Transformation: Feeling blue this summer

If you’ve only been reading my blog recently, you may have missed the entire part where I wrote about my weight loss journey. The reason I don’t talk about it anymore is because, well, things are not going as well as they used to. I don’t exercise like I used to, I gained a bit of weight this winter while on vacation, and it all just escalated from there. Yes, I love food! And no, I don’t have an eating disorder and I am not obsessed with my weight, it’s just that I am the strongest and best shape of my life (and on a good day, the lightest I’ve been in a while!). But today, I am scared. I don’t want to lose it all, over some sweet desserts or a few too many drinks. I made a promise to myself that I can NOT go backwards. I have updated all my closet with new clothes in smaller sizes. It’s just not happening.

The problem is summer and it’s tempting parties. The problem is that I am tired and overwhelmed. The problem is that I have a 3 year old who is turning into a demon. The problem is that I am dealing with some health issues. The problem is that I love blogging and it’s taking over my time and energy. Notice, how I am really good at excuses and can convince myself of anything. I have to stop.

I have to stop being so negative and so hard on myself and start practicing what I preach! I need to remind myself of where I was and how good I used to feel. I need to be myself again!
So, the following is an open letter that I am writing to myself (as prescribed by my personal trainer- thanks Tina!)

Hey Chants!

What’s up girl? How’s it going? I know your stomach pains are getting worse and Victor is turning into the devil and giving you a hard time, but don’t worry, it will pass. Think of all the amazing things you’ve accomplished in the last few years. You are super strong, you’re managing your shoulder and back pain like a boss, you’re blogging career is exploding and your loving family is there to support you. Sure, you started indulging a little bit more lately, and slacked on your lunch-hour workouts. Big deal, we’re human!

I noticed you’re wearing that blue and white dress today, and I wanted to point something out to you, something that I came across on the internet. Remember this photo? Man, that was a while back. This was taken before you had Victor. I mean, your makeup was on point, but girl… I know you were hurting inside. This was the biggest you have ever been. I know you were dealing with a recent miscarriage and maybe over doing it on the “treats”.

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But look at you now! You have a chin, cheek bones and shoulders! Don’t forget how hard you have worked to get here. Don’t be so hard on yourself, just schedule you’re workouts and start cooking with the veggies that are coming out from the garden. Carve out some “Chantsy” time and take care of yourself. You look amazing!

Blue stripe dress after

XOX Chantsy

PS- You’re dress is too big for you now, give it a new home!

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Ottawa Street Style: Vest Dressed

Ok, I have been holding on to this post in my drafts for almost 8 months. I have been desperately waiting to publish it, but I thought it would be cruel to do so in the winter. In anticipation of spring fashion, I am hitting send today! Yes, there is a snowstorm predicted for this afternoon, but I don’t care anymore. Let it be spring!

This was part of a series of photos that I did with Kristy Chapman Photography last summer. Enjoy!

In these pictures, I am wearing:

 




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Barbie 2.016- She’s tall, small and curvy too!

You heard me, Barbie has a new body and she is not ashamed to show it off! We had to wait 57 years for it to happen, but late is better than never! The Barbie-obsessed little girl inside me is screaming of joy!!

Introducing… “Curvy Barbie”!

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Time magazine has released a great in-depth article about the entire history and new launch of this collection.

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The new Barbie isn’t only curvier, she is more diverse overall: she is darker, edgier, has curly hair, and ultimately more accessible. I mean, this hasn’t solved world peace, but it’s a start.

As I was curating these Barbie images, right away, I was assigning them to girls I knew. I would like to take you on a journey of my thought process… so here goes!

If an Ottawa bloggers were a Barbie

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Flic from www.loveagoodstripe.com
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This is Patricia from www.FashionCanadians.com
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This is Dom from www.styledomination.com

 

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Alexa from www.ThePolishedPretties.com
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Symone from www.ThePolishedPretties.com
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Katie from www.YowCityStyle.tumblr.com
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Erica from www.EricaonFashion.com
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This is Taryn from www.tarynmillermakeup.com
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This is Alyssa from blog.msbeltempo.com
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Katrina from www.ouicestchic.com
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Kay from www.countrymeetcity.wordpress.com
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This is Carolynn from www.jadorethis.ca
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This is Zara from xovelo.com
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Amy of www.Amyin613.com

 

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Jenn (with long hair!) from www.jenniferyvonne.com
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Rosie from www.secondhand-rose.ca
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Jennifer from www.jenniferbaguss.com

Barbie Ottawa Fashion Bloggers

This is Alexandra Gunn from www.alexandragunn.comCbw0EhqWIAIfiR7

This is Loukia from LouLou’s Vews

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ME!

 

Barbie #TheDollEvolves Curvy Barbie Curvy Fashion Blogger Ottawa Style Blog

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Style Profile: Rosie Waugh of Secondhand Rose

Meet Rosie Waugh of Secondhand Rose. I like her style, so I asked her a few questions.

What’s your passion for fashion?

My passion for fashion started when I was much younger. I am incredibly shy and have been anxious my entire life and I have found that wearing interesting pieces is a great icebreaker. I’m not the best at typical small talk but I love bonding with people over shared interest and I find fashion to be the most relatable thing. My style has definitely evolved from when I was younger, I was much more wild back then, but I still love to break out the odd statement piece to gain some (hopefully positive) attention.

What XLusive tip can you share?

The most freeing moment in my fashion life was the moment that I decided to wear what I wanted to wear and to rock what makes me feel most comfortable. I’m definitely a bigger girl and I gravitate towards more boxy and oversized pieces which is something I’ve been told to stay away from my entire life. Throwing out all of the rules and not letting anyone tell you what to wear is such an amazing feeling! One tip that I’d like to share is to go shopping alone. That’s when I personally find my best pieces. I just concentrate on what I like and what I know I’ll wear and I block out all of the outside noise and pressure.

Stay Social with Rosie!

Blog: www.secondhand-rose.ca
Twitter & Instagram: @rosiexwaugh
Facebook: facebook.com/secondhandroseblog

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