I always love meeting people, so was delighted to hear about Plus North, an event for curvy women held in Leeds. Similar gatherings are usually in London but Toni and Becky, the organisers of Plus North were keen that women above the Watford Gap have an event of our very own!
I like Leeds, it’s such a bustling lively city, and as such it reminds me so much of my very own Liverpool.
Held last weekend, Plus North was at the Aspire venue in the city centre. Upon entering we were given a hearty welcome, a generous drinks voucher, plus a lanyard with our names and the ID of our blogs on them.
I was overwhelmed by the number of ‘plus size’ bloggers there are in the UK, and how many attended Plus North. Many I had ‘met’ on Twitter or Facebook beforehand, how nice it is to already know people, it makes the whole business of making friends so much easier.
Plus North not only boasted lots of clothing retailers (Evans, Simply Be, Curvissa, Chesca, Excite Clothing, F&F, Ann Harvey) with special offers and sample sales for delegates, but the event had freebies as well – and who doesn’t adore a gift?
The makeup brand Benefit who I wasn’t familiar with were doing free make up makeovers so guess who was pretty early in the queue?
It was clearly all hands on deck as I was lucky enough to have Leanne, Benefit’s Area Manager for Yorkshire, do my makeup. I’m not sure about you but I find myself getting into a bit of a routine, pretty much doing the same thing for day time then of an evening slapping on a bit more eyeliner and lipstick, so it’s always helpful to get some tips from the experts on how to make the best of one’s face.
There were also some lovely ladies – whose names I’m ashamed to say I have forgotten – offering manicures in exchange for a donation if we could spare a few coins. They were raising money for a Cystic Fibrosis charity, and of course Plus North delegates were happy to donate in exchange for a pampering!
We were also treated to cupcakes and brownies (essential foodstuffs) and a fashion show, made all the more unique because the models were delegates and bloggers! Each looked absolutely gorgeous in such flattering styles.
The stalls and freebies were ace – but the best part of all was meeting fellow bloggers and curvy ladies; what a friendly, vibrant community to be a part of! The overwhelming enthusiasm for fashion really came across, but there was a sense of sadness too that much of the time women felt they couldn’t go shopping on the high street – one of life’s true pleasures – due to a sheer lack of choice and instead were forced to rely on the internet.
Ordering something then waiting for even just a day or two for it to arrive simply isn’t the same as the buzz of trying something on in a shop, finding it fabulous and taking it home. I’m just sorry so many women don’t get to experience that.
By the end of event, Toni and Becky were saying they hope to make Plus North an annual event, and hold it in a different northern city each year.
Ladies, Liverpool would love to have you…