Sunday, 31 July 2016

Is there Lipstick on my teeth?

This is a bit of a rambling one and to be honest, it's more of a question than anything else. I've just caught up on the Jodie Marsh, This Morning appearance "scandal" (lol) where it seems she had lipstick on her teeth.

Cringe, we've all been there, luv. 

HOWEVER. It seems that Jodie Marsh then posted THIS on her Instagram.

So here is my question.

Why must a WOMAN tell another woman about her lipstick? Why is she not pissed at Philip Schofield? I don't know about you but I NEVER EXPECT a woman to do something for me JUST because she's another woman. I want someone to tell me if I have lipstick on my teeth but I don't give a flying fuck about whether they are a man, a woman, neither, or both. JUST TELL ME. 

I'm genuinely puzzled about why Ms Marsh is aiming her pics at Holly Willoughby as if she has failed some sort of Gal Code. 

Plus, this special place in hell, does anyone have the wi-fi password, please?

Just in case.

Let me know.

Big Fashionista X X X 

Friday, 29 July 2016

How To Wear A Maxi Dress

There are so many posts around at the moment that are giving 'advice' on HOW TO WEAR, Dresses/Bikinis/Trousers/Tops that I thought I would weigh in and give MY advice on the best way to wear a Maxi dress, like this one from JD Williams.

TIP 1,


And that is it. CONGRATULATIONS, you now know how to wear a maxi dress.

(Did you really think I would tell you what to/how to, wear something? You do you, you are fabulous, never forget it)

End of discussion.

Your only dilemma now, is WHICH dress to wear. My dress is from JD Williams, you can purchase it here. ->    JD Williams Maxi Dress Or if you want to take a look at more of their dresses, take a look here. ->  JD Williams Dresses

I have quite a few of their dresses now, the one I am wearing above is just beautiful and would be a great dress to wear on a warm summer evening. It also travels well, (You can ball it up and shove it in your suitcase and it will not require ironing) the sizing on this dress is perfect too. I am wearing a size 18 and it fits really well.

What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts on my tip for wearing a Maxi dress.

PR sample, words, as always, are all my own. 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Ghostbusters With Everyman Cinemas at Trinity Shopping Centre, Leeds

If I am not at home, and you cannot find me, the FIRST place to look for me is Trinity Shopping Centre in the centre of Leeds. It isn't my second home, I like to see it more as a Time share, where I can relax and buy pretty stuff.

Now, loving Trinity as I do, no-one is more surprised than me to realise that I have NEVER been to the Everyman cinema that is inside. I BLOODY LOVE good cinema trip, but somehow, it had just passed me by, if I'm honest, I thought the sofa for seats thing was a myth, BUT IT IS TRUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

There are even cushions, perfect for watching a scary film from behind, am I right?

So I was invited, by Trinity to come and watch Ghostbusters with them and I KNOW that when Trinity are putting on something cool, they are putting on something cool.

THEY HAD ECTO-1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ghostbusters car

SO MUCH COOLNESS, everyone was loving seeing the car, kids AND grown-ups. I'm sure that the superb cleaning crew that Trinity have, were having to work overtime to clear up all the nerdgasms happening.

I am not much of a film reviewer but full of pizza (TRY THE PIZZA) myself and Jennie from watched Ghostbusters with absolutely no expectations, ONE OF US HASN'T EVEN SEEN THE ORIGINAL (and it's not me) and I LOVED IT. Ignore the crybabies who say that remaking Ghostbusters has ruined their childhood, quite frankly if a remake of a film ruins your childhood, it probably wasn't much of one in the first place, it was full of laughs, different enough from the first one to be a stand alone film and has some very funny people in it, my crush on Kate McKinnon is deep. I LOVE HER.

IF you have never been to an Everyman Cinema before, I need to say it DEFINITELY adds to the film-going experience, it is like cinema for grown-ups and I have already tried to book tickets for Suicide Squad for when it comes out there. I am not going anywhere else.

Does EVERYONE know about Everyman Cinema apart from me?

Have you seen Ghostbusters yet? What did you think?

Who wants to come and live with me in Trinity Leeds?

Let me know.

*I was invited to go and see Ghostbusters by Trinity Leeds, words as always, are all my own.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Netflix Until......................

I have recently come out of a long-term relationship.

It's sad, I genuinely thought it would last forever. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't wait to just sit and just look at them, have them entertain me, make me laugh, and sometimes, make me cry. They brought me new experiences and I will never forget them, but, all good things must come to an end, and I watched the final episode of iZombie, knowing that our time together was now over.

Oh, hang on, what did you think I meant?

But lets face it, choosing a Netflix series IS like finding a new relationship, isn't it? You invest a lot of time, and energy into finding THE ONE, and then it comes to an end. At this point, you are either glad it's over, you weren't getting anything out of it anymore and were just sticking around because you'd invested a lot of time in it, or you don't want it to be over and you would do anything for it to continue. Was it something YOU did? Who knows, but unless you want to go over old ground, (Watch the whole thing from the beginning) sometimes it is just best to move on.

Netflix, prisma

It isn't easy when you come to the end of a relationship on Netflix is it? Do you try to find a new love? Do you wait to see if your old love brings something new and fresh to you? (Season 3 of iZombie, pleeeeeeeease) If you choose to go down the new love route, where the hell do you start? You've been seeing the same programme for so long now, that you are out of practice in finding a new one. Do you want something long term? Do you just want to have some fun, something that just lasts for an evening, no commitment, and no expectations?

What if you start something new, and then your old love comes back, promising you that this time it will be different? This time it will never fail to put your needs first, it will never abandon you again. And while part of you KNOWS that your old love is lying, you remember the good times you had and how you laughed. Do you abandon your new love? Do you tell your old love to be patient? DO YOU SEE THEM BOTH AT THE SAME TIME?

What if they both fulfil different needs? Is it ok to see them both then? What will your friends think? WHAT IF YOUR FRIENDS ARE SEEING THEM TOO? Or worse, what if your friends AREN'T? Who will you talk to about them?

Netflix, you goddamn Love Rat, with your ways of always leaving us wanting more.

You will be pleased to hear that I have just started a new relationship, it is early days, (episode 15 of 112) I think we are compatible and they definitely seem to want a long term commitment,  I'm trying not to see them too often at the moment, I'm pacing myself, I don't want to seem too keen, or worse, wear them out too quickly, the pain of my last relationship is all still too raw. I don't know whether it is a rebound thing, or something to just tide me over until iZombie comes back, we are just going to take each day as it comes. Once Upon A Time is my new relationship, and I hope we will be happy together.

How about you? Are you in a relationship currently, on Netflix? Or have you just recently ended one?  How did it make you feel?

Let me know, I would love to hear your experiences of love lost, and found.


Friday, 15 July 2016

24 Hours in the life of a Pokemon Go newbie

So my intention was to download Pokemon Go, not understand it, and then possibly write about it for a blog post. Here follows, 24 hours that are possibly the strangest ever 24 hours in my life.

It started so simply, I saw the tweet that said, Pokemon Go is now available in the UK and decided to give it a whirl. I had resisted the urge to download from the US app store but now it was available, time to get my game on.

Now I remember the original Pokemon craze, I remember Pokemon CARDS, do I know my Rattata from my Ryhorn? No, no I don't. (Did I have to look up those names? Yes, yes I did) I am a NOOB, I know nothing, I was like your gran with a Smart TV, I enjoyed styling my outfit though, OOTD has never looked so good.

The game FINALLY loaded and I was in. My first thought, oh Sweet Jesus, I have made a TERRIBLE mistake, my second thought was, is it wrong to fancy Professor Willow?

It isn't, is it?

Then it started to get a little weird, asking on twitter for help on how to play the stupid game, resulted in a random stranger telling me to end myself. Apparently, not knowing how to play the game is stupid and anyway it isn't a game, its a lifestyle according to him and I should be ashamed of myself.

I called him wankpuffin and moved on.

It was time to catch Pokemon.

Forget, Do you remember where you where when you heard Princess Diana had died, now it is, do you remember catching your first Pokemon. Mine was a Squirtle. The last time I caught a Squirtle, two days of Immodium and lots of water later, I swore I never wanted to go through that again.... Oh hang on, I think I'm confused again. I caught the Squirtle and discovered that the Church across the road is a Pokestop and I NEVER HAVE TO LEAVE THE HOUSE AGAIN.

All you guys that are raving about getting more exercise? Suck it, bitches, I'm picking up Poke Balls and potions in my PJS, yo.

So I visit the Pokestop all day, I'm catching Pokemons like teenagers catch STDs (Throwing my balls around without due care and attention) and I even caught some more Pokemon on the way to pick up my child from school. I'm levelling up fast and before I know it.


Nope, me either. but now it is time for me to join a team. My gang, my homies, my family. Now I don't know whether once you join a team you are theirs forever but I am going to take my decision seriously. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHH RED, I LIKE RED COZ it goes with EVERYTHING. (And according to twitter, Team Valor holds the Gym at Stonehenge)

So I am now Team Valor and I have to take a trip into Leeds Town Centre for an event. I charge up my phone, I pray to the gods at o2 that I don't plow through my data like Theresa May plows through a cabinet and I set off.


I started downloading Pokemon Go at 11am in the morning, At 6.30pm I was standing on The Headrow in Leeds City Centre, trying to catch a Jynx that kept jumping out of the goddamn ball. swearing at my phone, "Stay in the ball, you slag" "Little Jynxy bitch has jumped out again" "Oh you muthafucka"

How did it all go downhill so fast?

My 14 year old son WALKED AWAY FROM ME on The Headrow, muttering something about putting me in a home and never coming to visit. I never caught my Jynx. (I think it is going to be a bit of a nemesis for me.) and I probably tripped over my own feet a thousand times. My husband thinks I am mad and is questioning my ability to adult. I keep looking at other adults on their phone and smiling, knowingly, at them, and this post would have been up quicker but I had to catch a Ghastly.

Here endeth the first 24 hours of my life as a Pokemon Trainer.
Am I mad? Are you caught up in the craze of Pokemon yet?


Let me know.


Friday, 8 July 2016

Nom or Vom

So I've just started a new Netflix series, (More on that next week) and It has reawakened my love and adoration for the lovely Robert Carlyle. 

So this weeks Nom or Vom has to be, 

Mr Robert Carlyle. From Trainspotting to Once Upon A Time, can this man do any wrong? 

Are you a fan of his work? Love his style? Want to be the next Mr or Mrs Carlyle? 

Nom or Vom? 

Let me know.

Big Fashionista X X X 

Thursday, 7 July 2016

When Laughing Isn't Funny

This morning, I read this.

Now this is true. A child's laugh is beautiful, infectious and heartwarming, UNLESS,

A) They have crayons and a freshly painted wall.

B) They have sellotape and a dog in the immediate vicinity.

C) There is more than one of them and the door is shut.

D) They have been on a wildlife walk and their bag is suspiciously bulging.

E) SUDOCREM. Need I say more?

Parents, we all KNOW that a child's laugh can be beautiful, but it can also be the start of having to call in Mr Wolfe and his "clean-up" crew, am I right?

When have you experienced the dread of hearing your child laugh?

Let me know. 

Big Fashionista 


Tuesday, 5 July 2016

duMP And Run

Soo here is the deal, have you ever owned a cat?

Have you ever owned a cat that has shit on the rug, looked down at it, looked back at you and then sauntered away leaving someone else to clean up the mess?

If so, then congratulations, you are fluent in current UK politics.

Whether you are Leave or Remain, you have to admit that right now, there is a giant steaming turd on our carpet and everyone is backing away from it fast. Not only is no-one taking responsibility for it, currently, every politician is walking around holding their nose, trying to pin it on someone else.

So what happens now?

UK politicians are too busy denying that they have any knowledge of the excrement, to deal with the excrement and quite frankly it is stinking the place up.

AND THIS IS OUR CARPET that is being stained!!!!!!!

Nigel Farage, wants to show us the real him..?

Quite frankly, Nige, I'd rather fondle the faeces than see the 'real' you.

Are you aware that, this odious, twerp has resigned from UKIP and yet is STAYING ON AS A MEP. You GENUINELY cannot make this up.

Let me repeat that.

Nigel... Farage... is... staying... on... as... an... MEP!

He played a huge part in getting the UK out of Europe but when it comes to himself he continues to dry-hump the leg of the EU until they finally manage to shake him off. (I was going to write, beat him off, but, ya know........) I would call the man a joke, but he just isn't funny.

Boris Johnson, the loveable buffoon who is neither loveable, or a buffoon, has also backed away from the poop. Not only does he know, that we know, that he knows, that we know. HE JUST DOESN'T CARE. He continues to look us in the eyes, steps back from the mess he made but doesn't really move off the carpet. he just hangs around the edge of the carpet until the stench leaves him and then you just know that he will come back to the carpet.

Am I alone in thinking that all of this stinks to high heaven? I have children, if they make a mess, they damn well take responsibility for their mess, they clean up their mess and then they apologise for their mess. These so called politicians have dumped and run.

Now we are left with crap on our carpet and no-one left to clean it up.

and the stench is only getting worse, don't you think?

Let me know.


Monday, 4 July 2016

Losing Your Blogger Voice

It is a difficult one, isn't it? I've been blogging for over 6 years now and I am starting to wonder, when did I lose sight of what my blog was about?

It is so easily done, isn't it? When I first started out, the plan was to JUST talk about plus size fashion, hence "Big Fashionista" but, as invariably happens, I developed. I developed my blogging style and my tastes changed and over the years I used my blog to voice my opinions which I LOVE to do.

But somewhere along the way, I think I got lost, I forgot what it is I love about blogging and my blog started to become neglected. Like a garden I forgot to tend, it became overgrown and I think there is something dead in the corner. (ignore that part)

So what do I do? I LOVE blogging, it is a huge part of my life and my blog is my baby. (Slightly neglected, possibly full of shit and causes me sleepless nights) 

I feel like I need some goddamn structure to my blog again. I need to FIND MY USP again. (Anyone playing blogger bingo, TAKE A SHOT NOW for use of USP) I need to bring back Nom or Vom, boring back Shutter Day and WRITE SHIT DOWN.

I will never write crap for the sake of it, I would rather have no content for a month than write some bullshit just for a couple of hits. There is not one thing on my blog that I am ashamed of writing, even the REALLY early stuff which is awful, serves to remind me of how far I have come over the years, and I hope that maybe six years from now I can look back and see that at this point where I lost my voice, this is where I found it again.

Any thoughts?
Wat do you think my USP (DRINK) is?

Do you think I need to find my 'voice' again?

If you are a Blogger, what did YOU do when you thought you lost your voice, or do to help bring back structure again?

Let me know.

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