Allyn’s Adventures: Introduction

Hello Darlings! I think this post is more for me than it is for you. You know when there’s like a 1 in 1000 chance that such-and-such symptom will happen to you if you take a certain medication? And everyone is like, ‘oh that will never happen to me’? Well, that’s my life. All of the time. Things that just don’t seem to happen to other people on a regular basis tend to happen to me everyday (both good and bad)… I’m the 5’6″ girl (on a good day) who is a successful model, became an entrepreneur at 22, ventured to NYFW twice, fell in love with the most genuine and caring man you could ever hope to meet (in like 2 months) and I have the most amazing group of supporters on the planet (no, I’m not talking about followers on social media. I’m talking about people who constantly

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#StrengthAndStyle: After the Loss of a Parent

Approximately every ten minutes, someone in the United States dies from blood cancer.  This is more than just a statistic. Every person who dies from blood cancer is a parent, a child, a friend, a co-worker, or a relative. What would you do if it was someone you lost? How would you cope? How would your life be different? Today, I am honored to introduce you to Nicole Narvaez Manns. A few months ago, I left a networking event with one of her business cards, not from her, but from someone else who couldn’t stop raving about her innovative beauty solution, Nikki’s Magic Wand. Ever since, I have been following this woman and her success on social media and always admire her determination. Reaching where normal applicators can’t, Nikki’s Magic Wand allows savvy glamour girls to finally get that pesky last 15-20% of the make-up that usually ends up being thrown away since you can never

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#StrengthAndStyle: From the Physician’s Perspective

  WE Can Make a Difference If you have been keeping up with some of my recent posts, you probably know I am currently running as a candidate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Woman of the Year Campaign! As part of my efforts to raise awareness with #StrengthAndStlye, I am dedicating this blog series to featuring cancer survivors, their families, and anyone else who has had an experience, directly or indirectly, with blood cancer. My goal is to cover this difficult topic from a wide variety of perspectives in order to educate, empower, and reach as many people as possible. The more conversations we can start, the more awareness we can raise, and the more lives we can save! This particular post addresses blood cancer from the perspective of a physician. Meet Dr. Thomas LeBlanc, an oncologist, palliative care physician, and blood cancer specialist at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. LeBlanc’s current research explores the experience of

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Beauty: Your Routine for Summer

That’s right just 6 products. Maybe I’m jumping the gun here a little bit. Who cares? I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for summer.  With yesterday’s 80 degree weather (what a tease) in Pittsburgh, beaches and flip flops are about all I can think about. So, with summer on the brain, I’m sharing my favorite beauty buys to achieve that glowing, barely there makeup look that we all know and love for when warm weather (finally) rolls around. Even though it’s technically still spring, it was like the longest winter ever, so the least we can do is be ready when summer gets here! Plus, by the time you order these goodies online and get them in the mail sweet summertime won’t be too far off! <3   Cleanse + Exfoliate: In order to get away with that minimal makeup summer look, you MUST start with a clean face!

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#StrengthAndStyle: gotCUREage?

  When life throws you Leukemia… YOU have to have “courage” to fight the fight and “CUREage” to win it! Diagnosed at age 36 with Essential Thrombocythemia, Lauren Blanchard, mom of 4 boys, has used this unexpected and unfortunate life-changing experience to extend inspiration to fellow cancer fighters, their families and friends by founding her own non-profit, gotCUREage. Now a proud supporter of the #StengthAndStyle campaign, Lauren shares her story and her CUREage with me in this eye-opening interview:

Little Ways to Find More Peace Everyday

I've been captivated by the concept of peace lately. I keep trying to make all these big changes in my life, but I'm coming to…

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VLOG 10: How Do You Plan for the Unexpected?

So, I had no f*cks to give by the time we filmed this video. Not in a debbie downer kind of way, but in an…

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Please Don’t Neglect The Brain

Do you ever feel like your brain decides to get up and walk right out the door, leaving you to fend lifelessly for yourself?  Yeah,…

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