Monday, July 25, 2016

Joining The Fab 40's Bloggers

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Today is my first post with Fab 40's Bloggers, I was invited to join an amazing group of fabulously fashionable bloggers who are 40+. Yes I am over 40 yrs old, in case you didn't know. Some people think I am younger and that is great, but I have never been one to deny my age. Age really is just a number given for the years of life you have lived. Your age doesn't tell the story of the kind of life you have lived. Being 40 no longer equates with being old, heck I don't even think 50, 60 or 70 is old. Age is all about perspective, how you feel and how you live. I sure as heck don't feel 40, act 40 or some may say even look 40 (what ever that may be).  The Fab 40's group is 7 bloggers who love fashion and are here to show that style is ageless. Style comes in all ages as well as all sizes! 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Tribal Pattern - #UntamedStyle Linkup

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Summer is in full effect, its been so hot here in California. There are often days when I literally just stay indoors and enjoy the AC. However for those days when you must get dressed and get out of the house, I struggle to figure out what to wear. When you are plus size, dressing for summer may not always be easy. I know most women throw on shorts and a tank top. For me it can be a struggle, as I am not always so comfortable exposing my legs and arms. Although thanks to blogging, I have become more confident and learned to love my body as it is. The process has been slow and there are days when I still struggle to fully embrace my self and love my body. Summer can be difficult, but some how I have managed to find outfits that keep me cool and make me feel comfortable and confident in my own body. I think many women have these struggles with their bodies, regardless of their size or age. This outfit is a great example, I felt good and kept cool while the weather was scorching hot!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Visiting Baja California - #UntamedStyle Linkup

Map of  Baja California

Have you ever visited Baja California? I was recently in Ensenada, Baja California on a family trip. We use to visit often when I was younger, in middle and high school my family took several yearly trips. After many years we eventually stopped going as often, due to various reason, mainly safety. There was a period when it become unsafe to travel down to Baja, especially by car.  My parents decided it was no longer worth the risk. It has been over 15 years since my last visit. Recently my family begin going to Baja once again. I now have family living in Ensenada and it was time for a visit. I was a little weary of traveling to Baja, not gonna lie. After some convincing I decided to go with my family for a little get away by the beach. I am so thankful and grateful for this trip, my love of Mexico has been renewed. Baja has changed for the better and its much safer to travel.  If you have never been to Baja or haven't been in a long time you need to plan a trip. Ensenada is a shorter drive from Los Angeles than going to Las Vegas! Yup, once you cross the boarder into Tijuana, it's about an hour drive down the Pacific Coast. A beautiful scenic drive will take your breath away and you will not regret making the drive. Ensenada now has toll roads which are safe, well maintained and the drive is much easier and quicker than ever. 

Here are some highlights from my trip to Baja and some info for you to consider if you decided to visit for your self. 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Denim & Stripes - #UntamedStyle Linkup

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This post is a bit late, but I have a really good excuse! I didn't want to let this week go by with out posting the weekly #UntamedStyle Linkup. I was out of town for a few days and didn't get home until late Friday. See good excuse any time you can get away and have some R&R its a good excuse. I wasn't able to get a post up before I left, and didn't want to wait until next Friday. So as the saying goes "better late than never" right!!! This weeks outfit is from 4th of July, Americas Independence Day. As proud as I am to be American, I'm not really into literally wearing red, white and blue or stars and stripes. This is my interpretation of being patriotic and celebrating our Independence Day.

Friday, July 1, 2016

My First Staycation - #UntamedStyle Linkup

Have you ever had a "Staycation"? It's a fairly new thing that's become popular in the last few years. Basically a staycation is like a vacation, except you stay in your on city/town or somewhere close to home and visit local attractions. When you have a small budget, but need or want to getaway and can't afford a real vacation, you can have a staycation. This is totally an internet thing, someone made up and it just took off. I had never had a staycation and honestly when I first heard about it thought it was a silly thing. Well this past weekend I was able to have my own staycation and you know what, it was pretty cool! I won a prize last year from the Visit Anaheim visitors bureau, during a contest they had on my block. We have a weekly farmers market and Visit Anaheim was here for a promotional event. I was just walking to my building and was approached to enter the contest. I initially didn't want to do it because, I live in Anaheim and thought what's the point...LOL It seemed easy and harmless, just take picture, post it to Instagram and use a hashtag.  I did it and went along my business. A week later I received a message on Instagram saying I won! 

I was pretty excited, since it's not everyday you get to win a contest. My prize consisted of tickets to Knott's Berry Farm, Medieval Times, Billy Beez and a 2 night stay at a local hotel. How cool is that, this is probably the biggest prize I have ever won! Most of my prizes I shared with friends and family, and kept the hotel certificate. It was about to expire this month, so I took advatnage and booked my 2 nights at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel.

I have driven by this hotel many times, since it's across the street from Disneyland. Honestly it doesn't look like much, just a regular hotel in Anaheim. I was very pleasantly surprised when I arrived and checked in to the hotel. After checking in and dropping off our bags, we took a walk around the property. First let me explain the hotel is castle theme, and it looks like one from the outside. It has brick walls and pointed roof tops, reminds me of medieval era. The hallways have pictures with stories of dragons and princesses painted on the walls. As we made our way to find the pool we found pathways leading to gazebos, gardens and a koi pond. 

I was so surprised to see such beautiful and  lush greenery, gardens and flowers all within the brick walls of the hotel. Being at the Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel reminded me of a fairy tale, and I truly felt as if I was in a faraway land and not a few miles away from home. The koi pond was my favorite, very serene and peaceful.  This staycation was turning out to be great and just being able to lounge around was wonderful. We discovered new places around Anaheim, some we drive by all the time and never even noticed. Its good to be a tourist in your own city or town sometimes.  You never know what you may have missed on you daily drive to and from work. 

The hotel brags about having one of the best spots to view the Disneyland fireworks, with out being in the actual park. I had to see for my self, since I too have partial view of the fireworks from my bedroom window. We made our way to the parking lot at 9:30 pm to find a crowd of people waiting for the show. Once the first firework went off I knew this was going to be special. The fireworks are so close, you can see them shooting up into the sky from across the street. This was the best I've ever seen the fireworks, they seem to be showering over you. The colors are so vivid and loud, it was magical...the hotel did not disappoint with their claims. Overall I was pleased with our first staycation, we relaxed, ate at some new local places and enjoyed the beautiful grounds at the hotel. Of course I had to take advantage of the gardens for some outfit pictures. Since I was on staycation, my outfit was very relaxed, with minimal accessories. I wanted to be comfy and cool, since the weather was quite warm. These wide leg pants kept me cool all day long and into the evening. 

By the way this is not a sponsored post, I wasn't even asked to write about it. I am just sharing my staycation experience. You should come visit Anaheim, we have more to offer than just Disneyland! 

Outfit Details
Sheer Crochet Top: Elena Solano via Marshalls (old)
Wide Leg Pants: Bongo Plus via Sears $3.99
Sandals: Topshop $10
Sunnies: Fanta-Eyes via Ross $4.99

Have you ever had a staycation? 
What is your favorite thing to do in your city?

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#UntamedStyle 5 Fave Links

Allison from Sydney Fashion Hunter
Allison looks gorgeous in her one shoulder dress.
I love a good floral print dress! 

Joi from In My Joi
I gasped at Joi's picture with her butterfly duster coat.
It so chic and looks a bit vintage.

Rebecca from Red Tag Chic Los Angeles
Rebecca is a fellow bargain hunter.
She looks so cute and happy in her fringe vest.

Jessica from Jeans and A Teacup
I love Jessica's jeans, they have a retro aesthetic, yet so modern.
She looks so chic in this outfit and I would totally wear it too! 

Talitha from Talitha's Take 
Off the shoulder tops are so in right now.
Talitha look so cute with her top and lace details.

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