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The Significance of First Nations Beading

When you look at a pair of beaded earrings or a beaded necklace what is the first thing you think of? At first, I only saw the beauty that the colorful beads had to offer but I never focused on the meaning behind them. Now, when I look at a piece I see commitment, precision, heritage, care, and vision. These beautiful native beadworks contain so much time, effort, history, and meaning. Some beadworks hold stories behind them. Some are heirlooms passed down from generation to generation. Some are a way to connect to our past and bond to our present.

Beading has been a part of First Nations culture for a long time, even before the Europeans came to North America. Beads were made of stones, bones, shells, and pearls. Other types of beads such as glass, ceramic, chevron and tiny seed beads were later introduced. Beads are used on various items such as moccasins, pouches, clothing, jewelry, blankets and dolls. There are several patterns and designs to work from but some designs are passed down from generation to generation and kept in the family. The First Nations people have used beads to build relationships, share knowledge and to tell stories. To this day, beading has a significant role in the First Nations culture, and continues to thrive.

Below are First Nation beaders and their stories with beading;

Teal Fawn Designs

Maria Livingston and her mother, Margaret are the creators of Teal Fawn Designs. Maria has learnt her beading artistry from her mother, Margaret, and proudly acknowledges her mother not only as her “caregiver, provider, supporter and role model” but also as her “teacher too.” Maria expresses that her mother taught her how to bead and has always fostered her creativity.

Floral pins made by Teal Fawn Designs

Here is Maria’s journey with beading:

“Tansi, my name is Maria Livingston, I am a member of the Bigstone Cree First Nation. I was given the Blackfoot name Sinopaa-piimi, which means ‘fox enters’. I currently work full time in Lethbridge AB high schools as an Indigenous grad coach.”

This beadwork piece was originally made to be used as a promotional sticker when Maria was the featured artist at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery – Maria

“Since I started hoop dancing in 2006, my regalia have always included this simple 5 petal flower as a nod to my Cree heritage. Around 2008 is when I really started beading to make my own regalia. These simplistic designs are commonly used in earlier Cree beadwork patterns. There are of course more patterns used than this, but this one specifically stuck with me and I have continued using it through my whole beading career and has become my signature design.  For me, it represents that constant connection and pride to my Cree culture. When I sell my beadwork I use this design which allows me to share my culture with the buyer, and the buyer shares my beadwork with their community. By doing this, the traditional design is shared in today’s contemporary world and shows how Indigenous people/ culture/ artwork is still alive and worn proudly. If there’s one unspoken message I try to get across through beading, it is the aforementioned.”

Niio Perkins Design

Niio Perkins creates traditional and contemporary Iroquois beadwork in the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. Although Perkins continues to create traditional pieces, the Haudenosaunee artist blends the traditional persona with modern fashion which can be worn flawlessly day to day. Although she beads to connect with her Haudenosaunee heritage, beading has offered her a chance to heal when she needed it the most. Perkins describes her healing journey during creating the Emma Ensemble – “The project was an escape during a difficult time in my life. Emma helped me reclaim my power through her beauty. Brought back that sense of value and self worth to my spirit.”

Emma” by Niio Perkins

Beadwork by Niio Perkins

Here is Niio’s journey with beading:

“For me, beadwork is a form of artistic, cultural, and spiritual expression. These values help me create work that is authentic in Haudenosaunee culture. We show our respect to the land, water, and medicinal plants with beaded skirts. Beadwork is as vital to the preservation of our culture as traditional ceremonies are. It has given me a strong sense of identity as a Haudenosaunee woman ✊🏽 and this has contributed to my communities cultural continuity.”

My Grandmother’s Garden Piece by Flora Weistche

Flora Weistche’s caribou hide bead work mainly consists of beaded flower patterns but each section holds a significant meaning to the Cree descendent. The piece was inspired by a dream she had of her grandmother, and the next day she began her journey. My Grandmother’s Garden took three years to complete by Flora and her family members. The design of the main three flowers came from the dream she had of her grandmother. She sews in flowers to represent her sisters who have helped her complete the beaded work of art. In a CBC News article, Weistche explains that “All the flowers are different, different colours, different shapes, different style of beading. That signifies all women are different,”. “But the flowers they all have the same life cycle, which signifies [we all] have the same life cycle.” When you see the beaded piece, you will notice a turtle at the bottom of the garden which represents a First Nations creation story of Turtle Island. Flora reveals “I guess I can say it’s kind of like my version of the Indigenous Creation Story, using only beads,”. This First Nation piece allows its viewers to connect with it by the ties of storytelling, connection and heritage.

Beading is about connection

First Nation Beading can be seen as a decorative feature but they are a part of something much more. The patterns and designs showcase the history and culture of the First Nations people. These tiny seed beads are part of someone’s heritage. Part of someone’s journey. Part of someone’s story. It has the ability to links us to our ancestors, our heritage, and our relations. Through beading there are bonds created, traditions taught, and heritage preserved. Mothers teaching their children the ways of beading and allowing the distinct patterns they’ve created to be passed down through the generations. Beading helps to keep our lineage alive by preserving our traditions and strengthening them to thrive among humankind. So the next time you see a pair of beaded earrings remember there is a story behind each piece.  

Thank you to Teal Fawn Design and Niio Perkins Design who lent me their time and shared with me. I’m so grateful to you contributing to this piece. Much appreciation and love 💖

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My Summer Must-Haves

Sunscreen

Remember to add sunscreen into your daily skin care routine. It can save you from dealing with wrinkles, dark spots, discolorations and sunburn. Truth to be told, I didn’t really care for my skin until my late 20’s. I realized that there was going to be a lot of damage in my later years if I didn’t care for it now. So I researched as much as I could about my acne-prone and oily skin type. The best sunscreen for my skin type that I have come across so far is COOLA SPF 30 Mineral Face Matte Cucumber. To reduce the appearance of sun damage, add sunscreen into your skin care routine. Cleanse- Toner- Serum- Moisturizer- Sunscreen!

DIY Mani/Pedi

Nothing better than a sock-free freshly painted footsie…no? Uh, yes! I love myself a good mani/pedi but with the hovering pandemic I am prone to do-it-myself. Now, as you set up your station, do not forget your glass of wine, an episode of your fav sit-com, and a sweet smelling candle. Reds and pinks are the colours that draw me in. Think Essie Plumberry or Essie Sit Me in the Front Row Pink. Although you don’t get that salon quality end result, at least you save money, and you are in the comfort of your own home.

Cloth Face Mask (…and hand sanitizer)

Face masks and hand sanitizer are going to be the craze this summer. A wellness must have! We want to ensure we are doing everything we can to reduce the spread of COVID. There are various How-to-sew-your-own-Cloth-Face-Mask tutorials on Youtube if you want to produce your own personalized face mask. If you are not good at sewing, that’s okay, there are people in your area that are constructing cloth face masks and retailing them online. Just remember to ensure that you are following your area’s COVID safety precautions! A cloth face mask that is made of at least 2 layers of tightly woven material fabric (such as cotton or linen) and hand sanitizer should contain at least 60% alcohol.

Face Primer

The summer air is the worst when it comes to my acne prone skin. In times of extra shine and oil build up I turn to a face primer. A face primer acts like a protective barrier between your skin and makeup (hence less oil and shine). It creates a smooth base for your make up, evens out your skin tone, and helps with inflammation. Don’t wear make up?! You can still use a face primer to minimize the appearance of pores, and control the oils on your face. After my skin care routine I put on a face primer before I move onto my make up. All I have to say is – Thank god for face primer in the summer! My go to is The POREfessional Face Primer!

Thanks for stopping by, and spending a few moments with me. What are your summer must haves? Anything I’m missing or maybe something I should try…let me know in the comments below. 😊

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Dear Diary Day ? – Moving Forward with the Pandemic

A lot of things have changed over the last few months due to the pandemic, and we are experiencing a new kind of normal. When we go through a new change it can be exhausting. In a previous post Dear Diary – Day 6 Our Struggle. I talked about the struggles I endured during the pandemic. After 14 days of self-isolation my husband was able to be in the same space with his family. I am grateful that he is back with us and no longer a basement hermit. This unfortunate event may have insanely increased my cleaning procedures but it also had me examine the different aspects of my life.

The new norm consists of staying home, social distancing, cautious shopping, daily cleaning, and onscreen social connections. My husband and I had a difficult time the first week adapting to the new home dynamics. He had his way of cleaning for example. And I had my way. We realized our end goal was the same, but we just had different approaches. We settled into our new norm at home, and finally set a new day to day routine that works for us.

Change can take a toll on any person. Some of us take comfort in what we know, and fear the unfamiliar. I am one of those people; a creature of habit. Yes, habits make us feel safe but also can hold us back. No change. No growth. This pandemic did interrupt my familiar everyday routine but it also taught me many lessons. I saw the strength in myself that I never realized was there before.

I learned that I am growing as a person. I have taken the time to work on myself, focus more on my family, and look at what aspects make me happy. My old approach was “I must do everything at once” aaaaand eventually… I would burn out. I see that now. I am slowing down, and trying out new ways that will benefit me, my family and my home life. I guess you can say that being a homebody has made me re-evaluate my life. Things I would’ve overlook are now vital to me. What is that saying, “appreciate the small stuff?”

This change is shaking our world, and yet, we are pushing through. Moving forward. Moving with the change. I know this pandemic isn’t going to last forever, and can be tedious at times but staying at home does have its perks. It gives us a moment to reconnect with ourselves, to learn where our strength comes from and to value the time with our loved ones.

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My bedtime routine for a better night sleep

Anyone else have a bedtime routine? I follow my bedtime routine when I know I have been lacking a good night’s rest. Bedtime routines make you feel energized and refreshed the next day, but did you know there are other benefits when you catch more Zzz’s? According to Healthline, sleep is an important factor to obtaining a healthy body. Sleep is just as important as exercise and a healthy diet. Weight loss, productivity increase, a stronger immune system, and a better mood are the few profits you gain when you have a good night slumber. I am all for it! I love sleep, if I could I would sleep for 10 hours a night but 7-8 hours is good enough for me to function properly. I am not a morning person and never will be, but if I have a good night’s sleep I wake up less grumpy, I feel less groggy, and (once I have my coffee) I can have a mildly happy start to my day. Here is my bedtime routine for a better night’s sleep;

Set an alarm

Setting an alarm to remind ourselves that it’s time to start a bedtime routine can be helpful.  I have an alarm set in the evening to remind me it’s almost time for bed. I take this time to finish what I am doing, make myself a tea, and tidy up the house. By doing this little ritual I am signaling my brain that bedtime is not too far off. This is the best time to write in your daily planner, and write everything you can think of. That way you are not thinking about your to-do list when you are bed. I hate that! Set an alarm to start the first stage of your bedtime routine.

Skin care

Skin care is very important at night. You want to wash off all the dirt, sweat, and grim that you have collected throughout the day and go to bed with a clean fresh face. If you do not wash you face, then all the dirt, dead skin cells, and oil build up can cause massive breakouts, roughness, and dullness. So pick your favorite cleanser and wash that beautiful face of yours. Remember to moisturize and treat yourself to a weekly face mask or face scrub. What’s my skin care like? It’s very basic at night – a simple cleanse, then straight to a night cream. Sometimes I sneak a face mask on and let it dry as I read in bed.

Reading

Reading before bed always puts me at ease. I don’t know what it is but somehow it signals my brain that it is time to unwind. Put down your gadgets and curl up with a hard copy instead. We already spend so much time with T.V. and computer screens throughout the day. We browse the internet, read blogs, check our social media, and the list can go on and on. We owe it to our eyes to look upon something new once in a while.  According to the American Optometric Association too much computer screen time can cause some health issues, such as eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eyes, and neck/shoulder pain. I have a stack of books on my night stand to encourage me to put down my phone and open a book. Reading improves brain connectivity but it can also reduce stress, and signal your brain that sleep is not too far off.

Stretching

Stretching before bed has its benefits. It relaxes muscles, improves blood circulation, relieves stress, and reduces body aches. Healthline mentions that in multiple studies, they found that meditative workouts, such as yoga poses or tai chi movements, can improve the quality of sleep. I have a yoga mat in my bedroom so I have no excuse to not stretch before bed. Not sure where to start? That’s okay. Take it one step at a time. You can do a simple stretch before bed and still gain its marvellous health benefits. Need inspiration? Check Pintrest for workouts that focus on the arts of stretching. You can find me there as well as Bold_Beauty_Stacey.

Meditation

There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to a meditation podcast, and you don’t even have to feel guilty about falling asleep on the person who is talking. 😉 According to Healthline, there are 12 science based benefits that come from meditation. The one benefit that caught my full attention is how meditation can improve the quality of sleep. Healthline discovers in one study that “Participants who meditated fell asleep sooner and stayed asleep longer, compared to those who didn’t meditate” (4). I can relate to this study. This week I conducted a little experiment of my own; a simple test to see if meditating helps my quality of sleep. It did. Not only does meditating help me quickly fall asleep but I sleep longer as well.  

Sleep is so important to all of us. Sleep allows our bodies to recover and our brains to recharge. The more we slumber at night the more we are attentive and focused during the day. Sometimes shutting off our brains can be hard because we are focused on the million things that need to be done the next day. Life can be hectic and demanding. In order for us to accomplish these millions of tasks we need our bodies and our minds to be well-rested and recharged so we can conquer our days. So when we are lacking a good night rest, let’s remember this solid bedtime routine that will help us doze off and dream good dreams.

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Dear Diary – Day 6 Our Struggle

Nothing is scarier than living through a pandemic as a parent. I am constantly thinking how I can ensure my toddlers safety. I should clean more. Make sure I disinfect anything and everything that comes through my front door.

My husband develops a cough last week, and we made the decision for him to self-isolate at home. He is in his own room which separates him from me and his son. By doing this we are ensuring everyone’s safety. He’s isolated and I have a little one, and two fur babies to take care on my own. I can do this. I need to make sure to feed my husband, and disinfect his dishes. I need to make sure I disinfect my home. I need…I need….I need…..this transition is hard.

It’s hard to live through this pandemic, but I am trying to do the best I can. I know that this will pass and I need to give it time to do that. It is hard to not have my husband’s help. It’s hard to make sure everyone is fed, including me. Sometimes, I forget to eat because I want to make sure everyone is fed, clean, or cared for. I’m struggling. He’s struggling. Everyone is struggling.

Are there other people experiencing the same thing? And oh gawd! There could be people that are living the same life but are taking care twins during this pandemic! I find it hard taking care of one toddler. I can’t imagine taking care of two! I want to reach out to people that are having a hard time and tell them they are NOT alone. I am here with them. I am here and sending them virtual hugs.

At first it was hard because of the transition of self-isolation but now I just miss my husband. I am glad he feels a bit better each day. I am glad his family have been nothing but supportive and kind. I am glad this transition has settled after days of being apart. Now this self-isolation has become my new norm. The anxiety of being separated has been replaced with something else.

I think its hope. Hope that one day my husband can be in the same room with me, our son, and two dogs. It’s hard being a parent during a pandemic. I am constantly worrying. The constant what if’s. I am worried but all this worrying isn’t getting me anywhere. It’s not getting us anywhere. This will pass. Give it time. Self-isolate. Take care of each other. Be kind to each other. We are ALL struggling.

Yes, it is hard but this will shape us to be a stronger at the end, and WE ARE not alone. People are living the same dread everywhere right now. We are experiencing the same fear, doubt, and heartache’s. Remember the reason why we are self-isolating. We are doing this to slow down the spread. We are doing this do flattening the curve. We are doing this for each other. Our friends. Our family. Our Neighbors. Our Health. Our World.  

I want to take a moment to recognize all the health workers that are making sacrifices everyday to keep us safe. They are putting their health at risk to take care of others. Thank you to all the frontline workers (pharmacies, grocery stores, take-out workers, etc) for going into work during this hard time. You are keeping us fed and nourished.

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5 Ways to eliminate toxic thinking

When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing you think of? Hmmm….Lately, I’ve been trying to focus on all the good things in my life but sometimes I revert back to old negative thinking habits. I’m talking about constantly thinking of the worst scenario for whatever situation I am currently in.

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This type of thinking is called rumination. It can even become a never ending self-destructive cycle. PsychCentral states that “even when everything is going well, we tend to hyperfocus on the one negative thing that happened during the day”. This type of thinking isn’t good for us. It puts us in miserable state which affects our whole day. There are many reasons as to why one develops rumination such as low self-esteem, inability to face one’s fears, past traumatic events, and perfectionism.  It can turn a happy sunny day into a gloomy depressing one instead. Carrying this dark cloud throughout the day can harm our overall wellbeing. According to PsychCentral, “research has shown that rumination is associated with a variety of negative consequences, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance use, and binge-eating.”

I know the conversation just got serious but toxic thinking does occur, and it can become a vicious cycle. Here are 5 ways to eliminate toxic thinking;

 Address your ruminating thoughts

A way to stop ruminating is to address it immediately. I like to ask myself questions –what am I most afraid of?  Am I blowing this out of proportion? Healthline suggests to “outline each step you need to take to address the problem, or write it down on a piece of paper. Be as specific as possible and also realistic with your expectations.”. If we tackle the problem head on it will lead us to overcome it. It can be scary to acknowledge our fears but it is better to see them in the light than push them back into the dark. Recognizing our fears will lead us to mend our hearts and our minds, this healing process allows us to grow as individuals.

Mediation

Meditation can defiantly help to clear out our minds, and bring us to a calmer state. As we practice meditation we soak in the benefits that come along with it. We become more in tune with our feelings, our cognitive awareness improves, and our stress fades away. Let’s not forget how meditation can help us heal our emotional health. Studies have shown that meditation improves self-image and self-worth. “When we meditate, we get a clear picture of our mind and become aware of the thoughts that drive our emotions and actions at the moment” (4).  The next time you can’t turn off that mind machine, find a quiet place, turn on a meditation podcast and clear your thoughts. I recommend Stress Free Naturally by Ashlie Pappas.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness is when you are aware of what you are feeling in that particular moment. Sometimes we are stuck on autopilot and do not see what is going on around us. Mindfulness is being in the present and enjoying the moment we are in. Not thinking about the pain we experienced in the past or dreading the possibilities of failures in the future. Life can be busy sometimes, and when you need a moment to slow down, take it. Look around and see all the wonderful things we have in our lives. Appreciating the little things does gives us a better perspective how truly great we have it. When I am stuck in a toxic thinking rut, I look around and praise the heavens for what I have in front of me. Sounds mushy, I know, but I am being honest here. I am grateful for the roof over my head, the clean water I drink, and the people that love me for being me.  

Exercise

As you know, distractions are a great way to break us from anything we are focusing on. Am I right? We are in the middle of a task then a distraction hits! And we forget our previous task. Why not use these diversions as a way to revert us away from our contemplative ways. Now I am not saying we should ignore the issue, no, I am saying if we have already addressed our fears and somehow we revert back to our old thinking habits, we can use a distraction to break the repetitive sequences that just won’t shut off in our brains. Exercise can be the distraction we need in order to quiet our minds. There are so many physical health benefits when we workout. Why not use exercise to rebuild our mental health as well?

Talk to someone

When you have reoccurring thoughts, and do not know what to do seek out a friend and talk it over with them. Healthline states that “ruminating thoughts can make you feel isolated. Talking about your thoughts with a friend who can offer an outside perspective may help break the cycle”.  If we open up and share our worries with someone we trust, it can give us another outlook on things. As we talk about our troubles, there is a chance we may discover something that we weren’t able to see before. I know that opening up can be hard, and if you don’t want to talk about it with someone in your inner circle that’s okay; a therapist can help as well. There is no wrong in seeing a therapist. Therapy can help us process our issues and find constructive ways to deal with them.

Negative thinking can make us feel completely drained, and can ruin our day before it even begins. It’s hard, sometimes we ruminate about the past or worry about the future uncertainties, but these things aren’t our current reality. We need to be in the moment and enjoy what’s in front of us.  Lately, I have been setting little goals for myself when it comes to improving my mental health. In the morning, I say one thing I am grateful for waking up to, and somehow it turns into a million things. My husband, my kiddo, my dogs, my warm bed, and the roof over my head…you get the idea. If you have troubles shutting off that chatty thinker of yours…just remember these 5 tips mentioned above.

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25 things to do when you’re bored at home

Everyone is in self-isolation due to the coronavirus, which means less socialization, and more self reflection. Yes, let’s take this time to self reflect, and get to know ourselves, again. When’s the last time we wrote a journal entry? or took out our paint brush?

I know staying at home can be a bit of a bore but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do. Shut off that TV, and try something new….it’s not everyday we get a chance to enjoy the little things we used to love. ( You know before life got in the way).

Or take the time to tackle that to-do list you’ve been meaning to get to. This is the perfect time to spring clean the house!

If you are stuck and need something new to do? Take a look at the list above, and choose something that intrigues you. Self-isolation can be hard on the mind, body, and soul. We can get lonely or bored easily when we are not interacting with others but during this time it’s the safest thing to do to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Spend time with yourself, and reconnect.

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The Benefits of Healthy Relationships

When it comes to relationships, we never really think about how they benefit us in the long run. Sometimes we take our relationships (whether it’s a partner, a family member, a lifelong friend or even a new relationship) for granted. We don’t really sit back and evaluate how things have been going. But if we did, then we might be able to discover how our connections benefit us mentally, and physically.

It turns out that being in a healthy strong relationship can lower rates of anxiety and depression, as well as increase ones self-esteem, and trust (1)(2). When we surround ourselves with people that bring out the best in us we tend to shine a little brighter. We get those feel good vibes, and there is a reason for that. “A… line of research suggests that caring behaviors trigger the release of stress-reducing hormones.”(1). We build relationships to pursue love, joy, and connection, but we gain so much more. Let’s take a moment and think of a relationship in our lives…How do our interactions make us feel? Do we feel energized? Or strung-out? Content or worried? Our daily interactions do impact our lives. BetterHealthChannel states that “Strong, healthy relationships can also help to strengthen your immune system, help you recover from disease, and may even lengthen your life.” When we encounter many good moments with our loved ones it influences us to make better choices with our lives so we may live a bit longer

Our minds are constantly working, and if we don’t have that mental stimulation then our minds become sluggish. One study states that people who maintain strong relationships in their golden years have a lesser chance of cognitive impairment (2). We have discussions to bounce ideas back and forth so we may gain new perspectives, but have we ever noticed how all this bantering is good for us? It keeps our gears (mind) constantly moving.  We aim to create healthy relationships to feel good feelers but sometimes we experience bad situations. There are negative people or experiences that can put a lot of stress on a person which can negatively influence their health. Stress can lead to headaches, insomnia, depression…and well much more. According to a study, people that maintain a negative connection tend to have a greater risk of developing heart disease (5). Yes, this is daunting but if we eliminate the stresses and aim for healthier connections our overall health will improve.  One study found that married women who were in a satisfying relationship had a lower risk of developing heart disease compared to those in less satisfying marriages (1).

A healthy relationship should bring more joy than stress (6). When we seek out company, let’s turn to those who make us feel at ease, happy, and inspire because not only does it do wonders for our soul but for our mind and body as well.

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Spring 2020 Fashion trends and more…

Are we getting tired of the cold weather and craving for warmer days? Well, don’t be too glum about it because spring is right around the corner. Sunnier days will be peaking out soon which means we can (soon, very soon) swap up our pullover knitted sweaters, puff jackets, and leather booties for those classic spring attire; you know, the denim jacket, a cute mini polka dot top, and distress jeans paired with a good white sneaker. What about those fashion pieces that give your wardrobe that extra flair that either polishes off your look or makes your style distinctive? You can simply add those eye catching pieces to your existing wardrobe. Now you just got to ask yourself which alluring piece am I going to dominate?

Besides fringe pieces, open knit tops, vests, sheer and mesh fabrics being hot trends this season, also look out for;

Soft Pink

Soft pink is everywhere this spring. This attractive color makes me feel girly, pretty, and empowers my feminine side. Although Addition Elle’s Woven Bomber Jacket is super comfortable, it’s the color that adds a dash of flair to its laid back look. Another pretty-in-pink beauty is the Pleated Satin Skirt from H&M. Pair a white blouse with this alluring piece and you’ll be twirling in no time.

Puff Sleeves

The puff sleeve is hitting the stores and they add that feminine touch to any piece. I think of the ladies from a Jane Austen novel in their regency looking gown, but the puff sleeve today isn’t as it used to be. H&M’s green pattern puff sleeve dress has a slit in the front, and a daring but respectable square neckline.

Daring but respectable neckline??…think…Phoebe Buffay (from FRIENDS) talking about her wedding dress. “Highlights my breast in an obvious yet classy way”. 😉

Ruffles

There’s something about a ruffle blouse paired with a great pair of jeans that gives you a timeless look. Penningtons Red Wine Ruffle Pin-Tuck Shirt has a ruffle neckline and is made of 100% cotton. River Island Pink Printed Frill Long Sleeves Blouse has a beautiful flower print, and a lace trim. Want to add classic pieces to your business casual wardrobe? A ruffle blouse with a great pair of jeans, heels, and pearl earrings says it all.

Classics like mini polka dots, denim jackets, boyfriend jeans, distressed jeans and lace tops will never go out of style…

Terry Hooded Denim Jacket

In my opinion, this piece is a must have! What’s not to love? I know, I know, it doesn’t polish your look but it sure does make you look badass! So the next time you are having a girl’s night out, throw on your Denim & Terry Hooded Crop Trucker Jacket and own it! How would I dress my Terry Hooded Denim Jacket? With a cute tee, black distressed jeans, and ankle boots.

The thing about classic spring pieces that they are stylish no matter how much time has gone by, but sometimes we crave a bolder look. That’s when we reach out for those daring trend pieces and add them to our current wardrobe. As you swap over your wardrobe from winter to spring and realize that you yearn for something new… Try out what’s trending, who knows maybe you’ll find something you love.

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Setting Goals for 2020

It’s never too late to think about your goals, and what you want to accomplish whether it be within the New Year, or within the next 6 months. We all have goals we want to accomplish but we should reflect back as well. This gives us an opportunity to recognize our successes but also look at things that we want to improve. Celebrate your accomplishments! And recognize all the hard work you did over the last year. Here is my 2019 reflection;

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2019 is the year that my first kiddo was born, and boy, oh boy! Did I learn some new stuff! You’re hardly sleeping, and you’re starving but hardly notice it because you are constantly on the go. Sounds appealing, right? I know it doesn’t but then something wonderful happens. Unexpectedly, your baby bursts out laughing and everything else just fades away. I found it hard at the beginning but when I found my groove things got easier as time went by. You start to pick up on a routine, naps become longer and you start to feel more like yourself again. A huge eye-opener for me was acknowledging, no, accepting help from others. It’s okay to ask for help….this one was hard for me. I wanted to do everything by myself but that caused me to burn out easily. Lean on the people around you, and ask for help when you need it. Those cheering you on, those are the people you want to keep around.

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Adult time is essential

As a stay at home mom, you get caught up in so much baby talk that you kinda forget who you were before. There’s nothing wrong in embracing your mama bear persona but before kiddos you were you ( a writer, DIY enthusiast, a photographer, etc) and all those wonderful things made you, YOU! I decided when I had time to myself that I would focus on things that I love doing, and that’s where this blog came in. When I schedule me time – I would focus on my hobbies, practice self-care or go out on coffee dates. Having some me-time not only restored my energy but also made me feel like I was progressing as an individual. Take an hour for yourself and dedicate that time to what makes you, you. Break out that journal and write it out. Create that awesome do it yourself headboard. Take pictures that inspire you. You do you girl!

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Health

When you have a kid, you suddenly evaluate your health, well, I know I did. I have this little bundle that I want to see grow up and I need to make sure I am around to witness that. Whoa! Shit just got real. I fixated on my health so much that I burnt myself out immediately then reverted back to old stinking bad habits ( you know, staying up late, eating whatever all the time, being a couch potato). I realized that I just need to put in the effort and time into my health goals. My goal is to surround myself with people that have similar health goals, subscribe to my favorite health and fitness reading material, follow badass babes that conquer their workouts…and well, you get the point. My game plan is to immerse myself with inspiring aspirations that motivate me daily. I know I can’t do everything, but my plan is try each day. It’s okay to miss a workout here and there. We all have struggles, the main point is to recognize those struggles and work on them so we can grow and improve ourselves bit by bit. It’s about progress, not perfection. ( I love that saying so much).

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Goals for 2020

be more active

eat more whole foods

create an epic night time routine

more coffee dates

create more content for my blog

drink more water

finish my short story

knit a master piece ( or try to knit)

I like having goals to strive towards because it gives me a sense of direction to aim for. It’s okay to miss a goal here and there that just means you can accomplish it down the road. (We are human beings, people! Not robots! Lol). Seriously do as much as you can that feels right to you. Take a moment for you, and set your goals. You can see what you accomplished so far and decide what to work on next. Don’t forget to praise all your hard work ( sh*T! even reward yourself…hellooooooo! Glass of wine or in my case, helloooooo! Glass of Stiegl ). Be excited for your goals, I know I am.

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