Forest Gothic with Simply Be.

Plus size alternative wear is a unicorn. We know it exists, we just have to close our eyes and wish really hard.

A large part of my wardrobe over the years has been finding pieces from mainstream stores and styling them to fit my personal aesthetic because just buying them from dedicated alternative stores isn’t an option.

No matter what my style has been over the years I’ve always had a soft spot for decadent goth; y’ know, the huge sleeves, flowing skirts, the drama. I wore this medieval gown for my 6th form ball for gods sake. How extra.

This is a bit late to the table; the tunic was actually gift from my partner for Christmas and to be honest it probably would have been sensible to wear it then. The material is heavy but comfortable with a gorgeous lace cut out detail. I love the high neckline; something as a busty fat person I’ve avoided for years because apparently a fashion “rule” is that I can’t wear them for fear of looking..fatter? Ha. Who the fuck knows anymore.

I put this with an old New Look Inspire maxi skirt and lots of big rings and a necklace as a head piece. I will say this, it’s inspired me to look into circlets as something to introduce into my outfits.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised with Simply Be time and time again. I’ve found pieces on there that I’ve been searching for and not found anywhere else.

On the website the model wears this with and without trousers. I don’t know if I would wear this without something on my bottom half because it sits much higher on me because of my big belly. But I would love to style it with a mini skirt to give it a bit of a 70’s vibe, which I adore.  But with the maxi skirt it has a gorgeous Gothic feel. When I saw this top I pictured myself wearing this, strolling through a gloomy wood and the incredibly talented Grace made that a reality for me.

You can find the tunic over at Simply Be here.

Photography by the ever incredible Grace Johnston.

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Nike enlisted as allies to the glory of obesity, or: Fat People Are Entitled To Clothes Too

I’m back! After a couple of weeks of being locked out of my WordPress due to an update issue a couple of dear friends have helped to get me back in. Aside from having to deal with a hacked blog post, I’m back.

With that in mind I do have a couple of posts lined up that I’ve had ready following on from LondonEdge but I’ve not had a chance to since having my issues. But I wanted to write this out first as it’s kinda current and I just wanted to share my thoughts on the matter.

You may be aware the recently Nike brought out a plus size range, enlisting bloggers Danielle Vanier and Grace Victory to model. Look at these amazing babes:

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The response to Nike’s plus size range was completely predictable.

As with anything fat people do it’s all for the glory of promoting obesity, apparently, and that is not limited to wearing and using athletic clothing.

Thin people want fat people to stop being fat because “health!11!1” but make it difficult, if not impossible, to access the means to engage in things like exercise. When they aren’t attacking fat people for using a bike , they humiliate people at the gym like that piece of shit body builder Diana Andrews and model Dani Mathers, or when exercising in general. They don’t care about the process, they just want the end result.

See, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Thin people don’t actually care about our health. They don’t like fatness because we’ve all been conditioned to hate it but need to put a palatable face on their hatred that doesn’t make them look like a bad person, because how can a person who’s advocating for your well-being be a bad person?!

There’s also lots of gross assumptions that this clothing range should be embraced because it enables fat people to stop being fat (an actual thing I saw on Twitter). It should be embraced because fat people should have the same choice and opportunities as thin people.

Not all fat people exercise to lose weight.

Exercise should be a decision you make based on what is good for you and your well being and not because you have to meet some fucked up standard thin people think you should be trying to reach.

“At least they’re trying!” GAG.

Exercise can be a source of pleasure, strength, a means of socialising, and well-being. When I was trying to learn roller derby (and failing miserably) I felt amazing. I loved it. It made me feel good, I made friends in a strange new town, and having a hobby was fun.

It just highlights that no matter what you do as a fat person it’s never going to be good enough so do what pleases you and fuck those miserable arseholes.

 

 

 

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The Only Splits I’ll Be Doing! featuring Yours Clothing and New Look

After Christmas I kept my head down in terms of shopping, avoiding any internet browsing because I’ve been buying shit that is just too damn fancy (albeit gorgeous) and having no social life to wear any of it. I basically live in this limbo of work clothes and pajamas. With the spring sales it’s been a bit difficult to resist temptation, and for once I’ve been bulking up my casual wardrobe.

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Yours Clothing have been putting out some fabulous pieces out lately and I’ve bought a couple of bits from them. I spotted this maxi tunic in my local store, but typically they had every size but mine! I figured I’d use the luxury of a changing room anyway and tried the next size down. A perfect fit! In fact they had my size in a different colour and I felt it was too baggy for me. Result!

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Oh yeah my hairs back to red again too

The tunic has two large splits up the side and so I donned a pair of chub rub shorts for a little modesty! The fabric is a lovely, soft jersey. It felt lovely and cool and hangs so comfortably.
I gotta admit, I was feeling pretty fierce in this. I knew this outfit called for some serious boots. I picked these up in New Look after a lovely blogger breakfast, after being convinced by Sophie that as they were on sale I obviously would be a fool not to pick them up. How could I not heed such good advice?!

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While I went for a slightly raunchier look here this tunic is just as cute dressed down. I wore this out for lunch with the fella with some leggings and an old pair of leopard print T.U.K creepers.
It’s such a blank canvas that you can dress it up or down.

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Your fat super heroine

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That’s A Wrap! Featuring So Fabulous Faux Fur Coat

Back in September I attended the Curve Fashion Fest in Manchester. So Fabulous were holding a competition to win an outfit just by choosing something from the rails and having your photo snapped in it. Sadly I didn’t win it but I was excited to find this Faux Fur Shawl Collar Wrap Coat (phew!). They didn’t have my size at the time but it still looked pretty cute.

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I wasn’t able to get my paws on it until just recently, but luckily we got a second wind of cold winter weather so I didn’t lose my chance to wear it. I have been pining for a fur trimmed pea coat style for so long, but most brands like Collectif and so forth don’t even acknowledge anything close to my size. 

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The coat itself is a lovely soft wool and fully lined. It’s actually a little more flurry looking than the photos suggest. I don’t personally like the belt that comes with it. I feel a bit like a link of sausages in it so I choose not to wear it with it. The faux fur collar is super soft and I feel like a real luxury bitch in it. 

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I did have to size up. Mostly because, while it fit great on top, the bottom buttons were straining and I didn’t think they’d last too long. Plus I wanted a coat to actually cover me if I was forking out for a new one! It meant I did have to compromise on a nicer fit on top but at least it’s not snug. 

My only disappointment with it is that while the fur collar is detachable (hooray, you can create different looks!) some of the buttons that held it on have come off already and I’ve only had it a few weeks. Disappointing for the money you are paying. But it IS a fixable issue, if you’ve got the teeny tiny needles to sew them back on.

Thankfully I didn’t pay full price for it as it has been reduced but it’s a lovely warm coat, and it looks fab. I’m really pleased with it! 
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Christmas Belle: Featuring We Love Colours review and Lindy Bop.

I don’t know about anyone else but this festive period has been oddly hectic for me, hence why I’m only sitting down now and doing my Christmas blog!
Given I’m a little tardy to the party I feel it’s only fair I go super festive to make up.

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I’m so festive I could vomit baubles. Though probably best I don’t. Instead I’ll just enjoy all the colours.

So Lindy Bop had a sale before Christmas and I took a punt on this top. Mostly because it’s the dreaded dual sizing so I wasn’t sure if I’d be comfortable.
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This top is SO stretchy. I don’t think you could go beyond a 26 in it but I fitted comfortably in it. The material isn’t too heavy but substantial enough to feel secure in.

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A couple of months ago I won a pair of tights from We Love Colours on one of their Instagram competitions. I was super excited because I’ve been lusting after a pair from them for so long and now I had a chance to pick a pair for FREE!

I opted for a block colour pair in the Kelly Green.

How’s that for a splash of colour?! I got these in a size EE, which is the largest size they do. Their sizing chart goes by height and weight but as a rule I get the largest size wherever I shop. I’m a size 26 and these fit perfectly. They are huge. Honestly, I could pull them up right under my boobs and I reckon I could have gotten a little more out of them. Very impressed by the sizing.

What I really loved was how the depth of colour was not compromised by my big legs. On my thigh you can see a thin line. This seems to be where the material slightly changes. It feels a little thinner between the legs, and while I didn’t wear them for the full day I could tell they might be an issue, which is a bit of a disaster with the old chub rub so I would highly suggest wearing some little shorts underneath. I know that kind of sucks with tights but I guess if you want longevity out of the product you gotta go what you gotta do.

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While the colour is still thick they do still show tattoos so if you’re trying to cover up you might want something thicker. You can still see a feint outline of my shin tattoo. But then you could always just distract them with this wild colour, right?!

Outfit deets:
Skirt: Modcloth
Shoes: Hush Puppies 
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Liebster Award #2

I’ve been nominated for another Liebster Award, this time by the lovely Tanya.  I love these posts and they are an easy way to get to know a little more about a variety of bloggers. Showing your appreciation for blogs and discovering new ones in the process!

Onto the questions..

1. Favourite city and why?

New Orleans. When I was 18 I packed off on my own for two weeks, staying in a youth hostel a short tram ride from the centre. I had timed my trip well as they had only just reinstated the trams. I was also very fortunate in my timing as I visited in July and in the September Hurrican Katrina hit. I was blessed to experience the last summer before the travesty. 
New Orleans felt like a dream, like a living story. Walking through sleepy streets with their beautiful colonial french architecture, the low ornate balconies dripping with ivy and wisteria, only to gaze up into the distance and see towering skyscrapers of the city ahead. Old men, their hats tipped over their eyes to shield from the sun, sitting on corners and filling the air with amazing jazz music. 
I wish I had planned better and saved enough money to go on a swap trip and I missed visiting the Garden District. 

Maybe one day I’ll go back.

2. What people, dead or alive, would you invite to a dinner party?

Tough one. Neil Fallon, lead singer of Clutch. Mostly so I could sit there and fizz my pants off but also because he’s a seemingly very smart and erudite person who would tell wonderful stories, or talk about a topic he’s passionate about and make it really interesting. Plus his speaking voice is so delicious. Did I mention he’s bloody gorgeous? Sigh. What was the question again?

Tarja Turunen and Vibeke Stene so they could sing for us at the table and make me cry. 

Stuart Lee because he makes me laugh until it hurts. 

3. Biggest fashion faux pas? (pictures if possible)

My whole teenage years were a fashion faux pas. As a fat goth I was extra cringy. I mean everyone did the oversized jeans and band shirts but we all overstepped the mark with dog collars.

4. What started you blogging?

Peer pressure! Ha, I went to my first Plus North a couple of years ago and everyone there said I should start one. So I did! It hasn’t come very naturally to me but it’s been mostly fun!

5. Where would you like to see the PS community in the next 5 years?

I want to see us demanding more choice from brands, demanding better representation from brands. I want us to hold people accountable for the shitty/racist/sexist/bigoted things they say and do, but with a view for growth. I want us to be more inclusive, less flat stomach curvy hour glasses, more disabled/poc/trans representation and support. I’m not saying we don’t have those people involved but there’s room for everyone so let them in. So, not a lot!

6. Biggest pet hate?

Only one? Oh man. Ok, well I guess willful ignorance. Everyone fucks up, says the wrong thing or does something thoughtless but to refuse to acknowledge your mistakes or your privilege in society is what makes all the difference. There’s a lot of shitty stuff happening in the world that doesn’t happen to you but make yourself aware, educate yourself. 

7. Your motto to live by?

“Be just, and fear not.” –Wolsey scene ii, Henry VIII by Shakespeare. 
I got a tattoo with it, mostly because it really struck me. But as time has passed it’s become more and more relevant to me. Don’t be afraid to do the right thing, even if it isn’t always the most popular decision. 

8. What piece of advice would you give your teenage self?

Fuck ’em. They don’t matter. They don’t matter now and they never will. Their words will become ashes on your tongue. Read more, take better care of your skin. Maybe don’t cut your hair that short.

The nominees…

Just Me, Leah
Lolly Likes
Rad Fat Feminist
Kitty Rambles A Lot

The questions..

1. What was your favourite subject in school?
2. You’re on death row, what is your final meal?
3. What song gets you singing in the shower?
4. Your proudest moment?
5. Set yourself a goal for the coming year.
6. What did you want to be when you grew up?
7. If you won the lottery what would the first thing you did?

* Link back to the blogger that nominated you.
*Answer the questions
*Nominate other blogs
*Create answers to be published
*Notify all your nominees once published


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High Five!

Recently Everything5Pounds had an offer of free shipping with a £25 spend. In the mood to shop, I filled up my basket. I bought 5 items, though sadly one of them was no good. Not due to sizing but rather because it looked nothing like it did in the photo and the colours were not to my taste. So 4/5 aint bad!
 
Three of my five purchases are all in this outfit post!
 
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Firstly the crotchet collar dress in a lovely chocolate colour. The material is substantial without being too heavy, so it’s ideal for a transitional outfit that you can layer up with a cardigan and thick tights or leggings as it gets cooler. It’s loose without being flimsy.
 
 
 
 
 
As you can see the sizing is generous on account of the material being stretchy. I’m wearing a 26, which is perfect for me, but you could certainly size up or down depending on the kind of fit you wanted. 
 
You may have noticed the boots I’m wearing. A bootleg (Ha, geddit?! I’m so sorry.) version of Dr Martens  but with a slight platform bottom. When I got them out of the box I thought there was no way in buggery they’d fit my calves with also having a side zip. I am happy to report I was wrong. For only a fiver even if they fall off my feet within 6 months it won’t have been a huge loss. 
But boots that fit me, for a fiver? I’ll take that!
 
 
Completing my look is this adorable satchel. It’s a little snug inside so not very useful for much beyond your phone, purses, and diaries, but again for such a cheap price you can’t go wrong.
 
 
 
Have you had a bargain haul lately? 
 

 

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One rule for one?

I wanted to share this here and get some feedback to see if it would abate my annoyance or reassuree I’m not being unreasonable.
 
I’ve just been on the Lady Vintage instagram when I saw this:
 
 
What’s happening here is that due to a high demand the Lyra dress from the Lady Voluptous range (Lady Vintage’s plus size range) is now being offered to Lady Vintage customers in their ‘straight sizes’. 
Needless to say I’m pissed off.
Before I go any further I want to make it very clear that this isn’t an ‘us vs them’ situation and I’m not wanting to ‘keep’ this for us fatties but I can’t count the number of times I’ve commented on brands social media begging them to do them in larger sizes, and it NEVER happens. The fact that Lady Vintage did a seperate line with unique dresses shows that fat customers aren’t able to wear their lines. 
I find it baffling that Lady Vintage seemingly stop certain dresses at a 20, others at a 24, then make a wholly seperate line just for 16+.
If you are willing to make plus size lines smaller then you should be making smaller lines for bigger customers.
Your straight sized customers already have a larger choice compared to us and tet you offer them even more?
 What am I missing here? Surely with the success of the Lady Voluptuous line they can see that the need is there.
I love this brand. But there have been countless times when I’ve had an email from them declaring a new dress range, only to click the link and see they stop at a 20.
 
Why are we not opening up the whole lot to EVERYONE?
 
 
Thoughts?
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The Curve Fashion Festival 2015 (Part 1)

There’s going to be a whole bunch of blog posts about this event going around by people vastly more prepared than me, who remembered to take notes and photographs. I am no such person. But I do want to make a point of writing more about my personal interactions at the event and I may later blog more about the event itself as there are things I wanted to talk about.
But I’m still buzzing from it all so I wanted to share all the good stuff first.
The biggest part of the day for me was how much fun I had in the company of fellow bloggers, most of whom I had not met before or had interacted very little with. The sense of excitement and community that was buzzing around the room was very difficult not to get wrapped up in.

I had the pleasure of travelling up with Sarah, Tanya, Sharon, and Becky. The night before we attended a swing dance class, with many laughs to be had as well as some questionable dancing skills from fellow attendees, before bedding down for the night ready for our 7am start. The whole day was just a mix of belly laughing, hugs, and excited chatter.

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Before I even had the chance to go inside I became acquainted with a host of new, friendly faces who were generous with warm hugs and welcomes. That was a theme throughout the day. Despite barely knowing anyone it was understood that we were all there for a common goal: to celebrate each other and enjoy a moment that was for us, without judgement, and with love.

I had my reservations; being an new and unknown person in the plus blogging scene, I felt a little intimidated not knowing anyone and seeing the many groups all coming together. But my fears were easily laid to rest as I was pulled in for selfies, lavished with compliments, and chatting so easily with so many strangers.

Amazing dress from Lisa Riley’s new range.

 

Met this fabulous babe, Kat Henry, for the first time

 

Some posi messages from Curvy Kaye’s stall.

 

L-R Sarah, Nikki, Becky.
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Of course it wasn’t all about hanging out and there was a lot of amazing styles to be seen, from attendees as well as on the hangers. While I forgot to snap an OOTD Becky and I were paped by the SLiNK Magazine crew for theor streetstyle tag.

Image taken from SLiNK Magazine Instagram.

I will be reviewing this dress soon so keep your eyes peeled!

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The Curve Fashion Festival 2015

I’m on a count down. Only three weeks until the Curve Fashion Festival in Manchester!

What’s The Curve Fashion Festival?

Well let me tell ya! CFF is a fantastic new event this year taking place at Manchester Central Exchange Hall. There’s oodles of plus size fashion related fun waiting for you with confirmed brands including Asos, New Look, Boohoo, and Evans as well a bunch of indie brands to name a few!

What can I expect there?

There’s going to be catwalks, celebrity panals, pop up meet and greets, shopping stalls from lots of fabulous plus size brands. Oh and did I mention there’s a campagne bar and afternoon tea restaraunt?

Zoowee mama! You said celebrity panalists. Who’s going to be there?

Tess Holliday, Hayley Hassellhoff, Style Me Curvy blogger Louise O’Reilly, and Nicolette Mason are but to name a few of the faces you’ll see!
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There’s a bunch of information about the event, including information about the venue itself and how to get there. You can find this, and more, at http://www.thecurvefashionfestival.co.uk/

This is a ticket only event! So don’t miss out and grab yours here: http://www.thecurvefashionfestival.co.uk/tickets2.html

I’m super stoked for this event. Will I see you there?
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