In London today? Nothing to do? come along and get a few bargains! I will be there with lots of plus sized vintage items and some of my own personal vintage too. Come and say hi!
It’s very rare for a plus size event to take place in my home town of Birmingham that brings bloggers from far and wide. An occurrence so rare in fact that its only ever happened once. Yesterday. Model Tess Munster was in town for a meet and greet, and bring them from far and wide is exactly what she did. I felt quite proud of my new favourite Brummy fatty shop for hosting an event outside of London- make the Londoners travel for a change!
As well as meeting Tess I also met baby Franklin who is another Instagram superstar- so much so that I spotted and recognised him before I even saw his mother. In fact, I couldn’t even remember his mother’s name (sorry Lolly!) but Franklin’s name rolled off my lips immediately.
It was hard work getting Mr F to smile as he just looked at me suspiciously for a while but it was worth the wait. He even managed to charm Tess- though as you can see he gave me a bigger smile :-)
Franklin with his mom, the vibrantly attired Lolly from Lolly Loves Fatshion.
Cheesin’ with Katie from Toodaloo Katie
Meeting Hannah and friend from Fabulously Fat Fashion.
A great fatshion afternoon and I didn’t even have to leave the city.
The Beloved Endeavour online Etsy store is packing up its cases and hitting the road. I have secured a stall at Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair in Worcester this Sunday 26th October, at the Guild Hall. I’m happy and nervous all at once as I’ve not done a proper stall before, but I’m optimistic it will go well. I have LOADS more stock than what is on the website in size 12- 30. I even have a few size 10 items too. If you are in the area, come along- and bring friends! Please share!
Guild Hall, High Street, Worcester, WR1 2EY.
The winning ticket has been drawn from the Simply Be hat and the winner is……
JULIA MORAN MARTZ!
Thanks to everyone for entering and again, thanks for all the birthday greetings! More contests soon!
By far the coolest thing I’ve seen all week….
You can’t really tell from the photo as you can’t see all the cables that would be at the bottom of the pic, but the sewing machine is powered by the stationary bike. The person on the bike pedals away like a maniac while the artist stitches their portrait as they cycle, interviewing them and incorporating tidbits of their concise life stories into each piece. Its a fascinating process to witness and the skill and precision of the artist is mesmerising.
The artist is Harriet Riddell and the event is Craftspace. Now in its third year the event has grown from a one day event into a 5 day crafting minifest incorporating hand and machine embroidered textiles, jewellery making with cardboard and live music. It’s held in St Phillip’s Cathedral Square (more commonly known as Pigeon Park) and it really made me feel proud to be a Brummie.
I was so impressed. My beloved Birmingham used to get a lot of stick for being generally a bit rubbish, but my city has really pulled its socks up and is making its mark. It’s great for big brand shopping but it’s the independents that really make me beam. The vintage elegance of Agnes & Norman shoes, the eclectic homewares of Handmade Boutique, and the delicious eats at Yorks Bakery Cafe are among my favourite places to visit in the city centre. Not to mention our brand spanking library (which looks like a gigantic wedding cake) which is fast becoming my number one spot to relax. Oh yes, its a good time to be in Brum.
PS- I did consider having my own portrait stitched but I started to think….. Can I cycle non stop for 15-20 mins? Will I look like a sweaty heap? Will the bike collapse underneath me? OMG everyone’s looking. I’ll just watch….
I can hardly believe that this month marks five whole years since this blog started. We’re all used to the old adage that time flies when you’re having fun, but seriously- five years? If my blog was a child he or she would be about to start school. If it was a marriage we’d we celebrating our wooden anniversary, and if it was a wine it would be nicely mature. It really makes me think about what direction I want to go in next.
I’ve met some great people over the past five years, and had some fantastic opportunities like appearing on the telly, writing for an online magazine, meeting up with other bloggers that I love, going to press days and preview events- and of course- all the freebies! Who doesn’t like freebies? Freebies don’t drive me but they are certainly a bonus.
I’ve had an absolute ball, truly and I want to thank you all for your support. Every reader, commenter, every person who’s sent me an email, shared a link to this blog, or told someone about it. a big, superhuge THANK YOU. You make a difference.
Here comes the good part.
To celebrate, and say thank you again, I’ll be running a series of contests throughout the month of September with a variety of different prizes. Like I said- who doesn’t like a freebie? Watch this space for more info.