Body. Mind. Transformation.

Body. Mind. Transformation.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Guide to Vintage Shopping

Check it out ladies! My guide to vintage shopping!

Marissa was nice enough to let me guest post my guide on her blog. Make sure you check out her other posts!

Cheers!

ETSY STORE IS UP!

My Etsy shop is now up and running! I still have so many items to put up, so don't be alarmed by the short selection. I have more plus size items to put up, and some smaller items as well. There is something for everyone! 

I have items from the 1960s to the 1990s from size XS to XXL. I only carry current retro trends; what you ladies desire now. Right now this includes tunic sweaters/sweater dresses, hats with feathers, maxi skirts and dresses, rompers, velvet, lace, high waist lines, and oversized tops.

I will be posting updates on new items here on my blog and on my new Hourglass Dollhouse facebook page!

So stay tuned!

By the way, a guest post of mine will be featured on the fabulous Marissa's blog The Well-Appointed Catwalk. I will be sharing my own personal guide to shopping for vintage clothing.

<3

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

An Extension: What is your favorite decade of fashion?

In an earlier post, I wrote this:

"The 1920's, mod 1960's and some 1980's fashion was basically only attractive on women with the popular stick thin/boyish shape. I don't think there's anything wrong with having a naturally thin and shapeless body, but these skinny years brought on a new type of mindset in pop culture and singled out women with natural curves."

Well, here is some evidence to back up my statement. Thank you Raquel Cohen!


What do you think about this?

Check out the website. Raquel found this here. <3

Forced Gender Roles = Forced Insecurities

This blog is in response to Margaret Atwood's novel A Handmaid's Tale.

If you haven't read the book, check out the wikipedia page to get a quick gist of what I'm referring to:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Handmaid%27s_Tale

I think that the lives of all women in the world, of all shapes, sizes, races, and flavors, may be subjected to a handmaid's tale of their own. What I mean by this is that all women are oppressed in some way, although in different ways and to different extents in each country. In America, we are oppressed by the media. Our country is still ruled by men, overtly masculine men, at that. The first Americans and their ancestors before them have displayed women as the submissive, soft, dainty, and matronly human gender of the world for centuries. I have noticed that even homosexual men may subject themselves to the stereotypical female role in their relationships.

We are all brain washed by the media and previous notions passed down through generations from the time we are born. Our parents either dress us in pink or blue, we play with barbies or fake guns, we want to be a fire fighter or a princess, and we learn that to want anything otherwise is "weird". The sexes are divided right from the start. Now, I know that our country is not REALLY a theocracy, but it is to some extent. These separations and limitations of the sexes (and therefore gender roles) are inherited from Christianity. Our paper money includes "In God we trust," and our patriotic songs include blessings from the Christian god, as well. In fact, most rules, regulations, limitations, assumptions and admirations come from Christian influence. Why else would everyone be forced to lay their hand on a bible in court? What about me? I am an atheist, so swearing truth on a bible is like swearing truth on the latest edition of Oprah's magazine. This amount of religious influence is all too ironic for a country that is based on freedom and justice including the "separation of church and state".

Now, it is 2011, so you would think that things would have improved much more by now. For example, Christianity is less forced in schools, but gender role/sex divisions are still a highly promoted idea and create a lot of inequality amongst the two sexes. Women are still paid less, are expected to constantly comply, are bred to be submissive caregivers, and are portrayed as sexual objects in all forms of media. One of the greatest examples of gender separation is the fact that most men desire a smaller, leaner woman with no pubic, leg, armpit or facial hair. Some women are even influenced so much as to wax their arms! Why are prepubescent qualities so attractive to grown men? Women have hair because they are mammals. Oh yeah, and they also poop, too. Also, have you ever noticed how many commercials on TV are aimed at the female demographic? Have you ever seen the beauty/toiletry goods isles in a grocery/drug store? There are too many products to choose from.. and they're mostly all the same! But one shaver has a pink handle rather than blue....

I say all of these things as if they are all of the male populations' fault.. but in all honesty it is women who need to break the trend. Women give into the brainwashing and feed the system. Women that marry for wealth, pay thousands of dollars a year for manicures and beauty products, and use their bodies to make money are only making things worse. It is NOT only mens fault. They may have started it, but it's up to women to end it. In ancient Greece, and in other ancient societies, women were worshiped. There were many different Goddesses that were praised for their natural female power to give life. They were portrayed as strong, prevalent warriors. They had curves, hair, AND respect. Nowadays, women are bare, fragile, insecure and powerless (most of the time). For these reasons and more, A Handmaid's Tale is all too relevant.

I NEED YOUR PHOTOGRAPH!

Are you a curvy lady? Are you naturally thin? 
I would like your photograph! I would like to create a compilation of various body types and weights for a naturally beautiful lady collection. 
Let's show everyone we are not ashamed.
Let's praise our uniqueness.

<3

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

What is your favorite decade of fashion?

In my opinion, 1940's to early 1960's fashion was the most flattering era of fashion for a woman's body. Simple shapes with an emphasis on the waistline is perfect for most women, especially curvy women like me. The 1920's, mod 1960's and some 1980's fashion was basically only attractive on women with the popular stick thin/boyish shape. I don't think there's anything wrong with having a naturally thin and shapeless body, but these skinny years brought on a new type of mindset in pop culture and singled out women with natural curves. With Twiggy's twig-like shape, models were forced to lose weight to keep up with her popularity and fame. The anorexia fad began, and bigger girls were shut out of the "attractive" picture.

There are many popular "curvy" and "thicker" celebrities today, but the weight obsession has not left us. Celebrities are ridiculed for both losing and gaining weight. Can a body be perfect? No, so let it go!

Take a look at the beautiful and naturally curvy bombshell Christina Hendricks.





And the adorable, loveable Adele.



And have you seen Beyonce's big, beautiful hips lately??



Loving a woman's natural shape is the healthiest thing to do. Treat your body and mind in a kind and gentle manner, just like you would your dear cat or greatest love. Be good to yourself, and you will see positive changes elsewhere. Whether you are like me and can't seem to get under a size 12 even on a strict diet and workout routine, or if you're naturally a size 2 and can't gain weight on an all fat and carb diet (such people exist), you are beautiful.

One more thing, with the all natural and green fad going on, you would think that mental health and a positive self image would become popular as well, but it can't until the media changes it's goals. If people are happy with who they are, they won't buy products that they believe will perfect their flaws!

For example: women don't need to shave, because we're mammals!!! But the media and pop culture teach us that if we are hairy, then we are masculine and therefore unattractive. Instead of making fun of a man for having a hairy girlfriend, I think men should be made fun of for being sexually attracted to hairless women, for that is ultimately a twinge of pedophilia. The only humans without a normal amount of hair are prepubescent children. WEIRD.

END OF TANGENT.
GOODNIGHT.

P.S. Stay tuned for a link to my Etsy store! I will be selling vintage clothing from sizes 2 - 18! Funky, unique clothing for all shapes and sizes. <3

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Welcome to the dollhouse!

Simply put, this is a blog dedicated to glorifying the female body. With all its contours and curvatures, one could say it is truly a work of art (and has been studied as one all throughout human history). My goal is to show everyone that a woman can be more than a size 4 and still be healthy, sexy and beautiful, which most people in general are (they might just not know it yet). But remember, a natural size 4 lady is beautiful, too!

Yeah, the "big and beautiful" theme has been rehashed and regurgitated numerous times, but seriously, I'VE LIVED THIS SHIT, so I'm the perfect source to pick up a new regurgitation session from (without the actual bulimia complex).

I have been able to make myself into a healthy and intellectually wealthy woman without the need of male influence or admiration. I have become this way for many reasons, one being that I aim to not dwell on the fact that the last time I was under 150 lbs was in the 5th grade as I hovered over the rest of my classmates at 5' 2" tall. By the 8th grade I was over 200 lbs and 5' 9". The 200 lb part was NOT healthy, and I'll admit that, but once high school came I learned how to take control of my slow metabolism and heavy set body by learning how to eat for my body type and doing proper exercises to really help me change my body. As a naturally big woman (size 10 shoe and a 38 D bra included) with a slow metabolism, it is extremely hard to lose weight, but once I knew how to do it (and do it right), I have successfully kept off weight and stayed healthy.

With this blog I hope to inspire others to be healthy, to rely on pant/waist size instead of the scale, to treat themselves with the care and respect they deserve, and to truly love their bodies. I will offer you all my personal favorites when it comes to exercises, short body cleanses and recipes, and will approach many issues dealing with modern health, beauty, and femininity. (If you're offended by deep reflection and combat against ignorance, please do not stick around.)

Now, here is a collection of photos of beautiful, curvy woman. Take note, that most of these photos are from the early to mid 1900's. This is something that I will talk about at a later date.








Marilyn Monroe - Size 14 babe (today she would be considered a 10 - 12 since sizes have gotten larger)





Damn those big beautiful thighs! Bettie Page is one of my dream women. 
Does she look ashamed at all?
OMG BETTIE PAGE, IS THT CELLULITE? WTF. CELLULITE MEANS YR FAT. 
GET LIPO PLZ.

And now for a nice narcissistic section of photos of myself at my curviest.

These were all taken within the past year.