Friday, May 17, 2019

High School Reunion: Saying Goodbye

In today’s post, it is Hailey’s last day of her reunion trip.  She shares her outfit-of-the-day and looks back on the fond memories she made during this important journey. – #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #augusta #northaugusta #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussize #psootd #Torrid #TorridInsider #summerstyle #plussizecasual #plussizefashion #plussizeclothing

We have finally made it to the last day of my reunion trip home to South Carolina.  If you need to get caught up, you can read about my visit with my sister in Savannah, fun at Homecoming, the Meat N Greet Picnic, the Reunion Party, Picture Day on Sunday, and cheering on my friend Brandon at his gig!  WHEW!

Today's post is a pretty chill look at our last day in town before heading back to my sister's in Savannah and on back home.  I took some outfit photos at the Riverwalk (where I had plenty of childhood memories to look back on), had lunch with Brandon, and played Putt-Putt with Sean before our two hour drive to Savannah.  It was a bittersweet day of reflection, goodbyes, and a full heart happy with love and reconnection.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

KATU Afternoon Live: Summer Wardrobe Staples

In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey shares her top essential summer wardrobe items! - #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #pdx #plussizeblogger #summerstyle #summerwardrobe #Torrid #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #Swimsuitsforall #UniversalStandard #Catherines #BZees #Crocs

I was on Afternoon Live last Friday to talk about my summer wardrobe staples!  I showed examples for my favorite categories of summer fashion, gave shopping tips for getting great deals, and even shared a favorite DIY tip for summer accessories!

Check out the video below, with a list of my wardrobe essentials and links to available items featured in the video!

Friday, May 10, 2019

At Home Fitting Room: Waterproof Jackets, Hiking Clothes, & Hiking Shoes

In today’s At Home Fitting Room post, Hailey is trying on lots of outdoor apparel for an upcoming vacation!  Waterproof jackets, outdoor/hiking clothing bottoms, and waterproof hiking shoes are featured. – #Columbia #KEEN #Teva #UllaPopken #NewBalance #hiking #outdoor #fatgirlshiking #plussizetravel #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #plussizeclothing #outfit #plussizecasual #fittingroom

It has been a while since we've had an At Home Fitting Room post!  I've had plenty to show you, but very little time to actually get everything shot and written about and posted.  And it seems like the turnaround for these items is usually so short that once I get them and have time to show you, nothing is available anymore.  Let me know if you still want to see items tried on even if they are no longer available.  I can remember this going forward.

Plus, I have tried to be a lot more picky and particular about what I am buying these days.  We have been trying to save up for our big trip, so I've mainly been purchasing items specific to the trip. Some of that is clothes though, which brings us to this post.

In prepping for our big trip to Iceland, Liverpool, and Scotland, I knew I needed a good waterproof jacket.  I tried on SO MANY looking for something that fit halfway decent.  It was such a chore that I knew I needed to document it and review everything for y'all.  In the process, I also tried on some other outdoor plus size bottoms and hiking shoes as well.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

April Unboxing (Birchbox, Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, Sephora Play, Allure Beauty Box, Weebox)

In today’s post, Hailey is unboxing her April subscription boxes – Birchbox, Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, Sephora Play, Allure Beauty Box, & Weebox! – #unboxing #subscriptionbox #beautybox #beautybag #birchbox #ipsy #sephoraplay #playbysephora #weebox #wheresweebox #beautyblogger #plussizeblogger #beauty #haircare #skincare #makeup #allurebeautybox

I'm enjoying bringing you these short posts on my YouTube videos on the in case you missed them. Today's post is my April Unboxing of all my subscription boxes.  I have beauty boxes - Birchbox, Ipsy Glam Bag Plus, Sephora Play, Allure Beauty Box - and Weebox, which is all about Scotland.

Moving forward, I will be creating more content for YouTube and bringing you features I previously reserved exclusively for Facebook Lives on my blog page.  We will have monthly subscription box unboxings and makeup tutorials and swatchfests, but with the added bonus of being able to bring you more fashion content (like the video below).  So go SUBSCRIBE to my channel to make sure you get notified when I post new content!

I also added all my previous Facebook Live content to my YouTube channel, along with all my Afternoon Live fashion segments. Enjoy!

Friday, May 3, 2019

What I Wore: Nothin' My Love Can't Fix

In today’s post, Hailey’s cool and colorful in her Old Navy off-the-shoulder top and Torrid soft pants. - #Torrid #TorridInsider #OldNavy #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #spring #summer #springstyle #summerstyle #crocs

I'm sticking to my goal of catching y'all up to things before mid-June!  This post continues the second-to-last day of my reunion trip home to South Carolina.  That Sunday morning was full of taking pictures in the hot sun with my friends and driving around town reminiscing, with a stop to visit my dad's grave.

If you missed my previous posts from this trip, you can find them below:

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

My First Dia & Co Unboxing!

In today’s post, Hailey is trying on pieces from her first two Dia and Co boxes! - #DiaandCo #MyDiaStyle #fittingroom #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #springstyle #summerstyle

Today I’m unboxing my first ever Dia & Co box!! And, because of a USPS snafu, I actually have TWO first boxes!  Check out the video to see what my stylists sent me and get all the details on fit, fabric, etc.

Moving forward, I will be creating more content for YouTube and bringing you features I previously reserved exclusively for Facebook Lives on my blog page.  We will have monthly subscription box unboxings and makeup tutorials and swatchfests, but with the added bonus of being able to bring you more fashion content (like the video below).  So go SUBSCRIBE to my channel to make sure you get notified when I post new content!

I will still be bringing you non-video content and blog posts, but YouTube serves as another avenue for my creativity and another way I can bring you extra information and reviews.

I also added all my previous Facebook Live content to my YouTube channel, along with all my Afternoon Live fashion segments. Enjoy!

Friday, April 26, 2019

High School Reunion: Picture Day!

In today’s post, Hailey shares the picture day fun from her high school reunion festivities!! – #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #augusta #northaugusta #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussize

My goal is to get all caught up on travel posts before my big summer vacation. It is a rather lofty goal, mind you, because I still have to tell you about Hawaii and Victoria, B.C. at the very least. Plus, I still have outfit posts coming up and YouTube videos to film and edit.  And life is about to get busier because May is always insane, and my June is off the charts busy. Still, my goal is to get caught up with y'all very soon.

We have two more posts after this one from my high school reunion trip to Georgia-lina in September. I visited with my sister in Savannah before driving up to see my friends.  I've already talked about the fun at Homecoming, the Meat N Greet Picnic, and the actual Reunion Party.  Today's post takes you through our Sunday afternoon picture day activities when a small group of us took photos out at the school, after which I went around town to look at my old houses, former schools, and visit my (dead) dad.  It was an emotional day, but another one I am really grateful for.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

In The Fitting Room: Lane Bryant & Maurices

In today’s post, Hailey’s trying on pieces from recent trips to Lane Bryant and Maurices! - #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #Maurices #fittingroom #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #springstyle #summerstyle

YAY! Today I'm bringing you my very first In The Fitting Room video!  I stopped into Lane Bryant and Maurices recently to check out their new offerings and try on a variety of items.  In the video, I show you my fitting room fun, share my impressions of each item, and show you what I bought.

Moving forward, I will be creating more content for YouTube and bringing you features I previously reserved exclusively for Facebook Lives on my blog page.  We will have monthly subscription box unboxings and makeup tutorials and swatchfests, but with the added bonus of being able to bring you more fashion content (like the video below).  So go SUBSCRIBE to my channel to make sure you get notified when I post new content!

I also added all my previous Facebook Live content to my YouTube channel, along with all my Afternoon Live fashion segments. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

KATU Afternoon Live: Expand Your Wardrobe By Mixing Prints!

In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey shares her tips for mixing prints to create stylish ensembles! - #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #pdx #plussizeblogger #printmixing #patternmixing

I'm back at KATU's Afternoon Live to share my tips for print-mixing!  This seems like a bit of an overwhelming topic to a lot of people.  I know plenty of folks who would never dream of mixing prints.  It's okay if it just isn't your style, but if it is something you want to try, I'm here to help!

Click through to watch my video segment, get the written tips (along with outfit examples), and check out a few other bloggers who are mixing prints like pros!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Reviewing Kiyonna's Harmony Faux Wrap Dress

In today’s post, Hailey’s reviewing the extremely versatile Harmony Faux Wrap Dress from Kiyonna! - #Kiyonna #KiyonnaStyle #PropetUSA #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #fallstyle #springstyle #wrapdress #fauxwrapdress

The weather is finally starting to turn sunny (but as I type this it is cold and rainy, of course).  My allergies have been insane, making me feel completely miserable and unproductive.  I finally started to feel like myself again, so I joined Sean and our friends, Nigel and Joaquin, for an outing to our favorite winery.

It's always fun to visit Stoller, taste wine, and eat yummy food.  I decided to take advantage of the pretty location for today's outfit photos.  I'm reviewing Kiyonna's Harmony Faux Wrap Dress, which turns out to be an extremely versatile piece.

Friday, March 29, 2019

High School Reunion: Party Time!

In today’s post, it is party time at Hailey’s 20-Year high school reunion!! – #travel #vacation #plussizetravel #augusta #northaugusta #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussize #psootd

The last couple of weeks have been full of allergy-related stuffiness and migraines. I'm sick of it. And because of that, I haven't been as productive as I would have liked. Still, I did manage to get quite a few items listed in my Poshmark Closet, so please go check that out if you'd like to buy some of my clothes from me. Make sure you are getting notifications when I list new items because there will be more coming.  Thanks in advance!

My goal is to get caught up on travel posts before my big, epic vacation journey this summer.  I'm so far behind, y'all!  Life gets in the way of all my plans. haha  First on the list is catching you up on my high school reunion trip.  I went to Georgia-lina in September for my 20-year reunion.  I visited with my sister in Savannah, before driving up to see my friends.  I've already talked about the fun at Homecoming and the Meat N Greet Picnic.  After the picnic, we went back to the hotel to freshen up before heading to the big party!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Unique Timepieces from Jord Wood Watches + GIVEAWAY

In today’s post, I’ve partnered with Jord Watches to review the gorgeous Cora Polaris design and bring you a GIVEAWAY with the chance to win $100 towards your favorite Jord watch design!!! –  #Jord #JordWatches #JordWatch #WoodWatch #giveaway

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

- Steve Jobs

It is easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others.  I’m just as guilty of it as anyone, fighting my own brain into staying on my own path daily.  We’re human.  It happens.  We work hard and keep trying.  Time can help us heal wounds, see what is truly important, help us realize how far we’ve come.

I’ve seen Jord Watches on other bloggers I admired and thought it would be pretty amazing to try one of these gorgeous and unique timepieces myself.  When they reached out to me recently to ask me to review one of their pieces, I was ecstatic.  In today’s post, I’m reviewing the gorgeous Cora Polaris design, a mix of rose gold metal and walnut wood, with sparkling Swarovski crystals and an enchanting midnight blue face.

The timepieces are beautiful and unique - just like you - which is why I am also excited to feature a giveaway where one of you could win a $100 discount code towards one of these stunning watches!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

What I Wore: Denim Life

In today’s post, Hailey’s reviewing this soft and versatile denim shirt from Simply Be! - #SimplyBe #SimplyBeUSA #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #Comfortiva #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #fallstyle #springstyle #denimshirt

It is still incredibly cold in my neck of the woods, and I'm longing for Spring.  I need more sunshine to combat this anxiety and depression.  I need decent weather for getting out in nature.  But for now, I wait.

You probably caught the gorgeous beaded gown from Simply Be that I showed you leading up to the holidays.  Well, Simply Be reached out again to give you styling inspiration for this Western Denim Shirt.  You'll be able to see how different bloggers styled it in an upcoming post on their blog.  (I'll link it here when it's up.)  Right now, Simply Be's tops are 30% off, including this dark wash denim goodness!!

Read on for my review of this top, and see me pretend not to be freezing my caboose off in the 38 degree weather at the lake! lol

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Smile Bright Like A Diamond! + GIVEAWAY

Smile Brilliant cariPRO Ultrasonic Electric Toothbrush Review + Giveaway! -  #caripro #smilebrilliant #smilefearlessly #electrictoothbrush #cariproultrasonic

Fresh breath, clean teeth, and proper oral health are very important to me.  To this day, I have only ever had one cavity, and it was so teeny, tiny that it was hardly anything to write home about.  I had such a wonderful experience with Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening system, so I was super excited when they reached out to see if I wanted to try their new cariPRO Ultrasonic electric toothbrush.

In today’s post, I’m bringing you my experience and review of this brush, along with a coupon code and giveaway opportunity!

Friday, February 22, 2019

KATU Afternoon Live: Styling Graphic Tees

In today’s KATU Afternoon Live post, Hailey talks styling graphic tees beyond just jeans and a t-shirt, with outfit inspiration, styling tips, and wear to shop! - #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #portland #psblogger #graphictees #eloquii #xoq #psootd #plussize #styleblogger #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #LaneBryant #lanestyle #Catherines #CatherinesStyle

My latest Afternoon Live segment was all about styling graphic tees beyond jeans and a t-shirt. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with wearing jeans and a t-shirt and your comfiest sneakers, I hear from a lot of awesome ladies who feel stuck in a rut wearing only those things.  They want to shift their thinking and feel more stylish, but still remain comfortable and feel like themselves.

With that in mind, I wanted to provide some inspiration for different ways to wear those casual tees. Graphic tees are great for showing off what you love - be it a band, a television show or movie, a favorite quote, etc. - or displaying some other element of your personality.  And the best part is that these styles are versatile enough to mix with all the elements of your wardrobe!

In today's post, check out the video of my segment, see other examples of how I like to wear graphic tees and where I like to purchase them, and read my review for the above look.  Let's get started!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

What I Wore: Sporty Brunch

In today’s post, Hailey’s reviewing this comfy, casual look for brunching with friends and running around the city. - #Torrid #TorridInsider #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #Comfortiva #etsyfinds #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #fallstyle #plussizeactivewear #springstyle

One beautiful afternoon in the fall, before the weather turned cold and icy, I ventured to Laurelhurst Park in Portland to take some photos.  I'd never been to this park before.  It was absolutely beautiful. I love the old trees and watching the ducks waddle in and out of the water.  It was a delightful place to be for an hour, and I wish I could have stayed longer.

This is a look I wore to a laid-back brunch with friends.  It is casual and comfy, perfect for running around town on the weekend.  While these pieces (aside from the shoes) are no longer available, I still wanted to offer my reviews and give you some outfit inspiration.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

What I Wore: Tartan Layering Remix

In today’s post, Hailey’s reviewing the Leith Rib Wrap Sweater via Nordstrom and remixing her favorite tartan dress for a winter-ready look. - #Torrid #TorridInsider #Leith #Nordstrom #Outlander #MetalMarvels #HotTopic #Comfortiva #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #fallstyle #winterstyle #tartan #Outlanderfashion #torridfangirl

Today's look is one of the crop top examples I used in my latest Afternoon Live segment on breaking the plus size fashion rules.  It features this cropped sweater from Leith, a Nordstrom brand I only recently found out about.  I love remixing this tartan dress with other colors and items in my closet, so pairing this new top with this dress was the first thing that came to mind.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Reviewing Kiyonna's Bianca Ruched Dress

In today’s post Hailey reviews the Bianca Ruched Dress from Kiyonna, the perfect dress for flaunting your curves for any occasion! - #Kiyonna #KiyonnaStyle #KiyonnaCurves #Torrid #TorridInsider #CharmingCharlie #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #bodycon #valentinestyle #ValentinesDay #sexyplussize

Today's post is brought to you by the letter V, for Valentine's Day and Va-va-voom!

I long put off trying on the somewhat intimidating bodycon dress, but every time I try one on I surprise myself with how much I love it.  Today I am reviewing the Bianca Ruched Dress, which is another one of Kiyonna's bodycon styles.  I've been eyeing this dress since it came out and finally felt confident enough to give it a try.

If you are looking for a sexy dress for Valentine's Day, date night, a wedding, etc., the Bianca is a great choice for any such occasion!  Read on for my review and styling tips!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

KATU Afternoon Live: Breaking the Plus Size Fashion Rules

In today’s KATU Afternoon Live Companion post, Hailey shares her tips for breaking those pesky and antiquated plus size fashion rules. - #AfternoonLive #KATUAfternoonLive #BodyPositivity #BodyAcceptance #pdx #psblogger #plussize #plussizeblogger #psootd #styleblogger #outfit #style #plussizecasual #plussizefashionrules #Kiyonna #Torrid #LOFT #TargetStyle #Leith

This month on my latest Afternoon Live segment, I decided to start the new year talking about the "plus size fashion rules" and how to break them.  We've all heard these "rules" - that plus size women shouldn't wear color or prints or stripes, that we should never wear anything too tight, should never draw attention to ourselves, should never be in anything so big and shapeless, etc. etc.

Well, honey, these rules are made to be broken.

I want to encourage everyone to break these rules, and to break their own rules for fashion.  We can all get in a rut while listening to our own insecurities and our own ideas about what we can't and shouldn't wear.  Stop it.  Start the year off by being rebellious and courageous, stepping out of your comfort zone.  Get out of that tidy box that society, your family, or you have put yourself in.  Try everything on and find clothes that speak to your personality and make you feel amazing!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

2018: Year in Review

2018 Year In Review - #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize

Some might say that I'm presenting my year in review a bit late, but I don't like to half-ass things.  I like to do things with my whole ass.  That takes time.  And while I strive for perfection, I know I am not perfect and that none of y'all expect me to be perfect.  In fact, I am proud to show you the glimpses of reality and imperfection that is me and my life.  While I don't always get to present all of that here on the blog, you can watch any of my Facebook Lives or follow me on Instagram, or view some of my InstaStories to know I am a real person with real flaws and feelings and issues.  I'm not going to pretend to be someone I'm not.  That would be doing you and I both a disservice.

But I digress.

My 2018 was overwhelming in very positive ways.  Sure, there was shit.  There was anxiety and stress and failures (real and imagined).  There was heartache and tears and anger.  But mostly, there was love and adventure and excitement and new experiences.  I learned about others, about myself, about what I wanted, about asking for those things.  I can't possibly share everything about 2018 with you because we'd be here forever, but I can show you some awesome highlights!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

What I Wore: Plaid You Made It

In today’s post, Hailey’s reviewing the Plaid Peplum Challis Camp Shirt from Torrid. - #Torrid #TorridInsider #Avenue #MelissaMcCarthySeven7 #CityChic #Outlander #MetalMarvels #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #fallstyle

Slowly catching up over here with another outfit post!  This time I'm bringing you what I wore to Friendsgiving.  That weekend was so hectic!  I did a KATU segment in Portland and raced home to finish packing and head to Tacoma for an Outlander Craft Day.  On Saturday, I attended the all-day crafting fun, but had to leave a little early to head back home to change clothes, feed the dogs, and then head to Portland for Friendsgiving.  I made cookies in advance so I wasn't worrying about what to bring.  I was exhausted by the end of it all, but I did learn to arm knit at craft day!

All this and more in the post today!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

What I Wore: In the Not-Too-Distant Future...

In today’s post, Hailey reviews a Torrid babydoll tee and Super Stretch denim from Lane Bryant, paired for a fun MST3K Live show! - #Torrid #TorridInsider #LaneBryant #LaneStyle #Comfortiva #AvaandViv #TargetStyle #Outlander #MST3k #MST3kLive #psblogger #plussizeblogger #styleblogger #plussizefashion #plussize #psootd #ootd #plussizeclothing #outfit #style #plussizecasual #fall #fallstyle

Happy 2019!!

I'm back with a brand new outfit post!  I wanted to keep this post short and sweet to get back in the groove of things.  I still have a ton of stuff to share with you and hope to catch up on all of that one of these days.  Life still goes on, whether we have time for it or not.  I hope the new year finds you well and happy and ready for an exciting year!

I wore this outfit to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 live show back in November.  I was so excited to finally see the show live!  Sean and I missed out on the previous tour.  We also had tickets to the Meet and Greet to meet Joel and Jonah.  Joel did a Q & A prior to photos, which was also a lot of fun. More on than later!  For now, let's talk clothing.

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