Monday, 25 June 2012

Nails To Go Go!

Hey lovelies!

Here's my latest manicured nail look. Neon Pink and Canary Yellow thanks to Nails Inc!

This is a test post to see if I can blog to you successfully and directly, from my Blackberry!

I want an easier way to stay in touch with you through my blog so am going to start doing posts on the GO! I will probably jump in and make the pictures and posts align after posting - but this way, if I want to share something with you quickly and easily, I can use my blog as my main source of chatting with you all. It might take me a while to make it really sexy - but it means I can blog more often, and even if that means straightening up posts after the fact - I'd rather say HELLO Ladies, than say nothing at all.


Sent from somewhere wireless and fabulous.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Welcome to the Jungle!

Boombands Em in the City Chic Strappy Jungle Top with cutie denim Short Shorts.

Hey there Gorgeous Girls. I've had kind of a quiet month with the blogging but have a bunch of delicious posts coming soon enough! In the next week or so... SEVERAL posts will be quite boobaliscious with me featuring a few bras on the site thanks to the lovelies over at Simply Be and Simply Yours.

Boombands Em in the City Chic Strappy Jungle Top with cutie denim Short Shorts.

The photos from today's post are a sneaky peek of the outfit I'm posting over at City Chic on Wednesday... I know not all of you read those posts, but I LOVE this outfit so much that I wanted to share these shots here too. I wore this outfit to Darcy's parents house over this not so cold, not so sunny weekend. I was actually really unsure of this Strappy Jungle Top when I got it in the post - it's much more flowy than I usually wear - but this last weekend? It's been pretty great - light and breezey but also with good body coverage. Oh yeah, you can also see I'm in some more sexy short shorts. I love 'em. Thunder Thighs, My ASS.

Boombands Em in the City Chic Strappy Jungle Top with cutie denim Short Shorts.


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Good Ole' Thunder Thighs, Me.

Short shorts for Boombands Em.
Dodgy Colours? Why, it's a photo from my Blackberry...

*Little trigger warning on this post. It deals with some body issues. As well as my hot Short Shorts*

So we know, by now - I've pretty much accepted all of my body and love it very well.

Like everyone though, I do have "fat" days and "ugly" days and "what's with my arms or feet or hip or bum days". If I'm really honest, the part of my body I probably liked the least for most of my life were my thighs. Yup. They've always been quite big and for a time, my nickname during childhood was the bitterly fat shaming: "THUNDER THIGHS". God, I hated that name. I actually think that through my teens and into my twenties, I may have used jeans as a safe way to cover my thighs for all time... Sure, my thighs were big, but my (always) dark denim choices made me feel I could put a little wall around them.

I was lucky enough to grow up with a swimming pool at home, and as I've mentioned - I come from a family where we were taught we were "okay" - so I never really had body issues at home. But I did have body issues growing up - just like anybody else... I remember getting a wetsuit rash between my legs when I was about eight and one of the girls at my primary school telling me my (8 year old) leg fat should have protected me. I went to an all girl's high school (which can be a serious breeding ground for insecurities) and I distinctly remember looking about one day when I was thirteen and thinking, not so much my body - but my THIGHS were the biggest. This became especially bad when someone pointed it out to me. Good Ole' Thunder Thighs, me.

Boombands Em at the beach in Glenelg.
I only started enjoying the Beach once I became an adult.

Through youth and into my twenties I would decline invitations to the beach for fear of having to reveal my thighs. I don't know when it changed - but certainly, in the last few years, I've come to accept and then also like my thighs. I am a heavy hour glass in shape and I think I see the solid nature of my thighs kind of complementary to the thickness of my shoulders, breasts, hips and bum. I didn't have a pivitol "screw this" moment and strut through the sand dunes with my legs on show - but I did just come to the realisation that it doesn't matter. I think it was my second last year in Sydney (2007) and my friend Zoe insisted I accompany her to the beach. Zoe is one of my closest friends and so I went with her and once we arrived she just stripped off to her bathers and looked at me and was like, "What side do you wanna lay on? My left or right?" Zoe's known me for a long time and knows me very well, I mean she was present for my "wild cat" mode during my 20s - so I don't think she'd ever have thought, "Em may feel self conscious right now"... And so, in that moment, I wasn't. She made it perfectly normal for me to strip to my bathers, lay on a towel and relax. It's amazing how Zoe's belief in my absolute confidence actually then inspired my confidence. That was the year I moved out of jeans and into dresses too.

These days, my thighs and I happily swim at the gym without feeling worried what people think. Last year, with work colleagues - I lay by the pool in Malta in my swimsuit, unworried and with my thighs happily on show.

I admit, I'm not quite in a place where I might wear a Paris Hilton style "Vagina Skirt" and strut down the High Street with my bare legs... But since arriving in London and seeing plus size women in shorter/tighter clothing than I wore in Australia (I wore a lot of long, flowing cotton dresses), I now feel much more confident with a shorter, tighter look. Five years ago - even with leggings, I would NEVER have worn a short skirt or pair of mid-length shorts. But now I will. In fact, my favourite outfit at the moment is a singlet top, with tiny shorts and leggings. My thighs aren't bare - but I've learned to love them more. Learning to accept and like my thighs also means I'm okay to wear dresses which sit above my knee... I took a while getting to that stage! But as I say, I can finally wear entirely bare legs to the pool or to the beach now...

Short shorts for Boombands Em.
This week, there was a little comfort test for me though. Claire gave me a pair of size 20 ASOS Curve shorts. Now, when I put the shorts on, they fit pretty well except for a slight nipping in the crotch area. The only thing about them though? They felt REALLY short, in fact, they felt even SHORTER than my black denim "Butt" shorts... Now, admittedly, these new shorts may have sat at about the same place, but because of their colour, I did feel like they might draw attention to my legs... But still, I put them on with usual leggings and left the house. Okay. I have accepted by now, that people DO look at me when I wear my shorts and leggings... but for the first time in ages, I was much more conscious of people looking at me. The shorts were a test for me. I wore them, they were tiny (basically disappearing into my hip/thigh fold when I sat down) and I wore them all day. The nipping through the crotch probably didn't help me feel comfortable, but I persevered... I like these shorts. I actually love that they're so colourful and have a chic, unfinished feel...

I got home from work, having faced workmates, the tube, the high street and a few blatant stares. I walked in and saw Darcy. He hadn't seen me before I left the house so didn't know about my short shorts worry. The first thing he did was compliment me...

"Honey, you look cute in those shorts".

WOW. I had done it. That morning, I'd left the house without any affirmation, with only a smidge of self belief and genuine worry about my thighs in the shortness of the shorts. Through the day, I had managed to find me usual and genuine, "I look fucking rad" feeling - but it HAD taken time... I took these mirror photos for you all, to get your opinions, but also to write this post. For the record, I KNOW my legs aren't bare - but I still felt worried heading out into the public and I had to "get brave" in order to do so. At the end of my day I came home feeling good and confident. THAT's an achievement. To top it off, AFTER finding confidence, the person I love then affirmed my choice. I don't know if that sounds naff - that him complimenting me, capped my confidence for the day - but it did. I had found my confidence on my own, but someone I like, complimenting me, had helped it to solidify. It reminded me of my day at the beach with Zoe. The shorts will now hit high rotation on my regular roster.

Short shorts for Boombands Em.

So, my lovely reader... When was the last time you complimented someone you love?

Is that a strange question? Maybe... But hell, it can have a bloody good effect.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

By George! Happy Diamond Jubilee!

Boombands Em in a George Dress by ASDA celebrates the Diamond Jubilee with a nice cup of tea and one of her oldest friends.

You know. I'm an Australian girl. You all know it. But I love it here in my adopted country. I love the fact I've met the man of my dreams, have a lovely career and have come "home" in a sense, to where many of my ancestors (and indeed my beautiful mum) were born. I also like the monarchy here in the UK (although *may* have voted for Australia to become a republic some years ago).

I've also seen the Queen a few times in my life. When I was a wee nipper, she visited Australia and I saw her on two different occasions, and then in 2002, I was in London for the Golden Jubilee. In recent years, I do feel that with the marriage of Kate and Wills, and now this Diamond Jubilee - the monarchy has managed to provide two beautiful and happy historical events. There is MUCH to be said for that - to pause for such positive celebrations... We, as a society - don't do that enough.

Boombands Em in a George Dress by ASDA celebrates the Diamond Jubilee with a nice cup of tea and one of her oldest friends.

For today's blog post - with the help of George 
I am enjoying being a part of a 
Big Ole' Vintage Jubilee Blogparty!

Boombands Em in a George Dress by ASDA celebrates the Diamond Jubilee with a nice cup of tea and one of her oldest friends.

What a treat and a pleasure. George was nice enough to send me supplies - including this LOVELY George Dress in a size 22. I love the dress, actually! For the post, I went for a Summery, tea-party style dress with a cross over bust and a self-tie back. The fabric is quite light and thin and will be lovely and floaty through Summer... It is also a bargain at only £16.00! 

George also sent me a pack of Emma Bridgewater FUDGE to say thank you! YUM!

Boombands Em in a George Dress by ASDA celebrates the Diamond Jubilee with a nice cup of tea and one of her oldest friends.

In any case however you feel about this Diamond Jubilee Celebration, I do hope you are having a beautiful weekend. For me, as an Aussie girl who loves her adopted home - it feels pretty great to be here!

Boombands Em in a George Dress by ASDA celebrates the Diamond Jubilee with a nice cup of tea and one of her oldest friends.