Can't We Just Be Real?

A while back I lost some weight by eating healthier and working out, which was really exciting.  But I recently fell off the wagon and gained it all back.  It was incredibly disheartening.  Here's my main problem: I LOVE food.  And unfortunately it's not usually of the healthy variety (more like pastries and pizza).  Combine that with my extreme dislike for exercise and slowly the number on the scale starts to climb.

Anyway, when I first looked at these pictures I really noticed it.  I almost didn't even want to post them.  I don't think I'm obese by any means and I'm not looking for a pity party, but it's just a fact that my clothes are fitting tighter than they used to. I've never had the best self-esteem, so I thought maybe I should try to Photoshop the muffin top and fat rolls off of my body, but then I realized two things:

1) Ain't nobody got time for that.
2) I don't want to pretend to be someone I'm not.

Editing away a few inches isn't going to make me look better in real life.  It's not going to make people like me more and it's not going to make me feel better about myself.  Of course I need to strive to live a healthier lifestyle, but I'm pretty sure it's not healthy to always be worrying about meeting society's often unrealistic beauty ideals.  I've read several articles lately explaining why women should appreciate their bodies after having children and that is definitely something I need to work on.  I've had two kids and they are worth SO much more than a sculpted physique.  It's just hard when we are constantly bombarded with images of skinny women, airbrushed to perfection.  Whether watching television, reading a magazine, scrolling through Instagram, or reading fashion blogs...I bet at some point you've found yourself thinking "wow, I sure wish I looked like that".  Why can't we just be happy with who we are?  Why do we always find it necessary to compare ourselves to others?

There have been times when I've edited pictures a little too much...and to be honest, it made me feel like a phony.  I pride myself on being a down-to-earth, authentic person.   I'm REAL and if I edit away my flaws I'm only contributing to the problem.  It's ok to have some wrinkles.  It's ok to have a little pudge.  It's ok to have a few blemishes.  What's NOT acceptable is refusing to accept and appreciate yourself.

I've decided that my new goal is self empowerment.  I want to embrace and treasure everything that makes me a unique individual, even if that means I can't look like a supermodel.  I want to live my life to the fullest, make good choices and be true to myself...and only I have the power to do so!  As part of their #PoweredByHeels campaign, Rockport shoes is hoping to fill social media with images of women sharing what empowers them each day.  Do you want to be entered into weekly drawings for free shoes and a chance to win an all-expense paid trip for a spa weekend in Miami?  Just share an image on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, illustrating your "Powered By" statement, while showcasing your favorite pair of heels and using the hashtags #poweredbyheels and #sweeps.  I have several pairs of Rockport shoes and they are all super cute and comfy (I'm obsessed with the new tall dress boots I'm wearing), so I definitely recommend entering...the campaign ends October 31st, so make sure to share your image before then!


Easy Flat Iron Waves Tutorial

Ever since chopping off my hair, I've had a hard time figuring out cute ways to style it.  I usually just straighten it and sometimes I curl it, but my new favorite thing is these quick and easy flat iron waves! The timing can be a little tricky...you have to move quick enough that you don't get dents, but still leave enough time for the wave to form.  It took me a couple tries to get the hang of it, but this is honestly a hairstyle that anyone can master!

I was recently sent this awesome GHD styler, so I decided to test it out on my wavy hairstyle.  It heats up super fast and the ceramic plates left my hair extra smooth and shiny!  The pastel collection is even on sale right now, so if you've been looking for a quality hair straightener, I definitely recommend it...I even like it better than my Chi, which is what I usually use!

I hope you enjoyed this little hair tutorial.  If you have any questions, just leave a comment and I'll try my best to get back to you!


Favorite Fall Trends with Lulu's: Bold Florals

This week I've been sharing my favorite Fall trends and today I get to share the last one...bold floral prints!  I've always been a sucker for florals, but this season the key is to go big and bold with the print.  Save the small ditsy flower designs for the spring and instead go for patterns that make more of a statement.  I love this Lulu's dress, because it features a bold floral print, but it isn't so crazy that I'll stick out in a big crowd.  A little tip: try to stick with darker colored florals that give off a Fall vibe!

I hope you enjoyed my favorite Fall trends...if you haven't already, make sure to check out the other two here and here!  What styles are you excited to wear this Fall?

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