Friday, May 6, 2016

What I Wore: A Go-To Spring and Summer Top

What I Wore: A Versatile Spring and Summer Top  - #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #Avenue #CharmingCharlie #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #SpringStyle #SummerStyle #plussizecasual

As the weather warms up, I've been thinking more on how to utilize my warm weather pieces.  My wardrobe for spring and summer has been a bit more limited than usual due to my weight loss after the cancer diagnosis.  Of course I am a shopaholic and have tried to remedy that situation, but I also am practical and acknowledge that warm weather here doesn't last very long.

Still, I've spent the last couple of springs and summers adding to my warmer weather wardrobe beyond t-shirts, denim capris, and shrugs to go with every dress.  I've also started to push my comfort zone more in the warmer weather with shorter sleeves and shorts!  Prior to 2014 I hadn't worn shorts since middle school.  I even bought a new swimsuit that I love.  (Mainly, it is for Hawaii later in the year, but if you invite me to your pool party I will wear it.)

Today's post features a crochet top I picked up on clearance last summer.  I find them a great go-to  and a cooling alternative to something without holes all over it. haha  Read on for my review and why I love them....

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

3 Products to Keep Your Oily Skin Shine-Free

 3 Products to Keep Your Oily Skin Shine-Free (featuring Dr. Brandt Pores No More Anti-Aging Mattifying Lotion, Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray (Oil Control), and Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray (Oil Control)) - #beauty #makeup #primer #primerspray #finishingspray #DrBrandt #Skindinavia #oilyskin #poresnomore #oilyskinissues #oilyskinfix #mattifying

I've had super oily skin all my life.  I think it is a blessing and a curse, though sometimes it just feels like the latter.  I've tried so many skincare products, powders, blotting tissues, and other techniques for keeping the oil away.  As I've gotten older, taken better care of myself, and found skincare products that work for me, the oil has lessened just a bit.  However, I still have to blot my face throughout the day.  Until now.

In today's post, I am reviewing three products that work together in glorious harmony to keep my oily skin shine free all day long.  Seriously.  I was shocked by the amazing results and I knew I needed to share!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Tell Me Your Thoughts!!

In an effort to get better organized and create a better schedule for the blog and my life, I really want to hear what all of you love and look forward to in regards to posts here on Discourse of a Divine Diva.  I want the blog to be a collection of things I love and that make me happy, while still sharing relevant and helpful information with all of you. 

I'd love your feedback on what you find the most helpful, inspirational, and enjoyable, plus any ideas you may have on things you'd love to see here.  This is just a quick survey to assess your thoughts, but don't hesitate to leave extra information and comments in the survey or on the blog. (If you can't see the survey form below, you can access it here.)

Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions! I appreciate all your feedback!

Mother's Day Gift Guide with ModCloth

Mother's Day Gift Guide with ModCloth - #giftguide #mothersday #mothersdaygift #modcloth #plussize #homeandgifts

Mother's Day brings up mixed emotions for me.  I generally try to ignore it as long as possible and then deal with it when it is upon us.  Usually, it falls right around my birthday, so I feel it coming whether I want to or not.  This is also the same time of year my father passed away, which probably contributes to a mix of feelings this time of year.

My own mother is not in my life anymore, both by her own choice and my desire to be sane and happy.  She was a constant source of negativity, so Mother's Day felt more like an obligation than something I looked forward to celebrating.  I'm not telling you this to be Debbie Downer, but to preface this gift post as something a little less traditional than most gift guides because of where I am coming from.  Hopefully you have an awesome mom or a loving mother figure you enjoy celebrating.  My mother-in-law is a wonderful, kind, and generous lady.  She's the only reason I suck it up and push through because she deserves to feel loved and special, because she is!

So whether you are looking for gifts for your mom, a mom figure, a mom friend, or maybe getting yourself a little something, I thought I'd try my hand at a Mother's Day Gift Guide featuring my picks from ModCloth.  All featured apparel is available in plus sizes.  For sizing reference, I wear a 22/24 and wear a 3X from ModCloth. Enjoy!

Friday, April 22, 2016

What I Wore: Cheerleader Vibes

Hailey is wearing the Rebel For Torrid Varsity Jacket, Lane Bryant Polka Dot Skater Dress, and Pink Sequin Converse.  #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #Converse #Torrid #TorridInsider #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #SpringStyle #plussizecasual #polkadots #blackwhitepink

Now that all this extended check-up stuff is out of the way, I can relax a little and look more towards the future.  I've been trying to get organized on the computer and come up with a better schedule for blogging, hobbies, necessities, and more.  I started writing a story that is in my head in hopes it will be some kind of novel one day.  I have a million and one crafts to make that I could also share on the blog.  Sean and I are painting a dresser for my dressing room.  I desperately need to clean out my dressing room and sell some clothes and reorganize.  Yard work is long overdue.

As summer approaches, I am hoping this organization will help facilitate me being able to keep up with blog stuff and still have a life outside of my office.  We shall see.  If I don't live a little, I have nothing to talk about on the blog.  Ya feel me? :-)  The weather has been better lately, though a little too hot for my taste, which means more opportunities for photoshoots.  And May is my birthday and anniversary month, so I will be a busy girl with all the fun that entails. Yay!

Today's post is a quickie remix of this awesome varsity jacket from the Rebel For Torrid collection.  I've previously worn it with jeans and a tee, but decided to give it a more feminine spin.  Because this cute polka dot dress is shorter than I usual go, I deemed it my "Cheerleader look". Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Thyroid Cancer Update: The Follow-Up Process, Recent Results, and Venting

 Thyroid Cancer Update: The Follow-Up Process, Recent Results, and Venting - #thyca #thyroidcancer #thyroidcancerawareness #thyroid #hashimotos

It has been quite some time since I did a thyroid cancer update.  You can read my previous updates and more about the whole process of my thyroid cancer journey here

With my recent extended check-up this month, I thought I should update and talk a little about the ongoing monitoring and what all that entails.  Also, I need to vent about the absurd process I had to go through just to schedule this round of check-up events. Read on....

Friday, April 15, 2016

Makeup Stash: Colourpop Haul - Jaime King Alchemy Collection & Brow Pencils

Colourpop Haul: Swatches and thoughts on the Jamie King Alchemy Collection, brow pencils, and more! - #makeupjunkie #makeup #colourpop #colourpopswatches #cremegelliners #swatches #colourpopliners #swatch #beauty #jamiekingalchemy #browpencils #ColourpopBrowPencils #Eyeshadow #blush #highlighter #contour

As you may know, I am a makeup junkie and a huge fan of Colourpop.  The brand has been around a few years now and gotten bigger and bigger, adding new products and new collaborations more frequently.   And with each new collection, I typically buy at least a few products to try.  Since my last Colourpop post, I've made four or five more orders.  The latest grouping of products is Jaime King's collaboration called Alchemy, as well as the handful of brow pencils I purchased.

In today's post I show you swatches of all the products mentioned and give you my thoughts.  I buy all my own Colourpop products and am not compensated or sponsored by them in any way.  Darn it!! lol


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