Jul 31, 2016

15 Accessories You Must Own


When creating the perfect outfit, you will more than likely focus on the staples such as graphic tees, shirts, pants, skirts, or dresses, but, one thing people neglect to realize is that accessories can help to make or break the entire outfit. Although these superstar accessories are usually taken for granted, there are several must-have accessories that any woman should add to her everyday wardrobe.

Remember, accessories can help to create different looks with the same staple pieces that you may wear throughout the month, keeping things fresh and vibrant, no matter how many times you’ve worn those jeans or that little black dress.

Here are 15 accessories you absolutely must own:

Gladiator shoes


While sandals are a great staple in themselves, gladiator shoes are making a comeback in a big way. Not only are they comfortable, you can find them in many different styles, shapes, colors, and sizes to suit just about anyone’s personal preferences.

Gladiator heels are also a fresh and fun way to dress up shorts or skirts while in the heat of the summer.

Pumps

You can give just about any outfit a touch of class when you wear a pair of quality pumps. If you’re worried about the heels, remember, pumps can come in different heights to ease you into wearing taller heels.

Diamonds

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend after all. While they don’t have to be large and expensive, diamonds have a means of creating an elegant look, even if they’re paired with a blouse and jeans or that little black dress.

If white diamonds aren’t for you, they can be found in an array of different colors to suit your personal tastes.

Pearls


Pearls are a classic and affordable accessory. A single or dual string of pearls can boost the look of your outfit. They’re great to wear during interviews or a night on the town.

Flats

A good pair of flat shoes will take you just about anywhere you go. Whether they’re prints or solids, flats are an absolute must-have that carries your look throughout the year.

A structured purse or bag

A structured purse or bag not only is useful, but is a great conversation piece. They can be found to suit just about anyone’s personal preferences on styles and can be found in different sizes to meet your storage needs.

A belt


A belt is more than a functional accessory to keep your pants in place; they can also be used to add some drama to an otherwise boring dress, or to help draw the eye up toward where you’re the thinnest.

A Cocktail Ring

While you may not wear it every day, a cocktail ring is a great conversation piece for special events or first dates.

A Clutch

When a purse would get in the way, carrying a clutch purse with your necessities is a great way to accessorize in a minimalist way that won’t distract from your outfit.

A Metal Watch


Having a watch on hand is always a great thing, but, metal watches are definitely a classic accessory staple for anyone’s wardrobe

A Cuff Bracelet

Cuff bracelets and chunky bracelets are a great way to draw the eye toward a hip-level when you’re standing. They are also great conversation pieces that can help to boost a monochrome outfit.

A Hat

A good hat is essential for weather changes and for keeping your face free from the sun, but, they are a great accessory that can help to transition an outfit from casual to formal and vise versa as well.

A Patterned Scarf


A good quality patterned scarf is a great way to add some color in an otherwise monochrome look. Scarves are not only great for winter; they can be worn year-round in many different ways.

Boots

Boots are also accessory essentials during the colder months. They not only boost your look, they are extremely functional as well.

A Black Dress

While most people wouldn’t consider a black dress an accessory, I’d beg to differ. The little black dress is the ultimate accessory for any occasion.

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Hi I'm Riley - Wife, Mother & Fashion Trend Blogger at RebelsMarket.
I enjoy writing about lifestyle, art and travel adventures. When not writing
you can find me working on my fruit garden or walking my dog at wee hours of the night.


Jul 24, 2016

Summer Traveling Tips For Riding With Our Furry Friends

Everyone knows how much I love my little Miss Morkie, Candy, and one of the many things we enjoy doing together is traveling. But carting around a little canine can have some pitfalls, so we need to be sure we’re protecting our pets from possible perils.

Now that the temperatures are beginning to rise, while we all know not to leave a dog alone in a car, not even for one minute, but we should also be on the lookout for signs of dehydration during this time of year, which can include:

Excessive panting and/or drooling
Vomiting or diarrhea
Lethargy, listlessness or being overly tired
A lack of appetite
Tacky, dry gums
A rapid heart rate

One quick little trick to check for dehydration, since a loss of elasticity in the skin is also a symptom, gently pinch your dog’s skin with your thumb and forefinger. Upon your release, it should quickly release itself back in position. If there’s a delay, there could be a problem and you should take your pet to the vet immediately, especially if they’re showing other symptoms as listed above.

Barefooting with our buddies

Whether we’re traveling to the beach with our best friend or simply taking them on a stroll down the lane, the summer sun can really heat up the surfaces we’re walking on. Although the neighbors think I’m insane for walking my dog while I’m barefoot, I figure if the sidewalk is too hot for my feet, then it’s too hot for hers.

At the very least, you should feel the sidewalk, sand or another surface your dog will be walking on and make sure it’s not too hot for them. Minimally speaking, it could be painful for them and on a more serious note, they could suffer a nasty burn.

We all love our four-legged friends and want to do our very best to keep them safe. Check out this infographic on “Travel Tips For Road Trips With Your Dog.” There’s no reason we can’t take our pets out on the road with us, but we also want them to enjoy the ride.

Citations:
http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Basics/Car-Safety.aspx
http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/responsible-dog-ownership/travel-tips/
http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Health/Motion-Sickness/Symptoms.aspx
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/travel-safety-tips


How to Take Your Summer Wardrobe Into Fall with a Few Basics

Who said basic has to be boring? This fall we are stripping our style down to the essentials and getting our wardrobe autumn-ready with nothing but the nuts and bolts of fashion.

Whether you are going through changes or want to simplify life as you head into this new season, clear away those dead autumn leaves from the sidewalk of your life to make way for some fun, fresh adventures. In other words, clean out your closet if you need to! Put the old swimsuits in storage. It is time to bring out the best to celebrate this new time of the year.

Here is our rundown of some must-haves for fall:

1. The basic boot. Fall is a season where you start to ditch your monthly pedicure and favorite summer sandals in favor of an investment in some good boots. You can’t go wrong with a basic pair in any color. Pick red or forest green to brighten up an outfit, or neutrals like brown and black as a foundation.

We have opted out of heels this year to save our feet some wear and tear. Plus, with so many cute styles that are made without heels, we are not missing a beat when it comes to fashion.

2. A great jacket. Fall is a time when the weather is chilly, but not nearly as cold as the dead of winter. With this in mind, be sure to have a light fall coat on hand at all times. Choose a classic style that you can wear for multiple seasons. I have had the same red trench coat for years and whenever September rolls around, this jacket is up there with hot apple cider and pumpkin spice for my top fall favorites.

3. A new cardigan. The beauty of this piece is that it can be paired with almost any outfit for instant warmth in addition to being a classic finishing touch. Like your basic boots, this is a great piece to jazz up with some color or patterns.

These days, many women are ditching traditional blazers at the office in favor of more casual, but still work appropriate cardigans. So take care in choosing this item. Pay attention to details like buttons and shape. Selecting the right cardigan can make for a piece of clothing that you instantly reach for whenever you need that something extra for your day’s ensemble.

4. A good fall skirt. Sure, the weather is getting cooler, but that does not mean you have to cover up altogether. Search for a good fall skirt or two, made from robust fabrics to keep you warm in the crisp air.

5. Tights are the ultimate accessory. Buy an extra pair of stylish tights while you are at it and, voilĂ , you are set for a stylish, fresh fall.

What do you look forward to most in the fall? Am I alone in loving autumn jackets, pumpkin spice, and apple cider? Celebrate the joys of fall with a versatile and timeless wardrobe.


Jul 23, 2016

Creative Ways to Add Copper Tones to Your Home

You might be noticing that copper is making an appearance in homes and looking great doing it! Do you want to get in on this style? Copper became a big design trend in 2015, and it’s still incredibly popular.

Copper provides a warmer and softer statement as an alternative to stainless steel, and it can create a very rustic or modern look depending on how you use it. There are so many ways you can add copper into your home. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

In the kitchen


The kitchen is one of the most popular places to incorporate copper. Whether you want to make a big statement or just add a small touch, there’s something for you. For a big copper statement, you can add a copper backsplash in the color and pattern of your choosing. This will instantly transform your kitchen into a unique and modern area. Another idea is to add a copper sink or stove hood. These will draw the eye toward that piece. You’ll feel like you’re cooking in a Food Network kitchen!

For smaller hints of copper, you can find items like salt and pepper shakers, pitchers, mixing bowls, cocktail mugs and silverware made in copper tones. These will give a hint of copper glimmer without overwhelming the kitchen. You can also find small copper fruit bowls to display on your kitchen table with fresh fruit, which will add a classy and sophisticated touch.

In the living room

Copper accents in the living room or other living areas can create a cozy atmosphere and make your home look fancy at the same time. These accents are easy to add, too. For instance, copper wire baskets are perfect for storing magazines or blankets, and they look great next to your couch or by the fireplace.

Copper picture frames are ideal to use to showcase your favorite memories. You can display the frame on your coffee table or hang it on the wall. You can also add a few fresh flowers in a copper vase to draw attention and add a little cheer to your space.

Feeling like a DIY project? Try your hand at copper hooks that look like piping and add a unique and functional touch to any room or hallway. The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating your living room with copper

In the bathroom 

If you want to take your bathroom to the next level, there are a few copper projects you can try that will do just that. One idea is to hang a copper-framed mirror, which will lend some personality to your bathroom. You can also add a copper pipe toilet paper holder for a little touch of industrial flair.
If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can even swap your flooring for a floor made out of pennies. This takes some patience and hard work, but it’ll pay off if you want to make a statement in your bathroom.

In an outdoor space


You can always take the copper trend outside, too! Purchase copper-plated house numbers to spice up the front of your home. Another super cute and fun idea is to spray paint cans in a copper color and use them as planters for herbs. Don’t forget to display these where all of your neighbors can see them and be jealous.

Add a burst of copper anywhere

An additional way to add copper into your home is by using copper lighting fixtures. Since copper lighting can enhance just about any room, it’s in a category all its own! There’s a wide array of style and fit options, no matter what your taste may be or where you want your lighting to be installed. All it takes is a quick Pinterest search, and you’ll spend hours looking through the endless possibilities.

However you decide to add copper to your home, it’ll add personality and a unique look to every room!

Treat Your Skin to Summertime Freshness with the Natural Delicacy of a Rose

Roses have been esteemed in popular opinion as a sign of love since forever. Shakespeare immortalized this popular sentiment in the very famous tower monologue in Romeo and Juliet, and supermarkets keep the love torch burning every February 14th, when roses overwhelm our senses. More recently, however, roses have migrated out of the realm of love and made headway into the beauty scene for more than just their marketing ability to extoll self-love. It turns out that products with rose extracts are naturally great for a variety of skin problems.

So, why don’t you give your skin a little love and add some roses to your beauty routine?

Skin Benefits

When using natural products, it is hard to get more basic or classic than using rose.
Roses run the gamut of skin benefits, and there is a long tradition of these flowers being used for everything on every type of skin. Among their benefits, roses have gentle anti-bacterial properties that help relieve redness and inflammation from the skin of even those who suffer from the most chronic acne.

At the same time, rose oil won’t dry out your skin, so if you tend to have dry skin, roses are also a good option for you. Furthermore, rose oil has been known to help soften signs of aging as well as be a quick eraser for those dark under-eye circles you get after a late night.

The menu of benefits that roses can offer to your beauty routine is unparalleled. Each flower is brimming with antioxidants and vitamins, so it is no wonder that it can soothe and cool sensitive skin, balance and unclog oily skin, or rejuvenate and even-out mature skin.

Rosehips specifically have a high concentration of vitamin C and essential fatty acids, both of which are critical to good skin health. Oil made from certain rose hips can contain up to seven percent of vitamin C. This makes roses the richest known source of vitamin C on the planet! (An orange contains only a meager .05 percent of vitamin C.)

However, most rose oil is made from more economical rose strains that have lower concentrations of vitamin C, but are rich in essential fatty acids. These fatty acids are responsible for strengthening your skin’s cellular membranes and regenerating even the most fragile skin tissue.

Simultaneously, deep hydration is the main benefit of rose-based skin products. The natural sugars that are packed into rose petals soothe and soften skin without over-infusing your pores with oil. Natural rose oil helps trap moisture deep into your skin, thereby smoothing its appearance and filling it out with an inner glow.

Using rose oil in your beauty routine can go beyond just simple moisture and maintenance. Beauty does, after all, stem from caring for your whole body inside and out. If your goal is to be healthy and beautiful through and through, rose oil can do just that:

It can fight off wrinkles and other signs of aging really well, since its essential fatty acids contract and uplift sagging skin.

It has antibacterial properties that can both cure infections and effectively treat acne.

It has a cooling effect that soothes sunburned and highly sensitive skin. It can also heal skin scars and blemishes. Regular application of this oil can even help restore uneven skin to its original color tone.

It can be used directly on open wounds and cuts. Used liberally, it will stop bleeding, and its antiseptic qualities will ward off infections.

If applied to stretch marks or scars, it can drastically reduce the lividity of their appearance.

It can be safely applied to many skin disorders since it is known to reduce skin inflammation and irritation with its antibacterial properties.

It is safe to consume rose oil, and it helps remove toxins from the blood.

 It helps maintain your body’s hormonal balance, which is a key factor in keeping your skin fresh and dewy.

It is extremely popular in aromatherapy, as well, where it works as an antidepressant for everything from work related stress to post-partum depression. When used in massage, rose oil is known to improve blood circulation, which heals and rejuvenates the skin.

Yes, Rose Oil is expensive

Of course, there is a catch, and you probably guessed it: rose oil is not cheap. This is because it takes about 60,000 roses to distil a single ounce of oil. This means there are about 60 roses in every drop you use.

However, never fear! Rose oil is rarely, if ever, used in a pure form. Although you can buy pure essential oil, several drops of rose oil are sufficient to infuse a carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil. In its purest form, however, rose extract comes as “otto oil.”

If you choose to use undiluted oil, you can add the desired quantity to your own carrier oil or skin products, and learn how it can enhance the benefits already delivered in your skincare routine.

So, going back to Shakespeare (who usually says it best), “Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?” The answer is NO. A rose is a rose and, therefore, must have its natural essences intact while they delicately care for your skin. Don’t shy away from the real-deal product just because of the price. You only need a couple of drops to deliver the historically revered benefits.

However, when selecting your rose products, do so carefully. Read the ingredients and make sure that true rose essential oil is being used, and not a synthetically engineered substitute. You want all of the natural benefits that roses contain, and only the natural product will actually deliver all the benefits to your skin.

As Antoine de Saint-Exupery said in The Little Prince, "It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important." If rose oil was good enough for royalty across the ages to spend time distilling and perfecting it as a beauty product, then it may be worth trying in your beauty arsenal.

With a simple mission of bringing customers quality products that are derived from all natural, pure ingredients while serving the community that provides those organic ingredients, Organca truly cares about its impact, as well as yours, on the world around us.


Jul 6, 2016

How to Achieve Balance in Your Design

Have you ever been in a room that just feels right, but you can’t quite figure out why? This is what a balanced space looks like. Interior design is not only about style. Symmetry has impact on the atmosphere in your home.

Well-designed spaces have the ability to inspire harmony and happiness. There is psychological reason behind it. Interior design and symmetry in particular, can influence your subconscious. Although the eyes perceive the information in separate bits, the brain converts it into a singular and simpler pattern. This means that we see the room as whole, before we focus on the individual design elements. Physical clutter and chaos create noise, making it difficult to focus and process information.

With a quick home cleaning you will be able to resolve these issues, but what about your home interior? An awkwardly designed space can overload your senses and can even you stressed.

On the other hand, symmetry simplifies the design and is easy on the eyes. It gives your interior a coherent and aesthetically pleasing look. Concepts such as symmetry and balance may seem vague and hard to put in practice. That’s way we’ve put down the basics for you.

Aesthetic and Function


A great design will effectively incorporate both aesthetic and function. You need to design a place that both looks great and is comfortable to live in. This is especially important for the floor plan. Arrange your furniture in a way it doesn’t interfere with the passage and day-to-day tasks such as domestic cleaning.

Start by picking an item or a detail that immediately draws the eye. Then use the focal point as a centre of your symmetrical room.  It can be anything from a table or fireplace to an art piece.  Divide the space in two halves and create two matching sides with your focal point in the middle. You can use this technique not only for your furniture set up, but also for the display of artwork or other items in your home.

Patterns


Repeating patterns allow the brain to process individual elements faster.  Try to work out at least one for each design project. Incorporate the pattern in your textile, artwork or other details around the place. Choose elements that will suit and complete your overall decor.

If you feel confident in your design skills you can mix more than pattern for a more eclectic interior. Keeping it simple, though, is always a safe bet.  Plus, it will facilitate the house cleaning and maintenance.

Asymmetry


Despite all the virtues of symmetry and simplicity, asymmetry is important for creating depth and visual interest.  Matching mirror images can make the room appear dull and boring. Consider shaking things up by adding unexpected element. The key is to create asymmetry that works for your place. Pick objects that are distinct but similar in shape and mass.  Place them at an equal distance from the focal point. When you work on positioning things, don’t hesitate to place items where you think they should. Then simply take a step back to get a better view and decide if it looks good.

Remember, a balanced place does not only look stylish and pretty, but it also contributes to your well-being.


Jul 5, 2016

High Protein Snacks for After a Workout

As warm weather sets in, shaping up for summer is on the brain! Having the right nutrients to refuel after your workout can ensure you’re getting the most out of your sweat session. Reach for a healthy snack that’s rich in protein to help speed up your recovery and keep you feeling full until your next meal. This roundup of healthy post-workout snacks has plenty of options to help you achieve your fitness goals!


Run This Apple shares her favorite post-workout snacks to grab on-the-go. Almonds and trail mix provide the protein necessary to feed tired muscles.

Move Well Fitness lists shake options and recommends that you eat your nuts!

Salubrious RD details the science behind workout recovery and suggests greek yogurt or lean turkey for protein.

What protein-packed picks do you reach for post-sweat session?


Where to Go When Buying Your First Pet

Deciding to get your first family pet is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. You want to make sure that you do everything you can to make your new family member feel welcome, and provide them with the very best beds, toys and food. But where should you pick up your new best friend from? How can you tell which private breeders are better than others? Or should you go to a charity instead? Hopefully, the following post should help you.

Do your research


If you’ve already decided on the kind of pet you like, then you really have three options: go to a private breeder, go to a kennel or similar organisation that chooses breeders based on quality, or go to a charity and pick a rescue pet. There are pros and cons to each of them, but first of all, you’ll have to research the ones that can be found in your local area.

Most of these places have good websites these days, with the breeds and types of animals they care for online. Then, look for recommendations and reviews from people that have used them. You’ll often find advice on what to look out for on local forums, but the key things to remember are that you need to check they’re registered breeders, and affiliated with local authorities. 

Choosing a registered breeder


Your first port of call will most likely be independent breeders, and the great thing about these is that you can go round to their home for visits and meet the parents of the litter in a relaxed environment. However, the down side is that you often have no way of knowing how credible they are; this is your first pet after all, so how are you going to judge one breeder from another?

Luckily, there are many establishments that remove this concern for you. Kennels are a very popular option and can be found in most cities; if you’re looking for puppies for sale in Scotland, for example, Douglas Hall Kennels are an excellent choice, as they keep them in top conditions, have regular veterinary care available, and you can be sure that they have hand-picked the best breeders around. 

Don’t dismiss a charity


Of course, another option is to choose a pet from a rescue centre, and this certainly shouldn’t be disregarded. There are many loving animals that are found abandoned, and they simply need owners who are able to give them the care and affection that they need to thrive. However, there’s plenty of advice available to figure out if this is the right choice for you. 

You should always check whether the pet you have your heart set on is good with small children and animals, for example, as this can often be an issue for rehabilitated pets. No matter where you choose though, always be sure to go down there and meet them before you sign any adoption papers. 

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