Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Floral For Winter: Scarlett & Jo

I have to be honest and say that I don't pay much attention to the seasons when it comes to clothing. I am not a massive fan of big winter coats or layering. When it comes to clothing I love bright colours and patterns and I don't see why winter should be any different.

However I know that when it comes to winter, many people prefer to wear more muted colours - perhaps they are mourning the loss of summer? 

When Scarlett & Jo offered to send me an item a few weeks ago I chose this Black Floral Jersey Dress. I thought it would be good to have some darker colours in my wardrobe for winter, but the floral pattern gives a nod to summer which I miss so much!

The dress itself is a lovely fit and definitely a bit generous, you could easily afford to size down. I love the length and the peep-hole at the top which allows it to be an evening or a day dress. It has a waist tie which also gives it a nice fit.

To be honest with you at the moment it feels as though Scarlett & Jo can do no wrong and this dress is certainly no exception!

What are you loving by Scarlett & Jo at the moment?

Debz xx

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Monday, 24 November 2014

The British Plus Size Awards 2014

On Saturday I went to the British Plus Size Awards at the Blu Raddison hotel in London. At £130 a ticket I would probably have not have afforded to go, but I was lucky enough to win tickets via BGP Magazine and so I attended with Lucia from U Can't Wear That.

I don't want to talk too much about the awards, because there are so many blog posts floating around already and I am sure there will be many more. What I do want to say is that the night was lovely, much nicer than I anticipated. It was really lovely to get dolled up, eat nice food and drink glasses of champers on the red carpet as you do!

There were a number of awards given out, which I'll link at the end of this. It was lovely to see brands like Taking Shape, Yours Clothing and Curvy Kate supporting the awards. I do feel it was a big shame that brands such as Asda and New Look didn't get behind the awards, I'd love to see them there next year supporting the cause! The feeling of being in a room full of plus size women and their supporters is amazing.

I love attending blog events and feeling the support of women who know what it is like to be in your shoes. Doing this within the glitz and glamour of an award ceremony, surrounded by women wearing AMAZING dresses was fantastic!

The hotel was fantastic, the service was brilliant and there was so much glamour in the room that you couldn't fail to have a good time.

The lovely team at Lady V London were kind enough to send me a dress to wear for the awards. I choose the Violet Poppy Print Hepburn dress. I initially wanted one of the Estella dresses but they have proved so popular that they've sold out in my size already - which is pretty amazing to be honest! 

The Hepburn only goes to a 26/28 but I thought I would try it anyway and have to say I love how it fits. I have some proper outfit photos and details which I'll pop in another post later on in the week!

Whether it's award ceremonies blogger events, Facebook groups or just a get together with body positive friends we need to continue this trend of supporting each other and lifting each other up - because it's a feeling like no other!

If you could give someone a Plus Size award - what would you give?


And The Winners Were:

Best celebrity Female - Lisa Riley, Best celebrity Male - James Corden, Best Entertainer - Sarah Millican, Best Model - Haley Hasselhoff, Best High street Retailer -  Yours Clothing, Best Online Retailer - ASOS, Best Designer - Lovedrobe, Best Accessories Range - Chunky Cat Cuddler, Best Footwear Range - New Look, Best Lingerie Brand - Curvy Kate, Best Swimwear Range -  Yours Clothing, Best Magazine - Big Is Beautiful, Best Bridal Range - Curves and Couture, Best Supermarket Range -  George at Asda, Best Lingerie Blog - Curvy Kate, Best New Blogger - Hollie @ Pretty Big Butterflies, Best Fashion Blog - Georgina @ She Must Be Loved, Best Person In Business - Andrew Killingworth @Yours Clothing, Best Blogger - Betty @ Pamper and Curves, Best Fashion Event - Plus North, Best Achievement - Sarah Hadzipasic

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Friday, 21 November 2014





British Plus Size Awards

You have between now and 9:45pm this evening to win a pair of tickets to the British Plus Size Awards.

Simply comment on this blog post with the person you would bring with you!!

I will pick a person at random at 9:45pm to win a pair of tickets. You can see details of the awards at http://www.britishplussizeawards.co.uk/

The awards take place tomorrow (22nd November) in London.  

Good luck

Debz xx

Winner will be picked at random. You must be contactable this evening to confirm your attendance. Prize is for ticket only. No alternative.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Is Plus Size Fashion MissGuided?

You have probably seen online today that online retailer MissGuided launched their first plus size range. I have to admit that before last week I hadn't heard of the clothing website, mainly because their main range seems to stop at a size 14, with a handful of pieces in a size 16.

Their Curvy+ range launched today and has been met with love. The range (which stocks sizes 16-24) seems to be a good extension and representation of their existing range, which is always good news!

Now, you could say it is because I am bitter that I can't fit into their Oxblood Gilet, but I am disappointed that the range stops at a size 24. I guess seeing as they previously did up to a size 14/16 it is a massive step in the right direction but I want to see retailers taking leaps! 

Now a days, buying a size 24 dress online is not a novelty. We have an abundance of retailers who now stock plus size collections up to a size 24/26. Yes, some of the MissGuided pieces are brilliantly fashionable but who decided that fashion stopped at a size 24?

With retailers like MissGuided shouting from the roof top for days before their collection that they're launching such an exciting product - I would love for it to be something more than we normally see.

I honestly think people who believe plus size fashion should stop at a size 24 are misguided. There are so many bigger women who are crying out for pieces like this, we just need a retailer to listen!

I love the MissGuided plus size range and I can see why it has been so well received, but I would love to see more! 

What do you think?

Debz xx

Monday, 17 November 2014

House of Fraser: Plus Size Saviour?

I am always pleased to hear about plus size options, so House of Fraser offering plus size clothing is fantastic news to me! Actually House of Fraser and their plus size collection is nothing new, but it seems that their offerings have really improved over recent months. 

In October I had the chance to try House of Fraser for myself and I was pleasantly surprised by their offerings. I would say that they're not exactly breaking boundaries - because they're offering items that are already on sale by other brands. However, the chance to buy from a range of brands in one place is always good for me. Brands you can buy from include: Evans (including Scarlett and Jo), Taking Shape, Samya, Juna Rose and much more!

They had a good sale on when I went too - and most of you will know I am quite the bargain hunter! They also do right up to a size 30, which is another bonus.

I chose this Spotted Skater Dress from Evans

I love the fact that it is only £20 too! For me the fit is perfect and the pockets are a nice addition. Its a really nice material which makes it nice to wear in colder weather. I teamed it up with leggings but the length meant I could have easily worn it without too.

Have you bought anything from the House of Fraser Plus Size Collection?

Debz x

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Pink Clove: Here's What I Would Have Spent

When Pink Clove launched last year with an array of tartan dresses, print tops and leggings that went up to a size 32 I was one of the first to sing their praises from the roof tops! I love the fact that they offered fast, fashion in sizes right up to a size 32.

Slowly I started to notice that their new arrivals would shrink quite considerably when I ticked the 30/32 box to see what was available. To me it was such a shame that a range that started so well went down hill. I understand there are probably some restrictions as to what they can offer & that some 30/32 options is better than none - but I'd love to see more!

Today I thought I would head to the Pink Clove website to see what they were saying... Firstly they had this AMAZING dress in a size 32 which made me very happy, it's an item I'll be adding to my wardrobe for sure!

Seeing this in my size spurred me on to see what else was available. Their New Arrivals page is pretty exciting at the moment and I love seeing these plus size options. Sadly as soon as I tick my size I go down from 18 pages of available items to get 8... Which if you ask me, is a massive shame.

I feel like we need to start letting retailers know what we would buy, if they would give us the option. After all, they're not going to start stocking it until they know the demand is there!

So... Pink Clove, Here's What I Would Have Spent!

I really feel that alot of this is great for plus size fashion... Extend the sizes offered and I'd be even happier! Keep up the good work Pink Clove, but do what you can to make a fat girl happy please ;)

Debz xx

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