I am a huge fan of Boux Avenue. It’s just that bit more classy than Ann Summers and has filled the hole in my heart that La Senza left – and is better quality too. You get what you pay for at Boux Avenue and all the stuff is just SO DAMN PRETTY and feminine.

I’ve even posted before about how comfortable I was when getting measured in one of their stores – and how I accidentally spent £160 on lingerie, pyjamas and swimwear when only planning to buy a bikini – oops!

So with today being #NationalBikiniDay I thought what better brand to feature than Boux Avenue – especially as for today only they’re offering 50% off all swimwear to celebrate!

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Sometimes a simple bikini but with a bold and tropical print just does the trick. This Peru boost bikini top and bikini bottoms are a classic cut, meaning the fit will suit anyone. Even if you’re just wearing this to the local pool, the pretty print is sure to make you feel like you’re somewhere a lot more exotic..

Front knot suits and one shoulder costumes are especially popular this year and are particular favourites of Love Island’s Georgia. This cut out red swimsuit is bold but beautiful and if you’re looking for something to really wow this summer, this is what you need. It’s not really practical, but I dare you to wear it without running down the beach in slow motion pretending you’re in Baywatch at least once…

Olive might seem like a boring colour but you’ll be anything but average when wearing this swimsuit with a plunging neckline and back. The lattice detailing gives it an edge, but overall, it’s a sexy but classy twist to the standard swimsuit.

Finally – and perhaps my favourite of the lot – we’ve got the Philippines boost bikini top and briefs. I absolutely adore the metal trim – but the bonus is that it can be worn as it is, around the waist or removed altogether. Plus, the colour is gorgeous.

TOP TIPS ON HOW TO GET A BIKINI BODY THIS SUMMER

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  • Put on a bikini. You’re done! You can worry all you want but when you get to the beach and jump in that sea or lay down to sunbathe, trust me when I say no one cares what your body looks like. In fact, once you arrive, neither will you..
  • Wear sunscreen! It’s just not worth the risk to skip it. And remember to always re-apply when you get out of the water!
  • Know when to accessorize. If it’s boiling hot, wearing a body chain and jewellery is just going to make you even more hot and bothered – but a hat will always go a long way. Wearing a bikini to a club? That’s when the jewellery, wedges and accessories should come out!

So there we have it. Four examples of beautiful swimwear to help you celebrate #NationalBikiniDay. Enjoy!

 

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Festival season is finally upon us which means I’m over the moon with my new boho/gypsy embroidered midi dress from Fashion World. When they got in touch recently asking me if I wanted to visit a couple of their products, it was a no brainer!

The plus size brand stocks clothing in sizes from 12 – 32 with products that are actually stylish! Though I’m actually an average size 12 myself, I nearly always have to go up a couple of sizes in most shops because I find the fits are usually really funny. I loved browsing through Fashion World and seeing that everything would fit me easily and I wouldn’t have to faff about with sizes.

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The main item I chose was this beyond beautiful Monsoon dress. As soon as I saw it, it just screamed boho at me and I knew it would be perfect for my upcoming Boomtown experience! Saying that, it’s also very versatile in that I’ve worn it on a day to day basis too.

I absolutely love the colourful embroidery. I paired the dress with basic sandals and a bright and bold floral crown.

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Also, major props to my friend Nicki who not only took and edited these beautiful shots during a mini lunch break photo shoot, but who also styled my hair! How talented is she?!

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I really love how lightweight this dress is too. Considering how long it is, I was convinced it would stick to me and leave me feeling hot and bothered on a summer day. But the material was soft against my skin and the entire dress was ever so comfortable.

Because of the cute detailing, I didn’t feel the need to add any accessories really – apart from my flower crown obviously!

As well as this stunning dress, Fashion World also sent me this gorgeous playsuit. I thought this would be perfect for work in the summer as it’s fashionable but also quite smart. Unfortunately, I went a size up for this as I cannot stand playsuits being too tight and clingy – but the fourteen was overly large on me. Luckily they’re going to send a new one in my size (and I’ll be sure to pop up another post when they do), but of course I still had to show you it regardless!

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What do you think of the midi dress and playsuit I received? Aren’t they beautiful? I can’t wait to re-create this look for Boomtown in August.

Let me know your thoughts!

*Please note, these items were gifted to me in exchanged for a review but all views and opinions are entirely truthful and unbiased.

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The weekend has been absolutely beautiful towards the end of this week and damn am I feeling it. I’ve swapped my jeans for skirts, my scarf for sunglasses and have generally just been feeling those summer vibes. Luckily, TOBI were kind enough to send me some products to help keep me on trend for summer 2018.

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The first thing I chose was this edgy Turn Up The Night Pleather Skirt. Though not summery, I thought it was the type of item that is pretty versatile so could be dressed up with some feminine accessories and maybe a floral top to help transition it to a summer skirt. Likewise, the bold buttons and length of the skirt make it ideal for winter too, albeit with a thick pair of tights!

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The moment I laid eyes on this skirt I knew it would be ideal for my upcoming Fall Out Boy gig. I chose to pair it with a thin, off the shoulder top I bought when in Mexico, and dressed it up with appropriate accessories and a pair of biker boots. Above, I re-created the outfit with more versatile sandles (firstly because I was super drunk at Fall Out Boy so didn’t manage to get any decent photos and secondly just to show how it can work for a day time look too).

I don’t own many skirts so this is perfect due to how versatile it is.

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I was also lucky enough to receive this beautiful Sonya Strappy Skater Dress which has the most stunning shape to it and is perfect for summer. I love the way it hugs my curves and the fact that it’s just the right length too. The back is what makes the dress though, making it very flirty. Though you wouldn’t be able to wear a standard bra with this, it’s ideal for hot days when you don’t really want to.

The material is super soft and overall it’s just a really lovely dress that may look basic from the front but has that extra oomph from the back. It’s available in a few different colours but I chose this beautiful bright blue as, again, it’s really versatile. I love how it looks with the sandals too.

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Finally I also received these lovely Yours Truly Tassel Earrings – aren’t the pastel colours beautiful?! I’ve worn these so much since receiving them as as great they look with the above dress, they really spruce up any basic outfit. Many a times I’ve gone into work with jeans and a t-shirt but felt really fashionable and on trend with these.

Overall I’m over the moon with my goodies from TOBI. From the strappy skater dress ideal for hot days spent in the sun, to the plush and edgy skirt which works great in winter too, I couldn’t be more pleased. Although I will admit it was very hard to narrow it down to these few items – there is so much beautiful stuff I want from the website!

Do you like the items I picked? Do you shop with TOBI? Let me know!

“Please note, although I received these items for review purposes all thoughts and opinions are entirely honest and my own.

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I don’t know about you but one of my aims this year is to focus more on fashion and my style – and to create a personalized look that works for me.

I used to dress quite emo/rock chick when I was younger, then when I first started working at H&M, my style became a little more fashionable (which is a given when working in a clothes store!). Then when I moved to working in an office, comfort became key. Now that I’m back at H&M, I’m definitely leaning towards more on-trend stuff, but I still go from days where I want to over-accessorize, have my make-up on point and gravitate towards fitted and colourful clothing, to days where I just want to throw on jeans and an oversized jumper. Such is life.

It’s hard to find a total balance (although planning out outfits the night before helps!), but there are some small steps you can take to create an all round individual look that works for you – even on the days when you just want to dress lazy.

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BULK BUY
Buying in bulk helps a lot. If you want to go for a more simple look, places like H&M do a fab basics range where you can pick up t-shirts, vest tops, jumpers and more in a variety of colours for cheap. If you want something more classic, stock up on fitted t-shirts or blouses in a range of different colours and patterns – even if the style is exactly the same. Prefer something edgy? Oversized jumpers and tops always work well when you’re aiming for a look that’s a bit different – likewise, picking up some cheap basic tops but then distressing them, rolling up the sleeves or causing a few rips or tears in them can easily turn a basic outfit into something more defined and specific.

EXPERIMENT WITH MAKEUP
Regardless of what look you’re going for with your clothes, makeup (and hair) comes into account too. Minimal nude shades on the eyes and a simple pastel lip works well with any outfit, but if you want a specific look, why not perfect the perfect cat eye to wear on a day to day basis or be the one at work who always wears a bold and bright lipstick? How you do your makeup is also a great way to show off individual style.

PERSONALIZE YOUR CLOTHING
Customized clothing is making a comeback. You can pick up iron on patches almost anywhere these days – and online too – and these work well on tops, denim jackets and accessories like backpacks too. Screen printing t-shirts works as well – gone are the days when customized clothing meant dodgy phrases or childlike drawings – now you can practically create your own unique clothing line! Song lyrics always work great on t-shirts..!

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THINK BEFORE YOU BUY
Of course, not everything has to fit in with a specific style – just because you like to dress in band t-shirts and ripped jeans doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a beautiful and colourful dress. But it’s definitely worth thinking about tops before you buy them for example – though you may like the look of one, does it really have anything to go with in your wardrobe?

PHOTOGRAPH YOUR OUTFITS
Finally, it’s worth taking photos of what you wear on a day to day basis. Tons of apps and websites are great for this – I particularly love the app Today I’m Wearing – and this is a great way to look back and analyze what worked and what didn’t. This is also a great way to have a staple few setups that you know you can always come back to. If one outfit looks particularly great, hang it all together in your wardrobe for those mornings where you haven’t planned what to wear or can’t think.

Personalizing your style – whether that’s toning up a style in the making or creating a new style altogether -certainly takes time and costs money. The best way to do it is to buy classic pieces bit by bit (maybe just when they’re in the sale etc) whilst phasing out what you no longer wear – sell old stuff on eBay for example. Hopefully by 2019 you’ll have a set style or look that everyone knows you for!

Do you have a set style or do you just wear whatever you feel like? Let me know!

*Please note, this is a sponsored post but all views and opinions are entirely my own.

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This post has been a long time coming for many different reasons. Reason one being that my ex boyfriend’s post constantly goes haywire and/or missing, so what should have taken a few days for this particular package of clothing to arrive actually took nearly a month before being sent back to the depot without even having reached our door. The second reason was Christmas, lolz. And the third reason was that my (ex) boyfriend and I broke up just after Christmas and have been going through the motions of trying-and-failing to be civil/friends/find time to actually shoot a proper look regarding this post.

But I digress. When Jacamo clothing got in touch asking if we (or my boyfriend at the time anyway) would be happy to review some clothes, I was intrigued as I’ve never really featured men’s fashion on Formidable Joy before. I was more than happy to introduce this feature though and with my ex leaving me in the hands of picking what we were sent to review, I swiftly chose three items based on the fashion of Tyler Joseph of twenty one pilots/rockstars everywhere.

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I picked a classic Jacamo Buffalo check shirt, a Williams & Brown parker jacket and a Joe Browns Xmas Stag shirt because it’s the closest thing I could get to quirky-but-not-feminine-geeky-print and it was great for Christmas.

First of all, the stag shirt was a hit at Christmas. Though the pattern/design was a bit out there for what my ex would normally wear, it really suited him and had the desired effect of looking edgy/scenester geeky rather than just, y’know, geeky. He paired it with skinny fit jeans and, later in the day, an oversized cardigan, bringing the look together. It worked really well and if he’d just worn a pair of fake black-rimmed glasses, he would have looked like he’d come from Brooklyn (or, closer to home, Shoreditch).

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The check shirt was probably his favourite item and looked great as it’s so versatile. Worn with skinny fit jeans and converse it looked ideal, but he’s worn it a few times since underneath a plain cardigan and also unbuttoned with a vest underneath. The short sleeves makes it just that bit smarter too, meaning it can easily be worn for smart/casual.

Finally, the parker jacket has been ideal for winter. Although a little baggy, Vincent has loved that it’s a bit bigger as he dislikes wearing coats too tight or fitted. He’s worn it a lot since it’s arrival and commented how thick and comfortable it is, keeping him super warm in the cold weather.

Though the stag shirt will likely only be worn at Christmas time, both the check shirt and parker jacket are the type of items that can work all year round – even together! The parker jacket makes Vincent look like the body double of Tyler Joseph too, which I totally dig of course. What a rock star.

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Overall, we were both super pleased with the items from Jacamo. Everything fitted really well and was high quality – the parker jacket is something that will last for years and years for example and I’ve been told that Vincent plans to keep it as his go-to winter coat from here on out.

The clothing doubled up perfectly as a birthday/Christmas present for Vincent and I think I’ll be re-visiting the site later this year for my brother’s birthday too. With such affordable prices – and a variety of brands such as Adidas,  Joe Browns and Vans, any man in your life will be spoilt for choice.

Have you ever brought from Jacamo before? What do you think of what we chose? Let me know!

*Please note, although this post includes PR samples, all views and opinions are entirely our own.

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