Size Sexy

How many times have you tried on a piece of clothing a size up from your ‘usual’ … and didn’t want to buy it simply because you didn’t like that the tag wasn’t what you wanted it to say?

On the flip side, have you ever cheered for joy in a change room upon finding your body being able to fit into an article of clothing that’s smaller than your ‘usual’ size?

I know I’m personally guilty of both of these reactions.

Society has us so obsessed with our SIZE.  Why are we allowing a number on the back of a tag affect us so much?  After all, YOU are so much more than just a number.

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Sexy is a state of mind. Confidence is sexy.  Body confidence does not come from trying to achieve the ‘perfect body, it comes from embracing the one you already got.  It has taken me a long time to learn this lesson.   I struggle with it from time to time – me and my body confidence are  works-in-progress.  And I have to say that blogging has been the major contributing factor to lifting my sexy, confident spirit. 🙂
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Two years ago, I got an opportunity to reassess and really focus on me again.   I began investing in higher quality fashionable pieces of clothing, shoes and accessories – decorating my outside in an effort to uplift my inside.  The more ‘grey’ I felt, the more dressed up I would get, sticking to that old adage of ‘fake it ‘til I make it’ – if I LOOKED happy and put-together then I’d eventually FEEL that way too.  And it totally worked!

Over the last few months of blogging, taking photos of myself all dolled up, researching new designers, writing about trends and ‘how-to’s’, reading and sharing body positive messages and surrounding myself with positive people who actively strive to challenge the status quo — to re-imagine diverse bodies challenging dominant beauty and body ideas…..has shifted and lifted my self image.  And for the first time in my life I can confidently say:   I’m hella sexy! 🙂

I had the delight of meeting the lovely Miss Tierra Sedgemore, creator of Size Sexy earlier this month.  And am thrilled to be one of the Bloggers she connected with to help spread this message of self-love, acceptance and body confidence.

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Me and the lovely Tierra Sedgemore, creator of Size Sexy

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For the leopard pencil skirt in other looks click here.  For the open-toed booties in other looks click here.

 

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Show the world that you embrace and love every curve of your body because you are #sizesexy in one of these fabulous cotton/Lycra blend v-neck tees.

These shirts come in several colours: Black, Cobalt Blue, Soft Baby Pink and Red.   At the moment they go up to XXL, but Tierra is working on expanding the sizing and colour options in 2015 🙂

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Want your own Size Sexy tee?  Click here or buy them from SexyPlus Clothing in Mississauga and become part of the movement!

“Don’t be defined by your size. Be size sexy.” – Tierra Sedgemore

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Body Confidence Canada Awards 2014

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September 9th is known as the International Day of Beauty  — it was created by the International Committee of Aesthetics and Cosmetology (CIDESCO) and was adopted by the World Congress in 1995. What better day to celebrate body confidence, education, health and community empowerment!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the 2nd annual Body Confidence Canada Awards – A Toast To Curves  held at Panorama.  The BCCAs created and run by the amazing Aisha Fairclough and Jill Andrew, of Fat In The City, to celebrate “champions of body confidence, positivity and body diversity in Canada”.Body-Confidence-Canada-AwardsBody Confidence Canada acknowledges Canadian based recipients who actively fight against stereotypes that attempt to label marginalized bodies (i.e., fat, radicalized, dis/abled, etc.) as unhealthy, uninspired, and underachieving.  Looking around the room that night, there was something incredibly refreshing and empowering being among so many beautiful, confident women of all shapes and sizes. 🙂

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The Hosts: Aisha Fairclough and Jill Andrew, of Fat In The City

The evening began with cocktails and  incredible views of the city …followed by inspiring speeches from guest speakers and the winning nominees.

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The 2014 BCCAward winners included: Ophilia Alleyne, Jewel Kats (absent from photo below), Stefanie Augusteijn of SexyPlus Clothing and Cindy Baker.  A honourary award was also given to Dr. Carla Rice, one of the esteemed guest speakers .  Each recipient shared a touching experience, who’s words were not only uplifting but resonated with nearly  every woman in the room.

For a sample of one of the speeches click here by Miss Stefanie Augusteijn …and her message and spirit of collaboration in the plus community 🙂

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The Winners of The 2014 BCCAwards

A huge congratulations to all the winners from Petite Plus, Meow!

And now… a few fun snaps of all the fun had by me and the other lovelies in the room…

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IMG_4521 Me with THE sensational, inspiring, well-spoken Jill Andrews. If you haven’t seen her in action…click here for her TEDx Talk: Fat Shaming and the Thin Epidemic
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What I wore: Captain’s Bodycon dress from SexyPlus Clothing with peep toed platform heels from Diesel

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Events like this help support the body positive movement.  If you want to help build this event, please nominate someone that embodies what the BCCAs are all about by heading to the website and nominating someone for 2015.

EveryBODY has a story” – let’s  celebrate them!

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