July 05, 2015
Happy (belated) 4th of July, guys! I hope you had a good one! I spent the afternoon at my parents' house and ended the day with a night swim and a few beers (there were no martinis in sight) at a friend's place. Since it's been so hot in the valley the last week, I kept my outfit really simple and light. I paired a navy blue body con dress from Fashion to Figure with Lane Bryant sandals and F21 sunglasses. I love this dress! I have it in black and navy blue, but I might need it in every other color. It's soft, stretchy, form-fitting, and easy to dress up or down.
June 12, 2015
June 07, 2015
Crop top by eloquii, skirt c/o Rebdolls, and shoes from SimplyBe.
I know some people aren't going to like this look because it isn't "flattering." Believe me when I say I already fought that battle with myself when I first put on this Rebdolls skirt. You can see every roll and lump, and you know what? That's OK.
This outfit made me feel sexy. It made me feel good. It empowered me.
I fought for so long, my whole life really, hating myself for those features. It took years to accept my body and learn to take care of it out of love, not hate. Even now, I still have my moments of negativity, but I snap out of them because I deserve to be happy and kind to myself. You deserve that, too.
May 01, 2015
April 07, 2015
I wore this Lela Rose for Lane Bryant dress for Easter Sunday. Every one loved it, especially the boyfriend. #winning. The details of this dress are beautiful. The watercolor florals are full of life. They are bold and daring, yet wearable for someone that likes dainty prints and soft colors (e.g. me). I also have to give it up for the construction of this dress.* It's exquisite and fabulously feminine. The pleated skirt gives the dress texture and movement and the midi-like length makes it wearable for any time of day.
Unfortunately the dress is already sold out online---y'all were quick! Visit your local Lane Bryant to see if it's available in store. Seeing the Lela Rose x LB collab in person is worth the trip.
*For my ladies with big chests: this dress runs tight from the waist up. The top portion offers zero stretch. I'm wearing a size 24 and "the girls" were on lock down. Wear the next size up and tailor the waist.
April 03, 2015
My problem area. My muffin top. My rolls. My spare tire. My stomach has been called every name in the book by everyone, especially myself.
For so long, I hated looking at that part of my body. I picked at it. I squeezed it. I smushed it with my hands to see what it would look like flat. I sucked it in. I stuck it out. I tried to camouflage it in shapewear and dark colors.
Then I realized if I want to truly live self acceptance, I must accept my stomach for what it is right now. It's round. It's bigger on one side than the other. It has scars from surgery (gallstones are a bitch) and a whole lot of stretch marks. It is what it is, and it's a part of me. This is my body and I love it unconditionally. Sure, I still have days when my stomach bugs me, but now I have the tools to deal with that negativity and guide myself to a happier place.
Loving yourself is a daily practice. It takes courage and self exploration. It's uncomfortable. It's challenging. And it's worth it.
You are worth it. You are deserving of self love. Treat your body with respect and care. Find your happiness and never let it go. -Amanda
Swimsuit c/o Lane Bryant:
Bandeau no-wire swim tank and slitted swim skirt in the color "blue bird."