What I might wear…

…if I were a Ravenclaw!

And it’s the last of these Harry Potter themed picks! Aren’t we glad?

Ravenclaw is probably the hardest house to do – navy blue isn’t too hard to find, but bronze isn’t really a popular colour right now. Ah well! For this I went for a fairly simple outfit, because if I were a Ravenclaw I’d want an easy outfit to throw on before I hit the books!

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From L-R

Boots: Jeffrey West Lightning Chelsea Boots

Belt: Kenzo Eye Belt

Necklace: New Look Flying Eagle Necklace

Jumper: Samya Navy Stud Mesh Knit Jumper

Cami: Asos Curve Soft Jersey Vest

T-Shirt: Asos Curve Jersey Top with Dip Back

Jeans: Koko Snakeskin Jeans

(sorry I forgot to number things this time! It’s kind of late, and I’m quite tired!)

What do you think? Was simple and stylish a good way to end this series of posts? And would you like me to do something similar again?

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Pay Day Splurge!

So I got paid yesterday~ Hooray! And with nearly all my Christmas presents bought, I thought it might just be time for  a little shopping for myself! (As if I don’t spend most of my pay cheque on ME anyway!) I may, possibly, have been a leeeettle bit over generous on myself… maybe…

I saw Shainna’s awesome Fall Fashion Faceoff post here (in fact I’ve just discovered her blog, and it is AH-MAY-ZING), and was reminded of Pink Clove’s super fucking cute plaid skirt and thought, I have GOT to get that! Alas, they don’t have it any more! Well, what’s a girl to do except buy the lace skater skirt and gold velvet peplum top, eh?

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And then I just couldn’t stop! I headed over to Asos and was thoroughly tempted by so much stuff in their Christmas sale, but despite craving this navy sequin dress like no one’s business, I eventually went for the really pretty gold foil midi dress. I’m not sure it’s something I’ll wear on its own (still not up to conquering my fear of VBL quite yet!) but it’s gonna look so great under my batwing skull cut out dress (this was just a DIY of an old batwing jumper/dress from Evans). I also nabbed the super dipped hem t-shirt and the mesh cut out leggings.

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I also headed over to Simply Be because they used to carry the bras I like to wear – Gok Wan’s Banger Booster, but it seems like they haven’t got them in my size anymore?? Which is a real shame! Instead I picked up some really cute lacy ones and also checked out their Feel Good Essentials site, where I fell in love with the OPI Mariah Carey Ski Slope Sweetie shade. I’ve been looking for a good white nail varnish, since the one I have is for tips on French Manicure styles, and so it’s too thick to be really good for all-over nail application but this OPI one looks SO CUTE, plus I’ve heard such good things about the brand, that I decided to check it out! Even if it IS ridiculously expensive, for a nail varnish!

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So, what do you guys think? Have you been splashing out on anything recently?

What I might wear…

…if I were a Slytherin!

Guess what! It’s time for poorly made collages featuring clothes I would wear if I were a member of a fictional wizarding school! Hell yeah! (oh, that’s 5 points from Slytherin for bad language, eek!)

In one way, Slytherin is a fun house to do – nice green plus size clothing is relatively easy to find. In another way, it’s a bit of a bugger (another 5 points!), because whilst silver is used sometimes, it’s not particularly common, and especially not in styles that fit in with what I was trying to do. I tried to avoid using grey as a substitute, but I couldn’t entirely get around it, alas. Also I gave up on subtlety and put in a few snakey bits of jewellery!

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1. Diamond Snake Ring – £6594.07

2.  Green Rhinestone Heart Clasp Bracelet – £10.00

3. Blackened Brass Swarovski Crystal Snake Necklace – £810.00

4. Skater Skirt in Leather – £85.00

5. Under The Sunflowers Cardigan in Terrace – £21.50

6. Obey Venom Single Ring – £14.70

7. Earn Your Pinstripes Tights –  £18.40

8. Grey Diamante Gem Cuff – £6.99

9. Underground Blitz Pewter Winklepicker – £109.00

I have to admit, this is probably the closest to a look that I would wear out and about anyway – quite feminine, but with some badass touches here and there. Because I’m doing Slytherin, I didn’t shy away so much from expensive clothes and accessories – I’m not saying Slytherin is FULL of pureblood rich wizards, but if I’m pretending I’m one of them, I’m sure as hell gonna pretend I’m a rich witch.

Man, if only I really had £15204.93 to spend on clothes!

#fatmicroaggressions

So I don’t know if anyone who reads this blog was also on Twitter last night (who am I kidding, everyone who reads this was on Twitter last night, lbr). There was a really great discussion happening on the #fatmicroaggressions tag. The tag was basically people posting the hostilities and aggressions that happen to them because they’re fat. As you can imagine, although ‘micro’ was in the tag, these frequently became statements about issues that were hardly small.

Before I go on, if you DO go check out the tag, be aware of body hate, sexism, racism and ableism.

I will get on to talk about the content of the tag in a moment, but I wanted to bring up something else that came out of the tag. The term microaggression was coined by Chester M Pierce, with regards to discussions of race (wiki link here). Thanks to @definatalie for pointing this out and bringing up the fact that fat activism can co-opt words without much reflection and @ashleymoreass for mentioning it too!.  As a white person, I’m pretty uncomfortable taking the term to describe my white problems. This may seem ridiculous to some – but when a term is used/created specifically to describe actions by a privileged group of which I am a part, I don’t think it’s silly to take time to consider whether or not my privilege means I should be finding another term.

@ellie_mint pointed out that although we may have been introduced to the term as one to do with race issues, it has in the past been used for a variety of social justice situations, which is also stated in the wiki entry on it. I don’t take issue with this – I literally only learned the term and its history last night (SO I AM CLEARLY AN EXPERT!), it’s definitely a useful term because it makes clear that prejudices aren’t always violent attacks, but little things (which of course add up cumulatively to massive things). Being so unfamiliar with the term and any discourse around it, I’m still unsure whether it’s a term I would use if I were to start a similar tag – I really don’t know the right answer.

And of course, me and other white people taking issue over whether or not we’re sure it’s the best tag to use doesn’t really take into account that fat isn’t just a white thing, there are plenty of fat POC who added to that discussion. And considering fat activism can be pretty white at times, that is a really positive aspect of last night  that we should be making sure is encouraged, welcomed and listened to. Us white people wringing our hands over appropriate terminology may make sense in our own, personal use, but when we come together as a community the rights or wrongs of it certainly get a bit more murky. Also, as @ZAmmi points out – to assume that my use of the term is taking away from other people could be construed as me having a massive overestimation of my own importance. And whilst we all know I’m a totes a BNF in the SJ world, they do have a point – I may be over thinking this… a hint…

To be honest, I still don’t have an answer to this. The tag had already started by the time I saw it and joined in, I don’t know enough about the history of the word, I don’t know how the tag started (ETA apparently Melissa McEwan started it!) and it also isn’t just about white fatties.

And that leads me on to the actual content of the tag. You guys, I think it is so, so important for us to have discussions like these – not just to educate any people unfamiliar with fat activism on why it’s necessary, but because shared experiences are so important for building and maintaining our community. Some of the things that people were tweeting left me sitting in my chair pointing weakly at screen, knowing just what they meant.

With the lack of posts on the fatshionista LJ comm and falling out of the blogging circles a bit, I sometimes forget how much support from the fat activist community has helped me. I would never be as happy and content as I am now, I would still be stuck in a toxic circle of self hate and doubt. I’m so happy to see that the conversations that helped me come to love myself (and indeed set me on the path to understanding feminism and social justice!) are still going on, and taking place in new venues! I think Twitter is a great venue for sharing some experiences – obviously there are many things that don’t fit into 140 characters, but these tweets encapsulate some of the things that happen to us and also invite conversation and understanding. I’m so glad that this tag happened and that I got to see and join in!

Bustle.com has selected 10 of the most revealing tweets here, but I think if you have the time, you should check out the rest of the tag.

I know I’m not writing a super amount about the tag content – I honestly think it stands for itself and you should be checking it out! There are still some additions going on but it seems to have slowed down for now.

There’s a storify here

Or you can read it on Twitter here

Did you join in? Did you see any Tweets that really resonated with you? Does anyone else need a hug after being reminded of the hurtful shit that flies our way (I ask because I really do ;a;!)?

Some December Favourites

Wow, it’s been a bit long between updates! I’d meant to be a more regular blogger, but I’ve been distracted!

So for the past couple of months, I’ve come across a few things I’ve really enjoyed and I figured – why not share the love?

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Rat Queens by Kurtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurh is a monthly comic coming out from Image. I’ve really enjoyed the first three issues! The art is some of the best currently out there, IMO. The characters are a huge amount of fun – Wiebe is proving that you can have a badass comic with a ton of action, violence and intrigue and do it all with a main female cast! Rat Queens is the kind of unabashed, stylish fun that only comics can do. If you’re near a comic shop, pick it up! And if you aren’t, consider buying it online!

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The Hobbit: Extended Edition – I demanded this for my birthday (and didn’t get it! I had to spend my own money on it! The horror!). I really, really enjoyed The Hobbit when it came out in cinemas (moreso than LotR, as I find Frodo the wettest hen ever), I’ve rewatched it tons of times since it came out on DVD/Blu-Ray and I was a bit iffy about spending out for another Blu-Ray version of it… but I’m glad I did! I’m  one of those people who can’t get enough behind the scenes stuff – I love learning about the creative process behind films, especially about films with Richard Armitage, Aidan Turner and Graham McTavish! Swoon! If you’re like me and enjoy Hobbit fandom and the nitty-gritty details, then I wholeheartedly suggest getting this!

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Recently I’ve popped into Body Shop, initially to grab a (sadly discontinued!) tinted lipbalm. I couldn’t get that, but I’ve ended up with some really lovely eye-shadows! The do single colour palettes (£7), baked palettes (£10) and things called shimmer cubes (£16)- 4 shimmery shades. In store, they have a great deal where you can get a shimmer palette (£16), eye-liner (£9), mascara (£10) and eye-shadow brush (£9) – for £20! Considering the price of each item individually and the quality of the product, I think this is an unbeatable deal! I’ve found that the shimmer colours don’t have a super high amount of pigmentation, but if you apply them wet, they’ll obviously come out brighter, applied dry they are still shimmery and beautiful. Over a primer, they seem to last really well! Here are my disembodied eyes after 9 or so hours:

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Of their eye-shadows, I’ve also nabbed 605 Sweet Pea, which is a pretty pearlescent green and 310 Berry Cheeky, which is a bright pink. Of their baked palettes, I’ve bought 07 Sapphire, which is blue and black, 04 Quartz, which is a pink and black and 06, Starlight which is a bright silver and black. You might have guessed, I really like eye-shadow! I also really like that currently Body Shop is having a 50% off sale! It ends tomorrow, but they seem to be having them a lot lately, so keep your eyes open if you’re interested!

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Moon and Star earrings from Asos, £6. I bought these on a whim, because I really love crescent moon and star motifs, and these are so, so pretty! They’re not too big, so they’re very easy to wear and the dangling stars don’t get tangled in my hair or caught on scarves. They’re quite simple and yet they work well and add a little bit of interest to your ears. For such a small pair, I think they have a big impact and they add a touch of whimsy to any outfit. They’re also perfect stocking fillers, if you’re stuck for some jewellery ideas (plus Asos has lovely speedy shipping, so you’re still in time for ordering)!

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Black Glitter Velvet 3/4 Sleeve Dress from New Look. I’m cheating a bit here, since I’ve had this since late October, but I thought I’d better throw a dress in here! This is an utterly gorgeous dress! It fits really nicely (except, the sleeves are a bit awkward and tend to roll up slightly), the fabric is nice and thick for winter, and the holographic sparklies are so pretty! If you like a gothic touch in your wardrobe, you couldn’t do worse than this dress – especially as it’s a steal at £22.99! There are so many lovely dresses out now in time for party season and I haven’t seen this one mentioned anywhere! It must have slipped under the radar, but I think this pretty, comfortable and affordable dress is something everyone should be looking at!

I have to be honest, the second I saw the glitter velvet dress, I swooned and broke my clothes-buying ban! But who can blame me? Just look at it!

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Annd let’s end on Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff! I have mentioned DDatTL on this blog before, but I’ve only recently bought the paper version. Ugh, you guys. IT’S STILL AMAZING. This is one of the most fun comics I’ve ever read, Cliff’s art style is fantastic, Delilah and Selim are wonderful characters and it’s one of those awesome comics that grown-ups enjoy, but is totally suitable for younger readers (about 12+ I’d say, there’s some violence!). If you were looking for a way to introduce someone to comics, this title would be a great way to do it! I bought my copy from Amazon, for £7.69.

Have you guys got anything you’ve particularly enjoyed over the last month?