4 Fall Habits for a Healthy You

On an airplane, an oxygen mask descends and what do you do? As we all know, the first rule is to put on your oxygen mask before you assist anyone else. Only when we first help ourselves can we effectively help others. Why are most of us not embracing this wisdom in our everyday schedule?

Caring for yourself isn’t selfish. It’s one of the most important, and one of the most often forgotten, things you can do for the people around you. So ladies, we’re giving you permission to lose the guilt and incorporate “you habits”!

Your time spent reading this is not wasted if you make a decision to do one positive change this week. What can you start doing today that will reduce stress and chaos and bring some enjoyment in to your routine?

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Shave 15 Minutes Off Your Morning Routine with these 5 Organizational Tips

Our focus the next two weeks is taking care of YOU when you’re pressed for time! We’ll share useful insight to take some of the burden off your back. After today’s crash course on next-level tips for simplifying and organizing, you can be sure to shave 15 to 20 minutes from your morning routine.

You won’t find the traditional layout your outfit the night before or don’t hit snooze on the alarm advice here.  We’ve made the rounds and compiled this advanced article providing realistic time savers to deflect fights between you and your rushed morning routine.  Here is what we’ve learned from some of the most organized people.

Organization is a key component for time efficiency…period!

  • You don’t want to waste time looking for things.
  • You do want to make items visible for quick decisions and easy access.

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If handbags are your Achilles heel, trying to find just the right handbag as you are rushing out the door, one of these easy to implement ideas may be right for your space.

Use empty wall space to hang your purses on a curtain rod.

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Place strap bands on empty wall space or a closet door to utilize vertical door space.

 

 

 

How much time is spent deciding how to accessorize with the perfect necklace and bracelet! Save precious moments every morning while eliminating tangles and messy piles with one of the following solutions. You may even find that favorite piece at the bottom of a drawer after you thought you had lost it months ago!

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Create a jewelry display by adding hooks to your favorite frames.

 

 

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Hang jewelry on a peg board with individual hooks that are easily spaced to suit your needs. Personalize it with a simple frame or paint it with a soft, inviting color.

 

 

 

When you’re rushing to leave on time, hair and makeup application are the most common delays. Speed up your routine and get out the door on time with these ingenious finds.

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Organize makeup with magnets. Glue magnets to your daily favorites and stick them on a magnet board for quick access.

 

 

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Create a hair station by affixing small bins with adhesive strips on cabinet doors. This is perfect for convenient access to brushes, hair ties, and hot tools. A magnetic strip keeps bobby pins and tweezers from getting lost at the bottom of a drawer.   

TIP – Set a limit to the number of grooming products you use on a daily basis. Between all the moisturizers, hair products, deodorants, perfumes and dental hygiene products, it is easy to get carried away.   

Fall is just around the corner and too much time is wasted trying to iron out the creases in your sweater or attempting to fix the shoulder bumps left from the hangers. Follow the steps below to avoid both situations.

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Step one: Fold sweater in half. Lay hanger as seen in photo.

 

 

 

Step two: Fold bottom half over top first bar and under second bar

 

 

Step Three: Repeat step two with sleeves

 

Looking for some cute sweaters this season?!? Check out this sweater and others here!

 

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Feeling inspired? Share our time saving organization tips with all your friends in the comment section below!

 

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How to Wear Shorts in Your 20’s, 30’s, & 40’s

Temps are high and cooler weather isn’t in sight. These conditions lead to a widespread trend in skin exposure. But, how do you gauge what is the right amount of skin? Unlike skirts and tanks, shorts tend to be the more complex summer favorite.

Don’t fret, we have the solution! With the right color, fabric, and cut; you can turn your shorts nightmare into a closet favorite. We have enlisted the help of some favorite celebs to help shape the picture of what shorts are right for your age group.

If you’re in your 20s there is a lot more room for experimentation and shorter hem lines. Go for vibrant colors and textured accents. In your 30’s you want to look for more of a structured expression to enhance your style. For our 40+ ladies, we suggest that you opt for a longer length with tailored details for a modern, stylish twist.

 

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In your 20’s…

There is SO much space for experimenting with bold and bright colors and yes… itty-bitty shorts. Try distressed denim shorts and a sweater like Selena Gomez is wearing or a textured pair of shorts with a basic black top like Taylor Swift.

 

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In your 30’s

Aim for a more structured silhouette look to highlight your appearance. Prints are the current trend so we suggest that you experiment to find a pattern that fits your personality. Kerri Russel is wearing a structured shorts suit that looked absolutely amazing on the red carpet. Reese Witherspoon pulls off a graphic floral print pair of shorts that elevate her look and her legs.

 

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In your 40’s…

Bermuda shorts are one of the greatest introductions to fashion! If you’re not sure about this trend, grab a pair that boast tailored detailing to add a younger edge while still looking age appropriate. We love this photo of Kate Beckinsale showing off her legs in pleated shorts with a detailed black belt. Jennifer Aniston pulls off the perfect Bermuda shorts with a button up shirt.

 

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The 3 W’s of Wearing White Jeggings

We partnered up with fashion blogger Vanessa from Budding Fashionista to get her tips on how to wear white jeggings! Check out her 3 W’s for wearing white jeggings below. 

I admit, I’ve never owned a pair of jeggings. I came close to getting a pair when I did a review on Gap jeans last year, but I never bit the bullet.

Cut to this year and I’m now a jeggings owner! Pulse asked me to style their white jeggings in different ways and I couldn’t pass on the opportunity. I’m all about wearing things multiple times to get more bang for the buck. They can be styled countless ways, but I decided to put together three looks that showcase how they can be worn in different facets of life.

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Weekend: I think these pants lend themselves for natural weekend wear. They’re perfect for lunch with friends or a casual date night! I paired them with this coral off-the-shoulder top and accessorized with a turquoise necklace in my closet. It’s one of my favorite color combinations for spring/summer. I wore neutral lace-up heels and added a little animal print clutch for a little edge!

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Work: Jeggings for work?! What?! I wanted to prove it’s possible. Obviously, most bosses would frown upon tight pants without complete back coverage, so I wanted to make sure my cheeks were kept in check! I paired the jeggings with an on-trend long, sleeveless vest and black pumps.

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Wind down: Jeggings are probably best for a casual, laid back look. So, for a day when you get to just chill or even if you have to run around with your munchkins, these are ideal! I threw on a denim button-down and slipped in some neutral loafers for a day with my kids. I really wanted to pair my straw fedora with this look, but I left it at home!

Now, keep this in mind when going for a white hot look:

Wear flesh-colored underwear! If your skin is brown, wear brown undergarments. If your skin is tan, wear tan. Some people may think, white pants=white underwear. Nope! I’ve yet to meet a truly “white” person, so white underwear will only create a clear and distracting distinction between your skin and the undergarment. Your best bet is to go with flesh-toned…even if you wear a thong. The outline of a white thong will still show front/back.

Also, cover the backside! Long gone are my days of a ripple- and dimple-free backside and legs. So I want to make sure ALL of that THAT is spared from public view. I would not be wearing white jeggings with anything tucked in or cropped! I follow the same rule of thumb even for black leggings.

If you want to try the jeggings, click here. They’re reasonably priced at $28! They are snug, but definitely stretch out over time so I would be hesitant to size up. I’m 5’8″ 145 pounds and got a medium!

As always, thanks for reading!

3 Amazing Spring Trends You NEED In Your Wardrobe

Spring is here and you know what that means…new trends! Jenna from Champagne & Polka Dots is breaking down a few of the biggest must haves for the new season.

  1. Anything off the shoulder

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This trend is flattering and fun for everyone!  We love how Jenna styled it with white denim and pretty pink pastel earrings.

2) BOLD prints

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Spring 2016 is all about being bold & beautiful! Wear prints that demand the attention you deserve!! Plus, you can never go wrong with a flirty strappy back.

3) Denim, denim, and more denim

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You probably know this already but our #1 layering piece for spring is a denim jacket! If you don’t already own one, you NEED to! Trust us, you will wear it all. the. time. We love this one for its light wash and cropped style. It will flatter you without overwhelming your figure.

We are so excited that it’s FINALLY spring and we’re wishing you all a time of fun shopping and styling! To read Jenna’s full post, click here. Plus, check out her page to enter to win a $50 Pulse gift card!

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How to: Wear your spring dress NOW

I get the dilemma, you can’t wait to wear your flirty spring dresses but the weather just isn’t warm enough yet. You absolutely have to try out a belted outfit this spring!! The best part is, you can build it right from items you already have in  your closet.  By adding a sweater and belting it at your waist, you create a wear-now look (that’s also super chic!)

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I love how this floral spring dress is paired with a sweater in a corresponding color! It looks both put-together and weather appropriate. The pop of color in the belt is also a nice touch!

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This look shows a longer style blazer-like jacket with a shorter dress. Even though the two pieces are almost the same length, it still looks really good together! The belt really finishes off the look nicely.

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On the other hand, this mid-thigh dress looks AMAZING with a long cardi! They are both about the same length and look like they were meant to be worn together. The belt at the natural waist gives a nice, flattering silhouette.

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I am a total sucker for maxi dresses! The belted look works perfect for long dresses too.

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This also looks gorgeous for dressier occasions as well! If you have a spring wedding to attend, this is the perfect answer to any question about weather being “iffy” or if the ceremony/reception is outside.

Now, create your own look! SHOP DRESSES