Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Outfit of the Day: F-F-F-F-Fashion

Full-Figured-Form-Fitting-Fashion is what we're all about today!  Yet another Fashion Rule broken.  Natalie over at Definatalie blogged a little while ago about rejecting the notion of the flattering outfit, which I loved.  A lot of my tops are quite form-fitting but I usually try and avoid emphasising my belly and butt.  Well, screw that!  Today I went for jeggings (which, for those who don't know, are leggings crossed with jeans) and a long fitted tank.

Jeggings: Torrid
Tank: Jay Jays
Cardi: City Chic
Shoes: Rubi Shoes
Necklace: Gifted

Finally, a pic of my red shoes!  Unfortunately, another OOTD with my City Chic cardi.  What can I say, I love it!  This outfit was super-comfortable, and I surprised myself by not being self-conscious at all for the whole day.  This photo looks a bit strange because I was joking around with Dave and wiggling my butt at him.  He was too slow to get a pic of that, he caught me as I was turning around laughing :)

The necklace I'm wearing is actually a pocket watch my Daddy gave me.  Unfortunately I've really struggled to get a decent pic of it.  Daddy collects pocket watches, he has a pretty extensive collection now, and he gave me this one.  I love it because it suits me perfectly - a little bit fancy, not too girly, and unusual!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Synthesis

The last couple of years have really been life-changing for me, as I've mentioned before.  I've been through a gym junkie phase, where I lost a few kilos but was so miserable and so obsessed with everything that went in my mouth that I had to give up to keep my sanity...Although I used the usual excuses of "lack of time and money".  I acted like I enjoyed what I was doing, but I was like Rose in Titanic: I felt like I was in a crowded room, screaming, and no one was paying attention.

Then a few months ago I was doing research for work on the fat community.  I read a couple of blog posts, like this one from Definatalie and this one from Red Vinyl Shoes, and it was like a lightbulb went off in my head.  Suddenly I realised that there was a world in which it was ok for me to not eat only green vegetables and red meat, where it was ok for me to not slave away at the gym, where it was ok for me to wear stylish, sexy clothes and not be self-conscious...And that I was already living in that world, if I just opened my eyes.  All these issues, all this self-consciousness, suddenly drained away.  I realised that I don't recall the last time I caught my naked reflection in a mirror and thought I looked bad - that how I felt about my size was based on what I thought I *should* feel, and not what I actually felt.  And so my fat acceptance journey began.


Friday, August 20, 2010

Outfit of the Day: Horizontal Stripes

One of the first "Fashion Rules" I remember learning as a little girl was that horizontal stripes apparently make you look fat and should be avoided at all costs.  Well, bollocks to that I say!  If they make things look bigger then they must make my boobs look fantastic!

Necklace: Gifted

It was raining and I was in a hurry so the pic isn't that great, and I wish I had a better one of this necklace because it is so beautiful.  A friend of mine from Tahiti made it for me for my wedding.  I'm still having problems with these shoes but they're slowly becoming wearable.  I made it to and from work at least but I was running all over the office today so I ended up having to kick them off at work because it was too much effort keeping them on!

I just realised this is the first pic I've posted in which you can see one of my two tattoos.  I love my tattoos and want to get more but don't trust anyone other than my tattooist Dave at Electric Ink to do them.  Unfortunately he is in the middle of nowhere in NZ so it's either make a special trip just for tattoos (unlikely) or wait until I move back home (long way away) or find a recommended tattoo artist I can trust on the Gold Coast or perhaps in Brisbane.  I want to get a phoenix on my right upper arm and a silver fern icon on the inside of my right wrist, and then I have some other plans as well!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

That Fresh Bread Smell

I love baking and should really do it more often.  This weekend I made my famous carrot and orange cake, and I also made bread for the first time in ages.  I love fresh bread but it's so much hard work and our current kitchen is very tiny so it's hard to do things that require a lot of bench space like bread or pasta making.  However, this post at Blue Milk, followed by this one, inspired me to try the no-knead bread recipe she talks about.

After reading the recipe, I admit I was suspicious, because it seemed so easy: no kneading, one (long) rise, no faffing around, basic ingredients...But I decided to give it a try.  I also had a lot of carrots to use up, so made carrot cake.  Picture-heavy results after the jump!