Awards Galore!

So the day had finally come around. The StyleXL Award ceremony which was being held in Birmingham was here!

With this being the first awards for the StyleXL brand it was difficult to know what was going to happen, what to wear and what the event would be like.

I travelled up to Birmingham as the event was due to start around 4pm going on into the night.

Held at The Rose Villa Tavern , the wonderful organiser Leah had advised that it was going to be a relaxed event, with lots of plus size friends and that the dress code was party/cocktail dress.

I wrote a previous post looking at all the lovely dresses I had considered for the awards, and had eventually chosen this lovely Boohoo Plus Scuba Peplum Dress in a floral pattern.

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Boohoo Plus Peplum Dress

Now, I have no idea at all why I went for this dress. Firstly it is a clingy scuba material in a wiggle peplum dress style.

Secondly I have quite a large belly, which is very visible.

Thirdly I have a bottom the size of a small nation.

But, I do love a good challenge and I really liked this dress. I mean, really liked it!

So I ordered it and awaited it’s arrival. Boohoo actually had a special on with their next day delivery at only £1.00 so it literally arrived less that 24 hours later.

It was everything I was hoping for with its bright floral pattern. But it was very tight!

Giving it a quick go very late on the Friday night, I had no makeup on or my hair done, but I wanted to see just what it looked like.

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Couldn’t wait to try it on!

I loved the feel of it on as the material was a really good quality thick scuba. It clung like a second skin, and that’s when my confidence started to wane a little (or a lot if I am to be honest)

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Testing my confidence

Was it something I really should be wearing? After all it was an awards ceremony, all be it a relaxed and body positive place to be.

Taking a good look at myself in the mirror, I decided that Yes, I would wear the dress. I loved it and that is the only thing that should matter.

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Fabulously Floral

I popped onto a well known cheap website everything£5 to have a look for some shoes.  As always, I couldn’t resist and ended up ordering three pairs, two for the event and one to match another outfit I will be reviewing soon.

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Patent and Pointy

I wasn’t sure which pair would look best, but hoped I had chosen well. The shoes arrived only a couple of days before the event, so I wore them around the house to try and break them in a little. Sadly the pink clashed like mad, but the black looked amazing.

In my infinite stupidity, I decided to use Pillow Rollers to curl my hair. Whether it is due to my hair being blonde now, or a different setting lotion, but when I took them out, I nearly had a breakdown. I had a very high and tight afro!!!

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What on Earth was I thinking?!?!

I left it to try and relax a little and started to prepare to leave for the drive up to Birmingham. I had reserved a room in the BLOC hotel, around 0.2 miles away from the venue.

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Bloc Birmingham

It was actually the nearest hotel with availability, and was a pretty decent price at £47 for a room with a window. The BLOC hotels are known for their compact sizes, whilst having extra large beds, and that appealed greatly to me!

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Mahoosive Bed

I had inquired about Parking prior to driving up, and there was a public car park nearby with decent daily charges.

However, when I went out to my little Mini, someone had lovingly put a stanley knife through the side of my tyre! Thankfully my Baby Bear volunteered to drive me up to Birmingham, so off we set!

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On Our Way

We got to Birmingham in about an hour and a half, and Boo had just arrived too.

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Mrs B and Boo in Browns Brasserie!

Being that we were quite early, we popped to Browns Brasserie for some cocktails and lunch. My Salted Pork Belly, Mash, Green Beans and a red wine jus was out of this world and so was the Rhubarb and cucumber Collins cocktail.

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Cocktail Time

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Dinner Time!

Boo and I checked into the hotel around 3pm and started getting ready for the event. It was due to start at 4pm so we were a little pushed for time.

Thankfully the hair gods were smiling at me, and I managed to do a Poodle Up-Do in a record five minutes! Boo and I helped each other get ready, and then threw ourselves into an Uber to take us the very very short distance to the event; after all my heels were quite high!

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My Finished Look

I have to say, walking into a large room filled with the most beautiful array of plus-size lovelies was just amazing! Bright clothes, sparkling smiles and the most positivity you will find anywhere. It was an absolute delight to be surrounded by such wonderful women.

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Feeling Pretty Confident

And then came the awards.

The wonderful Leah Shafik, the organiser and owner of the StyleXL brand took to the floor, thanking everyone for attending and to extend further thanks to some of the sponsors including the fab Curvy Kate ladies and Yours Clothing amongst others.

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The wonderful Leah Shafik, owner of StyleXL

She then went to announce the first award to be given out. She also told the crowd that Yours Clothing had donated a £100 voucher to the winner of The Most Inspiring Blogger Award. This was a category I was in along with the most amazing women. Stephanie, Hollie, Sam, Lottie and Natalie were bloggers I have followed since before I started blogging myself.

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All the Ladies

THEY are women I aspire to be. And I was up against them. Well, clearly there was no chance of me winning.

And then it happened. My name was called out. Me?!?! I genuinely could not believe my ears.

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The noise from people whooping and clapping was just wonderful to hear

I went up to Leah and was handed a beautiful glass award, with my name on it. Well, I literally could have cried!

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I couldn’t smile any wider!

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My beautiful award

The awards continued with such categories as Best Social Media, Best Newcomer and Best Campaign. Every single winner and nominee an absolute inspiration.

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The lovely Lottie. Photobombed by Kelly

Eventually the awards were all announced and it was time to party with all the ladies. Lots of chatting, giggling and drinking happened, and of course it would not be complete without a bit of dancing.

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Fifi Valentine – Best Plus Size Newcomer , Leah and I

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The Stunning Sam – Fatty Boom Tatty

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One of my Besties – Diana Saladpot

I think I spent most of my time flitting around like a butterfly, chatting with new friends and old. Curvy Kate were delightful as always and I spent a lot of time talking to some new and aspiring bloggers including Niala, Jenna and Rebecca, who were just so fantastic to connect with.

Of course there were selfies galore which always end up in fits of giggles!

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Lottie L’Amour

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Jelly With the Belly

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Blogger Besties

Eventually as all Bloggers do, we had to go outside for outfit photographs which ended up with us on a clock tower roundabout, where we literally stopped traffic as pictures were taken.

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The traffic was at a halt!

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Hilarity Ensued

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Happy Goddess

Most Vodka, drinking and socialising and the night sadly came to a close as people had to catch their trains home. The lovely Sian, Kat Henry and her Daughter Mya had a couple of hours to kill so we all grabbed a takeaway and came back to my hotel to chill for a little while before they headed for their train.

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Alcohol Galore

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Kat and Mya

It was an absolutely wonderful event and I cannot thank Leah enough for organising the whole thing. It was a roaring success and I know everyone loved it.

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The Beautiful Leah

Suffice to say, I may have had a little hangover the next morning when it was time to check out of the hotel, but I was still walking on cloud nine and I headed to the train station with a huge smile on my face and even more enthusiasm to have more adventures in the coming yet.

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Marshmallow Vodka Shots

Watch this space to see what I get up to next!

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A Bit Hungover…..

Finally thank you so much to those of you out there that actually Nominated me. I have no idea who of you did, as I didn’t ask or expect it, but I am eternally grateful. Even bigger thanks go out to all of you who took the time to vote for me. I never expected to be an inspiration to anyone, but am chuffed beyond belief that so many of you think that I am.

And in case you were interested, the full list of winners is below.

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Lots of love and appreciation to you all

Till next time,
Txx

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  • Melanie Williams

    Hi hun, certainly looks like you have had alot of fun doing this post 🙂 great to see happy days 🙂 x

  • Jodie Whitham

    Wow congratulations and well deserved! I love your blog and sounds like you had the best time 🙂 the dress really suits you! I love the print x

    • Thank you Jodie, hope you keep enjoying my blog. I love the dress too 🙂 xx

  • Debz Aiken

    You looked absolutely wonderful!! Was lovely to see you! xx

  • Gareth Torrance

    That sounds like it was actually a really cool day. I’ve never heard of those awards though.

    • They are a plus size awards that were introduced after the British Plus Size Award debacle last year x

  • i love how you always looks so pretty and confident , love the pearls

  • Shaz Bannister

    Well done hunnie, Loving you rocking that dress . PS you definitely do not look hungover 🙂 Big Congratulations xxx

  • Niala Ahmed

    Good evening. Wow wow wow! Tanya, your outfit made heads turn and eyes pop out ALL for the right reasons! Confidence, Sass, Your Dress and That Beautiful Peachy bum with its own postcode. Oi Oi. Thank you for your pleasant company and taking time to talk to us, i really appreciate it. You definitely won the right award! Inspiring yes! Congratulations…

    ❤️❤️ love the blog. Got some ideas for mine so hopefully it will publish when i finish writing it 🙂 x

    Cheers for being amazing! X

    • Hi Niala,
      It was so lovely to meet you and I can’t wait to read your blog – send me the link when you publish it!

      Txxx

  • Huge Congratulations to you, I”m so happy for you! You looked beautiful as always and it sure looks like you had a fantastic time. What a wonderful event and how fab of Leah XL to coordinate these awards.

    • Thank you so much Sarah, it was a true honour and Leah XL is just an all round wonderful woman xxx

  • Bec Boop

    This was a great read and huge congratulations on your award! PS you look amazing in that dress!

  • shoshana sue

    Congratulations on the award!! The dress is beautiful and it looked really stunning on you, plus you paired it really well with those shoes. You have style

    • Thank you so very much Shoshana Sue, it was a lot out of my comfort zone but by the end of the night I was really relaxed in it xx

  • Congrats on your award, well deserved. And your dress looks stunning I’m glad you decided to wear it x

    • Thank you so much Rhian, it was an honour to be nominated, and I never expected to win! xx

  • Chloe Griffiths

    oh look at you all dressed up and looking wonderful! congratulations on the award xo

  • Donna

    I have SO much love for you – do you need a new friend!!! 😉 Firstly, the dress was stunning on you! Loved how you teamed it up with the shoes and bolero and your hair!! Hilarious at first but oh so gorgeous in the end! Well done that award was deservedly yours, I love your blog!

    • Awwww thank you Donna! Always happy to have new friends too!
      Glad to hear you love my blog too, hope you continue to enjoy and drop me a line any time! xx

  • Congratulations on the award – what an amazing achievement! x

  • It looks like you had an amazing time at the event and congratulations on the award! The dress looks so pretty on you and I love the flowery pattern!

    • I really did Joanna, The dress was so different to my normal style but I really loved it xx

  • Congratulations you definitely deserved to win, I love your dress of choice I have a couple of wiggle style dresses now and they do make me feel good when i wear them. Looks like you had a great time x

    • Thank you so very much honey, it was a great event and the dress was really comfortable and different for me xx

  • Emma Oxley

    Wow huge congratulations on your award – it’s fantastic when all your hard work gets some recognition! Totally deserved and now you can call yourself an award winning blogger 🙂 Dress looks fabulous on you too!

  • Wow! Massive congratulations! Well deserved! You looked fabulous and looks like an amazing time too 🙂

  • Wow massive congratulations. I love your dress and well done on wining. xx

    • Thank you so much Anna, I really appreciate it xx

  • Congratulations looks like you had an amazing time. The dress looks amazing shame about the pink shoes as they are cute x

    • I will just have to find another outfit to wear the shoes with! 😉 xx

  • Congrats! I think the dress looks good- the print looks stunning against your skin.

  • Awwwwwwww! Yay yay triple yay, I actually had tears in my eyes hearing that you had won and do you know why? Because you don’t know how good you are, how inspiring you are to many people and your body positivity and lovely warm heart makes you an amazing blogger. Well done lovely, hope you see how amazing you are now xxx

    • Oh Ana!! Now you have made me cry too!! Such beautiful words to say. Thank you for all your support and kind words xxx

  • Beautyqueenuk

    Oh well done hun, I have been waiting to see whether or not you won and I am so so chuffed for you. I also think that dress was made for you, absolutely stunning x

    • Thank you honey! I am glad I wore the dress now and overcame my fears xx

  • Congratulations! Well done you. That dress looked the bomb on you too. xx

  • Leah Shafik

    You were amazing! It was an honour to give you the award x

    • It was an honour to be nominated and thank you for all YOUR hard work. It was a wonderful event xx

  • Oh wow. Nice outfit! You look gorgeous on it! Congratulations to you and all the awardees!

  • i think that dress was a good choice! it shows who you are! big congrats on the award 😀

    • Thank you Nicol, it was a bit scary at first, but I am glad I wore it xx