I’ve been super busy lately. Between the crazy hours at my new job and heading to London the last couple of weekends – I’ve barely had time to myself. I wouldn’t of changed any of it though because I’ve been involved with some really exciting projects such as filming for an up and coming documentary which I’m super excited about. One of the places I was filmed was at London Edge, which is a basically an alternative trade show featuring hundreds of brands. I was kindly invited here as a VIP by the wonderful Voodoo Vixen- one of my favorite up and coming plus size companies. I went along with a load of other bloggers in a whole range of shapes and sizes which was really refreshing to see. The idea was to go to the event, pick up a pre-chosen dress from Voodoo Vixen to wear (and very generously keep), then get a mini makeover with vintage hair styling and flawless pin-up makeup. There was also a goodie bag absolutely jam packed with amazing stuff such as cardigans and necklaces etc – however I missed out on this as I had to travel nearly 300 miles from home to the event. I wasn’t super bothered by this though because I’d already been gifted a beautiful dress.
I travelled down to the event in a pair of highwaisted skinnies and ovesized blouse from ASOS curve. I dressed for ultimate comfort but still think I looked quite presentable. I went for no makeup as I would be getting my makeup done at the event.
I decided to go for the Hattie dress and I purchased a bag and cardigan from Banned Apparel to go with the dress. I also wore an underbust corset to cinch my waist in as the dress was slightly big on the waist. It also gave the dress an alternative look so that it was different from anybody else wearing the same dress as me.
I wore Hattie WITH a corset all and found the dress incredibly comfortable and unlike most other vintage style dresses I try – she was a decent length on me. For once – I wasn’t swamped!
After heading to the event and getting my dress/makeover I decided to check out some stalls armed with business cards – however it seemed like nobody was super interested in chatting to the people looking at the stalls which sucked. I gave up on networking and decided to take selfies with my babes instead!
Me and Kelly! We met up at Kings Cross and spent the day together and ended up staying in the most random hotel with hidden staircases and lifts that went to nowhere. Safe to say we had an interesting evening..
Chrissie is an instagram friend of mine I had the pleasure to meet at Tess Munster! We have fast become friends and she is a babe. Her blog is new but definitely worth a read.
More blogger babes! We headed for some dinner after this where we were sadly harassed by a group of middle aged men who felt the need to keep telling me and Chrissie we were beautiful and pressing themselves against us at the bar. One man even shouted at me whilst I was leaving and so I shot a nasty retort. Unfortunately when you’re a “bigger girl” you’re more of a target and people feel like they can say/do as they please to you. This isn’t the case at all – us bigger babes have the same amount of self worth as any other sized person and alike them – we don’t deserve any form of harrassment.
After dinner we headed on a really cool (but cramped) vintage party bus to the venue. I kinda expected bunting or lights or music as it was a “party” but bus alas – it was just a bus! This is where my night really took a turn. I had enjoyed the whole day – even the travelling and the filming – however the party wasn’t quite as I expected and I felt a bit deflated and disappointed by it. The venue itself was gorgeous, but it wasn’t very accessible as the loos/cloakrooms were downstairs and I struggle with stairs. Then, there was the sheer volume of people. They say nothing attracts people more than a free bar and they were right! People were hoarding drinks and throwing them back quickly and by 8 the atmosphere was awful. There was nowhere to sit as people wouldn’t let us sit down on clearly empty booths or move their bags and so my sciatica was twinging in pain putting me in an even worse mood. We couldn’t even see the acts/burlesque for a line of men just stood at the front blocking the view which sucked. Thankfully when the free bar ended it started thinning out and we found space downstairs to hang out and have a little dance! Oh and of course to take more snaps.
With my babes Chrissie & Kelly
Toilet snaps with the lovely MUA!
More snaps of my wonderful dress.
One of the highlights of my night was definitely meeting Meth and discussing our love for Geisha Wigs! I’m wearing Noir here which stayed beautiful and comfy all day long.
Me and Kelly returned to our hotel not long after this as we were absolutely shattered from the day. We dissected the day together and both spoke of our love for the brand and how much we love their clothing/the ladies who run the brand and both hoped for more to come from them – which I’m sure they will. I’ve already spotted the Tilly dress in Black which is on my wishlist! The only downside to such a great day was the sheer volume of people at the party and people abusing the free bar. In my opinion, a wristband with so many free drinks to tick off/drinks tokens would of been much more fair – but there’s my past in event planning coming out.
So a big thank you to Voodoo Vixen for their generosity and kindness! Thank you so much for the invite – I look forwards to seeing what 2015 holds for you.