THE BEAUTY OF GETTING UNCOMFORTABLE

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Taking these photos wasn’t easy. I had to climb into a rocky river, knowing I’m not as strong as I used to be and knowing that I could easily slip and fall at any moment.

On top of that, I was wearing a two piece swimsuit which is never actually as easy as it looks. To be honest, two piece swimsuits are usually more comfortable for me because finding a one piece that fits my torso right is near impossible. But I am always a little more self conscious.

TRUE LIFE // surviving baby months 4-7

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If you follow me closely, you may have noticed that the struggle was more than real a few months ago. This past Spring was rough and we are finally coming out of it. Pearl went through major sleep regressions and I really struggled with whether or not to sleep train her. I am so attached to her like any mother is to her child, but I also have just been trying to soak up every possible moment with her because I know she is likely my last baby. So for a while there… we co-slept a lot.

MENTAL HEALTH // what my self-care looks like these days

This post is sponsored by FAGE; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I think generally speaking, when you live in a negative headspace everything in your life is harder than it should be. I’m figuring out that the hate I subconsciously have felt throughout my whole life towards myself and how my body looked has translated in so many ways, including my own self care. 

POOL PARTIES // NOT JUST FOR SKINNY BABES

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If your body type is characterized as being skinny, I love you just as much as I love my big girls. This message is for everyone, but especially those who have been so highly underrepresented in the media.

I grew up skipping pool parties, or agreeing to go to them but conveniently “forgetting” my swimsuit. I’d go on vacation with friends and would refuse to get in the hot tub. I’d stick my feet in and chat instead of letting myself just live my life. Sound familiar?

WHY.

WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY.

JUNE Q&A // strapless bras, workout wear, intimacy (gasp!) +MORE

This month, I’m dishing about our personal life, undergarments/bras, our living situation and SO much more - this is a compilation of FAQ’s via email and Instagram!

Q: What is the best strapless bra for a plus size woman?

A: I personally love this Wacoal one. I have worn it for YEARS and used to buy it for clients/actresses as well. It gives you great support and the shape of the cup is perfect. I cannot stand when the cup of a strapless bra looks pointy!!! Like, what’s the deal with that anyway? Ha! It comes in a large variety of sizes.

#EveryBodyIsBeautiful // THE AFFORDABLE PLUS SIZE BASICS YOU'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR

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TOP | LEGGINGS | SHOES

I can talk all day about fashion… whether it’s out of the box style, high end investment pieces, trends, or the best jeans. But let’s get real for a second. Sometimes - a lot of times - you just need the perfect long tee and leggings combo. I think I’ve found the most magical, comfiest outfit you can run around in or stay at home in (and still feel dressed).

THE ESSENTIAL TUNIC // STYLED 5 WAYS

A few months ago, I came across a NY based brand called See Rose Go. They sent me several of their clothes to wear at NYFW, and I was SO impressed with the quality and versatility. I love them because they are giving plus size babes more options in modern clothing. Today I’m showing you 5 different ways to style their Essential Tunic shirt! This is a special sneak peek of the shirt - it hasn’t officially launched yet!

HOW I'M (trying) TO RAISE CONFIDENT DAUGHTERS

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If you’re new around here, you may not know that I have a 3 year old daughter and a 5 month old daughter. And sometimes the fact that I have these daughters frightens me.

HOW GETTING A KING SIZE BED SAVED OUR MARRIAGE // our master bedroom makeover

… Ok, ok, OK. Call me dramatic. We may not have been on the edge of serious marital issues, but having a toddler who doesn’t sleep very well in her bed, plus a newborn baby, plus the chaos of living in a smaller sized home… you can imagine the amount of anxiety and stress we’ve been under. And having a queen size bed CERTAINLY did not help the situation.

Let’s rewind for a minute. Originally, we bought this house as a starter home but, 7 years later and here we are! Last January, Wes and I made the decision to finally commit to living small. We love our neighborhood so much and the schools are great, and with commute times to work and finances it really doesn’t make sense to move anytime soon.

MOM BOD CONFESSION // I HAVE A MAJOR OF FEAR OF TUCKING IN MY SHIRT

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No matter how big or how small my body has been, I have never ever EVER been comfortable with my stomach. About 4 years ago, I got into amazing shape before getting pregnant with Emaline and I got semi-comfortable tucking shirts in here and there, but I always had to have a layer to balance out my insecurities. I’m sure you’ve noticed, more and more women are starting to show their tummies off and I ain’t mad about it. I love it. But after having two kids and being 5 months postpartum, I am still definitely not at a place where I’m comfortable showing it off.

ATHENS, GA // A SIMPLE TRAVEL GUIDE FOR THE 30-SOMETHING

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Not in college anymore? Yeah, me neither. I can’t believe I’m saying this but, honestly, there’s so much more to Athens, Georgia than football. This little town… it will always hold a special place in my heart. I really kind of found myself here, so to speak. It took me awhile and several colleges, but once I landed in Athens I magically found my people and a college major I was passionate about (film and tv production).

My senior year of college, I met and fell in love with my husband. Needless to say = we LIVED IT UP our last semester. We graduated together which is such a special memory to me as well. But the biggest and best memory of all was our wedding! We got married at the Foundry right in the heart of downtown Athens.

TRY ON SESSION // WORKWEAR DOESN'T HAVE TO BE BORING

One of your biggest requests is now live! Today I teamed up with Rebecca from @mommyinheels to show you some looks that are workplace appropriate! Check out my IG story highlights for the full try on session. Below, I’ve linked everything! Most of these items are from LOFT, but I threw in a few pieces from elsewhere.

I am SO impressed with all of these things! I am wearing size 18-20, check out my story for full details on Instagram!

TRY-ON SESSION // A PLUS BY ANTHROPOLOGIE

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I’ve always stylistically aligned with Anthropologie but have never been able to shop there, so to speak. Sure, I could find the most fabulous kimono or pair of earrings or shoes. Or maybe a dress that ran big. But it was never a promise. This is a dream come true.

Today I visited the Avalon Anthropologie in Alpharetta, GA and I was so warmly welcomed by the staff. I was BLOWN. AWAY. by the selection. It felt like almost half of the store is plus size now. I cannot tell you how this feels to someone who knows what it’s like to go in a store and not be able to shop for yourself or feel included.