My very first British Hen Do – Wearing Lady Vintage

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In June I am invited to another lovely English wedding. In fact actually to the wedding of my lovely friend who is and was important in so many little introductions to proper British culture and cultural experiences.

Like she pointed out in her comment she left on my About Me Page, she is responsible for my deep love of Doctor Who and she also worked with me in one of my first proper jobs in the UK, helping me navigate through the very peculiar British office politics she also invited me to my very first English Hen Do.

Recently there has been another big one of those big cultural experiences she invited me to her hen do. I have to admit, initially I was a bit afraid it would involve plastic penises or similarly cringe worthy things but a classy lady as Jess is this was not the case. We all were given our obligatory hen do sashes and obviously Jess was wearing her “learning bride” L together with a veil, but that just is a most.

Her hen do took us first to the Hard Rock Cafe, where we had some really nice burgers and the main party then took place here in Manchester in the Birdcage. This was also my very first drag show, so ultimately I had two firsts in a day. The show was great and it was fun to watch in the dancing breaks between the show pieces how many girl in the audience tried out their best on the stripper pole that was provided, getting bolder the further the night had progressed.

Although I have to admit that the night was not 100% plastic genital free. As the audience was full of hen dos that either wore suggestive costumes or had straws in a design you can imagine. For some reason there was also a guy dressed up as a traffic light wearing a traffic cone on his head… but I guess that is the normal audience in the birdcage and it actually really adds to the atmosphere.

So ultimately it was  a truly special night with some lovely ladies and some great memories.

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For this I wore one of my lovely Lady Vintage Dresses. To be honest I have had this dress for a while as it has been slightly too tight when I bought it, but I loved it just too much to send it back. Now that I have lost a (very) few pounds as I was unfortunately struck by a very uncomfortable lower back pain (every pound my back does not need to carry helps.), the dress fits a lot better and so has seen it’s very first night out.

Lady Vintage Plus Size Vintage Dress Blue With Bow

 

Like usually on this kind of occassions I have forgotten to take a proper picture but I might take a quick one at a later point and might either post a little addition to this post or just let you see it on my facebook page.

The dress is unfortunately not available on the Lady Vintage site anymore but especially now that they have launched “Lady Voluptuous” they always have a great range of plus-size vintage dresses and it always worth checking them out.

So now the big next step is choosing an outfit for the upcoming wedding and I really do not do well in deciding what to wear. So I guess very soon I will provide you with  few options and maybe you can help me by letting you know which ones you like most. I am actually even playing with running a Facebook vote or similar.

Lots of love

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Missguided+ Releases New Pieces & Extra 40% Off Sale

After Missguided had released their plus size range in late autumn last year with a lot of noise, things appear to have changed a bit.

In the meantime there were quietly quite few new pieces added to range. While new pieces are nice we are wondering when a full SS15 plus size collection is going to come.

But let’s have at what happened & the new range:

November 2014: Reveal of the Plus-Size Range

It’s too long ago that all eyes of the plus-size fashion world were directed at Missguided, last November actually, to be precise: That was when Missguided launched their very first plus size range.

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November/December 2014: Me & Other Bloggers in Missguided

For a few weeks the plus-size blogosphere was full of lot’s of amazing plus size babes showing off the range. I was no exception, posting about the lace peplum dress and the stunning cobalt blue velvet wrap dress which I wore to the British Plus Size Awards.

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January 2015: It has gone quiet

But the fashion world turns fast and the plus-size fashion world is no exception. So over the last months it has become fairly quiet around Missguided, well at least in regards of plus-size.

The fast fashion company has so far only concentrated at the lower end of straight sizes (going up to 14).  Their first plus size range was, by the looks of it, only a test range, if a strong one, with approx 70 lines in sizes only going up to a size 24 so far.

The big question here was if the brand after an enthusiastic launch would forget about their plus-size customer, like so many promising other brands have unfortunatelly done before, leaving the range as an token range for the fatties to avoid being called fat shaming.

February 2015: New Pieces – Without A Lot Of Noise

Fortunately this does not appear to be the case. Well, at least there are a few positive indicators that this time it might be different.

Without making a lot of noise abut it they appear to have been working quietly on a few updates to their best pieces as well as some completely new pieces.

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Unfortunately there is no complete new range or big overarching new style at the moment, but one thing I do have to credit Missguided for is that after running only a very few months, they have looked at demand and, like a good fast fashion retailer does, not only restocked as it was selling out but also put a little bit of effort in and improved/updated a few lines by adding new colour options

Let’s Have A Look At The Range Update

Renewals/Updates

Some of the pieces they have renewed were the wrap dresses that were very popular after the launch and quickly sold out in many colours.

The wrap dresses have not only been repeated in the original colours that had sold out they are now also available in for example khaki and grey.

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Skirts

And also the leopard print skirt that I own and love has been renewed and it is along with some other skirts  now available in the trend colour camel as well as a black PU panel version.

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 New Dresses

There are some lovely new midi dresses. The below dress on the left in the grid has been added in black and in the green and also some other completely new dresses.

 

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Tie Waist Skirt

Another new addition to the collection is the tie waist skirt which is expected to be a big trend this spring. A skirt I could not resist buying already and that will be on my blog soon in an #OOTD.

This skirt is basically a skirt that pretending to have a shirt slung around the hips. Sounds a bit weird when trying to describe it,  but I like the look.

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Trends At The Same Time For Fatties AND Normalos

The tie waist skirt is one of the examples where Missguided is really really promising for the future. I am not necessarily talking abut the style itself but the timing of the delivery of the style. If you have a look around through the sizes, tie waist appears to be one of their big upcoming trends that they have heavily bought into across their straight sizes.

Unlike so many other retailers out there, Missguided is not waiting till at least next season to finally deliver a trend in a  plus-size version, but is delivering it at the same time for us larger ladies as wekk as in straight sizes. Although admittedly they deliver this trend only in one style for 18+ while in almost uncountable styles for straight sizes, but it is a start.

Where is the SS15 range?

After having been unsure, when first launching the range in November, of how it would resonate with us fatties, they should now have a much better idea of who their plus-size customers are and what we like.

This does make me wonder even more why it is taking Missguided so long to get their Spring/Summer range out. With it being end of February they might be a bit late to the market. Although I am still holding up big hopes for a banging collection

Extra 40% Off Sale While We Are Waiting

While you are browsing through the new items don’t forget to have a quick look at the sale items, as for a very limited time you will be able to get 40% all sale items using the code EXTRA40.

Missguided Sale Items

What do you think?

Which one is your favourite? Are you calling some of the new pieces your own? And for which retailer  can’t you wait to finally announce their new SS15 collection.

 

 



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

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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

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.

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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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British Plus Size Awards

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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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#OOTD: 50s Inspired Plus-Size Pin-Up Style

Gosh it was not easy to decide what to wear for Plus North, I still had (and have) quite a few outfits to show off that I had not worn yet and there are just so many great pieces that just have come out for the new season. On top of all that I just had changed my hair colour, (and at that to orange!), which really changes the look of *everything* on you.

So as said above, I was really unsure what to wear and went through about a thousand different options, till I came on Asos Curve across what you see below and then what I was about to wear was immediately made clear.

 

1  – ASOS CURVE Pleated Skater Skirt
2 – Alice & You Bardot Body
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– ASOS Bandana Print Headscarf Neckerchief

Current Favourite: Pleated Skirts

I am currently absolutely in love with pleated skirts and if you follow my blog you know that there is basically no skirt or dress I am wearing without a belt. However, on pleated skirts most belts appear to look a bit “off” and somehow never sit right or stay in place. So the contrast waistband on this skirt is really amazing and exactly what I was looking for.

ASOS CURVE Pleated Skater Skirt

Unexpected Favourite: Bodies

Bodies are my new love. I am currently discovering so many new things that work for me. And one  revelation for me was that I actually like the look of myself with my shirt tucked into my skater or a-line skirts and even feel comfortable in it.

However, that once again can be a bit of a pain as, depending on the shirt, you might constantly have to keep an eye on it if it is staying properly tucked in. The amazingly simple solution? Bodies!

Alice & You Bardot Body

I would have never thought I would ever be found in a body again. As a kid my mom had to force me into them, but now they are my new found love. I already own this beauty and am loving it, although unfortunately it is currently sold out. I am sure I will be collecting more bodies (of the textile variety of course) in my wardrobe over the next months.

The Cherry On Top: The Accessories

The final pieces to top the outfit off and to give it the proper 5os style were the accessories: The absolutely essential 50s worker style headscarf from Asos and a killer necklace from Missguided.

Necklace: Missguided – Cleksa Geometric Plate Necklace
Headscarf – ASOS Bandana Print Headscarf Neckerchief

 So Far One Of My Favourites

So far this outfit has been one of my favourite outfits. I absolutely adore the 50s plus-size pin-up style. Not only since blogging but, well basically ever. It is a killer outfit showing off my best curves and enhancing them to a nice hourglass shape. Most importantly it is also a great homage to the 50s and the pin-ups of that time. Not to forget that this day was also one of the first times  I (more or less) successfully managed to style my hair in a way that involved back-combing.

What Do You Think?

What do you think? Have you been to Plus North? Did you have the same dilemma? What is it you like to wear to events like this? 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: