Don’t Be Basic – Bumbershoot 2014

Check Bumbershoot off of my Seattle To-Do List. But before I got here, it was hard trying to figure out what to wear to an eclectic music festival in the heart of the Emerald City.

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Shirt, Target // Plaid Button Up, Old Navy (similar) // Jeans, Target
Snapback Hat, Obey // Necklace, Jewelmint // Fringe Bag, Target
 

I’ve been playing a lot with mixed prints as of late. A floral snapback, green hair, plaid, and fringe. Who am I?! I’m a chick who’s dressing trendy without breaking the bank.

Buying fashionable pieces doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. My rule of thumb: Invest in basic pieces because you’ll wear them through different trends and seasons. Do not blow a ton of cash on trends that you know will only last a season or two. Thankfully I followed my own rules because after washing this “Don’t Be Basic” shirt just once, it shrunk and is now a lounge around the house top.

Another tip that I mentioned in the Behind The Scenes post last week that bears repeating: Instead of hiding the areas you’re insecure about, highlight them! I’m more-than-words self conscious about my midsection. Instead of wearing an oversized shirt that makes you look even bigger, why not tie a fun plaid or flannel shirt around your waist? It’s fashionable and helps define your body’s shape. Go ahead, give it a try!

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Missing Blue Friday

Summer in Seattle went out with a bang last weekend. The sun was shining, it was 85 degrees, and I was outside soaking up the rays watching my beloved Seahawks take on the Broncos in a Super Bowl re-match.

Ellen Tailor Seattle Seahawks Denver BroncosKnowing it was going to be so hot, I was stumped over what to wear. Sure, everyone wears jerseys but I would have roasted! Instead I took this as my one last chance to wear shorts. Fun, floral ones at that. I paired that with my favorite “12 ’til I Die” t-shirt and comfy shoes.

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The finishing touch were these awesome new reflective wayfarers c/o Townie Shades. The frames are Seahawks blue and green but I absolutely LOVE reflective sunglasses. These are fashion forward, casual, and a must-have for every 12th Man fan.

Ellen Tailor Seattle Seahawks Townie Shades

I can’t brag about something and not give y’all a chance to win them though, can I?! Of course, not! Enter below to win FOUR pair of Townie Shades. Contest ends at midnight on Sunday, September 28, 2014. Good luck!

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Weight Loss Wednesday #10 – Thank God for Awful Photos

Why would someone be thankful for an awful photo? Because it proves how far you’ve come. I swore the photo on the left would never see the light of day. Well, today it does.

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Photos Courtesy of Mat Hayward

The photo on the left was taken around this time last year. When I saw the photos, I decided it was time to lose weight. It was another 9 months before I actually started to seriously do something about it. Now I’m proud to say I only have one chin!

I’ve seen a lot of success in my monthly check-in’s but today I was worried. I thought there was no way I could maintain this steady progress. To recap, while I had only dropped 4 pounds I managed to lose a little over 10 inches in 2 months.

The first month was just a matter of doing it. Creating a habit. Proving to myself that I was actually going to do this. The second month I dialed in on my nutrition and started to see results. What would the third month have in store for me?

I’m happy…no wait…I’m ecstatic to share that I’ve lost 9.25 inches this month alone! The scale has also caught up with me, too! In 4 weeks, I dropped 11 pounds. YES! In total I’ve lost 15 pounds and nearly 20 inches.

Non-scale victories helped me stay on track. Last week I celebrated being 6 months sober. No, not from alcohol but instead from fast food and Diet Coke. When I moved from Michigan to Seattle, I was lonely. I had no friends. No one to go out to dinner with. Not to mention I was oh-so-homesick. McDonald’s tasted the same here as it did back home. I ate and I ate and I ate. Then on March 17, 2014, I stopped. I wish I could say I don’t miss it but I do. Everyday. That’s how I know I’m an addict. I’ll always be an addict. But I’m an addict who overcomes temptation everyday.

The compliments are starting to roll in. People tell me how “skinny” I look. Let’s not get crazy. I’m not skinny (nor do I want to be. I’m working towards being fit!) but I am noticing a significant difference and so are those around me. Now’s the time I get worried. It’d be easy for me to start cutting myself some slack. Rewarding myself with a cheat day…or three. Instead, I reflect.

When I quit fast food, I never imagined I’d make it this long. When I started working out, I never imagined I’d stick with it this long. I’m proving to myself it’s worth doing. I’m motivated by my upcoming 30th birthday in a few months. More than that, I’m motivated to finish what I’ve started no matter how long it takes.

Life is bound to throw me curveballs that are out of my control. My journey towards getting the body I want is 100% under my control. My time at the gym needs to be my therapy. My meditation. My escape. My time in the kitchen needs to be methodical. Planned out. Delicious.

“Celebrate what you accomplish, but raise the bar each time you succeed.”

-Mia Hamm

Now is not the time to be complacent. Now is the time to work harder. Now is the time I prove to myself that I’ll clear yet another hurdle. I can do this. I will do this. I am doing this.

I couldn’t do this without my amazing trainer and friend Karen Burton. Be brave enough to ask for help. Be brave enough to accept it. Be brave enough to let Karen transform you in ways you can only imagine. http://www.karenburtonfitness.com

Behind The Scenes

Last week’s online shopping spree proved to be very beneficial! Today was picture day at work. It’s not often we take professional head shots and I was worried about finding the right outfit that would withstand the test of time and show off my recent weight loss.

Here are some behind the scenes photos with the great Mat Hayward.

Ellen Tailor Weight Loss Wednesday Ellen Tailor Weight Loss WednesdayI did have cute black and fringe heels on but this was towards the end of the shoot and my dawgs were barking!

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Click the photos below to purchase the exact top and jeans I’m wearing. Thru tomorrow (09/24/14), save 25% online at Old Navy.

My waist is still my most hated body part. I read somewhere that it’s better to accent the areas you don’t like which sounded like a dumb idea, until I did it. I wrapped this old, red plaid shirt to cinch my waist and it worked wonders.

Here are a few of my favorite shirts currently. Again, click on the pic and you’ll be directed right to their site. :)

While we’re at it, here are some of my to-die-for shoes!

Check back soon to see how the photos turned out!

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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

TGIBlueThursday

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?

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