Happy Birthday, Abbie And Rachel

Today was my little twin sisters’ birthday. They turned 14 today, it’s so crazy!

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I can still remember funny little memories from when they were just 1 and 2 years old. I remember the day that I went to see them in the hospital for the first time. My mum had bought me a present from the twins (which thinking about it now is pretty funny) and I loved it.

I can’t believe how fast they are growing up.

Is Fat An Insult?

Fat is not an insult. However, if you use the word fat as an insult then it is highly offensive.  It’s not what you say it is how you say it.

As a plus size women, I have heard my fair share of fat comments. Whether it’s a full on “fat cow” comment or just a small “if you lost some weight..” comment, they still manage to hit home. Yelling “you’re fat” at someone is almost definitely going to hurt them somehow. Whether you’re a size 8 or 20, you would probably take offense.

This is because from a very young age, women are taught that being fat is bad. The word fat is associated with unhealthy and therefore, fat is not only insulting you but your whole lifestyle. I feel like as women, we should be raising each other up, not trying to knock each other down with rubbish insults. What happened to girl power? The fat that the majority of the time it is women calling other women fat is disgusting.

From a very young age, I have had body confidence issues. When I look back now at times when I called myself fat, I realise that I was completely perfect. There was nothing wrong with how I looked at all. I’ve lived all my life (that I can remember) thinking that I was fat and I’m slowly coming to realise that it really isn’t okay to think that. It has taken a long time for me to start feeling this way but I am slowly starting to accept that even though I am fat, I am beautiful.

There are so much worse things to be called than ‘fat’. Personally, I would prefer to be called fat than selfish, ignorant or stupid.

Fat isn’t an insult. Using it offensively is.

June Favourites

It’s the end of another month which means another favourites post.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing water

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I’ve heard so many good things about this cleansing water. I decided to pick up a little bottle to give it a go. Oh my gosh, why have I not bought this before now?! It feels so soft on your skin and really makes your face feel clean and refreshed. I will definitely be picking up the larger version of this next time I go shopping.

The Fault In Our Stars Phone Case

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I am a huge fan on TFIOS. My mum bought me this phone case for my iPhone 6 and I absolutely love it. It’s so pretty that I just had to put it in a favourites post.

Max Factor Foundation

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I am not a huge foundation wearer so my foundation is just a cheap one that cost me no more than £5. My mum is the same as me with this but recently she decided to try to step it up a little. My mum bought this Max Factor Foundation which was only £12. I borrow it once and decided that I need to have it myself. It has a nice coverage and doesn’t feel heavy on your skin. It lasts all day as well. For me, this is now a daily make up must.

Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham

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I have not yet finished this book which makes me question why I am adding it to my favourites post. The answer to this question is that this book is amazing. It makes you think and laugh and makes you feel inspired. Maybe my opinion will change by the time I’ve finished it but for now, it is definitely a favourite.

Robot Unicorn Attack 2

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I used to play this app years ago and I loved it. I randomly remembered about it a couple of weeks ago and decided to download it again. It is just such a fun game to play.

Cineworld Cinemas

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A Cineworld Cinema recently opened a couple of minutes away from my house. I decided to buy a cineworld unlimited pass. This means that I can go to the cinema as much as I want, whenever I want. It is so amazing. Any film that has just come out, you can bet that I’ve already seen it.

I realise that this favourites post is literally just a bunch of random stuff. I hope you enjoyed my favourites anyway.

Fashion ‘Rules’ That Plus Size Women Need To Break

I’ve never really been into fashion all that much. I always tended to just wear was comfy and hide all my insecurities. Because of this, my confidence dropped very low. I hated how I looked and was determined to cover my body even more. It got to the point where I wouldn’t even wear my arms out no matter how hot I became. I lived in baggy jeans, boots, a baggy men’s t-shirt and a hoody. Not my bed look I will admit.

I think that I have always secretly loved fashion. I love picking clothes for my little sisters and helping them with their hair and make up. However, I’ve never been into it for me. I didn’t see fashion as something that would work for me. I didn’t understand how I could wear all the fashionable clothes and still hide all my insecurities. To me, fashion was something that was for skinny people. It wasn’t for me.

I kept this thought process for years of my life. That is up until very recently. A few month ago, I came across a plus size model name Tess Holliday. She inspired me a lot. She taught me not to feel embarrassed about my body. I might have been big but I will still beautiful.

Slowly, my frame of mind changed into thinking more about I was wearing. I realised that I could actually wear all the clothes that I wanted to.

I’m sick of hearing about all of these fashion ‘rules’ which were more often than not, made by people who have never actually been plus size. Being bigger doesn’t mean that you have to follow the rules that society think is acceptable for larger people. Dress how you want to. Here’s my list of rules that need to be broke now;

1. Crop-tops are just made for skinny people.
This stems from everyone’s fear of tummies, the bit on our bodies with the most fat on. If you want to wear a crop top to show off your tummy then do. Some crop tops can actually be very flattering.

2. Bikinis aren’t for fat people.
A couple of days ago, I was looking at bikinis online, deciding which one would look best on me. I then stumbled upon a question on Yahoo Questions title ‘Can fat people wear bikinis?’. I clicked on it purely out of interest and some of the comments were just disguising. There was comments such as ‘No. Get some self respect’, ‘that’s gross’ and ‘no one wants to see that’. What I have to say to that; stick you bikinis on, Ladies. If you want to wear one then just do it.

3. Horizontal stripes make you look fatter.
Horizontal stripes make you look wider. Oh no, I guess we should all run to our wardrobes and throw out all our stripes. Well no, not happening. If you like wearing horizon stripes then do it.

4. Baggy is better.
This is certainly not true. In fat baggy is not flattering at all. Sure, it skims over all your insecurities making you feel less self-conscious but it doesn’t look good. Look for clothes that fit properly and compliment you in all your favourite places. If you like your waist, get something that goes in there. If you like your legs, get them out.

5. Fat girls can’t wear bright colours.
If we were to follow this rule then the only colour that we would have in our wardrobes would be black. Of course a wardrobe staple would have to be our blacks but during summer it gets ridiculously hot. Get out all those colours.

Basically, don’t listen to any of these supposed rules that society makes. Wear whatever makes you feel good about yourself. You’re all beautiful no matter what you wear.

My Summer List

I’ve never been one to really enjoy summer. I don’t like how the heat makes me feel all sweaty and light headed. I do, however, enjoy the fact that people are more cheerful and everything is more pretty in the Summer.

This Summer, I have decided to start trying to enjoy Summer more. I have tried to compile a list of all the things that I thought I might enjoy doing this Summer.

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  • Go camping
  • Make homemade lemonade
  • Have a picnic at the park
  • Beach BBQ
  • Fly a kite
  • Play Frisbee
  • Go on a hike
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Read
  • Go strawberry picking
  • Play messy twister
  • Tie dye t-shirts
  • Star gaze
  • Water balloon fight
  • Go to the zoo
  • Family bike ride
  • Go swimming
  • Scrapbook
  • Play mini golf
  • Make smoothies
  • Paddle in the sea
  • Camp in the back garden
  • Go to a concert
  • Go to a car boot sale
  • Feed the ducks
  • Walk by the river
  • Play board games
  • Paint rocks
  • Trace shadows
  • Read on the beach
  • Bake cookies
  • Run through a fountain
  • Walk dogs
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Eat watermelon
  • Plant sunflowers
  • Write
  • Watch a sunrise/set
  • Get a tan (Pfft, this won’t happen)
  • Have a paint fight
  • Collect shells
  • Go to a carnival
  • Drink cocktails
  • Go to a farmers market
  • Overcome a fear

Hopefully, I can complete at least half of this least before Summer is over

May Favourites

May has been a completely crazy month for me. It has been full of ups and downs but it has all worked out well. So, I’m ending this month on a positive note with a favourites post.

Disney Tsum Tsum

Eeyore Tsum Tsum

This little guy is so adorable, I love him. If you don’t know what Disney Tsum Tsum is then I shall quickly explain. Disney Tsum Tsum is a line of collectable plushies originally from Japan. They are made to stack on top of each other. I went about bought myself a mini Eeyore. I can’t wait to collect and stack them all.

Casa di Borse Backpack

Backpack

I am obsessed with backpacks. I loooove them! I just think that they are so good for carrying things. Maybe it’s just because I’m too lazy to actually use my arms. This backpack is made of a beautiful white and Champaign coloured leather. It feels so soft. This backpack was reduced from £119 to £15. I know, I know, I was shocked too.

Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

Foundation

I hardly ever wear foundation. I hate it just so much. I hate how it feels on my face. However, recently I attended an event in which I needed to make an effort. I decided that I would actually try with my make up. So, I set out on a mission to find myself a good foundation. I found myself looking at all the bottles in the shop and I knew nothing about any of them. In the end, I just settled for the cheapest that didn’t look like a pile of rubbish. Typical me. Luckily, it is amazing. It covers my skin really well and actually lasts for a while. My face doesn’t feel trapped either.

Amber Run – I Found

I don’t usually put music into my favourites posts and probably won’t again but this song is just so perfect. I have listened to it over and over and over for the past couple of days, I just can’t get enough of it.

Tsum Tsum App

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Going back to Tsum Tsum, I downloaded the app as well. This game is seriously addictive. It’s a simple matching game where you have 60 seconds to match as many characters faces as possible.

I hope you all enjoyed my monthly favourites. I quite like writing them and sharing everything that I’ve been enjoying with you all.