Thank You! 10K On Instagram!

Hey everyone!  Today’s post is going to be short & sweet but I just have to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to each and every one of you for following along on my new blogging journey.

I am blown away that within just a few short months, there are now over 10,000 of you following my Instagram.

I genuinely thought I’d spend many months or even years writing and sharing content to a few friends and family members… and was fully prepared to do so because I love it so much.

10K Followers on Instagram!

I had NO idea that this thing would resonate with y’all the way it has and I am humbled, honored and thrilled to have connected with each of you in some way.

I can’t wait for all that is to come & want you to know just how much you mean to me!

With that said, DEFINITELY recommend that you subscribe to my email list and follow my social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) because I have some really fun things coming in celebration of reaching this 10,000 follower milestone!  I’m talking giveawaysssss, baby!

10K Followers on Instagram!

I have a few fun ones in the works for you, so stay tuned!  I’d also love for you to let me know in the comments… what brands or items would you like to see in a giveaway?   I’ve also thought it would be fun to give my time in some way and connect with you on a deeper level if that is of interest.  If you could spend time hanging out with me (virtually or in real life if local) what would you want to do?  I’m thinking maybe a video chat about topic of your choice,  virtual styling session, Pinterest board with clothing recommendations, etc.  I REALLY want to give you something you’d like.. so chime in below!

XOXOXO,

Miranda

10K Followers on Instagram!

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An Honest Review of Blue Apron

Disclaimer:  Please note that some links on this blog including are affiliate links.  I will receive a small percentage when you purchase items using these links.  This money is used to help offset the costs of maintaining the blog and creating content for you.  I appreciate your support in utilizing these links when you purchase items I recommend! XOXO, Miranda

I had planned on sharing a different post today but am switching things up a bit!  I recently tried Blue Apron for the first time, and as part of my subscription I had three free boxes I could share with friends.  I decided to offer them up to my Instagram friends (follow me here if you don’t already!)

I had probably 30 of you DM me within the first 5-10 minutes of posting the IG story asking for the free box.  First of all, you ladies really ARE my tribe…. y’all love free stuff as much as I do and I love it!  Second, I was bummed I couldn’t share more with you because everyone was so excited to try it.

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Dress is Eshakti From Gwynnie Bee:  Get 30 days FREE here

I got to work & was able to get a discount for my readers, and am so excited to share it with you!  It’s a good one too! $40 OFF your first two weeks!

Sooooo… I quit my job!

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!

OK, sorry for being a little dramatic but I have been keeping this HUGE secret for around a month now and am SO excited to finally tell you what I’ve been hinting about for a while!

I QUIT MY JOB! Friday was my last day at my “grown-up” corporate job, and your girl is UNEMPLOYED (in the traditional sense, that is).  **insert all the crazy eye emojis in the world here**

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I really don’t even know where to start with this post because my mind is racing in 1,000 different directions.  I decided to try to think of all the questions I would personally want to ask a friend who up and quit their career after a decade of doing the same-ish thing and being pretty successful at it.

Review: The Plus Size Sports Bra That is Changing The Game!

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in partnership with GlamoriseSport.  All opinions are my own.  I only share products I personally use and love.  

I’ve got a secret…..

For years, I’ve been a double bra wearer.  That’s right…. when I exercise, I wear a sports bra with a regular underwire bra underneath.

I’m not particularly busty, but I still prefer additional support that most sports bras just don’t provide.  Regular sports bras typically either smash my “girls” flat or don’t provide enough support to control the bounce when I work out.

I’ve always HATED that when I use my “double bra method” you can see both sets of straps under tank tops.  I’ve also hated getting my favorite bras sweaty and gross requiring me to wash them after each wear, causing them to wear out quickly.

Our Dream Wedding in Lexington, KY

Today, Kevin and I celebrate our two year wedding anniversary!  I’ll be totally cliche’ and say that time really does fly when you’re having fun.  I can’t believe it’s been two years since our special day.

Planning a wedding can be intense and stressful for anyone, but there is extra stress for plus size brides-to-be.  I am a classic Type-A personality and am an over the top perfectionist.  I also tend to get stressed out easily.  Given all of this, I would have expected to be a total basket case when it came to planning my wedding but I managed to keep it all together and had a super relaxed day.

In honor of our anniversary, I thought it would be fun to share some info about our big day.

Here’s a quick trailer video that our videographers at First String Media put together for us:

My Favorite Pieces from Eloquii’s New Draper James Collaboration Launch

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw me FREAK OUT when Eloquii announced its collaboration with Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s brand.

I literally shed tears of joy when it launched because I’ve never had access to southern inspired clothing I love in my size.

You can see a some of my previous Draper James For Eloquii looks HERE and HERE, but today’s post is all about the pieces I’m excited to try from the second launch of the collaboration which just dropped TODAY!

Click the images to shop:

Eloquii X Draper James Peplum Top

5 Ways To Style A Classic Tee

I’ll admit it… I’ve never really been a jeans and tee shirt kind of girl.  I’ve always enjoyed dresses and skirts and being a little bit “extra” in my everyday life.

As I’ve gotten older (hello, early 30’s!), I’ve started to embrace a slightly more casual aesthetic.  I think this has a lot to do with being more comfortable and confident in my own skin and not feeling the need to “dress to impress” all the time.  I also value comfort more than ever.

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Blazer:  Here | Tee:  Here | Jeans:  Here (RWN by Rawan via Gwynnie Bee)

Regardless of whether I’m wearing a fancy dress or a comfy tee, I want to look put together and more importantly FEEL good in what I’m wearing.  That’s why when Universal Standard reached out to me about trying a couple items from their line, I KNEW I had to go for some of their popular “elevated” basics.

What I love about Universal Standard is that they tackle the notion that plus size women won’t invest in quality clothing items head on.  I have been personally guilty of refraining from investing in quality (long lasting) clothing items because of my fluctuating size.  In the past I was always planning or hoping to lose weight, so I didn’t want to accept that I’d be in my current size long enough to NEED clothing to last.

Top 10 Wreaths for Spring on Amazon

After what seemed like 17 months of winter, we’re FINALLY seeing some gorgeous spring temperatures in Kentucky!  We’ll be in the 70’s next week, and I am excited to have my adorable spring wreath on the door!

An awesome wreath and door mat are key to creating a welcoming first impression for your guests.  Mine was a gift from my mom – AKA she had it on her door, I loved it and she gave it to me.  Her generous gift inspired me to share my top 10 favorite wreaths with you below.  The best part is that they’re ALL from Amazon, so you don’t even need to leave home to get your favorite!

An Open Letter to Southwest

Dear Southwest,

I love you. I’ve loved you since I was an undergrad student studying business when I learned about your disruptive business model, unique company culture and commitment to customer service.

Admittedly, I’ve never loved the “open seating” model and feeling like I’m being herded onto the plane (I’m from Kentucky, so I have to use the animal/farm comparison). In recent years, as I learned of your groundbreaking customer of size policy I have committed to flying your airline exclusively in order to both help make my own flying experiences better but also to put my money where my mouth is and support a business who accommodates people like me and makes our lives better/easier.

The BEST Maxi Dress of Spring!

This is an alert…. RUN and go buy this dress right now! I’m serious.  It’s selling out fast, so I don’t want you to miss out.  I love this dress so much that I was willing to pay full price for it.  You all probably know by now that I am VERY frugal.  Paying full price for clothing causes such sorrow for me, and I rarely ever do it.  I loved this so much I bought it in BOTH colors the very first time I saw it because I just couldn’t risk it and wait for a deal.

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