What Moves Me – Musings on Body Positivity

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Revisiting this little blog of mine, coming back to this place that is so special to me has brought up so many emotions. For one, posing in front of a camera hasn’t come as easily as it once did. I’m out of practice and it feels just a tad bit uncomfortable. This is something i’m excited about, and i’m excited to learn to overcome again.

But second, it has renewed a feeling I had when I started this blog: body image discomfort is something to push through. Thick thighs are beautiful and should be celebrated. Patchy skin and pimples on faces are a part of life.

You may notice (or, hell, you may not) that I have a pimple on the side of my mouth in these photos. It comes from picking at my face and it’s not cute but you know what, pushing through the discomfort of not wanting to post photos because of it, moves me. It makes me feel empowered that i’ve hit publish regardless of that slight twinge of insecurity that I had, and pushed through.

Body positivity moves me. Helping others learn to love and accept their figures moves me. And far less seriously, skirts like this one with flow and movement help with the above – this one is good, ya’ll.

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Andrew Marc Jacket (old, similar here), Private Party Shirt, J.Crew Necklace (old, here on Poshmark), GAP Skirt c/o (similar here), Steven by Steve Madden Wedges (so old it’s embarrassing, but love these similar ones)

Thank you to Banana Republic for sponsoring this post.

Fitted Bottoms + Voluminous Tops

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Truth be told, this is how I spend most weekends. My husband and I wander around San Francisco dressed down with a drink in hand.

I love the combo of a wider top and a slimmer/more fitted bottom and have found myself gravitating towards this silhouette in recent months.

My recommendation when choosing a more voluminous top is to be sure the pants sit very tight to the leg. I have a tutorial for cuffing jeans and pants here, and still use this method today.

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Sweater (old but love this one), Leggings (wearing a size 12), Sneakers, Sunglasses (here in this year’s color), Purse

Questions for You

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Okay so, before we get into the details of this post, let’s just take a collective sigh after the last year it’s been. Yes, I got married in 2016 (woot!) but otherwise, this has been a rough year. And gosh, the last month has been just beastly. I’ve had a terrible cold, followed by bronchitis, followed by the holidays. And so, no posts. Womp womp. 2017, i’m rootin’ for ya.

What I really want to do in this post is as ya’ll some questions. I’d love your candid, honest responses in the comments below, or via email (thepearshape@gmail.com), twitter, instagram, wherever or whenever. I’m doing some research for a potentially very exciting project, and your input would be the most welcome.

1. Where do you shop for leather wide calf boots?
2. How much would you pay for a beautifully designed, luxury wide calf leather boot (think Stuart Weitzman style, but that actually fit your calf)?
3. If you could design your perfect boot, what would it look like?

As always, ya’ll just make my heart sing. Thank you for being you, and for being here.

Review: J.Crew Straightaway Jeans

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Top (old, from this post. Similar here), Jeans, Shoes, Sunglasses, Lipstick

You’ll have to excuse another jean review, but when they’re good, i’ve gotta share ’em. And these are just the best.

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They’re from J.Crew and are a cross between a straight jean and a “girlfriend” style: just a bit of room in the hip and thigh, with a tight button front.

The length is meant to be ankle, but given that your girl is only 5’6, i’ve rolled these to achieve the style. My philosophy about length for jeans is that it can always be fixed. If the waist and hip areas fit, just have the length tailored, or roll them.

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And last, a quick nod to these shoes, because they’re just gorgeous.

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