• Crop Crop •

• Crop Crop •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Cardigan: Via Appia Due
Bustier: H&M Trend
Capri Jeans: Via Appia
Belt: Vintage
Sandals: Isabel Marant
Hat: H&M Divided
Earrings: Dior “Mise en Dior”
Tribal Earrings
Bracelet: Hermès
Ring: YSL Arty Ring
Alternatives: New Look Inspire cardigan,
Mochi crop top, Cheap Monday jeans,
ASOS jeans, ASOS belt,
Jessica Buurman sandals, Catarzi hat,
ALDO earrings, New Look ring

Not much time ago, there was this scandal about Oprah Magazine talking about crop tops and saying that you should feel free to try them “if (and only if!) you’ve got a flat stomach”. It caused a major shitstorm and made many – especially plus-sized – girls post pictures of them wearing crop tops with the hashtags #rockthecrop #pullingofacroptop #ifandonlyifiwantto. I joined this movement on → Instagram (and → Facebook) because I think that it’s not okay to tell someone what he or she is allowed to wear. That’s arrogant in many ways and not the right way for a magazine to give tips on how to dress.

I’m not willing to dress for anyone, especially not for total strangers. I dress for myself, wear what I like in this exact moment. And if that’s a crop top, I’ll wear it. Just like in this post today. I’m not wearing it to say: “Hey, I’m fat and I’m wearing a crop top!”, it has nothing to do with being a rebel. The thing is: I saw this top online, fell in love with the colors and the design and had to get it.
I enjoyed wearing it and while we were shooting the pictures – in front of many people – no one looked at me and had to throw up or told me that I was disgusting. No one came up to me and said that I should only wear a crop top with a flat tummy. No one was horrified and ran away.

What I want to say: when you wear what you want and add the right attitude (feel good!), nobody will ruin your day. Of course there might be some people looking at you, but always remember: some might be surprised, maybe because they don’t see fat people wearing such beautiful clothes that often (sadly!), maybe because they think you’re gorgeous, maybe because they wish they weren’t afraid of doing the same. Sure, some will look and shake their heads, giving you that evil look and making you feel like you’re a major piece of shit, but do you really want to take these strangers seriously? Will you let them tell you what you’re allowed to wear? Do you really want to depend on their opinion? Choose your daily look according to their wishes? Do you really want to dress yourself for a stranger? I’m sure the answer is: no.
You don’t have to wear a crop top, you don’t have to prove to anyone that you can rock a crop top. If you don’t like them, nobody’s forcing you to wear them. Just wear whatever you want, but please don’t listen to such bullshit tips that tell you how to dress – you’ve got your own mind, use it and be creative! :)

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• Take me to the Beach •

• Take me to the Beach •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Dress: H&M
Bikini: Triangl / H&M+
Sunglasses: Chloé “Carlina”
Alternatives: ASOS dress,
Pistol Panties bikini, Quay Australia sunglasses

Spending some time at the beach has become my favorite activity in summer (before we moved to Hamburg, we didn’t have beaches around, so this is pretty new for me!). I really enjoy the sand between my tippy-toes, the cold water on my legs and the sun on my skin while wearing my bikinis and swimsuits. Also, beachwear is something very cool and today’s beach dress is definitely the most beautiful one I own. :)

I love the sheer parts that let my bikini shine through, the loose cut, the flared sleeves and the lace-up cleavage.

We shot these pictures at the Finkenriek beach, it’s a small one next to a railway line, that’s why this beach is probably not one of Hamburg’s favorites – it’s pretty loud when a train goes by. Anyways, I don’t really care. A beach is a beach and there’s bamboo, sand and refreshing water (but please don’t try to swim there – the current is pretty bad and dangerous!), so: enjoy! :)

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• Bohemian •

• Bohemian •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Jumpsuit: H&M
Bikini Top: Triangl
Sandals: Isabel Marant
Sunglasses:
Ray Ban “Round”
Earrings: Dior “Mise en Dior” Tribal Earrings
Bracelet: Hermès
Alternatives: Motel jumpsuit,
ASOS Curve jumpsuit, ASOS jumpsuit,
Quay Australia sunglasses, Jessica Buurman sandals,
ASOS earrings

So you’ve already seen me wear lots of jumpsuits, but this is the first time I wore a short one. That whole thigh chafing problem doesn’t make it easy to wear shorts, as it makes the fabric keep moving up the thighs while walking. The shorts have to be long enough to stay put. I still haven’t found a trick to avoid this problem (any ideas?), that’s why I haven’t worn shorts for a long time, unless they were almost knee-length.

Fortunately, I found this short jumpsuit from H&M in EU size 46 (unfortunately only available online in this size), which can easily be worn without any chafing problems. The loose cut is great for summer and is a great choice for going to the beach – just wear your bikini underneath and you’re good to go (I was sitting next to a canal and very tempted to jump into the water while shooting!)! :)

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• #BeachBodyNotSorry •

• #BeachBodyNotSorry •

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Photos: Falko Blümlein
Silk Blouse: Johnny Was (via navabi)
Swimsuit: Robyn Lawley Swimwear (via navabi)
Earrings: Chanel
Alternatives: Jayley silk kimono,
Robyn Lawley swimsuit (other color)

The → #BeachBodyNotSorry campaign by swimsuitsforall is probably the best thing of the whole year. Denise Bidot is one of my favorite plus models, she’s just gorgeous! Not only is she beautiful but also a mother, so her body has already gone through a wonderful story of love. So there are a few “love marks” (yes, I want to call them that!) on her tummy. She also has cellulite like probably everybody on this planet (yes, even boys and men can have it!). swimsuitsforall did this “Beach Body. Not Sorry.” campaign with her and used absolutely no Photoshop. And OMG – she’s looking sooo hot! I don’t even look at any “imperfections” (why would we call them that?), all I see is one of the world’s most beautiful women, wearing sexy swim wear (I love Adam Saaks’ work, his customized shredded bodies are absolutely on point – I wish I had one too!) and looking like a goddess in bikinis and swim suits.

So: I might not be a model like her, but here’s my #BeachBodyNotSorry style – the first of three we’ve shot (so far) at a few beaches in and around Hamburg. I’m proud to say that I’m okay with me and my body and that I don’t need Photoshop or any other program to change my body in these pictures (well, I don’t even own PS, so there’s not even a chance to see my try it!).
When it’s hot outside, just like these days, all I want to do is get almost naked, jump into the cold water and have fun like everybody else. I don’t want to spend my time thinking about stupid people around me feeling disgusted by the sight of my thick thighs, my huge butt and anything else that’s bigger than usual. That’s me. I’m not a picture in a magazine. I’m a human being. And in order not to melt away, I enjoy my time at the beach like anybody else – without judging others and especially not myself.

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