Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: How it feels to hate yourself....(And What I'm Wearing To Britmums Live!)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

How it feels to hate yourself....(And What I'm Wearing To Britmums Live!)

So the time is almost upon us.....next weekend is finally time for me to head off to the bright lights of London for the BritMums Live 2014 conference.

And so, I finally had to decide once and for all what to wear for the big event.

This has taken me far longer than it should have done.

I love clothes, everyone who knows me will attest to the fact that my wardrobe is ridiculously full and that I never stop buying more stuff....but despite that, I had NOTHING TO WEAR!!!!!

I have made absolutely no secret of the fact that I am struggling with some unsolved medical issues at the moment which have resulted in me piling on stones and stones in weight and being unable to shift it, which has left me extremely depressed, anxious in public and very very VERY unhappy with my appearance.

I hear people complain often about their Mum Tums....I see people who still wear size 8's and 10's in clothes complain about how they've gained weight and can't lose their saggy bellies and while I do sympathise (I totally appreciate that it's a big deal to THEM and different to how they were before....everybody has their own struggles)  I can't quite get across in words how absolutely soul destroying it is to watch yourself gain over 5 stone in weight in the space of a year and be powerless to change it no matter what diet, healthy eating approach or exercise regime you try......and have Doctors simply not seem to care.

It's not just a case of not being happy coz my tummy is bigger than it was before. This is a serious, shocking amount of weight to gain. I've gone from being a size 8 to a size 18 despite the fact that no eating habits or lifestyle habits have changed at all.

It's difficult. Very difficult.

But anyway....I digress.

My point is....for the last year or so, I have absolutely hated even having to nip to the supermarket for fear of being judged on my weight and have struggled every day to decide what to wear to somehow feel I look relatively ok-ish.

And so the task of choosing outfits to wear for a massive event where I will be meeting people I admire and hope to be liked and respected by has been both hellish and daunting.

I kid you not. Many times I have thrown clothes around the room in frustration screaming that I'm just not going because I look horrific in everything I try on.

I want to hide every part of me, everything has to pass the mental checklist....arms covered? Legs covered? How pregnant do I look?!

My biggest fear is being asked if I'm expecting, because I look like I am. And despite sending me for scans to find stomach masses they claim to be able to feel, Drs don't know why that is. Today I saw an old friend in town and I couldn't get away from him fast enough incase he asked me that dreaded question.

But now the time for umm-ing and ahh-ing has ended. 

So I had to make the best of it, choose what I thought was the most acceptable, and hope for the best.

I'd love to say that these outfit choices make me feel really good and I'm excited about wearing them but I'd just be lying.

Nothing feels good on me anymore. I never feel happy with my reflection. Ever.

But these were the pick of the bunch....the ones I felt the least horrible in, I suppose.

And so this is what I'm wearing!

Hopefully I'll muster some fake confidence from somewhere (A wine bottle, hopefully!) and nobody will know how self conscious I`m feeling....we'll see!

Anyway....please forgive my rambling....and let's just get on with the photos, shall we?!

I know from reading other bloggers reports from last year that there is no time for nipping back to the hotel and changing on the Friday for the awards, and that flat comfortable shoes are a must in the daytime.

I have tried to keep these things in mind when making my choices!

My Daytime Outfits


On Friday I will be travelling about 3 hours from Devon to London, and probably won't have time to change so I need something smart but comfortable.

I have decided on trusty black leggings, paired with a longline neon green & black floral top, black pumps and a black blazer.

The white bag will be accompanying me and will contain a dress and heels to change into quickly in the toilets for the awards in the night time.....but more on that later.

My Saturday daytime outfit will star this lovely kimono from New Look....I will be pairing it with another longline top (pink this time), and jeggings....probably acid wash or white ones but I haven't 100% decided which yet. I'll be opting for sandals with this outfit.

My Friday Evening Outfit.



As I've just mentioned, I'll be nipping to the loo and swapping my blazer and top for this dress with my leggings, and switching from flats to black heels.

It should only take 2 minutes, but I will need someone to zip it up for me so if you spot me in the toilets looking frantic please give me a hand?!!!!

Saturday Evening


I know Britmums is technically over by then,  but I'm hoping to have a fun evening with some blogger friends - the plan is to head to Pizza Express with some lovely blogger girls I am so looking forward to meeting...including lovely Jade, Amy, Debs, Emma & Gemma and hopefully Alex & Jada too....and of course my gorgeous roomies Emma & Emily!!

So I needed something nice but comfortable to wear.....I decided to just re-wear the Kaftan style top I wore last time I went out in London, because it was bloody comfy!!!

I'd love to know what you'll be wearing to Britmums Live if you're going, and if you have body confidence issues like me and you have any tips for just getting through life and events such as these....please let me know!

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22 comments:

  1. I love your outfit choices and you absolutely gorgeous! I know what you mean though, I think we as women are our own worst critics, I'm hopeless in changing my style or making the most of my appearance. Have a wonderful weekend x

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  2. I'm a size 16 and I've had the same dilemma when it comes to clothes. I have very little confidence when it comes to my body and it is definitely hard to feel happy in what I wear. I think you look great and I love your evening outfit! I hope your health issues are sorted soon but in the mean time you are not alone and I don't think any one would judge you for your size. I look forward to meeting you at Britmums! xxxxx

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  3. all the outfits look lovely and you always look good even if you dont think so :-) you are lucky to have gorgeous hair flawless complexion and lovely eyes so though you not happy with your dress size at the min you have a lot going for you in other areas so just enjoy your weekend :-) :-) xx

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  4. You don't look pregnant at ALL, you look gorgeous! Have fun!x

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  5. Your outfits look lovely! I'm far from skinny so stuff what anyone else thinks and have fun. I look forward to meeting you xx

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  6. I hope you get some answers to your medical issues soon. For the record, I think you look gorgeous, I love the black dress x

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  7. I love the outfits sweetheart and I know I will love you no matter what you look like! :) So excited about meeting you :) I hope your pink hair is staying as it looks fab :) xxx

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  8. I love your outfit choices!! You look fabulous! I love the Friday Evening Outfit :)
    Have a wonderful time x

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  9. You look amazing! I'm gutted that I'll be in London this Saturday and won't randomly bump into you while I'm there because your not due up there until next weekend :( x

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  10. Sorry to hear about your struggles, and I hope you get some answers soon. Your outfit choices look fab - am thinking kimono myself, very on-trend (says a very boring mummy dresser!!). Hope you have a whale of a time - pleased to see you know so many bloggers already, so you're bound to just have fun and forget about 'the look'! x

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  11. Hayley, you look gorgeous!! I love your outfit choices, especially the kimono top. I still haven't decided what to wear to Britmums, having had two bubbas quite close together and having not yet lost all my baby weight, I'm still feeling a little self conscious too! Really looking forward to meeting you next week
    Becca xx

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  12. You look gorgeous and sorry to hear about your troubles with your weight. I hope you don't feel too self conscious because having been there a few times no one looks at anyone badly at all. If I see you I shall make sure I come and say hi but do come and say hi to me too, I am usually really terrible at recognising people! xx

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  13. I love your outfit choices Hayley, you are going to look gorgeous! I'm so excited about being roomies with you and Em, I can't wait!

    p.s. I'll zip you up lol xx

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  14. Oh you look lovely! As to body issues, I think the garss is always greener, thin women crave curves, curvey women want less boob attention, life is too short - I think a smile is the best accessory! Hope to meet you Friday night, you look like fun!

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  15. “A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” Roald Dahl (and I tend to agree)

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  16. I'm sorry to read that you feel so low about yourself :( we can be so harsh on ourselves.
    Your outfit choices are lovely, the black dress is gorgeous. I love your hair too :) x

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  17. I hope you have a fab time at BML, in my experience of the last few years no-one cares what size you are. You look great in yoru chosen outfits. Mich x

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  18. You look lovely! I love your Friday evening outfit, have a lovely time xx

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  19. Love your outfits, especially the kimono!

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  20. Now I'm in a tis as I didn't plan to change! from day to evening. Your outfits are lovely , Sat night is my favourite and I shall miss that!

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  21. It's so hard that we feel so judged by what we look like, and it must be so difficult to have an unexplained medical condition on top of that. I remember being really nervous last year, and then being amazed at how quickly I went from self-conscious to realising I was amongst many people who already knew the 'real' me and wouldn't be judging me on what I looked like anyway. Keep the faith in you, beautiful mama. x

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  22. Love your outfits and you look gorgeous xxx :)

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