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Golden Renaissance Blogger Shoot

Today we’re thrilled to unveil the Golden Renaissance partywear trend on our website – featuring five fabulous bloggers! Allow us to introduce:

Rachel from A Dress Is For Life (Read her write up)

Blogger Rachel wearing Project D for Simply Be

Rosie from A Rose Like This

Blogger Rosie wearing Simply Be party dress

Betty from Pamper and Curves (Read her write up)

Betty Pamper in a sequin party dress

Nancy from Sugar, Darling? (Read her write up)

Nancy wears black and gold skater dress

and repping the US of A… Allie from Inside Allie’s World

American plus size blogger Allie

The shoot took place at the stunning Thornton Manor in the Wirral – the perfect backdrop for such an opulent collection.

Hair and make-up went to town for this super-glam shoot. We just loved Betty’s bee-hive!

Betty's Beehive

Nancy in make up

The shoes!

The bloggers' shoes

The final group shot – stunning.

Blogger group shot

It wasn’t all oh-so serious though…

Bloggers in a row

We dare you to look at this photo without smiling :)

Fun times :)

We’d like to say a massive thank you to the amazing bloggers for being such fabulous models for us. We hope you all love the shoot as much as we do!

Plus London Three

Last weekend the Simply Be team headed to the big smoke for Plus London 2013. The event, which is in its third year was held at Hoxton Arches in fashionable East London, where plus size beauties and brands came together to celebrate all things curvaceous! It was so fab catching up with all our lovely blogger friends and so lovely to meet some newbies!

Simply Be Stand

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August News Round Up 2013

Autumn is slowing getting nearer and before we don our jackets and boots, we say goodbye to the summer months with a look back at the month of August and share our highlights from the plus size world.

In celebration of National Underwear Day at the start of August, these lovely bloggers took our gorgeous Gok Wan shapewear range for a blogger challenge review.From top left to right Mel at Gladrags and Handbags, Rachel at A dress is for life, Lorna at Ginger Pear Drop, Bethany at Arched Eyebrow, Claire at A Monkey Fatshionista and Mhairi at Lily Bobombs.


Also check out the reviews from Em at Boombands blog and Gemma at Fat Frocks.

In the news:

Our very own plus size model Candice Huffine, and actress Gabourey Sidibe were featured in Harper’s Bazaar ‘Singular Beauties’ spread & both look stunning in this high fashion shoot. The spread is filled with diversity, featuring models and actresses of different sizes, ages and ethnicity. Gabourey’s styling sparked a bit of a debate though – what do you make of it? Check it out here.

Simone Charles winner of a plus size modelling competition starred in her first shoot for plus size magazine Slink, wearing our gorgeous Gok Wan shapewear range. She is totally rocking the pool side look!

gok wan shoot

This month, bloggers took on an Anna Scholz style challenge, where they each reviewed an item from our Anna Scholz designer range. Check out their pics and reviews below…

Nancy at Sugar Darling is wearing the Anna Scholz Jewel Print dress.


Check out Nikki’s at Natty Nikki take on this same jewel print dress.


Rosie from A Pocketful of Rosie and Cass from Plump Parsnip are both looking gorgeous in the Anna Scholz Print Peplum dress. Like the dress? Click on their picture to read their individual review.

rosie plump

And finally to complete the take 5 challenge, we’ve got Anne from Braids and Blouses wearing this smart and sassy metallic shirt.


We’d love to know what you got up to in August? What are you looking forward to, over the next season? xx

Plus North 2013

Over the weekend, the Simply Be team headed off to attend one of the hottest plus size events of the year – Plus North. This plus size beauty & fashion event took place on Saturday 7th September in our home town of Manchester – whoop whoop!

The event was organised by bloggers Becky Barnes and Toni King and took place at the lovely Renaissance Hotel right in the hub of the city centre. The day was a success and we had such a great time meeting all the bloggers and Simply Be shoppers! :)

Organisers Becky & Toni – they both did an amazing job on Saturday – well done girls!


The Simply Be team were on hand to show off our new autumn winter range, here’s a few pics from our beautiful stand… ;)




Mmmm yummy cupcakes…


As one of the sponsors we got to showcase our beautiful autumn/winter collection with a catwalk show. The atmosphere was amazing and our gorgeous models were well received as they strutted down the runway.

Here they all are ready and raring to go…

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Straight off the catwalk – looking fabulous!


While we were there we also spied a few ladies wearing our clothes, so of course we snapped them up…

Here’s the lovely Betty, blogger at Pamper and Curves wearing our cut out detail skater dress – we’re loving the hair do Betty!


Becky, blogger at Does my Blog Make me Look Fat looks great in one of our Blogger Takeover dresses – the Boombands dress – gorgeous!


We had a brilliant time at the event – thanks to all the people we met and the lovely models who took part in our catwalk show – you were fabulous! Until next time… :)

Did you attend Plus North? Let us know your thoughts? xx





How to put Together a Maternity Wardrobe

When you’re pregnant you’ve obviously got big things on your mind, but it’s a time when many ladies can start to feel a bit unsexy; your clothes don’t fit any more, you always feel uncomfortable, maybe a bit hot and bothered. Well don’t worry as there are easy ways to stay true to your look, without suffering for style’s sake! Here’s our guide to shopping for maternity clothing.

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Top 10 Picks of the Summer Sale!

Our summer sale is now on and it’s a good one! But we all know how hard is it to trail through the sales (let along how tempting is it to just grab everything!) and pick out those must have bargains, so we’ve done the hard work for you and chosen our favourite picks of this season’s sale!

So here’s our must-have list below:

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5 Pairs of Plus North Tickets to give away…

We are very excited about the upcoming event Plus North which this year is taking place in our lovely city of Manchester – woohoo!


It’s not long to go now until the plus size blogging community get together to celebrate all things plus size and we’re so happy and proud to be one of their main sponsors again this year as we were last year.

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Simply Be Interviews Becky from Plus North

With plus size fashion event Plus North coming to Simply Be’s home town of Manchester this September, we caught 5 minutes with blogger and founder of Plus North Becky Barnes to get the scoop.

Why did you decide to start Plus North?

I’d recently attended Plus London 2 back at the beginning of 2012. I’d got chatting to a few northern based bloggers and we’d all agreed it would be great to have an event in the north of England. As much as we love travelling to the capital, it’s always nice to attend events closer to home. I’m not sure if it was the champagne but I agreed to organise a northern plus size event. Little did I know it would evolve into the event it is today. I chose Leeds as the the host city when Leeds based blogger Toni kindly offered to help me out with the event and that was how we got started!

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