More Curvy Costume Ideas 2014!

What are YOU going to be for Halloween? It’s coming up sooner than you think, but there’s still time to thrift together an awesome costume or order something amazing online! These costumes are so flattering on curvy girls, we are loving the sexy corset and how easy it is to turn one into an amazing costume! We hope you are finding inspiration from these gorgeous costumes we are finding!

Meet Beautiful Belly Dancer Natalie Zara!

With an Instagram name like @Curvy, It’s safe to say we’ve been following curvy belly dancer Natalie Zara for a long time! Her amount of beauty, poise, and body confidence for such a young lady is what inspired us, and we feel everyone deserves to get to know her! Read more here, and don’t forget to check her out on instagram and facebook!

How long have you been performing as a belly dancer?
I have been dancing belly dance for about 5 years but performing professionally for about 3 years now.

How did having curves affect you growing up?
My curves always affected me, I always felt like the “bigger” girl with all my friends growing up, I sometimes felt ashamed, and Id always figure out a way to drop weight but I always gained it right back. Now in my 20’s, I’ve realized my body is just meant to have a little more meat on it and I’m okay with that now. Curvy girls are beautiful.

How did you accept your curves?
It wasn’t until I started getting serious about my belly dancing that I accepted and started embracing my curves. I gained confidence and started loving myself and my body. I learned to challenge my body and because of my dancing, I have a great appreciation for my body.

How have your curves helped/hindered you in pursuing your passions?
With my belly dancing, my curves have helped me simply because a lot of the moves are hip movements and it’s great to see my body move the way it does! To see my curves put to work, my moves look so much bigger, but because of that it also makes me want to continue to improve and work on my technique. Bigger movements but also precise and sharp movements are the way to go, so – practice practice practice! I just want to show other girls that it’s okay to be a curvy dancer or performer, and sometimes audiences prefer that too ;)

Curvy Halloween Costume Ideas 2014!

At, we’re pretty obsessed with Halloween, costumes, and everything dress up! Every fall, we celebrate by coming up with a list (ok, usually multiple lists) of costume ideas for curvy girls. Or really, just any girls that love dressing up and need help coming up with ideas. Whether you are into store bought or DIY costumes, we hope to help you  find the perfect costume!

Meet Body Positive Beauty Jessica!

Hello lovelies, I’m Jessica Alice and I’m 21 years old. I live in Birmingham, UK and have just left my job as a Learning Support Assistant at a Primary School to go to University to study Psychology in October of this year! You can follow me on instagram @essenceofjess_x

I created an instagram page to post healthy foods and exercise regimes to inspire me to lose weight! I was following loads of ‘before and after’ and ‘nutrition’ pages and one day stumbled on @honorcurves instagram page. Her page was basically saying ‘it’s okay to be fat and happy, you can be big and beautiful and that fat was not a dirty word’. I had never heard that before and over the next couple of weeks, I started unfollowing my ‘before and after’ pages and started following confident, curvy girls such as @tessmunster , @gabifresh , @daniellevanier , @calliethorpe & @katelondonjames. Without following these girls I don’t think I would be where I am today! It has literally changed my life and I’ve had a few girls tell me that i have ‘inspired’ them to wear something or do something and it just makes you so proud! I love the quote that says ‘Girls compete with each other. Women empower each other!’

I was always quite a confident child. I was strong minded and was involved in pretty much everything in primary and secondary school from, school productions, choir, girls football! Even though I was a little bigger it didn’t stop me doing things. When I was 13 I was diagnosed with having an underactive thyroid (a hormone imbalance due to the thyroid gland not functioning properly) and was made to go to a dietitian by my doctor because I was overweight due to my thyroid! I hated going! It made me feel so self conscious, I felt as if being ‘fat’ was an illness and from then up until I was around 17, I used to weigh myself everyday and got a little bit obsessed with my weight. I lost around 3 stone which I was happy with (at the time) then my goal was 5 stone, then 6 stone and it was then I thought to myself ‘I’ll never be happy with how I look’.During my last year in secondary school I wouldn’t have my picture taken because I felt like the ‘fat’ girl and regret that so much because I have no picture memories of my old school friends because I was so embarrassed about the way I looked! I wouldn’t go out for meals or eat in front of anyone apart from my family because I thought people would think ‘oh typical fat girl, always eating’ ! I wish I could go back and knock some sense into 15-16 year old Jess!

Accepting my curves and the way I look wasn’t a conscious thing! It seemed to happen without me even noticing. I rekindled my love with clothes and found a new love with ‘selfies’ hahah. Going from a girl who hated her picture took to becoming a ‘selfie addict’ felt amazing. Like I said before the girls on instagram helped me love myself but the main person was my boyfriend, Brett! I met him when I was 16 through a website called ‘Tagged’ I was too shy to talk to boys in real life so I talked to them online as my personality came through so much more! After months of talking we finally met and I was sooo shy! He told me I was beautiful and that my body was amazing THAT many times I finally started believing him and 5 years later he’s still stick with me so I can’t be that bad ;) but on a serious note, I have a lot to thank him for!

Career wise, my curves don’t concern me at all! I no longer worry about being ‘the fat girl’ because I am and I love it hahah! I’m healthy, I have a wonderful boyfriend, brilliant family and friends & a good head on my shoulders! My weight (& money) used to stop me travelling which is a big passion of mine. Growing up me and my family stayed in the UK to holiday. 1. because of money and 2. we used to go on holiday with my nan and grandad who wouldn’t go on a plane. But as soon as I had left college and was working, I booked a holiday to Crete, Greece with Brett. I wore boob tubes and bikinis and showed skin and guess what?! no one cared! It was amazing. This year I also travelled to Paris for my 21st Birthday which was incredible! I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower & it didn’t fall down! I took a selfie in front of at least 60 people so I could have a picture with ‘Mona Lisa’ haha! If you let your curves become a hindrance, you will never do anything ‘until you lose weight’ & that might not happen for a year or so, so don’t waste your life with ‘when I’m thinner, when I’ve lost weight’ DO IT NOW! Look at yourself in the mirror and say ‘I am looking HOT today’ & go and conquer the world! Curves and all! Xxxx

Jessica’s Curvy Fitness Journey

When we met Jessica aka @Jessk1991 on Instagram, her Curvespirational weight loss journey was awesome and inspiring – we just had to feature her healthy weight loss and body acceptance story! Don’t forget to follow her on!

Jessica's fit and curvy before and afters The beautiful Jessica McKnight Curvy Instagram babe Jessica shows off her hard work!

What moment or event started your weight loss journey? 

It was about the month after my boyfriend and I split up. I was really quite down in dumps because of that plus sometimes my family are not exactly body positive. It was one particular day when my mother comments on how I looked and I was talking to one of my friend’s when he set me up with a beginning exercise program to try and get me a bit more happy with myself.

 I don’t actually know what my starting weight was and don’t know what it is now. I don’t really go by weight I go more by how I look. Because I also do weights training as well as cardio weight changes are not as dramatic as physical ones. What I can tell you is I am down 3 dress sizes :)
What was your thought process that made you decide to lose weight
It wasn’t really my thought process it was more my friend Shaun’s. He didn’t want to see me so upset about myself anymore so he made me do the exercises even when I sooked and complained. When I lost my first dress size I was very happy and proud of myself and that is what kept me driven.
 I stay motivated through how my clothes fit and how I feel. When something I wear often starts getting loose keeps me motivated and proud. Its really the pride in myself that keeps me going. Also, my boyfriend and I got back together about 4 months later and he couldn’t believe how I looked and was so happy for me which has inspired him to try and get in to better shape too!
What would you say is the most important factor in your weight loss?
 For me at the beginning it was actually getting moving that was the most important factor for weightloss but I think overall its a change in mindset that is the most important thing! Getting fit and losing weight is like giving up smoking, you have to be ready and willing to try and try again. its not a change in habits its a change in lifestyle! making time to exercise, make health conscious food decisions and providing a large amount of commitment to the cause… but also not getting upset if you lapse every now and then :)
I actually study full time and work 2 jobs so I don’t have a lot of time to prep food so I am on lite n easy. Its healthy choices so I don’t lapse all the time and make bad food decisions travelling between jobs like I use to. On the weekend I also cheat meals. Its important to not deprive yourself ALL the time. That is what will lead to a binge and then you will feel disappointed in yourself. You just have to do it in moderation. On the weekend, if my boyfriend wants to go out to dinner we go and I order whatever I feel like. I work hard during the week and I go to the gym 4-5 times a week and weightloss is a slow process, I think with how I work I am allowed to have something a bit naughty every now and then hahaha!
What is you exercise plan like? What keeps you motivated? I train legs on Mondays which involves lots of squats and lunges, Tuesday is back and chest with chin ups, low rows, chest press etc, Wednesday is arms so lots of dumbell raises and shoulder presses and on Thursdays I do Ab work. The weight routine takes about half hour and then I do 1 of 2 cardio routines afterward. I either do circuits of jump rope, burpees and interval training on the rower or I do half hour on the elliptical as I have a bad ankle and can not run on the treadmill without hurting it.
How do you feel about your curves now? I feel pretty great about my body. I have a long way to go still but I think I look pretty good and my boyfriend tells me how great I look all the time. sometimes I still have those ‘fat feeling’ days but they are few and far between now. 
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