Lena

I was super excited when beauty blogger Lena agreed to be part of this project, because I really like her style. We first met through various blogging groups that we’re both involved in, and I started reading her blog Lena Talks Beauty. One of the main reasons I like Lena Talks Beauty is that she doesn’t just show you swatches of a product, she shows you what it looks like on, which gives you a better idea of what the texture is like, how it goes on and how it wears. All things I want to know before I buy a product!ย 

Fat Girls Shouldn't Wear Stripes | Lena Duffin wears City Chic Off Shoulder Stripe Dress

What brand are your dress and shoes/where from?
My dress is from City Chic and my shoes are Naturalizer brand, I bought them in the US (ed. note for NZ and Aussie babes, you can find some Naturaliser styles at EziBuy and The Iconic).

Fat Girls Shouldn't Wear Stripes | Lena Duffin wears City Chic Off Shoulder Stripe Dress

What is your favourite place to shop?
I’ve been buying a lot from City Chic lately.

What/who inspires your fashion choices?
I don’t follow fashion that closely, I just follow my sense of style and choose based on what’s in stores.

Fat Girls Shouldn't Wear Stripes | Lena Duffin wears City Chic Off Shoulder Stripe Dress

Fat Girls Shouldn't Wear Stripes | Lena Duffin wears City Chic Off Shoulder Stripe Dress

Why did you want to be involved in this project?
I’ve always read advice about how to dress in a way that was flattering for your figure, and attempted to follow it, but it was just so BORING. I much prefer to dress in a way I like regardless of whether it’s technically “flattering”.

Do you have any previous experience with body shaming? Tell us about it.
I do, and a lot of it has been the less overt stuff – the feeling from society in general that my body is gross and unattractive. It even can come from people close, which is even more upsetting.

Fat Girls Shouldn't Wear Stripes | Lena Duffin wears City Chic Off Shoulder Stripe Dress

If you have a day when youโ€™re not feeling great about yourself, how do you deal with that?
I like to choose one of my favourite outfits, and do my hair and makeup nicely. I also try and be positive towards myself and say that I have lots of other good values aside from my looks, like my intelligence etc. (ed. note: Lena recently wrote a great piece about her experience with makeup and body image, make sure you check it out!)

How do you show your body love?
Aside from grooming the outside, which I really enjoy, I’ve been going to the gym for about a year and have grown to like it. I also do a jazz dance class that I love.

Check out Lena’s post to find out the details of her makeup look, and what she chose to represent her fearless style.

Fat Girls Shouldn't Wear Stripes | Lena Duffin wears City Chic Off Shoulder Stripe Dress

Can I take a moment to point out that Lena has glandular fever in these photos and still looks amazing?! What a trooper – when I had glandular fever I was an absolute wreck.

Lena wears:
Off Shoulder Stripe Dress from City Chic
Naturalizer Shoes

You can follow Lena’s blogging adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Fat Girls Shouldn't Wear Stripes | Lena Duffin wears City Chic Off Shoulder Stripe Dress

12 Comments

  1. February 22, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    Great work guys <3 you look beautiful Lena! Where'd you take the snaps? Hope you're all recovered now! xx

    • February 22, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      Thanks Elese! We shot these down at Westhaven, under the Harbour Bridge ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. February 20, 2015 / 11:31 pm

    Stunning Lena, and wow – glandular fever? I barely left the house when I had it and here you are looking gorgeous.

    • February 21, 2015 / 1:19 pm

      I thought it was just a headache and a sore throat so I didn’t want to miss the shoot – but the next day I ended up at the doctor getting blood tests haha, and barely left my bed for two weeks. Thank you!

  3. February 20, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    You look gorgeous Lena!! That dress is amazing, it’s making me want to go on a City Chic shopping spree xx

    • February 21, 2015 / 1:19 pm

      I love City Chic so much now! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. February 20, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    Lena you babe! You look stunning x

  5. February 20, 2015 / 9:50 am

    Thank you Meagan – I’m grinning seeing this!!! I’m so glad I didn’t let Glandular Fever stop me shooting, although I did go home and sleep for like three hours afterwards haha.

    • February 20, 2015 / 4:14 pm

      Hurray, I’m so glad you like the photos! Hope you’re feeling better xo

      • February 20, 2015 / 5:07 pm

        I’m feeling way better!! Thank you xxx

  6. February 20, 2015 / 9:49 am

    You look beautiful Lena and great initiative Meagan! You guys are a source of inspiration to many! Best wishes xx

    • February 20, 2015 / 5:07 pm

      Thanks Nishu xx