Be with someone who you don’t have to hide from, in any way. Whether it’s your morning face before you’ve put your make up on, an embarrassing story to tell about something that happened on your way home, or an ambition you’ve had since you were six… make sure you end up with someone who knows all of it and still loves you. A person you can tell your whole life to is a person worth spending a life with.


Love Your Body By: Sunny Yogi

Like most people out there, I used to be the biggest critic of myself. Whenever I looked in the mirror I would complain about the size of my thighs, the pudginess of my belly, the stretch marks covering my butt and my legs, etc (I think you get the point).  I was so negative about my body that that I just completely gave up on trying to take care of it.  I didn’t eat healthy, I barely worked out, and mentally I was just a mess. Luckily, for me that is the past now.

At this point of my life, I can confidently say that I do love my body.  Do I look like a Victoria Secret Model? Nope. However, I’m healthy and I’m happy and I no longer strive for unrealistic beauty standards that I could never get too unless I starved myself.  I wrote this to not only share my story of my journey into loving my body but to give others advice on how they can love their body as well.  

Every body is different. Realizing that everyone has a different body type is an important step of getting rid of the negative thoughts in your mind. Some people are able to lose weight super fast, or are just naturally skinny, whereas some people are able to gain weight super fast or are naturally big. Whatever body type you have, embrace it. Don’t try to starve or binge yourself to try to achieve a certain body type that might genetically be impossible for you to get to! 

Stop comparing yourself to the people around you. You may know someone such as a friend or a colleague or even someone famous you look up to, that has a “perfect” body.  When you start comparing yourself with that person you completely lose focus of how beautiful and lovely your body really is.  Understand too that that person you’re comparing yourself to might have a completely different body type than you or he or she might be struggling with their own self esteem as well. “Do not underestimate yourself by comparing yourself with others. It’s our differences that make us unique and define just how special we are.”

It’s okay to be skinny it’s okay to be fat.  What really matters is that you’re healthy.  Do you get enough food into your diet? Do you workout? Do you get enough rest? 

Change takes time. Don’t get discouraged if you’re trying to lose/gain weight and you don’t see results right away. Things take time! Be happy with your progress and your results, appreciate the responsiveness of your body :)

Don’t be your biggest critic. When you are standing in front of a mirror what’s the first thing that pops up in your head? For me, I often criticized how large my thighs were or how pudgy my belly looked.  Try to turn those negative thoughts into positive thoughts.  Yes, my thighs are large but they are muscly and strong :) Yes, my stomach is pudgy but at least I got to eat things that are delicious and yummy! Having a positive attitude can really change the way you start to look at yourself! 

Be happy. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy life.  Your body is yours and by having a body you’re able smile, explore, and just enjoy life.  Appreciate all of your muscles, all of your fat, all of your scars, all of your bones, and all of you.  Next time you’re standing in front of a mirror smile and tell yourself that you love yourself. We often forget the importance of loving, appreciating and taking care of our body.

"People often say that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves." Salma Hayek

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Official Green Tea Smiles Luxury Giveaway #2

How to win:

- Must be following me here

- Must subscribe to my YouTube channel here

- You can reblog as many times as you want (2 reblogs = 1 entry)

- Must have your ask open (so I can message you when you win)

- Cannot be a pro-harm blog

- Bonus: you can message me ONCE a week, for 10 extra entries

- Bonus: you can follow my instagram: calibarnard for 10 extra entries

What you win:

- Three Hollister Body mists

- Work out shorts (m) and top (s) and VOSS water bottle

-  Tiffany Key Diamond necklace and Tiffany Double Heart tag necklace

- Celine Paris shirt (m)

- Dior Addict lip gloss

- Black Micheal Kors bag and wallet

All the products in total are worth over £800 and will be ALL YOURS.

This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL, I will also pay for shipping.

This giveaway will END 1st of August 2014!

Please message me if you are reblogging with an account separate to your main account you follow with, also message me the name of your instagram if you follow IF you haven’t linked your tumblr to it. 

Winner must reply within 3 days of being messages, if they don’t a new winner will be drawn. I will be using to choose the winner, so please do not message me asking me to pick you!

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It’s okay to eat over your daily intake goal. Hell, it’s okay to triple it!!

But don’t eat less the next day.

Your body CAN handle extra calories. It will keep your metabolism up and firing.

So don’t worry. You had your big day, now go back to eating clean and healthy and ENOUGH like you usually do.

You are a star.

Ok but seriously it’s really nice seeing this right now. I hope it can help others too 💗

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"That’s What She Said - Beauty And Body Image"

She said “you have a beautiful body." And I could not comprehend the words. It was the first time in my entire life I had ever heard these words placed together and directed at me. When I’m confused, I take big ideas and break them into smaller pieces to make them fit my world, into "You have a beautiful body." You meaning me, Natalie Patterson, daughter of Joe Frank and Lynn, meaning mid-west american black girl with skin and eyes light enough to confuse her own kind, meaning my own kind don’t recognize me. “You have a beautiful body.” Have implies ownership, meaning I, Natalie Patterson own something I never paid for, meaning some things are free, meaning I didn’t earn it so I don’t know the value of it, might abuse or take it for granted. “You have a beautiful body.” A meaning one. Meaning I, Natalie Patterson own a single thing, one irreplaceable thing that does, indead, die. “You have a beautiful body.” Beautiful meaning pleasing or satisfying, meaning I am appealing and desirable. I didn’t know that. I’ve always been pretty with a “…but”, if you’re only attached, never been just beautiful, stated as fact. “You have a beautiful body.” Body meaning physical structure, a place the spirit is heald in and I have never even held my lovers long enough to be good at it. “You have a beautiful body.” So I repeat these words until I’m no longer reluctant, I repeat these words. “I have a beautiful body. I have a beautiful body. I have a beautiful body.” Until ownership becomes a priviledge, until this skin becomes a perfect home, weathered and worn over time, a perfect home who’s walls I know well, who’s staircase and old floors creak. My favourite song. I am my own favourite song that I’m now just learning all the words to but I wanna sing you. I wanna sing you ‘til the song sticks. I have a beautiful body. Period.”

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Cakes have gotten a bad rap. People equate virtue with turning down dessert. There is always one person at the table who holds up her hand when I serve the cake. No, really, I couldn’t she says, and then gives her flat stomach a conspiratorial little pat. Everyone who is pressing a fork into that first tender layer looks at the person who declined the plate, and they all think, That person is better than I am. That person has discipline. But that isn’t a person with discipline; that is a person who has completely lost touch with joy. A slice of cake never made anybody fat. You don’t eat the whole cake. You don’t eat a cake every day of your life. You take the cake when it is offered because the cake is delicious. You have a slice of cake and what it reminds you of is someplace that’s safe, uncomplicated, without stress. A cake is a party, a birthday, a wedding. A cake is what’s served on the happiest days of your life. This is a story of how my life was saved by cake, so, of course, if sides are to be taken, I will always take the side of cake.
Jeanne Ray  (via elauxe)

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to all my new followers. buns


to those who have stayed. buns


to those who unfollowed. bunsimage

to those who see this and then follow. buns


doesnt matter.


everyone gets buns


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Having an anxiety disorder is like that moment where your chair almost tips or you miss a step going down the stairs but it never stops






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*hears noises at night*: well this is it this is the end for me I had a good life
*gets shampoo in my eyes*: I guess I'm blind now how am I ever going to see my first born child
*heart is beating fast*: I think I am having a heart attack is this what cardiac arrest is
*a cop walks by*: here I go about to get arrested I probably murdered someone
*taking a test*: don't take your eyes off of this paper you will get caught cheating and get kicked out of school and amount to nothing
*gets a sunburn*: great now I have skin cancer how will I tell my parents
*tripping over something*: I guess my leg will have to be amputated why did this happen to me
*period is late*: shit i'm pregnant i'm the next virgin mary
















It was this guy:


Charles II, huge royal babe and 17th-century fashion icon.


Thank you for NOT calling them ‘vests’.

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Alrighty, guys! After the success of the fundraiser/raffle that I did for my surgery, I’m finally able to pay it forward! The Color Me Rad 5k contacted me about wanting to sponsor a giveaway on my blog - so of course I had to say yes! They also let me choose a charity to raise money for, and I chose the Wright Way Rescue, which is the rescue that my boyfriend and I adopted our dog Fozzi from! This is going to be a pretty amazing fundraiser for a pretty amazing cause. I’m hoping to raise at least $5000, if not more! All the proceeds will go directly to the Wright Way Rescue, minus around $800-$1000 to purchase the prizes for the giveaway that the Color Me Rad 5k is not supplying. You can speak to two of my previous giveaway winners here and here, this is not fake or a scam! I always make good on my giveaways! 

Color Me Rad is a 5K that fires off in a blaze of color bombs, color cannons, color mortars, and multi-toned courses that guarantee your outlook will be brighter, your boyfriend will be more affectionate, your boss will finally remember your name, the hair on your head will grow back and the hair on your back will fall out, and your gray outlook will turn green like a spring morning.
Wright-Way Rescue is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Their mission is to reduce the number of homeless pets euthanized in the Midwest each year through an adoption program, community education, promotion of spaying and neutering, and a veterinary medicine program. They continue to save pets from rural animal control facilities where they are at a high risk of euthanasia, and instead offer them a second chance at a loving home in the Chicagoland area. Wright-Way places more dogs in adoptive homes than any other no-kill rescue in the State of Illinois on just 10% of the budget. Wright Way Rescue also suffered a tragedy last October when a school bus crashed into their facilities and destroyed their adoption center. You can read more about the incident here. They have been at a temporary facility ever since and need help rebuilding!
  • Must be following me, the Color Me Rad official tumblr, and my yoga blog
  • If you have instagram, follow me at natashaxjade (reblog with your insta username if you do)
  • ONE REBLOG ONLY.  Like do not count either. 
  • TO GET EXTRA ENTRIES, donate! Here is the donation page for the Wright Way Rescue. One dollar equals one extra entry. 
  • I will ship internationally - check the Color Me Rad website to see if there is a race near you! 
  • 6 winners will be chosen! One grand prize winner that will take everything, and 5 other winners who will get a free registration to the Color Me Rad 5k near them!
  • Winner will be chosen using 


  • 6 Registrations to the Color Me Rad 5k. One will go to the grand prize winner, and 5 will go to other winners picked at random!
  • Color Me Rad merch! A sweatshirt, t-shirt or tank top, shorts, headband, sunglasses, and color packets!
  • Workout clothes! I will be your personal shopper, head on over to Dick’s Sporting Goods and you tell me your size, favorite colors, favorite brand and I will buy you an outfit! Top, bottom, and sports bra. 
  • Workout equipment (not pictured): 5 lb hand weights, jump rope, yoga block, Nike spots/workout bag, Yurbud Headphones, water bottle from Victoria’s Secret, resistance bands, workout/lifting gloves. 
  • Portioned food containers for meal prep. 
  • 1 pair of Nike Free Runs in your size.
  • Fitbit Flex. 
  • $50 Victoria’s Secret gift card
  • $50 Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card
  • $50 Whole Foods gift card 
  • 4 shirts of your choice from 
  • 1 Lululemon yoga mat
  • 2 boxes of Quest Bars in whatever flavor you prefer. 
  • Bootcamp plan made by yours truly. 
  • Shirt from the Wright Way Rescue
  • More to be added/freebies to be thrown in!

This ends September 30th! So you have three full months to enter and donate! Go go go! 

We are $5 away from $100!! Donate for more entries, guys! :D


Ultimate Summer Giveaway!!!

Ok guys, I’m very lucky since I’ve put on the donations button in my sidebar, people have donated some money, do I decided to give back a little and do a giveaway.

As you might recall from my last giveaway, I’ll be away in the Caribbean for 3 weeks. I leave June 24th and return July 14th, but my last giveaway ended sooner than I expected, so I have time for another one.

What you’ll win:

  • Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Bath Soap
  • Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Velvet Body Oil
  • Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Moisture Mist
  • Coco Mademoiselle Fresh Hair Mist Spray
  • St Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Spray
  • St.Tropez Gradual Tan Plus Firming 4 in 1
  • Gold Chain Necklace Topshop
  • Zara Bloggers Leopard Animal Print Leather Hi Top Wedge Sneakers
  • Large Metal Aviator Matt Gold Green Mirror Lens Sunglasses
  • Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
  • Triangl Bikini Pink

All of these lovely products come up to around £560 or $950 USD. Some are extras I got, some are products I bought just for this giveaway.

Sizing: Shoes are size 7 (40 UK) and the bikini is size medium in the top and bottom.

How you can win:

  • Must be following me, click here to go to my blog
  • Must not be pro-self harm on your blog
  • Must have your ask open to I can message you if you win
  • Reblogs count but not likes. You can however like to bookmark it.
  • Cannot reblog more than 15 times a week. You can start reblogging again every Sunday as a fresh start, but your previous reblogs will count as entries as well.
  • A message to me (not give away related) counts as 5 entries. Please be off anonymous so I can tell who gets the entries.
  • 1 reblog = 1 entry and 1 message = 5 entries.
  • 1 message per day is allowed, more won’t count towards your entries but feel free to keep messaging.
  • Even if I don’t answer and publish, I will count your entry.

Giveaway ends when this post hits 15,000 notes or when I return on July 14th!

I will be shipping internationally and will pay for the shipping myself. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

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 I will wear what I want.

 I will get tattoos if I want.

 I will wear makeup if I want.

 I will dye my hair if I want.

 I will pierce whatever I want.

 I will shave what I want.

 I will lose weight if I want.

 I will gain weight if I want.

 Stop telling me what to do with my body because I’m a girl. 


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