Wednesday, 21 October 2015

We Are The They And We're Here To Stay

You will have seen earlier on today I posted about a We Are The They campaign for this evening. 

If you're reading this it's time to get on social media and post on your photos. I want to see you looking fabulous! Simply post your favourite photos of you on Twitter and Instagram using #WeAreTheThey :)

Quite frankly I am fed up of the notion that I shouldn't be entitled to clothing because I might be unhealthy. I don't think people quite realise that they're talking about something as basic as putting clothes on a body when they say that plus size clothing should not exist.

I even saw a blog post this morning that suggests 'obesity kills' warnings should be sewn into the labels of my clothing. 

Here is a comment I left on a blog post (which I refuse to link to) this morning.

"I think you are a little bit confused about the reasons for size 32 clothing.... I AM a size 32 and therefore I need clothing in my size. If you think that I am a size 32 because of the multiple choices of clothing I am now 'lucky' enough to have you are wrong. The truth is that people were fat long before they had clothing available in their size. I have been the teenager having to wear ill fitting school blazers and the 20-something having to squeeze my body into a work uniform that didn't fit, just so I could do things as basic as getting an education or earning a living.
I think if you want to battle the 'heath' of our nation then that is a whole different argument. You can read debates on both sides of the coin when it comes to the current health of our nation compared to 50 years ago. However, please be assured that those of us are fat because of much more complex reasons than striving to fit into the handful of plus size clothing options that we now."
Plus size clothing might be available and it might make loving your body more acceptable - it also makes it possible for plus size people to look nice, go out to work, look after their children etc. The fact that clothing for fat people now exists is not the reason we are fat, so please do not deny us the right to something as basic as clothing when you talk about fat people and their right to clothing.

So anyway.... I wanted once again to highlight when people say 'they shouldn't have clothes in this size', 'they shouldn't be wearing a wedding dress like that' and 'they should lose weight to fit normal sized clothing'; WE are the people they are talking about.... WE ARE THE THEY AND WE'RE HERE TO STAY!

 Me, Hayley,Charli, Tanya, Kerry, Sam, Lucia and Becky

KittyEmma, Caroline, Charlie, Susan, Becs, Katt and Becky

Steph, Vicky, Leah, Caroline, Faith, Leah, Lucy and Mookie

Dom, Lee, Sharon, Elena, Sian, Lisa, Nikki

Don't forget - post your photos on social media using #WeAreTheThey so we can all see and share them all!

Debz x

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We Are The They - And We're Not Going Away!

You might have seen on Channel 4 last night a program called My Big Fat Wedding.

The program followed a few plus size brides and their search for the perfect wedding dress. Pretty harmless you would think - just some very happy brides to be sharing some special moments from their big day.

Sadly the world of social media did not agree. Instead Twitter became busy with people shocked at the very notion of plus size dresses. In fact it has even led to a blog post this morning (which I refuse to lead to) which claims that our nation is fat because plus size clothing exists.

I asked this blogger what she thought I should do without clothing (if they didn't sell clothes in my size) and her answer was lose weight.... I'm not sure what I am supposed to do in the interim!

Anyway, the point is once again that this is all very anonymous. It is SO easy to say that 'they shouldn't be able to wear clothes' and 'they are unhealthy make them thinner' but that doesn't put real people in the picture. I've even seen some one suggest that 'obesity kills' labels be added to all my clothing.. EXCUSE ME!?

It's time to remind people that we are REAL people. All we want is the basic right to clothing. I honestly find it baffling that people would take away the right to clothing in my size because I might be unhealthy!

So at 8pm tonight I want to do another wave of We Are The They Posts. So get your Twitter and Instagram ready to post photos on your social media.... Let's show those who think we should be denied clothing WHO we are and why we're important! #WeAreTheThey - Make sure you use the tag!

ALSO! I want to blog properly about this at 8pm (This is rushed.... I know you'd never tell) and I'd love to include your photos! Send them over by 7pm tonight and I'll do my best to include them all, including any blog links. Email them to (or drop me an email with your blog address if you want me to just pick one for you)

#WeAreTheThey and we're not going away!

Debz x

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Get The London (New) Look - Plus Size Dresses for Autumn

A few weeks ago I was in London, which is probably my favourite place in the world to be. Seeing as I don't get to London as often as I would like my days here are often non-stop. I like to pack in as much and see as many people as possible.

One of the days I was there I wanted to catch up with Leighanne from Bump & Beyond and her daughter Darcy. Some of you will know that Leigh and I used to live together and I actually lived with Darcy for the first few weeks of her life too. Darcy was the first baby I held properly and I can't believe how fast she is growing up.

The journey to visit Leighanne in North London is just over an hour of public transport so I knew I wanted to wear something comfortable, especially as I knew I'd be going out in something more dressy later that evening.

I decided that this dress from New Look would be perfect. It's a darker dress than I would often wear, but I have decided to try and step out of my comfort zone a little. It's a nice dress to throw on and know that you'll be comfortable. It looks great and I would probably wear it without leggings or at least with flip flops in the nicer weather.

Of course it was a standard autumn day - nice and bright but a bit cooler than you expect, so I threw on leggings with it. They're also from New Look - they're high waisted so they give a nice amount of support when I wear them. I found them a bit long, but that's pretty much the story of my life when it comes to leggings!

As I didn't know how long I would be waiting around bus stops I thought a cardigan would be pretty wise too! The bag is from New Look  (Pink Laser Cut Out Shopper Bag) and has fast become one of my favourites for every day use. It's a brilliant size to throw stuff into and know that you'll still have room for a bit of shopping if you want to.

And look how much fun Darcy and I had <3

What are your favourite New Look Inspire items at the moment?



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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Plus Size Awards: What To Wear

Voting has closed, they're being counted because..... The Plus Size Awards are just 5 weeks away! 

I'll be hot-footing it down to London to attend the awards, mainly because last year was so much fun and the food was delicious. This year will be a little more nerve-racking because I am nominated for two awards... I KNOW!!!! #Excited

I am so lucky to be sponsored by Lady Voluptuous this year so I will be wearing one of the fabulous Lady V London dresses to the awards ceremony on the 21st November. However spending the weekend with Scarlett & Jo has got me lusting over very pretty dresses so I thought I'd do a little wishlist post on other dresses I could wear!

Simply Be

Yours Clothing


Lots of these dresses would be perfect for Christmas parties too! There are quite a few options this year so make sure you shop around and find something perfect for you. You will see that I haven't got full on awards ceremony for some of the dresses, but I think it's really important that you feel comfortable with what you wear. When spending this amount of money on a dress it's great if it's something you can wear more than once - which is exactly what you get with any of these!

What sort of dress would you like to wear to an awards ceremony?

Don't forget tickets are still available if you'd like to attend the British Plus Size Awards 2015
Debz xx

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Thursday, 8 October 2015

A Plus Size Sprinkle of Glitter

A few weeks ago I saw my social media explode with the release of the Sprinkle of Glitter Simply Be range. I don't know where I have been living lately but I have to say that Sprinkle of Glitter is a blogger that I hadn't heard of before. Of course, I have since read up on her blog and it's great!

As ever, I was a little apprehensive to look at the range because I wasn't sure what sizes would be available. As a size 30/32 I (sad to say) am used to being left out of ranges or having limited options. I was really excited to see all of the items available in all sizes - YAY!

Last week I went to London to catch up with friends and a group of them had bought me the this lovely printed flower dress for my birthday. I was so excited! I don't usually notice material on dresses because I am too excited by patterns and colour, but I did notice that this was a lovely thick material and it felt like high quality.... .

However perhaps one of the most exciting things about this dress is that THE BELT FIT!! If you're a plus size clothes wearer you'll know that belts with dresses often don't quite work out.

So anyway,on to the dress. I love the pattern of this dress, the floral is beautiful. Size wise I am wearing a 32. I could easily have sized down once on the bust, maybe twice. It's a lovely generous size and the material has a little bit of stretch.

Have you looked at the Sprinkle of Glitter range? What is your favourite item?

Debz x

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