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OOTD Pink clove wrap dress.

I placed an order with Pink Clove around Christmas and one of the items I picked up was the Geo print wrap dress.
I thought about this item quite a lot before I ordered it as it’s not really my style, it’s very grown up and sophisticated but I really really like the colours in the dress for winter.
Thought I would do a quick OOTD post about this dress as it’s still only £10 in the pink clove sale!!!!

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OOTN – Rent review by a fatshion blogger.

Last night I went to see Rent on stage at the Hackney Empire in My home town of London.  I have been a massive (pun intended) fan of rent for a while now, I have the dvd of the Broadway play and the dvd movie. When I heard from a friend that Rent in concert was showing in London for 3 nights I nearly had a fit so we booked tickets for the next night. Every which way I have seen Rent my favourite character has always been ‘Angel’, A beautiful transvestite who I think just seems like so much fun and is funny as all hell. I love musicals but don’t really get to see shows as much as I would like. Rent was one that I HAD TO SEE! The songs in this show are fantastic and there is not a single one that I don’t like which is not something I never say even with regular albums there are usually a couple of dud tracks…not in Rent (I had to sing along to all the songs really quietly lol) one of my favorite songs is “I’ll cover you” a duet between characters Angel and Collins, it’s the loveliest this ever so obviously I was crying like a baby during the whole song, mostly because I knew what was coming.

Seeing this play was one of the best experiences in my personal theatre history. As soon as it finished I vowed that I am going to see it again. 12 hours later I already have plans to see Rent again for my birthday in July in Derby, unfortunately I believe it will be a different cast. 

The voices in this production were absolutely sensational I was particularly impressed with Kerry Ellis playing ‘Mimi’ and Rory Taylor playing ‘Roger’, I have to say that Roger had never stood out vocally for me in the Broadway production or in the movie so I was very very pleasantly surprised to hear Rory Taylor’s voice last night. 

Of course ‘Angel’ being my favourite character I was hoping to be wowed by his vocals… and boy was I. Angel did not disappoint at all which had me smiley like a damn Cheshire cat. After the play finished and I had dried my eyes I headed out to my bus stop with my friend and sister, my sister spotted Ian Stroughair (Angel Dumott Schunard) pop out for a fag…so what did I do??? Took off running through traffic of course!!!! Well worth it it turns out as I got to have a picture with actor Ian Stroughair (below) 

It was definitely a night to remember and will not be my last outing to see Rent. 

oh yeah!!! Just remembered I’m a fashion blogger and not a theatre critic haha.
gonna keep this really short and simple… I wore my glove print skirt that l picked up in the evans sale just after xmas. I wore it with a roll neck t-shirt from new look inspire and a brand new pair of knee high boots from Simply Be that have larger calf widths. I will talk more about the boots in a separate post as they are the first pair I have been able to find to fit my massive calves. Then chucked on my Evans gold studded biker jacket cos its freezing in London at the moment. 
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Plus London market bargain!

On Friday evening I went to the Plus London plus size market evening. I signed up to be a seller and initially I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t think there would be many people as big as I am buying or selling.
I was pleasantly surprised that there was plenty there for me and I made out like a bandit.
One item in particular I picked up before the event even started, I bought from fellow blogger naomi from diamonds ‘n’ pearls.  A lovely beige cropped new look jumper for £3. The day after the event I was travelling up north for a couple days so I chucked the jumper and a scarf I picked up for 50p in with the rest of my luggage.  I was sooo happy with the jumper I ended up wearing it all the time with everything.  Kinda handy that it was freezing up in Derbyshire so I got to wear the hell out of the jumper. I’m surprised the jumper fit so well as its a size 24 and I’m not lol. I’m guessing it was made to be really oversized but I really like the way it fits! 

I think the plus size market was such a good idea there were so much clothes and accesories and I would definitely take part again. I picked up so many pieces that i’m extremely happy with and will be blogging about over the next few days.  
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Christmas Party Dress

I was really kindly offered a dress from Fashion Worlds dress selection and as I already had my eye on a beautiful sequin AX Paris Curve dress it wasn’t difficult for me to choose.

 


I was so excited when the dress came and I was not disappointed at all. Its such a beautiful piece. I like the fact that the sequins are not super shiny which means I don’t look like a disco ball and would be happy to wear it any time of the year.

The AX Paris Black Sequin Prom Dress is the perfect fun and flirty party dress.
I thought  would team this review up with a ‘ways to wear’ post so I have styled this dress two different ways.

I first kept it really simple with sheer black tights and cute black kitten heels from yours.

 I wouldn’t be able to wear this dress bare legged as it comes up quite short on me so I tried it on with a pair of sheer tights and I think it looked really cute.

I am very clumsy with tights especially since I have stiletto nails… the two don’t really work hand in hand together so I tend to stay away from tights.. this was confirmed a good idea when I laddered them putting them on

laddering my tights provided the perfect opportunity for me to find an alternative way to wear this dress as I know after a couple of drinks and going to the ladies room my tights would be left in shreds.

 
 
I reached for a faithful friend, a pair of leggings, which I think was perfect since the weather is so cold and there is no chance of me ripping them with my nails. I wore the dress with black leggings and my Camden boots from new look with a big chunky gold necklace from Primark.
 
 
New look Biker Jacket.

I personally prefer the ‘Rocked up’ version of this dress, I think it all depends on what you feel comfortable in but I do think there are many ways to wear this dress as its another take on a Little Black Dress and is a really nice addition to my wardrobe as I have nothing else like it.

What are you guys wearing this party season?

 

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Squiggles n Boots

Baby Shower Oufit Of The Day

This dress is an ex ASOS item, This year I have been obsessed with the skater dress shape. ASOS has a huge range of skater dresses in their Curve department and I will forever be grateful for this :-)

I believe this one was called the squiggle print, I may be wrong, Its white with black, blue and purple patterns, Its in jersey fabric and is so comfortable and roomy.

 



One this particular day I wore it with New Look leggings and my new New Look Camden Boots

I absolutely love these boots, they have a few variations of these but I personally preferred the black on black. They are called Camden boots and I would simply describe them as heeled workman boots.

I had very simply makeup as I was attending a daytime event and I wore a chunky silver chain from Primark.

 

 
I wore my New Look Biker Jacket and my Washed Leather Handbag from TopShop.
 
I really liked this whole outfit, It was super comfy and casual but I still felt like I had made an effort.
 
Thanks for reading guys xx 
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Ms Curvaceous UK

Ms Curvaceous UK 2013

On Sunday I attended Ms Curvaceous UK at the Camden Centre in Kings Cross.

This event was unlike any of the other fashion/bloggers events that I have been to recently, as soon as I walked in I was greeted with the smell of West Indian food and immediately thought of my childhood, I straight away bumped into some familiar faces which pleased me no end

Syreeta Badu fashion designer, Gemma Cruickshank fashion designer, Hollie Pretty Big Butterfies, and Debz Wannabe Princess
I wasn’t sure what to wear to the event so I ended up keeping the outfit really simple and focusing on the makeup. I wore an Evans skater dress, leggings and a pair of flat brown ankle boots again from Evans

The jacket/cape is from Topshop… and will feature in a future UCantWearThat Blog Post!

I enjoyed the whole night, the fashion, food and entertainment were all fantastic.

There were performances by Bashy, James Anderson, Che Lingo and Afro Beats artist Ezi Emela (who I really really enjoyed)

Ezi Emela – My favourite performance of the night
 

There were 18 beautiful finalists competing for the title of Ms Curvaceous and it was lovely to see them all walking the runway in some amazing fashions from Syreeta Badu, Dea London.

Above are my personal faves from the Syreeta Badu Collection.

 

I was happy (as I always am) to see plus size women being celebrated, I would however have liked to see some even more curvy women in this competition , which I think has less to do with the event organisers and more to do with what the industry describe as plus size… but that’s a separate issue.

 

 

The finalists

The winner of Ms Curvaceous UK 2013
 
All in all I have a really enjoyable evening and am really looking forward to attending again next year, I’m going to be on the lookout for similar event… if anyone knows of any please let me know.
Thanks for reading xxxx
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Taking Shape Vera Cardigan

A new piece from a new (to the UK) brand.

Taking Shape, an Austrailian plus size fashion retailer that are currently trying to establish themselves in the UK, kindly offered me a piece from their range for review.
Initially I was a little worried as they stock sizes 14-26 and I wear a size 30, I went onto their website to have a look at what might fit me. The first thing I noticed about the brand was how grown up and sophisticated the majority of their pieces are, they also have some beautiful prints and fabrics, I was on the look out for something that had some stretch so I had a chance of it fitting. I don’t really do sophisticated and I was happy to find they have some younger more casual pieces. I wanted to make sure I chose something that I would actually want to wear over and over again, a wardrobe staple if you like. One piece in particular that I kept going back to was the Vera Cardigan, it looked so warm and perfect for the weather we are having here in the UK.
My cardigan came speedily and beautifully packaged and I’m so happy it fits like a dream.

                                               

This is yet another example of how many more options we have than we think in terms of what we should and shouldn’t be able to wear. I love trying out new brands and expanding on the places that are available for me to shop in.

 Gotta love a Cardi with a hood #justsaying

 This is a such a great item to have and I’m so glad I chose it, I will be reaching for this cardigan over and over again this winter, Its also great for me as I love layering and this fits comfortably under my biker jackets.

I wore this outfit out shopping in oxford street. I have on a black roll neck jumper from Evans, a tube skirt from New Look, a pair of leggings and my comfy Primark winter boots.

I wore the cardigan again to meet up with a friend for a movie day, layered with a Pink Clove T-shirt and my New Look Biker jacket.

I got the Cardigan in a size XXL which I’m guessing is around a size 24/26, which again just shows that you are not to be fooled by sizing…. the only way to know is to try!

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Outfit of the day… Love this dress by ASOS Curve

First time I’ve worn this dress and I love it!

Last week ASOS has a 50% off 50 items sale… I went on the site and was really pleased to see that the sale carried over into their ASOS Curve department too… One item in particular stood out to me and it was actually something that I had looked at before so when I saw that it was half price I had to snap it up!

love how this dress makes my boobs look lol
 

Its the ‘ASOS CURVE Pinafore Dress In Paisley Print’ I absolutely love this dress, I wore it with a Simplybe bodysuit, and new look leggings underneath. This dress is now back up to its full price of £36.00
I am a massive fan of paisley print and I love earth tones in the winter. I wore this with a pair of brown ankle boots from Evans  and a tan tassel bag from new look.

I wanted to try and dress the look up a little so I put on a pair of tan suede ankle boots with a Cuban heel but as soon as I saw the rain outside I went straight back to my Evans boots lol.

Hope everyone is having a good day x

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Definition Of Size, Art Exhibition- Preview

Bubbling with excitement about this event….

I have recently met a beautiful and lovely woman called Anita Bellamy, we have run into each other at a few of the recent plus size events. She runs a non profit organisation call ‘Plus Confidence In You’.
Anita is holding an Art fund raising event on November 30th which I’m really excited about, I haven’t been to an art exhibit since Logan Hicks was exhibiting in Soho last summer.

 

Being a plus size girl, I am a big fan of plus size imagery and fan art, at the moment I am loving bbw art by Eduardo Santos, who some of you may know on instagram as @edull_ardo who creates beautiful art on amazingly round and curvy cartoon women.

I am so excited to be attending an event that incorporates two things that I love so much.
I have my tickets sorted and am looking forwarding to a fun evening with people who are part of the plus size community and also general lovers of art.
Anita has put in a lot of work to get this evening together and has some fantastic sponsors including Evans, Yours Clothing and Lush Cosmetics.
There will be complimentary food and wine on the night as well as entertainment.

I encourage people to come along and have a fun night out in London, I for one am really looking forward to this.

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U Can’t Wear That…Its too small…

Wasn’t made for me…but guess what…I’m wearing it!

Its pieces like this that made me want to start a blog in the first place. Me (a size 30) wearing a Primark (size 18/20) Jumper

(Don’t mind the rest of the outfit…I’m home today lol)
 

 

This little gem is a jumper I picked up earlier this year from Primark… yes PRIMARK!!!! what is a UK size 30 doing shopping in primark, I hear you all wondering… well let me explain…
originally I started shopping in Primark for their costume jewellery, cute socks and handbags… the things a lot of plus size women buy from shops that don’t stock their size. Then I came across their knickers and as I went from knicker to knicker stretching them to within an inch of their life I decided that some of them would fit my chunky butt so I bought a couple and never looked back! They currently only go up to a size 18-20 in their knickers and the boxer short style and the thongs fit me just fine.. anyway back to the original point….

 
 
This is The point of this post is just that I want to stress just how much more is available to us plus size girls than we think. This is a size XXL from Primark (which I believe is like an 18/20 ish) and I love it.  Its not super tight and its not too short either. Its has a really warm roll neck and 3/4 length sleeves. I love it so much I bought it in the two colours they had available… Cream and Grey..
 
 
I think we all kinda get stuck in the whole “I’m a size **, so that wont fit me” mind-set and so was I for the longest of times, now I like to try things on or give them a good old pull and stretch in the store. I know my body fairly well and can often judge whether something will fit me or not. I’m not saying I can walk into any store and pick up a size 18/20 and it will fit, I’m just saying some clothes that I marketed as ‘oversize’ to a smaller size can work for us too.
 
I just wanna say have a look in places your normally wouldn’t and you may just find some hidden gems!!!!!
 
I would love to hear about anything like this people have found as I’m always on the lookout for new items I can grab and play around with…..
 
Thanks for reading <3


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