I was fortunate enough to be extended an invitation to attend the very first Style XL Awards organised by Leah from Style XL and find out who the award goes to. So yesterday I dusted off my finery and travelled to Birmingham for a celebration of achievements within the plus size community. The event was held at the Rose Villa Tavern in the Jewellery Quarter.
The dress code was partywear and although I had a couple of choices and could of shopped for many more, I decided to debut my new Scarlett & Jo 2-in-1 dress which can be found over at Simply Be. Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge fan of the 2-in-1 dress and this one is no exception. It has a really nice wrap neckline and a gorgeous floral skirt featuring pink, orange and lilac. It has all the features I love in the 2-in-1 style. The top is stretchy, the elastic waistband pulls me in a bit and the flowing skirt gives me enough room to move. My footwear choice was a little pair of black peep toe kitten heels from eBay. I’d love to say I had a cute little handbag but my choice was based on practicality and the fact I had so much to carry around with me.
Leah did a fantastic job putting the event together and the venue was great although if yesterday’s success was anything to go by I think you’ll need a bigger boat. I have never been to a formal awards ceremony so I can’t really compare but I really like the informal vibe. There was a cacophony of amazingness represented from within the community from brands and models to vloggers and bloggers. All the nominees were totally worthy for bringing something to the plus size table and the winners were:
Most Inspiring Blogger: Secret Plus Size Goddess
Best Plus Size YouTube Channel: Glowpinkstah
Best Plus Size Model: Fuller Figure Fuller Bust – Blogger & Model
Best Plus Size Publication: Lifesize Magazine
Most Engaging Brand: Simply Be Fashion
Best Plus Size Newcomer: Fifi Valentine
Best Social Media Campaign: #IAmMe – Evans
Top Social Media Influencer: Lottie L’amour
Outstanding Achievement (Person): Grace Francesca Victory for BBC Documentary
Outstanding Achievement (Brand): Curvy Kate
‘One to Watch’: Radioactive Unicorn
Although I was already on my journey of body acceptance finding some of these bloggers and influencers really helped me realise it is ok to be ok with my body and it is ok to want to look nice and not hide away. It also helped put me in touch with brands I may never of come across otherwise and clothes I may never of discovered. Speaking of clothes there was so much fabulousness worn yesterday it was a visual delight. I honestly do not believe there was a badly dressed person there but here are a couple of my favourite looks.
I got to see and squidge some of my favourite people (far too many to mention), as well as meet some amazing new people and I always think that is one of the best thing about these events. Connecting like minded people that may never usually come into contact. When you hear from someone that they’ve never been to a place where they felt they belonged, you know someone is doing something right. The other thing I realised is I need to start knowing and recognising people by their actual name rather than their social media handle (It was lovely to meet you Diana formally known to me as DianaSaladPot from Twitter).
What were your highlights from the Style XL Awards? Let me know your feedback about any plus size events you have attended or any you are looking forward to?