What’s Up, Wednesday?

Hi guys! (And girls!)

Sorry for my radio silence lately. Ya know that John Lennon quote, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans”? Yep, that pretty much sums it up. I’ve had a very busy month, filled with lots of awesome house guests and fun excursions. I figured I’d fill you in on a couple things before getting back to a regular (I’ll try) writing schedule.

1) My Weight Watchers attendance has been more sporadic than I’d like, (I’m set to go today), but at the last meeting I was down .6 of a pound. Hey, it’s not a big loss, but it’s a loss, so I’ll take it! I’ve been far more laidback about tracking than I should be, so I need to get back into the “If you bite it, write it” mentality.

2)  I had an appointment with an awesome endocrinologist a few weeks ago. He ran some blood tests and confirmed that my hormone levels definitely signify PCOS. There wasn’t really any doubt about it after the ultrasound scan I had, but the markers in my blood make it more like “Yep, sorry, it’s for sure.” The good news is that my thyroid appears to be functioning normally, so I’m able to discontinue the thyroid meds. He doubled my PCOS medication, Metformin, which should help with the weight loss and some of the other pesky hormonal problems of PCOS, like acne. I’m seeing a dermatologist this week about some of the acne. I’m so glad I have a PPO and can hop, skip, and jump to whatever specialist I need. That’s a definitely luxury, and I feel like I’ve finally assembled my medical dream team. Now that I know what’s up, I know my marching orders!

3) Next Friday, I’m honored to be speaking on a panel about networking for bloggers at the Lifestyle Blogger’s Conference in downtown Los Angeles. My friend Ana Lydia, whom I met at Fitcation, is hosting the whole event, and she and her team have some amazing panels, sessions, and workshops planned. Check out her latest blog post for a special surprise if you’re interested in attending! If you DO attend, make sure you let me know so we can meet up.

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4) Also in blog related news, I was so jazzed to participate in a Blog Swap hosted by my friend AJ at Confessions of a Fat Girl! The purpose of the blog swap was to write a post assigned to you by another blogger that would take you out of your comfort zone. Think wife swap for bloggers. My pal Chris at What I Run Into assigned me a post about red lips! I don’t wear a lot of makeup, so having to actually put color on my face was intimidating at first as I browsed the drug store aisles looking for RED. While some of the drug store finds were alright, ultimately, I found my happy ending at MAC. Check out my post on Chris’ blog, and stay tuned for my swapped blogger’s post soon. (Hint: it will involve something yummy!)

5) The other half of the Double Chin Diary was here this weekend! April and I had a ton of fun zooming around Los Angeles, doing things like hitting up a vintage flea market, hunting for fossils, baking cookies, and watching Despicable Me 2. Here’s a snap of us at the flea market. I definitely got in my 5,000 steps that day, AND scored a vintage sterling silver deer pin. I love productive fitness, and I love my sister! Maybe she’ll move down to Los Angeles to finish her degree. Hint, hint, wink, wink.

That’s all I got for today, folks! I hope you’re having an awesome week so far, and I’ll be back soon!

Love,

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Non-Weight Loss Related Post: The Magic of Makeup

When I was 11 years old, I remember one of the best Valentine’s Day gifts I’ve ever received. My mom presented me with a little bag of candy; the chalky conversation hearts, some chocolate, and a pink Cover Girls Cheekers blush. I remember the excitement of my very first piece of makeup; a sure sign that I was leaving childhood and entering the awesome state of adulthood. (If only we could go back, eh?!) Ever since then, I’ve had a love of makeup, that once even landed me a job at Kohl’s in the beauty department, rubbing lotion samples into geriatric shoppers hands or trying to create effortless eyes for busy moms.

My best friend and I were both mutually obsessed with makeup, and while neither of us wore tons of it, we would spend weekends poring over our Making Faces book by Kevyn Aucoin. He would create glamorous looks ranging from fairy-like Tori Amos eyes to dramatic, gothy styles with black lips and spiderweb eyelashes. We’d “practice” on each other, never quite mastering the art, but ALWAYS having fun.

Somebody recently asked me why I wear makeup, and I thought it was a good question. I don’t feel like I have to, in fact, there are many weekend days where I leave the house without a stitch of anything on my face, even though I feel like my blonde eyelashes make me look like the walking dead. I wear makeup because it makes me feel good. I love the way a nice black mascara makes my eyes pop, just like how a swipe of pinky coral blush brings some life to my fair skin. I feel more comfortable in the skin I’m in by adding a little “enhancement”. The key is, of course, like Edward Scissorhand’s Mom famously said, Blend and Blend and Blend! Is it my weight that makes me want to wear makeup? Eh, probably not. I like what it does for my face. It’s fun!

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While some women dread putting on makeup, I actually enjoy the process as I see it being somewhat artistic. In the morning, I like that I can choose based on my mood for the day – Do I want to do a colorful plum on the eyes, or do I keep it neutral with a sparkly brown? Do I wear lipstick or stick with gloss? Should I bother with blush, or is it too crazy of a morning, when tinted moisturizer and mascara is all I’m going to do?

In the picture above, the wedding makeup includes two uncommon things for me, bright red lipstick and false eyelashes. It’s a little “too much” for everyday, but I had fun “Creating” that look and I think that makeup can be amazingly fun when it’s used in the right capacity. So today, ladies, (and some men too, if that’s your thing!), what are your thoughts on makeup? Is it a must have for you or an afterthought? Is it something you hate, or something you love? Also because I’m a fiend, share your favorite makeup item.. mine is FAIRYDROPS Scandal Queen Mascara Black. It’s pricey at $24 a tube, but turns my wimpy, mini lashes into lush, foxy fringe.

Your turn: Is makeup a fun, artistic pleasure for you, or a dreaded effect of a misogynistic agenda? Or is it neither of those extremes?!

(I popped two affiliate links in here because you never know, some of you might be makeup lovers like me! We can share the 3c I earn if you buy. 😉 )