Thursday, 27 February 2014

Don't Forget - Yours Clothing Discount!

Just a little reminder that I have a discount for you all if you have not yet tried Yours Clothing. I know that trying a new retailer can be scary & sometimes you would rather stick to what you know - been there done that! But it's also exciting trying new places. So, I have a Yours Clothing Voucher Code for you to use if haven't used them before. The code 'Blogger18' will get you £10 off of a £20 spend with Yours Clothing, as long as you're a new customer!

If you buy something, I'd love to know what you buy! I got this today, can't wait for it to arrive!

Debz xx

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My Look At Cut For Evans

I have blogged plenty about Cut For Evans, so this is a very picture heavy post! I don't actually love these photos - I had been to have my eyebrows done just before and had taken all my face make up off - booo!! But anyway, I finally got the chance to go to Evans at Marble Arch and thought I would try some of the Cut for Evans stuff on - so, here you go!

I really like the fit of the skirt and it feels like great quality! I would probably style it differently to how it was designed though, and wear it a bit shorter (see right hand picture)

The cardigan didn't suit me as much as I hoped, but I do still love it!

I love the skirt - but again, I would probably wear it shorter than it was designed.

I spoke to the staff at Evans and they said the Cut For Evans collection had gone down well - YAY! What I love about the collection is that you can style it as bold or as subtle as you like.

Do you have any Cut For Evans stuff yet?

Debz xx

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Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Fat Women Real Talk - Cosmo Questions... What Being A Fat Woman Is Really Like!

If you have been reading twitter, blogs or general social media over the last few days, you might have stumbled across lots of people talking the recent Cosmpolition article "What Being A Fat Woman Is Really Like". The article asked two women a set of questions about their life, dating, relationships and more and how they feel fat has affected them - it makes an interesting read! According to the general twitter-sphere, lots of people could relate to the article and it got people chatting! When Claire/ChatterMonkey suggested that bloggers should set about answering the same questions I knew straight away that I wanted to be involved! This is done as a bloggers challenge, so we're all posting them up at the same time! Be sure to check out the links below to read all of the other ladies answers. You can also check out the original Comsopolitan article here.

How do you feel when other women around you complain about feeling/being fat? 

Sad. Sad for them that they don't love the skin they are in, although I know that self-acceptance is a long and hard journey. I know that many people feel angry that someone smaller than them could possible complain about being fat, but I don't mind that. I get that not everyone likes their body and to many people being fat is not something that they would ever be at ease with - and that is OK! I try to tell people the things that I like about their body in the hope that a little bit of my positivity rubs off on them. Generally speaking how others feel about their body doesn't affect how I feel about mine.

How has your body image changed since high school? College? 

I have always been fat, but I don't think I have ever thought too negatively about it. I would say growing up that I was indifferent to my body which meant that it stayed a pretty blank canvas. I didn't hate my body but I didn't really care enough it to do anything with it. It is only over the last 5-7 years that I have come to realise that my body is something to be liked and I now pay more attention to body image, what I wear, how I look etc - which is a lovely place to be in. 

Have you tried dieting? What happened? 

Of course... I have dieted in the past, although never fad-dieted really. Dieting is great if it works for you. It never has for me, because I don't dislike my body so I don't really have the motivation to change it. 

Do you think in your case your weight is partly or entirely genetic? 

No. My sister is a size 10 (and works hard for the body she has) and I am the biggest in my family. I take full responsibility for my weight and realise that my diet and lifestyle play a role in why I am the size I am. If I wanted to be a size 10 I could go to the gym every day and eat well, but I don't have the slightest inclination to do that.

Do you consider yourself healthy? Have there been instances where people assumed you were unhealthy? 

Yes. I would say I am healthy. Of course people assume otherwise, because fat is the demon and it is something that kills us all. I am not naive enough to think that my weight doesn't affect my health, but everyone's lifestyle affects their overall health so I am not unique in that. Generally speaking my health is good and I very rarely have to go to the doctor. *touch wood*

Are your parents both supportive of you at the weight you're at? Have they always been? 

Yes. They don't pressure me into anything. My life is just that, my life to live with my choices. 

How do you think retailers can improve clothes for plus-size people? 

I think clothing can be improved for everyone, not just plus size people. I hate that people assume that plus size is a problem, when it isn't. There are plenty of bodies that cannot find clothes to fit them perfectly - the very thin, the very tall, the very short, those with big thighs and small waists, people with broad shoulders or with bigger feet. Generally speaking I think clothing ranges need to be changed across the board. We need to recognise that people aren't designed to fit into boxed and categories and that we should offer solutions to fit them & not the other way round. 

Do you think plus-size women are judged differently than plus-sized men are? How? 

I guess generally speaking, women's bodies are more sexualised so our shape is paid more attention to. That said ,I don't think we can take away from the fact that men have body issues too. We can't assume that it is a female only problem, because that is not the case at all. I think women assume men are judging them for the way that they look, because women are judging but actually more often than not it is us putting pressure on ourselves rather than other people paying that much attention to what we look like.  But I do think that both genders have their problems - people judge and they don't realise the affect their words often have.

Do you think there’s an assumption made/stereotype that exists about plus-size people? How would you respond to it? 

Yes. There is an assumption that we hate our bodies and would do anything to change. Would I like to be thinner? Yes. Do I want to change my life to be thinner? No. The assumption that I hate my body is wrong - I do not. I embrace it and I love it. I dress it up and I look after it, because it is mine and no one else's. I would be thinner only for ease of life (shopping on the high street, finding a bra that fits etc) but not because I am unhappy. 

There is an assumption that if you are fat, something or someone put you there - a bad experience, an unhappy childhood, a deep hidden secret that you are comfort eating your way through and that is  not the case at all. I know many, many fat girls that are fat just because they are and they totally live life that way, loving every second of it. 

Do you think there’s ever a right way or time to express concern about someone’s weight?

Yes. When someone asks for your opinion and no other time. 

What are the worst things people have said to you about your body? 

To be honest with you, the insults are not very imaginative. Fatty, fat bitch, wow look at the size of her - that's about the extent of it. Are they the 'worst' things? I guess so. But when you're telling me I am fat I don't really let it bother me, because they're not really telling me anything I don't know. 

How did you respond? 

Usually I pull people up on it. A man called me a fat bitch under his breath in a supermarket once. I stopped him and asked him very loudly why he would assume I was a bitch just by looking at me? I told him that he could ask any of my friends and they would tell him I am lovely and not a bitch at all. The shop stopped and everyone looked, but I didn't care. I am strong enough to deal with something like that but others are not, so I stand up to it when I can in the  hope that it stops that person insulting someone else in the future. 

Do you find yourself hanging out with women who are closer to your size?

Of course - who doesn't have friends of a variety of sizes? If you don't then you might want to look at yourself and wonder if you are shallow. I have lots of amazing friends who vary in size from a size 10 to a size 36 (estimates, I have no idea about clothes sizes) and I wouldn't have it any other way. They're all my friends for different reasons and all bring different things to my life, just the way it should be.

How has your weight affected your sex life, if at all? 

I wouldn't say so. Of course it affects the people who are attracted to me - but that is the same as anyone else. Their body and the way they look affects who they are attractive to, nothing out of the ordinary about that.

When you've been single, has your weight affected your dating life?

I could write a book about my dating life - and in fact many people tell me 
I should! I have had a very chequered past when it comes to dating, but I don't put that down to my weight at all. The world is full of weird and wonderful people, I think most of the weird ones I have either dated or they are blocked on my Plenty of Fish account. 

Do you feel weird if the guy you’re with only dates larger women? 

Nope. Would a slim girl feel weird if a guy only dated slim women? We have to accept that men find our bodies attractive. Yes it is about personality and clicking with someone, but you have to find them attractive too - so if they like you and you're fat the chances are they like fat girls too!

Do you feel weird if he's only dated slimmer women before you? 

Not really. I would talk to him about his attraction to me and where it has come from. Sadly lots of men aren't comfortable dating a fat girl and wait a while to get out there and do it, so it wouldn't bother me if I was their first.

So there you have - I have a feeling a lot of my answers will be different to others but there you go. Please don't forget to check out the other ladies doing the posts too, they'll all make interesting reads!

Debz xx

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Big Fat Clothes Swap

On Sunday I headed down a clothes swap in Bethnal Green and I am so glad that I did. I have never been to anything like this before and right up until Saturday I was unsure about going... But I went and I loved it! 

It was held in a cute room in Bethnal Green - packed full of fat babes, both bloggers and non-bloggers. Everyone bought bags of clothes and the items were separated out into sizes. Then people could take their pick of what they wanted. It was such a lovely atmosphere, with everyone recommending items for each other, giving styling advice and helping people try on items. It was really lovely to see everyone & see lots of new faces. I have come away with a bundle of new outfits which I now can't wait to wear! How exciting.

I am still on my little self-made mission to dress a little differently and this time I went for it with my hair. I always, always wear my hair flat and it's a bit boring to me. I couldn't sleep the night before, so at 3am I washed my hair, plaited it and went to bed.

with it wet. I love the effect that this had, although it isn't quite as wavy as I hoped. I love the volume it gave my hair & I actually quite like the geek-chic look I ended up with for the day! 

I am proper going for the geek look at  the moment - I picked up these glasses for a massive investment of 99p delivered! I have them in purple and red too - how exciting! The t-shirt is one I picked up in a random shop in Belgium when I was there last year - I threw it on over a red New Look skater dress just because it is a little bit short.

Thanks to Kirsty and everyone for organising it. I would definitely recommend everyone go to the next one.

What did you get up to at the weekend?

Debz x

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Monday, 24 February 2014

The New Fashion World Range

Last week as I attended the lovely Anna Scholz do, there was a Fashion World Tea Party going on, on the other side of town. Sadly I was unable to attend both - but by all accounts the Fashion World Tea Party was a roaring success. The tea party was to celebrate the new Claire Richards range - you can see the lace dress that I reviewed here.

The range for me, is lovely. I love the fact that there are some proper occasion dresses. I know not all of us want to get dressed up to the nines every single day, but as a plus size girl it is nice to have that option, should the occasion arise. That said, the range is really varied and there is something for everyone, click here to see the whole range.

The lovely ladies at Fashion World, sent me a few pictures so I could see what I missed out on (sob!)... How amazing does it look?

Have you bought anything from the Claire Richards range yet?

Debz x

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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Discovering Marisota

I have to be honest here, while I have known for ages that Marisota do plus size fashion (up to a size 32) they're not really a brand I think to check when I am looking for a new outfit. However, I love the fact that they exist, because choice is always good!

Last week they invited me down to an event in a beauty salon in Soho to be treated to a bit of a pamper and the chance to browse through some of their offerings this season... How could I resist?

I have been meaning to do something with my eyebrows for ages - I was an eyebrow treatment virgin. In the end I got them waxed and tinted as well as my eyelashes tinted - I love them!

I have to say - I was really impressed with the clothes that they had. When I saw the rail which was bursting with colour & shape I had to smile... It was so nice to see so many nice clothes, something I didn't expect at all.

I'll definitely be keeping a much closer eye on Marisota from now on.

Have you ever shopped there? What did you think?

Debz xx

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Saturday, 22 February 2014

OOTD : British Plus Size Fashion Weekend

Just a very quick post today - a look at what I wore to British Plus Size Fashion Weekend. I am a little bit bored of normal dresses and leggings at the moment - just because that is all I seem to wear! So I am trying to break out and wear something a little different - BPSFW was my first time doing this!

Jumper - Matalan - this is about 3 years old and this is the first time I have worn it!
Skater dress - ASOS
Sweet leggings - Primark
Boots - Primark

Debz necklace - Black Heart Creatives
Heart necklace - Primark

There really isn't much that I can say about these leggings, except that I love them!! They're from Primark, a size 16 and a bargain price of £6.00! Yet another lesson that you can pick up bargain clothes just about wherever, as long as you ignore clothes sizes!

Do you have funky, unique clothes in your wardrobe?

Debz xx

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

British Plus Size Fashion Weekend

I'll be honest and say I didn't take a whole heap of photos at the weekend - I figured that blogs would be saturated with write-ups and reviews and that I wouldn't be able to add very much to it at all. However - I did have a fab time - Thanks to British Plus Size Weekend for the competition that allowed me to win tickets - YAY!

When I got there I wandered around the market place which was fab. It was a little quiet but there were plenty of stalls to browse. It was so lovely to chat to shops that I speak to on Twitter etc in the flesh. Stalls at the market place included Syreeta Badu, Ms SVG, Slink, Live Unlimited, Simply Be, Taking Shape, Topsy Curvy, Evans, Tutti Rogue, Apples and Pears and loads more that I have probably forgotten - sorry! The stalls were set out with plenty of room so you could easily browse through what was on offer and see new collections from brands - YAY!

Me with Team Ms SVG and Team Topsy Curvy - all such lovely, lovely ladies!!

Who said plus size fashion has to be boring!?

After that I headed down to the 4pm fashion show - which was amazing! An hour and a half of seeing different brands showcase their goods - past, present and future. I didn't get any good pics but if you look on Twitter under #BPSFW you'll see loads I am sure!
Before the show I did manage to have a quick chat with Whitney from America's Next Top Model - she was lovely!

I was unsure about attending British Plus Size Fashion Weekend, because of reports I had heard of the previous year - but I was glad I did. It was really lovely to catch up with lots of blogger babes, meet the brands and of course see the cat walk -I'll definitely go back next year. This year was only the 2nd annual British Plus Size Fashion Weekend, so I'll be excited to see the event grows!

Did you go, what did you think?

Debz xx
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Where's Wally? He's At The One One Three Fashion Show

On Monday I was invited down to the One One Three Fashion show in Angel. Held at the Metal Works in Islington I was excited to see what the new collection would be like! 

The venue is great for a fashion show, with a funky unique setting and plenty of space for people to be able to sit and watch the show - sadly the show was over in the blink of an eye but it was still nice to see the pieces. 

I hope the video works - Its the girls come off of the catwalk at the end of the show. It's just taken on my phone but hopefully it gives you an idea of what you can expect!

From what I have seen of the collection it's going bolder than ever - big t shirt dresses, lots of tartan, a tutu and plenty of colour, which is a massive plus point in my opinion! I didn't get any photos as the light was too bright - bad blogger I know. I will post as soon as I know when the collect will be out!

What I Wore

As another nod to dressing a bit differently I decided to mix it up and wear my Where's Wally? t shirt. Before I would have dressed up in a dress and lots of jewellery, so it was nice to go a bit different for a change. The leggings are actually One One Three leggings though - which I can highly recommend!

Scarf - Taking Shape
T Shirt - Primark
Leggings - One One Three
Boots - Primark

Cardigan - Yours Clothing

Me and my friends <3

Debz xx

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

I Wish I Looked Like Cindy Crawford

Most of my friends know that I love to watch and read all sorts of body posititive infulences and so I am lucky that when they stumble across them, they share them with me. Tonight a friend sent me this link - I love it and had to share it with you straight away.

It isn't about being fat or thin, but about advertising and how the images we see in the media are so different to real life. It really makes an interesting watch and if you have a spare 5 minutes, you should definitely give it a watch.

Did you watch? I'd love to know what you think

Debz xx

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Afternoon Tea With Anna Scholz

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited down to Anna Scholz HQ to view the new Anna Scholz/Simply Be collection. I have always kept an eye on the Anna Scholz collection because I love how bold and bright the colour and patterns are. Sadly sometimes colour and pattern is something that is lacking in plus size fashion, so it's nice when a brand gives this a go.

When I got there I saw that they had some of Annas own collection stuff out too, not just the stuff for Simply Be. As someone who finds Anna Scholz stuff priced firmly out of their price range it was exciting to be able to see and feel the outfits - I never realised it, but the difference in quality is amazing! She had items in EVERY size to try on, although I wasn't quite brave enough, I really wish I had!

Just look at all those colours and prints - beautiful!

Some of the beautiful lingerie for Simply Be

So much colour - I was in heaven!

We were well looked after!

Me & Hollie from Pretty Big Butterflies and the lady herself Anna Scholz

I believe the Anna Scholz collection and the items for Simply Be are up now, if they're not then keep an eye out because they're worth having a nosey at. Thank you to the team at Anna Scholz for making us feel so welcome and to Simply Be for inviting me.

Debz xx

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Cut For Evans - The Marmite Effect

You might have read that earlier this week I was lucky enough to be invited to the Cut For Evans launch. For me, seeing the clothes on proper bodies rather than a mannequin was a massive step forward. The clothes look great on the website but seeing them on people made all of the difference.

The Cut For Evans is a massive step forward & a huge leap from anything Evans have really done in the past - so I get that it will split opinion but I didn't realise quite how much it would. I made the 'mistake' of reading some of the comments on the Evans Facebook page after the launch, and I was flabbergasted at some of the comments left.

I 'like' how lots of different women commented about how they wouldn't/shouldn't/couldn't wear the collection because of their size - as if this was a blanket rule for everyone. We work so hard to prove that fashion is inclusive of all sizes and comments like this really set it so far back! Thankfully Evans have deleted lots of the really negative comments but it means that I can't quote them here - sorry!

Anyway - I have seen LOADS of women in these clothes and I think they look fab. I have loved seeing different women, with different shapes and their own individual styles wearing these outfits - so I thought I would share them with you. I can understand if the Cut For Evans range is not for you, but I don't know how anyone can say that this range is 'hideous' across the board... Look at these fierce, fabulous fatties rocking the range....
George from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust and Mel from Upon The Sea

My gorgeous friend Joanne - Not a blogger, but how fab does she look!?

Image thanks to Laura at Pocket Rocket - Ms Bartoz, Lauren and Margie

Liris Crosse from and Bethany from Arched Eyebrow

Wearing the knitted top in two different ways - Bethany from Arched Eyebrow

Whitney from Americas Next Top Model and I (not wearing Cut For Evans.. Yet!)

Felicity Hayward at British Plus Size Fashion Weekend

Sally from The Human Mannequin


Personally I think each of the girls look amazing in their outfits, however even if you don't I can't see how you can say that as a blanket response to the collection that it doesn't look good on big bodies or that it hasn't been designed with larger girls in mind - because the vastly different shapes and sizes shown above show that it can mostly definitely be rocked if you want to!

What do you think of the collection?

Debz xx

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Friday, 14 February 2014

Falling In Love With Scarlett & Jo

You'll know that earlier this week I was invited to Evans at Marble Arch to view their Cut For Evans range. While I was there I took the chance to have a sneaky peak around the rest of the store, because I just don't get to this side of town often enough.

I have kept my eye on the Scarlett and Jo dresses on the website, but I have to be honest there was nothing quite like seeing them in the flesh. The prom dress jumped out at me - it's such a vibrant colour and nice shape. I don't own many 'pretty' dresses like that, but it's definitely one that I would like to have hanging in my wardrobe.

Scarlett & Jo first made a name for themselves with their Power Fit dresses which have gone down an absolute storm. You might remember that I reviewed the leopard print one a while back. What I love now is how they're expanding and offering so many more different shapes and styles, which helps to ensure that there is something for everyone.

Some of my favourite Scarlett & Jo offerings are:

It's really lovely that all of these come from Scarlett & Jo - just because they are all so different. I am really trying to expand the type of dresses I have in my wardrobe - I love skater dresses but I would love to step out and try something new. 

What are your fashion plans for 2014? Do you want to mix it up a bit?

Debz xx

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