The Big Reveal

So yesterday started out like any other day with getting my hair done first thing.

Ha I wish! It was so awesome to have someone else style my hair into something that would stand up against yesterday’s heat while I just sat there relaxing.

After hair was done, I hopped into a cab to head to the magazine’s headquarters to get my makeup done first, and then do the photo shoot. I got to wear three different outfits during the shoot, and here they are.

Outfit one:

Outfit Two:

Outfit Three:


So what’s the backstory to all this!? I finally get to share!

Back in March, I saw something on Twitter about submitting yourself for a style makeover from the Washingtonian. I figured why not and sent in an email saying that I had lost a significant amount of weight, had very few clothes to work with, and had no idea how to dress to flatter my new figure besides in workout clothes (true, true, truer!). I didn’t hear anything back for months so figured the opportunity had been missed and kept on living…

Meanwhile, in May, as you probably know, I attended FitBloggin’ up in Baltimore. While I was there, I got to talk to one of the editors at Fitness Magazine, Karla Walsh, after she was part of a keynote panel. I spoke to her a bit about my story of losing weight and how I had really learned to cook during the time and had basically turned my life upside down and inside out. She said she loved the story and to follow up with her after I got back from the conference.

I felt hopeful, but didn’t want to be disappointed so tried to remain as neutral as possible. I followed up with her by email afterward and she sent me a questionnaire to fill out which I quickly did and sent back in to her. A couple weeks later, late one Friday evening, I got an email saying that the editors loved my story and I was going to be in Fitness Magazine!!


I nearly burst into tears at the thought of being a success story in print! I could hardly believe it was happening and it still makes me teary eyed thinking about it… I can’t even imagine what it’s going to be like to see the story with my own eyes! I had a follow up phone interview with Karla where I basically poured my heart out about changing my life and talked about some of the most pivotal times during my journey, followed by several email exchanges with Karla, the photo editor, and the fashion department. I was sent a HUGE box of clothes of all different athletic clothing as well as cute fall clothing, and then this past Saturday I had my photo shoot for Fitness Magazine. Unfortunately, I had to send all the clothes back (boo) BUT it’s going to be in the October 2011 Issue as an “I Did It!” story. I cannot WAIT to see it in print!! As if that wasn’t enough…

Less than two weeks ago (very quick turnaround!!), I heard back from Washingtonian Magazine that though the story had been pushed back a bit, I was selected as one of the style makeover candidates!! I nearly freaked out with excitement before evening knowing any details, and it turned out to be way cooler and way more involved than I ever even thought!

I got paired up with a stylist, Kaarin of Closet Caucus, who is the most awesome, adorable, and wonderful stylist I could ever even dream up. If you are looking for a stylist, I honestly can’t recommend her enough.

She was actually the one who told me about that clothing swap that I went to last week! Outside of the clothing swap, she also came to my house to go through my closet to pick out the “gems” from my closet, and then we shopped for almost FOUR hours on Tuesday night, scoring some amazing deals. The Washingtonian gave me $250 to spend on new clothes to enhance my wardrobe, set me up with Kaarin, took care of my hair, makeup, and the photo shoot. The story SHOULD be going in the September issue of the magazine, and I’ll keep you guys posted as soon as that is finalized.

And we’re not done yet!! Kaarin, my stylist, and Sarah, the writer from Washingtonian, are coming over to my apartment on Monday night to do a full-out wardrobe edit. This means she’s basically going to look through all my clothes and help me get rid of things that I don’t need, help me make a bunch of different outfits out of what I do have (and take pictures!), and give me a list of basics that I need. I promise to talk a lot more about the styling advice I got next week, because a lot of the things I learned are applicable to everyone and I learned a LOT about both fashion and myself during this process.

So excuse me while I pinch myself to make sure this is really happening!! Two big magazines in two months!!! I feel so lucky and almost beside myself with excitement. I can’t believe this is really happening!!!

65 Comments on The Big Reveal

  1. Katie Photiadis
    July 22, 2011 at 8:38 am (9 years ago)

    Wow, Beth you look absolutely AMAZING!!! I am so thrilled for you!!!

    It must feel like a dream to be featured in not one, but two magazines. You should be so proud of yourself and all that you’ve accomplished!

  2. Linda @ Lemons
    July 22, 2011 at 8:39 am (9 years ago)

    Wow, that is amazing! You look beautiful. This is so exciting – I read Washingtonian, I can’t wait to see your story in print.

  3. Kimberly
    July 22, 2011 at 8:46 am (9 years ago)

    That is awesome! Congrats and you look marvelous!

  4. Katy Widrick
    July 22, 2011 at 8:55 am (9 years ago)

    You are so FREAKING beautiful – and I noticed the clothes last. Your smile and confidence are so clear in these photos, and I just want to tell you how proud I am (and inspired at the same time).

  5. michellerunsnyc
    July 22, 2011 at 8:59 am (9 years ago)

    This is so amazing! Congratulations!!! You look positively glowing in all these!!

  6. Janel
    July 22, 2011 at 9:06 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations on these exciting opportunities! After all this hard work, you deserve to be pampered!

  7. Lisa @ Lisa Letting Go
    July 22, 2011 at 9:25 am (9 years ago)

    Oh my goodness….how stinkin’ lucky are you!!!! That is amazing. I would think I’d died and gone to heaven if someone came to my house to help style me. I can’t wait to see you in the mags this fall 🙂

  8. Lydia
    July 22, 2011 at 9:28 am (9 years ago)

    So cool that you’re getting these opportunities! Can’t wait to see them in print.

  9. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    July 22, 2011 at 9:28 am (9 years ago)

    You’re like a celebrity. I’ll tell everybody that I met you “back when” at the blogger meetup after the national half marathon.

  10. Jess @BeingMrsBeer
    July 22, 2011 at 9:32 am (9 years ago)

    You look incredible! I’m so excited to see these!!!

  11. greensandjeans
    July 22, 2011 at 9:34 am (9 years ago)

    BETH! This is so flipping exciting! Congratulations! Next time we are in the same city I’m taking you for a cocktail (or two) to celebrate.

  12. Jen, a priorfatgirl
    July 22, 2011 at 9:42 am (9 years ago)

    I am totally jumping up and down for you, Beth! I feel like crying FOR you! Cannot wait to see everything in print!

    Oh, and while I love all the outfits in the pics above, my FAV is the 1st outfit, the jacket w/ sparkle top!

  13. Sue Livore Klein
    July 22, 2011 at 9:45 am (9 years ago)

    You are amazing & deserve every bit of the pampering & publicity!!!

  14. Stephanie
    July 22, 2011 at 9:54 am (9 years ago)

    I’m so happy for you!!!! You look so beautiful!!

  15. SuzyQ @ Running Around the World
    July 22, 2011 at 9:56 am (9 years ago)

    You are so inspirational – I’m not at all surprised that TWO magazines wanted to do a story on you! I’ll have to be sure to pick up the magazines when they’re out. You look great in your photos and CONGRATS!!

  16. Gwen
    July 22, 2011 at 9:58 am (9 years ago)

    SO awesome Beth! You look amazing and work so hard. I’m thrilled for you! <3

  17. Katy
    July 22, 2011 at 9:59 am (9 years ago)

    YAHOOOO – Congratulations, Beth!!! Look what all your hard work adn dedication has awarded you with!! Can’t wait to see you in both magazines!!! 🙂

  18. Brenda C
    July 22, 2011 at 9:59 am (9 years ago)

    All of your hard work and positive outlook have certainly brought you to this amazing place!!! This is not luck…it’s what you’ve earned!!!! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. I have a feeling you are unstoppable at this point! It sounds like you are a strong, empowered woman who inspires many!! Fantastic!!!

  19. Jack Sh*t
    July 22, 2011 at 10:01 am (9 years ago)

    Man, I need a wardrobe consultant to come to my house and tell me which of my offensive t-shirts are too offensive…

    Kudos on the PR love!

  20. Carly D. @ CarlyBananas
    July 22, 2011 at 10:04 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations Beth! You absolutely deserve the good things coming your way – don’t feel lucky! Good things SHOULD for you. You’ve worked so hard to accomplish your goals. I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to see you in both magazines!

  21. Maria
    July 22, 2011 at 10:15 am (9 years ago)

    Congrats girlie! You deserve it! You’ve worked so hard and it’s so great to see you be recognized for all your efforts! Hooray new clothes!

  22. Amanda
    July 22, 2011 at 10:22 am (9 years ago)

    Wow, congrats on the magazines! That is amazing. I’ve always thought it would be nice to go on What Not To Wear and get a makeover from them. I don’t have much to wear and I’m horrible and making cute outfits out of what I do have.

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see your story in print.

  23. Katie
    July 22, 2011 at 10:33 am (9 years ago)

    That is so awesome, Congrats! If every anyone deserved a little TLC it is you because you are so kind!

  24. Liz
    July 22, 2011 at 10:36 am (9 years ago)

    So excited for you!!!!!

  25. Natasha
    July 22, 2011 at 10:39 am (9 years ago)

    Super exciting!! Congrats…you’ve earned it! Can’t wait to see ya in print!

  26. Sydney
    July 22, 2011 at 10:43 am (9 years ago)

    This is so awesome!! Congratulations!

  27. goodtastehealthyme
    July 22, 2011 at 10:44 am (9 years ago)

    Wow this is so exciting! I’m so happy for you! And only slightly jealous. 😉

  28. Lauren
    July 22, 2011 at 10:49 am (9 years ago)

    Oh, my goodness – that is sooooo awesome! Congratulations!!! I can’t wait to see your story in print!!!

  29. Emily
    July 22, 2011 at 10:53 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations!! That is so awesome!!! You totally deserve it!

  30. danieatsveggies
    July 22, 2011 at 11:00 am (9 years ago)

    Congrats!! You totally deserve it 🙂

  31. Jamie
    July 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm (9 years ago)

    How exciting! That is so awesome!!!

  32. Katy
    July 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm (9 years ago)

    WOW Soo exciting!! 🙂

  33. Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!
    July 22, 2011 at 12:38 pm (9 years ago)

    Let’s talk about how freaking awesome you look in those outfits, first. Then let’s talk about how EXCITED I am for you! You deserve all the accolades and publicity, Beth, you’ve worked FRACKING hard for it! I can’t wait to pull September’s Washingtonian and be able to say “I KNOW HERRRR!”

  34. fifthfloorkitcheni
    July 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm (9 years ago)

    That is amazing! Can’t wait to read both of the stories, and see the pictures! Congrats!

  35. The Teenage Taste
    July 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow, Beth! You look great! I can’t think of anyone more deserving to be featured. Way to go! 🙂

  36. thekitchenbitch
    July 22, 2011 at 1:31 pm (9 years ago)

    CONGRATS BETH! I’m so excited for you girl!

  37. Theodora
    July 22, 2011 at 1:59 pm (9 years ago)

    I’m so proud of you!!! You’re so deserving of this and any other wonderful thing that comes your way 🙂 Also, you look gorgeous and I looooove that green shirt!

  38. Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect
    July 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Congratulations, Beth! I’m so happy and excited for you! It’s nice to see someone who has worked so hard (and is so genuine) be rewarded. You look great in all of your outfits! I always tell my family that I need to go on What Not to Wear, because I never know what looks right on me. I look forward to reading the articles and hearing the advice they gave you. Congrats again!!

  39. Robin
    July 22, 2011 at 3:38 pm (9 years ago)

    YAY for you!!!

  40. Heather
    July 22, 2011 at 3:39 pm (9 years ago)

    Oh my goodness!!! That is all so amazing. One of my goals when I lose this weight is to be a “before and after” story in a health/fitness magazine. I am so happy that you got to experience it. I would love to have access to a stylist. Man, that’s just awesome. Congrats!

  41. RunToTheFinish
    July 22, 2011 at 3:41 pm (9 years ago)

    YEAHHH!!!!! congrats to you on both amazing things!!!! You absolutely deserve it for all the ways you have already inspired so many now you can inspire more!!!

  42. TracyP
    July 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm (9 years ago)

    What an exciting week! Congratulations on both opportunities. You look fantastic!

  43. Dee
    July 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm (9 years ago)

    What super exciting news! I can’t wait to read both articles.

  44. megan
    July 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm (9 years ago)

    That’s amazing!! Such a wonderful feeling to know you are a success story!

  45. happywhennothungry
    July 22, 2011 at 7:41 pm (9 years ago)

    What an awesome opportunity Beth!!!! That looks like soo much fun. I would love to have someone come over to my closet and help me. Looking forward to reading these articles!

  46. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    July 22, 2011 at 7:54 pm (9 years ago)

    I LOVE that first outfit on you!!!! The jeans are killer sexy. And huge congrats. I can’t think of anyone more deserving. 🙂

  47. sarahsscrumptioussamplings
    July 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm (9 years ago)

    Congratulations!! I love Fitness magazine and I can’t wait to read your article!!

  48. legallyheidi
    July 24, 2011 at 8:25 pm (9 years ago)

    so amazing!!! Congratulations to you!!!! Can’t wait to see the articles 🙂 🙂

  49. agirlandhermutt
    July 25, 2011 at 10:19 am (9 years ago)

    Ack! This is awesome! So excited to see the final results. Oh, you are looking HOOOT.

  50. Lisa
    July 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm (9 years ago)

    You look so wonderful! Isn’t it fun playing dress up?

    • Beth
      July 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm (9 years ago)

      Thank you!! The best part is, they are all my clothes! =)

      • Lisa
        July 25, 2011 at 2:47 pm (9 years ago)

        I hope you get to keep your proofs too! I got to keep mine and now I have professional photos (for free too!)!

  51. Picky Nikki
    July 26, 2011 at 7:32 pm (9 years ago)

    Wow, that is amazing Beth! I am so happy for you! The success story is amazing in it’s self, but the wardrobe style makeover, just upped the awesomeness!!
    By the way, I like the new layout! It will take me awhile to get used to it… I tend to know my blogs I frequent by the layout and colours! 🙂 Lots of great things happening! Take care!

  52. Amy momof3girls
    July 27, 2011 at 12:22 am (9 years ago)

    Yeah! Good for you! I loved your outfits!

  53. Mary (A Merry Life)
    July 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm (9 years ago)

    How amazing! This is all so awesome and you look GREAT!!

  54. jacqui
    July 28, 2011 at 10:46 am (9 years ago)

    Congratulations! You look great and I’m sure you enjoyed the pampering! I’ll be looking for your story in Fitness mag.

  55. Christine
    August 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm (9 years ago)

    You go girl!!! I have been following your blog and find it very inspiring, but the 2 magazines and especially the fashion help is every girls dream, especially us who have battled their weight and never felt the good look as good as you. Keep it up!!!

  56. Corrie Anne
    September 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm (9 years ago)

    The first look is my fave!! I absolutely love it. Congrats (way late – haha)!


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