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Gold, Frankenstein and Grrr

‘That’s a lovely dress,’ said the woman at the till. ‘Off to the office Christmas party?’

‘Nope!’ I replied. ‘I’m a freelancer. We tend not to get invited to office Christmas parties.’

‘Oh. Well, that’s a shame love. Going to wear it to any other Christmas parties?’

‘To be honest, I’m probably just going to wear it around the house while watching The Sure Thing for the 100th time and drinking pints of Baileys’

‘Are you taking the mick?’

When no one else wants you to attend their party, the best thing you can do is throw your own. Which is what I did on Friday. In fine Christina McMc tradition, I donned my gay apparel, went for a slap up lunch, got my hair done and then sat around my house wearing this dress with a mud mask on and an Aperol Spritz. It was better than 90% of the office parties I’ve ever attended, plus I didn’t need a taxi to cart myself to bed.

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TOP: Marks and Spencer (old, but this is very similar)

DRESS: Primark

WATCH: Daisy Dixon (which was a very lovely gift from Yours)

EARRINGS: Accessorize

SHOES: Doc Martens

I didn’t mean to buy this dress. In fact, I’d only popped into Primark to pick up a pair of tights (‘I only meant to buy a pair of tights’ will probably be written on my grave.) But, then I caught it winking at me out of the corner of my eye, and it appealed to all my tackiest, most Magpie like instincts. I never could resist a good metallic item, particularly one with such a ridiculous split up the thigh.

As it is, this dress has turned out to be way more versatile than I initially envisaged. In the past two weeks, I’ve worn it for a wintry wander around Regent’s Park, to a friend’s birthday party and while undertaking a walk of shame through King’s Cross after the aforementioned birthday party. (NEVER drink absinthe readers. Learn from my fail.) Not bad for something which cost me a fiver.

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For my make-up, I kept it simple. Red lips, gold eyes, dab of highlighter. One of my greatest achievements of 2016 was finally overcoming my fear of eyeshadow. For years, I’d veered away from it as I could never make it look ‘elegant’. Turns out that all I needed was a decent palette, proper brushes (as opposed to my former technique of mushing it all onto my face with my little finger) and roughly 100 YouTube tutorials. Who knows? Maybe at this rate, 2017 will be the year I overcome my fear of false eyelashes. Merry Christmas everyone. 

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Recipe: Chocolate Baileys Mousse

Mousse 1

We are now in that hinterland between Christmas and New Year. It’s a period where you’ve consumed most of the leftovers and the dreaded diet talk is creeping into conversations. Quite frankly, I don’t have the time or inclination to listen to Weight Watchers and their ilk when there’s still a good few days of feasting and fun left. If anyone dares lecture you about healthy eating, stick your fingers in your ears. This is no time for a guilt trip.

And besides, what better way to use up any leftover Christmas chocolate than using it to make this delectable mousse? This is light and airy, with a nice smack of Baileys to give it a bit of edge. A few years ago, I made a chocolate ice cream which (accidentally) contained half a pint of Baileys – something which I have never lived down. I’d argue that this is twice as delicious and definitely won’t give you a hangover afterwards.

This can be thrown together in a mere half hour and makes enough to feed a streets worth of people. (I found myself filling numerous pudding receptacles trying to use this up. Then, when I ran out, I just ended up eating it out of the mixing bowl in front of the TV.) Make it for a New Year’s party, or just as a delicious indulgence for yourself.

Mousse 2

Chocolate Baileys Mousse (Makes approx 6 servings)

Based on this recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi

You will need:

  • 3 medium free-range eggs
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 200g milk chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 100g dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 500ml whipping cream
  • 2 shots of Baileys
  • Milk chocolate shavings, to finish

Make it!

  1. Put the eggs and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and whisk for ten minutes until they are light and airy. (An electric mixer works best here unless you have robotic arms!)
  2. While the eggs are whisking, put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl and melt in a microwave. I recommend blasting the mixture in 40 second bursts, and stirring with a wooden spoon until they’re melted completely.
  3. With the mixer running on medium speed, add the chocolate mix to the egg mix in a steady stream – it is important to combine the two gradually but continuously, with the chocolate going into the eggs and not the other way around.
  4. Add the two shots of Baileys to the whipping cream, and whisk until it begins to firm up (when you lift the whisk, the cream dribbling off should create ribbons in the mixture before disappearing).
  5. Gently fold the semi-whipped cream into the egg and chocolate mix, and pour into serving bowls (e.g. ramekins or wine glasses). Chill for at least an hour to set.
  6. Shave some milk chocolate over the top of the mousse before serving. It should be good for 2-3 days (if it lasts that long.)
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Look what you could have worn: The Silver Edition

The Silver Edition

So strictly speaking, this outfit edit isn’t eligible for everyone’s new favourite plus-sized column, look what you could have worn. But, I got a few requests on Twitter to do a silver version of this post, and I need very little excuse to go digging around the internet for amazing clothes.

Most of the items I’ve featured here are more expensive than those you’ll find in your average plus sized retailer. But I’ve chosen them all because they take risks, and dare you to break the rules that fat women so often hear when it comes to fashion.

I often get frustrated when looking at plus sized items, because it feels like they only come in two styles – a hanky hemmed, butterfly patterned bin bag, or ‘flattering’ vintage inspired dresses. It gets so tiring to hear that another major high street brand are launching a plus sized range only to see the same things again and again. Being fat doesn’t suddenly rob you of your critical faculties when it comes to getting dressed. And I know many fat women who would be prepared to pay more for fashion which encourages them to stand out from the pack. So why should we have to put up such uninspired and tired clothes? If brands really want to convince us that ‘style has no size,’ (a campaign which is already loaded why are they not putting more effort into creating fashion forward items rather than the same old thing? To quote this fantastic piece by Bethany Rutter at The Fader, “I’m living for the day when I have access to the same range of cool, daring, understated clothes as thin women, without the side-order of condescension.”

As for my choices? Well, metallics are very in at the moment and are excellent for all those Christmas parties you’ll (no doubt) be attending very soon. And I feel like I have a duty of care to ensure that every plus sized babe reading this strides forth into the festive season swathed in shiny fabrics, looking really really bloody good.

Elvi Prima Grey Sequin Bomber Jacket

Elvi Prima Grey Bomber Jacket – £119.00

Elvi’s Prima collection features some of the best plus sized clothes I’ve ever seen. It’s all just so shiny and beautiful and clever. It’s hard to pick favourites because I want pretty much all of it (which, sadly, is unlikely to happen unless I get a massive windfall in the near future.) This sequin bomber jacket is particularly lush. I’d wear this with a jumpsuit, heels and massive hair for some serious Studio 54 vibes.

Elvi Sequin Tassel Dress

Elvi Prima Sequin Tassle Dress – £129.00

I gasped with joy when I saw this, because it incorporates two of my favourite things – sequins and tassels. It is a glorious glitterball of a dress, designed to make you look and feel like your best self. Buy this to wear for those times when you go out dancing all night and snog inappropriate people in inappropriate corners at inappropriate moments.

Pink Clove Metallic Leggings

Pink Clove Metallic Leggings – £16.00

2015 has given me a whole new appreciation of leggings, so naturally I love these. Yes, they’re a bit silly, but they’re also incredibly fun. And I love the idea of wearing something which will make you look legs look like those of a disco robot, and your ass look amazing.

Joanna Hope Foil Pleated Maxi Skirt

Joanna Hope Foil Pleated Maxi Skirt – £65.00

I’m not the biggest fan of maxi skirts, but I’m prepared to make an exception for this one. It’s a real statement piece that you can make as simple or as fancy as you like. I’d happily wear this to the office with a black t-shirt and a chunky belt, but I could also see it going well with an elegant beaded top and simple silver jewellery.

navabi Sequin Pearl Embellished Pencil Dress

navabi Sequin Pearl Embellished Pencil Dress – £227.90

Lets all take a moment here to stop what we’re doing and revel in the glory of this dress. Isn’t it magnificent? It’s just the kind of thing that a chub flapper girl would wear while bobbing her hair and necking champagne. While it’s not the most original dress I’ve ever seen, it’s certainly one of the more interesting pieces I’ve seen in a plus sized collection. So, huge props to navabi here for making something which is beautiful, luxe and daring, and which goes all the way up to a size 30 (which, sadly, is a rarity.)

Want to see what you could have worn? I’m taking requests! If you’ve seen an outfit feature in a magazine or newspaper recently, and would like to see a plus sized version, drop me a line! 

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