19 Tips for Being on TV for the First Time

When you are on tv for the first time, here are 19 tips for this media coverage. I will discuss what to wear on tv, how to approach the anchors and what to do when your segment is finished. My goal as an entrepreneur this year was to have media coverage so that I could help more people and lead them to my YouTube channel. You now have a media segment, and you are proud because of all the research you have done in order to get media coverage. So here are 19 tips for when you are on tv for the first time.

When you finally get media coverage on tv for the first time, know that it will most likely be a live segment. Yes you will be nervous and excited, but it’s all part of being on television.

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So excited for my first time on television!

Have the mindset that you are helping people; you are not selling. You are proud of your content promotion and know that it’s so good that it needs to be broadcast on your major city’s news station.

I did email that I would be there if they mentioned my YouTube Channel or put it on the screen while I spoke. But this was after it was confirmed of what time I would be there.

Know that you will make mistakes.

Know that you will most likely not be able to share all of what you wanted to say during your first time with them. When you send your thank you email or direct message, you can follow up with what you will do next time to make it even better and easier for the anchors.

It is not a glamorous job, and that immediately helps relax you. This is a tv station on a budget. There will not be a lot of people-maybe 2 people besides the anchors. I had one other person as far as I could see. first-time-on-tv

They assume you really are the expert. I would suggest that you as the expert suggest questions they could ask about your service/job after you have been asked on the show.

Do not get starry eyes when you see a famous anchor and do not feel like you will be treated as a celebrity. They are real people who are just doing their job. They are not thinking about all of your family members who will be watching the show that day.

When you find out you will be on tv, research the set. I was on the morning talk show part, and I saw this mustard yellow sofa. Look at the set and watch what the anchor women have on.

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Notice the commercials during that talk show to find out what age their audience is. We had grill commercials and had I watched and noticed that, I would’ve chosen a couple of different travel hacks to talk about.

Also know that you will most likely not get a lot of instruction on what to do ahead of time because a producer/scheduler will email you, and that person is different than the on site producer for that day. For instance, mine emailed asking if I had objects I could use to share travel hacks. I suggested we moved down a table with the objects on the table or I could pull them out of my suitcase “Mary Poppins” style. She liked the MP style.

Know that the anchor women/men who will be interviewing you have very little instruction as well. When I arrived I found out that I was to be standing. The suitcase seemed very unorganized, and when the anchor woman saw it, she asked, “So is there any organization, or will you just pull them out?” So next time I know to have it semi-organized to help the anchors know what object is coming next and how to keep it going. They are talented at making small talk comments when I went completely blank. 

For your first time on television, I suggest having objects you can have on a table or coffee table because the camera will focus on those while you are talking. In your mind you are not worried about the camera being on you the whole time.

Get that manicure! I did my own and went with Tickle My France-y by OPI because it can blend and match with reds or pinks depending on white outfit I wore.

Know that you will get directions and the check-in process details the night before you appear on tv. You will also have to sign something saying no one is paying you to dress in their clothes or to sell their product. I also had to show my DL.

I took two outfits in case one of the anchors was wearing the exact same color as me. Tv stations do not tell you what to wear. But my sales woman at Ann Taylor told me she had been on television many times and absolutely no patterns. Brought home this blue dress that is A-line to hide my tummy.

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I agree that a solid bold color helps you stand out and pay attention to what it looks like if you will be sitting. Your dress will come up 4 inches if you sit. dresses-wore-first-time-on-tv

Be comfortable, be fun and be professional. I wanted to be seen as an expert, but I also wanted to be remembered. A woman who was on after me was pregnant and wore a button down blouse and just waiting on me, her buttons were mostly all busting open right at the chest area. In that instance, a no-button blouse is an easier maintenance choice don’t you think? You will have enough to worry about so go with easy. I did read that white can be blinding. If you do not wear a dress, a pants and gorgeous fun blouse is completely acceptable.

I ended up wearing this fun jumpsuit for my first time on television. So fun!

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They will most likely not do a full body shot. What colors make your features stand out and what colors are flattering to you? My news area had a mustard sofa, so I knew that royal blue would be great if I was going to sit there. I knew NOT to buy anything mustard colored.

Oh, and I did NOT have a place to curl my hair again. Luckily the humidity wasn’t that bad that particular morning. And there is no one to do your makeup! Glad I did mine in the car.me-put-on-makeup-in-car

There was no camera man; it was controlled remotely. So know that. Look at the anchors when you talk. If you hold something up and talk about it, keep it still while you talk.

When your segment is done say thanks again. Then within 2 days send an email to your contact thanking them and proposing 3 future dates in mind with possible topics. And just like before, keep it short. I said, “Thank you again for having me on to discuss travel hacks. Next time I know how to make it easier for the anchors and camera man. Would you like me to come back on June 24, 25 or July 1?”

Let me know what you wear and how your first was!

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Travel Weekender Bag (Over Night Trip Review and How I Pack)

This weekend I will travel for an overnight trip, so here is how I pack. I call this travel bag a Weekender Bag or an over night bag. You will see my packing essentials in this overnight bag. I want a weekender bag that is large but manageable since I will not be rolling it like a suitcase. me-hold-weekender-bag-for-over-night-trip

This weekender bag can hold 3 large paper towel rolls and more. Stick around to the end for the one bonus of traveling with a weekender bag. People ask me to show them how I pack or what I pack so that they get ideas, inspiration, or just a guide to help them.

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I thought about packing in my toiletries bag or even in this hanging bag, but honestly I like the pouch idea for this travel bag so that I can save space. Packing for a 2 day trip is harder to me than packing for a 10 day one.

I pack with large pouches and will need my bottle of shampoo-how nice is it to pack your regular sized liquid?! I will also take my travel size of mousse and curling iron. weekender-bag-with-toiletry-kit

In my overnight bag, I pack a minimal amount of makeup to save space and I am with my girls and I am not a fancy girl this weekend. I pack foundation, eye primer and moisturizer and then the basic makeup. Brushes will go in a small pouch.

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Packing shoes will take up most of the space in this weekender bag so I first check the weather forecast to know what shoes I will need. And do not forget to pack your shoes as a frame around the weekender bag. There is a 40% chance of thunderstorms on our full day to walk around the town. So I will pack canvas shoes and sandals I can walk in and I would love to walk around in sneakers for a brisk walk. A great travel weekender bag idea is to take booties.  We’re in Texas, and the urge to wear boots is strong, but they take up a ton of space in my bag. My alternative is booties can be worn in all seasons because some have holes.

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For travel this weekend, I am using these containers that I took to my beach weekend. They’re like my awesome disc ones but a tad larger. I will not be shaving, but if your weekend trip involves swimming or is in the summer, I love this travel razor.

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This travel bag for my weekend is from Amazon, and I just bought it to try out a few months ago, but I was shocked at its high quality and kept it. It has feet, the hardware is strong, the zipper is smooth-it will not pick at my clothes or break my fingernail, and the leather is buttery soft-not plastic or pleather feeling. Since it’s for a road trip, there is a long strap for over your shoulder as well as handles. The one reason I bought this bag is because the pocket section slips over my suitcase handles, allowing me to be hands-free in an airport.

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Do not forget to pack your charger cord or a power bank. Mine will give you 2 full phone charges and is easier to get to instead of fumbling around in our charger area to get my cord. I usually do not take my phone’s charger because I have to flip backwards to be able to get to its plug lol. So I take the power bank.

I love theme dressing so I will be wearing my Road Trip tee from Old Navy but here is another cute one and this girls’ trip tee. Word on the street is that one of the ladies is ordering us all a girls trip tee so that is fun. I may throw in a maxi dress but for the most part I will pack nice shorts and tops with an old tee to hang out in at night. I even have room for my robe; it’s short and light weight and has pockets – perfect for not wearing a bra. my-robe

I’m wearing a hoodie in the car in case the air conditioning is too cool. I am also saving space by not packing it.

me-wear-graphic-teeI also pack my vitamins and eye drops and one Zyrtec and one Tylenol in case I get a headache from something in that city.

The one bonus when you travel for an overnight trip for a weekend or take a short road trip is to remember that you are also packing your purse. Take the purse that can store some essentials like your charging cord pouch or power bank. Pack what you can in your purse.

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Travel Tips for Hotels

Here are travel tips for hotels.  Some of these hotel travel tips are hacks, and these will help you be prepared before you pack for your vacation. When you commute to work in an airplane or if you are a leisure traveler, my hotel tips and hacks will help you. The first hotel tip is to point your shoe in the direction of the stairwell in case of a smoky hallway in the middle of the night. For the rest, check out the very informative travel tips for hotels video.

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Travel Outfits from J. Jill for Every Body Type (2019)

Hi! Today I’m sharing travel outfits for 2019 from J.Jill.  These travel outfits will be great for any woman’s body type. Wear these to travel to a beach resort or the grocery store by your home today.  But these J.Jill fabrics are high quality and great for travel to a resort for vacation.

travel-outfits-resort-wear-beach-foreign-countryWhen I travel, I want to wear outfits that can mix and match with several colors so that I can wear clothes again and again. Travel outfits should be comfortable and flattering too! Sometimes I feel frumpy when I travel, and these outfits will help.  This video is not sponsored by J.Jill fyi.  I just loved their catalog and thought you’d like to see these travel outfits. travel-outfits-mix-match-comfortable-cute

Some of the outfits have elastic that is flattering to women if you are over 40 or if you like to wear elastic waistbands especially on vacation.  The first travel outfit piece I tried on was this tiered ruffle sleeve top.  Have you seen the J.Jill catalog? It is full of outfit pieces for this year’s travel.

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It is totally see through but such a wispy breezy top for vacation.  See the sleeves are bulky without adding bulk.  This is a gorgeous top; I paired it over their white v-neck tank top that kind of hugs you in.  I love when my clothes give me hugs. tiered-ruffle-top-green-with-white-denim

comes in an army green that looks different than it does online, and this poppy pattern. me-shopping-green-shirt-white-denim

The green linen blend tiered sleeve is considered a tee. I would size down. Look how pretty this color tee looks with the J.Jill peach scarf. I love this color with the gorgeous resort pants here.  This top also comes in black and brown.

You can see the rest of the pics in real life on my travel outfits video.

But in these fern pants the dark in here is black! These bamboo slit-hem pants are a lux rayon with a touch of silk or linen.  They have such a high quality feel to them.  I’m 5’8” so this is the length on me.  I’m wearing a Medium and bonus that it’s elastic waist from the sides to the back leaving the front with a smooth finish. GORGEOUS!  I think the slit is in the most feminine angle for a woman.

J.Jill also has these slim fitting linen pants with pockets.  You can almost see through, but they are very comfortable and not a thin fabric.

You can see my white jeans I got for travel-a tip from me to you is to not wear white on the airplane but save it for your resort.  LOVE them because of the fabric stretch.  These J.Jill white jeans are not see through.

I have the blue pair of shoes that is in their catalogue.  I have a light brown one from last year; I’ll try to find the links to these.  They’re from Born which I have worn to travel in. I wear an 8 and 1/2 or 8 and they do not carry half sizes and because the back is elastic, they fit great.

J.Jill also sells this one type of Soft shoes.  I have two similar ones by Sofft and I can vouch that they are comfortable and very supportive.

I also bought these jeans in bright light pink.  I love bright pink with black.  You can wear it with gray or white or even navy and white striped.

I alMOST got them in the muted army green color. because it is a great travel outfit piece. All the cuffs are about 4 inches and are tastefully styled.

THIS top is super flattering with the almost shimmer in it.  There is no gold thread, but it has a shine to it. J.Jill calls it a textured top; can you see the piping on the side?  It’s a faint green gray color. See how different this looks in person than online?

I really like how J.Jill has shorter, more square tops in this new collection.

Also on my watch list is the tee.  I LOVE this blue and navy tie dye top.  It’s long enough, thin but with a fabric that hangs in a flattering way. You can travel with this with blue denim or white as well as with shorts.  You can see that the tee is longer in the back.

Their elastic waisted shorts were adorable by the way.

This side tie blue tunic is adorable and would be great over navy leggings for a travel outfit.  Perfectly slimming and thin but not see through fabric, it’s a tunic.  But you could wear it as a swim cover up or if you’re shorter a dress. Very flattering fit and so comfortable!

I had to try this one on for y’all because the fabric is divine.  It’s like silk and rayon and does not cling. It’s more of a red than the orange it looks like online.  J.Jill did a great job of making this fun ruffle wrap dress feminine but giving us full coverage.  I always check how far you can lift your leg or step you can take to see if the wrap covers you enough when you will sit on vacation.  It is fully lined and has an easy snap at the chest and a button and tie at the waist.  I would say to size up; it’s a little tight when I cross my arms.

Okay, this maxi…I may go get it because it does not go allllllll the way to the floor.  It hangs down instead of out.  It does not cling.  I accidentally got a small so you can see the medium will be even more flattering.  The fabric is a non wrinkle but stretchy fabric.  You could wear it with a cardigan or jean jacket.  They paired it with nude sandals, but you could even wear gray or black with it.  Gorgeous pattern that will look good on any woman while she’s traveling.

I took a picture of this striped tie back tee on my salesperson because online it looks more like a tunic.  It’s definitely a tee with a knot near your neck.  It has 3/4 length sleeves with a big feminine button on the sleeve.  My sales lady told me that it skims nicely and for travel, you want a tee that goes with all colors.

Thanks so much for watching this try on of travel outfits from J.Jill. Have a wonderful and cute time traveling!

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Travel: What TSA Expects of Passengers

What TSA Agents Want You to Know

When you travel, I want to help you know what TSA agents expect from you as an airline passenger. If you are traveling for the first time or if you commute for work on an airplane, these tsa airport security tips will help you. Travel through airport security can be difficult for you as an airline passenger and also for the transportation security administration employees known as TSA.

Airport security agents want you to be prepared to walk through security – you do the homework and pack so that you can take out your quart-sized liquids bag easily. travel-liquids-bag

If you remember to have that quart sized liquids bag ready, then you will also know how to put it away quickly. I put mine in my outside section of my carryon suitcase.  When I get to the gate, I put it in my personal item that will go under the airplane seat.

Stick around to the end to find out something that the customs patrol agents want you to know.

travel-necklace-for-passportHave your passport or ID out and with your ticket.  When I go through airport security, I have my ticket bar code on my phone from my airline’s app.  I have that refreshed and my ID with it.

Have your shoes ready to take off. I untie my shoes 3-4 people back.

Know that the TSA receives notices about travel security issues that they cannot tell the public.  So be gracious to them if they all of a sudden say that something odd has to be taken out of your bag.

Travel through different cities you find that TSA security is done a little differently in several cities.  For instance, Atlanta has dogs now sniffing for dangerous liquids so you do not take out your liquids bag anymore…or maybe for their testing period.  I have TSA precheck but my 14 year old does not.  So when we went through Atlanta’s security over Thanksgiving, we did not take off shoes or take out our liquids bag.  But in Houston, we had to.

When you travel, do not talk or joke with TSA agents. This March, we came back through Newark, and the TSA agent was saying a what I thought was a normal spiel.  So I asked, “Are we taking off shoes today?” And she responded, “Did I say anything about shoes in my spiel?” I did not reply and just kept putting things in the gray bin.

If you joke about doing anything harmful on an airplane, you will be taken out of line and most likely will not fly for a while so no bad jokes.

So basically, when you travel through airport security, put on your listening ears. Listen to their commands and reminders while you are standing in line.

I still see half empty water bottles and full ones going through security and then delaying all the people behind them. Even if the bottle of water only has 2 ounces of liquid in it, it cannot go through.  TSA rules state that the container has to be 3.4 ounces or less.  And all liquids need to go in that carryon bag. If you have liquids in your checked bag, they be stored in any shape or method. For a video on packing toiletries two different ways, click here.

So if you’re carrying lotion, the lotion bottle needs to be 3.4 ounces or less.  I cannot put this bottle in my carryon even if there is just a drop left in it per the TSA liquids rule.

disc-containers-for-lotionI store my thick lotion in this kind of container, and that is fine.  My sister in law was infuriated that TSA took her super expensive shampoo bottle.  But she had not followed the rule, and that was her fault. Knowledge is power!

Also, as part of being a smart traveler, know that TSA is not supposed to hurry up if you got to the airport too late and may miss your flight.  They are a government agency who is understaffed sometimes.  Frustrating as it is when they only have one lane open with a million passengers at the busiest time of day to travel, it is still not their fault.  Arrive at the airport 2 hours before a flight.

When you travel, you know you have to show your ID, but if you lost your ID you can still get through security.  It will take a very long time if you do not have another ID like your passport.  You will be whisked away, and they will probably be on the phone with a company called Secure Flight.  They will ask you all types of questions about your history.  Take a picture of you ID with your phone; it will not suffice, but it will help them to know that you are not on a security watch list.

When you travel as a gamer, you can take your Xbox or PS4, but know that TSA is not responsible for it after it goes through security.  If I stored one in my carryon suitcase and the airplane has no more room in the overhead bin, they will check my bag.  That means they will stow it in the belly of the airplane.  So it will get banged against and have bags weighing down on it.

CPAP machines and medicines that are in liquid form do not count as a liquid that needs to go in your liquids bag.  But TSA asks that you take out these items and put them in the gray bin just so they do not have to stop the line and investigate. I have a video about packing medicines that may help; I’ll link it in the cards as well as in the description box.

When I travel for a trip, I do not even put on my belt or jewelry at home until I get through airport security. Belts should be taken off.  Jewelry is tricky; some make the ding and some do not.  And jewelry is not consistent so I just leave it off. bench-after-security-line-in-airport

Antibacterial wipes in those packets do not count as a liquid.  It sounds like common sense, but so many of my viewers have asked this question. If you try to take this big tub of wipes, there is liquid in the bottom so it would not be allowed through security.

Lastly, you can check the TSA website for the alphabetical list of allowed items, call them to ask a personal question as well as go to Facebook and type “Ask TSA” to ask a personal question.

TSA also has a YouTube channel with short videos that may help y’all. Over 1 million people travel in an airplane each day here in the United States.

The TSA agents are faced with ignorant and dumb passengers who can be rude.  Yes, the agents can be very rude too, but I am sure they are running low on patience because of all the ignorant and dumb people who have come through.  So use common sense when you’re packing.  And don’t be super offended if they are rude to you.  Just smile or do not reply if they’re rude.

In customs coming back to America, do NOT go past the line until the customs agent has motioned you that s/he’s ready.  I tried to read the situation and help hurry up the line by walking up as soon as the passenger in front of me was ready.  The customs agent told me sternly to wait until he calls me.

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17 Travel Gifts for Women (Mom, Mother-in-law, Wife, Mother’s Day)

These 17 travel gifts are for the women in your life on Mother’s Day – a mom, mother-in-law, a wife, a daughter.  (Click play to watch the YouTube-it explains better and has a ton more) When women travel, some like to buy a new gift for themselves that will help them pack or a gift they can use on the upcoming vacation.  So here are 17 travel gift ideas for women this Mother’s Day.

My mom is diabetic so we gave her a gift of a Myabetic purse.  They hold your diabetic supplies – even a safe trash bin and come in all sizes but are expensive.

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Purse gift for diabetic women (Myabetic)

I have given luggage tags with a vacation theme or a beach theme. woman-stand-beside-suitcase-with-cinch-belt

Some women need this cinch in belt (not in their swimsuit) so that their suitcase will fit more easily in the luggage size checker.

Another gift for mom is a vacation-themed t-shirt Happy Glamper or Airplane Mode On. Old Navy has a ton of graphic tees every season. woman-wear-shirt-from-old-navy-by-suitcase

When women travel internationally, a power bank with 2 full phone charges is a good idea for a gift.  I used to travel with a charger that will charge my phone once fully, but the double one is slim too. power-banks-give-2-phone-charges

You could give travel headphones but check the jack that it fits their phone and if they’re for travel, make sure the jack is the old jack that can fit in the airplane’s entertainment system because they still have the old holes for your plugs.

You have seen these tubs in my videos; women use them for headphones, jewelry, pills, etc. headphones-in-tubs-on-airplane-tray-table

I think this is a cute elevated liquids bag.  It’s stretchy, has a great zipper and is one quart sized.  I feel like this can bulge out more easily so you can fit more in there.

gift-for-woman-liquids-bag-for-travelI love giving fingernail polish with a travel theme or location theme.  If you’re going to France, there’s Tickle My France-y.  There’s one called Malaga Wine and some cute ones for Peru like Grandma Kissed a Gaucho and Lima Tell You About This Color. give-fingernail-polish

Women may feel safer receiving some RFID blocking sleeves for their credit cards. I like the ones with some color. give-women-rfid-blocking-sleeves

You could also give them an RFID wallet, but I think a crossbody purse is a personal decision.  Purse-onal get it?

A favorite gift for women is a fun travel pouch.  I saw some really cute ones at Walmart and anywhere really.

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Don’t look rude when you want to check for a text with this watch.

I absolutely love this watch that vibrates when I get a text from certain people. Here’s the story: you’re in a restaurant waiting on an important text from your husband.  Instead of constantly checking your phone and being rude, when the watch vibrates and goes to the 1, you know that number means your husband has sent you a text.  Then you can say, “Let me check my phone; I’ve been waiting on this text.”

You assign a person a # on your watch and get buzzed when he/she texts and the watch goes to that #.

We like our swivel power outlet for when we travel on a cruise ship because there is only like one outlet in the whole room and because it swivels.  Check with your cruise line if they’re allowed.  You can use them while you’re in the room, but when you leave, you should take it out of the wall unit.  But it swivels! swivel-outlet-for-cruise

If your mom does not have one, we recommend a travel necklace for her passport.  We think it is easier to get to and hide than a belt. travel-necklace-for-passport

My mom and I have the same backpack, but when she went to Israel, she bought this one.  She wanted more pockets.  I did a video comparing backpacks, and you can fit a paper towel roll in the bottom of the back pocket.

I just bought a Foot Hammock for the airplane.  I have heard from several subscribers who say they work.  I haven’t been able to try mine yet, but this strap goes around the tray table and just elevate your feet so your legs can bend and hence allow blood to flow more easily. woman-use-foot-hammock-help-blood-flow

You CANNOT MISS THE BAGS that fit over your suitcase handles for women travelers.  I get so many questions from women about these carryon totes. tote-for-women-slide-over-suitcase-handles

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Spring Outfit Pieces from Ann Taylor Loft

Y’all, you’ve GOT to watch this video!

I share the new Spring blouses, dresses, and capris from Loft’s Spring 2019 line.  This video is full of “in-real-life” footage.

I’ll show you my Loft Dressing Room Diaries and let you know what I bought for spring.  I am over 40, I have become particular in how clothes fit my body type.  So this Ann Taylor Loft video is inspiration for you; I know they are having amazing sales right now off of their clearance items.

The very first outfit piece I got for spring is the buttery yellow crop skinnies.  These capris go above my belly button; yellow is such a versatile outfit color.  It goes with my navy gingham top.  I will link everything I’m showing you in the description box below.

Ann Taylor Loft has Spring 2019 outfit pieces for every woman’s body type, from casual to work wear to date night.

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