plus size review

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This pineapple look has been a summer staple and I encourage every fat femme to go out and get yourself one! It’s a Cowcow dress from Amazon and it runs from x-small to xxx-large. I am wearing the 3x large and I am usually a size 28/30. These dresses stretch a lot so even if you don’t think you would fit into it, get one and try anyways! It is made out of very light jersey so it’s been a blessing in the summer. 

Pineapple purse is from Torrid. (They’ve been making crossbody bags to fit fat bodies and I am so happy about it! The strap is 52 inches, I believe,)

Shoes are a size 12 from Lane Bryant!

Blessings be on all plus size women who post reviews on Amazon with their size, shapes, height and weight, and photos to help the rest of us figure out which sizes to order.

Can we all talk about Scarlet for a second? The curvy plus size goddess of the Lunar Chronicles? Who is sexy as fuck and can also take down a goddamn lunatic while everyone else is making speeches. Who is canonically called the “alpha female”. Who is the most badass French farmer to exist in science fiction. Who loves herself and is confident in her body. Did I mention she got a fucking genetic mutant ‘bred’ to overcome sexual urges to fall in love with her? BAMF if I’ve ever seen one.

Honestly in love with these YA novels. Set in countries other than the U.S. Well researched with FANTASTIC backstory/world making… (Something I felt genuinely cheated out of in The Hunger Games/Divergent Series) Also great representation of different ethnicities. The one thing that it is lacking would be representation of the LBGT+ community. But hey… The last book is still coming. A girl can hope!!!

Sharon Rooney: ‘There is a lot of love for her out there.’ Photograph: Corbis

Crush of the week: Sharon Rooney

You’d need a heart of stone not to fall for the star of E4’s My Mad Fat Diary

Bim Adewunmi
@bimadew
Saturday 11 July 2015

The days when I would lock myself in a room, with only my feelings and some snacks for company, to watch teen dramas are long behind me. Or so I thought. Then, in 2013, My Mad Fat Diary came to E4 and I regressed to teenagedom sharpish. The reason? Its star, Sharon Rooney.

As Rae, the Lincolnshire girl who fills the pages of said diary, Rooney, 26, is outstanding: you never feel she is acting with a capital A, even in seriously heavy-duty scenes. Rae has a regular teenager’s preoccupations: boys, school, music, a mum who just doesn’t understand, plus a keen social anxiety around her weight. But she’s also dealing with mental illness, and the show is unflinching in portraying what this means: recovery comes with relapse, and there are no short cuts. All this drama could descend into histrionics, but Rooney’s natural performance makes every scene believable.

As the third and final series draws to a close, Rooney has grown with the role. She has the presence and talent of a far more mature actor (this is her first television role). She’s tall and she’s fat – a rarely seen but welcome combination on my screen – with large eyes and a rosebud mouth. And there is a lot of love for her out there. The fandom, made up mostly of young women, recognise something of themselves in Sharon (and Rae): someone who has not had an easy ride, but is making the best of it. They see acceptance, and celebration. The performance has won her a Bafta nomination and – I think, for her, more importantly – the adoration of a generation of girls.

What a dame.

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Book: Dumplin’
Author: Julie Murphy
Pages: 384
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis:

Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked … until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine— Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.

Thoughts:

“I’ve wasted a lot of time in my life. I’ve thought too much about what people will say or what they’re gonna think. And sometimes it’s overly silly things like going to the grocery store or going to the post-office. But there have been times when I really stopped myself from doing something special. All because I was scared someone might look at me and decide I wasn’t good enough. But you don’t have to bother with that nonsense. I wasted all that time so you don’t have to.” - page 25 of Dumplin’

I’ve never been skinny and I will most likely never will. It’s not for a lack of trying though. I remember trying Slim-Fast before I was even ten years old and doing Barbie workout videos. Throughout the years the scale has gone up and it’s gone down, my confidence has too.  Whenever I come across a book with a plus size character I’m always skeptical. How will they be portrayed? As a villain? As a slob? As a crazy cat lady? As the depressed girl who can only find happiness and love if she drops a hundred pounds? Those books don’t feel so good to read and often leave readers feeling worse about themselves. Going into Dumplin’ I was a little apprehensive and a little scared with how this could turn out. Would I be able relate to Will or would this be another misrepresentation for the community?

Dumplin’ was a really good book.  It’s about a sixteen year old girl named Willowdean who is in search to find her confidence again. Now, a lot people feel that Will didn’t have any confidence to begin with but I feel like anyone who goes to a public pool in a swim suit and has body image issues is incredibly brave and courageous. A lot of people don’t have the confidence or fearlessness to do that. To me, Will was confident in herself even in the beginning of the book. She knew who she was but as time goes on she feels less and less secure about herself and her body.  This story isn’t about losing weight, or doing drastic things to change yourself to be likeable. This story is about Will trying to find who she is and be okay with it.

What I loved about this book, besides it’s message, was the dialogue; it was witty and refreshing. There were so many lines that I found inspiring and I’ll share them down below! Please if you read anything in this review go read those quotes! It was great to see a “fat” girl find happiness without losing a single pound or losing herself. I also enjoyed the romance in the story; it was very cute and reminded me a little bit of my favorite show, My Mad Fat Diary. Overall I thought the book was pretty good. There were a few situations that I felt were… not realistic but I get why they were written into the book. Another “issue” I had with Dumplin’ was how some chapters ended so abruptly. This left parts of the story feeling unfinished.   However, I believe the message of this story is worth more than anything else! 

I highly, highly encourage you to check out some of the below quotes from Dumplin’!

Quotes from Dumplin’:

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Where does the time go?

This is a detailed look at my 2015. It’s almost everything I documented this year and its almost in chronological order.

What a big year, it seems like it contained two years all in one.

Eloquii Re-Launch Purchase Review

Yesterday I received my very first Eloquii purchase since their 2014 relaunch. I’ve been an Eloquii fan since their first opening a few years ago as part of The Limited and I still own pieces from that time. I bought three items from Eloquii. The boyfriend cardigan in black, the lace overlay pencil skirt and the everyday belt in black.

I was glad to find a belt that was long enough to fit around my waist so I was glad about that. The belt is faux leather which I knew before I purchased on their website but it would be nice if they considered some genuine leather belts for future collections (I’m somewhat of a leather snob). I will see how long this holds up because it’s a really thin belt but I want something that can last me a good while since I’ll likely be wearing it a good bit.

I really like the black cardigan a lot. The fabric is 70% rayon 30% nylon so I don’t think the color will wash out easily which is a plus (no pun intended lol). It definitely feels like the kind of fabric you would expect to find in stores with similar price points. My only caution would be that it looks like it has the potential to snag so be careful what types of accessories you’re wearing. It’s hand wash or dry clean only which could be a deal breaker for some but I’m perfectly okay with that especially if it will last a while. The other thing I liked was the length which provides extra coverage. This turned out to be my favorite piece from the whole purchase.

The orange overlay skirt was supposed to be my fave. Actually that was the one piece I was eyeing the whole time which lead me to make my purchase. It didn’t make my favorite list when it came out the box for several reasons. The skirt is not very structured. The skirt is basically a stretchy lining with a single layer of lace. It looks great on the model on eloquii.com but if you have an hourglass shape like mine and large hips it may not work well for you. It did nothing for me except make my hips look bigger and the lack of structure didn’t help either. I have a pencil skirt from Eloquii of old and it’s made of a cotton fabric with some stretch but it looks nice and structured when I put it on. I can actually wear that to work but not this one. Stretch isn’t bad. I like a little stretch in clothes for comfort but a skirt that’s entirely stretch for plus size with hips and jiggles is a no-no in my book. I was hoping that this overlay skirt would have had similar fabric to my original pencil skirt but that wasn’t the case. The picture in the top right shows the fabric in more detail. The whole skirt feels like a petticoat, not something you should be wearing on it’s own. The fabric felt a little cheap and the nylon on the bottom of the lace made it look even cheaper. The other issue I had also was that because there was no structure to the skirt the lace would ride up and leave the lining exposed. Not a good look. If Eloquii re-did this skirt with better quality fabric such as a cotton with a little bit of stretch for comfort with the lace actually sewn on and a stretch lining below I would re-consider because I do like lace and the color is pretty. Unfortunately I will have to send this one back. I hope Eloquii doesn’t start using this kind of fabric on everything now. I like stretch for comfort but I still want pieces that will make me look and feel great not highlight my flaws so I’m all for quality fabrics.

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