Sunday, 30 August 2015

A New Look At Savvy Plus Size Shopping

A couple of weeks ago I discovered that my local New Look still had an Inspire section. To be honest I rarely look for clothing on the high street so I just assumed that it would have disappeared when I heard that they had gotten rid of so many. However, I was happily surprised to discover it's still there!

On pay day I popped into do some shopping before work and I am so glad that I did. For starters they had an amazing sale on which meant I came away with 2 dresses, a top and a pair of shoes for £21 - now that's enough to make anyone happy! On top of that, despite the signage saying up to size 26 I picked up a top in a 32 and a dress in a 28. It might sound like such a small thing, but buying affordable clothing in my size ON THE HIGH STREET really did make me very happy!


I managed to pick up this beautiful dress for the 'hefty' price tag of £7! It's a really nice material which clings to my body and gives me a shape that I enjoy. I'm wearing this in a size 28. It's a big clingy so it does ride up a little - hence the wise decision to wear leggings! The shoes were £3 in the New Look sale too - YAY!


Now as you know I am a fan of belts to give me a shape - I couldn't fit a belt I liked so instead I improvised. You can't see it in the photos but around my 'waist' I have the strap of a handbag wrapped around me in a belt style. It's nice and tight so I really like what it does to my body. Before I started really plus size blogs I probably wouldn't have improvised in that way before but I am glad that I did.



I can't find the dress on the website, but they have loads of stuff in their sale so it's well worth a browse. 

What's been your best bargain lately?

Debz x

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Getting Into The Esprit of Shoes

You might remember a few days ago I blogged about shoes I bought from New Look. Rather than always assuming I need wide fit shoes I have decided to make sure that I consider all of my options. Although wide fit shoe selections have got better over recent years, there are still so many more choices if you decide to ignore labels and just go for it.

I have blogged loads of times about how you should ignore clothes sizes and just got by what fits and I feel the same about shoes. Different brands, styles and materials will always fit people differently. Of course well fitted shoes are important but don’t let that allow you to be put off of trying something a little different.

That is why I decided to have a look at Esprit and browse their shoe collection. They are yet again another shop that I wouldn't have thought of, but they have so many fantastic choices. Here's my pick of the best:

Soft ankle boots - they look perfect for winter!

Some trainers with a difference

As you can see, they have a real good selection. Of course I haven't tried on any of the shoes yet so I don't know what they are fit wise but I have gone for sensible selections. Ones that don't look too narrow, no heels, avoiding straps that could be too short etc. That said, if you have narrower feet you will have no end of choices on their website. When you consider how interchangeable the weather is at the moment, a comprehensive choice of shoes can only be a good thing!

Where do you shop for shoes? Any hidden gems I should know about?

Debz x

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

YOU Are The They - Be Kind To Yourself

I am someone that is quite heavily (no pun intended) involved in many aspects of the plus size community. From attending plus size events, to being a member of Facebook groups I do it all. I love it and chatting to women of all shapes and sizes about their bodies makes me a very happy girl. Of course, being involved in the community means you get to meet people on different stages of their journey and that is fine, but it can sometimes be a little frustrating.


Every day I see beautiful women putting themselves down - often not even because they mean it but because it has become some what of a habit. They think that they should be covering their arms and disguising their stomachs, but no one else wants to see  that. Sometimes I get frustrated that these women aren't in the same place as I am, but I have to remember that the journey to body acceptance is sometimes a long and twisted one and we're all at different stages.


What I will say to anyone that has doubts about their body is just to try and be a little kinder to yourself. When you use hurtful words to describe yourself you're giving other people permission to talk to talk to you like that. If you could listen to what you are saying & you could hear those words being said to someone else, how would you feel? The chances are that if you over heard someone telling someone else that they were fat and ugly or that they should be covered up because they are disgraceful you would feel horrified and do what you can to stop it. So when you are saying those things to yourself, why is that OK?? The answer is, it isn't.

I really do understand that in today's society, loving your body is hard work. But that doesn't mean that it isn't worth it. Work hard to love your body and just be a little kinder to it, it;s worth it I promise it!


The important thing to remember is that your body is worthy of love, no matter what 'state' it is in - whether you feel too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, too unhealthy etc - your body is still desperate for you to love it. You only get one body in this life time and all it wants is for you to love and appreciate it... When you think of it like that, why would you deny it?

I am so proud to say that the #WeAreTheThey movement has continued that is thanks to people like you. So many of you send your kinds words and photos for the #WeAreTheThey movement and you have made such a difference. People at the very early stages of loving their bodies really do benefit from seeing your photos so please keep up the good work. You make me all so proud.

On that note, WE have been nominated for an award. I realise that it sounds cheesy as hell but it is the truth. #WeAreTheThey might have been my initial idea but I couldn't have sent 10,000 tweets over 3 days on my own. You all made #WeAreTheThey happen and I would love for us to win. Simply head to this page and click to vote. Best Achievement is at the bottom and you can just vote for that category if you wish, you don't even need to put your name and/or email in. I am also up for Best Blogger if you're feeling particularly generous however it really is #WeAreTheThey that I would love to see win. After all, #WeAreTheThey and we won't be bullied into silence.

I would love to have your vote :D http://www.britishplussizeawards.co.uk/voting-2015/


Debz x

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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Win Tickets To The Curve Fashion Festival

You might remember I blogged a few weeks ago about The Curve Fashion Festival. The event takes place in Manchester and if you're able to attend I really recommend it!

It's an all day event with fashion shows, seminars and the chance to get up close and personal with your favourite brands. Their website has all of the information you need  - http://www.thecurvefashionfestival.co.uk/



Anyway, the lovely people behind the event have been kind enough to give me a pair of tickets to give away. You'll get a pair of ALL INCLUSIVE tickets so you can enjoy the whole day!

As you can see from their website, there is loads going on throughout the day!

http://www.thecurvefashionfestival.co.uk/tickets2.html


Good luck

Debz x


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Thursday, 20 August 2015

A Bit of Bling with House of Fraser

If you have seen any photos of my nights out then you will know that I love a good statement necklace. Something bright and bold always goes down well and something that I really enjoy wearing. I was browsing House of Fraser for jewellery the other day and I was pleasantly surprised at how much of their stuff was up my street.

When I looked at the jewellery section of the website I found that there was loads I would buy and loads I would buy if I had the funds. They really do have something to cater for everyone - which I suppose you would expect from somewhere like House of Fraser.




I chose this flower necklace because I love the white flowers. I think it's a piece that could be teamed up with so much and would match with nearly everything. It's quite short on me which I like, but I would also team it up with an extender to make it a bit longer with certain outfits too!



I was pleasantly surprised at the range that House of Fraser had, especially as it wouldn't usually be the first place I would look for statement jewellery. They have a sale on at the moment too, so it's a real winner!




Where do you go to first for statement jewellery?

Debz x

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Shoes Fit For A Princess

If you're on my Instagram you'll see that a few days ago I picked up some bargain shoes from New Look. Perhaps what was most exciting for me about these was the fact that they aren't wide fit. I had definitely fallen into the trap of assuming I need wide fit shoes without trying them all. I am glad I got back to basics and tried something different - because I got some shoes I would have usually walked past.

Following on from this I was invited to do a wishlist for a couple of shoe companies, so I thought I would. After all, I have promised some varied blog content :)

Firstly I was invited to check out the ladies boots on offer from Jones Bootmaker. Considering yesterday I walked home from work in a pair of canvas shoes - in the pouring rain now could be the perfect time to start looking at boots! I think trying their calf boots would be pushing it a bit, but I love some of the ankle boots they have on offer!



Melia Ankle Boot, Leo Ankle Boot, Lana Chamber Ankle Boot

I like the front shape of these boots as they don't look like they would be too restrictive on wider feet. That said, the website has lots of choices and many boots that I lusted over!

Then I thought I'd look at Rieker boots from Shoetique

Z0414-25 Tobacco and the 95891-35 Vino Boots

I really liked the Vino boots because of the two different was they can be worn. I like that theyre both lined too - no more wet feet from silly canvas shoes!

What shoes do you like to wear in winter?

Debz x


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Monday, 17 August 2015

She Was A Scooter Girl - Another Plus Size eBay Skirt

You might remember a few weeks ago I wrote about some rather fabulous plus size skirts I found on eBay. The watermelon and the music note prints went down a storm - I loved seeing all of your pics!

The lovely lady who makes the skirts promises to get in loads more exciting prints in and personally I can't wait to see what she comes up with!

A couple of days ago she sent me this lovely skirt to try and of course it's a hit! What I love about these skirts is that you give her your measurements, so they fit you perfectly. She even makes the waistbands wider on larger sizes, there really is so much thought put into these!

I love the fun print of this skirt - it's unique and unusual! It's a sort of hula theme, with lots of colours that you can use to match up with accessories that you wear. I really like the fact that it's covered in scooters - where else would you see something so fun!?



I really hope that the lady behind these skirts keeps up the great work. I think her items are an amazing addition to the plus size world - have you head over to eBay to find yours yet?

What prints would you like to see on a skirt like this? Personally I have my eye on the Ohh Laa Laa Paris skirt!

Debz xx

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