Monday, April 29, 2013

Marvelous Mondays: Sheer Tops

Welcome to the another instalment of Marvelous Mondays, a weekly blog challenge between myself and four other fabulous fatshion bloggers. Make sure to go check out their outfits today, too! Links are at the bottom of the post.
Our philosophy: Monday is nobody’s favorite day of the week, but maybe its terrible reputation is a little undeserved. We’re on a mission to make ours (and hopefully yours) a little less awful by dressing marvelously!

Theme of the Week: Sheer Tops

Sheer Blue Top ~ Marks & Spencers
Black Camisole ~ Marks & Spencers
Puffball Skirt ~ ASOS Curve
Fishnet Tights ~ No name brand from TK Maxx
Wedge Trainers ~ New Look
Triple Horn Ring ~ Made by me (most recent college brief)  

I have about 5 sheer tops and I bloody love them, but I'm a bit shy about wearing them, especially without a cami top underneath. I'd love to be able to just wear a cute bra & a sheer top as I've seen so many fine, fat tumblr babes in that style and its lovely, but not for me just yet.

Especially when my brother takes my photos! 

First time I've worn this top because when I bought it I thought it was too small, which is mad as I am bigger than I was & I love the fit. Strange how a change of perspective turns things around.

I don't think I've ever worn a ring (apart from my thumb ring which I wear every day) on this blog, mainly because I have giant hands, so find it impossible to find rings that fit.

The rings I'm wearing in these photos are the final pieces for my most recent college brief, which was to make a cast ring based on something from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. I chose Sophie Ryder and her fantastic minotaur sculptures. 

As you can see I made three stackable rings, two silver and one larger one in bronze. The silver pieces are textures on the inner part of the ring shank & the horns, whereas the bronze is smooth in these places, but textured around the outside of the ring. I'm really proud of this piece because I made the wax model in about half an hour before we had to hand it over to be cast. My original model broke on the final day, so I'm pleased I could make something I like so much in that time frame.

I might do a master post of what I've made in my jewellery course soon with better close up pictures. 


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

52 Lists - Week Two

Hit up my 52 Lists label down below if you're not sure what this is.

List Your Greatest Comforts:
  • Listening to Music - specifically Frank Turner or a fun playlist
  • Escapism - any tv show/movie/book that takes me far away
  • Fantasy/Daydreaming - I live in my head a lot
  • Holidays
  • Cups of Tea
  • Blankets
  • Quotes
  • Art - going to museums, galleries or just reading about it online
  • Baths
  • Clothes/Personal Style
  • Blogging
  • Books - A Song of Ice & Fire series is my crack at the moment
  • My Dogs
  • Doodling - painting, drawing or just scribbling
  • Ice Cream - Ben & Jerry's only please
  • Tumblr
  • Browsing Shops
  • Sleeping
  • Comedy
  • Terrible Horror Movies
  • Snuggling into a Comfy Jumper
  • Making Jewellery
  • A Home Cooked Meal
  • Playing Video Games - I'm loving Fallout: New Vegas at the moment
  • Discussing Things I Truly Believe In
  • Concerts/Gigs

Monday, April 22, 2013

Marvelous Mondays: Inspired by Artwork

Welcome to the eighth instalment of Marvelous Mondays, a weekly blog challenge between myself and four other fabulous fatshion bloggers. Make sure to go check out their outfits today, too! Links are at the bottom of the post.

Our philosophy: Monday is nobody’s favorite day of the week, but maybe its terrible reputation is a little undeserved. We’re on a mission to make ours (and hopefully yours) a little less awful by dressing marvelously!

This week’s theme: Inspired by Artwork

Cobalt Blue Dress ~ ASOS Curve
Striped Long Sleeve T-Shirt ~ Marks & Spencers
Monet Waterlilies Scarf (worn as a belt) ~ Amazon
Denim Wedges ~ New Look
Mermaid Necklace ~ I Love Crafty
Artist's Palette Headband ~ The Libertarian at Rock n Rose
Lipstick ~ Hipster Ariel by Geek Chic Cosmetics    

I really liked the idea  of the outfit, but the art inspiration might be a little lost. I was inspired by Claude Monet's waterlily paintings, like the one on this scarf as well as sea scapes and aquatic paintings. 

I feel a little bad that I was so literal and just added an actual art print, but I am still ill and didn't sleep last night, so this is what you get.

I've never worn this scarf as a belt before though! I was actually inspired by Leah's obi belt, so I thought that the print adds some interest to an otherwise plain dress.

I bought this scarf here, but I remember mine being a little cheaper. I really want a van Gogh version as well as he is my favourite artist. I wish I would have made an outfit inspired by Starry Night, but unfortunately I don't have anything even remotely like it!

Do you want to know what a weird details geek I am? Well after I decided I would go for this acquatic theme, I thought well I'll add my new I Love Crafty mermaid necklace, this led to a series of aquatic additions.

Aquatic Items:

  • I Love Crafty Mermaid Necklace
  • Geek Chic Cosmetics "Over the Narrow Sea" eyeshadow
  •  OPI nail polish in "Mermaid Tears"
  • Geek Chic Cosmetics listick in "Hipster Ariel"
  • Waterlilies Scarf
I drew a lot from the Sea Gallery in Pwllheli, which is a gorgeous little art gallery stocked with work from local artists inspired by the sea which is only steps away!

I might be a little obsessed with mermaids and the sea, which is odd as I'm super terrified of open water. I just love seeing the ocean and my love of mermaids is a result of tumblr.

 My Inspiration Gallery:

Ian Norris

Dianne Metcalfe

And some I have no artist name for because they were not properly sourced on pinterest.

Hope you like it my interpretation! :)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

52 Lists - Week One

 So the idea here is to create a list a week throughout 2013 (I am late to the game as always) based on the prompts from Moorea Seal's page here. Each Tuesday there will be a new prompt and if you participate remember to link your list back to Moorea! There are already 15 beautiful prompts available, which makes the list maker in me very happy!

Words That Touch Your Soul:

  • Serenity
  • Wanderlust 
  • Enigmatic
  • Requiem
  • Mythogenesis
  • Bibliophile
  • Recovery
  • Poetry
  • Essential
  • Freedom
  • Journey
  • Ballad
  • Sensitive
  • Harmonious
  • Lunar
  • Enthrallment
  • Sisterhood
  • Ruminate
  • Nonsensical
  • Artistic
  • Selenolatry
  • Introspective
  • Elusive
  • Unconditional
  • Library
  • Redemption
  • Element
  • Lignin
  • Creation
  • Sabaism
  • Profound
  • Crepuscular

Monday, April 15, 2013

Marvelous Mondays: Breaking a Fashion Rule

Welcome to the eighth instalment of Marvelous Mondays, a weekly blog challenge between myself and four other fabulous fatshion bloggers. Make sure to go check out their outfits today, too! Links are at the bottom of the post.

Our philosophy: Monday is nobody’s favorite day of the week, but maybe its terrible reputation is a little undeserved. We’re on a mission to make ours (and hopefully yours) a little less awful by dressing marvelously!


This week’s theme: Breaking a Fashion"Rule"

Pleather Vest ~ New Look Inspire
Sheer Sparkly Top ~ Forever21 +
Black Crop Top ~ BHS (I think? Its ancient)
Pleather Shorts ~ Very
Boots ~ Doc Martens
Ankh Earrings ~ New Look
Gold Cuff ~ ASOS 
Once again, the wind loves my fashion choices! This week was about breaking fashion "rules", which made me think about how fat or plus size people are told they must dress to be that awful word "flattering". So I went for something unflattering, but I like it anyway!
I did a leather version of double denim, a sheer shirt, my muffin top is on show and I'm mixing silver and gold accessories. Plus even though you can't super see it I haven't shaved my legs in months and months.
My stomach and thighs, some of the fattest bits of me are on show and to be honest I thought I'd be freaking out at this point, especially as they are now on the internet, somewhere not famed for its kindness to fatties. But weirdly I'm ok with it, I like my body and I like who I am. When I dress up ridiculously it shows my sense of humour and frivolity and I'm ok with that, so come on take your best shot!

 I'll be honest I wore this outfit for about 20 minutes only because I am really ill, so I'm not wearing any make-up either.

 My brother took these pictures and he insisted that I do a jacket over one shoulder shot, which came out hilarious so I had to include them. He also told me I should have just worn my pyjamas for this challenge, but I thought this was more interesting.

 Also, look at all the sun in these pictures, its finally Spring in the UK, at least for today.
Sorry, there isn't a whole lot of text today, I feel like death right now so I'm off to curl up on my sofa again.
Check out the other Marvelous Monday participants:

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A-Z of Me: A is for Art Jewellery

I've been scratching my head trying to think of ways to make this blog more than just outfits and then I saw that the lovely Becky of Becky Bedbug had just finished an A-Z series where she wrote about something she loved or related to her beginning with every letter of the alphabet.

So I e-mailed her to ask if I could nab the idea and she said of course! So here is my first instalment.

A is for Art Jewellery

Since starting my jewellery design course at college, I've become a massive geek about art jewellery and wearable art. I would describe this type of jewellery as conceptual jewellery, often made of odd or non-metal materials, though this isn't always the case, but I think that there is always a narrative to follow.

Here are a few of my favourite pieces:

Ted Noten's Chew Your Own Brooch

Ted Noten created a project in the late 90s in which included a kit sent to the buyer, which would include a single stick of chewing gum. You chew your gum, send it back to Noten and get it cast in gold or silver, which are often described as "a small sculpture fashioned by your mouth."

As it says at this video of the project, "Noten has given the chewer a creative influence on the end product and the anxiety of being an artist for a few minutes, tapping into the creative child within us and poking fun at our silliness."

Rowena Golton's Ode To My Unborn Sibling
Rowena Golton is actually my tutor and I was lucky enough to see this piece in class, while Ted Noten's piece was irreverent, this piece is more spiritual and melancholy. This piece was made as part of a challenge where each participating member of Manchester's Jewellers Network was given the same 11mm ring to be incorporated into a piece of jewellery of their choice. As you can see in the first image Rowena used the ring in the lid of her box, which houses a brooch, the third of the four layers in the above picture.

I think Rowena herself describes this piece best here on her website. 

"This piece of work is dedicated to my unborn sibling. Although we never knew each other I have always yearned for their company and wondered what sort of person they would have become. Despite this I give thanks for their short life. Wombs are sacred spaces and exist as a ring of love and protection around the unborn child. No matter how long we are carried for in that sacred world we are surrounded by love and life … and surely that is something to be celebrated.

The box represents that “secret place.” Inside its womb is a brooch that represents my family tree. The irregular shaped fire agate tree represents my unborn sibling and can be spied through the hole in the closed box as an embryo attached by an umbilical cord to the walls of the womb. The original ring forms the hole in the lid of the box."

Doug Bucci's Trans-Hematopoietic Neckpiece 

I saw this piece at an exhibition in London called "Unexpected Pleasures", the creator Doug Bucci is a diabetic and the necklace reflects the patterns of blood sugar in his body.

"The literal definition of Diabetes Mellitus is “siphon honey”, which inspired me to use the hexagonal “honeycomb” to represent a cell shape, a pure and mathematically sound structure for generating form. The honeycomb cells were manipulated via Computer Aided Design (CAD) to generate more complex structures. This transformation of microscopic cellular structure into tangible form has evolved into the Islet Series, which integrates real biologically inspired data into jewelry form via CAD."

Not only does this piece have a narrative, but it is an example of the digital approach to creating jewellery. This entire necklace was 3D printed in resin. The innovative new ways in which people can rapid prototype and create amazes me, there is a lot of debate in the air about these new methods and whether they will replace hand made items. I don't think they'll ever entirely replace hand made jewellery, but I do think they're an interesting addition to the jeweller's process.

Wendy Ramshaw Picasso's Ladies

 Wendy Ramshaw has an on going series of rings based on the painting of Picasso, specifically of his wives, mistresses and female friends. She creates not just rings based upon these paintings, but the stands that they are displayed on, making them not just beautiful pieces of jewellery, but when displayed art in their own right.

I wish so hard that I had Wendy's book on this subject, but it ridiculously expensive on amazon and I'm on a waiting list for it in college. Its strangely hard to find anything on line about these rings unfortunately, but I do find them incredibly inspiring.

Shari Pierce's 34 Sexual Offenders and 2 Sexual Predators in a 5 Mile Radius 

 I think that this offering from Shari Pierce shows that art jewellery can have a political, even confrontational, bent to them. Shari's piece of photographs printed on to silk claims to show every convicted rapist and sex offender in a five mile radius of her workshop at the time of making in 2011.

I think the range of pieces in the post do show the wide variety of art jewellery, how it can be a million different things, from provocative to spiritual, full of joy or with a hidden secret story that only the maker may know.

I hope you enjoyed this little look into my little jewellery obsessed world!  

Thursday, April 11, 2013

New Look Inspire Haul: Pop Art Dress, Body Con & Cute Accessories!

Of course, the logical thing to do when you have very little money and an impulse control problem is to peruse every plus size clothing website at 1 am on Monday morning.

This unfortunate set of circumstances meant that I ended up buying a few things. Ooops?

So to quell some of my guilt I thought I'd try them on, take some pictures and send them back, but then I fell in love! But here are some unstyled pictures of my haul anyway.


This midi, bodycon, pop art print dress was £18.99 and I bought it in a size 22.

Despite it not even being a week since I first saw this dress, it seems to have completely sold out in the plus size section of New Look. Here is a link to the straight size version. I'm wearing a size 22 and it fits perfectly for me, but if you like your bodycon truly tight then you could always see what the size 18 would be like?

Apologies for how rough I look, but I've got a cold and my hair isn't long enough to go into a ponytail so I end up looking a little odd when I put it up.

For some reason my mother was insistent on taking a picture of the word "Whizz" on the arm, so this is obviously a very important aspect of the dress! Haha.

To be honest, bodycon dresses have always scared me a bit, on other fatties I love them, but I was always hesitent to even try them on. It was the pop art/comic print that broke me with this dress and I am really glad I went for it. 

The dress is made up of super stretchy jersey material, so its incredibly comfortable. I even really like the length as on my 5ft 7 body it hits my knee and is tight enough to create that lovely pencil shape on my legs. I also like the length of the sleeves, which is odd as 3/4 length sleeves usually send me into a rage, but because they're tight to the skin (comfortably so) they don't bother me at all.

I'm looking forward to dressing this up a hundred different ways,

This dress is still for sale on the New Look website here. I also bought this in size 22.

I bought this because I can imagine loads of shirts, tops, jackets and cardigans on top of it looking amazing with the high neck peeping out. I love a high or turtle neck, I think putting a nice necklace over a high neck is just the bee's knees. 

I wasn't as sure about this one as it highlights my vbo much more than the above dress, but I imagine with some tights or leggings underneath it'll look better. Plus I don't think you can become comfortable with your body without pushing your boundaries a little.

 Picture of the top for anyone who wants to see. I like the contrast of the fact it has no sleeves, but such a high neckline.

Here is everything I bought. I like that New Look had buy one, get one free on their jewellery lines, especially as their jewellery is already very pocket friendly.

 Yeah, so the cat bag is from the Teens section of the site, which for the young at heart does have some cute accessories.

I think I might do a gothic look with the ankhs and the black cat bag soon.

New Look jewellery isn't top grade stuff, but for the price I think its pretty good and especially if you're buying into trends its fantastic for fast fashion.

Anyone bought anything new recently?

Weekly Wishlist: One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others

6. AGypsyRed My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Plus Size Cosplay Costume, $355

I found this in my drafts from several months ago, I am a terribly unorganised blogger and I must have forgotten all about it! Oops well, here it is now.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Marvelous Mondays: Maxi Skirt/Dress

Welcome to the seventh installment of Marvelous Mondays, a weekly blog challenge between myself and four other fabulous fatshion bloggers. Make sure to go check out their outfits today, too! Links are at the bottom of the post.

Our philosophy: Monday is nobody’s favorite day of the week, but maybe its terrible reputation is a little undeserved. We’re on a mission to make ours (and hopefully yours) a little less awful by dressing marvelously!
This week’s theme: Maxi Skirt/Dress
Sheer Black Polka Dot Skirt ~ ASOS Curve
Johnny Depp Vest ~ Dorothy Perkins
Short Sleeved Hooded Top ~ Forever21+
Velvet Creepers ~ Agyness Deyn for Doc Martens 
Silver Reverse Cross ~ Rock n Rose
Lipstick ~ Rosary by Kat von D  
It was windy so you got an action shot today!

I have quite a few maxi dresses, but I decided to make a bit more difficult for myself and wear this skirt, which shamefully I have never worn before. Its lovely, but the inner part is very short on me. I might find a black tube skirt, cut out the current under skirt and sew a longer one in.
Forgot to take a picture without my hooded top on, so you don't get to the full beauty of young Johnny Depp on this t-shirt. Haha.
When I think maxi dresses and skirts I definitely think of summer, so maybe I'll wear this skirt more when the UK finally starts to warm up a little.
I like this outfit, but I think I could've worked it out a little better. Different top perhaps? I went to my first session of a roller derby starter course yesterday, so I am exhausted and sore, that's my excuse this week anyway! 

Saturday, April 06, 2013

The State of the Plus Sized Clothing Industry

If you don't already follow Bethany at then I highly recommend you look at her site as she is a very stylish blogger.

If you follow her on twitter you may have seen that she has written a piece on plus size clothing for the Telegraph: here.

While I am pleased to see a positive article in the mainstream media about plus sized fashion, it does leave a little part of me wishing it was a little more critical of the industry. I kind of wish there was an emphasise that Bethany is pretty lucky to be on the small side of the plus size spectrum, lives in London and has greater access to fashion than a lot of plus size people as a more famous blogger who works with various plus size retailers. 

Though I would like to say this is not an attack on the article or Bethany, it is just an observation and I know that an article talking about privelege and fat bodies would probably never get printed in a national newspaper, which is why I love blogs, there is no censorship.

I think this is a really great time for fat people, there is a lot more choice in clothes out there, but we shouldn't rest on our laurels yet. There is still a villification of people who are on the larger end of the sizing spectrum, if you're a size 32 you're much less likely to find something you like than someone who is a size 22, heck you might find it difficult just to find clothes at all. I would like to reccommend this article on the subject of thin privelege at various sizes by Jocelyn at Fat, Fashionable and Feminist who explains this idea a lot better than I ever could.

Also, I believe that there are a lot more options for fat people who lean towards femininity in their style, whereas I think there is a lot less out there for butch or masculine fat people. In fact most well known fat fashion bloggers are very feminine and I cannot even think of one celebrated completely masculine fat fashion blogger. (But if you know any please link me!) This would also be true for people who dress in an alternative or gothic fashion, there just seems to be less out there for people who lean towards this style.

Even if you're in a size range where you can buy clothes that are your style, there is the question of whether you even have access. I know that I'm lucky, there are several plus size clothing retailers in my vicinity, but if you live in a rural area or somewhere without any stores which stock your size, then what do you do? You can always use online stores, but there is the added expense of delivery and even if you get it there is no guarantee that it will fit.

So, in conclusion, what on earth am I talking about? I'm talking about the fact that when you compare straight size and plus size fashion there is one big, honking difference. In straught size fashion there is variety and by this I mean if I was a size 8 and I was feminine or masculine, goth, punk, high femme, super butch, riot grrl or basically any style if would not be hard for me to find clothes that fit my style. The problem is that this is not true for people who are plus sized, its getting better out there, but if I wanted to dress in any of these styles and I was a size 28, it would be nigh on impossible. So yes, things are getting better, but we still have a way to go.

I am not a great writer and sometimes I have trouble getting my ideas across in print, so if anything I wrote is problematic please say and I'll fix it or try to explain myself better.

What do you guys think of the state of the plus size clothing industry? Anyone have any comments on the above article?