I don’t know about you but here in Northeastern Pennsylvania it has been cold, snowy, and oh yeah….COLD! With all the cold weather comes nasty colds and sicknesses. I currently am suffering with a fever and cold myself and this rice bag has helped so much with the chills that normally come along with fevers. All you need to do is pop it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and hold it close!
With winter finally gone-so in this neck of the woods, I’ve decided that there’s no better feeling than taking that heavy winter coat off the coat hook and packing it away to the very back of the closet. I’ve been embracing the open windows with open short-sleeved arms and there is truly no better mood booster than fresh Spring air. And now that Easter has passed and the next decoratable (< not a word, but should be) holiday is a few months away, my walls could use a little bit of this upbeat & fresh vibe for themselves. So today I’m sharing a Free Printable Spring Wall Art design that you can print out to freshen up your holiday-less walls!
If you’re looking for some inspiring ways to utilize the abundance of fresh produce currently hitting the grocery stores and farmers’ markets, you’re in luck! Today, New York-based chef and culinary instructor Ashton Keefe is sharing four delicious and healthy recipes with us from her new cookbook, “Lemon & Salt: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Culinary Revelry.“ From a simple tomato salad to a savory one-pan chicken dish, Ashton’s beautiful meals will have you itching to spend some quality time in the kitchen!
One spring trend we’re especially eager to embrace right now: culottes. Equal parts comfortable and chic, they’re ideal for this season’s in-between weather! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite looks to inspire your next shopping spree.
There's always a handbag women around the world (who aren't morally against dropping $2,500 on a trend piece) have to have. In 2011 it was the Celine Luggage Tote, in 2000 it was the Fendi Baguette. This season, as evidenced by the amount of street style photographs capturing it in its fashion week natural habitat, there are half a dozen IT bags to lust after. Take your pick!
PARIS -- France could become the latest country to ban the use of underweight fashion models.France's health minister says she supports a proposal that would criminalize advertising that features anorexic models.The measure would put France, a world capital of fashion, in alignment with countries like Israel and Spain that are cracking down on the glorification of dangerously thin models.Socialist lawmaker Olivier Veran, who is also a doctor, wants to add language to an upcoming health bill to make it illegal to employ models deemed to have an eating disorder. Modeling agencies would have to produce a medical report showing that their models have maintained a healthy mass-to-height ratio.
In the world of passing fads and trends, many enter but few succeed. It’s understandable: when an idea comes along that grabs the attention of the public everyone wants to be a part of it, including businesses and designers. Many speak discordantly on the issue of trends and for a reason I think is the misunderstanding of the difference between a fad, a trend, a style, and a movement.
My past two years have been a journey toward leading a much simpler life. I didn't even realize when I started this personal journey that simplicity was even a goal. But as I opened my eyes and followed my heart, knowing that some central thing in my life needed to change, I realized that I was working to shed the unnecessary in many areas of my life. What I came to realize was that many of the things closest and nearest to me were holding me back. This can be a painful and disarming realization, as it's hard to wrap your head around the fact that you are attached to something that is not serving you.
My psychologist told me I should share what my childhood was like with more people because it's a big part of who I am. I cringed when he said that to me. I cringed even typing the first sentence of this post. Let's face it, whining about your childhood makes people tune out. Heck, it makes me tune out. But why is it that we all laugh when people say, "I went to counseling for depression, but I didn't want to dive into all that childhood crap"? A big part of it is because there are lots of funny stereotypes about seeking therapy. Maybe you picture a client lying on a couch, a stiff therapist with a clipboard, and lots of wasted time dissecting a childhood that is long over. And not only are these staid stereotypes kind of funny, but they also reinforce the truth that ruminating on childhood in adult life can indeed be pretty unproductive.
We totally get it—the mornings are hectic, and prioritizing health is often last on the list. But because overall wellness is crucial to a happy life, we’re arming you with four ways to get your everyday routine in check. Each morning will be a breeze!
I have a confession to make…I’m a blogger WITHOUT a fireplace mantel. Shocking, I know. I’m hoping that my handy husband will be able to build me one soon, but since we live in the dessert, it’s not incredibly urgent. The problem is that I keep pining away at all those mantel pictures on Pinterest. I got really jealous that everyone can hang their holiday banners up, so I decided to be creative. I made this CUTE Mini Spring Banner Printable and placed it on a wreath and I love the color and texture it brings to my home!
My daughter is in a phase where she takes paper from my printer and draws on it. And when I say she takes paper from the printer, I mean she takes ALL of it. I’m constantly going to print items and restocking my printer. The girl draws all the time. I can’t really get mad, though because I was/am the same way. I’m actually pretty proud!
I try to find ways to keep her paper use to a minimum, like making little drawing “books” or small art projects. This one was perfect for her. I had her color the pages as she liked, then helped her write in all the things she likes about her grandmothers.
I made it extra cute by adding some washi tape around the edges and some ribbons to hang it up. This printable is a clean slate, so you can decorate it however you like with glitter, flowers, etc.
Welcoming spring always entails a bit of weeding through our wardrobes. It’s finally time to trade out big coats and chunky sweaters for dresses and lightweight layers—hooray! Below are our tips for starting fashionably fresh this season. 1. START WITH A PLAN Take inventory of your current wardrobe, and evaluate your overarching style. Does it fit your lifestyle? Is it true to who you are? Does it align with the career you have or want to have? If there’s room for improvement, the turn of the season is the perfect time to make small changes to move closer toward a wardrobe that best suits who you are. Starting a Pinterest board (feel free to keep it secret!) for practical style inspiration before you embark on a spring shopping trip can prove helpful. Want to get in touch with your inner minimalist this spring? Take a stab at a capsule wardrobe! Perhaps you’ve heard the hype about these seasonal collections of around 40 pieces—tops, bottoms, dresses, outerwear and shoes included. While that may sound limiting, we can say from experience that the less we have in our closets, the more put-together we look and the more in tune we feel with our true personal style. This capsule wardrobe planner from Un-Fancy is the perfect starting point. Just print it out and fill it in with personal details and preferences—lifestyle activities, color inspiration, must-have pieces, budget. Consider this your roadmap for the season. 2. TAKE EVERYTHING OUT OF YOUR CLOSET Yep—all of it! Before you can move forward with your plan, you have to know what you’re working with. The easiest way to see what you want to keep is to move everything out. This also gives you the opportunity to give your closet surfaces a little spring cleaning. Dust, wipe out drawers, sweep neglected corners and maybe even upgrade your hangers. It’s amazing how much more zen and boutique-esque even the tiniest closet can feel when all the hangers match! 3. PURGE As you’re moving things back into your closet, put aside anything that is stained or damaged, everything you haven’t worn in the last year and all the items that don’t fit properly. Put everything you want to alter in a pile to take to your tailor—and designate a concrete date and time on your calendar to do so. Don’t procrastinate and miss out on wearing those pieces this season! As far as what you’re getting rid of, there are several options. Consider selling items that are in great condition but that no longer fit your body or aesthetic. (We love Tradesy and Poshmark for this!) Items that are in good condition but not necessarily ideal candidates for resale should be donated. Toss anything that is stained or damaged. 4. DIVIDE YOUR WARDROBE Once you’ve identified what you’re keeping, further divide your wardrobe into two categories: things you’ll wear this season, and things you’ll put away in storage for a future season. You’ll want to put all of your warm fall and winter pieces away until the cooler temperatures return. (This probably goes without saying, but everything should be clean before it’s put away.) If you have a guest closet, utilize that space for out-of-season items! If space is limited, plastic under-the-bed storage bins and even space-saving vacuum bags can be efficient. Be sure to toss in an insect repellent and a sachet to protect your clothes and keep everything fresh. For extra special or valuable items, consult a textile expert to ensure proper storage. 5. SHOP—AND THEN STOP SHOPPING Take a look at the items you’re keeping and figure out what’s missing from the mix, based on both necessity and current trends. Maybe you want a pair of gladiator sandals or a neutral miniskirt for the upcoming warmer months. We find that determining a budget and making a list before we go helps ensure our shopping is intentional rather than emotionally driven. The change of the season is a perfect time to finally invest in pieces you’ve been thinking about for a while, and to try out a few new things that will break you out of a style rut. 6. MIX AND MATCH Get creative! Now that you’ve pared down your wardrobe to include only the items you LOVE, it’s time to have more fun with what you wear each day. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns or try out new outfit combinations. Not sure where to start? Here are some essential spring pieces, perfect for mixing and matching.
It’s a great week to be a woman no matter your size. A new full-figured lingerie campaign, and French legislation passed Friday, support women of all sizes and make it clear: sexy doesn’t have to be just one size.
I have no clue how the idea of a work uniform came to me, but soon, the solution to my woes came in the form of 15 silk white shirts and a few black trousers. For a little personal detail, I remembered my mother loved to put bows in my hair as kid, so I chose to add a custom-made black leather rosette around my neck. Done. During the colder months, I'll also top my look off with a black blazer. I shopped all the pieces in one day. It burned a hole in my wallet to say the least, but in the long run, it has saved me—and will continue to save me—more money than I could imagine.To state the obvious, a work uniform is not an original idea. There's a group of people that have embraced this way of dressing for years—they call it a suit. For men, it's a very common approach, even mandatory in most professions. Nevertheless, I received a lot of mixed reactions for usurping this idea for myself. Immediately, people started asking for a motive behind my new look: "Why do you do this? Is it a bet?" When I get those questions I can't help but retort, "Have you ever set up a bill for online auto-pay? Did it feel good to have one less thing to deal with every month?" More distant co-workers have even asked if I was in some sort of sect—religious or otherwise. However, those types of comments ended abruptly when Mashable published the widely read, "Why Successful Men Wear the Same Thing Every Day." It came out almost two years after I had started wearing my uniform, and to some extent, it was a relief. My work ensemble didn't come off as a mystery anymore. On the downside, I couldn't help but notice that it appeared as if I needed a male authority to legitimatize my choice of clothing in order for others to truly accept it.Other than the burning, "why?" the most common question I get is whether or not it gets boring in the long run. It's a reasonable question that probably has a lot to do with the fact that office style is commonly informal in my industry. We have been given the opportunity to reflect our true personalities in everything we wear, every day—to extol our "creative spirits" in everything we do.
We all adore our staple skinny jeans—but every now and then, we feel the need to switch up our go-to silhouette. Thankfully, ’70s-inspired denim is here to save the day! Fully flared jeans paired with sky-high platforms will leave you looking more leggy and glamorous than ever. Here are a few of our favorite elongating ensembles!
Most people talk about stress as something they feel. You probably relate it to an uncomfortable emotion, such as frustration or anxiety. There's also a physical experience of stress in the form of tension, knots in the stomach or tight breathing. Stressed people look rigid and have crumpled, unhappy faces … at least, these are all the expected signs. But did you know not all stress is conscious? And because your body is so amazing at adapting, you may not even know it's happening. There are two types of stress that your conscious mind processes; acute and emotional. We're built for survival, and the body focuses on what's vital. During an acute stress response, your body wants you to notice stress. It's telling you to be alert and giving you the strength you need to survive. This is usually an uncomfortable experience but goes away when the stress goes away.
Let’s face it, most of us don’t look forward to Monday morning and some of us even dread the week ahead come Sunday night. Well, life is far too short to spend time harvesting negative energy so it’s time to start each Monday morning with a smile and positive outlook for the week ahead. We’ve come up with 5 simple steps you can take to make your Monday’s a little more manageable. 1. Get organized. Go into your Monday morning with a to-do list that’s been prepared ahead of time so you know what to expect. It would be ideal to pen this Friday night before you sign off for the weekend. Schedule the tasks you most dread first so you can get them over with. 2. Keep your schedule open. We picked this tip up from Meg Biram back in the fall and have been sticking to it ever since. Keep your Monday’s schedule flexible – if you can avoid it don’t schedule any meetings, conference calls or deadlines. Give yourself time to ease back into the work week.
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