The classic french manicure is simple, elegant and gives off a fabulously brilliant polished look. This manicure normally consists of white tips with nude or pink nails. There are many ways to achieve this polished look and we’re here to show you how easy it is to do it at home without the use of acrylics or fake nails. All you need to get started is some good nail clippers, a nail buffer, cuticle pusher and nail varnish of course.
This 9-piece set includes nail clippers, tweezers and a nail file all in a glamorous sparkling case.
Going to a festival, fair or fiesta this summer? Or planning a nice relaxing staycation? Then here’s our guide to stepping out to the British outdoors in gorgeous fashion, while being stylishly practical!
We love a British holiday, you can’t beat picnics in the countryside and walks along the coast. What we like even more is fabulous footwear to accompany us. So we’ve got some fancy footwear that’s perfect for a romantic walk or running around a family picnic.
Check out these chic white sandals! Bring some bling to your outfit and get extra heel support with the back. Available in wide fit too.
Add some height to your walk with these purple wedge flip flops. Easy to slip on and off, they are perfect for beach walks. Not a fan of purple, we have them in white too
Next up we have the tunic. They’re great to wear over jeans or leggings and so the perfect outfit for when it’s mild and breezy. Wear bright colours such as this Ruby Rocks print top. Or if you like more of a bold colour, go for this crinkle asymmetric hem tunic which you can wear from day to night and it’s currently on sale for only £15 (but be quick)!
For festival fans, the first thing on the list is wellies! And even though it may be a scorcher of a day – you never know when you’re going to need them, after all the weather could change. So these are a must-have for every British girl, perfect for any kind of festival and always handy to keep in the boot of your car. Don’t let the mud and rain spoil your day and get out there in some fab boots – finally no more soggy socks!
Here’s our favourite four:
Why not brighten up your holiday with a splash of colour from these gorgeous jeans. Mix and match these coloured jeans to suit your mood and stand out from the crowd. From bright yellow and red to pastels pink and purple to bold blue and green, these skinny jeans are the perfect match to tunics, vests and casual tops – but keep it simple, by teaming it with a black or white plain top. Keep your eyes peeled for more on-trend coloured jeans in the new season.
Lastly to pack your travelling essentials (i.e: wet wipes, tissues, handgel, phone, torch) you’ll need a good and fashion forward handbag. We think this one will do the trick, easy to carry and soft, plus we are still loving the fringe trend and think it looks fab on this wine coloured suede bag. Not forgetting the trusty parka for a light cover up – take a look at this one from our new Time Out collection.
Which festivals or UK town are you visiting this summer? xx
Joe Browns have released some gorgeous new clothes we feel will be right on trend in the upcoming months.
Take a look at their fabulous new casuals, which we think are great for a slightly more laid back look without losing your style. We love this Dusky Pink Camisole, brilliant for those last few days of summer and this gorgeous Angelas Legacy Tunic, for when the temperature begins to drop.
Joe Browns has also hit the spot with their floral print inspired range. This lovely floral dress caught our eye – it’s great for the summer as well as brightening up those upcoming gloomy winter months!
Vintage fashion seems like it’s going to be big this autumn and winter so why not get ahead of the crowd with this gorgeous mustard stand out vintage sweater from Joe Browns. We also love this quirky tunic with its interesting collar and colourful flowers.
Alpine cardigans are going to be big this year, and could take over from the ever popular Aztec pattern during the winter months, so make sure you take a look at this gorgeous faux fur trimmed Alpine Knit cardigan. If you’re not too keen on this particular trend we think this beautiful Parisian Jacket could be just the thing for you with its gorgeous design and fabric.
So what are you waiting for…check out Simply Be for a taster of Joe Browns’ latest fashion line and treat yourself to a new autumn/winter wardrobe! xx
It’s competition time!
We’re running a competition on our Facebook page right now!
Ten lucky Facebook fans will each win a £10 gift voucher to spend in store. So head on over and tell us your details with the name of your local Simply Be store.
Entry deadline is 25/07/2012.
Terms and Conditions
1.The promoter of this competition is Candid Collections Limited, trading as Simply Be, Griffin House, 40 Lever Street, Manchester M60 6ES. (“Promoter”)
2. Each entrant taking part in this competition shall be referred to as a “Participant”. Participants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.
3. The competition is only open to UK residents aged 18 years or above. Employees of the Promoters, their associated companies, their agencies associated with this competition and their immediate families are ineligible to enter.
4. To enter, Participants must submit the following: The name of your local Simply Be store and give your name and email address on Simply Be Fashion Facebook Fan Gate. Only one entry per person.
5. Entries must be submitted via Simply Be Fashion Facebook Page.
6. Entries may be submitted between 18th July 2012 and midnight on the 25th July 2012 (the “Competition Period”). Entries are deemed to be received at the time of receipt into the Promoter’s database. Late entries will not be accepted and the Promoters accept no responsibility for entries which are lost or corrupted during transmission.
7. The winners will be drawn randomly from the Participants. The Winners will be notified via email.
8. There will be 10 winners, each winning £10 in-store vouchers.
9. The decision of the Panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
10. The overall winners will be decided by a random draw from the Participants giving the correct answer to the question.
11. THE PRIZE – Ten Winners will each receive a £10 Simply Be in store voucher to use at their local Simply Be store.
12. The Prize is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
13. If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned, whether caused by infection by computer virus, mobile phone failure, line drop out, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other cause beyond the control of the Promoter which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness or integrity of the competition, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion (subject to any written direction given by a relevant Regulatory Authority) to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.
14. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales.
The holiday season is upon us with many of us jetting off to sunnier climates – woohoo!
Here at Simply Be, we have got a gorgeous range of holiday gear from dresses to shorts to swimwear, that will have you singing Cliff Richard all the way to the airport. With so many different holiday destinations out there and so many different types of holiday activities, we have decided to put together outfits to help inspire you for your perfect summer getaway!
1. City Shopping
For those serious shoppers out there who like to enjoy the sun and shop at the same time, this outfit is ideal. Spend some serious cash while looking fab – it’s all so Sex and the City darling! Holiday destinations: New York, Milan, Barcelona.
The high low hem is so on-trend right now, perfect for any fashionista. Add tortoise shell sunnies to complete the look!
2. Party Island
Sun seekers beware this outfit is going to get you noticed! Top up your tan and relax on the beach in a stunning maxi dress then take it to the evening and party the night away. Holiday destinations: Ibiza, Ayia Napa, Miami.
These rubber flipflops are great for the beach but also look gorgeous and glam in the evening for the cocktail bar!
3. Sightseeing tours
If you’re never to far from a travel guide and map whilst on hols then get on board these essentials picks. Holiday destinations: Rome, Athens, Prague
For all those walking tours, these sturdy but stylish fringe sandals are ideal. Choose a bag, big enough to pack all your travel needs but compact enough to carry around.
4. Culture Club
If you love getting stuck into the culture on holiday and enjoy experiencing their food and lifestyle, sail away in these inspired beauties. Holiday destinations: Paris, Marrakech, Berlin
A jumpsuit is an easy outfit to wear for all day exploring, carry a light maxi dress in your shopper bag for a quick change to evening.
Which outfit is your favourite and where in the world do you love to holiday? x
Have you tried our Glamorosa clothing range yet, designed to fit a fuller bust? No? Well don’t just take our word for it, have a listen to these ladies…
Cath Bore, writer and blogger for Hello magazine, reviewed our Simply Be Glamorosa dresses. In her blog The Full Story, she explains how difficult it is “as a curvy woman, to find dresses that offer a good fit.” The Glamorosa range has been designed specifically for this reason; as the tag line suggests, it really is designed for your boobs and tailored for you! Read Cath’s full review All Dressed Up here.
And here she is wearing our flattering denim dress.
The fashion line is perfect for the fuller figure especially for those lucky ladies with the bigger bust. They are tailor made to fit around your bust giving you room in all the right places.
Simply Be offer these tops and dresses in up to a size 32 with a choice of three bust sizes – standard (B-DD), Voluptuous (E, F & G) and Very Voluptuous (H, J and K+.) So if you find it hard to get gorgeous stylish clothes to suit your figure – look no further than our Glamorosa range.
These tunics are very flattering and great to wear over jeans.
Blogger Kathryn road-tested the red tunic:
Read her review and see more pics here.
When ordering Glamorosa makes sure you follow Kathryn’s advice: if you’re used to sizing up to accommodate your boobs, there is no need with Glamorosa. Simply order the size you need to fit your waist/body and the fitting that matches your bra cup size.
We have something to suit all occasions - and even more Glamorosa loveliness to come next season – watch this space!
No need to worry about popping out and gaping holes in this shirt!
Maxi, girlie and smart dresses – whatever your style get the perfect fit for you!
As many of you may know, in February this year was the most fabulous plus size fashion event known as Plus London Two. Simply Be were very proud to be one of the sponsors of the event – and also to go along and meet lots of wonderful bloggers and fashion fans too!
Some of the northern bloggers decided there should be a plus size fashion event oop north and so… Plus North was born!
What can I expect at Plus North?
- Catwalk fashion show of Simply Be clothing and Simply Yours lingerie starring lots of lovely bloggers
- Drinks and canapes
- Free massages and manicures
- Lots of stands featuring fabulous fashion, jewellery and cosmetics
- Some truly amazing people to meet and get chatting with
It’s going to be fun fun fun! So come come come!
SIMPLY BE ARE GIVING AWAY 5 PAIRS OF TICKETS TO PLUS NORTH!
If you fancy winning yourself a pair of tickets to this amazing event all you have to do is…
…leave us a comment below!
We’ll pick 5 commenters at random to win a pair of tickets each. Deadline is midnight Monday 14th May.
Whether you’re the kind of person that starts putting things in a suitcase weeks in advance, or you’re a last minute pressure-packing of a gal, there’s nothing worse than arriving at your destination and then realising that, somehow, you still have nothing to wear! Nothing goes together – disaster!
The secret to a suitcase that works is to think about how things can be combined – and then dressed up or down for different occasions.
Here are our key holiday picks to help form the backbone of your holiday wardrobe…
Day to Night Maxi Dress / Jumpsuit
Find a maxi dress that suits your style and with the right accessories you’ll be able to wear it both day and night. This cotton maxi dress will keep you lovely and cool. Likewise a jumpsuit is perfect for casually mooching down to the beach but will also look sensational with heels and lots of jewellery for evening dinner and drinks.
Find a top style you like and choose a pack with a few colour options. Black and white is always a safe bet but think about what colours will complement they other things you’re taking.
Cover ups/ layers
Whether you simply like a little more coverage or you just want to be prepared for a change in weather, it’s always a good idea to take some layers with you. Even in hot countries evenings can get chilly. Leggings will come in very handy for laying under skirts and dresses if the sun’s not quite what you were hoping for.
Take these basics and add a few of your favourite fashion pieces plus some fabulous accessories and you’ll be pretty much there when it comes to creating a holiday wardrobe that works for you.
We’re pleased to unveil our gorgeous new maternity range at Simply Be! Available in sizes 14-32.
We’ve lots of fashionable styles, from skinny jeans to palazzo pants and maxi dresses, meaning you can look pretty all through your pregnancy – without ever having to compromise your style.
As well as being on-trend, our maternity collection comes with lots of clever design details, to keep you completely comfy. Take a look at our Maternity clothing guide see all the features that mean you’ll be both looking and feeling good.
If you don’t know where to start when it comes to maternity clothing, our maternity starter pack is a very good place to, well – start! It includes leggings, a cami and an over bump band that you can use to customise your existing clothes or wear all together. You’ll get so much use out of it!
What’s your trouser style? We’ve got them all!
And of course we’ve some gorgeous dresses and tops for the summer:
Mums. Where would we be without them?
Mother’s Day is on the 18th March – that’s a week on Sunday – are you organised yet?
If not, have a look at some of the great gifts you can order at the click of a mouse.
We’ve got something to suit everyone!
Check out the full range of gifts at our sister site The Brilliant Gift Shop – you can shop with your Simply Be account!