Unboxing IPSY – June 2015

It’s my favorite time of the month! The bright pink envelope from IPSY shows up in my mailbox and I’m a giddy school girl on Christmas. 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 was in my June bag…

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IT Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil – I’m lucky enough to have naturally think eyebrows (ones that got me teased horribly in middle school but who’s laughing now?!) so I’ve only recently gotten into brow products. One end is a spooley to help brush your brows, the other is a universal shade to help fill and define. IT Cosmetics is a high end brand and I’m excited to play with this. Full Size – $24 (This product alone is worth over 2x the cost of the box itself.)

Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer - This is not a new product to me. I’ve been known to purchase the full size in the past. I stopped buying it simply because I’d always get samples in bags like these and I’m definitely not complaining about it. This is a great size to travel with and the product is great. Full Size – $36

Formula X Power Source – I’ve heard nothing but great things about this Sephora exclusive formula but never wanted to spend the money on it. Simply because I’ve got so much nail polish that I don’t have room for anymore. It’s a small sample which is fine because I can’t ever remember a time that I actually finished an entire bottle of nail polish and the color promises to be a universal shade. Full Size – $10.50

tre’StiQue Mini Shadow Crayon in Venetian Gold - When I opened my bag, I thought this product was broken. I couldn’t find the missing cap! Until I realized I’m a dumb ass and the packaging completely tricked me. While this is a pretty color, I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with this. Full Size – $26

ALTCHEK MD Eye Gel Pads - I can’t get enough of these eye pad samples! I got two pair and I’ve got them on as I type this. ::sigh:: It’s so soothing and relaxing especially at the end of a hot summer day. These would be great to put on before a night out. Full Size – $20 for 5 pair

Only one of this month’s products were truly full size but the cost of that was over twice the cost of the Glam Bag itself. IPSY is my favorite subscription box service and for $10 a month, I’d say it’s totally worth you trying it out, too! Sign up for IPSY here.

Weight Loss Wednesday #21 – A New Challenge

After experiencing it first hand, I believe in the phenomenon that is social dieting. For those of you that haven’t heard about Diet Bet, check out last week’s post here. Congratulations to everyone that not only joined the challenge but also won! The winners each took home $50 just for losing 4% of their body weight.

Many reached out asking if I’ll host another Diet Bet Challenge. The answer is YES! The challenge starts on Monday, July 6th. (Because let’s be honest, no one wants to diet during the 4th of July weekend.) Enjoy yourself but let’s all commit to getting back on track after the holiday. Join my Diet Bet now and weigh-in whenever you’re ready. Let’s make it clear that you are able to join the Challenge and weigh in anytime between two days before the game begins (July 4) and day 14 (July 20).

If you’re a returning Diet Better, I’d really appreciate if you’d comment below and share your experience. Did you succeed? What parts did you have trouble with? Is there anything I can do as a host to help?

And just because I feel the need to brag a little bit, (which I’m allowed to do since I’ve work hard, right?) here’s a random before and after photo. The picture on the left was taken about 10 months ago. I was working out but my diet hadn’t changed. The photo on the right was snapped just a few days ago. My body is completely changing after incorporating both diet and exercise into my life. (Side note: You can WIN the tank on the right by entering HERE. Drawing happens on Friday, June 26, 2015 at midnight.)

PS. Sign up for the next Diet Bet Challenge HERE & tell your friends. :)

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{CLOSED} GIVEAWAY: Pride Has Arrived

Ellen Tailor Nube 9 PrideIn celebration of Pride Month 2015, my friends at Nube9 created this special Inspirewear racerback tank. Three graphs visualize the progress our country has made in LGBT rights over the past 12 years: the increasing number of states that legalized gay marriage, the number of senators who vote to eliminate barriers and the increasing number of residents in states where bans have been removed.

I’m proud to wear this tank and know that Nube9 will donate a percentage of the sales to the ACLU. Not only are you helping a good cause with your purchase, you’re helping save the enviornment. All of their items are made from recycled plastic bottles and the material is stupid comfy, doesn’t lose it’s shape nor does it shrink or fade.

All of the tanks are made locally in Seattle’s Captiol Hill neighborhood. Here are photos of my actual top being hand sewn. Keep scrolling for your chance to WIN one of your own.

Ellen Tailor Nube 9 Pride - 2Ellen Tailor Nube 9 Pride - 3Want to get your hands on a Nube9 Pride tank? It’s simple! You’ve got until Friday, June 26, 2015, at midnight to enter. (Note: You’ll get bonus enteries if you share this post on your social media pages and / or leave a comment below.) Thanks to Nube9 for being a supporter of Pride Month and for providing the giveaway!

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Weight Loss Wednesday #20 – Diet Bet Challenge is OVER

Thirty days ago, I embarked on a challenge. A DietBet Challenge. The goal? Lose 4% of my body weight in 4 weeks. 143 people bet $30 on themselves and joined my challenge. The pot is $4,470 and will be split by everyone who achieved their goal. Will I be one of those people splitting the pot?

The past 30 days have felt manageable. Doable. Was it easy? No. But was it possible? Absolutely. I knew that if I wanted to drop weight and not just inches, I’d have to keep my diet on point. I’ve focused on that more than I have in the recent months and it seemed to pay off. Just look at my gut!

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The difference is subtle but it can be seen on every angle. Check out these pictures from behind. The back fat is almost gone! I never thought I’d see the day!

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This angle is my most dreaded. I feel like a wide load from the side. My trunk has always been my problem area. I blame my primarily fast food diet for this. Undoing over a decade worth of bad habits is going to take time but seeing progress keeps me motivated.

Diet Bet End Ellen Tailor 1Are my boobs finally sticking out further than my stomach?! Whaaaa?! Now let me warn you about the upcoming TMI. I’m pissed because I have to weigh in for the final time on the first day of my period. Ugh. I’ve notoriously gained a SOLID five pounds leading up to that time of the month. I feel like the progress would have been much different if I was able to take these photos in a few days but that’s not the case so enough of my bitching.

Now, did I reach my goal? Did I lose 4% of my body weight and become a DietBet Challenge winner? It was hard. I wasn’t perfect everyday. I had a bad weekend just days ago. Perhaps a little self sabotage? (I’ve decided I totally need therapy but that’s another conversation.) I’m happy to say that I not only reached my goal, I beat it by a half pound! More so, I lost 7 inches in 30 days!

Am I at my ultimate goal? No. I think I have found a way to make this weight loss journey more manageable and that’s to break it up. It’s easier to focus on losing a small amount of weight in 30 days as opposed to 50 pounds. A few more DietBet Challenges and I’ll have hit my overall goal.

Thank you to everyone who joined the DietBet Challenge. Thank you to everyone for all of the support via comments, Facebook messages, tweets, etc. I have read every single one of your messages. Many have asked if I’ll host another DietBet Challenge. The answer is YES! I am going to wait until after the 4th of July but stay tuned to the blog and my Facebook page for details on the next challenge.

Again, many thank yous for your support! I appreciate you all! And to my fellow DietBet Challenge winners, CONGRATULATIONS!

Weight Loss Wednesday #19 – My Circuit Routine

I’m not one of those people that likes working out. It’s a struggle every.single.day. I’m also really self conscious and don’t like going to the gym. The idea of being around strangers while I’m hot, sweaty, and jiggling on a treadmill is not my idea of fun. The solution? I invested in myself and brought the gym to me. (Thanks Precor Home Fitness!) Here’s a little peek into my workouts.

The ab machine. Good LORD! It looks easy (and even a little raunchy…heyyyyo!!) but this is the most difficult for me. I got a lot going on around my truck and can really feel my abs work. They’re there…somewhere! ;)

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Body weight push ups are probably my favorite. This piece actually adjusts to make it as difficult or as easy as you’d like.

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Another piece that adjusts difficulty is the body weight pull-ups. This really helps carve out my shoulders and back.

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It’s no secret I like my booty. Lunges help lift and tone that beast! The lunge machine allows me to do several different types of lunches and even works as a piece for step ups.

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Now, I have a love and hate relationship with the treadmill. I don’t like running. (Remember the jiggling thing I mentioned earlier?) However, the more time I spend on the treadmill, the lower the number on the scale. To make it more bearable, I raise the incline and walk as quickly as I can. It raises my heart rate just as much, if not more, than running. I also will switch it up with sprint intervals.

I usually work this circuit 3 times a week with some weight and strength training mixed in. There’s only 7 days left until the end of my first ever Diet Bet Challenge. The goal is to lose 4% of my body weight. Check back next Weigh Loss Wednesday to see if I’ve succeeded.

Today’s Mood…

Ellen Tailor ColourPop Anastasia Beverly HillsToday’s Mood: Bitchy with a side of sarcasm. ;) I’ve been having fun experimenting with some new makeup I bought that I had to share with you all!

The Anastasia Bevery Hills Artist Pallette looks intimidating at first but it’s wonderful. It’s not a stand alone pallette and you’ll probably need to dig into your collection for some neutral colors to use as tranisition shades. If you like to take chances and experiement with new colors, this is the pallette for you. I used the shades “Phresh” and “Orange You Fancy” to get this look.

YouTube is my go-to for make-up tips and tutorials. One of my favorite guru’s is Kathleen Lights so when she did a collaboration with Colour Pop cosmetics, I had to jump on the band wagon. The lip color she created is a gorgeous color that’s perfect for all skin tones. The best part? The lippie stick is only $5!

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Stay tuned to this blog and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more make-up tips and tricks in the coming weeks. Big things are happening and you won’t want to miss out!

Chuck Took My V-Card

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I bought my first ever pair of Chuck Taylor’s. Is it just me or do they feel like clown shoes? Hmm…ok…probably just me. They’re comfy and cute. They probably just need some getting used to? Let’s be real. I’ll wear anything in the name of fashion. Below are my favorite Converse sneakers. Clicking on the pics will take you directly to the site where you can get your own fresh pair for the summer.

Weight Loss Wednesday #18 – My Why

I was on a conference call with my trainer, Karen, and someone who had joined my DietBet Challenge. The point of the call was to give advice, little did I know that I was going to get advice in the process.

Karen said the #1 thing anyone needs to do before starting on a weight loss journey was to figure out their “Why.” When she first told me this almost a year ago, it sounded like a bunch of phooey. I didn’t think I needed philosophical bullshit. It was in an instant, during that phone call however, that I realized “My Why” and that I knew it all along.

Let’s rewind to a few months ago when I moved. I got rid of so many clothes when I downsized. All I kept wondering about was why had I spent so much money on clothes? It wasn’t because I liked them. It’s because I invested in hiding myself behind them.

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Facebook post from May 12, 2013 — “All of my laundry is done and I realize I don’t have enough hangers…or closet space. It might be time for spring cleaning?”

I’m done buying clothes…for now. I’m saving my money to travel. I want to travel. I want to find someone to travel with. When that time comes, I want to make sure I have the money to do that. And even have the money to buy my dream outfit which brings me to “My Why.”

“My Why” is to feel sexy and confident in an outfit as simple as a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. I want to be able to wake up for work at 4am and not have to waste time thinking about what pair of pants will fit comfortably. What shirt will hide my gut. When I say t-shirt, I’m not talking a big oversized top. I’m talking about a hot, ladies tee and denim. Hell, maybe I’ll even throw on a pair of heels. I used to wear them all the time but as I gained weight, they started to hurt. The more weight I gained, the more weight they put on my feet, the more and more flats I bought.

I own so many jackets and vests. Why? Because it disguises my belly. My #1 insecurity. I want to wear jeans and a t-shirt and not worry about sitting down because my stomach will bulge over. No more jackets. No more vests. Will I still wear them? Yes. The ones I have and only for now. But I’m not buying anymore.

Wow. Just by writing this I’m realizing my obsession of clothes isn’t because I like fashion. It’s because I was obsessed with hiding. Distracting myself. Distracting everyone who looked at me.

I’m done buying LOTS of clothes. Ok. C’mon. I’m going to buy clothes because I am a fashionista (hahaha) but I’m limiting myself. I’m taking chances with my wardrobe because I’m feeling more confident. I want a man to double take me while wearing jeans and a t-shirt. But I’m not confident enough to wear my dream outfit on date night…yet. I’m feeling more empowered than ever now that I’ve finally discovered, “My Why.”

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Fur Fox Sake! This shirt is foxing amazing. (Heh. See what I did there?) I’d had my eye one this gem for months now. I hesitated because it’s a crop top and I’m no where near my goal weight but I’ve been growing more confident in my fashion choices. (Side note, check in tomorrow for a Weight Loss Wednesday post that I’m really proud of.)

As for the outfit. ASOS has become my go-to spot for clothes. As much as I enjoy fashion, I hate shopping. The idea of going to the mall kills my soul and I’d much rather do it from my couch. ASOS is always offering a discount so when everything was 20% off in honor of Memorial Day, I stocked up.

I bought these pants to wear with this top and thought it wouldn’t be versatile but I was pleasantly wrong! Check out my Instagram for a recent #ootd post. And o-m-g these suckers are oh-so-comfy. Did I mention they’re only $27 and also come in black?!

As always, click on the images below and you’ll be directed right to the site. Sometimes the items are out of stock so I’ll always link similar products. If there’s anything you want to see on the blog, please comment below!

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Shirt, ASOS // Pants, ASOS // Sandals, Sam Edelman (similar)
Watch, Michael Kors (similar) // Fringe Bag, Carlos Santana (similar)
Nail Polish, Color Club “Age of Aquarius”
Photos c/o McKenzie Mikesell // Llorrac Photography

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Jacket, Uniqlo (old) // Dress, Target // Watch, Michael Kors // Earrings, RocksBox
Photos c/o McKenzie Mikesell // Llorrac Photography

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?

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