I am Comfortable Being Me

When I first started dabbling in outfit posts last year I mentioned that I wanted to use them to help motivate myself to lose weight and I was planning on using them as an online weight loss diary, tracking my progress between each post.

I had been putting off starting fashion blog posts as I felt as though I needed to be much skinnier, otherwise, I wouldn’t feel confident enough or I’d be embarrassed or ashamed of myself when it came to sharing the pictures. I obviously realised back then that this was stupid and started doing posts anyway, but something still wasn’t right.

I made sure that I took pictures at a specific, flattering angle and would only images where I was stood slightly to the side rather than face on. I edited them by upping the exposure, hoping to wash out any of my flaws.

My photo shoots were awkward and I felt uncomfortable, purely because I wasn’t expecting to like any of the photos anyway.

At the end of last year, I ended up deleting a couple of the posts I had done because every time I saw the pictures I hated how they had turned out and thought I wasn’t cut out to be a fashion blogger at all.

I wrote recently about falling back in love with my blog and I think along with that, I have started to learn to love myself too.

I’m not 100% happy with how I look, my health isn’t great and there is so much more I want to achieve but I am me, and I am proud of the things I have achieved.

I’ll even go as far as I saying that I think I am still cute, no matter what I weigh.

As my health is bad I do need to start focussing on being healthier, but I mention in my post about being kinder to myself, that doesn’t mean I will be going on a diet. I will be making better choices, based on what foods I know make me feel energised and good about myself.

And In the meantime? I am going to take outfit photos, be relaxed and be myself. 

What I’m Wearing

The photos in this post were taken in St James park after a weekend in London. I was visiting for #BlogConLDN as I was giving a talk on reaching out to brands and agencies. As it was a special occasion, I thought I’d treat myself to a new dress.

Most of the time I mooch in Primark until I find something that is loose enough to fit me, however lately I have been buying from plus size ranges and been finding that I am so much more comfortable.

Anyway, I fell in love with this floral maxi dress from the Boohoo plus range as it’s a little different to my normal style and something I always thought I wouldn’t be able to pull off. With my new attitude, I thought sod it, I’m going to wear what I want and I honestly felt amazing in it. I paired it with a cute little belt from Primark and some suede ankle boots to give off a bit of a boho vibe.

To begin with, my hair was straight too, but Scarlett had organised a hair braiding stand at the event and I thought it would be the perfect addition to the outfit.

Ashton and Amy made me feel so relaxed while taking photos, making my laugh and getting me to do different photos. I didn’t even care that I was in central London and hundreds of people must have walked past while we were shooting. I did mind the people trying to take selfies with us, though…

Also, a huge thank you to Ashton for taking the most AMAZING photographs. If you want to stalk more of her photography you should definitely visit her blog.

So, what are your tips for a newbie fashion blogger?

Kirsty Leanne

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6 Comments

  1. March 20, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Aw I LOVE this post hun! These pictures came out amazingly and you looked stunning in that dress - we need more outfits shoots together!
    Amy xx

  2. March 20, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    Girl, you look absolutely gorgeous in all of these photos! I love the ones of you stood in the daffodils - you look so happy and carefree. I also love this attitude that you’ve taken on towards fashion posts. I think your photos will come out looking so much more candid and natural now that you’re saying ‘sod it.’ I think this is the kind of mindset I need to adopt when having photos taken of myself - I’m not a fashion blogger, nor do I claim to be, but if I ever want to have a photo of myself on my blog, it takes a HELL of a lot of time for me to take one that I’m comfortable with sharing. I’ll get there one day!

    Olivia - The Northernist x

  3. March 21, 2017 / 11:06 pm

    That guy in the background though *insert eye emoji here*

    🙂

    Chichi
    chichi-writes.blogspot.co.uk

  4. March 22, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    Yay! Fantastic post - love your positivity. You are STUNNING, and you should love yourself!

  5. March 30, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    You look amazing Kirsty, I love the dress and braids combo! And good for you girl, you keep doing you, and blog that fashion, you’re off to a great start! 🙂

    Heather Xx
    100waysto30.co.uk

  6. April 12, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    I love that dress - the crisscrossing is beautiful. Well done, for taking a positive stand. Forget diets (there’s a clue in the word, about how bad they are…) and focus on getting active instead, think of calories more so like how you fuel your body ( energy) so the simple maths is, be more active, work up an appetite but fuel yourself with food that has high nutritional value. Seriously the whole diet industry has got it wrong.

    Keep doing!

    xxx