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Is there some sort of jumpsuit helpline I can call? I only ask because I’ve gone and bought another one of the things. Although looking at it, can you really blame me?

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JUMPSUIT: Pink Clove

BOOTS: Vintage

NECKLACE: Gogo Philip

EARRINGS: Black Heart Creatives

Maybe it’s because I left it too long (January payday elicited this reaction from me) but I’ve been really disappointed in the sales this year. Every thing I’ve found is either fugly, fussy or not in my size. So – if you’ll pardon the pun – I jumped for joy when I saw this brilliant 1970s inspired jumpsuit. In a world where plus sized women are told that they shouldn’t wear big, attention grabbing prints, it feels so daring. I look like I’m coming to steal your man and drag him back to my Abigail’s Party themed love nest.

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This is the second Pink Clove jumpsuit I’ve bought recently, and it probably won’t be my last. It’s a great fit with plenty of stretch, particularly around the boobs and shoulders (I know I keep saying it, but there’s nothing worse than trying to wriggle your way out of a poorly designed garment when you’re desperate for a wee.) The wide legs mean you’re best off wearing heels rather than flats so you’re not constantly tripping over yourself. I can totally imagine wearing this on the Cote d’Azur back in the day and being the height of fashion. 

The best thing about this jumpsuit though? It’s currently on sale for £12. I’ve bought snack foods more expensive than that.

1975 Red

I’ve been so miserable about my face over the past few weeks. The January weather has done a real number on it, meaning I’ve been riddled with gigantic spots, dry skin and eczema, particularly around the eye area. It’s taken a lot of work, face masks and various other moisturising potions, but I finally feel as though I’ve turned a corner. While I don’t think that selfies should only be shared when you’re looking 100%, I’m thrilled with how good my skin looks here, particularly when complemented by a dash of Charlotte Tilbury’s 1975 Red lipstick.  Here’s hoping that February is kinder to all of us manky skin sufferers!

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The return of the Fat White Duke

I don’t wish to speak too rashly, but I believe that this Pink Clove jumpsuit may be the perfect jumpsuit. It’s chic, comfy and can be worn to every event going (important work meetings, walking through the snow while listening to David Bowie or just dates where you just sit around with your mates eating massive grilled cheese sandwiches.) Best of all, it doesn’t have a zipper meaning you don’t have to dislocate your shoulder trying to unzip the bloody thing when you need a wee. Trust me, when you have a tiny bladder and like to stay hydrated, these things are important.

Work pyjamas

JUMPSUIT: Pink Clove

BELT: Little Mistress (taken from this jumpsuit)

SHOES: ASOS (out of stock, but these are similar)

EARRINGS: Black Heart Creatives

LIPSTICK: MAC Dita Von Teese Red

Oh look it's my kitchen

I’ve seen a similar ASOS Curve version of this on Bethany and Charlotte, and admired how they’d dressed it up to suit their own unique styles. My current favourite way to wear this is with a big belt, big earrings and some silver brogues. However, I also think it would be equally as good with a statement necklace and a pair of heels. Its simplicity makes it incredibly versatile.

The best part about it though is the fit. It’s true to size with just enough stretch, meaning you can slip in and out of it in a trice. I’m 5ft 7 and the pant leg fits perfectly. The crotch doesn’t sag and it makes my arse look amazing. A friend recently described it as looking like a cross between a tuxedo and ‘work pyjamas,’ which is pretty accurate.

BHC earrings

I commissioned Black Heart Creatives to make me some (very silly and ostentatious) palm tree earrings last year which go perfectly with this outfit. They make me feel like Bootle’s answer to Pat Butcher which – in my opinion – is a strong look for 2016.

 

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Jump Jump

Last week saw me travel to London to do a professional baking course, write a huge presentation about cake, go to a wonderful cookery night with Great British Chefs, come home, wake up at 7am the next day to travel to Birmingham to give a presentation about fa(t)shion blogging at BlogCamp (hello to everyone I met there! Thanks for listening to me go on about myself!) and then travel back to Liverpool for my to my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s hen night where I did a lot of awkward dancing, drank one too many cocktails, and wore a pretty snazzy sequined jumpsuit. No wonder I’m bloody knackered.

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Jumpsuit

I appear to be working some remarkably impressive ‘resting bitch face’ in this picture.

A chubby Elsie Tanner

JUMPSUIT: Little Mistress
BOOTS: Vintage
LEOPARD PRINT COAT: Vintage (Ebay)
EARRINGS: Gogo Philip

I’d originally purchased this jumpsuit to wear to my DJ’ing extravaganza last month, but due to a delivery cock-up, it didn’t arrive in time. I’ll let Little Mistress off the hook this time though, because this jumpsuit is absolutely glorious. It’s chic with just the right amount of razzle-dazzle, and wearing it with my leopard print coat made me feel like one of those glamorous bitchy women you’d see in a 1980s soap opera. Best of all (with a bit of manipulation), I could zip the back up-and-down by myself without having to ask anyone for help crawling out of it when I needed a wee. Although this did lead me to think that the person who invents a jumpsuit with a handy flap – thereby allowing women to pull down the appropriate section for toileting – will make millions.

One note of caution though – this is an item obviously created with the taller woman in mind. I’m 5ft 7 and wearing a size 20 here, and the legs fit beautifully, without dragging on the floor. However, if you’re a touch shorter, consider taking the legs up a notch, or wearing skyscraper heels so you don’t end up tripping over yourself all evening.

MAC lipstick

Seeing as it was pay day and, well, I felt like it, I also invested in a new lipstick – MAC’s All Fired Up – purchased from the hottest branch of MAC (both in terms of heat and the attractiveness of staff) I’ve ever been in. In the tube, it looks almost fuschia, but I found it to be a gorgeous shade of red-pink once it was on my lips. It’s from their Retro Matte range which means it’s very matte, and last ages, but can be a bit drying. However, I love it, and have already added it to the rotation of ‘lipsticks I carry around in my handbag in case of emergency’. (The emergency of course being that I need to apply lipstick.)

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A jumpsuit. A tattoo.

I’ve spent the past few days in London doing a few of my favourite things – drinking pints with excellent people, eating pizza in bed in my pants, getting tattooed and making people dance. On Saturday night, I DJ’ed at Playhouse in Stoke Newington with Bethany, so decided to break out my new jumpsuit for the occasion.

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Jumpsuit: Little Mistress

Camisole top:  George at ASDA

Necklace & earrings: Black Heart Creatives

Boots : Vintage

I’ve always been a bit wary of jumpsuits for a number of reasons – not least how do you go for a wee when you’re wearing one? but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s pretty true to size, not too long in the leg (I’m 5ft 7, and found that the pant legs didn’t drag on the floor if I wore heels with it), and surprisingly comfortable. However, a word of warning. This is not built for the busty lady. Like most items of Little Mistress clothing I’ve bought, it’s very low cut, so I’d recommend wearing a camisole top underneath it if you don’t wish to flash your bra at the general public. It’s also remarkably difficult to zip up (and down), so make sure you have a trusted friend on hand who is willing to help you wiggle out of it when nature calls.

Selfie featuring jumpsuit and vintage boots

I’m also totally in love with the white ankle boots I’m wearing here, which I found in a vintage shop in Liverpool for £1 (!!)  Not only did they perfectly complement the ’80s business bitch’ look I was looking for, but they were surprisingly comfortable (a definite plus when you’re attempting to bust-a-move to Donna Summer.) Selfie I’ve rediscovered Illamasqua’s satin finish lipstick in Glissade, which is the most perfect shade of hot pink. I’ve found that if you fill your lips in with the accompanying lip pencil and then layer the lipstick over it, it lasts forever. You can even eat crisps wearing it without it smudging or coming off in clumps, which is no mean feat. New tattoo

I also got my 7th tattoo (sorry Mum) this weekend, courtesy of the amazing Rose Whittaker at Shangri-La in Dalston. Rose has inked a few of my friends, and I absolutely love her work. Getting this done was one of the nicest tattoo experiences I’ve had  – Rose is friendly, funny and a total babe to boot. I’m so happy with the finished result, and am thinking of calling my bare naked lady ‘Ernestine.’ (It seems like a good fit, don’t you think?)

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