5 Ways To Feel Your Best During The Winter

5 Ways To Feel Your Best During The Winter

Your ultimate winter survival guide.
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It is unquestionable that the warmth of summer allows us to feel our best selves. Our hair gets lighter, our skin gets darker, and we possess a natural glow that’s hard to replicate. As the seasons change and it begins to get colder, it is easy to get down on ourselves. However, there are some simple ways to combat the brisk weather, and show the cold who’s boss!

1. Cute outfits

There is nothing better than finally breaking out your big comfy sweaters. During these cold winter months, it is essential to stay as warm as possible. By throwing on a comfy sweater with leggings or jeans, and booties, you can accomplish warmth and style all in one.

Having a variety of jacket’s is also a great trick to changing up your day to day look. Pairing simple joggers and a long sleeve with a trendy bomber jacket will leave you comfortable and fashionable. Jacket’s with big fur hoods are always a great photo opportunity, and who doesn’t love that!

2. Self-tanning

I don’t know about you, but I feel my best self when I am tan. Unfortunately, it is hard to achieve the optimal tan during the long winter months. Luckily, there are several products available to achieve natural and healthy looking tans.

Going for a spray tan is an instant self-confidence boost in the middle of January! Other options are St. Tropez Tanning Mousse, Jergens Lotion, and L'Oreal Tanning Towelettes. Who said you can’t bring vacation to your house?

3. Staying hydrated

It is easy for your skin to dry out from the chilly winter air. Always keeping lotion or moisturizer in your bag will help keep your skin moist and glowing.

Drinking water in between endless cups of hot coffee is also important to keeping your body hydrated during these cold months.

4. Fun with accessories

Hats, scarves, and gloves are definitely a winter luxury. Pom-pom hats with a matching scarf are the perfect addition to any cute outfit. Whether you are walking to class or having a fun day with your friends, winter accessories will keep you warm, and looking your best self.

5. Embrace it!

While it may be simple to accomplish the above steps, I’m sure you’re still wishing it was summer. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do to change the inevitable seasons. Learning to accept it and embrace it will make you not only happy, but give you even more incentive to look forward to the warmth!

Maybe you didn’t know you had a hidden talent for snowboarding. Give winter sports a try, and if you suck at them, at least it’ll give you a great photo opp!

All in all, we all wish it was warm all year long. However, accepting the brutally cold months and making the most of them can truly make us happy, healthy, and most importantly, looking our personal best!

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chaffing. So much chaffing.
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Summer is a lovely time. A time of cookouts, swimming and sunny weather. But if you're a "thick girl," summer sometimes brings more unpleasantries than it does for slimmer women. No matter how beautiful and confident you are in your body, it can bring some struggles.

1. The living hell that is shorts shopping

Step 1: Find the biggest size the store has.

Step 2: (If you can even get those on): Realize your stomach is being squeezed into the top, your butt is falling out of the back and your thighs are having the life squished out of them.

Step 3: Realize why winter isn't so bad.

2. And dealing with them even after finding a pair that "fits"

Nothing like taking a pair of shorts home you remember fitting you okay in the store and then walking for 45 seconds and pulling them out of your butt or crotch 17 times. Truly a magical experience.

3. And every bathing suit you try on shows more skin than you'd planned

Even the most conservative bathing suit turns into cleavage-city and a non-cheeky set of bottoms turns into a thong. I promise, older people glaring at me in my sexual bathing suit, I didn't mean for this to happen!

4. Chaffing. So much chaffing

No better feeling than 4 minutes into wearing short shorts realizing that your inner thighs are literally tearing themselves apart. Body Glide and baby powder are a thick girl's #1 necessity.

5. Loving rompers. Rompers not loving you.

Rompers are made with short and skinny girls in mind. Heaven forbid you're not short, and heaven forbid you're not skinny. Rompers are like a mystical article of clothing that, no matter what, always just barely doesn't fit.

6. Imagining wearing a sundress with a strapless bra and just laughing

Of course, not all thick girls are well-endowed in the boob department, but if you are, you understand how hilarious the thought of you wearing a strapless bra truly is.

7. And bralettes are a thing of fantasy

Once again, bralettes are designed for a very specific body type. One that I do not fall into.

8. Feeling like you need to constantly defend yourself for dressing like you want to

There are so many posts and tweets and just general ideals that people have that certain sized women can't wear certain clothing. You shouldn't feel the need to defend yourself for wearing a cute crop top or a bikini, but you will.

9. And always feeling looked at when you're rocking your swim suit

Yes, I see your judging eyes, and yes, they are making me feel like shit. It doesn't matter how confident you are in your body, people looking at you like you just killed somebody just because you're wearing something typically made for smaller women doesn't make you feel good.

10. Did I mention chaffing?

I just felt like something so horrible couldn't just be mentioned once.

11. Online shopping for cute summer outfits and then none of them fitting you correctly

There's always the dreaded "one size fits all" for plus-sized women. As if there's just one way to be plus-sized. No matter how much they promise online that it'll fit well, it won't.

12. Seeing tiny girls complaining about losing their "summer bodies"

So many tweets talking about choosing food over a summer body. So many profile pictures of traditionally skinny women. I'm not saying that thick girls are the only ones who can complain about their summer bodies, and thick girls do not have a monopoly one not feeling confident in their bodies. But it is hard to see those posts knowing that those women would be glorified in their swimwear while you'd be gawked at.

13. The "you go girl!" comments on your oh-so-brave bikini photos

Compliments are nice, and positive comments while wearing a bikini go a long way. But the dreaded "you go girl" comment just seems so condescending. Just treat me like anyone else you'd see wearing a bikini. I promise, I'd like to feel like that.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Embrace Spring For It Is Here.

"A Cheesy Spring Poem For Those Who Enjoy Spring"
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A Spring Poem

In December Christmas came and Santa came on his sleigh

He left presents under the tree and left on his way

Many snow days were used for the children to stay in

They got to play in the snow in the cold with the wind

Hanukkah lasted eight days with so much joy

A present for all eight days which included money and toys

In January the New Years arrived with 2018

It was a beautiful night for the ball to be seen

February came with more snow to fall

With kids missing more school, they were having a ball

Valentine's Day showed love was in the air

With proposals and flowers you could see everywhere

March showed lots of green with its Patty's day fun

Celebrating with loved ones while wishing for the sun

April would soon come around, but March had some unpredicted weather

Everyone wanted summer to come and make things better

Finally some flowers would bloom but it would rain

But hey the flowers need to grow and the seasons need to change

Easter springs along with egg hunts to come

The bunny did not hide them too hard so the kids could find some

Passover arrived with potato pancakes and meat

Jewish individuals came together to feel blessed and have a feast

April fool's day will come so watch out for a prank or two or three

Don't pass a black cat and watch for the cracks on the street

We were lucky to have some beautiful days to be outside

Hopefully the snowy and rainy weather will soon pass us by

May is just around the corner so we still have some Spring

Let's see what the sunshine of May will bring

Appreciate April though because of the memories you made

As Spring is a fun season that you do not want to waste

Be mindful of Spring for its colors and nice weather

Where you can get away with hoodies and comfortable sweaters

Spring is about and will stay for just a little while

So you might as well embrace it and wear your best Spring smile

Happy Spring!

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