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Saturday, 15 December 2018

This Season Best High Street Party Dresses For Plus Size Ladies

Being a curvy lady it is always difficult to find a dress, especially a party dress that you'll feel comfortable to wear. Two things you do not want to look like: 
That you are 20 years older than your actual age and not wearing a giant dress that look more like a tent for your next camping trip.
It might sounds like I am over exaggerating but, actually few years ago, this was a reality of pretty much all 'big size' clothes. They were ugly and most retailers though that curvy lady just wanted to hide all our curvy bits under meter of layer of fabric or we all love floral prints (I am not a big fan of floral prints that always make me look like my lovely grandma). They were a time that for me shopping for my size (18/20) was a real head ache and very often it used to make me very upset, I would come back home empty handed, frustrated and angry to the world that do not understand that bigger ladies need to also dress affordably and with clothes we feel comfortable in. Those days are gone ( although few retailers have not progress and are still stuck in their old fashion way...but we won't talk about them today) Those old days are far behind us, although I still feel there is still a lot to do but it's definitely MUCH better out there for us curvisious ladies for the past few years.
As the festive season are upon us so I though I'll give you a collection of my favourite party dresses from the most known brands for curvy lady all at an affordable price. I noticed there is a lot of sequin  & velour which is back on trend so why not embrace it!?


Lets start with this Half Velour & Half Sequin Cami Wrap Midi Dress from ASOS which scream Glamour !! Absolutely stunning with a pair of high heels and perhaps a gold clutch and few gold and sparkly accessorises along with a red lippy. Also I love the fact that this dress embrace your curve with a tight waist belt. We might be big it doesn't mean we won't like to show our beautiful curve ladies! This dress is at £65 and at this price it would be silly not to.


What about this absolutely gorgeous dusty pink all Sequin Knot Front Kimono Midi Dress? I mean this cannot scream festive any better . I absolutely love the large bat wing sleeves (to perhaps hide your bits and bobs) ,the V opening at the front for a sexy look and that soft v neck to elongate your neck ! Just perfect! This little number is also from ASOS.

The next one is by SimpleBe. I am absolutely loving this Forest Green Velour Midi Dress. I love yet again the oversized sleeves, the V neck , The skirt opening and the fact that there is a waist! This dress is at £25 and at this bargain price its impossible to not go for it. 

Let s start in the forest green theme but what about that absolutely glamorous Long Sleeve Maxi Dress Wrap & Knot Front Detail Dress by MissGuided. I am totally feeling that one especially the longer skirt and long sleeve and shall we mentioned that beautiful wrap + knot front detail. Gorgeous . This dress is at £40 what not to love?


Next on the line and still in the long skirt idea. I am absolutely loving that baby pink Glittered Mesh Dress by Forever 21. I love the neck line for that sexy vibe and the long skirt. I think this dress with a nice tan and few gold accessories would just look gorgeous. This beautiful Forever 21 is only £43.

Finally my latest choice is this absolutely stunning Sparkly Long Sleeve Midi Dress by M&S . It is a little more adventurous with the body con effect but if you feel brave enough I am sure any curvy lady can rock that dress.  This dress is also affordable at £39.50.



What do you think? Tell me all by commenting below. 
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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Cinderella Experience at the Blenheim Palace

Do you have what it take to embrace a journey into a magical world? Then do not go any further as I have the right magical experience for you. The Blenheim Palace created this year the most beautiful experience I ever had the chance to be invited to see first before the official launch.
This magical adventure is The Cinderella Fairy Tale Experience one of the most beloved magical adventure of all time. For its special festive edition the beautiful and already full of history Blenheim palace will take you on a journey into Cinderella magical adventure. As you walk along the historical corridor, already beautifully decorate for Christmas, you 'll come across rooms that illustrate each chapter of Cinderella story. 
The first room already give you the wow factor for things to come. As you entered the palace into the grand haul you are welcome by an exquisite decorated table that illustrate the adventure of Cinderella with intricate details, from Cinderella's little mouse friends, beautiful book artistically prepared to represent Cinderella each chapters.
Then follow the patch to more adventure to come as you enter the room of the evil wicked mother and her naughty fluffy companion: Lucifer, follow by the twisted twin step sisters room in a shamble of fabric and general disorder. Then you enter Cinderella simpler maid room where she's making her own dress out of old fabrics and rubban with of course the help of her little winged and 4 legged friends. Then you enter the more formal but elegant prince room also getting ready for the ball of the year not knowing he's about to meet the love of his life. And of course you get to meet the Fairy godmother which transform Cinderella's simple dress into the mot beautiful dress of them all with of course the famous glass slipper and the beautiful carriage made out of a pumpkin. You finish your adventure in the ball room elegantly decorated from the clock ticking the minutes passing until ring midnight to the lost of Cinderella's glass slipper. Absolutely exquisite.
My partner and I were truly impress with the large amount of detail and work put into each room. You could literally spend hours looking at everything and come back the next day to find things that you missed to see the day before. It is so full of beautiful details!  It s truly magical and a unique experience that  invited old and young to see. 
The Cinderella Experience is open until the 6th of January 2019 and as the festive season is upon us it would be a shame to miss it !





THE EVIL STEPMOTHER's ROOM


THE WICKED STEPSISTER'S ROOM




CINDERELLA'S ROOM


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THE PRINCE'S ROOM


 FAIRY GODMOTHER'S ROOM & MIDNIGHT



 



 
THE BALL






Then if you already have not seen enough beautiful things with the Cinderella Experience the Blenheim Palace once again this year set up a light show trail all around their exquisite park lake along with a Christmas market. All the details and more pictures will be in my next post so stay tune.


I would like to take this opportunity to thanks the PR team at Blenheim Palace for the Press invitation, my partner and I weren't expecting something so beautiful. We were both amazed.  


Have you visited Blenheim Palace before? Tell me all by commenting below. 



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Saturday, 17 November 2018

5 things #1

This is the #1 post of my new series on my blog which I will simply called: 5 things.
5 tings that I simply love at the moment from beauty, to food, art, fashion, photography, place etc. anything really that I just simply enjoyed at a moment in time in my life. Its a bit like a monthly favourite without being every month. I always enjoy that similar type of post from other like minded bloggers. Reading where they lately had a fabulous food experience, or enjoy a theatre play, movie etc. whatever it is I always love seeing a snippet of people life and I always love the photography that goes with it too. So after thinking about it I decided to incorporate this series into my blog. If I enjoy reading others I would absolutely love creating my own. 

Crystal & Gemstones | I love them, I used to absolutely love them when I was much younger and then adult life took over and I forgot about them until recently I had the urge to get my hand on few and start my little collection all over again. So far I only have a small amount but let be assure my collection will grow. I like their shape, colours, their healing power, their tactility ...everything. Also they are great photography props which is such an extra bonus for me too!

Primark bag | I have to admit I don't usually buy Primark bags, as I much prefer spending more money on a bag that would last me longer, but having say that when I saw this bag I just had to have it.I am loving the quilted style, the shape, the chain, the size and the light grey colours. Basically it is my proud baby that I take it  out everywhere with me and at £12 I could not get it wrong! By the way it also come in black.


Styling & Home Design Magazines | I love home decor and design and lately have been reading Your Home and Style At Home on a monthly basis. Those 2 magazines give you tons of affordable ideas and my favourite part are all those sneak peak of people home and their amazing unique decor. You would always find something that is at your taste as all is cover from stylish, retro, boho, vintage etc. if just like me you are a home design enthusiast and you wan to read affordable magazine for home decor on a budget then you now know what to read.


Autumn |  is by far my favourite season along with Winter. Every year I wait for the start of Autumn like an impatient child in a sweet shop. And what come along with Autumn its of course the golden hours, crisp air, the nature change of colours, wearing my mustardy jumper and of course pumpkins. I absolutely love pumpkin. They bring me joy every time I look at them from their colours their wobbly bits, their funny shapes etc. everything about them make me smile ( and lets not mention the are so delicious in stews, soup, pie or roasted) . And if you follow me on my Instagram you should have seen already a lot of pumpkin stories  related or pumpkin pictures on my grid. So they rightly deserve to be in my 5 things


Instagram | No unfortunately I haven't find a way to fight the algorithm but lately I really enjoyed more using Instagram and uploading better pictures. I noticed by doing so I got more likes and engagements so I may just carry on doing so. But really its not the extra few likes I enjoyed really its the content creating that really inspire me to do better on my Instagram and for this reason I want to give some love to my Instagram account

 instagram Maries Connections



What about you ? Any favourites you would like to mention on below? Tell me all!! 

 
Marie
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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Banana Bread Recipe

Something that my partner and my Daughter absolutely love its banana bread. My daughter of 19 months old love so much banana that this was one of the first word she learn to tell. That saying it all. Often I am left with 1 or 2 bananas that seen better days and a banana bread is a quick and easy dessert that do not take longer than 20 minutes (but do inc. 30-45 minutes to bake) to make and it is absolutely tasty with a nice cup of tea or even with some butter and jam (try it!).

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Wednesday, 7 November 2018

November Colours

There is nothing more magical to randomly discover, few miles away from your home, a little piece of heaven. A bit out of the  blues we decided on a cold morning to take the car, go to the nearest village and have a little walk. We came across a little lake. A little lake in the middle of a path . A little brown bear feeding the fishes. That same little bear climbing rocks along the path.A little lake wearing the colour of Autumn.  A little lake gently rocking the ducks. A little lake engulfing Autumn leaves. It was perfect, the air was crisp, children were playing. And just like this you feel alive and take in the energy that surrounds you. This was the 3rd of November 2018. It was magical.






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