Category: Blog

You ARE Beautiful!

Reposted – ’cause it’s worth reading again!

Working in the Gibsons store lately has re-opened my eyes to the challenges faced by so many women (including myself many days) in loving our bodies – unconditionally.

I’ve been in this business 11 years this year and have had hundreds of conversations with women about ‘celebrating your curves’, walking tall, focusing on the best parts of …yourself.

BUT I’ve been feeling lately that women need more support, more reminders, more challenges to stop wasting time looking and focusing on the negative.

Our bodies carry us through this world – they create and nurture babies, work at important and life-changing jobs, hold hands with friends and lovers, dance, play, strut.

Let’s acknowlege and love the differences (lumps, bumps and curves) of our bodies.

They tell our stories. They are roadmaps to how we got here and who we are today.

I’ve wasted years of my life waiting to be the perfect size before I would take a risk at looking stupid or fat in an activity. (there was that perfect moonlit night on a glassy lake when I wouldn’t get into the double kayak with my boyfriend because I thought I was too fat.

I wasn’t! In fact I’m much bigger now and have been kayaking many times and have never got my butt stuck. I missed out on a magical opportunity while watching my boyfriend paddle off into the moonlight!)

NOT doing those activities/living life/trying new things only led me to feel stupid and fat.

(Oh, and the other thing that is interesting is that you can be ANY size and still hate your body!

This isn’t an exclusive club – anybody can join.)

It’s not easy when society/media still regularly sends out messages that thin with boobs is the only normal but there are things you can do to challenge that.

Help yourself feel good by wearing a colour that makes you sing or a fabric (have you tried bamboo?) that feels like butter on your skin. Get fitted and wear the right size bra. Stand up tall and look people in the eye! Own your space. Swish those hips!

Speak clearly and demand to be heard!

And here’s one more thing you can do…

When your daughter, mom, girlfriend, bestie complains to you about their body – don’t engage!!!

Instead, tell them they’re beautiful. Tell them you don’t see them as unlovable parts but as a whole, strong and beautiful person. And maybe the next time you look in the mirror, remember those words and repeat them loudly to yourself.

You are beautiful!

It’s Raining…It’s Pouring…Other Umbrellas are Boring…

Each Cheeky umbrella brightens a rainy day with its:

Stylish Design

An umbrella is an expression of your personality and sense of style, just like a purse, a pair of shoes or any other accessory.  Yet how often have you seen a stylishly dressed person carrying a very un-stylish umbrella?  Part of the reason is that there have not been many stylish umbrella options in the market…until now!  Choose from our wide variety of stylish umbrella designs, and look and feel just as good on rainy days as you do on sunny ones!

 

Sassy Attitude

Our umbrellas not only look great on the outside, but are full of personality on the inside too.  They are bold, fun and never boring!  Each umbrella has a bright, colourful fabric lining on the underside.  And many of our umbrellas even have a “cheeky” statement written on them, designed to keep a smile on your face while you’re tucked underneath it on a rainy day.

 

Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Sunny Days to You!

I’m happily curled up in my sunny spot looking at the blue sky outside. 
After I finish this note to you, I’m going to go jump in the ocean for a
refreshing swim and then meet some friends for a pasta dinner.
(I’m having a rare day off:)
How’s your summer going?  
It certainly took its time getting here but then came on so sweetly. I feel like I got a free pass
from gardening and anything too yard specific this year as every sunny moment that I wasn’t
in the store had to be savoured, which for me means beach or patio time.
Settling in to one space (with such a fantastic view) has been great and seeing lots of familiar
faces from the city warmed my heart!  I’m so glad to be an excuse for a coastal getaway!

So… I don’t want to ruin the mood by talking about fall but I’m soooo excited to tell you
about all the new products filling the Bodacious racks!

You will definitely be wowed by the new fall bounty!
Here are some pix to pique your interest. (I will post curvier shots on facebook asap!)
I’ve been putting pix on facebook pretty regularly so if you want to stay super current, meet me there.

echorain
khloe tunic-echoraintia ruffle echorain skirt and top-echorain
SWAK
SWAK - pink cardiSWAK-black tunic
and so much more…
carwash tunicfunflirtydressdenim tunic
New Chalet is also on its way!
This line has totally resonated with you all and I’m happy to report I’ve had to re-order twice already!

(and…ummm…I had to put a few more things on SALE to make room for new additions – just sayin’) 

And one more thing…
At a networking group I recently attended, I won some time with a local graphic artist (Ivy Young of Inkling Arts)
so I thought it was time to freshen up my look.  Hope you like it.  Here’s my new biz card!  I LOVE it!

Business Card Front

Business Card Back