I’ve spoken in the past about my journey to achieving a healthy body image, but I haven’t gone too far into sharing my struggle with an eating disorder. To be honest, until the last couple of years, I haven’t felt comfortable talking about it to anyone. As time goes on, I realize how important it […]
A while ago I posted a photo of myself wearing a crop top and high waisted pants. My stomach and my VBO (visible belly outline) were out to play and I felt great in that outfit. I am a Renegade after all and I take pride in pushing aside society’s expectations of how I am […]
I’ve been keeping fairly quiet since I announced that Renegade is saying goodbye to its downtown location and moving to an online storefront in January. The outpour of support and love has been so incredible and overwhelming – I’ve been taking time to process it all. I am truly in awe.
Making the decision to take […]
I was at an event recently where someone spoke words that really stuck with me. She referred to the fact that when we are shopping for every day items like a cell phone for example, we tend to critique the phone if it doesn’t fit our needs. The screen is too big. The keyboard is […]
In my last blog post, I wrote the following:
“I am choosing to focus on myself, enjoying time with friends and family, meeting new people, trying new things, and kicking ass with my business and the wonderful community that comes with it! I am choosing to come out on top as the strong badass woman I […]
It has been an unreasonably long time since I wrote my last post. The reasons are plentiful surely, but most are irrelevant to what I’m writing today. The last time I tried to write a blog was back in December. The topic revolved around how I felt I had lost my groove and that I […]
Christa is my third guest blogger in the “I am enough” series. I connected with Christa just over a year ago when she shared her story with me, about what made her a Renegade. Her story was real, it was filled strength, and most importantly, it was filled with joy and hope.
I’m a […]
I have invited Aimee to be the second guest blogger in the “I am enough” series. I met Aimee about a decade ago, but we didn’t really have a chance to get to know each other until the last year. I always knew, however, that she was fun, charismatic, bold, talented, and determined – an […]
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about my journey to body acceptance. Knowing that we all have different stories about how we have come to accept our bodies, I decided to host a series of guest blogs so that you could get diverse perspectives to relate to.
Caitlyn is my first guest and […]
Last weekend, Renegade participated in a fashion show at the Idlewyld Inn. The event was in support of Hope’s Garden, a non-profit organization that provides supports and resources to those struggling with and affected by Eating Disorders. The theme of the day was – “I am enough”. We had seven beautiful models showcasing fashions from […]
My body has luscious curves, it is voluptuous, it is soft, and it is flawlessly imperfect. My body is a beautiful and precious piece of art in its natural form – without makeup, clothes, jewelry, or tattoos. Accepting and loving my body as such allows me the freedom to express myself without the burden of […]
Last week, I was introduced to Health at Every Size® (HAES) by a new Renegade who stumbled upon the store by accident. After she picked out a beautiful dress (which suit her so well!!) she busted out these amazing body positive stickers that gave me all the happy feels! Immediately I checked out the HAES […]
One of my goals for summer was to buy a bikini and actually wear it in public. Last weekend, I went shopping with my best friend with the sole purpose of finding a bikini I would feel good in. Unfortunately, in the retail world, it’s the end of summer (sad face), so my choices were […]
A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon the news that there was going to be a new dance studio opening just a few doors down from Renegade. The Müze is a dance and living arts hub – a community focused business aimed at providing a welcoming, non-competitive and vibrant environment, which fosters community through dance. […]
Well, Renegades, summer is in full swing and hot humid weather is upon us! I’ve realized over the last couple of years that wearing extra clothing during the warmer months to hide parts of my body that I was self conscious about or that may be less desirable to others just wasn’t worth it. It’s […]
My darling and I decided it was time for a vacation. We’re both business owners and take very little time for ourselves, so taking a mini vacation to Cleveland was super exciting! Our plan was simple and free of pressure – some shopping, visiting the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and hitting up some […]
I have spent countless hours researching suppliers in order to find great brands to carry at Renegade. Finding quality brands that fit my vision for the store hasn’t been easy and is proving to be a challenge still. I have certainly lucked out on some great brands that offer quality, size inclusivity, and styles that […]
Yesterday, I was on a mission to find some new funky eyeglasses, so I headed to Old North Optometry. If you are looking for bold and unique specs, I highly recommend visiting them. They are located at 783 Richmond (north of Oxford) and their office is in an old converted church. I could literally hear […]
This past Saturday, Renegade hosted another epic event. The Renegade Community was out in full bloom as we shared stories, met new friends, stepped out of our comfort zones, witnessed an impromptu burlesque performance by Belles Jumelles, modeled potential outfits, and danced the night away. These events are always a huge success, they bring us […]
Starting up Renegade has taken a dramatic toll on my body. Making such a huge change in my life meant a lack of routine, quick unhealthy meals, and having no time for exercise. Now, I know that these are all barriers that I have put up for myself – it doesn’t mean that they are […]