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Black Cat Awareness Month.

Happy Black Cat Awareness Month loves!

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I’m so excited that this month I get to show off (even more than normal) my lovely little Rocco. A lot of people shrug this month off, and say how pointless it is to be “aware”of black cats. We are not necessarily raising awareness about the cats themselves, but the stigma attached to them.

I remember being around eight years old when we had our first two black cats (one we still have today), and when October rolled around my Mom would swat them out of the windows telling me also to not let them sit in the windows this month. We made sure the house was locked up, and that they stayed out of sight. I thought it was weird because it was Halloween, and they were perfect decor! When she explained to me that people want to “attack black cats” around Halloween I was shocked. What shocks me even more is that in 2015 this is still going on.

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In most recent years, I’ve only met one person who hated my Rocco. That person was extremely tacky, but would love to slam her bible in your face. Anyways, Rocco Ricardo, and Fantasia were probably the best cats I’ve had. Extremely protective, concerned, the cutest personalities, and beautiful. They are no different from any other cat you would meet, except for the pitch black coats. These little black beauties are least likely to be adopted, and most to be persecuted. Shelters are now watchful for people who attempt to adopt them around Halloween due to people choosing to take them home to only have fun at torturing them. Just why?

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I can’t imagine anyone coming after Rocco, and someone help the poor soul who would think they could. Rocco’s life is more innocent, and less harming than an abusive human, and Fantasia was full of love and moodiness. Please share the awareness of how these beauties need love just like any other animal no matter what time of year it is!! They are not spooky, but spectacular. ๐Ÿ™‚ย Here are some fabulous “black cat” items I’ve discovered to help your Halloween become more cute.

Bath and Body Works

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They always have a lovely selection of cute cat items this time of year! If you don’t snag them fast, they sell out fast like the Pocket Bac black cat holder. If you love having your car smell awesome, here is this little guy to make it look that much better. Yes, I have one.

ilikeCATSshop via Etsy

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This shop is adorable, and I’m so glad I stumbled across it! They are perfect for not just black cat lovers, but any cat! They have a lovely selection of prints, buttons, cards and more. With the size of these cats, they look just like my Rocco.

Cat to the Chase Bag via Modcloth

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So I’ve pretty much been dying to have this bag. A perfect little way to sport your black cat vibes on the go, and it has great reviews! Modcloth is full of a cat lovers dream items! If you search black cat you will be simply overwhelmed.

-haley and rocco.

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Fashion Friday: Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Day Outfit

Pulmonary Hypertension official Awareness day is May 5th! Woo-Hoo! To celebrate this day we may be out speaking to people about this disease, attending conferences or even visiting with patients. Whatever you happen to be doing we need to be dressed for the occasion looking spectacular while representing this rare disease.

Its spring y’all! I love dresses so incredibly much and they can be just so easy rather than finding a top, pants or cardigans. Throw it on and you are ready to go! I found this perfect little spring dress on Modcloth (of course – they are the best place for any kind of dress) and it happens to be the PH Awareness color. The lace on top definitely sets the vintage vibe and with all this detail on the neck we wont have any need for a necklace. Also, with the cut of the dress we are already getting a super professional look.

Fashion Friday Dress

Can be found on modcloth.com

Shoes? Well for a professional or maybe even an evening look heels are a must. Seriously, are y’all shocked right now? Anyways. These Jessica Simpsons are perfect because they are keeping the “lightness” or spring quality about the look. And hello, with big ‘ol platforms like these your feet are likely to hurt less and you will look skinny. If you want to switch to a casual or I’m running around town all day look, then throw on some white or silver strappy sandals.

Fashion Friday Shoes

Can be found on jessicasimpson.com

Jewelry is going to be tricky. As stated before, we don’t need a necklace with all the lace detail already on our neck. So we can go all out when it comes to earrings (which I love to do). Lets throw on big silver chandelier earrings and call it good! When it comes to bracelets or watches, layer up with some dainty and elegant white or silver bracelets. This white Fossil watch definitely completes the professional look.

Fashion Friday Earrings

Earrings by NATASHA found at Dillards

Fashion Friday Watch

Fossil Watch found at Dillards

And of course we need a fabulous bag! Whenever I’m looking for one I always look for a Betsey first! I just love her. I found this little girly beauty on her website. Yes, it has gold but it wont be too much to ruin the outfit. The big bow adds to the girly look and there just isn’t much more to say about this amazing lady and her style. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fashion Friday Purse

Betsey Johnson Purse can be found on betseyjohnson.com

I hope y’all enjoyed this very belated Fashion Friday! PLEASE promote this rare disease over the weekend. So many lives are lost each year to this invisible disease and it’s time that people start seeing it for what it is! MAKE PULMONARY HYPERTENSION VISIBLE!!

-haley.

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Heart Healthy Week: Fashion Friday

So of course I’m finishing off with a Fashion Friday because fashion can make a huge difference with how we feel. I’m centering this look on a date night and this doesn’t necessarily mean with a guy but maybe even a girls night out.

THE Dress

I am so obsessed with finding THE dress for any occasion. The one that knocks not only yours but everyone’s socks off and you just feel damn fine all night. I think the more simple you keep it the more stunning you will be! I found this beauty on Modcloth and I think it possesses such an innocent quality about it and fits in perfectly with a Valentine occasion/outing. The color is perfect with the theme and the flower lace adds a playful touch as well as that deep neckline to keep things interesting.

Valentine Dress

THE Shoes

Now with a dress like this we want our legs to appear longer and leaner and by doing that we need HEELS of course! With Steve Madden you can never lose. So I chose a nude heel to keep all the color simple and nude heels are very in right now. Your thinking, “That heel looks ridiculously tall.”ย  That’s called comfort quite honestly. When you have a ridiculous platform under the ball of your foot (the front) it’s a better cushion and comfort rather than having your foot planted directly against the ground. A big platform will be easier and more comfortable to walk in! FACT.

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Accessories

Remember, lets keep it simple and accessorize with some awesome drop crystal earrings and a great bling ring. And your outfit is fantastic.

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Have fun this weekend whether you’ll be out celebrating, on a date or in your PJ’s at the house. I hope you have had/learned a few things to keep your heart healthy. Lets review

-Fantastic movies

-Traveling and keeping your soul refreshed

-Sticking with your beliefs and morals/Loving one another

-Being involved with the RIGHT person

-ALWAYS looking your best. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Love you guys. That’s all.

-haley.

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My Fashion “Must Haves”

Hope y’all had a lovely Christmas!

In the next couple weeks I’ll be getting ready to go to Houston to visit my specialist and have a heart cath! Woo-hoo! The first one in a couple of years. Besides that fact, Houston always means hardcore shopping and I’m getting quite excited about my future fashion finds. Which got me thinking about my “must haves” that are in my closet. I have several different fashion books (3 by Nina Garcia, which are FANTASTIC and one by Lauren Conrad. All are great!). They always put in their must haves! So after ALOT of contemplating here are mine. ๐Ÿ™‚ Get excited.

JEANS

JEANS If jeans aren’t in your wardrobe, then you need to go back to your planet. These are a must have for anyone and no one certain kind is great for everyone. You are going to have to find the brand that works for you and your body! Also, pay attention to spandex in the jean itself. Because if you try on the jeans that fit perfectly in the dressing room, then after a day of wearing you have a saggy butt it’s because it probably has 2% or more spandex in it. Always make sure the pair fits skin-tight in the dressing room so it’ll feel just right after a couple wears. Unless its got 1%, then that’s going to take your own judgement in the dressing room. My perfect jeans are at American Eagle! I love their jeans, end of story. Skinny jeans are a must as well! If you’ve got a bigger build in the legs, watch out! If you want to wear skinnies make sure you’re wearing heals to make you look taller and thinner. Skinnies aren’t for everyone (me especially) so be careful. I own black and red skinnies! The best cut for me is a small flair which balances out the big thighs. Jeans are tricky that take time to get the hang of, which I’m still learning. So don’t expect to adapt overnight. And don’t think that a ridiculous amount of money and glitter on your ass will make you look fabulous in them either!

V-NECKS

VNECKI love them. They go several different ways in a wardrobe, dressing them up or down. I found comfortable ones at Old Navy as well as Urban Outfitters. Don’t pay a ridiculous amount of money either, because a plain white guy v-neck found at the store can work just a good! Bottom line, these are an inexpensive must.

CARDIGANS

CARDIGANColors, patterns, accessories, studs, stripes…these can amp up any outfit or plain tee. And if your medication is causing a burning red flare up on your arms, these cover it amazingly well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cardigans can be classy, edgy or fattening, so watch out. They’re all a bit different so always try them on seeing as how there are different types of fits. They should never make you look bigger than you actually are…unless your weird self is into that sort of thing.

GRAPHIC TEE

graphicteeOh good heavens, let’s get this point across right now. When I say graphic tee I’m not talking about a tacky foul-mouthed bunny, mickey mouse or a print that TRIES to make people laugh. I’m talking about a LEGIT graphic tee because the point of these are to show your interest not your IQ. Be very picky and careful to find a graphic tee that’s worth a crap. I don’t suggest the grocery store but rather Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and stores like so. Graphic Tee’s are one way to look ultra stupid ultra fast.

OUTERWEAR

jacketOh, jackets! I don’t have enough and there isn’t a lot of opportunity to wear them in Texas. But jackets are amazing, comfy and cover those rolls up! For me anyways. My favorite types are of course the bomber jackets and the Michael Jackson jackets. They are trending, classy and edgy. Go get one, NOW.

MAXI DRESSES

MaxiAs discussed in “Fat Ankle Fashion” you know exactly why these are must. They are flattering and are offered in a crazy amount of styles. Chunky arms? Throw a cardigan over it and call it good.

“FLOWY” TOPS

FLOWYThese are my favorite, but are also an enemy. These can cover you up but almost a little too much to the point of making you look MUCH bigger. I’ve bought a ton only to have my best friend say “throw it out!” cause they did me no justice. Always try them on WITH a friend there to judge because either they are classy and beautiful or “cute” and oversized. Watch out.

BOOTS

docsBoots can be any kind you prefer,ย  obviously. I’m hooked on Doc’s right now (Doc Martens as pictured), and are great with not only jeans and skinny’s but a dress and skirts! Take your time looking at a variety because boots are fantastic and cover up those swollen medicated ankles. MOVING ON!

HEELS

heelsThere are no words. Heels are perfection, and if you don’t own any then you are just further away from achieving perfection. That was a tad harsh…go buy some heels anyway.

POINTY TOE FLATS

FLATSI say pointy toe because they elongate the leg and make you look a bit skinnier. I’ve tried the rounded toe, which isn’t bad but I love the pointed toe. Do the pointed toe a little more often. Just sayin’!

LEOPARD SOCKS

SOCKSI say leopard because that’s how it should be. ๐Ÿ˜‰ These are a perfect adjustment to dull surgery socks, as well as keeping your coumadin medicated self warm. Fashionably warm, that is.

SAGGY HAT

HatThe only kind of hats that I look somewhat decent in and will ever own. They are perfect for snowy days and to have relaxed curls showing beneath it.

A GOOD BAG

BAGThis is one of the best bags I’ve ever owned. A good-looking purse is actually important because it’s a daily companion. If it looks like crap, then you look like crap. End of story. I’m a big believer in good-looking purses, but that doesn’t require running out and buy a $500 Michael Kors bag. A perfect place to find a great bag for a lower price is Urban Outfitters, Dillards and TJ Max.

PILL CASE

PILL CASEThis would be something to throw into your great looking bag. ๐Ÿ˜‰ The best pill case I’ve ever owned (and sadly lost) would be by Vera Bradley who stupidly doesn’t make them anymore. I’m picky about the prints, but finding one you loved and having the labeled plastic boxes on the inside makes in cute and perfect! Go get one, NOW! But that requires getting on Ebay. Good luck loves.

This is all basic and random, but all are equally important. I hope this gives you a new outlook on different key elements of fashion which im still trying to discover and learn for myself. I’m ridiculously excited for my trip and to overload my closet even more than it already is.

-haley.

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Fashion Friday: Make it PINK

So this is a very belated fashion friday!! I’m going to start doing these the first friday of every month. Does that work for yรกll?! Good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So the end of this week it got RIDICULOUSLY cold outside. I wasn’t prepared for such a quick change in weather and froze when I did recess outside all day. But really, the cold is extremely painful to my body and it’s really hard to warm up. Being on coumadin and having your blood thinned all the time is definitely not helping the case, along with PH’s poor circulation. I also have hypothyroidism as well as Raynauds disease which greatly affect the temperature of your body. So I have a heater in my room that goes almost year round, as well as a heated mattress pad that stays on my bed all year.

Of course I’m picky about what I wear to go out into the cold cause I’m going to freeze wherever I am, inside or not. I want to look cute with all my winter accessories, and quite frankly I’m so sick of black pea coats. Yes they’re cute and a staple item but MY LORD everyone and their cat has one. I was on modcloth the other day (of course, it’s a dream website) and found this beauty. On payday, its mine. This is a perfect, timeless style and the best part? ITS PINK! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pink Performance Coat available at modcloth.com

But really…This is a staple despite its non basic color. The buckles up the front accent the style of the coat perfectly and are an unexpected refreshing look to replace buttons. The hood is a great bonus! This coat is perfect!! Be sure to be picky to stay warm. The heat is uncomfortable but the cold is just painful…and I’d rather beat painless in style.

-haley.

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Fat Ankle Fashion: Round Two

Fashion Friday!!!

Holy moly, there is so much going on in my life right now, I don’t know which way to look first. I almost forgot about it being Friday!! Oh no!! Moving on….

My medication was kind of switched around when I went to Houston, and I was taken off Norvasc for a little bit while they changed my dose. So the most magical thing happened, my fat ankles disappeared!! I was so happy that I took a picture of my foot and put it on my Instagram (You can follow me at haleyann92). Oh yes, I abused having skinny ankles. I wore heels, my fancy sandles and traded out my long dresses for short ones! Well now I’m back on the miracle drug and fat ankle fashion was needed all over again. Woo-hoo! Round two of Fat Ankle Fashion, but with clothes!!

For a while I just thought I would have to stick to jeans to cover these awful things up, and then I saw the light one day! MAXI DRESSES! DUH! This is such an amazing, cute and stylish alternative to spice things up! Plus, Maxi dresses come in all kinds of styles, prints and colors so it will never ever get boring. In Texas, it’s going to stay pretty warm for a while, so I can keep wearing these probably into November. We will see though. I love this one, because we are getting ready for fall and I think it has lovely colors!! Its simple, elegant and says so much with so little! You feel fat but you arent little darlin’s! Believe you me. And you especially wont look fat in this. ๐Ÿ™‚ Maxi dress shopping tomorrow? I think so.

Black Hills Bold Dress available at modcloth.com

-haley