Battling With One Of My Plus-Size Insecurities – The VBO

Girl Geek In A Dress In Plus Size Boohoo Nadia -Shoulderfree Front Zip Dress In Blue

The Boohoo Plus Size Cooperion With Nadia Aboulhosn

I am pretty sure that most of you have heard in one way or the other about the Nadia Aboulhosn Plus Size Range Boohoo recently brought out in cooperation with the blogger.

I really do love the range. It is bold, a bit edgy but not over the top or slutty. It has just a lot of fierce pieces, that are unapologetic for being plus size. In short exactly what the plus-size fashion scene needs more of.

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From Top Left To Bottom Right:
Nadia Crop Top With Zip

Asymmetric Crop Top and Skirt Co-ord
Off The Shoulder Asymmetric Maxi Dress
Embossed Sleeve Hoodie
Crop Top & Mini Skirt Coord
Off The Shoulder Zip Front Dress
Split Shoulder Dress
Long Sleeved Panel Dress

As much as I love the pieces though, there is one issue with them. A very large proportion of the range are very close cut to tbe body, many of the dresses are in a bodycon style. Ultimately there is nothing wrong with this, but for some of these  pieces you either have to be happy to show and own your “VBO” (Visible Belly Outline) or size up.

Big Body Confidence Steps – VBO A Step I Have Not Made Yet

For most of the range I would advise to size up, but as I am a size 24, which is as large as Boohoo’s Plus Size Range goes, my only option was to own up to my VBO. I have come far in my time blogging accepting myself and my body, owning my bare arms,  strapless jumpsuits and even my very first bikini (the full post has been lost, but I’ll rewrite it soon)

However the VBO is just one of the things that has been a bit difficult for me to own up to and I (on myself) simply do not find attractive and a good style to wear out. This is not a generic statement, expressing that no-one should. If you are happy showing the world your VBO I salute you, please please do it. I personally battle with myself if it comes to this

So despite immediately falling in love with the Nadia Off The Shoulder Zip Front Dress* below in blue (which is also available in black), I had it lying around here for quite a while till I mustered up the courage to share it with you guys.

Plus Size Nadia Off Shoulder Front Zip Dress black & blue

 

It looks really amazing on Nadia. On me though I was not quite sure what I thought about it. I loved it too much to send it back but was unhappy enough with it to hesitate sharing it with you or being ok wearing it outside. What do you think?

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Plus Size Shoulder Free Front Zip Dress Sporting My  Visible Belly Outline (VBO)

Nadia Blue Front Zip Dress – Boohoo*
Mid Heel Pumps Electric Blue – Ebay

I am not too happy with the way it it at the moment and would not wear it on its own, but my issue is that I am at the very edge of their sieizes. If you are either happy with your VBO or able to size up, this dress will look absolutely stunning on you. And now the dress has even been reduced to only £12

A Sportier Look With The Nadia Embossed Hoodie

 

Boohoo Nadia Plus Size Range

 

 

I hoped that help for my issue with the VBO would come from another piece I really  from the Nadia Range, the Embossed Sleeve Hoodie. While it can be worn like your traditional hoodie, this one is quite a bit more stylish than the average hoodie and is perfect to give your favourite short to medium dress a more sporty look. In the campaign itself Nadia is wearing it with the Split Shoulder Dress (now reduced to £5!).

Boohoo Nadia Zip Front Dress & Embossed Hoodie

Nadia Blue Front Zip Dress – Boohoo*
Plus Nadia Embossed Sleeeve Hoodie – Boohoo
Mid Heel Pumps Electric Blue – Ebay

Finally Adding Some Leggings

Ultimately I also added some leggings to the outfit. The dress it great to show of a nice pair of  plus-size legs, but as short as this dress is, it will almost definitely lead to chub rub on said plus-size legs without a pair of tights. I personally am one of those people who don’t get away with wearing a dress without tights or leggings. A pair of leggings can also work with the hoodie transforming this dress made more for a night out to an even more sporty look, but see the two different looks yourself below.

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Nadia Blue Front Zip Dress – Boohoo*
Plus Nadia Embossed Sleeeve Hoodie – Boohoo
Grey Leggings Simply Be 
Mid Heel Pumps Electric Blue – Ebay

Maybe I’ll soon be fitting in the dress a bit better. I am currently working on getting a bit fitter again after I have noticed that I am out of breath again a lot quicker and my blood pressure has gone a bit up. The additional exercise and looking a bit more after what I eat, has lead to some weight loss, and so maybe continuing the weight loss I might reach a fit with which I might actually be happy wearing the dress out.

 

What do you think?

Do you dare sporting a VBO? Do you think I should drop my insecurities and wear the dress out as it is? Do you prefer the dress with our without leggings What do you think about the Nadia range?

 

Lots of love

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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.

 

 



Simply Be Spring/Summer 2015

A while back I was lucky enough to attend the Simply Be Spring/Summer Preview. This was an absolutely amazing event in an impressive London penthouse, involving some lovely wine, yummy canapés, a stunning new Spring & Summer collection and lots of lovely plus size blogger babes.

 

Simply Be SS15 UK Plus Size Blogger Event

 

If you follow my Instagram you will have most likely been able to follow the events on this day as it happened and will already have gotten a glimpse into the new Simply Be collection, if not, even the more of a reason to follow me on Instagram.

 

 

I so hope the bikini top will come up to a G-Cup. #SimplyBeSS15 #preview #plussizeswimwear #plussize

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Simply Be’s have by now even added a video of this preview day on their youtube channel so that you can get a first hand impression of the event in moving pictures if you pay enough attention you can even glimpse of me wearing one of my favourite Missguided dresses in this video.

 

 

 My Favourite Trends & Pieces

While then these styles were merely a preview, these lovely pieces are now, bit by bit, making their way into the Simply Be online shop. A good occasion to give you  a bit of  a closer look at the collection and my favourites.

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While I am not really a fan of this years florals I am very much in love with the the clean bright colours in an almost candy colour range in combination with clean strong cuts as well as the simple monochrome styles with a hint of 60s. And lastly not to forget I like the denim. For some reason it has recently not been easy to find a nice plus size denim jacket.

 

Monochrome

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From top left to bottom right:

Mono Blazer
Crepe Tennis Skirt
White Textured Skater Dress
Chunky White Necklace
Asymmetric Zip Skirt
Scuba Prom Skirt

Candy Colours

Candy Colours

 

From top left to bottom right:

Crepe Tapered Trousers
Brushed Mint Textured Coats
Denim Babydoll Dress
Pleat Midi Skirt
Purple Crochet Pencil Skirt
Yellow Ladder Trim Midi Dress
Colour Block Winged Bag

Denim

Denim

From top left to bottom right:

Denim Jacket
Patch Skinny Jeans
Denim shirt

Great Swimwear 2015

The one thing though that absolutely stood out to me is the Swimwear. This year simply be have really outdone themselves with their swimwear. Great colour combined with vintage lines.

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Colour Block Bikini
Polka Dot Bikini
Sports Swimsuit
Mesh Swimsuit

What is great about these swimsuits, at least some, is that Simply Be also thought of us busty ladies when designing them. Wearing a G-Cup I am simply not able to wear a “normal” swimsuit without proper cups and/or under-wires. My mom always called it “pancakes” what swimsuits without proper cups would do to a large bust. No desirable shape… The black mesh swimsuit is one of those good examples, as it contains fixed foam cups supporting and keeping the bust in shape.

 

My absolute favourite piece is the monochrome one piece below which will instantly transform you into a plus size bond girl.

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Retro Swimsuit

But also the Bikinis are not to be scoffed at.  After I made a great step of confidence and bought my very first Bikini last year (read more about this here) I might be buying Bikini number 3 and 4 this year…

What Is Your Favourite?

Which one is your favourite piece? Did you get one of these lovelies already

 

Lots of love

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The Holidays Are Over – Back To Work

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A Little Break – From Everything

Hi Everyone, the Holidays are over and I din’t only take some time off work but also off blogging.

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Even though I would have loved to do lots of blogging, to be honest I I very much needed the break and had not much of a choice as a mixture of a bad back, tooth problems and exhaustion practically forced me into the horizontal position.

This year was a good year but particularly the last few months have been particularly hard on me and have taken their toll. Next to the stress and the health issues I have been pratically exhausted and almost literally fell into bed for four days with only a short interruption for festive activities.

Festive Activities

As you might have heard I unfortunately wasn’t able to get home to my family in Germany for Christmas – which added to whole of “me not feeling great” mix.

At least I had a great “surrogate Family” for my Christmas as I was invited by Irene, a uni friend, and her lovely family to be part of their festivities. So in the end I had an absolutely amazing, typically British, Christmas with the most amazing Christmas dinner with the most dazzling table decoration I have seen so far.

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Please excuse the whimsical frame etcetera, but you should never leave me alone with certain picture manipulation programs that have silly holiday functions

A Quick Look At The Festive Fashion

I chose to wear my Club L Sequins Dress in black from Asos which I got a while back as one option for our office Christmas party. I love the dress but it is really a bit short for ever wearing it without leggings… I really love the style of Club L and Asos has currently quite a few Club L bargains in their winter sale. Including some items that are part of my wardrobe.

Coming back toe the dress though, the meantime I have also bought the dress in silver, just because I love the dress so much.Soon I will give a look at this one too as I plan an outfit post on the two dresses within the next days.

Sequins proved to be a good choice as it turns out that Jen, Irene’s daughter, also had chosen to wear a lovely sequins dress and luckily she agreed to take a picture with me for my blog.

Lisa & Jen

I love the skater dress she is wearing. If anyone of you has seen anywhere a similar dress in plus size let me know. I would love to have sequins skater dress.

Oh A Fez!

On the way out I discovered a Fez on in their hallway. There is no way I would have left the house without a picture…. Why? As I am (thanks to my lovely friend Jess, as she pointed out 😀 ) am a close to obsessed Doctor Who fan… and you can not come across a fez and not take a picture as a whovian…

So here it is:

Lisa & Jen fez

 

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

How was your Christmas? Did you celebrate with your loved ones or did you have an alternative Christmas like me?

I hope you had great Holidays and if you are back in work like me this week I wish you a great start back into worklife and otherwise I wish you an amazing time off – either way, enjoy the last few days of 2014 and have a great start into 2015.

Lot’s of love

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 As a little bonus:

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Merry Christmas With Ann Harvey

Merry Christmas

Hello Everyone I would like to wish you all a very happy Christmas with one of my recent favourite festive outfits.

It has recently been a bit quiet around here as I have been a bit ill the past few weeks and uber busy at work, but I very much hope this is going to get much better very soon…

Dress – Ann Harvey Baroque Print Dress* (Was £45, Now £22.50)
Leggings – Simply Be
Shoes – Deichman Winter Sale
Shawl – Generic Ebay

How I Will Be Celebrating

Theoretically for me as a German, yesterday the 24th would have been the most important day of Christmas. However, when in rome… So today I will meet up with a good Uni friend and will have Christmas with her and her family as I unfortunatelly could not make it home for the holidays this year.

The Ann Harvey Baroque Print Dress*

I am very much in love with this festive Ann Harvey Baroque Print Dress*. Initially I was a bit afraid that the red colour would not work with my currently pink hair. When trying the dress on I was doubly happy that it did as I absolutely adored the shape even more than I did judging by the pictures of the dress online.

Ann Harvey Baroque Dress Website and On Lisa

 

Although it is not specificly a vintage or a 50s style dress I could not help but be reminded of a mad men style frock. I am not sure if it is my figure or the cut that is doing it, but I am loving it.

Another plus point for the dress is the cleavage. Showing some of your assets off without being too revealing, which is always a winner and for a lady with a g-cup bust often quite hard to find. This dress, with the wrap detailing appears to accommodate a larger or a smaller bust alike. Well done Ann Harvey!

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Ann Harvey was one of these shops that just had not been on my radar yet, but I am glad they approached me for this review. Ann Harvey might not become my default go to shop but when looking for classic and above all classy fashion, they are definately the right place

Ann Harvey’s Winter Sale

They currently have a winter sale on, with up to 50% reduction. The dress reviewed in this post is actually one of the reduced pieces. So it might be worth having a nosey around over the holidays. On top of this, if you are a new customer you can make use of a 10% reduction using the code HELLOTEN.

The German Christmas Markets

I last wore the dress to the German Christmas Markets here in Manchester. Every year I am looking forward to it as it is a little piece of home for me. A year without a bag of sugar and cinnamon candied almonds (Gebrannte Mandeln), a Bratwurst and an overpriced mulled wine just is not complete.

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The day was surprisingly warm for this time of year and so I actually ended up wearing just the dress with a shawl and some lovely ankle boots from the Deichman Winter sale, my newest addition to the shoe collection. My shoe collection is slowly getting out of hand… but I will address this in a later post…

Do you have any Christmas traditions you can’t live without?

Merry Christmas Everyone

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