Hot Air Balloons & Sonoma with Catherines

I got to participate in a few fabulous days in Sonoma, CA courtesy of Catherines.  I am a Bay area resident, so this was a much-needed getaway for me that didn't involve me getting on a plane.  A quick hour and a half drive later, I was in one of the most beautiful parts of California.  Upon arrival at the Farmhouse Inn, I was greeted by the Catherine's team.  The arrival day was a day of getting everyone's acquaintance and just take a moment to relax before the following day which promised to be a big day.  


Bras with a Purpose: Meet Vanity Fair

photo by Rachel Brennecke

A few weeks ago, I was privileged to travel to New York, kick off my partnership with Vanity Fair, and get a full day of immersion into the world of their bras and lingerie.  Most of you are familiar with Vanity Fair through their super comfortable bras. You can find them in places like Macy's, JCPenney, and Kohls. For two days, I was able to get to know the Vanity Fair team, try on some bras, learn all about their partnership with Dress for Success, and their Women Who Do initiative.


8 Tips On How To Beat The Summer Heat

August always feels like the hottest month of summer and those age old questions comes up of how can I exist in my plus size body stylishly in the summer when all I really want to do is be naked.  When the thought of wearing shapewear makes you ill, but chub rub makes you want to fight the air (insert Tre from Boyz in the Hood). After hanging out in Hawaii, trying to figure out a make-up routine that wouldn't slide off of my face, and just trying to stay as comfortable as possible I got a few hacks that kept me cool.


Budget Find: Get My Look For Under $30

I am back to the Garnerstyle regular scheduled programming after a much needed break.  I figured I would kick off with something cute, comfortable and casual.  It's how I've been feeling lately.  Does anyone else see the end of summer in the horizon?  I am a little sad to see it go, but fall is my favorite for fashion. I am excited to see what is in store.  What are looking forward to seeing in fall fashion?


Summertime Fly

It's crazy, because I feel like summer just started, but we only have about a month and a half left for those summer white parties. I thought this would make an adorable look for an all white party.  


What to Wear: Casual Friday in Shorts

Get the details on the look below:


Aloha! My Hawaiian Vacation

I'm probably the worst person when it comes to recapping my trips.  I have all the best intentions in the world to talk about my adventures, but then life happens.  Additionally, I hate traveling with my camera.  I had one (an expensive one at that) stolen in NYC and after that I kind of refuse to bring mine, so you'll want to note that these are all camera phone photos (The phone I used was the Samsung Edge S7 and takes pretty hi-quality photos).  This year for my 5 year anniversary, B and I went to Hawaii.  We haven't really done anything like this since our honeymoon. B hates to fly, so with a little bit of coaxing and the promise of booking first class tickets (I pretty much haven't used any of my miles on Delta for the past few years, so I was able to get both tickets at no cost).  I really wanted to make it a special trip for us and give him the least amount of flying anxiety and it worked.  After the trip, he told me this was the most comfortable he had ever been on a flight.  I saw him get a little tense when we took off, but after that I could see that he was relaxed.  It was totally worth spending my miles on him. :) 

After a 5 hour flight from California, we were in Oahu, Hawaii. I didn't realize that there is a time difference of 3 hours from the west coast, 6 hours if you are the east.  On the agenda for us was go to a luau, hike Manoa Falls, do some snorkeling, and of course relax.  We stayed our first 3 nights at Shoreline Hotel and stayed our last night at the Royal Hawaiian. We made the decision to switch after we went to their Monday night luau.  The Royal Hawaiian is a lovely hotel and right on the beach.  It's a bit pricey, so I'm glad we just decided to do one night. 

Here are the activities I did and a quick review: