Model diversity at ScarlettandJo.com

This week Scarlett and Jo launched their very own website. In days past they were only sold through Evans, and recently Yours Clothing. Now they have their own website.

While I haven’t purchased anything from Scarlett and Jo before this new launch has me pretty excited. Lots of delicious velvet and adorable polka dots, as well as some other more classic looks. But what really drew me to them was their choices of models.

Not too long ago Georgina Grogan was made the face of Scarlett and Jo. They appeared to have an interest in bloggers, and customers, taking on board their comments and criticisms. But most inportantly the desperate need for a diverse range of body sizes and ethnicities to promote their range.

 While still quite high femme, which to be fair is the bulk of their range, this is a really great step for plus size fashion retailing. It’s recognising that their demographic are not just one type of person and that a piece can look very different on someone who is taller, larger, who has a darker skin tone etc.
What I particularly liked was when clicking on a piece it was sometimes modelled by a couple of different types of bodies.

I’m excited to see what Scarlett and Jo are bringing in the future. I certainly hope it’s more velvet!

Before I sign off I’d also like to give a big shoutout to the bloggers who modelled. You all look amazing and I’m sure you guys had a blast!

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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!
 
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.
 
ruby thunder, plus size, plus size blogger
 
 
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. 
 
ruby thunder, plus size, plus size blogger

 

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 2)

In this post I wanted to focus a little more on the festival itself. It’s more than obvious I had a great time. But what was actually going on?

The event was held at the Manchester Central Convention Complex. As the space is designed to hold events like this there was a noticable different to previous events I had attended, mostly the space. There were wider areas to walk around. However a lot of the stalls were bunched together and it felt a bit like a Christmas market. If you stopped to talk to someone there was soon a bit of a jam with people struggling to get past.

There was a great mix of brands; high end and high street to independent companies. Not just clothing either! There was jewellery, a photography studio, artists, and my favourite: a spa treatment tent offering massages, manicures, and pedicures from as little as £5! After a long day on my feet my foot massage was a life saver!

Andrew Wood Photography had a little pop up studio for you to strike a pose!

With it being such a long day seating and refreshements are pretty important and these were provided with a pop up shop offering sandwiches and hot pasties, as well as fresh fruit, and hot and cold drinks. The seating was ok, but given that this was an event catering to bigger people I think it might have been appreciated to provide better seating than flimsy metal chairs with arms. Not so easily accessible for everyone. But it was certainly appreciated to have a space to take a breather and catch up with friends.
 
Also importantly was everything was on one level, including the toilets, and they were situtated just outside the conference room which was better for disability access and not wandering around a labyrinth and missing out on all the fun! 
 
The catwalk felt quite inaccessable for many that had paid. It was situated quite far back and unless you were lucky to get the side seats you were standing up at the back just to get a look. This was disappointing as attendees were charged to view the catwalks and I felt the layout should have been fairer. 
 
Speaking of the catwalk, this part of the event was the only real disappointment for me. Considering this was an event to celebrate plus size and curvy people the models used by every single brand were thin (and predominantly white too.) Very disappointing that brands who are happy to take our money refuse to use our bodies to represent them. 
 
 

No shade to the models who were all beautiful and just doing their jobs, but I felt it was inappropriate and a bit of slap in the face to have a whole day dedicated to the plus size, only to be let down this way.
Needless to say I didn’t attend the second catwalk.

Thankfully this was the only real let down. The day was a roaring success and a great time had by all. I hope it continues to be a bigger, better event for years to come.

Did you go? What did you enjoy most?

 

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BLOG SALE! SOME ITEMS ONLY £5 OR LESS! SIZE 20-26

Welcome to my blog sale! Many items are reduced from previous sales posts. Many items down to £5!
Items include dresses, skirts, accessories and jewellery.

Paypal only please! 

P&p is £3 unless stated otherwise.
If there is anything you like or want more information on email me at chipsarewellnice@gmail.com



New Look Inspire gold sequin knee dress. Never worn!
Knee length
Size 26
Please note there is some fraying on a hanging strap but does not affect the dress.
£20

SOLD
 
 
 
New Look Inspire bird print dress.
Bought from another blog sale but doesn’t suit me.
Size 26
£10
 

 
Torrid cherry print halterneck dress
Size 22
£10
 
SOLD
Ruby Thunder, plus size Ruby Thunder, plus size
 
 
 
Peacocks flamingo shirt (mens) 
Size XXL
£10
Never worn.
 
 
 
£5 or less sale!

New Look Inspire Daisy cardigan dress
Size 24
£5


SOLD



South tropical print mini skirt
Size 24
£5

 
 
New Look Inspire velour skater skirt with gold detailing
Size 24
£5
 
 
 
 
Red polkadot jumpsuit (still has tags on)
Size 20
£5

SOLD
 
 
 
New Look Inspire tropical print skirt
Size 26
£5
 
 
 
Dorothy Perkins floral print dress
Size 22
£5
 
 
Evans jade green chiffon dress (lined)
Size 24
£5
 
 
 
Jade green pencil skirt, never worn (ebay)
 
I *think* this is a size 26 but the label says a 10!
Measurements unstretched 22.5in/57cm waist.
Material is very stretchy.
 
 
 
 
 
Red and white striped knitted cardigan (ebay)
Size 26
£5
SOLD
 
Black cloche hat
57cm diameter
£3
 
 
 
 
All hair accressories and jewellery 50p!!
p&p £1
 
 
 
 
 


SOLD
 
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She’s A Beach: A Farewell To Summer.

That’s it folks. All 5 days of it. /sarcasm.
Summer is over and with it the cooler nights drawing in quicker and leaves starting to tumble around us. Looking out of my window as I write this I see a grey sky and so I wanted to give a wistful farewell to summer. I felt this was also appropriate given a lot of negativity surrounding the plus size community with Nicole Arbour and recent let downs from Lane Bryant and Evans.
This isn’t a particularly ground breaking outfit but it was to me. This summer was the first time in my life that I wore a short skirt and my bare legs out.

Ruby Thunder, plus size
Fat girl with legs out; world falls into anarchy and chaos. Or not.
As someone who’s pretty dang fat, and has been for most of her life, I can’t tell you the fear that comes with baring your flesh. My tattoos have given me the confidence to bare my wobbly arms, and mostly because I loathe being too hot. But legs? My legs have always been a point of weakness for me.

Ruby Thunder, plus size
Strolling along that beach I almost felt angry at myself because the wind and the sun on my legs felt so amazing and I had denied myself it for so many years. But I had to remember that I’d also spent the majority of my twenty nine years being told that my body should be hidden, that it was disgusting to see, so how I felt had never really come into it. Turning your back on many years of learned, toxic self hatred takes time, so I let the disappointment pass and actually enjoyed how my body felt felt for once in my life.

Ruby Thunder, plus size

Sometimes you have to take a risk.
I’m glad I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. To know I can do this, that it’s another step towards loving myself and not punishing myself for looking the way I do, as though I should be ashamed.
Plus that sun feels damn good.
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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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Skinny shaming or: not everyone cares about your diet, Mandy.

There’s been an article floating around my various social media feeds that I wanted to address.


“I was skinny shamed by fat friends!” declares Mandy Appleyard as she tells us that after losing her menopausal weight that she was “shamed” by her friends. Mandy’s definition of ‘shaming’ meaning:

“You’re such a skinny-minny, you don’t need to lose weight” and “Ridiculous! You’re middle-aged, you should be eating what you want now.”


So while not an overall nice thing to say the general idea here is that Mandy’s friends think she’s perfectly ok the way she is and she should feel free to eat what she pleases and not worry about it.

Ok, so anyone making unwarrented comments on your body is absolutely not ok, and those people need to know this. But this whole article feels like an opportunity for Mandy to rant about her shitty friends because several times throughout the article mentions how no one has congratulated her or given her a “pat on the back” as though these things are owed to her.

But what I really wanted to talk about was how easily this term “thin-shaming” is being tossed around and why I really don’t like it.

Thin-shaming, for one, is co-opting language used to describe the oppression faced by fat people. By making the terms similar it is suggesting that the experiences are the same.

They are not. Not by a long way.

As I said earlier, people making unwarrented comments about your body and what you choose to it are not ok. But they are in no way comparative to the systematic abuse and prejudice faced by fat people. 

Even before she lost her extra weight Mandy would not be what I would consider a fat person. So even before she lost her extra weight she could rest easy knowing that there isn’t a multi-billion dolar industry telling her that her body is wrong and needs to be eradicated. Mandy can rest easy knowing that she won’t be denied the chance to adopt or receive fertility treatment based purely on her size. Mandy can rest easy knowing she is less likely to be given inadequate medical treatment or misdiagnosed due to her weight. Mandy can rest easy knowing she won’t be less likely to be employed because of her size, or paid less in the job she has. She can live her daily life in relative ease in relation to her body because she won’t see bodies like hers on tv being used solely as a punchline, or humiliated on weight-loss shows. She will see her body size in every magazine, newspaper, and billboard. Mandy won’t have her body associated with negative personality traits like laziness, ignorance, and greed simply because of her size. Mandy can walk into any high street store and find clothes that fit that aren’t priced out because of her size.

Mandy says that she would “never call a larger person fat so why is it ok for them to call her skinny”

You know why, Mandy? Because it’s ok to be skinny. You’re allowed to be skinny. It’s encouraged to be skinny. It should be ok to be any size you want, but that isn’t the world we live in. You need to get back into reality and learn the difference between having your feelings hurt and being systematically dehumanized at every turn. 

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