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EmmaWelcome to the Emma Plus Forum/Blog. It seems hard to believe that we have been going strong since January 2009! During this time we have been spreading the word about new developments, shop gossip, and our passion for the world of plus-size fashion. We post photographs, answer questions, try to solve problems, and provide useful information about special offers and exciting events.

For those who like stats... we have had well over 300 posts now, with over 50 generous testimonials from our customers (many of which we have collected on our 'Testimonials' page in the main part of the site). Because this Forum/Blog is unmoderated we also get attention from our 'friends' the spammers, with anything up to a staggering 1600 spam posts a day caught in our dastardly spam net – which usually makes quick work of them!

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The Forum/Blog's Search function (see just below) has been enhanced so that it now searches in the replies as well as the posts, and highlights the search terms in the results. If you know which post number you want, however, then simply type it into the 'Go to post number' function (below left)... and go straight there!

Contributing to the Forum/Blog couldn't be simpler. You don’t need to pre-register or be an existing customer, and your post will usually appear instantly. All we ask is that you include your name and email address with your contribution. We will only use your email address if we need to contact you off-line about your posting – it will not be displayed on the site, sold on or used in our general marketing.

We want this section of our site to be fun, informative and entertaining, and offer a breath of fresh air to women across the country who have an interest in plus-size fashion. We hope you will contribute with your views and questions, as well as letting us help you celebrate your significant fashion moments with your photographs and stories.

We look forward to hearing about what rocks your plus-size fashion world!

Emma

 

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Emma    Friday 15 April 2016 at 15:17

 Post #470 



 
Subject: Our Spring Range

I love this time of year-the birds twittering (there are sky larks over the field where I walk my dog every morning), the little baby rabbits scampering about (whilst I try to distract my dog's killer instincts), the trees budding with blossom....all our lovely clothes in the shop. Yes, it is truly a joy to be alive!

This year the colours are pink, cobalt blue, denim blue, lilac, greens (of all hues!), black and white, and silver. The silhouette is soft, the fabrics light and natural. Never have we had so much cotton and silk, and never have there been such a choice of lightweight fabrics. Bamboo is making its mark, as are sports fabrics that are as cool as cucumbers!

Everyone on our mailing list is entitled to have a £20 gift voucher subtracted from their purchase of clothing (not accessories, and not in conjunction with any other offer), so it's a very good time to come into our store!

For those who cannot travel into our store(or simply have other things to do), just a reminder that we are now selling online! Just click on the large pink square on the homepage of this website, or go into our 'Mail Order' page to visit our Shoptiques shop. It's always changing, so it's worth looking at it every now and again.

 

 Wonderful selection of clothes    Saturday 23 April 2016 at 13:02

 
Hi, I really enjoyed my visit to the shop yesterday and Kin and Anna were so helpful as always picking out items for me to try on. I am so pleased with my Tomo and Q'Neel dresses and KJ Brand cut offs, I am all ready for Summer just need the sun to shine now! Kim

 

 Emma    Sunday 24 April 2016 at 14:34

 
Hi Kim,

Thank you so much for your post, & kind words! I was sorry to have missed you yesterday! I'm glad that you liked the collection, and came away with some finds.

My only one regret is that I think that you have missed the best of the waistcoats this season -you know how quick you have to be to snap them up......;)

 

Emma    Thursday 03 March 2016 at 18:08

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Subject: Shoptiques.

For those of your who have been awaiting this news with bated breath, I can announce that we are officially now selling online.

It's quite odd to look at our clothes in the Shoptiques format-they have a host of rules that are necessary to make their website, which encompasses thousands of small boutiques, look cohesive and simple. We've had to carefully photograph our clothes from certain angles (front, side and back, naturally), crop the backgrounds off, remove extraneous accessories (it almost goes against my religion to picture a top without a scarf or necklace, for instance), and -worst of all-crop off part of our model's beautiful face. However, I think that the whole thing has been more than worth it.

We will be adding more and more products to our little shop as the weeks go by, and I hope that we will be able to offer a great service to those customers of ours who, either by preference or necessity, wish to buy their fashions online.

Our address within Shoptiques is: www.emmaplusonline.com

 

Emma    Monday 22 February 2016 at 08:53

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Subject: Shoptiques

The model has been recruited, the stock has been selected. Our shop has been turned into a part -time photographic studio. The photos have been taken, selected and edited. We are now on the starting block for a new way of trading.

I've been on record for years as having reservations about selling online -there are a number of disadvantages. In my opinion, there is simply no comparison with actually being able to come into a fashion shop, try everything on, and make an informed choice as to what to by.

''Being able to come into a fashion shop '' is a bit of a rub. Not everyone, at every time, is able to come into our little shop, here on the south coast of England. For these people, buying online is not a choice, but a necessity.

However, there has been an enormous growth in the other kind of online shopping -people who DO choose to shop this way, simply because they enjoy it. Sitting at home, (perhaps furtively ) at work, or sipping coffee in a cafι, browsing the Internet for something gorgeous for the weekend -it's the modern way of life.

Luckily, many of my initial objections to selling online appear to have been met by the American website, Shoptiques. It's a company that really knows it's stuff. It deals exclusively with small boutiques like ourselves, and provides the practical solutions that allow us to maintain the exclusivity, quality and choice that we feel is so important.

I'm very excited about it, and really hope that it works for us. Diversity and equality of opportunity in the world of fashion is something that we are passionate about. Shoptiques should help us enable more women access to better and more fitting fashion, no matter where they are, or how they choose to shop.

I will keep you posted as to when we go live!

 

Emma    Friday 05 February 2016 at 20:05

 Post #466 



 
Subject: Lighting up Church Street

If any of our locally -based customers were passing by our shop either today or over the weekend, they may have a bit of a surprise by what is in our window.

A company specialising in transparent LED screens, SIS Digital, has lent us the use of one of their amazing screens at the moment.

It is a fantastic way to showcase a store, and I'm certain that it's the future of store display.

It looks beautiful by day, but after dark it looks quite magical. ....

 

Emma    Thursday 04 February 2016 at 17:34

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Subject: Sale Continues

Our Sale continues from strength to strength, and we have reached the stage where all Sale stock is now at least 50% off, and certain items are 70% reduced.

As our regular customers know, we do like to clear all Winter stock before we have our full contingent of Summer season's clothing arrives, so we are now giving it away!

The Summer stock is now flooding in, so if you do pop in to take a look at the Sale, you may find that it will be well worth rifling through the gorgeous new looks.....

 

Emma    Wednesday 03 February 2016 at 18:00

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Subject: Our Photographic Studio

We had the best time at the weekend, transforming our store into a photographic studio in preparation for our new Shoptiques venture.

We will soon be putting photographs of our stock online through the fantastic Shoptiques.com website, where customers can browse exclusive designer clothes from fantastic boutiques all over the world.

We are delighted to have been invited to join their website, and are so excited to be able to offer our more distant customers the opportunity to buy online from us-something that has been denied to them in the past.

We will be inviting people to email us at emma.plus@yahoo.com to tell us of any clothes that they are particularly seeking, in order for us find it in stock, or obtain it and post it on Shoptiques for them to buy. An amazing system, and a useful service.

 

Paul Singh    Monday 01 February 2016 at 11:57

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Subject: Presentattion of our Business Clothing

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Emma    Saturday 23 January 2016 at 13:52

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Subject: Anna Scholz on the Web

I am up to my neck in buying for Autumn/Winter 2016 at the moment. Having just returned from Belin, where I attended the Curvy is Sexy fashion show, I can report that the clothes that will be available from August onwards are going to be more gorgeous than ever.

That’s lovely, so why do I feel a frisson of sadness? It’s because I will not be buying Anna Scholz for the autumn, just as I did not buy it for the summer collection that is now being delivered into our store.

Why, you may ask, am I not going to stock one of the iconic plus-size collections, and one which I have been stocking every season since Anna started her line, back in 1994, and which I personally love? Well, for the time being, Anna Scholz is not going to be sold through boutiques like ours, and will instead be sold exclusively through her website annascholz.com.

Anna was the first plus-size designer to really understand that larger women needed to be seen as fashion-forward, sexy, intelligent and beautiful women, in a time when the phrase ‘fashion over the size of 16’ was considered to be a contradiction in terms. She is a plus-size icon, and her design creativity goes from strength to strength. I, for one, really hope that she produces collections that we can buy and stock in my shop again some time very soon.

In the meantime, we will, like everyone else, visit annascholz.com to get our fix of Anna’s patented variety of fabulous……

 

Emma    Saturday 02 January 2016 at 16:47

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Subject: Shoptiques

I would love to wish all our customers a lovely New Year!
We are particularly excited right now because we are beginning a new enterprise. We have been approached by a company called Shoptiques, which is an online selling platform,specially developed to sell boutique clothes from small companies like us.
So for readers of this blog who live too far away from us to call into the shop, please watch out for us on Shoptiques.com.
We will keep you posted. ....

 

Emma    Saturday 26 December 2015 at 16:29

 Post #460 



 
Subject: Opening Hours

 
Just a quick reminder about our opening hours over the rest of the holiday period.

We will (as usual ) be closed on Sunday (27th December ), and Monday 28th, then we will be open for a continuation of our winter sale on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday .

Then we are closed on New Year's Day (Friday 1st January 2016), reopening at our usual times from the next day.

We look forward to seeing you in store -with the bargains available, it's well worth taking a sneaky peek in.....

 
 

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