Glamdalf featuring PlusEquals


I like clothes as much as the next person and a good old tropical print gets me pretty giddy but when I saw this coat I remember letting out an audible gasp and was sending a link to my partner as fast as my fat, sausage fingers would let me. It was coming up to Christmas and we were both compiling our lists to give each other and this was sitting at the top. I must have made my point pretty hard because, would you believe it, Father Christmas came through for me.

PlusEquals are a pretty new indie brand. I believe they started out upcycling vintage stuff but recently released a collection that got me pretty excited. They are what is missing for me as a fat, alternative babe. There’s serious colours, sequins, bold prints, clashing, and just out-there stuff. Also their social media is so right on and I love their dedication to diversity and their politics seem to align with mine, which is refreshing. Plus their sizing goes up to a 32. Not to mention there is a made to measure option to if your size isn’t readily available.

In alternative clothing this is absolutely unheard of! I’m so excited this brand exists!

AHHHHHH LOOK AT IT.

The photos (as amazing as they are, thank you Lauren you BABE) really don’t do it justice. It’s kinda hard to do this many sequins justice. It’s got more green in it than the photos suggest.

I wore this to LondonEdge with a simple black t-shirt dress, leggings, and my Asos black creepers. I wanted something comfortable to wear as it tends to be a long day, but also something I could wear for the after party.

I finished it off with my new, amazing cactus earrings from No Basic Bombshell. I have three pairs of their earrings now. I love them, They social media is so rad and they seem like right on folks. I’m super glad I found this brand too.

I feel like I could have tripled PlusEquals revenue because people were asking me none stop about this coat. People were stopping me and asking to try it on or just stroke the sequins. I felt like a bit of a celebrity, not gonna lie.

Considering how heavy the coat is I felt comfortable all day and was surprisingly easy to wear, considering I wouldn’t look out of place at Liberace pool party. I will say though the sleeves aren’t lined and so they can be a little scratchy at times. It’s not something that makes it completely unwearable but it’s just something to be aware of, particularly if you’re a person who is sensitive to material.

But all is forgiven for me because I get to be a disco wizard.

Outfit details:

Coat: PlusEquals

Dress: Peacocks

Leggings: Evans

Creepers: Asos

Photography by Lauren French www.latomique.com

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Lumber(ing)jack: Yours Clothing Checked Tunic Dress

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It’s pretty magical (and lucky) to have a talented photographer as a friend. The weather has been pretty grim here; warm and damp reminiscent of spring, like it’s clinging on to the last vestiges of summer. But as our days off collided the weather brightened, and while still warm, had a more welcoming chill of winter than in recent days.

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She very graciously agreed to take some photos for me and so with the good fortune of lovely weather and a dog who needed a good walk we took to Grafton Woods for our amble.

I don’t know why I don’t come here more often. I miss my home and all the easy access to amazing scenery it brings and sometimes this affords me an opportunity to ‘get away’.

 

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I had recently purchased this tunic dress from Yours Clothing and I felt like it would be a crime not to traipse around the woods and not wear plaid. Not to be a cliche, but growing up in the 90’s I always coveted flannel but being fat and not having ready access to the internet I wasn’t able to own any. Now I get to live my grungy 90’s grrrl dream in my 30’s. Better late than never.

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I sized up with this because I wanted the oversized, baggy look. I was drawn to it because of the unusual colour combination. I’ve never worn rust before but it seemed to be a perfect match with my new hair colour.

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The material is so soft, it’s gorgeous. Very comfortable to wear and not too heavy without being flimsy. It has rolled up sleeves secured with a silver popper, the same detailing down the front. This is great because you can wear it as a dress or open as a shirt with a basic t-shirt (or any kind of top you want!) underneath.

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As much as I love this I did have a little disappointment with it. I washed it before wearing it and in doing so it caused one of the poppers on the arm to come away, which I will have to sew back on. Disappointing as this isn’t a cheap item.

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I wore my lovely NYX Lip Cream in Copenhagen. I’m a real fan of them and I’m hoping to start building a collection.

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I’m wearing:

Tunic dress: Yours Clothing sizes 16-36(I can’t find this colour combination on the website. I bought mine instore so you might have more luck there.)

Boots: Dr Martens

Leggings: Evans sizes 14-32

Lippy: NYX in Copenhagen

 

Photography courtesy of ever wonderful Grace Johnston 

http://www.gracejohnston.co.uk/

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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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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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#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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    Pyjama Project

    I had been thinking for sometime about the fat-posi media I was consuming. As someone just getting into fatshion blogging I found myself following lots of blogs for inspiration and to find out the who’s-who of fat blogging. But I became more and more aware that I was seeing a lot of the same thing. Inspired by my last post, about the imperfections being ok, I realised that I was seeing a lot of polished, perfect images. High fashion, or highfemme-which are amazing in their own right and I’m super grateful they exist-but there was very little in the way of those who don’t subscribe to that either because they don’t want to or an unable to for whatever reason, and those people are important too.

    So it was for this reason that I started the Pyjama Project. A submissions based Tumblr where fat people can submit images of themselves in their comfy clothes, baggy tees, ugly nighties, lazy day off clothes, face masks, messy hair–and be celebrated for being fab. It was pretty daunting and I didn’t exect much of a reception, but there has been some great support so far. I’m not exactly ‘tumblr famous’ or barely even a drop in the blogging ocean but I wanted to do my bit and I hope it doesn’t fall flat at the first hurdle.

    If you’re interested in submitting you don’t need to have a Tumblr account. You can submit ‘anon’ and just leave any details you want like any social media platforms and the like.

    This was my submission. Eeek!

    Ruby Thunder, plus size

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