Image: me (you know me by now, right?) in my usual place in front of the black wardobe with the scratch marks. I’m wearing a forest green dress with bow print tights, skinny belt and big gold necklace. Yay!
Dress: New Look Inspire
Bow print tights: Pamela Mann (via Yours Clothing)
Oui/Non belt: ASOS Curve
Glasses: London Retro*
Hi Lovelies! How are you? It’s a SNOWPOCALYPSE here in Essex (and the rest of the UK, to be fair). I am celebrating by a) doing none of the things I had planned to do, b) not getting dressed and c) alternating between watching Community or playing Temple Run 2. Best weekend ever?
This outfit on its own isn’t advisable in the snow, but it is something I’ve been wearing a lot over Christmas. I am a sucker for a skater dress, sad as it is to say. I know they’ve become slightly too ubiquitous in plus size ranges at the moment to the annoyance of some (hi Amanda!) but, ah, I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel at home in them. This one from New Look has a high waist as well, which is perfect. And since it was a last minute sale buy in their Oxford Street branch, I’ve gotten my cost-per-wear down to mere pennies. Win/win!
I’m hoping to be a bit more prolific in my updates this year and better at photographing my outfits – but if there’s anything you think I should do or talk about, let me know. Speak soon! x
Hello all, and more importantly: happy new year! My 2013 so far has been a bit sleep-deprived, but hopefully that won’t be a trend, eh?
I had an almost abnormally good year in 2012. I found a great job, caught up with old friends, took part in Burger Queen (you can see me, neck-less, talking in their funding vid!), had a long awaited holiday (even if it did rain for over half the time I was there) and met some absolutely incredible people. The best thing though? I got my blogging mojo back! And it paid off – one of my plus size fashion heroes, Velvet d’Amour, shot me for her magazine Volup2. I was interviewed in The Times, and my literal dream has come true in the form of being able to design a dress for an upcoming Simply Be collection. ACTUALSCREAM. I will talk more about it in a separate post, but I really hope you all like it.
But more importantly I was happier with my wardrobe than I’ve been in a long time. I actually think I wore some more interesting outfits in 2012 than in all the time I’ve been blogging – probably because I was leaving the house a lot more. Anyway, here are my favourites over the past year, in case you missed them first time round!
I’ve got a lot on my plate for 2013, no less than moderating a discussion panel at LPSFW next month, and helping to organise this year’s Plus London 3 in November! I just hope I can keep on enjoying running this blog. Thanks so much for sticking with me through 2012, and I hope you have a fat and fabulous 2013! x
Image: Me (short, fat, long dark hair, glasses) wearing a white dress with big black polka dots
For the uninitiated, VBO stands for Visible Belly Outline. It started out as a joke on tumblr about making it a fashion accessory, and it’s snowballed from there! I bought this dress from Primark, which go to a 20, knowing it probably wouldn’t disguise my belly. I just wanted to try. But even though it was ridiculously tight, I kinda… liked it? I showed a few people, and they liked it too.
The thing is, as much as I’m a cheerleader for people who break fashion rules, and I think I’ve never been confident enough to do so myself. Even now I find myself apologising for people’s view before even realising what I’ve said. It’s just automatic.
But as scary as going out in the big, bad world is, there are pockets where it is a little bit safer. So I changed into this dress in the loos (was too scared to at the east end pub I went to beforehand) at Unskinny Bop and danced the night away alongside some of my best friends and lovely bloggers, and it was fab!
Image: me (as before) only this time I have my hand on my hip.
I don’t know whether this dress will have a second outing, but I’m glad I wore it. As it turns out, I got tons of compliments!
Thanks Isha for the pictures! Also, I really need to take my camera everywhere instead of replying on my crappy iPhone camera. Gah!
Oh my glob, you guys. It finally happened.
After years of swooning over awesome independent designers in the US, Australia and mainland Europe, and being damned to shockingly expensive shipping costs and customs charges. Edgy independent fatshion has stepped up in the UK, in the name of OneOneThree. AT LAST. I’d seen murmurings of the name on twitter but only got a chance to have a look today, and my mind is a bit blown. I’ll just let the photos do the talking, eh?
I just can’t believe how on point it all is. Studs. Pleather. Collars. Illusions. It’s so exciting! Hence why I’m posting this in a rush – I just want you guys to see it!
The pieces aren’t up for sale yet, so make sure you keep in touch with them via twitter and facebook (where you can see the AMAZING photos). I’m just so happy someone in the UK is doing this!
Anyone else as excited as I am?
Dress: Ax Paris*
Cardigan: Dorothy Perkins
Hello lovelies! This is a super duper quick post from me today. The sweethearts at Ax Paris gave me this dress to review and I thought I’d wear it to the Evenden press day today – along with a very awkward smile! I’m really happy with it, it’s comfortable and looks like I made a real effort, even if I didn’t. In in ideal world it’d be a few inches shorter and above the knee, but in a way a more modest length is nice – I’m never worrying about it riding up my bum! My hair actually obscures the PU collar, but I was too hot at the time so had unbuttoned it. D’oh.
What do you think, peeps?
Image: me (short, fat, pale white skin & long dark hair) stands in a cream and black bedroom wearing a blue based floral dress with a peplum, pink boots and glasses.
Dress: Eddy & Bri
Glasses: Glasses Direct*
Necklace: Tatty Devine
Image: me, as before, this time I’m smiling!
So there’s quite a funny story about this dress of mine. I’m signed up to this wholesale site in the US that does junior plus sizes, and I always have a look to see what’s available. I saw this, and nearly fell off my seat! I of course did what comes naturally: talked about it on twitter. The thing is, I forget that now people actually read my tweets and I’m not just shouting into the abyss any more. So when I said “I think a boutique should get this in, because it will SELL” I didn’t expect someone to tweet me back going “ok, we’ve just bought it in – it drops next month!” OMG. Instantly I went into a panic, thinking what if they’ve bought it because of me and no one buys it and they make a loss? Argh! I’ve had almost no money over, well, the past two years, so frivolous dress purchases have been sadly off my radar but I managed to save up and get it – and a few other bits, because Eddy & Bri had a $50 for $100 worth of clothes voucher at the time!
Image: me again, with my hair up in a side pony – and back to looking glum.
As it turned out, my fears were unfounded: the dress sold out pretty quickly, and I actually had to wait for my dress. But I’m not sorry. I LOVE IT. Now I just need an awesome party to wear it to…
Image: Me (short, brunette, pale white skin) stands in a cream & black room wearing a wine and black dress with glasses & leopard print shoes.
Ring: Chubby Cartwheels
Glasses: London Retro*
Image: me, as before, in a different pose
Hello lovelies! This is another review post, as due to a delay earlier in the year Lovedrobe said I could choose two items. This is from their Koko range, which is stocked at New Look. I love all the wine and berry tones of autumn so I had to choose this dress, and it’s just gorgeous. I have no problems with it! It’s going to get so much wear, I know it! The dress isn’t on site yet, but it will be soon. You can also keep an eye out for Lovedrobe and Koko at One Stop Plus, Evans and House of Fraser.
And another pose. I love this posing lark, clearly.
Hope you’re well my dears, and speak soon!
Image: Me (short, fat, brunette, glasses & freckles) wearing a dress with a cream long sleeved blouse and a black pleated skirt, standing with one hand on my hip and smiling.
Glasses: Glasses Direct*
Necklace: Wee Sparrow
Hello peeps! I hope you’re all very well? Look, it’s me again, and this time I’m smiling. Now you can see why I don’t do it very often, haha.
It’s not intentional that it’s taken me this long to photograph an outfit – have you missed me? I assumed I’d snap what I was wearing before leaving for work every day, but as you can imagine the snooze button manages to get in the way of that. Indeed, this is a recreation of what I wore for my first day in my new job! I’d been told it was “smart casual” but went for smart, just in case. I’ve relaxed a lot since then though.
Image: Me, as before, with me swirling the skirt. And still smiling!
This dress was one of two gifts from the lovely people at Lovedrobe. I was really excited when they offered as I’d literally spent the whole summer swooning over their dresses without the money to buy, so snapped them right up! This dress is in a 22/24, and feels lovely and breezy. My only gripe is the sleeves: they’re too long for my short arms which got a bit annoying by the end of the day, but I may take the wrists in.
What do you reckon, folks? To smile or not to smile?
*I’ve seen it on other blogs and it seems an easy way to identify things that were gifted. So if you see this it means it was sent for review!
Sometimes I feel like straight size brands with plus ranges give us collective bad crush syndrome; you know, how we ache desperately for them to notice us, and every now and again they throw a scrap of attention and affection our way to our absolute giddy delight. I was certainly guilty of this when I squealed at my email inbox this afternoon on seeing ASOS Curve had shot an AW12 lookbook. No regrets, though. I thought I was done with lookbooks, but oh no. I just had to put it here!
How awesome is this dogtooth print dress, though?
The feel and style is very, very different to my usual feminine opulence: hard, lean, and minimal (and delightfully queer, which is so awesome) are this season’s keywords. I’m obviously swooning hard over the dresses, but I still appreciate this look, especially when most plus size shoots tend to focus on “womanly curves” and hyper-femininity.
I just love it. And how gorgeous is that model?
Can’t wait to see what they have planned for spring and summer!
*This post features sponsored content, but the words are my own and I meant every one of them. I mean come on, you know how I feel about ASOS!
I hope you’re all enjoying flicking through the lookbooks for this season! So far there’s been Anna Scholz, Carmakoma, Jibri and now the phenomenal Monif C. Monif C has turned into something of a plus size fashion powerhouse, and every new collection manages to induce a website crash with everyone trying to order! I don’t think her selection of dresses for autumn and winter 2012 will have any different effect – just look at these beauties:
Aren’t they amazing? I couldn’t help but gasp when I caught sight of these dresses, honestly. I love the superhero/supervillain vibes of the Camille and Dana dresses especially!
What do you think, peeps?