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.
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
I can finally share the news! I will be speaking at theCURVYcon on June 20th, 2015 in NYC!
Cece, from Plus Size Princess, and Chastity, from Garner Style, are putting together this awesome one day event and I am so proud of them. "Shop Curvy. Chat Curvy. Embrace Curvy." How fabulous does that sound? There will be panel discussions (scroll down to find out who's speaking so far), plus size fashion showcases, and---my favorite activity---shopping. Everything will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion West.
I can't express how much I'm looking forward to this event. 1) I haven't been to the east coast since high school; 2) I'll finally meet longtime blogger boos; and 3) I'll get to meet you, my east coaster readers/viewers! It's going to be amazing day and I hope all of you can make it. See you soon, New York! xx