When Platform 51 got in touch with me about their newest campaign, I couldn't say no. Platform 51 are charity supporting disadvantaged women across England and Wales. On International Women's day (March 8th) they launched a month long campign called Glad Rags, to raise awareness of low level mental health issues and to empower women to come together in a positive way to share experiences, and raise self esteem and confidence.
Dress - A-wear
Boots - Office
Necklace - Miss Selfridge
When I started this blog many years ago now, I had almost no self confidence at all. It's only through being part of this community and interacting with other women that I have finally accepted myself for who I am. I no longer try to change things or try desperately to lose weight. I know and love my real size, and get excited about dressing up now and don't spend all my time worrying about whether I should wear short skirts or shouldn't wear stripes and all that nonsense.
My first outfit post.
Platform 51 asked me to share an item of clothing or an accessory that gives me confidence. It has to be this dress. It's the first proper outfit post I ever did. I don't know what it is, I think it's the combination of florals which already always cheer me up, with the bright bright colours and the amazing cut. I've worn it on nights out, on dates, to dinner, shopping - you name it. Actually when I went to Manchester last to visit my friends, they giggled because the only photos they had of me on my many trips there, I am wearing this dress. It just makes me feel fabulous, and I love that a piece of clothing can do that. I don't care if other people think it isn't fabulous or that I don't suit it, it's my fav.
I'm putting these embarrassing photos up here for the sake of mental health, of course! Me being totally trollied with Daisy Gin. Actually, I've never had a bad night out in this dress - even when I lost my iphone.
I really encourage you all to check out this campaign, and get talking about what makes you confident! This is not a paid or sponsored post in any way, I just really believe in what Project 51 do. They are running a petition to review the use of antidepressants and I really would appreciate it if you could have a read over and think about signing it here.
And just for fun, here's a photo of me doing my favourite thing (eating), with my favourite thing (donuts) in my favourite dress.