Thursday, 30 April 2015

Outside My Comfort Zone #2

Hi folks. I've rejoined the OMCZ challenge as I enjoyed it previously and I'm hoping it'll motivate me to post more frequently. Having said that, as per usual I procrastinated and didn't get round to taking photos for this post, so I've 'made' it with stock images instead. This theme is a Shopping Outfit: "The next theme has more of an open feeling to it. No specific items or patterns to showcase. Just show us what you'd wear to go shopping. This is inspired by the Shopping Trip to Birmingham organised by Nikki . Knowing what to wear on a shopping trip in the colder months can be a challenge. You want to be warm enough when you're outside but as soon as you go inside it's too hot. What do you wear? Maybe it's your PJ's for a midnight dash to the supermarket or maybe it's full on glam? Or somewhere in between."

I actually went shopping last Saturday with some of my favourite fat babes, but taking a snap of my outfit was obviously too sensible for me to do! I've got 101 blog pics to take that I've not yet got round to as well, so I figured it'd be almost as good and a lot easier to just show you what I wore with images from the respective companies. Ok, so I didn't actually wear a necklace, but my pink glittery one came today and I felt the need to include it...

L-R: ASOS Curve Ridley Skinny Jean in Acid Wash, £18.00 (sizes 18-28)

Nicky Rockets Invasion of the Killer Curves Slash Neck Tee, £7.00 (sizes S-5X)
New Look Wide Fit Black Bow Front Ballet Pumps, £9.99 (size 8 left only)
Black Heart Creatives Fat Babe Necklace, £15.00-£18.50

I also took my old faithful New Look Inspire faux leather jacket with me, but it stayed in my rucksack as the weather was lovely! I like to be comfortable when shopping and I use a ruck sack pretty much all the time day-to-day now; it just makes things a lot easier and it also means that if I do buy anything I'm not lugging it about.

Don't forget to check out the rest of the OMCZ crew:

Becca: http://thegirlwiththeplait.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, 24 April 2015

#WeAreTheThey and
Associated Ramblings

I've been mulling over this post in my head for a while now, thinking about what to say (and what not to say) and wondering if my thoughts as of late are too negative and, more importantly, not appropriate to unleash into the world given the recent reams of positivity. However, if I don't say it now it'll potentially lose its relevance to the aforementioned current positivity, so I'm just going to go with the flow and see what comes out.

Fat people are damned if we do and damned if we don't. We're told to bend the knee to the socially defined hierarchy of 'the perfect body', and then told that we can't possibly bend the knee because 'OMGZ teh health problemz'. We're constantly demonised, sexualised, discriminated against and hated for nothing other than our weight. On top of all this, fatness is intersectional and I am well aware that being white, cis, heterosexual and a 'smaller' fat makes me comparatively privileged.

How is this relevant to positivity? Well, you're probably aware of the recent social media frenzy over Jamelia's fat shaming and the subsequent #WeAreTheThey movement (see Debz of The Not So Secret Diary of a Wannabe Princess' post here for more information), in addition to the recently aired #PlusSizedWars documentary on C4. Both have invigorated the spirits of the body positive community and perhaps more, but as time has gone on I can't help but notice the pitfall; that is, the barrage of negativity, fat shaming and hatred that follows it. If you think that the previous paragraph sounds dismal, multiply it by ten and you'll be roughly on the level of the aftermath. Nothing stirs up the anti-fats more than a bit of positivity.

Concern trolls, social media bellends, celebrities with their heads up their own arses; I'm not flowering it up (as you can see), whatever you want to call it, it's everywhere. There's not a day goes by that I'm not deleting comments and blocking people on Twitter and Instagram, or receiving friend requests and messages from 'admirers' (AKA heterosexual cis men who think that I owe them my friendship and/or more) on Facebook. Pretty shit, isn't it? That's the shallow end of the pool. Many fellow bloggers, activists, etc, are publicly attacked not only by peculiar tinterwebz individuals but also by 'the media'; people in a position of power who exploit said power in order to share their fat shaming and discriminatory tactics with the public.

Which brings me nicely on to my next point; we (the fats) are constantly dehumanised. Whether it's being the 'other' or 'they', or having our heads chopped off in images on the latest 'obesity crisis' newsflash. Don't get me started on the glorifying obesity lark, either; but please do let me know if reading this makes you want to gain 10st, because if you can read this post and decide that you really want to be barraged with this bullshit on a daily basis then I salute you.

I shall end on a personal note. I'm 27 years old and, in those 27 years, I cannot remember not being fat; I also cannot remember not being fat shamed, bullied, discriminated against, hated, blamed, etc, because of my weight and/or appearance. If you're not in the same boat, I'd like you to take a moment to imagine what that's like; imagine just how much damage that does to your self esteem and self worth. Imagine what it's like to live with chronic depression and anxiety, probably for the rest of your adult life, because of the abuse you received as a child for being nothing more than yourself. Now imagine being 27 years old and still receiving the same abuse, but now it's not from other children, it's from adults. It's from the magazines. It's from the newspapers. It's from the online articles. It's from people on every social platform you can imagine. It's on your computer. It's on the street. It's at the club. It's in your home. It's everywhere.

Now, ask yourself honestly, am I the one with the problem?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

International Plus Size
Fashion Wish List

As with most blogger challenges I've done in the past, I'm a wee bit late in posting this; sorry folks! Anyhoo, this is the 'International Wish List Blogger Challenge' (as suggested by Debz); myself and other plus size bloggers have shared their wish lists from international (non-UK, in other words) plus size fashion brands. Some may have included multiple brands but I'm personally focusing on one, else I could be here forever! I've chosen Eloquii, as I've been in awe of their products for quite some time but they unfortunately don't ship to the UK.

L-R: Printed Kady Fit Pant (PC: 1150050), $89.90
Two Tone Printed Dress (PC: 1231355), $119.90
Lace Jacket (PC: 1270919), $159.90
Printed Soft Midi Skirt (PC: 1191171), $110.90
Classic Chambray Shirt (PC: 1060700), $69.90
Laser Cut Scuba Skirt (PC: 1191337), $99.90
Studio Floral Eyelet Midi (PC: 1191206), $134.90
Printed Scuba Midi Skirt (PC: 1191270), $89.90
Studio Mesh Pleated Skirt (PC: 1191100), $110.90
Studio Eyelet Midi (PC: 1191017), $179.90

Eloquii's main size range goes from a US14 to US24; exactly what that equates to in UK sizing depends on which website you're reading at the time (some say 16-26, others say 18-28) so I'd always recommend checking the size chart before ordering...not that we can anyway (unless you have a US friend), but you get what I mean ;)

I see a lot of US bloggers styling Eloquii's items and they always look fabulous.

Don't forget to take a look at the other bloggers participating in this challenge:

Friday, 3 April 2015

Review: Spring Makeover
with Wingz

I got in touch with Wingz recently as I noticed that they were looking for bloggers to review their product and I've been wanting to try them. I was able to choose the design and I opted for the Stretch Lace Wings Half Sleeve in Black in a size 3 (24-28). This particular style is currently on sale for £16.99, reduced from £18.99.

As Spring is here I really want to start wearing dresses again, but it's not always as warm as it looks! Wingz are ideal for this as it means that you can wear sleeveless dresses and keep your arms warm, without covering up and hiding the dress with a cardigan.

The Wingz themselves are really comfortable with plenty of stretch and the lace isn't scratchy. I think I probably could've got the size 2 (18-22) as this size is a little roomy, but not so much that it's noticeable (I'm a 22 in tops usually and was worried the size 2 may be too tight, and there's nothing I can't stand more than having restricted arms). I think they go really well with this dress, so much so that you may not even realise it's not part of it!

The dress I'm wearing, in case you're interested, is the BESPOKEfit Spot Tunic Dress, which is now £14.50 from Simply Be (I'm wearing my usual dress size which is a 22).

Wingz offer plenty of styles and colours and their customer service is excellent. They also have 4 different size ranges, which cover sizes 6-28. I definitely want to get a plain design (probably black haha), as lace isn't going to go with everything!

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Dress Up with George @ Asda

Supermarket clothes ranges are great for on trend fashion at bargain prices and George @ Asda is no exception; so when they contacted me to ask if I'd like to participate in their #DressUpwithGeorge campaign, I jumped at the opportunity. They kindly gifted me a dress of my choice in addition to some outerwear and asked me to style the dress for multiple occasions. I've gone with three themes; night out, work and casual.

I'm wearing the Floral Midi Dress in size 22; unfortunately it's now in the sale (was £18.00 now £10.00) and there's only a size 20 left (PC: 4891140). There's a couple of scuba dresses that are similar (PC: 4998555 and 4998556, both £15.00).

I'm also wearing (L-R) the Jersey Shrug in size 22 (PC: 5030514, £6.00, sizes 22 and 24 left), Textured Blazer in size 22/24 (PC: 4795576, £16.00, sizes 18-32) and the Mid Wash Denim Jacket in size 24 (PC: 4938884, £18.00, sizes 10-20 left). A word of warning with the denim jacket, if you want to be able to do it up size up! I'm usually a 24/26 in jackets (with room) and I can't get this close to doing up (which is fine by me, as I think denim jackets look a bit weird buttoned up anyway and it's more for layering).

This is the first time I've worn a dress casually like this (I'd normally wear leggings and flats) and I actually really love this look! The dress is really versatile and it's also comfortable so I'm sure I'll get a lot of wear out of it. Which is your favourite look?

The George team also sent me a couple of other tops that I'm wearing to death at the moment; you might've seen the Leopard Print Tunic (PC: 4965361, £8.00, sizes 8-20 left) on my Instagram. I'm definitely going to be checking out the rest of their range as I want (correction, need) this top in every colour!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

SS15 Novelty Bags Wish List

I have a confession to make, I'm developing a slight addiction to novelty bags; and what better way to support said addiction than compiling a wish list?! There's oodles of novelty bags available at the moment but these are some of my favourites from Next, ASOS, ALDO, Accessorize and New Look (I've listed the product codes below so you should be able to find them easily, just copy and paste into the relevant site's search bar).

I've only got two at the moment (the chocolate coin from New Look pictured below and the Accessorize camera bag that was on sale just after Christmas; it looks like the one below but I'm not sure if it's the same one or not) but I'm pretty sure it's not going to stay that way for long, particularly as I see so many bloggers rocking them with their outfit posts. Some of the bags I've included below may not necessarily be classed as novelty bags, but they're cute all the same. I think the Drumstick bag from Next is my favourite! What's yours?


L-R: Next Pink Perfume Clutch Bag (PC: 945-726), £28.00
Next Postcard Clutch Bag (PC: 907-522), £25.00
Next Drumstick Hard Clutch Bag (PC: 695-261), £32.00
Next Grey Face Clutch Bag (PC: 695-245), £16.00
ASOS Skinnydip Unicorn Tears Novelty Across Body Bag (PC: 635608), £28.00
New Look Yellow Lemon Clutch (PC: 340243985), £12.99

Accessorize Apple Juice Bag (PC: 7897920100), £29.00
Accessorize Cara Camera Bag (PC: 7894130100), £29.00
Accessorize Watermelon Across Body Bag (PC: 7892367000), £29.00
Accessorize Embellished Pineapple Across Body Bag (PC: 7892409800), £35.00
ASOS Robot Cross Body Bag (PC: 570653), £18.00
New Look Red and Green Watermelon Clutch (340248969), £12.99

ALDO Kasslin, sold out
ALDO Paragould, sold out
ASOS Skinnydip Crunch Clutch (PC: 630130), £25.00
ASOS Party Ring Cross Body Bag (PC: 570647), £18.00
ASOS Peach Cross Body Bag (PC: 570662), £18.00
New Look Yellow Banana Clutch (PC: 334215985), £12.99

ASOS ALDO "That's So...2014" Novelty Across Body Bag (PC: 562994), £24.00
ASOS Playing Cards Novelty Cross Body (PC: 611195), £20.00
ASOS Skinnydip Lips Clutch Bag (PC: 630145), £26.00
ASOS SKinnydip Chips Box Clutch (PC: 630131), £40.00
ASOS Popsicle Across Body Bag (PC: 570649), £18.00
New Look Orange Fruit Clutch (PC: 340255680), £12.99

ASOS Robot Clutch Bag (PC: 570616), £20.00
ASOS Skinnydip POP Perspex Clutch Bag (PC: 630138), £40.00
ASOS Moo Milk Essentials Bag (PC: 582347), £15.00
New Look Shell Pink Champagne Bottle Clutch (PC: 328736772), £7.00
New Look Gold Chocolate Coin Clutch (PC: 325506793), £2.00
New Look Red Strawberry Clutch (PC: 334214260), £12.99