Thursday, June 29, 2017

What I Wore: Jammin' with the New Kids

 Summer Concert Style today!  Hailey is reviewing and comparing the Roll-Cuff Bermuda and Mini ‘M’ Pocket Shorts by Melissa McCarthy Seven7 & reviewing Torrid’s Multi Strap Swing Cami and Tie Dye Open Front Cadigan. - #Torrid #TorridStyle #TorridInsider #MelissaMcCarthySeven7 #MelissaMcCarthy #plussizeshorts #shorts #charmingcharlie #tiedye #nkotb #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #summer #style

I've been a New Kids On The Block fan for 29 years.  I was always out and proud about it, so I was picked on relentlessly for it - both at home and at school.  I credit the New Kids' inspiration and my experience as a Blockhead in helping me become a person of integrity.  I stand up for what I believe in and what I love, and I have the New Kids to thank for teaching me that at a very early age.

Despite my level of endless adoration, I was never allowed to go to a concert, much less a New Kids concert, when I was a kid.  So when the New Kids got back together in 2008, I vowed to go to every concert I could possibly get to in an effort to make up for lost time.  Sean and I even pushed our honeymoon back a week so I could attend the reunion shows in my area.  I've spent the last nine years livin' it up at twelve NKOTB concerts.  I've met and greeted the guys.  I've been sang to and winked at from the stage.  I've had amazing seats.  I've even watched their Coming Home DVD in a movie theater with the New Kids!  I've traveled to new cities, made new friends, and gotten closer to old ones.

All this to say, I continue to be extremely grateful to be able to have these experiences.  I'm grateful the guys got back together.  I am grateful that I can afford to go to the shows and travel.  I am grateful that my husband isn't an asshole (like a LOT of these other women's husbands are) and supports/admires/cares about my love for the New Kids.  It is such an important part of who I am.  And every concert things happen that make the 12-year-old in me feel so validated and excited and loved.  It's a good time.

I wasn't going to write an intro this long, but I got all emotional.  I recently attended my thirteenth and fourteenth New Kids concerts in Portland and Seattle.  I'm still editing concert pictures, but I thought we'd talk about what I wore first.  Today I'll be showing you my concert outfits and reviewing new-to-the-blog pieces from Melissa McCarthy Seven7 (shorts comparison!) and Torrid.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

What I Wore: Staying Cool and Confident This Summer

Staying cool and confident in the heat, Hailey is reviewing the Relaxed Off-The-Shoulder Top from Old Navy and Roll-Cuff Denim Bermuda Shorts by Melissa McCarthy Seven7, with a nod to the Puamana Earrings by Nagasako Designs.- #OldNavy #OldNavyStyle #OldNavyPlus #LaneBryant #MelissaMcCarthySeven7 #MelissaMcCarthy #Trotters #nagasakodesigns #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #summer #style

Hey, y'all!!
I've mostly gotten over my gnarly cold I picked up over New Kids week.  Thankfully, Sean did not get it.  It's been a busy few weeks with going to Seattle, weekend errands, cleaning, hosting Bunco, cleaning some more, and hosting a belated birthday party for my friend Nigel and I today!  It has mostly been fun stuff, aside from the cleaning, but between the cold and my fight with anxiety I have been incredibly exhausted.  I know I often mention being tired more since my thyroid went bye-bye.  I keep expecting myself to be "normal" and expect to just buck up and get things done, but it doesn't really work that way.  I know the blog has suffered from my tiredness and anxiety and even depression.  Bouts of self-doubt related to those things are no joke.

I was able to get a lot of chores out of the way earlier in the week so I could focus on editing some photos and getting a post out.  In today's post, I am reviewing this Old Navy top and shorts from Melissa McCarthy's line, and talking about our celebratory 9th wedding anniversary outing.  I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My Birthday Weekend: Outfits, Adventures, and Sloths! Oh My!

 In today's post, Hailey walks us through her eventful and exciting birthday weekend with a look at what she wore, where she ate, and other fun activities – puzzle-solving with Escapism Portland, meeting Sloths at ZWCC, wine tasting in Hood River, visiting Multnomah Falls, feeding the homeless with Outlandia, and Portland Saturday Market. -  #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #avenue #avaandviv #teespring #outlander #outlandia #portland #pdx #multnomahfalls #hoodriver #cathedralridgewinery #zwcc #escapismportland

My birthday weekend turned out to be a wonderfully adventurous weekend full of surprises and new experiences!  Sean took my birthday off and had planned out a full day of fun.  I just had no idea what he was planning.  It taught me that I have the ability to just go with the flow, but I do have to be mindful about it.  In not knowing what adventure was up next I was forced not to worry about it, therefore keeping my anxiety away in a most refreshing way.

In today's post, I'm talking about all the activities of my exciting weekend and showing you what I wore in the process.  And FYI, there are a lot of photos in this post because I am covering the whole weekend and didn't want to break the post up.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Reviewing Kiyonna's Adriana Cardigan

 In today's post, Hailey reviews the Adriana Cardigan from Kiyonna, a perfect layering piece for breezy summer nights, travel, and transitioning into fall! - #Kiyonna #KiyonnaPlusYou #Kiyonnastyle #Torrid #TorridInsider #Thesecurves #ModCloth #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #fall #spring #summer #style

Happy June!  I hope you are all doing well.  May has been an insanely busy, but very fun month full of love and surprises.  I turned 37 mid-May and celebrated my 9th wedding anniversary just last night.  I usually like when my summer slows down, but I'm looking forward to the events and parties we have planned this season - Bunco-hosting, a joint birthday party, comedy shows, the Highland Games, and MST3K Live!

For today's review, I chose the Adriana Cardigan from Kiyonna.  Before you go thinking I am crazy for wearing a cardigan in the summer, let me say that this lightweight cardigan is perfect for cooler summer evenings, layering for travel, and will transition into the fall very well.  It just started getting warm and sunny during the days here, but nights are still chilly enough for lightweight coverings.  As soon as the sun goes down, I need that extra layer.  Read on for my review of this cardi and fit tips on the rest of my outfit as well.

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