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The TAKING BACK BEAUTY Movement Manifesto

Tara Starling is an international celebrity makeup artist, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and visionary and I am honored to call her a friend. She is on the forefront of a movement called Taking Back Beauty and I wanted to share her manifesto and vision with you. If it resonates with you, I’d encourage you to Join The Movement!

We are the 99%.

We are the real women you see everyday, in your homes, your offices, your schools, and your hearts.

We are NOT just blank canvases of flesh, created to sell your cars, your drinks, your perfume, and your underwear.

We are Individual Masterpieces, created to live, learn, dream, serve, achieve, build, lead, and love.

What we think is much more interesting than what we wear, and how we live is far more important than how we look.

For too long we have been told that our worth is based on our weight, our loveability is limited by our looks, and that beauty is not something we already have, but something we always have to buy.

The ugly lies of this Beauty Myth have poisoned our beliefs, convincing us that unless we look like the impossibly perfect, artificial images manufactured for us by the media, we are NOT beautiful, we are NOT worthy, and we will NEVER be enough.

We have watched with horror as our sisters and friends, our mothers and daughters literally starve their bodies to death in order to feed the lies that say they can never, never be thin enough.

We have stood by in despair and fear as the women we love stay in abusive, dangerous relationships because they don’t believe they are worth more.

We have been lied to our entire lives about who we are, how we should look, and what we can become.

And we have FINALLY had enough…

The time has come, and we are

TAKING BACK BEAUTY.

We are creating a new paradigm of Beauty.

We are debunking the Beauty Myth that holds women captive in the self-destructive pain of impossible comparison.

We are creating a world where society defines BEAUTY less by how we look, and more by how we live. (more…)

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H&M Takes Heat for Photoshopping Models’ Heads Onto CGI Bodies

This week, H&M has been taking heat when they came clean about photoshopping models’ heads on a perfect computer generated body for their Shop Online. Instead of using real models, the fashion retail clothing company photoshops the skin color of the ‘mannequin’ to match the model’s face.

This is just one more example of how the standard is being set by computer generated perfection.

H&M Spokesman Hacan Anderson reportedly said it was “regrettable if they had led anyone to believe the virtual mannequins were real bodies’ and that wasn’t their intention.” Sooo why not just use mannequins to avoid the confusion?

What is your response to this?

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Be Careful What You Believe About Yourself

Photo by Brit on Flickr

Recently I was shopping with a client and as we were talking in the dressing room, she made a comment on what a large derriere she had. With a glance, it was evident that this slender woman had a rather average size caboose. When I gently challenged this belief about herself, she countered, “No, my husband and friends told me I did!” to which I replied, “You can tell them your image consultant told you otherwise.”

The lesson from this?

Be careful what you believe about yourself.

It’s amazing how one comment, seemingly harmless, can be assimilated and stay with us for years, changing what we believe about ourselves. We are surrounded by people who are willing and eager share their two cents about us (some of which may not be true) and it is up to us to sort through it all, choose the best, and leave the rest.

The actress Kate Winslet was interviewed recently by the German magazine Brigitte about how she has come to accept her body. ”When I was growing up there wasn’t one woman in my environment who I heard saying something positive about her body. Everything I heard was negative, negative, negative,” she said.

“I accept my body,” says Winslet. “I accept how I am and make the best of what I am given.”

My challenge to you is to take a few moments and examine some of these beliefs you have about your body. If they are serving you well, keep them. If you are dragging you down, identify which attitudes you would like to have and choose to believe them instead.

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Holiday Health Survival Guide: Part III

Over the next few days leading up to Christmas, Jennifer Larsen, Personal Health and Fitness Coach and Owner of Cherry Blossom Fitness will share her five Holiday Health Survival Guide tips to stay on the ball this holiday season!

By Jennifer Larsen

Focus on enjoying family and the celebration rather than the food. Our culture centers so much attention on the food at a celebration and if we can focus on the other reasons and meanings of the celebration it takes a load of pressure of the eating part.

We can even help others by encouraging healthier snacks like hummus and pita slices and fresh veggies, a yummy fruit tray with a low fat whipped dip for them, healthy delicious breads (banana or zucchini), and suggest structured meals instead of all day grazing with a rotating cooking schedule to relieve the burden. You could have healthy homemade soups, veggie lasagna and cultural dishes that are healthier than traditional American celebratory foods. Be creative and enjoy having fun with your friends and family in the kitchen! Make the joy of celebration and enjoying relationships the real focus.

Last, but definitely not least, is compassion. When you diverge from your plan, don’t just throw in the towel. A few mistakes along the way will not make a noticeable dent in your path to health. Giving up entirely, beating yourself up, and swirling into a downward spiral will keep you from living an ultimately healthy life. When you “mess up” or “cheat” forgive yourself, re-commit, and continue on your path of success. Remember a healthy lifestyle is a life long commitment. You’re running a marathon, not a sprint. Try to have perspective when making these big changes for a healthier lifestyle.

To re-sum up what I’ve talked about here is a nice tidy list for you all:

  1. Have a plan and make a solid commitment to health because YOU are worth it.
  2. Incorporate “Multi-tasking Fitness” to squeeze in your exercises for the day.
  3. Be aware of “Discipline Envy” and stay strong to your commitments.
  4. Focus on the real meaning of the celebration and let healthy foods just be a nice garnish to the real reason for celebrating.
  5. Practice compassion. Being too hard on yourself can ultimately lead you off your healthy path. Persevere, forgive, re-commit, and continue on!

I hope this helps you all have an enjoyable, tad bit less stressful, and healthy holiday season!

P.S…If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to or like my Cherry Blossom Fitness blog to follow my almost daily posts that center around fitness, nutrition, women, and pre/post natal topics.

Jennifer LarsenJennifer Larsen graduated from Brigham Young University in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Her passion is helping women and pre/post natal fitness and she loves to incorporate meditation and affirmations, lifelong healthy eating habits, and fitness routines that fit easily into busy schedules into her health and fitness plans.

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Holiday Health Survival Guide: Part II

Over the next few days leading up to Christmas, Jennifer Larsen, Personal Health and Fitness Coach and Owner of Cherry Blossom Fitness will share her five Holiday Health Survival Guide tips to stay on the ball this holiday season!

By Jennifer Larsen

So now that we have developed a strong commitment as discussed in Part I, the second thing is practicing what I like to call “Multi-tasking Fitness.”

The general idea is squeezing in 5 minutes of exercise in every tiny little crack you can find. Doing squats while you’re blow drying your hair, doing leg lifts as you go up the stairs, taking 5 minutes to dance around the house with your kids, stretching, cleaning vigorously, etc. A few minutes here and there will quickly add up to 30-45 minutes and you will be energized, proud of staying on track, and more likely to continue your commitments to health.

Third, I want to talk about something that can sometimes be touchy but we have to be aware of it. It is what I like to call “discipline envy”. When you are mastering healthy eating and a consistent fit lifestyle, people will try to strike you down. It is usually subconscious and they may not realize what they are doing, but when you are exercising discipline, people watching who are not as in control, begin to try to break your plan down. They are jealous you can stick to your plan when they may be slipping. They may make snide remarks, gang up on you, tease you, constantly offer you unhealthy food trying to wear you down to the point of giving in, and many other tactics. Stay strong and if needed, explain to them what you are trying to accomplish and ask for support.

Stay tuned for more!

Jennifer LarsenJennifer Larsen graduated from Brigham Young University in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Her passion is helping women and pre/post natal fitness and she loves to incorporate meditation and affirmations, lifelong healthy eating habits, and fitness routines that fit easily into busy schedules into her health and fitness plans.

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Holiday Health Survival Guide: Part I

Over the next few days leading up to Christmas, Jennifer Larsen, Personal Health and Fitness Coach and Owner of Cherry Blossom Fitness will share her five Holiday Health Survival Guide tips to stay on the ball this holiday season!

By Jennifer Larsen

Life is busy enough as it is and with the holidays at our doorstep it feels like there are never enough hours in the day! We have family and work obligations, chores, community and church activities, plus the stress of family getting together and then all the other million tiny things that are seeping into our lives and snatching up all our extra time.

With all that said, many of you may be thinking, eating right and staying healthy is the LAST thing on my mind. Do not let the holiday madness kick you overboard so easily! Finding and making time to stay healthy through the coming weeks is easier than it may seem.

The first thing you need to do is make a conscious commitment with yourself. When you own your decisions you gain control. Let me explain. Write down why you want to be healthy. It can be a long or short list. Some of the reasons I want to stay healthy are increasing my energy and stamina so I can enjoy the activities I like in life, I want to be free from disease and increase my life span, I want to be happy, I want to feel good about myself, I want to KNOW I am doing the best thing for myself because…and here’s the most important reason…I am an incredible person and I DESERVE to be healthy.

Holiday exercise photo c/o sheknows.com

My commitment always is to make the best decisions possible to stay healthy and energetic. My more specific decisions for the holidays are this: to only eat one goodie per week and two between Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I also will not overeat and continue to feed myself in a healthy way. I also commit to exercising 5 days a week and the week of Christmas at least 3 days. I am sharing all this as an example to a plan. I am allowing myself some “goodies” and because I have planned for specific events, it will be easier to follow through. One of my favorite sayings is: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!”

Stay tuned for tip #2 on multi-tasking fitness tomorrow!

Jennifer LarsenJennifer Larsen graduated from Brigham Young University in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Fitness and Wellness. Her passion is helping women and pre/post natal fitness and she loves to incorporate meditation and affirmations, lifelong healthy eating habits, and fitness routines that fit easily into busy schedules into her health and fitness plans.

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What to Wear for Thanksgiving

When deciding what to wear for your Thanksgiving feast, choose something that will nicely accommodate a full belly. A typical Thanksgiving meal runs around 3,000 calories, so here’s a couple tips for what to wear for Thanksgiving:

  1. Wear a top with an empire waist. This paisley tunic has lots of fullness which will give you a plenty of room to digest.

    Photo c/o Justin Hackworth

    Photo c/o Justin Hackworth

  2. Wear a top with a blousing effect. This rectangular tunic shirt gets some nice shape to it when you add a belt. Take a deep breath and the blousing effect will naturally occur, giving you some extra wiggle room at the waist. No one will know if that’s air or skin under there!

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  3. Wear an extra layer like a cardigan or vest which will nicely conceal any fullness in your midriff.

What will you be wearing for the biggest feast of 2010? 3,000 calories, here I come…

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Startup Princess Image & Media Academy

start-up-princess-image-media-academy_logoHave you heard about the Startup Princess Image & Media Academy?  It is a retreat for women at Sundance in Utah and I’ve been asked to speak at it!  The event is going to be fun, fabulous and you’ll walk away armed with great image and media ideas for yourself and your business.  There are just a few spots left — come play with us!

The Startup Princess Image & Media Academy originally scheduled as a 3 day event is now updated to be a 2 day with agenda modifications. The new date is November 13-14th from 1pm on Friday to 5pm on Saturday at the same original location, a beautiful 8700 sq ft Sundance Cabin in Utah. And the great news is that it will be more cost effective for Startup Princesses at just $225 per person.  This price will include professional headshots by sponsor Russ Dixon Photography, Image & Media training from Danielle LaPorte (via Skype),  Utah experts including Image & Consultant Cherie Burton, Sarah Ward and Kelly King Anderson of Startup Princess, plus other speakers to be announced AND an opportunity to pitch to various top Utah media professionals, lodging and three meals. This event is limited to 25 attendees.

Register via email, Deadline to register is November 7.

For more information, visit www.startupprincess.com.

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Shabby Apple Modest Dress Sale

Shabby Apple is a fabulous modest dress retailer that totally believes in the philosophy that a dress can be a one piece outfit — no cardigans, or undershirts required!  All of Shabby Apple’s dresses are marvelously modest, all on their own.

Until July 31, Shabby Apple is having their annual summer sale, Sale for a Sail.  Their prices are quite reduced and well worth taking advantage of!

Some of our favorites from the Shabby Abby Sale for a Sail:

The l’Ete faux wrap dress has a lovely collar and a full swing skirt.  This A-line skirt is fabulous for complimenting full thighs.  Can’t you just see yourself in this one jiving on the dance floor?

Shabby Apple l'Ete Dress - Sale Price $69

Shabby Apple l'Ete Dress - Sale Price $69

The Tokyo Tea dress has a glorious empire waist that hides a tummy expertly.

Shabby Apple Tokyo Tea - Sale Price $54

Shabby Apple Tokyo Tea - Sale Price $54

The Cat’s Cradle dress has criss cross details across the top — click on the link because you have GOT to see it in blue with the fabulous brown belt!

Shabby Apple Cat's Crade Dress - Sale $50!

Shabby Apple Cat's Cradle Dress - Sale $50!

The Oxford – and who said modest can’t be sexy?  Loving the sweetheart neckline with ruching at the bust, the skinny vintage-style belt and pleats at the bottom.  Great for a girl who embraces her curves.

Shabby Apple Oxford - Sale Price $100

Shabby Apple Oxford - Sale Price $100

The classic Jackie O shirt dress is a true, classic beauty!  I tried this baby on at Blend Fashion and it fit like a charm!

Shabby Apple Jackie O Dress - Sale Price $79

Shabby Apple Jackie O Dress - Sale Price $79

Keep your eyes peeled, because Shabby Apple’s Fall line of glorious modest dresses comes out in August!  We’ll be waiting and you’ll hear all about it here at Cable Car Couture.

Which dress would you like to take home with you?  I love the L’ete and Cat’s Cradle.

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The Mod Bod Swimsuit Giveaway!

August 1, 2009: CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

Have you ever had a hard time finding a modest swimsuit that covered your midriff and still looked fabulous?  Good, I’m not the only one!  If you’re unsatisfied with your swimsuit collection and want something new and flattering to walk down the beach in, you’re in luck!

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The Mod Bod has generously donated a swimsuit for one lucky Cable Car Couture reader!  Will it be YOU?!

The Mod Bod is modest clothing company that was established in 2004 by Shellie Slade who was tired of having to hunt high and low for modest clothes for her daughters.  This year they launched their Swim line that has been incredibly popular!

Aubrey Swimsuit from The Mod Bod

Aubrey Swimsuit from The Mod Bod

My favorite piece from their Swim collection is the Aubrey (pictured above) with ravishing ruffles that hide a tummy — fashionably!

The Marjorie Swimsuit with Swim Skirt

The Marjorie Swimsuit with Swim Skirt

All the suits in the Mod Bod Swim line are modest two pieces and interchangable with options like retro boy shorts and swim skirts for the gal that wants to keep covered poolside.

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Even pregnant women are in luck with the Mod Bod Swim Collection!  Their swimsuits can accomodate a growing tummy.

To enter the contest is easy.

  1. Simply visit The Mod Bod website and leave a comment on our blog, telling us what your favorite piece is from the Swim Collection!
  2. For an extra entry, subscribe to Cable Car Couture’s Email Newsletter in the top right hand corner — you’ll get notifications about amazing giveaways like this one!
  3. For an extra entry, Tweet about The Mod Bod Swimsuit Giveaway Contest on Twitter!  Be sure to leave the URL in the comment.
    Example: “Enter to Win a FREE Mod Bod Swimsuit from @cablecarcouture! Contest ends 7/31/09. http://bit.ly/hoQug Pls RT!”
  4. For an extra entry, update your Facebook status on The Mod Bod Swimsuit Giveaway Contest.
  5. For an extra entry, become a Fan of Cable Car Couture on Facebook!

NOTE: For ease in tabulating entries, please make a separate comment for each entry.  Thank you!

Contest closes on Thursday, July 31st, 2009.

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