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Candy Stripes

The weather has been absolutely glorious in Liverpool recently, so Mr. McMc and I decided to make the most of it by getting out of the house and soaking up some sunshine. On Sunday, we went to see the (incredible) Francis Bacon ‘invisible rooms’ exhibition at Tate Liverpool, followed by a long walk by the River Mersey and a pint in The Baltic Fleet – possibly the only pub I’ve ever found which has a sea shanties night every Saturday.

Good weather doesn’t tend to last long in this part of the world, so I used it as an excuse to finally throw out the tights and break out the summer dresses, like this glorious ice cream striped rockabilly shirt dress from Lindy Bop.

Me Candy Striped 2

The colours of this dress remind me of the seaside, 99 ice creams with raspberry sauce and neon pink sticks of Blackpool rock. One thing to note is that it is quite tight around the bust, particularly with the buttons, so you might need to size up if (like me) you’re blessed with rather large boobs.

I teamed this outfit with a delightful pom-pom studded wicker bag that I found in Primark (!!) which will be just the thing to cart my stuff around in when I go on holiday in a fortnight.

Candy Stripe 2

SUNGLASSES: Monki

DRESS: Lindy Bop

CARDIGAN: Collectif (old)

BAG: Primark

SHOES: Primark

EARRINGS: Topshop

NECKLACE: Tatty Devine (old)

Nyx Lipstick in Sao Paolo

I’ve really gotten into NYX’s soft matte lip creams recently as they’re a relatively cheap way to try out bold, bright colours. They’ve got pretty decent staying power and don’t crack as they dry (which is more than can be said for other budget brands I’ve tried.) I’m wearing San Paulo here which is a gloriously vibrant shade of pink and which I know will be great for summer.

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Plus Sized Powerhouse

November is here, and I couldn’t be happier. After the crap fest which was October, I am more than ready for a month laden with nice things (Cinnamon topped treats! A holiday to Utrecht! Thanksgiving! My birthday!)

I kicked off my month of indulgence in London this weekend, where Mr. McMc and I ate our own body weight in noodles at X’ian Impression, went for a long walk down the South Bank, had an incredible brunch at The Spoke in Archway, visited The World goes Pop exhibit at Tate Modern, and got rather tipsy on cheap beer while arguing with my friend Michael about Pep Guardiola’s Mancunian loyalties. And I did all this while wearing a pencil skirt which gave me a very obvious VBO (visible belly outline.)

Me - roll neck/skirt/coat Me - rollneck/skirt/no coat

Coat: Marks & Spencer

Roll neck: Marks & Spencer

Skirt: Lindy Bop

Shoes: ASOS (old)

Necklace: Primark

Handbag: And Other Stories

My face

I love this outfit because it breaks all sorts of rules about what plus sized women should wear. My tits look like a shelf, and the skirt’s not very flattering to my midriff area. But I’ve worn it a number of times over the past few weeks because it’s snuggly, chic and makes me feel like an office friendly Bet Lynch.

I have quite a visible tummy which I used to be incredibly paranoid about. I tried everything to tame it – baggy skirts, control top tights, industrial strength shape wear – and yet it still pooched out whenever I wore tight fitting clothes. So, I became stuck in that catch-22 familiar to all fat girls. Either I wear kaftans and mumu’s for the rest of my life (which would be comfortable, but not always practical), or just deal with the fact that my belly was always going to get in the way of things. I chose the latter option.

I didn’t realise just how empowering this decision would make me feel until I got some pictures back from a meeting I chaired a few months ago. In them, I have a very visible VBO, but look like an A+ power bitch. It turns out that if you carry yourself with confidence, no one will give a shit about your belly. And if they do, their opinion on fashion probably isn’t one you should listen to anyway.

This isn’t to say that I’ve ceremonially burnt all my shape wear. But I don’t feel as though I need to wear it in order to look ‘good.’ Besides, I still haven’t forgiven my Spanx for giving me a cracking blister on my thumb after I tried to pull them up while pissed.

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Start Wearing Purple

If there’s one thing my family like, it’s a wedding. After all, it’s the perfect excuse to get dressed up AND get drunk. What’s not to love? So, when my brother Daniel got married to his wonderful fiancee Kathy at Manchester Town Hall last Saturday, it was bound to be one hell of a party. I was honoured to be asked to be a bridesmaid, along with my sister  Charlotte, and Kathy’s sister, Karen, and we carried out our duties with aplomb. We danced, we drank prosecco, we cried and (most importantly), we all looked really bloody good.

What a bunch of beauts, eh?

What a bunch of beauts, eh?

Bridesmaids

Kathy kindly told us that we could choose our own dresses, so long as they were purple. While it’s a bit of a cop-out for a fat woman to wear something in a 50s style when she wants to dress up (seriously plus sized designers, we’re not all femme!) I wanted to wear something simple yet swishy – if only so I could swirl around pretending to be Kate Bush in the Wuthering Heights video at some point during the wedding disco.

This ‘Grace’ dress from Lindy Bop was adorable without being too fussy (even if I’m not a huge fan of the black piping on it.) Plus, it has just the right amount of stretch to accommodate my mega boobs. You may laugh, but this is no mean feat.

Picture by Claire Legg Photography

Picture by Claire Legg Photography

DRESS: Lindy Bop

CARDIGAN: Collectif

PETTICOAT: Vivien of Holloway

SHOES: ASOS

EARRINGS: Etsy (vintage)

Doesn’t my make-up look good too? Praise be to professional make-up artists, MAC’S Russian Red and the dark arts of contoring. There’s something a bit gutting in the knowledge that this is the best I’m probably going to look all year. Maybe I should just wear false eyelashes more often.

Picture by Claire Legg Photography

Picture by Claire Legg Photography

A charming picture of me and my sister

A charming picture of me and my sister

Picture by Claire Legg Photography

Picture by Claire Legg Photography

It was a wonderful, beautiful day, and I was so happy to be a part of it. Congratulations Dan and Kathy. Here’s to many many years of happiness.

Picture by Claire Legg Photography

Picture by Claire Legg Photography

 Many of the pictures in this post were taken by the amazing wedding photographer Claire Legg. 

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Style icons: Norma Desmond

Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond

On Friday, I had a day off work, a ‘night at the darts’ induced hangover, and a stinker of a mood. In such circumstances, there’s only one cure – to boil up a pan of Bailey’s spiked hot chocolate, curl up on the sofa and watch old movies. I’m currently making headway through all the classics I can rustle up on (American) Netflix; All About Eve, Mommie Dearest, Of Human Bondage, Mildred Pierce and the most meta-old-Hollywood film of them all, Sunset Boulevard. 

If you’ve never seen Sunset Boulevard, drop everything and watch it now. Seriously. This blog post will still be here when you get back. Not only is it one of the most brilliant film noirs ever made (the body in the swimming pool! The monkey funeral! That final scene!) but it features the magnificent Gloria Swanson – titan of the silent screen, stone cold fox and all round bad-ass. These brilliant Scandals of Classic Hollywood pieces goes into great detail about why she was so legendary, but tldr; she owned a gold plated bathtub, had six husbands and spent $10,000 a year on lingerie. If that’s not aspirational, I don’t know what is.

Norma Desmond smoking

Norma Desmond, the doomed heroine of Sunset Boulevard, is undoubtedly her best role. Clad in oodles of jewels and leopard print everything (even her car features a leopard print lining), she is a glamorous spider luring the naive Joe Gillis into her web. Her style throughout the film is utterly flawless, always skirting the edges of being over the top yet jaw-droppingly glamorous. These are the outfits you wear when you want to command a man or a room. If you fancy unleashing your inner Norma, here’s an outfit you can wear so you’re always ready for your close-up (Mr. DeMille.)

Etsy Leopard print turban Lipsy Animal Print Heeled Sandals Lindy Bop winnie-vintage-vamp-40s-50s-style-dress-with-leopard-print

ASOS Handmade Acetate Cat Eye Sunglasses Bill Skinner Gold Plated Leopard BangleEbay cigarette ring

TOP ROW:  Turban, Etsy. Shoes, Lipsy.  Dress, Lindy Bop.

BOTTOM ROW: Sunglasses: ASOS. Bangle: ASOS. Cigarette holder: Ebay.

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