Thursday, 8 October 2015

Simply Be Sheer Maxi Shirt Dress

 Sometimes you put an outfit on and everything just falls into place. This was one of those times I was LIVING for myself. Messy bun, big hoops and THIS SHIRT DRESS. It's my new favourite thing. I wore it with a bodycon and sandals (lots of dancing required a flat shoe), but I'm looking forward to wearing it out during the day too. WATCH THIS SPACE. 

One of my besties did my hair. It was sort of an accident, but I think I turned it out. 

Shirt dress: Simply Be
Bodycon: ASOS Curve (old)
Gold hoops: gift
Necklace: H&M
Gladiator sandals: Goodness knows (I've had these since 2010!)

You know what, I don't think I ever told you guys that I got engaged! I am now in the throws of wedding planning and, in the midst of all that, finding a plus size wedding dress (mare). But more on that in the next post...

Monday, 24 August 2015

Plus Size Dresses with House of Fraser

When House of Fraser asked if I wanted to choose a dress from their plus size section, obviously I didn't have to think twice. And my goodness it took SUCH a long time to decide! It just shows how far we've come in terms of plus size fashion, that I (admittedly on the lower end of plus size) have this amount of choice. There's still some way to go for fats at the upper end, but we're getting there slowly. 

In the end I chose this Wednesday Addams number from Dorothy Perkins, which is strange in itself as I never think to shop there. I had decided it would be a good work outfit, but ended up taking it out for a spin in the Botanical Gardens of Inverness (as you do). So apologies for the dappled lighting, but I rather like it. 

Pumps: Simply Be
Cardi: Primark

Don't forget they house Biba too- only up to a 22, but my god I want to smother myself in glittery, floor skimming gowns and leopard print. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

OOTD: City Boho

I toyed with putting this outfit up because, on camera, it didn't turn out quite as I envisioned. I bought this ASOS Curve dress in a blog sale over a year ago now, but finally decided to take it out of the wardrobe last weekend. As we were going to a beer festival I popped on some ankle boots too (besides it wasn't that warm). I can't put my finger on it, but something just isn't....right. It could be the bag. It's probably the boots. 

Dress: ASOS Curve (old)
Boots: New Look
Bag: Yours (old)

Sunday, 19 July 2015

OOTD: I Dream of Dorothy

My sister bought me this tshirt for my birthday and it's my new favourite thing. I've seen every episode of Golden Girls at least twice and now I get to share that love with everyone!

Obviously in my head I'm Dorothy, all elegant and intelligent and quick witted. Ahem.

I felt good in this.this. Tshirts and enormous earrings are definitely the way forward. 

Saturday, 11 July 2015

OOTD: Peacocks Black Jersey Knot Dress

I bought this dress for work, but then thought 'sod that, I'm keeping this for me!' It's plain, but I like something I can dress up or down and the fabric is thin and light which was perfect for a sweltering day like today (well, it was in London anyway). I'm wearing a 20, but reckon I could have sized down in this (you know I like it obscenely tight). Peacocks go up to a 22- come on guys, you can do better than that!

We were going out for a casual birthday lunch so I popped on my trainers, swept my hair out of my face and I was good to go. 

Sometimes the simplest outfits make you feel the best, eh?

Dress: Peacocks 
Trainers: Aldo (old)
Alice band: Accessorize
Bag: Wallis W Collection (old)

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Pretty Dresses and Discounted Sunglasses

On Sunday the tiny sibling and I headed into town to give our dad a Fathers' Day treat: the Imperial War Museum! I can't believe we'd never been there; what a beautiful building it is, the exhibitions are fantastic and it's free to get in. If you haven't been I really recommend it. 

We also planned to picnic so it was a relief when the sun came out. And, of course: legs ahoy!

I decided to pop on an old Lindy Bop dress with some comfy plimsolls and, the star of the show, my new Michael Kors sunglasses, a gift from Discounted Sunglasses.

Discounted Sunglasses have an excellent range including Ray-Ban, Gucci, Tom Ford and this beautiful pair of Alexander McQueen's that I'm coveting. With heavily discounted prices and free delivery you can't go wrong, can you?

Sunglasses*: Discounted Sunglasses
Dress: Lindy Bop
Cardi: Primark
Teeny little bag: Market in Greece

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Style XL

I can't believe it's been a whole year since I modelled at Style XL. It was a brilliant day and I could not have been more out of my comfort zone, but it was totally worth it for all the wonderful people I met. 

And guess what? It's only a month until the next one!

Style XL is a plus size fashion event which, this year, is based at the Paragon Hotel, Birmingham. There are catwalk shows showcasing some amazing brands including Yours Clothing, Simply Be, Bon Prix, Curvy Kate, Lady Voluptuous. It's a great opportunity to see upcoming fashion, buy gorgeous clothes and meet beautiful fat babes! 

If you would like to buy tickets to Style XL, just click on the little button above. Oh, and use the code CCGMFDO15 for 10% off! 

Sunday, 7 June 2015

OOTD: That Summer Feeling

We were lucky enough to be in Bristol this weekend when the sun FINALLY decided to come out so I grabbed some shots by the river before we hopped on a boat (I'm basically a sailor now). 

I picked up this lovely textured top from Next the other day. I love the bright colours: perfect for summer and perfect for my Wear Anything But Black project (wish me luck). I popped it over a lightweight black dress (whoops, failed already) from Dotty Ps which I've had forever and some comfy plimsolls. Voila; an outfit fit for a tourist!

Textured tee: Next
Dress: Dorothy Perkins
Sunglasses: ASOS
Bag: Wallis
Plimsolls: Peacocks

Thursday, 21 May 2015

OOTD: Simply Be Stripe Scuba Skater Dress

I have been lusting after this monochrome striped scuba skater dress (try saying that fast) for a while now, but was put off by the price (£55). While I'm a big fan of Simply Be, I do feel that we (fat people) are charged a premium for nice clothes. I've met the team at Simply Be a few times now and I always feel that they have a genuine passion to provide beautiful clothes for plus size people, I just wish they didn't have to rinse my bank account! ANYWAY, a tinsy discount code came along so I snapped this up. 

I'm sort of over skater dresses on the whole, but I do love stripes. 

Dress: Simply Be
Boots: Catwalk Collection

I've just realised I'm wearing no jewellery at all here?! So unlike me. I did pick up this beaut from Tiny Track as I was strolling down Brick Lane though. It looks quite chunky, but it's actually suede on leather. It is my NEW FAVOURITE THING.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

OOTD: ASOS CURVE Midi Dress In Border Floral Print

And so we go on: ASOS Curve another sale and me another empty bank account. This time with this double layered midi dress at an incredible price of £16.50 (and still available, by the way). 

We were taking a walk down by the canal, so I decided to pop on my bovver boots, but as soon as warmer weather arrives (hurry up please) I'm obviously going to wear this tightless with sandals. It's very thin so perfect for summer.

Dress: ASOS Curve
Jacket: Henry Holland (old)
Boots: Catwalk Collection
Necklace: Accessorize (old)

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Body Confidence: It's okay to be shaky

A few years ago I went to an unconventional slimming group. It wasn't anything mad, but it was supposed to be more about our 'relationship with food' rather than actually cutting down calories. So, rather than getting the scales out, we sat in the back room of a pub together and spoke about our feelings with the organiser; a woman who had lost several stones herself before going on to form the group. 

She had her own story about what had prompted her to lose weight: a few years beforehand she had been at a BBQ and was sitting at a table, eating her food when a "friend of the family" looked over and said, loudly, "that is horrible", referring to the fact that a fat person would dare to eat in public. 

That moment, she told us, is what pushed her in to losing weight. And she sat in that back room of the pub and spoke about how that person was just being cruel to be kind and I thought ARE YOU HAVING A LAUGH MATE.

Last weekend I had an experience that really shook my confidence. I won't go into it in great detail, but essentially someone made a comment about my size. What made it worse was that I wasn't in a 'safe place'; I was hundreds of miles from home and unable to escape. By the next day I was looking at slimming clubs and thinking about how I needed to make changes in my life.

"Is this because of what happened? Because there's nothing wrong with you," said my boyfriend. "No", I lied. "I just want to be healthy." That's the problem with fat shaming. When it knocks your confidence you reverse back into the lies you grew up believing were true. Fat can never be healthy. Fat makes you a bad person. Fat means you can't ever be: attractive, desirable, successful, fashionable, accomplished. The list goes on. 

Yesterday the time for slimming club came and went. I spent a lot of time evaluating how I felt about myself, trying to work out how a small comment could make such a big impact. I liked what I saw in the mirror. I felt good about myself. And I realised that if I wanted to lose weight, it should only be for me, no one else. So we did a food shop, we went for a quick dinner at the pub, and then we settled down to watch Plus Size Wars on Channel 4. 

What a refreshing change to see fat people represented as totally normal human beings: FANCY THAT! If you missed it and want to catch up you can do so by I'd recommend watching it, particularly if your own confidence is a bit shaky. And if you do need a bit of a boost, take inspiration from all the amazing plus size bloggers about, not to mention the #WeAreTheThey hashtag that is doing the rounds tonight.  

You are not alone, but you are the only one who should be making decisions about your body. 

Sunday, 12 April 2015

ASOS Curve Placement Floral Print Dress

ASOS Curve are killing it at the moment. I could easily spend half my salary there every month. As I was browsing the sale the other day I put 10 dresses into the shopping basket before whittling them down to 2. Well, I do have to pay the bills.

When I saw this dress I instantly loved it, but was a little concerned due to the shape. As a definite pear, my bottom half is usually 2 sizes bigger than my top half; I bought the 22 and hoped for the best. When I tried it on it was just as I suspected, it fit on the bum, but the top half was baggy and it was particularly obvious at the back. Usually I'd send something like this back, but I loved the pattern so much that I decided to put a belt on and make it work. And...I think it does!

Yesterday we went for a stroll around town so I dressed for comfort and added leggings and boots, but I think this would look fantastic with tights and heels for a bit of a glam night out. 

If you are thinking about buying this dress (the last time I looked it was only available in a 26/28), you must remember that THERE IS NO STRETCH. None. Nada. Zilch. So do bear that in mind. 

On another note: how amazing is this weather at the moment? It's perfect for me; warm and sunny, but with a light breeze to cool you down (you'll be prying my black tights out of my cold, dead hands). 

Dress: ASOS Curve
Leggings: Simply Be
Boots: Catwalk Collection
Belt: New Look

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

On NOT pushing the boundaries

The other weekend I put on quite a bright, coordinating set. Before we left the house, I popped back and changed into this. It's not fashion forward, it's not daring, but it is very me. And I think that's okay.

The cold shoulder top is actually a very short, very indecent dress which I tucked into a skirt (also handy for when the wind blew my skirt up to the shock of the poor couple on the other side of the road). What with the cold shoulder and necklace it all felt a bit 90s: how I yearn for the 90s!

Everything I'm wearing is quite old, sorry! I'm definitely trying to delve into my cupboards to create new outfits out of old items at the moment. I'm also doing some big eBay clearouts too so there will soon be space to fill...

Top/Dress: Forever 21+
Skirt: Peacocks
Necklace: New Look
Trainers: Simply Be

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

OOTD: Missguided Longline Crepe Duster Jacket

Saturday was a cracking day so, as per, we decide to head into town for aimless wandering and infinite pints. I was also desperate to wear my Missguided duster jacket that I picked up in the sale for a bargainous price so that came straight out.

You know when you can't find the right top to wear so you just take a pair of scissors to a dress? No? Well, that's what happened here. I never liked the length of this tunic dress, so I snipped and tied it into a crop top. Super pleased with the outcome!

You know when you're really happy with how an outfit comes together and you spend the rest of the day feeling like a babe? It made my Saturday even better (the pints might have helped with that too).

Duster jacket: Missguided
Crop Top: New Look Inspire/Charlie
Skirt: Vintage M&S
Trainers: Simply Be
Bracelet: New Look (similar here)

Monday, 23 February 2015

Basic Clothing in Plus Sizes: the striped tee

It's funny, really. Only in my last post was I lamenting the fact that plus size women struggle to find basic items that are both plus size and affordable and then another one pops up. 

Ahh, the striped tee. Growing up I always knew that horizontal stripes on a fatty were a faux pas. Well, they make you look bigger and why on earth would you want that eh? Oh, hang on, I just remembered that society can kiss my arse. OBVIOUSLY I AM GOING TO WEAR STRIPES: they're fab!

I wandered into GAP the other day to buy a pair of trews for Mr FD, noticed this t-shirt hanging up and had to buy it. It's so soft and is absolutely the perfect length and fit. I'm wearing a Large here and you can see my size 20 bod has plenty of room so, depending on how loose you want it, I'd say the XXL would fit up to a 26. 

Not going to lie. I felt like a babe in this combo. 

These shoes were a recent find in Primark. £6? Can't go wrong. Well, actually, you can go a bit wrong because these aren't particularly comfortable on my wide feet, but...we suffer for style.

Can I just take a moment to talk about these lovely earrings? They're wooden and hand painted by a wonderful woman I found on Etsy. In fact, I love all of her handmade jewellery and can't wait to buy more. Simple and unique. 

Coatigan: Elvi
Striped tee: GAP (still in shops. Similar here)
Treggings: M&S
Shoes: Primark
Necklace: New Look