Marie’s Letter: What’s Up for October and All Things Self-Care

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Hey Girl, Hey… Happy October!

A few months back as I was strategizing with our growing TCF Team, they suggested that I start kicking the month off with a fun love letter of sorts to you, the TCF reader. Kind of like an Editor’s Letter, but with a Marie Twist. At first, I was nervous and a little afraid, but as I thought about it, I thought this would be a fun way to share a little bit about myself, help you know what is to come for the month, our themes, features, and thoughts!

So for October, we do have an overarching theme: Self-Care

Now, while we have a variety if smaller themes mixed in with October- Halloween, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Fall Fashion must haves, I wanted to let you know that we have adopted this theme for the month of October.

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Right before the holidays and on the heels of Fashion month (also, nationally self-care is recognized in September) self-care is something that is an active and needed focus for me. Something that I have been actively working on to help me live my best life.

And as we embark on the next chapter of The Curvy Fashionista with growth, scale, and next level goals, this process will push, challenge, and scare me. So, taking a moment to center myself, do the necessary steps (outside of nail, spa, and dinner dates), and to pour back into myself is going to be important.

So throughout this month, with the help of Alex and a few other contributors, we will be bringing a few tried and true tips, personal perspectives, and conversations that we as plus size women and men need to have more of, on this personal journey we are all on!

If you are new here and are wondering why this theme, well, I am glad you asked.

Rescue Stress reliefTwo years ago, I realized that I was dealing with high-functioning depression and I fell theeeee fuck apart. After having the courage to have some raw conversations with those near and dear to me, I started therapy. Ohhh it was good and hard and nasty and revealing…

In this journey, I realized that how I see myself, the value I did or did not assign myself, and how I live day to day, affected my day to day self-care and it affected the health of the brand.

So, I started putting in the work.

I started sharing. I started digging deep. I applied the tools I learned.

Another thing I realized?


10 Ways to Embrace Your SensualityThis? Helped me reach out for help. Helped me build new tribes. Helped me to realize and really see myself in ways I never allowed myself the space for.

So, as I happen upon my three years of active self-care, I invite you to share, submit, and to read along this month, all while we share Halloween content, fall fashion must haves, and everything in between as it pertains to the plus size woman!

Want to submit your story? Your journey with self-care?

We would love to have you! Email us!

Have a topic that you would love to see shared this month? Do not hesitate to drop a picture, comment, or email! We are here for you!

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Written by Marie Denee

I am the Editor in Chic of The Curvy Fashionista. Often goofy. Forever emo. Always a Virgo. You can find me somewhere grooving to 90s R&B.

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  1. I love practicing self care, sometimes I over indulge but is there even such a thing? Thank you for sharing your journey. Therapy is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

    • I also like to think of self care as doing the things that are really good for you but that we put off… walking the dog, laundry, dishes, financial planning… all the things that worry us or take up space that we do not give yourself enough time to handle… Thank you so much for leaving some love!

  2. Thank you for talking about self-care! It’s more than needed these days. And I’m so happy you are talking about your own battle with depression. It really helps to know that you are not alone and that they are millions of other people who are going through it. I have been struggling with it my whole adult life and this just helps. And for self-care, I tend to unplug. I take the weekend off, or the a few days off here or there and just Netflix and chill. It really keeps me from going off the deep end.

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