Out with the old…

Hi All!

I spoke recently about how I wanted to take my blog in a new direction and I didn’t know if I was going to set a completely new blog up or if I was going to rename this one. I decided that I wanted to keep this as an archive for what Fabulously Fat Fashion was – so if I ever needed to flick through it I could. I guess it’s like starting a shiny new diary.

So voila, I give you Fab Fat Mama. My new blog will still have lots of plus size fashion, but also loads of different content such as parenting, saving money, how to make the best of a low budget, family days out, home decor, crafts and DIY and much more!

I’ve changed all my social media so you can find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram still – just under my new name.

I’m already super excited to start my new blog and have loads of things I want to share with you like the time we made dip dyed onesies, how we got the furniture for her bedroom on a budget and how we decorated etc. I’m also making decorations for an upcoming party so have lots to show/teach you there too!

So yeah, please go give Fab Fat Mama a follow and join me on the next chapter in my life.

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Hannah x

Time for a change.

Hi All!

I’m sure you’ve all noticed that lately my heart really hasn’t been into blogging. There’s been a number of reasons for this. One of them is time – I don’t have as much time on my hands as I used to with having a small baby.

Secondly, I  don’t really dress up as often. I used to have OOTD’s etc but now it’s a case of putting leggings on and slicking a quick brush through my hair before I’m on baby duty all day.

Thirdly, I tend to buy most of my clothes on blog sales/clothing  to save money as we’re on one income so there’s not much to link to/review.

When I started my blog I started it as a way to build up my confidence and feel better about myself. I also was finishing uni to be president for a year and wanted to keep my writing skills up. I’ve been on a real rollercoaster ride since then and I don’t feel like I need my blog in the same way any longer. I used to write that my clothes were my armor, but over the last half a year of being a mum I’ve actually gained the confidence to grow my own armor and become a much more confident and happy person. I used to suffer from extreme anxiety and agoraphobia, and whilst I can still be a very anxious person, I can go out on my own now and not feel like everybody is looking at/laughing at me. My blog coupled with having Eleanor has given me the push and the chance to be myself.

Previously I was buying clothes constantly and having something new every week because I was unhappy with various things in my life including family issues that I had. I felt that buying clothes gave me a buzz and a temporary happiness that filled the void for a little time – but didn’t fill it forever.

Over the last few years I’ve had counselling, the love and support of the most incredible man I could ever dream of meeting and of course the love of my baby Eleanor. Eleanor has completely changed my life in so many ways. She’s given me confidence in myself and shown me how much strength I have but most importantly she’s brought my whole family together. I am closer to Adam’s family more than ever before and they get so much joy and happiness (especially his grandma) from her – it’s lovely to see! I’m so so much closer to my family too. I’m closer than every with my mum and brothers and have a huge amount of love and respect for my mums partner for treating Eleanor as his own and giving her huge amounts of unconditional love. Those two are so cute together and even cuter with Eleanor – I’m so glad my mum found such a gem. Other members of my family have also become closer with me. My cousins are always popping over and having the baby so I can have a break which I super appreciate because as much as I love my bub, sometimes I do need a few hours for me.

 So yeah, I’ve been struggling to really keep up with content that is in keeping with this blog and then I realised that fashion isn’t all I’m about any longer. Don’t get me wrong, I do still love dressing up and shopping but I want to write about what really inspires me now and that’s my family.

SO – I’m going to be changing my blog. I’m not sure if I’m going to create a complete new blog and have a clean break and new style or just re-name this one but things will be changing. I’ll still be writing about plus sized fashion, but more of from a frugal money saving standpoint. I’ll be writing about making my own baby food, Eleanor’s progress, family days out and places we visit, dinners we cook, ways we save money as a family, the struggles of being a plus size parent as well as other things that pop up.

I just wanted to say thank you to those who followed me the last few years as FabulouslyFatFashion. The support and love I get from people who read the blog is incredible and has helped me build my confidence. Thank you for taking the journey with me!

So I’ll let you all know the new name for the blog. I’m chucking a few ideas around at the moment but haven’t settled – yet.

All my love.

Hannah x

If the jacket fits – Featuring New Look Inspire.

Hi all!

Some of you may of heard the news that New Look Inspire are pushing their new collections to be more fashion forward. This has definitely needed to happen for a long time as it has always seemed to be that New Look Inspire was a bit overlooked and behind with the fashion trends. I do browse on their website but nothing much ever jumps out at me, apart from when I shop via ASOS. I’m not sure if they just keep their best stuff for ASOS but I’ve had a few bits via ASOS which have been great. My favourite piece that I’ve ever bought from them though is this faux leather faux fur jacket.

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I love this jacket so much.

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Full outfit. I paired it with a New Look suedette cami and floral full skirt from Boohoo.

I love the jacket because it’s relaxed fit and so works on my short torso. The sleeves are a great length on me and have some detailing on them. The fur isn’t an overly fluffy slab of fur – it has great texture and can also be removed if you want just the leather jacket which I think is a nice touch. It’s always good to have options!

This jacket is so versatile and looks great thrown on with a little dress or with jeans and a cute tee. I’ve had so much wear out of it already and think it will definitely be  a real staple in my wardrobe – even more so now the weather is getting nicer and its time to put the big coats away!

It’s always worth giving a brand another try and seeing what they’re bringing to the table this season. I’m quite taken with a pinafore dress I’ve just seen on their website and think I may be purchasing it very soon!

How I Beat My Face ! Featuring All Dolled Up!

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Hi all!

Being a mum it’s very rare that I get dolled up and wear makeup because I’m always too busy or it seems pointless. I’m also pretty comfortable with how I look without it and so don’t see why I should bother unless I’m going out somewhere special. Me and Adam won a competition on Valentines day and were named one of TFM’s most romantic couples. I have a blog post to follow about the day and what I won so watch out for that post!

I’ve recently been gifted some items from All Dolled Up and wanted to try them out and decided that this would be the perfect time. Items from All Dolled Up I will *. I tend to mostly use cheapy makeups as I’m not fussed about brands  – I just find what works well on my skin and regardless of the brand I will use it.

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I started with a freshly scrubbed face.

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Then I used the flawless finish primer* (I always use primer!) and a green colour corrector for my skin as it is very red across my nose/chin/face. I then used a flat makeup brush* to apply Leichner Camera Clear Tinted Foundation in shade Porcelain*. I was very dubious about this foundation at first as it’s very cheap and smelled like the inside of an old makeup bag – but only I applied a thin layer I was really impressed as I got a great coverage from the foundation and it covered all my redness without feeling too cakey. I used my usual MUA concealer for under my eyes and then tried a powder from All Dolled Up which felt lovely on but I chose the wrong colour as it was super orange on me. Next I did my brows with a slanted brush and Urban Decay brow box. I much prefer a powder and a slanted brush to a pencil as I find it easier to achieve a natural brow. I highlighted my brow with the white out of my MUA eyeshadow box  and used a grey on my lid. Next I use MUA gel liner along my lid in a cat eye style. I like this vintage style look which is super easy to achieve and it keeps the eyes looking quite fresh and open. On my cheeks I used a tint* which is supposed to be similar to “benetint” which I was dubious about as last time I tried a tint I had terrible results. This one was tons better and I really loved the look I got from it. In fact, this was my favourite product that I picked up because of how good the results were. My final products were a lip tint from eBay for 99p and a Rose Petal Salve just for some moisture.

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The finished look.

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With glasses!

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All dressed up for valentines day!

I’ll definitely be phasing these items into my makeup routine as I have found the quality to be great and they worked for me all day (even lasting me sitting in a tattoo shop for hours whilst getting tattooed). I’ll be interested to see what new products they bring out for spring  – you can find out by giving them a follow on facebook like I have!

Thanks for reading.

Hannah x

New Year New Dress – Featuring AX Paris.

Hi all!

Today I want to show you the beautiful dress that I wore for New Years eve. It came from AX Paris for Simply Be and I just loved wearing it. I bought the dress during the black friday sales for the exact purpose of wearing it for New Years Eve even though I didn’t have proper plans then. In the end I ended up going to a friend of Adam’s for a few hours then me, Adam and Eleanor went over to my mums house together as she was having a family party and it meant we didn’t need to find a babysitter and could all be together. As with every family party, we didn’t see Eleanor for most of the night as she was with various family members and then she went down to bed around 10 and slept until morning. She’s done this practically every night now since before Christmas – such a good baby! This left me and Adam to party with my family. Adam tapped out early but me and my best friend Chloe were going until 7am!

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The dress is incredibly similar to the dress that I wore last new year (also AX Paris). I Loved the cut of the last dress on the neckline as it was flattering on a larger bust and so I was glad to see another dress in a similar style. The dress might be a similar style but it’s quite out there for me in regards to colour/style as I don’t wear much lace and the navy/nude layering was new to me but I quite liked trying something a bit different. The dress is quite fitted and short and so I was a little nervous about wearing it so close to just having a baby but I’ve been working hard in the swimming pool and so the dress fit me well. I sized up as on the website there was reviews saying that the arms were small. I didn’t find the arms to be particularly small but then again I’d sized up. I generally size up when I wear AX Paris as I generally find them a small fitting – particularly around the bust and arms. I wore a pair of flat shoes with this as I knew I’d have Eleanor and didn’t want to be wobbling around all over. The shoes are actually navy loafers I’ve had for forever from Dorothy Perkins which always seem to “come in handy” when I least expect it.

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I went for classic makeup, with a girly pink lip. I tend to stick to reds but this dress called for light coral cheeks, smooth skin and a simple slick of eyeliner.

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This photo was taken at 7am – my makeup stayed on well for over 14 hours (apart from the lipstick) and my new hair stayed MOSTLY in place which was a miracle considering how much dancing about we were doing. There was even a time warp. My dress stayed beautiful and comfortable all night long – so a successful choice! I always love AX Paris for Simply Be dresses as they’re amazing quality, affordable and fit my body very well.

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Most importantly, I got to spent new years with my best friends and my family. Here’s some snaps of me and Chloe and me and Adam. I didn’t get a picture of me and my mum but it was the first time I’d spent new years with her in a long time and I absolutely loved it. I definitely felt tired for a few days after but it was so worth it for having such a fantastic night. Last year I made the resolution to get my body in a better state and to have a baby which I achieved (pretty quickly too), and this year I made the resolution to get fitter so I can run around after Eleanor and so I will be able to take her out to do all the activities she wants to when she’s older and I’m well on my way with that. I’ve been hitting the swimming and keeping up with Aqua Zumba which I started last year which I really enjoy.

So who knows what my resolution will be next year. I keep going on with determination and feel like I can achieve so much. Previously I didn’t feel like I could achieve anything and hid behind my own excuses – but Eleanor gives me the strength and incentive to try.

Hannah x