Xtava Satin Wave 5 in 1 Curling Wand review and giveaway*

In terms of styling my hair, I probably use tongs more than anything else. In fact I live for curly hair and my old trusty Babyliss hair tong was coming to the end of its life. Buying a new one just was not an option for me at the moment, plus there are too many out there to choose from so I was really excited to be sent the Xtava Satin Wave 5 in 1 Curling Wand set to review and giveaway one set also to my readers!

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I was taken back by how well packaged this was! It felt so luxurious. Inside the box you get the curling tong with 5 different interchangeable wands/barrels, a travel case and a heat resistant glove. All items are in sleek black and my first thought was that this felt so high end and fabulous. My next thought was that itcould be used for SO many different styles! If you’re looking for a professional quality styling set for only £21.99 here (usually £45.99) then this is the one for you!

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The Curve Fashion Festival 2017!

So, I can no longer contain my excitement about The Curve Fashion Festival this year! It will be my first time attending the event and I am soooo excited having missed out in previous years due to other commitments!

The festival itself, in partnership with New Look, is held in Liverpool on the 9th September and is the largest UK plus size fashion event! Not only is this a place to shop all your favourite brands under one roof, you can watch catwalk shows and even maybe meet some of your favourite plus size stars!

Menswear will be avaliable at the festival for the first time this year, and I was thrilled to hear that Debenhams will be bringing their Big and Tall range of menswear with them! The Big and Tall range collection at Debenhams is available in a range of sizes, up to 58” Chest and 52” waist and sizes up to 6XL, plus up to a size 15 shoe!!! The range us super stylish and caters for everything you can take a look at it here! It’s great to see a range of menswear like this as I know it can be difficult for plus size men too  So ladies, grab your husband, boyfriend, brother, father, uncle or friends and bring them along with you!! I’m sure they won’t get bored!

 

Pictures taken from Debenhams website
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My glasses story!

As a plus size woman, I have always been told which glasses to choose to suit my face shape and it’s so annoying! I’ve recently had my eye test and updated my glasses and I wanted to share my glasses story with you all about when and why I decided to start just choosing the styles I wanted.

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I have astigmatism in both my eyes. It is a relatively common condition and alot of people who wear glasses have it in some form. It can be mild but mine is quite extreme and without glasses or contact lenses I cannot really see, it’smore noticable when I’m trying to read or focus on something but most things look a bit blurry without them on!!

Astigmatism occurs when you have an uneavenly curved lens or cornea in the eye. It causes blurred images becuase the light entering the eye is not focused properly on the retina. So basically, my glasses work to correct astigmatism by compensating for the irregular curve in my eye. It has got worse overtime and I’ve noticed that I need to wear my glasses all the time in order to stop headaches and squintining. I also have to wear a special type of contact lense – but more about that another time!

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Mdina: The Silent City

Mdina, once the capital of Malta is a fortified city that sits on the north of the i sland. It’s more than worth a visit if you are holidaying on the island for so many reasons! Today I wanted to share my experience of Mdina: The Silent City.

Mdina has a very small population of around 300, called the silent city becuase it is closed to anything other than local traffic.

We took the bus from our hotel in Buggiba to Rabat, which is just outside the city walls and strolled up to the entrance to Mdina. It was so busy and bustling outside and I was worried that it was going to be crowded once we had gone through the city gates. How wrong was I? Once over the bridge, the hustle and bustle subsided as everyone started to take in what Mdina had to offer them. The main gate was actually used as a filming location in the first season of Game of Thrones, where Catelyn Stark arrives in Kings Landing, which I did not realise until James and I watched it again recently and I recognised it from our visit, so that’s pretty special!

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Twisted Disko at Tokyo Huddersfield!

If you follow me on social media, you will no doubt know that I LOVE a good night out! I was really excited when I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the launch of a newclub night, Twisted Disko at Tokyo Huddersfield a few weeks back. This club holds some great memories for me, I was really excited to experience the nostalgia and check out something new!

The Venue!

If you’re from around the area, chances are you’ve heard of Tokyo. As one of the only two nightclubs in Huddersfield town centre it remains a firm favourite with many. Set over three floors in a historic courthouse building, this club definitely offers something for everyone. Back in my university days, I did used to work behind the bar here, but since I was last there (2010 to be precise) the club has undergone a huge refurb and I have to say it’s looking amazing!

Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, this club is proud to cater for everyone. From students to locals everyone has a good time. The customers keep coming back for more week after week and it’s clear to see that they LOVE this place. The launch ofTwisted Disko was definitely welcome amongst them and they couldn’t wait to see what it had to offer them, myself included. Now for the really exciting part! Billed as “Ibiza meets Vegas … Carnival meets Circus … Expect the Unexpected” I was really looking forward to the night, armed with my camera and hubby in tow, we arrived and were eager to check out all that Twisted Disko had to offer!

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Holiday!

Just a quick post to let you know I’m going on holiday in the morning, I haven’t scheduled anything on the blog because I’ve been really busy!

Make sure you check out my giveaways that I have running, there is still plenty of time to enter both of them!

Win a Lee Stafford No Strings Attached Cordless Hair Straightener!

 

Win a bottle of Oyster Skincare Brightening Eye Serum!

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My body shaming experience!

I hope you are all enjoying the weekend! You may have seen me mention about this on twitter last week but I wanted to share with you all my body shaming experience

So, on Saturday night last weekend, the husband and I decided to go out for a few drinks. This then eventually led to us arranging to meet a friend and go clubbing (as you do when you’re child free for the evening!!!)

I was having a really good time, we’d found a booth and were dancing and drinking the night away! During the night, I went to the loo on my own but there was a huge queue out the door and into the corridor. I stood in it chatting to other girls around me, like you do!

I then heard someone behind me say something like “wow she’s short”, which I am and because I wasn’t wearing heels I couldn’t fake it either. I am comfortable in my height, so when they said this it didn’t really matter to me.

I turned around and standing there was a really tall young man. We talked for a bit, his mates joined in the banter with him about how tall he was, but never once did I remark about this or laugh along because I don’t body shame others! Eventually, he got down on his knees and asked me to come and dance with him. I politely declined and joked that my husband would not be happy about that! He asked me again and I responded with “look, go have a dance and find someone your own age” because he was quite a young and even if I was single, way too young for me!

Then something weird happened, I left the conversation and moved further into the toilet, as the group of boys were walking away I heard the young lad I’d been speaking to shouting “I didn’t want to dance with you anyway because you’re a fat b***h” to me!

I was shocked, as were several of the women who were stood with me. One of them even shouted after him to call him out! They all told me it was ok, and that I wasn’t fat and how pretty I was. All I could think was “but I am fat and that’s ok”. I didn’t dare to say it out loud though, I felt ashamed of myself and went into the cubical to pee!

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Lately…..

Hello everyone, I’ve been struggling with the blog this week, I’ve only managed to get scheduled posts posted, there has been so much going on! I was definitely ready for the weekend to arrive and I’m looking forward to a few drinks tonight!

We’ve got the builders in the house at the moment, so that means that my house is a complete disaster! They are in sorting out the cellar because it has been flooding, making it damp proof so that we can store things down there finally. Hopefully it will all be finished by Tuesday!

As if that wasn’t enough, the main fuse box exploded on Tuesday night. Luckily James was in alone and acted quickly before any serious damage to the house was done! We had to evacuate and spend the night at Mum and Dad’s. The Norther Power Grid attended and were here all night fixing it, adding a new line to the mains from the road and a new mains fuse! There is now a hugeeee hole outside my front door and on the pavement too!

On the upside, I finally took the plunge and got myself a new camera. I went for the Nikon D3300, which is supposed to be a great entry level DSLR. I’m not photographer but I’d love to learn so I’m hoping this will give me a great start and my husband too!

I’ve got lots of things planned and coming up on the blog. I’ve decided to add three regular monthly features as well, starting this month!

Dress Up FridayWhy dress down when you can dress up! I will be sharing one dressed up outfit on the third Friday of every month! The first instalment will be coming up on Friday 20th!

Beauty buy of the month – This will feature a product I have bought myself this month that I am totally in love with, something that I really recommend to you all! I’m still to decide for this month yet, but that’s coming up on Friday 27th!

My favourite day – I’ve decided to focus on being a bit more positive this year and I’m going to share with you a special or favourite day of mine each month! This will be live on the blog on Sunday 29th!

What have you been up to lately? Do you like my ideas for my new monthly features?

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My goals for 2017!

I want this year to be the best for me, the blog and my life so  I wanted to post about my 2017 goals, something a little bit more positive to start  this year, rather than making resolutions that I cannot keep!

My Goals for 2017-emma-ellis-the-plus-size-of-life-plus-size-blog-plus-size-blogger1. I love my job but at the same time I don’t find it fulfilling anymore. As I had a baby while I was at University I pretty much just graduated and went straight into work. It’s time for me to start doing something I have always dreamed of and starting a career for myself.

2. I literally get to a point where I hibernate and because of my anxiety I cannot pluck up the courage to see if anyone wants to do anything! But this year I want to spend more time with my amazing friends and be a bigger part of their lives!

3. This year I really want to live on the tightest budget we can, become better with money and budgeting and hopefully get well on our way to owning our own home!

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Being a working mum …

This is something that I struggle with, I feel guilty alot for working full time instead of being there to do everything with my daughter.  I wanted to do a post on this and talk about what it is like being a working mum and how I cope with the work/life balance!

When my daughter was born, I was a full time University student. I went back to complete the final year of my course when my daughter was just 3 months old, I managed to get my degree and then start work straight away! I think this is why it has never been a struggle to work and be a mum for me because essentially I have done it from the very start.

That said, there’s something niggling that just gets me lately though, when I see just how much other mothers do wit2012-07-17-15-00-27h their children, I feel like somehow I’m missing out and so is my daughter.

You see, I don’t get up everyday and take my daughter to school, I get up and I leave about 6 am for work and my other half takes her to childcare at 7.30 in the morning and then she is taken to school from there. Likewise, I’m not there to pick her up when school finishes at 15.15, again she goes to childcare and is picked up around 6pm when we are both home from work.

Sometimes, I feel like this means I’m not good enough, like I’m failing my daughter in someway because on the odd occasion where I can take her to school, she gets emotional. I feel like it’s because she doesn’t want the moment to end because it hardly ever happens.

Then I feel I don’t know many of the other mums, which sometimes makes birthday parties extremely difficult for me. I suffer with anxiety anyway and find it really stressful in that type of scenario, where I feel like everyone already knows each other and then there is me!

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