Tuesday, 9 October 2018

The Curve Fashion Festival 2018

Affectionately known as Curve Fest, The Curve Fashion Festival is definitely a highlight in the plus size calendar. I've been three years in a row, right from the very first small event in Manchester where we were all learning about the event and what it could mean - however I don't think anyone could guess it would become so popular.

Sadly, I am missing out this year as the event is a huge event in Liverpool, in a shiny new venue that looks amazing! I've told many people about Curve Fest and what it means, and if you haven't been (or you have and loved it), I'd really recommend it for 2018!


When I have told people about it in the past, I've described it as a fat Clothes Show Live. As a teenager, I always loved the thought of attending Clothes Show Live (usually held at Birmingham NEC I believe) but I was worried that nothing would fit and I would have a terrible time.

The Curve Fashion Festival

There is no such worry with The Curve Fashion Festival, as it is all plus size friendly and body positive brands. There are cat walks that feature larger women, seminars given by plus size influencers and so much more!

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^^ Me at the event last year ^^

It is hard to say what is best about Curve Fest, however I would say it's simply spending a day with friendly people, who look like you and love fashion as much as you! You'll also get to see loads of brands there, including Debenhams who are there for the 2nd year running - last year to promote their fabulous beauty range and his year to give us all a look at their lingerie collection!

This year the event is in November and if you can attend, I really would urge you to go along!

Debz x

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Monday, 8 October 2018

Make your car Roadworthy this Winter

As I am sat here, watching X Factor with a blanket on the sofa, there can be no denying that winter is on its way! In fact, in 3 months’ time we'll be over a week into 2019 - how is that even possible? As I am sure most of you know, I am a summer person - so the cold days and dark evenings are not my friend at all.

One of the things I hate about the cold weather is that you can't just leave the house. In summer I can put on a pair of leggings, a dress and flip flops and I'm good to go - winter is all about layers, being warm and keeping dry, it's just a massive hassle!

Every season we pay attention to ourselves and look after how we could adapt to our environment. Little or no heed is paid to our belongings especially one of the most important being our mode of transport – our vehicles!

Safety First

Of course, as well as worrying about being cold, winter can be pretty dangerous too! No one wants to slip on the ice, or have tyres struggling on a snowy road. Whether you're walking someone, or driving a vehicle, it really is important to make sure you take as many precautions as possible to make sure that everyone stays safe!

During winter season driving becomes a mission in its self. Let’s just not get into the feeling of getting yourself out there clearing up the snow from you to head to work or to drop your kids off early morning.

It is really important to assure safety for yourself and your passengers as the roads tend to get slippery in winters- Causing accidents.

Along with maintaining your speed, make sure that your tyres are roadworthy. Your car tyres should be fit enough to ensure safe and smoother driving conditions.

Preparing Everything As well as fashion, you need to think about other ways to be prepared for the cold weather. For example, if you have a car then you'll definitely want to take better care of it in the winter. I don't even just mean when it's snowy and you want to drive saver, I mean simply keeping your vehicle happier in colder climates.

One of the best things you can do is make sure your car service and maintenance is up to date. As well as getting a mechanic to keep an eye on your vehicle, it is a good idea to regularly check things such as oil and water. In fact, it wouldn't harm you on how to keep an eye on things such as tyre pressure too!

Never Too Much

You can never really do too many safety checks on a car, after all during winter it is going to be putting up with some pretty grueling conditions. It is far better to do many safety checks than it is to put lives a risk by driving a potentially dangerous car in snowy, icy, wintery conditions.
Get brakes checked, so you know they're going to be reliable when breaking on icy roads. Check tyres so you know they can grip the road when it's snowy, and check oil to make sure your car is in the best possible position to drive!

Check for your oils so that you don’t go through the hassle of breakdowns and stopping your car midway to check or call for help that may cause inconvenience and stress you out – hence take precautionary measures! Of course, it goes without saying that checking brakes is essential, they need to be working correctly to ensure that you can drive safely and securely!

Calling in the Experts

Realistically, not everyone is going to have the skills, time or patience to do this - so if that is the case, it's time to call in the experts. Have a look at local places that can help and for your car choose car servicing by Ossett Tyre House in Dewsbury or someone local to yourself.

What tips would you give a car driver?

Debz x

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Monday, 24 September 2018

Glam Up Your LBD

If you're someone that listens to fashion rules, then every woman needs at least one great little black dress in their wardrobe. The LBD is one of the most versatile garments that can be worn for almost any occasion, and which you can quite easily dress up or down and change to suit any event simply by changing the accessories you wear and the way you do your hair and makeup.

One of the best ways to wear your little black dress is the glam way. You can look effortlessly elegant and undeniably glamorous in a little black dress with a few simple tweaks.

Here are some of the best ways to effortlessly glam up your LBD:

Layer Up Your Necklaces

If you want to really make an impact when you rock up in your favourite LBD by changing the way it looks for the better, layer up your necklaces. Pick a few of your favourite pieces and wear them all at once! This will work best if you have a few different styles, colours and textures, but even layering up lots of thin, simple silver chains will add some much-needed sparkle to your beautifully simple dress.

Add a Collar

If your LBD has a high enough neckline, you could add a little glam by wearing a detachable collar. If you choose one which is either jewel-studded or made of faux-fur, it will look amazing!

Stack Your Bracelets

If you want to keep your neckline simple, you could add some extra glam to your outfit by stacking up your bracelets instead. Whether you use costume jewellery or more expensive pieces, or even a mixture of the two, it will look fabulous. In this case., the more bracelets you stack the better,and again, if you can create a mix of plain bracelets and jewelled/beaded ones, it will look even better.

Wear a Statement Ring

If you want your little black dress to look subtly glam, then wearing one big statement ring is a great way to go about it. You could wear a sparkling costume ring or even one of those classic engagement rings that are big, bold and beautiful - it doesn’t matter as long as it looks good, it can be seen and you love it. Flash it around a little (without being obvious) and you will come across as glamorous even in the most simple LBD.

Add a Biker Jacket

You might not think that leather biker jackets are particularly glam, but they really can be, especially if they are studded and teamed with a beautiful LBD. They achieve a tougher kind of glam look, but glam they truly are, so if you don’t already own one. Invest now and you’ll look amazing even on those cooler evenings when you want to cover up a little.

Wear Tights

Again, you might not think of tights as being particularly glam, but these days, you can get tights that are glittery, jewelled, boldly coloured and patterned, and that means you can effortlessly create a beautiful, pretty look simply by covering your legs.

How do you wear your LBD?

Debz x

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

10 Ways To Change Up The Look An Outfit

If you’ve been looking in the mirror lately wondering why your outfits just aren't cutting it, there could be a number of reasons why. In this quick guide you’ll find 10 ways to make any outfit look different! Anybody can use them, so take a look and see if you can find something helpful!

1. Add More Texture

Sometimes, an outfit doesn’t look professionally put together because it doesn’t have enough texture. Too much of the same texture looks boring, so switch it up and see if you can add more!

2. Throw On A Belt

Could you wear a belt to make this outfit better? Perhaps you could wear it at the waist to cinch you in, or simply thread it through the loop of your jeans to add some interest and break up the look.

3. Change Up Your Accessories

If you’re not wearing the right accessories, or worse, not wearing any at all, your outfit could fall flat. Change up your accessories and see if that makes your outfit look better. You could try stacking various rings, necklaces, or bracelets for a bohemian look, or add some dainty pieces for something more minimal. The Watches2U Ladies watches could give you some inspiration for a timepiece that will go with virtually anything. Take accessorizing seriously for awesome outfits!

4. Add A Pattern

If you’re afraid of pattern, why not add a little bit by using it on your bag, or even your shoes? As you get more brave you can add more!

5. Add A Pop of Colour

A little bit of colour never hurt anybody, and it can make for a great outfit, especially if you’re trying to make an outfit look good in winter. Don’t be tempted to wear all black, as it tends to look boring!

6. Clash Something

Feeling brave? Clash something in your outfit to make an impact. Clash a colour, a pattern, or both and see what kind of look you can create.

7. Layer It

Maybe you could try layering your outfit to give it a more stylish appearance. You could layer a jumper over a dress, for example, which also helps you to make your wardrobe work year round, rather than saving certain pieces for certain seasons.

8. Change The Length

The length of something in your outfit might be ruining the look; could you roll up your jeans to create a more flattering leg length, for instance, or even your sleeves?

9. Show Off Your Socks

Socks can be fun and colourful, so why don’t you let them peek out over your trainers or boots? This can also make for a really kitsch look if you’re dressing in a 50s style outfit.

10. Wear It With Confidence

Finally; the ultimate rule. Wear any outfit with confidence! It isn’t just about the outfit you wear, but the way you wear it. If you stand tall, chin up, and smile, you’ll look fantastic in anything you decide to put on!

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Getting Your Car Ready For a Journey

I don’t know about you, but I really love taking a road trip. As a non-driver, most of my travels tend to be taken by train but I really love being able to get together with friends and take a trip in the car. You get to take as much as you want, go the route you want and even stop when and where you want. However, if you are going to take a trip – you should make sure you’re well prepared!

Get Planning

Even if you’re going to wing some of your trip; it is a good idea to have a rough plan. This doesn’t have to be an exact route but some idea of where you’ll end up, what you’ll be doing and how long you’ll be gone helps to ensure that you can pack correctly and take everything you need.

Getting The Vehicle Ready

It stands to reason that if you are going on a trip over a long distance, you’re going to want to make sure the car is up to scratch. Ensure that someone who knows what they’re doing gives it a service so you know it is in its best condition. Check things like oil and water, and make sure you have a tank full of petrol. Of course, things like the actual mechanics of a vehicle important and you need to make sure everything works as it should. For example, get original brakes along with professional fitting in London at Iverson Tyres or somewhere else local to you.

Packing What You Need

One of the greatest things about going away in a car is that you have plenty of space to pack what you need. Ensure that you have all of the car essentials (spare tyre, oil, can of petrol, bottle or water etc.) However, you need to make sure you have what you need too – a good collection of tunes, blankets for comfort and of course, no trip like this would be complete without snacks. It’s probably a good idea to have a sat nav and things like in-car phone chargers too!

Whatever your trip involves, just ensure that you concentrate on having a great time and creating new memories. Where will your next trip take you?

Debz x

Monday, 10 September 2018

Hints and Tips For Being a Grownup

Even though I am not dwelling on it (as I don't really care about age), this month I turn 36. I know it's not a big milestone birthday for most - but it does mean I am nearer to 40 than I am to 30; and in many ways that does feel like a big deal.

Over the last few months, there have been some changes in my life which means that I am undoubtedly moving more towards being an actual adult - about time I suppose. If you have read my blog before you'll know that I moved into my own flat a few months ago; and I have had to make some adjustments to get on with living on my own. I have also changed roles with my job since the start of the year, which has been exciting and a reasonably big change too!

Being a Grown-up.

One of the biggest things about moving into adult-hood is taking more control of your finances. Yes, I am still lucky enough to have money in order to be able to buy nice dresses and do nice things, but I do now have to make sure the bills are paid first.

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As someone looking after their finances it is a good idea to find out more about your credit score too. Even if you don't have the best credit rating, it can be good to know what your rating is and when you stand. This allows you to generate a plan to improve it if you wish and work towards doing what you need to do to get things right.

Getting Things Done

In order to be a grown-up; I find I have to be much more organised. Planning my bills to ensure they get paid, have a day that I do my grocery shopping on, having a routine for work and planning life in advance. These can seem like small things, but they really do help to make a life that is happy and content. No rushing around, worrying about when you're doing to do things and how you're going to get certain things done.

That said, I am definitely not a proper grown -up and probably won't be anytime soon. So if you wan to find out about your credit score and be organised, go for it but if you don't want to, that's okay too!

Where do you stand on being an adult?

Debz x

Saturday, 1 September 2018

The Importance of Looking After Your Vehicle

As someone who is not a car owner, I guess I often take for granted how I can simply get into someone’s car and they’ll drive me to where I need to be. Whether I am getting in a taxi or a lift with a friend, I never have to think about the steps they have taken to ensure their car is up to the job – I simply get in and go!

That said, I recently had reason to give more thought to this, as a friend undertook some of their own vehicle repairs and talked me through some of what they did. Now, I am no mechanic but I definitely have a better idea now of how expensive and/or time consuming these repairs can be.

Avoiding The Problem

Although it would be naive to suggest that all vehicle problems can be avoided, there are definite steps you can take to ensure that your vehicle is in the best possible position. Even if I owned a car, I would never be someone who did my own repairs and maintenance instead I would suggest getting someone else to check over your car regularly. In order to keep your car in goodhealth I would recommend that you get it serviced regularly.  To do this you could pay a visit to somewhere like KAP Motors Brighton Branch your reliable local garage to take advantage of their affordable car health check services. There is bound to be a branch of mechanics that would be able to help you with this locally if Brighton isn’t convenient.

Other Advantages

Of course, when it comes to cars having one that actually runs is always a good thing, but there are other advantages to looking after your motor. For example, if you ever want to sell your car on – you’ll find it keeps its value much better and so in the long run, paying out to have your car serviced could actually save you money.

Then you have the fact that if your car does break, repairs can be expensive. Although it doesn’t account for all problems  - sometimes big car issues started off small and because the issue wasn’t fixed; it gets worse and ultimately has a bigger dent on your wallet. Far better to make sure that issues are checked when they are easily fixed and can help you escape the hefty repair bills of a bigger problem.

When was the last time you had your car serviced?


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