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Is it time to ditch the ‘plus’ in Plus Size?

Lifestyle February 18, 2019

Hello my beauties.

As i sit an write this , i cant help but stare and the copious amount of clothing I’ve been buying recently. With the recent developments in sizing, styles and stores, the Plus size market has become more profound than ever- right now, I am in total awe at how amazing the ‘plus’ size clothing is in the UK has become. For years the ‘Plus’ size clothing stores have been ill flattering, and lack all sense of fashion. With brands such as ASOS, River Island and even New Look have finally allowed the curvy amongst us to find affordable, fashionable clothing the ‘Plus’ size clothing market has never been as advanced.

Now, pals, i am by no means saying that there isn’t any room for improvement in the Plus Size industry. Seriously i can list the issues my 16-18 chunky bod has when fighting the losing battle trying to find something ‘nice’ in store. Yet, the growth the industry has had shows a complete shift in a much better direction. Empire lines, flowing material and more accesability show a much better understanding of a curvier woman’s need. I just can’t help but ask, with the growth in the industry i am left wondering isn’t it time to ditch the ‘Plus Size’ term altogether?

Image taken by Rebecca Walker

Image taken by Rebecca Walker

Outfit details.

Jumper: TU at Sainsbury’s.

Skirt: Primark.

Belt: Primark

Shoes: Raid via ASOS

Same clothing, same price.

Many stores now offer a plus size range, an has since started making the same pieces through out all their clothing. By this i mean much of the clothing in the plus size ranges is exactly the same (just sized higher) than much of the regular sized clothing. So, why am i walking up a flight of stairs to find a piece of clothing that i have seen 4 times down stairs?

As a rule, i don’t understand much within this segment of the clothing industry. Why should my reasonably sized boobs and Kardashian’s rival bottom mean I don’t fit into the Norm of clothing? Surely it would be better to make customers feel equal no matter the size of their behind ? Many stores argue that the fabric, patterns and even marketing equate to higher prices and being segregated from the rest of the other clothing items. Yet, with the fashion industry being one of the leading industries i highly doubt merging all areas of the clothing within a store will hardly knock the overall growth of the industry.

We’re not all made the same.

Understanding body shapes must rival the Pythagoras theorem. Every woman, is shaped differently regardless of your weight, Height and even style. As a woman who is constantly battling her weight, why should my clothing make me feel any less than ‘comfortable’?

Now, i understand that with a copious amount of body shapes, stores are fighting a losing battle. Some items will never look great on a pear shape whilst others items are just too short for a six foot frame.Yet, isn’t it better for people to have a level of trust in their favourite clothing brand rather than share the feeling of ‘ i can’t believe i have to go their again’. Taking plus size out of the equation for one moment, isn’t it worth creating a space where everyone has value?

Image taken by Rebecca Walker

Image taken by Rebecca Walker

A Trigger?

Now, i am fully aware that some suffering with eating disorders may find this triggering. Walking to a separate area, in which you can shop with in comfort is important. However, many of the plus sized clothing collections are placed in obvious spaces. Women have to walk through area which see stick thin Mannequins, small items of clothing all of which only amplify insecurites. If stores don’t want this collection to be triggering isn’t it time to group all collections together and let all shoppers be equal. And if not, move the curve items to a much more discreet area of the store.

The future?

The future of the clothing industry will hopefully hold so much more growth within the ‘Plus’ sized category and for me, that is dropping the notion of plus sized all together. On a daily basis we are told that our size shouldn’t define who we are, so why are we allowing clothing stores to tell us any different? Walking through a store filled with smaller sized items, means that many like myself are forced to see what we could be. In a world of fad diets, motivational quotes and fakery, i am ready to stand up and say my size does not define who i am. Nor should it define how i feel in stores i spend my hard earn money in.

I can’t be the only person in the world which hates the term ‘Plus Size’. The size of my hips shouldn’t restrict the clothing i have access too. With the constant demand for affordable, fashionable clothing, when will the High Street learn that all customers are just as important as one and other. The size and shape of your body has no correlation to you or your sense of style. Kardashian bums, mum tums and massive lady lumps shouldn’t be a restriction, it should be something we have and can parade in a gorgeous leopard print shirt.

So tell me, what do you think? Is it time all customers were treated equally, or do you have an entirely different opinion. Please let me know in the comments below.

Em x

Disclaimer : I paid for these clothes with my own money and have never worked with either

Finding my style: Finding myself.

Lifestyle, Ramble all the way..., Uncategorized December 11, 2018

2018 has been a year and a half, hasn’t it? From awful political figures to the weirdest British summer of the century, 2018 seems to have everything.

For me personally, I found that my style massively reflects my mood. If I love a certain element of my outfit then I feel like I can tackle the day. As much as I am aware that this is quite superficial, it’s something I want to explore. From bright red sock boots to getting rid of the very orange toned blonde, 2018 has been the year I’ve found my style and with it self love I’ve never known before.

Letting go of the rules…

‘I can’t wear that, I’m too fat’.

Trust me, I’ve gotten tired of saying those words- usually standing next to something I adore. Over the past few weeks I’ve spent a lot of time wondering what my style would be like if I stopped playing by he rules. In truth, I think I’d be so much happier.

The start.

I recently followed in the tracks of Lydia Elise Mullen and started to build my stack. My helix and second wholes are one of my favourite things I have ever purchased. Everytime I see that simmering gold training stud in the mirror I’m reminded that I’m slowly edging toward the person I want to be (vomits profusely). A more confident, happier person who is taking steps to build a wardrobe she adores.

This skirt is something I wouldn’t have felt comfortable wearing a few months ago. This pink baby is £13 from Primark and perfect for the Christmas season. Also please mind the radiator.

New additions.

I recently bought a camo jacket from Primark, and honestly it could be one of the best purchases I have ever bought. Every time I throw it over a very basic outfit I feel so much more myself. As a woman who loves all things neutral having pieces like my camo jacket Really allow me to express my personality through clothing. When i wear prices such as this I feel so much more comfortable in my own skin, because I am being myself.

My love of neutrals is never going to die, intact, my heart will always be drawn to a black, white or beige polo. However my confidence does grown when I find something I adore that allows me to stand it from the crowd – even if it’s just a little.

Why Now?

Maybe the change in attitude is because of my recent birthday, or maybe, it’s down to being bored with feeling completely worthless. Looking for something to bring me out of my shell and grab life by the balls was never going to be easy for some one with the outlook on life that I do. So if I can find the confidence from a bold lip, a camo jacket or even my very much well loved red bag, then you can bet that I’m going to be rocking them to e high heavens.

From now on?

*sings in the voice of Hugh Jackman*

Letting go of the ‘classic’ rules has allowed me to share my own. The ‘rules’ are things I will be telling myself when I’m about to buy something I wouldn’t usually.

When in doubt, it’s one for a red lip– this winter intend on finding my red lip. Especially for those moments when you feel like you need an extra boost. Red lips are apparently * a rest confidence boost and every now and then don’t we all need one.

Say yes. Now this is an easy one:

  • If I love it.
  • Can afford it.
  • And think I’ll wear it more than 5 times in a month.
  • I’m buying it
  • Treat myself. Currently as I write this there is an absolutely stunning pair of celestial inspired earrings from Thomas Sabo. I’ve had I’m beady eyes on them ever since I saw Victoria from In the Frow, wear them in August. They’ve very beautiful (but quite expensive) earrings are something I just can’t stop thinking about them. Maybe they could be my birthday present to me?
  • What ever happens, I’m so excited to develop my style in a way that expresses my personality. I’ve always been a girl to blend into the background, only coming into the forefront when my sarcastic comments and eye rolls make some one giggle. I can’t wait to develop my style in a way that makes me feel more comfortable in my own skin. Here’s to the next few months and purchases… I’m sure you’ll find out about them in a blog post or two.
  • Always,
  • Em x
  • What I bought and received for my 25th.

    Lifestyle, Uncategorized December 14, 2017

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    PST: THIS IS THE LAST BIRTHDAY POST I PROMISE!

    I know I have been rabbiting on about my bloody 25th for what seems like an eternity. Well, 3 days. BUT this year has really been amazing for me and I have been so fortunate to share it with the people that have really made it special.

    Before I get into this post, I don’t want this post to come across as ‘braggy’. I have been so fortunate with the gifts I have received and the people which have sent their love and well wishes. Many of you will know, that I have had my struggles this year, so this little positive weekend away really has made me realise all the good that’s in my life.

    Whilst we were in one of my favourite cities in the world, I decided to treat myself to a few things I have been eyeing up. And I am not disappointed.

    The new additions really have given my wardrobe (and spirits*Cough*Gin*cough*) a little bit of a lift, so I am so excited to share them with you.

    From Me, to Me.

    Primark Marie Hoodie, £10.

    I have been eyeing up this cropped hoodie for a little while now. After watching Emily Canham’s, trip away with Primark to DISNEY, in fact. The aristercats is probably hands down one of my favourite Disney films. So when I saw this cute little cropped hoodie, I had to have it.

    After scoping out the store I was thrilled when I finally got my hands on it! I am only 5’4, so this cropped hoodie actually hangs lower than anticipated. Sitting just above the top of my jeans in perfect for me and my style. Although tshirt should really be worn with it in these -2 temperatures, we are currently having. Bringing me nicely onto the lining. The fluffy, snuggly lining that makes me instantly want to fall asleep and have done with my day. YES, it is that warm and toastie.

    And cute cause obvs Marie is the sassiest, little cat you ever did see!

    Next Pearl Roll Neck Jumper, £35

    Like the Marie Hoodie, I have been debating buying this roll neck jumper for a little while now. I don’t really know what stopped me. On this particular day I decided to finally take the plunge and treat myself to it. And I have no regrets.

    The soft wool (which was initially itchy), really does keep me warm. The cute pearl detailing works so well with the subtle grey colouring really is encompases the feeling of winter. In addition the boxy cut, it would work perfectly with a faux leather skirt or jeans.

    At £35 it is a little much for a jumper but I honestly don’t think its too bad when you realise I am going to live in it for the rest of winter.

    Masons, Steve’s Apple Gin, £40.

    Would it be one of my blogs if I didn’t mention something alcoholic?

    Masons is one of my favourite gin distilleries. I was so excited to see their stall at The Christmas market I basically threw my money at the poor girl serving me!

    Also, this gin tastes absolutely amazing. YES, TO APPLE GIN!

    Kisses (essentially marshmellow covered in Chocolate), £5.

    CHOCOLATE COVERED MARSH MELLOWS, HELLO YOU BABE. These babies were deifinatley worth the calories! And for a £1 each I would be stupid not to buy 5, right?

    From friends.

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    Slythers, did good.

    My best friend has well and truly spoiled me this year. In fact I can’t quite believe it. In addition to sorting the room out (thanks babes), she bought me something I definitely thought I would never own. A David Attenborough candle.

    When I say I love David Attenborough, I mean I ADORE THE MAN! Seriously, I have a problem. When I was presented with this particular gift, I  with out any doubt say I laughed for hours (and still do for hours).

    This utter babe, didn’t just stop at a candle either, she treated to a Rock and Rose Emoji Ring too. This sassy little emoji, is most definitely one of my most over used emoji’s and probably, something I need to look at when I need my sassy pants on.

    Sarah, you wonderful human. You really did make my birthday, even if you are a slytherin.

    The blogging babes.

    I do have a few blogging girls which I speak too quite regularly, so when I went to vist one and saw the gifts our little group chat had bought, it took all my strength not to burst into tears. The gifts below were so unexpected and I can’t thank you all enough.

    A stunning bunch of flower’s, two beautiful copper wine glasses and a few cheeky bottles of wine. All displayed in a mound of bubble gum pink wrapping.  Its safe to say these girls know me far to well! Thank you!

    I just wanted to say another quick thank you, to everyone I has made my 25th celebrations amazing. I don’t think I can quite put into words how amazing it has been- which is a bit of a shame cause I’m a blogger.

    Cheers, you babes! xxx

    PS. I am sorry for not tagging gifts or the people that gave me them, this doesn’t mean I am not grateful, by any means.

     

    3 Skin Care Items I Can’t Get Enough off.

    Lifestyle, Uncategorized November 14, 2017

    Hey Huns,

    I’ve recently had the worst skin. Break outs, excess oil and please do not let me start ranting about my awfully dry forehead. I recently decided to invest in some skin care which will hopefully help clear the worst skin I’ve ever had.

    A shake up.

    I love Simple as a brand I really wanted to step away from my teenage self and focus on developing my skincare a little more. So, I decided to ditch the brand I love and try a few new things. One of which will most definitely surprise you.

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    I’m so sorry about my pants images. Promise I’ll get better.

    Liz Earle, Cleanse and Polish. £16.00

    (Yes, I am fully aware that I am late to the party with this one.)

    As my first Liz Earle product I wanted to try a classic- it’s safe to say I am not disappointed. Cleanse and polish melts make up away in a few minutes and leaves skin feeling cleansed and refreshed.  The cleansers thick texture and strong Aloe Vera smell is lovely and relaxing especially when your ‘wiping away the day’.

    The only issue I have with the product is the muslin cloth. I feel it is made poorly compared to those of The Body shop. The edges of the cloth seem to fray quite easily, I imagine with further use the cloth will rip or become highly damaged.

    L’Oréal Hydra Genius. *£6.65

    Having combination skin can be a real bother when it comes to moisturizer. Having an oily nose and a dry T Zone means my skin both lacks and has too much moisture.

    And it’s amazing.

    With Aloe Vera being a key ingredients of L’Oreal Hydra Genius,  become  highly moisturised and soft to the touch. The product feels and looks like something a little on the rude side of things. Although, the nourishing formula will make you very happy that you rubbed in in your face and not immediately washed it off your hands.

    All innuendos aside, this product is great for replenishing skin that needs a little extra  lift.

    *currently on sale at boots usually retails for around £10.

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    Living for this combo right now.

    Primark Hydration Spray, £4.00

     

    This £4.00, bad boy will change your skin! There I said it.

    I have to admit,when I pick up this product I thought it was going to be awful, but I needed a product which would introduce moisture to my skin. Having never used a facial spray before I didn’t want to spend too much money- just in case I hated the application process.

    The mist is quite fine and gentle. And smell like Aloe Vera (yes, there’s a common theme). The formula feels so gentle on my skin and is a great base for makeup. I really don’t think I could have asked for more for £4.00!

    And there are my 3 current go to products. My skin is improving daily and I am so excited to see how my skin continues to develop using these products.

    What are your go to products? Let me know in the comments.

    Realistic Autmnal Shopping.

    Lifestyle, Uncategorized September 20, 2017

    Guys we know I love a list. Girl, loves by list. So obviously there’s one for my first week back of holiday. Getting into the swing of Autumn is definitely necessary- no more sandals unless you want frost bite! 

    Shopping as a whole can be stressful for any body shape. After crying in many changing rooms, you may find the most flattering jumper and but it in all the colours or you might leave feeling deflated and wanting to cry into your Pumkin Spice Latte. Without further or do! Here’s my very realistic list of Autumnal shopping. Fails or wins. 

    Oh look fluffy jumpers!!!! 

    Give me all the burgundy!?! 

    Yes, black ripped jeans you gift from heaven. 

    Why are the arm lengths so odd! Damn my alien arms! 

    Hello, sequins you glimmering gifts from god! 

    Oh, this sequin top two sizes to big won’t go over my shoulders. Joy…

    Scarfs, in need 90. 

    And don’t forget gloves I’ll forget to take out on bonfire night. 

    White fluffy, oversized polar bear jumper. COME AT ME. 

    Over sized. over priced jumpers are life. 

    OH ma daysssss, penguin umbrella! I love happy feet! Yes, please.

    Where are the fluffy socks?

    Oh you babe of them all, come here fleeced pajamas. 

    FLUFFY SOCKS WHERE ART THOU. 

    Bootie slippers, warm hugs for feet! 

    Oh hello you fluffy primark babe! £3 for three fluffy pairs with little snow flakes on. I’ll have 12. 

    Pays an unmentionable about for above products, lives of biscuits and stolen food from parents but, you need those autumnal feels! Right?  

     Ah, yes- shopping at its best.