Friday, 27 February 2015

Nom or Vom

Ok, let's do this properly and welcome back Nom or Vom with style, (by which I mean comment you selfish gits) 

Seeing Nom or Vom has been away for a couple of weeks and basically I only realised that today is Friday at about 11.30pm on Thursday we are going to keep this one simple. 

The rules are simple, Nom means you would like to climb them like a tree, Vom means you appreciate them as a person and you don't want to hurt their feelings and treat them just as a piece of meat to be graded but what the fuck, no. Just NO. 

So let us bring you this weeks offering, may I present to you one of the most beautiful men on earth. 

Matt Bomer.

(Those eyes tho') 

PS, never Google "Matt Bomer naked" that is a lot of photoshopped cock!!

So what do we think? 

Matt Bomer? 

Nom or Vom? 

Let me know

Big Fashionista x x x


Thursday, 26 February 2015

In Defence Of The Selfie

I love a good selfie, and I'm not even sorry, you know those people out there that are shouting, quite loudly, that people who take selfies are vain shallow people? Yeah cut those bitches out. No one needs that kind of negativity in their life, CAN I JUST LIVE????

Now there is a strong chance that I will pepper this whole post with selfies of me, because, you know, I can. 

Hmmm, possibly not my finest work? 

In defence of the selfie, why do I like selfies? Firstly, I am 39 years old, at this age I am like an old building built on dodgy foundations, I look ok today but tomorrow I could wake up and the walls have crumbled, the roof has caved in and no amount of grouting is going to hide the damage. 

See? Holding up today? Tomorrow? CRUMBLED TO FUCK. 

Another reason why I love selfies, and this is on a serious note here, they are a way of marking life experiences, I have pictures of myself at a time when I was unhappy, my mouth is smiling but you can see the pain in my eyes. I have pictures I have taken at a time when I am defiant, when no one is going to bring me down and I am strong, pictures where I have steel in my eyes. Both emotions are good to remember, the bad ones, because you made it through those times, you got past them and it helps you to remember that, and the good ones that make you smile when you are sad, because it gives you something to reach for. 

Some people take selfies as a way of measuring weight loss or gain, and they are quite rightly proud of them. 

Not strictly a selfie but it's my post, I like this picture so hush now, 

If you, like me, love taking a good picture, carry on, do not let anyone drag you down by calling you vain, shallow or unnecessary. You just be you. We should all be so happy in our own skin, (even if it takes me 30 shots to get a good one) that we want to celebrate it. 

I will defend the selfie to the death. 

How about you? 

Let me know

Big Fashionista x x 

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Fruit-E Cigs Review. E-Cigarettes, I am a convert

I am a filthy, dirty person. Ok, I'm a smoker but for some people, there is no difference. I FULLY UNDERSTAND that as a smoker, I am a social pariah, forced to stand in the rain, snow, wind and hurricanes in order to get my fix like the poor addicted soul that I am.

Due to being brought up by parents that smoked, I have NEVER smoked in my house, or my partners house or in a place with my children. I basically haven't smoked a cigarette inside for eight years when they banned it, and I am ok with that.

But I am 39 years old and you know what? I don't want to be a slave to the nicotine anymore, I don't want to smell of smoke, crave something that can kill me or be a social outcast. (Although that may not be the cigarettes)

So when I was asked by Fruit E-Cigs if I would like to give one of their E-cigs a try, I was excited to give it a go. I had in the past tried one of the nicotine replacement cigarettes that looked like you were sicking on a small tampon but I had never tried an E-cig before.

Ok, I am a convert.

This is the starter pack I was sent. eGo CE4 Electronic Cigarette Kit and I used the Double Menthol flavour, I am sorry but I cannot yet wrap my head around the idea of using something like Ice Cream Flavour or Peanut Butter, But you know, if it is your bag, crack on.

Have I stopped smoking? Not yet. Have I cut down? HELLLLLLLL YES. I genuinely did not think that an E-cig would work, I thought it was a fad or a gimmick, I went four days without a single cigarette before someone brought me back 200 cigarettes duty free, You know how it goes, it is RUDE not to smoke them, right?

Will I continue to use it? Again, hell yes. I do want to stop smoking and I do feel that this is my best chance.

Many thanks to Fruit E-Cigs for showing me that there is an alternative, you can check them out here.

I am interested in whether other people use E-cigs and what they think of them, if you don't? I'd like to hear why? If you do, Check out Fruit-E Cigs.

Let me know

Big Fashionista x x x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

The Pour House Leeds, Review

Firstly, I am not a food blogger, (Autocorrect changed that to not a good blogger, am I missing something? Have I annoyed autocorrect?)

Secondly, this is not a review where I was given credit to spend and then write about my meal, this was me spending my hard-earned money on a meal and enjoying it so much that I WANTED to write about it. 

If you don't live in Leeds, don't disappear, seriously, if you want food porn, I got you. (Makes sure autocorrect doesn't change the word food again) 

The Pour House is housed within the old Granary building, overlooking the canal of Granary Wharf. Close enough to the station, as well as the centre of Leeds, to make it well worth a visit. This was my first visit, but certainly not my last. 

Four people came, and four people left with full, happy bellies, as well as the real ale aficionado amongst us being kept happy with the selection of ale offered. 

But back to the food, 

Need I say more? Oh ok then.

With plenty of choices to keep everyone happy, we went for different burgers and a Hanging Derek, (pictured above) 

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that are the chips served at The Pour House, 

No, that wasn't MY burger, but yes, it was all eaten. 

The decor was lovely, with a real fire in the middle of the room, Welsh dressers with tea sets displayed, 

Once the weather gets warmer I could happily sit outside with friends and enjoy a meal outside as The Pour House has numerous large wooden tables and umbrellas outside. 

For four people, the meal came to approx £75 which was 4 main meals and two rounds of drinks which I don't find excessive at all for a good meal.

If you live in Leeds, or plan to visit any time soon, I highly recommend paying The Pour House a visit. 

And if you are a Gin Drinker, The Pour House Gin Lane Menu stocks 19 premium Gins. Need I say more? 

You can check out their website 

Have you visited The Pour House before? Or have I now tempted you to visit? 

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x


Friday, 20 February 2015

People Watching and Body Shaming

Oh how I am angry this morning, and yes, I completely understand that by writing about Taking Shape and their #SkinnybirdWatching I am actually giving them the attention they obviously crave and desire, like a toddler smearing faeces on the wall for attention. 

Well I'm sorry, Taking Shape but I am putting you on the naughty step, this is a time out. I think you should go and sit down and truly think about what you have done. 

When Taking Shape came on the scene I was pleased that there was another plus-sized company out there championing women and heralding that you can be plus-sized and wear fabulous clothes, 


I do not want anyone to think that the way to make someone feel good about themselves is to tear down someone else, calling people skinny and saying that they are not the norm is just as bad as someone setting up a FatbirdWatching hashtag and tearing down plus size women. 

PS, WOMEN NOT Birds, but let's not even start me on that one. 

Dear Taking Shape UK, you are in the wrong here, it's horrible, body shaming of any size is not cool. 

I am a plus size woman and yet I will not shop with a company that feels it is ok to shame another size. 

Do we really need body shaming in 2015? 

Please let me know. 

Big Fashionista x x 


Taking Shape UK have now said that they are sorry if anyone was offended by their "mischievous stunt"

Firstly, if you are going to apologise, actually apologise and don't do the "sorry if you were offended" trick, we know that one.

And secondly, what I want to call them actually rhymes with mischievous stunts. 

The end. 

Thursday, 19 February 2015

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter Review

Now I have a confession to make, I am a terrible, terrible person at removing my make-up. I am the person that your mother warned you about, (for many, many reasons) and I have been known to sleep in my make up. Occasionally when I feel shame, (very occasionally) I try to get into a routine of taking off my make-up, cleansing, toning, all the things that the wonderful Caroline Hirons tells you to do, and she is right, but I get bored and end up either wiping my face with a flannel or just going to bed and dealing with it the next morning. 





I attended an event last night at The Body Shop in The White Rose, Leeds, and decided that my skin really needs to be treated with respect and love and so I purchased a tin of the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter and some Muslin Cloths, 

Now I am not here to give you an in-depth review, one nights usage is not enough to tell you that you should go out and buy it, but if you are like me, (a lazy bitch) you will definitely appreciate this butter and its ability to pretty much eat through your make up. 

It reminds me of coconut oil in its consistency and breaks down quickly with the warmth of your skin, it made quick work of eating through my mascara too which is no easy job, I think I had about four coats of it on at the time. I rinsed it off with a cloth and my skin felt clean and soft. 
This will definitely become part of my nightly routine.

Ok, who am I trying to kid, this will BE my nightly routine. 

The Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is £12.00 for a decent sized tin and a tiny bit really does go a long way. 

Do you use this? Or have you been tempted to try it? Please let me know how you have been getting on with it and your thoughts on it. 

Let me know. 

Big Fashionista x x 

*Not a PR Sample, this was purchased with my own money. 


Monday, 16 February 2015

I'm Up All Night To Get Lucky

Lately I have been given some amazing opportunities, there is so much more to come from me over the next few weeks and months that I am so excited to share with you when the time is right,  but the one thing I will never understand is the sentence that I hear, and I'm sure a lot of you guys also hear when a project goes live,

"Oh you are SO lucky"



Excuse me, but I work DAMN hard to be this lucky, the only way I could be any luckier was if I wanked off a leprechaun and it ejaculated £50 notes in my face.

I AM NOT LUCKY. What I am is a hard worker, (With a wonderful way with words. Apologies for the leprechaun image you now have, dancing around your brain)

Does anyone else feel that the word lucky also implies that it was random, that whatever it was that you have received, achieved or experienced was just down to your name being picked out of a hat and you were the lucky recipient, instead of working hard, being a nice person, showing kindness to others and putting in a bucket load of EFFORT.

Nope, it wasn't that, it was just LUCK. It is quite disheartening sometimes, when someone writes off your hard work as "lucky"

Next time you see someone achieving something, as you type/tweet/text or even say to their face how wonderful they are, think before you type how lucky they are, why not just wish them congratulations, tell them you are happy for them, proud of them even, but please, don't put their hard work down to luck.

Chances are it was hard work, sweat and tears, luck had nothing to do with it.

What do you think about luck, are opportunities luck, or are they the result of hard work? Do you tell people that they are lucky, or do people tell you that you are lucky? How does that make you feel?

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x x


Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Lady In Red With Gemma Collins

Let's be honest, a red dress doesn't need to wait until St Valentine's Day to be worn, but it always  feels that little bit extra-special when you can wear a gorgeous dress that combines lace and the ability to hug your body better than any man ever could, on the day dedicated to romance.

This Georgia dress from the fabulous Gemma Collins Collection not only hugs you in all the right places, it also compliments every type of figure and, due to the scuba material, can also be very forgiving in nature.

In fact, does anyone else want to just DATE THIS DRESS?????????

I adore dresses with sleeves, I don't think I own a single dress without sleeves, and the lace of this Georgia dress is enough to turn me into a lace convert forever. The dress is sexy and beautifully cut and I found that the sizing is very true to size. The dress above is a size 18.

The Georgia dress from the Gemma Collins Collection is available here, GEORGIA RED and it is also available in Navy here GEORGIA NAVY 

If you have never looked at Gemma Collins Collection, I do highly recommend checking them out if you are a size 16 or above.

What do you think?

I'd love your thoughts on the dress.

Big Fashionista x x x

*PR Sample

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Dinosaurs Against Christians

If you don't know what this is about, check out the Mumsnet thread currently doing the rounds on social media. 

Personally, when you are faced with the choice of the evidence of dinosaurs or the belief of sky wizards, I will take the dinosaurs EVERY TIME. 

So here is my take on the thread, feel free to comment in the light-hearted spirit in which it is intended. 

DAG Ministry.                         9/02/15

I'm really concerned about God and I think something needs to be done. The science behind them is pretty flimsy, and I for one do not want my children being taught lies. Did you know that nobody had even heard of God before the 1800s, when they were invented by curio-hungry Victorians?

Charles Darwin's later theory of evolution entirely disproved God , yet the God lie was twisted and adapted to try to make it fit. Any proper look at the facts will reveal that God simply never existed.

Aside from the educational aspect, god is a very bad example for children. At my children's school, several children were left in tears after one of their classmates (who had evidently been exposed to God), became Godly-minded and ran around the classroom roaring and pretending to be God. Then he bit three children on the face. One poor girl has been left with a severely dented nose and the whole class was left traumatised by this horrible display.

Nothing about God is suitable for children, from his total lack of family values through to his non-existence from any serious scientific point of view.

Recently my sister foolishly gave my two youngest some God toys for Christmas. After telling her to get out of my house I burnt the toys . My children were delighted because they know that God is evil. I am fortunate that my family has been very supportive, and has disowned my children's former aunt.

Please, do what you can to get God taken off the curriculum. Our school has been recently presented with a 214-signature petition, and following that and our recent protest the headmaster has said that he will take it the governors. We are lucky that he is so sympathetic to our cause, but I fear that others may not be.

If you would like to lend your support to our campaign, we have a Facebook group where we spread facts and research about the God myth. Hope to see you there! :-)


Monday, 9 February 2015

So You've Been Invited To The Grammys

Congratulations, you won't win, you are a nobody, but you get to slap a bit of lippy on and trip trap down a red carpet in a pretty dress you didn't pay for. 


So, you are in pretty good shape, boobs are nice and perky, vagina hair is trimmed, I'm talking neatly trimmed not Kardashian trimmed here. 

What do you wear? 

I tell you what you DON'T wear, you don't wear this. 

Lady, I don't know who the fuck you are, and I'm guessing that that is kind of the point, I'm meant to see if I can google you, aren't I?
I imagine you have given lots of late night fashion editors a huge headache as they tried to work out if you were a Kardashian, Rita Ora, Lady Gaga trying something new or perhaps Renee Zellweger trying out a new lipstick or something. 

I am ALL for individuality, I do not believe that people should have to follow trends, but I do believe you should work out WHAT you are going to wear before you are in the car on the way to The Grammys when suddenly inspiration strikes. 

And THAT, my friends, is what you call an o-fence-ive dress. 


Big Fashionista x x 

Friday, 6 February 2015

Question Of The Day

This is a simple one, a question. A simple question that is so simple, no-one can get it wrong. In fact, there is no wrong answer, to this simple question, and yet, even as I write this down, (please bear in mind I am currently off my tits on antibiotics that are so strong they just carried me to bed and tucked me in) I am bracing myself for at least 5-6 different answers in the comment box below, (I want more, but you guys all have a habit of answering on Twitter, shakes fist at you) 

So here is the question, 

What do YOU call this? 

Because everyone calls it something different, don't they? The remote, the flicker, the thingy. 

Tell me what YOU call it. 

Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x 

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

50 Shades of shocked by Surf

Let me just leave this here for a minute

This is a genuine advert for Surf Washing Liquid that I found online yesterday. With a tie-in to 50 Shades of Grey.

And another picture in case you haven't spewed enough bile already.

Look at the pretty little handcuffs hanging from the S. Anyone want to explain to their children what the pretty bracelets are for when they ask? Nope, me either. 

I have seen some crap tie-ins between movies and products but this one? This one surpasses them all. 

Did not ONE executive at Unilever stop for a second and think,

"Hmmmmmm, 50 Shades of Grey? Grey? Grey? Do we as a washing liquid company really want to align ourselves with the word grey? Can't we wait for White Chicks 2 or something?" 

When I choose my washing liquid, I want the ones that promise they can clean hair dye out of my towels, not blood out of my sheets and shame out of my pillow cases. 

And I do not give a flying fuck whether it is infused with Rose and Sandalwood, in my opinion the whole thing is tainted with controlling behaviour and abuse. Can you match the smell of fear and shame, Surf, I would LOVE to know what that smells like. 

They have repackaged the liquid as "Flirty Shades of Surf", I am calling it Dirty Shades of Serfdom" 

This to me is a ridiculous tie-in and the people at Unilever should be ashamed of themselves, and now I will forever associate them with the word grey, GREAT WORK MARKETING TEAM. 

I would love your thoughts on this, 
Let me know.

Big Fashionista x x x


Monday, 2 February 2015

I was dye-ing to try it

So I have started February the same way I finished December, (Flat on my back with my legs in the air?) I mean, WITH A NEW HAIR COLOUR. 

I'm sorry, (I'm not) but brown hair is not for me. I lasted a month with brown hair and quite frankly even looking at myself made me sad. (Well, sadder than usual) 

Disclaimer for all those people with brown hair currently thinking, "Rude bitch" If brown hair is your bag, then crack on, I'm not saying YOU don't look great with brown hair, I'm saying I don't. 

I thought I would try a different brand from my usual much loved Adore range. I went back to Directions and used the Cerise which I had never used before. Now I have a serious issue with Directions in the fact that it fades faster than Perez Hiltons popularity but the colour is so bloody beautiful that I will give it a couple of weeks before crying in the corner screaming that life just isn't fair, throwing out all the stained towels and shaving my head. (I've got a back up tub and I'm not afraid to use it) 

The one thing that made me really happy, (apart from cake) is that the cerise went over the brown that I had before, 

Yep. This vibrant over a brown, no bleaching involved AT ALL. That to me is worth it, even if I have to re colour it every week or so, the fact that I can stay away from the bleach for a little longer is definitely a bonus. 

Now I don't know how long I will keep the cerise hair before moving onto a different colour but at the moment I bloody love it. 

What do you think? And if you have any tips for preventing fade and keeping the colour for longer, let me know. 

Big Fashionista x x 
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