Sunday, 19 October 2014

Bon Marche - It Really Is Good Shopping!

I don't know if you are the same as me, but when it comes to shopping I tend to stick to the same handful of shops. I know that I have plenty of options now when it comes to plus size retailers but for some reason I still tend to stick with what I know.

To me, Bon Marche has always been a bit of a grown up shop and as someone who wants to stay young forever, I think that has always put me off a little bit. However, actually when they emailed me about the new Ann Harvey range I was pleasantly surprised.

For starters I was pleased to see that that the range goes right up to a size 32 which is great news. I am so used to seeing plus size ranges stop at a 24-26, so anything that goes above this gets my vote!

The Ann Harvey range at Bon Marche actually has some really love items to choose from, especially if you are looking for a dress or outfit for a special occasion.

They also have a really nice collection of more basic items which would be a good addition to a wardrobe and can be styled in all sorts of ways

For me, seeing another name on the high street and online offering sizes up to a 32 in a range of their clothing is always a good thing! I am definitely going to make sure that I keep an eye on brands like this to see what they're offering, I am pretty sure I'll be able to pick up some gems along the way by doing so!

Have you tried anything from Ann Harvey and/or Bon Marche?

Debz xx

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Will This Fit? An Evans Shape Stylist Review!

Last week, the lovely ladies at Evans contacted me to tell me about a new service they're offering - The Shape Stylists. For me, it seems like such a fantastic idea and I am so surprised that something like this isn't used more often.

I am sure we all shop in much the same way when we shop on the high street - we hold items, we feel material, we stretch items etc just to see how well they'll fit us and whether we like them. Whilst online shopping is fantastic, you just don't get this same experience - especially if you want to buy an item that hasn't been reviewed by a blogger.

The idea behind The Evans Shape Stylists is that you can chat to someone about the items you are interested in and how well you think they will fit. You can ask them about stretch, length, size and even items to be paired up with them and recommendations! The stylists themselves are store staff from up and down the UK, so you get to speak to people who really know the products and are experienced when it comes to fitting them onto plus size bodies - brilliant!

When Evans gave me the chance to try the service for myself and buy a few items, I jumped at the chance - just because I think it's quite an exciting idea! I tried not to speak to the Evans ladies too much about the service before I went into it, just because I wanted to go into it as a normal customer and see how easy it was - and I was pleasantly surprised!

I decided to be sensible and look at getting some jeans and some winter boots, as I think I really have to start to come to terms with the fact that summer is well and truly gone. My Shape Stylist was Sarah and she couldn't have been more helpful! I haven't put the whole conversation up (because I chat ALOT!) but it gives you an idea on how the screen works and just how easy it is to chat to someone on this service.

Sarah ended up finding me some lovely ankle winter boots that I wanted and recommend that I give Jeggings a try, as I had been put off of buying these in the past - just because they're not something I've ever been able to buy on the high street and when shopping online it's hard to know what size to go for etc.

I found Sarah really friendly and she clearly knew her stuff. What I really loved is that it wasn't just about trying to push items for me to buy in order to make the sale, instead she was more than happy to tell me items to avoid and things that she didn't think I would get on with.

I ended up making a few purchases thanks to Sarah, which I am waiting to arrive and will review another day! I have to say that having another person to ask when it comes to plus size shopping is fantastic. I have relied heavily on plus size bloggers when it comes to product recommendations and help with brand sizing, but now having someone else to ask is bloody brilliant!

You can use the Shape Stylist service 7 days a week... 9am-9pm Monday-Friday, 3pm-7pm Saturday and 5pm-9pm Sunday too!

Have you tried the Evans Shape Stylist service before? Do you think this is something that you would find helpful?


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I was lucky enough to be gifted some items to buy in order to review this service (review of the clothes coming soon) and I am very grateful, but I am always open and honest in my review

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Massive Fan of Matalan

Earlier this year when Matalan announced that they were going to expand their plus size range, I was excited! Since then they have continued to add items to their range and I have to say I am constantly impressed.

One of the nicest things about the Matalan plus size range is the fact that it goes up to a size 30 and personally I am pleased whenever I see a range that goes above a size 26! When you look at the Matalan range you'll see that there are some lovely going out items and a good mixture of basics, so there is something for everything.

Some of my favourite picks are:

What's even better is that none of those items cost more than £25 and in fact the heart jumper is currently in the sale for £9 - bargain!

Seeing as winter is fast approaching I thought I'd better take a look at the coats and jackets they had and they actually have some amazing choices!

Have you bought anything from Matalan lately, what's caught your eye?

Debz x

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Clothes That Strictly Have The X Factor!

WOW. Do I Get An award for the worst headline ever?? Probably!

Anyway, after a busy few weekends and another weekend away next weekend I thought I should have a quiet one this weekend - and actually I am quite enjoying! I had a beaut of a curry with my family earlier and now I am watching Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor is to follow!

Often when I am watching TV I find myself online window shopping and lusting over items that I can't afford or might buy in the future! To be honest this gets bigger and bigger each week, there's just so many pretty items out there!

So... I thought I would share with you some of the items I am lusting over at the moment!

Black And Pink Floral Print Midi Dress With Mesh Insert From Yours Clothing

I know it's not a very wintery pattern or colour but I really love this dress! It's in the sale for £22 at the minute too which is a bit of a bargain!

Exclusive Swing Dress In Pineapple Print by ASOS Curve

I haven't had massses of luck with swing dresses but I am determined to try them  more. I really love this unusual print and colouring.

Baby Doll Checked Dress by Simply Be

I have lusted over this baby doll check dress ever since I spotted it at Style XL! It's currently in the Simply Be sale so I would probably snap it up before it goes!

Do You Want Curves With That By Nicky Rockets

Nicky Rockets has a whole number of really funky, curvy character based t-shirts and this is my fave! I've held off so far because I am not sure how it will fit, but I do need to buy one of these at some point!

Dancing Lady Necklace

Something a little different, but this Dancing Lady Necklace from the team over at Black Heart Creatives could not be more perfect!

So there you have it, 5 items that are well and truly on my wishlist at the moment! What are you lusting after?

Debz x

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Happy Birthday To Me!

While I was in London I celebrated my birthday by having dinner with friends in Wahaca in Angel - which was amazing and lovely!

I wore an ASOS dress which has fast become one of my favourites. Unfortunately I was too busy having a good time and drinking passion fruit mojiotos to take any proper outfit pictures, but here are a couple I took of the night and a quick, cheeky bathroom selfie so you can see a bit of the dress.

It is the same dress I blogged here, except it is in a different pattern. I love the dress & the fit though, I really can't recommend it enough!

In other news I have been using a hair treatment on my hair and it's really improved the condition of it. The lovely team over at Old Wives Tail sent it to me a few weeks ago and I really love the conditioner makes my hair feel. I have to admit to being quite lazy when it comes to hair products etc. so I never want to use anything that is too fiddly. 

I've been putting their Argan & Rosemary Organic Oil Treatment on wet hair and then washing it out an hour or so later. It is quite tricky to wash out because it's oil based but it's well worth it for the shine and feel of my hair afterwards. They actually stock a range of products for hair, so it's worth seeing what they have to suit you. I was lucky enough to be gifted the item (but my opinion is still honest) but their prices seem pretty reasonable anyway!


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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Loving You, Is Easy Because You're Beautiful

A few days ago I read this post by Lucia at U Can't Wear That and it really stirred something up inside me. If you haven't read it yet, please take 5 minutes out to read it, you won't regret it!

As plus size bloggers it can sometimes seem easy for us to put on a pretty dress, smile for the camera and 'be confident', but the truth is that it doesn't always come that easy. In fact I would say for most of us the journey to loving our bodies has been a long and varied one - with many people not knowing they would ever be in the position of loving their body just as much as they do - but it's proof you can get there! This is a bit of a rambly post, not sure where it's heading or if it even has much point, but I'll publish it anyway!

I honestly think that my confidence came with age - it came with the knowledge that although some people can be cruel most of the time people don't care if you're a fat body in a tight dress or whether you're covering up your calves with leggings - they're too busy going about their own business to pay much attention to you. 

However, as Lucia said it would be lovely to live in a world where we don't need to develop like fine wine and get 'better' with age, but instead grow up loving our bodies and being confident in our skin from the get-go. But how do we get there?

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought that you shouldn't wear what you were wearing because you were too fat, too thin or had the wrong shaped body to pull of such a look? If you have, then you are far from alone! Now imagine your friends thinking that about themselves, ludicrous isn't it! Could you imagine saying any of the things you say to yourself, to your sister, your mother or your friend? The truth is that the horrible words you say to yourself, your loved ones are saying to themselves too and we need to make it stop!

Loving yourself is amazing and feeling confident in your own skin is something that money really can not buy. It's about more than pretty dresses and having access to a varied wardrobe of clothes - its about knowing you can put on any of those clothes and shine. It's about not being scared to walk into a pub on your own (we've all been there) or staying home because you 'have nothing to wear'. Yes, we all have those days and yes we all fight with our wardrobes on Saturday night trying on a thousand dresses only to end up with our original choice - but it is possible to do that with a body you love and are comfortable in.

I have spoken before and I will again about the importance of positive and varied media. I read Heat Magazine and I can't resist Chat Mag, but I also read plus size media, look at art containing disabled bodies, listen to poetry about body positivity and so much more. I honestly believe it has shaped me a life of being happy in my very big body and I can tell you now it's an amazing position to be in.

Much like Lucia in her article, I can only hope that we can all get there - in this world it isn't always easy but it is possible. Be a little easier on yourselves & compliment each other - we're the only ones who can build ourselves up instead of dragging each other down!

Leave someone you love a compliment today!

Debz xx

Friday, 26 September 2014

The Lady Who Went To Tea Featuring Lady V London

You might remember a few months I wrote very excitedly about the Estella Dress by Lady V London, designed by Georgina at Fuller Figure, Fuller Bust. At my birthday celebrations earlier this week I could have cried with happiness when my friends presented me with a package that contained one of them! I am SO happy to say I am now a proud Estella Dress owner and it feels good!

This morning I ran a Macmillan Coffee Morning locally to me and I used it as an excuse to wear the dress out for the first time... Well tea and cake does go perfectly with a pretty dress like this. The dress fits perfectly and I love the shape it gives my body. 

I had to wear a vest to underneath to protect my modesty and I would probably usually wear it with a cream or white best top but I don't think the black top looks bad at all! (On that note, I hear that  the new out Lady V London dresses have an improved fit with a stitch on the wrap part at the front so I would be interested to try it).

The material is a lot thicker than I expected but not in a way that makes it too hot or too stiff to wear. It doesn't have much stretch but that does mean that it 'brings you in' and I love the shape that this gives me. I wear the waist quite high so the length is perfect but you could easily get away with this if you were taller too!

Lady V London have just released a range of polka dot dresses in the same shape, which I would love to try especially with the extra stitch on the wrap to give a better fit.

Do you have an Estella dress? Which one is your favourite?

Debz x

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