Every few months or so, I start getting messages on social media from strangers telling me that I'm beautiful. That would probably weird most people out, but to me it just signals that my episode of "What Not to Wear" has aired again on syndication somewhere.
In May 2017, it will be seven years since I taped my appearance (it aired in January 2011). My life has completely changed but, honestly, I haven't overcome all of the issues we addressed on the show.
The question I'm most asked is "Do you still wear sweatpants to work?"
Well, yes. However, I work from home, so stop judging. For the most part -- because I'm not perfect -- I try to dress up whenever I'm going out. I try to be put together.
What was the worst part of being on "What Not to Wear"? That god-awful 360 mirror. I still have nightmares about it. Okay, I don't but couldn't blame me if I did. They had to turn the air conditioning off when we were in there. Between the lights and the fact that you've stuffed three people into a reflective box, I was a sweaty, disgusting mess. I was so hot that it didn't really even bug me that I was staring in a mirror.
Did you really get $5,000? Yep. Here's what I spent it on.
Am I over my body issues? No, of course not. I'm a woman. I'll never be completely happy with my body. That said, what we focused on was my issues with my scars. I'm actually over that. I have scars. Big deal.
I do still struggle with confidence on a daily basis. But, hey, I'm working on it.
Since the show, my body has changed and so has my style. Sometimes I make good choices and sometimes I do not. I've cut my hair, I've grown it out. I've dyed it dark and then lightened it back up. I've changed my appearance with every season of the last seven years.
I didn't walk away from the show and change my personality. I walked away the same person but on a different path. One of the biggest conversations that I had with Stacy and Clinton off camera was how much I needed a change. They encouraged me to quit my job and move to Los Angeles. With their support, I did.
Granted, life brought me back to Nashville a year later, but I made a big leap that I probably would've have without their encouragement.
Since then, I earned my MFA and I got a book deal. Country Music Hair, country music's greatest mullets, bobs, beehives, and bouffants collected together in one entertaining volume, illustrated with dozens of color and black-and-white photographs, was released in 2016.
I am grateful to have had the experience of being on "What Not to Wear." I'm not perfect, but I think the point of the show wasn't to change the person, but to let them see that they have worth.
I can't say I'm super well-versed in all things "Harry Potter" or "Star Wars," I do know that the latter is nothing like "Star Trek." I also know that these things have huge, rabid fan bases. So huge and rabid there's an entire industry of swimwear built around them.
These suits will pair perfectly with your friend's Disney Princess bikini.
7 Geeky Swimsuits You Can Wear This Summer:
1. The R2-D2
2. "Star Trek"
3. One-Piece "Star Trek"
4. The Boba Fett
Say it ain't so.
Steve Madden has re-released the SLINKY, giving young ladies the opportunity re-live awkward years they never endured during the mid-90s. Also, the re-release gives ladies of a certain age the chance to get back to the real glory days of dressing like a conservative Spice Girl headed to work at an accounting firm.
Or as SteveMadden.com says, "Relive your best '90s looks with SLINKY! This throwback favorite slide, featuring a flatform sole and stretchy upper, is back and has never looked better — a must-have shoe for longtime SM girls!"
Right now, the classics are retailing at $69.95 online or for just under $3 at your local thrift store.
Kelsea Ballerini was one stunning model and country music star during the 2017 Symphony Fashion Show in Nashville that featured Zac Posen's fall 2017 collection.
Models strutted down the catwalk inside of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center's Laura Turner Concert Hall, before Kelsea played a short set in a Zac Posen gown.
As she strapped on her guitar she told the crowd, "Playing guitar in this dress is a sin. It's worth more than my car."
As the mom of a toddler boy I find myself seeing adorable outfits for little girls everywhere I go. It is harder to find cute boy clothing at reasonable prices that don't all look the same. I can only assume this is a total boy-mom problem, so I'm here to help.
7 Best Places to Shop for Toddler Boys:
1. Gap Kids
The best place to staple items like jeans, t-shirts, socks, and jackets.
Target has the best play clothes hands down.
I love the pajamas here, but all the clothing is wonderful. I have found that my son does not outgrow this clothing as quickly as other brands. The sizing can be a bit tricky so make sure to look at the size charts. Remember to watch for sales because they happen often here.
4. Old Navy
Old Navy is another great store for staple items at a low price. I also love the shoes here.
Name brand clothing and shoes at a lower price is always exciting. I always go into Nordstrom Rack not expecting to find anything. I almost always come out with sweet things for my little guy. I especially love finding athletic gear like Under Armour and tennis shoes here.
Janie and Jack has some of the most adorable clothing for both boys and girls. I always find my sons church clothing here.
I bought a t-shirt, sweater, and shorts at Vineyard Vines for my son last year off the sale rack. They are technically too small for him now but they are so soft and sweet I can't get rid of them. These items have held up very well.
It is an irrefutable fact that one day we will all look back and be ashamed of our current style. On that day you will say something like, "I thought I looked so good." That day is coming. A second, and less recognized, fact is that style is cyclical. If you live long enough, all of your clothes will come back into style. Women are wearing high wasted jeans again and looking good doing it. This time last year we would have all called those "mom jeans." So it is only a matter of time before men remember the beauty of keeping business up front and a party in the back. The mullet, that oft ridiculed hairstyle is making a comeback. You heard it here first.
It all started this summer in two separate, yet monumental actions. The first came the mullet mascot himself, Billy Ray Cyrus. This is the man who opined the loss of his back-locks in his 2006 song "I Want My Mullet Back." He has been lying in wait, looking for the perfect time to reenter the cultural zeitgeist. In June 2016, Cyrus emerged from his daughter's shadow to film this video with Mashable. It is funny and may seem like nothing more than viral clickbait, but it marked a tidal shift in our culture.
We do not know if Oklahoma State's head football coach Mike Gundy ever saw the video. We do know that Mike Gundy was in dire need of a haircut at the same time the video was released. We do know that his son, Gage, mocked his father's "mullet." We do know that Gundy decided to keep his hair long to mess with his son. In August, he began to pamper and encourage his baby mullet.
You can see it peeking out behind his cheeks, eager to meet the world. By the middle of the football season, it was accepted as an inextricable part of Gundy's persona. He has even named it, "The Arkansas Waterfall."
At the end of the season, Gundy's mullet had garnered unprecedented praise from his rivals. Oklahoma head football coach Bob Stoops and Sooner quarterback Baker Mayfield both expressed their respect and admiration of the mullet publicly. Gundy's wife likes it. His players like it. This is no stunt. This is not a drill. Gundy threw down the mullet gauntlet and America is responding.
Judging by his tweet on March 17, 2017, the Arkansas Waterfall is in now in control of his body. The old man is gone and the new has come.
Enter Billy Ray Cyrus, stage right. Cyrus, a Florida native (obviously), eagerly threw his support behind Oklahoma State based solely on their coach's hairstyle. It was serendipity, two kindred spirits meeting in a crowded room. The snowball began to roll downhill and is now picking up speed, racing towards cultural acceptance.
Soon, we will see athletes wearing them as jokes. They will be followed by college classmates and frat-star fanboys. Then little brothers and fans across the nation will follow their heroes. Out of nowhere, Justin Bieber or a One Direction guy will show up in Germany looking like a early nineties pop-star, mullet waving in the breeze. Mullets will be "hot" again. Blake Shelton will joke about it, but will remember his mullet and get back on the bandwagon. Luke Bryan will get an artless bland mullet that everyone will love for no reason. Women will inwardly wish their husbands could be cool enough to pull of a mullet. The mullet will rise. You may think that is far-fetched, but mark my words, it will happen and is happening even now. The mullet is back.
Sure, the ACM Awards are about trophies and performance but we'd be remiss if we didn't acknowledge the beautiful gowns, cowboy hats and blue jeans walking the red carpet. (Spoiler Alert: You won't recognize Dustin Lynch!)
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman
Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd
Maddie & Tae
Frankie Ballard and wife Christina
Florida Georgia Line
Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins
Miranda Lambert and Anderson East
Lauren Alaina and RaeLynn
Clay Walker and his pregnant wife Jessica
Little Big Town
Shane McAnally and Kelsea Ballerini
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
According to the "Rachael Ray Show," we just aren't washing our clothes enough. Or, we aren't washing our closet staples enough. We aren't totally sure we agree with Rachael on some of these, but she does make a few good points.
1. White or Silk
Every single time you wear white or silk you should wash them.
You should wash your bras by hand, every three to four wears.
3. Down or Wool Coats
If you own a down or wool coat, you should wash them two to three times per season because of the oil on your skin.
4. Hats, Gloves, Scarves
Yes, you should be washing your gloves and you should do it three to five times per season.
In theory, you should wash your jeans every two to three wears. (We prefer two to three times a year.)
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