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So. I dyed my hair red on Sunday, and when I was playing around with it the other evening, I was struck by a serious case of Joan Holloway and had to see what it looked like in a beehive. I'm lazy, though, so this is a faux beehive – authentic at the front, but missing the neat little chignon at the back (I went for a bun instead). I will eventually manage to complete the entire look though, I will! It's so much easier when you use Bumpits to create the lift - no backcombing required!
It seemed appropriate to team the hairdo with this dress, which I've always thought was a little Mad Men-esque. The dress – a bargain in the Next sale a couple of months back – is one of my easy option workwear outfits. It doesn't need ironing, which is GREAT – although sometimes I neaten up the bows with my hair straighteners! Am I the only one who occasionally straightens rather than irons clothes? When I used to wear shirts under jumpers to work, I used to JUST do the collar – the least work possible! I hate ironing.
Dress - Next
Necklace - Stay & Make My Heart Fly
Tights - New Look
To be honest with you, although I love it, I'm not convinced this dress is very flattering. I probably wouldn't have mentioned it, but I had my first negative blog comment this week and it was an especially harsh one. It's never fun being called fat, and I didn't take it especially well. For the record, I do struggle with my weight and always have. Even though I wear a size 12, my BMI tells me I'm overweight. I would love to write something inspirational here about being proud of my figure and accepting who I am, but it wouldn't be the truth. I dress my figure the best I can – to show off the best bits and hide the worst bits – and I know that some of the dresses in my wardrobe would look better if I was a few pounds lighter. I'm constantly trying to get the balance right and eat healthily and exercise regularly (I normally manage the first one, but fail on the second) and I refuse to resort to crazy faddy diets (I don't think cutting out an entire food group is healthy, plus I would be a horrible person if I wasn't allowed to eat bread any more). But honestly, all that aside, no. I don't think I look fat. Or thin. I'm just normal. Curvy. And that's okay.
Anyway, I just wanted to get that out there – but I don't think anyone should EVER be made to feel bad because of what you look like. I read blogs because I like seeing how clothes look on REAL PEOPLE – not stick thin models who are styled to within an inch of their lives. And, yes, having a comment like that does make me hesitate before posting more outfit posts, but that's stupid – I've had hundreds of fantastic, positive, heartwarming and encouraging blog comments in the last year that mean so much, that keep me doing it. Just ONE mean blog comment is not going to make me stop, just because one sad little person who thinks putting people down is going to improve their life.
*deep breath* Okay, I'm done. Let's never mention it again, okay?
ETA: Overwhelmed by all the amazing comments. I don't deserve you lovely people, I really don't.