Interview with Dr. Whitney Bowe

Dermatologist to the stars/TV personality Dr. Whitney Bowe is a dear friend of mine who happens to also be on the of the most beautiful and smart people I know. She has the looks (the bowe-glow), the charm (no one more charismatic and charming ), and the smarts (she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Yale and then was awarded a full scholarship to study medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated top of her class). Luckily, I was able to interview her on Summer Skin — this is a must read! Thanks, Whit, I love you!

 

Dr. Bowe and her dewy glow.

Dr. Bowe and her dewy glow.

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What new types of products should we try this summer for our most radiant skin?

 

I was a Judge for both Allure’s Best of Beauty Awards and Family Circle Magazine’s Annual Beauty Awards this year, so I have my pulse on some pretty amazing products! There are definitely a few key products I am loving this summer! The first is called Heliocare. It is an antioxidant rich dietary supplement made from a powerful, natural fern extract which helps protect your skin from the inside out. If you take one Heliocare about thirty minutes before you head outdoors (in addition to your sunscreen—it is a complementary product and not a substitution — no shortcuts!), it actually helps to protect your skin from free radical damage caused by the sun! Free radicals are a major cause of premature aging (translation: wrinkles). Because I am very fact-driven, I need to be impressed with the science before I am impressed with a product. The science here is solid and I love that it is naturally derived! I recently spoke about this product on Good Morning America and my patients have been loving it!

 

Second, as a dermatologist who loves to look sun kissed and golden, I rock a faux glow in summer! I always end up trying so many products to find just the right one! I have been really impressed with The Organic Pharmacy’s Self Tanner which contains aloe vera and coconut oil to keep my skin hydrated and soothed! My other favorites include St. Tropez tanning mousse for a deep tan (make sure to use the mitt to avoid stained palms), Tan Towels for a light golden shade, and Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for days when your skin feels super parched and dehydrated.

 

I have also been using Dermalogica’s Nightly Lip treatment to refresh and hydrate my lips overnight. So many people forget to protect their lips during summer, but our lips can be damaged by UV rays too! So, I use SPF lip protection during the day and my lip treatment at night to keep my lips healthy all summer long!

 

Dr. Bowe and her radiant skin (and in a Josie Natori dress!)

Dr. Bowe and her radiant skin (and in a Josie Natori dress!)

 

What is your daily summer skincare regimen?

 

Summer is my favorite time of year! I completely embrace the slower pace and low key feel of long, easy summer days. I follow a streamlined summer skincare routine that is not fussy, but I find is highly effective!

 

I am in the pool and at the ocean a lot during the summer, so sun protection is my first and foremost priority. I am a big fan of La Roche Posay’s Anthelios Melt-In Milk SPF 60. I usually start with a coat of that from head to toe. When it comes time to reapply my sunscreen, I have been using the Target brand face stick for my face because it’s so travel friendly, and I have been loving the Coppertone Clearly Sheer Whipped sunscreen for my arms and legs. It’s like applying a pile of whipped cream to my skin- it actually makes the reapplication process fun. I also wear a lot of UPF rash guards and coverups because I don’t need to put sunscreen under my UPF clothing and it makes it that much quicker and easier to get outside and have fun!!

 

All of this sun, chlorine and salt water does leave my skin very dry, so I have been using products by MetaDerm on my skin and I absolutely love them. MetaDerm is loaded with therapeutic botanicals which are so soothing on sensitive skin and incredibly effective for my patients with eczema or psoriasis. I actually learned about MetaDerm because I have mild psoriasis (thick scaly plaques form on my elbows, especially during times of stress), and I prefer to use natural products whenever possible, but only if they really work. These products have been subjected to rigorous pharma-grade testing and the results are truly remarkable. Once I saw what the Psoriasis Cream did for my elbows, I started using it all over my skin every day during summer because it makes my skin incredibly smooth in preparation for self tanning. Self tanners are made with a molecule called DHA that clings to areas of thick skin, hence the dark, noticeable streaks at the wrists, elbows, knees and ankles – I find that my new routine makes my skin so smooth that my faux tanner applies perfectly! I even use the MetaDerm Baby Eczema Cream on my daughter! Love that it’s so safe and so effective to treat her mild eczema. You can find all these MetaDerm products on Amazon.

 

You will also find me wearing either a floppy beach hat or a baseball cap when I’m in the sun and ducking into the shade between the hours of noon and two to keep my skin healthy, glowing and sunburn-free!

 

And, of course, I absolutely baby my face during the dry, hot summer months! To keep my healthy signature #boweglow, I use a very gentle cleanser like Cetaphil to wash my face and follow with an antioxidant rich serum or a topical probiotic serum and a lightweight face cream. I use a bit of a richer night cream to hydrate my skin overnight when my skin cells are doing their heaviest lifting to regenerate!

 

Sunscreen tips (on TV)

Sunscreen tips (on TV)

 

I know you love DIY skincare recipes! What’s one of your favorites for dry summer skin?

 

Ever since I was a little girl with fair skin and freckles, my mom kept an aloe plant in our house for our sensitive summer skin. I keep one in my house now and so does my sister! Natural aloe is one of my must haves during summer to treat everything from sunburns to dry summer skin! One of my favorite DIY recipes incorporates aloe and includes cucumber. It’s so quick and easy and very cooling in this summer heat!

 

Cooling Aloe-Cucumber Face Mask

 

Ingredients:

3 inches of washed cucumber

¼ cup fresh aloe

 

To Make:

Combine ingredients in a food processor until smooth

Refrigerate for at least an hour until nice and cool

 

To Use:

Apply to clean skin and leave on for 15 minutes

Gently wash off using a cool baby washcloth

 

DIY skin products -- to follow this, follow Dr. Whitney Bowe on instagram.

DIY skin products — to follow this, follow Dr. Whitney Bowe on instagram.

 

Sunscreen question – do you use physical blockers or chemical blockers and why?

 

So many of my patients ask me about physical blockers and chemical blockers, so I will first explain what the difference is and then explain how I use them!

 

Physical (or mineral) blockers include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to physically “block” skin from the sun. They tend to work immediately as compared to chemical blockers which must be first absorbed by your skin. Physical blockers screen out a wide range of UVA and UVB radiation and are often preferred by parents who want to use chemical free products for their children or by my patients with extremely sensitive skin, given that very sensitive skin cannot always tolerate chemical sunscreens well.

 

Chemical blockers, on the other hand, generally contain ingredients like oxybenzone and avobenzone. They protect your skin at a cellular level and must interact with the skin cells in order to be effective. This is why your skin has to first absorb the chemical blocker before it will be effective in protecting your skin against the sun. I have mentioned before that I am very fact-driven. I tend to look at rigorous testing and science very critically in determining which products to use and recommend. In third party testing like Consumer Reports, chemical blockers consistently outperform the physical-onlyblockers.

 

I tend to use a combination approach for my skin. During the week, I use a chemical plus physical blocker if I am on vacation or going to be exposed to a lot of harsh direct sun. During the weekend, I will opt for a physical-only blocker (a product with zinc oxide +/- titanium dioxide, as zinc is more effective at screening out most of the sun’s rays as compared to titanium dioxide), or on days when I am not going to have quite as much sun exposure, I reach for the physical-only blocker. Many physical-only blockers can be drying, so make sure to moisturize really well on the nights you use those products!

 

Talking sunscreen.

Talking sunscreen on GMA.

 

What sunscreen mistakes do most people make?

 

I see so many sunburns all summer long!! For a dermatologist, this is a form of torture because it is so easily avoided and it is so dangerous for your health! Between 2000 and 2010, squamous cell carcinoma diagnoses increased 263 percent and this is one of the types of skin cancers I’m seeing more and more in my office lately! It’s so important to share this message about how to effectively use sunscreen, so I’m glad you asked!

 

I find that the most common mistakes most people make are: (1) not applying enough sunscreen, (2) not applying your sunscreen often enough to protect your skin, and (3) only relying on sunscreen!

 

First, you need a shot glass full of sunscreen to really protect your skin! Most people apply so little sunscreen that it cannot possibly do its job! Always err on the side of over doing it, rather than under applying!

 

My rule of thumb is to apply your sunscreen every two hours if your skin is dry. If you are going swimming or sweating, you need to reapply more often than that. Make sure you apply at least 15 minutes before you go in the water AND reapply after you come out of the water and towel dry your skin!

 

Even if you follow every single sunscreen rule, sometimes sunscreen just isn’t enough if you are getting a lot of harsh sun exposure and increased reflection from the water’s surface. I recommend finding a shady retreat during the hours of 12 and 2 and also incorporating UPF clothing and a beach hat into your summer skincare routine!

 

As I mentioned, I LOVE being at the beach, I love being at the pool, I love being in the sun!! If you look at my social media images, they are pretty much me basking in the sunshine! I never tell my patients to hide inside! That’s not reality! I want to share the message that your skin’s health and sun safety is really very accessible and it’s all about finding a balance in your lifestyle and your self care routine.

 

On the beach, with hats!

On the beach, with hats!

 

What type of sun protection do you use for your daughter?

 

My daughter is a very fair skinned, blue-eyed redhead, so I take her sun protection very seriously!! Her skin is very prone to burns, so we use lots of different methods of sun protection given that she loves being out in the sun, the pool, the beach! She’s an outdoorsy kiddo just like her momma!

 

During the week, I use a chemical blocker like Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50 which performed very well under the extensive Consumer Reports testing process. On the weekend, I alternate to a physical blocker like ThinkBaby. I like to alternate between the two different types of sunblock because I want her to be very well protected from sun damage but also I want to limit her chemical exposure. I find a balance.

 

She always wears a rash guard over her bathing suit and wears an adorable little baseball cap when she isn’t swimming under water or diving in the ocean waves!

 

Lounging on the beach is OK if you are properly covered with the right sunscreen (and cover-up!)

Lounging on the beach is OK if you are properly covered with the right sunscreen (and Natori cover-up!)

What are some of the best foods to eat for healthy, glowing skin?

 

I actually did a really fun segment for The Rachael Ray Show where we filmed at home videos showing my meals throughout the day and explaining the skin benefits of each meal! This is one of my absolute favorite topics and one which I cover in depth in my first book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin, which is set for publication in April 2018!

 

Some of my favorite foods for healthy, glowing skin include:

 

  • *Nuts (almonds and walnuts) and seeds: they are loaded with protein, fiber, and omega 3 fatty acids, all of which are amazing for smooth, healthy skin!

 

  • * A bowl of berries: Low in sugar as far as fruits go and packed with antioxidants which protect you skin against free radicals to keep your healthy, youthful glow!

 

  • *Dark chocolate: Believe it or not, dark chocolate – in moderation – is excellent for your skin! You should look for at least 70 percent cacao. Do not opt for milk chocolate or white chocolate if you want to indulge in a skin friendly and delicious treat!

 

  • * Also, I am completely hooked on Kombucha. I can’t stop talking about it and I have tried to get my entire family equally hooked with varying results!! Haha! It has a very distinctive taste, so try it before you invest in a bulk shipment! Kombucha is a drink which is loaded with probiotics or healthy bacteria which has been shown to keep your skin healthy and radiant. I tend toward Kombucha which also includes ginger and turmeric, which are wonderful for digestion and your skin. Artificial sweeteners in diet soda are destructive to the healthy bacteria which live in your gut which in turn leads to inflammation in your skin, so try to limit those whenever possible. I opt for water and my beloved Kombucha!
Who doesn't love kombucha???

Who doesn’t love kombucha???

 


Thank you so much, Whit. If only we could all have your #boweglow. Thanks for your wisdom, smarts, and advice — we look forward to your next segment with us, soon! To follow Dr. Bowe on instagram, go here. To see her website, go www.drwhitneybowe.com.

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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Hostess / Thank You Gift

This past weekend, we went on our annual mini-reunion with close friends from business school to Sonoma. It is a tradition I love and look forward to each summer. We had a jam-packed weekend (see the blog on Wednesday for a recap) full of lots of laughter, adventure, and hang out time. Coming to Sonoma from Oregon, I decided to bring the hosts a little bag full of Oregon goodies. I want to give myself a pat on the back because it is cute, well thought through, and useful. Thank you, thankyouverymuch. (Thank you, Kimmers!) Here are the details.

 

A Eugene little tote bag, stuffed with all small goodies.

A Eugene little tote bag, stuffed with all small goodies. You can never have too many of these tote bags — especially if it has an extra special strap, like this one.

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Pamela Gold’s New Book

There you go; you set a goal, you work towards it, and you make it happen. I guess I try to do that as much as possible, but there are always roadblocks or excuses….which is why I am so intrigued by my good friend, Pamela Gold, who sets her mind to something and actually makes it happen. No ifs, ands, or buts. Pamela is Wonder Woman, and GETS THINGS DONE!!!! This year, Pamela wrote her own book — YUP — her own book. I am lucky to have read it in its first draft and have bought several copies of it now that it’s out (highly recommend it — buy it here). Here is an interview with the one and only Pamela Gold, enjoy!

 

Pamela

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Dear Evan Hansen

I have always categorized myself as “sensitive” and “emotional,” and for whatever reason, I am currently even more so this past week. During these phases, I am prone to feeling like an outsider… overlooked, unseen, and forgotten. At times, I have let those irrational feelings get me down. So yes, I am trying to look at the silver linings, and realize what is important (or not important), and to feel grateful for what I have and who I am. So it is no surprise that when I saw the Broadway show “Dear Evan Hansen” this week, it struck a chord… a number of them.

 

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Governors Island

I have found my new favorite place: Governors Island. What is it? I had no idea before 3 weeks ago when a friend mentioned to me that she went with her family. Since Ken has been traveling due to work, I decided to take the kids to Governors Island for Mother’s Day. It was such a huge hit that we went back this weekend.

 

Governors Island.

Governors Island.

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Ilary Perfume

The other day, I was walking down the street with a good friend and was entranced by her smell. It was divine, amazing, luscious, and beautiful, and I knew I needed to know more about the scent ASAP! Luckily, she put me in touch with the creator of the perfume who happens to be a good friend of hers. This incredible scent, ILARY, is created by Hillary. Hillary currently lives in Chicago with her husband and 2 young sons. and is busy building her perfume empire. I had the opportunity to interview her about her company. Take a look! And Thank you Hillary!

 

ILARY

 

How did you start your own perfume?

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Interview with Lucie Ayres- Interiors 22

I recently posted tips from our friend Lucie Ayres of 22 Interiors on how to make a great master bedroom. Read below for more insight into her interior decorating and her business.  Thanks Lucie!

 

When and how did you decide to become a designer?

 

I’ve wanted to be a designer ever since I was a little girl and rearranged the furniture in my room constantly.

 

Lucie at age 8.

Lucie at age 8.

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Quickfire Interview with Jennifer Maanavi – Founder of Physique 57

Holy moley, speaking to Jennifer Maanavi is like speaking to a legend! She is the founder of Physique 57, the boutique barre class that helped change the fitness scene in New York, and now, globally. She is not just smart, beautiful and fit, but she is also incredibly thoughtful, sweet, and incredibly friendly. Take a look at the quickfire interview, and thank you so much, Jennifer!

 

Jennifer.

Jennifer.

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Currently Loving February 2017

Here we are in the final stretch of February…a little odd because we are just in the middle of February, but because of the short month, it is near the end (#MathTeacher). Here is what I am currently loving this month.

 

1. Katy Perry ‘Chained to the Rhythm’

 

I first heard this song at the Grammy’s where she performed live with Skip Marley, and it instantly got stuck in my head. Now, we play it on repeat and everyone in the family dances along.

 

Katy Perry.

Katy Perry. What is not to love about this song? Everything about it — the lyrics, the beat, the tune, everything just makes me so happy and makes me want to dance, dance, dance to the distortion.

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Onda Beauty

As a devoted regular of Taryn Toomey and her class, I have met a group of tremendously talented and incredible women. One of them, is Larissa, who just started Onda, a store that sells natural beauty products. She has incredible taste and has curated the best assortment of products currently on the market. She is incredibly thoughtful, knowledgeable, and is a walking encyclopedia on every item — Enjoy!

 

Larissa: a beauty inside and out!

Larissa: a beauty inside and out!

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August Morgan Napkins

I just bought the most clever napkins ever, introduced to me by my bestie Amy at a brunch she threw.  Yet, they are presents not for myself (currently, we do not have our own home, so there’s no need to hoard napkins quite yet) but to have in my stash of presents for friends. These witty and creative napkins by August Morgan are the perfect hostess gift, pick-me-up present, or even a birthday present (who said napkins for your birthday are not the best!). You can buy the napkins as mix and match which makes it even more fun.

 

A set of four comes in a little nifty box with a ribbon to close it with.

A set of four comes in a little nifty box with a ribbon to close it with.

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February 2017 Links Around The Web

With a blink of an eye, we are now 1/12th done with the calendar year! My oh my, and what a whirlwind it has been. Here are some good links and reads around the world wide web.

 

This is a picture of my handsome father in 1961. Born in Poland as a Jew, he was kicked out in 1969 and Sweden granted citizenship to refugees like him. In 1974, he immigrated to the United States where he went to Stanford University for another graduate degree. Thank you, Sweden, for accepting my father and welcoming him into your arms. And America, let's continue to welcome people of every religion, race, and background. We are all children of immigrants.

This is a picture of my handsome father in 1961. Born in Poland as a Jew, he was kicked out in 1969 and Sweden granted him citizenship, along with other refugees. In 1974, he immigrated to the United States where he went to Stanford University for another graduate degree. Thank you, Sweden, for accepting my father and welcoming him into your arms. And America, let’s continue to welcome people of every religion, race, and background. We are all children of immigrants.

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Of Thee I Sing

For the holidays, Cruzzie was gifted President Obama’s children’s book “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters.” (I’m not sure how iI missed this for so long… it was published in 2010.)  The book is thoughtful, educational, emotional, and beautiful. The first time I read it to my kids, I cried (yes, I am prone to crying, but still — this book is powerful). When you read the book, you can hear President Obama’s voice — and what an awe inspiring and powerful speaker he is (can we talk about his farewell address? We were in tears. How I will miss him!). This book is a must have for everyone –it is also a perfect gift.

 

This book seems very fitting for today....it is President Obama's last week as President. It is also a good reminder of how many strong people have shaped our history, and hopefully we will be able to be strong and determined moving forward.

This book is very timely It is also a good reminder of how many strong people have shaped our history.

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Quickfire Interview with Jaqui Lividini

Thanks to my mother-in-law’s company and industry, I have had the privilege of meeting and socializing with some of her amazing friends and colleagues. Jaqui Lividini is one of the most interesting- beautiful, elegant, ever-so-glamorous, always fashionable and chic, creative, and inspiring. Jaqui runs her firm, Lividini and Co, which is a brand strategy company and works closely with many high profile companies such as QVC, Ellen, Hudson Bay, and many more. She is smart, strong, fierce, sweet, and the most beautifully decked out lady I have ever seen. Anything she wears is perfection. I had the opportunity to do a quick fire interview with her, so take a look!

 

Jaqui.

Jaqui.

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Mint Malt Balls

One of the best desserts / gifts / party favors I have in my little “rolodex of presents” is the Mint Malt Balls first introduced to me by event planner extraordinaire, David Monn. He put them in our hotel goodie bags for our wedding (10 years ago) and since then I have been a big fan. Yet, one can only hoard so much candy, so I eventually forgot about them. Fast forward to David Monn’s Book Party, and there they were. Green malt balls in little containers on every table throughout the entire New York Public Library. BINGO, sold, addicted all over again.

 

Pretty green, perfect sphere, DELICIOUSNESS

Pretty green, perfect sphere, DELICIOUSNESS

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Instagram Stories

My newest social media go-to is Instagram Stories. For those not very tuned into social media, it is a new-ish feature on Instagram that is similar to Snapchat, and allows you to post pictures and videos throughout your day.  The plus is that the pictures expire after 24 hours, so there is less pressure to make your posts “perfect”, and more of an ability to let you be more impulsive. It allows you to give people a glimpse into your life, without having the posts permanently associated with your name. It is fun and easy, colorful and playful. You can add filters, colors, and text.

 

Silly-ness.

Silly-ness. I like taking pictures that are cute but not AMAZING and then adding some pizzazz and flair with colors and texts. Basically, I love pretending I am a 15 year old girl.

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Truly Madly Guilty- Interview with Liane Moriarty’s Literary Agent

Don’t you love how small the world is? I was raving about Truly Madly Guilty this summer, and the next week Ken discovered that his friend’s wife, Faye Bender, is the literary agent for Liane Moriarty (not to mention a number of other authors).  I had the privilege of interviewing Faye and finding out more about literary agents and the writing world. Take a look!

 

Meet Faye, Literary Agent Extraordinaire.

Meet Faye Bender, Literary Agent Extraordinaire.

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David Monn: The Art of Celebrating

On Monday, I attended a book party launch for party planner extraordinaire, David Monn and his new book “The Art of Celebrating.” David is not only a good family friend, but also planned our wedding (almost 10 years ago!). He is the master of style, elegance, luxury, and entertaining. Everything he creates is regal, beautiful, and thoughtful.

 

David Monn's book.

David’s book.

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Currently Loving November 2016

Sorry for not doing my typical three posts last week. Truth be told, I was a little (or a lot) paralyzed by the election results and just couldn’t function.  I have been experiencing the grief cycle, and finally feel able to be a little more positive… I hope that feeling lasts more than an hour. In the meantime, here is what I am currently loving this November:

 

1. My number 1 podcast, How I Built This

 

A good listen

I go through phases with  different podcasts, but “How I Built This” is the one that I listen to every single week. And can’t wait for the following week’s edition.

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Calendar Stickers

I am a sucker for paper / stationary / gift stores. Whenever I go in to a paper store for a specific item, I leave with four additional items that I decide I can’t live without. So recently, when I needed thank you cards (because my whole life is in storage due to our renovation), I walked out with so much more. And my most exciting purchase was Calendar Stickers. Yes, yes, I know, most people use phones and computers for their calendar and organization system, as do I, but I ALSO use an old school pen and paper calendar as well. I know, OLD SCHOOL. I am also totally obsessive and get the same moleskin calendar every year.  These calendar stickers are playful, fun, and serve as the perfect accessories to brighten up my calendar. LOVE LOVE LOVE.

 

two different editions with two different sets of stickers -- both that I needed and wanted.

Two different editions with two different sets of stickers — both that I needed and wanted.

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The Josie Girl Blog- 5 Years!

Hi.  This is Ken.  The Josie Girl’s Husband.

 

I am hijacking the blog today to let you know that today is the 5 Year Anniversary of the Josie Girl Blog, which all started with this post here.

 

I am incredibly proud of my wife (Yael if you call her by her middle name, Anika if you call her by her first) for having the commitment, creativity, and discipline to put forth such great content over the last 5 years.  Since her “go-to” toast is lists, I wanted to share the Top Five Things you didn’t know about The Josie Girl / writing a blog:

 

1)      She is the anti-blogger.  Working in the industry, I can safely say writing good content is only 20% of being a mainstream blogger.  The other 80% is promoting yourself, through social media, networking, etc.  While The Josie Girl loves the 20%, she refuses to do the 80%.  She is the shyest blogger ever.  Her Instagram is private.  Her Twitter is run by the company (outed).  And she literally has never shared a single one of her posts on Facebook (and won’t let me do it either).  The vast majority of her friends don’t know about her secret blogger life, and she wants to keep it that way.  (NOTE: If you are a loyal reader, please recruit your friends!)

 

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Me and wifey

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