Surania Custom Bikini

Surania Custom Bikini

It’s a struggle I have seen common on Twitter and one I have faced often too – just where do you find a bikini to fit? Shops like Primark and New Look do a great range of bikinis but the sizing just never works. If they are in a set pack you often end up with a bikini top that fits but bottoms that don’t, or vice versa.

Fear not however, our prayers have been answered and now you really can get a bikini, tankini or swimsuit to fit you perfectly!

Surania are based in Europe but ship worldwide. In essence what they offer is the opportunity for you to custom build and design your idea bikini. You can then choose to either use standard UK or EU measurements for both your top and bottom, or alternatively you can submit your own personal measurements and have something that fits like a glove!

The process is really easy and the system on the website is simple to understand. You can select which style top and bottom you want and are giving a range of other options such as adding frills, beads, etc. Once you have selected the standard shape and style of your pieces you then move on to choosing the colour or pattern.

What I was really impressed with was the vast range of different patterns and colours available; in fact so much so that it was hard to choose just one print! When selecting the colour/pattern you are able to choose different styles for each part of  the bikini. For example, selecting a print for the main body of the bikini bottoms but a different one for the strap that runs through it.

Surania Custom Bikini

Surania Custom Bikini

Prices are variable depending on what style you choose and also whether you want a full bikini or just invidiual pieces, but as a base price a full bikini starts from £28 – which actually I think is a reasonable price considering the price tags of some tops alone in department stores.

Shipping can take up to 15 days, as I mentioned before it ships from mainland Europe, but as long as you know to order in advance this is no problem. Plus I always expect to wait a little bit longer for a custom piece anyway!

On receiving my bikini I couldn’t be happier. I love the print that I chose, one of their new in for SS 2015, and it contrasted beautifully with the white too. Whilst I selected UK measurements for my bikini instead of submitting custom ones it fits really well and is comfortable too. The product is of high quality and I can be sure that this will survive many a holiday and dip in the pool!

I really couldn’t recommend the Surania service more and I think it will truly be a godsend for many that struggle with bikini shopping.

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Yumi Direct – #30daysofsummer

When looking for a unique piece, Yumi is an obvious choice. I get so tired of seeing the same thing in a variety of different high street stores – I don’t want to be wearing what everybody else is.

So whenever I need an item for an event or special occasion, Yumi is certainly on my list!

When I spotted this Jacquard Floral Print Sheath Dress (£65.00) on the Yumi website it was love at first site. The vintage style had me hooked; I love jacquard print and the shift style of this dress had me hooked too. It is absolutely perfect for a wedding, day out or an evening having a few drinks.

As I have mentioned before I am not a huge fan of my arms so I was on the lookout for a cover-up to go with the dress too, and this Classic Cardigan (£40.00) was definitely the perfect choice. The deep pink colour of it contrasts really well with the metallic aspect of the dress; it certainly makes the dress pop and ties it all together. Teamed with my matte silver block heels and the outfit is complete!

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On side point, I really love the brand new Yumi branding. It is totally on trend and brings the brand up to date to match their range of clothing.

I will be creating occasions throughout summer just to wear this dress – it would be rude not to.

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Personal Stylist at Intu Lakeside

Last weekend I was invited along to Intu Lakeside, in Essex, for a visit to their personal shopper. A personal shopper is not a service I have ever used before, I have never really felt it necessary – but boy was I wrong!

I arrived at the brand new customer lounge within the shopping centre and here you can charge your phone, use their iPads or just relax on their sofas before heading back for some more shopping. Just off of the main lounge is the stylists area which is modern, bright and has some great inspiration before you even meet the stylist!

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Carlene Noel is the primary stylist at Lakeside and when she arrived and bucks fizz was offered immediately – I knew we were off to a good start! To give Carlene a better idea of what I was looking for she gave me a form to fill out that detailed my sizes, the occasion (if applicable) I was shopping for, my favourite styles, least favourite body part, etc. This then gave her a great basis to get started with.

It was then on to the mirror to define my body shape. I usually don’t like to look in the mirror any longer than I have to, but taking a proper look and deciding what body shape you are is incredibly useful. It then gives you a basis to work on and to know what will and wont work for you fashion wise. Between us we deduced that I was an hourglass – my shoulders are in-line with my hips and my waist nips in.

So, on to the shopping! To get started Carlene suggested a bra fit, so off we went to House of Fraser to get that done. She suggested that it is best to get a bra fit done in a department store as they have a range of brands and not just their own – therefore sizing should be more accurate. Now, I never realised what difference getting the right bra can do but boy – when she gave me a DD bra and had me put back on the dress I was previously wearing I couldn’t believe the difference! My waist was more defined and I instantly looked smaller. I definitely won’t be forgetting to stay up to date on bra fittings in the future!

The occasion I had in mind for my personal stylist session was a wedding I am attending in August. I didn’t have too many specifics in terms of colour but I knew that I wanted my arms covered to the shoulder at least, being my least favourite body part.

We remained in House of Fraser as they had several concessions that suited my age and the occasion I was shopping for. Carlene left us to wander around and see if I could find anything that I liked whilst she disappeared to pick things she thought would suit. We then reconvened at the changing rooms and I was greeted with her suggestions.

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There was a lot of colour – something I perhaps shy away from, particularly brights. However Carlene told me that these would really suit my colouring and she was absolutely right. An orange dress from Mango and a yellow one from Oasis really popped against my colourings – it is now just the confidence I need in order to pull these shades off! There were around 9 different dresses for me to try on and twirl about in, but amongst them was an absolute dream dress that I immediately fell in love with.

This dress fitted in all the right places, was the perfect length and fell within my specifed budget too! I was quickly at the cash register.

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Of course, clearly this didn’t fit my brief of covering my arms. However I had specified that I was happy to get a cover-up/cardigan too if the dress itself didn’t have sleeves – which annoyingly hardly any do! So we popped to Zara and had a look but unfortunately they didn’t have any in the right shade – however Carlene gave me great tips on what colours and styles to look for and I later found the perfect cardigan in Debenhams to finish the outfit.

I really, really couldn’t recommend this service enough and will definitely be back. It was a really easy experience, with 30 minutes spent in consultation and 1 hour 30 minutes spent shopping, and didn’t feel awkward at all – even when you are standing around in your bra! Carlene is lovely, puts you at ease and truly know what she is doing.

The best bit is that she is paid no commission but stores and instead employed directly by Intu Lakeside – therefore there is no pressure to buy whatsoever!

Be sure to take a look at the website here and book your personal stylist session next time you are in the area – you won’t regret it!

Wallis Dress

Summer Ready with Wallis

One of the key pieces you will find in my wardrobe every summer is at least one lace dress. I absolutely love them for the summer season; they are so pretty and easy to wear too. I love them against denim like I have worn this dress here, but they also look great dressed up or perhaps teamed with a cardigan instead.

This particular dress (find it here – it’s on sale too!) is from Wallis and it’s lovely. I would, however, advise to size down as I had to adjust this slightly for a better fit. It’s super comfortable however and perfect to wear to the beach, shopping or out for drinks – a truly multifunctional item.

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Wallis is not a store that I visit often as I would tend to put them in a higher age bracket, however the few times I have visited the store or looked online I must admit to having found at least one thing that I liked. I really think it is a store that isn’t given enough credit, and so next time you are on the lookout for something smart/casual or for a special event then definitely give it a look.

I actually stumbled across this dress through the House of Fraser who stock Wallis items; they have a great range of petite dresses which are great for me at 5ft4! They really do fit that much better length wise, and I wish I had given them a chance sooner than now.

 

Blue Inc

Casual Weekend with Blue Inc

After a weekend of dressing up for work, I tend to want to dress down at the weekends and wear something comfortable. However, for me this doesn’t mean leggings and a baggy jumper – I want to remain stylish too!

But of course fashion and comfortable do not often go together; it seems the latest trends look fantastic but after an hour or so they leave you feeling uncomfortable and awkward – particularly if you have been out for a meal.

All of which led me to a search online for some comfortable, but stylish additions for my wardrobe – which is when I came across Blue Inc. The store is one that is on my local high street, but I haven’t been in to before. I was therefore surprised when I looked at their range online and found that there were lots of affordable pieces from both the Blue Inc brand and other labels too.

This checked shirt shouted at me instantly. Easy to throw on and style with a variety of denim pieces, I knew it would be the perfect fit with this new skirt which is my absolute favourite – which is from New Look by the way.

The best part? This shirt is just £9.99! It’s super comfortable too; the material is light and soft so perfect for the summer, and the long sleeves are great for me as I tend to want to hide my arms. You find out more about the shirt here.

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I also picked up some jeans which were a bargain at £14.99 – and fit like a dream! I can’t wait to share them with you soon, but you can find them yourself here – I would really recommend them, and generally I go for higher end jeans but these really do fit the bill perfectly.