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Maple Holistics has done it again! I am a huge fan of their hair care products. I was recently introduced to their amazing Silk 18 Shampoo, and my hair has never been more beautiful. You see, my hair has been very dry this winter. On top of being dried out and brittle from the cold temperatures, I had my hair hi-lighted. That made my already damaged hair look and feel like hay. It wasn't pretty!
After I started using Maple Holistics Silk 18 Shampoo, I feel that my hair has been completely revitalized!
"Achieve stronger, smoother, more luscious hair with silk18 shampoo. Infused with a rejuvenating blend of 18 silk amino acids which help fortify hair follicles and strengthen strands to protect hair from dryness, breakage, damage, split ends, and hair fall. The nourishing formula gently cleanses dandruff, excess sebum, and impurities to leave your hair and scalp feeling fresh but not stripped. Enriched with argan and jojoba oil to add supreme softness and a luminous shine. Our shampoo is sulfate and paraben-free making it great for all hair types, color treated hair, and sensitive skin."
From the very first time that I tried Silk18, I was impressed with the luxuriously rich lather. It felt like the formula was deeply penetrating each strand. My hair was left squeaky clean without any gross residue that some shampoos leave behind. My hair felt beautifully clean, but not stripped of moisture.
My hair has taken on a new bounce, shine and softness that it has been lacking lately. The breakage is greatly reduced,and I can't really see any more split ends. My hair has been transformed from being dry and unmanageable, to a healthy and vibrant condition that I love!
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Guest rooms are important in family homes, creating extra space for guests and extra family members when they come to visit. If you want your guests to walk away happy and have an enjoyable stay with you, you should ensure that your guest room is inviting, welcoming and comfortable for your guests. However, your guest room should also be convenient for you, and so you should also consider the practical aspects, such as convertibility.
The first thing that you should think about when creating the perfect guest room is how convenient it is for you. Your room should be practical for when you have no guests visiting, ensuring that you do not use unnecessary resources on its creation. Then, you should aim for simplicity when creating a guest room. For instance, simply add a bed to a living room, or create a guest nook in another room for a practical and easy way to create a space for guests to stay. You should also ensure that your guest room has all the basics that your guests will need, such as a wardrobe, mirror and bed.
If practicality is high on your list of must-haves, you should consider your guest room’s convertibility. Guest rooms can make great home offices or even entertainment or theater rooms when you do not have guests staying. By simply including a few different pieces of furniture, you can ensure that your room has multiple uses. For instance, you should consider investing in convertible beds such as pull-out, Murphy or sofa beds, which can then be transformed into a place to relax, or simply stowed away to create a home office. Anima Domas’s Italian wall bed system is comfortable and easy to clear into the wall of a home office, allowing you the extra space to complete all of your work before the guests arrive.
You should also ensure that your guest room is spacious, allowing your guests more space to move around and enjoy their stay. You can make your rooms look more spacious through painting their walls in neutral or white color palettes as this will give the appearance that your room is larger than it really is. You can also create more space through your storage methods. You should consider under-the-bed storage for your guest room. As many guest rooms are converted spare rooms, this will enable you to use the room for both storage and guests, maximizing the space that you have available to you.
4. Welcoming Environment
Most importantly, you want to create a fantastically welcoming environment for your guests. Try adding a tea tray of biscuits and a kettle for the ultimate comforting experience. You may also want to add different textiles to the room such as rugs and cushions to add an extra aspect of personalization and ensure that your room looks wonderful for your guests. This will mean that your guest room is both practical and as welcoming as a hotel for your guests.
NATIONAL FRAGRANCE DAY MUST-HAVES
Celebrate National Fragrance Day on March 21st with one the beautiful fragrances from the Author of Perfumes since 1981 - Goutal Paris!
Eau d’Hadrien EDP
($127 1.7oz / $202 3.4oz, us.goutalparis.com)
The first fragrance from the legendary house of Annick Goutal, conveys the fiery sun and the brilliant light of Tuscany add to the charm of the cypress-lined terraces. The hottest hour of the day is the best time to sink into the soft shade of the lemon trees and reread a few passages from Memoirs of Hadrian.
Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Citron, Grapefruit, Green Mandarin, Ylang-Ylang, Cypress, Bergamot
Bois d’Hadrien EDP
($127 1.7oz / $202 3.4oz, us.goutalparis.com)
Annick Goutal’s daughter, Camille, envisioned the sky of a Tuscan sunset when creating this perfume. The blend of cedar, Siberian pine, fir balsam, incense, and musk will take you straight to Italy.
Notes: Cedar, Siberian Pine, Fir Balsam, Incense, Musk
Petite Cherie EDP
($127 1.7oz / $202 3.4oz , us.goutalparis.com)
This fragrance represents an enchanted garden, where a pear tree blossoms beside a blooming rose bush. Not fully woman, not fully child, Petite Chérie picks a pear from the tree and discovers the tenderness of a kiss between flower and fruit. A fragrance to embrace.
Notes: Pear, Peach, Musky Rose, Freshly Cut Grass, Vanilla
Rose Pompon EDP
($116 1.7oz / $170 3.4oz , us.goutalparis.com)
As you stroll down Rue des Rosiers in Paris, you can feel the vibrant, sparkling atmosphere along the cobblestone street, punctuated with the laughter from café terraces and snippets of shopkeepers' conversations. In the spring, the climbing rose bushes flower in clusters. The wind stirs their pompom blossoms and swirls their refreshing scent with the sweet, tangy smell of pastries.
Notes: Bulgarian Rose Essence, Taïf Rose, Peony, Blackcurrent, Raspberry, Pink Pepper, Woody Cedar, Patchouli, White Musks
The Rose Pompon is MY Favorite! I love the feminine fragrance. There is no more beautiful scent to me than that of the rose!
If you are like me, you are probably wondering what the secret ingredients are that will keep you healthy, strong, and vibrant. Is there a supplement to take? Tell me what to eat! When should I eat and how many calories should I be eating? The truth is, the "secret" is that all we need to do is to focus our attention on consuming a variety of plant-based, whole foods at least 80% of our time to keep us strong and healthy. These are foods that are found in nature. They are either grown on trees or in our earth. Plant-based whole foods are key to vital health and can help prevent and even reverse diseases by reducing inflammation in the body! Powerful stuff.
Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Sara Siskind has put together some of her favorite plant-based, whole foods that she makes sure to include in her eating routine that I thought I would share:
When nuts, such as pistachios, are eaten on a regular basis, they help lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol thereby lowering the risk of heart disease. Pistachios provide the winning combination of heart healthy fats, protein and fiber which are essential to good nutrition and health. One serving of pistachios has as much potassium as an orange making it a nutritious choice to add to your daily diet. My favorite pistachio snack is Setton Farms’ Pistachio + Plum Chewy Bites. They make it easy to get the daily benefits of pistachios on the go, plus the plums make them a tad sweet to satisfy my sweet tooth!
Leafy Greens such as collard greens, bok choy, swiss chard, kale and mustard greens are one of the most nutrient dense foods containing the least amount of calories. Whether you are looking to watch your weight, prevent or reverse disease, improve the strength of your bones and teeth or just get a natural healthy glow, eating leafy greens on a daily basis is a must. Leafy greens contain important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamins B1 and B2 and fiber. I like to put them in my salads, sandwiches, and even sautéed and served in healthy pasta dishes!
Whole grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, bulgur and millet offer a variety of health benefits, unlike refined grains which are processed and stripped of valuable nutrients. They contain whole grain kernels that consist of three parts: the germ, bran and endosperm; each part is essential containing fiber, B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, antioxidants, phytochemicals, healthy fats, carbohydrates and protein. One of my dishes is a rice bowl, start with wild rice, and load up on the greens and plant-based proteins!
Not all fats are created equal! Healthy fats are those that contain polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, are found in plants, and actually do the body good. They are instrumental in keeping your weight under control, lowering your bad cholesterol (LDL), preventing stroke and heart disease, lowering your blood pressure and even boosting your mood. Healthy fats are found in nuts, seeds, avocados, cacao, olives, and plant based oils and are rich in omega 3s. Although these healthy fats are essential for the body, it’s important to keep your portions in control because they can also be calorie dense. Drizzle some olive or avocado oil on your salad to get a healthy dose of fats.
Beans and Legumes
Beans and legumes are an excellent source of dietary fiber, protein, B vitamins, folate, and an assortment of other vitamin and minerals. Beans are known to help keep the digestive track running smoothly because they contain soluble and insoluble fiber. First they slow down digestion to give you a full feeling and then they help to prevent constipation. Beans are a wonderful substitute for animal protein. They can help lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol and maintain a healthy gut. Look for chickpeas, lentils, peas and white beans and aim for ½ a cup daily. I love making zoodles and loading them with chickpeas and other greens for a healthy dinner option.
About Sara Siskind
Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Sara Siskind is the founder of Hands On Healthy, cooking classes for adults, families and teens based in New York. Sara has dedicated her career to educating clients on how food and lifestyle choices affect health, and how to make the right choices to look and feel your best each day. Sara translates the complexity of integrated nutrition into usable tools with easy-to-cook recipes that appeal to the entire family. Sara counsels privately to offer highly customized health and nutrition plans for her clients. She also works with parents on shopping and cooking smarter to create healthier homes. In addition, she teaches beginner to gourmet cooking classes with her signature "toss it in" approach. In addition, Sara regularly works with corporations and non-profit organizations to lead workshops and lectures on healthy eating.
Pistachio + Plum Chewy Bites are all-natural bite-sized bars packed with over 50% California grown pistachios, plums, date nectar and a touch of lemon. Each individually wrapped bite is loaded with protein, fiber, iron, potassium and antioxidants making them an ideal, on-the-go, heart healthy snack that is both delicious and nutrient dense.
Pricing: 6-Pack $5.99
About Setton Farms
Setton Farms is a family owned business based in California’s Central Valley and are the 2nd largest grower and processor of pistachios in the United States. The business started as a small bakery in Brooklyn in 1959 and expanded to growing pistachios in 1987. They are a vertically integrated company and are able to focus on every step of the pistachio process from harvesting, to processing, to shipping. The processing plant has a 1.7MW solar power system and their post-harvest operations is 100% solar powered. Their products range from plain pistachios to flavored pistachios to their iconic Pistachio Chewy Bites.
I cannot stress enough how important a good night's sleep is! As a working mom with a little one who still shares our bed it's become even more apparent that good sleep isn't an option, it's a necessity whenever we can get it! I want my home to be an oasis where my family can relax after a long day and always feel comfortable and safe. I've been hunting for the best products to make my bedroom especially relaxing so that I can soak up some rest!
I was excited to try California Design Den sheets for their high quality and lasting materials. Another thing I really appreciated about this company was their assurance of fair collaboration with their factory in India.
Nobody can deny that the first night's sleep with clean sheets is the BEST feeling! It makes me feel like my life is a little less chaotic! When we climbed into bed my husband instantly said ‘I feel like we're at a luxury hotel.’ And I totally agree!
These white sheets are completely luxury. They were also perfect for our hot-blooded little one-year- old co-sleeper because they kept her the perfect temperature, a little cooler. I could not have asked for better sheets to help her sleep through the night without sweating!
California Design Den produces their sheets with the same premium quality as the world’s top bedding brands at a value you won’t find anywhere else. I can tell that the material used is made of the highest quality material, and will last for years to come, which is relief!
If you're like me, you love a good deal and you love to stock up on the things you love and will use. Which is why the price of these sheets is a great deal and a perfect opportunity to buy multiple high quality products for the price of something cheaper another store. I highly recommend my luxury sheets and can't wait to crawl into bed and SLEEP like my baby!
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As a parent, you already know how challenging it can be to run your household. From cooking healthy meals to making sure that everyone is happy, there is an overwhelming number of responsibilities. Keeping the home clean and tidy is one of them, and that can often feel like a losing battle. If your children are happy leaving their toys at the top of the stairs, think nothing of throwing dirty clothes on the floor, and never tidy up after themselves, then you probably feel like pulling your hair out. The good news is that there are some proven ways to help make keeping your home clean and tidy, and you might even be able to get the children to help!
Rules for Play
The more expectation that you demand, the easier it will be for your children to understand routines and requirements. When it comes to playtime, make sure that you establish this simple rule: one toy set at a time, and put it away before unpacking a different set. This will prevent the accumulation of toys, and make it far easier to manage your household.
Everything in its place
The more designated areas that you have for possessions, the easier it is to put them back where they belong. If you lack space, then simple solutions can include using empty shoe boxes for toys and trinkets or investing in some clothes bins for the same task. The more that your children know where things belong, the more likely that they will tidy up after themselves.
It might seem like overkill, but some simple changes to your home will make it much easier to keep clean and tidy. Carpet can be a nightmare when you have children, with spilled drinks and dropped food not helping at all. Have a look at the low cost of laminate flooring Charleston SC at Palmetto Carpet and Floor Coverings, and consider how much time you might save when all of your floor cleaning can be done quickly and with nothing more than a brush.
If your children don’t put their clutter away, then you should deny them access to it when they next want it. Have a storage box that’s kept out of reach. If you’ve asked for a spruce up of their room, wait until they have said they’re done, and anything that hasn’t been tidied goes into that storage until they improve. That reward could be the inspiration they need to pay more attention to their living space.
One of the best ways to get your children to help with the tidying up is to let them be the boss for a while. They’ll love being in charge, and if you have more than one child, then you can have one acting as a supervisor (remember to switch up roles). Being in charge of you and their siblings will be fun, and they might even start paying more attention to what needs doing too. Tidying up games are not just practical; they’re fun too!
Teach your children how to clean properly, and they’ll feel more grown up too. Start them off by letting them play-clean alongside you, and show them how to improve. You might find that they love tidying up so much that you never have to wipe down a side or pick up a toy again. It’s good to dream, right?
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that smoking, not wearing sunscreen and going to bed with your makeup on hardly produces the coveted look of Instagram’s “glass skin.” Aside from these three ‘skin sins’ there are many others that are not so obvious. We turned to Denver Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Manish Shah who is a big believer in pre-juvenation and a holistic approach to youth.
“Many people think caring for your skin is skin-deep,” quips Dr. Shah. “It is not.“ Inconsistent or inadequate nutrition that has your body mass and weight moving in a yo-yo motion up and down the scale can contribute to ruined elasticity and reduced collagen in the skin. This is part of the reason why specialists will recommend a two-pound maximum weight loss goal per week because your skin needs time to adapt to the loss of mass. Dr. Shah explains that the skin needs to be nourished from the inside as well and many of the trend diets like keto and paleo focus on one group of food and though it can help keep a caloric deficit, it can also create a deficit of the necessary vitamins and minerals you need to keep your skin looking healthy.
Drinking Too Much Coffee
“Excessive amounts of caffeine can increase the levels of insulin and cortisol in the system,” explains Dr. Shah. Insulin increases inflammation and cortisol is known as the stress hormone. This combination could mix up your sleeping habits and contribute to continued stress which can lead to sleep deprivation. “Sleep deprivation prevents that regenerative rest our skin and mind need to stay healthy.”
Neglecting the Skin Around Your Eyes
"The skin around your eyes is the thinnest and has very few oil glands," says Dr. Shah. Pamper your eyes and stave off signs of aging by choosing a daily eye cream that includes peptides. Dr. Shah explains, “They work to stimulate collagen production and prevent fine lines. Be sure to check the label.” Other notable ingredients that reduce puffiness, lines, wrinkles, and under eye circles are caffeine and nicotinic acid (a form of the B vitamin niacin).
Expecting Instant Results from Beauty Treatments
Most of us are guilty of trying a face cream or anti-aging treatment once or twice and then giving up on it before it has had a chance to work. A majority of anti-aging treatments take up to a month to begin showing positive effects. Dr. Shah explains, “This is due to the cycle of your skin, which undergoes a period of cellular structure renewal over a span of 30 days. In our instant gratification mode, we often toss a product before giving it time to work.”
Taking Medications With Side-Effects on the Skin
Certain medications like corticosteroids for asthma and arthritis cause the skin to thin and weakens blood vessels. Medicine to treat seizures can cause heightened sensitivity to sun damage in the skin which is a common perpetrator in premature aging. Blood pressure medications that block calcium channels have been studied in relation to their inhibition of collagen production by obstructing the absorption of vitamin C by the cells. Vitamin C is an important part of collagen production. “If these medications are being prescribed to you by your physician then the benefits outweigh their effect on collagen production. There is no need to stress over this, as long as you take care of your skin in other ways you should be fine,” explains Dr. Shah.
Consuming Excessive Amounts of Salt
“By all measures, an excess of salt in your diet is detrimental to your kidneys, your cardiovascular health and, yes, your skin,” says Dr. Shah. Salt absorbs moisture and it can aid in making your skin look dry and less vibrant. Reducing your sodium intake and sticking to a moisturizing routine should help your skin stay healthy and smooth.
Every time you move that beautiful face, your skin wrinkles a little bit. Most of the time your face bounces back and those little wrinkles disappear once new skin cells grow.
While you may think that soap is your skin’s best friend, this is actually not the case. The reason for this is that your skin has an acid mantle which is a natural protective barrier of the skin. When you wash with soap – which is generally alkaline – it can remove this protective layer of oils and dry out the skin, eventually leading to wrinkles. Dr. Shah says that “While it is not advisable to stop washing entirely, try swapping the soap for a PH-neutral and chemical-free cleanser, and bear in mind that there is such a thing as over-cleansing your skin.”
Tugging on Your Skin While Applying or Removing Makeup
To minimize the damage to the skin around your eyes, follow these quick tips from Dr. Shah:
Use your ring finger to pat on products around your eyes, including serums, oils, moisturizers, and concealers. Your ring finger is the least likely to pull or tug at your skin.
Apply eyeliner and eyeshadow by gently closing your eyelids, rather than by pulling them taut. If you’re struggling to apply without pulling, consider investing in products that are made to apply smoothly, like cream or gel formulas.
Have patience when removing makeup from the eye area. Use cotton or another soft product, coated well with your favorite makeup removing solution. Hold the cotton over your closed eye without wiping, allowing the product to break down the makeup. After a minute or so, wipe gently to remove the makeup.
Picking Your Skin
You're not a dermatologist or licensed aesthetician. You should not be picking at your pimples, ingrown hairs, or anywhere else on your face. It's one of the biggest assaults against your skin and can have permanent effects. "The more people press and manipulate blemishes, the more inflammation they create underneath," explains Dr. Shah. "The result is scars, pockmarks, and discoloration that can become permanent.”
Licking Your Lips Constantly
There's a myth out there that claims people can get addicted to lip balm. "These people just have dry skin and miss the feeling of the balm when it's gone," says Dr. Shah. Lip licking can become a bad habit. But when you moisten your lips that way, you actually wind up making things worse. The water in your saliva evaporates, leaving lips dry and cracked. "Saliva can contain bacteria and irritants, so you can end up with a rash around the lips as well," says Dr. Shah. Try a lip balm such as Burt's Bees 100% Natural Moisturizing Lip Balm, Original Beeswax with Vitamin E & Peppermint Oil.
About Dr. Manish Shah:
Manish Shah, M.D., F.A.C.S. was born in Canada and raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a degree in biomedical engineering. He then completed his medical training at the University of Virginia, earning his Medical Doctorate. During this time, he also completed a one-year fellowship in microsurgery research at the New York University School of Medicine / Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. As a prelude to his plastic surgery training, Dr. Shah completed a rigorous five-year training program in General and Trauma Surgery at Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia. His formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery was completed at the Univ. of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit. After completing his plastic surgery training, he moved to New York City when he was selected for the prestigious Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. He underwent extensive, advanced training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body at the hands of some of the most renowned cosmetic surgeons in the world. This fellowship is widely considered to be the best of its kind in the world. Dr. Shah is one of only a select few plastic surgeons in the country who has undergone formal post-graduate training in aesthetic surgery. www.drmanishshah.com
Dr. Shah’s specialties include revision facial aesthetic surgery, rhinoplasty (“nose reshaping”), and aesthetic surgery of the breast (breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction). He is, however, well-trained in all areas of aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Shah’s aim is to obtain a natural appearing transformation that complements the real you!
Dr. Shah is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He maintains a private practice in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in the Cherry Creek neighborhood of Denver.
Dr. Shah is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Rhinoplasty Society, and the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Shah is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
Sleeping while traveling on a long flight or a road trip can be next to impossible. There’s never a comfy place to rest your head and keeping your valuables stored and safe while you doze is a real challenge. Thankfully the team over at Afitlab has changed all that with Travist.
Travist is the world’s most convenient travel pillow. Its innovative design combines security, storage, convenience and comfort all in one versatile, fashionable sling bag.
Travist comes loaded with features like hidden pockets to stow valuables, a cable pass through that works with your tech and quick access compartments that won’t slow you down. Plus when you’re ready to take a rest, Travis transforms into an inflatable pillow in seconds.
Cool features of Travist:
• Turn the bag into a Pillow bag in seconds
• Minimalist design for non-bulky travel pillow carrying
• Ultimate Anti-theft Bag Design
• Convenient 4 sleeping modes on-the-go
• Water Resistant
My husband and I love to travel, and have several trips on the horizon that we are looking forward to. We love to fly, but never do expect to get much rest. I have tried out several travel pillows, but have not found one that is better than the Travist!
As you can see in the photo below (where I used my husband as my model), the Travist pillow looks really cool just to wear. You can keep your cash and credit cards in it without having to worry that they might get stolen when you are sleeping!
It has a nice, secure pouch to carry a few travel essentials, such as snacks, hand sanitizer, headache medicine, ear plugs and lip balm. Oh, and your cell phone, but please remember to set it to airplane mode!
Here is the pump, that easily and discreetly inflates the pillow for you when it is time to rest. (No need to get light-headed or dizzy from blowing up the pillow, thankfully.)
And here is my husband demonstrating how to rest his head on the pillow, although there are several different positions you can use to get comfortable. I enjoyed it last weekend on our three hour car trip to the beach. Next up, our trip to Hawaii! (We may or may not fight over who gets to use the Travist!)
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As a mother, reestablishing yourself in the workplace can often be a challenge. Whether you’re coming off maternity leave or returning after a few years off caring for the kids, the little details of office life can sometimes seem like an insurmountable problem. The good news is, we’re here to take the stress out of office fashion! The key to looking good no matter the workplace is sticking to classic pieces of clothing that don’t become unfashionable in a few months.
Understandably, it can be extremely difficult to resist the pull of fast fashion with its low pricing structure and flashy, trendy clothing. However, you’ll be rewarded with amazing, higher quality clothing if you invest your money elsewhere. By choosing to purchase high-quality, timeless basics that you can mix and match, you’ll maximize your outfit potential and be able to wear your clothing without it falling apart after a few wears.
Below are 10 closet essentials you should think about adding to your wardrobe:
1. Pencil skirt
A pencil skirt is a classic garment that recalls the Hollywood “Golden Age” era. There’s a reason the pencil skirt silhouette has never been out of style: it’s slimming, professional and elongates your body. It’s a piece of clothing that looks great on a variety of body types — just make sure you pay attention to tailoring and alter it if it doesn’t quite fit you. Motherhood isn’t always as forgiving as we’d hope. Luckily, a pencil skirt easily can fit with any style. It dresses up a basic tee shirt but also can be worn with a boxy blouse to balance out your look.
2. Button-down shirt
A crisp button-down should always be in heavy rotation in your wardrobe. When you’re browsing for button-downs, think about versatility. Sure, that fuschia button-down might be an attractive option but it may not complement other pieces of clothing you already have in your closet. Try to pick more neutral colors or stick to one color palette so you have a variety of options to coordinate your outfits.
3. Pointed flats
One style of shoe you will be able to depend on day in and day out is a great pair of functional flats. After all, what’s the point of heels if you tuck them under your desk to change into your comfortable flats later in the day, anyway? Simplify how you put together your outfit each day by choosing shoes that will serve as your one-and-done. A pair of women’s loafer flats from Rothy’s, for example, is the perfect complement to any outfit. They can easily take you from errands to work to a post-work happy hour. Say goodbye to your “back-up” shoes for good.
4. Shift dress
A shift dress is a style born out of the 1920s and there’s a reason it's stuck around for so long. A shift dress is a perfect solution for the summer season when it's warm but you don’t want to wear something overly form-fitting and short. With its loose, vertical lines, it’s the perfect outfit for a hot summer or spring day. Just make sure to keep your look smart and polished by adding a cardigan or blazer.
5. A leather timepiece
For many people, their phone may replace a traditional timepiece. However, a beautiful leather-strap watch can add that extra polish to an outfit. It’s a great, subtle way to express your personality in a professional manner.
6. A shoulder bag
A professional workplace calls for a professional bag. And while a fanny pack has a place in our hearts, it may not be the best choice for the office. A leather tote bag is a minimalist option or you can get a luxury laptop case as well.
7. One piece of nice jewelry
When you’re trying to decide what kind of jewelry to invest in, always go for something simple and minimal. Much like the other items in this list, minimalist jewelry will stay relevant throughout different cycles of fashion. Depending if you have warm, cool, or neutral undertones, you’ll want to stick to either gold or silver. If you’re going to wear more than one piece of jewelry, make sure it’s all the same type of metal to keep your look cohesive and professional.
8. Structured blazer
Even if you work in a casual workplace, a structured blazer helps to elevate your style. It’s the perfect addition to an overly-casual workplace. After all, you know what they say: Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have.
Don’t ever underestimate the power of a well-fitting pair of trousers. Pay attention to length, inseam, and rise when you’re browsing for work pants.
10. Dark wash jean jacket
If you’re bored of cardigans, blazers, and shawls, a dark wash jean jacket might be just what the fashion doctor ordered. The dark wash helps to dress up a more casual jean jacket - always choose a dark wash over acid wash or light wash for professional settings.
Resist fast fashion and instead, invest in pieces that will bring you joy every time you wear them. As you shop, pay attention to fit and tailoring. Sooner than you know it, you’ll be free from the stigma of ‘mom’ fashion, and easily the most fashionable person in the office.
If you are a child of the 80's, then you probably remember what a fanny pack is. If you are like me, then you probably proudly toted one around, feeling rather stylish. Face it, fanny packs were beyond convenient! I had a purple one when I was younger, and my family went on a trip to Disneyland. My fanny pack came in handy because I never lost it, nor had the slightest worry about it getting stolen. My money and my chap stick were safe and sound when I went on all those exciting rides.
Fast forward- in my high school days, you would not have caught me dead with a fanny pack. At that time of my life, only nerds wore them, and I was not about to look uncool! So, needless to say, I hung up my fanny pack indefinitely, and did end up losing it. I ended up losing many wallets and purses because I was just too 'cool' to be seen with a fanny pack.
And then, I became a Mommy. I found myself WISHING that fanny packs were still a thing because it was so hard to carry around a purse, a diaper bag, and a squirming baby. How was I going to keep track of my car keys, wallet, lip gloss AND my those ever vanishing binkis? How convenient would that have been to have everything neatly packed away in a nice little fanny pack nestled snugly on my hip.
Now, my children are mostly grown, and I want to be one of those "cool moms." I still have one more child at home, and my days are not as crazy. However, I am not any more organized now than I was with three active little ones demanding my sanity. Cool moms use fanny packs! I promise, they DO!
I cannot stand carrying around purses when I go walking, running errands, or traveling. Purses are way too bulky, and they get in the way. I need a place to keep my essentials, such as my keys, cash, debit card, cell phone, a mirror, facial powder (because I get oily) AND my lipstick. I cannot leave home without those things at any given time!
I have found that the best place to find a great variety of really cool fanny packs is at fanny Factory. At Fanny Factory, they're reclaiming the fanny pack by taking its best features and making them better. And then punching up the style factor with awesome trendy patterns and prints.
I love my Tropi-Cool fanny pack! It features a small zipped pocket on the front and back, a large main compartment with a smaller zipped interior pocket, PLUS a hidden pocket under the top flap for discreet items. I can even carry tampons in it!
Check out all of the cool fanny packs at Fanny Factory, and find your favorite here: https://fannyfactory.com/