Sunday, 28 December 2014

Christmas Day With Scarlett & Jo and ASOS Curve

How was your Christmas? I hope you all had a brilliant one, I did!

Christmas in my household is always quite a quiet affair, but that's just the way we like it! It's been a lovely few days at home and now I am looking forward to travelling to Stafford for New Years with lots of friends!

Even though Christmas is reasonably quiet I love to get dressed up! Everyone in my house loves Christmas so we all get dressed up, have an epic dinner and spend the evening playing board games. I honestly can't think of a way I would rather spend the day.

Just before Christmas Scarlett & Jo sent me one of their newest dresses and I thought it would be perfect for Christmas. I love the blue colours in the kimono and knew it would be perfect to dress up with a bit of bling.

The Scarlett & Jo Multicoloured Floral Kimono With Black Dress is quite a grown up dress, but it;s lovely and I feel could be dressed in lots of different ways. The black dress underneath fits well too!

As it was on the day I felt that a plain black dress underneath was a bit plain, so I actually teamed up the kimono with a black dress I picked up in the ASOS Curve sale a few days before.The dress itself is lovely but I wanted to dress it up a bit for Christmas - after all, if you can't dress up at Christmas when can you?

One of the best things about the kimono dress from Scarlett & Jo is that although the kimono is attached, it is done so by poppers. This means that you can remove it and mix and match items. I love versatile pieces like this, so it's a definite plus point for me!

What did you get up to this Christmas?

Debz x

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

A Guide To Surviving Christmas If You Are Fat


Merry Christmas. May the day be everything you could hope for and more. Have the best time, whatever type of day you have and may 2015 be the best yet.

Debz xx

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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?


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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.


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!


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.


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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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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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Let Me Take an 'Elfie


A few weeks ago the lovely ladies at Yours Clothing sent me this rather lovely Celfie t-shirt. You have probably seen a few other bloggers sporting the t shirt... Not that we're all selfie obsessed or anything!!

The Coca Cola truck visited Morecambe to help kick of Christmas celebrations today so I couldn't resist a little trip out to wear it. If you have ever been to Morecambe before you'll know that it's quite a casual town so I didn't really want to go too dressed up. In fact, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to give this Celfie t shirt it's first outing.

As it's quite cold I thought I'd wear this lovely new tangle cardigan from Taking Shape too. The Taking Shape brand only goes up to a size 24/26 but I found that this cardigan (in size XXL) to be a great fit. I probably wouldn't be able to do it  up but I don't think that for an item like this it really matters.

I actually found both items to be well made and a great fit. For being out and about for an afternoon, having my photo taken in front of crowds of people it seemed like the perfect outfit to be wearing!

The Coca Cola truck was loads of fun, with plenty of fair rides and other amusements to keep 1
children entertained. I even met up with a couple of friends while I was there!

Remember If you're new to Yours Clothing you can use my Blogger18 code to get £10 off of a £20 spend on their website.

Debz x

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Christmas at Boohoo Giveaway

I have spoken before about my love of Boohoo and the items that they offer. I honestly  pray for the day when they extend their range up past a 24 - and I know so many people who feel the same!

You only have to look at their new arrivals page to see that they are offering some fantastic pieces. I love that they offer items that are different, on trend and at a price that is affordable. I'd love to be able to try out more pieces, so if they ever go past a size 24 you can guarantee more items to pop up on this page. That said their plus size collection runs from a size 16 to a size 24 so it isn't all bad.

This week they contacted me to give one of you lucky people the chance to try an item from their collection. Simply enter the raffle copter give away below and the winner will get to pick an item to be sent to them.

a Rafflecopter giveaway 

The competition will run until the 10th December. I will get in touch with the winner ASAP for their address details, item choice and what size they want. Boohoo will send the item direct to the winner. No alternatives etc etc.

Good luck!

Debz xx

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Trying Something a Little Different From Lady V London

If you have read my blog before then you will know I am a massive fan of the Estella dress by Lady V London and Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. I honestly feel that the Estella dress was something quite revolutionary - in that you just can't find pretty, vintage style clothing in sizes 28+.

Lady V London were kind enough to send me a dress to the British Plus Size Awards - which you can read all about here. I initially wanted an Estella dress but unfortunately you all loved them so much that they sold out in my size. Lady V London actually offer 3 plus size dresses - the Isabella and the Hepburn alongside the Estella. I looked at the measurements for the Hepburn and even though it's 2 sizes smaller, the way it is cut means the they weren't too much smaller than the Estella style I was so in love with.

They sent me the Violent Violet Poppy Hepburn dress and I was over the moon when it fitted. I love the shape of the dress and the pattern is not one I have seen much before at all. I probably would benefit from a size up was available, but once again it just goes to show that you can ignore labels and make 'too small' clothing fit you.

I went to the awards with Lucia from U Can't Wear That who managed to bag the Estella Damask print dress before they all went - she looked lovely!

I have 3 Lady V London dresses now and I haven't a problem with any of them. I have always loved fast, affordable, bargain priced fashion. However an investment piece like this is far more likely to make my wardrobe than it did before and that is all down to the quality offered by Lady V London.

I wait with baited breath to see what other Estella patterns they bring out next!

As part of their Black Friday Deals, Lady V London have up to 60% off of dresses until midnight. I snapped up an Isabella to complete my Lady V London collection. When it gets here I will have at least one of each of their dresses... Review coming soon, of course! 

Debz xx

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Floral For Winter: Scarlett & Jo

I have to be honest and say that I don't pay much attention to the seasons when it comes to clothing. I am not a massive fan of big winter coats or layering. When it comes to clothing I love bright colours and patterns and I don't see why winter should be any different.

However I know that when it comes to winter, many people prefer to wear more muted colours - perhaps they are mourning the loss of summer? 

When Scarlett & Jo offered to send me an item a few weeks ago I chose this Black Floral Jersey Dress. I thought it would be good to have some darker colours in my wardrobe for winter, but the floral pattern gives a nod to summer which I miss so much!

The dress itself is a lovely fit and definitely a bit generous, you could easily afford to size down. I love the length and the peep-hole at the top which allows it to be an evening or a day dress. It has a waist tie which also gives it a nice fit.

To be honest with you at the moment it feels as though Scarlett & Jo can do no wrong and this dress is certainly no exception!

What are you loving by Scarlett & Jo at the moment?

Debz xx

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Monday, 24 November 2014

The British Plus Size Awards 2014

On Saturday I went to the British Plus Size Awards at the Blu Raddison hotel in London. At £130 a ticket I would probably have not have afforded to go, but I was lucky enough to win tickets via BGP Magazine and so I attended with Lucia from U Can't Wear That.

I don't want to talk too much about the awards, because there are so many blog posts floating around already and I am sure there will be many more. What I do want to say is that the night was lovely, much nicer than I anticipated. It was really lovely to get dolled up, eat nice food and drink glasses of champers on the red carpet as you do!

There were a number of awards given out, which I'll link at the end of this. It was lovely to see brands like Taking Shape, Yours Clothing and Curvy Kate supporting the awards. I do feel it was a big shame that brands such as Asda and New Look didn't get behind the awards, I'd love to see them there next year supporting the cause! The feeling of being in a room full of plus size women and their supporters is amazing.

I love attending blog events and feeling the support of women who know what it is like to be in your shoes. Doing this within the glitz and glamour of an award ceremony, surrounded by women wearing AMAZING dresses was fantastic!

The hotel was fantastic, the service was brilliant and there was so much glamour in the room that you couldn't fail to have a good time.

The lovely team at Lady V London were kind enough to send me a dress to wear for the awards. I choose the Violet Poppy Print Hepburn dress. I initially wanted one of the Estella dresses but they have proved so popular that they've sold out in my size already - which is pretty amazing to be honest! 

The Hepburn only goes to a 26/28 but I thought I would try it anyway and have to say I love how it fits. I have some proper outfit photos and details which I'll pop in another post later on in the week!

Whether it's award ceremonies blogger events, Facebook groups or just a get together with body positive friends we need to continue this trend of supporting each other and lifting each other up - because it's a feeling like no other!

If you could give someone a Plus Size award - what would you give?


And The Winners Were:

Best celebrity Female - Lisa Riley, Best celebrity Male - James Corden, Best Entertainer - Sarah Millican, Best Model - Haley Hasselhoff, Best High street Retailer -  Yours Clothing, Best Online Retailer - ASOS, Best Designer - Lovedrobe, Best Accessories Range - Chunky Cat Cuddler, Best Footwear Range - New Look, Best Lingerie Brand - Curvy Kate, Best Swimwear Range -  Yours Clothing, Best Magazine - Big Is Beautiful, Best Bridal Range - Curves and Couture, Best Supermarket Range -  George at Asda, Best Lingerie Blog - Curvy Kate, Best New Blogger - Hollie @ Pretty Big Butterflies, Best Fashion Blog - Georgina @ She Must Be Loved, Best Person In Business - Andrew Killingworth @Yours Clothing, Best Blogger - Betty @ Pamper and Curves, Best Fashion Event - Plus North, Best Achievement - Sarah Hadzipasic

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