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I'm all about body positivity and self-love because I believe that we can save the world if we first save ourselves.

While summer is the season of fun in the sun, it can also flair up a great deal of body image issues and insecurities. And the bombarding messages from the world shouting at us to get the perfect bikini body or slim up for summer‚ absolutely do not help the matter either.

This season’s focus on pool parties, Ship Island days, crop tops, and bathing suits can quickly take a toll on the confidence you have in your own skin. Sound familiar? You’re not alone!

Because I know exactly how women tend to be so hard on themselves, I wanted to share 10 ways women can celebrate and amplify their self-love this summer. From embracing your body to exploring new experiences, this blog post is designed to empower you to create a summer filled with self-discovery and self-acceptance.


Unleash Your Confidence with Boudoir

This is obviously my number one tip I give to any woman looking to build confidence! Experience the transformative power of a magazine-style glamour boudoir portrait session. Capture your beauty in a safe and empowering environment, celebrating your individuality and sensuality. A boudoir session is an incredible way to embrace your body, boost self-confidence, and create lasting memories that reflect your authentic self.

Miss T’s boudoir session was a great kick-off to summer 


Practice Mindful Self-Care

Set aside time each day for self-care activities that nourish your mind, body, and soul. Whether it’s a long bubble bath, meditation, journaling, or indulging in your favorite hobby, make self-care a priority. By dedicating time to yourself, you can recharge and show yourself the love you deserve.


Connect with Like-Minded Women

Seek out communities and groups in South Mississippi that empower and support women. Engage with like-minded individuals who inspire self-love and celebrate authenticity. Attend local events, workshops, or join online communities to connect with women who share similar values and experiences.

Sidenote: The Annual Martini Shakedown is held every July and is the biggest fundraiser for Make-A-Wish of South Mississippi. It’s my favorite summer event filled with music, food, cocktails and a silent auction– and it’s also perfect for networking!  


Celebrate Your Body with Fashion

Experiment with summer fashion that makes you feel confident and beautiful. Find styles and outfits that flatter your unique body shape and embrace your curves. Whether it’s a flowy sundress, a stylish swimsuit, or a chic pair of shorts, dress for yourself and celebrate your body. 

There are a TON of local boutiques that have great options for all sizes. One of my personal favorites is The Cornerstone Boutique in Biloxi!


Explore the Gulf Coast's Natural Beauty

Coastal Mississippi (aka the Mississippi Gulf Coast) offers a myriad of outdoor attractions to inspire self-love and appreciation for nature’s wonders. Take leisurely walks along front beach in Ocean Springs, rent a boat or kayak to Deer Island, or go hiking at any one of our local greenways. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery and let nature’s tranquility awaken your soul.


Practice Positive Affirmations

As cheesy as it may sound, you can boost your self-esteem with daily positive affirmations. Remind yourself of your strengths, beauty, and worthiness of love and happiness. Repeat affirmations such as “I am beautiful,” “I am deserving of love,” and “I am confident” to cultivate a positive mindset.


Discover New Experiences

Summer is the perfect time to try new things and step out of your comfort zone. Travel to new places, engage in activities that excite you, or learn a new skill. If you’ve never been big on cooking, take a local cooking class. Opening yourself up to novel experiences not only fosters personal growth but also reaffirms your value and capability.


Prioritize Healthy Habits

Take care of your physical well-being by adopting healthy habits. No matter how minor your adjustments may be, you’ll still get farther than not doing anything at all.  Stay hydrated (especially in this heat), fuel your body with nutritious food, and engage in fun summer activities like swimming. By prioritizing your health, you are showing love and respect for yourself, both inside and out.


Engage in Creative Expression

Discover a creative outlet that allows you to express yourself authentically. Whether it’s painting, writing, dancing, or playing an instrument, find a form of artistic expression that brings you joy and helps you connect with your inner self.


Celebrate Your Achievements

Take a moment to reflect on your accomplishments and celebrate your journey. Whether big or small, each achievement contributes to your personal growth. Recognize and reward yourself for your hard work, resilience, and determination. You deserve it!


5th house boudoir, dhiana skrmetti, gulfport mississippi, boudoir photographer

The 5th House Boudoir’s Dhiana Skrmetti is an intimate portrait photographer located in Gulfport, Mississippi– fifteen minutes west of Biloxi, Mississippi, one hour east of Mobile, Alabama, and an hour and a half away from New Orleans, Louisiana.

Dhiana’s true mission in life is to help free women from the chains put on them both externally and internally.  She believes that all women should be empowered through boudoir photography and let them see what we all see: a gorgeous powerhouse woman with a stardust soul.

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