#WomenCrushWednesday ~ Taylor Jay

Women crush everyday of the week! To honor and share stories of women who are crushing it either on the body front or the mama front, I am featuring short interviews of women who are crushing it, hence the title #WomenCrushWednesday. This is an extra special fashion edition #WomenCrush Wednesday with body positive mama designer and businesswoman, Taylor Jay!

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One of MyPostBabyBody.org’s favorite designer’s, Taylor Jay and me draped in Taylor Jay’s fabulous designs.

How has your view of your body evolved over the years?

I’m learning to embrace my curves. When I was younger I was quite thin and I had really lanky- long legs, long limbs with a big butt and I was super insecure about it. Now I have filled out all of the long leggedness. I am a little more filled out but I have learned to embrace my curviness. Especially now that it’s such an honor to be curvy, to be a woman and I am accepting my body. I’m okay with it.

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Shop this look at TalyorJayCollection.com

How do you think women should feel about their bodies?

Women should love the skin that they are in. I think that we should always be the best version of ourselves that we can be. In addition, health is definitely an important part of life. We want to be healthy but at the same time women shouldn’t be hard on themselves – the things that they can’t change they should learn how to embrace and accept the beauty in it.

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Taylor with her daughter 🙂

How do you think women should feel about their bodies?

I have fallen in love with Taylor Jay over this time just because of the wonderful amazing women that I come across. Like the women that I see in my clothing who feel so beautiful, they feel so feminine, so comfortable, they feel confident. There are such a wide range of sizes as far as height, weight, curvy, thin and I can just see how they all own this confidence individually and it just made me feel great about being a designer and making clothing that contributes to that. As far as Taylor Jay goes, all my clientele, their bodies their lifestyles and just like their total being is something that I think about when I am making a new style or when I think about making something new or even picking a fabric color. I do it all with the Taylor Jay woman in mind. All in all most of the Taylor Jay ladies that I come in contact with are confident, are beautiful and she is her own version of herself.

Editors Note: Taylor Jay’s clothing line is one of the best around for the post baby physique. Her clothes are stylish, comfortable and empowering. You can access Taylor’s online store at TaylorJayCollection.com . Here are some more of her looks:

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The ladies of FabFourFashion.com in their Taylor Jay

My favorite Taylor Jay Looks

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#WomenCrushWednesday~Deauna

Women crush everyday of the week! To honor and share stories of women who are crushing it either on the body front or the mama front, I am featuring short interviews of women who are crushing it, hence the title #WomenCrushWednesday. So without further ado, let me introduce you to Deauna!

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How has your view of your body evolved over the years?

I didn’t have the bounce-back body most women had. After my son, I had a road map of stretch marks. When I had my daughter four years later, the road map was now drawn on what looked like a tricycle tire that no amount of cocoa butter or crunches would make go away. What also bothered me was in my mind I was smaller, but my clothes told a different story. I’d obsess about beating muffin top and belly fat into submission.
As I approached 40 I realized I needed to change how I looked at myself and life. I earned a couple of pounds and deserved peace of mind.
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How do you think women should feel about their bodies?

Embrace her body at whatever size it is right now. Buy clothes that accentuate features she loves. Walk by mirrors and feel herself sometimes. Say yes to that piece of cheesecake. The Universe didn’t put cheesecake here to be ignored. Life is too short to worry about not having Michelle Obama’s arms or Serena Williams’ whole lower half.

Why do you do what you do?

This is a two-fold answer. I have a 16-year-old daughter who already has some body image issues and I want her to love and accept herself the ways she is. I don’t want her waking up at 36 and thinking she needs to be anyone other than who she wants to be.
I’m going through a life change and it’s just good for my peace of mind. Writing on my blog helps me navigate this growth and find out how I want to experience life after 40. I realize that my body is actually pretty spectacular and I’m more focused on health than how I look. It also reminds me that I’m human and the only moment I have is right now. Right now, the tricycle tire and stretch marks remind me I grew and birth two humans I love and watched grow into interesting people.
Check out Deauna’s blog, Honesty’s Protegee!
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#WomenCrushWednesday~ BOSSMOM Shah

Women crush everyday of the week! To honor and share stories of women who are crushing it either on the body front or the mama front, I am featuring short interviews of women who are crushing it, hence the title #WomenCrushWednesday. So without further ado, let me introduce you to the other half of the founding pair of the awesome mom empowerment brand, BOSSMOM NATION, Shah!

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How has your view of your body evolved over the years?

Hmm…such a good question that most women, I’m sure, never really think about. For me, I didn’t start thinking about my body and how to maintain it until I birthed my first child. I mean, of course we all learned the basic hygiene and proper foods to eat  growing up but, REALLY thinking about my body and how I can & need to care for it became clear after motherhood. I now recognize the effort that is required to keep a healthy energized body.
I gave birth to my third child 8 months ago, and I can surely recognize the difference in what some of us call the “snapback” the time between post baby and getting “back” to your pre-baby weight. I’m working harder this go around to achieve my fitness goal! As for how I view my body, it’s definitely a work in progress. I choose to be light on myself, not hard. This body has carried, nourished and birthed 3 little humans, I deserve to appreciate my body for all it’s done while at the same time consistently doing more to help it thrive.
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How do you think women should feel about their bodies?
No matter where you are with your body, make a decision now to accept what you can change & make the effort to do so. Also accept what you can’t change, and learn to be okay with that 🙂 Our bodies are AMAZING regardless of their form.
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Why do you do what you do?
Because I LOVE it! Sounds cliche’ to some, but it’s my truth. I love building community, supporting women, especially mothers and women who aspire to be. BOSSMOM NATION is a force, a force that is growing and inspiring women on a daily. Motherhood is life changing and I enjoy being able to share stories, learn, and  grow with a NATION full of supportive passionate mothers like me.
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