The question that won (narrowly) was about my personal style. I get so many comments and questions related to my style, but I usually avoid answering them on this blog because I feel they are not weight-loss related and I really like to keep things on topic here. However, since there seems to be such a demand for it, I'm going to address a few of them. Again, I apologize that this is off topic, it will not be the norm.
And for what it's worth, I do plan to address those other topics in the future. Eventually. (I have so much stuff drafted, I feel like I'll never get to everything, but I will do my best. And I'll probably use a poll again to find out what you want to hear about.)
Here's this week's video (click this link to go to Flickr if the embedded video does not appear):
These questions are answered in the video:
1- Sarah Davies I lve your style, you are truly inspirational. I would love to know what led to the transition from goth to pin up? Cos i am naturally very nosy. That's why I love blogs. I agree with the bike helmet. It is a MUST!Short Answer: It wasn't planned, it just kind of happened. If you see enough photos of me in my 20's, you can see the transition happen. (most notably when I chopped off my hair at 25 years old) But for what it's worth, my makeup barely changed at all throughout that transition. The only thing that changed was my eyebrows.
Short Answer: I don't have any particular icons or inspirations. I love the aesthetic of the period and over time, just figured out how to make it work for me.
2- Future Bombshell (aka Cortney) said... Sheryl, I know it's not related to weight loss, health or fitness but if you ever feel inclined to discuss it in a blog post or video, I'm sure many of your readers would love to know more about your style - what inspires it, who your style icons are, etc. I too rock a pin-up/retro look and only got into it a few years ago when I discovered the rockabilly scene and started seeing all the glamorous women at the shows. I'm curious how you came to adopt this style as your own, especially since from your previous pics, I can see you used to favor a more goth look. You have always looked fabulous, BTW, but I think this style really suits you!
3- Lizzy Derksen I think I'd most like to know why you make it a priority to always looks your best (if that's not too personal a question). I don't think I know anyone else who does - and I admire you for it.Short Answer: Lizzy, I saw your photos on Facebook and you have a great look! That being said, for as long as I could remember - since I was a little girl - I was very particular about my appearance: my hair, my outfits. I always loved dressing up. And I still do. But it's more than vanity - I feel like everyday you are alive is a day worth celebrating, so why wouldn't you want to look your best? Besides, when you look good, you feel good. And don't we all want to feel good? I have tremendous pride in my appearance and couldn't imagine not making that a priority. (also, I apologize, I called you Lizzy in the video, but then I called you Lindsay - I had her on my mind since she had also asked me a question...)
These question were not answered on the video -
1- * Ashleigh * said...Short Answer: Thanks, Ashleigh! I wrote a post a while ago with the products I use. Some have changed, but most are the same (and since people have been asking, I've slowly been replacing non-vegan cosmetics with vegan but I'm not 100% there yet). It should give you a good idea what I wear, even if the products are not exactly the same.
Happy Sunday Sheryl! Thanks for answering reader's questions with real answers. I must say, I'd love to learn your beauty selections since I absolutely love make up, and how you use it always looks amazing :) Since you disclosed about the Urban Decay glitter liner/shadow, I checked it out at Sephora here in San Jose, CA and noticed almost all of it was gone! Sheryl effect per chance?! Have a great week and God's speed with tracking :) You rock!
2- Lindsay Beeson wrote:
your natural body & face shape seems to pair so well with the ideal-lady-images of the era that inspires you. happy coincidence?Short Answer: Yes, actually, I think it is a happy coincidence. That or I was just destined to have this look. Either way I consider myself lucky (and thank you for the lovely compliment).
3a- Julia Schmedes You used to have longer hair - how did you make your curls stay in there, without your hair liking al fizzy? I try and try and always fail... The curls are either gone after half an hour or it's all a frizzy mess if I don't straighten my roots before... I'd also like to know how you get your hair cut
3b- Jenna Bouchard I would love to see a vlog of how you do your hair :)
3c- Evelyn Hardie I second that Jenna! And how you apply your makeup! :-)Short Answer: Regarding my hair, I posted a step by stop blog to how I do my hair years ago. The products have changed, but the process is the same. Although, hair washing night is cut down to about 1.5 hours. And I don't think I mention it in there, but daily hair curling takes only 10 minutes. While the curlers are in my hair, I do my make up. So the total time for daily hair + makeup is 20-25 minutes.
4- Becca Polard But it DOES have to do with weight loss. I uuuused to have style...but then I got chubby and I had to settle for wearing clothes that fit...but that weren't ME. I long to have my style back. So...seeing you is awesome because it makes me realize that, once I get healthier, I can reclaim my awesome self-image. Tada!Short Answer: Becca, I hope you do not wait to 'get your style back'. You should do what you can to find clothes that make you feel great *now* - no matter where you are in your weight loss journey. Because like I mentioned above, when you feel good about the way you look, you will project that. It affects your mood & attitude. Don't wait to feel great!
5- Andrea Macaluso Gaspar Where did you shop, pre-weight loss?Short Answer: I've always been a mall girl. At my heaviest weight (size 16), and from about the year 2000, I shopped mostly at Ann Taylor Loft, Lord & Taylor, Old Navy, Target and Ann Taylor. It wasn't until 2006 that I started shopping at Banana Republic (I was a size 14 in their dresses & skirts at the time). And Banana is where the majority of my wardrobe comes from today. Regarding style and shopping, I have blogs for that too!
If you haven't heard the amazing news, Project Runway's Tim Gunn (who knows my Dad - seriously! And who told my Dad I'm "gorgeous" - YES, SRSLY!) is now part of Weight Watchers! Check him out, giving fashion advice on the WW website. (and even more world's colliding - check out my autographed Tim Gunn book - I blogged this over at Fred Flare a while ago)
I'm going to leave with a really great compliment I received from my friend, Joe Vincent, when I asked for your style-related questions. I met Joe at a barbeque in Brooklyn in the summer of 2006, just a few months before joining Weight Watchers. I remember him thinking I was beautiful even then. And in fact, I have a photo of that day - It's one of my before pictures (he's in the background of the photo, on the right)- That's a strapless dress from Ann Taylor, size 14, and the shrug is also Ann Taylor, size XL (I wouldn't have dreamed of revealing my upper arms back then)-
Joe left me this comment -
Joe Vincent I have always known that you have the greatest style! You always stand out in a room of 100 people. You are an amazing woman and you will have my admiration forever!Thank you, Joe Vincent. And thank you to all of you for your interest in my look and your endless compliments. I hope that answers your questions and inspires you to embrace or enhance your own style!