Monday, 2 October 2017

What I have been expecting...

2017 has surely been an eventful year, not just for myself but for the entire world. It is so interesting that even with all of the controversies, tragedies and disappointments our world is facing, there is still room in ones life for a blessing. A blessing big or small, size does not even matter, is something that can change your life. It definitely can add to you in a way that you will be transformed.

So, I am expecting...
Something so special, and this is beautiful as it is Gods timing. My previous pregnancy in 2014 resulted in the fatal and tragic loss of my twin angels, a boy and a girl... I waited... even whilst being married to the man of my dreams, with all the expectations expected of me to 'try again' straight away... I still knew I had to wait. I am glad to say my blessed husband has been nothing but my anchor in this decision to just wait... for 3 years, we have not tried for a child. 
And so, my journey started last year June of 2016, yeah I know, not quite 9 months right?.. its a long story sis... I have archived it all, and I am ready and happy to share. This story starts with part 1: I suggest you hang on, and follow along, it will all make sense once baby is finally born, which is literally a stretch away.
My bundle of joy is due very soon.. I am not quite ready to share his due date, but it will be sooner than you expect.

My Pregnancy has been amazing! All I can say is, if you are expecting or you plan on being pregnant, try enjoy each step of it. I think it was so refreshing to keep it all to myself off of the internet as it gave me confidence and focus. You will probably think I have not been up to nothing much but actually, I have been out and about, shopping, dinners with friends, loads of time with family, and I also started a new business when I was about 6 months pregnant to keep me busy. I have been nothing but a busy girl boss these past few months and what was meant to have been a pregnancy where I lay entirely flat for its duration, ended up with me completely taking control, owning my body and working with my baby to pull through right until full term.

What you should be expecting...
My absence online had been so useful for me to just get so many things in order. I have missed making content, but within this time I have been helping other influencers also and I pursue to continue to support them anyway I can (details about my new business would be shared soon!) I feel this pregnancy and of course when baby has arrived has given an addition to my brand and the choices of content I would be creating. I love lifestyle blogging and my plan is to extend my blogging   and content into parenting and mummy style documenting which would be featured on my second channel: Chanel's House... please do subscribe.
My mission is to also be a support for women who have been through my issues such as dealing with miscarriages etc. I am so delighted I could use my story, influence and platform to reach out to you all.
My loyal fans and supporters have given me a reason to really push amazing content, and of course you would be getting the very best out of the content I normally create including Plus Size Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle and the new addition of parenting and mummy videos!

Finally, I am in my Third Trimester... its a new feeling for me. I never normally get this far. But we made it, and I am proud of me and my baby working together with the love of God to get us through to this stage. With Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, swollen feet and an ache in pelvis from the stitch, I am just completely happy, blessed and excited to give birth to this beauty. 
My baby shower was on Saturday, and I even made time for an epic maternity shoot which you can see here on this post. 
The next few weeks you are about to see my world, as I have archived so much, I hope you could be inspired and motivated by this journey no matter the stage you are in your life.

Photo Credits:
Mateus Sitek: @matsitek
Makeup: @_mojomakeup


Monday, 13 March 2017

Spring Elegance... Plus Size Trench Coats you need..

When Spring arrives, knee boots get stored away, sandals come out, thick long coats get folded away and the spring trench coat makes an appearance. In this look I am sporting a gorgeous trench coat from Elvi Clothing a UK based Plus Sized Fashion brand. As always, I like to style coats like this with very simple clothing, normally and all black or white ensemble. 

I have also put together a list of other trench coats that I know you would love. As a Plus Size Fashion Blogger myself, I know finding the perfect coat for you could be a but of a mission. Hopefully this look and some of my suggestions could support you.

Click the Links to Shop The Outfit:
Coat: ASOS
Shoes: ASOS
Glasses: ASOS


Photography by Mat Sitek:

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Beauty Products I have been loving!

Lovers, Its been a while! Thank you for coming back and checking out the blog. Whilst I have been working on ways to adjust to the new year for myself and my family, business and my career, I have also come back with a new blog template. I hope you like it? Many thanks to who have patiently worked with me over the years whilst I transform this space into something that is totally me!
Anyway, so much to come, but lets look at what I have been loving recently for beauty. Starting with Skincare, Makeup and of course Tools. My products relatively remain the same as I am the type of person to rotate around products that I know work for me... however, recently, I have been sent some amazing products which I am totes excited about which I want to share with you!

I have been into DIY Masks.. check out these few videos on my YouTube Channel, demonstrating some amazing masks I have tried out...
My particular favourite mask is L'Oreal Pure Clay Masks in all 3 different types.
Depending on my mood, or actually what I have done with my skin that day- I use a different type of mask from the collection. On a day where I have worn a full face of makeup, my face tends to produce extra oils, particularly on my nose. I then use the Pure Clay Purity Mask which is perfect for mattifying and extracting oil from skin.
I use the Pure Clay Glow Mask  on days where I have not worn makeup and require exfoliating and an extra glow. This mask is perfect for brightening skin for those of us who have dull, dry skin.
And finally the Pure Clay Detox Mask is what I use on occasions where I want to tackle those pimple and black heads. This product is for clarifying the skin and removing those bugs imbedded into our pores. All in all, I rotate all three masks on a daily basis.

For the past year I have been using this product by The Body Shop, The Drops of Youth Range was quite popular last year. I use this cream  Drops of Youth Youth Cream to moisturise my face at least twice daily. It feels soft, and hydrates my skin all day/night long. Perfect for using after a thorough face wash especially after using a face mask.

What is really important for me is my eyebrows! It is a must That I have amazing Brows... and by using the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil, My Brow game has completely changed! The shade I use is number 6 Deep. Benefit Cosmetics have been so sweet recently, supplying me with so many lovely new products from PR, and of course, I have been tucking in and experimenting with these new releases. This brow pencil gives me a defined and perfect Brow shape!

I would have loved to show you what has been my favourite concealer, or even blush, so you know what I have been using, but honestly, nothing has changed. However, the foundation that has literally caught my heart is the L'Oreal True Match Foundation. The formula is amazing. Blends immaculately, long lasting, oil free and an absolute perfect match. Last year, they extended their shades, and of course, that was a joyous moment. I love how deep and rich the tone is and how much it enhances my chocolate skin tone.
My shade is in 9.R/9.C- Deep Cool.

Tools: Brushes
Some of you may already know, I have my own cosmetics line- Amby Rose, where we specialise in affordable beauty tools such as Full Makeup Brush SetsEyelashes and Matte Liquid Lipstick. I use these brushes everyday for makeup application and am able to achieve a full face using each brush.
I would be doing a separate blog post on the entire brand soon as I have only got posts up from my YouTube channel.

The Original Dozen Brush Collection- consisting of 12 makeup brushes 4 for the face and 8 eye brushes.

We also released our 5 Face Brush Set in 2 styles. This super soft and amazing brushes have changed my makeup game entirely. Be sure to wait for a full review coming soon, but honestly, not to be biased but.. these are the best brushes I have ever used!

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