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Supporting Silvers Feature: Megan Ulrichs

Super Women, Supporting SilversJan CorrellComment
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I began my silver tradition at the age of 44 yrs after hiding behind the brown coloring agents since the age of 27! I can remember my senior year in high school where friends were picking grey out of my head! As I wasn't really ready to become a silver fox but my scalp was. My body was becoming intolerant to the chemicals and with my natural ways of living, a masters degree in holistic nutrition and an organic skincare business, I knew it was time to ditch the coloring. While my heart and my body knew it was necessary to stop hiding behind the brown coloring, my mind was struggling with the "aging" part. The internal ego was questioning, "will I be attractive anymore with grey hair?" "Am I going to disappear and become ignored?" Then came the comments "You're going to let it go!?" "Are you sure you want to age yourself like that!?" but the best was from my 19yr old son who is as wise as the day is long.."Mom, you should totally let your silver grow in! Don't worry about what people think, and besides then you'll have men your own age checking you out..unlike the guy guys my age that I see checking you out non stop!" THAT was all I needed to hear. Except my husbands words were the most motivating, "Megan, you will never be ignored! You could be bald and still be beautiful! It's ultimately your inner confidence and beauty that draws people to you." I had to dig deep on an emotional level for the year that it took to grow out my authenticity! At times it felt like reliving my awkward teen years with the reverse skunk stripe and my grey ombre. My hair was the topic of conversation for an entire year....everywhere I went! For the most part, I believe that my full forced positive attitude when responding to friends and strangers questions left no room for negative comments of disapproval. I received 90% supportive comments and that was a tremendous help to my wavering ego! Basically, I faked it til I made it with confidence and positivity. Now that I am fully grey and amercing the aging process, I get compliments daily and so many friends and community members have come to me to say how much I inspired them to also grow their silver locks out. It was the last step for me to fully walk my talk of natural living and embracing the process of aging gracefully. I feel complete and authentic in every way now!

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Megan’s silver transition!

Q & A with Megan

“Who am I?”

I am the creator/owner of an organic Farm to Face skincare company glō luxury oils (www.gloluxuryoils.com) and the author of two books. One cookbook Fed Well based on the 80/20 philosophy of eating 80% whole nourishing foods and 20% you only live once foods. It is chock full of nutritional information on the healing qualities of herbs and spices along with nutritional benefits of ingredients on each recipe. 

The second book is called "SKinside Out" A Holistic approach to eating your way to glowing skin...Both books are due on shelves this December!!

“What has been the biggest benefit of the business?”

The biggest benefit to me is knowing that glō (acronym for give love often) products are not only making a tremendous difference in my customers lives by nourishing their skin and keeping chemicals out of their beauty routines; but also knowing that I can support small farmers buy purchasing directly from them and have the ability to offer superior quality products while doing so. I also benefit weekly from the creative process of making fresh batches weekly in my lab. Each week I turn up my music and dance my way through the batching and bottling process and love every second of it. As you can probably relate, when I’m fulfilled and happy, the entire house hums along with me! This is an important aspect of my work..feeling fulfilled.

“What/who inspires me?”

Mother Earth inspires me. She has most everything we need to stay healthy. As a Holistic Nutritionist working with food and plants to heal the body, I have come to a level of love and respect for what Mother Earth has to offer us. We can meditate and walk in nature to cleanse the mind. We can eliminate preservative and chemically laden foods and products and watch our bodies come into homeostasis simply by consuming organic whole foods provided from her! Her moods proved us with sunny days, rain and epic storms that all of us can relate to and at times fear...just as our loved ones have seen out of our own moods. I don’t mean to sound too “woo woo” but between the food, weather, trees, plants, natural medicine and rainbows that Mother Earth provides, who isn’t inspired by her!?

“Most exciting adventures I’ve ever done?” 

That’s tough! I’ve always been pretty adventurous between spelunking (caving) in college, back packing, birthing and raising 3 boys (the most epic adventure ever) traveling Europe, keeping up with my husband mountain biking...I’d have to say the most exciting adventures these days have been traveling in my 1990 VW Westfalia! Sure it sounds like luxury camping but the adventures happen after it gets us to our far away places and we hike miles up to breath taking hot springs or wake up to flowing rivers in the middle of nowhere or even more adventurous? When we break down and have to figure out what’s next! The unknown is often the most adventurous in my opinion.

“How & when I got started w glō?”

I have always been a bit of an alchemist and slightly obsessed with herbs and botanicals. It was During my masters degree in Holistic Nutrition (2013) when I was learning about the healing qualities of plants and essential oils that glō was conceived. At 43 years old, I began seeking a clean skincare line that didn’t smell too earthy and that actually worked on my sensitive, dry skin. My knowledge of the healing powers of essential oils inspired me to create facial skincare formulas using different essential and carrier oils. Once I found a combination that smelled fresh and felt divine, I began using the oils on my own skin. It took a full year of concocting and reconfiguring formulas before family and friends started asking me about what I was using on my skin and requesting the same for themselves. After seeking validation from doctors and a holistic dermatologist on the safety of my formulas, I finally settled on my first official glō product: Regenerative Oil.  Fast forward 5 years and hundreds of happy glō-ing customers later; I now source most of my oils directly from small organic botanical farmers and have created 10 approved products that sell out regularly in 14 different places ranging from naturopathic clinics to spas, upscale hotels and boutiques in Montana.“Mantra/Motto I live by”

This too shall pass and You’ve GOT this!! When life gets too hard I dig deep, pull up my big girl panties and tell myself and so many others in my life: “this too shall pass” and “You’ve GOT this!” I have my mom to thank for the first mantra as she always reminded me of that when I’d call crying about whatever crazy phase my boys were in! My husband has always been the cheerleader behind me saying “girl!!! You SO have this!!” It helps to have a team behind you and your mottos!

“What I’d like to tell my younger self”

My dad used to always tell me to “simply trust, trust what is meant to be” I’d like to tell my younger self to stop doubting, lean in and trust that all is well and meant to happen. It’s all part of life’s journey and there really is a reason for it”. If someone had told me I’d be an organic skincare business owner traveling in my VW from farms all over the U.S and sitting on expert panels, running wellness retreats, I would’ve laughed in their faces! I didn’t believe in myself until I hit 40.

“What’s my true age?”

I feel almost 50 and it feels fantastic. Well ok, physically my body has taken a lot of abuse over the years of being athletic and adventurous so it doesn’t really feel great. However, I like the wisdom and confidence of feeling almost 50!

“Thoughts on beauty and aging?”

I’ve come a long way here. In my 30’s aging felt scary and wrinkles seemed terrifying. Something shifted in my 40’s. I began to watch older women excel, thrive and find themselves. I am approaching 50 in July and I’ve never felt more empowered and beautiful. Sure my physical body looks different but this emotional/spiritual shift is so exhilarating that the physical no longer feels important. Don’t get me wrong, I love a great wardrobe and pampering myself. It’s important to feel beautiful as a woman, but these days it’s what’s going on inside my emotional self and life that makes me feel beautiful. My smile and squint lines or “angry eleven lines” between my brows are all well earned from 50years of adventures, raising crazy ass boys, laughing and crying, worrying and loving. These are our life lines and I wish our culture honored them more than we do. It’s a work in progress and it’s our job to love our selves and spread that message no matter what age we are!

You can follow this inspirational woman on her social media handles: @glo_luxury_oils and @glo_skinside_out as well as her website here.

Check out my Supporting Silvers page here on my website if you would like to be considered to be featured.

As always, my goal is to share chic ageless style and endless fun, from a sincerely silver perspective.  Including fashion, beauty, and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  Thank you for reading my blog! 

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"Of Course You May"

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Shoes, TravelJan Correll4 Comments

When becoming a grandmother almost 4 and 1/2 years ago, like most Grandma's, I was smitten with my first grandson.  He was born almost 3 months early and that made him even more precious.  At the time, I decided that as a Grandma, I wanted to be as special as my Grandma (Marnie) and my grandma (Nana) were. They were two very different women, one from a small town in Southern Illinois and the other an Italian immigrant from Chicago.  Although distinct women, their spirit and love for family and  their grandchildren was immense.   Marnie, was a spitfire, who kept reinventing herself (a yogi at 80) and Nana, a very successful business woman, providing global travel tours through her business.   Both taught me different things... that left life long impressions.  Nana; a great work ethic, and my love of cooking and travel and Marnie; to live life to the fullest and to make each little adventure count.   

Even though my grands are all under the age of 5, I wanted to instill subtle lessons and reminders that may help them especially in times of self-doubt at any age.  "Of course you may." became my mantra to them whenever they ask me a question.  Unless of course, they wanted to do something dangerous.  "Of course you may," means that yes, they can have that chocolate chip cookie or yes, I will play pirates or dolls, but it also means that they can do anything!  And that is what I want them to remember.  They can change their mind, they have the right to make decisions (although there are consequences) and that they have the ability to be in control.   Much like my Grandma Marnie, I like to get down on the floor, do somersaults, make up stories, and play in the dirt but the love, affection and support she provided, was that I was special and I could do anything I wanted.  

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These photos were taken in Charlotte at a rooftop bar and restaurant called   Merchant and Trade  .  A fun venue with great food!  The sunsets and sites are an added bonus!

These photos were taken in Charlotte at a rooftop bar and restaurant called Merchant and Trade.  A fun venue with great food!  The sunsets and sites are an added bonus!

So friends we need to remember this phrase as well because we can do anything, or be anything we want at any age; start a blog, start a business, travel, change course, meet new people, try different things, continue to learn... "of course you may, my friend."

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Enjoying a "French 76" cocktail while watching the Charlotte Knights play.

Enjoying a "French 76" cocktail while watching the Charlotte Knights play.

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Thank you to Birdie James for sponsoring this post.  Another woman who decided to change careers, try something new based on what she loves and turned it into a fantastic business.  Check out Birdie James herewhere they believe in authentic chic.  This beautiful outfit  is from her boutique.  The top is a Birdie James label which I fell in love with... silver metallic dots...yes! The skinny leg, frayed jeans are one of the labels she carries and the handcrafted earrings are by Gloria Jane (also on the island).  They offer clothes for every woman.  Make sure to check out this  boutique online and if you are ever in Hilton Head, stop in!!  Birdie wants you to gather, laugh, shop and be you!  A friend after my own heart.

I hope you you had a great week and if you recently joined... welcome!!   My goal is to share ageless style, and endless fun, from a sincerely silver perspective.  Including fashion, beauty, and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  Thank you for reading my blog! 

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Hair Worries

Favorite Products, Beauty, LifestyleJan Correll4 Comments
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Have you ever looked at the shower drain after washing your hair and exclaimed, "oh my?"  Or looked at your hairline in a magnifying mirror and seen more scalp showing?  I can answer "yes" to both those questions.  And if you can too, then this post is for you!  

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My hair is thick, coarse and wavy.  Over the last few years due to thyroid issues and hashimoto's, I feel that I have lost a lot of hair.  Although I would not say my hair is thin, I would say it was thinning.  I even went so far as to speak with my endocrinologist about my concerns.  He tweaked my medicine, but that did not seem to help much.  I was getting concerned and reading everything I could about thinning hair on the web.  Lucky for me, I heard from a company that addressed my problem... KeraHealth.

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I have to say, I was a bit skeptical at first but after doing my research, was intrigued and agreed to work with them.  What makes the product unique is the patented technology ingredient, KerCysteine – an exclusive product developed by scientists in the South of France that provides hair follicles with the necessary, highly absorbable amino acids, to stimulate and improve the production of the natural structural elements of hair. Importantly, the ingredients in Kerahealth Women and KeraHealth Men are naturally sourced, and the supplements are manufactured in an FDA approved facility in the USA.  I would suggest you do your own research here as I am not a scientist nor a doctor.  If you are interested in the results of their clinical studies you can read more about them here.  

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After two months, of use, I am extremely pleased.  I am seeing new hair growth and my hair is much shinier and feels thicker, too.  I don't see nearly as much breakage when drying or using hair tools.  In fact, I plan to buy the product for my Mom, daughter, and DIL.  My Mom has experienced thinning hair for years and both of my girls went through the typical hair loss after pregnancies.  

My hair is important to me as it is to most people and I will do whatever I can to maintain it.  KeraHealth has now become part of my regimen.  This product seriously works and I highly recommend it.  As mentioned above, they also make a men's product available here.

KeraHealth is offering my readers a 10% discount.  When ordering here you may use the code: JAN10.  Please... if you decide to purchase KeraHealth, comment and share your results to spread the word for others having the same "hair worries."

Wearing a J. Crew blouse from the closet and a sweater from Soft Surroundings.  Details in the gallery below.  

Thank you to KeraHealth for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own and I only share products, styles, and brands that I believe in, wear or have tested.

As always, thank you for reading and stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style; fashion, beauty and relevant lifestyle information as we share this journey together!  I so appreciate you, my friends and readers!

XOXO

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Transitioning to Silver and Beyond

LifestyleJan Correll6 Comments
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I never thought I would age.  I am serious.  Why for some odd reason, I thought the clock would stop for me!  Then reality hit me in the head, literally.  At 35, my hair began to gray.  I had some stress, but not a hard life.  I could not figure it out… aging prematurely!  So I did what any young female professional would do and I covered it!  My hair was important to me.  My hair framed my face and I thought it defined who I was.  So I did this FOR YEARS!  Until my 50th birthday approached when I said no more!  I was done.  I felt fake.  I was covering up who I was.  I was not supposed to still have this luscious head of almost black hair.  I was silver underneath.  I saw the dreaded line, “Morticia” every 3 weeks, and would examine her closely.  Is she gray or silver?  Due to the cost, I would push a color to 4 to 4 ½ weeks.  And on the rare occasion, when I had to, I would color my hair myself! 

At 49 and a half, I decided to embrace my hair for its true color.  My husband, the love of my life, who supports me in anything and everything, was all for it. He said go for it!  My son and daughter, who mean the world to me, said the same, “Do what you want!”  Well, I was not completely sure but almost sure.  I kept remembering my Nana (Italian Grandmother) saying that Italian women should not go blonde or gray… this is the same woman that did not like my curly “messy” hair!

One thing I did know from my observations in the mirror, “Morticia” was more than gray. She appeared to be pretty silver!  So I decided to go for it. I was going to be authentic, and everyone was going to see my silver strands.

I talked to my stylist and told him my plan.  He tried to talk me out of it because this impacted him too. After a long consult, with not a lot of choices, we proceeded towards my goal.  This was way before silver color was cool!!  After a long afternoon at the salon, I ended up, a platinum blonde, mixed with gray and I swear, my Nana, was rolling over in her grave.  My nieces and nephews called it “gronde!”  Lord have mercy, what did I do!!  At that point, there was no turning back.   So I cut off my shoulder length hair to a very short pixie cut.  I had not had a pixie cut since I was five years old and my Dad decided to play barber one afternoon. That’s another story that was a short-lived hobby for my dear Dad.

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Eventually, my hair grew out. Thankfully!  And I embraced it.  I got up in the morning and put my makeup on and it got to the point that I did not think about the color of my hair.  It was who I was! In fact, I loved it.   I was not allowing my hair color to define me.  I had many people and colleagues tell me how much they loved it. The fact that I was authentic and still looked so young!  Until one night… when a female colleague, albeit 10 years younger, told me that I looked old!  PAUSE.   “What”…as I choked on my red wine?  Why would one woman feel that they had the right to say that to another?    It took me down… I had to absorb it and ruminate on it.   I discussed it with family and close friends, thinking I may have made a mistake.  They told me what I knew in my heart…continue.    So I ultimately decided to kick myself in the butt and move on. I was a young at heart, spirited, smart, kind, stylish 50-year old that believed in herself and no one had the right to change my opinion.  She was entitled to her opinion, but I was also entitled to mine.  It was my HAIR!!

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Fast-forward, five years later, I purchased a few URLs and launched Silver is the New Blonde™, my fashion/lifestyle blog, in December 2015.  SITNB is my platform to show how great aging can be.  Staying young at heart, fashionable and learning to love, own and be the best version of yourself at 50, 60, 70 and beyond.     My goal is to help others see it’s OK to age and do it your way!I

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As a side note: Everyone is entitled to be his or her self, or to color his or her hair.  Gray or silver is not for everyone and that's ok!!  Thankfully views are changing and social barriers are dissolving, which makes this easier.   Aging will happen (whether we believe it or not), the millennials and boom-lets will have it happen, too. It’s time to come together and look at each person.  What can they contribute? When hiring, when marketing, when interacting, no one should be invisible.  We all matter…

If you are thinking of transitioning to gray or silver, now is the time.  It is cool, modern, fun, and can make life easy!  Today, colorists have the means to help you transition with beautiful silver colors!!  I have a habit of counting women that have transitioned or who are transitioning and not a day goes by without having seen 20 or more.   If I can help you in any way... please reach out!

As always, thank you reading and stopping by the blog.  My goal is to share authentic ageless style and relevant information as we share this journey together!  I so appreciate you, my friends and readers! 

XXOO

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