Crest Whitening Strips

Crest WhitestripsLately I’ve been trying to put a little effort into my appearance.  I tend to throw on what’s most comfortable.  I always look put together, but never like I really care.  I’m in a position now where I want to look… powerful.  I own my own company and our branding relies on me, so I don’t want to forgot the way my physical appearance affects my clients and colleagues.

Because it’s been awhile since I actually took time to look at myself and see what I can improve, it was a strange few days.  I always keep myself clean and as healthy as possible, but I’m not big on image improvement just for the sake of image improvement.  I was a little stuck.  I didn’t want to just blindly spend money on products.  So I had a look at the people I admire on social media and other companies.  People like Ella Woodward.  Everyone has a unique image and they look effortless.  But we’ve leaned that none of it is effortless.  Everything is a strategic move for their image and company.

What does my image say?  I quickly snapped my own picture, just a simple selfie.  If I saw this on my newsfeed, what would I say?  How would I judge it?

1.) Roots!!  I have to do my hair again 😦  Oh man, that really sneaks up on me every time!  I have to start coming up with a system or something to get it done.

2.) I look a little tired.  Well that’s something more sleep or a tiny bit of photoshop could fix.

3.) My teeth could be whiter.  Hey!  I can fix that!!

So I started there.  Hair and teeth.  Let’s do those two things and see where we are.  But I’ve never actually whitened my teeth before.  Once at the dentist they offered a free teeth-whitening for new clients, and I got that.  It was great!  I mean absolutely painful, but I walked out with whiter teeth.  But who can spend that kind of money on teeth whitening? Continue reading

My Face is a Roadmap

Sugar AddictionSince I was a teenager, I’ve worn everything on my face.  I mean that it a few different ways, but today I mean in terms of pimples and acne.  It took me years to figure out that what I put in my body, and how I treated myself, directly contributed to how much makeup I would need to wear to cover blemishes.

In the last two years, I have conquered the chaos that was my face.  Into my late 20’s I was still getting pimples and I was starting to give up on ever being clear-skinned.  But then my life turned around and I figured out how to rid myself of the ugly red spots for good!  How?  I found my triggers.  Mainly they are sugar and dairy.  I learned to deal with stress in a natural way without binge eating, and I studied hormones to slowly start to repair my imbalances.  I figured out an all natural cleaning regime using jojoba or coconut oils instead of chemical moisturizers.  After these steps, I officially became a person who can walk outside without makeup and look clear and fresh!

These last two months have been total chaos.  One day I looked in the mirror and I just knew I needed to start focusing on me again.  The stress of starting a new business and opening new offices was taking its toll.  I was stress eating, binging and forgetting to take care of myself.  My entire chin and jawline felt like sandpaper.  I’ve never been this bad!  I’d fallen off the healthy wagon hard and my face was exposing it to the world.

Determined to turn it around, I did a quick google search on the areas I was seeing the most problem.  The main causes?  Stress, sugar, eating before bed and hormones.  Bam.  The first four were like yup, yup, yup and yup.  In that moment, I stopped the horrible habits cold turkey.  My main focus was to clear up my face naturally again.

Sugar be gone!  Dairy went back to small amounts.  I went back on the pill and started walking and doing soft meditation to deal with the stress.  One week later I’m seeing visible differences.  Mainly there’s nothing new popping up!  I’ve carefully exfoliated with baking soda and found a good clay mask for my nightly wind-downs.  I drink water until I pee every five minutes.  I’ve borrowed my sisters juicer so I can basically inject myself with green veggies.   One week and oh what a difference.   Continue reading

I Stopped Showering and I Smell Great!

Body OdorIf you’d told me even a few months ago that I would be okay going days without showering, I would have snorted in a way most unbecoming.  A snort of complete disbelief.  I mean come on.  I am a girl with long, thick blonde hair that gets greasy after 24 hours!  I need to shower!  And who wants that kind of B.O.?  I mean I’m not a terrible stinker, but by the end of the day I’m usually ready for a new rub of deodorant under the arms.

Today, as I’m writing this on a Monday, I can say in all honesty that the last day I showered was Friday morning.  I’m on day four, and not only does my hair look normal, but I just took a sniff of myself and I smell great!

Here’s what happened.  First, I went blonde.  Much to my mother’s chagrin I started dying my hair a few years ago and never stopped.  As soon as I went blonde everyone started telling me that I shouldn’t be washing my hair every day because the light colour would dry it out.  Do you want hair like straw?  I certainly don’t!  Afraid of brittle hair, I spent hundreds of dollars on shampoos and conditioners to keep my hair moisturized.  It’s always been a struggle.  I tried not showering once or twice, and my hair goes greasy within a day.

And then… dry shampoo!

It took me six brands to find one that I liked.  I had to like the smell and what it did to my hair.  Dry shampoo tends to make my hair look either dull or feel like straw.  One smelled so strongly of some kind of flower it made me feel sick.  One made my hair look gray!!  I kept trying and eventually find one by Pantene Pro-V that smells nice and doesn’t affect the color of my hair.  It doesn’t feel the best, but it’s not bad at all.  I’m still hoping to find one better without having to spend a million dollars, but we’ll get there.

Back to showering.  I started going a day or two without showering because my hair wasn’t greasy.  I’m not a huge stinker, so a little deodorant can get me through a few days pretty easily.   I started showering only when I started to smell bad.  Slowly, the time between showers started getting longer.  Suddenly I was going five or six days without showering!!  I usually notice when I have B.O., but I was surprised that I really didn’t smell all that bad.  I even started getting compliments from people on day three and four ‘you smell so good!’.   Continue reading

The Horrors of Form Fitting Clothes

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I feel like I’ve spent most of my 20’s covering up my stomach.  By that I mean buying clothes that are loose and flowing to hide the roundness.  I’ve never been comfortable in anything that hugged my curves, even if it’s just showing of my breasts.

Yesterday I spent a lot of time at the mall looking for a new dress to buy for an event tonight.  I have some at home, but I’ve worn them a few times ad I just wasn’t feeling them.  I wanted something new.  I tried on dress after dress and nothing made me feel wow!  I went for all my old faithfuls.  The empire waist with flowing skirt to me knees because the ‘tried and true’.  I’m short so anything with a long skirt makes me look squat.  I need to show a little leg 🙂  But nothing was right!!

I finally ended up at a store with a big sales rack and I found a little black dress that normally I wouldn’t have tried on, but the price tag beckoned.  I figured ‘what the hell, the worst that can happen is it looks horrible and I leave that picture in the dressing room’.  The priblem with it is that it’s high chested (which is not normally good with my D sized breasts’) and it hugged around the middle (as above, I’ve spent ten years avoiding that).  I’ve thankfully gotten over the whole ‘I can fit into a size smaller than I am’ phase a long time ago, so I picked up my actual size.  I went into the dressing room and put it on.

I was stunned.  I looked at myself in the mirror and thought ‘wow, I actually look good!’.  Yes the collar was high up on my chest, but it had this cool subtle design that took away from the large boobs.  The waist hugged a little before flaring out, but I guess my new diet is paying off, because even without any kind of underneath body shaper it looked flattering.  It was simple and classic.  It showed of no cleavage, but it looked… classy. Continue reading

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

So I’ve been on a ‘natural’ kick for awhile.  I’ve been trying my best to get chemicals out of my life.  It’s been tough, but very slowly, things are getting better.  I figure going cold turkey is never going to work, but if I can do one thing at a time, it will get easier.

This all started a year ago when I was working two blocks away from a whole foods.  I decided I was going to eat completely organic for an entire month.  I blogged about it at the time, how good I felt.  It was hard to maintain simply because I could only shop at one place, and it could be expensive if you aren’t careful.  But for a whole month I succeeded.  My hair looked shiny, my skin was amazing, my health was on point and I just felt like a million dollar version of myself.  Because of that experiment, I’ve become convinced that the natural way is how you can get the most beautiful version of yourself.

I’ve struggled with my skin for most of my life.  As a teenager, my face was a constant circle of a few pimples at a time.  In my early twenties it didn’t stop.  I feared that I would never grow out of it like everyone said I would.  I hated covering up red spots all the time, and it made me feel super self-conscious.  I would never go out without makeup, and sometimes I might even wear some at the gym!  But a couple experiments, especially the one above, lead me to believe that my skin was bad because of what I was putting in my body.  But what about what I was putting on it?

It took me years to perfect a routine that seemed to work.  I would only buy one kind of moisturizer, one kind of soap and wash a certain amount a day.  But every time I went to get a facial they would tell me my skin is too dry or scratch, and they would try and cell me a product way out of my price range.  I was frustrated.  I thought having no pimples was worth a little dry skin.  But I’m not getting any younger, and I don’t want to be in my thirties and start to wrinkle.  So I gave natural a try.

At first it sucked.  Every product I tried that was natural was either too heavy, to light, icky or smelly.  I kept going back to me normal routine because it worked!  I don’t want a pimply face!  That’s when my sister started jabbering on about coconut oil and how much she likes it. Continue reading