Day: 22 July 2014

ITALIAN SANDALS HANDMADE MY PASSION

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ITALIAN SANDALS HANDMADE  MY PASSION

 

 

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I ❤︎ SUSHI

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I ❤︎  SUSHI

 

 

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MY IDEAS FOR THE BEACH

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MY IDEAS FOR THE BEACH

 

 

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CAROLA REMER BY GREG KADEL FOR VOGUE

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CAROLA REMER BY GREG KADEL FOR VOGUE

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8 SIMPLE STRESS-BUSTERS & THE SERIOUS PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

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8 SIMPLE STRESS-BUSTERS & THE SERIOUS PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

Everything You Need to Know to Flourish and Thrive and found them super helpful in that very moment in time, and even now, so I thought I’d share. Sure we know some of these basic rules to a less stressful life, but they’re not so easy to remember on a daily basis, and especially when we are in a challenging time of dis-ease, as I am in now. I’ve been having serious sleep issues over the last few months {or more} that are not so much insomnia, but more my anxiety and active mind keeping me up and creating insomnia… which has now created a sort of sleep anxiety where I can feel myself start to drift off to sleep and my body kicks me back awake to a racing heart and mind… and some nights I don’t sleep at all… and then that causes more anxiety on top of it. So needless to say, I’ve been really trying to be mindful, practice positive psychology, meditate, eat better, creating a sleep ritual, and be more physically fit every day… and I think over time these things work, but they don’t really seem to be quick fix-its or the remedy and road to less anxiety and more sleep just yet. I sort of feel like I’m trying to make too many changes at once and my being is in total chaos because of it. On the other hand, I think I may just have to accept the fact that I will live with some form of anxiety rearing it’s ugly head in one way or another for the rest of my life… because as soon as I feel like I’ve figured it all out and conquered one area, it finds a weak spot and takes over an entirely new area. So I’m adding these eight steps to my daily to-do list in trying to make my overall health {mind/body/spirit} the top priority in my life.
1. Breathe Slowly and Deeply Before you react to the next stressful event, first take 3 deep breaths and consciously release each breath slowly. If you have more time, try a relaxation technique, such as meditation or guided imagery, before deciding how to handle the situation.
2. Speak More Slowly If you feel overwhelmed at any time, deliberately slow down the pace of your speaking. You will appear less anxious and more in control of the situation. Stressed people tend to speak fast and breathlessly. If you slow down, you’ll find you can think more clearly and react more reasonably to stressful situations.
3. Take a Break Outdoors Take advantage of the healing power of fresh air and sunshine. Just 5 minutes outside on a balcony or terrace can be rejuvenating. If you have more time, 30 minutes of sunshine has proven positive benefits.
4. Check Your Posture Hold your head and shoulders upright. Avoid slumping or stooping: bad posture leads to muscle tension, pain, and increased stress. If you are behind a desk during the day, avoid repetitive strain injuries and sore muscles by making sure your workspace is ergonomic, and take 5 minutes every hour to walk around or stretch.
5. Drink Plenty of Water and Eat Small, Nutritious Snacks Fight dehydration and hunger—they can provoke aggressiveness and exacerbate feelings of anxiety and stress. Drink plenty of water always have small and nutritious snacks available on hand, such as fruit, string cheese, or a handful of nuts.
6. Do One Thing Today Take control of your time. Every day, do at least one simple thing you’ve been putting off: return a phone call, make a doctor’s appointment, or file the paperwork piling up on your desk. Taking care of one nagging responsibility will energize you and improve your attitude! You might even find that completing one task inspires you to move on to the next one. At the end of each day, try planning your schedule for tomorrow using a calendar or day planner that works for you.
7. Reward Yourself after a Stressful Day At the end of the day, set aside any work concerns, housekeeping issues, or family concerns for at least a few minutes. Allow yourself a brief period of time to fully relax before bedtime each day—even if it’s only taking a relaxing bath or spending 30 minutes with a good book. Remember, you need time to recharge. Don’t spend this time planning tomorrow or doing chores you didn’t get around to during the day. You’ll be much better prepared to face another stressful day if you give yourself a brief reward of some free time.
8. Practice Letting Go When your next inevitably stressful situation comes up, make a conscious choice not to become upset. Just let it go. Don’t waste your energy on situations where it is not deserved. Managing your anger is a proven stress reducer. I also LOVED this quote from Arianna Huffington in her article: Best Advice: You Are in Control of the Clicker “Whenever I’d complain or was upset about something in my own life, my mother had the same advice: “Darling, just change the channel. You are in control of the clicker. Don’t replay the bad, scary movie.” We don’t have to wait until we move or change jobs to change our lives. Nor do we have to wait for large-scale, upstream change. We can initiate change right now. There are endless starting points.” There’s no way to avoid stress I suppose except to have a more positive outlook overall, but we can be proactive in managing it every single day, which hopefully, over time, will create a more peaceful mind/life. Here’s wishing us all a happy life with less stress!

Sara Dal Monte

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JEANS ARE ALWAYS IN STYLE

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JEANS ARE ALWAYS IN STYLE

 

Jeans are always in style… but the style, color, and shape, as well as how we wear them, changes, goes back in time over and over and over again to reinvent itself into the new trend in denim. There was a time I said I’d never wear denim on denim. And then I wore denim on denim. There was a time I said I’ll never wear high waist jeans again. And then I wore high waist jeans. There was a time I said I’d never wear “tapered” jeans again. And then skinny jeans hit the stores. There was a time I said I’d never wear acid wash again… and I did not. So I kept that promise. But all the others were hard to keep as jean styles and trends fade in and out like washes on denim. If you were born in the 1990′s you’re in the fun seat because you’ll get to make these exclamations about style and then watch yourself repeatedly go back on your word because you just can’t help it. Style and fashion and expressing yourself through such means, is fun. The only jeans I wore in the early ’90s were Levis. Designer jeans weren’t really popular at the time and stretch denim hadn’t evolved just yet. I bought my first pair of designer “low rise” jeans for $107 {by Juicy Couture} in New York in 1997 in a dark wash and straight leg and by comparison, they were by no means “low rise”, but were the most flattering pair of jeans I had ever worn. I still have them. To this day, I still love wearing skinny jeans, as they’ve become nearly as comfy as sweatpants {which means they’re probably heading out of the style category in the near future} but if you were around in the ’80s, you may remember a similar style that perhaps zipped up at the ankles, had an upside down triangle patch on the back pocket that said GUESS, with a waist that undoubtedly covered your belly button and made your butt look like it began in the middle of your back. Those, if you’re in denial, were technically “skinny jeans”, they just weren’t called that then. And looking back on all those old photos from the ’80s I wondered why on earth I’d wear such unflattering pants time and time again? And then somehow, twenty years later, skinny jeans were totally flattering again. And now I watch the cute twenty-somethings wearing mom jeans and belted waistlines that make their backsides look just as frumpy as ours did and in twenty more years they will be asking themselves the same thing… What was I thinking? Why did I waste my cute young butt by wearing the most unflattering things I could find?… Because right now, they look cute and trendy. In the ’90s so many styles from the ’60s and ’70s found their way back onto the runways and into the mainstream and I remember thinking it was all so new and fun since it was the first time around for me. So it’s completely understandable that now, kids born in the ’90s are wearing what we were wearing in the ’90s just as us “kids” born in the ’70s thrifted original pieces from the 1970s and wore them in the ’90s. And now as the ’90s make a comeback for the first time, so it’s no surprise the ’70s styles are making an appearance as well. As I was perusing Vogue.com, I couldn’t help but click through what their idea of what The 30 Best Jeans for Spring 2014 were and as I flipped through unflattering pair after unflattering pair, each seemingly channeled a decade past, I couldn’t help but think they’re all cute again, because that’s what fashion, and trends, and magazines do… over and over and over again. And ya know what? It’s totally fun.

 

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