MODELING CONFIDENCE | Natalie in the City - A Chicago Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig
Natalie in the City - A Chicago Plus Size Fashion Blog, by Natalie Craig

A PLUS SIZE LIFE + STYLE BLOG

May 2, 2018

MODELING CONFIDENCE

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body confidence, body positivity, natalie Craig, natalie in the city, plus size fashion, Chicago fashion, plus size fashion blogger, eff your beauty standards, fatshion, skorch magazine, Chicago model, plus size model, plus size petite, affordable plus size clothing, embrace your curves, plus model magazine, plus size lingerie, parfait

I have been dropping little confidence tips on the blog lately! Have you been keeping up? Somedays turning on my confidence is as easy as flipping a light switch, and other days it’s not that simple. Lately, a sure-fire way for me to feel an instant rush of confidence has been to sport lingerie around my apartment or get dressed up just for me. I have a couple of different looks that I reach for when I need a sexy confidence boost. Parfait Lingerie’s Adriana Unlined Babydoll in Black paired with the Adriana Bikini is one of my favorites to lounge around in because it’s comfortable, but still makes me feel like a vixen.

Where does your confidence come from? 

You may be searching back to the early traces of fearlessness you felt as a child, or maybe a pivotal moment you recently had that encouraged you to accept and love yourself. Through the years of my journey through self-love, I’ve learned that the perception we have our bodies starts way before we are even brought into the world. Our mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers have paved a way for us and, most times, have directly influenced how we view ourselves. Growing up, my mom was always supportive of me and wanted nothing but the best for her daughter. My parents put me into sports, encouraged me to live a healthy life (even if that meant being the food police here and there), and gave me the best advice they could. As I became a young adult, and eventually, started a life of my own, I realized that my parent’s remarks about my body and how I should eat still rang loudly in my head, influencing my own perception of my body. When I noticed these voices, I became a little resentful toward my parents, as body image is something I struggle with on a daily basis. But what helped me overcome that resentment was recognizing that my parents were not only my parents, but that they were their own individuals with their own desires and perspectives. As a child, I had a front row seat to my mother’s journey of accepting her body. She was a mother of two with her own battles, dreams, and goals, and aside from the time she spent with us, she worked full time—and then some. I can imagine that it was easy raising me and my brother, let alone taking time to appreciate herself. I emulated my mom and the way she spoke about her body because I looked up to her. While I have outgrown that perception, I have tried to help her grow, too. We talk about our bodies a lot, and it’s not always an easy breezy walk in the park—there are still things we don’t understand or accept. But as a woman who has found love within herself and for her reflection, I try to model that to my mom to inspire her to embrace herself, too.

How are you giving back to your mom this Mother’s Day? A thoughtful gift may be taking the place of role model for the day! You’ve got this! Parfait Lingerie is gifting one mom with a summer getaway for her and her family. If you’re a mama, all you need to do is enter by May 13 by following these three simple steps!
1. Snap a pic of your "mom bod" in a bathing suit
2. Upload to Instagram and tag @Parfaitofficial  
3. Caption the longest time you were in labor for, and hashtag #perfectfigure
 For terms and conditions, visit this post: Getaway Giveaway

SIZING INFO:I am wearing a Size 42D in the Adriana Unlined Babydoll in Black, which is one cup size larger than my usual size, and the teddy fits pretty snug. I would suggest sizing up two band sizes and one cup size. I am wearing a 2x in the Adriana Bikini, which is my usual size, but the panties run a bit small. I would suggest sizing up one size.
Photography by: Rorie Raimondi 

body confidence, body positivity, natalie Craig, natalie in the city, plus size fashion, Chicago fashion, plus size fashion blogger, eff your beauty standards, fatshion, skorch magazine, Chicago model, plus size model, plus size petite, affordable plus size clothing, embrace your curves, plus model magazine, plus size lingerie, parfait

body confidence, body positivity, natalie Craig, natalie in the city, plus size fashion, Chicago fashion, plus size fashion blogger, eff your beauty standards, fatshion, skorch magazine, Chicago model, plus size model, plus size petite, affordable plus size clothing, embrace your curves, plus model magazine, plus size lingerie, parfait

 Thank you to Parfait Lingerie for sponsoring this post. I am a huge proponent of brands that promote inclusivity and make high-quality, well-fitting clothing. All opinions expressed in this post are 110% my own! Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make Natalie in the City a possibility!
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