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Sept 25th Buy your special occasion dress/party dress/Black Tie Event dress now and save 25% at Curvety

Curvety 25% off promotion with promo code LOVECURVETY25.

Tia Luciana Dress from Curvety

Tia Luciana Black Dress -Available from size UK16 - UK26

I like to bring you good news and value on and this week I am delighted to show case to you a wonderful black dress suitable for all your cocktail/party/special occasion/black tie event wear occasions AND now with 25% off the full retail price.

This is the Tia Luciana Black Dress and is 110 but with the 25% off promotion this week you can buy it for 82.50. Please use promo code LOVECURVETY25 at the checkout to activate the discount. The dress is available from a UK16 to UK26.

To buy the dress click HERE

I am wearing the dress in a size UK18. I am 5'9". As you can see the dress is figure hugging. The length from shoulder to hemline is 40".

This is a shape flattering 3/4 length sleeve black dress designed for that special occasion by employing the sequin and lace detailing at the front of the dress and continuing the lace detailing at the back neck and shoulder area.

As with all figure hugging dresses the quality of the fit and cut of the dress is very important for all over comfort wear and to help you exude confidence. There is nothing so unattractive than having to fuss and fix your dress every time you get up from a chair or when you walk. With this dress the hemline stays in place when walking (no gathering nor puckering) and when you rise to your feet after sitting the dress immediately finds its natural fall. For a demonstration please have a look at my short video below which will show you how the dress behaves.

Curvety dresses are all fantastic quality. I have talked about their dresses before and therefore have no hesitation in telling you all about them again. These dresses are that bit more expensive BUT you get what you pay for.

This black dress is fully lined to improve overall structure and has a light weight feel for that fluidity in movement that is required in a figure hugging dress. The dress can be worn straight from the suitcase so will travel well.

Here are a few close up pictures of the detail of the dress and below is my video where I demonstrate the quality features of the dress.

Front lace and sequin detailing on the Tia Luciana Dress from Curvety

Front Sequin and Lace Detailing on the Tia Luciana Black Dress from Curvety

Lace detailing at back of the Tia Luciana Dress from Curvety

Attractive lace detailing at the back shoulder area of the Tia Luciana Dress from Curvety

To view the details of the dress and assess the movement in the dress watch this video of my demonstration

To buy the Tia Luciana Black Dress click HERE (Do not forget your promo code LOVECURVETY25 to get your 25% DISCOUNT)

To view ALL the dresses at Cuvety click HERE (Do not forget your promo code LOVECURVETY25 to get your 25% DISCOUNT)

Until next week. Diane xxxx


Sept 19th - A practical and smart Day Wear Collection by
Dickins & Jones, at House of Fraser

The Penelope Dress, below, by Dickins & Jones, is available in a size UK8 to UK26 and is NOW [30th Sept] priced at 49, with free UK delivery.

Dickins & Jones Penelope Double Breasted Ponti Dress

Penelope Double Breasted Ponti Dress - now £49 - Available from a UK8 - UK26

Dickins & Jones. To hear what I have to say about this dress and the Dickins & Jones Brand at House of Fraser watch the video below. Scroll down for written commentary and more photographs of the dress.

This dress is available from size UK8 to UK26 (inclusive)

Dickins & Jones clothes are all available up to a UK20 whilst their plus size range goes up to a UK26

To buy this dress (UK8 - UK20) click HERE

To buy this dress (UK22 - UK26) click HERE

This week I am delighted to introduce you to a new brand on
The Dickins & Jones brand offers a fantastic range of everyday day wear. A full complement of dresses, coats, jackets, shirts/blouses, trousers etc offer plenty of choice for smarter day and work wear. They also have a great selection of pyjamas, dressing gowns and other sleep wear.

For a look at the Dickins & Jones Collection at House of Fraser click HERE

For a look at the Plus Size Range at Dickins & Jones click HERE

This is a very pretty yet functional dress in a smart teal colour with navy blue trim and polka dot design detail. The dress has a double breasted button detail and a navy blue waist trim helping to minimise a larger middle area by deflecting attention away from the middle and drawing the eyes above the waistline. I am seen in this photo wearing the dress in a size UK20. I am 5'9" tall and find that the knee length is practical for both a day wear or work wear dress. The composition of the dress is 40% cotton with 60% other fibres. The dress has a heavier weight so is ideal for the cooler days of autumn. The dress is machine washable which is all important for the busy working woman. I gave this dress a cool wash using Woolite (liquid wash) and spun it and then hung it up on a clothes hanger suspended from my clothes airer. The dress was dry overnight ready for a cool and minimal iron the next day. This dress is both practical and stylish. To keep the smarter office day look wear this dress with tights and heels. I have opted for navy opaque tights in this presentation which also looks good. You can also tone this look down to a smart casual look by wearing the dress with smarter boots. In cooler days this dress will also look great worn with the boots and a slouchy style boyfriend cardigan.

Next week I hope to bring you another Dickins & Jones dress in my section Featured Product on, which has very much embraced the folklore look.

Here are a few photos showing close up detail of the Penelope dress.

neckline detail of Penelope Double Breasted Ponti Dress by Dickins & Jones available from House of Fraser

V Neck line suitable for day or work wear with double breasted button feature detailing. Note the Navy Blue polka dot pattern against a teal background colour

Waist detail of the Penelope Double Breasted Ponti Dress from Dickins & Jones

The waist is defined with a navy trim. Note the navy polka dots against a teal background

Penelope Double Breasted Ponti Dress worn with boots

The Penelope Double Breasted Ponti Dress by Dickins & Jones worn with opaque tights and black patent flat boots for a smarter casual look

hemline of Penelope Double Breasted Ponti Dress by Dickins & Jones

Hemline of the dress shown with the navy opaque tights and black patent flat boots

Until next week. Bye for now, Diane


Sept 14th - YOURS Black Collar and Lace Yoke Detail loose fit chiffon blouse

Pink shirt tale style blouse with black collar and lace trim on yoke

Shirt Tail Style loose fit chiffon blouse featuring a black collar and button placket and black lace yoke detail. 26 - Available in sizes UK16 - UK32

A loose fit chiffon blouse with a shirt tail style cut makes this the blouse to wear and glide over any problem middle areas. I am pictured wearing the blouse in Hot Pink. The blouse also is available in pastel pink, mint, and white (all blouses featuring the same black collar with black lace yoke detail and the black button placket).

This style of blouse will go well with practically all the various trouser leg cut shapes available at present to include wide legs (as I am wearing in this picture), tapered legs, 7/8 leg length and slim leg cuts. You can also wear this blouse tucked inside the waistband of a black pencil skirt for a more dressier or formal look.

The blouse is new season stock so is currently available in all the sizes for all the colours from a UK16 - UK32. The blouses costs 26

To buy the blouse click HERE

Hear what I have to say about this blouse in the video below.

To buy the blouse click HERE

Until next week. Diane xxx


Sept.4th - Debenhams 50s inspired Prom / Tea Dress,
A/W 2014, now with 20% off

Prom Dress from "The Collection" at Debenhams now reduced to 48 in the 20% off promotion of new Autumn/Winter 2014 stock.

Floral Prom Dress from The Collection at Debenhams

Floral Belted Prom Dress - NOW 48 - Available from a UK8 - UK22

This week I am delighted to yet again bring you good value. This dress is part of the new Autumn/Winter 2014 stock from "The Collection" at Debenhams. Currently there is a 20% off promotion on "The Collection". This dress is now exceptional value at 48.

This is very much a 50s inspired dress with the flared skirt and net ruffle hem underskirt. This dress flounces! It is perfect for all your formal day wear occassions to include Afternoon Tea, Tea Dances and the general round of ladies occasions. This is the dress to make you feel very feminine.

I am 5'9" tall and I am wearing size UK18. The dress is available from a UK8 - UK22. There is a concealed zip at the back of the dress and a very pretty "same fabric" belt to clinch in that waist.

Here are a few close up pictures of these features for you to look at and get a real sense of the colour and pattern of the dress.

front belt detail of prom dress from The Collection at Debenhams

front belt detail

concealed zip at back of prom dress from The Collection at Debenhams

Concealed zip at back of dress

To hear what I have to say about this dress and to see the movement in this dress have a look at this short video

I think that if you really want to enter into the spirit of the 50s then wearing flared skirt dresses such as this prom dress means wearing it with stilletos. In the picture and the video I am wearing the dress with black stilleto court shoes. The black is a rather obvious choice given the black border detailing along the outline of the floral pattern but you can also wear this dress effectively with a lighter colour heel shoe. Here is a picture of me wearing the dress with cream/beige stilleto sandals.

floral prom dress from The Collection at Debenhams

Prom Dress with cream/beige sandal style stilleto heels

When it gets cooler this dress also looks great worn with a bolero style cardigan or wrap. Here I am wearing the dress with a simple black bolero cardigan.

prom dress from The Collection at Debehnams worn with a black bolero

Prom Dress worn with a black bolero cardigan for shoulder coverage and warmth

To buy this dress click HERE

To view The Collection at Debenhams click HERE

Until next Thursday. Diane XXX


Sept. 2014 blogs, click here - Sept. 25th Curvety Special Occasion dress - 19th Dickins and Jones Day Wear - 14th Yours Blouse - 4th Debenhams Tea Dress.

Aug 2014 blogs, click here - Aug 29 Jump suit from Pink Clove, - Aug 21 Flared Skirt, Wardrobe staple. - Aug 15 Fine Knit Cardigan, Wardrobe staple. - Aug 7 David Emanuel at Bonmarche. - Aug 2 Road test of Leanne Shoes from Hotter.

July 2014 blogs, click here - July 29 Berlin Break, July 26 YOURS - Floral Maxi Dress, July 15 Woolovers Jumper around shoulders look, July 14 Woolovers City Look, July 13 Woolovers Casual Layered Look, July 12 Woolovers V-Necked Jumper - look #2, July 11 Woolovers Twin Set look, July 10 Woolovers Sleeveless Top, July 9 Woolovers V-Necked Jumper look #1

June 2014 blogs, click here - June 27 Suede Moccasin Shoes. June 20 Garden Party - Overlay Dress from Long Tall Sally. June 12 Aran Boyfriend Cardigan- Celtic & Co. June 5th Little Black Dress.

May 2014 blogs, click here - May 30th Ivory Bridal Dress (vintage 1950s style) from Monsoon. - 22nd - The Return of the Trouser Suit. - 14th Agricultural Show or County Fair - Practical Styling Advice. - 7th M&S boot cut jeans - 1st Plus Size Revolution - money counts.

April 2014 blogs, click here -Apr.27th The Plus Size Revolution - Curves take Centre Stage. - 20th Travel Clothes - 4th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Dynasty.

March 2014 blogs, click here - Mar 20th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Curvety. - 14th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Jane Watson.

Feb 2014 blogs, click here - Feb 27th British Plus Size Fashion Week 2014 - Dea. - 14th Diane Marshall Plus Size Model London Fashion Week. - 7th All weather fitness clothing

Jan. 2014 blogs, click here - Jan 30th London Fashion Week, plus size modelling opportunity. - 23rd Plus Size Acceptance vs Weight Loss. - 16th Plus Size Weight Loss - an expert approach. - 9th Plus Size, what size of fit are we describing?

All 2013 blogs, click here

June 15th 2013 - Welcome to my blog !

diane marshall, plus size model, in red skater dress