This might not be the newest Bustle article, but as I have been for a while on a bit of a blogging hiatus I did not get to share that one with you yet.
Amazing Babes breaking rules
This great article is once again listing a lot of amazing plus size babes. This time these babes are sharing with you their favourite rules to break. But don’t worry you won’t hear “wearing a striped top” for the four-hundred-sixteenth time. These points deal with bigger things…But have a look for yourself what I mean(to read the full articles for each rule check out the full piece)
Here are some examples of the rules to break and some of the amazing babes I had the honour to mentioned in one list with!
As said above check out Bustle to see the rest of the amazing 15 babes and which rules they will and have been breaking. Not to forget, for each rule there is an additional statement giving you some additional background on why or how we are or have been breaking these rules. Thank you Bustle for the honour of mentioning me alongside so many awesome girls.
What is your favourite rule to break?
Like always I would love to hear from you! What rule do you like to break? Or is there a rule in the list you’d love to break but are still trying to muster up the confidence? I am looking forward to hear your thoughts and about your rebellious acts!
Recently Bustle shared a selection of 35 amazing plus-size women proving that the latest trends are not just for straight sizes but also can be rocked by larger women. I am more than flattered to say that I happend to be one of those women selected by Bustle. This is just a great compliment to be mentioned amongst so many amazing plus-size bloggers and body positivity influencers.
These 34 influencers (plus me) share their favourite trend of the season with you and why they love these trend. If you were wondering what exactly this season’s trends are, check out this gallery.
I always love hearing more about more why and how people choose the styles they do, especially when it is from influencers like those featured here.
Reasons to choose a style can be as banal as just the love of a colour or it can be something as dear to ourselves as challenging yourself to a style that scares you, challenging yourself and your own confidence.
My Autumn OOTD & Why I Love It
The autumn style that I went for, is the stunning dress out of the Holly Hagan range by Want That Trend that I recently bought at the Curve Fashion Festival. Next to the beautiful maxi style the dress is sparkling with beautiful sparkly metal detailing. And if you know me I love metallics, glitter & sparkles in any way, shape or form.
The reason why I love metallics and metallic detailing is that you can still make them work for most occasions while sequins can easily look over the top. With metallics being one of the main trends this autumn I will indulge this season in the metal detail trend as much as I can.
I hid myself for so long only wearing subdued colours and baggy clothes because of low self-esteem and thinking that is what I had to do being fat. This is why I now enjoy wearing some glitter even more. Ultimately I have a lot of catching up to do on bold colours, patterns & especially sparkles.
For most of this year’s I was thinking this year I would not be able to make it to this year’s Curve Fashion Festival. A real shame as I really loved the event last year. There is just nothing better than a day full of fabulous fashion and being surrounded by lots of amazing like-minded fat babes. Luckily Simply Be swooped in as my saviours from missing out and invited me as one of their bloggers to the event and not only that they even went to the effort to send me a little surprise care package for the event.
I and trains just do not get along. So after missing the first train I was finally on my way and tought some lovely ladies who were part of a hen party the secret of putting on makeup on the train which I acquired over many years of commuting to school. Ultimately it is all about the timing and avoiding contact with the back of the seat or any other surfaces – but I guess this is a topic for a whole of a another post. The hen party girls at least suggested I should start a youtube series about this. Who knows, I might ;).
Finally in Liverpool, I immediately dove into the action and like always there was so much to soak in. Tons of amazing brand stands, one fashion show after the other and lots of great talks and expert panels, not to forget so many amazing blogger ladies.
Like always I was busy soaking all this up that I turn into to worst blogger and forget to take pictures of everything. In future I think I have wear some sort of alarm or pay somebody to keep pinching me if I forget to take pictures for too long.
While I am usually a fan for colourful outfits I decided to stick to black for today but not less daring. I felt like it was time to give my Asos crop top another outing which I first wore in this post along with my Missguided skater skirt and yours clothing kimono. All pieces are old season but nonetheless I don’t think that I looked out of date.
Knowing events like this, opting for layers is usually the best option. You never know if you are going to end up in a boiling or freezing exhibition hall. It was definitely a good decision to opt for such a light base outfit. Except when I was travelling, there was absolutely no need for the leggings, cardigan or jeans jacket that I had on me. In fact I wished I would have had a fan on me.
There are times when I do still feel a little self-conscious in a crop top and keep trying to adjust it. I do love this outfit thhoughI just wished I would have been at least a tiny bit more tanned though.
Where I did not forget to get my camera out were those fantastic runway shows. Not only were they showing off an amazing range of bodies but also a great range of ages from a size 16 to 32 from teenager to stunning grey hair all was represented and all looked absolutely stunning. London New York, Milan & Paris Fashion Week take note and learn – this is how you do diversity.
Here are some of the great pieces and stunning models that were on show on the day.
Want That Trend
Out of all the Runway Shows my favourite show & line was the new plus size range by Holly Hagan, in cooperation with Want That Trend. While all the other designers have done an amazing job, I believe that this range has taken it just one step further. It is an unapologetic range that picks up all the current autumn trends in the most flattering and sexy way. But not only that, it is not a separate plus size collection – just a collection. Their range comes in a size 8-32 and makes no difference between straight and plus size in neither style, cut nor price. Well done!
And here we come to the best bit where I can brag just a “little” . Holly actually ended up announcing the launch of the collection featuring a picture of little old me posing next to her in same dress she was wearing.
Catching Up With & Making New Friends
It was really great to meet so many amazing bloggers and plus-size ladies. Being surrounded by so many like-minded & strong women (and men) is undoubtedly the best apecst of events like this. This is not only a great inspiration & encouragement it is also a great boost for the self esteem not to forget a great chance to catch up with and make new friends and acquaintances you meet far too rarely.
A great opportunity to do just that and to round this great day off I joined some lovely ladies including Lolly, Amber, Sam, Freckles, & Nikee eating far too much at Reds True Barbecue in Liverpool. If you love some ribs, smoked meat or a good barbecue sauce this is definitely the place to be. I have to warn you though, come hungry and prepared to take a doggy bag home with you. The portions are as massive as they are yummy.
Yes, you heard right…. I am not sure if you thought about that headline the same thing I thought, but when I read about this event my exact thoughts were “This sounds so random I just can’t miss this” and it did not disappoint.
While I was initially hoping for Charlotte or Hollie I realised that by not having watched any actual TV for ages I had missed about 4 seasons and had absolutely no idea anymore who was or wasn’t part of Geordie Shore. The celeb guest finally turned out to be Kyle Christie from a very recent season and was a pleasant and nice person. Unfortunately I have to disappoint you none of us got mortal on this day and there was nobody “tashing on” to spot anywhere. I cannot speak for his behaviour in the season having missed it, but at least in that setting no Geordie Shore craziness or similar antics to detect. Just a normal lad with pretty cool tattoos….
Now I am actually half tempted of catching up on the seasons I missed.
A Game Of Laser Quest
The game took place in Prestons Laster Quest which is also the home of Escape Rooms. It was a good old fashioned boys against girls battle between Kyle & his friends/entourage he had brought with him and us, a group of bloggers etc and the lovely Steph from Ledigo PR (Manchester’s favourite PR Executive).
It was good fun despite it being stupidly hot at the time. The last time I had played I had done quite well, but at that time I had found something like a “sniper position”. What I mean by this is a somewhat elevated point that most people can’t see well and don’t go past while you can see most of the battlefield. End-result, this time, was that I was constantly taken out in both matches, with a slightly improved result in the second match. Ultimately I placed both times somewhere in the bottom half. However, whatever the outcome was, I had a real great time playing.
A Quick OOTD – This Is A Fashion Blog After All
To finish off, let’ bg2s have a look at what I was wearing on the day, this is a plus-size fashion blog after all… 🙂 I did dig out one of my favourite skirts again that I had actually forgotten for a while, my ASOS CURVE Pleated Skater Skirt (not available anymore) that I wore in one of my early OOTDs along with my Nicky Rockets: “Do You Want Curves With That” shirt that I bought at Plus North.
Loving Laser Quest
All in all a fun yet sweaty day. I will happily play a game of laser quest whenever I get the opportunity, if I am good at it or not (spoiler I am not) it is fun anyway. So if you want to invite me to a match around Manchester, I am game! (See what I did there).
Did You Have A Match Recently?
Like always I am interested in what you have to say. Are you a fan of Laser Quest or Geordie Shore maybe? Who is your favourite member of the Geordie Shore Gang? What activity would you like to do with one of them if you could choose?
One of the best ways to spend a nice sunny summers day is with lots of lovely ladies, great fashion and not to forget bubbly and cupcakes. At the Ladies Day at Bramhall cricket club, we did not only get that but also further entertainment via a cricket game and the chance to contribute to some good causes, supporting the “Target Ovarian Cancer” charity.
Fashion SOS – The Runway Show
The fashion show was supplied by SOS Fashion in Bramhall and as you can see in the pictures they had a great selection of fashion. Mosts runway shows that I would usually attend are plus-size (PSF Days, Plus North). SOS Fashion does however not really offer plus-fashion I was still able to appreciate the fashion as they were showing off some great and interesting styles some of them even bit out of the norm or even a little quirky. I guess I will be keeping my eyes open for some dupes soon.
Here is a selection of a few pieces. I did unfortunately miss some great pieces as there were some issues with the camera which also caused most of the pictures to come out a little bit dark.
Although there weren’t quite what I would call Plus-Size Models on the runway it was nice to see at least a little size diversity, as much as I guess the collection allowed, and to see some curves here and there. Ultimately, it is a real shame that the majority of pieces did not come in plus size, except for one or the other, still lovely, beachwear piece that came in one-size. I ultimately ended up buying a kaftan myself.
You won’t be able to miss the stunning hair. For a few minutes, I actually thought they had cast the models based on their stunning curls, but the more models were walking down the runway it became more and more impossible to find that many women with that stunning hair! These masterpieces are the work of Eds Hair who have salons in Salford and Bramhall.
I actually ended up on one table with Ed himself and his team, a lovely guy. Well, not only him, all of them were lovely. It turns out most of the models have very straight hair and they did spend hours chopstick curling their hair followed by braiding in the sides, leaving them with this lovely somewhat Brazilian looking style. Since then I am really tempted to
Since then I am really tempted to get a chopstick curler myself, with £19.99 they are not too expensive, but I don’t think I would really have the patience to properly chopstick curl all my hair. I have heard of some people using straighteners and a pencil, but I guess that would take even longer. So if I would ever try it, I guess I would rather invest the £20 than try employ one of the complicated hacks I have seen so far.
The only thing that made that day even better were the yummy treats. Awesome little cheesecakes, scrummy scones with cream and strawberries and sweet cute cupcakes. I was so distracted by the yummy food that I completely forgot to properly take pictures, not to forget that Ed (from Ed’s Hair) kept filling up my glass… But we bloggers so often anyway experience events so often more through the lens rather than really being there and once in a while it is nice to forget the blogging for a little while and just enjoy the day.
Ovarian Cancer, Breast Cancer’s Step-Sister.
A great day and a lot of fun for a great cause. I was surprised how little I knew myself about ovarian cancer.
By now most of us are quite aware of breast cancer and how to check for it, but only very few of us ladies are really aware of ovarian cancer and its symptoms and ultimately when it comes to cancer the earlier it is caught the better are the chances. According to Target Ovarian Cancer only 3% of women in the UK feel very confident about naming an ovarian cancer symptom.
So if you want to find out more about ovarian cancer prevention and/or symptoms, check here. If this is a matter close to your heart, you can Text TOVC01 followed by your donation amount (for example, TOVC01 £10) to 70070 or donate here.
What Do You Think?
Which of the fashion show pieces is your favourite? Have you tried chopstick curls yet? And most importantly, where you aware yet of ovarian cancer?