Primping It Writer-Style (And Giveaway!)

11949150_10204815876492503_993726488554361965_nI’m so honored–and excited!–to have my friend and super talented author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter, sharing with you today!

If you think I’m crazy … 😉

Make sure to read through to the end of this post, because there’s a giveaway! Shannon is generously giving away TEN copies of her latest release, and the cutest pin board! Yay!

Avid Primper
by Shannon Taylor Vannatter

Back when I was an impressionable young girl, we had a beautiful neighbor lady. I wanted to be her when I grew up. But then one day, I saw her without her makeup. She didn’t even makeup-792129_640look like the same person. I decided right then and there that if my mother EVER let me start wearing makeup, no one would see me without it.

In my teens, Mama finally let me dabble with cosmetics. I pored over fashion magazines and Avon catalogs and learned to apply it. There was no turning back, I became an avid primper. I never went to school or anywhere without makeup again and planned to always wake up before my husband and never let him see me unadorned. But back when Grant and I were dating, I was sick and he stopped by. He didn’t run screaming, so gave up that pipe dream, especially since I’m not an early bird and he is.

When I graduated high school, I went to cosmetology school and became a hairdresser. What else is an avid primper to do? For years, I put my face on as soon as I woke up, didn’t even go to the mailbox without it. Until I was in my late twenties, I could count the people on one hand who’d seen me fresh-faced, all family members who love me.

That record came to a screeching halt in one weekend. My friend called and wanted me to pick up money my stuff had sold for at her yardsale. It was Saturday, my day off and I was makeupless. I told her I’d come one day after work. She said, put your sunglasses on and sunglasses-545193_640come on, you don’t even have to get out of the car. When I got there, her entire family—her mom, dad, brother, sister, and daughter came out to the car to see me. As a joke. They were heehawing, laughing, and pointing. I really didn’t think it was that funny.

A few years later, during the last two months of my pregnancy, my doctor put me on bedrest. With nothing else to do, I tried to find something to watch on TV. I happened upon a Dr. Phil episode that featured a woman who never went anywhere without her makeup. I was fine with that, didn’t see any reason Dr. Phil needed to counsel this perfectly normal woman. By the end of the show, he talked her into taking her makeup off on national television. That’s when I decided she was a lunatic.

After our son was born and I was sleep deprived, I did the mailbox jaunt once without my face, sunglasses in place. Sure enough, his future preschool teacher stopped to see the baby. I’ve never tried it again. A few times over the years, I’ve taken my son to school or driven my husband to pick up his truck from the mechanic with no makeup, wearing sunglasses. But I never leave my vehicle, make any other stops, or run any errands.

When my son has friends spend the night, I don’t leave my bedroom and bathroom until I’m put together. It takes me a good hour and a half to get ready to go anywhere. And I still use hot rollers. In a pinch, I can manage to look decent in an hour.

Since I finally found my true calling—writing—I work at home. At first, I’d get my son andwoman-792162_640 husband off in the morning, put my face on, and go to work. But one morning, the story was bubbling, and I went straight to the computer. I realized I’m more productive if I go straight to work as soon as the house is empty.

These days, I write in my jammies or warm ups with no makeup and hair barely combed. At two o’clock, I get presentable, go pick up our son from school, and venture out to do real life.

If you come to my house before two in the afternoon and you are not my parents, my husband, or my son, I will not answer the door. I don’t care if your here to fix my air conditioner, plumbing, or dryer. You need to call me and give me at least an hour before you show up. And it better be important because you’re cutting into my writing time. And I won’t be going on the Dr. Phil show to overcome this issue. I’m fine with it and besides, I have an image to uphold as a inspirational romance author. Right? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

So tell me, how do you feel about going around makeup-less? Or all decked out in your yoga pants and oversized sweats?

Giveaway Alert!

animal-memory-boardComment to enter the drawing for a copy of Reuniting with the Cowboy. Ten copies will be split among names drawn during the blog tour from Sept 1 – 27. One winner will receive a Noah’s Ark themed memory board personally crafted by the author. This fabric is special since it was in the Vannatter nursery 14 years ago and goes along with the float the characters in the book build for a parade. Great for a shower gift or displaying kids or grandkids. Winners will be revealed on the author’s blog on Oct 8th. Sign up to enter more giveaways: http://shannonvannatter.com/sign-up-for-shannons-newsletter/

Follow the tour:

Sept 1: http://rosemccauley.com/

Sept 3 & 7: https://writingpromptsthoughtsideas.wordpress.com/

Sept 5: http://jenniferhallmark.com/blog/

Sept 5: http://www.gailkittleson.com/blog/

Sept 12 & 15: http://www.shannonvannatter.com/blog

Sept 13: http://www.faithfriendschocolate.com/

Sept 16: http://www.jamesrcallan.com/blog/

Sept 21: https://jenpheobus.com/

Sept 27: http://brendaandersonbooks.com/blog/

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reuniting-with-the-cowboy-coverA charming cowboy moving in next door shouldn’t be bad news. But veterinarian Ally Curtis knows Cody Warren—she’d never forget the boy who left her when she needed him most. Cody is doing everything he can to show his beautiful neighbor he’s not the wild bull rider he once was, from helping her find homes for her beloved strays, to protecting her when her business is threatened. But Cody has a secret that keeps him from fully reaching out. Yet as they continue to work together to promote her shelter, he can’t keep himself from hoping that Ally might have a home for him…in her heart.

Get your copy now on AmazonChristianbook, and BarnesandNoble.

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shannon-taylor-vannatter-headshot-tealShannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife/award winning author. She once climbed a mountain wearing gold wedge-heeled sandals which became known as her hiking boots. Shannon writes inspirational contemporary romance and it took her nine years to get published in the traditional market.

Shannon hopes to entertain Christian women and plant seeds in the non-believer’s heart as her characters struggle with real-life issues. Their journeys, from ordinary lives to extraordinary romance through Christ-centered relationships, demonstrate that love doesn’t conquer all—Jesus does. In her spare time, she loves hanging out with her family, flea marketing, and doing craft projects.

Follow Shannon on her website, http://shannonvannatter.com, blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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About Jennifer Slattery

Novelist and speaker Jennifer Slattery, also writing as Jen Pheobus, uses humor, grace, and truth to inspire God's children to live abundant, Christ-centered lives. She does content editing for Firefly, a southern fiction imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, and is a regular contributor to Crosswalk.com; Internet Cafe Devotions; Faith, Friends and Chocolate; and manages the social media for Takin’ it to the Streets, a ministry that serves Omaha’s working poor and homeless. She’s placed in numerous writing contests and her work has appeared in numerous compilations, magazines, and e-zines.
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27 Responses to Primping It Writer-Style (And Giveaway!)

  1. svannatter says:

    Well I have to be honest. Since I wrote this post, the air conditioner went out. My house was HOT. I was in process of getting ready, but the air conditoner man arrived earlier than expected. I let him in, without my face on, wearing the worst clothing I own. I’m certain I traumatized him, but I was HOT and I don’t do HOT.

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    • I saw that on FB, and it made me laugh! It’s also funny this post went live today, considering I’ve been out and about sans makeup (and one day with frizzy hair!) the past two days! It took some courage (or perhaps sleep deprivation)!

      Our air conditioner went out in midsummer a couple, maybe five, years ago. Oh. My. Goodness. I seriously thought I’d die. Let me say, those fruits of the spirit (joy, patience, kindness) flew out the opened windows! haha!

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      • svannatter says:

        Yes, I was so thankful ours waited until the end of the season. It could have been so much worse. And he was fast, came the same day I called. I love small towns. Just should have put myself together before I called. Next time I will. But the good news, by the time he finished and told me what he’d done, I had my face on. So he knew I didn’t stay looking that way.

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  2. Shelia Hall says:

    I don’t wear makeup everyday due to allergies but if i am going to be out, i will use a little blush and lipstick.

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    • isn’t it interesting how the right shade of lipstick can make us feel so put together? I had a shade I absolutely loved, then they discontinued it. I took my old tube to a beauty supply store, and we tried and tried and tried to match the color and consistency but couldn’t. I was so bummed! (I did find another shade that I like almost as well, though.)

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    • svannatter says:

      My bare minimum is eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lipstick. I had a puffy eyelid thing going on for a while and finally figured out it was some kind of oil in my remover. Can’t remember what it was now, but I found a Neutragena remover that doesn’t have it. Allergies stink. My skin is sensitive too.

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  3. j4hibdon says:

    Thanx for the giveaway!!! Shannon it has been so much fun following your blog tour and learning more about you. I can primp, but I can be natural. Growing up on a farm taught me to dress accordingly to the job and occasion.

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    • Where’d you grow up? I live in Nebraska and have enjoyed visiting some of the smaller towns, many of them farm towns. One of my favorites is Wahoo, NE (largely because of the name. 🙂 ) Omaha, where I live now (actually Papillion) is interesting because you can have a farm surrounded by residential areas and shopping centers.

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    • svannatter says:

      I guess that’s my problem, Jennifer. I grew up in the city. Though I moved to a farm when I was 12. But I was already an avid primper by then.

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      • Interesting! I think mind started when I got a job working at a Clinique counter. We were given $150 worth of product–I think once a year? Maybe once a quarter? Plus, we’d get samples when new products came out. I had so much makeup! It was a lot of fun! I don’t use eyeshadow or liner much anymore, but I do like to feel put together when I leave the house.

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    • svannatter says:

      I really appreciate you following the tour, Jennifer Hibdon. I feel like I’m an open book now 🙂

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  4. JaniceG says:

    This is so timely! My husband is in the hospital, and my brother came to relieve me so I could go home and shower and take care of a few things. I had left my bags in my husband’s hospital room. My makeup was not with me at home! I realized I would have to go into the very public setting without makeup. For a moment I felt distress. Then a feeling of freedom took over. It turned out okay, and. I got no strange looks as I walked into the hospital, rode the elevator, and went past the nurse’s station. Compared to the looks of some patients, at their worst, I knew I looked stunning. 😃

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    • Oh, my! I didn’t know your husband is in the hospital! Is he okay? Your post certainly brings perspective, Janice! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Hey Janice, I’ll have to agree. Some things are more important than makeup. I had to take my husband to the hospital once in the wee hours of the morning. I did it sans makeup. And since we live in a small town, I saw several doctors and nurses I knew. I was uncomfortable, but my husband’s health was more important. Praying your husband is able to go home soon.

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    • svannatter says:

      Hey Janice, I once had to take my husband to the hospital in the wee hours of the morning. I did it sans makeup. Since we live in a small town, I knew lots of the doctors and nurses there. And I felt uncomfortable. But some things are more important than makeup. Praying your husband gets to go home soon.

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  5. natand80 says:

    Well, I must confess I used to be the same way, nobody- I mean nobody, would see me without full face makeup. I was an ugly duckling, with blonde eyelashes and brows, so when I became old enough to walk to school, myself and my best friend would walk downtown Heber Springs, and stand in front of the Merle Norman store and watch-well they might call it stalking now a days, that talented beautiful woman do facials and makeup for lady after lady in our hometown. One day she stepped outside and invited us in. It was like walking into the magic kingdom, and that sweet lady gave us facials, and invited us to come back so she could do our makeup for our first formal, and we took her up on it. Such precious memories and what an impression she made on those two young girls, who still, by the way love to primp. Now I live in a house full of boys who could care less what mom looks like, and I enjoy so much just being me, the way God made me, so I’m far less self conscious, but make no mistake, I can still primp with the best of them, and yes Ms. Shannon your son has seen me without makeup many, many times. God bless you and keep on primping, and writing too! By the way that pin board would look so sweet in the baby room at Pangburn Childcare. HeeHee

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    • What a fun, sweet story! And what a sweet lady that was! I love your comment: “and I enjoy so much just being me, the way God made me.” That’s awesome. And yet, isn’t it fun sometimes to get dolled up? I have a slight jewelry addiction (though I get most of it from Charming Charlie, so I don’t spend much on any given piece). I like to have my earrings match my bracelet which matches my necklace. It’s funny to me how something like that, along with lipstick, as I mentioned earlier, can make one feel so much more put together. It’s also interesting to think we ladies have been painting our faces and adorning our ears for thousands of years.

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      • svannatter says:

        I love jewelry too, Jen. We used to have a store called $1 Jewelry Galore. Oh my, it was utopia. I finally had to make myself stop going. I have one of those big armoir jewelry boxes full and my necklaces hang a spinning tie rack above it. They went out of business recently. I guess there were other women who made themselves stop going too.

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    • svannatter says:

      Tracy, you sly dog. I was trying to figure out who this person is who mentions the nearest town to me, the Merle Norman store I knew, my son, and Pangburn Childcare. I finally figured out the e-mail. I’m so glad you popped in on my tour. I’ve seen you natural too and you’re just beautiful inside and out, primped up or not. Your son has seen me without makeup too when he came home from school with Logan and I didn’t know he was coming. I covered my face and said, “I didn’t know you were coming.” He just laughed, like he couldn’t care less or even tell the difference.

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  6. I found myself nodding along to your post agreeing with it. I never wanted to be seen without my makeup either. My minimum was concealer,powder,eyeliner and mascara. Then the kids came and store trips needed to be made. I was sleep deprived and fussy babies waling made me want to grab them go to the store and back with out bothering to put on makeup. That’s when I realized it was more important to get them formula than hear then carrying on while I put on makeup. I’ve come to love my face with or without makeup and my husband love me no matter how I look, with makeup or without!

    Deanne Patterson
    Cnnamongirl@aol.com

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    • svannatter says:

      Hungry babies are definitely more important than makeup, Deanne. I remember those days. My husband was a great errand runner which saved me. And he passed the no makeup test back when we were dating.

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  7. bn100 says:

    can be comfy

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  8. svannatter says:

    Hey bn, every once in a while, I take a day. When I don’t have to go anywhere and nobody’s coming to my house–I don’t put makeup on or do my hair. Those days are rare, but nice.

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