17 May 2016

Six Suggestions for Summer

Writer: Beth Hallman | Warm weather is upon us, friends. Time to lift our faces to the sun and let our bodies roam freely in the warmth of an (almost) summer’s day. Not that I want to rush Spring, mind you. Spring brings an abundance of flowers in my yard and heralds an awakening in my soul after a winter spent in reflection. Sweetbabycheezeits, let’s not rush through Spring!

I know many of y’all are still facin’ some frosty temps. Down where I live in South Georgia, we’re already playin’ peek-a-boo with the summer’s beastly hotness. Meanwhile, many of us gloriously fat folks are playin’ peek-a-boo with the notion of not hiding our bodies…

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16 May 2016

This Is Not a Proper Tribute

I’m working on my master bedroom this afternoon, pulling things to donate and sell, when I get a phone call from my mister. Our friend has died. I collapsed right there on the floor. This man, a band parent and local policeman, is such an incredible source of love and light. This man is such a radiant being, his death can’t possibly be real. I think of his beautiful wife and daughters for the next hour.

My friend, no matter where we were, got a hug every time we saw one another. He teased me, made me smile. This friend once stayed at my house for hours and hours (off duty, mind you) after an attempted break in, sitting with me until my mister got home. He made sure I knew how to protect myself after that happened as well, helped me feel safe in my home again. My friend never stopped hugging me, talking to me, loving me when it felt like our whole community turned against us last year. He was patient and kind about my mental illness, didn’t pretend it wasn’t there, or make it who I am.

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3 May 2016

My Love Affair with Makeup

Writer: Beth Hallman | I started my love affair with makeup back in middle school when I would slather on pink lip gloss and blue eye shadow during the bus ride to school. I’d shoplifted just these two magical items from the TG&Y on accounta my need for makeup was stronger than my conscious. I didn’t have the balls to go for any mascara or eyeliner which seems like easier scores. My older sister told me to quit it before I got caught. Thank God, ‘cause I think between my inexperience with makeup application and that bumpy bus ride, I’d have been blinded myself…
 On the Plus Side is a blog, forum and community for Upper Plus Size women to come and join the conversation. On the Plus Side is hosted and sponsored by MiB. Our Forum is a safe space for you to come and discuss any and all topics you wish, and our blog is written by a collective of experts on topics including Plus Size Fashion to Body Positivity to Plus Size Travel and Lifestyle. We invite you to come and read our articles, share your thoughts, make a profile and dive into the conversation in our forums. This is a positive and supportive community for YOU!