guest post -> mackenzie {whatever, gatsby}

by Holly on August 16, 2011

in guest posts

Hey kiddles! So…I just worked out for the first time in 1 1/2 months yesterday with a 3-mile run. And then oops! I did it again Britney-style today with another 3-miler. I rule. And so does Mackenzie, our next guest poster. She writes the most lovely blog called whatever, gatsby where she constantly inspires with beautiful prose, inspiring photographs and hilarious rambles. And she loves food. I never leave her blog without a huge smile on my face…and I hope you don’t either.

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i have a confession to make.

i feel at my prettiest when i am eating, preferably surrounded by used napkin teepees that seem to protect my barren plate. and stunned on-lookers, in shock that i could shove so much food into my gullet and still be standing.

i feel glamorous eating thai food. my eyes watering because my heavy hands dumped way too much chili paste on my pad thai (there actually is no such thing). slurping noodles with as much grace as possible. which is to say, without grace at all.

mexican food can make me feel like a model. a burrito worthy of being held by two hands. an empty bowl full of chips. sombrero hats and dim highlighter-shade  fluorescent lighting provide my contented face with more perfect lighting than a photo shoot director could even imagine.

eating a bright red cherry popsicle in the middle of the park provides my lips with a much more natural  and gorgeous shade of red than what can be found in sephora.

i haven’t always felt this way. i, like countless other men and women, have struggled with this eating art. a burrito could make me feel ugly. only walking for hours and counting, endless counting, could make me feel the beauty that i dreamed about feeling. that’s it. only dreams of this feeling, it was never fully actualized.  it was always fleeting and the more i counted and paced around a plate of food, it seemed to get farther and farther away.

it took me so so long to realize that beauty can’t be counted in fat grams or pounds or caloric suggestions in the back of “health” magazines. beauty is ironically the absence of all of those constraints. beauty is the first egg you eat after being vegan and enjoying it wholeheartedly. beauty is the red hue on your cheeks that you get from drinking one too many and dancing until it’s too late (once again, there is no such thing). beauty isn’t gum for dinner, but a hearty plate of your mom’s favorite  casserole that she made from a recipe on the back of a soup can.

with food in hand or on a fork, for me, provides a girl with a power. the power that every angle she has is beautiful. a girl can never look unflattering with a full plate, a confidence to eat what she wants in public, and a good appetite. and nothing, i mean nothing,  is sexier than a woman who, after eating a large plate of tacos, honestly and earnestly asks the question “what’s for dessert?’”


Lauren henderson August 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I love love love this post! I’m going to try harder to feel this way instead of feeling self concious about my appetite :)

Lauren henderson August 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Sorry… I meant, conscious :)

Holly August 16, 2011 at 9:27 pm

a beautiful guest post from a beautiful person – inside and out. thank you SO much for this – you know one day we are going to reunite and eat cupcakes to our heart’s delight! <3 you!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm

“…and nothing, i mean nothing, is sexier than a woman who, after eating a large plate of tacos, honestly and earnestly asks the question “what’s for dessert?’”

You don’t know me. I don’t know you. But after reading this, I think I love you. Pass the next course, please. :)

Linda August 16, 2011 at 11:35 pm

I LOVE this post!! :) Thank you!! And yes, Holly, I am walking away with a big smile on my face! :D

Go YOU on the run!! I haven’t worked out for ……almost 2 months now. VERY bad. But I have kept up my eating! ;)

Hillary August 17, 2011 at 6:42 am

That girl, the one who asks for dessert after a massive dinner? That’s totally me. Good job of pinpointing the EXACT way I feel about food, Mackenzie. Loved it.

Alex @ IEatAsphalt August 17, 2011 at 7:50 am

Love this. I had a massive bowl of Pho for dinner and enjoyed every dribble that fell on my chin.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 17, 2011 at 9:14 am

“beauty is ironically the absence of all of those constraints.” – wonderfully written!! Can we go on a dinner date sometime?? I’ll pay.

Sarah August 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

Such a great post! I love the idea of a picture of beauty being a woman who is not afraid to eat- and relishes it.

Caitlin August 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Oh my goodness, thank you for this post! I absolutely loved it, and it completely made my day!

LauraJayne August 17, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I ADORE this post! I don’t feel beautiful when I eat, and I don’t know if I ever have – but it’s my new goal to reach that point in my life where I can say that I do!

leslie August 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm

i adore this post. thank you to both of you for sharing it! i read it twice and think i’ll have to read it another time. i relate to every word, i agree with every word, and mackenzie, your writing is truly beautiful. i’m going to think of this while i’m devouring every inch of a neapolitan pizza tonight. :)

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby August 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm

oh my dear holly, you don’t even know how happy this made me! :) so glad to have been featured on a soulsister’s blog. come to boston soon so we can watch jake gyllenhaal movies and eat cupcakes?! ya dig?! ;)

brissa August 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm

mackenzie is one of my favorite bloggers. i love this post and her for introducing me to your blog!

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