Let’s Talk About High Street Sizes

So yesterday I was super excited when I got notification to say my H&M parcel had been delivered. Well no, that’s not exactly true because the email came from Hermes and I knew that there was a strong possibility that my parcel would be closer to the moon than my letter box, but that’s not what this is about.

I had ordered three items from H&M: a ladies t-shirt, size ‘S’, a pair of mom jeans, size 12 – because I’m a 10-12 and I figured I’d size up because jeans can be notoriously tricky to get right – and a hoodie from the kids section, aged ’14+’ – because I loved it, I’m quite petite so there was a possibility it would fit me, and I figured worst case scenario I’d just return it. Quite a mixed bag, right? Well, I figured I had a pretty good chance with everything fitting.

The first thing I thought I should try on was the kids hoodie, and I was super pumped to find that it fit me perfectly, yay! From the photo on the website, it was supposed to be a loose-fit style for kids, and it was a little more fitted on me, but it definitely didn’t look like I’d squeezed myself into a kids shirt. Win. I had no worries about the t-shirt fitting, but if anything it was a little looser than I expected, and then there were the jeans..

Remember how I said that I sized up? From the moment I stepped into them, I just knew that they weren’t going to fit. Despite being ‘mom jeans’, they just barely made it over my thighs, and there was absolutely no chance of them doing up. So tell me, why can I fit into a kids size item, and then not an adult size from the same store?

But this isn’t just about me complaining about my H&M order, this is about what high street stores are doing to girls and women every day. The industry is typically infamous for producing unrealistic body expectations with the use of tiny models, photoshop and various other things that make the average woman feel like a slug, but even if you take away all of these things, you’re still left with something that can be potentially so harmful, and that is the massive discrepancy between the supposed same sizes, not just between different brands, but even within the same store.

Let me put it this way: I bought those jeans a size bigger than what I am, and the size bigger than what I am did not fit me. Some of the thoughts that instantly go through my head are ‘oh my gosh, is it me?’, ‘have I gained weight without noticing?’, ‘could I actually be 2 or even 3 sizes bigger than I think I am?’. After this flood of negative thoughts about my own body, I talk myself down and remember that H&M is particularly infamous for big sizing issues, but before I could get to that explanation, I spent a few minutes feeling like absolute crap.

One time, I bought two pairs of skinny jeans from New Look – both size 10. One pair was a good fit, although actually a little looser in some places. I still have those jeans to this day. The other pair wouldn’t even go up my calf. My arm barely fit into them. Same number on the label, same shop, two completely different actual sizes.

I mean, I get that it might be completely possible to have a totally unified system, for whatever stupid reason the stores always give when challenged on this, but its not the fact that I can vary from a size 8-14 depending on where I’m shopping – I can live with that – its what this does to my confidence. Even Asos now has a ‘size recommendation’ feature, which is designed to give you a better idea of what you should order based on your personal details and previous purchases, and when I first saw it, I thought ‘hey, what a great idea!’ Well, that was until one time I saw something that I liked, selected my size, and the little message popped up saying, and I paraphrase, ‘um, you’re probably not gonna fit into that, why don’t you get the next size up?’ – yes I exaggerated what was actually said, but it actually made me feel so bad about myself that I just stopped shopping and closed the window.

In case I haven’t made my point clear enough – this is damaging. Brands can use all the curvy, un-edited models in the world, but if the size of their products doesn’t reflect some sort of consistency, girls and women everywhere are still going to be subject to the effects that the fashion industry has on body image.

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Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Tulle

I leave for Walt Disney World in 10 weeks. 10 WEEKS!!

Its become part of my trip countdown tradition to share the outfits I have planned, but this year I decided to try something a little different in the set up of these posts because a) it saves me having to go outside and take countless outfit photos and b) I’m hoping to get lots of photos of these outfits on the trip, and they’ll look much better in situ in the parks than they would in my back garden.

So instead, I’m gonna rock the flatlays!

Bibbidi-Bobbidi Tulle Disney Outfit

Day one of our trip is going to be super magical. We’ll be twirling down Main Street first thing on our way to breakfast reservations at Cinderella’s Royal Table, so I’ll be leaving the glass slippers at home and opting for Converses instead, but I still want to be a princess nonetheless. Sarah’s planning a Rapunzel-bound which also involves a tulle skirt, so it was a perfect excuse for me to dig out mine again!

The t-shirt is from Redbubble (as you’re probably aware most of mine are!), and I made the ears to match – any excuse for new ears! I also always look forward to being able to wear my Alex and Ani bracelets again when I go on Disney trips – I think they’re so beautiful but I don’t like wearing them when I’m not in the parks.

I can just imagine the day being full of princess meeting, twirling and happiness, and I’m so excited!!

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Oh Boy!

If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that for the last few months I’ve been frantically retweeting about The Happiest Fitness Co‘s new collection, which released on the website this morning!

The Disney savvy of you will know that today, November 18th is the official birthday of Mickey Mouse, after his first official appearance in Steamboat Willie on this day back in 1928, so I was looking at production timeframes and realised that it would be possible to have the collection ready for sale today, it had to be done! Fun fact: its also my dad’s birthday today!

So here it is, the full collection!

The Happiest Fitness Co Oh Boy! collection

The Oh Boy! Logo Tee

The Happiest Fitness Co Oh Boy! collection

The Oh Boy! Tank Top

The Happiest Fitness Co Oh Boy! collection

The Oh Boy! Unisex Tee

The Happiest Fitness Co Oh Boy! collection

The Oh Boy! Women’s V-Neck Tee

The Happiest Fitness Co Oh Boy! collection

The Oh Boy! Snapback

The Happiest Fitness Co Oh Boy! collection

The Oh Boy! Beanie

This collection is super exciting for me as its one of many firsts: the first male/unisex t-shirts, HATS.. Its simple, versatile and I’m dying to get a chance to shoot a proper lookbook for it!

All of the shirts are 100% cotton, making them suitable for workouts or lazy days alike, and perfect for park days!

I’m really just so happy with this whole collection, and I hope you all like it as much as I do! Stock is limited, so don’t miss out!

PS. I’d love you all if you went and followed THFC on Twitter and Instagram!

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OOTD: Looking Rad

Sometimes it takes a sale to push you to buy something you’ve been eyeing up for months!

Rad.Co

Rad.Co

Rad.Co

Rad.Co

Rad.Co

In this case, it was this sweatshirt of dreams, the Marshmallow from Rad. I’ve been thinking about it for maybe close to a year now, but when having another browse through the website at the end of last month and noticing the glorious little ‘sale’ sticker in the corner of the image, I finally hit add to basket without a second thought!

I also grabbed the mouse espadrilles from the sale, topping off this adorable little ensemble, with my new jeans from New Look. I’m normally a dark denim kinda gal but I’m enjoying a change with these stone-washed skinnys and while I do have an issue with the sizing of New Look jeans, these ones fit me pretty well.

As the weather has thrown us well into Autumn now, I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this sweater!

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Recent Disney Purchases

So I thought I’d do a little haul post today to share some of the Disney goodies I’ve picked up over the past few months, yay!

Poprageous and Forever 21 Disney

First up, the Disney clothes! I’ve been eyeing up the Forever 21 Pixar collection for a little while, and having never purchased anything from them before I decided to take a chance on this cute Toy Story crop top. There are matching shorts available that I might have to get as well! The skirt is from Poprageous and I absolutely fell in love with the splattered Mickey print – its a perfectly subtle!

Cakeworthy flannel

Adorkable Apparel pixie crop top

Next up, my lovely friend Lizi put a request out on Twitter for people who would be interested in doing a joint order from Cakeworthy, and as I’d been looking at buying one of their flannel shirts, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to save on shipping and customs! I ummed and ahhed over which design, but something kept telling me that I needed this nod to Sleeping Beauty – my favourite princess as a kid – and its even nicer in person than it looked on the website!

As we’d set up a little group message for everyone doing the order, another of my Disney friends Sammy had asked if anyone wanted in on her Adorkable Apparel order, so I got the Rose Pixie crop top, although I’m a little gutted I didn’t go for the Frost fairy one as its sold out now! BUT they are releasing more pixie designs soon and I’m really excited for Fawn’s!

Redbubble a-line dress

Even though this isn’t a great photo, I am so excited about this dress! Its a new product available from Redbubble, and the Its A Small World design goes so perfectly with a pair of ears I bought earlier in the year! I’m going to be wearing it in Disneyland Paris when I’m there this weekend and doing a little photoshoot in front of the ride which hopefully is going to look great!

Disney tsum tsum and patches

Finally, a few little bits and pieces! I picked up the Tsum Tsum water bottle and Donald, which is a phone holder, from a toy shop in Kuala Lumpur airport on my layover to New Zealand; the bottle has a combination of some of my absolute faves, including Tangled, Big Hero 6 and Toy Story! The Mickey and Minnie tsums came from a seller on Depop – I’m actually not 100% sure if they’re authentic, but they are so damn cute I don’t really care!

Last but not least, I fell for the recent craze of patches and bought all these from Depop. I’m not really into denim jackets, so I think I might customise some of my shorts in preparation for next year’s Disney trips!

Have you bought anything good recently?

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Long Distance Travel Must-Haves!

Its less than 10 days now until I leave for my trip to China, and being the uber-organised person that I am, I’m practically packed already!

Yes, I know it sounds a bit crazy, but getting stuff together early highlights any issues – clothes that need washing, discovering something has a hole in it etc – so you don’t have to rush around the night before your flight!

I’m also a bit of a packing pro; having been lucky enough for travelling to always be a big part of my life, I’ve learnt from many mistakes and gained a lot of wisdom over the years, and I’ve found especially for long distance holidays, there’s always a few key things that make the cut for every trip.

Long Distance Travel Must Haves

A super comfy romper

If I know I’ll be boarding a long haul flight, this is an absolute must. I can be a real fidget on flight, especially when I’m trying to sleep, so not having to worry about pulling things up, down and round while I move is ideal, and wearing something a bit baggy means I don’t overheat or freeze. Also, whether its a playsuit or a jumpsuit, you’ll generally find it pretty easy to adapt to difference climates depending on where you’re jetting off to!

This year, I’m wearing this Stitch & Pieces beauty!

Sunglasses

Would you believe that until 2014, I never ever wore sunglasses.. Four-eyes problems right? I finally decided to spring for a pair of nice prescription Ray-Bans for a trip to Florida, and its probably the best decision I ever made; I mean, its easy to pick up a pair of sunglasses anywhere, but not so easy if you’re blind as a bat like I am! Even if you’re unsure on the weather where you’re headed, it can’t hurt to be prepared!

Basic First Aid and Personal Products

We’ve all got our preferences when it comes to this sort of thing, so I’m not gonna give you a full run down on what I bring, but its always worth bringing your essentials, should you need them for any reason – painkillers, antihistamines, creams etc – and although they’re not hard to find in local pharmacies, I always bring plasters and blister plasters.

Girls, also don’t forget to do your period maths before your trip; I know we don’t like to think about it, but what’s worse: having to pack a handful of tampons or being caught out abroad?

Socks

This is something that I’ve learnt from my dad: you can never have too many pairs of socks. My sister and I used to resist this, but as we’ve got older and wiser, we’ve realised he really does know best! Yes, I know sometimes sandals and flip flops seem like the best footwear, but comfortable shoes and socks will always win out – I’m a Converse All-Star kinda gal!

Hairbands

Waist-length hair does not always travel well! Generally I’ll always have a hairband on my wrist, with about a million more in my suitcase, including scrunchies and headbands, so that I can get my hair out of my face for travelling, and also keep it under control should the climate be against it!

Is there anything you can’t travel without?

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Working Wardrobe Dreams – The Blazer

Blazers

 

I used to think that blazers were the epitome of boring when it comes to fashion, probably due to being forced to wear ugly ones throughout school. Now though, the blazer is a total power symbol in the professional world, and I’ll admit they’re growing on me!

Colour always helps attract me to an item that usually classed as ‘dull’, so the pink and yellow options were obvious choices – I actually have a yellow blazer – and I think the print and cut of the Asos Africa jacket is the perfect smart-casual option for summer.

I’m also a huge fan of simplicity, and the classic style of the grey blazer from Miss Selfridge makes it really versatile, and the black lapels on white blazer from Missguided is a subtle twist on an old favourite.

Are you a fan of the blazer?

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