Thursday, 19 June 2014

Outside My Comfort Zone #34

Hi folks. This challenge is 'Show Me Some Skin' and was chosen by Katt (of A Curvy Cupcake) who wrote: 'As summer approaches and the days get warmer, I'm struck with the fear of getting my pasty white legs and the tops of my arms out. Apart from the obvious rudey parts, what areas of your body do you prefer to keep covered?'

So, as per usual, I haven't prepared. I'd love to get in my swimsuit and take some snaps; alas I'm at work and I don't think a 7pm selfie in the mirror jobbie is going to cut it! I very rarely expose my legs bar the odd night out and when I do I'm near enough always wearing tights, primarily as I can rarely be bothered to shave.

Before I started blogging I was incredibly self-conscious about my arms and would keep them covered up until I couldn't take the heat anymore. Now, I don't care. I wouldn't say I like my arms but I'm just not bothered about them or by what other people think which, actually, is probably nothing. Anyway, *drumroll*, here they are in all their glory...

Image (Left) © Big Fat BettyDon't forget to check out the rest of the OMCZ crew (or search #OMCZ on Twitter):

Natalie - http://awheelbarrowfullofstyle.blogspot.co.uk
Nikki - http://www.nattynikki.com

Stephanie - http://www.seeingspots.co.uk
Becky - http://www.doesmyblogmakemelookfat.com
Mary - http://www.marysbigcloset.blogspot.pt
Hollie - http://www.prettybigbutterflies.com
Erin - http://erinslittlebigcorner.blogspot.co.uk
Debz - http://www.wannabeprincess.co.uk
Becca - http://thegirlwiththeplait.blogspot.co.uk
Rebs - http://sullen-hearts.blogspot.co.uk
Katt - http://acurvycupcake.blogspot.co.uk
Leah - http://www.justmeleah.blogspot.co.uk
Mookie - http://muki7x7.blogspot.co.uk
Danielle - http://www.daniellerharris.com
Beverley - http://www.thecurvyword.com
Sam - http://fattyboomtatty.blogspot.co.uk
Gillian - http://www.weegillie.com
Sarah - http://plussizeproud.wordpress.com

What I'm Wearing...

Top: Forever 21+ Crop Top, £5.00, size 2X (similar here and here)
Skirt: Cut for Evans Midi Tube Skirt, £15.00 (in sale), size 24 (no longer available)
Bag: Marisota Beaded Ethnic Print Shopper, £40.00 (gifted from Marisota)
Tights: Evans Black Triple Pack 20 Denier TIghts, £6.00, size 3
Shoes: Primark Wide Fit, £6.00, size 9

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Giveaway: 2nd Blog
Birthday with Marisota

Hi folks. I don't know where the time has gone but this month marks two years of Big Fat Betty. So much has happened in the last year! I've met even more wonderful people, worked with some amazing brands and registered as self employed. There's more in the pipeline too that I cannot wait to share with you; keep your eyes peeled!

One brand I always enjoy both working and shopping with is Marisota, who have very kindly offered not one but two items to be given away to one lucky reader; the Sea By Melissa Odabash Classic Swimsuit (£45.00) and Maxi Kaftan (£32.00). Both items are available in sizes 12-32 and the winning reader will be able to choose their size.

I love both of these pieces and have actually being eying up the kaftan for some time, such beautiful colours!

Images (Above) © Marisota | The giveaway is open to UK participants only and all entries must be made via the Rafflecopter widget below; you can choose as many entries as you like and remember to come back every day to Tweet for an extra entry! The giveaway will start at 6pm on Sunday 15 June 2014 and will end at 6pm on Sunday 22 June, with the winner being announced and contacted the same evening.

Best of luck everyone! And happy bloggerversary (as I like to call it) to me ;)

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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Love EVERY Body #7

Hi folks. The seventh assignment for Love EVERY Body focuses on our legs and feet: 'What's going on in your lower limbs? Do you love your thighs, or wish they were different? Do you have knobbly knees, muscled calves, tattooed or scarred shins? How do you feel about your feet? Are they dainty and as soft as a baby's, or like a cave troll's? (That'll be me with the latter!) Do you have full use of your legs? What great things have you been able to do, where have your legs taken you?'

My opinion on my legs is neither here nor there really. I have squishy thighs and muscly calves, I think, and pretty much always have done. The skin on my legs is very pale, more-so than the rest of my body (probably because they don't see much sunlight), and freckly. It's sometimes dry, but I'm pretty lazy and don't moisturise (anywhere).

My feet...I hate. I mean I don't like feet in general, but I particularly dislike mine. Okay they could probably be a lot worse and I doubt anyone would notice their faults as much as I do, but I'm still reluctant to get them out in sandals until I have had a decent foot pampering sesh; they spend most of the year in socks and not really being looked after.

I am thankful to have full use of my legs and feet, even if I don't utilise them as much as I should. Now that my work routine is due to change (I work evenings at the moment so it's tricky to arrange activities) I would really like to get back into dancing; I loved to do Zumba before I left home for uni and I also used to tap dance when I was younger.

That's all I can think of, really. Perhaps I'll add a photo later!

Review: Boohoo Plus
Collection SS14 (#2)

You might remember that I was invited to the Boohoo Plus Launch event back in March and was very kindly gifted two items by the Boohoo team. I thought I'd review the items for you, as I know it's always beneficial to know how an item fits and feels 'in the flesh' so to speak. Unfortunately I've been delayed in posting this and some sizes are no longer available.

I was really impressed by the way that the items were packaged; they came in a Boohoo branded box and wrapped in pink tissue paper (my favourite colour). I love the idea of the Instagram postcard they included which reminded me of the Instagram frame at the launch! There was also a copy of the look book, which I have seen previously.

The first item I chose was the Sophie Floral Boxy Jacket, which is £20.00 and comes in sizes 16-24. I first saw this jacket at the launch and fell in love with the print as soon as I saw it. I opted for a size 22 which would be my normal size in a blazer, cardigan or top; this size was a good fit. I love the black trim around the jacket which gives it a smarter appearance. I'm really tempted to get the matching Ruth Floral Illusion Panel Skirt (£14.00, sizes 16-24)!

When I was contacted by the Boohoo team and offered a second gift, I chose the Ruby Lace Skater Dress which is £24.00 and comes in sizes 16-24 in cream or black. You can never have too many black dresses, right? Again I went for my usual dress size, which is a 22, although in this case I think I should've sized up to a 24 as it's a snug fit. The length is just above knee length on me (as you can see) and I'm 5'7". I'd probably feel more comfortable if it were a little longer; it's not too short but as it's quite floaty I was a bit concerned about exposing myself! I love the little lace cap sleeves and the dress is fully lined so it wasn't at all itchy as lace can sometimes be.

Having reviewed a few items now I think I can say with confidence that I really do love Boohoo's plus size range. It's on trend and great value, there's nothing not to like about it really. The only thing I would say is that I hope that they expand there size range in the future as I know there are many lovely ladies above a size 24 that would jump at their range! Keep your fingers crossed ladies.

If you're looking for more reviews of the Boohoo plus size range, Google 'Boohoo plus review' or something similar and you'll come across a variety of other blogger reviews (or if you're reading this and you've written one, let me know as I'd be more than happy to link to it).

Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to try to convince myself that I don't need the Rikki Floral Wrap Front Jumpsuit (£28.00, sizes 16-24)...

All images © Big Fat Betty