Friday, 22 May 2015

Great Flaming Flamingos - A Lady Voluptuous Review!

*No actual flames.

I don't want to talk too much about  Lady V London and their sister brand Lady Voluptuous, because I have swooned over them on many a blog post previously. If you haven't browsed their selection then I suggest you do, if you're between a size 16 and 32, they will have something you'll love I'm sure. (Lady V London actually do much smaller sizes too, yay for inclusive brands).

As soon as I saw the Phoebe dress I knew I had to have her. I have loved all of the dresses so far and you might remember I reviewed the Bellatrix a few months ago. As much as I loved them all, I knew that the Pheobe would be right at home in my wardrobe. The fitted bust and the flowing knee length skirt are a style I know and love - the built in petticoat an added bonus.





Size wise I would say that the dress comes up slightly small, especially if you have a large bust. I wore my normal sizes as I don't mind fitted items at all, but it could be worth sizing up if you prefer being able to breathe ;) (It wasn't that bad).

As with all of the Lady Voluptuous dresses, you can tell that this has been thought about. The arms are a great fit and the skirt is generous. Due to having a large belly (who knew) I haven't always got on with petticoats in the past, they just don't sit right. However, the petticoat added to the underlayer of  the Phoebe dress is perfect and gives a little lift to the dress - perfect!




NOW! Let me tell you about the pattern - Well, I don't even need to tell you about it. JUST LOOK AT IT!!!! BRIGHT PINK FLAMINGOS! 



I know I have said it before and I will say it again, but plus size retailers please stop saying that you don't sell clothing options in bigger sizes because people don't want them. This dress SOLD OUT in a day... in my size I bought the last one available 18 hours after it was released....

I find the whole concept of Lady Voluptuous really exciting and I can't wait to see what Georgina and the Lady V London team  have up their sleeves!

Have you got a Lady Volup dress? Tweet me and show me, I'd love to see!

Debz x


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Thursday, 21 May 2015

It's OK That I'm Fat Because...

I vlogged!

I have a 16-minute rant about justifying our bodies! So many people are so used to explaining why they are a good type of fat person and I want to chat about what it means and what we should be doing instead.


 

I'm not sure I am likely to vlog very often, but it made a nice change!

Let me know what you think

Debz x


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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Have You Hit The Jackpot?

Although I was involved in a bus crash a couple of weeks ago and not actually feeling all that lucky, when Paddy Power invited me to chat a little about luck with you - I thought I would.

The question is can we be genuinely lucky, or do we create our own luck?

I think, a bit of both! For example: I once when to Bingo in Watford and won £400 - pure luck! But, I get invited to great events thanks to my blog - yes I am lucky, but I was somewhat involved in creating my own luck! I guess it is part of what makes life so fun and interesting!




I am off work with a poorly neck and back this week, so maybe I'll head here and see if I can turn around my luck with some online bingo!

Do you feel lucky?

Debz


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*Infographic provided by Paddy Power

Monday, 18 May 2015

It's Just A Curvy Convention With Voyeuristic Intention

On Saturday I attended the very first Curvy Convention in London and I have to say that I had a great day! 

As ever I expect there to be a barrage of blogger reviews and photos online so I don't want to talk too much about the day, because I think you can read that anywhere! I have to say though, that the day was much better than I expected, for the first ever one it did great. One thing I would say is that the range of models they used was brilliant - I am sure you'll see in everyone's photos that there were short, tall, all sizes, ages and colours which was fantastic. I felt it was a shame that the largest model was a size 26 I would love to have seen the brands showcasing their items in all of the sizes they sold - IE a size 32. But as I mused over the event yesterday I wondered if there were other 'representations' that were missed which I didn't notice because I was too busy thinking about myself. But overall, the range of models was noticeably varied and fantastic!

The Sense of Community

I joke about attending the Curvy Convention with voyeuristic intention, but it is a little like that. There are not many places you can go where you can see hundreds of women who look just like you! I love that I can lust over dresses and ask people where they got them from, with a strong chance that I will be able to wear it too! Watching catwalks, getting up close and personal with brands and chatting to the people who make and sell you your clothes is fantastic. You can speak to them about what you would like to see and they can tell you about their plans it's brilliant.


Me and the Topsy Curvy Girls, Blogger Babes, Lucia, myself and Kat (Thanks for the pic!)

I wrote a long soppy post on Facebook last night, but I really want to repeat it here.


I always feel lucky for the inspirational people I have in my life - but then I remember I put myself there. Rather than listen to prejudices and the media about my body and lifestyle choices I sought out a community that simply says 'it's ok to be you'. And I tell you now, those 5 words are so powerful. I spent yesterday surrounded by amazing plus size women showcasing fashion - not just clothing options but real, forward thinking fashion for fat bodies. You can tell me it's not needed or wrong but hundreds of women in that room will tell you differently. Being in a room of women who lift each other up (so many people coming up to me about ‪#‎wearethethey‬) is amazing. I then spent the evening drinking rum, tequila and sambuca in a room full of people who I would never have met if it wasn't for this funny little fat world we've worked hard to carve for ourselves. Feeling a bit soppy but the point is don't ever feel that because you don't fit in that you are wrong. Instead find (or build) a community of people who think just like you - it'll change your life. Possibly still drunk but #wearethethey and we're stronger than Jamelia's words

Lucie Fat Beauty, Caroline Curvy Wordy, Sam Fatty Boom Tatty and Georgina She Might Be Loved

The truth is that the community WE HAVE made is fantastic. We have come together to create something special and yes, we can't all arrange events but the fact that we travel to attend them, work together to promote them and generally get together to make them work makes me so happy. It might just be a few times a year but these events are fantastic and I can only hope that everyone has a chance to find something just as special in their lives! I can't wait to go back to Curvy Con next year! 

See you at Style XL?

Debz xx

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A New Baby - What Does It Mean For The Future?

I am not a mother (obviously) but  I often think about what I would want for my children if I were to be one. I am not maternal really - I think that is down to being too immature to look after myself, let alone a small child. 

The Royal Baby has had everyone talking about births, children and of course what Baby Charlotte means for the future of our country. It got me thinking about I'd want for this Taurus woman in the future.


For me, I want to see a world where positive body image is much more at the forefront of everyones mind. Princess Charlotte is going to grow up with the eyes of the world looking at her - she'll need to be strong and put up with some judgemental opinions in the future. As a child she'll probably be fine - but we have to think about the fact that this small child will grow into a woman.

As females, we're often almost bombarded with media and 'advice' on the way that we should look. I can only imagine the amount of pressure that Princess Charlotte will be facing. Setting up a small person for their whole life seems like such a responsbility!

I'd love to see a world where body positivity is taught to our children. I surround myself with positive media (poetry, talks, speeches, photos, hashtags, blogs etc) so I know that the stuff is out there. I would love to see us promote this more to our younger generation - to show them that Heat Magazine are not the holy grail of how to look and what is right or wrong with your body. 

Let's show the people of Princess Charlotte's generation that they don't need to drop 10lbs in 2 weeks in order to wear a bikini. Healthy minds are just as important as bodies and it is time we started to do more to make this happen.

What would you like to see for the future generation?

Debz xx


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Monday, 11 May 2015

The Nadia Aboulhosn Collection

So, you may have seen over recent weeks that legendary blogger Nadia Aboulhosn teamed up with Boohoo to bring out a capsule collection of clothing. My first thoughts were WOW! The collection is young, edgy and in my eyes a welcome addition to the world of plus size fashion. My second thoughts were that it was a shame that the collection only went up to a size 24. I lust over many items on Boohoo and I can only hope (and pray!) that one day they extend their collection to be more suitable to me and people my size.

The generous people at Boohoo allowed me to pick an item from the collection to try. There are SO many items I wanted but I had to be sensible. I knew that the items would come up 3-4 sizes too small for me, so I had to be clever and get an item that worked for me.



So, I went for this white embossed sleeve hoodie. Now, I know it is not the most exciting item from the collection but actually it really works for me. It is a thickish material but also quite lightweight, so I am finding it perfect for this weather. I love the almost oversized feel and it is an item that I have gotten quite a lot of use out of in the few weeks I have had it!

That said, if you're a size 24 or smaller then I know that there is going to be something perfect for you, so make sure you head over to the website and browse the collection.




What do you have your eyes on?

Debz x


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I was lucky enough to be gifted some items in this post and I am very grateful, but I am always open and honest in my reviews!

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Spending My Weekend in Style (XL)

I have spoken before about the merits of plus size blogger events and how much I enjoy them. Style XL is taking place in the Midlands once again this summer so I thought I'd let you all know. I went to the very first Style XL last year in Leicester and had a brilliant time! This year it's a 2 day event at the Paragon Hotel in Birmingham and it looks like there is plenty planned!


I don't want to talk too much about is going on at Style XL, because for me it's the whole experience that is important. However, you can expect catwalks, stalls from your favourite brands, a Model Xl Final, body confidence workshops and much more. See the Style XL website for all the details!

Whenever I have attended these events, for me the best bit has been hanging out with fellow blogger (and non blogger) babes. I just know that the weekend is going to be filled with positivity and support - you will come away feeling empowered!


Leah has been kind enough to give me a discount code for you lucky beggars! Get your ticket for all 3 events for just £15 using the code DIAAPTK15. Get your tickets from here


It takes place on th 18th and 19th July in Birmingham, I'll be there - will you?

Debz xx

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