Yay! Last month Anna Nooshin and I got together again for our second video for her YouTube channel. This time we talked about being plus size during the summertime. I showed some outfits and a my favorite plus size bikini ofcourse!
The viddy is in Dutch so just like last time I’ve translated some of the highlights. During my teens and twenties I avoided the beach. Some of my followers will remember my first post about my beach body and plus size bikini. I’ve come a long way and started to love bikinis more and more. My palm print Gabi Fresh bikini represents my change. This is the first bikini I own that I truly love. Having a plus size bikini that I really dig also made it easier for me to feel good when I wear it. I’m still a big fan of Swimsuitsforall and their collabs with bloggers en models. But I’ve also been shopping swimwear at Wehkamp and Monki. If you’re new to wearing a bikini order some goodies online. And figure out what shape and model makes you feel comfortable.
Anna also asked me if summertime makes me more aware of my body. And yes, it does. For me this has to do with the fact that I’m showing more skin during Summer. When it’s Winter I can hibernate and watch Netflix on the couch, but when the sun is out I like to be outside too. When it comes to food I try to eat healthy stuff 80% of the time. To me this is a great balance. I’m still not working out in the gym a lot but I do walk around Amsterdam for hours. Something that isn’t just great for my body but for my mind as well.
One of my most important body love lessons is smiling at myself when I stand in front of the mirror. Uncomfortable at first, but it makes the start of my day truly better. I’ve also stopped focussing on the things about my body that I don’t like and started to look at the bigger picture. I am a complete person. I’m not just my fat. I’m not just my cellulite. So I remind myself to look at all of me instead of parts of me that I don’t like.
At the beginning and the end of the video I also show some Summer fashion. A lot of cute stuff from MS Mode, ASOS Curve and Monki. My favorite bikini is featured too, I’ve combined it with pants with palm print, just like the bikini. How cool is that?
Most important, don’t let the way you look at your body dictate the way you live your life (during Summer). Put on a cool bikini or a bathing suit. Hug your body with a skirt or dress. Rock those jeans. Put on that freaking bikini! You are worthy of lots of sunshine and positive vibes.
I’m so excited! I’m featured in an article about fat shaming on Facebook and the importance of body positivity. And I just heard myself on the radio as well. I’m almost too happy to write this post… The article was published on ‘NOS op 3’, one of the biggest news organisations in The Netherlands.
A couple of years ago I finally found my balance body wise. After almost two decades of dieting and emotional binge eating I made healthy choices –and ate chocolate on a regular basis-, worked out two to three times a week, walked around the city every other day… I lost quite some weight and stabilised. Body love one hundred! For about two years I managed to keep my balance without even really trying. And then something changed…
Today it’s five years ago that my Dad passed away. Recently I wrote this piece ‘Soms is liefde anders’ about him. Usually I write in English for the blog but this feature just had to be in Dutch. This one’s for you, Dad.
A Hopeful Romantic? Yup, that would be me. I’ve referred to myself as a hopeless romantic for a long time but I’m not hopeless at all! So I decided to add some positivity. I’d like to share some of my lessons in love with you. And I hope that you can relate to the hopeful romantic part of me…
Not good enough. Not strong enough. Not smart enough. Not thin enough. Not witty enough. Not pretty enough. Not sporty enough. Not social enough. Not friendly enough. Not sexy enough. Not normal enough. Not out there enough. Not politically engaged enough. Not creative enough. Not rich enough. Not worthy enough. Not lovable enough.
If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. Well the good news: I’m back. The bad news: it’s a rocky road. I think this is going to be the most personal post so far. And I have to warn you: it’s not uplifting, but it will be honest.
Do you remember my bikini post from earlier this year? I shared my path to a beach body. It took me about twenty years to figure this one out: we all have a beach body. It’s nice and empowering to draw a conclusion like that but as long as you’re not in a bikini on a beach you’re not practising what you preach. So I felt like my post needed some real life proof. The half naked on a beach kinda proof.
I’m featured in the Dutch Glamour, and I’m super excited! In the interview I talk about why I started The Publisized. I love the picture made by Jolijn Snijders and it’s great to look at myself and read my own story. I’m a proud woman today!