February in Review

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Good Morning Lovelies,

Can you believe March starts tomorrow, where is this year going!

In theory February should have been a quite month, I signed up to do Thrifty February however I haven't saved any money and despite only buying 1 item of clothing, I have bought other items that i wouldn't normally have done.

1st February I went out for Cocktails with Work

 2nd February I had a bit of a rant about some of the comments on the Simply Be FB page re the below dress 

 4th February I shared my new Hair Colour

 9th February I reviewed a Cardigan

 10th February  - I started a new feature. Seeing Spots in.... 
 I also had my hair cut

 12th February i started a give away, it runs out at midnight tonight
13th February you got to see my new Business Cards
14th It was V'day

 15th February saw another Fatshionology post this month it was Floral
17th February saw the 2nd Instalment of Seeing Spots in.....

23rd February Saw me wearing stipes

24th February - more Seeing Spots....

27th February - brought a new challenge. 

The lovely Gain from GailyGrumdrops also featured me and my short hair on her blog today. 

I also posted about the dress i bought from Dotty P's

28th February the last day of the month saw me book train tickets to Barnsley to go swimming with some love Rad Fatties and organised by the lovely Rebecca and i'm staying over with the lovely Lisa 

The other thing that i did was help support another lovely lady, if you have taken part in my giveaway, you will know it was for a Voucher for Life's Big Canvas owned by Pesky Chloe. She has an amazing shop and i've had a delivery from her that i will show you in another post.

Back to the point Stephanie. Chloe is looking to start production on her own jewellery range and has a site asking for people to make donations and depending on your donation you will get something lovely in return. 

All in all it's been a pretty busy month, I'm looking forward to next month, this year might be going fast but it's going to be a good year.


Dotty P Kinda Day.....

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Good morning lovelies, 

you know how i wasn't buying anything this month well i lasted until the last Sunday of the month (24th February)

I went to Ashton with my mum and we popped into Dotty P's. It's only a small store and never really has much in. When i'd been in a fortnight before they had this dress in the Red and Green but my friend has both and i'm not totally struck on the shades of them for myself. 

The had the Navy version in my size. £12 instead of £19.
 I decided to get it, i didn't try it on so i was almost hoping it wouldn't fit so i could return it and achieve my aim of a month without anything new. 
 Look I tidied my photo corner -(errr i moved all the crap from one side of the room to the other)
  I love the Texture of this dress. it's really comfy and easy to wear.
I also wore my triangle necklace also from Dotty P (50p or there abouts from the concession in BHS)

The scarf is from a random shop that popped up in my local town centre over xmas My gran gave it to me as a present it cost £2. It's the best of a bad bunch TBH! 

The coat is an old favourite from Tesco a couple of years ago


#OMCZ Challenge #1 - Blazing Red

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Hello Lovelies, 

Rachel aka HappynessMagnet  Asked twitter if anyone would be interested in a new challenge, helping us to get out of our comfort zone. 

The challenges will take place fortnightly x

Challenge #1: February 27, 2013
Blazing Red - Blazer and Red as the colour to add in the *POP*.  Does not have to be a red blazer, just a blazer with the emphasis colour of red incorporated with the blazer somehow.I think this is a good week to try black nail polish!!!

Being honest i struggled with this challenge, firstly i'm on a spending ban so i couldn't buy anything new. secondly i opened my wardrobe and I don't appear to own anything in a true red. 

The photo's for this post are split over two wears, as I decided to wear the outfit on Sunday to go to M&S but didn't get round to wearing my balzer as it is so badly creased i'm not entirely sure I will ever get the creases out! 

I've gone for a Berry red as my POP of colour. I love colour and but really think I have over done the matchy matchy for this post.

Boots £3.00 Primark
Tights - from the drawer (who knows where they are from)
Skirt £5 Asda
Vest £3 Peacocks
Top Tescos (Old)
Scarf - Encuentro (mums)
Bag Fat Face
Cardie - Asda (mums - i found it in my wardrobe)
Coat Tesco (over arm)

Back to today, I decided to wear the same outfit for work.
 I wasn't quite quick enough turning round!
 The Balzer is from Yours Clothing last year

There are 8 of us taking place in this challenge, i am really excited to she what we all come up with.


Fat Girl Wears Stripes

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Hello Lovelies,

Yesterday without thinking I managed to break many of the "rules" of dressing not just for fat (I keep typing FAB - Freudian slip or what) but for everyone.

I wore Jeggins with a short top, now this might not be a published rule in the handbook of  life but I have this big thing about people who wear leggins and short tops. I think Leggins and Jeggins should be treated in a similar way to wearing tights (ie wear a top with them that covers your fue)

I'm excusing myself as my Jeggins are too big for me and are more like normal jeans.

Jeggins £12 Sainsburys, Top Enquentro 7 Euros, Coat Tesco, Handbag, £10/15 Fatface, Shoes Converse 
As you can see i was bored at sainsburys and took a few snaps of my feet

Artful readers club

The Artful Readers Club #2

Friday, February 22, 2013

It's time for us to reveal the 2nd book review for the The Artful Readers Club. 

I'm shocked how quick this year is going already, its 22nd February already!

For this months book I read The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. 

In all honesty I have tried to read this book at least twice before and never made it past the 2nd page. 

I picked this book up in a charity shop a while ago and was swayed but the cover and the title. 

The book is centred around an apartment building in Paris where the concierge is trying to be a typical French concierge.   

The story is told from two points of view Renee the concierge and a resident of the apartments who is nothing like the typical concierge she doesn't own a poodle. She is self educated and is trying to do everything she can to keep up appernces. The second point of view is 12 year old Paloma, a girl of a high intelligence who is determined to make a dramatic change on her up coming 13th Birthday.

The residents of the apartments are all wealthy and are a complete contrast to the concierge. 

The book was originally written in French and has been translated into many languages and i think maybe some of the humour has been lost in translation. However saying that i really enjoyed this book. Its is well written and i learnt some new words. I will admit i did have to get the dictionary out a couple of times and google how to pronounce a couple of words. Saying that it's not overly highbrow so don't let that put you off. 

The story progresses through a number of almost parables and describes the goings on within the flats using modern totems to differentiate between the social classes and how people are compared with how they think they should be.

The two sides of the story intertwine when a resident of the flats passes away and the balance of the residents start to change when a new resident moves in. 

As mentioned Renee is keen to keep up the appearance of being a typical concierge, which seems to be an uneducated, TV watching, Poodle owning, unfriendly slob who boils cabbage all day and has no interests outside the apartments they work in, where as Renee doesn't watch TV but she does love films, she owns a cat called Leo, she is a self educated woman who reads all manner of books and does so far as to have a TV set up  while she hides in the back room. 

Paloma is a young girl of above average intelligence, who lives with her parents and older sister. She see things and processes them at a more adult level than her peers, she is also a lover of all things Japanese and is learning the language at school. She likes to spend time alone and her older sister likes to torment her by playing loud music, her parents are concerned about her and take her to see her mothers shrink. She manages to wiggle out of future visits by turning some of her knowledge about him on himself and this treat pays off. 

The new resident is a Japanese gentleman who is a gentle soul, during the renovation of his apartment befriends Paloma and tries to make friends with Renee, who is less receptive to this possible friendship. 
Renee has only one friend, a portugese cleaning lady who is from aristocratic stock, gradually as the story progresses barriers are broken down, Paloma uses Renee's sitting room as her hideaway from her parents, friendships  are made and lives are changed. 

There is so much i could talk about with this book but i am concern about giving away too much of the story. I know a couple of people have read this and i'd be interested to know your opinions of this, if you don't want to leave a comment please email me, i have a button at the top of the blog to my email addy. 

At the time of writting i haven't started my art, well i tell a lie i have drawn some random things in my art pad but i'm not happy with it. i think i am going to do a collage. I love paper and glue and I want to talk you through my idea for my art which i hope won't give away vital parts of the story but from the first part of the book i have had an idea of how i want my art to look.

The book uses modern totems throughout to describe people, classes and the stereotypes contained in it.

The first totem that is mentioned is the French Poodle, this is used to represent the low classes such as the concierge, who can be snappy, bad tempered and below the social standing of others they interact with. 

The next modern totem mentioned is the Cat, in the book there are lots of Cat's the Concierge owns one called Leo, the new resident has 2 Kitty and Levin, Paloma has 2 cats. The cats represent the upper classes, they often think higher of themselves than those around them, but are lazy, only show affection when it benefits themselves which seems to fit many of the other residents. The concierge it could also be said thinks better of herself for not being a typical concierge. 

there are other animals mentioned which are not necessarily totems but i want to include in my art and this animal is the Queen Bee, Paloma's older sister tells her a story of how the Queen Bee mates and i won't go in to details, but Paloma thinks this story isn't something her sister should go round telling people especially her boyfriends friends, how one females has to use a lot of males, this could be a totem of modern younger girls at university.

The final animal i want to use and how could a review of a book with Hedgehog in the title miss out. It is of course the hedgehog. The hedgehog is described as an outwardly prickly, using all their defences to  hide their true personality whilst inside they are refined, good natured, a good friend and over all elegant. 
It is a book about making friendships, resolving self issues, finding out how to be yourself and over all i want to give it 10 stars out of a 5 star rating. 

If you do pick it up please keep at it, it's a slow burner but is worth it.

The art is still work in progress, i really need a picture of a hedgehog, google is not inspiring me.

I have already started my March book, its a Chick Lit book, it has nice big writing and i won't need a dictionary! 

It's called the Vintage Tea Cup Club by ??? 

Have you read it? What did you think?   


OOTD Wednesday

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Evening lovelies, 

I thought I'd share what i wore today. I haven't done an OOTD for a few days so why not. 

Todays outfit was essentially free, except for the tights and the boots which although cost me about £40 from M&S have had their £'s per wear. The Cardie is from a Charity shop in Bath and was originally M&S. I love the ballet wrap style. Again £'s per wear must be pennies. I can't remember how much i paid for it but i love it.
 The dress was from the Leeds Clothes swap i went to in January.  It's originally from DP. I love the style of the dress but the high neck made me feel a bit claustrophobic and i need to do something with the interfacing at the front as it kept poking out! 
The scarf was also from the clothes swap, i have no idea where it is from as it doesn't have a label on it. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Blog Planning


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Bonjour Lovelies, 

I'm hoping to get a bit of structure to le blog over the next few week, get some regular posts going on and hope to get posting more consistent types of posts.

I'd also love to know if you read these posts, what you like, what you don't like. 

Please feel free to leave me a message, tweet me, email me but i'd love you to get in contact.

Things I am hoping to do (please don't hold me to this)

Every Sunday - Seeing Spots in.... My pick of Spotty Items in some of our Favourite shops 

15th Each Month - Fatshionologie, a blogger challenge.

Coming Soon - a new challenge i'm taking part in, it's still in the planning stages but i'm looking forward to giving you some more details

The Last Friday of Each Month - ARC, book review and Art challenge. 

I'm also hoping to do some more OOTD posts. There will also be other random things thrown in such as instagram updates and no doubt other random activities i decide to share with you. 

what do we think? if there anything i'm missing?


Instagram Update

Monday, February 18, 2013

I finally have a new phone. it has a much better camera than the blueberry and has instagram. 

Since i've got it i've gone instagram crazy. 

I thought i'd share a selection of the photos i've been taking. 

i've loaded these using the blogger app on my phone then using the net book to add comments between them so these are in abit of a random order. 

First up me taken by la mama, just before i went and had my hair cut. Bye bye long hair.
Look at some of the hair i had cut off
It snowed 13/02/13
I was bored in Newlook and took some pics of myself next to a skinny sign by accident

I bought new bedding from Wilkos

I'm running a give away to win a £10 voucher for Life's Big Canvas Enter Here This is a brooch i got when i visited the shop
I'm hoping to meet some other bloggers for tea and cake one saturday in mancher. if anyone is free Tweet me @seeingspots_
I watched Angus, Thongs and Perfect snogging. I don't care that i will be 32 in 12 weeks time i love this film.
I'm obsessed with wearing this paisley dress, i have worn it at least twice a week since i bought it.
Spots are taking over my life. i bought a spotty phone cover.It was described as pink but i reckon its purple

The bus company rubbing it in. i was on a packed bus stood up staring at this sign.
New Hair

I got sent an item to review - the spotty cardie. I <3 it

Awww the hair and the dress again
I dyed my hair as well

So a slightly random and mismatched post, with pictures i'm sure you have all seen before.