My #FridayFavourites – First Edition

New Weekly Post: #FridayFavourite

I am planning to share with you every Friday from now on my favourite outfit of the week, my #FridayFavourite. Which I am aware is no clever pun, but it serves it’s purpose, a bit like #FollowFriday I guess…

#FridayFavourite is not meant to be an in depth review but rather to give you a glimpse into my day to day combinations,  showcase my new but also my older all time favourite pieces in always new combinations. This can be something that has never made the blog, or something that has already been on the blog but newly combined.

First Edition

I would guess that in most cases the photography would also be relatively low key, like the below.

Skirt – Anna Scholz
Body – Asos
Necklace – Missguided
Belt – Yours Clothing
Cardigan – Hand my down (given to me by my mom)

Finally A Bit Of Animal Print

This is an outfit I have been and am quite excited about, paricularly the skirt. I had been looking for some nice animal print, and particularly leopard print, for quite a while. The problem with leopard print though is that especially in the larger sizes it easily looks” cheap”. So I was dead excited when I found the skirt in an Anna Scholz Sale, it was reduced from £139 to £27 and it has not disappointed me. I am absolutely loving it.

The Perfect Autumn Office Outfit

I also love how the mesh insert of the high neck body goes with the amazing choker from Missguided. And finally the waterfall line cardigan is smart enough for the office but still dressing it down enough to make the combination of the otherwise maybe a little bit to glamorous for the office combination, the perfect autumn office outfit in my opinion.

Fashion Updates On Instagram

If  you want to keep up with little treasures like that, that I might love but that might not quite make it to the blog, for whatever reasons it might be (in most cases most likely time), follow me on Instagram.

 

What Do You Think?

I hope you like my new category and that you will come back to check for next weeks #FridayFAvourite In the meantime you could let me know what is your favourite autumn office outfit? Do you have a blog and maybe want to join me, showing me your #FridayFavourites? Let me know! Signoff

Challenge Your Body Shape Beliefs- The Jumpsuit

Amazing On Others – But On Me?

The jumpsuit used to be for me one of those pieces of clothing that you see and admire on other people but are convinced/sure that it just would not work for your body shape.

Where It All Changed

This all changed when this summer I ordered this lovely & light printed jumpsuit in a spur of the moment situation. To my surprise it did neither look “off” on me, nor did it highlight all the wrong areas of my body. In fact I actually loved it, despite me having to bare my arms and it was one of my favourite pieces of the summer.

 

If you want to find out more about this jumpsuit just take a look at this blog post about stepping outside of your comfort zone.

Bye Bye Summer – Hello Autumn Wardrobe

Unfortunately Summer has come and gone and so I was clearing out my wardrobe to switch over from summer to autumn selection. One thing was clear, I needed more pieces suiting the weather and my new style.

“Socially Acceptable Onesies”

Jumpsuits are just amazing, they are basically socially acceptable onesies, incredibly comfortable but also very stylish. Although you will have to make sure to choose the right one for you. If you are like me particularly bigger in the belly section you should definitely make sure not too choose too tight cuts. I would recommend you have a look around, order a selection trying to find out which one is for you.

In My Wardrobe

These are the lovely plus-size jumpsuits that have made it into my autumn wardrobe:

From left to right:

  1. Pink Clove Wrap Front Jumpsuit (In Sale: Was £28, Now: £18)
  2. Club L Plus Size Mesh Insert Jumpsuit (In Sale: Was £49, Now: £22)
  3. ASOS CURVE Jumpsuit With Cold Shoulder

Oh and don’t forget you can currently get an extra 10% off sale items till Thursday 30th October 8am, using the code 10MORE

One of my favourite pieces between those is definitely this beauty:

Our Trip To The Reeperbahn

I was wearing this beauty to our visit on the Reeperbahn when we on our Germany trip for the Plus Size Fashion Days. Jumpsuits are the perfect outfit for sightseeing.

 

Especially with a cardigan jumpsuits are giving you just the right flexibility for a sightseeing day when you might feel warm from all the walking or in public transport or slightly cold outside during one of those windy transitional autumn days.

Not to forget they are also very comfortable for a long day on your feet, perfect style for having a coffee during the day and with a little make-up update also perfect for a drink in a hip bar in the evening.

My Favourite Cardigan

This cardigan, which I wore on this day out has made it on to my top list of favourite cardigans. I do very much like the star design on it, it has a great feel and for once isn’t a grey black or white cardigan. This lovely star patten cardigan is also part of the sale and currently reduced frrom £32 to £16 in the current (up to 70%) Asos Sale. Although you will need to be quick, most sizes are already sold out

Challenge Your View Yourself

If there is one thing I have learned that is really important for us plus-size ladies over the last few months of blogging then it it is to challenge style rules, not only societal rules on what large women should or should not wear, but mostly your own view of yourself.

You might have tried a piece on ages ago and that particular one might not have sat right, or one of the numerous style experts online will once again have given great style advice on what larger ladies stay away from. Don’t let this make you miss out.

Try it on!

It is so worth it to occasionally try a piece you think you might look ridiculous in. The worst thing that can happen is that you will either send it back or in the store put it back on the hanger. Generally the rule is, if in doubt, try it on! And if there is something out there you have never tried on (like me a while ago with my very first bikini) get out there and try it on!

The best thing that can happen is that you open up a whole new world of styles looks for yourself. And on top of that it feels amazing. This can open up a whole new confidence or a completely different way you see yourself

Obligatory Touristy Pictures

And to finish the post off, here a some touristy pictures four your pleasure. Unless you would like to see the slide show… 😉

 

What Do You Think?

Have you been suprised by a piece of clothing before, of which you thought it would be so wrong for your body type and love now? What do you think about Jumpsuits? What is your favourite autumn wardrobe piece? I would love to hear from you.

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Plus-Size Fashion Days Hamburg – What I Wore

Still Very Much In Love With Vintage

Like for all Plus-Size Fashion Events I had been thinking for weeks about what I would wear for the Kurvenrausch Plus  Size Fashion Days In Hamburg. Ultimately I decided to stay true to my favourite style and go with a vintage dress with modern twist and a sprinkle of glamour.

Lady V – Estella Dress

Like for all Plus-Size Fashion Events I had been thinking for weeks about what I would wear for this event. But once again I was over thinking it, as for weeks I already had the perfect dress hanging in my wardrobe, just waiting to be shown off at the right occasion:Estella vintage dress by Lady V in a lovely birdcage print.

Designed In Cooperation With A Plus-Size Blogger

This dress was designed in cooperation with plus-size blogger Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. And it definitely shows that this dress was not designed by somebody who only theoretically thinks about what plus size women (and particularly those with a larger bust) might be looking for in a dress.

When designing this dress Lady V has definitely listened to somebody who is knowing herself the troubles of trying to find the right dress, accommodating your bust, while not looking like a tent. I think she did an amazing job, communicating what is important in a dress for busty women.

Have a look at the beautiful Georgina modeling a range of different styles of the Estella dresses:

Showing A Bit Too Much Bra
(once again)

However thanks to the extra space for the bust in combination with the wrap design, I personally have the problem that the dress is opening relatively low in the middle of my décolleté. As I had forgotten to bring my safety pins with me, it exposed a little too much of one of my new Curvy Kate bras, as you can see in the below close up. However this was far from the problem I had when I was wearing my Project D dress recently (Read more about this incident here). And fortunately the bra was in a nice flesh tone.

The reason for this bra showing so much is that Curvy Kate’s bras are designed specifically to give as much support as possible to the larger breast, of which is does a goo job by the way. So these bras, particularly in the larger cup sizes, close a little bit higher up y. Curvy Kate’s bras are some of the few out there that manage to do so whilst still looking sexy and definately not granny like

Simply BeCurvy Kate Princess Balcony Bra

Ad mentioned above, fortunately I had chosen a this flesh coloured version of the bra and therefore it did not stand out too much. However this particular “bra incident” is nothing a lower cut bra, a safety pin or, if a more permanent solution is desired, a few stitches could not solve

My First Ever Petticoat

Let’s stay in the underwear department for a moment. On this day I also wore my first ever petticoat. I actually had to search for it for quite a while. Petticoats, their sizing, length and layering can be a bit confusing, especially if you have no experience. I have not found the perfect one but it is a good one to start with. Being a size 26 is also not particularly helping…

Ultimately I ended up buying this petticoat of ebay. It is an ok petticoat, if a bit tight and it could be a bit more, how should I say…, puffy. But it is a good petticoat to start with, giving your skirt a bit more volume without looking over the top. So if you are ideally a size 24 or under and want to try out petticoats, this could be a potential model to get started with.

The Birdcage Print

The birdcage printis absolutely amazing, full of lovely detail and very cute. When I ordered the dress I could not decide at first if I preferred the design on the white or the light green background. ultimately I liked them both that much that both found a place in my wardrobe.

While the print that I was wearing is unfortunately not available any more, there is a range of other styles that are still available as well as a range of prints that has recently added.

Lady Vintage – Worth To Keep An Eye On

What I love about Lady V, is that they have a great range of prints that they review constantly. So while they have a number of great designs they always have in stock in a range of different prints. They also update the prints available quite regularly.

The prints range from classic prints, like polka dot or lace print to imaginative novelty prints, like one of their most recent ones: a cupcake print. So it is always worth keeping an eye on their page to see which new desing/print combination they might have added.

This is the current* range of Estella dresses available.

I do love the polka dots. It is just such a classical design that goes so well with so many things. I am a fan of particularly blue polka dot and already own one Lady V Dress in this print, which you can see here. So this  print might be another version I might have to add to my Estella dress collection soon.

 What do you think?

What do you think about the Estella dress? Do you already have one of them in your wardrobe? Which one is your favourite design? Let me know in the comments.

 

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*At the time of this blog post being published.


British Plus Size Awards

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Dont Miss The Anna Scholz Sale

Anna Scholz – Luxury Plus Size Designer 

I had firmly promised myself not to spend any more money on clothes this month… and then the Anna Scholz sale came along…

Anna Scholz really is a great designer. I might not love all of her designs, but there are definitely some awesome, awesome pieces in her collection. One of my all-time favourites is a stunning peplum dress with the most stunning print I have ever seen that I have reviewed a while back.

A Sale That Definitely Caught My Attention

As much as I like Anna’s creations, unless she does a cooperation with a high street retailer like recently with Simply Be in the UK and sheego in Germany. So, when I saw the below status about the current sale on Facebook, it really caught my attention.

 

It might be a bit difficult to see in the numbers in this image. They have reduced dresses in the £200 to £420 range to £37-£85 and there are skirts that were in the range of £139 to £189 are now between £27-37. You  are getting the gist of this.

So if you are like me, liking Anna’s collection but don’t quite have the cash for it, it might be really worth it to head over to the Anna Scholz page and have a look round.

So as said above, that has made me break my no-spending promise, but I won’t tell you yet what. This will be revealed in a hopefully fabulous outfit post.

What Do You Think?

What do you think about Anna Scholz. Is there any piece that might make you break your spending limits? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you?

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The Hamburg #PSFdays Runway Show

An Impressive Fashion Show

While I am overall still quite new in the whole plus size blogging szene  I can say I have seen by now quite a few runway shows and this one was by far the most impressive so far…

While I had been a bit disappointed by the PSFdays marketplace, compared to British events, the fashion show was really something else here. Not only was it in the most glamorous setting I have seen so far it was also the best choreographed, varied and planned out fashion show I have seen so far, if anything, a bit long.

The Show Before The Show

The show began long before the actual runway show. So many women had an amazing effort and come in absolutely stunning outfits. I love it that the event had a little red carpet area in which a team of photographers immortalised all of those stunning looks.

Given how many amazing women there were this night I actually quite proud that I have made it on the official collection of red carpet pictures.

Pictures courtesy of andreasgrav.com

I have left Germany about 5 years ago and the state of plus-size fashion really was not great at that time. So it was even more amazing to see how far plus-size fashion has come in Germany in this time.

Thank you Tanja

The show was hosted by Tanja Marfo, the organiser of the event, blogger at Kurvenrausch, Make-Up-Artist and most recently founder of the new Kurvenrausch plus size model agency, all in all a very busy women.

She led through the evening supported by Eric Schroth. The two did a good job of leading through the evening and I loved how the two looked together.


During the show I even got mentioned during the show, as one of the international guests, although the got slightly wrong where I am from, they might have said I am from London instead of Manchester, but I will forgive them…

The Runway Show

Ther was everything in the beautiful fashion show, from plus-size workwear, over plus-size evening wear, some plus-size lingerie and even a few great causal pieces for lounging about at home in style. I will spare you from going through each designer, label and piece separately. I very much prefer to share a few impressions and show you some of my personal highlights.

I would encourage you though to have a nosey on the websites of the labels yourself having a bit of a closer look round. There is a lot to discover.

The Labels

During the show I actually lost count how many labels participated. The show consisted of a varied mix of local boutiques, international retailers and a few independent Designers.

Represented Were:

Most likely I actually forgot 2-3 but I will update this list over the next days in case I did. In case you notice I did, just let me know in the comments 🙂

A Few Highlights…

While I loved seeing the variety, there were a few things that stood out to me:

Miss Molly – Online Underwear

Plus-Size, Germany and beautiful underwear: 3 things that still don’t appear to go much together. When I left Germany 5 years ago it seemed basically impossible to find a bra in my size, online or offline.

While we were a bit disappointed that there was no dessous retailer at the market place, it was nice to at least see a few beautiful and actually also sexy pieces in the runway show, thanks to Miss Molly. Although the website does need a makeover…

Dagmar Gräf – Plus-Size Trousers

At the market place I ended up in a conversation next to a clothing rail full of lots of varied and fashionable plus-size trousers. The conversation was about the fact that on blogs as well as events one does not really see many trousers.

We wondered if this was due to the women or due to the lack of trousers. Looking back at catalogues and the offerings online, what you usually see there is  leggings, jeggings, office trousers and the occasional office trousers, if you ignore track suit and pyjama bottoms. There is definately a lack of fashionable trousers.

I am happy that Dagmar Gräf is planning to change this. Looking at the collection I can say that  I would happily wear almost every single piece of what I have seen of the collection. Unfortunatelly we will have to wait till January till these beauties will hit the market.

Adam Brody – Timeless Yet Innovative Glamour

I loved seeing Adam Brody‘s pieces. While most of the fashion will most likely be far out of my price range I loved almost every single piece of them. Not only that, they had this timeless feel to them that their style might last you a lifetime and from the look of it (keeping in mind this was judged from a distance), it appeared that these lovely pieces might actually have the quality to match it.

Was fascinated me about Adam Brody was that while his fashion appeared timeless and classic on the one hand each piece had an unique innovative style about it. Well let’s stop here. I start sounding like a pretentious, overpriced fashion magazine. I rather let the picture speak.

 

Dear Adam Brody: Can I please wear this for the British Plus Size Awards…

Picture courtesy of andreasgrav.com

 

The Red Carpet  – Meeting A Few German Bloggers

I also finally had the chance to meet a few German bloggers. I briefly bumped into Elli from Curvy Fashionelli, Birgit from Charming Curves and Jennifer from Dressing these Curves with who I actually remembered to take a picture.

All in all meeting the German bloggers is what I would say I have missed out the most on during this trip.

I would have loved to get to know each of them better and meet all the others that have been there. In hindsight I would say we should have organised a bloggers lunch or something similar.

What do you think?

Did you go to the #PSFdays? Which of the red carpet looks is your favourite? Have you discovered a new label/designer for yourself? Let me know in the comments.

Lots of love.

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#OOTD Lady Vintage Polka Dot – Plus North

One Of My Long Loved Dresses

This lovely dress was my #OOTD (Outfit of the day) on the second day of Plus North. I have had this Lady Vintage London for ages and am still absolutely in love with it, like I was from the very first second. However, somehow up till now it had not made it’s way onto my blog yet. Although this is the dress I am wearing in my header picture on the top right.

The Lady Vintage Tea Dress

This is one of Lady Vintage London‘s tea dresss just like the dress in this post, Unfortunately they don’t offer this style anymore in the plus-size versions (meaning above a size 22).

I have worn this dress a thousand times and it is and will always be one of my dresses. To be honest you just can’t beat polka dots .  Polka dots are just a timeless classic and an amazing throwback to the 50s. The cut of this dress not only just really comfortable but also very figure flattering, especially with a thin belt. I also love to wear it with a cardigan, which goes really well with it,  for the chillier days.

A Plea To Lady Vintage London

So I can only plea:

Dear Lady Vintage London, I plead with you, please offer your tea dresses again in sizes larger than 22.

If you do, I can promise you I will most likely very soon own one of them in almost every single pattern of the plus-size tea dresses you will offer.

In Love With The Colour

I am absolutely loving the colour of this dress, especially after I was for years I not able to wear blue as it basically made me look “dead” complexionwise. This changed when I dyed my hair darker. The happier Iam now how well this lovely blue still goes with my new orange hair and actually even nicely “pops” the orange colour due to the strong contrast.

Where You Can Get (A Similar) Dress

If you are one of those lucky people that fit in a size 22 or below, here is where you get them, maybe not in polka dots but in a lot of other lovely patterns. While they offer neither the tea dresses in the larger sizes nor the tea dresses in polka dots anymore, Lady Vintage London has recently released quite a few polka dot dresses in the larger sizes (going up to a 32), which you can get here.

One of those cuts offered now in polka dots is the lovely “Estella Dress” which I absolutely love and bought in several patterns as soon as it came out (some of which are not offered anymore). Now that it is available also in polka dots I might be tempted again. Although owning one dress in 4-5 different patterns (currently 3) might border to madness. I am actually considering wearing one version of this dress to the upcoming Plus Size Fashion Days in Hamburg

“Flawless” by Missguided

On this day I was also showing off my new “Flawless” earrings from Missguided. A company that is most likely not on most of your radars. While in several interviews they have stated that a plus-size range is very likely to follow at some point, up till now they offer a clothing range up to a size 18.

However, I have currently really discovered them as a great place for  shoe and especially jewellery. To me they are becoming, despite being a fast fashion retailer, bit by bit a real replacement for my favourite jewellery shop in Germany, Bijou Brigitte, which I still dearly miss since I moved to the UK.

I love these earrings. The hoopstyle reminds a bit of the 90s but they also have something 50sy about them of which I can’t quite put my fingers on yet, but I do like whatever that is. They went bang on with my outfitand and especially my hair on that day, but most importantly, the “Flawless” statement” sends a great and important body positive message!

What Do You Think?

Would you like Lady Vintage London to bring back their tea dress in the plus sizes? What do you think about Missguided and have you ordered from them before?

I would love to hear from you.

 

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British Plus Size Awards

I am proud to announce that I have been nominated for the British Plus Size Awards in the cateogory “Best New Blogger”. I really would appreciate it if you would take you time to vote for me.

To vote for me and your favourite plus-size retailers & celebrities just click on the button below: