Thursday, 16 April 2015

Checker Board Chic: A Topsy Curvy Review

A couple of days ago I blogged about a lovely blazer from Topsy Curvy. Now I bring to you another item that they also stock up to a size 32. As you know I have waxed lyrical about the size range that Topsy Curvy offer - for a small independent brand, they do plus size fashion SO well!



I really love this checked top from Topsy Curvy (that they sell in a number of colours by the way). The length of it means that you don't have to worry about it riding up and you having a gap between the top of your trousers/skirt and your top.



It's a thick, waffle like material - though there is probably a better way to describe it! It's a really nice item to wear and I think could be styled in lots of ways. I wore it with jeans the other day, although I failed to snap any pics (bad blogger).




Topsy Curvy are getting some really nice items in, right up to a size 32. Head over their website and have a browse. What do you have your eyes on?

Debz xx


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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

#KeepThePlus - It Helps Not Hinders

Good Evening!

Over recent weeks you may have seen different discussions on social media and blog posts about 'Drop The Plus'. It is a campaign that is all about dropping the term plus size , mostly in the modelling industry. However it has grown and now people are campaigning to Drop The Plus everywhere, which gets a big FAT no from me!

Growing up in a larger body (and probably a smaller one) is not easy. I have nearly always loved by body, or at the very least liked it. There have been times when I have embraced it but not often I have hated it but I know I am a rare breed. The truth is that we're surrounded by mainstream media and subliminal messages that tell us we're wrong if we're overweight. 

So, How can I love my body when so many people are telling me that I shouldn't? Quite simply, the term 'Plus Size'.


Just look at all the different shapes, sizes and styles you get just by searching on Google for 'plus size blogger'. Sorry I can't credit everyone but you all look FAB!

For starters it has allowed me since the age of 14 to look up influences that I want to see, not what the media thinks I should see. Yes as a teenager it can be scary looking up (On Ask Jeeves of all places #Old) the word plus size, but let's face it there is so much in our teenager years that is scary so this is kind of small in the grand scheme of things. Even back then searching plus size fashion online bought up a number of influences, Google the term now and you're literally bombarded with images! 

As a teenager and even as a grown up, helping our bodies to feel normal is one of the best ways to encourage us to love the skin we're in. When you feel like you're the only fat girl in the world, it can be a lonely place. Google plus size bloggers and you get to see that there are hundreds of girls exactly like YOU who are rocking it every single day! Surrounding yourself by this media helps you to feel much more at ease with your body, trust me it works.

And then there is the topic of clothes shopping! I dream of a day when I can walk into a clothing shop, pick out any item and know that they stock it in my size however we all know that is a reality that is far from the truth. So, rather than wander into shops and browse websites and guess (usually with disappointing results) whether they sell items for me I can look for plus size retailers and know that I am far more likely to get positive results. Yes, perhaps one day we'll live in a world where we don't have plus size retailers and instead every shop will stock clothes for everyone, but honestly I think we're a long, long way off of that!!


The only time I can see it would be OK to drop the plus is when we don't need it any more. When catwalks embrace every size and shops stock all size ranges then we won't need it and it can be dropped... but whether we'll see that any time soon who knows... One can only hope!

Rather than getting rid of the term plus size completely, I think we need to take away the power it holds over some people. The truth is that being plus size is COMPLETELY OK! You don't have to feel sad if you're classed as plus size, it's just a label and doesn't have any baring on your life, your good qualities etc. I believe that rather than worrying about whether we should be calling people plus size or not, we should be putting our efforts into teaching girls to love their bodies and embrace their size (whatever that happens to be). Once you love the skin you're in, the label that people put on it is harmless!

So, those are my opinions on the DropThePlus Campaign... but what do you think? Do you embrace the term plus size or think it should be eradicated?

I put the feelers out for some positive thoughts on plus size and here is what people had to say!

Nikki from Natty Nikki "I think we should keep it! I call myself a plus size blogger because that is what I am. When I search for clothes online I look for plus size options in google to find the clothes in my size. I have no problem with the term to me it is the same as using petite or tall in clothing sections."

Filipa "I think it should be kept for multiple reasons, I don't see it as a bad or offensive thing. How else would we find the shops that carry our sizes?"

Leah from Just Me Leah "I think we should keep it. I can see why 'plus size' models don't want to be called plus, because they're not, but we all know a size 12 IS plus size in the modelling world. But for the women who ARE plus size and identify as being so, what else should we call ourselves? For instance I call myself plus size because it's a descriptor. I'm happy to refer to myself as fat in most areas of my life but many people aren't on the same journey as me and get upset by the word, so plus size is a judgement free term for me"

Becky S "Plus size helps me find clothes that fit! I don't view it as an insult - it's a description of the clothes I wear"

Kat from A Curvy Cupcake  I'm all for #keeptheplus. Its just a search term at the end of the day. The people who want to drop it are the same people who would be up in arms if plus size stores like Evans, Yours etc were called "fat shops" or something. So what do we call plus size ranges? Because we all know size inclusivity is a looong way away so you can't just not categorize. It'd be too hard to find anything!"

You can also listen to Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust talking about the topic here.

This blog post is also worth a read.


So... what do you think?

Debz xx


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Monday, 13 April 2015

My Plus Size International Wish List

I don't know about you, but I have a bit of an internet window shopping problem. I can spend hours opening tabs and browsing websites looking at items I would love to buy. Of course often budget is an issue but also I have a bad of habit of looking at international websites. 

I know that I can shop internationally, and I often do! However sometimes the cost of shipping, possible customs charges etc. puts  me off. It seems that many bloggers feel the same so we decided to do an International Wish List. 

If you want to see what other bloggers are lusting over be sure to check the list of bloggers taking part at the end of the post.

Torrid

One of the nicest things about the Torrid website I think is their Disney selection. I love Disney (who doesn't?) and some of their dresses and other clothing items are really lovely! Items I like from Torrid (Disney and otherwise) include:




I love that they have a range of unique and quirky items for sale.


Chubby Cartwheels

I have blogged about them before, I probably will again! One day I will shop with them and get my hands on their items!



eShakti


Unfortunately these don't ship to the UK but I know lots of people would be happy if they did!



Of course, there are hundreds more dresses to choose from out there, but for today these are some of my favourites

Debz xx

Don't forget to check out the other ladies taking part in the challenge!

Katt - www.acurvycupcake.com
Kelly - http://www.adventuresofariotgrrrl.com
Steph - http://www.seeingspots.co.uk/
Kim - http://www.callmekim.net/
Sharon - http://www.bigfatbetty.com
Sarah - www.plussizeproud.co.uk
Victoria -
TheCurvedOpinion.com
Becky - http://www.doesmyblogmakemelookfat.com/
Leah - http://www.justmeleah.co.uk/
Nikki - www.nattynikki.com
Vicky - http://therandomnessoftwee.blogspot.co.uk/
Charli - http://curvygirlthin.blogspot.co.uk
Mookie - http://www.mookieslife.com
Filipa - http://uniquelyfilipa.blogspot.pt/



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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Scarlett & Jo: Revisited

I have blogged about Scarlett & Jo before and to be honest, I have no doubt that I will blog about them again. Scarlett & Jo are a brand that sell exclusively at Evans. One of the things I love most about the range is that ALL of their items go up to a size 32. They don't pick and choose what they think different customers of different sizes want - instead everything is available in all the sizes - such a revelation!



Over recent months they have bought some some beautiful dresses and skirts. They have definitely found a look that works for them - and it's safe to say, I am a fan! They're also big supporters of the blogging industry which is really nice to see.


A couple of weeks ago they sent me this beautiful dress which are far as I can see is not on the website yet. I wore it quite casual just out for dinner but it definitely has potential to be styled up and worn with more glamour.



As usual with Scarlet & Jo items, it's a fantastic fit and really high quality. Whenever I get items from this range I am always pleased with the look and feel of the material of the items - they never disappoint!


Head over to the Scarlett & Jo website today and have a look at their range. What do you have your eyes on?

Debz xx

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Friday, 10 April 2015

I Love It When A Retailer Listens - Topsy Curvy Fashion

I bloody love the ladies at Topsy Curvy and have been lucky enough to meet and hang out with them a couple of times. One of the things that absolutely shines through about this independent brand is their passion for plus size fashion. I have chatted to them many times about the plus size clothing industry and what I would love to see.

Over recent months I have seen more and more Topsy Curvy items go up to a size 32 which is fantastic. Originally many of their items stopped at a size 26, which while that is great for a small retailer like this I always told them that I would love to see more and bless them they listened.

Currently in my wardrobe I have some jeans from them that fit my body amazingly (review coming soon), a checked top and this lilac coloured blazer.



They have both the checked tops and the pastel blazers up to a size 32 in a variety of colours - YAY for choice! Both of the items fit me well and feel really nice to the touch. They're really good quality and for the price tag I feel well worth the investment. We all need fast, affordable fashion choices and now thanks to Topsy Curvy a size 32 body is getting those same choices!  I will review the top soon!!!

But now, onto the blazer! The fact that they do it in a size 32 and in different colours is great. I found it a bit too small to meet in the middle at the front but to be honest I would always wear a blazer like this open. It's a nice feeling material, quite lightweight which is perfect for summer. I love the pastel colour of the blazer too, which seems to be exactly what my Spring wardrobe needs




I know that the ladies have much more up their sleeve when it comes to fashion so it is well worth keeping an eye on their website to see what they add. A really nice touch is their Facebook page too. They usually post photos of their items up with at least 3 (sometimes 4) girls wearing the same item and doing the same pose. This is a fantastic way of giving customers an insight into how the item will look on a body the same/similar shape and size as them and this really helps. Just another way that Topsy Curvy have listened to their customers and attempted to make the minefield that clothes shopping can sometimes be that much easier.



I love the blazer and I can't wait to see what else I can wear it with! Dress is ASOS Curve, bag is New Look and shoes are Primark.

Debz 


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Dress To Impress

Dress to Impress and make a Statement in the Process
There is an old saying that tells us you only ever get one chance to make a first impression, and this is particularly true when you enter the dating market. Getting to know someone online is all part of the dance these days, and that’s a good thing for both sides, but when the first actual meeting takes place it’s cards on the table time.
Even those people who have been meeting guys and girls for a number of years will still get those all too familiar butterflies as the big moment approaches. This is the time when the waiting is finally over. You may have charmed someone on the web for a number of weeks, but how will you continue that momentum in person?
You will hear plenty of advice about being yourself, acting naturally and not trying too hard, but it may not be easy to remember all of this in the heat of the moment. Just before that meeting, be sure to take a deep breath and to think – and talk – slowly. If you are anxious, you may start babbling like a nervy chatterbox, and that won’t help.
Concentrate more on what you say than how you look
Unless your date is a particularly shallow person, he or she will be more impressed by the things you say than the way you look, but of course your appearance will still have a bearing on the success of the meeting. That’s why it’s vital to remember to dress for the occasion and the venue. Remember this when you’re picking an outfit.
Sometimes it doesn’t help if you look too perfect. Your date is looking to meet a person, not a china doll, so make an effort but don’t get overly obsessed about it. Using a high quality skin product like Proactiv is a good idea, because a top class complexion will always get you noticed. Take care to look good but natural as well.
It doesn’t matter if you are a total novice or someone who goes on dates all the time, you need to work at it from the start. The web has made things easier for us in many ways, of course, but it may perhaps have taken a little of the wow factor away from a first date. The benefits are greater than the drawbacks, however.

It may not be possible to always make the perfect impression, but there are of course times when everything seems to go just right. The dating scene in the UK is much the same as it is anywhere else, so good advice applies no matter where you live. The most important thing is to have fun, so go and enjoy it!
What top tips would you like to share for looking and feeling amazing?
Debz xx
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Monday, 23 March 2015

ASOS Main Range - Here's What I Would Have Spent

Every so often a group of bloggers and I get together to put some Here's What I Would Have Spent posts. The idea is to let retailers know that we would happily spend our hard earned cash on their clothing, if only they stocked our size! 

I love the ASOS Curve range and it is probably one of my most popular 'go to' places when it comes to clothes shopping. However, I also lust after many items in their straight size ranges they don't extend to plus sizes - and so, the idea for this round of Here's What I Would Have Spent was born!

Skirts


Dresses


To be honest, there are so many other choices I could make from the ASOS website. They have such variety and I would love to see many more items in plus sizes too!

What do you love from ASOS?

Debz

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