Month: November 2014

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A FEMINIST

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Lately I’ve wanted to make my blog a bit more personal, so you really get a glimpse of my world. Sometimes that means swapping a beauty topic for something like study tips orrelationship advice – or even today’s post on feminism. Awhile back I wrote about inspiring women, and so many of you had amazing responses that I wanted to use that as a jumping off point, specifically in regards to feminism.

For whatever reason, feminism often gets a bad rap. The term itself is sometimes greeted with negativity even in a society that supposedly thinks of everyone as equals – have you ever noticed that? Perhaps it’s because the women before us who began the feminist movement and fought for our equality took to the streets to enact change.

The reality is that in our world, peoplehave to be bold to create change. Or it could be that “fem” is part of the word, and people mistake that for superiority rather than equality between females and males. While every ideology has its extremes, feminism at its core is about equality. Even if you don’t consider yourself an activist, that doesn’t mean you’re not a feminist or don’t support equality.

In my opinion, everyone that believes in gender equality is a feminist in some way. If you believe that women and men were created equal, hands down, no exceptions, then why not consider yourself a feminist? The quote above by Gloria Steinem sums it up perfectly, as did Emma Watson’s UN speech last September.

Hearing people say they aren’t feminist, or seeing them roll their eyes at the term can get frustrating to say the least. But much of the time it means a person misunderstands what feminism represents, thinking it belittles males. Then of course, there really are plenty of people who don’t support feminism – as we all will unfortunately learn at some time or another, not everyone supports or practices gender equality. But more often than not it comes down to education… Knowledge is power.

Next time you talk to someone who is uncomfortable by the word feminist, take the time to open a dialogue and consider their thoughts and motives, and uncover what they think being a feminist means. More than likely you will open their eyes to something they haven’t previously considered. You may even be there when someone realizes that they are, in fact, a feminist!

What does feminism mean to you? I always love to hear your thoughts!

❤ Mish

Sara Dal Monte

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THE LOOK: HATS AND HOODIES

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Now that the weather is cooling down it’s time to bring out your coziest clothes. Even if it’s hot during the day, the air is getting crisper and cooler in the evening. For those days, nights and times when I’m sick – like now 😦 – an immediate go-to is a hoodie. Hats also get thrown into the mix because not only do they keep your head warm and are an instant fix to a bad hair day, they are also super cute and based on the style allow your personality shine.

I love beanies and baseball caps. They’re a little urban and a whole lot of edge. But, this season there are tons of styles topping must-have lists. And the same goes for hoodies. I like to stick with darker shades to show my fierce side, however the array of colors and styles are plentiful – so wear what you’re confident in! To get you pumped for the coolest of casual clothes, here are my picks for the season and a few tips on how to rock the look.

 

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As you can tell, I’m a sucker for black this season. Black pairs with just about anything you wear – especially this time of year when dark shades are top of mind. If you think hats don’t look good on you, you’re wrong. There are so many styles, the trick is finding the fit and feel that’s right for you. If a baseball cap is too sporty or makes your ears peek out from your hair, try a fedora or panama hat. If you’re a last-minute morning kid of girl, a beanie will be your best friend when deciding what to wear to school.

Then there are hoodies, one of the most underrated pieces in your wardrobe. Depending on the cut, color and style your entire look can change.  A looser fit creates a relaxed feel, while fitted hoodies can be worn with heels and rolled skinnies for a more sophisticated twist. Bold colors are always welcome when it comes to a nice hoodie, but if you want to go the sophistication route (even when wearing a sportier top), stick with white, grey and black.

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Do you wear hats and hoodies? What styles do you like best?

❤ Mish

Sara Dal Monte

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WHAT I’M THANKFUL FOR THIS YEAR

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My dear beautifuls. It’s that time of year again, when the weather is cooler (unless you’re living in Florida) and nothing sounds better than snuggling up in your soft blanket with a warm drink in hand.

I truly hope you all get a chance to spend quality time with the people you love. Whether it’s your family, friends, loved ones or even strangers. Make the best of it! I never believed being family meant we share the same bloodline. The feeling of love, comfort, vulnerability and joy defines family for me. This day and age, you can meet a stranger and the next thing you know, you’re family. Keep an open mind and hand to those who need family. There is nothing that melts sadness away more than knowing someone cares for you. A smile, a friendly gesture or hello can make a world of a difference to those who are often ignored. Let’s keep giving the greatest gift we can offer to others… Love.

So I have a question: What are three things you are grateful for this year?

I’ll keep mine short and simple…

I am grateful for my family (online and off ^_^), my basic needs (food, water, toilet paper <–forealz) and my curiosity that drives me everyday to wake up to seek the truth.

Please share the three things you are grateful for with me by using #LookMish or leaving a comment!

I love you all so much. Sending you all positive encouraging thoughts and good vibes 🙂

❤ Mish

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BEAUTY AND BODY USES OF TURMERIC

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Turmeric might just look like another spice to liven up your Asian cuisine (yum, curry), but it’s really a powerful food that can help your body and beauty routine. Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant and is usually found in powder form. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, can alleviate stomach problems, and help heal skin issues like eczema and allergic reactions. Turmeric is also loaded with antioxidants.

I love using holistic medicine, sound therapy, and natural foods and vitamins to help my body be its best, so turmeric is a welcome addition to my routine. This bright orange power house can do so much for us! And, it doesn’t just help our bodies, but it’s incredible color payoff can be used to dye beautiful fabrics. I’m thinking you could use it for one of these home DIYs as well.

If you want to add turmeric to your routine here are a few ways to fit it in for a healthier body.

Turmeric Tea – Sipping this tea has been known to improve brain function, calm inflammation and aid digestion. The taste can be pretty intense, so it may take some getting used to but if steeping a cup with just a hint of ginger isn’t a flavor you can handle, then try this recipe from Meghan Telpner for a more flavorful cup of gold.

Face Mask – If you suffer from acne scars, blemishes or eczema then a DIY face mask can ease redness and give you glowing beautiful skin. It’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties are at work here. Similar to my DIY pumpkin mask you’ll combine honey and yogurt to a few tablespoons of turmeric and let it dry. You can spice it up (pun intended) even more and add chick pea flour to the mix. Toss a tablespoon of sandalwood powder in if you have oily skin.

Pill Form – You can purchase turmeric pills in order to get your daily dose and benefit your body from the inside out. Taking it twice a day after eating can act as a cancer preventative, increase cellular growth, relieve arthritis, and help with your menstrual cramps thanks to its ability to reduce pain.

If these methods don’t work for you, then toss the powder into drinks and meals. Turmeric, along with some uncommon super foods, are an excellent natural way to maintain a healthy lifestyle without ingesting chemicals.

Are there other spices, herbs and foods I should be trying? Share with me below.

Sara Dal Monte

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HOW TO DRESS LIKE YOU’RE IN A FUNERAL SCENE FROM A MOVIE

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What I’m Wearing…

* Vintage long black trench coat… similar styles here
* Leather wrap belt by ADA Collection {was a recent gift}
* Vintage black hat was my grandma’s… see it here and here
* Vintage black sunglasses
* DIY T-strap Ankle Bow heels

I found this long black trench at a thrift shop in Oregon nearly 15 years ago… wait, maybe it was longer than that… but I just re-found it in my closet after forgetting about it for years and years. It always felt too long for most styles, which is probably why I forgot about it, or actually just never thought of it… but long trenches, particularly oversized long trenches have been spotted on runways and street style shots lately and suddenly feel fresh and new again.

The lining is the perfect Burberry plaid print, but there’s no label which makes me believe it’s not authentic, but you never know. Regardless, it’s a nice, warm coat I found for $15 years and years ago at a thrift shop. The original belt is missing so I have to get creative with one of my own or wear it open, but I love the look of it here as more of dress buttoned up and cinched at the waist with the leather wrap belt. It reminds me ofJessica Lange‘s character from American Horror Story Coven or any woman you ever see in a funeral scene in a movie {black leather gloves & a dotted mesh veil optional}. I pulled this outfit together strictly to show off my DIY shoes last week but now it has a completely new meaning based on my title, which of course, makes me giggle but is so so accurate.

 

Sara Dal Monte

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#STEPS TO A BRIGHTER MORNING

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#STEPS TO A BRIGHTER MORNING

For every early bird there’s at least a few of us who can’t seem to wake up before a certain hour. Truth is, the majority of people up for school and work at 6am have trained themselves to do so. I’ve learned how good it can feel to have a successful, productive morning (I love to multitask), but that’s not to say it’s a total breeze! For some, literally having a “good morning” is easier than others. But no matter what’s ahead each morning, there are ways to streamline and improve the first part of your day for good.

1. Consider your sleep cycles.

Nowadays there are tons of apps dedicated to making you feel refreshed when you wake up. Because our bodies go through sleep cycles in the night, simply telling them to wake up at an exact time each morning isn’t ideal. With the Sleep Cycle alarm clock, your alarm goes off during your lightest sleep cycle so you don’t wake up in the middle of a deep sleep that would lead to that foggy, groggy feeling right off the bat. It should also minimize the time you spend hitting snooze because you don’t feel as exhausted, and snooze only worsens your issue!

2. Save decisions for the night before.

Remember when your mom used to lay clothes out the night before? It’s not a bad idea! While choosing an outfit seems simple, we all know it can cause a headache in the morning. And when you’re not fully on your game, those conflicts tend to waste more time than they should. This can also include prepping a meal or writing your to-do list the night before. Let’s face it, we’re not all there when we first wake up… Might as well leave the decision making for a more clear-headed moment.

3. Find your morning ritual.

Whether you take 5 minutes or an hour out of your morning to do something that you WANT to do, it makes all the difference. This could mean working out, going for a walk, sipping coffee, meditation, whatever helps you to calm and refocus, and possibly even energize you for the day ahead. Just make sure that ritual isn’t more sleep! 😉

4. Time the necessities.

Knowing how much time it takes to prep your hair or complete your beauty look is essential to streamlining your routine. Try timing your morning routine for a week straight and then analyzing the results – you’ll see whether you’re waking up at the appropriate time and whether certain things ended up being cut for lack of time (#3 is usually the first to go when you’re in a rush!). Then, you can continue to step 5:

5. Find a system.

Some people thrive on repetition and some are better with spontaneity, so I won’t say that you need to complete an exact regimen daily in order to have a successful morning. However, you do want to find a type of routine that works for you. That might mean performing your morning ritual right when you wake up or as a break in between getting ready. It could also mean washing your hair the night before to save time or switching things up a bit mid-week.

What’s your morning routine? Any tips?

Sara Dal Monte

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