consisted of at least 20 other images until the perfect one was arrived at. But…a fashion shoot also means Prosecco very early in the day, and being pampered by hair and make-up, and, of course, the opportunity to play dress up with rails and rails of beautiful clothes and accessories, and a table full of shoes, all from Marisota’s Christmas range, which is rather fabulous to say the least.

Look 1

For my first look I went for a super sparkly dress from Nightingales (click here to view – it’s now reduced in the sale). I loved this dress because it had sequins, sparkle and sleeves. I also loved the length too. I teamed it with a fur stole and fluffy, Maribou feathered bag, and a pair of silver sandals that were actually a size too big – something else that sometimes happens in fashion shoots apparently.

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Look 2

My second look was built around a fantastic Joanna Hope faux leather skirt, and the rock chick hair that I had requested. I added a sequined camisole top and the fur that I was a little bit besotted. I love the separates in this look because they are so versatile, the cami would look great with skinny jeans, while I have worn the skirt with a chunky knit for a daytime look.

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I had the most amazing day with my fellow bloggers and the team from Marisota. I love the final results – I think everyone should get to be a model for at least one day.

Shapeology Fashion Week with Marisota

One of my favourite online fashion destinations is Marisota. I love the choice, the range of sizes (which I find to be very generous) and the gorgeous quality. I love the fact that it stocks top brands, and that one of my fave fashion people, Mr Mark Heyes, is a brand ambassodor, creating the lovely Ava range too.

With the new season almost upon us, next week Marisota is holding it’s very own online Shapeology Fashion Week. Each day, the Marisota website will be hosting a different ‘trend’ on the homepage with emai; communication and social media showing how you ‘CanWear’ new season trends with confidence! They have also created a great set of trend and catwalk videos which you can view below.

The four major trends that Marisota has focused on for the new season are boho, layering, brands and occasionwear, and they have created a range of looks based on these categories. I am super excited to announce that Marisota have asked me to represent one of the trends ahead of the Shapeology week. I chose the Layering trend which is so perfect for the transitional weather – you can simply add a layer when the weather turns cooler, or remove one if you get unexpected sunshine or temparature rise.

The Outfit

This outfit is all about layers and proportions, the Magisculpt skinny jeans and Sole Diva boots contrasted against the slightly oversized Nightingales Kimono Jacket. The gorgeous Joanna Hope grab bag is roomier than you would expect, but the metallic silver gives this an expensive and glamorous look, perfect for dressing up your every day looks. Tying the look together is a classic piece, the Mark Heyes cold shoulder blouse, great for tucking in with a neat pencil skirt, or wearing loose over skinny jeans.

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I love all the pieces, both individually, and worn together. The kimono jacket is thicker than you might expect, a bit like last season’s coatigan, and would look stunning as a cover up for a little black dress. The blouse is elegant – I love the cut out sleeves and really want to see this teamed with something in this season’s Marsala shade. The jeans are little miracle workers – holding you in place, with a nice snug fit on the bum and tum, and in the black shade I think these could work with heels for evening too. I love the grey accents of the boots and the bag, so I also added a silver belt to change the look slightly – making it more buttoned up for Autumn.

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DSCN8443[1]While we still have a semblance of Summer left, I will wear the blouse with the jeans and a pair of ballerina flats or wedges, leaving the boots until it turns a little cooler.DSCN8449[1]DSCN8448[1]You will be able to follow all the trends as they are discussed, dissected and drooled over during Marisota Shapeology fashion week, which starts next Tuesday. Follow @MarisotaUK and the hashtag #MSFW to see all the new looks.

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The Top Two Plus-Size Online Fashion Catalogues for Women

So, you’ve found the perfect dress for an upcoming event, but guess what? The shop doesn’t have your size. If you’ve ever found yourself in this situation, you know how frustrating it can be.
Thankfully, there is an alternative solution. Online retailers and catalogue companies provide women with more choice when it comes to clothing sizes, especially when compared to the UK high street.
Here are the Top 2 plus size online fashion catalogues for women.

1. Marisota

Marisota is a catalogue company that specialises in clothing for plus-sized women, including formal wear, dresses, shoes, hats, and accessories. There are a number of different products available, and the company is renowned for the customer service that it provides.
By opening a credit account with the company, you will be able to pay for any items you purchase in installments – beneficial when trying to budget more effectively and control your finances. Here you will find some of the world’s biggest fashion brands, with clothing available in sizes that you wouldn’t normally find on the UK high street.
New customers can take advantage of a 20% discount on their first order, and there are a number of promotions throughout the year, including up to 60% off selected brands.

Love this high- low dress from Marisota

Love this high- low dress from Marisota

This Project D dress from Marisota is such a stylish piece.

This Project D dress from Marisota is such a stylish piece.

2. JD Williams

JD Williams is a UK catalogue company that sells women’s clothing from big-name brands in a wide range of different sizes and styles – including plus-sized clothing. Use a promotion code to save even more money on your purchase; just enter it when prompted during the checkout process.
Once you have opened a new account with the company, you will receive a statement in the post which will detail purchases you have made, as well as your outstanding credit balance. You can then make repayments online or by speaking to a member of staff over the phone.
Changes by Together, Miliarosa, and Joanna Hope are just some of the brands that you can expect to find at JD Williams.

Lorraine Kelly for JD Williams

Lorraine Kelly for JD Williams

Totally love this floral dress, also from the Lorraine range from JD Williams

Totally love this floral dress, also from the Lorraine range from JD Williams