So this morning while checking my email, I noticed there was a sale going on over at Spiritual Gangster. And the wonderful thing about shopping online is that when there’s a sale going on, you’re only one click away! So I headed over to check it out. I came across this swimsuit that I thought was absolutely gorgeous, but what really caught my eye was the model wearing it. She’s a beautiful girl, of course. But what was intriguing to me was the fact that she had stretch marks. Yes, she’s a model with stretch marks, and she’s still absolutely beautiful. I was so surprised to see her, because, you know it’s not everyday you see a model that looks like an actual person, not some dreamed up version of what someone decided all women should look like. I’m so glad that Spiritual Gangster didn’t Photoshop or edit her to look unnatural. It was a good move on their end. I hope to see more untouched photos of models in the future. Our so-called flaws are what make us unique and individuals. No one should have to strive for an unrealistic goal of perfection. We’re all uniquely beautiful.
P.S. I totally bought that swimsuit!
Xoxo, enjoy your day and don’t forget to be beautiful!
Last year, singer-songwriter, Alessia Cara released her third single, Scars To Your Beautiful. If you’ve never heard it, please come out from the rock you’ve been living under! Scars To Your Beautiful has such a positive, uplifting message for girls and women of all ages. It’s a nice contrast to so many other songs that degrade women and glorify their body parts, but never the woman as a whole.
In an interview with Lipstick.com, Alessia shares how overcoming her own struggles with hair loss helped to serve as inspiration for the song. Peaking Billboard’s charts at number 8, the chorus sings, “There’s a hope that’s waiting for you in the dark. You should know you’re beautiful just the way you are. And you don’t have to change a thing, the world could change its heart. No scars to your beautiful, we’re stars and we’re beautiful.”
Those lines alone, make for a perfect song. There are far too many girls out there that judge themselves against some made up standard of beauty that doesn’t exist. They’re implanting and injecting themselves according to whatever the newest trend is. I’m all for people being happy with how they look, but happiness is only temporary, and I’m concerned about how those girls will feel about the way they’ve made themselves look once the trend has died. Will they go on in pursuit of the next hot thing, believing that their own look is now subpar? Or will they finally draw the line and say enough is enough?
I am extremely grateful to Alessia Cara for this song; which is well on its way to becoming a timeless classic, and I wish her much success on her future projects. I’ll definitely be keeping an ear out.
I love art. It doesn’t matter what form it’s in; music, fine art, dance, whatever. I just love it, and when I find something that speaks to me, I want more. That’s how I came across the work of Katanu Kay.
So I was sitting at home, feeding my Pinterest addiction, (yeah, it’s a real thing. I think.) when I came across a pin of a young woman standing beside a painting. The painting was of a lion with a mane made from beautiful African fabric called kitenge. Immediately, I was awestruck. So naturally, I took to Google to find out more about this amazing artist. I was even more impressed to find out that Katanu Kay is a 19 year old student in Kenya. She has over 5,000 followers on instagram, where she shares and sells her breathtaking paintings. Not only does Katanu paint beautiful images, but she also sculpts them. Needless to say, Katanu Kay is definitely an artist to watch out for, and at only 19 years of age, she has nothing but success ahead of her. Go girl go.
To see more of Katanu Kay’s work visit her instagram account @mellow_bones. Thanks for reading. Xoxo
So I’ve been working on my online store for a while now. It’s sort of my “baby” I’ve put a lot of hard work into each design. The process of seeing something go from its conception stage to becoming a tangible product is absolutely amazing to me. I’m really proud of the work I’ve done with it thus far. So don’t be shy. Go ahead and check it out! You can find products like the sweatshirt above, and much more just click here. xoxo
she was wrapped in a lily
with sunshine in her eyes
and wind chimes in her hair
a storm was on the rise
but she didn’t care
and she was called idle
and lackadaisical too
but they didn’t know the things that she knew
so she went wherever
the stormy winds blew
shielding them from harm
if only they knew
In December, Misty Copeland was named one of Barbara Walters’ most fascinating people of 2015. There’s no doubt that she deserved it, she became American Ballet Theatre’s first African-American principal dancer. Misty is only ABT’s third African-American soloist, the first in twenty years.
The first time I’d ever heard of Misty Copeland, she was on the Arsenio Hall Show. After seeing her perform, I was captivated. Misty’s story of her rise to stardom despite adversity is very inspiring. Misty Copeland is not your average prima ballerina. She didn’t start dancing until she was thirteen years old. Most dancers would say she was already at least ten years behind. The odds were stacked against her. Misty has been told that she has the wrong body for ballet. At 5’2″ she is considered to be too short. She has been told that her legs are too muscular, and her chest, too large. Misty did not let these discouraging words become a stumbling block for her. Instead, they became a stepping stone. Misty Copeland is a prodigy.
Misty was introduced to ballet at the Boys & Girls Club in San Pedro by Cynthia Bradley, who taught a free class once a week. Soon, she began taking classes at the San Pedro Dance Center. By the time she was fourteen, Misty had won her first solo role and the national ballet contest. She mastered dancing en pointe in just three months as opposed to three years. In 1998, she won first place in the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards. She then studied at the San Francisco Ballet for a six week workshop under a full scholarship. Misty became a member of ABT’s Studio Company in 2000, and a member of the corps de ballet a year later in 2001. By 2007, she was a soloist.
Misty is a perfect example of courage and determination. She was raised by a single mother, living in a motel with five siblings. She was an African-American studying an European art form. She was told she would never make it. She dared to dream and then she beat the odds.
A few weeks ago I found myself walking the aisles of Wal-Mart while reading the beginning of The Alchemist, a book I’d picked up somewhere near the electronics department. If you’re at all familiar with mythology then you’ve probably heard the story of Narcissus. He would go to the lake everyday day just to see his reflection in the water, then one day he drowns in it and a flower blooms, which is named after him. However in The Alchemist, Paulo Coehlo writes a different version that ends with the goddess of the forest finding that the lake had been transformed from fresh water to salty tears. After she converses with the lake about the beauty and death of Narcissus, the lake replies,”I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty reflected.” The moment I read that, it became my favorite version of the story. It’s like the never-ending cycle of vanity and conceit.
We live in a “selfie-centered” world where if you don’t take a picture of your newest outfit and post it online, it’s kind of like you never bought it. Our self-worth shouldn’t be wrapped up in the clothes we wear, the job we work, or what we drive. Clothes wear out, people get laid off, and cars depreciate the moment you drive off the lot. We should always do our best and try our hardest but that doesn’t mean getting what you want at other people’s expense. Life isn’t about trying to one-up the next person. Philippians 2:3 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.” That simply means that you don’t do things for the sole purpose of making yourself seem better than someone else and that feeding your pride should not be on your agenda. Proverbs 11:22 says, “Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.” Being beautiful is a complete waste if the inside doesn’t match. A pig with a gold ring is still a pig. We see how God felt about the women who were conceited and self-centered in Isaiah 3:16-24. He said He’d take away all of their clothes, jewelery, perfume, and make them go bald. The problem wasn’t the clothes and accessories, it was their hearts. Remember Matthew 6:21 says that where your treasure is, your heart will be also. So when you take your next selfie, keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how many people like your pictures online if you’re not reflecting the same thing in person.