8 Reasons I’m Ready For Summer

8 Reasons I’m Ready For Summer

It may be only February but I am so over these winter vibes.

It may be only February but I am so over these winter vibes and could care less about spring. Cold weather is a bust. School work is a bust. If it is ever nice out, it’s probably in the middle of a Tuesday while i’m in class with the shades pulled down. The sun is therapeutic and I desperately need some vitamin C. I could also use some vitamin SEA with the sand between my toes and music blaring. I just can’t wait for…

1. Beach days

Toes in the sand, beach waves in my hair, music playing while I kay out without a care in the world. What more could I ask for?

2. Pool parties

Blasting music, happy people, and boys doing stupid things like attempting back tucks off of yeti coolers. Sounds perfect to me.

3. Tan lines

I am sick and tired of looking like Casper the angry ghost. It’s time to lay out until I’m a different race.

4. Outdoor country concerts

What’s better than tailgates, cold beers, and country music on a warm summer night? Uh, nothing?

5. Actually, any outdoor concert really…

Let’s rave.

6. No more school work

It may be only a month into the semester, but I’m already stressing and over it.

7. Shorts weather

I love sundresses, rompers, and high wasted shorts with a crop top. I also love being able to feel the sun on my skin when wearing them. Basically, I I've for warm weather.

8. Long drives

Whether it’s early in the morning for day trips or late at night to absolutely nowhere, long drives with loud music and/or good conversation are always a perfect way to spend time.

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13 Summer Struggles Only Thick Girls Understand

Chaffing. So much chaffing.

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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5 Things to Keep Your Eyes Peeled For This Rummage Sale Season

From books to designer bags, you never know what you could find!

It's rummage sale season y'all!!!!

I know for a lot of people this probably isn't important. But from where I'm from, we have a whole weekend dedicated to "The Street of Sales" and literally our whole small town is in on this city wide garage sale.

I love a bargain, and I always walk into a garage sale with an idea of what I'm looking for. This is the best idea because going in blind might send you home with way too much stuff. Some things I'm always on the lookout for and just can't say no to.

Here's a list of things that you should keep your eyes peeled for at rummage sales!

1. Books

I have gotten so many of the books I have from sales and thrift stores. As much as I love books, they're freaking expensive and I'm not going to Barnes and Noble and paying $16.99 for a paperback book. Why spend that much on a brand new book when I can get 10 from a sale for the same price? These are always what I look for first. I've gotten some great best sellers, like Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult. My room look likes a library thanks to all the sales I've been to. *bless*

2. Luggage

Have you ever had to go buy luggage? Do you even know how expensive it is? For like... no reason at all? I always keep my eyes peeled for luggage that is in good shape. Usually, when people go to sell their old luggage it's because they got new luggage, and they just don't care about it. Some of it can be marked down for super cheap, even if it's in great condition! You can also find really great brands! Travel in style sweetie, but don't break that bank!

3. Sports Memorabilia

If you're like me and grew up in a baseball household, you know the importance of baseball cards. Whenever I see binders or baseballs on a table at a yard sale, I always walk over to see what it is. Some baseball cards can be worth a TON of money now. I also always check to see if there's something rare or cool that would fit well with my dad's Yankee collection.

4. Furniture

This summer I'm on a hunt for a beautiful desk. Looking for good furniture at yard sales isn't as hard as you'd think! There are usually beautiful antique trunks and dressers, even bookcases for sale. My hunt last year was bookcases, and I found A TON. Another fun thing to do with old furniture you find is to flip it and redo it! (just make sure you have room to bring it home!)

5. Clothes

If they're in good shape, I will look though used clothes all day. I've found Levi's, L.L. Bean coats, North Faces, and designer bags while thrift shopping. Winter coats are usually always out during the summer for sale, as well as boots. Like I said, I love a bargain, and if I can get a North Face zip up sweatshirt for $5, you better believe I'm doing it. Always make sure to wash clothes after buying them, even if they're in good condition.

Now with that being said, THRIFT AWAY!

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