Thursday, 29 August 2013

A Walk On The Wild Side

Two posts in one day - you lucky lot!

As you know, on Wednesday evening I attended a bloggers event for Pink Clove. For a few days before I ummed and ahhed over what to wear. With so many fabulous bloggers in attendance I knew I wanted to make sure that I was 100% happy with my outfit. I also wanted to try and minimize the chance of anyone else wearing the same outfit as me!

In the end I opted for this leopard print gaga dress from Yours Clothing. I have had this dress for ages and so I thought, the chances of someone else wearing it would be minimal.



I am very lucky in that one of my favouritest people in the world is a make up artist, so she came over to my flat before I went to give me a make over - and I was really happy with the results! Lucia also blogs over at www.ucantwearthat.com so make sure you check her out! 


I teamed up the outfit with black leggings, white shoes with a black bow and a black and white bag. Of course this was too monochrome for me, so I had to add a splash of colour with my fabulous Black Heart Creatives, Wannabe Princess neckace!

Strike a Pose.
Dress: Yours Clothing
Belt: Yours Clothing
Leggings: Simply Be
Shoes: Primark
Bracelet: eBay
Necklace: Black Heart Creatives
Earrings: Primark
Handbag (pictured below): Primark

The event was held at Hush Restuarent in Mayfair, which was really lovely! The setting outside was really nice, walking down a cobbled street into the courtyard was beautiful!


Posing in Mayfair

I had a really nice night and the pieces on offer from Pink Clove are lovely - I thoroughly recommend checking them out!

I attended the event with Leighanne from Bump and Beyond and Lucia from U Can't Wear That. Here we are all dressed up and ready to go, before leaving the house!


Me, Leighanne and Lucia
What have you been up to this week?

Debz 
x

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Head Over Heels In Love... With Pink Clove!

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to a bloggers event for Pink Clove. Avid readers of my blog will know that I have already blogged about the site because it captured my attention as soon as it was launched! As a plus size retailer that actually does most (if not all?) of its lines up to a size 30/32 it was a welcome addition to the world of plus size fatshion in my eyes.

Original Review Here: 
http://imawannabeprincess.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/abc-of-pink-clove-brand-new-plus-size.html

In my original write up I told you I fell in love with the typography dress - and now I have seen it, felt it and seen the cut of it, I want it even more. This is most definitely a dress I need in my life.


The Event

The event was held in the prestigious Hush restaurant in Mayfair. Located in Lancashire Court it had a beautiful setting and the private dining room did not disappoint. 




When we arrived we were greeted by the Pink Clove PR team and a pink Bellini (YUM!) and invited to take a look at the clothes. There were 3 racks of clothes, broken down into different sections to showcase the range of Pink Clove clothing. After that we had a sit down 3 course meal and a chance to chat with the rest of the bloggers. There were 10 of us there in total and it was really nice to put names to faces I have seen online and read the blogs of. 


The Dinner

Unsuprisingly for a Mayfair restuarant - the food was amazing! There was a really nice selection of food which meant that there was something to suit everyone. I opted for the pulled pork and yorkshire pudding starter, fishcake main and a treacle sponge for dessert - all delicious!




The Clothes

What can I say? The range of clothes is small(ish!), but perfectly formed! Seeing as Pink Clove are a brand new brand it is no surprise that they don't have quite as many offerings as some of the big game players in the plus size market. I just hope that in time they'll be able to expand because the items that they have do seem amazing. (I'd love to see a Pink Clove range of accessories and shoes - but maybe I am just being a bit greedy!)

The brand has something to cater for everyone - from pretty skirts to logo tshirts and from smart jackets to floral dresses - it has it all!

The clothes on the rails were all a size 16 but were definitely generous fittings. The top sizes come in 26/28 and 30/32 but judging by what I have seen so far, they'll be a great fit! The clothes were high quality and stretched without ruining the look of the piece, which is always a bonus!


What I Liked Best

What I liked best is that some of the most striking patterns in the collection were used in more than one piece. It can be annoying when you see a pattern in a skirt you like, but you know you would prefer it in a dress. It seems that Pink Clove have tried to fix this problem by having patterns repeated across items - what a great idea!



Home Time

When we left we were sent home with a lovely goody bag and a gorgeous cupcake - what lucky girls!




This morning I have placed an order for the typography dress, I knew I wouldn't be able to resist for long! I also have my eye on the tartan dress too, might have to use my birthday at the end of September as an excuse to treat myself! ;)

Have you bought anything from the site yet? Or browsed it?

What are your favourite pieces?

Debz x

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Drinks in Soho

Last night I went out for drinks in Soho and had the usual last minute worry of what to wear. In the end I was really pleased with the simple but pretty outfit I wore, so I thought I would do a rare Outfit Of The Day Post and put it up here for you all to have a nosey at!


Ignore the wonky neckline! Haha
Neckline Fixed!

Dress: AX Paris/Simply Be
Belt: Yours Clothing
Leggings: Love Ur Curves
Necklace: Love Ur Curves
Earrings: Primark
Shoes: Primark




I really like the pretty pattern of the dress as well as the fit - it's very comfy to wear!

Spinning Like A Girl In A Brand New Dress
What do you like to wear on mid-week nights out?

Debz x

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

10 Honest Thoughts On Being Loved by a Skinny Boy!

Thanks to the wonder of Facebook I discovered this amazing piece by Rachel Wiley today! It isn't the sort of thing I usually blog about, as I don't have much to say on it - but I loved it and think it could really benefit some people!




Please give it a watch/read!




1.

I say, ‘I am fat.’
He says ‘No, you are beautiful.’
I wonder why I cannot be both.
He kisses me 
hard.

2.
My college theater professor once told me
that despite my talent,
I would never be cast as a romantic lead.
We do plays that involve singing animals
and children with the ability to fly,
but apparently no one
has enough willing suspension of disbelief
to go with anyone loving a fat girl.
I daydream regularly
about fucking my boyfriend vigorously on his front lawn.

3.
On the mornings I do not feel pretty,
while he is still asleep,
I sit on the floor and check the pockets of his skinny jeans for motive,
for a punchline,
for other girls’ phone numbers.

4.
When we hold hands in public, 
I wonder if he notices the looks —
like he is handling a parade balloon on a crowded sidewalk;
if he notices that my hands are now made of rope.

5.
Dear Cosmo: Fuck you.
I will not take sex tips from you
on how to please a man you think I do not deserve.

6.
He tells me he loves me with the lights on.

7.
I can cup his hip bone in my hand,
feel his ribs without pressing very hard at all.
He does not believe me when I tell him he is beautiful. 
Sometimes I fear the day he does will be the day he leaves.

8.
The cute hipster girl at the coffee shop 
assumes we are just friends
and flirts over the counter.
I spend the next two weeks
mentally replacing myself with her
in all of our photographs.
When I admit this to him
we spend the evening taking new photos together.
He will not let me delete a single one of them.

9.
The phrase “Big girls need love too” can die in a fire.
Fucking me does not require an asterisk.
Loving me is not a fetish.
Finding me beautiful is not a novelty. 
I am not a fucking novelty.


10.
I say, ‘I am fat.’
He says, ‘No. You are so much more’,
and kisses me
hard.


I loved it all to be honest with you, but I think my favourite part was:


5.
Dear Cosmo: Fuck you.
I will not take sex tips from you
on how to please a man you think I do not deserve.

How very true!!!! 

Did you watch it? Which bit did you like?

Debz xx

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Discovering Daxon

I love Twitter - I am constantly discovering new plus size retailers to browse, shop and lust over. You'll see at the top of this page a list of recommended plus size retailers - in fact I added 3 new retailers to the list today, so there is nearly 40 on there!

Today, I came across plus size website Daxon, who offer clothing up to a size 36, which is fantastic! What you will find with the range is that they cater to the more mature lady (their words not mine) but I thought I would blog about them anyway. Even if they don't necessarily offer clothes that I would wear (yet!) I think its fantastic that there is another option for people to shop at - so that whoever you are, you have options when it comes to buying new clothes!


The Daxon front page
What I like about their site is that they offer a whole range of different items, so whatever you are shopping for you'll be able to find it on their pages. Whether you want dresses, tops, skirts, trousers or jackets they have a wide range on their site to help ensure that they cater to everyone. There are loads of search options on their website too - so finding what you want should be easy enough!


Some of the dresses on their front page
I haven't had a chance to read up much about the site, but I wanted to blog about a page that offered something a little different.

Have you ever bought from their page? What did you think?


Debz x

P.S They have a bloggers network to connect plus size bloggers together which I think is a fantastic idea! You'll see from my side bar on the right that I have applied to be accepted as part of the network, I will let you know how I get on!

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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Black and Bling

At the weekend I was lucky enough to be invited to the Hen Party of one of my good friends! The original plan was a picnic day in London (with a treasure hunt) and then to go to see a show at Wonderground in Waterloo. Unfortunately the weather put a dampener on our plans - so we ended up having dinner and drinks (what a shame!) in Leicester Square before we went to see the show in Waterloo. If you haven't been to see LIMBO at Waterloo then I can not recommend it enough! The show was breathtaking and Wonderland is fantastic - really worth a visit!

We also paid a cheeky visit to M and M world in the afternoon too! It wasn't my idea honest ;)



The dress code was 'black and bling' and people didn't appoint! As you know, I don't really tend to wear black so I did wonder what I was going to wear. Then I remembered that I bought this black sparkly dress from Excite clothing last  year on eBay and thought it was perfect. 


Ignore the badly posed, selfie style photos - I really need to work out the timer on my camera.
Anyway to go with the theme I wore a set of silver bangles from Primark and a frog sparkly necklace from Love Ur Curves.




Dress: Excite Clothing
Pink Leggings: Love Ur Curves
Bangles: Primark
Frog Necklace: Love Ur Curves
Shoes: Primark
Ear Rings: eBay


What did you get up to this weekend?

Debz 

x

Thursday, 22 August 2013

So, So, So Fabulous!

I know - no prizes for inventive headlines this time around!

I saw a tweet by the So Fabulous team today, which reminded me that I hadn't yet blogged about their dresses - Oops! Sorry. I love loads of the So Fabulous times on their website and with a range that goes up to a size 28 they are perfect (they even have a handful of dresses up to a size 30!). 

The  So Fabulous Front Page

I have yet to try the So Fabulous range but I have heard good things about them and can't wait to try them out for myself. I thought I'd do a little ABC feature so you can all get an idea of what they offer!


Absolute Bargain - Horse Print Wrap Dress



At just £16.00 there can be no denying that this dress is a bargain. What I really love about this dress is the unique and funky pattern. It's a way of being a little quirky without being too 'out there'. There is also a floral version of the same dress available for £22.00. I think that the wrap affect on the dress is going to allow it to be very flattering. Depending on the length on you, you will be easily about to wear this with leggings, tights or bare legs! Dress it out with some funky accessories and wear it to your next night out :) You can buy this dress here

Best Value For Money - Dipped Hem Chiffon Dress



I have been looking for a dress to wear for my birthday and this one is definitely on my list. I love the deep colour purple of this dress and think that the cut and fit would be flattering. It is a little different to the style of dress I would usually wear but I think I would be able to pull it off. With some subtle accessories and some pretty shoes it could easily be the perfect birthday girl outfit! At just £35.00 it's fantastic value for money. You can buy this dress here.

Cash To Splash - Lace Skater Dress



To be fair at £44 this dress is still a bit of a bargain, if you have a slightly bigger budget anyway. What I love about this dress is that it is great for those who aren't sure about showing their cleavage  The lace affect is pretty and doesn't deter from the rest of the dress. I don't have much lighter clothing but I do think that as it is a skater dress cut it would fit well at home in my wardrobe. You can buy this dress here.

Have you got any So Fabulous items? What did you think of them?

Debz xx





New Page added to www.wannabeprincess.co.uk - Recommended Retailers. Over 30 shops added to the list! (See link at the top of the page)

Do you know any I have missed? Let me know!

Who are your favourites?

Debz x

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Breaking Boundaries Without Breaking The Bank

Since I discovered ASOS Curve I have developed a slight obsession with their clothes. I quite literally want to be rich enough to have each of their dresses in my wardrobe - Hopefully my Euromillions ticket will do me proud tonight!

Unfortunately, ASOS Curve aren't doing much to help my addiction by announcing 'silly' sales that make me want to sell my mother (sorry mum) to buy them!

I had a little browse on the ASOS Curve 50% sale today and was pleasantly surprised to see that they had 12 different dresses, in my size all for under £15.00 each. They had loads of dresses that were slightly more too! Very impressive.

I always think when something is that cheap you can afford to try something new and be a little adventurous  I am sure lots of us are guilty of sticking to the same styles when it comes to items that we buy - I know I am! However  for less than £15 all of these dresses are ones that I probably wouldn't immediately buy, but would love to try!

Cold Shoulder Dress In Floral



I have to admit, I don't own any cold shoulder dresses or tops which is a shame really because I really like the look of them. What I like about this dress is that the bold, floral pattern is something I am used to wearing so trying something like this would not be too much out of my comfort zone. I really would love to try and cold shoulder dress and I think for £15.00 it is the perfect time to try it! You can buy this dress here.

Sundress In Star Print



I always say I don;t mind getting my arms out, but when you look through my wardrobe you'll see most items are sleeved. This star print dress caught my eye a few weeks ago and since then it has been reduced in price (to just £15!) which makes it even more desirable. 2 of my friends have the dress and it's really pretty & wears well so I am glad to see it in the sale, which tempts me to buy it (BAD ASOS!). You can buy this dress here.

Skater Dress With Ballet Wrap And Short Sleeve


 


I bought this dress when it was originally in the sale - though I think it has been reduced even more now! I sized down on this from my usual size and found that it fit fine. I only have one quite drunk photo of me wearing the dress, but you get the idea! The material is quite heavy which I think makes it great for the cooler weather and for £13.00 I don't think you can go far wrong! You can buy this dress here.

Bodycon Dress With Panelled Print



I need more bodycon dresses in my life and who doesn't need more pretty dresses filling up their wardrobes? I love the pattern of this dress - I don't actually own anything that is panelled so I would love to try this! (and for just £12.50 why not!). You can buy this dress here.

Do sales tempt you to try new things, or would you rather stick to what you know?

Debz xx

Sunday, 18 August 2013

The Liebster Award

I woke up this morning and checked the blogs that I follow - nothing new for a Sunday morning really! I am excited that I can add my friend Helens blog to the list, because she has finally started blogging! About time really :) Check out Candifloss Clouds when you get 5 minutes, well worth a read!

Anyway, her newest post was something called the The Liebster Award where you basically nominate your favourite blogs for an award, help spread the word and give 'under rated' blogs the chance to get a bit more exposure! 


The Liebster Award is given to new, up and coming blogs who have less than 200 followers. Awards like these are a fantastic way to spread the word about new blogs who may be struggling to make their name amongst other blogs.
Liebster is German for dearest, kindest, sweetest, lovely, valued, endearing and welcome. Sweet, huh?
We all know that blogging is all about sharing, connecting and building a community. And these kind of awards are a great way to help promote smaller blogs, and to get to know the person behind the blog.


There are of course some rules, these are as follows…
1. Show your appreciation by linking back to the person who nominated you.
2. List 11 facts about yourself.
3. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the person who nominated you.
4. Nominate another 11 blogs, preferably with less than 200 followers, to pass the award on to.
5. Compile 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
6. Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

I was thrilled to see that she had listed me in her list of recommended blogs - Thank you chick! xx

So. 11 Facts About Me:

1) I don't really like meat on the bone, or meat that has been minced. YUK!
2) I live with one of my best friends and her boyfriend
3) Until April 2012 I had never really, ever worn a dress
4) One day I would love to adopt a child
5) I don't ever want to grow up
6) If it's a boyband, chances are I love it
7) I can only drink wine mixed with lemonade (sophistication right there!)
8) I don't think you can ever take enough photos
9) I lived in Essex once, for a grand total of 12 weeks
10) I am scared of flying
11) Until this year I had never eaten sushi

And the questions Helen asked me:

1. What would be the song for your 1st dance at your wedding?

I am not sure I am ever getting married, but probably something by Adele or 1000 years by Christina Perri.

2. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I live here already

3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I have no idea, maybe I'll be a grown up by then?

4. What is your dream job?

Boyband manager/promoter

5. If you could go back and re-live one moment in your life what would it be?

My 30th birthday... or my 25th! I dunno!

6. Favourite band?

Far too many to list and I can't pick one!

7. Who would be your fantasy dinner party guests? (pick 7 people)

Adele. Can I just have dinner with Adele? No? Ok.... Adele, My sister, Tess Munster, Lee Brennan, Channing Tatum, Taylor Swift and Natasha Devon.
8. Where is your favourite holiday destination?

Don't really holiday, the whole being scared to fly thing puts a stop to that!

9. What's your favourite film?

A Walk To Remember

10. What is your favourite clothing store?

ASOS Curve

11. Who is your style icon?

Anyone who wears what they want without worrying about what other people think.

My Nominations (some have more than 200 followers but they're the blogs I read the most!)










My questions are:

1) What made you first get into blogging?

2) What is your favourite thing about being a blogger?

3) What makes you want to sit down and read a blog?

4) What tip would you give someone who wants to get into blogging?

5) What is your favourite item of clothing?

6) Who are your fashion and style icons?

7) Where are your Top 3 places to shop?

8) Facebook or Twitter?

9) Birthdays or Christmas?

10) What 3 things would you take on a dessert Island?

11) What song do you recommend I download? 

So, there you have it! Be great if you all want to join in, no stress if not! 

If any of you haven't read the above blogs, please do - they're fabulous!
Debz xx

Saturday, 17 August 2013

"Fat Girls In Bodycon Dresses Make Me Vom"

Ok... So they don't actually make me vom, but work with me on this...

I am proud of the mixture of friends that I have. I like to think that they're mostly open-minded and non-judgmental... And then every so often (and I mean very rarely) one of them says something that makes me sit back and think!

Today one of my friends had a Facebook status up that was something along the lines of "Big girls shouldn’t wear body con dresses, it makes me vom". The comments on the status went on to say that she thinks that they shouldn't even sell these dresses in that size and that because she is bigger she has a right to say it.

It will come as a surprise, but I am not one to keep my mouth shut. I absolutely disagree with her opinion and couldn’t sit back and say nothing. I wrote on there that I was a fat girl who wore these body con dresses and felt that her opinion was wrong. I understand completely if someone chooses not to wear any style of clothing, but condemning a whole group of people for wearing something just because you do not have the confidence to do so seems alien to me.

I told her that when I dressed in the morning (or the evening) I did not dress for her or anyone else. I explained to her that it was not my job to be visually pleasing to her or anyone else and that just because she didn't like that style of clothing tat doesn’t mean that others don't! And then the status got deleted.

Wear what you want and feel happy doing it!
I was all ready to come on here all guns blazing and rant about the status - but I put something on my Facebook status and 20 people liked it straight away. It made me realise that actually not everyone thinks this way and that most people are happy to let others get on with their own lives. 

I know that we all take a second glance when we see someone wearing something unique but I don't know of many people who would claim that something shouldn’t be sold to people just because they choose not to wear it themselves! It made me sad and angry, that someone would still think in this backwards way. We seem to be making leaps and bounds when it comes to plus size fashion and I absolutely feel that people should wear whatever they want to wear whatever their size. 


When you get dressed in the morning remember to wear what you want to wear. You do not dress to please other people. It is not your job to look good for other people. You were put on this planet to live your live and not be visually pleasing to people - especially strangers!

If you are someone who feels sick because of what other people wear... Ask yourself why what they have in their wardrobe or on their body affects you!

And then, like a beacon of hope I came across this video by the BEAUTIFUL Tess Munster this morning, which sums up perfectly what I wanted to say, in much less words! 


I love her and I feel that she is such an inspiration and quite frankly, if you can't see her beauty then you need your eyes testing.

Thankfully there are online campaigns such as 'Eff Your Beauty Standards' and 'Honor My Curves' which are helping to pave the way online for people to be happy in their own skin. Personally I love both of these campaigns and love reading peoples involvement in them! If you haven't come across them before, please check them out! 

How do you deal with peoples negatives comments?


Debz xx


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Friday, 16 August 2013

Campaign To Standardise Womens Clothing Sizes

I have blogged a couple of times about the difference in clothing sizes depending on what you buy and wear you buy it from. It is OK when you get an idea of how clothing sizes run for you (ASOS are very generous, I find Yours Clothing a little small) but it is a pain! 

When I order something online, I want to know it is going to fit. I don't want to have to wait to try it on to see if it fits as it should, whether it's to baggy (ha ha) or whether I need to send it back for having it too small. I didn't realise until quite recently that there is no industry standard for clothing sizes. In essence, clothing shops can put whatever size labels they want on their clothes, there are no rules!

So imagine my excitement this afternoon when I was tweeted by the Curvacsous Collective about their campaign to standardise womens clothing sizes in the UK! I am SO excited about this and can't stress enough what a good idea I think it is. I think standardising clothing sizes would lead to so much easiness and feeling better when you are clothing shopping. I know how upsetting it can be when you don't fit into your normal clothes size and have to 'size up' - more often than not this is because of the cut/fit/size of the clothing rather than you having actually put on any weight.



I have signed the campaign and honestly think everyone else should too!

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/51376

"The aim to stay within a certain size range can trigger many women to engage in behavior symptomatic of eating disorders. Whether we like it or not, women’s self-esteem and body image hinges on the size she wears. The varying sizes from different brand labels, all claiming to be the same, needs to change. Women's clothing should be sold in measurements just like men's garments. Women will be more eager to shop and purchase clothes, if sold by measurements (waist/ hips /bust size). Government of the UK, we urge you to take this small step, creating and enacting legislation standardising the size labels of women's clothing, as one step in the right direction towards happier and healthier women."

What do you think? Is this something you would like to see more of? 

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