I am Ms Manchester Curve 2016

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Ms British Beauty Curve

I am happy to announce that I have been named Ms Manchester Curve 2016 and that through that I will be representing Manchester this year in the annual Miss British Beauty Curve body positivity pageant.

 

I am proud to be representing Manchester and very flattered by the honour to have been selected for this title and I would like to thank my sponsors Nothing But Epic and Florentyna Dawn for believing in me and sponsoring me.

Trying On The Ms British Beauty Curve Crown For Size :)
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A Big Step For Me

As a woman who has struggled so many years with my own appearance this is a very important step for me and I am more than happy to be representing self love and the fact that beauty has no size.

In my life I have gone through dozens of diets always thinking that happiness might be around that corner only as soon as the scale would show that magical number that would put my BMI in the normal range.

Even when I  had lost more than 30 kilos (close to 5 stone, for my British friends), was fit enough to run a half-marathon and had more than healthy test results at the doctor,I still hated myself. Why? That is something I will describe in a little more detail in a future post.

Lisa Runs Halfmarathon In 2009

Don’t Put Your Life On Hold

The bottom line is that it took me a long time to understand that whatever the label in my clothes says and whatever my scales says is irrelevant. The idea that everything will suddenly be great once you reach a magic number in your clothes or your scale is wrong. By following this idea you will put your live on hold forever.

Be The Best Version Of Yourself

What matters personally for me, is striving every day to be the best version of myself, that I can be today; may that be in be in health, professionally or following my hobbies. And I am definately looking fabulous doing that!

Reaching More Women With This Message

I am very happy that the Miss British Beauty Curve will give me a platform to communicate this message to other women who might still be in the position of putting themselves down and waiting for their lives to start, that I was in before I realised I was worthy of self-love and to live my life.

And so are you beautiful girl! Go out there and have a killer day!

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Skinny Models For Plus-Size – Why?

I have voiced in the past numerous times that I have absolutely no idea why the Plus-Size Industry keeps using models hardly ever larger than a size 12 and if we are lucky maybe a 14 and today this been highlighted once again.

Rebel Wilson In A Stunning Sequins Dress

Asos Curve shared yesterday on their Facebook page this lovely picture of Rebel Wilson in an absolutely stunning sequins dress out of their collection that she wore yesterday for a film premiere.

How Could I Overlook this?

I absolutely love this dress and was wondering how I could have overlooked this stunner when I was on the look out for a sequins dress for the Christmas season. However, clicking through to the website I realise why.

But see yourself:

 

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ASOS CURVE Exclusive V-Neck Dress With Sequin Skirt Р£35

Nothing against the model, she is a very beautiful girl and even the poses are not even the problem. The issue here is, her figure might be very beautiful but it is just not suitable to give me or any other woman on the other side of a size 20 an idea of how this dress might look on us.

I Would Have Bought It In A Heartbeat

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I absolutely love how the piece looks on Rebel it really¬†hugs her “lady lumps” in all the right places. Based on her picture, I would buy it¬†in a heartbeat.

Although now I can’t justify it any more, as I have already bought 3 sequins dresses in the meantime, and there are only so many Christmas and New Years Eve parties you can go to…

Why doesn’t the Plus-Size Industry Fix This?

Weirdly enough the plus size industry does not appear to try to fix this by using larger models but rather by padding the skinny models with fat suits, erm what?

 Two Models A Possible Solution?

What I would love to see in the plus size industry is what the lovely little independent label Silly Old Sea Dog is doing for some of it’s products, it is very simple and will not cost too much more: Simply using two models.

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Silly Old Sea Dog Cartoon Dress 50s Style Р£95 (Handmade)

If retailers are affraid we might not click on the item if we don’t see on a skinny woman then this might be the solution. And it gives the retailers a soft way to test the use of larger models without increasing risk or costs by too much.

Thinking about how much overhead goes into a piece of clothing simply a second model for the plus-size items, giving us ladies on both sides of the spectrum a better idea how it might look on us, is not going to add that much of a cost to it. I am sure it would be at least something that would be worth trialing for the big retailers. Why it has not been done yet I really don’t know

Lot’s of love

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Missguided+ On A Girl In Size 24

The Missguided Lace Peplum Dress

I am more than excited that I was provided with a lovely peplum dress out of the new Missguided+ Plus-Size range that only launched yesterday, which I will be wearing to the Simply Be Spring /Summer Collection 2015 preview tonight. Check out the hashtag #SimplyBeSS15 if you want to watch live what will be happening.

Missguided Plus Size Lace Peplum Dress Ecom Picture

I am very much looking forward to wearing this Missguided+ beauty. The dress comes in a lace look but also in a leopard print. This might not be as extensive as a usual review but I just wanted to give you a first idea how this dress looks on a girl that is on the larger side of curvy, namely a size 24-26.

 

True To Size – Slightly Larger

The dress feels lovely and appears to be true to size. If anything, it is a bit on the larger side, as it fits me well while I am usually somewhere between a size 24-26 with a relatively large bust. Although I would say despite that, there is no need to size down.

 

More “Missguided On A Size 24”-Pictures¬†To Come

I will be posting quite a few of these looks. So keep checking back here on the blog or make sure to follow me on Instagram. Obviously I won’t be modelling the whole 70 pieces, Unfortunately I can’t quite afford that, but I am sure I there will be quite a few interesting pieces and that there will enough to give you a good idea :). Let me know which pieces you would like to see.

Some of the things of which I can tell you that you will definitely be able to see them here soon are: the leopard print midi skirt and the beautiful cobalt blue wrap dress, in fact I  will be wearing the latter one to the British Plus Size Awards.

Complaints About Sizing Range A Little Unfair

I have seen quite a few people complaining about the sizing range ending at a size 24. I personally hope as well that the sizing range that I hope will be extended in future. However, complaining about the sizing range is unfair.

You do have to think about this from a business point of view. Missguided is a retailer that so far has only catered for women up to a size 14 (and the occasional 16). Immediately moving from this to a range which is upwardly open would be an incredibly risky move. As there is no guarantee as to how the collection performs.

Therefore this collection should be seen as a first entry into the plus-size business. Missguided are basically dipping their toe into the plus-size market. Trying to work out what works for them and what does not. I am sure there will be one or the other amazing piece and some great surprises in the future.

What Do You Think?

There are so many things I would love to her from you about. What you think about the dress and the range in general? Which of the items would you like to see on the blog?

Lots of love

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Ursula The Sea Witch – The Disney Crash Diet (rant ahead)

A Great Woman –¬†(If You Ignore The Evil)

If you follow my blog you will have seen that I dressed up as Ursula this Halloween. I absolutely love Ursula, although I was terrified of her as a child. If you ignore the evil for a minute, Ursula is a great woman & one of the few cases of body diversity in the Disney Universe

A New Character?

Getting ready for the party I was looking¬†online for some images, to make sure my make-up was spot on. I came across a few images of a stick thin purple woman. To me it appeared to be a different character. Looking a bit deeper into it, trying to find out who that was, it I found that this¬†actually was supposed to be Ursula, the new re-imagined Ursula…

The Disney Crash Diet (rant ahead)

As it seems in 2012 Disney released their so called¬†“Disney Villain Designer Collection”, which I had not heard about yet.

Disney stated on their¬†Blog that this collection is ¬†“designed and carefully crafted to capture the essence of evil at its best dressed, the Villains Designer Collection re-imagines the stylish wickedness of classic Disney Villains.”¬†

Read the full story here.

Image: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

Why it was necessary for this”re-imagination” to let Ursula undergo either¬†a a gastric bypass, develop severe anorexia or let live for 2 years on the cabbage diet is beyond me.

Ursula – A Self-Confident Curvy Woman

Ursula is a self-confident women who owns her own sexuality and knows how to show off her curves. Which to me was an important part of the character, becoming a stick thin villain, she becomes just another Cruella De Ville or however that women in the Emperors New Groove was called. Can you image the scene during the song “Poor Unfortunate Souls” when she stresses the importance of “body language” with her in her new image… I can’t. (If you are not sure which scene I mean, here it is

Bye Bye Body Diversity

With her having lost at¬†least three quarters of her body ¬†she is ¬†barely¬†recognisable and not only has not only lost most of her appeal, identity and an important part of her character, Disney has also lost also one it’s few moments of body diversity.

What Do You Think?

What do you think about the “new re-imagined Ursula” ? Can you imagine the film¬†Little Mermaid” with this version of Ursula and her having the same effect and character? Let me know

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If you love Ursula you should check out my DIY Ursula Costume.

 

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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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:

Missguided “Flawless” Earring Giveaway

Missguided – “Flawless” Earrings

You might have seen my new favourite earrings, the Missguided “Flawless” Earrings either on my Instagram account or in my latest blog post. I have had a¬† few requests about them and so I thought I let you know a bit more about them.

Missguided Jewellery – Get Those Lovely Earrings

These earrings are a unique pair of gold earrings, that send an important body positive message, and that in style. These beauties are from  Missguided and they can be found here on their website.

As I have also mentioned in my latest post, Missguided are, to my surprise, more and more turning into one of my favourite places for jewellery

I would strongly recommend to have a look round their jewellery section, I can almost guarantee you will find something amazing, particularly in the necklace section, there are some stunning statement pieces in there.

 

“Flawless” Earring Giveaway

Missguided have been so friendly to provide me with a pair of these earrings to share the love and body positivity with you.

So I have decided to kick off my little series of giveaways to celebrate my nomination to the British Plus Size Awards with this lovely pair of earrings.

So just check out the widget below and enter the giveaway and maybe you will soon be rocking these killer body positive earrings yourself!

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The giveaway will end at midnight Tuesday the 7h of October. The winner will be chosen at random. The giveaway is open to entrants EU wide, so feel free to join from Germany etc.

What Do You Think

What type of give-away would you like to see. Will you be going to the plus-size fashion awards. And most importantly, have you voted for me yet? ūüėČ

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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: