Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Fat Yes. Weak? I Don't Think So



I have been absolutely loving the This Girl Can campaign.A sassy celebration of active women everywhere highlighting  that whatever your size, ability or previous experience, sport and exercise can be a fun and enjoyable part of our lives.



It is a national campaign, developed by Sport England and delivered in partnership with a wide range of organisations which addresses the persistent gender gap that sees more men play sport than women at every age.

This photo was the centre piece of over two pages of online abuse. the reason? I'm fat and I'm in running gear

Only last year I was subjected to my own personal reddit page dedicated to calling me a fat disgusting bastard. Runners from around the world were choking on their protein shakes when I dared to write a blog post about running  and failed completely to get the irony of my  "Too fat to run" teeshirt.
Everything from the fact I was wearing lipstick to how awful my ankles were (who knew, they look perfectly normal to me) was attacked, is it any wonder woman need encouragement to take up running, join a gym or book an exercise class.
This woman can
Public exercise is still viewed as an activity that only  slim and outwardly "fit" looking people should do and yet if I had a pound for every heath pundit I have ever heard telling me to "get out there and exercise" I would be a wealthy woman. As a fat woman I have been lectured all my adult life about how I should move more, eat less (always by people who have no knowledge of how much of either of those activities I actually do)  and yet these same people will turn their noses up as I jog  past, beetroot red in the face, fat legs chaffing.
Week willed? I feel strong
So this advert and the energy around it is most welcome. 
particularly love the strength emanating from these woman. 
Plus sized woman are too often viewed as weak. Weak willed, physically weak, pitiful without discipline or strength of character-how else have we "allowed" ourselves to become so repulsive.
Well I don't feel weak I feel strong, and certain and powerful.

lets spam the internet with pictures of women being strong, diverse and awesome
It is this need to ensure that not all pictures of plus size women are of the curvy pretty type (which I adore and is my go to style) which makes me switch up my looks, try out cosplay and help design teeshirts featuring a plus size warrior woman kicking shit out of zombies, being a pirate or a time traveler

I am a strong, disciplined fat woman-I am not unique
I believe the more female diversity we spam across social media the less entrenched we will all be in the "acceptable" face of beauty and health.
This campaign and the many, many body positive bloggers who continue to bring it every day (often in the face of unbelievable online hostility and abuse) tell the world that women can and should do whatever they want and look any way they like while doing it. 




This blogger can and so can you.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Plus Size Blogger Girl Power On The Hour




This weekend I was invited to a bloggers tea party and photoshoot by the brand Scarlett and Jo
I plan on doing a detailed post on the clothes and designs once the photographs are available but until then wanted to talk about how wonderful it was to spend a day in the company of strong, smart women.
Plus size fashion blogging like any other creative pursuit attracts all kinds of personalities. People’s reasons for blogging are many and varied.
 For some it’s a hobby, for others a full time concern and for lots of us it’s a part time activity that supplements other incomes and offers wonderful opportunities.
When you get invited to blogger events you are thrust into a social situation usually with people you barely know or have met maybe once and by virtue of the fact that you all love clothes and style are meant to have things in common. You would imagine the conversations flow. Sometimes that is the case but often bloggers are shy and not massively comfortable just going up to people and starting conversation. Many bloggers are far more extrovert when they write than in real life, or certainly are not as outgoing unless they feel they are in a safe space with people they know and trust. So whilst every invitation to an exciting blogger event is appreciated you are never quite sure what the vibe will be.
The train selfie-forever the blogger cliche

When I arrived at the beautiful Home house in London for the Scarlet and Jo shoot (with Nicky Rockets in tow who did a fantastic job of the photography all day)  I knew there were a couple of bloggers attending who I consider real friends Elena and Becky 
Elena from the blog Frivolous Mrs D and Becky from Mrs bebe.com

I kept bumping into these two beautiful creatures at events and am so lucky that they have become my mates in real life too. I was excited to spend some time in their company as we all live so far away from each other that much of our friendship takes place over messages.
Hollie from the blog Pretty Big Butterflies

I had met Hollie, Georgina  and Mayah once, yet again at blogger events and whist I knew they were friendly had never really spoken to them for long.

Nancy fromSugar darling

Nancy I had the chance to spend the whole day with on a simply be photoshoot last year so I knew she was a dollychops and Gloria I had never spoken to before.
With flame haired beauty Georgina from She might be loved

Every single one of these women has amazing style, really good blogs and youtube channels and a strong sense of identity and whilst the suite we were in was awesome it was average size so there was no escaping each other. It could so easily have been awkward or people could have gone off into sub groups but as is so often the way, you put strong women together and they actually lift each other up and it becomes a full on party.
Gloria Shuri Henry from the youtube channel Glowpinkstah

The day flew by, an endless conversation, peppered with jokes, recommendations, stories, advice it was just fantastic.

Mayah from the blog Beautiful Youniverse

There is a lot of lip service paid to the idea of the plus size “blogger community” and when people disagree on things or decide to take other paths it’s easy to feel that actually it’s a divided movement connected only by the fact we all write about clothes on the internet. What this day did for me was reaffirm that plus size bloggers from all walks of life tend to share one value and that is they will not accept that because of their shape or size they deserve less. They believe it for themselves and passionately want to spread the word. And when women with convictions like that get together the end result is magic.

what superfine ladies Elena and Hollie are

After a day of modelling, cupcakes and applying lots of make up we all went to Wagamamas for some food with the Scarlett and Jo team and I left that dinner feeling on top of the world.
Inspired to have connected with some truly sassy cool women who I very much hope to spend time with again.

Viva le Plus size bloggers! I have included links to all these fine ladies blogs and youtube channels on their names so if you don't follow them already hop on over and show them some love. Tell them Betty sent you.

All the clothes worn by these blogging beauties are from a soon to be released collection by Scarlet and Jo (with a few available already) 






JANUARY SALE over at  Nicky Rockets





We need to make room for new Tshirts in 2015, so we are having a MASSIVE sale on 2 of our designs. This years Halloween Tee is now only £5, while the amazing 'Mutiny for her Bounty - You gotta ask before you touch my booty' Tee is an amazing £7. There is limited stock, and they won't be reprinted once they are gone, so come down and grab a bargain -www.nickyrockets.com

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Getting dressed in the morning is a storytelling of who you are


Im quite bored of plain coloured coats at the moment. I'm going through the technipause, like the menopause except instead of hot flushes I am being overtaken by a strong desire to wear outlandish bold colours and designs.
Increasingly I feel the need to embellish my coats with fur stoles and scarfs, flowers and twinkly buttons.So this Sheego patchwork coat  £120 from Curvissa is right up my street.

This coat is risky but it so paid off
When you are buying  a coat like this it is always a risk. With its bright coloured buttons and patch work design I was a bit worried it would look a little bit Joseph Technicolour dream coat but actually once it arrived I absolutely loved it.



This is such a great shape
How the coat looks on the Curvisaa website
Its made of  a thick scuba type fabric with printed panels and a tweed patch. The collar either buttons up neatly or you can follow my lead and wear it up in a jaunty fashion.The buttons ate black, red and green  and it contains hidden pockets-bravo!

Mister Truffles-the perfect accessory
The shape is lovely. Semi fitted and well constructed so it has the lovely stiffness that makes it look really beautifully made.
Be warned the sizing on this garish beauty is on the slightly snug size so if you are in between sizes or have big bangers my advice would be to size up.


Patricia Field the designer from Sex and the city who I love once said the following:
The inspiring Ms Field

Getting dressed in the morning is a storytelling of who you are and what you're doing that day—put yourself on a stage. That stage can be the office that day. Once you have the idea, it's just connect-the-dots."

I adore this idea. So here I am telling my story through my beautiful new coat. Its a page turner that's for sure!
Telling my story through the medium of embellished cloth
This was a Curvisasa Blogger challenge-hop on over and take a look at the fabntabulous looks these blogger babes have created with their choices of coat.

http://itsemchannel.blogspot.co.uk


*I never lie to you dear readers-this coat was gifted for review, the opinions though are all my own*





JANUARY SALE over at  Nicky Rockets




We need to make room for new Tshirts in 2015, so we are having a MASSIVE sale on 2 of our designs. This years Halloween Tee is now only £5, while the amazing 'Mutiny for her Bounty - You gotta ask before you touch my booty' Tee is an amazing £7. There is limited stock, and they won't be reprinted once they are gone, so come down and grab a bargain -www.nickyrockets.com

All content (text, photos and other) are the property of Betty Pamper (aka Perelandra Beedles) unless otherwise stated. Please refrain from copying any material without recognition of the author and a link to the source on this blog

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

You will make a beautiful skull


When I was little my mum would often recount how her friends dad once told her "you will make a beautiful skull" he was referring to her high cheekbones and we always thought it was the best and darkest compliment we had ever heard.
I mention this as I was wondering where my love of skull imagery comes from. I have black skull wallpaper in my lounge and pink butterfly skulls decorating my bedroom. Far from finding these depressing or evil I find them oddly life affirming.
Which brings me to today's outfit.

Just call me Mrs Richards
I'm calling this look "I was divorced by a rolling stone" as it makes me think of the type of outfit Jo Wood or Anita Pallenberg would wear for cocktails.
Today's outfit inspiration-Ms Anita P

The Black Sequin skull vest £26 is by Yours Clothing and I loved it as soon as I clapped my peepers on it. It is quite rock n roll but also as its quite long with a dipped hem very wearable.

how it looks on the Yours website
How it looks on me

I have popped it on with my Kim pencil skirt £49 by The Curve and a cardigan from Tesco which is past season.This is a great way to wear a tee if you don't like jeans (which I really don't) or need to look slightly smarter but want to incorporate a little vagabond spirit.

Serving rock chick realness 
My red bag with gold skull detail is a McQueen homage which was a gift from my mum (her of the beautiful skull) As I'm serving rock chick realness I have tousled my hair and applied a lot of black eyeliner. 

What a beautiful skull
I adore the juxtaposition of soft chiffon and sparkly sequins with a big old skull head and my tight plether skirt. It's making me feel totally bad ass.

Feeling like a big fat bad ass
Craggy faced rocker women of the world unite adorned in sequins and leather and all the skulls.







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* This offer is for new customers and for full priced items only*


JANUARY SALE over at  Nicky Rockets




We need to make room for new Tshirts in 2015, so we are having a MASSIVE sale on 2 of our designs. This years Halloween Tee is now only £5, while the amazing 'Mutiny for her Bounty - You gotta ask before you touch my booty' Tee is an amazing £7. There is limited stock, and they won't be reprinted once they are gone, so come down and grab a bargain -www.nickyrockets.com

All content (text, photos and other) are the property of Betty Pamper (aka Perelandra Beedles) unless otherwise stated. Please refrain from copying any material without recognition of the author and a link to the source on this blog

Monday, 19 January 2015

We are fighting for a time when every little girl will have an equal chance with her brothers


I have vowed to myself that 2015 will be the year I spend more time surrounded by art, music and beautiful things and less time on twitter watching people being horrible. 


tremendous-and free
Do not touch-just gaze as if in a dream


To this end I spent Sunday at the beautiful Lady Lever Art Gallery which was having an exhibition of costumes from the TV show  Downton Abbey. 
Not only was this an opportunity to see some beautiful costume making there was also real examples of clothing from 1912-1923
If you are from the North West and have never been to the Lady Lever I really recommend  you visit it sometime. It is just so beautiful and nestled in the crazy beauty that is Port Sunlight village its a total trip into another era.



I absolutely adore the 1920's for its fashions so this exhibition was such a treat. The fabrics and bead work are so luscious and yet with the loose waists and lack of corsets these clothes have such  a contemporary flavour. 
The exhibition was only small but beautifully presented. Quotes from writers, designers and activists of the era are emblazoned on the walls behind the clothes and really help draw you into the ideology and sense of change that was influencing the clothes at this time.



One quote which I loved was by the suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst 
"We are fighting for a time when every little girl will have an equal chance with her brothers" 
How a woman looks is I believe  as politicised now as ever, sure we have the vote but we still have a long way to go for real equality and a woman's appearance has always been the battleground on which so many debates have taken place. 
Being with my daughter who will soon start to be aware how female  beauty is often  quantified and measured brought these thoughts home to me even more.


Fashion has to do with ideas-Coco knew

I always find the past is so inspiring when it comes to fashion. Its easy to get trapped into a homogenized dull acceptable way of dressing even when you are someone who spends a lot of time and energy on your appearance. Exhibitions like these are such a shot in the arm. I felt so creatively inspired afterwards and even more determined to incorporate rich fabrics, beading and feathers into my wardrobe.


This American Flapper dress was stunning-the bead detail was just extraordinary

A 1920's maternity dress-how I would have loved this when I was expecting


I would wear this to play my Theramin with a urban on
I am so in love with this coat and matching bag

I chose my own outfit for this outing carefully. I felt like I needed to pay my respects to all the designers and seamstresses throughout the ages whose vision and hard work help creare such magical things to cover our bodies. 
After much deliberation I chose the Gloss dress £25 and the Victorian Rose coat £79 both by Taking Shape and I felt fabulous.


In this dress I felt right at home with the wedgewood and  sculpture

The Gloss dress very much has a 1920's feel to it. It is a sleeveless chiffon panel dress with sequin detailing down the middle. It is a beautiful shape, relexed and flowing without feeling like a tent. It comes with a slip and I also put on a pair of the Wings sleeves £15.99 what with it being freezing.


Grandeur
After we had eaten in  all the beautiful clothes with our eyes we took a look at the rest of the galleys collection of exquisite art and furniture. 
Lord Lever was a lover of anything from the Napoleonic era so there is a lot of gilt, gold and cherubs. garish and glorious. I loved it.


I So love the paintings at this gallery
And so to bed

I was particularly taken with all the pre raphalite art and Neopoleons bed which is about the size of my entire bedroom.  



We finished with tea and cake and of course a little nosy in the giftshop where I fell in love with these darling felt hats.
I have to say thank you for all the lovely comments and emails I got about my style over forty post. I always had a sneaking suspicion this blog was read by extraordinary women and it seems my suspicions were well founded.
 As we were leaving the gallery a beautiful couple walked past us resplendent in furs,velvet and the chap even had silver platforms on. As I switched on the radio in the car David Bowies "Oh you pretty things" came on-coincidence, I think not!

  





*I never lie Dear Readers this outfit was gifted for review. My opinions are however my own*

JANUARY SALE over at  Nicky Rockets




We need to make room for new Tshirts in 2015, so we are having a MASSIVE sale on 2 of our designs. This years Halloween Tee is now only £5, while the amazing 'Mutiny for her Bounty - You gotta ask before you touch my booty' Tee is an amazing £7. There is limited stock, and they won't be reprinted once they are gone, so come down and grab a bargain -www.nickyrockets.com

All content (text, photos and other) are the property of Betty Pamper (aka Perelandra Beedles) unless otherwise stated. Please refrain from copying any material without recognition of the author and a link to the source on this blog