Why This Blogger Wants You to Show Off This Unexpected Body Part
We’ve posted a lot of great body image advice lately. From Tess Holliday’s take on the bikini body to the best body positive blogs the Internet has to offer, body positivity is really having a moment — and we’re betting it’s here to stay. But one body part in particular hasn’t seen quite enough love, and it’s one that a lot of people struggle to accept: arms. If you’ve ever avoided sleeveless tops for fear of showing off your own arms, body-positive blogger Sarah Anne, of the fashion blog Big Hips Red Lips, has launched a new campaign just for you.
Her campaign is called “A Right to Bare Your Fat Arms,” and it’s amazing. “If you google ‘I hate my arms,’ the results are mind blowing,” Sarah Anne writes on her blog. “Results ranging from blog posts of self-hate to lotions, exercises to ‘lose that arm fat’ and entire lines of beauty cosmetics to tone up your arms. When, why and how did fat arms become one of the worst things a human being can have?”
So she decided to take matters into her own… well, arms. She posted a photo of herself looking gorgeous in a sleeveless top and put out a call on social media for others to submit their own photos. The result was a beautiful collective celebration of body positivity that will inspire you to love your own arms, no matter their size.
But it’s not always easy: “I can recount countless memories where I opted to stay home simply because I was too insecure of my arms.” she writes. “Five years later, I hardly think about my arms anymore. It’s strange to think I ever really did and that I spent so much of my life fearing showing them off. I can’t quite figure out why I hated them so much and why so many people still do. My arms have stretch marks and cellulite, yes, but do you know what else they have? The ability to hold up my favorite book while I lay in bed and relax. The ability to cook and bake for my loved ones. The ability to cuddle my partner and to hold him tight. My arms and your arms have amazing capabilities and they deserve our love too.” We can’t think of a better message to put out in the world!
Does this campaign inspire YOU to love your own arms a little more? Tweet us your thoughts @BritandCo!
(Image via Big Hips Red Lips)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)