red velvet.

Today is my last day in the office before Christmas! With that in mind, I thought I would wear some red velvet as a nod to the festive season. I don’t usually look this nice for work, but I’ve got a friend’s birthday tonight so I thought I’d make an effort. This is the first outing of my BooHoo Plus dress, which is cute and flirty but not too short, and looks good under my cosy but dramatic black coat.

Coat : Simply Be (from two years ago)
Dress : BooHoo
Brogues : Clarks

And a better look at my lovely necklace from Daisy & Eve at Evans! Today’s lipstuff is LimeCrime Velvetine in Red Velvet (to go with my red velvet dress!) for any lipstick obsessives.

sandy.

“You look like Sandy in Grease after she’s succumbed to peer pressure” was my best friend’s assessment of this outfit. I took it as a compliment. I love a Bardot neckline, and this Missguided bodysuit is so classic and so useful, I can’t wait to wear it with super-tight pencil skirts and tiny denim shorts. But this time I paired it with my beloved acid-wash skinny jeans and my old faithful leather jacket for a cute but kickass weekend look. Also, I love the way my thighs look.

Jacket : ASOS Curve 
Bodysuit : Missguided Plus (also burgundy)
Jeans : Evans
Boots : Primark

And a closer look at my marvellous necklace, which was a special commission made by Black Heart Creatives!

tell a fat friend they’re fab day.

New year is a bullshit time of year to be fat. It’s the time when all the sanctimonious douchebags come out of the woodwork and tell you about their juice cleanse or diet of puffed air, and the crushing moment when friends you thought too sensible get whipped up into a weight-loss frenzy in the name of New Year’s Resolutions or ‘atonement’ for the Christmas excess advocated in December by that the same culture that wants to punish you in January.

To make matters worse, a particularly sanctimonious douchebag called Steve Miller, a ‘weight loss expert’ (not he of The Joker) fame, wants 7th January to be Tell A Friend They’re Fat Day in a bid to provoke crash dieting and ruin trust between friends everywhere. Needless to say, I’m not here for this any more than I’m here for the opinions of ‘weight loss experts.’ While I absolutely do not think there’s anything intrinsically wrong with the word ‘fat’ and using it to describe yourself and others, Miller’s motivation is clear: shame the people you love for being fat in the hope that they’ll change everything about their lives and their habits in order to fit your narrow, fucked up definition of beauty.

The ladies at Slink magazine want to repurpose it as ‘Tell a friend they’re fab day’, which would be fine if it didn’t create a fab/fat binary. I’ve been told the motivation is “finding something nice to say to friends and being encouraging regardless of size” but given the original campaign was based entirely on size, and targeted entirely at people who could be identified as fat, I’m not feeling it.

So, in my capacity as resident fat loudmouth, I’m declaring a pushback against both of these things:¬†7 January 2015 will be Tell A Fat Friend They’re Fab day.

On 7 January I want you to make your fat pals the center of your world. Tell them how perfect and delectable they are, tell them how they’ve helped you change your opinions on bodies and fat, tell them how great they look that day, tell them an outfit of theirs you particularly loved. Don’t limit it to your hourglass-shaped white cis female friends, spread your love and appreciation for fat bodies to all kinds of fat bodies.

I’ll post more nearer the time but consider this a statement of intent as to how I’m going to personally combat the soul-sucking new year weight loss chat. You have been warned.

keep it chic.

I decided to dress like an adult this week. Going to a conference a couple of days ago got me in the mood to look chic and sensible every day, so here’s one of my chic and sensible outfits. I think this decision was slightly influenced by my acquisition of my new coat. I know, I know- how could I possibly need another coat? But basically due to a series of events too dull and bratty for me to detail here, I did indeed need a new, warm, sensible winter coat. This one fit the bill and I’ve worn it every day since I got it. It ticks every box: classic but not boring. Warm but not bulky. A good shape, a good length, a good fabric.

Coat : Marks & Spencer
Shirt : charity shop
Skirt : Primark
Shoes : Evans

I am obsessed with my new lipstick: MAC in All Fired Up. It’s one of the Retro Matte formulas which I just love. It might be a bit dry for some people but the matte-er the better as far as I’m concerned.

have yourself a merry little christmas.

I feel like this outfit is a super-loose, contemporary, fat interpretation of something Judy Garland might wear in Meet Me In St Louis, a film I love with all my heart. This is my second Missguided Plus outfit, and it’s obviously nothing like the stuff I usually wear and yet I adore it. It’s so cute it’s sick, and perfect for getting my festive cheer off the ground (my Morrissey Christmas jumper I wore to the airport on Wednesday doesn’t count). I know a lot of my blogging comrades chose two-piece sets from Missguided, but I thought a sweet little tartan skirt suit-esque thing was more me than a matching top and skirt. Either way, they’re doing a great line in matching bits and pieces.

Can’t decide if I like it better au naturel or with the lapels flipped back – an important decision.

Jacket : Missguided
Skirt : Missguided
T-shirt : Topshop
Stole : Missguided, but mine appears to be sold out so here’s a similar-ish one
Boots : Primark

And to really get into the Christmas mood, I’m wearing my Black Heart Creatives sleigh necklace for the first time!