You have probably heard of them. LuLaRoe. They are knowing for their comfortable fashion that is also affordable and stylish.
Maybe you have noticed some live promotions going on via Facebook. Maybe you have someone in your neighborhood who is a consultant. Either way, most females have heard of LuLaRoe and anyone who owns something from this company knows they love it.
Dinner last night was fantastic!
I bottled green salsa from home grown green (unripened) tomatoes and jalapeños. So, we had to try it.
Time to finish grating the garden zucchini and putting it in quart freezer bags so that we have some for zucchini bread and for zucchini patties.
Art and fashion really go hand-in-hand.
Artists creatively make patterns that are applied to fabric and that fabric is made into beautiful pieces of wearable art.
How to work your wardrobe with this trend?
No. Geometry isn't just for school.
You can find it in the hottest trends of Fall and Winter fashion. Like all other things this season, you can mix and match...or just mix.
You know what logos are and which companies are hot this season. But, did you know that wearing these companies' logos is a hot fashion trend?
Wear them loud and proud.
If you haven't heard, prints are in. Yep, anything goes here.
Floral is in, as you have probably noticed. You can mix florals for a lot of beautiful conversation. Use accessories in floral for a pop with any outfit.
Mixing animal with floral is fun and interesting.
Mixing camo with floral sure makes a statement.
Mixing floral and polka dots actually works really well.
Stripes with Damask...so pretty.
Tip: match color, not pattern.
Don't be afraid to take a risk this season. Get creative.
Take a look at these ideas I've created in the picture below. Notice that there is a correlating color, but that the prints are nicely mixed.
Get daring. Think outside of the box.
Wear the clothes that you didn't think you could wear together. Have fun.
Above, I have a plaid shirt with a damask skirt and plaid shoes.
Also above, I have a floral top, with a striped skirt, and brocade shoes.
It's like paper dolls. I love seeing things come together!
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The above pictures of me, showcase a star necklace from Zeus and Zoa Boutique. This little necklace gets big compliments. Use Natasha25 and get 25% off your order from their cute boutique. Click on any of the pictures to get to their website.
What's the difference between Brocade fabrics and Damask?
It's in the type of threads and the weave.
"Brocade fabrics mainly consist of solid or multi-colored silk threads, often times combined with gold or silver metallic threads. A brocade is woven by adding a supplementary weft to the weave, creating the illusion that sections have been embossed into the fabric, or embroidered on top of it. The back (or wrong side) of a brocade is determined quite easily, as it will have groups of threads that have been trimmed away or left out of the weave and look more messy." BurdaStyle.com
The word Brocade actually comes from an Italian word that means embossed cloth. See the pictures of Brocade below.
"Damask (from Damascus) was one of 5 basic weaving techniques used by Byzantine and Islamic cultures in the Middle Ages. You’ll most likely find damask fabrics today woven from silk, linen or linen blends, often times depicting a floral or geometric motif. Modern damask fabrics are woven on computerized Jacquard looms and have a slight sheen or iridescence when light bounces off of them." BurdaStyle.com
Damask fabrics are reversible, looking just like a film negative.
See Damask pictures below.
You can see why Brocade is "embossed", while Damask isn't. Both are gorgeous. Both will get you plenty of complements.
Health & Wellness:
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1) boosted energy
2) weight loss
3) stress relief
4) improved fitness
5) better skin
6) regular digestion
7) rid of impurities
8) boosted immunity
9) less headaches
10) save money
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Will post more on this but taking a sick day.
Stripes are not always prevalent in Fall and Winter fashion, but this year is an exception.
Not only is this year an exception, but you can wear stripes with stripes and add more stripes.
Also...Not only that, but you can wear vertical stripes with horizontal stripes.
Basically, all of the previous, traditional fashion rules are out the door this year.
This post is funny because it reminds me of my oldest, who loves SpongeBob. So, I have to share this video in honor of all of these stripes.
Health & Wellness:
Do you feel stiff and achy when you wake up, and throughout the day?
You need to move your body. Walk. Bike. Yoga. Stretch. Anything.
Movement will open blocked blood vessels and arteries. It will lubricate your joints and muscles. It will help to strengthen your muscles and tendons, which protect your joints. It will help your organs to function better.
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Our excitement was building.
I had beautiful bridal showers, wonderful people in my life were so kind to give.
We had so much going on but it all fit together perfectly. This is part of how I knew that it all was right. When things don't work out, the Universe is trying to tell you something.
The day came and I was kind of nervous. I think it was more excitement, but anxiety was definitely there. The little girl inside me was scared that I wasn't good enough.
I showed up at the temple and waited and waited. We were to be there at a certain time as bride and groom to get ready.
Steve had forgotten his socks (which I didn't know at the time) and was late. The thoughts started to race. Did he decide not to come? Did he decide I wasn't good enough?
I was so afraid!
When Steve walked up and inside, I was so relieved to see him. He actually didn't know that he was supposed to be there as early as me.
We went in. I went to the bridal room and got ready. He went to where the grooms go and got ready.
The guests were streaming into the sealing room and anxiously awaiting the start of the ceremony.
It was time. I was so ready. Still nervous, but so ready.
We went up to the sealing room, into that beautiful space with all of those wonderful people. We sat on a love seat together with our mothers in chairs on each of our sides. His mother to his left. My mother to my right.
The energy in the room was so full of spiritual excitement and beautiful calm. The lighting was so celestial. The mirrors on each side of the room showed the eternal continuation. The giant chandelier in the center of the room sparkled like it held some magic power. The middle of the room held and altar where we would kneel across from each other during the wedding. It was a blush pink. There were whites, grays, blush pinks, soft greens.
I could not find a picture of the older sealing room, but below is a picture of what an LDS temple sealing room looks like as of recent.
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There are actually different types of plaid that originate from different areas of the world.
Glen Plaid actually originates from "Glenurquhart in Inverness-shire, Scotland in the 1920's. It's from woollen fabric with a woven twill design of small and large checks. It is usually made of black/grey and white, or with more muted colours, particularly with two dark and two light stripes alternate with four dark and four light stripes which creates a crossing pattern of irregular checks. Glen plaid as a woven pattern may be extended to cotton shirtingand other non-woollen fabrics." Wikipedia.
I just could not explain it except through pictures on my own, so I had to cite this quote to do so. However, here are pictures.
How many other types of plaid are there? Quite a few actually.
"The pattern is composed of regularly-spaced thin, even vertical warpstripes, repeated horizontally in the weft, thereby forming squares.The stripes are usually in two alternating colours, generally darker on a light ground. The cloth pattern takes its name from Tattersall'shorse market, which was started in London in 1766. During the 18th century at Tattersall's horse market blankets with this checked pattern were sold for use on horses." Wikipedia
"Authentic Madras comes from Chennai (Madras); both sides of the cloth must bear the same pattern; it must be handwoven (evidenced by the small flaws in the fabric). Cotton madras is woven from a fragile, short-staple cotton fiber that can’t be combed, only carded, resulting in bumps known as slubs which are thick spots in the yarn that give madras its unique texture. The cotton is hand-dyed after being spun into yarn, woven and finished in some 200 small villages in the Madras area." Wikipedia
"Gingham is a medium-weight balanced plain-woven fabric made from dyed cotton or cotton-blend yarn. It is made of carded, medium or fine yarns, where the colouring is on the warp yarns and always along the grain (weft)." Wikipedia
"Houndstooth, hounds tooth check or hound's tooth, also known as dogstooth, dogtooth, dog's tooth, or pied-de-poule, is a duotone textile pattern characterized by broken checks or abstract four-pointed shapes, often in black and white, although other colours are used." Wikipedia
"Border tartan, sometimes known as Northumbrian tartan, Shepherds' Plaid or Border Drab, or Border check is a design used in woven fabrics historically associated with the Anglo-Scottish Border, including the Scottish Borders and Northumbria." Wikipedia
"Tartan (Scottish Gaelic: breacan [ˈbɾʲɛxkən]) is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns." Wikipedia
So there you have it. More than you probably every wanted to know about plaids and their origins. Whatever the history, plaid is here now and will continue to be a staple for the future.
The photos above are from 1988, in honor of TBT. They are while I was a lead in a musical called 'Under The Apple Tree'. I was in Chicagoland at the time.
Health & Wellness:
How do you feel about yourself in the evening, versus in the morning?
My guess is that you don't feel the same way about yourself throughout the day, especially from morning as opposed to at night.
Why? Because of our internal dialogue, our daily experiences, our interactions with other humans, and our outlook in general, our mind will change on our self love/like/dislike/hate throughout the day.
What can we do to help ourselves have more self love throughout our day?
Gratitude practice and Affirmations. When you practice these throughout your day you will find that your brain gets rewired toward positive thoughts, which helps your internal voice view you as lovable.
Practice daily gratitude (writing down at least ten items you are grateful for), as well as affirmations (at least ten, writing them, reading them, saying them out loud) each day. You will notice a huge difference!
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After he asked me, I don't remember a lot from that night. I think we went to his mom's house to show her that I had said yes. I don't remember going home or telling my parents, although I know that I did. You know, the blur when things happen that are amazing and frightening at the same time.
The planning began. We didn't have long. The date was December 30th and it was already mid-October. Again for the note: no I was not pregnant. Just the culture to get married soon after you find THE ONE.
I didn't have extra money at my disposal and my parents really didn't either. They had 12 kids with their blended family so there were a lot of expenses (even with most of those kids living away from home). However, my mother said that they could help me with $500, which was very generous.
When it came time to plan, however, Steve said that we were not going to settle for having the reception at the cultural hall of the chapel if I wanted a reception center. We actually both wanted the reception at a center and so did Steve's mother. So, she paid for a reception center and most of the food. I paid for what I could with the $500 (which again was very generous).
It's usually the job of the bride's family to pay for the wedding, so I didn't really know what to do. It was not exactly traditional circumstances. I had a child, had experienced a divorce, and had just been through the LDS temple for myself.
When it came to the invite list, Steve and I didn't really have much of a say. We just took the names that our parents gave us and sent out the invitations to them. In hindsight, I think we should have taken more control of that so that we could have spent less on the food, etc.
Actually, in hindsight, we should have eloped.
With the whole charade of weddings being so celebrate the happy couple...and I don't want to diminish that aspect of it...isn't it funny how the couple's money all goes into the wedding and reception, so they start of their life together with debt?!
It's funny that we didn't know many many of the people that came to the reception and many, many of the people that were invited had never even met us. There were people that I wanted to invite that I knew and had as friends, but because of those on the parents' invite list, I didn't opt for that. On that note, I encourage my kids to invite people they know and I let them know right now that those that I may want to invite come second. It's their day, not mine.
The dress was again a trade from my step-father's business to a bridal business. I was not going to wear the same dress from my first wedding. (I am a bit superstitious, and also it wouldn't have been special)
The wedding was at the Jordan River Temple and the reception was at a center in Sandy, Utah.
The plans were interesting and expensive for the budgets at that time. However, compared to my friends' typical weddings in Chicagoland, where they paid out $10-20,000 per wedding, expenses for us were quite minimal. Of course, we were not having a sit-down meal with multiple portions and an open bar. We were having refreshments and punch (no alcohol).
The reception center was old, but nice. It was near our parents' houses and easily accessed by guests. There was a little area for dancing, tables for eating, and a place for our bridal party line. We were decorating in burgundy and green because of the time of year. It's quite an easy time of year to decorate for anything.
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