Monday, 23 March 2015

ASOS Main Range - Here's What I Would Have Spent

Every so often a group of bloggers and I get together to put some Here's What I Would Have Spent posts. The idea is to let retailers know that we would happily spend our hard earned cash on their clothing, if only they stocked our size! 

I love the ASOS Curve range and it is probably one of my most popular 'go to' places when it comes to clothes shopping. However, I also lust after many items in their straight size ranges they don't extend to plus sizes - and so, the idea for this round of Here's What I Would Have Spent was born!

Skirts


Dresses


To be honest, there are so many other choices I could make from the ASOS website. They have such variety and I would love to see many more items in plus sizes too!

What do you love from ASOS?

Debz

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Friday, 20 March 2015

PS Blogger Love - Sullen Hearts

A few weeks ago I decided that we needed a bit of blog loving and so I set up the #PSBloggerLove Challenge. Hopefully you'll see on Twitter and Instagram today a few posts relating to the #PSBloggerLove tag. Firstly you'll see blog posts like this where bloggers write about another blog and what they love about them - I teamed people up randomly to help share the love even more. 

And then, hopefully you'll also see people sharing the love on social media. I am encouraging people to use the #PSBloggerLove tag to let bloggers know they love them, what they love about being a blogger and what they love about reading blogs - just a massive love in basically!

So.... My blog post is about the fabulous Rebs from Sullen Hearts. I enjoy her blog because it is such a mixed bag. I love reading about what she has been up to as well as her fashion posts, it makes for great reading! She has a great writing style which makes her blog really enjoyable to browse through, I highly recommend it!

I first met Rebs at Style XL (I think!) where she modelled on the catwalk - YAY! We all went for dinner afterwards and shared cocktails from paint tins in Wetherspoons, I kid you not! Earlier this month I travelled to Sheffield to go to a Fat Positive Clothes Swap organised by her.

I love people that do a lot for this community and attempt to help others out, which is exactly what Rebs does and I love it! I love her positive approach to things and we tend to think the same on a lot of different issues which is great! 

Make sure you head over and read her blog you won't regret it!

Meeting plus size positive people like Rebs is a a massive positive for me when it comes to blogging. I love writing blogs but getting out there and meeting real people is what it is all about for me. I am very glad Rebs and I met and I hope we get to hang out many more times!

Which bloggers do you like? Let them know by using the #PSBloggerLove tag on social media today!

Debz x

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Sunday, 15 March 2015

The Bellatrix - I Finally Got My Hands on a Lady Voluptuous Dress!

I have made no secret of my love for Lady V London and in particular the new Lady Voluptuous dresses they released in collaboration with Georgina of Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust fame.

When Georgina whispered in my ear(well at least that's how I imagined it!) and asked me if I would like to try a dress from the range I knew immediately that I couldn't possibly choose anything other than the Bellatrix. All that colour, all that figure hugging material, the fish tail frill at the end - perfection!

I received my dress on Friday and immediately tried it on. Now, you know me - I am a sucker for a pretty dress and when it comes to pretty dresses I have an abundance. However I can see this as being  a dress I would keep and wear forever.



Yes, it's not a dress I would wear to do the weekly food shop but I have hundreds (almost literally) of those. Instead it's a well made, high quality, occasion dress in my size - and we all know how rare those are in plus sizes.



The dress appears very long on me, but then I am very short. But to be honest with you, I quite like the almost ankle length on me so it's a definite positive. You can tell that the dress has been given a lot of thought - the arms are roomy and have been designed in a way that they are not restrictive when you move around. I also really like the fact that it is lined inside. This gives a bit more support and means that the outer, thick material is not as clingy to my body as it could be. Now, I don't mind a bit of cling but I know that many people don't so I like the thought that has gone into the dress in smaller details like this.



The material itself is nice and thick, with a tiny bit of stretch and give to it. This makes it fit my body nicely and look flattering, as much as that is a word that I dislike. The colour and pattern are beautiful, but there are also plain colour styles in the Lady Voluptuous l collection if this is something that you would prefer!



When I checked last night, only 6 of the 16 dresses available were left in a 30/32 which shows that these dresses are being snapped up. This literally fills me with joy because it shows that if you give fat women the RIGHT fashion options they will snap them up - other plus size retailers and their 'stop at size 26 collections' take note!



Never one to play by the rules when it comes to dresses I also had a little play around with the style. I can really some short style dresses feeling right at home within the Lady Voluptuous range! 




I am told that there is more to come from the Lady Voluptuous collection and I for one can't wait to see what it brings. What would you like to see?

Debz xx


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Friday, 6 March 2015

Life Is Too Short, Your Skirt Isn't!

I feel like every time I post now I am either ranting about an issue or blogging about dresses I wish I owned... That will change soon, promise! I have just started a new job so things are a bit hectic at the moment but I do have some great reviews coming featuring Topsy Curvy and Lady V London.

Which, brings me to today's rant :) 

Today the wonderful Lady Voluptuous launched their newest dress - The Bellatrix. As soon as I saw this dress I really liked it - It's fitted, it;s colourful and I know as it's from Lady V London it'll be good quality - so what's not to love?



Being the super-nosey, social media addict that I am, I wouldn't help but have a look at the Facebook comments to see how much other people loved these dresses... and love them they did! So many comments about how Georgina looked in the dresses and how fabulous the patterns were.

And then came these...



This isn't to call anyone out or tell them that their feelings are bad, however...

Whatever your shape or size, your body deserves a pretty dress! Your body works hard for you and if you like a floral dress then why not drape it over your body? Life is too short... Too short to wait until your tummy is flat until you wear the dress of your dreams. I can promise you that if you put on a fitted dress your day will still go on as normal. 

Even if you are very fat - WEAR THE DRESS! See a dress you like, buy it and put it on your body. Sometimes it can take a little while to get used to seeing our bodies in a different, but this doesn't make the way you look bad just different! 

Life is too short to wait until your chubby thighs are smaller before you wear a short skirt. It is too short to wait until you are toned before you go on the beach wearing a bikini. If you wait until you are 100% happy with your body then you are missing out on a wardrobe of pretty dresses - some of which will be gone forever!!! (dramatic, much?).

If you see something you want to wear - WEAR IT!

Debz xx

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Sunday, 1 March 2015

Paying Homage To Some Voluptuous Ladies

As you will have noticed, I am a big fan of the new Lady V London/Fuller Figure Fuller Bust partnership Lady Voluptuous. I haven't yet blogged an outfit post of me in the range - but it's coming! I did blog about my love of the range here!

Over the past few years there have been different retailers telling us that we don't need a varied plus size range and that the type of clothing we're all keen to wear, just doesn't have a market!

So... I wanted to put together a post of lots of women wearing different items from the range. To show that all shapes and sizes want all sorts of fashion and that retailers are wrong when they tell us it is not needed. I put out some shout outs on social media and these lovely ladies sent their photos - don't they look AMAZING!?


U Can't Wear That and Arched Eyebrow bloggers in their Cosette dresses!

Jen from Other Side of the Wardrobe and Hayley from Curves and Curls /  Facebook styling their Teal Lyra dress

Cheeky mirror shot from Danielle Vanier in her Leopard print Medusa

Lolly Likes Fatshion shows off two prints of the Cosette dress


The lovely Jodie!


The Beautiful Linn Annett from Instagram in her Medusa dress!

Jody Empson(Photo by her boyfriend) showing off her Lyra dress all the way over in Prague!


And of course, the creator Georgina looking great in some of her own designs! She's also on every photo on the website but I wanted to include these ones to show how the dresses can be styled differently to suit you!

The range has only been out a week so not everyone has taken photos etc yet - but doesn't this show that these ranges are needed and that women are crying out for different styles to wear no matter their size?

Perhaps I'll do another of these in the future when I can grab even more photos from even more amazing ladies!

Have you got a Lady Voluptuous dress yet? Which is your fave?

Debz xx


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Sunday, 22 February 2015

My International Shopping Wish List

As much as plus size shopping in the UK is improving, there is always a case of wanting something that you can't have! 

Personally I spend hours and hours browsing American clothing websites - because you know, I like to tease myself when it comes to items I can't get my hands on! Of course, you can shop abroad and most places will ship internationally but costs, customs and sizes differences have put me off so far. I definitely want to try a few items in 2015 though. These are some of the things I have my eye on!

Torrid


Chubby Cartwheels

Ashley Nell Tipton


To be honest this is just a really short look at the items I would quite like from abroad. As always with pretty dresses and skirts I could talk FOREVER on the subject!

What items do you have your eyes on?

Debz xx

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Fuller Figure Choices for a Fuller Wardrobe

If you follow any plus size bloggers on social media then the chances are that you have heard of the new Lady V London collection launched today.

In case you haven't heard blogger Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust has teamed up once again with Lady V London to bring us vintage dresses. When the Estella came out in sizes up to a 32 I could have cried with happiness and I have raved many, many times about how much I liked them. When I saw that Lady Voluptuous was a COLLECTION of plus size dresses up to a size 32 I thought my heart would burst.

You can see all of the dresses all over social media and I will post some pics here, but I wanted to talk about what this collection means to me and perhaps others in my shoes.

When you are at the larger end of the plus size market you get used to being told that things aren't meant for you. You hear of celebrity plus size collections ending at size 26, because, you know anything above that is just TOO plus size for many minds to cope with. And then you get the 16-32 collections that have 25 items, where perhaps 3-4 of them actually go up to a 32. You get used to missing out and lusting over items that other plus size bodies have access to, but you miss out because you are "too fat".



When I went on the Lady V London website this afternoon the first thing I did was tick the '30/32' box to see how many of the 12 dresses were available to ME (selfish I know!)... Without sounding dramatic I was BESIDE MYSELF with joy when I realised that every single one of those dresses I COULD BUY! 

No one had decided that pink was too bright for a body of my size or that I couldn't possibly need a body con clinging to my body. They made THEM ALL accessible to me... Every single last one of the beautifully made, patterned dresses I could get out my debit card and BUY! I can't tell you the feeling that gives me... I really can't put it into words!


I know, I am talking a lot about me and my needs but it really does go beyond that. As plus size women we are constantly told that our bodies shouldn't be dressed in a certain way. We're told by retailers that they haven't made clothes in our size because they are just NOT NEEDED! That only bloggers are brave enough to wear items like this and that if the demand was there they would make them.

Well.... Let me put this to you right now.

8 hours ago Lady V London released 12 dresses. Now only 10 of them are available in a size 30/32 because two of the patterns are sold out! There are NO OTHER sizes of ANY dress that are sold out... Just the largest size! Surely that speaks for itself? Out of the 10 dresses that are left in my size, 3 of them are already 'low stock'.... PEOPLE ARE BUYING THESE DRESSES!

I know, you could argue that they made less of them because the demand isn't there or any other of the many reasons why this has happened. But the fact of the matter is, however many of them they made they have sold them or are selling them fast. The demand is bigger than anyone thought and that is because plus size women do want these options, we just don't have them!

I know, this is quite a lengthy, ranty post for a set of 12 dresses but honestly, it feels like so much more to me. I love that Lady V London are a major brand in the world of vintage clothing and they have taken a risk, a leap of faith in us and our larger bodies. They have created dresses that no one else has, in sizes that other people haven't bothered to make yet. 



Yes, the collection might not be for everyone and yes, there are probably styles, patterns, colours that you wouldn't want to wear but honestly this is a massive step forward when it comes plus size fashion. I, for one am SO excited to see what happens with this.

Which of the dresses is your favourite?

Debz xx

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