Sunday, 1 May 2016

A Bit More About Vaping

I wrote a post the other day about vaping and it had quite a response, so when I was invited to share some more facts with you I jumped at the chance. As most of you will know I am not a smoking, but I do know lots of people who have benefited from vaping when it comes to giving up the habit.

Of course as with anything else I feel like smoking is a personal decision for you and your body. If you’re happy being a smoker then that’s great but I think it’s really good to have tools available to you if you do want to kick it – because from what I hear it’s not always easy!

Lots of the facts in this infographic gave me food for thought but I still feel as though it is something that is personal and as long as you are making decisions for YOU and YOUR body that is all that matters.

Vaping Saved My Life – Electric Tobacconist Infographic UK
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I spoke to some friends who vape about their experiences and they told me that it really did help them
give up. A couple of them had tried to quit smoking before but had found it tough and had fallen off the band wagon at various stages. They said that using electronic cigarettes had helped them to break the habit of smoking which is often the hardest part. It’s like anything – we quickly get used to something so when we can’t do it, we crave it. So smokers who stop tend to miss their cigarettes at times when they are used to having one – their early morning one or the one they have on their lunch break. When you vape you can still keep up the habit of smoking which from what I am told makes life much easier.

What most of my friends loved about vaping was the fact that there are so many different flavours to choose from. This is great because it means that whatever you’re into you can be sure that there is something out there for everyone.

However the biggest benefits my friends talked about was how much money they saved. We all know that the cost of cigarettes is always on the rise, so it really isn’t a cheap habit to keep up. One of my friends put all of the money they would usually spend on smoking in a tin and treated themselves to a holiday a year after they had quit. They probably wouldn’t say it was all down to vaping (it takes will power and motivation too) but without a doubt it’s something that has helped them and in my eyes that can only be a good thing!


Have you made any changes to your life that you’re proud of? Mine was to try and keep a more regular sleeping pattern and I have definitely made improvements over the last few months – yay!

Debz x

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Window Shopping Crazy Clearance

When it comes to looking for new clothes, I like to try and get a bargain where I can. Of course if I had an unlimited budget, I would buy ALL THE CLOTHES but sadly that is not the case! One of my go to places when it comes to bagging a bargain is Crazy Clearance!

The site sells old JD Williams stock but at much lower price. Yes, it's generally older stock but for me that doesn't matte. They're also really good for basics such as leggings and underwear, because who wants to spend more on those than they need to!

I have a look at the site today and there were some really nice items that caught my eye. These were some of my fave dresses:




Best of all, all of these dresses were under £15 - woop!

Where do you go for a bargain?


Debz x

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Sunday, 17 April 2016

Your Fat Body & You. You Are Allowed To Exist

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I realise that it has been a while since I posted anything "real" and I apologise. Do I need to apologise? Probably not! I actually apologise to myself the most - blogging is something that I really enjoy and I can't believe I let it slip. Today I had a reminder that it's nearly a year since WE trended on Twitter and hit loads of national press with #WeAreTheThey. It made me realise how much I loved all of this - it relit my fire I guess!

Anyway, I wanted to write about fat bodies and how we should demand more for them. I know that coming to grips with the word fat was very easy for me. I sort of always knew that it was just a word and therefore nothing to worry about. I know that there are lots of you that feel the same. However knowing that the word can't hurt you but actually navigating the world in a fat body can be two very different things. So, I wanted to put together a few words about demanding more for you and your body.

You Will Take Up Space

It is fact that as a larger person you will take up more space than someone smaller - just as taller people do over shorter people. It can be a really bad habit to get into when you start apologising for this, but it is also so easy to do. When you sit down & take up more space than someone else, you automatically want to apologise for it. When someone has to move out of the way you want to say sorry for the inconvenience. Yes, manners are important and you should thank someone for moving so you can pass/sit but you ARE ALLOWED to take up space, so don't apologise for it.

Sometimes You Just Won't Fit

Depending on you size, you might enter places when you just don't fit in. Booths in restaurants for example. In circumstances like this it is easy to apologise for your body or simply sit quietly uncomfortable and just make do. The truth is that you ARE ALLOWED to sit comfortably while you eat. Simply tell the people you are with that you would prefer a table and get people to move. It can be scary at first, but once you have done it and realise that people will move without even batting an eyelid, it does get easier.

You Can Look Good

Gone are the days of fat bodies just having to make do. If there is a store that refuse to stock your size simply move on to another. Yes, I know when it comes to plus size fashion it isn't always that easy but there are more options being introduced all the time. You ARE ALLOWED to look good.




You're Entitled To Healthcare

One of the things I read about most on plus size Facebook groups is the reluctance to seek medical advice because they feel the issue will just be blamed on their weight. Whilst I think we should recognise that sometimes weight can cause problems, not everything is affected. Don't be afraid to say to your doctor "Yes, I know I am overweight but I'd really like to concentrate on XXX today". You ARE ALLOWED to look after your health.

Lastly - Love Your Body

I can not stress this enough - Your body is worthy of love - both yours and someone elses. You ARE ALLOWED to love your body, in fact I recommend it!





I am sure there are lots more and I will probably revisit the topic again, but just know
you are allowed to exist and you are allowed to be happy!


Debz xx

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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Vape? The Lowdown!

As a non-smoker I have never given much through to vaping, until a few friends of mine started doing it. Don't worry this isn't going to be a post about how you should give up the habit, I'm very much of the opinion that each to their own - your body, your choice.

However as with anything I think it is a really positive to know all of your options and alternatives, so when Limitless vaping products asked me to introduce you to their products I jumped at the chance.

I sometimes feel as a non-smoker I miss out on many social occasions. At work everyone on break goes down together to have a sneaky smoke and catch up on the gossip. On nights out you'll find lots of my friends outside having a fag - for hours if the weather is nice.

For someone giving up smoking I can imagine that this part of your social life can be something you'll miss. Even I sometimes go out for a break with others who smoke - Fear Of Missing Out and all that. I can imagine as an ex-smoker this can be hard work going outside with everyone as the cravings take hold.



When I looked at the website for Vape Lux they had so many products available that I can only imagine that there would something for everyone. Arm yourself with one of you favourite flavours on a night out and you can be sure to survive without giving in to your cravings.

Of course you’ll have to do your own research to see if these suit you, but so far I can’t really find anything bad. By the looks of things you’ll save a fortune too – and money for nights out is always a good thing in my books!

Have you ever tried anything like this? How was it?

Debz

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Monday, 4 April 2016

Lack of Dress Shopping

You might have noticed a lack of new fashion posts on my blog and Instagram lately. This is mainly because in 2016 I need to be more sensible. I earn just above the national living wage, which means realistically I don't have the cash to be splash on a new dress for every occasion.

At first I struggled with not shopping for a new dress on a whim, but actually when I look in my wardrobe I have some wonderful dresses that simply have not seen enough light of day. So, although I am not on a shopping ban I am definitely being more thoughtful in my fashion choices. 

While I was thinking about finances and money I was invited to have a read of this info graphic about working conditions around the world. It's quite interesting to see how different countries compare don't you think?



With thanks to Citrix GoToMeeting



That said, if I won the lottery a shopping spree at Lady V London would definitely be top of my list! Where would you shop if money were no object?

Debz


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Friday, 18 March 2016

Easter In Blackpool: A Shopping List

After a pretty bleak start to the year I am so excited to be off to Blackpool next weekend. My friends and I have turned Blackpool into a yearly tradition and I really can't wait. I know Blackpool isn't the ideal holiday destination for everyone but just having 3 days away with plenty of cheap drinks and the odd walk down the promenade is perfect for me.

Over the last couple of weeks I have been trying to plan what to take with me and if I need buy anything. One of the first things I did was promise myself I wouldn't buy a new dress.  I have so many beautiful dresses that are barely worn so I am trying to be more sensible in 2016 and re-use dresses! I'm not on any type of spending ban but just trying to be a bit more aware of my dress spending!

What To Wear

So... I have packed this beautiful Lady Voluptuous dress to take with me. I have packed one of the new Phoebe print dresses to take with me; which I'm really excited about! I love the flamingo print one I have so I'm looking forward to see how the new ones compare!

On My Face

I thought it would be nice to look at some new make up to take with me. I often don't do much with my lips but I thought I might treat myself to a lipstick. You might have guessed but I am not a massive make-up expert; so I headed over to the House of Fraser website. One of the things I like about their lipsticks is that they stock loads of brands so I found it easy to have a look through and decide what I wanted. These were my favourites.

I know my choice of lipsticks are pretty tame, but they're something I am still getting used to - loved all these shades of pink though!

What To Drink

Lastly and perhaps most importantly, something like this would be perfect:


What would you pack for a cheeky weekend away?

Debz xx


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Friday, 11 March 2016

Here's What I Would Have Spent - River Island Plus

This week saw the launch of River Island Plus and if you follow any plus size bloggers on social media you'll see that the launch caused quite a stir. River Island is a high street brand that many people have lusted after and so it's a range that has been a long time coming.

I felt bitter sweet about the launch, like I often do with ranges like this. On one hand it's brilliant to see another high street range offering more options, on the other hand it's a range that stops at a size 24 - again.

One of the saddest things for me was the excitement of other bloggers that were able to try on their clothes. Perhaps its a touch of the green eyed monster but I couldn't help but feel disappointed that more people weren't talking about the lack of size choices. Of course if I was a size 22 I would be excited that another option were out there, but I would like to think that I would still be waxing lyrical about how many people are excluded from such a range!

Anyway, I digress.... As per usual with #HeresWhatIWouldHaveSpent I wanted to tell the brand what I would have bought should I have been able to shop with them. There's a few others on social media doing the same thing today so feel free to check out the tag on Instagram and Twitter. The lovely Sophie from Busy Little Fee posted about this today here too!


Would I have bought all of these? Probably not. Would I have bought some? Yes! Would I have liked the option to add RI Plus to my list of retailers when looking for a new outfit to buy in the future? ABSOLUTELY!

Talk of the new RI Plus range on social media soon led to discussions about how much the River Island range missed out. With Lauren from Pocket Rocket Fashion pointing out the items she would have bought from the straight range, should they have extended the sizes on those


As you can see, she found plenty that she would have spent her money on - if only River Island actually wanted her hard earned cash.

Diana followed suit, with again plenty of ways she'd have given River Island her money if they accepted it!




It's an interesting debate - why do so many ranges stop at a size 24? How do they decide which items to include?

I have asked brands before if their research shows that they SHOULD do this - IE they sell much, much less at a size 26 or is it just because 24 is on the more "acceptable" side of plus size? As yet I have been unable to get an answer!

So RI Plus; #hereswhatIwouldhavespent and I am not alone. In my opinion you are really missing out by excluding me and others like me!

Debz xxx


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