Sweet Treat.

I’ve recently had a bit of a hiatus from social media. For one reason or another I’ve felt a lack of motivation in my daily life and I didn’t have much I wanted to say or share. I’ve felt a little distanced from blogging and I wanted a bit of time away to hide from everything.
But I’m slowly coming out of it. I’ve been pottering around the house and garden, mostly. Things are starting to bloom and my efforts are bearing fruit, literally!

With any down time sometimes you need a little treat to pick you up, and what better than a sweet treat at that? This amazing Cupcake Dress in Hepburn by Lady V London certainly does the trick! While the black version appears to be out of stock there is a limited number left in the cream here.
This was my first Lady V London dress and it isn’t the last.
As with any vintage repro brand I hold my breath as I get ready to put it on. Sizing is always misleading (I’m looking at YOU, Lindy Bop!) and it generally peters out at a size 22, no matter they label it as. Imagine my shock (and sheer delight) as the size 26/28 slid comfortably over my size 26 body and..wait..fit?!

Ruby Thunder, plus size

 

As well as generous sizing I found the material to be excellent quality. It’s just a really comfy dress to wear and as someone who doesn’t get much of an opportunity to be in anything other than work clobber it’s nice to have something easy to wear that looks really cute too.
Oh, and the dress comes with a belt that fits as well!

 

Ruby Thunder, plus size

To complete the look I added a super bright, pink cardigan from Asda. I love Asda cardigans. They wash well and are lovely and soft. But importantly they are cheap. They average around £8-£10 and go up to a 24 but the sizing is generous and they tend to be stretchy too so always worth trying on!  I have at least 10 and counting!

Ruby Thunder, plus size

To finish the look I added another Asda treat. These gorgeous peep toe ballet pumps. At £6 you’re laughing. I stocked up and bought three pairs. They seem to have vanished off the website but keep your eyes peeled in your local stores. They are super cute, comfy, and an easy finish to any outfit. My handbag is a darling 50’s style square handbag I snagged on ebay for £3! It has those big, chunky metal clasps that make a really satisfying snap when they close.

This was a really easy outfit to wear around town, and perfect for a summers day.

Vinnie decided to join me and share in my new found motivation!

Ruby Thunder, plus size Ruby Thunder, plus size
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Rocketeer reporting for duty! Featuring Hell Bunny

So I’m a bit slow on the uptake (nothing new, right?) but I’m finally usting out my Curverella t-shirt from Nicky Rockets after purchasing it at Plus North in August last year. Shortly after the attending the event I injured my back and by the time I was up and about again it was jumper weather. So here it is and man I LOVE it.

The stall was manned by the simply gorgeous Betty Pamper, who was really sweet and helpful. She advised me on the best size to choose and she was bang on. It fits like a dream! I opted for the slash neck.

Ruby Thunder, plus size

The sizing is very generous with the material having a decent stretch to it. The fabric is high quality, as is the print ink. I love the tongue in cheek designs, especially the B-movie horror vibe. Perfect!
What prompted me to dig this little gem out was the recent arrival of my first Hell Bunny piece. 
I’d been on the hunt for a plain jacket with the weather warming up slightly. As with most of my endeavours into plain things I come out with something all singing and all dancing.

There’s nothing plain about this amazing Sadie 50’s Baseball Style jacket in red and black. 

Ruby Thunder, plus size

The fabric is thick and soft, the jacket being fully lined with its corrosponding colours. The colours are very rich and vibrant. There are two stitched designs which are excellent quality; one on the front and a huge back piece.

Ruby Thunder, plus size

As with all vintage repro I buy the biggest and cross my fingers a I try it on. It fits, but is slightly snug towards the bottom. It sits on my hips so if you prefer something longer this won’t be for you. I have room to swing my arms without any buttons popping open. Success!
Now I can grab a milkshake at my local diner and gaze scornfully at all the squares.

Ruby Thunder, plus size

Ruby Thunder, plus size

Jacket: Bought on ebay at MaggieAnn Vintage Store–4XL
T-shirt: Nicky Rockets (I can’t remember the size and there’s no tag. Possibly a 3 or 4Xl?)
Mini skirt: New Look Inspire via eBay
Leggings:Evans
Boots: Doc Martens via eBay.
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Miss Match

Truthfully I had no intention of posting these photos. While I had planned the outfit in my head and was really excited to put it together, it didn’t translate quite how I had in mind. Things didn’t sit how I imagined, didn’t pair up as I’d hoped. My hair was messy, the day was windy and made everything blow around and ruffle out of place. I felt really disheartened.

Then I realised that that was exactly why I needed to post them.

Ruby Thunder, plus size

If I’m honest I’m not the most fashion concious person. I’m not one for spending time on my appearance. Mostly because the way I spend ym time doesn’t call for it. My job as a carer means that I have to wear a lot of stuff that I’m prepared to have pulled at, have various bodily fluids splashed on, keep me cool as I rush about in an already warm house, not reveal too much skin, and just be generally practical.

Ruby Thunder, plus size
Dang wind!
 
When I’m not at work I’m basically slobbing out on my pj’s. As I tend to work evenings there is little time for me to relax after work before bedtime, so I spend most mornings before work curled up eating toast and watching Steven Universe. On my days off it’s Dragon Age marathons.
When I started blogging here I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to achieve. I think I just wanted to be another fat body for fellow fat people to see in a positive way. A fat body wearing what they wanted, no matter what fashion media tried to say. Mostly because when I was growing up I had no such thing.

Ruby Thunder, plus size

 

Ruby Thunder, plus size

But the fact remains that it’s ok if things aren’t quite right. This is more of a reflection of me. A little mix of this and that; a cheapy casual top with something a little more expensive in this instance.
I like to shop about and piece together what I can. Sometimes it means forking out a little more, like this adorable Modcloth skirt. Quality fabric in a vivacious red, with a lovely soft white underskirt. The skirt is very full but isn’t heavy.
Paired with a cute, and cheap, top from Primark. This is a pretty casual box tee with rolled sleeves. This is actually a size 20 (I’m generally a 24/26 on top) but it’s probably meant to be really baggy but if it works, it works. I love the cheesy tattoo flash pattern on it. For a fiver how could I not?!

Outfit details
Top: Primark size 20
Skirt: Modcloth 4XL
Shoes: Hush Puppies
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OOTD: Pink because the boys stink (the devils in the details)

The weather has been really unkind to my skin lately; I’m dry and flaky as well as breaking out, not to mention I have roots for miles. What better time to pick up a camera, right? I guess if it feels right you gotta go with it.
So you know when you buy a piece of clothing and you think “Yup. This is the thing I’m going to wear for the rest of my life.” That’s kinda how it was for me when I picked up this gorgeous Pink Fluffy Jumper from New Look Inspire.
I’d had my eye on a similar one at Simply Be, but when I saw this reduced to £12 I had to make it mine.

Mmmm. Sooo floooofy
 
It comes in a lovely eyelash material and is much more vibrant than the website photo gives it credit for. Oh man is this thing soft. Angel hair soft. Fluffy kitten soft. Gatdang soft, ok? Not to mention warm. My house, being so old, get pretty cold at times and this has kept me more than warm and snug. Did I mention it’s soft?
It’s a nice length. Not too short (although I’d kill for this in cropped) and not too long. I’m not great with the whole “boyfriend cardi” look, I just kinda look like a kid trying on their mums clothes.
 

 
I put this with a simple pair of black skinny jeans (jeans whaaaat?!) and my black Demonia maryjanes. I’ve yet to master the fine art of taking full length pictures with my feet in.
The devilish details? Well, I figured because this is so lovely and vibrant, and with the busy eyelash material, I didn’t want to over complicate it. I stuck with the pink theme and minimal accessories. Cue these beauties: Tickled Pink Flamigo drop earrings from Black Heart Creatives.

I love Black Heart Creatives because they are so fun and adorably kitsch. But also well made and good quality. It helps even more that they are an independant business with excellent customer service. I had an issue with a previous purchase and they couldn’t have been more helpful and friendly. If you haven’t gotten anything yet, stick it on your list because they are a must!

I finished this look with pink brows, pink glittery eyemake up and pink lipstick (An early one from the Kate Moss range with Rimmel). Obviously 
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Every woman?

So recently Kelly Osbourne just announced her new clothing like Stories by KO.



I can finally reveal I am releasing my debut clothing line Stories by Kelly Osbourne next month! This has been 10 years in the making so to say I’m excited (and a little nervous) is an understatement. Stories…by Kelly Osbourne is for EVERY women, because I believe fashion should be fair! That’s why every single piece will be in a size 0-24. Yes, you heard me! This is for you ALL! I’ll be launching live on @hsn on September 25! I can’t wait to see how you all create your own stories with my pieces! XO” 

So, where to begin?

I want to preface this by saying that I understand that another plus size range is obviously a step in the right direction. I get that. But can we just stop and just take stock a minute?

“…is for EVERY women!”

Unless you’re over a 24. Which a lot of fat people are. The way this is being presented is as if this is something revolutionary. A 24?! Way to go!!
Well..can I say..no. No, actually. This isn’t inclusive at all. I can buy size 24 clothes in Asda for goodness sake. 24 is the cusp of acceptable fatness. You only have to read the comments on the Facebook photo to ascern how the general public feel about anyone bigger.
When you have companies like Asos and Domino Dollhouse putting out some pretty on trend and quirky pieces in larger sizes I have to wonder what are we getting so excited about?
I don’t think a lot of people appreciate how tough it is to be over a size 24 and to care about your apperance. Keeping up with fashion, or developing your own style, is a lot of hard work and dedication. You have to learn how to work a lot of basics. You work on accessorising because sometimes that’s the best you’ve got.
Truthfully I have maybe 5 stores I can shop at. Most of them online and overseas so there’s additional shiopping/import tax costs to factor in.

 Plus having an alternative style it can be even harder to accomodate for.

Once again I will be watching from the sidelines as smaller fats get to dip their toe in the designer pool.
 
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OOTD: Tutti Fruiti

 

The nights are getting lighter, the days are getting warmer. Time to get sleeveless and fearless.
I spent many a year suffering under sleeves in hot summers. No more!
Doing the job I do I don’t opportunity to dress up and often feel so tired that on days off I just want something casual to wear to run errands.

 

 

I picked up this juicy little number from my local New Look in the Inspire section. It’s light and comfortable. There’s a decent amount of room under the arms but it doesn’t bag.
The design is so cute and colourful and I don’t have to compromise my comfort.
I teamed it with a denim mini skirt, again from New Look (an eBay find. Apparently denim mini skirts are impossible to find.)
Black plimsolls are also from New Look. Super cheap and comfy.

 

 

I did splash a little femme on this and treated my lips to some MUA Luxe Lip Laquer in Reckless. I love these so much I bought another two. Goes on as a gloss and dries to matte. The colour is a deeper red than what I’d typically wear but the colour is rich and gorgeous. It has great lasting power although does need a re-application after a meal.
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OOTD: Bank holiday sundae

The sun has been out! Can you believe it? It’s been a hectic few months for me. I moved house and have been up to my neck in tins of this and that, boxes, paintbrushes and all that fun stuff. But now the days are getting warmer, I’ve started planting flowers now I have a garden and I’m curious to see how this new chapter works out.

So, the boy and I took a trip out to a local animal sanctuary to sample their vegan cafe menu and this is what I wore.

I was in my local Asda recently checking out their sale racks. Typically they had nothing in my size. Then I spotted this adorable blouse, which they also had in a lovely cornflower blue. Half price at only a fiver! Size 22. Damn. But it was too cute to pass up. If I could get it over my bust I was golden. Huzzah! Success!

The blouse is really doft and light but enough to keep you comfortable if a cool breeze kicks in. Very comfortable. Its cute enough to wear out on a day out, but also comfy enough to wear while running errands.
I’ve never worn shirts like this before and I’m kicking myself for it. Shirts abandoned as I got bigger are now wardrobe contenders again. I have another two super cute shirts that I plan on giving the knot treatment so eyes peeled.

If there’s one thing I have it’s hair accessories. A fail safe gift it seems as I have an overflowing boxful. This cutie was gifted but if memory serves its from Cupcakes and Chopsticks.

Necklace comes from Pieces of the Past. A total bargain at £3, I bought it at a local fat swap. Perfect length and amazing quality. Sadly Paula has decided to close the shop so grab a bargain while you can!

Finally have an excuse to wear my Vans. I’m a sucker for tropical print. Its a close second to my first love, polkadots. These are so comfy. Wearing them without socks isn’t an issue.

Earrings are gifted.
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OOTD:Queen of Hearts

Life has a way of getting in the way of things, not to mention awful weather. So after forgetting my camera on my trip home for Christmas and the typical British winter weather battering my door I’ve been able to have a break from my hiatus with a little break in the rain. 

Like many people I did all of my Christmas shopping online and while looking for gifts for my nearest and dearest I ended up finding more for myself. Good old eBay!


It’s a lovely, soft knitted affair with very vivid red hearts scattered across. It’s very warm and has been a life saver, especially when visiting home for Christmas in the wilds of the North! 

If I had to give it some critisim I would say that it sometimes feels quite short in length. As I’m a busty gal it can ride up a bit but nothing that hinders comfort. 
I teamed it with my trusty jersey mini skirt from Asos, leggings from Evans and my Doc Martin boots. As the print is quite busy and eye-catching I wanted to keep it simple and swapped accessories for a splash of red lipstick, courtesy of MAC’s Ruby Woo.

 

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OOTD: Stormy weather

So I finally rode the storm out and got the colour out of my hair. Wow, blues are a VERY stubbourn colour to remove. 
I quite like the icy blonde, even if it is just an inbetween colour, and so it felt like a good time to pay homage to my favoute goth, Lauren,  and slip on my recent purchase. 

 
The dress was advertised as long sleeved but as you can see this is not the case for me. But the material is made from a gorgeously soft jersey ad has a lovely stretch to it. It does ride up a little but that’s due to my tummy. 

 

 
I bought this in a large in the straight size section back in the summer and I’ve been waiting for it to cool off enough to wear it. It was a little pricey at £24.99, especially with my local Asda selling one very similar for £16 (I couldn’t find it on the website so it might be worth checking out your local George section!), but with that said I can’t tell you how soft and snuggly this cardigan is. I’ve had SO many people comment on how lovely it feels and I’ve even had a male friend of mine try to acquisition it. I’m sure it may very well feature in some future sets!

 

I couldn’t complete my witchyness without some wonderfully dark lipstick and lots and lots of rings. 
Lipstick is Kate Moss’ Lasting Finish 04 for Rimmel. It’s a glossy, rich, and very deep purple. I’m a big fan of the Kate Moss range of Rimmel lipsticks, I’m particularly fond of the matte range. 
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