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I wear black on the outside.. – FabFatMama Reviews Style908!

Hi All!

As much as I love the big established brands who are pioneering the plus sized fashion movement – I’ve always got a soft spot for much smaller indie companies. I found one of these companies via Instagram in the form of Style 908! They gave me a follow and when I checked them out, I found they had really fashion forwards plus size clothing at really good prices. A lot of small PS brands tend to bump the prices right up but Style 908’s pricing is really great.

What’s nice to see is that it’s a young couple behind the brand, who know the struggles of being plus size with the lady owner being plus size herself. Their instagram is really down to earth and you always get a really personal reply which is what really attracted me to them in the first place. I like a brand who is honest and connects with their target audience and they do that without body snarking any other body types like a lot of brands tend to do.

I got talking to the brand and we agreed that I would review a piece from them. It took me days to decide what to order as I was torn between two dresses, but I put it to an Instagram vote and went with the majority who chose the Zip Tunic in Black which if I’m honest, isn’t something I’d usually order!

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I’m so glad I did though! Expecting the fabric to be cotton, I went for a size 26 but I didn’t need it – a 24 would of been fine. The dress isn’t cotton but is a lovely soft thin jersey which is so breathable in this weather. I first wore this dress on holiday and it was so comfy and cool to wear all night – despite being in a packed and very warm venue. I have to admit, I usually don’t like zip necklines and would of been put off by the side slits, but as soon as I slipped this on it just worked for me. The dress has a thin belt tie with detailing on the ends to pull it in which is really handy.

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It was great for a recent family dinner for Adam’s birthday because I could loosen the belt off slightly after birthday cake! The dress really is so  light and wearable, I wish I’d had it last year when I was pregnant because it would of been such a good maternity summer dress as it can be pulled in over a bump. Oh and at £15.99 – it’s such a bargain!

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This dress will definitely be worn over this summer as it is so easy to throw on and look great in and I’m so glad that I took the plunge and went out of my comfort zone and tried something new. I’m definitely going to try more things that I wouldn’t normally and already have my eye on  beautiful shirt dress.

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I think it would be lovely for a summers evening at a barbecue or even for a few drinks in the beer garden.

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If there’s anything that’s caught your eye, you can get a further 15% off their bargain prices by using code STYLE90815 at the checkout. I might be brave and order that shirt dress!

Hannah x

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Remember Me Tearooms – FabFatMama Reviews

Hi all!

One of my absolute favourite things to do is to go out for afternoon tea. Me and my mum love it so much that she’s actually having an afternoon tea themed birthday party in a couple of weeks. We love going online and getting random deals to head off to places for afternoon tea – it gives us some time to spend together too.

I was in Stockton town centre a few weeks ago visiting a friends shop and I felt peckish. I weighed up my options and decided to try somewhere I had walked past a few times but never tried. Actually, I went to try it once with Adam but I don’t think they took card so we went elsewhere.

I popped in with Eleanor who was due a bottle and just managed to get the last table as somebody was leaving. It’s always a good sign to see a place busy! I had a look at the menu which was full of lovely treats such as toasties, bagels, jacket potatoes and loads more. I did consider quiche and a cake but settled on classic afternoon tea. It was a bargain at £6.50 (this has recently gone up to £7.50 but still excellently priced!).

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On the afternoon tea there was a sandwich choice (I chose ham and mustard), crisps, side salad, scone choice (I chose cheese) and a few different options for cake. I chose a pancake inspired cake with mini pancakes on top.

It all came together on a cute china stand with mismatched cup and saucer and a pot of tea.

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I’m a sucker for mismatched crockery and love the kitsch vibe it gives. I really enjoyed my sandwich but didn’t really touch the side salad. I wish that the rest of the sandwich was served as I only got 2 triangles, but there was plenty of other bits.

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The cheese scone was really tasty and I highly recommend it!

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I’m not usually all for sweet things but the cake was delicious. The sponge was light and airy and I loved the mini pancakes and syrup on top. These should be on the menu more!

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I really enjoyed my afternoon tea and time in the cafe but I have to admit it wasn’t really baby friendly. I couldn’t see any high chairs anywhere and the tables were quite close together so I felt like I was blocking the way with my pram. Also, there’s a toilet but no baby change or real place to change a baby. I ended up on my knees in a tiny toilet trying to change my baby which wasn’t great.

Despite the lack of changing facilities I’d definitely go back. The staff were kind and helpful, the decor was kitsch and cute and what I ate was really delicious. I need to go back and try the quiche because I saw somebody else order a slice and it looked lush!

Maybe I’ll take my mum next time we’re looking for a bite to eat!

Thanks for reading,

Hannah x