My family was never one that took professional pictures every year. My parents were always content with school pictures. When my sister decided to visit me in Seattle, I thought I’d surprise her with a little photo shoot. It was something fun for us to do and doubled as a great Mother’s & Father’s Day gift for our parents.
While it’s May, it’s not quite warm enough to rock the summer dresses without something over it. I’m always a fan of mixing feminine pieces with masculine ones. I picked up this coral dress from Target and was immediately drawn to the unique collar. I try not to bring attention to my large bust but this was irresistable. (Not to mention it was less than $25!) I threw on my favorite bomber jacket that I’ve had for years and paired it with a pair of cowboy boots.
I’m counting down the days to summer where I can free my tootsies from these boots and throw on some sandals and maxi dresses! What’s the summer outfit you’re most looking forward to wearing again?
We love to look good in our clothes. We love to look good nekkid. We also love food. If we love food too much, we don’t look good in what we’re wearing and we sure as hell don’t look good in our birthday suits. While most of us want to lose weight, it’s hard to find the motivation. What if losing weight could lead to money in your pocket? Cue DietBet.
Bet on yourself to lose weight, achieve your goal, win the money you put in and then some. It doesn’t matter how you lose the weight. Simply lose 4% of your body weight in 4 weeks then split the pot!
I’m hosting my first ever DietBet Challenge with the pot at over $700 and growing. If money isn’t motivation enough, I’m giving away Skype sessions with my trainer to MVP players and even online styling consultations. After all, we’ll need new clothes for our smaller bodies, right?! Maybe you’re still skeptical.
Does DietBet actually work? Out of 259,328 DietBetters, over 93% of them have lose weight during their challenges. They lost over 2.5 million pounds and won over $11 million dollars. Simply put, yes, DietBet works.
The challenge officially begins on Wednesday, May 20th and you can sign up at http://www.dietbet.com/ellentailor. There you’ll find tips and advice from myself, my trainer, and other challengers. Let’s get a jump start on our summer bodies before the 4th of July!
My spending, and blogging for that matter, has been minimal over the past 6 weeks since moving. I didn’t have time to make it out to the stores but I did find some great Cinco de Mayo sales I had to share with you. (Any excuse to shop, right?!)
Let’s start with accessories. BaubleBar is offering 30% off their entire site! I stalk the accessories religiously and this offer was too good to resist so I splurged. Look at these studs!
I saw Kim Kardashian wear a similar pair when she started dating Kanye West. Since I’m solo dolo at the moment, I decided to pay homage to myself and get my own initials. The pair are originally $28. Use the code “FIESTA30″ at checkout to get 30% off.
I’ll wear the studs in one ear and this amazing ear cuff in the other. The promo code works on this as well.
So I went a little crazy on the personalized pieces. This cuff and ring are on pre-sale however I just HAD to have them! Again, “FIESTA30″ scores you 30% off.
What better to go with new accessories than a bright summer manicure?! One of my favorite YouTubers was raving about this nail combo and I was intrigued. Salon Perfect’s Neon POP collection looks aaaaaamazing. It’s sold exclusively at Walmart and I went to all of my local stores and found only one bottle. Ugh. (I reached out to them via Facebook so hopefully they’ll get back to me with a solution.) See all of the colors in this collection HERE. If you see this at your Walmart, grab it! Each bottle is less than $4. How can you go wrong?!
Ok, so that was more of a Cinco de Mayo steal than a sale so let’s get back to it. Sticking with manicures you have to pickup Sally Hansen’s Gel Shine. Ulta has them Buy One, Get One 50% Off. If you love gel manicures but hate the cost, this is for you.
While that is a great top coat, it definitely isn’t a quick dry. Here’s the magic combination. Splurge and pick up the Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. My digits were dry in less than 90 seconds. Seriously!
Remember that all of the images on this post, and every post, are clickable! Click on the pic and you’ll be whisked away to the site where you can purchase your face off. What Cinco de Mayo sales did YOU find? What products do YOU love? Tell me! I’m always up for trying new things.
Life is too short for ugly shoes. (This is where some asshole will comment about how ugly these are. ) I love booties like this that you can wear year round. You can wear these babies with a big winter coat, denim shorts or even a summery skirt. Here are a few of my favorites that are less than $100! Clicking the pics will take you directly to the site where other colors are also available.
A few weeks ago I blogged about how bored I am with my healthy lifestyle. There is nothing new or exciting about it anymore. It’s become a routine. While it’s good that my normal routine is now a healthier one, I need to be reinspired. So I thought long and hard about what gets me excited. If you’re a loyal reader of this blog then you already know the answer. If you’re not, let me tell you a little secret. I like clothes!
My new, short term, goal is a simple one. Lose some weight and treat myself to an outfit from Lorna Jane. Out of all the active wear out there, none are as stylish as this line. I spent a loooong time on their website and got lost in the pretty colors, inspirational tanks, and subtly sexy leggings.
Sure, you can throw on a pair of sweatpants and an old t-shirt to hit the gym in. But if your goal is to feel better about the way you look, why not dress the way you want to feel? To be 100% transparent, I’m one size too big for this line. I wish I could open my wallet today and make a purchase. Instead, I have to work hard for what I want. Don’t get crazy and buy things that are four sizes too small then beat yourself up when you can’t hit that goal. Take small steps towards big change.
In a perfect world, I’d be able to splurge on these goodies in a month. But the world isn’t perfect and sometimes, things happen. If it takes me 6 weeks instead of 4, that’s fine! As long as I hit my goal, I don’t care how long it takes me to get there because I’ve got confidence in myself that I’ll make it happen. Until then I’ll dream about going into Lorna Jane on Westlake Ave. in downtown Seattle, walking into a dressing room, and having my dream outfit on and feeling damn proud of this journey I’m on!
What goals do you have? What tips or tricks can you share about staying focused and inspired?
Judge all you want! I did. Until I bought one for myself. Selfie sticks to the outside world look ridiculous but to those of us that own that inexpensive contraption, it’s a game changer!
I use my selfie stick for pictures but also to shoot my YouTube videos. (In case you missed it, I just launched my channel. Click here to check it out.)
In Dustin Lynch’s dressing room introducing him to the awesomeness that is a selfie stick!
Selfie sticks are inexpensive and come in a lot of different colors. I prefer the ones with a bluetooth remote. These would make a great gift, too! Here’s a wide variety of options and all of them are just $14.99 (All of the images are clickable.)
While I should be packing boxes, I’m procrastinating by spending more time than I care to admit on Pinterest. I’ve already decided the color palette of my new master bedroom (in case you missed that post, check it out here) now comes the fun stuff. Accessorizing! Just like styling an outfit, the way you accessorize your bedroom reflects your personal taste. For me, I choose pieces that incoroprate the life I live and the life I want. Let me explain.
If you didn’t know, I co-host a morning show on a country radio station. Obviously that’s a big part of my life but I’m not going to go all yee-haw with my decor. When I first got hired my co-workers called me the “country Kardashian.” So how do I combine my country life with the glam I dream about?
Look at this piece I found on Seeker! Umm hello!! This SCREAMS country glam! And the mixed metals?! I hate to sound like “that girl” but c’mon, I die! While they’ve got a bunch of one-of-a-kind decor, the cow skulls are what really spoke to me! (Ok Ellen, let’s ease up on the exclamation points.) After I creeped on their Instagram I was more confused (and tempted) as ever.
Which one to get? Which one to call my own? See a piece you like? Snag it while you still can because once it’s gone, it’s gone. On that note, I better make my purchase before one of you buys the one I want.
You don’t need to spend top dollar for everything in your home. Some pieces you invest in, others you repurpose or upcycle, and sometimes you just flat out splurge on! When I discovered Seeker, everything in me screamed, “MUST HAVE! WANT! GET!” What are you waiting for? Treat yourself!
I get asked a lot of questions about my weight loss. “How’d you do it? What plan are you on? What’s the secret?” There’s no secret. It’s good old fashioned diet and exercise. That is the only way, I believe, to make a permanent change.
When The Emily Program reached out to me about an interview, I was caught off guard. Yes, I’m very public about my journey but I never thought anyone was actually listening. The Emily Program is nationally recognized for their compassionate and personalized approach to eating disorder awareness, treatment, and lifetime recovery. Below is an excerpt from my interview…
“For Ellen, she is now able to communicate that her walk matches her talk: ‘I think one of the best things I have learned is that it’s not about making yourself feel bad about where you are at within your journey–it’s a process. Once I learned that, I noticed myself being nicer with how I talk and treat myself.’ This lesson is one that resonates with me, and the sentiment is echoed by The Emily Program staff.”
I’m short and thick. Finding jeans that accommodate my body is hard. For a long time I wore cheap denim but you get what you pay for. Express has jeans that are on trend and much better quality. Stores carry up to size 12 but online their sizes go up to 18 and even come in short and long options, too. Express denim is a tad bit more expensive though. The average pair costs about $90. I’ve got good news! Now through April 6, everything is 40% off! Below you’ll find my favorite styles. (All images are clickable!)
Normally this is a regular post but since I’m venturing into the world of YouTube, I decided to unbox my IPSY bag on camera! If you don’t know, for $10 a month IPSY sends 4-5 beauty products (think make-up, hair, lotions, etc.) that are customized just for you and delivered in a super cute GLAM BAG. Watch to find out what’s in my March bag…
Note: There’s officially 200 people subscribed to my YouTube channel! Yay!!! Will YOU be #201?