Have you ever been one of those women whose beauty routine included cold water and a hair band?
That was the extent of Margaret's makeup regimen. Then she had the opportunity to become a Shine Beauty Guru and the transformation began. Watching video tutorials online and studying the way other women did their own makeup helped Margaret become more focused on her face.
Margaret shares her tips from going unadorned to all dolled up here, with one little bit of advice that keeps the YOU in You.Reinvented.
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- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | You Reinvented – Thu, Aug 5, 2010 7:38 PM EDT
It's not that Sahar Aker wasn't a healthy eater. The blogger and journalist behind FatFighterTV was already practicing the nutrition and wellness tips she was giving out on the air and on her blog. Sahar felt it was time to take her commitment to watching calories and fat grams and eating lots of whole grains up a notch.Read More »from What is "clean eating" and can you really make it work?
So how did Sahar -- and how can you -- go from healthy eating to clean eating? And why in the world would you even try? Sahar explains and gives tips if you're interested in cleaning up what's in your pantry, on your plate, and in your body.
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | You Reinvented – Thu, Aug 5, 2010 6:32 PM EDT
Yvonne Condes wanted three definitive things for her life that came down to one valid question: What's life without a cupcake?Read More »from Could you turn a personal need into a successful small business?
She wanted to feel better in her body after some uncomfortable baby weight gain. She wanted to help her husband who has Celiac disease to be able to really enjoy a gluten-restricted diet. And she dreamed of being a humor writer.
While the goals might appear to be very different, Yvonne found a thread to connect them all -- putting her focus on health to work. Literally.
To take care of herself, she started running. Because she loves to bake, she wanted to whip up goodies with her kids that her husband could also enjoy, which led to developing recipes for healthier, gluten-free treats. To take care of other people with gluten restrictions, she started selling her cupcakes and cookies at farmers markets, in stores, and online. Finally, to tend her desire to write, she started up a blog that tracks her life as a mom and entrepreneur. With that,Yvonne's
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | You Reinvented – Tue, Aug 3, 2010 8:45 PM EDT
It was one of those at-the-altar realizations that no bride, bouquet in hand and groom at her side, wants to have. But there Ilina Ewen was, moments away from her "I do" with the "I don't!" screaming silently in her head.Read More »from Did you realize at the altar that you shouldn't get married?
With her family and his family and good intentions and the best hopes, she followed through with the vows and went ahead with a marriage that she didn't believe she should be in. Although her husband and her parents had the appearances of being proper, respectful people, they proved her right with racist, unkind remarks. Ilina wanted out.
And she got out, sacrificing possessions and money for a quick exit from the marriage she says should never have been. The courage to leave at all costs changed Ilina and led her to an unexpected man, a family, and a home she hadn't even dreamed of the first time around.
Ilina explains how her reinvention began, a bride at the altar years ago, how she's ramped her own life since then, and her tips for other women facing a crisis
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | You Reinvented – Mon, Aug 2, 2010 11:21 PM EDT
Read More »from Have you ever experienced the sadness and support of "the miscarriage club"?
When Julie Pron found out she was pregnant with a third child, she was surprised. She wrote about the experience on her blog Just Precious to help herself embrace the baby she didn't expect so soon. The calm and acceptance she felt was overturned soon after when Julie says she was suddenly welcomed into an exclusive club of women who have miscarried.
The support Julie she found there was critical, not only in mourning the loss of the pregnancy that didn't fit in with her normal "planner" personality.Interacting with other women who understood what she was going through also helped her to move on from miscarriage.
Julie says her priorities and mindset shifted, helping her to see more clearly what her responsibilities as a mother and wife are, to pursue new professional opportunities, and for one wonderful gift born out of the shock, grief, and loss.
When Brett Blumenthal walked through her dorm one evening during her freshman year at college, she landed in a crowd of men who were rating the women who came into the lounge. The numbers she saw stirred up emotion that ranged from anger to inadequacy, and also started her on what has since been both a personal and professional reinvention.Read More »from How to turn an insult into inspiration
Digging deep, Brett chose to use the experience to help herself eat better, exercise more, and feel better in her body. Not only did she physically change, her mindset shifted as well.
Brett explains how one disheartening night in the dorm set her on a journey that has led to creating a website, writing a book, and feeling confident no matter where she walks today.
Getting healthy can feel like a monumental task, whether your goal is to lose five little pounds or overhaul your eating completely.Read More »from Tiny alterations for much healthier eating
Shannon Hoehnen is the blogger behind The Daily Balance and a regular contributor to Shine whose own health reinvention shows that it's possible to break down those big goals into smaller, more manageable, and even delicious tasks. By reworking favorite recipes, continuing to enjoy desserts, and scouting out menus before eating at restaurants, Shannon has deleted many of calories and fat grams from her own diet while still finding ways to have fun cooking, cherish chocolate, and eat varied foods.
She's culled many recipes and tips in her own kitchen and now offers them up to readers who are interested in living a more healthful life. Take a peek at some of Shannon's favorite ways to choose healthier foods and how she's incorporated them into her own daily life.
We've all been there, sitting on the couch, watching some woman who seems lost in her own clutter or weight or outdated wardrobe or financial despair or unraveling marriage as she is swooped up and seemingly saved in a miraculous 48-minute show. Her life is turned around by a team of experts, a debit card with thousands of dollars earmarked for organizational baskets or non-mom jeans, and a tough-talker with a heart like Tim Gunn or maybe even Oprah herself.Read More »from Are you ready to reinvent yourself? We are
I'm sure we've all, at one point or another during the many shows we've seen with this kind of makeover plot, that a camera crew and famed trainers and make-up artists would take our own lives and make them sparkle and shine with only a few commercial breaks in between the before and after transformational fabulousness.
No matter how hard we wish for Stacy and Clinton to show up, real life just does not work like that. Of course.
When the TV's clicked off, we have to sit down and figure out how to make a budget work, how to
- Jessica Ashley, Senior Editor | You Reinvented – Thu, Jul 29, 2010 9:01 PM EDT
No matter how self-confident, ramped up, or uninhibited you once were, having a child (or two or three) can wipe most (or all) of that away in the blink of a birth. The phenomenal thing is, your sexuality is not gone for good once you start nursing, dust-busting fishy crackers, and wrangling kids, Legos, and Polly Pockets.Read More »from How to make your sex life steamy again after a baby
Kristen Chase, a college professor turned sex writer, is the mother of (nearly) four who wrote the blog and the book Mominatrix on making your sex life hot, active, and a priority even in the midst of parenting chaos and exhaustion. Kristen's tips are tried (oh yes, she's tried them all) and true (she even spills personal stories in her book) to help other mothers go from feeling like nursing machines, snack slingers and car-pool chaffeurs to feeling like a vixen in their own lives.
Here, Kristen shares how she reinvented her own sensual self and offers us tips on how to get back in our own groove.
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