Shopping Cart Roundup

Well this week I found myself wanting to make that transition into fall so, although I did pick up a few random things here and there, it was time to re-examine my wardrobe mostly. Here’s some items I purchased this week that you might also be interested in. See the descriptions below and feel free to click any of the photos to be taken to their website.

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Life Experience: Cutting My Hair

A couple of weeks ago I made a decision that I never thought I’d make: I cut my hair short. By short, I mean short by my standards. It’s currently right below my shoulders. I’ve had medium-long hair since around 2005 so this was a big deal. I’m known for having long hair. People always comment on how nice my long hair is. So why did I cut it off?

Well, many times someone will cut their hair after or during a major life moment. That’s kind of what happened to me this time.

Without going into my personal life too much, my father has been quite ill since 2015 but this year he seemed to be getting a tiny bit better--until August that is. In August dad’s health took a quick down-turn and September was, frankly, awful with 2 ambulance rides to the emergency room and countless doctor and specialist visits, which are still ongoing.

We’re still trying to figure it all out together as a small, but close family and we’re all stressed in different ways.

All this stress was the main reason why I decided to cut my hair. If I look at the situation we’re in, the bottom line is I just wanted to escape, and I wanted to be someone else. Someone completely different. Reality and responsibility and just general adulthood don’t really allow us to cry and run away when things are overwhelming. So, I did the next best thing and I gave my hair the chop.

Do I regret it? No.

Do I miss it? I have moments but, for the most part, no.

That being said, cutting my hair shorter made me also accept the fact that I’ve been hiding behind my hair. I think, subconsciously, I felt like if you’re focused on my pretty, long hair you won’t be focused on the fact that I’m a plus-sized gal.

Having long hair also made me feel younger. So, now that I have a shorter hair I’m feeling more my age but I don’t think that’s a bad thing, necessarily.

In the end, the thing that I wanted with this haircut—to be someone else—is actually coming to fruition, in a way. I’m not able to hide behind my hair anymore and, because of that, I’ve been trying to address some of my insecurities about my size and my age. I also feel strangely a bit more in control of the emotional rollercoaster I’ve been riding since August with my father’s illness. I’ve been feeling like I was at the end of my rope and emotionally spent. Now I feel like I’ve had a bit of an awakening, and like I’m in the right headspace again to keep moving forward. That change can be something I can handle.

All because I cut my hair.

Have you even given your hair the chop? Did you regret it? Did you learn anything about yourself?

Let me know in the comments, I’d love it if you shared your experience.

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Wednesday Wish List: Women's Wear

Everyone should have a wish list! Here are some things I’ve got my eye on lately. Click the images to be taken to the website.

Old Navy

Classic Plus-Size Graphic Crew-Neck Sweater

Classic Plus-Size Graphic Crew-Neck Sweater

Relaxed French Terry Sweatshirt

Relaxed French Terry Sweatshirt

Suzy Shier

Single Pocket Plaid Shirt with Side Buttons

Single Pocket Plaid Shirt with Side Buttons

Plaid Peplum Top with Faux Leather Trim

Plaid Peplum Top with Faux Leather Trim

Addition Elle

Nola Laced-Up Ankle Legging

Nola Laced-Up Ankle Legging

 

Boohoo

Plus Plunge Beach Maxi Dress

Plus Plunge Beach Maxi Dress

Plus Lace Detail Cami Top

Plus Lace Detail Cami Top

Extra Wide Fit Block Heel Shoe Boots

Extra Wide Fit Block Heel Shoe Boots

Plus Floral Printed Shirt Dress

Plus Floral Printed Shirt Dress

Plus Extreme Sleeve Wrap Front Tie Top

Plus Extreme Sleeve Wrap Front Tie Top

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Recommended: The Old Navy Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jean

As a petite plus-size gal (ie: I’m a size 18 with a 29” inseam) finding jeans that fit me in all the places I need them to fit, has been a long-time, exhausting, and emotional search. Enter Old Navy’s Mid-Rise Super Skinny Rockstar Jeans. It’s not the easiest name to remember but they are the most comfortable fitting jeans I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing.

They come in a variety of colours and styles and, most importantly, they look and feel good on my body.

I’ve owned about 4 pairs of these jeans over the last couple of years and have worn each and every one of them down to the point that they’re just hanging on by a few threads. The best part for me is that they hug my legs and do not lose their elasticity around the waist area after about 30 minutes of wear. That’s the worst—when you think you’ve found a pair of jeans that fit you around the waist and then, a few minutes later you’re having to bust out a belt to hold them up. These don’t do that!

These are my latest ones:

Mid-Rise Distressed Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans

Mid-Rise Distressed Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans

Mid-Rise Black Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans

Mid-Rise Black Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans

There are, however, 45 different pairs of Super Skinny Jeans for you to choose from on their website and, lucky for you, most of them are on sale right now!

Have you tried any jeans from Old Navy? What are your favourites? Do you have any other favourite jean brands? Let me know in the comments!

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