We’re All Different and We’re All Beautiful!

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Image courtesy of thebutterflyblingg (formerly queenbeefashionista4).

Everyone has a different body. Some of us are tall. Some of us are short. Some people have lots of hair, others, not so much. Some of us are old, some of us are young or in between. Some people choose to adorn their body with tattoos or piercings. Others prefer not to. Some women have big boobs, others are less endowed. Some of us have stretch marks or scars. Some of us have rolls of skin, others are more flat. Some people have pale skin while others have dark skin.

The differences between people are many but do those differences mean that one type of body is better than another? Who gets to decide what is beautiful or desirable; society, social media, family or friends?  What gives them the right to say we are or are not beautiful? The fact is no one has that right. Beauty is found in the differences between one person and another. Our differences make us each a unique or one of a kind creation. We are each of us a limited edition and therefore very valuable.

Would you alter someone else’s painting or sculpture because you didn’t like it? I don’t think the artist would let you near their creation if that was your intent. This too, should be your attitude. Don’t let anyone into your space if their intent is to criticize, be rude or nasty. You are beautiful because you are a unique piece of creation. Your size, shape and colour are like a painting. Your body is the canvas and everything about it is art.

We are all different. We are all beautiful. We should all be shown love. We should all love ourselves. We should all be respected. We are all worthy.

We should all Be Pretty, Plus and Proud!

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Who’s Beautiful?

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Who’s beautiful? Why you are of course! The person reading this is beautiful inside and out! You are amazing, intelligent, talented, strong, resilient and powerful! You are beautiful if you are short or tall, slim or fat, black or white, young or old. You are beautiful no matter what gender you are, what religion you practice, what race you are a part of. Beauty is measured by your level of kindness and compassion. Do you support your fellow neighbours, family and friends? Are you generous when generosity is asked for? Beauty is who you are as a person, not what you look like.

What does beautiful mean?

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Image courtesy of just_lovely_and_delicious from Instagram. 

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and believe in your beauty! You are beautiful because you were created and exist!

Fall Fashion Wish List

I love Fall! I love the colours of the changing leaves. I love the pumpkin spice smells (burning a Bath and Body Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle as I type). I love the cool temperatures. Most of all, though, I love Fall fashion. I am a sweater gal. I love being cozy, wrapped up in a super soft sweater sitting in front of a roaring fire, reading a good book.

Today I’m sharing a few items I spotted while browsing Torrid,  that are now at the top of my Fall Fashion  Wish List; A beautiful poncho, some great sweaters and a pair of dark wash skinny jeans.

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This poncho is super soft and cozy. It has a nice wide neckline which can be worn laying flat as pictured above or you can fashion it into more of a cowl neck. I was shopping with my cousin on Friday and she bought this. We may be twinning this look, lol! Item #11025808 Retails for $72.90 CAD One size fits all. 

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I love the colours of the roses in this lightweight sweatshirt style top. I have a few other tops like this in different colours and love it. It’s very comfortable and warm enough without causing you to overheat (an issue with some of us older gals). Item #11046912 Retails for $57.53 CAD Available in sizes 00 to 6.

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I’m not a super fan of the cold shoulder trend but this sweater is a nice alternative. The lace up details on the sleeve hints at a peak of skin without revealing too much. The mineral wash makes this sweater feel like an old favourite. Very cozy and flattering! Item #11046585 Retails for $75.47 CAD Available in sizes 00 to 6.

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I’m obsessed with this sweater! I love the longer length so it can be worn with leggings or jeans. I love the zipper detail on the sides which can give it a looser or tighter fit depending on how you prefer to wear it. I love the distressing that gives it a bit of an edgy look. This is at the top of my wish list! Item #11093034 Retails for $75.47 CAD Available in sizes 00 to 6.

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I love these jeans! I love the dark wash, skinny leg and distressing. Torrid jeans fit perfectly and are well made resulting in the perfect jeans! Item #11085011 Retails for approximately $88.28 CAD (price varies depending on colour and amount of distressing), available in sizes 10 to 30. 

I know many of you are fainting over the prices. Don’t! Torrid always has deals of some kind going on. Plus don’t forget to fill out your survey at the bottom of your receipt for 10% off of your total purchase (can be used on regular priced items and clearance). Also, if you are a Points Member you can accumulate points to receive $10 rewards coupons which can also be used on regular priced items or clearance. Right now clearance is BOG 2 free so check it out if you are looking for some good deals.

Us Canadian girls don’t have as many choices as the US when it comes to plus size shopping. Our closest competitor to Torrid is probably Addition Elle. My Canadian ladies, if you think Torrid is expensive, look at Addition Elle prices. I think you’ll find they are just as expensive if not more so. Everyone has their favourite place to shop for style, quality and price. Mine is strongly Torrid! No secret there, lol!

What are you lusting after to add to your Fall wardrobe? Wherever you choose to shop, Be Pretty, Plus and Proud this season! 

Doing What I Do Best

I’ve been trying to play around with a set schedule of writing themes; Miscellaneous Monday, Talk Tuesday and Fashion Friday. However, I am learning that this isn’t working for me. While I love writing about other things besides body positivity (life, fashion, makeup, etc.), I am the most passionate about spreading the self-love message. I’ll continue to throw in some of my other interests but for the most part I think I’ll do what I do best, advocating for body positivity and body acceptance.

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This is an important message for anyone to learn. It’s always good to try something new, whether it be a profession, fashion look, new activity or hobby, new relationships or new travel adventures. You never know what you will like until you try it. Sometimes new things turn out to be the greatest discoveries and opportunities for growth. Sometimes, not so much. It’s okay if something doesn’t work out as well as you expected it to. It doesn’t mean you failed. Quite the contrary, nothing is a failure if you’re exploring. Failure is when you wish you had tried and didn’t and then living with that regret.

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Things that you attempted are your chances to learn more about yourself. These opportunities can open your eyes and help you see how wonderful you are. You are a go-getter, an adventurer, a person who wants to be the best person they can be and live the best life that they can. Trial and error are the points in your life you leapt off the cliff, without fear and landed feeling Pretty, Plus and Proud!

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All images are courtesy of thebutterflyblingg (formerly queenbeefashionista4) on Instagram.

I am…. Because….

I came across a post on Instagram that touched me enough that I felt compelled to share it with you, my beautiful and amazing readers.  I think it will resonate with many of you and I hope it will help you realize and understand how strong and resilient you are. You are all stronger than you think and more worthy than you believe. This was posted by @alex_elle Check her out on Instagram for more inspiring and motivating images that can help you on your body love journey.

I am_________________________________          Because___________________________-

  • whole                                                          I have broken
  • standing                                                      I have fallen
  • enough                                                        I’ve felt unworthy
  • healing                                                        I have faith
  • strong                                                          I’ve been weak
  • triumphant                                                I have failed
  • full                                                               I’ve been depleted
  • learning                                                      I’ve been lost
  • here                                                             I trust my lessons
  • growing                                                      I’ve learned to let go

No journey is without its heartache or difficulties. We all suffer in our quest for self-improvement but that is what makes the achievement so much more rewarding. When you have worked hard for something you can truly celebrate the success.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of all you have worked so hard to achieve. You are more than worthy and good enough for any rewards coming your way.

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Image courtesy of  thebutterflyblingshop on Instagram (formerly queenbeefashionista4). 

Annie Kontor – Final Instalment

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I’ve been writing this week about a blogger I came to know about from her contribution to the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul – Curvy and Confident.  This lovely woman, Ms. Annie Kontor, writes a blog about all things fashion, beauty and life for the single and curvy woman. Check out her website for motivation and all things positive! http://www.plusonewoman.com

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I can’t say enough good things about this book!

Check out my first two posts about Annie:

https://prettyplusandproud.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/all-about-annie/  

https://prettyplusandproud.wordpress.com/2017/10/25/all-about-annie-part-two/

My final instalment in this mini series is the third question Ms. Kontor asked of me and I in turn asked her:

3.  What are some of your favourite fashion and/or makeup combinations you have worn lately?

Annie’s response:

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Thank you to Ms. Kontor for choosing to feature me in her blog (her post about me will be available for viewing in November so keep an eye out). Thank you for graciously answering the questions for yourself.

It has been a pleasure getting to know this amazing woman! She personifies what being Pretty, Plus and Proud is all about!

All About Annie – Part Two

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I started a post about Annie Kontor yesterday so this is part two of the series featuring this lovely blogger! Check out her website http://www.plusonewoman.com Her blog is about “curvy women navigating life solo”.  She writes about all things beauty, fashion, life and positivity. I first came to know Ms. Kontor by reading her story contribution to the book, Chicken Soup For the Soul – Curvy and Confident.

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We’ve communicated a bit on Messenger and have answered questions for each other to be featured in each of our blogs. Yesterday I shared with you her answer to question 1: How did you learn to love who you are, where you are right now? Check out my post from yesterday October 24th for the answer. https://prettyplusandproud.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/all-about-annie/

So for today, here is question two:

2.  What inspires you as a woman?

Annie’s response:

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Be Pretty Plus and Proud of the amazing woman you are today!