Monday, 29 July 2013

Stop shouting, start listening.



In case you haven't noticed, there are people out there on the Internet currently trying to ignite a battle of the sexes of epic proportion. Over the last few days it has become such a huge topic that it seems that people are standing on the battle ground, weapons drawn, thinking. "How the FUCK did we get here?" 

All men hate all women.

All women hate all men.

Every man is an abusive rapist.

All women belong in the kitchen.

IT'S RIDICULOUS! 

Abuse is wrong, rape threats are wrong, but it isn't all men, and it isn't all women. 

It's a small minority... Thank GOD. 

But it saddens me, this war. Everyone is shouting over each other and no-one is listening to each other.

This won't be solved by who can SHOUT the loudest.

But maybe it can be solved by the people who listen the hardest. 

What do you think? 

Let me know. 



Big Fashionista x x 


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You Spammin'

Apologies to Bob Marley, and sung to the tune of Jammin'



Ooh, yeah! All right!
You  spammin':
I want no more spammin from you
You're spammin',  spammin',
I can't cope with your spammin',  dude..

Ain't no rules, ain't no vow, you just do it anyhow:
I'n'I will see you through,
'Cos everyday you pay the price with a little sacrifice,
Spammin' till the spam is through.

You Spammin' -
To think that spammin' was a thing of the past;
You're spammin',
And I hope this spam ain't gonna last.

No bullet can stop you now, although I beg, you won't bow;
This blog  cannot be bought nor sold.
We all defend the right; Jah - Jah bloggers must unite:
Our life is worth much more when we are bold.

You're Spammin' (Spammin', spammin', spammin')
And i'm swearing' in the name of the Lord;
You're spammin' (spammin', spammin', spammin'),
You're  jammin' right straight from Yah.

Yeh! What the Hell's goin on,
What the Hell's goin on:
Jah sitteth in a Internet cafe,
Thinking you rulin' all creation.

Yeah, you're spammin' - you're  spammin' (wotcha-wa),
Wotcha-wa-wa-wa, you're spammin' (wotcha-wa),
See, I wanna spam over you
You're spammin' (spammin', spammin', spammin')
I'm jammed: I hope you'll stop spammin', too.

This spam of my blog i cannot hide
To keep you satisfied.
Modified comments now exist, it was something I could not resist,
Coz spam is what I can't abide.

You're  Spammin' (spammin', spammin', spammin'), yeah-eah-eah!
I wanna no more spam from you.
You're Spammin', you're  spammin', you're spammin', you're spammin',
You're spammin', you're spammin',
you're sammin', you're spammin';
Hope you like spammin', too.
You're spammin', we're jammin' (you spammin'),
You're spammin', you're spammin' (spammin').
I wanna (I wanna jam it in you) - I wanna -
I wanna jam it in you now.
Spammin', spammin' (how would you like it if i was spammin' too).
Eh-eh! I hope you like spammin', I hope you like spammin',
'Cause (I wanna jam it in you). I wanna ... In you.
I like - I hope you - I hope you like spammin', too.
I wanna jam it;
I wanna jam it.


Big Fashionista x x 
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Sunday, 28 July 2013

Statement Jewellery from Lady Muck


Anyone who knows me, knows my love of statement jewellery. 

I am really into jewellery that can change a plain outfit into something special, and I always find that wearing something just that little bit different can be a real ice-breaker in places where perhaps you don't know anyone. 

"Where did you get that necklace"? is always a great way to start a conversation. 

A little while ago I was sent some jewellery from Lady Muck which had me jumping up and down with excitement, this jewellery doesn't just make a statement, it backs it up with stone cold awesomeness. 

I chose the fly necklace and every time I have worn it people have asked where it came from, but the other products are just a small selection of some of the great products that are sold on http://ladymuck.org.uk 

Take a look at my new favourite jewellery. 


My favourite fly necklace. 



Matching earrings!! How cool. 



These are currently being eyed up by my daughters, I may have to hide them. 



Look at the cute hairslides. Definitely a conversation starter. 



Another thing I loved is these little tags on the boxes. It is the attention to detail like this that I love and I've kept these as well as they are just so cute. 


You can check out Lady Muck here http://ladymuck.org.uk and she is also on twitter as @LadyMuckOfWhitstable.

Are you a fan of statement jewellery too? What do you think of these pieces?

Let me know. 


Big Fashionista x x 



*products sent for review
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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Silence of the Ma'ams



It has been brought to my attention today that the women of Twitter are looking to be quiet online on the 4th of August to protest against trolls.

Being silent to protest against being silenced? 

No, I'm not feeling that at all. 

Yes, the abuse that has been thrown at Carolina Criado-Perez is DISGUSTING. No PERSON should ever be treated the way she has been or tweeted the level of threats that she has been tweeted, but then to go silent on purpose? Even for just 24 hours? 

How is that going to stop the abuse? Does that not show in a way that people can be silenced?

And for those people saying it is being done to teach Twitter that women cannot be trolled and they have to put in place a better system to protect against abuse? Do you really think Twitter cares about anything we do? 

(I purposely haven't used the word "women" here as I have seen abuse thrown by BOTH sexes) 

I would really like to hear what you all think about this. 

Personally I WILL be tweeting on August 4th. (And 5th, 6th, 7th and.... Oh you get the idea) 

NO-ONE can silence me. 


How about you? 

Let me know. 

Big Fashionista x x 
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Friday, 26 July 2013

Nom or Vom



Lately I've been moaning about the lack of hot totty to objectify and grade like a piece of man meat. Life is HARD. 

And then I remembered your love of long-haired sex gods and this guy came to mind, so let me give you this week's Nom or Vom.

Ladies and Gents, 

Charlie Hunnam 












So what do we think? Have I gauged you right in your love of long-haired rock gods?


Nom or Vom?


Big Fashionista x x


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Thursday, 25 July 2013

A Right Royal Issue




Ok Magazine, Oh Ok Magazine, what WERE you thinking?

The last time I saw a cover quite as bad as this, I was watching Taylor Swift murder - Pour Some Sugar On Me.



For the love of God, this came out a DAY after she squeezed the future King from her vagina and the most important thing on OK Magazine's tiny little minds is how quickly her stomach will shrivel straight back?

Newsflash OK Magazine, my youngest is 7 and my stomach is NEVER going to shrivel back.


Twitter quite rightly exploded in indignation and anger at the cover. The quite wonderful Katy Hill was at the helm in the fightback against this sort of Daily Mail trash and it does seem to have worked as OK magazine have apologised.

Be it in a painstakingly cringy way that made my stomach want to contract and pour vomit from my throat.


"Kate is one of the great beauties of our age and OK! readers love her.
"Like the rest of the world, we were very moved by her radiance as she and William introduced the Prince of Cambridge to the world.
"We would not dream of being critical of her appearance.
"If that was misunderstood because of our cover it was not intended."


Excuse me while I vomit again.



Moved by her radiance?

We would not dream of being critical of her appearance?

What happened to this now deleted tweet that was screen grabbed by @toptableplanner 




Sorry OK Magazine, but like your latest edition, I ain't buying it.




What do you think about OK Magazine and their cover?

Let me know. 


Big Fashionista x x 








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Achieving Style on a Budget




Style and our bank balances don’t always go hand in hand, in fact more often than not, they are polar opposites. Many of us believe we simply cannot get the perfect ‘look’ according to our ever tightening budgets. Some of us save for months to get the latest pair of heels, some of us use our credit cards to by the perfect dress and some of us simply stare at the magazines and wish we had the cash to buy those jeans. Don’t despair, you can achieve the perfect style, whatever your budget, but first you have to be honest with yourself about your financial situation.

Get up close and personal with your credit

Before you head out to grab the latest, straight off the catwalk jacket, you need to know where you are up to with your current credit and whether you need to make some changes to your budget. The first step to take is to get yourself a free credit report which will help you to see in black and white what your credit history looks like. If you want to get started and view your credit report, you can check it out here.

Once you have this information, you can begin to look at your regular incoming and outgoing cash flow. You will notice the patterns of how you spend your money and find areas where you can cut back on spending. For example, if you are craving the latest Mulberry handbag, but you are spending £5 - £10 on lunch every day, why not take your own food and save that money each day? Simply put, if you save a little and often, you will soon have the cash to revamp your style, without compromising your credit history.

Don't be afraid to shop the sales

Ok, so I know that many of us love nothing more than to queue up for hours outside the stores for the sales to start, but there are also many of us that still don’t want to wait out for the sales for only last season's trends. But, why not? The majority of trends come back around season after season, so why not get creative and mix and match your wardrobe from seasons past?

The best way to get the most out of the sales is to look for these key pieces, you know, the ones that were very expensive and are timeless. Some of the best sales pieces to grab are pencil skirts, blazers and those obligatory stilettos - none of which will ever go out of fashion.

Get creative and have some fun

It may be that you don’t have the money to head straight to French Connection for that rose printed dress; it may be beautiful but your funds simply won’t stretch that far. Now is the time to get a little creative - and you don’t have to be an artist or designer to make your own version. If it is the print you love, then head off to buy a cheap white dress and recreate the print yourself. You could use fabric paints, a screen printing kit and even involve your friends so that they can have a go as well. If you don’t mind your print not being as polished as the originals, then this is a great way to experiment and have fun.

If you are not a fan of making your own, then why not get creative with where you shop. Cosmopolitan Magazine repeatedly provides online and offline tactics for staying on fashion while on a budget. You may have spotted an amazing skirt in Armani that is at an unobtainable price, but you will most likely find one similar on the high street for a fraction of the price. Shop around and use the internet as well. Many stores are stocking different pieces in their online versions than they are offline. Hunt for those bargains and you will be pleasantly surprised by the results.

By appeasing both your wallet and wardrobe, you'll be pleasantly surprised with how far your money and imagination can take you.




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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Wise Words.



We all have sayings that we lean on in times of need. Some of us have them tattooed on our body, (I have Carpe Diem tattooed on my back) while others keep them close and look at them when they need strength. 

Mine is,

"It will be okay in the end, and if it's not okay, then it's not the end"

It works for me. 


What motto or words of wisdom do you like? 

Let me know. 


Big Fashionista x x


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Friday, 19 July 2013

Nom or Vom




Whenever I ask on Twitter for suggestions for Nom or Vom this guy always pops up and with the return of Luther recently there can be only one choice for Nom or Vom this week.

So without further ado, I bring you.....

Idris Elba






And sorry for all those that requested but this was the only naked shot I could find. 



So what do we think, Ladies and Gents?

Nom or Vom.

Let me know

Big Fashionista x x 


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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

A Guest post From Pippa Middleton


Ok, so it isn't really a guest post from Pippa Middleton, but I'm sure if she wasn't really busy doing..... doing...... doing...... um, stuff, then she would be all over this idea like a 4 page spread in OK magazine. 


So over to Pippa.



Dear Katey-Waitey, 

Guess that's pretty much been your whole life hasn't it? First you wait for your Prince to come, and now he's cum you are waiting to drop your sprog. So here is my advice for you. 

Firstly, you are having a baby, this is going to give me an excellent IN with any baby mags that are currently looking for someone to impart pearls of wisdom, "Auntie Pippa's Popping Pieces" has such a ring to it, I feel. 

I have heard that labour is painful, you may want to take a nurofen or something, go and lie down. Just please, please be aware that there will also be a mess so wear something that you weren't thinking of letting me borrow. Thanks.


Also Mummy and Daddy are currently setting up a new arm to the party planning business which is going to be baby showers, they are putting me in charge, I'm off to B&Q later to see if I can find some, they are turning out hard to track down.

Babies cry, I have heard this and when they cry, you need to stop them, Wimbledon doesn't like it when babies stop play. 

Babies like to be awake at night I also hear, so hire some nannies that won't be yawning all day. Catching someone's yawn when you didn't even feel tired is just so exhausting. 

You may also find it hard to lose the weight afterwards, but please Katie, don't worry about that, not at this time. I will be more than happy to step in on your behalf for anything you may need to do. This fine arse is more than happy to be papped.

So there you have it, you are having a baby. The future King or Queen of this country. For God's sake, don't drop it.

Pippa. 



So what do you think, can you think of anymore advice from Pippa to Kate?

Let me know.


Big Fashionista x x




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"It Takes Two To Tango"



My apologies if you don't watch Big Brother, but if you do, or even if you don't and have just been watching what happened recently with Daley and Hazel, but I wanted to just get some opinions on the interview that took place on Big Brothers Bit On The Side this evening with Daley and Emma Willis where Daley was allowed to give his side of the story. 

The line "It takes two to tango" in relation to an interview with a man who has been removed from the house for "threatening and/or abusive behaviour doesn't really sit well with me, and I have already seen people pick up on this sentence and agree with Emma Willis's use of it. 

I'm not going to offer my opinion any further on this subject, but I would love to hear yours.

What do you think? 

Victim shaming?

Or is Emma right and in this situation it did take two to tango.


Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x 


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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Cupcake? I'm not getting a good vibe from this.


Take a look at this, it's a cupcake.

Or is it?


This pretty little thing isn't an iced cupcake, it's a vibrator.

Now I for one am pretty damn offended by this miserable excuse for a sex toy. To me it is less about the act of masturbation, (Oh stop giggling, I said masturbation, deal with it) and more about making women who frig themselves senseless, (better?) being made less sexual. 

Cupcakes are not something that I associate with getting off (Although cupcakes can sometimes be a great substitute) it just seems like a way of putting us back in the kitchen.

What's next? Washing machine shaped vibrators? 

Are people that horrified by the thought of a vibrator being cock shaped? Would some people rather not even think about women being sexual beings and bring us back down to the level of kittens and cupcakes (Why did the idea of creating a unicorn shaped vibrator just pop into my head) where we belong?


I would love your thoughts on this. 

And I am turning back on (no pun intended) the ability to leave an anonymous comment, if you would prefer. 


Big Fashionista x x 

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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Cystic Fibrosis, A Guest Post.

I love guest posts here at Big Fashionista, in fact I encourage them. I am lucky enough to have a platform, and if people want to use that platform to spread awareness then I am always happy to let them. I speak to Andy on Twitter and his sense of humour, while fierce and sharp, is at the same time what makes him a great person to know. I offered Andy the chance to guest post as it is a subject very important to him and many, many other people out there. 

Over to you, Andy. 





Hey y'all.

First of all before I get cracking, a huge thanks to Big Fashionista for giving me this opportunity to do a guest blog in order to hopefully raise some awareness of a topic which is (literally) close to my heart (and lungs).

Right, now that's done I can get going. Greetings everyone, my name's Andy and I have a life expectancy of 40.1 years old. I'm 35 this September.

Shocking huh? The reason I have this lovely number/death sentence hanging over me is because I was born with the genetic disease Cystic Fibrosis which some of you may have heard of. As I said it's a genetic disease (in fact THE most common genetic disease in the UK fact fans) which means that you have to be born with it in order to have it. In order for that to happen then two people must be carriers of the CF gene then any child they have has a 1 in 4 chance of having CF.

So that was me, I was the 1 in 4 baby.

I was diagnosed 4 days after being born as I wasn't progressing and putting weight on like a healthy baby should so the doctors decided to do what they call a sweat test which tests for a wide range of diseases and illnesses and of course, it came back as positive.

From that moment my relatively short life completely changed forever and my parents were told that I wouldn't live past 18 years old. Thankfully, I've proven that statistic wrong. *phew*

People often ask me what's it like having Cystic Fibrosis and I often find it hard to give them an answer in some ways because I've never known what it is like to have a normal life so I have nothing to compare it against really.

Before I start rambling I should probably tell you what Cystic Fibrosis is exactly. It basically clogs up your lungs and pancreas with horrible, thick sputum that causes recurrent infection and permanent damage to your lungs. You can't digest and process food and nutrients properly due to the effect it has on your pancreas and therefore have trouble putting on and maintaining weight which leads to many people with CF suffering from malnutrition. You can also develop a whole host of CF related illnesses, diabetes and liver disease to name but two. Oh, and if you're a male born with CF then it also leaves you infertile due to blocking the vas deferens in your ballbags. I should point out that it in NO WAY affects your sexual performance or ballbags and dinkle in any other way though, just in case any young 'uns with CF are reading this and fear their sexual life is over. You can relax.

There is NO cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

From birth, intensive daily treatment regimes and frequent hospital admissions for weeks every couple of months have been the norm, as has been my daily routine. Wake up, take medicines, do nebulisers to open my airways and clear my chest, do physio to clear my chest, take more tablets, do inhalers, eat breakfast, get a bath and out the door you go. Repeat again and again and again. It's relentless and never ending. And that's when I was young and relatively healthy, even for someone born with Cystic Fibrosis. It's kind of like being stuck in the shittest job you've ever had in your life with little chance of promotion. It truly is evil personified.

You see, I'm currently standing at a crossroads in my life. THE biggest crossroads ever in fact.

Due to the damage Cystic Fibrosis has wrought on my lungs over the years and the recurrent infections I've had my lungs have now become so damaged that in August I will be assessed to see if I am viable for a double lung transplant at Newcastle Freeman Hospital which is the transplant centre for the north of England.

My lungs are currently working at around 30% capacity. In order to illustrate what that means in real-life terms that's about the same amount of air as in 3 empty cans of pop.

How does this affect my daily life? Well, I now need constant oxygen 24/7 via a nasal cannula I wear to help give my lungs a boost so I'm connected to an oxygen compressor which sits in the hallway of my flat. It plugs into the mains and extracts air before converting it into pure oxygen. It's kind of like being a dog on a lead in some respects. If I wish to go anywhere then I have to use portable canisters which sit in a backpack I wear which is great as it allows me *some* freedom to go out and do things with my friends and loved ones if I am well enough to do so. These only last for 5 hours at a time though so planning activities is a major hassle and has to be organised with military precision at times.

I also now need to be fed overnight via nasal gastric tube which I slide down my nostril every night into my stomach and which is connected to a feeding machine. As I sleep it slowly pumps nutrient rich supplement solution into my stomach so I can rest and gain weight at the same time. I manage to get an extra 1600 calories a night.

Every day is different, some days I feel stable enough to do some normal things but other days I can be seriously out of breath doing simple things like getting dressed and bathed (having a wank is fun on those days, believe me). I recently spent a month in hospital when one of these lovely exacerbations of my CF came about and knocked me on my arse. I could barely stand up and dress myself and had a serious infection kicking my arse and this was all from being near someone who sneezed without covering their mouth in WH Smiths one day (fucking tosser). The breathlessness is dangerous as it indicates a tachycardic heart rate because your lungs and heart are not getting enough oxygen, which can in turn induce a heart attack if not treated quickly. Big no-no to that then.

I suppose the worst bit of having CF is having to constantly deal with close friends you've made over the years from constant admissions into hospital dying from it. We're exposed to death very early in our lives and it is a constant, natural part of life for us. I honestly can't remember how many friends I've lost, it must easily be over a hundred over the years and it doesn't get any easier to deal with. In fact, just this week the lovely Emma sadly passed away from CF at just 20 years old. It happened quickly and unexpectedly and a lot of people are hurting very much right now as she truly was an incredible young woman. Emma was in the same position as me, she had gotten to the point where she urgently needed a double lung transplant to save her life, she was on the lung transplant list waiting and hoping that the call would come which would save her life. Tragically, it didn't.

This is Emma on BBC News only a few short weeks ago doing her bit to raise awareness of organ donation and Cystic Fibrosis: 



 
It has killed many of my friends and it is killing me. Far too many amazing people have died too young.
 
I guess I'm hoping that this guest blog will inspire more people to sign up to be an organ donor. This week is in fact National Transplant Week 2013 in the UK and if you check out the #NationalTransplantWeek2013 #OrganDonation and #PassItOn hashtags on Twitter you can learn  more about that and the work that is being done to increase the amount of people on the organ donor register. 
 
Currently 96% of people say that they would take an organ transplant if they needed one but only around 35% of people are actually signed up. Now, if that's not a damning statement on the selfish nature of contemporary society then I don't know what is. I'm on the organ donor register myself despite most of mine being battered and unable to be used by CF so what's your excuse? They can take my corneas to help give someone the gift of sight so they are more than welcome to them should I die. Most importantly though, if you are signed up on the organ donor register then you MUST inform your relatives that you wish to donate your organs in the event of your death as if you don't then they can still block the procedure although the NHS is currently discussing overriding this which I'm personally all in favour of.
 
If my assessment goes well I will have to decide if I want to go on the transplant register. What that means is that once I am green lit to be viable and active on it then I statistically have 2 years left to live and that I could be called for a transplant at any time during that period. For those of you who may be thinking, ''nice one, I hope you get one and get cured mate'' then that's not the case. Statistics currently say that 50% of people who have a double lung transplant only survive for 5 years afterwards due to your body eventually rejecting the organs. I'll also be on strong anti-rejection meds the rest of my life which carry an increased risk of developing cancer if you're exposed to hot climates (probably a benefit that I live in England then with our glorious two day summers - ha!) and I will still have Cystic Fibrosis. 
 
What a double lung transplant would do for me is akin to putting a new engine in a car. I'd still have all the other crap to deal with but I'd have new lungs and hopefully a new life with them.
 
So you see the odds are pretty much stacked up against me whatever happens. That's always been the case though and I've always known since I was a young boy that I wouldn't live as long as everyone else and that whatever happens, CF will eventually kill me one day and I'll die young(er) than my peers and friends.
 
I don't let it bother me and I try my utmost to enjoy every second of my life with my wonderful girlfriend, family and friends because well, what else can I do? A life spent miserable is a life spent wasted and I'm not one for wasting life. It truly is precious whatever your situation.
 
Another question I sometimes get asked is would I choose to not have CF if I could go back and live my life again? The answer is no. Some people may be surprised to read that but I wouldn't change it for the world, despite all the hospital admissions, treatment regimes, death, misery and constant crap it brings into my life it has also given me so much. An incredible viewpoint of life and the world around me, I take NOTHING for granted when so many normal people do. I don't waste my time on people or situations that are pointless and find the joy in living every day in whatever way I can so I feel very grateful in a lot of ways. 
 
You see, all the clichés are true, you do only get one shot at life. I know this and I feel it every single second of every single day. I feel it when I'm hacking my lungs up and I'm so breathless that my heart is racing and I feel as though my head is going to explode. I feel it when another friend is cruelly taken before their time simply because they were born differently to everyone else. I feel it when I look in the faces of my loved ones and I see their hearts breaking because they know there's very little that they can do to help me but just hope that I get better.
 
I just feel it. Always.
 
I'd like to hope that I'm around to feel some more for a lot longer.
 
Thanks for reading.
 
Andy.
 
If you want to sign up to the organ donor register then you can at:http://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/
 
If you want to know more about what Cystic Fibrosis is then you can here:https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/
 
And here's a local press piece I did for Cystic Fibrosis  Week 2013 a few weeks ago:http://www.radioaire.co.uk/news/local/leeds-man-faces-life-threatening-wait-for-lungs/
 
And one which has just been done regarding the tragic loss of the wonderful Emma:http://www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/just-want-rest-cystic-fibrosis-sufferer-Emma-s/story-19511667-detail/story.html#axzz2YqqVwavj
 
And finally, if you have any questions then follow me on Twitter at @AndyWard1978
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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Nom or Vom


So this one is a bit unusual and if you don't watch The Apprentice then you may think that I may have lost my mind, but THIS GUY? 

Claude Littner? 

He MAKES The Apprentice worth watching, he could (cross) examine me over a desk anytime. 

Fans self.


So Ladies & Gentlemen, this week's Nom or Vom is, Claude Littner. 





This man's put downs can reduce a grown man to tears, and make me cry tears of laughter.

But what do YOU think?

Nom or Vom?

Let me know.


Big Fashionista x x
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Say something nice.



I am in a good mood, an exceptionally good mood. Nothing can bring me down today, spoil this mood or wipe this huge grin from my face. It is a good feeling. 

So what I thought I would do is spread some love and hopefully we can all smile a little bit more today.

What I would love for you to do in the comments is say something nice, it can be about a great service you have received, a great blog post you have read or just saying how much support a friend has given you recently. 

I would like to say thank you to everyone who has read my blog and taken the time to comment, since going stat free on my blog a couple of months ago, the way I know whether a blog post has been well received is by the comments, people don't have to agree with me, in fact I welcome debate, but every time I get a comment on my blog, to which I put in a lot of time and effort, it brings a smile to my face. So thank you. All of you, you make my day.

Would you like to say something nice? 

And maybe put a smile on someone else's face.

Let me, (and them) know.


Big Fashionista x x 
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Pay rises for MPs. Yay or Nay?



"All in this together" are we, Dave? 

"Austerity measures will affect us all" will it, Dave? 

I beg to differ. 

I could give you a huge (probably quite humorous) speech about MP pay rises and why I think they are wrong. But instead I want to turn it over to you guys.

How do YOU feel about MP pay rises? 

Were you given a pay rise this year? 

If MPs are given a pay rise, do you think they should accept it?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x




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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Reasons why I am better than Taylor Swift



Yesterday I heard that Taylor Swift and Matthew Gray Gubler (Spencer from Criminal Minds) may be   having a meeting of private parts, bumping uglies, doing the nasty, dating, if you will.

Now this upsets me. In fact I take back every bad thing I ever said about the One Direction fans who were not exactly complimentary about Taylor dating their beloved Harry. Girls, and guys, I GET IT NOW. 

So while Matthew may not yet be mine, what I thought I could do was get out onto the internet, (just in case he isn't an avid Big Fashionista reader) some reasons why I am better than Taylor Swift.



Firstly, I am not Taylor Swift. Now I could have kept that for my finale, but I just needed to get that out there. I think it is a pretty good reason why I am better than her, I'm not her.


I have never murdered Pour Some Sugar On Me, by Def Leppard. In fact she murdered it, buried it, dug it up and then murdered it all over again. I have too much respect for that song to do it a disservice by actually singing it. I may mouth the words at *ahem* special occasions, but singing it out loud. Hell no.


If Kanye came up on stage while I was accepting an award and said that Beyonce deserved it more? I'd have to step to one side and agree.


I haven't been shagged by Harry Styles. (I don't think there are a lot of us around) 


I do not write songs about every break up I ever have. I don't even write blog posts about them. I let that crap go.


Another reason I am better than Taylor Swift is, I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 37 bitch, and I don't go around creating ear worms that also make people who are older than 22 feel like crap because every time we sing it, small children laugh at us.


and lastly.............

Well look. (inserts tongue in cheek) 






So this is why I am better than Taylor Swift. and why Matthew Gray Grubler would be better off with me rather than her.

She needs to keep her dirty paws off of him.


What do you think?



Why are YOU better than Taylor Swift, let me know.

(And no using my comments to plead your case why Matthew will better off with you, if I can fight off Taylor, I will do the same to you. You know it)



Big Fashionista x x x



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Monday, 8 July 2013

How to find a husband - According to Boris.



Oh Boris. Boris, Boris, Boris.

You are a breath of fresh air.... and when I say breath of fresh air, I of course mean, obnoxious misogynistic cunt.

Boris has once again opened his mouth and let his true feelings fall out, like bile from the mouth of a teenager after a litre of White Lightning, and quite frankly it stinks just as badly.

What has caused my outburst? (apart from the fact that it is Monday and my bunions are playing up) 

Boris was speaking at the launch of the Islamic Economic forum along with the Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak and when Mr Razak told reporters "Before coming here, my officials have told me that the latest university intake in Malaysia, a Muslim country, 68 percent will be women entering our universities' instead of Boris praising this figure he instead said.

"They've got to find men to marry"

Oh Boris, how we laughed. Except we didn't. No-one is laughing with you Boris, they aren't even laughing at you anymore.

This isn't a whoopsy moment, this is a huge deal. The Mayor of London thinks that women only enter University to get married? Is that where I went wrong? I'm 37 years old, I didn't go to University and I have no husband.

AM I A FAILURE TO BORIS?

Do I actually give a fuck?


I've said before that Boris Johnson is a very dangerous man, to me, this just proves it. he isn't a bumbling fool. He is a twat.

Who knows how he will slither out of this one? Will it be a "I was misquoted" "Or will he be unapologetic and say it was a joke?

I am interested in how this one turns out.


What do you think about Boris's comments?

Just a joke or slightly more sinister?


Let me know.


Big Fashionista x x



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Blog Awards Bingo



Eyes down ladies and gents, we have reached that time of year once more when bloggers turn on each other like a pack of hungry wolverines (not Hugh Jackman type wolverines may I add) 

The only other time I see bloggers get this upset is when they have missed out on a Zara sample sale, or worse, bought something and Instagram is down. (seriously, what WAS the point in buying it if you can't make others jealous)

So, putting the fun in disfunction and all that, it is time for 

BLOG AWARDS BINGO. 

The rules are simple.

Everytime you see one of the comments below, you check it off. Once you get a full house you are a winner and you get a sparkly cupcake. (Bloggers love that shit)

Eyes down for a full house, and away we go.




'I haven't even heard of any of these bloggers'


'Is anyone actually interested in blog awards anymore'


'It's not fair that they have been nominated'


'Didn't we just have blog awards last month?"


'Vote for me, vote for me, vote for meeeeeeeeeeeee'


'I'm not being funny right? But  why is SHE nominated, she doesn't even blog that often'


'Are the blog awards over yet'


'They have cheated'


'But seriously, who are these bloggers?'



Don't forget to let me know when you have ticked them all off.......


Because YOU WILL.

And if you can think of any that I have missed out, add them in the comments.



Big Fashionista x x x




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Double (Hot) Trouble



Out of everything that has happened this weekend, I'm going to have to admit that seeing Bradley Cooper and Gerard Butler taking selfies at Wimbledon was probably not in my top ten list of thing that I expected to see happen, probably because it is on my fantasy bucket list and I never expected to see that much awesomeness gathered together in one place. (Oh and Andy Murray won too I hear, congrats and all that) 


Bradley Cooper is hot, Gerard Butler is hot, put them both together and in the cutest ever matching blue suits and if you can find me a women for whom the words, 'ménage a trois' didn't cross her mind once then I will show you a woman who can't speak French. 



Ooooooh, la la.


Although I also hear that Wayne Rooney was there too in a pale blue suit as well?

Oi, Rooney, stop it, you are getting bleurgh all over my fantasy. 


Did ANYONE expect to see them both together at Wimbledon? It's just a delicious combination isn't it? Like Strawberries and cream we have been treated this Wimbledon to Cooper and Butler. 

And I for one am a happy bunny about that. 

My next request for double trouble would have to be The Rock, Dwayne Johnson and Ami James, sitting together taking selfies at a Chelsea game. (No 3 on the fantasy list) 

So who would YOU like to see together taking selfies of themselves for your eyes only? 

Let me know. 

And PS, anyone know if that selfie has turned up online anywhere? I need a new screensaver and I'm thinking that picture would be perfect. 


Let me know. 


Big Fashionista x x 


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Friday, 5 July 2013

Nom or Vom


So YES it may have something to do with me overhauling my own eating habits that made me choose this guy as Nom or Vom this week, I watch Man V Food quite regularly and always end up drooling, whether that is down to this guy or the food......... I ain't telling.

So what do you think of this week's Nom or Vom? Ladies and gents I give you...

Adam Richman.












Nom or Vom?



Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x 
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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Boutique. Sainsburys new make-up range, Coming Soon.



That's right, you heard me, coming soon to an aisle near you, Sainsburys are releasing a range of make-up called Boutique that has been created with the help of two make up artists, Jo Saville and Sophia Price. ( I met them today and they are extremely passionate and quite rightly proud of what they have achieved) The capsule range includes Nail polishes, lipsticks, lipglosses as well as individual eyeshadows, the new range which is called Boutique contains some extremely classic colours (including a red nail varnish which is the most perfect red EVER) and will be released in September. I had a chance to try out the range today and was suitably impressed with the colours and the price point. Now you can pick up a lipstick with your lollies, some polish with your polish and some glosses with your gravy. 

I haven't had a chance to properly swatch the products yet but here is a sneaky look at some of what is coming available in September. 

Let me know what you think.













What do you think? Would you purchase your beauty products with your weekly shop? I've tried the products and I can tell you now, I would. 


Let me know. 


Big Fashionista x x
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