Editors have their own style and a huge closet full of investment pieces (Black Chanel purse, hermes belt) and classics (Levi's and riding boots) mixed with the occasional trendy item.
Dress like an Editor
I can seriously find 101 ways to wear one of my boyfriend's shirts! I'll throw it on under a dress to make it business casual, belt it with jeans for movie night, or tie it at the waist with a leather skirt for a night out on the town. How will you wear it?
I love wearing dresses, in fact I could pretty much find a reason to wear a dress everyday but I never want to look too done up. My trick... always mix a couture item with something unexpected like a flannel shirt or an old pair of boots.
What I'm wearing: Badgley Mischka dress, flannel shirt, Valentino heels
Photography by Jared Duhon of J. Duhon Photography
Hair and Makeup by Kasi Elaine Doyle
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.
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance" ~Aristotle
Finding ways to express your passion is an important part of leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I love going to Seattle's sculpture park to get inspired!
Mind Body medicine encompasses all areas of our life and expressing ourselves creatively is a great way to relieve stress and express our emotions. The best part about art... its everywhere and in everything. Some common healing therapies include music, visual arts, movement-based creative expression, and writing. Many published articles have been written about how art therapy increases the healing potential within our bodies, showing once again how the mind and body are so deeply connected.
Go find your passion!
Photography by Jared Duhon of J.Duhon Photography
It seems like everyone is going back to the basics! Urban farming has become the new standard for living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
It's the height of tomato season right now and the perfect time to discuss the benefits. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a potent antioxidant and has been shown to be protective against certain cancers. They are also a great source of vitamins C, B6, K, A, folate, potassium, niacin, and thiamin.
Unfortunately this night shade fruit is not for everyone, some people can have an allergic reaction.
Photos taken by David Shoup
[gallery type="square" ids="6689,6690,6691,6692,6694,6693"] This weekend I am visiting my mother in Las Vegas, so I thought I would do a post on "my version" of Las Vegas.
Most people view this city as a place to gamble and blow off steam, but I look at this city as an up and coming artistic haven. I'm so inspired by the 18b which is the 18 blocks in downtown Las Vegas known as the Art District. When driving through downtown Las Vegas most people miss the entire district because it's intermingled with warehouses, repair shops, and run-down retail shops but I think that is what makes it even cooler!
I went to art walk last night which was very fun to see the passion behind the local artists. The boutique furniture shops here have a very unique edge because they find the hidden treasures from the hotels and bling'd out old signs. My all time favorite shop.... Petina Decor which has the flavor of Kelly Wearstler combined with vintage Vegas where they sell furniture and vintage clothing (I'm loving my 70's tunic dress!)
Who says you can't be healthy while in Vegas? Seriously, the best raw vegan cafe is actually here called Go Raw Cafe. As for exercise, it might not be an option during the summer months when the temperature is breaking 100, but when it does cool down I love hiking Red Rock Canyon.
Have a great weekend,
What is one of the best things for your soul and your health? A furry best friend of course!
I have been so lucky to have a wonderful furry companion named Elvis, he has put up with my crazy schedule through medical school and has been a great support.
Pet ownership has many proven health benefits including an improvement in physical, mental, and emotional well being. These furry friends can also help enhance your social skills and reduce your risk of heart attack. The unconditional love of pets helps to improve your mood and gets you outdoors to exercise more. If your lifestyle has room for a furry companion go ahead and make a new best friend!
Photography by Jared Duhon of J. Duhon Photography
What an amazing summer day to go on a drive with the top down while making random stops for fresh dahlias or to forage for mushrooms in the forest. The crisp air and the vibrant green colors makes me fall in love with Washington all over again, even enough to put up with all the rain.
Douglas Fir: put the branches in a vase to embrace the forest fragrance or infuse them in a syrup for that Northwest taste.
Nettles: dry the leaves out and drink it as a nutritious tea (and don't worry the stinging is eliminated by drying or cooking) but wear gloves when you are picking them!
Morels: packed with B vitamins, vitamin D, and rich in selenium these are great for overall immune support.
Dandelion Greens: a great addition to a salad and the bitterness helps with digestion.
Moss Covered Twigs: put the twigs in a fancy vase and give a whimsical and grounding feel to your home.
Salmon Berries: rich in vitamin A and potassium, this berry would add an unexpected twist to the traditional jam.
Mud: rich in minerals and great at detoxifying your body, cover yourself in a light paste and wash off when it has dried. The most important part is to find quality mud either from a hot spring or mud that comes from a glacier for the highest purity.
This abundant ocean plant is essentially a seaweed that thrives in the sunlight and takes in a large amount of nutrients and minerals from the water around. Kelp is a great addition to the diet for someone looking to increase their iodine intake or support their thyroid function. This savory seaweed also contains chlorophyll (used by plants to convert sunlight to energy) and can help us stimulate red blood cell production and oxygenation in the body.
What makes kelp different from other seaweeds? It contains high amounts of sodium alginate which protects the body from radiation and removes it.
That’s not all this plant can do… it has been shown to contain 46 minerals, 16 amino acids, and 11 different vitamins including iron, potassium, phosphorus and calcium, vitamin A, and niacin which translates to a healthy body and glowing skin!
Very excited to be chosen for the 'Links a' la Mode' from the Independent Fashion Bloggers for my 'Crusin' with Kale' post. Take a look at some of the other stylish fashionista's that were chosen too!!!
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On a Trend Bender
Summer is actually the best time to play around with trends. You know why? Because summer is the the best time play around in general! With all the bold colors and prints, the great summer sales, and gorgeous weather, it’s hard not to get caught up in the spirit of going bold. This week’s roundup has wonderful links to get you in the mindset to try new trends, even ones you don’t think you’d look good in. We’ve even got a great DIY for leather shorts, if you’re crafty and don’t want to shell out the dough for a store-bought pair. And even if you’re not crafty, there’s a great guide to hitting the summer sales. If you’re anything like me, it’s too easy to get caught up in a good deal, so I need all the help I can get not to overspend. Anyway, here are the links for the week. Enjoy!
Links à la Mode: July 25th, 2013
- Attire Club: 16 Creative Ways To Tie Your Laces
- Confessions of a Style Cookie: Fashion Films | Chanel and Dior
- Healthy Fashionista: Cruisin’ With Kale
- Flatsmeup: DIY LEATHER SHORTS
- Frantic but Fabulous: How to dress for a job interview at a creative workplace
- My Beauty Box Review: How to Avoid Subscription Box Scams
- Nothing to Wear: Christian Louboutin: Why Women Wear Heels
- Rose and Pine: Who Wears Short Shorts: A Guide to the Summer Staple
- Runaway Monk: What to buy on sale?
- Sarah’s Real Life: 4 Tips for Proper Print Mixing
- Savagem: So much more than a manbag: accessories from Scandinavia
- Shell Chic’d: Dress For Less: How to be an Online Shopping Pro
- Spectacular Is.. Applying Glasses Makeup!
- Stilettos and Tequila: Shopaholic Remedy: 10 Reasons Why Shopping Sucks
- Style Context: 7 DIY Beauty Hacks
- Style Vanity: Trendy Summer Prints Guide
- The Curvy Elle: Plus Size Cuffed Shorts DIY
- The Penny Rose: 5 Trends You Think You Can’t Pull Off—But Actually Can
- The Style Enigma: How to: Dress Up Your Denim
- Wishing for Chanel: Bold vs Bare: The Great Summer Make Up Debate
It's the middle of July which means we are in the height of lavender season and lavender just happens to be one of my most favorite plants of all time; that smell, that color, that taste! Medicinally, lavender can be used both internally as a tea or applied externally to the skin as an essential oil. The essential oil has even been called “a first-aid kit in a bottle” because of its range of uses from healing wounds, decreasing pain, and working as an antiseptic.
When infused in water and drank as a tea lavender can:
- Relax the nervous system
- Ease digestion
- Relieve stress
- Mild antidepressant effects
When used in aroma therapy it can:
- Relieve headaches
- Promote sleep and a restful state
- Ease exhaustion
When used topically on the skin it can:
- Ease aches and pains
- Bug repellent (tried this while in deep in the Belize jungle)
But wait… we haven’t even talked about the culinary and beautifying ways lavender can help!
Lavender can be used to add taste and fragrance to pretty much anything from ice cream, cupcakes, salad, salad dressing, honey, and lavender lemonade on a summer’s day.
Lavender can also be used in beauty products to help fight acne, prevent infections, tone the skin, added to lotion, worn as a perfume, or added to the bath.
This wonderful leafy green is packed with nutrients and fiber not to mention you can add kale to pretty much any dish. I love to make kale chips, add it to my morning smoothie, or simply have a kale salad.
Kale has sulfur which is great for detoxifying the body and has omega 3's which decrease inflammation. It also contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, iron, folate, and magnesium.
Kale Chips Recipe:
1 bunch of kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Line a non insulated cookie sheet with parchment paper.
With a knife or kitchen shears carefully remove the leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite size pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.
Bake until the edges brown but are not burnt, 10 to 15 minutes.
Photography by Jared Duhon of D'Vision Photography
Raspberries are delicious and have endless amounts of phytonutrients including anthocyanins and flavonoids along with fiber which supports a healthy digestive tract. These superstar berries contain high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin K (great for bone health), along with folate, omega 3's, vitamin E and potassium.
Raspberries are pretty awesome just from the taste and antioxidants alone, but now scientists have found that a constituent called rheosmin (raspberry ketone) that could increase our metabolism! Research has shown that this phytonutrient could increase our enzymatic activity, increase oxygen consumption, and even heat consumption in specific types of fat cells which could translate to decreasing the risk for obesity.
Photography By Jared Duhon of D'Vision Photography
Spirulina is a simple one-celled blue-green algae which can be found in many freshwater environments including ponds, lakes (like right here on Lake Washington!), and rivers. This algae is considered one of the most nutritionally complete of all food supplements, containing a rich supply of many important nutrients including:
- Vitamins A,K, and B complex
- Carotenoids (beta carotene: 10 times more than carrots & yellow xanthophylls)
- Fatty & nucleic acids
Spirulina is easily digestible with about 90% of it as useable protein. For comparison, an 8 ounce steak is about 22% protein only 15% of which is usable by the body. So that 8 ounce steak gives only about 1.8 ounces of protein, only .27 ounce (7.6 grams) of which is actually usable protein. Spirulina, however being 70% protein and 90% digestible, provides 5 ounces (140 grams) of usable protein in each 8 ounces. That is 18 times more protein than steak, with little, if any, waste!
Spirulina also stimulates beneficial flora like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria which promote healthy digestion and proper bowel function. That's not all with wonderful algae does… it also acts as a natural cleanser by removing mercury and other toxins from the body.
Add it in your morning smoothie and fill your body with the nutrients and protein needed to start the day off right!
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) dare to grow anywhere whether it's in the middle of the city or out in the country, they're very hardy and perhaps that is why they offer us so many health benefits. This wonderful plant is so under-rated and it makes me sad that most people even regard it as weed. I'm sure that if we were all aware of how helpful this yellow beauty is they would acquire an appreciation for it, just like me! Dandelions contain substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, B-complex, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, choline, calcium and boron.
Dandelion leaf is a powerful diuretic with a comparable effect to the drug called furosemide but instead of depleting potassium like many diuretics it actually is one of the best sources for it. This bitter tasting leaf is a great addition to salads and promotes bile excretion which aids in a more effective digestive system.
Dandelion root is great for liver support by reducing congestion and inflammation and helping overall hepatic functions.
This plant can be used for:
- Water retention
- Liver support