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White Tee & The Perfect Denim

White Tee & The Perfect Denim

Who else dreads jean shopping? I know that I can't be the only who who has a mini meltdown pretty much every time I walk into a fitting room with a pair of jeans. I LOVE wearing jeans but I end up wearing the same pair over and over and over again until they rip open at the thigh seams.

When Laurie Felt Los Angeles reached out to me about sending some samples, I'm not going to lie: I was a bit skeptical. It's not that I didn't trust that the denim was high-quality, I just know that my short leg/chubby thigh/large bottom makes it difficult to fit any sort of pant. However, promises of accurate sizing and the perfect amount of stretch won me over. The clothes are designed to make you feel beautiful every day, so I wanted to put that sentiment to the test. 

When the samples arrived at my home, I excitedly ripped into the packaging and fell in love with the jeans just based on touch alone. The "silky" moniker was entirely true: they felt soft and comfy. As I slipped them on, it was like a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants situation. They did stretch just perfectly and elegantly hugged my curves in the most flattering way that denim ever has. I wore them to work the next day and received a pretty steady stream of compliments—a stranger on the train even had nice things to say! (Rarity around here, usually people just get into fights.)

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Just when I thought the jeans were enough to make me a Laurie Felt fan for life, I learned more about Heartfelt,  a community of women united together to inspire each other through our style and stories. I was able to speak with Kadedra, a member of the community in my own city. It felt good to share a positive conversation with a like-minded lady, and I left feeling encouraged. 

 Kadedra shared with me that she's not a particularly social person—something I could completely relate to. She described herself as always being a "little bit different," between her weight fluctuations and physical features, such as being light-skinned and having freckles. It took her time but she eventually accepted that she was different, and that's okay: her differences made her beautiful. When I asked her what makes her feel beautiful, she told me, when it comes to clothes, you have to feel good with your body. If you're not comfortable, you're not going to feel good.

Kadedra and I both agree that more body-positive role models are needed in the world, especially with young people. As a mother and a someone who works in a school, she knows this all too well. She knows that you can't be a positive role model when it comes to body acceptance if you're not feeling so hot in your own skin. She told me that she doesn't have any mirrors in her house, but whenever she does look into one, she makes an effort to not suck in her stomach or anything like that. 

As a member of the Heartfelt community, Kadedra is happy that she can share her confidence with others. The jeans aren't flashy or affixed with tacky embellishments but simple: and Kadedra finds beauty in that simplicity. She's aware that when you put on clothes, depending on how you feel about them, you can also completely adjust your attitude. When she wears her Laurie Felt Los Angeles jeans, she's always feelin' good—and, you know what? Same here. 

Thanks for the gift, Laurie Felt Los Angeles!

xo, e.m.

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