Last weekend was Style XL 2015 a plus size fashion event held in my local city of Birmingham.
Style XL is the brainchild of the wonderful Leah from http://www.leahxl.com.
Leah is genuinely one of the nicest woman I know and someone who I owe a lot of my new found confidence too. It was only last year that I walked my first catwalk at Style XL 2014. This was thanks to the encouragement and support from Leah, this lady rocks. Also a big shout out to her beautiful fiancée Clare who is truly lovely.
Seriously though I remember how much I shook with fear back there in 2014 I’m surprised I made it onto the stage.
Anyway back to Style XL 2015 how do I describe this weekend, two words “totally inspiring”.
The collaboration of plus size fashion brands and confidence building workshops created an awesome event.
Women from around the UK coming together to attend a fashion event where the size on your label is irrelevant.
Fashion brands showcasing the very best of plus size fashion proving that style comes in all sizes.
I had a blast.
Five brands ooh get me.
This year was so different for me, although I was still rather shaky the woman who walked onto that catwalk was very different to the one from last year. I actually relished in the attention. I rocked my curves ha ha get me.
Seriously Style XL was a great success.
Personally though for me Style XL wasn’t about the clothes (sorry brands). It was being surrounded by beautiful inspiring women.
Women that over the last year have become dear friends.
Woman working hard to empower others.
Building people up, encouraging, supporting.
My challenge to myself this year was to turn the virtual hugs into real ones.
I am so confident behind my keyboard but this year I wanted to find that confidence in real life.
I think achieved this.
I got to catch up with old friends and make some awesome new ones.
I pushed all my boundaries, I introduced myself to people and I wore underwear on a catwalk ( don’t panic dad I’ve hidden the photos).
I achieved more than I could possibly have imagined and yes I may be having a little body wobble but I can see how far I have come.
Thank you Leah for having faith in me.
Thank you to the brands for allowing me to showcase your beautiful clothes.
I want to end this post saying this, life is to short to wait to wear the clothes you want. Wear them now and celebrate who you are. Size is a number on a label don’t let it dictate how you live your life.
You are beautiful and don’t let anyone tell you different xxx