If There’s One Thing That You Do Today, Make Sure That It’s This.

I was reading an article last night that stated, ‘one in 40,000 people naturally have a model’s body type.‘ If you know me or have been following my blog for any length of time, then you will know that I feel very strongly about the impact that social media has on society and in particular, on self-esteem.

Social media (and media in general) has become a way to fill our minds with ‘what we want to be’, making us feel that little less happy with ourselves as we are, in the hope that we will buy into something else to make ourselves feel better. Whether the purchase is a product or lifestyle, it seems that we are always comparing and aspiring to be something that we’re not. This has to stop.

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A Christmas Consideration

‘Tis the season to be jolly, yet it’s not so simple for everybody.  I haven’t written a conscientious piece in  while, but I think it’s about time that I do.

Whilst we’re gathering with friends, knocking back Prosecco and blasting out Christmas songs, it might not be quite so merry and bright for others- whether they show it or not. Yes, it’s Christmas and yes, it’s supposed to be a time of happiness, love and joy, yet it’s not invincible. Amongst the celebrations, we can still suffer from grievance, heartbreak, loneliness, depression and the list goes on.

I saw an ad on the tube last week. It showed an old lady alone at Christmas with absolutely nobody around. Unable to make a festive call to a loved one, never mind somebody to pull a cracker with across the dinner table. An advert yes, but a very real one at that. It made me think. For some, Christmas is the most difficult time of the year no matter what their struggle. Of course, why wouldn’t it be? It’s a time that we’re supposed to be happy, we have to buy presents and if you don’t join in on the fun you’re an absolute scrooge.

Now I’m going to keep this post short and sweet, as it could get rather depressing and I really don’t want to inflict that on you first thing on a Monday. My point is that everybody has their own issues to deal with and they don’t just disappear because it’s Christmas. So don’t forget to smile and be kind. Do something good for somebody else if you can. You never know, it could make all the difference.

For those of you that are going through a tough time, I guess what I really just wanted to say is, keep you’re head up. What may not seem like ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ can be (or can be made better) if you come at it with the right attitude. Let heavy hearts rest, don’t be too hard on yourself and do something good for yourself and for somebody else. Plan how you can step away from your troubles and take action. As a friend of mine once told me, ‘all bad things come to an end,’ and it’s true- it’s just how you choose to get there that makes the difference.

Sending love to you all this Christmas time. xx

 

Beauty and the Beast of Ideals

I was reading an article online, which addressed the issue of teenagers and what, as teens, we all may have done differently if only we’d have known what we know now. It discussed self-love, overcoming breakups and not conforming to what we’re told we’re supposed to look or act like. A great idea and a very helpful read for many I’m sure. Only there’s one thing that played on my mind. The same issues- lacking self-love, dealing with break ups terribly and aspiring to certain ideals- all still exist in the adult world. If we can dish out the advice to others, be that children, teenagers or peers, why can we not abide by it ourselves?

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Being You. 

Today I had an interesting conversation about fashion models and ‘what they should look like’. The conversation started with how tall, skinny girls grace our catwalks year on year- the vast majority being white. It then lead on to how the fashion industry is becoming more diverse and bigger, shorter, more colourful girls are entering fashion. How the industry is now more open to variety and that ‘commericial’ models are becoming increasingly popular and accepted. But all in all, how much the fashion world is still mostly discrimitive. Clone girls used simply as hangers to display product. 

The conversation then moved onto social media. How curvier girls are making their mark. Reaching insta fame through big booty pictures. Small waist, ginormous curves. Making a stand for shapelier girls. After all, “thick is the new skinny.” Somehow, I disagree. 

Who is anybody to say that fat is the new thin, that tall is the new small or that boobs are the new bum? You want to know what’s really sexy? 

You. 

No matter what your height, shape or clothing size, knowing how to be you and most of all how to love you, is the most attractive feature that anybody could ask for. I’m not denying that I won’t be sneaking a peak at how big Kim Kardashian’s butt is, or that I won’t be checking out Rocky Barnes NYFW figure. But all the time that I’m appreciating these beautiful women, I will- most of all- be appreciating myself. 

Tigeress Lifestyle isn’t here to tell you how to look. Nor is it here to tell you what you should eat or how you should exercise. Tigeress is here to help you to love yourself and to continue to do so for as long as you live. My opinion may not matter to some people and my advice may not be taken on by all, but I truly believe that healthy is beautiful and exists in more than one shape or form. The best way to love your life is to start by loving yourself. Be you, love you, and the idea of right or wrong image suddenly becomes insignificant, because why would you want to be anybody other than yourself? xx