#BeYourOwnSupermodel

It is no secret that there are two things I hold in high regard: Body Positivity, and The Boudoir Divas (among others….but these stay at the top of the list)!

The Divas are holding a contest with the amazing hashtag movement: #BeYourOwnSupermodel, and it’s truly a beautiful thing! Take a moment and check out their latest blog post with more info about the movement and what inspired them (literally, I got chills and super emotional reading it).

I really love that these two favorites consistently go hand in hand, and I am REALLY excited for their new campaign/contest! I wish all those who choose to enter the best of luck-this prize is out of this world, and I will personally and candidly envy the winner!

Photo Credit: The Boudoir Divas

Photo Credit: The Boudoir Divas

Here’s how it works:

“BE YOUR OWN SUPERMODEL” MOVEMENT AND CONTEST #beyourownsupermodel by @theboudoirdivas

We believe every woman should own her own story and celebrate who she is right now. We are starting this contest to inspire women to BE YOUR OWN SUPERMODEL!  Glamourous pictures are a way to treat yourself, to say “I am worth it.” But the most important thing is reminding yourself every day that you are your own supermodel.

Be entered to win  a 2 production photo shoot with 5×7 book with hair and make-up!! ($1560 value)!

TO ENTER THE CONTEST:
*Take a photo and hashtag #beyourownsupermodel and tag us on social media. It’s that simple!

*Every time you post on social medial you will be ENTERED TO WIN a $1060 value photo shoot. Hair and make-up included by @Shelby_McElroy  www.makeupbyshelby.com !

*Tag your friends who might also want to be a part of it in the comments!

*Contest ends April 15 (we will be doing a drawing & will post the winner here on the blog)

*Photo can be a selfie or anything that shows you embracing yourself and being comfortable in your own skin.

*If we have photographed you, use an image we shot (you can crop if you don’t want it to be too risque) and give us credit, be sure to also hashtag the contest and tag us and you will be entered TWICE by posting any photos that give the Boudoir Divas credit.

How to tag us….
INSTAGRAM: @TheBoudoirDivas
TWITTER: @BoudoirDivas
FACEBOOK: TheBoudoirDivas

Regardless of whether you enter, or even win, remember to carry these words from the Divas with you everyday!

“I am determined to rid my mind of negative thoughts about myself & replace them with words that honor who I am.”

So, it’s time to #BeYourOwnSupermodel! Get out these, and show them how it’s done, beautiful!

I can’t wait to see all the posts!

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Weekly Update 2/23

Hello, lovelies!

Whew! I feel like it’s been a whirlwind of a year….and it’s not even March yet!

Life has been busy (just how I like it), and I am working on some exciting changes to SeeSondraSlim, and life in general!

I think I have FINALLY composed the final draft of my “27 Things to Do in My 27th Year” List, and I am so excited for you to see it when the post goes life this Saturday, Feb. 28th! My actual birthday is this Sunday, March 1st and I am kicking of the very 1st item on the list as soon as I get off at 5 am that morning….and I am so excited to share the experience with those accompanying me, and with YOU!

Otherwise, life has been as thrilling as ever!

Last Tuesday, I was back at The Boudoir Divas as a model for their Boudoir Retreat, and had the pleasure of modeling for 8-9 AMAZING women! It was such a fun group, and I cannot wait to see the shots they got! It is so impressive to me, the work of photographers…but especially that of these boudoir photographers. They have to get not just the lighting, ISO, Exposure (you like how I’m pretending I know what any of that is?) right, but they’re working hard to get you posing in flattering, creative and breathtaking ways at the same time! Also, there is something to be said for boudoir modeling….I was sore until like, Friday! Makes my Yoga Sculpt class look like a picnic! Lol!

In fact, I have already decided that my 28 Things List will include going to Paris with the Divas for their annual trip with photographers/clients. I made a promise to myself recently that I’m going to take the time to see the world….because it’s something I’ve been yearning to do for so very, very long.

For as much as I can give a reason that I can’t do things, I know that I’ve shown myself I can accomplish pretty much anything with a little faith, dedication, positivity, and planning. So…why not the world, literally?

Also, I want to be a bigger advocate for Obesity and Body Positivity!

I applied for the OAC Your Weight Matters 2015 Convention Scholarship (and posted it on the blog, so YOU could, too), and hope to be able to attend the event and get even more out of it than when I was able to attend in 2013!

Otherwise, there’s always something going on over here in my tiny corner of the world-just thought I’d check in, and let you know BIG things are coming!

Happy Monday, and I wish you all a fabulous week!

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Mirrors Lie….and a Photo Reveal!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

It has been quite a week!

We got back from our adventure to Reno/Virginia City/Lake Tahoe/Mammoth (I used my new camera! Photos coming soon!) late Sunday night, and I dove right back into my normal routine on Monday!

I was really excited for Tuesday to arrive, because I had an appointment to pick up my photos from The Boudoir Divas! I went to grab them, and then headed back home to pick up my mail and get some stuff done around my apartment (that I basically don’t even live in), and then had some errands to run for my impending 3 Year Anniversary on Wednesday before I’d be able to go back to Sean’s, pop in the disc, and marvel at the fact that the woman in those gorgeous photos is….ME!

I have no shame. I use car windows as mirrors on a pretty much daily basis. Obviously, I’m going to stare at professional photos of myself for a upwards of 15 minutes. Speaking of which, I saw this awesome “quote” I posted on the SeeSondraSlim Instagram earlier today, that really resonated with me:

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I headed to Target after leaving my house, and after finding what I was looking for (amidst all the things I was NOT looking for, and ended up purchasing-hello, new embellished sweater!), and I stopped at the Starbucks they have to grab a venti iced green tea. Suddenly, as I’m waiting at the counter, I get a notification that my blog has been linked to another post, and so I go to check it out: lo and behold, Sarah over at The Boudoir Divas, who I worked with for this shoot, did a blog post about….ME. And not only did it feature some really nice, and emotion-evoking words about me, but it held some amazing sentiments about the power of recognizing, admiring, and embracing our beauty overall.

These ideas, sentiments, movements, and campaigns are very near and dear to me, because the blessings and fortunate circumstances in my life are a direct product of being at my lowest low, and taking a good look inside myself, and deciding “I am better than this, and it’s about time I show the world that.”

Life has gotten better and better ever since!

I will forever be grateful to the ladies at The Boudoir Divas for helping me see such a powerful, feminine, and beautiful part of myself. And I am even more grateful that they go into each day with the intention of doing this for ALL women. I really hope that you’ll check out their blog. It’s a great way to get periodic doses of beauty, inspiration, and encouragement. I also suggest you “Like” The Boudoir Divas on Facebook!

If you check out Sarah’s blog post, you’ll see some of her amazing work (and you know, my face)!

I figured I’d share my absolute favorite (well, they’re all my absolute favorite, but you know what I mean) with you here on the blog!

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I have to give another huge thank you and round of applause to my #GlamSquad for their amazing talents: Hair by Candace Givens at Ah La Mode Designs, Makeup by Shelby McElroy of Shelby MUA, and amazing florals by Jen at City Girl Finds! These ladies brought my vision for this “Boho Glam” look to life in the biggest way!

It’s interesting, how we live in a society so obsessed with masking, camoflauging, and “fixing” what naturally occurs. Nothing natural stays perfect forever…not the water, the trees, flowers….none of the things we deem so impossibly, breathtakingly beautiful. Yet, we spend TRILLIONS of dollars on industries that introduced the idea that we can take just a few minutes, hours, weeks, days, or longer recovering from procedures, products, and such to make us “better.” I look at these, and see that with the “pudgy” parts, the dimpled parts, the “regular old me” parts….I still look pretty damn beautiful. And I really, really needed that reminder.

In fact, one of my favorite blogs to follow is Healthy is the New Skinny, celebrating these so-called “flaws,” and challenging the far-fetched beauty discrimination we see on a daily basis. Check out the HNS Facebook and HSN Instagram accounts for even more daily inspiration and love!

Also, yesterday, Wednesday January 21st was our actual anniversary, and I am so grateful to have a man in my life who tells me I’m beautiful and that he loves me everyday. I wish that for everyone in the world…. someone who sees your beauty when you’re blind for a moment. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY (again) Sean! Love you!

On a short stop on the Geiger Pass in Virginia City, Nevada.

On a short stop on the Geiger Pass in Virginia City, Nevada.

I truly hope you’ll take the time to acknowledge, embrace, and cherish your beauty today! You are more than worth it!

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Going Boho Glam with The Boudoir Divas!

So, at this point, no one is surprised.

I love, love, love The Boudoir Divas, and every experience I have with them tends to top and validate the last!

I was lucky enough to be featured on the morning news in 2013 doing a testimonial for The Boudoir Divas, and decided to cash in my free production the Divas were kind enough to offer me as the New Year began, and my 3 year anniversary with Sean approaches.

Truth is, as time goes by, I am still struggling with the weight I have re-gained….and it gets me feeling a little down when I have time to think about it. Between two full time jobs, trying to make time for the people I love and adore, and trying to pursue other things I am passionate about when I can, I just haven’t been able to maintain my weight loss like I want to.

Every time I step into The Boudoir Divas studio, my mindset instantly changes. I truly get into this “supermodel” zone, and everything feels perfect…my body, my expression, my confidence…they are just the way they’re supposed to be.

That is a POWERFUL feeling to evoke in a woman who is constantly consumed in her struggle with her weight and body image. And while I believe it’s something I find in myself when I am actually looking, I think that it’s a huge testament to this team of women and their mission statement. Look around the place, and there are constant reminders that YOU, just the way you are, are BEAUTIFUL.

The gorgeous studio, with all of it’s charming details truly feel like home, since the first time I stepped foot into it back in 2012!

The best part of this visit is that there were new little surprises everywhere! The Divas recently switched things up in the space, and it looks just as amazing with fresh twists here and there!

Also, I worked with Shelby McElroy, a different makeup artist this time (I think Peggy, who I’ve previously written about, has a bun in the oven)! Shelby was so fun and easy to talk to, and did an AMAZING job with my makeup. I really wish I would have gotten a better photo on my phone, but I was having lighting issues….

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but it was gold, glittery, and essentially, happiness personified! With lush lashes, beautiful contouring and highlighting, and a signature touch of sparkle (which, I didn’t even ASK for, by the way…she’s just THAT good), I was ready for the camera, and felt like a billion dollars! She currently does some work for The Divas, but actually has her own business doing makeup for weddings! I have her card stashed in my wallet for “you know when.” If you’re in the SD area and looking for a killer makeup artist (ahem, all my lovely bride-to-be’s out there), I definitely suggest you “like” her on Facebook and book her sooner than later…she’s almost booked for 2015 already! Also, be sure to follow her on Instagram and check out all the amazing looks she creates!

I had a lot of fun with this shoot, particularly, because I felt like I really killed it when bringing my vision together! I wanted kind of a soft color palette with feminine details, and I wanted the “crowning” glory to be a floral crown! My friend Jen at City Girl Finds knocked it OUT OF THE PARK with not one, but four gorgeous head pieces and 3 bouquets we were able to use as props throughout the shoot on the “Natural Light” set! You’ll have to excuse the quality…but I had to make sure I got a photo on my phone of each one…which didn’t do them justice!

Four floral masterpieces crafted by the amazing Je @CityGirlFinds in San Diego!

Four floral masterpieces crafted by the amazing Jen @ City Girl Finds in San Diego!

You’ll just have to wait for me to share a photo or two for the full gorgeousness to make itself evident! Make sure you check out her website in the meantime, and you can follow her on Facebook and Instagram as well!

Also, I visited my one and only Candace Givens at Ah La Mode Designs for those gorgeous glossy waves, and she even used a gold glitter shimmer spray to finish it off! It’s still got a little wave to it a week later, and I’m taking advantage of it! You can catch her on Instagram, as well!

It’s really important to note that working with Sarah on this visit was a complete JOY! She instantly made me feel comfortable (it doesn’t hurt that I tend to make myself comfortable every time I walk into the joint), and we had so much fun! I feel like she really understood my vision, and seeing the way those photos came out was just as disarming as ever…seeing the beauty that was captured and realizing, “Hey! That’s….me!”

I am so grateful for her vision that she brought to the concept and of course, I walked out with extra images because there were so many amazing ones to choose from. She is a genuine, friendly, and amazing person, and I am thrilled I ended up shooting with her (it has to be said that I haven’t anything short of amazing produced from any of the talented women there), and I cannot WAIT for my CD of images to arrive!

Fact of the matter is, I’ll never stop raving about The Boudoir Divas, and you can see why. The proof is in every experience they create the moment I walk in the door…and they’ve never treated me any different than that first visit each time I show up!

I highly, highly recommend you choose them for your San Diego Boudoir experience…it doesn’t get any better (believe me, I’ve gone to other places and you’ll notice I never shared those images-nor any experience, as there wasn’t one to speak of)!

Also, if you’re an aspiring boudoir photographer, the Divas have a ton of resources on their site/blog! They even host retreats every year (which always sell out), and help people hone their craft. And while I’m not an aspiring photographer, I am convinced you can’t learn from anyone better, period.

I can’t wait to share an image or two when they’re ready!

I hope you’re finding and embracing your beautiful today! You’re worth every kind word, every compliment, and every good feeling that comes your way. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!

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