As I sit down to write this, it’s crazy to think where I was the prior TWO YEARS I wrote similar swimwear reviews…
When putting together last years 2020 swimwear guide, the idea of being vaccinated and able to travel felt a lifetime away. While in 2019 my curvy bod was in the best shape of it’s life, about to marry my best friend.
Kayla Boyd, Buzzfeed shopping editor and curvy blogger, has never not forged her OWN path!
Dreaming up her own major in college, and spending her entire life in Michigan, Kayla had SERIOUS goals for herself. So it’s no surprise she set her post-grad eyes on New York City!
After completing her masters in art journalism at Syracuse University and TWO internships in the city, Kayla was hired by a small publication as a lifestyle reporter. Her dream FINALLY felt alive as she wrote about everything from body positivity to Kardashian news.
But getting into the groove of New York City life was difficult for Kayla. With a mice-infested apartment and 5+ roommates, it took her a LONG time to feel comfortable there! But over time NYC grew on her (I mean, how could it not?). Her next career move took her to the commerce team on The Today Show, which quickly led to her current job at Buzzfeed as the shopping editor.
Ditch the Clique is ALL about confidence. And for women, BODY confidence is everything! Whether at events or on our social platforms, here at Ditch the Clique we work to remind every woman that her size and appearance have not hold over living the life she dreams!
Our SheEO Rachel K. Grim is fearless and honest with this message. Even as things change, she doesn’t let that stop her from being confident in her own skin! In this way (and SO MANY others) Rachel empowers the Ditch the Clique COMMUNITY and ALL the women around her to live confidently! And GIRL, The BodCon thinks so, too! To recognize body confident women and small businesses like Ditch the Clique, the BodCon created the Impact Grant. This grant allows one impactful person to further build their brand while spreading body confidence and self love to even more people! Because of Rachel’s dedication to inspiring women of all ages, races, sizes, and careers, Ditch the Clique is one of the six finalists shortlisted to win alongside the other nominees who also do great work in creating safe communities that breaking stereotypes.
It’s February! And let’s be real…you likely either love or hate the “month of love”.
To be honest with you, over the years I’ve spent a lot of time digging deep into this one. Because as someone who struggles around the Christmas holiday season, I find it important to empathize with and support those who see holiday months as a challenge rather than a celebration. And through my “research” I’ve found one MAJOR commonality which leads me to ask…
Do those who dislike the month of love struggle to like themselves?
OKAY I know that sounds harsh, but before you stop reading PLEASE hear me out!
Think about it…a lot of people who dislike February struggle because of feeling incomplete or less than on Valentine’s Day. They battle feelings of loneliness and begin to believe the lie that they don’t measure up and are unworthy of love. And in return of feeling unloved, they fall of out love with themselves. And where love doesn’t live…hate does. But GIRL whether you love or hate February (and for whatever reason you love or hate it), I’m here to remind you:
YOU ARE COMPLETE. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. YOU DO MEASURE UP. YOU ARE WORTHY.
YOU. ARE. LOVED.
And GIRL, YOU deserve to love YOU!
To give you the resources YOU need to celebrate YOU, Ditch the Clique is hosting a FREE virtual Galentine’s Day event in partnership with Figleaves this Saturday February 13th at 11am EST! And to give you a glimpse into the body positive, connective conversation we’ll be having at Saturday’s event, we teamed up with Figleaves to create a photo shoot overflowing with selflove and REAL bodies!
GIRL if YOU are ready to celebrate YOU and YOUR body with a community of inspiring and empowering women this Galetine’s Day, RSVP to our FREE virtual event HERE! You’ll leave with resources empowering you to love the skin you’re in AND with an exclusive Galentine Goodie Bag too! I promise, you will never regret celebrating YOU!
OH & sending a special thank you to our friends at Figleaves for sponsoring this event and photoshoot! I and ALL the ladies at Ditch the Clique always feel our most confident in our favorite Figleaves items! There’s just something about wearing a bra that’s for EVERYBODY!
And GIRL, if you want MORE of THIS(this being a community of women inspiring and empowering you RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE while you go after your DREAM life), join Ditch the Clique COMMUNITY today!
who is Rachel?
Rachel K. Grim is the Brooklyn New York based blogger, speaker, and empowerHER behind the event series and online community Ditch the Clique. In 2019 Rachel launched Ditch the Clique to empower REAL women of all ages, races, sizes, and careers with goal-getting resources to live the life they dream! When she’s not scheming new ways to grow the Ditch the Clique COMMUNITY, Rachel can be found eating and shopping her way through New York City, traveling abroad, or watching binge-worthy reality television (with a glass of prosecco in hand, of course)!