Learning to love your body is not always easy. In fact, some body parts are harder to love than others. I’m sure that’s a feeling you can relate to. It might be easy to love our full breasts and shapely legs but is it as easy to love our cellulite and body rolls? For so many of us, the answer is no. We learn to love our shape and size but we’d prefer if we could change one or two small details. I’ve seen some of the most inspiring body love gurus post similar comments so I know this is true. So how do we take it further? How do we learn to love the parts of ourselves that society has taught us to hate the most?
As the creator of #SelfiesForSelfLove, I certainly have my own love for selfies. In fact, I’ve gone through several styles of selfies taking. From handheld camera selfies in the mirror all the way to using a tripod and a timer. So I decided to have some fun exploring the various forms of self-portraits in this blog post featuring a dress from Pink Clove UK.
I recently made a post on Instagram about the spring trends I had previously seen on the runways and I am now seeing in the stores and online. The one that topped the list, in my opinion, was floral prints. I think it is the perfect spring trend as flowers are literally starting to bloom all around us. Continue reading “Spring Trends: Mesh & Floral”
As a former Queen’s University student it brings be a great deal of joy to see the future alumni doing their thing during their four years in Kingston. Some like me, will either stay or return in the long run, but others will move away after graduation and never return. So these are special times for everyone involved in the KAIROS show because for many it could turn out to be the only fashion event they ever produce together. I can relate as a person who joined the cast in several local theatre productions. So when I was given the opportunity to take in this charity fashion show, I jumped at the chance to cover it for you. Continue reading “KAIROS: A Fashion Show For Project Red”
This gorgeous red and black polka dot midi length dress is a dream come true with its short sleeve length and hip hugging stretch. SexyPlus Clothing also stocks a longer sleeve version in black and white that is equally gorgeous. I chose the red because I am trying my best to incorporate more colour into my wardrobe as a person who is kind of obsessed with black and neutral earth tones. I like how even though this dress is vintage in design it can be worn in an everyday style by pairing it with a modern hairstyle and simple shoes. I also love how this is one of the sexiest dresses I own and yet I am completely covered, with even my normally visible cleavage tucked away. It is proof that plus size women can absolutely rock a bodycon dress at any size.
Can shapewear be body positive? I know some of you have already decided that you know the answer and don’t need to read this, but hear me out for a second. Isn’t the desire to stop wearing shapewear exactly why body positivity was created, or at least one of the reasons why? Wearing it can’t possibly be body positive right? But is it really that simple? Given the body positive movement is so closely associated with feminism we need to prioritize freedom of choice for all people, but especially for marginalized people. We need to ensure that all women are allowed to make all the choices they want. So while for some, body positivity may mean ditching shapewear, for others it may mean giving it a try for the first time. Still, hanging this complex issue on the choice argument is not good enough. We need to look deeper than that.
As a person who loves reading, it is always nice to find a story I haven’t read before and I can honestly say that I’ve never read about a character quite like Brenda Cankles of Big & Fabulous. In my experience, when fat women are included in fictional books they aren’t the main character and their story is often centered around their desire to lose weight. Brenda is not such a character and that alone made her story very compelling. As a plus size lead character she is given the agency to direct the story and narrate it. It is especially nice to read about a plus size woman who not only has no desire to diet but who also loves her body as it is and always has. Compared to many of our other current pop culture examples who are obsessed with weight loss or even contracted into losing a certain number of pounds, I’d say it is very refreshing and much more fat positive. In fact, I’ve got some specific and very timely comparisons for you below.
I love introducing you to plus size brands that are accessibly priced, easy to wear, and on trend. This size range goes from 14 to 36 in UK sizing, which is the equivalent of size 12 to 34 in US sizing. Or, in the sizing system that I think makes the most sense, the European one, they offer sizes 42 to 64. Needless to say, Yours Clothing is a pretty great example of a brand that is offering something for almost every size from inbetweener to plus size. Continue reading “A Night Out With Yours Clothing”
I’m serious, I don’t. Want to be a plus model that is. You may not already be aware of this, but, many fatshion bloggers and even body positive activists have an end goal of becoming a plus size model. In a few rare cases, it has actually become reality. Regardless, it isn’t a goal of mine and here’s why. Continue reading “Why I Don’t Want To Be A Plus Model”
You may have noticed that I’ve slowly moved away from having a strictly body positive blog and that I have been embracing fatshion blogging. The reason why is worthy of its very own blog post so I won’t get into that here, but what I do what to address are the ways fatshion blogging is body positive activism. I’ve noticed a certain amount of exclusion in the body positive community, and one of the groups that seems to be excluded is fatshion bloggers. Many of the most popular mainstream body positive activists don’t follow or promote fatshion bloggers, and yet many of us repost them and their photos regularly. I have a problem with this because I think it is yet another example of the body positive movement being watered down and not respecting or even acknowledging its roots. Continue reading “7 Ways Fatshion Blogging Is Activism”