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In Praise of My Curves featuring Dia & Co

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been at war with my body and my appetite. I have gone on a diet or started a new fitness plan for every pound I am overweight. On days that I’m not dieting, I’m obsessing about ways to become thin or beating myself up for failing at the latest venture. Needless to say, this is not good for my self-esteem.  Unless I’m currently faithful and well into to whatever program I might be on, I’m hating on my body, the only body I have. In that mindset, the way I love myself is conditional. One slip and it’s gone. Conditional love isn’t really love at all.

When you don’t love yourself or your body, you cover yourself up and try to hide every inch and every curve. When you live in a small city, the already limited clothing options for plus size women are that much smaller. You grasp for any garment you can find that fits. You don’t want to be seen, so it doesn’t really matter what color it is or whether it flatters your shape. You look and feel sloppy. You look wistfully at those who wear cute outfits and begin once again to plan a strict regimen to lose weight. Then you will be happy, right?

In July, after seeing countless ads for Dia & Co, I decided to try the clothing subscription service catered to plus size women. It was all on a whim. I don’t know what it was about that evening, but I was tired of the clothes that I was wearing. It was getting hotter and I didn’t have enough cardigans or shrugs to go with my pants. Sometimes it’s good to go with your gut.

When my first box arrived, it had a dress. A dress that tied at the waste. It was pretty, but for a dress to look good on me, I thought it had to be a flouncy A line. I tried it on anyway. I looked in the mirror and I was not impressed with myself. Fat, fat everywhere. I sighed and then I walked out into the living room to show my husband. I will never forget the look on his face when he saw the dress. What I saw in the mirror was not what he saw. What he saw he liked. In that moment, I began to understand how wrong I had been. I went back into the bathroom and took another look. All of the sudden I felt really good. I wore that dress to work the next day and got nothing buy compliments. What 80s girl doesn’t like to be told she’s pretty in pink by her friends?

I followed Dia & Co on Facebook and Twitter. With that and my emails, I gathered ideas for things to ask for in my next box. Now that I’d found that pink dress, I wanted more. Then I got too excited for my next box and pressed the Get it ASAP button. What came in that box was priceless. It was a sleeveless dress that made me feel so beautiful, confident, and strong, that I didn’t care that it didn’t cover my arms. It came with a blazer anyway. It also looked really cute with my red Audies sandals. I was in love. It made me excited to go to work the next day (for the record, that’s currently no small feat). I got dressed and took the blazer with me, but it never left the car. I was too busy walking on air to remember to bring it in with me. Had I not been wearing that dress, I think I would have had a pretty frustrating day. I was wearing that dress, though, and everything just rolled off my back. I didn’t need anyone to tell me I glowed. I glowed inside myself for myself.

The night I wore my dress, I watched Dia & Co Live on Facebook. They talked about body confidence and showing your arms. They encouraged people to join the #DiaARMy. I found myself cheering about that. I’d done just that and never felt better. I only wished I’d taken a picture. So, I rectified that situation. I realized that having and wearing these stylish pieces of clothing that were made with my curves in mind made me too happy to beat myself up for what I was or was not eating.

This summer has been a summer of self discovery and body positivity. I’ve gone from why us Instagram to following so many gorgeous curvy women who have encouraged me to play with clothing and shoes (who knew?). Fashion is and can be for everyone. I am so thankful I responded finally to an add for Dia & Co on Facebook in July. My outlook hasn’t been the same since. I’m now waiting for my fourth Dia box. I’m feeling confident and that confidence has me working toward other positive changes in my life. Style and clothing truly can be transformational. If you’re a size 14 – 32 and think that that fashion isn’t for you, think again. Give Dia & Co a try. There’s a gorgeous world out there for you just the way you are!

 

The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory ~ Audiobook Review

Saturday I received a kind message on my blog’s Facebook page asking if I would update my Philippa Gregory in Chronological Order post. It had been two years since the last update, so I decided to unwind by catching up with what Gregory has published since the fall of 2015. In my 2015 update, I hadn’t read The Taming of the Queen yet. I couldn’t really remember if I had since then, either. I checked my Litsy account. I had and reading my posts about the audiobook brought it all back. That I couldn’t remember reading it off the top of my head says a lot. What I did think was captured pretty well on Litsy. I also captured my inconsistency with spelling Katherine Parr’s name. Here’s the breakdown:

Although my love affair with Philippa Gregory’s Tudor novels isn’t what it used to be, updating that post and rereading my Litsy thoughts made me want to write a blog post about the book. As far away as I seem to be these days from my blogging life, every so often I get drawn back in, if only for a little while. Philippa Gregory can still do that for me. She brings back those “I must post about this!” feelings of being a new blogger. I also used my two Audible credits to pick up Three Sisters, Three Queens and to preorder The Last Tudor. I still love listening to Bianca Amato’s narration (she never lets me down!) and I’m not ready to give up on Gregory or Henry VIII and crew just yet.

June Is Audiobook ~ Recent Audiobook Favorites and Giveaway

I am so happy to be today’s #loveaudiobooks host for the Audio Publishers Association’s 30 day June is Audiobook Month blog tour. I have been asked to highlight my five favorite audiobooks. As a host, I have a pair of earbuds and a code for three audiobooks (in an adorable carrying case that I am […]

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#LesMisLovesCompany Check In

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Les Mis Begin!

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APA Announces 2017 Audiobook Blogger of the Year Contest

For the third year in a row, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced their Audiobook Blogger of the Year contest. As the first recipient in 2015, I can tell you first hand that winning this contest was the highlight of my blogging career and definitely one of the most exciting experiences of my life. […]

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Announcing the 2017 Audie Finalists in the Multi-Voiced Performance Category

My favorite perk of being named the APA’s 2015 Audiobook Blogger of the Year is to help announce the Audie Finalists each year. It is such a treat! What better way to kick off Armchair Audies season, right? This year it is my great honor to present the #Audies2017 Finalists in the Multi-Voiced Performance Category. […]

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Literate Housewife Turns 10!

It’s hard to believe, but today my blog turns 10 years old. What began as a way to keep myself honest about reading 52 books in on year became the best habit I’ve ever picked up. It has added friends, great reads, great reads, audiobooks, author and narrator friends, and trips to New York and […]

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The Twilight Wife by A. J. Banner

The Twilight Wife by A. J. Banner Published by: Touchstone Published on: 12/27/2016 Page Count: 304 Genre: Fiction My Reading Format: ARC won from the publisher on Litsy Available Formats: Hardcover and eBook Summary from the Publisher: Thirty-four-year-old marine biologist Kyra Winthrop remembers nothing about the diving accident that left her with a complex form […]

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News of the World by Paulette Jiles ~ Audiobook Review

News of the World by Paulette Jiles Published by: William Morrow Published on: October 4, 2015 Page Count: 224 Genre: Historical Fiction My Reading Format: Audiobook Published by: Brilliance Audio Narrator: Grover Gardner Audiobook Length: 5 hours 58 minutes Available Formats: Hardcover, eBook, and Audiobook Summary from the Publisher: In the wake of the Civil […]

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