I cannot believe that a year ago to the day I started writing From the corners of the Curve. I don't know why I called it that, moment of madness I guess but I love it so dearly now. As many of you may not know I started this blog as a diet diary, after years of being miserable and unhappy I thought HEY, let me share my hatred for my body with the entire world, that will surely make me lose weight. Umm yeh that didn't work out too well.
I shared it with twitter and my Facebook and everyone was supportive, they all chipped in about how they hated their bodies it felt like I wasn't alone everyone else hated their bodies too. After successfully losing weight for a few weeks I thought I had it nailed, my blog 'Slimming in the City' was actually helping. Sadly this didn't last long, I put on weight the following week and felt truly awful. How do you tell everyone that you are a failure, that even though you tried you have put on weight. It was terrible, I was scared about what people would think of me. I cried, A LOT. There I was sat at home crying over what everyone thought about me, then I thought, what are you doing Callie? I began looking back through my pictures on my Facebook there was hundreds of me wearing black, black tops, dresses, leggings. I looked at the pictures and I thought, you need to sort out your life. Why do you care what Tom, Dick or Harry thinks about you. It was then that I decided to change my blog. From the corners of the Curve would be a space to talk about body positivism, to challenge me to wear fashionable outfits and to share them. To talk about the things that make me happy, not sad. The rest is history. I thought I would do a little timeline of the great things that came out of this blog and how happy I feel as a result of it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart if you are a reader of my blog without you this would be nothing.
My first ever bloggers event.
I will always hold a special place in my heart for Curvy Kate, the girls that work there are the nicest people EVER They are so passionate about the brand, and they making banging bra's. I was so grateful to be invited and they welcomed me with open arms. I even got my boobs out for them (aren't they lucky ;) <3
My first Evans Clothing event.
This was my first plus size clothing event, I remember that lots of the plus size bloggers were going and I was quite nervous to meet them! Bethany and I met up beforehand and I had such a great night. My highlight was meeting Suzanne and Ignacio the design duo for Clements Ribeiro, They are truly wonderful people.
Modelling for Clements Ribeiro's Swan Holiday Collection.
This one is a big-un, Before Christmas I got an email from the Evans team asking me if I would take part in a blogger colloboration with some other world renowned bloggers. I couldn't believe I was picked. The experience was one of the best in my entire life. I got to wear amazing clothes, actually experience how professional photo shoots work and get to hang out with these babes.
Features in the Media, papers, magazines and TV.
Soon after the modelling things kind of hit off, lots of people were interested in us girls and we asked to do lots of interviews including The Daily Mail, The Times and Vogue Italia.
I was also on channel 4 news with John Snow! You can watch that here if ya like. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm7R0iMAU9k
Basically these last 365 days have been amazing, more than words describe. I have learnt so much about myself. I have learnt the importance of self love and worth. I have been given opportunities which I always thought I would never have at my size. What I have learnt the most is that with simply changing how you look at yourself you can change your life. Go out there and grab opportunities, don't wait until you can get down to a certain size before you live your life. If you want to lose weight do so with care and love of yourself, be forgiving and be content with who you are even through your changes. Most importantly be yourself. Thank you again. Love Always.