NancyValentino.com is getting a makeover! To all my vintage, makeup and “figure friendly foodie” lovers–I’ll see you in 2015! <3
The before photo you see here was taken on July 2004–my wedding day. I was 20 years old. It took me years to be able to look at this photo and not cringe. My wedding dress was a size 22 which was embarrassing for me, while I smiled on the outside, I felt deeply self conscience on the inside. This series of photos was particularly hurtful for me to view because my husband’s family called me a cow and said I was so fat that I could carry my husband over the threshold. I take this hurtful experience and look at it as a blessing in disguise. Their negative words made me take a long hard look at myself. I didn’t start losing the weight until three years later because I didn’t know “how” to do it and I truly think one has to be “ready” to make the commitment and changes that go along with a weight loss journey.
I look at myself at 29 and smile!! I don’t cringe at the thought at becoming 30, I look into the future and embrace the journey! I truly believe that the older we get, the wiser we become.
Every Summer I like to go to the beach to take my “annual photo” (as I like to call it). This Summer was particularly special for me because it marks the last year of my 20’s! Never in a million years did I think I’d ever be taking bikini photos!
When I was in my early 20’s, I was living an unhealthy lifestyle that included overindulging on foods and not working out.
You can find my “figure friendly” food videos here. Currently you will find some of my older foodie videos but new ones to come! I’m also going to be doing a whole weight loss series–discussing loose skin, diet pills, motivation and all sorts of other stuff so make sure you stay tuned! Make sure you follow me on Instagram and be sure to follow my Foodie Instagram for updates!
It’s 1:00 am and I’m sitting here watching one of my favorite actresses in her very first talkie–Gloria Swanson in The Trespasser (1929). Gloria Swanson is iconic–she’s one of my “fabulous four” icons (long story-*lol*).
I’m actually watching this film for the first time and so far, I’ve had a great time studying her beauty & fashion (she was a clotheshorse, of course) then I noticed her necklace & earrings–both of which are similar to the whole “geometric” statement trend–very art deco. I have a pair of art deco style earrings but I’d LOVE to find a necklace like the one Gloria had on in this movie.
Here are some examples of this trend today…
This one is from House of Harlow–LOVE! I really want this one.
This one is very reminiscent of the trend too–a bit more bold. I adore this one too.
Not sure if this trend is on it’s way out–if so, I don’t care. I’n now on the hunt for a gorgeous geometric statement piece.
I adore statement necklaces and art deco patterns so I’ll be rockin’ this trend indefinitely.
I wanted to give you a quick update and let you know that the eBook and fitness video are now up and ready for purchase. I really do hope you find my eBook and video helpful. As you know, I started work on an eBook last winter which turned out to be an epic fail. But even if this book helps one person, I’ve done something right.
I hope this eBook will inspire you to change your life and that you’re able to live a life where you’re comfortable and happy in your own skin. It’s not about how skinny you can get, it’s about being healthy, happy and content.
After five years of modeling, finally, one of my photos is being used nation-wide! One of my Facebook friends sent me a message yesterday to let me know that she saw my photo on a portable pet bed at Bed Bath & Beyond and JCPenney. I had no idea, so I just had to go into my local Bed Bath & Beyond to see it for myself. I couldn’t resist, so I had to buy one!