My Journey in Winning DWTS of Cheyenne

October, 1, 2017

For years, I have been a fan of both Dancing with the Stars and Boys & Girls Clubs. So, when I was asked to help raise funds for our local club by competing in DWTS of Cheyenne, the answer was an instant, “Yes!”

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While working as an anchor/reporter for CBS NewsChannel 5, I have had the privilege of meeting the staff and children at the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne. I have learned firsthand of the incredible opportunities this organization offers. I have seen how some of the children reaping these benefits come from tough situations. Doing something as fun as DWTS to raise funds for those kids made this competition even more special for me. I wanted to do my best for them.

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My excitement grew when I learned that my partner would be Jonathan Hedger. I had just seen him in Ballet Wyoming’s performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He was a showstopper.

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The day before our first rehearsal, my boss, General Manager Tregg White said, “In the past, CBS NewsChannel 5 placed second in this competition. When you represent us, I want to place first.” No pressure!

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With this added incentive, Jonathan and I worked hard…and then we worked even harder.

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He suggested some dance classes I could take to supplement our rehearsals that would help me build strength and improve technique. Here’s a little secret: I often wore my leotard underneath my dress while reporting live because afterwards I had to rush off to one of those classes.

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When the night of the competition came, I was filled with excitement…and more than my fair share of butterflies.

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The event took place at Little America and everything, from the table settings to the chandeliers, looked straight out of a fairy tale.

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The three things that I will always remember most from this experience are the camaraderie between the competing dance couples, the generosity of those making donations, and the gratitude of the kids from the Boys & Girls Club.

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And, yes, I was able to tell my boss that we won!

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Here’s a panoramic look at the evening…

And here’s a CBS NewsChannel 5 interview of my dance partner and me after our first-place win!

FALLback Fashions

September, 14, 2017

With autumn sneaking up on us, my thoughts have been turning to crisp days, sweaters, and vibrant falling leaves.

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This is in spite of the weather at my new Wyoming home. September here feels like summer will never end. The benefit of these warm days and clear skies is that I can continue bringing out my sunny fashions while anticipating a beautiful, late fall.

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This Ted Baker dress truly is a fallback, because these pictures were snapped last spring―but the concept of a jeweled silhouette has become a classic that you will keep seeing throughout 2017! Here is another Ted with the same fit-and-flare shape and crystals…

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And here is his embellished evening maxi, with a pleated skirt.

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The shoot with my jewel-toned Ted was one of my favorites. Although it was spring, the days were still a bit chilly. My friend, Kylee, took the pictures at her house and her little nephew joined in the fun. What a terrific helper!

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I was just getting over a miserable cold. This sweet guy noticed that I was shivering, so he brought me his “cozy” blanket, explaining that I needed to stay warm.

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Gifts from Grace & Stella

August, 28, 2017

Just because it isn’t your birthday doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a little gift. This peppermint oil recently arrived in the mail from Grace & Stella, and I’ve been using it ever since. As a busy girl on the go, I love how refreshing it feels.

And as you saw from this little video, it has other perks that do wonders for sore muscles. The cooling effect of the oil instantly helps relieve discomfort.

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Greatest Solar Eclipse Show in Almost a Century

August, 20, 2017

Casper, Wyoming, officials estimate tens of thousands of visitors could descend on the city on Monday, August 21st, to view the solar eclipse—when the moon will cross over the sun, causing more than two minutes of darkness in the late morning.

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Hotels are booked solid with travelers coming from around the world and claiming their spots at viewing sites. Homes of locals, like my two little friends, are bursting with excited houseguests.

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Bart Rae Learning Circle is featuring a “Solabration on the Circle” with sunrise yoga, food, drinks, artists, dancing and, of course prime, eclipse-viewing.

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This will be the first total eclipse visible in almost a century from coast-to-coast across 0.5% of the continental U.S.

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When the moon is in the direct line-of-sight of the sun, the “totality” will block our biggest star from view. The temperature will drop, animals will become silent, and from the west, a wall of darkness – the moon’s shadow – will approach. The sky directly overhead will look like night, from horizon-to-horizon. Then, in an instant, the moon’s silhouette will appear as if from nowhere. Minutes later, daylight will return as though by magic.

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In Casper, the eclipse celebration I attended this weekend will continue until night.
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The Makeup Palette I’m In Love With

August, 10, 2017

There’s a reason why the Too Faced Love palette has the word “love” in it. I instantly fell in love with this versatile product.

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The hues are so compatible they can be combined in an almost-infinite variety of ways. Here’s one of my favorite looks, and how you can recreate it:

First, use a fluffy brush to apply the cream shade in the right heart all over your eyelids and up to your eyebrows.
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Second, use the lighter shimmer cream above the right heart to apply on your eyelids.

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Third, use a smaller fluffy brush to apply the light green to your eyelids.

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Fourth, with the same brush, dust the taupe shade onto the inner corners of your eyes.

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Fifth, take a slanted eyeliner brush and use the dark green shadow as an eyeliner. Don’t wet your brush. This is meant to be more of a smoky line.

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Sixth, use the pencil that comes with your palette to make a more distinct line over your smoky green line.

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The opposite end of the eyeliner pencil has a slanted rubber tip that is perfect for gently smudging out your upper eyeliner.

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Use your pencil eyeliner again on the lower waterline.

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Seventh, mascara time.

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Eighth, use your blush brush to apply the light beige as a highlighter under your eyes.

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Add lip gloss…

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And you are ready to head out the door for a day full of adventure!
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