2013 Outfit #2

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)
Boots: Evans
Oui/Non belt: ASOS Curve
Necklace: Primark
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

pug life

Me (as always), stands in front of a black wardrobe with a mint green button up shirt, black skirt, heels and a mint green bag. I have one hand on my hip

Shirt: ASOS Curve
Skirt: ASOS Curve
Necklace: Primark
Shoes: New Look
Glasses: London Retro*

I appear to be regressing fast in 2013, which is scary when I think about just how old I’m going to be in a couple of months (29! Wahhh!) – and as soon as I saw this adorable shirt emblazoned with cute little pups I had to order straight away. I was a bit sad that Klee pointed our that it’s actually a print of French Bulldogs, not pugs – naughty ASOS! – but the gorgeous colour and style is enough for me to absolutely love it anyway.

The bunny bag is another favourite of mine. I always forget to photograph my bags but I think this one is lovely. Although, it’s really bulky and so I have developed a bad habit of knocking into walls and tourists as I make my way to and from work. Oops.

A word on the fit: I’m not particularly well endowed in the bosom area, and even I have found the shirt gaping at the bust a little. It’s also a bit snug around the hips but because I’m tucking it into a skirt, this doesn’t really matter. Hope that helps!

pug life

Me as before, in a slightly different pose and a wee smile on my face. I’ve also ditched the bag.

Just wanted to add another photo to prove that I do smile, honest guv! It’s quite funny how I’m always looking serious in my blog posts – if you meet me in real life, you know I’m anything but.

Hope you’re all well, my dears!

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Image: me (short, fat, place caucasian brunette with glasses) stand holding the end of my hair in a black and green jumper, big “love will tear us apart” necklace and shoe boots. I look very disdainful.

Jumper: Simply Be
Skirt & belt: Forever21+
Boots: New Look
Necklace: birthday gift
Glasses: London Retro*
Headband: Primark

Hello my dears! So excited for it being nearly Christmas! I promised you a week full of jumpers, so here’s my last one, this gorgeous and office-appropriate number from Simply Be. As soon as I saw it in the catalogue I knew I had to have it.

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Image: as before, but I have my hands on my hips and look slightly perturbed.

My necklace was a birthday present my friend clubbed together and bought me – I find out where it was from but have since forgotten! I really love Joy Division and I also do find how seriously people take them hilarious (this mock up of Ian Curtis playing the Nintendo Wii is my number one page on the internet, EVER). I love and wear it a lot, although I did break it once when I was playing dodgems, oops.

I’m going to try and do another post before Christmas, but I hope you all have a lovely week with your loved ones (family, friends or otherwise) no matter what you celebrate. xx

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Image: me (short, fat, pale caucasian brunette with glasses) wears a black jumper with a large POW! motif and black accessories.

Jumper: Primark
Skirt: F21+
Shoes: ASOS
Glasses: London Retro*

A super quick one from me tonight, as I’m trying to pretty myself up for tomorrow’s work Christmas party. But the jumper kinda speaks for itself, doesn’t it? I think it’s perfect!

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Image: me (short, fat, pale caucasian, long dark hair and glasses) stands wearing a jumper with pink hearts all over it and black accessories. I have one hand on my hip and am smiling.

Jumper: Primark
Skirt: F21+
Boots: Peacocks (many years ago)
Brooch: Tatty Devine sample sale
Glasses: London Retro*

Nah, it’s not a brand tie in or a new blog theme, but since the only clothing I’ve wanted to indulge in is things that’ll keep me warm, I figured I’d dedicate the week to showing off the more exciting jumpers in my collection.

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Image as before, but I’ve taken my hand off my hip! Still smiling, though.

This is my favourite – the colours are a bit washed out but the hearts are this perfect bubblegum pink. Annoyingly this is from Primark (I work opposite the Oxford Circus branch – you can only imagine the drain on my bank account this is having) which stops at 20, although it’s pretty roomy as it’s supposed to be oversized. I have spied a similar jumper at Ax Paris as well, which runs to a 26 and is also oversized if you fancy it!

I hope you are all really well and looking forward to the festive season. It’s annoying that I’ve not had the time to update, because there is so much I want to say and no time to sit down and say it. Back with jumpers 2 and 3 later in the week. Take care! x

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Image: me (short, fat, pale caucasian skin, long brown hair, glasses) stands in front of a black wardrobe wearing a black top, floral skirt, rust coloured tights and boots.

Jersey peplum top: ASOS Curve
Floral skirt: New Look Inspire
Pearl collar necklace, rust colour tights: Primark
Ankle boots: Evans
Glasses: London Retro*

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Image: as before, in a slightly different pose

This is an outfit that I feel looks better in real life than in photos. Or it could be my not-so-good camera! I have to say winter really does sort the men out from the boys, photography-wise. It’s always so dark, and my camera can’t cope with anything other than bright sunlight! Ah well.

This outfit includes a few recent purchases for once – hooray! Although the glasses, tights, boots and skirt are all from 1-2 years ago. I recently got the boots mended for the second time, as they’re just so comfortable. Unfortunately my Clarks pair (review here) got a hole in the first day of wearing them, and apparently it was so bad they couldn’t be saved. So, quite disappointed really, especially as Clarks are meant to be a super durable brand! Maybe I need to invest in some DMs…

Also, to any of you who answered my red lipstick question on twitter: thank you! It was the push I needed to treat myself to MAC’s Ruby Woo. I have MAC Red, but it’s far too glossy and glam for daytime use. Ruby Woo is exactly what I was after. Yay!

I hope you’re all well. It’s been an exciting week – can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Eddy and Bri dress

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
Bag: Accessorize*
Boots: Peacocks
Glasses: Glasses Direct*
Necklace: Tatty Devine

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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!

Eddy and Bri dress

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…

lovedrobe review two

Image: Me (short, brunette, pale white skin) stands in a cream & black room wearing a wine and black dress with glasses & leopard print shoes.

Dress: Lovedrobe*
Necklace: Primark
Shoes: Linzi
Ring: Chubby Cartwheels
Belt: Evans
Glasses: London Retro*

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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.

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And another pose. I love this posing lark, clearly.

Hope you’re well my dears, and speak soon!

Lovedrobe work

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.

Dress: Lovedrobe*
Glasses: Glasses Direct*
Necklace: Wee Sparrow
Shoes: Primark

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.

Lovedrobe work

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!

Fuck flattering

T-shirt: Gisela Ramirez via Em
Skirt: Forever 21+
Shoes: Evans
Ring: Chubby Cartwheels
Glasses: courtesy of Glasses Direct

Lest any followers who feel there’s a limit to how far fatties can go in their fashion have gotten a little too comfortable following my blog, here’s a friendly reminder that I fundamentally do not agree with any such restrictions.

It took me a few months and an act of kindness from the lovely Em who’d bought about 5 of the shorts, but I finally have a F*ck Flattering crop top all of my own. To wear it in any respectable way would have done everything Gisela stands for a disservice, so here I am: death fat, ugly, non-hourglass, no-waist, pale, lumpy, hairy in a crop top and shiny, too-tight mini.

Fuck flattering

Here’s the thing: you do not have to dress yourself according to other people’s standards. And by the same token, it is not for you to dictate how others should dress. Seriously. The mental energy that gets wasted on indulging yourself in anger at another person’s belly outline, why do it? One of the best things I ever did (and am still doing) is learning to not judge people I see out and about. I can’t even tell you the kind of difference it makes to your psyche.

That said, I totally understand why dressing more modestly has to be done, for your own sanity and safety. I am incredibly socially anxious, sometimes even leaving the house to run an errand is a nightmare for me and a lot of the time I will wear something that I feel good in but doesn’t rock the boat too much because it’s just less hassle, something less to worry about. But the more I see other plus size women like me rocking outfits like this one, the more normal it gets to see fatties taking fashion risks and not giving a stuff, the more likely I am to head out of my door with my VBO on display and my head held high. I can’t thank you all, and Gisela Ramirez, enough for that.

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I’m going to leave you with my Burger Queen speech, which I wrote for the final and inspired by this very slogan:

There is a word in every fat fashion fan’s vocabulary that upon its utterance, whether by a TV style pundit, a designer or a well-meaning relative, never fails to strike a killing blow to any confidence we may have. The word is “flattering”.

Flattering. The word haunts us wherever we go. Shouting at us from our screens, omnipresent in the stares from 17 year old shop assistants, left in the comments of every article that dares to mention fatness and fashion in the same paragraph. This word, these three little syllables, have locked fat people – feminine fatties, dapper fatties, butch fatties – into a parallel universe of shame and despair, a world populated by an endless parade of diarrhoea brown calf length skirts, waterfall cardigans and hanky hems. To flatter is to hide, to minimise, to render obsolete. A way for fatties to move through the world, without actually being seen.

Flattering, a code word for elasticated necklines and empire waists. The idea that a belly and a bum means you’re not worthy of colour or fanciness. Of happiness.

I want you to join me, my friends. Join me in rejecting the idea of only wearing clothes that others deem flattering. let us adorn ourselves in sequins, in feathers, in tight Lycra. Let us frolic in skirts and jeans that trace the outline of our bellies without fear or shame. Let us wear our VBOs as a delicious fashion statement, instead of a curse.

Together we can walk the streets, take to the beaches a riot of colourful chubbiness. Together we will rise to the hates and shout…


It is time for us to take back our agency, it’s time for us to reclaim this word which is still used against us. And once we have it, we will destroy it.

Society may want us to hide, but we will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! But we WILL pour our bums into a pair of American Apparel disco pants. We WILL wear ruffles, peplums and skinny jeans and fitted 3 piece suits. We WILL dress exactly how we want because we deserve to feel good about ourselves.

Celebrate your body. Wrap it in silks, paint it in millions of colours. Wear hot pants or even baggy t-shirts if that’s what makes you happy. But don’t ever feel you need to wear something “flattering”.

The next time you hear that word, those horrible three syllables, say it with me: fuck flattering! Fuck flattering! FUCK FLATTERING!