Ladies, You Don't Have To Be Put Together All The Time

Ladies, You Don't Have To Be Put Together All The Time

You don't always have to wear makeup and have your hair done or even wear something other than sweatpants.

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If a guy is in public and he's wearing sweatpants and his hair isn't exactly the most presentable, no one questions it.

If a girl is in public and doesn't have it all together, she's lazy and unkempt. Women are expected to have it all together and always look nice but we shouldn't have to. We are just as entitled to lazy days as men are.

Women, especially those that work both inside and outside the home, are held to a higher standard than men and expected to wear full makeup with nice hair and nice clothes all the time. I have news for your world, women lose their minds just like men do and have bad days. I have at least three days a month where I am completely not myself and just want to wear leggings and a big t-shirt and stay in bed.

Bad days can be caused by stress, mental illness, bad situations, and so many more reasons and they aren't limited to men. If anything women have even more reason to be stressed because we deal with the social patriarchy that rules our world and makes it more difficult for us to make strides in our everyday lives. We shouldn't be expected to keep it together all the time on top of everything else going on.

I try my best to get up, eat a good breakfast, get dressed in something nice, and put on makeup and jewelry every day but some days my Nike shorts and t-shirts are too tempting. That one lazy day shouldn't cancel out all those days that I worked hard to look and feel good.

We shouldn't let our society dictate how we have to look every day. If you want to take that lazy day or wear a dress or even get a visible tattoo then go for it. Ladies I can't stress this enough, we do not always have to be put together.

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If You Own 6 Of These 10 Brands, You Are 100 Percent Basic

How basic are you?

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For every brand you own, give yourself a point.

5. The North Face Bookbag

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6. Patagonia

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9. Nike Shorts (NORTS)

What was your score? Are you truly basic or not? If you are BASIC embrace that, who cares what anyone thinks! If you aren't basic, well then you are clearly embracing your style and thriving! Meanwhile, the rest of us are BASIC as can be and we love it!

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If Your Shorts From Last Summer Don't Fit This Spring, Don't Panic Just Yet

Sometimes sucking it in doesn't even cut it.

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We've all been there — you put on a pair of shorts that fit you like a glove last year and they just don't fit the way you remembered. This feeling sucks, but there are plenty of solutions for when your favorite pieces can't quite fit over the love handles.

First off, there's nothing to be ashamed of! It's normal for people to pack on a few extra pounds during the cold months due to lack of outdoor activity, holidays, and overall laziness. Usually, people lose a little extra weight in the summer months by being outside and sweating and eating fresher and healthier foods. So who knows, by the time summer is in full swing, they may fit again!

The obvious answer would be to work out, but I understand that's not for everyone. For those who are looking into getting back into shape for bikini season, a good mix of cardio and lifting three to five days a week will help tone and slim that body down in no time! Make sure that if you start exercising, eat enough nutrients! Some people tend to think if they eat less and work out, it'll help you lose more weight, and yes this is true, but you'll also be losing muscle mass in the long run and this can be detrimental to your health. Getting sufficient nutrients is vital to making sure your body is functioning properly!

For those of you who don't necessarily want to do any formal exercise, eat healthier and go on walks! It's amazing what adding a walk into your day will do for your body! Not only will it help your heart health, but it will tone your legs and help shed some extra pounds. Eating healthy is also pivotal to getting rid of unwanted fat. Diet fads are definitely no way to go. It's not about eating less necessarily but eating what's good for you. Everyone's bodies are different and it will take some figuring out to find what works for you. There are plenty of yummy fruits and veggies in season in the summer, and there's plenty of opportunities to grill out and make some healthy options! Take advantage of this! Whether you're grilling low carb meats and fish or throwing on some veggies for a side dish, grilling is a great way to make healthy meals for you and your family!

For those of you who are fine with the little extra weight you've gained, buy new clothes! Picking out and trying on new clothes can be very fun, but also expensive. If it's not in the budget to head to your favorite retailer and pick out a new pair, head to a thrift store! There are plenty of second-hand options that are not only affordable and cute but environmentally sustainable as well! The fashion industry creates so much unnecessary waste year after year, and you can help cut down by buying second-hand.

With all of this being said, love your body! There are so many different shapes and sizes in the world, and not one person is the same as another, so be proud of what you look like! Whether you're a size XS or a size XXL, everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their own skin. If you're not comfortable with what you look like and wish you could change it, do it! The great thing about our bodies is they're so easy to make changes to. Whatever the case, the weather is warming up and it's almost time to trade those sweats for some shorts and bathing suits!

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