Monday, 26 September 2016

A Look At Esprit for the Next Season

I am sure by now you know that I am always on the look out for new brands to shop with. I am keen to explore new options and prove people wrong when they say that plus size fashion is bland and choice less. Sometimes this means stepping out side of the plus size box and accessorising with other options. For example, Last year I had a quick look at what Esprit Online offer and liked what they did (read that review here) so a year later I thought I would revisit them and see what they have on offer this Autumn

A screen shot of their front page

I should say at this point their actual clothing only goes up to a size 20, so unfortuantly rules myself a and I am sure lots of you out! However, I like to keep my eye on straight range places for accessories, bag and shoes. Yes, it can sometimes feel like a shame to only use a brand for something as simple as footwear, but for now that is just the way it is. I really like their clothing so I hope one day they extend this to be more plus size, but then I think that about the whole fashion industry!

When it comes to shoes I am all about comfort, so the fact that they have some really lovely flats is great. These 3 are my faves and all go up to a size 8. I usually wear a size 6 sometimes widefit so I would probably be tempted to size up in these to ensure that they were comfortable enough to wear all day. 

Special shout out to this bag, which is BEAUTIFUL!

I know that plus size clothing options are important and I will always push for more of these, but I think it's nice to dabble elsewhere so you can and mix up your wardrobe. You can shop for accessories from Esprit here.

Do you shop in any fashion stores that don't stock plus size?

Debz x

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Going Topsy Curvy at the I Am Me Awards

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to the #IAmMe awards arranged by Evans in Central London. I haven't been to a blogging event in London for AGES so I was really excited to go and see everyone. The event was bound to be full of glitz and glam and of course for weeks before I have a serious dilemma of what to wear - I always have the dread that I'll turn up wearing the same as someone else.

I travelled down from Lancashire that day, so I knew it would be a long day and I'd need something super comfortable to wear. At Curve Fest a few weeks ago I spotted this beautiful dress hanging at the Topsy Curvy stand and lusted over it straight away. Sadly it 'only' goes to a size 26 so I assumed it would be too small. Thankfully Jo (who knows her sizes and stock off by heart) convinced me to try it anyway and sent me away with one - and thank goodness she did!

The dress itself is made from a crepe like material which means that it has plenty of stretch without losing its shape. In photos with the flash the top half does look a tinsy bit see through but nothing noticeable in real life and nothing that can't be worked with. The rest of the dress fit absolutely fine - with no big effort to squeeze into it or anything, it fit just fine.

In fact the dress fit me so well that I have told Topsy Curvy to recommend that they get labelled at a size 30. I know that I would have missed out online if i saw it went to a size 26 because I would have written it off straight away. It just goes to show once again these it is well worth trying these things.

If you're a member of the Topsy Curvy Facebook page you'll see that Jo is fantastic at speaking to people about how things are likely to fit. She'll happily tell yo to size up or down if you need to and also she tries to feature models all different builds so you can get an idea of what something will fit you like. To be honest with you, as small businesses go she does remarkably and could teach bigger brands a thing or two.

The #IAmMe awards were nothing less than fabulous and I have to say Evans looked after us remarkably well. 5 awards were given out on the night and it's well worth checking out the hashtag online to get the low down of it all. The idea behind the night was a really lovely one and I am really glad that I decided to attend.

Do you tend to shop for your size or are you good at ignoring size labels?

Debz x

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Plus Size Shirts and Blouses: A Look at Something Different

Over the last few years I have tried different items and styles, but ultimately I always come back to wearing a dress with or without leggings. Don't get me wrong I have different dresses in plenty of styles, but for me dresses are definitely where it's at.

That said,  I still want to make my blog about all sorts of plus size shopping options, because I know that many of you will want something different to just wearing a pretty dress all of the time. This week I was invited to write about David Nieper and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to write about something different.

They have a large range of shirts and blouses which look really pretty and nice to wear. I would love to see a range of models on their website wearing items but even without that I was really impressed to see that any of their shirts go right up to a size 28.

There is still a trend of plus size retailer stopping at a size 24, which can make shopping a really frustrating experience. These days shopping for dresses in sizes 26 and above is started to become a much better experience, but for other items such as workwear, fitted shirts etc it is much more varied experience.

I think it's really important to introduce brands such as David Nieper to people - because even though they're a brand I wouldn't necessarily wear every day, it's nice to know that there are fantastic options out there for people who do want this!

What clothing items do you wish they did in your size that are harder to find?

Debz x

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Thursday, 1 September 2016

Saving Money With Phase Eight Voucher Codes

When I was asked to tell you about Phase Eight voucher codes I jumped at the chance - because to be honest with you I am a bit of a cheapskate. I work hard for my money and I refuse to spend more of it than I need to. That doesn't mean I don't splash out, but I always look for ways to spend less than I need to.

I am a massive fan of websites like My Favourite Voucher Codes because they make searching for voucher nice and easy! I love saving money but also when I have my eye on something I want to buy it straight away - so spending ages searching for the right code is my worst nightmare.

What I also like about the website is other than Phase Eight promotional codes you can find codes for all sorts of retailers, not just clothing.

Phase Eight have loads of lovely items, which sadly at the moment only go up to a size 18. However they've taken steps to listen to potential customers and now have a sister brand - Studio Eight, which goes up to a size 26. They've been working with some of my favourite bloggers recently and they'll also be at The Curve Fashion Festival. I'm attending that event in Liverpool next weekend so I am excited to see what they offer, and ask if they're intending to extend their size range anytime soon!

So anyway, when it comes to shopping online make sure you also look for voucher codes so that you can save yourself a bit of money - perhaps a enough to treat yourself to some shoes too ;)

What are your tips for shopping online?

Debz x

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Lending, Voting & Money Management: An Education

When it comes to finances I have in the past gotten myself in a bit of a pickle, which without a doubt was entirely of my own doing. Back in the day the internet wasn’t such a wealth of information so when it comes to loans and lending it was hard to know where to begin. Although that’s not an excuse I do feel that borrowing is something that should be easy to find out about.

In fact if I were queen of the world I would make money management part of education at school. We spend so much time learning about how to extract salt from water and how to solve equations, but in all honesty not enough about the stuff that matters. If it was down to me I would make lifestyle lessons a must – body image, managing bills, applying for jobs, how to vote etc . We leave school at 16 without a clue how to navigate the big wide world and it really is something that could be avoid.

Take lending for example, if like me you don’t have Bank of Dad to rely on then you need to make sure that you’re sensible and look into things properly. There are lots of different option when it comes to borrowing, it’s important that you look into what you’re doing and make sure you approach it properly.

One of the biggest lessons I wish I had learnt was not to borrow more than you can afford to pay back. Places like Vivus Loans offer flexible lending option which means that there is something to suit your needs.

One of the things I liked about Vivus when I read about them is that they offer lending to suit everyone. They want to make sure that people have a lending solution to suit them and they pride themselves on having no hidden charges. They even offer a half price loan for first time borrowers!

As ever though also approaching borrowing with caution and make sure that it is suitable for you and your circumstances. One of the worst things you can do is borrow money and not pay it back so do your best to ensure that you don’t get into this situation!

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Whatever you decide to do when it comes to borrowing money online make sure that you research what you’re getting into. Websites tend to have lots of important information on them so it’s important that you take time to read when you’re signing into and how it all works.

Whether you need a full of loan for a few years or you’re just looking for a few extra quid to see you through to pay day you can feel confident that there is going to be a lending solution to suit you. This is brilliant because it means that you can borrow what you need, on terms that suit you and avoid getting into a financial mess.

Wouldn’t it be great if lessons like this were given at school? Our education system is fantastic but I honestly feel like it could do more! Imagine leaving school a scared teenager but also knowing all there is to know about body confidence, paying bills, managing money and even how to vote! We’d be much better set-up to deal with the world, which in my eyes is exactly what the education system should be offering! 

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Friday, 26 August 2016

Booking a Girlie Holiday

I will be honest and say that I am not really one for visiting abroad. To be honest with you the thought of getting on an aeroplane scares me half to death so it's not something I am in a rush to do anytime soon! That said, I do love a cheeky weekend away in the UK - in fact I spent last weekend in London with Lucia from U Can't Wear That and we had a great time!

As much as I pretend to dislike it, I am usually the chief organiser of these things - which as stressful as it always is, I probably wouldn't have it any other way. The truth is that I stress if I don't know what is happening and when it's likely to be - so I would rather arrange it all myself that let someone else do it. I know I could trust nearly all of my friends to do a good job but I always prefer to do it myself.

One of the things I am passionate about when it comes to weekends away is making sure that everyone is catered for. I know that everyone has different needs when it comes to staying away from home so at times it can feel like it will be impossible to keep everyone happy.

I have wonderful friends of all shapes, sizes and abilities which means that seeking out accessible holiday accommodation is a must. When you're away from home it's important that you're as comfortable as possible.

I try to do more when it comes booking holidays - for example I'll always try to book ahead in bars and restaurants. That way there are no nasty surprises and I know that we'll have enough seats for everyone - because who wants to spend more time standing around more than they need to.

I have a weekend away in Blackpool to plan at the moment, with some friends coming up from London to spend sometime at the seaside. I want to make sure that everyone has a great time so I am starting to plan now!

Tell me, what are your tips for booking a cheeky weekend away from home?

Debz xx

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Plus Size Workwear: Is It Just a Myth?

When it comes to finding fun plus size fashion I would class myself as a bit of a pro. I don't know really if it's anything to brag about, but if you're looking for a dress of any kind in plus size, if it exists then I am pretty sure that I can tell you where to get it - and probably how to use a code of some kind to get some money off.

I have something coming up in a few weeks that I need a more formal look for. I have always been luck with work that I have never had to dress smart - leggings, dresses and shoes is usually more than appropriate for my job. Which makes it really easy to find clothes to wear to work!

I started to have a bit of a browse for plus size workwear and have to be honest I struggled a bit, which was a surprise - I am so used to having much more choice when it comes to clothing these days. At first I wondered whether I would have to turn to mens suits to find what I needed which seems ludicrous!

Anyway, thankfully when I turned to Google to start looking again I found some great option. I don't know about you but Evans are definitely a brand that I tend to over look.

Evans actually have a pretty extensive range of workwear items, up to a size 32. Which in my eyes is a brilliant thing - and a reminder not to dismiss brands too quickly!

One thing my search for workwear has reminded me of is that Google is your friend.

What do you wear to work?

Debz x

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