Friday, September 21, 2018

Loving Your Body Even When You Don't Love How You Look

body image, body positivity, flywheel, workout gear, short curly hair
body image, body positivity, flywheel, workout gear, short curly hair
body image, body positivity, flywheel, workout gear, short curly hair
body image, body positivity, flywheel, workout gear, short curly hair
body image, body positivity, flywheel, workout gear, short curly hair
 body image, body positivity, flywheel, workout gear, short curly hair
body image, body positivity, flywheel, workout gear, short curly hair
body image, body positivity, flywheel, workout gear, short curly hair


If I'm being totally transparent, this was a tough post to put up. With a birthday in the rearview mirror, the lack of working out as strict as I did when I worked full time (I did it for the stress!), and a new found love for indulging in sour gummy bears assisted in a not-so-summer body, this summer. While I love a good matching workout set, this adorable, albeit unflattering suit gives me so much pause -- do I share the real photos of a girl not comfortable in her second-skin, or in this case her chic Flywheel separates or do I pick the most flattering pictures and not discuss the elephant in the room? 

Today, I'd like to think I'm doing a little bit of both. As uncomfortable as I am sharing images of me that I don't fully love, it's a refreshing change of pace for a blogger to talk about the things that we try to shy away from, and for me as a workout obsessed gal, it's sharing images of a less-than-perfect Carlina, if you will. We all have our unglamorous moments, most of us don't share them with the world as openly as bloggers/content creators or influencers do, and I think that is what makes them so sought after- but also it's one of the things leave a person vulnerable to personal attacks and unwarranted comments.  I had a mini panic moment with both my photographer, who said I looked great, and my husband, who also said I looked great. More importantly, he told me, everyone, when placed on a stool, hunched over and wearing an extremely tight set of spandex will most likely also produce similar curves. Yes, he is the best! So here I am muffin top, extra curves and all, take it as you will. For me, it's extra motivation to be kinder to my body whatever that means.

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Photography by Jane Kim

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Last of Rooftop Hangs in Stars and Puka Shells

Puka shells, polka dots, summer style, shell jewelry, San Francisco
Puka shells, polka dots, summer style, San Francisco, chic transitional summer to fall style
Puka shells, polka dots, summer style, San Francisco, chic transitional summer to fall style
Puka shells, polka dots, summer style, San Francisco, chic transitional summer to fall style
Puka shells, polka dots, summer style, San Francisco, chic transitional summer to fall style
Puka shells, polka dots, summer style, San Francisco, chic transitional summer to fall style
Puka shells, polka dots, summer style, San Francisco, chic transitional summer to fall style
{Dress giftedStar Mules gifted, similar | Sunglasses | Earrings gifted | Shell Necklace similar (old, like from college!)



Well, with the onslaught of mini pumpkins, Trader Joes pumpkin everything, chunkier sweaters, and knits in my Instagram feed it seems we have officially transitioned to Fall overnight. While I'm still not ready to let go of Summer (probably because San Francisco didn't get to experience weather above 70 most of the last few months) that doesn't mean I'm opposed to the transition. I mean it already feels like Fall around here, anyways. But, for the sake of this gorgeous polka dot number, the puka shell necklace I had stashed away in my college jewelry box (thank God I save everything, wait but does that make me a hoarder?) and the prettiest skyline in San Francisco-- let's give it up for Summer one more time! Technically Autumn doesn't start until September 23, so I have a few more days -- let me live.

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Photography by Shannon Righetti