Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Sunday with Scarlett & Jo

Happy Easter Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a nice weekend - I don't always get Bank Holiday weekends off, so it was nice to enjoy this one with some friends. Yesterday I went into Birmingham city centre and had lunch and a few drinks with some friends, which was really nice!




I think sometimes when we read blogs, we always see new items of clothing and people looking overly glamorous and as readers we can be left lusting over this type of lifestyle. However, the truth is that blogs (and social media in general) are designed to showcase the best parts - and so we don't always see the days where a blogger throws on a dress and leaves the house looking comfortable and cosy.



I don't wear this Scarlett & Jo dress often enough, but as I knew I would be in the pub for a good few hours yesterday I wanted something that I would be comfortable wearing all day. I knew this dress would be perfect because it's really nice and oversized and the material is nice and soft.




I literally threw this on, some leggings and a pair of pale pink trainers. I felt decent and was comfortable all day!

What have you been up to this weekend?

Debz x


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Monday, 10 April 2017

Dotty over Scarlett and Jo!

This weekend I had a night out at the new Figure 8 night in London, and it The really nice to see everyone. The night itself is a brand new Size Acceptance night, which was hosted at Club Nomad in Old Street. The turn out was fantastic, so if it sounds like your kind of night make sure you keep an eye on their Facebook to see when the next one is likely to be.

In the lead up to the event I decided that I wanted a new dress to wear. I'll be honest this year I have tried to buy less clothes, because I have so many and it felt like I was wasting money. So, as much as I wanted a new dress, it was definitely going to have to be a budget purchase.

By chance, an email arrived in my inbox to tell me that Scarlett and Jo were having a clearance sale. so I had to pop along for a nosey. I have loads of Scarlett & Jo dresses, so I know when it comes to sizing and quality, they're not going to let me down.


I picked up this teal jewel coloured lollidot dress for just £15. What I love about Scarlett and Jo dresses is the thick, jersey material that they use - it always falls really nicely and makes the dress so comfortable to wear.

Size wise I sized down once on this, because I know that they always come up quite generous. I probably could have sized down again, but it didn't feel too big and it was nice to have a floaty type dress to wear - I think it could also be a pub garden pub dress too!

What new fashion items have you bought lately?

Debz x

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Monday, 3 April 2017

Skincare Q&A

I will admit that I don't do enough to look after my skin - and at 34 years old, I really should start!

As I don't really know what makes up good skin care regime (I assume taking off your make-up at the end of a day with a babywipe doesn't count) I got Dermalogica retailer Pure Beauty’s resident skin therapist to put together some hints and tips for us (mostly me)

1.      Which skincare ingredients should I avoid?
The main ingredients to avoid include alcohol, mineral oil, lanolin and of course artificial colours and fragrances. While they may be included in ‘hydrating’ moisturisers, they are abrasive and can actually dry your skin out.

2.      How often should I wash my face?
Cleansing your face both morning and evening is one of the key steps in any skincare regime. Use gentle products and don’t scrub, as doing so can damage the surface of your skin.

3.      How often should I exfoliate my face?
The frequency of exfoliation depends very much upon your skin type and the nature of the exfoliant you are using. Daily exfoliants can be used daily – but only once within a 24 hour period.
Other exfoliants can be used up to three times a week. Exfoliate either in the morning or in the evening after cleansing and before applying your toner.

4.      How can I prevent acne?
Acne has many causes and only some of which are directly related to your skin. In general, regular cleansing and exfoliation using products targeted to your skin type will help prevent the build-up of sebum and dead skin cells, which form plugs that can block your pores and create the perfect environment for bacterial growth.

5.      Should I squeeze spots?
As a general rule, you should never squeeze pustular spots as it can worsen bacterial infection and can cause the scarring often associated with severe bouts of acne.
Blackheads can be removed through extraction but your hands must be very clean and you should wrap your fingers in clean tissue paper as a shield, which will then collect the residue.

6.      What moisturiser should I use?
You should always use a moisturiser specific to your skin type. There is not a one-size-fits-all moisturiser and this is where many people go wrong. Oil control moisturisers are specifically designed for very oily skin. Active moist and skin smoothing creams are suitable for a combination of skin types and there are more specific moisturisers for dry or prematurely aging skin.

7.      How do I get rid of bags under my eyes?
It is very difficult to get rid of bags under your eyes due to their delicate nature and the fact that it can simply be a hereditary trait. Plenty of sleep is the best thing, but you must also avoid using your moisturiser on the delicate area beneath your eye. The ingredients in most moisturisers are too strong and it can be a contributing factor.

8.      What causes dry skin?
The main cause of dry skin is your genetic makeup but age and environmental factors play a large part. It is also important to differentiate between dry skin (lack of natural sebum) or dehydrated skin (lack of water) in the skin. A moisturiser is used for dry skin, while a toner is more suited for dehydrated skin.

9.      How do I get rid of dry skin?
Dry skin can be aggravated by cold weather conditions outside and the drying central heating in our workplaces and homes. A well-designed and maintained skincare regime using products specifically recommended for use will help you combat dry skin.

10.  How do I get rid of oily skin?

Using products designed for oily skin will help you combat this skin issue. There are many products on the market that are deigned to absorb excess sebum in the skin, while regularly using masks designed for oily skin will be beneficial.

Sounds easy doesn't it? What top tip would you give?

Debz x


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Friday, 31 March 2017

Look What's Cool : Gift Guide

As a busy woman, I'm always off my feet and rarely have the time to think about what to get for the men in my life for their birthdays etc.

Luckily for me though I have found this fantastic guide from look what's cool to help me work out what to get them, I know this is just a little thing but I hope that this helps you all



Cool Things For Men







Monday, 27 March 2017

Hair Transplants, Are They For You?

I have spoken before about the fringe/hair piece that I use to wear - I haven't since I dyed my hair red, but I used to love wearing it when I did. The thing for me is that, my fringe has never been as full as I would like - I have tried to brush it forward, cut it often, never cut it etc and it never as naturally full as I would like.

I've always liked having a fringe, when I was given the chance to try a hair piece from Campbell Wigs a few years ago, I jumped at the chance. I'd never been had anything like that, not even hair extensions so it was an interesting journey, but one that I really enjoyed!




Before I had the hair piece fitted, I never really how my thin fringe affected me - I always cope(d) with thin hair but the hair piece made such a difference. Before this happened I would have scrolled past adverts for hair transplants, without giving them a second thought.




Obviously any procedure like this is a serious one and it should be investigated fully, but I am definitely more open to the idea than I once was! Of course, I'd have to take into consideration the FUE hair transplat cost, but even so - it could be something that I would give some thought to in the future.

How do you feel when it comes to cosmetic procedures? Are they something that you would consider?

Debz x


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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Plus Size Issues: Easy Access Baths

It's all well and good talking about pretty dresses and where to buy wide fit shoes, but sometimes there are other issues that are involved in living life plus size. I know that if you're smaller than me these issues might not affect you, in fact I am at a size where many of them don't affect me but it is important to recognise that they are issues for people and that sometimes we need to look for solutions.

For example, I wouldn't sit in a booth at a restaurant because I know I would be too squashed and I wouldn't be comfortable and today I argued with a man on the train because he couldn't walk passed me in the aisle - why he couldn't wait until everyone was sat down before he got up I really don't know, but that's another story!

One thing I know many people with plus size bodies struggle with is baths - For example, I wouldn't be comfortable in a normal size bath - I'd be squished in about an inch of water and ain't nobody got time for that.

Without a doubt, if I ever win the lottery I'm going to build a fat friendly bathroom that is the stuff dreams are made of. I know for certain that a massive bath will feature heavily in this - maybe a big circle one! I've looked into easy access baths before and actually in the grand scheme of things they're quite affordable. 

I realise that these baths are designed for the disabled and people with mobility problems, but I would definitely consider one if it was large enough for me to bathe comfortably - goodness how much I would spend in Lush if this was ever the case! 

What practical thing do you have on your wishlist should you ever win the lottery?

Debz xx

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Dear Simply Be...

Dear Simply Be...

I know as a brand you have done some really good things  - for starters even offering clothes up a size 32 puts you ahead of others! You've worked with bloggers on some fantastic campaigns incuding national TV advertising campaigns that even my thin friends have commented on.

That is why, your latest campaign really got me thinking....



You tweeted this today with the wording "We demand style & fit. No compromises." and you are ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! I am so glad that you're finally on the same page as your shoppers.

So... I assume that you're going to be doing something about this sizing situation and ensure that those over a size 26 don't have to compromise when it comes to clothing any longer.


As you can see - when you're a size 26 you have nearly 500 dresses to choose from, as a size 32 you have no where near 250 dresses that you can select. I am sure you will agree that a larger size having less than 50% of the choices of someone smaller is a compromise that none of us should have to make - after all, your latest campaign DEMANDS that we don't put up with this any longer - and you're right!


So... Simply Be - We demand that you stop making larger (and smaller) bodies compromise. 

WE DEMAND STYLE. WE DEMAND FIT.


Thanks!

Debz x

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