Catching Up – Happy Fall, Y’all!

Oh my, y’all… I try to keep snippets of stuff updated over here, but I’ve been busy with client work and focusing on writing for our professional blog.

So… HEY!!

Just to bring everyone up to speed, in no particular order:

~ I finally (!!!!!!) got my IUD out. My ANA test came back positive, so I’m headed to a rheumatologist in December. It doesn’t mean I have RA, but it does mean my body is fighting something. Hopefully, my body will have had time to heal by then, and the result will be more accurate.

Also: Filling in the paperwork for my visit to the rheumatologist makes my hands and arms hurt… *sigh*

~ I’ve been working on a 31 day series (thank you, Nester) entitled “31 Days to Peace – finding inner peace through anxiety and panic attacks“. I’ve shared my story on my struggle with panic attacks before, but I’m digging in more, in hopes of helping those who struggle with them, and for helping those who don’t to understand them more.

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The gist of it is this:

For those who have never dealt with constant anxiety or panic attacks, these posts will, hopefully, serve as a catalyst for understanding and compassion. Before I had one (or knew I had one), I was clueless as to what they were, much less, how they felt. Like childbirth, it’s hard to explain.

For those who have experienced severe anxiety and panic attacks, my hope is that you will realize that there is no shame to these feelings, and that there is hope for healing and peace.

You can keep up with the series by bookmarking this page.

~ Yesterday, my neighbor surprised me with a nail polish that she had seen me ‘like’ on Pinterest.

essie demure vix Essie Demure Vixen

It is one of my most favorite colors ever! And it is perfect for fall.

My other current makeup favs are:

Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick 03 – a gorgeous neutral!

and
MAC Blot powder (pressed)

It’s expensive, but worth it. Also: I’m convinced that it equals out the same as the cheap brands because I rarely need to touch it up. (And if I do, it’s a tiny dab.)

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So what about you? What have you been up to???

*yes – those makeup links are affiliate links  :)

Mom Jeans That Totally Aren’t

Several months ago, I was approached about becoming a Lee (Jeans) Fit Ambassador. Apparently, they enjoyed my write up that went along with my giveaway last year and decided to entrust me with writing nice things about them.

The nice thing is that it is really easy for me to do that. All of the jeans I have owned for the last 4 years have been Lee Jeans. Before that, I just didn’t wear jeans very much because I couldn’t find any that fit me comfortably around the waist. I am high-waisted, and most jeans wanted my waist to be lower, resulting in a super uncomfortable, “get-these-freaking-things-off-of-me-NOW”, misery-inducing fit.

I got my first pair on sale at Kmart for $15.00. And not only did they fit, but they were boot-cut as well. I still have them. I still wear them. And they still look and fit great. (ok – there was that loooong period after birthin’ babies that I couldn’t wear them, but I used them as my gauge for my weight loss)

Back to the current season: Lee has introduced their new Colorwash Collection, which comes in a rainbow of colors and styles for every body type. They sent me these beauties. If I hated them, I’d let you know.

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(Lee Colorwash bootcut pant in Riviera Blue, $44)

I didn’t.

I’ve worn them to church. Worn them to dinner. Worn them to grocery shop. Worn them to a hockey game.

They were the punch of color that my wardrobe needed for the spring. The color is fabulous. The cut is oh-so-stylish. The fabric has some give and stretch. And best of all: They FIT COMFORTABLY!

Lee will be sending me more pants to try throughout the coming year. And I will be giving my honest opinions on them. They are not paying me, only sending me pants to try and give honest feedback on. Be sure to be on the lookout for my reviews.

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One year ago today, I was answering some of your questions about myself.

Two years ago today, I was again doing something fabulous offline. Like wiping hineys.

Three years ago today, I was trying to upload a photo of Quinn.

My Excellent Fashion Adventure

I was clearing off my camera’s memory card this past weekend and realized that I had left y’all in the dark about some old news recent excitement in my life.

When I was in 5th grade, we were asked to write about the career we wanted to have when we grew up. I chose a lawyer and/or a model (because, like, lawyers on tv are like, sooooo pretty, ya know).

My dream came true (at least part of it) at the end of February when I was able to make a trip to Paris for fashion week. It was exciting and thrilling. Or C’était excitant et saisissant, as my new French friends like to say. The food! The wine! The cheese! The food! Oh, and the fashion… the lovely lovely fashion.

Armed with my camera, I made myself comfortable in the front row of all of the top shows, seated next to Rhianna and Lucy Liu at one, Victoria Beckham and Claudia Schiffer at another.

Look at me, y’all!

I wore this outfit, which I knittedknit witted… knit myself on the flight over. Fussy’s hat is the perfect compliment to any outfit. Thanks, Fuss! (or Foo-say, as my new French friends call her.)

Compared to me, poor Rhianna looked so frumpy… even though she tried to jazz it all up by choosing some grandma shoes.

Of course, I was there only to observe and photograph the models, as I don’t have 2 pennies to rub together right now, let alone pay $10K for the latest styles, no matter how hip and cool they make me. Fortunately, some of my designer friends were kind enough to loan me some fancy frocks to sport around while there.

Here I am doing some site seeing:

Headed out for some dinner and dancing:

Headed out to visit the French countryside:

I took photos of some of my favorite outfits. They are so flattering for any body shape and size. Exactly what I look for when considering what to throw on for a trip to the grocery store. Take a look:

This one will cover that pimple sprouting on your chin or at least draw people’s eyes away from it. You can mix and match all of those pieces for more options. And as an added bonus, I believe I heard someone mentioning that it filters the air before you breathe it in. Isn’t that FAB!

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This one? Perfect for those "fat days" we all have every month. It will hide and conceal any bloating. And see those stilts she is walking on? Adding all of that height will fool everyone and make your body appear proportional!

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Since we wouldn’t be caught dead wearing the same outfit two days in a row, here are two more options for concealing any facial blemishes and/or bad hair.

Ditto for another bad hair day:

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Bloating AND bad hair day:

I must say that I had so much fun traipsing around Paris. It was all so fabulous. There is just so much to love! And on top of it, I looked so cute doing it! Don’t you agree!

So, I may be having to really force myself to fight the frump… but I’ll always have Paris…
Isn’t it grand to pretend to be someone else and paste your head on other people’s bodies be me?

(originally posted march 6, 2008)

Don’t Be a Lipstick Dipstick

In an earlier Fight the Frump post, I explained how to apply lipstick/gloss so that it would last. I never imagined what a hit it would be!

Never one to drop a subject (I was born with that ability, thankyouverymuch), I’m revisiting the topic. Only this time, I have a warning!

It seems as though lip gloss has been in the news a lot recently. First, we were told that lip gloss can help lose weight (sadly, this was debunked). But now, we are being told that lipgloss can cause cancer. When I first heard this, I wanted to crawl in a corner. Not my beloved lip gloss!!??! Say it ain’t so!

A study at Baylor University "discovered that cosmetic lip balms and glosses attract ultraviolet rays, increasing the wearer’s risk of developing skin cancer. In other words, that shiny lip gloss is magnifying the sun’s effects." And even more disturbing, "cancer occurring on the lower lip can be much more aggressive than other forms of skin cancer and there is the potential for spread to nearby lymph nodes." (source)

And that Bonnie Bell Bubble Gum Lip gloss could be frying your lips, setting you up for bigger problems than lipstick on your teeth.

What are we to do? I’m all for looking good, but not at that risk! Shiny lips = oh so lovely. Shiny lips that cause lip cancer = very very bad.

Fortunately, there is an easy workaround: Always apply lip gloss only after applying a 30 SPF sunscreen to your lips.

Do I really neat to repeat myself? Don’t let this happen. Vanity is so not worth this.

And that is so not a look we are going for.

[originally posted May 2, 2008]

Debunking Some Common Beauty Myths

We are all so-called experts on skin care. After all, great aunt Mary Ellen’s best friends mother swore by smearing globs and globs of Vaseline on her face each and every night. And her skin was weathered like a piece of leather perfect, so it must be true.
::come close and let me share a secret:: Would you believe me if I told you that not everything you hear or read is true? (which might lead one to argue that that statement could therefore be false, which would negate this entire post… *ouch* I think I just pulled a muscle in my brain…)
Here are some common myths and what I found out about each.

Myth – Preparation H reduces eye puffiness

yeahokay – NO. In fact, using Preparation H around the eyes can cause dry and inflamed skin. Therefore, you’ll just end up with dry, inflamed, greasy eyes. You’re better off just saving it for your nether region.

preparation h is not for your face

Myth – Your skin pores open and close

A pore is not a door or window – they can not open and close. However, if something is built up in the pore (ie. dead skin cells) the pores can appear enlarged. Go ahead and exfoliate in order to remove that gunk stuff.

Myth – Cucumber reduces eye puffiness

The cucumber itself does not reduce puffiness. But consider this – have you ever heard of someone being referred to as hot as a cucumber? No – it’s cool as a cucumber. Cucumbers are able to stay cold for long periods of time outside of a refrigerator. That cold is what actually reduces puffiness (it causes blood vessels around our eyes to contract, thereby reducing swelling). That being said, you could lay a dirty sock over your eyes and it could help. As long as it is cold.

Myth – Soap is bad for your skin

When soaps contained lye and animal fat, this was true. But newer soaps are less harsh and have good stuff – like moisturizers.

Myth – Vaseline on your face every night will prevent wrinkles?

Petroleum can make wrinkles less apparent by softening lines, but it can’t prevent aging.

Myth – Never pluck a gray hair, because 10 more will grow in its place

Answer me this: If you grow some carrots and pull them up out of the ground, will a bunch more pop up in its place? It’s just not possible.

Myth – Alcohol-free is better
Not all alcohols are drying alcohols. There are also fatty-alcohols. Fatty = emollient. Emollient = softer skin. (examples of fatty alcohols would be cetyl-alcohol, benzyl-alcohol and oleyl-alcohol)
Myth – Cutting your hair and eyelashes once a week will make them grow longer
We’ll believe just about anything, won’t we? Try this one out and you’ll just end up bald.

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(originally posted 05.16.08)