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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Cheyenne Frontier Days—Ten Days of Non-Stop Excitement

July, 28, 2017

Every year, during the last ten days of July, Wyoming hosts Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD), the world’s largest rodeo. This celebration of America’s Wild West has been a tradition since 1897, when William “Buffalo Bill” Coty was a popular performer…

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and Harry Longabaugh was becoming the Sundance Kid.

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If you plan to join the 200,000 participating in this nostalgic look at American culture, be prepared to get your pulse pumping. There are bucking broncos, wild horse races, chuck-wagon pancake breakfasts, a frontier town, an Indian village, and a mercantile to outfit the best of the buckaroos!

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For those of you who like to keep one foot firmly in the 21st Century, you can watch the Thunderbirds of the U.S. Air Force perform unbelievable stunts…

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and take in the midway, attend concerts by popular American country music bands, and see comedy shows.

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It’s no wonder this rodeo is called “the Daddy of ‘em all.”

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CFD is even more special for me, when I cover it as a reporter and anchor for CBS News Channel 5. Every day, I get to wear traditional western wear to work.

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And talk about heart-pounding adventures―our CBS team tries so hard to report on all the exciting events that it’s not unusual to see us sprinting from one story to another…and then broadcasting live!

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This experience has been one adventure after another. Sunday is the last day of CFD. I wish it would never end.

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