Are You Stuck On Life’s Treadmill

  I have been training for an upcoming race I will be running, so training has been essential.  The sun has been shining as of late, but a few weeks ago I put on my running shoes only to discover it was raining outside  So off to the gym I  go.  I jumped on the treadmill and I started running.  Usually I find the 1st mile the hardest before I get in my running groove.  This time after 3 miles in – I was still not “feeling it”.  I’m usually good at pushing through and getting it done but this time I just couldn’t and I didn’t make it my usual 6 miles.  I was frustrated with myself and a little perplexed as to why it was so difficult to accomplish.

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Cosmetics CEO Yanks Facebook Post Mocking Women’s March

The criticism may have died down for the owner of the Joy of Knitting in Franklin, Tennessee, who banned women from buying her yarn to make pink pussy hats for the women’s march. But another storm may be brewing for Alexandra Whitcombe, the CEO and founder of Vendome Beauté, whose personal Facebook profile was hastily taken down after posting a variety of memes denigrating women’s march participants, Hillary Clinton and even the phrase, “The future is female.”

A former model and floral designer, Whitcombe founded Vendome Beauté to “deliver small batch, artisanal skin care for today’s discerning, socially conscious global woman” and “spread beauty around the world” according to her website, which sells lip balm, eye shadow and blushes with names like “Happy” “Flirt” “Lucky” “Carefree” and “Sassy.”

But Whitcombe’s personal Facebook posts were decidedly less coquettish, beginning with a stripper meme of Pepe the Frog in a thong (and the words “f*ck you”) at the top of her page. Another post mocked socially conscious global women who protested the policies of the new Trump Administration. “Sums up the so-called women’s march,” Ms. Whitcombe wrote about a meme that defaced protest signs to read “marry me,” “my daddy issues are everybody’s problem” and “your penis frightens me!”

On January 21, 2017, I marched up Fifth Avenue in New York City to Trump Tower, just feet away from the photographer Annie Leibovitz, and in solidarity with hundreds of thousands of women, men and children worldwide. I’m pretty sure I was not the only woman who wore makeup that day (mine was cruelty-free).

All this came to mind when I stumbled across Whitcombe’s facebook rant on February 8 and questioned her about it, only to watch the page disappear without a response (nor did she respond to requests for an interview for this article).

Targeting artisanal beauty products to socially conscious women online is smart. Denigrating them while doing that is not, especially in an age of #grabyourwallet consumer boycotts.

Nasty women wear mascara and blush and even dresses and heels. The future is female; and if Whitcombe disagrees, then she’s in for an awakening — and it may not be a pretty one for her beauty brand.

You Are Worth The Time!

It’s time for some real talk ladies!

Being beautiful isn’t just about what skincare, makeup or hair products and tools you use.  It’s about being the person you are on the inside. Read more

Who Are You Without Your Mayfair Filter?

photoshop9When we shot Episode 1 of The Hollywood Beauty Detective, I wanted to get photoshopped. I worked with photographer, Greg Doherty, and we shot stills of me with no makeup – headshots and full body shots – then we shot the same shots with makeup and lights. Read more

Shaking the Tree

TMZYesterday I saw a piece TMZ posted showing a new unaired lingerie commercial from Lane Bryant. The ad features three models, one of whom is Ashley Graham. All the models defy the “Western Beauty Ideal” (all three models are over a size 8). Read more

Zenon, Santa, and Future Soccer Moms: How I Became The Hollywood Beauty Detective


Kirsten Storms and Holly Fulger in Zenon , Girl of the 21st Century

Kirsten Storms and Holly Fulger in Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century

I am an actress and I have worked with many amazing artists – Jamie Lee Curtis on Anything But Love, Ellen DeGeneres on Ellen, Tom Hanks in The Taming of the Shrew at a Shakespeare Festival, Denis O’Hare in a play called Lloyd’s Prayer, Amy Morton in a play called Road – but I am perhaps best known for playing Aunt Judy in the Disney Channel movies, Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century
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