And The Award Goes To

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.  

Style XL Stepboard ShotThe 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 Specialist Plus Size Brand: Curvy Kate / DearScantilly

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.  

Left – Right: Laura from Lolly Likes, Fifi Valentine who picked up Best Plus Size Newcomer and Sam from FattyBoomTatty:

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?jwtb-signature

12 thoughts on “And The Award Goes To…

  1. Aaw! What a lovely post! 🌸🌸 it was such a good day. Never been to an event like this before and i felt so relaxed. Meeting you was lovely 😇 and all the other girls too! Cant wait for another event…. 👑

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words xx it really was a lovely event with so many amazing people and such beauty all in one place. Would of been lovely to put a face to a name but next time hopefully xoxo

    1. Thanks so much Tasha xxx the dress is lovely but it should be as I think it’s probably the 6th 2-in-1 dress I own. I really did have a lovely time and I’m looking forward to the next event.

  2. This award ceremony looks like so much fun, lucky you to have been invited! I’ve found it really difficult when attending events to recognise people from social media too, I now try to stalk their Twitter / IG beforehand to see if I can identify more faces hehe! Absolutely love the dress that you went for, I’m a big fan of bright and colourful looks!

    Abbey 💋

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