Blog clothes sale!

Hello all! Sorry for the lack of blog posts over the last few months. I’ve been trying to generally sort stuff out in life which hasn’t really left any time for blogging… But part of the sorting out has involved sorting out my bulging wardrobe and has unveiled a few pieces I’m ready to part with in order to fund some new stuff! 🙂 So have a little look… If there’s anything that takes your fancy please let me know!

If you would like to purchase anything, please comment below or tweet me @bixxboxx.

PAYPAL ONLY please. POSTAGE will be £4 unless stated otherwise. POSTAGE CAN BE COMBINED. Thanks for looking! 😄

I’ll consider offers on multiple items too. :mrgreen:

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Black patent leather ballet pumps from Simply Be – size 6EEE worn once but a bit too big. £5.

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Grey/silver spangly sandals from Evans. Size 6EEE – Worn a couple of times but not really very ‘me’. ₤6.

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Denim ‘Art Company’ clogs – size 7 and fairly wide. These are pretty old (practically vintage!) but are in pretty good condition (the suede footbed is a bit stained but can’t be seen when worn). £12 (I’ll need to check postage costs too).

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Maxi dress with beading and sequins. Size XXL (about a 24) Bought from Mookie for my holiday, worn a couple of times but unlikely to wear it much at home. Very pretty vibrant flower design. £10.

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Wonderbra – 38F worn once. £6.

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Strapless bra from Debenhams Gorgeous (I’ve lost the detachable straps). 38G. £4.

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New Look polka dot skater dress – BNWT. Size 22. £7.

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Born in the 80s t-shirt. Size 18. £3.

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Simply Be smart black tunic – size 20. £6.

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Black 3/4 length stretchy trousers from Yours – size 20 but generous. Bought for my holiday from fellow blogger ‘Plus Size and Proud’ so worn a couple of times but unlikely to wear again now. £5.

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Papaya sequin top – size 18. Hardly worn. £7.

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Debenhams 🍓 t-shirt – size XL (approx 18-20 I think). £5.

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Brown Evans tie back top – size 22. £7.

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Yellow cross over blouse from Simply Be (Blue Wahoo) – size 20 – £7.

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‘Pineapple’ pink tunic – size 18 – £6.

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Evans top - size 22 - hardly worn £4.

Evans top – 22 – £4

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Sonic print skater dress - size XL - £10

Sonic print skater dress by Insert Coin – size XL (approx 18/20) –  brand new -£10 SOLD

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Longer length denim shorts – Dorothy Perkins – size 18 – hardly worn – £4. SOLD

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Red Herring tunic/shift dress – new with tags – size 20 – £7

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Genuine vintage A-line 60s/70s dress – vintage size 22 (modern 20ish) – £8. Good condition for age.

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Black Monsoon dress – size 22 – £10 SOLD

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Lady V London dress – size 20 – hardly worn £15

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Flowery Dorothy Perkins (tall) dress – size 22 – elasticated waist – £5 SOLD

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Close up of dress above

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Lovedrobe black wet-look/sparkly looking dress – size 22 – hardly worn – £5. SOLD

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Close up of dress above

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Orange flowery Lady V dress – size 20 – needs a bit of attention to the back/zip seam (see below) but otherwise in good condition. £9

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New Look Inspire tulip skirt dress – I added ribbon straps, these could be removed. Size 22. £8.

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F&F knee length denim skirt with front pleat – size 20 – never worn – £7

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Grey thick poly/wool skirt (lined) – size 24 – £4

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This dress is not in a good way…! The skirt is plucked and a bit stained but the sequins the top are too gorgeous to throw it away! If anyone wants to save it from the bin you’re welcome to try! Size 20 – free!
SOLD

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Yes high waisted black denim shorts (New Look) – new with tags – size 18 – £6. SOLD

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Floor length evening/ball gown – size approx 24/26 with stretchy panels in the body underskirt (altered to wear when I was pregnant) – £40 – very heavy so will need to check weight for postage costs!

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Close up – it’s more purple than it looks here…

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Navy satin pussybow dress by Papaya – size 20 – £8

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Clutch bag to match (by Coast). £6

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Grey smart high waisted pencil skirt – Red Herring – size 18 – £5

I’ve got a few more things to add in the next few days so please pop back. 🙂

Body Positivity: Fuck Your #Fatkini Handwringing

I wish I could write like this. Perfect. 🙂

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Well butter my arse and call me a biscuit: fat women are doing something that doesn’t involve Gok Wan with a pair of Spanx and people are freaking the fuck out. Must be a day that ends in whiskey.

I presume the handwringing over the fatkini hashtag – in which chunky chicks post bikini pics of themselves to Instagram and Twitter – is because photos of fat bodies are usually reserved for the obligatory cautionary whale pictures used to illustrate hard-hitting articles about the rise in diabetes, heart disease and cancer. We’re not used to seeing fat people unclothed in any other context.

On the day it was published, I read Daisy Buchanan’s article in The Debrief about #fatkini and frankly, I lost my shit – we’re talking Rubyyy-Jones-fucking-a-shoe-shit-fit, and I’m not even that fussed about the #fatkini movement. This blog post isn’t written as a direct response to Ms Buchanan’s…

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Silly Old Sea Dog – Review

I can’t even remember how long ago it was that I stumbled across Silly Old Sea Dog, but I think it was through Georgina from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust. It was honestly love at first sight!

The dress I fell in love with was this comic book fabric 50’s dress (which seems to no longer on their website – I Googled for the image and found it on this European blog!) – but the £90 price tag and my limited clothes budget (I’ve got kids so I can’t justify spending that on one item!) meant I could only dream of owning one of these beautiful dresses.

Until I spotted they were having a sale – about 3 weeks ago – just before my holiday to Portugal. An amazing mermaid print halter neck dress in a size 26 was winking at me to buy it! 🙂

I thought I might need to take it in and alter the neckline but at a bargain price of £35 it was too good to miss! I snapped it up! And I’m so glad I did!

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(Sorry about my stupid expression!) I had to take it in a bit and I altered the halter neck to make straps and a hair ribbon! I had some lovely comments from other guests on holiday asking where my dress was from. I’m the kind of girl who likes to draw a bit of attention!

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Sorry – you can see my black tights in this one – not as warm now I’m home! 🙂

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The material is just gorgeous! The mermaids are striking – perfect for a stroll along a sunny beach.

Now I’m not saying the dresses are not good value for money – they’re beautifully handmade with care from funky, good quality fabrics. They’re worth every penny – I’m well aware I got a bargain in the sale! (I’m a crafter too so I know handmade costs!) I want to wear funky dresses like this every day – not just for a special occasion. If I could afford it I’d have 10 of them! So I’m going to start saving for my next one…

But for now – I’ll have to stick with my mermaid one. Although, now it’s tights season again – I might have to wait for the sun to shine before I can wear it again! 🙂

Crafty Christmas Swap

I’ve been talking about the Paper and String decoration swap over on my crafty Facebook page for a while now. I returned from a week’s holiday to find a parcel containing my swaps waiting for me! (Which totally helped to shake my post-holiday-goodbye-sun-hello-autumn blues!)

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But as there’s very little overlap between my Facebook likers (pretty small) and my blog readership (even smaller!) I’ll give you a quick reminder of the decorations I made for the swap before showing you what I received:

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I’m pleased with all 3 of them but I think the pudding is probably my favourite! 🙂 there are much more professional photos of them on the Paper and String Facebook page here. You can also see all of the other decorations submitted for swapping here.
So, as you can imagine – I was excited to meet my new Christmas tree buddies…

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And here’s what was hiding in my parcel…

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And…

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My daughter has a bit of a tie obsession at the moment (she’s 4 and wants a monocle and a top hat!) so she’ll love the last one by LoveHappyApple! 🙂 I think they’re all gorgeous! 🙂

I’m feeling super festive now… Is it too early to put up the tree?! 🙂

It’s all about the confidence!

Last weekend I had a rare night out for my cousin’s hen do! I was really excited about a girl’s night out and put a lot of thought into my outfit. I wanted to dress up and feel gorgeous!
I decided to wear one of the Collectif dresses I got in the sale – the Polly shirt dress, and these super old Evans mary jane/t-bar shoes. I then spent forever trying to hunt down a matching bag!

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I settled on this vintage one I found in a shop called Hidden Gems on Etsy from a fantastically helpful seller who posted it out next day delivery to ensure it arrived on time!

I had a bright red nail varnish in my July Birchbox so I painted my nails – for the 1st time in over 10 years!

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I also decided to give pin curls a go – with proper old school setting lotion and everything! I did 1 practice run earlier in the week so this was my 2nd attempt:

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I teamed my curls with an inverted victory roll and my amazing Janine Basil wired head tie.

I’ve finally made friends with the Benefit ‘They’re Real’ eye liner – after a bit of practice I’ve managed to perfect a reasonably good flick – and this stuff seems to last forever and stays put all night!

Here’s the final look:

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And full length, with petticoat:
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I received loads of compliments! I was particularly struck by the number of beautiful (and much smaller) ladies who said ‘I wish I had the confidence to dress like that – you look lovely!’. It reminded me that confidence is a state of mind – not a number on your dress label. And that’s what I told them! 🙂 I hope I can carry that confidence with me when I take my bikini on holiday next week! :oO xxx

My birthday haul!

It was my birthday this week (33 – that’s still early thirties isn’t it?!) and I thought you might like to have a nosey at what I got…
Husband did an amazing job this year and got me these from Janine Basil who makes awesome accessories

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I’ve been admiring her stuff for years – since I tried setting up my own Etsy shop. My husband stumbled across it himself – unprompted – so he gets double Brownie points!
He also found these earrings – which match our (matching paper anniversary) tattoos…

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These are so adorable! I’d never even heard of Clorty Cat and I was super impressed with the sentimental significance of these.
My daughter chose this cute little radio clock from Paperchase

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which, as you can see, looks right at home with my kitch little jewellery box record player (which I bought in a ‘antique’ shop when I was 12). Impressive present selection for a 3 year old! 🙂

I also got a load of hair pretties and smellies from my sisters-in-law.

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You can’t beat a bit of Soap and Glory, in my humble opinion!

I also got these:

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And finally,  I also asked for money so I could pay for some sessions of cognitive hypnotherapy to address my (terrible!) relationship with food. I’ve been using Slimpods for a while but I realised (with the help of Sandra from Thinking Slimmer) that my deep seated issues with food would need a bit of extra support. She referred me to Dawn at Think It Change It who is able to give a bespoke personal service over Skype. So I’m looking forward to seeing how it will impact on my eating habits and my self esteem.

I’m very excited! I hope to be able to share my experiences here too. 🙂

So, all in all – I’m sure you will agree, I’ve been a lucky lady this year. 😉

Birchbox #1

I received my 1st Birchbox this week! I’m not really much of a beauty geek to be honest, but Debz at Wannabe Princess shared a link for an awesome offer via Living Social which meant I was able to subscribe for 6 months for a grand total of £38* including postage! I’m a sucker for a bargain! 🙂 (*if 3 people buy using my link then apparently I’ll get mine for just £8!)
So here’s what I got in my first box:

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I haven’t managed to try it all out yet, but it all looks lovely and smells nice! I’ll let you know if I find something amazing – but I suspect at those prices, I’ll be sticking with Boots own brand products in the long term! I’ll keep you posted!