Thursday, 31 March 2011

Public persona

When you think of me (which is often I'm sure) what is your first impression of me?



Beautiful? (I thought I'd throw that one in to see if you were paying attention)

I have a confession to make.

See that Big Fashionista? She terrifies the bloody life out of me.

I really feel as though I have created a ball busting bitch who definitely isn't backwards in coming forward.

But in real life? I'm actually quite shy. I am choc full of self-doubt and continually worry that I won't meet peoples expectations and I am being judged.

I love to write, I live to write, and since beginning blogging I have slowly developed a writing style that I feel comfortable with (bitch has been mentioned more than once)

But when I flick the switch on the laptop, I feel that I flick the switch on Big Fashionista too. She is me, but a part of me that only exists in written words. Would I be as strident with my opinions in person?

I doubt it.

(Although I would make an exception for Adele. Adele, If you're reading this-Call me, we need a chat luv)

It is almost as though I have created a separate persona. Big Fashionista doesn't feel my insecurities, She doesn't worry about hurting peoples feelings or saying if she doesn't like a product. She doesn't have to worry about mundane things such as making sure there is clean school uniform, the house is clean or what's for dinner. (and I have a sneaking suspicion she is a size 6 and wears a bikini everywhere)

She just sees everything in black and white.

(Is this making sense or do I sound slightly schizophrenic)

When I write I always feel that it is me, Kellie that writes the actual blog post and it is BigFashionista that writes the bracketed comments.  (You know, the funny parts)

I'm a run of the mill school run mum, I'm nothing special and I almost live in fear that I will be seen as a fraud. I have only met a few other bloggers in person and I often wonder if they walk away thinking, "God she is boring, nothing like her blog posts"

See? self doubts and insecurities. I am riddled with them.

Does anyone else out there experience the same fear as me?
Do you create a separate character for your blog or a certain part of your life such as work?

Let me know.


Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Skin (lack of) care routine

I know I am going to get a slap for this but I have a confession to make.

I'm 35 and I don't have a skin care routine.


I'm the sort of person that deals with problems as they arise.

Dry skin? slap a bit of moisturiser on.

Erm, and that's about it.

I know, i'm going to end up a wrinkly old lady with skin that is grey. Hence my quest for then ultimate foundation (although if I carry on it may have to be purchased from B & Q and applied with a trowel)

I even sleep in my make up occasionally (ok, often)

So this is my question for you guys.

What is your skin care routine?

and your recommendations.

Big Fashionista x x

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Lovelys Vintage Emporium

Ok, I put my hands up. I was wrong.

I blogged before that I never really saw the appeal of vintage clothing and the lovely Lynnette Bateman swore that she would change my mind with her brand new Vintage Emporium that opened Tuesday.


Gah she was right!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm now a vintage lover, a lover of all things vintage (including Dick Van Dyke my secret older man crush) a vintage wannabe. I admit it, I want to be a vintage vixen (oooooh foxy)

Whether you are a vintage vixen or even a vintage virgin Lovelys Vintage Emporium  have an item of clothing that you would possibly sell your grandmother for (After rummaging through her wardrobe first obviously)

 1960s Vintage Jaeger dress and coat set £149.99

1970's Haute Couture Cashmere Green Butterfly band hat £75  ( I WANT THIS HAT)

1970s Chanel handbag £485

These are just the three of the items that have got my bank manager nervous!!

This could've been the biggest blog post I've ever written but instead what I recommend is that you go and look for yourselves.

I know you will thank me for it.

Even if your bank account doesn't.

What do you think of Lovelys Vintage Emporium?

Have you purchased yet or got your eye on something special?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x

Sureslim diet post-Back in the saddle

So I have been struggling, and what do people do when they struggle? (apart from eat cake) they turn to their friends.

Friends, I need you.

We have all been through it, I dieted without any trouble for 4 months, fell off the wagon a couple of weeks ago and am still trying to catch up with that wagon now.

How come I could do it before but can't do it now? I start off every week with the intention of eating healthily, going to the gym, drinking lots of water and generally being a good girl,

by Wednesday I am headfirst in a Greggs counter.

Sureslim are wonderful, they are supportive and have helped me to realise that I like the way my clothes fit MORE than I like to eat bad food.

The summer is coming (or we've just had it, im not sure) and I WILL be fitting in the clothes that I want to fit in.

Cards on the table.

I now weigh 13st 10lb (insert sobbing smiley here)

That is the LAST time I will weigh that EVER.

This is going to be the start of a new me, (again) I have had a taster of putting back on weight and I HATE it.

Look out for next weeks post on my weight loss this week. I am confident I can do this.

But how about you?

I think we need to set up a diet buddy system. If you are on a diet why not write below what diet YOU are doing and how you are doing and come back next week and let me know how you did. You can write your @Twitter name too if you'd like so people can encourage each other over the week ahead.

We diet for ourselves but we need the strength of friends to get us through the rough bits and congratulate us on the weight loss.

Good luck everyone back on track this week.

I BELIEVE we can do it.

Big Fashionista x x


They say confession is good for the soul (and the blog stats) So I have decided to create a safe haven for you all here and what I want you to do is unburden your poor heavy (sometimes dark) soul.

Throws some scatter cushions around, pours wine and opens a packet of biscuits. Do I know how to create a pleasant atmosphere or what? *

If it helps, I'll start.

My name is Kellie and last year I got out some pork chops to defrost and left them on the worktop. A couple of hours later I went into the kitchen to find one of my cats delicately nibbling on one of the raw chops.

I gave that one to Mr Fashionista.

Lets not tell him though.

Anyone else feel like unburdening? There will be no judging here. 

I've started you off so feel free to grab a scatter cushion, a biscuit and sharing your confessions.

Big Fashionista x x

* would a naked picture of Paul Rudd also help the atmosphere?

Monday, 28 March 2011

A Fashion line too far?

So it has been announced this afternoon that Sylvester Stallone will be launching a men's fashion line which is inspired by two of his most famous films. Rocky and Rambo.

(My first thought was that it was going to feature a LOT of camouflage)

But who else SHOULD be creating a fashion line based upon their films?

Personally I think Robert Englund should be bringing out a Freddie range, (The false nails would be "to die for")

And if Bruce Willis wants to bring out a range of white t-shirts (complete with rips, gunpowder burns and blood) A'la Die Hard then who am I to try and stop him.

Can you think of anyone you would want to see pushing a fashion line which dwells on their past glory?

Although a quick note to Paul Rudd, If you feel like bringing out a range of bedding using THIS picture,

I'd buy it. (Or even if you just want to sell me THAT sheet.)

Big Fashionista x x

There is a distinct possibility that I wrote this whole blog post JUST so I could use the picture of Paul Rudd again.

When Phobias Resurface.

Although I love the sunshine, every spring I am reminded that I have a phobia which only resurfaces with the warmer weather.

See those Bees and wasps starting to lazily buzz around the flowers and empty coke cans?

Well I can, and to me they are demons with wings. I am bloody terrified of them.

Especially bees. I trust nothing that really shouldn't be able to fly. With their big fat bodies and teeny tiny wings, it is as though the Devil gave them wings just so they can scare me.

(BEE-lzebub, coincidence? I think NOT)

The problem is I get lulled into a false sense of security over the winter when there are none around and then I get frightened half to death each Spring when they jump out on me. (Ok, the jumping out on me, may be paranoia but I swear they target me)

Am I the only person that has a seasonal phobia or is there anyone out there that dreads the start of Spring for the same reason?

If you want me, I'm off to buy bug spray.

Big Fashionista x x

Pass me the drugs

So all the celebs are currently dropping their sprogs at the moment and soon all the "Exclusive" interviews will be turning up in the magazines and I will start my usual ritual of foaming at the mouth and ripping up glossies like Cujo on crack.

I used to think that NOTHING could annoy me more that celebs appearing three weeks after giving birth in skinny jeans and crop tops.

And then................................................

I found something that did. (Anyone else not really surprised by that?)

Celebrities that bleat on about giving birth without pain relief.

(Dabs delicately at corner of the mouth)

What the hell do you want luv. A fricking medal?

I've given birth three times, It's painful. THAT is why there is such a thing a pain relief..... Relief from pain, it's so simple. (Even a Z-lister should be able to get it)

Would you go to the dentist to have a tooth pulled and say "No, no, No pain relief this time, I want to really FEEL the experience" (IF the answer is yes, Allow me to add to the experience with a slap)

I blame Katie Holmes.

With her "no pain relief and not even a sound passing her lips" birth.

No wonder she hasn't had any more children.

For TWO of my children I didn't have any pain relief. Not because I didn't want it but purely because however loudly I yelled for drugs the cows in the next room yelled louder. (bitches)

But am I proud of the fact? Hell no, sometimes I mist up at the thought that I will never experience an epidural (or gas and air). I feel slightly cheated.

I'm not smug about it like some of the Celebs out there.


Stop it with your belittling of mothers, Celebs. It seems that you aren't content with fitting into hot pants while us normal mothers are still in vomit and milk stained PJs. (or was that just me) Now you want to make us feel like failures for accepting Pain relief!!!!!

Sorry ladies, I'm not jumping on that bandwagon. I'm up for taking every bit of help that is offered.

So mums-to-be out there on top of gas and air, pethadine, epidurals and any other pain relief out there may I highly recommend biting down on a rolled up, glossy celeb-new-mum-interview-filled magazine.

In fact chew right through that crap. you may find it helps. But don't forget to ALSO take the pain relief IF you want to.

What's your opinion on the matter x

Big Fashionista x x x

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Charity Sunday - The Ella Candle

There is nothing guaranteed to move me more than an ill child, as some people are aware I am currently trying to find raffle prizes for a friends daughter whose story is very similar to Ella.

I was contacted by @OnestopPamper to help raise awareness of a candle that she has created called The Ella Candle. With 50% of all sales donated to The Rosie Hospital this small candle can be purchased directly from

The OneStopPamperShop

Take a look at the site for all the information about the inspiration behind this beautiful candle-Ella.

The candle only costs £2. and your purchase CAN help make a difference.

Go purchase, Go on x x x

Big Fashionista x x

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Formula 1 Returns

I love Formula 1, I have fantastic memories of sitting as a child in front of the TV watching with my family, We had Ayrton Senna versus Alain Prost as our storyline each week and the thrills and spills each Sunday never failed to keep me entertained.

But over the last couple of years I have become disillusioned with F1, The safety improvements, the new cars and the lack of personalities have meant that there hasn't been that spark for me.

But then I saw this video this morning and I think finally there is a spark of healthy competition returning to the sport.

I have to admit, it did make me laugh.
Anyone else tuning into the F1 this weekend?
What do you think of the changes in the sport that have occurred over the years?
Let me know.
Big Fashionista x x

Friday, 25 March 2011

Oh My God- For Your Information.

So the Oxford English Dictionary (or OED for all you acronym lovers out there) have announced that they are adding OMG, LOL and FYI to their latest edition.

Now, I am slightly worried about this.

Mainly because in my experience the main reason people use a dictionary is to find out how to spell a word!!!!!!!!!

I know that txt speak is affecting the English Language but if teens these days can't spell OMG, FYI and LOL then we have a problem.

(If you want to find out the definition of a word, ask Twitter. That's what I do)

Who these days owns a dictionary anyway?

A hardback one?

Or actually looks in a Yellow pages for a telephone number?

Soon we won't even need paper at all. Kindles replacing books, Ipads having newspapers. Paper free offices.

OMG, FYI we LOL at old fashioned paper things.

What do you think?

Should OMG, FYI and LOL be added to the Oxford English Dictionary or does it just encourage the death of the English Language?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Nom or Vom

No words here, just lots and lots of scrummy pictures,

This man is so fine that my words will not do him justice.

Bradley Cooper.

I defy you not to find this man attractive. His smile lights up my thighs :-)

So what do you think?

Nom or Vom

Big Fashionista x x
A recent survey has found that two out of three workers are scared to tell colleagues about their mental health problems.

Mental illness is a subject that is extremely close to my heart. Depression, Nervous breakdowns, I have people close to me who suffer on a daily basis with mental illness and I find it a shame that it is still such a taboo subject.  This interactive video shows the prejudices that still surround mental illness in a touching yet humorous way.

Take a look and see how you would react.

I think it is a great video and really made me stop and think about things for a while. We can end the prejudice surrounding mental illness by talking about it openly and without fear. 
I've had guest posts on BigFashionista before about depression and phobias and Time To Change have a website you can visit -> Time-To-Change where you can find out more information about starting that conversation about mental health.
What do you think?
Big Fashionista x x

9 stone at three years old!!!!!!!

I struggle with my weight, (Oh Lord how i struggle) but I was reading an article today online (Daily Mail Online, Don't judge me, I won't pay for the rag) and came across the article about the 3 year old weighing NINE stone!!!!!!

                                 copyright quirky china news/Rex features

Now we all know that I can possibly, sometimes, occasionally be a little bit judgemental (sssshhhh, no coughing)

But currently I am wearing my judgemental dress, to match my judgemental hat and wearing a rather fetching pair of judgemental shoes because quite frankly this is child abuse.

The mother was quoted as saying "We have to let him be as if we don't feed him he will cry non-stop,"

OH NO, well we can't have that can we? Perish the thought a child will cry to get his own way!!!!!!!!!!!!

So if little (I use the word little, loosely) Lu Hao cries long enough for a loaded gun will they hand that to him also? Because that is basically what they have done. Given the baby a loaded health issues gun and are now pointing it directly at his heart.

The article also says that Lu Hao may also be suffering from a hormone disorder. In which case they are doing their child even more harm by giving into his every whim.

If for example he has Prader Willi syndrome where he is constantly hungry, his parents are killing him with kindness by letting him have whatever he wants.

Obesity is on the rise, we know that. but you can be overweight and healthy. This three year old child is definitely not healthy and I BLAME THE PARENTS.

He is THREE. not able to make informed choices for himself instead he relies on his parents to know what is best for him and help guide him through his childhood into adulthood teaching him valuable life lessons along the way.

What lessons do you think this three year old will be learning?

Big Fashionista x x

National No Make Up Day?

Apparently today is National No Make Up Day!

(I suppose I should be grateful I don't have to send anyone a card this time, grandparents day? Pah)

Now I don't know about you but I don't want, or need a day to tell me what I can't do. (I'm slightly contrary like that) I rarely wear full make up all day, every day. But you can bet your arse I will be wearing it today.

(National No Smoking Day costs me a fortune in cigarettes)

What is the POINT of National No Make Up day anyway? Are we offending people with our made up faces? Is it a clever plan formulated by our skin to give it a day off and let it breathe?

I'm not being rude but why can't we have a day that will actually do some good?

How about a National No Murder Day? That would be popular. Or National No Pay Any Bills For This Day-Day. 

These days would be helpful, they could catch on in other countries. There is even a chance I would send cards on this special occasion. (Do Clintons sell, Glad you haven't been murdered cards?)

But a National No Make Up Day? In this day and age SURELY we have more important things we shouldn't be doing than wearing make up?

I'm not going to be observing this day unless there is a bank holiday involved.

How about you?

Will you be going bare on National No Make Up Day today, Or are you like me and digging out the trowel as we speak?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Barry M Cosmetics sneak peak

When I attended the Matalan Press day this week I was lucky enough to get a manicure (When the PR asked if I had time to get a manicure I almost sobbed with gratititude, I'm a mother, I usually don't have the time to go to the bathroom)

The two lovely manicurists were working with Barry M Nail varnishes and when I spied that they had the new Nail effects colours I thought it would be rude not to try them......... ALL.

I feel all bright and summery, and am currently being eyed with envy by my ten yr old daughter who looks as though she wants to rip my nails off at the beds and use them as falsies!!!!!

Take a look at the different colours that are now available to buy on the website.

I haven't yet found these instore but they are available online to purchase at 

What do you think?

Will you be reigniting your passion for Nail Effects or have Barry M released too little, too late?

Big Fashionista x x

Put it away.

See that yellow ball in the sky? Yep me too.

That little yellow ball in the sky has magical powers. It must have because at the first glimpse of it, people shed their clothes like snakes shedding skin.

I've seen sights this week that are burnt directly onto my retinas. If I really do have a memory bank then I want to withdraw those images ASAP, no receipt needed.

Men, lets start with you. No, do not remove your shirt to show me your beer belly. Firstly it is March, it is Spring, It isn't HOT, it is reasonably warm. How will you be topping this in August? walking around in your pants? (Don't you dare)

Secondly, Sandals? With socks? Must you? And first man I see wearing crocs this year will be slowly tortured to death to serve as a warning to others. (Sorry but I think the court will see it my way, I'll probably get an MBE)

Ladies. Taking off those tights? Good for you. How about you madam? Want to remove those fetching furry tights for Spring? Oh you HAVE. My bad.

 Warmer weather means that layers will come off but for gods sake have a little groom first. Shave, wax, epilate I don't care but if I have to see your bare legs in March for the love of Remington remove those hairs. Bear legs are so two thousand and NEVER.

Personally I don't think it is warm enough yet for sandals, But if you aren't going to listen to me and want to dig out the strappies then you may want to attend to your feet first. I sat next to a woman on the train this week who looked like she had borrowed her feet from a Sasquatch. Shudder. Pedicures are your friends ladies, remember that.

Another thing that I HATE to see when the sun comes out is sunburn. Stop it immediately. Not only is Lobster red really not in this season it is also possibly the most stupid thing you can do to yourself. SPF is a must. There is never an excuse to burn.
And if I then see you the next day with bright red sunburn and WHITE lines on show believe me when I say I will judge you. (and possibly slap you)

So put it away ladies and gentlemen, it isn't Summer yet, it is a beautiful spring day which is natures way of warning us Summer is on its way. Giving us chance to prepare our eyes for the sights we are going to see.

But not just yet please. It is MARCH!!!!!!

Big Fashionista x

Tube Rant

By no stretch of the imagination am I a princess. (except in my head, and trust me there I am QUEEN)

But I turn into a horrified diva princess when I have to use the London Underground.

So I've compiled a little list for commuters and casual tube users.

Feel free to pass it on.

Deodorant. Such a small thing but yet many commuters seem to forget this.

I don't think that Oyster cards should just be swiped across a card reader, they should have to be swiped under commuters armpits. No deodorant-no travel.

(I think that could catch on, someone find me a dragon and a den quick)

Music. Now I don't care if you listen to Justin Bieber, Fatboy Slim, Jay-Z or even The Saturdays. Crack on, listen to who you want to, I'm not here to judge your taste........................ Unless you are forcing it into my eardrums by having it at maximum volume. Dial it down, If I can hear it through your earphones surely your ears must be bleeding!!!! If I wanted to hear music on the tube I'd ask Boris to pipe some music onto the train. (I don't, although Boris, call me, we need a chat)

Food. When I'm in a metal can the last thing I want is to smell your food, see your food or even taste your food. It is a tube train, How hungry are you exactly that you cannot wait till you finish your journey before scoffing your sandwich (egg usually-bastards) I don't want you to watch you drop food all over yourself either, because then you sweep it off onto the seats, (Sausage rolls? On a tube? really) and then people like me sit on those seats.

Newspapers. Again, your taste, your choice. But if you are reading a paper so large that it could be used to giftwrap a small pony, Fold it up. (or at least let me finish the article I'm reading before you turn the page) and when you are finished, take your paper with you. What are you doing? Reserving the seat for a friend you are yet to meet? There is a reason there are no newspaper racks on the tube, people either bring their own paper or they don't read.

Wierdos. Now I have spent my whole life being a wierdo magnet, I'm more surprised if someone strange DOESN'T sit next to me and try to discuss the pros and cons of cardboard. (it happened) Now I'm not saying if you are socially awkward you can't travel. But take note of my picture. If you see me travelling on the tube. take a different carriage, in fact take a different train because if you fit ANY of the categories above then I WILL take responsibility for my actions.

Big Fashionista x x

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Matalan Press day. High Summer review

I love Matalan. For me, for the children, for homewares. If I need something affordable and up to date then chances are I will purchase it from Matalan, So when I was invited to the Matalan High Summer press day I was there with flip flops and tankini quicker than you can say maxi dress. (Obviously, I am exaggerating, no tankinis were harmed in the making of my outfit today)

Set in the roof garden of the Soho Sanctum hotel I was faced with clothing that will make any festival goer green with envy, swimwear to DIVE for and Maxi dresses that I have already added to my summer wish list.

Sneak peek anyone?

I spied some sparkly rings too that I loved too.

And some gorgeous sandals.

I do love a hat too.

The floral and tribal influences were very strong in the Matalan summer collection and many pieces will definitely find their way into my wardrobe this summer.

Quality pieces at an affordable price.

What do you think of the Summer Collection?

If you love it as much as I do, get yourself down to Matalan, these will be hitting stores in the next couple of weeks.

Now if only they can guarantee some sunshine to wear them in.

Big Fashionista x x


Saturday, 19 March 2011

So what are they thinking?

It's Monday and I'm sure the thought of a whole week stretched in front of you like a sleeping cat is filling you with dread.

I have a little game for you.

Find a man............... (hang on, there's more to that sentence, come back here Miss slutty pants) look him deep in the eyes and ask him the most important question you can ever ask a man.

"What are you thinking?"

Now stand back and watch him PANIC.

(Hours of fun, trust me)

The usual answer men give is "nothing" But that is a LIE.

Let me tell you why.

When a man has that far away look in his eye, and a wistful turning up of his mouth don't be concerned that he is thinking about another woman.

Chances are he is imagining his other life as a ninja, a gangster or even a spy. He has developed his back story, honed his weapon of choice, chosen his car (probably even kitted it out with gadgets in his head) maybe even picked out his perfect Ninja name. (Dark Star is always a popular one)

But he doesn't want to tell you all this.

In fact, he would probably rather tell you he was fantasizing about exactly how large Kelly Brook's breasts will grow in the next six months than let you into his little secret world.

Men are very protective of their little Narnias in their heads. When bluetooth earpieces first came out most men didn't buy them just to drive safely. They bought them to be able to say "Red leader, we have eyes on the target, Will follow at a safe distance. Over and out"

You know it's true.

They know it's true. But they don't want us to know.

And we don't want to let them know, that we know, that they don't want us to know.

So ask them what they are thinking, watch them panic and then back off.

Because trust me, in their heads they know thirty ways to kill you with just two fingers.

Big Fashionista x x

Friday, 18 March 2011

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Nom or Vom

This one was difficult. In honour of Red Nose Day I wanted to pick a hot comedian.

I was torn between Rufus Hound, Noel Fielding and Russell Brand.

I have eclectic taste in men don't I?

But then I came across this weeks Nom or Vom (No pun intended, mwahahahaha)
and decided that it is my blog and I can pick whatever hot man I damn well please.

And please me he does. (Feel free to add a Yoda type accent there, it seems to fit)

Not my usual rough and ready type I have to admit. But maybe he is yours.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Paul Rudd.

Is it just me or does he look a bit like Ben Affleck?

Ooooh it's almost a full size Paul Rudd!!!! (No, no, Don't thank me.................yet)

Now if the thought of Paul Rudd gets you mildly aroused. Then you may want to look away now.

Are you still here?

This pic is not for the faint-hearted..........................

It was this pic ALONE that made me choose Paul Rudd as this weeks Nom or Vom.

Take a look.

NOW you can thank me.

(Anyone else drawn to those pyjama trousers thrown on the floor and thinking, TYPICAL? My first thought was "guess who's going to be picking them up"!!!)

So what do we think?

Nom or Vom?

Big Fashionista x x

Adele needs someone like me.

We have all heard "that song" by Adele haven't we? Someone Like You

People out there have cried along with it and nodded and agreed with every beautifully sung word.

And anyone who watched her sing live at The Brit Awards, I defy you to say you didn't have at the very least, a lump in your throat as you watched her finish with tears streaming down her face. (If you didn't you have a heart of STONE. Stone I tell you)

She said afterwards she cried because she imagined her ex was sitting at home laughing at her, thinking he still had her wrapped around his little finger.

Anyone else want to give Adele a hug right about now?

Well STOP.

Because what Adele needs a hell of a lot more than a hug is a set of friends who can tell it to her how it is.

Firstly, who the hell dates a man called Slinky Sunbeam?

Girlfriend, stop a while and think about that!!!!  It's a stupid name, I don't care if you are a DJ or not, Slinky Sunbeam? I can't take any man seriously called Slinky Sunbeam.

Secondly, this relationship that has inspired her album 21, finished over THREE years ago, and lasted only THREE months!!!!!!!!!!


I have had shampoo last longer than that!!!!

I feel a bit cheated. If she was one of my fri
ends she would have been dragged to a nightclub after a suitable period of mourning (1 month, MAX) told to get completely drunk and eye up sexy men all night (nothing more than eye them up mind you, no woman gets left behind on a night out with me)

There would be night of chocolate and wine and the chat that goes "all men are bastards" "he didn't deserve you anyway" and my personal favourite "you are better off without him"

None of this molly coddelling that has obviously gone on so far in the world of Adele.

She talks recently about writing letters to him that she never sent. If it was my friend who had been dumped for a "stick-thin model" I would have encouraged her to send them attached to a brick via his front window.

(I've bailed out a lot of friends)

What kind of example is Adele setting anyway? Soppy love songs to an ex from a relationship three years ago?

Pah, Adele build yourself a bridge and get your fine arse over it.

I can't promise you will get another record breaking album out of it but you will feel a hell of a lot better for it.

and for gods sake don't listen to your own album to help get over him because frankly that shit will depress you.

Big Fashionista x x

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Sureslim weigh-in

Ok, I know it's late but now I have finished throwing a tantrum and kicking small children (Not my own obviously, that would be wrong) I can post what has been going on this week.

I put on 3lb.

Ok, now obviously after being so poorly last week I thought that I might put on a lb or 2, but THREE POUND?

Oh cut me a break!!! (or a slice of cake, whatever is quicker)

I worry that i am slipping backwards, I really don't want to put all the weight back on but I seem to be lacking the focus and motivation to keep it up.

I'm hoping that the sunshine will help kick my arse a bit and get me back on track.

I know that I CAN do it, I'm just finding bad choices are easier to make than good ones at the moment.

No excuses, as the only person I would be lying to is myself.

and I've done that many, many, many times before.

This time I need to reach around with my foot and give myself a big kick.

I don't want to be that person who I was last year, I was enjoying the new person I was becoming. I liked her, and I want to get her back ASAP.

Big Fashionista x x

Monday, 14 March 2011

Is the joke on us?

Just a couple of hours after the Japanese earthquake hit my phone started going insane with jokes and comments about the whole situation. Social networking sites were full of jokes about Godzilla and even Shakin Stevens managed to get a mention (bizarrely)

But why do we do this?

Is it just to laugh at others misfortunes or is there a deeper meaning?

After a disaster it has been proved that there is usually a spike in the birth rate. We reach for each other to make us feel alive and babies are usually the result.

Police, Doctors and other people in jobs which bring them face to face with death on a daily basis all seem to have a dark sense of humour. A cynical look at the world or perhaps even a way to stick two fingers up at death.

When people make jokes about disasters or the death of someone famous, most of them would be mortified if someone close to them felt hurt by the joke.

But it doesn't stop people does it?

We have all received jokes, via text, e-mail or by mouth and yes, chances are we laugh.

But is it with humour?

Or because we feel lucky to be alive?

Big Fashionista x x

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Models Own do it again

I love Models Own, Whether it is a good dupe or a stand-out-from-the-crowd original colour that you want, then chances are Models Own are the place you will find it.

Well now they have done it again. Everyone remembers how I raved on (and on and on) about Barry M Nail Effects last year and the main question on everyones lips was "Will you be releasing this in any other colours" (I even posted this on their facebook page myself)

Well sorry Barry M, while you were faffing around, other companies managed to get miles ahead and now Models Own in conjunction with Wah nails have now created a range of colours so amazing that I know exactly what I will be doing all summer
(painting my nails in case you were wondering)

Want to take a look?

Called Smash Up, these are going to be released at the beginning of April, Selected colours will be available in Boots with the rest available online at

Obviously I want all of them, but for me the Orange and the Turquoise oh and the Yellow hold the most interest for me, bright colours perfect for the summer months ahead (I can dream can't I?)

Will you be going for any of these colours?

What's your favourite colour in the range?

Big Fashionista x x

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Saturday ponderings

I have decided to change the way that I vote.

Seeing what Japan is going through at the moment with earthquakes, tsunamis and the threat of a nuclear disaster all affecting the whole area made me have a serious think about things.

Have you ever watched a disaster movie? The Day After Tomorrow, Deep Impact, Independence Day?

In every single film at some point the president takes to the airwaves and announces the end of the world.

In every film the president is usually an extremely likeable person who you trust immediately. (Morgan Freeman, i'm talking to you)

Now think back to our current global situation and consider your TV flickering to a broadcast from 10 Downing St to announce the end of the world.

I don't know about you but I REALLY don't want that news to come from David Cameron do you?

Nothing political about it, it is just as a person I think he comes across as smarmy. If he told me that he was doing everything in his power to avert the crisis ahead after I had finished vomiting I would probably quickly look around for the easy way out.

I wouldn't want to hear that I had won the lottery from David Cameron to be honest.

But the end of the world?

No thanks.

I'm not saying it is going to happen, but the way that our beautiful, fragile world is acting at the moment is heartbreaking and my thoughts are with Japan.

But if I ever have to hear those worlds that the end of the world is near, I'd rather that they called in Morgan Freeman, Hell, even Martin Freeman to tell me rather than David Cameron.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Nom or Vom

I thought in honour of my trip to A&E this weeks Nom or Vom should be medically related.

and the lovely @LouLousLuxuries came up with an excellent suggestion. If you agree with her choice of doctor and think she shows great taste then I suggest you go check out her Folksy page -> HERE She has great style.

So, Ladies & Gentleman, is there a doctor in the house?

Why yes, it is Dr Carlisle Cullen.

Better known as Peter Facinelli

(Now, I must admit I have never watched Twilight, and up until now had no intention of watching it BUT................................ Forget Team Jacob and Team Edward, I would be Team Carlisle All the way.)

I'd love to check out his bedside manner.

Want to take a look?

Strong, manly, probably very mature. VERY.

Look at those eyes, that smile.

OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHH, Long hair? Check. Gun, Check. Can we have him dirtied and brought to my rooom please?  Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease                                                                                            

I've seen Junior doctors looking like this recently!!!!

But hot damn, he is lovely, I'm off to Blockbusters. How many of these Twilight films are there anyway? And is the lovely Dr in all three?

I would donate blood to him anyday of the week.

How about you?

Big Fashionista x x

Tales from the A & E

So after spending an afternoon in A & E yesterday I have come to a couple of conclusions.

Some people shouldn't be allowed out unsupervised.

Some people need to get a GP

Nurses and Doctors and all staff in hospital and especially in A&E need more money and crucially a whole bucket load of respect.

While I was waiting in A&E prospective "customers" included

A couple wanting a pregnancy test

Someone with a infected ear piercing

Someone feeling "ill" (I kid you not, if I hadn't felt so ill myself, I would have given them a reason to attend A&E)

and my personal favourite, someone who had tripped over and felt fine but wanted to be checked over just in case!!!!

How the staff manage to keep their cool, I really don't know.

The staff in A&E are run off their feet with real emergencies, they don't have time to deal with lunch, let alone idiot people who would be better off asking for an x-ray of their head to check for a brain.

When did hospitals become a drop in centre for people too lazy to get a GP?

I know that their are doctors in the area with spaces on their books because I rang a couple this morning out of interest.

The clue is in the name.


My care in hospital yesterday was excellent, but without those people clogging up valuable resources it could have been so much quicker.

I tip my hat to staff working in hospitals,

You have to have patience to deal with patients these days.

What do you think?

Big Fashionista x x

If any Doctors or Nurses want to tell me any other horror stories from the A&E in confidence, feel free to use the anonymous button, I haven't removed it.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Home-made V Ready-made

Does anyone else not want to see a pancake for another 365 days now?

A quick question for you, If you had pancakes yesterday, who out there bought either ready made pancakes or pancake batter you just needed to add water to?

You at the back, I can see you blushing already.

All across facebook, Twitter and all other social media outlets, people were asking how to make pancakes?!?!?!?


We don't know how to make pancakes anymore?

And for every time a person asked that question at least one reply was, buy the ready made stuff you just add water to.

This saddens me.

Have we become so lazy as a nation that we cannot stir together some flour, eggs, milk and a pinch of salt to make some pancakes, or is it that we are so busy in our lives we want instant results? Perhaps these products have been created in response to our need for time saving.

Who makes their Yorkshire puddings? Or do we all get our favourite Aunt (Bessie, that is) to make them for us.

Everything is instant these days. We don't even have to go to the shops to buy our music anymore, we download. (as we sip our instant coffee wearing our online bought clothes that have been delivered to our door)

If humans truly do evolve over time, I wonder what eventually we will lose as we don't use it anymore.

Our legs?

But is this where the recession is actually going to help us?

More people are mending clothes than ever before, (I draw the line at darning socks though, sorry Nan) People are making gifts for birthdays or taking the time to purchase a gift that is thoughtful.

And people are making their food last longer. Stew is apparently making a comeback in a big way (It never went away in my house)

Perhaps "home-made" rather than "pre-prepared" or "just add water" will become the in thing again, children learning recipes from their parents or grandparents, baking fairy cakes on a Saturday (and I don't mean from a box)

I am just as guilty, I don't even know how to cook a roast dinner.

But I am going to learn, from scratch.

Because I hate to think that the art of roast dinners will slowly die out along with other things we used to do with our parents as children because we don't have time to do them.

And you can't toss a "ready-made pancake" can you?

What do you think?

Big Fashionista x x

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Sureslim diet. It's weigh in day.

Tuesdays seem to come round so fast. Last week I said I was ready to stop eating myself silly and get back on track with my diet and then it seems as though I have blinked and Tuesday is here again.

I'm disappointed.

I lost 1lb this week and I know, I know, It is still a loss but I am still disappointed.

A 5 day course of antibiotics combined with day one of my period means that my weight loss this week is minimal.

And it is hard when you know you have worked hard and been good and then you only have a 1lb loss to show for it.

I am trying to be cheerful about it, and I know I have definitely turned a corner and stopped old habits from creeping back in so I think I will take that as my lesson learnt this week and see the 1lb as just a by product of learning.

I am hoping for a bigger loss next week. and now hopefully the sunshine is here for a couple of days it will spur me on. There are vest tops to be worn this summer and maybe even shorts!!!! (If I am brave enough)

Summer is my goal, I want to be able to wear things that look good and keep me cool. and not worry about covering up on the beach in case Greenpeace decide to tow me back to deeper waters. :-)

This time last year I was dreading the arrival of Summer but now I am using it to my advantage to keep me inspired.

I suppose people ARE right, A pound off is still a pound towards my target weight.

and towards those summer shorts x x

Big Fashionista x

Monday, 7 March 2011

Nailease Review

If my nail varnishing skills were marked out of ten, basically I would owe the examiner a couple of marks. It is not that my skills are bad, I don't have ANY skills at all.

I am useless, Nay less than useless. Even if I do manage to apply it perfectly, I always manage to smudge it or mark it almost straight away. (Anyone else nodding and agreeing here?)

So when I was told that Nailease were launching a range of nail varnish strips in Boots and online, I wanted to play.

I purchased a packet of Nailease from Boots (with my own money may I add) for £5.99. I have to admit I was disappointed with the range on offer in Boots. The website has a huge range which currently are free delivery when you purchase 3 or more packs.

Application took place on Friday night. (How Rock N Roll am I?)

Black with white spots? cute huh?

These are the instructions on the packet.

1.Select the size that fits your nail and pull away gently from the full strip

2.Gently remove clear film from top of nail sticker then gently remove clear from bottom of nail sticker holding the silver strip

3.Hold nail sticker by the silver strip and place the rounded side at nail base sticky side down. Note: you can gently pull off and reposition without damaging the strip

4.Firmly smooth the nail surface until wrinkle free. Note: you can gently stretch vertically and horizontally for a wrinkle free surface

5.Fold the excess of the nail strip under the nail. Then gently file off the excess in a downward motion
So easy even an untrained monkey can do it right?
How many times have instructions seemed easy and then halfway through you realise you are missing something important, (an extra pair of hands maybe)
Let me get this out there.
How simple?
I'll get to that bit later.
But it is. I followed the instructions and less than ten minutes later I had glossy black nails with white spots.

I am hooked, So simple and according to the website they can last up to ten days.

I applied these Friday night and over the weekend I cleaned the house, bathed the children, typed, went shopping, (God the excitement of my life, how do I cope?)  and they are STILL looking almost perfect so far as of Sunday evening. (I have minimal tipwear on one nail which is unnoticeable to anyone but me)
I think I definitely have another couple of perfect days out of these before they start to look a bit ragged but with 20 in the pack if one or two gets damaged I will be able to replace it and still feel confident that they look good.
I'm going to purchase more of these for the future. Not just for special occasions but for day to day wear. So simple to apply and they look superb.
These definitely get the Big Fashionista "Seal of Approval"
So I mentioned earlier that these are simple to apply?
I have to say a thank you to the lovely Liloo who said that she wouldn't believe these were easy to apply until she saw Mr Fashionista apply them/
Over to Mr Fashionista then.

So there you go.

You cannot argue with that.

If a man can apply these then ANYONE CAN.

(I must point out that he chewed this nail off the minute I stopped taking photos)

No Mr Fashionistas were harmed in the making of this review (well, only his pride)

I recommend you give these a go, whether you are an expert in nail varnish application or not, They are different, fun and look great.

Nailease have a fantastic product.

Shall I let Mr Fashionista have the final word?

Big Fashionista x x
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