Young, Fat and Fabulous

Monday being the first day of my internship at a PR company, you would think I'd tried my damnest to make a good impression and do as I was told right?

WRONG!

Well I did EVERYTHING that was asked of me... sort of...until i discovered youngfatandfabulous.com. This "accident" happened when the accounts manager asked me to conduct research on different blogs. I hardly fall in love, but me and this website is a match made fashion in heaven!

The website celebrates the fashion-conscious, fabulous, fat girl trying to make her way in a slim woman's world. And damn some of the chicks featured on this website are seriously styling! Don't believe me? Why don't you check it yourself? I must admit though, there are some misses.What I like about the blog however, is that Gabi, who regularly posts on the website, celebrates the curvy girl without putting down her slimmer counterpart. I am mostly happy because I have never seen so may fabulous looking women who look like me.

Every so often, the site features a "YFF girl of the moment", which basically shows off other stylish fat girls from around the world. I like this feature because it gives you a multi faceted view of fashion. Also, it encourages you to work with what you already have in your wardrobe, rather than run up that credit card bill!

I must say that this website has inspired me to get creative. Nothing dulls your artistic flame more than having to work in a totally average high street store that surrounds you with size 6-16 clothes, when you're pushing a size 18.

Anyway, at the risk of giving up my anonymity, I have decided to share with you my top wardrobe favourites as a token of my newly found creativity. Most of these pieces are things I have owned for years. Some are quite new. So here goes!

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These are a few of my favourite bangles. I truly believe that the right bangle always completes the look.I especially love the fifth one down with the gold flowers. It's so pretty and surprisingly it matches quite a lot of outfits. Plus, it was a bargain!










2. Anyone who hasn't been in hiding would know that the boyfriend blazer has been all the rage for the last couple of years. Anyone who know me would know I have worn the hell out of mine. I love it so much because it can be worn casually as well as with a smart outfit.








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I LOVE RED! It is such a vibrant colour, and it always makes me feel perky. I feel brightly coloured accessories are especially handy for girls who would like to add a splash of colour to their wardrobe but are not brave enough to don a bright red dress.








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I love my african prints! (ntuma if you are an akan speaker, mama if you are a ga speaker.) They are funky and fun and nothing shouts out "originality" better. What I love about this dress is that it can be worn in the winter with a cardi or a jacket and a pair of boots, or in the summer, on its own. (And for those of us whose bras have boulder holder straps, it can be worn with a t-shirt or a vest top underneath)Either way, this dress is fab!



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I know technically speaking, this is not an item of clothing. But my red lipstick is one of my latest contribution to fashion. I remember when Sankofa first showed me hers, I was thinking "mmm...it's nice. But a bit loud". After a bit of persuasion from one of my aunts though, I soon found myself in a shop in North London, buying my own, and I haven't looked back since. I really believe that no matter your skin tone, there's a shade of red out there for you. It doesn't even have to be an expensive brand.Just make sure you moisturise your lips first as lipstick can dry them out a bit.
(And while, we're on the subject of make up, if you love applying colour to your lips, try Barry M's range of lip gloss wands. It's some pretty serious stuff!)


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Do you know what I love most about these rosettes from J'accentue? Well, they are so versatile. You can pin one (or two!) onto an outfit to make it a little more quirky, attach one to your bag, or even pin it in your hair! What's more, they are hand made, and created to your taste. So you'll be the only one wearing your style of choice!






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Moving on, these peep-toe booties served me well over winter. At £10, they really are a bargain. I like them because I will be able to wear them well into summer too. As pretty as they are, they leave my feet screaming after a few hours though. Oh well, that's what the flats in bag are for!




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Why do I like this tulip skirt? Mmm...I honestly don't know, but I can tell you that I always feel sexy in it. Plus it's a whole load of red, which I love!





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I am not usually a fan of florals, but I heart this cardi because I can always throw it over a plain black top or a dress, and it always looks good. Also, there are not many like it on the high street. But just in case you are looking for it, you can buy this cardigan or one like it at Oasis.





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I love accessorising, and just like bangles, I feel rings compliments an outfit nicely. I remember, I bought my first ring with Sankofa in Topshop In Oxford Circus. (Do you remember girl?) But this is one of my favourites. It's a real attention seeker and I love it!






Well, we have come to the end girlies. I hope you have enjoyed reading. Remember, looking good isn't always about chasing everything that comes into the shops. Work with what you've got! Also, I need you to know you can be fashionable, no matter your shape or size.

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7 opinionated people have something to say:

Myne Whitman said...

I like the bangles with the blue details and the floral top too. Nice post.

Friday's Afro said...

wicked post and wicked yff blog!

Afrocentric said...

@ Myne thanks. Most of my bangles I got at quite a good price.

@ Friday Afro. Thank you to you too. YFF is absoloutely amazing!

Eyram said...

Interesting post...love your blog, been reading quite keenly though I never comment. Though I may not be technically 'fat' I think the YFF is really cool, plus there are tips for us skinnies too!

Afrocentric said...

@ Eyram I'm glad you love the blog. Well, you have commented today, so thank you. YFF is cool. And like I said, it doesn't hate on skinny ladies at all, and I love that.

Shona Vixen said...

Also visited the YFF blog and wow!! Love the dress!!

Sankofa said...

I love YFF! I stumbled across it a just before I came to GH and I'm sincerely sorry for not sharing. Gabby also writes for the online Vogue website so check it out if you're interested along with afrobella.com

I love the "your wardrobe" style feature. Maybe we should all do one. Um I don't actually remember us getting that ring (sorry) but I seem to be having trouble remembering anything these days!

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