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

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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

Eleanor Free Edinburgh Part 1 – Featuring Lindy Bop & So Fabulous.

Hi all!

For Christmas this year, my mum decided to send me and Adam away for a mini break – WITHOUT baby. We thought it over and decided that we wanted to head back to Edinburgh between Christmas and New Year whilst Adam was still off. We found a great deal online on superbreak and my mum got it booked up. We decided on The Crowne Plaza hotel for two nights which included breakfast and dinner on one night and was ideally located to easily access the main strip of shops and Christmas Markets. The hotel also boasted great leisure facilities with its own private heated pool in the basement, gym equipment and steam room. This was going to be our first trip away since having Eleanor and seeing as we weren’t taking her, I was feeling very apprehensive and nervous even though I knew she would be in perfectly safe hands with my mum and then brother Shaun and his lovely new fiancee Anna. I packed my case full of lovely new clothes I’d received for Christmas, dropped off the bubba and we took the beautiful coastal road up to Edinburgh whilst singing loads of car karaoke.

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To travel in I wore my Lindy Bop Daria dress. This dress is quite stretchy and comfy and so was lovely to wear in the car. I popped on a cardigan that I had customised myself with patches and I was ready to go.

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The hotel was on an old cobbled road full of grand old buildings.

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It was an almost blink and you’ll miss it place with small signage..

When we arrived we decided to go for a swim as we couldn’t get booked in to dinner till quite late. This didn’t bother us as we got to have a nice long swim/mess around in the pool and then some time just hanging out in the room which was lovely (well the second one we went in was!)

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Seeing as I had plenty of time to get ready, I thought I’d try out my new lashes from All Dolled Up. I have tiny eyes and struggle to find lashes that fit well but these fit my eyes perfect and weren’t overly long.

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I also tried a new shade of lipstick. I’ve never really been into a nude lip but I tried a new one out which I got from ebay for about 99p and both me and Adam loved the shade on me.

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I wore my new dress from So Fabulous for dinner. I had spied this at The Curve fashion festival and they kindly gifted me one once it came online (here). I wasn’t sure of it when I first tried it on as I’d just had a baby and my stomach was very saggy but I tried it again after 2 months and really liked it on. This dress is unlike anything I would usually wear as I’m not usually into VBO but I didn’t mind it in this dress. The dress is a lovely length below the knee and it has a small slit either side which makes it easier to walk in.

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The only downside to this dress is that it absolutely sheds glitter. I found glitter everywhere all week after wearing this dress once. I even found it on my child.

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Regardless – it’s a beautiful dress and I felt pretty special wearing it. Here we are in the lift ready for our dinner in the hotels restaurant.

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The menu was pretty limited and there wasn’t much I fancied to eat. I figured as I was in Scotland that I would go for Haggis, Neeps & Tatties with whiskey sauce. It was cooked beautifully and I really enjoyed it.

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Adam went for the pork terrine with plum chutney and really enjoyed it.

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For main we both got the steak with peppercorn sauce. This was also beautifully cooked….when they finally got my order right!

We rolled back up to the room to have a drink and a relax there. Our dinner was at nine so by the time it was finished it was well past ten – very late for two new parents.

Our first night was lovely yet strange to be on our own. We had our drinks and got a good rest ready to head into Edinburgh centre the next day!

I’ll be writing about the next day in another part as I don’t want my posts to be super long, so keep your eye our for part 2 and more outfits!

Hannah x

Love Thy Bust! Featuring Simply Be.

Hi all!

I’ve always been a big fan of breasts. Regardless of their shape, size, colour – I’ve always thought that breasts are pretty great and had a major love for my own pair. It’s no secret that I’m on the larger side when it comes to breasts, and I think that because of this, I definitely appreciate well fitting underwear much more than the average sized person. Being larger in the bust is a pain (quite literally) and it can be an absolute nightmare finding underwear that not only fits, but is still attractive and sexy.

I’m 24 years old – there’s only so many cotton, white, soft cupped granny style bra’s that I can handle!

Thankfully, there’s companies popping up who are starting to really branch out and cater for us who have big busts and big backs! Some of my favourite brands are –

Elomi

Curvy Kate

Shapely Figures

& Panache

 Simply Be stock all of these brands and tons more for all shapes and sizes and also offer a bra fitting service in store which is really handy.  They also have online advice about bra fitting here if you can’t make it to a store.

Simply be are also currently running a campaign called “Love Thy Bust” which has more fantastic information about bra fitting, including two videos from fellow bloggers Georgina & Leyah who talk more about the perfect fit, common problems and also different bra styles. The whole campaign is centred around having pride in your breasts – no matter what.

I’ve recently discovered a new found sense of pride in my bust. As a new mum, I’ve been amazed by how my body has changed to accommodate my baby and the most remarkable thing is how my breasts which I’ve always seen as something to be “sexy” and admired how they fill out a dress, have changed in my eyes. My breasts are doing what they were created to do – to feed and nourish my child. I find it mind blowing that I can give my baby everything she needs just from something my body creates – breasts really are an incredible thing and should definitely be given some love!

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I’ve been giving my bust some love lately by making sure they are well moisturised. Not only does this make them super soft and smell lovely (and stimulates milk production) but it also is a way to check for lumps. As somebody who had a cancer scare at a young age, I always check for lumps and try to promote others to. Coppafeel have some great information on  how to check yourself including this handy poster –

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I know personally that I want to be around to watch my little bear grow up, so checking myself is definitely more important than ever. It takes a few minutes and it can save your life.

AAAANYWAY, back to a positive note – Simply Be kindly offered me some underwear to review which I will show you in separate blog posts when my body is more healed. I decided to order –

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The Ava multiway wired bra, with matching pants.

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And the Ruby full cup wired bra, again with matching pants.

I look forwards to them arriving and taking some snaps in them. Another way to love your bust is to dress it beautifully, and I definitely will be with these sets!

So, I hope that this post and the linked posts have been helpful. Please look after your bust and remember to check yourself – or if needs be…get a friend to help!

Hannah x

It was the best of times…..FEATURING Style XL

Hi all!

So recently I had the pleasure of attending the wonderful event which was Style XL!

 Me and Adam drove down for the event the night before which was held in Birmingham at The Paragon Hotel. Knowing we were heading for a long journey I dressed casually in one of my ebay swing cami’s which I’ve been loving for my growing bump, leggings and flats. Oh and course the sunglasses made a trip out as the weather was beautiful!

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Adam wore one of his new shirts from Who? clothing which he got for his birthday…

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…Sadly this didn’t stay white very long and ended up with me scrubbing it with a baby wipe in a random lay-by on route to the hotel. We decided to head out for dinner, and I wore my Polly Grace Clara dress which I couldn’t get a decent photo of due to my room being tiny and without a light, but I’ve previously reviewed here. This dress has been a staple piece of mine during my pregnancy and has been worn time and time again and is still perfect. We had an “interesting” dinner ending in us leaving the restaurant and getting a takeaway instead and taking it back to our room. Later on we met up with some other bloggers in the bar and hung out until the wee hours!

The next day was the first day of Style XL and knowing it was going to be a long day with clothing changes, I went for this deep orange/red jersey midi dress from ASOS Curve

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I love this dress because it is super comfortable but can be dressed up/down as i need to.

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Me and adam enjoyed taking selfies at the bon prix stand!

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Adam was very sad that he didn’t win the coat – he looked rad!

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Even though I have crippling SPD, I managed to get up on stage and model for Monroe Knows (who are currently having a huge sale). I DID smile I promise. After a good few hours enjoying the event, I went back to my room and got changed for an early dinner before the evening event started.

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As before, I didn’t manage to get a decent full length photo in the hotel, and so here’s one of me from home! I did however ditch the leggings.

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I chose this dress because I knew it would be comfortable on my expanding bump but still look elegant and not like a generic maternity tent. It’s currently on sale here.

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A snap of me and Adam at the evening event!

We caught the end of Model XL and were super happy to see Sarah from Plus Size & Proud who picked up an  award for both Model XL Personality AND Model XL Charity!

After Model XL there was time for a buffet, dancing and socialising which I really enjoyed. It was a great night of women championing each other and empowering each other. I’m so used to going on nights out and being picked apart for my looks that it was so refreshing to go somewhere and actually be boosted by other people who all want to have a good time.

These events are so important to me and to others because for many of us – more so those of us who live far away from most other bloggers – this is one of the rare opportunities we actually get to spend time with other like minded people and feel like we ACTUALLY fit in to a community, because that is what we are. We, as bloggers are a community and this has built from us writing online and putting ourselves out there. This is why I am SO thankful to people like Leah who take the time out to put on these much needed and much loved events.

I went to bed that night with a newly charged feeling of self worth. I’ve been down lately and feeling frumpy/unattractive due to my body changing in pregnancy – however being around these fantastic people reminded me that there’s not a single thing wrong with my body and suddenly everything seemed a little brighter.

I didn’t manage to attend any of the workshops on Sunday as due to issues with the hotel we just wanted to leave, however I’m informed people had another excellent day.

Once again, thank you so much to Leah, her family and all those who volunteered and helped out for a fabulous day. I can’t wait for the next one!

Hannah x