I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your notice that Valentine’s Day is coming up – my inbox has been flooded with emails suggesting chocolates, jewellery, lingerie … you know, the usual. But as I’m sure you’ll remember from previous years, I’m personally not a big fan of Valentine’s Day because I don’t think that you should only celebrate your love for others (whether they’re friends, family or your partner) once a year. I think that you can do that any day. This year, I’ve decided to be my own Valentine. Continue reading
It’s really easy to make negative throwaway comments about yourself, whether it’s how smart you are, how you look without makeup or your body. I notice it all the time, I overhear in dressing rooms, at the beach, and see it on social media. I notice it most in summer, when you have a combination of the pressure of having a bikini body and all the “New Year, New Me” diet nonsense being thrown at you. Babes, we need to stop doing this, we need to stop putting ourselves down! Continue reading
Burnout affects a lot of people (including me), and can leave you feeling exhausted, hopeless and like you’re not good enough. At least, that’s how it made me feel – I honestly felt like I was a massive honest to goodness failure. I never want anyone else to go through that, so I thought sharing some of the things that have helped me might help someone else. I’m no expert, just someone who has been there. Continue reading
Earlier in the year, Taryn Brumfitt‘s documentary Embrace screened at the New Zealand International Film Festival. It was a “one show only” deal and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to the screening. I knew I had to see it though, so I got in touch with the team at Body Image Movement to find out how I could bring it to my local cinema.
My friend Monique from Dressing Up and I organised a screening at one of our local cinemas through Demand.Film, because we knew that this was something we needed to share. It needed to be shared with our blog readers; with our friends and family; with mamas, daughters, sisters, besties; with the amazing people that we are surrounded by who might be struggling like we have struggled… because body image is something that we need to be talking about! Continue reading
I’ve got a confession. As much as I talk about self love, being confident and the importance of accepting your body for what it is (and believe me, I could do that until the cows come home), I don’t wake up every single day feeling like a million bucks. Continue reading
I talk about self love quite often, because I think that loving yourself and having a good sense of self worth is really valuable. Something that we don’t do enough is celebrate the great things about ourself. We don’t shout our achievements from the rooftop, we don’t talk about the parts of ourself that we love and appreciate, instead we focus on the negatives and the things we don’t like.
The Hello Lovely Project promotes positive self worth in women through the power of social media, aiming to change the perspective of a society filled with a self-hating mentality. Continue reading
At the end of every day, before I go to sleep, I like to lie there and think about the things that I am grateful for. This act of practising gratitude is one that has helped me to change my outlook on life – it’s made me more positive, it’s helped me cope better when times are tough (and trust me, some times have been really tough lately!) and changed the way that I deal with everything from my business to my relationships. Continue reading
I’ve had a few requests to share the speech I gave at the Lovely Larger Ladies Fashion Event last weekend, so here you go – without the ums, ahs, and me dropping my notes. Grab yourself a cuppa and a comfy chair, and let’s talk about loving the body you have… and sometimes not loving it.
After refusing to be in a family photo one Christmas because I so desperately hated how I looked, I made my New Year’s resolution to develop a healthy relationship with my body. Continue reading
Need a little bit of a body positive boost? Instagram is jam packed with awesome posts from babes sharing the body love, and no matter what size or shape you are, you’re bound to find some fab self love inspiration. Not sure where to start? here are some of my top body positive hashtags to follow on instagram Continue reading
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? I’ve always had a bit of a strange relationship with my body, and for years what I saw in the mirror was a stark contrast to what I am told I looked like in person. Continue reading