Blogger Link Love 04-14-12: Top Six on Saturday

This edition of  Blogger Link Love is served up to you showcasing some awesome posts that caught my eye from Pinterest the past week.
Make sure you check them out and add these great blogs to your blogroll:)
If you would like your blog post to be featured on Blogger Link Love: Top Six on Saturday, please send the link to statementsinfashion.net@gmail.com and I will run over and take a peek sie.
Thank you so much for all of your fab emails to be featured on “Blogger Link Love”. Some weeks are theme based, so don’t despair if your blog link doesn’t appear right away……keep em’ coming sweets!
Happy Weekend Pretty People!!…

Twitter Tuesday: Kitchen Belleicious

It’s Twitter Tuesday Time!
 
Every other Tuesday, I will be showcasing one of my amazing Twitter friends on my blog!
I’ve been so fortunate to have met some really incredible and talented people since I began blogging. 
Twitter Tuesday is a fabulous way to meet new bloggers and visit some amazing new blog sites.
If you would like a chance to be featured on Twitter Tuesday, it’s easy……
Just click on the “Twitter” button in my right sidebar, and we will be instantly connected as Twitter friends.  Let’s chat and get to know each other:)
I have some really great “Tweet Buddies” and can’t wait to meet more! 
My friends are your friends 🙂
 
 
April 3. 2012
Twitter Tuesday, brought to you by Kitchen Belleicious  
Do you have a favorite blog that when you see a new post go up, you rush on over to take a peek?  Jessica of Kitchen Belleicious is one of those blogs for me. If you love to cook, and are always on the hunt for new recipes, Jessica is your girl! I have found ENDLESS recipes on her site, and they taste as good as they look! She’s a doll with a wonderful down to earth writing style, who I am proud to call my friend.
Check out her blog….you will be adding her to your daily reads…..guaranteed!
Jessica currently lives in Houston, Texas and has been blogging at Kitchen Belleicious for two and a half years.  Her favorite fashion icons are Reese Witherspoon & Carrie Underwood. Carey might not be a fashion icon yet but her style is very similar to mine and I think she always looks classy but fun!”.
Jessica’s two favorite colors are black and green and her favorite time of day is night. “Did I mention night! Could it be because both boys are actually asleep and I hear silence in the house? Just saying! “
Jessica’s favorite way to relax? “So cliche but get me in a good mood and I want to shop to celebrate. Get me in a bad mood and I want to shop to let off steam. Get me bored and well you guessed it!”
Let’s learn more about my super sweet Twitter Tuesday Buddy!!

What was your initial goal for your blog when you first began, and how has that changed today? 

Jessica:    My initial goal was to share my recipes with others. I always had people tell me where did u get that recipe or how do u make this. My answer was always I don’t know! I just did it. I never used to write down my recipes until I started blogging. My goal has changed just a little because I now enjoy blogging to get inspired. I love seeing new ideas from other food bloggers and I love meeting new friends. I can honestly say some of my very great friends I have to meet thru my blog.

 

 

Where do you draw your cooking/baking inspiration from?  


Jessica: 
Everywhere, everything. Seriously, it can be a dish I tried, a memory that came back to me, a vacation I wish I could take, even clothes. Once I bought this amazing dress for my husband’s company dinner event and it just screamed elegant yet easy and so I got in the kitchen that afternoon and made the most fabulous tomato and onion tart! I’m weird- I know! 
 
 

What is your favorite recipe and why?

JessicaMy eggplant napoleon! it is just simply delish. So refreshing and light but full of amazing flavors!
 
How many hours a day/week do you spend working on your blog?
Jessica:  Oh to count! Before my second little not arrived in December I would have declined this answer because you would have thought I had lost my mind I over the number of hours but now I don’t have as much time as I used to but I still spend at least 3 hours a day? 
Where is your favorite place to shop?
Jessica: Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Piperlime
 

What “must haves” will you be adding to your kitchen/home?

JessicaNew Samsung refrigerator! Come to mama! I love it!

What is your favorite cooking/baking item, and why?


Jessica: M
y Kitchenaid stand mixer. I can;t live without it. Before i had this mixer I would never attempt to bake anything that required whipping things like eggs, cream, etc because I didn’t feel like standing there with a mixer in my hand for like an hour! LOL! With the mixer I just put the ingredients in there, turn it on, and walk away (for a little while at least)

 

Do you have any advice for new bloggers who are just getting started?

Jessica: 

Network and be sincere. You can’t do this blogging world by yourself! People will come and go to your blog but the ones who truly appreciate what you are doing will stick around forever and you must appreciate their passion for your site and be sincere in your comments, responding to emails, etc. Your readers make your blog what it is!

If you have a career besides blogging, what do you do?

Jessica:  STAY AT HOME MOM! YES- its a career!
 
Please share with us something we would never guess about you. IE; a favorite hobby, a talent, a quirky habit:
Jessica:  I LOVE LOVE tennis. Besides cooking that is what I wish I could do every day. I played it in high school and went to state, etc. I was pretty good I must say. I wish I would have pursued it in college but sorority life just seemed so much more interesting at the time! Oh what might have been!
Where did the name for your blog derive from?
 Jessica: 

 I am a southern belle who loves to be in the kitchen and the name Kitchen Belle didn’t really sound right so I ultimately decided to add a little jazz using the sound of DELICIOUS to make it Belleicious!

Where do you see yourself in 2 years?


Jessica: 

Raising my precious two little boys and hopefully just maybe at the start of writing my own cookbook. Whether it’s published or not I would love to start the process.

Thank you so much, Jessica for allowing me to feature you as my Twitter Tuesday Friend:)
*all photos courtesy of Jessica*

 

Big…..Bigger…. Better: My Weight Loss Journey

I would like to thank everyone, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your awesome comments regarding my weight loss success that I mentioned in my Friend Friday post this morning!!
The questions that were asked this week to the Friend Friday group were concerning our feelings in regards to our body images.

I have, to be honest with you…..when I first saw the questions listed, I was hesitant to participate this week, only because these questions really hit home.

 I mean Cmon….who really wants to admit they have an issue with a part of their body they wish they could change? We pop in and out of blogs and websites all day long looking at the latest and greatest fashions, makeup trends and lifestyles of those we have come to admire.
How many of those people do you secretly wish you could
A) look like?
B) live like?
C) be like?
Everyone is always comparing themselves to someone else, even if they are doing it subconsciously.  We all do it…..maybe some of us just don’t admit it as freely.
Now ask yourself…..how many of the blogs you visit would post a photo of themselves in scruffy clothes, no makeup, or less than perfect hair?
Better yet…how many would admit they have or have had a weight issue, let alone post photos for the world to see the biggest struggle of their life?

I AM:)

I was always the kind of person who could eat what they wanted and never gain weight. I posted that my weight issues began when I turned 40, but in reviewing photos for this post, I realized it was longer than that. I can’t even tell you what happened..I don’t even know, I just know I woke up one day in 2006,  looked in the mirror and saw these faces staring back at me.
 

I look at these photos, look at my eyes, and I can see how unhappy I really was. I didn’t feel good about myself. Getting dressed each day was NO fun. I pretty much wanted to crawl into a hole and not come out until I lost 50 pounds:(

Look what can happen just four short months later. I’d guess I was an easy 175 pounds here. On vacation in Hawaii, never even wearing a bathing suit because I hated my body that much. I remember always looking around and being happy I was so far from home because no one I knew would see me in shorts.

Here is a classic example of me using “props” when photos were being taken. I would hide behind ANYTHING that was near me. I would grab a kid, a pillow, whatever was closest to hide the body I hated and was ashamed of.

Wow….just wow. Perhaps a change of hair color would make me appear thinner? Not by a long shot as displayed here, not even close. I remember dreading going out to any functions. I hated getting dressed up because nothing would ever fit me. I just kept getting bigger and bigger.

I’m pretty sure this was one of the last photos of myself before my weight loss. I had enough of tears at the computer while I waited for photos to download, HOPING there would be at least one “skinny” pic. There never was.

Having a weight issue goes far deeper than just the way you look in clothes. It pierced me to my very soul. I had NO self-esteem and hated the way I looked and felt. I even stopped buying fashion magazines because I wanted to cry every time I saw a model with the perfect body, the perfect hair, the perfect “everything”.

2010 was the year of Collette..just saying:)

My daughter Chloe, who had struggled with her weight since becoming a teenager, asked me to take her to Weight Watchers. I, of course, said YES, as I never wanted her to feel the way I did about my body image. We joined on January 13, 2010, and I weighed in at 150 pounds.
It was a HUGE adjustment for me as I was addicted to pop, yes pop, Pepsi to be exact.
I instantly removed any type of soft drinks from my diet and replaced those with water. Whoah….was that a tough!
I followed the plan religiously, eating my allotted points for the day, and began to exercise (which I did a whopping ZERO of prior)

I was pretty out of shape, to say the least and began to use home exercise videos until my stamina caught up with the rest of me. Let’s just say that Leslie Sansone and I became really close friends!! Her exercise videos were easy for me to follow, and I still felt like I had a great workout. I’d meet Leslie about four times a week in my living room.

I attended (and still do to this day) weekly Weight Watcher meetings and the pounds began to disappear each week! How groundbreaking….a great diet & exercise works:)
No matter how tough things got, no matter what cravings I had….I stuck to the plan. I was determined to never look back.
By the middle of May, I had lost forty pounds by just eating right (which includes breakfast lovlies) and exercise.

I learned soo much from Weight Watchers that I never knew before. Starving yourself isn’t the answer, it won’t work, so don’t even try it:) You need to EAT, to lose weight. You need to change your way of thinking and only eat when you are actually hungry, not bored, and exercise. ANY amount of exercise is better than nothing. Start off slowly…walk whenever you can. Use the stairs instead of the elevator…..get that body movin’.

For every pound you lose, you have lost 4 sticks of butter…did you know that?
This way of thinking, in terms of butter sticks, really helped me appreciate even the smallest of losses.
I have lost 160 fricken sticks of butter!!!

WHY?
am I sharing these less than flattering photos with you?
Because I want YOU to know, if you have a weight problem, you are not alone.
There is something you can do to get healthy, feel better about yourself, and the way you look. Don’t try to go it alone. Recruit a friend to join with you. Being accountable to someone other than the scale was/is a lifesaver to this day for me. Chloe and I  challenged each other with exercise and turned to one another for support when things felt out of control.

My name is Collette Osuna
I am 42 years old
I weigh 110 pounds

If anyone has any questions or just needs a buddy to chat with about weight loss, I’d love to be a part of your support system.
Please email me @ colletteosuna@yahoo.com
You CAN be the person you have always wanted to be….the best version of YOU🙂

Yes, there is a lot more to fashion bloggers than just vanity:)