Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Lending, Voting & Money Management: An Education

When it comes to finances I have in the past gotten myself in a bit of a pickle, which without a doubt was entirely of my own doing. Back in the day the internet wasn’t such a wealth of information so when it comes to loans and lending it was hard to know where to begin. Although that’s not an excuse I do feel that borrowing is something that should be easy to find out about.

In fact if I were queen of the world I would make money management part of education at school. We spend so much time learning about how to extract salt from water and how to solve equations, but in all honesty not enough about the stuff that matters. If it was down to me I would make lifestyle lessons a must – body image, managing bills, applying for jobs, how to vote etc . We leave school at 16 without a clue how to navigate the big wide world and it really is something that could be avoid.

Take lending for example, if like me you don’t have Bank of Dad to rely on then you need to make sure that you’re sensible and look into things properly. There are lots of different option when it comes to borrowing, it’s important that you look into what you’re doing and make sure you approach it properly.

One of the biggest lessons I wish I had learnt was not to borrow more than you can afford to pay back. Places like Vivus Loans offer flexible lending option which means that there is something to suit your needs.

One of the things I liked about Vivus when I read about them is that they offer lending to suit everyone. They want to make sure that people have a lending solution to suit them and they pride themselves on having no hidden charges. They even offer a half price loan for first time borrowers!

As ever though also approaching borrowing with caution and make sure that it is suitable for you and your circumstances. One of the worst things you can do is borrow money and not pay it back so do your best to ensure that you don’t get into this situation!

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Whatever you decide to do when it comes to borrowing money online make sure that you research what you’re getting into. Websites tend to have lots of important information on them so it’s important that you take time to read when you’re signing into and how it all works.

Whether you need a full of loan for a few years or you’re just looking for a few extra quid to see you through to pay day you can feel confident that there is going to be a lending solution to suit you. This is brilliant because it means that you can borrow what you need, on terms that suit you and avoid getting into a financial mess.

Wouldn’t it be great if lessons like this were given at school? Our education system is fantastic but I honestly feel like it could do more! Imagine leaving school a scared teenager but also knowing all there is to know about body confidence, paying bills, managing money and even how to vote! We’d be much better set-up to deal with the world, which in my eyes is exactly what the education system should be offering! 

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Friday, 26 August 2016

Booking a Girlie Holiday

I will be honest and say that I am not really one for visiting abroad. To be honest with you the thought of getting on an aeroplane scares me half to death so it's not something I am in a rush to do anytime soon! That said, I do love a cheeky weekend away in the UK - in fact I spent last weekend in London with Lucia from U Can't Wear That and we had a great time!

As much as I pretend to dislike it, I am usually the chief organiser of these things - which as stressful as it always is, I probably wouldn't have it any other way. The truth is that I stress if I don't know what is happening and when it's likely to be - so I would rather arrange it all myself that let someone else do it. I know I could trust nearly all of my friends to do a good job but I always prefer to do it myself.

One of the things I am passionate about when it comes to weekends away is making sure that everyone is catered for. I know that everyone has different needs when it comes to staying away from home so at times it can feel like it will be impossible to keep everyone happy.

I have wonderful friends of all shapes, sizes and abilities which means that seeking out accessible holiday accommodation is a must. When you're away from home it's important that you're as comfortable as possible.

I try to do more when it comes booking holidays - for example I'll always try to book ahead in bars and restaurants. That way there are no nasty surprises and I know that we'll have enough seats for everyone - because who wants to spend more time standing around more than they need to.

I have a weekend away in Blackpool to plan at the moment, with some friends coming up from London to spend sometime at the seaside. I want to make sure that everyone has a great time so I am starting to plan now!

Tell me, what are your tips for booking a cheeky weekend away from home?

Debz xx

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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Plus Size Workwear: Is It Just a Myth?

When it comes to finding fun plus size fashion I would class myself as a bit of a pro. I don't know really if it's anything to brag about, but if you're looking for a dress of any kind in plus size, if it exists then I am pretty sure that I can tell you where to get it - and probably how to use a code of some kind to get some money off.

I have something coming up in a few weeks that I need a more formal look for. I have always been luck with work that I have never had to dress smart - leggings, dresses and shoes is usually more than appropriate for my job. Which makes it really easy to find clothes to wear to work!

I started to have a bit of a browse for plus size workwear and have to be honest I struggled a bit, which was a surprise - I am so used to having much more choice when it comes to clothing these days. At first I wondered whether I would have to turn to mens suits to find what I needed which seems ludicrous!

Anyway, thankfully when I turned to Google to start looking again I found some great option. I don't know about you but Evans are definitely a brand that I tend to over look.

Evans actually have a pretty extensive range of workwear items, up to a size 32. Which in my eyes is a brilliant thing - and a reminder not to dismiss brands too quickly!

One thing my search for workwear has reminded me of is that Google is your friend.

What do you wear to work?

Debz x

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Why Do They Want Plus Size Shopping To Be More Difficult? #KeepThePlus

When you think about it, the internet is a pretty magical thing isn't it? There's so much that you can see and do online, it really is quite fantastic. Perhaps one of the best things about the World Wide Web are search engines... I know that this seems quite a claim but it really does make sense.

Whether you're using Google or searching for something on social media; search engines are brilliant. With a few taps on a keyboard and the click of a mouse you can find pretty much anything you need. Gone are the days of guessing how much flour a cake needs or how to wire a plug socket, we literally have everything we need online - and we can find it so easily.

It really makes no sense to me why anyone would want to make these searches more difficult than they need to? Want to find a pair of blue sparkly shoes? GOOGLE! Need a new top to go with your pink leggings? GOOGLE! Names, labels and search engines mean that anything I want to buy can be found within a few minutes.

Dropping The Plus

Now we have people not using certain terms wanting to take them away. I can understand if you don't use something you can't understand how important it is - but why you would want to take away something so useful from people who need it, I really don't understand.

If I want to buy a red dress there is zero point me Googling "red dress" because nearly all of these retailers won't have been wise enough to stock my size. Yes I can browse through hundreds of red dresses in the hope of finding one, but why would I want my life to be more difficult than needed? Thanks to the term I can search for 'plus size red dress' and know I have a much higher chance of being successful. If you don't need to use the search term that's fine, but I don't understand why you would want to take away that accessibility to people who need it?

There is nothing wrong with the term plus size and taking it away only makes it something to be ashamed of. I honestly can not see what we have to gain by taking away the term. Will people stop being fat because clothes aren't labelled as plus size? Of course not. Will brands start stocking clothes in ALL SIZES because they know people can't seek out plus size specifically? Absolutely not.

As a plus size person I want to be able to find the things I need online and I don't see why people would ever want this taken away.

I'd love to know your thoughts on the Keep The Plus debate

Debz xx

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Friday, 12 August 2016

You Big CowCow

If you follow any bloggers on social media then the chances are you have heard of the CowCow brand before. The dresses are stocked on Amazon UK and Amazon US, although the US site has lots more choice. 

The dresses come in a whole of patterns, which then come in a range of colours too - so there is something for everyone. Price wise they range from £5 to £15; but be warned they could take up to a month to arrive!

The dresses previously went up to a size 3X but caught the eye of the plus size community because they are super stretchy and fit sizes much larger than the guide suggested. When I heard that they had extended to a size 5XL I had to buy a couple. 

The cake pattern one came from Amazon US and the unicorn one from UK. I found the UK one ever so slightly smaller but not really that you would notice unless you were looking for it. Size wise I found it fit my body great, I could have sized down and it would have fitted but for a more form fitted style which wasn't really what I was looking for.

With CowCow you are taking a little bit of a risk because people have found that certain styles have come up much smaller or shorter but many of the styles come to less than £10 delivered. They have some amazingly fun patterns, so for me it's well worth the risk!

Have you bought one yet? If not, simply search CowCow on Amazon and see what you like!


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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

The Way I Like To Play Roulette

I have to be honest with you, I do enjoy the flutter. Now don’t get me wrong I am not best friends with the local bookmaker or anything but the odd bet here and there is something I really like. For example, I have a National Lottery syndicate with a few friends of mine – we all pay in monthly and then we play the lottery every week. There’s been no big win yet, but I am hoping that it isn’t too far around the corner!

Although I wouldn’t recommend becoming a professional gambler I like the idea of being able to place the odd bet online. I am pretty novice when it comes to this kind of stuff, but when I have bet online before it has always been dead easy  - just what I need!

I say betting online – I mean the odd horse race or perhaps a bit of online bingo. I haven’t really gotten into odds and things as yet but for me, that’s half the fun! I like the fact that the website takes take of all of the hard stuff, so I can get online with the odd spin of a fruit machine or playing a round of bingo without having to worry.

When it comes to casino bets I haven’t really done much except for drinking roulette – You know that cute game with the roulette wheel and the shot glasses filled with random drinks around the side – always makes for a great party game! In fact I am going to a friend’s party in a few weeks in London and we’re hoping to make it a Vegas theme, so I will no doubt be bringing out the drinking roulette!


That said I really like the idea of visiting a casino and trying out roulette for real. There’s something really thrilling about watching that ball spin around the table and wondering where it will land. I can imagine that dressed up, with a drink in my hand doing this in a real casino could be a really fun night.

I did try roulette online the other day just to see what it was like and actually it was lots of fun. A bit like online bingo it’s something I could play without having to think or concentrate too much. I work lots of long hours so when I get home I really want to be entertained but by something that doesn’t take too much brain power.

That said, when I Googled places to play roulette online I was really impressed by how much it is talked about online. There are loads of people who talk about techniques, theories and apparently sure fire ways to win. Perhaps before I actually visit a real life casino I should read up on some of these and give myself a higher chance of walking away a winner rather than a loser!

Do you play any games online? (Pokemon Go doesn’t count). If so, what would you recommend I try next?


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Friday, 5 August 2016

Pineapple Princess Thanks To Lady V!

I am a sucker for a dress with an unusual pattern so when I saw this pineapple print dress on Lady V London, I knew I had to have it!

I already have the Maria dress in mustard and violet rose which I wore to a wedding last month and really liked it! I love the cut of the Maria dress and the shape that it gives my body. It has a nice length skirt and the fact that it's tight and fitted means I really like how it looks on me.

I love the fact that Lady V London are exploring more fun patterns and hope they continue to do so. I love a floral pattern as much as the next person, but something unique and quirky like this is always a welcome addition to my wardrobe!

One thing I love about Lady V is the fact that their items are high quality. You can really tell that they have given thought to the material that they use, because it means that a dress like this is worth the investment.

Lady V London have a sale on this weekend so head over and see if anything takes your fancy! #SorryNotSorry

Debz xx

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Monday, 1 August 2016

A Prom Dress Fit For a Wannabe Princess

I am a fan of pretty dresses and this lovely lace topped dress from Simply Be is no exception. I have to be honest, I don't even know where I'll wear it to yet, but I know that it'll be great when I do.

What I love about this nude floral skater dress is the two in one pattern. I am a big fan of dresses like this and have featured a few on my blog by ASOS and Scarlett & Jo before. I think the difference in two patterns really makes the dress something special and I really can't wait to wear it!

I know that often when it comes to high quality party dresses they can sometimes come with a hefty price tag attached to them, but at £50 this dress is pretty affordable. I found the size perfect - thought had even been given to the lace on the arms which I didn't find tight at all!

I teamed it up with these comfortable Simply Be shoes, if I wore it to a party that demanded a bit of glam then I would wear sparkly shoes and an eye-catching handbag to match.

Now, who wants to invite me to a party so I have somewhere to wear it?

Debz xx

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