Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Event: AW15 Fashion with F+F.

This week, myself and Em from Terrible Tumbles headed to London for a couple of events. The first of which was at the world famous, and rather stunning, Savoy.

The reason for our presence at The Savoy?  The AW15 presentation from F+F. And what a treat it was.

We were greeted with a champagne reception, and lead through to the lavish room in which the presentation was going to take place.

The stunning Savoy.

As we took our seats, the tables were laid with the most delicious selection of finger food and and beautiful floral arrangements. 


After a few nibbles, the house lights go down and introduced to the stage is only bloody Paloma Faith. I may have gotten a little bit emotional, I bloody love her, and to see her sing live in such an intimate environment was an experience I'll never forget. 

Paloma owning it.

After all that excitement, we went straight into the fashion. Model after model dressed in autumnal hues and 70s inspired silhouettes. 

Now it's worth noting here that F+F seem to have dropped their True range, which I'm going to be completely honest, is no massive loss, it had some lovely pieces but, it needed some serious updating and inspiration. 

A lot of the regular range goes up to a 22 and I am really hoping and praying they think about extended the sizing on their regular range or relaunch True with something a bit more exciting. Fingers crossed hey? 

So onto the fashion and a glimpse of what we can expect for AW15. Thank you to Em from Terrible Tumbles for the pictures, I had an iPhone catastrophe and she had a slightly better position for pics too. Thanks love, you're a life saver. 

Gorgeous russet tones.

LOOK at that leather bralet <3

My absolute favourite, this geometric crop top of DREAMS.

Super brights.

Stunning detailing. 


The only problem with going to these events is a. you wish every day could be as glamorous and b. you start wishing the season away so you can get to the next one and wear ALL THE FASHION.

Monday, 27 April 2015

OOTD: A skirt to Khoo over.

Hahaha I haven't done a pun title for a while have I? Oh well, life is too short to be cool anyway. So onto the outfit. I've been umming and ahhing over this skirt for weeks now. I always do when it comes to skirts, because in theory, I love the idea of wearing them, but in reality, I'd much rather just bang my jeans on. 

I've been watching loads of Rachel Khoo on the food channel lately, and I love her style so much, so this outfit and the title of this post are a bit of an homage to that sexy little fromage. (you see what I did there?).  

The top I'm wearing is actually a tube dress, but it's nice and close fitting so it's quite flexible and can be easily worn under skirts and trousers, it's a super old one I picked up from H&M years ago. 

So, the skirt... the paperbag waist linen skirt is from Simply Be. I'm wearing my regular size 22 which fits just great. It's hugely elasticated, so I probably could have gone down a size, but I don't think you'd get the nice flared line if you did that. 

I wore the outfit with my swedish style clogs which are identical to these ones from Lotta and my new and oh so pretty spotty Cath Kidston bag

I felt a bit fancy Nancy in this outfit, swanning around in the sunshine. It makes a nice change to step outside my tomboy comfort zone. 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Style: Beautiful Bras with Peacocks.

Peacocks got in touch recently to let me know they've extended the size range of their lingerie. How very exciting! Especially given that the lingerie in question is all under £10! Now we all know I love a nice, expensive bra, but we also know, that realistically we can't always run to £40+ for a boob holder. 

The new range of bras range from a 32A - 44D, the bra I'm reviewing today goes up to a 40F and the briefs go up to a size 24. I chose the spot mesh bra in white. With summer approaching I desperately needed a lighter colour bra. 

There's a squirrel in my bra

Long time readers of the blog will know I've had my fair share of bra related trials and tribulations. And I can find it incredibly difficult to find bras that suit my shape and don't hurt me. So to say I wasn't expecting much from this £9 high street bra is a bit of an understatement. Wow. Was I wrong. This is one of the most comfortable bras I have ever worn. Genuinely. I travelled for over 3 hours to London this week, spent the evening out, then the next day spent 8 hours traipsing round London, and travelling the 3+ hours home again and I can honestly say, not once was this bra uncomfortable. I'm astounded quite frankly! 

Now firstly let me issue a nipple alert. They are just nipples, but if you're offended by nipples, please, I beg of you, don't scroll any further. If you do, however, enjoy the sight of lady nips encased in pretty lingerie, then do continue. 

I'm wearing to 40E, I tend to go from a 38F to a 40E depending on the brand. I actually think I could have gone down a backside in this bra as it is quite generous, but given how comfortable it is, I guess it doesn't matter too much. The pretty polka dots and lace trim just make this a joy. This style is also available in black (which I absolutely have to buy), aqua and pink. 

I am really impressed with this bra, as you can tell! If you're looking for a great budget option that won't break the bank, then I recommend you visit the website or your local store! 

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Opinion: My Plus Size Position.

Well it's been a somewhat tumultuous week in fatty land hasn't it? Tuesday evening saw the airing of the much anticipated Plus Sized Wars, a documentary about the ever evolving plus size fashion industry. I was sadly travelling home from London at the time so missed it, but I'm hoping to watch it at some point this week if I can drag myself away from uni work/blog/mummy/housework stuff. 

But from what I've heard it really was a triumph, and thank goodness! All too often plus size women are massively misrepresented in these kind of shows, so I'm over the moon that everyone came across well. Of course there was the usual fair share of idiot mouthing off on social media, but from what I could tell with my patchy signal on the train, twitter was relatively kind.  

And then look what happened... Oh Jamelia, silly, silly Jamelia. 

For those of you who don't know. Jamelia used to be a singer, and after fading into obscurity, she went on to make a career out of being, well, for want of a better phrase, a gobshite for hire.


Which is all good and well, until one day, this day, she overstepped the mark and made some truly shameful comments on a TV show called "Loose Women" (yes, I know, groan). Now firstly, I strongly suspect that each of the panel members on this show is given a perspective which they have to adhere to, regardless of wether it's actually their personal opinion, I think they are paid to be obnoxious and inflammatory in order to push the conversations forward on the show and make for "good" television. 

This aside, and in no way excusing Jamelia, what she said was truly hurtful, uneducated and ignorant. She said that so-called extremes of sizes of clothing (anything below a 6 and above a 20) should not be available on the high street, because "they" should be made to feel uncomfortable. As you can imagine, the plus size community especially was outraged. 

Firstly, it just shows how ignorant she is, because let's face it, anyone over a size 20 knows that it is already incredibly difficult to get clothes on the high street, and you betcha we feel pretty uncomfortable most places we go. 

Oh Jamelia, I can tell you right now, from the age of 6, as soon as I started school, I have been shamed for being fat. From school kids in the playground to my parents who put me on a diet aged 9. As a teenager I was constantly reminded by fellow pupils at school of how fat I was, boys would tell me how they couldn't possibly go out with me because I was too fat or on the flip side, I was sexually assaulted and told I should appreciate it because I wasn't going to get it elsewhere because I was so fat. Then as an adult I have had things thrown at me whilst walking down the street, I have had abuse hurled at me whilst sitting in restaurants, I have had my food choices openly judged by complete strangers and when I have tried to access even the most basic of health care I have been fat shamed by medical professionals. And guess what? I'm still fat. None of these degrading, devastating experiences have had any impact on my ability to lose weight. 

The thing is, these aren't just my experiences these are the experiences of a million other women. These are the things fat women are subjected to on a daily basis. So when some two-bit, vacuous,  rent-a-mouth turns around and wants to take our clothing choices away from us, wants to strip us of such a simple pleasure as fashion, well she better be ready for an uprising. And that my friends is just what she got. 

Oh look, it's one to those fat birds, and shock horror, she's dressed nice!

Debz, from The Not So Secret Diary of a Wannabe Princess came up with the most wonderful initiative. If Jamelia thinks that "they" don't deserve fashion, well "they" will damn well show her we do. And so was born #WeAreTheThey - 1000s of women, standing up not just to Jamelia, but to every person who has told us no, who has made us feel any thing less than worthy of everything in life. Check out the hashtag, and see all kinds of wonderful, a veritable smorgasbord of vibrant, fashionable, intelligent, incredible women show the world that we will not be shamed. 

Image courtesy of Wannabe Princess

My size 22/24 body deserves fashion. Your body deserves fashion. ALL bodies deserve fashion.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Style: Chic styling with Pinkclove.

I headed down to London on Monday afternoon. We had a couple of events on Tuesday so me and my lovely mate Em who writes the blog Terrible Tumbles decided to make a bit of a girls trip out of it and got a hotel for the night before. We visited a comedy club to see a pal of mine perform live and had a few cheeky drinks. 

Tuesday itself was a scorcher in London, so I kept my outfit really clean and fresh. I've been waiting for an opportunity to wear this longline sleeveless jacket form Pinkclove for a few weeks now. 

I wore: Sleeveless Jacket - Pink Clove// Crop top - ASOS// Jersey Peg Leg Trousers - Pinkclove (similar) // Dotty bag - Monki// Shoes - ASOS

I loved this outfit, it was really comfortable, but I didn't feel scruffy. I felt really well put together and a bit, dare I say, classy? I think the accessories really made it too. The Monki bag was a triumph. I wasn't expecting much when I ordered it, but when it arrived I was really impressed, it was room without being bulky and the detachable strap meant I could use it as a clutch or a shoulder bag! 

The sleeveless jacket is a really nice way of adding to an outfit without getting all hot. The layers add a dimension to your outfit without the bulkiness of a full jacket. The material is light and has a lovely waffle texture to it. I'm wearing the 22 and it is true to size. 

I've got loads to share with you from my day in London including all the latest AW15 trends from F+F and some gorgeous summer brights from Yours Clothing. All coming up this week! 

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Giveaway: Curvy Convention Tickets.

I said it was a winning weekend didn't I? My second giveaway of the week comes from the folks at Curvy Convention - A new annual Plus Size convention celebrating the fuller figure, with everything plus size in one location.

The convention which takes place on 16th May 2015, in the heart of London, is a one stop shop for all things plus. From 11am - 9pm you can browse a whole host of plus size fashion designers and brands, watch fabulous catwalk shows walked by models sized 18-24 and take part in workshops including Burlesque, yoga and dance. The workshops themselves are free, but donations are being asked for towards this years chosen, and very worthy charity, Alzheimer's Society.

The event takes place at the at the beautiful St Mary's Bryanston Square, Wyngham Place, York Street, London, W1H 1PQ. A bright and spacious venue that is wheelchair accessible and easy to reach. Details of how to get there can be found on the Curvy Convention website - www.curvyconvention.co.uk 

Tickets are priced at a very affordable £5 each, which gains you entry to the event including the fashion show and all the workshops (which must be pre-booked). If you are in or around London or fancy making the trip, you can purchase tickets on the website.

Before you do buy, if you fancy your chances of winning some tickets I've got six to giveaway to six lucky winners! All you have to do is use the rafflecopter gizmo to enter!

Best of luck guys, and I'm super jealous of anyone going because I'm doing Race for Life that weekend, so I can't make it. I hope you have a blast! 

**This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Curvy Convention UK**