The New Years Resolution And Going Down A Size

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Ah, January 1st. That time of year when we’re all reminded to dust off our hideously stiff running shoes, strap our boobs down with sports bras and be #blessed and #eatclean until we develop summer bodies just in time for winter.

Maybe it was the recent Victoria’s Secret show that put the nail in the coffin for me, or the crazy prices I saw on a recent sports bra (cue; scoffing) that turned me off, but can I just point out that if Victoria’s Secret models have to crash diet for weeks before the show and refrain from drinking water pre-show so their muscles look extra toned – than what hope does that leave for the rest of us?

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I wanted to use today’s blog post to point out the things we need to start considering more so that we can lead happier, more confident and effortlessly bitchy lives – instead of focusing on our annual ‘New Year, New Me’ crash diets.

One thing I hear on a regular basis from clients and friends is that their bodies aren’t like someone elses. Gorgeous, our bodies are like custom Vera Wang gowns. We’re all a little different, we’re exclusive, fabulous and expensive. Sometimes we have fat days, but that only makes us more strategically chic dressers. And we have things about our bodies that we love (my backside is large and I love it!) and we should start to focus on the positives before focusing on the negatives.

Bitches, this week I want you to really think about your confidence and the style you want that will make you happy. It’s time to focus on what makes something your style, what clothes make you feel a million bucks and what outfits would you wear that would make you see your reflection in the mirror and think ‘That bitch stole my look!’

We’ve been conditioned for a long time into thinking our bodies aren’t perfect, but they’re not meant to be. There’s meant to be parts that jiggle, parts that wrinkle and dimple – our thighs are supposed to shimmy sometimes! What we’re not supposed to do is tell ourselves all the things that are wrong with our bodies every time we get dressed. So this month, start with the positives, focus on emphasising those and see what a positive impact it has on your self-confidence.

Planning some more dates for the new year and need some outfit ideas?

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To kick you off to a good start, I’ve created a gorgeous list of things we need to start recognising for you to print/frame/scream from the rooftops. Enter your details in the box above to get your manicured fingers on the password to my fab resource centre to download it and a bunch of other great bits and bobs. And from there, start this year in a body positive mindset.

Join the Effortless Bitches who focus on fit over size labels and style over weight. Get your cardio workout at the shops and lead by example for your beautiful children so that they learn to grow up thinking being body positive is normal. What are you waiting for bitches? Let’s burn our sports bras!


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Alarna Hope is a Fashion Stylist and Writer based in Sydney, she's considered an expert in her field as a Personal Stylist and is also quite good at writing about herself in the third person. She cries during movie makeover scenes, has a jar of Nutella under her bed for safety, and can tell you the synopsis of every Kath & Kim episode ever. She currently resides in Sydney with her Oscar worthy cat, Meryl Streep.

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