Plus North Leeds – My First Big Plus-Size Event

My First Big Plus-Size Fashion Event

This weekend I had an absolute amazing time at one of my first big plus-size blogger events: Plus North. It was a really fun, fashion & plus-size filled weekend which involved meeting lot’s of amazing ladies.

The Plus-Size Runway Shows

One of the big highlights were definitely the fashion shows in which Ann Harvey, Yours Clothing, Topsy Curvy, Simply Be, Curvissa, So Fabulous and Evans were showing a selection of their key pieces on some very fabulous plus-north visitors and plus-size blogger babes. It was absolutely amazing to see so many confident women showing off how comfortable felt in their bodies and showing off their confidence and love for themselves, an absolutely inspiring event!

Some of the fabulous bloggers on the runway

The Exhibitors

All the brands that were showing off their newest trends in the runway shows also had little stalls at this event where we had a chance to check out their upcoming Autumn – Winter Collection up close and I have to say, I already have a by far too long wish-list.

Although some of the real gems of the stalls were actually those that had not been part of the shows.

Curvy Kate had brought some of their amazing & sexy bras with her and conducted tons of bra fittings and delivering some amazing uplifts. Chunky Cat Cuddler showed off some great and imaginative jewellery. I also finally saw Nicky Rockets T-Shirts up close.

Image Credits: Next to my own pictures, some of the above pictures have been provided by Georgina from She Might Be Loved

Here I also learned about a new and interesting way of how to buy high class beauty products: Cohorted. They are offering each week 4 different products, the kind of product you would like to treat yourself to but might be just a bit out of your budget, to bring them to you cheaper due to the power of group buying.

Keep checking back I will give you a closer look at some of the exhibitors and their products over the next weeks, especially of those I could not resist and now call my own.

Showing Off My Little Makeover

Plus-North was a great opportunity for me to show off my style, my new hair and outfit. Before coming to the event I had basically gone through a whole little makeover.

I had my beloved Bettie Page fringe re-trimmed by Nicky from “Having A Hairmare?“. The benefit brow bar had taken care of my eyebrows . I had a complete home made hair colour makeover. If you follow me on twitter of facebook you might have already seen that I recently had a relatively extreme hair colour makeover thanks to some ebay ordered peroxide and Bleach London’s Tangerine Dream. And lastly I had a completely new outfit, which I had ordered specifically for plus-north using their next day delivery.

Finally meeting all those lovely ladies

But ultimately the best thing about plus north was to finally meet so many amazing & lovely blogger ladies, that are so often on my screen, finally in real life.  Obviously there was no way around to take some of those obligatory selfies:

Top left: Georgina from She Might Be Loved
Top right: Sarah H Plus Size Model
Bottom left: Debz from The Not So Secret Diaries Of A Wannabe Princess
Bottom right: A slightly blurry Becky from Does My Blog Make Me Look Fat?

What Do You Think?

Have you been to Plus North? What was your favourite of the day? What other blogger events have you been to? Are there any other blogger events you would recommend to me and would say I should not miss? Please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear from you!

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Extra 15% Off Sale Items – Plus-Size Bargains at Asos

Update: The Discount Code for an extra 15% off has unfortunately expired but the reductions up to -75% are still available

Discount Code GET15

Asos is currently giving you an extra 15% off their reduced items,  using the code “GET15“. This code will be valid till Monday the 8th of September.

Usually I am not the one to shout about reductions, so many were happening recently. In this case however, there are a few real bargains and I had to work hard on controlling myself not to go on a giant spree. So I thought this one would probably be quite interesting to you.

Sale items are reduced  up to 75% and with the extra 15%, there are quite a few great bargains available. In fact also the jumpsuit I have written about in an earlier post is available in this offer:

New Look Inspire Aztec Print Bandeau Jumpsuit

At full price this plus-size jumpsuit was £22.99. With the discount and using the code, you can get it now at £13.60, which really is an amazing bargain.

What’s In The Sale

As it was to expect most items are summer lines, but there are also some great transitional pieces amongst them. Also most of these summer pieces will be great to see you through autumn and maybe even winter if you mix up the combination a bit, for example with a leggings, a cardigan or maybe even Wingz. In case you have not heard about them yet, Wingz  are separate sleeves that you can wear under a sleeveless top, giving you a bit of extra coverage and great for turning a summer dress into a lovely autumn dress.

 

My Sale Wish List

There are actually a lot of great items available within this sale that I had my eye on for a while. The truth is unfortunately though, neither my wallet nor my wardrobe space is infinite. But one can dream…. and so I put the below wish list together.

 


1: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Midi Skirt In Colourblock – Was £22.00, Now £11.00, With Code £9.35
2: ASOS CURVE Scoop Neck Skater Dress With Short Sleeve – Was £22.00, Now £11.00, With Code: £9,35
3: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Skater Dress With Applique Lace Trim – Was £40.00, Now £12.00, With Code £10.20
4: Forever Unique Plus Size Esta Bandage Dress – RRP £247.50, Now £100.00, With Code £85,
5: Club L Plus Size Mesh Insert Pencil Skirt – RRP £38.00, Now £15.00, With Code £12.75
6: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Salon Dress With Scallop Edge Applique – Was £85.00, Now £42.00, With Code £35.70
7: Alice & You Pleated Skater Skirt – Was £25.00 Now £10.00, With Code £8.50
8: ASOS CURVE Full Skater Skirt In Scuba – Was £30.00, Now £18.00, With Code: £15.30
9: ASOS CURVE SALON Fit & Flare Dress With Inserts In Print – Was £75.00, Now £52.00, With Code: £44.20
10: Barney’s Originals Plus Size Leather Biker Jacket – RRP £225.00, Now £75.00, With Code: £63.75
11: ASOS CURVE Floral Skirt With Lace Hem In Longer Length – Was £45.00, Now £13.00, With Code £11.05

 

Ultimately I Could Not Resist

As mentioned above, neither my wardrobe space nor my wallet are infinite and I actually had promised myself not to buy any further  clothes till next payday. However, looking at the choice available I at least wanted to try a few pieces on. And so I ended up ordering the 3 lovely items below. The plan is to keep only the 1-2 items I like the most. However, I know myself… f I like them on myself it will be very unlikely that one of them is  actually going to get sent back.


1: ASOS CURVE Pleated Midi Skirt In Bright Floral Print – Was £35.00, Now £24.00, With Code £20.40
2: Club L Plus Size Mesh Insert Jumpsuit  – Was £49, Now £22, With Code £18.70
3:  ASOS CURVE Exclusive Leather Trousers – Was £95.00, Now £28.00, With Code £23.80

What is your favourite

What is your favourite? Have you made use of this offer and if, what have you bought? Or are there maybe any other great deals out there we don’t know yet about… Leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you!

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Kelly Osbourne Unveiling Clothing Range in Sizes 4-28

The news of the Day

Today I have been pretty excited when I heard that Kelly Osbourne will be reveiling her very own clothing range called “Stories by KO”.

Getting a bit sidetracked: “Don’t you remind me of someone?”

I have, except for some of her particularly weird phases, always liked the style of Kelly Osbourne.

Although I had my own weird phases. And for a particular time I remember that I kept getting told that I would look just like her… Although I guess that was mostly a thing of being  on the slightly heavier side and just having somewhat similar hair styles. Looking back though, they had a bit of a point

Image Source picture on right http://www.j-14.com/posts/10-stars-who-were-seriously-bratty-teenagers-18401/photos/stars-who-were-bratty-teens-10-15902
Me at 18 & Kelly in her teenage years*

Back to the topic

The clothing range. What is particularly special about it, is that it will range from a UK size 4-28 (US 0-24) and with that one of the very few clothing ranges that don’t discriminate between so called “normal sizes” and “plus sizes.

“I believe fashion should be fair”

Kelly says that she believes that fashion should be fair and that this is the reason for the size range choice. I guess that she herself has been pretty much any size from a size 4 to a size 20 (if it is right what I have heard) might have also contributed to this decision.

So having had a similar style in the past and now even more loving her recent style I am really looking forward to her range and am excited to see what will be part of it. I hope it will be easily available in the UK.

Thank you Kelly

Ultimately I would like to say thank you Kelly for being part of the long overdue plus-size revolution and bringing us women closer together. This range brings us closer to the realisation that we are all “normal sized”, no matter what size tag we wear in our clothes. We need more universal ranges like this.

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OOTD: A relaxed shopping day in Germany – And a little bit of a rant…

My last weekend was rather eventful. We had been invited to a wedding in Germany. So I took Friday and Monday off and we spent an long weekend in Germany.

Arriving in Germany after a very early 4am wake up and a somewhat delayed flight , I realised that I had forgotten an important part of my wedding guest outfit. There was no way round it – I had to go shopping. Although to be honest I guess I would have done that anyway.

On that day it was not exactly very hot, but warmer than here in the UK. Tired as I was I needed to wear something simple and comfortable, so I ditched a few insecurities & body complexes for the sake of comfort.

I ended up wearing one of my favourite dresses, a Lady Vintage tea dress. It is a shame that they don’t offer this type of dress any more in  the larger sizes, otherwise I would probably own one in every pattern by now…

I combined the dress with some no frills accessories, my trekking sandals from Aldi, which was once again a comfort rather than a fashion choice and my very favourite oversized handbag which I picked up at a sample sale at work for very little money.

For a change I went completely sleeveless, showing one of my non favourite body areas, my upper arms. After I bound my hair in a pony tail, I also bound my fringe back, which I usually never do as I feel it makes my face look too round.

Despite all that I actually felt quite confident in this look. It was also the single most comfortable outfit to wear on a hot day to walk around a new city trying to find a shop that sells what I had forgotten at home. In hindsight I actually quite like what I was wearing.

I would love to say that I showed my upper arm fat, most of my legs etc. and nothing happened. However, unfortunately this was not quite the case.

Within the last minutes of walking back to the hotel, a couple drove past, weirdly pointing at me. They must then have parked round the corner and while they were walking past they were looking at me, in this typical obvious way of trying to look non obvious,  they were clearly giggling about me. There was a time when that would have hit me hard. Nowadays I just don’t understand that behaviour any more.

Over the years I have learned that I can wear whatever I want and my happiness is definitely not dependent on what 1 or 2 random idiots on the street think is funny or not.

I  have absolutely no idea what was going on in their heads. Especially given that they are usally not the most beautiful or “on trend” people either…

The bottom line is, there are idiots out there. There might be some people who can’t fit it in their tiny minds, that there are people that are different. However, this will not keep me from wearing what I like or from what I think is comfortable to me.

It is you that counts. The chances are that for each idiot out there, there are most likely many that either like what you wear or could not care less what you wear as long as you feel comfortable in it.

So I will continue to wear what I like and be who I am, and if I feel like it, I will present my arm fat. If somebody could explain to me what the heck is going on in these people’s little minds, please let me know…