Friday, October 21, 2016

Birchbox - July and August 2016

Birchbox for July and August 2016 - #Birchbox #beautybox #subscription #beautysubscription #makeup #skincare #haircare #marcelle #parlorbyjeffchastain #clinique #clean #mdsolarsciences #sunscreen #coola #beautyprotector #mannakadar #marcelle #randco

It has been a while since I've done a Birchbox review.  I've been trying to keep up with my monthly boxes and stay organized.  Today's post is a review for my July and August Birchboxes!

If you are unfamiliar with Birchbox, it is a monthly subscription service.  For $10 a month, you get a selection of  five or so samples of various products that have been chosen to fit the monthly theme and your beauty profile.  Birchbox tends to focus on higher-end brands, with more skin and haircare items.  In comparison, Ipsy tends to carry more drugstore brands and makeup, with high-end brands mixed in here and there.  Both of these boxes have a mix of skincare, haircare, makeup, fragrance, and nail polish.  I also started getting the Sephora Play box, which also has a mix of products (mostly makeup) and focuses on the higher end brands that Sephora carries.  I love them all and enjoy trying out the products that each supply to my junkie needs.  If you want to subscribe to one and are unsure of which to choose, let me know what you want most and I can help you choose the best one for you.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What I Wore: Beach Trip to Newport, Oregon

In today's blog post, Hailey highlights some favorite pieces to pack for travel, specifically for a short road trip to the Oregon Coast. (Kohl's Sonoma Hooded Raglan Top, Catherines Girlfriend Jeans) -  #Kohls #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #OldNavy #Torrid #TorridInsider #Kiyonna #KiyonnaStyle #CatherinesStyle #Catherines #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #fall #spring #summer #style #plussizecasual #beachtrip #travel #oregoncoast #newportoregon #newportor

Last month Sean and I decided to take a last minute trip to the beach.  We desperately needed to get out of town, as it has been quite some time since our last vacation.  I needed to see the ocean and breathe the sea air and stare at the water.  It's just one of those things my soul was craving.  I was feeling very stifled, claustrophobic, and burnt out.  It was a short trip since we are saving up for Hawaii, but it was great nonetheless.  I wish we could have spent the whole week there.

We chose to go to Newport, Oregon because neither one of us has been there before.  Newport is located in the central area of the Oregon coast.  I will talk about the fun we had on our trip in later posts (whale and seal sightings, sunsets, fun at the aquarium, etc.).  I took so many pictures and am still in the midst of editing.  Today, I am talking about what I wore on the trip, with the added bonus of Sean's "Outfits of the Days" in case the plus-sized guy in your life needs some outfit ideas also.  And just to prepare you, we do take a lot of couple selfies on our trips.  It's just what we do.  Enjoy!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

What I Wore: New Skinny Jeans, Layering, and Anxiety! Oh My!

Today on the blog, Hailey reviews a pair of Ava and Viv Skinny Jeans from Target and talks about transition pieces for fall and dealing with constant anxiety. Also, featured Lane Bryant's 3/4 Sleeve Scoop-Neck Pocket Tee and Ava and Viv Utility Vest. - #Target #TargetStyle #avaandviv #skinnyjeans #plussizeskinnyjeans #reebok #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #fall #spring #style #plussizecasual

The busy season of holidays, parties, shopping errands, and other fall and winter events is upon us!  I'm already tired thinking about the limited amount of free weekends I have between now and January.  However, this busy season also means I will have more opportunities to do outfit photos, if the weather will cooperate a bit.  With fall comes rain here, so expect soggy scenery for the most part. haha  (For example, we have rain and thunderstorms forecast for the next two weeks straight. Such is life in the PNW.)

In today's post, I'm showing you an errand-running look with previously-talked-about-on-the-blog tee and vest, but I'll be reviewing these new Ava and Viv skinny jeans for you too.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Reviewing Kiyonna's Serenade Swing Dress

In today's post Hailey reviews the Serenade Swing Dress from Kiyonna, creating two looks - an evening out and a more casual fall day.- #Kiyonna #KiyonnaStyle #KiyonnaPlusYou #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #spring #summer #fall #style #plussizecasual #swingdress #datenight #weddingstyle #Avenue #Catherines #CatherinesStyle

In today's post, I am stepping out of my comfort zone once again and trying something new.  After the huge success of trying a halter top in my last Kiyonna post, I decided to try a swing dress this time.  Swing dresses are such a cute and comfy style, but I think the silhouette has kept me from giving it a try.  I am so used to cinching my waist and emphasizing that area to create shape, that wearing something less shapeless really intimidated me.

I had a great time creating different looks with the Florence Flair Halter Top to show you the versatility of the piece.  I decided to do it again this time, taking the Serenade Swing Dress from a dressier date night or wedding guest look to a more casual, fabulous, fall-ready look!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

What I Wore: Give Me Grey!

Today on the blog, Hailey reviews a pair of grey a.n.a jeggings from JCPenney, a great excuse to utilize the floral babydoll top from Torrid again in a fall-ready remix. - #JCpenney #ana #jeggings #plussizejeggings #Crocs #Torrid #TorridInsider #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #fall #style #plussizecasual

The rain in my neck of the woods has begun!  While I can usually do fine without a jacket until early November, apparently this onset of rain means that all the stores have to crank the heat up to oven-worthy temps.  Most of my friends also feel the need to turn their homes into saunas this time of year.  Therefore, I must dress accordingly.

My fall style is less about layering and more about comfortable fabrics that offer some coverage against the chilly air, but will keep me comfortable in heated establishments.  In today's post, I am remixing this top previously seen on the blog and reviewing these grey jeggings!

Friday, September 30, 2016

What I Wore: Lattes and Lipstick

Today on the blog, Hailey reviews this JCPenney's Boutique+ Graphic Tee, styled for a sunny fall day.- #JCpenney #Boutique+ #Crocs #Torrid #TorridInsider #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #fall #style #plussizecasual

"Finally, another fashion post!" some of you may be thinking.  Sorry it has been so long, y'all.  Life has been happily busy and, after our trip to the beach, I was basically in my pajamas for a week and a half.  House chores, resting, editing photos, and catching up on various things were what was in order.

As I gear up for my next round of thyroid cancer-related check-ups, my anxiety has gone through the roof!  It tends to do that before any doctor's appointment these days, but it becomes pretty all-consuming and everything seems to trigger it.  I'm trying different techniques to handle the anxiety better.  Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn't.  I attempted a "Give No F*cks" attitude last weekend to keep from having a panic attack over something I knew would trigger me; and it helped.  It is just an ongoing process of constant awareness, repeating positive phrases, and reassuring myself that I am okay.  I am assuming this feeling of total dread is quite common under the circumstances, so reminding myself I am normal and not the only one who is feeling this way can sometimes keep the anxiety monster from growing. 

Read on for outfit details and all the fun stuff...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sephora Play Beauty Box - June, July, & August 2016

Sephora Play! Beauty Bag (June, July, and August 2016), featuring products by BECCA, BareMinerals, Bumble and Bumble, Tarte, Benefit, TOCCA, Too Faced, BeautyBlender, Ouai, First Aid Beauty, Smashbox, Nest, Algenist, Lancome, Make Up For Ever, Sephora Collection, Urban Decay, and Clean. -  #Sephora #SephoraPlay #beautybag #beautybox #subscription #beautysubscription #makeup #haircare #skincare #Becca #bareminerals #bumbleandbumble #tarte #review #swatch #benefit #tocca #toofaced #beautyblender #ouai #firstaidbeauty #smashbox #nest #algenist #lancome #mufe #makeupforever #urbandecay #clean

Hello, my friends!  Today I'm bringing you a review and look at my summer Sephora Play! boxes.  Sephora Play! is another monthly subscription box with five samples of makeup, skincare, and/or haircare, and a fragrance sample.  The box is $10 a month.  The products are all items that Sephora carries, so they are easy to shop for if you decide you want a full-size product.  You can check out my first box from May here.

They currently have an on-going off again, on again Wait List.  You join the Wait List with your email address and will be notified via email when the list is open and you can sign up.  I have been really happy with this subscription so far.  Although I love each subscription I get for various reasons, right now I think Sephora is my favorite out of the three I am subscribed to (Birchbox, Ipsy, Sephora).

Let's get to reviewing!

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