Thursday, November 9, 2017

Christmas Begins With Mistletoe Marketplace

This weekend, John, myself, Layla, and Penny all loaded up and went to Mississippi. We went in to see family, of course, but we chose this particular weekend for one thing and that is.. Mistletoe Marketplace!

Mistletoe Marketplace is presented by the Junior League of Jackson. It's held around the first weekend of November every year. This year there were 155 merchants from all around the United States. It's a tradition for me, my mom, mamaw, aunt, and cousins to go every year. We normally get there around 3:30pm and leave around 8:00pm. I can't speak for everyone else, but it kicks off the holiday season for me and momma. *que Jingle Bells*
This year not everyone was able to go because of different reasons, so it was just me and mom this year. We had an absolute blast! I may or may not have gotten blasted myself. Thanks to my sweet cousin Jennifer, we were able to go to the Corporate Sponsorship Lounge where you can drink and eat all you want! I took full advantage of it. I'm pretty sure I had a whole bottle of champagne when it was all said and done. Can you blame me? It was free, and I had a driver!
We mainly purchased food products, and mom bought me a Christmas shirt. We bought dips, turkey, bacon, bundt cakes, Mexican vanilla, and wine mix. I've eaten a Nothing Bundt Cakes bundt cake every night since Sunday. They are amazing, and I need 60 more to get me through the year!

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT MISTLETOE:
1. Wear walking shoes.
2. Bring some patience.
3. Most people will have full on hair and makeup so dress accordingly. We never dress to the nines when we go but lots of others do.
4. You will always see someone you know, whether you like them and want to talk to them or not.
5. Baby fever hits hard when you see all of the cute baby clothes.
6. Prepare to stand in line for the grazing stations. I swear. It's like Sunday afternoon at SAMs in this place.
7. Watch out for the ladies with the drink carts.
8. The second building is not as good as the first.
9. Wear a crossbody purse, so you have free hands.
10. Your Christmas spirit will explode with joy because the decorations are always on point!

What is your favorite part of Mistletoe?

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The Roaming Traveler: Lewistown, Pennsylvania

As you might have read, John and I went to Pennsylvania a couple of weeks back to visit some of his family. We had the best and most relaxing time! The trees had already turned colors, and the weather was cool, crisp, and cloudy.

We stayed in Belleville, PA at a guest house that is owned by the retirement community his grandparents are living. You can only stay there if you have family that lives in the retirement community, which is really nice for us to visit since there really aren't any hotels around the area.
Belleville, PA has one of America's oldest Amish settlements. It is very active with buggies and home-made goods. Every Wednesday is the Amish Market and Auction. I got to see my first live auction which was really cool, even if they were just auctioning off eggs and radishes.
We did a good bit of exploring around the mountain while we were in Belleville and Lewistown. So much of this area reminded me of scenes from Hocus Pocus!
One of John's dad's favorite places to visit is Greenwood Furnace State Park. It has a lake to swim in, trails to hike, gorgeous scenery, and so much more. The park is 423 acres, so you can definitely find something to do.
Another place we went to visit was Seven Points Marina in Raystown. This was recommended to us by John's grandpap. He went on a bus ride with some of the residents at the retirement community and told us it was "beau-tee-full". The lake and area was beautiful. I would love to get out there on a boat in the summer time. 
Onto my favorite part.. wine and food.

We visited two wineries Brookmere Winery, which we went to last year, and Hawstone Hollow Winery, which was a new one for us to visit. Brookmere Winery grows their own grapes and makes their own wine. One of my favorites is their Red Fox wine. It's described as a sweet and spicy red wine. It has a cinnamon flavor to it, which is great for the holidays. My other favorites are Berries Gone Wild, Frog Hollow, Sangria, and Tears of the Goose. Hawstone Hollow Winery does not grow their own fruit, but they do make their own wine. They import most ingredients in and try to use local when they can. Right now they are using local apples and honey. Their wine was something I have never tasted before. It hardly tasted like wine and more like juice. It was fantastic! We may or may not have gotten 3 bottles - Crangrape, Hawstone Cooler, and Blackberry. I would definitely give both of these wineries a visit!

Some of my favorite restaurants that we visited in Lewistown are Honey Creek Inn Restaurant (breakfast), Richie's OIP (cheesesteak hoagie), South Side Hoagie Shop (italian hoagie), and Angelo's (breadsticks, salad dressing).

If you ever go to Penn State in State College, PA, drive down to Belleville and Lewistown. It's about a 30 minute drive. You will meet some friendly people and have some picturesque views along the way.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Plus Size Fall Outfits

John and I went to Belleville, PA last week, and I loved everything that I brought with me to wear. 

Que outfit blog post.

I'm still new at this and didn't manage to get what I actually wore on the ride there and back. In the picture below, the gray shirt and maroon shirt, is what I wore to and from Pennsylvania. These shirts were incredibly comfortable. They have a small pocket on the front which I love, and they are long enough to wear with leggings.
This is the only picture I managed to get of my outfit on the way there. Hello snuggly (that's what we call it). Always a good fashion choice.

I love carrying my Marc by Marc Jacobs purse with me on all of my trips. It's a crossbody that is a decent enough size to fit everything I need to in it without being to bulky and heavy. I got it from Century 21 in 2014, and I can't find a link to it anymore. This one is similar.

My Vans. I absolutely love the look of these shoes, and I highly recommend getting these socks to go with them. They stay on my foot nicely and don't slide down into my shoe.
On the first day, I wore this sweater. I bought it in three different colors, and I'm so glad I did. They go with everything, super comfortable, and long enough for leggings. For size reference, I got them in an XXL.

These leggings are everything. I have a wide load, and these leggings are thick enough to not become see through while stretching over my hips, butt, and thighs. The material is extremely durable, and they are high waisted. I've had these for 3 years, and they still look brand new. The color hasn't faded at all. I def recommend.

My boots are from SAMs, and I love them. I got them last year and have not seen them in store this year. I call them fUGGs for obvious reasons.
Second day, I wore the same sweater as the first day but in a different color. I love this vest for Fall/Winter. It's from Old Navy a few years ago, but this one is similar just different material. Its thick enough to keep me warm and has pockets!

My boots are several years old, and I have no earthly idea where I got them.
Third day, same sweater, different color.
I love the combo of this bracelet with the Ronaldo 'The Princess' bracelet. Mixed metals is my jam.
Different sweater but practically the same color as the one from the day before. I also wore a maroon shirt the following day. I might be slightly obsessed with maroon for Fall. I love that this sweater is V-neck just to change up the look a bit.

These jeggings are my faves. They have stretch to them which I love to hug my curves. I will warn you that they are not tight on your ankles, so it's harder to stuff them into boots.
Last but not least, my jammies. T-shirt from some golf tournament John was in. Toothpaste stain from the morning I took this photo. Bottoms are comfy and lightweight. Perfect for traveling and lounging.
Hope you enjoyed this nonconventional outfit post.

Yes, my pictures are blurry, and I have no idea why. I shall fix it for next time:) Also, props again to fashion bloggers. This shit is hard and time-consuming.