Friday, 26 October 2018

Plus Size Autumn Style

There is a reason why autumn is my favourite season and its not just because I get to decorate the house with pumpkins and sprinkle cinnamon on everything. Autumn clothes are always the best. 

Braving the windy prom in my Check dress by Unique 21

Nothing says Autumn more than green tartan and this check dress by Unique 21 is satisfying all my grunge nostalgia as well as making me feel like I should be in Heathers. 

Its been a while since Ive shot an outfit post so of course it chose to be both windy and rainy on the one  free morning I had to do these shots. Luckily this dress is incredibly cosy and I was able to shoot some decent shots without freezing to death. 

The green and blue colour way of this dress looks so great with black tights

I am loving how this has both long sleeves and a button up collar. Its quite rare to get a collared dress over a size 16 which also has long cuffed sleeves. 

the confident smile of a woman who knows she has used enough hairspray to save her beehive from the October gale

Sizing on this is fairly true. Im particularly impressed with the fit on the upper arms. if you are blessed in the bust department you might size up (sort of wish I had now) This dress is available in sizes 16-26 on the Unique 21 site and also in a size 28 here
*Outfit was gifted for review but this isnt a paid review-I really liked the frock.

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Mio Skincare Liquid Yoga Bath Soak

I’ve been on a rather long blogger hiatus. Lots of reasons which are not particularly interesting but a big part of this has simply been that I'm super busy with work and family. So it seems fitting that my first product review of 2018 is  Mio Skincare’s Liquid Yoga Bath Soak A cruelty free, vegan bath product to help promote well being. Perfect.

Liquid Yoga claims to be your personal masseuse in a bottle; helping relax tight, stressed shoulders and soothing tired, achy bodies. This sounds pretty good and active ingredients such as Magnesium-rich Epsom salts and Arnica as well as essential oils all suggest they will help create a rather lovely bath. Importantly, it is Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) free.

What the heck does that mean? Well these two ingredients are probably in almost anything you have that makes bubbles in your home – go ahead check your shampoo, your bubble bath, your dishwashing liquid, your kitchen floor cleaner and your car shampoo. Weird, eh?. Plus it’s a well-known skin irritant linked to all kinds of not-so-nice things.

Liquid Yoga is totally free from parabens, petrolatum, colourants, xenoestrogens, PEGs and phthalates and Mio are committed to ensuring all of their products are cruelty free and this product is also vegan.
But what is the bath soak like I hear you ask? I’m pleased to report  Its absolutely gorgeous. Bright green in colour its smells wonderful. This is due to an incredible blend of essential oils and extracts, including Mentha Arvensis Leaf Oil, Citrus Lemon Peel Oil, Cypress Leaf Oil and Lavender, all chosen to help ease and relax muscles.
This is a soak so no bubbles, just beautifully scented water which doesn’t leave your skin greasy (a real bug bear of mine with other oil based soaks)
The Epsom Salts definitely left me feeling a lot more relaxed after a very long day which included hours of driving and the Andiroba Oil and Fig Extract softened up my craggy old skin really well.
Appearance wise the bottle is quite functional looking but with this product it really is all about the contents.

It’s called Liquid Yoga so was no doubt formulated to help yoginis unwind after a busy day of downward dogs but it’s actually perfect for anyone man, woman, beast (yes I bathed Dougal the Poogle in my used bath water and he liked it)
Mio have also created a guide for how to positiviely deal with workplace stress.
 I am someone who drinks a lot of coffee and does a lot of work at home and I think that is something Im not going to be able to change anytime soon. What I can do though is have a little bit of "me time" in the bath. Well 1 out of 3 isnt bad.

Liquid Yoga is available from Mio and can also be found in Boots, John Lewis and on Amazon.

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Aging And The Fourth Wave Of Feminism

This weekend the writer and presenter June Sarpong has released her book Diversity for Harper Collins. Containing the tagline “because the world is separate enough” I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on this.
In an article for Elle Sarpong discusses how she, as someone of Ghanaian heritage (where age brings with it a certain reverence where older women are valued for their wisdom and experience ) finds the Western distain for aging perplexing saying:
Older women who have experienced life have so much to offer us in terms of balancing work and family life, thriving in male-dominated environments and pioneering different approaches to challenges, whether that be inflexible hours for working mothers or pay barriers.
Its timely to be reading all this as I have also been thinking about this subject for quite a while. Why are attitudes towards women over thirty so problematic? not least by women as they approach certain age milestones.
I am forever reading how “hard” aging is for women. Daily we are encouraged to invest in “anti-aging” remedies. The subtext being that for a woman to look anything other than twenty-two is to somehow fail one of the invisible tests of femininity.  
The patriarchy suggests in its whiney little Nigel Farage voice, that to have currency, women must appear youthful, juicy, fertile. Don’t let the bloom fall off the rose.
Depressing statistics regularly suggest the socio-economic landscape favours men, and that women leaving the workplace to have children struggle to play catch up upon their return but is that the only reason women so often bemoan the privilege of getting older? Could it be that we have allowed our eyes to be averted from the glorious power that women in their forties, and onwards possess?
When I see women in their early thirties freaking out about “getting older” discounting other women because they are “past it” I feel a reinforcement of a distorted mythology around women and aging.
I can totally see why they are conditioned to feel that way but also feel unable to indulge such short-sighted views on the most inevitable aspects of the human condition- we all get older.
 Isn’t it time we stopped talking in a baby voice? Shouldn’t we stop wanting to be infantilised? When we post memes about not wanting to “adult” are we maybe just being really fucking lame?
Being an adult isn’t just about paying bills and having responsibilities, it’s about having enough experience to compare and contrast. It’s about knowing more than the narrow prescribed curriculum you studied at school because you have actually had time to fall in and out of love with different people, music, books, art.
Growing older means you can have had an Egon Schiele and a Lempicka phase and know why you no longer need to hang up art prints to prove you are smart. Growing older means you own your likes and dislikes and are no longer ashamed to admit that The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole  is still one of favourite books but feel confident to bring up The Yellow wallpaper even if it is a bit obscure and involves ideas around madness and toxic interior design.
The question we need to ask ourselves is whether appearing young and sweet and attractive is more valuable to us than possessing wisdom? If knowledge is power surely increasing in years should be the goal. And yes, that includes looking older.
Perhaps part of our resistance to aging are the options we feel are on offer. 
Are the only choices we have as women Maiden, Mother, Crone?  A bright young thing, a caregiver  and then someone waiting to be pushed out to sea on a boat made of poor pension pay-outs?  Could there not be a fourth way?
Feminists like Jennifer Baumgardner  have argued  since 2008 for a fourth wave of feminism, a movement with an  increased focus on intersectionality, including the repudiation of trans-exclusionary radical feminism and a focus on solidarity with other social justice movements.
Perhaps we also need to identify a new status that transcends ideas of women either being girls or mamas or matriarchs and, instead identifies us as wisdom gatherers and policy creators. Not yet crone but crone in waiting?
I’m not a young woman, I’ve been a young woman. I’ve moved onto a new life stage which is more varied and complex and rich than ever before and its intoxicating. 
Ignore the bogeyman of ageing  He (and it is patriarchal thinking that encourages this mind-set) is too distracting. There is much work to do to create equality in the workforce especially for WOC and for our sisters in other countries, still struggling to access rights we take for granted. 
There are real things for us to worry about but the physical appearance of growing older is not one of them.

As Le Tigre sing in Hot Topic

Carol Rama and Eleanor Antin
Yoko Ono and Carolee Schneeman
You're getting old, that's what they'll say, but
Don't give a damn I'm listening anyway

Our tents dont need to be red but we do need to start openly revering the process of ageing. Not respecting in some patronising head patting way but actually acknowledging how time more than anything else gives us the opportunity to become more educated and more empathetic.

Don't give a damn to what society tells you, I'm listening anyway.

Diversity By June Sarong is available to buy now


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