Monthly Archives: November 2013

So fab

Be So Fabulous! this party season

This season is all about the parties – from posh work do’s you’ll need a curly blow for to small soirees with your nearest and dearest. There’s an excuse for a new frock with every flick of the diary and that ladies, is where we come in! So Fabulous! is our oh-so-wonderful brand that caters for women with trends in mind but who like to play by their own rules. Available in sizes 14-32 our So Fab customers can shop all the latest High St looks and flatter their feminine bodies at the same time.

I won’t put it off any longer (I know you all just want to see the pretty dresses!) – here is the So Fab teams pretty pick of party wear! Keep cool, look chic and dance the night away in these beautiful pieces:

So Fabulous! Tunic

Shop the look here: So Fabulous! Sequin Tunic, So Fabulous! Shoes, Perfume, Bracelet



So Fabulous! kaftan

Shop the look here: So Fabulous! Sequin Kaftan, Clutch Bag, Lipstick, Perfume,  Shoes 


So Fabulous! A-line

Shop the look here: So Fabulous! A-line Dress, So Fabulous! Shoes, Bracelet, Eyeshadow

So Fabulous! partywear

Shop the look here:  So Fabulous! Lace Midi Dress, So Fabulous! Flock Print Leggings, So Fabulous! Sequin Shrug

I hope you’ve fallen for the So Fabulous! partywear just as much as I have. I’m busy trying to pick which piece to wear to my party on Friday, it’s a toss up between the sequin tunic and the kaftan…or maybe the flock leggings with a glitzy top. Help! Any advice on which to choose is much appreciated!

Love Roanna X

p.s. I also blog over at becomingraje where there are style snaps, nail art, beauty and ethical fashion.

Meet YouTube star: Jim Chapman

You guys know by now that I love YouTube, right?  I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve logged on to watch one video and 5 hrs later……We’re all been there, yes?

Well you can imagine how happy I am that following on from our videos with the lovely Tanya Burr and Pixiwoo sisters, we now have another YouTube star to add into the mix on the Very channel – and this time, get ready for it…it’s a boy!

Jim Chapman is one of the UK’s biggest online stars, and in less than 3 years has had over 38 million views on his YouTube channel.  So we thought who better to put on our Very HQ Christmas List this year?  I am certainly very, very excited!

I have to admit that Jim is one of the people I should be blaming for my lost evenings on YouTube – his quirky videos on everything from dating advice, and kissing tutorials (you have to see it to believe it!) through to his love of Spiderman, gadgets and Vampires have had me strangely hooked for months.  One of the things I probably like about him the most, is that behind his good looks (Girls – he really is very, very handsome!), he’s a self-confessed geek – completely obsessed with gadgets (don’t get him started on cameras..) and Spiderman – he’s the epitome of geek chic!

So, with such eclectic taste, who better to raid the Very Christmas sack than Jim!

Check out and subscribe to the Very YouTube channel to see more of Jim and to find out about the special prize that he’s going to be giving to one of you….Happy Xmas!!


Exclusive Gossip From Jessie J And The Royal Variety Performance 2013

Jessie J really glammed up for the Royal Variety Performance this year. Wow! She re-invents herself almost as much as Madonna, now swapping her platinum cropped hair for something dark and wavy, 1920s style. And it’s not just the hair that has changed. Gone are the jumpsuits and short shorts and instead it’s hello to maxi dresses and white hot style. I love the white dress she wore on stage (above).

However, it wouldn’t be an awards ceremony without an outfit change and she also looked dazzling in a white trouser suit. I like the wide leg trousers on her – they’re a lot more flattering than tight trousers.


Jessie’s just released her new album Alive, which she’s currently promoting in the UK with TV appearances like this and The X Factor. However, she revealed she is off to try and make it in the States in 2014 with a tour of America starting in February. Go, Jessie!

Mary J Blige, who Jessie duetted with, came over to participate with her in the Royal Variety Show and looked equally spectacular in a white maxi dress. This was such a Christmassy performance.


The show,which was hosted by comedian John Bishop, was packed with everything from comedy like Dame Edna Everage and dance like Britain’s Got Talent WInners Spellbound, but it was the male solo singers that grabbed most people’s attention. Gary Barlow showed us why he had authority to judge on the X Factor as he sung his heart out. If I was a judge, I would put him through.


Olly Murs and Robbie Williams looked just gorgeous. It was a great night for Robbie as his album Swing When You’re Winning became Number One in the UK charts. No wonder they’re both grinning in the photo below.

The show will be on ITV on 9 December and I advise you to tune in. It’s a celebration of British talent and two hours of non-stop fun!

Love Zoex

PS For the latest celebrity gossip check out my celebrity lifestyle blog Live Like a VIP

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Winter Running (No, really!)


Winter is well and truly here and with such cold weather it’s not surprising that our natural instincts are to wrap up in the duvet and snuggle down in front of the TV. However there are some plus points to getting out there and pounding the pavement:


  • A guilt free Christmas dinner, and after all that running you deserve an extra mince pie… or three.
  • Nobody will be dawdling along, so you’ll pretty much have the paths and roads to yourself.
  • The fresh air is perfect for waking you up and getting rid of those winter blues. Plus you’ll have a chance to see some sunlight!
  • The outfits are awesome! And as it’s all about layers you can buy plenty of cool running gear under the guise of dressing sensibly for the weather.


On that last point, here are the things you’ll need to hit the ground running:


  • A soft shell jacket. As you run you’ll certainly warm up (it will happen, promise!) and you’ll need a jacket that won’t make you uncomfortably hot. Soft shell style jackets are perfectly designed for this, with vents and waterproof material to ensure you can get out there whatever the weather. Another bonus is they tend to have lots of pockets, ideal for you keys, phone and MP3 player.
  • Running leggings. Again, these are designed to adjust to your needs as you warm up, run and then cool down.  Ones that end at the ankle are ideal, but so long as they are fitted and below they knee they’ll do the job. Many runners also add a pair of shorts so they don’t feel like they’re running around in their tights (myself included!)
  • Gloves and earmuffs. A hat will mean you get very warm very fast, but earmuffs or a winter headband are ideal for keeping your ears nice and toasty without the risk of over heating.
  • Reflective clothing. This is a must if you’re planning on going out in the dark. Lots of soft shell jackets have reflective strips along with fun colours and cool designs, so there’s no excuse not to be safe.


So you’ve got the outfit, now all you need is the motivation! Here are some top tips to get you out the door:


  • Set yourself a goal. Nothing will make you get out there more than the thought of an upcoming event. Nobody wants to embarrass themselves limping across the finish line because they haven’t trained, so sign up to something. The running season begins in March, so there will be plenty of events to get you training – everything from a 5k right up to a marathon!
  • Put your clothes on the radiator. Do this before you set off running so you’re nice and toasty. You can thank me later for such a genius idea.
  • Take extra time to warm up. Even with your snuggly outfit  it’s important to be properly stretched, otherwise you’re more likely to pull something and end up back on the sofa where you started.
  • Drink plenty of water. This is just as important in the winter months so don’t forget your water bottle.
  • Find a running buddy! On those days when you really just can’t face it, having a running buddy will certainly get you moving.


So get out there and run! Go on… Do it! Love Aimee x


p.s I also write about my fitness adventures and challenges over at my Honorary Scouse blog. Have a spy!


Celebrity Style Steal: The Only Way Is Essex’s Ferne McCann

I have to hand it to The Only Way Is Essex girls –  they know how to put an outfit together. Most of them have terrible taste in men (with constant cheating rumours) but what they lack in this department they make up for in fashion sense. Ferne McCann (above) is evidence of this. I thought she looked stunning at the children’s BAFTA awards!

In TOWIE, Ferne is the BFF of Sam Faiers and sometimes she gets overlooked by Sam, who’s been in the show since the first series. However, the leather skirt she wore to the BAFTAs ensured all eyes were on her as she strutted her stuff on the red carpet. Leather is so on trend right now and for a skirt like Ferne’s try the Kardashian Kollection pu quilted pencil skirt. It’s perfect for a Christmas Party – striking because of the leather material but classy because of the knee length. It’s also really flattering! To glam up the skirt like Fearne did, add gold sandals like the Steve Madden realirt strap sandals and a gold envelope clutch bag. Now all you need is a smart top and you’re ready to #partyinstyle .

With leather there’s no way you’ll be hiding in the corner at the party while someone else gets the attention. Isn’t it your turn to shine?

Love Zoex

PS For daily celebrity and fashion news see my celebrity lifestyle blog Live Like a VIP

Welcome to Lightbox!

Behind the scenes with Very at the Lightbox Studios

Here at Very we deal with a lot of pretty clothes, bags, shoes, scarves … I could go on! As well as designing the clothes, selling the clothes and of course buying the clothes ourselves (whoops) we also have to photograph everything – this is where the Lightbox studios come in.

Lightbox is the very impressive series of studios where all of the beautiful things that you shop on Very are photographed and videoed  – and I must admit, it is super impressive. From the moment you walk through the door you are in fashion heaven. There are fashionably clad women everywhere, rails upon rails of clothes and if you’re lucky you might even catch a male model on an underwear shoot.

Being a geek when it comes to all things fashion I couldn’t help heading over to nose around the studio and I thought I would give you a glimpse behind the scenes while I was there! Oh, did I mention it’s the biggest fashion studio in Europe? That is a lot of clothes girls, a lot!

Make up artist (MUA) Debbie Lezemore does model Ambra’s hair and make up.

Model Ambra has flown in from Paris to come and shoot for Very: “I love working here – everyone is so nice! And it’s so good that you all have me over from Paris.” Chatting to the models later in the day it turns out they have the same struggles that we do, when I asked beautiful model Emilia what clothes were her least favourite to model she replied “Jeans, they are so hard to make look nice and get them to fit properly! Don’t you find them hard too?” Why yes I do Emilia, and now I feel a lot better about it!

I was in shoe heaven!

Make up artist Lou Box does Model Sophie hair and makeup.

Gorgeous model Sophie is from Austria but currently based in London, after months of hard work she was flying off to Australia the day after the shoot for a 6 week break – returning just in time to enjoy an Austrian Christmas. Jealous? Me? Never …

Mac, Illamasqua, Smashbox … all the big names were there!

Talented stylist Gemma Harrison ( preps the looks!

Elanor Marechal has the tough job of editing all the videos!

All in all Europe’s biggest fashion studio was as glamorous as I had imagined, but much more laid back! With bowls of sweets rapidly dissapearing, Beyonce blasting out from the iPad and clothes being pinned and tucked everywhere it was a little fashion haven I’ll be sure to visit again. If only to steal some more make up tips!

Love Roanna X

p.s. I also blog over at becomingraje where there’s style snaps, nail art, beauty and ethical fashion.


Forever Unique gets us ready for Christmas

Ready for your Christmas parties Forever Unique have some stunning party pieces that are guaranteed to stand out this festive season! Check out their latest collection – you won’t be able to resist!

Belle Of The Ball

This prom dress is the perfect pick for fun, flirty office parties this Christmas. Bead embellishment to the front adds a smattering of sparkle so you twinkle all night long, while the sheer panel is a sultry piece of styling.

Complete with a tulle net skirt this dress channels the elegance of Swan Lake making it a must have piece for fashion forward girls who want a kiss under the mistletoe this year!

Complete the look with these gorgeous Teatro glitter peep-toe heels, Esme clutch, Fiorelli statement ring, NYX smoky eye shadow trio and diamante drop earrings!

Black Tie Affair

For all you lucky ladies that have a bit of a red carpet soiree to attend this festive season, but want to maintain a flirty, sultry edge then I’d recommend this exotic looking little number from the collection.

This maxi dress is all about the reveal with cut-out panels to the waist and back. I love the baroque inspired gold embellishment to the top of this piece for a touch of classic Italian chic. Finished with a pleated skirt this piece has shape and movement which will look stunning as you glide your way across the dance floor in a manner that rivals the celebs on Strictly.

Complete the look with this gorgeous pair of Dune platforms, glitter embellished clutch, Fiorelli bracelet, NYX trio eye shadow set in gold shimmer and these chandelier style earrings!

Pre Party Season

In the run up to Christmas there’s lots to consider…you have your office party, team night out, a celebration with just the girls and probably some birthdays thrown in there too! This monochrome midi dress is my pick for statement style this holiday.

Channelling last season’s love of black and white this piece teases us with its tight bodycon fit and PU panels. If you want a new boyfriend for Christmas then this is party piece to do it!

Complete the look in these stunning Ravel platform sandals in suede for a cool fabric clash,  Dune faux fur clutch, Shimla black onyx and crystal bracelet and OPI after dark nail polish duo with glitter!

Here Come The Girls

So you’ve wowed at the Christmas do and now you and the girls want to swap prezzies for a festive dinner date followed by a night on the town, but what to wear? This embellished bodycon dress is the answer.

The slim fit hugs your shape showing off your enviable silhouette, while the contrast black side panels create a chic illusion. Bead embellishment to the front promises the ultimate twinkle for a look that’ll shine all night.

 Complete the look with this gorgeous Ted Baker embellished clutch, compliment your bag with these chic Ted Baker heels with a touch of gold detailing, create the ultimate svelte silhouette in these Myleene Klass control briefs and matching bra and finish off with this collection of Kardashian 11 piece gold rings set!

I can’t wait for all the Christmas parties Very and my team are planning – make sure you get your party look complete and try out Forever Unique!

Love Laura x

For more of my blogs come and say hello at imakemyownfashion

Forever Unique graphics by Sara Yates (@Sarah_Very)

Ally MPI

Miss Plus Size International – A Very good opportunity!

After successfully beating off competition from 1,100 other women from around the world to reach the finals of the Miss Plus Size International competition, I was overjoyed to be offered sponsorship from the So Fabulous! range at Very.

I have always been an avid shopper, and as a plus size women it’s something I’ve had to be very vigilant about. Finding the right cut and shape, along with length (I’m 5’10’’) has always been a nightmare.

When looking through this seasons Very catalogue to put together an outfit for the competitions finals I stumbled upon the blue Twist Jersey Dress from the Holly Willoughby collection. The ruching detail along the waist is very flattering, and the style of the bust means it will cater for both a small and ample chest! The length is great, short enough to be fun but long enough to be classy, and it can be teamed with a smart jacket for work, add statement jewellery and it’s the perfect dress for a night out.

I paired it with the wear your own bra control slip for a recent photoshoot and felt supported, confident and sexy (even running around with all those balloons!).

The team at So Fabulous! have put together a gorgeously flattering and sparkly outfit for my casual wear catwalk at this Saturday’s finals which I will share with you in my next blog post. It’s just perfect for day to night, especially with the upcoming festivities.

If you haven’t heard about the Miss Plus Size compeition before please check out the website. It’s changed my life and given me a renewed sense of confidence and appreciation for my body! It was also on BBC3 last year, and you can watch the documentary online. Applications for next year’s competition will open after this years competition hits TV screens in December, so what have you got to lose? Go for it!

Wish me luck!







P.S. you can read my own personal blog at Curves and Cankles and follow me on Twitter @CurvyKissesX x


NEWSFLASH! Since writing this blog post for us the stunning Ally achieved FIRST RUNNER UP in the event! Well done to Ally and all the other winners, love from Team Very x

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WIN The Celebrity “Must Have” SOREL Tofino Glitter High Waterproof Boots!

***competition now closed*** With hailstones landing on Very HQ this week and more snow forecast soon, winter is definitely here! As the frosty winds set in, the trends are definitely changing to warmer wear – think snuggly knitwear and lots of layering!

But don’t forget about keeping your toes toasty too! It’s a fashionista must to have a pair of shoes which protect your feet in all weathers, but also keep you looking fashionable fab.

One of the brands we love for fashionable winter footwear is SOREL, and that’s not only because Kate Hudson, Isla Fisher, and Liv Tyler have been spotted in a pair. Sorel is synonymous with providing top-quality cold weather boots that are just as trendy as they are practical. Their boots keep feet warm and dry, plus they also come in a great range of styles and colours. So whether you’re jetting off skiing or just want a fashionable but sturdy boot for everyday winter wear, SOREL have the boots for you and the whole family!

For the man in your life, there’s the Caribou boot. These are ideal for the modern man who wants functional footwear, while looking timelessly cool and effortlessly handsome. Did we mention that David Beckham has been spotted in a pair? Hot stuff!

There’s a kid’s range too – the Yoot Pac TP boots come in ‘sand’ and ‘pink’ for your little boys and girls. They’ll be able to have fun playing out in the snow without coming home with soggy frozen feet! Plus the vulcanized herringbone sole equips these boots with excellent grip in slippy conditions.

And for the ladies, the women’s collection has a great range of styles and colours. The SOREL Glacy boot is perfect for day-to-day comfort – they have a full fleece lining for absolute warmth and they’re waterproof too.

Also, the Tofino and Tivoli styles are SOREL classics. And awesome news for AW13, there’s a brand new colourway for the Tofino and Tivoli styles – glitter! These are perfect for the glam at heart and adding a bit of sparkle to your shoe collection.

As we’re so excited about the launch of these uber glamorous boots at Very, we’ve teamed up with Sorel to offer you a chance to win a pair!

To enter, all you have to do is comment below with the answer to the following question: Where would you wear a pair of SOREL boots?

Good luck!

Kate x



1. Entry into the draw will be deemed as acceptance of these rules and any separate instructions for entry will form part of the rules.

2. This prize draw is open to any UK resident, aged 18 or over, who is invited to participate by Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited and who leaves a comment answering the question.

3. Employees of Shop Direct Group companies and anyone else involved in the operation of the draw are excluded from entering. Closing date is midnight 9th December 2013.

4. Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost, damaged, delayed or spammed.

5. Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited reserves the right to offer an alternative prize in the event of the original prize being unavailable.  Prizes are non-negotiable, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

6. The draw will be made by random selection from all valid entries before midnight on 13.12.13. Prize available is: 1 x Sorel Glitter High Waterproof Boots.  There is no cash alternative and prizes are stock dependant. If we do not receive a response within 7 days we will choose another winner.

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Exclusive Look At The Hottest New Very Spring/Summer 14 Pieces

WARNING: This blog contains bright colours, tailored cuts, chic dresses and designer-inspired ‘Wow’ pieces.

I have just got back from checking out Very’s Spring /Summer 14 press preview day, where all next season’s clothes were shown to fashion journalists and I am so impressed and excited! My mission was to see what fabulous items we can all expect to get next season so we can be not just on trend but ahead of the trend.

The first thing I’d say was it was really difficult to focus on a few key pieces. Everywhere I looked I had an insane feeling of: ‘I want that!’ However, this is my top 5:

1) A Fearne Cotton purple tea dress with blue lace embellishment

2) A tailored blue day to night Definitions dress (right) and a block coloured Definitions suit (left)

3) A super soft white leather Love Label jacket

4) A Phillip Lim catwalk-inspired neon skirt with zip detail

5) Gorgeous pink faux- snakeskin party sandals (which I wanted to run off home with!)

The event was held at the London film museum in Covent Garden and the clothes looked so spectacular they should be on camera themselves. In fact, I am sure we’re going to see some celebs wearing then in 2014 because they’re too gorgeous to resist.

Let’s end with a few more lovely pics:



What do you think? Anything take your fancy to look out for next Spring/ Summer? Like I said earlier, I want it ALL!

Love Zoex

PS For more celebrity gossip and fashion news see my celebrity lifestyle blog Live Like A VIP

Lee Stafford

Hair Q&A With Lee Stafford!

The latest hair trends with Lee Stafford

  • What is this seasons’ most wanted cut for females?
    Fringe’s on any hair style are big this season
  • Are there any new colour trends for SS14?
    Ombre is here to stay and the Marilyn Monroe bleached blonde – both looks were prominent on the Catwalk this year
  • What is your favourite most iconic hairstyle?
    Jessica rabbit
  • The “Fusey” was quite big this year – are there any new male hair trends on the way?
    The Man Bun (the man bun has increased in popularity in recent months, thanks to Chris Hemsworth, Harry Styles, Bradley Cooper, and the latest convert, Jake Gyllenhaal)…we aren’t convinced at Very HQ – so luckily enough short back and sides are also still trending with the top mainly being quiffs, slick comb overs and partings and in the words of Lee himself  “1D pretty much sum up the key trends with mens hair”.
  • What product do you use from your range the most and why?
    Heat protection “Protection is always better than a cure”
  • I’m looking for a low maintenance work do with minimal effort but the most effect, other than a bun ring and a messy bun what would you suggest?
    A slick pony tail
  • Party season is fastly approaching, what hair-do’s do you think would give the most va va voom effect?
    The My Wonderball Waver would create playful fun waves (read the blog here)

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To shop the Lee Stafford Range at Very, click here x


LS Wonderball Demo

Hair Goss: Lee Stafford Spends the Day at Very!

So some lucky girls (me included!) got to spend a couple of hours of the day last week watching Lee Stafford work his magic on two #PartyInStyle looks using his “My Wonderball Waver” Wand and his “Chopstick Styler” Wand.  Lee was set the task of creating glamorous party hair using his electrical styling range and took to the task at hand with ease.  We wanted something simple to use that had the achievable effect we desired – to shine at the Christmas & New Year Parties effortlessly with that “I’ve just been to the hairdressers” look!

Mr Stafford didn’t fail to impress, although we loved both looks we feel that the My Wonderball Waver far exceeded expectations! Perfect for thick or fine hair this styler is easy to use and creates sumptuous luscious curls easily.  The styler comes with a handy heat proof glove and mat which are guaranteed for two years so you don’t have to worry about burning your fingers or surfaces.

So without further ado here is the demonstration of the My Wonderball Waver:

Handy tips & hints for curling with the My Wonderball Waver:

If you’ve pre-straightened your hair the night before your attempting to use a curling tool, then apply some mousse and blow dry out using the Lee Stafford Blow Dry Faster AC Ionic Salon Dryer to help you achieve better curls.

Use the My Wonderball Waver diagonally

Lee used his Ddouble Blow Volumizing Mousse,  Heat Protection Mist  and Hair Spray to complete this look.

We hope you found inspiration from this blog and have a very tousled party season!

Kate x