Thursday, February 23, 2017

Getting StitchFix Excited!

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I'm excited because I'm soon to receive my first ever StitchFix!

It's exciting because not having enough time to shop, or not finding something I'd like in the stores I shop, I decided to give StitchFix a try.   It's very simple to fill out a profile on yourself with your likes and dislikes in fashion and then your personal size profile!  That's it~  When your StitchFix arrives, you'll get to try each item on at home, keep what you like and then return any of the items back in a postage paid envelope system.

Easy! Exciting!  I'll have more on this later! In the meantime, here's a referral:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Wellness Challenge

Wellness challenge,  I accept.
You may have read my last article about finding my hygge, where I'm trying to get in touch with my "comfort zone" and "stress-free zone", using the concepts of hygge with comfort foods, comfort things, like soft pillows, afghans and leggings. I love natural light as well and my comfort spot is located near my windows. I have dedicated this spot as a place where I can slow down and accept doing less, even if just for a few minutes. I came across a blog post today on by , I immediately followed her and also let a message on the spot. I've been "practicing" for about 1 week so far, and I have noticed a sense of calm coming over me and now I cannot wait for my 15-20 minute quiet time in my special spot. I simply surround myself with things I love and spend 15-20 minutes being quiet, eyes closed (lightly meditating) with nice soothing breaths and then I will end off with about 3-5 minutes journaling.  

I'd love to challenge all of you to do this Wellness Challenge too, won't you accept the challenge ?    
Photo Credit: Mary Caliendo Photo 2017                                          

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hygge and Tea

How do you Hygge with tea? Hygge is a Danish lifestyle that is currently on trend this year. This lifestyle emphasizes coziness and all things that make you feel good and comfortable.  The custom revolves around the Danish nationality and its ideas of finding comfort where one resides or works. It is said that the Hygge lifestyle came to be because they experience cold, dark and long wintery climate days.
They created and celebrate Hygge to boost their spirits and those around them. Hygge is a practice of finding simple yet beloved domestic choices or daily living rituals into something special and comforting. This idea lowers the stress levels and they claim it changes their dispositions.
Hygge, it can be said is a connection to simple moments and a slower -paced lifestyle. Hygge asks one to find these everyday moments and attach more meaning to them or make each moment a very special one. It asks each person to take the goodness in their lives and revel in them.
It asks to embrace complete mindfulness, by slowing down, then embracing the light, find the beauty, and then nest in it with your community of loved ones and friends. Hygge finds symbolic ways to include each of these.
 In embracing the light, it can be lighting a candle or seeking out the nearest natural light, as in sitting near the window. Finding the beauty can be done by bringing texture into your area, it may be in the coziness of an afghan or it can be in the sleek or uncluttered home with minimal things but sleek warm woods that can be touched and seen. It can be the burning of a fireplace, with its aroma of seasoned wood filling the room. When we nest ourselves in soft wool socks or cozy pajamas or sweat pants we feel comforted.  Finally, Hygge asks to share all of this comfort with the people that surround you by doing low level activities, such as conversation and movie watching, beloved music in the background, quiet card playing or just sitting next to someone reading.
Hygge is bringing in balance and harmony to simple pleasures.  So that includes into the kitchen for tea. With the candles blazing and comfy clothes on, you begin to understand that including tea into this mindfulness trend is a superior choice.
Tea pairing with your background music is yet another way to embrace your Hygge.  Tea can be very aromatic. And this will add to the layers of Hygge. Mornings with slivers of light coming through a window and a sleek minimalist tea kettle on the flame, one can choose to have up-lifting or even raucous music like Classical, Chinese Drum, pop, or rock to get your morning started and pair that with rich, strong and full-bodied teas. Some of those are: any black tea like English breakfast tea, Ceylon tea, Darjeeling, or Puerh and perhaps a nice Matcha green tea.
For a midday Hygge tea, turn on some Jazz, Easy listening, Folk, or classical and add Chai tea, or gunpowder, Rooibos or Sencha tea. Strong, good flavors for afternoon pick me ups or high-tea.
Finally, the evening approaches the day is done, winding down even more is very conducive for sleep. Create Zen with delicate and quiet music like a Japanese flute, or Native American instrumentals, easy and slow violin, the sounds of rushing water and then add in some soothing chamomile tea, delicate lavender or white needle or blended and fruited tisanes. 
Hygge asks one to slow down and enjoy daily mundane experiences by evoking emotional responses and meditating and reflecting on the ability to savor with your senses.
Enjoy this new trend; Hygge and tea.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Valentine's Seeing Red

Valentine’s Day, Seeing Red

Valentine’s Day and its history and creation are often disputed and is shrouded in mystery with many versions. What we do know, is that Valentine’s Day has its roots in ancient Roman times at a festival name Lupercalia, which was loosely associated with fertility.  History has Pope Gelasius in 496, changing it from a Pagan Festival to a Christian one, and deemed it take place on February 14th.  It became St. Valentine’s Day when young married women came to the festival and placed their names in urns.

Good things red……

RED LIPS    Red lips can command a room. When asked, most women think they can’t really pull off wearing red lips, and most men will take a longer gaze at a woman with pretty red lips. But men also said, if the lips are overpowering the face, they do not like it.  So how in the world can a girl find the right lipstick for her? 
It’s true not everyone can pull off a startling red, think… Gwen Stefani….here’s a key in how to choose your Valentine’s lip:

First know that there are many, many versions of red. And we know from the art world that some things are mixed with blue or orange or even browns to obtain different hues. To determine what type of red you should wear, find your skin type tone.  Warm toned skin should look to the true red and orange lip undertones.  If you have cool tones look for lipsticks that err toward red with the blue undertones.  Thankfully, most beauty companies even list on their product/or group lipsticks together by the cool or warm tones.

Happy lips will smile!!

RED NAILS   Nothing says glamor and romance and confidence, that hinges on sexy than red fingernails.
Just like with red lips, nail color comes in many, many colors and hues of red. It should be easy once the lips are picked out.  You can match them if you’d like for fun or be completely different than your lips.  Short nails are not a problem, in fact, red looks fantastic on shorter nails.  *Here’s a beauty tip,  if your fingernails are super short, paint nails down the middle and leaving open the sides of the nail; it actually makes them look longer!

RED WINE    Red wine contains resveratrol. It is good for your health, as if you needed a reason to drink wine, right? Resveratrol is a naturally occurring compound that comes from the skin of red grapes. This compound helps your skin from wrinkling by boosting up your cells, also it plays an important part in your heart health!   *drink in moderation.

RED PEPPERS Red peppers contain capsaicin.  That is an awesome anti-inflammatory benefit. Red peppers also contain Vitamin E, C, B6, A and Beta-carotene, folate, lycopene, and lutein! Wait, there’s more… fiber! Those vitamins and minerals are antioxidants and that has huge anti-cancer benefits.  That’s a lot of love packed into a little red pepper.

STRAWBERRIES  Strawberries do a lot, besides they taste good too!  Here’s the short list:

Strawberries lower risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease by 32%. Strawberries also benefit healthy skin and hair, increased energy levels and lowers blood pressure. Strawberries are considered a low glycemic food and lowers risk of blood sugar spikes. Strawberries contain folic acid which is great for pregnancy. They also contain vitamin C and are low in calories. 

So sweet!