Friday, October 27, 2017

Road Trip: The Redwoods & Avenue of the Giants

It’s road trip time!  Today, Hailey takes you along the Avenue of the Giants in Northern California to check out the glorious Redwoods! – #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #roadtrip #california #northerncalifornia #redwoods #avenueofthegiants #crescentbeachmotel #loletacheesefactory

The next destination on our road trip was the California Redwoods!!  We had two full days to explore and commune with the trees, which wasn't nearly enough time.  But we did manage to see as much as we could and make the most of our time there.  You can check out our first couple days of the trip here.

I've said before how special this trip was to us.  When you travel, it teaches you so much about your traveling companion and yourself.  There was a peace and contentment just exploring new surroundings with Sean.  There was a comfort that I knew was there already, but traveling together accentuated the feeling of belonging I have with this other person.  I was always scared of silence, of not talking or listening or having music on or entertaining someone.  This trip taught me to sit back a little and just be in the quiet.  We were surprisingly comfortable and happy in the silence, just looking at the sights; and we still knew what the other was thinking and feeling.  I didn't need to entertain or be "on" all the time.  This trip just reiterated how happy and solid our marriage is and how in tune we feel with each other.

That alone would have been special enough, but then we met the mighty Redwoods.  There is an energy and wisdom to the trees that is hard to convey with words.  Everything around us felt so special and magical and mysterious.  I never feel like an adventurous person until we go on adventures and I leave wanting more.  So join me on this trek down the Avenue of the Giants!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Reviewing Kiyonna's Penny Peplum Top

In today’s post, Hailey reviews the Penny Peplum Top from Kiyonna, with mini reviews of these Melissa McCarthy straight leg jeans and Comfortiva oxfords! - #Kiyonna #KiyonnaStyle #MelissaMcCarthy #MelissaMcCarthySeven7 #Comfortiva #Catherines #peplum #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #fall #spring #summer #floral #oxfords

While the sun is few and far between these days, I like being able to take advantage of the days when it is nice.  For today's post, I was able to bask in the sunset of one such day while I pranced around in my latest Kiyonna pick.

Today is all about reviewing the Penny Peplum Top from Kiyonna, a versatile choice with a great color palette.  I've also added reviews of these Melissa McCarthy Seven7 jeans and Comfortiva oxfords. Enjoy!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Road Trip: Bend, Oregon & Crater Lake

It’s road trip time!  Today, Hailey takes you along for the ride through Oregon to Bend and Crater Lake! – #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #roadtrip #oregon #bendoregon #bendor #bend #highdesertmuseum #curbbq #deschutesbrewery #craterlake #craterlakeoregon #craterlakeor

I've always loved road trips.  As a kid, it was fun to sit in the backseat, listen to music on my cassette Walkman, and eat tasty road trip foods - like peanuts in my Coke.  Of course, when my family took road trips it was usually because we were moving back and forth across the country - which upset me greatly.  But it was the only chance I had to take some kind of vacation and to see other sights.  I saw so much more of the United States than my peers because of our constant moving.  Having been to various landmarks and places that would come up in school classes, I felt more worldly than the people around me.  Fun fact: I was the only person in my high school Geography class who could spell Massachusetts correctly.  Once you know this was a class full of 12th graders, that becomes a super sad fact.  I digress.

After having cancer and going through the treatment plan, Sean and I decided life was too short not to do more traveling.  Truth is, we had been putting it off for lots of reasons: we wanted to buy a house, we had lots of responsibilities, my brother died, Sean's dad was diagnosed with leukemia and died a year later, our precious furkids were getting elderly and passing away, and there was a lot of family drama we had to navigate wherein I essentially lost my mom and brother.  We were beyond stressed and wanted a break.  Our first vacation since our 2008 honeymoon was a trip to Las Vegas in 2014.  We planned the trip around a concert I was attending with a friend and had a great time!  It was so much fun to experience new things together.

After that trip we wanted to make sure we started traveling more regularly, even if it was only little weekend trips here and there.  One of the places on our Travel Wish List was Northern California and the glorious Redwood trees.  It seems like life is a never-ending game of catch-up sometimes.  I've been busting my butt trying to get all these vacation photos edited and I am still nowhere near being done.  While this road trip was two years ago, I still feel it is definitely worthy of a share.  It was a really special trip for the both of us.  In the coming weeks, I will be posting our journey through Oregon and California to share with all of you.  (This was pre-GOOD camera, so now our excuse is we have to go back to get better photos!)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

What I Wore: It's Officially Fall!

In today’s post, Hailey’s pulling out some oldies but goodies and donning never-been-worn clearance finds for an easy fall outfit! - #Torrid #LaneBryant #ModCloth #Avenue #CharmingCharlie #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #fall

Well, I brought out my boots, so you know what that means - it's officially fall!!  I cannot tell you how happy I am to have crisp fall air and changing leaves.  Of course, in the Pacific Northwest this usually means rain until June, but we've had some bouts of sunny days here and there.  Overall, the weather has been rather ideal - cool air and sun or clouds with only the occasional rain.  As the rain sets in, it gets harder and harder for me to take decent outfit photos.  I've been taking advantage of the dry weekends this month by shooting various outfits.

Today's post is a look at the outfit that I wore to the Cirque du Soleil show.  It was a comfortable and cute ensemble (duh!) that helped me transition into the fall weather.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

What I Wore: 20 Year Reunion

Dressing for comfort and ease doesn’t have to be boring.  Hailey combines the Kiyonna Kelsey Flounce Top and Eloquii Pleated Skirt for an effortless ensemble! - #Kiyonna #KiyonnaCurves #KiyonnaStyle #Eloquii #XOQ #plaid #CharmingCharlie #Crocs #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style

Well, it has been a tough week for anyone with a heart.  I've found myself more prone to panic attacks this week, so I've tried to take it easy and go easy on myself.  I often find that I beat myself up about getting posts out by this time or that time.  Frankly, there are lots of reasons I have taken to blogging less this year.  And while I would like to put out posts more often, I need to make sure that I take care of me in the process.  I hope all of you are taking care of you.

Today's post is a look at the outfit I wore to Sean's recent 20 year high school reunion.  At the 10 year, I was super uncomfortable and felt out of place.  This year my focus was on wearing an outfit that made me feel comfortable, confident, and cute. 

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