Sonntag, 29. November 2015

Healthy Foods against Winter Stress

When your plate is full of responsibilities and you’re praying for just one moment of peace, it can be really difficult to put one foot in front of the other; believe us, we know what it’s like. Taking time for yourself can be hard to do, but if you make it a point to take just a few minutes to grab a snack, you might be surprised to find that your stress will start to fade. That is if you know what kind of snack to grab! While “comfort food” might sound like the right choice, these healthy snacks are what you should be reaching for when you want to de-stress:

·      Leafy Greens: While a salad might not exactly ring your “comfort food” bell, there is quite a bit to say about how a bunch of fresh greens can positively affect your body and your mindset! Crazy as it sounds, spinach actually helps you to produce dopamine, the pleasure chemical, with how much folate it contains. If you need to chill, why not make a little salad and you’ll feel great in no time!
·      Oatmeal: Start your day off with a big bowl of steel cut oats and you’ll be setting yourself up for a positive start! Since complex carbs (think no sugar) are known to help the brain create serotonin, a ‘happy’ chemical, you can effectively control your blood sugar levels so your body has a steady supply of serotonin to last you through ‘til lunch.
·      Blueberries: A handful of these little guys is just what you mind needs to relieve your stress! Since blueberries are full of antioxidants and phytonutrients (basically the superheroes of nutrients), the stress hormones in your body won’t stand a chance! Bonus: blueberries have been proven to improve your chances against cancer by boosting your immunity!
·      Salmon: If you’re feeling anxious, your body is probably on overdrive creating adrenaline and cortisol, the main hormones that are associated with stress. Luckily, the omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon have been proven to help counteract these stress-inducing hormones. Why not head to the sushi bar and indulge in some delicious stress-fight salmon bites?
·      Pistachios: This delicious snack is an easy way to fight anxiety and enjoy a few moments for yourself. Pack yourself a bag of these nuts and crack a few open when you get hungry. Not only will the repetitive motion with your hands help you to chill out physically, but the phytonutrients found in these nuts will help to calm your brain and offer cardiovascular support as well!
·      Dark Chocolate: Okay, I saved the best for last! While dark chocolate has been proven to aid in heart health, your mind can also benefit from this sweet treat! Not only your morale improve from indulging your sweet-tooth, but the antioxidants in the rich cocoa will help your blood vessels to relax, which in turn leads to lower blood pressure and improved circulation. Treat yourself to a bit of dark chocolate and let the stress just melt off your body!

The phrase, “you are what you eat,” can certainly apply here – when you know what kind of properties are in your food you can pick the right snacks to benefit any situation, even the most stressful moments! Which of these super foods that help fight stress will you be stocking up on?

Stay healthy
(credit: L.R.)

Freitag, 13. November 2015

How to Rock the Maxi Skirt This Season

When the temperatures cool, your skirt style options become limited. You want to stay warm, so you usually just aim for jeans and other pants that cover you up and keep you safe from fall and winter’s cool breezes. Well, I’m here to tell you that you can still wear skirts during cooler seasons. It’s all about layering right to make skirts work for you. Today, I want to focus on maxi skirts because they’re so comfortable and make for great fall staple. Still unconvinced? Below are some ways that you can wear maxi skirts for fall. Read on and let me know what you think in the comments section.

Leather Jacket- Add a leather jacket to your maxi skirt for a rock and roll edge that no one will be expecting this fall. You’ll look edgy and sharp, so go for it!

Denim on Top- I love the idea of un-tucking a shirt from a maxi skirt. It looks so easy to wear. Check out the model below. She’s rocking denim over a maxi skirt with a belt to cinch her waist. This look would look great with some outerwear.

Knit Sweater- For some interesting texture; add a big knit sweater over your maxi skirt outfit like Alexa Chung, below. I love how she added some relaxed sneakers to complete her outfit. Take note, ladies

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(credit: L.R.) 

Fashion Therapist

There’s a good chance that what you’re wearing right now reflects what your state of mind was when you opened your closet door this morning. Besides practical wardrobe considerations, women often choose clothing based on their feelings.

Did you know that a British survey studied what makes up a woman’s favorite “happy” or “bad mood” outfits? Happy women preferred clothes that are “well-cut, figure-enhancing, and made from bright and beautiful fabrics,” while women in a bad mood gravitate toward baggy tops and jeans. Here are some tips on how to be your own “fashion therapist” and interpret what your clothes are trying to tell you.

(Jeans also made the happy clothes list, but ranked below a favorite dress, jewelry and favorite shoes.) Even when we need to wear a uniform, we often manage to sneak in an expression of our inner self. For example, a teenager in private school can choose to wear a pink cardigan, or a gray hoodie over her requisite pants and shirt, and her choice might indicate if it’s a happy day or a sad day for her. A working-woman may have her wardrobe dictated by her employer, but she may choose a beautiful jacket or a saggy old sweater to keep her warm on the way to work. Selecting the old sweater may be a result of feeling down when she left her house, and she may choose the jacket on better days.

In contrast, spending a day in drab, unflattering clothes may darken a bright mood. Why not try a fashion application of basic behavioral therapy? When you’re feeling bad, try avoiding an impulse toward clothes that reflect that bad feeling. Instead, reach for something that you would usually choose on a happy day. You may feel strange putting it on, but your mood may soon reflect your more positive fashion choice. We all like to seek refuge in our “bad day” clothes sometimes, just like we all need a big hot fudge sundae sometimes, but we can make these times less frequent and less habitual. Making an effort to treat yourself to your happy clothes, regardless of a sad feeling, reminds you that you’re worth the effort, and that you deserve to feel good in your clothes.

So, if you find yourself feeling sad and wearing a baggy top and unflattering jeans, go back to the closet. Put on some happy day clothes and maybe your mood will follow.

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(credit: L.R.)

Boots by Body Type

Cool fall weather signals the start of boot season. Chances are, it’s time to give your footwear a serious reboot. With so many twists on the boot—from ankle boots, booties and flats to over-the-knee, wedge and stiletto—there’s a perfect style (or two, or three) for every body shape. Ready boots? Start walkin’.

Pear Shaped Girls: Wedges & Riding Boots

When your lower half is a bit larger, try looking for boot styles with a slight heel to give you a little a lift and help lengthen those stems. Steer clear of anything thigh-high or over-the-knee because they take up too much real estate. You never want to completely cover up a shapely leg – sometimes that only makes them seem bigger. Instead, flaunt them! When you keep legs bare, it maximizes a slim silhouette. All bootie or wedge styles are fair game, but super clunky, chunky heels are your foe. Pair a fun riding boot with an A-line skirt or wear it with your favorite pair of jeans for a shot of equestrian cool.

For Girls Who Are Top Heavy: Rain Boots & Thigh Highs

Since your legs are one of your best assets, inverted triangle shapes can work a variety of boot trends. Try a great flat boot or a motorcycle style for some attitude. Be ambitious! Maximize your leg length with styles that have vertical seams or laces – they draw long lines which, in turn, make legs appear even longer. The slight quarter-inch heel of a sleek pair of thigh high boots will help to make them look a lot less “Pretty Woman” and more “trendy fashionista.”

For The Hourglass Figured Girls: Booties & Knee-High Boots

When you have enviable curves, a bootie or knee-high style is ideal to show off your shape. Anything thigh-high or over-the-knee may compete with your curves and won’t look sleek and polished. Your figure does a lot of the talking and can give a paper bag a sense of sexiness, so choose simple, classic styles that streamline those killer curves. Anything that tapers to your leg will always flatter the most. Looking  for the perfect bootie to show off your hourglass curves? Choose a super chic pair possibly in of-the-moment oxblood; go for some zipper embellishments on a cute ankle-grazing bootie for a fun look this season. xo

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(credit: L.R.)

Freitag, 6. November 2015

Airport Fashionistas

Finally going on that vacation you’ve been dreaming about for ages? Well then, it’s off to the airport with you! Sure, the airport isn’t exactly a runway show. Airport travel is kind of a hassle. You just want to be comfortable, yet still look good as you arrive to your destination. It’s all about getting some inspiration from your favorite celebs. They seem to have the answer when it comes to airport style. Check out how celebrities dress to the airport and check out all the comfortable, chic looks their rocking.

Gwyneth Paltrow- Go for some comfortable leggings and converse to take your airport style to the next level. I love Gwyneth’s comfy striped sweater, as well.

Lupita Nyong’o- Below, Lupita is using her scarf to conceal her famous face, while also creating some interesting texture that any fashion girl can appreciate. Looks comfortable. 

Kendall Jenner- With the way Kendall Jenner’s been traveling all the time, it’s no surprise that she’s a master of airport style. Take note with her look below. 

Taylor Swift- Sometimes, it’s more about style than it is comfort. Just take a page from Taylor Swift’s stylebook.

Keep traveling
( credit: L.R.)

Montag, 2. November 2015

Model des Millenniums: Gisele Bündchen

Gisele Bündchen, vor fünfzehn Jahren von Anna Wintour zum "Model des Millenniums", vom "Rolling Stone" zum "schönsten Mädchen der Welt" gekrönt und von Claudia Schiffer als letztes verbliebenes Supermodel bezeichnet, ist mit 35 ganz oben mit dabei.

Jetzt hat Gisele Caroline Nonnenmacher Bündchen, mittlerweile 35, anlässlich ihres zwanzigsten Jubiläums im Modebusiness ein Bilderbuch herausgebracht. Dass das ein Ziegel sein muss? Eh klar. Wer so lange ganz oben mitmischt, hat sich ein solch glamouröses, 300 Bilder und 536 Seiten starkes, Kompendium, versehen mit dem schlichten Titel "Gisele", verdient: Die Deutschbrasilianerin hat laut "Forbes" zwischen Juni 2014 und Juni 2015 44 Millionen Dollar erarbeitet. Damit gilt Bündchen, die in ihrer Laufbahn bereits 430 Millionen Dollar verdient haben soll, als das bestbezahlte Model der Welt. Zum neunten Mal in Folge.....

Wer gerne das Bilderbuch im Regal stehen haben möchte, sollte jetzt schon sparen anfangen, denn es kostet unglaubliche € 500,00 !!

Keep smiling
( credit: Sta)

Let´s go Boyfriend

Let’s get real. Boyfriend jeans are ‘in’ this fall. They’re very  on trend. I see them everywhere. They’re a comfortable, chic style perfect for any woman so it makes sense that everyone is on top of this trend. Are you a fan of the boyfriend jean and in need of your own pair? Shop your favorite pair. Let me know in the comments section which pair you’re looking to covet.

Rag and Bone is a great brand. These jeans are the best pair  if you’re looking for something classic and easy to wear. All this pair needs is boots and a simple shirt and you’ve got yourself a simply chic outfit.

Burberry Brit Relaxed Boyfriend Jean- These dark jeans by Burberry are perfect for fall. They’re cuffed to perfection.

Polo Ralph Lauren Distressed Boyfriend Jean- Go for a distressed vibe with these boyfriend jeans by Polo Ralph Lauren. This pair has got a very casual vibe. 

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(credit: L.R.)