Friday, 19 December 2014

When Plus Size Fashion Gets It Right - H&M Did Good!

You will see a few blog posts down that I blogged about the H&M Tulle Skirt. As soon as I saw it on the website I knew I had to have it. It was like nothing I had seen in plus size fashion before. especially in a size 30 (and beyond, considering how stretch it is).

It sounds a bit silly, but news of the skirt travelled quite quickly through the social scene amongst plus size bloggers, simply because it was so unique! Now over the past few weeks you'll have seen a number of bloggers blog it and that is testament to just how good it is.





Lucia from UCantWearThat


Leah from Just Me Leah


Claudia from Curvy Claudia

Naomi from Diamonds N Pearls


Look at all the lovely, different ways it has been styled!

The skirt is SOLD OUT in every size on the H&M website. It came back in stock in a size 2XL one afternoon this week and was sold out by dinner(tea?) time.

Now, tell me that there is no a need for pretty, affordable fast fashion in plus sizes. Tell me that up to a size 24 is all that sells and that there is not a market for 24+. Because if you tell me that, I'll tell you that it is because the opportunities just aren't there! I just know that if people at the higher end of plus size fashion had the chance to buy beautiful clothing in their size they would snap it up. The Estellas by Lady V London and Fuller Figure Fuller Bust are another testament to this! (They're in the sale this weekend - GO GO GO!)

I am quick to complain when fashion retails don't do sizes high enough (#HeresWhatIWouldHaveSpent) but I also want to celebrate when things go well. Fingers crossed the skirt comes back into stock (in a plethora of colours would be fantastic!)!

What have you see that has been done well in the plus size fashion industry lately?

Debz? 


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Monday, 15 December 2014

How to Choose a Name for your Blog

I have been asked a few times and I often seen people wondering on Twitter if they should start a blog... My answer.. YES! YES! YES! There is literally nothing about blogging that I don't enjoy!



I love having a corner of the internet to rant and rave on, but mostly I love the sense of community it has. I assume other niche blogs have similar communities, so don't limit yourself to a plus size fashion blog if that doesn't interest you! 

Blogging has taught me loads about where to shop and how to shop, but mostly it has introduced me to a world full of fabulous people I wouldn't have met if it hadn't been for this blog.

If you want your blog to be successful you have to engage with your audience and make sure that your blog stands out and is remembered. You may have heard the saying – what’s in a name. Well when it comes to blogging, my answer is everything. 

So, here are my tips for choosing the right name for your blog.

Memorable

Of course finding a memorable name is top of the list. If people cannot remember the name of your blog, it makes it more difficult for them to tell others about your blog.
You need a snappy name that is not too long. My recommendation is to stick with one or two word names because these are the easiest to remember. Try not to include obscure or difficult to pronounce words in your blog name.

Try to avoid a boring stiff blog name. Sponge Bob Square Pants could get away with naming his blog after himself, but you probably shouldn’t. He is already well known, but if you were to call your blog Sharon Smith’s blog the chances are people would not remember the name no matter how good your blog was. I probably should have given more thought to my blog name when setting up but never mind!

Length

We have already touched on the length of your name. One or two words are best, but also make sure that those words are not too long. I would avoid any name that is more than 16 or 17 characters long. This makes it easier for people to remember and fast enough for them to type into the search engine.

Relevant

You need something that is relevant to your blog content. Try to find a name that appeals to your audience and the way they think and feel.

Think Branding

It is important to bear in mind that the name of your website or blog is a key component of your brand. You need to ask yourself if your business were to take off and become a national or international phenomenon would you be happy with the name. Would it be easy to market?

Avoid Negativity

This brings me to another point. Generally speaking, you need to avoid words that have negative connotations when choosing a name for a blog or website. That means any words that could be offensive or considered politically incorrect should not be included in your blog name.

Other Considerations

Once you have the name right it is wise to register a proper domain with the name in it. You can host on free WordPress and blogger sites, but if you do this, you will not be in complete control of your website. These blog publishing companies have strict rules, which may stop you from being able to put what you want on your blog.

If you buy a domain name and
use good quality, hosting you will be in control at all time. It is wise to buy your hosting from a reliable firm that will ensure that your website will stay up and remain available for your readers to access at all times.

Send me your blog links if I don't already follow you! Don't have a blog? What would you call it if you did?

Debz xx

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Fashion World Knitwear

I love Christmas! Actually I always have quite a quiet Christmas with just the family I already live with but I love it. It's the one thing that makes this part of winter bearable for me.. Although I am still TeamSummer all the way!

Today is my sisters birthday which always signifies the start of Christmas in our household - the decorations are never allowed to go up until after her birthday has been celebrated! So, to celebrate her birthday and get us in the mood we had a right festive day out today and it was lovely!




If you have read my blog before you'll know that I am not a big fan of winter - I hate coldness and I hate having to wear lots of layers! However, when Fashion World offered to send me a jumper from their knitwear range (It goes up to a size 38, how good is that!?) I thought I'd give it a go. I went for this fluffy texure jumper, simply because it is SO cute! I actually sized up twice just because I wanted the big, baggy oversize effect and I have to say I loved it!



I wore it over an old stock ASOS prom dress and I think it worked perfectly. The ASOS dress itself only has a vest top at the top, so I knew that wearing this massive, fluffy jumper with it wouldn't be too much! I stayed lovely and warm while I was outside, without being a hot, sweaty mess on the inside.



In the end we went to a farm to see some animals (including reindeer), a garden centre with some beautiful Christmas decorations and had a roast dinner (complete with pigs in blankets on the way home). It was perfect! This jumper is the idea compromise for winter for me and I can definitely see that I'm going to get a lot of wear out of it! 




Fashion World seem to be getting right into the Christmas spirit, with this app online that allows you to create and send an e-card to your loved ones!


I knew that Fashion World went up to a size 32, but I have to say I didn't realise that they went up to a size 38... absolutely brilliant news in my eyes!


What are your must have items for winter?


Debz xx



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Friday, 12 December 2014

Tell a Friend They're Fat? Tell A Friend They're Fab? Why Not Both?

You might have seen in the papers or online over the last few days that Steve Miller (weight-loss 'expert') has declared the 7th January 'Tell a Friend They're Fat Day'. Because we all know that shaming someone about their body is the best way to get them to lose weight... #sigh.



Of course, I hate the idea of this day and feel like it is a complete waste of time. Not only does it help to 'concrete' the idea that another persons body is your business but it promotes the idea of bullying  - neither of which I agree with. In fact the idea is so ludicrous that even The Daily Telegraph are against it, which in itself says something.

In a valiant attempt to overcome this Slink Magazine have announced 'Tell a Friend They're Fab Day' also taking place on the 7th January. The idea behind it being to turn the day into something positive, which is an amazing idea!

However, I was trying to find a way to blog and promote it in a way that I felt comfortable with. I don't necessarily agree with the idea of rather than telling someone they are fat, you should tell someone they are fab. It sort of, in a round about way it promotes the idea that fat is bad because we're denying talking about it. For me, telling me I am fat is as worthwhile as telling me I have brown hair & I'd love a campaign that promoted this idea for everyone. However, I love the idea of telling people they are brilliant and I had every intention of posting about it, as soon as I worked out exactly how I felt about it.
Thanks to Look Human

And then this happened. A fab post by The Arched Eyebrow which summed up how I felt about it. She has declared the day 'Tell A Fat Friend They're Fab Day'... Which I shall be doing! I shall also be telling my thin friends that they are fab & so are their bodies.

As Bethany points out, the whole idea behind Steves campaign is to make people shameful about their bodies, so pointing out that people have a fab personality isn't the only way that we should be fighting this. Instead we should be giving people the power to say Yes, I am fat but I am bloody fabulous as well! I am sure we have all had the 'Nooo you're not fat, you're fabulous' line given to us once or twice, but the truth is that I AM FAT (and fab!) and there is nothing wrong with that.

Anyway, there are links to all the campaigns in the post so have a read up and see how you feel about  them all! I'll be getting involved in the #YouAreFab and the #TellAFatFriendTheyreFabDay because I think all of my friends are fabulous and I love an excuse to tell them so!

I'd love to know your views!

Debz xx


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Plus Size Christmas Jumper? You're Having Olaf!

I'm not going to lie, I think that might be my favourite ever blog title... Go Team Debz!



Anyway, when the lovely team at Topsy Curvy updated their Facebook page a few weeks ago to announce they had Christmas jumpers in stock I was over the moon.. When I saw that they went above size 22 I got my debit card out and placed an order. I haven't seen any Christmas jumpers in a size 28-30 this year except these by Topsy Curvy and I know character jumpers are just as rare.



So, I bought it and then waited for an excuse to wear it - not that it took much! Seeing as today is Christmas Jumper Day on behalf of Save The Children I thought I would blog about it today. I think the idea of Christmas Jumper Day is to wear one to work, but I work in my onesie most of the time so that wouldn't work!



Christmas Jumper Day is a way to raise awareness and funds for the Save The Children Charity. I've donated and so should you :) That said, I don't want to write too much about the charity as their website does a much better job than me! So head their to read everything they have to say!



I am really impressed with Topsy Curvy's stock range at the moment. They seem  to be listening to what people want and really doing what they can to get in some great items! I bought this jumper for just over £20 delivered, which is a bit of a bargain if you ask me.



Are you wearing a Christmas jumper today, or at all this season?

Debz x


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Monday, 8 December 2014

Here's What I Would Have Spent - Missguided

A few weeks ago I did a post about Pink Clove and what I would have bought from them if they stocked my size. I also write about how brilliant it was that Missguided had launched their own plus size range. So, I thought I would combine the two and do another new post! 

Even better than that, I teamed up with a whole host of bloggers to do the same! See the link at the bottom of this post for other bloggers who have taken part in there #HeresWhatIWouldHaveSpent blogger challenge

So, back to Missguided.

I am passionate about plus size clothing and ensuring that everyone has options to wear the clothing that they want to. So when I heard that Missguided were launching their own range I was over the moon. Whilst I am a little disappointed they don't do above a size 24 yet, I still see it as a great start!

Anyway, Missguided - here's what I would have spent, if you stocked my size!





While I was on the site, I thought I would have a nosey at what sales had been like. Obviously I can't check every time, but some items I checked had (un?)surprising results. For example the splash print midi skirt above has sold out in the 2 largest sizes it stocks (22 and 24) and the dogtooth skater dress is only available in the smallest size they stock (16). Interesting that the larger sizes are doing.. Surely that shows that there is a need for these larger sizes.

These are just some of my favourite Missguided items and what I could see myself in if they did ever decide to stock above a size 24 - we can but hope!

What Missguided items are your faves?

Debz xx

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Vicky - http://www.thecurvedopinion.com/

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Friday, 5 December 2014

It's A Tulle Order with H&M

My name is Debz and I have an obsession with online window shopping... 

As part of my obsession I tend to browse different websites and see what they have on offer. I have browsed the H&M website a good few times, but never found anything to buy. I have to say that I H&M do have a good few plus size items and are perhaps over looked a little. I have heard that their sizes can be hit and miss and delivery can take a while (this took 10 days) but they are still worth a browse.... If only more of their high street stores had their plus collection in!

A few weeks ago I was doing one of my regular window shops of H&M when I came across this amazing tulle skirt. To many people this probably doesn't seem like much of a revolution, but this type of skirt in my size just doesn't come about every single day!




I ordered the skirt and sat at home with fingers crossed that it fitted. When it finally arrived I was so relieved that it fits LIKE A DREAM! Often with skirts and dresses like this the layer underneath which is made from a silk like material and therefore has no stretch. I am pleased to say that this H&M tulle skirt comes with a jersey layer underneath which fits lovely.



It is sold out in the 3XL now (the size I am wearing) but I am sure a 2XL would have fit too. The stretch is really generous.



Also wearing an #Amaze top from Evans and a lovely floral blaze from New Look.

It's once again taught me to try new things and that as a plus size woman, I do still have fashion options. I agree that sometimes items can be harder to find but if you keep your eyes open, and window shop online at every opportunity you will find whatever it is you are looking for!

Have you shopped at H&M? What were your experiences?

Debz x

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