Wednesday, 15 October 2014

How the other half live...

I've often lusted after clothes on US websites for their prettiness, their edginess, their, WOW-ness:

So on my recent visit stateside I was hoping to be wowed by the options as I wandered the streets of Boston and New York. 

I was very disappointed. I was keeping an eye open for a Torrid store and a Forever21, but didn't see any until my last few days in New York, but as we were hitting the touristy joints in New England, it's not surprising.

I was even more disappointed by what met me in Macy's Woman section. An entire floor for the plus size ranges and the petite section - a DREAM I thought! 

I was able to look at the Jessica Simpson collection - but it was full of nasty cheap material. As was most of the floor if I'm honest - it was an absolute fire risk - the amount of shiny polyester blends was just not necessary!

An expensive price tag, but a cheap material. I didn't try this on as I was sweating as soon as looking at it! Also, wrap dresses. I have some in my wardrobe, but the entire floor seemed to be variations on the wrap dress theme. I was bored of them by the time I got to this one!

But there were some gems though, including this Calvin Klein skirt:

And this entire outfit, from the tweed cape, the lace collar effect ruffle Victorian top of WOW, to the leggings. Ralph Lauren just created my top of dreams there, and that cape is **kiss emoji** (ie: I have no words!)

We did venture over to Old Navy after Macy's, from the designer to the high street, just by crossing the street!

The Old Navy store on West 34th Street is possibly the flagship store, given the size, and sheer volume and range of stock. I was surprised to see such a large about of 4X's on the rails, along with the XS's - and so, armed with an armful of options, I headed into the changing room. 

I was hoping to pick up a few pieces, and was hoping for this to be a loose fitting shirt dress:

And if it hadn't been long sleeved, I would have snapped it up - no gaping to be seen, and a really nice length on me too. Shame about my weird always hot thing - otherwise it would have crossed the Atlantic with me!

Now, looking at this shirt as a jacket combination, I did have to spend a little bit of time thinking why I didn't get it - and I think it was down to price - and for a lumber jack shirt, I did think the price was a little steep.

In the end, I came from my awesome holiday with 2 pieces of clothing - my Boston hoodie, and an awesome Human Rights Campaign T Shirt from Provincetown.

The amount of stylish fats I saw in the NYC was rather few, and I was a little disheartened. I was expecting the streets to be full of fashionable fats. 

Seems like the clothing options are NOT always better on the other side of the sea!

Much love my lovelies, 

K x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Fatty Bechdel Test

One of the greatest things that has come out of me writing irregularly on the internets, is being a part of the wonderful plus size community. Most of this is based on the shared frustrations of the plus size fashion retailers (which is getting WAY better in recent years), and the anger in how fellow fats are represented in the media. 

I've not really used this space to talk about these kinda issues, and I'm not really sure why!

I'm lucky enough to be a part of a community, where when the hive mind has an idea, there is a wonderful person who can put these ideas into practice: which is what we got with the Fatty Bechdel Test

The Bechdel test itself works on the premise that some (most) female characters are just a plot device to talk about the male characters. 

Take the strong female pairing of River Song and Amy Pond. Two strong women who seem like good role models. Right? Wrong - when you look at it, they spend most of their time on screen together talking about The Doctor. So are they just a plot device? 

And that is what the Hive mind wanted to look at in terms of plus size characters in film and TV: are they just a plot device, or do they have a purpose. 

Now, the idea behind this is new, and relying on the Hive mind (us) to suggest plot devices, characters, films, and TV shows to 'rate'. We are then able to vote as to whether we feel a character does or doesn't meet certain standards - and therefore whether that show passes the Fatty Bechdel test. 

I have suggested and rated the character of Sookie St James in the Gilmore Girls as a character who passes the test, from my point of view, but having just checked, I've seen other ratings which someone else does not feel that she is as perfect an example as I might think. And that is okay. 

So go, check this website out, join in the rating and suggestions process and let me know what you think.

Do we even need a Fatty Bechdel test? Or is it long over due?

Much love my lovelies, 

K x

Friday, 26 September 2014

Suits You... Nikki

For this month's Suits You challenge, I have the adorable Nikki!

I had the pleasure of meeting Nikki at last year's PlusNorth, and know for a fact she could wear ANYTHING!

I would, however, love to see her in something like this:

Now, jumpsuits aren't something I get away with and I feel a bit mean putting someone else in one without rocking one myself (bending my knees so there is no bunching in my crotch!

Anyway, enough about me, how awesome would Nikki look in that ASOS jumpsuit? I wanted to see her with her hair slicked back, with stilletos and an 80s blazer - a killer power dressing vibe!

But then I spotted this blazer:

And felt this, with Nikki's natural assets, this would would BANGING with that monochrome jumpsuit! 

As always, check out the other styling efforts of our little group:

Leah - who is styling me this month

What do you think? An outfit worth lusting after? Or a miss?

Much love my lovelies,

K x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Suits you.... Lisa-Marie

Sorry for being ridiculously late in posting this months (August) Suits You Challenge, but I think it might be worth the wait!!

I've trawled through the lovely Lisa Marie's Instagram feed, and spotted a lot of jeans and T Shirt combinations - which were all as good as this one:

Oooh, I'd love to see the lovely Lisa Marie in something like this Ax Paris Neon Shirt Dress:

With black skinny jeans it's not too far away from her usual style, but still think that it's a bit of a departure!

To keep it cool, black jeggings or jeans, with this fluorescent satchel:

And some biker boots for good measure!

The other wonderful ladies who are styling each other are:

Katherine - who is styling me this month

What do you think? Would you wear this? Do you think Lisa would Suit it?

Much love my lovelies, 

K x

Bloggers versus...

A few things have happened this week which has-a-got me thinking.

Are plus size bloggers a breed apart?

What I mean to say is, are we so different to what the mass consumers want from fashion brands?

Events like Plus North brings brands and bloggers and non-bloggers together to talk about collections, about our gripes and our loves and our wishes. And I left with an idea that brands were understanding our hopes for the future of fat fashion. 

But this comment on Facebook made me wonder if we were alone:

This was over the Kelly Brook range stopping at a size 26, and only having 5 items available up to a size 32, all of which were black or a darkish print. 

Is it just that our voices are the loudest, shouting for people to bare arms, get the VBO out and wear what on earth they wanted? Are we a minority? If we are, then we need to shout louder, and have more people wanting to wear this beaut in a bigger size than a 26:

Fighting the fight is all well and good though,but we need to drown out voices like those behind this DeBrief article, which perpetuates the ideas that there are rules to follow when it comes to shape, and size and confidence. 

It just keeps the voices in our heads telling us that it doesn't suit, or it's too short, or the wrong colour for our complexion, or or or the list goes ON. The voices are loud enough without articles like this adding to the angst and anguish. 

Come on everyone, we need to make our voices louder and make people listen.

Much love my lovelies, 

K x

Friday, 12 September 2014

Fat Swap Spoils

The final part of Plus North this year was a community day - where we were able to talk to people we hadn't been able to spend much time with so far. 

As part of this community day was a Fat Swap. I'd heard of these awesome things, but not had the pleasure of going to one. 

I took 8 items, and left with 8 different items. It is that simple. But it's a first come first served basis, so my elbows were sharpened and ready to dig out the best and brightest!

A New Look Inspire dress, and Next jersey blazer - all new to me, and a great look for the office!

A Matalan tunic with an owl print skirt - I paired with my black jeans for a relaxed office look!

HELLO Leaf print skirt of tropical dreams.

I also came away with some Clements Riberio, a couple of tshirts and a waist coat. I also spotted this picture of Emma, so I know my clothes have gone to happy new homes:

Much love my lovelies, I wouldn't swap you lot for the world though,

K xx

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

ModCloth Convert

I've known about ModCloth for a over a year now, but it is one of those websites that once you enter, you fall down that rabbits hole and end up spending FAR too much on lots of pretty things, like when I first found Domino Dollhouse!

So I warn you now - enter this website at your own risk!

My first purchase was from the lovely Boo Brown's Blog Sale, but I've not worn it properly yet, so in my mind, it doesn't count!

I bought this beaut from Lolly's eBay, but collected it at Plus North last weekend:

A bit of a weird fit over the bust, if I'm honest. It's room up top, but the  buttons still gape - I'm thinking a running stitch to stitch the buttons closed may fix a little of that issue, but the print, and fit else where, is just too lovely!!

And a cheeky little owl for good measure!! The sad thing is, it doesn't seem to be available online any more. Sorry my lovelies!

I also caught the lovely Elena selling this beaut at Plus North, and fell for whole dress. I even coined the word 'dress-gasm', it was that awesome!!

The collar, the print, the POCKETS! Honestly, pockets in dresses make me beyond happy!

Yes, I might be a recent ModCloth convert, but I'm trying to stagger my obsession a little, but I mean:

Much love my lovelies, 

K x