After finding each other in Kings Cross we headed over to Hackney to St John's church to meet up with other fabulous bloggers attending, which included Katt from a Fat girl for life, Tanya from secret plus size Goddess, Becky from Does my Blog make me Look Fat?, Lottie from Lottie L'amour and the lovely bra guru Caroline Curvy Wordy.
The venue if I am honest was underwhelming a old church St John's which was nice enough but a huge room, with nowhere to chill out, the music from the catwalk was a bit overwhelming when you were walking round the exhibitors and made it difficult to talk. The first hundred people were given a goody bag which had some sweets a T shirt and the Programme which was nice.
I am having a 60's period at present and generally want to look a bit like a fat mod or Ronnette, and as the poor women at the Voodoo Vixen stall found out don't get me started on the swing dress. So I went full on in a half beehive and my Heart of Haute, Doreen Dress in Atomic Chequers.
I have to report this dress is fabulously comfortable and the pockets are functional. I teamed this with some old silver sandals from River Island that although comfortable are too heavy for a day on your feet, black opaque tights, my Skinny dip raygun bag keeping with a spacey feel. My headband is a Grown and Glory Glitter band.
On entering the venue we headed straight to the Nicky Rockets stall as I knew I wanted a pair of pants and a Unicorns Tee. In my haste I neglected to notice the £10.00 sale rack but did end up with the Perelandra Hare Tee, which I think was the experiment as it is on a pink Tee rather than the eco friendly ones, I kind of wish I had snapped up the grey hare one too as it is lovely.
It was lovely seeing Nicky, Baba and Perelandra, so we ended up chatting for the first hour at the Nicky Rockets stall and not looking at much else because they are just so lovely. I then had a mooch round and we looked at the Voodoo Vixen stall where I moaned at the poor lady about the lack of choice as VV is fine for a swing dress, but what if I don't want a bloody swing dress, there main range does lovely stuff but I find their plus range a bit meh! Although I do love the Katniss and own one and think everyone I have seen looks great in it. To be fair the lady I spoke to was Plus sized and said she was trying to make the people at the top listen, but come on VV if Tara Starlet can do so should you. Anyway to the poor lady I spoke to if you read this sorry for my frothy mouthed rant but I do think a swing dress is a lazy design choice for a fat range still. However, the discounts at VV were fab and although I didn't buy £30.00 for a dress with the second half price is a fabulous discount.
We had a mooch around, a lot of it was to me not that interesting but I did like Plus|Equals which is a upcycling brand which had some interesting choices. including these maribou trimmed cullotes.
But the star for me was A Rose Like This Designs I could have spent a small fortune on Rosie's quirky one off designs and am still debating buying a lipstick print and sheer dress. I am pleased to say this beauty did come home with me and I will do a proper outfit post towards the end of the week.
we then hung around to show our support to Rosie and Nicky Rockets who were both showing on the Catwalk, I did take some pictures but there not great, but I hope this gives you some idea.
|The dress I'm seriously considering.|
We then had ice cream and a sit around outside, whilst trying to decide what to eat. We finally decided upon Yardpizza which was local to the venue, it was a tiny pizza place but did do very tasty pizza. I went for the Chessus Walked pizza with all the cheeses and walnut pesto. It was tasty but pizza and me don't mix so I think that it may well have been my last dalliance with pizza but at least I did it in fine company,
We then hung out and had a final look around. We wanted to do the photo booth with Katt but it had packed up which was a bit sad. I then headed back a bit early as my pizza tummy was kicking in and I felt a urge to get back.
Would I do Curvy Convention again? Well, yes if everyone else was and as a social thing but as a event no not really it was a bit poor. I want a venue with toilets not portaloos and a bit of a chill out area as if it had rained it would have been awful as a lot of time was spent sitting outdoors. I loved some of the brands like Nicky Rockets and Rosie, but was surprised none of the bigger brands bothered which was strange for a London based event. So I suppose in general although I had a fabulous time this was more due to some cool people who were exhibiting and the amazing women I got to hang with.