Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Dawn French on Fat Women Part 2

Fair warning the photographer is an arse but that is likely much of the point.

Dawn French on Fat Women Part 1

Friday, February 20, 2009

Dawn French

I have such a girl crush on Dawn French. Being the clueless American I am I didn't know who she was until my husband and I were watching the episode of The F Word with her in it. She's beautiful and funny. I'm in love.

Now I need to read her book!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Joyful Reunion

This report of a joyful reunion made me cry, and I'm not a crier. With everything going on right now it's nice see these types of reports.

Friday, February 6, 2009

My Red Boots

...are apparently my f-you boots. So today I'm getting dressed in the locker room after swimming laps. I actually started getting dressed in the changing rooms the last few months because I've decided I would rather not have another unfortunate discussion about my size with a stranger while I'm naked. Obviously I'm not hiding anything as people see me in a suit and see me naked in the showers (I refuse not to have a proper shower). However I put my shoes and socks on out in the benches where there is more room.

So a woman I see there frequently (also fat I might add) looks at my boots and says, "Yikes." To which I say, "Yes, they're out there but I LOVE them." Then she says, "Those are like something on What Not to Wear." I smile, "I couldn't care less." (My friends and family have all been warned to even entertain the notion of calling What Not to Wear on me as they would be met with bitter disappointment.) Then we actually have a pleasant chat about finding plus size clothing and stores, although I got the feeling she was trying to advise me more than anything. I did express several times that I'm fortunate enough to be in a position, i.e. no boss, etc., that I can dress any way I please.

I'm not going to disguise myself and try to fade into the woodwork just because I'm fat. In fact I think in some instances fat people, because of their substance, can carry off certain bold looks with better success than thin people. Just last week I asked my kids (2, 7, 12, and 15) what they thought about how I dress and they all said it was cool, I looked creative, and it was me. My only conern was really not overly embrassing the teens, other than that everyone else can buggar off.

I truly love my Dr. Martens red velvet boots with the satin ribbon laces. I also have them in black velvet. I wanted my red ones so bad I stalked ebay until I found them in my size. In fact I love them so much we made babies:

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Ebay Sellers

...lay off the Fabreze. Seriously dudes, put it down and step away. Take a deep breath, it will be okay. Really. Some of you hard cases may need to start a support group.

I've been revamping my wardrobe (again), partly out of boredom and partly out inspiration from the beautiful women on Flickr Fatshionista. Oh, and I've trying to finally come to terms with my plantar fasciitis being here to stay so I have to part ways with most of my cute shoes that don't allow for my orthotics (not being able to wear slides and clogs when the only thing skinny on you is your heel sucks btw). So I've been thrifting, scouring online clearances (because I generally despise physical retail shopping with a passion), and ebaying. Over 50% of the items from ebay have arrive REEKING of Fabreze. Like give me instant headache, make me nauseous, get it in the laundry immediately reeking (which is a bummer when it's new stuff). What the heck? I do not understand this product, to me there is nothing fresh smelling about it. However, obviously much of their target market is ebay sellers.

Also list your 1X and higher stuff in the plus sizes section or we'll never find it. Oh, and a size L or a 14 is not a plus size (gasp!), list it in the misses section because they won't find it either (even if you happen to think that's a fat size).