12/05/2014

Swimwear 365

Swimwear365 have an amazing website, with hundreds of bikinis, tankinis and swimsuits to choose from alongside an impressive range of tops, sarongs, playsuits and other clothing items. The website is easy to navigate around and has a variety of filters to use when choosing your swimwear, including top style, bottom style, figure shape, price, size etc. If you're not sure which bikini style would suit you best, there is a shape calculator on the site to help determine your body shape and which styles are best for that shape, which is such a helpful feature! I was after a bikini so spent most of my time on the website browsing through this section. Most, if not all, bikinis are shown both on and off a model and there is a variety of models featured on the site with different skin tones and figure shapes although I didn't spot any plus-sized models.

The downside to the website, from my experience, is the limited number of photos per bikini and no photos of the backs of the bikinis that I looked at, which I would have liked as brief shape is an important factor to me - I don't like showing too much of ma cheeks, if you know what I'm saying...


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I found the customer service great while trying to decide which bikini I wanted. I was emailing Lucinda from Swimwear365 and she was very helpful in letting me return the first bikini I ordered as it didn't fit and ordering me a different design when I'd had another look. Thank you for all your help Lucinda!


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Finally, on to the bikini itself! I love the print of this White Bird Print Bikini* bikini, I've never had a bikini or swimsuit like it before and I'm glad I went for something quite different. The bikini top is padded and underwired and fits me perfectly, the padding is enough to avoid nips being on show and give a bit of lift without taking it to the victoria's secret push-up level. It has adjustable straps which are great (I definitely think all bikinis should have adjustable straps) and they can be taken off and swapped over to create a halterneck strap. The bottoms have a really cute frill round the waistband and aren't tiny and skimpy which is a definite must for me.

Thanks so much to Swimwear365 for this bikini!

Have you ever bought anything from Swimwear365? What's your favourite bikini or swimsuit from their site?

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01/05/2014

CFL fashion show

A few weeks ago I attended a fashion show at Crag House Farm in Cookridge, the home of the Leeds-based charity Caring For Life (CFL). I really admire the work of CFL, who care for some of the most vulnerable people in our society, promising to care for them for life, or as long as they need or want help, so I jumped at the chance to combine supporting the charity with a night of fashion!

I went along with my mum, aunt and cousin as well as fellow blogger Charlotte. We were greeted with a drink and invited to browse the rails of second-hand clothes, shoes, bags and accessories that were being sold from the beginning of the night. Charlotte spotted a really nice scarf and bought it before we left (us bloggers are such enablers when it comes to shopping!)

Image credit: Caring For Life

The fashion show itself featured a mix of quality high street and designer second-hand clothes which would be available to buy at the end of the night, as well as a vintage section just for show. All the models were staff and volunteers at CFL and showcased a range of clothes for various ages and sizes. They did such a great job, I'd have been so nervous! A few items caught my eye during the show, including a pair of white jeans from River Island and a fitted black, high-neck, almost-maxi dress. 

Image credit: Caring For Life

Image credit: Caring For Life

There was a short interval during the show during which there were beautiful macarons and cupcakes for sale along with drinks. Charlotte and I had a further browse of the clothes rails before the finale.

After the interval came The Big Wedding! The models came out one by one in their wedding-guest attire followed by Peter, the founder of Caring For Life, who walked the beautiful bride down the aisle. The bride herself was wearing a gorgeous second-hand wedding dress!

Image credit: Caring For Life

After the show the clothes modelled were up for grabs and I tried the jeans and dress I'd spotted. I fell in love with the dress and brought it home...thanks CFL!

If you'd like to know more information about Caring For Life, their background, ethos and the work they do, you can visit their website www.caringforlife.co.uk.


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