Showing posts with label Manchester Arndale. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Manchester Arndale. Show all posts

Friday, 6 June 2014

That's What It's All About!

When I started blogging, it was really just a place to rant about fat politics and post about pretty dresses. I had no idea really when I started that there was such a blogging community and that so many people were involved. Then, all of a sudden I found out about blogging events & meet-ups and suddenly I met a whole new group of people. And what is even better about these people is that they all thought like me - what a revelation!

When I moved back up North I was worried about losing this and not knowing bloggers anymore... but I was wrong! Last Saturday I attended a shopping event in Manchester arranged by Steph at Seeing Spots and I am so glad I did. A group of us met up to go shopping in Manchester and it was great! 

To be able to get together with a group of friends, visit shops and actually try clothes on was something new to me. I know if you are someone smaller that will sound silly, but there lack of plus size clothing stores on the high street really make days like this impossible... almost! The Arndale at Manchester is sort of like fat girl heaven but with more stairs! In the shopping centre you have Simply Be, Yours Clothing, Evans and New Look Inspire  - amazing! 



Meeting a whole bunch of new bloggers was amazing and I am so glad I found the strength to go! I know that it can sometimes be a little overwhelming to attend something like this, especially for the first time can be hard but do it - honestly!

After we finished around the shops we headed for some amazing food at Home Sweet Home and then for a few hours entertainment at Tiger Tiger. The lovely people at Tiger Tiger were kind enough to host a cocktail masterclass for us, and it was amazing! 9 of us got to make cocktails, taste cocktails, down shots and play party games all under the supervision of James our friendly barman - amazing!

Sadly I was having so much fun at the shopping trip, dinner and Tiger Tiger that I didn't take any pictures - I know, what an idiot!



The point of this post is that if you have seen Style XL, Plus North or any other blogger events and you are unsure about attending, bite the bullet and come along! You'll always be made welcome and I promise you'll have the best time!! And when it comes to blogging and trying new things, that's what it's all about!

So, which meet up will I see you at?

xx

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Thursday, 12 September 2013

I Can't Shop On The High Street, I'm Fat: A Look at Yours Clothing, Manchester


As most of you will know by now, I spent last weekend in Manchester. While I was there we went shopping at the Arndale Centre there - not surprising when you consider there were 10 females there for the weekend!
I decided to do a sneaky bit of detective work and went to Yours Clothing store, which is on the ground floor of the Arndale Centre.

I have to say, I loved the layout of the store - plenty of space between clothing rails, lots of bright lots and friendly staff, what more could a girl want?


I really loved the Limited Collection and being able to see it properly in the flesh was lovely. I have eyed up a few items on the website but as they're a little more expensive that some Yours Clothing items it was nice to see them, feel them (and try them on if you want) before you part with your hard earned cash!


Some of my favourite items:


It was clear that the store was kitted out for its Autumn/Winter collection which is fine and to be expected! It was nice to see that the fashion trends displayed throughout Manchester was echoed in Yours Clothing - a plus size store that keeps up to date with trends is always good! 

Have you been to any Yours Clothing stores? What did you think?

Find your nearest Yours Clothing shop here. http://www.yoursclothing.co.uk/storefinder.aspx 

Debz xx



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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

I Can't Shop On The High Street, I'm Fat: A Look At Simply Be, Manchester

When I read things written by fat girls a lot of it revolves around fashion and the limitations they feel they have. Outside of the beautiful world of 'plus size blogging' many people still feel that they can not shop like a 'normal' person but this is not the case at all!

I have already started my ABC of plus size fashion features to try and introduce people to new retailers. My list of 'recommended plus size retailers' at the top of the page now has over 30 stores listed for the same reason!

Now I want to try and show you that you can shop on the high street, whatever your size - as long as you know where to look!

As you know this weekend I was in Manchester on a Hen Party and I stumbled across my very first Simply Be Store in The Arndale Centre there. I dragged the (skinny) hen inside so I could have a nosey. Rather than try to explain to the cashier what I was doing I also sneakily took some photos while I was inside!



I have to say I loved the layout of the store (which is teamed with Jacamo much like Top Shop/Top Man) and found the staff were really friendly and helpful. 



The shop was clean, tidy and easy to get around! They had lots of choice too. It was lovely to see some of the items I had spotted on the website 'in real life'.




Some of my favourite items:



Debz 


xx

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