(Nearly) 2 Years Later
I'm sure you are aware I stopped fashion blogging for most part because I don't have anyone to photograph clothes on me now and my home isn't exactly the most conducive place to do so due to its lack of natural light and space. BUT, I still wear beautiful clothes when I can - that part of me hasn't changed. Everytime I survey myself critically in the mirror, I think of the blog, think of you and think of all those other lovely plus size ladies out there who are still taking the world by storm by being who they are and not fearing to become who they can and want to be.
It is with this thought in mind that even on the most dreary day .. when I feel tired and want to just escape from the world that I put on beautiful clothes and dab on a wee bit blusher and step out confidently in strides again. All of you are my strength! The period of time I was gone from blogging, I developed a little bit more skills. I started to learn how to speak in public - starting out from an audience of 40 to an audience of 70 and most recently now to 90. I still get very flustered when I have to do presentations or speeches but I will always don my prettiest dress and try to look confidently and mentally stop my voice from trembling. So superficial as it sounds, how you look really plays a part in how you feel about yourself, around people and in front of crowds. I am very thankful today because with the internet and online shopping kicking off, it is so much easier to avail yourself to the plus size clothing out there as compared to maybe 5 years ago. Then, I had to bring myself to step into every shop that remotely spelt the possibility of having clothes that would fit me. I use 'fit' and not 'suit' because there were very limited choices then. Sometimes, you can count your lucky stars if they even fit, not to mention suit. Some stores had giant, ugly cut-outs that spell "XXXXL" on their grimy windows and they are distasteful but I couldn't give up the stores because they might hold clothes that .. fit. Fast-forward till today, plus size clothing has a category on its own on a few major websites and they strive to provide trendy clothing that are suitable for all occasions and I truly feel that I am given a chance to show who I can be in the best light. Clothes do not define me but unmistakably, they are integral to the image I would like to portray and it is not a woman in dowdy, ill-fitting clothes who is uncomfortable with what she is wearing but a smiling, happy face clothed by what she knows she looks good in and is ready to take on the world with that knowledge.
Thank you, some of you ladies (Rebecca and happynessmagnet), for sending me messages and missing me.
More recent picture of myself and more grown-up
An update on my life:
I still buy way too many clothes on a regular basis but recently I felt so tired at having to manage all those clothes bursting out of my wardrobe that I thought I'll be a bit more conscious with my purchases (I only just started this resolution). Also, my lifestyle has changed. I now work in a bigger corporation and in town so I tend to dress in more corporate-like outfits. I don't have to dress in power suits but I can now get a bit creative in mixing and matching a bit more staidly pieces. On weekends, I realize all I want to do is to dress in soft skater dresses and cross-body bags! That's my weekend uniform at this time. If you'll like to see my "curated" work wardrobe
, you can follow me on Pinterest.
Don't hold me to that but I want to come back to this space but the direction will be slightly different. Keep a lookout!