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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr

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I am a huge fan of Tanya Burr. I think she's a great role model for women, a super fashionable individual and a ray of sunlight in the darkness that can be the Internet. When I first started this blog and wanted to add in a YouTube component (a slowly growing channel) Tanya's channel was a huge inspiration. When I found her book I had to get a copy not only to support her as she's, unknowingly, offered me support and guidance through her channel, but to see what else she had to say.

There were three sections that I adored: Fashion, Baking & Recipes and Confidence & Happiness. I liked the whole book, but those three "chapters" especially stood out.

The fashion section was, of course, a big draw to me because talking about skirts, shoes and bags is one of my favorite things ... like, ever. I loved reading about how her style evolved over the years and how she learned to dress for her. I think owning your personal style and dressing the body you have rather than lusting after someone else's figure is an important thing to keep in mind. Tanya does a great job talking about parts of her body she might not always love (we all have them), but sharing how important it is to be confident and buy clothes that fit you and make you look fabulous. This is advice that I think we all need sometimes. I'm not a fan of my very short torso, but this chapter reminded me to find clothes that accentuate the parts I love rather than buying clothes to hide the parts I hate. I also loved reading her top ten favorite fashion pieces. It made me think what my top ten would be!

I'm a sucker for a new, good baking recipe and now I have quite a few. KB is going to be very excited because thanks to Tanya, I have a new lemon drizzle cake that I need to make! I've watched her baking videos and haven't tried to bake any of them yet, mostly because she bakes in UK units and I never took the time to convert, but this book has them all converted for me. No more excuses, it's time to pre-heat. There's also a recipe for a winter soup that is just full of vegetables and I can't wait until it starts to get cool again so I can make it!

Tanya is very open in her book about her battle with anxiety. While I don't have anxiety, I struggle quite a bit with stress. Her chapter about being confident and happy really helped me on a day that I felt like my to-do list was too much and I was failing at life. I was tense and this chapter helped me put things into perspective and encouraged me to keep dreaming big!

This book is a fun read, the pictures are great and I would kill for the floor-length skirt Tanya is photographed wearing on the back cover.

Tanya spread some sunlight in my direction, now it's your turn!

Love you tons,

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