Wednesday, May 23, 2018

At Home Fitting Room: Tops

In today's post Hailey reviews tops from brands Torrid, Lane Bryant, JCPenney, Maurices, and Old Navy. - #LaneBryant #Torrid #TorridInsider #JCPenney #Xersion #SelfEsteem #oldnavy #oldnavyplus #maurices #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #plussizeclothing #fittingroom

It has been much easier for me to do these smaller groupings of At Home Fitting Room posts.  Today, I am showing you various tops I have collected over the winter to present.  Some items are no longer available, but I still think seeing sizes and info helps.

The usual spiel: I shop too much and want to use my experience to help you navigate brands and sizing. Let's get to it!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What I Wore: ThredUp Finds & Universal Standard Review

In today’s post, Hailey reviews a few thrifted ThredUp purchases as well as the Seine Jean from Universal Standard. - #UniversalStandard #USintheWild #ThredUp #Secondhandfirst  #Torrid #TorridInsider #TheseCurves #Crocs #Coach #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #spring #springstyle

I'm terrible at coming up with titles for my posts.  It is my least favorite part about writing on the blog.  Today's title is all practical and no frills.  I put together a slightly layered spring look for one of our first sunny days this season.  It was finally warm enough to wear this short sleeve Torrid top that I found on ThredUp but, because of the wind, cool enough I needed to wear jeans.  So I'm also reviewing these Universal Standard jeans as well.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Friday Feels: Reunited

On working through my issues, talking of personal stories and lessons, and giving you more insight into who I am.  This Friday Feels I talk about what put me in survival mode and how I realized I need break out of surviving and work on thriving. – #fridayfeels #personalessay #survivalmode #personalissues

Time for the second ever Friday Feels post.  I've been contemplating, working through, and trying to sort my thoughts for this post.  It comes way later than intended for those reasons.

It won't happen every week, but when I am feeling so inclined to work though issues or share more personal stories or feelings, it will be on a Friday.  I feel like I'm taking a huge leap because I don't often share these types of feelings with anyone other than my husband Sean.  It may be messy.  It won't always have a tidy ending or any resolution, but I think I'm ready.

So without further ado....

Thursday, May 10, 2018

What I Wore: Springing Into Television

In today’s post, Hailey puts her formula for a casual ensemble to work, donning a colorful spring outfit for her first Afternoon Live appearance. - #Torrid #TorridInsider #Slink #SlinkJeans  #CobbHill #RoseGold #InPink #LaneBryant #OldNavy #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #spring #springstyle

For my first Afternoon Live appearance, I talked about elevating a casual look.  My tips were all about the little things I do to change up a "jeans and a tee" outfit to make it something cute and fashionable, but still comfortable and casual.  This formula is one I use when I get myself dressed, so I wanted to wear a springy ensemble that really utilized every one of my tips.

In today's post, I'm showing you a closer look at that outfit, along with reviews of the new-to-us items.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Photo Journal: Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival- Woodburn, OR

Today, Hailey offers a photo journal of a lovely evening out at Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon! –  #portland #pdx #woodenshoetulips #tulips #tulipfestival #woodenshoetulipfestival #tulipfarm #woodburnor

A little over a week ago, Sean and I decided to go on a little adventure to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn, Oregon.  I really needed to be rehearsing for my news segment, but I also really wanted to get out of the house.  The weather was surprisingly beautiful, so we packed up Finn and Dobby and headed out.

Today's post is a photo-heavy journal with pictures from our little evening out.  I'm definitely happy we were able to stay until sunset to enjoy the last drops of sunlight dancing among the tulips.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

KATU Afternoon Live Companion: Ways to Combat Chub Rub & Anti-Chafing Solutions

Today, Hailey was back on KATU Afternoon Live to talk about ways of preventing the dreaded Chub Rub and other anti-chafing products. - #KATU #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #pdx #pdxfashion #pdxfatshion #antichafing #chubrub #Zerdocean #Bandelettes #Chafezone #GoldBond #Bodyglide #LUSHSilkyUnderwear #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize

I was back at KATU Afternoon Live this week to discuss ways to combat chafing of various kinds.  Most of my suggestions have thigh friction in mind, also called "chub rub", but I do address some other friction solutions as well.

I chose this topic because the weather is heating up and I find it hard to really trust the various reviews of anti-chafing products all over the Internet.  I have my tried-and-true solutions, but I also wanted to challenge myself to try some other products and test them out.  This was a really fun process for me.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Reviewing Kiyonna's Stella Cinch Top

In today’s post, Hailey reviews the Stella Cinch Top from Kiyonna. - #Kiyonna #KiyonnaCurves #KiyonnaStyle #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #CharmingCharlie #Rockport #CobbHill #fauxwrap #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #spring #springstyle

There's still no sign of spring here, other than some blooming flowers and trees.  It is so cold and rainy, cloudy and dreary.  This is all normal for the Pacific Northwest, but I am ready for shorts and sandals/capris weather.  I'm ready to not be freezing and to not have to worry about the rain messing up my hair or dampening an adventure out of the house.  Sean and I are planning a little vacation for our 10 year anniversary.  I cannot tell you enough how ready I am for that!  In theory, the weather should be gorgeous for where and when we are going. *fingers crossed*
(Update: As this post is being published, the weather is lovely and sunny.  I just found out it is going to be sunny or partly sunny for the next 10 days.  Progress!)

Until then, I have been working around the weather and taking advantage of sun when I can.  Last week we had two random days of sun, so we made a beeline for local parks and shot a variety of looks I needed for upcoming posts and a secret project I can't disclose yet.  One of the things I can share is this look featuring Kiyonna's Stella Cinch Top.  I haven't tried this silhouette from Kiyonna before, so I was excited when they sent this top for me to try out.  Read on for all the details...

Friday, April 13, 2018

What I Wore: We're born naked, and the rest is drag.

In today’s post, Hailey goes full sparkle with this Torrid Reversible Sequin Jacket. - #Torrid #TorridInsider #Avenue #AvePlus #ShareTheLove #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #Comfortiva #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #spring #springstyle

Last week, I attended Bianca Del Rio's Blame It On Bianca tour in Portland with friends.  We had a really fun time, though I wasn't okay with the stereotypical fat jokes that were made.  While Bianca is an equal opportunity offender, I thought she was really shining when she poked fun at herself and her experiences.  I'm never fond of fat jokes, but I am vehemently against the unoriginal, thoughtless kind that want to assume stereotypes are always true.  There were a lot of fat women like me in the audience.  I hated the idea that these kinds of regurgitated put-downs could reinforce negative feelings for any of us.  And I was appalled at how loud the laughter was for these particular jokes.

All that aside, I am here to show you my outfit.  I've been looking for a prime opportunity to don my sequin bomber, and seeing a sparkling drag queen seemed like the perfect time to do it.  I first talked about this bomber in a recent At Home Fitting Room post, but now you can see it in action.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Tips for Elevating a Casual Ensemble + KATU Afternoon Live Show

As a companion to her KATU Afternoon Live segment, Hailey offers up an expansive addition to her tips for elevating a casual ensemble. – #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #spring #springstyle #plussizecasual

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being a guest on my local news station's afternoon show, KATU Afternoon Live.  I've been prepping for about a month, narrowing down topics and trying to find just the right pieces to present in my segment.

I chose to talk about elevating a basic jeans/tee/sneakers look because so many of us are just casual folks.  I am a very practical girl that likes to be comfortable.  Casual fits my lifestyle.  But I also love adding color, sparkle, fun and personality, feminine details like ruffles and lace, and other interesting embellishments to my ensembles.  I always have people ask me how they can be more fashionable and look cute, while still being comfortable.

I hope you enjoy the video and find my tips for elevating your look helpful!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Welcome to Discourse of a Divine Diva!


I just wanted to drop a quick note to say hello.  If you are stopping by the blog after seeing my segment on KATU Afternoon Live, I will have another post coming up with links to items I talked about during the segment and more examples of the tips I presented in the show.

If you'd like to check out previous outfits presented on the blog, you can scroll through posts here or check out my Pinterest board for easier viewing.

I hope you enjoy the blog and look forward to getting to know you!

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