Showing posts with label Simply Be. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Simply Be. Show all posts

Gothic Summer Vibes

It's getting to that time of year where I am reminded that I love a good old maxi dress. I mean don't get me wrong, leggings and a dress are fantastic and I will always be a fan but there is something about a flowy maxi dress that makes me feel great. When it comes to summer, I love being able to throw on a dress with a pair of flip flops and just leave the house.


The lovely people at Simply Be sent me this dress earlier this week and I really love it! I wore it out to lunch the other day and sat in the sunshine and it was perfect. It's elasticated under the bust which means that it fits really nice - the skirt is flowy as well which is really nice. It is super long on me however I am only 5'2, so it could work well on someone taller too!

I love the lace affect around the shoulders and think this makes it so much nicer than just a plain black maxi dress. I don't actually own many plain clothes as I am much more a fan of colour but I like this, because the lace adds a little dimension to it.

Simply Be were kind enough to send this so I could try it for size, as I have had nightmares with their sizing coming up small. I have to say that this could not have fit better and I really hope it reflects in the rest of the seasons items!

What do you think you'll be wearing this summer?

Debz xx 

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A Plus Size Sprinkle of Glitter

A few weeks ago I saw my social media explode with the release of the Sprinkle of Glitter Simply Be range. I don't know where I have been living lately but I have to say that Sprinkle of Glitter is a blogger that I hadn't heard of before. Of course, I have since read up on her blog and it's great!

As ever, I was a little apprehensive to look at the range because I wasn't sure what sizes would be available. As a size 30/32 I (sad to say) am used to being left out of ranges or having limited options. I was really excited to see all of the items available in all sizes - YAY!

Last week I went to London to catch up with friends and a group of them had bought me the this lovely printed flower dress for my birthday. I was so excited! I don't usually notice material on dresses because I am too excited by patterns and colour, but I did notice that this was a lovely thick material and it felt like high quality.... .

However perhaps one of the most exciting things about this dress is that THE BELT FIT!! If you're a plus size clothes wearer you'll know that belts with dresses often don't quite work out.

So anyway,on to the dress. I love the pattern of this dress, the floral is beautiful. Size wise I am wearing a 32. I could easily have sized down once on the bust, maybe twice. It's a lovely generous size and the material has a little bit of stretch.

Have you looked at the Sprinkle of Glitter range? What is your favourite item?

Debz x

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Here's What I Would Have Spent: Simpy Be

You might have seen a post or two I have done before - Here's What I Would Have Spent. Todays company is Simply Be.

A few days ago some bloggers and I got talking about Simply Be and the plus size options that they offer. For many people Simply Be are one of the reliable retailers in the market, because of the amount of time they have been around.

Over recent months I have noticed a trend in the sizes that Simple Be offer, especially in their special collections. When you visit the site you'll see that they offer have a massive difference in the number of items they have in a size compared to what they offer in a size 32 for example.

In fact when you look at dresses they have more items in a size 12 than they do in a size 28. A massive shame for a plus size retailer, who has always prided itself on offering a number of choices.

So this week I thought I would take a look at Simply Be and what I might spend, should they have given me the option.

These are items that were never stocked above a size 26 and items I'd definitely have liked to invest in, should I have been given the chance.

They're from collections such as Kelly Brook, Koko, Little Mistress etc who all do very limited items above 26, if any at all.

Have you found items you'd like to buy that were not available in your size?


Other ladies taking part in this post idea:

On another note, a lovely company this week offered to send my mum some flowers. They came today and I thought I'd share them with you!

They're a lovely gift, thank you Floric! Aren't they beautiful? I love flowers!

When Life Gives You Lemons

Just a very short post today, because I sadly can't see this dress on the Simply Be website anymore. 

I saw this dress on someone weeks ago and had to have it! Then I saw on sale online for £15 so snapped it up - and I am so glad that I did. I know lots of people shy away from colour for winter, but I will definitely be giving this an outing or two over the colder months!

What do you like to wear over the colder months?

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Clothes That Strictly Have The X Factor!

WOW. Do I Get An award for the worst headline ever?? Probably!

Anyway, after a busy few weekends and another weekend away next weekend I thought I should have a quiet one this weekend - and actually I am quite enjoying! I had a beaut of a curry with my family earlier and now I am watching Strictly Come Dancing and X Factor is to follow!

Often when I am watching TV I find myself online window shopping and lusting over items that I can't afford or might buy in the future! To be honest this gets bigger and bigger each week, there's just so many pretty items out there!

So... I thought I would share with you some of the items I am lusting over at the moment!

Black And Pink Floral Print Midi Dress With Mesh Insert From Yours Clothing

I know it's not a very wintery pattern or colour but I really love this dress! It's in the sale for £22 at the minute too which is a bit of a bargain!

Exclusive Swing Dress In Pineapple Print by ASOS Curve

I haven't had massses of luck with swing dresses but I am determined to try them  more. I really love this unusual print and colouring.

Baby Doll Checked Dress by Simply Be

I have lusted over this baby doll check dress ever since I spotted it at Style XL! It's currently in the Simply Be sale so I would probably snap it up before it goes!

Do You Want Curves With That By Nicky Rockets

Nicky Rockets has a whole number of really funky, curvy character based t-shirts and this is my fave! I've held off so far because I am not sure how it will fit, but I do need to buy one of these at some point!

Dancing Lady Necklace

Something a little different, but this Dancing Lady Necklace from the team over at Black Heart Creatives could not be more perfect!

So there you have it, 5 items that are well and truly on my wishlist at the moment! What are you lusting after?

Debz x

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Plus Size Fashion - 1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back?

I have to admit that I had to think twice about writing this post because I really do not want to isolate brands that I have worked with and might work with in the future. But then I realised I couldn't think like that because my blog started out as my own little corner of the internet to rant and rave about items and I can't let that change.

To be honest, I have been wanting to write about this topic for a few weeks now but never found the time - and then the Kelly Brook for Simply Be collection was released this morning! In case you haven't seen, Simply Be have been promoting this collection for the past few weeks as an inclusive fashion line with sizes 10 through to 32. I was SO excited for this range, even if it isn't all items I would wear - the idea of an inclusive range was exciting to me! Something for everyone rather than a 'plus size range' is a massive step forward and something I personally would love to see more of.

Today, I logged onto the Simply Be website to see what the collection was saying and I was excited to see that the collection had 12 pieces in total - GREAT! Then I clicked on size 30 to see what I could buy and I was met with 4 choices! 4 black choices... Some pretty choices yes, but black! and only 4 choices! No bodycon, no daring red trousers, no bright colours for me because apparently this INCLUSIVE collection only has all 12 items available in 14-26. 

If you're a size 10 you'll have just 10 items to pick from and if you're a size 28-32 then you'll have just 4! To me, a collection that spans sizes 14-26 is nothing new, Asda have been doing it for years!

However, let's face it Simply Be are not the only retailer to offer such a dramatic drop in style choices when you go up the size scale. If you log onto the New Look Inspire page you'll see that they have 336 choices in a size 26, 243 in a size 28 and JUST 52 items in a size 30. A massive 284 choices in clothing that New Look have decided I am too fat for.

Last year Pink Clove became one of my favourite go to places - I lived in their tartan dress last year! Go to their website today and you'll see 48 dress on sale, just 30 of them in a size 30-32. This from a brand who says that they stock sizes 16-32 on all of their main promotional material.

Perhaps I am being mean and have a taste of sour grapes because so many of the items I want are not available in my size. Perhaps every size has the same issues as me and I am just focusing on my own dramas. I understand that not every single retailer can stock every single size (although how amazing would that be!) but when you promote sizes up to 32 and you have just 15% of your items in that size I think something is going wrong here!

If you're going to advertise that you stock those sizes, you must assume that people are actually looking for them, so why aren't you stocking them? If you're going to launch an all inclusive range then make sure it is that, all inclusive! If you have just 1/3rd of items available in all sizes this isn't inclusive because a majority of the items on sale exclude people who might want to buy them! This trend of less choices in bigger sizes is the same across the board from lots of brands and something I would love to see change!

I LOVE the inroads we're making with plus size fashion and celebrity collaborations, more choices and bolder styles can only be a good thing! However sometimes I feel like we need to do more to make sure that plus size fashion includes all sizes and not just those that fit a certain bracket!

All of this because I am SO sad I can't wear the Kelly Brook body con dress, it's a beaut isn't it?

What do you think of the collection & plus size fashion choices in general?


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Plus Size Shopping As Simple As It Should Be

I have mentioned the plus size shopping haven of Westfields in Derby and I will no doubt mention it again. A couple of months ago one of my favourite people in the world (Lucia from U Can't Wear That) moved to Derby, so of course I have visited her a few times. Whenever I go, we pop to Westfields and I am never disappointed. The shopping centre itself has a Simply Be, Yours Clothing, Evans, New Look Inspire and Primark - what more could a girl want?

When we popped into the Simply Be store this time they had rails and rails of sales clothing, all with an extra 20% off, you're a better person than me if you could resist that! The Simply Be changing rooms are lovely, so trying on clothes there is a pleasure!

These are some of my favourite items I tried on. I brought the swing dress & the red dress which no doubt will turn up in a blog post soon. I wish I had bought the flower print dress, but I had to try and be at least a little bit sensible!

If you live in the Midlands or anywhere near a Simply Be store then make sure you pop along. Being able to clothes shop where you can try them on rather than have to guess your size online is a novelty I'll never get bored of!

Have you been to a Simply Be store before? How was it?

Debz xx

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Going Koko For A New Dress

Teeny tiny post today just to show you my new dress. I actually picked it up on sale from Simply Be for £11 a few weeks ago! It's from the Koko brand which I had never tried before, so picking the dress up for a bargain price was perfect. I also wanted to show you that sales are worth paying attention to. I often assume that sale stuff is what's left so there will be nothing good, but this dress proved me wrong!

Koko Zig Zig Print Dress (now back up to £17!)

Simply Be often have good sales so they are well worth paying attention to! 

Share your sale bargains with me!!!

Debz xx

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?


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A Look At How Simple Fashion Should Be

When it comes to plus-size fashion one of the biggest bugbears of the ladies you'll talk to is the fact that they can't shop the same places as their smaller friends. Although the range of plus-size fashion choices has increased dramatically over reason years there is still quite a long way to go.

So, I decided to look into what options were out there and roped in my little sister to help me. Lisa is a size 10, so as you can imagine the differences in our bodies are quite drastic. I thought it would be interesting to see what choices we would have if we wanted to shop in the same places... First up Simply Be.

As Simply Be cater for sizes 12-32, as you can imagine they had plenty of choice! The lovely ladies at Simply Be offered to send us both a dress, to show just how versatile the brand is! We both chose the same dress as we wanted to showcase how different bodies can wear the same dress, look different but still look fab! 

AX Paris Coral Lace Waist Skater Dress

We both really liked the dress, it's a lovely colour. I would say that the material is very unforgiving and has no stretch at all, so if you do it make sure you size up once or twice. As you can see you can easily style it with either leggings or tights and it would work just as well.

I intend to feature a few brands where you can buy a range of clothing in different sizes, just to showcase how good plus size fashion can be - if you know where to look!

Thanks for reading & thanks to my little sister for letting me feature her, she's a beaut isn't she!?

Debz xx

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Sweet Like Chocolate - Simply Be Dress Review

Last week the lovely team at Simply Be offered to send me a dress... how exciting! I spent AGGGESS going through the website trying to decide what to get. I am at stage now where I love dresses but I want something a bit different. You'll know from previous posts that most of my dresses are bright, colourful, full of pattern and eye catching, so I thought I would go for something a bit different. That said, I couldn't bring myself to get a black dress so I choose this chocolately little number instead.

As you can see, I went for the big hair again. I don't know why but I am really loving that at the moment! I really need to find a way to get it bigger, probably learning how to plait nearer to my head as I am not very good at that at the moment.

I struggled to know what accessories to wear with this because lots of my shoes and all of my belts are black... in the end I decided it didnt matter. I went for beige shoes (Primark), a black belt and my trusted Lovely necklace from Primark.

I haven't worn anything from the Jeffrey and Paula range at Simply Be before, which is where I got this from so I ordered my normal size. It's a lovely thick jersey material which is really generous size, I could easily have sized down at least one size, maybe two! I am so glad I went for this dress for a bit of a change, it's a welcome addition to my wardrobe! It's currently £40 on the Simply Be website -

I wore it to a night out where I drank too much vodka and danced all night - it was comfy to wear all night & lots of people commented on the gorgeous colours in the dress.

On a slight side note, a few weeks ago Alibi health drinks sent me a crate of their drinks to try. I am not usually into health drinks like this but they're sparkling water in either Pomegranate or citrus flavour - they taste surprisingly nice. In one can you get most of your daily allowance of vitamins and minerals which is always a bonus. 

It might not be the aim they are going for, but after a night out one of these cans in the morning really sorts me out & fixes the fuzzy head I have caused by one too many lemonades the night before ;)

Debz xx

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Afternoon Tea With Anna Scholz

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited down to Anna Scholz HQ to view the new Anna Scholz/Simply Be collection. I have always kept an eye on the Anna Scholz collection because I love how bold and bright the colour and patterns are. Sadly sometimes colour and pattern is something that is lacking in plus size fashion, so it's nice when a brand gives this a go.

When I got there I saw that they had some of Annas own collection stuff out too, not just the stuff for Simply Be. As someone who finds Anna Scholz stuff priced firmly out of their price range it was exciting to be able to see and feel the outfits - I never realised it, but the difference in quality is amazing! She had items in EVERY size to try on, although I wasn't quite brave enough, I really wish I had!

Just look at all those colours and prints - beautiful!

Some of the beautiful lingerie for Simply Be

So much colour - I was in heaven!

We were well looked after!

Me & Hollie from Pretty Big Butterflies and the lady herself Anna Scholz

I believe the Anna Scholz collection and the items for Simply Be are up now, if they're not then keep an eye out because they're worth having a nosey at. Thank you to the team at Anna Scholz for making us feel so welcome and to Simply Be for inviting me.

Debz xx

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Different Strokes For Different Folks

One thing I love about reading blogs is seeing how different people choose to style different outfits. I thought I would put together a few different examples as I find it fascinating to see. It's interesting to me to see how different dresses can look so different on ladies of vary heights, sizes, body shapes and different styles.

The Infamous Pink Clove Skater Dress

L-R - Me, Sarah from, Nikki from, Caroline from

The Simply Be Mermaid Dress

L-R Me, Rachel from, Betty from

Red Lace New Look Dress

L-R Me, Mookie from, Leah from

I love that all of these dress look different on different ladies, even if they're styled the same! It just goes to show that you never know how a dress is going to look until you try it on - so get out there, be brave and try something new!

I'd love to expand on this feature in the future - Have you got a photo of you in a dress I have? I'd love to see and if possible share it with my readers! 


Debz x

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Win: An Item Of Your Choice From Simply Be!

As you might have seen yesterday, I am hosting a number giveaways to celebrate my birthday on Monday! 

I am very excited to announce that Simply Be have kindly donated the chance for you to win the item of your choice from the website! With up to £50.00 to spend on something from the Simply Be website, you'll be able to add to your winter wardrobe without having to worry about the stress of the cost!

As you know Simply Be have a whole range of items to choose from - so whether you want a new dress, some new shoes or a new pair of jeans you'll be able to choose whatever you want as your prize!

Enter the competition here:

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The competition to win a Topsy Curvy midi dress can also be seen here!

Good Luck!

Debz xx

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It's A Nice Day For A Kent Wedding!

Following on from last weeks Black and Bling party I attended the wedding of two of my lovely friends yesterday. I can't even begin to tell you the amazing thought that Tom and Toria put into their wedding and all of the little personal touches they thought out - which really helped to make sure that everyone had a great day!

I don't want to talk too much about the little touches because I am bridesmaid in October (YAY!) and want to borrow a few ideas for my friends wedding (I have checked with the Bride from yesterday)... I just haven't checked with Gemma, the October bride yet - but it will be fine!! I hope.... Hi Gem :)

Anyway... For the wedding I decided to wear an orange maxi dress with I bought a few months ago and only worn once - for a charity ball.

I have tried to find the dress on the Simply Be website to give you more details but it doesn't seem to be there anymore. What I can tell you is that it has a tighter, thicker orange material underneath and then the orange and purple layer over the top is much thinner and free-flowing. I really love the pattern of this dress and its really comfortable to wear all day!

I am a bridesmaid for my friend in October and the hen party is next weekend - looking out for more outfit updates then!

Have you been to any weddings this year? What did you wear?


Drinks in Soho

Last night I went out for drinks in Soho and had the usual last minute worry of what to wear. In the end I was really pleased with the simple but pretty outfit I wore, so I thought I would do a rare Outfit Of The Day Post and put it up here for you all to have a nosey at!

Ignore the wonky neckline! Haha
Neckline Fixed!

Dress: AX Paris/Simply Be
Belt: Yours Clothing
Leggings: Love Ur Curves
Necklace: Love Ur Curves
Earrings: Primark
Shoes: Primark

I really like the pretty pattern of the dress as well as the fit - it's very comfy to wear!

Spinning Like A Girl In A Brand New Dress
What do you like to wear on mid-week nights out?

Debz x