Once upon a time, the arrival of Spring and Summer filled me with dread as I would make ready to get out my cardigans, jumpers and baggy jeans. I've always hated the heat; not just because of the scorching sun making me feel uber uncomfortable, but because I could never find, or feel comfortable enough to wear fitted clothing or clothing that showed my arms and legs.
Since I've started reading more body positive and plus size fashion blogs however, I've been feeling more confident in what I wear and now it's reached a point where I can't wait for the sun to come out so I can actually feel like a person again and not some gross cretin that lives in a hole somewhere whenever the sun shows its' face lol!
After years of being a tomboy and living in slogan T-shirts, jeans and flats/trainers, I've finally branched out and am trying to develop my own style; at the moment I have a fondness for midi skirts, tea dresses and bright, graphic designs as well as chelsea boots and minimal accessories, a simple feminine, casual look.
I'm so pleased with the amount of items available for plus sized ladies at the moment and so I've picked a few items that I would love to be rocking this Summer; items that I feel represent me. :)
Facial scrubs are one of the key ingredients within my skincare regimen; instrumental in clearing my mug of excess oil, dead skin and makeup, I have in my arsenal at least 8 face scrubs that I use interchangeably depending on what my skin needs at a particular time. Click below to see what I use!
If you had told me 5 years ago that I would be wearing dresses, let alone floral dresses, I would have laughed in your face. Back in the day when I was a uber Tomboy, baggy jeans and jumpers were my sanctuary. During Summer I would rather bake in a heavy cardigan and jeans than get my gams on display. Now that I'm older and a tad more body confident, I've been living in skirts and dresses, especially floral print which I can't get enough of at the moment.
I think it's safe to say that Spring has officially sprung and with it comes a brand new 6-piece collection from Mavala, called The Techni-Color Collection. A stark difference from last Springs' muted pastels and nudes, this collection has a mixture of vibrant, flamboyant and bold colours to see you through the season.
Black Night is a gorgeously mysterious jet black shade with hints of green sprinkled within for that gothic chic look.
Cobalt Blue is a 'punch you in the face' startling electric (almost neon) blue with a cream finish. I love this one!
Orange Fusion is a solid, warm red/orange colour with a slight gold shimmer running through it to give nails that 3D effervescent look.
Arty Pink is a pretty baby pink shade with a subtle reflective sheen that I think would look amazing with white accessories.
Cyber Yellow is a ultra fluorescent yellow with green undertones for the dare devils out there! This one is beautiful and I can see someone like Lupita Nyong'o wearing this on the red carpet!
Antarctic is a frosty white, almost creamy shade with a slight shimmer.
I'm really impressed with the pigmentation and opaqueness (that's a word right?!) of the polishes. In the swatches above, only one coat has been used on each nail. Amazing right? Of all the colours, the ones that stick out for me are Black Night, Cobalt Blue and Cyber Yellow.
The Mavala Technicolor Collection Polishes are £4.75 each and will be launching in Boots in May. Will you be buying?
I assumed that this month'sBirchboxwould centre around the Easter theme, however the theme for this month's box centers on drawing inspiration from food markets, restuarants and the good 'ole kitchen resulting in most of, if not all, of this month's samples being food related. Yum.