Shawn Killinger

by on ‎04-14-2010 09:55 AM

April 13, 2010

Hi Q-ers...

I'm getting ready for my first hairdo by Ken Paves show, and it secretly has me longing for...long hair again. Ah, those were the days. Somehow, I never did have the face or head shape for long hair. I always wanted to be one of those cute, preppy J. Crew girls who just were bare-faced and beautiful and had that easy, wind-blown, air-dried, perfectly straight and chic Martha's Vineyard kind of hair. Instead, mine was too thick, too kinky, and when I tried to grow it long, it just looked like a gladiator helmet on my head. Not flattering. Not easy to style when you work on TV. So "whack", off it came. But I've always thought long hair was more feminine, sexier…I must get over that self-conscious streak I have. High self-esteem is far more attractive! Working on it. Smiley Happy

I just got back from a photo shoot in NYC with  Bobbi Brown and six women who are participating in our National Makeover Day event (stay tuned on Facebook and YouTube for cool behind-the-scenes videos). Six women...from all different walks of life...all who at one point needed a job, were unemployed, on hard times, and couldn't even afford a suit to wear to job interviews. That's where this awesome charity organization, Dress for Success, comes in. I remember volunteering for them back in the 90s when they first got started. I also remember 60 Minutes doing this crazy-inspiring profile on the woman who started it. Anyway, I was in tears most of the day yesterday. Bobbi offered one of the women who was unemployed and had just been kicked out of her home a job right on the spot! God was in that studio yesterday bringing about the loveliest miracles. So I spent most of the day crying tears of joy. Another woman, Zoe, was addicted to drugs and spent much of her life in and out of jail. In prison, she wrote poetry that she now publishes and has written a book as well. One of her poems made me, you guessed it, cry like a baby.

I started  Stephanie Huckabee's PowerFit series. My motivation is pathetic, totally and unabashedly pathetic. I have the butt and saddlebags I deserve. BUT I will say, her whole "20 minutes a day" thing may be something I can stick with. Last night I set an egg timer and did it. I couldn't believe it - 20 minutes felt like 10. Of course, today I've already run out of time before work to do it so at 10 p.m. tonight when I get home, I must do it. The upswing - 20 minutes is totally doable at 10 p.m.! I can't fall off the wagon 24 hours in…that's just sad.

 I have a church dinner tomorrow. A big "I love Jesus" Smiley Happy wrap-up dinner to this ALPHA course I've been taking at church. We all have to bring a dish - since I don't cook, mine is  Mrs. Prindable's apples for dessert. I plan to cut them into slices. I did that a few weeks ago at someone's house and people devoured them. P.S. and by the way, my new favorite Mrs. Prindable's apple collection is from  Isaac (M22189). I know I already mentioned this last week, but that cranberry and dark chocolate one is awesomely insane...

My six B.F.F.'s from high school in Michigan are coming to visit me in June. I can't wait. I love them so much. Some people as they get older grow closer to friends made in your friends from college. I have one friend from college I keep in touch with who is like family...but beyond that, my gals from high school know me inside and out - warts and all, crazy family members, deep down insecurities and fears - and they love me anyway. It's the best feeling to have friends like that. There's something about growing up with people, how they knew you when you were nothing and before you made yourself into something, that creates a pure kind of friendship that's more valuable than gold. So they're coming, and the only real prep I need to complete is buying a bed for my basement bedroom because I refuse to let them sleep on a mattress on the floor, like we're camping out in a college sorority. Although those were fun days too... Smiley Happy

Tomorrow I am FINALLY working with one of my most fave designers here - Lori Goldstein and her LOGO line. She and I are such nice friends but have never worked together on-air. That's all about to change. Our show is dedicated to " t he season of the T-shirt - it's all tees! Cause honestly, isn't it really our #1 uniform in summer? But you want tees that have cute factor...not the kind you mow the grass in. You can't do cocktails in those. So Lori and I will be here. I don't know if folks really understand who she is. She has styled Madonna. She works with Italian Vogue, styling models and celebs for their covers. Rumor has it, she is styling Rhianna right now. I mean, she is big. Industry big. The kind of "big" that transcends people recognizing her...and I love her hair - ugh, she is totally darling to me.

A final thought for the day before I go…must stop annoying nervous habit of playing with my bangs. Too much twiddling and I'm breaking hairs off. Soon my bangs will be nonexistent. Thank God for Ken Paves clip-in bangs.



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