Saturday, 29 March 2014

Shutter Day

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The Best Skirt for your Body Shape

In the winter it can be tempting to reach for an old faithful pair of jeans or trousers to keep the cold out and make choosing an outfit as simple as picking a jumper or top. Most women find that half or more of their wardrobe is neglected during the colder months just for ease and comfort, but as the Spring approaches it’s time to re-evaluate your daily picks, and rediscover some gems that you had side-lined, plus maybe add to your collection for a little variety. Skirts are a great staple all year round, but the change in seasons is a great time to fall back in love with this item, starting with finding the most flattering cut for your body type.

Pear shaped ladies all too often try and cover up their lower halves, but wearing loose fitting clothes can actually make your booty look bigger than it actually is. The key is to create a balance. A body con midi skirt will slim down your hips and thighs in an on-trend way, and adding layers and chunky jewellery to your top half will balance out your body to give a great silhouette. Team your midi with some ankle boots, but don’t go too clumpy as this will only add extra weight to the bottom half of your outfit. 

The best way to dress an athletic figure is to create the illusion of curves, or make more of those you already have. An A-line skirt is a great way to give the impression of hips, even if you have none. The kick flare on this cut of skirt looks elegant, girly and fun and can be worn either with tights and boots on a cold day, or bare legs and sandals, both to great effect. Take a look at the George mini skirt collection for inspiration for work and casual looks using an A-line mini.

Hourglass girls have arguably the most enviable of all the body types. Hips and bust in equal measure is the dream figure for many women the world over. Ladies with this brilliant shape however, sometimes struggle to dress it in the best way. The aim is to make more of what you are already blessed with, choosing clothes that nip in at the waist and drawing attention to beautiful curves. A high-waisted skirt of any length does this beautifully, and the addition of a belt makes the effect all the more prominent. 

The first step is to identify which of the body types best describes you. This might sound silly or obvious, but how often do you actually spend time looking at your body and working out which are your best bits. If you are unsure even then, take measurements and let the numbers do the talking. Once you know whether you are top or bottom heavy, straight up and down, or tiny in the middle, then you can start looking at clothes in a new way, knowing what will suit before you have even tried it on?

*In collaboration with George At Asda

Big Fashionista x x x


Friday, 28 March 2014

Nom or Vom

So this week has been full of No-make up selfies as well as my personal favourite, "Cock in a sock" and I was quite happy to admire these men until one man came along and knocked all others into a cocked hat. (See what I did there?) 

So as I use any excuse to get naked men on my blog, I bring you this weeks, Nom or Vom.....

Ex Rugby player, Gareth Thomas.

What do we think, Ladies and Gents?

Nom or Vom?

Big Fashionista x x x

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

First week weight loss with Slimming World

Don't worry, I won't bore you each week with my tales of weight loss, or gain.... (Oh god) but this week has been my first week at Slimming World and I wanted to share with you how much I have lost.

(Cough, brag)

My weight goes up and down like Yo-Yo, it always has done, I have successfully dieted, many, many times before but it always seems to creep back on. This time, I have put weight on because I am happy, (damn happiness, sticking to my backside like glue) Contented happiness eating is a bastard. (Unhappy eating is also a bastard but you know what I mean) Happy? Yep, have a biscuit. 

What I want to do is not diet, just change the way I do things and find a way to eat that is sustainable and not a "diet"

And it must have worked because this week I lost SIX AND A HALF POUNDS.

Does a little dance, (exercise as well, go me) 

So I go into my second week wanting to do well. What tips would you give me for the week ahead? I'm definitely already getting into the Slimming World state of mind but I haven't yet experienced the bumps in the road that I know are ahead. Still a long way to go in my weight loss so what do you find works for you?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x x

Monday, 24 March 2014

Six Months Of Hair Colour

I've always loved having freshly coloured hair but until I moved to Leeds and started to have more confidence in myself the most out there colour that my hair has been is red and not even a really bright red either. 

But the great thing about being loved unconditionally is the confidence it brings to try new colours and over the last six months or so I've had my hair a LOT of colours. 

Let me show you.

I'm surprised I have any hair left!!!

And yes. I want to go a brighter red than it is now!

What do you think? 

What colour suits me best?

And what colour would you love to dye your hair? 

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x 


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Shutter Day

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Nom or Vom

I'm fed up of pretty guys, muscle-bound guys and film stars who are just good-looking and oh so boring, this week I wanted to bring you someone just a little different. I don't know why I think he's hot. I just do.

Ladies and Gents, this weeks Nom or Vom, it's everyone's favourite naughty god.

Tom Hiddleston

There's just something about him that gives me feeeeeeels.

How about you?

Tom Hiddleston?

Nom or Vom?

Big Fashionista x x

Thursday, 20 March 2014

No Make-Up selfies? Are they a good thing?

I know, I look good, right? (Ignore the 30 filters on it, it totes counts)

Let's cut to the chase as 140 characters on twitter just doesn't cut it. What I want to know is how you feel about the no make-up selfies to "raise awareness" of cancer.

A lot of people have now remarked on how much money has been donated to cancer charities but is this more of a response to the latest Facebook craze than the original desired response?

This selfie craze actually began in 2013 with a campaign called #DareToBare and was created to raise funds where as the money that is now being donated almost seems like an afterthought.

Taking a selfie without make-up isn't brave. Fighting cancer is brave, supporting people with cancer is brave, taking a selfie is nothing in comparison.

But charities ARE benefitting, that cannot be denied. 

Have YOU taken a selfie for this? What made you decide to join in,and did you donate? I would love to know. 

And how do you feel about the whole selfie for cancer situation. Feel free to rant in the comments. I would love to know where you all stand on this. 

Big Fashionista 


If you would like to donate, text beat to 70099 to donate £3 to Cancer Research. 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

School Trippin'

If you are reading this post, it may be too late for me. I am writing this in advance, my fear is palpable, I am clammy and shaky, I am experiencing a loss of control, I am.....


Firstly, where can I buy lunchbox sized cartons of wine? (asking for a friend)

Secondly, Why did I agree to do this, you may ask

So the smallest sprog brings home a school trip letter, and then springs a trap so painful that it can only be described as a bear trap, kind of trap. (You know, one with real bite) 

"I suppose you will be too busy to come, won't you? (Prepares trap) It's ok, I'm sure there will be plenty of other mums who care about their children who can go. (SNAP) 

I pull out the well used argument that my smallest child, when I am around will, instead of spending her time with the class and really getting into the school trip and getting the full experience, will want to spend her time with me clinging to my leg, and not make the most of the trip.

A bit like a magazine with a photoshopped naked picture of Justin Bieber in it, you aren't buying it either, are you?

Truth be told, I'm a little concerned whenever I go on a school trip that I am responsible for a small number of children that I didn't even birth. (I have no reason to keep an eye on these children other than the sense of pride I will feel when I leave the school with five children and return with three.... I mean four.... oh God, how many did I have again?)

Let us never forget the great child abduction issue I experienced the last time I accompanied a group of children on one of these trips. I had five children to look after on a school trip that was all about public transport, this entailed taking a group of six year olds on buses, the London Underground and a sodding BOAT!!!!!!!

This was never going to end well was it?

I was on the bus with five little darlings when I saw one of my charges stroll off to join another group, (Little MONSTER) I ran over to him and began to tell him to come with me, I turn around and my group of children had all been distracted by something shiny and wandered off in different directions, the child who had wandered off just looked at me with sheer terror in his eyes and began to walk off with the other group, I was telling him to come over here, (I did everything but offer him sweeties to join me) I started to gently steer him away from the group he had joined and suddenly I look up and THERE is the child from my group where I left him.

THIS IS NOT MY CHILD, it is a copy, a duplicate sent to confuse me... Ok, a twin, and this child doesn't know who I AM..... he thinks I am stealing him...... (I am pretty glad I didn't go down the sweetie route now) Back away, Kellie, back away. no NOT like that, you just look guilty.

THIS IS  WHY I SHOUDN"T BE ALLOWED TO SUPERVISE ON SCHOOL TRIPS. (That and I never really get a chance to enjoy the obligatory shop visit at the end of the trip - "Take that rubber out of your nose"  "You have 50p and that Limited Edition print is £250, please put it back" "Why do you want marbles?" "If you buy that replica set of arrows your mother is going to KILL me"

So if there is no post up tomorrow morning, can someone check every corner of the room, just to make sure I am not still there, rocking.

And can someone come back to me on those wine cartons, ASAP.

Any tips for surviving a school trip?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x x


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

BREAKING NEWS, Hazard Police Force Re-open Cold Case


Today it has been announced by the Chief of Police in Hazard that they will be re-opening the case looking into the disappearance and murder of the young woman known only as Mary.

It seems that new evidence has come to light after comparing statements made by a young man who was previously seen as a person of interest in the case.

Mr Marx had previously stated that on the night in question, "She went a walking, all alone and never came home" and then went on to contradict his own statement by saying that "I swear I left her by the river, I swear I left her safe and sound" 

The Hazard Police Force always maintained that, although they never had any physical evidence to tie Mr Marx to the murder of Mary, the young man, who was seen as an outsider and "not right" was their main focus of interest, and after he left the cold Nebraska town, the case remained dormant for many years.

When pressed on video evidence that shows the previous Police Chief of Hazard may have had an unhealthy interest in the young woman, and may well have been stalking her without her knowledge, the Police refused to comment. They did admit that photographs of Mary and Mr Marx had been taken without their consent but they would not elaborate on why or when these pictures were taken. When further pressed on the possibility that the previous police chief may have set up Mr Marx, again they refused to comment.

Mr R Marx will be brought in for questioning at the first opportunity, the new Police Chief confirmed, and they hoped he would be able to clear up the contradictory statements made.

Hazard Police also asked that if ANYONE had any new information on either Mary or Mr Marx or any theories about what may have happened, if they could please leave their information in the comment box below.

Big Fashionista x x x

Monday, 17 March 2014

Just Someone's Girlfriend?

L'Wren Scott (born Luann Bambrough; April 28, 1964 – March 17, 2014) was an American model and fashion/costume designer - Wikipedia 

L'Wren Scott who it seems tragically committed suicide earlier today, has already been treated by the media in the same way as Reeva Steenkampf,  and MANY, many more women in the limelight by being treated as nothing more than the sidekick to a famous man. 

"Mick Jagger's Girlfriend commits suicide" 

"Oscar Pistorius girlfriend slain"

These women were people in their own right, not just the property of a famous person, or an extension of them, and even in death, the media STILL find a way to sensationalise their death. 

Now is a sad time for the friends and family of L'Wren, they will be asking themselves sad questions, what they don't need at this time is for her to be seen as just a rock stars girlfriend. 

WHY do the media do that? 

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x

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Travels With Blogger Bear

This week Blogger Bear has been with the gorgeous blogger Annie from

After a week on an ambulance and a week trying on sunglasses you would think that a week with a top fashion blogger would make Blogger Bear chill the F out a bit wouldn't you?

Read on. 

Day 15 Of My Captivity

After being squashed like a sausage in a small cardboard box with no in-transit entertainment I have finally arrived at my destination. I fully intend to have a word with this mundane human about my travel arrangements and just what I think about being shipped around the country like I’m some kind of toy, it’s despicable . . . Oh wait . . . what’s this? Seems like I’m being greeted by a welcoming bear committee.

See this is more like it. Finally someone is showing me some respect . . . though I do have to say that these bears do look a bit odd. Why on earth is that bear wearing earrings?  

This human is completely up herself!!! Who does she think she is subjecting a high status bear like me to such torture?! I’ve been in this house for 5 hours and she hasn’t had to common decency to greet me. Dumb Bear One (i.e. the tall fluffy bear with a checked bow) tells me that the human has no interest in seeing me until my prep team have addressed some “obvious problems”, this has included a vigorous fur scrub & combing session – I think I’ve lost 2 layers of fur – plucking my brows and leaving me wrapped in nauseatingly scented towels in a baking sauna . . . I think I want to go back to the hiking-paramedic human, at least she gave me coffee.

Days 16 Of My Captivity
I blacked out in the sauna last night and have woken up in a very fluffy bed. Urgh Tweedledum (i.e. bear with stupid earrings) is knocking at my door.  Who gets out of bed at 7am on a Sunday?!
I need coffee!
As I’m crashing her for a week, Annie thought it would be best for me to get involved in a blog brainstorming session  . . . that’s all fine and good but why does it have to be at 7am in the morning!!!!
As I was the lowly intern and they didn’t want me to mess anything up, my job was to sit, go to the supermarket to get Coke cans, type and if I had a REALLY good idea, think about it, spend 5 minutes phrasing it in a non-snarky way before I could say it . . . .yhh I really beginning to hate this team but I’m bigger than them – so to speak.

Day 17 of My Captivity
Can you believe it? The model for the Mother’s Day shoot caught playtime rabies!!! How did that even happen? *rolls on the floor laughing* Now they are in a bit of a tight spot as none of them fits in the outfit . . . I think I should just take a seat and watch them fret a bit more before I offer to try on the shirt.
The shirt fit perfectly – obviously – much to Dumb Bear One’s delight and Annie’s chagrin. I don’t know why but I don’t think she likes me much ever since I told her to remove all the green M&M’s from the packet.

Day 19 Of My Captivity

This morning I woke up in the bin. 

Someone took me out of my bed in the middle of the night and I woke up sitting on some empty shampoo bottles and clumps of hair.  How uncalled for!!! I didn’t ask to be passed around these humans so the least they could do is treat me like a guess for one measly week.
Guess I should ask the dumb bears “nicely” to book me another treatment while I try send the first human a complaint on this twitter thing . . . where’s the send button again?

Day 20 Of My Captivity
Urgh why would anyone in their right mind choose to be healthy? That dumb human dragged me out of my warm bed at 6am to go for a run, why on earth would I need to go on a run? I’m a bear!! I live on honey, M&M’s and fizzy drinks, exercise is not part of the plan . . . I wonder if anyone would notice if I pushed her into the River Thames?
I wish she would just let me stay at home with the other bears and let me watch Jeremy Kyle.

Day 21 Of My Captivity
Guess who went viral and ended up on a billboard?? The public obviously loves my face though I must grudgingly admit that the prep team did have a small hand in it BUT the character and personality was all me.

As my schedule means I have to leave my adoring fans at the end of the week, Annie thought it would be a great idea to meet some of my fans but I have been warned to keep my “stank” attitude in check or she is sending me off to the next human’s house in rolled up Elle Magazines smeared with garlic. . . Seeing as she had an evil gleam in her eye, I don’t think she’s joking.

Day 22 Of My Captivity
As part of our bargain, Annie is sending me off to the next human’s house in style. I do hope this next human appreciates my star quality or I’m throwing a fit and smashing all their tea mugs. I’m a star now and deserve the outmost respect

Blogger Bear. xx

(So what I'm thinking, is that Blogger Bear probably needs to get over himself a little, perhaps visit someone where he won't be top dog..... Where EVERYONE is learning to Be More Dog. You guessed it, Blogger Bear is off to visit O2!!! This may get messy)

Do YOU think Blogger Bear is becoming a diva? How do you think he behaved this week? Let us know.

Big Fashiknista x x 


Saturday, 15 March 2014

Shutter Day

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Friday, 14 March 2014

Nom or Vom

As it's the F1 this weekend, someone suggested Jenson Button as this weeks Nom or Vom. Who am I to argue?

So this weeks Nom or Bom issssssss,

Jenson Button.

So let me know, 

Jenson Button, Nom or Vom?

Big Fashionista x x x
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