I love prints. I’m especially partial to insect prints and I have a soft spot for insect jewellery too. I heart bird prints with almost as much devotion, and who doesn’t like florals? I just thought that today I’d put them all together and get a triple hit print fix. Too much?
Wasp print jumper- Marks & Spencer (new but not on website)
Boots- Age old Evans
Candy stripe. I can’t believe I’m wearing a candy stripe dress. It’s so girly and a big departure from the strong vibrant colours that I love so much, but as the saying goes, change is as good (almost) as a holiday. It’s not summer yet so using traditional fashion rationale, candy stripe is a completely inappropriate print for the current temperature. But I’ve been inspired.
Jacket- New Look
Can you believe the same woman who a few months ago declared that, “lilac is for little girl bedrooms and tweenage pencil cases,” is now posing for the entire internet to see, in a dress that is predominantly lilac? It appears this is the week for embarrassing public U- turns.
I saw this dress a while back but while I was instantly head over heels for it, the prospect of high customs charges put me off buying it until a couple of weeks ago now that its reduced to $49. Bargainicious. I’ve not tried any Youtheary Khmer clothes before so I was interested to see what it was like in the flesh and see what the quality and fit are like.
I usually wear a UK 26 and US 24, but this dress is a US 20 and strangely enough, fits me fine. Going by the size chart I expected the bust and waist to be a little tight but I don’t think I would have wanted it any bigger. There is no care label to specify the fibre content and wash instructions, but I think its a polyester/ elastane mix and I will definitely not be putting it in the machine because if I ruin it I will be distraught. Tumble drying is certainly not an option. Its made well and while you can see some puckering in the seams I think they would disappear when you press them as you can’t see any pucker when the dress is hung up. I was too eager to wear it straight away to faff about with any ironing nonsense. Plus, I figured that by the time it stretched over my huge frame you wouldn’t notice any minor creases anyhow.
Would I recommend it? Yes. I LOVE the Rainbow Brite shades and despite the wintry conditions all day, looking down at the mad colour mix made me smile and warmed me up.
Boots and Tights- Evans
This is the second black and white dress I’ve bought in a year. I used to avoid anything black and white but now I’ve definitely warmed to monochrome prints….
Read more here.
I’ve quite enjoyed dressing like a big green bogey today, I think it’s quite apt as I’ve had a cold for the past week and a bit. I used to HATE wearing green as a child. When I was seven I had a white dress with a green print that used to reduce me to tears whenever my mom made me wear it. I argued that I looked like a big green plant and until recent years, never wore green at all, such was the trauma. I did consider wearing this blouse over the top of the dress but I thought that might be taking the colour scheme a little too far as chartreusey yellow with the teal green was making my stomach churn a little too much (The colours are slightly more vibrant in real life than in the pic below). I’m not 100% recovered and I didn’t really want to risk throwing up in the street, induced by my own stomach wrenching colour co-ordination. So I stuck with matching teal green tights, black jacket and accessories.
Hat- Marks & Spencer
Shoe Boots- Old Evans
Necklace- Old H&M
Jacket- New Look Summer 2012
Theres nothing like a bit of discomfort to make you rethink the way you do things. A couple of weeks ago I was out in the evening and cussed all the way back home. Why? Because my head was cold. No, my head was half frozen. I’m not really a hat person- they mess up your hair, you have to have the right hair style to wear a hat, and in general I’m just not that keen. A half frozen head changed all that and I vowed to go nowhere between now and April 2013 without one. I’ve bought two since that life changing day and we are inseparable. I bought this one from Accessorize, and this one yesterday from Per Una at M&S…
It’s not on the M&S website but its the Sahara hat. It’s a bit squashed on one side in the top photo but I like it so much I may even get really bold and find a similar shape in a brighter colour. Its available in two styles, plain black or with a pink and purple ribbon around the crown, and has the added benefit of coming in two sizes as one size most definitely does not fit all. Here it is with the rest of the outfit. I guess fat girls now like hats too.
Boots- Very old Evans
I love black tie events. They give me the opportunity to dust off the fancy dresses that hardly ever see the light of day and put on my chandelier earrings. I went to one such event this past Saturday and wore my Igigi Becca dress which is on its second airing and still looking fab even though in this photo my tights are falling down and creating a horrible line. Maybe I shouldn’t have pointed that out because now you are all scrutinising the photo even more closely….
While the event wasn’t particularly great, I did win two prizes in the raffle which is extremely lucky as I only bought two tickets in the first place. I won a bottle of Captain Morgan spiced rum, and a one month fitness pass. I’m not much of a drinker of anything, especially not rum but thank you very much. Now about the fitness pass. I actually KNEW I was going to win it. How? Because the comedian host had made a fat joke a few minutes earlier. I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be ironic if the fattest woman in the room won the fitness pass right after he’s been ripping into fat people. Lo and behold…… I’m sure the irony was lost on no-one. Was I mad? No. I think I am past the point of caring about anyones negative opinions of me now. I went and claimed my second prize and sat down, very pleased with my return on my £2 spend.
Now as though that wasn’t enough, once dessert was served he then commented that the person who won the prize is really gonna have to work hard to work off the dessert. I was mid conversation with someone at this point so I didn’t even get a chance to glare at him. Would he have said that regardless of the size of the person who won the fitness pass? Possibly. Maybe the comment wasn’t particularly “fattist”, more “dessertist” ? I don’t know. More irony ahead. The dessert was NASTY. Sticky toffee pudding made with treacle and served with ice cream. You know when cake is all hard on the outside cause its been left out too long, or sliced and put in the oven? That’s was it was like. Plus it generally just tasted bad. I have 32 sweet teeth and if I don’t eat a pudding you know it must be pretty poor. So, (probably) the fattest woman in the room wins the fitness pass and doesn’t eat the dessert because its horrid, although this may have been perceived as guilt as y’know, fat people never refuse food regardless of how it tastes and she must have felt too guilty to eat it in public because she’s so big and we all just had a laugh at the expense of fatties. It’s a shame it wasn’t delicious as I would have enjoyed wolfing it down and asking for seconds. But then, that’s probably what they would have expected. Sometimes you just can’t win. Oh hang on, I almost forgot- I did. Twice.
Last week Evans took over part of an empty shop unit in the Pavillions Shopping Centre in Birmingham, and created a one day style advisory where they were inviting people in for styling advice mixed with a little pampering in the way of a free hand massage or manicure.
So in I popped and was introduced to a lovely young woman called Sarina who took my measurements and found my shape category.
Despite being busty I hadn’t accounted for my big belly (can’t see it over my boobs) which makes me slot into the “apple” category rather than “busty” which is where I thought I was. Sarina was great and talked to me about items from the range to best suit my shape and about what clothes I like to wear, etc. As you already know, I don’t really follow fashion rules but it was interesting to hear someone else’s advice on what suits me best. Looser shapes that skim rather than cling, and detail around the neckline. Like this….
After my consultation I was handed a key ring with a diagram of my shape on it to remind me, escorted to the beautican who gave me a hand massage and then taken to the store a few doors away and given a 30% discount off my purchases. The service was good and if you’re someone who never knows what to buy I would really recommend using the in store advisory to help you out.
Armed with my key ring and discount I went shopping and bought these…
After all Sarina’s hard work advising me on what works best for my apple shape I still went ahead and bought clothes designed for an hourglass figure. There’s no telling some people.
Do you have clothes that you don’t wear much because you don’t want to wear them out too quickly? This dress falls into that category. I don’t wear it often enough. This is the second time I’m putting it on, and I wore it to the same venue both times- church. At church it won’t be under much stress and will last much longer than it would if I wore it to work. Its machine washable but I still hand wash it just in case I accidentally ruin it, and I don’t drink blackcurrant or eat anything in a sauce while its on. I really ought to just stop being so precious about it- its just a dress after all- but its one of my favourites of the year so it deserves special treatment.
Boots- VERY Old Evans
Belt- ASOS. Yes, that belt AGAIN.
Remember the snake print dress from the Evans blogger challenge? I’ve not worn it since. Why not? It’s too short. The first time I wore it I found that it rode up to a shorter length than I would like so it’s stayed in my wardrobe ever since. It would be fine with leggings or with some particularly skinny jeans but too short for me personally to wear as a dress, given that I don’t generally wear dresses shorter than knee-length. Then this morning I had a brain wave. What if I dug out my £5 Next Clearance skirt from a couple of years ago and wore it with that? They both have a similar amount of flare so just maybe……..
Ya- hey! A much better length for me so today I wore it to church. The two hems are not quite parallel in this photo so I straightened them up a bit and took another photo..
Better. It worked a treat and kept me extra warm on a blustery day. Styled with my indispensable classic M&S cardi, Evans shoe boots and tights and the seemingly omnipresent gold ASOS belt that works with darn near everything it touches. Result.