Taking on a new role can be a BUMP-y ride.

Hi all!

I’m aware I’ve been quiet once again but this is because I have absolutely huge news to share with you – I am pregnant! I haven’t been dressing up/making an effort apart from work because I have been suffering with morning sickness badly. Well, they call it morning sickness but it’s been hitting me all day every day. I have to say thought it will all be worth it once our little baby is here – we couldn’t be more excited!

So I guess this blog is going to take a little bit of a shift and will also be looking at how to make-do and dress for my changing body. As it stands there’s not much plus size maternity wear out there so hopefully I can still dress well and help other ladies too!

One thing I’m petrified about it the fact I’ve already been called a “high risk pregnancy” and been belittled by a doctor who I asked for help. I went to the doctors about feeling sick and not being able to eat and got a huge lecture about being overweight and told not to overeat and put excess weight on. How can I overeat when I’m finding it hard to stomach food?!

I’m around 9-10 weeks pregnant and I have my first midwives appointment next Monday which I am dreading. This is supposed to be one of the most happy and exciting times of my life and I’m worried about being fat shamed and patronized by a health care professional – yet again.

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Oh well. Back to a positive – me and Adam are super super excited and our baby couldn’t be more wanted or loved. Adam has been excellent looking after me whilst I’ve been poorly and I honestly couldn’t ask for a more supportive or brilliant partner. So thanks Adam!

Any information about maternity wear, comfy undies, large cup maternity bra’s etc would all be greatly appreciated – as well as any stories about your experience with the NHS!

Hannah & Bump xx

Wearing Summer In Winter & A Look At Work Attire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi all!

With starting a new job recently, I’ve been getting back into wearing work-wear and dressing for an office environment. I’m not going to lie – my version of “smart” and “business” attire is generally a lot different to other peoples as I like to have fun with my clothes and keep them bright and quirky. With this is mind, I wanted to take a summer midi skirt and dress it up for work in the winter.

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I teamed this skirt with an origami collar blouse from ASOS curve which in my opinion, looked really great with the midi skirt. The skirt is highwaisted which works well with the blouse as it’s slightly over-sized on my waist/stomach and so the skirt pulls it in. I felt super confident in this outfit because it’s fun as well as smart. I also threw on a fuzzy black cardigan however I never got a snap of it.

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I kept my wig light. This is Treacle Toffee from Geisha Wigs which I straightened and backcombed a little. I think the colour of this wig goes well with the cream blouse and the orange of the skirt.

Some other looks I’ve been rocking at work lately -

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Dress – Scarlett & Jo

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Dress – Lady V London

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Jumper – Primark

Dress – ASOS Curve.

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Bardot top – ASOS Curve

Trousers – New Look for ASOS Curve.

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Dress – Bon Marche via Sarah

Cardigan – Collectif

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Dress – Lady V London

Cardigan – Collectif

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Peplum Top – ASOS Curve

Cardigan – Primark

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Trousers – ASOS Curve

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Dress – Lady V London

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Dress – ASOS Curve

Coat – Primark

Cardigan – Primark

Scarf – Vintage

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Dress – Matalan

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Oversized Jumper – Simply Be

As you can see, I’ve been having lots of fun with my different work-wear items, and of course my different wigs!

Do you like to dress a bit quirky below, or are you stuck in a uniform wishing to wear your own clothes?

Let me know below!

Hannah x

Put on your dancing shoes – Featuring Topshop Joyful Glitter T-Bar Heels.

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Hi all!

Have you ever found and item and just squealed a little bit inside with excitement?

Well that’s how I felt when I found this pair of shoes. Being disabled and having problems with my feet resulting in me very very rarely finding a pair of heels I can actually bare, I’ve pretty much written off having cute shoes for nights out and had accepted that boring flat dolly shoes would have to do. I had managed to find a great pair of black t-bar wide fit low heels from Primark for nights out which I love – but in honesty I was looking for something a little bit more special. Thankfully my wish was granted – and by Topshop of all places!

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 I popped in for sensible work shoes – I find their shoes last really well and are comfy – and spied this pair of glitter covered heels. I bee-lined over to them and found out that not only were they my size – but they were in the sale for £20! Not expecting them to be remotely comfy, I tried them on and was surprised when they fit me like a glove – result. I promptly purchased them and decided I was going to wear them on my next night out with my best friend Chloe.

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I of course needed a new bag and necklace to match my lovely new shiny shoes. The bag and shoes are both Primark bargains. I paid around £13 for the both – what a steal!

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I wore my new bits with my beautiful AX Paris Lace Prom Dress which I received for Christmas. I feel amazing in this dress and the accessories just finished the look off perfectly.

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Selfie!

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With my best friend in the world.

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Showing off my lovely necklace.

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Outfit shot!

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My shoes lasted all night and so the next day I woke up feeling fresh as a daisy and without the usual aches and pains after wearing heels. Unfortunately for Chloe – she wasn’t feeling so fresh the next day and spent a long time in my fuzzy rabbit nightie, in-front of the fire watching Netflix with my cat.

I’ve looked through Topshop shoes since my purchase and I’ve found that more and more low/mid height heels are popping up which is great for me. I look forwards to expanding my shoe collection this year.

What may be one small heel for wo-man, is one giant leap for Hannah-kind!

Bring on the shoes.

Hannah x

Hawaiian Doll – Featuring Collectif Dolores Doll In White Hibiscus.

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Hi all.

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of the Collectif Dolores Doll dress. I have this dress in both Summer Bouquet and Gingham and absolutely love the shape of it which works for my body so much. This dress nips me in right where I need to and is very generous in the bust – an area I really struggle with. I also owned the red Dolores Doll, however I wasn’t a massive fan of such a big block colour on me and sold it on to my fellow blogger Sarah – who coincidentally swapped this dress for wigs with me! It sat in my wardrobe until a special occasion – mine and Adam’s new years trip to Scotland! On the first night, we went to an amazing little restaurant for dinner and I gave the dress a trip out.

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 I love the colours in this dress – and I’m not usually one for light colours! The leaf print is really beautiful in person and the wooden buttons are a cute kitsch twist. All my dolores dresses have different cute buttons and they really make a difference to the dresses. Collectif always make sure to add little touches and details to their items and they really do make the pieces feel so high quality.

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I teamed the dress with deep red lips, my faithful Gok glasses and my wig is Black Ombre from Geisha Wigs with a vintage betty fringe snipped in.

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Adam also dressed for dinner in a vintage levi’s shirt he picked up in London, my scarf and a denim jacket I bought him for Christmas!

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My dinner was amazing and I was glad that the dress had a little stretch to account for what I ate. My starter was black pudding with bacon bits and a tangy sauce, and main was pan fried sea bass, green veggies served perfectly al dente and creamy mash. I was eyeing up pudding (which I’m sure the dress could accommodate) but I was far too stuffed! We headed back for drinks in the hotel bar and back to bed!

I’m looking forwards to what the next season of brings for Dolores prints! The current lookbook is offering soft florals and girly pastel shades which is exactly what i’d love to see – so hopefully I’ll have a few new pretties to show you in the next few months!

Hannah x

The Power Of The Voodoo – Featuring Voodoo Vixen at London Edge

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Hi all!

I’ve been super busy lately. Between the crazy hours at my new job and heading to London the last couple of weekends – I’ve barely had time to myself. I wouldn’t of changed any of it though because I’ve been involved with some really exciting projects such as filming for an up and coming documentary which I’m super excited about. One of the places I was filmed was at London Edge, which is a basically an alternative trade show featuring hundreds of brands. I was kindly invited here as a VIP by the wonderful Voodoo Vixen- one of my favorite up and coming plus size companies. I went along with a load of other bloggers in a whole range of shapes and sizes which was really refreshing to see. The idea was to go to the event, pick up a pre-chosen dress from Voodoo Vixen to wear (and very generously keep), then get a mini makeover with vintage hair styling and flawless pin-up makeup. There was also a goodie bag absolutely jam packed with amazing stuff such as cardigans and necklaces etc – however I missed out on this as I had to travel nearly 300 miles from home to the event. I wasn’t super bothered by this though because I’d already been gifted a beautiful dress.

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I travelled down to the event in a pair of highwaisted skinnies and ovesized blouse from ASOS curve. I dressed for ultimate comfort but still think I looked quite presentable. I went for no makeup as I would be getting my makeup done at the event.

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I decided to go for the Hattie dress and I purchased a bag and cardigan from Banned Apparel to go with the dress. I also wore an underbust corset to cinch my waist in as the dress was slightly big on the waist. It also gave the dress an alternative look so that it was different from anybody else wearing the same dress as me.

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I wore Hattie WITH a corset all and found the dress incredibly comfortable and unlike most other vintage style dresses I try – she was a decent length on me. For once – I wasn’t swamped!

After heading to the event and getting my dress/makeover I decided to check out some stalls armed with business cards – however it seemed like nobody was super interested in chatting to the people looking at the stalls which sucked. I gave up on networking and decided to take selfies with my babes instead!

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Me and Kelly! We met up at Kings Cross and spent the day together and ended up staying in the most random hotel with hidden staircases and lifts that went to nowhere. Safe to say we had an interesting evening..

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Chrissie is an instagram friend of mine I had the pleasure to meet at Tess Munster! We have fast become friends and she is a babe. Her blog is new but definitely worth a read.

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More blogger babes! We headed for some dinner after this where we were sadly harassed by a group of middle aged men who felt the need to keep telling me and Chrissie we were beautiful and pressing themselves against us at the bar. One man even shouted at me whilst I was leaving and so I shot a nasty retort. Unfortunately when you’re a “bigger girl” you’re more of a target and people feel like they can say/do as they please to you. This isn’t the case at all – us bigger babes have the same amount of self worth as any other sized person and alike them – we don’t deserve any form of harrassment.

After dinner we headed on a really cool (but cramped) vintage party bus to the venue. I kinda expected bunting or lights or music as it was a “party” but bus alas – it was just a bus! This is where my night really took a turn. I had enjoyed the whole day – even the travelling and the filming – however the party wasn’t quite as I expected and I felt a bit deflated and disappointed by it. The venue itself was gorgeous, but it wasn’t very accessible as the loos/cloakrooms were downstairs and I struggle with stairs. Then, there was the sheer volume of people. They say nothing attracts people more than a free bar and they were right! People were hoarding drinks and throwing them back quickly and by 8 the atmosphere was awful. There was nowhere to sit as people wouldn’t let us sit down on clearly empty booths or move their bags and so my sciatica was twinging in pain putting me in an even worse mood. We couldn’t even see the acts/burlesque for a line of men just stood at the front blocking the view which sucked. Thankfully when the free bar ended it started thinning out and we found space downstairs to hang out and have a little dance! Oh and of course to take more snaps.

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With my babes Chrissie & Kelly

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Toilet snaps with the lovely MUA!

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More snaps of my wonderful dress.

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One of the highlights of my night was definitely meeting Meth and discussing our love for Geisha Wigs! I’m wearing Noir here which stayed beautiful and comfy all day long.

Me and Kelly returned to our hotel not long after this as we were absolutely shattered from the day. We dissected the day together and both spoke of our love for the brand and how much we love their clothing/the ladies who run the brand and both hoped for more to come from them – which I’m sure they will. I’ve already spotted the Tilly dress in Black which is on my wishlist! The only downside to such a great day was the sheer volume of people at the party and people abusing the free bar. In my opinion, a wristband with so many free drinks to tick off/drinks tokens would of been much more fair – but there’s my past in event planning coming out.

So a big thank you to Voodoo Vixen for their generosity and kindness! Thank you so much for the invite – I look forwards to seeing what 2015 holds for you.