I'm very sorry if all I've been blogging and tweeting about lately is Plus London, but it was this weekend - so you can all breathe a sigh of relief and wait for your blogroll to fill with lots of lovely pictures! ;)
The daytime was pretty chilled with shopping on Oxford Street and delicious sushi for lunch
before a party at The Strand Gallery in the evening.
But instead of doing an epic write-up, I'd figure I'll just share my favourite photos:
1. Me and Miria have a fabulous taste in cardigans!
2. Finally getting to meet the darling Maria who I feel like I've known forever online!
3. Pre-party cocktails with us girls who are always nattering on Twitter - we later christened ourselves 'Team Redhead' (with Jade an honourary member)...
From L-R: Claire, Amy, Sarah, Ellie and Jade. EPIC FANGIRLING on my part!
4. Katie, Deena and Valerie - all completely dwarfing me with their fabulousness...
5. Devon looking gorgeous - and her fascinator was made by local designer Jayne of The Libertarian. She had a bit of an unconventional way of carrying the delicate peice - ask her nicely and she might share the story! :)
6. I was SO excited to meet Nadia, as she's been a follower of this blog from the very start - and I was one of her first readers too.
7. Miria and her sister - they're so cute, and my fellow Italians! (although I'm only 25%...)
8. Mel and her sister. They're so beautiful - and very sweet!
9. Amy is so bloody gorgeous and I loved her oversized bow. I fangirled a bit, too!
And of course my favourite photo of the whole event...
(FYI: If you'd like to use any of the photos - please feel free, but link back to my blog!
Claire, Amy, Georgina, Wendy and Lauren - with an EPIC photobomb from Naomi!
It was also Georgina's 21st birthday!
There's also some bigger/better quality versions on the Plus London Tumblr. If you'd like any larger versions sent directly to you - please just get in touch! :))
There's going to be some more photos surfacing as people begin writing their posts about the event - plus we also had official photos taken by Geoff and Diana of Fashion Loves Photos (who I developed a MAJOR girl crush on!) and The Second Floor Studio.
At the end of the evening, I was elected to make a speech about Lauren and her general fabulousness, but I was a bit wobbly on my heels and afformentioned fizzy pop - so I passed the flame to Miss. Ding, who made a bunch of us well up.
Oh us writers are such an overEMOtional bunch aren't we?
Honestly, the event could not have gone any better - everyone got along so well, and I've never been so proud to be part of such a tight-knit community.
Events like this make you completely forget about the drama that sometimes surrounds the blogosphere - such as snide comments, jealousy and of course the looming shadow of Anon and the Keyboard Warriors! (Wouldn't that be an awesome name for a band?! I bet they make angry music.)
Amanda told me at one point, how she feels like part of a sisterhood - like we're all for one and one for all.
I also found it interesting when she said how the event felt less about a celebration of plus-sized women, but more as a celebration of women of all shapes and sizes.
And that's a thought to keep a hold of!
Thank you to everyone who attended the event, it was amazing how everyone clicked straight away and hearing everyone's stories and thoughts about why they choose to blog.
Even if you didn't attend - thank you to everyone who wishes us luck and tweeted - believe me, you're a part of this, too.
In the words of my friend, Daniel (who had an obscene amount of fans at the event...) - Arms in the air, everyone!
Muchos MUCHOS muchos love,
EDIT: Oh, I'd also like to post this video in honour of Anika.
We treated the lucky surrounding bloggers to a rendition of Fairytale by Alexander Rybak, the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest winner for Norway...
Looks like you guys had fun! :)ReplyDelete
I think I just bought the same floral dress as yours on ebay??
Yay even more pictures! :)ReplyDelete
It was lovely meeting you!
Hahahahaha! I laugh outloud everytime I see that picture! Naomi is going down in Plus London history for that!ReplyDelete
Was lovely to meet you Pet (hehe) can't wait to see you again...
Ps I read FanGirl as Fang Irl and couldn't work out WHAT you were going on about!
Looks like you had an amazing time! The pictures all look lovely :) I can't wait to see everyone start posting their pictures this week.ReplyDelete
It looks like a tonne of fun! I'm so glad it went so well :) I'm so sorry we couldn't meet up, I still can't find my phone :(ReplyDelete
I have the heart cardi too! Go Beth Ditto for Evans! And that fascinator is amazing.
Gorgeous photos (: It looks like you all had an amazing time. V. Jealous!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful ladiiieeeessss! Looks like such fun :) xReplyDelete
HAHAHHAHAHHAHA Carla, hat of to you love! That is so funny. am playing it and singing at the top of my voice now. next, the dance! Had such fun with you! Just posted now, linking to you hon. Sending you big hugs xxxReplyDelete
What lovely time you had Carla. I hope you are well. haven't seen you for ages. I missed you :(ReplyDelete
Hello! *waving* It was great meeting everyone and I had a grand time. It was a bit like stepping into my computer monitor!ReplyDelete
omgosh I love that girl, Mel. I follow her blogspot, too. :DReplyDelete
You look darling, Carla!
It was SO lovely to meet you properly (FINALLY!)and I was totally fangirling at you :D I had such a lovely time, even if I was only there for a little while, thank you for intriducing me to the wonders of Yo sushi! :)ReplyDelete
"5. Devon looking gorgeous - and her fascinator was made by local designer Jayne of The Libertarian. She had a bit of an unconventional way of carrying the delicate peice - ask her nicely and she might share the story! :)"ReplyDelete
Haha. I wanted to protect them!
Nice to see you, as always Carla, we must keep bumping in to each other like this ;) x
Haha, Rybak! The whole of Norway had Rybak fever when he first got on Eurovision (which we call Melodi Grand Prix over here, by the way)ReplyDelete
Oh, and those are some beautiful pictures of beautiful people right there. Looks like you had fun! :D
Glad to see everyone had loads of fun :)ReplyDelete
I've already told work I'm having time off for the next one, really wanted to come and meet everyone
it's been a great day spent in company of great people!ReplyDelete
It's been a pleasure to know you, even if in the end I didn't managed to teach you some Italian! XD
This is such a lovely post, you girls look great and like you had loadsa fun.ReplyDelete
Everyone looked fantabulous! Nothing else to be said, it's a fun gang!ReplyDelete
Loved the pictures on this post. Looks like it was such a great time, and it's great to read on everyone's blogs that these people I admire are just as nice in real life as they are online.ReplyDelete
I want this meetup in here (Israel) too!ReplyDelete
It looks amazing.
Great pictures, and thanks for the links!
Beautiful photos ... I love your black and white sweater with hearts :)ReplyDelete
I am sure it was a great event!! I wish I could have been there!!!ReplyDelete
come, visit and follow my blog!
LOOOOVEEE the heart cardi!!! I need it in my life!! love the blog - of course!!ReplyDelete
and you're on my blogroll baby!!!
jessica of www.fatshionchic.com
I'm Erika from Italy and i have a "fatshion blog" too!
I didn't know that there was such a great curvy community on the net...i felt so "small" and lonely with my blog...but...here's my blog http://passionforfatshion.blogspot.com/
I always watch Eurovision and bought Fairytale by Alexander Rybak that year because it reminded me of an old disney song even though the words are very melancholic. Glad others share my wide musical taste!ReplyDelete
Glad you had such a great time in London your networking event looked proper fun!