Recent posts by Melissa Chapman

  • Getting Those Pouty Lips You Covet is Easier Than You Think!

    Elizabeth Taylor’s infamous quote “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together,” perfectly sums up our society’s collective obsession with lips. In fact, I’d venture a guess that before most women leave their house- at least 90 percent of them first and foremost accentuate their lips with some kind of enhancer be it a shimmery gloss or lip stain. Why? Because prettying up our pouts is a quick and easy way to feel more pulled together and feminine. 

  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About a Tummy Tuck- But Were Afraid to Ask!

    Before I gave birth to my first child, perfect strangers would approach me and regale me with tales of their flabby misshapen tummies. Women would dole out unsolicited advice non-stop and say things like, “Oh you are so big, I really hope you bounce back! That belly looks like it is really being stretched to the max.” And after my first child, which was a natural birth for me, my tummy did bounce back, and in fact the skin was as taut and firm as it was prior to childbirth. 

  • Fat Busting Options That Don’t Require Surgery

    There is no denying that our culture is obsessed with losing body fat. Just ask anyone who has been up during the wee hours of the morning channel surfing, and they’d be hard-pressed to deny that they weren’t bombarded by infomercial after infomercial touting pills, potions and some odd looking contraptions that are “GUARANTEED” to help one lose fat or get their money back. And the fat-busting industry is no longer the domain of D-list celebrities - remember Suzanne Somers and her Thigh Master? 

  • Anesthesia 101: What You Need to Know Before Your Next Cosmetic Procedure

    Ever since Joan Rivers’ passing, I have several friends who have expressed concerns about having any kind of procedure which would require having to undergo anesthesia. Rivers, who was notorious for the number of cosmetic surgeries she’d amassed, ironically did not fall ill while having a cosmetic surgery procedure- rather while having an endoscopic one. Rivers died on September 4, 2014, a week after she underwent a procedure at Manhattan’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic. 

  • Get the 411 on the Expiration Dates of Cosmetic Surgery Results

    I have a tendency to get nervous during virtually any medical procedure, and one of the ways I calm myself down is by talking… a lot. So, when I was recently getting my annual mammogram, I was yammering away with the technician, who was squashing my breast like a pancake in a vise-like contraption to get a decent picture of what was going on in there. Somehow, talking makes me feel less uncomfortable – or at least mentally anyway.  

  • How Much Cosmetic Surgery is Too Much?

    Before Michael Jackson’s passing, there was a rumor floating around that he had undergone excessive plastic surgery on his nose and as a result, had to wear a prosthetic one - as there simply wasn't enough skin left to sustain functionality. Regardless of whether or not it was true, if you compared photos of him from the 70s through the late 90s, it was quite clear that he had completely changed the look of his nose repeatedly… which begs the question – Why wasn’t he ever fully satisfied with the results?  

  • What Does Smart Beauty Mean to Me?

    If you had asked me for my definition of Smart Beauty when I was 21 years old, I would have immediately responded with, "Flawless skin, a size 2 waist, legs that go on for days, high cheekbones, full lips and a turned up nose." I think back to who that girl was and I want to take her face in my hands and tell her that smart beauty - real beauty starts from deep within you. It emanates from you and it’s a light that can't be extinguished. 

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Melissa Chapman

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Melissa Chapman blogs about her marriage and everything in between at Married My Sugar Daddy and is determined to never be caught dead wearing mom jeans. When she is not busy scheduling her life around her two Shih Tzus and kids and uncovering the secret ingredient to happily ever after with her husband of 15 years, at age 41 she has found herself on a permanent quest to uncover the best tips and tricks to attaining a youthful, un-marionette-like appearance.

Her work has appeared in Ladies Home Journal, Care.com, The Staten Island Family, ABC News, BlogHer, Baby Center, Momtourage, Babble, The Washington Post, Time Out NY Kids, iVillage and Lifetime Moms.