Nov 03 2015

embrace the skin you are in and feel confident

As I watched @MariaShriver interview @AmySchumer and her stylist, I thought how fabulous that Amy found @LeesaEvansStyle.  How fantastic that she has learned how to dress for her body so she feels comfortable and confident in her skin and in her clothes.  Amy's candor exemplifies the universal clothing drama so many of us are all too familiar with which often plays off of our body image issues.  "You're not going to be what everybody loves, but you have to love yourself," Schumer says.  The reality is, we wear clothes and we should feel beautiful in them.  Our clothing should reflect our personality, flatter our bodies, empower and lift us up.

I just happen to have a bit of talent for choosing clothes that are flattering for others and I even dabbled in doing the personal shopping/stylist thing for hire, back in the day.  It really is about knowing your body and knowing what looks good on your particular shape and what doesn't look good.  It is paramount, in my opinion, to find pieces that don't require us to fuss, tug or pull as Amy shared because then, we are uncomfortable and aren't in the moment, being ourselves.

I was crystal clear that I could not make myself look good, let alone feel confident and carefree, in a bathing suit as I wanted coverage of my upper thighs and no bathing suit addressed that "problem area".  Talk about a "pain point" in marketing terms.  Well, I knew I was not going to wear a traditional women's swimsuit years ago on vacation and hence the creation of girltrunks happened - swim shorts that cover the upper thighs and tankini tops that are not skin tight so to flatter the shape and make the wearer feel comfortable and fashion forward.

I just commented to my mother the other day, "What would I do if I did not have girltrunks for my trip to Florida over the holidays?"  "Seriously...what would I do?" She said she felt the exact same way and went into all the positives of girltrunks over a traditional swimsuit.  Yes, she is my mom, yet everything she shared was completely on point.  It is a game changer for those of us that don't want to expose so much of our bodies in order to enjoy all the leisure activities around water and still want to look and feel great and be stylish.

So, I completely get the gift Amy's stylist gave her...a sense of freedom to be, to feel comfortable and confident in her clothes so she can be her fabulous self without fussing or feeling self-conscious. It is not matter a lot!  

I am confident we are doing just that in the swimwear space which so many women truly dread regardless of their size, shape or age.  Those days of dreading to wear a swimsuit are long gone because with girltrunks, women can now participate in life's activities around water with confidence and joy.

Embrace the skin you are in and say bye-bye swimwear shy and say hello swimWEAR CONFIDENCE!


Posted in #confidence, #curygirls, #embraceskiniamin, #empowerwomen, #fashion, #goodwill, #savannahguthrie, #stylist, #todayshow, @amyschumer, @girltrunks, @leesaevansstyle, @mariashriver, swim shorts, tankini tops


Sep 11 2015

yes...size does matter...but fit is paramount

I recently came across this article in The Washington Post written by the founder of From Thick To Thin, an all inclusive athletic apparel line.I read it and immediately thought, “I hear ya!” She was writing about her incentive to begin her company and how trying to buy some athletic gear in Dick’s left her feeling humiliated and very upset. There was nothing available to her in “plus size”.

Many of you know the reasons I began girltrunks, but it wasn’t so much because of size, large or small, it was more about comfortable coverage and fit. Andrea Kuchinski, the founder and article writer touches on this.

I was going on vacation to Montana and wanted swimwear that I could wear tubing down the Madison River, then go on a hike. As many of you know, a one-piece or bikini some times just doesn’t cut it for that kind of activity. In fact a one-piece or bikini doesn’t cut it most places. In order to wear a bikini without fear of slippage and exposure, it’s best to remain horizontal on your lounge chair, coming up only for the odd margarita!

As you may recall, I ended up buying a pair of men’s swim trunks, problem solved! Didn’t float off into the swirling waters and they dried lickety split when I got out and hiked into the wilderness.

However the fit was less than ideal. I looked at best, shapeless and at worst falling apart. Men’s bodies for the most part are straight, they have no waist, no hips, no curvy bits. This isn’t a criticism just an observation.

Women come in many shapes and sizes, pear shaped, boy shaped, V shaped, apple shaped, hour glass, etc., etc., and regardless of whether you’re a skinny minnie or more generously proportioned, it’s the fit that counts. A size 8 won’t fit every size 8 body out there, the same goes for a size 12, a size 20 and a size 2.

What we’ve done at girltrunks is to celebrate that wonderful uniqueness of our bodies and ensured our fit is flexible enough to meet most of these wonderful shapes and sizes. Our designs are tailored to meet the demands of such a variety of bodies, with correct tapering so no tightness in all the wrong places.

Yes, of course, there will be a lady’s body that we can’t accommodate, but we understand just how much swimwear with confidence is such an essential part of women’s lives, whether at the beach, the pool, hiking in the Rockies or, like me, tubing down the Madison River in Montana.

Posted in from thick to thin, selling plus size clothing good for business, swimwear for all shapes and sizes, the washington post


Aug 12 2015

a 3:00 am wake-up call to see morning joe? most definitely!

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski have been on my radar for years via my mom as she was a huge fan and would share what she learned from watching Morning Joe on a regular basis.  I didn’t watch the show until prior to the last election cycle and then I was hooked.  It doesn’t matter what side of the political fence you are on as they’ve got you covered.  And their rotation of guests and experts is truly impressive. mom loves, loves, loves Morning Joe and had said to me on numerous occasions that she wanted to go to one of their shows when they were out of the NY studio.  Fast forward to last week when she said they are doing a taping at Flannery’s Pub downtown Cleveland after the debate. I said, we are going!   


Doors opened at 5:30.  Our pick up time moved from 4:30 am to a little before 4:00 am. We were about the 25th in line and they supposedly had room for 30 right behind where the set was.  In line by us was the cutest family with two young girls and the youngest was so darn excited to be there. How cool is that?!  It was time to go in and we got to the door and they said the front part is full, find a place.  I proceeded in and there was a round table in the front area that was directly behind their set. I asked if was available, for which it was.  I grabbed it and the family with the two young girls sat with us.  We honestly had the best seat in house and were treated like VIP's.  We were pinching ourselves in excitement.



Those around us in line all said we didn’t want to be on TV, we were just excited to be there. Well…guess who was in the background between Joe and Mika every time the camera was on them? Me!  A few of the segments you could also see my mom. 


Their entire conversation over the course of three hours was not scripted. We could see the teleprompter and they only read when a segment started, when they were showing a graphic and when they were going to commercial.




May I just say, my mother was in her glory! During many of the show breaks, @Morning_Joe and @MorningMika walked around chatted, shook hands and took photos with those of us in the audience.  

Mika is stunning and has such a lovely spirit about her and Joe, he is just a cool, smart and funny guy and so darn gracious. My mom shook hands with both of them and also got her picture with them…quite the thrill!




My mom wanted to get a “selfie” with @WillieGeist at a break which was to include me. Well…I am not a big selfie taker and didn’t have the camera ready, so here’s what we got.  Willie could not have been kind while I fiddled around.

The girls were clamoring to get a photo with Willie and at the end of the show, he walked over to the table and they were beside themselves thrilled. Mika and Joe also posed with them as well.  They told my mom, when they tell their friends, they will have no idea who they are, but they know as they have breakfast with them every morning…how cool?!


The girl's mother said we must be such nerds to be so excited...I accept that 100%!

We are still pinching ourselves a few days later as it was quite the experience. We thank the @Morning_Joe team for such a memorable and wonderful experience.

Because I love art...a Peter Max of Joe and Mika...


Posted in cleveland, flanner's pub, joe scarborough, mika brzezinski, morning joe, willie geist, worth sharing


Jul 13 2015

do you meditate?

Full disclosure...I am someone that desires meditation to be part of my daily routine.  Thanks to @Oprah and @DeepakChopra and their various 21-Day Meditation Experiences, I am closer to making that happen.  

It is a lovely gift they offer which is wonderful for someone like me to begin the discipline of meditation...yet again.  I always feel so much better after meditating...more peaceful.  

The new series starts today...


Manifesting Grace through Gratitude.

"Grace is the benevolent, powerful, unwavering energy of the universe that guides you to the best version of yourself. When you shift into a state of gratitude, grace opens itself to you – it responds in turn by bringing you even more to be grateful for. Your day-to-day becomes increasingly effortless, more enjoyable, and more vibrant. It is a blissful, life-affirming state of being that is available to everyone, all the time."

Did I mention it is free? You have the ability to journal and connect with others going through the series along with you.  And...there is an app.  If you have an interest in meditating, why don't you join me and others around the world in this 21-Day Meditation Experience? 

All of the past meditation series that they have offered are thoughtful and inspiring and are now available on the site for purchase.

Posted in 21 day meditation experience, @deepakchopra, @oprah, meditation, worth sharing


Jun 24 2015

siggi's...yogurt that is

Have you tried Siggi’s yogurt?  It’s an Icelandic-style yogurt, skyr, pronounced “skeer” which is high protein and low sugar with all real ingredients. I was a Greek yogurt fan for well over 10 years before discovering Siggi's and now, I am officially hooked.  I love the story, I love their mission and most of all, I love their yogurt

Fast Company wrote a great article on How Siggi’s Grew From A Nostalgic Experiment To An Icelandic Yogurt Empire.  It's quite a story. Siggi, named after its creator, Siggi Hilmarrson, offers wonderful seasonal varieties and one of my favorites is their Strawberry & Basil.  I wouldn't have necessarily thought to put that combination together over yogurt but it's so darn good. When the seasonal is not available, I add the strawberry and basil to their plain or vanilla yogurt.  The plain is only 80 calories and has 15 grams of protein and the vanilla is 100 calories and has 14 grams of protein...all good. 

 I kick it up a notch by adding fresh strawberries and basil and a few grinds of fresh black pepper…oh my!

Another favorite, which is an odd combination, but it so works, is the Mango & Jalapeno. 

@SiggiDairy recently introduced their 4% whole-milk skyr – love the fig and lemon zest.  And on a silly note, I am a fan of the package shape.  BTW...their packaging is designed to be recycled meaning, you remove the outer paper sleeve from the well thought out.

For the kids in your life or the kid in you, their tubes are wonderful to grab the go. They also have a great recipe page.  So...I would highly suggest finding Siggi’s yogurt at your local grocery and perhaps you will become hooked too.  It's definitely worth trying...I don't think you will be disappointed.



Posted in 4foodies, fast company, siggi's, siggi's yogurt, worth sharing