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The Hit List – Curvey Events 2016

Hi all, well as we reach the start of the year we’re starting to see the announcements start to come through for Curvey Events in 2016.  I will only be adding the events I feel are good value for money and are actually interesting and not just another event to capitalise on curvy bloggers.

February 2016

The Alternative Festival show is on the Friday the 26th of Feb  – at Loft Birmingham – 143 Bromsgrove Street, B5 6RG Birmingham, United Kingdom

Facebook event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1609149112682893/

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Heres a bit of blurb about the show.

Join us for our next show where we aim to entertain you with an evening of fabulous fashion and rockin’ performances.

//ALTERNATIVE FASHION FEST//
Fashion Show featuring alternative and curvy fashion.
Live Entertainment from Monster Cirque
KIMMYBEATBOX
Molly & Ellie
Mc Deviate
CONDRA
(Band) (Live)

Raising funds in aid of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation and the citys local charity Mood Swings we will be showing the nation how we rock the runway in style, celebrating the beauty of being unique and diverse.

We want to create some social change around prejudice and hate crime on account of style, size, ability, culture, sexual orientation, race and culture. Everyone is awesome in our show, no matter what.

Janie B will be walking the catwalk so please come and support her x

Main Links:
https://www.facebook.com/Alternative-Fashion-Fest-1867744560117334/?fref=nf
http://www.alternativefashionfest.co.uk/

See you there!

May 2016

The Curvy Convention is a fabulous event celebrating the fuller figure with everything plus size in one convenient location. We wanted to bring the plus size community together in a body positive environment, and showcase the latest in plus size fashion on our fabulous Curvy Catwalk.

DATE: Saturday 21st May 2016
OPENING TIMES: 11am – 7pm
VENUE: The Troxy, 490 Commercial Rd, London E1 0HX

They’re currently looking for size 16 plus models so get in touch x

http://curvyconvention.co.uk/

September 2016

The Curve Fashion Festival! It will now be at the brand new Liverpool Exhibition Centre on Saturday 10th September 2016. Last year tickets where costed at the following. Last years ticket prices here – http://www.thecurvefashionfestival.co.uk/tickets2.html

Last year it was too expensive for me , but we;ll see what this year brings.

http://www.thecurvefashionfestival.co.uk/

UKPSFW – 10-11 September 2016 (London)

I went to the UKPSFW a few years ago and it was good but very too busy with regards the catwalk schedule when I was there.  Hopefully thats been remedied :0)

http://www.ukpsfw.com/

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The Society way to say “Plus”

So one thing I am noticing quite a lot and I’m not sure how I feel/stand re this.  But I see a lot of plus sized people describing their physiques as curvy rather than plus sized, fat or obese. Is this because we are afraid of what we actually are and want to change how we are perceived?  Is it just a nicer way for us to describe ourselves to society to avoid persecution??

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Cuteness from Live Unlimited

Get a load of these beauties from Live Unlimited London​

Three cute outfits that would suit me down to the ground and look shamazing on stage when I’m gigging with my band Skyeladder :0)

Wide leg 70s trousers, Kaftans and edgy tops in Paisley prints, gorgeous turquoise and monochrome are super popular this summer.  When I see clothes like this my heart just leaps and I sign because I know my bank balance is going to die a death.  I just cant resist a big of gorgeousness.  I could so see myself in all of these three outfits.

I have some exciting gig news re my band Skyeladder that I’ll be able to talk about soonish and one of these outfits would be totally perfect for a future event :0)

I’ll certainly be adding these to my want a lot list – pretty please who wants to buy me an early birthday pressie :0)

Live Unlimited SS15

http://www.evans.co.uk/en/evuk/category/brands-3362584/live-unlimited-3359310

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Blog Sale – Designer Items and others

Hi all, I have a number of Dea London designer plus sized items for sale that sadly no longer fit me due to some weight loss. If you are aware of Dea London, you will know that the items are amazing quality and beautifully finished. They are all in beautiful clean condition, if you are interested in any of the items please add your comments to my blog with your email address or email me at janie@skyeladder.net

I have also just added a few more items from Next and Simply Be/Evans.

Prices have been added however I am also open to reasonable offers, thankyou.

 

ITEM 1 – Dea London AW13 Dress -Brown and black wool –  Price £40.00  Plus Postage and Packing – would fit size 24

 

 

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ITEM 2 – Beautiful Bespoke Jacket – very heavy fabric – purple/plum shade wool  – with biker style zip and gold trim around the shawl neckline , just gorgeous.  – Price £60.00 plus postage and Packing.  Would fit size 24/26

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ITEM 3 – Beautiful pink patterned wool bespoke jacket from AW14 with pockets – would fit size 24  Price £60.00 plus postage and packing ( Gutted as love this but its just too big for me now)

 

ITEM 4 - Grey work dress with pink lace at neckline and also side seam pink lined pockets and drawstring back – Price £40.00  plus Postage and Packing.

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ITEM 5 – Never worn – Another beautiful black and white with pink flecks wool jacket again too big for me  – Price £60.00 plus postage and packing  – fits easily up to a size 24. ( I’ll add a better picture soon)

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 ITEM 6 – Never worn – beautiful oatmeal colored jacket with belt – embroidered detail to the lapel and kimono sleeves in a light wool fabric  – Price £60.00 plus postage and Delivery.  Could fit up to a size 24/26

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ITEM 7   – Never worn – Bespoke Stunning Elizabeth dress from SS14 in dark purple and soft dusky pink in crepe material  – Price £60.00 plus postage and packing  – would fit up to a size 24

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Similar style as below – model below the very lovely Eva Believer .

 ITEM 8  – Never worn – Stunning bespoke ivory dress, perfect for a summer wedding Price £50.00 plus postage and packing  – would fit up to a size 24.

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ITEM 9 – Joanna Hope – Simply Be Camel Coat with detachable faux fur collar. Worn once excellent condition size 22 –  Price £25.00 plus postage and packing.

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ITEM 10 – Next Shocking pink/fuchsia coat  – size 24 £35.00 plus postage and packing.  Again worn a few times and in great condition.

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ITEM 11 – Beth Ditto gold and black shoes size 8 £15.00 plus postage and package – these are now a collectors item apparently.

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ITEM 12 Evans maxi dress never worn size 20 – £15.00 plus postage and packing.

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New Plus sized USA Designer – “Ask Fashion” Interview

“ASK Fashion”, was created by Amanda Koker, a Boston based designer. The label officially released in 2014 and debuted with their AW14 collection “playful elegance” at Fuller Figure Fashion Week in New York. The Ask range is available in sizes 14 – 26 however they hope to expand their range in the future. Amanda believes in comfort and has incorporated breathable fabrics and movable silhouettes in a collection perfect for the curvy women.

 

So Amanda its so lovely to talk to you, tell me a little about yourself?
AK- I am 24 years old, from Stoughton, Massachusetts. I recently graduated from Mount Ida College in Newton, MA.
I have a double major degree in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. I love to be creative, I work hard and am trying to chase my dreams.

 

Why did you first move into fashion?
AK- My parents tell me that they knew I would one day be a fashion designer, the day I redesigned the clothing for my “Barbie”. Unfortunately I permanently glued the new clothes to her- but to me it was a vast improvement. Seeing this spark of interest, my parents sent me to an arts camp called Med-O-Lark, in Maine- and my grandmother bought me my first sewing machine when I was 13.

 

 

 

What do you like about having your own fashion label?
AK- One of the most rewarding parts of having my own label is the ability to express my individual point of view and taste. It’s exciting because I get to share a piece of myself with my customers.

Is this your main job or do you work in other areas?
AK- Right now I work full time, in order to support and self fund my fashion label. My bread and butter job- if you will is working in sourcing and product development for another company.

I just love your new SS15 collection its so pretty, where do you draw your inspiration from for your collections?
AK- Inspiration can come from anywhere or anything. It can be a movie, a feeling, or an image. Usually it’s a puzzle, and it comes from multiple sources, that I piece together to create something unique.

How do you choose your fabrics and colors for your collection ?
AK- For fabric it’s hard to describe- it’s like inspiration in way. When I see it, I just know right away whether its right or not.
For colors I look into trend forecasting services, and mash that together with my inspiration. Picking and choosing what I feel will be right for my customer and for my vision.

What fabrics/colors /styles do you think we’ll see in 2015?
AK- I am thinking jackets for fall 15’- deep saturated colors. I don’t want to give too much away- I guess you will have to stay tuned to find out.

How do you go from seeing a drawn design to creating the actual pattern?
AK- My design process begins usually with a sketch. I like to make the initial sample, as it is part of how my design develops. I pattern my designs, and make the first sample. Once they are to my specification I hand it off to a sample maker to perfect and get ready for production.

Life cycle – How long does it take from design, to pattern cutting, to the final creation of the garment?
AK-The entire process takes 9 months to a year, as I start designing for the next collection, right after the previous collections showcases.
From design to full production, it takes about a year- as the designing takes place 6 months before it is showcased in a fashion show, and production happens another 4-5 months after that. It’s a lengthy process.

So tell me why did you decide to include plus size in your range?
AK- We are a plus size fashion brand- that is what we do; our DNA.

Do you offer a bespoke service for bigger sizes?
AK- For particular styles, this might be a possibility- but for the time being we are focused on our standard sizes.

Is it difficult to increase the sizing’s on your patterns ie from a size 12 to a size 22 if you had a request in and whats involved?.
AK- It really depends- most of the time we would create a different pattern. For sizes 4-12 is one pattern, then 14-26 is another.
The patterns change as the body changes. A lot of adjustments are involved, along with a keen set of pattern drafting skills.

Do you have garments in your collection that suit particular body shapes ie apple, hourglass, pear?
AK- Our collections cater to all different body types- as no one plus size woman is the same. We pride ourselves on being able to offer something from the collection that will suit her body shape.

Why do you think its important to dress to your body shape ?
AK- It is important not only to offer diverse silhouettes and shapes for our collections, but it is just as important to offer different body shapes when we present our collections at fashion shows. Its very important to us, because we want our customers to s say “hey If that looks good on her it will look good on me!”.

We want to show a very realistic set of ideals- and that there is no one perfect shape- we are all perfect in different ways and and we want to offer variety to our customers.

When you have a garment that truly fits and feels good, your confidence grows- and that is what we want. We want our customers to feel beautiful in their own skin- exactly as they are today.

What would you dress me in?
AK- I would dress you in something that you would rock out in! , a piece that fits your needs and is our aesthetic.

What do you have in your designer tool kit?
AK- I always carry a sketch book with me, and a note pad. I am constantly on the move, and always thinking about the next thing.
When the moment of inspiration comes to me, I want to be ready and jot down whatever vision or idea I have in that moment.

Tell me about your achievements (ie media coverage , prominent catwalk shows, celebrities in your garments)?
AK- My achievements this year would be opening the business- ASK FASHION LLC. Prominent fashion shows include; Full Figured Fashion Week, held this past June in NYC, and Style Week North East, held in RI, this past August.

I would love for a celebrity to wear my garments! If Melissa McCarthy wanted a special evening gown by ASK FASHION I would certainly make her one!

What’s your fiercest piece in your collection?
AK- The fiercest piece in my most recent spring 15’ collection was a black and white rose jumpsuit. The crowd gave us a standing ovation for this finale piece/

What style advice can you give to our readers from the current AW14 and SS15 trends?
AK- I think style is personal- and I would advise dressing in what makes you feel good.
If that’s a jumpsuit, or crop top- go for it. It’s all about personal taste. I think trends are fun, but not every trend is meant for everyone. It’s about picking what appeals to you and running with it.

Take chances, and always try it on- give something a chance you might not consider- you might be surprised.

How do you feel you have developed since you released your first collection back in 2013?
AK- I feel we have come very far- We officially launched ASK FASHION LLC as a business in 2014 and we showed, not one, but two plus size capsule collections this year. We have hit the ground running with our plus business and are ready to go!

Why have you moved from using slimmer models to curvy plus models in your latest collection?
AK- My first collections in college were done using standards. But now that I have graduated and decided to start my own company, and produce my plus size fashion label.

Who would you love to dress and why?
AK- I would love to dress a plus size celebrity- and have them wear a garment of mine on the red carpet, Mellissa McCarthy comes to mind..

How do you feel that you could help to improve body confidence?
AK- We feel that every person deserves to feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin. We as a society have been so brainwashed to this ideal of perfection- which is unhealthy and drives people crazy.

Our brand and our company is about being proud of who you are and embracing how beautiful we all are as individuals.

If there was one snappy catch phrase for your collection – what would it be?
AK- ASK and you shall receive..

Where can we buy your collections from?
AK- We are currently working with multiple retailers and boutiques at the moment, stay tuned. We also launched our Ecommerce store in Jan 2015 – link below :0) !

Whats next for ASK fashion?
AK- We have lots of exciting things coming up in 2015! Stay tuned!

Summary:  – Thanks Amanda – I’d describe ASK fashion as fierce trendy flattering clothing for the plus sized women – check more out of the collection via the sites below.

 

ASK FASHION SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow us on twitter at @ASKFASHION, instragram @askfashion90
Facebook- www.facebook.com/askfashion90
Pintrest- www.pintrest.com/askfashion90
Web – http://askfashion.co/

Shop – https://www.etsy.com/shop/ASKFashionLLC

Copyright Jane Britton 2015 – http://janiebritton.skyeladder.net/wordpress/  and http://skyeladder.net/

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Feeling like a Queen in Evans ,Wallis and Live Unlimited

So for my New Years outfit 2014 I choose to wear myIMG_20141231_215656343 newly purchased  Live Unlimited Dress from the plus sized range at Wallis and  paired it with my Beth Ditto Evans Leggings, cowboy boots and my New Black Faux Fur and Boucle Coat all from Evans.

I’d had my hair cut prior to Christmas  at Freddies Hair in Rawtenstall , loving the cut, Matt the senior stylist there is amazing bells.  ( BTW the King of the jungle gets his hair cut here as well oooh how posh am I lol)

Makeup  – Eyeshadow is a combination of  Clinique and Chanel Smokey Eyes. Lipstick is Chanel Allure Passion 13. The  Perfume is Chanel Allure my total favorite and thanks to my hubby for buying it for my birthday on Christmas Eve :0) .

I felt just amazing, the cut of the Live Unlimited dress is really good in that it enhances rather than detracts from your curves.  Its cut so there’s more room in the hip/bum area which is great for apple and pear shapes. The dress itself is brightly colored in orange, beige, black and purple, which is just perfect for me as I love to wear brighter colors.  I wore the dress all night  ,it never creased and I felt really cool considering I was doing a lot of dancing oh and eating.

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On the eating note, we had a Thai meal at The Three Monkeys in Todmorden and oh my goodness it was rather rather lush, a starter and then for the main green thai chicken curry yum and very healthy. Such a great night , amazing food , fantastic service and great music really enjoyed it.

Anyway back to the Live Unlimited dress, I particularly loved the sleeves on this dress , they are extended in length and reminded me re the style of kimono sleeves without the bagginess, very flattering indeed.

I’m 5:8 and the length of the dress ( size 20)  for me was spot on landing above the knee.  I know some ladies out there are not keen on showing their legs but for me I don’t mind as I think my legs are one of my best features lol, plus it gets the hubbies blood racing ha ha.

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As mentioned earlier I paired the dress with my Beth Ditto leggings from Evans  a few seasons ago, cowboy boots and the totally lovely Coat from Evans the Black Faux Fur and Boucle Coat. So more on the coat.

The coat as you can see is collarless, the main body of the coat is faux fur with the sleeves consisting of boucle fabric which is very on trend.  The coat is again really flattering and has hidden pockets, fastens via hooks and sits at thigh length.  Last night it was particularly cold and windy and this coat really kept me lovely and warm all night long.  The coat feels really luxurious and I felt very smart.  This style takes me back to the Seven days when we saw tremendous designer type pieces.  Evans do seem to be  getting back on track and certainly with this coat I think they are getting there.

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So let me know what you thought of my New Year outfit, I loved it and I hope you all do too.

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New in – Sophistication from Anna Scholz

New in from Anna Scholz a rather sophisticated range of dress’s and tops.  Heres a few I’ve picked out as my favorites. I particularly like the sleekness of the blue crepe jersey cutout top and dress with the very chic and not overally sexy cut outs around the neck area.  The crepe jersey fabric certainly looks to be a good quality, so the fabric should just  slip over and enhance your curves rather than highlight every bulge which personally I hate and that’s when I personally loose my confidence. I believe strongly in good fabrics and so far from what I can see Anna has delivered.

The blue crepe jersey slit dress in particular has a very interesting front slit allowing you to show a hint of leg but not so much that it looks improper in a social occasion. I’m also in love with the Digital Jersey Roll Neck Gather Dress,  with its rainbow drop print and beautifully feminine cowl neck top. Cowl necks are so attractive with the style suiting most people. As with all of Anna’s items she really does think about shape and fit, if you look at the dresses they have gathering around the tummy area which helps to enhance our shape.

These items could quite easily be worn in the office, at a social occasion or if like me, you like to dress up just because you want to well these items are perfect.

Take a look at Annas site and see some of the other fabulous items there and let me know what you think.

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Dea London – Alma jacket review

I’m in love with this cute “Alma”  jacket from Dea London, dont your think its a stunning color :0) . If you are not aware of Dea London they are a luxury designer brand for curvy ladies based in London UK.

The  “Alma” jacket is in the style of a Kimono Bikers Jacket and comes in a cobalt blue. Its a Wool blend and is beautifully lined.  It comes with three quarter kimono sleeves and is elegantly cuffed with chic striped wool on the sleeve cuffs and collar. I’m 5:8 and a size 20 and this jacket sits at a perfect length on my thigh and can be left open or zipped up creating a round neck similar to the picture on the website here.  The jacket retails at a very competitive £288.00 and would look great over a jumper if wearing in Winter.   The jacket itself feels lovely and warm and is the perfect jacket to wear to and from the office or if you fancy popping to the shops with jeans and boots.  Overall a another quality and stylish item from the Autumn Winter 2014 Dea London range and I love it.

What do you think all?

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http://www.dealondon.co.uk/collections/aw14/products/alma

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