Every dog needs a fisheye-lens photo

My friend Jim visited over the weekend and brought his fisheye lens with his camera. This was the result.


Scratch this one off the bucket list.

Get a Grab Bag worth $50 with $150 Purchase at ModCloth!!

ModCloth is having a sale! A grab bag sale! What will be in it? Sunglasses? Shoes? Whoozits and Whatzits? OMG, I’m so excited about this wonderful reason to shop through the cutest clothes on the Internet.

Everyone loves a juicy surprise and ModCloth has put together one of the sweetest! Starting today at 9am PST you can get a $50 grab bag with every $150 purchase! This delicious deal will only be around while supplies last, so don’t wait or you’ll miss out. Be sure to read the fine print – your purchase must total $150 before tax and shipping and the deal does not apply to gift certificates. Need ideas for what to buy? Check out their new swimwear and cover ups they have sizes that are fun and flattering for all body types!

Check out this swimsuit. OMG I need a matching cap. With blue flowers on it.

Bathing Beauty One Piece in Blue Velvet – Plus Size from ModCloth – $89.99It’s ModCloth’s ultimate swimsuit – now in a lush blue velvet! Available in sizes 16-26, this retro swimsuit byEsther Williams boasts features that flatter ever…

So, go! Get thee to Modcloth, grab your wish lists and get your grab bag!!

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Alli product-tampering leads to voluntary recall (UPDATE 4/3/14)

Here’s your comprehensive source for where to get information on the current Alli shortage! I have covered a previous Alli shortage in 2012. I will keep you updated as I get news on Alli’s availability.

4/3/14 UPDATE: Citing product tampering, there is a voluntary recall of Alli products on the market. During this time, do NOT purchase anything called “Alli,” as counterfeiters have been known to take advantage of Alli’s 2012 ingredient shortage that caused a delay in product manufacturing. If you are purchasing Alli, make sure it is from a reputable retailer and NOT from an auction site or independent seller.

Glaxo SmithKline, the manufacturer of Alli in the U.S., issued this press release on 3/27/14: 

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare is voluntarily recalling all alli® weight loss products from U.S. and Puerto Rico retailers as the company believes that some packages of the product were tampered with and may contain product that is not authentic alli®. GSK is conducting an investigation and is working with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this retailer level recall.

GSK received inquiries from consumers in seven states about bottles of alli® that contained tablets and capsules that were not alli®. A range of tablets and capsules of various shapes and colors were reported to be found inside bottles. Additionally, some bottles inside the outer carton were missing labels and had tamper-evident seals that were not authentic. These tampered products were purchased in retail stores.

“Safety is our first priority and we are asking retailers and pharmacies to remove all alli®from their shelves immediately,” said Colin Mackenzie, President Consumer Healthcare North America. “We have posted a Consumer Alert on our website, www.myalli.com, and issued a News Release with information and photographs to help consumers determine if their alli® is authentic.”

alli® is a turquoise blue capsule with a dark blue band imprinted with the text “60 Orlistat”. It is packaged in a labeled bottle that has an inner foil seal imprinted with the words: “Sealed for Your Protection.” Consumers should confirm any alli® in their possession matches this description. Pictures of the product are available on our website: www.myalli.com.

Consumers who have product they are unsure or concerned about should not use it. Instead, they should call GSK promptly at 800-671-2554, and a representative will provide further instructions. If they have consumed questionable product, they should also contact their healthcare providers.

“We are committed to finding out what happened and to doing everything possible to prevent future issues with alli®,” said Mackenzie. “We regret any inconvenience caused by this retailer recall.”

I will keep you posted if anything changes. Alli reached out to me during the 2012 shortage and I plan to reach out to them in hopes that they’ll share news on the recall with me.

6/19/12 UPDATE: This was posted by Alli on its official Facebook page this morning: “Great news, we are excited to share that alli has shipped to store warehouses! We apologize for any inconvenience this supply issue has caused and you can rest assured that alli product is on its way back to your local retailer’s shelf. Our locator tool will be available soon to help you find alli in stores near you – so we can once again fight fat together.” The drug will not be reformulated and again, there was no recall. I will update this page as soon as Alli is available to purchase online. 

6/6 UPDATE: I’ve gotten reports that Alli is planning to make shipments to all retailers by the end of the month. 

5/13 UPDATE: Alli has NOT been Recalled. Read below for why you can’t find it. The Food and Drug Administration keeps a list of all product recalls in the U.S., and Alli is not in their database. For information on all FDA recalls, visit the searchable FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals and Safety Alerts Database.

5/7 UPDATE: Alli is reporting on its Facebook page that they expect the drug to return in late June. Details below. 

4/4 UPDATE:  Alli contacted me on Twitter and said they expect the product to return to shelves in June 2012. Details below.

3/15: UPDATE with response from Alli, and 4/1 UPDATE with an alert on past and potential counterfeit sales. Details are in bold below.

If you use the over-the-counter drug Alli as part of your diet, exercise and weight-loss plan, you may have recognized that the drug has been missing from store shelves and online retailers for the past few weeks.

Why has it gone missing from the shelves? Simple – ingredient shortage.

Drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline issued the following statement on the Alli web site’s Buy Alli section:

GSK, the manufacturer of alli, is experiencing a supply shortage of the active ingredient used in alli. The alli team is working diligently to resolve the issue and apologize for any inconvenience this supply shortage may cause our consumers. Consumers should continue to adhere to the recommended diet and physical activity routine, which are the cornerstone of any weight loss program, and continue using alli once it is available.

FYI: The “active ingredient” in Alli is Orlistat, which is also the active ingredient in Prescription weight-loss drug Xenical. The Xenical manufacturer Roche issued this statement on its Club New You web site:

Our Florence Manufacturing Plant in the United States manufactures certain ingredients used in the products of Roche, including XENICAL® (orlistat). Just lately the Plant has encountered manufacturing problems, causing deficiencies in the supply of our products, including XENICAL®.   This will lead to shortage of supply of this product.

Drugstore.com lists the product as unavailable at this time, after estimating an April 16 availability date.I initially posted the April date upon Drugstore’s estimate.Alli contacted me on Twitter and said the company cannot confirm an April 16 shipping date:

@bellesouth - Thanks for spreading this info! However, we can’t verify Apr. 16 as a shipping date. Pls call with questions: 1-800-671-2554 

Alli also told me they’d let me know as soon as the drug was available. No word on the availability of Xenical, but it is safe to assume that these products will both be available as soon as the Orlistat ordeal is taken care of.

Meanwhile, diet and exercise still work, and consult with your physician before beginning any weight-loss or exercise program. (Update 4/1: Please be careful before purchasing Alli through auction sites or independent-seller Marketplaces. GSK has had trouble with the sale of counterfeit Alli in the past, so beware of scam artists taking advantage of the shortage.)

Update 4/4: Alli contacted me again on Twitter with this message:

@bellesouth - We thought you may be interested, alli should be returning to shelves in June. More info on FB:http://www.facebook.com/myalli

Update 5/7: alli is notifying customers on its Facebook page that the drug is expected to return in late June. Here’s what they’re telling customers on Facebook:

unfortunately GSK, the manufacturer of alli, is experiencing a supply shortage of the active ingredient used in alli. The team has been working diligently to resolve the issue, and alli capsules are expected to be back in stores by the end of June. We apologize for the inconvenience this shortage may have caused you. During this time, we recommend you continue to follow your myalli plan to help you stay on track. If you have any further concerns please call us: 1-800-671-2554, M-F 9am – 4:30pm ET.

I have read a lot of ‘conspiracies’ from those who think GSK is doing this on purpose, but other pharmaceutical companies across the world, including those that sell the drug as prescription Xenical, are experiencing the same shortage. Again, diet and exercise still work.

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Let’s share our Modcloth obsession!

Apparently I am the LAST person in the universe to discover how awesome Modcloth is. Well, I’ve been spending waaaay too much time in the past week looking over their extremely cute dresses as I have SoFabCon ’14 coming up next month, and it includes not one, but TWO cocktail events. And I have lost 50 pounds since the last time I went to SoFabCon and I’m ready to show off my new bod!

Now, the new trend on Modcloth is their  shirtdresses. Here are some very cute ones, they’re all under $100, and they’re available in all sizes – even plus!

LOVE the canary one! But I am moreso looking at the mid-length, strapless, low-neck dresses. I will show you an example of one that I will not purchase so that we don’t end up wearing the same dress to the ball.

The Neyla Dress in Rouge from ModCloth – $189.99

Named for Neyla of the fabulous folk-rock group, The Lumineers, this notable red dress comes to you byStop Staring! A brand that embodies the fusion of fashion …

I mean, Oh. Mah. GAH. Such a lovely frock. And it’s available in my size! Do you have any clue how many caftans I have to go through on that certain large online retailer named after what Wonder Woman is to find anything remotely decent? And NOTHING like this. No way.

ModCloth has announced its “Best of the Fest” capsule collection, which features styles handpicked by their own ModStylists. The collection features pieces that cleverly reference a some of the bands & songs you might hear at an upcoming festival, like the Strum Strum Girls Dress, The Head and the Art Sunglasses, and the Because I’m Strappy Bootie. The collection also includes an exclusive Lauren Moffatt dress that is available in plus for the very first time. Shop the collection and be sure to check more festival looks here!

Okay, I’ve been up all night checking out Modcloth, and I think it’s time I go to sleep and let you guys take over.

Northwest Arkansas Fashion Week! Catwalkin’ for some great causes. #NWAFW #shop

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The first full week in March was stylin’ in Bentonville, Arkansas! The third-annual NWA Fashion Week showcased many of northwest Arkansas’ top designers, boutiques and some amazing and much-needed nonprofits. I went to #NWAFW as a representative of #CollectiveBias at one of my old stomping grounds, the Benton County Daily Record. I cannot tell you how different the building looks from when it was a newspaper office just five years ago! But somehow, they managed to transfer that building into a fabulous runway.

I went to the Boutique Runway on March 7, where boutiques like She Said Yes Bridal, By Request, Chic, Blue Moon Market, Maven, Ropa, Klothe, Reflection of Beauty + Fauxever Yours, SOHO, Skye on the Town and Coed Co-Op were featured.

But the main stars of this entire event were the charities for which it was held. One particular charity close to my heart is Ozark Guidance. I have been a patient at Ozark Guidance since 2006, when troubles with panic, depression and anxiety left me helpless and in need of affordable behavioral health care.

The treatment I’ve received at Ozark Guidance has helped me get through many traumatic issues, perhaps most significantly the post-traumatic stress disorder I was diagnosed with following a sexual assault in 2008. Since being a patient at Ozark Guidance, I have pleaded with my representatives in Congress to begin a dialogue in Washington to focus on affordable access to behavioral health care for low-income individuals. Ozark Guidance’s philosophy is that no one in northwest Arkansas should be without access to behavioral health care. I truly believe Ozark Guidance has saved me in many, many ways. But I also know that Ozark Guidance struggles with having the resources to care for every person who needs it, so this event was a great help for them.

Often, organizations such as Ozark Guidance would go without recognition were it not for large galas like NWA Fashion Week. These events raise awareness among those who may not need services from these organizations – and manage to combine lots of glam and entertainment with some great causes.

It’s not often that I get to doll up for a night on the town, but I was so proud to be part of such a wonderful event. I am very proud of the fashion community in northwest Arkansas for putting on such an amazing show.

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