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.

WP_20160130_13_23_41_Pro

I love this jacket so much.

WP_20160130_13_24_38_Pro

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!

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!

10308106_1535328416781621_8379208527851312957_n

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.

##

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.

735141_1535534016761061_3440047439145927299_n

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.

946458_1535416583439471_7605520170292755075_n 1457527_1535465750101221_857479216317482731_n

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

Eleanor Free Edinburgh Part 2 ! Featuring MORE Lindy Bop.

Hi all!

Here’s the second half from my trip!

After going to bed on a full tummy and having a good relax, we decided to go down early for breakfast as we wanted to get some pool time in before we went out for the day. Breakfast was pretty good with a huge continental selection including pastries, cereals, meats, cheeses, salmon, fruit salad and tons more. There was also a hot buffet option serving a full scottish breakfast (including haggis and potato cakes) with the option to order eggs and egg dishes such as omelettes, eggs benedict and even pancakes. We both ordered pancakes and had pancakes, syrup and bacon which was lush. We went for our swim after breakfast and then back to the room to get ready for the day.

1924011_1534439356870527_3640163320383366609_n

I decided to wear my new skirt from Lindy Bop.  It’s the first time I’ve bought anything that wasn’t a dress from them and so I wasn’t sure how the fit would be. The skirt is small sizing and on the long size for my body but it still fit. I wore it with my ASOS Curve origami collar, my Collectif cardigan, soft pink suede loafers and my Banned Apparel flamingo bag. We drove from the hotel to a large parking lot which offered a good deal on 24 hour parking. We’d been stung with a parking ticket thanks to bad directions of where to park by the hotel and decided to move. From the car park we got on the bus to the main strip – it only took us five minutes and was super easy. We got off the bus outside the Doc Marten shop which is exactly where I wanted to go.

 1915016_1534473856867077_1880975706001448793_n

My mum had given me some Christmas money and told me to put it towards a pair of Doc Martens which I happily did after deciding on a pair. I went for a pair of t-bar shiny shoes which I can wear with cute socks.

1451992_1534556463525483_6180637968987708635_n

Although I was shopping for myself, I couldn’t resist when I saw baby doc’s in the sale. We then decided to get a pair for Eleanor and decided on a pair of velvet boots with patent leather toes – I can’t wait for her to be able to fit into them.

10400883_1534524893528640_6242618043374055365_n

Next up we went for a walk around the streets having a look around and taking in the sights. We were overwhelmed by how beautiful The Dome is and just had to go inside for drinks.

1531885_1534537286860734_676656152561136710_n

I was mesmerised by the chandelier in the bar.

575632_1534525263528603_4622487679860677947_n

Our drinks!

1934185_1534553510192445_2787016070021321491_n

We left The Dome and had another good walk around and checked out another Christmas Market where we bought a ridiculous amount of flavoured fudge. By this time we were peckish but didn’t want a huge “proper” meal. We popped into a noodle bar for a bite to eat and were pleasantly surprised by how good it was. For £3.50, you got two toppings and a box full of noodles.

12571359_1544483385866124_490919324_n

I can’t remember what toppings I got, but they were really delicious. Princes Street Mall had a whole food court and honestly we were spoilt for choice. They had like mcdonalds, burger king, KFC, Subway, Greggs, Sushi, Pizza – the list goes on. I’m so glad we went for the noodles as like I said, they were super tasty.

12606936_1544483359199460_355254500_n

Walking out of Princes Street Mall we came to to Waverley Bridge which was full of open top tour busses. We had said we fancied going on one and climbed aboard. The tickets were £14 each which included unlimited travel on that bus which I thought was a bit steep although the tour was good. I was in love with the streetlamps with crowns on top outside the palace. After a long time on our bus tour we arrived back at Edinburgh Waverley Bridge and decided to pop into the markets. It was getting cold by this point and so we warmed ourselves with a hot gin toddy and a hot pimms toddy. We bought chocolate covered almonds which tasted like the white ferrero rochers and adam got caramelised cashews which he always gets from Christmas markets and absolutely loves.  We had a wander round but it seemed to be the same things on most stalls so we didn’t spend a ton of time in there. By this time of night (about 6ish) it was getting super busy and it was hard to walk up the streets so we jumped on a bus back to where the car was parked as it was on a complex with lots of restaurants called the Omni Centre. Adam wanted to go to a place called Tony Macaroni so we went and it was okay. We had raspberry and mango daiquiri’s with our meal which made it better but I bit into something hard in my burger which really hurt my tooth – the manager kindly comped my whole meal which was kind of him but I was still left a bit sore. Adam had a hotdog and enjoyed it so at least he was happy! We decided to leave the car at the omni centre as it was cheaper than moving it to the hotel and we didn’t want to risk another fine. After popping to tesco for drinks and snacks, we returned to the room where we relaxed for half an hour before heading for another swim. The pool was open pretty late and we were the only people in there so we stayed in there for quite a while just chatting. We headed back to the room and packed up ready for the morning and had an early-ish night watching TV on my laptop.

12626168_1544483429199453_638136655_n

The next morning was beautiful and it was sad to leave. From our room you could see all the way to the water and it was stunning.

10343683_1534836530164143_2162511826905055339_n

I soon got dressed in my lovely new Grace dress from Lindy Bop (which is big in sizing) and added a plain green cardigan from eBay.

 1936467_1534838160163980_7707393470202647708_n

Me and my love on our way to breakfast.

Breakfast was exactly the same as the day before so we mixed it up ordering different bits from the menu.

We departed not long after breakfast as we wanted to get back for Eleanor. As much as we loved our time alone, it just felt a little weird not seeing her little face for three days and I missed her very much.

We loved Edinburgh again this time but IF we end up doing another post Christmas trip I think we’ll try somewhere different and probably take little bear with us!

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.

10600355_1534032236911239_2675214398426835394_n

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.

12596410_1544483772532752_2111248072_n

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

12571013_1544483742532755_916758332_n

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!)

12571185_1544483695866093_758587494_n

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.

12575732_1544483535866109_307263972_n

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.

600710_1534218990225897_3542202926377890489_n

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.

1915229_1534218750225921_3376432786244042105_n

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.

10411767_1534219430225853_1940607398461842479_n

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.

12576218_1544483652532764_196371069_n

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.

12626196_1544483629199433_1656870208_n

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

12625651_1544483592532770_136530982_n

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