Wednesday, October 19, 2011

That's All "TIGHT" With Me!

Yesterday the weather was a sticky 85 degrees, but today Mother Nature blessed us with a brisk 50 degree, gloomy day! Boy, was I excited! Boots, tights, big sweaters- awesome fashion abounds!  But as I struggled into my tights this morning, I was struck with a realization: I'm too fat for these tights. Why companies insist that every  woman must fit in one of two sizes S/M (or as I call it "Yeah/Right") or M/L (aka "Fingers/Crossed) is beyond me...  Why companies that cater to larger women don't offer awesome fashionable tights is beyond me...
I shouldn't break out into a sweat putting on a pair of crochet tights!!


I have been thin, and I have been fat. Technically right now, I am the largest I have ever been. Is this something that I'm bragging about? No. Do I think I look awesome and smokin' hot most of the time? Heck Yeah! Do I have more confidence and higher self-esteem than I did when I was 125 pounds or a size six? Ab-so-freakin'-lutely!

I am a FA(T)SHIONISTA. I borrow this phrase from my curvy partner-in-crime- Tricia. Tricia coined the phrase in this blog, so check it out! I spend a lot of time on pinterest (here's my link if you'd like to follow me there!), and I am disturbed at the amount of posts that are utterly unrealistic and demeaning to women. So called "Thinspo" pins and boards are plentiful- which to me just encourages eating disorders and unhealthy choices, while at the same time perpetuating this myth that all women must be skeletal to be hot.  However, I am also pleased at the number of "Fatspo" and "Curvy" boards available to follow.  Boards like "Fatspo and Feminism", "No More Thinspo", and "Stop the Thinspo" are amazing affirmations and completely inspirational!

I don't mean to get on a soapbox here, but working with teenagers shoes me how much they struggle with image and self-esteem issues, and it often brings back old, forgotten pains. I wish I could tell them all that they are beautiful just the way they are, and one of the best ways to do that is to believe it about myself!





11 comments:

CWinters said...

Thanks for the mention! I'm so glad I can be one of the voices of reason over on Pinterest.

And you, my dear, are gorgeous! I love the earrings in this post!

Mommies and Beyond said...

I love your style! Too cute. I am a new fan from the MBC! Love for you to visit with me @ http://www.mommiesandbeyond.com Thanks!

Katie said...

Cwinters- I was happy to do it! I love your board, truly! Thank you for coming over to Hems for Her! I hope you will visit again!

Mommies- I am new to MBC, still trying to figure it all out! Thanks for coming by! I hope you will continue to read. I am going to check yours out right now!

sarallen said...

You look gorgeous, sister! And I am in love with your earrings, which I think look amazing...but I'd be too afraid to wear (your hair goes perfectly!)

Tricia B. said...

Desiree did nicely. ;) And thanks again for the mention. :)

Beth said...

Good for you girl! I think you look absolutely perfectly beautiful!!!

Katie said...

Thank you so much Beth! I really appreciate it!

Katie said...

Anytime Tricia! I love you!

Jemima Puddleduck said...

Hey thanks for the mention! (JemimaPuddleduck from No More Thinspo). My friend Susan started it (I started the related Feminism board) and I think the growing body acceptance community on Pinterest is overdue and wonderful! We should build each other up, not tear each other down. In that vein, you look great! Love your cardigan like WHOA.

Amber said...

I agree with you. I believe in being the healthiest you that you can be. I used to be a size 7 and I am now a 14 after having 4 kids. My goal is not to be a size zero, I just want to be a healthy and trim size 14 or 12 even better. You are beautiful and inspiring.

Amber said...

Also I have the same tights btw and I love them.

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