Have you been to a concert recently? A large portion of the crowd seems to be experiencing the show through their screen and may as well be watching it on YouTube at home. It made me stop and think about the amount of screen time I have. I realised that I was either on my phone or my computer from 7am until 10pm most days, and that’s an awful lot of time staring at a screen and not interacting with the world around you. It’s time to switch off. Continue reading
I’ve been a fat babe for a long time, so trust me when I say that there are a lot of terrible plus size graphic tees out there. Like, so many – in the most nana designs or random slogans. Needless to say, I’ve never really worn graphic tees until recently. But now our favourite plus size designers have embraced this casual wardrobe staple and plus size graphic tees have gone from drab to fab. Continue reading
Yesterday I went on a hike through native bush with my mom. I grew up in the country with an amazing section of native bush on our property that my brother and I would spend a lot of time in, but now that I’m living in the city I really don’t get to spend as much time out in nature as I’d like. Continue reading
Yesterday I got an urgent call from a Seven Sharp producer asking me to come on the show to talk about gorgeous model Tess Holliday and to give some advice to two women who had entered a beauty pageant. Despite being on vacation with my family, I said I’d love to – because I think that any occasion to speak to the general masses about the importance of body positivity and versatility in the media is extremely important. They found a cameraman and a place for me to do a live cross, while I went home to wash my hair (because really, who wants to go on TV with greasy hair?) and answer a list of questions to help guide the interviewer.
One thing that’s been really getting me down lately is how often I see people putting down one body type in order to raise another up. Comments like “real women have curves”, are commonly said with the intention of celebration more voluptuous women with fuller figures, however they imply that women with smaller body types are somehow lesser. Seeing as there is so much conversation about beauty standards, body positivity and body shaming lately, I thought this might be a good point to add into that discussion.
This week I have spent some time reflecting on the things that I’m grateful for. The beautiful country I live in. A job that allows me to travel and work from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Being my own boss and setting my own hours so that I can spend time with my family. For the support of so many wonderful people and businesses that allow me to do what I do – blog about style and self love to empower women. Women like you. Women like me.
This is my home. The place I come to rest and recharge, to shake off the cobwebs, to centre myself. It is a place where I am under no pressure, I don’t have expectations to live up to other than contributing to my whanau and the daily business of our home. Continue reading
Is there anything more classic and simple than monochrome? While I’m traditionally a black on black girl, I picked up this Estelle polka dot dress at Farmers (you may have seen it in this video I made for them) and I really love wearing it so I wanted to style it for a more casual everyday look.