Friday, January 20, 2017

See A Nice Outfit And Read About My Lump

When work finished last year and Christmas drew near, my skin turned on me. My face broke out like I was a teenager again, my scalp developed a scaly and weeping case of psoriasis and I developed not one but TWO cold sores in the worst possible place: on the corners of my mouth, where the mere movement of eating caused them to split back open. I probably get around two cold sores a year and have learnt my triggers and how to treat them. This means that when I get them, they are generally quite small and only last five days or so. Unfortunately, these ones caught me unawares, as they began (or disguised themselves) as a split lip. For this reason, I have spent nearly all five weeks of my summer holidays with cold sores that have taken WEEKS to heal. This also means that I can't even kiss my fiance or wear lipstick, so I've been feeling very sorry for myself.

But that's not all!

A lump started to develop under my chin. I thought maybe it was an ingrown hair, but it got so large and tender that I assumed it was a swollen lymph node - perhaps a reaction to my other skin problems. It felt like I had a ping pong ball under the skin! I'd never experienced anything like it. I was speaking to Jeff about going to the doctor in the next few days if it didn't improve, but he asked to take a closer look. He saw that there was a small scab over the middle of the lump, so he peeled it back and what happened next was Doctor Pimple Popper worthy! I was both horrified and fascinated. I continued to drain it over the next few days and now it's gone right down and doesn't hurt anymore. But after the breakout, cold sores and stinging scalp, it was just another thing that made leaving the house make me want to cry. Jeff was very good at lightening my mood and helping me to laugh at myself by singing Lump by The Presidents of the USA whenever I complained. 

I'm glad to say I'm on the mend now and everything is clearing up. So because I was feeling strangely optimistic and happy to be leaving the house, I decided to dress in my favourite style, boho chic, and get Jeff to take some photos for the blog. 

Thank you for reading, lovelies x

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hello From The Other Side

blue dress XL CITY CHIC// necklace LOVISA

I am very pleased to be blogging again after having such a dry spell over the past year. I have missed it a great deal. I don't really even have a proper reason why. I guess after moving into our first home and the DJing taking off over wedding season, I was just too busy and put blogging in the "too hard" basket. In that time, I also stopped checking my favourite plus size fashion blogs regularly and started checking Instagram once a week instead of the usual two or three times a day. 

It seems silly considering that I still spend a lot of money on clothes and enjoying what I wear, and since I've been on holidays over the past few weeks I've felt rested enough to feel the drive come back. Plus, I also need to write blog posts about getting engaged and finding a wedding dress! Both of which I have not announced on my blog or on Instagram, and I plan on fixing that over the next week or two. 

Although I haven't been quite so immersed in the online plus size fashion community, I've dabbled here and there, checked out hashtags, popped back onto some of my favourite blogs and checked out new brands. Exciting things seem to be happening! New faces are popping up too. It feels like there's a new phase of the revolution. A settled, more steady growth of body positivity, and I don't want to miss out!

Now onto my outfit. This dress came out in black at City Chic in the pre-Christmas season. I bought it because the fabric was very light and comfortable, with no lining. Perfect for a scorching hot day. Then it came out in blue as an online exclusive, and I leapt at the chance to have it in such a dynamic and eye-catching colour. Easy to wear, but great impact - and can be dressed up or down. 

One of our rabbits jumped into the photo without me realising, too. 

Thanks for reading. Maybe comment below, and then I'll know if people still read this! haha

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Wine, sun & a new dress

Just a quick one today. I picked up this dress in the City Chic sales in January and it's just darling. The perfect outfit for day trip through McLaren Vale and the Adelaide Hills. Many wines were tasted. I love South Australia. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Is that pot on your dress, Miss?

As I sit here with my cup of tea, fingers poised over the keyboard, I think to myself, "Gosh, I really do miss blogging!" I haven't photographed any outfits in months, but I really felt like posting something today. So I had a look through iPhoto and found these pics which I hadn't used yet. It really is quite fitting, because lately this leafy New Look tunic (via ASOS Curve) is all I've been wearing. It's only in the last two weeks when the heat has been unbearable and the thought of wearing leggings is inconceivable that it's had a little break. I really wish that I'd taken the jacket off for a few shots so that you could see the little cap sleeves. Maybe I'm losing my touch?

This jacket is an oldie but a goodie. Real leather, purchased from the standard ASOS range a few years ago (size 18). It's still one of my favourite things in the world. I did want to also mention the size 11 tan boots here, which I bought from Autograph in the winter and I've practically lived in. So comfortable and easy to wear. I really, really like the shoes from Autograph!

I wore this outfit to work recently and some of my students asked if I had weed on my shirt. I explained, in some detail, the difference between palm and marijuana leaves. "Plus, do you really think wearing a top covered in weed would be a responsible choice for a teacher?" 

I'm off work for January, so I'm excited to have some relaxing days ahead. Hopefully lots of swimming. I have a lot of school work to do as well, so that will need to be a priority (teachers may get a lot of holidays, but there's always so much to do!). Lately my days have pretty lazy, sitting around in horrid maxi dresses, teeth unbrushed and checking Facebook every two minutes. Relaxing, but about as unproductive as you can be. I've also seen The Force Awakens twice (so in love!) and watched this amazing ten-hour Netflix documentary called Making A Murderer. As I said - lazy days! 

Now to sign off so that I can prepare my house for a New Years Eve party here tonight. Think lasagna, booze, Disney Singstar and Cards Against Humanity. Should be a fun night. Oh and did I mention it was 39 degrees Celcius (102 Fahrenheit) in Adelaide today? Yeah. Yuck. Hope your New Years is cooler!

Lots of love and a happy new year to you,