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We’re All Beautiful People. My Body Image Journey…

Hey Secrets of A Beauty Addict Readers,

Hope you’re well you beautiful people! So if you know me personally you will be aware that I’ve been virtually every size under the sacred Topshop sun. I was overweight as a teen, then became a dancer and went to a size UK 8. I plateaued at about a UK 12 for several years until I became disabled and have slowly risen to a UK size 16/18 . This has been due to a spate of 16 months bedbound, certain medications and undoubtedly eating the boxes of chocs people would bring me in hospital. But they were awesome – so thank you!

Yeah I guess I’ve been pretty bummed about my figure for a good while now and I’ve felt soooo self conscious… my three pair of spanx rule every time I’m going out of the house can attest to that! But you know what, I have to think back and remind myself that at one point I had a really serious condition that could have very easily resulted in dire consequences. And my body, God bless it, got me through! So each time I catch myself thinking negatively about this part or that part , I need to remind myself how lucky I am to be here, to have this incredibly magical body and even though I cant feel my legs, I am lucky to feel with my hands, to see through my eyes, to taste, and yes, to smell the roses.

So, yesterday on a trip to the supermarket I went past the magazines and saw the current Cosmopolitan cover with the beeeautiful Tess Holliday and I immediately asked my Mum to get it down to buy it. I think the premise is bloody fantastic. Gracing the cover with a model that is not a size 0 sends the message of acceptance loudly and proudly, and to the whole flipping world. It also makes people like me, who feel slightly apprehensive about going out of the house (because of their figure), challenge their thinking. Why should I feel like this? Tess Holiday is out there having fun and progressing in a field that is lucky to have her, and I think her body is beautiful, so why can’t I view my own in the same light?

A thing that has never changed no matter what size I am is my penchant for fashion. It’s a common belief that black is slimming, so for a while I adorned myself with black, on black. on black, hoping that no one would notice my gaining pounds. But this article and feature in Cosmo smashes that myth that curvy frames should be shrouded in darkness. In the magazine she wears all sorts of colours, and with aplomb. But it’s not only Tess Holiday that has become a beacon of hope, it turns out there are numerous trailblazing plus size models that kindly and proudly share their lives with us online. Looking at wonderful blogs from people like Callie Thorpe who creates interesting, beautiful and inspiring posts, that literally influences how I feel about my body, about fashion and about society as a whole. Thorpe’s latest post on Instagram is regarding a campaign she is involved in with Glamour Magazine and Antibullyingpro. It is so profound and I definitely recommend taking a look. The campaign is called #BlendOutBullying it suggests you write the worst thing anyone has ever said to you in highlight on your cheekbones (thereby owning the insult) and as you blend it into glittering perfection on your cheeks you move past it. I am certainly going to have a go at that! Follow me on Instagram to see mine! @secretsofabeautyaddict

For those stateside, a campaign that caught my attention was the #TeeUpChange. I first heard about the campaign today when I saw it on @Amypoehlersmartgirls (a must follow for any smart girls/women/boys/men). I immediately clicked on the link because I felt this campaign is exactly what I have wanted to see for so long. The Council of Fashion Designers of America and Dia&Co have come together to create five limited edition T-Shirts celebrating the plus size community. 100% of the proceeds go to inclusivity-focused projects at the CFDA’s Educational Initiatives School! Woop woop!

I have also downloaded Body Positive Power by Megan Jane Crabbe @bodyposipanda where she writes on her cover “How to stop dieting. Make your peace with your body and live.” Yep I’ll have me some of that!

So I honestly feel there is a slow but steady cultural shift around the topic of body image and I for one am hugely thankful to these trailblazers for being so open about this deeply important and deeply personal cause to so many of us! Thank you!

Until the next one,
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Catrina : 14th September 2018 9:07 pm : Articles, Articles & Interviews, Beauty Addict, Body, Featured
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Hello From The Other Side

Hello Secrets of A Beauty Addict readers,

It’s been a while and I won’t bore you with the of ins and outs, ups and downs and total bloody rollercoaster of my absence but it feels good to get my fingers typing again. The world has changed since I last blogged and I guess I have changed a lot too. I’m still adjusting to life with a disability and I feel I’ve been coming to a bit of a crossroads. I really want to do something to help the world and help others who are suffering, but my condition not only inhibits me physically, but the pain and stress of an ever changing medical status has been emotionally tiring. So what can I do to help others find the beauty and happiness again in the world? The short answer… I’m not sure! So I came to the conclusion that while I work all that out, I needed to write again, I needed to stop thinking that I have to make a massive impact, and try to connect to others in the way I know how, and here I am. Hello!

The first topic I’d like to address is the one that has dominated my life (as it has for so many of us). Politics! What the hell has been going on? Like seriously though? Each day I read the news from every source I can find, I keep up with various news channels on Youtube , and I listen to several podcasts such as Hysteria (my fave just FYI) and yet I can still be blindsided in a conversation, by a new revelation that I’ve somehow missed. Sometimes I have to take a step back from the constant barrage of headlines, to keep my sanity, but I am pulled back by a need to be engaged in World politics in a way that I have never been before. No matter where your personal political affliations lie I think it is a general consensus that we are in uncharted territory right now. So we need to figure this out together. I think that some political conversation is bound to infilitrate into my discourse on here but hopefully I can provide a perspective that enables us to find beauty in even the darkest of headlines. Behind every tragedy that we have seen, there have been heroes fighting against it, never forget that.

Until the next time beautiful people,

love beauty

Catrina : 14th September 2018 8:13 pm : Articles & Interviews
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Lytham Film Company Fighting Discrimination One Laugh At A Time

Lytham film company are currently filming their new feature Super Grannies!

The film’s cast includes residents at the Fairhaven Care Home in Lytham St Annes. They have been spotted all round Lytham shooting their outrageous comedy. If you come upon ninjas in St Annes, worry not, you have probably just walked onto the Super Grannies. set!

Yes, the film promises to be a laugh a minute, and the team behind the film have certainly worked incredibly hard so that you go home crying with laughter.

The film is being directed by Neal Gavyn an actor from St Annes. Gavyn actually provides creative pursuits for the residents of Fairhaven, and apparently it was when two residents asked to do a film that instigated Super Grannies. Gavyn and his Lytham Film Company partner Sophie Heppell, have been the driving force and writing partners behind the whole project.

Lytham Film Company said, ” We not only wanted to make something positive for the residents, but we wanted to show a wider audience that age, illness & disabilities don’t inhibit a person from their inner ‘super-ness’. It’s first and foremost a comedy film, for people to enjoy and laugh at, but we sincerely hope that it will also go someway to highlighting the incredible capacity and ability that people with dementia can have.”

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We will continue to have updates on the films progress,

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Catrina : 18th August 2017 5:21 pm : Articles & Interviews, Charity
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Me, And My Ultimate Face Wipe Hunt…

I have been on the hunt for some time, for decent, environmentally friendly, good value, face wipes.

The reason being, I am in and out of hospital at the moment, and it’s just not practical to take a massive cleanser that first of all, takes up a lot of room in my bag, and secondly requires water, which I may not have to hand, to wash it off. So, I decided wipes were going to be the way forward, to maintain my skincare regime even when admitted in hospital.

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Catrina : 25th February 2014 3:56 pm : Articles, Articles & Interviews, Face, Featured, Product Reviews
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Get The Seductive, Smokey Eye Look Perfected In Time For Valentines Day With Daniel Sandler

The main question I am asked as regards make-up is

“How to create the perfect smokey eye shadow look?”

I believe that the key to perfecting this feline, sultry style depends on:

70% Technique and 30% Quality Of Eye Shadow.

Remember, more expensive make up, does not always mean better quality!  I personally recommend Daniel Sandler’s eye shadows, I just love them!

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Catrina : 24th January 2014 9:20 am : Articles, Make-Up
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Nina Dobrev Is My First 2014 Style Crush!

Nina Dobrev absolutely rocked her black crystal dress for the 2014 People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday the 8th January in L.A.

She was wearing a gorgeous Jenny Packham gown from her 2013 fall collection. It had long sleeves and a high neck, which is a rather bold choice for the red carpet!  However, she still oozed sex appeal as the stretchy fabric enhanced her slender and enviable frame. It just proves that less skin on show can be more! Many other celebrities may want to take a leaf out of her book!

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Catrina : 12th January 2014 2:17 pm : Articles & Interviews, Celeb Style Crush, News
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Secrets Of A Beauty Addict On Your Social Media Sites! Let's Connect!

Secrets Of A Beauty Addict is moving places… to Pinterest, Google+, Twitter and Facebook, to be precise!

I’m doing this so I can interact more with you lovely readers!! I’d love to hear what articles you have liked in the past, and also what you would like to see more of in the future. Plus any ideas of people you want me to interview, or products you would like me to review… any suggestions are gratefully received!

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Catrina : 22nd October 2013 2:23 pm : Articles, Beauty Addict, News
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Today’s Celeb Style Crush Is Downton Abbey’s Own Anna Bates

It’s been a rough time for Anna Bates on the hugely popular series Downton Abbey, with her controversial rape story line. But in stark contrast actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays Anna, couldn’t have looked happier (and who wouldn’t when she looks that good)!

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Catrina : 20th October 2013 12:53 pm : Articles, Celeb Style Crush
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Look Pretty In Pink Whilst Helping Beat Breast Cancer!

We ladies are known to be great at shopping, amazing at looking good in all situations, but also most importantly, we are known for being there for each other in times of need. Would you believe that buying Breast Cancer products enables us to do all three at once! Yes, we have always been ace at multi-tasking, so here’s our chance to shine inwardly and outwardly!

The products below have become available this month because it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Lots of amazing companies are highlighting this crucial cause, and are backing the campaign. They are doing this by adding new product/s to their usual line, then donating all (or a percentage) of the proceeds of that product to these incredibly important charities, all to do with Breast Cancer. Usually they are easy to spot as the items are packaged with the infamous Breast Cancer ribbon logo, or stand out from the crowd in a delightful shade of pink.

Did I ever mention pink is my favourite colour? I feel like Christmas has come early this year!

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Catrina : 9th October 2013 10:56 pm : Articles, Charity
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Interview With Lizzy Case, Secret’s Of A Beauty Addict’s 100th Liker & Winner Of Our First Competition

Hi Lizzy, thanks for taking the time to tell these lovely people about the competition you entered. It is much appreciated!

So how did it feel to be Secrets Of A Beauty Addict’s first prize winner?

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Catrina : 5th October 2013 12:28 pm : Articles & Interviews, Interviews
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