Yup, I said it! It's almost time to pull out your bikini and rock a tunic at the beach.Read More
I'm totally crushin' on Anna Dello Russo, who is currently the Editor At Large and creative consultant for Vogue Japan. At 51, her style is fresher than ever!!! She can easily pull off edgy couture with her spunky personality.
Okay, so I know that its still January but I'm starting to get sick of the grey days here in Seattle. To brighten things up today I thought I would feature some of my favorite spring items.
Hydrotherapy certainly isn’t a new type of treatment since it was first documented as far back as the 5th century B.C, but it is having a revitalization with the sprouting of new spas around the area. Hydrotherapy is essentially the use of water (hot or cold, ice or liquid) to treat and heal the body of aliments. The use of various water temperatures is very important to treat certain aliments for example; hot and cold contrast hydrotherapy stimulates circulation by causing increased constriction and dilation of the veins which in turn provides fresh nutrients while also stimulating movement of the lymphatic system to eliminate waste from the body. The photos were taken at Yuan Spa which has an absolutely stunning spa!
1. Warm Pool
Begin in the warm pool to get in a more relaxed state from the dilation blood vessels that increase the blood flow through them, diverting blood flow to the extremities and to the skin’s surface, opening the pores of the skin, activating sweat glands and relaxing muscles. Increased blood flow has important effects on your body, including: more efficient oxygenation of tissues, thereby helping injuries heal faster, and more efficient removal of toxins from tissue, which helps prevent or ease injuries and increases tissue resiliency.
2. Eucalyptus Steam Room
Inhaling steam has a beneficial effect on the lungs as well. The moist, hot air causes the small airways and air sacs in the lungs to dilate and increases the lung’s ability to move phlegm and mucus out. It can also help people breathe in more easily, since the volume of space in the lungs slightly increases. The eucalyptus mixed within the steam helps to clear any sinus congestion while lining the mucous membranes with antimicrobials to fight colds.
Sweat it out! The most gentle way to rid yourself of toxins is as simple as heat and sweat! By eliminating toxins through your skin you are able to avoid integrating the toxins into your blood stream and increasing the burden to your kidneys and liver. The heat from the sauna induces lypolysis (many toxins are stored in our fat cells) and the sweat increases the elimination pathway.
4. Cold Pool
Cold water and ice causes the body to conserve heat. As a result, blood vessels in the body constrict, decreasing the amount of blood that flows through them. Blood flow is diverted from the extremities to the core of the body and to internal organs, to help keep them warm and operating correctly. The pores of the skin close, sweat glands shut down, muscles tense, and some endocrine system organs, like the adrenal gland, become more active. In naturopathic medicine we call this part "Stimulating the Vis" because it forces the body to work harder and warm itself which in turn promotes healthy immune function.
It can be used to:
- Boost the immune system
- Heal injuries
- Detoxify the body
- Treats cold & flu
Want to learn more about the benefits of hydrotherapy on the body? Read My Water Cure by Sebastian Kneipp, which was written in 1894 detailing his experiences with 35 years of water treatments.
[gallery type="circle" ids="7016,7018,7017"] Still not quite ready to give up the vibrant colors of summer? I'm loving some of the new jewels out for autumn!
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Embellishments are everywhere from the streets to the runways. When the temperatures drop its time to dress up and feel fancy again. I'm loving the Lanvin bracelet!
[gallery type="square" ids="6912,6913,6914,6915,6916,6917"] Even the thought of wearing real fur disturbs me these days. I picture myself walking down the street hearing people whisper behind my back and always being on the look out for paint being thrown at me. Why wear real fur when the faux options are amazing and totally guilt free!!!
I started write to this post about plaid and then I fell in love with this photo from 1992 showing Seattle Style at it's finest.
It captures the essence of grunge style... a pair of docs, a Nirvana t-shirt, and of course flannel!
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Who says that you can't wear white after labor day?! True fashionista's don't follow the rules, they make the rules.
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There's nothing like a refreshing splash of color to add a fresh take on an old look!
[gallery type="square" ids="4590,4591,4592,4593,4594,4595"] Maybe it's the blue skies that are finally coming out here in Seattle or maybe it could be my love for blueberries well, whatever it is I'm feeling that today is all about BLUE!
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Ever since I purchased a pair of the Chanel espadrilles I have become officially addicted to them! It's such an easy way to add style to a look while being comfortable too.
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This spring its all about the bling with lots of COLORS!!! Here are some of the items on my spring "to buy" list:
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Leather pants are the hottest "must have" item around and the best part is.... the color options!!!
Rachel Burklund Cleo Citrine Bracelet My talented sis!