Monday, 26 September 2016

A Look At Esprit for the Next Season

I am sure by now you know that I am always on the look out for new brands to shop with. I am keen to explore new options and prove people wrong when they say that plus size fashion is bland and choice less. Sometimes this means stepping out side of the plus size box and accessorising with other options. For example, Last year I had a quick look at what Esprit Online offer and liked what they did (read that review here) so a year later I thought I would revisit them and see what they have on offer this Autumn

A screen shot of their front page

I should say at this point their actual clothing only goes up to a size 20, so unfortuantly rules myself a and I am sure lots of you out! However, I like to keep my eye on straight range places for accessories, bag and shoes. Yes, it can sometimes feel like a shame to only use a brand for something as simple as footwear, but for now that is just the way it is. I really like their clothing so I hope one day they extend this to be more plus size, but then I think that about the whole fashion industry!


When it comes to shoes I am all about comfort, so the fact that they have some really lovely flats is great. These 3 are my faves and all go up to a size 8. I usually wear a size 6 sometimes widefit so I would probably be tempted to size up in these to ensure that they were comfortable enough to wear all day. 

Special shout out to this bag, which is BEAUTIFUL!




I know that plus size clothing options are important and I will always push for more of these, but I think it's nice to dabble elsewhere so you can and mix up your wardrobe. You can shop for accessories from Esprit here.

Do you shop in any fashion stores that don't stock plus size?


Debz x

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Going Topsy Curvy at the I Am Me Awards

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to the #IAmMe awards arranged by Evans in Central London. I haven't been to a blogging event in London for AGES so I was really excited to go and see everyone. The event was bound to be full of glitz and glam and of course for weeks before I have a serious dilemma of what to wear - I always have the dread that I'll turn up wearing the same as someone else.

I travelled down from Lancashire that day, so I knew it would be a long day and I'd need something super comfortable to wear. At Curve Fest a few weeks ago I spotted this beautiful dress hanging at the Topsy Curvy stand and lusted over it straight away. Sadly it 'only' goes to a size 26 so I assumed it would be too small. Thankfully Jo (who knows her sizes and stock off by heart) convinced me to try it anyway and sent me away with one - and thank goodness she did!

The dress itself is made from a crepe like material which means that it has plenty of stretch without losing its shape. In photos with the flash the top half does look a tinsy bit see through but nothing noticeable in real life and nothing that can't be worked with. The rest of the dress fit absolutely fine - with no big effort to squeeze into it or anything, it fit just fine.

In fact the dress fit me so well that I have told Topsy Curvy to recommend that they get labelled at a size 30. I know that I would have missed out online if i saw it went to a size 26 because I would have written it off straight away. It just goes to show once again these it is well worth trying these things.



If you're a member of the Topsy Curvy Facebook page you'll see that Jo is fantastic at speaking to people about how things are likely to fit. She'll happily tell yo to size up or down if you need to and also she tries to feature models all different builds so you can get an idea of what something will fit you like. To be honest with you, as small businesses go she does remarkably and could teach bigger brands a thing or two.



The #IAmMe awards were nothing less than fabulous and I have to say Evans looked after us remarkably well. 5 awards were given out on the night and it's well worth checking out the hashtag online to get the low down of it all. The idea behind the night was a really lovely one and I am really glad that I decided to attend.




Do you tend to shop for your size or are you good at ignoring size labels?

Debz x

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Going Topsy Curvy at the I Am Me Awards

Last night I was lucky enough to be invited to the #IAmMe awards arranged by Evans in Central London. I haven't been to a blogging event in London for AGES so I was really excited to go and see everyone. The event was bound to be full of glitz and glam and of course for weeks before I have a serious dilemma of what to wear - I always have the dread that I'll turn up wearing the same as someone else.

I travelled down from Lancashire that day, so I knew it would be a long day and I'd need something super comfortable to wear. At Curve Fest a few weeks ago I spotted this beautiful dress hanging at the Topsy Curvy stand and lusted over it straight away. Sadly it 'only' goes to a size 26 so I assumed it would be too small. Thankfully Jo (who knows her sizes and stock off by heart) convinced me to try it anyway and sent me away with one - and thank goodness she did!

The dress itself is made from a crepe like material which means that it has plenty of stretch without losing its shape. In photos with the flash the top half does look a tinsy bit see through but nothing noticeable in real life and nothing that can't be worked with. The rest of the dress fit absolutely fine - with no big effort to squeeze into it or anything, it fit just fine.

In fact the dress fit me so well that I have told Topsy Curvy to recommend that they get labelled at a size 30. I know that I would have missed out online if i saw it went to a size 26 because I would have written it off straight away. It just goes to show once again these it is well worth trying these things.



If you're a member of the Topsy Curvy Facebook page you'll see that Jo is fantastic at speaking to people about how things are likely to fit. She'll happily tell yo to size up or down if you need to and also she tries to feature models all different builds so you can get an idea of what something will fit you like. To be honest with you, as small businesses go she does remarkably and could teach bigger brands a thing or two.



The #IAmMe awards were nothing less than fabulous and I have to say Evans looked after us remarkably well. 5 awards were given out on the night and it's well worth checking out the hashtag online to get the low down of it all. The idea behind the night was a really lovely one and I am really glad that I decided to attend.




Do you tend to shop for your size or are you good at ignoring size labels?

Debz x

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Plus Size Shirts and Blouses: A Look at Something Different

Over the last few years I have tried different items and styles, but ultimately I always come back to wearing a dress with or without leggings. Don't get me wrong I have different dresses in plenty of styles, but for me dresses are definitely where it's at.

That said,  I still want to make my blog about all sorts of plus size shopping options, because I know that many of you will want something different to just wearing a pretty dress all of the time. This week I was invited to write about David Nieper and it seemed like the perfect opportunity to write about something different.



They have a large range of shirts and blouses which look really pretty and nice to wear. I would love to see a range of models on their website wearing items but even without that I was really impressed to see that any of their shirts go right up to a size 28.



There is still a trend of plus size retailer stopping at a size 24, which can make shopping a really frustrating experience. These days shopping for dresses in sizes 26 and above is started to become a much better experience, but for other items such as workwear, fitted shirts etc it is much more varied experience.

I think it's really important to introduce brands such as David Nieper to people - because even though they're a brand I wouldn't necessarily wear every day, it's nice to know that there are fantastic options out there for people who do want this!

What clothing items do you wish they did in your size that are harder to find?

Debz x

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Thursday, 1 September 2016

Saving Money With Phase Eight Voucher Codes

When I was asked to tell you about Phase Eight voucher codes I jumped at the chance - because to be honest with you I am a bit of a cheapskate. I work hard for my money and I refuse to spend more of it than I need to. That doesn't mean I don't splash out, but I always look for ways to spend less than I need to.

I am a massive fan of websites like My Favourite Voucher Codes because they make searching for voucher nice and easy! I love saving money but also when I have my eye on something I want to buy it straight away - so spending ages searching for the right code is my worst nightmare.

What I also like about the website is other than Phase Eight promotional codes you can find codes for all sorts of retailers, not just clothing.

Phase Eight have loads of lovely items, which sadly at the moment only go up to a size 18. However they've taken steps to listen to potential customers and now have a sister brand - Studio Eight, which goes up to a size 26. They've been working with some of my favourite bloggers recently and they'll also be at The Curve Fashion Festival. I'm attending that event in Liverpool next weekend so I am excited to see what they offer, and ask if they're intending to extend their size range anytime soon!

So anyway, when it comes to shopping online make sure you also look for voucher codes so that you can save yourself a bit of money - perhaps a enough to treat yourself to some shoes too ;)

What are your tips for shopping online?

Debz x

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