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“Paying” for Beauty?

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Nordstrom 2016 Beauty Event goodies!

The Oakbrook Nordstrom Fall 2016 Beauty Trend Show hit the ball out of the park in terms of creativity and content (at least for the most part). As a savvy skin care shopper, Nordstrom is near the top of my list when it comes to product availability, style, customer service, and bang for my buck! Who’d have thunk it? A major department store that gives the customer luxury experience as well as price points for all? They did it right this time when so many major retailers are doing it wrong with such things as “restrictive” coupons, misguided marketing campaigns (a.k.a. bait and switch) poor customer service, and anything less than the luxury experience they claim (i.e. Macy’s).

However, let’s get back to the positives and all that was right in terms of showcasing the Fall 2016 Beauty Trends and the awesome fun-filled experience for the woman who knows what she wants-Nordstrom Oakbrook Center, ya did good! While I don’t always comment on these types of events, this time Nordstrom pulled off a creative event in which most went away satisfied (a dramatic improvement over the Spring 2016 Beauty event) having had the luxury experience that we all need a little of from time to time.

This past weekend was all about being the #PhenominalWomanIBe and appreciating myself as a woman. I often tell my clients, “if you are an empty well, there is nothing you have to give to others”; this is so true and unfortunately too many of us think that if we keep being “super woman” others will eventually find us worthy! That’s an untruth many woman tell themselves as they struggle at the “crossroads” of their lives, trying to find contentment as they spin on that hamster wheel going nowhere. I hate to break it to you my sisters, but if YOU do not see the value and unique beauty that YOU bring to this earth, there are few who will see that special essence that you carry within.

I’m not trying to rain on anyone’s parade or pander to the negative; I’m only stating a simple truth that comes when you realize that a healthy and balanced life requires that you set boundaries (protecting and respecting your inner core). Ultimately, you must grow comfortable in your own skin, realize that you can’t please or be everything to everyone, and take care of both your physical and mental health. I’ve made no bones about the fact that I’m a skin care freak and as such I’m always looking for new tips, tricks and all things natural for maintaining healthy radiant skin.

So what did I DO this past weekend? Well, this #SkinCareFreak was on the hunt,  and I decided not to miss out on attending Nordstrom’s Fall 2016 Beauty Trend Show in at the Oakbrook Mall (Oakbrook, IL)!😘💄 That’s right ladies, my “crew” and I camped out at the Oakbrook Mall in the wee hours of 4am to get first dibs at the beauty trend items (anti-aging, renewal, replenishment, hydration, etc) coming into the season. Needless to say, it was all about protection for the winter, fragrance and yes, cosmetics!💄🙌🏽

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Early bird gift!

As a health and fitness strategist, I believe in creating working strategies for the “WHOLE” woman; not just shedding the unhealthy weight and relationship with food, but also helping EVERY woman appreciate herself and all of the quirks and imperfections that make her uniquely beautiful in her space. In other words, attending this beauty event was not just about checking out the latest in skin care, but about making sure I did what was necessary to “do me”!  That is not to say that one needs ALL these things to feel good about oneself; but what I am saying is, there is something inherently therapeutic about treating yourself to some “me” time, reorienting yourself, and ultimately getting in balance!

Bottom line? A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do and there is absolutely nothing wrong with feeling great and loving what you see when you look in the mirror! Get fit, healthy, and change the way you see yourself by growing and developing on the inside out!Blessings!😘

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If it don’t apply, let it fly!…

Yes, yes, yes and YES! I was listening to some positive words of wisdom from a wise soul at work the other day, and at the end of all her musings, she said “if it don’t apply, let it fly”, in reference to negativity, unproductive criticism, and all those “things” or “people” who want to “help” us kill our dreams before we even have a chance to make our own calculations.

Wow, I do believe I’ve seen that movie! “No, no, you’ve gotta stick to what you know”,”are you still trying to lose some weight dear?”, “your standards are just too unreasonable”, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”, “don’t quit your day job” ( to start your own business and follow your dreams) and Blah, blah, blah, BLAH! Been there, done it, AND NOT going back down that rabbit hole. It always seems like all the negative ninnys seem to appear in droves whenever you feel like you’ve finally hit that jump off point; where  you’ve gained the strength to take the risk to change and better your life.

My take away from that convo? don’t let your situation, negative criticism (yes, there is a difference between productive criticism vs. the other stuff), or other people’s vision of YOUR potential future, hinder you. If you’re serious about getting fit and healthy, then take ACTION and block out anything or anyone who’s telling you that you’re not being realistic. If that were true, NO one would take a reality tv star as a REAL candidate for president; just saying! Enough about that and back to the issue at hand. This journey has taken me to some interesting and uncomfortable places in my life, but I don’t regret any of it because I’m in a much better place physically not to speak of my mental and emotional health.

All that being said, you do have to be honest with yourself and face the facts about your situation, NOT wallow in them! Once you’ve done that, make a plan, plot your course, and stick to it. Now for the really hard stuff, haha ha…

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What is perfection?…

What is perfection?…

I took some time the other day to “catalog” all my “imperfections” (yeah, you know the ones you see and can’t see, *wink and sigh*) and it was a bummer! Really what sane individual does that? Well, we women do of course! DUH! Every day we allow others to define perfection for us; for society, media and “tradition to tell us, “if you want to be perfect, to need to be or do…”.

Witness ALL the magazine (and other print and digital media) categories of perfection, societal references, practices and “code” words (i.e. slim, plus size, thick, fair, ethnic, etc) and the infinite list of other such descriptions, and that’s ENOUGH to let ANY woman know that she is a slave to others. That is, until SHE comes into the knowledge of SELF, HER worth in the universe, and HER place in it!

All the diets, and yes “procedures” in the world WON’T and CAN’T change the perspective of an enslaved, unawakened, or uninformed mind and spirit. Neither will spending 3 plus hours at the gym or starving yourself in to a size “0”! In the words of the Borg Collective (yes, I’m making a reference to the Borg from Star Trek MG because I’m an unashamed Trekkie, deal with it! He hehe), “resistance is futile”. The hard truth is that with the such fluid and subjective standards, it’s literally insane that we women even try to live up to this crap!
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Needless to say, it’s exhaustive, toxic and cruel and has been designed to both limit and “keep” us in our place. I’m not even going to try to make the claim that this is a conscious effort by men or society in general (although it may have at some point in time, and has been conditioned and made more complex through the machinations of culture and other factors, etc). All that DRAMA? I’m over it! It took me a while to see it and I must confess that im still on the journey to self-discovery and empowerment, but OH WHAT A RIDE, Boom Shaka Laka, BOOOM!

Other than a real desire to be healthy and fit ( it was actually a necessity if I wanted to actually live longer and stronger ), I embarked on this journey because I recognized that being fit and healthy on the OUTSIDE requires that I ALSO be “WHOLE” on the inside. The irony? Getting PHYSICALLY fit is actually a lot easier than internal stuff, ha! My take away? Damn, I’m SOO WORTH IT! The question you’ve gotta ask yourself is, ARE YOU? Boomsies and get on the journey to fitness, health, and wholeness…👣
P.s. follow my fitness journey here and on facebook👣
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