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Sugers Confident You Challenge

Sugers Confident You – Week One

The oh so wonderful Suger recently released her “Confident you body confidence photo challenge“. Phew, that’s a bit of a mouth full. She asked me to share my thoughts on body confidence and I jumped at the chance. I also decided to try and give the challenge a go. I usually suck at keeping up with them, but with this being 14 days instead of a whole month, I decided to give the whole thing a go. I’ve been sharing it on my instagram, but decided that I would compile them all into weekly round up posts.

1. What body confidence means to you.

2. You / Selfie.

(picture in header) I took this picture this morning whilst getting ready. A bit of a prequel pic to my previous outfit pic. This is me. Chubby belly, stretch marks, thick thighs. But still super cute!

3. Grateful.

I am grateful for my friends, family & most of all, my kitty cats. I know I talk about wanting a dog so much, but I am thankful that at least I have these dudes keeping me company. Tonka is my baby who is always beside me (or honestly laying ON me). Louis is my little spud who never fails to make my laugh.

4. Share the love.

I want to give a shout out to the amazing Meli of @baccurelli. This is one lady who inspires me so much. She’s a beautiful loving soul, a fierce Mother and so so talented. Her and her husband do so much work for their brand and it shows. Their designs are amazing and I’ve loved slowly learning more about her, her life and her business. She isnt a girlboss, she’s a ladyboss. (Visit their store HERE)

5. I have embraced.

I guess that is my body. I still have little hang ups (my arms) and days where I can’t find anything to wear, but most of the time I rock my body! I show off my vbo, I #rockthecrop and wear what I want. I don’t let my fat stop me from experimenting with fashion.

6. Share your Why.

Why? Because I had to be. I’ve been fat from a young age, I was sick & ended up on steroids. This means I spent most of my youth being teased. Kids can be meanest of all. High school wasn’t much better, but it was more behind your back than face on. I learnt to be #bodypositive because I figured I deserved to be treated like everyone else, and most of them loved themselves, why could I? I learnt to love myself because I was already suicidal & if I didn’t learn to appreciate my body for what it did, then why should I bother? And i’m glad I did, I’m glad I learnt and that hopefully that has helped others.

7. Love your flaws/ Body Shaming.

This picture is for ANYONE that body shames. Don’t do it. Ive been pretty lucky with sharing so much of my life on the internet that I haven’t been shamed too much. I’m also lucky that years of being teased gave me thick skin and therapy gave me coping mechanisms. I’ve been shamed for my weight, my belly, my arms, my triple chin, my hair, my piercings and more. But I’m not ashamed. I have flaws, some that yeah, I’d change if I could (my teeth) but all in all those flaws make me. And I’m okay with that.

Are you playing along with the challenge?

Underwear, that’s fun to wear!

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I have a confession to make, I have never been properly fitted for a bra. Nope. Though I know I am not alone. I found the perfect t-shirt bra a few years ago, bought 4 (2 white, 1 black, 1 bright pink) and called it day. While I do love lingerie, a lot of it isn’t for every day wear, especially plus size items. It’s all babydolls and frills. There never used to be a good ‘inbetween’. Something sexy & stylish, comfortable yet firm, but also affordable.

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I’d always looked at the lingerie City Chic released, and would sigh. Sometimes being a plus size lady, with itty bitty titties was annoying. A size 22b was hard to find, and then City Chic started releasing some bras in more cup sizes. Hallelujah!

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If you have the chance, go in and try them on. I fell SO in love with the Mila bra, I tried it on in it’s smallest cup size (a D!) and it fit, really well actually. I never thought i’d see the day when I would wear & fit a D cup.

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The Mila set || BRA – 20D || UNDERWEAR – 22.

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So, this is me. Stretch marks, cat scratches, lumps and bumps. And you know what? I love my body, it’s not perfect, but it’s been with me all my life (duh!). It’s seen me through the best and worst of times, it took me until my 20s to realise that my body is something precious and I should take care of it and respect it. In my teens I had a lot of self hatred after being bullied all throughout school, and I’m human, I still have those moments when “I wish my arms were a bit thinner, or that I didn’t have a double chin”, but then I remember, that things could be so much worse, and I should be happy because i’m pretty lucky to be me.

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These pictures were taken by a good friend of mine, and let me say, it’s pretty nerve wracking stripping down to your underwear in front of other people. Random fact, my first ever post on this blog was pretty much about them! So a huge thank you to Nick from Purple Nebula Photography for taking these pictures, and to Kayley for your help making me laugh and not feel so nervous.

Pamela Contour set || BRA – 20C || UNDERWEAR – 22

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These items were gifted to me by City Chic. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This is a plus size positive blog, please keep comments appropriate.

Aussie Curves – Swimwear

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Wowza! It’s only halfway through January and already i’m really pushing through some of my personal body issues. I’ve been on like body love/acceptance journey for years, but I still have some insecurities. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t, but you know what, I’m okay with that.

This is my first Aussie Curves post for the year, i’ve been really slack with it lately, and I really should have jumped back in last week. I mean, I have over 100 pairs of shoes, I’m sure I could have chosen one pair to showcase! Anyway, this weeks theme is Swimwear, so here you go, my first  adult bikini!

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Can you believe that this is from Kmart!? Yep! When I heard that they had stocked a plus size bikini set, I ran along to try it out! I have LOVED the ‘fatkini’ trend, and I’m currently going GAGA over Gabi Fresh’s current Swimsuits For All, but I don’t go to the beach/pools enough and I wasn’t sure how confident i’d feel in a bikini. I could never quite commit to spending that much on something I was a bit unsure of, so when I tried these on, I decided to get them. The set cost me $27!

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I would have loved if these had a higher waist. I’m honestly not used to showing off my belly so much, but I also figured with this set, I could always invest in just a high waist bottom to match the bikini top!  Oh! The straps are also removable!

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So here I am in all my swimwear glory! Lumps, bumps, belly, stretch marks & clothing lines from the pants I had been wearing! All me!

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Bikini Top (Size 18c) $12 | Bikini Bottom (Size 20) $15 | IN STORE at Kmart!

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