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Spring Layers

Spring has arrived and I love the lighter layers paired with open toed shoes and light colors.  It’s all so refreshing, careless and cool.  Stripes never looked so good with this seasons hottest shoe, a sporty sneaker.  Matchy matchy is out- add a shoe with color for that added interest.  Dig out those shorts as they go with everything from dressy to tomboy casual.  The key is the balance of the outfit.  If you have baggy shorts then wear a tighter tank with a loose white blouse button up and eye catching sandals.  We all know spring temps are unpredictable so go with lighter layers that you can wrap around your waist or shoulders.  Don’t forget to lighten your make up and hair can be more casual and fun!

Now this is a garden display like none other!
christies closet
Spring Outfits 2015: 50 Flawless Looks to Copy Now | StyleCaster
effortless color..
Oh dear spring, please come fast. I have an adorable hat that is getting bored on my dresser...
oversized flannel with gladiator sandals, so cute for summer or early fall
We have been waiting for you, Spring, with open arms. Welcome. Please stay as long as you’d like. I can’t wait until you’ve decorated #CentralPark to look like this picture. Ah…..the beauty.

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SPRING trends to wear

7 Spring 2015 Fashion Trends You Should Follow - Gingham
Gingham
30 Stylish Cardigan Outfits For Girls | http://fashion.ekstrax.com/2014/02/stylish-cardigan-outfits-for-girls.html
Boho
How to wear jogger pants | Style 101
Gogger pants
strappy sandals
Stripes
London Fashion Week Street Style Spring 2015 - London Street Style - Harper's BAZAAR
Kimono scarf
The Top 8 Shoe Trends For Spring 2015: Paging all shoe-lovers — and that's all of us, right?
Flatforms
Ключевые весенние модели для нового стильного сезона. | H&M RU
White
7 Spring 2015 Fashion Trends You Should Follow YELLOW
Yellow
Gucci, Spring 2015. Gimme.
Thicker heels & Snake skin
Ulla Johnson Spring 2015 Ready-to-Wear - Collection - Gallery - Look 1 - Style.com
light blue
2015 Floral Pants For Women - Street Style Trends (19)

Floral print

The Playlist: Psychadelic spring staples to get into the groove!
Lace
A rainbow of pastel bags for spring!!! Repin to remember all of these beautiful options! xoxo Beautylove Aprons

Pastels

This reminds me of something my mother-in-law would wear! Very lounge but still cool.
1970’s wide leg jeans
Delicate Leaf Ear Cuff Ear Wrap in Sterling or Gold by EarCharms, $15.00
Ear cuff
31 DIY Decor Ideas For Your Wedding | Wedding Decoration Inspiration | DIY Wedding Blog | Bespoke-Bride: Wedding Blog
photo credit: Pinterest

My new Office

This fall i completely overhauled my office space.  everything was removed, room repainted and bought all new items.  now i have a space that reflects my style & inspires me to be creative!

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I had a small area to place desk, so went simple

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The lamps add the right amount of glam

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Simple accessories keep the top functional & stylish

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Drawers for storage are a must

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the sheepskin for comfort

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Art is important to me and where I don’t mind investing my money

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Keeping my kid’s art close brings a smile to my face

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Overall this area is functional and stylish

TOTAL COST BREAKDOWN: Desk <homeclick>$199, Lamps <target>$80, Seat <crate&Barrel>$15, Lambskin <homegoods>$19, decorative Box <homegoods> $15, Framed Art <antique store>$300

At this age, know how to dress

Once I hit 40 I felt the need to ‘think’ about the way I looked at my wardrobe.  I want to dress appropriate for my age, but still feel young and can look fashionable, which can be done at any age.

Looking at my clothing I ask:

~ Is the quality of my clothing good?  No rips, holes, stains or faded clothing acceptable at this age.

~ Are my pieces of clothing enhancing my body?  Not too long or short, tight or big but giving me the right curves and hiding all the right things.

~ Do I have the right undergarments?  No panty lines are allowed and bras must be enhancing.

~ Do my shoes look fresh?  There is nothing worse than scuffed or dirty shoes on a great outfit.  I also make sure I have several different types of shoes with various heel size, color and style.

~ Do I have the right handbags?  Don’t skimp on a great bag.  You will be surprised at how many times you’ll use it if it’s a high end bag.  Less expensive bags are considered trendy and basically disposable.

~ Do I have a variety of accessories?  Gold, silver, chains, charms, chain link, watches, earning and trendy jewelry.

Without a doubt, I must have hair, nails and skin that look as good as possible.  I wash my face twice a day, hair every other and if I don’t have a fresh manicure then I keep my nails short and clean.

I care about my body so I do work out 3-5 times a week and eat clean as possible and drink plenty of liquids.  I started drinking warm water with lemon in the morning to jump start my digestive system, then coffee and light but mostly protein breakfast, tons of fruit and salads.

I do get between 7-9 hours of sleep every night and keep a pretty tight schedule during the day.

What I’ve found is that the key to knowing how to dress is balancing the outfit.  If you have on a flare skirt then wear a tank top or if my shirt is short then I wear a blazer to cover up.  When I wear leggings I wear a simple shirt then a longer sweater or blazer to cover up a little bit.

Right now I’m into wearing silk, blazers, layering and dressing in monochrome with one pop of color.

If you’re going to get dressed, why not do it better as you get older.  Every year work a little harder on something that you could do better.  It all becomes a habit and then the next thing you know you’ll look as good as you can!

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Celebrate in Style

If you’re getting ready for a major celebration then may I suggest you have the ‘it’ party decor, a Frilloon!  It’s everything, glamorous, sweet, perfect, stunning and oh so fancy.  The way it floats is so romantic with the long eye catching tassel making it fun to hold or stand on its own.

Frilloons can be used just about anywhere and add so much fun to any event as they are customizable~ any color combo you can think of or all in one color makes a great statement!  Imagine an all red Frilloon for a valentine’s celebration.

I used one this New Years Eve and I’d have to say it was so eye catching because you don’t normally see such a big balloon, but add the amazing tassels and it become beautiful and so impressive.

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Frilloons are by a Minneapolis company called, ‘White Peacock Styled Events’.  The balloons can be shipped and will add wonder and style to your next event.

My Juice cleanse

In a nutshell, my juice cleanse went better and was easier than I expected.  When I researched juicing, most of the cleanses were 3 days.  My goal was 5 days and I ended up strictly drinking freshly pressed juice, water with lemon and herbal tea for 4 days.  I learned a lot about myself and broke some habits.

My four day lowdown:

Before the fast:

I cut out meats, fried food and sweets a couple days before.

Day 1-4

9am  Hot water with lemon, 10am-7pm I drank 6 oz of fresh juice every three hours.  In between, I drank plenty of water and herbal tea.  Surprisingly, I never felt hungry but I did feel unsatisfied and had cravings.  What I loved about drinking just liquids is that I never had crashes or highs~ I always felt even.  No carb or sugar crashes!  I love having 1-3 cups of coffee every morning and really enjoy the smell, but for some reason I never smelled it and still don’t now!  My intention was to fast for a full 5 days, but I found since I work out daily that I was getting hungry for more at the end of day 3.  That evening I did have my juice and 1/4 of organic sweet potato with olive oil.  The evening of day 4 I ate a sweet potato and homemade guacamole with tortilla chips (which I craved!).  I like the corn one.  I also make slow cooked brown rice and had a couple of bites.

Day 5 I drank fresh juice in the morning and ate raw veggies and fruits for snacks and a salad for lunch.  For dinner my husband make homemade pizza and I had mine with cheese and fresh sliced tomatoes.  Day 6 ate simply but attending a party and enjoyed two homemade chicken nuggets and my wild rice salad and other salads.

After the fast:

Never felt better!  My stomach aces are gone.   I’m off caffeine, excedrin, sugar, mostly dairy and gluten.  I honestly am not smelling coffee any longer or even crave it.  I’ve replaced most of my carbohydrate items with rice or gluten free foods.  Don’t get me wrong- if there’s something fabulous to eat I will have a small portion.  I’m really craving my juice, so a couple days a week I have one!

What I juiced:

I’m a throw it all in gal!  Must be all Organic & washed well before you place into your juicer and DRINK IMMEDIATELY.  When you store any left over juice for the day, place in a thermos or jar with very little air on top in a brown paper bag.  Light is not our friend with juice- diminishes the nutrients.

Morning 6oz- whole pear, apple, cucumber, 2 sticks celery, 2 carrots, inch of ginger, half a lime or lemon and the best, spearmint or peppermint!

1:00, 4:00 & 7:00, 6oz.- whole apple, cucumber, 4 sticks celery, 4 carrots, inch or two of ginger, lime or lemon, chunk of fennel ball, couple pieces of garlic, chunk of sweet potato, banana, orange, red pepper, shallot, baby kale, spinach, parsley and more!!

Body results:

I don’t weigh myself but I did notice my clothes feeling looser and lost my lower belly tube.  Overall, this was the perfect thing to do to feel better, look better and just in time for summer!

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Inside Out

I believe beauty starts on the inside.  Taking care of myself is very important to me and I know you eventually see the benefits on the outside.  Not only do I exercise, drink plenty of water and sleep well, I practice meditation and sometimes cleanse by body.  I know it seems a bit much, but with everything we put our bodies I find it to be a meaningful exercise.  The benefits of cleansing can be found on several sites, but here are some that I found to be helpful,  Dr. Oz and Ezine Articles.

A year ago, I started focusing on my skin and wash my face every night and morning and pay close attention to wearing sunscreen.  I’ve always worked out a couple day’s a week and would try to squeeze in a walk here an there, but something switched in me and I decided it was time to go for it and in October I started working out 5 days a week and on the other days make sure to get a walk in.  It’s been 9 months and am hooked.

The more you work on your body the better you eat!  I’m happy with what I’m eating but am ready to detox my body.  It is hard, but I really want to do it.  I love the mental challenge and interested to see what happens with my body.

I don’t normally share photos of my body, but for this purpose, I think it’s helpful to see the before and after photos.  I’ll journal and post my process of the next 5 days of my Juice Cleanse.  Oh and I know, I’m skinny and I don’t need to loose weight, that’s not what this is about.  It’s more about the benefits of the cleanse and it just so happens that loosing weight is a side affect, but for me I’m going to continue working out and having SO many veggies that I’ll be getting everything I need!  ~XX

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When in doubt, wear RED

Don’t just wear red for the holidays.  Red can be a staple color.  Everyone likes the way the color looks, so you’ll be making people around you smile!  Why wouldn’t you want to wear Red!

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black-leather-pants

lace knitted scarf cherry red - looks like quite a challenge

Red Pants + Striped Blazer. Saw a cute one at Sam's, maybe I should get it.
Red Plaid Skirt, Red Jacket, Red Sweater, Black Boots.

Tendencias en el maquillaje! ojos deliniados y boca en rojo

red hair dont care  demi lovato

red blazer & destroyed jeans

Words of wisdom #red #quote #inspiration
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Tips on giving the perfect gifts

I’ve found that if you can plan for creating or finding the perfect gift to give it is so much more meaningful than picking up that last minute gift.  Here are things to think about when you want to give the perfect gift.

1.  Think about the personality of your friend.  Are they more fun, serious, foodie, athletic, country…etc.  Don’t shop for yourself, think about what they would like.

2.  Start early.  Give yourself enough time to either make or find a meaningful gift.

3.  You could get one large gift or a collection of smaller gifts.  For example if you want to give a pamper theme gift, then why not put together a local handmade soap, bath bomb, mixed with lotion, cuticle cream and nail polish, nail files, and so much more.  I would place all these items wrapped in tissue in a pretty toiletry bag, which is wrapped in a box.  I would tie it all off with a pretty ribbon and ornament that gives a clue as to the theme.

4.  Find something they don’t already have…who wants one more candle if they already have the perfect one?  Think outside the box.  If your friend enjoys jewelry and they have a lot already, then give them a special glass monogram box that they can place their special jewelry in, even better if you add a piece of jewelry!

5.  Spend within your budget.  You don’t have to break the bank to give a great gift.  Some of my favorite gifts to give have been meaningful photos in a frame, framed computer made art, photo books and home baked goods.

6.  Be creative when it comes to your gifts…if you can make it then add something store bought that pairs well with your gift.  For example, I made a sign on my computer and printed it myself and spent my money on the frame.

7.  For me the gift is the entire package, meaning the gift, wrapping and card~ they must all be fabulous and meaningful.  Don’t skimp on the delivery of the gift.  There is nothing more tacky than getting a great gift in a random gift bag.  If you have a theme gift then make sure there is a common thread through the entire experience.

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