How To Be Happy No Matter What


EPISODE 1 of Caramel Chic Radio SEASON II

Our new episode is about How To Be Happy No Matter What!  

My Guest

When I first met her I said to myself this is the kind of woman that I would love to have a cup of coffee with, hang out, laugh, and just talk about anything. I wanted to interview her because her energy and positivity and her contagious smile simply intrigued me. I wanted to find out what propels her every day to have such an amazing attitude toward life, faith, work, and entrepreneurship.

I wanted to ask her questions about how she overcame obstacles in her life to get to a point where she is today so that her story can inspire every one of you. As we all sometimes need a little inspiration.

The Interview

When I sat down with her for this intimate interview, I was not disappointed, as I learned a lot from her. And, I walked away from the conversation, truly uplifted and happy. What inspired me about her is that she is a life-long learner, just like I am. She doesn’t take BS, and she is driven and believes in taking action regardless if it’s perfect or not.

One line that stuck out in my head.

It was when I asked her for some advice to anyone out there needing a little push to start their dream projects, and she said: start yesterday.  

Tune In 

Tune in to this candid chat about personal discovery, life lessons, and a valid message about achieving your dreams despite sacrifices we women sometimes have to make.

This interview had me energized and happy that I was able to meet this remarkable woman who was once called a girl version of Forrest Gump. Want to find out why? Stay with me.

And now without further ado, I present to you: Emmy Cornwell, an Online Body Confidence Coach from Seattle area who helps women shed pounds and encourages them daily with her sister like loving spirit with everyone she meets.

Let’s go and let’s get happy! 

Photography: Jeffery Erhunse, Justin Chrn

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What To Wear To A Photoshoot

What to wear to a photoshoot is a question that people ask quite frequently. The most important part of the style guide is that you, the person photographed, feel comfortable in your skin. Of course, you want to look your best,t, and pay attention to wardrobe, hair, and makeup. But if you don’t feel comfortable in front of the lens. The camera is going to pick this up.

1. Wear Clothes You Love

I always recommend wearing clothes you love. When you feel great about what you’re wearing, it makes a massive difference in the camera. If you’re wearing something you feel slightly unsure about, it will show on pictures. Confidence is your best friend! 

2. Wear Something Bold Instead Of Blending In

If you’re planning on wearing neutrals and for an outside shoot, you might fall into the background instead of standing out. Even a bright scarf or hat can make all the difference. Your wardrobe is a part of your personality, so stand out a little. 

3. Coordinate Outfits Instead Of Matching Them

Matching outfits are not necessarily the best idea for a dynamic picture. Pick three colors and mix them up as much as possible; most families don’t wear matching outfits in their everyday lives, so that may not be the kind of memory you want to preserve.

4. Consider The Season

Go for dark and bold colors like dark red, gold, and hunter green in winter. Autumn and winter are both seasons that work well with plaid as well.

For spring, go for baby blue, blush pink, cream, pastel yellow, and floral prints.

And for summer, add other fun prints like stripes and chevron (zigzag pattern).

5. Remember Less Is More

In terms of makeup, I suggest a light and simple look. Makeup often photographs heavier than it is, so unless you’re going for a fall look, you might not love the overly made-up look. Tip: Bring powder for touch-ups. 

6. Hair Can Also Add Dimension

I don’t think there’s any perfect style. Because the best photos are the ones that try to capture authentic moments versus too much posing, it helps to see some movement, so I think keeping hair down and a little bit free helps a lot.

7. Don’t Be Afraid To Go All Out

Photoshoots are a great opportunity to wear something fun, stylish, and attractive. You can dress up and wear anything you want. Long tulle dress and sequin top? Why not? Plaid and plaid and more plaid? Go for it! 

Final Note

No matter the occasion, the vital thing to remember when preparing for a shoot is to bring your personality in front of the camera. Let your clothes be an extension of that idea, rather than the sole focus. Above all, just have fun with it.

Photography: Alexandra Lammerink, Peyman Farmani, Isi Parente, Coco Tafoya, Houcine Ncib

Featured photo: Izabelle Acheson

Photo: Karly Jones

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Do Men Like It When Women Wear Dresses?

In my quest for an answer to the question: Do Men Like It When Women Wear Dresses? I talked to men who were randomly picked and were not afraid to state their honest opinions. Most of the men I’ve asked said that they love seeing a woman wearing a dress. Also, these men said that they prefer a female in a skirt over a pair of jeans. And, as much as I love my jeans. There is something to abide by when hearing an opinion of the opposite sex. 

Such as, to men, when a woman is wearing a pretty dress, she emanates a genuinely feminine statement. That is, we can see examples of such womanliness on the ladies of the 1950s or ’60s, who customarily wore dresses to almost any occasion. Indeed, it seemed that men were attracted to women dressed that way. 

Photo by Raphael Lovaski

One good example of such a woman is the exotic beauty of Naples, Italy, Sophia Loren. I remember in one of her movies, how she was walking down a cobblestone street in Naples, wearing a simple floral dress, and the men stopped whatever they were doing and stared at her. Fascinating phenomenal, isn’t it? 

Undoubtedly there was a reason for all that admiration. Sophia had curves, unique beauty, style, and unprecedented self-confidence. All personal qualities she carried gracefully everywhere she went. In her attire, you could notice that there wore lots of dresses. In fact, in most of her movies, she was wearing feminine pieces of clothing, even if it was a house dress. Such as in the film “Back To Naples” with Clark Gable, where she played an Italian housewife. 

Photo by Raphael Lovaski

Furthermore, the reason why men admire Sophia Loren so much is that the actress represented then and still does a woman who is not afraid of her womanliness. Even today, men truly cherish that about her, and as she portrays the epitome of femininity on and off-screen, she will remain an iconic female figure for many years to come. 

In conclusion, if you have any doubts about picking up a few feminine articles of clothing, but you want to celebrate being a woman, watch some Netflix and become inspired by this amazing actress. The next day you go shopping, buy a beautiful dress and watch the men worship you. 

“A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.” – Sophia Loren

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Mother’s Day Memories

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Mother’s Day is near, and I am reminiscing about my recent trip to Europe with my mother.

I don’t often travel with my mom. However, this was an unexpected trip, and we ended up staying abroad for close to four weeks.

Visiting my grandparent’s old land, my mom became my traveling buddy. And I became her chauffeur since I was the one driving.

It’s not every day that I get a chance to talk about family history for extended periods, but during that trip, we had plenty of time to do just that. So during the warm summer evenings, we would sit around a pile of old photos and talk about family history.

We even made a bon voyage fire and roasted sausages over the hot flames while watching the sunset. I soon discovered that I am terrible at building fires of any kind large or small, but my mom, thankfully, is good at it. Please don’t tell anyone that I burned the potatoes you supposed to bake in the fire after the flames are gone. Upps!

The trip was terrific, and it was an excellent opportunity for me to get closer to my mother and spend a lot of quality time together. Not sure when I will get the next chance to do that – as we all live busy lives.

This month, while celebrating Mother’s Day, don’t forget to spend some time with your mom. She is waiting.

Tell me: what special thing did you do with your mother recently?

“Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” —Emily Dickinson


Recent Trip To European Countrysides 

Some Old Family Photos


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How To Find Your Soul Mate – Secrets On Finding The Perfect Mate


Going down memory lane…

Podcast from Season I –

How To Find Your Soul Mate – Secrets On Finding The Perfect Mate

To The Single Girl

Have you ever wondered why you can’t meet that exceptional man you’ve been waiting for your entire life? Your soul mate, your dream mate, your knight in shining armor?

I am here to give you some fantastic secret dating tips.


I got you!

What Not To Do

Ok. Seriously! This is NOT one of those PODCASTS where I will tell you how to dress in a lace teddy, cook a seven-course meal while vacuuming the entire house, and clipping the rose bushes so that you can show your new date what a great catch you are and entice him to marry you.

This is NOT the advice that I want to give you.

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I’ve Been There

You must know that I have been where you are many times. And, I used to think that the more beautiful, skinny, successful, rich, well-connected a woman was, the more of a chance she had to catch that fabulous man. It was especially challenging while living in New York City.

Because to me, New York City men seemed like toddlers at a candy store. Faced with too many choices, they jumped from lollipop to lollipop — sort of speak.

What I want to share with you comes from my research and my own life experience, as well as my observations.

Be You

To find the perfect mate, you have first to find yourself!

That goes to say, if you think that the “ideal man” will come to rescue you and sweep you off your feet to make you feel like a princess, you are in for a big surprise.

Because that prince does not exist.

And, if he does, he WILL break your heart.

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My Advice

Because you will be with him for all the wrong reasons.

No one can rescue you from yourself, but you.

So, here is my advice. Forget about the fact that you are looking for a man or want a man or need a man.

Solo Vacay

Can you handle it? Yes, you can! I know you can!

Go on alone vacation somewhere. And, when you get there, don’t look for him. Instead, have fun. Get to know you. The real you.

When you’re amidst your very own self-exploration journey, and the time is right, he will appear. But only when you have had gone through a period of true self-discovery. No one knows how long that journey will last because it’s your journey. Accept that and, you will feel a sense of relief. I assure you of that.

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Learning About You

At some point during this journey, there will be a shift in your perception. Eventually, you will not even want the guys that interested you before because you will learn what’s meaningful in life. When the Universe/God thinks you’re ready, a wonderful person with a beautiful heart (not a beautiful car/bank account/house/face) will be sent your way. And you will appreciate him. And he will understand you. The real you. The way you are when you wake up in the morning. When you are not wearing any makeup.

Dear sister, I am speaking to you from experience. I’ve lived the single life! For a long, long, long, long time. And, in the most, I think, challenging place, a single girl can ever endure a single life: New York City.

I Was There

Yes, I have read books from Barnes & Noble on how to catch the perfect man. I sat in the back, wearing sunglasses, because just in case god-forbid, somebody would stumble upon me in the self-help aisle of the books store or what’s worse, with a dating book in my hand. No, not me!

Anyway, none of it worked. Until I’ve finally surrendered. I relinquished myself to my inner child or whatever the “hek” that means. We’ll use the term “inner child’ for the sake of its popularity, but I am still not sure what that term means. For me, it was my imaginary, impatient toddler named Isabell, who wouldn’t eat peas and threw frequent tamper-tantrums. Feel free to choose whatever persona you’d like.

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No Expectations

Nonetheless, it was not until I’ve abandoned the dating game altogether. Not until I’ve said, “screw this!” and left for long trips to Europe by myself. Not expecting anything in return and being happy by myself. It’s not until I felt free being alone that my soul mate appeared out of nowhere. On a very ordinary Sunday morning, while I was still living in Europe.

We got married in 2014, a year and a half after we met and are still together.

Please don’t believe the media’s interpretation of women’s prerequisites. Please don’t think it when anyone tries to tell you that there is something wrong with you. That you are broken, and that is why you “can’t” find a man. This is false. A myth that is unfortunate. Sadly, some women buy into it.

You Are Perfect

I am here to tell you that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you, girlfriend. Nothing! Whether you weight 119 pounds or 190 pounds or whatever, you are you, and you are beautiful. It’s time to embrace that!

Start loving who you are the way God made you. Start living your life! And, when you do, things will start to fall into place. Just the way they’re meant to be. I promise you; there is a person for you out there that will love every inch of you, just the way you are.

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Remember the movie “Bridget Jones Diary”? Where she wrapped herself in a bedsheet to go to the bathroom so that her lover wouldn’t see her? She was so self-conscious of her body. She was so shocked when her lover told her that she didn’t need to do that. Because he liked her, “just the way, she was.”

In today’s media-driven world, women make such demands on themselves. We think that we have to look like the famous supermodels, or super-actresses, or super-celebrities. But we don’t have to do anything.

All we have to do is to try to be the best version of ourselves. Try to take care of ourselves, eat healthily, do moderate exercise, even if it’s only walking (more on that in my next post), and embrace our destiny. Embrace our own unique lives. Our individuality.

You Are Unique

We are special, no matter where we live. No matter who we are. Whether we live in New York City, Ohio, or Uzbekistan. Hold on, Wikipedia says that Uzbekistan is a Central Asian nation and former Soviet republic. Just in case you didn’t know. I know I have to check the map all the time. So, whether we are doctors, lawyers, or cashiers at Walmart, it doesn’t matter.  We are made to be loved, and we are made to be loved just the way we are.

I hope I’ve inspired you in some way to live your life to the fullest right now and how to find your soul mate.

I would be so grateful if you comment below.

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How To Practice Daily Gratitude


Going down memory lane. Podcast refresh from Season I

Daily Gratitude

Today we’re talking about Daily Gratitude. I hope you are ready for our next, excellent episode of Caramel Chic Radio with your host Joanna Sobjanek. 

In today’s podcast, we talk about daily gratitude.

Somebody once told me that a grateful person couldn’t be unhappy.

It took a while for this to sink in, but ultimately it made sense!

When I heard this, I started to practice more gratitude because, naturally, I wanted to be happier.  

How about you?

Do you ever ask yourself this question: Am I practicing misery? How is that working for me? What do I know about the power of gratitude? Am I willing to try to change my life to be happier?

Despite what you might think, practicing daily gratitude is not as difficult as some may think. The perception lies in the eyes of the beholder. As such, usually, the view doesn’t change, we do.

So, how can we be better at being thankful? What can we do?

Tune in to our podcast to find out! 

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