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Summer time is rolling round once again, and that means a flurry of weddings, events, and lots of reasons to rock a fabulous outfit. I’ve teamed up with Simply Be to show you three different looks for three different occasions that will caress your curves, flow over your figure, and generally make you feel like the belle of the ball – or indeed, garden party! These will be quite different looks that will hopefully inspire you to try something new at that next exciting engagement!

Please note that the following photos were taken on quite a breezy day, so expect a lot of hand in hair moments!

So you’re off to that wedding, or maybe a milestone Birthday party. This zebra print dress is that perfect eye catching outfit that makes a statement without being too fussy. It’s a lovely lined shirt dress with some thigh flashing slits, and you could easily dress it up or down with different footwear choices and accessories.

I chose to team it with some safari-tastic leopard print chunky heels and a surprisingly spacious gold bag, and I feel like all I would need is a hat or fascinator and I would be wedding ready, or off for a day at the races.

I went for a size 22 in this dress as it is button up and non stretch, and as you can see it fits well with no gaping. It also doesn’t require too much ironing in order to look event ready – bonus!

Next up is a slightly more formal look that would also work as a wedding outfit, or maybe something to dazzle in at a work event.

I love that colour mixtures of the cold shoulder top and beaded trousers and the way these two rich colours create such a smart look. The trousers are spectacular – that beading detail is so lovely and fun, and it makes them so interesting. I sized up to a 22 and found they came up quite big, and so would recommend sticking with your regular size in these.

The top isn’t something I would usually go for, but I felt that this was one cold shoulder look that really worked, and I teamed it with a red bra that simply blended with the straps. I have it in an 18 as the length and stretch is pretty decent.

The silver tassel bag and chunky silver heels helps pull the outfit together – plus who doesn’t love a heel that you can walk in and a bag that has enough room for all the essentials!

My final look is the most spectacular, and I felt like a sugar plum fairy in it! It would be perfect for a summer ball, a black tie wedding or event, or maybe as a wedding or bridesmaid dress.

This incredible gold dress makes a statement all on it’s own, and it was amazing to swan around London in it for photos!

It’s gold, it’s sequinned, it’s fluffy, and it brings the drama. The size 22 was pretty spacious even on my bust, so definitely go true to size in this beauty. I am 5’7, and these strappy gold heels were just high enough to let it sweep the ground.

On occasion you can feel the sequins brush against your arms, but it’s more of an awareness than an irritation. It was just dazzling in the sun, and even someone who isn’t always a maxi fan like me couldn’t help but be charmed.

So there we have it – three rather different looks that you could rock this summer. Which would you choose and where would you wear it?

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So it’s been nearly two years since I first stuck a menstrual cup up my fanny, and in that time pretty much every myth and fear that I had prior to using it has been vanquished, so I thought I would share this little post with you and tell you the eight things that using the cup has made me realise…

1. One cup does not fit all!

I use two different cups – the OrganiCup (which was gifted) and the Luna Cup. The Organicup is quite stiff, which means it unfolds more easily. But when I am a little sensitive up there it also means I can feel it more easily which cause some pain, and vice versa for the softer slightly less easy to unfold Luna. You have to make sure that the cup unfolds or else it’s a disaster, and it takes some practice and some feeling about.
I am over 30 and childless, but I use the smaller sized period cups and they fit just fine. But that’s me, my vagina, and it’s so personal and hard to actually recommend specific cups to someone – it’s all trial and error!

2. It *CANNOT* get lost

I personally have an accessible cervix (thank you smear test commentaries!), and so I am blessed with some peace of mind about the fact that cups and tampons cannot go too far. But regardless of whether you have also received this mid examination compliment, try to remember that if you have a cervix then there is no way anything can get lost. I accept that we are all different and sometimes we can panic or not be as mobile, and of course cups require a little more invasiveness than a tampon. But what goes in will come out – maybe practice at home for your first few cup insertions, and it will soon soothe your nerves.

3. There’s somehow less changes and yet more blood?!
Well, this isn’t strictly true, but bear with me! As a former tampon user I recall changing them every few hours on super heavy days. As tampons are essentially a giant absorbent and cups and a vessel, tampons make it seem like there is SO MUCH BLOOD, as a giant wodge of red is quite confronting. But in reality it’s not so much blood – but when you are pouring instead of extracting sodden sanitary waste it can seem like so much actual liquid, but the changes are less frequent. I do have so many friends who are worried that their flows are just too heavy for a cup – please, give it a go!

4. It’s going to be messy and hard to clean and change.

I was pretty lucky during my first cup using cycles as I seemed to be at home and using a toilet right by a sink for the first few goes. Two years on and things are very different. I have emptied the cup whilst blind drunk, on shoots whilst in corsets and stockings, whilst using squatty toilets in Asia, whilst in tiny, dark cubicles in rock clubs, in pristine houses – fear of cup drop alert! And so far it’s all been ok! I check for toilet roll – some for cup wiping, some for finger and crotch cleaning. And then I empty, wipe, and re insert. So far no TSS, and usually my next loo visit is by a sink.

5. The money saved – wow!
Periods used to cost me so much every month. And I knew a cup would save me money, but when doing the weekly shop it really makes me realise just how much! No more remembering to stock up on heavy duty bleached tampons, no more keeping supplies in every bag, no more nicking them from posh bathrooms to save a few quid, no more money spent! I also used to use tampons on lingerie shoots just to feel a little less, ahem, juicy. Now, a cup does the job! I do occasionally buy liners if I am staying somewhere else during the heavy days as I have had a few night time leaks, but I feel like I am set for years to come with my three strategically placed cups!
I should also add that not contributing too much extra sanitary waste to land fill has also made me feel good, but (rather awfully) the money saved was a bigger tick.

6. The TSS worry
Now as I said I have had to change and wipe the cup out a few times, which is not ideal as I prefer to keep close to a sink and rinse it with hot water. I did panic about TSS or getting some sort of infection, but so far so good. If you were super worried then you could always buy a few cups, as hopefully it will need changing once before you are home or near a sink. But they do wipe clean so easily with a bit of toilet paper.

7. The gross out factor
Now I am one of those weirdos who doesn’t mind a little grossness. My own periods have more fascinated than repulsed me, and so the menstrual cup blood aspect did intrigue me, and I did wonder if it would challenge my blasé attitude. Happily it has not, and it is also a source of fascination – who knew that there would be clots and mucus, and also so much blood after exercising?! But I know that for some the idea of fishing out a cup of their own blood feels repulsive – so be aware that it’s graphic and can be messy at times!

8. The cramps
Now this is one that sadly didn’t apply to me – the disappearance of cramps! I am blessed with the worst period pains, and sadly the cup didn’t help with that like it has for others. But not having to penetrate myself with an array of dry tampons definitely made things less sore in that respect!

I would love to hear your menstrual cup revelations and suggestions! It’s not a taboo subject, so let’s have a bloody discussion!

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I have recently been doing what I do best – wearing a buttload of dresses! Come take a peek and get inspired!

I am wearing everything with a Rosie Red corset.

I recently shot with Lady Voluptuous and I was allowed to keep a few dresses. Their revamped swing dress has been redesigned to be a good fit in pus sizes, and I found the sizing much truer, the length way better, and the sleeves nice and spacious.
Sadly as with all the shoes in this post they are pretty old, but this amazing straw bag is still very much available – expect to see is a lot in this post!

Have you ever seen anything the represents Easter in a dress as much as this stunning gifted number from Hell Bunny?! I’m wearing it in a 2XL, and it’s so pretty and lovely to wear. Also false buttons are my fave!

Hey again straw bag! It’s so lovely with this tropical dress, another gifted Hell Bunny number.
I also went for this in a 2XL, and it was a pretty firm fit over the boobs – 3XL might have been a little better. I love how this is a sleeveless dress that doesn’t have super thin straps, and the length is so very George!

This dress is SO BLOODY BEAUTIFUL! It has such a holiday feel with the length and roses, and the full skirt just makes it. Once again this is a rather snug in a 2XL, but I feel that works in my favour with regards to the cleave levels!

I am a sucker for a cute kitsch dress, and this gifted size 20 fruity little number from Collectif. The stripes, the colour… hello popular summer dress!

I know I know… this 3 piece set isn’t technically a dress, but it looks a little like one, so maybe it counts?! It’s from Violets In May, and the cut and colours are just so perfect! I have a few items from Lola’s store, and I adore the fabrics used and the quality of the garments. She can make anything in any size – sorry not sorry for your new wishlists!

It’s The Dress! The one that will be perfect for expecting mothers, to breastfeed in, to add layers under, and to dress up or down. I sized down three sizes to a 14 thanks to the shirred upper section, and it’s a great fit that still has some room to play with. Shop this fab dress here.

Oh hey, it’s another of the fabulous swing dresses – I am in a size 18 here. I love how bold the anchors are on this dress – such a pin up look.

Peacocks! I had to have this size 18 dress! I wasn’t sold on the pale green background initially, but it does make the beautiful print pop! This style is rather firm on the bust, and I would definately recommend it if you are smaller busted and after a great wrapover style!

Which look is your favourite?

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Fuller Figure Fuller Bust | A UK plus s.. by Fullerfigurefullerbust - 4M ago

Something I have always loved the look of but haven’t ever really tried is capris! They are often too thin, too low, and just don’t really work on me! However, I was recently offered a few gifted items from Hell Bunny, and I decided to give a few pairs of capris a go. I had briefly worn some of the other styles on their shoots, and so I knew that 3XL would likely be the best fit for me, and I asked for a gingham pair and a leopard print pair.

The fit was pretty perfect, bar the waist being a bit big. This mean that they were slightly lower at the back and a bit gapey. A size down wouldn’t go up as high, and so I might get them altered and add some belt loops – one thing that I think they’re missing.

The material of both pair is thin but stiff and stretchy bengaline. I found them quite unforgiving on the old fupa, and I didn’t like how they made my gut look. I love me so shapewear, but I thought it might cut in on my thighs and look very obvious. And so I took some scissors to an old and holey pair of Maidenform shapewear leggings (aff link) and made them a little shorter. They went under the leggings without adding too much bulk, and they just made me feel a little more comfortable and streamlined.

I paired the capris with some Dolores tops in a size 18, and they really work perfectly together. I think these outfits are a great smart casual look, and I will no doubt be rocking variations of them this spring and summer!

Are you a capri fan? What do you wear with yours?


All unlinked accessories are sadly unavailable, and just used as styling examples.

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I am getting to the point in my life where I feel like kids could be on the cards within the next few years – but please, don’t get too excited! I think that hitting 30 just makes you really think about how much time you might have. It really is something that Robbie and I are still mulling over, and right now we just want to enjoy our lives as adults with minimal responsibilities! But I want to feel ready when the time comes, and that means getting to know my body a little better, working on my strength and fitness and sleeping patterns, and generally feeling prepared – plus that all really helps with my stress and anxiety.

A product that I had seen talked about quite a lot by several bloggers and celebrities is the Ava Women fertility tracking bracelet.

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“The Ava Fertility Tracker is for women who want to monitor their health for trying to conceive or getting to know their bodies.

The Ava bracelet is a completely unprecedented method of tracking a woman’s cycle. While you’re sleeping, Ava’s sensors collects data on key physiological parameters. Ava’s algorithm then detects your fertile window, physiological stress level, sleep quality, and more.

Other devices of fertility tracking rely on only a single parameter, and thus cannot provide a complete picture of your fertility in real time. Ava detects the very first signs that the fertile window is beginning, and confirms when it ends.

And because Ava is a wearable device, it provides accurate information about your cycle with minimal user effort. Wear Ava when you sleep, and wake up to insight.”

The bracelet sounded pretty awesome, and I was keen to give it a go. I contacted the company to ask whether they worked with bloggers, and they happily said yes and outlined what sort of work they would want from me in terms of how many posts on here and my social media, and how many professional images. They have been really helpful and easy to contact over the past few months, and working with them has been really pleasant.

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So how have I gotten on with the bracelet? And what has it told me? Well it arrived and it was simple to set up the app and charge it up. It asks you a bit of info within the app, and when I entered my weight I was worried I would get given some sort of unsolicited advice about my health, but happily nothing like that happened. There are a series of lights that flash on the tracker that tell you different things – but all I take notice of is whether it vibrates to let me know it’s working when I put it on, and when it flashes purple and needs charging – this happens every two days. Ava is essentially a period tracking app that also works like a two way conversation. I tell it my cycle length and period dates and it predicts my fertility window and ovulation date. It basically measures 7 different physiological parameters and therefore can predict the fertile window in real time. And because it’s something that I wear overnight it then also tells me about my sleep amount and quality, heart rate, skin temperature, and breathing rate. It’s so interesting to see how things like alcohol and stress really cause my heart rate to go up, and after a good sleep and a day of working and gymming it comes right down. I can see patterns with how my body changes pre period, and these could be helpful down the line if I am trying to conceive and want to know what’s normal for me. The app is really easy to use, and logging things like mood swings, flow heaviness, any breast tenderness or cramps, or just general notes is really simple.


When you are in the app there are always different articles about cycles and ovulation and other things to read. I either didn’t listen properly at school (likely) or they didn’t go into much detail, because every day has been a school day! You can see where you are in your cycle just by checking the calendar – something that can be useful when giving information to doctors or trying to work out if your period will fall on the first day of your holiday! Gone are the days of thumbing through diaries or working it out with a quick tampon count – just open your app! Isn’t technology grand!

When I initially wore the bracelet I suffered from a slight irritation to the silicone on the inside of my wrist. I am pretty sensitive to a lot of things, and so I just took it as yet another thing that was causing me to itch. I treated the area with a steroid cream and tried to keep the bracelet clean. I do still get the odd itch, but things have calmed down since my first few weeks.

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I have been using the bracelet for 3 cycles now, and my bracelet surprised me this morning with this message:

My bracelet has seen how my body has changed each cycle and it can now predict cycle lengths and things like ovulation. My periods aren’t always overly regular, and this app seems to have cottoned on pretty quickly! It can handle slight cycle fluctuations between 24 to 35 days, and the more you tell it the more it gets better at predicting cycle length. I have set the app to track periods, so this message was somewhat surprising – and I think it’s worth noting that even if you aren’t trying you get told about your body and cycle, so make sure your head space is ok to receive these types of alerts. However, on the flip side, don’t be fooled into thinking that you can use these predictions as a way to NOT conceive – contraception is the only way!

One function that I really love is the silent alarm. Being woken up by a gently vibrating bracelet is way better than a shrill beeping phone, and it’s simple to set up and change via the app.

So would I recommend Ava? I think it’s a really great bit of technology that could be useful if, like me, you are wanting to keep an eye on things with a view to maybe conceiving, or you are actively trying. I know it might seem unnecessary to some to rely on a gadget to track and log things as people coped fine before all these techy bits came along, but there really is no harm in getting to know your body and it’s cycles a little better. It motivates me to try to sleep better, become a little more active, and I am trying so hard to stress less before bed – though that one needs more work! You can also use the bracelet whilst pregnant to monitor your heart rate and sleeping patterns and note down any body or discharge changes – and obviously these can once again be useful to have to hand during check ups.

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If you are thinking of trying the bracelet and you aren’t sure about what it does or you have any FAQs then click here to read a little more about it all. Drop a comment if you have any questions, and if you do fancy grabbing one then you can use ‘georgina20’ to get yourself £20 off!

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This is a paid partnership. The fee covers my work, blog post and social media posts, and the cost of professional images. It doesn’t pay for an opinion.

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I love activewear. Aside from wearing it at the gym I also like to wear it… well, pretty much everywhere else! It’s easy to wear, comfy to drive in, great to move in when I’m running late (always), and you don’t get too sweaty in it!

Recently Playful Promises sister brand Wolf&Whistle released a stunning range of sustainable activewear pieces in sizes 6-26. The prints, the promises of high-waisted items, the sustainability factor… it all seemed amazing! I contacted the brand and asked for some items, and thy sent me some pieces – all of it in a size 20.

I found that everything fitted like a second skin, and so I would say it’s all pretty true to size.

The material is lovely and thick, and super squat proof. I was worried that it might be a bit shiny or slippery, but it has a matte like finish that doesn’t show every dip and dimple.

The high waisted leggings are perfection. They fit over my bum, taper in at the waist, and have stayed up pretty well during my weight lifting sessions. My big gripe would still be the lack of waist tie, and it just makes sure there is zero movement, and it’s easily removed if people aren’t fans. I wouldn’t feel too ok in them for a cardio session as I think I would need to pull them up a lot. As it I did have the adjust them and pull them up every so often during my weight session, because having a fat body that moves and has rolls means that items have less chance of staying put.

I also would love to see more brands doing 3/4 or 7/8 length leggings. This length is great and useful, but I am a girl who loves a flattering item, and those other lengths make my fairly short legs seem a lot longer!

The shorter length leggings came up surprisingly high on me, and they lasted ok during a weight lifting session at the gym – but there was lots of pulling up inbetween sets. The lack of wasit tie simpy means that they are pretty bad at staying up, and I am far too squashy to have things just sat on my hips. I am but one fat woman giving my opinion, but I do feel that sizing things up to plus size without making a few changes can lead to items maybe being a little less suitable.

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Fuller Figure Fuller Bust | A UK plus s.. by Fullerfigurefullerbust - 5M ago

Content warning – discussing joining and attending the gym as a plus size/body conscious person. Mentions weight loss thoughts.

Afterr sticking at it foor a few years, I recently lost my mojo and motivation with my garage gym, and I decided that the best thing for my mental health and fitness was to bite the bullet and join my local gym. I had been putting it off as it’s several miles away, and the idea of attending a gym that I had to drive to just didn’t feel right! But I am nearly two months in and it was the absolute best decision for me right now. Talking about this over on my social media sparked some discussions amongst my followers about the fear of joining the gym, and the anxiety around things like gym classes and different sections. So I thought I would tell you about my long and varied flirtation with working out and joining gyms.

I have been attending gyms on and off since the age of 16, but I have changed in so many ways over the years. I definitely over think a lot more now, but I also feel like I know my way round the gym a little more. When I first joined the gym I was at college, and odd though it seems I really missed doing P.E.! I missed the routine, the release, the sweating, the endorphins. I had been a semi active child – dance lessons, football matches, sailing, two years as a sport captain at school. I was never the best, never the top of my game, never particularly athletic looking. But I liked to move my body, and so free gym sessions seemed ideal. I went about two to three times per week and I mostly did cardio – running, cycling, rowing, and a little circuit on a few easy to understand weight machines. I always felt like the fat one, and I always felt a bit like a fraud. But happily the teacher who worked there was so free of judgement, and that seemed to set the mood with everyone who attended. I remember that he would semi regularly take everyone’s blood pressure, and seeing mine slowly improve made me believe in my body and feel good about keeping it moving.

After I left college I spent a year travelling, and I kept pretty active. I then had a multitude of hospitality jobs and always felt like I moved a lot, but being on my feet at work didn’t give me those same endorphins. I joined a local YMCA gym, and I was pretty nervous about being back in an environment that was familiar but also so alien. My best method was to fake it and act confident. iPod on, headphones in, avoid eye contact and just do my bits on the machines – once again that meant cardio and a little weight circuit. I know that a lot of people see gym as pointless – why pay when you can work out for free. You can run, do push ups, sit ups, crunches. But for me the routine and almost ceremony of it all just did something for my mindfulness. I may have been bigger, and I may have had to pull my trousers up 50 times per workout, but I always left feeling satisfied.

I then moved away from the area, and I decided to take up running. I was under the impression that cardio would make me slim, and I had a series of toxic work environments that left me feeling like I wasn’t adequate. I was the ‘big girl with the pretty face’ who was often openly asked about me weight and plans to shed some, and so exercise felt less like ‘I’m fat and working out’ and more like ‘I am changing myself for the better, becaause everyone thinks I need to’. But as is the way with someone who is burning off several hundred calories and has poor knowledge about food, I would generally get home and fill the hungry void. And so things never really changed and I was fitter, but no smaller.
Slowly but surely it clicked that running was making me pretty miserable, and so after joining a swimming pool for a month, I joined a swanky ‘health club’ with a pool and a spin room and a person who handed you a towel upon arrival. It was here that I really remember feeling self conscious. I used to use the running machines and do a few weights, but I would stay away from the free weights section as the grunting men really put me off. I didn’t feel that I could confidently use anything, and truth be told I didn’t really know what to do. I realised that I would stay where I felt safe in the gym – and that was ok and it worked. But my lack of knowledge about the type of workouts I could do elsewhere made me feel hindered and a bit out of place.
I decided to quit the gym after nearly a year, and I once again tried to run semi regularly, and workout to DVDs and the WiiFit in the living room. But there were too many distractions at home, too many reasons to half ass it.

And then, around 4 years ago, I was offered the chance to work out with some top PTs – three sessions per week for 12 weeks. It was part of a weight loss feature that I was involved in, and it really ignited my love of the gym. Having PTs tailor workouts for me that weren’t too high impact or boring and monotonous really meant that I got the most out of my sessions with them. I learnt that I am strong, I am flexible, and I have pretty good stamina. I learnt about body weight workouts, about nutrition, about rest days and moderation. I saw working out as a way to just feel better, and not as a tool to aid weight loss or to punish myself. I may have been losing weight, but there was never any correlation between that and gruelling workouts. Workouts were about moving my body and clearing my mind. And it really made me confident. I had always poo pooed the idea of a PT – why did I need to pay to work out and then pay even more to have someone show me how? But honestly, being given the chance to train at Bodyism made me realise that maybe I did need some direction.

During my 12 weeks I also joined the local gym that Robbie also attended – I needed to keep up with a routine so that ending my time with Bodysim didn’t make me lose all motivation. I was a cocky little shit upon signing up, and acted like a know-it-all during my induction. I had gone from gym shy to gym nob, and for a while I really acted like I was holier than thou with my TRX rotuines and two minute planks. But then my time with my posh trainers came to an end, and I decided to employ a PT at my new gym and started to attend classes. I realised that I loved Boxing and Spin, and I learnt about good form in the weights classes. My PTs kept me motivated, as did the new friends that I made at the gym – hello one Miss Lisa Foggin! I gained a gym social life, and I became someone I never thought I could be – a little bit of a gym bunny! I still felt a bit intimidated by the free weights section as I didn’t always trust my form, but I had enough of a routine to be getting on with.

And then I moved away, and that’s when the infamous garage gym was born! I had googled about for cheaper local gyms, and there was nothing close by, and so I built myself a little circuit room. And despite the weird looks from my neighbours, I would get in there and use my bike, punch my boxing bag, beat my battle ropes and swing my kettlebell. I had a timer app, a light, and I tried to ignore my curious neighbour’s stares. But slowly and surely – and I am sure you can see the pattern – I made more excuses and put in less gym time. And that’s when I noticed my stamina going and my mental health worsening. I did things like ‘Borrow My Doggy’ and tried to walk more, but I would often make excuses. And then I realised that I was missing the gym. Missing the way classes kicked my ass. Missing the getting away from home and my work and putting the effort in. Missing having a large space to work out. And thanks to a friend who also attends the gym, I signed up. But going from my familiar gym in Twickenham to this large and hostile gym in Woking felt pretty intimidating. I was back to that paranoid creature who worried about being in the weights section. It took me several weeks to muster up the courage to attend a class. I didn’t see any other fat people – this is a gym that looks like the fitness hashtag on instagram. There are dozens of muscle bound PTs, and tens of petite girls in GymShark leggings and tiny croptops all doing bendy or springy or high intensity things. I felt like a brightly coloured elephant in my loud gym gear. I felt like people would assume I was there to ‘New Year New Me’ and just think me a failure. I got in my head and just felt like I was on display. I would worry that everyone was noticing how I could only manage 30 seconds of high intensity on the step machine, or ten seconds of deadmills. I didn’t feel at home in this gym.
The turning point happened a few weeks ago. I had started to attend classes – I started with one of my favourites, a circuit class. I know where I’m at with circuits and it opened the floodgates. Despite being the slowest and fattest, I was still there, still getting my sweat on. People smiled at me, PTs encouraged me, I was owning it. And then I decided to book onto a Boot Camp using the gym app – an app!!! So futuristic! That day I had period pains, I had just started CBT, and I felt that the gym was just what I needed. I turned up and it just felt like everyone knew what was happening – they all had kettlebells. I went to grab one, but there were only heavy ones left. The PT then made us do a lot of running to warm up, and then explained that the class would be 7 rounds of 3 minutes – 30 kettle bells swings, 20 jump squats, 15 sit ups and then rest for the remaining time. After one round I realised that as the slowest one, I was left doing everything with no rest at the end. In the second round my kettlebell felt impossible, and I chose not to jump when squatting. I was mortified. I felt awful, teary, and to be honest, I was angry at the PT. I knew it was ‘Bootcamp’, and I likely wasn’t quite right for it. But gym classes shouldn’t feel so intimidating. I was hoping it would just be a HIIT or circuit type class, and I couldn’t do it. I was seconds away from throwing a tantrum and bursting into tears – did you know I’m highly strung?! And so instead I picked up my water bottle and bag and just got out of there. I probably felt the worst as I stood there in the gym sobbing and not knowing anyone. I felt really embarrassed and awful – but then something happened that sounds awful but really wasn’t. No one noticed me. No one noticed the overweight woman in the bright pink leggings in floods of tears – or if they did they were too polite/engrossed to stare. No one looked up from their cross trainer or dumbbell because everyone was focussing on themselves. It was lonely but also quite refreshing. And it meant that the next time I went to the gym I felt comfortable and confident. Before going in I mentally went over what I wanted to do in the gym, and then I went in, headphones in and acted like I knew what I was doing. Before using busy sections I took a moment and planned what I wanted to do there. Squats on the Smith machine in the weight area. Kettle bell swings by the mats. Deadlifts by the rack. I paid my monthly fee, I was polite to everyone, and I had every right to be there. Sure, I am fat. Sure, people are going to notice it. And sure, they will have all sorts of opinions about me being there. But I know my limits, I know what my body can do, and I know when I need to stop or slow down. The loewst point had happened, what could be worse than failing at a class and having a teary episode in the middle of the gym.

I definitely owe a lot of my gym confidence to a having PT sessions. They made me aware of what I can do, they encouraged me, and they helped me realise that I can push myself. Between them and going to classes I learnt about good form, and what a routine that would push me looked like. I also follow a lot of fitness bloggers, and seeing them do certain workouts made me realise I can do them too. I try to see myself less as ‘me fat, them thin’ and more that I am the same but just a little slower, a little sweatier, and a little rounded.

These are just brain farts, and I don’t know how useful they will be. But if you have any gymspirational words or thoughts then please, leave a comment. Maybe you work out at home, maybe you dance, swim, do yoga. What works for you and why?

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Oh I am such a sucker for a leopard print anything, and when I saw this midi length leopard print beauty I just had to have it!

I ordered it in a 22 to allow for some button over boob action to comfortably take place, and I was certain that at 5’7 the length would be to my taste.
It arrived, and the first thing that struck me was how soft it was! So lovely and comfy – and in the kind of fabric that didn’t seem to crease too easily.

I had been bang on with ordering a 22, and the buttons closed with room to spare! Happily the waist tie cinched me in at the middle where it looked slightly baggier, creating a really nice silhouette. It is worth noting that in these photos I have styled the dress with a lightly cinched Rosie Red corset and some Maidenform shapewear shorts.

I am off to Cambodia in a few weeks, and I feel that this dress will be perfect when needing to dress more modestly due to the length and the buttons. Plus it’ll be light enough in the heat, but not so much that it clings to me. It could easily be dressed up or down – or even worn completely open over a bikini.
I love how the leopard print is subtle, and from a distance the dress looks more like a mottled brown pattern. It happily goes really well with gold jewellery, which is lucky because I love me an oversized hoop earring. Shop similar hoops here and here.

But to keep it a little more weather appropriate for these photos I chose to style the dress with some trusty wide fit ankle boots and a fringed cropped jacket – which is old, so I have linked a similar one here. I am once again pleasantly surprised by how the ankle boots don’t make my legs look shorter, and will be continuing to add them to dresses and skirts in this grim puddly weather! I always find my Evans ones wide enough so that they don’t cut it, with lovely cushioned soles.
The weather this weekend called for accessories to protect from every element, and I am thrilled to be dusting off these sunnies that I nabbed from ASOS last year. Find similar oversized pairs here, here, and here.

I hope that my fellow leopard lovers also adore this simple yet rather lovely dress.

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Back in the summer those lovely folk at Voodoo Vixen teamed up with Unique Vintage to create a gorgeous collection or straight and plus size items. I was lucky enough to be gited some dresses, and I have styled them here to suit maybe a winter wedding or night out. Please note that all of the dresses are 2XL, and sadly the jacket and cardigans are from Collectif, but now sold out.

As you can see these three dresses are pretty different in terms of style and fit, but they are all really fun in terms of pattern and colour.

This Barbie wiggle dress is made out of the softest and stretchiest bengaline! As you can see it’s pretty thick and doesn’t cling too much to my shapewear clad lumps and bumps. The length is fab, and the colour just pops!

If I could change a few things about this dress it would be: make the sleeves longer and the neckline lower! But apart from that it’s really pretty, and I love the pockets and the button details.

How perfect is this picnic style gingham dress?! I particularly love the little ant brooches that you can clip on – although a few of them did break quite easily, so just bear that in mind.

The pleated waist always adds inches on me, and so I added a corset for these photos, and I will probably either add a corset or a belt when I next wear it as I really like that dramatic look. The full skirt is really pretty, and it’s just such a super girly and fun dress! The thin straps do show my bra – but that’s alright with me as I’m pretty ok with the fact that I wear a bra! And once again this gem has POCKETS!

Ah how lovely are the fresh colours in this Detroit dress?! It’s probably my favourite out of the three just because you do not see enough orange!

I thought that I would hate the high neckline – and I am not a huge fan of it without the cardigan. But once you add it it helps balance it out a little more. I think I will probably get it adjusted to just be a little lower, and I can see me rocking this a lot over the summer. Once again those waist pleats called for a corset, and I really enjoyed how it looked with a little more drama. Sadly, this is one that creases rather easily, but the pattern does disguise that pretty well!

So which dress is your favourite out of the three, and where would you wear it?

Photos by Katherine McMorran

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