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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Home is where the Art is


Over the last few months Dan and I have been working on re-doing our flat. We've lived alone for nearly 4 years and all though we don't own the property this flat truly feels like our home. Buying a house isn't on the cards for us right now, but we still wanted to make our rented property reflect us so we decided to invest it making it as lovely as possible. In the last 6 months we have painted, bought new furniture, and tried to make use of the small space we have buy re-organising the layout. Investing in greenery was the next on our list of priorities as I truly believe plants can completely alter a space. 


The final element of making the house feel more homely was to introduce more art on to our walls. We had a gallery wall before but it didn't feel quite right, and I was struggling to find prints, photography or art work that reflected our style.  I asked out on an interiors group I am part of on Facebook and they kindly directed me to  Desenio. I had them stored on my iphone notes ready to order when they kindly offered to collaborate with me here on the blog. 


The thing which impressed me the most about Desenio is just how easy the process of buying prints and frames is with them. Usually I would go via somewhere like etsy, find a print I like then buy a frame separately which isn't too difficult but certainly more time consuming. With Desenio it's all there for you to do in one, and they show examples through imagery on what sizes are what, and with the prints in frames, this is an incredibly helpful element! Theres are all styles of prints to choose from in a number of categories making searches for something in particular smooth and easy.


When choosing my prints I went for the botanical inspired selection, with printed palms and leaves as well as shadowed and black and white photographs. I chose these styles, one because they remind me of tropical climates,  which you all know Dan and I love) and two because they really work with simplistic white walls and the modern boho vibe of my living room space.  I think the green prints are my favourite especially sitting alongside my living plants, it just makes the house feel warm and welcoming, especially when the sun is shining brightly through our tall Victorian bay windows. We are actually planning on ordering more frames from them to put our wedding photos into, something we haven't had a chance to do yet and I think it will finally make the house really feel done. 

So if you are looking for some new wall art, or frames then I absolutely recommend Desenio. 
In fact I have a 25% discount code for my readers which you can use on the site on Poster Prints! 
Simply use the code CALLIE25 to get the discount (Please note this excludes the handpicked category) This code is valid from 20th-22nd June only. 


I hope you've enjoyed this post which was kindly sponsored by Desenio. I plan on sharing more photos of my flat over the next few months, so do leave me a comment if you would like to see more of this.

Callie XO
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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

La Redoute Plus - Why you need to check it out


Most weeks I get a new email from a reader asking me to recommend places to find good, quality plus size clothing, and every time I send a list off with the same few brands, most of which ends with a reply of  'Oh I already know them'. The pool of choice has always been small for us plus size gals, especially when it comes to finding something a bit different that everyone isn't going to be wearing or for perhaps a more mature style vibe that you just can't achieve with other brands.

This my friends is where La Redoute comes in. The french online fashion retailer is popular for it's chic french style, and  of course its gorgeous home-wear but many of us don't know that they have a plus size line. Well actually, selected pieces of their standard main women's range goes up to a 24 as well as having Castaluna their dedicated Plus Size line which starts at size 14 and goes right up to 36.

Just this week I visited their show room in London to work on a video talking through some of my favorite pieces from the website and I was more than pleasantly surprised to find that I had such a great choice of items. Jumpsuits, Dresses, Shirts, Jeans, Culottes, Dungarees they even have some gorgeous swimwear. It was so hard to choose! When choosing an item to shoot for this post it just had to be this gorgeous Culotte Jumpsuit because it was one of my favorite finds not only for quality but also for versatility for how to wear it. I only wish I could link it in, it was so popular on my Instagram that it has now sold out!



As you can see this is a perfect item to wear for perhaps a special occasion, like a wedding, Christening or a special night out. But as well as this it is super easy to dress down, I simply added a white tee underneath and swapped out my heels for some trainers which took the look from glam to casual instantly.


 Overall I am so impressed with La Redoute and cannot wait to share with you the cool video we filmed together which highlights my favourite summer picks.


SHOP LA REDOUTE PLUS SIZE RANGE






*This post was in collaboration with the lovely guys at La Redoute 
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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

My first three months of Freelancing



After months of, deliberating and overthinking I finally made the decision to go part time in my job to focus more on my blogging career. This blog started from my sofa, and what began as a fun hobby to share my journey to body confidence become so much more than that, it has actually become a my job. Within the first two years of blogging I began my journey into the fashion industry somewhere I never dreamed I would work, because lets be realistic the fashion industry isn't usually the place for folks like me.  It didn't happen overnight but as I became more active on my blog I began getting approached to model and review plus size lines for brands, and people started to take an interest in what I had to say.

I learnt so much from the plus size community, about the true lack of representation of plus size women in the media and it encouraged me to speak out on the subject on my social media channels. This blog has given me such wonderful, unbelievable opportunities ones that I never imagined I would get. Writing for magazines, modelling, presenting, radio, TV My biggest achievement to date saw me become the first ever UK plus size fashion columnist for world renowned magazine Marie Claire and I did this all whilst working my full time job. 

In the early days of blogging weekends would involve dragging poor Dan out to shoot me in my latest outfit, and afternoons would be spent  writing up my posts. Monday mornings on the tube would be when I would answer emails, and plan my evenings of events and after work would attend said events, easy peasy lemon squeezy, life was good. For a while it worked perfectly, blogging slotted into my life and just worked. But after time, when my work load increased, and I started to find myself with more deadlines, more emails, more work and the balance started to tip.

 All of my annual leave was taken on my blogging jobs, which of course was amazing that I was getting jobs but equally exhausting especially when it didn't leave me much room for down time. People think that blogging is this easy, fun, no real work kinda job, when actually so much work goes into it, the planning, photography, the negotiations, meetings, shooting, writing, it all takes time. I tried to ignore the tiredness and stress of juggling the jobs because for the first time in years I was actually earning a good wage, I was was getting myself out of debt (well except for my ginormous student load, but yeh, lets just forget about that one) Having a routine, working with great people and enjoying my role was what kept me working two jobs and for a while I balanced the two so well.

Then there was a shift, and I felt it, I started to become exhausted with working 9-5, commuting and doing everything else on top, I barely saw my friends, my diary would be blocked out, I was overworked, unorganised and unhappy. My mental health was in the pits and my anxiety about letting people down was crippling. To add to this I thought it would also be a good idea to plan our wedding during the busiest, perhaps most successful time in my career, glutton for punishment, that's me! Christ, was it tough, weddings are tough in general but doing that and everything else was intense. Everyone started to say to me, 'Cal you are doing so much maybe it's time to go part time at work.'  But I was scared, I was scared about losing the wage that helped get me out of debt, that enabled Dan and I to finally travel the world like we always dreamed we would. It also meant that we could have the most perfect wedding, payed for entirely by ourselves with no help from anyone (something that was really important to me) I wanted all of those things, and in order to get them I had to work hard. I was scared of relinquishing control, I was scared that going part time wouldn't work out, that I would be back to square one, living off of savings or credit cards.

These are things that we are scared to admit to people, that we are scared to make big changes to our life, we are scared of failure. I was, I still am. I am scared that blogging just won't work out, that all my hopes and dreams on this career will just crumble and I will be back to square one. But I decided to strop letting fear rule me, and me rule the fear, use it to drive me to succeed, to make me work extra hard on those two days I am now a freelancer. 

Yes it is hard but when does success ever come easy, we have to work for the things we want in life right? So, we are three months in and so far so good. Having two days to work from home has meant more time for breakfast meetings to network and meet brands, time to actually go to the day events that I would miss due to being in work. It has giving me time to focus and develop what I want from this industry, helped me be focus on my goals. But most importantly it has given me a chance to introduce some balance into my life, to enjoy time with my husband, to see my friends, to focus on my health. When it's all said and done, money comes and goes, careers change but your health and happiness is the most important thing and that is what I am focusing on now, wish me luck. 

Photo taken at my first blogger campaign this year with Dorothy Perkins Curve
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Monday, 29 May 2017

A turning point in my life



Todays blog post is a little different than my usual, perhaps more personal than I have posted lately but, recently I was asked to take part in both an exciting but equally meaningful campaign with Italian brand Marina Rinaldi The campaign and competition is called The Turning Point and the concept is for women to share a real impacting moment in their life be it small or large that has made a difference to them. My turning point moment, may seem insignificant to others but it is one that I believe has really changed me and my life for the better, in more ways than I could ever imagine and I like to think it has also in part helped impact others. Here is my turning point story:

My Turning Point

Life is a funny old thing, from year to year we look back and think of how different things are from the years before. We are growing as people all the time, our views, our friendships, our jobs these all change as we grow older and it is a part of life. One thing that we cannot deny is that sometimes the path we are on in life leads us to funny places, and some experiences, lessons and moments have a real impact on us. Nearly five years ago I began my journey into the blogging world when I started writing an online diet journal in a desperate attempt to shame myself into finally losing weight.

At the time I hated how I looked, I had not long graduated from University and I watched as many of my friends set off to travel or get serious jobs as teachers or high flying jobs in banks. Straight after uni I took a job at a university and worked as a receptionist, and I actually loved it, but I always felt ashamed about it, that I had somehow failed at getting a 'real graduate job' and I blamed that entirely on my weight. When I started the blog in a desperate attempt to get slim, I used it as a way to pour out hateful thoughts about how disgusted I was about myself. The blog equaled accountability and I thought if I had people encouraging me, that I would finally be able to let go of my complicated (disordered) relationship with food.

I called the blog slimming in the city and week to week I would log my weighloss it in form of a food diary and journal and share it on my social media channels. People loved it, they told me they too wanted to lose weight, that they were proud of me for taking control and that spurred me on to want to lose more and more each weigh in. I started to obsess over every meal, cry and binge when I failed and use laxative aids to help me, but I was losing weight. However this only lasted for a short while, the pressure of sharing my journey was intense, and when I didn’t lose weight I would feel a failure. My anxiety was the worst it had ever been, I felt sick at the thought of telling the readers, my friends and family that I had gained weight or that I had let myself down. I would cry, and feel awful and this vicious circle of self-hatred began.

Then one day everything changed for me. Knowing that I a holiday coming up I decided to search the term ‘Plus Size Swim wear’ into google as I needed something new to take with me and what happened next changed my whole life. When searching the term a blogpost popped up. It was from American fashion blogger Gabi Fresh, and it described the life and style of a beautiful girl who also happened to be my size. 

I spent hours and hours reading. Seeing all these amazing outfit ideas and reading such positive words had a profound impression on me; from there, I also stumbled upon many other body-positive blogs ones that encouraged loving yourself at whatever size. The more and more I read the more I reflected on just how sad and hurtful my own words were. I asked Dan my boyfriend (now husband) if he thought the diet diary was a good thing and he for once was openly and honestly told me no. He explained how he hated to see me so upset, to be so obsessed with my weight, he hated to see me cry over a half a pound  or see me writhing on the floor in pain with cramps from over using laxatives. 
and it was then that I decided the diet diary had to go. If I was going to lose weight it couldn’t be from such a negative place, it couldn't be from self hatred and it was then that my new blog was born. 

I called it From the Corners of the Curve with the idea that there is no corner to a curve and that you can decide your own path in life. My blog then became a place to share my new-found love for fashion, my travel experiences and my personal experiences as a plus-size woman navigating life. My blog has allowed me numerous opportunities including, travelling, writing, modelling for many brands (including Marina Rinaldi) as well as being the first ever Plus Size columnist in the UK for Marie Claire, it truly has changed my life and now is now my professional career. I think back to that day on my sofa, and how that one google search changed my life and took me on a journey to something new and positive. Sometimes it just takes one small thing to impact us and no matter how small we should acknowledge and be proud of those things, I for one will never forget it. 

Do you have a turning point story or a moment that impacted you? If so why not share it with Marina Rinaldi for a chance to win an exclusive in-store experience at the Marina store in Milan during Fashion Week. You’ll be a special guest at the Marina Rinaldi Event, win a voucher for €500 as well as a personal shopper experience to create your chosen look. I am on the judging panel so would love to see some of my readers as you all mean so much to me. Without you, this blog would be nothing. Simply click here to watch my video story and also submit your own.

Thank you again for being part of my moment. 
*This post was in collaboration with my friends at Marina Rinaldi 
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