Nikki

Retro loving plus size girl, I love experimenting with my red hair, embracing the thighs of life, trying to perfect the perfect brow and being continuously torn between wanting to be a real life mermaid or a Disney villain...choices.

Posts by this author:

How To: Pin Curls Hair Tutorial

I did my first pin curls set about three years ago – I had been into the vintage/repro/rockabilly look for a couple of years at this point, but had never done anything more than a few victory rolls. My hair has never taken well to heat and whenever I’ve tried to curl it, it always falls limp within a few hours. I would spend so much time fawning over the stunning Instagram ladies with their beautiful curls and realised that most of them don’t use heat at all, they did a wet set and slept in foam rollers overnight.

Sleeping to set hair? Hello! This is something I could do!

I often used to feel like I could hide behind my long hair, and that putting it up around my face in some way would make me feel insecure. Then I quickly had a word with myself and decided to stop fawning and doing nothing about it and to get stuck in to some research. Old Hollywood hair, here I come.

Getting Started

I spoke to some ladies about what they use and bought some soft foam rollers from Poundland (of all places!) for my first set. I have a lot of hair so I bought a few packs, along with some setting lotion and a spray bottle and I was ready to go. I now use the pillow style soft curlers which I got from Claire’s (£8 a pack), I need two packs of these for my hair.

There are different patterns that you can follow when setting your hair so it works out a certain way, I’m not very good at that level of organisation so I keep mine quite simple as there’s so much hair: I do mine in three main sections, along the parting and all the way down the back and also the two sides. I think if you have shorter hair the patterns work really well, but I am yet to experiment.

So, to get started I would also recommend you get a hair scarf. I got a slumber hat from Superdrug, which was basically an industrial hair net and was perfect – really comfortable to sleep in and had good ventilation to help the hair dry overnight. A comb or backcombing brush is best for when you brush the curls out, along with some hair pomade (ideally). You can get this in most shops that sell hair products but I prefer Suavecita. Ever seen Ghostbusters? Well, it looks like Ectoplasm, what is not to love?!

Some people start with wet hair, and let it dry a bit, but as mine is so long I find it easier to keep it dry and use an equal part mixture of setting lotion and water in a spray bottle to make the sections of my hair damp as I go along – this makes it more consistent. I struggle doing this with clean hair so second day (at least) hair is usually best. I put most of my hair up in a quick pony tail or clips to keep it out of the way.

Method

Pin Curls Hair Tutorial

  •  I usually find it’s best to start with the front of the centre section. Start by picking a section about an inch wide – I don’t like to pick too much or it becomes difficult to roll and set. Spray the hair until damp and give it a good brush. It can often be a bit frizzy when dry so try to make the hair as smooth as possible when putting the hair into the curlers.
  • Open up the roller and hold the selection of hair away from you, place the roller on the underside and slowly roll it back towards your scalp. When it’s nice and tight to my scalp I then twist the roller back together – this does take some practice but it gets easier the more you do it. I try to keep the rollers going in the same kind of direction along my scalp. It does take some time to put the hair up but trust me, it’s worth it! Keep doing this all the way down the centre and towards the back, this can be difficult as you don’t have any visibility on the back so you just have to feel your way and use a two mirror trick at the end.
  • When you start on the sides you’ll find it a bit easier as you don’t have to do a yoga position to see the whole side! I try to keep these in lines that flow and keep the rollers directly under each other. Usually, this is just a fantasy and as long as they’re all going in the same direction I’m happy!
  • You may find that you end up brushing and re-rolling a lot of sections until you’re happy with how they sit. Keep doing this until you’re totally happy. I find it’s good at this point to spray the entire head with more of the setting lotion/water mixture and a good dose of hairspray, or three, or five. Basically, all hair spray is good hair spray.
  • Once you’re happy it’s time to get out the scarf/slumber hat and carefully place it over the hair making sure all of the curler sections are hidden away.
  • Now it’s time to sleep! The best bit, the easiest bit. As I said, I find these really comfortable and never had any issues getting to sleep in them. You may find it a good idea to use some bobby pins to pin the scarf down to your hair and make sure it doesn’t come undone during the night.

________________________________________________________________________________________

Enjoying this post? Be sure to check us out on Patreon! You can pledge anything from $1+ a month to support our writers and in return we offer some amazing rewards!

________________________________________________________________________________________

Pin Curls Hair Tutorial

  • Wake up! You want to give yourself enough time in the morning for a good brushing out session as this style is a bit of a commitment. I find taking out the curlers really satisfying, the curls always turn out so bouncy!
  • Now it’s time for the brush out, you can use your backcombing brush for this or just a normal brush, whichever you prefer. Brush each section out one by one. I brush out each side and style it before moving on to the next one. I find it’s easier to manage the styling by section and not leaving it all until the end. You will find brushing out can actually take some time. The curls are usually really tight and arm-ache is something you’ll need to endure.
  • Then suddenly, you’ll find it starts to take shape! This is where I get the pomade ready as it helps keep the style, define the curls and makes them super shiny all whilst taming the frizz. It really does make a difference like no other product, in my opinion. I usually leave the fringe until last as I think it’s the most dramatic looking section.
  • I like a huge swooping side section so I try to keep some of the top of the side section back for this and keep brushing and styling until I’m happy. To make it more dramatic you can back comb the roots to give it more lift compared the rest of the hair which is already seriously bouncy.
  • You may find that you need some bobby pins to keep certain sections in check, it’s also great to pair this hairstyle with a hair flower or clip on the side, the bigger the flower the better in my book. Again, a girl’s best friend – more hairspray.
  • Take selfies, admire, pose and get ready to feel fabulous.

 

This hairstyle with these products has incredible hold; for me a wet set really is the best way to go. I know this style can take a lot of work, but I honestly feel my most confident when my hair turns out like this so it is honestly worth the effort. I still envy the ladies that can achieve this with heat, but I will continue and keep you posted on my hair journey along the way, the higher the better and I’m not giving up on my research!

Follow:
Share:

How To: Barrel Roll Hair Tutorial

I love my hair. Some might find this really vain or a bit superficial, but so what? A lot of my confidence comes from my hair. I love having it dyed, cut and styled, and I love creating styles myself that make me feel a bit different. Hair that brightens up Monday mornings and makes you feel that little bit extra when you need it. It’s my self care and whilst I don’t claim to be an expert at hair, or anything close to that, I just enjoy trying out fun styles and seeing what it can do.

My go-to hair style is a barrel roll. I always get lovely compliments on it and people really don’t believe me when I say it really is just dry shampoo, a lot of teasing and enough hair spray to also cover your laptop in a nice thick film… which I never do…. well, maybe sometimes!

So, here is a picture tutorial on how I achieve my barrel roll, once you’re confident it really takes no time at all. I’ve now got this down to just a few minutes and I’m out the door for work! So let’s get started…

 

Barrel Roll Hair Tutorial

________________________________________________________________________________________

Enjoying this post? Be sure to check us out on Patreon! You can pledge anything from $1+ a month to support our writers and in return we offer some amazing rewards!

________________________________________________________________________________________

    1. It’s best to do this with hair that’s not been washed for at least a day. However, I still do it on hair wash days just make sure you have some dry shampoo handy as it really helps with the teasing and bulks it out a bit. Along with this you’ll also need a teasing comb/brush, bobby pins and some hairspray.
    2. Take a good chunk of the front section of your hair and spray with dry shampoo. You don’t actually need too much despite my picture making it look like I’ve dipped myself in talcum powder (you can also get dry shampoo in a darker shade if you’re worried about this).
    3. Grab that comb and start teasing! Take small sections at a time and tease down a few inches on each section. You should soon start to look like you’ve electrocuted yourself, but you know, still cute though.
    4. Then you need to start brushing it out to smooth it over. Do this quite gently and eventually you’ll see it keeps all the lovely volume but starts to look sleek and you’ll get a nice shine bouncing off of your hair.
    5. Now the hair spray comes out for the first time. I give the brushed section a big spray and gently brush it again to give it some hold and smooth out any fly-aways.
    6. Hand rolling time! Some people use curlers which you can of course do, no shame here, I’m just used to shaping the roll by hand. With the volume you’ve now created it should shape quite nicely. I usually pull the teased section up into a point, slightly to the side, and form a small circle with the end of the hair before rolling it down towards my forehead, keeping it slightly to the side. You can also pull the hair section down and roll upwards into a circle for a different shape.

 

Barrel Roll Hair Tutorial

 

  1. Now grab some bobby pins as you’ll need to secure your masterpiece.
  2. I usually secure it initially with one really obvious pin. The idea is to not have the pins showing, however mine often do show as you really don’t need to be perfect! Once I have my initial pin secured I use a few more that are more hidden to keep my creation held down in place before removing the first pin.
  3. You’ll find that you might end up re-rolling and re-pinning it a few times until you’re happy with it’s position. I love the roll when you can see defined sections of hair inside, makes me think of a Mr. Whippy.
  4. Now get your hairspray and spray liberally all over, then pat down the fly-aways. I try to avoid brushing any more at this point as it just pulls it out of position and I’ll then have to start again.
  5. Now sit back and marvel at how high and fabulous your hair is!

 

There may seem like a lot of steps but you really do end up managing to churn out a barrel roll with your eyes closed. Be sure to tag us if you try this out, we would love to see some of your own creations!

Follow:
Share:

Do What Scares You In 2017

If 2016 taught us anything, it’s to be fearless in 2017. There is no time to be afraid of what someone might think of you or be worried about how you look to others. I’ve been thinking a lot about this in the last year and from this month onward,  I’m going to act, and make sure I do what scares me.

For as long as I can remember I’ve always worried about my thighs. I’m short and they’re wobbly so I’ve always hidden them away. What I started to realise this past summer though, when I first dared myself to wear a high waisted vintage-feel two piece swim suit, was that there is absolutely no reason to think this. I have a body, some of it wobbles. And? Why should that stop me from buying or wearing certain styles? It shouldn’t. Previously,  this was always easier said than done. Not this year though. I’m going to be pushing myself to wear the styles that used to scare me, the skinny trousers, the shift dresses, hell, maybe even a mini skirt.

do what scares you

I’m going to be wearing fabric and colours I would always hide away from. This year we need to stop hiding. There are no rules, none. Like the meme says “If you like it, wear it”, and this couldn’t be more true. So this week I bought my first pair of smart skinny trousers for work. I would always look at them and wish I could wear them. Then this weekend I chose to stop wishing, and just put my body in them! They felt great so I looked great, it really was that simple.

This particular pair came from Primark, cost £11 and were a monochrome checked pair; they were stretchy which was fab as I actually love a really tapered look so these looked great. I got a size 20 as I didn’t have time to try them on but they’re so stretchy I would recommend sizing down. I’m 5″2 and while these are a little long they were easily turned under without hemming. I will definitely be rocking these a lot this month.

________________________________________________________________________________________

Enjoying this post? Be sure to check us out on Patreon! You can pledge anything from $1+ a month to support our writers and in return we offer some amazing rewards!

________________________________________________________________________________________

Another purchase that pushed my boundaries came inspired by Zoe’s post on metallics. I saw her in that shift dress (now £31.00) and just had to have it. I bagged it in the sale too which was a bargain. She is right, it’s listed as bronze but it is bright gold, which is nothing like anything I have, and I loved it. It does have zero give and is so much shorter than anything I usually wear,  but I love it.  I wished I’d known in advance about the zero give as I would have sized up, because it was a little tight at times but the fabric is gorgeous and I’m so happy I chose it and tried something new.

do what scares you

The only down side is now these new purchases have opened up more shopping possibilities for me…which does not bode well for January. However, my pursuit of further thigh confidence continues, and I’m sure I can fit in some accidental shopping somewhere…

Follow:
Share:

Plus Size Jumpsuits

We need to talk about jumpsuits. They’re everywhere at the moment and they’ve done nothing but terrify me. I think because I’m short I’ve always thought that they were an instant ‘No!’. Over the last couple of years I’ve really embraced form fitting clothes and anything I can pour myself into which makes me feel like a God damned queen, well, I’m sold.  Jumpsuits however, I’ve never really considered…until now.

This is all comes down to one jumpsuit from ASOS, you’ve probably seen it as it’s flooded the internet in our world. I first saw it on Georgina Cox (Fuller Figure Fuller Bust) and I fell in love. So did everyone else, I saw countless images of thick thighed ladies wearing this suit and before I knew it I’d filled my basket online and had 4 of them heading my way. One day later (because I of course have the 12 months next day delivery for under a tenner set up!) they arrived.

 

  1. ASOS CURVE Lace Bardot Wrap Jumpsuit With 3/4 Sleeve Length – £28.00Plus Size Jumpsuits

So this jumpsuit is a weird one. I thought I would love it, and I DID like it….but. Just but. It didn’t fit quite right. It’s black, my favourite. The fabric hung nice, the lace was lovely and it was super comfy. But it just wasn’t right. The lace wraps over your bust and it kept slipping up making me look lopsided or like I wasn’t wearing it right. Which before you say, I was, maybe I should have sized down. This is a 20 but as it’s so stretchy the bust may have fitted better if it was slightly tighter, so stretched a bit more. It was meant to be more off the shoulder but I guess I’m just a bit wonky for it. If you do well with Bardot styles then I would recommend it, mine do always tend to slip off. I bet it would look freaking amazing on the right person.

________________________________________________________________________________________

Enjoying this post? Be sure to check us out on Patreon! You can pledge anything from $1+ a month to support our writers and in return we offer some amazing rewards!

_______________________________________________________________________________________

2. One Day Plus Metallic Cap Sleeve Jumpsuit – £32.00

Plus Size Jumpsuits

I’m really on the fence with this one. I do love a bit of gold. I’m not sure how great I feel with a capped sleeve though, they can look a bit boxy and I kinda prefer all or nothing you know? My biggest thing is that I love tapered legs on anything so this was great. It was so comfy, it fit like a glove and was so stretchy I felt like I could have done star jumps. The stretch on the chest is wonderful and not restrictive at all which is fabulous. I did feel a bit like a Quality Street chocolate though. I’d like to have had the gold broken up a bit. This was just not ‘the one’. Maybe this one was just a bit TOO jazzy.

3. New Look Plus Notch Neck Jumpsuit – £24.99

Plus Size Jumpsuits

The material was like suit fabric but with loads of stretch! You could sit down without feeling like you were going to burst out of it. This felt nice and formal and was so easy to get on which is something I always worry about –  can you put it on by yourself? Yes, you can! I love, love, love the plunging neckline, but unfortunately any of my bras would be visible. I did think about putting lace in there but then it kind of hides the feature of the neck line. So I decided it needed to go back. It had pockets which was a fabulous addition, who doesn’t love pockets? And again a tapered leg which didn’t drown me. Sigh. Although, I’ve never considered New Look before so this was definitely still a plus. Almost perfect!

4. ASOS CURVE Wrap Jumpsuit In Mono Animal Print With Short Sleeve (“The Georgina”) – £30.00

Plus Size Jumpsuits

So this is the one, my one and only, I honestly thought I had zero chance of liking this jumpsuit. I thought it would be too long, I wouldn’t like the print and it would be too low cut as I generally prefer a higher cut. Well, how foolish was I?! I put it on and in an instant I was in love, it happened so quickly, it was a done deal and only £30. I fully expected I’d want to return it, now I never want to be parted with it. I loved it so much I wore it to meet my boyfriend’s dad for the first time, I simply felt fabulous so I made the hair big, the make up strong and I was ready to go. This one is hanging up in the wardrobe and it wasn’t too long at all and I wore flats. I’m just over 5 foot and you could definitely wear it if you were taller, it just didn’t looked like it drowned me because of the fabric and pattern, which by the way is STUNNING and much more interesting than the usual black I wear (I although I still love a good deadly black outfit). P.S. the lobster caviar bag in the obligatory toilet mirror selfie is from SkinnyDip which I got for my birthday from the man.

So what have I learned? I am completely on board with jumpsuits! I ordered four and only kept one. But that’s one more than I’ve had before, and I felt a million pounds in it so what was not to love? I got a lot of love on Instagram for it and I hope I’ve helped spread the good word of jumpsuits and this beauty in particular. If you’re even slightly curious – order. I’ve not seen a single image online of someone wearing it where they don’t look incredible. So don’t wait for the whole ‘new year, new me’ rubbish. Try something new now and end the year in full on fabulous style.

Please tell me where you’ve found amazing jumpsuits….

Follow:
Share: