Thursday, 13 February 2014
Being just a small fish in a very big pond, I always get a little nervous at attending these events, but I had a great time. If you love big, bold prints and unapologetic splashes of colour then this collection is well and truly for you.
There are two sides to the collection, the big, bold prints and a really funky knitwear collection (including a knitted skirt that I fell a little in love with). The collection was on display in the store and it was great to see loads of the bloggers and guests trying the items on - seeing them on bodies rather than hangers made a massive difference.
I'll be honest and say at first glance this collection isn't really 'me'. Don't get me wrong, I love the collection and I think it's amazing that Evans would take a massive leap into this, but I couldn't see anything when I looked on the website that I would wear. Now that I have seen the collection, felt the items and seen people wearing them, my views have definitely changed. I was always excited by this new Evans collection, but now I am excited because I can see how I would wear a few of the items - and I'll be investing when I get the chance for sure!
I love that plus size retailers are listening to the fact that we don't all want big tunic tops and trousers to flatter our figure. We want to stand out, we want figure hugging, fitted, bright patterns and everything that 'normal' fashion lovers want, hopefully the new Cut For Evans collection is the first step in the right direction to making this happen!
The event was great and I got to meet lots of my favourite bloggers which is always lovely!
Have you looked at the Cut For Evans collection? What are you loving about it?
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Monday, 16 September 2013
Whether you saw her win the Miss BBW International Beauty Pageant in 2012, you discovered her many 'self love' rants on Facebook, you have seen her on Twitter or met her at an event there can be no denying that she will have made an impact.
I won't talk about how at a size 22 it is a surprise she is so confident and I won't take about how she's pretty for a big girl because we all know being good looking and confident isn't linked to body size.
What I do want to talk about is the very exciting Gemma Cruickshank Collexions which are due to launch soon! I am very excited to see what Gemma has come up with and I know I won't be disappointed! Having someone who understands a bigger body design clothes for me is amazing and I can't wait for the line to be launched!
In a lead up to the launch I caught up with Gemma to talk about fashion and her new line - her is what she had to say!
For anyone who doesnt know you in the plus size world (or the 'normal world' for that matter) who are you?
My name is Gemma Cruickshank, I am 23 years old and I am an up and coming size inclusive fashion designer. I graduated last November and have had a whirl wind of a year; I am excited to be sharing the fantastic news that my brainchild ‘Gemma Cruickshank Clothing’ will be launching this October 2013.
Celebrating the curvaceous form and non commercial silhouette is my passion, I definitely consider myself to be a body confidence and self esteem activist. I believe that boosting self esteem enables us to achieve our goals and better our lives. I have done lots of work around size acceptance, body confidence and self esteem boosting in the run up to my business launch.
Being tall and fuller figured myself, and knowing the struggle women of different shapes and sizes face when buying clothes. I initially went to University to study fashion & printed textiles which I knew would equip me with the knowledge I needed to build my dream and enable me to provide quality, size appropriate clothing.
We're hearing rumours on Twitter and Facebook of you launching a clothing range, tell us more?
I am indeed launching a clothing range, it is something I am so excited and so passionate about. I am lucky enough to be the proud occupant of a BA Hons in fashion and printed textiles. I am literally now turning my dreams into my reality. I am currently working with the Princes Trust to build my business, which I am launching on the evening of Tuesday 8th October 2013. This will be a fantastic opportunity for me to meet all the fabulous people who have been supporting me for the past year, release my first official collection and celebrate the launch of my awaited website.
Did you do all the designs yourself?
I do everything myself which I love, initially I am a digital printer which means I am able to design my fabric surfaces myself, which enables me to get the exact fabric design I want to use. I design all my own stuff, pattern cut, sew and finish all myself. Up until now I have been doing bespoke orders but the time is definitely here to unleash a small collection of my own little ‘Gems’. As my business is growing and the only way is up I will be on the look out to grow #TeamGemma, I am looking for skilled pattern cutters and seamstresses to join my team.
Who will your range be aimed at?
I would hate to limit my range and say it’s only made for one group of people or a specific person. I would never produce anything I wouldn’t wear myself, and it is open for everybody to enjoy.
Although I am plus size myself, I feel it is very important for us to be included in the fashion industry this is why I am doing size inclusion which covers 12-30. I want to be the change I want to see, I would love for fuller figure ladies to be able to shop at the same places as their petite friends, and be able to buy something because they really like it not because they have to, because it’s their size. I am open to everyone who wants to enjoy my passion.
Where do you get your design inspiration from?
Being part of my own target market means I am continuously inspired, I am a very visual person, I love the feminine form, I love the feel of fabrics, I get excited by colour, and I love the endless opportunities. It never gets boring, I love what I do, I love the wave of fuller figured women who are all doing their own bit for our community and showing that just because you are bigger doesn’t mean you can’t be beautiful – that to me is one of the most inspiring things ever and something I am so grateful to be a part of.
Where can I find out more?
I love a bit of social media, I can be found exclusively at www.GemmaCruickshank.com
I can be found on my official Facebook page www.facebook.com/IAmGemmaC
I can be followed and tweeted www.twitter.com/IAmGemmaC - @IAmGemmaC
I can be contacted directly through all of these, I am known as IAmGemmaC via social media, if it’s not IAmGemmaC it’s not me :D
Where, when and how will I be able to buy your clothes!?
Starting Small, My clothes will be available to buy via my own website under the Boutique heading – www.GemmaCruickshank.com & www.GemmaCruickshank.co.uk
Got my fingers crossed and I would love to work with a bigger brand either expanding their own plus size range or introducing a new one!! I am always open to new ideas and love a challenge.
So there you have it - a VERY exciting new business venture by a lovely lady who knows what she is talking about. By living and breathing the clothes she is designing you can feel sure that her passion, experience and qualifications will make sure that the clothes line is worth checking out!
I'm going to the launch on the 8th October so I'll bring you all the gossip and news from there ASAP!
What would you like to see as part of Gemmas new collection?
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Unfortunately, ASOS Curve aren't doing much to help my addiction by announcing 'silly' sales that make me want to sell my mother (sorry mum) to buy them!
I had a little browse on the ASOS Curve 50% sale today and was pleasantly surprised to see that they had 12 different dresses, in my size all for under £15.00 each. They had loads of dresses that were slightly more too! Very impressive.
I always think when something is that cheap you can afford to try something new and be a little adventurous I am sure lots of us are guilty of sticking to the same styles when it comes to items that we buy - I know I am! However for less than £15 all of these dresses are ones that I probably wouldn't immediately buy, but would love to try!
Cold Shoulder Dress In Floral
I have to admit, I don't own any cold shoulder dresses or tops which is a shame really because I really like the look of them. What I like about this dress is that the bold, floral pattern is something I am used to wearing so trying something like this would not be too much out of my comfort zone. I really would love to try and cold shoulder dress and I think for £15.00 it is the perfect time to try it! You can buy this dress here.
Sundress In Star Print
I always say I don;t mind getting my arms out, but when you look through my wardrobe you'll see most items are sleeved. This star print dress caught my eye a few weeks ago and since then it has been reduced in price (to just £15!) which makes it even more desirable. 2 of my friends have the dress and it's really pretty & wears well so I am glad to see it in the sale, which tempts me to buy it (BAD ASOS!). You can buy this dress here.
Skater Dress With Ballet Wrap And Short Sleeve
I bought this dress when it was originally in the sale - though I think it has been reduced even more now! I sized down on this from my usual size and found that it fit fine. I only have one quite drunk photo of me wearing the dress, but you get the idea! The material is quite heavy which I think makes it great for the cooler weather and for £13.00 I don't think you can go far wrong! You can buy this dress here.
Bodycon Dress With Panelled Print
I need more bodycon dresses in my life and who doesn't need more pretty dresses filling up their wardrobes? I love the pattern of this dress - I don't actually own anything that is panelled so I would love to try this! (and for just £12.50 why not!). You can buy this dress here.
Do sales tempt you to try new things, or would you rather stick to what you know?
Friday, 16 August 2013
Anyway, it will come as no surprise that I follow many other plus size bloggers on Twitter - it's important to keep your finger on the pulse!
Yesterday thanks to Naomi from Diamonds N Pearls I came across a brand new plus size clothing website called Pink Clove. From what I can gather they have only launched over the last couple of days, so it really is quite exciting! What is perhaps even better for many people is that there range goes up to a size 32.
It isn't just dresses that they do - I had a browse of their leggings and they have loads of funky patterns. Their website also lists skirts, tops and trousers. However, it is their dresses that caught my eye - I really can not wait for my bank balance to allow me to make a purchase and review them properly - and of course add a pretty new dress to my wardrobe
Absolute Bargain - Typography Midi Dress
Before I was even looking at prices on this site, this dress leapt off the page at me. I love, love, love the funky pattern of it and I think it would feel right at home in my wardrobe. I think it would be a flattering fit to most sizes because it looks nice and loose, although you could probably belt it (as I would) to bring it in and give a bit more shape. You'll be able to dress this up with lots of differnet accessories to give it a new look each time you wear it - so I think for £18.00 it is an absolute bargain! You can buy this dress here.
Best Value For Money - Tartan Skater Dress With Belt
All over twitter yesterday, people were raving about this dress. I think because it is a little different to anything else on offer at the moment it has really grabbed peoples attention. I would more than likely wear this with a bigger (chunkier) belt but I do love the pattern. As it is a skater dress it comes in at the waist to give a flattering shape. For just £30.00 I think this piece would be welcome in most wardrobes, especially if you are looking for something a little different. You can buy this dress here.
Cash To Splash - Black Lace Skater Dress
It is hard to pick a cash to splash item for their website, as this is the most expensive dress on their website and only £35.00! However I do love the dress and it comes in a range of colours, so if you had cash to splash you could buy it in a variety of colours! It is no secret that I am a fan of the skater dress style and this lace dress is no different. I like how it is lacey but subtle, so you can dress it up or down depending on what occasion you are wearing it to. You can buy this dress here.
What are your fave pieces from the website?
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
I think its great how more stores, websites and retailers are offering plus size ranges and clothes. I especially love it when you discover a range you haven't heard of before or a website you didnt expect to see offering plus size, offering just that.
Thanks to a post on Facebook today I have discovered that House of Fraser do a range of plus size dresses (and maybe more, I got distracted by the very pretty dresses that they offer) and with their current sale there are some amazing bargains!
Here is a selection of the dresses in their clearance section on the site - with plenty of them going up to a size 28.
They also have some lovely, and not too pricey dresses in the non clearance section of the website that are well worth checking out - loads in a size 28 and lots more if you are able to size down a few :)
I will do a proper ABC feature soon enough, but for now a pieces that stood out for me were:
|Flower Print Dress - £10.00 (BARGAIN!)|
|Floral Print Knee Length Dress|
|Printed dress with belt|
Monday, 5 August 2013
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
On sale for just £15.00 this would make a fantastic addition to any wardrobe. What I love about this dress is that it is so easy to dress up or dress down. I can picture it with tights and a nice sparkly shrug for an evening out or leggings and a cardigan for on the day. As a jersey dress the material is going to be lightweight, so you can layer it without having to worry too much about being too warm in this weather. You can buy it here.
What do you like to wear when the weather is unpredictable like this?
Sunday, 28 July 2013
Now we have the whole new world of social media, whereby we're competing for likes and follows and shares on our photos and funny stories. If we post a photo and only 4 people like it, does that mean we're fat and ugly?
I am a social network whore, quite possibly to unhealthy limits but I love it! Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram - I have, use and love them all.
However as an uncertain 14 year old I am not sure that my love of all of these pages would be the same? I can imagine being an unsure teenager and posting a photo of myself - if none of my classmates liked it, I can imagine the devastation that could follow. All you want is the guy that sits at the back of the class to notice your photo and like it - is that really too much to ask!? Gone are the days when you can imagine that he smiled at you and that would be enough - now we need the physical evidence that someone LIKES our photo almost as a validation that they like US! (I am talking in very broad terms here)...
Without being dramatic I can imagine it being a slippery slope - your classmate posts a photo of her pouting and wearing too much make up, you go one step further and post a photo in your bikini, or some proactive pose just to get more likes that her. It seems like harmless fun and in many cases it is - but I feel we should be teaching our younger generation that the only 'like' they really need in this world is their own! The truth is that as a 14 year old, the people we rely on so heavily to like our photos probably won’t be the same people we celebrate our first pregnancy with or when we sign our mortgage, so the grand scheme of things they really don't matter.
Then we have the flipside that the confusion of these photos can cause - a boy posts on your photo "wow, sexy" and you like it - have you given him permission to look you up and down and take in every inch of your body when you see him? No! But the posting of your photo and the liking of his comment might lead him to think so!
I am sure that there has always been proactive poses and boys calling girls sexy, but it seems to me (and I am by no means an expert) that this is so much in our faces now... Boys and growing up to be men who think it's ok to message a girl on a dating website and ask to see her tits or to pass her in a bar and smack her on the bottom. I know that this has absolutely always happened, but I think the openness of social networking has let the problem grow. We now have men who think that they can talk to women in a manner they would kill someone for, if they spoke to a female in their family in the same way - who think its ok to grope a woman as they walk past her however young she might be or to simply tell her she isn’t likeable enough. It is absoluetly not ok for men to do this and we need to make a stand and teach our children the right way to behave, so that they can grow up to be adults we're proud of - not lecherous men or unsure women, who behave in such a way that they're damaging other people with their actions.
I love, love, love social networking - the world of social media and bloggers has been an inspiration to me and so many others. It has bought me new friends and opportunities I never know - but I just hope that the trend of wanting 'likes' so badly doesn’t damage our younger generation, because as long as you love yourself the rest will fall into place - you do not need the validation of a certain number of Facebook likes to tell you that you are beautiful, any mirror anywhere will do that for you.
What have your experiences online been like?
P.S I fully understand that this article is in very broad terms and that both genders can be affected in much the same way. I am no expert in this field and this is just an opinion piece and nothing more - thanks for reading!
Thursday, 25 July 2013
As a BBW Blog I write about a lot of issues surrounding body image, positivity and generally learning to love yourself. Unfortunately in our already very judgemental society it is often a case of 1 step forward and 2 steps back because of publications such as yourself. I did not expect to be writing about the royal baby... but you have really made me feel like I have to!
I understand that our nation is image obsessed and that in order to sell copies of your magazine you want to report on what you think that people want to read. I even understand to an extent when you want to report about celebrities who have lost or gained weight, because that is after all what you think your readership want to read!
But OK Magazine, it is NOT OK to make a nation of new mothers feel like they are not good enough because they have not sprung back into shape. When I saw the front page of your Royal Baby special magazine I cringed a little but it didn't get my back up - maybe it should have, but maybe we are just so used to seeing magazine reporting how new mothers should be fit and back into their tightest jeans within months. I saw your magazine being reported online and simply rolled my eyes that you would release a special addition of your magazine on the day the royal baby was born, simply about how this bundle of joys mother should get back into shape straight away.
And then, this morning I woke up to social networking websites reporting on a (now deleted) tweet and I was flabbergasted that you think it is OK to send something like that - although, maybe the fact that the tweet has been deleted shows that you know that body bashing a brand new mother who gave birth just 26 hours before is not OK!
Living in this world is tough - the obsession with body image is growing and as a publication that sells thousands of copies a week you have a massive bearing on how people feel about things like this. When you send disgusting tweets like this, you send a generation of new mums into panic because they too have a body that shows the evidence of the new life they have created.
Kate took brave steps that most of us do not have to do; she walked out to hundreds of cameras wanting to broadcast her body to the world. She knew that millions (if not billions) were waiting to see what she looked like... and who wants to do that just a day after they have given birth? To send a tweet out that hints towards her looking like she has given birth to more than one person is a disgrace and I cannot understand why you haven’t already issued an apology.
I hope for every expectant mothers and every new mothers sake you see the error of your ways, apologise quickly and tell them that their miracle bodies are absolutely in their right to show the world that they gave birth to a baby and that there is no pressure for anyone to lose weight, tone up, fit back into their jeans quickly.
Take note OK Magazine, because what you did is far from OK!
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
I have yet to order from Excite Clothing yet, you can blame my bank balance for that! However, if I were to order - here are my ABC picks of dresses for the summer.
Absolute Bargain - Printed Chiffon Dress
I really really love this particular print of the dress, but if you click the link then you will see it comes in 3 varieties, all of which are really nice. For less than £15.00 I honestly think this dress is a complete bargain. I love the fact that it would be long enough to wear as a dress, but still nice enough to be dressed with leggings or tights if you wanted to. Teamed up with some statement jewellery and a pair of pretty sandals I think it would be a lovely addition to any wardrobe. You can buy this dress here:
Best Value For Money - Metallic Skater Dress
I actually have this dress in black which I bought from eBay just before Christmas. I really like the fact that it is sparkly but not over the top. I wore it to a Christmas party and it was long enough to not need leggings or tights under it, although it would be fine with them if you preferred. The dress is usually £19.99 but is on offer at the money so you can even save yourself a pretty penny if you decide to buy it. You can buy this dress here:
Cash To Splash - Pink Pleated Sheer Panel Dress
At less than £30.00 the dress is hardly going to break the bank and it is lovely! I love the fact that it has an elasticated waist as I feel that this gives the best/most flattering fit for me. However it was the bright pink that made this dress stand out for me and I would definitely love a dress like this in my wardrobe! You can buy this dress here:
I will get around to purchasing from Excite Clothing and do a proper review, but for now these are my ABC picks of dresses for summer.
Have you bought from them before, what did you think?
Thursday, 18 July 2013
|Ladies Black/Multi Leaf Design Rouched Waist Dress|
|Multi Colour and Width Sailor Stripe Dress|
|Koko Coral and Stone Geometric Patterned Dress|
Tuesday, 2 July 2013
|Slightly blurry photo, but here is me in the dress!|
Cash To Splash
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