Thursday, 14 June 2012

I'm proud of my size

I don't often do link ups or tag alongs in the blogging world but when I saw this idea by Rachele over at The Near Sighted Owl I know I wanted to jump on the bandwagon! The idea behind this link up, well i'll provide you with Rachele's word because they sum it up perfectly; "Nobody has the right to judge someone's health by their size. So let's show the world that every size can be happy and that we are not ashamed!"

While I may not be big into fashion or make up or whatever else, I get body confidence issues as much as the next girl. But I wanted to take the time out to remind myself as well as the rest of you gorgeous readers that we all should be proud of our size - regardless of it's number. 

Love your size
*This is a UK 14 by the by, in the US that equates to a 12 just to be clear on the matter and I'm only making the conversion clear because I have a lot of readers on both sides of the pond.

Since moving to the US my body issues have certainly grown - up to the point of moving I was rather active, not in the gym, running kind of active more walking loads. I'd always walked to school, walked around to and from university daily [a good three miles there and back] and even at work I was always on my feet running up and down stairs between the two dispensaries and at lunch I'd have a 40 odd minute wander around York. Although before university I'd got myself up to a [UK] 16 leaving university four years later I was a 12. Now I'm very much leading a sedimentary lifestyle because of not working. Yes we try and go for walks but sometimes they just don't happen and I spend my days on the computer or crafting. Plus when your not use to constant temperatures in the mid to high 20s into the 30 degree heat the last thing you want to do is be out in it. This to me is equating with the feeling I'm putting on weight and yes since moving I have - not to increase clothe size just yet.

love your size

But ... what I try and make myself remember is that this is my skin and to fully accept it which I'm really working on. Hence this post. This is me, my body, my size. And you know what helps the most in my battle of mind over body matter? Having a guy and knowing he loves me regardless of what that number is.

love your size

So this is what I wear on the average day - but in particular a wander to the library;

Shirt - H&M
Vest - H&M
Jeans - Falls Creek from Meijer
Scarf - Worn as a belt - won in a giveway from Em at the Vintage Sweetheart
Bag - H&M
Bracelets - handmade by Joe [yes really]
Necklace -  A really old one from Claires

I would urge you all to join in Rachele's weekly link up and it's pretty easy to do. Just post a photograph of yourself include your dress size and link up your post to all the other wonderful ladies who have posted! But make sure to visit Rachele's blog for more details!


Time to pack my body confidence issues into my bag!

Let me know if any of you partake in the link up!


  1. I hear you. It's rather disgusting how the media expects us to be thin, glamorous, and sexy while still being independent. Having a man love you no matter what the situation, makes one feel a sense of empowerment. You feel good and beautiful.

  2. I love the idea of this link up and I think you look gorgeous :] xx

  3. This is a lovely and refreshing post and I definitely agree that everybody needs to be confident within their own skin. It's very easy to get carried away, especially over the internet, and think you need to be skinnier/put on more weight but we do all need to remember that we're all perfect as we are. As long as we're healthy and having fun then who cares what others think! (: x

  4. THAT is inspiring!! Go go girl


  5. You look absolutely gorgeous and radiating with confidence. That's why I love blogging, we get to see real women looking fabulous rather than stick thin airbrushed pre-pubescents in fashion mags. x

  6. I love this post! You look lovely and I love that yellow purse! Yellow is my favorite!

  7. This post was so inspiring. I hate it when people judge others based on their size! You look incredibly healthy and that is good to see xx

  8. A lot of admiration for you, this is a great post and I really do think that being healthy and happy come as a given in life xxx

  9. you know what i think? as long as you're happy in your own body, then it doesn't matter what size you are!
    us women should be proud of who we are, and numbers are just numbers. cross them out!x

  10. You are AWESOME. I am still trying to feel comfortable in my skin. Somedays I feel great, others not so much. It's sad that size matters so much to some people =-/

    You look gorgeous. And I want to steal your bag ;-)

  11. You look gorgeous - and I esp. love your smile! :") (And: yay for going barefooted!!!)

  12. I love these posts, you look gorgeous and I love your bag.
    I need to get body confidence :D


  13. I love this post! You look lovely hun, and it's great to hear you're happy with the way you look. I've always fought with the way I look no matter how fit and active I used to be as a kid growing up I always used to have extra baggage, and found the only way I ever lost weight a couple of years ago was by starving myself - even then I was never stick thin. I'd love to have the confidence that you have :) xxxxx

  14. Wonderful post. You look amazing. I hate that other people feel they have the right to criticize someone because of their size or because they look a certain way. Just because someone is not a size zero doesn't mean that they are not absolutely beautiful.

  15. love this post, Rachael! You're sooo right about accepting and loving oneself :) We're all different, and we should be happy about that!

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

  16. A great post!!!
    You are looking good.
    I would like to join the link up...but we are just to busy at this time.

    Love, Joann

  17. Great post.... you look fantastic, and confident in yourself. I had major body issues in my teens, which had their effect on me through my 20s, but looking at old photos I did actually look fine... just felt horrible. In my 30s metabolism, and babies, led to me dropping weight in the blink of an eye without trying, and surprise, surprise, ending up looking scrawny if I wasn't careful. Back on track and happy in my skin now, finally, just as things start to "head south". Typical, huh.... Grrrrrrr to media ideals and to the *celebs* who play along with them (are you listening, Kate Winslet et al?) xx

  18. You look gorgeous, and I'm glad you took a stand of being proud. I'm a 14/16 and do get a lot of body doubts myself, but I try to remind myself to remember to love the skin I'm in

  19. I just want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that's passed their words through the comment box for this post. It means so much to me especially when my body confidence isn't always there. It took me a couple of days to be able to click the "post" button and if you're a regular reader you'll know I'm not the biggest person at publishing images of myself/say out fits of the day. But I'm glad I did and I'm glad I did this and I hope you managed to take something from it.

  20. Aw thank you for this post, it is so inspiring! You look amazing. I know we all have wobbles but confidence is so important and these kind of posts help us remember to love ourselves =)

  21. I love this post. I recently blogged about something similar to this and now that I've seen this, I will try to take part too! go you :-) you look amazing!

  22. I think you look HOT! That outfit is great, by the way. I have total jean envy right now.