A New Home

After blogging for a few months now, I’ve felt that WordPress wasn’t giving me the kind of creative freedom and social interaction I wanted from my blog. ¬†So I’ve decided to jump ship and move on over to Blogger!
I knew I wanted to take my time with this and make it something I’m proud of and, ultimately, is a reflection of me rather than a free template designed by some talented individual over at WP.

If you would still like to follow my blog (which I really hope you do ūüôā ) then head on over to my new site… www.callmekim.net

Love you all!

Signature

 

Advertisements

This Sh*t Is Bananas!

Sometimes you buy something that creates huge conversation where other people offer their very strong opinions…
This, is the banana print top.

20130309_135213

Bought off eBay for just ¬£6, bat wing fit and a fierce banana print. I bloody love it, but it well and truly divided opinion between¬†friends¬†and family! But I love that I’ve made people talk, isn’t that what fashion’s all about? Making a statement?
I felt so amazing in this top, it’s so different to my usual style and I loved rocking a print that obviously envoked strong opinion. ¬†Driving to Tesco with a bit of Gwen Stefani on full blast in this top¬†may¬†have been a little bit over the top… but I didn’t care!
The top is originally from Ruby Rocks, a ¬†brand I’ll be casting my beady eye over with some payday perversions. You can find some RR beauties over at Simply Be too!

Is it time for you to make a statement?

Signature

March Money Budget Left: £20.75

Purchase 1! #MMM

For my first purchase this month, I chose these khaki Dunlop espadrilles.
I’m loving espadrilles for Spring at the moment, it’s warm enough to keep your feet warm on a crisp, cold morning but casual enough to rock with some turn up jeans for a warmer afternoon.
20130305_13460720130305_134619

I got these cuties via eBay for ¬£7.07 (plus ¬£2.19 postage and packaging) and the fit is gorgeous. ¬†I’m a bit funny about used shoes, but these were brand spankers so no mouldy feet disease for me!

 

March Money Budget Left: £30.74
Signature

March Money Management

1300377553_wp-purse-moths_w850_h850

Being a business student you would have thought that I was a natural with bank statements, budgeting and money management. ¬†Well, I’m not. ¬†Sure, I can make sure the bills go out and I always know what’s in my bank account at all times, but when it comes to money management the pennies blow a gigantic hole in my pocket.
I’m a 20-something year old girl with no kids and a disposable income, so when I see something pretty I don’t have the¬†umm arr¬† moment where I contemplate the outgoings, I get it. ¬†Straight up. ¬†But this has to change, I’ve been saving for a new place with my partner for some time and within the next couple of months responsible adult living is going to come knocking on my front door (argh!).
My biggest expenditure at the moment, and especially since I’ve become active on the plus size community is clothes, shoes and accessories. ¬†My oh-so-clever partner calculated from my bills last month that during the whole of January I spent, on average, 13p a minute!

So, with this astonishing revelation, I’ve decided to do a test run and put myself on… a budget.

moneyDuring the month of March I will only allow myself ¬£40 to spend on any clothes, shoes, accessories or bags I have the urge for. ¬†This number was arrived at with a general survey of friends, colleagues and family as a ‘suitable’ disposable amount that wouldn’t affect life or bills. ¬†I have the shakes already…

BUT, I’m going to do it! If nothing else but to stop the bloody jokes from my partner…
‘Babe, most people spend a penny when they go to the loo – but you spend around 50p’¬† Git.

I’ll be keeping a countdown of monies all through the month on this blog so you can keep an eye on my expenditure too!

 

So, what do you think? Great idea or worst plan known to woman?

Much love x

Signature

Tescotastic Khaki Zebras!

Just a quick post from me today, I appreciate I’ve not been posting as frequently as I usually do at the moment – a combination of assignments being heavy and spending more time at work. ¬†It’s the odd hour here and there that gets ya!
Anyway, a few days back my mama treated me to a little Tesco haul (because, let’s face it, I’m obviously the favourite daughter) and I managed to pick up these little beauties…
20130220_232229

I’m not a big fan of the camoflouge trend hitting the high street at the moment, that print doesn’t work well on my body shape at all. ¬†However, I do like khaki and browns, so when I saw this zebra print khaki t-shirt for ¬£5 I was like… YES.
I teamed it with a gold knot necklace (Tesco, £10), my new gold cardi (Primark, £6) and my trusty black skinnies.  My satchel goes everywhere with me at the moment (cute story Рwill post about that one at another time) so the tan colour works well with this outfit.

20130223_16324120130223_144248

This was just a cute outfit for a casual Sunday – affordable too!

Why not pop on over to Tesco and see what goodies you can grab yourself now?
OR… head on over to Mrs Bebe’s blog to try and win a ¬£50 Tesco voucher!

Have a fabulous week peeps ūüôā

Signature

BPSFW: Disappointing.

Lpsflogo2Last weekend was the ‘event of the plus size fashion season’ – British Plus Size Fashion Weekend.
This was my first event, so coupled with the high publicity and blogger buzz surrounding the event beforehand I was super excited to be able to go. ¬†At ¬£45 a pop for a day ticket, I chose not to purchase the whole day ticket due to funds (I had to take into account hotels and travel also), but opted for the fashion show tickets at ¬£21 instead. ¬†As I’d still be granted access to the +Market I wasn’t¬†overly¬†worried¬†about missing out, the other workshops and events didn’t seem like my cup of tea anyway.
Mum said she would come along with me, which meant we could spend some girly time together too Рwhich is rare when you have 5 other siblings to contend with! Рso it made it an extra nice weekend to look forward to.

When we arrived at the venue (which, coincidentally literally miles away from any tube station!),¬†we were greeted with a woman who wore ¬†pout the size of Argentina and an attitude to match. ¬†Rather than greeting me, she simply looked at me and barked ‘Have you got tickets?’. ¬†Well, yes, I have… but who the fuck wants to show you after talking to me like that?!
The woman then went onto to tell me I couldn’t¬†access any facilities or the market place as I only had tickets for the fashion show. ¬†Pfft, no – I’d been told on twitter, and via the website itself, I had access so I was getting in. ¬†After checking with what seemed her superior, we were reluctantly let into the marketplace.
We walked into a medium sized room, with around 10 stalls Рa combination of clothing, accessories and cake stalls (my kinda town!).  We started to make our way around the room, meeting with the various brand reps and bloggers.  It had a lovely feel and atmosphere inside the room, it felt very friendly and everyone was keen to get your ideas or opinions.

1361031748130

After having a lengthy chat with the rep for Evans (who, coincidentally, is bloody lovely) and checking out the new lines for the Live Unlimited range we headed over to Curvissa. ¬†Curvissa had a competition on the day which entailed dressing a mannequin from a rack of clothing, if you won then you could win the outfit… so, I had to get in there!
I’d decided to do something a little different with my outfit, I imagined a lot of other¬†bloggers would either stick to trends or try to dress the mannequin similar to something they themselves would wear, so I opted to style it for someone else. ¬†Using mum as inspiration, I¬†styled a plus size woman in her 40’s going for lunch with family. ¬†I just loved the colour pop of the jeans, the print of the scarf was to die for and¬†that¬†jacket… wowzers. ¬†It’s totally on my wish list. ¬†A suit jacket with leather sleeves… Oh my, yes!

Fingers crossed I win! Mum may not get that item…

20130216_170425

So after perusing the other stalls, grabbing some freebies and networking, it was coming up to show time.  Except, everyone was in the corridor.
Why? Because there was literally nowhere else to go.  Unfortunately the poor communication and organisation had left 50+ bloggers.
Eventually, after what seemed like an eternity inside a sauna, we moved upstairs to the fashion show seating. It was a free for all.and industry experts packed like a sardine into a very tight space. ¬†There was little communication, the room was hot and I could see more and more grumpy faces in the crowd. ¬†On the plus side though, the corridor party gave me time to meet some of the other bloggers who I’d been talking to and reading about – namely the lovely Becky, Beth and Becky. ¬†Lovely girls, wish we could have had more time to talk!

No named seats, no coordination of the crowd and literally every man for himself.  We ended up sitting right at the back row, with shocking views. I spent most of my time standing up to see what was coming down the catwalk.
o[j0pin

Originally advertised as a fashion show presented by Gemma Collins, we were greeted with the town mayor (who waffled for a good 15 minutes about something – I tuned out) and a woman sporting a ‘I don’t want to be a size 0’ t-shirt. ¬†Now, I’m all for empowering the plus size woman and embracing fashion diversity, but if I don’t feel thinner women have the right to judge my size then why should we have the right to judge them? This isn’t a double standard, there should be acceptance for all – rather than body shaming slimmer women and degrading ourselves to cheap remarks. ¬†What’s said to friends and in the pub is one thing, but to a global platform you should be more considerate of what you’re being recorded as saying. ¬†To the press, you’re not just representing your event but us a fashion group, plus size.

So the rest of the evening consisted of technical hitches, piercing microphone sounds and designers getting annoyed at being mismatched on the catwalk (Anna Scholz was named on the screen when another designer’s work walked down the catwalk).
Afterwards we all kind of followed the flow of traffic out the building, without any goodbyes, and just kind of… drifted.

All in all, I was extremely disappointed by the event.  It had been billed as this fabulous event that had so much variety and empowerment, only to be met with poor judgement and communication.  Considering a day pass was 400% more expensive than the cost of the Plus North tickets, I was expecting more bang for my buck.
I appreciate a lot of hard work, hours and planning has gone into the event but I think the organisers need to come away from this and evaluate the customer experience rather than the press attention.

Still, I managed to meet new people, buy some lovely clothes whilst in London, eat some good nosh and (most importantly) spend some quality time with the matriarch.

20130216_205354Signature

FATSHIONOLOGIE: February Florals

fatshionologieFatshionologie is a blogger style challenge, born out of a discussion on twitter, in the hopes that it would help us create exciting new content for our blogs as well as show that each new style ‘theme’ can be be rocked by a variety of different body shapes!
This month’s theme was florals.

Floral print and I have an on/off relationship, in that retailers love to put it on me and I like to to take it off.
Much like butterflies and smocks, I’ve always felt that plus size retailers have used floral print for the larger lady once too often to the point where it has now become a staple in every plus size fashion cycle. ¬†For this reason, generally, I have tried to stay away from florals as a staple of my own wardrobe.

retail
So, with this is mind, I wanted to do something a little bit darker and sexier than (in my mind) what I mentally associated floral with.  I had a night out due anyway, and wanted to make an impression, so this was the opportune moment!
As Evans were flaunting a  delicious discount on twitter, I decided to have a little trawl on their site and pick up some bits from there.
I picked up a satin floral print shirt (£18), some superstretch black skinnies (£20) and a pair of velvet black wedges (£20).

20130208_21240920130208_21242020130208_212637

I seem to be totally unable to pull a happy face… like, ever.

As the shirt is made from a satin material, I sized up – mainly to counteract my overly large breasticles. ¬†Having said that, I could have got away with my normal size 22, but I did like the oversized shirt feel and it meant I could undo some buttons down the cleavage line without it gaping open. ¬†The shirt is beautiful, I can’t begin to tell you how much I love it. ¬†The fabric feels amazing on your skin, the print on the dark backgound makes it look sophisticated rather than frumpy too.

1360493778433These shoes are my life right now… totally in love with them…

20130208_212816

I underplayed the accessories with this outfit, I wanted the shirt to do all the talking and be minimal on the baggage.  I have large boobs, so my bra generally acts as my purse on a drunken night out!
The earrings were in sale from Tesco at a bargain on £1.50.  I think they work with this outfit, right?

So that’s me! My outfit for this month’s fatshionologie challenge!
A big thank you to the girls in the group who let me join up, it meant a lot to be included – thank you ūüôā

blacknwhite

Why not go check out the other fabulous floral forays from the girls? 
I thoroughly recommend them!
Steph – Seeing Spots
Becky – Does My Blog Make Me Look Fat
Charmaine – My Twenty One
Joanna – Just Joanna
Lisa – Looking For Lisa
Rachel – A Dress Is For Life
Toni – The Only Way Is Toni
Mel – Gladrags and Handbags
Lolly – Lolly Likes Fatshion

Signature

Follow on Bloglovin