Once upon a time I discovered a blog....Pocket Rocket - written by the wonderful Lauren who also works with Yours Clothing (which is how I found her). She, and through her I found quite a few others post outfits they wear. These women are quite inspirational to someone like me.
I've always been big. For as long as I can remember. And in the 80's as a fat teenager you had very few options. Then Evans came along when I was a student - or rather started to stock more fashionable clothes - but it was still the only place you could get something above a size 14 that didn't look like your granny made it.
Fast forward to the present day - I'm a few stone lighter than I was in my 30's and now there are a myriad of places I can get clothes from ASOS.com to Primark....but I still find myself dressing like I did when I was a 22 stone wearer of tent dresses. So I look to blogs like A Monkey Fatshionista or Fat Fit Fine or 52-46-54 to name a few - women who dress to please themselves, who look AMAZING, who blog regularly with outfits of the day and who are generally inspiring and positive and healthy and wonderful.
I was so lucky to attend Monkey's Big Fat Swap Shop event last weekend - and it was heaven. Not only did I come away with the biggest bag of swag (I was so greedy!), I learnt some amazing tips on how to dress myself, got my first ever leather jacket, got to meet women I have long admired online in the flesh and just have a bloody good laugh! I really look forward to more events like this and I'm utterly grateful to everyone who came along, brought clothes, allowed me to walk off with them all and most of all Chattermonkey for organising it!
So I thought I'd take a leaf from their book and try and start a fashion blog - take pictures of clothes I wear, try and remind myself, as the women whose blogs I read often do, that I don't need to define myself by a dress size, a number, or anything. I'm trying to lose weight at the moment for health reasons - but I'm focusing more on the HEALTH rather than the scales. Once my youngest son is at school full time (22nd September...!!!) I will be doing Zumba at least twice a week, hopefully three times. I'll have more time to exercise and swim. And hopefully the weight will drop.
So here, to start with, are a selection of incredibly bad photos of myself - will try and improve or insist someone else takes the pics! These are just SOME of the amazing clothes I got from the Swap Shop!
|I utterly LOVE this - thanks to Monkey for the belt tip!|
|Little black dress - one of many!|
|Jaunty cap - and beautiful camel dress (excuse the hanger ribbon)!|
|LOVE this dress - and love the gloves - I even got the ring at the swap!|
So here's to future outfit posting! Hope you enjoy it and do leave me comments!