size 18 us

Summer trend: Black & White Gingham

Gingham is my absolute favourite trend for Summer ‘17 - not just any old gingham but black and white gingham. Just like its red and white twin, black and white gingham is a summer classic, although rarely as popular as it has been this summer! I’ve been seeing this particular style of print crop up everywhere recently, so I’ve rounded up twelve of the cutest black and white gingham pieces in plus sizes for you to shop. Let me know which one’s your favourite in the comments! What summer trends or classics are you looking forward to wearing this year?

01 Gingham check sundress, sizes US 10-18

02 Black Jack Dorothy dress, sizes US XL- 4XL 

03 Gingham bardot ruffle dress, sizes UK 18-28

04 Gingham culotte shorts, sizes UK 18-28

05 Gingham babydoll smock dress, custom sizes

06 Gingham bell sleeve top, sizes UK 18-32

07 White and grey tie back gingham smock, custom sizes

08 Savor someplace new dress in gingham, sizes XXS- 4X

09 Gingham trench, sizes US 10-18

10 Gingham cold shoulder shift dress, sizes UK 18-28

11 Jive got a feeling pants, sizes L-4X

12 Organic cotton gingham dress, made to measure

♡ fat is not a bad word. fat is the opposite of skinny.
it is not the opposite of beautiful, cute, or lovely.

feel good being you. people are going to look and evaluate you regardless– but their perception of you does not invalidate your self-worth or value. If you are constantly living for others, you will exhaust yourself hoping to please too many people with equally as many unique corresponding ideas of what beauty is. When you live in a way that makes you proud, comfortable and happy– that doesn’t harm you or anyone else– then your ways don’t need to be further validated, defended or compromised. You are not wrong.

be kind, be strong, feel worthy. ♡ thank you all for empowering me to keep learning to love myself, and to share this love with others.


always know, go and grow where the love is.

We joyously found ourselves lost among the wildflowers of the Superstition Mountains in Arizona and blended right in.

Dress: ASOS Curve (US size 18)
Cardigan: Macy’s
Flower Headband: my personal garden, lol jk. Claire’s honestly 😂

Heidi Nicole Photography


Can you see it?
The worst is over.
The monsters in my head are scared of love.

Fallen people, listen up.
It’s never too late to change your luck.

So don’t let them steal your light–
don’t let them break your stride.
There’s light on the other side,
and you’ll see all the raindrops falling behind–

it’s a revolution. ☀

Diplo – Revolution 

Captured by an angel caught in human form,
Heidi of Heidi Nicole Photography!

julie-patoolie submitted: 

 November 2014 vs May 2015

Starting weight: 235lbs (heaviest was 258) size 18/20 US
Current weight: 167lbs size 10/12 US
Goal weight: 140lbs

I’m 5'5".
Before I ate way too much crappy, sugar loaded, processed foods. Now I’m watching my macros (50% protein, 25% carbs, 25% fat) and eating lots of veggies, fruits, poultry and fish. I also went from little-to-no exercise to doing 30-45 minutes of walking in the morning everyday along with bootcamp style workouts 5 days a week. I’ve recently started running in the past month and have done a few 5K’s and hope to start training for a half marathon.

I used to always make excuses for my lack of physical activity and poor food choices but now I’m able to tell myself that all those excuses are bullshit! Haha! Getting physically healthier has made me mentally healthier.

—- SEND in your own Before and After weight loss progress photos HERE.

I’m an actual  curvy girl, with a good bust, small waist and big hips, basically an idea hourglass-figure (I’m not saying this in a boasting way, but it is what it is and it’s actually relevant.) In most stores, I’m a 3 or 4 MAX. 

It annoys me though, that fat people, who are way into size 18 and beyond, use the word “curvy” as an identifier when they’re clearly not. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that, but if they’re as proud of their bodies as they say they are, why not actually refer to themselves as fat instead of hiding behind a false label of"curvy" while making people think its full of fat women trying to pass as something they’re not. 

Again, I have nothing against those that are overweight, but it’s annoying because they’re vastly different things body types and it just perpetrates this idea that curvy=fat.