Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Ideal World, Ideal Dress

Everyone loves an easy-to-wear dress, right? A dress you can throw on, and look perfect for everything from the school run to lunch with friends. A dress that you can wear all day in the office and still go out to dinner without feeling the need to change.


Big Fashionista Dress

Look at it, it is perfect. This is the Nicole, 3/4 Sleeve Drape dress available from Ideal World. it is available in TWELVE COLOURS and it is superb.

Big Fashionista, Kellie Dawson

This is Violet, but all the colours are vibrant and there are enough colours to make everyone happy. 

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I have to admit, I am always cautious of clothing that is sized S. M, L but there is a lot of give in these dresses due to the material. I chose a L, and I am a size 18. I could have easily sized down and this now goes up to an XL. 

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These aren't pockets but my hands go in the drapes, therefore it ticks my boxes for sleeves AND pockets, which is the HOLY GRAIL of dresses.

Dress with sleeves and pockets

So what do you need to know? This dress is USUALLY £29.99 but from tomorrow, Thursday 25th August until Monday 29th of August it is FREE DELIVERY and on Sunday 28th of August, this dress is PICK OF THE DAY, reducing the price to £19.99


You can purchase the dress here. Ideal World, Nicole Drape Dress

I would love to know what you think of the dress, it is going to be one of my favourites.

*PR Sample, 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Fringe Benefits

So recently I took the plunge and had my fringe cut back in. I originally wanted to do it just before my wedding, but I chickened out at the last minute and decided not to. (I'm such a wuss.)

So when I finally decided to go for it, I was happy with the results.



But after almost a month of having a fringe, I have learnt some things which I didn't expect.

Firstly, eyebrows. What eyebrows? Do I have eyebrows? Who even knows. I don't see them, you don't see them. Do I have one eyebrow? Do I have two? It doesn't even matter anymore. Forget about them, I have.  Bye bye, Wax and Tint every 4 weeks.

Secondly, my roots. Having the fringe means that my dark roots are a little less noticeable, you get to see the block of colour and the root regrowth is higher up rather that seeing my hairline. BOOM.

I've realised that these fringe benefits are making me seem lazy, this would be correct.

Bye Bye wrinkles. I am 40 years old and I have spent quite a few years frowning. What can I say, I'm judgemental. I have deep lines in my forehead that were bothering me so much, I had researched Botox and how much it would cost.

Now? DO I HAVE WRINKLES? WHO KNOWS? I can't see them. Therefore, I don't have them, OKAY????????

Have you found any "fringe benefits" of having a fringe?

Let me know.


Monday, 22 August 2016

Bear With Me. Blogger Bear is BACK.

Some of you may be too young to remember my original Blogger Bear. (Stares off into the distance, remembering good times, such good times) if you are wondering what having Blogger Bear coming to visit, may entail, yo may want to take a look through some of my old posts, here.

and still one of my favourite posts, this one, where Blogger Bear got to be an ambulance driver for a while. (waits and watches for Ella to turn purple over the use of the term Ambulance Driver.

Now unfortunately, Blogger Bear got lost in the post. I hope he has found a family he can be happy with and regular recalls his adventures with affection, but now it is time to move on. I now have a Blogger Bear, V2.

This one is a bit of a wild one.
Don't say you haven't been warned.

He likes to think that he will fit in well with everyone.

Beauty Bloggers,

Fashion Bloggers,

and he thinks he would make an awesome Food Blogger.

If you think you would be able to give Blogger Bear a home for a while, take him on some adventures and then write about it on my blog, drop me a mail at and he can come and visit you.

Any damage he causes, cuddly toys he gets pregnant or photos he bombs, will be the bear sitters responsibility.


Let me know.


Friday, 19 August 2016

Nom Or Vom

Ok, this is a weird one. At one point, everyone loved this guy. He could do no wrong, everyone wanted him and found him incredibly attractive, as his characters as well as when being himself.

But lately, I've seen a lot more people saying how they really don't like him. Whether this is the Taylor Swift effect, or people just speaking up more, who knows. 

I think he's an interesting person, I do find him attractive, in an unconventional way, and as an actor, I think he's brilliant, but I am incredibly curious about how he will do in a Nom or Vom, so here we go.

Yes, he is fully dressed in all of them, (Google keeps kicking my arse) and I need to know.

Tom Hiddleston,

Nom or Vom?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista X X X 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

The Pride Of Britain Awards

It is very nearly that time of year again where we all sit around our televisions and cry for hours whilst being inspired by others. No, I am not talking Great British Bake Off, I am talking about the Pride Of Britain Awards.

Started in 1999, The Daily Mirror Pride Of Britain Awards has been a way to recognise people for their acts, achievements and courage. This week and next, people are being encouraged to nominate a local hero for their acts of selflessness and courage.

Travelling around on a London bus, Amanda Byram is helping to spread the word, with a little help from TSB, on how YOU can nominate someone for a Pride Of Britain award.


I spoke to Amanda about The Pride Of Britain Awards and asked her what they meant to her.

"It is a special award ceremony" Amanda told me, "I have presented at many different award ceremonies across the world, but this one turns the spotlight on people who deserve to be recognised for inspiring others. From Grandmothers who clean up their estate, getting rid of the drug dealers who are trying to take over, to make it safer for her grandchildren, to Nathan, who we met here in Leeds this morning, who is feeding local children with food that would otherwise go to waste, these awards celebrate acts of selflessness and people who have made a real difference."

Amanda is presenting the Pride of Ireland awards, which are held later in the year, and I asked her, Do you cry at these events? "When I am watching, of course, I cry buckets. but when you are presenting, you have to try to stay professional. There is always a story that makes me want to cry and I admit, I am usually welling up with tears at points, but I need to tell their stories and present the awards, it wouldn't be fair if I was a mess, but I do wear waterproof mascara, just in case. 

The Pride of Britain bus is travelling around the country, encouraging people to nominate someone from their local community, today it is in Manchester, and then

Liverpool 19th August
Birmingham 22nd August
Cardiff 23rd August
Bristol 24th August
before finishing in London on the 25th.

You can find out more information at

Who would YOU nominate?

Let me know.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Judging Blogs For The Bloggers Blog Awards

I hate blogs. There, I said it. I have judged nearly 300 blogs over the last few weeks on a spreadsheet that just kept vomiting up new blogs at the end of the list like a spewing toddler that ate two breakfasts,and now I never want to see another blog as long as I live. (This may be a lie for dramatic effect) 

So what have I learnt, after judging so many blogs?

I have learnt that there are some INCREDIBLE blogs out there, some blogs that deserve HUGE attention and are head and shoulders above other blogs, some have photography skills that would make David Bailey weep, and some of you chicks have posing skills that Cara Delevingne can only dream of. (Work it, ladies and gents) 

We all know that there are more blogs out there than ever before and it is getting harder and harder to get noticed in a sea of beauty/fashion/lifestyle posts. I can see how so many people have poured their heart and soul into their blogs, with very little return.

Please, I beg you. If you read a blog today. Leave them a comment. It gets really disheartening when you have put a lot of time and energy into a post, only for it to get no comments, and just a minute or two of your time, can make a blogger feel so great. I love comments, we all do. Share the love a bit, leave a comment on a blog today.

What else have I learnt after judging nearly 300 blogs? I have learnt that some bloggers have a thousand and one badges on their sidebar, they proudly announce they are a Coconut Queen (Whatever the hell that is) but they haven't got an archive on their blog. Please put an archive on your blog. Not only is it helpful for readers, they can look at different months and see all your different posts without having to click through 37 pages of posts, it also means that I will not swear at my screen as much, when I am trying to make sure your blog is under two years old. If I have to go through 23 months of posts to discover when you first started, you can guarantee I am knocking off a point. OKAY? OKAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?

(And breathe)

It is hard, being in a position to judge other blogs, I've been blogging for seven years now and so many blogs that I read, I sat there and thought, "I wish this was my blog" I am in AWE of so many bloggers out there and it has definitely inspired me to raise my blogging game since beginning this judging process and I CANNOT WAIT to see who is shortlisted for awards tonight. Check out Hayley's blog this evening for the shortlist.

And please remember, whether you are shortlisted or not, you are absolutely incredible, keep up the fantastic work, you inspire me and lots of other people too.


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Taking The Plunge And Stealing The Limelight

I am a romantic fool, I am. I love grand gestures, I love, love.


I read this yesterday, and rolled my eyes like a baton twirler on acid.

Over the weekend, a Chinese female diver won an Olympic silver, a fantastic achievement, a wonderful win that she will quite rightly remember forever.

and then,

whilst, she was receiving her medal, her boyfriend proposed to her.

Now, as I said, I love grand gestures, but can a woman just BREATHE? Can she not have her moment to receive her medal AND on a separate occasion been proposed to?

Genuinely, we don't have a limit on fantastic occasions that we can have. We have the mental capacity to be happy MORE THAN ONCE.

If that guy was my friend and he told me he planned to propose to his girlfriend on the podium, I would slap him and tell him not to be so goddamn selfish. He is taking HER MOMENT, and making it all about him.

I can imagine, ten years from now, she is reminiscing about her medal win and he pops up and says, "That was the day I proposed to you, remember? Remember?"

Now she may be over the moon that he has proposed, and I hope they will be very very happy together, but there is no getting away from the fact that, he took a moment, HER MOMENT, and took it away from her.

I think that is unforgivable.

What about you?

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