Ever since I was a kid, I have LOVED Halloween! It’s such a fun time of year, where you can dress up to be anything you want to be, or would be scared to be! One of the reasons I love Yandy, is thier VAST selection of Halloween costumes for ALL tastes and ALL sizes! They have costumes in sizes XS to 4X, and weather you want to be extra sexy, or extra spooky, they have you covered!!!
I normally choose more than 1 costume a year, as I love to attend different parties and events, and use the opportunity to dress up in as many different looks as possible! I chose 2 costumes from Yandy....a super fun and sexy Mystic Pirate Costume, and a glamorous Skeleton Gown. I paired both these looks with fun makeup looks that were brought to life by my friend Meagan of Paragon Makeup Designs. Photos taken by Teresa Marie South.
More photos and information can be seen on Yandy's Blog Coming out soon!!! In the mean time, shop your Halloween costumes at www.yandy.com and use my code RUBYROXX20 for 20% off!!
I love doing shoots that use no photoshop or editing. Dont get me wrong, I am not "anti photoshop"...I don't mind it being used as an artistic expression, or to remove a blemish or bruise, or to smooth my hair...but the moment I don't look like me anymore, is when I have a problem. I was discussing this with my dear friend Artist Jessica Rae, and she showed me her series of RAW images, in her collection "Beyond the Session" in which her subject are captured in black and white, raw, with zero editing at all. I loved this idea, and immediately we booked a shoot.
I showed up at Jessica's studio first thing in the morning, with zero makeup on, my hair simply brushed out after getting out of bed, I stripped my clothes off and we got to shooting! What we captured are so beyond what I had hoped for, and I am so thrilled to share them with you all!
I think doing and sharing shoots like this is so important, and I really encourage you to do it yourself! So many people suffer with self esteem and mental health struggles, especially when all you see on social media are photo-shopped images, with heavy filtering and perfect captions. It's easy to think that everyone else is perfect and have perfect lives, but in reality, people are only ever posting their successes...they don't post the selfies they hate, or the bad days, or failures. I understand why, of course...(I don't post my failures either), but I always try to promote honesty, which is what I wanted to do with this set of photos. I wanted to show that even though my skin is so pale you can see my veins, and I have bags under my eyes first thing in the morning, and my stomach folds when I sit down (like EVERYONE) I am still worthy, and strong, and feminine and beautiful
Next time you're on Social Media, I challenge you to look at it differently. Ask yourself to think critically about the content you are taking in. If following a specific person always leads you to feel depressed or "less than" when you see their feed, unfollow that person! And when you yourself are posting on social media, think of those that follow you! What is the message you are spreading to the world? Are you being honest, and your most authentic self? You, yourself are unique, magical, and beautiful, and the world needs more of that! It is ok to have acne, or big arms, or scars, or cellulite, or rolls. Its ok to love yourself, JUST the way you are. And its also ok if you're not quite there yet....but as long as you are trying, you are winning.
I'm throwing in the towel.
I've spent the last few weeks trying to lure you into meeting me but no nibbles. Instead, though, I've learned a lot about you from some wonderful people and what I've learned is simple.
Sure you may operate in a virtual world with few if any immediate consequences but, my dear troll, the tide is turning and I'm optimistic the millions of good and decent people online will soon eclipse you and the hate you spread.
I've also learned that while being mean online may simply give you pleasure, its also likely that you're struggling with your own issues or trauma and if that's the case, I'm sorry for you, really I am.
However, my dear troll, I'm not going to spend my time and energy trying to shine a light on you anymore.
Instead I'm going to take that energy and use it in a much, more positive way.
I'm going to focus on sharing what I've learned about you with some pretty awesome people, and teach them how to safeguard themselves against you.
(I'm going to focus on sharing what I've learned about you the best way I know how and teach people how to safeguard themselves against you.)
So, my dear troll, that's me signing off.
Yours in positivity,
Ok ladies (and gents...you aren't immune from this problem)....who has been out in the summer heat, wearing your favourite sundress or skirt, and after an afternoon of walking around, the thigh rub starts to get PAINFUL...I know I have, and its NO fun....but I have a super flirty and fashionable solution...BANDELETTES!!! Painful inner thigh chafing is a problem that affects many women of all shapes, sizes and lifestyles – hindering their opportunity to wear the clothes and do the activities they love. With Bandelette's patented anti-chafing designs, they provide an attractive and discreet solution that prevents irritation and promotes confidence, so you can love your thighs, not the rub! I tried out 2 pairs from their collection; 1 was a simple, yet stunning nude pair, perfect for a subtle look underneath your clothes. The other pair was from the Ashley Nell Tipton (one of my FAVORITE bloggers) collection! They did NOT roll down at all (make sure to follow the sizing chart to make sure you get the right size!) and are so comfortable you practically forget your even wearing them!!
Honestly babes, these adorable little lace garters are not only SO adorable and SEXY...but will also be your SAVIOUR while protecting against Thigh Rubbing! WOOHOO! They are very affordable, in a WIDE range of colours, sizes, and styles...and the prices are VERY affordable, ranging from $16.99-$21.99! You can't afford NOT to try them out!!!
One of my favourite photographers, Alicia Marie Photography was in town a few weeks ago, and we managed to create this STUNNING bridal editorial set while traipsing around the stunning Stanley Park Rose Gardens. My dress was provided by Laudae Bridal (Truvelle Bridal), and MUAH was provided by Rose Quartz Beauty. STUNNING floral provided by Green Leaf Floral Design.
Enjoy these stunning images. I cannot wait to shoot more bridal soon!
Botanical Print Sleeveless Dress
An ADORABLE summer shift dress with a beautiful botanical floral print! Perfect for breezy summer days! Use my code RUBYROXX20 for 20% off your purchase!
If theres a trend I love this season, its florals...and when those florals are on velvet....I am SOLD! This dress is so cute, form fitting, comfortable...and only $9!!!!! WHAT!?!?!
Such a pretty (you guessed it...FLORAL!) dress for summer! I love bright colours, and wrap dresses are so flattering! A gorgeous light breezy material, and only $18! Shop HERE and use my code RUBYROXX20 for 20% off!
Written by Ruby Roxx