WATCH: How to easily style dry hair using the Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer

I showed you How To Get TV Hair where we went from right out of the shower to TV-ready. Now I’m walking you through, step-by-step, how to easily style your dry hair.

Each morning I use this method and look like I walked straight out of the salon. After months…no…YEARS of studying how hairstylists get the perfect ‘do, I could never manage to figure out how to do it on myself. Then I stumbled on a YouTube hair tutorial using this Revlon magic machine (yes, I believe it possesses some sort of sorcery and I am here for it!)

Announcing my store, Charlie Pete!

It’s something I’ve thought about. It’s something I’d convinced myself I could never do…especially alone. Then I said, “Screw it. I’m doing it anyway!” Thus, my online store, Charlie Pete, was born!

You’ll notice that nearly everything comes in a range of sizes from 1 to 22 and S thru 3XL. This was important to me because I wanted my fellow thique sisters to feel just as fashionable, comfortable, and beautiful as those wonderful ladies who wear smaller sizes.

Charlie Pete was named after my dog and my dad. I don’t know why. I just liked the way it sounded. My dad’s handwriting is even incorporated into the logo. (Charlie’s autograph would have been but you know, he’s a dog, so there’s that.) Charlie Pete was made for those who love shopping without having to put on pants.

I invite you to please pop on over to CharliePete.com because your closet is hungry, feed its craving. Cheers to a new adventure and leaning into being uncomfortable! Holy shit. I’m a business owner?!

Flaunt Your Curves

An email came my way asking if I wanted to collaborate with a bathing suit company. Instantly I thought, “Absolutely not!” As I searched for the “delete” button, the name of the brand caught my attention. I got my ass off the couch, walked into my closet, and dug deep to find the one bathing suit I’ve had for years. I only have one in case of emergencies because there’s no way I’d wear it unless I absolutely had to.

I check the tag and at that moment I realize why the brand sounds so familiar. Coco Reef was the name of the company that wanted to collaborate. Coco Reef was the name of the ONE bathing suit that I owned because I loved the way it fit me. This was fate.

There’s an ever growing movement to embrace body positivity. We come in all shapes and sizes so why not celebrate every body? Truth be told, the thought of getting into a bathing suit was terrifying let alone the idea of having to post pics on the internet where they could haunt me forever. But in honor of the women who flaunt their shape like model Hunter McGrady, I decided to suck it up (both my courage and my gut) and do this.

There’s strength in numbers, right? Cue my dear friend Deanna Cruz. We couldn’t be more different and alike all at the same time. Let’s point out the obvious. I’m roughly 100 pounds heavier than her. Yeah, you read that right. ONE HUNDRED. Why on EARTH would I think asking her to join this campaign would be a good idea?

Deanna’s an avid cross fitter while I’m an avid Netflix watcher. Her go to food is protein peanut butter and I’d happily live on French fries if I could. From the beginning of our friendship, neither of us ever saw size. Maybe it’s because we’re in our thirties? Or maybe it’s because she’s a genuinely amazing human being who spreads nothing but love and kindness to everyone around her.

It took a little convincing though. Imagine that! The thick girl had to twist the fit girl’s arm into posing in a bathing suit. Eventually Deanna agreed and on one of the first sunny summer days in Seattle, we took our imperfect bodies to the beach. As you can imagine we weren’t the only ones with the bright idea to soak up some vitamin D and the place was packed! Add another level of insecurity to the mix but we took off our cover-ups and got to shooting.

I’ll admit. I felt like I had to be the confident one since I knew Deanna was nervous. Eventually, I wasn’t just acting confident…I was confident! I’m imperfect. I’ve got dimples on the backs of my legs and a keg on my waist compared to my friend’s hard earned six pack of abs. Am I happy with the way that my body looks? Nope. But it’s a work in progress and progress won’t be made until I start being kind to myself.

So, this is us. These photos are unedited. Yes, we had a great day and a super talented photographer, but these are raw images. 100% real.

Here’s hoping that more of us feel the courage to flaunt our shapes in public. Ok, maybe not on social media but what about in your own backyard? Do you dare go to the beach with some close gal pals? How about simply sharing this blog post to encourage others to embrace their shape, no matter how big or small. If the size of your clothes bothers you, rip the tag out. Confidence truly is a one-size-fits-all piece that can, and should, be added to everyone’s closet.

Want to add Coco Reef to your bathing suit collection? Snag 20% off with the code Ellen20 at www.cocoreefswim.com
Thank you to Annie B. Stills for the amazing photos.

Your Vote IS Your Choice

I grew up in the swing state of Michigan. I’ll admit that since moving to Washington state, I’ve had feelings that my vote doesn’t matter as much anymore. However I’m also the daughter of Greek immigrants who raised me to respect the rights I was born with. By now, we’re all sick of the political ads and posts on social media so I won’t get on my soapbox. I’ll simply put it this way…I don’t care who you vote for as long as you do it. 🇺🇸

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Shoes For Days

I made (what should have been an obvious) discovery on Twitter the other night. It started with a plea for help…

Then a revelation…

Truer words were never spoken! I use this justification every single time I shop for shoes. With that said, I’ve been on a recent shoe bender. I can’t stop myself. Who am I to keep these shoe wonders to myself though?! Here are just a few of my favorites. And before you ask, no, I don’t own all of them. But I may or may not have purchased some of these recently. 😉 Any guesses which ones I’ve added to my collection?

Black

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Nude

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Other

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The Limited, The Apology, & The Motivation

The Limited Ellen Tailor

This was the outfit I was going to wear. I’ve had it planned since May. That’s when I was first approached about a collaboration with The Limited to feature their new denim line. When the package arrived, I quickly threw on the high waisted, wide legged pants I had been not-so-secretly obsessing over. Like many women, the picture in my head of what they’d look like and the reality in the reflection were two very different things. It wasn’t the denim’s fault. It was mine.

The post was originally supposed to go live at the end of July. I had at least 6 weeks to get myself to a place where I could confidently wear these beautiful jeans. Like a miracle from above, I was told the post would be postponed yet another month. This gave me a few more weeks to lose some weight and rock this outfit. But then, life happened.

The August deadline had come and gone. I was embarrassed. Actually, that’s an understatement. Mortified because my lack of motivation has now not only effected me personally, it’s effected me professionally. With that said, I owe an apology to those I was working with for this collaboration. But I’m going to turn this into the motivation I desperately need.

This is the goal. This is my why. I will rock this denim. I’ve got a plan. In the meantime, check out The Limited and their new denim line. They’re currently offering $15 off AND free shipping so cash in while you can! Make sure to check out their accessories, too. (My chic cousin is a graphic designer for them and she turned me on to their versatile accessory line and I’ve been digging it ever since!) While these high waisted pants are my favorite, see a few of my other favorite styles being worn by fellow bloggers.

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Thank you to The Limited for partnering with me on this post. And for empowering me.