Saturday Morning Shuffle

Hi friends and welcome back to That Blonde Rebel!

I have quite the busy Saturday ahead of me and I’m still over here stunned by the emotional and turbulent rollercoaster that is A Star Is Born – RUN, don’t walk, to your nearest theater AND TAKE IT ALL IN, BABY! Don’t forget the tissues.

Now the real reason I’m here. Y’all know that I partner with Fabletics and I wanted to share this latest look curated from October’s collection. This brand never fails me when it comes to their leggings. They think of every little detail: extra side pockets, a velvet floral on mesh towards the bottom, and the high waist keeps me a’smilin’, whether I’m taking a stroll around my neighborhood, or grabbing brunch with my besties.

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Shop: Top, Sweatshirt, and Leggings (find here), Hoops, Shoes

I hope you have a beautiful Saturday, wherever you are!

 

5 Things I’m Obsessed With

Happy Wednesday, friends!

I wanted to share the top five things I am ABSOLUTELY LOVING right now!

The first, is this fantastic initial necklace. Celine has an alphabet necklace and this is the perfect dupe for under $10!

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Next up, is this amazing facial oil from Grown Alchemist. It smells amazing, feels super hydrating on my skin, and has been a vital part of my nighttime skincare routine.

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We all know the trend print of the season is leopard, and nothing beats this calf hair leopard bag. It has three compartments and has already gotten many compliments!

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Also, this lippie is my newest fave! It’s a darker neutral, called “Bare”. I’ll be wearing it all season long.

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And finally, everyone needs a great sweater, and this striped number takes the cake!

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Thanks for stopping by y’all!

To The Girl Who Called me Fat on Instagram

To The Girl Who Called me Fat on Instagram

Welp, the other shoe dropped. It was only a matter of time. Someone said something mean on a photo of me (insert eye-rolling emoji). This wasn’t the first time, and it certainly won’t be the last, but I want to take a moment to discuss. This isn’t a looking-for-sympathy kind of post, but rather, it’s an I am Woman, HEAR ME ROAR (and get out of my way) kind of thing.

I wanted to break down what happened for you to shed some light on the armpit that is internet trolling, and what you can glean from my experience.

Let me set the scene for you. It was Sunday afternoon when a photo of me got reposted by a popular account that I’m affiliated with that has 3 MILLION followers. I was SO EXCITED and had a “Mama, I made it” moment! The love and encouragement came immediately from friends and family, both in real life and virtually! I responded to every comment and engaged with the amazing outpouring of support – it could probably go without saying, but, I was on CLOUD NINE! It wasn’t about the likes and followers I received from this post, it was the feeling of accomplishment. Sometimes, as a curvy gal on a public platform, you can feel overlooked. Change is a’happening though, and it’s been awesome to bear witness and participate in the growing inclusivity among brands and the influencer circuit.

Cut to Tuesday and on the post, one comment stood out among the rest. A conversation between two friends. One said, “still think you’re fat?”, to which the other responded with the laughing emojis and something to the effect of, “you’re right”. Ouch. I mean, great you’re lifting your friend up, but at what expense? Shaming another. Later on, comments popped up telling the girls to buzz off the enormously positive post, and the original commenter posted again and called me “unhealthy” and that we should read about cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. Ugh. How easy it is to cast judgement based on an appearance, isn’t it? Nevermind the cute denim dress I had on, or the big smile I was wearing. All she saw was size.

At the end of the day, she doesn’t know me. She doesn’t know that I’m on thyroid medication trying to find the right dosage, she doesn’t know I get steroid shots every couple of months for a back injury, she doesn’t know the hell I went through 18 months ago and crawled my way out of, she doesn’t know the grief, anxiety, and stress my heart and head endured coming across the deceased body of someone close to my family. Again, she doesn’t know me. I do not list these things out as reasons for my weight, but explaining that even through these struggles, I work at happiness and for the most part, I find it. If I can put on a good face each and every day and influence others to do the same, who honestly gives a shit what the size on my dress says? I have thick thighs and I don’t have a flat stomach. Does that somehow make me less than?

I don’t have to explain myself, my size, or a damn thing really to her or anyone else out there, but she should know this, stranger or not: I am a good person with a big heart who loves to celebrate in others’ joy, who is just trying to live my best life one day (and one fabulous outfit) at a time, just like the rest of us. And I know what kindness costs. NOTHING, it’s FREE. The good thing about this? It’s easy for me (and relatively decent people) to be kind. And I know what I stand for. I stand for finding happiness, staying positive, and leaving a lasting mark of care, humor, and support on the people I encounter regularly. I also stand for embracing ourselves at every stage and every size. And if someone can’t get behind that message, then that’s just too damn bad. I wish them something far more interesting to do in their lives than putting others down with a few keystrokes.

I hope you know I’m not sad about the comment or feeling bad about myself. I’m as confident as always. I want you, reader – whoever you are, if you’ve experienced this too, know that you’re strong. Ugly words from a stranger? Bear them no mind. When we breathe nothing into them, they die pretty quickly.

This experience provided me an opportunity to use my voice to bring awareness to the fact that this happens every. single. day. around the world. Too skinny, too big, too dark, too light. You know you’ve seen it. If we’d just stop tearing each other down, women would honestly run the world. What a powerful thought.

And now, so I’m not a total downer on this reflective post, here’s a new look you haven’t seen yet. Scroll to the bottom to shop.

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Shop: Top, Jeans (similar), Shoes, Bag, Necklace, Earrings

If one person benefited from reading this today, it will have done its job. Thanks for stopping by!

 

A Denim Dress

Happy hump day, y’all – we’ve made it to the middle of the week.

The Houston weather is so fickle – this weekend, at one point, was 74 degrees, now we’re at a balmy 87. What gives?

As we are INCHING our way towards PSLs, oversized chunky sweaters, and OTK boots, this denim dress is seeing me through those warmer days. I also can’t wait to pair it with some tall boots and a long cardigan!

Can I just also add that I am SO glad my hair is growing out? I should’ve listened to everyone about how high maintenance bangs are (ugh – biggest regret of my 30s, so far, lol)

Scroll through to shop this Denim look!

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Shop: Dress, Bag, Shoes, Necklace, Earrings

Goodbye September, Hello Cardigans

Y’all. How fast did September just FLY BY?

I’m saying a quick goodbye to our transitional month to Fall and giving a pumpkin-spice warm hello to October!

It’s still going to be warm-ish in Houston for a while longer so having pieces that can layer is essential.

Scroll through to see and shop my wearable, layered look!

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Shop: Cardigan, Jeans, Booties, Tee, Bandana Scarf, Hoops, Sunnies

Have a great weekend, y’all! I’ll be losing my voice belting out T Swift’s lyrics to “… Ready For It”!

Floral Frocks in Fall

Happy Thursday, friends!

It’s crazy that in a little over a year, I’ve adjusted to the heat and humidity that is Houston. 87 degrees feels so delightful (how just straight delusional does that sound?!)! I’m ready for the much needed reprieve of heat this Summer season has shown us, how about you?

I wanted to share two Fall floral frocks that are making me so excited that hopefully weather below 80 makes its debut soon! I’m thinking about pairing both of these dresses with boots and can’t wait to restyle!

Shop: Dress (similar), Earrings, Shoes, Bag

Shop: Dress, Earrings, Shoes, Sunnies

Hope these looks inspire you to add some prints to your wardrobe this upcoming season.

Cheers!

Fab in Fabletics

Hey all and happy Tuesday!

Over the last several months, I’ve felt groggy, less energized, and not like myself. I recently went to the doctor and got my thyroid checked (if you didn’t know, I have hypo-thyroid disease) – it was off, and now that my medication has been adjusted, I’m getting myself back on track, in all facets.

Over the last six weeks, I’ve been getting in the gym regularly and it’s been feeling great! I’m up to three days in the gym.

Day 1: 10 minutes of cardio warm-up, 3 sets of arm weights (12 reps each set), 20 more minutes of cardio

Day 2: 10 minutes of cardio warm-up, 3 sets of leg/ab work (12 reps of each set) squats with a 6-8 pound medicine ball, stomach twists with medicine ball, medicine ball toss with squats, 20-second planks (3 for the first set, 2 for the second set, 1 for the 3rd set), 20 minutes of cardio

Day 3: 30 minutes of cardio

Scroll through to see some photos of a collaboration with Fabletics

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Shop: Sweatshirt, Leggings, Shoes

Thanks for stopping by and your support, always!