Photoshopping Women

Photoshopping Real Women Into Cover Models

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Photoshopping Real Women Into Cover Models

If you could photoshop yourself, would you?

Statistics show that 80% of women say that the images of other women on television and in movies, fashion magazines, and advertising makes them feel insecure.

But how can we compare ourselves to a digital creation? Why do we hold ourselves up to a standard that’s not really attainable?

Instead, let’s appreciate who we are on the inside and aspire to be our best selves — healthy, happy, and joyful!

These four women agreed to participate in a Photoshop experiment. Do their reactions to the results surprise you?

Life is Rozie

Body Image: What Men Say a Beautiful Woman Is

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Body Image: What Men Say a Beautiful Woman Is…

Men say a beautiful woman is: “someone who takes care of herself and embraces her own unique beauty” and that “they never noticed any physical ‘flaws’ in the women they had been interested in –UNLESS the woman herself made him aware of something she didn’t like about her body by constantly complaining about it.”

From the article:

…Men not only are not as critical and picky in terms of physical appearance as we think they are, but that they do not notice or care about half the things we stress or beat ourselves up about. IN FACT: Most of them could hardly tell the difference between girls who were a size 10 and a size 4 – except to say whether they looked healthy or not.

I asked them if they had ever wanted to change something physical about a girlfriend/wife/love interest’s appearance. They all answered ‘no’.

Almost all of them commented under this question that they had never noticed any physical ‘flaws’ in the women they had been interested in –UNLESS the woman herself made him aware of something she didn’t like about her body by constantly complaining about it.

Finally, I asked each of them to ‘describe a beautiful woman’ and ‘describe the kind of woman you would want to marry’. Surprisingly enough, for each of these open questions, the answers among most of the men were the same:

Almost all of them stated that a beautiful woman is “someone who takes care of herself and embraces her own unique beauty.”

Shaping Your Eyebrows for Your Face Shape

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Shaping your eyebrows for your face shapeeyebrow shapes for your face shape

Did you know that the shape of your eyebrows will change how your face looks? Some eyebrow shapes are more flattering than others!

First, you may want to take a look at the eyebrow makeovers to see how much of a difference eyebrow shape can make to your overall look.

This website will take you step by step through the process .

First, you’ll determine your face shape. Then follow the detailed directions on how to either recreate your brow shape or if you’d rather keep your basic shape.

If you already know your face shape, follow the links below for eyebrow directions!

Oval Face Shape

Round Face Shape

Long Face Shape

Square Face Shape

Heart Face Shape

Diamond Face Shape



Mastering Your Body Type (and Your Closet)!!!

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 Body Type

Mastering Your Body Type (and Your Closet)!

  • Have you ever stood in front of a closet full of clothing and not had a thing to wear?
  • Have you ever filled out one of those online “determine your body type” forms and gone away more confused than ever?
  • Do you struggle with what looks best on your body? (Especially if you’ve gone from pre-pregnancy to post-pregnancy and everything in between?)

The change of seasons is upon us! That means a change in clothing. So, in this 3-part series, we’ll discuss the TOP TIPS AND TRICKS for dressing for your body type and personality in a dignified manner! Since it’s LIVE, we’ll also be taking you questions.


Enter your name and email address at the link above to receive the handout for the first Class, April 7th.

(NOTE: reminder emails and links will be emailed the day of every class in the series — April 7th, 14th, and 21st).

We’ll meet LIVE every Tuesday evening at 8pm Eastern*, where you’ll be able to ask questions at the end of class, but let us know if you have any questions NOW that you’d like to see answered in the class.

(The classes will be recorded for viewing later, too. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WATCH THEM LIVE!!!)


*(8pm Eastern, 7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, and 5pm Pacific here in the States. For my international friends, we’ll be Live in London 1st April at 1am BST, 9am JST in Tokyo, and 11am AEDT in Melbourne).

Body Image Statistics and the Media

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Body Image Statistics:
How the Media Impacts our Attitudes

These body image statistics break my heart, but all women need to be aware of how the media impacts all of us.

It’s my mission to help all ladies to embrace their silhouette, and learn how to dress attractively for their body shape, age, and personality.

Body Image Statistics

Dress for Your Image: Thoughts from a Hollywood Costume Designer

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Dress for Your Image

Thoughts from a Hollywood Costume Designer

I’ve discussed before: people “judge” us (and form a lasting impression about us) within the first 7-seconds of observing how we dress, our outward appearance, and our body language.

As a former model and cable network anchor, I remember all the clothing changes we went through to make sure our clothing presented the image they wanted to send. And even then, it wasn’t good enough as modeling pictures were always Photoshopped!

I’ve worked with politicians, stay-at-home-moms, and business women to change a few things about what they wear to present a specific outward image — or personal brand – based exclusively on what they’re wearing and how they use their body language.

Much of it is subconscious. Some of it is obvious!

And if people still don’t agree that how we dress matters, think about why Hollywood spends so much time and effort in costume design. A costume designer is hired specifically to use wardrobe selection to support the character’s personality as well as the entire story. This is an example we can all learn from!

Girls’ Costume Designer (Jenn Rogien) explains why they made sure one character (Hannah) dressed in ill-fitting clothing:

How Hannah Horvath will Dress on Girls this season

Lena Dunham (Hannah Horvath) in ‘Girls.’
Photo: Via HBO’s ‘Girls’ Facebook page

“…we were paying a lot of attention to reflecting how scattered Hannah was very much through the fit of her clothes. And sometimes that was reflected in a hem length: too short, too long, hit at an awkward place on the leg or we’d play with or drop the waist line to make them hit at not quite the right places, that literally just looks rumpled and off. And on top of that we would also not do very much craft of the costume that would go into the trim. So not a lot of steaming, not a lot of ironing.

So, if we want people to think we’re ‘scattered’, dress in ill-fitting clothing that isn’t ironed. So now we know “what not to wear”!

In addition to clothing, hair styles will determine not only the outfit, but the whole “vibe” of a person, too:

“I was much more careful about earrings because they could either become distracting or so much part of the look that it became overwhelming. With Shoshanna’s hair, her long hair was often up and when her hair was shorter you could still see her ears so it was just more about her whole jewelry look overall. A hairstyle or haircut is part of the whole look and it definitely informs fashion choices.

Or, an outfit can reflect an “all over the place feeling”:

Jessa is starting this season with choices thrust upon her and she’s not quite sure how to deal with them and her wardrobe definitely reflects that — the long dress or gown worn in the daytime. There’s just a little bit more of an all over the place feeling that we haven’t really seen. She wore these great gowns and weird ensembles…

We need to dress in outfits that are specific for the occasion. No full-length ball gowns in the daytime, club-wear at the office, or exercise outfits at an elegant restaurant for starters.

Since Hollywood spends so much time and effort on “what to wear”, doesn’t it make sense that what we wear matters, too?

How do you feel about what you (or others) wear? Does it effect your image, income, or mental state? Please comment below!


The Power of “NOT YET”

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Brain scans of fixed mindset and power growth mindset students

Fixed mindset students (L) run from the error. Growth mindset students (R) engage deeply, learn, and adapt.

The Power of NOT YET

Helping People Believe They Can Improve

This is a very powerful ten-minute video that shows the most recent studies in the failing ‘self-esteem’ movement. You know the one: “There are no losers, only second winners”, and, “Congratulations! You’re the last winner!”

Now, don’t get me wrong. I feel very strongly about raising children with strong morals, virtues, and table manners.

But new studies have shown that–no surprise–the self-esteem movement isn’t doing our children any favors. They end up being “gripped in the tyranny of now” and they will “probably cheat the next time instead of studying more”.

Children have become obsessed with getting A’s and have developed a need for constant pats on the back and awards. My husband Dennis and I were talking last night about this new generation of workers that want praise, applause, and kudos for just doing what they’re being paid to do.

So how do we raise a generation of self-starters who have personal dignity, are hardy, and resilient?

By rewarding the “not yet”. By praising wisely–not their God-given intelligence or talent, but recognizing and appreciating their effort, strategies, focus, perseverance, and improvement. In other words, praise their process. Their striving. Their determination.

Studies have also show that even the words “yet” or “not yet” give children not only hope and a feeling of power, but generate greater confidence. Applying effort  and overcoming difficulty caused the neurons in their brains form new, stronger connections and over time they were smarter.

I’m not recommending tossing the A, B, C system of grading in the trash. Rather, as a parent, I’m going to focus on rewarding our children’s sincere effort, stick-to-itiveness, and their improvement. When presented with a challenge, I want our children to embrace it hopefully with an attitude of, “I love a challenge,” or, “You know, I was hoping this would be informative.” That, to me, is true personal power.

After decades of my life, I have learned one thing for sure: It’s not talent that wins out in the end, but perseverance.

What are your thoughts about focusing on children’s efforts instead of their grades? Please share in the comments section below!

The Power of Believing You Can Improve (Prof Carol Dweck)

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