Thursday, 29 July 2010

Nom or Vom

Todays Nom or Vom is by special request. the very lovely Get Lippie. If you don't yet follow her fabulous blog, I suggest you get over there and do so immediately

So this is one is for you Louise x x x

and todays Nom or Vom is the rather delectable Hugh Jackman.

Shall we go straight in with the gratuitious topless shot? (lets)

Ok, I've never really looked at Mr Jackman in this way before, but i'm warming to him quickly.

Shall we see how he scrubs up?

hmmmmmm, quite nicely indeed.

and for the ladies that like them a little more rough and ready?
This ones going out to you.

So what do you think ladies, I can see this one being a bit more split than usual.

Nom or Vom?

Big Fashionista

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

The Sock Monster.

Do you like to wear matching underwear? (men, you don't need to answer that if you don't want to) Do you like your socks to be the same colour? (Go ahead guys) are you finding that you are putting PAIRS into the wash basket, but all you are getting out is sad and lonely singles?

Then maybe you have a SOCK MONSTER.

Don't be fooled by the name, the Sock Monster isn't choosy, he will munch down your La Senza undies quicker than you can say date night knickers. He (face it, it has to be a he) has no shame, from stinky socks to naughty knickers he will eat them all, leaving no sign that he has even been there.

The Sock Monster resides in the wash basket, in the deepest darkest corner at the bottom, (along with a belt, a small single glove and at least one bath toy, or is that just mine?) he chooses his prey perfectly, if you have lots of the same colour socks then he won't touch them-no no, they are not to his taste, BUT, if you have a pair of cartoon character socks then he is on them like a tramp on a sandwich-yum yum, munch-burp.

Don't get me wrong, the sock monster is not greedy, he doesn't KEEP your offerings (That wouldn't be right) instead he waits.........until you throw away the unpaired item that he left you. That is when he usually returns it to you. (Yeah thanks mate)

If you have children you may find that you have more than one sock monster. I have one that likes to eat nothing but gloves. I am currently the proud owner of 1 Ben 10 glove, a Hello Kitty glove and one baby mitten that I am never going to throw away-hence I will never get the other one back.

Just so you are aware, the Sock Monster has no interest in your holey socks. They are obviously full of calories or MSG's because never have I known a sock monster to chow down on a holey sock. If however the partner sock did not have a hole in it- well that is fair game (and usually lunch)

So if you are currently puzzled over why your socks seem to be permanently unpaired (bit like Jennifer Aniston) maybe you too are the proud owner of...............

A Sock Monster!!!!!!!

Big Fashionista


Since we began this mammoth task of letting people know about the "inspiration" behind the MAC/Rodarte Collection everyone involved has suffered. From exhaustion to depression reading about the terrible things happening in Juarez, it has taken a toll on all of us.

But then you hear about the death toll rising. People are being murdered, blown up, raped and mutilated on a DAILY basis.

Children are being killed, teenagers, women, mothers and fathers.

Death is indiscriminate in Ciudad Juarez, Be it from drug wars or as it is suspected, from the fact it is now a serial killers playground. NO-ONE is safe.

People die violently in Ciudad Juarez, and even though I have searched extensively, it is hard to find a name of someone who has been murdered. Does a human life hold that little regard that their rape, murder and mutilation doesn't even warrant a news report? The sad fact is, it happens so often that it probably only makes the news if it is part of a large murder and then the next day, it is forgotten as more murders have happened and so it continues.

And MAC and Rodarte thought this would be fantastic inspiration for a collection of make-up?

So far MAC & Rodarte have apologised and said they will donate $100,000 to a charity.

MAC & Rodarte, you opened the box, surely it is your duty to help these people that "inspired" you so much. You made people aware of a situation that was happening in the world and hoped to profit from it. How can you walk away from it now? and even though you are changing the names of the products, they will forever be symbolically entwined with Ciudad Juarez and the blood that is spilled there every day. You have a chance to make a difference.

People ask why I care about what is happening on the other side of the world. I care because any injustice, any hatred, fear and death that occurs should be challenged. We ALL deserve to have someone weep over us when we die, we deserve as part of the human race to have someone stand up on our behalf and say "this isn't right" and "This should NOT be happening. We deserve to be remembered, not pushed under the carpet in case our death offends someone.

Please sign the petition,

Rodarte/MAC Petition

Please help raise awareness of what is going on in Cuidad Juarez.

Things do NOT have to be the way they are now. No-one should have to suffer fear or have their lives violently cut short.

Together we CAN make a difference.

Big Fashionista x x

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

E-mail warning


You've no doubt heard about people who have been abducted and had
their kidneys removed by black-market organ thieves.

My thighs were stolen from me during the night a few years
ago. I went to sleep and woke up with someone else's thighs.
It was just that quick. The replacements had the texture of
oranges. Whose thighs were these and what happened to
Mine? I spent the entire summer looking for my thighs.
Finally, hurt and angry, I resigned myself to living out my
life in leggings and jeans. And then the thieves struck again.

My backside was next. I knew it was the same gang, because they
took pains to match my new rear-end to the thighs they had
stuck me with earlier. But my new butt was attached at least
three inches lower than my original! I realized I'd have to
give up my jeans in favor of long skirts.

Two years ago I realized my arms had been switched. One
morning I was fixing my hair and was horrified to see the
flesh of my upper arm swing to and fro with the motion of
the hairbrush. This was really getting scary - my body was
being replaced one section at a time. What could they do to
me next?

When my poor neck suddenly disappeared and was replaced with
a turkey neck, I decided to tell my story. Women of the
world wake up and smell the coffee! Those 'plastic' surgeons
are using REAL replacement body parts - stolen from you and
me! The next time someone you know has something 'lifted',
Look again - was it lifted from you?

THIS IS NOT A HOAX. This is happening to women everywhere
every night.


P. S. Last year I thought someone had stolen my Boobs. I was
lying in bed and they were gone! But when I jumped out of
bed, I was relieved to see that they had just been hiding in
my armpits as I slept. Now I keep them hidden in my

This was emailed to me last night-be warned-it has happened to me too.

Good luck to you all, sleep with one eye open

Big Fashionista x x

Diet Hell

So i'm fat, i'm not kidding, every picture you see of me has been scrutinised for hours to make sure you can't see the bits that wobble (Pretty much from the neck down) the bits that jiggle (See above) and the bits that are a lot wider than they should be (My backside now spans 2 postcodes at a time)

Im a good dieter, (I should be, i've tried nearly all of them) I can lose the weight and I vow to never put it back on again (Usually while eating a lard sandwich) but I do. I would make a good slender person, I would be a valuable asset to the slim community-but I just find it hard to START getting motivated.

Once I'm under way I give it my all, I just lack motivation to get motivation-So what i'm looking for is your best diets. Or your diet stories. I know that there are people out there who have lost weight or are losing weight, (I know this because I think I have found your lost weight on my bum!)
If I find a great diet to follow (Or if someone wants to offer to pay for me to have my jaw wired shut :-) ) I will look at doing a post each week to let you know how I'm getting on.

So if you want to see me change my name to Medium Fashionista (ooooh, where is my crystal ball?) help me out here.

I'm getting desperate

Big (but hopefully soon to be medium) Fashionista

Strike? No way.

So British Airways staff and the union are now throwing their toys out of their pram over having their travel perks axed and are threatening to strike again?

Deep breathe.

Seriously? I wrote this as my facebook status a couple of months ago and I stand by it now.

Dear British Airways staff,

Go and tell a member of the armed forces that you want to strike over Travel allowances, Bad uniform, and low pay!!!! and then please, let me know how you get on with that.

British Airways staff want their travel perks reinstated.

Under their employment contracts, cabin crew can fly to exotic locations for a discount of up to 90 per cent. Their spouse and children are eligible too.
If they are not married, they can nominate two friends or family to join them on the flights for the same discount. (That is one hell of a perk)

The armed forces are finding that they can't even get their leave as the planes that they fly home on are so old that they frequently break down, stranding them away from their families on their hard earned break. In the armed forces men and women are battling every day putting their lives on the line for others.

Whether you agree with the war or not, you should support the troops that are out there, who sacrifice their home life, their pride and even their life.

What literally makes me want to puke, is that Unite have said that cutting their travel perks breaches "Human Rights Legislation" EXCUSE ME??????????????????

Having your human rights breached is, Being held against your will by people who disagree with your political beliefs, Having your family ripped from you in the middle of the night as a warning to be quiettaking away your right to basic living conditions, food and water.

THAT is having your human rights breached. In a day and age where people are losing their jobs or having their pay frozen and are worrying about rising costs, is it just me or is this the pettiest thing ever to want to strike over?

BA Staff should be grateful they have jobs or don't have to worry on a day to day basis about whether they will be returning home to their families in one piece.

They should look to the Armed Forces as an inspiration, no complaining, just getting the job done. We should ALL be inspired by them.

I salute the Armed Forces. BA should give them the subsidised travel, I'm sure they would be grateful.

Big Fashionista x x

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Summer Hell-idays are upon us

So B&Q have announced that most parents think that the six week holidays are too long-well no shit Sherlock!!! I wonder how much it cost them to find that out? If they would have given me a fiver I could have told them that. (throw in a packet of cigarettes and I'd tell them how much I love queueing in one of their shops on a sunday too)

Of course the 6 weeks holiday is too long, it's six weeks. If I dripped water on you continously for 6 weeks you would be a mental basket case by the end of it wouldn't you? Now replace water with a child telling you that they are bored/hungry/bored/tired/bored/hot/bored/cold and bored and you may start to get the idea.

The holidays fill me with Valium, I mean dread from about June, (ok, September on the day they go back, that's when I start worrying about the next one) Why oh why do they have to have such a long break in the summer (let's face it, it isn't because it's unbearably hot) 6 or in some cases 7 weeks (that was a BAD year for me) plus every month and a half there is usually a half term or something. How do parents that work cope with the juggling of children in the holidays? It must be nearly impossible, there are only so many times a granny or other sucker, I mean family member can look after the children and still manage to keep your house tidy and a hot meal ready for you in the evening. (am I asking too much?)

I have 3 drains on my resources, I mean children. I seriously cannot cater for all of their needs during the summer holidays so I end up pleasing no-one (this usually ends with me screaming at my other half to come home and deal with HIS kids as I have had ENOUGH. (that was a bad first day that year, I admit)

When I was younger I used to go to a summer club, but nowadays they have cut the budgets for after school clubs, holiday clubs youth clubs (and then the goverment talk about youth crime being on the rise) I have found one summer club they can go to but it's a drive away and I don't drive. (I wonder if I've told my sister-in-law how much I love her lately)

So B & Q thanks for pointing out the blindingly
obvious, Any chance of setting up a school holiday club?

Big Fashionista x x

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Weekend off.

As much as I love you guys I am taking the weekend off.

Things to come this week include

of course Nom or Vom, if you have any recommendations for this, please get in touch.
Also, how to amuse your children in the holidays. (when I find out, I'll let you know)
and I have some other things still floating around in my head.

Have a lovely weekend, I'm off to get drunk. (I mean, research into whether alcohol is a depressant or not)

have fun.

Big Fashionista x x

Friday, 23 July 2010

M.A.C & Rodarte update.

Much of the internet has now picked up on the terrible things happening in Juarez and with M.A.C and Rodarte

With the latest statement from M.A.C stating that they will donate $100,000, many people are saying that this simply not enough. It is easy to throw money at a problem and hope that it goes away.

What we are asking for is people to sign the petition and help to continue to raise awareness of the situation in Juarez.

If you haven't been keeping up on this incredibly important situation there is a list of fantastic articles compiled by the lovely Le Petit Jardin de Liloo here -> Bloggerzunite

As a blogging group we raised the issue of the atrocity behind M.A.C and Rodartes' latest collection.

We cannot let this be the end of it.

Please sign the petition and continue to help raise awareness of Juarez.

Big Fashionista x x

The lazy bitches guide to housework

Whether you are at work all day or at home, I don't know anyone male or female who skips around the house saying Whoop whoop it's time for housework. (Ok, thats a lie, I do know one, I once bought her cleaning cloths as a present!!!!)

I think there are more important things in life than a tidy house. 3 children, 3 cats, Mr Fashionista (Who seems to hoard things like a very large borrower) and I make our home happy. It is clean (mostly) but very rarely a showhome. (ok, never-3 minutes after we moved in pandemonium reigned and it still rules now)

But here are some tips to keeping up the facade of a domestic goddess without having to work like a dog to do it.

Tip 1; Meet the tumble dryer, the tumble dryer is a girls best friend. Not only is it great for storing clean clothes in, (as well as empty vodka bottles but hey I digress) it is also a brilliant lazy way to iron. ten minutes in the dryer and BANG, everything is crease free (Also if you have children you can tell them you are doing it to warm them up-good mummy)

Tip 2; Why not trawl through support groups and offer up your home to people dealing with OCD, this is a terrible affliction and you can help in a BIG way by first letting them tidy your home each day, and then after then they have to leave just 1 thing out of place, then two, then three. If you stagger the appointments you can have a clean and tidy house each day while helping people at the same time with their therapy. See how good you are?

Tip 3; If you have small crawling children why not attach cleaning cloths to their hands and knees, they are going to crawl around anyway. you might as well get some use out of them as they do so. Even a fleecy all-in-one makes a great polishing cloth.

Tip 4; Again for the mums out there. If your child has a tendency to make their room so messy that you are worried a large woodland animal may take up residence at the bottom of the bed, this one is for you. Take their most favourite possession, It could be their teddy that they can't sleep without, a picture of a dead grandparent, for the teens their mobile is always a good place to start (Don't forget to turn it off or the lazy little buggers will just ring it) and then bury it deep within the room. Tell the child that you did see it in the room, it is most definately there, and then watch while they at least move things around to find it. (If you hide other things in the mess as well that really helps a child with a short attention span i;e teenagers)

Tip 5; Bribery. It's a beautiful thing. Offer a child a couple of quid (please make sure it is your own child, or at least a child you know) just to pick a couple of bits up. They are happy, your happy, everyones a winner.

Tip 6; I have saved the best tip for last, given to me by someone who swore me to secrecy (my bad) this lesson is taught by women, to women and should be passed down to the next generation by the elders at the correct age (after they move out of your house) Picture the scene. It's 5.45pm. your other half will be home any minute and you have sat back and enjoyed the day. Instead of taking the advice of 50's domestic goddesses who say dress up for your man, do this. Old T-shirt. tie up your hair in a scraggy knot, the messier the better. lay around various cleaning products and wet the fgloor slightly so it looks like it has partly dried and then spray polish in the air. lots and lots of polish. Then sit down and wait for hubby to come in and explain that it's no use. no matter how much you clean each day, the dust always comes back!!!!!! maybe its time to hire a cleaner?

Do you have any Lazy bitch tips for me? (I mean other readers)

Big Fashionista x x

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Nom or Vom

Ah ladies, with todays Nom or Vom I am spoiling you.

I present to you Josh Holloway. Introducing the bad boy of the island, The hottie of Lost, Sawyer.

If there was anyone I would quite like to be stranded on an island with, It would be him, (I would burn all his clothes on the first day I can tell you)

Mean and moody? Slightly brooding? oh yes please.

Oh you want him more smiley? Is there any pleasing you lot?
Here you go.

See how his pretty teeth just shine?

Pardon?......... The gratuitious topless pose?........ Is that all you came for? Sigh...Im so proud of you all.

So? Nom or Vom?

It's a definate Nom from me.

Big Fashionista x x

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

31 is the new 21?

In a survey commissioned by QVC to mark the start of their beauty month, it has been announced that women are at their most beautiful at 31.

Ah screw it, where was this information 3 years ago when I was 31? (Seriously I could've done with it) when I was 31 I had a new baby and I smelt of wee and vomit (it was the baby-honest)

I am totally fed up of people telling me when I WAS at my most beautiful. why can't I be beautiful WHATEVER age I am. Why do I have to peak? I'm not milk. I'm cheese (Ok, scrap that comparison) I'm like a fine wine-I improve with age.

See these lines around my eyes? They are from laughing with my partner, my children, my friends and family. They are from living my life. Surely my experiences make me more beautiful?

See my eyes? I've seen happy things with these eyes. They are full of knowledge and wisdom (I may be pushing that a bit)

My hair may be starting to grey slightly now, just the odd hair or two but it means I get to experiment with colour.

My lips are thinner than they were as a teenager. Maybe its because i have kissed my partner and my children so many times in their lives I am starting to wear them away. Thats fine too. It's a good way to wear them out.

We are beautiful EVERY year of our lives. and if we feel it, We look it. And if you are beautiful on the inside too, it reflects on the outside. Don't let ANYONE tell you, you are not as beautiful as you once were-you are, and more so at that.

Big Fashionista

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Dead Animal Bingo

On Saturday I sat in a car for just over 5 hours with a stressed driver and THREE children (not my idea of fun I can tell you)

After a quick round of the wonderful game of "Mum he kicked me, she kicked me first-I hate you, I hate you more" (How I didn't leave them on the side of the motorway I have NO idea) I realised that I would have to come up with some quick ways of amusing them.

The first game, Watch The White Lines had an interesting response. (I was aiming for an almost hypnotic trance-I got VOMIT) Don't try this at home kids.

Look For The Yellow Car got boring quickly. (It's a bloody motorway FFS, there's one, theres another one, there's one more)

But the game that entranced my children so much that I was almost tempted to put a call in to the school psychologist was Dead Animal Bingo.

The rules are simple. play as a group or individually, pick 5 different types of animal and look out for them on the side of the motorway (The four year olds suggestion of lion was vetoed pretty quickly) The first one to shout house after ticking off all their animals wins. (quick clarification after a argument ensued in the car. A dead animal that has been squished into two pieces can NOT be counted twice-Thems the rules according to the eight year old OK)

Also you should NOT, I repeat NOT attempt to draw pictures of the dead animals for the children to look out for (apparently drawing a rabbit with it's innards as outards is SICK-who knew? I won't be doing that again!!)

So there you go, a simple, cheap, quick and painless (ok, not for the animal) way of amusing your children on long car journeys.

That is my public service blog of the week,

Let me know how you get on ;-)

Big Fashionista x x

M.A.C & Rodarte.

When I first read the statement (see previous post) from M.A.C and Rodarte my immediate reaction was jubilation that the names are being changed. Then I read that they are donating $100,000 to a non-profit organisation in Juarez and my internal warning system started to flash (This usually is only activated when I run low on chocolate)

$100,000? It isn't a lot really is it? I think for M.A.C and Rodarte it would be like reaching down the back of the sofa and donating the change found. (I just checked mine, 35p will be winging its way to a charity of my choice) The profits that they will make from this range will be tenfold, especially with the extra publicity it has received.

Would you honestly want to be seen as companies that profit in any way shape or form from femicide? Even taking a pound from the profits of this range makes me feel ill.

I will not help a company profit from exploiting the murdered women of Juarez.

My instincts screamed that this was all a huge publicity stunt, now i'm not so sure (My instincts also told me that I could fit in a size 14 dress-wrong)

I have heard people describe M.A.C & Rodarte as misguided and naive. I hope that they are.

For if they deliberately chose to release this range knowing that there would be huge publicity surrounding it then surely that would undo all the hard work that M.A.C have achieved with Viva Glam and the M.A.C Aids Fund. Remember 100% of all Viva Glam profits go direct to the charity.

Here is my open letter to both M.A.C & Rodarte

Dear M.A.C & Rodarte,

I applaud you for your apology and your attempt to put things right. However, I do not think that $100,000 comes even close to covering your exploitation of the femicide in Juarez.

You are still profiting from rape murder and mutilation of women. M.A.C, How can you be so charitable with one hand with your excellent work on Viva Glam and yet want to keep one penny from a range which seems to be symbolically entwined forever with the atrocities in Juarez? As with the excellent Viva Glam, why not donate ALL proceeds to the charity in Juarez so that you can help make the factory workers, teens and mothers safe in Juarez?

Maybe then in ten years time you WILL be able to present a collection based on the "ethereal landscape" as your money will have helped to make Juarez a safer place for the women who live there.

Surely that is a collection worth striving for?

Big Fashionista x x

M.A.C/Rodarte Statement


We understand that product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection have offended our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We continue to listen carefully to the comments we have received and have the following plans to address concerns:

We are committed to donating $100,000 to a non-profit organization that has a proven, successful track-record helping women in need and that can directly improve the lives of women in Juarez in a meaningful way.

We are changing the product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection.

As we have done in the past, please be assured that we will communicate details regarding our progress in this matter.


We recognize that the violence against women taking place in Juarez needs to be met with proactive action. We never intended to make light of this serious issue and we are truly sorry.

Helping to improve the conditions for women in Juarez is a priority for us and we are thankful for all the comments calling attention to the urgency of addressing this situation.


Sunday, 18 July 2010

MAC/Rodarte-Collection From Hell On Earth?


"Hello is that the M.A.C product development team?

I have seen your next collection that is due for release shortly and would love to apply for a job in your department. I feel that I have a lot to offer your team and have some great ideas for names for other collections coming out in the future.

Firstly we have the range called CRASH, you can name a hot pink lipstick Denver, after John Denver, you know? the one who died in a plane crash in 1997. Why not also re-release Stereo Rose, It could be called Hudson River Now I know that no-one actually died in that crash but lets face it, Stereo Rose pretty much sells itself. A big draw would be your eyeshadows. I'm thinking Lockerbie, Pentagon and Trade Center would make fantastic names. All the packaging could be smoke damaged and have on it pictures of celebrities who died in aircrashes.

Next up I have some ideas for your Autumn/Winter collection based around the names of child killers.................................................Hello, Hello"

You may have been shocked by my opening post, If so, then read on, (hopefully your anger will soon be diverted onto something else) You may or may not have heard that M.A.C and fashion house Rodarte are soon to release a new collection, I have to admit, it looks great.

(Image courtesy of Temptalia)

But the dark side of this collection are the names. Factory, Quinceanera, Sleepwalker, Badland and Ghost Town. On their own they don't sound too bad, how about if I add in the word Juarez?

Have you heard of Juarez? A small town in Northern Mexico, not only is it famous for the high number of drug related murders, but since 1993 hundreds if not thousands of young women have gone missing or have been murdered in and around the area, most of them worked in sweatshops/factories, this is an ongoing tragedy that has still not been resolved. Young women are STILL going missing and being murdered.

Suddenly words such as Badland, Factory and Ghost Town are not so innocent are they?

You can read more information on this here

It makes for chilling reading.

So how on earth can M.A.C and Rodarte capitalise on human misery like this?

Both companies have now released statements.

M·A·C Cosmetics Statement: We understand that product names in the M·A·C Rodarte collection have offended some of our consumers and fans. This was never our intent and we are very sorry. We are listening carefully to the comments posted and are grateful to those of you who have brought your concerns to the forefront of our attention. M·A·C will give a portion of the proceeds from the M·A·C Rodarte collection to help those in need in Juarez. We are diligently investigating the best way to do this. Please be assured that we will keep you posted on the details regarding our efforts.’

Rodarte Statement: Our makeup collaboration with M·A·C developed from inspirations on a road trip that we took in Texas last year, from El Paso to Marfa. The ethereal nature of this landscape influenced the creative development and desert palette of the collection. We are truly saddened about injustice in Juarez and it is a very important issue to us. The M·A·C collaboration was intended as a celebration of the beauty of the landscape and people in the areas that we traveled."

I take issue with both of these statements. M.A.C, A portion of proceeds? You are diligently investigating the best way to do this? This seems to me like the donation was an afterthought. If you are going to release a highly controversial range then have in place a way to support the place you are exploiting.

Rodarte, If they were truly inspired by the "Ethereal nature of the landscape" why give the range names such as Factory, Sleepwalker and the one which was brought to my attention by LondonMUgirl Quinceanera, The QuinceaƱera, or Quinceanero is a coming of age party for girls celebrated in many Latin American countries, Mexico, and others. It is usually celebrated on a girl’s fifteenth birthday, and can range from a party composed primarily of family and close friends to elaborately arranged balls.

Rodarte, what on earth does that have to do with the "ethereal landscape" Seriously, how can you expect people to see you as a company of integrity if you try to pull the wool over your customers eyes? At least M.A.C apologised. Rodarte seem to be unable/unwilling to do the same.

Overall the opinion of many, including myself is that this range is wrong. Yes it has raised awareness of a situation that perhaps many have not heard of, but if that was their aim why not give it other names and just donate a portion of the profits to the area? In my opinion the companies involved knew EXACTLY what they were doing and aimed to cause controversy and profit from others misery. Neither company are "edgy" whats wrong with being known for your make up and fashion rather than any scandal you can create.

This range should not go ahead with its release as it is. Would you honestly wear a nail varnish called Juarez knowing how many women have been been murdered in the area and that is what it is famous for? I know I wouldn't-anymore than I would want to be known as the company that profited from the deaths of others.

Change the names M.A.C/Rodarte, Donate ALL profits to a registered charity in the area and pledge to raise awareness in a better way and then people may take you seriously. I for one will not be purchasing ANYTHING from this collection.

Big Fashionista x x x

Any other bloggers who I have missed out, please feel free to link to your blog in the comments and I will try to add.

What do you think about the range?


Come back at 8pm for a post that should make your blood boil.

Do you love your make up?

Do you care about what is happening in countries other than your own?

You will want to read this.

See you at 8pm.

Big Fashionista x x

Saturday, 17 July 2010

No Posts today

Today I will be

Friday, 16 July 2010

Hillingdon Council hang your head in shame

It is not often that I read something that brings me to tears, but today I write this with tears streaming down my face.

A friend of mine brought this to my attention.

A facebook group called Get Steven Home.

Here is the description of the group. It puts in in a way far better than I could describe to you.


The campaign to bring Steven back to his family home starts here.

Steven is a 20 year old man with autism. He loves music, swimming and Mr Bean.

Since December 2009, Steven has been incarcarated in a care home, against his and his family's wishes. He went away for three days respite as his father was unwell and hasn't been home since.

On 7th July, the London Borough of Hillingdon decided Steven would never be allowed to return to the family home as he is too great a risk.

Since being in the care home, occurances of his challenging behaviour have risen by over 300%.

In April, Steven was served a "Deprivation of Liberty" order as he escaped from the home and removed a man's glasses. No staff on duty noticed he was gone until he was out on the main road.

His clothes are repeatedly torn and he appears with bite marks on his arms and hands (not self inflicted).

He has tried to escape on several occassions.

He is repeatedly forced into a double bind situation where the managing aunthority create a situation that he finds difficult to understand and gets upset about. Steven reacts to the situation and then his reaction is used as evidence that he is too challenging.

In the last two weeks the London Borough of Hillingdon have cancelled Steven's much look foward to holiday and his overnight stays at home.

He is 20 years old and could be facing the rest of his life in an institution.


Who else has now read that with disbelief that a council could remove a much loved son from his family against his families wishes. His family CAN and WANT to care for him. What gives a pen-pushing beaurocratic council the right to do this?

He is autistic, he needs the support of his loving family around him. When did we go back to the dark ages when mentally ill or disabled people were put into institutions and then forgotten about?

Is it a way of saving money? Considering that most children who are diagnosed with autism and their families are offered absolutely NO support after diagnosis, I don't think so. Families I know with a child with autism describe the fight to get support as almost impossible, and trust me, It is a fight.

Hillingdon council are playing god, it is not their place to uproot Steven. It seems to be ALL or nothing. They give you no help whatsoever and hope that you go away. Or they remove the "problem" all together.

I cannot begin to imagine the pain that Steven and his family are going through. It is like a kidnap without the ransom demand.

What can you do?

Talk about this situation, let us not let Hillingdon council get away with this. On Social Media networks, with your friends, to the council in question. Stevens incarceration is unjust and unfair and they are trying to keep it quiet. Bring it to peoples attention.

Sign the petition

Join the facebook group

Get Steven Home

Don't let Steven be forgotten, I won't.

Big Fashionista x x

Robbie & Take That

Oh Robbie, Robbie, Robbie, If you were one of my friends right about now I would be sitting you down with a glass of wine (yes I know it's 10am, but the friends emergency rule states that you can open wine at ANY time if needs be)giving you a hug (and a sly grope) and saying that you should not be going back.

Lets think of Take that as an ex-boyfriend (An extremely hot ex boyfriend I grant you) of Robbies. Sure they had some great times, he was taken to all the best places and had fun. But somewhere along the way things changed. The boyfriend grew more demanding, didn't give Robbie any time to breathe or grow as a person, So Robbie took the plunge and split from the boyfriend (Take That) and began to find out more about himself. He grew in confidence, had success and seemed to be happy. The ex disappeared from the scene only to come back a couple of years later with a great new look and seemed to be doing well without him.

If this was one of your friends, would you advise her to go back?

Hell no.

So why are we all so ridiculously happy that Robbie Williams is going to be re-joining Take That? Is it because it is whats best for us? (A bit like when you are friends with both halves of a couple that split, choosing your loyalties is sooo hard and it's a lot more convenient when they are together)

Are we just harking back to a time when we ourselves were happy? (Can anyone think back that far) Are we putting Take That back together for our own selfish needs?

And does anyone else think it will end in tears?

+ pic for you lot saying that Nikki Sixx is a vom :-)

Big Fashionista x x

Nom or Vom

It's Friday and that can mean only one thing (Chinese for dinner?) It is Nom or Vom time once again.

Due to overwhelming public demand for more dirty rockers (you filthy lot) I have picked someone who symbolises dirty rocker to a T.

Ladies & Gentlemen, I give you Nikki Sixx

Bassist for the Motley Crue (For all of you ladies saying, Who?) He has in the past been a bad, bad boy.

Here's another pic.

Do you like?

and just for all you tattoo lovin, dirty rocker lovin ladies out there (Oh you know who you are) one more for luck.

Happy Friday.

So what do you think, Nom or Vom?

Big Fashionista x x

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Prison or Holiday Camp?

Following on from my post re Raoul Moat the other day. A lot of comments that I received got me thinking. For most part people were glad he was dead, purely because it saves us the tax payer from having to feed, clothe and watch him get fat in prison.

Is prison a deterrent these days anyway?

3 meals a day, a TV, books, cash for treats (I'm a mum of three, I could do with a break, It sounds like heaven to me)
Prison isn't what it once was. People used to come out and vow never to go back, now it is seen as a training ground for young adults, (an in-house YTS scheme if you like)go in a juvenile delinquent and you come out with a whole new set of life skills (and a new high score on Call of Duty)

Every now and then there is an article in a paper about prisoners threatening to sue because their dietary requirements are not being met!! (Neither are mine-bring me more cake NOW) Oh please, It used to be called porridge for a reason, (I would weep with pleasure if someone cooked me one meal every now and then, you should be bloody grateful you are getting three) Oh your a vegetarian are you? you want people to cater to your needs? Well you didn't stop to consider other peoples needs when you assaulted/stole/raped (insert crime here) did you? stop bleating and man up.

It is amazing that the prisoners moaning most about human rights are usually the ones who have commited the worst crimes. They have no intention of caring about anyone elses human rights, only their own.

So what needs to change? I don't want to go down the route of other countries and ask for the death penalty to be brought back (although it would certainly help with the overcrowding situation) I don't believe that ANYONE has the right to take away another persons life.

But what we need to do is make prison SO bad that people don't want to do time. No TV, no music, why not follow the US lead in some respects by bringing back the chain gangs. Use prisoners to rebuild communities, build roads, dig out foundations for schools and hospitals? Use them to put back into society what them being born has taken out. A hard days work never killed anyone. And if it does............well, once again, it does help with the overcrowding situation.

What do you think needs to be done?

Big Fashionista x x

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Wild Curls By 17

I'm an unhappy blogger. (Stamps foot)
I like to moan, I admit. I like to take a product and be brutally honest about it. If I don't like it, I will say so, If it makes me sneeze, I will tell you (and throw in a couple of jokes at the same time)
But Wild Curls by 17?

Pah. it's perfect. From its sexy animal print packaging to its clump free brush, if it was a person i'd hate it on sight due to pure jealousy.

I have tried many, many a mascara, (I'm female, it's what we do) and nothing has given my eyelashes more volume and thickness than this. I don't think this gave my eyelashes extreme curl but it definately gave the illusion of curl due to the clump free formula that thickened and defined my lashes perfectly.

I would like to tell you that it slid down my face so I looked like Alice Cooper after a sobfest, but it didn't-so I can't. It stayed on my eyelashes making me look like a super vixen with my long eyelashes that I could bat like a good un.

Maybe I could tell you that it wouldn't come off my eyelashes, that it held on like a drunk at a party refusing to leave. But noooooooooooo, It came off easily and well.

I should tell you that it is hideously expensive and well out of the normal persons reach. But it had to go and be cheap, In fact those people at 17 have been so good to you that they decided to throw in a free gift. Wild Curls Eye Kit, containing, Tweezers, eyeliner and an eyelash curler!!!!!!!! BRIBES? I hear you say, well no-It's more like a congratulatory gift. You've used your beauty brain and bought a fabulous mascara, well done. Here is a pressie.

So what is a writer to do?

Nothing. Apart from go out and purchase the mascara in the other colour available brown.

I suggest you go and do the same. We can compare notes after.

Big Fashionista x x

You can also follow 17 on twitter at @official17

This Mascara was provided to me by PR to trial

Ulrika-ka-ka can you eat something please ?

I try not to be bitchy, (Oh lord how I try) sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail. (This may be one of those days)

But Ulrika Jonsson? Eat something lady, There is more fat on the bottom of my shoe than on this woman at the moment.

Take a look.

Now I am overweight, I know this. (Said with a cake in each hand-What?? It's a balanced diet if there is one in each hand)

And I know that it is easy to pick on the skinny bird, (Did anyone else think-yeah toothPICK there? nope just me then) but in my opinion she is just too skinny. Just as I would expect one of my true friends to tell me that i'm gaining weight faster than Natalie Cassidy can lose it, she needs someone close to her to say, Enough.

Men out there will tell you, there is nothing attractive about women that are too skinny. While women sweat their arses off to lose weight and say they are doing it to look good for their partners, men around the world are mourning the loss of boobies and bums.

I would love to hear some male opinions on this subject. What do you think of the new super-skinny Ulrika? Hot or Not?

Ladies, do you think Ulrika has gone too far in her quest to lose weight? and does anyone else think that she looks old?

Big Fashionista x x x

And the winner is.........................

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my 100 follower giveaway, it was fun to do, but as in Highlander and said in a sexy Sean Connery voice-There can be only one.

(Cue thunder & lightening)

And the winner is

John Keith Diamonds

Congratulations, I have sent an e-mail your way, If you can reply with your address I can get the prizes out in the post to you ASAP.

I did pick the winner by but didn't know how to copy it to put on my blog!!!! (I know the calorie content of a raisin but put me in front of a computer and I know nothing)

So congrats to the winner and If you feel like sticking around there will be another giveaway starting soon x x x x

Big Fashionista x x

Monday, 12 July 2010

iPhone or Blackberry.

So today is the day, it's like choosing between my children.

It's upgrade day.

Do I go for an iPhone or the phone I have craved for the last 17 months? (1 month into my contract I wanted to change my Samsung for a Blackberry-I curse my indecision, I think)

It's like picking a religion, everyone has their own opinion on what I should choose, (Those iPhone gals are fanatical-trust me)

So take the platform-try to convert me. I am leaning towards the Blackberry but still open to offers (Free phone anyone?) what phone do you think I should get?

Big Fashionista x x


I have just been offered an extremely good deal on an iPhone 3GS

now I am even more torn and really need your help on this x x

Big Fashionista x x


Raoul Moat, The name is now everywhere. But when you think Raoul Moat what word goes with it? For me it's murderer, but for some twisted individuals it is LEGEND.

What exactly has this man done that makes him a legend?

He tried to kill his ex-girlfriend by shooting her in the stomach, he shot and killed her new partner and then shot a policeman in the face!!!

What sort of person would hold Raoul Moat up as a hero and legend?

There is even a facebook page set up with over 7,412 fans. (That many people with one brain cell between them wandering around unsupervised is worrying me A LOT) how do they justify their hero worship of a murderer?

Even his brother has been all over the news saying it was like watching a public execution, (Anyone else think he will be claiming for emotional damage) blaming the police for their heavy handedness, adding his brother was "no psycho"

I disagree, He shot 3 people in cold blood, 2 for revenge. How much of a psycho do you have to be to think that ANYONE has the right to take away another persons life.

People are trying to blame the police force for what happened, society, even the media but the fact of the matter is Raoul Moat tried to murder three people, succeeded in murdering one and then took his own life in what I see as the cowards way out. There is nothing legendary about that.

It is reported today that people have looted Raoul Moats house, taking trophys and souvenirs. WHY?

If these twisted individuals want a hero, why not look to firefighters, teachers, doctors or people that strive to make our country great and good? Why choose a pitiful coward who in the end wasn't even man enough to take responsibility for his own actions.

What is your view?

Big Fashionista x x

School Dayz

Oh come on, You know it and I know it, Our school days were the best days of our lives. Now when our mums told us this what did we do? Rolled our eyes and walked away muttering, "yeah like you know anything"!! (Trust me, my 9 year old did this to me recently.Damn it hurts)

At the time the smallest thing was a huge drama, especially in secondary school. Someone calling us a name resulted in a three day sob-fest and gathering up our friends for a pity-party. If that happened to me now I would let it just roll over me without even caring. If a boy didn't ring? OMG-The drama, the tears, the playing sad songs over and over until we thought our heart would break? Remember that?

I would love to go back to school as a 14 yr old knowing the things that I know now. (I tell you now, I would RULE that school) I was a boffin, a know it all, never one of the popular group but not someone who was bullied either. just someone who enjoyed school, I had friends and now I can look back and thing WOW, that really was the best time of my life.

I wonder what, if anything I would do differently.

How was school for you?

Would you do anything different if you could?

And can you guess which one is me in the school pic above?

Big Fashionista x x

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Where is the Justice?

Yesterday, someone that I know was up in court. (Considering that I live in East London I am surprised that this doesn't happen more often)

But this was different.

Let me set the scene for you as if it were you.

Your young children are playing in the garden-its a summers day. When all of a sudden rocks are thrown into your garden by a teenage boy aimed at your children.

What do you do?

If you chose to go out and confront the teenager and then grab him by the shirt when he started mouthing off at you and your family and told him to f@ck off before walking away-nothing more. You too would have been up in court!!!

For that is all this gentleman did. A loyal family man he defended his family without raising his fists to the boy in question, (I personally think i would've beaten the granny out of him) showing his family that violence is not always the answer to violence.

And how did the CPS thank him?

A charge of common assault and threatening behaviour. I kids you not!!!!!

The boy got away scot-free with throwing the rocks.

Now what has this lesson taught everyone involved?

The boy now thinks he is invincible. He can do what he wants

The man charged received a £295 fine (Luckily he did not have to pay the boy and compensation. Would anyone else rather have done time than paid the little scrote a penny?)and is bitter at the way he has been treated.

and the police probably have 248 forms that they now have to fill out in triplicate before they can arrest the next person for something trivial.

I fail to see how justice has been served here.

This is why our youngsters nowadays feel they don't need to take responsibility for their actions and the first words they usually bleat is "I know my rights"
Schools can no longer discipline, Police can no longer clip them round the ear for being cheeky, If a young offender is sent to prison, they get Xboxes and a tv in their cell so that their human rights aren't infringed.

If teenagers are our next generation-People, I feel that we are screwed.

What do you think about what happened yesterday?

I would love to hear your views

Big Fashionista x x

Friday, 9 July 2010

Tat-too much?

I enjoy a healthy debate. (Ok, i like to argue my arse off) and the wonderful @Bangsandabun has agreed to do an opposing argument piece where we can disagree on a certain subject (A verbal bitchslapping session is how I'm sure she will be describing it)

First subject we thought we would debate is something that is very close to my heart, (Ok, ankle and back) Tattoos.

Let me set out my stand right now-I LOVE them. I have three and each one of them was designed by me and have personal meaning to me.

A sun on my back with Carpe Diem written below it. A meandering vine that runs across my foot with two pink flowers and one blue flower symbolising the birth of my children and on the inside of my ankle a red flower that I had done when I left home and met my partner. For me it symbolises love and independence in equal measure.

Im sure Muireann will tell you that tattoos are tacky and in some cases they are. But in my opinion any self expression is a beautiful thing even bad ones hold meaning for the wearer. Some people showcase their style with a hairstyle that defines them. Some people buy a baseball cap, a staffy and fake burberry and let that define who they are, but that is their choice, Their way of expressing themselves. Surely no-one can stifle that?

Tattoos can be as public or as private as a person chooses them to be. If you look at me you wouldn't even see my tattoos unless I choose to show them off. I'm not going to have the problem in the future of starting off with a small rose on my breast and in thirty years time it become a long-stemmed blob (sagging is a bitch)

I don't really see how anyone can be against tattoos. How can we tell people that what they are doing to their own body is disgusting (Katie Price my love-you are the exception to the rule-Stop it now)

Tattoos are pure art. Different tattoists have their own unique style and a true tattoo afficionado can pick out a particular artists work in the same way an art critic can pick out a Picasso.

Have you heard of Kat Von D?

She is a L.A tattoo artist. I think she looks amazing. I wouldn't aspire to look like her but it works for her and I think it suits her. But even if I said I thought she looked vile. It's her choice not mine. AND that is the point I am trying to make.
(finally, I hear you say)

Tattoos are a personal choice. If you ask a person covered in tattoos about them I'm sure each tatt holds a story behind it. A sort of photo album and story book rolled into one and put on your body. How amazing it will be to have those memories so close to me.

You can read Bangs and a Bun argue AGAINST tattoos at

We'd both love to read your comments and your opinions x x x


Nom or Vom

Ok, so not all of you enjoy the dirty rocker look. (How strange) In fact some of you expressed an urge to go wash out your eyes with bleach after seeing the lovely Anthony Kiedis last week. (Don't worry, your addresses have been passed to Ms Hirons who is at this moment hunting you down with a huge poster and a copy of Under the Bridge which she will be playing to you until you change your mind)

So this week I went for someone more versatile, He can do hairy, he can do clean cut.

Ladies (and gentleman) I bring you Ryan Reynolds.

A clean cut man who you could probably take home to mum, (If you don't mind your mum hanging all over him panting "Take me Ryan") ok, just mine then?

BUT, can also be taken out topless (keeping a close eye on him so that the bitches don't try to steal him)to meet your friends

In fact, dont take him out, keep him inside.

Let them stand on the otherside of the window and admire him while he does this.

So what do we think ladies?


Thursday, 8 July 2010

U2 must be having a laugh

So Adam Clayton from U2 is suing his bank after over £3,000,000 was stolen from his account by his personal secretary. "Thats terrible" I hear you cry "She should be punished" yet more of you say. (Where are these voices I hear coming from?)

And yes, yes she should, she did a very bad thing and she should be held accountable.

BUT, although she is being prosecuted the main point I am trying to make here (Stick with me, I'm getting there) Adam Clayton is suing his bank!!!! He thinks they should have noticed that money was being taken from his bank account as it was over a FIVE YEAR period!!!! Excuse me Adam, you didn't NOTICE a huge amount of money was being taken? Well no he didn't, because and I quote "he couldn't be bothered to check his statements" Oh well, thats ok then,

Hang on....... No it isn't bloody ok with me. This is U2's Adam Clayton. You know, that band that seem to be all about the charidee lately, telling us to stick OUR hands in our pockets and donate to a good cause!!!

Mr Clayton, You know that 3 million that went missing? Why did you not donate that? If you are so rich you don't even NOTICE that a hugeeeeeeeeee amount of money is missing you are rich enough to not ask me for my last fiver. If ten pound goes out of my bank account that I can't account for, I'm at the bank so fast the staff demand a drug test. (ooo-errr)

Yes she shouldn't have stolen the money, and I am sure the courts will make an expample of her because it is U2, but surely Mr Clayton should do some time for being rich with undue care and attention.

What do you think?

Big Fashionista x x

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

100 Followers Giveaway.

Now seeing as usually i'm tighter than a ducks arse you may have to prise these from my cold dead hands. But I think it is time I did my first giveaway. (eeek)

To celebrate (nearly) getting 100 followers and also the release of the Circus Palette by Sleek make up today I will be giving away all of these delectable goodies to one random follower.

The Circus Palette, released today by Sleek Make up (Bought by my own fair hand as well may I add)

A Carmex cherry lipbalm, with SPF15

A bottle of Lula Bloom handwash

and a tube of Radox Shower Smoothie in Soul Soother.

To be in with a chance of winning this you must be a follower of this blog,

Leave a comment below with the words Enter me please and your email address included.

EDIT-if you would prefer not to give an email address then please leave alternate contact details such as Twitter ID

The contest opens today and will run until next tuesday at midnight. UK Followers only I'm afraid.

Good Luck

Big Fashionista x x

7/7 5 years on.

It has been 5 years since the Tube bombings in London killed 52 people dead and over 700 people injured.

People say that we were lucky more people were not killed. And to that I say that I am sure that some of the 700 injured are still dead inside.

We always hear of the deaths and rightly so. But it is rare that we hear more about the injured. Of those 700 injured, some lost limbs, some suffered horrific scars and many are still battling through life on a daily basis. It is hard to move on.

On the 9th of February 1996, I decided to throw a sickie, my housemate whom I also worked with went into work and I proceeded in having a lazy day. We worked a shift sytem at the time, 11-7 or 2-10 for a company called Franklin Mint who were based in the Docklands.

When the bomb that destroyed the peace process was detonated at just after 7pm most of my colleagues were lucky. The building had been evacuated an hour previously but for some reason at half six there was a communication error somewhere down the line and they were told they were allowed back into the building. Most of my friends decided "Screw this we are going to the pub" (I pick very good friends, with good priorities) Some however went back into the building. The two men who ran the shop just by our building went back to work.

The two men were the only victims of the bomb. I remember hearing people say, "well at least it was only two people dead, It could have been a lot worse"

They didn't have to see my friends who had been thrown from the building. They didn't see my cousins best friends dad who lost his sight and some of his face as he was cleaning in a building on the other side. They never saw or heard one of my colleagues who when we went to lay flowers collapsed to the floor sobbing and vowed never to come back to the area again.

I felt survivors guilt. For days afterwards I was extremely tearful, Someone said to me "Why are you upset, you wasn't even there?" as if it was an exclusive club for which I had been refused membership.

If I had not thrown a sickie that day, I would have been there, I wouldn't have gone to the pub as my boyfriend would have been picking me up at 7 as I didn't drive. Chances are I would have been in the shop getting a bar of chocolate and a can of coke when the bomb exploded. But I felt guilty for being upset about something that hadn't happened when so many of my friends were injured.

Franklin Mint in their infinite wisdom relocated to a building just 2 minutes away. We could see the destruction from the window of the new building and it tore everyone apart. Everyone left as soon as they could and honestly, I never see anyone from those days at all.

So today on 7/7 please don't reflect just on the ones that lost their lives. Don't just think of the families that lost loved ones. Think of the ones that survived and are still suffering.

Big Fashionista x x

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Senseless killings

I live in East London, (the nice part obviously) If you hear the words East London, what springs to mind? The Olympics? or what we are fast becoming famous for? The senseless stabbings and murder of our teens.

It has just been announced that a 16 year old boy who was stabbed in East London on Sunday has died from his injuries. This happened just two roads from where I live.

We can all shake our heads and say how sorry we are this is happening but when it happens so close to home maybe it is time we all stood up and asked WHY is this happening?

Why has another mother lost her son? a father his child, a family one of their own. We read about this happening every day, it seems as though we are almost becoming jaded by it. Another teenage stabbing? sigh and then we move on.

14 teenagers have already been murdered so far this year!!!

That is 14 too many.

I see the mother of Adam Regis every day, Adam was murdered in March 2007, stabbed to death locally in East London-His murder has never been solved. I see the pain etched in her face as she tries to come to terms with her sons murder. She never will.

So what is the answer? How do we stop children killing children? I don't have the answers, I wish I did, I have 3 children, one of which is going to hit her teenage years soon. Do I move? Do I stay? Violence is everywhere. I don't think that you can ever escape it.

I do think there should be a heavier sentence for knife crime and even carrying a knife. We hear about the terrible murders of teenagers across the country every day, but how many children are stabbed and live to tell the tale? We never hear about them. Do they then seek to take revenge or do they put down their knives not wishing to do to others what has been done to them?

Something has to be done to stop these senseless killings.

The pavements in East london are stained with childrens blood, and mothers tears.

Big Fashionista x x is a new website from the Metropolitan Police to show people how to turn away from violent crime.

If you have any information on the murder of Adam Regis and feel unable to contact the police, please call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

Tuca Tuca

I'm a huge fan of Lush, I even like the smell when you walk past the shop (I see some people acting like they are cyclists in China, putting their arms over their faces while they cough and splutter like a politician being questioned about his expenses, I however take a deep breath and enjoy the smell) So I was extremely pleased to be sent a sample of Lushs' newest perfume from their new brand Gorilla Perfumes-Tuca Tuca. I had heard some really great things about it and was looking forward to trying it. Gorilla Perfumes will be releasing a collection of perfumes throughout the summer and the first, Tuca Tuca is a violet fragrance which I adore.

But, (and like mine, it is a really large butt, I mean but) I havent yet been able to achieve the full potential of this perfume because everytime I spray this perfume on myself, near myself or on anyone around me. I sneeze!!! Now i don't mean a little sneeze, I sneeze so many times that I am grateful I took the time to do my pelvic exercises after the birth of my children. I sneeze more often than a pepper tester in a pepper factory who is wearing clothes made out of pepper. In the end I have so far had to give up and wash my wrists until it is gone. I have made friends put it on (and then made them go away until it has died down a bit) and I adore the smell. It didn't make ANY of my friends sneeze but it did affect my mother-in-law and my daughter. The instant smell that hits you is violets, or more specifically, Parma violets, the sweetie kind. but with a vanilla undertone making it perhaps a little too sweet for me to wear (if i didn't constantly sneeze while wearing it) but I can see that it would be a popular choice for maybe teenage girls or young women.

Another thing I did like about the perfume is that it is suitable for vegans. (At least they won't smell of lentils and cabbage anymore) and at £11 for a 9g atomiser or £23 for a 27g bottle it won't break the bank, Plus there is also a massage bar available for £5.

I look forward to the release of more perfumes from Gorilla Perfumes and hopefully the next one will be something I can wear for longer than a minute.

Have you tried Tuca Tuca? What do you think?

Big Fashionista x x

*This perfume was sent to me for review by a PR company.

Monday, 5 July 2010

Cosmopolitan Blog Awards

I'm sure everyone knows by now (If not, Where have you been?) Cosmopolitan have just launched their very first Blog Awards. And like all good nominees should, I am currently pimping myself like a crack whore on a downer.

Now just in case you think I am trying to piss on your glitter,(what a beautiful turn of phrase I have) Just to let you know I would love to be nominated in the "lifestyle" section.

So if my blog makes you chuckle, (or chuck up) think (or chuck up) or basically you just want me to shut up about it now and go away so you are now nodding like a Churchill dog, here is the link.

I would love it if you voted for me. ;-)

Big Fashionista x x


Those famous philosphers The Pussycat Dolls summed it up perfectly when they sang their immortal words "When I grow up, I wanna be famous, I wanna be a star, I wanna be in movies.
(Gotta love those girls)

I remember a time when if you asked a child what they wanted to be when they grew up, the answer was-Nurse, Policeman, Teacher. Go up to any 11 yr old nowadays (Ok, not exactly ANY child-I don't want to see anyone arrested-stick to asking a child you know) and ask them what they want to be and the answer is invariably-FAMOUS.

Sigh, and i'm not even talking famous for, inventing the cure for cancer, or creating a weightloss pill that makes you lose 4 stone in a week (Could that one hurry up and be invented please)
Children of today want to be in the newspapers, WAGS, or a ex Big Brother contestant who gets their baps out in Zoo. Even if they have a great voice, they don't want to slog it out in small dingy clubs, working their way up and slogging their guts out before finally getting a gig at Haven holidays doing a half hour slot once a week. NO, they want to win X Factor and have it handed to them on a plate.

When did we do our children such a disservice by stopping teaching them that if you want something, you have to work hard for it? And even at the end of it, well, you may not achieve your goals but it is better to aim high and miss than aim low and hit. (That was on a poster on the wall of my first ever job-I HATED that poster, I believed in it. I was just sick of the sight of it by the end of the job)

I wanted to be a journalist as a child, I always had a notepad with me to write things down and even now (cough) years later, I am still trying to achieve my dreams, I wont give up, I will keep on slogging away-But will our children?

Is it too late for the next generation who have been reared on instant gratification and an easy life? Will they fight for what they want to achieve or give up at the first hurdle and trawl the clubs to find footballers to sleep with in the hope of becoming Wags?

What do you think?

Big Fashionista x x

Sunday, 4 July 2010

Botox Part 2

A little while ago I asked people if they had any questions that I could put to a Botox specialist. (How much will you charge me to fix this floppy face seemed to be the general question that people asked) Quite a few of you had some seriously intelligent questions that even had me thinking (Trust me, thats impressive, it's hot and my body just wants to shut down until autumn-or at least be covered in Magnum ice cream which I can eat until I cool down- i,e Autumn)

The questions were put to the seriously impressive Anita Hazari, a surgeon at McIndoe Surgical centre.

(I did have a pic, but it is absolutely refusing to load-trust me, she looks amazingly professional)

So here are the questions and answers-Everything you always wanted to know about Botox but were too lazy to Google and too poor to afford the consultation)

Thank you to everyone who asked questions.

1. Do we know anything about any long-term potential health effects of having regular Botox?
There are no medically proven health benefits of having regular Botox. However, with time, the frequency of needing Botox treatment for lines is reduced; you may only require a 'top-up' once every 6 months.
There is anecdotal evidence that Botox may help with treatment for migraines, but this has not been proven with proper medical trials.

2. What do you think about preventative Botox? I've heard varying opinions between those who think it's a viable treatment and others who say it can lead to increased wrinkles later in life...
Botox should only be used when lines develop, not before the lines have started to form! Once Botox has been stopped, for example when you are trying to conceive or have become pregnant, there is no actual increase in the number of lines, however, the lines will re-appear and may lead to a perception that these have increased because you may not have visualised them for some time.

3. How much should Botox cost?
Botox is priced according to number of sites. For example, one site can be just glabellar lines, another site is the forehead, a third site can be crow's feet on both sides, and so on and so forth. As a ball park figure, one site should cost £200, two sites £280 and 3 sites £350, with Botox included in the price.

4. What qualifications should you check a surgeon has before choosing the right one for you?
Generally Botox can be administered by any registered medical person (example: doctors, surgeons, dentists, nurses, and even some vets!) as long as they have been trained. Most Plastic surgeons, for whom Botox administration forms part and parcel of years of training, will charge the same as other practitioners and therefore you will be getting more expertise for the same price. Fully accredited Plastic Surgeons are members of BAPRAS (British Association of Plastic, reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) or BAAPS (British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons).

5. What do you think the right age is to start having Botox?
Usually when wrinkles start to appear. Cosmetic Botox should not be administered to the young or those in their teens.

6. How can Botox help with excessive sweating?
Botox acts by temporarily blocking the release of acetylcholine from cholinergic sudomotor fibers (that is: stopping the connection at a nerve level that causes sweating). It is injected intradermally (within the skin) at multiple sites of the affected area.

7. How has Botox changed since it was first introduced to the market?
Originally, Botox was introduced as a prescription drug to treat muscle spasms for example: in upper limb spasticity, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm and strabisimus (eye muscle spasm). It is now used for cosmetic rejuvenation of the face and neck by reducing wrinkles.

8. What do you think will come along after Botox?
Botox is a neurotoxin manufactured by Allergan. Dysport, another Botulinum toxin A Neurotoxin has been released by another company Medicis Pharmaceutical. As we look to the future, more products will arrive over the coming years, and this expanding landscape will offer the ability to continually refine and individualize treatment for each patient.

9. There are a lot of counterfeit drugs circulating - some even get into the ethical supply stream - but the final retailer is unaware. Is there any way to know that a supply has been checked end to end in the supply chain to ensure that it is genuine?
Certified Plastic Surgeons in BMI Hospitals use Botox which is supplied directly by the manufacturer Allergan. Botox ordered directly from the manufacturer is the only way of ensuring that the product is genuine.

10. Do you think it is possible to get addicted to Botox?
Botox itself is not an addictive product. However, patients having Botox for facial rejuvenation may continue to have it administered to reduce wrinkles and maintain the ‘youthful’ appearance of the face.

11. What do you think about people who go into a person’s home and do Botox there?
This has medico-legal and medical indemnity insurance issues for the practitioner. In addition, Botox can, in a small minority of patients cause allergic reactions including anaphylaxis which are best dealt with in a clinic / hospital setting.

12. Is there a maximum amount of times you should have Botox?
Botox can take up to 4-14 days to have effect, so should not be administered within that time. The effects of Botox may start to wear off at 3-4 months, when it can safely be injected again. With long term usage, it may need to be given only once every 6 months.

Hope this has answered all of your questions. For more info or to arrange a consultation see

Big Fashionista x x

Friday, 2 July 2010

Kicking up a Stink.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

So it didn't have to take a bus or train in rush hour and stand there with the stench of sweat, desperation and other foul odours in its nose.

(Did you like that one? I made it up. well it is National Joke day-Do chickens even have noses as such? or nostrils?)

I digress.

The weather at the moment is amazing, It's sunny, with a beautiful breeze that cools you down and makes you feel that you are relaxing on a holiday abroad.

So why do people have to spoil it all by deciding to go without deodorant and in some cases even soap?

And then if they decide that they do want to smell like they have done a 24 hour stretch as Naoimi Campbells PA (oh come on you'd sweat bullets as her PA, all that ducking and diving) why on earth would they think it would be a fantastic idea to get in a little metal box with hundreds of other commuters and proceed in sharing the stench?

A question to these people-Is it that you want your stench to make friends? So you take it to places where it will meet other stenches so that they can mingle and frolic and play together in peoples nostril hair.

It can't be that you can't smell your own stench. Trust me no-one can smell that bad and not know.

I have a super idea for you people. WASH. not only in the mornings (always a good start) but also before you leave your office in the evening. (You must have running water for gods sake, its 2010) and in case you men didn't know. That stuff you spray on to make hot attractive women just fall at your nerdy feet, Lynx-yep thats the one. It is also a deodorant. It stops the stench-trust me, it's amazing (and you may also get more women if you don't smell, not hot ones like in the advert obviously-baby steps grasshopper, baby steps)

So read this article-Follow its advice and if you look around next time you are using public transport and you see a chicken sitting next to you-You're doing alright.

Big Fashionista x x

Nom or Vom

The new friday segment of my blog with gratuitious (thank you spell checker) topless pictures of men for us to dribble over, men pouting into the camera and just general all round sexiness.

(Basically I like hot men on my blog and this is the only way I can justify it.)

So it was a very detailed search for my very first Nom or Vom. It involved hours of research, searching through articles on the t'internet as well as discussions with many various fans. (I lie, I make this stuff up as I go on you know)

and here he is.

Mr Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chilli Peppers fame.

A long haired rocker with tattoos and attitude? NOM NOM.

and here is the gratuitous torso shot

I know its small but its to stop a certain lady with bad eyesight perving over my man ;) (Oh you know who you are Ms Hirons)

One more pic?

oh go on then.

So what do we think?

Nom or Vom?

Big Fashionista x x

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