Stylize Your Wardrobe: 5 ways to make the most of what you already ownWritten by Kim Kristofferson-Magnusson
If you’re anything like Lovergirl, you have a closet jam-packed with clothes of all shapes and sizes, and NOTHING to wear! The very best example of this that I hear of, time after time, is jeans. Twenty-five pairs and none that look “perfect” – a panoramic view of your closet includes “Jeans-From-High-School”, your “Skinny/Normal/Fat Jeans”, and Maternity Jeans…you get picture. Here’s Lovergirl’s top five suggestions to make clothes you feel and look GREAT in come to forefront of jumble you call your wardrobe.
#1 – TRY EVERYTHING ON…EVERY SINGLE THING!
Be vicious. Take every single thing out of your closet and put it on. Look at it in mirror, and give your honest, unbiased opinion. If it doesn’t fit, pitch it. I don’t care if you are losing weight…by time you get into it again, it will be out of style, and you will want something new anyway. This could hurt a little, but be brave. Think of it as a psychological exercise in self-actualization…”I will never again fit into these jeans, and that is OK with me”. Say it until you believe it. This is hardest step, and you will feel much better when it’s over.
#2 – IF YOU HAVEN’T WORN IT FOR A YEAR, GET RID OF IT!
Say goodbye and good riddance to some of those shopping mistakes…like bright yellow peasant blouse you bought when you were in “cowgirl” stage, and when you bought into “leggings” trend…bad decisions, but hey, you’re human! If you think it still has some life in it, like a long skirt you could shorten to oh-so-current mid-length, attempt to alter it…you have nothing to lose. Try donating all usable items in good condition to your local women’s shelter.
#3 – CREATE A SMALL SECTION OF “SPECIALS”
The sexy dress you wore night you got engaged (hey, it worked, didn’t it!)…the fantastic stilettos you bought on whirlwind NYC shopping trip (you can’t walk in them, but they look so hot!)…the rhinestone belt from Vegas (it’s been around block too, ok?!). You are allowed to keep these, and add items to this “special” section of your closet which you deem “worthy” (the first jeans you were able to zip up post-pregnancy do NOT count). To quote a fashion icon, Cynthia Rowley – “A person’s closet is like a scrapbook. When you take something out of it, you think about all good times wearing that item” (as quoted in InStyle, March 2005).
Skin Care Home RemediesWritten by Elizabeth Kiely
Natural homemade recipes for your skin are simple to make and cost-effective. What you put on your skin is just as important as what you eat. Commercial products often contain chemicals that are absorbed by your skin finding their way into bloodstream which can be harmful to your overall health.
Virgin coconut oil/butter makes for a good moisturizer by providing a protective layer that locks in natural moisture. Coconut oil solidifies at temperatures below 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Place coconut butter in small lip balm or eye cream jars or any small sterilized jar. For a lip balm, use coconut butter on its own or add peppermint or spearmint oil. As an acne treatment, add a couple of drops of tea tree, lavender, or patchouli oil. For wrinkles, add rose, orange or patchouli oil. To treat eczema, add chamomile, geranium, or orange oil. To treat broken capillaries, add rose, palmarosa, or parsley oil. To treat cellulite, add grapefruit, tangerine, or orange oil. For stretch marks, add palmarosa or neroli oil. To treat burns, add geranium, patchouli or lavender oil.
For sunburned skin, break open a leaf of an Aloe Vera plant and smooth onto skin. The gel is also good for other types of burns and has soothing, cooling, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Strawberry juice, cucumbers and avocados are also soothing to sunburned skin.
For tired eyes, place cucumber slices over your eyes. For dark circles around your eyes, place cooled tea bags over your eyes.
For a homemade facial toner, mix green tea, chamomile or ginseng tea (made with mineral water or distilled water) with lavender or lemon oil. Green tea is rich in antioxidants which fight free radicals that damage and age skin. Green tea is said to diminish fine lines. Lavender oil is a good toner and lemon oil is a good rejuvenator and toner. Add Vitamin C crystals as a preservative and antioxidant. MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) is a natural source of organic sulfur good for skin. Add MSM crystals to your toner or eat high sulfur foods such as kale or watercress.