You shouldn’t wear – #WeAreTheThey

Hi all!

Along with all the amazing work Debz has done with the creation and promotion of #WeAreTheThey, Debz has now set us a challenge to show that we should not have to “live by fashion rules” when you are plus size. Sometimes rules are made to be broken – and god knows will my wild, bright, clashing style I tend to break a few!

Everybody seems to believe that plus-sized people want to hide away and only wear super flattering clothes – and god forbid you show a little bit of VBO! With that in mind, I chose…You shouldn’t wear tight clothes!

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I decided on this outfit I wore a few weeks back for Easter but didn’t post! The skirt is from Primark, and is white (another rule broken) with a watercolor style pattern and a mesh panel. The jumper is an oldie but firm favorite in a crop style from Simply Be which I’ve had so much wear out of but just keeps washing well and looking as perfect as when I first got it.

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I teamed this outfit with mermaid hair clips and my peacock summer wig from the wonderful Geisha Wigs! I have altered mine by straightening and adding a Betty fringe as she was a little too long in the fringe for me and I’m glad I did because I love the finished look.

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I wore this to family dinner and felt happy and comfortable. Here’s a rare picture of my wonderful partner Adam who sticks by me no matter what. He calls me beautiful and supports me no regardless what size I am, what I wear and how I choose to look. He looks after me makes sure that me and our unborn baby are well fed and happy. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.

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I felt amazing in this outfit. I showed off my VBO and you know what, nothing happened. The world didn’t stop turning, planes didn’t fall from the sky and plagues of locusts didn’t appear. All that happened is that I had a smile on my face and felt good about myself. Oh and I certainly didn’t walk up to people in the street and try to recruit them to be “fat” or obese like myself. Why is it so hard for people to accept that plus size people just want to wear nice clothes and go about their day like everybody else without being picked at, humiliated and cruelly slated on national TV or being blamed for being a burden on the NHS. It’s time that we all stand together as human beings and accept each other for the different shapes and sizes that we come in. We need to stand beside our “straight” sized sisters and acknowledge and promote that beauty comes in all sizes and that we are all deserving of respect, love and most importantly – beautiful clothing!

Check out some other bloggers who are taking part in this challenge –

And make sure to get on instagram/twitter and check out the excellent #WeAreTheThey hashtag!!!!!

Hannah x

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Putting my two pence in about Plus Size Wars, Jamelia and #WeAreTheThey

Hi All!

Some of you may be long followers of mine, and some of you may be new to my blog after seeing me on the show Plus Sized Wars. For those who are new, my name is Hannah and I write this blog about my life and the fabulous fat fashion that I wear along the way.

This week I had the privilege of being in the TV show Plus Sized Wars which looked into the Plus Size fashion industry and spoke to some of the leading brands who are bringing more and more fashionable and affordable garments for us plus sized people to wear so that we can feel excellent about ourselves. Contrary to popular belief, by providing us with beautiful clothing that actually fits our bodies – these companies aren’t normalizing obesity. All these brands are doing is creating an equal opportunity for everybody to be well dressed, feel good about themselves and actually have the basic human right of clothing!

Jamelia made a comment this week that “they” (apparently meaning under a size 6 and over a size 20) shouldn’t be able to shop on the high-street and should be made to feel uncomfortable when shopping for clothing. What a horrible horrible thing for somebody to say. So many people are quick to judge those who are overweight – god knows I’ve not had a positive doctors experience since I was about 13 because everything I’ve ever gone in with has somehow been linked back to my weight. The thing is, weight and health isn’t as simple as black and white – and it certainly isn’t as simple as fat = lazy and unhealthy and slim =  super active and healthy. In fact, there’s hundreds of greys in between, such as the people who gain or lose weight due to various medical conditions. I’ve seen both ends of the spectrum – plus size people living on salads and losing nothing and size zeroes who are desperate to gain weight and constantly eat fast food and don’t gain at all.

Thanks to Jamelia’s cruel words and the debate it sparked, fellow blogger Debz set up a hashtag called ‘#WeAreTheThey’ which blew up on Twitter and even got trending!

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#WeAreTheThey shows the faces and bodies of those that Jamelia says should feel uncomfortable in stores who shouldn’t carry our sizes – but we are far from uncomfortable and far from ashamed. If anything, Jamelia has prompted an already strong community to come together even more and continue to build each other up and support each other – which I think is absolutely amazing. The #WeAreTheThey movement managed to get plenty of supportive press which was excellen and I hope Jamelia seriously thinks before she opens her mouth in the future.

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We will not be bullied as a community. We have spent so long being told we are not good enough and have been treat as second class citizens for too long now – and why? because we are slightly larger than others, or because we have a few extra rolls?. It’s not a good enough reason to attempt to drag another person down and as a community – we will NOT stand for it.

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Anyway back to Plus Sized Wars. I was SO nervous about being in the show, to the point I didn’t sleep the night before. I didn’t know if we were going to be painted in a positive or negative light and I just had this vision of being absolutely picked to shreads via twitter with hashtags being made about me and getting hate mail. Actually – It’s been the opposite for me! My followers on Instagram have almost doubled and I’ve had the sweetest, lovelies comments from people who watched the show and had also felt how I had previously. There has been so many people telling me that I made them tear up and get emotional when I spoke to Tess – and honestly I can’t even watch the scene without getting emotional again myself. Sitting back and being so honest and frank about what has happened to you is such a liberating thing, and to then meet a physical symbol of what has helped you pull through and become the person you are today is incredibly overwhelming; but also the best thing ever. I traveled for over 11 hours that day to and from Birmingham and I would honestly do it again because the sense of closure I managed to gain was so comforting.

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Thank you so much everybody who has been supportive, kind, commented lovely things and been there for me. You are excellent.

As ever, thank you Tess for all you have done for young people like me.

Hannah x

Fit For A Pregnant Queen – Featuring Simply Be Gateshead

Hi all!

A few weeks ago now I was kindly invited to Simply Be to check out their Gateshead shop and to try on a mountain of beautiful clothes.I did a previous post which showed my mum at Simply Be and how I dressed her for a few occasions, however it’s now time for me to write up my experience of the day and show you some of the looks I pulled together with the help of Emma. Emma was an absolute gem on the day and helped both me and my mum tons. We could not of asked for a kinder, lovelier, more conscientious member of staff to be helping us. Emma you are a credit to Simply Be.

Some of the images you may of seen before, but as I said this will all be from my perspective now!

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My outfit for the day was –

Jumper – Primark

Skirt – Primark

Coat – Evans

This outfit was built for warmth and bump comfort – but it was also really cute.

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Selfie!

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When we arrived at the store, I didn’t announce who we were as I wanted to have a look around and get a feel for the store myself first. The store isn’t the biggest Simply Be I’ve been in, however the layout is accessible and there’s a lot of product on offer. I finally introduced myself to Emma who gave me a massive warm welcome. Me and my mum then mentioned what we were looking for – her an outfit for a night out here which could be taken on holiday, and me something that I can get a lot of wear out of during my pregnancy which still looks smart.

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My first try on was this beautiful Zig Zag Print Maxi.

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Both me and my mum loved this dress on – and I ended up taking it home with me.I sized up and got a size 26 so this one is slightly big but there’s room for my bump to comfortably grow. The fabric is lovely – soft and flowing and the dress is super comfortable. It will definitely take me from spring, to summer and allow my bump to grow underneath.

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Next we tried on the Joe Browns Brazilia Dress.

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We both loved this dress. My mum went for a size 16 and downsized to a 14. I went for a size 24 which was a smidge too tight on the bust but nothing major. My mum ended up getting this dress which I absolutely loved on her.

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Our next choice was a real let down size wise. I tried the Voodoo Vixen Connie Dress on in a size 4XL which didn’t fit at or or could get zipped! I’ve worn a 3XL and a 4XL in them previously with no issues but this dress was tiny and honestly didn’t make me feel good when the zipper wouldn’t go..

My mum tried on the Kelly Brook Lace Peplum in a size 16 and had to really squeeze into it. This dress is also tiny sizing. My mum also wasn’t a fan of the split up the front which was almost exposing her pants! These two were definite no go’s so we moved on.

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Next I tried on this lovely red pleated skater dress which i’d tried on a few weeks ago and loved.

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I loved everything about the dress, from the lace detailing, the vibrant colour and the flowing fabric – however it was a smidge too tight on my bust and I didn’t feel like I would get much pregnancy wear from it.

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My next dress was the Lace Detail Swing Dress in Acid Yellow which I teamed with the stunning Checked Unlined Jacket.

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To me this was a winning combination. The jacket I wore in a 24 and was perfect, it was so light and comfortable and a real great transitional jacket for spring time into early summer. The dress is was not a colour I would ever think of wearing, but I really loved the colour on me, and I loved how it popped against the checks. I’m wearing a 22 here which was just that little bit too small on my chest.

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As the dress was small in a 22, I tried a 24 in the white just for size and it was perfect. I loved this dress with the coat and looking back – wish I’d of been brave enough to get it! I fell in love with this dress but the whiteness put me off as I’m such a mucky pup. Maybe i’ll keep my eye on it and purchase it soon – it really was a lovely dress.

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Another beauty I’m sure i’ll be purchasing soon was the green floral jersey swing.

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I wore a size 22 and everthing about the dress was just lovely. The colour popped, the print was fabulous, the cut out detail showed a little but not too much, great length on me, loved the sleeves and most importantly – the jersey meant that it would be a great bump friendly dress with a pair of leggings (I do love the Simply Be ones!).

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Emma suggested that I try the dress with a denim jacket which my mum loved…but I just wasn’t sure. Maybe with cropped sleeves!

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I also tried the jersey swing on in blue floral..

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..but it just didn’t pop like that beautiful green – although I did really like this one too.

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My last outfit wasn’t actually a dress! It contained the lovely check jacket of dreams from earlier, with some jersey peg leg trousers (which i’ll admit were too big for me as they only had a size 26) and a bright lemon waffle shell top which I tucked in. I loved this outfit and was very comfortable in it – despite the trousers drooping at the front and being too big! The colour clash worked well and it would be great for expanding bumps!

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Me with the team!

Overall I had a wonderful time with the Simply Be team who were all so kind, caring and attentive to my needs. Emma kept me topped up with soft drinks – even letting me use her special cup which I appreciated. Both me and my mum had our eyes opened to just how many lovely lines there are out and how affordable and accessible Simply Be is becoming as a brand – some of the dresses I tried on were as little as £26 – which is excellent.

A massive thank you to the Gateshead staff for having me!

Hannah x

Styling my beautiful Mum – With thanks to Simply Be.

Hi all!

Recently I was asked if I would like to go along to a Simply Be store and try on a load of clothes and check out the store. With Simply Be being one of my favorite brands, I immediately accepted! I then decided to couple this trip up with a day out with my mum for Mothers Day as we hadn’t been able to see each other on the actual day. I spoke to my mum and asked her if I could try something different for the blog and actually dress her – which she accepted.

My mum is a stunningly beautiful woman, however she does suffer from self esteem issues at times and dislikes parts of her bodies and so shopping for something for her to wear can be quite stressful as after a few items she just wants to go home. If my mum isn’t in the mindset – she will hate everything she puts on.

I’m going to do a whole post about the shop and my experience so this is focused around what I chose for my mum. She told me she wanted something to wear for a night out at the weekend and for an up and coming holiday that she’s going on.

This is what I chose!

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First of all, we both tried on this beautiful zig zag maxi dress, mum in a 14, myself in a 26. We wanted to show that style is sizeless and people of all sizes can wear the same clothes! My mum really liked this dress, but decided it was more summer/holiday than going out.

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The second dress that my mum tried was the Joe Brown Brazilia Dress. This dress was a complete hit from the first moment my mum slipped it on. She beamed and spun round and flicked the skirt like a little girl – she looked truly happy as you can see from the pictures.

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The third dress however was NOT a hit. I’ll talk about mine on my post, but my mum tried on the Kelly Brook Lace Peplum dress. This dress was tiny fitting and we couldn’t understand the front slit as it almost shows ones pants! DEFINITELY not worth the money.

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The next dress was this utterly stunning Lace Contrast Midi Dress from AX Paris. My mum is super petite up top with wider hips and this dress just completely balances her out and shows off her tiny waist. She’s wearing a “wear your own bra” shapewear piece from Maidenform in the second image which helped her confidence in the dress.

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This is the next dress my mum tried – the Boho Print Jersey Swing Dress. This was very generous in size and my mum needed atleast one or maybe two sizes down!

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The final outfit my mum tried was this eye catching Pleated Handkerchief skirt. We decided to try it with both a basic orange camisole top….

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..and a black camisole top

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..with a statement necklace!

We decided that the orange popped more but my mum wasn’t 100% on the skirt. Mum actually ended up getting the orange camisole and later on found a lovely cocoon shape kimono to match.

It’s no surprise my mum went with the Joe Browns dress. She decided to get a size down as these dresses are very generous and I have to say she looked stunning. As much as she looked amazing in the dress – the real winner of the day were the Sole Diva Strappy  Wedge heels that I ended up purchasing for her as a late mothers day gift. You can see them on her in almost every shot – she only popped them on to try clothes on with and ended up falling in love with them. My mum suffers from a few problems with her legs and ankles which put her in chronic pain and she finds it extremely hard to find comfortable shoes to wear – even harder is finding comfortable heels to wear. She has been stuck wearing boot heels on nights out which meant she couldn’t really wear dresses and meant she felt self conscious about her footwear. Not now!

I knew from the moment she slipped them on and beamed that she had to have them. She wore them for over 2 hours in the changing room/shop without pain and has since worn them on a night out and they successfully kept her pain free all night! She decided to get the wider fitting in the shoe and they were in her words “like walking on a cloud”. I am so happy that I could help my mum find something to beat one of her obstacles and I know Simply Be will definitely be her first port of call for any future heeled footwear.

Overall my mum had a wonderful day and couldn’t get over how wonderful the staff and clothes are at Simply Be. My mum had thought Simply Be started at only plus sizes and so always avoided them – she was actually shocked to hear they start from a size 10 in some ranges and a size 12 in the main Simply Be range. I know armed with this information (and the account she signed up for) that Simply Be is going to be one of my mums new regular places to shop – and I can’t wait to finally go back to a store which can actually cater for both of us!

Hannah & Helen x x x