Fat rolls 

I’m not talking bacon butties I mean the bits around your middle,

That make us uncomfortable in certain tops so we fiddle,

Pulling our T-shirts this way and that,

So it’s more flattering and we don’t feel fat,

But who really cares – why do we do it?

Most of us wish we were healthier and fit,

Everyone hides bits they’d rather weren’t there,

Would it be the worst if people were to stare,

Maybe they love our knees, or our shoulders or our middle,

It’s not like you can buy a new one at Lidyl,

Maybe what we’ve got is cool and different and us,

Unless you have a blister that’s infected and bursting with pus,

That sh*t needs to be seen to and it don’t let it define you,

And it’s probably what’s giving you that infected green hue,

Anyway – maybe I should love my face and all of my chins,

Maybe I shouldn’t be worried about my weird shins, 

And my actually fat rolls are insulating and handy,

When I’m hiding pens or tampons or candy.

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Outfit of the Week!

It’s getting hot in here! Well maybe not outside but I’m pretty toasty in my outfit of the week as its all about keeping that precious heat in!
You know I love a good bargain and my fab new coat is in the Next sale – which is great all round for coats this year! It’s terracotta in colour (no it’s not a plant pot) it’s my new padded winter coat filled with down feathers and what a bargain at £45 down from £90.

  
That’s not me… it’s a model who has a strangely uncomfortable looking seated pose.

Here it is in grey for something a bit subtler… (in store now)

  

Top tip: down feathers are the best for keeping heat in that’s why down jackets tend to be very expensive!

If you already have the perfect winter coat there are other ways to keep that heat in. I have to say that George at ASDA – bear with me – does a brilliant range of comfy thermals at brilliant prices. I went for heat insulating leggings, gloves and thermal long sleeved top coming in at under £20 for the three items! They are also very easy Continue reading

6 top tips for buying a leather jacket this winter

If you live in North London you mustn’t leave the house without one of these and they seem quite popular across the rest of London too. There is no snow just yet and the frost hasn’t set it so it is the perfect – cold but not too cold – time of year to shimmy into a new bit of leather that is just right for you. These are the top six tips when zipping through the tricky world of leather jacket shopping.

1. Real or make believe?

The biggest question is do you want the real thing? There are plenty of faux leather jacket options on the high street at the moment, offering a cheaper option – as leather can be pricey, without scrimping on style. Also, contrary to popular belief, pleather – as it is affectionally known, isn’t necessarily better for the environment than leather. The plastic in faux leather options is mostly made from oil, which we know causes a lot of problems for the environment. So if it the environment you are worried about it is animal product vs oil. Real leather does tend to wear better over time so can be a lasting purchase.

2. Touch test

Shopping online will never truly win when it comes to clothes as we love to touch things! Rubbing our wintery mits all over prospective fashion items brings much joy and is an important part of the buying experience. When it comes to leather jacket buying it is all about soft or stiff *ahem*. A soft leather or pleather works well for a casual jacket the sort you’d wear with jeans and ankle boots and you could even roll up the sleeves. A stiffer leather looks good on a smarter jacket, something that you might wear with a suit or business combo.

3. Collar dilemma

I need collar, collar, collar is what I need. A large collar can accentuate the shoulders, balancing out the figure and creating a V shape across the bust area which is flattering for a larger bust. A smaller/thinner collar or non-existent collar can draw attention to a slender neck and can balance out broader shoulders – although any shoulder detail can combat this and draw attention to the shoulders so beware. Do try on a few collar-less and collar-full options to see what works best for your shape.

4. Price

Leather jackets can drastically vary in price and this is usually down to the quality of the leather as well as brand of course! All Saints is a popular leather jacket brand for celebs and it known for a good quality of soft leather that wears well over time but it will set you back around £300. There are some great real leather jackets on the high street at the moment for around £150 – check out Oasis, Topshop and River Island for a good variety of jackets. There are tons of faux-leather options this year, a lot of which also have a faux fur trim to take you into the winter months. You should be able to grab a faux leather option for around £50 – check out Dorothy Perkins, Forever 21 and New Look.

5. Bellybutton coverage

Traditionally the leather biker or flying style jacket is quite short which can lead to a cold midriff. Do bear length in mind when looking for your perfect leather, a longer option or even a full length leather coat might be better for insulation. Although shorter jacket works well with dresses or fuller skirts.

6. Zip count

The biker jacket is a timeless classic in the world of leather jackets and that means zips galore. Just remember zips add detail and draw the eye so you want to avoid zips in areas you’d like to hide. Although, vertical zips on the torso create a panelling effect which elongates and tends to be flattering on all shapes. Of course zips also mean pockets which are particularly useful come winter to store gloves, lip balm and tissues for runny noses so in that case the more the better usually!

Enjoy your leather jacket shopping experience and see you in North London sometime.

Must have leather jacket!

I decided to invest in a new leather jacket for winter and whilst All Saints is usually my go to for soft leather wear I thought I would spread my leathery wings. 

I should say am not a faux leather girl, it has to be the real thing for me as I think you can feel the difference. Also long-term, leather wears better. 

I found that Oasis are doing some brilliant leather options this season. Check them out! 

Faux fur but real leather – cosy number!

  
 
A bit more biker chick…

  
Pleated detail with a longer body for those who don’t like cold tummys!

 
Smart and ribbed arm detail…

  

Here I am at BBC London in my new Oasis leather jacket! 

  

Dress Joy!

The Joy sale is not be missed if you are looking for a bargain dress. They have some lovely patterns in the sale at the moment and it’s 50% off! Woop!

  
I went for this gorgeous bright red and blue patterned dress (yea I like to stand out in a crowd). The cowl neck is really flattering and works even if you have some substantial bussoms. The style of the dress also tucks you in at the waist and the skirt flows nicely over my ‘Shakira Shakira’ hips. In the sale it’s currently £29 too which helps. 

 Here is my dress in mirror selfie (with an apt wine poster in the background)!

 
Here is the link if you want to check it out online: http://www.joythestore.com/lou-tropical-cowl-nk-dress

Happy bargaining!

I covet these Paperdolls Boots

  
I covet these hard! Imagine these with black skinny jeans and some red lippy! Gorgeous. You might need to wear a top as well. Also thems be some high-heels so I need a chauffeur with these boots please, then I won’t have to walk anywhere but my feet will look pretty!

Head over to Twitter and you can WIN these boots via @paperdollsuk 

Outfit of the Week!

I love this blue and white day dress from Monsoon. It’s a lovely breathable fabric for this warm September and hangs really nicely over a curvy figure ALSO it is currently in the sale! Win! I’ve teamed it with a burnt orange cardigan from H & M (big autumn colour and even nice on us pasty lot) and a Wilbur & Gussie yellow and blue hand bag (with lots of room for lipsticks, business cards and of course the kitchen sink). Matching!

Links for easy shopping below!

Dress: Monsoon

monsoon dress

Cardigan: H&M


Bag: Wilbur & Gussie