Talk Tuesday: Be Brave Today

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Image courtesy of Facebook page BeBeautiful.

Hello all my lovely and brave followers! I hope this day has been blessed with joy for you. If your hours have been filled with one difficult moment after another and the day feels like it will never end, chin up. You can get through this!

You have the strength within you to face any obstacle head on.

You have the wisdom to solve problems.

You have the grace to face people who are the cause of your difficult issues and let them know they need to change their attitude.

You have the courage to plough through challenges and make those moments into ones of learning and enlightenment.

You have the confidence to stand up for yourself and not allow others to bully you into doing or saying things you are not comfortable with.

You have the talent to get the job done so don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

You have the values, beliefs and morals to lead a good, happy and fulfilling life. Let go of anyone or anything that doesn’t make you feel good about who you are or the choices you make.

You have the self-esteem necessary to get the task at hand done well. .

You are beautiful, brave, Pretty, Plus and Proud, so venture forth and conquer the day!

NEVER GIVE UP!!

 

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Live In the Moment

I have for you another post inspired by Mary from www.uncustomary.org Today we are exploring ways in which we can live in the moment. No regretting the past or worrying about the future. Learn to love every single minute life has to offer and I think you’ll be living a life of gratitude and joy!

  1. Put your phone away for a bit. Unplug from all the busyness of life and appreciate some solitude.
  2. Meditate or do guided imagery.
  3. Declutter your home or work space. Uncluttered space = uncluttered mind.
  4. Lay on the grass under the stars.
  5. Upon waking each morning, say something you are grateful for.
  6. Blow bubbles like you did as a child. Marvel in their size and the rainbow of colour that passes through them.
  7. Skip stones in a local pond.
  8. Practice mindful eating. Savour your meal with all your senses. How does it smell or feel on you tongue? Admire the bright colours on your plate.
  9. Sit in a field and make yourself a flower crown.
  10. Enjoy a long soak in a bubble bath perhaps with scented candles, soft music, your favourite book and a glass of wine.
  11. Buy yourself some flowers.
  12. Get up early and watch the sun rise.
  13. Pop bubble wrap.
  14. Stand in the middle of the street and twirl.
  15. Enjoy the sensation of spreading body lotion all over your skin.

Check out Mary’s website for more great ideas on how you can live in the moment. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and enjoy this lie you have been blessed with!

Plus Size Fashion Friday – Mini Torrid Haul and My OOTD!

So I figured reaching 500 followers deserved a little shopping trip to congratulate myself (oh rubbish, I don’t need an excuse to shop, lol). I picked up just a couple of items but I’m pleased with my selections. Everyone knows I like skulls. I’ve managed to control that little obsession quite well lately, not buying any skull merchandise for quite some time. Today I lost the battle and gave in to this cute T-shirt pictured below.

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I love the lacing detail at the neckline, the touches of pink in the roses and the mineral wash of the material. It’s super soft. Today, Torrid was offering 30% off regular priced items to family and friends (Torrid Insiders). I purchased this top in a size 1. 

Next, I purchased something a little out of my comfort zone, a berry coloured fit and flare skater skirt. I don’t own anything else like this so I decided to give it a twirl.

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I love the colour of this piece! It’s very structured but flares out nicely. It has a nice wide waistband and a zipper closure in the back. The length comes to around my knees. It was on clearance which was an extra 30% off the lowest ticket price and then another 25% off for Torrid Insiders. I also received an additional 10% off for completing the survey on a previous receipt. This piece is in a size 2. 

I think my two purchases today look cute together. I added a denim vest which I was already wearing today as part of my OOTD. I think paired with black tights and black booties, this will make a very cool outfit!

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What do you think? Yay or nay? I don’t look happy but I am!

Below is my OOTD I wore out for a lunch date with a friend and then shopping.

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Dress is from Rue21+, size 1x, purchased in Chicago this summer (sadly we don’t have this store in Canada), vest is from Addition Elle size 16, earrings from Torrid, necklace is attached to and came with the dress (it detaches for washing purposes). 

Have you tried anything new lately? Have you made any purchases to add to your Fall collection? Where have you been shopping this season? Share with me all the fun details!  Hope you’re feeling Pretty, Plus and Proud no matter what you choose to adorn your gorgeousness with!

Thankful Thursday – Celebrating 500+ Followers! Giveaway Time !

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It’s truly a day to be thankful! I have officially reached 507 blog followers! Yay for me!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who has chosen to follow my blog! Your interest and positive feedback towards what I write about has certainly fulfilled a dream that started my little blog approximately two years ago. Back then, I was simply looking for a little project with which to pass time. I love to write so my blog was born. Like a small child, it has grown with hard work and dedication behind it. Your constant reinforcement through your likes and comments has fostered its continued growth. My goal was not to attract large numbers of readers but to help one person at a time feel better about themselves. I think, through your comments, I can safely say that goal has been achieved.

I would like to celebrate and show my appreciation by offering a small giveaway. This contest is open to Canada and the United States (sorry to anyone outside these areas, but shipping is very expensive overseas). I haven’t chosen my prize yet but rest assured it will be something pretty. To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on any blog post that: 1) you wish to be entered and 2) leave a comment or suggestion about what you would like to see in future posts. You have one week from today, then I will collect all the submissions and randomly choose a winner.

Good luck and thanks again for your dedicated following of Pretty, Plus and Proud!

How Do You Choose To Live?

I belong to a Facebook group called “Positive People Army”, (image below courtesy of this group). It is fabulously inspiring and motivating. It helps me choose every day the positive way.

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Many of the choices we make are just that; choices! I know it may seem in times of difficulty or illness, that those are not things you’ve chosen to happen in your life but bad things happen. It is in how we deal with life’s ups and downs that choices are made. We can choose to make excuses, wallow in self-pity and hide. Or we can choose to pick ourselves up and hunt for the positive; learn from moments of trial. Hard times can motivate us to work hard for solutions not just for ourselves but to be a source of comfort for others dealing with similar situations.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and choose happiness. Choose to make the changes you need to so you can live your best life; the life you deserve. Choose to be a source of motivation. Choose to love yourself. Choose to follow your heart and ignore the negative influences of others. 

Showing Kindness Can Lead You To Self-Love

I have said this before but I think it’s important enough to repeat; Demonstrating kindness towards others can lead you to a life of self-love and body positivity. 

When you get out of your own head and think of others, the focus of disliking yourself shifts. When you do good deeds and help others, you will feel good about yourself. The simple pleasure of putting a smile on someone’s face will put a smile on your face. Your kindness, generosity, selflessness, love for your fellow human beings and desire to make the world a better place will help you see yourself in a whole new light. Your moral compass, your values, your personality will become the focus of how you see yourself and will be what others will notice as well. Your outer appearance will become much less important to you as you develop the ability to love yourself on a higher and much more important level. Focusing on what you do, and not how you look, will help you achieve body positivity!

Thanks to websites like http://bodypositivity.com/, you can discover all kinds of ways to help people and spread the love! Volunteering your time, talents and energies to individuals or organizations will lift your spirits and your soul.

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Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and begin your journey towards self-love by first showing love to others and the world around you!

In Case You Need This Today!

In case no one has told you this lately or even if you need to hear these things today:

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MY LIST:

  • You are worthy!
  • You are good enough just as you are!
  • You do not need to nor should you change any part of yourself to please someone else!
  • You can do anything you set your mind to!
  • You can overcome any obstacle!
  • You are beautiful simply because you exist!
  • You deserve anything you want out of life!
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, BE PRETTY, PLUS AND PROUD ALWAYS!

Image above courtesy of queenbeefashionista4 on Instagram.