Monday, 25 May 2015


It feels like an especially long time since my last "This week..." post, being extra busy hasn't stopped me enjoying reading blogs although has stopped me writing them.

Orange has become a bit of a power colour for me as late- and Sammi in her Bernie Dexter dress has inspired me to up the stakes into my wardrobe...

....beyond excited to see myself in the Mirrors write up about the Curvy Convention...

... this photo of Rebecca by Florence is amazing- Totally crushing on her sarong (which is by Vivian of Holloway unless I'm mistaken)...

,,, and I love Amys comparison of Hell Bunny and Lindy Bop skirts- super informative when shopping.

Jodie x

Saturday, 23 May 2015


Last Saturday was the best (and most exhausting) day- so much so I think I have only just recovered from it! I dressed up to the nines and joined Jo and Nicki (from Voodoo Vixen) at the Curvy Convention. Helping represent a brand I love was amazing, even though I was petrified at the start, and felt a little out of depth being in charge of Voodoo Vixens Instagram account -how did I do? (FYI this post in VERY photo heavy).

Dress:Voodoo Vixen (similar here)
Petticoat: Hell Bunny (similar here)
Cardigan: Voodoo Vixen (similar here)
Shoes: New Look
Belt: Pin Up Girl Clothing
Bag: Vintage

This is the second Plus Size fashion event I have attended quite a few events in my time (London Fashion Week, London Edge, Vintage fairs ect) but there's something about Plus Size events that are so comfortable. I would be lost without the absolute babes I've met through blogging (both plus size and not) as they really make blogging worthwhile (in particular Laura, April, Law, Debz, Betty, Claire and Becky to name a few), but what differs to the styles I see is that at plus size event I can actually recreate the looks. There is nothing better than seeing styles on a body like mine.

That's why I think the Curvy Convention was such a success- there was loads of plus size babes in clothes I wanted to steal that inspired me. Everyone I spoke to said the same thing- that seeing clothes on actual bodies was great as you could actually see how they fell. how they cut at the bust and waist, how supportive the straps where and (as the Curvy Convention used real people as models) how the clothes looked on a variety of body shapes.

It also meant I got to talk to everyone I met (including a lovely reporter and photographer form the Mirror and the lovely Gemma Collins who-as an Essex girl myself- came off exact how friendly she was on TOWIE) about the increase in plus size fashion. How various brands are catching up with mainstream fashion while still creating pieces appealing tot he more alternative. The fit of plus size clothes are improving more and more- rather that some brands that purely make bigger patterns and expect it to fit bigger woman, brands such as Voodoo Vixen, Evans and Simply Be are using fit models to cut clothes to better shapes and you can really tell the quality in their clothes. 

Plus size events are the best place to see the clothes in action.

All the models done an amazing job- my favourite being the swim wear from Simply Be (oh my God I need them), Nicky Rockers awesome tee range (which I couldn't help but buy to increase my rockabilly wardrobe) and obviously the pin up party of the Voodoo Vixen catwalk.  

As you can tell these are just a few highlights of my time- but I'm already looking forward to next year.

Jodie x

Wednesday, 13 May 2015


Skirt: Pin Up Girl Clothing (similar here)
Petticoat: Hell Bunny (similar here)
Top: Vintage
Sandals: Dr Martens (similar here and here)
Brooch: Ella Mobbs

How awesome are these photos? April done a fantastic job after a day out. Having someone to share my love of pin up with is great- especially when she offers to share her artistic skills.

I have a love/hate relationship with this skirt. In almost every way this skirt is perfect. The print, the length, the width, the softness and thickness of material- all perfect. the only down side is it has a slightly wider waist band than most skirts so tends to fold down a lot-something easily fixed with a belt.

I'm beyond excited about going to the Curvy Convention with Voodoo Vixen Saturday- I'm hope I see a lot of people there even though I am really nervous about the whole thing.
Jodie x

Thursday, 7 May 2015


Dress: handmade from eBay (similar here, hereand here)
Petticoat: eBay
Shoes: New Look
Brooch: Felt Witch and Holey Socks
Cardigan: Voodoo Vixen (similar here)

You know where you start to write a blog post and everything falls out of your head. I can only blame this on my university assignment taking everything useful out of my head once I had finished it (early). I have missed blogging these last couple of weeks- being shamelessly photographed and reading and writing for pleasure strangely satisfying.

I have really enjoyed that last 5 months in placement and actually feel a little upset and scared about moving onto my next. I really feel like my hard work is paying off despite missing out on a lot of what makes me happy. It might also have warped my mind a little as I seem to have developed that fashion blogger rule of wearing coats and jackets across my shoulders- as proven by my new cardigan style. I'll admit without doing the top button I have lost this cardigan a fair few times but I feel like I'm rocking it.
Jodie x

Tuesday, 28 April 2015


With plus size shopping being so focused in the media lately (with Plus Size Wars on C4 and the #WeAreThey hashtag) finding a brand with a supportive ethos is a big deal. When I was a teenager and in my early 20s plus size was a taboo- it was OK if I wanted a kaftan or a smock or if I wanted to dress in black (which I did) but it wasn't really me. As a teenage Punk (with short black hair, drainpipes –before they were cool- and I even have Destroy tattooed on my back) I retired in my mid-20s eventually finding my home in Pin Up and Rockabilly.

Pin Up and Rockabilly have always been inclusive. I've never know a time when I felt “to fat to fit in” or too different. Or looked at a fellow Pin Up and thought “she’s to short/ thin/ tall”. The reason I love the Pin Up community so much is that it’s all inclusive and it’s the style everyone looks good in. Below are a few of my favourite inspiration.

Voodoo Vixen are a brand I love- not just because of the awesome pints turning me into a crazy cat lady (Kitty, Ally Cat and Katnis to name a few) but because they have a really inclusive pear shaped cut. Pin Up is traditionally quite hourglass, but nationally women are more pear shaped- with a smaller bust to waist difference and bigger hips- and as such traditional cuts no longer match women’s shapes of today. This attitude results in Voodoo Vixen more suited to more women-and why I love them so much! They are a brand working towards including as many people as possible- with their sizes from XS to 4XL and really support their Plus Size range (including it in Debenhams before their straight sizes!) taking on board feedback from Plus Size bloggers.

All in all I am very happy to share that they have asked me to join them at the Curvy Convention! If you’re attending please stop by and chat about the brand and (although they won’t be selling on the day) come stroke all the amazing prints and say hello to me! If you want to buy tickets then please follow the link below.

Jodie x

Wednesday, 22 April 2015


I know the sun has been shining lately, and its looking more and more like spring every day but I can't put this post off any longer and have to share my awesome coat! I'm very happy I'm a naturally chilly person so clearly still getting use out of it. 

Coat: Collectf (similar here)
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood
Brooch: Ella Mobbs
Hair flower: Crown and Glory
Bag: Sun Jellies (similar here)

Unfortunately the grey Rachel coat is now out online (my boyfriend bought this for me in Brighton) but they still have the pink checked version. It's seriously the best coat ever- being a coat that finally allows petticoat puffiness and super warm. It having pockets are just a bonus. 

Compared to the Pearl and Ashley I much prefer the fit. It fastens to the neck but a lot better cut than the Pearl around the chest. 

In reality this whole outfit is one huge show off including the shoes and bag- both of which are going to be over worn this summer. 
Jodie x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015


From such a similar name to the Voodoo Vixen Arlene, the Adeline dress couldn't more different. 

Dress c/o Voodoo Vixen via Debenhams (similar here and here)
Necklace: Thomas Sabo
Petticoat: Hell Bunny

This is another dress Voodoo Vixen have released on Debenhams and I think I might actually think it's nicer. I can 100% see it appealing to more people.

It's nice to own a dress with sleeves- I can finally go without a cardigan and not be freezing. They're so cute and roomy- a good thing as I tend to swing my arms around a lot (either dancing in my room or general gesturing). They're the perfect touch to a plus size dress. 

My favourite part has to be the bit I was least sure of- the neckline. It's very similar to the Collectif Regina neckline but MUCH better fitted. With the Regina I was constantly falling out (so had to get rid of it) but the Adeline is a much better cut while still giving a beautiful sweetheart neckline. I'm very impressed. 

I felt like the dress didn't need anything extra, but I'm looking forward to (over) accessorising. 
Jodie x