Month: May 2020

A year on: Graduate school, impostor syndrome, and all that jazz.

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Academia / Graduate School

This time last year, I was on the phone at work, asking for the entrance exam results for graduate school admissions. At first, I thought I heard it wrong, I had to ask the admissions staff to repeat the exam result to me, and I was told, “See you at the orientation.” That felt unreal. It still felt like it. Now, here I am, in my second semester of graduate school, trying to comply with […]

My Tuesday playtime: A trial and error account of prettifying myself for absolutely no reason at all

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Big Girls Can Do Fashion

Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you are well and safe wherever you are. A few days ago, I promised myself a treat after handing in the first part of my coursework. No, it has nothing to do with food, but a lot to do with making my soul happy by dressing up and putting on makeup. It’s been a long time since I put on work clothes and makeup on my face. It’s been two months […]

Pushing the Envelope: #BigGirlsCanDoFashion

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Beauty / Big Girls Can Do Fashion
Glenna Walters (right), as Tillie Boulter in Anne with an E.

As a big girl, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to dress fashionably. All the nice clothes, it seemed to me, were made just for the slimmer girls. So where’s the justice in that? Pre-lockdown, I’ve always felt conscious that I look drab even in my favourite clothes. But recently, I came to the realisation that it doesn’t matter what one wears–it’s how one wears it. When I finally decided to change up […]

Quarantine Diaries 2: Attempting to live in the “new normal”.

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Books / Life Lately / Quarantine Diaries / The Chubby Girl's Kitchen

In which I attempt to make cottage pie that isn’t even a real cottage pie, and an apple tart. Hola amigos and amigas! I’m back. Looks like our cherished dream of going back to normal isn’t going to happen anytime soon. We’re still cooped up inside our homes, trying not to get crazy, trying not to get sick. But hey! We all make our own good times. Yes, cooking now counts as a “good time”. […]