Saturday, 16 July 2016

The British Plus Size Awards 2016

Last week I found out that I was nominated for a British Plus Size Award again, and I am over the moon. You might remember that last year I was lucky enough to win Best Achievement at the awards - which was the most amazing feeling! This is the 3rd year running that I have been fortunate enough to be nominated for the Best Blogger award - YAY!

I have to say that attending the awards is always the most amazing night. It's one night on my social calendar where I get dressed up super glamorous and enjoy a wonderful 3 course meal. I do have quite a busy social life but this is a fantastic night of being all dressed up, feeling super glam - it's amazing!



Of course, when you combine that with hanging out some amazing blogger babes AND celebrating all aspects of the plus size industry it really does add up to an awesome night!

It goes without saying that I would love your vote for the awards but also if you can, I would love for you to attend. It's an amazingly uplifting night and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

You can vote for me here and find out more about attending the London event in November here


I am really, REALLY excited to say that I am being sponsored by the lovely team over at Lady Voluptuous for the event. Last year I wore their BEAUTIFUL Lyra dress and I can't wait to show you what I am wearing this year!

Hopefully see you there!

Debz xx


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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Catch The Bus: The Perfect Time To Catch Up On Life

This week I was invited by Stagecoach to talk about their Catch The Bus Week  - which is designed to show people what they could be doing during their commute if they weren't driving.

I jumped at the chance because I get the bus to and from work everyday and my local bus company happens to be Stagecoach.


I'll be honest, I am not a driver which is why you're probably used to seeing my train journey rants on Twitter - I don't seem to have much luck with train travel at all!


I would love to say that I use my bus travel time overly productively but to be honest with you, I use it to catch up on social media. That said, my 45 minute journey to work is nice and relaxing while I catch up on Snapchat and pop outfit photos up on Instagram. I even use the wifi on their bus so I don't use my mobile data  win/win!

Not going to lie, but you  have probably seen the odd #busselfie on my Instagram and Twitter too - sometimes the sunlight is so good that I just can't resist!



In the last few months we have even been given plastic swipes so for weekly tickets I don't even have to use a paper ticket. I even try and be organised and top up my card online! The good thing about bus pass prices is that Stagecoach do a weekly ticket, which works out perfectly for me!

My journey to work goes right up the promenade so I even share the odd snap like this to make everyone jealous ;)

Do you get public transport to get to work? Spend your time productively?

Debz 

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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Rediscovering Navabi

I have a few days off work and that always leads to more social media browsing and window shopping. Today I saw a few tweets mentioning plus size brand Navabi and thought I would head over to their website. I'll be honest I thought I would just be browsing and lusting over items I was missing out on - because in my head I was sure they went up to a size 28!

When I started looking at items I realised that they did up to a size 32 and so I thought I would share it with you all! For me, discovering brands that do over a size 28 is fantastic and something I'd always share.


Navabi have a really good range of items. I have read loads of reviews from different bloggers and have heard nothing good about the quality of the items on the website - which is always a good thing. Some of the items have a more mature look about them than I would usually wear, but I still feel the importance of sharing retailers that do larger size items! Also, I have seen lot of these items styled amazingly which just goes to show you can make anything work for you!

Some of the dresses available in my size that I really liked are:



I have to give a special shout out to this BEAUTIFUL dress; which would be perfect for a glitzy, glam event! This type of dress is SO HARD to find in top end plus sizes so I love Navabi for doing this UP TO A SIZE 32!!





I love discovering new brands and realising I have more shopping options! If you have any hidden gem shopping recommendations please share them with me :D

I have updated Navabi on 
my list of plus size retailers, because I didn't realise they did up to a size 32 - if there's any brands so I should add, give me a shout!

Debz xx

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Monday, 13 June 2016

British Plus Size Fashion

This weekend I was introduced to two new plus size brands, and seeing as I have nothing to do tonight but watch Coronation Street and eat cake from Home Sweet Home I thought I would throw together a blog post. The shops don't quite do my size, but with many options up to a size 26, I thought I'd write to you about them!

Lucy Alice

I know that for many people finding workwear is a real struggle. Over recent years we've really improved plus size fashion options but tailoring and smart wear still seems to fall far behind. Lucy Alice have loads of options, so I'd recommend giving their website a browse. 


When I checked their website they seemed to have a majority of suits available in plus sizes which is always a good thing if you ask me! So, if you're looking for an interview outfit or a new suit for work then I'd recommend giving them a look!

David Nieper

Although not one of the cheapest brands, David Nieper have a range of luxury ladieswear clothing. I know that fast fashion is the choice of many, but it's always nice to have more options. The dresses are a little 'older' style looking than I would usually wear but I think they could be styled really nicely.



Both of these brands manufacture their clothing in Britain, which I know is something many of you care about!

I've added both of these to my list of plus size retailers, because I didn't realise I was missing any - if there's any brands so I should add, give me a shout!

Debz x


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Monday, 30 May 2016

Lady Voluptuous: Maria - You Gotta See Her

If you're a reader of my blog then you'll know that I am a big fan of Lady V London and their plus size range Lady Voluptuous. This weekend I attended a wedding in Chester and so of course for a few weeks before I saw searching the internet for something appropriate to wear.

Plus size wedding guest outfits aren't always easy to come by and I knew I wanted something beautiful and unusual, so I knew I had my work cut out for me. Then Lady Voluptuous announced their Spring/Summer release of dresses and I knew I'd be able to find something.

In case you don't know the Lady Voluptuous range of dresses are all vintage dresses designed by Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust - all go up to a size 32.

So far from the Lady Voluptuous range I have the Estella, Ursula, Marilyn, Medusa, Bellatrix, Phoebe (in two prints) and now the Maria - I love them all for different reasons.



I chose the Maria because of the unusual pattern. I loved the idea of owning a mustard dress (I think she is my first) and the purple roses finished it off perfectly. I really like the neckline and the length of the dress too.  She comes complete with a belt that ties around the back to pull in the dress around the middle, which is a shape I really like.



There are still a couple of Lady Voluptuous dresses that I'd like to get but I have yet to decide what my next purchase will be!


One thing I wanted to touch upon is the fact that when you buy a dress, you'll probably never look like the model on the website. There are lots of people who worry about this and I wanted to tell you to STOP! It's OK not to look like the girl the website, because you look perfectly exactly as you are!



Which Lady Voluptuous dress is your favourite?

Debz x



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Sunday, 29 May 2016

The Ultimate Lazy Bank Holiday

If you saw any of my social media yesterday you'll see that I attended a wedding yesterday. The whole day was amazing - the wedding was beautiful and seeing so many old faces was great! Thursday and Friday I spent in London as well, so it's fair to see I am pretty tired! Thankfully I am off work until Tuesday so I have plenty of time to recover.


The sun is shining today, so I didn't want to spend the whole day in bed  - even though the temptation was there. So this morning I popped out to the shops, got some lovely food in, got home and did some housework and now I am chilling in my living room with all the windows open - is there anything nicer?

Now that all of that is done, I intend to do nothing else for the whole day! Instead I am messing about on social media, sharing some photos from the wedding and of course, catching up on the Britain’s Got Talent final.

As afternoons like this often do, it's led me to window shopping online and making list of items I need to buy when I get paid. One of the things I have been looking at is microwaves by Panasonic because I'm really in need of a new one.

I don't use my actual cooker all that much - instead doing most of what I need in my microwave and/or George Foreman grill. Safe to say all of the food I bought earlier is microwave friendly - because I do intend to make the rest of my bank holiday a lazy one!

There’s a few bank holiday sales on too so chances are I’ll be windowing shopping Lady V London and Scarlett & Jo later on today – though I do need to try and not buy too much!

How are you spending your weekend?


Debz xx

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Keep Your Curves and Stay Fit Without Stepping Foot Inside a Gym

Keep Your Curves and Stay Fit Without Stepping Foot Inside a Gym

I am sure by now you guys know that I am a fatty who is more than comfortable with how she looks. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t like to try and be active. I tried the gym once and realised quickly that it wasn’t for me – however if you like to go to the gym that’s OK too! I prefer to stay active in otherways – once that are less costly for a start!

Walking

Do you know what people do when they go to the gym and step on a treadmill? Walk. The idea bemuses me. Why you would go to an indoor place to walk. None the less, people do it in droves. Me, however, I prefer to walk outdoors. And outdoor walking has made such an improvement to my life that I can’t praise it enough. Whether I am walking around the block or talking a walk down the prom, the fresh air and cardio activity have a great impact on my physical and mental health.

Yoga

If you think that a plus sized girl can’t do yoga, I am here to tell you otherwise.  I know lots of friends that take part in plus size yog and really, really enjoy it. I thought I would see what was available in plus sizes and I was surprised at the selection available! I headed to the Groupon page for JD Sports and could see lots that would suit many of you! I can imagine a yoga class being as fun and friendly as the plus size dance class of Ashleighs that I attended a few months back, so I really need to try one!

Incidental Exercise

This is a trick that I actually picked up from one of my yoga friends - incidental exercise. She was telling me that the time I climbed the stairs at home or walked to the printer at work all counted as small forms of exercise. The trick, she taught me, was to make the most of them. Now, when I walk up the stairs to go to bed, I take two steps up, one down, then three steps up. A small increase in the amount of steps I walk makes a difference. When I need something from the printer at work, I choose to go the long way and add a few extra steps to the count. I quickly learned that small instances like this all added up!


If you like to stay active but can’t stand the gym, these are great ways for you to keep your body and mind active without the need for a gym membership! 

Debz x