Thursday, July 24, 2014

Plus-size - (of clothing or people) of a size larger than the normal range.

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“What you look like is just one part of who you are - but it's not all you are.” ― Sarra Manning, You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

Feeling comfortable in our own skin is one of (a big one, but not the most important) the greatest internal challenges we face. It's even tougher when clothes don't fit properly and no matter how many times you try to get the zipper of that size large skirt you tried on up, it just won't budge, and it's not like you can go up a size because large is the biggest size they have, and large is well, not large enough.

I've struggled with my weight my whole life, and to this day it's still something I'm battling with. The other day I was sitting in my room thinking about my weight and the extra workouts that I've started doing because I packed on a few pounds and Outside Lands is coming up, and I realized that I've never been smaller than a size 10 – 12 in my whole life. (I'm currently a 14). At my smallest, I could wear size 10 skirts because of my waist, but the dresses would never go up and I couldn't get the shirts past my boobs. Did you guys know that people have started to consider anything over a US size 10 plus size, and that in the world of modeling plus size starts at a size 6? It's crazy, right?

This may just be me, but I noticed when I thought back to when I was smaller I hated the way I looked more than I do now. I used to obsess over what I ate and if I slipped up even just a little bit it would ruin my whole day. I never wore tight clothes even thought I had the body for it (and  still do now), and nothing was ever good enough. My body has been a constant torment for me for as long as I can remember, even when I was younger. I recently started following a lot of plus size bloggers and YouTubers and I just think they are so beautiful and amazing.

I really believe that clothing brands and retailers should start stocking / making bigger size clothing. I think that there is a humongous market out there that hasn't even been tapped into yet. They should make cute trendy clothes that are affordable (and not cost more than straight sizes), but cater to a variety of styles (punk, bohemian, skater, girly, edgy, Ext).

I hope you like this post because more are coming. I'm not going to say that I'm strictly a plus size advocate, because I'm not. I'm a body confidence activist. I want everyone to feel comfortable in their own skin no matter what size they are and have to the confidence to wear whatever the hell they want, but most of all I want clothes that suit every different body type and actually fit!

It took me a long time to realize this, but I'm plus sized, and that's okay. I hope you all have a wonderful day, and I'll see you in the next one.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Outfit - a set of clothes worn together, typically for a particular occasion or purpose.


update & ootd video

I hope you all enjoy it!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Windswept - swept by or as if by wind.

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“Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.” ― Virginia Woolf

model - ashley kelley
makeup - mother dear
PHOTOGRAPHer & stylist - jasmine grimes

I've noticed that for some bizarre reason I always accompany my photo shoot photos with in depth philosophical talk about my life and what direction it’s heading. So it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that I'm doing it once again.

I’m not going to apologize for my absence for the fifteenth hundred time because you’re all probably completely tired of it, but I am going to say that I took some time away to think some things over. I don't think people tell you how hard this growing up process is, or that it will keep you up at night and give you anxiety and maybe even make you cry. I’ve done a lot of all of those the past week because let’s face it. This shit is hard.

For some reason I have a crap ton of irrational fears that inhibit me from doing the things I want to do. There are literally times where I have anxiety about going for a walk outside, or riding my bike somewhere because I’m afraid something is going to happen to me. If you're familiar with Aunt Josephine from A Series of Unfortunate Events, then you'll know that that’s basically me. The worst part is that I have absolutely no idea the why. Who knows, maybe we can figure this out together.

Now let’s discuss the actual photo shoot. I know I’ve edited the pictures to where it looks like a clear bright sunny day, but let me be the first to tell you that every other day that week including the day after the shoot was warm, but for some reason it was cold as hell on the actual day we shot. They wind was whipping all around us which caused the whole windswept look, but I think despite that everyone did a great job and photos turned out amazing. As I’ve said before, Ashley was a total pro and really helped capture the 70s boho babe vibe. You may not believe this, but the dress and all of the accessories (except for the 80s purple sunnies) were thrifted by Mother Dear. I’m going to be selling it soon on my Depop to help pay for my next shoot, so keep your eyes peeled for it popping up. So far, I only have four items for sale, but you can check them out HERE. I hope you cottontails enjoyed this post, and I’ll see you in the next one. BYE!

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