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!
 
ruby thunder, plus size
 
 
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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Heritage Collection from Yours Clothing

It’s been donkeys since I walked into a store and came out with something. I’d popped over to my nearest Yours Clothing store to pick an online order up and was having a nosy around at some of the new autumn stock when I spotted this gorgeous longline tunic from their Heritage Collection.
 
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Straight up the last thing I thought I’d find myself leaving with. I don’t tend to vibe with florals but I loved the colours. It’s got a great mix of autumnal colours with splashes of red, forest green, and orange. It’s got a really great 70’s vibe to it. 
 
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As I’m a bit of a short arse I’m rocking this as a cute little baby doll. 
It’s super roomy too. I’m generally a 26 but, typically, that was literally the only size they didn’t have. So I sized down and I’m kinda glad I did. 
 
 
 
Also Dr Martens because I’m a 90’s babydoll, ok?
 
 
Anything you have your eye on in Yours?
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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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Wedded Bliss

Having been on a bit of a hiatus I’m snatching a quiet moment while visiting family up north. I guess it qualifies as my summer holiday? So, last week I attended by cousins wedding.

Ruby Thunder, plus size

After catching a gorgeous vintage bus to the church, a lovely traditional ceremony, and then a bus trip to the venue it was time for dinner, speeches and dancing (and a little bit of blubbing.)
There was a fancy dress box, a sweetie bar, and games which all made for a fantastic evening.

Ruby Thunder, plus size

A lovely summer wedding calls for lovely summer colours. This dress from Praslin has been sitting in my wardrobe since last year. I picked it up on eBay for about £30. 
The material is just gorgeous.  A lovely soft cotton that was nice and light and so was ideal for a long day to keep me cool. The dress is also fully lined. The cross over deep v neckline gave me plenty of room for my boobs. In fact a little too much room so for a little modesty in family company I had to get a couple of safety pins. 

Ruby Thunder, plus size

To complete my look I treated myself to a beautiful hair flower from Lady Luck’s Boutique. I had a real job choosing from the many, many amazing flowers but I figured a wedding called for big so I opted for the ‘Queenie’ Stargazer Lily and Cherry flower.  I also picked up a pair of their Oversized Round Tiki Bamboo earrings. I’d really struggled to find bamboo jewellery and these were the cheapest I’d found. Always a bonus!
My handbag was a real find! I discovered an amazing rockabilly website in Germany called Killer Kirsche, who stock so many handbags I’m now coveting that I’m pretty much set for the next 40 Christmas and birthdays. I picked up this adorable Kustenluder basket

Ruby Thunder, plus size

My biggest bargain were these hella cute espadrille wedges I got from eBay for £8.99 secondhand. Turns out they were Russell and Bromley who, if like me, you had no idea who they were retail for around £250+! My’shawl’ is actually an infinity scarf I picked up from Primark about a year ago for a couple of quid and voila! 

Are you attending any weddings this summer? 

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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!

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Cutting the Mustard

I’ve finally got round to plonking myself in front of a camera as I barely had a spare minute while I was away up north and coming home to the rain, and what a doozie of an outfit. I think it’s fair to say that this is a new one for me. I’d seen a few bloggers working the yellow and blue combo and I loved it. They are both colours I have never really worn before, certainly not together. But I’m really loving it. It’s so cute.

Ruby Thunder, plus size

I bought this dress from Modcloth an age ago as a payday treat. It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. The material is heavier than I had anticipated. I wasn’t sure about the sleeves on my arms but the more I’ve worn it the more I’ve come to like them. It’s super comfy and hella cute. This is something you could easily pair with other colours though I feel it needs very little accessorising.

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I love the simple detailing on this dress


What I am rather proud about with this outfit is the cardigan. I picked this up from Asda for £8 but I wasn’t keen on the colour and I had plans to dye it. 

Donning some marigolds I mixed up some Dylon Sunshine Yellow and added some Dylon Dark Brown and mixed until I got the desired colour. What I got was this gorgeous mustard yellow. I was super pleased because it has been a nightmare finding a mustard yellow cardigan in my size. So I went D.I.Y! 

It’s worth mentioning that the yellow dye was actually a machine dye I purchased in error but washed by hand and it was fine. You wash it in the machine anyway at the end!

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Ruby Thunder, plus size
I finished the look off with some navy polkadots. The sunnies are Primark from a couple of years ago but these cute ballet pumps I just picked up from Asda for a measly £6! Bargain!

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I think my outfit comes Vinnie approved!

I really loved trying out the dyes and I’ve turned my hand to a couple of other cardigans and some t-shirts for work too. With summer coming I can see myself being bitten by the home colour bug.
It’s a perfect way to revamp your wardrobe at little cost!

Do you love a bit of D.I.Y too? 
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#WeAreTheThey: What ‘They’ Shouldn’t Be Wearing.

You’d be hard pressed to open up a glossy magazine and not find an article about what you should and shouldn’t be wearing for your body type. I tried to look and see whether I was an apple, pear, banana, kiwi, pinepapple or whatever. Whatever I am, I’m a fat one, and you can be certain there is a lot of stuff I shouldn’t be wearing. So let’s take a look at some of the ‘rules’ and how I broke them.

1. Horizontal stripes.

I didn’t even need to look it up, it’s been so instilled in me since a teen that the dreaded horizontal stripe was going to have me mistaken for the HMS Elizabeth and I’d have canons fired at me.

2. Mini skirts.

This is kind of another given. Fatties can barely wear anything, if one lives by these rules, let alone something that’s going to show off your lower half. But here’s the thing, I wear a mini skirt basically everyday. Skirt/leggings/t-shirt combo is my work outfit of choice and more often than not it’ll be my day off choice too. 

3. Bright colours.

So I have definitely missed this memo. In fact sometimes I struggle to ‘match’ things but because my wardrobe looks like a packet of fruit pastilles. With my rainbow hair came my rainbow wardrobe.

4. Bold patterns.

Wearing anything that’s going to draw even more attention to your body in general is a no-no for fatties. You don’t want to give people the wrong idea, you know? Like, the fact you are fat and someone might see *shrieks in horror*

5. Oversized/bulky/voluminous clothing.

“Don’t bulk around your bulk” The Stir tells me. You don’t want to wear anything that makes you look big. Especially when you are big. Remember how your fat suddenly disappears under those magic clothes? 

I particularly like this one because it’s breaking several rules at once. It’s oversized, super fluffy, and it’s a bright colour. There’s no way you can miss me in it and let’s face it, why would you want to? I look cute as hell in it. 

The fact is fashion rules are created so bored journalists have something to write about. They want to create a hierachy so that you’ll always have a goal to try and reach. You’ll always be striving, buying into whatever shctick they are selling that week. You want to be like the beautiful fashion elite and wear those things you’ve longed to wear but you ~can’t~.
Here’s the scoop: there are no rules. None. Why are you letting complete strangers dictate what you can and can’t wear based on the fact it might make you look fat. I’M ALREADY FAT NER NER! So NOTHING I choose to wear will change that fact so I may as well wear whatever the hell I want. 

You do you, my lovelies. Just wear it with a smile. 

Some other bloggers taking part you should check out:

http://www.wannabeprincess.co.uk
www.ucantwearthat.com
www.voluptuouschatterbox.co.uk
http://sarahissmiley.blogspot.co.uk
http://myvintageonline.blogspot.co.uk/
www.henryskat2014.co.uk
http://uniquelyfilipa.blogspot.pt/

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Liebster Award!

I’m very flattered to be nominated by Vicky of The Randomness of Twee for a Liebster award, aimed at new blogs and those with less than 200 followers. I think this is a great idea because blogging can be difficult to navigate if you are not familiar with it and it’s a great way to introduce people to new blogs, plus it was pretty fun to write up.

The Rules are:

  • Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
  • Answer the 11 questions that they have asked you.
  • Nominate bloggers who have a following of <200 on Bloglovin’
  • Ask them 11 questions.
  • Notify the nominees.
  • So here are my questions!

    What inspired you to blog?

    I attended my first Plus North in Manchester two years ago where I was befriended by Lisa, Sarah, Charlie and Mel none of whom I had ever me before but made me feel very welcome as I was wandering around aimlessly on my own. Through the course of the day many people asked if I blogged, and when I said I didn’t, why I didn’t. So, feeling a lot of fatshion inspiration, and full to the brim with wonderful compliments I went ahead and started. 

    Who are your favourite bloggers?

    I’m still pretty new to the’blogosphere’ despite having started two years ago. It’s only been in recent months that I’ve started to make an effort so I’m still lacking on following blogs. But that said I do have a lot of love for Leah of Just Me Leah. This being that, so far, she’s the most down to earth bloggers in the way she writes. I like reading blogs who read in the way I imagine they would speak. Leah shares many aspects of her life and is very open about sex and her chronic illness. But she does so with a cheeky charm. She’s honest when she needs to be, and stays true to herself with the topics she blogs about and the manner in which she does it.
    Another blogger I love is Laura of Lolly Likes Fatshion. Mostly because I finally found a fatshion blogger who is my size who loves colour like me! I never thought I’d find anyone my size who wore things I was actually interested in. She always has wonderfully creative and colourful outfits. She has a great kitschy style (she pulls off a 60’s look like a dream.). She’s also very protective of her community and speaks out against bullying and bigotry across her social media. She’s fearless and won’t take any crap from anyone. 

    What is your dream outfit?

    Hmmmm. This is a tough one but I guess what I really want to have, and have yet to acquire, is a dress in cherry print and a dress in red and white polka dots. They exist, but never in my size. Also in flamingo print. 


    If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

    I come from one of the most beautiful places in England, the Lake District, but I moved away to be closer to my partner. I think if there were more things going on around that area I’d go back and live there.  Sadly it’s pretty rural so there’s not much going on unless you love fell walking, which is great, but I need a little more going on like music venues, shopping, events etc. 

    What would be your last meal?

    I thought long and hard about this and tried to think of some fancy meals but honestly the first thing that came to my head was lasagne. I love the stuff. I always make loads with the intention of freezing it and being organised, but I just end up eating it all. So yeah, lasagne and cheesy garlic bread followed by Cartmel sticky toffee pudding and cream. (No other sticky puds compare!)


    Who is your style icon?

    Honestly I have no idea. I know that’s a terrible answer but I don’t tend to follow fashion and I just sort of found my own style.  But I do draw inspiration from the fatshion community.

    Dogs or cats?

    What is your beauty essential?

    Ultra Bland cleanser from Lush, coupled with their Tea Tree toner water. My skin is so sensitive and I found using remover wipes were making my skin burn, even the baby ones . But these are amazing. I use them to remove my make up at night and around my t-zone.

    What are the three songs you would listen to if the world was ending?

    1. Anything by Clutch. Don’t make me choose!
    2. Nightwish’s cover of Phantom of the Opera.
    3. Love Shack by the B52’s

    What is your favourite smell?

    I’ve been using Light Blue by Dolce&Gabbana for about as long as I’ve worn perfume. People always say to me when they smell it it reminds them of me. Also Sweetie Pie shower jelly by Lush is gorgeous.

    Where is the best place you have ever been to?

    New Orleans. I was fortunate enough to get the last summer from her before Hurricane Katrina hit. I went in the June, and the hurricane hit in September. I only wish I had planned it better and seen more. But it was still pretty magical and I went on my own! 

    My Nominations are…

    Fat alt bloggers are seemingly hard to come by. Sian’s style is right up my street. She’s kitsch, she’s goth. she’s spooky, and a down right cutie. I love her bold style. She’s not afraid to mix bold patterns and colours with equally bold lipsticks and hair colour. She’s fearless in her fashion and I love it!

    Chrissie Bee of Dainty in Doc Martens.

    She’s the fat feminist who is babein’ up my Instagram feed. Her blog is a great mix of alt style and feminism. Perfect!

    My questions are..

    1. What inspired your blog name?
    2. What are you currently reading? If not, recommend me a book.
    3. What song are you loving right now?
    4. What’s for dinner?
    5. It’s your day off! What’s the plan?
    6. Sweet or savoury?
    7. Do you have any vices?
    8. Do you collect anything?
    9. Anything sitting in your online basket waiting for payday?
    10. Let’s meet for a drink! What’re you having?
    11. Favourite memory?
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