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

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

My baby shower! Featuring Simply Be Lace Detail Swing Dress

Hi all!

A few weeks back, I had my baby shower/gender reveal party for my baba and it was a wonderful day. It was held a lot earlier than a typical shower, however my best friend/babies godmum was heading off to go travelling around Europe for a couple of months and so I really didn’t want to not have her there! A huge thank you has to be said to my mum for organizing such a lovely day and for getting everybody together.

It took me ages to decide what to wear, and I actually went back onto my blog for inspiration and found a previous post where I had visited Simply Be to review some clothes and spied a dress which I knew would be perfect.

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I put a tweet out attaching the above picture and asking for peoples opinions of the dress for a shower, and Simply Be kindly contacted me and gifted me the dress for my shower which was so kind of them!

I decided to ditch the coat this time and glam up the makeup a little bit more and really loved how the dress looked. I sized up to a 26 to accommodate my bump and felt a million dollars!

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I added a black wig which looks like my usual hair (before I chopped it off for charity!), my usual flamingo handbag, little white shiny flats and a simple flower crown and I was ready to go!

The shower was held in a local pub important to my family – we have pretty much every event there so of course my shower would be there!

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My balloon!

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My very talented cousin Kelly made the cakes!

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The main cake had a coloured buttercream to surprise everybody and reveal the gender!

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And she’s a girl! We also revealed her name – Eleanor Bridie Lister.

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My mum threw a few games in such as pin the dummy on the baby, guess the weight and people decorated little onesies! Here’s my best friend Chloe hard at work!

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Some of the decorated onesies!

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Eleanor was well and truly spoiled! Thank you so much to those who bought us gifts and those who came from far and wide to be there – I’m looking at you Miki & Chloe!!

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Also super thanks for lip stain and MUA liquid eyeliner for staying in place even though I cried a LOT.

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My final thanks goes to these two beautiful ladies for doing me the honour of agreeing to be Eleanor’s Godmothers alongside Adam’s sister Sara. We’re very lucky that Eleanor will have such incredible, strong and wonderful women to look up to and to guide her through her life.

FINALLY.

I’m up for the award of Best New Blog at the British Plus Size Awards and would love it if you could click here and vote for Fabulously Fat Fashion! It means the world to be nominated and to win would just be excellent!

Thanks!

Hannah x

Plus size & Pregnant – Minimal spending on maternity wear.

Hi all!

I’m currently 22 weeks pregnant now (I know, It seems like I’ve been pregnant for absolutely forever now, and I’m still only just over halfway there! With being plus size, I’ve faced a ton of difficulties in my pregnancy such as patronizing midwives, pushy doctors and dietitian’s…who aren’t very slim themselves. I’ve changed my eating habits quite dramatically for this baby, cutting out sugary drinks and bars of chocolate and limiting the amount of juice and crisps I consume. I’ve also been making the effort to actually eat breakfast which is a meal I’ve generally skipped for a number of years. With all these new changes I’ve barely gained any weight and had only really gained a smallish bump which had made clothes buying/wearing tons easier.

This is all changing now as the baby starts to grow more rapidly and I find myself looking for cool clothes for the summer. Here’s my list of my summer saviors which have been essential for me keeping cool and calm in this heat.

1 – Longline Cami’s

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I bought these cami tops from ebay for around £6/7 and they have been a great purchase as Ive gotten loads of wear out of them with various skirts/jeans/leggings combinations. The top dips in and out which still shows I have a a figure but still skims gently over my bump. There’s plenty of room for my bump to grow and these will be still great and comfy to wear once the baby has arrived.

2 – Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are so easy/cheap to pick up these days, with most supermarkets even having a good range which often go’s up to a size 22/24!

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I’ve been practically living in this one from Polly Grace which is the Clara dress. It’s so comfortable and easy to wear and hides a multitude of sins. It’s currently on sale, and if you use the code hannah20 you can get another 20% off anything on the site – including pieces in the sale!

3 – Swing dresses.

Swing dresses have been another excellent/cheap purchase. I’ve picked up a few from ASOS (which is constantly having good sales) in a size up to accommodate for maternity to be comfortable, I’ve managed to get some from other bloggers having sales and I already had a few. The shape is excellent because it still stays fitted at the top, but the swing style allows for the tummy to grow without feeling tight and restricted.

4 – Sandals.

I’ve never been a heel wearer anyway,  always choosing to wear dolly shoes instead of more “proper” shoes. I definitely couldn’t imagine tottering around in this heat in heels and so sandals are the way to go! I got some Birkenstock style sandals from Primark for a few pounds (rather than £40-£50) and they are glorious on my feet. They are nice and wide with ridges that cup your feet gently. The suede bottoms also help as you don’t start slipping around on your own sandals which is great.

I’ve managed to get quite a lot of bits to see me through my pregnancy and kept myself on a budget. Ebay, depop and blog sales have been my best friends – not everything has to be new considering it’s only going to be worn for a few months! This way I’ve had more money to spend on the baby.

Hannah x

P.S,

I have been nominated for the award of “Best New Blog” at the British Plus Size Awards. You can vote for me here by selecting “Fabulously Fat Fashion” and then vote!   Thank you!

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