Beauty, Fashion & Wellness Solutions To Set Yourself Up For Success in 2020 — As Seen On CBS Austin’s “We Are Austin”




January is almost over — and, if you haven’t stuck to your resolutions, don’t despair and give up on the idea of change. Personally, I steer away fro resolutions since they tend to be too rigid and hence almost inevitably end up being broken, and the moment that happens, it can feel like a personal failure. That’s so counterproductive! Instead, every year, I focus on setting new goals for myself — but I do so with the understanding that the path to reaching those objectives might not be a straight line, that there will be steps forward and steps back, and that every day is a new opportunity to make changes and move closer to those goals. Also, I’m a firm believer in making tiny changes that help to set yourself up for success. That’s why, in my latest “We Are Austin,” segment, I chatted about beauty, fashion, and wellness solutions to help you make important lifestyle changes, live a healthier lifestyle, and look and feel your best this year and beyond.

You can check out the segment above (or click here to view on And if you’re curious about the products seen on TV, keep reading for more details on each and tips on how to have an epic year!







Whether you are looking to shed a few pounds or you just want to eat cleaner and greener, you’ll want to invest in some kitchen tools that can help you whip up tasty and healthy dishes with ease. You can find some great gadgets at affordable prices at JCPenney.

If you love fried foods, for instance, you don’t have to cut those out of your diet entirely. Sure, you can benefit from scaling back on eating fried foods but still indulge occasionally — without the guilt! — by using an air fryer like the ModernHome 2.1 QT Compact Air Fryer ($79 at Available in a charming teal color, this air fryer uses a convection mechanism to circulate hot air around the food rapidly, thereby  producing a crispy outside layer. With this air fryer, then, you can enjoy everything from chicken wings to crispy Brussel sprouts and crunchy sweet potato fries without the excess calories and fat that accompany deep frying.

If you’re trying to consume more veggies, try whipping up some green juices using the Cooks 700 Watt Juice Extractor ($80 at, which features a large 33 feed chute that accepts larger fruits and veggies with less prep time, along with a pulp collector so your drink can be nice and smooth.

And, if you’re looking to drop a few pounds, you can keep track of portion sizes using the OXO Good Grips Healthy Portions Analog Food Scale ($18  at






The phrase “dress for success” doesn’t just apply to the workplace! If you need motivation to hit the gym, some stylish activewear might just do the trick (it certainly does for me!). And you don’t have to break the bank to reach those squat goals: JCPenney carries a ton of affordable, stylish, functional activewear. I’m particularly excited about the Xersion line available at JCPenney, which offers everything from leggings to sports bras and T-shirts.

The Xersion Mid-Rise Leggings ($44 at  feature an on-trend color-blocked pattern in a cheerful color scheme — and they have pockets!! Bearing a motivation-boosting  “You Got This” phrase, the Xersion Women’s V-Neck Short Sleeve Graphic T-Shirt ($27 at will remind you that you’re stronger than you think. And you can complete the outfit with the Xersion Lightweight Cinched Jacket ($80 at in a perky sky blue. The zip-up jacket features a breathable mesh lining, elastic cuffs and a hood with a drawstring closure so you can keep the cold wind out during those morning runs on breezy days. Also, it’s the perfect way to spruce up your look if you’re meeting your friends for brunch after Pilates,






Have you ever scrolled down one of those PopSugar or Buzzfeed lists with life hacks and thought, ‘Huh, why didn’t I think of that?’ Well, prepare to have one of those moments! What if I told you that you could turn any lace-up shoes into slip-ons? That you’ll never again have to stop mid-run to tie your shoelaces? Well, that dream can become a reality with The Original Stretchlace.

They may look just like classic shoestrings, but The Original Stretchlace’s offerings are  made of high-quality elastic so that, once you tie a taut bow, they won’t come undone, allowing you to slip your feet in and out of your shoes without having to constantly tie and untie laces. Not only are they convenient, but these stretchy elastic laces alleviate pressure points and provide a snug fit that supports any movement — jumping, stretching, and running.

If you’re a mom, these will be the ultimate lifesaver since they’ll help you save time in the mornings as you race to drop your kids off at school. No more waiting for your 6- or 7-year-old son to fuss with his shoelaces for 15 minutes, refusing help and insisting, “I’m a big kid! I can do it by myself!” With these laces, little ones can practice tying their shoes at their own time — preferably not when you’re trying to herd them into the car, drop them off, and make it to work on time.

Runners, meanwhile, will love the way these laces stretch to accommodate swelling feet. Unlike traditional laces, these have enough give to support your feet without your shoes ever feeling tight or constrictive.  They’re also great for pregnant women (hard to tie shoes when you can’t see your feet, right?), for the elderly, for anyone dealing with arthritis and mobility problems, and more.

Available in a ton of colors and sizes for both kids and adults, they’re just $9.99 each at and

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