What’s In My Shopping Bag?

My friend Sara saw my post yesterday and asked where I found my jeans. We’re both girls with booties and I swear by Old Navy’s Rockstar fit denim. They fit me in all the right places, are inexpensive, and come in a variety of colors and styles. When I went to find Sara a link online, the magic words appeared on my computer screen…SALE!

Use the code “HOORAY” and get 30% off your entire online purchase at OldNavy.com until midnight tonight! It gets better. There’s FREE 2-day shipping, too! Now maybe you’re like me and apprehensive about online shopping. What if you change your mind? You don’t want to have to deal with the hassle of mailing your stuff back, right? You don’t have to! Just take the unwanted items to your local Old Navy store. Easy.

I splurged. I bought a top and 4 pairs of pants. Eek! Clicking the pics will take you right to the site.

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I saved $51.16 and got FREE 2-day shipping so these goodies will be at my doorstep in time for the weekend. It averages out to about $25 per item. When was the last time you spent that little and got that much?! What are you waiting for? Stop reading and go spoil yourself! Shop away friends and tell me what you bought. :)

Love M22

I’m going to take advantage of every single Seattle summer day. We know our days are numbered here but in the meantime, I’m going to keep up my “suns out guns out” theory.

Ellen Tailor M22 Michigan Hat 1

This tank top was a complete whim purchase. When I went home to Grand Rapids, Mich. a few weeks ago, my luggage was lost. (Thanks for nothing unmentionable airline!) I made a late night trip to Meijer and picked up this top with the intent of wearing it to sleep in. Then I realized how flattering, and comfy, it is and decided to add it to the wardrobe rotation.

Another thing I did when I went home was I dyed my hair…green?! Yes, green! Thanks to KL at Cheeky Strut for convincing me to do it. I hate that the hair doesn’t photograph well but at least you can notice the green tint in comparison to the black tank.

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Speaking of home, I absolutely LOVE this hat! Admittedly, my bestie Alexis (and fellow Michigander transplanted in Seattle) bought this for me. She found it at a little shop in Traverse City but for those of you who no longer live in The Mitten, you can also purchase it on M22’s online store.

Here are some of my other favorites:Ellen Tailor Love MI 1

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Weight Loss Wednesday #9 – I’m An Athlete?

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Look at this group. I’m the only girl among radio and television personalities along with a couple of former professional athletes. We all came together for a celebrity flag football game benefitting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

If you live in Seattle, home of this year’s Super Bowl Champions, then there’s only one place to play football. That’s at the loudest stadium in the NFL and this little piece of heaven on Earth, Century Link Field.

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I was never an athlete. I was cut from my 7th grade basketball team and never tried out for “real” sports again. Instead I stuck with cheerleading and golf. However, I have the competitive mentality of an athlete. Determined, stubborn and willing to do anything to win.

When I found out I was playing, I was 100% stoked. Then I was 110% nervous! What the hell had I gotten myself into? Playing real life sports, on a real life field, in front of real life people, with real life atheletes?! Am I crazy?!

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I was sure I was going to make a complete ass of myself and the nerves only got worse the closer we got to game time. Once I was on the field, something came over me. I think people often refer to it as confidence.

I knew I wasn’t going to be the best athlete but who cares?! We were all there for a good cause and to just have fun. It was then that it dawned on me. I wasn’t scared because I knew I’d be able to keep up with the boys. I knew I could run back and forth for a long period of time because I’ve been working out. I wasn’t worried anymore. I was just ready to have fun!

God Bless ESPN’s Kenny Mayne for trying to make me the fullback to his quarterback. I don’t know what that means but the dude gave me a shot! It didn’t last long haha but I can now say that I got the chance to play with the big boys on the big field.

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If this opportunity had come up six month’s ago, I would have found a way out of it. I would have regretted missing out on such a cool experience which would have led to anger about being overweight quickly followed by a binge session at the closest fast food restaurant. As I lose weight, I’m gaining confidence and with that comes once in a lifetime experiences. Trust me, the taste of confidence is better than any Big Mac I’ve ever had.

Photos Courtesy of Iron Mike Savoia: http://www.facebook.com/SavoiaPhotography

#Unauthorized Zack Morris Interview

As I write this, I’m up past my bedtime watching the Unauthorized Saved by the Bell movie on Lifetime. It hasn’t been on long enough for me to decide whether or not I like it but it did bring back a ton of memories. Memories of my tween years and how I would have given anything to be Kelly Kapowski.

While I’ve been blessed to have met and interviewed plenty of celebrities during my career in radio, the highlight was meeting the Zack Morris! Mark-Paul Gosselaar frequents my hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., and I got the chance to interview him not once, but twice.

Let me warn you that my interviewing skills were rough! Mix that with my anxiousness of meeting my idol and I was a mess. But it was a fun mess!

If you had the chance to meet and interview any celebrity, who would it be and what would you ask?

IPSY vs. Birchbox – July & August 2014

Summer has been crazy! Working, traveling, traveling for work, working for travel. You get the idea. It’s time to catch up on one of my favorite posts of the month. The battle of the subscription boxes!

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.

Here’s what came in my July bag:

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bareMinerals – READY Eyeshadow 2.0: Meh. It’s a super small sample for colors I’m not very excited about. Great brand but just meh.

Elizabeth Mott – Tints & Sass: This is a full size product and retails for $22. It’s very similar to Benefit’s Benetint

Pur~lisse – Pur~Protect SPF 30: Enough with the SPF! This sample is barely enough to cover A butt cheek let alone two.

Marrakesh Endz: The hair treatment is very needed considering I’ve put my hair through a lot over the past few months. It’s filled with Argan Oil, Hemp Seed Oil and other ingredients that meant to seal and repair split ends. Win!

Pur Minerals – Big Look Waterproof Mascara: I wasn’t big on waterproof mascara but just a few days ago, I got tips from country stars Maddie & Tae on perfect curled country lashes. Use one coat of waterproof mascara on your peepers because it’ll hold much like gel does in your hair.

Now on to August’s IPSY bag:

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Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara: Yes, the sample size is small but WOW! This mascara is great! My lashes look full and plush. I might just purchase the full size product. I’m impressed.

Mongongo Lip Conditioner: Another meh product. I have a drawer filled with chapstick that I’ll never use.

Klorane – Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk: I have been obsessed with dry shampoo ever since dying my hair green! (omg. I never did a post on it did I?! I’ll get on that…stat!) In order to preserve the color I haven’t been washing it nearly as much so I’ve been living on dry shampoo.

Lord & Berry – Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil: Ever since subscribing to these boxes, I haven’t had to purchase one eye liner. They’re always in one box or another which some people are annoyed by but I dig it!

Manna Kadar – Sheer Glo: This highlighter, when used alone, doesn’t do much. I’ve been mixing it with my foundation and it adds the slightest glow which I like.

Now on to July’s Birchbox:

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Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect: I’m a blow dryer addict so this is great to put on your tresses before you blast them with heat.

LAQA & Co. Sheer Lip Lube Pencil: O-M-G! I’m in LOOOOOVE! This was worth the cost of the whole box. The purple color is indescribably amazing especially for fall. I WILL be buying this product over and over again. This is exactly why I love subscription boxes! You discover products you never would have before.

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel: Granted I have not tried this yet but I’m looking forward to it. A peel without the cost of a high end spa? I’ll take it.

Harvey Prince Hello Body Cream: Gross. Gross. And Gross. This smell is disgusting.

100% Pure Gingerade Shower Gel: Stop it with the foil packets. I won’t take these with me to travel and this is barely a big enough sample to wash my armpits.

Let’s hope August’s Birchbox is a little bit better…

Birchbox - August
Noir Cosmetics Long-Wear Eyeliner: Another eyeliner to add to the collection!

SeaRX Birch Sap Moisturizing Lotion: Umm I don’t think this is for my face but this sample size is hardly enough to lather up my hands.

Dr. Jart+ PORE MEDIC Pore Minish Primer: I love trying out primer’s because I haven’t found one I’m completely sold one. This is a small sample but the stuff works!

Neil George Shampoo & Conditioner: Yuck. The smell is icky and there’s no way in hell I’m trying it. Pass.

I love IPSY but Birchbox has a WAY better reward system. You can’t beat IPSY’s customer service and Birchbox has higher end products (although smaller samples.) For $10 a month, I think they’re both worth a shot until you decide which one you want to keep.

Sign up for IPSY here.

Sign up for Birchbox here.

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Ellen Tailor Fresh Brewed Tees 12 Til I DieThank God It’s Blue Thursday! One more preseason game for my beloved Seattle Seahawks before we get to raise that Super Bowl Champion banner. Many thanks to Fresh Brewed Tees for the surprise delivery yesterday.

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Who is your favorite team? Whose jersey do you have / want?

Weight Loss Wednesday #8 – Why I Stopped Chasing a Number

I stopped chasing a number. Don’t get me wrong. The number on the scale needs to come down. I know this. However, when I first started on this weight loss journey it was only about the number that starred back at me every morning when I weighed myself. Now what I’m chasing is much different and these photos will prove it.

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Week 1 – Week 8

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Week 1 – Week 8 (Nice face, right?)

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Week 1 – Week 8 (Yes, my hair is green. Yes, I did it on purpose.)

Now, before you continue reading, please comment below and tell me how much weight you think I’ve lost based on these photos. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

 

…did you guess yet?

 

Ok. What would you say if I told you that the scale has only gone down 4 pounds? You wouldn’t believe me, right? (Hell, most people can shit 4 pounds.) How can so little make that much of a difference?! I have no idea. What I do know is that I’ve lost a total of 10.25 inches.

If someone would have told me that I’d only lose 4 pounds after 8 weeks of hard work and clean eating, I wouldn’t have thought it was worth giving up my beloved Big Mac’s and Diet Coke. However, looking at these pictures I know it’s worth itBut we also have to adjust what we’re doing to get the scale moving as well.

Karen, my trainer, has switched up my workouts. Instead of less reps with more weight, we’ve lowered the weight and added more reps. This will (hopefully) create a more cardio driven workout as opposed to solely weight training. Her thinking is that perhaps my body is hanging on to the extra pounds in order to accommodate for the extra weight I’ve been lifting.

Admittedly, only 4 pounds is depressing but look at the difference! Also keep in mind that I was traveling for nearly half of the month. 10.25 inches all around is an impressive number but these photos are the most motivating for me. To anyone on a weight loss journey, my best advice is to take photos! I guarantee I would have fallen off of the wagon if it weren’t for these pics.

One day at a time and I’ll get there! And on the days I’m struggling, I’ll look back at these pictures and see how far I’ve already come and that it’s not worth it to give up now. I can do this! I AM DOING THIS!

Curled Country Lashes ft. Maddie & Tae

“Girl in a Country Song” is catching the attention of every country music fan. The song, sung by newcomers Maddie & Tae, calls out what’s being referred to as “bro country” and is definitely worth a listen.

When Maddie & Tae stopped by our show I couldn’t help but notice 1) how beautiful they are and 2) how AMAZING their lashes are! Below you’ll find three easy steps to achieving their look.

Ellen Tailor Maddie & TaeMaddie & Tae’s tips to getting perfectly curled and plush lashes!

1) Layer one, very light, coat of waterproof mascara on your lashes. Normally, I stay away from waterproof mascara but in theory it works the same as hair gel does.

2) Curl your lashes. Personally, I’d do this first.

3) Layer two to three coats of L’Oreal’s Telescopic mascara. They swear by this mascara. While I haven’t personally used it, they’ve got me itching to try it!

What are your go-to mascara brands and tricks?

3 GIVEAWAYS – Fresh Brewed Tees

Football is back! It’s time to unbury your Blue Friday wardrobe and even add to the collection. This Fresh Brewed Tee’s shirt is easily my favorite! 12>49

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Think the shirt is cool? The story behind Fresh Brewed Tees is even cooler! Kudos to my friend Tony Madalone, President & CEO, for being so resourceful and innovative.

Make sure to check out the T-Shirt Truck that’ll be parked outside of Jones Soda as you head over to Century Link. They’ve got SO many new designs and below you’ll see just a few of my favorites.

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Weight Loss Wednesday #7 – The Skinny on Ellen

My opinion is skewed. This weight loss journey is my story but I thought it’d be fun for you all to get an unfiltered perspective from the woman sees it all, my trainer Karen.

Karen After

“What on earth am I getting myself into?” That was the first thing I thought as I waited for Ellen to show up for our first meeting. I had never listened to the radio show but a good friend and former client emailed me and told me I HAD to reach out and talk to Ellen. When I listened to the clip from her show, every hair on my body stood on end and I just knew this was someone I could work with and help. I only ever take on clients that I feel I can truly make a difference for and she most definitely fell into that category.

“I hate running, I won’t jump, I hate cardio.” Way to make a good first impression with your potential new trainer! (Hence my, “What on earth am I getting myself into?” thoughts.) At first I worried that Ellen might be one of many people out there who think that just because they have a trainer and shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s  that they should be losing weight like there’s no tomorrow. I was so relieved when she proved me wrong.

Now, lets get one thing straight, this girl complains at least 75% of the session and if she isn’t complaining, she’s rolling her eyes at me. The incredible thing about Ellen though is that she is working out the entire time she is complaining. She shows up every time, she does everything I ask her every time, she fills out her food logs, she checks in with me during rough times and messages me every time she hits some kind of milestone.

I flat out love this girl. We clicked from day one and she has given me everything from, if I’m honest, week two. (Thank you Steve – hot roommate) That is when we hit a huge turning point and she fully bought into the process. This is really one of the hardest things you can ever do. Only people who have ever had an issue with their weight can fully appreciate the 24/7 work that has to go into this journey. 

The progress with Ellen has been amazing to witness. Her body seems to have shrunk every time that I see her, the weights that she can lift go up almost weekly and the way that her body moves improves and astounds me every time I see her. Week one we were massively limited by her core being so weak that she could barely manage body weight exercises and now she is busting out sets of 15 squats with an 85 pound barbell on her back (admittedly complaining the entire way through the session.)

The only thing I would change about Ellen would be for her to be able to look at herself and recognize what a warrior she is, what an incredible job she is doing and see what an inspiration she is. I am inspired by her every time that I am in her company and I love that by her blogging so unapologetically honest about her journey she is inspiring others to make changes to their lives. 

Keep up the good work Ellen – it is truly an honor to be working with you.

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