Wow, epic fail!

Hey y’all! I’m super super sorry about not updating for a while! I’ve  been super busy with working between my two jobs this summer. I promise you that I haven’t forgotten about my lovely blog readers and followers (: Y’all have a special place in my heart and I will cater to your needs very soon. More to come! I’ll make it up to you, I promise.

June 7: Finds of the Day

Wow y’all! June is going by so quickly! Today’s picks are devoted to things on my favorites list which is found on my little write-up on the right side of the page. I have chosen three items: one featuring American flags (from Urbanog), one featuring pearls (from Charlotte Russe), and another featuring floral print (from Miss Selfridge). As always, if you are interesting in viewing the item on its external website, all you have to do is click the link and it’ll take you there! I hope you enjoy!

June 6: Finds of the Day

My picks for today come from my favorite store: Forever 21! The first item is an amazing black and gold makeup bag, the second item are green tea makeup remover wipes, and the third item is a set of cross stud earrings in various colors! Forever 21 is awesome for accessories and beauty basics because they are cheap, stylish, and good quality. Also, when you save so much money on these basics, it leaves more room in your wallet for splurging on other things! However, just as a disclaimer, it is very easy to spend a ton of money at Forever 21 because there are so many cute things and they a ton of cheap things add up quickly!

Black and gold is probably my favorite color combination at the moment. I also love geometric shapes: triangles are my favorite! 

I swear by these green tea extract makeup remover wipes! They are so soothing, they are cheap, and they work really well. They leave your face feeling nice and fresh after you take all your makeup off at the end of the day!

I love these. The end.

Above the Curves: My take on representations of the female body.

So I’m sitting here thinking about how I have been subconsciously affected by media representations of the female body. I, a curvy 5’0″ young woman with an athletic build, look far from what the media chooses to represent to the masses as the “ideal figure.” A few days ago, I stumbled upon a show called Curvy Girls on nuvoTV and I was absolutely inspired. So much that I am still thinking about it today. The purpose of the TV show is to show the public that the fashion industry is more than just a place for stick-thin girls who have unhealthily low self-esteem. Another purpose of the show is to eradicate the barriers between the reality of what full-figure modeling and what people think it is. Another is to show the perspectives of women of color (mainly Black and Latina) in the fashion industry.

From the show, I realized that my notions of what it was were incorrect. I learned that plus-sized models still have to exercise, eat healthy foods, and maintain a certain body image in order to find work. I was completely shocked to find that smaller plus-sized models are discriminated against in the full-figure fashion industry, and it changed my self-image for the better. I realized that there will always be people who are going to love you for your unique physical attributes and people who are going to loathe them. Either way, it doesn’t matter because it should have no bearing on how you see yourself. I used to gauge my level happiness on how many compliments I received on my outfit, how many stares I got from men, or how many compliments I got from my peers. Now, none of those things can even measure to the approval that I receive from God when He tells me how proud he is of me that I can finally be content with the way that he created me. There is no one on this planet that looks like me, and that is something that I now realize that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

I never thought that I would show this picture to a large number of people because I have been ashamed to look at it for the past couple of years since it was taken. I was ashamed of my curves, ashamed of my flab, ashamed of my imperfections.

I can now say that for the first time in my life, I am making peace with my body. I understand that I should never strive to achieve the “perfect” body. Why? Because it doesn’t exist. Rather than focusing on how I can lose weight or how to reach a certain number in a certain number of weeks/months, I should put my energy into eating right and presenting myself in a flattering and positive manner. There is no monolithic concept of perfection. As women, we should all come to the realization that we are the way that we are because that was God’s plan for our lives. All you can do is be your best self, not strive to be the curviest or the thinnest or wear the smallest clothing size.

When I think of fashion…

Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”
—Ralph Lauren

A quote from Ralph Lauren at his fall 2008 runway show.

June 5: Finds of the Day

June 5! Today was a good day for finding stuff online! To make up for the fact that I only posted one item last night, I’m going to do 3 today! Today’s picks are from ASOSAs always, if you click the images, it will take you to the purchase page!

I think these neon crocodile earrings are super cute! They would look really funky with a bandeau and some high waisted shorts. You could even pair them with the shoes listed below! (:

These shoes are adorable! They look comfortable, cute, and stylish! They are 5″ high, so they would add a little class and height to someone my size (I’m 5’0″!)

These index finger Post-its are hilarious! They are a fun and quirky way to mark your pages in a novel, cookbook, or textbook. They are a fun and inexpensive alternative to using Post-its and they would make the perfect gift for a friend (:

June 4: Find of the Day

Happy June 4! Sorry the day ends in less than a half hour (I just got home from work not too long ago). But at least I made it before midnight to do today’s ‘Find of the Day’ post! I’m really into unique earrings right now, so it seems only natural that today’s pick would be a pair of earrings. My pick for today is from Store Envy. If you click the image, it will take you to the purchase page!

For those of you who don’t know, Store Envy is a really cool online store that features items from sellers all around the world. While a lot of the items are handmade, a lot of them are commercial. Nevertheless, there are thousands of unique items for purchase. You should check it out!