Tuesday, 28 July 2015

StyleXL 2015

At the start of the month, we saw the return of the fab StyleXL. An amazing body positive event featuring well known plus size brands, fashion shows, competitions and a safe haven for like minded people to socialise and catch up.
Like last years event, I was fortunate enough to model on the cat walk for brands inc Apples and Pears and Topsy Curvy. 
It's quite difficult for me to put in to words just how much I appreciate these type of events. Not only for the blogging opportunity aspect but for meeting new faces and reconnecting with friends I've made either online or through past events. Now, I've never really had much bother being 'the fat girl' in social situations but I absolutely love that events such as StyleXL, there is no judgement, no bitchiness, no fear of harassment, just a common ground and a real understanding of one another. 
Between walking on the catwalk, I got the chance to walk around the room and stop at the stands that were in attendance. Bon Prix were running some fun competitions so I took part in one of those and won a goody bag! I never win anything so I was pretty excited. 


        My winning IG photo!

Bon Prix also had this AH-MAZE-ING coat  that I now have my eye on for the colder months. 


Another brand I fell in love with was Scarlett and Jo. I've read review after review about their beautiful dresses but I had yet to try one on. I absolutely loved this Poppy print prom dress from the sample sale rail but sadly it was a little too big for me. 


I loved the quality of material and how the skirt sat on me. It felt full and 'floofy' without making me feel bulky and simply wanted to dance around and spin! And that poppy print was just everything! The brand is now firmly on my radar and I've already seen a jumpsuit that might just end up in my wardrobe.

A few of the other brands that attended were Claireabellas Closet, with beautiful custom made dresses, current Voodoo Vixen dresses and amazing hair flowers and vintage inspired accessories. 
Topsy Curvy with their trendy yet affordable fashions. Apples and Pears with their simple yet ever so stylish fashion pieces. Curvy Kate with their beautiful bra sets, they also offered a measuring service to ensure the best fit. Simply Be and Yours Clothing with a selection of their new A/W collections. 

Now for the catwalk, I modelled for Topsy Curvy, wearing a gorgeous black jumpsuit that can be found here.

This gorgeous little black Grecian style drape dress from Apples and Pears found here.
       Image by Kay Henry

The most amazing and super fun little outfit from one of my favourite designers Chubby Cartwheels. 



I was also very fortunate to model a funky little swim top that was made by Rosie Astbury for her Uni finals. A Rose Like This Designs feature gorgeous yet unique plus size swim and beach outfits. They were an absolute hit!

A massive thank to Leah Shafik who dedicated so much time and effort to host this wonderful event at The Paragon Hotel in Birmingham. It was an honour to be part of it x