Wednesday, 3 February 2010

BSB Body Image Season - My Body and Me

Todays post is one I have been meaning write for a while and is inspired by the body image season on British Style Bloggers which challenges fashion bloggers to help encourage positive body image and feeling happy with yourself, regardless of size, shape, race, hair or skin colour and anything else under the sun that can make people feel bad about themselves. Below is the video made by BSB to launch the body image season campaign and more about my own body image.

My own body image has changed quite a bit over the years. As I am slightly older than your average fashion blogger, I have my own unique issues about my body, not least that I am getting older, putting on more weight and the changes to my body shape since having 2 children but surprisingly, I am becoming more confident in my own skin as I get older. Perhaps I just don't have enough time or energy to worry about it anymore. In my teens and twenties, I stressed over my weight and height, the gap in my front teeth, that my skin was too white in winter, too tanned in summer, my hair too frizzy. I wouldn't have dreamed of posting pictures of myself on my blog as I do now. I am no model I know, but I love fashion and clothes and the best way to illustrate this is by taking pictures of my outfits. Style Eyes is a personal style blog and my style is dictated by my body and what looks good on me, so it wouldn't make sense to post just pictures of models wearing clothes that I couldn't wear.

Over the years, I have realised that:

- no one is perfect, but everyone is unique, individual and beautiful in their own way
- looking good is a lot about attitude, confidence and the way you dress in clothes that compliment your body shape, colouring and lifestyle and hightlight your best bits.
- My family and friends love me for being me and not for the way I look, especially my children who love me unconditionally.
- being healthy and happy is the most important thing to me, this impacts on all other areas of my life including how I look.
- I love my hair, skin tone and the fact that I am short now.

If you would like to read more posts about body image, I would highly recommend reading some of these posts and interviews on BSB. I particularly love the interview with Katie MacKay of What Katie Wore whose blog and amazingly colourful outfits have been hugely inspirational to me.

Please feel free to join in and add your comments to this post saying what you love about yourself (please keep it positive)


Gio Goi Jeans said...

Lovely post! Loving your blog!

chaoskontrolowany said...

Nice post;))

Sherin said...

Great post. I think what BSB are doing for body image is absolutely fantastic.

Style of a Fashionista said...

Great post. I also find with age that you lose some of your body hang ups you kind of learn to except them. I have not been by your blog for a while apologies but you have posted some amazing outfits and images xoxo

Trish said...

Great post - looking good is about feeling good about yourself. This area definitely needs looking at especially with young girls so influenced by fashion mags and stick thin models.

PinkBow said...

this is a great post. i too am older than the average blogger. i think it's good to have such a cross section of age & body shape