Spooky Savings!

Most of us are too old to do the traditional type of trick-or-treating so why not treat yourself? BaubleBar is giving an extra 20% off sale items. Use the code: SPOOKY. Below are just a few of my favorites from the sale. Make sure to click on the pics because most come in a variety of colors. (Yes, all pictures are clickable!) Happy Halloween!

I Got Naked in Public

Crazy to think that it was 5 years ago that I voluntarily got naked in front of strangers all in honor of my mom. Sounds weird, right? Here’s why I did it…

November 16, 2009 – Grand Rapids, MI (TAKE FIVE & CO) — At the beginning of October, Ellen Tailor of HOT-FM’s “Todd Chance Radio Show” embarked on an ambitious fundraiser to help local survivors of breast cancer. Her mother was diagnosed with the disease just over a year ago. After undergoing treatment, she is now a survivor. Tailor decided to challenge listeners, if they could raise $10,000 to help other survivors, she would “bare it all” and pose in the buff for an art class at Kendall College.

“She and other breast cancer patients are poked and prodded and feel so vulnerable when they are being put out there, that me doing this art class is nothing compared to what they go through,” said Tailor.

Just one month later, listeners had held up their end of the bargain, and $11,700 was donated to the Compassionate Cancer Care Center at Metro Health Village.

WZZM 13 was the ONLY television station allowed in the classroom while Tailor held up her end of the deal and posed in the buff for the class. Click on the above video to watch the experience and hear what her mother thought of her experience.

Weight Loss Wednesday #13 – A Constant Reminder

Ellen Tailor Stella & Dot

Photo c/o McKenzie Mikesell, Llorrac Photography

These might look like just necklaces to you, but to me they’re reminders of how far I’ve come.

I bought these necklaces shortly after I moved to Seattle in 2012. I wore them quite often and loved them. As I gained weight, the necklaces grew tighter and tighter around my neck. The sweet delicate pieces were turning into chokers. They were restricting. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I had to stop wearing them.

As I started to get back to my “normal” self and lost a few pounds, my beloved necklaces started to loosen up again. This was my first non-scale victory and one that I remind myself of daily. Now that I can fit back into my favorite necklaces I don’t ever take them off. (That sounds silly. “Fit” into my necklaces?)

When I’m upset that the scale hasn’t moved or I’m struggling to stay on the wagon, I remember how great it felt to be able to wear these necklaces again. It may seem silly to most but it’s vital to have these reminders. Reminders that you are doing this. That you’re worth it. That you will succeed.

What are your non-scale victories? What tips do you have for staying on track?

From Summer to Fall

Ellen Tailor Target Romper Uniqlo HauteLookJacket, Uniqlo – old (Similar) // Romper, Target (Similar)
Tights, Assets by Spanx // Boots, Bucco // Hat, Gift (Similar here & here)
Watch, Michael Kors // Earrings, Stella & Dot // Necklaces, Stella & Dot
Bangles, House of Harlow, Stella & Dot, Kate Spade (Sold Out)
Nails, OPI “Every Month is Oktoberfest”
Photos by the oh-so-talented McKenzie Mikesell

It’s safe to say I overindulged on rompers and jumpers over the summer. If you’ve got a few of these one-piece-wonders hanging in your closet, don’t push them to the back never to see the light of day again. Transform them into new Fall looks! I paired this sleeveless tank romper with my favorite black bomber jacket and sheer black leggings. Toss on your favorite jewels with a big, felt, floppy hat and voila!

Check back next week to see how I transform this other romper in my closet. Also, in case you missed yesterday’s Sale Sunday, every Sunday between now and Christmas I’ll be listing my favorite items from outfit ideas to gifts for the holidays. (Even ideas for the special mister in your life, too!) Use the promo code “10MORE” to get an extra 10% off yesterday’s Sale Sunday picks.

Ellen Tailor Stella & DotEllen Tailor Michael Kors WatchEllen Tailor Stella & Dot

Ellen Tailor House of Harlow Stella & Dot Kate Spade OPI OktoberfestEllen Tailor Floppy Velvet Hat Target Stella & Dot Michael Kors Kate Spade Uniqlo


Sale Sunday

Before you blow your budget on gifts for others, spend some of that cash on yourself. You’re going to need new outfits for the wide number of holiday get togethers you’re inevitabley going to go to.

I’ve thrown some ideas together below. Most are up to 70% off and all items are below $100! Use the promo code “10MORE” to get an extra 10% off sale items. (All the images are clickable!) I purchased a few of these for myself. Can you guess which ones?

Keep checking back every Sunday from now until Christmas for gift ideas!

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