Tips on how to dress for less

Most women enjoy shopping for clothes, but you don’t have to break the bank every time you shop. Follow these tips on making the most out of the clothes you buy while seeing your savings go up.

1. Sell what you don’t wear

If you don’t wear it, drop it off at a consignment shop. When the shop sells your clothing, they will write you a check for a portion of the profits, but not the full amount. Go through your closet and if you haven’t worn a particular piece of clothing in a year, get rid of it.

2. Find coupons online

When you’re on the go, use your smartphone to find clothing coupons before you check out. There are several great coupon locating apps for Androids and the iPhone.

3. Check the tag before you buy

If you’re trying to save money, stick to machine-washable clothing. If you buy a dry-clean-only outfit, you’ll keep paying for it every time you wear it.

4. Make your clothes last

Wash your clothes on the gentle cycle in cool water and lay flat to dry. They will last much longer this way. For delicate items or clothes that might shrink, hand wash them yourself unless your washing machine has a hand wash cycle. If you take care of your clothes then you will get years of use out of them.

5. Buy when clothing is on clearance

You can save money when buying clothing out-of-season. Retailers will put out-of-season clothing on clearance to clear the stock from their stores. This is the time to buy!

6. Don’t buy unless you need it

Don’t buy clothes just because they are on sale. Only buy if you really want it or need it. Twenty percent off is not a good deal if you only wear it 5% of the time.

7. Buy your uniforms at discount stores

Work and school uniforms get expensive, but you can buy them at discount stores for a much lower cost. Buying these items through your work or school can get pricy.

Follow these simple tips and save next time you go to the store!

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Staying Present – Living Life Purposefully

“The past and future are in the mind only – I am now” – Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Living consciously is something everyone strives to do. With the new age movement of meditation, yoga, and eastern medicine. Most are aware of what it means to live life presently, although, most don’t actually do it. Being lost in past memories, or the excitement of the future can plague us of the very moment we actually have control over. The Present. While it’s easier said than done, there are some simple steps you can take to become more mindful and essentially ease stress of day to day life.

Meditation can seem intimidating. Being completely consumed in thoughts is a daily practice for most and turning off the ‘Monkey Mind’ is an extremely difficult thing to do. Some people think shutting off the mind does a disservice. The beautiful thing about meditation is, it’s not asking you to shut off your mind, rather observe it and let the thoughts come like waves on a shore. There are many studies that meditation reduces pain, insomnia, PMS and increases relaxation, and focus for students.

There are different types of meditation that can be fun, and you can do them just about anywhere!

-Breathing techniques: Breathing techniques are great for quick meditations at anytime of the day. When you focus on your breath, you put yourself in the present moment. When you start focusing on breathing and the sensations throughout your body you quickly learn that it’s easier to let the thoughts melt away. Take a few deep breaths and start to bring your awareness to everything around you such as sound and scents, reverse the process and bring your awareness back to your breath. Doing this for 10 minutes a day can definitely change your life.

-Guided Meditations: Guided meditations are usually with someone specifically trained in healing’s and meditations. You can find thousands of resources online and apps that will allow you to focus on a certain topic of mediation such as love, anxiety, relationships and more. Some of my favorite apps include Aura & Headspace.

-Mantras: probably my favorite type of meditation are mantras. You usually meditate with a 108 beaded mala that you begin moving through your thumb and middle finger. You can choose any mantra that fits well to you. You can chant a mantra in either the sacred language of Sanskirt or English but do whatever you’re comfortable with. Choosing your mala is your first step. Choose something that calls to you. There are plenty of online stores or local stores such as Dancing Crane you can shop from. Begin your meditation by starting on the left side of the mala and continue to repeat your mantra til you get through all 108 beads, instead of crossing the big bead, also known as the guru bead, at the end near the tassel turn back around and complete the mantra in opposite direction. You can do any mantra from “I am beautiful” to “I am enough” which is great for a starting meditation.

-Become the watcher: Start observing your thoughts and feelings in every interaction. Even if it’s just for a few minutes a day, you can start to see what things cause distress or what is working for you. The key for this meditation is observe and not judge. Watching without judgement even is difficult for me and it takes practice just like anything. Once you start getting use to observing, you’ll start seeing a shift in awareness.

Meditation has done wonders for emotional and physical health for not only myself but thousands of generations. For me, it has allowed me to gain a better sense of myself and able to work through what life deals me if it’s difficult. Hopefully these meditation techniques find a way into your daily life. Even for just a brief moment, each person deserves a purposeful and happy life!

 

Namaste!

 

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Six Places You Need to Know About in SLC

Utah has a pretty eclectic vibe when it comes to shopping, good food and exploring. With it’s ever growing community, SLC is thriving with shops aplenty that are fun and affordable. We came up with a list of shops you shouldn’t miss out on! They range from juicerys to thrift stores. All local business owners, with one thing in common; Building a community.

  1. Vive Juicery – Brittany Shimmin started Vive in August 2013 with one thing in mind — she wanted Salt Lake City to experience fresh pressed, organic juices from local farmers. Four years later, she has 3 thriving stores that range from Downtown Salt Lake City, to Draper and over 30 employees. Vive has a great vibe entering the store with their motto as “Oh Kale Yes” You can be sure to walk out with a smile and some of the best juice you will ever taste. Not only do they have juice and juice cleanses, but they have expanded their menu to some organic soups as well in the fall months. Check out their website for locations, orders and cleanses.
  2. IconoCLAD – The home of all thrift and consignment shops in Salt Lake Valley — this store holds funky leggings, faux fur, and two furry shop kitties that goes by the name of Lola and Bugsy to keep you company while you explore their store of hidden treasures. Tom Sobieski, owner and founder of Iconoclad has brought not only some color and character to Downtown but any clothing that is not bought or not taken in to purchase, is donated to those in need. Iconoclad and it’s team has been an incredible staple in the community over the last couple years and we are excited to see what’s in store for them in the future. Check their Facebook to see new styles that you can put on hold for 24 hours!
  3. Even Stevens Sandwich Shop – Imagine a place that you can eat delicious food all while being a huge help to those in need? Look no further! Even Stevens Sandwich Shop does just that. Providing the freshest of ingredients, for every sandwich purchased, one is donated to a non-profit. With 14 – almost 15 locations opening up across three states, that is a lot of love from several communities across the West! Expanding vastly, we hope Even Stevens sees more stores across the nation feeding more than we can imagine. Head to their website to see the nearest location near you!
  4. Dancing Crane Imports – Tapestries, crystals, books and a cute cafe, Dancing Crane Imports is perfect for those who crave some zen in their life. This store has the best gifts for any occasion. Spotlighting local businesses, and business owners this is a great place to get acquainted with those in your community!
  5. Tea Zaanti – Nothing beats local, organic loose leaf tea and a passion for helping the communities. Tea Zaanti, meaning peace, is exactly their mission in the Salt Lake Valley. Providing classes on blending, this in return allows them to contribute to selected charities. Head to their website for upcoming classes and a menu of all their delicious blends!
  6. Sugarhouse Coffee – For 15 years, Sugarhouse Coffee has been a collective space for creatives to gather & enjoy each others company. Sugarhouse Coffee Provides Vegan and Gluten Free treats along with local blends of coffee that will have you coming back for more. This is a fabulous space for local artists to showcase their art.

Safe to say, Salt Lake City is flourishing with business and community! There were so many to choose from so get out and explore your city! You will be surprised at what you find in this beautiful state of ours. What are some of your favorite local businesses?

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Salt Lake City Make-up Artist takes New York

When it comes to being a woman, Make up is something that the majority love. We spend insane amounts of money on things that make us look tan and glowing. If you’re anything like me, I need some tutorials or friends who specialize in this kind of beauty ritual. With trends changing constantly it’s always nice to know people who thrive in this industry.

Lauren Searle, Salt Lake City Native has worked extremely hard with the latest make-up trends and now works extremely close to some of the biggest names in the industry such a Calvin Klein, H&M, Vogue and many more. I was able to catch up with her to talk about some current trends and what inspired her to be a MUA

 

WWW: What inspired you to be a MUA?
LPS: I was always inspired by art and color, but I never really found my niche until I started going to makeup counters. Having the opportunity to play with products, as well as have my own face done by the masters. Watching them work was always a huge inspiration, and I love what I left with especially when it was colorful, and artistic! This turned into an obsession, and I never looked back, from my teenage years forward I always knew I was going to be a makeup artist.
WWW:  How do you stay inspired in this type of industry?
LPS: Sometimes its difficult to stay inspired with Instagram makeup on the rise. It seems like these days everybody wants to look & be the same, but that’s not to say there aren’t some amazing artists in the mix of everything. I stay inspired by exploring new artists – artists I haven’t yet heard of. As well as going back in time, and looking up old references from the OG’s in makeup, music, and fashion. I also get inspired by where I live – graffiti, photography, the rave/club-kid scene, strange movies etc. I have quite a bit of a rebellious attitude. I like to do what everyone is not, so while heavy makeup is in trend, I’m constantly looking for fresh looks, and new ways to use color which was my first and foremost go-to inspiration.
 
WWW: Who are some MUA that you look up to? Why are they your go to?
LPS: I really look up to Alex Box, Lottie, Val Garland, and Pat McGrath all of these artists are Lady Bosses who have worked so hard to achieve their status in the industry.
I Love Alex Box because more than makeup she is also an artist. Using the human body as her canvas, and makeup as her medium. She is constantly pushing boundaries and creating such esthetically pleasing abstract looks on faces & bodies. She also practices being conscious, and self aware in & outside of her artistry which I admire greatly.
Lottie is amazing in the music & celebrity market. She is also Key Makeup artist for Urban Decay which is brand I’ve loved and been loyal to for years. I love her use of color when she does glitter & glam, and I feel like she really represents the term “bad ass” everything she puts out inspires me.
Val has created the opportunity to work with so many incredible fashion/editorial photographers, as well as brands. I admire her hard work, and the way she has created such an unforgettable name for herself. She will always be a staple, and go-to in this industry. I love love her ability to step out of the box and really turn it up on the editorial looks.
Pat because she continues so soar, and conquer. She’s created her own line of makeup which is incredible product. She too has built up such a high demand for herself, it’s inspiring watching her take on so much and do so well with it. She is graceful, and diligent both qualities I admire so much. And all of her work on the runway is sensational!!
WWW: You just moved to NYC, How has your career been with that transition?
LPS: I’ve been much busier in NYC so far. I love that knowing achieving my dreams here is absolutely possible. It’s amazing to get to work first hand in the fashion market with such amazing brands, photographers, and artists. That’s not to say it’s not a rollercoaster, but I truly do feel like everything I want for myself will begin here, and I’m happy to have taken the leap of faith!
WWW: What are some beauty trends you love? & what are some that has got to go?
LPS: Love color, always love color. I can always go for colored mascara, or a colorful liner. A colorful Lip is a staple of course. As far as skin goes I’ve been a fan of keeping it FRESH for a while now, so I really don’t like to do much heavy foundation or face makeup which is why I have issues with all this cream contour, baking and cutting up of the face. I’m also not into this concealing of the brows and ‘instabrow’. I just like fresh faces, and full brows brushed up a bit with a little powder or maybe even a brow gel. Maybe it’s because I’ve always been more drawn to the fashion, and editorial side of makeup.
WWW: What are some Summer tips for make-up lovers?
LPS: Clean your skin!! Wear sunscreen. Don’t over-do heavy creams or foundations, instead try a tinted moisturizer, or a sheer foundation with a bit of setting powder. Pops of color on the cheeks is always fun – people don’t wear enough blush these days! Throw it on and pair it with a lip you’ll be good to go! If you prefer to leave the blush alone & play with your eyes, then go get some fun colorful mascaras or a couple eyeliners that aren’t black but still wearable for everyday. Try teals, greens, purple, & blue’s.
WWW:  What are your favorite brands right now?
LPS: Love NARS, Urban Decay, Bite Beauty, Makeup forever, Shiseido,  All for different reasons but there’s something good to be found in all of them!
WWW: Where are you favorite places to shop for make-up?
LPS: I like to actually shop online for makeup usually just because I’m buying for my kit rather than myself. But I do like to go to Sephora to try stuff out and ask questions, or to the department stores like Nordstrom, Bloomingdales & Saks to get my hands on those high quality products that aren’t always at Sephora, or Ulta.

 

Lauren has been an inspiring person who goes after her dreams and she has taken the opportunity to learn as much as she can within the industry. You can check her work out at www.lpsmua.com.

Healthy Summertime Living

The time is here! The months most of us look forward to – summer dresses, family vacations and warm nights with loved ones. Summer doesn’t get much better than that! While we tend to be so busy with all the things we have planned for months on end, it’s important that we pay attention to what our bodies need as well. After all, the sun and heat can get the best of you. We compiled a list of necessities for your 2017 Summer adventures.

  1. Sunscreen! – Seriously, lather up with that. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. And while that summer glow is gorgeous, we prefer you to be healthy more. Recommendations are of SPF 30 or higher.
  2. Exfoliate – Dry skin means more dead skin cells! Which means yuck! Use an exfoliator to keep your skin glowing and soft! Some of our favorites come from Lush.
  3. Water, water, water – This should be self explanatory. Water is good for just about everything and allows you to stay hydrated in the hot months. We love the S’well Water Bottles that keep your liquids hot or cold for up to 24 hours with their vacuum sealed tops and adorable styles.  If you aren’t a water fan, try adding fruit or switching to coconut water or green tea.
  4. Coconut Oil – A girls best friend. Coconut oil as many benefits including a natural exfoliator that you can add raw cane sugar to for a great exfoliant. Among that, it works well for a hydrator for hair, skin & nails, an insect repellant as well as a suntan oil! While it only has SPF 4 we recommend using that rarely to make sure you have proper protection.
  5. Exercise – Summer is a great excuse to switch up your gym routine and get outside to work out. The hiking trails around Utah are amazing and a great form of exercise! A lot of great yoga studios offer free weekend sessions all over the city as well as amazing marathons happening consistently.
  6. Healthy Eats – Being by the pool can cause hunger to come up quickly. Instead of stopping at the nearest fast food, make sure you have packed some fun, healthy snacks such as hummus, vegetables, fruits and nuts.

These are just a few ideas we came up with to make your summer the best one yet! Let us know how these worked for you and if we missed anything that you think would be a great addition to this list! Happy Summer & we will see you soon!

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Yoga: For the Mind, Body & Soul

Yoga has been on an upward trend with more Americans practicing today than ever before. A new study by Yoga Alliance has shown that “Approximately 37 million Americans practice yoga today – up significantly from 20 million in 2012.”

Originating in India over 5000 years ago, the tradition has become a worldwide practice gaining more popularly more so now than ever.

Yoga is intended to strengthen not just your physical body but your mind as well. Benefits include many such as: balance, increased flexibility, protection against injury. As well as higher self confidence, reduced anxiety, depression and mental clarity.

This may seem like an amazing deal for a workout. However, some aren’t too keen in starting their yoga practice. Why? Well some feel as though the yoga community is for those who are already flexible, spiritual or in good physical shape.

Yoga is made for everyone!  “Whether you’re a couch potato or a professional athlete, size and fitness levels do not matter because there are modifications for every yoga pose and beginner classes in every style,” says Dr. Nevins. “The idea is to explore your limits, not strive for some pretzel-like perfection. It is a great way to get in tune with your body and your inner self.”​

There are plenty yogi’s around the valley who wants to help you get in touch with your inner self.

Some of my favorites:

Salt Lake Power Yoga

Scholé Yoga-SLC

Core Power Yoga

 

Women Under 40 Are Getting Osteoporosis, Here’s How You Can Help Prevent It

Recent studies have shown premenopausal women have been getting osteoporosis due to low peak bone mass, increased bone loss prior to menopause, or both. Osteoporosis is generally a postmenopausal disorder, however, researchers are seeing that low bone mass as well as accelerated bone loss can occur earlier in life.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information states that “Risk factors of premenopausal osteoporosis include the following: genetic influences, ethnicity, hormonal influences, nutritional factors, physical activity, disease factors, medications, and smoking.” Other factors include, medicine such as oral contraceptives as well as eating disorders like Anorexia Nervosa.

“Low bone density (T-score of less than 1 standard deviation below the mean for young adults) affects approximately 15% of young healthy women between the ages of 30 and 40. Bone density follows a bell curve distribution, and approximately 0.5% of young healthy women between the ages of 30 and 40 have T-scores of –2.5 or less.” says MD Aliya Khan and NCBI

Unfortunately, there are many reasons that cause premenopausal osteoporosis. But there are several ways that can help combat this disease;

-Strength Training: Helps build your bones stronger to prevent from fractures. You can do anything from dancing, to jogging, tennis and more.

-Calcium: If you don’t like milk not to worry grab some calcium pills women 18-50 should be consuming 1000 mg of calcium and 600 IU of Vitamin D daily according to The National Osteoporosis Foundation.  Things such as Kale, Tofu, and Soy Milk are all great vegan alternatives to milk as well.

-Stop Smoking: Smoking is a really bad habit as is. But yes, it reduces your bone mass and can cause all sorts of health problems including osteoporosis.

 

While these are just a few, there may be something that works better for you!

The Intermountain TOSH Healthy Bones Clinic will be at What a Women Wants Expo April 28 -29 2017 at the South Town Expo Center to answer any questions you may have!

Stay Healthy!

Why You Should Listen to The Gardiner Sisters

The Gardiner Sisters hailing from Concord, North Carolina has charmed millions with their beautiful melodies.

Gardiner Sisters, Hailey (23), Allie (21) Mandi (20), Lindsay (17), and Abby (15) are the oldest of eight children, and have been performing and creating music together since their childhood. Their positivity and faith shine through with their original songs which have been viewed on their YouTube channel millions of times.

Being loyal members of the LDS faith, their music promotes love, positivity and faith among members and non-members alike.

Listening to their music makes you want to get up, dance and show gratitude for friends and family! They will be performing live at What A Woman Wants Expo happening Friday, April 28. From 7-8 PM

For more information about the sisters visit their website: www.gardniersisters.com

These Adorable Girl Scouts Portrayed Powerful Women

Who doesn’t love Girl Scouts? After all, they do provide some of the most delicious cookies on the face of this planet. Thin Mint anyone? For Women’s History Month, Girl Scouts dressed up as some influential women from the past who just so happened to be Girl Scouts themselves! Dressing up as trailblazers such as Amelia Earhart, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton as well as Girl Scouts founder, Juliette Gordon Low; these goal oriented girls got to dress up as women who have paved the way for many.

Check out the behind the scene footage below of this awesome project by Girl Scouts USA.

Out With The Old, In With The New – Spring Cleaning Motivation

It’s that time of year again, where it’s time to get rid of clutter in your home, re-energize your home to bring on the warmer months. While that sounds exciting — we know spring cleaning can be a tedious and dreaded task none of us look forward to. Once it’s done though, you feel accomplished more than ever! Here are a few areas you can start with to get your home glowing!

Windows – Outer and Inner! The dirt loves to collect on windows, allow that grime to come off  from the snow and cold weather. A great trick from Good Housekeeping is to clean them on an overcast day to avoid the sun cleaning the cleaner off too quickly.

Lint Creates Problems! Like Fires! Which could be devastating. The National Fire Association states that 10,000 + Fires start from washing and drying machines. Cleaning out your lint should be in habit after every dry, but there are some tough to reach places you should be checking regularly.

Dust Bunnies are not Funny- They cause allergies, makes everything look bland so make sure you are dusting frequently. Spring Cleaning should be when you get rid of them as much as possible. I try to dust at least twice a week being in a dry climate.

Microwave de-grunge- Microwaves get gross, we all see it and it can be a real pain in the butt to clean them. Good Housekeeping told us:

1. Place inside a 4-cup large microwave-safe bowl that contains 1 cup of water and a chopped-up lemon, lime, or orange or several tablespoons of vinegar.

2. Turn on High for several minutes or until the solution boils and the window is steamy.

3. Let it sit to cool for 15 minutes before opening the door. Remove and wipe out inside.

4. Clean the rubber gasket around the door with a sponge dampened with water only. If the window is greasy, clean with a mixture of half vinegar and half water, then dry.

Deep Clean Carpets – Treat yourself to a professional cleaning once a year. No better time than spring to get this done. You’ll thank yourself later.

Move Furniture- Move it around to create a fun new space and while you’re at it, clean those tough to reach areas from all the gunk that gets under there.

Organize- Organize everything from important paperwork, toys, clothing, pantry and everything in between. This can take some time so make sure you are motivated! You’ll be surprised at the things you find!

Gardening- Time to pull all the dead plants and weeds out to make room for that gorgeous garden you’ve been dreaming about. Whether you want to get a professional in there or make it a family event; this allows some time out in the sun and spend time in nature which is good for the soul.

Freshen the Bedrooms- Flip your mattresses, wash all your bedding, rearrange your room. Your bedroom is your sanctuary, treat it like one!

Scrub that Bathroom- Bathrooms can get dirty quick. Especially if you’re me who loves makeup and has a thick head of hair. I go through and deep clean my bathroom at least once a month. But if you’re not as messy as I am, spring allows you to really clean out everything you don’t need.

DIY Cleaners

Most cleaners are harmful, to you, your family, and to the earth. We found some great recipes for some home cleaners that you wont feel guilty using!

Toilets: Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda with 10 drops of tea tree oil into the toilet, then pour 1/4 cup of white vinegar in. Scrub away.

Tub/Shower: To rid of that mildew smell, mix 1 part water with 1 part vinegar and add some drops of your favorite essential oil. Spray and lets sit for a few minutes then wipe away with a sponge or wet rag.

Floors: Mix one part vinegar, one part warm water (add essential oils) and mop away. I personally like to add in a spray bottle and go over with a floor steamer.

Below here is a diagram of all natural cleaning products that you can mix and match to combat tough stains and grime around the house! Special thanks to Earth911!