Diane's plus size fashion
June 27th - The
Shoes to Promenade in - Various Colour Options of Suede Moccasin Shoes
from Celtic & Co
I love these suede
moccasin shoes from Celtic & Co. They are an Italian Design, light
weight and 100% suede leather shoe with rubber soles and also come in
9 different colours giving you plenty of options to wear with all of
your summer casual and smart casual wardrobe.
Hear what I have
to say about these shoes
To see the other
colour options and to buy these shoes Click HERE
Shoes - £120 - available in UK3 - UK9, EU36 - EU42
My feet are in Heaven
in these shoes. They are super comfortable and light on my feet. I
am seen here wearing the shoes in bright blue (and in the video I also
demonstrate the shoes by showing you the same shoes in the orangey terracota
These are very suitable for your summer
smart casual wardrobe. They have a non-slip rubber sole (with some
tread markings to minimise slip). I am seen here wearing these shoes
with tights. I have worn tights to protect the shoes as I do not own
these shoes and am reviewing them for Celtic & Co. I am also standing
on my Decking to avoid marking the soles of the shoes so that I have
an even and clean surface that is not abrasive. The shoes went straight
back into the box again after the Review to minimise any potential of
"user wear". I moved gently about the Decking and I am confident
that the shoes have a firm enough grip for everyday wear, especially
on this kind of surface.
I think these shoes
will look great with shorts, especially the longer bermuda style shorts,
and knee length denim skirts. They will also look sensational worn
with anything white AND with wide leg or palazzo style trousers. Very
To view the other
colour options and to buy the shoes click HERE
Diane from www.plussize.ie
wearing the suede moccasin shoes from Celtic & Co - £120 -
Available in UK3 - UK9, EU36 - EU42
20th - My Garden Party - The Black Lace Overlay Dress from Long Tall
Sally - See June 5th below too.
Well Folks it has been a year since I first started writing a plus size
fashion blog for www.plussize.ie, and plussize.co.uk. To celebrate
the occasion and to thank all my friends (who have all been a tremendous
support throughout) I hosted a Garden Party at my home in Co Donegal.
I wore this wonderful
black lace overlay dress from Long
Tall Sally. You will have seen this dress before in the
June 5th post below. This time I have dressed up the look. I am wearing
a custom made hat made by Audrey
Doherty (who is an Irish Milliner now based back home in
Co Donegal, Ireland but who has previously worked and trained in London).
My hair and make-up was done by Laura Roulstone and Leona Rankin of
As you can see this
twist on The Little Black Dress has done the job. I felt very
well dressed and very comfortable throughout the entire day. Since
I first introduced this dress to you I have laundered it and I can tell
you that the care of this dress is simple. To launder this dress successfully
first turn it inside out. I put the dress into my washing machine on
a delicate wash cycle (I used Woolite liquid wash) and then spun it.
I then draped the dress over my clothes airer. When the dress was dry
I did not have to iron it. I turned it back the right way again and
hung it up in the wardrobe until I needed to wear it to the Garden Party.
So here is yet another plus to add to the list of positives about this
dress - it is genuinely a no fuss and easy care dress.
We had an absolutely
fabulous day and were extremely lucky with the weather. I had a marquee
in my Garden (which was put up the previous day) and after it was put
up the heavens opened and it rained very heavily all night and into
most of the early afternoon. We were so very lucky that the rain stopped
at around 2.30pm ish and we could all go outside and enjoy the sunshine.
The one thing I would say about Garden Parties in general is to wear
either a flat or wedge shoe. I posed about in my nude heels (as I didn't
have a suitable pair of nude wedges) but had to keep changing my shoes
to flats to cross the gravel areas and to stand around on the grass.
Heels in these conditions are not practical.
To buy this dress
(Until Monday there is a 20% off promotion on the SS14 Collection
Tall Sally - so this dress will now cost only £60 - for
a limited time)
My friend Vero who
runs a cake business called Ivy
House Cakes made this spectacular cake to celebrate.
for Diane's modelling, and plussize.co.uk / ie blog, by Ivy House Cakes
I love cooking and
entertaining. The Event would not have been such a success without
the help of my friends who also helped with the catering.
Our menu for the
Drinks and canapes
In the Marquee a
selection of quiches and salads, which also included a selection of
Italian Artisan breads followed by apple tart with custard and a berry
fruit salad with homemade strawberry icecream for dessert. The meal
ended with Tea and a piece of this wonderful cake creation by Vero.
My friend Susan
Mason made the quiches, Patricia Roulston made the apple tart, and Siobhan
Corr (who runs her own business making Irish and Italian Artisan Breads
Bakery) made a selection of breads to accompany the salads
I cannot thank all
my friends enough. I also owe a special thank you to 5 of these ladies
who became my Focus Group for the redesign of my www.plussize.co.uk
site, including the blogging. Their input and business perspective
all helped me in the redesign and layout of that website and in the
business's future direction. These ladies also run their own businesses
and it was fantastic to get their perspectives on my business and what
I was trying to achieve. There is definitely a very special synergy
that can be achieved by brainstorming and working with other women in
business especially as they all bring very different and unique skills
to the fore. A special thank you therefore goes out to Siobhan Corr
Bakery), Paula Griffin (Perfect
Pictures), Laura Radcliffe (Angelmazz
Jewellery), Maura Doran (Yellow
Jersey Communication) and Olive Devine (model at VPlus
I also want to acknowledge
the peer review and feedback I received from fellow plus size fashion
Pamper and Susie www.beautywithplus.com
Here are a few pictures
taken on the day.
Marshall with (from left) Maura Doran (Yellow Jersey Communication),
Siobhan Corr (Santoni Bakery), Paula Griffin (Perfect Pictures), Laura
Radcliffe (Angelmazz Jewellery)
the Marquee with Olive Devine (Model at VPlus Models), Susan Mason,
Paula Griffin (Perfect Pictures), Patricia Roulston, Vero McClean
(Ivy House Cakes) and Diane Marshall
Marshall with Laura Radcliffe (Angelmazz Jewellery)
Aran Cable Style Boyfriend Cardigan - Celtic & Co
A Cardigan for
'The School Run' and suitable for all weathers
Aran Cable Style
Boyfriend Cardigan from Celtic & Co. Hear what I have to say
about this cardigan
To buy this cardigan
Cable Style Boyfriend Cardigan - £95 - Available in
S, M, L
I love this Aran
Cable Style Cardigan from Celtic & Co and find it very versatile
for casual dressing and for all seasons and weathers. The cardigan
is made in Ireland and is 100% Merino wool. It is a long but light
weight cardigan so is not cumbersome and heavy to wear. Due to the
cardigan being made from a natural product (100% wool) it is also
a 'breathable' material so you will not feel hot and sticky
wearing it (no matter what the weather is like).
I am very much
a casual dresser but I like to funk up my look with quirky accessories.
I am pictured here wearing this cardigan with a linen
scarf (also from Celtic & Co).
You get what you
pay for and with all products from Celtic & Co you have a choice
of quality investment buys that you will still be wearing and looking
good in years from now. They are very much into classic and quality
design. There is nothing more classic in design than the Irish Aran
I love to knit
and as a Knitter I can tell you that I could not buy the wool for
this cardigan for £95 (not counting my time to knit the cardigan).
The Aran Cardigan never goes out of fashion so you will have a classic
heirloom in your wardrobe with this piece.
I regard this
Aran Cable Style Boyfriend Cardigan an investment buy and one that
I guarantee you will be wearing years from now. I like the versatility
of casual uses with this cardigan. It is your smart casual "pull
on" to do the School Run, Walk the dog,
head out to the shops, Walk on the Beach AND so much smarter
than the very casual hoody!
In the winter
months wear this cardigan over fine knits and with a heavier scarf.
In the Spring (and the cool summer days and evenings) wear this cardigan
as I am doing in the photo with a cotton tee shirt and lighter weight
scarf such as this Denim Mix St Ives Linen
Scarf. Could you buy a coat that would take you through
the seasons as well as this one cardigan?
Celtic & Co
recommend either hand washing OR Dry Cleaning this cardigan. DO NOT
PUT THIS CARDIGAN IN YOUR TUMBLE DRYER. YOU WILL SHRINK IT AND TURN
IT TO FELT.
I bought a cardigan
very similar to this one from Celtic & Co about 2 years ago.
I can tell you that I am able to give it a delicate wash and spin
(using Woolite liquid wash) without compromising it. However (as
you will see in the video) my daughter accidentally put it in the
tumble dryer and shrunk it. Luckily I discovered it in time and before
it had shrunk too much in size. I am still able to wear my cardigan
as it still fits and is a nice length. I however no longer have a
boyfriend style cardigan but it still looks good and gets its regular
outing on The School Run. Buying another one will have to
go on the 'to do list'.
To buy the cardigan
Dress or not???
June 5th - A
beautiful black lace overlay elegant dress from Long Tall Sally
Have a look at
this short video presentation to see me wearing and hear me talking
about the dress
Black Lace Overlay
Dress from Long Tall Sally - €101 - Available in sizes UK10 -
Click on the picture for more info
We all need a
little black dress in our wardrobes. This week I am very excited
to show you this wonderful black lace overlay dress from Long Tall
Sally which I think has multiple occasion wear and it is....is
it not....a twist on the little black dress too.
The dress is certainly different. A very
Katesque style (with the lace detailing) and a cut and fit
that suits all shapes and sizes of TALL and TALL plus size woman. Long
Tall Sally sell clothes to women 5'8" and taller so this particular
dress (I am sorry to say) is for tall girls only.
The dress has
a thick nude lining which is semi-attached to the lace in the body
area of the dress only. The lace overlay skirt is cut in panels adding
an attractive flared style to the dress. It is very elegant, graceful
to move in and drapes over those curves beautifully. The length of
this dress from shoulder to hemline is 45". I am 5'9"
tall and the dress sits elegantly below my knee area.
You are on to a winner with this dress
for a number of reasons -
1. the lace draping
of the dress makes this a very feminine and elegant dress suitable
for a more formal look.
2. for ladies
who prefer to wear black (especially for its slimming properties)
this dress does the job. This dress offers you that something different
yet is essentially a black dress. I felt very slim in this dress
too (I am wearing a size UK20).
3. the cut of the dress is complementary
for all problem areas to include upper arms and shoulders, neckline,
and the classic 3/4 length sleeves which help define and minimise a
problem middle area.
4. the dress is a multiple occasion wear
dress suitable to wear as a Guest at a Wedding, to a Garden Party, to
a Race Meeting (with the appropriate hat attire to suit each of these
occasions) AND it can also be your 'LBD Cocktail Dress' if you wear
it with black tights and black heels.
As with all my Reviews and postings which
feature me wearing a garment, my focus is always the garment and not
me. I always attempt to present the item of clothing so that you see
the true colour (in daylight) and get a feel for the quality of the
finish of the garment, how it falls/drapes, and what it is like to move
in the garment. In other words I try and present garments to you as
an ordinary everyday person styling my look without the help of a Hairdresser
or Make-Up Artist. I am seen in all these photos not wearing any make-up
so that you can also assess the true colour of the dress against my
skin tone. I have fair skin yet I also tan very easily. In this photo
I have not yet had any tanning from the recent spell of good weather.
This is me (just as I am) in the dress without going to any great fuss.
If you like what you see here I am sure you can imagine what the dress
will look like on you especially when you work your own magic with hair
For your formal day wear look I recommend
wearing this dress with nude shoes and tights, especially if you are
going to wear this dress to a wedding. Black is not traditionally a
colour that we associate with wearing to a happy occasion (such as a
wedding) but with this dress the black lace plays more of a suggestion
role and develops the elegance of the cut of this dress (whilst veiling
the problem areas and giving the desired slimming effect).
To turn this dress
into an evening or cocktail dress all that is required is to change
the shoes and tights to black. You will know what to do with your
preferred evening make-up and hairstyling.
Lace Overlay Dress from Long Tally Sally worn with black tights
and black heels for a more Cocktail/Evening wear look
profile of the black lace overlay dress from Long Tall Sally
To buy this dress
I am hosting a Garden Party on Saturday
to celebrate the 1st anniversary of my 'new look' other website www.plussize.co.uk.
I am going to wear this dress and a friend of mine, Audrey Doherty (who
is a Donegal based Milliner), is making me something special to wear
on my head. I haven't seen it yet. I have no idea what she is going
to come up with. She has seen a photo of the dress and she is going
to work her magic too. So you will see this dress again and this time
I will be wearing make-up and will have had my hair styled.
I intend doing a blog post next Thursday
12th June 2014 about my Garden Party and show pictures of my friends
at it, AND, of course, this same black lace overlay dress from Long
Tall Sally worn as very smart day wear. Until next Thursday. Diane
June 2nd Tia Joannis
Dress - Black and Multi-coloured Smart Evening Wear Dress
Listen to what I
have to say about this Smart Evening Wear Dress and see the dress in
To buy this Dress Click HERE
Joannis Dress from Curvety - £118.50
Available in sizes 16 - 26
Today's blog has
been delayed. Sorry. Having come back from a weekend fashion shoot in
London, I'm looking at a smart evening wear dress
from Curvety which has now been reduced in price to £118.50
This is a waist
defining, smart and elegant dress suitable for "going out"
in the evening (perhaps a cocktail party or Dinner in a Restaurant).
I am pictured here
wearing the dress without any make-up and no hair styling. I wanted
you to see the dress in daylight and, if you like what you see without
any staging then you may be convinced that this dress will look good
on you when you work your own magic on your look for that special evening
The dress is 40" in length from shoulder
to hemline. I am 5'9" tall and as you can see from the photo the dress
sits just above my knee area. For me this is as short as I would potentially
go with a dress so that I can maintain my elegant, modest, and attractive
persona. If you are smaller than 5'9" then the dress will be longer
As you will see
from the video this dress sits well. It does not ride up when walking
and you can gracefully sit down and rise up from your seat again without
having to fuss with pulling and fixing your dress. This is testament
to the quality of material and cut of the dress. It has elegance written
all over it.
If you would like
more information about the dress and/or to buy it Click HERE
Until later this
week, Diane xx
blogs, click here - June 27 Suede Moccasin Shoes. June 20 Garden
Party - Overlay Dress from Long Tall Sally. June 12 Aran Boyfriend
Cardigan- Celtic & Co. June 5th Little Black Dress.
2014 blogs, click here May 22nd - The Return of the Trouser Suit.
May 14th Agricultural Show or County Fair - Practical Styling Advice.
May 7th M&S boot cut jeans May 1st Plus Size Revolution - money
blogs, click here -Apr.27th The Plus Size Revolution - Curves
take Centre Stage. Apr.20th Travel Clothes Apr.4th British Plus Size
Fashion Week 2014 - Dynasty.
blogs, click here - Mar 20th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014
- Curvety. Mar 14th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Jane Watson.
blogs, click here - Feb 27th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014
- Dea. Feb 14th Diane Marshall Plus Size Model London Fashion Week.
Feb 7th All weather fitness clothing
blogs, click here - Jan 30th London Fashion Week, plus size modelling
opportunity. Jan 23rd Plus Size Acceptance vs Weight Loss. Jan 16th
Plus Size Weight Loss - an expert approach. Jan 9th Plus Size, what
size of fit are we describing?
June 15th 2013 - Welcome to my blog !
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