What did we do before social media? It’s such a great way to connect with one another and to get a glimpse into the lives of our favorite celebrities. If you’re a sports fan like myself, Twitter is the place to keep up with your favorite teams and see what the players are like off the field.
Sandwiched between a Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl Champ.
Life doesn’t suck.
I first met Seattle Seahawk, and now Super Bowl Champ, Greg Scruggs in real life at a little hole-in-the-wall shortly after I moved to Seattle. He’s also one of the most entertaining people to follow on Twitter. There’s never any doubt what’s on his mind and luckily he’s the same way when he’s on the show with us! Greg quickly became one of our listeners favorite guests and it’s easy to see why.
Cue Pro Bowler Matt Overton. The Western Washington alum is a long snapper, or as he calls it “an upside down quarterback,” for the Indianapolis Colts. When I saw a Colt was followed me on Twitter, I transported back to Week 5 when my beloved Seahawks were beat by them. Ugh. But then this happened…
Hmm…a country music fan and he listens to our show? This guy was OK in my book.
While there’s way too many weeks before football season begins, why not get these two in the studio for a friendly little game called “Name That Tune.” A rematch of Week 5 if you will. Who will win it all? Will the Hawks come out on top or will the Colts deal us another loss? Check it out…
Being a Hawk fan, I really don’t want to like Matt Overton. But what’s not to like about this guy?! He’s a local dude and he showered us with gifts. This guy definitely knows his way to a woman’s heart. Want to know the way to a man’s heart? He found a shirt with specific directions to it. Check it out at the 6:38 mark. Warning: Matt may or may not be the next ukulele playing superstar. ::swoon::
Ok Matt. If there was any doubt whether or not I liked you at this point, your redneck wolf shirt sealed the deal. (But what the heck is going on with my flamingo leg in this photo?) I just might have to make room in my closet for an Overton jersey…maybe.
February. Only 28 days long but filled with plenty of my favorite things. Here are the Top 3.
3. My guilty pleasure: YouTube makeup tutorials. I’m trying to do a better job about saving money and these prove you don’t need to waste a ton of cash on high end makeup! In fact, most of the drugstore brands are BETTER than the expensive stuff.
2. Dr. Oz’s Two-Week Rapid Weight Loss Plan - The entire Fitz in the Morning team decided to give this a shot after we interviewed the man himself, Dr. Oz. In five days I lost five pounds! Check out my Stuffed Red Pepper recipe HERE for inspiration. Please comment with your favorite recipes, too!
1. If you’re in the Great Northwest, we started this month off with a once-in-a-lifetime celebration. The Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl CHAMPIONS! Anyone and everyone can go to a major retail chain and pick up the same champion shirt. Personally I prefer unique gear and supporting small businesses like Fresh Brewed Tees.
WIN this “Don’t You Ever Talk About Me” shirt inspired by Richard Sherman’s now infamous rant. Contest ends Sunday, March 2, 2014, at midnight PST.
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Did you get false lashes in your IPSY bag this month and thought, “How the hell do I put these things on?” Here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to apply falsies like a pro.
Step 1 - Measure the strip against your lash line to make sure it fits your eye shape. If it needs to be shortened, cut the outer edge with a pair of small scissors.
Step 2 - Bend both ends of the strip into a U-shape and hold for a few seconds. This helps mold the lash to the curved shape of your eye. Doing this will make the following steps so much easier.
Step 3 - Apply a small amount of lash glue onto the strip. You can apply directly from the glue bottle or put some on the end of a makeup brush. Lash glue often times comes in white and will dry clear. I prefer brown lash glue.
Step 4 - Let the glue set for 15-20 seconds. You want the glue to be tacky rather than slimy. Slimy lashes wiggle around. Tacky lashes are easier to manage.
Step 5 - Place the lashes right on the base of your actual lashes, not on the eyelid. Don’t worry about starting over if you do leave a space. Just fill it in with a black liner.
Step 6 - Let the glue dry for a couple of minutes then curl your lashes with a lash curler.
Step 7 - Apply one coat of mascara to help blend the false lashes to your actual ones.
Step 8 - Go out and flaunt those peepers to everyone!
Above are a few of my favorite false lashes ranging in prices and quality. My personal favorite are those from Noir Lash Lounge in “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” They’re a tad bit more expensive but you get what you pay for and the quality is unrivaled.
Falsies are a fun way to sex up your look. I love using these for a night out with the gals or on a hot date. Don’t let lashes intimidate you! Practice makes perfect and hopefully these steps helped you out.
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So many updates about so many fantastic items featured in the #WhatsETWearing posts over the past week! Keep reading to find out how to get free products with Younique, how IPSY plans to make up for their nasty lip gloss, and an encouraging update on the Dr. Oz weight loss plan including a delicious recipe for you to try!
With over 200 entries the Younique Fiber Lash Mascara giveaway was a hit! If you purchased the mascara, please message Justine on Facebook (Link HERE) with your order # and tell her I sent you and she’ll include a free pigment. You can still purchase the amazing mascara that promises to increase your lashes 300% by clicking HERE. In case you missed it: Check out the review and see the Flirty & Sexy pigments HERE.
Apparently I wasn’t the only one that received the POP lipgloss in my IPSY bag this month. In case you missed it: If I had to imagine what rotting coconut smelled and tasted like, this was it. I reached out to IPSY Cares and got a prompt response apologizing for the product and they’re even mailing a replacement product, too! I will remain a loyal IPSY customer because their product is awesome AND the customer service is the best I’ve ever encountered. If you got the nasty gloss, reach out to IPSY Cares by clicking HERE.
Now for the update many of you have been asking about. How’s the Dr. Oz Two-Week Rapid Weight Loss Plan going? I thought my scale was lying. There was no way that number could be real. How much I’ve lost in just five days coming up but first, I was able to stick to this plan by being creative with my food including these oh-so-delicious stuffed peppers.
The recipe is simple!
- Cook 1lb. ground turkey and add your preferred spices (just stay away from the salt.) I used taco seasonings and red pepper flakes because I like my food spicy.
- Cook 1 cup brown rice as directed then mix it with the ground turkey.
- Add vegetables. I used onions and mushrooms because that’s all that I had but feel free to add whatever you like from the Dr. Oz approved list (which is pretty much anything.)
- Cut the tops off of your red peppers and stuff them with your rice and ground turkey mix.
- Stick your peppers in the oven at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
- I added shredded lettuce and used plain Greek yogurt as a substitute for sour cream.
- Voila! Eat and enjoy!
Recipes like this are what kept me on track and this lifestyle change is no joke! I’ve lost 5 pounds and it hasn’t even been a whole week yet! I’ll admit that half way through day 2 I wound up with a headache. I believe it was a caffeine withdraw headache but it wasn’t anything a few Tylenol and Green Tea couldn’t kick. This plan is easy to stick to and simply put, I feel better! If you’re thinking about trying it, click HERE for the original post.
As always, thank you for being loyal #WhatsETWearing blog readers and be on the look out for even more amazing posts in the coming week!
Before the holidays I did a lot of traveling around the Northwest for work. This day was spent in the beautiful city of Portland (where I may or may not have indulged in a few brewskis at lunch but that’s besides the point.)
This isn’t the first, and probably not the last, time that I’ll say: Ladies! Don’t be afraid to shop in the men’s section. As I was strolling through Target, I spotted this camo undershirt and knew I had to have it. Not to mention it was cheap, too!
To girly up the look, I added my favorite faux fur vest that I picked up from Dress Barn of all places. The necklace I actually bought as a joke before a Kanye West concert. It’s since become one of my go to pieces.
What would an outfit be without my favorite pair of distressed jeans and oh-so-comfy boots. I wear these jeans all of the time! As a thicker girl, I rarely find jeans that are trendy and when I do, I wear them until they fall apart. My go-to place for trendy denim for curvy girls is Old Navy. Not only are they fashionable, they’re also very budget friendly.
Finish the look with an arm party using my favorite Stella & Dot bracelets, my everyday Michael Kors watch, and a simple Shop Love Me Knot hair tie.
Amidst the craziness of work it was fun to be able to grab a bite and beers with the Fitz in the Morning crew.
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It’s my favorite time of month! It’s IPSY Day!!! If you don’t know, IPSY is a subscription box that costs $10 a month. 4-5 beauty products (think make-up, hair, lotions, etc.) are delivered to your door in a super cute GLAM BAG each month. Here’s what came in my February bag:
The picture doesn’t do the make-up bag justice. The outside is plain but the inside has a fun pink leopard print. Initially I was excited about what was inside. That was until I tried everything out. But first, the good…
Zoya Nail Polish in “Odette” – omg. This is the second bottle of Zoya polish I’ve received from IPSY and I’m OOOOOOBSESSED. The color is gorgeous, long lasting, and it’s even vegan friendly. Love that this is a full size bottle, too. Full Size: $9
Jesse’s Girl 9 Pan Eye Shadow Compact in “Tickled Pink” – I didn’t know this brand made eye shadows but I’m excited to give this palette a try. The colors seem really pigmented and not chalky. The true test will be whether or not it can last all day. Full Size: $3.99
First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay – I’ve been testing out new skin care products and this was a great find. While I think this would work best for fighting oily skin, which I don’t have, I like the way it smells and makes my skin feel. Full Size: $24
Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Eyeliner in “Starlight” – I’m not a big fan of this metallic eyeliner trend. The more I think about it though, I’m actually kind of glad I got it. This pencil is perfect for the lower lash line. Don’t line your lower lash line with a dark color. It’ll only make your peepers look smaller! Instead, use a light color pencil to make your eyes pop. This is another full size product in this month’s bag. Yay! Full Size: $15
And now for the OH HELLLLLL NAW…
ew. Ew. EW!
POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini in “Peony Petal” - I was stoked about the color and thought this would be great to carry along in my purse. That was until I opened it. What’s that STANK?! This stuff smells disgusting. Then I made the mistake of actually trying it on. If I had to imagine what rotting coconuts would taste like, this would be it. I’d pay money NOT to wear this. Gross. Full Size: $16
Update: I contacted Ipsy Cares about the poo-poo lip gloss. They were so nice and prompt with their response. They’re sending me a replacement product so I’ll make sure to post what it is once it arrives.
Despite the nasty lip gloss I’d say this month’s IPSY bag was a big win! The three full size products alone retail for $28 which is totally worth the $10 I spent on the entire bag. If you’d like to sign up for your own IPSY bag, which I highly suggest you do because it’s A-MAZING, click HERE.
Subscribed to IPSY? What’d you get in YOUR bag? Is there any subscription box you’re currently subscribed to? I’d love to know what you’re digging! Please comment below.
The blog is called “What’s Ellen Tailor Wearing.” So why the heck hasn’t there been any fashion posts you ask? Because I feel fat. While I can fit into my jeans, I’ve resorted to leggings and stretchy pants because they’re comfortable. Yes, I know, I’m being hard on myself. But I don’t believe in complaining about something without having a solution. That solution? Dr. Oz’s Two Week Rapid Weight Loss Plan.
Dr. Oz is a good friend of the Fitz in the Morning show. We had him on last week and he told us how his producers went through every episode and picked out all of the weight loss tip and tricks then combined them into an easy plan. All four of us on our show decided to try his two week plan. But where to start?
Dr. Oz suggested printing off THIS one-sheet and keeping it on the refrigerator to stay focused. Included is a grocery shopping list and an easy-to-follow guide to the plan. Let’s be honest, we all know what we have to do to lose weight. It’s just a matter of doing it. With this guide I’m hopeful I’ll be successful.
The plan starts today and I’ll be checking back in a week with an update. While I don’t feel comfortable posting my weight and measurements, I will share how many pounds and inches (if any) I’ve lost in 7 days and again after 14 days.
In the meantime, the blog will continue and I’ve got a TON of great new posts headed your way. If I’m going to distract myself from cravings I’ll have to focus my attention on something else, right?! Why not this!
Thanks so much for being loyal and supportive readers!
When it comes to makeup, lashes are my everything! I’ve used fake lashes and extensions. I’ve tried high end mascaras, drugstore brands and everything in between. One brand didn’t do everything I wanted it to so my holy grail mascara regimen involves two. On any given day I layer a coat of Benefit’s “They’re Real” with Maybelline Volum’ Express “Falsies.” I swear by these two products especially when used together. However, that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to trying new things.
Cue Younique’s “Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes.” I’d never even heard of Younique before but I was asked if I wanted to review their new mascara and figured what the heck. Their website describes the product as nothing short of a miracle…
“Packaged in two separate bottles, the Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers are used together to enhance and magnify your OWN lashes. Watch your lashes transform into something you only dreamed of! A 300% increase in thickness and volume to your lashes while still looking completely real and natural. Potentially “mood-altering” 3D Fiber lashes will quickly become your favorite makeup accessory! Water resistant, yet easily washes off with warm water and facial cleanser.”
I was impressed by the packaging but did this stuff really work? I mean, a 300% increase?! It seems to good to be true.
The directions say to apply one layer of transplanting gel followed by a coat of natural fibers. Below you’ll see a series of progression photos:
1 – Au Natural Lashes
2 – One coat of Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash
3 – Because I love my lashes super thick, I decided to add a second coat.
4 – The directions say you can use your own mascara first then layer Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash. In this photo I did just that. (Please forgive my smudged eye liner.)
Holy lashes! Do I think this increased my lashes 300%? Ehhhh. Do I think it’s worth a try? Absolutely! I like this mascara because it’s like wearing false lashes without having to worry about them falling off in the middle of a date or night out. Both the gel and fibers are $29 and comes in the nice carrying case.
Younique is a company similar to Stella & Dot where anyone can become a consultant and sell their products to friends and family. I’d like to thank Justine for sending me the Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes and two color pigments in the colors Flirty (purple) and Sexy (gold). I used a touch of each color in the photos above in conjunction with some shadows I already own.
Want to try Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lash Mascara for yourself? Buy it HERE. Or enter to win below! Contest ends February 17, 2014, at midnight PT.
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The perks of being a single girl? Having the master bathroom all to myself! I don’t know about you but if I don’t have things where I can see them, I forget I have them. Out of sight, out of mind. There’s nothing worse than buying something only to find out that you already have a brand new bottle hiding somewhere in a drawer.
I had a basket under my sink that was filled with nail polishes. Two or there were almost the exact same shade! I was wasting money because I’d forget what I already owned. I found a shelf in my garage that was collecting dust and decided to put it to good use.
I hung the unique shelf above my bathroom towels where all of my polishes are now visible and have their own place. In the winter, I place the darker polishes up front then switch out lighter colors in the summer. Ever since hanging this up, I haven’t bought a single polish because I clearly have more than one person should ever have! (But that doesn’t mean I don’t love getting new colors in my Ipsy Glam Bag.)
With all of the polishes on display, there’s so much inspiration for fun and colorful DIY manicures. My secret to a great, smudge free, at-home manicure is Sally Hansen’s “Dries Instantly” top coat. (Click the link and get it for less than $5 bucks!) This is a must get especially for on-the-go mommies who don’t have the time to wait around for their nails to dry. Here’s a couple of cute manicure ideas that I found on Pinterest that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. (Click the photos for links.)
Perhaps you want to spoil yourself and invest in a salon manicure. If you’re in the Seattle area, let me suggest Gene Juarez. I got my first ever Shellac manicure from Aiden at the downtown location a few weeks ago and I’ll admit, I was skeptical. Would it ruin my nails? Would it last? Holy crap! The mani lasted for well over two weeks and I can’t even count how many compliments I received. And no, the Shellac absolutely did NOT ruin my nails. If you’re not in the Seattle area, show these photos to your favorite manicurist and ask if they can recreate these Valentine’s Day inspired looks.
Below are just a few of my favorite polishes.
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Action Green. College Navy. Hawk feathers.
Everything that is the Seattle Seahawks.
Is there any better excuse than a Super Bowl Sunday to sport fun colors on your lids? I usually stick to neutral shades of gold but this was a nice break from the norm. I might have to bust it out again for the celebration parade tomorrow!