My Day in the Shoes of a Curvy Fashion Blogger, Belle Curve

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November 17, 2013

I receive the occasional out-of-the-box event invite.  A little removed from the normal invites I get, generally related to food or travel, but it is very rare.  A few weeks ago one such invite popped into my inbox to the launch of a plus size fashion label, Belle Curve.

My first instinct was to blurt out, “Oh damn, the world knows I am fat!”  Which really isn’t something I hide.  If you Google me you will find photos of me on the interwebs, I don’t hide my face on the blog, nor do I shy away from publicity photos at events.  No secrets here.

I prefer to use the word curvy, others would use words such as fat, obese or even whale.  The older I get, the taunts seem to get less and less, but only as recently as a couple of years ago I was yelled at across a park about my size, and not in a nice way.  You don’t expect it, and it really does shake you.  Ahhhh yes, humans, such a lovely species.

As you get older your skin gets thicker.  Sure it hurts when somebody directly attacks you about your size, and yes I have cried on the odd occasion.   These days most people I met face to face have only nice things to say about me, what they say behind my back, to be quite frank, who knows or cares.

Generally my readers send emails and comments filled with lovely general discussions, or they want to debate about something I have written.  That’s okay, I like that, and am completely open to people challenging me.  When they attack me on my physical appearance, then that hurts and of course those comments never see the light of day.

But let’s get back to the invite I received.  After the initial split second ‘they know’ thoughts.  I had a chuckle to myself.  As I said, no mystery I am a curvy girl.  I actually put the following status update on my personal Facebook profile;

“It’s official I’m fat (yah, I already knew), but it seems that I am now not only on food PR and travel PR lists, I have now officially made the ‘we know she’s fat’ list and got myself invited to my first plus size fashion launch. #nevereatingagain”.

You can imagine the comments in response to the above, friends having a giggle, a few saying that it was awesome and some getting defensive on my behalf.  I was cool with it, not offended by the invite, but at that stage still not sure if I was going to RSVP yes.  Why was I uncertain?  Mainly because I wasn’t sure how I would write it up.  May I add there was no pressure to write about this event whatsoever.

Belle Curve Sequin Jacket Targetbelle curve shine bright sequin shrug $59

Then I received a nasty comment from a reader on one of my recent Recipe to Riches reviews.  It actually was a two-part comment.  The first comment was to advise that I had made a grammatical error in the article I had written.  Oh no, the world is going to fall apart, I used ‘of’ instead of ‘have’ in the haste of getting the review up.  I can cope with this, and under normal circumstances would have published the comment, corrected the error and thanked them for brining it to my attention.  In this case I noticed there was a spam link in the comment.  Therefore it wasn’t published.

The next day I received the most ugly response to my not publishing their comment.  I was called stupid and uneducated.  There were derogative remarks about myself as a food blogger.  The barrage of insults just kept coming.  That was fine, I can also cope with these types of comments, I do get the odd self-opinionated nut job reading the blog on occasion.  What upset me, and then made me angry, was the fact they then went on to attack my appearance.  Quite low to be honest and needless to say I didn’t publish that comment either.

It was that comment which made me RSVP yes to the Belle Curve launch.  And it is that comment that ultimately introduced me to a whole breed of other bloggers out there, curvy fashion bloggers.  Before this event I had never read a curvy fashion blog or knew of their existence.  Oh how my world has changed.

Actually these girls are amazing and quite fearless.  They write about fashion for those with a bit of meat on their bones.  They put photos of themselves up on their blogs wearing their latest finds, and really do leave themselves open to nice and nasty feedback alike. The more I read the more I found out that the more popular bloggers get some nasty criticism as well as the creepy (think fetish).

Fiona and Sara Belle Curvemoi & glamazon fiona in the belle curve lolita dress (sold out)

The insecure person I am at times meant I was really quite nervous about heading along to the Belle Curve launch.  I knew I wouldn’t know any of the other bloggers, and I didn’t.  It was like starting fresh, attending my first ever media event, a blogging newbie.

My insecurities of course were unnecessary, the launch was nicely done.  The agency had arranged for small intimate groups of bloggers to view the new Belle Curve range.  The venue was the Penthouse at The Establishment in Sydney.

Our group consisted of four curvy girls (including myself), and as I suspected the fashion bloggers all knew each other.  I was definitely the odd one out.  I have to say, I have never been to an event where I was made to feel more comfortable.  Those three other bloggers (DannimezzaToo Many Sequins, and  Owl Teapot) were so welcoming to this stranger from another blogosphere.

The event went along like any other, there just wasn’t a chef or food involved.  Actually that’s not quite true, there was a lovely selection to nibble at if you were feeling hungry.  An informal affair with the only formality being Fiona Faulkner, Belle Curve’s ambassador, saying a few words about the brand.  Not only is Fiona stunning, she has the most gorgeous personality.

There was even a professional photographer on hand, Esteban.  We were encouraged to try on the clothes and have some fun with Target’s new Belle Curve range.

As the others quickly dived in and had a good look at the range, I was on the apprehensive side and stood back a little.  This was all new to me.  Don’t get me wrong, I love clothes, but my style is probably a little on the boring side.  I am seriously a jeans and tee shirt kind of girl.  Not big on accessories or shoes.

I made the conscious decision to try on only dresses from the range.  Completely take myself out of my comfort zone.  I had not worn, tried on or purchased a dress in at least 4 years.  The Belle Curve range is quite extensive, tops, pants, skirts and the mentioned dresses.

I picked a dress up off the rack.  It had a fitted sequin skirt, with the top half made from a looser chiffon fabric.  It gave the illusion of a separate skirt and top. I looked, I fondled and I noticed that it didn’t have sleeves.  I like dresses with sleeves.  About to put it back when Fiona approached me.  “Try it on” she smiled, “it really looks stunning on”.  I mumbled a reply, something along the lines of ‘it doesn’t have arms’.  To cut a semi long conversation short, she convinced me to try it on.  Oh Fiona, if you only knew how that moment has changed my wardrobe over the past month.  You have no idea what you have done, you have created a bit of a dress monster.

Sara Sequin Dress Belle Curve BWthe ultimate little black dress – belle curve glamorous sequin dress $79

Needless to say I tried on the Belle Curve Glamorous Sequin Dress and I was amazed on how fabulous it looked.  It hid all my lumpy and jiggly bits, fitted perfectly and I felt like a million bucks.  That dress has now made its way into my wardrobe as my little black dress for the coming festive season.

I also tried on the Belle Curve Lolita Dress that Fiona had chosen to wear that day.  I will admit, it looked a lot better on Fiona, anything would look good on that woman, but I was happy with how it looked on me.  To my joy, that dress has also made its way into my wardrobe, thanks to a surprise parcel from the Target PR team.

I mentioned earlier about Esteban the photographer.  He was on hand to take some professional photos of us in the Belle Curve range.  It was at this point I wish I had had the foresight to wear stockings!  It has been at least 8 months since my legs saw sunlight.  It looked like sourcing a pair of shoes to wear with the dresses was going to be an issue as well.  Luckily Fiona has large feet like myself and I borrowed her size 11 black high heels.  Which I really didn’t want to give back, they fit like a glove.

The Belle Curve range is a fantastic addition to Target and is available in store now.  It fills a much-needed gap of great looking gear for the curvy woman (size 16-26) at a reasonable price.  The range is designed to take you from desk to dinner.  There are a couple of specialty pieces as well.

The lovely people at Target are offering one lucky Belly Rumbles reader a $50 Target gift card to spend in store.  If you are a curvy girl like me, it will be an opportunity to purchase something from the Belle Curve range yourself.  If you aren’t on the curvy side, don’t panic voucher can be used for what you desire in-store.

Entry is easy, just have a look at the new Belle Curve range at Target here, and let me know which piece you would like to add to your wardrobe.

If you like the Belle Curve range, keep an eyes open in store as more pieces will be released in January 2014.

Sara xxx

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36 replies
  1. Helen (Grab Your Fork) says:

    Woohoo flash those legs Sara! Looking forward to seeing you in a dress at the next event :)
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  2. Rebecca (Little Munch) says:

    Thanks for your honesty in this post….you’re gorgeous as is that frock your wearing! I’ve had a few disheartening comments in the 10 mths I’ve been blogging and it does take a fair bit of thick skin to shrug them off!!

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  3. thesuzchef says:

    Well done on pushing yourself and getting out of your comfort zone! You look absolutely fabulous in that dress! I can’t believe the negativity from strangers on the internet… amazing how anonymity can bring out the worst in people!
    thesuzchef recently posted..Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

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  4. Swah says:

    It’s amazing what people can say from behind the safety of their computer screens, isn’t it? Unfortunately as bloggers we are in the public area and the good comes with the bad. As Suz said, good on you for getting out of your comfort zone and the dress looks great!
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  5. Julie says:

    I cant believe the nerve of some people! Good on you for ignoring them! And Sara you look absolutely gorgeous in that number!
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  6. Miss Piggy says:

    I’m glad you went along to this event Sara – the Aussie Curves bloggers are a really supportive bunch and super friendly. It’s all about feel great in your skin and I have to say I loved the dress you were wearing at the #edb13 dinner last weekend. Dresses are GREAT – I live in them. I’m sorry you’ve had people belittle you about your weight – but I think people that do that sort of thing are insecure in themselves. You’re lovely on the inside & out (remember when I thought you were Josh’s girlfriend & not his mum as I thought you looked that young)!
    Miss Piggy recently posted..Balcony Garden: Harvest Monday #46

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  7. Nic@diningwithastud says:

    Sara that dress looks amazing on you! I have to say, I’m pretty disgusted to hear about the emails you have received. More than likely, these hideous souls are sitting at home unhappy with themselves, so they ridicule others to make themselves feel better. I’m glad to hear you aren’t taking to too much to heart. You are beautiful inside and out xo

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  8. Denice Metz says:

    I would like some nice tops

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  9. Phuoc'n Delicious says:

    Woohoo! Look at you! Good on you for being so brave, taking the plunge and stepping outside your comfort zone. And for those trolls, they are probably just insecure about themselves if anything and hence why most hide behind an alias or use “anon” as their name. Skip. Next…
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  10. Keri says:

    Wow Sara – great post. I now know what you look like (and you’re gorgeous)! I already knew you were kind and beautiful on the inside (as proved by all the help you gave me with one of your recipes) but now I will be able to picture your sunny smile when I read your future posts : )

    I’m a plus size girl too (over the past few years I lost a lot of weight and I’m now around a size 16 and I’m happy with that). I’ve accepted that not everyone can be a skinny size 10 and for the most part I’m happy with myself. I think finally working up the courage to start yoga classes this year has had a lot to do with that too.

    I think I’d choose the Belle Curve Lolita dress. I don’t often wear dresses as they make me feel self conscious about the lumpy bits but I’m going with your comments that it hides them very well! Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great prize.

    K x

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  11. Melleemoo says:

    People really can be mean……. There is a lot more to health and lifestyle than being slim! And skinny does not mean fit/healthy or fabulous!

    Anyway i think that Belle Curve Glamourous Sequin Dress is gorgeous! You totally rock it and it is very flattering. For me i think the Belle Curve Zoe Skinny Crop Pants would be a winner!

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  12. Evelyn B says:

    You are an inspiration in the way you handle things! You look fabulouuuus! I would choose the
    Belle Curve Kaleidoscope Maxi Dress

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  13. Tina @ bitemeshowme says:

    Well done for stepping out of your comfort zone Sara! Loved that dress you picked – good choice ;)
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  14. Jacq says:

    I really liked this post and you look amazing in that dress! I was hoping to see some of the professional photos that were taken :) It’s a shame that there are nasty people out there who only have negative things to say about others, but good on you for being comfortable in your own skin.
    Jacq recently posted..House of Crabs, Redfern

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  15. The Hungry Mum says:

    What a fab post! Good on you for stepping into a different realm. As for nasty people who make spiteful comments – there are always going to be nitwits like that but we all know that you’re an infinitely better person they they’ll ever be. You look gorgeous in these pix! My fav piece is the ‘reach for the stars’ top. I do love me some bling :)
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  16. vegeTARAian says:

    Wooo go Sara, you look smashing!! Screw the haters – ain’t nobody got time for that. x
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  17. Gabby says:

    That dress is amazing! I love how positive a body image this brand promotes. Thanks for such a lovely write up.

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  18. Meagan Kerr says:

    Sara, you look AMAZING. I’m so glad you went along, and that you decided to try things on!

    Sadly, getting horrid messages from small-minded people seems to be part and parcel of putting yourself out there, especially if you’re fat. People like that don’t even deserve a second thought, so don’t let them get to you! Just be liberal with the block and delete functions.

    I’m super excited to have found your blog – I’m a plus size fashion blogger based in NZ and it’s nice to read a blog that’s a little different to the world I immerse myself in everyday. Am going to be getting my serious blog stalk on soon ;)

    xMeagan
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  19. Kylie Miller says:

    You look rocking in that dress Sara! I think the Sequin dress would look good on all shapes and sizes, and being at the top end of their size scale I would love the opportunity to buy one for myself!

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  20. YaYa says:

    So sorry you had to be burdened by trolls, I guess all gardens have pests. You look gorgeous in that dress and those shoes really rock! Will have to make time to check out the range soon!
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  21. Amanda @ Gourmanda says:

    You look gorgeous!

    I’m on the cusp of 14 and 16, so I imagine a few of the Belle Curve range would work for me! I like the look of the fancy sequined shrug – I have a lot of sleeveless dresses and a fancy shrug would definitely liven things up a bit!
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  22. Danimezza (@Danimezza) says:

    It was wonderful to meet you xx
    Danimezza (@Danimezza) recently posted..Aussie Curves – Swimwear

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  23. Karen | Citrus and Candy says:

    Looking good Sara! And a big finger to these trolls; for them it’s easy to try and put others down to detract from the fact that they hate themselves and their sad, pitiful lives. Next time you get any bad comments, don’t bother reading it, just delete and block. That’s our power and they can’t do anything about it other than get frustrated because their rants are being ignored.

    Anyway, does this mean we’re gonna be seeing a lot more gorgeous dresses from you? :)

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  24. Katherine says:

    Sara you look gorgeous. I am a curvy girl and I’m proud. I love plus size clothing that shows curves and make us look like hot voluptious vixens and not Homer Simpson wearing a Mumu. I love the range. I particularly like the shrug. It’s so shiny. Show it off Sara you are a beautiful woman. I’m in the (fat) category. I say we rule….
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  25. Michelle V says:

    The ‘glamorous life’ sequin dress
    Is by far my fave, I must confess!
    I’d style it with neon accessories
    And a glomesh bag, that’ll really please
    A beautiful scarf in my favourite hues
    A pair of tights, and some high heeled shoes
    A touch of vintage with a modern twist
    This dress is now on my Christmas wishlist!

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  26. Louie says:

    You look gorgeous in that little black dress, I love the sequin part! Its sad to hear that people are so petty about grammar or spelling errors, particularly when you went to so much trouble to get the reviews up. On the bright side there are many many more people out there that appreciate your blog posts so you should feel proud to get out there and strut your stuff :)
    Louie recently posted..Kick off to Christmas, a shopping tradition.

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  27. Caro says:

    Beautiful post Sara. Go you good thing! x

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  28. PureHappiness says:

    I really love that sequin dress on you.
    I love the Lolita dress and need it in my wardrobe for the Christmas season.

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  29. nancy@jamjnr says:

    I’m sorry. I am absolutely dumbstruck that anyone would have the temerity to talk about your appearance and to harass you like that. I have to confess I’ve never seen a picture of you before and never even thought about what you look like. Because – why would I??!! But you rock that dress. And that sequinned shrug? I want.
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  30. Kim m says:

    The float away top in colbolt is awesome, love the colour, love the style, love everything!

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  31. Rachel T says:

    I’d love to see the Lolita dress in my wardrobe. I don’t actually own an LBD! Shock horror I know!

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  32. Tammi @ Insatiable Munchies says:

    Ooh sequins!! You look gorgeous, as always.

    I love the look of the Belle Curve Sequin Shrug! Versatile and great to change up a day look to a night look. Plus, have I mentioned that I love sequins? SHINY!!!
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  33. JJ - 84thand3rd says:

    First florals now sequins?! Fabulous ;D After seeing how great you looked at EDB in a dress you can expect me to pressure you to wear them all the time now! xx
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  34. Amanda@ChewTown says:

    I’ve already said many expletives in person about the vile commenter, so no need rehash it here! In other news, I’ve seen that dress on you in the flesh and its gorgeous!!

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  35. squishies says:

    Oh well done in smashing through your comfort zone! It’s hard at first, but the rewards are so great that it’s worth it… though, I have to remind myself that constantly.

    Thanks for the inspiring post :) And boo to the naysayers, they don’t deserve your time of day.
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