#winning

All of this boycotting award ceremonies and craziness happening in the world is a little much.

Julie Deply says the hardest job in Hollywood is being a “woman”.

I disagree.  The hardest job in the world is being a human being.  Everyone goes through hard times.

It’s an honor to be nominated for an award, and to win it’s amazing.

It’s not everything though.

You win and it’s a pretty incredible feeling-my husband won an Emmy.  It’s an unreal feeling, to even be nominated, and then when you win it’s like you’ve hit the jackpot.

Then what is next?  What other awards can you strive for?  What pressure will you put on yourself to win more and more.

I used to do pageants as many of you know.  I was Miss Omaha (America System) a VERY long time ago.

I was very young and from what I was told, I was lucky, likeable, and gave a good interview and sang “Cabaret” as my talent and I did great.

BUT, had it been another day, a different group of judges…maybe I wouldn’t have won at all.

We were constantly told that the only real competition you have in pageants is being the best YOU you can be.  Are you at the top of your game and your potential?  Put on your blinders and don’t focus on what the other people are doing-do your best for you.

The end result of a pageant comes down to a group of people-the judges-and what their personal opinion on someone is.  Maybe you look like an ex-girlfriend of one of the male judges, and it causes some kind of resentment which could lead to you not winning or placing, and it’s something that is out of your control.  Maybe you look like someone’s sister and that’s a good thing and you advance.  I’ve been on a panel of judges before.  Judges are regular people just like you and me.  One group of judges could pick an entirely different winner than another panel of judges.

Ultimately it comes down to a small group of people who have somehow been given the power to make decisions.  These decisions: who wins a pageant, a Pulitzer, and yes-those big Hollywood awards people as well who are in “The Academy” and what not.

Many of us are not privy to the inner workings of awards and what goes into the process and the how, what and why’s of it.

Yes, it’s great to win.  But a crown won’t get you too far in life, but it CAN give you a boost in the right direction, and then it’s up to the individual on the next steps in their life they take.  A statuette is amazing!  It’s fun to look at and makes you feel like a million bucks, it’s a tangible object that represents an amazing achievement, and can evoke awesome feelings when looked at or touched.

We give these things immense power and yes it’s an honor.

Some people let these things get to their heads and become snobby.

BUT it doesn’t make you better or worse than someone else.  My husband still works his ass off.  We were not invited to join the Illuminati, nothing like that.

Yes this is a complete cliche, but winning isn’t everything.  If anything it can change things, and with change comes good and bad.  Do not assume that any kind of award is going to make you except from any hardships.

And yes, this does sound cheesy, but winning won’t make you happy.  If you weren’t happy before you won, you may be happy for a little while, but awards don’t prevent you from getting sick and do not give you a free pass.

Everyone is equal, award or not, crown or not.  Trophy or not.

 

Hair and Makeup! Upcoming Trends, Do’s and Dont’s for 2016…

As mentioned on New Years Live With John Hill! On Radio Andy

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I’ve got you covered from head to toe…

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Mala Elhassen, New York based hair and makeup artist shares popular picks for 2016.

Wide variety for hair.  The Ombre is still hot, along with balayage highlights and vibrant other hues.

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Makeup:

Smoky Eyes with a nude lip…

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Or bold lips with bare eyes…

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It’s a toss up when it comes to lash extensions…some say they’re here to stay…others say no way.

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And au natural…

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Unless you’re doing a pageant or prepping for a drag show, ease up with the contouring.

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Your skin will thank you for no longer suffocating it with makeup.

However cheek contouring is perfectly acceptable…

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As for glitter…proceed with caution.  Known as the Herpes of makeup and craft supplies, it’s been around forever, it’s impossible get rid of, and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere anytime soon.

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If you must go for glitter, do it right!

Emily Orfino from Popsugar explains how to look like class, not trash with these glam glitter tips.

Almost anything goes with nails, Samantha Netkin from Popsugar predicts all kinds of fun with fingertips in 2016.

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Fashion Trends of 2016!

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Fashion Trends 2016!

Thanks to fabulous fashion and celebrity stylist, Christina Pacelli, here are a few things to keep in mind when accessorizing in the New Year! Step out in style!

Pantone has announced not one, but two colors this year! Pantone copy 2

Great for nails, makeup, clothes, and baby showers!

Forget comfort-it’s about looking good. Lace them up and step on out!

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Chokers are in for a comeback…

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Wide brimmed hats…work it out…

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Fishnets…fishnets…fishnets….

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Madonna does it in her own way…

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Simple and elegant T from Tiffany Collection is on point!

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Bad news bears, but the below are O U T….

Visible nude and white bra straps are a no go…

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Maybe I’ve been in denial…but Christina has confirmed Uggs are dead.

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I’ll keep mine in the closet just in case…you never know.