Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Beauty Tips from a Beauty Queen

               First off let me clarify that the most beautiful aspect of a person comes from the inside. If you are beautiful on the inside, it shows on the outside. But who doesn’t love curling their hair and putting on some rocking lipstick!
            The two most important routines to get into are washing your face day and night along with brushing your teeth. Washing your face will help keep acne away and as soft as a babies bottom! Make sure you choose a good moisturizer to put on after! You wear your smile everywhere so why not add some shine and keep those pearly whites white by brushing them morning and night.
            Now that we have a clean face and clean teeth, it’s time for some makeup. I feel makeup is an art that takes a lot of practice and skill. I’m no makeup artist but I feel I can do a pretty good job. I haven’t always been able to though. When I first started doing my makeup I was a big fan of Pink’s neon blue eye shadow. I would use my finger and put a thick layer just on my eyelid. That’s it. Nothing else. Then I slowly transitioned to gold, but I in no way shape or form toned down the thickness. I did, however, add in a nice fat line of black eyeliner to finish off the look. My point is that you have to start somewhere! (Hopefully you skip the blue eye shadow stage) Make sure you pick a foundation that matches your skin tone. You don’t want to look like you smashed Dorito’s on your face, yet you don’t want to look like a porcelain doll. Almost any makeup store will match one for you. The goal here is to not make yourself look fake, just a little enhanced. Choose makeup that will compliment you, not over power you.
            I prefer spray tans instead of tanning beds, but if you like tanning beds keep on being you. Unless you are gifted and have beautifully tanned skin no matter what. And if that is the case then I am insanely jealous of you! If you are a typical white girl like me and need to go spray tanning here are a few tips. Always scrub your entire body with dish soap and salt right before you get spray tanned. Make sure you shave too! Don’t put any lotions, products, or deodorant on after you get out of the shower and when your spray tan is drying. Shower the next day and put on lotion after every shower to preserve your golden skin. Try not to use any products that contain salicylic acid. (Used to prevent acne) Also, do not rub your skin with a towel after showering, just dab.
            Now it is time to talk about clothes. I love dressing up but I also like to be comfortable. For my every day clothes that I wear to school I like to choose something cute that will keep me comfy all day. Leggings are my go to! You can dress almost any outfit up by adding some flashy jewelry and some sassy kicks!
            Its hair time!  My favorite hairstyle for my hair is big and curly. I either use a barrel curler or a wand to curl it. I have learned that a wand is much easier to use than a barrel curler! I don’t really have any tips other than just practice a few times.
            Remember whether you have on makeup or not, dressy clothes or not, you will be beautiful no matter what!
            Yours Truly,
Jordyn Sayler, Miss Teen North Dakota International 2015



adjective home·less \-ləs\
: having no place to live
:  having no home or permanent place of residence — home·less·ness noun

Pause here- note that. Homeless is an adjective not a noun- yet we use it as a noun. To help the homeless- I am writing to discuss the homeless. If dogs were instead the topic- I wouldn’t say, I am here today to discuss the hairy. One should rather put the noun back to those having no place to live. It’s a basic step towards dignity. Instead of saying the homeless- refer to them as people first. People experiencing homelessness. Noun or adjective? What would that matter? I am a registered nurse not an English teacher. What would a pageant queen know about homelessness? What do you? What is the image that you see when you hear the word homelessness? What adjectives enter your thoughts and images?  Drunk? Beggar? Dirty? Veteran? Mentally ill? Drugs? Tattered? Lazy? Bum? Alcoholic? Hairy?

I too had stereotypes, and images of those words to describe homelessness. For me, homelessness entered into my world a few years ago. When my sister for almost ten years was the victim of domestic abuse. On a cold night in January, she received her last punch and bravely escaped to a crisis shelter. She and her children found themselves, homeless. Or my cousin, she went to work one morning without a care in the world. Only to come home eight hours later to learn that her house had electrical problems, resulting in her home being burned to the ground. She and her husband, and their four children found themselves, homeless. What about all of the young girls and women that are victims of human trafficking?  How about natural disasters? Tornados? What about the influx of people in western North Dakota that have jobs, some paying more than six figures, yet still experiencing homelessness due to a shortage in available housing. Or the growing number of college aged students that experience rising costs of tuition and unable to afford on campus housing? What about people that have lost their jobs from downsizing or an advancement in technology? Or the number of people that are experiencing war in their home country and become refugees, landing in the land of the free with no resources, no social security number to apply for a job and not even being able to speak our language?  What about the children involved in any of these instances? It is these images that became not just images, but faces and real people to me. None of them choosing homelessness as a way of life. None of them set it as their goal. In fact the truth is, mine is the face of homelessness. As a basic step towards humanity, and dignity, refer to them as PEOPLE first. People that are experiencing homeliness. People that are homeless.

Together we are providing comfort, warmth, dignity and hope those experiencing homelessness, one pair of socks at a time.

Erin Bertel

Mrs. North Dakota International 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Staying Organized As Miss Teen North Dakota International

Let’s be honest, being a queen is very time consuming, but being a queen and a senior in high school is triple time consuming! How do you do it? If you follow my simple steps, it should be easy!
            Step one: PUT EVERYTHING ON A CALENDER! No matter how sure I am that I will remember an event, I will forget it. I put my appointments, work schedule, appearances, even times I am making up quizzes or tests for school! Trust me, with being full time student and a beauty queen; you are going to need the reminder.
            Step two: SLEEP! I cannot emphasize how important sleep is. If my day starts off with me being tired, good luck getting me to function. With a busy schedule all the time sleep is definitely your best friend
            Step three: DOWN TIME! Take advantage of every single free moment you have. I like to spend my down time with my family or watching grey’s anatomy! My suggestion is to choose something relaxing that doesn’t stress you out.
            Step four: PLAN! I have figured out the least stressful way to deal with a busy week is to plan out every detail of it on Sunday. I’ll sit down and look at my calendar and make sure I know where I’m going what days and at what time. 
            Step five: HOMEWORK!  While being a queen, it’s almost impossible not to miss at least some of school. When I know I am going to be missing school, I make sure to get my assignments done ahead of time or get them done before I get back to school.
            Steps 1-4 can also be used for the Mrs. out there that are juggling jobs as well. I hope this helps you out as much as it helps me!
Yours truly,
Jordyn Sayler
Miss Teen North Dakota International 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What is International, anyway?

A bit about what you have seen on my head and the sash across my body. I am Mrs. North Dakota International 2015. Perhaps you have seen others or heard of pageants before, I would like to let you know a bit about the pageant system that I represent.

The Mrs. International System in short is a family affair. The International Pageant system has been developed to promote today's married women, their accomplishments, and commitment to family and marriage. Around the world women are finding this system to be the opportunity to work with their husband and family to become positive role models. Like most pageants each contestant competes in Interview Competition, which is valued for 50% of her overall score, Evening Gown, valued for 25% and Fitness Wear for 25%. What makes the International system different that other pageants is each contestant has the opportunity to select a platform of her choice that she spends the year promoting, volunteering and championing for. Their mission is to make a difference. And that is exactly what I wanted to do, why I entered and what I have been doing. I have been using my crown as a microphone to give a voice to create awareness of the importance of a simple pair of socks can make in the life of someone who is experiencing homelessness. I have been able to be successful in involving my family, husband and children in the work through The Joy Of Sox.

If this sounds like something that speaks to your heart I encourage you to take the first step in your own International Pageant journey and contact the North Dakota International Pageants directors. Believing in your own dreams is the first step to making them a reality.

Erin Bertel

Mrs. North Dakota International