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Ya Girl Got Featured in Flare Mag!! Look At God! *Smiles*

Body Positivity is not about a destination! You do not just wake one day and all of a sudden you love your Body, Not even!

It is a Journey! a conscious decision you make daily to be kind and more gentle with yourself flaws and all. It has no Timeline. For some it takes days, others months, for me it took  many years. To be honest I am still on my Journey.

I received an opportunity to share my personal thoughts surrounding my insecurities I have had to face and still face with regards to my own body in this months edition of Flare Magazine Online.

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Please Click (HERE) to check out the Article that features myself along side 14 other amazing Canadian Body Positive Babes bravely sharing their truth about the Journey.

Special Thank you to Author Laura K Grady for the feature.

 

Until Next Time My Style Mavens…

Love, Light and Blessings your way,

Annika

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It’s Travel Tuesday!! Let’s do Jamaica in 72 hours!!!

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Yep! 72 hours, you read it right!

Last Wednesday I decided to go to Jamaica, I booked the ticket Thursday, and was on the Plane Friday. Crazy? some may say so, but if you follow me on Social Media, you know the opinions of others has little to no recourse on how I live my life. Proudly doing me since 1983! *giggles*

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A fun getaway sounds like the most logical thing to do when having to endure the intense beating of these Northern Winters here in Canada. Jamaica is a great remedy for what is known as the “Winter Blues” which I suffer from.

This year has been particularly tough mourning my late Mother Sonia “Elaine” Reid. January 21st, 2018 would have been her 66th Birthday.

It has been tough processing this entire journey I have faced with her over these past several years, watching her become ill, to  losing her independence, then her ability to walk, speak, eat and then eventually losing her life. She had a wish list when she was sick, one of them was to visit Jamaica one last time. She never made it, so this trip I took was for her. I did the things she would have done if she were alive and well today.

So I decided to go to Jamaica to connect with her love, My Dad.

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Spending time in her place of Birth, smelling the Air, feeling the Sun on my Skin, connecting with the people who knew and loved her made me feel closer to her.

My Mother was Fun, full of life and was loved by everyone who knew her, so visiting her resting place for me was not the best way to commemorate someone so majestic and beautiful in my eyes.

I wanted to do something fun, light yet sentimental. So I packed her favourite Hat and brought it with me to the Beach…

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I put it on my head, wrote her birth date in the Sand, told her I loved her, and then set the hat free in the Sea.

 

As I continue on what I affectionately call my “Healing Journey,” I have realized a few things:

1) That mourning truly comes in waves, it is not linear. A few weeks after my Mother passed away I was working on Projects, taking Trips and not really feeling the pain of her loss.  Fast forward to almost a year and I now find myself quiet, withdrawn at times and reflecting on her often. It truly is a process, a Journey and I am no longer obsessed with the destination.

2) I realize that my Mother left me a number of legacies which I now cherish, one of which is the gift of Community. Surrounding me are Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Friends, Church Members, Acquaintances and so much more. She made it her duty that my Siblings and I had a loving circle around us that is still a huge part of my life today.

3) Time is so precious and limited. I decided the next 35 years will be dedicated to living a life of purpose, creating and living in peace. More growth, healing and try to be a blessing to others. Living my life exactly the way Mom did and would have wanted me too.

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The Journey Continues…

Fun Travel Tips for All Parents, Proud Autism Parents and anyone planning on bringing the Kiddo’s on a fun excursion.

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I am a PROUD AUTISM MOM! My Daughter Aniyah is 12 and to be honest she is one of my favourite traveling buddies. This kid is literally down for anything!..As long as she is fed and notified pre and during travel! lol

So here are some Fun Tips I have learned to keep Aniyah engaged and happy when traveling.

  1. LET THEM IN ON THE PLANS:  I no longer assume her comprehension level simply because she communicates differently than I do. I have a conversation with her about the itinerary, I show her photos, tell her step by step what we are doing, where we are going and who we plan to see. By doing this it makes the transition easier for her and I find it minimizes any possible outbursts or behaviors that may have occurred otherwise. Aniyah is just like everyone else, she gets anxious when she does not know that plan, so including her and updating her is VERY important if we both want to have a good trip.
  2. HAVE YOUR SNACKS/SNACK MONEY ON DECK: This is not a game! I am not sure what the eating habits are for your child/children, but my Kiddo does NOT play games. She expects 3 meals + snacks no matter where we are, so it is imperative I plan ahead, pack something for the road and keep her hydrated.
  3. ELECTRONICS CAN BE YOUR FRIEND: I ensure Aniyah’s Ipad is charged, her favourite shows are downloaded and that apps are updated and ready to go! Most parents can relate to this, I am a firm believer in the tablet/Ipad ministry…it is a life saver.
  4. ENGAGE AND MAKE A GAME OF YOUR ADVENTURE: I try to book window seats when flying with my Daughter, she gets such a kick out of watching the Plane take off, looking at the shapes below etc. We point at objects, I try to get her to draw a picture or spell/write what she sees. Usually when we get home, we have a huge map that and we do fun reviews of where we travelled. Aniyah has an amazing memory so when we travel together I know I will be hearing about it from her for years to come. Traveling with her is my way of connecting to her, and it works. She seems to enjoy our time away together so now I have decided to make it an annual tradition.

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JAMAICA IS HOME, I may not be born there, but everytime I go it fills me in ways I can not explain. 72 hours was not enough time, but gave me just the right amount of warmth I needed to kick my winter blues in the face, recharge my creative juices and reflect on a Woman I will forever love…My Mommy.

 

***Special mention goes to Monique Hughes from Globe Chasers International. Monique is now my new Travel Agent, she helped me book my getaway from start to finish! She even provides Airport pick up and drop off making the entire experience simple, easy and stress free.

Contact her directly for your next getaway: Moniquegci@nexioncanada.com

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Until Next Time My Style Mavens…

May Love, Blessings & Light come and stay your way,

Annika

 

 

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Come Join Us This Sunday!!! December 17th 2017 Issa Sip N Shop Event!

We’re at it again!!!! The Stylish Sip N’ Shop Series
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Please join myself along with Amadora JewelleryAsili Naturals Skincare & Unforgivingly Pur. beauty inside Taste So Good Restaurant for a fun Sunday afternoon of shopping, socializing and yummy delectables this Sunday December 17th, 2017 2pm-6pm.
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Also we are having an in-house raffle for a $25.00 gift certificate courtesy of Uplifted Bra Services
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Come for the Fashion, Stay for the Treats.
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Special Discounts and Incentives will be gifted from some of our vendors, you really do not want to miss out!
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Please click the link below to RSVP! First 25 to RSVP and come will receive $25 off of their Stylish Apparel purchase.
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Thank you for your continued support and I can’t wait to see you this Sunday.
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My Style Secret Weapon!!

I was in GREAT denial when it came to the topic of “Thigh chafing!“I did not want to discuss it or admit it was something I suffered from.  I remember some of my Friends would openly talk about their struggle with chafing all the time, I would listen with empathy but coin it as only “their” issue.

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Truth is, I just did not want to admit there was yet ANOTHER FAT ISSUE, attached to my identity. I never heard smaller sized Friends talking about thigh chafing, so of course in my mind it had to be a “FAT BODY” thing! So I simply ignored it.

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Yes, you read right. I ignored it! I consciously ignored the Burning, the Blisters, the Sores, and the Pain until eventually my inner thighs developed a Callus….yep! not cute kids! That Callus then came with a gang of other issues. I then became insecure about my inner thighs due to the discolouration between them and so on. This ongoing self hate cycle went on for years!…until recently.

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A few months ago one of my “Succulent Six” Sisters told me about Thigh Society, aa few weeks after that conversation I was gifted the opportunity to do a promo campaign with them. Since then I kid you not, I now love this product!!!

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Thigh Society is an Anti chafing slip short designed to provide relief for Thighs that like to touch. Through working with this brand I have now come to realize that “Thigh Chafing” is not just a ‘FAT BODY’ issue, it is a “HUMAN BODY” issue. People of all shapes and sizes experience immediate relief after using this product.

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I am all the way here for their new caramel colour (featured in the photo above).

Do you experience Thigh Chafing? If so, what are your go to products for relief? We’re talking Thigh Society all week on the Blog, so please share and comments below.

 

Special Thanks To Photographer Emily D, for these AMAZING Images. Check her work (HERE)

 

Until Next Time Style Mavens,

 

Annika.

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Casual Friday with Penningtons

Hey Hey Style Mavens!

I teamed up with Canadian Plus Size Fashion Retailer Penningtons to bring you my version of the “Canadian Tuxedo” with an embroidered twist!

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I am wearing the “D/C Petite Slightly Curvy Fit Embroidered Straight Leg style” Jeans from Penningtons. This Fall Embroidery is back in a MAJOR way!!! Oh you do not like Flowers? oh well, this season’s style forecast is full of them.

My Readers and Supporters have given me mixed reviews regarding the embroidery trend, I personally am all about trying new things and testing the limits with my personal style. So I decided to take my own advice and “Get into it!”

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I can honestly say Penningtons has stepped up to be the life giver to the Plus Size Jean wearer! My last 4 pairs of Jeans have all come from Penningtons. The Fit, Quality, Style and Sizing is incredible and I was elated to collaborate with them on their amazing new Denim Campaign.

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Check out their amazing promo video featuring Akira from “Pretty Big Movement” Below:

 

Special Thanks so Stef & Rochelle for your photography skills and editing! Love you ladies to the moon and back!

Until Next Time Style Maves,

 

Love and Many Blessings,

Annika