Beauty is who you are-Today I’m a chef

I remember writing papers in school, and we were taught to start with something catchy. This often meant I found the key word that I was writing about, looked it up in the dictionary and my paper started as such:

Webster’s dictionary defines you as (feel free to skip to next paragraph here) “used to refer to the person or group of people that is being addressed as the subject of a verb or as the object of a verb or preposition.”

It worked as it took up a lot space on the page, and at the time I thought it was catchy. I then agreed or disagreed with the definition. You can all guess, although grammatically I agree with the definition, that is not where I am going here.

Last week I wrote that we do not, should not, define ourselves by a number (even a sleep number). That said we also do not need to define ourselves by our body and being plus size.

What I see in this industry is there are often two groups of plus size women- those that embrace it, scream it from the hill tops, that shove it in people’s faces and say if you don’t like me I don’t care. For those that are loud and proud- you go get ‘em girl! I got your back. You rock and I stand by you. The other group is the exact opposite, they hope to make their body disappear and want to apologize for it. For those that want to hide- please stop. You are so much more! You are amazing, and beautiful! And for the fashion thing, I’m your girl and here to help. But my point is that there is a whole other group. We don’t define ourselves solely as being plus size. We are professionals, we are moms, we are daughters, we are wives, we are girlfriends, we are fun, we are smart, we are adventurous, we are nerds, we are anything and everything, and so much more than just our bodies.

Be who you are, not what you look like!

Be who you are, not what you look like!

I recently read an article from Business Insider from April of 2013 about how H&M launched their swimsuit line using a plus size model. They did not publicize that she was plus size. The campaign just was. This is how I feel when I look at me. It’s a non-issue. It’s who I am in that it’s part of my career, but when I am busy being mom, or best friend, or nerd it has nothing to do with me at that point. Yes, I want to see more models that resemble my body type, and your body type, and different body types. Part of that is so I can get a better feel of what the clothes will look like, part of that is because I don’t want my daughter to grow up with a warped sense of beauty. But day-to-day I’m not about being on a soapbox, I just want to be me. I’m here so I can help you be you.   So before I get on it, I’m stepping off today. I’m going to be me. And because one of the many facets of me is about being in the kitchen I’m sharing some of my favorite recipes. Enjoy.

Something healthy to start:

Arugula Salad– Arugula, sunflower seeds, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste, and toss. SO YUMMY you won’t believe it.

Veg:

Pizza Tomatoes-

Cut the tops off tomatoes, sprinkle with kosher salt and bake at 350 until it starts to caramelize. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and celery salt then broil until cheese melts. Pizza taste, but yummy veg.

Pizza Tomato

Pizza Tomato

The best part of the meal, better known as the starch:

White wine potatoes, AKA crack potatoes-Slice potatoes in rounds and toss with olive oil and salt and thyme. Put in a oven safe dish and fill up ½ to ¾ of the way with white wine (anything but Riesling) Bake at 350 until ½ the liquid has evaporated and potatoes are brown on top. Toss potatoes every 20-30 minutes as so.

White Wine Potatoes- So good we call them crack potatoes

White Wine Potatoes- So good we call them crack potatoes

Impressive Entrée:

Salt crusted whole fish-

Buy a whole fish (head and tail on- I know it can be scary). Have the fish guy or gal scale it, and gut it. Stuff the cavity with slices of lemon and orange, fennel fronds, and parsley. In a bowl mix egg whites and kosher salt until you get a paste that is thick but still malleable. I usually start with 4 cups of salt, and 8 large egg whites. Coat pan with olive oil and put a layer of the salt mixture down. Place fish on top of the salt mixture. Cover the fish with the rest of the salt mixture. Make sure fish is completely covered. Make more salt mixture if necessary. Bake at 425 for about 40 minutes. Turn the pan after 20 minutes.

Brooklyn preparing salt crusted whole snapper

Brooklyn preparing salt crusted whole snapper

Dessert:

Check out these salted caramel chocolate crinkle cookies-OMG just amazing!

About stellalucille

Growing up, I did not like to shop-in fact, it almost always ended in tears. As a teenager I was busy baking, swimming, and hanging out with my boyfriend, not reading Seventeen or Elle for fashion advise. There was no indication I’d find my calling in fashion. But that all changed when I went to Los Angeles for collage and wanted to look the part. At first I loved to shop, but I easily gained the freshman 15, then more. Shopping became more difficult, but I stilled wanted to dress well. I fell in love with finding fashion forward clothing for the curvy woman and from there I had a plus size clothing. I’ve been all sizes- from straight sizes to junior plus, plus, maternity plus and back again. I love fashion and believe everyone needs to dress in his or her own style, while meshing that with what is fashion forward, fits, and works within your budget. Even though I’m the woman that wanted to wear jeans to my own wedding, I’ve always been the person that friends and family turn to for fashion advise, developing style, creating a shopping plan, educating them on fit, and helping them see beyond their own body perceptions. Put it this way I didn’t wear jeans to my wedding but when I found that elusive, perfect dress the first thing I said was it “feels” like I’m in my jeans. Finding the right fit is not always easy. Finding the right clothes is not always easy, and finding the right style is not always easy. But I can help you with all of that. Whatever shape or size, gender, lifestyle or budget there are great, fashionable, clothes for you. Feeling good in what you wear can make you feel great in who you are.

Posted on July 20, 2014, in Beauty is Confidence and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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