Valentine’s Day

plus size bodysuit by new look curve and kimono by ulla popken

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I always get excited when it’s Valentine’s Day and try my best to turn it into a very romantic day. I’ll light up some candles, put some rose petals on the bed, heat up some scented massage oil and put on lush lingerie to get the night going.

plus size bodysuit by new look curve and kimono by ulla popken

When I was thinking about writing a blog about lingerie, I was excited at first, and then… it hit me. I needed to get in front of a camera in lingerie?! Something I’ve never done before. All of a sudden I was thinking about all the bits and pieces of my body I didn’t like and didn’t want anyone to see, like my thighs, my arms, maybe I’ll even have some back fat showing… horrible!

plus size bodysuit by new look curve and kimono by ulla popken

So, to avoid a lot of drama and not to end up with insecure looking pictures, I searched for something I felt really comfortable in and dared to get bare in, in front of the camera. I was over the moon when I found this deep red and black lace trim bodysuit, with shear sides and back, from New Look Curve. I absolutely love it! To give myself a little more cover-up, just because I feel more at ease and comfortable this way, I’ve added a beautiful black lace kimono from Ulla Popken. Some sexy high heels from New Look Fashion to finish of the look and this shoot will be amazing!

plus size bodysuit by new look curve and kimono by ulla popken

But it’s not only getting in front of the camera that can cause you to doubt yourself, sometimes you feel this way at home too. And although you know that the man you’re getting all dolled up for loves you for all that you are and loves every inch of you, it isn’t easy to get rid of those insecurities about your figure and all the bits that wobble. Before you know it, your confidence is out the window and you’ve brought yourself down. But It’s confidence what makes you look sexy, what gives you a glow few can resist.

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So before you get bogged down about your body, whether it is because you are putting on lingerie, a bikini or even a bodycon dress, keep in mind that it’s your own opinion about yourself that really matters. What you tell yourself leaves the biggest impression behind. So, make your mindset positive, underline all the things you love about yourself instead of the things you hate and be proud of who you are!

plus size bodysuit by new look curve and kimono by ulla popken

I know it is easier said than done. Personally, I have a long history with putting myself down, mostly because of my environment telling me:  “you can’t wear something like that, you’re too fat”. Well, lately I have learned a lot about loving yourself and I am here to tell you that you can wear whatever you want. Just make sure that you pick something that makes YOU feel good, sexy and confident. Because then, and only then, will you shine like the true beauty you are.

plus size bodysuit by new look curve and kimono by ulla popken

My outfit.

plus size bodysuit by new look curve and kimono by ulla popken

Red Lattice Trim Floral Cupped Bodysuit.

plus size bodysuit by new look curve

This stunning red and black lace bodysuit is from New Look Curve, it’s available for 24.99 euros. Find it here. I think this bodysuit is absolutely divine, it has a stretchy fabric and the red and black lace trim is just gorgeous. To make it even better, it has an underwire bra to make the girls look really perky.
I ordered this bodysuit in a European size 90F (40F UK).  Usually I have an 85GG (38GG UK), but this size was not available so I picked the closest one I could find. And although it does not give me the support I’m used to, not that this is a problem because I bought this just for show anyways, it fitted me well. For more sizing information I would like to refer to their size guide, you can find it here.

Black Lace Kimono.

plus size kimono by ulla popken

I found this beautiful kimono at Ulla Popken, available in European sizes 42/44 (size 12/14 UK) to European sizes 58/60 (size 28/30 UK) for 49.99 euros. Find it here. I think it’s the perfect addition on an occasion like this, it’s not too long, it’s see-through and sexy. I think the lace is really beautiful, absolutely loving this rope! I ordered this kimono in a European size 46 (size 16 UK) and it fitted me perfectly. I would say Ulla Popken is true to size, find their size guide here.

Wide Fit Black Platform Court Shoes.

black wide fit court shoes

These high heels are from New Look, available for 24.95 euros. These are wide fit heels and are realy comfortable. I ordered a European size 41 (size 7 UK) and they fitted me perfectly, find their size guide here.

I usually give alternative looks with each item, but for this occasion I thought to line up other valentine alternatives that I liked and include all kinds of lingerie.

Alternative items:

plus size red lattice front trim slip by new look curve
Red Lattice Front trim Slip by New Look Curve
plus size black babydoll by ulla popken
Black Cupped Babydoll by Ulla Popken
  • Bailey High Leg Lace bodysuit, by Asos Curve, available in red and black for 26.67 euros. Find it here.
red high leg lace bodysuit by asos curve
Bailey High Leg Lace Bodysuit by Asos Curve

So followers,

These were all my ideas for Valentine’s Day, I hope you like it. Make sure to tune in for more plus size fashion news on the next blog.

Love Ruth.

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New Year, Fresh start!

plus size sportswear by Anna Scholz

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After the holidays, it’s time to get cracking on those New Year’s resolutions. So, I bought myself some new sportswear.

plus size sportswear by Anna Scholz

This cute ensemble is from Anna Scholz, good quality activewear that I love. I am wearing long marble panther print leggings; they have a good stretch and are really comfortable. The wide waistband offers a lot of support and does not roll down when you’re doing your squats. The perfect pants for the curvy girl who loves her lunges and squats; finished off with some memory foam sneakers and I am ready for my next work out.

plus size sportswear by Anna Scholz

 

The fitness jacket is my favorite item. I love this print! It’s fun, colorful and playful. This jacket is great for any outdoor activity, it’s flexible and comfortable. The vest is hip length and keeps you covered while moving and the zipped pockets keep all your items in check, a really nice addition to your sportswear.

plus size fitness jacket by Anna Scholz

My sports bra is from Bravissimo, a brand that offers bras for women with big busts. Some of their styles go up to a triple K, I have to applaud them on that. Unfortunately, they are not plus size friendly at all, they only go up to a European size 90 (size 40 UK) in the back.

H-cup sportsbra by Bravissimo

When I write a blog about plus size fashion, I like to give you all the shopping information about my outfit and some great alternative but similar items.
When I was browsing on the internet in search for plus size activewear, I was absolutely gutted. I couldn’t believe how limited the options are. Thank god for brands like Anna Scholz and Ulla Popken who offer cute and fun sportswear for plus size women.  Anna Scholz sizes go up to a European size 52/54 (size 22/24 UK) and Ulla Popken goes up to a European size 58/60 (size 28/30 UK).

plus size sporstwear by Anna Scholz

The majority of sportswear brands go up to a European size 48 (size 18 UK) which is not really plus size friendly. Personally, I believe a brand that is worthy of the name “plus size” provides clothing going from a European size 44/46 (size 14/16 UK) up to a European size 52/54 (size 22/24 UK), preferably up to a European size 54/56 (size 24/26 UK).

plus size fitness leggings and top by Anna Scholz

There are more brands that meet these criteria and carry activewear, like Torrid, Lane Bryant and Nordstrom, but these are all located in the states. For Belgium this means: high shipping prices, extra VAT costs (21% BTW), long delivery (up to 21 + days) and if you spend over 150 euros you have to pay clearing fees as well. Not really “easy access” if you ask me, so I have to look elsewhere.

plus size sporstwear by Anna Scholz

So there you are, as a plus size woman, told by society that you need to lose weight, but then society does not provide you sportswear that looks good, that makes you feel comfortable and makes you want to go to the gym. Confronted with yet another double standard, I was absolutely gutted about the very limited options out there. But I did find some cute ones at Anna Scholz and Ulla Popken which I hope you enjoy.

My outfit.

plus size sporstwear by Anna Scholz

Fitness 3-D print leggings.

plus size fitness leggings by Anna Scholz

I found these fitness leggings at Anna Scholz for 40.95 euros, find it here. I absolutely love them. I ordered a European size 48/50 (size 18/20 UK) and they fitted me perfectly, I would say Anna Scholz is true to size, find their size guide here. Anna Scholz provides activewear going from a European size 44/46 (size 14/16 UK) up to a European size 52/54 (size 22/24 UK). Unfortunately, most of her current fitness leggings are sold out in the biggest sizes. I really hope she makes a new line soon. Not to despair, I have found some cute alternatives at Ulla Popken, available online and in stores.

Alternative fitness leggings:

  • Blue Fitness leggings available at Ulla Popken for 49.99 euros, find it here.
plus size fitness leggings by Ulla Popken
fitness leggings by Ulla Popken
  • Dark blue Fitness leggings available at Ulla Popken for 49.99 euros, find it here.
plus size fitness leggings by Ulla Popken
fitness leggings by Ulla Popken

Fitness 3-D print jacket.

plus size fitness jacket by Anna Scholz

I found this fitness jacket at Anna Scholz for 58.95 euros, find it here. This jacket is divine, silky smooth and flexible, my favorite item. I ordered a European size 44/46 (size 14/16 UK) and it fitted me perfectly, I would say Anna Scholz is true to size, find their size guide here. Anna Scholz offers fitness jackets going from a European size 44/46 (size 14/16 UK) up to a European size 52/54 (size 22/24).

Anna Scholz has a range of cute and fun fitness T-shirts and tops as well, make sure you check them out.

Alternative fitness jackets:

  • Fitness 3-D snake print jacket available at Anna Scholz for 58.95 euros, find it here.
plus size fitness jacket by Anna Scholz
fitness 3-D snake print jacket by Anna Scholz
  • Black fitness jacket available at Ulla Popken for 59.99 euros, find it here.
plus size fitness jacket by Ulla Popken
black fitness jacket by Ulla Popken
  • Grey fitness jacket available at Ulla Popken for 59.99 euros, find it here.
plus size fitness jacket by Ulla Popken
grey fitness jacket by Ulla popken

followers, I hope this information helps you in your search for plus size activewear. Next blog, it’s all about bringing your A-game for Valentine.
You don’t want to miss this, stay tuned!

Love Ruth.

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