Can't Make It to BlogHer '13? Join BlogHer at Home!

We know there are a lot of you who can't make it to BlogHer '13, but we don't want you to miss out on everything! I look forward to connecting with you on Twitter, but there's more to BlogHer at Home -- like giveaways! ...more
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Can't Make It to BlogHer '13? Join BlogHer at Home!

We know there are a lot of you who can't make it to BlogHer '13, but we don't want you to miss out on everything! I look forward to connecting with you on Twitter, but there's more to BlogHer at Home -- like giveaways! ...more
Fingers crossed that #blogher14 will be in San Francisco!  (and fingers crossed that I'm one of ... more

A Resource Guide for Creative Inspiration

I usually assume that since I'm online 24/7 that everyone else is too and therefore knows all of the same sites and magazines and blogs and social media outlets for all things fashion, design, and beauty. But alas, I am probably in a very small percentage of women who seek out this creative inspiration so frequently. Or maybe I'm not? ...more
I get my inspiration from ... more

You Don't Want To Be On Helen's List

I really, really liked Helen Williams. Helen is the mother of actress Vanessa Williams, co-author of You Have No Idea and a woman who isn't afraid to speak her mind. As Vanessa's mother she's seen her child exposed to ridicule and just plain mean comments in the media. That's not an easy thing for any mother to deal with so how does she cope? She has her list. And you don't want to be on it. ...more
I can't think of anyone who has hurt or betrayed or angered me to the point where I've ... more

Do You Trust the Right People?

Vanessa Williams didn't always trust the right people. She made this clear in You Have No Idea, the book that she and her mother, Helen Williams, wrote together. She mistrusted two photographers much to her detriment. Not many people would have bounced back successfully from being forced to step down as Miss America but Vanessa did. This is in part due to her also putting her trust in the right people. ...more
I'm not a very trusting person -- there are only a handful of people I really trust.  I trust my ... more

Do You Ask For Help?

One of the things that quickly becomes evident while reading Vanessa Williams' memoir You Have No Idea is that she has a great support system. One of her biggest supporters is her mother and co-author, Helen. It was interesting to read about the pair of them because they get along well, yet in many ways they are opposites. Vanessa knew she could ask for help when she needed it. Helen wasn't someone who really ever asked for help. I think I fall somewhere between them. ...more
I'm not very good at asking for help because I don't know who to ask help *from*.  I was raised ... more

Dressing Well at Any Size

There are many reasons why we might wear clothes that don't fit or look the greatest on us. Maybe there's been a recent addition to your family -- accompanied by nine months of weight gain and weight loss -- or maybe the stress of life has got you lingering above or below your normal weight.  Perhaps you've been consciously trying to lose weight. Illness might have caused unexpected weight gain or loss. Or, for some of us, it's been a case of holding on to dreams of another time in our lives and not accepting the size we are now. ...more
Accessorize with trendy belts, bangles, bags and more!  They'll work as you transition from one ... more

Do You Listen to Your Mother?

From the very first pages of You Have No Idea, you will learn that had Vanessa Williams listened to her mother, Helen, a lot of things might have been easier. Those photos would have never existed. She might not have dated or married the men that she did. Things might have been easier. Well ... maybe. We all know that life isn't as simple as all that. ...more
I adore my mother, and I always stick by two pieces of advice she gave me long ago:   1) When ... more

Battling Your Arch Enemy and Other Tips to Frame Your Face

I have to be honest, I’m often lazy with my makeup routine. There are times when I just don’t want to be bothered. There are also times when I only have four minutes until I have to leave the house. On these days, I fill in my brows and throw on a bit of liner and mascara. My entire look changes instantly. Framing the face can easily take your look from blah to alive! ...more
I love hats -- they draw attention to your face and give people a glimpse into your ... more

Maher: As Misogynist as Limbaugh and as Free to Be Vile

Editor's Note: The Cute Conservative shared a video released last week by ShePAC which contrasts the comments in the media and by politicians on the misogynist language by Rush Limbaugh with that on the misogynist language of comedian and Obama supporter Bill Maher. Here's what she has to say. -- Julie...more
Maher calls Palin and Bachman "stupid" for their specific actions.  He calls many male ... more