Item of the Week 18/01/2017

I’ve never worn a puffa jacket before but if I was going to start now I’d begin with this one. A clean stylish update of a classic. Winter fashion perfected.

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Lane Bryant Gets it Right

Once critisised for not promoting their clothes on a variety of different body shapes, Lane Bryant listens to their market and creates a series of ads featuring women of various sizes not just wearing, but using their activewear. In fact these women are athletes which also helps to dispel the myth that plus women don’t work out.

In other fitness news, Nike have extended the sizing for over 80 products (according to Refinery 29) up to a size 3XL which is about a UK 22, and are set to increase the sizing of more products in spring. About time too even though thats still two sizes too small for me so I won’t be jumping for joy just yet, even though it’s welcome news. I’m not the most active of people apart from the occasional circuit training class, but I find find it frustrating that big brand sportswear often only goes up to a size 18. If you’re bigger than that you usually have to settle for activewear ranges from regular fashion retailers like Evans, Yours etc. Brands like Pineapple and Ellesse do plus sizes but they are only available through Simply Be. Try finding anything above a size 16 on their own web pages and you’re stuck.¬† It feels as though they don’t mind taking our money but don’t really want to be associated with bigger bodies. We can wear their label across our chests but they won’t do much to acknowledge our existence. You do your fitness shopping over there, fat girl.

Whether Nike’s larger sizes will be easily available in the UK remains to be seen but I will certainly go looking. Where do you get your fitness gear from? I’m tired of my plain black leggings and need more pizazz.

 


Bright Start to the Year

The official new year’s eve portrait….

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I spent new year’s eve in church which is different to how I usually spend the evening. Usually I am at home curled up on the sofa in my PJ’s watching TV and flicking between various televised church services and Jools Holland’s Hootenanny. This year I figured I would do something a little more social and go and interract with some actual real life people, not digitised ones for a change. I’m glad I did. I saw some old students that I used to teach around 6 years ago and it was nice to see that they had grown into lovely young people. I would have missed that if I’d stayed in!

Dress- Beloved Endeavour

Blouse- Old Asos, similar one from Eloqui here

Shoes- Old Evans, similar from Debenhams here

Bag- Sold out in Topshop but there is a similar one here


The Darlene Dress is Here!

Status update! The Darlene dress is now available at belovedendeavour.com. It’s made from¬† soft stretchy velvet, with a lined bodice and centre back zip. Its available in sizes UK20- UK24 and UK peeps can get it before NYE if you order by 3pm Thursday 29th Dec. I think I’ve just found my new favourite dress!

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Medically and Toddler Approved

See the scarf? I’ve had it for over a year but I only started wearing it a few days ago. I bought it from Primark on a whim but haven’t worn it until recently and I now feel like Merlin. This humble Primark scarf has caused people to stare at me in the street and I have had a great many compliments about it. Yesterday I walked past a girl of about 2 who froze, gawped and pointed and me shouting, “scarf!” . Also yesterday I saw a nurse who said it was lovely to see someone wearing a scarf that isn’t black. Today too, I’ve had several strangers tell me how much they like it. It’s almost as though the end of my scarf has been sprinkling magic happy dust on people as I walk by- they keep telling me it’s made them smile. All this because I was in a rush and grabbed the first scarf I saw in my drawer.

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Bust first, a selfie. Toilets at Harvey Nichols BIrmingham.

So in celebration of this medically and toddler approved piece of neckwear I’m running a contest. Do you have a bright scarf that makes you or others smile whenever you wear it? If so, show me! Post it to Instagram and tag it #toddlerapprovedfashion and I will give the best one a 30% discount at belovedendeavour.com against any order. I’ll pick a winner on Sunday. While you’re on Insta, please follow me @fatgirlclothes or my new “official” account @belovedendeavour. Much appreciated and I’m looking forward to seeing your pics!

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The rest of the outfit above:

Coat- Thrifted

Hat- Hatman

Jeans- Yours

Bag- Kipling (Which coincidentally is called Deena!)

Boots- Dr Martens (mine are years old but here are some other boots by DM)

Jumper- Yours (bought last year but here’s a link to another sparkly jumper they do)

 

 


New Shop Item!

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WE ARE LIVE!

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OHMYGOODNESSME. At long last, belovedendeavour.com is now LIVE. Its mostly vintage with one brand new dress called the Marley Mesh Dress which is available now in sizes 18, 20 and 22.

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I am currently working on building our offering of brand new modern pieces but of course this will take time. As the homepage says, it’s a labour of love so I am here beavering away with a smile to bring you more great clothing. More updates coming soon. In the meanwhile, please stop by the site and let me know your thoughts!