Thursday, November 8, 2018

Photo Journal: Hiking at Mt. Hood

A photo journal of our Labor Day hike near Mt. Hood, Oregon. – DivineMrsDiva.com #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #psblogger #plussizeblogger #plussize #psootd #plussizeclothing #plussizecasual #oregon #mthood #hiking #pnw #pacificnorthwest

Back over Labor Day weekend, Sean and I decided to get out of the house and take the boys for a little road trip.  We've been wanting to make more time for a little hiking, so we ventured out towards Mt. Hood for a scenic drive and walking amongst nature. It was fun to breathe the fresh air, look at the glorious scenery, and take photos along the way.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Fall Style with Catherines

In today’s #sponsored post, Hailey reviews a head-to-toe Catherines look featuring the Ribbed Dot Fit and Flare Dress, Curvy Collection Moto Jacket, New Super Opaque Tights, and Good Soles Wedge Bootie! - DivineMrsDiva.com #CatherinesStyle #Catherines #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #fall #fallstyle #workwear #sweaterdress
* This post is sponsored by Catherines.  It features gifted items that I selected.

While many people think of spring as a rebirth and new start, I find that fall makes me feel like hitting the refresh button.  The transition from summer to fall feels more like a new beginning to me as we venture into colder weather, the holidays, and moving into a new year.  So I take this time to push myself out of my comfort zone, to try new things, and regroup my mindset in preparation for the coming months.

When Catherines reached out to me about a collaboration, I was really excited.  I've previously worked with Catherines as a Style Ambassador and during their Denim Debut and Art of the Mix campaigns. I found some great go-to pieces that I continue to purchase from them - no-wire bras, girlfriend jeans, Bermuda shorts, maxi dresses - just to name a few.  So in choosing a look to review on the blog today, I decided to branch out of my comfort zone in honor of fall.  And boy, am I glad I did!

Monday, October 29, 2018

KATU Afternoon Live: Utilizing Summer Dresses in Fall/Winter

In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey shares her tips for layering your summer dresses so you can wear them year round! - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #fallstyle #winterstyle #psootd #fall #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual

My latest Afternoon Live segment is now online!! While I don't have a huge post to go along with it, I wanted to make sure to get it on the blog ASAP.

I chose the topic of making use of summer dresses in the colder months.  I've been pushing myself more to utilize the tips I shared in the segment because I also want to be able to wear my summer dresses all year round and make use of my wardrobe.  Often times we get stuck in our ways, which includes wearing items in our closet only one way and never branching out to try new things.  It is really important to push yourself out of your comfort zone once in a while (in fashion and in life) to challenge your ways of thinking and learn more about yourself.  I find the times I push myself or challenge myself to be incredibly educational times of growth.  The more you try new clothing on (JUST TRY IT ON!), the more you learn about yourself, your likes and dislikes, and what works for your body.

Check out my segment below, with tips for a positive try-on session, and a few blog examples of layering summer dresses.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Savannah 2018: What I Wore & A Photo Journal

In today’s post, Hailey takes you through the Savannah, Georgia leg of her most recent trip spending time with family, with a review of a summer look perfect for the Southern heat! – DivineMrsDiva.com #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #savannah #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #lanebryant #crocs

I'm back!!  I'm sorry I've been gone so long though.  I had every intention of coming back from my vacation and busting my butt to bring you new blog posts.  I have so many fun things coming up to share with you - outfits I have already shot, reviews, travel updates, etc.

I had a wonderful trip (and look forward to sharing it with you), but it really kicked my butt.  I came back home exhausted.  I got sick with a cold and have been taking it really easy as I rest and get better.  I still don't feel 100%.  I've said it before and I am sure I will say it again in the future, but not having a thyroid sucks.  I just can't do everything all the time like I would like.  I have a new "normal", and that "normal" means that every bit of energy I expend - whether it is something fun or something stressful - takes me way longer to recover from than a typical person.  I've been trying to be kind to myself - allowing myself to rest, giving myself permission to not get everything done all the time, putting off doing blog posts in order to focus on taking care of me - but I still feel guilty about it.  I have been able to use the time in between to take advantage of the unseasonably sunny weather we've had lately and shoot various outfits before it starts raining all the time.

This being the first of my Reunion Trip Updates, I am going to do things a little different than past travel posts.  For these trip posts, I will be showcasing an outfit I wore alongside a photo journal of that day or event, instead of separating the outfits from the action.  I think this will be an easier way for me to tackle the posts and still give you all the information I want to include.

Today's post is about my time with my sister in Savannah.  It has been about three years since I was back there, so I was incredibly happy to spend time with my sister and her family.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Reviewing Kiyonna's Meadow Dream Maxi Dress

In today’s post, Hailey reviews Kiyonna’s Meadow Dream Maxi Dress! - DivineMrsDiva.com #Kiyonna #KiyonnaCurves #CharmingCharlie #Comfortiva #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #summer #summerstyle #maxidress #fall

As I have mentioned before, Kiyonna is such a great destination for gorgeous dresses (and tops and skirts) that flatter your curves.  You can check my many previous Kiyonna review posts to see what I mean.  From special occasions to work to vacation, and casual in-between times, they have you covered with dresses and separates in solid hues and beautiful prints.

I've been a member of Kiyonna's Blogger Brigade since 2012, which affords me the opportunity to try different styles from them on a regular basis.  After six years, I am still working with them because I adore their styles and the quality of their products.  Their fit is consistent, their customer service is excellent, and they do have some rather wonderful deals throughout the year.  And I am not just saying that because they gift me items.  I have made purchases of my own on multiple items throughout the years.  Sometimes I want that same top or dress in all the colors, or just know how awesome something is going to be because I love Kiyonna!  I've even purchased pieces as gifts for friends.

All this to say, today I am bringing you another review from their latest dress offerings, the Meadow Dream Maxi Dress.  As per usual when I wear Kiyonna, this dress garnered no less than five compliments in a couple hours time when I wore it to film my latest Afternoon Live segment.

P.S. - You can see this dress in action during my segment in this post.  The video is now live!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

KATU Afternoon Live Companion: Plus Size Lingerie

In today’s KATU Afternoon Live Companion post, Hailey shares her tips for where to shop for plus size lingerie. - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #BodyPositivity #BodyAcceptance #PlusSizeLingerie #Torrid #LaneBryant #HipsandCurves #HipsandCurves #portland #psblogger #befullyyou #Ilovemyhipsandcurves

Today on KATU's Afternoon Live, I talked about my favorite lingerie, panties, and bralettes.  Lingerie is something I have become increasingly passionate about.  For the longest time, I didn't think I was supposed to look or feel sexy, and I didn't think I possessed that ability in the slightest.  Of course, there weren't always so many options for plus size women either.

Once I discovered alluring pieces in my size that made me feel hot and sexy, it was life changing! And now I am incredibly passionate about showing you lingerie options.  Because a non-model body in lingerie is hard to come by, I love bringing you my At Home Fitting Room features to review the lingerie and sleepwear on a pear-shaped body with big thighs and tummy rolls. It is helpful to know what items look like on all different bodies.  It helps us choose what we purchase, but also shows us all the different ways we are beautiful.

Today's post is a rundown of the info I went over in my segment, and a round-up of my plus size lingerie posts.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

At Home Fitting Room: Tops, Volume 2

In her latest At Home Fitting Room post, Hailey reviews tops from Torrid, ThinkGeek, Her Universe, Lane Bryant, Catherines, Kohl’s, Weebox, and Custom Ink. - DivineMrsDiva.com #LaneBryant #Torrid #TorridInsider #ThinkGeek #HerUniverse #Catherines #Kohls #Weebox #Customink #Curvychiccloset #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizecasual #plussize #fittingroom

I recently shot a lot of pieces for At Home Fitting Room posts.  This is the last of three categories in this round of items.  Today, I am showing you tops from Torrid, Lane Bryant, Catherines, Weebox, ThinkGeek, Her Universe, and more.  I don't always get a timely chance to style items and take photos for the blog.  Even when things are no longer available, I still think showing you what an item looks like and how it fits on a non-model body is still important.

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, September 6, 2018

At Home Fitting Room: Lingerie, Sleepwear, & Loungewear

In today's post Hailey reviews lingerie, sleepwear, and panties from Hips and Curves, Torrid, and Lane Bryant. - DivineMrsDiva.com #LaneBryant #Torrid #TorridInsider #HipsandCurves #befullyyou #Ilovemyhipsandcurves #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizelingerie #plussize #fittingroom #plussizepanties

I recently shot a lot of pieces for upcoming At Home Fitting Room posts.  You'll be seeing them broken up into three categories to make my life easier.  Today, I am showing you lingerie, sleepwear/loungewear, and panties that I've purchased over the last eight months actually.  I don't always get a timely chance to style items and take photos for the blog.  Even when things are no longer available, I still think showing you what an item looks like and how it fits on a non-model body is still important.

And I particularly enjoy doing these lingerie posts because I think it is incredibly important to see lingerie pieces on different bodies.  I never know how a panty or other item will look on me because I never see them on another body like mine.  It is my priority to bring you as much information as possible, so I truly hope this helps.  You can check out all my lingerie posts here.

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, August 30, 2018

At Home Fitting Room: Dresses & Bottoms

In today's post Hailey reviews dresses and bottoms from a variety of brands. - DivineMrsDiva.com #Torrid #TorridInsider #LaneBryant #Eloquii #XOQ  #Catherines #HotTopic #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #plussizeclothing #fittingroom

I recently shot a lot of pieces for upcoming At Home Fitting Room posts.  You'll be seeing them broken up into three categories to make my life easier.  Today, I am showing you dresses, a skirt, jeans, and a couple pairs of shorts that I've purchased over the last eight months actually.  I don't always get a timely chance to style items and take photos for the blog.  Even when things are no longer available, I still think showing you what an item looks like and how it fits on a non-model body is still important.

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!

Friday, August 24, 2018

KATU Afternoon Live Companion: Everyday Cosplay

In today’s KATU Afternoon Live Companion post, Hailey shares her tips for Everyday Cosplay.  Learn the best places to shop for cute plus size clothing that represents your favorite pop culture interests, with inspiration on creating character looks from your closet. - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #Torrid #HotTopic #HerUniverse #ThinkGeek #portland #psblogger #everydaycosplay #plussizecosplay #cosplay #fangirl

Today, I'm back on KATU Afternoon Live with tips for finding your Everyday Cosplay.  This includes places to shop for geek-centric clothing inspired by your favorite fandoms, and inspiration for putting together character looks from items in your closet.

With Rose City Comic Con coming up in a couple of weeks, I have been thinking about what I am going to wear.  But also, it can be really hard to find plus size options for geekwear, fandoms, and pop culture interests.  Torrid has been keeping my geeky heart afloat for a while now.  Most official fan stores don't have anything above a 2X.  I want you to know your options; and I want to see more plus size geeks reppin' their interests at these cons!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

What I Wore on Vacation: Victoria, British Columbia

Hailey shares her Victoria, BC vacation wardrobe, with reviews and fit notes. – DivineMrsDiva.com #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #roadtrip #canada #britishcolumbia #victoria #victoriabc #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual

I'm finally bringing you a little glimpse of our end of May vacation to Victoria, British Columbia. Life has been so busy and hectic that I haven't found too much time to work on vacation photos.  I'm going to attempt to go backwards in filling you in on all the trips I have yet to tell you about - Victoria, the birthday beach trip, New Kids in Seattle, Hawaii, Newport.  I have so many photos to work on and so much to do.  Life gets hectic again starting this weekend, so I will be doing my best to maximize my time.

So first, I'm going to show you what I wore in Victoria.  Since this was partly a road trip, I didn't need to pack as minimally as possible, though I did try to challenge myself on limiting certain items.  I felt I did a good job at taking things I could wear multiple times, though there wasn't a particular color scheme, which is also helpful for packing. Without further ado, I present you with my vacation style once again.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

What I Wore: Cherry Red

In today’s post, Hailey reviews this comfy yet chic ensemble from Torrid. - DivineMrsDiva.com #Torrid #TorridInsider #TheseCurves #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #summer #spring #coldshoulder #offtheshoulder #softpants

Some posts are just meant to be short and sweet.  This is one of those posts.  I've been working through some issues, depression, that kind of thing this week. Well, really the last few weeks.  I'm starting to feel more like myself again today.  What have you been up to?

I've been wanting to pair together the top and pants in today's post for a while now and finally found an opportunity to do so!  I wore this look out to a comedy show, where Sean and I saw James Adomian while he was in town for the Portland Queer Comedy Festival.  I love this look and have donned it a few times since.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Reviewing Kiyonna's Glittering Affair Wrap Dress + KATU Afternoon Live: Special Occasion Dresses

In today’s post, Hailey is ready for any party or event you want to throw at her, reviewing Kiyonna’s Glittering Affair Wrap Dress. You can also see her latest KATU Afternoon Live appearance in which she talks about special occasion dresses and accessories. - DivineMrsDiva.com #Kiyonna #KiyonnaStyle #KiyonnaCurves #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #specialoccasion #weddingstyle #wrapdress

Hello!  I hope you are all having a wonderful week.  Today's post is a big one, so I am just going to get into it.  Kiyonna sent me the dress in today's review post, the Glittering Affair Wrap Dress, which inspired my latest KATU topic - special occasion dresses.

I tend to be more of a practical special occasion dress kind of gal.  Don't get me wrong, if I could rock a sequin fit-and-flare, I totally would.  However, dresses like that tend to be out of my budget in terms of being a wedding guest or attending a party.  And as you know, I love to be comfortable while also being cute.  With wedding season in full force, I wanted to make sure folks knew about some great options for wedding guest attire, bridesmaid dresses, or any type of event or party.  Watch my appearance on Afternoon Live below, and read my review for this sparkling Kiyonna dress.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

What I Wore: Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful

In today’s post, Hailey reviews a Torrid tee, part of her go-to summer wardrobe, and tells you how she scored this sparkling Coach bag for just $50! - DivineMrsDiva.com #Torrid #TorridInsider #eBayfinds #Amazon #FitFlops #MelissaMcCarthySeven7 #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #summer #summerstyle

I have been busy with life lately, running around or running myself exhausted.  I posted over on social media that I'm trying to combat my own personal limitations on what I can do versus what I want to do.  Sometimes that just means giving myself permission to not do as much and not push myself as hard.  And sometimes I am just exhausted and in pain and don't feel like doing much of anything anyway.  It is really important that we all stop being so hard on ourselves, and learn to cut ourselves some slack when things get hectic.

But, on a good day, I wore this awesome summer outfit I am about to share with you.  (What a segue, am I right?!? haha) The top is new to both you and I, with other pieces being common items I don in the summer.  I am also introducing you to my new luxurious Coach bag friend and telling you how I scored it for $50!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Our 3rd Annual Wine Tour in Oregon's Willamette Valley

Hailey and friends took their 3rd annual wine tour in Oregon's Willamette Valley.  See where they went in today's blog post! - DivineMrsDiva.com #backcountrywinetours #winetour #portland #portlandor #oregon #willamettevalley #stoller #fairsing #eminentdomaine #domainedivio #winery

For the past four years, my friend Nigel and I celebrate our May birthdays by gathering some friends and heading out for a wine tour.  You can view our first and second annual trips on the blog.  Last year we were all set to go back out with our favorite tour company, but did not realize how much busier and more popular they are now.  We began planning a couple months out, only to find out that they were all booked up for any available dates that we had open.  So for our third year, we had each friend bring a bottle of wine (or two or three) to our house for all of us to sample and enjoy.  We drank, played games, and had a great time.  But we also vowed to begin planning our wine tour way in advance the following year.

And so, we started six months ahead of time this year - choosing open dates, inviting friends, and then reserving our day and our favorite guide, Dillon, well in advance. It was a really lovely day with a couple new attendees, three new-to-us wineries, gorgeous weather, cute winery dogs, and lots of laughter and fun.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

What I Wore: Once Upon A Dream

In today’s post, Hailey is feeling romantic and feminine in the Torrid Disney Sleeping Beauty Floral Maxi Dress.  Check out the post for photos and a full review. - DivineMrsDiva.com #Torrid #TorridInsider #Disney #SleepingBeauty #maxidress #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #summerstyle #offtheshoulder #plussizedisney

I'm finally back with an outfit post for y'all!  We hosted Bunco this past weekend, which always means a week of cleaning and reorganizing and doing all the house chores we should have been doing and working on all along.  Sean and his mom worked on the overgrown yard while I worked on the inside of the house.  Then we decided to make an Ikea run and get extra storage for the office. That resulted in me spending a week sorting through boxes from when we moved five years ago, moving furniture around, deep cleaning, and getting rid of stuff.  I'm still not totally done yet, but I made good progress.

So now things are sort of back to normal, minus this mid-week holiday that throws the whole week into this weird, segmented, I-can't-get-motivated type of situation.  Despite all the cleaning and running around we've been doing, all I have wanted to do is either curl up on the bed and cry or sit in a chair and read and nap.  All of which I have not had time to do in the slightest.

But I have this great dress I really want to tell you about, so here we are.  I wore this dress on my latest KATU Afternoon Live segment, and multiple times since then.  I absolutely love it!  Read all the details on this dress, which is on sale for 30% off right now!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

"Build Your Face" Makeup Series: Episode 1 - Primers and Color Correctors

In today’s post, Hailey continues her new supplemental fun in the form of weekly Facebook Live Hangouts, discussing topics that she is passionate about.  The first episode in her makeup application series, Build Your Face, is all about primers and color correctors! – DivineMrsDiva.com #FBLive #beautyblogger #plussizeblogger #beauty #makeup #primer #colorcorrector #drbrandt #urbandecay #skindinavia

A few weeks ago, I started toying with the idea of doing impromptu videos for y'all so I could talk about a variety of subjects.  I asked the folks over on my Facebook page if they were interested in seeing me do some Facebook Live videos, and what they would want those videos to be about.

Doing a FB Live video is helpful for me, versus making a video for YouTube, because I don't have to edit or upload a video.  I can simply log on and talk to you as friends.  This facilitates my ability to still talk to you about the topics that interest us, but I don't have to worry about the time-consuming task of presenting a sleek video to the world.

So from here on out, we will be having FB Live Hangouts on Thursdays at 5PM Pacific Time.  I will post on my Facebook page at the beginning of each week to let you know if we are still on for Thursday, and what the topic will be for that week.  I certainly hope you can hang out with us live, where we can chat, ask and answer questions, and get to know each other better.  However, if you can't make a Live, you can still watch it after the fact and ask questions that I can respond to.  I am so excited about this latest supplement to the blog and look forward to hanging out with all of you!

Today's post features the first of our episodes in a series I call "Build Your Face", where I take you through my personal steps of putting on makeup and the products I use.  I also talk about other products in those categories that I have tried because I like to give you as much information as possible.  First up is primers and color correctors. AND, if you are reading this prior to Thursday evening, today's Live is unboxing June subscription boxes.  Enjoy!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Unboxing May Subscription Boxes + Join Our Weekly FB Live Hangouts

In today’s post, Hailey introduces you to new supplemental fun in the form of weekly Facebook Live Hangouts, discussing topics that she is passionate about.  For the first FB Live, Hailey unboxed her May subscription boxes! – DivineMrsDiva.com #unboxing #subscriptionbox #beautybox #beautybag #birchbox #ipsy #sephoraplay #playbysephora #weebox #wheresweebox #targetbeauty #targetbeautybox #FBLive #beautyblogger #plussizeblogger #beauty #haircare #skincare #makeup

A few weeks ago, I started toying with the idea of doing impromptu videos for y'all so I could talk about a variety of subjects.  I asked the folks over on my Facebook page if they were interested in seeing me do some Facebook Live videos, and what they would want those videos to be about.

Doing a FB Live video is helpful for me, versus making a video for YouTube, because I don't have to edit or upload a video.  I can simply log on and talk to you as friends.  This facilitates my ability to still talk to you about the topics that interest us, but I don't have to worry about the time-consuming task of presenting a sleek video to the world.

So from here on out, we will be having FB Live Hangouts on Thursdays at 5PM Pacific Time.  I will post on my Facebook page at the beginning of each week to let you know if we are still on for Thursday, and what the topic will be for that week.  I certainly hope you can hang out with us live, where we can chat, ask and answer questions, and get to know each other better.  However, if you can't make a Live, you can still watch it after the fact and ask questions that I can respond to.  I am so excited about this latest supplement to the blog and look forward to hanging out with all of you!

In today's post, I'm talking a little about this process and introducing you to my first FB Live Unboxing video!  Future unboxing vids will be at the end of each month.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

KATU Afternoon Live Companion: You Have the Right to Bare Arms!

In today’s KATU Afternoon Live Companion post, Hailey shares her tips for accepting your arms and wearing sleeveless tops, with options for arm coverage if you just aren’t there yet. - DivineMrsDiva.com #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #BodyPositivity #BodyAcceptance #BareArms #Torrid #LaneBryant #JCP #Catherines #HipsandCurves #Dressbarn #Kiyonna #ASOSCurve #Targetstyle #portland #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #spring #springstyle #summer #summerstyle

Today I am back at KATU Afternoon Live to encourage you to push past your comfort zone and bare your arms!  I'm also going to show you different styles that can give you some coverage if you just aren't comfortable doing that yet.

I chose this topic for several reasons.  This is very much an issue I struggle with daily.  Last summer, I finally decided I needed to make big efforts into working through my loathing of my upper arms. While I have been reluctantly sleeveless on various occasions previously, I have always been incredibly self-conscious and uncomfortable doing so - even at my own wedding.  I was always the girl shrouding herself in layers and shrugs and the like no matter the cost, situation, or temperature. Despite my lack of comfort with the idea, I pushed myself to wear various sleeveless tops last summer.  Those little victories really helped me to start to embrace my arms as they are now.

It is getting hot out there and you have every right to be cool and comfortable like anyone else.  The world doesn't end if you show your arms.  Nobody says anything negative about them (and if they do, they are obviously POS that don't deserve to be around you).  Also, life is too short to be sweating because Becky thinks you have fat arms.  There are bigger, more pressing matters happening in the world.  Your arms are not cause for alarm.  Sure, baring my big upper arms can be a rebellious act in this society that values thinness above all else, but I'm feeling like a rebel lately.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

What I Wore: Red Dress + Glitter Crocs Tutorial

In today’s post, Hailey shares her Red Dress PDX look in this Eloquii Ruffle Fit and Flare Dress and gives you a tutorial on making glittery shoes! (Shhhh, they’re Crocs!) - DivineMrsDiva.com #Eloquii #XOQ #Crocs #Amazon #eBayFinds #DIY #glittershoes #tutorial #RedDress #RedDressPDX #portland #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #spring #springstyle #summer #summerstyle

This year was our first ever Red Dress Party!  This event has been going on since 2001 as a fundraising effort to support queer youth, help community members living with HIV and AIDS, to help fight domestic violence, and serve community members in need.  This year the beneficiaries were Bridging Voices, a youth chorus for gay, straight, and questioning youth; and Rock N Roll Camp for Girls, a camp that helps build girls' self-esteem through music creation and performance. Our friends have been going for years, and we finally had a chance to join in on the fun.

The rule of Red Dress is that, yes, you must wear a red dress to get in (red separates are also fine).  I love a theme, so I was excited to start putting my look together.  However, red, glittery, comfortable shoes in an 11 wide are incredibly hard (some might say 'impossible') to find.  I decided to make my own, frankly, because I can.  I'm including the tutorial for you just in case you need glittery comfort in your life.  It was a learning experience, so I can share with you what I did wrong and what I got right.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

What I Wore: Spring To Summer

In today’s post, Hailey shares a couple of spring to summer looks that represent her personal style. - DivineMrsDiva.com #Torrid #TorridInsider #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #Crocs #Propet #ZulilyFinds #Kiyonna #KiyonnaCurves #KiyonnaStyle #charmingcharlie #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #spring #springstyle #summer #summerstyle

Man, it has been a month!  I struggled through the usual springtime depression I get having to deal with Mother's Day and the anniversary of my father's death.  I tripped around on my anxiety leading up to my dentist and endocrinologist appointments.  I cheered as my friend Brandon released his album.  I was whisked away to the beach for my birthday weekend.  Then I came home to clean the entire house, finish a time-sensitive craft project, and pack my suitcase for our anniversary vacation. That week I also had the aforementioned doctor's appointments, culminating in the Red Dress Party the night before we left for vacation.

Once back from vacation, I had a migraine for most of last week.  I decided to cater to my body and rest (not that much can be done during a migraine anyway).  But this week, I am back in business!!  I've been working on more ideas for blog and social media posts, editing photos, and trying to get back in the swing of things.  I'll be working on these latest adventures first before catching you up to all previous adventures, of which I am still making time to edit photos.  Also, I want to add that when I say "edit photos", I am referring to making sure the lighting is good (I usually need to lighten them up a smidge), cropping them, resizing the photos for the blog, and adding a watermark.  I saw some very obvious photoshop jobs done by some bloggers recently - bloggers who claim to be body positive and full of acceptance - and it rubbed me the wrong way.  Everyone is going to do what they are going to do to be comfortable but I think photoshopping your body in photos, especially when you tout yourself as being body positive and full of self-love, is a hypocritical move.  I digress.

In today's post, I am showing you two looks I shot for a spring project that got pushed back.  I really like both of these looks, so I wanted to make sure you got to see them.  I imagine they won't fit with the project when/if it is done at another time. (I am not in control of this project, but was asked to participate. Fingers crossed it comes back around!)  Enjoy!

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. - DivineMrsDiva.com #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. - DivineMrsDiva.com #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. – DivineMrsDiva.com #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. - DivineMrsDiva.com #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! – DivineMrsDiva.com  #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. - DivineMrsDiva.com #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. - DivineMrsDiva.com #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. - DivineMrsDiva.com #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. – DivineMrsDiva.com #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!

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Welcome!

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!

Friday, March 23, 2018

What I Wore: Sparkles, Please!

Today Hailey talks about her favorite features to look for in clothing that elevate a casual ensemble.  She also reviews her favorite style of Avenue top! - DivineMrsDiva.com #Avenue #AvePlus #ShareTheLove  #MelissaMcCarthy #MelissaMcCarthySeven7 #Rockport #CobbHillShoes #CobbHill #TargetStyle #SugarFixByBaubleBar #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #spring #springstyle

Today's post features a couple of new pieces to both myself and the blog.  I'm happy to announce that I will be on a local news program next week talking about how to elevate a casual look.  I'm really excited to talk about what I love, and terrified to be on television and do something so new to me. (But also really excited about that too!!)  I'll keep you posted via social media and here on the blog for all the details and video.

If you have been reading the blog for a while, you know how much I love being casual and comfortable. You also know how much I love color, sparkle, and pulling together looks that make me feel super cute.  So today's post is a prime example of how I like to elevate a jeans/top/sneakers ensemble, while keeping true to my personality and need for comfort.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

What I Wore: The Oversized Cardigan

As an example of practicing what she preaches, today Hailey is trying out the oversized cardigan, a look she was very wary of prior to trying it on.  Just try it on!! - DivineMrsDiva.com #AmazonFashion #AmazonFashionFinds #Torrid #TorridInsider #TheseCurves #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #Comfortiva #JuicyCouture #Kohls #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #spring #springstyle

I've had a cold for a week now, but finally started feeling more like myself today.  I am seldom sick, so when I am it is so frustrating.  I hate not feeling productive, but Sean made me rest and be still.

It is still sweater weather in my neck of the woods, so today I'm talking about trying out the oversized cardigan trend.  I first saw this particular sweater on Amanda of Fashion, Love, and Martinis.  We wear similar sizes even though our bodies are shaped different, so I figured I would give it a try.  I'm not a huge fan of oversized pieces.  As you know though, I am always pushing you to try everything on and keep an open mind.  I practice what I preach.  So read on for my review of the various elements of this look and my feelings on the oversized cardigan.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Reviewing Kiyonna's Weekend Wrap Dress

In today’s post, Hailey is channeling spring with a review of the Weekend Wrap Dress from Kiyonna. - DivineMrsDiva.com #Kiyonna #KiyonnaStyle #KiyonnaCurves #Comfortiva #CharmingCharlie #CCStyle #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #spring #springstyle #wrapdress

After almost a week in Seattle for Emerald City Comic Con (which thoroughly exhausted me), I'm back with another Kiyonna review!  I chose the Weekend Wrap Dress for this month's review because I love the colorful print and kimono-style look of the dress.  Kiyonna is always offering the classic wrap style in a variety of colors and prints, with lovely added details.  This dress is no exception. Read on for my review of this spring must-have!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

What I Wore: The Best Anti-Valentine's Day Gift

In today’s post, Hailey reviews the Cold-Shoulder Sweatshirt from Lane Bryant and a pair of Melissa McCarthy Seven7 straight leg jean. - DivineMrsDiva.com #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #MelissaMcCarthy #MelissaMcCarthySeven7 #Crocs #rhinestonemiddlefinger #straightlegjean #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #spring #springstyle

The weather has been total poop lately.  We had decent weather (sunny but cold) until a couple weeks ago.  Since then it has been rainy and gross, snowy and icy, and back to rainy.  I try to schedule my photoshoot days for less wet weather days, but Mother Nature is not cooperating with me. And surprisingly, there aren't a whole lot of covered locations to shoot up here. #BloggerProblems

I say all this to preface my out-of-the-norm outfit photos from the comfort of my dressing room, instead of in some outdoor location.  I didn't want to wait to show you this outfit because this top is on clearance already. Plus, I wanted to show off one of my Valentine gifts from Sean.

Friday, February 23, 2018

At Home Fitting Room: Dresses & Jackets

In today's At Home Fitting Room post, Hailey reviews dresses and jackets from Torrid, City Chic, Target, and Melissa McCarthy Seven7. - DivineMrsDiva.com #Torrid #TorridInsider #CityChic #citychiconline #CCworldofcurves #Target #TargetStyle #MelissaMcCarthy #MelissaMcCarthySeven7 #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.  I still have tops and pants to shoot and show you, but for today's posting I have dresses and jackets!

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!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

What I Wore: Jersey Dress Dreams

In today’s post, Hailey enjoys a few rays of sunshine and reviews the Torrid Multi-Color Floral Print Jersey Knit Button Front Shirt Dress. - DivineMrsDiva.com #Torrid #TorridInsider #Zerdocean #Amazon #YoursClothing #ThisIsYours #Converse #JCP #NagasakoDesigns #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #spring #springstyle

We had a short bout of sunshine a couple weeks ago, so I ventured out to take another round of outfit photos.  Snow is falling down incessantly as I write this, so to say I am looking forward to spring (or more likely the case here - summer) is an understatement.  Still, it is nice to have an excuse to stay home and work inside without feeling guilty about it.

Today I am bringing you some floral jersey goodness in the form of this button front dress from Torrid.  I saw it, had to have it, and couldn't wait to wear it - even if it was a bit cold out.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

What I Wore on Vacation: Redwoods Road Trip

In her final Redwoods Road Trip post, Hailey shares her road-tripping wardrobe and talks about her go-to travel pieces. – DivineMrsDiva.com #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #roadtrip #california #northerncalifornia #redwoods #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual

This is officially the final post about my Redwoods Road Trip fun.  Truthfully, I'm kind of sad to see it go because it was such a fun and special trip for us.  It was a treat to relive it with all of you, however, and I hope to go back again soon.

I'm an over-packer on a grand scale.  I love to be prepared, but I am also a high maintenance lady who wants all her options.  This was one of the first trips where I felt I did a really good packing job, keeping things minimal and practical.  So take a look at what I brought and wore and why.

Also, Happy Valentine's Day!  Make sure you tell the people you love - be they a partner, a friend, a family member, YOURSELF - just how much you care.  💓


Thursday, February 8, 2018

At Home Fitting Room: Lingerie, Sleepwear, Panties, Bras, & Activewear Leggings

In today's post Hailey reviews lingerie, sleepwear, panties, bras, and activewear leggings.  Brands include Hips and Curves, Torrid, Rainbeau Curves, Lane Bryant, and Old Navy. - DivineMrsDiva.com #LaneBryant #Torrid #TorridInsider #HipsandCurves #oldnavy #oldnavyplus #rainbeaucurves #befullyyou #Ilovemyhipsandcurves #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #plussizeclothing #fittingroom

I love doing fitting room posts, but seldom have the time to get to an actual store.  I finally had a chance to shoot some pieces for today's At Home Fitting Room post!  I have a problem called "I love to shop", so I am breaking down my hauls into more manageable categories instead of by brand.  Then my problem can help you determine what pieces you like the most.  We have a beneficial friendship, yes?

As stated above, today's post includes lingerie, sleepwear, panties, a bra, and activewear leggings from the following brands: Hips and Curves, Torrid, Old Navy, Rainbeau Curves, and Lane Bryant.
Enjoy!

You can also check back to previous Fitting Room posts, Lingerie posts, and Hips and Curves posts.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

What I Wore: The Plaid Blazer + Trying Monochrome

In today’s post, Hailey steps out of her comfort zone and tries a monochrome look, and styles the Lane Bryant Blazer in Navy Plaid two ways. (Featuring Lane Bryant Bryant Blazer in Plaid, Super Stretch Skinny Jean in Wine; Catherines Sparkle Stripe Jean, and Torrid Pointelle Knit Peplum Sweater, Comfortiva Cascade Boot) - DivineMrsDiva.com #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #Torrid #TorridInsider #Catherines #CatherinesStyle #Comfortiva #Zulilyfind #ThredUp #secondhandfirst #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #plaid #monochrome

It is very rare that I find a blazer style that fits my body well.  Because of my smaller bust and large hips, I have a problem finding a blazer that fits both.  There is usually way too much fabric on the sides of the bust, or the jacket is just a rectangle, or the arms are too tight, or the sleeves are too long or short, or the jacket is too short and oddly long.  It can be a combination of any of these issues.

But on a recent trip to Lane Bryant to spend my Rewards check (for using my credit card), I decided to try on this cute plaid blazer.  Because why not?  I rarely get a chance to try on clothes in stores these days, so it is still important for me to try new styles and silhouettes when I get the chance.

I was shocked when the blazer fit and looked super cute.  It made me feel adorable, look pulled together, and was a great addition to my wardrobe as a jacket.  I just had to have it!  So today, I'm reviewing new pieces from Lane Bryant in this blazer and Super Stretch Skinny Jean, a Torrid top, and sparkly jeans from Catherines.  I show you a monochrome version of the look, and then change it up with blue jeans.  Enjoy!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Friday Feels: Survival Mode

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. – DivineMrsDiva.com #fridayfeels #personalessay #survivalmode #personalissues

Today I am introducing a new segment on the blog - Friday Feels.

I've been talking about posting some more personal pieces here, but I had no idea how that would manifest itself.  I was going through some things this past weekend and decided to write it down. And since I am applying the motto of "Just do and don't second guess" to 2018, I thought I would go ahead and post it here.

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, January 25, 2018

Road Trip: Wildlife Safari & Coastal Views, Oregon

It’s road trip time!  Today, Hailey takes you along on the last two days of her journey.  From California through central Oregon for the Wildlife Safari and on to Lincoln City, along the Oregon coast, a visit to the Tillamook Cheese Factory, and home! – DivineMrsDiva.com #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #roadtrip #oregon #oregoncoast #wildlifesafari

It's the second to last post wrapping up our Oregon/California Road Trip!  Today's post covers Days 5 and 6 of our trip as we drove back through Oregon, stopping to visit the Wildlife Safari, and on to the coast at Lincoln City before heading home the next day.  Enjoy!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Road Trip: The Redwoods, Elk Sighting, & The California Coast

It’s road trip time!  Today, Hailey takes you hiking through the Redwoods, to the Elk Meadow for some elk watching, and for a lovely sunset stroll along the beach! – DivineMrsDiva.com #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #roadtrip #california #northerncalifornia #redwoods #elkmeadow #crescentcity #crescentharbor #demartinbeach

On Day 4 of our road trip, we explored the Redwoods a little more and took a leisurely drive along the coast.  This was our last day with the trees, so we wanted to just enjoy it as much as possible.  We stopped at the Elk Meadow for another chance to see some elk, and watched the sunset.  You can read about Days 1 and 2 in Bend and Crater Lake, and Day 3 of our trip at the Redwoods, previously on the blog.

Again, this was before we had the "good camera" to get better quality photos, but I also made sure to take some videos so those will be scattered throughout the post.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

What I Wore: Sassenach

In today’s post, Hailey’s putting the sass in Sassenach and donning an Outlander-inspired look, featuring two pieces from Torrid’s 2017 Outlander collection – the Lace Trim Sassenach Top and the Tartan Skirt. - DivineMrsDiva.com #Torrid #TorridInsider #Outlander #Outlanderfashion #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #CobbHill #Zulilyfind #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual

My first outfit post of the new year!  As you know, I love the Outlander series - both books and television.  Ahead of the start of season three, Torrid released another collection inspired by the series.  Of course, I had to have it!  I'm finally having some opportunities to wear these pieces and photograph them for you.  Let me know if you'd like to see a separate At Home Fitting Room with all the pieces I purchased as a few items are still in stock.  You can check out the pieces that are still available on Torrid's website.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

State of the Blog Address

State of the Blog - 2018 Goals - DivineMrsDiva.com

Happy New Year!!  At the beginning of the year, bloggers all over the Internet put out surveys for their readers about what they would like to see in the coming year.  I've done this before.  And while it can be a helpful tool in focusing one's post topics and finding out what people respond to the most, it can also be a source of stress and self-doubt.  I'm not doing a survey this year, but instead I want to talk with all of you about my goals for the coming year, what effect that will have on the blog, and how I'd like to change things up to promote a more positive mindset.

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