Year End



Striped Peplum Top, Neon Heart Bracelet & Denim Skinny Jeans: Forever 21
Neon Captoes: SM Parisian Plus
Yellow and White Necklace: Promod

There was a time not too long ago when I relegated my body to layers, pants and sleeves. Dresses, skirts and sleeveless tops were piled at the back of my closet along with old socks and worn out bras. In the same square way that I dressed, I also limited my potential to areas that I already knew. Then, came this blog and the determined decision to make a change, to stop putting myself down and holding myself back, to faking confidence until I could make it. This year, I've faked it 'til I believed it!

2013 has been a year of trials and triumphs. It's been a learning period as I explored beyond my comfort zone, reached out to people who I knew struggled with their bodies as I did, and even aimed to speak on a wider platform as a blogger. It tested me to my limits, brought me to tears of both joy and despair. It taught me of strength, resilience and courage in spite of unexpected persecution.

As times passes, I realize that I am a being made to be both fragile and indomitably strong, easily broken and yet capable of healing and starting anew. Life can be trying,  but it does provide us glimpses of hope where sadness reigns. And I choose to set my eyes on silver linings, on those little pockets of sunshine where I can count my blessings and enjoy this God-given life as long as I can.

Let's go 2014! Let's do this!

The Belated Bloomer


  1. Yeah, let's go 2014! Very inspiring what you've written here, and just so you know, you have a supporter in me :)
    Anyway, love this stylish peplum top! And those yellow capped flats are adorable <3

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  2. What a great outfit! Loving the stripes on you and the pop of colour on the shoe is so cool. All the best in 2014! xo



  3. Gorgeous outfit - the peplum silhouette looks perfect on you!

    Wishing you much happiness and success in 2014!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  4. looking fab as always sis!
    happy new year!


  5. Nice outfit and it looks good on you. Also, I believe that as long as you are comfortable with the clothes that you are wearing, and feel fabulous inside and out- other people's opinion doesn't really matter. :) Happy New Year !!! - TheKitchenGoddess.blogspot.com


    1. Happy New and Fabulous Year to you, Rei San!

  6. I love the striped peplum and those cute flats. You look adorable!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  7. That top looks fabulous on you! And I love the pops of neon!


  8. I am a sucker for peplum anything. Great look. Best wishes for 2014!


  9. Great outfit my dear! The blouse is so nice!




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