February 18, 2015 - Ask Alison, Hair, Hair and Beauty, I Feel Pretty, Style

Q&A Wednesday | February 2015

For this month’s Q&A, I’m answering questions posted on my Facebook page, as well as those sent to me via e-mail this past month.

Q.  How do you decide upon the pieces and outfits for the GYPO Style Challenges?  I’m interested in hearing about the process.

A.  I do some market research (a.k.a. shopping) in advance of each challenge to check out trends, quality of the pieces I’m going to recommend and to get an idea of price points for them.  When it comes time to decide upon what actually goes on the shopping list and into the outfits, there are a few criteria for a piece making the cut.  It has to have versatility and be able to be worn at least four different ways.  I tend not to pick items that I think will be out of style by next season although I do include a few trends.  Most importantly, EVERY outfit has to be something I would wear myself.  If it’s not, it doesn’t get included.


Q.  I was reading your About page the other day and saw that you used to be an actress and print model.  Were you in anything that I would’ve seen?

A.  Acting was a big part of my life for eight years.  At one point, it was what I wanted to do full time.  My favorite was live theater with film acting being a close runner-up.  I had a few roles in independent films but most of my work was in the commercial arena.  Although much of it was local to the Dallas area, I did a BUNCH of commercials for Chevrolet dealerships all over the US.  My only two national commercials were for Hasbro’s Electronic Monopoly and American Girl.

Here’s a very poor quality screen capture of the American Girl commercial.

 Here are a few of the print jobs that I did.

American Standard – If you pick up a brochure, you’ll see me in there adjusting the thermostat.

James Avery – Modeling necklace lengths.


Learning Resources – This shot was on the cover of their 2010 catalog.

Pier One – Spring catalog a few years ago.

It was a fun part of my life but surprisingly, I don’t really miss it since deciding to take an “early retirement” in 2012.  Maybe in a few years when the kids are all out of the house, I’ll go back to doing some theater again.  Maybe.  🙂

Q.  I’m a home daycare provider and have a full house with children from 1 year old to school ages. I have let myself go so much. I work almost 12 hours a day. I’ve gained weight and have hardly any time to myself.  I have been inspired by your blog, and have been trying to fix myself up a little bit in the mornings. The problem I have is that I’m always wearing yoga pants and big tops.   I want to look presentable, put together and professional when I receive the families in the morning.  Thanks for your inspiration!

This is my big why behind starting GYPO in the first place.  I had been working from home for a few years and fell into a major yoga pants rut.  Not only did it effect my appearance and the way I felt about myself, but everything around the house just started going downhill.  Having a good core of mix and match wardrobe basics helped me get dressed every day and get out of my rut.  I stocked up on colorful cardigans, fun scarves, good quality t-shirts and tanks and dark wash, stretch skinny jeans as well as comfortable flats to create outfit combos that were perfect for working from home.  Check out this post I did on Five Wardrobe Basics for Moms.  You may want to skip the scarves since you work with little ones but can add interest to outfits with jewelry or patterned tops.

Wardrobe Basics for Moms

Q.  I’m thinking about changing up my hairstyle for spring.  What are the 2015 hairstyle trends?

Long hair is back and all over the runways for spring 2015.  Bobs and lobs are getting grown out and pretty boho waves, long ponytails, loose braids and twisted buns are in as well as beautiful bombshell blow-outs.  Instead of getting a haircut, consider growing yours out and taking advantage of one of these pretty styles.

The 7 Best Hairstyles for Square Faces

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From Top Knots to Sock Buns: Bun Hairstyles For Any Occasion | Beauty High

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That’s it for this month’s Q&A!


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  • It is so fun to see some of the prints from your modeling days! You have not changed a bit! Still gorgeous! Susan

    • Thank you so much Susan!

  • I love these Q & A’s they really provide great insight about you as well as very good advice! Thanks for sharing!


    • I’m so glad you like them. Thank you for reading.

  • You picked great essentials to highlight for that mom! And you’ve been in my mailbox before in the James Avery catalog!!!!!

    • Really!? I’m so glad I was able to find some print job photos to share. 🙂

  • Sandy

    I have had so much fun with the Winter style challenge that I’m hooked for life to these seasonal challenges. It has made such a difference in my confidence level, attitude, and overall outlook on life. Thank you Alison, for your lovely taste in clothing and how to stretch a dollar as well as your life-coaching skills. I cannot believe the change in myself!

    • That’s so wonderful to hear Sandy. Thank you for being a part of the challenges.

  • I love that long, full pony. Now if only mine would look like that!

    • There’s extensions to purchase for that long full pony look, Claire. 😉

  • Love the ads! What a fun part of your life! Those hairstyles are such great inspiration. I need to change it up with some different hairstyles this spring.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    • What hairstyles did you like the most Blaire? 🙂

  • I always love seeing your photo.. Now that explains why you looks so fantastic. It is great see your print images.

    • Awww! Thank you sweet friend.

  • I really miss your instagram posts of your daily outfits!
    You haven’t done those in a long time.
    They were my inspiration!

    • Soon, soon!! Spring Challenge is coming up. 😉

  • Amy Ann

    So fun to learn more about you! Thanks for sharing.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

    • You are welcome Amy Ann! Thank you for reading.

  • Loved reading this post, Alison. It was fun learning more about you as well as the process you go thru to put your wardrobe together. ~Cynthia

    • Thanks for reading Cynthia. Have a great week.

  • Love it when you share bits n pieces of yourself!!


    • I’m so pleased you enjoy it.

  • I love that you shared some of the print ads you’ve worked on. And James Avery! I grew up in Texas, so I totally squealed when I saw the James Avery ad. My husband actually worked with a James Avery designer to adapt one of their designs for my engagement ring, so I have very fond memories of James Avery jewelry. 🙂

    • That is wonderful Jen. I would love to see what it looks like. Sounds absolutely stunning!!!

  • Always enjoy these Q & A posts. Thanks for sharing.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

    • Thank you for stopping by Alice! Have a great week.

  • Love seeing the ads you were in! And I am so loving that long pony! Must grow out hair ASAP 🙂

    • I wish my hair was long enough for a gorgeous pony like the one above too.

  • Jan

    YES to the leopard ballet flats! I think every girl needs a pair to spice up any “simple” outfit while still looking classy 🙂


    • I agree completely, Jan! 🙂

  • So fun to see your smiling face in the print ads! Thanks for sharing them. Glad long hair is still in – now if I could just get mine to look like that!

    • That luscious pony look is beautiful. I’ll let you know how mine goes. 😉

  • Thank you for hosting this linkup!

    xo julesinflats

    • You’re welcome Julia.

  • It was fun to see your old ads. Did they let you “style” your wardrobe? 😉

    • I wish they did. They had someone else take care of the styling. 🙂