£5 OR LESS BLOG SALE! SIZES 24+!

Welcome to another blog sale, folks! Thank you for coming to check me out. Apologies for the creased stuff, it’s been in a box while I’ve been decorating but will be washed and ironed before being sent out.

ALL ITEMS ARE £5 UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE!

All items are posted 2nd class recorded at £4, except for hair accessories, these will be posted 2nd class at £1.
Please state if you would like it sent differently. I’m more than happy to combine shipping but prices are based on weight so let me know and prices will be amended accordingly.

PayPal only please. Money to be sent to chipsarewellnice@gmail.com

*please note while items are on a first come, first serve I will be sharing this over my social media so items might not be available but not yet stated on the post*

George Asda Polka Dot dress with sheer detail.
Size 24
SOLD

George Asda green sheer blouse
Size 24
SOLD

New Look Inspire bird print dress (bought on a blog sale but didn’t suit me)
Size 24

Peacocks flamingo print shirt (men’s)
Size XXL
SOLD

Green pencil skirt bought on eBay so not 100% sure on sizing. Was listed as a 26. Item has a good stretch to it.
Measurements flat are: 
Waist: 22.5″/57cm
Length: 27.5″/70cm

Chicstar pencil skirt with button detail
Size 26
Length: 30″/76cm

South tropical print mini skirt nwt
Size 24
SOLD

Something Sacred long sleeve (men’s)
Size XL

New Look Inspire velour skater skirt with gold glitter detail
Size 26

Evans green chiffon dress
Size 24
SOLD

New Look Inspire skater skirt with elasticated waist
Size 26

Dickies men’s T-shirt
Size L

Flamingo pendant
Chain approx: 92/22cm

Moustache Polka Dot hair clip £1

Owl print head scarf £1

Pamela Mann suspender tights
Size 28/32 (would recommend more for a 24 or below)
£3

Legs Avenue Plus Size thigh highs with satin bow
£3

Dorothy Perkins’s leopard print clutch
£3
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Yours Clothing Skater Pinafore Dress Review.

I’ve been trying to incorporate more black back into my wardrobe, a sentiment my 15-year old self would have found baffling that black were lacking in any way. More casual staples that I can pair up with other things. I need to make my wardrobe reflect the laziness that is my daily life.

 

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Yours Clothing has been putting out some great pieces and my wishlist keeps growing.
I’ve always fancied a pinafore but there’s never really been much going in my size, that wasn’t blue denim at least, until now. I was trying to choose between two dresses at the time and when I sent the links to my partner, this was their choice. Although to be honest I’l probably get the other one as well, ha!

 

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I like it, but it’s taking some getting used to. It’s hard to explain. I’m struggling to find anything to wear underneath it that I think goes really well. I do kinda feel a bit like an artisan baker in it sometimes. I dunno. It’s a work in progress. I think this is going to be better suited as a winter wardrobe piece, for me personally at least.

 

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The material was heavier than I expected, but still soft and comfortable. I wore this to see Grimes and despite it being pretty packed and sweaty, as you’d imagine any Grimes gig to be, I was still really comfortable in it. It’s a little bit long for personal taste, but I can always hem it, so it’s great for taller folks who often have a lot of trouble finding stuff that isn’t cupping their bumcheeks.
One thing I was a little disappointed with was that after the first wear at the gig I noticed the material had already started bobbling underneath the armpits, which was disappointing for a dress at £26.

 

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Overall I’m pretty pleased with it. It’s comfy, it’s cute, and you can work it with lots of things.  ALSO POCKETS YASS.

 

Shoes: Peacocks (old)
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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

Outfit details:
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There isn’t enough room for all this bullshit

HelloGiggle.com recently shared this photograph from selling website/app Wish, that were advertising a pair of plus size shorts:

Charming, huh?
As noted in the HG article this is an incredibly cruel way to advertise clothing. Naturally there’s been some uproar over social media. Christina, of Interrobang art, who makes and sells clothing up to a 34, posted this fantastic response on her Instagram account

But this isn’t the first time this sort of cruel marketing has been used. AliExpress were under scrutiny back in 2015 for using this image to sell plus size leggings

The Big Bloomers Company, a site dedicated to plus size underwear use this to advertise their plus size tights

Aye, you keep smiling it up Sally Small.
I don’t doubt there are many more, these are just the ones I was able to find first. So what’s the issue? 
In laymans terms it’s disrespectful as fuck to use this sort of strategy to advertise plus size clothing. 
The photos are utterly ridiculous, verging on comical and circus-esque. “Look how HUGE this product is! You can fit a whole other person with room to spare!”
And that’s the thing, isn’t it? We don’t see fat people as real people but rather bodies that can’t be comprehended without using “normal” bodies for scale. You want to advertise plus size clothing, and demonstrate how big your products are? USE ACTUAL FAT PEOPLE. Use a diverse range of sizes to demonstrate the variety of sizing you offer. “Here’s a body wearing a size 12, and here’s the same product in a 32.” It’s NOT HARD. 

There are so many fat people out there who would offer their services. Look at how plus size brands have tapped into using bloggers to model for them. The sizes are out there: you just won’t use them.
Frankly I am sick of companies humiliating fat people and in the next breath taking our money. If they aren’t using micro-aggresive language like “flattering”, “slimming” and other such crap to suggest our fat can, and should, be magically hidden then they are outright removing us from their brick and mortar stores. 
What is even the logic in this? Do they not think fat people are going to take one look at this and close the fucking tab? Bullying people does not a profit make. Too long have companies tapped into a person’s low self esteem to sell you a product you don’t need, for an imaginary issue you don’t even have. But people need clothes. What we don’t need is being made out to be circus freaks. 

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Orange is the new black-featuring Tu by Sainburys

My laptop is finally back up and running! Not that I’ve had time to miss it as I’ve done a few sleep-ins at work and I’ve spent a lot of time feeling sleepy and unmotivated. I’m hoping with more sunshine coming that I’ll stop feeling like such a zombie and pull my socks up.

Until then here’s a new outfit post. I actually bought this top back in December when I was getting some bits for a Christmas dinner while in my local Sainsbury’s. I spotted it half a mile away given how bright it is!

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There’s been hints of 70’s stuff coming back in and this is very reminscent of a 70’s wallpaper. Bright and tacky? Winner. Plus I loves me a peter pan collar. Don’t ask me why. I just think they are really cute. The material is a lovely, stretchy, and cool jersey material. 

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I put this together with my trusty skater skirt from New Look. I know the skater skirt is a bit of a marmite item in the fatshion community. Mostly because it’s the only cut that’s been offered to fatties and it’s right that you’d be bored of it. 

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For me it carries a little bit of a casual and wearable retro look, and as a size 26, contrary to popular belief is pretty welcome. Vintage and retro looks, beyond swing dresses, is actually pretty inacessible for fatties beyond a 22. A heads up but sometimes fat people want the swing trousers, the cute boleros and cardigans, the cute skirts, the pea coats. Not all of us live in swing dresses. Jussayin’

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My lovely chap hooked me up with some new black creepers from Asos at Christmas, after my New Look ones finally gave up the ghost. Due to my fecklessness you can’t actually see them in most of the photos because self timers…finding the right spot..blah blah. I’m no good at this photo lark, ok? 
But yeah, I love me some creepers. They give any outfit a little rockabilly feel. 

What’s been brightening your day?
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LondonEdge Feb 2016 part two: Faces!

Following on my from my previous post about the some of the brands at LE, here’s some more shots from the catwalk and some generally cool cats I found wandering the event.

Here are some of my faves from the first catwalk:

(I *think* these are mostly, if not all, from Collectif.

Naturally there was a lot of rad looking folks wandering about and some let me grab a photo!

The Collectif gals looked AMAZING!
These dolls from the Pinup Academy (left) handing out free sweets hell yeah.
Right: Reps from Glamour Bunny.

These vintage babes from In Retrospect Magazine.
Two fabulous gals from Audrey Star’s Boutique

The blogger seminar, with a guest panel compiled of Vintageena, Honey Pop, and Sophie Hannah, was an interesting opportunity for brands to get to understand the power of bloggers and how to form the best relationships that’s productive for both sides. One thing I did notice at the event was how welcoming everyone was to bloggers, and how there is a real push to see the power of blogging.

Shortly after arriving I found myself arriving at the Pinup Academy stall, offering free hair and make up. I was over there in doubletime! Especially given that, catching an 8am train, I was in not fit state to be brushing my hair let alone styling it. 

Admiring the ladies in action

This gorgous lady whipped me up some victory rolls so quickly I barely warmed the seat. She was absolutely hilarious. 

While waiting to get my hair done I bumped into fellow PS bloggers Becky, Charlotte, Lottie, and Tanya. We wandered some stalls, bumping into Georgina of FullerFigureFuller Bust. At the latex stallit was only natural that someone was going to wriggle into something. Don’t they look amazing?

Dresses by Yummy Gummy Latex

After a round of latex-clad bottom slapping we hit up Pizza Express for some much needed food before making our respective journeys home.

A long ass-day but I loved every second of it. 

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LondonEdge Feb 2016 part 1

Last week I had the privilege of getting a blogger pass to LondonEdge. For those of you not familiar with it, it’s an alternative fashion and lifestyle tradeshow and was being held at The Olympia Conference Centre.
I was super excited to attend because, for once, this was the type of brands and styling that really excited me. These were the brands I was shopping and coveting in my gothy teen years and right upto the present day.
Arriving upstairs I got my pass, and a fabulous bloggers goody bag which including some awesome bits including a free bottle of Manic Panic dye! Straight off the bat I was snapping away. The stalls all looked amazing and I was pretty giddy slipping around, lusting after so many amazing bits, discovering new brands, and chatting to some lovely people. That’s one thing that stood out to me throughout the whole day was just how welcomging and friendly all the business’ were. As bloggers we’re not tradesfolk and so being given as much time as we were was really appreciated.


Here are some of the many, many brands at the show (seriously, this wasn;t even like a third of what was there!)
I’ll let the photos do the talking!
Killstar

Banned Apparal
The lovely ladies from Lady Luck’s Boutique. They were SO friendly and chatted to me for ages.
The Rogue + The Wolf
Victory Parade and Voodoo Vixen
Sourpuss
Erstwilder
Silly Old Sea Dog-These ladies were the nicest folks, and pictured with THAT Flamingo dress
Collectif

THAT Taco Dress from Iron Fist (also the lady who we talked to was SUPER cool)

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#TimeToTalk

Thursday 4th February saw the campaign Time To Talk Day with a view to put mental health in the spot light, and end misconceptions about around it. 
Mental health affects 1 in 4 people in any given year and amongst young people 1 in 10 will experience a mental health issue. Hiday et a 1999 found that “People with severe mental illnesses, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or psychosis, are 2 ½ times more likely to be attacked, raped or mugged than the general population”
Mental health still faces enormous stigma in our society and is sensationalised in the media, portraying mental health illness suffers as violent to others, or tragic victims. With the negative, dismissive, and outright insulting narrative of mental health it’s hardly surprising that people would be ashamed to speak out about their own experiences.

My depression peaked around the age of 18. I was in 6thform. I don’t remember much but I remember that it suddenly became increasingly difficult for me to leave the house, and eventually leave my bed. The nights before school I found myself gasping for air, choking on tears as this terror filled me. The anticipation of the next day was too much.
Naturally it affected my studies and I became anxious at the domino effect as I gradually fell behind with each of my subjects. My head of year arranged it so that I was able to study one subject, but I was only allowed to come in for classes and was not to spend time in the common room socialising.
So I had the pressure taken off in terms of my study but my social network stemmed and any opportunity to not dwell indoors with it. I did not attend my exams and flunked out towards the end of the final year.

I felt like I wasn’t being taken seriously; that I was trying to get out of hard work. That’s the thing with depression; you don’t need a reason to feel sad. It’s a sickness that makes you sad.
 But when I say ‘sad’ what do I really mean? The feelings that come with this illness are more than just feeling a bit teary and tired. No one asked what was wrong. Though honestly I don’t think I could have begun to explain.  How do you describe nothingness? A void that grows inside you, that consumes anything in its path. Joy, happiness, hope, motivation, and in fact any other feelings you might experience.

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I felt an immense amount of guilt and sadness as I watched my peers go on to university, starting their new lives, as I sat in my bedroom with the curtains drawn. I got into a vicious cycle of feeling down, then feeling anxious because I was feeling down, and then feeling down because I was always anxious.

But it was the nothingness that hurt the most. Some days I would be grateful for the sadness, if not to feel something. Sometimes you can fall in love with your sadness because the alternative is staring into silence. 

I’m pleased to say in the decade that’s followed I am in a much better place, but my cloud is still there. Some days I find myself overwhelmed with inexplicable sadness and emptiness. I cry out of fear, frustration, and sadness. But I do not know why I feel it. Some days the thought of going out, or doing anything other than curling up in a blanket feels like an insurmountable weight crushing you.
But it can get better. It may not go away, but it can become manageable with the right help and the right resources. I know this isn’t always accessible to people but there are many helplines you can access as well. I will list some below.

Samaritans (for any problem): 08457909090 e-mail jo@samaritans.org
Childline (for anyone under 18 with any problem): 08001111
Mind infoline (mental health information): 0300 123 3393 e-mail: info@mind.org.uk
Mind legal advice (for people who need mental-health related legal advice): 0300 466 6463 legal@mind.org.uk
b-eat eating disorder support: 0845 634 14 14 (only open Mon-Fri 10.30am-8.30pm and Saturday 1pm-4.30pm) e-mail: help@b-eat.co.uk
b-eat youthline (for under 25’s with eating disorders): 08456347650 (open Mon-Fri 4.30pm – 8.30pm, Saturday 1pm-4.30pm)
Cruse Bereavement Care: 08444779400 e-mail: helpline@cruse.org.uk
Frank (information and advice on drugs): 0800776600
Drinkline: 0800 9178282
Rape Crisis England & Wales: 0808 802 9999 1(open 2 – 2.30pm 7 – 9.30pm) e-mail info@rapecrisis.org.uk
Rape Crisis Scotland: 08088 01 03 02 every day, 6pm to midnight

Allie Brosh wrote some really relatable posts about depression on her blog. Hyperbole and a Half. Allie is super funny, and her famous drawings equally so. You can find the posts here and here

Remember: you are important. You are valuable. You are loved. You are NOT a burden. Do not let anyone convince you that you are difficult or unlovable. 

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Photoshoot with Velvet D’Amour

Back in November I bumbled my bumpkin’ butt down to London to meet with Velvet D’Amour for a photoshoot. 

I met with Velvet, and MUA Rachel Williamson, in a swanky apartment in Central London. They were immediatly warm and welcoming, with compliments and conversation flowing straight off the bat. I was so nervous because I’d never done anything like this and this was so out of my comfort zone. I was clueless as to what I was supposed to do. Velvet was so vivacious and her energy was infectious, and I soon started to loosen up a bit.
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It goes without saying that I was floored with the results. Red and I had such a time choosing from the contact sheets. The experience was difficult at times; London is a hard place for me and because of my inexperience I felt I inconvenienced people at times but Velvet was gracious and understanding throughout the whole thing. I’m really glad for the experience. Sometimes it’s worth stepping out of your comfort zone and making fun things happen!

Images courtesy of Velvet D’Amour
Hair and makeup by Rachel Williamson
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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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