Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Evolution of Fashion

Did you know that fashion brand Zalando are approaching their 3rd birthday? No? Me neither until they emailed me today and reminded me - how nice of them!




As part of their third birthday celebrations they are inviting bloggers to write about how our fashion styles and inspirations have changed since we were three years old! Now, I'll be honest - I can't remember much about fashion when I was three (I was more interested in my Mister Frosty) and even when I was 10 it was all about having a tamagotchi rather than a pretty dress, but I am still excited to look back and see!

Sadly, I am from a generation much older than Facebook, so no toddler or teenage selfies, but let's take a little trip down memory lane anyway!

Apparently as a young child, I didn't care much about fashion!


And as a teenager, I didn't mind dressing up as a Victorian lady!


Even as an older teenager I really cared more about having a good time over anything else!



Annnd then I discovered social media - my very first Facebook profile picture!


To be honest with you, it was when I moved to London that I really discovered fashion and make up in a big way. I lived in London for 2 years and during that time my style changed massively! I am now back up north but I am definitely loving the new fashions that I discovered!

2012 and 2014.


What a difference 8 years makes!

To be honest with you, I thank London for introducing me to fashion but also retailers for stepping up to the bar. These days there is so much choice when it comes to plus size fashion, which means that I can dress the way I want easily rather than going into one high street retailer, being depressed at them having nothing that I like and then leaving again!

How has your fashion changed over the years?

Happy Birthday Zalando!

Debz xx

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Social Media - My 200th Post


HAPPY 200TH POST TO ME!!!

I thought I'd do a little catch up post on my social media pages, so you know where I can be found.



I'd love you to like, tweet, follow and generally find me online where you can!

Don't forget to send me your links too!

Debz xx

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Debzjs

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/TheNotSoSecretDiaryOfAWannabePrincess

Bloglovin - http://www.bloglovin.com/feed/blog/2304128

Tumblr - http://quotesfromawannabeprincess.tumblr.com/

Instagram - http://instagram.com/wannabeprincessuk

Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/debzieuk/the-not-so-secret-diary-of-a-wannabe-princess/

BeauCoo - 
https://www.beaucoo.com/shoppers/5213c461f34a9e040000000b

Shop Your Stash - Monthly Blog Challenge

A few days ago, Hollie over at Pretty Big Butterflies had a great idea for a monthly blog challenge. As soon as I read about it and she invited people to join in I wanted to be a part of it! And so.. introducing my very first Shop Your Stash post, a blog challenge that has been born today! YAY!





"This is all about finding a gem in what you already own and creating a blog post on it. This is to let go a little of the stress that comes with being a blogger - even if it is just once a month. Rummage through your beauty products and climb through those clothes draws. You might surprise yourself!"

To be honest with you, this post being today is pretty perfect for me. This weekend saw me reach the end of my own Shop My Wardrobe for Lent challenge, where I decided to give up clothes shopping for lent! I am very proud to say I did it! WOO HOO! 

I tried not to blog too much about my clothes shop ban, simply because I didn't want to blog about outfits I had already told you about & fill the pages with needless drivel (even though I do that sometimes). At times I did want to buy a new dress - Pink Clove and ASOS have been my enemies throughout the last 40 days, simply because their New Arrivals sections have been BEAUTIFUL!

However, being the selfie queen I am I have shared more than a few pics on social media over the last few weeks, so I thought I would combine the Shop Your Stash post with Shopping My Wardrobe for Lent and show you some of the things I have been wearing over the last few weeks!


L-R 99 dresss from Yours Clothing, Old top I think from Simply Be, ASOS Curve dress, New Look Inspire dress

Giving up clothes shopping was hard (I am not going to lie) but I am really glad I kept it up and proved to myself that I could do it! This Shop Your Stash challenge has come at the right time for and I am looking forward to seeing what I can do for future posts!


Check out the other ladies taking part in Shop Your Stash
(posts are published on or around the 20th of each month!)



Debz xx


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Friday, 18 April 2014

Plus Size Clothing - You Do Have Options!

Over the next few weeks I have a number of different posts planned, all around the topic of plus size fashion and the choices you/I/we have. Over the past year I have noticed a definite change in the way plus size retailers work and the options that they present us... Yet, I still see people on Facebook (and other places) talking about being a size 20 and having no where to shop or a size 28 and not being able to find the dress they want for a party! It makes me sad that there are still people who feel like this - simply because I used to be that girl! 

Now a days you can find retailers like New Look, Yours Clothing and ASOS Curve who have items that directly match and rival what is being offered by 'standard' size fashion retailers. Even the likes of new-comers Pink Clove and Boohoo are really saying something and to me, that is fantastic news for plus size women everywhere!

Over the next few weeks I'll be exploring plus size retailers that offer items in sizes 12 right up to a size 36! I didn't realise just how many retailers offer options for all sizes, but they really do! You have the likes of Simply Be where you can a dress in a size 12 or a size 32 (and all combinations in between) and Yours Clothing who have around 200 items on their website up to a size 36. 

Of course, you could argue that we still have a long way to go - the current Boohoo Plus range 'only'' going to a size 24 for example... But we're getting there and it is pretty exciting to see!

So... Before I get onto those blog posts I wanted to remind you that I have a list of plus size retailers here on this very page. Over the past 12 months I have pieced together a list that now has over 50 PLUS SIZE RETAILERS LISTED! That's 50 retailers for you to choose from who all stock plus sizes!



If you're reading this blog then the chances are you're already well aware that you do have options, but I want to let women everywhere know that they do have places to shop. So please, share this blog post, share my link and share the little button above. It can make such a difference to a plus size woman to know that she has clothing options and it is us that can make it happen!

Where are your favourite places to shop?

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Another 99p Dress - Shopping My Wardrobe

You'll probably remember a month or two when we all had a bit of a shopping frenzy with the 99p Yours Clothing Dresses. I was so excited about the dresses that I made my dad buy me one and have it sent home - obviously I am back here now and finally have my hands on it!




They don't have the dress on the site any more, but it's a great testament to the different dresses that Yours Clothing offer, so I thought I would share a few snaps anyway!


To be honest with you, this dress might have sat in my wardrobe if it hadn't been for my Lent challenge of shopping my wardrobe. I haven't bought a new piece of clothing for over 30 days now! In the interest of keeping my clothing choices different I put this on and really liked it - the shopping my wardrobe for Lent challenge is doing me well!

I am also wearing my Boohoo leggings which you can see reviewed here.


Have you bought anything from Yours Clothing lately?

Debz x

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Wednesday Wishlist - Another Look At New Clothes

You might have noticed that yesterday I blogged a summer wishlist of items I would buy after my spending ban is up (9 days!!)...Unfortunately I am a glutton for punishment and I can't stop online-window shopping! I thought I would do another little post on items I am lusting after, just because there is SO many nice clothes out there at the moment!! I love that there are some viable choices for fashion out their for plus-size women this season - the fact that there are fashionable clothing choices for people of all sizes!!

Pink Clove

Those cheeky beggars at Pink Clove added another new dress to their website yesterday after my blog post. This pink, lip pattern tunic dress is amazing and only £18!



Yours Clothing

Yours clothing pop up quite a lot on my blog because they're firm favourites with me. What I love about their current selection of clothes is that they have such a range of items - from casual dresses and jogging bottoms to summer dresses and prom style dresses there is everything! Some of my faves include:



ASOS Curve have always been well liked amongst the 'fatshion' community because they offer so much worth buying! This season is no exception and there are SO many nice items I am interested in getting my hands on when my ban is over!


No doubt I'll be lusting over more soon.... So much pretty stuff out there at the moment!

Do you have your eye on anything?

Debz x


Don't forget, if you haven't used Yours Clothing before then you can use the code 'blogger18' to get £10 off of a £20 spend. New customers only but what better excuse do you need to give them a try?

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Summer Wish List - My Shopping Ban Is Nearly Over!

You might remember a month ago I announced that I was going to give up clothes shopping for Lent! Quite a few people decided to join me and though some have fallen by the wayside there is still a few of us going strong!

Now that I am on the final stretch of the shopping challenge (10 days to go!) I find my self online-window shopping and lusting over the items that I am going to buy when I finally am allowed to spend. Of course with a list as long as my arm, I can't possibly buy them all but with so many vibrant patterns and colours out there it's going to be hard to decide what I want to get my hands on first! I know we often moan about the lack of choice when it comes to plus size fashion, but I really feel (in my as far from expert opinion as you can get) that the retailers are doing us proud  this season!

Here's a look at the retailers that have not been making my shopping challenge very easy!

Pink Clove

Pink Clove seem to have updated their New Arrivals page twice in the last week (Yes, I stalk them that much) and both times I have gasped and then done a little dance of excitement. The colour of the page alone makes me smile - I love so many of their items! My top 3 (today, this will change tomorrow) are:


Tropical Floral Trousers, Sweetheart Neck Skater Dress (available in lots of colours), Floral Spot Skater Dress

Scarlett & Jo

Sold through Evans Online and a handful of Evans stores, if you haven't come across Scarlett & Jo before you're about the experience a revelation! I have blogged about these lovely dresses before and you'll see lots of bloggers also rave about them. There is just so much right about these dresses - the fit, the colours, the shade, the style - everything! This season they have launched a range of prom dresses and my goodness, they're beautiful!


2 in 1 Floral Prom Dress and the Floral Layered Maxi Dress

Topsy Curvy

Still quite a new player in the world of plus size fashion Topsy Curvy just seem to be getting it right time after time. Sadly I haven't been able to try any of their new stuff yet because of my spending ban, so I don't know about quality - but LOOK AT THOSE COLOURS!!! These girls seem to hit the nail on the head when it comes to giving plus size ladies a choice when it comes to clothing & I can't wait to see what else they have to offer! You can buy via their website although their Facebook seems to get items added quicker and that's where I spend my time lusting!


Neon Newspaper & Flower Midi Dress, 60s Print Cut Out Swing Dress and the Leopard & Rose Swing Dress

Lusting Over...

All of these are items that I would love to buy & most probably will splash the cash on at some stage. I also wanted to add a little lust-list in the shape of Silly Old Sea Dog - a vintage style dress company that have recently started a plus size range. Their dresses are available up to a size 28 and they are BEAUTIFUL! The dresses are (sadly) a little out of my price range but if you're looking for a dress with a difference and are willing to invest I would definitely head over to their site!



So.. .What are you planning to buy over the next few weeks, has anything pretty caught your eye?

Debz xx


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