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


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)

 

 


Fitting In

I finally got round to wearing my new Eloquii shirt and my day at The Emporium Brierley Hill couldn’t have been a better place to wear it to. Its vintage vibe meant I slotted in neatly into my vintage and antique surroundings and even felt almost theatrical. I’ve wanted a blouse in this style for years so finding this is the highlight of my fashion year. I paired it with my handmade Beloved Endeavour skirt and I can see this is a combination I’ll be wearing often over the coming winter. What are my Dr Martens clad feet doing? I don’t know. My body changed position and my feet just said “nah”. They have their own agenda.

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Shirt: Eloquii

Skirt: Beloved Endeavour

Shoes: These are no longer available but the Dr Martens site is here

Please let me know your thoughts on the current state of plus size fashion by leaving your thoughts here. I’m gathering ideas for my next project…..


More Irregularities

I’m calling this outfit my International Footballer look. My interest in football is less than zero, however, as soon as I got dressed this morning I had an overwhelming desire to go for a kickabout. Never before in Deena history has this happened. This is partially because the polkadots on my new Irregular Choice trainers reminded me of miniature footballs, and partially because of the hybrid Italian/ Jamaican flag polo shirt that almost made me wish the World Cup was on. Almost.

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Please excuse the poor picture quality. I bought the top over the summer but I’m only just getting round to wearing it as I have to say I was a little disappointed in it but not enough to send it back. Its a bit shorter than I had expected and didn’t look as good as I hoped it would with a black denim pinafore I bought from Asos. In fact, I looked like a Rod, Jane and Freddy substitute ready to stand in for any member should they suddenly be unable to perform. I held onto it though because it’s very soft and I like the delicate pointelle knit. It’s comfortable to wear but I’m still not crazy for it. There is another colourway available- its from Simply Be.

I am however, crazy for my Irregular Choice trainers. They are from the men’s section but who cares? Why should the boys have all the polkadotty fun?

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Now these are comfy. They’re not as comfy as proper athletic trainers as they’re designed to look good rather than perform, but I have still marched around the city all day with ease and might even go and get the same shoe in another colour. At Β£29.99 I can afford to do so without breaking open the piggy bank.

Irregular Choice are now firmly back on my reality radar as I now know they’ll fit me and I have my eyes on these…

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Theres a hint of Mary Poppins about them but I don’t see that as a bad thing really. Now which colour to go for?……

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The Highest Form of Flattery

Three outfit posts in one week? I must be ill.

This outfit owes its existence to the inimitable Bethany from Arched Eyebrow. I saw her posts featuring this Asos dress some weeks ago and fell for the frock instantly. It doesn’t look like much on the Asos site but Bethany’s inspired styling and cool deameanour gave it an edge that I couldn’t ignore and I ended up buying it.

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So here I am wearing the same dress to church this week

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I’ve styled it with my “go to” church bag which I bought from Radley last year, my new Simply Be shoes and my faithful M&S cardi which I have in several colours. I figured those magnificent sleeves needed to be shown off so I’ve scrunched the sleeves up to show the floral puff shape in all its ladylike glory.

Outfit success though I think next time I’ll team the dress with a brighter bag to really pick up on the intensee floral print. I’m off to trawl the fatosphere again to see who else’s look I can copy next week….

Dress: Asos

Shoes: Simply Be

Cardigan: M&S


Portrait

The official birthday portrait. I’m at work but hey ho, gotta keep those bills paid. Grateful for life and health. Happy birthday to me.

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Dress: Vintage

Tights: Yours

Cardigan: M&S

Shoes: (covered in flour): Evans

 

 


Full on Floral

This season I’m all about a lil shoulder ruffle. Three new items of clothing bought over the past month- all three have some ruffle or another. I think that’s me taking to a trend.

I’m loving this dress and I can see me wearing it until the print fades to nothing. Its super comfy and I love that it has full length sleeves. I’m so happy full length sleeves are back in vogue as I was getting tired of cold forearms (don’t even get me started on cold shoulders). My only minor gripe about this dress is that it could do with being about 6cm longer. I’m 5ft 7 and feel a little conscious every time I rise out of a seat and have to make sure its pulled down at the back. I can wear it with leggings and do away with that issue but I prefer the look of it with tights.

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My favourite bag in my wardrobe, of which there are many. Bought from Lili’s Vintage who has a concession at The Emporium Brierley Hill as well as a Depop shop.portrait7

Loving the shoes which are also from Simply Be. Comfortable and shiny. What more does a shoe need to be?

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Shoes- Simply Be

Bag- Lili’s Vintage

Dress- Simply Be