Fashion

Fashion has always played a huge role in my life.  When I weighed over 500 pounds, Fashion was non-existant in my life.  I had to buy and wear what would fit from online retailers.

Body Positivity Self-Love Question and Answer with Sarah Tripp of Sassy Red Lipstick.

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1      1Share There are just some people in life that when you look at them you think, “this person has crossed my path for a reason.” Sarah, @sassyredlipstick, is one of those people for me.  I was introduced to her by someone on Instagram when they told me I HAD to check her out…and I am so glad I did. Sarah is a huge body positive and self-love activist and completely loves herself and her body just how it is.  I love that.  Being someone who is learning to fully love and embrace my body just as it is, it is so refreshing to see others being confident, happy and spreading nothing but love…that is something that I completely admire about her. When I struggle with my own body image and have days that I just don’t feel good enough, I love turning to others who can help lift me up and make me realize that it is ok to have bad days, we all have them.  What matters is how we keep going and keep fighting to love ourselves and to continue to help others do the same.  One of the people I turn to when I’m having an off day is…Sarah. Not only is she someone I admire and look up to for her self-love and body positivity, but the relationship she and her husband Robbie (@Tripp) have is seriously couple goals.  The way he supports her loves her and cherishes her, just the way she is truly one…


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The Best Accessory You Can Wear Is Your Confidence…Go Ahead and Rock that Red Jumpsuit!

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              Maybe she’s born with it…maybe it’s this red jumpsuit! I have to say this red jumpsuit is one of my favorite items of clothing I have ever bought. I think the reason is that I never thought I would EVER be able to wear not only a fitted one piece but that it would be bright red! Don’t get me wrong, this is totally me! Colorful, sassy, girly…everything I am… all in one item! But actually being able to wear it on my body…now that is a different story. You see, I never thought someone like me could pull off something like this. Wearing something so fitted, and bright would draw so much attention to me. Only girls with slim bodies and big boobs can pull off jumpsuits like this right? WRONG!! So wrong!!! That is old Jacqueline’s way of thinking. In the words of Taylor Swift…old Jacqueline is dead! So when I saw this jumpsuit and found those negative thoughts coming back into my head…the only thing I could do was grab it off the rack and try it on. No more thinking we have to be a certain body shape or type to wear something. No more thinking bright colors are only for people with “perfect bodies.” (PS, there is NO SUCH THING AS A PERFECT BODY) and no more thinking that we have to only wear black, and baggy clothes, and things that do not show off our figures and draw no attention…


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Celebrating Small Goals and Achievements is Important; Pink and White Striped Skirt Flash Back To Our Engagement Party

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        Pink Striped Skirt When I found this pink striped skirt in the store I almost broke down. I had to get it because it was a great reminder to celebrate reaching small goals.  On Christmas Eve, 2013, Kevin and I got engaged in front of the Disneyland castle.  It was such a special and magical moment that I will never forget.  At that time I had already lost over 100 pounds but was still struggling with my body image and still had more than 200 pounds to lose.  I had never felt more determined to reach my goals and I promised myself that I would have the wedding of my dreams and NOT have to have a wedding dress custom made for me because I could not find one that fit.  We went home and immediately started planning our engagement party.  I was so excited to be engaged to my best friend and celebrate with my loved ones this special moment in our lives. Engagement Party Planning When we were planning our engagement party, I found super cute invitations.  It showed a man in a suit and bow tie, and the girl in a pink and white striped skirt.  I thought it would be so cute to have Kevin and I dress to look like the invites.  Kevin found a light blue jacket and pants that matched perfectly.  I, on the other hand, could not find a pink and white stripe skirt that fit me.  It felt like I looked everywhere and…


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True Beauty is Found Within Yourself || Gal Meets Glam Collection Launch

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            I know I always say, losing weight is so much more than just losing weight.  I say it all the time because it is so true for me.  Losing over 300 pounds has taught me a lot about myself.  It has taught me not only healthy habits and how to live a healthier lifestyle, but it also taught me just that…that losing weight is so much more than just losing weight. When I was on my journey, I used to only focus on the number.  I used to be so obsessed with how much weight I lost, and how low the number was getting.  I depended on that number in order to determine my weight loss success and happiness. But what I did not realize, is that while I was transforming on the outside, a bigger transformation was happening on the inside.  A transformation that I would not fully learn or appreciate until I stopped depending on what that number said. I eventually realized that my weight loss journey was more than just about losing weight.  It changed from wanting to lose weight, to wanting to have a better relationship with my body, myself and with food.  It turned into not depending on the number on the scale to determine how I felt about myself.  All of the decisions I was making were to better improve my overall mental and physical wellbeing and getting me towards living a life that was my own, a life I had…


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