Boohoo X FashionNova.

/ October 22, 2017



Hey all. Today's post is a mixture of domestic and foreign brands. Lets start with the outfit details.



Body Suit is from Boohoo (size 24)
Skirt From FashionNova (3x)
Shoes From NewLook (size 9)

This widget post contains all the similar products to what I am wearing in case you want to get this outfit.

         

     


FashionNova
*THIS IS NOT SPONSORED THESE ARE MY OWN PERSONAL VIEWS*

So FashionNova is it really worth the hype? Yes, it is. I absolutely love the material, color and quality. In comparison to other midi skirts I have had which roll up or slack at the bottom.  This skirt doesn't do that at all. It's quite comfortable and less prone to slacking. I didn't feel like wearing shape wear because I just could not be bothered. Shape wear, is optional not compulsory it's about what you as a woman feel comfortable and most relaxed with. When I do wear shape wear its just the normal spanx or a waist trainer. It is possible to be body positive and wear a waist trainer as I said before being body positive is all about you making choices for yourself regarding your body. Not because of an external factor. As for shipping my clothes came on time with no issues with lost packages or wrong orders etc. For now Fashion Nova is a safe place to shop. 



Boohoo BodySuit
This bodysuit is super comfortable. The material is great and easy to wash the fabric used makes its easily washable without it being destroyed or slacked. My favourite thing about the bodysuit is that the straps are adjustable so you are in perfect control of how the it will fit on your body. My only issue is the size I am a size 20/22 quite confused at the fact for boohoo I have to wear a size 24. I'm not bothered to be honest as a mentioned before with Misguided as well. I just measure myself with a soft tape and follow the size guide. That's the main solution I would give to anyone else dealing with size issues. 



Conclusion

Generally I had no issues with the brands I'm wearing in this post. The quality is great and in terms of price it is quite student friendly. Remember to check for Unidays or NUS card discounts when your shopping. As for FashionNova keep your eyes peeled for Black Friday Sales and different social media accounts that have codes with the brand! 




COMMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ETC!
HERE IS A FUNNY SHOT TO MAKE YOUR DAY!

PICTURES TAKEN BY:Mojisola Olabinjo (Creative Hobbyist, Profile Coming Soon)







Hey all. Today's post is a mixture of domestic and foreign brands. Lets start with the outfit details.



Body Suit is from Boohoo (size 24)
Skirt From FashionNova (3x)
Shoes From NewLook (size 9)

This widget post contains all the similar products to what I am wearing in case you want to get this outfit.

         

     


FashionNova
*THIS IS NOT SPONSORED THESE ARE MY OWN PERSONAL VIEWS*

So FashionNova is it really worth the hype? Yes, it is. I absolutely love the material, color and quality. In comparison to other midi skirts I have had which roll up or slack at the bottom.  This skirt doesn't do that at all. It's quite comfortable and less prone to slacking. I didn't feel like wearing shape wear because I just could not be bothered. Shape wear, is optional not compulsory it's about what you as a woman feel comfortable and most relaxed with. When I do wear shape wear its just the normal spanx or a waist trainer. It is possible to be body positive and wear a waist trainer as I said before being body positive is all about you making choices for yourself regarding your body. Not because of an external factor. As for shipping my clothes came on time with no issues with lost packages or wrong orders etc. For now Fashion Nova is a safe place to shop. 



Boohoo BodySuit
This bodysuit is super comfortable. The material is great and easy to wash the fabric used makes its easily washable without it being destroyed or slacked. My favourite thing about the bodysuit is that the straps are adjustable so you are in perfect control of how the it will fit on your body. My only issue is the size I am a size 20/22 quite confused at the fact for boohoo I have to wear a size 24. I'm not bothered to be honest as a mentioned before with Misguided as well. I just measure myself with a soft tape and follow the size guide. That's the main solution I would give to anyone else dealing with size issues. 



Conclusion

Generally I had no issues with the brands I'm wearing in this post. The quality is great and in terms of price it is quite student friendly. Remember to check for Unidays or NUS card discounts when your shopping. As for FashionNova keep your eyes peeled for Black Friday Sales and different social media accounts that have codes with the brand! 




COMMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ETC!
HERE IS A FUNNY SHOT TO MAKE YOUR DAY!

PICTURES TAKEN BY:Mojisola Olabinjo (Creative Hobbyist, Profile Coming Soon)




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Tracksuits, one of the best things man has every created. Not to be over the top but I'm really in love with tracksuits, co ord sets nowadays. I do have a co-ord blog post coming to you soon. As a plus size girl, generally when buying tracksuits I can never find my size in the Women's section I have to delve in the world of menswear to be able to get my size or at least something baggy.

Which is quite frustrating because men's clothes are cut quite differently from women's clothes and most times they look good but sometimes I look arkward. But for this tracksuit specifically I got it from the mens section in Primark, I think it may be unisex but I am not to sure because of where it was placed in the shop.


 Thought the bandana would be a nice touch. I got this from a hair shop while my glasses are from eBay.


The embroidery is so lovely, it makes the  tracksuit so pretty and the colours are so vibrant. With the shoes I got these Vans from Tkmaxx.



Hope you have a blessed Sunday,

xo 

Lyza

Baddie in a Trakkie

by on October 15, 2017
Tracksuits, one of the best things man has every created. Not to be over the top but I'm really in love with tracksuits, co ord sets ...



The Curve Fashion Festival was held on the 9th of September 2017 in Liverpool and this was its Second Year running. My overall rating is an 8/10 as it was a brilliant experience. Personally, it was more of a networking event than a festival but it's all about what you decide to make of the event. I went with the mindset of making connections and meeting like-minded people in the industry. In terms of the atmosphere, it was generally positive everyone's dressing was a direct reflection of their personalities. Can't speak for others but for me, I didn't see anyone making others uncomfortable, everyone seemed to follow the number one rule of body positivity, No fat shaming! Traveling to the venue was great, the Exhibition Centre was easily accessible not too far from the Liverpool Central train station.


Outfit Details  
I decided to go for smart casual, travelling from London I didn't want to wear something that would make me uncomfortable throughout the day. Also, waking up at 3 am in the morning to start getting ready would be such a hassle especially if I was wearing heels or maybe a long dress, thus my outfit needs to be simple and stylish. The picture at the bottom is me at the Ashleigh PlusSize stand.


Jacket  from ASOS  (size 26)
Aviator Glasses from eBay
Earrings from Lovisa
Top from Primark  (size 20)
Fishnet Socks from Primark
Jeans from Newlook (size 20)
Watch from ASOS
Shoes Doc martens (size 9)




Quite delighted that I wore this outfit and didn't change my mind as I was labelled one of the 22 stylish women who stole the Curve Fashion Festival by Echo Liverpool.  




The Festival
River Island, Newlook, Missguided, Very, Boohoo, Topsy Curvy, Navabi, Apple & Pears Clothing, Gemma Collins Collection, Yours, Studio8, Laura Worthington Designs, Instyle Curve and much more were present.

The Schedule for the day included consistent catwalks, How To's, talks led by Grace Victory, Tessi Holiday and others. My favourite aspect of the festival was the catwalk, not only could we see visibly plus size ladies and gentlemen but the clothes were stylish, not shapeless.

 Not only did the fashion festival expose me to new brands such as Topsy Curvy and InStyle Curve but it also gave me a lot of inspiration and confidence. I didn't leave the same way I came which is quite important for me because there is no point going to an event and leave feeling like you haven't gained anything. I was able to meet a couple of influencers from Felicity Hayward, Oliver Campbell, Lottie La'mour and the model David Fadd.

Not only were big retailers present but also local or online brands that cater to plus size clothing such as Nicky Rockets or Lindy Bop. You can tell that the organisers deeply thought about how they can include not only a big size range but also style. 

My only feedback would be for the catwalk I wished they did a bit more. The outfits were repeated a lot and they didn't differentiate between nightwear, day wear etc. But it's important to note that they were showcasing the new collection of clothes the brands had and there is so much one can do with that, especially if there are plans to spend the entire day showcasing the outfits. Also, I think the organisers wanted to make sure that whatever time people arrived there is a chance to still see the catwalk.
Me with Lottie L'amour and Lizzie.



Me with male model David Fadd (pree the eyebrows thoo)




Me with Curve Model Olivia Campbell (lowkey had the same hairstyle)


MissGuided 
At the festival, I got my hands on this lovely dress from MissGuided. I love the cut. the details on the arms and how it hugs my curves quite well. The material also has elasticity so it's easy to move around in the dress and you won't have to deal with the dress rising up as it's a suitable length for curvy and tall ladies.

However, my only issue is that  Missguided isn't true to size. I'm a size 20 but with Missguided I have to get a size 24 mainly because of the length and width of my arms and also my height (5ft 11). To solve this problem I would say look at the size guide and measure yourself in inches and cm. An alternative is to just buy your size try it on at home and exchange it for a bigger size. However, this issue of size is just my experiences I haven't met anyone else that has that issue.



Dress here
Shoes (similar)


To conclude, I had a great time this year and it was so much fun. I formed a network, made some new friends and got some advice from current influencers. I will definitely be at the festival next year.


Lots of Love, 

Lyza x 


Feel free to comment and ask me anything. 

 To connect Black History Month and my views on Body Positivity, I decided to pick a colour that looks so beautiful on Black skin and a top that looks absolutely fabulous on fat girls. Before we dive into that lets touch on the outfit details. 

Jacket (ASOS) in the color black but if you want the Blue Jacket.
Jeans (NEWLOOK) similar 
Shoes (DOC MARTENS)
Cropped Sweatshirt (made by me)
Glasses from (Ebay)




The sweatshirt was just basic, I cropped it myself not only because I loved the look but I can also control the amount of midriff I show. Most crop tops sold by retailers are too small for me and when I try them on it seems more like a bra top than a crop top. There are the occasional few that take chest size into consideration such as H&M, ASOS and Forever21. But I have just accepted that not all retailers can do everything, you have to know that there are certain retailers you can go to for different things. However, this is a discussion for a later time. 

It's only recently I gained the confidence to wear a crop top without being self-conscious. Before I would always try and pull it down whenever it went high but now I don't care anymore as long as my chest isn't showing. With my stretch marks on my stomach, I would always try and cover them or use Bio-Oil religiously to make it less prominent. However, at this point, I live by this traditional Nigerian quote


"I cannot come and kill my self" 
- Unknown Person 

I cannot kill my self-worth and confidence other something that I can't make disappear or something that could even get worse in terms of pregnancy in later stages of my life. Now, I accept that they are on my body and I love them as I can't live my life by other peoples idea of what one's body should look like or societies disgust in stretch marks. 

Body Confidence and Positivity is all about making a choice with your body based on your own ideas and beliefs not because of a man, society or the media have a certain expectation of you. If you want to wear a crop top and you don't feel ready yet that is absolutely fine. Take baby steps, maybe start by wearing a waist length t-shirt instead of a long tunic or t-shirt dress. Just have in your mind that I want to overcome my fear and in x number of months, I will wear a crop top

With the glasses, I have been on a craze lately. I love funky glasses with the weird cuts and different colours. I have the same glasses in pink and blue, the funny thing about it is that I cannot wear them to lectures or any sort of presentation sessions because I won't be able to see properly so I have to take my medicated glasses in my bag. But I don't mind wearing two different glasses for a day its all about the fashion. (not really there are more important things). These glasses are on eBay for a very affordable price so feel free to invest in these bad boys!







As a Black Woman, Body Positivity doesn't only apply to size. It applies to skin tone and even hair. 

Do you feel self-conscious about your skin tone? 
Do you feel that you always have to wear a wig because you feel like your Afro doesn't look good? 

What is the source of your thought process?  If it's self-hatred then you need to start changing how you think. It's not going to be easy but try to start to appreciate yourself and your features because if you can't love yourself no one will be able to love you or appreciate you. Not that you need other people's acceptance but the way you treat and view yourself channels out and influences the people around you. 

At my launch yesterday during the Q&A, I got asked whether my Afro adds to my confidence. This was such an important question to ask because there is no way to be body positive about one area of your body and forget the rest. That is not real body positivity and acceptance, I get that some people have an area of their body that they may not like or they don't classify as their best feature. Nevertheless, how can you love your stomach, stretch marks and cellulite and forget to spread some of that love to your skin and hair? For me, my hair is not only a symbol of my blackness but also a crown that I will wear proudly at all times because I'm not afraid to be unique. 

So this Black History Month I would love for you guys to take on the challenge of loving yourself, history, culture and whatever makes you unique. Not only for this month, but I hope you take this on throughout the year to the rest of your life. 

To conclude, I will finish off with these questions for self-reflection;

"You are body positive? When did you realise that your thought process behind what you wear was influenced negatively by external factors? What steps are you taking to change?"

Feel free to comment below and I will definitely reply. 

XOXO 

Lyza Lawal 

P.S HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO ALL MY NIGERIANS OUTCHEA!

MUSTARD AND MELANIN

by on October 01, 2017
 To connect Black History Month and my views on Body Positivity, I decided to pick a colour that looks so beautiful on Black skin and a t...