The Curve Fashion Fest 2016 – Runways, Babes & Plus Size Fashion

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.

Fat Fashion Heaven

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.

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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.

OOTD

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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 All pieces are old season but nonetheless I don’t think that I looked out of date.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.

 

Runway Shows

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.

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Picture taken by Gin Fuelled Bluestockings

 

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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!

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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

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Kitty Rambles A Lot & Me At the Navabi stand
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Catching up with Charlie from Gin Fuelled Bluestockings who I first met at the Florentyna Dawn Event

 

 

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.

Have you been recently to any plus size events or are you planning to go to any events? Which event is your favourite that you cant wait for or love looking back to?

 

Lots of love

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What You Should Not Wear… – Fashion Rules

Are you as tired as me of stupid rules about what we are allowed to wear or not? We all have come across rules or even lists of what we apparently should and should not wear. These rules can present themselves in so many different ways:

  1. “Passed Down Wisdom”: that has been passed down from woman to woman like I have been told so many times, that I should not wear stripes or patterns or that I should avoid short skirts, bodycon dresses or generally tight tops.
  2. School’s Dres Codes: Weird rules imposed by schools about what girls (and also boys) are allowed to wear, most of the time claiming the girls would be too much of a distraction to the boys in their leggings or skirts revealing irresistible kneecaps. This goes to so crazy lengths that girls have been sent home from school for wearing leggings. (1, 2, 3)
  3. Social media comments: Maybe you came across the beautiful picture of “What Laura Loves”  in a stunning jumpsuit on the Simply Be Facebook Page which was taken apart by mean commenters claiming she should not wear a jumpsuit as it was unflattering
  4. The Press: one of the most recent examples was the Oprah magazine stating that you should only wear a crop top if(AND ONLY IF as they repeat) you have a flat stomach… I already had my rant about this specific article here

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Simply be has recently put together an eye-opening list of all the confusing rules they came across…

Completely Arbitrary Or Even Plain False

These rules are completely arbitrary and even the assumptions they are based on are sometimes even plain false.  The myth for example that horizontal stripes make you bigger has been debunked in multiple studies. A 2008 study even found that horizontal stripes make you appear 6% thinner than in vertical stripes. Who decided what is flattering?

What Is So Wrong With Clothes That Don’t Slim Us Down?

Even if horizontal stripes would make you look fatter, what is so inherently wrong with that? Why are we so obsessed with “flattering”? Are we plus-size ladies and body-positivity lovers still so deeply convinced that  being big is such an awful thing that it needs to be concealed, hidden?

If we want to move plus size fashion to the next level we have to learn to step away from our obsession with “flattering” and “slimming”. I personally believe that one thing we have to learn is, that flattering is not a synonym to slimming.

Dress Codes – Often Demeaning For Both Genders

It is obvious that for school or the workplace we should all follow some common sense dress codes. Ultimately you just should not wear you clubbing clothes to your school or workplace.

However, a dress code that go so far as to ban leggings, the visibility of bra straps (tank tops/strappy tops) or similar are demeaning for both genders. These rules assume that boys would be unable of controlling themselves in the view of some ankles or a bra strap shame the girls for completely innocent clothes choices

What Can We Do?

When thinking about what we can do about those stupid rules and misconceptions there is one simple answer.  Break the rules, break them at every occasion you get, and be visible doing it. That way we can break down the expectations of us trying to stay invisible and to hide our rolls and extra pounds at all costs. Show your glorious body in whatever you like to wear!

Simply Be Project – Break The Rules

So when Simply Be shared with me their asked me if I wanted to participate in their recent project aiming to break those rules down following  their recent blog post about those rules, I was immediately in. They were so nice to supply me with some pieces from their line to go and break some rules. A project right after my liking.

Breaking the rules!

So here is a selection of outfits breaking all the rules I could think of featuring past outfits and the lovely dresses that i was supplied by Simply Be

Fat Girls Should Not Wear Maxi Dresses

Halloween Backdrops for photographyLace Trim Jersey Maxi Dress – Simply Be*

barefoot collage with shadowFatPhRocks  – Dress Eddie Dress In Purple*
Belt: 
Accessorize – Old Season
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Fat Girls Should Not Wear Short Dresses!

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Club L Plus Size Lace Panel Peplum Dress – Asos Curve
Shoes – Deichmann
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Fat Girls Should Not Wear Tight Clothing

Boohoo Nadia Zip Front Dress & Embossed HoodieNadia Blue Front Zip Dress – Boohoo*
Plus Nadia Embossed Sleeeve Hoodie – Boohoo
Mid Heel Pumps Electric Blue – Ebay
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Fat Girls Should Not Wear Bikinis/Expose Their Stomachs

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Mary Of Sweden High Waisted Bikini Brief – JD Williams

Magisculpt Tropical Print Plus Size BikiniMagisculpt Tropical Bikini – Simply Be

Fat Girls Should Not Wear Busy Patterns

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Anna Scholz Print Peplum Dress – Simply Be
Gold Pumps – Deichmann
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Leggings – Simply Be

Fat Girls Should Not Wear Skinny Jeans


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Body – Boohoo
Skinny Jeans –  very old season George at Asda
Stiletto Plateau Heels – Deichmann
Grey Clubmaster Glasses* – Specspost
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CpLV3jRKimono: Fringed Multi Tropical Print Sheer Kimono – Yours Clothing
Top: Black Ribbed Cotton VestYours Clothing
Denim Leggings: Simply Be sale item
Shoes: Deichmann sale item
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Fat Girls Should Not Wear Jumpsuits

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Shoes: Missguided £24.99
Belt: Accessorize (Old Season)
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 Fat Girls Should Not Expose Their Upper Arms

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Vintage Dress – Lady Vintage
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Fat Girls Should Not Wear Crop Tops

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Final Words

What Do You Think?

Which “rule” is your personal pet hate? Do you have a favourite rule-breaking outfit? I would love to see it! Why do you think we are so obsessed with “flattering”? I would love to hear from you!

 

Lots of love

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Buy My Wardrobe – Monochrome Simply Be Tunic

I am having a spring wardrobe clean out. So keep your eyes open I will be over the next few weeks selling quite a few lovely pieces that all still have many, many more wears in them that are looking for a new loving home.

Monochrome 60s Style Tunic/Dress

The first piece I am  selling is this lovely  Simply Be Tunic/Dress on ebay. It is a size 26 (EU56, US22) and as good as new.

Simply Be Monochrome Tunic

The monochrome 60s style tunic has only been worn a handful of times and is currently in an auction on Ebay. It is part of the “Simply Be bepoke” range and looks amazing with leggings but  is also long enough to be worn on it’s own as dress and looks great in both ways.

Simply Be Tunic

It is on sale on ebay. The auction will end on Sunday the 21st of February 7:30pm. To bid just drop by here.

Parting With My Wardrobe On Ebay

On the same ebay account you will soon also find all the other pieces hat I am going to part with, so keep checking back if you like my style.

You are not a size 24/26?

Most of the pieces that I will be selling are going to be a 24 (EU 52) or 26 (EU 54) but I also will have the one or other piece available in the Sizes 20 (EU 48) and 22.

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#MAAfterDark – It’s All About The Party Dress

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 #MAAfterDark – The Event All About The Party Dress

If you follow my blog you will have seen several excited posts leading up to #MAAfterDark. The Hashtag stands for Manchester Arndale After Dark and was an event organised by the Manchester Arndale center all about the perfect party dress and looking glam during this party season.

This evening brought 18 amazing Mancunian blogger babes together as well as special guest and competition judge Victoria from Inthefrow, who you can see in the bottom left in the below image collection.

An Inclusive Event

As I had mentioned in my very first post leading up to this event that I absolutely loved, that is was one of my very first inclusive events. This means here no distinction was made between “normal” fashion blogger and plus-size bloggers. It is nice to be surrounded by lot’s of amazing plus-size ladies and to feel all the support but it is also amazing  to once in a while to be recognised as simply being part of the “fashion scene” and not only plus size.

This inclusive nature of the event was not only reflected through the bloggers that were invited, but also by the represented shops, showing off their current party fashion, with Simply Be, Yours Clothing & Evans having rail space – and I fell in love a few times that evening.

 The Task

Each of us bloggers had been paired beforehand with one of the many retailers in the Arndale Center and given the same task: find your perfect party dress. Finally the best 10 party dresses would be chosesn by a jury. I was paired with the lovely Yours Clothing.

 

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But let’s get to the important part: finding my dress. I was very excited to be paired up with yours clothing, as it is a brand I very much support. Not only do they offer clothes in a large sizing range (up to a 32) but they are also quite affordable compared to others while still on trend.

So last I week,  I set foot in to their yours clothing branch for an epic shopping sessionarmed with a shopping voucher given to me by the Manchester Arndale center. You can read more about this in one of my latest posts here. The last contenders were these three dresses:

Choosing The Dress

Before I went I had a look online and was dead set for the lace skater dress, especially as skater dresses are usually my go to party dress. However, if there is one thing I have learned over the last few months blogging, then it is always to try new things. And ultimately I liked the dress, but I felt I looked a bit unbalanced and bottom heavy in it, with relatively little fabric on the top and the poufy skirt on the bottom.

 

So I tried the sleeveless 20s style flapper dress in the middle. The 20s are currently very much on trend and this dress had been recommended to me by the Yours girls at the Plus size awards. I loved it on the hanger and although I liked particularly the fringes and had lot’s of fun shimmying for the camera I believed it did not really do my shape justice.

 

Finally I tried the lace shift dress in combination with a sparkly silver belt, the silver version of the golden belt that I had worn for the Plus Size Awards. To my surprise that combination really convinced me. The short sleeves seemed to really balance my uppper body and the belt nicely took my waist in to create a lovely hourglass shape. The length is perfect for the office when combined with leggins and shows just about the right amount of leg in it’s night look when combined with

The Accessories

With a lovely simple dress like this you can go all out and sparkly on the accessories. And this is what I did. I went for a sparkly silver belt, in combination with a black clutch with silver studs. Luckily I even had a pair of Deichman plateau heels that almost perfectly matched the studs in the bag.

The best thing about this was though that my £100 did not only pay for the dress, but also for all the accessorie: the handbag, the belt, the earrings and the bracelet and that with money to spare. I would say that was a pretty good deal. Interestingly enough, looking at the hangers when coming in, I appeared to be the only one who accessorized the dress out using our budget.

The Styling

After  having a first look at the new party wear collections, a nice prosecco and some nibbles. It was time for beautifying. I got the perfect classy and simple yet effective makeup to match my dress together with the most amazing curl and updo I have had in a long time I really loved what the stylists did.

My Final Look

Black Lace Swing Dress With Contrast Insert* –  (£34) – Yours Clothing
Black & Silver Diamante Across The Body Bag* –  (£20) -(Yours Clothing*
Grey Glitter Thin Belt*-  (£7) Yours Clothing
Bracelet* –  (not on site) – Yours Clothing
Earrings* – (not on site) – Yours Clothing
Shoes – (old season) – Deichman

I am really, really happy with my final look. Individually all things were great, the hair is absolutely amazing but together they are just a killer style. I so love what the stylist has done with my hair, the makeup was subtle but effective and matched the style of dress very well, I just know if I would have done it myself I would have overdone the smokey eye once again.  And finally the sparkly accessories give this simple look the perfect dose of glamour.

#MAAfterDark – The Competition

The jury had a very close look and intensive discussion about the dresses you can see in the group shot. Finally the 10 dresses below were crowned the top 10 party dresses of this season.

 

These dresses will be displayed in the Arndale Center and here on their website. You can win a voucher for £100 yourself by voting for which one is your personal favourite. Vote here. You can have a closer look at these dresses here, and also enter the competition.

 

Which Dress Would You Have Chosen

Which of the 18 dresses is your favourite? You can have a closer look at them by clicking on the image to enlarge it. Which one is your favourite? Do you agree with the Jury or would you have chosen differently? And which one is your absolute favourite?

Lot’s of love.

 

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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

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:

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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