Sunday, 16 November 2014

Voodoo Vixen-A Plus Size V For Victory



I absolutely love the brand Voodoo Vixen
Fifties inspired clothes in glorious fabrics, their designs tick all my fashion boxes but sadly never used to be in my size.Pressing my nose against the window of their glorious frocks I was a Voodoo Vixen "Leche-Vitrines" aka a window licker-but no more.The arrival of a plus size range going up to a 4XL means now I too can strut my VV stuff.

I'm no longer a window licker
Jaunty Catalog posing at its finest

My first outfit for your consideration is the Tilly dress £44.99 and the Isabella cardigan £42.99
On a cold pissy November day this dress is like sunshine in fabric form. My favourite shade of mint green  with  a delicate pink flower design its just dreamy. I want to make out with it in the back of a Corvette.

How the dress looks on the website

I got this dress in a 2XL and I could have done with sizing up as its a bit tight around the titties but with a vest underneath I have just about got away with it. I'm loving the swing skirt and the jaunty collar-its retro heaven.

Retro heaven

The cardigan is so pretty I could eat it up with a spoon and I received so many compliments whilst I was wearing it.The pink trim and kitty cat design are cute as a button and I have worn this a lot. It works just as well with black cropped trousers and a pink bandanna too-Rosie Riveter does crazy cat lady.
Miaow

Crazy cat lady chic



Its fab that Voodoo Vixen are offering these sizes. Fingers crossed they offer even more soon because every fat babe deserves to feel this pretty.
I must mention my hair flower, its by a new company called Rockaflower who make the most beautiful hair pretties. Check them out.
Rockaflower
Life continues to be mega busy at the moment, I'm juggling quite a lot of work, lecturing, writing for magazines and have been helping Nicky Rockets launch his brand new teeshirt design so life is really good. 

Busy but happy

I'm particularly looking forward to next weeks plus size awards-not just because I'm nominated for three awards but because I will be catching up with loads of my fave blogger babes and also because the Hoff will be making an appearance. Amazing.
Mister Truffles says hi
*Items gifted for review






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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Off The Grid





A few months ago I was lucky enough to meet the Look magazine team as they unveiled their second collection for Simply Be. It was a fabulous event and I tried on various pieces from the collection and loved everything.You can read about it here

Check Mate

I was particularly taken with the grid Jacket  £75 so was chuffed when Simply Be sent it to me. I've since worn it to death but hadn't had  a chance to photograph it but seeing as today I have brushed my hair and drawn my face on I thought I would take the opportunity to show you how lovely it is.

 

Its a classic duster jacket style so quite long with pockets and a thin lapel. The fabric is a light poly cotton mix so doesn't look too lumpy or heavy and the design with its black and blue check is beautiful.
I feel quite Teddy girl in this and also Dynasty power bitch, what an epic combination.
Teddy Girl Power Bitch

I'm off to watch a firework display tonight so have worn it over a pair of jeggings and a long line top (both last season Yours) and a pair of Melissa ballet flats.
I birthed me a Pug 

Its casual, relaxed but also feels quite stylish. I'm loving it. 
The sizing is quite generous and as I have very small shoulders I have sized down but that's partly because I don't have to do it up so I am just concerned with the fit across the back and shoulders which is spot on.
I've been collared
I've always been a bit wary of wearing loud check jackets, worried there might be  a whiff of 1980s Selena Scott/Russell Harty but this is just a total beaut.
I think the Look magazine collection might be one of my faves this A/W aint it grand when fat fashion is good.






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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Don't Live Someone Elses Dream




Last week the author Elizabeth Gilbert (she wrote Eat,Pray,Love) wrote a piece on her facebook page that really struck a cord. Its worth reading in its entirety but the headline was "Don't live someone else's dream"
I'm a great believer that when the universe knows you are ready and listening it tells you everything you need to know and this random comment sums up my state of mind perfectly.
I know my blog posts have been fewer recently and I hope you don't think I have gone off the boil. I am still as in love with fashion and art and make up and films as I have ever been and have some lovely blog posts planned but recently I had been feeling a bit burnt out with how competitive blogging has become.
I had stopped seeing this as a glorious hobby and started taking it and myself way too seriously. The time required to stay even slightly ahead of the game was becoming exhausting. When I wasn't interacting on twitter, updating my facebook page, adding images to my tumbler account, pinning my photos to pinterest I felt I wasn't doing my blog justice but these things are all time thieves and recently I have decided I want some of that time back.
So I have to all intents and purposes stopped for a while and do you know what it feels like freedom.
I don't want to be so busy photographing my food I let it go cold, so keyed up about posting new blogs that I leave the solitude of a peaceful holiday to find wifi and I don't want my self esteem to be measured in likes on a facebook photo. 
Freedom
I love writing and have no plans to stop and I also adore clothes so whenever I feel sassy will take some pictures and share them but I think being a full time blogger is someone elses dream. My life outside of the internet is just too good for me to want to be away from it for the amount of time required to keep up with other established plus size bloggers (who I adore by the way this is all about me not  a thinly veiled pop at anyone else-those girls are all goddesses)
I want to spend time with my child, walk my dog, go for chai lattes with my beautiful friends and just have time to kick back and think.
Since staging my own online intervention I feel so much calmer.I have been journaling and tonight felt relaxed enough to write this but I think for a while at least the 3-4 times a week blog content needs to be rested. I need a recharge.
Life is good
So I'm not going anywhere, I will be back with regular fashion posts and I hope you stick with me but the pace will be slightly slower, the posts weekly rather than daily and the social media interaction more ad hoc. 


I am pursuing my own dreams and it feels wonderful.They include pink journals filled with ideas, geranium scented candles lit for my Goddess altar, walking through crisp brown leaves whilst listening to Richard Hawleys Cole Corners album and drinking hot chocolate in front of the fire stroking the cat.Oh and dressing up as a Weeping Angel from Doctor Who which I did on Halloween.
My Halloween Get up

I found a piece of paper inside a book the other day with a quote by Anais Nin which I had obviously copied from somewhere years ago. This was the quote:


"Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country"
Anais knew 

The universe knew what I needed!



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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Dark Glamour For Halloween


Earlier this month I shot a set of images for BGP magazine. They were to accompany an article (which you can read here) I had written about Halloween glamour so naturally I wanted to ensure I was looking my sexy spooky best.

Your Clothing very kindly offered to dress me for the shoot and what a frock they sent.

The black sequined wrap dress £60 is just pure plus size glamour. I'm a sucker for sequins anyway but the cut of this dress along with the dark shimmering fabric is just totally wow. I felt like a total vamp in it for the entire photoshoot and will definitely be taking this out to play over the festive season.

To accompany this dress of vampy gorgeousness they also sent me some adorable leopard print pumps £12 with a gold heel and a beautiful clutch bag with bow detail £9

The overall effect was mysterious, glittery and very Halloween chic. Whatever you are doing this Halloween weekend may your lipstick be crimson, your hair backcombed and your eyeshadow smoky. Brooms are optional!
All photos by Nick Beedles www.nickyrockets.com





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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Creepy Halloween Skull Chair Project


Halloween  is here and what better way to celebrate than by creating a creepy skull chair out of pallets.
Pallets are so easy to get hold of (these were simply propped up against a skip) and great to work with.
One thing to consider is that all pallets are different depending on what they are being used for, so you may need to adapt the design of your chair depending on the pallets you can get hold of, but really that’s half the fun.

You will need:


Two Pallets
Drill
Saw
Jigsaw
Wood Glue
Screwdriver
Screws
Hammer
Sandpaper

Step One
First we need to make the legs.  Now the pallets we are using contain no wood that is strong or wide enough to support a person’s weight, so we have to construct the legs and reinforce with extra wood. For this we are going to utilise the small block separators that are contained within the pallet. 
 

Take a pallet apart pulling the nails out with your hammer until you are left with two blocks on a strip of wood.  You will need four of these measuring approximately 80cm high/ 9 cm wide




Next cut any spare wood to the same length (80cms wide) as your long strips then nail these to the blocks as well.  This will give you four chair legs, each covered on two sides.

Step two
We are now going to make the seat. Take your second pallet, and as you want quite a wide seat, cut just after the middle block spacers.




Dimensions are:
60cm length x 46 cm wide
Obviously a seat can’t have holes in, or your bum will fall through, so fill in the spaces with the remaining spare pieces of wood and nail them in.



Step Three

Now to attach the legs. Mine are 80cm in height so I have chosen to position them 40cm from the bottom of the seat.  You then drill some guide holes and then screw the legs in place.






 Now you should have something that resembles a chair, or at least something with four legs.

Step Four
Next are the arm rests.  Now I was quite lucky and had a pallet with two fairly thick pieces of wood down each side, so I’m going to use them. Remove them from the pallet and fix them to each side of the chair.  This time I’ve used a bit of wood glue and then screwed them into place. 


 Once again drilling guide holes first. I didn’t cut them to size, as I want a little hanging over the back for the chair back to sit on.
 Make sure the overhang of the arms is the same on both sides (here it is about 3cm)







Step Five

Take one of the spare wooden slats, cut it to size and screw it to the chair leg and back of the arm rest.  This is what the chair back will rest against.




Step Six
Next is the back rest.  Luckily I had a pallet with no slats missing, but if this is not the case, then you may have to fill in the gaps with spare slats.  You can of course leave this as a simple chair back or if you fancy do as I have done and cut out  a design with a jigsaw. Hearts, butterflies or in my case a skull motif (a bit of rock n roll for my garden furniture) it’s a great way to turn something quite basic looking into something slightly more sophisticated.
Draw out your design.  Find the middle of your pallet and work out from there.  Once the design is drawn, cut it out with a jigsaw. 



Once cut out, screw the back in place.  Drill some guide holes, then screw it in.







One last thing



If you have any spare slats, cut them to fit and nail them to the seat, to cover the gaps. 
Once the chair construction is completed give it a good sandpaper before you varnish or paint it. The wood on pallets is VERY splintery, so it needs to be sanded.  If you have a sander it would be faster, but sandpaper will do.


Throw some wood on the chimera, grab a hot chocolate and  enjoy sitting in your one of  a kind chair made from wood off cuts destined for a landfill.


Disclaimer
Please undertake craft projects responsibly and at your own risk. Thisproject reflects my own experience and is not intended to replace expert opinion. If in doubt always consult a professional.
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All photos by Nick Beedles www.nickyrockets.com






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And that's not all-To help you celebrate Halloween in style my Curverella & the zombies ladyfits & vests are just £10 shop here



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