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[Werbung wegen Verlinkung] Before @junipalooza - during Junipalooza! (Nobody wants to see the after face, haha!)
The @sipsmith cab was a perfect place to try my first Sloe Gin! ♥️

[Werbung wegen Verlinkung] Before @junipalooza...

[Werbung wegen Verlinkung] Well, that escalated quickly! 🙆🏼‍♀️ From Daydrinking to coming back home at 6am... 🍸 Ich hatte gestern einen absolut bombastischen Tag beim @junipalooza (thx for the tickets!!) - so viel wunderbaren Gin hab‘ ich probiert, einige neue Favoriten gefunden, aber noch viel besser wurde es dann bei unserer privaten After-Junipalooza-Party mit neuen Freunden und definitiv grandiosen Cocktails mit @jandcs und @gtmixology (und Kevin und Jürgen 😂), für die ich mit Freude den begehrtesten Gin des Tages geköpft habe - den Rhubarb Gin von @warneredwards (absolut fantastisch!!). Mein All-Time-Favorite @skin_gin musste in der Hamburg-Edition in seiner Box mitkommen (weil: ist halt so), @niemandgin war eine spontane Erleuchtung direkt zu Beginn des Tages, @gint.premium.spirits ist wohl der Gin mit den meisten Umdrehungen und kommt aus Portugal, wo ich auch Familie habe und der Sloe Gin von @sipsmith ist einfach 👌🏻. Warum ich jetzt allerdings schon wieder wach bin, ist mir ein gewaltiges Rätsel... 🤔🤓

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Wish you were here. ♥️ #hamburgloveistruelove

Wish you were here. ♥️...

[Werbung wegen Verlinkung] THIS PARTY WAS A BLAST!!! 🎉 Ach, wie vermisse ich dieses Wochenende. Die Menschen! Die Show! Den Laufsteg! Die ganze Stimmung! Die @plussizefashiondays sind wirklich immer ein Highlight des ganzen Jahres. ♥️ Dieses Mal hab‘ ich ein bisschen mehr Zeit vor den Fotowänden verbracht und freue mich riesig, euch die wundervollen Menschen zu verlinken, die dabei waren. SO VIEL LIEBE!! ♥️♥️♥️ | 📷 @thomas_joedicke_photography und @kupferfux

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[Werbung wegen Verlinkung] Und hier kommt der zweite Teil meiner Runway-Looks! Die meisten Teile davon sind auch direkt nach der Show in meinen Besitz übergegangen, entweder dank eines großzügigen Geschenks der Marke (thx an @yoga_curves_hamburg @teamsugarshape @ca und @happysize_fashion!) oder weil ich dann doch mal wieder Lust auf Shopping hatte, haha! Ich muss auch echt mal erwähnen, dass ich alle meine Laufsteg-Outfits richtig toll fand! Von gemütlich und entspannt bis hin zu extravagant und aufregend war ja alles dabei und es ist so schön, dass die Marken sich auch wirklich Gedanken dazu machen, welcher Look zu den Models passt, um am besten zu wirken! ♥️ Habt ihr denn einen Favoriten bei meinen Looks gefunden? 😉 #PSFDays2018 | 📷 @thomas_joedicke_photography

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[Werbung wegen Verlinkung] Heute gibt’s endlich die erste Hälfte meiner @plussizefashiondays Looks vom Laufsteg! Das war schon ordentlicher Stress hinter der Bühne, aber ich bin stolz und glücklich, dass alles so toll geklappt hat! ♥️ Danke an @thomas_joedicke_photography für die vielen wunderbaren Fotos!! 😘 #PSFDays2018

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„A flower blossoms for its own joy.“ - Oscar Wilde • 
In Interviews werde ich eigentlich immer gefragt, ob ich einen Tipp habe, wie man selbstbewusst wird. Meine Antwort ist immer: hört auf, euch zu vergleichen! Immer ist irgendwer besser oder schlechter, aber davon sollten wir niemals unseren eigenen Wert abhängig machen. Anstatt uns auf Andere zu konzentrieren, was sowieso meist nur oberflächlich machbar ist, sollten wir den Fokus auf uns selbst setzen und glücklich mit dem sein, was wir haben und wer wir sind. Das zählt doch schließlich am meisten! Es geht nicht darum, sich mit anderen zu messen, sondern darum, zu erkennen, dass man, so wie man ist, gut ist. Selbstbewusstsein - das steckt schon im Wort: sich seiner Selbst bewusst sein. ♥️

„A flower blossoms for its...

[Werbung wegen Verlinkung] Grinsebacke vs. „mal ein bisschen posen“ - was gewinnt bei euch? 🤓 Das hier ist ein zusammengewürfelter PSFDays-Look: das Shirt mit der wunderbaren Message habe ich von der lieben @fancy.and.mood geschenkt bekommen (danke nochmal!), die Hose hatte ich auf dem Laufsteg an und musste direkt am nächsten Tag selbst bei @sueperbthelabel shoppen (übrigens gibt‘s bald noch ein paar Looks mit der Marke auf dem Blog!). Das Jäckchen war ein Glücksfund bei TK Maxx von @elietahari und die Boots kennt ihr mittlerweile, die sind von @31philliplim (und wird es jetzt dann ab Herbst ganz oft an mir zu sehen geben, ich liebe sie einfach).
Ich hatte heute übrigens einen halben Probearbeitstag, die zweite Hälfte steht nächste Woche an. Wo genau, verrate ich euch noch nicht, aber soviel: es hat was mit Mode zu tun und könnte doch ziemlich cool sein, zumindest hatte ich Spaß heute! 😊 Morgen steht dann noch ein Termin für einen zweiten Job an, auf den ich mich eigentlich auch sehr freue (also den Job, nicht den Termin, der ist leider nicht so cool, aber muss halt sein) und ihr dürft nochmal Daumen drücken. Jetzt muss ich dann rausfinden, wie ich das alles am schlauesten mache, weil unser Steuersystem irgendwie nicht so nett ist, wenn es um zwei Teilzeitjobs gehen soll. Falls hier Finanzprofis unter euch sind, freue ich mich über nen kleinen Tipp oder Hilfe, alles ist gern gesehen, ich bin nämlich selbst etwas überfordert mit so viel Bürokratie - ist wohl Teil meines #TimeToGrowUp-Lebens, das ich immer noch stark verfolge. Bald gibt’s da auch mal wieder was auf dem Blog. 😘✌🏻 #plussize #plussizeoutfit #plussizeblogger #luziehtan #celebratemysize #honormycurves #effyourbodystandards

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[Werbung wegen Verlinkung] Ich schulde euch ja noch meinen Aftershowparty-Look! Entschieden hab‘ ich mich für das wunderbare durchsichtige Kleid von @remiraylondon, das ich vor ein paar Jahren schon auf dem Blog gezeigt hatte. Ich trage darunter ein Lingerie-Set von @agentprovocateur und dazu meine Boots von @31philliplim (hohe Schuhe waren nicht mehr machbar, haha!) und ein Täschchen von @gucci. Das Thema mit dem Cabaret hab‘ ich ja ziemlich ernst genommen, auch an Tag 2, wollte aber gerne einen persönlichen und modernen Touch mit reinbringen und hoffe, dass mir das gelungen ist. 🤓 Durchsichtiges Kleid, ja, das ist nix für jeden Tag, aber wo, wenn nicht bei den @plussizefashiondays kann man das tragen? 😉 Ich freu‘ mich schon auf die offiziellen Fotos und das Video und dann gibt‘s natürlich auch einen Blogpost zu den #PSFDays2018 - same procedure as every year! ✌🏻 Und weil ich das im letzten Post gar nicht gemacht habe, möchte ich mich in diesem hier unbedingt noch bei all den lieben Menschen bedanken, die mich nach der Show und auch am zweiten Tag angesprochen und mich regelrecht mit Komplimenten überhäuft haben - das war so, so lieb von jedem einzelnen von euch und ich freue mich so unglaublich über eure lieben Worte!! Das bedeutet mir wirklich ganz viel und macht mich sehr glücklich! Danke, dass ihr immer so wundervoll zu mir seid! ♥️ Ich hoffe, keiner war eingeschüchtert oder so und hat sich nicht getraut, mich anzusprechen, weil ich wirklich gerne mit euch rede! Ohne euch wäre das ja alles auch nur halb so schön! 😘😘😘 #plussize #plussizeoutfit #plussizeblogger #luziehtan #celebratemysize #honormycurves #effyourbodystandards

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[Werbung wegen Verlinkung] Dinge, die passieren, wenn ich eine Krone finde: ich setze sie auf, zusammen mit der passenden Attitüde (Queen B who?), lasse mich damit fotografieren, stolziere damit eine Stunde lang rum und kaufe sie am Ende. 👸🏼 Die @plussizefashiondays sind vorbei und ich bin nicht mehr ganz so königlich, sondern eher zombiehaft, haha! Die drei Tage waren wie immer aufregend, emotional, anstrengend, voller Freude, Liebe und Adrenalin. Es ist wie ein riesiges Klassentreffen, teilweise fühlt es sich oft wie eine große Familie an. Ich weiß ja nicht, wie das so aussieht, wenn man uns zuschaut, aber wir wuseln da hinter dem Laufsteg so gestresst und gleichzeitig so positiv aufgeregt rum und es ist so ein grandioses Gefühl, die ersten Schritte ins Rampenlicht zu machen und euch die wunderbaren Looks präsentieren zu können. Für mich war das jetzt das 4. Mal bei den PSFD und es werden jedes Mal mehr Walks. Dieses Mal durfte ich 11 Mal nach vorne laufen und hussa, das war schon heftig! Aber es lohnt sich so, so sehr! Mit meinen 1,60 m bin ich ja eigentlich zu klein zum Modeln, daher bin ich umso dankbarer für diese Möglichkeit und dass die Marken mich tatsächlich auch auswählen. Danke. Danke für alles! Danke an @kurvenrausch, danke an @chrisfan3, danke an all die Helfer und danke an dieses wunderbare Team an großartigen Menschen! ♥️ | 📷 @wundercurves.de

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• #BeachBodyNotSorry | Zenaya •

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Today’s #BeachBodyNotSorry look is a bit different – first of all, because we shot it in the studio, so there’s no beach or pool around. But I think that’s okay, because it’s mainly about the message I want to spread with my annual project. :)

You may remember the project I shot last year with Sung-Hee, called “Female Diversity”, for which I posed naked – I used them for → this very personal blog post. This time, we went for clothing, even though most of the results are in lingerie. We’ve decided to work on underwear shots that are not primarily supposed to be sexy and/or erotic, which is not that easy to shoot when you’re wearing hot stuff, but I think we created some amazing pictures and you will get to see a few of them in some upcoming posts (still has to fit somehow, right?). 

I think, this one is my last #BBNS post for 2018, cause I won’t really be able to shoot that soon – there’s still some chaos because of moving, I really need to find a photographer and I didn’t bring new stuff to shoot. It’s gonna be interesting how everything will develop, blog-wise. And I hope that next year, I’ll be able to show you more beachwear again. 

Today’s photos are a bit different than the others I’ve been using for my project, but I think that’s just what makes them even more special and interesting. Sitting as a fat woman is so often a problem for many, but why is that? Just because we look even fatter when we sit and our bellies keep rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ (I had to… :D)? Everybody has belly rolls when they sit. Everybody looks a bit more like a little Buddha while sitting, especially all crippled on the floor at the beach. What’s the use of deciding not to sit down cause people could see you’re fat? Is it really worth it to try and hide yourself with all forces? Whether you’re standing or sitting, you’re still the same person and when you’re fat, you’re fat. That is that. Nothing bad about this, nothing to be ashamed of. It’s just a fact. And it’s still just an adjective. Even if you can see it and others can see it too. People who actually believe that they have any right to say something, should rather go eff themselves. Maybe we, the fat people, should actually start answering this instead of being ashamed and feeling sorry for our existence, even if that’s not polite at all. But is it polite to tell someone else he or she is disgusting? Or laugh about them? Or point at them with your fingers and whispering something to your friends? Think about it. And then choose to spread some love instead. Did I just contradict my own idea of telling mean people to go eff themselves? YES, I DID. Because: maybe smiling at them and wishing them a lovely day is a better answer to hate. And maybe it makes them think about the shit they just did. Maybe it will change their day, their view on other people. Maybe it won’t change nothing at all. But know that you just proved that you’re not on their low level of no acceptance and no tolerance. And that’s waaaay better. ♥

Photos: Sung-Hee Seewald

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• Time to grow up | I – Previously on… •

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You know that situation – after 8 years in a relationship you get kicked via WhatsApp (very short version of my break-up) and then you’re kinda lost with your 27 years – on one hand, because you’re desperately sad, on the other hand, because you somehow got used to that other person and living together with him. You already know what happened → after the break-up, and I’m proud that I’m able to say that I fought my way back into life. I worked hard on my anxiety, created a → bucket list and already checked off a few things, and I had a big goal: coming back to Hamburg.

I finally reached that goal last Sunday and now I’m diving deep into a new adventure. Growing up. With 28. Truth is: I stand by what I’ve done in my life and I stand by my decisions and who I am – but I don’t think that I’m actually grown-up yet (well, when are you?). I had a very sheltered childhood, always felt safe and then ended up in a long-term relationship – I’ve never been alone and I had always got it made, first from my parents, then from my now ex. And then I got thrown into ice-cold water and rescued myself back to my mom and dad – I think that’s a logical reaction, if you’re forced to leave the appartment in which you were living together and can’t find an own place that fast and cannot afford the costs because – and that’s what happens if a blog is also based on pictures – your job is ruined after a separation.

• Recap | June •

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Yay, we made it through the first half of the year! June is over and it was the most exciting month for me – because it brought the best news ever. I won’t torture you, so here’s the biggest news ever: I’m finally going back to Hamburg! It’s going to be a huge adventure for me and actually a part of my → #SingleBucketList, because I’m being kind of spontaneous and I’m doing new things. I’ll be moving in with a friend at first, we’re gonna share a flat and I’ll have a small room, so it’s gonna be a little bit like last year when I had to leave my stuff behind and could only bring the important things and my cat – that’s exactly what I’m gonna do again. I’m leaving most of my possessions at my parents and am currently packing my stuff for Sunday, when I’ll do another huge thing: I’m driving by car to Hamburg, which means about 6-7 hours of driving alone (with my cat who likes to leak out of all his holes in the car, so the smell is gonna kill me and we’re gonna have to take a shower together afterwards, haha!). I was always very afraid of that, but driving more after 7 years of not driving, kind of got me back at not being a bundle of fear in the car anymore. So I’m gonna do this and I’ll be insanely proud of myself when I arrive safe and sound at my old new home with my friend. I’m so happy and thankful that she gave me this possibility cause it will definitely make things easier for me to find my own place when I’m around. So here’s a little asking for help: if you know someone or anything about a flat – let me know! I’m happy for any tips!

And another exciting story: I found a job! I’m not gonna tell you yet which job I found, but if everything works out and I’m definitely in, you’ll be the first to know, promise! I went to Hamburg for a trial work day and it was so cool, I really loved it and had a lot of fun, so I can’t wait to start my new work! Of course, I’ll continue blogging, but as you already noticed, it’s not that easy to make it happen like all those years before. Plus, as you read in → my latest Private post, I don’t wanna be that shallow anymore, so I feel like the new me will need a new blog, somehow. I’ll have to find out how to work on the outfit posts, will have to find a new photographer (and will miss the amazing friend I made here, → Jacqueline, who took amazing pictures of me while being here!) and I want to start writing more, share stories with you and maybe also write more about Hamburg, places I love, experiences I’ll make with this new start. I’m so looking forward to all this! ♥

June also had another amazing experience for me: I went on my first real vacation. You know, I’ve → already been in Brazil before but, to be honest, that’s no vacation since it means spending time with my family. As much as I love my family, it’s super stressfull, plus Brazil really makes me nervous because it’s such a dangerous place, so that’s not really “going on a vacation”. So, it happened in the beginning of June that I kind of felt like doing something crazy and decided to go to Stockholm for five days. I found cheap flights and a nice hotel and booked my vacation in under five hours. It felt so incredible to do it, especially because I’ve always loved Scandinavia – when I was around 15 years old, I wanted to learn Finnish because I was a huge fan of the band Rasmus and that’s how my love for Finland began, but I also really liked Sweden, so when I saw this nice offer, I just went for it and flew to Stockholm on the 21st. I had a great time there, found a new friend but also spend time alone and overcame my fear of almost everything: I took the subway on my own, walked around unknown places alone, I even rented a car with my friend and drove it (so crazy – a year ago I was actually afraid of driving in Hamburg!), went for lunch and also dinner alone,… and I saw so many amazing locations, including a lovely lake where I spent a perfect summer day at. I’ll definitely come back again! ♥

And my last appointment of June was the last session with my therapist. I really have to say that this was the most amazing thing I’ve done in the twelve months. Such a good decision to start a therapy and getting help! I can only repeat how important it was for my development, especially after the break-up but also for my whole existence. It’s unbelievable how fearful I was, that I didn’t do anything anymore and how scared I was of living a normal life. It’s so amazing to see the progress I made, how many wonderful things I’ve done – from starting to drive again to going out on my own and even going all the way to a city where I’ve never been before, just to see a concert – alone. I’m proud of myself. And it makes me the happiest person ever to be able to say that. ♥

• Private XXIV | Different •

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I want to be different. Don’t get me wrong, this is not going to be an “I’m so much better than the others” or “I’m such a special snowflake” post – but it’s going to be an honest one telling you that the current image of plus-size bloggers and/or influencers does not make me happy. In fact, I’m pretty annoyed right now by the whole way of appearance the business chose to go for. And I’m annoyed by the fact that I’m somehow a part of it.

I am definitely not prudish or pedantic, but I believe that the whole current “sex sells” thing is kind of becoming too much and also not really helpful for how plus-size actually wants to be seen by the world. We keep asking for acceptance and tolerance and at the same time there are so many of my colleagues posting clearly sexual, sometimes even pretty cheap-looking pictures or videos of them on Social Media, obviously looking for attention and craving for followers – not or just partly for the actual body positivity movement.

Yes, I myself have also already posted lots of photos of myself in underwear, even naked, and I’m a true believer that it has to be and is a part of body positivity and empowerment to love and also show yourself in a sexy way. But I feel like it’s kind of getting out of control and becoming a provocation and show-off instead of an actual statement.

I believe that sexuality and also pictures showing that fat people are sexy and have sex are important. These pictures have to be seen as well as skinny peoples’ sexuality in order to change something. The media needs women “like us” to show themselves the same way as skinny women in ads and on international catwalks. The world needs to see women of all kinds, without the “magic” of Photoshop but with the power of self-love and self-confidence that empowers other women to understand that they are amazing just the way they are. There is no need to look like a model, no need to try to look like an unrealistic ideal, no need to change yourself and force yourself into something you’re not. This also applies to disabled bodies, trans bodies and any other body that does not reflect our society’s ideal body type – the skinny and photoshopped one.

But I also believe that plus-size women can be and are so much more than just sexy. I believe that we don’t need to show ourselves all of the time in underwear or naked or upload provocatively sexual pictures when especially on Social Media the actual feedback comes mostly from very disgusting examples of men who don’t even give a fuck about our [body positivity] message but keep telling us how hot we are and then sending us dick pics or harassing us in any other way, while there might be only a handful of women who do think that this is awesome, but still too brave, so they say that they’d never do this cause they’re afraid.

You guys know how important body positivity is to me. And this post is not supposed to shame my blogging and instagramming colleagues. Still, I want to be different. I don’t want to be a part of the “sex sells” movement. Because I feel that I don’t belong to that kind of movement anymore. I don’t wanna promote body positivity by being naked all the time. By shaking my boobs in front of a camera. By showing my naked butt fullsized on a picture. By typing trivial quotes under racy pictures of myself I’d only send to my imaginary boyfriend.

I want to keep writing texts, inspiring and motivating you through words and an actual message.

Of course I’ll still be posting some underwear pictures from time to time. Just because they’re a part of it and because I’m a firm believer that we have nothing to hide as plus-size women. I know that “sex sells” will always be a thing and that’s fine – it’s been like that since what feels like forever and that’s okay. I just don’t feel like being a part of that. I’m actually annoyed that I’ve been a part of that superficial and hollow subculture. Being a fashion blogger is indeed a pretty hollow job if you don’t make it special enough by having a message. And of course, it’s also okay to be one without having a message – you don’t always have to have something to say and it’s not always about being a role model. I’ve never really seen myself as one, even though I know about the responsibility I have by posting pictures of me – however they look like. I know that I want to empower other women (and all genders/identities), I know that I want to motivate and inspire people. Show that being fat is not a problem or the end of the world. You are what you make of it. It’s on you to choose your way. And I chose mine.