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Controversial Women Are Beautiful

I've always been a little controversial because I've never enjoyed sharing the opinion of many. I like to come to my own conclusions and I'm not afraid to stand out in a crowd. I take a lot of criticism for being an outspoken Republican (I'm NOT anti-gay marriage or pro-life though), for wearing waist trainers and even for making a living off of social media. If I ever had thin skin it definitely thickened up. People are always judging but that's OK, I enjoy the path less traveled if it sparks my curiosity. And yes, I've kissed a girl, but who hasn't? In all aspects of life, I'm drawn to women who take a stand on issues, don't care about being labeled a freak and just come out and say whatever it is they feel needs to be said. They're unicorns. I have 2 that I want to bring to your attention. There's Mar Ortiz who I discovered when her instagram selfie went viral. I was asked to comment on it. Watch the news segment below... CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO PLAY. I haven't...

This is Cryotherapy. Brrrrr!

I promised you I would try it. Here's what happened in my cryotherapy session at KryoLife in NYC. Watch the video above or CLICK HERE! I'll be honest, it's f***ing cold! But if you want the benefits of the treatment, it's worth enduring the very looooong 3 minutes. I had a camera on me, so I was working really hard to get through it like a champ. IT WAS NOT EASY. The day I went to film at KryoLife, owned and operated by Joanna Fryben,  I was actually feeling significant shoulder pain. So I was genuinely hoping to reap the benefits of whole body cryo and report back to you on how quickly it worked. It wasn't an overnight kind of relief, but the pain did completely go away about a day and half later. In fact, I felt wonderful all over by that time. Cryotherapy is hailed as a cure-all and people are using it to get rid of all kinds of things like acne, cellulite, unwanted weight, inflammation, depression, libido problems, and body injuries. If you're an athlete or...

How To Use A Waist Trainer

Hi guys! That's me planking it out in a waist trainer from Hourglass Angel. In fact, I have more than a few waist trainers that I've been using for over a year since becoming curious about the waist training trend. Like many of you, I saw Kim Kardashian's selfie that she took in her trainer and wondered what's this? I reached out to Hourglass Angel (the most well-known waist training seller online) to see if I could try their products and, of course, come to my own conclusion. Let's just say I ended up falling in love with waist training, which is something I really didn't expect. There's a lot of talk about waist training out there... ...but what you'll find here is my perspective on it and pointers for how to use trainers beyond the crazy selfies you see on social media. I'll also share my favorite styles, recommendations on sizing and a great discount! Considering what I saw on social media wasn't all too inspiring, I decided to share snapshots over the course of 8...

Building Curl Confidence

I'm often complimented on my hair but what most people don't know is that for years it was my achilles heel. Up until about 5th grade, I had straight hair. It always fell into place and was easy to style. No complaints. Then again, I was so young that good hair wasn't really on my mind. Around the time I turned 12, my dad took me to get a "Mariah Carey" perm because I wanted Mariah's exact hair from her music video Someday. (I was obsessed!) Aaaaand, that was when my hair never went back to being the same. Don't get me wrong, I loved the perm! But after it grew out, I wasn't a fan of what was leftover. What changed my hair's texture? I'm pretty sure it was a combination of the perm's harsh chemicals (it was the early 90's afterall) and my onset of puberty. Again, not complaining as worse things have happened in my life, but as all wavy and curly-haired girls know, learning how to style curls is freakin' hard! Especially fried post-perm curls. I had gotten used to straight...

Loose Ponytail Trend + Matrix Hair Giveaway

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) this fall was superb! I'm still recovering from it. Literally! I caught the flu somewhere between rushing to shows and shaking hands with and hugging everyone. It didn't help that the weather was changing too. But that's what it's all about! CHANGE. The birth of new trends to follow! You might think that living in downtown Manhattan, I already see it all when it comes to high style. To some extent that's true because of the amazing and innovative fashion sense people have here. BUT, I'm never as exposed to the world of fashion and the mind-blowing creations debuting on runways as I am during NYFW. One of the shows I was invited to was Julianna Bass. It was spectacular. She presented her "Search Don't Rescue" collection, which really appealed to me because I'm a huge fan of monochromatic, flowy dresses and pairings. There was also texture and dimension from the cut-out pieces presented, as well as movement from crazier digital prints on...

Fashion Gets Tech-y During NYFW

TechStyleNYC is a series of Fashion Week showcases happening in New York and LA. I've been to a few of their events, but this year's New York Fashion Week 2015 showcase was one of my favorites. I brought my selfie stick. I have officially caved :(  If you can't beat 'em, join 'em? Anyway... As a fitness trend expert, I never limit myself to just fitness events because EVERYTHING is fusing together these days. Fashion is going sporty on NYFW catwalks and tech is catering more than ever to wellness conscious users. We've entered an era where fitness and health are always in fashion and on trend. That being said, I was pretty excited to see which brands would be making their debut at TechStyleNYC! Thync is the 1st product that captured my curiosity. It's touted as the first wearable piece of technology that can change the way you feel. Within minutes, this StarTrek-esque head piece shoots calming or energy vibes through your temples, helping you wind down or...

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