Tadashi Shoji Plus Styling Challenge

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I was excited when the folks at Tadashi Shoji reached out to have me participate in their plus size styling challenge. The lavender Tadashi Shoji gown worn at the Golden Globes by Octavia Spencer was one of my favorite red carpet looks this year. The dress I styled is the cutout jersey boatneck cocktail dress. I hadn't planned on styling it other than as a little black cocktail dress, but as soon as it arrived, I pulled out tons of options to Continue Reading

Short Wavy Hair Tutorial (Video)

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Some people had requested a video to show how I've been styling my new haircut. It's long and I talk a lot, but here you go! I never realized how hard it is to do your hair staring at a webcam instead of a mirror! Products used: 1" TIGI Bed Head curling iron (a 3/4" one would also be good) Tresemme Thermal Creations Mousse Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-Frizz Serum Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold hair spray Let me know if you Continue Reading

The Friday Countdown

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5 posts to check out: Amplify the Positive Outliers by Seth Godin: I've thought about this concept a lot lately  - the power of vocalizing positive things to propel yourself and others forward. Oxygen - a guest post from Shauna on MizFit's blog: Love everything about this post. Make sure your oxygen mask is on - it might have slipped during life. Curvy Permission on Curvy Yoga: Asking the universe for a permission slip. Outfits of the Continue Reading

Makeup of the Day (MOTD)

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I've recently gotten into a new, super fast makeup routine that I'm happy with for summer. Details: Face: Garnier bb Cream in light/medium Cheeks: Stainiac lip and cheek stain in Beauty Queen from my June Birchbox Eyes: Upper lined with wet MAC 242 brush in Deep Truth (the blue on the bottom left of the eyeshadow quad). Satellite Dreams on eyelid with MAC 252 large shader Mascara: The Falsies Volum Express, Maybelline (waterproof) in very Continue Reading

The Calm

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I can't believe it's almost Friday. This past week has been oddly peaceful. As soon as I gave myself permission to stop chasing after the next race or next challenge, an immense peace has come over me. I've had some lingering pain in my ankle, but I've been able to stretch, rest, and work on strengthening it on my own. I went for a couple of walks. I checked in with my doctor and for the first time in years haven't worried about what the blood Continue Reading