The Right Way Manage Your Weight with Guest Author, Dr. Elizabeth Trattner

Elizabeth TRattner
Meet today’s guest author: 

Dr. Elizabeth Trattner specializes in women’s health, weight management, allergies, autoimmune diseases and environmental illnesses. Since 1991 she has been advancing the concepts of integrative medicine combining her expertise in Chinese Medicine, nutrition and women’s health. Elizabeth has been featured in national publications as an expert in Integrative medicine. She has been featured on television including The Oprah Winfrey show along side her mentor, Dr. Andrew Weil. Elizabeth is also a contributing author for medical books, journals , websites and magazines. 

 

One of the biggest phenomenon I witness in my practice is women of all ages wanting to lose weight.  There are so many diets and so many opinions out there that it can make one dizzy.  The secret to losing weight and keeping it off is eating a clean diet. A clean diet consists of organic , hormone free,grass fed animal and dairy products ,whole grains, unprocessed nuts and 7-11 servings of organic vegetables and fruit.

Women ask me how can I lose weight quickly? There is no such thing as a quick fix with weight loss. By staying away from junk, and eating at least 1,200 calories a day of clean, healthy and organic food it is possible to drop anywhere from 1/2 pound to 5 pounds in two weeks. Here is an outline I give to patients. Make sure to eat protein at every meal and pick either a starchy vegetable or starch at each meal to keep blood sugar stable.

Closeup of beautiful woman feeling the temptation of eating chocolate

Women’s Weight Management Dietary Guidelines

Daily intake:

Proteins: 4-6 oz of fish,  or seafood(if permitted), 4-5 oz of poultry, 3-4 oz of red meat: beef, lamb and bison(if permitted), ½-3/4 cup beans;2 oz of hard cheese, ½-1 cup of ricotta(skim) or cottage cheese(skim), 1 cup plain unsweetened yogurt; 2 eggs(if permitted);1 cup egg white , 1 cup tofu or soy yogurt;3-4 oz of seitan or tempeh;1 oz of nuts(10-20) or 2 tbsp of nut butter. 3  servings of protein a day

Vegetables: artichokes beets bok choy broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, cucumber eggplant, greens (collard, kale, mustard, turnip),leeks, mushrooms(shitake, Portobello no white button), okra, onions peppers pumpkin, radishes, rutabagas snow peas, green beans, snap peas, zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, watercress,  herb mix salad, Brussels sprouts, carrots, spinach, water chestnuts, yellow wax beans, endive, escarole, fennel, parsley, sprouts(alfalfa, mung bean and radish) . Unlimited

Fruit: Apple, apricots,1/2 of a banana, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, Clementine, cranberries, fresh figs, grapefruit, grapes(1 cup) guava, honeydew, kiwi, lemon, lime  lychee (fresh) mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, peach, pear, persimmon(fresh)pineapple, plums, pomegranate, raspberries, rhubarb, star fruit, strawberries, tangerine, watermelon. Unlimited

*7-11 servings a day of vegetable and fruit/day, emphasize vegetables. 

Starchy vegetables: 1/3-1/2 cup beans or peas(cooked), ½ cup corn, ½ cup green peas, ½ cup edamame, ½ cup plantains or yuca,1 small yukon or purple potato, 1 small sweet potato,

Starches: 1/3-1/2 cup of cooked barley, whole grain cous-cous, bran, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, brown or basmati rice, oatmeal;1 organic corn tortilla, 1 slice whole grain high fiber bread,3/4 cup high fiber cereal, 3-5 whole rye crackers,1-2 cups air popped popcorn(limit); 5 Mary’s Gone Crackers, 5 San J,  Holgrain, or Edward and Sons brown rice crackers.

*3 servings a day of starchy vegetables or starch servings/day

 Fats:  ½ avocado,10 green or black olives,  1 tbsp capers,1tsp of organic olive, canola or sesame oil, 1tsp of smart balance, spectrum spread, or earth balance, 1tsp vegan or organic mayonnaise, 2 tbsp salad dressing(Annie’s shitake sesame or goddess, Newman’s original). Nuts, see protein. 3-4 servings/day.

 Water: Minimum of 64 oz a day. This can include oolong, green, white and herbal tea, seltzer water. Studies have shown green tea has facilitated weight loss. You may have low sodium organic vegetable, chicken or beef stock.

 Additional foods: spices, herbs, all dietary supplements and herbs, stevia, fresh lemon and lime juice, apple cider or balsamic vinegar, coffee(limit 2 cups)1 tbsp honey or maple syrup.

Please eat every 2-3 hours. Stop eating 3 hours before bedtime or by 8pm. Herbal tea permitted.

You can learn more about Dr. Trattner on her website: http://www.elizabethtrattner.com

We love following her blog where she provides resources for living a healthy lifestyle, just like this one!  

 

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Meet Becky Lee: Founder of Becky’s Fund

After receiving her B.A. Degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, Becky Lee continued on to receive her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Interested in the prevention of intimate partner violence, Ms. Lee has been working on issues concerning survivors over the last twenty years as an advocate, a kickboxing instructor, a policy associate and an attorney. 
Becky Lee is the Executive Director of Becky’s Fund, a national non-profit organization committed to addressing and preventing the occurrence of intimate partner violence through advocacy, research and support for survivors. When she was given the opportunity to try out for Survivor: Cook Islands during the summer of 2006, Ms. Lee decided to go for it because she wanted to break media stereotypes of Asian Americans and bring awareness to the prevalence of intimate partner violence. After coming in third, Ms. Lee took much of her 3rdplace winnings to create the non-profit organization, Becky‘s Fund, (www.beckysfund.org) due to seeing the lack of attention given to addressing the issue of violence prevention and education.  Even though she has never personally experienced domestic violence, she wanted to show people by example how important it is to work on intimate partner violence as it affects 1 in 3 women in the United States, calling the organization Becky’s Fund to stress how each person can make a difference in our community on this issue.

Becky’s Fund is a 501c(3) public charity focused on the prevention of intimate partner violence and providing post-incident support for survivors and their families. Did you know that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men are affected by intimate partner violence?The Fund’s mission is unique in its focus on educating an under-served market – young people, professionals, and men while working to end and prevent this violence.  Our innovative workshops, survivor independence courses, and outreach programs have earned us national recognition by the Office of Violence Against Women, Vice President Joe Biden, and was highlighted on ESPN’s Outside the Lines

Tell us about Becky’s Fund:

The prevention-based mission of Becky‘s Fund is to foster awareness of intimate partner violence, encourage advocacy among peers, promote activism through outreach programs, and create support for victims. Intimate partner violence can happen to anyone, regardless of background, socioeconomic status, or age. Because 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will face intimate partner violence during her/his lifetime, Becky‘s Fund openly addresses this issue to tackle it and find ways to help those who are struggling with it find safety for themselves and their children.

Becky‘s Fund executes its outreach strategy through national public relations and media campaigns, using radio, print, and television public service announcements.  It leverages education, Web 2.0 technology, and cutting-edge resources to enable critical one-to-one connections between victims and survivors. These crucial resources take aim at the heart of damaging social beliefs that perpetuate a cycle of struggle and abuse among so many people in our community.  Through our website (www.beckysfund.org), networking, and events, Becky‘s Fund also connects donors with the specific needs of abuse victims.  

On an everyday basis, we are working to educate and prevent intimate partner violence from continuing.  We use social media such as twitter, facebook and the website every day to create dialogue about the assumptions and beliefs that people have about what causes intimate partner violence and how people can get involved to fight against intimate partner violence.  

We create and execute events to create awareness of this issue while raising money to fund programs and help assist victims with their different needs ranging from economical, legal, and advocacy areas.

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What inspired you to start Becky’s Fund?

While a junior at the University of Michigan, I heard an extraordinary woman and lawyer, Andrea Lyon, deliver a horrific story that would change my life and the lives of many others to come.  She described how a woman was dragged down the street by her husband with her intestines hanging out, after being slashed several times. No one ever reached out to help her.  After hearing that 1 in 3 women are affected by intimate partner violence and story after story about women who suffer in prison after killing their abusers in self-defense from intimate partner violence, I could not sit still and do nothing.    

This is why I initially went to law school, then tried out for the reality show Survivor, and lastly created my own non-profit – all to raise awareness for the epidemic of intimate partner violence in America and to create public and tangible support for these victims of abuse.  I have seen so many women hide their pain and bruises because they are afraid of being blamed all over again for the abuse.   There is a problem in our society when we continue to ask “Why doesn’t she leave,” when the question should be “Why does he keep getting away with abusing her?” I have always been outraged by the lack of community support to help abused women find safety from their batterers, just as I was shocked by the response of millions of teens in America blaming Rihanna for the abuse from Chris Brown several years ago. 

It is often up to people who have not been personally affected by intimate partner violence to stand up and speak out for the silenced victims who cannot. Because I do not have a personal story to relate, I am able to speak out about this issue so openly. I am not stigmatized by cultural judgment and other barriers such as fear of being blamed and shame in coming forward to ask for help. After working on this issue as an advocate and attorney for over 20 years, I dedicated my career to develop a multi-faceted approach that addresses social, cultural and legal barriers that trap victims and started my own organization 10 years ago with the proceeds I made from winning third place on the reality show, Survivor.

Gala where Becky hosted and represented Becky's Fund
Group Shot with Athletes and Models at 2015 Walk This Way: From L-R: John Booty, Bill Hamid, Sean Franklin, Pierre Garçon, Chris Baker, Bradley Beal, Becky Lee, Garrett Temple, Gio Gonzalez, Alan Anderson, Gary Clark, Steven Birnbaum, Chris Pontius, Giuseppe Lanzone

What are some challenges that victims of domestic violence may face that keep them from finding help?

When people ask “Why doesn’t she just leave?”, they fail to understand the multi-faceted barriers that keep domestic abuse survivors from seeking help. In fact, leaving the relationship is the most dangerous time for a survivor. Women are 70 times more likely to be killed in the two weeks after leaving than at any other time during the relationship.  Especially now, financial abuse is becoming more common in domestic violence relationships. Usually, the abuser will have access to passwords and account information. Often times, the abuser has sole access to passports, passwords, credit cards, cash, and immigration papers. With no sense of financial control, the survivor often has no money or means of support if she/he leaves the relationship.

We also live in a culture where violence is normalized from such an early age. If a boy pushes a little girl down on the playground, she’s told that he’s doing it because he likes her. In addition, if the survivor grows up in a violent home, she/he probably believe that hitting is a way of expressing love and the violence often becomes normalized behavior.  Abusers also emotionally and mentally abuse their victims so that they believe that they do not deserve a life any better. Because of this, they might believe that they won’t be loved by anyone else and that the abuser is the best partner they will find. Abusers maintain a sense of power and control over their victims by isolating them from their friends and family. With no support system, the survivor would not have anyone to turn to if they attempted to leave the relationship. Finally, it’s important to understand that in these type of relationships, the survivor might still have love for her/his partner. These relationships generally don’t start out abusive. There’s a honeymoon phase that will be interrupted by tension building and eventually a violent blow up. The cycle repeats but the survivor might hold onto the positive qualities she/her sees in her/his partner. When this couple has children together, it can be even more difficult to leave the abuser she/her loves.

 

Group Shot with Athletes and Models at 2015 Walk This Way: From L-R: John Booty, Bill Hamid, Sean Franklin, Pierre Garçon, Chris Baker, Bradley Beal, Becky Lee, Garrett Temple, Gio Gonzalez, Alan Anderson, Gary Clark, Steven Birnbaum, Chris Pontius, Giuseppe Lanzone
Gala where Becky hosted and represented Becky’s Fund

What are some ways that Becky’s Fund raises awareness for domestic violence?

Many awareness initiatives focus mainly on girls and women, but fails to bring boys and men into the conversation. Our Men of Code program works with young male athletes and coaches to help them become better leaders and allies in the movement to end violence against girls and women.  The program includes workshops and seminars on leadership, masculinity, consent, dating violence, and empowers them to bring these same skills and knowledge to the outside world to help end violence against women.  To help raise funds for our Men of Code program, we created Walk This Way, our annual fashion charity event. This event has raised thousands of dollars for our charity to help end intimate partner violence. Last year, about 700 local Washingtonians, pro athletes, and notables came together to help raise awareness for our organization at the Italian Embassy.

We also have our Becoming Your Own Heroine program, which is a workshop for girls aged 8-18 to train and educate them on dating violence, self-defense, and artistic expression. We create an open, safe environment where girls can engage in dialogues that they might not have been able to create with their teachers or parents. The girls learn about gender identity, consent, dating violence, sexual violence, healthy and abusive relationships, and bystander intervention. Our goal for this program is to train these girls on various ways to prevent intimate partner violence and empower them to live successful, confident lives.

Tell us about your upcoming event, Take a Stand, Make a Splash:

Take a Stand, Make a Splash is our second annual swimsuit fashion show that works to end and prevent intimate partner violence. Instead of using traditional models, our models are female athletes or fitness personalities from the DC area to highlight the strength and diversity of the female body. To celebrate the strength and diversity of women’s bodies as well as honor the ground-breaking achievements that women continue to accomplish, the theme of this year’s fashion show is freedom.  Proceeds from this event will go to Becky’s Fund.

 

For more information, visit our event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/630780120432552/

To buy tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/take-a-stand-make-a-splash-2016-tickets-26445416954

Becky with Football players from Friendship Collegiate Academy in our Men of Code Program
Becky with Football players from Friendship Collegiate Academy in our Men of Code Program

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved?

The best way to get involved is to find local organizations near you that need help with volunteering or advocacy in helping achieve the mission to end intimate partner violence. This could look like passing out flyers, bringing awareness to an upcoming event, or even volunteering at a hotline center. However, there are other actions we can take in our daily life to make a difference without volunteering to an organization. First and foremost, if a survivor confides in you, start by believing them. Do not judge that person or question as to why she/he stayed. Believe her/his story and lead her/him to resources so she/he can rebuild her/his life.  Also, speak up. If you see someone being abused, get involved by confronting the situation, creating a distraction which will allow the survivor to return to safety, or directly contact the authorities with the survivor’s permission.

 

How can victims get in touch with Becky’s fund?

If you or someone you know is a victim of intimate partner violence you can visit our website at www.beckysfund.org and visit our “Get Help” and “Resources” page that will give you all the information you need on creating a safety plan.

Meet Vanessa Hernandez: Miss New Mexico United States 2016

With the Miss United States 2016 pageant kicking off tomorrow, the countdown to Miss United States 2016 closes out with Miss New Mexico, Vanessa Hernandez! Vanessa was a student and Sundancer at New Mexico State University and a part of the first competitive hip hop dance team to win Dance Worlds. As an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe Vanessa takes pride in having a career with one of her tribes enterprises. Growing up she faced bullying for having a diverse ethnic background. Now she uses her personal experiences of overcoming adversity as fuel to her platform, Anti Bullying and Women Empowerment. Vanessa hosts fashion shows that encourage young women to “stomp their heels on bullying” and embrace the beauty of being different and the confidence to always make a [fashion] statement.

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Quick facts…
Hometown: Alamogordo, New Mexico
Current City: Alamogordo, New Mexico
Hobbies: Snowboarding, dancing, weight lifting, yoga, traveling
Favorite food: My mom’s green chili chicken enchiladas
Favorite movie: Legends of the Fall
Three words that sum you up: Vibrant, Authentic and Empathetic
Song you have on repeat right now: Just like Fire by PINK (The lyrics are so empowering!)
Dream job: I currently have a very rewarding career but if I was to wake up tomorrow to do something else it would be traveling the world with my platform.
Beauty product you can’t live without: I was recently introduced to Solar Protection Formula by my aesthetician and LOVE it!
Favorite quote: “The only disability in life is a bad attitude” -Scot Hamilton

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Having a title keeps you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?
One of the attributes pageantry teaches is time management. To keep my sanity of balancing my full time career and title amongst other daily responsibilities I start my day off with fueling my mind, body and soul with a workout, devotional reading and a good breakfast! After working a full day my evenings vary from weight lifting, pageant prep coaching for young girls, and preparing for appearances, photoshoots and interviews for the weekend.
 
What has been the highlight of being Miss New Mexico US so far?
A couple weeks after I was crowned I received an email from the fifth grade teacher of the Mescalero Elementary School and she told me she had asked her students who they wanted to come speak at their Graduation Ceremony and they chose me! I was completely surprised and felt so honored. I have a huge heart for the youth in my community so to know I was inspiring them inspired me!
 
What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
I wouldn’t say I’m flawless all the time. With a schedule as compact as mine I tend to be short on time and resort to one of my favorite looks, a bun! Since I was a little girl I use to love to dress like my Grandma Petra and she always had a good bun and bold earrings! Simple yet classy.  
 
 What is your go-to makeup look?
I love the natural look. My days start at 5am and usually doesn’t end till 9-10 at night so I always resort to a waterproof mascara and eye liner, MAC concealer under my eyes and MAC blot powder throughout the day. I love to curl my eyelashes with the tweezer man eye lash curler and always have a lip gloss on hand!

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Growing up, who was your inspiration?
Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla! I am from a diverse ethnic background and I loved being able to relate to her upbringing and strong family values. She is Mexican-American and embraced every part of that through her music. Her innovativeness to fashion, humility, and compassion for fans is an inspiration to me as a woman today and I aspire to leave a legacy like she has.
 
Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying?
When I first read this blog I did a happy dance because my platform as Miss New Mexico US is Anti Bullying and Women Empowerment. I’ll share more of that below but YES I do have advice. We all have been bullied in some form or another because if you are different in any type of way you become vulnerable to being a victim of bullying.  One of my favorite lines in the book I Am Malala is when her mother tells her daughter to “Hide your face— people are looking at you” and she responds “It doesn’t matter; I’m also looking at them”. Always remember that the opinion of others does not define you! The next time you find yourself the victim of being bullied consider yourself in that position for a purpose! Be the good, share love, be the reason that bully wants to change for the better!  Matthew 5:43-48
 
Tell us about your platform:
As a young girl growing up on the Mescalero Apache Reservation I was a victim of bullying. My peers would refer to me as “white girl” and “princess” in a derogatory way because of the way I dressed and the color of my skin. When I would get home I would scratch my skin so hard till it bled hoping that it would turn brown like my mom. My mother has such a moving soul and taught me at a very young age that there is beauty in being different and to embrace who I am. Now, as a woman I want to share that! Anti-Bullying and Women Empowerment is what my platform is about. Fashion shows is my chosen activity to bring awareness to the topic of bullying and female empowerment!
 
Stomping our heels on bullying while making a Fashion Statement!
 

vanessa miss new mexico child
 
What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved?
To get involved in your community with my platform I would just encourage you to stomp your own heels on bullying and create your own fashion statement that best represents who YOU are! By doing that you will be an encouragement to the next woman that comes your way.
To be more involved in your community with other projects I encourage you to listen to the radio, read the local newspaper or read up on your local chamber website for events. Social Media can be very helpful as well, simply posting a status asking how to get involved will blossom into philanthropic opportunities.
 
In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
I’m grateful I have a family that supports my journey to Miss United States and the busy schedule it brings because when I do have free time it is dedicated to time being spent with them! Sometimes it’s only 20 minutes and my dad will come over and help me water my lawn, birthday BBQ’s on the back porch or sometimes I can collaborate shopping for the pageant with the women I love most! My mom and Aunt helped me choose my evening wear gown for Miss United States and that experience would not have been the same without them there.
 
 
What is one thing you can’t live without?
Friendship. I once had a conversation with a homeless man and apologized I wasn’t able to offer him much. He shared with me that my smile and generosity was enough and that more than anything he wishes people would just acknowledge him and wave hello. That conversation made me more aware that it is easy to take advantage of living a fortunate life and at the end of the day there is a lot of things we can live without but friendship keeps our souls alive!
 
What is the hardest part about competing in pageants?
 Letting others speak over your thoughts. In pageantry you get told “Be yourself, be yourself, be yourself”. As generic as that sounds it is so true! It’s easy to have someone you admire influence you. But don’t let their prominent manner steer the direction of your heart in the opposite way of YOU and your dreams! 
 
What is the best part about competing in pageants?
The voice of the crown! The moment I decided to participate in this organization it gave me the opportunity to have a more powerful and impactful voice to the young girls in my community. Choosing to no longer be on the sidelines and take the chance at vying for my state title challenged me to dig deep within myself and bring out the authenticity that I have been holding back. Thanks to USNP for the first time in my life I feel on fire!  
 
 vanessa hernandez new mexico photo
 
What is the best advice you have ever received?
I have come across lots of great advice through my life but most recently I had a friend reach out to me through facebook and shared with me some sweet and impactful words,
 
“…..Your coronation of Miss NM is a HUGE deal and super exciting as is the journey to Miss US, but never ever forget that you are Vanessa Hernandez, you were before and will be after this is all over. You have done an amazing job of not losing sight of your heritage and culture and where you’ve come from and most importantly your faith, and I just want to encourage you to hold onto that as things get more and more hectic….I know this is totally out of left field, I’ve just been thinking about it as everyone has been referring to you as Miss New Mexico as if that’s your new name…….”
 
God always has impeccable timing when bringing forward the support I need to help me on this unbeaten path to Miss United States!  
 
Keep up with Vanessa:
Twitter: @Miss_NMUS
Snapchat: MissNMUS2016
Instagram: miss_nmunitedstates
Facebook Fan Page: Miss New Mexico United States

Meet Claire Wright: Miss Washington Teen USA 2016

Today I am so honored to share an interview with one of the most inspiring young women I have met through pageantry. Claire Wright embodies everything that Lady Code stands for, so I knew I had to share her story with you all! I met Claire at Miss Universe 2015 through an interview I did for PageantLIVE. Through the interview, I learned that Claire was a former victim of bullying and she has since then created her own nonprofit organization, Project Claire Bear. Claire is also a blogger, student, and your current Miss Teen Washington USA! Claire is currently in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Miss Teen USA competition, so I thought now would be the perfect time to share her story!

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What inspired you to compete in beauty pageants?
While being severely bullied in middle school, I was looking for activities outside of school, so I could build up my life away from the people mistreating me. I told my mom I wanted to compete in a pageant, who was initially apprehensive, until I received a letter in the mail the next day asking me to participate in a pageant. We did some research and looked at it as God’s perfect timing. My first pageant was the best experience I could have ever hoped for. I gave a speech on the importance of being kind to others, and that passion has since grown into my nonprofit organization, Project Claire Bear. My confidence grew immensely that weekend and I learned so much about myself, and even placed in the top 15! The experience led me to have clearer aspirations for my career and inspired me to continue competing.

What are you looking forward to the most at Miss Teen USA 2016?
I am so looking forward to spending more time with the girls there! What I love about the Miss Universe Organization is that it gives titleholders the opportunities to spend time together throughout the year, so by the time we get to Miss Teen USA it’s one giant reunion with all of our best friends! Of course I also cannot wait to see who the next Miss Teen USA is, it would be an absolute dream come true to walk away with the crown, but I love knowing that either way I will have the time of my life! 

Tell us more about Project Claire Bear and how our readers can get involved:
Project Claire Bear is a nonprofit organization I founded to prevent bullying and promote kindness. After being bullied, I realized I didn’t want other kids to have to go through what I went through, so I have made it my mission to teach kids the tools to stop a bullying situation when they see it occurring. I speak at schools and community centers in my area and really cover all roles involved in the situation, be it the bully, victim, or bystander, because everyone has the power to be the change and be the good. You can go to www.projectclairebear.com to find out more or like the Facebook page “Project Claire Bear” to stay up to date!

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You have a strong focus on anti-bullying. Do you have a personal experience with bullying that inspired you to fight bullying?
I have experienced bullying several times in my life and I decided I wanted to do what I could to make sure that other kids wouldn’t have to go through what I went through. I created Project Claire Bear as a way to prevent bullying and promote kindness by speaking out about my story and sharing the tools I learned to educate others on the different roles people play in bullying situations and how to stop it before it gets too severe.

What advice can you give to Lady Code readers that may be victims of bullying?
The most important thing to remember is that it is going to get better. When you’re being bullied sometimes it can feel like your whole world and it can be hard to see past it, but it is so important to remember that it is just a small part of it.

Do you have a favorite blogger? If so, who?
I love Julianne Hough’s blog! She represents young women for our generation so well. She is natural and confident in whom she is and promotes messages that are important to her, while keeping the blog fun. She just opened an active wear line and is so involved in actively making the world a better place; I look up to her so much. She is relatable, approachable, has so much professional and business experience and has so much to share.

How would you describe your own personal style?
My personal style is trendy and chic, yet classic. I love to stay up to date on the latest trends and am obsessed with finding new looks, but I always like to stay classic in my style.

claire wright photos

Who is your style icon?
Blake Lively! Her personal style has really grown since “Gossip Girl” ended. Since then, her career has taken off, she got married, and became a mother. The confidence in her personal and professional life shows through her bold fashion choices, but Blake looks just as chic in jeans and a t-shirt as in a ball gown. What I love about her is that she wears the clothes, they don’t wear her.

 What are your favorite fashion trends this season?
I am in LOVE with the lace-up trend! From shoes to tops, I can’t get enough of it!

 You must be a busy girl! How do you stay looking gorgeous?
First of all, thank you so much! Hydration is the number one thing!! I always make sure to drink plenty of water and maintain an active lifestyle to help me stay healthy and feel balanced. When I’m on the go, I always take my “S’well” water bottle with me and drink from it throughout the day.

What is your favorite new beauty product?
I’m way behind on this one, but the other day I just got a beauty blender and I swear it is pure magic. I love it and it helps me apply makeup quickly and smoothly before heading out for the day!

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Who in your life has inspired you the most?
My younger brother has inspired me the most in my life. He has grown up having learning disabilities and has had to overcome so many obstacles along the way, but he has never let that hold him back from giving his all.

 

What are some of your goals for the future?
Of course a big goal I am working towards right now is hopefully winning the title of Miss Teen USA 2016! My other future goals include graduating college, and pursuing a career as a broadcast journalist. One day I hope to host a national morning show!

Do you have any current or upcoming projects that you’d like to share?
Right now I am definitely in full Miss Teen USA preparation mode! I started a blog a year ago, thewrightwayblog.com, and plan on focusing more on it after Miss Teen USA! It is a fun way for me to share my thoughts and experiences and I am excited about it.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Always remember to be strong and be kind!

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Keep up with Claire:

Blog: thewrightwayblog.com
Instagram: Personal: @clairewright12 Titleholder: @misswateenusa
Snapchat: Personal: clairewright12 Titleholder: misswateenusa
Twitter: Titleholder: @MissWAteenusa
Facebook: Personal: Claire Wright Titleholder: Miss Washington Teen USA

Meet Miss Kentucky United States 2016: Jessica Wallace

I’ve got a treat for my readers in Kentucky today! Lady Code scored an interview with our very own Miss Kentucky United States 2016, Jessica Wallace! I’ve been a fan of Jessica since she got crowned because she is so kind and humble. She is passionate about serving her community and giving back. Read on to learn more about this Kentucky queen who will be taking the Miss United States 2016 stage in a few weeks!

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Quick facts…
Hometown: Louisville
Current City: Louisville
Hobbies: Creative writing, Rock Climbing, Watching Horror films
Favorite food: Pasta, Steak, Salmon, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, Grits, Greens, Pickled Okra,
Fried Chicken, Deviled Eggs and Sweet Potato Pie (Don’t forget I’m from the south) hahaha!
Favorite movie: I’m really into Horror movies! Alfred Hitchcock’s, Psycho is an all time favorite of mine.
Three words that sum you up: Resilient, Ambitious and Charismatic
Song you have on repeat right now: Beyonce’s entire Lemonade album
Dream job: Becoming an Executive Producer for CNN
Beauty product you can’t live without: Urban Decay Mascara
Favorite quote: “Though she be but little, she is fierce!”- William Shakespeare

miss kentucky jessica wallace

Having a title keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you?
Wow! Where do I begin? I work in the banking industry, I am a Branch Manager. I am responsible for all things financial. This could be anywhere from credit card, mortgages and loan bookings to sitting down with a family and constructing the best financial plan to get their children through college. I work in a fast paced environment where things are changing every day. I have the ability to help a person plan their financial future, so each day is rewarding for me.

What has been the highlight of being Miss Kentucky so far?
Everyday as Miss Kentucky United States is a highlight! I have the BEST support system in my hometown of Louisville. I wanted to give a voice to the people in my community and promote positive change and my title enables me to do so. I am so blessed that I am in a position to where I can be a positive influence to those around me.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
I try to take really good care of my skin, I love to exfoliate. Also, I drink as much water as possible. Majority of the time I try to go with little or no make up so I can give my skin a break from product.

Growing up, who was your inspiration?
My mom. She is such a blessing in my life. God spent a little more time on this woman, she is phenomenal! My mother is a type 2 Diabetic, watching her battle this illness and never give up really shows me what true strength is. My mothers diagnosis has heavily impacted my life, it inspired me to become an advocate for the Diabetes Association. I spread diabetes awareness throughout my community by sharing my mothers story and being a mentor to families who have members that suffer from this illness.

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Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying?
My advice is to be strong, you’re not alone. There is a misconception that a person in my position (a pageant girl) would not understand what it’s like to be tore down by my peers. Actually, it is the complete opposite. I was bullied throughout elementary and middle school. It really took a toll on my self esteem. I found it really challenging to love the skin I was in, until one day I decided to pick myself up and work on ways that I can improve. I started focusing on my strengths instead of my weaknesses and I began to not only flourish in all aspects of life but I began to love myself.
* Remember* God gives his toughest battles to his strongest warriors. Never give up!

Tell us about your platform: Blessings in a Backpack is an AMAZING non profit organization. This organization mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for Elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. There are more than 15 million children in this country who are at risk of hunger. Children are fed during the school week by Federal government programs but we want to make sure they are getting nutritional meals on the weekend too. In Louisville we have fed over 10,000 students this past school year!

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? Donate backpacks and non perishable food items to your local elementary schools. Become a volunteer by coming out to your local elementary school to help pack bags for the kids to take home for the weekend.

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In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
Free time? What’s that? Haha! I enjoy being around people who love and support me. I’m all about creating memories and having a great time with good company.

What is your go-to makeup look?
I like simple and easy.
I love my full glam moments but I feel the most beautiful when I have a fresh look. Urban Decay Mascara, Make up Forever blush, Nars lipgloss and I’m out the door!

What is one thing you can’t live without? That’s a tough one! I’d have to say music. Music can change any horrible day into a good day once you hear your favorite song.

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants?
The hardest part is being critiqued. We all work so hard to win and sometimes our best isn’t enough. However, as long as you have a strong sense of self and confidence to match you’ll always be a winner!

What is the best part about competing in pageants?
The best part of a pageant is challenging yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone. Displaying the best version of you is such an amazing experience and we are lucky to be able to do that on such a grand scale. Another great part of pageants are the bonds and friendships you make with the other young women. We all want the best in life and definitely empower one another on and off the stage.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

“Never forget where you came from.”

Keep up with Jessica:

Facebook: Jessica Wallace

Instagram: jesscee___

Facebook Fan Page: Miss Kentucky United States

Meet Miss Washington United States 2016: Shelby Meader

The countdown to the Miss United States National Pageant continues with your Miss Washington United States 2016, Shelby Meader! Shelby just earned her MBA and works hard in her community to rescue dogs. In this interview, Shelby shares her beauty secrets, advice for victims of bullying, and her platform!

Hometown: Camas, Washington
Current City: Camas, Washington
Hobbies: Wakeboarding, Snowboarding, & Hiking
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite movie: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Three words that sum you up: Loyal, Confident, & Determined
Song you have on repeat right now: “Needed Me” – Rihanna
Dream job: Fly around the USA rescuing dogs from different situations
Beauty product you can’t live without: Chapstick
Favorite quote: “Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be”

Shelby Meader

Having a title keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you? 
A typical day for me starts at 4.30am. I get up, go to the gym, come home and meal prep for the day. I work at Clackamas Federal Credit Union as an Assistant Branch Manager. Twice a week, I attend night school from 6-9pm as I am pursuing my MBA. My last class will be July 27th!! After all of that, I come home and usually like to relax and watch TV with my boyfriend Derek and our 6 month old Golden Retriever puppy curled up next to us.

What has been the highlight of being Miss Washington so far? 
I was just named Miss Washington on June 22nd, so it is all new and exciting for me. The highlight so far has been scheduling various appearances for the year. In particular, I reached out to the Southwest Humane Society, which is my platform, and created a partnership with them. I will be attending adoption events each month and continuing to walk the dogs every Sunday. I have been volunteering weekly at the Humane Society for almost 2 years, so I am thrilled to continue working with this amazing organization.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?
As tough as this sounds, I have been drinking a gallon of water a day prepping for the Miss United States pageant. I have noticed a huge difference in my skin, energy, and overall health. Another beauty secret of mine is using vaseline on my lips at night. I wake up with moisturized and plump lips and it keeps them soft all day long.

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What is your go-to makeup look? 
My go-to makeup look is very fresh faced. Because I am in business, I don’t like to wear a lot of makeup during the work day. I usually just wear mineral powder, blush, mascara, and chapstick. I love the fresh faced look because it keeps my pores clean and it is easy for me to get ready in the mornings :).

Growing up, who was your inspiration? 
Growing up, my inspiration was and still is my Mother. She is the definition that handwork leads to success. She was a stay at home mom by day who take care of my brother and I, and my Dad’s paralegal by night. I have always looked up to her because she is the wife and business woman that I one day hope to be.

Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying?
I do. I was bullied as a kid in school. I was always underweight and was under 5 foot until I was a freshman in high school. I was as straight as a board and socially awkward. I know how it feels to bullied, and I am 100% against it. Growing up, I had this dream of becoming a successful business woman and being a model. Well fast forward to a decade later, I am Miss Washington and I just completed graduate school and received my MBA. The advice I would give would be to not give up. DO NOT let what other people say to you define who you are as a person. You are all here for a reason and are meant to do something amazing. At the time when someone is bullying, it hurts, it really does. But just know that those feelings are temporary and the bullies are only acting on their own insecurities and you are the person they happen to take it out on. Let what they say roll off your back like water on a duck. I did not let people telling me I was too ugly to ever model, too short and that my teeth were too messed up to be a beauty queen, and not strong enough to be a business woman. I just think back on those comments and I silently thank those individuals for saying I can’t, because that made me want it ever more, and now I think … I can!

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Tell us about your platform:
My platform is the Humane Society. I volunteer there every week with my mom on Sundays. We walk the dogs that are up for adoption and we post our “dog of the week” on social media in hopes of getting them adopted. One thing that I appreciate about this amazing organization is that it is a no kill shelter. I made this my platform because I have always had a passion for animals and being the voice for them because they can’t have a voice themselves. As Miss Washington I want to continue spreading the message of the Humane Society and work with the organization even more than I already am. I want to one day help in the stopping of the Yulin dog meat festival. That is my biggest hope and dream.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? 
You can volunteer as a dog walker at the Humane Society or donate. Every dollar donated helps in getting food, blankets, and supplies to the shelter. Even thing is donated and it is always in need.

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing?
In my free time I love taking our dog to the dog park, going on hikes, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am an avid snowboarder in the winter and a wakeboarder in the summer. I am also an adrenaline junkie and thrill seeker. I’m an individual that has a bucket list and likes to cross things off of it.

What is one thing you can’t live without?
My cell phone. My entire life is on here and I don’t know what I would do without it. I have all of my favorite pictures and most importantly my color coded planner. If I didn’t have my planner, I really would not know what to do.

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What is the hardest part about competing in pageants?
I would say that the hardest part about competing in pageants is everything leading up to the pageant. There is so much prep work that must be done: picking the right dress, being dedicated to a gym routine, drinking my gallon of water a day, and of course putting the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream down.

What is the best part about competing in pageants?
The best part about competing in pageants is EVERYTHING. I can’t pick one part. I have met so many amazing women throughout this process, pageant friends are friends for life. I love being on stage and empowering other women to be the best that they can be. My platform is for dogs and my passion is for women empowerment and education.

What is the best advice you have ever received? 
Do not let negative comments that people say to you undermine who you are as a person.

Keep up with Shelby: 
Twitter: @shelbymeader
Instagram: @misswashingtonus2016
Facebook Fan Page: Miss Washington United States 

Terrific Thursday with celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes and Victoria Duke

Hi everybody,

Today, I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to have world renowned makeup artist, Scott Barnes do MY makeup.

The master at work
The Master at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Now I like makeup as much as anyone reading this blog, but I was more excited to have the chance to ask both him and Victoria Duke, another world renown makeup artist about what advice they would give to women in order to channel their inner beauty on their face.

Their answer: confidence. Wear it and be it! There is nothing more beautiful than a confident woman. We all have flaws, but we can work on them and be proud of who you are.

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I have to say, I was feeling very fabulous and LOVED this makeup!

Now these two fabulous artists have worked on everyone from Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Paulina Vega who was Miss Universe 2015, The Pussycat Dolls and Beyonce so they are no strangers to beauty.

Beauty is an Inside job

Check out the video below!

Hope you enjoyed!

~Char ❤

MEET MISS NEW YORK UNITED STATES 2016: JENNIFER DECILLIS

Welcome back to Lady Code! Today I am so excited to share our interview with Miss New York United States 2016, Jenifer DeCillis! Jennifer is a model, event host, and Marketing Director for a luxury hospitality group. She lives between Southampton and New York City, but she travels often and loves to be on the road. Jennifer is a former Miss New Jersey, graduate of Temple University and a Level 1 Sommelier. Pageantry is her passion, but her family is her heart.

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MEET JENNIFER: 
Hometown: Marlton, New Jersey
Current City: New York City, New York
Hobbies: Traveling, being a foodie, wine tasting and hot yoga
Favorite food: I order salmon everywhere I go, but if I could live on pizza I would!
Favorite movie: I’m more of a TV show binge watcher, so OITNB and GOT!
Three words that sum you up: Spontaneous, driven, goofy
Song you have on repeat right now: Kygo, “Im in love”
Dream job: Red Carpet host for E! News
Beauty product you can’t live without: Becca Cream Concealer
Favorite quote: “Character cannot be developed in quiet and ease. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

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Having a title keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you? My schedule is different, and busy, everyday, but I absolutely love it! I am the Marketing Director for one of the largest hospitality groups in Southampton, so some days I am glued to my phone, others my laptop and some I spend running to venues, meeting with clients and managing media outreach. I am also a model based in New York City and an event host for Tropic Beauty. My pageant days, though, as Miss New York are my longest and most rewarding. Yesterday I accompanied a two city councilmen and one mayor to nine different events. We visited senior centers, ribbon cutting ceremonies, charity concerts and political parties. I am blessed to represent a state as great as New York and I try to remain as active as possible!

What has been the highlight of being Miss New York so far? I love the moments that remind me of why I sought out to win this crown and sash and its not just because they are beautiful. The outpouring of love and support I have received from family, friends, loved ones and fans has truly touched my heart. The lives I have touched are also the highlights of my reign thus far. Meeting young girls who begin to follow my journey and express how much they look up to me and want to be like me is why I strive to us this platform to the best of my ability and to inspire others.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time? One of my best secrets to looking flawless is sleep! Although, in this industry, sleep can be a luxury. For my long days, when I know I’m looking exhausted, I rely on an amazing concealer, Becca at the moment. Also, lashes! A good set of lashes can change your face and your entire look.
What is your go-to makeup look? I am a makeup addict and love having a full face whenever I can. Typically a good base, I like Tarte for coverage, earth-toned eyes and a neutral lip is my daily go-to. NARS is one of my favorite brands and if they sell it, I probably own it!

Growing up, who was your inspiration? This is easy one. Hands down, my mother. I have never known a more selfless, strong, intelligent, inspiring woman. She raised three kids on her own, sometimes working two jobs, and still always made us her number one priority. I never went without and never felt that the unequivocal abundance of love I received from one parent was not enough. I only pray that I can be half the woman and mother she is one day.

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Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying? Not only do I have younger siblings that have experienced bullying, but I too was once a victim of bullying. Honestly, it can be hard sometimes to look at the light at the end of the tunnel when you are a victim of something like bullying. That being said, my advice would be to try your hardest to see that light and not let the words and actions of others deter you from your path and pursuing your day to day life. I look at my former bullies now with compassion. I used that hate as fuel towards becoming a better person, if anything gained strength from the torment, and know now that those who throw stones are often the ones struggling with something within themselves. Don’t give up and don’t let anyone change you from the beautiful person you are, because you WILL persevere.

Tell us about your platform: As Miss New York, I try not to limit myself to any one cause, because I feel as though there are so many opportunities in my city to volunteer and get involved. Although, while attending the annual National Meningitis Association Gala this spring, a chord was struck within me. I knew I wanted to help and not just by making an appearance. I decided to petition to hold a seat on the board of the NMA and when all executive committee members approved, I was blown away. I can proudly say that I am now the National Meningitis Association Outreach Ambassador, engaging, educating and influencing the public on our cause and mission. A devastating, sometimes fatal disease, Meningitis, more formally Meningococcal disease, devastates lives. With proper education, exposure to the information at hand and vaccinations, lives can be saved. Please, visit my Facebook page, as well as http://www.nmaus.org, for ways to get involved.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? Getting involved in your community is easier than most people think and is very rewarding. There are an abundance of websites and social media outlets that offer lists of events, volunteer opportunities, charity functions and ways for you to donate your time. The National Philanthropy of Miss United States National is the Share Our Strength Organization and the No Kid Hungry Program. If you’d like to join us in ending childhood hunger in America, visit http://www.nokidhungry.org for ways to get involved near you! It is easy to be kind, and you never know, you may actually fall in love with helping others.

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In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? I love to travel, literally anywhere and everywhere. When I’m at home, though, I spend my summer days in the Hamptons. Our beaches are absolutely beautiful and there is always something going on. There is a gorgeous stretch of vineyards along Long Island and as a new sommelier, I am trying to visit them all! Staying active is obviously a large part of my daily routine and my mission towards my Miss United States National body, so i like to switch it up. Swimming, running and cycling are fun, but running around New York City to different restaurants, museums and parks is my favorite exercise!

What is one thing you can’t live without? Since I am always on the go, and currently living between two cities, I’ll share what typically goes into my carryall bag. My crown and sash are always with me, you never know when you might need them. I always pack a good dress and pair of nude pumps, in case the occasion calls for it, and my occasions usually do. There is forever a pair of running shoes in my backset, since I try to sneak in a workout whenever time allows. My makeup bag literally never leaves my purse and my curling iron isn’t far behind. Lastly, my laptop and my phone are always on hand, I never stop working or staying connected!

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants? The hardest part about competing in anything, especially pageants, is the pressure I put on myself. Pageants can be scrutinizing, especially on ones physical appearance. I am my toughest critic and feel as though I can always be doing better, working out more, attending more events or putting more time into pageant preparation. I push myself, sometimes harder than I should, and I am working on being more content with the milestones I do reach.

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What is the best part about competing in pageants? Starting pageant a little later in life than most, I have taken two very important things away with me. The first is the amazing girl and women I have had the pleasure of meeting and becoming friends with. I have made lifelong friends through competing in pageants and always try to take something away from everyone I meet. The second is the woman that pageants have cultivated me into. I have learned so much about myself and grown and matured in ways that I never would have if it weren’t for competing in pageants. Those things are irreplaceable and I cherish them dearly.

What is the best advice you have ever received? I am blessed to be able to say that I have the most supportive family, in everything I do, and they are always guiding and inspiring me with their wisdom. There is one moment, though, one piece of advice that still lives on in my memory. My grandfather, God rest his soul, sat me down a long time ago, as a young girl, and I still picture his face when he said this. “You are a beautiful girl, but never let that get to your head. It is who you are on the inside and how you treat people that makes you truly beautiful. Never forget that.” I never have.

Keep up with Jennifer:
Twitter: @JLynn_Kelly
Instagram: @missnyus2016
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/MissNewYorkUnitedStates

Meet Adele Scala: Miss New Hampshire United States 2016

I am so excited to introduce your reigning Miss New Hampshire United States 2016, Adele Scala! She is a graduate from Northeastern University, a former NFL Cheerleader for the New England Patriots and New York Jets, and a current Territory Manager for an aesthetic device company. Adele is also a model that has been featured in numerous publications and has walked in many fashion shows. She is passionate about her platform of Hunger and Homelessness and volunteers diligently to support these causes.

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Quick facts…
Hometown: Hauppauge, NY
Hobbies: As a former NFL Cheerleader, I naturally have a passion for dancing and performing. I’m also a big-time jetsetter and love to travel throughout the country and the world.
Favorite food: Lately I am addicted to salmon. But my all-time favorite food is pasta. Staying true to my Italian roots!
Favorite movie: The Blind Side
Three words that sum you up: Influential, Ambitious, Humble
Song you have on repeat right now: “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
Dream job: To be a Professional Cheerleading Director for a national sports league
Beauty product you can’t live without: My Aquaphor lip protectant with SPF 30
Favorite quote: “Beauty is using the power of confidence to help others grow their own” – Chrissy Teigen

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Having a title must keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you? 

As a Territory Manager for an aesthetic device company, I am fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to travel on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Every day is different! I plan my own schedule which allows me to be creative and flexible in where I need to be. For instance, the other day I woke up early in the morning, went to the Conde Nast studio to shoot a live segment for “Ask Me Anything,” then I hopped in a cab to go to a meeting with a customer. After that I went to an orientation to be a part of the Nutrition Education Program for No Kid Hungry. Upon leaving, I received a phone call from another customer who wanted to meet for a late lunch to discuss a deal so I jumped right in my car to head over. After that I finished up the rest of my work on my computer and phone and headed back home to go to the Body Sculpting Class at my gym. There is never a dull moment! I love that there is always something going on in my life. It keeps things interesting and allows me to be a master at balancing everything and finding a way to make it all work.

What has been the highlight of being Miss New Hampshire so far? The highlight so far has been the outpouring amount of love and support that I have received from my family and friends from all over the world. It means everything to me and I’m even more motivated to continue making each and every one of them proud.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time? I use Burt’s Bees Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub every night, followed by the Peter Thomas Roth 24k Gold Mask a few times a week. However, I must say my biggest beauty secret right now is that I have been drinking even more water than usual and have drastically increased my fruit and vegetable intake and have noticed a dramatic change in my skin. It’s glowing! I’m a strong believer in nutrition and fueling your body with the necessary foods that it needs to flourish.

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What is your go-to makeup look? I love wearing Pur Pressed Mineral Makeup with SPF 15 on my face to even out my skin tone and create a nice base. Then I use my Anastasia contour kit to quickly highlight under my eyes, the center of my forehead and nose. Then I contour my cheek bones and top of my forehead. I use the Anastasia Brow Wiz to define my brows. Then I use a liquid eyeliner on my top lid before putting on my Ardell lashes! I also use an eyeliner pencil under my eyes and mascara on both my top and bottom lashes. I usually leave my lips natural with some Aquaphor to keep them moisturized. It sounds like a lot, but it truly takes me about 10 minutes in the morning to do!

Growing up, who was your inspiration? My father. Everyone says I’m a daddy’s girl and I’m not ashamed to say that is true! I have always looked up to him and admired all of the hard work he put in to provide for his family. He is truly a “Jack of all Trades” and I strive to be the female version of him who wears multiple hats in society today. He has even taught me how to clean a clogged drain, paint a wall, and rip up carpet! He inspires me to want to be a better person. He does everything for everyone and doesn’t ask or need anything in return. Throughout everything, he always has a smile on his face, as do I!

Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying? Ladies, if you are, or have been a victim of bullying, know that you are not alone! Many of us have been bullied in the past and have been able to overcome the negativity and grow from it. Take everything as a learning experience and make yourself stronger from it. No one can define who you are, except for yourself. Always stay true to your values and never stoop to someone else’s level. Bullying is unacceptable and will never be tolerated by the people who respect themselves and others. We are all here for you if you are a victim of bullying so know that you have a friend in each and every one of us! We should all be empowering one another to embrace our differences and be the best version of ourselves. I’m a strong believer in women empowerment and forming a bond between us that no one can come between or break. Let’s continue making strides to put an end to bullying together!

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Tell us about your platform: My platform is Hunger and Homelessness. There are millions of individuals in our nation who need our help. I work diligently with food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and churches who all provide services for those in need. Additionally, I have teamed up with No Kid Hungry to be an integral part of their Nutrition Education Program which educates individuals in underprivileged communities on how to stretch their dollar to create healthy meals to feed themselves and their families. I was also a Party Coordinator for Birthday Wishes, Inc., which brings birthday parties to children in homeless shelters. There are numerous organizations that benefit hunger and homelessness in our country and I plan to continue volunteering with them to make a difference and lend a helping hand in my community, state and nation.

What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? There are many ways that you can get involved with organizations that benefit hunger and homelessness. The first thing you can do is look up the shelters, food pantries, soup kitchens and churches in your area that provide housing and services to these individuals. I also encourage all of you to go on the No Kid Hungry website (www.nokidhungry.com) to look up the different volunteer opportunities you can do in your area. Together we can make a difference to end hunger and homelessness in our country!

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? Free time? What is that? Just kidding! I love to be around my family and friends as much as possible. I also enjoy cooking because I find that it relaxes me after a long day.

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What is one thing you can’t live without? Water! I drink a lot of it on a daily basis.

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants? Having the confidence to put the best version of yourself out there to be judged. If you’re able to do that, you’ve already won!

What is the best part about competing in pageants? Meeting other women who share in your ambitions and understand your hustle. Most of the women who compete in pageants are all like-minded in wanting to achieve their dreams and do whatever it takes to get there. It’s refreshing and empowering to be around these types of women.

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What is the best advice you have ever received? To realize that not everyone is going to understand your passion and the fire that you have inside of you, and that’s okay! Everyone has their own journey in life and it’s important to stay true to who you are and follow your dreams.

 

Keep up with Adele: 

Instagram: @missnhus2016

Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/missnhus2016 or search “Adele Scala – Miss New Hampshire United States 2016”

MEET MISS NEBRASKA UNITED STATES 2016: SARAI PIO

Sarai was raised in her beautiful hometown Las Vegas, Nevada since the age of three. She completed all her schooling in Las Vegas and graduated from Rancho High School and Area Technical Trade Center with a specialty in Customer Service in 2007. While attending school, she was always active in choir, dance, and theater. She always enjoyed being part of any art activities while growing up. She began her modeling at the age of 16 and has been a full-time professional model since the age of 21. Being based out of the entertainment capital of the world, Sarai has had the opportunity to work in several commercials, TV shows, and movie sets in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. She has also appeared in multiple music videos as a lead dancer and has been a featured model. Sarai is currently studying fashion design at UNLV.
She enjoys creating and designing jewelry, and unique clothing pieces, as well as any creative hands-on activities. Her involvement in the modeling and fashion industry led her to a new projects and business. Lè Vie Voutique, her new online boutique launched February of 2016.  Talk Blvd, her online blog she just started May of 2016.
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Quick facts…

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Current City: Las Vegas, NV

Hobbies: Designing, traveling, visiting art museums

Favorite food: Pizza and french fries

Favorite movie: The Pursuit of Happyness

Three words that sum you up: Devoted, Passionate, Hard-Working

Song you have on repeat right now: “Because you loved me” by Celine Dion

Dream job: Television Reporter or Personal Shopper

Beauty product you can’t live without: Marc Jacobs Mascara

Favorite quote: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” By Lao Tzu

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Having a title keep you pretty busy! What is a typical day like for you? My day to day schedules changes as I am a full time bilingual spokes-person and model, thus work is various modeling jobs on any given day. Although some days are long and I can work anywhere from 8-15 hours a day. A typical day would start with an early convention as a spokes model, follow by working special events throughout the day. I always take the time to attend some of my local charity events to support my community or any events I get the opportunity to support.

What has been the highlight of being Miss Nebraska so far? The fact that I am even Miss Nebraska and representing a beauty state at Nationals is a Highlight within itself, but I would have to say that having a state title has allowed for other become inspired and realize that consistency and hard work pays off in the end. I truly believe that if you can be an impact in life of one person for the better, the work and effort is worth it all.

What are some of your best beauty secrets to looking flawless all the time?

It’s not a secret but being able to get sleep when my schedule is not filled is definitely an additive to my beauty secret.

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Growing up, who was your inspiration? I was raised by my mother and thus she has become my inspiration and taught me that working hard pays off.

Lady Code has a focus on anti-bullying and women empowerment. Do you have any advice for our readers who may be victims of bullying?

I believe bullying is a two part process. One being the bully and the other person being the victim of its attacks. I do not condone, nor feel that anyone should be treated different or attacked because they “just don’t fit” in what the bully feels is their domain. Bullying does not stop in high school, it continues into adulthood and thus the reason why we see racism, prejudice among religions, political views, sexual preference, and the list goes on. Yet, we should be more confident of ourselves and and not be afraid to ask for help. I believe we need to spread the word to our youth about respecting each other and getting along with one another. Everyone is different and that’s what makes this world amazing that we can learn from each other, doesn’t mater where your from or how anyone looks. No one should be mistreated.

Tell us about your platform: My platform is domestic violence, I advocate and share my personal story as I experienced my mother be in domestic violence marriage as a child from age 3-18. All I can say is that no one should be mistreated mentally or physically in any relationship. Being that my platform is very close to me, one of the non profit organization closely work with is the shade tree. The Shade Tree is a Las Vegas based shelter for women, children and pets that are victims of domestic abuse. The mission of The Shade Tree is to provide safe shelter to homeless, abused women and children in crisis and to offer life-changing services promoting stability, dignity and self-reliance. The shade tree offers 12 other programs for its the community. I work with the safe home to organize different clothing drives, kids events, Mother’s Day events, and different walks that raise money for the organization.

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What can Lady Code readers do in their communities to get involved? They can google there cities and see what organizations are near them. Most likely they can contact the local organizations through email or a phone call. Most of them are always needing volunteers for the various programs they offer or for big events. The lady code readers can also reach out to there state queen and see what events they have that they can attend too, most of us have a pretty busy schedule and we love when our community supports in anyway.

In your free time, what do you enjoy doing? In my free time, I love to spend time with my mom for dinner and a movie.

What is your go-to makeup look? Natural look. Less in more now these days. Being able to showcase a once natural beauty shows acceptance of yourself.

What is one thing you can’t live without? It would have to be my phone. That is my main connection for work, business and friends.

What is the hardest part about competing in pageants? That there is always so much preparation to get done and no matter how far you feel the pageant date is away it comes around the corner before your know it. Its always a rush.

What is the best part about competing in pageants? Having the opportunity to get to know your contestants and create a pageant sisterhood with them. I believe the competition is always with yourself and as long as you gave it your full effort and your satisfy with your work, then the pageant has been a success. The sisterhood that is created with some of these ladies can be a lifetime reward.

What is the best advice you have ever received? In persona, business and pageant to be your self. Do not try and represent someone who is not you. Decisiveness in any of this can be a much more costly in the end.

 

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