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Outfit Of The Day | Flashback Jeans

I really cant tell you when last I’ve worn or even owned a pair of jeans that aren’t skinny jeans. That said Ive been on the hunt for some nice ripped jeans for Autumn and Winter. I came across this pair of high-waisted “flashback jeans” in Cotton On the other evening. They’re cut wider around the hips and thighs and then they narrow down into a slim fitted leg. It took a bit of getting used to, as Ive been so used to wearing skinny jeans but I actually really love these, they’re comfortable and loose fitting without being too bulky or baggy.

Im quite short so Ive been stuck in the mindset that looser fitting clothing will make me look dumpy and out of proportion, and this is why I have always worn tight fitting jeans. I saw this post http://www.womenyoushouldknow.net/powerful-images-show-actual-imprints-left-skin-women-wear/ and it really changed the way I see myself and how I think about the clothes I choose to wear.

Here’s an outfit I put together with my new jeans, IMG_7438 Grey top – Cotton On – R128

Flashback Jeans – Cotton On – R499

Pink Lace tank – Pick n Pay clothing – R90

Gold TOMS shoes – R299

Love Quartz x

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Going Vegan | My Eating Journey

IMG_6029 I’ve been vegetarian for a LOOOOONGG time now, from as far back as I can remember I just could not break the link between loving animals and seeing them as a food source. I have also never liked the taste of fish or red meats. My transition to becoming vegetarian did not happen over-night and it was a slow process for me. Ive also got a few food allergies and intolerance’s.

At first I just ate whatever I liked, and dealt with feeling crap for the next few days about it. It’s only been very recently that I have decided to look carefully at what I put into my body and if it’s really worth feeling shitty for the next few days. This is absolutely not about dieting or loosing weight. This was simply about finding food that I loved eating, and food that made me feel good and happy about eating.

through this process I discovered that the biggest thing making me feel so sick was dairy and milk products, so I cut them all out immediately. For me it made sense to go vegan from then on. Ive always been vegetarian and I don’t eat eggs, and now no dairy too, so thats vegan for me.

It has been an easy change so far from vegetarian to vegan. Ive been conscious about what I eat and the effect it has on my body, my moods and my emotions. I have found that when I eat badly, my body feels sick and tired, this drags my mood down and I end up feeling quite anxious or depressed. I then am more prone to panic attacks and these make me feel even more tired and sad. This all really isn’t worth the milkshake or ice-cream that may have caused it.

I also struggle with low iron, but I am allergic to the iron tablets (go figure?) This means that I need loads of iron in my diet, for this I have been having a teaspoon of Spirulina powder in my smoothies or over my cereal each day. I cannot express how much of a change this has made, I am feeling stronger and much much healthier with this addition to my diet.

I don’t really want to go into any more reasons for my becoming vegan, and I didn’t want to ramble on and bore anyone so I will stop here. I had just hoped that this may help someone out there who is struggling through some similar problems.

I am so glad I am now in control of my diet, it has given me control on almost every aspect of my life, I feel healthier, and the extra energy makes me feel happier, and this leads to less sad or anxious days.

Love Quartz xxx

Dear 14 Year-old Courtney | Letters to myself

I’ve decided to write down some of the things I wish I had known when I was in my young teens, or at least had a bigger sister to tell me about. So here I am, at the ripe old age of 19, putting on the “big sister” shoes for everyone who reads this, and maybe it helps you out a little bit.

Dear Young Teen Courtney,

Firstly, it is ok not to fit in! You’re going to spend so much time, energy and emotion fighting against who you really are, just let that go. You do not need to be anyone but yourself, you are you for a reason. As soon as you are true to yourself, real, honest and genuine friends will find their way to you. Friends who love you for who you are and not for who you are trying so desperately to be.

Second, accept your physical flaws, you have flaws and so does everyone else. Love the body you have because it’s never going to change, no matter how much you wish it would. Everyone is beautiful in their own, unique ways and that’s what makes us all special. You have massive feet, a gangly looking body and a few years down the line, you still don’t have any curves, but that does not need to make you feel insecure or ugly.

You also refuse to show your legs or your arms because people make comments about how pale and slender you are, you are only spiting yourself by sweating away in summer with long pants and long sleeve shirts on, silly! Who cares what other people think, embrace your glow-in-the-dark skin tone and be happy with it. Self tanner isn’t going to work well for you, you’ll end up a weird orange colour, and that’s even worse.

Remember that everyone has good days and bad days, and you won’t love yourself, or your body every day, but work on trying to accept it, flaws and all, you’ll be much happier for it. I know it’s difficult at first, but try to remember the things you get compliments on and focus on those parts first.

Love , 19 year-old Courtney.

xx