The Horrors Of Shopping Plus Size

The Horrors Of Shopping Plus Size

Going shopping shouldn't be a nightmare.
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Let me start this out by saying one simple fact: I am fat. Before the argument starts, I do not believe fat is a bad word. It is an adjective to describe how I look the same as how people describe others as skinny. Fat has been made to be a bad word by society, not me. I am happy with the way I look. Sure, there are some days that I wish my legs weren't rubbing together under my dress or that my arms didn't jiggle so much. But everyone, no matter the size, has a day or two when they are not happy with themselves. But for me, most of these days happen when I go shopping. While shopping is something that I love, the fact that I am plus size makes it something I dread. It is time for companies to start treating plus size people like lesser humans.

1. First of all, stop putting us in a different section.

Like most people, I like to go shopping with my friends. But that's kinda hard to do when all the clothes my size are pushed to the very back corner of the store. One of my absolute favorite places to shop is Target. They have stylish clothes that are super affordable. That is, they have super cute clothes for the skinny girls. For me, I am somewhere around an XXL all the way up to a 3x at target. This means that if I'm lucky, one of the five shirts I get from the regular section will fit me. But to get clothes in a larger size, I have to go to the back of the store in between the sales rack and the maternity section. Nothing is more humiliating than having to go to the back of the store just to find something that fits me. And this isn't the only place it happens. I have the same problem at other stores such as H&M and Forever 21. I simply do not understand why plus size sections have to be hidden in the back as if the store is ashamed to carry such products.

2. Please, I beg you, let me wear something other than a potato sack.

Yes, I get it. I'm a bigger girl. But that does not mean all fashion styles go flying out the window. Recently, I went to H&M and saw the cutest romper. Now I already have one romper from another store and absolutely love how it looks on me. When I went to find my size, I was sad to see that it only went up to a large. Instead of being sad, I decided to look at the plus size section to see if they had anything similar to it. What I found was a disappointment to say the least. There were 3 or 4 racks of clothes total in a store the size of Wal-Mart. Half were sweaters on sale from winter. The other half were solid tees, boring clothes, and nothing in fashion at all. Now I live in Huntsville, Alabama which is a pretty decent sized city. It is definitely large enough to have a plus size section bigger than 4 racks. And I feel like every store I go to, the selection is just smaller and even less fashionable than the last. One of the reasons I am so confident with my body, is because I know how to dress myself. But when bigger girls are given no options, it is hard to feel confident. I'm not saying you should praise me for getting the large fry instead of the small. I'm just asking that you don't punish me for it by taking away all decent clothing choices.

3. I know I'm bigger, but there is no way the fabric cost that much.

I am aware that it takes more fabric to cover all of my rolls, but that does not mean you need to charge me 2 or 3 times as much. It's summer, so I have been going bathing suit shopping. This is already a struggle because no matter how confident I am, a bathing suit shows everything I have fears and doubts about. So I was out shopping and found a few suits I liked in the regular section, but none that fit me quite right. Keep in mind that these swimsuits ranged in the $20s. When I decided to venture into no mans land and look at the plus size swimsuits, I was truly embarrassed. All of the swimsuits had as much extra fabric as possible and were absolutely hideous. To top that, they cost at the cheapest, $40. The same happens with most plus size clothing. I get half the style for twice the price. I simply do not have the money to buy such expensive clothing and really don't want to when the same store is selling tops for $3 in the regular section. I am willing to accept that it does take more fabric to cover me. I am not willing to accept that stores use it to their advantage and charge whatever they want.

I know that there is a better way to treat bigger girls. Stores make it out to be the hardest thing ever, but it simply isn't. My favorite place to shop is Old Navy. They offer clothes that fit me right along with all of my skinny friends. It is nice to have a place where I do not feel embarrassed because of my size. Sure, some things don't look right on me, but some things that look great on me don't look right on my friends. Again, I do not ask the world to approve of me being fat. I just ask that I am still treated as a human of value. Instead of putting me in the back with overpriced, ugly clothes, just put all the "women's clothes" in one spot. Being big does not make me any less of a woman, so stop acting like it does.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Why Your Skin Is Breaking Out And How To Fix It!

#3 is so true

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Hundreds of people may be suffering through some sudden flare-ups of acne, and you may be asking yourself - where did this even come from? Well, with the spring-time comes pollen, the stress of mid-terms, or preparing for important events could all determine how your body handles the situation. It is no secret that your skin is the first clue as to what is going on in your body, and so here are a few reasons on why those pimples keep showing up and how to fix them.

1. Pollen and the quality of the air you are breathing could affect the quality of your skin

If you take a look at a face chart, the comedones on your cheeks could be caused by the air that you are breathing. If you constantly suffer from acne and you live in a highly polluted city, this could be the main cause of any acne on your cheeks. However, if you are just now getting some pimples in this area, it could be because of pollen. Spring is when you start to see significant amounts of pollen, and pimples could be the first sign that you have a pollen allergy. Although this may seem like there is not a 'cure', it is recommended that you stick to a routine, and also check to make sure that you get all of your makeup off and to fully cleanse your face every night. If needed, you could apply an astringent such as witch hazel or apple cider vinegar.

2. Your phone is dirtier than a toilet seat, and the majority of people never clean their phone screens

As most of you may not know, your phone is dirtier than a toilet seat. It harbors an abundant amount of bacteria and dead skin cells. If you notice that you get breakouts on the side that you hold your phone, then that could be the main clue that your phone is the cause of your acne. This could be easily solved, however, by just regularly disinfecting your phone screen and keeping your face clean. Again, make sure that you stick to a routine since you will not see results overnight.

3. Some of the food that you are eating is NOT agreeing with your digestion system

Some may say that what you eat has no connections to your acne, but it truly does. Based on a traditional face chart, acne on your forehead could be caused by food that was not fully broken down by the digestion system. The body creates acne as a last resort to get any toxins or bacteria out of your body, and the acne on your forehead is the body's way of saying "hey, that didn't agree with you!" Those that have a milk intolerance specifically could find acne in this area due to the body's inability to break down lactose. In order to fix this, keep an eye on what you are eating and try to find what could be causing the acne, and also make sure you keep your face clean.

4. You cannot stop touching your face

Do you know how much bacteria is on your hands alone? Millions! Whenever you touch your face, you are transferring any bacteria that was on your hands onto your face. So, if the acne seems quite random, try to notice all of the times that you touch your face in the day and try to stop yourself. This cause has a simple solution, just try to keep your hands and face clean, and try to not touch your face.

5. You don't clean your sheets enough

Similar to your phone, your pillowcase alone harbors an abundant amount of dead skin cells, makeup, and bacteria that could be clogging your pores. Imagine resting your face on all of those dead skin cells for at least six hours and then possibly putting makeup right on top of it. This could be one of the main causes of your acne! Make sure that you regularly clean your bed sheets, and of course, keep your face clean.

6. The makeup or tools that you use could be clogging your pores

Are you using new makeup products? If so, check the ingredients and check to see which one is not in your normal makeup, since that could be what is irritating your skin. If that is not the case, when is the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? As I have stated before, makeup brushes hold dead skin skills, left-over makeup, and bacteria that could be clogging your pores. Every time you put on makeup, you are pushing dead skin cells and old makeup back into your pores, and therefore, causing acne. To prevent this, make sure you are regularly cleaning your makeup brushes, at least once every two weeks, and regularly changing out your sponges. Also, make sure that you clean your hands and face before putting on makeup.

7. You're too stressed

The body's natural reaction to stress or hormones is to create acne, so this is why you may get a few breakouts during 'that time of the month' or right before important events. To fix this issue, try natural vitamins, such as maca root, to help how your body reacts to stress or just try to solve any ongoing stress factors in your life. As for hormonal acne, just try to keep your face clean and try to relax. Relaxation is a solution to get rid of stress-related acne.

Overall, you want to make sure that you are keeping the items around you nice and clean. Dirt, oil, bacteria, makeup, and dead skin cells are all major catalysts for acne. Make sure that you guys are always cleaning your face, and that should prevent acne in general, but just in case that doesn't work, I hope these tips help clear your face!

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