Tuesday, 23 August 2011

ASOS Curve Lace Waisted Dress Review.


I am in LOVE with the ASOS Curve Lace Waisted Dress. I must say - I LOVED this dress on release a couple of months ago and was SO tempted to buy it immediately... BUT - ASOS have killer sales. They always do. ASOS moves items to clearance pretty quickly and then, very often, throw an EXTRA discount code on to boot (right now the ASOS discount code is EXTRA20 which gives an extra 20% off clearance... I have also heard it is working when you combine clearance items with full priced ones...).

In any case - I bought THREE of the ASOS Curve Lace Dresses. Yes. I love them.  So,  I bought THREE.

To be honest, I bought the dress in RUST colour first and when I pulled it out of the plastic, I was very skeptical. I thought it looked like something a fashionable mother might wear to a wedding... THEN, I put it on. It feels GREAT. The lining is soft cotton and the lace overlay is really gentle and smooth on the skin - no scratchiness. I was worried about fit, but thanks to the banding around the waist, it gives a lovely shape and curves smoothly around my breasts, before skimming over my waist (it isn't clingy) and then floating over my hip. The rust colour is also absolutely divine.


In fact, the rust colour is so divine, I bought another to store away for loving once the first is worn. I plan to wear it a lot!

Now. I did try the dress with a belt - but for me... the shape of the dress works on its own.

Hmm. I also bought the dress in the other available colour - Coral. I have taken the shot below under the same light and circumstances as the "Rust" shot above so you can get a fair idea of colour difference.


Now. This is nice. BUT - I DO feel a bit of a watermelon in this brightness! I prefer the rust. I'll WEAR the coral too, but probably not quite as often. At all.

Mind you... still pretty!


For an extra 20% on ASOS Sale items right now - use code EXTRA20 at checkout... and, as I mentioned - it is worth trying on full priced items too...

Smooches! Em. x.

Friday, 19 August 2011

Oh, The Places You'll Go! Now available on Kindle...

Hello beautiful girls.

As part of my drive to get this beautiful plus-size message out to as many women as possible, I have popped my blog up on UK's Amazon Kindle site. The subscription is free for 14 days but then becomes a monthly "pay" service, priced (by Amazon) at £1.99.

Now, I totally appreciate that you wonderful ladies read my blog online for free, but I just thought I would let you know the blog is now available for direct delivery to your Kindle.

The decision to publish on Kindle was made because of how much I LOVE my Kindle. I'm actually never without my Kindle and love receiving blog updates and newspapers delivered with absolute ease.

By the by - posts will be back to normal from the weekend... Darcy and I just moved house and he is constructing my new wardrobe still. At the moment my clothes are confined to boxes and suitcases, so as soon as I can - I will show you some of my latest London fierceness. Oh - AND... I have a box of clothes which are "sort and sell"... should I make a shop through my site - or point people to ebay?

Let me know what you think.

Smoochies lovelies. x.

PS - My blog should also now be optimised for iPhone use (hilarious, as I have a Blackberry, which it isn't optimised for)... please let me know how you find it - particularly if there are any issues. x.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Don't Forget - Anna Scholz Discount Code...

Last week I posted a discount code for 10% off ALL FULL PRICED stock at the Anna Scholz online store. 

This includes ALL new items (I'm talking new collection!).

Tanya Gervasi for the La Dolce Vita shoot in Italy. Anna posted this through her facebook page and it took my breath away!

I am posting again to remind you about the code, before you run out of time to use it - it expires on August 15th!

To get 10% off all full priced stock at Anna Scholz, use the code:

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Wedge Welly Curve: Review.

Fashionable? Check.
Comfortable? Check.
Heel? Check.
Waterproof? Check.
Wide fitting calf and foot? CHECK.

OMG. Wedge Welly!

Thank Goodness I met you, Wedge Welly Curve, before winter starts. 
I am so impressed. 

Recently, I was sent a pair of Wedge Welly Curve Boots to review. I tell you, I nearly had to squirrel them away and hide them from the courier - because having to return them this morning was HARD.

I LOVE these boots. I almost don't want to write anything else.

But here goes.

I wear a size 7EEE shoe usually. I had a pair of size 7 CURVE style Wedge Wellys sent to me to try and I tell you, they fit like a dream. They fit my foot - AND they fit my calf. I have NEVER had a pair of Wellington Boots fit my calf. Indeed, I have bought two pairs of Wellys in the last few years and for BOTH pairs, I have had to cut the boot from just above my ankle so that they fit me properly. These were comfortable, fit OVER tights and there was plenty of room for my wide feet.

The comfort of these Wellingtons is also really amazing. The shoe is cushioned and your foot feels supported. I actually wondered how I would go with the WEDGE and I think the shoe actually works far more comfortably and naturally than a normal Wellington thanks to the curve of the base and how well it works with the natural contour of your foot. These shoes are easy to walk in and feel really natural.

I love how fashionable these Wellys are. I admit it. In Winter, more than once, I have thought how nice it would be to have really lovely pair of Welly's to wear to work. ESPECIALLY since my lovely leather boots could do with a break on those really torrential days. THESE are the Wellys I need. These are fashionable. The ones I tried came in a crocodile leather print (and are awesomely named MAN EATER) but they also come in plain black as well as black with a smudged pink design. I like that they look good, HAVE a heel and CAN pass as fashionable street/work wear. These are Wellingtons you can wear to festivals - but could ALSO wear on a day or even NIGHT out.

Wedge Welly has a UNIQUE range based in "normal" foot sizing as well as a FLEX range for wider calves. I am so impressed that the company makes a CURVE range for wider feet and calves and I think it it innovative in design as well us right up there for comfort and style.

Wedge Wellys Curve boots are available to buy through the Wedge Welly site and UNIQUE and FLEX designs ALSO have limited availability at ASOS. They are amazing AND with Winter coming I am going to buy a pair, I plan to be fashionably waterproof, comfortable and READY!

Em. x.

PS - In Australia, we always called Wellington Boots, GUMboots!
Oh, AND - the Wedge Welly site has music playing... I wasn't sure where it was coming from (I always have so many windows open), so - heads up! x.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Pin her or Pad her? A Plus-Size Model Dilemma.

Hello lovely Readers.

I am about to Rant.

Before reading this post, please understand this looks at the faTshion aspect of our beautiful fashion world. My blog rarely does this. I'm just writing this as a little disclaimer to let you know that this post may not be filled with the sunshine and lollipops that you're used to. This will all be back in a few days time when I review the latest and greatest in Curvy fashion footwear. Wedge Wellies. SOON! x.

Please note this post is TEXT heavy.


Pin her or Pad her? A Plus-Size Model Dilemma.

Plus Model Marquita Pring. STUNNING!

Hi. Got any fatter?

I think I'm not the only blogger who has, in the last twelve months RAVED about plus models. They are stunners. Bree Warren, Laura Wells, Tanya Gervasi, Tara Lynn, Justine Legault, Fluvia, Mia Amber, Lizzie Miller - I could go on and on. GORGEOUS.

So. Many of us have RAVED about these gorgeous plus-size models... but also, many of us have lamented the size of many of the models selling us plus size clothes. I'm talking about the gorgeous size 8 to 14 girls who often model for ASOS or Evans or the like. It is a practice I have had to come to grips with - I've previously asked on this blog why we have to endure women modeling clothes they couldn't actually fit into (Crystal Renn may have signed a two year modeling deal with Evans a few years ago, but as that contract ended she really was too small to be showcasing those clothes... I love her - but defy anyone to tell me that last statement isn't even just a little bit accurate).

Crystal Renn and Models for Evans. We can tell, they ain't size 20s. But heck, they are pinned WELL.

To be honest, I came to grips with most of that - Size 8s - 14s modeling larger clothes... It was something Christina from Musings tweeted - she said she didn't care what size the models were, so long as the clothing was pinned properly. I thought about this a lot after she tweeted it - and saw a lot of sense in it. I figured - well, at least they are shaping the girls the right way and making their bodies and our plus-size clothes work together.

A while back I lamented about this particular issue specifically as regards ASOS CURVE. I had exchanges with ASOS directly about this and although (at that time) didn't feel completely satisfied with their answers, I did at least get them. Now, honestly? The ASOS models take my breath away. MAYBE concerns previously raised by myself and others have had an influence in ensuring the ASOS Curve models are actually wearing the clothes (as opposed to the clothes billowing on them) or maybe ASOS just thought "we can pin this a little better"... They have done a good job and the overall model shots of the ASOS Curve range are pretty gorgeous. 

In my discussions with ASOS, one of their reps mentioned the fact that some plus models have been required in their work life to wear "fat suits" to make them wider and fill out clothes more. NOT at ASOS - ever or at all, but in some magazine shoots and on occasion for other retailers. At the time, I thought ASOS was deflecting and I didn't think too much of it.  Until this weekend when I read the following article in The Sunday Times...

And it made me ask - What cost, this desire for plus size models?

What cost indeed:

----------------------------START TIMES ARTICLE-----------------------------

The Sunday Times (Times Newspapers Limited.)
Date Published: Sunday, July 31, 2011.

The plus-size model's little secret: a fat suit by Rosie Kinchen

Christina Hendricks has helped "popularise" curves in mainstream thought.

SKINNY is out and curves are in but in the world of fashion nothing is quite as it seems.

Fashion's latest trend for curvier women may have given models the all-clear to move up a dress size or two, but rather than putting on weight they are opting to add strategic padding so they appear bigger than they really are. The curve-enhancing padding, known in the industry as a fat suit, is increasingly being used by models eager to meet the demand for bigger women. Several agents and models said that even plus-size models, regarded as anything over a size 12, are faking it rather than putting on the extra weight that the new vogue demands.

Saffi Karina, 27, a London based model with the plus-size agency Hughes, has been asked to "pad up" her size 12 figure on a shoot for a German client later this year. "The brand said they loved her look," says Sarah Eastaugh, head booker at the agency, "but they really wanted someone who was a size 14." Karina, who is two dress sizes bigger than most conventional models, says: "I was advised to get a padded undergarment that adds a couple of inches to your bust, waist and hips — a 'fat suit', so to speak." She hopes the suit, which is being made by a seamstress, will allow her to work for clients eager to portray more voluptuous girls.

The demand for shapelier women is partly a reaction to the controversy over anorexic looking size-zero models. It has also been fuelled by the popularity of actors such as Mad Men's Christina Hendricks. Even high-street retailers now stock underwear that "accentuates" the bottom and hips. The trend has come from the US.

Last week Marquita Pring, who has posed for Italian Vogue and walked the catwalk for Jean-Paul Gaultier, revealed that as a size 14 to 16 she wears padding to appear bigger. "I don't know if we should reveal this secret!" she told Women's Wear Daily. "They're pieces of foam. I lay them flat on each hip. They're like a solid inch and a half thick. "It's to make you seem all around wider," she added. "It's better for me because I can still be healthy and work out and have the body I want." Pring's agent, Garry Dakin, said he had noticed an increasing demand for fuller figures in high fashion and regular editorial work. In June, Italian Vogue featured four plus-size models, including Pring, in a cover shoot by Steven Meisel.

Debra Bourne, who founded All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, a campaign for diversity in the fashion industry, does not advocate the use of padding. "It's ironic, like reverse airbrushing," she said. "It might be a step in the right direction but we shouldn't be setting up another ideal. Our message is about authenticity."

-----------------------------END TIMES ARTICLE----------------------------

So. Plus-size models. Pin them to make them fit the clothes. Pad them to make them curvier. I can't even begin to dissect the elements of this article that disturbed me. The thing is, at least if a model is small and has to be pinned, we can SEE that. We can KNOW that a size 14 girl doesn't fit size 20 clothes. But to me, padding a girl to make her look bigger, in order to sell something is a contextual lie. It is just as bad as the Julia Roberts airbrushing scandal that was in the media late last week (in my opinion Julia doesn't really need airbrushing). I understand advertising. Before I worked in films, I worked on television commercials so am well aware of successful marketing ploys, but for me - PADDING a model is just a bad idea.

One of my FAVOURITE all time pictures of a plus model is Tara Lynn in French Elle. No pinning. Certainly no padding. Naked. Natural. Gorgeous. I remember seeing this picture of her and thinking - WOW.


Tara Lynn is smaller then me - but THAT is a body I can relate too. I love Tara Lynn for that photo spread. And all she is doing is being herself.



You know, I know fat suits HAVE existed in fashion for quite a few years now, however, the hilarious irony that curves are now so "IN" that mainstream media can discuss "fat suits" doesn't really amuse me.

I am actually really bored of people stating there should be no "plus-size" distinction in the modeling world. I am really bored of plus-size being a negative term. I feel sick that because "plus-size" is in vogue right now, a fat suit can become a norm. I lament that a gorgeous, healthy woman can say something like, "A fat-suit [sic] is better for me because I can still be healthy and work out and have the body I want" - WHILE selling stuff to ACTUAL plus-size girls.

Despite my last sentence, I actually have NO qualms with the models in this article for taking an opportunity by padding out or for speaking openly about this. I actually commend them for being so honest. And, apart from the women in the Times article who state that they have used fat-suits I can't say how many models do this or name anyone else who does.  I obviously can't say how this is being facilitated, or who uses or advocates this practice, but I can say this:

As a woman, a consumer, a fat girl, a plus-size clothes wearer and someone who HATES being deceived, the use of fat-suits, to pad out models, has struck a very bad chord with me.

How does it sit with you?


Please note this post is in NO WAY trying to attack any models who use padding. I have written because I am lamenting the state of affairs as regards the FASHION industry. Further from this, please note, I am not ignorant and do understand how things work in fashion, but every now and again, I have to be able to vent about things like this here on my blog.

For me, plus-size fashion and our plus-size world are the most wonderful things. I LOVE them. I do not love "plus-size" people and or clothing being treated as a negative. I believe padding, like airbrushing sets unreasonable expectations and standards which are detrimental and frankly - fashion has done this for long enough.

Em. x.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Exclusive Anna Scholz Code for Boombands Readers!

Tanya Gervasi and a little friend in Anna Scholz White Label Autumn Winter Collection 2011-2012

Have you seen the latest brochures for the Anna Scholz Autumn Winter Collection for 2011-2012? The collection launches very soon in both the Black and White labels.

One of the gorgeous models in Anna Scholz Black Label Autumn Winter Collection 2011-2012

As we wait for the new collection to launch, I am excited to let you know that my friends at Anna Scholz have given me a code for all my gorgeous readers to get 10% off all full priced orders on the current stock over at Anna Scholz from now until August 15th!

That means YOU!

Anna always creates beautiful clothing for us, so if there is something online you are currently coveting - the code ANNAAUG10 will get you 10% off all full priced stock until August 15th...

AND - I have just heard the Autumn Winter Collection launches the 4th August. Why not use the code on latest release garments. YEAH!

Get there!


Monday, 1 August 2011

Simply Be Model Competition BACK for 2011

I have literally JUMPED on this announcement - Ladies, the Simply Be Model Competition is BACK for 2011 - for details and terms, head to the facebook site - HERE.

Last year competition finalists were a range of sizes reflecting the women and fashionable babes that the online site caters for. So check it out and apply! You are beautiful and you have a shot - DO IT!!

I feel so excited. I wonder if blogging this so quickly is a little premature - like there may be more information to come, but I can not help myself. I love positive steps in fashion and I think brands like Simply Be are at the forefront of this positivity.

In the last year there have been so many strides - City Chic expanded into the States, Evans is about to expand there too, Asos Curve arrived(!), Simply Be is about to move from online and open three stores, Anna Scholz opened a standalone store in Berlin... and so much more is happening.

This is an exciting time - to be embraced. 

I have pulled/nicked/grabbed this image from the facebook page, so please head there for more details.

This is exciting news and is wonderful for all us gorgeous plus-size girls. If you want to have a shot at modelling - this is your wonderful chance - so, come on LADIES!