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Down south and celebrating

There’s nothing like getting together with old pals to celebrate a big milestone. One of my BFF’s from my reporting days in South Carolina is going to be saying “I do” this summer. What better place to get to know the “new man” than in the place where so many of her great friendships and memories were made. We gathered in Columbia South Carolina to celebrate Heather and Joe! A nice surprise, Redskin Kedric Golston and kids were there. He’s from the area and was visiting family. He’s also good friends with one of our hosts so that’s how that all came full circle. Old friends and new friends… in the good ole’ spirit of the south everyone was welcomed!

The happy couple!

Susan-Elizabeth, Sarah, Angie and HB

My berry cute baby!

Kedric… we won’t hold that shirt against you

Someone caught stealing the appetizers!

SaraBeth’s, Magnolia.. must stop eating

What a Sunday in NYC. We started with navigating our way through the annual Puerto Rican Parade. We finally found entrance to the famous Sarabeth’s in Central Park where we wanted to brunch. Sarabeth’s can be argued the best brunch in the city and we were not disappointed. A must order– a basket of her signature muffins and preserves. As if that wasn’t enough.. we decided to eat cupcakes at Rockefeller Center. Where from? Magnolia of course. Later that evening I stopped by CBS studios on W. 57th to visit Russ Mitchell before he did the evening news. All in all a great day in the city.

Wedding dress shopping

We were SO excited to go with our bride-to-be Heather Brown wedding gown shopping!  She found one she really liked and we did too. Picture? Of course we’re not gonna show you. All I can say is that she looked beautiful. While at the boutique some really pretty sashes caught our eyes. I also found a great look for any future M.O.B. Following some gown gazing… a revisit to our good ole’ days together down South. The BBQ Fest was going on at Madison Square Park.. and despite the rain the scene wasn’t anything less than porkfection.


HB one of OMG's BFFs has landed in NYC

In broadcasting you meet some of the most incredibly talented and kind hearted people around. A former reporting colleague from my days at WIS-TV in SC who later became a close friend and bridesmaid has MADE IT!

Congratulaions to Heather Brown formerly of WCCO  in the Twin Cities! She is going to the Big Apple! Good luck at FOX’s WNYW in New York you deserve to be there! Not only are they lucky to have you… but beware dear friend you are now only a 4 hour bolt bus ride away!

ps.. don’t forget us little guys… we are so much fun don’t you remember!

Local Anchors Take It All Off

Oh I hate to say it Hoda and Kathie Lee but OMG was so ahead of the bare-face game! Check out one of my early blog posts from June 2008— nearly 2 years ago! I asked three local news anchors I know to show us their make-upless faces… I did it too! See you for yourself. A blast and gasp from the past:

disclaimer: it’s a cut and paste from old blog so excuse the inconsistent fonts.


Posted 6/20/2008 8:32 AM EDT on

Their MAKE-UP that is!

Today three TV newswomen and myself fearlessly reveal our bare faces to show how makeup, the right lighting and a great photographer DOES make a difference. Talk about some REAL face time.

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A photographer took our promo pics last year.  As soon I got mine back, I said to our creative director, “Wow, look at what a little makeup can do!”  His response:  “It’s not the makeup, Heather, it’s the lighting and composition.”  Ouch. But, he’s right.  The right lighting and depth can make wrinkles disappear.   A little photoshop can do wonders too!



1998.  The last time a make-up artist helped me with my on-camera make-up.  I was an intern at WTSP,  ready to start anchoring for “Florida Focus”, the student run, PTV broadcast. The in-house artist instructed me, “Get some (MAC Studio Fix) C3.  Put that around your eyes.  And some C4 for the rest of your face.”  There weren’t any MAC counters around at the time.  I had to hunt down a  department store carrying it and called, I think someplace in Chicago.  Someone also introduced me to Lipglass.  From there I figured it out on my own.A lot of anchorwoman are models, former models, perhaps pageant winners.  Instructed at the start of age six about how to wear make-up.  The closest I ever came to modeling was a gig in college for Hawaiian Tropic.  Outfitted in a swimsuit, with a bucket of tanning lotion samples, I trekked up and down Florida’s Gulf Coast beaches.  My hair pulled up and twisted on top of my head.  My make-up consisted of Hawaiian Tropic SPF 30 lip balm and Faces SPF 30.  After cutting my hair for the coveted Florida Focus newscast, I met my boss in a Tampa Palms parking lot to retrieve some frisbees.  Dismayed she goes, “You cut your hair.” I will never cut my hair that short again.  Variations of the pony-tail, when not at work, RULE!  Thank you women of CNN for bringing back long hair!  Still, even though I only put make-up on if I’m heading out Saturday night, people here, not really used to seeing me without make-up.  An exception the ladies who work the gym desk. And they still rave, “You look so different!”  Any other random encounter, out of my work clothes, sans the make-up, hair in a pony-tail, prompts a reaction similar toblog post photo spotting a spaceship.  Monday I intercepted this e-mail.
I don’t mean to be inappropriate in saying this and I hope you don’t take it any other way than as a simple compliment. I saw you at the coffee shop Wednesday dressed in your workout clothes.  Your conversation with Matt made me think I should recognize you.  I didn’t. I just wanted to say that I like your casual look from yesterday.  I much prefer beauty in it’s most basic form and yours impressed me enough to do something stupid and highschool-ish like send you an email about it.  Sheesh. Have a great day,

So, don’t think our jobs are glamorous.  We do our own make-up; in small
markets, after lugging 40 pounds of camera equipment around a city. Adventures that sometimes take us, as Angie can attest to, the county landfill. The most delightful part is, we share a dressing room. co-ed. So, during the daily, daunting task, there’s also a lot of tooth paste flying, gossiping, venting … around a sports guy shaving… all before you get kicked out because the weather guy needs to change his pants. It’s the only position, acceptable to show up, on a daily basis for work@ 2p.m. without it.  Then, take 10 minutes out of company time, to put it on!

ALICIblog post photoA ROMAN, WEATHERCASTER WISH-TV, Indianapolis

Ok…. so here is the deal. When Angie asked me to send her a picture of me, one with makeup one without… I was like, “ok I can do this, I don’t think I look THAT bad al natur-el” But, I was wrong…. more like al natur-shiney-el. Haha. (as you can see).I was the girl in high school whose best friends were my compact and lipstick!  It went as far as this, whenever I forgot either at home, I would (I am almost embarrassed to say) call my mother to bring it in for me!!! Yes, I had done that quite a few times. I understand we are on television and have to look as close to perfect as possible, but not everybody has a PERECT day….  I have had my share of these days. (That’s when I tell the floor camera operators to zoom way out!) I have two semi-funny stories about my make-up mishaps and they both include…. LIPSTICK on TEETH! Ha. The first was when I was working at WHIZ-TV in Zanesville, OH; at the time I was trying to get my current job at WIS-TV. The News Director at WIS asked me to record one of my shows at WHIZ-TV so she could see my interaction with the co-anchor and of course my personality and presentation. So, I wore my best suit and did my hair and make-up as best as I could but I went a little crazy with this ooey-gooey lipstick. I told my co-anchor to let me interact with her as much as possible so that I could show my personality for the tape I was about to make. Somehow I managed to get this gross brownish red lipstick all over my front teeth. While I was talking (remember this is live TV) I kept seeing her try so hard not to laugh at my teeth and started to write something down for me to read. (she was writing a note to let me know about my teeth) Since I am the reining giggle queen, I would blog post photoNOT look at her or what she wrote.  I wanted to do my best and not laugh so I could use this show to send to my potential employer. Finally, during a commercial, she told me what happened and after the show I reviewed the tape and it was not that noticeable. Not so bad…right? The second story happened just a few months ago at WIS-TV, during the Holidays. We have this segment called “Sounds of the Seasons” where many different church organizations as well as schools, come play or sing Christmas music. On this particular day, an elementary school came by to play and while I was standing in front of the Chroma wall to have my camera shot adjusted for the 5 o’clock show, the director popped me up on our large screen television that we have in our studio. When the camera operators adjust you they have to zoom in on your face, to focus I guess, and then they zoom back out.  I was talking to the children in the studio during this “adjustment” and my face popped up on the large TV screen magnifying the lipstick that was over my teeth. They all started laughing and I did as well.  Thankfully, I don’t get embarrassed too easily.


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This is me EVERY morning before I paint my head as I like to often say. My husband likes to call me “clown face” when I meet him in public right after work. In this world of HD you have almost no choice but to try to cover every nook and cranny. You try your best and you finally have to realize you can’t please them all. When I worked at ET I was on a shoot with Jamie Lee Curtis and I remember she told me in TV and film she learned from her folks early on that lighting is everything. You hear it all the time about models and celebrities- oh she’s airbrushed- or they have “Oprah” lighting on the set to make them look so fabulous and you know what 99% of the time IT’S TRUE. So, I hope you don’t believe everything you see ladies. A lot of work goes into what turns up in mags and on the tube. For a little motivation here’s a read I enjoyed in O! that calls on women to start Beauty Revolution. I found it inspiring when needing a hand in fending off those insecure feelings we’ve all come across when it comes to our looks.

Me, shot in the studio and touched up with a little help from adobe PS ha!


Oh Snap! Fashion Takes Flight

Professional models and our military men and women set the runway on fire at the 2nd Annual Fashion Takes Flight fashion show held at the Longview Gallery in Northwest DC. Special thanks to Kristen Murdoch for directing the show and for the veterans from Walter Reed who attended.

The night benefitted Luke’s Wings… paying they way to reunite families with their wounded heroes. Watch the Video Recap of the show courtesy L.I.A.M. Productions, LLC

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