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I’ve listened to this song 20 times today…..

I’ve listened to “I Found You” by Alabama Shakes at least 15 times today. And add that to the times I listened to it yesterday and we’re pretty close to 30 times over the past 24 hours. Is that excessive….probably. Is it okay… absolutely. The lyrics of this song are literally lifting my Spirit each and every time I play it. I had  never heard of the song until yesterday afternoon- but when I heard what was being said… I couldn’t stop.

And this evening- it struck me for how grateful I am that the lead singer and her band mates are here – expressing what is in their hearts. They are expressing a calling to share their words and those words are getting me through today. Do you know how amazing that is? What if they had held back? What if they hadn’t written the lyrics that are speaking to me? What if they had left the message locked away because they weren’t sure how it would be received? I can’t imagine that- but I am beyond grateful that the courage was there to share what they needed to express.

Whatever your heart’s desire is…. I ask that you find a way to share it…. You don’t know who you’ll be helping get through this Life.

SPirit Message April 5 2016

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The Magic of Makeup……

I just got off the phone with one of the makeup artists at my local Bobbi Brown makeup counter. I go to see these Ladies pretty regularly I guess… enough so that after we finished talking about the upcoming makeup event… Brandy (the makeup artist) asked me how I had been and how I was liking my new apartment! It made me laugh because I seriously only know this sweet, sweet girl from getting my makeup done! And I guess they do always wave to me when I walk by the counter or they’ll ask how my mother is doing when I stop to look at new products. Whether or not it’s because I go see these Ladies on the regular or because they’re just genuinely nice people- her phone call got me thinking about last year when I went to get my make up done after a particularly bad day.

This picture was taken after Brandy did my makeup.

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It was also after Brandy had listened to my story about how I had stayed up until around 2 am, had then woke up around 8 am and proceeded to cry for a solid 2 hours because I was heartbroken over a guy. (Ugh!.. glad that passed!). Anyway, Brandy did my makeup…. which you know, is a technical skill that she has learned, but what I don’t think she realized was that she helped me feel beautiful. I mean… I had been crying for hours, feeling 1000% defeated with my eyes puffy as all get out- but that all dissipated when I saw what she had done! It’s something I’ll never forget…. how could feeling beautiful instantly change my mood!?! I mean- that’s what it did. Brandy made me feel pretty – or I guess helped me feel pretty and there was this magic that came with it. When I looked at what she had done and then at this picture… I knew, without question or doubt, I was going to be okay.

For some people makeup is a nonfactor and that’s alright. I can get down with that philosophy- no problem!

But for me it can be magical. And I love it for that. I love makeup as simple as eyeliner and mascara to the kind of makeup that takes me 30 minutes to do. I see it as an outlet for creativity and artistry and way to create beauty in this world. And my favorite part about makeup is that when a woman is feeling beautiful (with however much makeup she has or does not have on)… she is a force to be reckoned with. That’s right, I personally think that when a woman feels beautiful she can draw upon confidence and strength that will help her do anything that she sets out to do for herself.

Do you need to have on makeup to draw upon this strength? No. Of course not. But for me…. makeup is magical. And I will be forever grateful to Brandy, at the Bobbi Brown counter, for helping me feel pretty powerful with some eyeliner, mascara and blush!

 

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Yo! Happy Valentine’s Day…….

Although some people can’t stand February 14th…. I LOVE  Valentine’s Day!!

In full disclosure… it’s one of my favorite holidays. I think I just love to celebrate Love in whatever form that may take. And for some reason I LOVE all the pink and red stuff that’s everywhere.

Anyway, there’s no reason not to have FUN today….go out with your best friend, or significant other. Go to one of those anti- Valentines party. Heck go to the shooting range and do target practice on a picture of cupid! Whatever will light you up … have fun with this day full of LOVE.

You don’t’ have to buy into the idea of needing chocolates and flowers and fancy dinners (although they can be very nice to receive!)… switch your perspective and see it as a day to celebrate all the LOVE that’s already in your Life. What if that was what Valentines Day turned into… a day to look for all the ways LOVE is already here for you! Or maybe it totally turned into a day of Self-Love.

Every week I do distance Reiki sessions for a women’s group  called “Beauty, Balance and Badassery” and last Sunday we came up with a huge list of ways you can show Self-Love…which was perfect for this week! The list included; taking an Epsom salt bath, doing some restorative yoga, going to get your nails done, or going to a get a massage. Which those are wonderfully straightforward. But then the amazing Ladies in the group came up with some ideas of Self-Love that were pretty creative; buy yourself the more expensive coffee or tea, take the time to listen to your favorite podcast, invest in some nice new makeup or skincare (which I LOVE that idea!),  up the amount on your monthly savings or investments, clean out your wallet or purse, sleep until you wake up on your own without an alarm clock or invest in some nice sheets or pillows. It was an awesome list of ideas to show your self some Love.

So whatever you plan on doing today….see if you can look for the ways Love is already here in your Life or take few of the ideas listed above and make this a day for you!

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day this year..however you’re going to celebrate it!

 

Cupid is my Homeboy

 

A few of my top “Love Songs”…  actually, I don’t know if they’re categorized as Love songs…but enjoy!

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Hey! Are you still reading this post… wanna know more about what goes on in “Beauty, Balance and Badassery”…. it’s a Facebook group just for women! And it’s led by an amazing coach; Kelsey Abbott. You can find out more about what she offers through her website Find Your Awesome.

“Beauty, Balance and Badassery” is only opened up at certain times through out the year…but I would highly encourage you to find out more about what goes on in this amazing group by contacting Kelsey or myself!

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My new Bobbi Brown Make-up….

So recently my mom and I went to the mall and stopped by the Bobbi Brown Counter to check out their lip glosses. On any given day I most likely have on Bobbi Brown Makeup….because I just love the way it looks, works and it’s quality stuff!

My mom gifted me with not only a new lip gloss but also a new creme eyeshadow and lipstick. Which I NEVER EVER wear lipstick but I love the way the make up artist did my lips and so it was added into the mix. It was cool because she started with the lipstick, then applied the gloss and right in the middle of both my lips she dabbed a bit of the creme eye shadow! The combination looks amazing and is based on the latest Surf and Sand Collection…..

Picture taken from Bobbi Brown website

Picture taken from Bobbi Brown website

My New Make-Up

Lip Color- Sandwash Pink, Cream Shadow- 24K, Lip Gloss- Pink Gold

 

And I have to say… that Long Wear Eyeshadow…  works! It actually stayed on during a recent triathlon! Uh, yes… I did put on eye liner and eye shadow for my triathlon and it totally stayed put swimming, biking and running! So way to go Bobbi Brown… making women look beautiful while they sweat it out.

If you’re in the market for some new eye shadow I would definitely check out the Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick from Bobbi Brown. Or her lip glosses. And her lipstick too!

My mom and I at the Tri For A Cure. July 2014

My mom and I at the Tri For A Cure. July 2014

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Adding Beauty…. with TriMarni Coaching…..

This week’s post includes an interview with Marni Sumbal of TriMarni Coaching and Nutrition, LLC. After following the TriMarni Facebook page, I reached out to Marni because I have really enjoyed reading about her tips and her overall take on nutrition. What has impressed me is that Marni  emphasizes a “food as fuel” approach, yet she does it in a way that totally celebrates food and nutrition through a positive outlook. We’re often bombarded with “Don’t eat this”, “Never eat these foods…”, “Stay the hell away from XYZ”- but that is definitely not the case with Marni’s approach.

Given that food and eating are a big part of most people’s day I wanted to introduce the Lookin Good Girl readers to Marni and her encouraging, positive outlook on nutrition.

Marni speaking

So Marni, explain how you became interested in nutrition and food?

 Well, I can’t say that there was ever a time that food didn’t interest me because I have used food to fuel my active lifestyle ever since a young age and, food tastes good! But when I decided to give up eating meat/fish when I was 10 years old (21 years ago) because I didn’t want to kill animals, I had to educate myself over many years as to how to fuel my active lifestyle with a balanced plant strong diet and also keep my immune system strong. The more I learned about food for my own body, the more passionate I became in helping others understand how food can be used for fuel and for health.After graduating with my Master degree in Exercise Physiology and spending a little time working as the wellness coordinator of a YMCA, I desired a better understanding of nutrition from a different point of view (aside from sports) so I decided to go back to school in order to obtain my Registered Dietitian credential. I really enjoy the balance of working as an inpatient clinical RD in the hospital as well as helping athletes and fitness enthusiasts cross finishing lines all by understanding the power of food.
In an article you wrote for your Blog, you reference “intuitive eating”..can you explain to the readers what that is?
I learned a lot about mindful and intuitive eating during my dietetic internship when I was interning with a practice (Preferrednutrition.org) that specialized in eating disorders. The practice of mindful eating is very powerful and because I feel that much of our population has yet to master a healthy relationship with food and the body, I have really enjoyed helping others learn how to eat intuitively through my business Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition (Trimarnicoach.com).Mindful eating is being in an active state and releasing all fears, worries or concerns about food. It’s about making choices that will give you an enjoyable eating experience in the present moment. Mastering mindful eating is not easy, especially with our quick-fix, diet-fad, food-trendy society. But with many disordered eating habits and body image concerns, your hurried and stressful lifestyle may make eating time a difficult, uneasy and overwhelming experience.To bring some joy to eating, both inside and outside of the home, mindful eating should be practiced often. Instead of fearing certain foods, bring attention as to why you are eating to result in more control and enjoyment with what you are eating. Keep in mind that mindful eating will differ for everyone for eating is a very personal experience.
What are some simple steps for the readers to take if they want to try “intuitive eating” during the day?
Here’s a great exercise (perfect to practice around the holiday season). Take a Hershey kiss (or small chocolate) and place it in front of you on a desk. Observe it, your surroundings and how you feel. Now touch it. How does it feel in your hand? Unwrap the item and observe it again by touching it and then smell it. Now, take a small bite from the top. Place the other half of the inside of the wrapper and place it out of sight. Suck on the chocolate and close your eyes. Savor your treat, making it last as long as possible without chewing it. Are any special past memories coming to mind as the chocolate melts? Now open your eyes. Did you stay present and in the moment? How long did it take to fully appreciate a small bite of a piece of candy/chocolate? Did you enjoy it?
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 One of the premises of Lookin Good Girl is to provide resources and education on how to “Add Beauty Into Your Everyday Life”. Some readers may not have thought about eating and cooking as opportunities to experience Beauty, especially on an everyday basis. But do you have any suggestions on how to create a more pleasurable experience with cooking, even if it’s making lunch to take to work?
I think there is nothing more beautiful than a woman who loves her body just as much as she loves taking care of others. Women often feel pressure to look or eat a certain way thanks to the media idolizing body image over health. This needs to stop. One of the greatest things a woman can do is to feel powerful and strong about her body and that starts with the daily diet.
One thing that I encourage people to do is to take pictures of their food. Even if it starts with a bowl of cereal or an apple, it is really neat to see whatever “Creation” you put together and to be proud of your masterpiece. You don’t have to share these creations with others but I feel that rather than lecturing others about food, we should feel inspired by food in a happy and healthy way
With the Holidays coming up and keeping in mind the idea of intuitive eating; what are some tips you would share with your clients as to how to approach the abundance of foods that come with the Holiday season. 

I want my athletes and fitness enthusiasts to use the habits they have developed throughout the year during the holiday season and to remember that with 365 days in a year, all is not ruined or lost in one day. I do not promote radical or extreme eating so I would never encourage anyone to detox, fast, cleanse or diet around the holidays, January 1st or any day in between. Instead, I want people to learn how to have a healthy relationship with food and the body so that when it comes to the holidays, people are not stressed or worried about the overabundance of food and occasional treats but instead, know how to eat in a way that they can jump right back to “normal” eating to support individual needs but to also indulge in a way that still leaves them feeling great after the meal. It’s not something that is learned overnight but the ultimate goal for any individual is to be able to maintain a balanced life and to let food enhance your life, not control your life.
The holidays are actually a great time to be inspired with all the real food options and desire for cooking in a kitchen (two things that people often lack in their lifestyle when it comes to “healthy” eating). Here’s a blog I did on stopping the off-limit food lists:

http://trimarni.blogspot.com/2013/11/eat-real-food-stop-off-limit-food-lists.html
For me, I’d rather people start with their relationship with food around the holidays as oppose to trying to be extreme with eating or stressing about the holiday eats. The same tips that apply to balanced eating for fuel and for health on a daily basis should also apply toward holiday eating: do not save calories or go into a meal starving, monitor your portions by focusing on a plant strong meal, feel better after you eat than before, be accountable for what you put into your body – invest your food choices wisely so that you feel great about your choices, don’t eat with guilt, thank your body, exercise consistently (walking is great!) and eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed (scope out the scene before eating and ask yourself what are the best options that will be enjoyed the most).

Marni and her boys.
 
With the Holidays approaching what are your 3 favorite foods you look forward to? 

I have a saying that “if you eat well most of the time you don’t have to worry about the rest of the time”. So when it comes to the holiday’s I love creating my own creations but I also love traditional family recipes.

A few of my favorites include:
-The Czech Xmas cookies that are homemade and delivered to us from Karel’s (Marni’s husband) mom in Znjomo Czech Republic, where is where Karel was born and lived until he came to the US in 2000.
-Mashed sweet potatoes – although a sweet potato is included in my staple pre-race meal, I love my mom’s mashed sweet potatoes. She doesn’t load them with butter or sugar but somehow she makes them so smooth and delicious and I love the added touch of roasted marshmallows on top.

-Czech potato salad – Because Karel can not celebrate the holidays with his family in Czech, we enjoy bringing some of his traditional holiday recipes to our home and we can share them together. This is one of my favorites!

If a reader is hosting a party could you offer some simple tips for a way to integrate some whole food dishes in with the “traditional fare? You know, like how to sneak some veggies next to the giant bowl of Chex-Mix?
This is a great idea! Now a day, it seems like more and more people understand what foods feel the best in their body and as a host, it’s nice to be able to cater to different dietary preferences. For people with allergies/intolerances or medical issues, it is good to label food as to what is in it as that will make the guest feel more comfortable knowing what she/he is eating. Also, I always encourage  people who go to a party to bring a go-to meal (if they need to bring a dish). You want to bring something that you know you will enjoy just in case there are no other options that appeal to you and your tummy. Most of the time, there will be at least a veggie/fruit/cheese tray but for anyone with special dietary needs, it’s nice to know that you will have something to enjoy around others.
But in terms of whole dishes, think about different types of dips (ex. make your own hummus), colorful veggies and fruits and a whole grain salad (ex. quinoa, almonds and figs with goat cheese). Also, put larger plates next to the salads so that it is easy to make a plant strong meal (the dessert plates don’t work so well for holding more than a few lettuce leaves J ) One of the best ways to enjoy whole foods is to encourage others to bring a dish and to be inspired by what other people bring to your party. Not every party needs to include pretzels, chex-mix and store-bought cookies. I think for most people, homemade food is really enjoyed because there was some time, love and thought put into the prep
Looking ahead to the New Year….What are some of your 2014 Goals?

I’m really looking forward to growing my business with the help of my husband. I absolutely love helping athletes and fitness enthusiasts learn how to eat for fuel and for health and to discover a healthy relationship with food and the body.
We are very excited about our athletes reaching their athletic/fitness goals and sharing the journey with them.
I love public speaking and writing so I look forward to seeing where I can take my skills in the next year for there is a lot of research out there and I enjoy learning new things and helping others through my words.
My husband and I love to travel so we decided on 3 destination races so that we could race to travel (or travel to race) – St Croix 70.3, IM Austria and IMWI. My husband will be racing Raleigh 70.3 but I will be cheering him on, along with my other athletes.
For anyone who is considering racing for a finish line, here is a blog I did on picking the perfect race:

http://trimarni.blogspot.com/2013/11/triathlon-season-planning-top-10-tips.html

If a reader was interested in learning more about your approach to food and nutrition what services do you offer in food counseling? 

All of my services are on my website, but my main services involve lifestyle log reviews, sport nutrition log reviews as well as my 2-month lifestyle program. My focus is not on telling people what to do but instead treating everyone like an individual with specific goals and needs.
I do not give meal plans or believe in off limit food lists so I enjoy addressing the diet as part of a lifestyle in order to eat for fuel and for health and to improve quality of life. For anyone who is local in our area, I provide one-on-one consulting and I also speak at universities, corporations and tri/run groups on various topics. All of my speaking events are listed on my website as well as a few local TV segments. I welcome all emails so feel free to email Trimarnicoaching @gmail.com and to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for education, inspiration and motivation in the areas of health, fitness, nutrition and life.

Thank you for this interview! These were great questions. The last thing I’d like to say is , don’t forget to thank your body every day!

Marni Sumbal


In case you would like a little extra info on who Marni is….. Marni is the owner of Trimarni Coaching and Nutrition, LLC and provides consulting and coaching services in the areas of sport nutrition, body composition, triathlons/running, health and fitness. Marni is a Registered Dietitian and works as a Clinical Dietitian at Baptist Medical Center Beaches. She holds a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology, is an endurance triathlete, she is also a Level-1 USAT Coach. Marni is a 7x Ironman finisher and recently completed her third Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii with a PR of 10:37.Marni is a 110% play harder, Hammer Nutrition, Brooks Running ID and Oakley Women brand ambassador. Marni enjoys public speaking and writing, and she has several published articles in Fitness Magazine, Shape Magazine, Health Magazine, Men’s Journal Magazine, Runners World Magazine, Women’s Running Magazine, Bicycling Magazine, The Florida Times-Union Shorelines, Lava Magazine, Hammer Endurance News, CosmoGirl magazine and Triathlete Magazine, and contributes monthly to IronGirl.com, USAT multisport zone and Ironman.com.
 

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Balanced Beauty…. Looking Around

The last post in the Balanced Beauty series is about  the importance of having Beauty in your surroundings and current environment.

Why would it be important to focus on “Environmental Beauty”…. well, when we look at something that we perceive as Beautiful it creates all sorts of wonderful emotions and feelings; it can lighten your mood, make you feel happy, calm your nerves… all sorts of lovely responses take place.

Plus, your Environment can play a big role in how you engage with the rest of the World. This can be very subtle. But imagine these two different scenarios:

1) You walk into a room where there are white walls, a metal folding chair, a small plastic table and no windows.

2) You walk into the same room where there are still white walls, but with a few pretty vintage looking mirrors, a big comfy chair, beautiful flowers on that small plastic table and sunlight flooding through  several windows.

Which room would you rather walk into and hang out in? How do you think you would feel and or act in each room? What about your level of creativity? Or how would your  productivity be influenced in each room? Just a few things to think about.

Adding Beauty into various environments can be really easy and can be expressed in very simple ways. It just needs to be YOUR definition of Beauty and what speaks to you.

Homework Time

Think about 3 places you go on a regular basis everyday of your Life… it could be your office, it could be in your car, it could be in the kitchen, even in the bathroom.

Think of 1 simple way you can make each place more Beautiful. Can you add a vase of flowers or some pretty candles? Can you get figure out a way to add essential oils into the room with a diffuser?

Notice how you feel when you look at this spot with an emphasis on Beauty. You might be pleasantly surprised to see how something so simple can have a wonderful impact on your day.

Want some inspiration for ways to create your Beautiful Space… come follow Lookin Good Girl’s Pinterest page For The Home. Get inspired, put your own spin on what you see and take it out into those places you go everyday.

I created this in my kitchen a while back and every time I looked at it ... I felt better! No Joke.

Golden Angel and Red Candle holders lit up Christmas for me Last year

 

 

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Balanced Beauty…….. Let’s Get Physical…..

This week’s post is the first part of a 3 week series on Balanced Beauty…..

You may not have ever thought about how “Beauty” effects your everyday Life so this series will be kind of like an introduction to the concept. There are areas in our Life where we, as women, need Balanced Beauty.

In talking about the physical realm of Beauty, we’re going to focus on you as a physical being. There are lots of ways we could discuss physical beauty in landscaping, architecture, music – but for the sake of this post we’re going to be focusing on you- with your physical body.

There’s a quote that I absolutely love…..

 

This is SOOOO true! And something that should really be focused on more – but come from an empowering place for each individual woman. When I read this quote- it really struck me at a deep level- like, every single woman has something beautiful about her. Maybe it’s her eyes or her hair or her amazing, glowing skin. Or maybe it’s the way she can pull off glasses that make her look ultra smart and ultra sophisticated. Maybe the lady in front of you in Starbucks is pulling off a color that you never even dare to try on-but she is rocking that Taupe like nobody’s business… that’s still an element of Beauty.

I often people watch when I’m in public places and I’ve found myself thinking of this quote more and more and challenging myself to find the physical quality that each woman radiates and makes her unique.

“That lady with the scowl on her face… Man, she has really pretty eyes.”

“That girl who just cut me off in the parking lot…. she has such pretty hair and I love her sideways braid! ”

“The woman (who just caught me staring at her) she has like the perfect cupid’s bow on her upper lip”

These are just thoughts that have run through my mind since first coming across the quote above.

A Lookin Good Girl Challenge:

1)Think about your own physical feature that makes you the stunning woman that you are. When you look in the mirror what do you see that makes you proud? That physical aspect of you that  makes you go “DaaDamn- yea Francois I got it going on”.

2)While in a public place look around at the women you see and find their physical feature that stands out as beautiful.

Everyone woman has something beautiful about her … so find it! If you can, give the Lady a compliment on it , if you can’t, to yourself…silently Bless her Beauty.

 

How would it change your perspective of yourself and other woman, if you showed up everyday completely tapped into the fact your a Beautiful Woman?

What do you think would happen if women went around silently blessing each other’s Beauty. Hmmmmm?

Those are some questions to think about.

And make sure to check back in the next coming weeks for the other two areas you could benefit from Balanced Beauty in your every day life.

 

 

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Adding Beauty….. The Benefits of Being an Apriori Consultant

This week’s post is about a topic I haven’t focused on much in this blog. But I realized that the benefits of being an Apriori Consultant are pretty fantastic and I want to make sure you know that there are available to you at anytime.

Before we go any farther… you might be saying “Oh, great she’s trying to make me become a consultant” … or “I hate sales- no way would I ever consider this!” and you know those are two totally legit ideas/thoughts/comments. But I want you to know that the whole purpose….1000% of the purpose of this post is to educate and inform.

Just like each week when you read about skincare tips and products… there’s an educational component.  This week’s post is just like that!….I feel like its part of my job (that I love!) to present the info on all the perks of being a consultant with Apriori Beauty. I wouldn’t be doing my part if I didn’t at least present the benefits of working with this company…..just like I believe in the products… I believe in Apriori as a business.

Keeping in style with my love of bullet points… I present the “Benefits of Being An Apriori Consultant” according to Beth Chernosky

 

  • The products are fantastic, safe to use and… they work!
  • As a consultant you get a weekly 30% commission on all orders that are placed the prior week (your order as a consultant and/or your client’s orders). So that means on the products you order to use on your beautiful face… you’ll receive a 30% commission on them the next Friday.
  • You get paid weekly. I just wanted to reiterate that because it’s particular rad.
  • There’s NO REQUIRED INVENTORY… meaning you only need to buy what you personally use or want to share with clients yourself.  So…you’re not going to have a bunch of products sitting in your backroom talking to the dustbunnies. You purchase the amount of products that are right for you.
  • This is not a get-rich-I’m all the sudden a baller- scheme.… this is an actual business, where actual business women build businesses. I’ve been building mine for 3 years. You can totally become an Apriori Baller… but you’re still building a business and it does take a commitment and an effort. But it’s super fun!
  • It only cost $79 for the Apriori starter kit. In the kit you get everything you need to start your biz and you get a free website to direct clients to.
  • New Friends. For reals… I’ve met women from all across the country that I wouldn’t have ever met and they have been a total added bonus I hadn’t really anticipated.
  • First Rate, Class-Act Owners: Susan Twellman & Elizabeth Vervynk. These Ladies are building this company with honesty and integrity. I’ve seen first hand their enthusiasm and dedication to Apriori Beauty as well as their commitment to helping Consultants succeed.
  • You don’t have to be a skincare expert to build this business…. just a love for the products. There is an enormous amount of training available to Consultants so you have plenty of support as you learn about the products you share.

If you are interested in finding out more about Apriori Beauty you can check out the company’s page or find Apriori Beauty on Facebook.

And of course!!!!! You can email me at eastcoast. beauty at hotmail.com and I can provide info on any questions you might have. We can set up a time to talk over the phone, in person, or via Skype. If you or a friend is interested in building a business with Apriori… I’d love to support you in your efforts.

 

Myself and Founding Consultant Candy Dye

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Adding Beauty… Spring Fashion 2013

This week’s post has been graciously provided by Margot Legare, a New England native who has always had a flare for fashion. Given that it’s Money Cash Month at Lookin Good Girl… Margot has provided a Spring Fashion preview and has listed a number of items that can fit inside in Tax Season Budget! Spend or Splurge…. we’ve got you covered. Many thanks to Margot’s contribution! 

 

March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb and we often feel this way in terms of the way we dress. We’re all bundled up and at the first hint of warm weather; we’re ready to shed our coats and start anew. Spring constitutes innovative beginnings and this season it’s all about color so why not identify what you’d like to have in your closet now come April without breaking the bank?

Often times we’re inundated with trends for each season and forced to assess which trends have that true staying power. So what should adorn your closet come le printemps?

This season focuses on color and graphic prints in terms of all the essentials: jeans, blouses, jewelry and shoes. The best thing about fashion right now is that people are pushing color and texture barriers. If you like it in pink or red, buy it in pink or red. One can’t go wrong incorporating a pop of color into a muted or all black ensemble, and for most of us that includes looking no further because the pieces are already in our closet.

Par example, you’re wearing black tailored pants and a sheer, romantic, black blouse; incorporate some chunky emerald earrings and a textured wrap watch, some emerald bangles and you’re set to step out on trend and in style for spring.

Some other must-haves for spring can be purchased on any budget. The best thing about finding these essentials is you may be able to shop in your own closet or find a steal online. Spring fundamentals include:

 

 

Check out the latest and greatest style inspirations in Harper’s Bazaare: Street Style for real people rocking real trends right now: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/fashion-articles/new-york-fashion-week-street-style-spring-2013#slide-1

 

And preview fall: http://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/fashion-articles/paris-fashion-week-street-style-fall-2013#slide-1

 

So keep bundled for now, but be bold and shed those layers by incorporating some inexpensive pieces (or splurge) for spring 2013. Think creatively as an inroad to chic this season.

 

 

Margot Legare- Guest Blogger

For  more information check out: www.fashhionista.org

–          Margot A. Legare

 

 

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Adding Beauty….. Ms. Tina Turner

This week’s Adding Beauty post is alllll about Ms. Tina Turner! I love her! And I have loved her since I was a child.. I mean like 4 and 5. When you’re that young – you don’t even know what a person is singing about… you just can tap into the sound and energy…and even at that age I was picking it up what Ms. Turner was putting down!

So this week’s post is dedicated to Tina Turner… cause she is one beautiful woman. Enjoy.

Classic song. Classic woman. Classic sweet crazy hair! 

[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGpFcHTxjZs]

Beautiful.

This is one badass photo!

Did you know she rocked like this?

[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipOz_k9zvzo]

(Music Trivia fact: Brian Johnson of AC/DC sang this song, Ms.Turner’s song, when he first auditioned for the band)

 

Listen to this voice… power and grace. And she can shake it!! 

[youtube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIZIkp0rVDc]

(Lookin Good Girl Trivia fact: I use to watch Soul Train every Saturday morning after cartoons. True Story)

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