Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Your Guess Is As Good As Mine!!!!

Hello My Darlings,
Thanks for all your e-mails and messages on your blogs, trying to let me know what was wrong. Thing was I didn't put comment moderation on and the settings were saying it wasn't on.
Oh well just another mad day or 12 in the happy world of blogger.

Thanks for not abandoning me. Your the best followers in the world.

Okay so here's a quiz for you all, well more of a conundrum really.

As you all know I'm well into my health campaign now, having declared war on my fibromyalgia and I am most definitely winning the battle of the Bulge. Last weigh-in which was yesterday said I am now 12st 9lbs. Have also gone up to 40 laps in the pool a day.

Only 3lbs since my last weigh-in, however we have had 2 birthdays and Easter and another birthday to come at the end of the month...this is what I call silly chocolate season, as in our house a birthday is not a bithday unless I make them double triple chocolate cake and huge ones at that. It's hard to resist chocolate. Even on a health kick, but I think I did well not to gain any weight.

Back to the conundrum.
On Saturday we went out for the day (but that's another post) and I wanted to look good, so I raided a wardrobe I haven't been near for over a year and found some clothes that fitted now.
A quick look in it and I realised that there was a whole load of clothes that looked promising and some lovely stuff I had sort of chosen to forget fat to get in them basically!

All day I thought about the wardrobe and what treasures it might be hiding. For the life of me I could not really remember what was in it. As soon as we got back, dinner cooked, kitchen tidied and cleaned, my sister packed off home and all the boys happy doing whatever it is they do in the computer world, I made a beeline for my wardrobe of secrets.

I should be ashamed to say this but I'm way to excited to be embarrassed I actually found £400 worth of unworn and still tagged clothes:-

4 white blouses, all different.
1 black jacket.
3 tops all the same but different colours.
1 top that is exquisite and has beading on it, that in fact I spent an age sewing on.
1 top.
1 pair shorts white.
1 pair cropped jeans, white.
1 pair of black trousers for evening wear.
2 dresses.
1 jumper dark red.
1 wrap dress purple and black.
1 kimono style top with butterflies on it in blue.
1 beach top pink more like a dress than a top.
1 beach top light blue.
2 tee shirts the same but different colours.
3 pairs of pjs cotton for summer. pink, yellow, and blue

Almost a whole new wardrobe ready and waiting for summer. Oh I should hang my head in shame........................... however whooooopeeeee for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I spent Saturday evening trying on clothes, my bedroom looked like a bomb site and I had to keep running up and down the stairs to look in the big mirror downstairs. Nearly everything in that wardrobe fits, there are a few snug fits, but another month or so and it'll be better.

Now I have about 3 different sizes in the wardrobe ranging from a UK 14 to a UK 18.
There are 5 pairs of trousers all different, lots of skirts and dresses and tops in all shapes sizes and colours.
So why do some 14s fit nicely, while some 16s won't do up. Some 16s that fit nice and 18 that are too snug or won't do up. Then there are the 16s and 18s that are hanging off me and need to be taken in???????

Sorry to shout but

Seriously it's mad how can a 14 do up, yet an 18 be snug. I don't shop cheap, in general I don't spent a lot on myself....yes, yes I am aware of the £400 worth of tagged unworn clothes but I'm not being fashion driven and tend to buy in good shops when they have a sale on, but only if I really like something, some of those clothes have been in there awhile. Patricia said that some of them are from when we went shopping for her trip to Crete which was 2yrs ago in June. She remembers making me buy myself some clothes then and helping to pick them.

Any way I digress again ha ha!!!!! If talking was an Olympic event I'd be a gold medallist or is that mentalist.... oh that was so nearly funny.

Francis says he doesn't care what size I am so long as I wear the blooming clothes and am happy within my skin and that it's far more important than worrying about the blooming label size.
Ok so he has a point and is properly right....but if you tell him I will cry and scream and stamp my feet!!!!

Am I the only woman with a mad range of sizes in her wardrobe that has a weird way of fitting you when the size is supposedly small and not doing up when it's supposedly big? I actually got stuck in a size 18 dress and Francis had to come and help me out of it, while laughing his head off. Thank the Gods it wasn't the first thing I tried on or I might have broken into the nearest chocolate factory and eaten my way through the contents! I mean, well that sort of thing couls seriously demoralise a girl.

We can put a man on the moon, but we can't get correct dress sizes.
Oh well why am I moaning I have a whole load of new clothes to wear and have reacquainted myself with a whole load I had forgotten I liked so much.

I guess size really doesn't matter after all.

much love


  1. Sorry hon but I have the same problem here in the good old USA. I have found that a woman's 16 is different from a misses 16 which is different from a 16. Makes sense? nope. But to put it in real words a woman's 16 translate as a fat lady's 16, a misses 16 translate to not as fat but not skinny either. and a 16 is smaller than the other two. Makes no sense to me either.......

  2. Congratulations on your new wardrobe. I appreciate your confession regarding the new clothes with tags still on them. I cringe when I see some of my own hanging in the closet, untouched for quite some time. Now I won't cringe anymore, instead I'll think of you.

    I hate the size dilemma too. Don't even try to comprehend those numbers because they're beyond any form of common sense. Just wear what fits and say to hell with the rest. Who needs numbers anyway? Well, actually they come in handy when ordering from a catalog. I'll sometimes order two or three sizes and return what isn't right although the shipping cost is a problem then.

    Well, basically I'm just plain happy for you and couldn't be more pleased to know that you have a wardrobe to show your new body off in.

  3. Oh Ladies thank goodness for you. I really thought I was going mad.
    Even when you put the clothes against each other it's hard to see any difference in the sizes.

    Complete madness, funny thing is I thought you Ladies in America had it better than us and it was a better sizing guide over there.

    There may be an ocean between us but it would appear that we have a lot more in common.

  4. Makes me batty--the size deal being so inconsistent.... But I'm glad I'm not alone in that. I've tried to remember who makes what that fits how -- nope....LOL Doesn't work either. I gave up and surrendered to the fact that I don't get to just grab things, I actually have to try them on.

    OH! Maybe it's a conspiracy theory by the manufacturers to keep you in the shops longer so they can sell you MORE! (uh huh.....that's what I'm going to blame next shopping trip...LOL)

    And I'm glad I'm not alone in the 'still got the tags on 'em' clothing that hangs in the back of the closet.
    I'm a seasonal buyer--I tend to snag sale items at the end of the season, stick 'em in the closet and find 'surprises' when the season comes again. It's kinda a good deal. I get new things to wear without having to pay new things prices. :-)

  5. What amazes me is that you can try clothes on in the same shop, ie M&S and some of the size 12 stuff will fit and some won't. That is really demoralising. I refuse to buy clothes in a bigger size, I just can't bear it, so I'll go without.
    On the good side my favourite clothes shop, Hobbs size 12 fits me, so all I have to do is wait for the sales!
    Labels are just upsetting just like scales. And both should be banned!

  6. Lia you are not alone in this at all. Sizes are insane here too. It's incredible that there is no standard whatsoever. And, they change over the years. I once read that Lucille Ball wore a size 12 in her days on I Love Lucy - today those same measurements would give you a size 6!

    Honey, I have everything from size 8 to size 20 floating around this house. I keep them just in case, ya know? You never know when I'll lose or gain 20 pounds...

    Congrats on the new wardrobe. Hooray!!!!

    Big hugs Lia!!!

  7. What a lovely surprise! It must have been so much fun to find all those new clothes.
    Enjoy wearing them in your new figure.

  8. What a treat! And what a lovely man!

    I agree: some clothes are enormous while others the same size (in theory) are too tight to move in. Clothes sizes vary almost as much as my 'I'm-too-fat, no, actually, I'm fine' moods!

  9. I love finding old clothes that I got too fat for that now fit!!! I could use some of that now, as I'm a size I haven't been in 10 years (but of course I have none of those clothes anymore).

    I'm not sure if you're the same there in the UK as we are here, but here what size you wear completely depends on which shop you are buying from, which brand the clothes are, and even which department (for example I wear a much smaller size in the ladies department than in the juniors department--young girls' clothes). I am about a size 6 now and the other day I tried on a skirt in the older ladies section that was a 2!!! I loved that moment even though I know it was completely wrong and that I barely fit a 6 in reality.

    Anyway, good luck on finding the right size. Congrats on your new wardrobe!!!


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