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Simply Be - The Curve Catwalk and LFW

I'm sorry this is going to be a bit of a round up post but it's mega picture heavy so you can have a good old peruse rather than a read if you so choose (read the words though eh, they took me a while to write. It's only nice)

You may remember that earlier in the year, Simply Be sent Steph and me to London for a London Fashion Week Tall Girl Takeover. For some unbeknown reason, they asked us again which was very lucky because we love them and also we love each other so it worked out beautifully.
Leather Biker Jacket - Simply Be
Velour Dress - Simply Be 
As an added bonus, for London Fashion Week, Simply Be hosted a special catwalk show. With models from size 10-26, The Curve Catwalk was a real celebration of size diversity. Model and diversity campaigner Kelly Knox, summed the event up perfectly in saying “Fashion should not be defined by ability, size, age, colour or gender choice. Fashion is for everybody.” 

Let me lay down for you my top three points of the Curve Catwalk:

1.  The Models - Hayley Hasslehoff, Callie Thorpe, Tess Holliday, Sonny Turner - The catwalk was a smorgasbord of beauty. Everybody was different, every body was different, it was truly excellent how the clothes moved on different figures and heights and personality really does go a long way.

2. The Fashion - Simply Be are one of the more fashion forward plus size brands I could name and they definitely had their fingers on the pulse here. Every look they showed was chic, up to date and, most importantly, incredibly wearable. 

3. The Show Itself - Now I have to clarify here, I've been to very few catwalk shows. 
They're just a thing I've never really been fortunate enough to be invited to, so I don't have masses of experience for comparison. This said, the curve catwalk was a professional catwalk show. The lighting, the venue, the music, the whole setup was stunning.

I hope that this will become a regular occurrence for Simply Be, I left with a shopping list longer than my legs but, more vitally, the knowledge that fashion inclusivity seems to be on the turn.

SO we'd had the fashion - What was next...? The food obviously. And what food it was! I've never been to Sketch before but I'd seen/heard about it on numerous occasions and was desperate to go - Queue Simply Be being absolute babes and making my life by taking us for an utterly incredible afternoon tea. I EVEN DRANK TEA which is unmitigated for me (It was decaf - I've not completely lost my senses). It was a gorgeous experience with gorgeous people and I can't wait to go again - I thoroughly recommend it.

Following a million sandwiches and small cake type things, it was time to hit the street and check out what LFW had to offer. I can honestly say that this was the most diverse I've seen LFW presenting in terms of size; Pictures coming from the shows suggested that the models represented more than just one body type and if the fashionistas we managed to catch on camera are anything to go off, I'm excited by what I would class a very clear shift. If you were there I'd be interested to know if you thought the same...

I make no secret of the fact that Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of the year and it was fab to see statement knits, slogan jackets and bold layering all making appearances. I was head to (very almost) toe in Simply Be as you'll see from my first picture and I felt utterly fabulous - They really are very much on the fashion ball right now.

I had a fab few days down in London with huge thanks to Simply Be and my babe Steph - Occasionally events like LFW can take me very much out of my com
fort zone (I'm just SO Northern...) but I left with very much a renewed love for all things fashion and a real gratitude for the opportunities this blog brings. 
Em x

Curve Fashion Fest with

Where have I been?!? How has it been so long?! WELL I've had a lot going down recently, as you may have seen from my instagram, all of which I will tell you about very soon BUT until then, let's talk about the fabulous day I had at the Curve Fashion Festival.

As I've said before, Curve Fashion Fest is a day long event celebrating all things plus size fashion. The event actually started in the morning but passport control at Manchester Airport (aaaaaaghhhhh!) meant that I didn't actually make it to to Liverpool until well into the afternoon which was a real shame. had paid for my tickets for the day and also very kindly dressed me in this beautiful 
bardot midi dress which was ideal taking into account how indescribably hot I was ALL DAY (I think I had a touch of sunburn...) and how much dashing about I was doing. I'm wearing an 18 here and it was a lovely fit - Loose but still a great shape. It was also incredibly easy to get changed into in a train toilet which is a massive bonus and I think you'll all agree, real USP. 

My lateness meant that I missed much of the catwalk but luckily my fabulous pals didn't, so I was able to watch from the train via the power on instagram. The Very catwalk was SO up my street it was ridiculous, with Autumn/Winter heralding retro prints, pussy bows and oh so much green.  The Very stand itself was HUGE and had some corking bits that I'd not noticed online (Like this biker jacket and these lace hem trousers) so they're well worth a look right now. 
Picture c/o The Curve Fashion Festival Instagram
I spent the day with so many of my favourite people, so much so I'm sorry but there aren't that many pictures!! (I also got to drink some Ice & Easy mojito which is literally the greatest drink you can drink after a day of rushing about - TRUST ME) I'm consistently impressed by how TCFF manages to attract brands and visitors alike with their true dedication to all things plus - Roll on TCFF18!

Em x

The Further North You Go with Yours Clothing

 Becky and I were recently invited to Sunderland for the launch of the fabulous new Yours Store and BOY DID WE HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY! 

The store is in The Bridges Shopping Centre, opposite Topshop (which I'm told is an ideal location) and the staff are absolute diamonds, each and every one of them. You can see pictures from the day on my Instagram and if you're up that way you should definitely call in. 

Until then, let's talk about what I wore.

This is another "not a maxi" maxi dress - A style which I am coming to love this year. It's a soft, thick jersey and is made up of a short underlayer with a draped dip-hem top layer. The ruching and knot detail are what float my boat with this dress - It sits equally as well over leggings like those I'm wearing here as it does with bare legs. I kind of want to say more but it's one of those items that sells itself in my humble opinion. Plus it's only £29 which I think is incredible value for money indeed.

The dress is also available in marl and green so I'm seriously considering ordering it in all of the colours, it's just such a wardrobe staple for Summer. A word to the wise though; SIZE DOWN, this is a 16 and is ever so roomy because of the draping, I'm going to try a 14 in the khaki but keep this one in a 16 for general knocking about and manouvers.

I recently ordered some similar sandals to these from elsewhere and they were epically uncomfortable, so I wasn't sure how these would be but they're FABULOUS; I was on my feet all day and I can honestly say that my feet only hurt as much as any lazy office worker who is generally sat on their arse's would. I didn't realise when I ordered these that the block heel is gold but it is and these really adds to the luxe look of them. Size-wise, these are a 9 and are spot on for me. This said, they are smaller than your average Yours Sizing so maybe size up if you're a larger 9.

The earrings I'm wearing were hugely coveted by me after being influenced by Lovely Danielle Vanier - They're by Suzy Wan Deluxe and are currently the prettiest things I have in my jewellery box by a Country mile.

To counteract my extremely Northern journey, I have three days very much down South next week - Somebody put the kettle on... 
Em x
* Denotes items gifted for review - All opinions are all very much my own.

Ladies Day with Plus Size Brand Lovedrobe

Those of you who follow me on Social Media will have seen that I was a very lucky woman indeed in being invited to a Ladies Day with Plus Size Brand Lovedrobe.
L - R Betty, Sam, Kat, Me, Olivia, Kellie, Becky, Rosie
Picture c/o Lovedrobe
I and a plethora of gorgeous bloggers luxuriated with fizz, canapes and had a generally bloody lovely time. It's so nice at the moment to have a day away from the office, doing the things that I love to do and also having a drink or nine (Please don't ask me about the rest of the weekend, my lips are sealed and my liver is destroyed...)
Picture c/o Lovedrobe
I also had my makeup done by Dean who was just an utter delight - You can see on my Instagram how it turned out (Clue: There were mega borws, it was fierce and I LOVED IT).
Check Wrapover Dress - Lovedrobe
We were all asked to choose an item on the day (Yesssss!) and I was extremely tempted by the Wrapover Dress above, which was a gorgeous shape and ideal for any of the larger busted ladies in my life - Unfortunately the colour washed me out a little but if this comes out in any other colourway (Currently available in stone and white) I will be all over it.
Textured Shift Dress* - Lovedrobe
Instead I went for this Textured Shift Dress* which I have already worn to work on a number of occasions to great praise. This is such a power dress, the shape emphasises a strong shoulder and on me sits in just the right place to be both work and post-work-drinks appropriate.The textured shift dress is also available in stone and a vibrant pink which looked utterly incredible on so many of the ladies there.

As you'll see on the gorgeous picture at the top of the page, there were some extremely snazzy frocks on offer and we all appear to have picked something different. Lovedrobe is fabulous for their huge range in styles, particuarly where dresses are concerned and there is something for everyone. What I will say with Lovedrobe is to be careful with the sizing - In structured dresses with no give (Such as this one) I tend to be a 20 whereas in the dress I chose on the day (a stretchy polyester) I am a 16 - So it varies! 

I had such a lovely afternoon amongst some of my favourite women, all of them strong, individual and independent. A fitting tribute indeed to International Womens Day. Thank you very much Lovedrobe, you really know how to show a girl a good time!

Em x

Return to Retro - F&F AW15

Whilst I was in London last week, I accompanied my beautiful friend Becky from Mrs Bebe Blog to the F&F Autumn Winter 15 event.

***Brief disclaimer here with regards to me attending this event, lucky doesn't cover it, if there was a less clich├ęd way of saying #blessed in caps, bold, size 72 I would be saying it right now.***

To put it in perspective, this is Paloma Faith, you may have heard of her. She's a bit amazing and she sang us two songs and I got tears in my eyes because this kind of stuff does not happen to me guys.

The setting was stunning, I've never been to The Savoy before (Well why would I, I'm a peasant) and it is breathtaking (Was going to write something about how the toilets were bigger than my house but decided against it seeing as this is a pretty classy post innit) We were wined and dined beyond my wildest dreams, and FYI I had two different types of salmon sandwiches.

Then to the catwalk where, if my mind wasn't already blown, it certainly was by the end. Described as "a nostalgic wander back to the Seventies, blurring the line with late 1960's fashion styles", the F&F AW15 season is stupidly in line with my aesthetic.

Camel, rust, teal and mustard are basically the key colours of my existing wardrobe so finding out that I'm on trend is a great feeling.

Layering was key with so many of the looks,  patterns and colours were contrasted and I love the mix of textures: Chiffon with leather, suede with lightweight woolen roll necks. I'm a big fan of how the tailoring of the trousers above gives a masculine edge paired with brogues but would look equally as stylish with pointed courts.

I actually audibly gasped at the print of this blouse. Can you imagine it with a button up denim skirt and tan clogs...? Because I can and now I can't stop thinking about it... It's just so fun and vibrant.

Burgundy wool with brown leather just works so well, I'm not sure I could rock the bralett over roll neck vibe but I could certainly go for a leather mini and this faux fur accented coat is just so decadent i don't feel like I'll ever be fully dressed without it.

This geometric print dip hem tunic dress is exceptionally wearable and the way it had been styled with a roll neck jumper has got me craving Autumn SO HARD. I also fell hard for a stunning pussy bow tea dress in rusts and oranges, and a glorious shearling coat which seriously made me weak at the knees. 

Now I want to say here, the venue was glorious and the clothes are just stunning so it was almost too easy to forget that F&F is a highstreet retailer. With a full length camel coat at £59 and chiffon pussybow blouses at £16, this is a range for both high end fashionistas and the likes of little old "which fork do I use for a macaroon" me alike.  

I've honestly never been so excited about a range, the colours, patterns and pure versatility of it all makes me want to hibernate through Spring and Summer. I can't wait to get my mits on it, a number of limited edition pieces are already available online but keep checking back for more and expect to see me in a fair few of them!

Em x

Tea time with Tess

You'll have seen me in Yours clothing on a number of occasions - Fast, Fun and affordable, Yours clothing cater for sizes 14 - 36 and have become the brand to watch for me of late. (It helps that they now have a store in almost every big city so I can TRY STUFF ON. What a delightful novelty!)

Last week, I was a very, very VERY lucky little girl and was invited to join Yours for dinner at the exceptionally glamorous South Place hotel with...(wait for it)
...the incomparable Tess Holliday.
You can't not selfie with Tess - She's stunning.
If you watched Plus Size Wars on Channel 4 recently, you will have seen the managing director of Yours, Andrew Killingsworth, talking about (amongst many other fabulous things) the positive influence that Tess has had on the plus sized industry as a whole, so it's no surprise that in 2014, Tess became the face of Yours.

Tess is a plus sized model and inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people around the globe who have found support in her #effyourbeautystandards movement. At a size 22, she is the only woman of her size to have a major modelling contract and after meeting her I can testify to the fact that anyone who thinks that using a size 22 model won't sell clothes is very, very, VERY wrong. Tess is utterly stunning (I coveted her hair to a stupid extent), unique, saucy and a real presence. I'm thrilled to have spent an evening with her.

Now on to the clothes and I can honestly say that Yours are doing themselves proud with their Spring/Summer 15 looks. I have to share my favourite pieces with you because as much as I want to, I can't keep them all to myself:

Yours Clothing

Yours Clothing

Playful Pastels does exactly what it says on the tin, a beautiful Summer wardrobe of pastel florals, denim staples and metallic highlights. This floral skater skirt ticks so many boxes for me, I can see it with a bardot top and sandals (maybe the holographic ones above...?) on a warm evening. And UGH this necklace - IT IS PERFECT, (Plus I've just noticed that it's 3 for 2 at the moment...)

Yours Clothing

Yours Clothing

Urban Jungle takes inspiration from the 70s (Yesss), mixing tropical brights and monochrome in a range which I couldn't keep my grubby little mits off. I've never been fully behind fluro colours but just can't stop thinking about this lime green top, so I may be a Nu raver yet! I also really like the printed trousers, it's been so long since I wore acceptable Summer trousers (e.g not ones that I want to rip off within minutes)  

I can't thank Yours enough for the past week. The passion and sheer hard work they put in to reaching their target audience and ensuring that their customers feel valued is incredible, the praise and recognition that they are currently receiving is SO well deserved. Hurray for Yours!

Em x