I’ve continuously been blessed with the Thighs and Lows Blog community on Facebook. While I certainly try to keep up with the industry, there is no doubt that I initially miss things while stretching my time from blogging, being a mommy and working full-time. Thanks to group member Tierra, I was turned on to an upcoming event right here in the heart of Texas!
I made it a point to attend Curvy Summer Scene, the first event of its kind hosted by body positive influencers SarahJaneReign and VoluptuousLeah. For years I’ve been dying to go to The CURVYcon but there’s just no way in my current life. Paying for the convention, plane tickets and hotel in NYC just doesn’t work for my budget. So year after year, I’ve watched all of the action from afar, wishing I could mingle with all of the full figured beauties I admire through their blogs and social media. So when I found out that there would be a body positive event in Galveston, I immediately got my aunt on the phone and asked if I could stay with her for a night in Houston. It took a little convincing to get my husband on board with spending a little extra cash we hadn’t planned for but without the expense of a hotel, it was easy to get him to come around. So, I bought my ticket, not knowing what to expect and impatiently counted down the days until the big event.
Saturday was supposed to start on the beach with a photoshoot! So, I figured I’d try to be Wonder Woman and tote the kids along so we could get a mini family vacation in at the same time. My daughter had been begging me to bring her to the beach and my husband was busy and couldn’t join us. Little did I know what a bad idea this was. Bringing a baby and a 4-year-old to the beach alone is basically self-torture. With the heat and inability to put the baby down, I was trouncing around like a crazy lady and practically dying while doing so. But, I was at Curvy Summer Scene and you better believe I was going to make the most of it.
I missed the photoshoot but got there just in time to enjoy a fashion show featuring several influencers in the industry flaunting their stuff down the beach. I was shocked at how many faces I recognized. There were tons of beautiful, curvy women with thousands of followers on Instagram to my left and my right with little ole’ me in the middle trying to quiet crazy kids. It was intimidating, exciting and I’m sure I garnered a lot of attention right off. I absolutely loved being in a large group of women that looked just like me, strutting their stuff in swimsuits while we all loudly cheered them on. It was such an empowering setting. I felt comfortable with these women, and, for once, I didn’t compare myself to them or feel inadequate. I just sat there and enjoyed each woman’s unique beauty. It was such a refreshing break from the usual negative thoughts that run in my mind so often that I rarely even notice them anymore.
After the fashion show I had almost completely melted. My skin was feeling hot and the kids were complaining so it was the perfect time to hit up the icecream social. We met in a charming icecream shop in downtown Galveston that was surrounded with cool murals. I guiltlessly ordered something to cool down with for my daughter and I and then squeezed in to a table with the ladies. Each woman introduced herself and shared her heart. I even got a turn, which was cool. Everyone was so supportive, asking me questions and grabbing my Instagram handle. I was pretty starstruck sitting face to face with women who had inspired me so many times with online posts. VoluptuousLeah even held baby Ezra for a time. If nothing else, I would have paid big money to be a part of a social like that. Never would I ever have imagined that not only would I get to share my story but that I’d get to know everyone on a more personal level. Sometimes you meet someone you’ve been admiring from afar only to realize that they aren’t who you thought they were. This was not the case here. Every single influencer there had a big heart, loves to support women and truly wants to help.
I left after that. The kids were restless and my heart was full. They had a swim party at a bar downtown that had a pool. I enjoyed the photos from my comfortable bed wishing I could get to know them more. But what I got was more than enough. We skipped the panels the next day. I was bummed to do so but it seemed pretty necessary. I’ve learned a pretty huge lesson in that I need to leave the kids at home next time.
All in all the few hours I spent at Curvy Summer Scene were amazing. I’m still on a high from it. We need more community driven events like this. Being with your people is so fulfilling. Give these amazing ladies a follow if you don’t already follow them. They have amazing perspectives I know you’ll love.
@sarahjanereign and I thinking about how much fun we’ll have this weekend at @curvysummerscene ! We’re so excited to meet everyone! Come on out, soak up some sun, swimwear fashion and have a good time! Thank you to everyone who is joining us, to anyone who has pitched in to help us in anyway and thank you to our sponsors! ❤️ #beachbesties #makeyourownsparkle 📷: @mayshack_photography . . . . #beachbodyready #beachbodies #fatbabes #effyourbeautystandards #goldenconfidence #styleandcurvemag #fatgirlswag #celebratemysize #fatfashion #plussizeswimwear #swimwear2018 #mermaidthighs #summahtime #curvycutie #fatgirlsbewinning #fatgirlscan
@voluptuousleah and I are glamping for our @curvysummerscene weekend! So far, I've gotten a horrendous tummy sunburn, a cold and about 1,302 mosquito bites. But I've also met a bunch of inspiring, powerful women who I've forged new friendships with, received support and thought-provoking conversation from complete strangers, and discovered more of myself along the way. Day two, I'm ready for you! 👑🐝💕 . . . #tcfstyle #ownyourcurves #ootd #psootd #instafashion #bodypositive #celebratemysize #bigandblunt #skorchstyle #whatfatgirlsactuallywear #goldenconfidence #plusmodel #fatbabe #fatshion #sexyatanysize #thisbody #selflove #sjrhoneybee #effyourbeautystandards #fullfiguredfierce #visiblyplussize #fatfashion #fatshionista #makeyourownsparkle #pmmlovemybody
We had a great weekend here in Galveston @curvysummerscene 💖 it was amazing to be on a beach surrounded by other plus size women. All of us were rocking our swimsuits and accessories with no judgement…only encouraging words and positive affirmations. We have a space is in this world and if I happen to take up a little more than others that’s not my problem lol it’s theirs! This goes for all genders and gender identities! Love the skin you’re in. Treat yourself like royalty. Care for yourself in the best way you see fit. Now go rock that bikini and enjoy your life! 💖 Swimsuit: @lanebryant #cacique Glasses: @rue21official 🌸 Photographer: @miss.shelo 🌸 #Plussize #plusfashion #plusmodel #plus_size #plussizeclothing #plussizebeauty #plusandproud #curvywoman #curvystyle #modelslife #austinmodel #austinmodels #texasmodel #texasmodels #biggirls #effyourbeautystandards #plussizevlog #plussizevlogger #plussizeswimwear #plussizebikini #curvysummer #curvysummerscene #curvysummerscene2018
It’s been a blast Galveston! Enjoyed fun in the sun ☀️🎉@curvysummerscene with some awesome #bopo babes @gothandposh @sarahjanereign @voluptuousleah @zanchelle_plusmodel @msbeyoudoyou @iheartyellowsubs @chubbystruggles @brownsugalemonade @jillianhailey @suggamonkey ! ‘Til next summer! But, we’ll keep it fun and wear what we want all year round!! #curvysummerscene 👙🍍: @swimsuitsforall 📱: @gothandposh #effyourbeautystandards #goldenconfidence #plussizeswimwear #bodyposi #plussizebabe #pmmlovemybody #plussizewomen #lovetheskinyourein
So I spent this weekend with some AMAZING women at @curvysummerscene and left with new friendships, awesome memories, and an awkward armpit sunburn. BUT. Spending the weekend with these ladies really made me reevaluate what I’m doing on this platform. It was incredible to meet people I’ve followed and talked to online for years, but it was also beyond heartbreaking to realize how much of a front we all put up on social media. Tears were shed by many as we discussed the pain of posting a cute outfit while you’re broken inside, feeling alone in a crowded room, or literally dying and nobody knows. And I don’t want that to be me. Lately I’ve been incredibly disillusioned with how fake people are in this community. I’ve always tried to be very honest, but I wanna step that up. I’ll always post cute outfits cause come on now, I love me a damn good jumpsuit. But I want you to know that I wake up and hate my body somedays too. I spend whole weekends on the couch eating pizza and binge watching ANTM. I’m messy, anxious, and real. And so are you. So I promise to be as real as I can, and I hope you’ll do the same. Ask me anything. I’m here. We’re here together. . . . . . #plussize #effyourbeautystandards #befullyyou #chubbystruggles #bigandblunt #moretome
Had so much fun at @curvysummerscene !!! I got to meet so many Amazing women!!! Thank you @sarahjanereign and @voluptuousleah for making this happen. Thank you to @chubbystruggles for letting me ride with you. I am so glad that we are now friends. And thank you @curvygirlontherun for taking this great picture.
Had an awesome day with these ladies!! @creole_model @sarahjanereign @voluptuousleah @societys_renegade_ at the @curvysummerscene. Thanks for all of the laughs, love, encouragement and coaching!! Can't wait until the next event! #motivated #loveyourself #love #curvy #curvywomen #curvygirl #curvyfashion #summer #summerday #summertime #plussizeswimwear #plussizemodel #beachwear #beachparty #beach🌊 #RememberToLoveYou💗💕 #BeautyBeginsWithin💞💝
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Had a super nice weekend in Galveston @curvysummerscene with @xoxokpasteles. Along the way we made a new best friend, @societys_renegade_ and got to meet so many other wonderful women that are about empowerment of plus size women. Thank you ladies for such a lovely weekend! 🌸🌞🌊 – – – – – #curvysummerscene #pleasurepier #galvestonbeach #plussizemodeling #modcloth #modclothdress #cute #photoshoot #beautifulwomen #bestiess #melaninpoppin #blackgirlmagic #feelinmyself #brownskingirls #ootd #melaninmagic #torrid #eyebuydirect #bonlookglasses #bonlook
Wore my fancy pajamas(😂😂) to speak at the @curvysummerscene event today! It was such a fun weekend and was both empowering and humbling to meet so many great women and hear their stories. 📸: @chubbystruggles #eloquii #xoq #ootd #wiw #whatiwore #whatiamwearing #igstyle #instastyle #instalook #instafashion #fashion blogger #plussizeblogger #plussizefashion #plusmodelmag #fullfiguredfashion #effyourbeautystandards #celebratemysize #boldncurvy #curvy #curvygirl #curvygirlfashion #curvygirlontherun #styleblogger #bloggerstyle #lookbook #lookoftheday #pmmlovemybody #bopo