• Life,  Self-Love

    Pride 2018!

    June may be over, but Pride lasts forever! It’s a little hard for me to believe that we are already halfway through 2018. It’s July people! Summer has somehow FLOWN by and I was not expecting it AT ALL. Normally, my summers sort of dredge forward and by the end of them I’m so eager to start back at school, I can hardly contain myself. This summer is different. While I am excited to get back to COT and start working on our Fall opera, I’m trying so hard to dig my heels in and make summer stay a little while longer. This year, June was a magical month full…

  • Chicago Diaries,  Life,  Self-Love

    Ketchup

    Hidey-ho, Crickets! While it’s only been a month since I last wrote you, it feels like it’s been more like four months. Once upon a time, I thought graduating from school meant that I would have breezy filled spring afternoons of flowers and coffee for fun (not survival). I thought I’d get 8 hours of sleep and never have allergies and that horrible spring time stress would leave me alone for good. Lol. I was so cute. And naïve. Life has been busybusybusy and I’m trying my best to pick my battles, spend my time wisely, take care of me and my lil’ family, meet expectations, and idk just be…

  • Plus Size Fashion,  Self-Love

    Unique Vintage Bathing Suits!

    If I could go back in time and tell 13 year old me that one day, a clothing company would message me on a social media site, offering to send me free bathing suits all in the name of celebrating my body and the beginning of summer, I would have probably laughed and cried. Laughed because it would have sounded like a dream and cried because it would have sounded like a sick joke. But oh man, little Emma. It’s true. It happened. For all of my life, I have been told that in order to accomplish the things I want in life, I had to lose weight. If I…

  • Life,  Plus Size Fashion,  Self-Love

    Love, kisses, and Valentine Wishes!

    Do you smell it? Do you smell that almost sickly sweet smell of freshly cut flowers and chocolates wafting through the air? Do you see all of the love-sick puppy faced people in coffee shops and diners, holding hands and whispering to one another about who knows what in the most obnoxious way? Do you hear the hum of the Moulin Rouge soundtrack beneath your feet as you step outside? YEAH. It’s here. It’s Valentine’s day. I get it. Some people find this day as an eternal reminder that they are alone and sad and angry and it’s hard to be happy for other idiots when you’re still stuck in 5…

  • Self-Love

    Battling Body Shaming

    I want to preface this post with a big ol’ disclaimer that my life is beautiful and this summer has brought me so much joy. However, the past few months have been incredibly difficult for me, because I found myself in quite a toxic environment. While this summer has not been my first struggle with body shaming, it has been the first time that I have been acutely aware of other people’s comments not only about my body, but about their bodies as well. It has felt suffocating and defeating to not get through even one hour of the day without someone making a self deprecating fat “joke” about themselves,…