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11 May

I feel that unless you follow me on my social feeds, particularly my precious Instagram you might miss out on well…many selfies, food photos and the odd interesting titbit. Ahem.

* As you might be aware I got engaged a few weeks back! Mr FFFB and I have been together for nearly 6 years and so we have talked weddings many a time, as well as attending about 8 as a couple and taking mental notes about what we loved about each one. We are hoping to get hitched sometime next June. And so whilst the planning seems extremely daunting, we do have a few ideas about the theme, bridesmaids and groomsmen and so on.

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We have been extremely lucky to have been given lots of lovely cards, including the above card from my parents who do like to edit things to make them personal!

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I found this great clutch from The Literary Company that will be perfect to rock at our forthcoming engagement party and I love how cutesie it is. I think I have engagement fever!

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We were also given the above books as gifts, and they have made things scarier and more concise all at the same time! It’s been rather fun to start filling some of the categories in and think of personal twists that we can add to make the day ours.
I do have a few ideas about the sort of dress I would like, but I still want to try on a few other styles just because if I can’t do that now, when will I ever be able to prance around a shop in impossibly beautiful dresses?! I think I should maybe try to find a venue first as that seems to be rather more pressing…

* It’s May! Which is the best month EVER as my Birthday falls on the 15th! And what could be a more wonderful Birthday treat than being a calender girl!?

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Nicola at My Boudoir made a gorgeous calender featuring twelve ladies that she shot last year, and I was particularly honoured to be included amongst the babes. You can read more about the shoot where I was transformed into two cartoon babes here.

* My beloved mane has gone almost a year with a trim, and so I decided it was time to take the plunge – and who better to give me the snip that one of the fabulous Rockalily girls.
I visited the salon a few weeks ago where I finally got to meet the wonderful wenches (who I creep over on Instagram) – Felicity, Lucie and Emma. Sadly the lady herself ReeRee was working at home that day, but I will hopefully get to meet her next time!
Emma gave me a fab hair cut, ridding me or several inches of split ends which make brushing my hair a dream! I do feel slightly strange with my shorter do and it took a little while to get used to it, but I needed a good snip and I am so pleased with how it looks and how easy it is to style and wash. If you are in London they are well worth a visit for a chop, a great colour or a fabulous style.

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* Some weeks ago I visited Debenhams where I had a wonderful time in their personal shopping department with the luscious Nadine. The personal shopping service is completely free, and you have zero obligation to make a purchase at the end. After a discussion about your style and expectations with a stylist you can sit and relax in a spacious dressing room with a cup of tea and a flapjack whilst a member of staff finds you a variety of pieces that you might need or want. I have to say that Nadine did a great job at bringing me pieces that I definitely loved and some that I would never expect to like at all. I ended up with five dresses from brands Red Herring, Matthew Williamson and Julien MacDonald, four of which surprised me with necklines and lengths.

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Sadly, I can’t seem to find any one them online any more, but if you are in the UK you should definitely take yourselves to a Debenhams that have the personal shopping service and take advantage of some stress free shopping!

* Tis the season for press events! And so recently I attended Eveden’s Moroccan inspired Autumn/Winter 2014 event to have a nosey at the forthcoming offerings from Freya, Fantasie, Elomi, Huit, Goddess and Wacoal.

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The lovely Kate and Holly were wonderful hosts, as ever, and I can’t wait to get my hands on several items from the new collections.

Check out Sophisticated Pair’s round up of four key Eveden brands:

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* A week ago I attended a magnificent event:

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The Kiss Me Deadly Catwalk and Cabaret Extravaganza!
To say it was an extravaganza was an understatement! KMD’s own customers took to the stage to model the amazing pieces from the brand, and boy did they do a good job! You would never have known that it was their first time partaking in such an event, and it was so enjoyable. House Of Burlesque then provided the rest of the entertainment, and it was a spectacular night.

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See more photos and read Catherine from Kiss Me Deadly’s words of thanks here.

* My final bit of news is one that I wish I could say more about, as it’s incredibly exciting! I was recently asked to be a judge on the panel where I helped select the next two ‘Cut For Evans’ young designers. Some of you may recall the last Cut For Evans capsule collections that launched a few months back – and also the mixed reaction it got! I am so glad that it didn’t put Evans off running the competition a second time as it’s a wonderful wonderful idea. Young design students being given the chance to create pieces for plus size women – something the seven young women I saw a few days ago said they had never ever had a chance to do, but they all adored the project, some even expressing a desire to carry on in that field. Four of the girls came from Kingston University where they specialised in knitwear, and three came from Nottingham Uni which specialises in print. The following should give you some idea of the process that the girls went through in order to create their ranges:

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Myself and my fellow judges (a mixture of Evans buyers and designers and fashion editors from big magazines) were all completely blown away by every single entrant. The processes that they went through to go from a blank piece of paper to their wonderful designs were just incredible, a real eye opener! It was so hard to pick our two winners, but I can honestly say that I am very excited to see the pieces get put into production. I did enjoy the last collection for what it stood for, but for me the latest two winners just tick all the boxes with regards to my personal tastes and expectations from a plus size capsule collection. It’s great that students know that plus size design is an option, and they were not afraid to use bold colours and shapes to create something for their target market. The future of plus size fashion looks extremely bright!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed my round up of recent events! It’s something I need to do more as I feel there is so much I need to share with you all and sometimes I don’t get much of a chance to do so.