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Photo Favourite 39 - Swimwear edition

Summer is often a hard time for plus size people, and swimwear is often a big part of that anxiety. Here i have 13 gorgeous ladies showing you that no matter your shape or size, there is swimwear out there for you

ASOS CURVE Tulle Prom Skirt with Embellishment

ASOS CURVE Tulle Prom Skirt with Embellishment review

Lindy Bop Francine rose stripe swing dress

Lindy Bop Francine rose stripe plus size swing dress

Lindy Bop Francine rose stripe swing plus size dress review

Budapest - Top things to do

top things to do in Budapest

Back in September i went on a little bloggers holiday to Budapest with Tanya. It was such a beautiful place and while there are so many things to do, here are a few of my favourites

Afternoon tea at Sketch

So, I turn the big 3 0 tomorrow, I am actually feeling ok about it; surprisingly, but I wanted to make my birthday month really special, to mark the occasion.

Afternoon tea at Sketch London review

To kick things off in style Tan suggested going to Sketch for Afternoon tea, this is something we had wanted to do for a while but just never got around to it, but the lure of its glorious pink dining room was calling for us. I suggested to make a proper day of it and go see a show afterwards. Secretly I really wanted to see Aladdin, but didn’t want to open with this as I wasn’t sure it was Tan’s thing, so suggested Kinky Boots, but when I did suggest Aladdin Tan was just as excited as me. The perfect day out was organised.

Some badass bloggers you should follow

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I have been around the blogging community for over 5 years now, meaning I have been around long enough to know who truly has a voice in this community, a voice that has never changed when certain topics became in vogue and the people who have been writing about the important topics way before anyone else started to.  So, I wanted to share a few of the bloggers that I think everyone should be reading to fully understanding what this community is about and understand the issues and prejudice we face, they are the true voices and visionaries and you will be a better person for listening to what they have to say:

Photo Favourite 38

A selection of some of my favourite plus size outfits on the internet

Banned Vanity Retro Dress

Banned Vanity Retro plus size Dress

This is a fabulous and quirky rockabilly dress by Banned Apparel, the "vanity plus dress", i give my full thoughts below. 

Why the health concern trolls can kiss my fat ass

We, and the first person is used intentionally, are not allowed to have fat as part of our identity, yet at every turn; we are reminded that we are fat. Every day, we see and hear hundreds of negative messages about weight in the world around us, from the news stories about the “obesity epidemic”, magazine covers about some celebrity’s latest weight loss or gain, advertising for weight loss products or diet foods, to public service announcements about living a “healthy lifestyle” which always imply that healthy equals thin.

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Lindy Bop Marlene riviera swing dress

Lindy Bop Marlene riviera plus size swing dress

When i think Riviera i think of  rugged cliffs, turquoise coves and pastel seaside towns and this dress encapsulates all of this with some added floral.

Where did the role models go?

These days when I read the paper (well the app on my phone) there always seems to be an article about a once fat celebrity who has now slimmed down, leaving us with very few plus size roles models and people in the public eye who are flying the fat flag. I find this quite sad, younger girls will assume that slim is the only way as even people who were once happy in their skin (such as Dawn French, Nigella Lawson and Pauline Qurike) have given in and conformed to the pressure to be slimmer. This is why I feel on-line communities like this are so important for girls, it shows that fat acceptance exists, even if its not in the public eye and gives us role models we are can actually relate to.

Brand Spotlight: City Chic clothing

City Chic isn't that new a brand to us, they have been in Australia for a while, but only became available in the UK via Evans (limited pieces of swimwear and lingerie on ASOS).

 This is what they say about themselves "Too long had we heard a curvy girl's story of a passion for fashion and nowhere to shop the hottest trends. It was time to kick start a revolution….It was time for confidently curvy girls to unite their passion for fashion. With that City Chic grew from 6 to over 100 stores across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and America, becoming the leading global plus size fashion, denim, dress and lingerie retailer with a unique to chic fit, fabric and print mix."

It is a brand that always catches my eye as they do some really beautiful dresses that fit my retro aesthetic, but also do some edgier pieces.