Meagan Paullin strikes me as a beautiful writer and storyteller with an adorable daughter who is just like her. Interestingly, I met Meagan in 2012 for a blogger event with Nike in Beaverton, OR. Meagan and I hit it off right away, and she was genuine in her optimism and outlook in life and in her willingness to help others in whatever way she is able to.
Meagan and I have been friends on Facebook and over the last five years, I have seen Meagan go through up and downhill battles with life and her health and when I learned that she applied for this mommy makeover, I prayed she would get selected. You totally deserve this and more, Meagan. Your sweet heart and your soul are truly one of a kind. Now it’s your turn to shine!
Check out Meagan’s interview and her amazing before and after mommy makeover transformation on Total Mom Makeover!
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We got some great inspiration from our very own Dream Team stylist, Ashley Trevino that we’re sharing with you today:
“When we’re open, honest, and transparent we realize we’re not the only ones that have these thoughts in our heads. We’re not the only ones who feel down on ourselves. When I saw them all transformed, it brought tears to my eyes. You ladies are so beautiful! Here’s the thing about fashion – it’s connected to who we are. When you put on a piece, you’re making a statement. But without the confidence that comes from within, why does it matter? What does it matter if I have the cutest stilletos or the nicest outfit if I don’t think that I’m amazing inside.”
Meagan Paullin Interview
Location: Yakima, WA
DAISY: Do you have any children? If so, how many and what are their ages?
MEAGAN: Yes – one girl, six years old.
DAISY: What are your favorite hobbies and/or types of community service you serve in?
MEAGAN: Whooo boy. These have all fallen away over last year, with my big life crisis nonsense. Working on getting back to my groove though. 🙂 My word for the year is HOME, grounding myself, and creating a safe warm beautiful spot to renew and grow again. So I’m on a major self-exploration mission: yoga, painting, photography, lots of art. Guitar lessons, DIY projects, crocheting and sewing. Reading, writing, creating.
I’m involved with the planning board for a new non profit we’re creating, Yakimamas. A play on our city name of Yakima, and the focus which is supporting mothers in every way. I regularly volunteer for events, but no specific ongoing relationship.
DAISY: Walk us through what your mornings look like getting everyone ready for the day:
MEAGAN: Last year, with my health crisis, it was a struggle just to get dressed or run a brush through my hair. Bad times.
Now, I’m adjusting. I work from home. But find it’s very helpful to start spending a bit of time on myself. The basic am routine is my little girl and I: yoga, breakfast, I read the paper out loud. Next brush teeth, wash our faces, moisturizer head to toe, brush hair. Then we get dressed, outfits for the week are all laid out Sunday evening. We are NOT morning people 🙂 Messy bun for me, hairdo and now for her. While she watches a morning video, I do a quick makeup routine. Then off to the bus!
DAISY: How do you typically style your hair on a normal day?
MEAGAN: At home it’s usually up. Messy bun, side braid, just pulled away. For going out, I usually use rollers to make it fuller, sexy waves. But, after being so very sick for so long, my hair fell out. It’s embarrassing. I’m not sure how to cover it up, or what to do as it’s growing back, with spikey pieces. The last haircut was a year ago, in the hospital. The nursing staff had made a mistake in record keeping I guess? But no one had helped me shower, even clean up, or brush my hair, in the full 10-day stay. I was to be transferred to Swedish hospital by ambulance, and the on call doctor realized what a mess I was. The nurse to help me was…. less than patient. She got frustrated with my long hair full of tangles, and cut 6 inches off, with office scissors. And that’s how it’s stayed, growing out. I have always loved my hair. But am very unsure what to do now.
DAISY: When was the last time you received a haircut from a salon professional?
MEAGAN: Over 2+ years ago
DAISY: How do you typically apply makeup on a normal day?
MEAGAN: I love makeup. I’d say I’m average at applying though. I wear a tinted moisturizer, Benefit concealer, and Bare Minerals mineral powder in translucent. A Josie Marian Arian oil color stick on my cheeks. A bit of black eyeliner – I have peripheral neuropathy, pain in my hands, so some mornings I can’t apply it. I love loads of mascara, even if little anywhere else, and would love to learn to apply falsies, since mine have thinned. A light sweep of shimmery neutral shadow, and lip glass.
DAISY: How much time do you think you need each morning to get yourself ready?
MEAGAN: For the everyday, I can do a 5 – minute face. Another 5 for more fun. Going out, 20 minutes? I take as long as I have time for, because I don’t like rushing, lol.
DAISY: When was the last time you made time for yourself?
MEAGAN: I’m working on that. I have time. After getting sick, I lost manny friends. Shows what kind of friends they were, I suppose. And my boyfriend, my daughters father, love of my life, left a year ago. I work from home, but very little right now. So it’s not a matter of time – for the first time in life I’m not over busy. It’s just learning to prioritize myself, to value self care as much as I value the care I give to others.
DAISY: What do you feel needs improvement with your current style and look?
MEAGAN: As I mentioned, my hair, big time. I’m just so insecure these days. I’ve never been a super model, but I was pretty enough, ok with my flaws, happy with what I was. Then getting sick – I lost 75 lbs in 4 months, was skin and bones, literally. They weren’t sure I’d make it. A D cup to barely training bra size. Then I got stabilized, and gained some back. I just don’t feel like me, though. Trying to find my sexy again, embrace my body as it is. I have a terminal, progressive disease, so I have to learn to adjust and love this new body. 🙂
DAISY: What’s your unique story that you want to share with the world?
MEAGAN: Two years ago, I was a full time blogger and freelancer. Traveling, creating, living a very adventure-filled life. Then, it started to unravel.
I started getting sick. Hospital stays and tests and unknowns. Suddenly 3 days before Christmas, the love of my life of 11 years abruptly left my daughter and I and moved out one night out of the blue. Heartbreak. Then, my illness got worse. Answers included a diagnosis of an unexplained, terminal, progressive disease. 2016 was the hardest year of my life, and I literally barely survived it.
And now? Now I’m focused on a forward path of finding myself again after such shattering changes. Creating a new normal, a fantastic life for my daughter and I. Embracing my flaws, being content with change, and brace in the face of an uncertain future.
I’ve learned life is so short. So I’m loving every second I get.
DAISY: What positive changes have you felt or experienced when you’ve fixed yourself up?
MEAGAN: I feel prettier. Partly because just the act of doing hair and makeup, even just a mini- bit, means your focusing on yourself, telling yourself that you deserve it. I like the way I look in the mirror, with just a touch of shimmer and shine. I got so used to living in robes and sweats and hospital gowns, the simple act of dressing presentable makes me feel more “real” again.
About Total Mom Makeover:
This reality webshow airs it’s season premiere on April 6th, 2017 and every Thursday at 8/7pm Central beginning April 6, 2017. Each episode will feature one mom’s unique story and their vow to stand out from the crowd with the opportunity to travel to a new location for an all expense paid weekend getaway and head-to-toe makeover transformation by the The It Mom’s “Dream Team” – some of the most elite fashion, beauty and style experts from around the county.
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Imagine receiving a life-transforming opportunity as a mom for an all expense paid head-to-toe makeover that included the following:
- A new head-to-toe makeover complete with hair, makeup, outfits, and accessories that you get to take home and keep!
- Hair, beauty, and fashion experts physically teaching you how to do this yourself at home, along with a strategy to help you get ready every morning in minutes!
- Professional photo shoot of your “After” transformation!
- Video interview sharing your personal, unique story along with documenting your experience shared with the world on social media!
And I am so absolutely grateful to our partners and sponsors who have provided their goods and services to these moms! We are proud to be partnering with Salon Gregories, It Cosmetics, Make-up Pro New York, Yummie by Heather Thompson, Alex and Ani Fashion Show Las Vegas, Pistol & Stamen, Adrianna Papell on this show!
Each weekly episode (beginning April 6 every Thursday, 8/7 p.m. central) will feature one mom’s unique and inspiring story and her vow to find a way to feel more like herself, stand out from the crowd and regain her confidence. The makeover focuses on realistic solutions that can be incorporated into a mom’s busy life but that can make a big impact on her daily beauty and fashion choices. Each episode will follow the mom through her total makeover transformation, offering tips and inspiration for the audience.
“It’s easy to find ourselves putting everyone else’s needs above our own,” explains Daisy. “Moms do this all the time, at their own expense. They find themselves rushing to get ready in the morning, not giving themselves the time and attention they deserve. I felt like I had to do something about this.”
No one knows better than Daisy Teh on how challenging it can be to balance the demands of motherhood while staying true to yourself. A teen mom at just 17, Teh got her cosmetology license and worked her way through college for makeup brands like Lancome and Borghese, where she fell in love with beauty and style. Despite her passion, Daisy Teh still struggled to raise two children, attend school, work and find time to look and feel her best. Once she landed a full time corporate job, she now has four children and a large family to care for. Despite living her “dream life”, Daisy Teh found herself tired, haggard and uninspired by makeup or clothing. “I felt like I’d lost myself,” Daisy recalls.
The It Mom Dream Team includes a slew of fashion, beauty, style, and media experts from across the country as well as four other online influencers who serve as the Dream Team Influencer Panel of judges and believe as she does, that the series will be life changing for the participating women and a true inspiration for viewers. “It’s important to lift one another up and support each other,” Daisy says. “This team believes in that vision.”
The It Mom Dream Team includes:
Dusty Simington, Celebrity Hairstylist & Salon Gregories, www.salongregories.com
Sean Tu, www.wgcnyc.com/
George Teh, www.specturemedia.com
Oak Fotography, www.OakFotography.com
Gabriel Klein–the K in OAK: He found his passion for photography when his dad handed him a 1970s Cannon AE-1. Inspired by Ansel Adams, he began shooting landscapes on his backpacking adventures through the Sierra Mountains. Soon after, Gabriel enrolled in Cal State Long Beach where he began exploring mediums such as photography, ceramics, drawing, painting, metalsmithing, printmaking, and whatever else he could get his hands on. Wanting to give back to a field that gave him so much, Gabriel graduated with a Bachelor in Art Education. He met his darling love, Aileen, during his teaching credential study. Now looking to get back to the passion that started it all, Gabriel decided to pursue his dream, Oak Fotography.
Aileen Orticio–the O in OAK: Her passion for photography started when her aunt gifted her a digital point and shoot camera. Soon after, she decided to major in Photography and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Cal State University Fullerton. During her time in Cal State, Aileen honed her craft by studying and experimenting with various other artistic mediums in conjunction with her heart’s passion, photography.It was at this very creative time in her life that she met Gabriel. Aileen interned with a successful photographer for a short time and then worked as a free-lance photographer before embarking on her newest and most exciting adventure with Gabriel— Oak Fotography.
Cherrie Luzon, Fashion Stylist
Cherrie Luzon is a Fashion Designer and has been in the apparel industry since 2006. From Dallas, TX she moved to Los Angeles, California to study Fashion Design at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). After graduating she has worked at some of the top retailer as a Sweater Designer and now a designer/Design Manager for a Cheer Company at Rebel Athletic. Cheer Moms, Cheer Coach for All Star and School check out: www.RebelAthletic.com
Ashley Trevino, Fashion Stylist
“Discover Your Confidence With Style” | Ashley Trevino is a fashion stylist, bridal specialist and Motivational Speaker located in Quartz Hill,CA. She was born and raised in San Diego, California where her passion for fashion was discovered at a young age. Her involvement with dance, creative arts and pageant shows has helped develop her natural gift to bring out the best in others . She is a firm believer in building ones self esteem and self image at the same time. Ashley has a very powerful and inspiring non profit organization called Limitless. Limitless is dedicated to helping encourage, inspire and motivate people to get on track. She has thrown numerous events including Fashion shows for great causes such as bringing awareness to Human Trafficking and building confidence and self worth in many individuals. She has worked with America’s Next Top Model and Las Vegas Fashion Week. Ashley works with numerous women to help them discover their confidence through style and mental encouragement. Ashley believes confidence begins in the mind first and that style is a by-product. She has many speaking engagements around the United States, helping encourage many to discover confidence from with-in. Ashley owns a boutique bridal store called Bella Bridal Gowns: http://www.bellabridalgowns.com/
Karen Flor, Accessories Stylist
“Looking put together is more than being able to coordinate your outfit. Smile and walk with confidence- that’s the perfect accessory!” ~K
Karen’s love for fashion and accessories started at a very young age. As a little girl, one of her favorite things to do was playing dress up in her mom’s closet and finding special pieces. Karen started her journey in the fashion and retail industry, when she decided to work as a seasonal help for a department store. Since then, she has worked her way up through the retail ranks from sales associate to store manager. She is very passionate about people and she has formed many great friendships along the way. Her daily retail fix include surprising her clients and friends with outfits or accessories that are totally out of their comfort zone, and they end up loving it! Those are the moments she lives for- the transformation and client satisfaction! Besides her retail career, Karen, her husband and three boys devote their time at their local church serving in the music ministry. Karen is forever grateful to her husband who mentored and taught her how to play the keyboard and bass guitar. In her spare time, Karen enjoys reading with her kids, writing and playing musical instruments with her husband and shopping for the latest trends in fashion. Karen is fortunate to be able to travel for work and her most memorable destination so far was France. She hopes to be back again. Not only to indulge in France’s fine cuisine, but to also explore the fashion luxuries it has to offer.
Sophadavy Hun, Makeup Artist
Sophadavy Hun is a freelance makeup artist based in Orange County. She has been in the industry for 18 years and received her artistry training from working for some of the top renowned artistry brands such as Stila and MAC. As a freelance makeup artist, she developed her professional skills in bridal, print, in studio, fashion, and airbrush makeup. She has a keen eye for color correction and make up techniques that complement various ethnicities. Click on the link below to preview some of her work from her gallery.
The twelve selected moms will be featured in each episode and were treated to an all-expense paid weekend trip to Newport Beach, CA. where the It Mom’s Dream Team awaits them. Daisy Teh considers this project one of the most important of her career. “To help someone regain their sense of self is truly incredible. I’m humbled to be able to provide the opportunity to do this for these women.”
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