Sunday 23 March 2014

My Curvissa Experience ft Curve Project London

Hey Everyone! 

Sorry about the lateness of this post, I have been AWOL in Amsterdam all this week but that's another story all together and one for another day!

So last Saturday I was invited to grab my plusport for a fun, summer themed day event with Curvissa and Curve Project London. As you know I worked with Curvissa, an up and coming plus size fashion brand, on British Plus Size Fashion Weekend and had such a good time that I naturally couldn't resist going along to their own event! 

The event was at the Curve Project studio in Parsons Green and consisted of photoshoots, catwalk training, makeovers and modelling the latest Curvissa SS14 lookbook, sounds exciting hey? The Curve Project is a sort of training camp for wannabe plus size models or plus size ladies that want to feel good about themselves, but more on that later. 

The clothes from the new Curvissa collection were really nice and colourful with some lovely tropical prints, some beautiful dresses from Lovedrobe which is stocked by Curvissa and gorgeous floral prints. Check out the new range yourself on this link. We all picked out an outfit to wear for the day with advice given by professional stylists to help us put together a full look. I chose a pair of cloud/camo print leggings and a boxy black top with my favourite new look tribal necklace and opted for plain black flats which definitely carried me well through the day in complete comfort! 

So before the event we were told to arrive with no make up on, now I have no problem with that as I'm not someone that wears it a lot anyway, this was so the makeup artists have a truly blank canvas to work on. Here is a selfie of me before the makeover:

And after:

I had my foundation and concealer done perfectly for a flawless base, then opted for a smokey eye look with gel eyeliner on the lash line and pretty pink lipstick to finish the look. I then had my hair done into loose curls for a really pretty and girly overall look. I absolutely love the after look and it really hit home for me how much better I look with makeup on, which I don't think is the point of the workshop, but after half a day in no make up with photos being taken CONSTANTLY I felt so much better with a bit of coverage! I think I've actually come home with more of a complex about going bare faced, as the experts reiterated "film is forever" and I was literally at the point of tears at various points when I had a camera in my face and I had no makeup on and my hair was a mess, I felt awful and it was actually distressing. 

I have to say that the best part for me was meeting all the other girls who were lovely, I thought it was such a great bunch of people and I loved hearing about their experiences in blogging and swapping tips, I'm so inspired to really do more on my own blog. I really hope that in the future I get to meet more blogger babes as they really are the most supportive, lovely, understanding people I have ever met!

I guess that leaves us with the catwalk training, now this is something I was dreading from the start! It's not something I feel happy doing, not from a confidence perspective but more just that I find it embarrassing (especially without a set structure and making things up as we go along) and it was definitely the low point of my whole day which was otherwise really fun and happy. Without going into too much detail, as I'm really not about dwelling on negatives, i'm sad to say that I opted not to be in the final catwalk video as I didn't want to be involved in something I wasn't truly happy with and confident about. I in fact actually broke down in tears due to a number of things including large amounts of unproductive criticism/undermining of my confidence, being laughed at and mocked, the fact I'd been there for hours with tonnes of waiting around and I was also upset about negative comments people had been writing about the other girls on facebook or instagram which really was the icing on the cake.

All of that aside though, I left feeling really happy with my makeover look, confident about picking flattering clothes for my body shape and absolutely certain that I NEVER want to be a plus size model as I could never deal with the amount of negativity that comes with working in that role. I feel the workshop gave an accurate indication of what it would be like and it's not something I could ever put myself through, my respect goes out to anyone that does.

I want to thank Curvissa for inviting me to the event, as I said above I had a great time other than the catwalk blip and the ladies at Curvissa literally did everything that they could to make the day as great as possible for us and it was lovely to get a preview of the new SS14 collection which is their best yet!

I'll leave you with a little Body Confidence questionnaire I filled in, let me know your own answers below in the comments if you would like to share them. 

Thanks for reading guys, hopefully I'll have another post up soon for you!! 

Lot's of love Sally X



  1. Aww lovely. I'm so sad still to read about your bad experiences on the day. I can fully understand that the whole experience took a lot out of you and I felt like you got singled out. I would probably have reacted in the exact same way as you if it was me. But glad that you had a great time too. It was so much fun to meet you again and it feels like we have known each other for ages. You looked stunning and your hair was

    1. Aw thanks hun, you were so amazing and nice on the day, can't wait to meet up again! xxxx

  2. I'm glad that you still had a good day despite some negatives parts. It was a long day and there were some parts where I felt like giving up, the other times I didn't even realise what was going on as my feet and most parts of my body were aching like crazy!. It was lovely to meet you and everyone else, that was definitely one of the highlights for me! x

    1. im so glad you agree, it was one tiresome day but the ladies were so lovely. 100% worth doing for that alone xxx

  3. It was lovely to meet you and I'm glad some parts of the day were enjoyable. Your hair and make up were fabulous, but I thought you looked fab before the makeover as well. I really enjoyed talking to you and I hope we get to meet again. x x x

    1. Thanks Leah, I loved your makeover too! Gorgeous!! I hope we get to hang out again soon, was so lovely to finally get to meet you after following your blog for so long! Xxx


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