9 September 2013

The Plus Sides of Plus North

I started plus size fashion blogging with the idea of improving my confidence in myself, in what I wore and hopefully finding some inspiration and new places to shop.  What I ended up finding was myself.  I know that sounds corny as hell, but it’s true.  It has taken so very very long but finally I have the confidence to be exactly who I am, with no apologies.  I wear what I want and I am happier now than I have ever been in my life.

In a very large part I have the plus size blogging community to thank for that.  The encouragement, the comments and the friends that I have found within the community have helped to support me and hold me up when I was at a low ebb.  They were my backbone before I grew one of my own.

No matter what your confidence level is, a place where you can feel comfortable enough to be completely yourself is a very special thing.    That for me is what Plus North turned out to be.

When I first bought tickets I was more than a little scared about meeting so many people I didn’t know.  Add the fact that I had been chosen to be one of the models and I was fully expectant of being a nervous wreck on the day. 

The plus size blogging community has from the start been an accepting and friendly place.  Everyone I have spoken to has been brilliant and supportive, but when everything is online, you can’t help but wonder what will happen in real life.   In turns out, in real life, everything was even better.

I met so many wonderful people and made a lot of great memories.  Kathryn's amazing hugs and how much she cheered for everyone, the fabulous Nikki who was my co-model and who I laughed with all day; particularly when getting ready for the Evans catwalk and I took seven attempts to get one top on.  

It was brilliant to meet BeckyEmma and her husband Chris, Kaye and her husband Andy, Beth and Steph and the lovely Sel Walker to name just a few.

What Becky and Toni have achieved in Plus North is nothing short of amazing.  It was a day that I don’t think I will ever forget.  Happiness, excitement, pride in how far I’ve come and sheer joy were only a few of the feelings I had whilst walking down the catwalk for the first time.    

I didn't manage to take any photos at the event, bad blogger, but here is one of me in the dress I bought from Sorrento Clothing which I wore for the after party.



Roll on next year!



8 comments:

  1. Haha that top it was so funny!!!! You are so lovely and I think I spent all day laughing and I can't wait to meet you again!!

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    1. Ditto lady, we need to arrange a meet up! xx

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  2. You are lovely, I just wish I'd managed to spend more time with you. I think we need to organise a meet up before next year's Plus North!
    I love how totally supportive and encouraging the Plus Size community is and it was so great to meet even more fabulous women!

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    1. I wish we had had more time too. Think we need a meet up in between Plus North events, I can't wait another year before I see you all again! xx

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  3. I can completely relate to the first two paragraphs of this post, because I wanted the same out of blogging, and I've found that contentment with who I am from blogging, too! All thanks to the plus size community! It's as if you jumped in my head and stole my thoughts! I'm glad you've found your confidence and acceptance. There's a lot to be said for blogging in this community, isn't there?!

    I've heard a lot about Plus North, and it sounds like you all had an amazing time. I wish I could've been there. I bet you looked amazing modelling there! Really loving your outfit above; you look stunning xx

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    1. It was a lot of fun and I'm so glad I did it. I have been staring at the Sorrento dress for months now but when I saw it in the flesh at Plus North, I knew it had to be mine! xx

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  4. I must admit, I was a bit jealous over the weekend when I had a look at my Instagram feed. Maybe I can make it possible next year to attend those awesome event. ♡ You look fab in that dress … wait: You look fab in everything I saw you on Instagram over the weekend. ♡

    ♡ Mel xoxo

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    1. Bless you Melanie! I don't have Instagram unfortunately so have only seen one picture of myself so far :(

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