I think it's safe to say that I caught the last sunny day of 2016 where it was warm enough for no sleeves when I took these photos. Unfortunately it was the first time I'd worn this dress (sadly sold out at Boohoo) too and it's now had to be put away until next year, which is a shame as I love the bandana print so much. It's also a shame because this dress kind of embodies everything I would have steered clear of in clothing a few years ago.

Back when I hated my body there was no way in hell I would have worn something sleeveless, strappy, not fitted at the bust or with slits like this - at least not without tights, a booster bra and a cardigan to cover my arms. This would have been the case even if it was swelteringly hot outside, I would have covered up and boiled in layers of clothes rather than show my arms or my legs. Thankfully now this fear has passed and I no longer hide myself, which has made me infinitely happier and more comfortable. And you know what? Nothing negative has happened since! I still get compliments rather than nasty comments, but they are even sweeter now that I can accept them politely and not shamedly deny them feeling like the complimenter must be joking. 

I so hope that this is the case for you too, or if not yet at least that my blog is helping you overcome your body hate too.

I'm already feeling very festive since the clocks changed - it's now dark when I leave work and the shops are already full of Christmas goodies. I've got myself into cooking Christmas dinner two days in a row this year so I'm very glad I have a good few days to recover afterwards before I'm back in the office! Have you made any plans yet?

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