Simply Be Haul

My husband and I are off to Dubrovnik soon, so I used this as an excuse to do some holiday shopping.  Because the weather when we’re there will still be mid-teens, I didn’t buy a lot of super summery stuff, but a decent mix of tops and dresses that are Spring / Summer transitional and could be dressed up or down.

What I spent: £331 (+£1 for next day delivery, which still took 4 days to get delivered).

Lovedrobe GB Pink Top with Pleated Cuffs – £35, Size 20

I bought this top in a vibrant, fuchsia pink (available in other colours).  The top features long sleeves (above the wrist in length), with double layered pleated cuffs.  The back has a key hole detail with a single button.

This top fits quite well (true to size).  The fabric is nice, and loose.  It can be dressed up or dressed down.  The one downfall of this top, at least for me, is the length.  It just seems like it’s a touch too long.  I plan to tuck this into a black skirt , so the length won’t bother me.

This top is versatile and I’d recommend it.

Reebok Marble Full Zip Sweatshirt – £38 (reduced from £43), size 20/22

I bought this as I needed something quick / easy to throw on when walking the dog, and it’s easy to throw in my carry on for the inevitably chilly flight.  If you want a looser fitting hoodie, I’d recommend sizing up.  I normally wear an 18/20, and whilst this hoodie does fit, it’s a snug fit.  It is branded on the left arm.
This is current on offer, saving yourself £5.
I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this at the price.  You can find an equally nice hoodie for much less.

Yumi Curves Floral Print Split Hem Dress – £53, size 20

Of all the things I purchased in this order, this is my favourite.  The photos don’t do it justice in terms of fabric or feel.  The dress is belted, which helps accentuate an hour glass shape.

This little black dress is full of colour.  The floral detail is brilliant and really makes the dress a comfy, bright spring / summer dress.  Due to my height (5’4), I normally avoid a midi dress, but this one cuts me in the exact right place.   I also tend to avoid anything that has buttons on the bust as my 34G’s tend to pop them open.  The ruffle detail on the shoulder makes the dress quite feminine and pretty.

The best part of this dress: IT HAS POCKETS!!

I would recommend this dress, 100%.

Stretch Jersey Leggings Short – £8, size 18


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I love leggings.  As soon as I get home from work, I’m in leggings.  I always have 4-5 pairs of them, usually a mix of high quality / more expensive yoga pants and cheaper leggings.  These are the latter.

These leggings come in a choice of colours and sizes, but they are mega cheap.  The quality of these are terrible.  They’re super thin and see-through.  If you’re looking for a cheap, wear around the house (only) pair of leggings, then these may tick your boxes, but I wouldn’t wear these outside.

Ivory Print Drop Shoulder Blouse – £16, size 18

I was so looking forward to this top.  It looks cute and summery and thought it would be great paired with jeans, but the fit was frustrating.  It’s a boxy top, which I assumed meant would allow for a bit of looseness, but it was super tight around the arms and across my chest.  When I pulled the top on, I couldn’t actually get it past my boobs.   I was tempted to order in a larger size, but I think it would be far too loose on my stomach then.   I returned this top.

Pink Longline Distressed Satin Kimono – £40 (it was £15 when I bought it), size 20

Again, another item I was really looking forward to, but the fit was just awful.  This satin kimono is actually polyester. The length and cut of this kimono just wasn’t overly flattering.  It didn’t fit very nice, and I felt like I was being drowned in polyester.  I wouldn’t recommend this, unless it goes back on sale and you size down 2+ sizes.  I returned this item.

Grey Marl Embellished Slogan Sweatshirt – £28, size 18

My office is quite cold and my general attitude toward most things work related lately is “nope,” so thought this was quite suitable for the work place.  I actually wore this to work already and had a few comments / compliments.  This sweatshirt fits well and is warm.  My only concern with it is the lettering is jewelled and after a wash, they’re probably all going to fall off.  I would recommend ordering this in your size (its very true to size).

Black Lace Sleeve T-Shirt – £18, size 18

I figured this top could easily be dressed up with a nice skirt and necklace or dressed down with jeans and flats.  The top itself is quite nice, but I think I should have gone a size up.  It was a bit tight fitting on my chest / stomach, so would recommend going one size up if you’d rather something a bit more loose fitting.  It’s a basic jersey top with delicate lace sleeves, and could easily be dressed up or down.  I returned this top.

Print Mock Wrap Tie Waist Skirt – £30, size 18

I normally love a loose fitting wrap front or tulip skirt, but this one just didn’t do it for me.  The length was nice, and the fabric was nice, but I found the waist a bit unflattering and the tie on the side only added to that.   I ended up returning this skirt as the fit just wasn’t flattering.

Mirror Trim Smock Dress – £45, size 20

I had hoped this dress would fit better.  This is *such* a holiday dress.  The length of this dress was great – just above the knee – but it was far too loose fitting for me.  I think I could have done with going down about 2 sizes on this dress.  It has a colourful mirrored trim with tassel detail, and would have been great paired with brown flat sandals.

I would recommend this dress if you like something a bit loose and boxy, but I didn’t find it figure flattering at all.  I returned this dress.

Poplin Tie Waist Wrap Midi Skirt – £30, size 18

This cotton skirt looks lovely on the model and I had hoped it would fit me similarly, but I actually felt like I was wearing a weir cape around my waist.  Its a rough cotton, which would very well likely get softer after a few washes, but I really didn’t like this skirt.  It has a detachable self-tie belt and a fully elasticated waist, with a split front detail.  The best part of this skirt is the pattern, but unfortunately due to the material, I returned this skirt.

Stripe Linen Mix V-Neck T-Shirt – £12 (was £15), size 18

This t-shirt is a linen mix material and is quite comfortable.  The v neck is a bit lower than I would have liked for a T that I would throw on for work, but it’s not too bad.  It’s quite flattering, but the material is thin.   It fits well and is true to size.   I paired this with a navy blue skirt.



*This is not a paid advertisement for Simply Be.  They have not provided me anything in exchange for this review.  The photos are from Simply Be’s website.

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