Thursday, 8 October 2015

A Plus Size Sprinkle of Glitter

A few weeks ago I saw my social media explode with the release of the Sprinkle of Glitter Simply Be range. I don't know where I have been living lately but I have to say that Sprinkle of Glitter is a blogger that I hadn't heard of before. Of course, I have since read up on her blog and it's great!

As ever, I was a little apprehensive to look at the range because I wasn't sure what sizes would be available. As a size 30/32 I (sad to say) am used to being left out of ranges or having limited options. I was really excited to see all of the items available in all sizes - YAY!

Last week I went to London to catch up with friends and a group of them had bought me the this lovely printed flower dress for my birthday. I was so excited! I don't usually notice material on dresses because I am too excited by patterns and colour, but I did notice that this was a lovely thick material and it felt like high quality.... .

However perhaps one of the most exciting things about this dress is that THE BELT FIT!! If you're a plus size clothes wearer you'll know that belts with dresses often don't quite work out.

So anyway,on to the dress. I love the pattern of this dress, the floral is beautiful. Size wise I am wearing a 32. I could easily have sized down once on the bust, maybe twice. It's a lovely generous size and the material has a little bit of stretch.

Have you looked at the Sprinkle of Glitter range? What is your favourite item?

Debz x

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Dear Cheryl Fernandez-Versini; An Open Letter

Dear Cheryl

In private conversations with friends and on different social media platforms I have defended your right to have a thin body. I have told people that I think you look great, but that also my opinion is pointless. As any sensible person would point out - your body is yours and therefore no one else's business.

I was so happy when you spoke out about 'skinny shaming' but also reiterated that bullying people with larger bodies was wrong. Your Instagram quote was fantastic, I loved the wording and I knew it was something that your fans would be able to relate to.

I liked how you reassured people that thigh gaps are not essential and that back fat is not disgusting. I liked that you told us the media makes us think like that.

Imagine my disappointment today when you spoke up about the obesity crisis. I was surprised that someone so against body shaming would speak out about such a complex and sensitive topic, but you did so I decided to read what you had to say.

“And being overweight is unhealthy – it’s actually a bad message to tell someone who is obese that they look ‘curvy’ or ‘great’."

Let me repeat that - "it’s actually a bad message to tell someone who is obese that they look ‘curvy’ or ‘great’."

It's a bad message to tell me I look great... Why is it so bad for me to like my body? When did you take such an about turn to go from the media telling us our bodies are bad for you to back them up?

We both have bodies the media want to slate, can't we stand together and tell each other we all look great?

I am so sad that you would come out with a message like this, so soon after telling the world that there is so much more to life than worrying about our bodies, why did you change your mind??

Debz xx

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Dorothy Perkins Curve - A New Plus Size Offering

You might have seen on social media this morning that Dorothy Perkins have launched a new curve range. As I am sure you can imagine when I heard this announcement the first thing I did was check what sizes they do.

I am pleased to say that they are planning up to size 28. Yes, I would loved to have seen up to a size 32 or beyond but up to a size 28 is a great start - especially if they stock their curve range on the high street because size 24+ is much needed on most high streets!

It's coming on 8th October and I thought it was something that should be celebrated though so I thought I would whip up a quick blog post to spread the word.

Here are my favourite items so far.

Don't worry though, it's not all dresses.  I think they have actually done really well to have a range of items to suit everyone

DP said "Adding a considered, curve conscious collection through DP Curve means that Dorothy Perkins is a one stop shop for every woman on the British high street," said the brand's head of design, Mel Mercer. "The signature handwriting from our core collection can be seen in the product offer but we have used advanced design techniques throughout our fit process to design with a fuller silhouette in mind" which I hope means we'll see it in lots of their high street stores as well as online!

Of course, I can't give my opinion until I have tried it for myself. I'll be running out to buy an item or two when it launches! You can see some more of the range here

What do you think to the range so far?



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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

The Rise of Plus Size Fashion

As a fan of plus size fashion and how it changes, I was really interested when House of Fraser said they'd put together a handy infographic about the history of plus size fashion.

It is easy to get caught up in what is happening now and how plus size fashion is affecting us however it was fun for me to read about what it all came from. The historical changes with clothes measurements and clothes sizes made a great read - it even features our very own Georgina Grogan!

Of course, I still believe in dressing however you want so if you don't want to dress for your shape that is OK too! House of Fraser actually have a pretty good plus size range so I am confident there will be something for everyone

What do you think about the rise of plus size fashion?

Debz xx

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Sunday, 20 September 2015

Walking Smack Bang Into A Plus Size Fashion Find

Seeing as today is my first day off work in what seems like forever I thought I would have a look at buying something to wear to The Curve Fashion Festival next weekend - nothing like leaving it to the last minute eh?

I tried all my usual outlets but nothing seemed quite right. I thought I'd try outside of the box and go for something different. I had seen Interrobang Art & Fashion mentioned on social media before but never paid much attention. 

When I had a proper look today the first thing I noticed on their Etsy page was that they had such a range of items. Clothing patterns, plain colours, films and much more - it was lovely to see such an array of choices.

However perhaps more importantly was their size range. I was literally over the moon (OK, maybe not literally) to see that their items went from a size 6 to a size 36.

I get excited when I can buy usual prints in my size, but it excites me even more when I can see that pretty much everyone can wear the items on offer. It's so rare to see such an offering that I had to write about it straight away! This is exactly what I want to see from retailers especially those who claim #plusisequal #stylehasnosize etc. This lady has been quietly doing what we wanted all along and that is something that needs to be celebrated!

I have messaged her to see if she can get me a skirt in time for Curve Fashion Festival. Either way I'll be buying an item so expect a proper review soon - I just couldn't wear to share it with you all!

What is your favourite item of theirs?

Debz xx

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Beauty Trend Forecasts for London Fashion Week

Fashionistas, bloggers, designers and supermodels flock to London Fashion week to get the scoop on all the latest trends. Fashion designs worn on these runways will influence high-street fashion trends for the rest of the year, as will the hairstyles and make-up worn by the models. Read on for our London Fashion Week beauty trend forecast.

Dramatic Eyes

Beauty bloggers and fashion magazines like Vogue are hinting that dramatic eyes will be hot stuff this London Fashion Week. Think thick jet black liner that is heavily winged. This technique really accentuates the eyes and adds a modern and edgy finish to any look. Unique eyeliner designs, particularly small dots or arrows under one or both eyes, may also be seen this year.

Tousled Surf Hair

Out with the silky straight hair and in with the sexy, tousled, just got out of bed look. This hairstyle is great because it requires minimal styling and maintenance. A simple spritz with some tousling spray will help to create an effortless look. Ask your hairdresser for a blunt cut with a few layers snipped into it to help add a touch of body to your hairstyle. Rock Pamper Scissors make it easy to find and book hairdressers online. With a large selection of
hairdressers in Manchester and hairdressers in Leeds, Rock Pamper Scissors are currently expanding to include hairdressers and salons throughout the UK.

Bronzed Complexions

Inside info suggests that glamorous glowing and tanned models will be walking this year. Forget baking your skin in UV rays, to achieve the look you can go for a gentle bronzing lotion or book a spray tan. Bronzers and tinted highlights will help to really bring out the tan and keep it looking natural throughout the winter months.

Temporary Tattoos

Gone are the days of a semi-permanent tattoo that starts peeling in just several hours - there are now a range of tattoos that can last for a week or longer. Flash tattoos in metallic colours are going to be big next season, as are black tattoos in small geometric shapes and patterns, particularly on the hands or fingers.

Dark Pout

You may have already seen this trend worn by some of the world's most famous popstars and actresses - it is of course the burgundy pout. This colour that was popular in the 90s is making a huge comeback this season. Experiment with plum and deep black shades to really make a statement and dramatize any night-time look.

The No Make-up Make-up Look

Some designers will be ditching the bold make-up look in favour of a completely natural make-up look. Concealer, dewy foundation and a dash of highlighter are used to create a pretty base, while eyebrows are groomed to frame the face perfectly and achieve that bare face look.

From temporary tats to red wine lips, these are the beauty trends that you can expect to see on the catwalks of the next London Fashion Week. 

I wonder what this will mean for plus size fashion over the next session!

What do you think?

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Why I'm Excited To Attend The British Plus Size Awards

As a plus size blogger I always love to hear about new events within the plus size community. Shopping events, fashion shows, night clubs, seminars and more, when it comes to plus size events I have been to them all! Each and every one of them have been different, but yet give me the same warm fuzzy feeling.

To someone who hasn’t experienced it or in fact needed a community like this, it can seem a strange concept but I tell you now it really is like nothing else. When I started my blog I didn’t know much about this community or what it could offer me but finding it has been life changing!

That is why I love the fact that the British Plus SizeAwards have been invented, to celebrate something that I feel so passionate about. When I attend plus size events I get to be surrounded by positive people who feel just like me. People living in larger bodies knowing that they are worthy of happiness and not letting their dress size hold them back. When you write it down it seems like such a simple concept but often harder than it seems.

I attended my first British Plus Size Awards last year and I had a ball. For starters as a fashionista I loved seeing so many women dressed up to the nines. I had proper dress envy over some of the outfits people wore - a proper array of colour and sparkle which set off the evening perfectly.

I then sat back and watched plus size women, men, brands and more celebrated for what they bring to the table. It was fantastic watching people support others and of course feel proud of their achievements. It was fantastic to see people realising what they have done is so important and being recognised for that!

I love that there are different categories – for new bloggers and more established ones for example. I think it’s great that we celebrate models, fashion companies, underwear choices, entertainers and much more. It really was a great night and the perfect excuse to don a posh frock and eat good food.

Of course it goes without saying that I cannot wait to attend again this year. I am going with a 
handful of friends but I know that when I get there everyone will be friendly and welcoming. Everyone who attends the event is there for the same reason – to celebrate just how much this plus size industry has come. It’s made some very important steps forward this year and on the 21st November we’re all getting together to celebrate – will you be there?

Debz xx

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