Tuesday, 29 July 2014

The British Plus Size Awards 2014



Soaking it all in at last years awards

How fast time flies. It seems only yesterday that I was excitedly getting ready to go to the Plus size awards and now details have been announced about this years event.
A celebration of all things plus size I had an absolute ball last year. I wore my lovely Mermaid dress (which Beyonce then copied) posed on the red carpet, ate scrummy food, drank far too much fizz and even accepted an award on behalf of Accesorise.

Milking my five minutes on stage

I was nominated for best plus size blogger ( which went to the magnificent Fuller Figure, Fuller bust) and awards were given to various categories all celebrating plus size fabulousness.


I won, I won-prize for most green sequins on one frock

The next British Plus Size Awards, will be taking place on Saturday 22nd November 2014 at the exquisite Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, 22 Portman Square in London. 
Yet again its a black tie event (such a good excuse for a va va voom frock) which starts on the red carpet, moves onto a champagne reception, followed by an award winning 3 course meal during the awards and show (the food last year was really good and as a very picky vegetarian that is high praise indeed)
Hanging with beautiful blogger Mrs Bebe and Rivkie from Slink magazine

As with last year there will be plenty to watch including Performances by the amazing Rosie O’Sullivan (who I saw at Plus North last year, her voice is beautiful) along with the inspiring Emma Halsam who shocked the nation with her plus size pole dance on this years BGT the legendary Blobby Williams ‘The true heavy weight of pop and comedy’ as well as a few more to be announced.
Hanging with Gemma Collins who is one of this years award hosts along with Jeff Brazier
Whilst the glitz and glamour of last years event remains the same there are some differences which I think will make it even better.
This year its all about the awards. There will be no pageant element, ensuring that the awards themselves are the star of the show. To this end there will also be some additional categories added so all aspects of plus size positivity can be recognised and celebrated.I am also delighted to report that a certain Ms Hopkins will not be invited.
If you feel a fashion brand, blogger or celebrity deserves some recognition for helping make our plus size worlds a nicer place pop on over and give them a vote (I'm not to proud to say I would love a nomination) Tickets will be on sale soon from the BPSA website with a percentage going to this year’s charity CRY I will give you a shout when they are available.There is also a blogger specific giveaway in the works which is rather exciting indeed-keep your eyes peeled!

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Me and Baba at last years awards

I guess I should start looking at frocks-what can possibly top the chubby mermaid?

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Pretty Green In CamdenTown




Do you ever order a dress online and are not sure if it will be amazing or well..a bit weird.
That's exactly how I felt when I sent off for this green Maxi dress £42.99 by Camdentown.com
Sure on the model it looked stunning but I wasn't sure how it would translate onto my generous curves. 
I adored the tulip/puff ball style bottom and you know how much I love pockets but these shapes are always a lottery when you carry a lot of treasure in your booty.
How the dress looks on the website

It arrived today and as soon as I opened it I was blown away with how beautiful the peony design was. It feels painted on (note to self read the care label) and is just exquisite.


How dainty is this design
The proof of the dress is in the wearing though and I was so desperate to see if it fitted and looked half as good as I hoped that I stripped off in the kitchen and put it on there and thenWell thank the goddess I only absolutely chuffing love it!!!


J'Adore this dress
The green is so vibrant, I feel like a juicy apple  and the linen has that wonderful crisp feeling that's so welcome in this sweltering weather.


Having  a fumble

The cut is everything I had hoped for. I'm a sucker for this shape dress. Its works so well with my figure, plenty of room around the middle and nipped in and out without being too hourglass. Its like a softer version of  a wiggle dress I guess.


Camouflaging with the night scented stock

At the moment this brand stocks sizes 6- 20 (here's hoping they get more plus sizes in soon) and this is the 20 and is actually quite generous especially around the chest and arms.So if you are between size 20/22 you will probably find this fits fine.


Peony perfection

I'm feeling vaguely oriental so have put a Lilly in my hair and chucked on my wedge shoes and leopard print bag as the green handle works with the green of the dress wonderfully.


Working in some leopard print with my Juicy Couture bag

The heart shaped neckline is high enough that I'm not worrying about showing too much cleavage and the length hits just past the knee. Hallelujah.



This dress really feels like a statement and I will definitely consider buying  a few more from Camdentown. They have got some amazing designs and prints. The plus size peacock in me has already bookmarked a few more frocks.
Mister truffles the plus size pug approves





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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Dear Sir/Madam My Body Is Not A Problem

I'm talking to you

I don't know about you but I am absolutely sick to the back teeth with having to deal with body snarking fat shamers masquerading as service providers. To this end I have written a response to a few of the worst offenders:

Dear Air plane Cabin Crew
Come fly with us-except for you fat girl

The purpose of a seatbelt is to keep my body safely secured in its seat in the rare likelihood we crash. Said seatbelt is too tight for my fat belly. I am not prepared to die rather than face embarrassment (I'm weird like that) When I ask for a seat belt extender please refrain from smirking or shouting down the plane to your colleague to get one. Being fat does not mean I deserve to die. My body is not a problem- the length of your seatbelt is.

Dear Theme park ride operator
All the fun of the big fat fair

Despite being an overweight lazy burden on society here I am walking without losing breath, spending the money I earn (despite apparently being unemployable by the likes of Katie Hopkins) and enjoying time with my child. I'm aware that I may not fit on all the rides but god loves a trier and if I can squeeze my booty onto the pirate ship then ahoy captain I will. 
You do not need to mutter under your breath or look affronted when I have to get off the ride because the harness wont fit.As much as I love a thrill plunging to my death on a fibreglass ship is not on my bucket list. My body is a not a problem-make your ride seats bigger.

Dear Wedding Dress Shop Assistant
I'm holding up a hand mirror so you can't see how awful you look-Ok?

Yes I understand that it is still de rigueur for brides to be to starve themselves into hollow eyed slenderness and that by presenting my fat body to you  I am possibly an affront to the entire wedding industry but I am still getting married and need a frock. Telling me that all your samples are in a size 12  and pinning a grubby piece of muslin to the back of said dress as it obviously won't do up is really humiliation enough. Rolling your eyes and looking vaguely disgusted is far more ugly than the sight of my rolls of fat encased in ill fitting polyester. My body is not a problem-get more sample sizes.

Dear Nurse/Doctor
Oh do take  a seat you repulsive burden to the NHS

Nowhere is it written in the Hippocratic oath that when presented with a patient over a size 14 you must A) immediately assume all heath problems are weight related and B) speak to said patient like they are a yahoo with absolutely no nutritional awareness who thinks potatoes are one of their five a day. I know you only have four minutes per patient so maybe take a breath, listen to my symptoms and then beat me around my head with my bmi. My body is not a problem-well it is but perhaps my sinus infection/in grown toenail isn't a direct result of my dress size.

These are my letters-who would you write yours to?




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Saturday, 26 July 2014

How To make....A Garden Bench


As we enjoy this glorious summer our previously unused gardens become a focal point for entertaining and relaxing and if you have even a small gathering providing enough garden chairs can be a problem. The inexpensive end of garden furniture tends to be an ugly plastic style free zone while stylish wood or metal seats can be wildly expensive.  Let me show you how to make a fabulous garden bench, which will be a lovely addition to your decking or lawn, look a million dollars but cost only pounds to make.


You will need:
Three old dining Chairs. Two of which need to be the same and all of which need to be the same height. They can be either wood or metal. I found three discarded metal dining chairs at the local tip, they had seen better days but I knew they would be perfect.
Some wood to create the seat. These can be old floorboards or sleepers (ensure they haven’t got any old coatings on as these can be toxic) or in my case I found an old cupboard door, also at the tip, which was the perfect width and length. These need to be cut so they are the same length as the three dining chairs put together and the width should be just over the width of the dining chair seat.
A drill
A Screwdriver
A pencil
A dustpan brush
Exterior Metal or wood paint
Paintbrushes
Screws
Stanley knife





Step One
Clean down the metal or wood frames of your chairs with your brush. If they are particularly dirty wash them down with sugar soap. Use your knife to cut through the foam padding of the existing seat and then use your screwdriver to remove the wood base. You will just be left with the wooden or metal frame.







Step Two
Paint your chair frame. I chose white metal paint, as I wanted the bench to look bright and clean. You will probably need two coats.



Step Three
Undercoat the wood, which will form the seat of your bench. I usually favour white. Undercoat may seem like a waste of time but it is really vital when painting items, which will be out in the elements. The undercoated layer ensures your coloured paint adheres properly to the surface and will cut down on flaking, it will also ensure your colours go on really evenly and look bright and fresh and is also very forgiving if you use inexpensive paint.


Step Four

Once your undercoat is dry apply your coloured wood paint. Using two contrasting colours is a great trick for making the bench look quite vintage in flavour. Ice cream colours work particularly well and weather really nicely too, if you have three boards you can even go for classic red, white and blue union jack chic  .I used a pink decking paint and an egg shell blue exterior paint as I wanted my bench to have a sea side feel to it as I was quite inspired by some beach huts I had seen on a recent trip to South Wales.

Step Five
Your chairs should already have holes from where the previous seats were fixed. Use these as a guide to where you will fix the wooden board. Mark the board with a pencil and then drill holes in it so it can be attached to the chairs.

Step Six
Place the board on the three chairs and from underneath. Use your screwdriver to fix the board to the chairs. The chairs themselves will be held together by virtue of the board being attached so need no further reinforcing
.


Step Seven
Sit on your bench with a cup of tea and enjoy the lovely feeling of accomplishment, which comes from making something both beautiful and functional out of items, which were deemed junk.




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*Disclaimer- I bear no responsibility for any craft related injuries you might receive in the pursuit of handmade loveliness. As with any craft or DIY project the reader undertakes it at their own risk.
All Photos by Nicky Rockets





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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Chelsea Girl

The sun is rising and I am ready for the world

Today I'm keeping my outfit simple. I have back to back meetings and need to look smart but that doesn't have to mean boring.
I picked this black stretchy dress up for a tenner in the Dorothy Perkins sale (see similar here) and knew it would be a great piece to wear with my growing collection of patterned kimonos and jackets.

Back to black
I've had this animal print boyfriend blazer by Simply Be for a good year and for such a full on print its had so much wear. I always feel slightly Alexis Carrington power bitch in it .Its proof, if proof were needed (and in my world its not) that clothes with strong prints and unusual fabrics do have a lifespan past one season.
Bitch in a beehive
My hair is totally inspired by the Shangri-Las whose music is always on my i-pod when the weathers hot. Today I listened to one of my all time favourite tracks "I can never go home any more" If you love sixties girl group music  (and why wouldn't you) these are the best. I played this track to my eight year old daughter as a warning about daughters who are horrible to their mothers.She laughed in my face and called it boring.





Back to the outfit.My leggings are from Taking Shape.They always remind me of Madonna during her Desperately Seeking Susan era. Still a massive influence on my fashion choices even today.

Finally I want to showcase my new boots.

These catwalk collection chain ankle boots which are £45 by fashionworld  tick so many of my style boxes. They are one part riding boot to two parts Chelsea boot with a dash of punk rock attitude and even though we are experiencing a mini heatwave in the UK I just want to wear them-so I shall.



I love how at the front they look sleek, shiny and glossy and at the back they are just slightly edgy-details like this lift footwear from the ordinary to the extraordinary
You will never break the chain
Woof
Mister Truffles the plus size pug is also quite taken with them.
Photos by Nicky Rockets




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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

5 Things You Should Never Say To A Fat Girl

I've lived as a fat person for most of my adult life. I am very happy with what I see in the mirror and my self esteem requires nobodies acceptance.
This does not make me immune to life's irritations though and here are five things which if I never heard again I would be just fine and dandy with

#1 But you have such a pretty face
Its hard being so beautiful

Now being told I have a pretty face is a lovely thing. I spend a lot of time painting it so praise for my artwork is always welcome. 
Where I have a problem is when it is handed as pity praise. The delivery of which tends to come in one of two flavours:
Flavour # 1-You have such a pretty face you would be off the Richter scale if you were slimmer.
Flavour # 2-obviously being fat is a bit repulsive but you have a pretty face so that's something.
You do not have to quantify your compliment.It does not mean you have questionable judgement if you find a fat girls face pretty. If you want to tell me you think I am pretty then just say so-no ifs, no buts, no gentle cajoling to lose a stone. Just hand out the damn compliment or don't.
Either works for me.

#2 You don't sweat much for a fat lass

No but I sweat a lot for a chainsaw wielding maniac-come sniff me
Don't believe the hype. Some fattys have the Niagara falls under their bra strap, others arm pits are as dry as the sahara.Fat women are not a separate species to other women. Our sweat glands do not become more over-active the higher our bmi gets.
This weird observation has been handed to me on a couple of occasions both times when I have been in workout gear obviously on my way to or from some form of exercise. 
Its another form of body shaming, the implication being  that fat bodies are generally sweatier and dirtier than thin ones. Its not funny, no one is laughing. Fuck off.

#3 She was a really big girl, much bigger than you
Oi you, yes you the body snark-shut it you muppet
Criticising someone's weight whatever their size just makes you a tool.Despite what some people believe there is no sliding scale of fatness where one dress size is considered fat but OK and the next is fat but disgusting. 
When you attack someone based on their size you are using the lowest form of spite. Reassuring someone with you that its fine because the person being discussed is in a different league of flab to them is simply an attempt to normalise body shaming. Its not normal.Its horrible. Stop it.

#4 I bet you love Adele/Dawn French/Beth Ditto
Inside this bag are the amount of effs I give about Adele-Guess how many, go on
Being fat is not a club. There are no special codes that open doors to all night pie eating clubs. We do not communicate via some kind of plus size telepathy that tips us off about special deals on clothes with elasticated waistbands. We are individuals and that means we like actors, singers and comedians of all different shapes and sizes.Don't assume we all worship at the altar of the few plus size celebrities that have broken through to the mainstream. Its as weird as asking a bloke if he is a fan of Brad Pitt because he is also male.

#5 Lets ditch the diet and be "naughty"
Just eat it-or don't
Often people who are a bit obsessed with food and diets see eating out with a fatty as an excuse to "go mad" and loosen the grip on their usual iron will when it comes to food. 
Its as if our round soft bodies are a living embodiment of appetite gone wild. Newsflash-I don't put food into "naughty" or "nice" categories or seek out excuses to gorge with abandon.
 I eat what I want when I want-that's why I'm fat. Treating a cream scone as if its one step removed from the orgy scene in Caligula is just tedious. 
I'm not a cheerleader for eating shit food so don't seek my encouragement. I don't care and no I don't want to "share chips" just order the fricking chips.

These are the five fat  things that I could happily live without ever hearing again. What are yours?



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