I've been thinking about this post for a while and whether or not to incorporate the various post-event Twitter/blog discussions into my write up...I don't want to put ink in the water, so I'm not going to go into details here; I may write about it separately All that I will say now is that I didn't attend Day 2 (Sunday) following an epic self-inflicted hangover from Saturday night. I feel terribly guilty, not only for taking up an unused space so to speak but also as it's evident that I missed another brilliant day. Anyhow, onwards and upwards!
Images © Big Fat Betty (My OOTD ft. New Look Inspire Monochrome Polka Dot Dress, £19.99, Sizes 18-28 | Make-up by Betty of The Pamperbox)
I'd not been to a Plus London event before and sadly had to miss out on Plus North due to moving house and all sorts, so I was very excited and equally anxious/nervous about attending Plus London 3 last weekend (2-3 November 2013). On the one hand I was hyped about seeing all my fabulous fatty friends again (and meeting new ones), but on the other my anxiety was making me panic. I worry terribly about offending people by not recognising/remembering them and so forth. Anyway, much to my relief and joy...sticky labels to the rescue! Huzzah! Everyone had name tags, which was not only great for when I couldn't rememeber but also for meeting new people.
So, there I was at the Hoxton Arches, donning my 'Big Fat Betty (AKA Sharon)' label and walking into a room full of beautiful people and brands. So many stylish ladies in one place! The nerves went and I actually became quite hyper, which is unusual for me.
Images © Big Fat Betty (L-R: Curvissa - this really reminded me of a vintage nightdress, in a good way! | Simply Be - the boots of dreams | Simply Be - power dress with matching jacket, what more could a girl ask for? | Simply Be - 'Be...' competition)
There were brands I recognised from the offset, such as Simply Be and Curvissa. Amongst the chatter I started eyeing up my new 'must haves', including these luscious red leopard print boots from Simply Be. I then proceeded to hover about Black Heart Creatives, run by the lovely Charlotte and creator of the famous 'fat bitch' necklace - I'm brimming with custom ideas, there are two I definitely need but they may need to wait until post-Christmas as I'm trying to discourage myself from spending money on me when I should be spending on others! I then bobbed 'next door' to Twisted Siren, run by the awesome Alyssa, whom it was a delight to finally meet - one of her necklaces caught my eye but alas was destined for another home, though again I am planning a custom order for her to work some magic on.
Images © Big Fat Betty (Twisted Siren | Black Heart Creatives)
It was great to see some clothing brands I hadn't heard of before, namely Miss Lacy Ltd and Apples & Pears. As with the other brands, both of the ladies were warm and welcoming. I was also impressed by Red Bows Boutique, run by the beautiful Michelle (who is also one of the fab ladies behind Plus London 3), offering a selection of plus size vintage garments; I wish I had spent more time looking at these and trying a few pieces, though I know some other ladies picked up some beautiful pieces.
Images © Big Fat Betty (Curvissa | Apples & Pears)
Though it may have seemed otherwise to anyone who saw me, as I had my head buried in my phone, busy instagram-ing and tweet-ing photos on the go, I very much enjoyed hearing about Charlotte and Alyssa's journeys during their brand talk and Q&A. Unfortunately (in one way) I missed the other brand talk as I had a make-up slot booked with The Pamperbox, who were sponsored by Curvissa for the day; they worked non-stop! I was really happy to finally meet Betty of Pamper and Curves, and even happier with her handiwork which lasted until the early hours. Check out those eyelashes, which Betty applied with ease!
Images © Big Fat Betty (Brand Talk - Charlotte of Black Heart Creatives, Alyssa of Twisted Siren and co-organiser Claire of Monkey See Monkey Do Monkey Wear | The Pamperbox - you can see the results of my make-up slot with Betty at the top of this post!)
Being my typical unorganised self, I paid no attention to the schedule and unfortunately missed some of the things going on later in the afternoon as I popped to a friend's house to prepare for After Dark. When we returned we were greeted by the lovely organisers and aptly named 'chub rub' shots, which were pretty lethal! Bethany (AKA Arched Eyebrow and DOMO extraordinaire) played a fantastic set of music which was just my cup of tea, and that of many others judging by the numerous people dancing the night away.
Last but not least, I was very pleased to discover that Blast Photo were still snapping away in the back room, and was 'dragged' into an impromptu shoot by my friends and fellow bloggers, Lauren of Ladyshambles and Michaela of Cardiffornia Gurl. The fab ladies from Blast were such a joy! Here's what we got up to...
Images © Blast Photo (Big Fat Betty, Lauren of Ladyshambles and Michaela of Cardiffornia Gurl | Big Fat Betty)
Overall the highlight for me was meeting so many positive women and joining in a range of conversations, fat-related and otherwise. I felt a great sense of community and belonging. I hope that there is another event next year, and this time I will get my priorities in order (NOT wine!)...