Sunday, 4 December 2016

Season Of The Witch

I know that its Christmas party frock season and I should by rights be showing you cocktail dresses and sequins but I like to be perverse, so  am bringing you a witchy inspired outfit instead.


I'm not usually a big fan of the cold shoulder look but this Elenora dress with mesh sleeves by Pink Clove is forcing me to make an exception.


I was sent this dress last week and in a twist of witchy serendipity I discovered a gorgeous jewellery brand called Black Moon when I visited the Clothes Show at the weekend. They sell so many beautiful spooky, Gothic pieces and I picked up this Dreamer moon necklace which is just perfect as part of this outfit.


This dress is just so fabulous for this time of year. A little bit dramatic, wintry and Gothic. Available up to a size 28 so ideal for all us fat witches.


I found this black felt hat the other day and yet again its just giving this outfit life. Its also covering up my slightly dirty hair-winning at life.
Im taking part in Vlogmas over on my Youtube channel Trying to film a little video everyday-hop on over and take a look.




   

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Girl With The Dragon Jacket

I've been lusting after satin bomber jackets featuring Japanese inspired embroidery for a while. The contrast of the luxe shiny satin with the preppy bomber shape really appeals me.
I wanted one that was a pale soft pastel shade so when I found this little beauty at Hyper Japan by the French brand Aoi  it seemed to call to me.



Who could resist a jacket the colour of a macaroon featuring a very impressive God like dude on the back? Not me. 


This jacket works so well with everything. I'm wearing it to death at the moment despite the fact its freezing and I should actually be wearing something fleecey and sensible.

Today I've worn it with a past season floaty pink ballerina skirt and a hand printed top by 1 of 1 design who produce some really beautiful clothes.


Its not escaped my notice that its also matching my hair and my new lipstick. I'm definitely not too pure to be pink.

I used to be unsure how well bomber jackets would work on my frame but I've now decided I love them. A lovely lady even stopped me in the street today to say how much she liked it-result.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Where Are The Plus Size Zombies?


Every relationship has key components in it which make it work. Mine with my husband Nicky is that after watching an episode of The Walking Dead he will indulge the following conversations 
Me:"considering the obesity epidemic there are not many fat zombies" 
Nicky: "Maybe they got eaten brains and all because they were the most juicy"
Me: "Probably but even so where are all the size 22 undead, clawing at the windows, the elastic of their leggings rotting along with their flesh, their Simply Be coat which they were so pleased had pockets hanging in tatters on their putrid but chubby shoulders?"
Nicky "Shall I draw you one?"
Me: "Yes please"



And so "DeadCurvy" was born (or reborn if you want to carry the zombie metaphor all the way) A plus size zombie who is a lady on the street (minus some bodyparts) and a freak at the human buffet. 
Sure she may no longer have brain activity and OK she has walked away from her vegan lifestyle to snack on humans but she is still sassy in a cadaver kind of way.







As usual we are offering zombie goodness in all the sizes (because in the zombie apocalypse will any of us give a shit if we are a size 8 or a size 28-Life lessons people) and you can get vests, tees, slash necks, long sleeves, we are even offering prints. Its a embarrassment of fat zombie riches and I couldn't be happier.



And the good news doesn't stop there. Its free worldwide shipping until tomorrow (yep an offer that is actually on payday-take that Blackfriday and CyberMonday) You can shop at Nicky Rockets Here




   

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Five Handmade Christmas Gift Ideas (Including a Harry Potter and David Bowie inspired one)




Creating handmade Christmas gifts is such a lovely thing to do. Its thoughtful, can be more environmentally friendly (if you upcycle things you already own) and if you don't go mad in Hobbycraft can be cheaper too. 
The important thing is to ensure that the handmade gifts you make are actually created with the person in mind. Crochet scarfs are beautiful but if your sister is a label bunny who wouldn't be seen dead in your Doctor Who  inspired neck warmer its just a waste. 
One way to combat this is to think about the person you are crafting for and really try and include some elements that are totally individual to them. A singer they love, favourite colour, their hobby. It will show that you have really given the item some thought and chances are it will be cherished, not hidden in a cupboard.
Here are five ideas I've recently created, mostly from items I already had lying around. For detailed step by step instructions take a look at the video below.

Mermaid and Crazy Cat Lady Decoupage


Decoupage (the art of sticking pictures onto items and then varnishing over them to create a glossy finish) is a really simple and effective way to create customized items for your friends and family. Old beauty boxes are great for this (you can create pretty jewelry boxes) but here I have used an old vase and gravy boat, to create gift holders. 


The crazy cat lady gravy boat was first painted and decorated with polka dots. I also made a gift tag using an old label from a dress and a scrap of ribbon from something else. 


With the vase I simply painted in any chips and then added some mermaid pictures. I've filled both of these with beauty goodies (MUA make up starts at a pound a lipstick and is cruelty free and these facemasks are also a pound)  and will finish with a cellophane wrapping.

David Bowie Photo Frame


if you are working to a budget tinier than a mouses nose then this is the project for you. I had this frame already and simply added glitter to it with PVA glue-I fixed the glitter with hairspray so it wouldn't shed. I then found a picture of Bowie on Pinterest and added a few lines of one of his songs from Labyrinth as this is for my best friend who had this song as her first dance at her wedding. You can print out quotes, make a photo collage or reproduce a poem-in a decorated frame it makes a lovely gift and will cost you only a few pence.

Pop Art Cushion


if you are fairly hopeless at crafts but still fancy creating a unique gift then this is the project for you. Here I've just used a cushion I already owned and hot glued on a sequined patch which I found on ebay for only a few pounds. It took minutes and looks really cool.

Harry Potter Gift Box


This has probably been my favorite gift project this year. Its so simple but will be such good fun for the HP fan in your life. Here I simply covered an old cardboard suitcase that had belonged to Baba in brown paper (you can get these for a few pounds at places like the works or use an old shoe box or beauty box instead)



I found some free Harry Potter printables online and glued those on too and have filled it with some very inexpensive Potter merchandise from Primark. If you are feeling super crafty you could even make your own wand from a twig. 


If you don't have the money to buy any HP stuff make a little hot chocolate kit by putting some hot chocolate powder in a clean jar, including a bag of marshmallows and a handwritten "cosy" spell. All delivered by owl post of course.



I hope you have enjoyed these Christmas Craft ideas. I would love to hear what you plan to make over the festive season. My video showing you all the steps for these projects can be viewed here, and if you like this please subscribe to my channel.





   

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Friday, 11 November 2016

Ignore Stevie-Don't Keep Your Visions To Yourself.

For many of us life feels uncertain. On an International level we see a world that appears to be falling apart, on a UK level we have a post Brexit hangover, an un-elected prime minster and many people so poor they are using food banks and deciding whether they keep warm or eat. Its hard to be positive when you feel powerless and increasingly I think a lot of us do.


I'm a great believer that when the world at large seems full of bigotry, hate and selfishness the responsibly for individuals to be even kinder, more generous and more understanding is even greater. When each of us throws out a love bomb, helps out a fellow human and stands up for others who are feeling vulnerable or marginalized we make a difference, a huge difference.
Often its hard to feel we can help others when we feel so out of control of our own lives and this is really what this post is about.
I've been a fan of vision boards for a long time and use them whenever I feel my life is just generally falling off track. 
Some like to make there vision boards on pinterest but I'm old school and enjoy printing out images, cutting out words from magazines and writing on mine in colorful pens.
I used to be quite vague in what I asked the universe for, slightly put off by the materialism attached to "The Secret" and always wary that if I asked for a bucket load of cash I would get it via compensation when a bucket fell on my head. 

The problem with being coy with your vision board is that you are denying what you really desire, if you don't state clearly what you want, how the hell are you, the universe or anyone else going to know what to give you.
A few years back I created a career vision board and for once decided to be really prescriptive. 
I cut out pictures of beautiful home offices but also of grand buildings, I wrote words like "self employed but with a pinch of security" I asked for a part time job that was not only creative but wouldn't expect me to work all day every day, Having been left feeling burnt out by all the Gordon Gecko "Greed is good" approach of the corporate world I was clear I couldn't work with sharks again and I needed to be in an environment where equality and feminism informed the power structures.
 I asked for at least two days a week to write and help run my other business. I also asked that all these ventures allow me to collect Baba from school and be with her during the holidays.
At first glance this seems like the shopping list of a self entitled dreamer, but nevertheless I pinned it to my office wall and everyday looked at it, sent out that wish to the universe and (this bit is crucial) started doing the heavy lifting on my side to try and make it happen. 
People get confused and think that by simply putting together a vision board everything will magically happen. In my experience the harder I've worked, the luckier I've become but I still believe that by sharpening my focus via a vision board and setting clear intentions I have been able to achieve what I wanted.
I asked to work in a beautiful historical building-I think we an safely say the universe delivered.

I was prompted to write this post as I walked into my beautiful part time job today. I am so blessed to teach part time at a glorious university, whose emblem is made up of suffragette colours and which was the first university to allow women to study. I balance a really rewarding teaching life with my own writing, social media and of course running a small business with my bearded partner in crime. Is my work life balance perfect? hell no, did I get exactly what I asked for? Well yes I did. 
Feeling adrift, need clarity? My advice is break out the glue stick, the scissors and some magazines and start making a collage of dreams-you never know they may become reality.
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