Saturday, 24 June 2017

Broadband and Me: How It changed My Life

I think I was around 13 when we first got the internet in my house – which might seem like such an old age, but we were one of the first to get it. We had dial up and could only access at certain times of the day – and no one could call the house phone while we were online, how different things are now!

I have always loved the internet and it’s a love affair that has never died. I love what the online world can do and what it has bought me. I have friends I met online who I know will be lifelong 
friends, which is one of the many perks the internet has bought me.

Now a days I can use it to shop online, try new foods, learn new skills and so much more - it’s something that I wouldn’t want to be without. I realise that in many ways internet access is a luxury but it is one I would definitely want to keep above many others.

One of the many ways the internet benefits me is the world of blogging. Not only do I love being a blogger but it has opened up a whole new world for me. Main stream media isn’t forthcoming when it comes to the visibility of bodies like mine so having access to these thanks to the world of social media is live changing, in a way I never realised!

I love being able to browse Instagram and see fat bodies in clothing that I want (and can!) wear. 

I adore chats on twitter about plus size issues and interacting with brands. Being able to see people on Facebook with bodes like mind is fantastic and a luxury I would not want to change.

If you struggle with body imagine in anyway, I would recommend creating a social media world that suits you. Get a decent internet connection (more info here) and follow people who have a body like yours. You’ll see them achieving so much greatness, which is often the boost you need to realise that can be you too!

That’s my #BroadbandAndMe story – what’s yours?

Debz x

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

Beauty and The Best.

Yes, the 'Typo' above is correct, don't panic!

Over the past few months I have seen posts on Facebook from a company called Carolina Dress Room, offering dresses up to size 26. I have to say that these dresses are unlike anything I have seen on the plus size market before - really unusual prints from films such as Labyrinth and Alice in Wonderland. I lusted over the dresses for ages, wondering whether they were something that would work for me and my body.



Thankfully, there are lots of plus size people on my Facebook and I saw a couple of people that are over a size 26 wearing the dresses and looking fantastic. So, when this little number came up in the sale at £23 I thought I would give it a try!



I have to say, this dress really should be sized up higher as it is super generous. I would personally size it as a 30 as it fits me perfectly. It's a really soft stretchy material which falls nicely when it is on - even though technically it is too small for my body



It is the only dress I have tried from there but I would recommend. I am not sure if they are worth the full price on quality, however  I would pay for the unusual prints alone as they make some really stand out pieces! At £23 in the sale it is an absolute bargain and I would definitely grab more!

Let me know if you try one

Debz xx

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Essential Grooming Products For Surviving Summer


There’s nothing quite like waking up on a summer morning to glorious sunshine and the promise of a spectacular day. 

Maybe it’s the sudden burst of Vitamin D, but everyone just seems to be in a better mood. 
Al fresco BBQs, strolls around the park and maybe a cheeky wee pitstop at a beer garden – there’s definitely lots to keep everyone smiling. 
But the downside of the sweltering heat and outdoor festivities – clammy skin, sunburn, frizzy locks – isn’t quite so much fun. 

With that in mind, here are a few essential grooming products that’ll see you stylishly and comfortably through even the hottest days this summer. Check them out. 

#1: a protective moisturiser 

Whilst you should hopefully be well versed in regularly slathering your shoulders, arms and other exposed body parts with sun cream, remembering to do the same with your face (especially if you wear makeup) isn’t always so easy. 

Before you leave the house and before you start applying any foundation, slap on a healthy layer of a facial moisturiser containing SPF (Dream Screen from Benefit offers factor 45 protection and won’t leave your skin feeling greasy). 

#2: salon professional styling tools 
Want picture-perfect beachy waves capable of surviving an afternoon in the blazing heat without going flat and limp? Stars like Blake Lively may make it look totally natural, but it’s a hairdo that requires some serious styling tools and plenty of patience to achieve. 

Shop the Mark Hill range to nab yourself a salon professional hair wand at a budget-friendly price – it’ll create curls and ringlets with the staying power to last all day. 

#3: waterproof mascara 

All it takes is one cramped, hectic bus journey on a hot morning to have all the makeup that you spent so long carefully applying running down your face. 

That’s why, if you make only one beauty product substitution this summer, it should definitely be swapping to waterproof mascara. Whether you’re heading to the office for work or enjoying a day of sunbathing, it’ll stay perfectly in place throughout. 

#4: a hydrating face mask 

hydrating face mask is the perfect way to get your skin feeling soft and pain-free after overdoing it in the sun. 

You can make your own at home but, if that’s too much hassle for you, you won’t beat Garnier’s Moisture Bomb tissue mask. At only a couple of pounds from Feel Unique, it won’t break the bank either. 

#5: a mattifying face powder 

Keep that shine at bay by carrying a mattifying face powder in your bag throughout summer. It takes barely a minute to pat some on, but it’ll totally transform your makeup from tired and sweaty to fresh and flawless. 
Matte Maker Powder from Maybelline is one of the cheapest available, plus it also gives a good amount of coverage. 

What are your summer grooming essentials? 

Debz xx

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Monday, 12 June 2017

Gothic Summer Vibes

It's getting to that time of year where I am reminded that I love a good old maxi dress. I mean don't get me wrong, leggings and a dress are fantastic and I will always be a fan but there is something about a flowy maxi dress that makes me feel great. When it comes to summer, I love being able to throw on a dress with a pair of flip flops and just leave the house.

                                       

The lovely people at Simply Be sent me this dress earlier this week and I really love it! I wore it out to lunch the other day and sat in the sunshine and it was perfect. It's elasticated under the bust which means that it fits really nice - the skirt is flowy as well which is really nice. It is super long on me however I am only 5'2, so it could work well on someone taller too!

I love the lace affect around the shoulders and think this makes it so much nicer than just a plain black maxi dress. I don't actually own many plain clothes as I am much more a fan of colour but I like this, because the lace adds a little dimension to it.



Simply Be were kind enough to send this so I could try it for size, as I have had nightmares with their sizing coming up small. I have to say that this could not have fit better and I really hope it reflects in the rest of the seasons items!

What do you think you'll be wearing this summer?

Debz xx 

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The Price of Petrol and Other Things To Consider as a Driver!


Over recent months I have started to think about the possibility of learning to drive. I had a few lessons back when I was 20 but nothing since then – I do worry if I may be too old to learn, but I guess you never know unless you try!

For me, I think learning to drive could be a good thing. Since relocating to Birmingham I am around 2 hours from my family for example, so I have to rely on trains and public transport to get me there when I want to visit. It is the same for attending blogger events and visiting friends. I think it might be nice to have the freedom to come and go when I please, rather than having to load up Google maps and see when the next bus is and building my schedule around this.

One of the things I have given a lot of thought to since considering whether learning to drive is for me, is the price of petrol. I know from talking to friends and family that the price of petrol is a sticking point for many people – as the price has increased so much over recent years, with apparently not much more to show for it.

Yes, you could say that the look and feel of petrol stations has changed over many years – we have 24 hour coffee machines and the chance to get hot food when you visit, but is that really worth the price of extra petrol? I guess that is a matter of opinion!

You might not think about petrol stations when you consider look at forum insurance brokers websites but they do have a lot to help with your health and safety when you are driving. For example, at most petrol stations you can check your tires and buy oil to top up the engine if it is needed. We can do so much more than pop in fill up our cars with petrol and leave again.

What would you say you benefit most from when it comes to petrol stations? Me personally I love being able to pop in and get a nice cold drink and a magazine for my journey but I am sure most of you benefit from so much more!

Debz xx


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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Discovering New Brands: Sixteen47

I have to say, I pride myself in having a pretty decent knowledge of plus size brands what is out there to buy. Maybe of you know I have a list here http://ukplussizeretailers.co.uk/ which I work on whenever new brands get announced.

That said, every now and then a new brand hits my radar that I haven't heard of before - and this month it is Sixteen47. The brand was founded by Dawn French and her friend Helen Teague and they go up to a UK size 42, which I was really pleased to read!

The brand itself is not one I think I would wear all of the time, I would say their target audience is the 'older generation', if we were going to insist on putting people in boxes of what they should be wearing however it's nice to know that such a brand exists!!

They were lovely enough to send me this navy buttoned tunic top and it's really nice to wear. I can see this would be something you could throw on to pop into town and so some errands, easy to wear and not something you have to think too much about.
 


The quality of the time is really nice, so I can see why the price points of the garments are where they are at. You can tell by the feel of the material it is a piece to last, rather than the fast fashion so many of us are used to.



I'm really excited to see a UK brand doing up to a size 42, because it's fantastic to see options for people on the larger end of the plus size range.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Debz xx


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The Things You Don't Think About

As I am sure you all know, I don't have children. In fact up until a few years ago, I didn't really like babies at all - although my closest friends having the most adorable children recently changed that.

The other day I went to a soft play centre with a friend of mine and I have to say it was an experience. Don't get me wrong - I had the best time with her and her beautiful children, but I left a nervous wreck!

If it wasn't children running around with dinner in their hands, or arguing over who would go down the slide first (not my friends children I should point out!), it was worrying about if they would fall over and hurt themselves.

When we went outside, it all seemed so dangerous. I hadn't really thought about it before play surfaces have so much to contend it - It really is a good job that companies are on the ball and do such a good job! They really do have it all in hand and so I suppose, when you really think about it - there isn't much to worry about!

I have to say that, once the worry was over the time with my friend and her little people was fantastic and I can't wait to do it again! Aren't they amazing - growing so quickly and learning new things every day, it's the perfect way to spend an afternoon. 

Debz x

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