It’s that time of year where I buy my winters coat, every single November, just before bonfire night I always get myself a new coat. To some it’s probably ludicrous to buy a brand new one every year, whilst some buy several every few months. For me though, one winters coat see’s me through the rest of autumn and all of winter so it serves me well.
I’m a plus size curvy girl, so for those of you out there who too are perhaps a little top or bottom heavy, and find coat shopping difficult or maybe have been unable to find something you like, don’t worry.. I have you covered! Whilst I have now chosen my coat this year (its last on the list I’m about to show you!) there were also some other great contenders, so I hope you enjoy this post & manage to find it helpful! 💗
1. Grey Faux Fur Collar Bouclé Coat – Newlook – £49.99
Available in sizes 18-32, I really love the style of this coat. It’s grey, which is very on trend at the moment, I love the fur collar the most.. but I think what ultimately put me off buying this in the end, was the material perhaps not being sustainable in bad weather. Also I worried it looked a little too grannyish? If that’s even a thing. What do you reckon?
2. Vero Moda Curve Oversized Teddy Coat – ASOS – £70
I’m going to be totally honest, ASOS have let me down big time this year with their curve range- last year was a lot lot better, however Teddy Coats are really in at the moment with everyone wanting one, and I liked this one by ASOS at £70. Again, what put me off was the idea it resembled some sort of carpet or rug, as well as obviously getting completely soaked in the rain. Available from sizes 18-24 with free delivery.
3. Plus Belted Faux Fur Hooded Puffer – Boohoo – £49
Okay, so whilst I’m not a personal fan of boohoo curve due to their horrendous sizing, they do have some really stunning pieces throughout the year and some great bargains too. This coat caught my eye and would make a great staple piece to your winter wardrobe I think, priced at £49 with 99p next day delivery, this coat is available in sizes 16-24.
4. Black Longline Wet Look Puffa Coat – YoursClothing – £85.99
Yours Clothing is always my last resort when picking out a winter coat, because I’ll be honest (as always!) however nice something may look on their website (if it looks nice at all) you can bet your life on it, it won’t look the same in person.. so that’s why I’d strongly suggest if you’re shopping from Yours, to go in store and try something on and see it for yourself rather than just buy it online and hate it when it comes. I always find winter coats from Yours come with absolutely no shape and aren’t flattering at all, however this was the best of the bunch this season in my opinion.. in sizes 16-36, you’ll most likely have a lot of room to play around with, and this looks a lot more fitting than majority of them do!
5. Khaki Parker With Detachable Faux Fur – Simply Be – £70
I really really love this coat, and for Simply Be which is renowned to be quite dated with their pieces in the past, this is super on trend and made it to my top 3 coats this year. Available in sizes 10-30 – I absolutely love the fur trim, but Tazmyn wasn’t keen on the colour of the fur, so maybe that’s why I went against it in the end. Also it looks quite fitting as well giving you that flexibility with shape, always a bonus!
6. JunaRose Ola Pink Fur Trim Parka – Very – £100
This was in my final two when making the decision on what coat to get this year. I LOVE the pink fur hood, but for the price I would have wanted some more shape to it, where as this doesn’t look flattering around the waist what’s so ever which always puts me off, available in sizes 14-28 – I personally think this is very on trend, maybe just a bit pricy for what it actually is?
7. Plus Black Faux Fur Trim Longline Parka – River Island £115
The winter coat of dreams, and the one I ended up going for this year. Stunning much? Obviously there’s a running theme with the type of coats I like, being the oversized fur hooded trim, and it really stands out with this one. It is pricy at £115 but I did manage to find an online discount code for river island, so if you do end up going for this one or another from River Island, let me know and I can give you that code. River Island though, are absolutely smashing it right now, when aren’t they? I want the entire collection, and I deserve this coat this season so it’s a treat to myself. Sizes range from 18-28.
So there you have it, my top picks for plus size coats this season. I hope this has helped you in shopping for the perfect winter coat for those cold days and even colder evenings. What was your favourite from the ones I listed? Where do you usually shop for coats? Leave a comment below as always 😘🌷✨
I took you for breakfast this morning, you had a red berry smoothie and I had tropical. You said you thought it was cute how you have brown sauce with your bacon and I always have red. It was the first day so far where I’ve actually felt like it’s autumn. We had a mooch about the garden centre, got excited about the fact their Christmas display is nearly up, talked about how we want to take your parents there when they visit, we found conkers on the ground.. “put some in your bag to take home because they keep spiders away” is what you told me, right after I took a photo of them. All the leaves have changed their colour now, we went for a walk, it’s not hoodie weather just yet but i know it won’t be long.
My mama has left for Ibiza. She was a bundle of nerves on the phone to me telling me how she’s lost her make up bag and that she had to go to Superdrug this morning to buy the essentials, I’m certain I get my disorganisation from her. I hope she has the best 8 days and brings us back presents. She always does.
We came home and put our pyjamas straight back on, I painted my nails.. red because I’m in that kind of mood. We stripped the bed, and used our new oasis washing softener that literally smells like a £60 bottle of perfume, I’m gonna shave my legs later because please tell me what better feeling there is than getting into freshly clean sheets with silky smooth legs? You can’t.
You made us a midweek roast for dinner. Beef because it’s my favourite, we hardly ever have beef. I made the glaze for the beef like I always do, honey, balsamic, crushed garlic, sea salt and black pepper. I’m gonna make you love beef one day. You introduced me into cheesy leeks, it’s been 2 and a half years, you’ve cooked me 100 roast dinners and we still have never had them together.. I’m a fan though. It was the best roast dinner I have ever had in all of my life. I know I say that every time you make me a roast or any meal, but seriously, it was the best. Where did I find you? Who made you? How lucky am I that you’re all mine and I’m the one that gets to experience your amazing cooking every single day of my life? Food is 1 million percent the way to my 💗
We spent the majority of the afternoon and evening snuggled on the sofa, I somehow managed to twist your arm enough into watching Mrs Doubtfire with me. You usually hate all the films I love. I think it’s devastating that children born in this day and age don’t have films like the films I watched growing up. Mrs Doubtfire, Matilda, Curly Sue, The Little Princess, The Secret Garden.. thankful to be a 90s baby right now. This evening we watched the brand new series of The Apprentice, I think this is either the 3rd or 4th season we have started to watch together, we love it!
Today has been one of my absolute favourite days, we even lit my bath and body works candle that you got me for my birthday, I have been waiting for the autumn to actually start using it.. bath and body works are without the doubt the best candle brand in all the world. Expensive but so worth it! Do you remember when I had the chocolate pistachio bath and body works candle? And our entire flat smelt like mint chocolate chip 😍✨
Hoping for many more perfect autumn days like today, and I’m so lucky I get to spend them all with you 💓
I don’t see enough of these posts, and I would love to know what others are listening to right now.
I love music, I don’t think I could go a day without it. Whether it’s while I’m in the shower or when I’m getting ready and doing my hair, music is good any time of the day. I’d say my music taste is quite varied. I love R&B, pop, country, old school classics, bashment, reggae, garage and hip hop. Some days I’ll listen to Chris Brown on repeat and other days I’ll only want to listen to Adele or Carrie Underwood. If my nails are red and I’m feeling confident, out comes Vybz Kartel, Maleek Berry, Movado and Spice. I really do like a bit of everything.
So what’s on my playlist right now?
1. Mr Probz – Space for two.
I love the lyrics to this song, I’m not sure how old or new it is, as I’ve only just discovered it but I’ve had it on repeat a lot, especially loving the chorus.
2. Carrie Underwood – End Up With You
Obviously I love Carrie Underwood anyway, I’d say this is probably my favourite song from her second album.
3. Joeytee – Far From Addiction
I had this on repeat in my ear during the flight home from Barcelona. Love his voice and love this song.
4. S4G4 – Quickness
Ive been listening to this song for weeks and weeks now, I’m still not bored of it. Doesn’t the guys voice sound exactly like Zayn Malik? I’m convinced it’s him who’s singing..
5. Christina Aguilera – Pipe
This song is a proper feel good confident booster song in my opinion, love Christina Aguilera, love her voice, love this song.
6. Mr P & Nyanda – Wokie Wokie
Nyanda is one of the sisters from Brick & Lace (those were the dayssss) and this tune is just so good if you like this kind of music, which I do!
What’s on your playlist right now? I’d love to know.
Todays post is a long one! I’ll be answering “99 questions you’ve never been asked”
Let’s not waste any time and get straight into it.
1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
2. Do you take the shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels?
3. Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
4. Have you stolen a street sign before?
5. Do you like to use post-it notes?
Can’t say it’s something I think about
6. Do you cut out coupons but never use them?
7. Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
Erm a big bear, I think?
8. Do you have freckles?
9. Do you always smile for pictures?
Most of the time
10. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Fuck there’s too many, people who cough without covering their mouths is the first that comes to mind though..
11. Do you ever count your steps when you walk?
No but Tazmyn has a tracker on her phone and she usually tells me at the end of every day
12. Have you ever peed in the wood?
13. Have you ever pooped in the woods?
14. Do you ever dance even if there’s no music playing?
15. Do you chew your pens and pencils?
Don’t think so
16. What size is your bed?
17. What is your song of the week?
I’ve had “hands up” by Chris Brown on repeat for the past two days
18. Is it okay for guys to wear pink?
19. Do you still watch cartoons?
No, never watched them
20. What’s your least favourite movie?
21. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
I wouldn’t bury it
22. What do you drink with dinner?
Diet Coke usually 🤦🏻♀️
23. What do you dip a chicken nugget in?
Sweet chilli sauce
24. What is your favourite food?
Pasta or roast beef dinner
25. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
The best of me, like crazy, the Vow, pretty woman, dirty dancing
26. Last person you kissed/kissed you?
27. Were you ever a boy/girl scout?
28. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
29. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
30. Can you change the oil on a car?
31. Ever gotten a speeding ticket?
32. Ever ran out of gas?
33. Favourite kind of sandwich?
Roast beef, chilli jam, cucumber and salt and pepper. On Boxing Day it’s the best!
34. Best thing to eat for breakfast?
Pancakes and or watermelon
35. What is your usual bedtime?
9pm if I had my way
36. Are you lazy?
Nowhere near as lazy as I used to be
37. When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?
Halloween has never been my thing, dressed up as a school girl one Halloween when I was like 15 with my friends but that was sooo cringe thinking about it now
38. What is your Chinese astrological sign?
39. How many languages can you speak?
English and Italian
40. Do you have any magazine subscriptions?
41. Which are better legos or lincoln logs?
42. Are you stubborn?
I can be
43. Who is better…Leno or Letterman?
I have no idea who they are
44. Ever watch soap operas?
45. Are you afraid of heights?
46. Do you sing in the car?
47. Do you sing in the shower?
48. Do you dance in the car?
49. Ever used a gun?
50. Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?
51. Do you think musicals are cheesy?
I’m not a fan of musicals
52. Is Christmas stressful?
No, Christmas is magical
53. Ever eat a pierogi?
54. Favourite type of fruit pie?
55. Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?
The queen or a spice girl
56. Do you believe in ghosts?
57. Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?
All the time
58. Take a vitamin daily?
59. Wear slippers?
60. Wear a bathrobe?
No but I love my dressing gown
61. What do you wear to bed?
Pyjamas, I have too many!
62. First concert?
The spice girls, I was 7.
63. Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?
Don’t have any of them in the UK
64. Nike or Adidas?
65. Cheetos Or Fritos?
I haven’t tried either
66. Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?
67. Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?
68. Ever take dance lessons?
Street and hip hop when I was 13/14?
69. Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?
Yes she works in law
70. Can you curl your tongue?
71. Ever won a spelling bee?
72. Have you ever cried because you were so happy?
I cry a lot, both happy and sad tears.
73. Own any record albums?
74. Own a record player?
75. Regularly burn incense?
76. Ever been in love?
Yes I’m married to her
77. Who would you like to see in concert?
Carrie Underwood and Adele
78. What was the last concert you saw?
Maleek Berry in February
79. Hot tea or cold tea?
80. Tea or coffee?
Tea these days
81. Sugar or snickerdoodles?
82. Can you swim well?
No I’m really not a confident swimmer
83. Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?
84. Are you patient?
Not at all
85. DJ or band, at a wedding?
A band would be pretty cool
86. Ever won a contest?
I have won a couple of things
87. Ever have plastic surgery?
88. Which are better black or green olives?
89. Can you knit or crochet?
I can knit
90. Best room for a fireplace?
The living room, of course.
91. Do you want to get married?
I am married
92. If married, how long have you been married?
2 months and 1 week.
93. Who was your HS crush?
Definitely didn’t fancy anyone from my high school what’s so ever lol
94. Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?
It’s been known lol
95. Do you have kids?
96. Do you want kids?
I’d love to have a little girl one day, but at the same time I don’t think I’d feel incomplete if it never happened if that makes sense
97. Whats your favourite colour?
Yellow these days and grey.
98. Do you miss anyone right now?
Missed my cat while I was on holiday
99. Who should answer these questions next?
Anyone who wants to!
I leave reviews on trip advisor WHEREVER we go. Whether it’s a cafe or a hotel, I always review the shit out of them because you can’t beat an honest review really can you? The one I left for our hotel in Turkey in June has had come with benefits, we’re going back there next year and it’s cost us nothing. We have had meals in restaurants for free due to me reviewing them, but on the down side.. not all of these reviews are good. And there’s no point in pretending they are because what good is that going to do anybody who reads it?
I’m honest. Sometimes I’m too honest. But just like I praise something if I enjoy it, I’ll criticise it if I don’t and hopefully others can learn from my experience and make their own judgement after reading my thoughts.
I asked my followers on Instagram whether or not I should post on here my recent trip advisor review for the hotel we stayed in, in Barcelona and this is what they said..
Here’s my trip advisor review for our hotel in Barcelona, submitted on Thursday ✨
My wife and I recently got married and decided to be spontaneous and book a “mystery holiday” through sunshine holidays. We were guaranteed a 4 star hotel but had no idea where exactly we would be staying until two days prior to our flight. When we finally got the email to say we would be staying at the Pineda palace, I’ll be honest I wasn’t impressed. The reviews were pretty much all crap and the photos showed an old fashioned run down hotel which isn’t my cup of tea at all. After 45 minutes on the phone to sunshine holidays trying to change the hotel, and getting nowhere as it was too close to the departure date, we were left with no choice but to make the best of it and see it as an adventure. The shuttle bus from Barcelona airport to the hotel was absolutely horrific, from speaking to other people on our bus/coach who had holidayed in Barcelona before, we now know that all shuttle busses from the airport to hotels are known to take a long time. We sat on the coach for about 30 minutes before the driver decided to put his foot down, then he took us to terminal 1 to pick up even more passengers even though there was barely any room left on the coach! 1 hour and 45 minutes later we arrived at Pineda Palace, tired, hot and ready to sleep. The front of the hotel is facing a railway track and behind that is the beach which admittedly is beautiful. The actual enterance of the hotel is underwhelming and reminded me of faulty towers! The guy who checked us in was tall, grey and with a receding hairline.. I think he may have been French but I’m not certain. Anyway, he’d obviously been on a long shift because his mouth was incredibly dry and this breath smelt so bad, bless his heart though he was pleasant enough and even gave us a sea view room which apparently is an additional €35 a night!! We were in room 527 on the fifth floor, right by the lift and our view was incredible. The room itself was 1960’s decor and not been updated since. The beds were two singles pushed together and I think my back needs 6 months of physio now after 4 nights of sleeping on it. The bathroom was ok, again old fashioned but the shower was good and really powerful. The TV was a nice size and on the wall but we couldn’t get any English channels which was annoying! WiFi was €10 euros per person for 3 days which I actually thought was quite a lot but there you go, we still paid it because I wasn’t about to be without Instagram for 4 days. The restaurant in the hotel is probably the worst restaurant in any hotel I have ever stayed in (I’ve been to all the Canary Islands, Italy, Tunisia, Ibiza, Turkey, etc) but this restaurant is the equivalent of what I imagine retirement home meals to be like. Nothing is warm, everything is tasteless and boring. I had pasta at every meal but even that was ringing in water because apparently this hotel don’t believe in draining their pasta before shoving it on your plate! My wife had chips and bread at every single meal because the sight of everything else turned her stomach. The Italian themed night was the best, the risotto was edible and we had seconds but everything else was gross. Breakfast was an absolute car crash, the eggs looked like they should still be in the chicken!! I had pancakes most mornings but they tasted like rubber and I couldn’t wash away the taste with the orange juice because that tasted like rats piss so I spent all of my money in the vending machine situated in reception on cans of sprite and bars of kinder bueno, 4 days in and I think I am turning into a kinder bueno so it’s probably just as well we fly home later today. The swimming pool situated on the rooftop on the top floor of the hotel has some pretty views, but the swimming pool itself is smaller than one you could get in your back garden. We didn’t go in the pool once where usually every holiday we go on we spend all day lounging by the pool and swimming. It just wasn’t appealing here. There’s some nice seating next to the bar on the rooftop which we sat at occasionally with a drink only because there was nothing else to do. If you cross the road from the hotel and walk under the subway you will come out directly on the beach and you’ll see the beach bar called Molokos. Definitely worth giving this a go, we went a few times, the seating, cocktails and atmosphere is great and it’s right on the beach so you’ve got a beautiful view. The strawberry daiquiris are amazing and come frozen in a huge glass. We had lunch here one day too, I had tagliatelle carbonara which was €7 and really nice. On our final night we decided to walk left of the hotel down to a pizza place and had dinner. Worst pizza I have ever had in my lifetime! It tasted like charcoal and I dunno what cheese was used on it but it wasn’t mozeralla that I’m certain of. The tiramisu came out of a packet and they charged €5 for that so yeah I would advise you stay well clear of that place. There’s a little train stop opposite the hotel which you can catch once an hour for €3 that takes you into the little town of Calella. We did this and enjoyed it. Calella is okay, it has lots of shops and bars and restaurants so if you fancied a day out you should do this. I’d say that and the beach bar were the best things about this mini break away. I don’t think we will visit Barcelona again, especially not this area and absolutely not this hotel. I am so confused how it’s gained a 4star superior rating, I wouldn’t even give it 2 stars. It’s full of old people who are aged 65 plus and have walking sticks or zimma frames.. it’s all inclusive but you don’t get given a wrist band like in most all inclusive hotels, instead they give you about 5 plastic cards and you have to hand these cards into the bar each time you want a drink. They keep hold of the cards until you return the glass back and want another. The system they are using is soooo strange and seems very bizarre to me. This was meant to be our honeymoon break away, I feel like I need to check into the priory now.