Friday, 28 November 2014

The British Plus Size Awards 2014

Every industry has that one event. The night where the great and the good gather and take a moment to acknowledge the movers and the shakers, the deserving and the promising.
 Musicians have the Brits, film makers have the Oscars and the plus size industry has the British Plus size awards. A night to celebrate the best and brightest in the world of curves from clothes, accessories, magazines and bloggers, as well as acknowledging those making a difference in business and entertainment.
Always held at the prettiest venues in London this year’s event didn’t disappoint. The Raddison Blu Portman Square was suitably twinkly and beautiful and the perfect backdrop for all the evenings glamour.
As is often the way with any kind of award show the biggest question on everyone’s lips was “what will everyone be wearing” and it was a veritable fashion show.
Blogger Babes

 If anyone ever needs convincing that plus size women can exude style and glamour they should simply spend a few minutes on the plus size awards red carpet. From jewel encrusted ball gowns, beautifully cut wiggle dresses to edgy high fashion the only thing the looks shared was how fabulous they were.
Anna Sholtz, Joanne Hope, Simply be and Jaques Vert were responsible for quite  a few of the looks as were Scarlet and Jo, Miss-guided,Taking Shape and of course Asos Curve.
My outfit consisted of a midnight blue satin frock with a polka dot shrug which was by Carolinas Dress Room my accessories included the most beautiful jewel box clutchbag and diamante court shoes by Simply be. I was channelling some real old school glamour and felt like a fat Liz Taylor-it was wonderful.
A table of big fat sassy

Even more wonderful was spending the evening with my lovely friends Becky, Rivkie, Kate and Elena. A finer group of women you would struggle to find. I also had baba with me and Nicky Rockets was there taking photos so it was a real family affair.
With the cutest girl in the room

The evening was compared by the dashing (and very funny ) Matt Johnson who had every man, woman and child eating out of his hand by the end of the night.
As well as being served a delicious three course feast the line up of acts kept everyone laughing, dancing and thoroughly entertained.
Matt Johnson-winning everyone over

Highlights for me included the stunning  UK Big ballet company. Graceful, enchanting and totally life affirming I loved them. 
The UK Big Ballet Company-stunning

Music was provided by Bethany Churcher whose voice is just stunning and the always gorgeous Rosie O Sullivan who treated us to three tracks from her upcoming album.
Bethany Churcher-beautiful

Comedienne Ashleigh P Owen was just hilarious, I may never get the image of her twerking in a tutu out of my mind (and I don’t think I want to)
As good as the talent was it was the awards that had everyone sitting up in their seats like Meer cats and what a night it was. 
Ashleigh P Owen-she is hilarious

Yours Clothing stormed it, picking up both Best online retailer and best swimwear range, Asos Curve picked up best online retailer and best designer went to Lovedrobe.
And it wasn’t just the big brands picking up gongs, Chunky Cat cuddler won best accessories and bridal label Curves and couture waltzed off with best bridal range (picking up the award in full wedding dresses, what’s not to love)
Lingerie brand Curvy Kate also had a good night winning both “best lingerie brand” and “Best lingerie blog” it’s fair to say their table had a lot to celebrate.
Keeping the glamour setting to 11 was Hayley Hasselhoff (yes the Hoffs daughter) who won plus size model of the year.She is so stunning and ridiculously down to earth. A total babe.
Hayley Hoff-what a babe

The best event recognition was given to Plus North who were so utterly deserving and defiantly got one of the loudest cheers in the room. 
Actress Cheryl Fergison (best known as Heather Trott in Enders)  gave the award to the events co founder Becky Barnes (aka Mrs Bebe) and was absolutely hilarious.
Becky Barnes picking up best fashion event

Having increased the amount of blog awards up for grabs the best new blogger award went to “Pretty Big Butterflies” Best fashion blog went to “She might be Loved” and best blog went to me!!!!
This photo totally sums up my pure joy and disbelief at winning the award

 I  was totally stunned and may have gone a little bit Gwyneth when I collected my award. Sorry everyone. Thank goodness I wore waterproof mascara.Thankyou so much to everyone who voted for me. I am so, so happy and can't stop looking at my award. I know some bloggers get lots of stuff like this or don't need the affirmation but I am over the moon.

Yes I am crying-no I am not sorry

The final award for biggest achievement went to plus size model Sarah Hadzipasic whose genuine shock and delight had everyone filling up.
The lovely Sarah H

Not only was it a wonderful evening celebrating everything positive and wonderful about this plus size world we inhabit, the night also raised money for the charity CRY which stands for “cardiac risk in the young” 
Throughout the evening patrons from the charity as well as parents of children who had sadly lost their lives to young cardiac death gave us little snippets about what the charity does and why it’s so important. It’s such an amazing cause so kudos to the Plus size awards for introducing it to their audience.

Posing with my award

The night ended with the wonderfully camp Blobbie Williams belting out some tunes and amazingly he really did sound exactly like the real thing. There were some very exciting shapes being thrown to “Let me entertain you” which was my cue to turn into a pumpkin.
All in all a great night. We came, we saw, we rocked-Plus size and proud. Roll on next year.
All photos courtesy of the British Plus Size Awards

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