Saturday 30 April 2016

A night out in Glasgow.

It is not very often blogging events come to Scotland, and a lot that do are at a weekend, so when I was offered the chance for a nice Thursday night out in Glasgow I had to say yes. I was invited along to Taking Shape and Hotter to learn more about them.

Taking Shape are an Australian plus size retailer that makes clothes in sizes 14 to 26. They arrived in the UK in 2013 and offer curvy customers a new type of style boasting a "sassy Australian vibe".

On entering the shop I was surprised by the array of bright colours, from reds and pinks to lemons and limes. We were greeted by the staff and told that the company employ stylists not sales people and this helps the customer to not only look good but also to feel great. They offer cleverly designed clothes that are designed to work best in layers and cover up the lumps and bumps. They offer a service where by they allow the customer to come in and spend time with a stylist trying on their recommendations. They even allow groups to book and will provide tea, coffee and snacks while every body tries out the clothes. I have to say I liked the size of the individual changing rooms as well as the massive full height mirror just outside the changing rooms but still in a back corridor so you are not really visible from the shop.

So we had a wander and looked at clothes and I popped various things into the changing room to try on. Meanwhile we were all getting to know each other and did some business card exchanging. Have to say I loved the confidence and the dress sense that the younger bloggers had.

I tried on a few different styles of black trousers and chose a pair.

I enjoyed trying the tops and different colours than I normally would. 

So after some more banter and a few laughs we wandered off towards the Hotter Shop in Buchanan Galleries. I have never been in a Hotter shop before and I have heard people say that they are designed for older people, fifty plus, but this was not the impression I got. The younger bloggers were loving the colours, styles and choices as much as I was.
I do have an issue when buying shoes from anywhere, I wear a full foot podiatry insole and the shoes need to be deep and wide to accommodate this. The width was not a problem, a lot of their range come in wider fittings but the depth did create an issue for me. I would love to buy some nice looking strappy sandals, or a pair of flowery light weight canvas shoes but sadly my feet are not designed for them.

I loved these simple black flats complete with a matching bag. 

Hayley loved these mustard yellow shoes.

I was quite thankful I was not the only one who tried on nearly every pair in the shop.

There was plenty of Social Media sharing during our shopping time.

All in all in was a lovely evening. 

I was compensated with a pair of trousers and a pair of shoes of my choice for attending the event. 

I chose a Cork shoe in black-  Once you’ve experienced the true comfort of Cork you’ll never want to take them off. This sporty casual is engineered to give welcome relief with a cushioned, contoured insole and breathable mesh design. A handy touch-close fastening strap allows superb adjustability, while a lightweight PU sole adds extra flex.  

Have to say as somebody who walks upwards of fifteen miles in a shift at work I need something comfortable and breathable and offering support and these certainly fulfil that criteria, they are amazingly comfortable. They soles squeak slightly if you walk across a wet floor with them, but in a noisy work place it is not a problem. 

They are also being generous enough to offer a discount voucher for you, my readers, to use if you wish to treat yourself to a new pair of Hotter shoes. 

The code is PPATEN and terms and conditions are £10 off plus FREE delivery is for first orders only. You are entitled to £10 off the total order value of any full priced items in the Hotter range (excluding shoe care products and accessories) plus FREE delivery. Minimum order value £25. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotional offer or on Sale or Factory Clearance items and gift vouchers. Expires 30/6/16

So why not pop across to Hotter and have a look and treat yourself?


  1. I am a big fan of hotter shoes and on my last count I have 9 pairs - they're so comfy!

    1. I think I may well be building up a few more, comfy shoes are a must in my job.

  2. I've walked past the Leicester shop a few times and thought how good it looks. Need to venture in.

    1. please do I feel you will be pleasantly surprised

  3. Its nice to hear that you got to attend an event out there and enjoyed it. The top looks great and the shoes look so comfy.

  4. You have to try all the shoes, it's the shoe shopping law. I really like that colourful top you tried on, I do think colour is a must in your wardrobe and I had no idea Hotter even sold clothes! We have a Hotter shoe shop in town maybe they'll eventually grow a clothing section, it'd be popular if they did

  5. I love bright colours and some funky shoes too. Good for you trying on some thing a bit different

  6. This is the first I have heard of Taking Shape. Do they have a shop in London? I will be super thrilled if they did as the the discoun code will come really handy. You look fabulous by the way.

  7. Oh how lovely to have an event near you. I too tried on almost every pair of shoes at my Hotter event - they are truly gorgeous shoes though. Love seeing your photos. Kaz x


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