#StyleHasNoSize – Blogger Takeover

Yesterday, Evans, UKPSFW and Bridge Models decided to do an advertorial for their campaign #StyleHasNoSize. Hooray I think to myself a great idea and a great way to show that stye really does not have a size. But obviously, it was all too good to be true. This is the image that represents Evans plus size customers, the UK and generally just a range of sizes. (As that’s the point here – style has NO size). But Alas, this is the picture -

Evans #StylehasnosizeYES! These women are gorgeous, look amazing and are on point. However… one thing is missing here… the fact that they are all the same size visually. The slogan is #Stylehasnosize – well in this picture it does. Clearly just one size by the looks of it. Where is the DIVERSITY in every sense of the word. COME ON guys… this is SO frustrating! so yes, there was an uproar on social media. Cry of THIS IS WRONG! WHERE IS THE DIVERSITY? I CAN NOT RELATE TO THIS! – so yes I had my little say but then decided, along with my awesome girl gang that we would reenact  the image our way. In the same place, outside of Evans in Marble Arch and share it with our friends, readers and followers. This is us.

#Bloggersdoitbetter #stylehasnosize

What I would like to point out is that we all came straight from work, last minute idea and actually pulled this off. A bunch of friends with the same mind set who just wanted to show you that we all have different sizes and we’re all pretty stylish on a day to day basis. But this is representation broader than the original picture and a true representation of people who I perceive as inspiration style wise. Yes we would have loved to include a diverse range of people but like I said, 5 friends getting together, not 3 media agencies with a list of thousands to choose from. See my point here?

Also – a few funny outtakes because you know, we’re real people and all…..

DSC_0698 Stylehasnosize bloggers campaign

Plus size bloggers campaign on oxford street

Bloggers do it better - Evans campaign

and we also tried a hilarious jump-

Plus size bloggers - oxford streetAnyway, we want to tell you that we agree style has no size, but we also wanted to show you. Better luck next time!

From left to right:
Michaela – Cardifforniagirl

 

Fashion: If The Boots Fit

Has anyone else noticed that the UK seems to have forgotten the monthly rules when it comes to weather? I mean APRIL is for showers OK? April is umbrella season OK? Not August. August (incase you’ve forgotten) is for sun; warm evenings with a chilly dusk and sunglasses weather. But, as the weather fairy has obviously been a bit confused lately I’m finding solace in the fact I could actually wear some new boots today and walk without fear of puddles or broken paving.  These extra wide fitting boots from Curvissa are really generous and actually fit with NO issues. I’m a fan.

 

Pretty Big Butterflies - Curvissa Boots Review

Pretty Big Butterflies  - Wide Calf Boots

These leather boots come in a XXL calf fit which goes up to 55cm. I’ve tried to take pictures of the back so you can see it’s one large stretchy panel but as it’s the same colour as the rest of the leather boots it works perfectly without looking out of place. The 1.5 inch heel is perfect for me as I’m not a huge fan of heels in wet weather (for obvious reasons!) and the width fitting of the foot is also pretty generous. I am a size 7 and easily could have worn a size 6 if the 7 were out of stock. I like this as when my feet are warm they expand and it means these boots wont restrict my little toes.  I tend to find knee length boots really hit and miss. I usually need to really stretch and hope for the best when zipping up and it usually means I can only wear tights and dresses because the leg is THAT snug. But these boots have so much stretch I can wear leggings or even jeans with them which means they are going to be a summer staple. Especially with all the browns, burgundy and burnt ash colours coming in for autumn and winter.

Pretty Big Butterflies   - Wide Calf Boots Review

Pretty Big Butterflies  - Curvissa Winter Boots Review

As with most leather boots they are comfortable but will need a bit of breaking in and once they get that worn look they’ll still be on trend for every autumn that they last and believe me, I think these boots will last. As it’s still mild just very wet, I teamed mine today with an Alice & You tunic top (it’s supposed to be a dress but it’s WAY too short for me) and some basic leggings. Super comfortable but I’m loving the cognac colours.

Pretty Big Butterflies  - alice & you Autumn style

Pretty Big Butterflies  - Autumn Plus Size Boots Review

I’d say these boots get a 4.5 out of 5. They are almost perfect apart from the quite large feet, but like I said, nothing to worry about. They are a winning pair of boots because of the super stretchy back. I’m confident these will fit you’re calf no matter what size they are.

Take a look at the other fab bloggers Victoria, Nikki, Emma  and Katie who have reviewed Curvissa boots to see what they think and to get an idea on your perfect pair.

 

#UKPSFW – UK Plus Size Fashion Week – Are you there?

It’s all kicking off in the plus size fashion world. in as many week this is my second post about a fabulous plus size fashion event. This time it’s UK Plus Size Fashion Week in London which is happening 11th – 13th September 2015. It’s all very exciting with the likes of mega US babe blogger Garnerstyle attending for a meet and greet, catwalks, marketplaces, panel discussions and so much more there is so much to look forward too. There was a similar plus size fashion event a couple of years back and it was great, so I can’t wait for this one.

UKPSFW - UK Plus size fashion week - Pretty Big Butterflies - blogger

The event will be held over 3 days and a full schedule of events can be found on the UKPSFW website and will be held at the gorgeous 8 Northumberland Place, London, WC2N 5BY which is just down the road from where the official London Fashion Week takes place.

UKPSFW Garnerstyle meet and greet - pretty big butterflies

There will be a beauty bar for quick pick me ups, styling shows so you can work your own catwalk magic and over 50 amazing exhibitors and pop up shops, plus  there’s a 10% discount on purchases for all ticket holders! Plus, the awesome ess & The Bandits will be supporting the three day event with special performances including a world exclusive of their new single ‘Beautiful’.

 Jess & The Bandits - UKPSFW - pretty Big Butterflies

I’ll be there over the 3 days, so if you’re there come and say hello! Tickets can be bought here – grab them while you can!

Fashion: Street Art

I finally managed to grab some pictures in one of my favourite outfits. Luckily enough it happened to be in the trendy area of Hoxton, East London, where the walls are filled with street art straight out of their imagination. It’s funny how graffiti has changed over the years. Yes there are still mindless scrawling of tag names on random post boxes, but street art like this is mesmerising. Bright, unapologetic, inspiring, eye catching and just awesome. Well, that’s how I see this piece of art in Hoxton and it’s how I view todays outfit too. What a match!

Pretty Big Butterflies - Plus Size Outfit Review

Pretty Big Butterflies - Bright Plus Size Outfit

I love this outfit, mainly because it’s bright and eye catching but these two pieces feel really great to wear. These plus size acid wash jeans from Evans are skinny but super stretchy. They are really comfortable and don’t become baggy. I know people don’t like light coloured denim because of the whole ‘orange peel‘ debate. Well screw that, I like these jeans and I like my legs in these jeans.

Pretty Big Butterflies - Plus Size blogger - Hoxton

Pretty Big Butterflies - Simply Be Outfit ReviewThis Simply Be floral shell top feels really nice on as it skims over the body. I like shell tops because they are fitted but not clingy. I did have to size up two sizes in this top compared to my usual size in Simply Be and similar tops. I love how bright it is and it can be worn with almost any other colour.

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Fashion: Yours Clothing WishList

Is it me or is the weather up and down like a Yo-Yo right now? Yesterday it was chilly, I mean goose bumps chilly, and today the sun was on full beam! I literally can not keep up. I’ve started looking for some transitional pieces to lead me through the end of summer into Autumn and I was pretty impressed as I was window shopping on Yours Clothing. I’ve added a few bits to my basket. Lots of casual pieces that can all be interchanged and layered up. What do you think?

I love the simplicity of the khaki top that would fit like magic with the grey jogging or ripped jeans. Perfect with some converse or dressed up with a gold necklace and heels. Winner!

If you come here often you know I have a thing about floral. The coral dipped hem top in this whilst is a real put on and run item. I have the same top in black and it fits perfect. the sleeved are just before elbow length and it’s a lovely textured material.

But lets just take a moment to discuss this underwear set. Like HELLO! I have a thing about ‘strappy’ stuff lately. I am an advocate of them actually. I think they look stunning and yes I feel pretty epic when I have a scrappy bra, it just adds that little va va voom. What I like about all of these pieces is the are easily layered up with thick knits or even with each other. the black blazer would work with any of these items and you can out the tops over the dress and wear the jeans under everything. I want it all. Now.

What do you think? What’s on your wishlist?

Fashion: Leaf It Out

I wore this super sunny outfit a few weeks ago before I chopped my hair off and I totally forgot to share it with you. But better late than never AND I really believe the sun hasn’t left us just yet. I really wanted to share this outfit because it’s not something I would have worn a few years back. White skinny jeans and a super bright print top… hmmmmm…. Not back then but definitely now. Both of these pieces are from George at Asda and not only are they a pretty great fit they are a pretty good price too.

George At Asda Plus Size Blogger

Pretty Big Butterflies - Summer outfit review

The leaf print tunic style top doesn’t seem to be on the website anymore (I can only guess that their size 24′s sell out pretty quick as they are so affordable but fashion friendly), but there are still a few pieces left in this gorgeous blue and orange leaf print. It’s just so vibrant and fresh against my white jeans. Speaking of the jeans, they are also a size 24 as well and are stretchy, almost jegging like but are quite thick. They are super comfy and the fit is great apart from I could have done with them being an inch longer. I just love that I can wear white jeans in summer and feel cool, calm and collected. I never thought I would wear them but they will be in my wardrobe for a long time to come.

 

Pretty Big Butterflies  - plus size summer outfit review

Plus Size blogger - Pretty Big Butterflies Outfit review

Overall, this is one of those cheap and cheerful outfits that George does so well. I’m still happy they go up to a 24 in their standard range and they also offer a plus size range.  I do hope they’ll branch their standard range into bigger sizes because it’s just so damn good. Another winning summer outfit!

Eat My Skirt – Literally

Who doesn’t love getting a surprise gift? Whether it’s for a special occasion or just as a token of affection I think it feel great to give and receive little things to make people smile. The only problem is, what to get the person that has everything!? Well I have the answer (you can thank me later), these biscuit gift tins from Biscuiteers are jut divine. I mean really, incredibly amazing. Not only do they look great but they taste pretty good too. (If you can bare to eat it!)

Biscuits Review - Pretty Big Butterflies

I was sent this gorgeous tin of Fashionista Biscuits from the lovely Biscuiteers team. It really is a delight to receive and I couldn’t bare the thought of eating the biscuits so I took them to work instead. I shared them with my team and the gossip soon started. I had people looking over my shoulder and whispering ooooohhhhh what is THAT?!‘…. is that an EDIBLE shoe?!‘. The reactions of people were great. Thats exactly why these are going to be my go to gifts from now on. Everyone loves a sweet treat, but these peronsalised biscuits are just imaging. The biscuits are a crunchy vanilla offering and are hand made making them super scrumptious and actually quite generous in size.

Biscuiteers Fashionista Box - Pretty Big Butterflies

The biscuits come packaged in a pretty hard tin which will be used for make up or something along those lines I’m sure and inside was FOUR layers of wonderful and bright biscuits. Every one was in the shape of a (very) fashionable piece of clothing. From a floral skirt to a very trendy trench, the work that has gone into the icing is incredible. It’s really thought out because the biscuits are inspired by British designers such as Charlotte Tilbury, Matthew Williamson and Alice Temperley.

Biscuits Review - A gift For The Person That Has Everything - Pretty Big Butterflies

I love that when you browse on the site, you’ll find every kind of box you can imagine. From a bunch of flowers in biscuit form to a first aid biscuit box that will make any poorly person feel a little bit better. I love that the biscuits personality really comes across in their products and throughout the whole brand. it’s fun, unique, professional and it has that wow factor. I told you, the perfect gift for someone who has everything.

Biscuiteers - Send Biscuits by post - Pretty Big Butterflies

The lovely people at Biscuiteers have given me a fab discount code for you – Spend £40 and save £6 with code SPEND40SAVE6 ! Shop Now! (18– 27 August)

The Curve Fashion Festival – Will You Be There? #TCFF

Do you ever get the feeling things are changing? Getting better? That light at the and of the tunnel seems ever so brighter and that pot of gold over the rainbow… it’s shining like a dream. Well,  in terms of the inclusiveness of plus size fashion, people of different sizes and body shapes being able to find and wear fabulous clothes that make them feel great rather than trying to hide away to confirm with some media conceptions, it’s definitely on the rise. Body positivity is on the up and plus size fashion is making leaps. Which is exactly why I can not wait for this…

The Curve Fashion Festival

tcff

Taking place at Manchester Central on Saturday 26th September 2015 there are going to be fashion brands galore from New Look to ASOS,  Lingerie offering from the likes of Curvy Kate, fashion industry companies like Pocket Wardrobe and plus size celebrities such as Tess Holliday and Hayley Hasselhoff plus oversea bloggers such as Nicolette Mason who you’ll be able to meet and greet with on the day. The list is endless. Seriously.

The Curve Fashion Festival

There’s going to be afternoon tea, an on site spa, champagne, catwalks shows and so much fun I’m not sure I can contain myself. (I’m out of breath just typing this!) This sets to be one of the biggest plus size events the industry has ever seen plus… one of the nicest. Having met the gorgeous lady behind the event, it’s really made an impact on what this festival means. It really is about networking, enjoying the day and really taking plus size fashion out to YOU!

I’ll be there for the whole day, squeezing as much fun as I can out of the time I’m there, you can grab your tickets here and if you see me please come and say hi! I plan on taking a million selfies with you all.

Fashion: Oxblood In The Woods

I popped into the Simply Be Oxford Street store last week and it’s a great feeling being able to impulse buy on the high street. I had a little look around and it’s really evident that everything is a little bit in-between seasons now. So while I’m making purchases that are still summer ready I’m thinking about how I can adjust them once autumn begins it journey upon us. This cold shoulder oxblood dress called me straight away.

Pretty Big Butterflies - Simply Be Dress

Pretty Big Butterflies - Cold shoulder dress review

The cold shoulders are tied up meaning this dress is perfect for broad shoulders as you can adjust where necessary. It’s also perfect for summer with its floaty feel and light weight material. I love the colour too; it’s quite a dark burgundy so goes gorgeous with gold accessories for summer. I wore it with a pair of pretty simple wide fit gold sandals. I found the elasticated waistband ok although it did shift a little making the dress look a little disordered at times BUT it made it super comfortable. Spot on for me when I’m running around catching balls and eating cake in the sun.

Pretty Big Butterflies  - Plus Size Blogger Outfit Review

Pretty Big Butterflies - Versatile plus size dressesI was thinking about just popping over a thick cardigan or jumper in autumn with tights and boots for that laid back layered look. It really works for me and I love interchangeable pieces in my wardrobe. I’ve definitely thought more about that lately, I hate just having stuff hanging there as by the time summer comes again things lose it’s charm, so this year I’m trying to think ahead. I picked this dress up in a 24 and it’s a spot on fit. Completely true to size.

Pretty Big Butterflies - Abbots Wood - Outfit ReviewPlus size cold shoulder dress

I went for a picnic in Abbots Wood last week for a friend’s birthday. It was a gorgeous day with just enough breeze to stop the heat being overbearing. Considering it was so busy the woods seemed relaxingly quiet and pretty mystical. It was all very enchanted forest with weird tree trunks and sunbeams seeping through the branches.  I had a lovely day and this Simply Be dress was the perfect piece for a chilled out afternoon.

A Little Bit Of Happy

I’ve been quiet lately, you know when you just feel like you want to hibernate, well that was me. But I decided to up my game and break out of the mood by making myself feel awesome in a fierce outfit. I succeeded. You know, the moment you stop dressing for others, or you stop caring about what other people think of you, you’ll suddenly feel empowered. It’s an odd feeling I tell you. I mean, I’m a fat, curvy, round, chubby girl (insert appropriate adjective here) and on this day I broke the rules of what I’m told (or what I think, or what others think) I shouldn’t wear. Stripped top (check), skinny jeans (check), white (check) and the list goes on. I wore all of this and felt great. Happy is the word and on that note I want to thank Happiness Boutique for this awesome necklace. It did indeed make me pretty happy when I opened my gorgeous little gift box.

Pretty Big Butterflies - Plus size Outfit

Pretty Big Butterflies - plus Size Outfit Review

 

I love this Boohoo plus size sleeveless trench jacket and it’s a fab length plus a little different to you’re usual sleeveless jacket. It adds a little Va Va voom to an outfit and it definitely makes me live a little Kim K in my normal life. It actually looks pretty good over short sleeved pastels too because it’s almost an ivory white. The white ballerina pumps are also Boohoo and are pretty comfy considering they are note wide fit. I’d size up next time thought because of that fact.

Pretty Big Butterflies - plus Size Blogger

Pretty Big Butterflies - Sleeveless Trench

 

I have to say these Ridley Jeans by ASOS are probably my favourite pair right now. They are super stretchy, ankle grazers with one ripped knee and they are just so comfortable. I have the grey pair which I think are sold out but there’s something about ankle grazers that give an outfit that edge without you having to do anything! The stripy top is actually from Simply Be and was from their cheaper basics range. It’s super soft and comfy. It’s slightly bardot so I could pull it off my shoulders but I’m  fan of stripes. They are NOT unflattering.

Happiness Boutique - Statement Necklace - Pretty Big Butterflies

Happiness Boutique - Statement Necklace - Pretty Big Butterflies

Happiness Boutique - Statement Necklace - Pretty Big Butterflies

 

I love this statement necklace from Happiness Boutique. Not only does it come in amazing packaging (which of course makes you smile – it’s literally like a little present from Alice in Wonderland) but the necklace is sturdy, great quality and doesn’t feel like it’s going to fall apart when I sneeze! I love statement necklaces, they just add something to an outfit and these guys have so many to choose from it’s fabulous!

 

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