Warm and Chic [Xiaolizi]

One of my absolute favourite things about autumn and winter is coats! Choosing which of a dozen ways to finish off my outfit is always a joy–do I want to go the full length, faux fur trimmed route, or cropped, faux leather biker style? Maybe it’s more of a leopard print trench coat day? Weighing up the weather conditions against the look and feel I want my outfit to have is genuinely fun for me–possibly because I own several fabulous coats, I’ll admit. The only kind missing from my collection is a classic wool hooded coat. All my other warm woollen coats don’t have hoods, which means they are delightfully useful right up until there’s any precipitation, which famously there often is in the colder months here in England. But all that changes now, thanks to this timeless but also undoubtedly practical coat by Xiaolizi.

Review of the wool Timeless Swing coat #1117 gifted by Shop Xiaolizi by plus size pinup Miss Amy May

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Keen in Green [Hearts and Roses London]

One of my first ever vintage-style dresses–my second, to be precise–was a Hearts and Roses dress. In fact, I wore it to my brother’s wedding, back when I was a baby pinup who didn’t know much yet about what her vintage style would be, what suited her best, what she loved most of all. All I knew was that I loved that dress, with it’s contrast red and white detailing, and it’s full skirt. This Hearts and Roses dress today is very different, but one thing remains the same; boy do I love it.

Fit and size review of the Gabriella Swing dress gifted by Hearts and Roses London by plus size pinup Miss Amy May

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Luxe in Lace [Deadly is the Female x Alexandra King]

Every season I get excited to see what new pretties will be added to the Alexandra King for Deadly is the Female line, and my, my, my, if the rest of the AW20 line is going to shape up like this first lace drop, I am going to be one broke (but very well dressed) woman!

Fit and size review of the Lace Claudia maxi dress by Alexandra King for Deadly is the Female by plus size pinup Miss Amy May

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Bang, Betty, Bang! [Cerys’ Closet]

One item of clothing I absolutely love but don’t wear that often is a peplum top. Why the disparity between my feelings and my actions? Because as a plus sized woman who carries a lot of weight on her tummy I generally feel self-conscious in clothing that displays it, and the average peplum top you find online or on the high street isn’t long enough to get the full tummy coverage that will leave me feeling my most confident. This peplum though? Oh, this bad Betty was deliberately made at the right length to soothe those of us with a little bit of belly bashfulness, and not only does it come in 6 colours, but it comes with a matching wiggle skirt too!

The Betty Peplum top and Bang Bang wiggle skirt combo gifted by Cerys' Closet for a fit and size review by plus size pinup Miss Amy May

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Maybelline Superstay Crayon New Shades [Swatches + Comparisons]

Maybelline’s habit this past year of not widely publicizing new shade releases of their Superstay Matte Ink liquid lipsticks and Crayons seems to have continued recently with the sudden appearance of 3 new Crayon shades that I couldn’t find written up or swatched anywhere online. So if you, too, have noticed 95 Talk The Talk, 100 Reach High, and 115 Know No Limits have appeared online or in store at your favourite beauty supplier, let me help you out with some swatches and comparisons to past shades.

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Tights for Every Body [Snag Tights]

I’m a plus-sized woman with sizable thighs and I live in England, so what does that mean? If it’s cold, which it often is, I need to wear tights if I want to wear a dress, and if it’s hot I need to wear something to stop my delightfully squishy thighs from rubbing together until they’re sore. That used to mean wearing sheer skintone tights even in a heatwave, despite the fact that most tights fit me poorly and some made my skin itch uncomfortably. But then I found Snag Tights, and through them my salvation; comfortable, chub rub shorts for summer, and tights that actually fit properly, for the first time in my life, for every day, look and occasion.

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An Emerald Gem [Dolly & Dotty]

I love a vintage style dress that has something a little bit different about it, and the glorious double semi-circle of semi-circle cutouts on this Dolly & Dotty number absolutely qualifies. Cutouts generally get a bad rap, with people immediately assuming they display too much flesh, but these cutouts elevate this Elaine dress with style and elegance. Plus, it comes in 4 colours, so what’s not to love?

Fit and size review by plus size pinup Miss Amy May of the Elaine 50s emerald dress by Dolly & Dotty

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Double the Love with Duotone [Splendette]

Every season I get excited to see Splendette’s new range. For spring it was sherbet loveliness that made every pastel-lover drool. Now, for summer, it’s Duotone perfection, hand carved jewellery crafted in delicious duotones released in mirrored pairings. Want pink and mint? Parrot and Flamingo are for you. Love oranges and lemons? Sunrise and Sunset are here to brighten your days. If you’re more of a classic babe who wants to just get down with black and red? No worries, Lover and Hater will have you covered. There’s 12 different colours to choose from across bangles, necklaces and earrings, and personally I had to sample 7 of them with rabid haste!

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MAK’s The Way, A-Ha, A-Ha, I Like it [MAK Sweater]

If you’re a regular reader here you must know by now that I love MAK Sweater’s cropped cardigans, since I wear one with practically every outfit. Upper arm coverage, that extra layer to combat the famously tricky English weather, and cropped above the natural waistline so that the silhouette of our 50s dresses can do their very most? Yes please! I own their pinup cropped cardigan in every colour that works for my wardrobe, but I’m always hoping for more–more colours, more prints, more MAK. So today I’m very excited to try out 3 new styles!

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