Friday, 29 May 2015

Cosette, I Love You Very, Very Much - A Lady Voluptuous Review

I have blogged about Lady Voluptuous very many times, so I won't  talk too much about them. You can have a look at previous blog posts about them to learn all about the brand.

A few weeks ago they sent me one of their brand new Cosette patterns to try for myself. I love many of the Lady Voluptuous dresses but this probably isn't one I would try for myself at first glance. The Phoebe and the Bellatrix were perfect for me because of their shape. I prefer short sleeves to long and a wrap effect is sometimes hit and miss so I often avoid. That said, I love that this brand even though it is in its infancy have a range of styles for everyone.



I initially got the Queen of Hearts Cosette in my normal size but it was too big on the upper part of my body so I sent it back and exchanged it for a 26/28 - it fits like a dream. My only issue with the sizing is the belt which did not fit me - however, the 30/32 belt fit perfectly so it is a shame. However, remember they're a new brand and always learning and listening to feedback so I have every faith this is something that can be fixed.



What I love about all of the Lady V London dresses I have tried so far is the quality of the material. The material is nice and thick which gives a nice fit and helps you to feel supported when you wear it. This makes it comfortable to wear all day/night.



I love the length of this dress on me and I think it really helps to add to the vintage fit and feel. I have to mention that these vintage style dresses go up to a size 32, which is fantastic. All of the other brands tend to stop at least a few sizes smaller than this, which is such a shame.



The pattern of this dress is lovely and I can only imagine what it would look like dressed up with a petticoat - perfect! I am so glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone to give it a try!

Do you own a Lady Voluptuous dress yet? Which is your favourite?

Debz x


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I Promise To Love You - A Plus Size Promise

A few weeks ago the magnificent Katt from A Curvy Cupcake put up a vlog about how she wanted this summer to be different for her and her body. In the video she promised herself that if she was warm she would show her arms without shame. This might seem like a small deal, but for many the implication is massive!

I loved the idea of this so decided to rope in loads of bloggers to do the same. Today we're all posting our #PlusSizePromise. You can see a list of the other bloggers taking part in this at the bottom!


With Thanks


I Promise To Love You

Sometimes our bodies make us angry - it could be our inability to do something, a dress not fitting right or something else. I promise that even at times if I feel disappointed in my body, I will love it!

I Promise Not To Blame Myself

It is so easy to get angry at the lack of plus size shopping options and feel that you are too fat to shop. Whilst shopping is getting better for people like me (at the upper end of the scale) it is sometimes frustrating to see SO MANY ranges stop at a size 24. Rather than be disappointed that I am too big for these ranges, I promise to blame the retailers for not being savvy enough to make clothes for my body.

I Promise Not To Back Out

I find myself getting in a rutt and finding reasons not to attend events I would like to go to, simply because I am too anxious or afraid. I want to do less of this and more of the things that actually make me happy, if I can drag myself out of the house to attend!

What do you promise yourself this summer?

Debz xx

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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Feeling Blue at Prom - A Scarlett & Jo Review

I have written, tweeted, instagramed and swooned over Scarlett & Jo very many times before - and to be honest with you, the chances are that I will do it again. Not only do Scarlett & Jo offer up a number of choices when it comes to clothing, but they actually listen to their customers. For example, they recognise that not everyone wears dresses so they now offer skirts and have recently launched a number of 'separates' items - great news! What I also love about Scarlett & Jo is  the support that they show bloggers - from dresses designed for them to random packages arriving on doorsteps 'just because' they're a brand that really do what they can to please people! Of course, when you add on the fact that they offer pretty dresses up to a size 32, they're winners in my heart!

So anyway, a few weeks ago they sent me this Navy 2 in 1 Prom Dress to try and it's a winner. I love the fact that it is a navy material rather than black, which is fantastic! It gives it something a bit different to the norm.



It has the now infamous thick elasticated waist that lots of the dresses and skirts from Scarlett & Jo now have. I love this because it brings everything in and gives it a nice shape - winner in my book.  As all of their prom dresses do, it has a slight netting underneath the skirt too which gives it a lovely lift.



The sizing is great and the top part of the dress being a thick, almost elasticated type material gives everything a really nice shape and feel. I wore this out to a local carnival the other day and it was comfortable to wear for the whole day. On that occasion I wore it with leggings, so it works as a dressed down look too!



Do you own anything from Scarlett & Jo? What are your favourite pieces?

P.S I have dreams of a 2 in 1 prom dress in a cherry print - how cute would that be? 


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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Oh No, That's Far Too Small - A Topsy Curvy Review

Two blogs in a day - I'm on a roll, are you proud?

Another day, another blog post on Topsy Curvy! These girls really can do no wrong in my eyes. They're a brand that really listen and they're constantly expanding and offering more.

I was lucky enough to hang out with the gorgeous trio at The Curvy Convention a few weeks ago - where they featured on the catwalk and had a stall there too!

I had my eye on this dress on their rail and asked what sizes they had with them. The largest they had left (yes they sold lots) was a 20, so I was, of course, a bit disappointed. However, Jo knows me well and told me to try it on anyway. Now, she knows me and she knows her brand, but I was not convinced. 

Despite believing it would have no chance of fitting, I put it on and it fit like a glove. The dress is designed to be more of a swing style but I am not a fan of swing dresses on my body so this suited me perfectly. I couldn't believe it  -  a size 20 dress on my body! (I think they have since rejigged the sizing on this one so speak to them before you order).



I love the pattern of this dress and the fact that it is long sleeved. It makes it a really unusual piece and something that I would wear again and again. I wore this with plain black leggings and shoes just for a day around the shops but you could easily style it much differently if you wanted to. 



The Topsy Curvy girls are great at describing how things fit on their Facebook page as well as showing photos of people with different body shapes and sizes wearing their items, which makes the online shopping experience much easier! 

That said, I do want to make a trip to their shop, it looks like it would be so much fun!

Debz x


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BBW Couture - Don't Mind If I Do

I am really excited to say that I have another plus size brand to introduce to you all. These guys have done well with their social media pages, so you might have come across them already! Please welcome, BBW Couture to the world of Plus Size Fashion.

They do a range of affordable dresses and other items up to a size 32. As ever I would love it if they did more up to a size 32 but lots of their items do seem to go as far as a 28 which is a great start. I mean even have to try one of their vintage styles in a size 28 to see if I can make it work for me!

They kindly sent me a dress to try in a size 28 and I am impressed. The sizing is great and fits me just fine. I actually quite like the wrap effect and the length is great, perfect for wearing with or without leggings!



I really like this Black, White & Pink Check Cross Over Dress because it is a pattern that is a little different. I have worn this out a couple of times and people often comment how much they like it. At only £19.99 it is really affordable too!



The quality of the material feels great and because of the price tag, you get fantastic value for money. They have some beautiful vintage style dresses on their site which would be very welcome in my wardrobe too! I have a beige vest undermine because I wore it during the day and didn't want too much cleavage showing, but it was equally fine without. It'd look great with leggings too! 




Have you tried BBW Couture yet? What items have you got your eye on?

Debz 

On a separate note I recently came across a website (VoucherBin.co.uk) for getting discounts and vouchers. Looks like it could be a money saver so well worth it. Find out more here.


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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Good Golly Miss Polly - Introducing Polly Grace

As you have probably seen from previous posts, I always get excited when I hear about a new plus size fashion option being released. Often I am let own because size ranges stop at a size 24 or the items released are the same items on sale by different retailers... I saw a few people tweet about Polly Grace a few weeks ago and thought I would head over to their website to have a browse. I was pleasantly surprised.

I have since learnt that the retailer are actually only a few weeks old so they really are brand new! They offer fashion options in sizes 16 to 32 and items are all things I haven't seen before. I would say that I would love to see more of their range go up to a size 32, but I appreciate that that they are new and that things take time.



That said, they sent me this glorious dress (The Katrina in multi tropical print) in a size 28 and it fits perfectly. Another reminder that we shouldn't always listen to clothes sizes and instead try things on our body. As you can see the dress has a really lovely pattern on it, perfect for summer. It comes mid calf length on me which is great for people who like a bit of coverage on their legs for summer. It's a lovely light weight material too. 



You might have seen on my Facebook or Twitter that I wore this to the cinema the other night with a plain black cardigan. It really worked as a casual piece and I have no doubt it could be dressed up too!



I tried some Polly Grace leggings too and they were great quality. Leggings are often hit and miss with sizing and I sized down too much so they didn't fit me as I would like. If you do try their leggings I would say to size down just once and they should fit you great. However, the quality of the material was great so I can't wait to buy some to try in my size.




Polly Grace might be brand new but they do look set to pack a punch when it comes to plus size clothing options! Have a browse of their website and see if anything catches your eye!




They've been mind enough to give me a discount code to give to you guys! Use wannabe20 at the checkout for 20% off - yay!

If you buy something don't forget to show me your pics, I love a good nosey!

Debz xx


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Monday, 25 May 2015

Dark Shades for Summer - A New Look Inspire Review

A few weeks ago New Look Inspire were kind enough to send me this lovely maxi dress. As affordable, plus size fashion goes New Look Inspire seems to be doing so well for 2015. Of course, as ever I wish they would do more above a size 26 but I have talked about that before, so I won't rant again.

To be honest with you, I wouldn't often think of black for summer - but then it's not a colour I wear very much at all. However, I do love this look and think it's great for a bit of coverage in the warmer weather. I'm wearing the Inspire Black Jersey Bardot Neck Maxi Dress in a size 28 and it fits great. 



I do love a maxi dress for summer - they are so easy to just throw on and know that you are going to spend the whole day feeling cool and comfortable. The arms/sleeves on this can be worn in different ways too.



I styled this quite simply on this day, because it was just for a day out around the shops. However, I can see it with neon accessories and cute shoes to brighten up the colour a bit too!

Do you have any New Look bits in your wardrobe? What are your faves?

Debz 


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Friday, 22 May 2015

Great Flaming Flamingos - A Lady Voluptuous Review!

*No actual flames.

I don't want to talk too much about  Lady V London and their sister brand Lady Voluptuous, because I have swooned over them on many a blog post previously. If you haven't browsed their selection then I suggest you do, if you're between a size 16 and 32, they will have something you'll love I'm sure. (Lady V London actually do much smaller sizes too, yay for inclusive brands).

As soon as I saw the Phoebe dress I knew I had to have her. I have loved all of the dresses so far and you might remember I reviewed the Bellatrix a few months ago. As much as I loved them all, I knew that the Pheobe would be right at home in my wardrobe. The fitted bust and the flowing knee length skirt are a style I know and love - the built in petticoat an added bonus.





Size wise I would say that the dress comes up slightly small, especially if you have a large bust. I wore my normal sizes as I don't mind fitted items at all, but it could be worth sizing up if you prefer being able to breathe ;) (It wasn't that bad).

As with all of the Lady Voluptuous dresses, you can tell that this has been thought about. The arms are a great fit and the skirt is generous. Due to having a large belly (who knew) I haven't always got on with petticoats in the past, they just don't sit right. However, the petticoat added to the underlayer of  the Phoebe dress is perfect and gives a little lift to the dress - perfect!




NOW! Let me tell you about the pattern - Well, I don't even need to tell you about it. JUST LOOK AT IT!!!! BRIGHT PINK FLAMINGOS! 



I know I have said it before and I will say it again, but plus size retailers please stop saying that you don't sell clothing options in bigger sizes because people don't want them. This dress SOLD OUT in a day... in my size I bought the last one available 18 hours after it was released....

I find the whole concept of Lady Voluptuous really exciting and I can't wait to see what Georgina and the Lady V London team  have up their sleeves!

Have you got a Lady Volup dress? Tweet me and show me, I'd love to see!

Debz x


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Thursday, 21 May 2015

It's OK That I'm Fat Because...

I vlogged!

I have a 16-minute rant about justifying our bodies! So many people are so used to explaining why they are a good type of fat person and I want to chat about what it means and what we should be doing instead.


 

I'm not sure I am likely to vlog very often, but it made a nice change!

Let me know what you think

Debz x


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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Have You Hit The Jackpot?

Although I was involved in a bus crash a couple of weeks ago and not actually feeling all that lucky, when Paddy Power invited me to chat a little about luck with you - I thought I would.

The question is can we be genuinely lucky, or do we create our own luck?

I think, a bit of both! For example: I once when to Bingo in Watford and won £400 - pure luck! But, I get invited to great events thanks to my blog - yes I am lucky, but I was somewhat involved in creating my own luck! I guess it is part of what makes life so fun and interesting!




I am off work with a poorly neck and back this week, so maybe I'll head here and see if I can turn around my luck with some online bingo!

Do you feel lucky?

Debz


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Monday, 18 May 2015

It's Just A Curvy Convention With Voyeuristic Intention

On Saturday I attended the very first Curvy Convention in London and I have to say that I had a great day! 

As ever I expect there to be a barrage of blogger reviews and photos online so I don't want to talk too much about the day, because I think you can read that anywhere! I have to say though, that the day was much better than I expected, for the first ever one it did great. One thing I would say is that the range of models they used was brilliant - I am sure you'll see in everyone's photos that there were short, tall, all sizes, ages and colours which was fantastic. I felt it was a shame that the largest model was a size 26 I would love to have seen the brands showcasing their items in all of the sizes they sold - IE a size 32. But as I mused over the event yesterday I wondered if there were other 'representations' that were missed which I didn't notice because I was too busy thinking about myself. But overall, the range of models was noticeably varied and fantastic!

The Sense of Community

I joke about attending the Curvy Convention with voyeuristic intention, but it is a little like that. There are not many places you can go where you can see hundreds of women who look just like you! I love that I can lust over dresses and ask people where they got them from, with a strong chance that I will be able to wear it too! Watching catwalks, getting up close and personal with brands and chatting to the people who make and sell you your clothes is fantastic. You can speak to them about what you would like to see and they can tell you about their plans it's brilliant.


Me and the Topsy Curvy Girls, Blogger Babes, Lucia, myself and Kat (Thanks for the pic!)

I wrote a long soppy post on Facebook last night, but I really want to repeat it here.


I always feel lucky for the inspirational people I have in my life - but then I remember I put myself there. Rather than listen to prejudices and the media about my body and lifestyle choices I sought out a community that simply says 'it's ok to be you'. And I tell you now, those 5 words are so powerful. I spent yesterday surrounded by amazing plus size women showcasing fashion - not just clothing options but real, forward thinking fashion for fat bodies. You can tell me it's not needed or wrong but hundreds of women in that room will tell you differently. Being in a room of women who lift each other up (so many people coming up to me about ‪#‎wearethethey‬) is amazing. I then spent the evening drinking rum, tequila and sambuca in a room full of people who I would never have met if it wasn't for this funny little fat world we've worked hard to carve for ourselves. Feeling a bit soppy but the point is don't ever feel that because you don't fit in that you are wrong. Instead find (or build) a community of people who think just like you - it'll change your life. Possibly still drunk but #wearethethey and we're stronger than Jamelia's words

Lucie Fat Beauty, Caroline Curvy Wordy, Sam Fatty Boom Tatty and Georgina She Might Be Loved

The truth is that the community WE HAVE made is fantastic. We have come together to create something special and yes, we can't all arrange events but the fact that we travel to attend them, work together to promote them and generally get together to make them work makes me so happy. It might just be a few times a year but these events are fantastic and I can only hope that everyone has a chance to find something just as special in their lives! I can't wait to go back to Curvy Con next year! 

See you at Style XL?

Debz xx

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A New Baby - What Does It Mean For The Future?

I am not a mother (obviously) but  I often think about what I would want for my children if I were to be one. I am not maternal really - I think that is down to being too immature to look after myself, let alone a small child. 

The Royal Baby has had everyone talking about births, children and of course what Baby Charlotte means for the future of our country. It got me thinking about I'd want for this Taurus woman in the future.


For me, I want to see a world where positive body image is much more at the forefront of everyones mind. Princess Charlotte is going to grow up with the eyes of the world looking at her - she'll need to be strong and put up with some judgemental opinions in the future. As a child she'll probably be fine - but we have to think about the fact that this small child will grow into a woman.

As females, we're often almost bombarded with media and 'advice' on the way that we should look. I can only imagine the amount of pressure that Princess Charlotte will be facing. Setting up a small person for their whole life seems like such a responsbility!

I'd love to see a world where body positivity is taught to our children. I surround myself with positive media (poetry, talks, speeches, photos, hashtags, blogs etc) so I know that the stuff is out there. I would love to see us promote this more to our younger generation - to show them that Heat Magazine are not the holy grail of how to look and what is right or wrong with your body. 

Let's show the people of Princess Charlotte's generation that they don't need to drop 10lbs in 2 weeks in order to wear a bikini. Healthy minds are just as important as bodies and it is time we started to do more to make this happen.

What would you like to see for the future generation?

Debz xx


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Monday, 11 May 2015

The Nadia Aboulhosn Collection

So, you may have seen over recent weeks that legendary blogger Nadia Aboulhosn teamed up with Boohoo to bring out a capsule collection of clothing. My first thoughts were WOW! The collection is young, edgy and in my eyes a welcome addition to the world of plus size fashion. My second thoughts were that it was a shame that the collection only went up to a size 24. I lust over many items on Boohoo and I can only hope (and pray!) that one day they extend their collection to be more suitable to me and people my size.

The generous people at Boohoo allowed me to pick an item from the collection to try. There are SO many items I wanted but I had to be sensible. I knew that the items would come up 3-4 sizes too small for me, so I had to be clever and get an item that worked for me.



So, I went for this white embossed sleeve hoodie. Now, I know it is not the most exciting item from the collection but actually it really works for me. It is a thickish material but also quite lightweight, so I am finding it perfect for this weather. I love the almost oversized feel and it is an item that I have gotten quite a lot of use out of in the few weeks I have had it!

That said, if you're a size 24 or smaller then I know that there is going to be something perfect for you, so make sure you head over to the website and browse the collection.




What do you have your eyes on?

Debz x


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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Spending My Weekend in Style (XL)

I have spoken before about the merits of plus size blogger events and how much I enjoy them. Style XL is taking place in the Midlands once again this summer so I thought I'd let you all know. I went to the very first Style XL last year in Leicester and had a brilliant time! This year it's a 2 day event at the Paragon Hotel in Birmingham and it looks like there is plenty planned!


I don't want to talk too much about is going on at Style XL, because for me it's the whole experience that is important. However, you can expect catwalks, stalls from your favourite brands, a Model Xl Final, body confidence workshops and much more. See the Style XL website for all the details!

Whenever I have attended these events, for me the best bit has been hanging out with fellow blogger (and non blogger) babes. I just know that the weekend is going to be filled with positivity and support - you will come away feeling empowered!


Leah has been kind enough to give me a discount code for you lucky beggars! Get your ticket for all 3 events for just £15 using the code DIAAPTK15. Get your tickets from here


It takes place on th 18th and 19th July in Birmingham, I'll be there - will you?

Debz xx

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Monday, 4 May 2015

The Infamous Tess Dress - Yours Clothing

Ahhh... The Tess Dress!

I spotted this dress a few months ago when I headed to Birmingham to meet Tess Munster. In fact, you might remember that a group of us bloggers all wore this dress and posed for a photo with Tess! I loved the dress then but it only went up to a size 26. This meant it fitted but not quite as comfortably as I would have liked so I didn't buy it :(



Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I spotted it on their website right up to a size 32. I don't know when that snuck in but I was very happy! So, of course I bought it straight away. 


The material of the dress is really nice and thick which means that it doesn't cling if that is something you are worried about. The thick material doesn't mean that it is too hot for summer though as the length is great and the sleeveless arms mean it is nice and cool. Yours now have this dress in a range of colours but for me it was always going to be about bright pink! It's currently £35 on their website (new customers can get £10 off by using the code Blogger18)


I love the dress and will more than likely snap up another in a different colour at some point!



Would you wear the Tess Dress?

Debz xx

P.S Got a tattoo this week!


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