• Recap & Thoughts | #BeachBodyNotSorry 2016 •

• Recap & Thoughts | #BeachBodyNotSorry 2016 •

It’s already pretty cold outside but I still want to quickly talk about this year’s #BeachBodyNotSorry project and have a look at the beach outfits I wore this season. I kind of felt that plus-sized beach bodies were more present than ever in 2016. Of course there were a few very important moments like → Ashley Graham on the cover of “Sports Illustrated” or the most recent → “All Woman Project” launched by Clementine Desseaux and Charli Howard (featuring some amazing beach wear by Phylyda – I hope I can work with this brand next year!). But we also had bloggers showing their beach bodies everywhere and it makes me proud to say that I’m a part of this – again.

Unfortunately, this time I couldn’t show as many looks as → last year – on the one hand, there simply was a lack of new beach wear (I just didn’t want to wear everything again, but neither did I want to spend loads of money on new stuff – cause our summer in Germany isn’t long enough to hoard uncountable masses of bikinis and swimsuits), on the other hand, I missed almost 90% of our summer because I was very sick. Even beginning to shoot before the start of the official beach season wasn’t that helpful, so I only managed to do five looks (plus two “covered” beach styles, meaning: one with a kaftan and another one wearing transparent stuff over my bikini).

So let’s recap my #BeachBodyNotSorry looks of 2016…

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• Kaftan & Cupcakes •

• Kaftan & Cupcakes •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Kaftan: H&M+
Bikini: Rue 107
Sunglasses: geilgeilgeil.com “Berlin”
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Earrings: Dior “Gum Tee Shirt”
Bracelet: Hermès

Honesty.
That’s my message of today’s #BeachBodyNotSorry post.

I know how it feels to see bikini posts and ads with super slim models, with the thinnest of the plus models and loads of Photoshop. There are some who you just can’t identify with, others who you feel were just accepted for this ad because they’re plus but not (as I like to say) obviously plus. By the way: I want to state that I think that all of them are okay and there’s no need to body-shame them for being as they are – it’s not nice to say that they’re too skinny when they’re thin and it’s not nice to say that the plus models are not fat enough to be called plus. These ladies aren’t the ones to blame – if (!) you want to blame someone for using “wrong role models”, it’s the companies who decide that you can’t show fat girls in bikinis and if you do so, that they have to be totally photoshopped. We need to ask the brands and advertising people to give us more realness, bodies with their “flaws” and actual humans, not optimized photos. Just like last year, when Swimsuits4all started a small revolution by initiating the #BeachBodyNotSorry campaign with Denise Bidot and absolutely no Photoshop and it was absolutely amazing – and the reason why I started with my own #BeachBodyNotSorry project here on the blog: I want to show you one of so many different bodies that are good the way they are. It’s about seeing something “real” (and by “real” I mean “not modified” – because all bodies are real bodies!) and something that maybe some of you can relate to.

But there’s always that one thing which I keep hiding – my insulin pump. It’s not because I’m ashamed of it, but most of the time I feel like it ruins the whole composition of my looks. And usually it’s no problem to “hide” it – I wear it attached to my bra between my breasts or under dresses clipped onto the shorts I’m wearing underneath to avoid the horrible chub rub. It’s not that I’m trying to hide my chronic illness on purpose, it’s just that it’s not that fashionable. But then I thought: why not show my pump and share it with the world? I know there are many who think I have diabetes because I’m fat (oh, the favorite argument on the topic of fat people from people who actually don’t care – you’ll get diabetes!) and even though I keep explaining that I’ve got Type 1 (which means that I was born with it – and when I was 10, I had to start with insulin therapy), they just don’t care. Anyways – I don’t do this for people who hate me just because they want to hate me. I do it for people who feel like they need somebody to look up to. Someone who looks like them. With a major booty, a hanging belly, cellulite and stretch marks – and maybe also diabetes. Because not only my body, the surface, is a part of me, it’s also what’s inside and diabetes is a part of it. A few years ago, I wrote about my diabetes story (you can read it → here, but unfortunately only in German), today I want to show that wearing a pump is nothing to be ashamed of, even though there will always be people who look at you (but most times they’re just wondering if you’re a cyborg, haha!) or ask you weird questions, but that’s absolutely legitimate. Curiosity at least shows that someone’s interested in you, right? ;)

And since the introduction was about honesty: even though sometimes diabetes sucks, it’s not something I want to cry about – there are so many worse illnesses and diabetes is just super annoying because it’s always on your mind. But it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t stop me from doing anything and yes – I can eat everything, even sugar (diabetes is about carbs!). I just want to tell you honestly that if I get the chance to “hide” the pump, I’ll continue to do so if it just doesn’t look super fancy with my outfits, but if I can show it, I will show it. You should never be ashamed of what’s part of you, even if it’s something unpleasant. ♥

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• Naomie, Paige & Kenzo •

• Naomie, Paige & Kenzo •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Blazer: Kenzo
Top: Rue 107 “Naomie”
Skirt: Rue 107 “Paige”
High Heels: YSL “Tribute”
Hat: H&M Divided
Sunglasses: Dior “So Real”
Earrings: Dior “Mise en Dior”
Tribal Earrings
Bracelet: Hermès
Ring: YSL Arty Ring
Alternatives: ASOS skirt,
ASOS top, ASOS top,
Nina Shoes heels, ASOS hat,
Pieces sunglasses

Today’s look is all about that navy blue combo, consisting of the bralette and midi skirt. The skirt is extremely awesome, since it’s pretty heavy and therefore falls very nicely (and in one of the pictures it somehow even looks like culottes – and I like it!). The bralette can be worn differently, you don’t need to cross it in front, it’s actually a simple halterneck top, but I decided that for this look it looked even better crossed. :)

It was still pretty warm when we shot these pictures (in November, oops!), but already cold enough to need a jacket. The blazer was exactly what I needed that day (I’m actually a bit more unsusceptible to cold temperatures than average), but now it will definitely start to get warmer – depending on where you live or are right now. ;)

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• Sweet Fall •

• Sweet Fall •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Cardigan: H&M Trend
Crop Top: Rue 107 “Jonelle”
Skirt: Rue 107 “Molly”
Heels: Jumelles
Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Earrings: Dior “Mise en Dior”
Tribal Earrings
Bracelet: Hermès
Alternatives: Fashion Union cardigan,
ASOS heels, s.Oliver bag,
Rebecca Minkoff bag, ASOS earrings

I still have a few fall looks that I haven’t posted yet, so even though it’s already almost winter here, I don’t want to leave them unposted on my PC (by the way: yes, I do work on a PC, not a laptop – guess I’m not a typical blogger, huh?). Maybe where you live it’s still warm enough to use them as inspiration, and if not, just be creative and make them work for you (maybe with other boots, warm tights and a beanie?) or save them for next year. ;) There’s always a way! :)

That’s one of my #ruebabe looks I created with my surprise package from → Rue 107 – and again kind of a challenge, since cropped is not really the best choice in fall. But as I said: there’s always a way, and mine was to wear it with a chunky wool cardigan – cozy and warm, so don’t worry about the small stripe of skin! ;)

To be honest, I never would have chosen this skirt by myself – I’m not that “food on my clothes” kind of person, so my first thought was to just wear the shirt and store the skirt somewhere in my closet. But when I tried it on (I always do that before deciding – because everything [and everyone!!!] deserves a chance, and even though you may sometimes think that a piece isn’t made for you and won’t look good, it might become your best friend!), I really liked it. It’s cute and actually looks so nice in that combination (and especially the scenario with the colorful fallen leaves!), that I wouldn’t want to give it away! ;)

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