Best kept secrets of the North East – Featuring Oven Middlesbrough.

Hi all!

I was recently asked by Travelodge to write about the best kept secrets in the North East. I was having a hard time deciding on a place as recently Middlesbrough has had an eruption of fantastic new places to eat and drink and so I was really spoilt for choice. A few nights ago me and Adam registered our daughter Eleanor who is now three and a half weeks old! After we registered her we decided to go for some dinner together to celebrate the beautiful little girl that we created. It was then that whilst on the way to another place, we stumbled across this little beautiful eaterie which looked too interesting to walk past.

Welcome to Oven.

The biggest thing that actually attracted me over to Oven was the outside decor. The place is really stunning. The outside is glass fronted with faux grass on the floor which is lined with plants in giant pots and cute metal tables/.


The inside is even more stunning with dark, distressed flooring, beautiful wooden tables, a stunning black ceiling with spotlights and recessed spaces filled with ornaments and other trinkets and an exposed brick bar with spot lighting.



We were a bit dubious when we read that the menu was A la carte as that generally means tiny bites of things that leave you wanting a McDonalds afterwards, but we decided to try it anyway. We were not left hungry.

We arrived around half four-ish which meant we could still order from the Lunch menu which had one course for £8.95, two courses for £11.95 or three for £14.95 which is fantastic value. The menu is small but there’s a good selection of dishes and I was debating on a few. In the end I decided on chicken liver pate which came with onion and chilli jam and fresh bread.


I then went on to have the chargrilled Philadelphia steak which was served with a Diane sauce, onion rings, a basket of fries and fresh vegetables.12202317_1514766038837859_2126770575_n12202128_1514766048837858_911436547_n

(The sides came beautifully presented.)


I then had sticky toffee pudding for dessert which melted in the mouth and was the perfect ending to the meal.


Adam really enjoyed his meal too.


He started with the calamari which I tasted and was beautiful. He then went onto his second course which was a steak and rib burger topped with cheese, salad and a sauce. This was served with fries and was delicious. The burger was perfectly seasoned, juicy and very tasty. He also finished with sticky toffee pudding.


(Sleeping soundly!)

We definitely loved Oven and can’t wait to return. The only downsides were the drinks came in glass bottles and I prefer drinks on tap. £2.75 for 330ml of coke seemed a little expensive and I actually prefer the taste of dispensed drinks. Also, we paid for a bread basket  as I had the pate and it only came with two tiny pieces and then other people were offered complimentary bread. I wish we had been brought it first before we ordered some but again, it’s not a big deal.

So you might want to head over before everybody hears about the place and fills it up! It went from dead to busy within an hour of us being there so get in whilst you can!

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 –


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!


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 –


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 –


The Ava multiway wired bra, with matching pants.


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

I carried a watermelon – Introducing Eleanor Bridie Lister.

Hi all!

Sorry I’ve been quiet lately – but I’ve had a good excuse; my beautiful daughter Eleanor Bridie Lister made her arrival into the world via elective c-section on 13th October 2015!


Less than an hour old.


First pic.


I carried a watermelon.

It has been a lot to get used to but I am loving being a mummy. Eleanor is a wonderful, content baby and is already settling into a routine. The c-section itself went awfully, I felt most of it and I was very poorly afterwards but she was worth all the pain, all the tears and all the struggle. When I look at her, the months struggling with SPD, Clexane injections, insulin injections, steroid injections and being unable to get out without a wheelchair seem to just slip away. She truly is the best thing that has happened to me, and I can’t thank her daddy enough for helping me make such a beautiful little treasure.









So now I’m a mum I guess the focus of my blog will be changing a little. I’ll still be bringing you fabulous plus size clothing, lingerie, shoes and accessories but I’ll also be bringing you more posts about being a mummy on a budget, how I dress my little lady, our trips out and more lifestyle/out and about posts! Hopefully you’ll find this interesting and will be with me on my journey into motherhood and this new chapter of my life.

So I’m going to finish this blog post with some snaps of us from the last ten days. Normal service will be resuming so thank you for being patient with me whilst I’ve had a brief hiatus and I hope you enjoy my blog!








Lots of love – Hannah & Eleanor x

Something Olde that’s something new.

Hi All!

Sometimes with blogging, events are spaced out. However sometimes they all happen at once and you ended up super busy! This is what happened when The Curve Fashion Festival and The Festival of Thrift clashed with each other and then I was also invited to the beautiful new premises of The Olde Young Teahouse (TOYT) for a bloggers meet. Both festivals looked too good to miss – So I decided to visit both! One on the Saturday and one on the Sunday. Thankfully the event at TOYT was on Sunday Evening to I was able to also slot that in!


If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know I love TOYT and have blogged about it a couple of times. I was so glad I got to attend and was glad it was the last event as It was the perfect way to arrive. I rocked up slightly later after being at The Festival of Thrift and was greeted by the lovely Tea Bee herself Carli and an array of refreshments.





I promptly got myself a delicious fruit punch served in a kitsch Jam-Jar glass and took in my surroundings. The Tea House has always been a place of comfort for me – an almost magical place saved for special days and times when I’ve needed a real pick me up. After a busy weekend I was glad for a visit and it was nice to visit in a more intimate setting without it being super full.



I love the decor – it’s exactly what i’m into. Shabby Chic with a D I Y aesthetic which radiates though the use of reclaimed wood, scaffolding boards and wooden boxes mounted on the wall.


I LOVE how these masculine D I Y features are balanced out with feminine bunting, lampshades, retro styl wallpaper and mismatched china.


More refreshments were offered – how could I turn down a well brewed cup of yorkshire tea and a chocolate/caramel cake that melted in my mouth?


After I filled my tummy, I snapped this image with owner Carli! By this time, this mumma-to-be was exhausted from a full on weekend and decided to call it a night.


Mega thanks to Carli for her delicious refreshments and kind hospitality. I can’t wait to bring Baby Eleanor to visit when she arrives – I’m sure she will love the teahouse as much as I do and it will become one of our regular places to visit!

Hannah x

An afternoon treat for a mum, and a mum to be! Featuring The Malmaison Newcastle.

Hi All,

Do you have one of those months when everybody seems to be born? I do – July! I have at least 6 close close family birthdays, some other close family birthdays and even a wedding anniversary. With this in mind I have to be extra organised through out this month to make sure everybody gets a good gift and that I remember every different person. This year I decided that my mum deserved something special and decided to book her into a SPA day with afternoon tea. The only downside to this, was the voucher was for two people and so I went along as company – begrudgingly of course!


Getting snug in complimentary robes (we had to add a towel to cover my bump)


Relaxing room!


Calming atmosphere.


A big trolley through of oils etc!

My voucher cost £99 and for that we received a back massage with oils (I went for a pregnancy massage), a lovely express facial, use of the facilities such as sauna, steam room and huge massging chairs – and then a huge afternoon tea.


The treatments were incredible on my aching pregnant body but the real treat of the afternoon was the afternoon tea. I’m not sure where we put it al! There was finger sandwiches,  scones with cream and jam, mini victoria sponges, tiny creme brulee, cheesecakes and of course – endless supplies of tea. We made our way back to the car after this and made the mistake of going to IKEA whilst incredibly full and had to waddle round. We also went and chose my pram after this which was very exciting and I will be sharing it with you on another post.

My blog will be changing soon. I’m very close to being a mum so as well as showing off fat fashion, I’ll also be including my little girl and her wonderful outfits as well as day trips out and more lifestyle posts etc! I really want to blog about positive parenthood and shaping my child to be a confident, well rounded and happy person – as well as the ups and downs of being a plus size mumma!

Finally, my blog has been nominated for an award! After such a tough year, I’d absolutely love to win this. Head over to here and check “Fabulously Fat Fashion” to vote for me. It would mean the world to me!

Hannah x