Plus Size Outfits of the Week

Taking a break from the serious stuff today (It is Monday so we have to ease into our week ahead, lol), I’m going to share some outfits I’ve been rocking the last week or so. Being plus size should never dissuade you from dressing like the goddess you are. Gone are the days of floral house coats or oversize sweatpants. Even many of the thrift stores I like to check out every now and then are carrying more name brand styles, so there are trendy clothes available for every budget. You all know I’m a Torrid girl so many of my pieces are from my favourite store. Many women are of the opinion that Torrid is too expensive. However, if you haunt the clearance section, good deals are waiting to be found. Wherever you choose to shop, rest assured you are worthy of a little spoiling. Spend a little on yourself and a great outfit will go a long way to improve your confidence, body image and self-esteem.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and walk the runway of your life in colour, pattern, sexy and stylish fashion!

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Penningtons leggings size xl, Torrid blouse size 1, Torrid jewellery, Torrid denim jacket size 2

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Outfit same as above without the jacket

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Torrid jeggings size 16 petite, Torrid blouse size 1, Torrid earrings

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Torrid jeggings size 16 petite, Torrid blouse size 1 (I bought this thrifted!), Torrid jewellery

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Torrid sweater size 1, Torrid premium leggings size 1, Addition Elle infinity scarf, Torrid jewellery

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Walmart sweater size 2x, Torrid cropped leggings size 1, Torrid jewellery

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Torrid blouse size 1, Torrid jeggings size 16 petite, Torrid necklace and earrings, bracelets from Penningtons

 

Body Positive Week – Part Two

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Image courtesy of excusemewhileikissmysky on Instagram.

  1. Today I am continuing my share of recommendations from FabUPlus magazine (https://fabuplusmagazine.com/). The following websites and people all strive to help women struggling with their body image. They are leaders, coaches and producers of body positive inspiration and motivation, encouraging all women to be the best version of themselves and love who they are, not letting size or shape hold them back from their dreams and aspirations. Check them out!

My Own Thoughts For The Week:

Learning to love yourself is a challenge and does not happen over night. It is a daily struggle but one I think is worth the time and effort. No one is perfect even though you may think you are alone in your feelings of not being good enough. Everyone has fears, doubts, moments of feeling not worthy. You are not alone! I have learned to love my body not despite but because of its limitations and imperfections. I am plus size. I have stretch marks. I have rolls. I have a double chin. I walk with a limp. My body can be weak and tired. I’ll never run a marathon or climb a mountain. These things do not make me ugly or unworthy. These things tell my story. They a part of me but not all of me. The things you struggle with are part of you but do not define you or make you less. Your struggles make you strong and wise. Be kind and gentle with your body for it holds you up day after day. It carries you always forward. Love yourself because you are special, amazing, beautiful and unique! There is no one in the world like you so walk with your head held high.

Be Pretty, Plus and Proud of who you are! You are talented, intelligent, strong and absolutely wonderful!

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Image courtesy of anncharles368 on Instagram.

Body Positive Week

I know I’m a little late getting into this fabulous topic but better late then never so Happy Body Positive Week! I’ve been following some great sites through email postings this week, all dedicated to celebrating and inspiring body positivity. In my post today, I’d like to share their thoughts on what body positivity is all about and how women can be more comfortable in their skin no matter their size or shape.

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Image from http://www.bodypositivity.com/

  1.  Check out the website, http://www.bodypositivity.com/ for lots of body positive inspiration. The articles are posted by real people (even a few by yours truly) but experts also weigh in on many topics. Some topics being discussed this week are: “How To Stop Hating Your Body”, “Ten steps To Positive Body Image” and “Tips to Be More Body Positive Today” (written by me, here’s the link: http://bodypositivity.com/20-powerful-tips-to-be-more-body-positive-today/). I urge you to read these articles if your body image is suffering. Life is too short to waste time and energy hating yourself and hiding! Love yourself and get out to enjoy this precious one life given to you!
  2. Plus Size Consumers as recommend by FabUPlus Magazine (https://fabuplusmagazine.com/– The plus size industry is growing and expanding so here are some brands dedicated to enhancing the plus size figure and make wearing beautiful clothing possible and comfortable:

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Image from just_lovely_and_delicious on Instagram

That’s it for this post! Check out these great websites for fashion inspiration and motivation to Be Pretty, Plus and Proud today! I’ll be back tomorrow with more highlights for Body Positive Week! 

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Image from http://www.bodypositivity.com/

Travel Tag

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I have been nominated by the lovely blogger, Oriana from http://www.orianasnotes.com/, to participate in a travel tag. So today’s blog post is a departure from what I normally write about but a pleasant change I hope you will all enjoy! Thank Oriana for the tag and everyone check out this young writer living in Paris (how exotic).

First I will answer her questions:

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I haven’t travelled extensively but the places I’ve gone to I have enjoyed them all for different reasons so it’s hard to pick a favourite. Our first trip to Disney World when our daughter was around six was truly a magical time; standing in front of Cinderella’s castle with my little girl who believed with her whole heart and soul that she was going to meet a real princess. It brought tears to my eyes to see her joy and excitement!

Our most recent big trip to Ireland last summer will certainly be a memory I’ll not soon forget. It was our first trip across the ocean and while I didn’t particularly enjoy the long plane ride, Ireland was beautiful and so rich with history. Again, I enjoyed it because my daughter was so enthralled with the history and very appreciative of this family vacation.

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Austria! My all time favourite movie has always been “The Sound of Music” so I have always wanted to visit the country that is such a focus of this movie.

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City holiday! I don’t like the heat so beaches aren’t really my thing. I enjoy visiting cities,; seeing the architecture, the culture and the people native to wherever I am.

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  1. My phone
  2. A big purse
  3. A good book for quiet time

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Definitely an over packer! I always want to take more than I need for those “just in case” moments.

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Not having to cook, lol!

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I think it depends on where I’m going but generally I would probably prefer my family. They know my needs and limits when it comes to travelling because of my MS.

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Unfortunately I have a lot of food sensitivities so I’m not very adventurous at all, not because I don’t want to try things but simply because I don’t want to get sick especially in a strange place.

Now who do I tag to answer these questions?

Check out these great blogs! Thanks again to Oriana for the tag! Hope everyone enjoyed my responses! Do you like to travel? Where have you been? Where do you want to go? Never let the fear of the unknown keep you at home. Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and see the world; it is filled with so much beauty and wonder!

Thieves

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These are the thieves trying to steal your joy and hope: regret, jealousy, anger, fear, self-hate, criticism, doubt, negativity, shame, embarrassment, anxiety, depression, panic, stress, pain, illness, worry, or comparison.

Don’t let these thoughts and feelings rob you of a life you deserve!

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Truly you are worthy of happiness! You are worthy of a life filled to the brim and overflowing with joy, satisfaction, pride, self-love, peace, positivity, confidence, wellness, love, respect. Have good quality thoughts so you can have a good quality life! Dream it, Believe it, Do it!

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Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and don’t let the thieves in through the front door and  into your house. They don’t belong and should not be welcome!

Images courtesy of queenbeefashionista4 on Instagram.

Have You Met Mary?

Have you met Mary from http://www.uncustomary.org? If not then let me introduce you. She is wonderfully motivating and inspiring! She’s colourful and fun! She has struggled with mental illness, low self-esteem and body image issues like many of us. She has now made it her passion and her mission to take what she has studied in the field of psychology, along with her personal experiences to teach self-help and self-love to people who are struggling like she did. Through self-love, she has managed her mental illness symptoms, found confidence, came to the realization that a healthy and loving relationship with someone is attainable and is now living her happiest life possible while living in a plus size body.

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Mary England, founder and facilitator of Uncustomary Babes on http://www.Uncustomary.org

Through the internet she is showing people how amazing and beautiful they truly are. Mary is teaching her followers how to make themselves and their happiness their number one goal and live the life they deserve. If you are still struggling seeing the beauty in you, I definitely recommend Mary and her website as a resource to help you travel a body positive journey.

In today’s blog post, Mary shares 25 body positive affirmations that you can say to yourself everyday to help boost your confidence and foster self-love. Write them down in a journal. Write them on sticky notes and post them where you can see them like your mirror, fridge, TV, bedside table or dinner table. The more you say them, the more believable they will become.

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To become Pretty, Plus and Proud, use any resource possible to help you find self-love. It is attainable and you deserve it! You are worthy! You are beautiful! You are perfect just the way you are! You are more than good enough! Mary knows and believes it, so do I and so should you!

Giveaway Winners!

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I have finally reached my 400 followers/subscribers here on my blog and my YouTube channel so it’s time to celebrate with the giveaway I promised. Below are the prizes up to be claimed:

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#2, 3 and 4

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So (drum roll please) the winners who were randomly selected are:

First Prize:  #36 Shanno Whamo from YouTube

Second Prize: #340 Katherine Kimak from YouTube

Third Prize: #498 Blogger http://www.myliferambles.wordpress.com/

Fourth Prize:  #726 Blogger http://www.ditchingdietmentality.wordpress.com/

Check out these lovely ladies! Thank you to everyone for your loyal following! I truly appreciate everyone’s support! Together let’s move to 500!

I’m feeling very Pretty, Plus and Proud on this momentous occasion!