Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love! Lace! Live!

This month's Ahead of the Curve theme is Love and Lace. As a group of plus size bloggers we're all about body positivity and loving yourself just as you are. This was a radical idea to me when I first learned about the fat acceptance movement eight years ago. Like so many people I had struggled and fought with myself, the scale, and my size for most of my life. Unlike the parade of diets I had been on in the past, size acceptance permanently change my life for the better. Even now, with me dealing with some health issues, (due to genetics, both fat and thin family members have it) I'm taking care of myself better to maintain health, not a number. 

It is a choice to go through life being a positive, accepting, encouraging person or a negative, critical, mean person. I choose the former, please join me, let's make the world a better place together.

Let's talk about lace. I have A LOT of lace in my wardrobe. I love it so when it came time for this post it wasn't about finding something for the theme, it was a matter of narrowing it down. I decided to focus on my most recent lace purchases, which just so happen to all come from Torrid. In fact I seem to get a lot of my lace pieces from Torrid as they always seem to have new pieces every season.

This lace peplum top is from Torrid. I'm wearing it in a size 3 and it's a little roomy on me. It's nice, soft and stretchy. The pants are the Noir Collection Millennial Pixie pant from Torrid, they are larger in the ankle on me compared to the model but still a very nice dressier pant. I'm wearing them in a size 3. The red shoes are by Klogs.

I bought this fun lace collar necklace from eBay. If you're willing to wait on a shipment from China there are a lot of fun necklaces of this type to be found there for only a couple of dollars. Often things coming from China are not sized with the average American in mind, much less for plus sizes but I will say this collar does fit me on the last link on the chain, if you have larger neck you may need to add a small extender. 

The knit rosette headband was also purchased from eBay. I loved it so much I bought it in black and mustard yellow as well. I've been wearing all three a lot this season (and they're good for concealing when my roots are starting to come in and haven't been able to get to the stylist yet). 

All of us deserve love and care no matter what our size or shape, whether we have a romantic partner or not. Love yourself, take care of yourself, be kind to yourself.

This great lace, empire waist top is from Torrid. It's currently sold out in red but is currently available in blue and black. I'm wearing it in a size 3. I love it and it's really comfortable, I just wish it was slightly less low cut on me, I may need to add a couple of stitches at the bust so I don't have to keep checking my exposure. My pants are the Slim Fix Pixie Jean from Torrid, I'm wearing a size 3, regular length, cuffed. The jeans are also offered in short and tall lengths. The shoes are by Klogs.

This necklace is a favorite and  one of a kind from my sweet friend Sandie Russo but you can other beautiful pieces in her Etsy shop Zaftig Delights.  She also has a shop where she does beautiful, handmade knitwear: Knitzy Blonde

Even my glasses have a fun lace detail on the sides, they were purchased from Zenni Optical.

To me part of size acceptance and body positivity is to stop making excuses to celebrate and live your life. No more waiting to loose 20 pounds before we go to the beach, No more keeping your size from going out and enjoying yourself. This is you, in your beautiful body, got out and enjoy: take it for a walk on the beach, out to dinner, to the movies. Embrace it. Live it. Love it.

This lace dress skater dress is from Torrid. It comes with a belt that I choose to leave off as I like the softness without it.  Most of the sizes are currently sold out but there is a similar style in white with slightly longer sleeves, which would be great as these were just short enough to ride up a bit on me. I'll be keeping my eye out for that white one, it would be so lovely for spring and summer. My headband and necklace where both purchased via eBay. My shoes are by Klogs.

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1 comment:

kate steeper said...

oh to live in the land of plus size heaven, instead I'm stuck in the land of plus sized clothing being a punishment for gluttony .....think fat bird on a cruise in every store