Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hips & Curves V-Day Photo Shoot

When Hips & Curves approached me to collaborate on a blog post, I was immediately excited--they make some of the most gorgeous lingerie for plus size women…then I remembered that would mean I'd be half naked on the internet, something I've always felt a bit weird about. It seems that whenever I'm not completely covered up, some people take that as an open invitation to comment on my body, when in reality it's a personal statement about self love & empowerment (see: fatkini craziness of last summer). I realize this is the world we live in now--where the bodies of celebrities, bloggers, and even complete strangers are seen as public property. Celebrity culture has trickled down into our day to day lives, and policing others' looks has become normalized. It's something I actively try to avoid doing, but I know better than to think it won't happen to me. Nevertheless, I knew Valentine's Day was fast approaching, and thought this could be a great opportunity to play dress up, have some fun, and hopefully inspire people in the process.

I knew I'd have to shoot with a great photographer and someone I'd feel comfortable with, which is why I chose the super talented Nikki Gomez, an amazing woman with the most positive spirit. She and makeup artist Michela Wariebi made a great team, and we had an absolute blast shooting in New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel.

I cannot do sexy. I can feel sexy, but I've always been more of the girl-next-door smiley type. Any time I try to "look sexy" with my eyes or whatever, it comes off in photos as super forced and uncomfortable, so I purposely wanted to make this fun and be myself. So many lingerie shoots are seen through the male gaze; I wanted to switch things up by celebrating femininity and sexuality even when we're alone. Thigh high stockings, lacey bras, and strappy chemises are absolutely fabulous when you're in a relationship, but they can be equally fun when you're single. Every woman I know has danced around the house in her undies, singing in the mirror and admiring her body, and I think these casual, low-pressure moments can also be when we feel our best. That's what I wanted this shoot to embody.
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Above: Cropped Ribbed Tank, Strappy Stretch Lace Bra*, High Waisted Panty, Backseam Stockings  photo photo3-1_zps9c09d637.jpg
Above: Shaper Skirt  photo photo4_zps68ccfba1.jpg
Above: Powermesh Chemise*, Contrast Stockings, (Snakeskin Kimono is from SimplyBe)
 
This post was sponsored by Hips and Curves. All opinions are my own.
*As a 38H, the strappy bra & bra portion of the chemise were too small, but I was able to wear them for the shoot. I would say they'd fit up to DD comfortably. I totally love both pieces, but wanted to let my fellow DDD+ girls know.

I hope you all have a fabulous Valentine's Day!

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128 comments:

  1. You are amazingly gorgeous!! Luv your stylish blog and all of your outfits.. XOXO

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  2. stunnig. :)
    love those pictures.
    you look so relaxed and natural.

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  3. You look beautiful! Gorgeous girl!

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  4. You are so amazing and SUCH A BEAUT!!! x

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  5. You look absolutely stunning.. love every shot!!

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  6. You look so amazingly beautiful and natural in these. Perfect.

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  7. Aww, these photos are so so cute! You totally embodied what you were going for and I love it! <3

    xo Michelle
    creaturetype.com

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  8. You look amazing, and I love the direction that you took with this photo shoot. You make lingerie look more fun, and for everyday, beyond just when you're trying to be sexy for someone. Good job, keep inspiring <3!

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  9. Get your sexxy on!!! You look great!!! Happy Valentines Day to you & yours

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  10. Gurl you besta WORK. Thanks for the fit tip for the DDD+. Does anybody make awesome underthings like this in those sizes? I'm a big fan of intimacy stores but even their selection can be limited

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  11. I love your "dance party" picture! You look great!

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  12. Va va vooooom! You look gorgeous! A smile is sexier than a fake pout any day.

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  13. Very pretty!! I have a boudoir shoot coming up soon, and I've been extremely nervous about trying to "look" sexy. I think I will take a note from you and speak to the photographer about taking it in this direction. Playful, fun and everyday.

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  14. Go ahead, Gabi! You cute! I have that bra and I'm a 40G. It's like bowling balls held in by elastic strips! But I like the tank top over it, I'll probably try it like that. I like Hips and Curves a lot though. I've ordered a few other things that worked for me.

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  15. way to go Gabi!!!!! you look amazing!!!!!

    girlwiththerougelips.blogspot.com

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  16. Hello, I admire your courage and the fact that you love your body without any resort, I loved the post.

    Greetings from Madrid.

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  17. Goodness Gabi! You look amazing in all of that, but especial in the last set. I have that one (all but the kimona), and it's super sexy and what a great idea to pair a pretty kimono with it!

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  18. So much yes. The pictures, of course, but your words especially. #stunnerstatus

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  19. WOW Gabi! You make curves flame.
    XOXO
    Milly
    http://millystyles.blogspot.com/

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  20. You look so amazing! I wish I had that kind of confidence. Although I do prance around in my undies at home. Generally when I'm alone and rocking out to my music. =)

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  21. you look absolutely beautiful!

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  22. Very beautiful photos. I agree that women should dress to please themselves and "feel" sexy. Pleasing your man - if you have one - is all well and good, but when you feel sexy, you act sexy. What's not to love?

    I adore Hips and Curves, but as a woman with a fuller bustline, I've found a lot of their items don't fit me through the chest. Major bummer. I'm following your blog now, thanks to the link from Hips and Curves on FB. :)

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  23. Good for you! The pictures look natural and relatable - just like you!
    I bet Hips & Curves were so pleased with how they turned out!

    Aimee

    www.aimeelamour.net - Vancouvers Plus Size Blog

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  24. You look stunning and like you're having so much fun! I need some of those stockings in my life, too.

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  25. You definitely portrayed a fun and, yet, believable shoot. I really like the pieces. I've never heard of the company but I will check out their FB page today.

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    1. Whoops. I meant check out their WEBSITE. lolol.

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  26. You're look very cute and sexy. I love it.

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  27. I love the photoshoot.
    You are so stunning girl.
    I think the key to happiness is self confidence.

    www.mylifeasclaudiaraquel.blogspot.pt

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  28. LOVED these photos!! You look amazingly sexy!!!

    xoxo

    Happy Valentines sweetie!

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  29. Gabi, I have been following your blog for a while. I really want to acknowledge your willingness to be a young, beautiful voluptuous role model for so many of our younger generation. I think you are amazing and you allow your spirit to shine through in everything you do. Keep doing you and those of us who appreciate it will acknowledge it. LOVE & PEACE
    www.divinedivastyle.com

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  30. Very, very sexy. . . . What more could anyone ask. . . .

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  31. I just wanted to let you know that you inspire me. Your body shape and size are very similar to mine, right down to the 38H bra size, and your posts, especially these more intimate ones, always give me courage; you look so beautiful, and make me believe that I can be beautiful as well. Thank you for putting yourself out there on the wild frontier that is the internet, and for making non-standard forms of beauty visible.

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  32. When we feel our best, we look our best. You're being yourself and that's what is sexy: confidence and comfort in your skin. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  33. Gawgeous pictures hunty, I hope that one day I'll have the balls that you have to be half-naked on the internet (in a lingerie context). I think that is so empowering. I think this can be a message of self-love for all women, of every shape and size.

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  34. I absolutely LOVE the way you did this collaboration! You look sexy, confident, and most of all classy. This statement...
    "So many lingerie shoots are seen through the male gaze; I wanted to switch things up by celebrating femininity and sexuality even when we're alone." ... you are so right! Women should feel sexy when both alone and in a relationship. Happy Valentines Day beautiful girl, you did this!

    McKenzie Renae (www.McKenzieRenae.tumblr.com)

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  35. I love this shoot! So beautiful, flirty, and fun! Inspiring!

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  36. Congratulations! I LOVE Hips and Curves! You look fantastic in their lingerie. I hope you have been having a fantastic Valentine's Day! I did a post in my Valentine's Day lingerie but obviously not a wonderfully artistic and beautiful published photoshoot like your was. I love the Powermesh Chemise and Contrast lace-top stockings. You look lovely in them. Congratulations and Happy Valentine's Day again.

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  37. I love the vibe here and how classy/sexy/fun and flirty this shoot came out, def inspiring all around even the lingerie pcs are all pcs that look sexy and comfortable! Loved this and the makeup, lighting, posing soo beautiful and natural!

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  38. my days, you look absolutely stunning! you're so classy; the photos are so tasteful!


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  39. I love it! can you get anymore perfect? #girlcrush. Really, this is majorly inspiring for me.I agree completely with your view:"Celebrity culture has trickled down into our day to day lives, and policing others' looks has become normalized." It can be so frustrating how ready people are to judge (and assume things about others) based on physical appearance. Of course, You look amazzzing while also exuding confidence, self-awareness, and inner beauty! I am in awe. (also--i'm in love with that kimono!)

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    <3 Haley

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  40. You're amazing and you look beautiful and confident!!

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  41. Beautiful pictures, they are very classy

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  42. These are gorgeous photos and amazing lingerie! Tasteful, beautiful, fun and super sexy! Kudos on what looks like a fun shoot too! :)

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  43. You are sooooooo cute and adorable and gorgeous! Ahh, I love this! :)

    - Belen

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  44. so gorgeous!!the last one is the very best: beautiful and funny!!I love it!
    http://guapitatondita.blogspot.it/2013/02/ean13-olivia-braccio-di-ferro-e-pure.html

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  45. You look great! Thanks for this post. Hope you and your sweetie had a lovely Valentine's Day.

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  46. The photos have left me speechless! You are amazing and the pieces are so regal. We curvy women have many different body shapes and I love to see that you are empowering all of us to embrace our own shape, size, and c-sexiness. Your statement is loud and clear eff the worlds beauty standards, honor your curves and be confident with it! Okay off to browse through some sexy lingerie. :-)

    Voluptuous Girls Rock!


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  47. My, this is just so fabulous. It was also amazing to read your vision on this. Right on point. xo

    http://skilled-in-adornment.blogspot.com/

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  48. You look absolutely, gorgeously fabulous! Well done on having the confidence to show a little more of your banging body!

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  49. so beautiful! i love the way you portrayed the lingerie! i totally understand what you mean and it really shows in the pictures the normal everyday situation of a girl just enjoying being herself and having no worries at all!
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  50. Can I just say how much I loved what you wrote??? I totally agree, people seem to think they "own" the right to comment on everything we wear or on how we look, it's horrible!!!! I mean, I stopped showing outfits on my blog because someone wrote a mean comment saying I look like a killer whale! =X It's disrespectful and the most stupid part is that I actually let that affect me!!!!

    In loved the pictures, I think they look really sweet and yes even a bit sexy, but not the "look-at-my-boobs-wanna-do-me-kinda-sexy", which is really good!!! =D I feel so inspired by this blog post, I can't even tell you how much!!

    Have a great day!

    xoRosie
    The Austrian Rose

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  51. Ótimo trabalho hehe!!!!
    Simplesmente lindo tudo isso!! :)

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  52. Giiiiiiirl you look GREAT!! Werk it hunni!

    xoxo,
    Naja Diamond

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  53. very sexy. I've been eyeing that site for a while. time to place an order.

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  54. loved the last pic dynamite ive never been one to care about lingerie but as i grow older i am starting to see the value in it

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  56. Love your fierceness and your blog! This post is inspiring :) x

    withinmylocket.blogspot.co.uk

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  57. I think you look amazing, such an inspiration!

    -Cheryl
    whatcheryldid.blogspot.com

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  58. I own a few things from Hips and Curves, including that power mesh chemise. I love it and all other things I've ordered from there, including an unsexy, fluffy, comfy robe. So glad to see this post!

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  59. You look gorgeous and voluptuous - and smart guys will realize that.

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  60. You look amazing!! Even sexier because you're not "trying to hard" Great job. I have a lingerie photo shoot coming up and this just got me even more stoked!! Thx for being brave.

    Xoxo

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  61. You are so lovely. This post made my Monday. What a beautiful photo shoot. Wonderful.

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  62. Very beautiful lingerie! I like the way you wear it. All curvy ladies... listen to this one :)

    If you want to know more about how to dress your curves please visit my blog!

    Anna

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  63. such an inspiration you are...
    http://glam-me-gal.blogspot.in/

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  64. Wow, you look AMAZING - especially in that last shot!!

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  65. Thanks for sharing...Great, every photo is as beautiful as a painting and You look so Charismatic!
    Cheers
    Ciao from Italia
    <3

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  66. OMG Gaby, you are one hell of a gorgeous dame! :D
    And the way you carry yourself is again beautiful! :D Nice pics! Good luck!
    plus size underwear

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  67. Omg, this doesn't just empower plus size women, but women of ALL shapes and sizes. I am a size 9/10 sometimes 7/8, but I still feel as if I am outcast amongst my smaller sized friends. Gabby you look amazing, and you are beautiful!!! I just want to say thank you for having the self-esteem all women should have, this makes me think twice about being so self conscious because of the standards media and society put on women at such a young age. Keep it up!

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  68. You look fantastic!! You have no idea how overjoyed I get when I see a woman who's comfortable in their skin and exudes class. This photoshoot should be the posterboard for all women who may have insecurities and body hang ups. It has definitely been an inspiration to me. Thank you!

    pinkglamcafe.blogspot.com

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  69. You're so beautiful!! You look amazing in each of these photos!

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  70. You look so beautiful in these photos, it's fantastic! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous. And I love the set and the styling, you look so relaxed and comfortable. Hooray!

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  71. LOVE THIS! Thank you so much for being so daring and honest! Beautiful shots!

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  72. i love this! you are so right about really feeling sexy; i love your idea behind this shoot and it really came through. you are one inspiring (and gorgeous) lady!!

    annie / WEMAKEPLANS

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  73. Amazing to embrace a woman's curves like you have portrayed in this photo shoot!!! You go girl!!! Bravo!!!
    estilowithjustiana.blogspot.com

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  74. Gabi you are absolutely gorgeous. absolutely stunning post. Its truly inspiring to see how far youve come :)

    www.dryycleanonly.com

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  75. OMG, I love, love, love these photos. Absolute inspiration and you look SUPER SEXY without even trying too. You truly look amazing!

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  76. Amazingly gorgeous and I want all of these pieces!!!

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  77. I was hoping if you would like to follow each other on Google Friend Connect and other social sites.- Chic Out of Town

    http://chicoutoftown.blogspot.com

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  78. AMAAAAAZZZZZINNNGGG! =)

    http://www.houseofvee.blogspot.co.nz

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  79. absolutely gorgeous! I'll be getting a couple of pieces based on these photos! If I look half as wonderful as you in them, they'll be worth the cost! And you can scratch the "i don't do sexy" bit -- you most certainly *do*! Wonderfully done, Gabi.

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  80. Get it girl!!
    http://fashionablyspeakn.blogspot.com/2013/02/mod-mini_26.html

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  81. I just fainted! Glorious curves! WOWZERS!!

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  82. GREAT!!!!
    Žaneta from www.fashionissue.cz
    xx

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  83. I just nominated you for a Liebster Award – Check it out!

    http://mindymwm.wordpress.com/2013/02/28/liebster-award-ashley-youre-swell/

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  84. You look great Gabbie! Tasteful shots and beautiful lingerie!

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  85. So devine! wish I could embrace my body more ! but you look so gorgeous in those!


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  86. Perfect photo shoot ! You look so comfortable with yourself, so good to see that.

    all the best, Kat

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  87. loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee it

    i'm currently between a Uk size 12 and 14 and i'm feeling very self conscious but this has encouraged me.

    THANK U

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  88. you are gorgeous!
    and I don't really want to say I admire you because I really think it should be normal to not only see skinny girls but girls of all sizes.. but I do!
    society should really let go of promoting one body type as the only one and just get over it

    <3
    Isabelle
    www.moon-cult.com

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  89. I love this so much. I love wearing matching underwear even if no one's going to see it. I don't know, it just makes me feel good. This looks more like my kind of Valentine's Day ;)

    http://thechicmuse000.blogspot.co.uk
    http://sophiewilsonsbooks.blogspot.com

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  90. Huzzah! You're gorgeous! I would love to have a body like yours. :)

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  91. Oh wow! great post and gorgeous pictures! I admire people who stay true to themselves & love their bodies despite the media & "social norms". You look great, Gaby, beauty definitely comes from inside and inside only.

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  92. SO freakin beautiful!

    http://thethicklifebysheena.blogspot.com/

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  93. Marc Jacobs stalkes and tortures a young fashion designer, Angel Barta. He stole her designes and copies all her photos. Jacobs fooled her with love and keeps her in psycho-terror. Read the shocking details on: http://styleangelique.blogspot.hu/2013/03/marc-jacobs-thief-of-century-who.html

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  94. I'm so proud of you!!! You were my "catalyst" years ago when I started blogging.
    Kisses from Hungary!
    Judit
    http://plus-size-life.blogspot.hu/

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  95. OK, just catching up with this via other blogs. Goodness, you are just the very picture of sensual feminine beauty... WOW. And a fellow Detroiter too. Just amazing luv. Keep up the great work!

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  96. Thank you! Loved this. You're beautiful inside and out, and so inspiring!

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  97. in black dress ur looking very hot..and ur smile is also very prety..
    You Looking really very very horny, hot in picture. Amazing body. I’ve enjoyed a lot.I like this post very…very…much….thanks for sharing it……This is special.Escort Madrid

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  98. I just have to say that Gabi is soooooooo F'n, absolutely HOTT!!!!! Wow!!!!!

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  99. You are completely amazing with your voluptuous beauty... Very Sexy indeed

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  100. dang girl! lol i'm happily married to an awesome man, but i'm in love with that first pic of reading on the couch :) i agree with what you say about feeling sexy...that's why i love pretty undies under my clothes because they make me feel sexy without showing them to anyone. you're gorgeous! and many thanks for introducing me to asos!

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