TTC & The National Ballet of Canada’s Joint Campaign Falls Short : What About Body Diversity?

Media Literacy 101 Our statement was never an “attack” on ballet or athletic bodies.  It has been very convenient for some readers to suggest we are ‘attacking’ ballet and athletic bodies as a way of justifying the racist, sexist and fat phobic private emails and messages people have left online. Ads have meaning and when one type of body is usually linked with ideals of beauty, grace etc. and others are systematically left out this sends a message loaded with tons of meaning. Some of us can choose to agree, disagree with or ignore that fact for our own gains or to maintain our own comfort but it doesn’t change the reality. Images matter. People are impacted by images especially when they see similar images all the time that routinely do not represent them. Some people do not care about this and others do. We happen to be ones who do.
We are asking the public to reflect on what images mean. Media Literacy 101.


“Regarding the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission)  and The National Ballet of Canada joint campaign, we have concerns about the body size, shape and weight diversity, or should we say lack thereof, that this campaign unknowingly communicates.The body type of most ballet dancers do not adequately represent those of most Canadians and dare we say most TTC users.

Read More

Posted in Body Image, Canada, Canadian, Human Rights, public transit

How To Make Vintage Clothing Look Brand New

spring fashion 1 740x653 2 How To Make Vintage Clothing Look Brand New

I have no problem wearing  pieces I love over and over again.Whether I’m mixing designer with vintage or casual with fur if it’s a staple you’ll see me wearing it all the time.  Case in point ; Last week I featured my go to yellow sheath dress on the blog. This week I’m back in my yellow dress and I’m showing you how to maximize your winter outfits by incorporating vintage/ thrifted jackets into your wardrobe.
Read More

Posted in Accesories, Body Confidence Awards Canada, Body Image, Canadian, curvy vintage, Designer Shoes, Minimalist, Tahari, Uncategorized, We Love Colors

Gals On The Go!

body confidence canada toronto 740x740 Gals On The Go!

It’s been a busy year for us already. In the last few weeks Jill has been interviewed by Global Television 3 times  , we appeared on Rogers Daytime together talking about the Body Confidence Canada Awards,  we were featured on the Huffington Post  and we shared some tips on self care with Sophmore Magazine .

Heads up nominations for the 4th Annual Body Confidence Canada Awards will open on March 8th.

Read More

Posted in Body Confidence Canada Awards, Body Image, Canadian, Minimalist, Tahari, Uncategorized

Body Confidence: Living Life out Loud

Body Confidence Canada Awards 740x493 Body Confidence: Living Life out Loud

Most mornings I look into my bathroom mirror and I say, “I’m a big bright burning star and I’m gonna shine forever!” The reality is some mornings I may not believe it but I say it anyway. It’s my chance to cloak myself in love and assurance before I walk into the world. For me taking risks, albeit calculated, inspires me to live completely, to play the leading role in my one woman show even at times when I’m doubtful or uncertain of the outcome. Having read the late Maya Angelou’s poem The Mask I try my best not to live my life as, “a dance that’s walked a song that’s spoke.” What is body confidence? For me it’s living out loud, strong, fearless, and at other times vulnerable, fearful, stomach in knots…its being present in my best moments and forgiving of myself at my worst…it’s knowing when to take things seriously and when to play tag.

Read More

Posted in Body Confidence Canada Awards, Body Image, Canadian, Uncategorized