Coat is an (ad-pr product) from SHEIN, see bottom of post for details

It struck me when I was having coffee. It was around 7:30am on a sunny October morning and I was sitting in the window of my sixth floor apartment in my London-located high-rise. 2020 had taken it's toll on me and I was feeling low, the kind of low you feel when you don't know what to do with yourself. 

[AD-PR samples marked with '*']

Welcome to my fifth consecutive annual Luxury Christmas Gift Guide.. I can't quite believe I've put my fifth gift guide selection together. I tell myself every year that I won't do one of these, but then the festive spirit just comes over me and I just have to! Plus, you guys seem to really love them, so here I am again for the fifth year in a row.

[PR sample]

Looking to treat a loved one to an extravagant present? Or maybe you fancy adding this to your Christmas wish list? The Art Of Christmas Bathing* from LUSH makes the perfect main Christmas present for any lover of LUSH, self-confessed #Lushie or for anybody who just loves a nice long soak. Containing a combination of TWENTY amazing bath bombs, reusable bubbles and bubble bars – this show-stopper of a gift really will make their Christmas.. or yours!

[Dress is a PR product]

Up until almost two years ago, I didn't think vintage dresses were for me. I longed to dress up in a vintage style, but I thought that because I was bigger the dresses wouldn't fit me, let alone suit me! 

[Contains PR samples from Lancôme]

Lancôme have just launched a brand new lipstick range – L'Absolu Rouge Intimatte is a fresh take on matte lip colour. Not overly bold nor discrete, this new lipstick is subtle, sophisticated and elegant. 

[Contains PR sample]

"I can't wear that, it's too nice" or "Is this outfit too much for a trip to the shops" are two sayings I used to say a lot before the global pandemic.

When I was in college I rarely wore jeans. Maybe once a week.. sometimes. Yet my entire top shelf in my wardrobe was stacked high with jeans – more specifically River Island Molly Jeggings in a size 16. 

 


Welcome to issue two of MOLLIE'S CURVY STYLING TIPS! In today's post I'll be talking you through the struggles big bummed babes have, and how I've been overcoming them recently. From sizing up and wearing a belt, tucking tops in, wearing Miss Sexy trousers in high school.. I'll be sharing it ALL. I'll even be letting you in on a few secrets, including how to wear a cropped top confidently (yes, even with your belly button on show).

[Contains PR samples]

When autumn comes around each year, I automatically want to start afresh – there's just something about the changing leaves that make me want to change.. need to change.

Welcome to a brand new segment to theperksofmolliequirk.co.uk. This is a space dedicated to my curvy styling tips. So, let me introduce myself to any new readers...


[Contains gifted bikinis/pr products]


Despite summer 2020 being one of the weirdest summers in existence, it was the summer where I wore bikinis fearlessly and boldly. 



[Gifted products from LUSH]

Lush kindly gifted me their BRAND NEW Halloween collection for 2020. As you all know, I'm autumn mad – I love every single thing about autumn. The cold mornings and nights, the darker evenings, the pumpkin spice, the candles, and of course... HALLOWEEN!


[Contains gifted underwear]

When I post photos of myself in underwear, it's not for the sexual gratification of men. If that's what a woman wants to do and achieve, I have no issue with that – in fact, I cheer on my friends who start OnlyFans accounts. But for me, posting photos in my underwear or posting a sexy photo isn't for somebody else's benefit. Being sexy can be for your own benefit. There are so many benefits to feeling sexy – especially when it's not just for somebody else's gratification. 

[Gifted bikini from SHEIN]

Classy women are always perceived as thin. You'll rarely see a fat classy woman in a movie or described in a book. Classy fat women don't exist according to the media and society. But I'm willing to rewrite the rule book.

[Gifted bikini from SHEIN]

Summer 2020.. a summer that none of us will ever forget. I spent summer 2020 mostly in lockdown, which meant I spent the hottest days of the year in my apartment on the sixth floor. High rises in the heat aren't an awful lot of fun – but there were a few positives to spending my days in a bikini, one positive in particular....

[Gifted dress from Collectif]

Lockdown has taught us all lots. I don't know about you, but for me, lockdown has been a learning curve. I have learnt so much about myself. I feel like I've grown up a lot in the space of five months. 

In the past five months I've really changed. I've changed the way I look at my body, the way I treat myself, the way I treat others, and the way I see my future. From learning to love myself more, to connecting deeper with friends – lockdown has really shown me what matters most.

Lockdown gave me an opportunity to change, so I grabbed it with both hands and thanked the Universe.
I didn't change my diet, I didn't change my appearance – I simply embraced and utilised everything I already had.


Friendships

Lockdown has really enabled me to figure out who my real friends are. I've been in touch with old friends, new friends and friends I've known both online and in real life for YEARS! Some friendships have developed into really special friendships that I'll cherish forever, and some friendships kind of diminished a few weeks into lockdown. 

Although it's sad that those friendships diminished, I'm still grateful for them. They were beautiful when they were real, but I now just look them as a lesson, and I thank them for showing me that keeping the friendship was no longer the best option. And most of all, I thank them for allowing me to find friendships that are real, supportive and long-lasting.

My outlook on love

At the start of lockdown (and multiple times throughout) I may have downloaded a few dating apps. They were great fun and I had a great time getting to know a few guys. But I now realise that finding love through a dating app really isn't me and in-line with my morals. That being said though, If anything does happen to become of any of the connections I've made in the future, post-lockdown/post-coronavirus – then I'm more than willing to mark it down as fate.


My body

Lockdown could have been a really negative experience in terms of body image, but for me it's been the complete opposite. In the beginning I was thinking of getting an exercise bike just to keep fit as I usually walk around 10,000–15,000 steps per day. But then I just decided to move when my body wanted to move. I find joyful movement so.. well.. joyful! I love nothing more than putting on a uplifting playlist, wearing some big 'ole granny pants and crop top, and dancing round my room making up silly routines. It's fun, keeps my blood pumping and keeps my mental health on some kind of good level. 

Lockdown has really taught me to embrace my body, my curves and the way I look at myself. I've posted and spoken about body positivity for the past five or so years, but I'd say 2020 is the year I have started to make waves online and in my own mind. Over the lockdown period I really began to find my feet with loving myself – weeks on end with no makeup, crop tops and big knickers really did me good. 

I now look at my body as a vessel that carries me through life, keeping me healthy and nourished. I look at my body as a beautiful thing – I really have learned to LOVE my body and I'm in love with that fact!


Lockdown has really changed me for the better. I look at life completely differently these days. From my friendship to my body, to my love life and to everything in between. The things I'm grateful for have changed, the things I take for granted have changed – this pandemic has changed the world in unimaginable ways, and it has also changed me too. 


Steal Mollie's Style

Mollie is wearing a gorgeous (gifted) 1950's style dress from Collectif. It's their super popular Caterina style (which is my all-time favourite style of dress), in the Caterina Ribbon Check Swing Dress. I adore their Caterina Dresses so much – the signature stretch, cinched in waist, button down to waist – it's a vintage dream!!



Hello world.....

[Gifted tee from The Yay Makers & gifted bikini from SHEIN]

Wearing bright colours isn't easy for everyone – it hasn't always been easy for me, so I know all too well the fear that comes with being bold. 

[Gifted bikini from SHEIN]

Hi, I'm Mollie Munro Quirk. I'm 22-years-old and I am fat. Yes, you did just read that correctly. I am fat. And yes, I am calling myself fat. Why? Because that's what I am. I'm fat and I'm okay with it – I'm at peace with my fatness and you should be too.

[Gifted knickers from The Big Bloomers Company]

I wear big knickers and I give 0 f*cks to what you think. When I was younger, big knickers were not trendy AT ALL. High waisted knickers and bikini bottoms were like gold dust, and wearing big knickers to school meant getting changed for PE felt daunting to say the least. 

[Dress gifted from Collectif Clothing]

For years I've wanted to fall in love. You know the kind out of a movie or in a song or a book? The kind that makes your heart ache, your head spin and your foot pop? That's the kind of love I've always dreamed of.

Country music is my favourite genre. I'm big into deep feelings – heady feelings, the kind you feel when you fall in love (I can only presume). Country music gives me the illusion that I'm falling in love, actually in love or recovering from a heartbreak – country music allows me to feel emotions I've never felt before, and I think that's why I'm so fond of it. 

[Gifted bikini from Figleaves & tee from SHEIN Curve]

I have cellulite. I have dimply thighs and a dimply bum. I have fat rolls, back rolls, bingo wings and saggy boobs. I have a little belly that hangs a little bit. And guess what? NONE of the above means I can't wear a bikini. Because every BODY is a bikini body. Now, prove me wrong.

[Gifted underwear from Pour Moi]

Our bodies are ever-changing vessels – their changing is a constant throughout all of our lives. Our bodies get bigger and smaller; our bodies gain and lose; our bodies change colour; our bodies get taller and shorter – our bodies amazing and they don't get enough credit. 

[Contents of blog post gifted to me by LUSH]

LUSH have recently launched a brand new range of bubble bars! Bigger, better and more inventive than ever. With perfume bottle shaped treats, sweet smelling mermaid's tails and tie dyed clouds in pastel colours – there's something to tempt everyone!