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The Details From My NYC Trip!

by Courtney on January 7, 2014

So if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter then you’ve probably already seen my news, BUT…

Do you guys remember back in November when I was down in NYC?

Well, the latest issue of FITNESS Magazine is out now, and guess whose mug is currently blasted on one of the advertisement pages?

Embedded image permalinkThanks Renee,  for sharing the pic!

Bahaha…crazy, right? ;)

Lands’ End had asked me to help them launch their new Performance collection, and now that their site is up and running with their new Lands’ End Performance page, I’m able to share it with you all!

The site and the ad both came out so, so good, but if I’m being honest (what else would you expect?), it’s totally weird for me to look at and/or listen to it! I mean, you’re always your own worst critic, right? As someone who does my own hair and makeup every day, I have a hard time totally loving how someone else does those things on me (although I DO love the process of getting them done!).

And hearing your voice on a video and/or audio is always kind of awkward, right? I feel like I should also briefly touch on my thoughts on body image, so here goes…I had just had a baby 3-1/2 months prior to that photo shoot. Was I (or am I) in the best shape? No, definitely not. But hey, whatever. I love the fact that Lands’ End still wanted to use me to be their “model” (I use quotes, because it’s still weird to say it seriously, haha) at what is most likely a fairly average size for many other women out there. I’m not perfect, I am who I am, and that’s that. (Funny enough, the first time I saw the pictures from the shoot, my first thoughts had nothing to do with body image at all…I thought I looked like my eyes were super squinty and my eye makeup looked weird. ;) )

But really…silly, honest little thoughts aside, this opportunity was just incredible and the whole thing is just way too cool. Never would I have thought I’d see my face blasted in an ad of a magazine I’ve been reading for years. Just crazy.

And for those of you who may be interested, I’m going to be co-hosting a Twitter party with Lands’ End tomorrow, January 8th, from 7:30-8:30pm EST. There’s going to be some great giveaways involved, so if you want to join in, we’d love to have you! Just be sure to follow @LandsEndPR (and me, @SweetToothCourt, of course!) and use the hashtag #GetActive.

Alright, I’m off for today…I’ll catch you cool cats tomorrow!

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1 Nikki January 7, 2014 at 9:54 am

of course you were chosen because you are gorgeous and real and very relatable

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2 Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes January 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm

I second this ^^^!
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3 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run January 7, 2014 at 9:57 am

you’re so photogenic! congrats on your mag spread!

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4 kara January 7, 2014 at 9:59 am

I was so excited when I saw this! They made a great decision choosing you, Courtney! You are beautiful and so relatable! Congrats on this opportunity!

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5 Ash @ Ash's Right Direction January 7, 2014 at 10:01 am

This is great! I just saw the ad last night and went to the website when you posted it on Facebook. You look great. I was surprised that you had a pony tail after the hair and makeup shot lol.

What an amazing experience!
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6 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian January 7, 2014 at 10:09 am

What a cool opportunity! Congratulations again. You look beautiful in the add!
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7 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles January 7, 2014 at 10:15 am

Congrats again on this campaign Courtney – you look amazing! Real and relatable, but still absolutely stunning ;-)
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8 Bonnie January 7, 2014 at 10:17 am

So this is the first time I’ve ever commented, but I love your blog. When I got my magazine in the mail last week and saw that ad I couldn’t believe it. You look wonderful and should be so proud! Keep up the great work! Again, love your blog – your honesty is so refreshing! :-)

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9 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 7, 2014 at 10:21 am

You look great! Congrats on such a fun opportunity!
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10 Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat January 7, 2014 at 10:21 am

Oh my goodness, how exciting! The magazine advertisement looks amazing! Congrats!
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11 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots January 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

you look fantastic!! I love that little Lucas made a cameo!

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12 Melissa @ For Love and Travel January 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

I saw this on Facebook and I still think it’s so cool. There clothing line looks so cute, and I can’t wait to browse the website. Perfect time for a new fitness outfit, while trying to be more active this New Year. Awesome Job, and you look great!! :)
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13 Bre & Ree January 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

That looks like it was super fun! Congrats! I know exactly what you mean about hearing your own voice. I once worked at a radio station and was asked to be the voice for an ad…it was weird, it was so weird! Again, well done on the ad, I think it looks fantastic!
~Bre
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14 cait @pieceofcait January 7, 2014 at 11:05 am

this is awesome court, couldn’t wait for your news! your so gorgeous & love the picture(s) you rock mama!!!!<3

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15 Sara @ LovingOnTheRun January 7, 2014 at 11:14 am

That is so so awesome! What a great opportunity! Glad you participated in it and you look GREAT!
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16 Lauren Bednarz January 7, 2014 at 11:23 am

What an awesome opportunity for you and I think you look awesome! Isn’t the BOB stroller awesome?? I am obsessed with mine!
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17 Heather @fitncookies January 7, 2014 at 11:26 am

I think you look beautiful! Awesome job on it. That’s so fun to be the “model” even if you aren’t used to saying it! I love that you did it 3 1/2 months after having a baby, and I think you look great!
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18 Betsy January 7, 2014 at 11:29 am

You look absolutely fantastic in the pictures! You’re such a great example of how I hope to act after I have children.

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19 Nicole January 7, 2014 at 11:33 am

AWESOME!! You have a figure that many do envy – no matter what! Congrats on this big promo! :D

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20 Brigitt January 7, 2014 at 11:37 am

Congrats, Courtney! You look great! :)
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21 Tina Reale January 7, 2014 at 11:40 am

YAY! So cool to see it after hearing about it. You, of course, look fabulous and the epitomy of health and happiness. The jacket/hoodie is super cute too. Might have to check that out.

Congrats again, girl! And I loved hearing your voice again…even if through a video clip. haha!
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22 Mandee January 7, 2014 at 11:42 am

Congrats on the ad! I think it’s awesome.

I think you look skinny and healthy, so I don’t think You even have to defend your body by saying that you just had a baby. I think that body is healthy and quite good even for someone who didnt even have a baby at all! Haha. I feel like with a lot of blogs I read, there are unrealistic expectations and sometimes a “defense” of eating bad foods or looking a certain way when no one owes anyone an explanation!

I get it though, looking at ourselves we see things that others don’t.

Honestly when I saw your pics I was like she looks great, I like her hair up. Then after you said the thing about the body stuff I went back to look because I thought you looked good like you always do in your pics! I hadn’t seen anything to even make me think about the fact that you just had a baby etc.

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23 Koryn @ High Heels & Healthy Alternatives January 7, 2014 at 11:43 am

Wow, you look Amazing in the ad! I agree with everyone else – they def. picked the right person as their “model!” Congrats!!! :)
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24 clare @ Fitting it all in January 7, 2014 at 11:47 am

SO awesome courtney! You’re a natural.

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25 Stephanie @cookinfanatic January 7, 2014 at 11:55 am

So cool! Definitely felt the same way when I’d hear my voice come on tv for the Chobani commercial. What an awesome opportunity for you, congrats!

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26 Miranda @ Lovely Wife Lovely Life January 7, 2014 at 11:59 am

Ahhhh that’s awesome!! Congrats- you’re beautiful!!
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27 Lyric January 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Courtney that is so cool! You look gorgeous!
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28 Linz @ Itz Linz January 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm

this is AWESOME!! congrats!! you look fabulous!! xoxo
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29 Whitney @ a little bit of everything January 7, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Can I just say how much I love how honest you are about things? I’m 34 weeks pregnant and starting to get nervous about all the work I’ll have to do to get back in shape post-baby. I love the way you’ve adapted to motherhood and fitness…you are a total inspiration. Love the ad! Congrats!
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30 Emily @smilemilegirl January 7, 2014 at 12:31 pm

You look amazing!! That is so exciting congradulations (:

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31 Jamie @ Sometimes Healthy Living Blog January 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Wow, congrats to you!!

I gotta say – I can absolutely see why they picked you for this campaign. Not only do you have a wonderful blog and the perfect story, but you were just a natural on that camera :-) You looked gorgeous, and I truly believed in what you were saying, which I’m sure is the most important part!
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32 Brittany @ read, run, repeat January 7, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Looking good Mama!!! What an exciting and fun opportunity–and you definitely rocked it :)
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33 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries January 7, 2014 at 12:57 pm

You’re beautiful, girlfriend! Congrats on the feature!
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34 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl January 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

This is beyond awesome! What a cool life experience that you can talk about for years :).
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35 Jolynn @ Lift Pray Love January 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm

so so so so awesome!! Congrats!
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36 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige January 7, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Ahhhhh – so COOL! What a great opportunity, and who knows what else it will lead to :)
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37 Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens) January 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm

So awesome! Congrats! :)
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38 Becky @TheSavedRunner January 7, 2014 at 1:48 pm

That is too cool! You will have to keep that magazine forever!

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39 Tara | Treble in the Kitchen January 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Congratulations again!! :) You are awesome!!
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40 Marielle Burch January 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm

That is so cool!!!! I never read that magazine but I’ll try to pick up a copy this weekend to read your article. So exciting!!

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41 Ruthie Hart (@ruthiehart1) January 7, 2014 at 2:21 pm

This is so cool Courtney!!! You are made for modeling!

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42 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) January 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Oh how fun!! You look amazing! What a fun day of being pampered, too. Where do I sign up? ;)
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43 Shel@PeachyPalate January 7, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Eek! Super excited for you you superstar!!! Such a great opportunity! Hope you bought multiple copies and had one framed!

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44 Jamie @ Dishing Out Health January 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm

How exciting for you!! I love seeing everyday women in magazines like this. You look fantastic, girl.
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45 Annette@FitnessPerks January 7, 2014 at 4:22 pm

Ahhhh that is SO exciting Courtney!!! Congrats!!

And you look fantastic!!
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46 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries January 7, 2014 at 4:57 pm

Courtney, you look absolutely amazing (are you tired of hearing that yet? ;) ) and I think you should just delete that whole part about “I just had had a baby 3 months prior.” You look STUNNING, pregnancy or no pregnancy!
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47 Andie January 7, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Congratulations, Courtney! They did such a good job with the video – you’re a natural. Oh, and your accent is so cute!

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48 Lisa January 7, 2014 at 5:53 pm

You look incredible! Congratulations on the article.

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49 Kammie @ Sensual Appeal January 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm

That is soo awesome – and I’m not surprised. You’re a gorgeous fit lady! :)
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50 Aurora@Fitness is Sweet January 7, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Congrats! That’s awesome!
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51 Laura January 7, 2014 at 6:56 pm

This is absolutely amazing Courtney! Thanks for touching on the body image issue, as well, because you’re right-we all are own worst critics and especially after you’ve just had a baby, it can be really easy for women to be even tougher on themselves. But you look stunning and incredibly fit! Congratulations!

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52 Danica @ It's Progression January 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm

My February issue of FITNESS came in the mail yesterday…I started flipping through it and found your page! I was excited – I “know” her! You look absolutely beautiful (as always) in it. Congrats on getting such an awesome opportunity!
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53 angie@adiamondthatshinesbright.com January 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm

What an awesome opportunity, really nice pictures. Congrats! What a great example you are to so many.

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54 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake January 7, 2014 at 7:54 pm

Love this–how exciting!!!
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55 Melissa @ Freeing Imperfections January 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm

That’s just so cool. Congrats, Courtney! I can’t wait to see it in person in the magazine!
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56 Coty and Mariah@quirksandtwists January 7, 2014 at 8:42 pm

What a wonderful opportunity! Congratulations! \
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57 Kristi January 7, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Oh wow! How exciting. Congrats!
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58 Laura January 7, 2014 at 9:26 pm

This is SO awesome and exciting! You look amazing!! I’m so happy for you, they sure picked the right gal for the job!!!!

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59 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves January 7, 2014 at 10:11 pm

Ahh love it! You look fabulous in the ad and the video. You totally rocked and I love that you embraced the fact that you just had a baby! I also really liked the tips you gave.
Exciting stuff, Courtney!
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60 Ellie@Fit for the soul January 7, 2014 at 10:43 pm

It’s so great to see everyone so happy for you, Courtney! Like everyone said, you are VERY photogenic (I always thought so!) and a good role model in terms of health because of your past, and then now for your improving self image. :D It’s so cool to see you on there! Kind of like, “heyyyy I know this girl!” lol
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61 Taylor January 7, 2014 at 10:47 pm

That is so so exciting! You look great! My copy should be here anyday now! Congrats girly

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62 Marie January 7, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Congrats; you looked gorgeous as always and were a natural at it! It sounded and looked awesome. Great job!

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63 Rachelle January 8, 2014 at 12:58 am

I got my Fitness magazine in the mail the other day and saw you in it! I was so happy to see a familiar face! This is so great! Congratulations! :D

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64 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope January 8, 2014 at 4:54 am

You look amazing in that ad!!! How neat to see yourself in a magazine and to be representing that line!

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65 Kelly @ Femme Fitale January 8, 2014 at 8:27 am

Congratulations!!! Very proud of you!
As others have commented, you are definitely 100% relatable & down to earth, and the perfect person for this campaign! :)
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66 Ashley H. January 8, 2014 at 9:26 am

YOU ARE THE MOST PRECIOUS PERSON EVER! Your Land’s End ad is absolutely adorable and you sound so sweet on the video!! Congrats! You seem like such a genuine and sweet person and I love reading your blog! :) God bless you and your family!

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67 Car January 8, 2014 at 9:52 am

I don’t comment often, but just wanted to say I think you look great in the pictures, and should be really proud.

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68 Evamarie January 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

OMG I love it!! I was dying to know what you were going to be featured in – so happy for you – you look amazing!!

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69 Katy @ Savor Life's Flavors January 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm

WOW! This is soooo exciting, congratulations!
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70 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health January 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

You need to remove the quotes around the world model because you really are one!! You’re gorgeous and you look unbelievable for being only 3 months post partum. I bet Jay feels so lucky to be married to a fitness model. :)
Congrats!
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71 Katie @ A Full Plate January 8, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Love it! You are super cute in the video! I don’t think your eyes look squinty at all. And I also love the look of the performance clothes. Great job!!

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72 Carol T. January 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

Courtney: just received the Fitness magazine in the mail and WOW!!! you look great. Lands Ends has some wonderful clothes and you look great modeling them…I was so excited when I saw the ad. You should be modeling more… jay and your family should be very proud of you.. I know your readers are!!!!

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73 Nala January 12, 2014 at 1:45 am

I just the Lands End page and video and I must say it looks great and well done! You look great and happy, and I hope you get to do more projects like this in the future!!

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