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Confidence and Hair Loss: Meet PHOM Hair

Confidence and Hair Loss: Meet PHOM Hair

Let’s just be straight up about it: hair loss is a bitch. It sucks your confidence right out of you, is a pain in the butt to manage, and hair loss can be tied to so many health issues that Google WILL tell you that you’re dying (yes, I Google my symptoms). A few summers ago, my hair got really thin and I was able to figure out the causes (dry shampoo and stress) and get a handle on it. But what started this…

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Body Autonomy vs. Body Positivity: How My Mindset Changed

Body Autonomy vs. Body Positivity: How My Mindset Changed

I first starting diving into the body-positive world in 2016 – I think. And as I’ve mentioned before, I was introduced to the movement by Tess Holliday, it really helped me love my body and led to fat acceptance and a bunch of great things. But lately, body autonomy fits my outlook a lot more. What’s the difference between body autonomy and body positivity? A great question, that I’ve gotten a few times. And that I had to look into as I was trying…

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Speaking Up or Standing Down: What Happens When Creators Face Backlash

Speaking Up or Standing Down: What Happens When Creators Face Backlash

When I published my blog last week on brands using fat bodies as a marketing tool, I knew it was a strong message. A potentially risky one. And as I tweeted, could have negative consequences but I thought it was important anyway. I still do. The idea to write about brands using fat bodies started in May, and I used this messaging as a call out of sorts in a ‘Curvy Palz’ group on Facebook: I am working on a story about companies that…

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Dear Brands: Our Fat Bodies Are Not Your Marketing Tool

Dear Brands: Our Fat Bodies Are Not Your Marketing Tool

More and more I am noticing that fat bodies are being used at the forefront of brand launches and campaigns as a way of appearing inclusive and body positive. And I say appearing because lately, I’ve noticed that it is about appearing body positive and not actually being inclusive. Fat bodies do not exist to be your marketing tool. Let’s start off by saying that if this reads more as a rant than a blog post, that’s probably because it’s something that has been…

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15 Small Businesses To Support This Holiday Season

15 Small Businesses To Support This Holiday Season

This is the year of shopping small for the holidays. I think a lot of us love gifting from local places every year, but the pandemic has certainly caused a surge in pushing to make all shopping happen this way. And if you’re able to support small businesses, it’s pretty amazing. I love the little notes you get, and the touches they add to boxes. And I love that the sale can make someone’s day, versus being just a number. I know it’s not…

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CBD: 3 Products I Reach For When I Need a Dose of Calm

CBD: 3 Products I Reach For When I Need a Dose of Calm

Okay, all my mental health stuff aside, I think everyone on this planet could use some calm right now. Like you could be living your best life and be thrilled about EVERYTHING but a calm moment is never a bad thing!!! There are a ton of ways that I make a calm moment happen but CBD helps the process along. Now I’m not saying this will work for everyone, I’m not prescribing anything but as I always do, I’m just sharing what I’m doing…

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#StillTalking Medication: It’s Okay to Change Your Mind

#StillTalking Medication: It’s Okay to Change Your Mind

Making the decision around medication is complicated, to say the least. And making the decision to stop (safely, of course) and try life without something that’s been a part of your life for a few years can be even more so. While I’ve been thinking about this, I quickly realized I didn’t have a lot of people in the same boat to chat with. I can vividly remember (mostly) every detail of the appointment I had with my doctor when I approached the subject…

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Home By Nine: Helping Provide Therapy and Fighting Mental Health Stigma

Home By Nine: Helping Provide Therapy and Fighting Mental Health Stigma

There are, for better or for worse I can never decide, a lot of brands around these days that throw ‘anxiety’ on a t-shirt as a way to fight mental health stigma and carry on. So it was refreshing, to say the least, to happen upon Home By Nine because they’re doing a lot more than most. More Than Just a Trend I’ve talked about this time and time again – anxiety isn’t a trend. Depression isn’t. You don’t have OCD because you love…

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Rare Beauty: What I Loved and Returned + Swatches

Rare Beauty: What I Loved and Returned + Swatches

This year, I have been resisting all the new beauty launches. And then Rare Beauty happened. I’m not even a huge Selena fan or anything, but the branding and packaging hooked me and the mental health initiative sold me. I went down a rabbit hole of reviews on YouTube, and everyone was LOVING this new line! Seriously, it was hard to find anything but amazing reviews of anything Rare Beauty and so I turned to Reddit. People were in loooooove. And still, I resisted.…

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The 30 Before 30 Update: One Year to Go!

The 30 Before 30 Update: One Year to Go!

Way back in the day when I launched this blog, I also launched my 30 Before 30 bucket list – an idea from the lovely Joëlle. Thinking back, it’s also kind of wild that I’ve now met her! Because at that time I was sliding into her DMs (I think on Twitter?) to ask if it was okay to do my own list. I was a baby blogger, and had absolutely no idea what I was doing. Okay well I still mostly have no…

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