BUT SERIOUSLY... If you're fat, you can still wear whatever you want.

I don't know if it's because I'm more aware of the media since I started blogging and got involved in more groups and conversations about body confidence or if there really has been an upsurge in media pieces on plus size models/people/fashion etc but it really seems to be a hot topic. Although I love the amount of positive pieces I'm also finding myself being exposed to an awful lot of negatives and it really makes me sad and to be honest, confuses the hell out of me. I've always been fat and I've never exactly blended in with the crowd where fashion is concerned, and I have never been able to understand why some people find joy in pointing out what they consider to be people's flaws and making them feel bad about it. I can only assume that they do this because they're unhappy with themselves and it makes them feel better to cause other people pain and hope that it takes the focus off their own flaws. 

Anyway, the point I'm getting at is that you shouldn't listen to naysayers and meanies and please please please don't let the fact that the media tells you that you should be a size six/have perfect skin and teeth/have a zero tummy rolls etc to have a meaningful life affect you and make you unhappy with yourself. You're beautiful. You're probably thinking 'oh well what about my *insert not cosmetically perfect body part here* that's not beautiful'. Well, why not make a list of all the things you do like? Do you have gorgeous plump lips? A pretty laugh? Lovely silky hair? A great sense of humour? A peachy smooth tummy? I bet there are lots of things you like about yourself and you don't even realise it because you're too busy concentrating on your flaws.

One of my biggest peeves is when I see 'advice' in magazine and online telling you what fat girls should and shouldn't wear. I say, where whatever the hell you want! If it makes you happy and feel beautiful and magic then wear that tight dress, dye your hair bright pink, wear that sexy red lipstick, get that awesome new tattoo! Go you!!! Wear clothes for you, not for other people and if anyone makes a comment, just flash them a big smile to show them you don't give a damn what they think because you know you look freakin fabulous.

Here are some things that fat chicks are told they can't wear, but I say screw that!!!!

1) Fat girls shouldn't wear horizontal stripes. YES WE SHOULD!

2) Fat girls should wear bright colours. YES WE SHOULD!

3) Fat girls shouldn't wear crop tops. YES WE SHOULD!

4) Fat girls shouldn't wear leather. YES WE SHOULD!

5) Fat girls shouldn't wear sleeveless tops. YES WE SHOULD!

6) Fat girls shouldn't wear tight dresses. YES WE SHOULD!

7) Fat girls shouldn't wear attention grabbing clothes.

Do more of what makes you happy, you deserve it.

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Wide Fit Biker Boots // Catwalk Collection at Fashion World

So I guess you're thinking why the hell is this crazy lady writing about boots when it hit 30 degrees the other day and I really wouldn't blame you for thinking that, but come on guys, this is England. We all know we'll have some showers again real soon and those flip flops will have to be traded for something waterproof. In a less defeatist attitude, even if the weather is nice and bright if you're going on a walk through the countryside or to somewhere pretty like my local Bradgate Park you need something sturdier than a gladiator sandal or you're getting dirty thorny tootsies for sure.

This would be just fine if it wasn't for my wide feet. I just can't get into most regular fit boots and this makes sturdy shoe shopping reeeeally difficult. Add in the need for something taller than an ankle boot and the difficulty multiplies when trying to find something that will fit my chubby calves. Fashion World have made this chore so much easier for me now, offering an awesome range of fashionable and practical boots for us plus size ladies in a wide range of foot and calf width fittings. To make things even easier if you head here you can watch a video that shows you how to accurately calculate your shoe, width and calf size using this here chart.

The boots I'm wearing above are the Catwalk Collection Biker Boot* which are available in an EE or EEE fit. They have a leather upper and oh my is it soft! Seriously, soft like butter and so comfortable. I hate buying boots and the leather being so tough that it rubs your legs. Unsurprisingly my favourite thing about these boots is the shiny gold detailing in the zip, buckle and heel guard. It's such a small detail but makes all the difference, and the fact that it's gold and not silver gives the boots such a luxe feel. They feel really sturdy and well made too and as someone that believes in investing in good quality winter wear I don't think the £69 price tag is over the top, especially as the leather is so lovely.

As you can see from the pictures they also have a very clever insert of leather behind the golden zip which allows you to easily and stylish adjust the size over your calf. A lot of the time in order to do this a bit of elastic will be added or an adjustable buckle but these are pretty obvious ways of doing it. You wouldn't know that this insert is there to adjust the size as it just looks like a styling detail, which makes it even smarter!

If you're in the market for some gorgeous and oh so cosy new boots I seriously recommend you check out Fashion World's collection, I'm sure you'll find a pair you love!

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Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup Foundation Review

Ever since I hit my teens I have had trouble with my skin and I have never been able to successfully shift it no matter what I tried. Since changing birth control methods the problem has got worse and worse and after trying many different skin care products and makeups I think I have finally got a routine that's working for me. A big part of my new routine is this foundation, Clinique's Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup

Despite hearing so many times that Clinique's products are pretty wonderful (not only because they're allergy tested and 100% fragrance free) I've never taken the leap. I think the higher price tags kept my purse strings shut, but after trying pretty much every budget/drug store foundation out there I've now come to accept that if I want something that will work with my troublesome skin I need to spend a little more. This foundation is £24.50 for a 30ml bottle, but I can honestly say as this blends so easily I've used literally half as much for each application as I would with my other foundations.

This foundation has a silky smooth formula and a lightweight texture that you be forgiven for assuming would mean a light coverage, but that is not the case. I have a lot of redness on my cheeks because of my acne and usually I'd need a good layer of concealer to cover this, but now I just use this foundation and my setting powder and I'm good to go - unsurprising as it promises to neutralise redness and blend away bumps. The coverage is excellent and it feels comfortable on your skin, the best of both worlds, and it blends so easily that you get a lovely natural looking finish.

It's an oil free foundation which is something I always try and look for. One of my favourite things about this product is that I stay shine free for so much longer than I have with any other foundation and I can happily wear it all day. Before when I got home after work I'd be desperate to take all my make up off and let my skin breath again, but not anymore. Clinique also promise that the foundation contains targeted ingredients to help treat existing breakouts and keep them from coming back and I really think this is helping keep my spots and acne under control.

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