Saturday, April 28, 2012

you are beautiful in your own skin

this is a somewhat controversial post, that I hope plenty of you can sink your teeth into. (do not bite too hard, this is not a debate).
let me start by saying that I am 5'8'' and weigh 130lbs. These past few months I've been gaining weight; however I have been working on my flirty girl fitness as well so it has kept the gained weight at a minimum which luckily for me has been shoved to my boobies and arms as opposed to my mid-section where 95% of females get weight gain the most. I have went up an entire bra size, and most of my shirts flaunt my newfound cleavage amaaaaazingly. and guess what ?? i am LOVING IT. It's even better on my period days.. mplants for free for five days ;D

before this weight gain, I'm pretty sure you would have taken one look at me and said "She is too thin", and let me tell you, in some aspects I probably was. i had a bitch say i have a body of a 10 year old boy, but that was obviously an overstatement considering i have more curve than she did. but despite what I (or she) saw, I had a small B-cup chest and my waist was so tiny it made my lower half look way bigger than it really was. It was as if I had a Pear shaped body, and that's not exactly what I'd call attractive.

"why don't I have boobs like my friends do?" "why do all my bones poke out at every angle?" "where are my hips?" "why am I so skinny?"

I absolutely HATED hearing my friends say things like this about themselves..but i realized i was right there doing the same. I'd also like to point out, I in no way, shape, or form have ever had an eating disorder, those of you who know me, will know I eat whenever I like and whatever I like. instead of small meals every three hours, i ate full course meals twice a day. i love eating-- i eat when im sad, mad, upset, any emotion it is i feel i can eat it. lol it didn't help my boyfriend is an amazing cook and loved cooking for me.

...yet why was I so incredibly skinny?
The answer here is simply "metabolism". my metabolism is what i'd like to call "super metabolism". For those of you who don't know what metabolism is, it's basically a chemical reaction that happens in all your organs to help maintain life.--in non scientific forms, the rate at which your body burns calories and breaks down fat. having a high metabolism means that it is impossible for me to put on weight, and maintain that added weight. my body breaks down fat and burns calories at a fast rate. Now I know for a fact, that many of you will be reading this thinking "Shut up rica, I'd absolutely LOVE to have a high metabolism"..but let me tell you, it's not all it's cracked up to be.

I tried to put on weight, it was almost impossible. It also made me feel like crap. think the reverse of a diet. I was essentially eating fatty foods to try and put weight on; therefore feeling groggy, tired and miserable. i know that is pretty stupid of me to do, but you don't think clearly when in that state of mind. you always hear about larger people going through a tough time trying to lose weight, slim people can go through just as much of a tough time trying to put it on, but nobody ever really thinks of that.

"Are you anorexic", "you need to put some weight on", "You are a bag of bones", "why are you so boney", "why are you so skinny", "get some meat on your bones", "are you okay?"
all this you would kind of expect from curious school children, but what astonishes me, is that every day adults even still ask me these things. People I don't know do it the most. quite strange as now that i have put on the almost 15lb weight gain, my boobs (of a generous size), hips, and this phat bottom ive always had always made me think i have filled out quite noticeably. Yet people still think it's okay to say these things? would you say these things to someone who was noticeably larger than the average person? would you tell a mother of multiple children who is trying to lose weight she needs a lot more to go even if it was the truth? no, you just don't. it's not nice and can truly damage a person in ways you would never expect.

"Are you obese?", "You need to lose weight", "You are a big bag of fat", "why are you so fat?", "You need to get some meat off those bones of yours", "Are you..okay?"
i hate that we have a BODY MASS INDEX, that we must all live by? who cares if i'm "slightly" below average, who cares if you're slightly above it? As long as you feel happy in the skin you are in, is that not all that matters? Yes, I may seem smaller and skinnier than the average person, but I'm happy at the moment.
I recently got upset by someone i know approaching me and saying "you are SO skinny". For a start...how the hell do you even respond to something like that? I think I just stood with my mouth open, wondering what on earth made it okay to say something like that? What was going on in this person's mind? I eventually just walked away. Sometimes saying nothing is the best thing to do. This person then returned to say "You need to put some weight on..no seriously". uhmm excuse me !? legit i was at first very embarassed, and secondly ready to slap the bitch. would this person have said the same thing to a fat person? more than likely not because a. the fat person would probably plow the shit out of her lol and b. because calling someone fat is seen as an insult, but when it comes to skinny people..is apparently acceptable? I think commenting on anybodies weight is unnaceptable. Who are you to judge someone by the size of them?

"That person is fat, they must eat nothing but mcdonalds and sit on their arse all day"
"That person is skinny, she probably has an eating disorder and needs help"
It's really not fair. nobody ever takes into account genes, metabolism, bone structure, medical problems. there are thousands of reasons people are how they are, and why people are the size they are. the above statements may be true in some cases, but for the majority, it's probabaly not.
soooo is calling someone skinny really acceptable? or, do you agree with me that it's just as insensitive as calling someone fat? As a naturally skinny person, I can tell you that it's not very nice being called out for being "too skinny", especially as i tried so hard to put weight on, and wanted so desperately to be "of average size" as I was growing up. It's a bit of a touchy subject but one I wanted to address.
moral of the story --I don't really think it's ever acceptable to comment on anybody's weight, skinny or fat. Why should you ever be allowed an opinion on someone else's body or way of life? You can think it in your head, but the minute you open your mouth it becomes very dangerous, that is of course unless you are opening your mouth to give a compliment, by all means do this. haha.

Kim Kardashian is considered the most beautiful girl in the US. I think this is amazing because she is considered to be very curvy, and commonly referred to as overweight. I love that we are still able to find beauty in an 'overweight' person. As much as she annoys me and as much personality she lacks, she is a gorgeous girl and I feel she represents girls with curves very genuinely. Another girl I think of when I think of Kim K is Tyra Banks.
If YOU are happy with the way you look, that's all that matters, and if you aren't, chances are you are doing something about it and working towards something you know you will make you happy.

Everybody is different, and nobody is perfect. It would be a very boring place if this wasn't the case.

xox rica

Monday, April 09, 2012

new trends i'm admiring

hello my lovelies!

since i've been working at this new job, i have enjoyed everything that has come with it. the people, the atmosphere, etc is so great. not to mention the male employees do not attempt to get in my pants.

Speaking of the female employees, about 80% of them are absolutely gorgeous and what I have noticed about the girls here at this salon is that they are very trendy, and always dress to impress. as opposed to some salons like Great Clips or Supercuts lol Some of the outfits and accessories they wear are things I have would've never considered to wear before, or things I would’ve thought looked tacky. lately, they've been rocking some incredible garments lately, and i wanted to address the trends i have been admiring lately.

For a lot of girls, having the most sparkles and the biggest boobs are top priority on their to do list. I like to wear things that are cute and sexy, but also functional. By functional, I mean I  like to be able to bend over and pick up a pen without having my panties show or my top go so far up my back you see my bra strap, etc.

Here are some examples:








i saw a lot of cute headbands at www.shopmasons.com for very cheap price, and a lot of good deals when buying multiple ones at once.













Rhinestone jewelry at www.ureternity.com, where i found most pieces very reasonably priced, and they all looked VERY pricey... which is a-okay in my book :))







I do own a few flower head bands but they are kind of non compliant with my silky hair, they fall off/out of place often and just annoy me.. so I’d rather save them for shopping trips or a lunch date with a friend where i can pause and adjust them every other hour or so. I have not tapped into the rhinestone jewelry craze but I love the way it looks on some girls, girls

i'll be the first to admit i am not big on having the latest trends in my closet, I do not care to be"in" or what not. i have my own unique style, and wear things that suit my taste and that i think will look good on me, not what others think. Nor am i one to spend oodles and oodles of money on an item or service i consider ridiculously priced.

my favorite word is clearance & i can never pass up a great deal. therefore stores that i really enjoy shopping at are outlet malls, stores like discovery and dots, any thrift store lol which are both excellent discount stores as well. I like TJ Max more, as Marshall's seems to be a bit more pricey; however, their purses are just darling! However when I do have the money to spend, or if someone like my mom is treating me to a shopping spree-- Bebe, Guess, Express, Forever 21, Wet Seal, Charlotte Russe, etc are the stores at the top of my list.

Another trend that has been no secret since they first came into fruition is hair extensions !!!



this is a trend that i think any girl can rock, and itll look bomb! Of course for a female, having the edge is very important;; and Hair extensions are definitely my thing. I swear by the Euronext brand that is sold at Sally’s Beauty Supply. They are real human hair, easy to style, and you are able to unclip them at the end of the night as opposed to spending hundreds to have them glued directly into your hair. I have very long hair as it is, but it's more on the thin stringy side. i have a lot of it, so it looks thick, but when it comes to styling-- it's just not there. lol So therefore I use the extensions to add volume and help with different styles.



i suggest reading magazines is a great way to check out latest styles, see how the stars dress, and wear their hair and make up. i just love to read cosmopolitan mags and see the new trends, check out my little collection i got going.. hehe =p i also love glamour and allure, etc i'm still undecided about Vogue...i don't think i'd ever spend my own money on buying an issue.. even though i am not that into fashion i still consider it interesting as to what pieces come around especially ones that were popular in the 70s and 80s or the past itself.


history does repeat itself my friends :)




so if any of my readers have any new trends they are trying, let me know in a comment!! i would love to hear how other girls rock out. < 3

xox rica

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