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Lower Belly Love

I have a confession to make… Although  y’all know I’m all about that self-love, I’ve had a really hard time making peace with my lower belly for most of my life… 

This shouldn’t come as any kind of surprise if you’ve been following me for any good amount of time, I’ve said it before, but I think it’s important to keep bringing it up because it serves as a reminder for those of you who are struggling out there, that even the most body positive, fat accepting individuals still deal with self-doubt. We don’t exist in a bubble of unattainably heightened self-esteem contrary to how it seems on social media, and we all have our hang-ups just like anybody else. 

Most days I love my belly, and have no issues flaunting what I’ve got, but there are those times when I feel like it’s stopping me from being great. They’re usually fleeting moments, they come, I remind myself how my body deserves to exist as it is, and they go… but there is still one particular thing that I have a tough time with: allowing my lower belly to show while wearing pants. 

I’ve done it already and I was happy with how it looked, but I’m not going to lie, I definitely felt exposed. I refuse to let my I securities win though, so just like I’ve challenged myself to accept other parts of my body that I’ve been conditioned to believe were flaws, I continue to push myself out of my comfort zone and wear clothes that push my own personal boundaries in the best possible way! 

The pairing of this nude mesh bodysuit and lace-up jeggings by Nadia Aboulhosn for Addition Elle do definitely that. On their own, Wearing these pieces wouldn’t be such a personal challenge for me. I could wear the bodysuit under a skirt, or wear a long top with the jeans and hide my lower belly with ease… but no. Seeing these two pieces together inspired me to confront my lingering belly insecurities, and the outcome was pure fierceness!!! It totally erased any feelings of self-doubt. It’s so perfect, so chic, and most of all, unapologetic AF!

I love the nude mesh because it’s almost like going topless, and the lace-up details on the jeans are sooo sexy!!! I topped it off with another piece from Nadia’s collection which just happens to be one of my favourite accessories ever, this super cute and totally practical plus size fanny pack! 

When it comes to overcoming our insecurities, we tend to leave the toughest hurdles till last, but with my bodysuit obviously tucked into my pants, and not even a purse to hide behind, I flaunted my belly like nobody’s business, and took one more very much needed step towards total body love! 

Bodysuit, Nadia Abouhosn for Addition Elle – here 

Jeggings, Nadia Aboulhosn for Addition Elle – here 

Fanny Pack, Nadia Aboulhosn for Addition Elle – similar (sort of)

Shoes, Aldo – similar  

Brights, And African Nights

Life is sweet! It’s mid July, the weather has been hot, today we celebrated my middle son’s 8th birthday, and Festival season is taking over the streets of Montreal once more!

With the Jazz Fest having just wrapped up and Just For Laughs in full swing, one of my favourite festivals – Nuits D’Afrique (African Nights) is just getting started!

There is something magical and intoxicating about seeing busy city streets completely closed down to vehicles, just buzzing with people and activity (and plenty of booze)!!!

So tonight, as the hubby and I take in some of the best of what summer has to offer, I’ll be hitting the streets in this bright, vibrant, hot pink colour block dress (my favourite style, in case you haven’t noticed) from Posh Shoppe! I love its off the shoulder styling, and the black mesh inserts are everything!

I’ve paired this fabulous frock with my fave nude flats and neon yellow, beaded bib necklace (still available I’m neon coral) from Forever 21, for a fun, eye catching look that’s perfect for an evening downtown, taking in the wonderful sights and sounds of Africa right here in the beautiful, culture rich city of Montreal!!!

I’m a lucky girl!!!