Basically this is me…

What doesn't kill you DEFINITELY makes you stronger

๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ Purple Hearts ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

It’s been a while but guess what… I’m doing an outfit post! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

After spending pretty much most of the last week in bed after a rather nasty flare up of my illness. My husband and best friend took me out for a Toby Carvery today which was rather delicious

Just look at that ๐Ÿ˜

As it was the first time I had got dressed since Tuesday. I thought I’d make an effort and wear one of my favourite dresses from the summer. My SCARLETT & JO Purple & White Lollidot Heart Print Midi Dress

Just look at the prettiness!!!!!!


As a girl who has MAJOR issues with her stomach I can not fault this dress, it floats over my stomach, gives me a shape and as a 6 foot 2 girl I am a big fan of any dress that covers my bum! And it just makes me feel so pretty and girly and just wonderful.

Any dress that can make feel that way is ok by me ๐Ÿ’ž

I am also impressed by Scarlett & Jo’s customer service. This is a replacement dress as the first one I bought was faulty. After a couple of emails and sending the original dress back, free of charge. They sent me this replacement so quickly!

In other news! You may have noticed I now have a full length mirror! After it being in the spare room for almost a year I have taken it out of its packaging and put it on the door! So get ready for a lot more outfit posts and my face! ๐Ÿ˜‚

As ever thank you for reading and I hope you are all having a lovely relaxing Sunday.
xVx

 

 

Disclaimer: I bought this dress and it was my choice to write this post.

If you would like to purchase the dress – here is the link.

Lollidot Heart Print Dress

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My Quest for Clear Skin


Like most teenagers, I had very spotty skin which turned into acne by the time I was 22. After being on tablets and using antibiotic cream my acne healed, however I’ve always been prone to spots and break outs. 

Since my health deteriorated last year, my poor skin was the least of my concerns. However as I continue to improve and start to live my new lifestyle, the state my skin was in was really starting to affect me. After an horrendous break out last week I knew enough was enough! 

To be honest, my skin care routine is seriously lacking and due to my illness, laziness and severe lack of interest in how I look, I had got into a very bad routine of using a baby wipe in the morning and evening to wash my face. 

But no more and after researching online and watching some YouTube videos I’ve come up with a new routine 

St Ives Sensitive Skin Apricot Scrub 


A colleague at work – who has an amazing completion actually suggested I used St Ives Products. 

She told me that last year she was struggling with the same issues and St Ives really helped her, so i thought, I would give it a try. 

It smells amazing, and is really easy to use and leaves my skin feeling really moistured after use. Hopefully it will help.

Quick Fix Facial Anti Blemish Mud Mask 


Through my research online, I saw that Mud Masks really help target spot prone skin. The one being shown online were ยฃ15+ which at the moment I cannot afford. So when I saw this in tesco for ยฃ4, made sense to give it a go and see if it helps. 

Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes

It is time to ditch the Baby Wipes and try something that will do some good for my skin.

I will be using theses to take my make up off and also use them on the days that my illness stops me from cleansing my skin properly.

So here is a before picture of my skin. No filters, no make up just 100% me. 

If any of you have advice  or suggestions please comment below or message me on twitter ๐Ÿ˜Š

                           xVx

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July Favourites


So this month has been manic and I have accomplished so much. So here is a post letting you know about my favourite things.

Race for Life


I completed the race for life in memory of my mother in law who we lost in April.

I am so proud of what I have accomplished and the fact I never gave up!

I have also raised over ยฃ350 for cancer research.

Weekend in Stratford and seeing Midsummer’s Night Dreamย 


Had a weekend away with my sister and we visited Stratford Upon Avon.

Had a brilliant times and had front row seats for the performance which was amazing. I have wanted to see a midsummer’s night dream for a long time so I am so happy I finally have.

One of my favourite parts of our weekend away was going to the Butterfly Farm which was gorgeous and so peaceful.

Pokemon go


Yes , I am one of those people!

I have had a great time playing Pokemon and trying to catch them all! #sorryihadtoo

Something Blue



I am a huge fan of a film called ‘Something Borrowed’ which is based on the Emily Giffin Novel.

I was watching the film two weeks ago and watched the extra credit when it showed a possible sequel.

So far there has been no film sequel however I found the book.

I got the book on my kindle and read it in a couple of days. I really enjoyed the book and learnt what happened to the characters. I really like Emily’s writing style and I will definitely be reading more of her books.

The Girl on the Train trailerย 


I loved the book last year, I started reading the book at 10pm and finished it at 4am. I was so hooked and couldn’t put it down! I had to know what happened. When I saw that it was being turned into a film I was really excited to see it on s big screen.

Saw the advert for the film this month and it looks so good!!!!!!! Can’t wait for it to be released.

Here is a link to the the trailer ย -> ย https://youtu.be/KkoEE1i0CX8

London Baby!!!!

Just got back from a fabulous weekend in London with my lovely friend Lainy.

Went to see Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre and did the tourist thing and went to Big Ben and spent the afternoon at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I will be writing a post about my weekend, so make sure to look out for it!

But here is a sneak peak

So that was my July, how was your july?
xVx

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Race for Life ๐Ÿ’ž

So I did it!


On Sunday I completed the Leicester Race for Life and I’m so proud of myself.

I’ve gone from being unable to walk long distances and having to use a wheelchair to walking a 5k in 4 months!

I struggled, I’m not going to lie. I nearly passed out at 3k, my sugar completely dropped and I struggled to focus my sight. It was really scary but I thought quickly and remembered that there was a sweet truck and I phoned my husband and he ran over to me with lots of marshmallows and milk bottles. After a rest, I was able to complete the rest of the walk with my husband and friend supporting me.

I will say though it was slightly worrying that I was sitting on the side of the course for a good 20 minutes and not one volunteer, first aider or organiser came to check on me. It’s a good job I wasn’t on my own and I had my friend and later on my husband supporting me.

However staying positive- I did it and I’m so grateful for my hubby and friend getting me through the last 2K.

I did this for Margaret and in her memory I’m proud to say I’ve raised over ยฃ300!

Here are some pictures from my day ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž


 

xVx

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16 in 16 – Updateย 

I am now 7 months into my 16 in 16 challenge, Link to original post ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿปย http://wp.me/pZ5bU-4N so I thought now would be a good time to do a slight catch up and let all you lovely people know how I have been getting on.

Unlike most of my New Years Resolutions, I have been actively working on completing theses challenges and I am happy to report that I have so far completed 6 of them, and by the end of this month I should have completed two more.

I am very proud of myself for setting these goals and not giving up. It has been a rough year and it would of been so easy for me to decide to not bother so I am very happy with myself that I haven’t.

Have a look below and see what I have completed and I will be doing a post for each goal I have been completed.

16 in 16
1. Pass my driving test
2. Get fitter- โœ… ongoing

3. Do a race for life
4. Cons, cons and more cons – โœ… Yes/Yes/Yes


5. Go to Downton Abbey
6. Do a photo shoot
7. Weekend in London and see West End show
8. Go to Edinburghโœ…

9. Sing at an open mike night

10. Go to the Harry Potter experience and do a tweet upโœ…

11. Go to the Dr who Experience

12. Have a Spa weekend โœ…

13. Buy a Designer Bagโœ… –ย see post here-ย http://wp.me/pZ5bU-8u


(๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž so pretty ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž)

14. Race a car

15. Do a photography course

16. Be happy

I will keep you updated with my progress and let you know how the next 5 months of my challenge go ๐Ÿ˜Š

xVx

 

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June Favouritesย 


I am going to start this post with HOW IS IT THE END OF JUNE ALREADY!

This month has flown by! And as it is a very nice tradition I have started here are my June Favourites

I MET GILES!!!!!!!!!!! 

I am a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and this month I attended the Prophecy Convention in Birmingham which was ran by Rogue Events.

This convention had a bumpy start as some of the main guests dropped out just before but I would still say this was one of the best conventions I have ever been too, I got to geek out with my friends, meet some lovely guests and I finally got my Giles Hug ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž

For thoses who don’t know Anthony Stewart Head, who plays Rupert Giles in the show, hugs are legendary! And I have been very vocal about the fact that 1) I wanted to meet him and 2) I wanted a hug! And it finally happened ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž


You can tell by my face how happy I was and he was a delight to meet.

I have to admit the star of the con though was the lovely Marc Blucas who played Riley on the show. Most people would say ‘I hated Riley, but big fan of Marc’

By the end of the convention, Marc had everyone swooning over him. Such a warm, funny, down to earth chap. This was his first ever convention and I really hope he does more.

I got a photo with Marc. And as I was waiting my turn. I heard him ask a convention goer their name. Which in my experience is unheard of while having photos. So when it was my turn I went straight up to him and said hi, I’m vicki. To which he replied Hi I’m Marc. Made me giggle at the time as obviously we all knew who he was but it showed just how lovely he is.

 

Bill Bailey 


My husband and I over the last couple of years have been going to more comedy gigs and last year we bought tickets to see Bill Bailey.

I will be honest, this gig was more for Phil then me. But I had a brilliant time. The only issue I had was that I was in so much pain. It is safe to say that I can no longer do a full day at work, travel and then go to a gig! Definitely need time to rest inbetween. 

New Job Present 

Started my new job, with the new team so only seemed right to buy myself a well done present. 

AND WHAT A PRESENT!!!!!


Two of my favourite things Funko Pops and Harry Potter ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž

Instagram 

Basically This Is Me is now on Instagram! Makes sure to follow me to keep up to date with posts and pictures ๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ“ท๐Ÿ“ท

Race for Life 

OMG it is this weekend!!!!!!! 

It had gone so quick but I have come so far and I am determined to cross that finish line on the 10th July ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’ž

So June has been a bit of a blur and how are we already 7 months into 2016. 
This year has and continues to suck! So be kind to one another. 

                             xVx 

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Hello… It’s me

My apologies to Adele but I had too!

 

Hello all, I’m back.

train

It has almost been a year since the last time I blogged. As some of you know I was (and still am) really ill and found it difficult to talk about. I have had a really rough year and it still something I am having to deal with now. However I feel stronger and I am ready to start talking again.

At the time, one of the other reasons I stopped blogging was twitter and the internet in general did not feel like a safe place to be a plus size blogger. It seemed like everyday bloggers were being attacked for being themselves and at that time I was not in a good place to join them.

People are dicks! this is what I have learnt, however that does not mean that they have the right to stop us living our life. And even though I decided to close my blog I continued working on myself, reading other PS bloggers and learning to love myself.

In the past year my confidence has greatly improved, I have started swimming again and don’t try to hide my body, I am loving fashion and am making more of an effort when choosing my outfits. My current obsession is Lindy Bop dresses! they are so pretty!!!!

dress

I am also a lot more comfortable having my picture taken and not hiding my body by taking close ups or angled shots. This is me world! deal with it.

The reason I am back now is that honestly I have missed writing. It was my escape and the way I coped in the world, and no one can take away my voice. I also feel like I have a lot to say and refuse to hide anymore.

But if I am going to restart my blog and talk about my life I need to be honest. I have kept quiet about my illness as I find it embarrassing however no more! As my blog title saysย Basically This Is Me and it is time I start respecting that.

I will talk about my illness in a future post, but for now I just want to say thank you to everyone who supported me last year and I hope you will rejoin this journey with me.

 

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Stripes, Stripes, Stripes…. From Yours Clothing

As some of you are aware, (from my constant moaning) I haven’t been very well. For the last week and a half I have been stuck in bed and wearing my very glamorous PJs while I have been recovering.

Unfortunately over the weekend, I have been really poorly and was told by the hospital to see my GP today which I have done.

So as I was going to the doctors, I thought I would wear my new top for Yours Clothing.

striped jumper from Yours Clothing

I haven’t bought much from Yours Clothing before, and actually got this jumper online as I had bought some tights and saw it in the sale and really liked it.

When it arrived, the first thing I noticed was that I bought the wrong size, it’s too big on me and I could of done with a smaller size. However I quite liked it being bigger on me. It flatters me well and with all the issues going on with my stomach at the moment it’s nice that it doesn’t cling.

I have taken a picture of myself in the top and I admit it is not the most flattering shot, especially as I’m not very well but the point of this blog was to get myself out there and stop being so harsh on myself so here goes nothing

Superwoman Pose ๐Ÿ˜‚

I do really like this top and will happily wear it to work and in my free time.

I do love a stripey top and I love the added lace pattern to this top. Really gives the top something extra.

For my oh so exciting trip to the doctors, I added my leather jacket ( I’m pretending it’s spring) and wore my black skater skirt.

definitely a lovely little buy from Yours Clothing and will definitely shop there again ๐Ÿ˜Š

And for those interested, the doctor has changed my medication and I’ve been signed off for a week. Fingers crossed the medication will work and I will feel better soon.

So I am now back snuggled in bed watching the white queen. How has your Monday been??

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What I wore-

GREY MARL AND NAVY STRIPE LACE PRINT LONG SLEEVE JERSEY TOP from Yours Clothing – ยฃ12 in the Sale (usually ยฃ18)ย 

If you would like to purchase this top please use the following link –ย 

http://m.yoursclothing.co.uk/Product/22268

Disclaimer- I have not been asked to review this item of clothing by the store. I paid for the item myself.

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