Wednesday, 25 March 2015

SS15 Wide Fit
Footwear Wish List

It's Spring! Well, allegedly; the weather is still all over the place. However, there have been a few sunny days, and it's got me thinking about Spring/Summer footwear. I've convinced myself that I need at least one pair of block heels and wedges are always a firm favourite of mine. With that in mind, I've compiled a wish list of some of the styles I've been lusting after; from Clarks, New Look and Simply Be, all of whom have a good selection of wide fit footwear. Don't forget to use a discount code site (such as VoucherBin); current codes include 20% off at Clarks and 25% off & free delivery at Simply Be!

L-R: New Look Wide Fit Coral Embellished T-Bar Strap Heels (PC: 338889583), £27.99 (sizes 3-9)
New Look Wide Fit Yellow Tribal Textured Ankle Strap Wedges (PC: 335924889), £27.99 (sizes 3-8)
Simply Be Sole Diva Platform Sandal (PC: KG189JF), £35.00 (sizes 4-9)
Simply Be Sole Diva Strappy Wedge (PC: KG116JF), £30.00 (sizes 4-8)
New Look Wide Fit Black Cross Strap Block Heels (PC: 338891201), £17.99 (sizes 3-9)
New Look Wide Fit Yellow Leopard Print Sling Back Pumps (PC: 327014885), £15.99 (sizes 3-9)
New Look Wide Fit Stone Embossed Brogues (PC: 331550014), £15.99 (sizes 3-9)
Simply Be Sole Diva Flatform (PC: KG244JF), £25.00 (sizes 4-9)
New Look Wide Fit White Bow Front Ankle Strap Block Heels (PC: 338091012), £22.99 (sizes 3-8)
New Look Wide Fit Lime Green T-Bar Strap Chunky Block Heels (PC: 330827435), £24.99 (sizes 3-8)
New Look Wide Fit Lilac Snakeskin T-Bar Heels (PC: 338068155), £24.99 (sizes 3-8)
Clarks Genevie Bubble White Combi Leather Sandals, £47.00 (sizes 3-8)

Written in collaboration with VoucherBin

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

My Body is Not a Number

Tess Holliday (AKA Munster) has been in the media a lot recently following her signing with Milk Management. In this media frenzy she's usually reported as being a size 22; whether that's the US or UK version, I have no idea, nor do I know if it's correct. But, unlike some people, I don't really care; yep, some lovely folk are up in arms, saying Tess 'couldn't possibly be a size 22', etc. Asides it being none of your freakin' business what size clothing someone wears, or anything else to do with their body, it got me thinking...our bodies are not numbers. You can't look at someone and know their clothes size, weight, etc. Some of my lovely fellow bloggers have agreed to participate in this post to prove just that; a clothes size indicates nothing other than perhaps where you can shop (unfortunately).

Each blogger has their usual clothes size displayed on their photo and below/above (depending) you'll find their blog link and height; some have also volunteered to share their bra size and weight as I also wanted to demonstrate the differences relating to these. I actually forgot to include myself; you've probably seen enough of me anyway, but for the record I'm a size 22-24, 5'7", 42B and currently 20st 10lbs. I share a clothes size with a lot of people, but (generally speaking) not a lot else.

I also don't look like any one of the beautiful women below, because we are all unique. We are not just numbers.

Above: Lucy of Lucy Loves, 5'11", 40D | Charlie of Freakum Dress, 5'5", 40D | Gina of Fat Fit Fine, 5'8", 38GG, 19st | Sam of Feeling Flabulous, 5'4", 38G | Below: Kerry-Ann of Voluptuous Chatterbox, 5'10", 40C, 18st | Kitty of Adventures of a Riot Grrrl, 5'6" | Becky of Mrs Bebe Blog, 5'7", 38F | Becky of Does My Blog Make Me Look Fat, 5'4", 40J

Above: Katt of A Curvy Cupcake, 5'3", 38JJ-K | Lisa-Marie of Diary of a Size 22, 5'8", 38J, 19st | Nikki of Natty Nikki, 5'4", 38K, 15st | Vicky of The Randomness of Twee, 5'4", 38E, 17st 7lbs | Below: April of Vampira, 5'4", 38H-HH | Mookie of Mookie's Life, 5'6", 40N, 20st | Elena of Frivolous Mrs D, 5'8", 38J, 22st | Hollie of Pretty Big Butterflies, 5'6", 40DD

Below: Sarah of Plus Size & Proud, 4'10", 42H, 17st 13lbs | Leah of Just Me Leah, 5'5.5", 46E

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Event: LondonEdge
with Voodoo Vixen

On Sunday 1 February I was invited to attend LondonEdge as a VIP guest of Voodoo Vixen. LondonEdge is best described as an alternative fashion tradeshow, held twice each year in London. Voodoo Vixen had invited several bloggers to represent their brand, gifting each a dress from their range and a free pass to the Sunday daytime and after party events. I chose the Marita in a 4XL, which is a gorgeous blue-green colour with a martini glass print.

I bumped into Abi en route; it was good to see a familiar face and we made our way to the venue together (Kensington Olympia). When we arrived, we made our way to the Hair & Make-up Stand to collect our dresses and then got changed in the toilets. We were told that we had to pick up our dresses by 2pm, and rather than arrive 'extra' early (knowing it'd be a long day) I opted to risk missing the Bloggers Talk by arriving later. I was able to catch the end of it to take a few photos.

I was a bit disappointed that there weren't enough goodie bags for everyone in attendance, meaning myself and a few other bloggers missed out...but at the end of the day, I wasn't there for the freebies.

Hair styling and make-up was provided by professionals courtesy of Voodoo Vixen; thanks Nicola (hair) and Sofia (make-up) for finishing my look! Victory rolls are becoming a firm favourite of mine.

Caption (Above): My Outfit (Dress: Marita from Voodoo Vixen, £63.99 | Necklace: Custom Made by Black Heart Creatives | Shoes: Wide Fit Black T-Bar Pumps from New Look, £19.99)

Now, the dress. Voodoo Vixen have recently changed their sizing and a 4XL is supposedly a 26. This is, to be blunt, completely off; there is very little chance that this dress would fit a size 26, given that I'm usually a size 22 in dresses. All I can say is go by the measurements (a 4XL is a 51" bust and 46.5" waist). I found it to be slightly baggy around the chest and shoulders, but I do have a small chest (42B to be precise).

The dress is currently available directly from Voodoo Vixen in 1XL-3XL for £63.99 and from Simply Be in L-4XL for £64.99. Asides from the sizing issue, it's a lovely quality dress. I think I'll wear it without the belt next time though as it draws unnecessary attention to my waist (and I don't have a small one!).

Caption (Above): Abi of A is for Abi

Caption (Above): Bloggers Talk by Kat of Rock 'n' Roll Bride

Caption (Above): Bloggers Talk, Another View

Caption (Above): Dresses from Voodoo Vixen

Caption (Above): (More) Dresses from Voodoo Vixen

The after party was held at the Gem Bar in Soho, where we were given complimentary drinks and there were various forms of entertainment throughout the night. I really loved the venue and there was plenty of space to sit, chat and mingle. I should also mention that free transport to the venue in Soho was provided in the form of a traditional London bus; not very fat girl friendly in terms of seating, but a fun novelty none the less!

Caption (Above): Fellow Fabulous Plus Size Bloggers at the After Party (Kelly of Adventures of a Riot Grrrl, Chrissy of Dainty in Doc Martens, Hannah of Fabulously Fat Fashion and Chiara, Model)

Caption (Above): Sam of Feeling Flabulous and Chiara

Caption (Above): Abi and Katie of Toodaloo Katie

Caption (Above): Sarah of Plus Size & Proud

Caption (Above): Faith of Music and Eyeliner

As you can see, the day provided an excellent opportunity for me to try out my new DSLR. Chiara also very kindly took some photos at the after party, and Abi snapped my outfit in front of the LondonEdge display stand. For someone using basic settings and a limited knowledge of Photoshop, I think I did pretty well!

Overall it was a long but enjoyable day. It was great to see the Voodoo Vixen collection in the flesh and they certainly took great care of us all. It was equally lovely to meet some bloggers that I hadn't met before, as well as some familiar faces. I only wish I had planned my time more carefully so I could have spent more time looking at the other brands that were exhibiting and made use of a business card or two (I bought 50 in a panic and didn't use any!).

I'm keen to try some of the other Voodoo Vixen dresses in the future, I just hope that a 4XL will fit.

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Review: Plus Size Rings
with Harry Fay

Harry Fay is a family run silver jewellery boutique, specialising in plus size rings. I was excited when they contacting me asking if I'd like to review one of their products as I've never had a 'proper' ring before. By using their ring size guide and a flexible measuring tape, I worked out my ring size to be a US 13; there's no UK equivalent size, but it's one size down from a UK Z1 (US 13¼) which is the size I went for. I chose the ZINNIA (£27.00), which is a cluster sterling silver ring with cubic zirconias. The ring arrived very quickly and I was pleased to find that it was a perfect fit, although I didn't need to worry as Harry Fay offer a free exchange service should you find you need a different size.

The prices are very reasonable and they also offer necklaces and bracelets, some of which match with their ring designs. I'd be more than happy to receive an engagement ring from Harry Fay (wink wink nudge nudge), they're that stunning. Their customer service is excellent too and they also have free delivery. Reading back over this review it might come across as a bit false and cheesy, but I genuinely don't have anything but nice things to say about Harry Fay!