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The One Phrase That Changed My Body Perception

Posted in Life, Style
on June 6, 2019

Recently I shared a photo on Instagram that a friend took of me at Typhoon Lagoon for a special event Disney threw for their Gold & Platinum Passholders.  In the photo I was wearing a swimsuit (because, duh, water park) and it was captioned, “Not a size 2 and in a swimsuit.”  I didn’t even think twice about sharing a photo of myself in a swimsuit publicly, because, to me, it wasn’t a big deal.  At least a thousand people had seen me in that swimsuit IRL at Typhoon Lagoon, and quite frankly, I felt downright gorgeous in that suit.

A few days later, a woman I know in real life who had seen the post mentioned to me how “brave it was” of me to “post a photo in a swimsuit.”  It caught me so off guard that I just ignored it and changed the subject.  How sad it is that we live in a culture where women are so disgusted by their own bodies that another woman wearing a bathing suit publicly is considered “brave.”  To me it hadn’t been an act of bravery, I hadn’t even thought twice about it.  Single moms are brave.  Women who re-live every detail of their rape in a trial so their rapist goes to prison are brave.  Females who enlist in the male-dominated military are brave.  Those are just some major examples; women show bravery every day in small ways too.  Wearing a bathing suit should not be considered one of them.

We live in a society where size 2 models are splashed across the glossy pages of fashion magazines, wearing clothes that seem to have been made to fit only their bodies.  Eventually size 2 became too large for some, so a size zero was added to the mix.  ZERO.  Literally NOTHING THERE.

The fashion industry has contributed to our warped perception of ourselves so much so that going into a fitting room at Zara used to send me off into a full-fledged anxiety attack, when the things that looked amazing on the waif model on their website hung in a less than visually pleasing way on my own body – until I learned the following phrase: “This just isn’t cut for me.”  BOOM.  Once I let this little tidbit sink in, it took all the fault off my own body and put it onto the garment.  There was nothing wrong with my body, I was simply trying on a garment that was cut for a different body type.

If we spent more time learning about dressing for our body types and less time pointing out the perceived “flaws” on ourselves, imagine what could happen.  These days, thanks to companies like Modcloth, flattering clothing for curvy women, fuller figures, and larger busted women is readily available.  There are more and more styles being produced by designers and companies who care deeply about helping real women feel confident in their clothing and in their own skin.  It took me a long time and lot of fitting rooms to learn what types of clothing flatter my figure – and which don’t.  When I spotted aforementioned swimsuit on the ASOS website (another company that carries a full range of sizes), I hit “add to cart” so fast I almost broke my finger.  And when I pulled it out of its plastic shipping bag and tried it on, I felt so glamourous I wanted to wear it around the house – an experience I had NEVER had trying on swimwear before.  So ladies – love what you have.  There’s nothing wrong with you.  And somewhere in the fashion-atmosphere there is even a bathing suit you will feel powerful in.  Trust me.

Xoxo,

Cathy

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Dapper in Wonderland

Posted in Special Events, Style
on May 14, 2019

When I started this blog I told myself I was not going to be one of those people who apologizes for not blogging as often as one thinks they should, particularly since currently I am working under the assumption that only like four of you are actually reading it right now. I started this post the day after Dapper Day, like a kid excited to share her Christmas presents, and now here it is two weeks later and the images are still sitting here wordless.

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A Budget-Friendly Spring Dress

Posted in Style
on April 24, 2019

#targetdoesitagain. Someone tell Flora & Merryweather to stop bickering already because I found a dress that makes them both happy! I was going to forgo a new Easter dress this past weekend due to the recent closet-cleaning-out and the fact that Miss Stella needs her teeth cleaned (can someone figure out a less expensive way to clean a dog’s teeth, please), but then I stumbled across this $29 number at Target, on sale for $25.

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Wit Beyond Measure

Posted in Style
on April 9, 2019

Dressing for your Hogwarts House doesn’t have to mean theming or uniforms. That can be fun too, but if you don’t have the budget for an entire Wizarding Wardrobe, there are plenty of ways to incorporate everyday pieces into your house style.

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On Safari

Posted in Park Tips, Style
on March 28, 2019

One of the perks of living in Orlando is that in lieu of being able to take an actual vacation this spring (yay, deadlines), I can go on safari in my own back yard! The Animal Kingdom, in my humble opinion, is one of the most under-rated Disney parks. Sure, there aren’t as many rides as the other parks offer, but they make up for it with the many healthy and yummy food choices (sorry, Casey’s hot dog) and all the cute animals (I’m lookin at you, sheep with hidden mickey shaved onto your butt cheek).

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Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Posted in Food, Special Events, Style
on March 5, 2019

One of my very favorite fesitvals ever is Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and I’ve been more times than I can count on all fingers. If your only perception of Mardi Gras is ‘Bourbon Street and boobs’ then you are missing out on arguably the best part of Mardi Gras – the parades (this is where people get all the beads – not by showing their boobs, sorry guys).

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