February Playlist

fullsizerenderOh February. So short, but a rollcoaster of emotions. First of all, I got to fly to Georgia and spend a week with my best friend. At this same time last year, she told me she was moving from our home state of Massachusetts down there and it was/is devastating to me. But while I was there, we got to chill, shop, laugh at everyone getting snow back home while we popped over to Chick-Fil-A in 70 degree weather, watch a shit ton of Sons of Anarchy with her husband (I’ve seen it, they hadn’t, which is always fun), and wrangle her three little kids – Adele (who told me the day before I left that she “wished today could last forever”), Hudson (who is recently potty trained and brought out his training toilet full of, um, surprises and said, “Ta da!”), and Wyatt (who tore my heart out when he didn’t remember me on arrival and shied away, but was running to me and cuddling within the first four hours). I spent Valentine’s Day in an airport and on a plane, flying home, and then the evening watching movies. February also brought my birthday, which, I can’t lie, sucked. My family tried to be there for me, but it was the first birthday where I didn’t have a single friend in town to celebrate with, so I spent a majority of the day in bed and tears. I KNOW, BREAK OUT THE VIOLINS.

What didn’t suck was the music this month! Ohhhh myyyyy gooooosh. So many of my favorites released new music. John Mayer released another EP. Amy Lee, Nick Jonas, All Time Low, and Lana Del Rey all released new songs. And Chord Overstreet released “Hold On.” I first heard this song from a fan vid someone took of him singing it acoustically and immediately fell in love with everything about it, especially the lyrics. At the beginning of the month, he finally released a studio version of it and if you haven’t heard it yet, you need to. Need. To.

As always, starred songs are highly recommended/favorites

  1. “Toxic Valentine” All Time Low
  2. “Some Beach” Blake Shelton
  3. “Hold On” Chord Overstreet ***********
  4. “Life Changes” Good Charlotte
  5. “40 oz. Dream” Good Charlotte
  6. “Life Can’t Get Much Better” Good Charlotte *
  7. “Keep Swingin'” Good Charlotte ft. Kellin Quinn
  8. “Reason to Stay” Good Charlotte ft. Simon Neil
  9. “Stray Dogs” Good Charlotte *
  10. “Stick to Your Guns” Good Charlotte
  11. “The Outfield” Good Charlotte
  12. “Cars Full Of People” Good Charlotte
  13. “War” Good Charlotte
  14. “Moving On” Good Charlotte
  15. “Love Exists” Amy Lee *
  16. “Bom Bidi Bom” Nick Jonas & Nicki Minaj *
  17. “Dirty Laundry” All Time Low *
  18. “Beautiful You” Ray Johnston Band
  19. “Love” Lana Del Rey *
  20. “Bring Me To Life” Toxic Audio
  21. “When You Say Nothing At All” Susan Wong
  22. “Don’t Leave Me In The Night Time” Kenny Rogers ft. Buckwheat Zydeco
  23. “I Have Seen The Children/I Heard It First On The Radio/Dream On/Oh, The Precious Blood of Jesus” Bill & Gloria Gaither
  24. “Still Feel Like Your Man” John Mayer
  25. “Emoji of a Wave” John Mayer
  26. “Helpless” John Mayer
  27. “Roll It On Home” John Mayer
  28. “Country Song” Ian Janes

 

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Bathroom selfie

All right, so the concept of this post is a little contrived. I confess, I never really took bathroom selfies before. Back in the Myspace days (yes, I’m that old), it was all the rage to take your digital camera into the john, angle your duck lips at the mirror and make sure you got that flash in there so it looked like some sort of sunburst happened. But I lived in a one bathroom house that displayed a rectangle face mirror that my 5’1″ stature could just lift my head into view. Unless people wanted to see how white my forehead was, there really wasn’t any point.

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Actual Myspace selfie circa nunyabusiness AD.

The bathroom situation has definitely improved for me and most of us can relate to spending time in it getting ready. And there is value in the selfie. Sometimes after I’m done getting ready, I look at myself in the mirror and think YES. But a quick snap with the phone may reveal a section of hair that didn’t get straightened, a smudge of rogue eyeliner where it shouldn’t be, or Dear God is THAT what this top looks like from this angle?

But in the end, the bathroom selfie is just meant to be a bit of fun with yourself before you hit the [insert location of choice].

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So for my bathroom selfie shoot, I went with the outfit I usually wear to the mall or anywhere else that I’m casually going to with friends. This is actually two tops that I layered. The first is from Shein. I LOVE the cut out neck of this, so much so that I use it as it’s own accessory and skip the necklaces. The site lists the top as a one size, and I’m sure it’s meant to be baggy and loose. But please. With my chest? I fill it out completely and it instantly became a crop top. I thought about returning it, but I loved the way the arms fit and, again, THAT NECKLINE. So underneath it, I put on a black cami from Tilly’s. Again, this is listed as a one-size, but the material is super stretchy. However, this is completely form-fitting, so if you’re self-conscious about your middle, this takes getting used to. I was so used to wearing everything super loose that I almost didn’t leave the house the first time I put these two tops together. Now I’m psyched when I get to put them on.

acOf course, you have to add a little bit of accessory. You don’t need a purse in the potty (unless you do, who am I to judge?) but I threw in this clutch purse from Torrid because I like how its uniqueness can stand on its own. Like I said, I skipped the necklace and really wasn’t feeling any bracelets with this either. So I went with rings, of the ear and finger variety. I didn’t know how annoying a double ring would be, but I loved the look of this cross one. Honestly? Not as constricting as I thought. Plus, it’s adjustable. Add some gold midi rings (the ones I’m wearing are sold out) and nail polish and your fingers are set. As I’m looking at the website for the black-cross single earring, I’m realizing that I’ve been wearing it wrong. Oh well. At least I figured out that it was also adjustable. And anyway, the Batman earrings are easy to figure out.

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Speaking of bats, THESE SHOES. I saw them and there was a literal gasp. An orchestra started and the world grew fuzzy around the sight of them. There might have been a fantasy of me slow running to them on a beach.

Just kidding. I hate the beach.

But, yes, I love these shoes. I posted this Instagram of them the other night and Ash Costello liked it. That has no significance to this blog; I’m just bragging.

BUT SHOES. As I said, being a shortie makes mirror selfies difficult. The high platform on these definitely help. Or I’m just rationalizing because I wanted everyone to see them. We’re in love, okay?

Once you’ve unloaded your makeup bag over your sink and your face (full details below), snap on your favorite phone case, put on some great music, and work those filters!

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January Playlist

So January didn’t go as planned.

I launched the blog, which, awesome, but instead of getting to post all the looks I wanted to share, I got sick for three weeks. Two weeks of stomach issues that kept me in bed or slogging through my two jobs, followed by a week of a bad cold that caused all sorts of fun things to drip from my face. However, I promise that I was working on the blog behind the scenes every single day, planning outfits, organizing my closet, and, as always, searching and searching (and searching) sites for pieces that I both love and will fit my plus size body.

And when I get in this work mode, I like to have a playlist going. I love music (the first thing I wanted to be as a kid growing up was a singer. Then I got older and realized I couldn’t sing) and I have an obscene amount of music on my iPod (yeah, I still use one of those). So I thought at the end of every month, I’d share what I’ve been listening to.

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  • “How The Story Ends” All Time Low
  • “Angels in Chelsea” Rachel Platten
  • “Woman Up” Megan Trainor
  • “High Maintenance” John Oates feat Hot Chelle Rae
  • “Back Together” Jesse McCartney
  • “I Am Invincible” Cassadee Pope
  • “Life I Love You, Not” Austin Butler
  • “One Of These Days” Jackson Guthy
  • “Possibilities” Alexa Vega & Austin Butler
  • “Young Blood” Bea Miller
  • “Liar” Britney Spears
  • “Jaded” ONE OK ROCK feat. Alex Gaskarth
  • “Doing It To Country Songs” Blake Shelton feat. The Oak Ridge Boys
  • “When You Say Nothing At All” Mr. Vegas
  • “Rise Up” Lynn Anderson
  • “I Wanna Be There” Alabama
  • “Flip Flops” Kristian Bush
  • “Feeling Fine California” Kristian Bush
  • “Love Was Made To Break” Andy Black
  • “Broken Pieces” Andy Black
  • “Moving On And Getting Over” John Mayer
  • “Changing” John Mayer
  • “You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me” John Mayer
  • “Song For A Friend” Dominic Sherwood
  • “Him Or Me” Bun E. Carlos feat. Hanson
  • “U Don’t Get 2 Do That” Nash Overstreet
  • “Magnetic” Nash Overstreet feat. Nikki Williams
  • “Brand New Man” Nash Overstreet *
  • “Ride” Nash Overstreet
  • “U Don’t Get 2 Do That (Frank Pole Remix)” Nash Overstreet
  • “Take On The World” Rowan Blanchard & Sabrina Carpenter
  • “Ancient Light” Allman Brown *

 

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