Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Oh Blackpool You Gem!

A few days ago the lovely at Talented Talkers asked me what I love about Blackpool and it got me thinking. I live in Morecambe, so I am just a short drive away from Blackpool and I love spending time there so I thought I would share with you some of the things I love about Blackpool.

For me Blackpool is a proper cheese-fest and I say when in Blackpool, do as Blackpoolians do! So if you're heading there then you need to pay a visit to Coral Island. The arcade is smack bang between the Central and North piers and it's brilliant! There are so many arcade machines here that there really is something for everyone. Personally I love trying to win a tacky keyring in the 2p machine but each to their own!

Perhaps unsurprisingly one of my favourite things about Blackpool is the food! You can barely go ten steps in Blackpool without the smell of fresh doughnuts hitting you. To be honest it would be rude to go to Blackpool and have a couple of these - they are delicious! Of course, when you're at the seaside you HAVE to have fish and chips - and Blackpool does not disappoint. There are so many chippies here and I have yet to taste a bad one, so you really do have your pick! However, the doughnut place right next to the North Pier entrance is amazing! 

Some friends and I on Blackpool promenade
Lastly and perhaps my favourite thing about Blackpool is the Peek a Booze Bar. Found just 5 minutes walk from Blackpool North train station. For me, this cabaret bar has everything you could need for a night out. For starters their drinks are at rock bottom prices - which already makes them a winner in my eyes. They have fantastic entertainment on throughout the weekend and the staff there are beyond lovely. The last night out I had there, they bought about sandwiches half-way through the night - what's not to love?

I think perhaps one of the nicest things about Blackpool is that there is something for everyone. You can do whatever you like here and make your trip here perfect. I've been to the zoo, I've played crazy golf, walked up the tower and so much more - it really is one of my favourite places to visit! Of course, the fact that there are a thousand and one places to stay here helps too!

Have you ever been?

Debz x

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

The Importance of Plus Size Events And Why YOU Should Attend

When you think about it, we tend to do our hobbies in groups  - because it's more fun that way. You read about hiking groups, trainspotting friends, whole conventions dedicated to comic books and even holidays where you can go with like minded people. That is why, I find it quite surprising that I only attended my first 'plus size event' a few years ago.

Fair enough, being plus size probably isn't considered a hobby in the same way that collecting stamps might but it is a massive (pun intended) part of my life. So, it makes sense that I share that with others and I am beyond grateful that I found a way to do that.

Don't get me wrong blogging is amazing and the social media network I have discovered is life changing but there is nothing quite like hanging out with people in real life. These are people who know a little about what it is like to live in a body like mine - they're open minded and just as importantly can share shopping tips with me - what's not to love?

Over the past couple of years I have attended a number of plus size events and I have come away with a warm fuzzy feeling every single time. There is something empowering about seeing women of all shapes and sizes in a room come together to support each other. From walking on the catwalk, to swapping dresses, discovering new fashions and learning about body confidence these events have a little bit of everything.

All of the events (Style XL 2014 and 2015, Curvy Con, Plus London, Plus North to name a few)  have been arranged in different ways and they have all bought something a little different to the table. However, they have all left me feeling fantastic!

Sharing drinks, dinner, hotel rooms, catwalks and even bras with these women make me realise that I am a small part of something wonderful. We all know that sometimes the world isn't the kindest to us and perhaps sometimes we aren't as kind to ourselves as we should/could be. I am part of a world that is changing this - a real force in the face of the media that tells me constantly that my body and I are wrong.

But then I attend one of these events and brands are supportive, women with bodies like mine are walking catwalks in their underwear, they're laughing, chatting, smiling and looking fabulous. They're a part of the changing force in the way the world views us and that is something pretty bloody special!

I went to Style XL in Birmingham last week and it was literally amazing. If you read plus size blogs you'll have read so much about it already so I don't want to go on too much. But with catwalks, bra measuring, brand support, modelling competitions, plus size yoga, body confidence talks, dinner, wine, cocktails and much more it was an event that I will hold dear to me for a very, very long time. 

So... I try to attend as many of these as possible and the next one is The Curve Fashion Festival in Manchester. Their website promises a whole host of fashion shows, seminars, talks, meet and greets and much more. The likes of Tess Holliday and Hayley Hasselhoff and many more will be there! It's smack bang in the middle of Manchester and quite honestly sounds like it's going to be a fabulous day. It's on the 26th September - Will I see you there?

If you do come to the Curve Fashion Festival then make sure you say hi but failing that please try your best to get to one of these as soon as you can. I know that living in a body you don't fully love can be tough going, but I promise you that being surrounded by a room full of positive women will be life changing!

Debz x

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Twos Company: Lady Voluptuous

A couple of weeks ago Lady Voluptuous announced their newest dress addition - The Ursula!

I loved the wiggle style dress straight away and knew it was a cut I would be really keen on. The patterns are so lovely too, which makes it a firm favourite of mine.

They sent me a couple to try and asked me to keep my fave... Can you guess which one it was?

I actually like both of the prints and think that they would be at home at different style events. I like that there are dark and light patterns similar to each other, to help ensure that there is something for everyone.

As you can see the dress worked fine on me, even though I am much shorter than Georgina. However, I think with this type of dress you can get away with shorter and longer lengths so that's just fine. I found the size to be similar to the Bellatrix, nicely fitted and I love the short sleeves.

BUT - Which one do you think I kept?

I kept the black simply because I loved the bright floral pattern against the black background. However not one to play by the rules I found a new way to wear it too - don't you just love a dress that is versatile?

Debz x

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Lady Voluptuous - Out of My Comfort Zone

There is no mistaking my love for Lady V London and their sister label, Lady Voluptuous. If you search my blog you'll find numerous posts about the brand and what I love! 

What you will find is that I have stuck to old faithfuls when it has come to their brand - they do tight fitting dresses well and that is what I have loved. I am a big fan of the Bellatrix and even sized down on the Cosette so that it fitted me tighter.

A few weeks ago the lovely people at Lady Voluptuous offered to send me some of their other dresses to try. I decided to take a leap out of my comfort zone and try something different. So I went for a skirt of theirs and a Lyra

The Lyra is a beautiful dress with soft material and a wrap over style neckline. It's lovely but not something that would draw my eye to a page of dresses, which is why I had never bought one before. However I have to admit, I was wrong.

As soon as I put on the black dress I saw it transform. Yes, it doesn't have the bold colour of a Cosette or a the fitted style of a Bellatrix but just look at it. It flows over my body so nicely and it feels so comfortable on. It's one of those dresses that you could pull from your wardrobe in a crisis, shove it on in a rush and know you are going to look fabulous! Now that I have tried it on, it's something I would reach for time and time again.

I tried the skirt because curiosity got the better of me. I love dresses but sometimes skirts feel a little scarier, but I am glad I tried it. Size wise it did come up a bit small so size up if you can, but as you can see the style, length and overall look of the skirt is great.

Lady Voluptuous were kind enough to lend me these dresses to take some photos in. They have listened to feedback from people wanting to see their styles on bigger bodies and so here I am! We have a few more blog posts in the pipeline. There's actually little I like more than a brand that listens!

So, what do you think of the skirt and the Lyra? Are they items you'd invest in?

Debz x

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

I Carried A Watermelon - A Plus Size eBay Find!

I browse eBay all the time to see what is happening, what is for sale and, of course, to try and grab myself a bargain! Although plus size clothing has come on leaps and bounds over recent years it's nice to browse eBay and pick up rarer items.

A few weeks ago I came across this eBay auction and I fell in love. I love the fact that the skirts come in such a wide variety of patterns. However what I loved most was the size range on offer  - The skirts are made to measure so you can literally order your perfect size!

The lady behind this wonderful creation offered to send me two of them to try and I am so excited to share them with you. I literally told her my dress size, my height and where I wanted the dress to fall on me and she did the rest.

I teamed both of the skirts with a plain black Bardot top from ASOS which I think went well with it. The length of the skirt meant it was perfect to wear either with or without leggings!

I have my eye on the flamingo skirt next - the colours on it are to die for!

You can buy them here. 

If you buy one, don't forget to let them know I sent you!

Which one do you like best?

Debz xx

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Sunday, 14 June 2015

Evans Above. Not Even They Can Get It Right

If you are around my age or older (and perhaps a bit younger) you may have grown up shopping at Evans. As a fat teenager and a fat young woman, they were one of my only options when it comes to fashion. So when it comes to plus size fashion they're one of the front leaders and in fact, they have earned a name for themselves as one of the front runners in fashion. Yes, they might not always have the most outrageous items but they're high quality, well made and reliable... Yes reliable. And that is sometimes just what you need.

Today, I decide to browse the Evans website as I often do and saw that they have a 'Try It On' facility. Curiosity got the better of me so I clicked it. Basically, it seems that you enter your measurements and create a little online you, to try on the clothes and see how they would fit... Sounds great doesn't it?

Sadly, I can't tell you how well it works or whether it's accurate because their MeModel facility has deemed me 'too fat'. I know, that sounds dramatic doesn't it? But that is how I feel! When I go to put in my weight on their sliding scale, it simply does not go up high enough! So, according to Evans, if I am above 23 and a half stone I don't need to Try It On, or perhaps they are assuming that their clothes won't fit me? Who knows!

I know this is a bit of a something and nothing post, but I have been on Twitter tweeting my rage but it is just not enough. Evans stock clothing up to a size 32... If they are going to offer facilities to help us choose clothing this should go up to a size 32 too!

I understand that when it comes to fashion there are limitations and I sort of understand when they do special collections up to a size 26 because they feel that larger sizes will not sell. All of this costs THEM money and if they don't want to take that risk then what can you do?

BUT This is an online facility. It is supposed to help women choose clothing, perhaps empower women to choose something that they wouldn't usually do. Surely to add high weights wouldn't cost them any extra? So what excuse do they have for excluding me? It feels like another example of 'they' shouldn't wear that and that is not something that I intend to stand for. 

We Are The They And We're Not Going Away!!

Sorry for the rant!

Debz xx

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The Value of a Mother | Something A Little Different

Something a little different today, but just as important! Legal and General contacted me this week to share with me some interesting research on the value of a mum. They looked at how much a mum would be worth if she was paid an hourly rate for everything that she does for the household - It's a lot!

However, I wanted to look at more than just monetary value. I think that it is really important to have strong, supportive people in your life and for that, my mum ticks all the boxes. I count myself really lucky to have grown up in a strong household with a family that have supported, through all of my bad decisions!

When it comes to people who are willing to inspire you I really think it is so important to listen. We're surrounded by people who want to bring us down in so many ways, so when you have someone willing to bring you up - embrace it!

A big part of my body positivity comes from having parents who allowed me to be that way. My mum has never told me I couldn't do something because of my size or discouraged me from wearing something because of the way I look. In fact when the whole #WeAreTheThey thing was at its peak, my parents were it's biggest supporters - and that's a feeling that money (and hourly) rates can't buy.

A few weeks ago I had a mum and daughter day out in Manchester and it was so much fun! I visited the Topsy Curvy shop with her and we tried on loads of outfits and generally had a good giggle. It was so lovely to have a day out together and I will be blogging about that fully soon!

Whether you have your mum, a mother figure or you are a mother figure you're part of something really important and that's a value you can't put into pounds!

Debz x

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