Photoshoot with Velvet D’Amour

Back in November I bumbled my bumpkin’ butt down to London to meet with Velvet D’Amour for a photoshoot. 

I met with Velvet, and MUA Rachel Williamson, in a swanky apartment in Central London. They were immediatly warm and welcoming, with compliments and conversation flowing straight off the bat. I was so nervous because I’d never done anything like this and this was so out of my comfort zone. I was clueless as to what I was supposed to do. Velvet was so vivacious and her energy was infectious, and I soon started to loosen up a bit.
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It goes without saying that I was floored with the results. Red and I had such a time choosing from the contact sheets. The experience was difficult at times; London is a hard place for me and because of my inexperience I felt I inconvenienced people at times but Velvet was gracious and understanding throughout the whole thing. I’m really glad for the experience. Sometimes it’s worth stepping out of your comfort zone and making fun things happen!

Images courtesy of Velvet D’Amour
Hair and makeup by Rachel Williamson
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That’s A Wrap! Featuring So Fabulous Faux Fur Coat

Back in September I attended the Curve Fashion Fest in Manchester. So Fabulous were holding a competition to win an outfit just by choosing something from the rails and having your photo snapped in it. Sadly I didn’t win it but I was excited to find this Faux Fur Shawl Collar Wrap Coat (phew!). They didn’t have my size at the time but it still looked pretty cute.

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I wasn’t able to get my paws on it until just recently, but luckily we got a second wind of cold winter weather so I didn’t lose my chance to wear it. I have been pining for a fur trimmed pea coat style for so long, but most brands like Collectif and so forth don’t even acknowledge anything close to my size. 

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The coat itself is a lovely soft wool and fully lined. It’s actually a little more flurry looking than the photos suggest. I don’t personally like the belt that comes with it. I feel a bit like a link of sausages in it so I choose not to wear it with it. The faux fur collar is super soft and I feel like a real luxury bitch in it. 

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I did have to size up. Mostly because, while it fit great on top, the bottom buttons were straining and I didn’t think they’d last too long. Plus I wanted a coat to actually cover me if I was forking out for a new one! It meant I did have to compromise on a nicer fit on top but at least it’s not snug. 

My only disappointment with it is that while the fur collar is detachable (hooray, you can create different looks!) some of the buttons that held it on have come off already and I’ve only had it a few weeks. Disappointing for the money you are paying. But it IS a fixable issue, if you’ve got the teeny tiny needles to sew them back on.

Thankfully I didn’t pay full price for it as it has been reduced but it’s a lovely warm coat, and it looks fab. I’m really pleased with it! 
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The Curve Fashion Festival 2015 (part 2)

In this post I wanted to focus a little more on the festival itself. It’s more than obvious I had a great time. But what was actually going on?

The event was held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. As the space is designed to hold events like this there was a noticable different to previous events I had attended, mostly the space. There were wider areas to walk around. However a lot of the stalls were bunched together and it felt a bit like a Christmas market. If you stopped to talk to someone there was soon a bit of a jam with people struggling to get past.

There was a great mix of brands; high end and high street to independent companies. Not just clothing either! There was jewellery, a photography studio, artists, and my favourite: a spa treatment tent offering massages, manicures, and pedicures from as little as £5! After a long day on my feet my foot massage was a life saver!

Andrew Wood Photography had a little pop up studio for you to strike a pose!

With it being such a long day seating and refreshements are pretty important and these were provided with a pop up shop offering sandwiches and hot pasties, as well as fresh fruit, and hot and cold drinks. The seating was ok, but given that this was an event catering to bigger people I think it might have been appreciated to provide better seating than flimsy metal chairs with arms. Not so easily accessible for everyone. But it was certainly appreciated to have a space to take a breather and catch up with friends.
 
Also importantly was everything was on one level, including the toilets, and they were situtated just outside the conference room which was better for disability access and not wandering around a labyrinth and missing out on all the fun! 
 
The catwalk felt quite inaccessable for many that had paid. It was situated quite far back and unless you were lucky to get the side seats you were standing up at the back just to get a look. This was disappointing as attendees were charged to view the catwalks and I felt the layout should have been fairer. 
 
Speaking of the catwalk, this part of the event was the only real disappointment for me. Considering this was an event to celebrate plus size and curvy people the models used by every single brand were thin (and predominantly white too.) Very disappointing that brands who are happy to take our money refuse to use our bodies to represent them. 
 
 

No shade to the models who were all beautiful and just doing their jobs, but I felt it was inappropriate and a bit of slap in the face to have a whole day dedicated to the plus size, only to be let down this way.
Needless to say I didn’t attend the second catwalk.

Thankfully this was the only real let down. The day was a roaring success and a great time had by all. I hope it continues to be a bigger, better event for years to come.

Did you go? What did you enjoy most?

 

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The Curve Fashion Festival 2015 (Part 1)

There’s going to be a whole bunch of blog posts about this event going around by people vastly more prepared than me, who remembered to take notes and photographs. I am no such person. But I do want to make a point of writing more about my personal interactions at the event and I may later blog more about the event itself as there are things I wanted to talk about.
But I’m still buzzing from it all so I wanted to share all the good stuff first.
The biggest part of the day for me was how much fun I had in the company of fellow bloggers, most of whom I had not met before or had interacted very little with. The sense of excitement and community that was buzzing around the room was very difficult not to get wrapped up in.

I had the pleasure of travelling up with Sarah, Tanya, Sharon, and Becky. The night before we attended a swing dance class, with many laughs to be had as well as some questionable dancing skills from fellow attendees, before bedding down for the night ready for our 7am start. The whole day was just a mix of belly laughing, hugs, and excited chatter.

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Before I even had the chance to go inside I became acquainted with a host of new, friendly faces who were generous with warm hugs and welcomes. That was a theme throughout the day. Despite barely knowing anyone it was understood that we were all there for a common goal: to celebrate each other and enjoy a moment that was for us, without judgement, and with love.

I had my reservations; being an new and unknown person in the plus blogging scene, I felt a little intimidated not knowing anyone and seeing the many groups all coming together. But my fears were easily laid to rest as I was pulled in for selfies, lavished with compliments, and chatting so easily with so many strangers.

Amazing dress from Lisa Riley’s new range.

 

Met this fabulous babe, Kat Henry, for the first time

 

Some posi messages from Curvy Kaye’s stall.

 

L-R Sarah, Nikki, Becky.
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Of course it wasn’t all about hanging out and there was a lot of amazing styles to be seen, from attendees as well as on the hangers. While I forgot to snap an OOTD Becky and I were paped by the SLiNK Magazine crew for theor streetstyle tag.

Image taken from SLiNK Magazine Instagram.

I will be reviewing this dress soon so keep your eyes peeled!

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#DearFatPeople: An Open Letter

If, like me, you were unlucky enough to have curiosity get the better of you and you watched the latests video from Nicole Arbour then you may be feeling the same mix of anger and sadness when something liek this comes around, and they do often. I wouldn’t suggest watching it, if nothing else I’m angry at myself for giving her the numbers. 
There will always be people in this world who hate fat people. It is something that has been so deeply ingrained into society, into our mindset, that sometimes we don’t even realise we’re being offensive. 
But that doesn’t mean that we don’t fight, that we don’t support and uplift each other.

So I decided to start a hashtag #dearfatpeople as a means to share your love and appreciation for fellow fatties, to celebrate their strengths and uplift them in the darker days.

But here’s a longer letter for you.

Dear Fat People,

 You have the right to exist without people maing assumptions or judgements about you, your health, your lifestyle, and certainly not your worthiness of love and respect. Asking for common decency afforded to those with a smaller waistline is not you gloryfying anything. 
You are not encouraging anyone to do anything other than treat you like a human being. You are entitled to live your life in peace.

Being fat is pretty political. Straight away the choices you make and the way you look are up for public duscussion. Everyone’s opinions and feelings about the way you live you life are seemingly up for consideration. Suddenly everyone becomes a qualified doctor or nutrionist, and seemingly YOUR personal doctor too. The Univeristy of Google’s finest graduates come flocking to suck their teeth, roll their eyes, and merely point out they are worried for your health, as though they have any idea whatsoever what that means just from looking at you.

So, Dear Fat People, 

You are worthy of love.
You are capable of great things.
You are allowed to love yourself.
You are allowed to have bad days. Be kind to yourself. 

You are amazing!

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Cutting the Mustard

I’ve finally got round to plonking myself in front of a camera as I barely had a spare minute while I was away up north and coming home to the rain, and what a doozie of an outfit. I think it’s fair to say that this is a new one for me. I’d seen a few bloggers working the yellow and blue combo and I loved it. They are both colours I have never really worn before, certainly not together. But I’m really loving it. It’s so cute.

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I bought this dress from Modcloth an age ago as a payday treat. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The material is heavier than I had anticipated. I wasn’t sure about the sleeves on my arms but the more I’ve worn it the more I’ve come to like them. It’s super comfy and hella cute. This is something you could easily pair with other colours though I feel it needs very little accessorising.

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I love the simple detailing on this dress


What I am rather proud about with this outfit is the cardigan. I picked this up from Asda for £8 but I wasn’t keen on the colour and I had plans to dye it. 

Donning some marigolds I mixed up some Dylon Sunshine Yellow and added some Dylon Dark Brown and mixed until I got the desired colour. What I got was this gorgeous mustard yellow. I was super pleased because it has been a nightmare finding a mustard yellow cardigan in my size. So I went D.I.Y! 

It’s worth mentioning that the yellow dye was actually a machine dye I purchased in error but washed by hand and it was fine. You wash it in the machine anyway at the end!

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I finished the look off with some navy polkadots. The sunnies are Primark from a couple of years ago but these cute ballet pumps I just picked up from Asda for a measly £6! Bargain!

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I think my outfit comes Vinnie approved!

I really loved trying out the dyes and I’ve turned my hand to a couple of other cardigans and some t-shirts for work too. With summer coming I can see myself being bitten by the home colour bug.
It’s a perfect way to revamp your wardrobe at little cost!

Do you love a bit of D.I.Y too? 
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#WeAreTheThey: What ‘They’ Shouldn’t Be Wearing.

You’d be hard pressed to open up a glossy magazine and not find an article about what you should and shouldn’t be wearing for your body type. I tried to look and see whether I was an apple, pear, banana, kiwi, pinepapple or whatever. Whatever I am, I’m a fat one, and you can be certain there is a lot of stuff I shouldn’t be wearing. So let’s take a look at some of the ‘rules’ and how I broke them.

1. Horizontal stripes.

I didn’t even need to look it up, it’s been so instilled in me since a teen that the dreaded horizontal stripe was going to have me mistaken for the HMS Elizabeth and I’d have canons fired at me.

2. Mini skirts.

This is kind of another given. Fatties can barely wear anything, if one lives by these rules, let alone something that’s going to show off your lower half. But here’s the thing, I wear a mini skirt basically everyday. Skirt/leggings/t-shirt combo is my work outfit of choice and more often than not it’ll be my day off choice too. 

3. Bright colours.

So I have definitely missed this memo. In fact sometimes I struggle to ‘match’ things but because my wardrobe looks like a packet of fruit pastilles. With my rainbow hair came my rainbow wardrobe.

4. Bold patterns.

Wearing anything that’s going to draw even more attention to your body in general is a no-no for fatties. You don’t want to give people the wrong idea, you know? Like, the fact you are fat and someone might see *shrieks in horror*

5. Oversized/bulky/voluminous clothing.

“Don’t bulk around your bulk” The Stir tells me. You don’t want to wear anything that makes you look big. Especially when you are big. Remember how your fat suddenly disappears under those magic clothes? 

I particularly like this one because it’s breaking several rules at once. It’s oversized, super fluffy, and it’s a bright colour. There’s no way you can miss me in it and let’s face it, why would you want to? I look cute as hell in it. 

The fact is fashion rules are created so bored journalists have something to write about. They want to create a hierachy so that you’ll always have a goal to try and reach. You’ll always be striving, buying into whatever shctick they are selling that week. You want to be like the beautiful fashion elite and wear those things you’ve longed to wear but you ~can’t~.
Here’s the scoop: there are no rules. None. Why are you letting complete strangers dictate what you can and can’t wear based on the fact it might make you look fat. I’M ALREADY FAT NER NER! So NOTHING I choose to wear will change that fact so I may as well wear whatever the hell I want. 

You do you, my lovelies. Just wear it with a smile. 

Some other bloggers taking part you should check out:

http://www.wannabeprincess.co.uk
www.ucantwearthat.com
www.voluptuouschatterbox.co.uk
http://sarahissmiley.blogspot.co.uk
http://myvintageonline.blogspot.co.uk/
www.henryskat2014.co.uk
http://uniquelyfilipa.blogspot.pt/

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