Fashion Friday: Blazers

With winter weather quickly leaving us and warmer weather on the horizon, this is the perfect time to get use out of those blazers hanging up in the closet. They don’t keep you warm in the winter and are too hot for summer, so spring weather is perfect. They come in so many colors, patterns, and styles, it’s hard to just choose one. They are completely versatile, in which they can be worn dressed up with heels or dressed down with a casual t-shirt and flats. (Or even shorts as you can see below) I pulled a few photos from the internet to get the ideas flowing since they will soon be packed away for the summer.

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Things to do Thursday: Write A Letter!

It seems that human contact is becoming something of the past with all of this technology we have going on. Instead of walking by and sharing smiles with each other, you may be sharing a wireless connection with them instead. There are emails, text messages, instant messages, facebook messages, tweets, and skype, but nothing is better than receiving a letter in the mail from someone you admire. You get an automatic smile on your face when you find that one envelope addressed personally to you amidst the bills and junk mail. Next, your mind starts racing wondering who it is from, what is it about, and why did I deserve something so personal to come my way?! Writing letters can be fun and here are some ideas on how to get going!

First off…who can I send a letter to:

A family member
A love
A friend
Find a pen pal
An old co-worker
A business that you are happy to do business with

Second…make your envelope exciting:

Write their name in fancy letters
Bring out the crayons, markers, colored pencils, or highlighters
Stickers
Decorate the inside flap with an image or pattern
Make your own envelope out of fun paper

Third…let’s make this letter look magical:

Bring out your best penmanship
Tell them something that will make them feel good
Dot your i’s with hearts, stars, swirls, whatever
Use a pen that is not blue or black ink
Sign your name like you’re a Hollywood star
Come up with your own closing, instead of Sincerely, how about: Written from the ends of the sea and the top of a tree, your friend, ……

So, this Thursday Polka Dot Tango wants you to write a letter to someone. If you still don’t know who I heard Santa is accepting letters at this time.

Wellness Wednesday: Benefits of Meditation

Calm your soul. Image courtesy of uberstate.co.uk

I always knew that meditation was good for you, but honestly, I never truly knew the reason why. Looking in books and on the internet I found that there are many benefits of meditation! I came across the website: ineedmotivation.com and there it was in all it’s shining glory….100 benefits of Meditation. I read through the list and couldn’t believe how wonderful it is for you to sit there and just be. Best yet, meditation is free! Today Polka Dot Tango is spreading the word on these benfits and hope that you try meditating today!

Physiological benefits:
1- It lowers oxygen consumption.
2- It decreases respiratory rate.
3- It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.
4- Increases exercise tolerance.
5- Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation.
6- Good for people with high blood pressure.
7- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate.
8- Decreases muscle tension
9- Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc.
10- Reduces Pre-menstrual Syndrome symptoms.
11- Helps in post-operative healing.
12- Enhances the immune system.
13- Reduces activity of viruses and emotional distress
14- Enhances energy, strength and vigour.
15- Helps with weight loss
16- Reduction of free radicals, less tissue damage
17- Higher skin resistance
18- Drop in cholesterol levels, lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
19- Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing.
20- Decreases the aging process.
21- Higher levels of DHEAS (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
22- prevented, slowed or controlled pain of chronic diseases
23- Makes you sweat less
24- Cure headaches & migraines
25- Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning
26- Reduced Need for Medical Care
27- Less energy wasted
28- More inclined to sports, activities
29- Significant relief from asthma
30- improved performance in athletic events
31- Normalizes to your ideal weight
32- harmonizes our endocrine system
33- relaxes our nervous system
34- produce lasting beneficial changes in brain electrical activity
35- Cure infertility (the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation).

Psychological benefits:
36- Builds self-confidence.
37- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behaviour.
38- Resolve phobias & fears
39- Helps control own thoughts
40- Helps with focus & concentration
41- Increase creativity
42- Increased brain wave coherence.
43- Improved learning ability and memory.
44- Increased feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.
45- Increased emotional stability.
46- improved relationships
47- Mind ages at slower rate
48- Easier to remove bad habits
49- Develops intuition
50- Increased Productivity
51- Improved relations at home & at work
52- Able to see the larger picture in a given situation
53- Helps ignore petty issues
54- Increased ability to solve complex problems
55- Purifies your character
56- Develop will power
57- greater communication between the two brain hemispheres
58- react more quickly and more effectively to a stressful event.
59- increases one’s perceptual ability and motor performance
60- higher intelligence growth rate
61- Increased job satisfaction
62- increase in the capacity for intimate contact with loved ones
63- decrease in potential mental illness
64- Better, more sociable behaviour
65- Less aggressiveness
66- Helps in quitting smoking, alcohol addiction
67- Reduces need and dependency on drugs, pills & pharmaceuticals
68- Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation
69- Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia
70- Increases sense of responsibility
71- Reduces road rage
72- Decrease in restless thinking
73- Decreased tendency to worry
74- Increases listening skills and empathy
75- Helps make more accurate judgements
76- Greater tolerance
77- Gives composure to act in considered & constructive ways
78- Grows a stable, more balanced personality
79- Develops emotional maturity

Spiritual benefits:
80- Helps keep things in perspective
81- Provides peace of mind, happiness
82- Helps you discover your purpose
83- Increased self-actualization.
84- Increased compassion
85- Growing wisdom
86- Deeper understanding of yourself and others
87- Brings body, mind, spirit in harmony
88- Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation
89- Increased acceptance of oneself
90- helps learn forgiveness
91- Changes attitude toward life
92- Creates a deeper relationship with your God
93- Attain enlightenment
94- greater inner-directedness
95- Helps living in the present moment
96- Creates a widening, deepening capacity for love
97- Discovery of the power and consciousness beyond the ego
98- Experience an inner sense of “Assurance or Knowingness”
99- Experience a sense of “Oneness”
100- Increases the synchronicity in your life

Tutorial Tuesday: Smash Book- Goals

So I finally bought the Smash Book that I wanted a couple days ago and started a few pages. (And today I went and bought the pink pen and tabs) I know that it’s a little late for New Year’s Resolutions, but it’s better late than never. I decided to write some short & long term goals with images to inspire me to reach those goals. On each page I wrote 2 goals along with the corresponding images. I will then write in bullet points documenting what actions I have taken to accomplish each goal. This will be the first year that I will officially be setting goals for myself to achieve and writing them down on paper is making it feel that much more official! Below are some images that I have taken of my progress so far. Enjoy and please let me know if you have any suggestions or other ideas for the rest of the pages in this book.

Motivationaaaaaaal Monnnndaaaaaay!

Woohoo and a big happy good morning to you! Today is, as everyone knows, Monday and why don’t we try and get motivated for this week! This Monday Polka Dot Tango wants to introduce you to an artist named Aaron Judd who decided to pair up images with meaningful quotes. He did one for each day of the year and it has just ended. Take a look at his portfolio behance.com/aaronjudd and his tumblr where this all came from londons365. Enjoy!!

 

Fashion Friday- What’s In My Makeup Bag

What's In My Makeup Bag

Philosophy face makeup
$35 – lordandtaylor.com
I love this powder. The built in sponge allows for easy and flawless application. SPF 15

This “industrial strength” concealer is the only one I’ve stuck with for some time.

I actually got this for free when I reached my 500 points at Sephora. It’s a peachy color, just what I was looking for.

Redness Solutions Makeup Clinique cosmetic
$26 – lordandtaylor.com
This Redness Solution liquid foundation really helps soothe my skin. And it’s SPF 15

Erase Paste- Benefit Cosmetics concealer
$26 – benefitcosmetics.com
This is more creamy and for undereye circles.

Stila lip gloss makeup
$22 – nordstrom.com
I love these lip glosses. I owe many colors.

Stila waterproof eye makeup
$20 – amazon.com
This liquid eyeliner has the best applicator. It goes on smooth and it waterproof so it lasts all day.

Clinique lip treatment
$16 – clinique.com
This lip pencil is great. I am not a big fan of lip stick, but this gives you the same color. I got it as a free gift with purchase and have been wanting to check out other colors.

bad gal Mascara
company.co.uk
              This is the best mascara I have found so far. I like larger brush applicators like this one.

Things To Do Thursday: Unplug

How many hours do you spend plugged into your electronics?

Asking you this question now, I am now realizing that I pretty much spend from the moment I wake up till the time I go to bed connected in someway. I wake up and instantly check my phone for any new e-mails, Facebook notifications & blackboard announcements.(School) As I get ready for work I normally turn my computer on to listen to music, look up outfit ideas and whatever else pops into my head. As soon as I get to work, I scroll through all the e-mails I have received since I left the night before and spend the rest of the day on and off the computer doing what is needed. I then come home just to get back onto the computer to do homework, pay bills, read blogs, and browse other sites. As I finally lay down for the night, about to turn off the lights, I find myself checking my phone for the same reasons I did when I woke up in the morning. Not to mention all the time I spent texting, playing Draw Something, looking at MSNBC app, Pinterest and Instagram randomly throughout the day.

With all that said, we are all in much need for a day to completely unplug from the electronic world. Believe it or not, there’s ways to function without it! Below are a few things to do on your unplugged adventure.

Read a book.
I spent a good majority on my childhood with my face buried in a book. It was to a point where my aunt took my book away from me one day at the park and forced me to go play with the other children. With the very small amount of time I have for recreational reading, I make sure when I do read it’s something I’ll truly enjoy. Here are the last few books I’ve read that I would be willing to spend time re-reading.

Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado & Vince Rause
I’ve never been so emotional reading a book before. This book is in the point of view of Nando who was one of the passengers of the plane that crashed in the Andes in 1970’s on their way to a rugby game in Chili. It’s an amazing story of his survival being stuck in the Andes for 72 days, the first 3 of which he was unconscious. When he comes to he finds himself surrounded by his team mates and family members, many who died in the plane crash. The story tells how they survived an avalanche, hunger, freezing temperatures and a 45 mile trek across a mountain that should have been impossible to survive. I recently watched a documentary about it which was just as emotional and amazing.

Love and Sequins by Gala Darling
I was lucky enough to purchase this last month when it was 50% off. You can purchase the book by chapters or the book as a whole. They come in pdf form as well as a audio version of her reading the chapters. She’s a highly successful blogger and public speaker. Her book is VERY inspiring and really makes you want to get out and DO something with your life. She’s all about “radical self love” and the first chapter is all about learning how to love yourself. I am on chapter 2 now which is “The Smart Girl’s Guide to Business” where she talks about how to start your own business and how she got where she is now.


Kingdom of Fear by Hunter S. Thompson
He has been my favorite writer for years and have read this book more than once. The book isn’t really a story, more of numerous stories of his past starting with a story about his first encounter with FBI at age 9 for tipping over a mailbox in front of the bus to get revenge on the bus driver. I was super excited when I found out that Johnny Depp was going to make another Hunter movie but I was completely disappointed in The Rum Diaries. I couldn’t even finish watching because I lost complete interest.

The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris
Now I wouldn’t normally like books like this and may be a bit embarrassed about saying this, but I thought these books were great. (The show True Blood does it no justice) There are 11 books total at the moment and am pretty sure that I’ve read the whole series. They are about a waitress that lives in Louisiana and can read other people’s minds. Vampires decided to come out into public and the story just keeps building from there. They sound quite lame but they definitely hook you in a way that you can’t release yourself from.

Organize your closet.
Although we all would like a closet that looks like this, many people don’t have the space or money to build one that looks like it’s a boutique. But with the change in seasons, you can pack away your winter items, get rid of unwanted items and reorganize the remainder.

Oprah- Adam Glassman’s Cleanout Tips
Cleaning Out The Closets
Changing Seasons: Clothes Closets Declutter

 

Start a Smash book.
I’ve been wanting to purchase one of these ever since I laid eye on one at Micheal’s while out shopping for work one day, but hadn’t had the chance to go back. The next thing I knew everyone at work was carrying one around. It’s become a HUGE hit at work and I finally decided to go out an get one for myself. They are meant to be somewhat of a notebook and a scrapbook smashed into one. It comes with a pen that has a built in glue stick. There are a ton of accessories from tabs to pockets and more. Pull out that 40% off coupon from your Sunday ad and spend the day creating away!

 

Well what are you waiting for? Turn off the computer and get started!
(And don’t forget to come back and tell us what other things you did while unplugged.)

Wellness Wednesday: Be the Queen of Your Heart

Art by nosredna1313 on deviantART

Several months ago, I decided to go and get my blood work done and to my surprise, I found out I have high cholesterol! I couldn’t believe it and neither could anyone else. I exercise, I generally eat healthy foods, I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, my weight is ok, but, my dad has high cholesterol. Ever since I found out, it has been my mission to lower this cholesterol problem as much as I can so I don’t have to be put on any medication and I can live a healthier life.  So, I have an article from a newsletter called Sunshine Sharing that I would like to share with you! So if you have heart health issues, please read on.

Heart-Mending Supplements

There are numerous herbs and nutritional supplements that can help to both prevent and reverse heart disease. We can’t cover them all, but here are a few of the most important ones.

Co-Q10: The Hear Protector

Over 4,000 scientific studies have been done on Coenzyme Q10, known as Co-Q10 for short. Research shows that this antioxidant helps reduce cardiac inflammation and both prevents and helps to reverse heart disease. It also reduces inflammation in the gums to help heal gum disease.
The beneficial effects of Co-Q10 are numerous. It reduces blood pressure, aids recover from heart attacks, keeps LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and improves energy production in the heart muscle. Statin drugs deplete Q10, so this supplement should always be taken by people using statin drugs to lower cholesterol.

L-Cartinine for Heart Energy

This important amino acid, found primarily in red meat, transports fatty acids to be metabolized for energy in the michondria. It improves energy production and oxygen utilization in the heart and can be very helpful for improving heart health.

Magnesium to Prevent Spasms

About half of all Americans are deficient in magnesium, a critical mineral for heart health. Magnesium helps the heart and blood vessels to relax properly, which reduces stress on the heart, helps protect the heart against spasms and helps lower blood pressure. Magnesium is also essential for energy production in the heart.
If you have not had your blood work done before, do yourself a favor and see what’s going on. Chances are, you are completely healthy but it never hurts to be safe.

Tuesday Tutorial: Ugly Mirror…Beautified!

One year ago, we moved into a house that was built in 1954. It has only had two owners previous to us and unfortunately the last owner did not take much pride and joy into caring for his house. We tore out baseboards, mouldings, redid the floors and so on, but we kept one thing…the mirror. This mirror is on the back of the master bedroom door and it seems like the most truthful mirror I have ever encountered. It has chips in it, markings that I can’t seem to Windex off, and a little rough on the edges but I love it. So, I decided to beautify it! Here are the steps to beautify your mirror.

Pre-Fabulous

Supplies

Write a something that makes you smile!

 

Ta-dah! Side note: Not completely sold on Windex.

 

Motivational Monday!

Happy Monday!!! So, either some of you are recovering from a ton of Leprechaun fun or those of you that live in California are finally crawling out of their caves from a relaxing weekend filled with rain. Either way, today is the same for all of us…it’s Monday. What better way of course than to start off the week with a little motivation! I will do my best to put a smile on your face, make you want to climb mountain tops, or go back to bed 🙂

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