#DropTheTowel Encourages Serious Body Positivity at the Beach
We’re pretty excited about the idea that any body can be a beach body. We’re stoked to celebrate body positive bloggers, do feel-good challenges and shop bikinis for every shape this summer. This is really a positive change from how summer bodies are usually written about (um, Oprah get with it, everyone can wear a crop top) and it’s refreshing and much needed.
The latest buzz from the movement comes from the magazine Wear Your Voice, which has started a campaign to reduce body shame at the beach and it is seriously so inspiring. The #DropTheTowel hashtag and accompanying photo shoot was launched to get women to stop hiding their bodies and be proud — and that’s just what nine women from the magazine’s staff did. In a before-and-after type series, the gang is shown shrouding their bods with their beach towels and looking extremely uncomfortable. But once those towels come off in a very ta-dah kind of moment, revealing a variety of body types (which is really just a small sample of the kinds of bodies there are on beaches all over) in colorful bikinis and cool one-pieces that would be a crime to cover up anyway, their confidence soars. Look at how much happier they look, towel-less and fancy-free!
As Rachel Otis wrote for Wear Your Voice, “together we are taking a stand against this body shaming act of hiding by reminding you that yours is perfect exactly as it already is — and deserves to be free and frolicking all summer long!”
This photo shoot is an important step towards all bodies being accepted and celebrated. The fact that this is just one of many campaigns (hello, ModCloth, hello Tess Holliday) encouraging body positivity this summer makes us hopeful that soon bodies like these won’t be seen as exceptions to the beauty rule and will instead be just the norm. We’re moving into a more loving place, y’all.
So rock your beach bod this summer shame-free, just make sure to bulk up on the UV protection in other ways (like making your own). #DropTheTowelButAlsoWearSunscreenOkay?
What are your favorite beach looks? Tell us in the comments!
(h/t Wear Your Voice, photos courtesy of Wear Your Voice)
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)