Monday, October 18, 2010


I't's Monday Morning Makeover Day!

I'm thrilled to introduce you to our beautiful Makeover Model this week:

Tabitha Dumas

Every Monday a woman who has read

shares her story of the effect the book had on her and the changes she made because of it. Ready? Here we go!

Let me tell you about Tabitha. She describes herself as a Southern Belle turned Cactus Hugger because she spent the first 20 years of her life in Florida and the last 13 in Arizona. She's been married to the true love of her life for 8 years and they've got two boys who will soon be 5 and 18 months old. She and her husband just down-sized to a home in south Phoenix so they could re-prioritize their lives, spend more time on their own individual spiritual development and get on their feet financially. She said they are LOVING the slower pace! Here's Tabitha:

1. Describe the woman you saw in the mirror before you read this book.

I saw a typical stay-at-home mom who had defaulted to wearing T-shirts and shorts, who had just lost weight but didn't know how to dress her new shape and who wanted to look as good as she felt on the inside.

2.  Inquiring minds want to know all about you! Give details!

 I am almost 33, I love to write, blog, craft and throw parties. I have an Etsy shop, I'm a rep for "Blessings Unlimited" and I'm in the process of launching a business to help female small business owners with their writing and social media needs.  

3.  Did this book affect you spiritually? If so, how?

 I realized that I have always liked to feel pretty and dress up and God made me that way so why deny my desire to look great??

4. What was your favorite chapter and why?

I can't pick just one!  

5.What practical steps did you take to give yourself this makeover?

The first thing I did was made an appointment with a new hair dresser. I followed Shari's recommendation and got a chin-length bob and left my hair color natural. I loved the results and have already gotten tons of compliments! With having just moved, when I rearranged my closet, I purged a lot of clothing that didn't work, didn't make me feel good or that wasn't in my best colors. I also had the opportunity to go shopping with my mom and was able to buy two pairs of amazing jeans plus a few new tops, all in colors and shapes that flatter me. Shopping is so much easier now!!

6. What was the biggest challenge for you during this process?

My big challenge is taking good care of myself like getting regular haircuts, keeping up my pedicure and spending a few bucks on an item I need. I'm always tempted to spend time and money on my family instead but when I invest in myself, everyone benefits!

7. What did you determine your clothing style is and do you like knowing this?

I'm a Pure Natural because I do gravitate toward cotton and linen fabrics and flowy clothes, but I do like to add a little bling or a little creative "pop." Knowing this will definitely help me keep my shopping focus and make my wardrobe more workable and less stressful.

8. What was the most memorable or transforming part of all of this?

Remembering how good I felt as an 18-year-old and being able to re-capture that by finding shapes, colors and styles that fit me well.

9. Who do you see in the mirror now?

A lovely woman who carries herself with pride and who obviously takes good care of herself.

10. Any final words for us?

I love this book so much that I'm going to give it to all of the women on my Christmas gift list! I know any woman, regardless of size, ethnicity or budget, can benefit from this book.
For the extra-special women on my list, I'm going to wrap it up in a scarf in their POP color!

11. Why do you recommend this book to others and what benefit does it have for someone who reads it?

 My mom and I have both devoured this book! I think all women want to look and feel great and the book really helps with that by helping us know what looks best on us. We can shop and dress with confidence and take the worry out of getting dressed. I even blogged about Shari's book last week so if you want to hop on over you can read about it there! I'd love you to visit!

Wow! Thanks, Tabitha! We LOVE all your pictures and think you look like a movie star! Hey, wait, maybe you are!!!!!

Tabitha has a beautiful Etsy Shop and is gifting one of you with a beautiful animal print chifon fabric flower just for reading this post. I want to encourage each of you to post a comment giving some love to our very fabulous Tabitha! And you are going to LOVE the etsy pin...she sent me one for my birthday and I immediately pinned in on my blouse and wore is beautiful...just like her! So post a comment and we'll pick a winner next Monday!

Speaking of winners, our first Monday Makeover Winner for the beautiful scarf in YOUR beautiful colors is:

Elaine Davis! Hey Elaine, make sure you email me a pic so I can see what your best colors are...then I'll go shopping for you!

Okay gals....give some love to Tabitha and win a leopard pin!

Love you girls...isn't this fun?
I'm loving it!

love, Shari

Also, need your blog link if you want me to link to you. Blog link to the post about the book:

Etsy shop, if you want to provide it:


Ruth said...

Hi Tabitha, The book must have been good as you are looking great! It's encouraging to hear your story. I loved the top in the middle picture. It sits beautifully on you.

proudgrits11 said...

Hi, ladies!! I can't wait to see who wins the leopard-print pin (or hair clip)!!
It's ME, Tabitha! :)
Just FYI, the picture in the purple/black top was a hair "before" and the picture in the denim top is the "after." In the book, Shari recommended a chin-length bob for my face shape, so that's what I got and I love it! :)
Hop over to my blog to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Shari's book!!!
Thanks, Shari, for featuring know how much I looooove your book!!!!

Anonymous said...

Tabitha, what a lovely family you are! I wish I'd learned what I know now when I was your age, it would have made shopping much easier, and hubby's wallet much happier :) So glad you've embraced your God-given beauty thru Shari's book; isn't she fabulous? Hope I win the pin, but if not I know some special gal will! Keep rockin' your new clothes, and huggin' that awesome family! Sue Tipler (1st Monday makeover gal)

Dina-Marie said...

Hi Tabitha,
Thanks for the encouragement of your story! It is so easy to put ourselves last but you are so right, when we take time for ourselves, everyone benefits. I admire you and your husband for downsizing and getting your priorities/finances in order. Our family did the similar in leaving the corporate world (AL) to start a vineyard (west TX)- slower pace and working together. Sometimes God must take us out of our comfort zone to grow and mold us to the image of His son.
I love your new haircut!
Have a wonderful week!

Sara said...

You are beautiful! Congratulations on your weight loss. What a fun reason to clean out a closet or need to go shopping. I can't wait to visit your etsy sight. I love flower pins!

Jolene said...

Thanks for sharing Tabitha. Love what you and your husband have done for your family in down-sizing and reprioritizing. It is something that has been heavy on my heart lately and something I pray for our future. You look fantastic - congrats on the weight loss too!

Carol said...

Thanks for sharing your story, Tabitha. You look wonderful. Congratulations on the weight loss and the changes you are making in your life. God bless!

rskmom said...

Thanks for sharing and the giveaway - keep up the self love!

Mariah said...

It's so great to see someone happy about looking good and confident in Christ on the inside! Great job!!! Love in Christ!

b said...

I am just reading the book and this is great to see how it is changing the lives of women! Tabitha, you look beautiful and confident! God bless you!

Katy-Anne said...

I want a leopard print pin! LOL.

Elin said...

Loved this post. You look great in the pictures, Tabitha!
Can't wait to read the book!

Stephanie conrad said...

love the story Tabby... your lookin good.. kind of scary for me though.. love my tee shirts and short... i just try not to go anywhere that i can't wear them.. :(

~Brenda said...

Tabitha, I love your new haircut so cute on you also, you look chic in your new outfit! Very good looking family and happy to hear you are getting your financial house in order. Wishing you the best with your new business endeavor!

Anonymous said...

Am SO excited for a chance to win!!! Thanks for all the great advice and encouragement!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Tabitha, for sharing your story. You didn't mention your body type, but I'm assuming you're an X - you look perfect and beautiful too!

Melissa G. Pickens said...

You look beautiful! I can relate to your post because I am also a stay-at-home mom, and have resorted to the shorts and t-shirt thing a long time ago! A new writing adventure and ministry with my husband is waking me up to the fact that I need a look that works for me! You make me want to read the book!

Penny said...

Thanks for sharing your experience with Shari's book. Your review is so encouraging. And it's a great idea to gift the ladies in your life with the book wrapped in a pop-color scarf. Great idea!

The Calm of His Presence said...


Thank you for sharing your story. You look great! I love the idea of wrapping the book in a pop-color scarf! Look forward to visiting your blog.


jacque said...

Ahh, Tabitha! I can totally relate to that 18-year old feeling again. I'd gotten lost in "mom-world" and was slowly finding my way out. This book was just what I needed. Looks like it gave you a boost too! Here's to keeping up the pedicure, girl!