How to Take a Compliment

How to Take a Compliment with Grace and Believe It |

The art of accepting a compliment with grace & believing it

A compliment. Just a few words about my physical appearance or personality and I’m instantly in a tailspin, swept up in a whirlwind of self doubt and insecurity! I know I’m not alone. We women have mastered the art of the personal put down. We are our own toughest critics and because we hold ourselves to such high standards, (often set deliriously high) we are genuinely taken aback and rendered speechless by a loving compliment.

When the natural curls just don't do right!

When the natural curls just don’t do right!

But there is so much power in a compliment. Accepting, internalising and believing a compliment is fuel for unshakable confidence. With this post, I’m preaching to the choir. On good days, I can accept a compliment and run with it, propelled forward by its positive vibes.

But the days when remembering how to take a compliment matters most are the bad days. The days when nothing fits; when my natural curls have a mind of their own and make me look like Loretta from Family Guy! (For the sake of this article; we’ll run with hair as the focus of our compliments.)

I’ve learned I’m learning how to take a compliment with these four tips:

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The ABCs of Loving Your Plus Size Body

Here are 26 body positive New Year’s resolutions that will help you learn to love your beautiful plus size body!
Discover 26 easy ways to love your plus size body with these body positive New Year's resolutions from Plus Size

There’s no other time of year when more people are focused on bettering themselves than in the run up to New Year’s. Resolutions are always at the top of everyone’s list for self improvement, but usually we focus on things like drinking more water, going to the gym or eating better. While those can be very admirable things to aspire to do more of, I think the bedrock of any resolution worth its vow, is self acceptance and self love.

You can promise and resolve to do all manner of feel-good tasks, but unless you begin from a place of clear self-love and self-acceptance, you’ll only set yourself up for failure. That’s why in 2016, instead of the usual resolutions, I’m focusing on 26 body positive resolutions, because I know that when I feel good about myself (inside and out) everything else just fall into place.

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Trend Alert: Metallic Obsession

A look at four of my favourite products featuring the current metallic trend that would make great Christmas gifts.

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Metallic is everywhere at the moment — whether it’s the vibrant hue of yellow gold, the earthy orange of copper or the mellow lustre of rose gold, we are metallic mad! To celebrate this lovely trend, I wanted to share some of my favourite products that gleam with the unmistakable metallic sheen. Wrap any of these babies up and they’d make perfect stocking stuffers this Christmas!

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When Fat-Shaming Goes Mainstream: that Gabourey Sidibe Sex Scene

One plus-size girl’s response to some of the fat-shaming negativity following Gabourey Sidibe’s sex scene in Empire.

When Gabourey Sidibe perfomed a fairly typical sex scene in the sitcom Empire, the Internet exploded with fat-shaming hatred. | Plus Size

(Spoiler alert: the Empire scene mentioned in this article has not aired in the UK at the time of writing)

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11 Plus Size Statement Tights

Statement tights: bold and colourful or patterned hosiery that instantly lifts any outfit from mundane to magnificent. Come along as I discover 11 patterned and printed plus size statement tights this autumn and winter.
Plus Size Patterned and Printed Tights for Plus Size Women | Plus Size

I first moved to the UK in the grip of winter 2008. Piles of slushy snow littered Manchester’s bustling city centre and towering double decker buses and curved hatch back cabs puffed clouds of exhaust into the icy air. Hailing from the Sandhills of North Carolina, just over 60 miles inland from the notoriously hurricane-battered Atlantic coast, dressing for winter wasn’t something I was accustomed to.

Back then, in the American south, winter was more a chilly breeze, with temperatures only occasionally dipping cold enough to snow. I wasn’t prepared for the harsh frosts of an English winter, and certainly not one in one of the rainiest cities in the whole of the country! When you dress for the cold in rural, balmy North Carolina, you ditch skirts and short dresses for long pants and sturdy corduroys or denim. When you dress for the cold in Manchester and the UK, you put on thicker layers and one of those layers, tights, is completely different in the UK than I’d ever seen.

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7 of Most Pinned Plus-Size Dresses

7 most pinned plus size dresses from Plus Size

I absolutely love a good, figure-flattering dress. Dresses have become my go-to for comfort, whether they be A-line, bodycon or classic wraps. My wardrobe is filled with dresses of varying lengths, made from a variety of materials and in a spectrum of colours and patterns. I’ve been saving loads of plus-size dresses and skirts to a Pinterest board and today, I wanted to share my 7 most pinned plus-size dresses with you!

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Learning to Celebrate Myself

I sing myself; I celebrate myself. | Plus Size

Verses from Walt Whitman’s poem, Song of Myself.

The problem with self acceptance is it can become a saga of going against the grain. When who you are is drastically different from society’s status quo, you need twice the energy, a skin twice as thick and a clear sense of who you are to combat it. Learning to  celebrate yourself when you are the epitomised opposite of everything the media and the world thinks you should be becomes a monumental task, a murky swamp to wade through.

Society’s biggest issue is its dogmatic devotion to appearance. Both the appearance of its members and its perception of self. Even when society doesn’t explicitly lay out its ideals like a road map, the implicit murmurings create loud undulations that lead to ridicule when they are ignored. It becomes difficult to live the opposite of both the explicit and the implicit way of life. Difficult, but if who you are at your core is the antithesis of what’s kosher, then it’s a necessary journey. And an important one.

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1 Step Winter Skin Conditioner

This 1-step treatment is the only skin conditioner you’ll need for flawless skin this winter.

Skip expensive skincare treatments and look after your plus size winter skin with this one step conditioner for smooth, soft skin. | Plus Size

Want supple, skin like a baby’s bottom? Use baby oil! I swear by the stuff, especially in winter. My dry-to-combination skin is prone to erring on the dry side of things during the wintry months, what with the harsh biting cold wind. Add to that the not-so-skin-friendly conditions of living in the city and my skin can feel disastrous from November to Feburary. While my skin hardly ever cracks because of the cold, I prefer to keep it hydrated and healthy with this 1-step winter skin conditioner:

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6 Plus Size Ponchos & Capes Spotted in a Supermarket

Plus size ponchos are the perfect autumn accessory! From Plus Size

As the chill of autumn blows in, plus size ponchos, capes and wraps are making their way to the forefront of fashion. I’m in love with the ease these accessories provide for staying warm without having to struggle with the burden of a heavy winter coat. Besides, winter seems to last for ages; there’ll be time enough for wrapping up in puffy coats and gloves!

I’ve been away on a business trip in the West Midlands in a more rural setting than the bustling Manchester city centre I’m used to and have felt the icy chill of autumn. I only brought a sweater and a scarf with me so I was ill-prepared for the quick change in temperature. Nipping into Tesco, I spotted a super soft, chunky and warm poncho that I had to have and thus began my poncho and cape obsession.

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Cherry and Cauliflower Smoothie

This decadent mix of raw fruit and vegetable makes an indulgent breakfast smoothie.

Cherry and Cauliflower Smoothie from Plus Size

This recipe originally appeared on

Yield: 1 amazing smoothie
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: No cooking necessary

I wake up really early every day, but somehow, never have time for a proper breakfast until I get to work. If I’m really hungry before my 20 minute commute, I’ll have a bottle of detox water or a smoothie and this cherry and cauliflower concoction is a great way to get in some extra veggies.

I’ll hold my hand up: drinking cauliflower is completely unusual, but I swear, you won’t be able to taste it! There’s cherries in this, yogurt, bananas and more so that you get the health benefit from the cauliflower but don’t have to pull that cringey, I’m drinking veggies face. It’s the perfect blend for people who need to get their veggies but just can’t bear the taste, like children!

Read the cherry and cauliflower smoothie recipe in full.