Friday, May 28, 2010

Pamper Your Way Into A Better Body Image

I don’t know about you but I love a good massage. Like many curvy women because of my chest and all the time spent on my feet, I carry a lot of tension in my back. In an effort to handle my stress, I have recently taken up Yoga and asked everyone in my family for spa gift cards. One of the best things about massage is that it makes you aware of your body: you begin to understand why things hurt and where. All of these Zen efforts seem to be paying off. I am less stressed and feeling good!

At first I was not "at home" in a spa -- I didn’t know where I was going or what to do. Disrobing in a locker room and sitting in the supposedly relaxing group waiting room did not make me feel all that relaxed. "Are you supposed bring an extra towel in the sauna room? Should I wear my underwear? Is the masseuse secretly judging my body?" These were very scary questions. After my first massage, I felt vaguely uncomfortable and anxious.

Thank god I am stubborn and my back really hurt or I may never have given it a second try. These days I find myself looking forward to all of the great shower products in the locker room, the relaxing steam, and even closing my eyes and drinking citrus water in the waiting area. The truth is that feeling comfortable around a masseuse can do wonders for your self-esteem. What I have started to see is that every woman has flaws. Every woman feels uncomfortable being pretty naked around a stranger, and I don’t look that much worse laying on that table than any other client. I think that if you give it a try you might just feel the same way -- and you may get to know your body just a little bit better in the process!

Friday, May 14, 2010

I’m Hungry for everything Crystal Renn

I have been a big fan of Crystal Renn from the moment I saw her and for those of you who haven’t already read Hungry I highly recommend it. The book, written last year, is one of the best behind the scenes accounts of the modeling industry that I have come across. She starts off chronicling her journey from childhood including the moment she was spotted by a traveling model scout, who declare that in order to be the next big thing she had to loose 10 inches from her waist. This is the moment in the book when you can see how her desire to be beautiful, successful and to get out of her home town lead her into a crippling eating disorder.

Throughout the rest of the book Crystal and Marjorie Ingall (the writer), recount her struggles in New York. The constant feedback to be thinner, the grueling demands of her agency and the general unhappiness that followed. Ironically it was only when Crystal’s body started to reject the severe eating disorder, she began to gain weight and her struggling career began to end that she was able to gain success. Finally embracing her true body she was able to become the most highly regarded plus model in the industry.

Not only is this book interesting for all things fashion, but it is also a touching account of one woman’s struggle to accept herself. Think the Devil Wears Prada meets In Her Shoes, read it!

For more from crystal check out the links below

Crystal's YouTube Book Video
Crystal Renn on Hungry
Crystal's Facebook Page
Crystal on this months cover of Glamour Magazine

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Jeggings: Are skinny jeans only for skinny girls?

“ Are skinny jeans only for skinny girls?”

I say no! Like any trend (with maybe the exception of the tube top), jeggings can be interpreted for the curvy girl figure.

What is a jegging you may ask? A jegging is basically a knit denim legging. A nice jegging should button in the front with a true five-pocket design. I recommend a dark wash.

Denim leggings and slim fit jeans are great when worn with oversized tunics and flats. It is key to balance out the figure-hugging bottom with an oversized top. Another great way to style this look is to pair it with boots. Tuck the bottom of the jegging into the boot. The clunky shoe will also help to balance you out.

As a rule jeggings are better on women with apple shaped, straight or hourglass figures. They tend to emphasize thighs and hips, so women with more pear shaped bodies may want to give the look some extra thought. Pear shaped women should look for longer a-line tunics or skip the look altogether. If you have an apple shape or straight body take more risk and show off the booty hugging aspect of this style with a shorter top!

Need wide calf boots? Check out these Liz recommended links
Denim Leggings by Svoboda Jeans - now available at Fresh Ayer coming soon to!