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Fashion February! Part 4!

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Last part of Fashion February! Wow…short month!! I somehow managed to wear a different outfit to work for the last 20 days. I’m rather impressed with myself. So here we go…the last bit of Fashion February!

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Here’s the manicure I wore for the week, the picture isnt the best, but I’ve worn this before and have pictures of it in past blogs. OPI by Seophora, It’s Real gold flecked polish and Love Letters polish by China Glaze. I really love Love Letters, and wish it was a permanent polish. It sort of just makes your nails look perfect.100_3339 100_3340

Saturday. I bought this t-shirt on a whim from Ross for six dollars. I wasn’t too sure about it, since it’s a bit tight and sheer. I paired it white a white bandeau to prevent any bra lines. I really like the pattern on it though, and the dusty-pink color is girly with out being overly so. I paired it with my jersey-knit black sweater and black cargo pants for work.

 

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Sunday super comfy day! I’ve owned this sundress for awhile, but it doesn’t get much time out of the closet. I decided that it was rather flattering with the black sweater over it, and the length is appropriate for work. Since the temp was nearly 80 degrees, I figured I could go to and from work with out thesweater and pull it over for the office to keep with dress code.

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This dress came from Ross for 11.99. It’s silky and stretchy, and very comfortable if not a little slippery when you sit. I bought this mostly to wear in March for St. Patty’s Day. Paired with a white cropped high-low sweater for work.
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Tuesday. I love this dress. This is one of my epic Torrid finds . I do believe this dress cost me around 8 dollars during a clearance event where I got 70% off the already marked down prices. Original dress of the price was 70 dollars!! So excited! You can wear this strapless, or attach the straps with little hooks, which I do for work to prevent any mishaps while sitting in my chair. Black sweater for the office and my braided black sandals. I thought about pairing this with my awesome black wedges, but my knees said otherwise.

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Fashion February! Part 3

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A day late! Oh nose!

I’m a day late for a reason…Today is suppose to be stormy, and crappy, and yesterday was sunny and 80 degrees and wonderful, so I did my running around yesterday. I went to Ulta, and got a new haircut. I’m mostly happy with the results, but this morning I’m in the awkward phase where the left over product is doing strange things to my hair…Actually, yesterday the sylist had some trouble with it. She used a color-stay shampoo to protect the teal ends, and my hair sort of freaked out. She had to rewash it, much to her own shock. I tried warning her…I only use sulfate free products on my hair. Ah well…I’m going to wash it in a bit, so we’ll see what happens.

I was trying to make a video for a Frozen Sing Along Compilation that’s being put together, but my camera is dead…so after it gets some juice, I’ll film it, then shower this product out…I’ve apparently big plans for today, can you tell?

On to the Fashion…

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Saturday’s outfit…This is one of my best finds from Torrid ever. Original price of this floral maxi dress? 69.99! I got it for…wait for it…wait for it… 7 dollars. I’m not even kidding. There is one small problem with this dress, it’s very low cut, and the cups are on the smaller size, it’s a size 1 in Torrid, and I usually wear a size 2. I am making some major life changes very soon, so I’m hoping the boobies will fit better into the top of the dress shortly. until then, I pair this with a grey lace trimmed bandeau that matches the grey background of the dress. It looks like it’s part of the dress, and works just fine. I paired this strapless maxi with a long black jersey knit sweater to make it work appropriate, and my teal sandals.

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Sunday. I bought this white shirt at Its Fashion for 6 dollars because I was freezing a few weeks ago when the temp never reached 75 as promised. I dont know if I’m too fond of it, but since I did buy it I felt I’d take it for a test drive on a laid back Sunday. Paired this with my favorite black lace trimmed tank from Lane Bryant and my dark denim capris from Torrid that I got on clearance last year from a store closing event for 10 bucks. My sandals are by Sketchers (from the Shoe Dept. About 34.00), and I love them. They’re my go-to comfy run around shoes.

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Monday was a flashback to my middle school days…minus the shoes. Grey jersey knit top (which I’m planning to add a lace applique to when I find one I like), in a high low style purchased from It’s Fashion for 15 bucks. It came with a stretchy belt and a gold necklace, both I removed. I turned my old long black sweater into a long flowing vest. The sleeves had holes in them, hence why I had to get a new one (above), but the body is in decent shape, so I up-cycled the old one into this vest.The pants are jean-leggings from Wal-Mart (12 dollars).

My accessories are a mish-mosh of things I’ve had for years, save for the shoes and headband. Shoes are from It’s Fashion for 7.99 and I pretty much love these…the only thing I’m not fond of, is the no-slip bottoms. EVERYTHING sticks to them. Fur, dirt, twigs, leaves, everything. It’s pretty gross. I’m hoping as the soles wear down this will stop. My headband I got at the Beals outlet for 3 dollars. My cuff bracelet was purchased about 10 years ago in Salem, MA at a little gift shop, and the necklace I’ve had since 1995. I honestly can’t remember where it came from, more than likely Claire’s or a like store. I just remember I’ve always loved this piece because it’s a disk of the Zodiac.  I wore this pretty much every single day in 8th grade.

100_3313Tuesday. I’m still not sure I like this top…bought it on a whim at Wal-Mart for 12.49 because I thought the pattern was pretty and I liked to flowy fabric. I paired it here with my black lace trimmed tank (It had come with a magenta tank) and my Torrid dark denim capris and black woven sandals.  I ended up wearing my long black jersey sweater over this, and liked it much better. I feel like the busy floral print on the white around the stomach area just draws attention to it where there’s a blank space rather than helps flatter it.

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My prized find! I found this dress at Beal’s Outlet for 7.50. The original designer price? 79.00!!! SCORE! I love this dress, the fabric is flowy, yet very heavy and stretchy. The bottom and top pictures are more true to color than the middle. At the waist, there’s a drawstring with pearl and stone accents at the bottom. I’m still trying to figure out where this drawstring should lay, if it’s under bust or mid-waist. I have a very long torso, so it doesn’t quite sit right when I wear it around the waist. The dress is a drop sleeve, so where as it’s sleeveless, it comes down just passed the shoulders making it appropriate for the office. I paired it with a flow cropped white sweater for work, and my killer nude sandals.

I eyed this dress for about 4 weeks…and kept saying “Ok, if it’s there next payday…” I wasnt sure it was going to be flattering, bit is, and I’m happy with it, and I adore the pleats and the way the fabric moves. It’s great and was worth the 7.50 and the wait!

BONUS DAY! I usually only do 5 days, but since I went out and about yesterday…

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Here’s my dress that I went about in, over a black bandeau. I purchased this dress last year at Gabriel Brother’s for about 13 dollars. This was pre-haircut.

The polish is by Hard Candy. Accent nail is 730 Jaw Breaker and the other fingers are 733 Candy Coated. I think I have 3 or 4 coats. This is going to be a nightmare to remove, but the waretime has been pretty awesome with minimal chipping and no top coat.

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Post-haircut with makeup for the sing-a-long video, inspired of course by Queen Elsa. Shadows are from the Acid Pallet by Sleek cosmetics (got mine on Amazon for around 8 bucks), and the BH Cosmetics 120 palette. bhcosmetics.com. Gloss is from Nyx.

Fashion February! Part 2!

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Happy V-day (well one day early!!)

So that being said, here’s the manicure I donned to work Wednesday to celebrate the day…you know, since I wouldn’t be working on V-Day it’s self! An ombre neon pink to red with heavily glitter tips that remind me of ruby slippers. Colors use are as followed: Pointsettia (China Glaze), Pagent, and then Anime by OCC Cosmetics. Tips are a red cosmetic grade glitter, set with three coats of Seche Vete Quickdry Top Coat.

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Oddly enough, I hadn’t even thought to change my nails to a V-day mani until Tuesday night. Bleh…oh well.

On to fashion!

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Here’s Saturday’s look. I found the short kaftan at Ross for 2.99, and figured…Why not? Again, more laid back for weekend work, comfortable and easy to wear. I get a lot of compliments on this, which was a relief. I wasn’t sure how it would be taken at work, but people seem to love it. Paired with jean-leggings from Wal-Mart for 12.99 and my vintage clogs.

 

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Sunday Fashion…which I think ended up being more dressy than Saturdays somehow? I bought the t-shirt about a year ago from Threadless.com, it’s a great site for one of a kind artist made t-shirts at various price points. If you keep a close eye on them, you can score some seriously unique and beautiful t-shirts. I’m always a bit self conscious wearing this siren shirt. It’s kinda tight, and the cut off sleeves and V-neck leave my shoulders pretty exposed, which can be a problem for me because of my PCOS and what it does to my skin. I paired it here with a flowy jersey-knit sweater to cover up a bit, and make it more work appropriate. On the bottom a pair of jeans, relaxed fit and cuffed at the bottom. Wore this with my airwalk sandals.

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Monday! My hump-DAY!! Flowing sheer black blouse over a navy blue long tight fitting cami, paired with my aaaaaaawesome galaxy leggings and favorite grey wedges!! Black sheer blouse was purchased at walmart for about 15 dollars. Navy lace-trimmed cami was purchased at a close out store called Gabriel Brothers for about 2 dollars. Leggings came from ebay for about 5 bucks, and shoes were purchased from Torrid, I believe for around 30 on sale.

The leggings I purchased for a dance event last year, and I’m actually getting a lot of use out of them now. These were also a big hit at work. I was thinking of possibly getting another pair soon in a different color family.

 

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Tuesday…my weekly black and white outfit! This skirt has been dubbed “The Tim Burton Skirt” by my co-worker Amanda Z. I love this skirt, it’s SO comfortable…but it makes my thighs sweat…TMI, I know. Skirt was purchased at It’s Fashion on clearance for 6 dollars. Paired with a white high-low sweater from the same store, was 12.99. Tank top from Lane Bryant, purchased at an outlit shop for 15 dollars.

 

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And here’s my final outfit of the week…High-low jersey knit dress in navy blue with plunging V-neck and black patnent-leather belted accent. I had some serious doubts when I found this dress at Ross. I never thought this style with the belt was flattering, but since it was only 8 dollars, I decided to try it on and was happily surprised at how flattering it was, so it came home from Ross with me. Since the neckline is so deep, I pair it with a bandeaux. Wednesday I wore it with a grey lace trimmed bandeau to match my grey wedges. Since it’s chilly here (very chilly yesterday when I left work!) I decided to layer my black leggings, which match the black in the belt. Bandeaux was purchased at Gabriel brothers for 3 dollars, leggings at the same for 5.

 

I’m starting to realize as I piece these together, I have far too good of a memory regarding where I guy things and how much they cost me…it’s sort of scary really. lol

Fashion February! Part1

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Holy smokes! Yes, been ages…

I’ve finally found a job, one I’m really happy at, and really good at! It pays well too! Which means I have money to buy things again! I’ve been making some changes in my life, personality wise, and learning to let things go and move forward in life. So that being said, I’ve been revamping my wardrobe as well, and plan to purge a bunch of my clothing via yard or consignment sale…so much of it I just don’t wear anymore.

So, that means I’ve been bringing in a bunch of new items, and that sparked my idea for Fashion February! I’m really only going to be posting outfits for work. Most of them will be new, or new things I’ve mixed into my old wardrobe to add some new life to it.

1016320_10152207630462431_381486142_nOutfit number one! I love this top…the henna print is awesome, and I love the kaftan like cut. The fabric is light and flowly, and very stretchy it’s a spandex blend. I paid about seven dollars for the shirt at a store called Ross. The jeans I’ve owned for years and are paired with a vintage pair of brown clogs I’ve owned since 1996.

1610052_10152207630367431_563486783_nOutfit number two! Sunday wear…otherwise known as the “Why did I put on clothes to come to work today?” outfit day. Sundays at work are wonderful, there’s about 1/4th of the normal work population there, nearly no management, and it’s slow on the phones. I love Sundays, but often don’t feel motivated to do much of anything style wise in return. So I tend to go for comfort and simple. The jean-leggings are from Wal-Mart 10 dollars, the shoes are from Rainbow and were 15. The smock-top is from Ross and cost me a whole 5 dollars, and the vest is an up-cycled sweater from Deb.

1888566_10152207630297431_635277773_nSo by day three, I found my actual camera, and had the idea to start using my home mirror…which I need to clean. I’ve got today off, so that’s on my to do list before the next photo is taken! So let me just say…I LOVE THIS DRESS. How amazing is this dress? I mean seriously…I got this at Ross for 15 dollars. It’s comfortable, flattering, and the bottom flows nicely. The shoes are from It’s Fashion, purchased on clearance for 12 dollars…They’re super cute, but very uncomfortable. :/ I’m hoping to break them in or get gel pads for my feet. Dress is a nylon blend, and black and a slightly off white, although here it looks more white than it is.

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Alrighty, so there you have it…My fashion finds of the south and the start of blogging again! I’ve got some mini-hauls coming up, and also a review of a newer-drugstore available hair line I’ve stumbled upon and rather like.

Being a Goddes Pt.2

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Anything I say here are my views…and I’m not trying to make anyone feel bad. These are my personal opinions, and they don’t mean I think less of you for your choices, or because you do what makes you feel comfortable, I stated that again and again in pt. 1 after all. First rule of being a plus sized dancer, do what makes you feel comfortable. So that being said…on with the blog!

This blog is mainly going to focus on ways to dress to make yourself more comfortable on stage…and other small tricks…like contouring.

So I asked Facebook what was up with the body stockings. Was there a cultural reason behind them? Or is suddenly everyone paranoid about their bodies? I started wondering this as the cabaret scene and tribal scene came together more in the recent months. (I will happily admit my ignorance when it comes to traditions. I come from a modern-tribal-fusion upbringing, and my main focus has been on choreo and technique rather then culture and history.)

I was told…

Ellway Haung- “I know that classical Egyptian dancers wears them because they have to cover their stomach for the cultural reason.”

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Missy Moore- “In Egypt, it is forbidden to expose your stomach.”

There ya go. I was also told for religious reasons, some women wear them.

I don’t care for them (The stockings themselves, not the reasons!). I never did. I feel like when a bigger girl wears a body stocking, they’re shouting to the world their insecurities. “Look at me! I’m so uncomfortable with my body I’m trying to hide it!” I’m sorry, I’m not trying to offend anyone. I know quite a few of you posted that the exact reason you wear a stocking is to make yourself feel better. So good for you for doing what works to get you out there!

For me however, I’d much rather see you rock what mother nature gave you. Let it all hang out. Show the scars, show the stretch marks, show your rolls! My own back has more scars then the moon has craters. No one has lost their lunch because they saw my scars. Or my gut.

A few blogs ago, I talked about the finer points of wearing a costume that fits you. With bigger ladies, this is so important to be sure that your costume fits you properly. We have more “jiggly-bits” to keep in check. It’s all about creating smooth lines that compliment your dance. You can’t create a smooth line if you’re boobs are stuffed into a bra top so tightly you’ve got boobs around your neck.

Please for the love of all that is good, don’t dwell on the numbers in this case. No matter your style, you need to have a costume that FITS YOU. It’s just a number. 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22…on and on. This is one of those times you don’t want to lie about your measurements. This is the difference between a flattering costume that stays in place, and a costume you have to adjust all the time and may ride up, or worse fall off. I promise you, the person filling your order isn’t going to die of shock or laughter because they have to fill your true size of 16 rather then the fake size you ordered of a 12.

One of the unfortunate truths about being a plus sized dancer is finding costumes in general. Most garments that come over from India are so small. I know this tip is going to get eye rolling…but…One of the best things a plus-sized dancer can do is learn to make her own costumes. Learn to sew. Or make a friend who can.

Most tribal hip-skirts and wraps can be safety pinned into place. A no-sew option. Just remember to pin them to your pants too. (safety pins are your best friends!!)

A yard (or more if needed! I use a yard and 1/4th) of fabric folded and cut down the middle into two matching pieces makes a quick and easy skirt that gathers on the sides and builds out your hips. (I wear these ALL the time.) No sewing required, just invest in good safety pins.

Now, the one company I haven’t had any problems ordering from is Sharifwear. (http://www.sharifwear.com/)

I find their pants run true to size, or are very stretchy. If you’re new to them, I suggest trying things on. Many vendors at dance events carry their products. My booty can squeeze into a size small, but the pair I own is a medium and fits perfectly. I also own a pair in brown that’s a large.

On to makeup. (Yay!)

One thing I noticed about myself a few years ago is when my belly is tan (rather then it’s natural shade of white) that I feel like it looks smaller. It also hid my stretch marks, or at least blended them in well.

I’m all about NOT going into the sun…I even use a parasol at most festival gigs, and I don’t care for tanning beds. I do think pale is lovely, but parts of the body (like my belly) don’t see the sun, and are naturally paler then my arms and chest. So I decided to go the route of the self-tanning lotion/gel/spray/foam.

I took the suggestion of Jezebel Shuvani and checked out Bath and Body Works. Unfortunatly I found myself shopping at the completely wrong time of year, and the local stores didn’t carry the lotion she had suggested. I happened to have been at an outlet mall a week later, and picked up a different product by the same company.

True Blue Spa makes some awesome self tanners!!

http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/search/index.jsp?kwCatId=&kw=tan&origkw=tan&sr=1

Their lotions are thick, so if you do look into it I suggest applying then wetting your hands and smoothing everything over.

Besides tanning, you can also contour your belly as you would your face.

Using a bronzer a few shades darker then your natural skin tone, run a blush brush up the center of your belly and on the sides. Be sure to blend the bronzer in well!!!

I’ve run out of thoughts for now, but I’m very interested in hearing what others do to make themselves comfortable. Feel free to weigh in on this topic, and let others know what works or what hasn’t worked for you!

Being a Goddess Pt1

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And by Goddess, I mean the sizing they sometimes use for plus sized dancers.

At one point in time, I liked how they used “Goddess”. Because what are Goddess known as? Things of beauty, grace, power…And then the term started to bother me. I’m not sure why…maybe because it was like the clothing makers and vendors were trying too hard to make bigger items sound more appealing to plus sized women? I don’t know. Or because when one thinks of a diety, they think of something that encompasses all…I mean…my ass is big, but I don’t think it encompasses the entire world.

Anywho…

I’ve never been small…Well…that’s not completely true. There was a time when I was about 7 that I was your average sized child. I think I’ve pinpointed that time in my life for when things started to change for me. With out giving away too much about my personal life, I’ll just say it’s when I started to really figure things out in my family. I remember something my Nana always used to say to me…”Have some more spaghetti. It’ll make you feel better.” and “You’ll feel better when you have something to eat.” If it wasn’t spaghetti, it was a devil dog, or a cupcake, or jello, or ice cream. Somehow I think that whole feed the pain to make it go away thing is what led to me being overweight and my food addictions.

My weight became a real issue in middle school. I think that was the real turning point. Even now when I’m depressed or sad or angry, I turn to food. It’s a constant struggle many of us are all too familiar with.

I’ve tried to loose weight more times then I can count. At least three times a year I try and go on some diet, that never really works. Or it does for a short time, and I gain it all back by the holidays. This year, no different. Although with all the stress in my life, I’ve managed to loose like 12lbs in a week…that coupled with the meds for my back, I was either on the verge of throwing up, or couldn’t keep anything in my body…anywho…

I’ve never let my weight hold me back. I’ve never had a problem dating, and I’ve always thought I was pretty confident…but still there’s times I step on stage even after dancing for going on 6 years, and I still think “I’m fat. And that’s what they’re going to see.”

A little known fact about me…I always feel like I have to try extra hard, be extra good, go the extra mile, have the best costumes, wear the best makeup, because if I’m not on the ball on all other points of dance, it just makes it all the more noticeable that I’m not a perfect wispy little thing.

I’m not looking for pity. I’m not. This is something I’ve worked through as a plus sized belly dancer since the minute I stepped into a dance class.

Somedays, I sit back and think “I wonder how amazing I could be if I just lost weight. People could see my ab work…would I be as amazing as Zoe Jakes? As Rachel Brice? If only I looked like they did?” I try hard to tell myself it doesn’t matter, but when I can feel my muscles move under my layer of pudge, I know the truth of it is…more then likely yes. I’d be an even better dancer if only I could knock off 30lbs.

So how do I get by? How does a plus sized dancer manage in a world where the sterotype is thin? Well…like most things in life…you learn to get the hell over yourself and push forward. If belly dance is what you love to do, then do it. Don’t let anyone stop you, and even though it’s hard, try not to let what people are thinking bother you…Easier said then done.

First, I think we all need to sit back, and open our eyes. Look at your dance sisters. We come in every shape, and every size. Next time you feel self conscious stepping onto a stage because of your figure, remember that odds are? You’re not the biggest girl in the room. And even if you are, so what? You’re fabulous. You’re fabulous because you’re getting up and showing a talent you’ve been working hard on.

Next, I think we need to know our flaws and learn to balance out our bodies if you’re uncomfortable with yourself. What do I mean? I think I’m trying to say that you need to find costumes that work for you, and makes you feel like a rock star. Dress for you. Wear what makes you happy both on stage and off.

Lets use my own body for an example of how I dress on stage to make myself happy.

I’ve no hips. I’ve never had hips. It’s like…Belly on sticks…with boobs. I’ve got a fantastic ass, and big boobs…but no hips. One of the things I do as a tribal dancer to make myself feel more comfortable is I build myself hips.

This is extreamly easy to do with tribal, gypsy, and any ATS style.

Ok…ready?? When wearing a skirt over pants, take the hem of your skirt on either side and tuck it into your belt. Example…

I feel like it helps make my waist look smaller, or at least gives me the curves I lack in the hip area. I feel like it balances my chest out. Am I right? I don’t care. My point is, it’s what works for ME.

So, that being said. Find a way that you can balance out your imperfections that works for you, and makes you feel good. You feel like your chest is small? Make yourself a tribal bra and pad it. We’re not going to tell. Feel like you’ve got no ass? Bustle your skirt or wraps in the back. You can use costumes to help build your ideal lines. Get creative. (I’ll go into more about this in pt 2)

Lastly…Find a way to get over yourself, and get yourself on stage. You are beautiful, and the world is waiting for you to dazzle them.

I’ve never had a bad reaction from the public. Not once. I’m always approached by women of all sizes and told how beautiful I am, and what a joy I am to watch. When you love your art, it’s beauty flows through you, and that’s what people see an connect with. I’m told I’m bold, and brave, I’ve never been told by an audience member I’m fat. And I hope that it’s because my performance put that thought out of their heads…even if it’s what they first thought.

But who cares? Fat is a physical description, it’s not a measure of your worth, beauty, or talent. It doesn’t make you less interesting to watch, or less of a performer.

My heart breaks a little when I hear women say they’d never have the confidence to get out there and perform. Belly dance is all about building your self confidence, and I’ll always understand when a dancer won’t get on stage and show off their hard work, but I still think it stinks. I think all women are lovely, and the world should see them dance proudly.

Just remember how beautiful you are.

Be Confident.

Be Bold.

Be a Rockstar.

And lastly, if you’re not sure on how to get over yourself? My advice is fake it till ya make it. Start saying how much you rock. When someone says “Hey, that was cool of you!” say “I know, I’m fabulous! Thanks!” and then laugh and smile. It lets them know you’re not really that full of yourself.  If you say something like that enough, you’ll start to believe yourself.