Friday, 23 August 2013

Nom or Vom

You know the old saying, It's my blog and I will pick for Nom or Vom whoever the hell I want?

Not heard it before? Get used to it, because this one is for ME!!!!

I'm a HUGE Chelsea fan, so the return of "The special one" is a really big deal for me and while I could wax lyrical for hours how Mourinho's style of football brings an edg......... (Any of you still here?) 

Without any further ado, I bring you this weeks Nom or Vom.

José Mourinho.

So what do we think, ladies and gents?

José Mourinho? 

Nom or Vom?

Big Fashionista x x 


Thursday, 22 August 2013

London Zoo, Inventory Day

I used to work in a clothes shop, River Island actually. This was before they were cool, (In fact I think me leaving is probably what gave them their coolness) and the one thing that I hated more than anything, (Apart from chasing after shoplifters, nippy little buggers) was stock take.

Stock take was the bane of my fricking life. (Mmmmmmmm, Bane. sorry, I went off on a Tom Hardy tangent there) 

(Rude not to) 

HOWEVER, can we all stop and feel sorry for the staff at London Zoo as today is the day they inventory the animals.

Firstly, let us pray for the person who has to count the leaf cutter ants.

"234653543, 2346544....... bugger, I lost count. 1,2,3,4"

I would like to be in charge of counting the tortoises please, that sounds like the easiest job in the whole place.

And what the hell happens if they count the lions and there is one missing? Can you imagine?

"I know we had three last year, did we sell one? Is it out the back? Do we need to put up a 'Missing' poster?"

I can imagine the monkeys would be a bit of a bastard to count too.

and the FISH! Have you ever tried to count fish? Why wont they just stay STILL!!!!

So today I will be thinking of all the staff at London Zoo and thinking that perhaps counting jackets and rather dubious skirts was not the worst job in the world. I mean, the worst thing that we ever had is that we were missing one of a pair of shoes..........

Yes, Lions, I am looking at you here. Stay in your groups today please. (Have some 'Pride'. Giggles) 

So what animals would you prefer to count today if you had to get involved in The London Zoo inventory?

Bear in mind I have bagsied the Tortoises.

Or what would you NOT want to count?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x x


Wedding Day Guest Fashion.

So wedding season is well and TRULY upon us and already I have been caught short with it being the week before a wedding and I have NOTHING to wear!

I hear of this happening a lot, I spend a bit (cough) of time on social media and lately so many people have been saying they need an outfit for a wedding that has come round wayyyyyyyy too fast.

So when I was asked to write about Jacques Vert at John Lewis I knew exactly how I was going to tie it all together for you guys because whenever I look at their range I instantly think their range is perfect for a last minute outfit for a wedding when you have absolutely nothing to wear.

What do you think, could you see yourself wearing one of these as a wedding guest? I know I could.

and if someone could buy me this jacket please as it is reduced to £39, thanks.

I really want that jacket.

So what do you think? Would you shop at John Lewis, for the Jacques Vert range?

You can check them out here ---> Jacques Vert

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x

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How do you spoil yourself?

So money is tight, you have your wifi and in your head you are a millionaire.

Go ahead and spoil yourself. What do you buy?

An expensive car?

Although I dread to think what the P&P would be on one of these bad boys.

Some impossibly high and completely impractical shoes?

Something from Harvey Nichols? Some Lanvin perhaps?

Or a basketful of make-up?

(One of each for me please.)

Do you, like me, browse online to make yourself feel better? Or can you not bear to look at pretty things when you are cash poor?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x x

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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Panda Babies V Royal Babies

I will not lie, I watched Sky News transfixed for hours waiting for the birth announcement about the new royal baby, and I know I wasn't alone, so don't judge me.

HOWEVER, a royal baby is all well and good but if the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo are 'with panda' then trust me, my royal baby vigil will be NOTHING compared to a Panda pregnancy vigil.

I will not move from my laptop/tv/twitter until I know the baby Panda is born.

(Oh god can you imagine the hashtags?)

Let's face it, Pandas are CUTE.


Babies? Meh. what did we see? A tiny screwed up face and a wrinkly hand? they may as well have wrapped up Prince Philip in a blanket...... (Now there is an idea) 

Another reason why I am excited about a Panda pregnancy is that I have a feeling Edinburgh Zoo will be slightly less bothered about mothers privacy than The Lindo Wing. I want to be able to yell along on PandaCam, "PUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHH you Bitch.'  (I may pass on the popcorn) 

Think also about the name.

We thought we were being "out there" and rebellious when we laughed about the child being called Spencer, or maybe Tyler. I will not even ATTEMPT to guess the name of a new baby panda, I know my limitations. 

Plus we also won't have to wait ages for photo opportunities, Edinburgh Zoo will probably welcome the added publicity for the zoo and who can blame them. (Put me down for a Panda keyring and a balloon please) 

But perhaps the most important thing about why I am more excited about a panda baby than a royal one is that millions of people will not let out a collective sigh of disappointment if it turns out to be a boy!!!!

It's a Panda baby, it will be soooooo cute.

Now where do I need to send the bamboo flower display?

Are you looking forward to a Panda baby?

Or am I just strange?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x x


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Dress To Impress: The Best Of Summer Dresses

After a winter of more androgynous styles, the summer dress is once again a staple of the warmer months, with a number of styles seen on the SS13 catwalks.

With the 60s look firmly back in style, the shift dress is so on trend. I just love shift dresses, they can be dressed up (think: bang on trend perspex heels for a night out with the girlsor down (team with two strap sandals for a comfortable day’s shopping or a day in the office), so you’ll get lots of wear whether for work or play.

There is a lot of monochrome around at the moment so channel Louis Vuitton and find a shift dress in a big, chequerboard squares print.

On the subject of monochrome, this is a design that can suit anyone of any age – so if bigger, bolder designs are a bit too much for you, you can still rock the trend by wearing one of the more subtle black and white pieces.

Denim has become a trend unto itself this season, so it's no surprise the denim dress is a key part of this. If full dungarees aren't for you, a dungaree dress is a great option for working two trends in one.

Prints are big news this season, so find a dress with a bold print and you'll be away (florals are a personal favourite and have been sticking around for a while now, so chances are you'll already have something suitable in your wardrobe).

Also, check out some of this season’s gorgeous dresses featuring geometric prints – bold and colourful, this is alook that is set to stay.

As ever, find a shape that flatters your figure – skater dresses are back with a bang this season and are flattering for most of us, whether a sporty size 8 or a curvy size 16.

There is also a stunning selection of structured summer dresses in the shops right now, which, like the skater dress, are great for all shapes. They add an instant glamour and, as soon as you slip one on, your posture improves. There is nothing like a fitted waistband to remind you to hold yourself in and stand taller!

Keep it current by picking one in one of this season'scolour trends: pastels and neons are two of the cornerstones this summer, so keep it in one of these palettes and you'll be away.

Don’t forget to team your dress with nude sandals to really elongate those legs so you look picture perfect!



Stella Ashcroft is a fashion and fitness writer who believes that everyone can look good, no matter what their age, size, or budget. When she is not busy writing for fashion search engine she can be found trawling their handbags section for new additions to her handbag collection (her downstairs toilet now holds over 50 handbags).



I blinked, I only went and blinked and my baby girl turned into a teenager!!!!

Now obviously, this frightens the shit out of me, as I once too was one of those teenage creatures and quite frankly if she gets up to a quarter of the stuff I did..... Houston, we have a problem.

My baby girl turns 13 today and this creates an issue for me, because quite frankly how is anyone going to take me seriously when I tell them I am 27. I'm used to the pitying glances, as if to say, "Of course you are luv" but now, even a Jeremy Kyle guest can add that one up. And I may have got into a little bit of a trouble as a teen, but not THAT much!!!!

So do I knock it up a few years?

(What do you reckon, can I pull off 31?) 

Or do I tell the truth and say that I am 37 and hope (PRAY) that someone tells me I look damn good on it? (They won't but throw me a fricking bone here) 

I have a teenage daughter..........

I think I need a lie down.

Happy Birthday G. 

Mum loves you millions.

But remember, I know all the tricks of being a teenager, I was one once.

Yes, yes. I know, it was a bloody long time ago.

Thanks for that.

Love you.

Mummy. x x x


Converse From Size

Ok, listen up chaps and chappettes who lurve their Converse, this one is for you.

Everyone in my family wears Converse, all the way down to the 7yr old, so when I was asked to write about a site that sells mens shoes called Size, I was more than happy to check them out. When I found out that they sold Converse........

Put it this way,

I know what my son is getting for Christmas now.

I'm thinking these ones,

Just don't tell him, ok?

They do plenty of brands from Franklin & Marshall to Adidas Originals and Superga so go and check them out.

Obviously my favourite are the Converse Trainers,

But what are yours?

Go check them out at

Big Fashionista x x

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Nom or Vom

Forgive me, I have been away for a week in the arse end of nowhere with practically no signal so haven't been caught up with the important things in the blogging world like, JEREMY PAXMAN'S BEARD!

So let's have a quick Nom or Vom before normal service continues tomorrow.

Jeremy Paxman's beard?

Nom or Vom?

What do you think?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

The Summer Of The Side Ponytail.


Summer’s here, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than with a stylish, light, and low-maintenance side ponytail. Equal parts casual and cool, side ponytails are the hair trend of the summer for celebrities, supermodels, and everyday fashionistas.


What makes the side ponytail so popular? From simplicity to style, we noticed four elements that make this easy yet eye-catching hairstyle the number one choice for thesummer.


It’s easy – perfect for two-minute morningstyling


When it comes to two-minute hairstyles, the ponytail is number one. What’s great about the side ponytail is that it’s so quick to put together – you can get out of bed minutes before your appointment, set it, and forget it.


Unlike other quick and simple hairstyles, this one’s quick and easy yet stylish and suitable for a variety of settings.Mariah Carey even wore a side ponytail to one of her recent press conferences – an event with hundreds of snap-happy cameras.


It’s glamorous – more interesting than the typical ponytail


Ponytails are incredibly versatile. For volume, you can choose a high ponytail that’s spread far and wide. For length, you can choose a discrete ‘double ponytail’ to give the appearance of longer hair.


For glamour, however, nothing touches the side ponytail. Sweep your hair across your forehead and pin on one side for a stylish look that can be enhanced by curls, colour, or even braids.


It’s versatile – suitable for the office, the beach, or a party


Want a hairstyle you can wear during your workday, your post-work dinner, and a late-night party? A side ponytail can be tweaked and enhanced to suit a workplace setting, a formal event, or a casual dinner with friends.


If you’re finishing a tough day at work and need an interesting style to wear out at night, try a clip-on invisible ponytail. The cool accessories are the perfect choice for adding a dynamic look to your hairstyle.


It’s forgiving – great on every type of face and forehead


Certain hairstyles suit certain faces. A high ponytail, for instance, looks fantastic on a short forehead and a low hairline. A low ponytail, on the other hand, looks great on a longer forehead and a taller hairline.


What’s great about the side ponytail is that it can be tweaked to suit your face, even if other ponytails don’t suit you. Sweep your bangs sideways to create a stylish look that catches eyes, of wear a side ponytail with your fringe for a mysterious style.


Are you in need of some hair styling inspiration? This Pinterest gallery shows off some excellent formal side ponytail looks that are suitable for every type of face, forehead, and hairline.


Friday, 9 August 2013

Nom or Vom

Usually I ask at some point on a Thursday, when I've remembered that the next day is Friday and I still haven't thought of a subject for Nom or Vom, but this week I've been thinking that this guy would make an excellent subject for Nom or Vom. He's been around a long time and he is definitely, in my opinion, a cheese and wine man, (getting better with age)

So I bring you this week's Nom or Vom.

Ladies and Gents, 


Ohhhh I've come over (everything) unnecessary. 

I think he's a total NOM.

What do you think?

Nom or Vom?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Victim blaming?

It has hit the news today, that the school where Jeremy Forrest taught and then ran away with one of the pupils, have revised or tightened their school uniform policy to say that no tight trousers are to be worn and skirts must be a respectable length and no more than two inches above the knee. No Lycra is to be worn either. 

Insert aghast smiley face here.

Now what I don't know is when this policy came in. To me it sounds like pretty standard school uniform policy, BUT, (and like mine, it's a pretty big butt) this is the school where the teacher ran away with one of the pupils, she was was under the legal age of consent, she was a child, he was in a position of trust. Making it wrong, making it illegal.

In my opinion the school may have been better off announcing a policy where the teachers have to wear corduroy jackets with patches on the elbows and trousers that come up to their elbows. 

In other words, not concentrate on desexualising the CHILDREN, but making the teachers unattractive. 

Because this sure sounds like victim blaming to me. 

Teenagers develop crushes on teachers, SOME teachers, not all, overstep the boundaries of what is right, (and legal) who is in the wrong? 

Over the last couple of days I've seen too much of children not being protected by those who should protect them.

Including a 13 year old victim of abuse being described as "predatory" and her sexual history being used. 

How about we DON'T blame the children? We protect the children instead? 

A school uniform policy that makes sure that the children are not wearing tight or inappropriate clothing doesn't seem anything less than another way to victim blame to me.

What do you think? 

Let me know.

Big Fashionista 

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Dear East Coast Trains.

Dear East Coast trains,

My sincere apologies if this letter overheats, (a bit like your carriages it seems) but currently I am on one of your trains, travelling from Leeds to Kings Cross, wondering exactly how much weight I will lose on this 2 hour and 16 minute journey in carriage F as the aircon isn't working, AGAIN. 

I assume that F stands for "Fucking broken" as every time I have travelled on the train between Leeds and Kings Cross I have either been stuck in carriage F, or hearing over the tannoy that the aircon in carriage F is once again broken and the carriage is overheating. 

Perhaps it would be easier if you just announced when the aircon WAS working, as I'm sure you would save yourselves some time and effort, after all, IT'S BLOODY HOT IN HERE. 

I don't even think you are allowed to transport animals across the country at the temperature I am currently experiencing on your service. Perhaps you could offer a hosing down at Kings Cross? I think my deodorant reached it's maximum limit about an hour ago.


"I'm bloody definite"

"Why don't you move?" I hear you ask.

Because not only is it me on this journey into the fires of hell,  I have three children with me, and all the assorted luggage and electricals for the journey to keep the aforementioned children quiet on the journey. Everyone has taken up the other seats together and I cannot have my children spread out across carriages. 

And also, it should be noted that if you are lucky enough to be in a carriage where the aircon is working, you can bet your fine arse that the plug sockets are not working. 

You can be at room temperature, or you can plug stuff in....


So while I am sweating like a sinner in church, someone else is sweating that they have 1% battery and no way of charging their phone unless they want to melt away the pounds in carriage F.

East Coast Trains, you are not exactly cheap, so why are you being so cheap when it comes to keeping your trains comfortable for your customers? 


Sweating like a piggily, 

Big Fashionista x x 

Monday, 5 August 2013

Dispatches, Celebs, Fans and Fake Brands

So I have just watched the Channel 4 programme about Fake Fans and celebrity ads and now I am sitting here wondering why all the fuss was about!

The celebs said "Thank you" to a fake brand, big WHOOP.

The buying of fake fans and fake views concerned me. Companies should have more belief in their brands and have a social media campaign in place that brings these fans naturally, but overall I wasn't shocked by anything Dispatches said.

In my eyes. And I think I know social media pretty well now, it was a non story. 
It could've been good, but in the end it didn't tell us anything we didn't know.
(apart from Russell Kane drives a hard bargain... Dammit) 

What did you think about the Dispatches programme?

I'd love your thoughts.

Big Fashionista x x

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That's Not My Name.

Just a couple of weeks into the school holidays and I don't know about you, but I have forgotten my real name. 

So here is my version of The Ting-Tings, That's Not My Name, for you to hum to help try to get you through with a smile on your face. 


Four letter word just to get me along

Summer holidays and I'm biting on my tongue and uh
I keep stalling, trying to keep it all together
kids around gotta find something to say now

Holding back, every day the same
Just wanna be alone-r
Listen to me, oh no, I never say anything at all
But with nothing to consider, I forget my name, ame, ame, ame

They call me mum,
They call me muvver
They call me her
They call me again

That's not my name
What is my name?
That's not my name
That's not

They call me crying girl
used to be a riot
Mummy, mo' pizza?
Always the same

That's not my name
What is my name?
That's not my name
That's not

I miss the catch when they throw me the ball
I'm the last mother standing up against the wall
Keep up, falling, these heels they keep me boring
never getting glammed up and sitting on the fence now

So alone all the time at night
Lock myself away, listen to me, I'm not
Although I'm dressed, out and all with
Everything considered they forget my name, ame, ame, ame

They call me mum
They call me muvver
They call me her
They call me again

That's not my name
What is my name?
That's not my name
That's not

They call me crying girl.
There's gonna be a riot
Mummy, mo' pizza?
Always the same

That's not my name
What is my name?
That's not my name
That's not

Are you calling me, darling?
Are you calling me again?
They call me over
(Are you calling me darling?)
They call me again.

They call me Mummy
They call me her
They call me again

That's not my name
What's my bloody my name?
That's not my name
That's not

They call me crying girl.
(Are you calling me bird?)
There's going to be a riot
Mummy, mo' pizza
Always the same

That's not my name
Someone, please tell me my name
That's not my name
That's not

Big Fashionista x x x


Sunday, 4 August 2013

Silence Isn't Always Golden.

Firstly let me say I do not condone the threats of rape and violence I have seen against women over these last few weeks. Nor do I condone the threats against men. In fact a LOT of people need to take a good, hard look at themselves and decide whether they should remove themselves from the Internet for good.

And that there is my point. I am not taking part in the #Twittersilence as even for one day I do not see why MY voice should be silenced. Why should I let people who spread hate and fear be able to roam the Internet unchecked? Should all the people who use Twitter for good purposes just leave it to the people who wish to cause harm to others? 

I don't think so. 

So I will be tweeting love, about who inspires me and possibly about the next Doctor Who. 

If you are taking part in the #TwitterSilence Good on you, you are doing what you feel is right and I support you in that. Please support me in my choice to #ShoutTheFuckBack

Have a lovely day, whatever you do.



Friday, 2 August 2013

Nom or Vom

So apparently it is bat and ball season. And there may have been a fire as all I keep hearing about are the "Ashes" although I don't know why people are fighting over them. 

Sports fans huh?

So today I haven't got a clue who I am bringing you, in fact, there may a picture of someone else shoved in here, and I wouldn't be able to tell. ;))

So meet James "Jimmy" Anderson.

What do you think?

Nom or Vom?

So what do we think?

Nom or Vom?

Big Fashionista x x 


Thursday, 1 August 2013

Buyers Remorse

When I was asked if I would like to host a post about buyers remorse, I have to admit it piqued my interest. I am the QUEEN of buyers remorse. I even have remorse over buyers remorse! And yes, shoes are my greatest weakness too.

Anyone else reading this and thinking... Oh my God, this is MEEEEEE.
Take a look. 
And let me know any examples of buyers remorse you have.

Big Fashionista x x

Wardrobe full of unworn clothes and shoes? You're not alone!

Have you ever been shopping (either online or in the 'real world') and bought something you just had to have on a whim? Then, at a later date, thought 'why on earth did I buy that?'

If you have, you're not alone. A whopping 82% of people in Britain have bought something and then regretted it, according to some new research by Debt Advisory Centre, who wrote the article you're reading right now.

And if you've felt your fair share of buyer's remorse, you probably won't be surprised that clothes and shoes top the list of regretted purchases. 62% of people said they've regretted buying clothes and 36% said they'veregretted buying shoes.
Battle of the sexes

Although it might sound a bit stereotypical, women are much more likely to regret buying clothes and shoes than men are (sorry, ladies!). 72% of women wished they hadn't bought shoes - compared with 48% of men - and women are over twice as likely (46%) to regret buying shoes as men (22%).
Why do we regret our purchases?

Half of people said they regretted buying clothes when it came to wearing them, and they found out that the itemdidn't fit or they didn't like it - or they just never wore it. 46% felt the same way when it came to trying on shoes. Another common reason is that we simply don't need these items, with 26% and 27% for shoes and clothes respectively.
What do we do with the offending item?

Once we realise that we shouldn't have bought the item, we don't always act entirely rationally. Half of us (49%) just keep clothes we regret buying - and this is even more common with shoes (with 58% just keeping them). Other popular options are to give away the item (20% clothes, 18% shoes) or try and sell it on to recoup a bit of our money (13% for clothes and 14% for shoes).

You'd think that the automatic reaction would be to return the item for a full refund, but this is far from true. Only 10% of remorseful shoe-buyers returned their purchase, compared with 17% of clothes-buyers. 17% may sound small, but clothes-buyers were actually themost likely to return their purchase out of anyone we asked in our study.
When does buyer's remorse become a problem?

Buyer's remorse might not sound like a big issue, but in some cases it can cause problems. For example, we found that 11% of shoe-buyers and 10% of clothes-buyers regretted their purchase because they couldn't actually afford it.

And, if you didn't know already, overspending is one of the main causes of debt problems - along with other causes like divorce, job loss and other changes in financial situation. If you've found yourself struggling because you've spent too much - or for any other reason -you should know that there is help available out there.Get some expert debt advice to find out what your best course of action could be.

Even if you're not at that stage yet, it's still important to assess the situation before each purchase. Look at it, try it on, imagine it with other items in your wardrobe and think: 'Do I really, really, really need this?' And remember, if worse comes to worst, most retailers allow you to return your item for a refund if it's not suitable.  

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