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A Dress Day
 

 

 

 

 

Dress: ASOS Sweetheart Neck Casual Skater Mini Dress with Bow Detail (Code: 7500951)

Shoes: ASOS Latch Pointed Ballet Flats - Leopard (Code: 6712710) 

Earrings: H&M

 

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ASOS has become one of my favorite online shops. It has such striking, unique pieces that are true to size and fit perfectly! I spotted this dress on Instagram on one of my favorite ASOS Insiders, Lotte Williams (@asos_lotte) and I knew I wanted it. It has such a cute cut and fit that initially worried me since I don't usually wear dresses. It seemed like one of those pieces that would only suit dainty, slim figures. But when I zipped it up, I was pleasantly surprised. First off, the cleavage is pretty amazing if I may say so myself. It's also lightweight and a comfortable length. I'm also in love with the balloon sleeves that give the dress a vintage look. 

I have so many outfit ideas for this dress! Since it's the summer, I'm pairing it with patterned flats or gladiator sandals. I can't wait to wear this in the winter or fall with colored tights and boots. What would you pair it with? 

 

 
Striped Down
 
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Get in line

Top: H&M

Jeans: FashionNova Supernatural Jeans

Shoes: Target

 

 
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Summer is the time for backyard barbecues, golden tans, short shorts, picnics, and an influx of bikini photos. While I love the heat and vibrancy that summer brings, I always struggle to dress for it. In the sweltering heat, of course I want to be in a breezy sleeveless top preferably with no bra and comfy shorts but I also struggle with how conscious I am of my arms, chafing on my thighs, finding shorts that fit well, and finding clothing that isn't just stretchy polyester material that sticks to my skin. I haven't quite reached the confidence level that would allow me to happily waltz out of the house with most of my skin exposed but this outfit is a step in the right direction. 

These Fashion Nova jeans are incredible! They have a good amount of stretch and are such a bright blue color. My only issue was how long they were and how little stretch the waist had. The top is an old purchase I made at H&M that I finally pulled out and decided to wear. It's a breathable material that felt like a regular light t-shirt that was cut into a bandeau top. It doesn't have much support at all for the girls but it was cute, comfortable, and covered them up so I'll take it. The shoes were a recent purchase from Target. They are made with a pale pink velvet material and have a bejeweled buckle that makes me think of Marie Antoinette. 

The next step is to venture outside in shorts. Stay tuned! 

 
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Back to Basics

Top: FashionNova Morning Light Off Shoulder Top

Jeans: FashionNova I Got It From My Mama Jeans

Shoes: Target

Earrings: H&M

 

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I have always loved the effortlessly simple, off-duty 90s model look that came with clean, elevated basics and simple silhouettes from brands such as I.AM.GIA, Are You Am I, Reformation, etc. Unfortunately, not too many of those brands carry larger sizes or fall within my budget.

I decided to turn to Fashion Nova to see if I could find some similar items and I was pleasantly surprised to find this adorable top and mom jeans. The jeans fit perfectly and have just enough stretch to accommodate my rump. I also love how they have a vintage look about them. As for the top, it's definitely my new favorite. It has such a lovely feminine neckline, cinches at the waist, and it actually has enough fabric to cover my chest area! I especially love that as simple as it is, it makes such a fun, flirty statement. I decided to finish the look off with bold red lip, gold hoop earrings, and printed mules for brunch date with Joe at a Cuban restaurant. I love this look and I'm determined to find more pieces like these from more affordable brands. (◕‿◕✿)

 

 
On A Good Day
You’ve always had the power, my dear. You just had to learn it for yourself.
— Wizard of Oz

These photos were taken on a good day. I followed more body positive accounts on Instagram, put on makeup, took a bunch of photos and selfies, drank enough water, and went for a long walk. I felt beautiful and radiant and powerful. The day before was a bad day. I was unhappy with my makeup, I constantly fidgeted with my clothes, avoided eating, looked up diets, and promptly deleted every selfie. I felt inadequate, discouraged, and ugly

It's a daily struggle but I'm slowly but surely learning to love myself even when I mess up, when I haven't put makeup on or showered, when I talk too much and ramble about silly things, when I forget to work out, when I eat far too many chicken wings, when I gained weight, and especially when I don't feel like loving myself at all. 

 
Toasted
Your self-esteem won’t come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love and admire you.
— Stacy London

I love the summer. The sun, beach trips, golden tans, loud music, and long nights. The one thing I don't usually look forward to are the bikinis. One, it's hard to find one that fits well and two, it means putting everything I don't necessarily like about my body on display.

Stretch marks, scars, spots, discoloration, and cellulite are all things I generally keep well-hidden beneath jeans and long-sleeved tops. But not this summer. This summer, I'm trying to catch myself every time I compare myself to anyone else and to other bodies. This summer, I'm trying to push myself to love and accept the parts of my body I work so hard to hide. This summer, I'm wearing a bikini and I look damn good. 

 

 

Squint
I know it seems hard sometimes but remember one thing. Through every dark night, there’s a bright day after that. So no matter how hard it get, stick your chest out, keep ya head up.... and handle it.
— Tupac Shakur