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:
The 4th of July is upon us, and it's always fun to participate in the festivities starting with a red, white, and blue outfit. My top and skirt are from Modcloth. One of the things that I love about them is that have a large selection of items from small to 4X. This look will have you feeling fun and festive, but also comfortable. I always try to steer towards wearing cotton in the summer, so my skin can breathe. This little white cotton top does just that.
I'm so elated that Walgreens asked me to partner with them in support of National HIV Testing day on June 27th. I believe in taking care of yourself and your body. I remember very vividly being in my 20s in Atlanta standing in long lines on this day to get an HIV test and feeling proud that so many of my peers around me were taking charge of their health by finding out their status. Of the 1.8 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S., it's estimated that 1/8 of them don't know they are living with the disease. The only way to know your HIV status is to get tested. Besides going to the doctor or clinics, you can even do it in the privacy of your own home with at-home testing or even at your nearest pharmacy. Walgreens is doing their part in helping you find out your status by offering FREE testing on the following days:
Thursday, June 23rd from 3 pm - 7 pm
Friday, June 24th from 3 pm - 7 pm
Saturday, June 25th from 10 am - 2 pm
HIV testing is a scary thing, but early diagnosis and treatment are known to improve health, extend life and help prevent the spread of HIV. If you test regularly and after every time you put yourself at risk, you can stay on top of your health. It is always better to know.
HIV/AIDS is a scary topic, but thinking back to living in the 90s and being a kid and seeing this disease wipe people out to now to seeing people living life with treatment is an amazing thing and is a testament to progress and our understanding of the disease. One of the easiest ways to help combat the spread of the HIV/AIDS is just by being tested and knowing your status.
Navy and nautical looks in the summer are always a go-to for me. Add in some touches of gold and you have a fantastic classic look. This was my first time trying out the Rachel Roy plus size collection. I ordered four pieces and was impressed with the fit. Pants are always hard, so a pair of pants that fit extremely well off-the-rack are a good sign.
Have you every just had a piece of shapewear fail you at the wrong moment in your life? You would think with all my experience with shapewear; I would have the upper hand finding the best ones. Welp, I got duped and recently and might I add, on the way to last month's Beyonce concert. So hang out with me for a moment while I tell you how to enter to win a piece of HookedUp Shapewear and share my recent story about my shapewear horror story.