Monday, 28 February 2011

Fallen Idols

If you ask anyone over a certain age who their idol was when they were growing up then the usual answer is, my mother, (not mine you understand, theirs) or grandmother or even a teacher they had in school. If you push further and ask who in the public eye inspired them, the replies vary from authors to musicians or even actresses.

Now, just for a laugh go and ask a 16 year old girl who they idolise (warning, make sure you know this 16 year old girl, don't just go and ask a random one on the street, they will think you are strange and call the police-or YouTube you to death)

Cheryl Cole is a popular choice, As is Coleen Rooney, as is Amy Childs (I had to Google)

I'm not even going to go down the WAG road here (well, I might, just a little bit)
But WHAT EXACTLY have these women and the countless others out there like them contributed to our society?

Other than teaching 16 year old girls to put up with their lying, cheating, other halves, and that is a lesson no-one should learn!!!!

In fact I'm damn right terrified that what the media is breeding here is so out of control that it is too late to stop it.

The media have played a huge part in contributing to the downfall of womens idols.

TV, magazines, newspapers, they all turn, reality tv stars, WAGS and pure mediocrity into media darlings, What they are wearing? how much do they weigh? what bag are they carrying? Who's arm are they on this week?

It is impossible to ignore. It is slowly drip fed into impressionable teens in so many different ways that soon it wouldn't surprise me if children were taught in school about becoming "media aware"

Because OBVIOUSLY that is the only way to go.

When I was growing up (many, many, many years ago) I wanted to be a nurse, or a journalist. Now girls want to be pop stars and on the TV. They want to be on the X factor, or Got to Dance or So You Think You Can Dance or an Andrew Lloyd Webber thingy-ma-jig (or even Take Me Out) The opportunities are everywhere and as popular TV is instant they see people like them be plucked from obscurity and then becoming a star in 6 weeks or less.

What has happened to working hard to achieve what you want? In any field? Starting at the bottom, working your way up, knocking on doors and experiencing countless knock backs but keeping on going?

Naaahhhhhhh thats's too much like hard work.

That isn't what our teens want, they want instant gratification, instant reward. And their  idols are showing them that is possible.

And I don't know about you but I find that damn scary.

Where are all the good role models for teens these days?

Big Fashionista x x
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Friday, 25 February 2011

Guest post.

So today I have a great guest post from the lovely Catherine who is @crazymakeupgirl on twitter. I want to thank Catherine for being so open with her post and hope that it inspires anyone with a similar problem to get the help and support that they need.




If I told you I had school phobia, what would you say? I'm betting you would think I'm joking '' school phobia!?! come on! ''


but I wouldn't be, because you see I do have school phobia and its not something I made up, its 100% real.

When I was 11 (I'm 18) and moved up to secondary school I felt out of my depth, even though I had moved up with my friends they had moved ''groups'' and I was left alone.

About 2 weeks in, the bullies caught on ''Hey look she's a loner'' and that was it, everyday without fail I would have some remark or comment made from a group of 13 year olds or people in my class. they would pick on anything but mainly my hair (I'm a natural redhead) or my weight (always been overweight) I wanted to hide from them but I couldn't, I had to go to school.

I started feeling sad (depressed) all the time,and very anxious about anything. so I started saying I was ill so I didn't have to go, and no I didn't tell my parents, I wish I had though. I did tell my friends that were still there and teachers but neither cared, friends didn't know what to do and teachers would not listen! I told them again and again and again. Not once would they listen, I was also finding the work really hard,so this went on until June/July when I don't quite remember what happened, I don't know why I don't remember, its a blank spot but from what my parents have told me I told my mum I was no longer going to school. It took a month before I actually told them about the bullies, and I was pulled out of school because the bullies were no longer my main problem, I was.

Over the summer holidays I turned 12 and started something called dore (was DDAT) It's treatment for dyslexia,dysphasia,ADHD and aspergers, I have dyslexia and I'm also borderline aspergers and dysphasia, and so I started dore because my parents thought if I could cope with the work more I could cope with school/bullies, I had no idea I just felt numb.

In September 2004 (the same year) and exactly a year after it had all started I went to cams, a local place for under 16s to visit psychologists and other mental health people.

That's when I was told I had school phobia, and I finally felt something other than numb/sadness, I felt relief.

I knew what was wrong, everything would be okay.

No it wouldn't.

Over the next 2 years I went back to school and left again, was home schooled then went to a place called Broadoaks for people who for whatever reason couldn't go to mainstream school.

By this time i was 14,very overweight and very depressed, I just wanted out.

I was then put onto tablets and my life started to go up.

I felt happy for the first time in 3 years but then I was bullied at Boardoaks, by this point I was beyond fed up with bullies, call me a bully as a joke and I would burst into tears.

Boardoaks listened, but couldn't do anything about it, so I left there too.

I was given a home tutor and I was now 15 and in my last year, I needed to somehow get some GCSE's, and at first the home tutor was great, she understood why on the very first time I met her, i ran off crying, because my cat of 17 years (older than me at that point) died the day before, and I couldn't cope with meeting someone new.

but when I couldn't cope with seeing her, my mum would phone up and explain, so she started blaming my parents, all I wanted to do was scream ''ITS ME AND MY SCHOOL PHOBIA STOP BLAMING MY PARENTS''.



I carried on and took away 4 GCSE's, but the year coming up was my hardest yet.

I came off the pills but my mood crashed quickly so I was put onto another type of tablets. which was the biggest mistake ever.

I started doing a NVQ 2 in childcare at home, but i just couldn't cope with it and I cant believe I'm going to open up and say this but i tried to take my own life, and I wish I
 hadn't, it was my biggest mistake, but in the end I'm here now.

School phobia is real and scary, its more often than not a trigger for depression and panic attacks (like mine) and can happen anywhere between the ages of 4-18 or when your in school collage etc, and is with you forever.

I'm now 18 and have luckily turned my life around, i completed the NVQ and now work part-time with children, I'm now learning to drive and have lost 8 stone of weight. i still suffer with panic attacks and depression and I'm often anxious about small things, but I'm no longer on tablets, and I'm (slowly) learning to cope with, well me.

If you're in school and feel like you would rather not be here on earth than be at school, please tell someone! keep telling them, until they listen, you're not alone. that much I can promise.



thank you Kellie for letting me guest post :)




Thank you for writing this Catherine, I think what you have written is really inspirational and you should be proud of yourself for what you have achieved.
It as an honour to have this on my blog.

Leave Catherine some comments everyone and let her know what you thought of her post.

Big Fashionista x x
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Thursday, 24 February 2011

Retro Nom or Vom

Every now and then I like to mix it up a bit and bring you a Retro Nom or Vom.

Now for some of you out there, you may want to go and ask your mother who some of these guys are (god, I feel old) but for you ladies and gentlemen who are old enough to know who these men are (and these really are MEN)

Enjoy.

Why bring you one Retro Nom orr Vom when I can bring you lots, from TV, Film and the world of music. I bring you,

Retro Nom or Vom


Duran Duran, Women screamed. Men dressed like them. We all sang along at the top of our voices and all wanted to be Mrs Taylor or Mrs LeBon (some of you out there still have that dream!!!!!!!!)



If you have ever looked for an Alpha male then look no further than George Peppard. He was rough, tough and he smoked a cigar, ON SCREEN!!!!!!! (plus he was in Breakfast at Tiffany's-End of)




It's Neil Diamond!!!! (and seriously, that is all I have to say on the matter) there you go Rebecca, this one's for you x                                                                                                                                                      



 From the world of film I bring you Harrison Ford from yesteryear, before the diamond earring and Calista Flockhart, Harrison Ford was a true mans man. Swoon.

My personal favourite, Oh I know you youngsters all know him as the drunk guy off YouTube or the judge from American Idol, But David Hasselhoff used to be able to dampen knickers at 50 paces (was that too much?) He was Michael Knight for god's sake, He had a talking car and everything!!!!

So that is my selection of Retro Nom or Vom for you this Friday.

Let me know what you think of each individual.


Big Fashionista x x
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Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Music Amnesty

Musical taste is such a personal thing, and there really is no right or wrong when it comes to music BUT............................

We all have that dodgy CD or two (or three) at the back of the shelf or a song that you wouldn't really want to come up on your iPod when it was on shuffle and on loudspeaker.

Music defines our moods and a bad day can be improved by listening to some "banging tunes" or a broken heart can be slowly repaired by listening to some love songs (Honestly, it can, ask any teen who has broken up with someone-I sobbed along to Mariah Carey for like......hours)

But I am declaring an amnesty on crap music.

If there is a song out there, cheesy or otherwise that you secretly LOVE and you have never been able to stand up and declare your love due to the embarrassing nature of the song then fret no longer.

This is a judgement free zone.

Our crap music is our CHOICE. and if we want to listen to The Macarena or The Ketchup Song because it makes us happy then why the hell shouldn't we?

So I will start off the baring of the soul.

My name is Kellie and in my CD collection I have Blazin Squad and if I am in a bad mood I put on Flip Reverse and jump around.

No judging please, that's just not done here.

So what is your cheesy music secret?

What embarrassing song do you own?

Let me know because i'm kind of on my own here x x

Big Fashionista x x
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Accent-uate the positive.

I'm from East London, not only am I from East London, I SOUND like I'm from East London.

Don't get me wrong, I don't sound like Bianca from Eastenders and I won't sell you a pound of bananas for a pound but my East London accent is quite strong (unless I put my "telephone" voice on)

Does that AUTOMATICALLY make me a chav?

I don't think so, but in the eyes of people who judge, Yeah, sometimes it does.

There's a whole lot of judging going on out there in the big bad world and an accent is just another way for people to make a snap decision.

Think of a brummie accent? What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of it?

I asked people what came to mind when they thought of the Birmingham accent and most people said thick or a bit slow. they said they didn't like the accent and it probably would affect how they felt about a person if they had a brummie accent (I have some judgemental, shallow friends don't I)

How about the French accent? Mysterious and sexy are the words that were used to describe that one by my panel of judges.

I have in the past been turned down for jobs that I have been overqualified for because "I don't have the right public image" (Thank you Harrods, you scarred me for life) I wasn't walking around with a purse made from dead kittens or have bright pink hair, It was purely because of my accent.

Why should whatever I say be taken LESS seriously because the way that I say it?

I could be talking about the Large Hadron Collider and the safety of particle accelerators (What? I can still Google you know) and someone would still breeze past thinking "CHAV"

What do you think?

Am I right? Do people judge purely on hearing an accent?

Or have people judged YOU for your accent?

Let me know

Big Fashionista x x
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Monday, 21 February 2011

If Mummies ruled the world

Think about it, you know it makes sense.

Doesn't even need to be lots of mummies, just one would do.

You know that look they give you when they want you to do something, yeah that one. Gather all the heads of state together and unleash the mummy look upon them and BANG, world peace.

Obviously there would be someone who wouldn't agree, but that's ok, because Head Mummy has a secret weapon.

"I'm very disappointed in you"

Who hasn't at some point in their life been cut to the quick by that sentence?

Guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of ANY child/teen/grown up


Multi-tasking? Pfffffffffffft, Head mummy has been training her whole life for this. She lives to multi-task. In fact ask anyone who juggles children with working full-time how they do it and the answer usually is "I just get on with it" (Note, I must have been out the day they taught multi-tasking in school, I probably had more than one thing to do!!!)



Head mummy would know how to work to a budget, No more of this 20 trillion pounds in debt. Before you knew it, a new budget would be worked out and you can bet your last fiver that the outgoings wouldn't be more than the incoming. Head mummy would hate to put things on the credit card. (yeah, I may have missed this class too)

If mummies ruled the world then most wars could probably be solved by getting the two culprits to stand in front of each other, shake hands and apologise. (If the look is needed here too, then so be it)

If Mummies ruled the world, everyone would have some love in their life, completely unconditional love. If you decided you wanted to invade another country, then you would be in trouble and you would be punished for it, but you should know that it would hurt her more than it hurts you.

Plus If mummies were in charge there would be no sick days taken, mums tend to just get on with it, soldiering on is a mummy speciality.

Actually, I think i'm looking at this the wrong way around, I think Mummies already rule the world.

They just don't want to claim the credit for it.


Big Fashionista x x
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Friday, 18 February 2011

Nom or Vom

When I have to Google to find out someones surname, they don't have much of a chance of being this weeks Nom or Vom,

BUT when the first two pics that I find are of him are with no clothes on!!!!!!!!

Well, lets just say he made a sincere argument for his inclusion into the Nom or Vom Hall of Fame.


So this is Max from The Wanted
(too mesmerized by naked pics to remember his surname, and frankly, i'm not sure I care anyway)









Do I spoil you with naked pics or what?

So what do you think?

Nom or Vom


Big Fashionista x x
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Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Famous Five revisited

Everyone read The Famous Five as children didn't they?

Enid Blyton, The Jacqueline Wilson of her time.

It was mentioned to me that they are revisiting The Famous Five, opinions seem to vary as to whether they will go back to them later in their life or rewrite the stories to appeal to an up to date audience.

I'm hoping that they are still undecided as I have some ideas for the writers for an up to date version, (I'm like SO down wiv da kidz ya know)

Meet Timmy, A staffy dog, loyal to his owner, he has a Burberry collar and has left various litters of pups without a daddy all over town. He's bad to the bone and has no pedigree, (It could be inferred that he is a possible illegal immigrant)

Meet Julian, Dick and Anne, Brothers and sister they share the same mum but all have different dads, Social services have been watching the family closely for a couple of years now but their hands are tied,

Julian the eldest has taken on the role of group leader, His gang name is Big Daddy J, and the other idolize him for his ability to get alcohol (lashings of blue WKD) and his organisational skills (shop lifting in Asda without being noticed takes a lot of work) Julians dominance of the group leads some outsiders wondering whether he has some sociapathic tendencies (Timmy for one is quite nervous around Julian)

Dick is just a year younger than Julian, he has a good sense of humour (childhood obesity means that he feels the need to be funny) and tries not to let his lack of a father in his life get to him. he has been excluded from a couple of schools and is currently out of education awaiting a place in a specialised school. (unfortunately budget cuts mean he may be waiting a long time)

Ann is the youngest of the group and extremely quiet and withdrawn, Social services have a note on her file about possible sexual abuse and have placed her in the care of foster parents. She is currently attending art therapy classes where she draws pictures in black ink and then burns them.

Meet George, she calls herself a cousin but is actually a foster child placed with the same people as Ann, she is very open with her desire for a sex change. she feels like she is a boy trapped in a girls body, she has self diagnosed herself with help from the internet and is trying to live as a boy until she qualifies for a sex change on the NHS. (Until she met Julian, Dick and Ann she had no other friends apart from Timmy, who really doesn't count as he is a dog)


Aunt Fanny and Uncle Quentin are foster parents, bless them they try hard but they only signed up to become foster carers for the extra money after Quentin lost his job as an MP after the general election. They find it hard to deal with the emotionally scarred children on top of their own problems, Quentin has depression and Fanny knows that she needs to cut back on the wine a bit.

So now you have met the up to date characters for the Famous Five,

I'm sure you can all think up some great storylines for me can't you?

Whats that noise?

That may possibly be the sound of Enid Blyton spinning in her grave.

Sorry Enid


Big Fashionista x x
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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Am I past it?

Serious question.  These days exactly when do we hit middle-age?

I need to know,

I'm 35 and that means that back when man lived for three score years and ten, I would be classed as exactly middle-aged (pulls out American tan tights and a polyester flowery house coat)

But seeing as we all live longer now that HAS to mean that I'm not yet there yet.....doesn't it?

When I was a teenager I used to think that anyone over the age of twenty was past it, but as I get older the goalposts seem to be moving, when I hit twenty, thirty seemed old, now I am 35 I'm thinking that................ I'm going to offend a lot of my readers if I carry on with this train of thought.

But what exactly is middle age anyway?

Middle age always invokes feelings of being safe, wearing comfortable shoes and early nights-Well I'm not ready for that yet, I still want danger, Louboutins and going to bed in the early hours of the morning. (only one night a week though,  any more than that and i'm exhausted)

Will middle age just one day creep up on me like a mugger in an alley and steal my looks, leaving me with grey hair, wrinkles and a craving for Horlicks?

Sorry but I don't think I want that.

Anyway there are so many glamorous women out there that are, um how can I put this? cracking on a bit (too much?) who still look fabulous that I have decided that frankly I am not going to give a stuff.

Middle age is not going to frighten me.................................... Whenever it is?

(It's still a long way off though right?............right)



Big Fashionista x
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Time to get all squirrelly

I'm trying to find out who is doing the PR for squirrels these days.

Because lets face it, those guys are doing a hell of a job.

Look at this little fluffy creature.



Admit it, a lot of you went ahhhhhhhhhhhh. If you go for a walk in a park and you see a squirrel how many of you root around in your pocket for a nut, or something you can use to tempt the squirrel closer? Children love a "squiggle",  people have been known to go to the parks JUST to feed the squirrels (Ok, yes ME)

Now replace your cute little fluffy wuffy squiggle with one of these.



Nope, i'm not seeing much of a difference, and unless you live in my part of the country I bet you don't take the kids to the park to feed the rats either!!!!!!

Fur? Check

Little brown beady eyes? Check

Teeny tiny little cute paws? Check

Tail? Um, we have a problem.

Because thats the only difference I can see, Now if I was a rat i think I would check out some tail enhancement pretty damn quickly because the skinny little bad boys they have now seem to be a massive drawback.

Squirrels have cute fluffy tails and rats have tails like a chewed up pink shoelace. If I was a rat and I had access to a phone I'd be calling the Transform clinic ASAP to see what they could do for me.

These rats are missing a trick here.

No children stand in front of them waving peanuts at them to tempt them closer. (although I have seen a short sighted old man pointing out a squirrel that did turn out to be a massive rat to his grandchildren-Cue much sobbing-and laughing from me)

Squirrels are pests, Rats have the right to be a bit put out, Rats can be just as damn cute as a squirrel, if not cuter. (You don't see Pets At Home selling squirrels do you?)

We have all been fooled by a massive con, The squirrels are obviously a lot cleverer than we have ever imagined, they have obviously all clubbed together and hired the best.


Because all squirrels are, and all they have ever been are rats with good PR.

And I'm not fooled, how about you?


Big Fashionista x x
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Sunday, 13 February 2011

Big Boys don't cry

A new survey out says that these days it is ok for men to cry in public and more men feel confortable doing so.

Now I live near West Ham football ground so I am more than used to seeing grown men sobbing as they walk down the street, but is this survey actually right?

I don't think so.

I don't know many women who will admit to crying in the street  There are times when we want to and god knows how many times I have had to fight back the tears outside Greggs when they have sold out of Cheese & Onion pasties, but crying in public is not something that I ever feel happy doing. If something has upset me that much that I want to cry, then my first thought, like a vampire avoiding sunlight is to get away from prying eyes and to somewhere a little more private. When I got a phonecall saying that my dad had lung cancer I was in my local high st and immediately I took myself to my local pub and sobbed all over my best friend. Ok, still a public place but my privacy was respected as we sat in a small booth and proceeded in drinking ourselves stupid.


Is it ok to cry in public?

Does it even make a difference whether you are male or female?

and if you did burst into tears in a public place would you want a stranger to console you?

Let me know


Big Fashionista x x
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Friday, 11 February 2011

Have a go hero or wannabe vigilante?

If you saw various helmeted men smashing the windows of a jewellers in the process of a smash & grab what would you do?

Ann Timson who is in her 70s, was recently in the news after seeing off a gang of robbers who were in the process of trying to steal jewellery. She came from nowhere and smacked them with her handbag until some of them ran off or were captured by other passers by.  (old ladies handbags are heavy and deadly)

she is now being hailed as a hero.

But what if it had ended differently?

What if one of the raiders had a gun and had killed her?

Would people have branded her foolish for even try to stop them? Is the thought of one of them having a weapon what stopped other people getting involved?

Have a go hero or foolish vigilante? surely the only thing that puts you in one or other catagory is the outcome?

I have never been put in a situation where I have had to make an instant decision to help or be a bystander. I really don't know what I would do. Would I willingly put myself in a dangerous situation and possibly leave my children without a mother or would I walk on by, keeping myself safe in the process.

Would I rather be a dead hero or a live coward?

I really don't know.

And I hope I never have to find out x x x

How about you?


Big Fashionista x x
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Beauty Giveaway with The Sun

If you are a fan of Barry M and love a freebie then look out for this giveaway in The Sun TOMORROW.

Just clip a voucher from The Buzz magazine which comes with the paper and you can get your mitts on an exclusive set from Barry M worth £9 released to celebrate Valentine's Day. A nail varnish not available in the shops, A Kohl eye pencil and a limited edition lipgloss.

Just take your token to a Superdrug and the set is yours.

I was lucky enough to be sent the products to try out before release.


As a HUGE fan of Barry M nail varnishes I am loving the nail polish which looks to be a lovely colour and I cant wait to get this on my nails, The kohl is exactly what you would expect from Barry M and does exactly what it is meant to do, The lipgloss................................ to be honest, I hoped you wouldn't ask about that. While it is a lovely pink colour and would make a welcome addition to my family of glosses unfortunately when I applied this, it was like I had sucked on a bar of soap (admittedly it had a hint of bubblegum but mainly just soap) it practically made my teeth itch. I don't have any previous experience of Barry M lipglosses so I can't tell you if this is just my experience of this gloss or an issue with them. I hope it is just me as I do like the colour and texture and would look to buy others if they didn't all taste this way.

So to pick up your free Barry M set just take your voucher down to Superdrug and exchange for this set worth £9.

Happy Valentines Day From Barry M and The Buzz

Big Fashionista
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Thursday, 10 February 2011

Nom or Vom

There were a lot of recommendations for Nom or Vom this week, and I decided to go with the manliest, strongest, most alpha male of them all.



Mwahahahahahahahahahaha.

Ok, let's start again.

To commemorate the start of Season 2 of Cougar Town this week, there could only be ONE Nom or Vom this week.

No not Andy..... although it was nearly Bobby (for you ladies that like them pretty and dumb)

But it in the end I went for Grayson. (because it's my blog, my rules and MY hotties)

So here we go. Josh Hopkins, Grayson from Cougar Town.




MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

 I'm in love


Ok, Lust.



The obligitory Gratuitous topless shot. For a hottie, there are not many of these shots around (If he was mine, all clothes would be banned)

So what do we think?

Josh Hopkins-Nom or Vom?

Big Fashionista x x
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Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Question of the day.

Being a mine of totally useless information, (There are 206 bones in the human body) I was quite amused to hear that on average in the UK alone there are 275 Ford Focus sold every day.




Firstly, who knew that there were that many people that lacked imagination!!!! Secondly 275? A day? And they say that we are in a recession.



If you drive a Ford Focus then you may want to log off now.





Are you gone?





Ok, let me rephrase it, If you LOVE driving your Ford Focus, Log off now.

If you drive one but it is just a means of transportation to you, you can stay.



(Gives it a minute)


Seriously a Ford Focus is probably the most boring car around.

When I think Ford Focus, I think safe, boring, possibly grey and completely average.

I wouldn't want to be a Ford Focus, Would you?

I want to be a sporty little number,

A Shelby GT perhaps. curves in all the right places, rare, and downright GORGEOUS.





Look at it. If there was ever a car I wanted to be, this is it.

So this is my question of the day to you?

If you were a car, What car would you be?


Let me know.



Big Fashionista x x
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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Sureslim UK Update

Have you ever made a decision that made you feel instantly lighter?

This week I did.

A couple of weeks ago I agreed to be involved in a article which followed people doing different diets and seeing how much they lost over a period of six weeks.

I was really excited about being involved and thought that it would give me the added incentive to help me lose my final stone.

And then everything changed. After about a week I was extremely upset and panicky that I had agreed to do it. My body decided to rebel and make me want to eat bad food, and it made me question everything about my diet and how well I had done so far.

I think the reason for this is that doing the Challenge meant that I wasn't losing weight for MYSELF. It was for everyone BUT me, and that isn't possible. I have been dieting now for about 19 weeks now. it has become second nature, A lifestyle change rather than a diet but after one week of the challenge I was driving myself mad with worry about every morsel I put in my mouth and that isn't something I want to put mself through.

Another big part of my worry was that the food part of things isn't as important as it once was. Food for me is just a fuel, it isn't a comfort blanket anymore or a reward, Food is what I use like a car uses petrol. I am loving exercising and quite honestly if I don't lose anymore weight but tone up and feel healthy then I still feel as though I have achieved all the goals that I set out to do with SureSlim UK.

I explained this yesterday to the magazine involved and luckily they accepted my reasons for dropping out. I didn't want to let them down but the most important thing is how I feel, and at this time in my healthy eating plan It wasn't the right thing to do.

The minute I told them i felt a weight lift off my shoulders (although it didn't translate onto my scales)
and now I can look ahead to this week without the Challenge looming over me feeling that it is taking over my life. I don't want the food aspect to be the main priority in my life anymore. Food is just something I eat. Weight is something that I will lose and now If I put on a pound one week I will lose it the next like a normal person does.

I love my diet and Sureslim UK have completely changed my life forever. I will forever be grateful to them for showing me how to change my eating habits for the better and I am keeping on with the healthy eating but It isn't going to be such a priority for me. I am continuing with the blog posts each week but moving more into the maintainence side of things. I am LOVING the exercise I have introduced into my life and I credit the lovely Muireann for inspiring me to become a fitter person.

Hmmm my apologies for rambling on today.

Shall i just get to the bit where I tell you how i've done?

I put on 2lb!!!!

and you know what? Thats ok, I am determined to get that off next week, I am not going to fall apart over 2lb. Now I am emotionally stronger and know that I do not need to challenge myself and lose weight for someone else I am ready to get back into it and show that I can keep this up.

If you are still here after this loooooooooooooong post, I thank you.

and I can't do this without you x x x


Big Fashionista x x
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Sunday, 6 February 2011

Have a heart

I see it happen every year around about this time, It starts as a low grumbling and by February 14th it is a downright scream. From,  "I hate Valentine's Day, it is such a rip off" or "Why do I need a certain day to prove that I love my partner?" to "God, all these couple everywhere make me want to puke" The hatred of Valentines day is enough to make a cherub weep.


Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Why all the hate?

It is completely optional, no-one is going to hit you over the head with a teddy bear if you choose not to take part (Not you Mr Fashionista)

So you think it's a rip-off?

Valentine's day doesn't have to cost you a penny. (Not you Mr Fashionista)  Sometimes the most romantic things you can do for a partner are free. (Insert a knowing smirk here)

Why are people so Anti-Valentine's Day these days? It isn't even restricted to singletons. Plenty of couples out there wouldn't spit on St Valentine if he was on fire!!!!!!  

I'm not saying everyone should celebrate Valentine's Day, I just didn't realise it was the in thing to be SO against it.

It's like people calling Santa a cu*t. (wasn't me Santa, I wouldn't dare)

So are you For Valentine's Day or Against?

and let me know WHY. (so I can start to understand)


I'm off to drop hints to Mr Fashionista about what I want for Valentines Day (Nothing says I Love You like a brand new pair of running trainers)


Big Fashionista
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Thursday, 3 February 2011

Another sad statistic

So we open our papers this morning to see yet again another baby that has been neglected by a parent and has died as a result,

A couple of years ago this heartbreaking tale would have had people weeping in the streets, been a topic on Trisha and even The Loose Women would have stopped slagging off men for long enough to shed a few tears and declare war on the parents who have deprived this poor baby boy of life.

But these days it isn't even a front page story.

Take for example The Sun. The Front page is all about Kate Moss getting engaged, (yawn) Page 3 (apart from hosting a cracking pair of chesticles) is about Cheryl Cole living in North London. (Bore off Ms Tweedy or whatever you call yourself now) The report on the death of Alex is finally published on page 15.

Are we that jaded now about the death of a child at the hands of its mother it is buried on page 15 next to a article about an OAP discovering she owned a Ming vase?

The Daily Mail (I'd like to thank my local newsagent who let me borrow this rag instead of buying it) leads with No win-No fee lawyers setting up shop in prisons to serve one-armed, no legged homosexual immigrants or something like that. I'll be honest I lost interest in reading the article, The Daily Fail does NOT agree with my digestion.

The story of Baby Alex is on page 25, after a story on a sexual harassment tribunal re John Lewis, Jordan straightening her daughters hair, Boris Becker up to his old tricks again and Jan Moir oozing all over Heston Blumenthals new restaurant dripping her odious poison all over the page.


In what world is Katie Price and her love of straighteners MORE important than the death of a child????

Not a world that I want to be a part of.

The saddest thing is the catalogue of errors by Social Services once again means this SHOULD be top news. People should demand answers on why this baby was allowed to slip through the cracks.

If they are not held accountable by people who are genuinely shocked, appalled and saddened by Social services letting another child die by not getting involved then they will NOT change.

We deserve the right to ask if councils have learnt nothing from the case of Baby P, and other children and babies deserve the right to live in a world where the help that they need is given.

and that to me is so much more important to me than Boris Becker facing yet another paternity case..


What do you think?

Should cases like this be reported in the news more often and given higher priority or would you rather live in a world where cases like this are swept under the carpet?

Let me know


Big Fashionista x x
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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Sureslim Uk Diet-Week? God knows.

I really have forgotten what week it is again, this is probably due to this week being absolutely crap.

I have put on 2lb.

Now in the grand sceme of things If i put that in percentage form it isn't really a lot. But for me it feels like two stone. All afternoon all i have seen is the word two, it is haunting me.

I know why I have put on 2lb, It is because I have "big bones" oh hang on, that's my old excuse. I have put on 2lb because I have eaten too much and not moved a lot.

It feels like I have visited an evil fairground this week. I have taken a trip on an emotional rollercoaster and then followed it up with a ride on the diet roundabout, The diet roundabout is not a fun ride, you eat something you shouldn't, then a couple of hours later you feel tired and sleepy so you reach for another biscuit which perks you up and makes you feel better before starting the whole fun ride over again a couple of hours after that.

My whole mood this week has been completely off, but who knows what came first, the mood or the over-eating. and to be honest. It really doesn't matter.

If I dwell on last week then you will probably find me face down in a pile of Caramel Shortbread in an hour or so. I have to accept I did badly and then MOVE ON.

The guilt express is just another ride in the diet fairground that I don't have the stomach for.

I seem to be signing myself up for a 5k Race for Life in May which I am determine to run.

No more emotional eating for me this week. I want to be able to post fantastic results next week so that you guys are proud of me.

I'm going to need your support this week x x

Big Fashionista x x
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