How to be Beautiful!

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Hey there POPsters!!

Spring is a popular time for a lot of us women to shed off the winter blues and bloom into a new creature with the warmer weather and pretty flowers. That’s why I named your calendar #MarchMakeover! So far, by the looks of what I’ve been seeing on instagram, you guys are all taking charge and transforming your own lives daily. So proud of you.

Working out leaves all of us in a sweaty, sore mess! But why do we do it? To get stronger, to feel more confident, and honestly, to look better too! I try not to focus TOO MUCH on physical vanity when it comes to exercising even though the industry is driven by everyone’s desire for 6 pack abs and inner thigh gaps. It’s important to realize the benefits of exercise beyond the physical, because once the physical is gone with age or a new phase in life, I don’t want you to feel like you’ve lost everything. Because you haven’t. No one can take away all of that time and energy spent to sculpt a determined and resilient you.

With that understanding, let’s go back to the physical vanity…you can’t deny that when you look in the mirror and fall in love with what you see, that you get that extra boost of sass that powers you. You know what I mean? I know you do. Why do you think us females love makeup, new clothes, and big hair? Why do you think the whole cute workout clothes industry has crazy skyrocketed (ahem, Lululemon…) Because we are creatures that can appreciate beauty and boy do we love expressing it! This doesn’t make us shallow, but rather, muses of art.

First though, I think it’s important to know what you stand for, what you’re all about, and define yourself first as a shapeless, colorless, and genderless being.

Let’s practice.

To the outside: I am a small framed Asian female.

Your turn: ___________________________.

Erase.

If the lights were turned off: I am a driven, perky, and creative entrepreneur.

Your turn: ___________________________.

Okay, now that you have a sense of self, I feel better about letting you get cozy with outer beauty. Always remember that the kind of beauty that you want to exude is the kind that glows from inside you. It glows from being sure of yourself and what you stand for. The superficial – lipstick, eye lash extensions, highlights, and clothes from the hottest designer – doesn’t matter if you can’t wear it proudly anyway.

I want you to be a person who’s full of confidence glossed with sparkle, rather than an empty case piling on the makeup to MAKE UP for a void.

You’re all probably so used to seeing me in my gym clothes and Nike Free Runs. Since my move to LA, I’ve been so all over the place and haven’t had time to pay attention to the details of my look – things that Beauty Gurus on YouTube get to play around with daily! So last week, I decided it was time. Time to shed the winter blah’s and transform into a new Spring Cassey!

Thanks to the help of my new friend and hair stylist Guy Tang…my hair actually looks put together! And I feel like it brightens my face! He gave me an ombre look, chopped off my split ends, and I love love love it! You’ll see the new hair in your Makeover Takeover stretch video which will be edited and uploaded soon!

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I also attended the LA Style Fashion Show last week and wore the most daring dress I’ve ever worn in my life! Yes that is a V cut that goes all the way down to mah belly button! Uh oh!!!

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It was a risky choice, but you know what, I was like…who cares! Let’s rock it. The dress is by Alexis Monsanto and the shoes are from Forever 21…which I bought about 1 hour before going to the fashion show…haha. Oh me and my procrastinating ways…

The message I want to leave with you today is that beauty is important – but it must be achieved from the inside out.

Go look in the mirror now, are you happy with what you see? I hope so! I hope you also FEEL beautiful too. Working out, eating things that nourish your body, and being around the people who you love and love you…these are all things that help support a gorgeous soul. Once your inside is rock solid, nothing can stop you. I promise.

<3 Cassey

OOOOOOHH!!! BLOGILATES MEET UP ALERT!!!!

I am having a meetup on Saturday April 6, 2013 at 10:30 am in LA! You are totes invited! RSVP here to reserve a spot! Can’t wait to see your gorgeous faces!

Comments

  1. maria larissa says:

    Hello, I live in Brazil and I think beautiful work of Ombre Hair that the Guy Tang makes, I’m trying to a contact with him to better understand how he makes the ombre, and wanted to know if you could help me. Which products he used? What was the mix? How much time left? I would like very much to make equal those who he makes

    • canadianlady says:

      i don’t understand the ombre look – my hair gets like that on its own if I don’t dye it for a few months. ..

  2. I would like to know how to get the videos of you but I don’t know if I can afford them. I am 14 and need to loose weight I want to feel beautiful but can’t unless I am my normal weight I also have muscle and am short so what do I do?

  3. I really wish I looked like you Casey. I have lots of insecurities and sometimes you motivate me to do something about it. I live in Texas and I really wish to see you but I can’t. I try so hard to accomplish my goal but I don’t ever think I will be that girl in a bikini this summer. Thanks for the lift ups.

  4. You look gorgeous!

  5. I don’t like the way I look. In fact I hate when I look at myself in the mirror.
    But I know that will change one day, thanks to you! I hope I will one day beem with confidence like you!

  6. Aw Cassey you look like a model! Love you, please don’t ever change (sounds cheesy but that’s really what I want to say haha)

  7. Thanks Cassey for leaving this massage for us, I had some very tough month but you and your videos absolutely helped me to think positive, and believe again… thank you for being that nice and enthusiastic!!!! It means a lot to me to know that I’m not the only person who can be that enthusiastic and determined. Vik

  8. Wow! Your hair looks AMAZING! :)

  9. I would go to the meet up but I’m only 12 so my body is still building up :\ idk If i’m even supposed to be working out but who cares? I really want to go though…

    • Shela,

      You should definitely go. It doesn’t matter what age you are, it is always important to be healthy and physically active, you will thank yourself later. I wish I had been more active when I was younger, I am not nearly as healthy as my peers who did, but I work hard now. Think of all the strength you will build up over those years! Work out now, play in sports…you will happy you did! It’s an investment in your health and education. Have fun! :)

      -Aline.

    • Considering Shela is a stalker, predator, doing internet stalking that should be taken to the Police.

  10. Thanks for the inspiration always you got some stunning pics there too….

  11. You’re so gorgeous Cassey! Love the hair. :) And thanks for all the inspiring words here. Really made me feel better about myself. :)

    I live at the other side of the country. I hope to join the meetup someday. :)

  12. Heidi Kokborg says:

    Cassey, you look absolutely beautiful!! :) I was wondering how you became a pilates instructor? And how much it cost?

  13. Cassey, it’s great to see you feeling confident and beautiful in the inside and outside.
    I know I will never feel like that but keep trying hard. It’s not a question of eating healthy, working out and all that. There are things in life which are not that easy to achieve for some people.
    This is what I do: when I look at myself in the mirror I try to see that small bit of beauty in me, that small part of my body which I like, and I play down the rest. I then forget about the world and put myself as the ‘measure to beauty’. There’s good days and bad days though. n_n’ I’m working on that.
    Also, I don’t have the life I want but try to do this and that things I like as often as I can (if I can) so that I don’t feel frustrated and hopeless to see I haven’t found my way yet. Some days I feel that reaching my goals in life would actually take 2 or 3 lives, but quoting Macbeth : “Come what come may, time and the hour run through the roughest day.”. n_n’

  14. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMG!!!! OH MON DIEU!!!!!! Cassey you look stunning and flawless. I swear your hair and dresses are beautiful. I would like to try and become more stronger physically and emotionally and what I men by emotionally is that I want to be myself and I want to become more social and I want to grow as a human being and I really hope that everybody out here feels beautiful and loved by someone because if you not then know that i love everyone even if i haven’t met you…hehe ^___^

  15. the coloring on your hair is AMAZING. and you rocked that dress! :D

  16. Your dress is completely gorgeous, makes me want to hunt one down too! Would you ever come to sunny Singapore? Please say yes! Thanks to your workout videos and tips I’m really so much more confident than ever! Big love to you!

  17. You’re gorgeous Cassey! I love this post. Aw… I wish I live near LA because I would love to meet up!

  18. MyYellowBike says:

    That is a lovely hairstyle…I do wonder what Mr. Tang is wearing on his wrist? Some sort of brace? It looks like it is made out of leather.

  19. That necklace compliments the dress so well! I would have voted for that dress if i’d seen the necklace! lol You’re amazing!

  20. Tonya H. says:

    Oh, and more pics of you in the purple dress please!!!!!! :)

  21. Tonya H. says:

    YOU LOOK GREAT!!!! I love the purple dress, OMG!!! I’m looking forward to putting myself in a dress like that SOON!!!!! Thanks for everything Cassey, MUAH!!
    TH

  22. You look awesome as ever, Cassey, but I think you really look amazing in workout gear as well, you make workout gear look good, and not the other way round ;-)

  23. Come to Holland, Cassey :D !!

  24. Waaaah, I am so angry I don’t live in LA right now. Sadly not even in the US. I would LOVE to join the meetup- do you plan to do a trip to Europe any time soon?
    Great motivational post, matches the sunny weather outside this morning :)

  25. Wow Cassey, you look amazing! Love the hair and those dresses look awesome :)

  26. What a perfect first morning read! Thank you Cassey for all the positivity you are bringing into my life and helping me discover within myself! xx

  27. So true! Your hair completes your outgoing and lighthearted personality!

    PLEASE COME TO HAWAII <3 YOU WOULD SOOO FIT IN! LOL ;)

  28. So pretty! You look great glammed up! Thanks for the inspiring message!
    -Josie
    josiesglamjam.blogspot.com

  29. You are a beautiful soul. :)
    <3

  30. Victoria says:

    What a fantastic post! Just what I needed to read today! You are such an inspiration to us, Cassey!!

  31. You’re hair is beautiful! I love it! makes me want to change my hair up! Thank you for the motivation too ;)

  32. TOTALLY going up on my fave quotes wall…

    “Working out, eating things that nourish your body, and being around the people who you love and love you…these are all things that help support a gorgeous soul. Once your inside is rock solid, nothing can stop you.”
    -Cassey Ho

    you truly are so inspirational:)

  33. Thanks to Cassey for the motivation! I have lost 2 kgs in a month! I will continue to be more beautiful =)

  34. Ivori Rose says:

    I just watched Hungry For Change it was amazing !

  35. Free your mind says:

    Cassey please come to Texas soon!

  36. your hair looks amazing!!

  37. Cassey, you’re so beautiful and such an inspiration. I love all your videos!

  38. <33 love this. thank you

  39. This post makes me feel good :)

  40. Sebin An says:

    Cassey you rock! You are beautiful inside and out. I love all your pop pilates videos. Today I finally got my butt to move lolz thanks for all your encouragements during the video. Xoxoxoxox love you<3

  41. This really made me think so positively :’) thank you so much for everything you do. i’ll never EVER take t for granted!! xoxo <3

  42. This seemed to come at just the right time Cassey! You’re such a beautiful woman, Cassey, in so many ways and you totally rock as an inspiration to all of us on our own sexified healthy living journeys. Wish I lived anywhere near LA, but I’m sure you’re meet up will go swimmingly!

  43. Loved this post. Just what I needed to hear today, and to finally get my butt moving! Thanks Cassey, you ROCK. Hoping I can make it to LA for the meetup!

  44. So sad I don’t live near LA!! Would love to go to the meet up. Cassey, your inner beauty exudes and that is really what makes you beautiful! You are pretty anyway but who you are is what makes you beautiful.

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  1. [...] With that understanding, let’s go back to the physical vanity…you can’t deny that when you look in the mirror and fall in love with what you see, that you get that extra boost of sass that powers you. You know what I mean? I know you do. Why do you think us females love makeup, new clothes, and big hair? Why do you think the whole cute workout clothes industry has crazy skyrocketed (ahem, Lululemon…) Because we are creatures that can appreciate beauty and boy do we love expressing it! This doesn’t make us shallow, but rather, muses of art.   First though, I think it’s important to know what you stand for, what you’re all about, and define yourself first as a shapeless, colorless, and genderless being. ~ Cassie Ho Read more at http://www.blogilates.com/motivational-2/how-to-be-beautiful-2#IeEp5hPfyowUWzJJ.99 [...]

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