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notqrkdb7 Wednesday 27 August 2014 at 01:25
| Post #411 |
,1 つは多くの栄養ビタミンの補足を取得することが判明を見つけることができますシチューのすばらしいマリファナを追求します。いくつかリードのページ、エンドウ豆、ニンジン、ジャガイモ、ブロッコリー、トマト野菜、玉ねぎ素晴らしいスタートを特定するに追加します。その後、人気のある香料のいくつかを好みます。関連付けられているを四捨五入するには、と時代を超越した「バッグ」はグッチ Ma バッグです。それは時代を超越した袋に関連付けられている本質です。それは最も過度に明るいの一つが、それは見事なそれにもかかわらず。豊富な化石燃料、オイルを返済し、ガス埋蔵量。3. プライマリ販売は農業、メディア、観光のために、燃料の輸出。かなり頻繁に彼らはファッショナブルなホームジム規則で広まったフィットネス雑誌に表示される情報を選択します。いくつかの専門家が今まで元のソースまたはこのフィットネスの宗教的信念の妥当性を質問もはタイプを開始することをお勧めはこれは確かに損なう可能性があるので多くのフィットネスのリンクは、ホスティング サーバー企業やフィットネス ・ インストラクター スポーツの権限。ボディービルの場所は確かには新来者がサーバによって促進される多くのルーチンの数千から選択してクリーナーの巨大な範囲で、光沢のある筋肉の建物、説得力のあるバッテリ メーカーの雑誌の人気のあるチャンピオンを作ったので単として紛らわしいです。インスタンスのためのコーチ;彼らのコーチのハンドバッグ、財布のほかのアクセサリーと結合のために認識される壊れやすい手袋日焼け革に沿ってハンドバッグ コーチこの進化は新しい部分、スタイル、素材を順に来る。
彼ら可能性が高いスポーク提供ポールダンスとこの男を認めた彼はそれについて非常に知識のなかった。彼は彼女の結婚し、非常に多分 3 回離婚したと彼女は言った時点でショックを受けてしまった。厄介なミュートの大半があった。ペニー。ロン Ryan わかったは間違いなく、自分ではなくインターネット由緒ある T. C. 大多数の袋を裏返しに戻るです。ほとんど最近の過去の交流 Kors ストア。「これらのコメントはありませんコーチをコートしながら切迫し先に進んで、彼らアイデアを持っていない彼らの読者とブランド イメージの問題を取得示唆しています。そのよく知られた職人の技がはるかに良い Kors として光沢のあります。1 つの手に特定の通路の女性の買い物客だけかもしれない発見安い薬局ブランド、これに反対する部門オプション市場に通常利用できる理論的根拠の通路トップ品質のブランドのビューティー ブティック装飾多分チェーン関連セフォラとして参照してください。提供するスー美容とは対照的あなた (SBH) 多くの資格を cosmetologists 側にミニ コストコ (コスト) を運営する Ulta ローカル ニーズに応える、全体的な外観の消費者パートナーとしてストアを提供するアーティスト、プロフェッショナル、およびヒントをお勧めします。この正味の反応も過去の驚異的な成長をされている 4 時間。Meghan コリソン: (ファッションモデル) 生まれ 2 月。3、一緒にアルバータ州エドモントンを支援するために国の都市間で 1989年''Meghan''という名前の大きな目標を持っている女性に住んでいた。
,服を発見するは難しい曲線の女性です。多くのインスタンスでは不可能な作業のように見えることができます正しく瞬間収容の足と腰の中間の継ぎ手の服を見つけます。これは特にスキニー ジーンズで有効です。2012 491 の求人に対して $40 をタップします。1 ではなく契約中 800 されているように見える平均 $1 の優れた品質をされて購入しました。2009 年にそれぞれ。代理店の長いホームの呼び出しから肯定的な要因株式 $41 を超えている場合。いくつかの 09 ポイント有効期限日来年。サブプライム住宅ローンの合併症を洗ったヨーロッパに最終的な最後の夏と春しかし、RICS は法外な料金は最近レストラン減速にアクセスする特定の原因をされていると述べた。インチ背の高い （壁聖。ジャーナル、傷跡。9.「モデル」自信を持って崇拝の他のクライアント。自信を向上させる方法の 1 つを最高に自信を考慮する人々 の行動をモデルです。David ヴィトンは右心の中で最大のハンドバッグの会社の 1 つです。ある Louis ヴィトンをお探しの理想的な選択肢よりも過剰なファッション財布を所有します。多くの人々 自身のハンドバッグのこれらの種類が、コストは非常に高いことができるので提供する希望では実際に購入するためにほとんど不可能。気に時折大学ヘイワード フィールド ワールド ・ ワイド ・ ウェブ会社私岩固体寮の加入者をあなたの研究の法律学校の私の外側を維持する伝統的なこのオレゴン州散歩を呼び出します。私は運動ではないかもおそらくジョガー、しかし個々 の retrospect すべては、このていないことは無理だったほとんどの人々 ラップ。
会社の第 2 四半期 （クリスマス終了 31, 2012年） 総売り上げ高の 58.5 内転送 4 ％、立ち往生している、北ヨーロッパの販売の 2 ％ の損失を含む広い重量を訪問します。うち、24 ％ 崩壊しつつある、アクティブな在庫を送信します。（～ 7 月 31 日) 第三分以内の第一人者を驚かせたし、も 6% 販売収入バンプ 7% によってに沿って削除得るため北アメリカ合衆国収益。当分のディナー パーティーのために良い任意の量の小枝の花と、差し押さえは、同様に個人に対し優雅な部分は多くの形式的な可能性の機会を望んでいた。フォーマルな場面通常大丈夫あなたのアクセントをあなたに代わって服に収まるように 1 つの時間であります。無料まだ、誇張しないでください。今製品は、なぜ知っているセットアップ店の誇りを発見する、これらのスムーズに良い写真を見てもよい - 絶対に所有者は出席で得られる小さなお店で特別割引を必要とする恐れてはいけない。ケルン web マーケティング香水ストア内での購入について良いことは、一緒にいくつかのお金を節約するよりよい取り引きの巨大な様々 なを入力する時に。あなたは香水の特定の卸売の金利は一般的には驚かれることでしょう想像できるよりも低いし、する脇コーディネーターを置くことができる従って調整された価格で購入するときを選択します。要因は事実上パーティーには出席を空想、もっとまたはより少なくないカジュアルな任意の場所が間、非公式の社会的なイベント、似たようなブランチ間レストラン得る集まり、卒業式、祭事、仕事帰りドリンクや腕などのイベント、ブライダル シャワー、公共の開口部、多分、土曜日行く - 離れて - 時間 --港湾、最も素晴らしいものを着ることがあります （余剰オプション) の間でドレスが黒ではないです。
Emma Saturday 23 August 2014 at 18:24
| Post #409 |
|Subject: New Season's Stock|
Cobalt blue is a very big story, both this winter and next summer. We've already started to get our autumn/winter stock in, and we are seeing how popular this colour is proving.
Pictured right is the 'Scotty Dog' Anna Scholz dress (so called because, true to her whimsical nature, Anna has used silhouettes of Scotty dogs to create her exclusive print) £195, and far right is a gorgeous KJ Brand jumper at £129, both is this glowing, jewel colour....
Emma Friday 22 August 2014 at 15:31
| Post #408 |
|Subject: Bring on Summer 2015!|
So, I hear you all ask, what are we to expect from the wonderful world of plus-size fashion next summer (officially referred to as Spring/Summer 2015)?
The huge story next year is black and white. This is a continuation of what we have been seeing for the past two or three seasons - and this coming winter, too. The look is really taking off now, and we are going to run the whole gamut of black-and-white looks next year.
There are the jazz-age floral prints, from ranges like Anna Scholz or Verpass (the latter flecked with elements of lime green), smudged-graphite-and-white - from all sorts of ranges, including the German label CPM, and crisp black-and-stone Mondrian-inspired blocks from Verpass and Elena Miro.
There are some fantastic textured blacks from Marina Rinaldi, and rippling summer knits from Tomo. Stripes and spots leap from every corner... from ranges like Samoon, Elena Miro, No Secret and others. Black and white animal prints growl and purr from Matt and Anna Scholz. I could go on and on.
It seems that every collection has some elements of black and white. There is something for everyone, and I do urge you to get into black and white (if you are not already). It is here to stay, and it's so versatile! Itís rare to find a fashion story that is so variable: there is the grungy, young and edgy end of the scale, but there is also the floral and pretty end. There's the sophisticated suited-and-booted workwear, and then again there are more architectural looks that make use of arty textured weaves and knits. And there is everything in-between.
Another huge fashion story is denim. At Anna Scholz we're seeing smooth, nineteen-seventies-inspired chambray (see right). Samoon offers sophisticated little stretch city-denim jackets. These contrast markedly with Brandís take on the denim jacket, which is both casual and practical: the eternal jeans jacket. Matt takes the denim shirt and transforms it into an oversize tunic to wear over leggings. Exelle dyes oversize T-shirts into denim-inspired gorgeousness, and everywhere we see different fabrics - from jerseys to linens, indigo-dyed into the denim spectrum.
Indigo blue is such a kind colour. It suits almost everyone, and due to the ubiquity of jeans, now counts as a neutral - meaning that it will team with almost everything.
Elsewhere, the look book for Spring/Summer 2015 will include the colours turquoise (and all the colours either side of it - from cobalt to teal), orange (or coral), lime green and taupe. Fabrics will be crinkle linens, lots of knits with all sorts of different effects, silks printed to look hand-painted, digital jerseys, and textured weaves. We are also seeing more leather - both as jackets and as trims to knits.
The silhouette is still with the tunic dress over leggings, although slightly more outrť trousers - with harem pants, sarong-trousers and super-wide strides edging in.
There is the introduction of more jumpsuits (donít worry, I wonít be filling my store with these - although they will be making a guest appearance!), pencil skirts (long and stretchy gorgeousness), and long crinkly skirts. One of the main stories, silhouette-wise, is the neat fitted jacket. This is so versatile (it can be worn over a narrow little skirt, or teamed with a billowing dress underneath), and one such jacket can be used in dozens of different looks.
All in all, the look next summer is clean, simple, flattering and practical. It is stuffed with essential pieces that you will wonder how you ever lived without. And, if you make some wise choices, it will take your look forward for many seasons to come.
| Kim P Friday 22 August 2014 at 18:28|
All sounds very exciting, some new names to me on your list of designers so look forward to seeing their creations next year.
Will you be getting any Tomo this Autumn/Winter?
I was sorry to miss the sale, didn't realise it was on!
My regards to all the Emma Plus ladies
PS I note a certain garment missing from your list of trends
| Emma Saturday 23 August 2014 at 11:44|
So sorry that you didn't know about the sale! We will have to make sure this doesn't happen again!
Yes, there are some new ranges on the horizon: it's very exciting, actually! I love the new collections, and am, as ever, looking forward to getting it all in (in 6 month's time!). I also loved this dress from Anna Scholz in a beautiful exclusive silk print (see right).
We've had some gorgeous Tomo jumpers in: they are so lovely that words fail to describe them! I would urge you to come in straight away!!!
It's a good idea to find us on Facebook and have a look at what we are showing there.
On a sad note, I scoured the collections for waistcoats, and am so sorry to say that it just wasn't a look for next summer. You and Kim will shed a little tear, I think!
Emma Friday 08 August 2014 at 13:39
| Post #403 |
|Subject: Sale Special|
For anyone wanting to really dig out a superb bargain now is the time, here in store.
As it is the last few days of our Sale, we have reduced all Sale items by a further 25%. This means that many of our Sale items are 75% off, or even less!
It really is a fantastic time to pick up some lovely super-quality summer clothes at a fraction of what you would normally pay.
When you wear those clothes for years to come, you might also wear a satisfied little smile, smug in the knowledge that you got something to treasure at very little expense....
Emma Friday 18 July 2014 at 16:55
| Post #402 |
|Subject: Curvy is Sexy|
For those who havenít read my blog before, I usually keep a journal of my buying, partly to help readers keep abreast of latest fashion trends (and we really are talking about hot-off-the-press news: these are looks that will not be seen in store until next summer), and partly to give an insider view on my particular corner of the fashion business.
I have been going over to the big fashion fairs in Germany for many years now. I used to go to Dusseldorf, where, back in the day, all the ready-to-wear fashion labels that were worth knowing would accumulate in the massive CPD Messe Centre. Just to give an idea of the CPD centre: imagine the NEC in Birmingham, and times roughly by three, and then you barely have the scale of it.
About ten years ago, this massive fashion show welcomed ranges from all over the world, and saw a huge traffic of buyers and sellers who came to one of the few venues that really had everything. Great Britain had (and has) its own big trade shows, but nothing ever like this.
However, the recession hit, and this big show began to fade away. I still visited Dusseldorf every season to do my buying (there really wasnít anywhere in the UK that could be relied on to show all the plus-size clothing that I need to look at), but eventually the show moved out of the huge Messe and into the fashion showrooms in Dusseldorf. It began to be a shadow of its former self.
The recession had another impact: many of the small independent plus-size fashion stores in the UK went by the wall. This meant that it really wasnít that essential for the collections to be shown over here. Putting it bluntly, the ranges did not find it worthwhile to have agents or shows of their collections in a country where there was no-one to buy their wares.
So my best option is still to go to Germany to do my buying, but I would have to find somewhere that had more to offer now than Dusseldorf. I opted for the new plus-size fashion show, called ĎCurvy is Sexyí in Berlin.
There were some arguments against going to this show. Obviously, there was the usual type of objection when faced to doing anything new. Would I find what I wanted in this alien environment? Isnít it going to be awfully difficult to navigate a place I was completely unfamiliar with? This kind of objection (basically, the fear of the unknown) always has to be set aside in fashion. Our industry is all about the new, and welcoming change. If I ever find myself fearing changing my long-held habits, I should start to think that I am in the wrong business!
But then there is a potential objection about this particular show.
My main worry is that I do not really want to go to a specialist plus-size fashion event. This is because, as a buyer, my job isnít just to buy clothes for my store. Pretentious as it sounds, it is to be a person who has some level of expertise in my subject. I really should know what is happening in the world of fashion.
When going to a plus-size exhibition, there is one main drawback, in my opinion. It is that you do not get an overview of what fashion as a whole is doing at any one time. Some looks are simply not produced in plus sizes, so I would never get to see them in this kind of a show. Yet I strongly believe that I should know they are happening, in the wide world of Ďsmallí fashion. This is because I have the self-belief that I am capable of finding equivalent looks in the plus-size field that may in some way Ďchannelí the mainstream zeitgeist. Putting it succinctly, I donít want to become stuck in a plus-size cul-de-sac.
However, after visiting the Berlin show, I was happy. There was plenty here to feel enthusiastic about (I will blog later about what I found), and it was a bit of a relief to know that, wherever I looked, I would see clothes that are made in sizes to fit larger women. This is not a common occurrence, I can assure you!
And if I want to make sure that Emma Plus does not get side-lined in a fashion dead-end, it is my job to do what fashion stylists do the world over: watch mainstream retailers, look at street fashion, and continually read trade journals and fashion magazines.
In short, do all the things I really enjoy doing anyway.
Kim P Saturday 05 July 2014 at 16:16
| Post #401 |
|Subject: Brilliant Long Skirt|
Just wanted to say I finally got around to wearing the navy long stretch Chalou skirt and Kim was spot on as usual, it was a joy to wear. Such an easy garment and so comfortable. The split is just right, enough so that you can walk freely but not so long that you are flashing something you don't want to flash. Best of all it can be worn all year round.
| Emma Thursday 10 July 2014 at 13:24|
Thanks for your message. ...so glad that the skirt works!
The long skirts are really in at the moment, & judging by what I have been seeing here in Berlin (yes, I'm doing my buying in Germany again), there's going to be more of them next season, too....
| Kim P Thursday 10 July 2014 at 20:06|
Great! Look forward to reading about your travels and what other goodies we can look forward to!
Maureen Kirby Sunday 08 June 2014 at 20:27
| Post #399 |
|Subject: visit to the shop|
We have just returned from our Cruise and hope to visit the shop very shortly. Spoke with Kim just before we went away and she said you sometimes have Tuesdays off so I will ring when we have a date in mind because it would be nice to see you following the very successful Anniversary Event in April.
| Emma Thursday 12 June 2014 at 16:00|
lovely to hear from you: I do hope you enjoyed your holiday.
Yes, our birthday was a fantastic day, and it was super to see you looking so well!
I do have Tuesdays off....I work Wednesdays to Saturdays. It really would be lovely to see you both again.
| Maureen Kirby Sunday 22 June 2014 at 20:41|
Will you be in this coming Wednesday 25th June as we would like to come and see you. Will hope to claim my birthday prize too!
Kim P Tuesday 06 May 2014 at 19:17
| Post #398 |
I was wondering if you had any long summer skirts in store?
| Emma Tuesday 06 May 2014 at 21:21|
Funny you should be talking about long skirts! Actually, there do seem to be more and more really long skirts coming in, both this season and next.
We've been having quite a few....one was a long black crinkle one by Verpass, which was a fish-tail style. Another was a long stretch one-perfectly straight with a split up the back-by Chalou. This comes in a number of colours, including navy and white.
We are expecting some patterened cotton long skirts in, and next season we are getting in a number of gorgeous knitted skirts that are very long. We are even getting in a fabulous leather-panelled long skirt, which I have already getting very impatient for.
To find out exactly what you would like, and whether it matches any of our skirts, do phone us on 01273327240 and have a chat to one of us....
| Kim P Wednesday 07 May 2014 at 09:54|
Thank you. I am hoping to pop in on Saturday so will have a look then!
susan mitton Friday 02 May 2014 at 10:03
| Post #397 |
|Subject: help please|
hi are you still open on Saturdays? also do you have clothes size 26/28 for a wedding I am 5 ft 10 and would like a trouser suit if possible hope to come down tomorrow thank you Susan
| Emma Saturday 03 May 2014 at 18:20|
So sorry I didn't pick up this message yesterday! I've had a little time off, so I don't know whether or not you made it into the shop today....
However, for the benefit of others reading the forum: yes, we are open on Saturdays, between 10am and 5pm. Anyone coming in before 11am on a Saturday, parking in the Theatre Car Park (right next door to our shop) & spending over £100 in Emma Plus wins two precious prizes. The first (by coming into Brighton before 11am on a Saturday) guarantees a lovely free and easy transit through town and a space in the car park (both of which can get congested on Saturday as the day goes on). The second prize is a voucher for two hours' free parking....what's not to like?
Our shop is also a stone's throw from the railway station and bus stops.
The other great news is that our stock-in-trade is wedding outfits, and most of our ranges are stocked in your size. This is a very good time of year to come, & this season's colours are gorgeous.
Emma Saturday 12 April 2014 at 15:39
| Post #396 |
|Subject: Our Birthday Celebrations|
There are moments in life that really stand out, and today is one of them. I can honestly say that I will remember it forever.
I simply couldn't believe how many of our lovely customers came today to help us celebrate our 20 years in existence.
Women were queuing at our door before we were open, and, when we swung the door wide, everyone poured in, and a kind of happy melee ensued.
It didn't take long before our ladies were perusing our gorgeous, colourful summer collection, and selecting items for closer inspection. For the first time ever, we had to give out numbers to people waiting to go into our four changing rooms. It has been one of our best days ever.
Some people brought us cards, some chocolates, some plants, flowers, and other gifts, but all brought us their best wishes.
There was a wonderful feeling of esprit de corps amongst customers who chatted to each other and to us as old friends, which most of us are.
In return, we proffered bubbly, punch, nibbles, and a birthday cake (see picture, right).
I think we are very lucky to be able to work in a place where we deal with such lovely people, and I hope that we will be able to serve our community of like-minded plus-sized fashionistas for many years to come.
| Kim P Sunday 13 April 2014 at 12:49|
Big thanks to you and all the super ladies at Emma Plus for hosting such a great event yesterday. The window display was lovely and the food and drink provided very much appreciated. The cake was delicious! It was exciting to enter the shop and be greeted with a goody bag; I am delighted with the contents! What an achievement it is for an independent retailer to be in business for 20 years and still going strong. I can honestly say the day I first walked into Emma Plus drastically changed the way I dressed and viewed clothes shopping and all for the better. Hereís to the next 20 years!
As usual the shop looked beautiful with so many wonderful clothes to see and try on. I think this must be one of the best seasonsí collections and with new designers complimenting the tried and trusted it was fun to look through all the displays. The event was so popular I was in awe at how hard everyone was working to make everything run smoothly. The shop was buzzing and everyone had a super time. Kim even had time to show me the latest collection of waistcoats.
It was lovely seeing Jackie and Jaq again, both looking great. In fact seeing Jaq trying on a gorgeous linen coat prompted me to try it on myself and I ended up buying one! I am also delighted with the gorgeous Verpass and Nanso summer tops purchased. I canít wait for the sun to start shining so that I can wear them.
Thank you again for your generosity and hospitality; it really was a fabulous day.
| Kim P Sunday 13 April 2014 at 14:53|
Just putting my purchases away and I didn't buy a Nanso top at all, it was KJ Brand haha! I'm not very good with labels, the "Verpass" tops I was talking to you about yesterday were NP! Never mind, whatever the label they are gorgeous tops.
| Emma Tuesday 15 April 2014 at 11:14|
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. Yes, I am still recovering from the weekend, which was amazing.
I can't help feeling that we should have a birthday party every year!
I'm so glad that you found some lovely items: yes, I do think it's the best ever summer season. The colours this year are unique and beautiful.
I am looking forward to-perhaps not the next 20 years: that may be a bit too much, even for me-the next 10 years of Emma Plus!
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