Friday, 25 November 2016

Dear Linda: Plus Size Awards

I am sure you have heard about what happened with the British Plus Size Awards this weekend, but in case you're yet to catch up, you can read all about it here.

Today we were issued with a statement


Dear Linda

While I appreciate that unless your statement said "I'm really sorry, here have your money back" no one would have been happy, I think your statement is nothing less than a shambles - it was over 80 words into your statement before you even said you were sorry. People reading your statement are hundreds of pounds down, waited a week to hear from you and you thought it was more important to tell us about your 21 years in the industry than it was to actually apologise.

I agree you have done some fantastic work within the plus size industry, but your action over the past 7 days has literally destroyed that. People are doubting other events nothing to do with you, events that are to do with you have been cancelled and people have such little faith in what is happening that we're arguing with each other. That wipes out anything you claim to have done over the past 20 years. You ruined it and you're not even sorry.

I understand that you are protecting yourself from possible legal cases and being careful with your non committal of words, but you haven't given anyone any answers. Who were the winners? Will they get their awards? Will brands who sent you items for goody bags get their items back? Will you even TRY to get us refunds? Your testament is nothing but a subtle reminder of the good you have apparently done for the industry, while giving us literally nothing surrounding the actions of the last week.

You claim to have exhausted every avenue to avoid the cancellation of the plus size awards but this is simply not true. I know of no brands you have asked for the help of. You could have asked bloggers. You could have done a cut down event and explained to people why it had to happen - at least people would have had somewhere to go, instead of being turfed out of a venue, in many cases on the other side of the world from home - with literally no back up plan!

Your lack of passion in the statements you have issued, your refusal to show any empathy and your reluctance in giving any answers is very telling in the passion you put into saving the plus size awards and quite frankly the damage you have done to this industry is unforgivable, I only hope it's one that can be fixed.

Debz 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Letting in Birmingham

As most of you probably know by now, I recently relocated to the Midlands. A few people have asked me why the big move but honestly I don't have an exact answer. I fancied a change and so just went for it.

When I decided to make the move I wasn't sure how I could make everything work - I couldn't find a house without a job and I struggled to find a job when I wasn't permanently located in Birmingham. In the end I ended up in a house share, which I plan to stay in for a few months before finding my own place.

I'll be honest and say I just jumped into the move - I decided I wanted to do it, so I did. I didn't really do much research and I don't really know much about my rights as a tenant. That's why when HomeLet invited me to share this with you, I jumped at the chance. I definitely should have been more sensible with my move, so sharing this with others seems the next best thing!

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That said, I have to say my move here has been about as smooth as it could be - touch wood. I had heard complete horror stories about living in a shared house and wasn't sure I would like it at all. but honestly it seems really fantastic. The people I live with are friendly enough, I have plenty of space and my landlord is pretty on the ball with stuff!

However, if you're planning to do the same as me - please do more research because I assume everyone isn't as lucky!

Have you moved area before? What tips would you share?

Debz xx

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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Getting What You Need

Last week I was invited to try out the Bidvine app for size and I have to say I am really glad I did. Bidvine is perhaps one of the most handy apps that have been released in a while, I’m confident I’ll be using it again.

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The idea behind the app is that you find people who can do jobs for you, quickly and easily. I had a look for photographers, because I’ve always liked the idea of having professional shots done for the blog – but you can basically look for almost anything you need. Put in what you’re looking for (it guides you through with handy sections and sub categories), the area you are and how much you want to pay and wait for bids to come in.

You can practically look for anything on the app – photographers, cleaners, handy men, creative people and much more. It’s a London based app but it’s extending throughout the rest of the UK – I had no problems getting answers to my query based up in the Midlands, so they must be expanding pretty well!


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I got a text message within an hour of signing up to tell me someone had sent a bid for the kind of job I needed – which was pretty impressive as it was around 6:30pm by the time I got round to signing up. The replies I got were really thorough with lots of information, so I can imagine that when it comes to hiring someone for you what you need the decision is made as easy as hassle-free as possible.

I have to say I found the app really easy to use which is a massive bonus for me. I love ordering stuff online but when an app is fiddly or time consuming I quickly lose interest. What I also liked is that you can message people who have sent you bids and ask any questions you have before you choose to book them for an app, and that has to be a good thing!

What would you search Bidvine for if you were going to use it?

Debz x

Getting What You Need

Last week I was invited to try out the Bidvine app for size and I have to say I am really glad I did. Bidvine is perhaps one of the most handy apps that have been released in a while, I’m confident I’ll be using it again.


The idea behind the app is that you find people who can do jobs for you, quickly and easily. I had a look for photographers, because I’ve always liked the idea of having professional shots done for the blog – but you can basically look for almost anything you need. Put in what you’re looking for (it guides you through with handy sections and sub categories), the area you are and how much you want to pay and wait for bids to come in.

You can practically look for anything on the app – photographers, cleaners, handy men, creative people and much more. It’s a London based app but it’s extending throughout the rest of the UK – I had no problems getting answers to my query based up in the Midlands, so they must be expanding pretty well!



I got a text message within an hour of signing up to tell me someone had sent a bid for the kind of job I needed – which was pretty impressive as it was around 6:30pm by the time I got round to signing up. The replies I got were really thorough with lots of information, so I can imagine that when it comes to hiring someone for you what you need the decision is made as easy as hassle-free as possible.

I have to say I found the app really easy to use which is a massive bonus for me. I love ordering stuff online but when an app is fiddly or time consuming I quickly lose interest. What I also liked is that you can message people who have sent you bids and ask any questions you have before you choose to book them for an app, and that has to be a good thing!

What would you search Bidvine for if you were going to use it?

Debz x


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Sunday, 13 November 2016

Shopping Sunday: Mens Clothing for Christmas

I've woken up today to a bright sunny morning - in fact it's pretty warm so I have all the windows open and I'm sat here chilling watching Sunday Brunch. Then I see something on Facebook to remind that Christmas is 6 weeks away. 6 WEEKS! How does that even happen? Sorry if I'm the one to remind you of this case, I know I wasn't that impressed to see it on Facebook this morning.

With the big day not far away I guess I had better start thinking about what to buy people and making some plans. When Jacamo invited me to take a look at their website, I thought it would be the ideal time to see what I might buy the men in my family. I haven't paid much attention to Jacamo in the past, surprisingly! But their range of menswear is actually pretty decent, I was pleasantly surprised.

I think polo shirts like this can be a lovely idea, because they're inexpensive and they can be worn with everything. Buying clothing for someone else can be difficult because you don't know what they like, especially if it's someone with an individual style. With shirts like this you get to give something nice but also practical. I like that Jacamo not only do plus size, but also have a tall range.  I don't know much about mens plus size shopping, but different options is always a good thing in my opinion.

If you're feeling flush you could even team it up with a blazer, if you really want to treat them well!



I actually really liked their Christmas shop section. I am a terrible window shopper online, so I get easily distracted and end up clicking through on items that I don't have much interest in, but I am just nosey! The gift finder section is set out nice and easy, so you can choose by budget, clothing style and even look at different sections for gift inspiration.  I love an easy life and this helps!


That said, I am not organised for Christmas shopping at all. Are you?

Debz xx


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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

The Big Move (Sort of) Down South

For those of you have that have been following my blog for a while, you're know that I started blogging when I lived in London. Although I am originally from down south by family moved up north when I was 21 and I soon followed... I loved living up North but I missed living in a big city so 4 years I moved to London.



I loved every single minute of living in London, it's definitely a place that has a special place in my heart. Even now when I visit I get an excited feeling as soon as I hit Euston, I can't explain it at all but it is definitely a place I would consider home. Sadly, London life is just too expensive for me and so after 24 glorious months I moved back home. I'll be there next week for the British Plus Size Awards though - YAY!

I loved being near to my family again and actually it turned out to be the best 2 years I could have been at home. I can't even begin to tell you how close I am to my family and living with them for the past 2 years was exactly what I needed, I couldn't and wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else.... but things change and it was time to move on!

I couldn't possibly afford to live in London until I win the lottery, so I decided to pick Birmingham! When I announced that I was going to make the move to The Midlands lots of people asked me why but honestly the only reply I could give was why not?

I have been to Birmingham a few times, I've a few friends dotted around nearby but nothing that ties me here - I wanted a fresh start and The Midlands proved to be it.

And so here I am!



I've now been here a month and I am really enjoying it! Being a grown up again is tough - having to consider things like bills, an actual proper food shop, home security etc - but you know what I really like it. I've fallen into a new job I really like, I've attended a few blogger events and starting to get really settled.

One thing I have really started to give more thought to is making my home secure. At the moment I am in a house share but the start of next year I hope to get into my own flat and really settle. I've been giving lots of thoughts of alarm systems, keeping out burglars and generally protecting my home. 



I guess I have been lucky that this has always been someone else responsibility before, but now it's time for me to give it some thought! Thankfully the internet has proved really helpful in this so I feel like I could be well-versed enough to be sorted when I am ready to move into my own place. It goes without saying that having a burglar alarm fitted is something that comes recommended.

There seem to be a few blogger events in Birmingham so you might see a bit of a turn in the content I offer here, but I think that'll make a nice change. I'm looking forward to meeting some news faces and building a new life here in Brummie land.

Debz xx

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The Big Move (Sort of) Down South

For those of you have that have been following my blog for a while, you're know that I started blogging when I lived in London. Although I am originally from down south by family moved up north when I was 21 and I soon followed... I loved living up North but I missed living in a big city so 4 years I moved to London.



I loved every single minute of living in London, it's definitely a place that has a special place in my heart. Even now when I visit I get an excited feeling as soon as I hit Euston, I can't explain it at all but it is definitely a place I would consider home. Sadly, London life is just too expensive for me and so after 24 glorious months I moved back home. I'll be there next week for the British Plus Size Awards though - YAY!

I loved being near to my family again and actually it turned out to be the best 2 years I could have been at home. I can't even begin to tell you how close I am to my family and living with them for the past 2 years was exactly what I needed, I couldn't and wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else.... but things change and it was time to move on!

I couldn't possibly afford to live in London until I win the lottery, so I decided to pick Birmingham! When I announced that I was going to make the move to The Midlands lots of people asked me why but honestly the only reply I could give was why not?

I have been to Birmingham a few times, I've a few friends dotted around nearby but nothing that ties me here - I wanted a fresh start and The Midlands proved to be it.

And so here I am!



I've now been here a month and I am really enjoying it! Being a grown up again is tough - having to consider things like bills, an actual proper food shop, home security etc - but you know what I really like it. I've fallen into a new job I really like, I've attended a few blogger events and starting to get really settled.

One thing I have really started to give more thought to is making my home secure. At the moment I am in a house share but the start of next year I hope to get into my own flat and really settle. I've been giving lots of thoughts of alarm systems, keeping out burglars and generally protecting my home. 



I guess I have been lucky that this has always been someone else responsibility before, but now it's time for me to give it some thought! Thankfully the internet has proved really helpful in this so I feel like I could be well-versed enough to be sorted when I am ready to move into my own place. It goes without saying that having a burglar alarm fitted is something that comes recommended.

There seem to be a few blogger events in Birmingham so you might see a bit of a turn in the content I offer here, but I think that'll make a nice change. I'm looking forward to meeting some news faces and building a new life here in Brummie land.

Debz xx

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Sunday Stripes

Sorry for the lack of decent blog posts lately, as most of you will know I moved house a month ago so things have been a bit up in the air. I am a lot more settled now so I am hoping to be able to get my head down a blog a bit more often.

Last weekend I was invited out for a Sunday carvery with a friend of mine and jumped at the chance. Sunday dinner is without a doubt my favourite meal in the world, so being able to do this in a countryside pub sounded perfect! Luckily a few days beforehand the lovely lot at Lovedrobe had sent me this beaut of a dress so I knew exactly what I wanted to wear.



Slowly but surely Lovedrobe are starting to get more clothes in sizes 26 and above. They actually have a pretty decent selection of size 32 dresses in at the moment, which is always good news if you ask me. I'm a big fan of these style of dresses, where it looks like you're wearing a top and a skirt - I have a few older ASOS ones and it's something that Scarlet and Jo do extremely well too!

I liked the pale pink and black of this dress, because it is lovely looking without being too bright. I love bright colours don't get me wrong but I thought this made a nice change. It has a tiny little bit of netting inside the bottom of the skirt which I really liked too.



Size wise it was a tiny bit tight but I actually preferred it that way. I liked the shape it gives me and the fact that the skirt flairs out a bit is a shape I enjoy. If you're much bigger busted than me you might struggle or need to size up, if you're able to.

I have to share with you the dinner I had, at The Forest Pub in Feckenham - it was absolutely beautiful! I had this dinner washed down with a glass of really nice rose and to be honest with you I went home a very happy girl. I am by no means a professional food blogger but I would recommend this place if you're in the area, it was lovely!



What have you all been up to? 

Debz xx

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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

What to Take When Looking at Designer Wedding Dresses

Most articles aimed at brides looking for designer wedding dresses will offer various tips but few will offer advice on what is best to take to a fitting or boutique appointment.

While there's lots of help and advice on offer when it comes to researching potential wedding dress designers and boutiques and what the bride and her party should do when attending a fitting, they also need to appreciate what they need to take along too.

Essentially, it's important that a bride looking at designer wedding dresses is not trying them on in isolation which is to say they will need to have an idea of the shoes, underwear and any other special considerations.

There is little point if the bride is wanting to wear a special necklace or a veil that's been handed down the generations, that she neglects to take these to a fitting so she can get an idea of how the gown will look.

This also extends to wearing strapless bras or bustiers and also having the shoes she will wear on the day. Some brides may go to the extent of having their hair done in a similar fashion that they are having on their wedding day.



It's also important to listen to other people's advice when trying on designer wedding dresses but to avoid having too many people, whether they are good friends or family, because too many opinions will cause confusion. It's also important to appreciate that not all wedding dress sizes are alike so the bride should focus on the right fit rather than of the dress size itself.

Also, the bride should also appreciate that they will need to pay a deposit to secure the dress and will need to arrange a timescale for any further fittings and alterations to meet the bride’s own deadlines.

And since a bride has to listen to so many people offering words of advice means the entire experience of looking for the latest wedding dresses will become a frustrating experience.

Essentially, the bride needs to appreciate where the wedding is going to be held and choose a suitable gown and then take along one or two people that the bride will trust to offer an honest opinion on the wedding dress for what will be one of the most important days of her life.

The good news is that the options for plus size brides are improving massively. We still have a long way to go but with a little research online you should be able to find something that suits you. The important thing is that you love what you wear, however traditional or otherwise that dress is!

Debz xx

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*Written by Steve Lumley

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Taking Over The World: Wannabe Princess Fragrance

I am excited to announce that a perfume called Wannabe Princess exists - I made it and I'm wearing it as we speak!

Last weekend I attended one of my first Birmingham blogger events (I still need to blog about my move to The Midlands I know, please forgive me) and it was amazing! Have a browse of the hashtag on Twitter for everything you need to know, I had a ball! #BloggerHalloweenParty

I love blogger events like this for helping me meet new people - and try new things! One of the first things I noticed at the event was The Perfume Studio - where you can make your own fragrance. In groups of 3 we were talked through the blending process of perfume and encouraged to make our own.



I loved the process of trying to different smells and how they would work together. What I actually loved was hearing about their party set ups and the gifts that they offer. With Christmas around the corner I know many of us are trying to think of gifts to by our loved ones. I had no idea that making your own perfume like this was even possible - and it felt like a lovely treat!



Of course the fragrance I made was fruity and floral - not a grownups perfume at all! But that;s the beauty of it, I made one that I liked and if you head to one of their events you could too! They were even kind enough to send me home with a bottle of the perfume I made - what a kind bunch!



You can even buy gift boxes to blend your own fragrances at home, which I actually thought would make an amazing gift for someone!


If you were to make a fragrance with The Perfume Studio, what do you think it would smell like?

Debz x

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