New year, Same me…

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Happy New Year!

For the first year in forever, this is the first year our new years resolution will NOT be to lose weight. Countless years have passed with the exact same goal of losing weight, but this year it’s a big fat no from us. Rewind to January 2017 when Sav joined the gym and then convinced Courtney to join too. We were so determined that this would finally be the year to lose the weight we’ve always dreamed of. So sure that joining the gym together would encourage us to go more often and be motivated to sweat away our fat. Turns out we don’t like the gym, it just made us miserable. Although we did rather enjoy making our own dance class in the studio copying YouTube videos but we don’t need the gym for that, just some floor space and Sean Paul on play will do just fine.

Slowly but surely we learnt more and more about body positivity and that we didn’t need to punish our bodies for being fat. Learning that you can love yourself exactly as you are is revolutionary. It’s radical to go against everything you have been taught about yourself for your entire life. Now it’s less ‘diet and exercise’ and more fashion, confidence and happiness.

Welcoming the new year inevitably follows January diet culture. The diet industry thrive off making people feel guilty for enjoying all the amazing food that comes along with Christmas holidays. Somehow its a sign of weakness, how dare we eat food??? We gotta stay strong and remind ourselves how damaging diet culture is and that we are worthy at any size.

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Self Care Tip: Delete/unfollow anyone who makes you feel like you need to be someone else.

 

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Artwork by Frances Cannon

We have officially left all the bullshit behind. No more worrying about calories, exercising to earn food, and trying to shrink ourselves to fit into society’s ideal. All of that can stay in 2017. Here’s to a year of taking up space and being confident. Leaving it all behind frees up our thoughts to set other resolutions to achieve greater things.

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Artwork by Frances Cannon

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Plans/Goals for 2018:

-Writing is something we’re both passionate about so we’ll be having lots of ‘business meetings’ to brainstorm our ideas for more blog posts. We’re jetting off to Mexico in July so have lots of blog posts planned for then. Can’t wait to be in the sun, showing off our beach bodies and drinking tequila.

-We are going to Mexico in July and have lots of blog posts planned for then. Can’t wait to be in the sun, showing off our beach bodies and drinking tequila.

-We want to get into making YouTube videos. We made one last year for Halloween (watch it here) and this year we want to give vlogs a go to capture the years memories and our comedic selves.

-We hope to take more pictures and speak more openly about our thoughts and feelings, we hope this will help you all get to know us better and connect with us on a deeper level.

-Inspire and be inspired. Its so important to us to take everything we learnt in 2017 into this New Year, to help others on their journey. And to also take inspiration from the people around us. Sometimes we get so frustrated when we get creative block, when there’s inspiration screaming at us.

-Design and make our own tshirts. For agessssss we’ve wanted to have a go at designing and creating our own tops. We love getting crafty and think this would be a perfect project for us. Trip to Hobbycraft and Primark is pending…

-Lastly, we could go on forever with plans and goals for the year but most importantly we wanna be boss ass woman and own 2018. This is going to be our year!!!

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All our love, Courtney and Savannah.

OOTD: MOM JEANS

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Since becoming body positive we have tried to venture out into new styles and wear clothes we wouldn’t have dared to before. Without throwing ourselves too much in the deep end, we decided to give mom jeans a try and we fell in love. They’re comfortable and easy to style and we’ve loved styling outfits with them.
Something that we’ve been afraid of showing for a long time is our lower stomach. Always seen it to be so ugly and disgusting to have that extra flab hanging over so would cover it under long tops, flowy dresses or baggy jumpers. God forbid anyone would see the “muffin top”. Being confident in the body that we have has allowed us to accept all the parts of us that we have been taught to consider as flaws. We always loved this style in jeans on other people but never thought we could pull them off. Turns out we look fab in them!

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Savannah:

Top – Keep It Bright

Jeans – Yours

Blazer – Topshop (similar linked)

Bag – Faith (similar linked)

Shoes – Converse

In my new mom jeans my big belly roll is on show for all the world to see and I couldn’t care less. It would have made me so uncomfortable just last year but now I’ll happily tuck my top into the jeans and show off my fab and flab belly.

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Courtney:

Jeans – ASOS

Top – ASOS

Belt – ASOS (similar linked)

Shoes – Converse

Jacket – Alternative Topshop

Bag – ASOS

For a long time I hated wearing jeans and never owned a pair because they’d be so uncomfortable, digging into my belly as I would force myself into tight jeans to try and suck in and flatten my lumps and bumps, being afraid that baggy jeans would make me look even bigger. Not anymore! Mom jeans are the perfect style for me as I love high waist jeans and how well they fit my body. Who cares if people can see my big belly roll.

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All our love, Courtney and Savannah

Scarecrow Halloween Tutorial

We spent two days creating, filming, shooting and editing our Scarecrow look for Halloween. It was so much fun; here’s how we did it…

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Savannah:

To make the outfit Courtney found an old, striped shirt (a plaid shirt would work as well) and some old, blue jeans. I cut off the collar of the shirt because Courtney made a collar out of the hessian fabric by holding one strand and scrunching up the fabric around it. Then added some fake blood and black cream face paint for a scary touch.

I sewed on a few patches of hessian fabric to match the face mask as well as some scraps of fabric to create an aged scarecrow look. I also stuck on some pieces of hay with liquid latex on the jeans to look like the scarecrows stuffing. I put fake blood on the shirt to make it extra spooky.

To finish off we added a pair of gloves and two wrist cuffs, made the same way as the collar, to cover up the rest of the arms. Courtney used a piece of rope for a belt around the shirt and wore black boots.

Courtney:

To create the mask I used hessian fabric, I cut two pieces for my eyes and one for my mouth, cutting out slots where my eyes and mouth are. Before sticking them down, I coloured my eyes and mouth with black face paint and set that with black eye shadow. I used liquid latex to stick the hessian pieces to by face, making sure not to get the latex on my eye brows. I then picked out 3 strands from the fabric to plait, to create thicker strands which I used to create stitches, connecting the patches together and giving the effect of a stitched together mouth. After sticking everything down, I dirtied up the face with black and brown paint, then added artificial blood for extra effect.

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THINGS YOU WILL NEED:

  • Old shirt
  • Old jeans
  • Gloves
  • Boots
  • Hessian fabric
  • Rope
  • Sewing kit
  • Spare fabric for patches (optional)
  • Hay
  • Liquid latex
  • Black and brown face paint
  • Black eye shadow
  • Artificial blood
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes and sponge

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Watch our tutorial here: SCARECROW HALLOWEEN TUTORIAL

We hope you enjoy,

All our love Courtney and Savannah

Hello, blogging world!

We’re Courtney and Sav, beginning our blogging adventure. Joining the body positive movement to help others on their journey to self love and acceptance.

Get to know us:

Two northern girls dancing our way through life, here to share our experiences, tips and advice for all things curly and curvy!

Courtney Paige:

  • Aged 21
  • Makeup artist
  • Nando’s enthusiast
  • Gin lover
  • Party trick = the splits

Savannah Jane:

  • Aged 22
  • Retail worker
  • Cheese enthusiast
  • Strongbow lover
  • Party trick = sick dance moves

Why have we started blogging?

Everyday we are learning more and more about body positivity and new ways to love ourselves. We hope by sharing our experiences, we can inspire and empower others to do the same. We plan on posting fashion, lifestyle, travel and girly chats.

Come join the party!

All our love, Courtney and Savannah