Saturday, March 23, 2019

Happy Hour Time

Well…well…fancy meeting you here weekend, it is so nice to see you again! Where have you been all week! I hope everyone has had a wonderful and will have a chance to enjoy the beautiful spring weekend that is ahead of us. Here’s to spending time with friends and family and a chance to relax. Cheers!

“Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”
~ J.K. Rowling
Drink Special! 
2 ounces rum
½ounce pernod
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
Ice cubes
Shake with ice and strain into a highball glass

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: Blooms & Brunch at Cheekwood, Sunday, March 24, 11:00am
Lexington, KY: Bluegrass Bucket List at Lexington Visitors Center, Saturday, March 23 – Friday, March 29
New Orleans, LA: St. Patrick’s Day in New Orleans, Sunday, March 24
Savannah, GA: Flannery O’Connor Birthday Parade & Street Fair at Lafayette Square, Sunday, March 24
Little Rock, AR: DIY Artful Fun at Pinot’s Palette, Sunday, March 24, 3:00pm

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Oldies But Goodies

Not to sound like an old person, but is there anyone else out there who thinks today’s TV show can be a little too intense? Full on confession: I used to love Grey’s Anatomy, but I stopped watching it about it about three years ago; there was just too much drama for me and I hated the fact that someone was always going through something negative. I like to sit down at night, decompress, watch something on TV that hopefully has a good ending, and just zone out for an hour or so.
I don’t if it just seems this way, but the way life is portrayed 50, 40, and even 20 years ago seems so much simpler than today. Sometimes I resort to watching old sitcoms that were on TV Land back in the 90’s and were even the shows my parents watched growing up. After a hard day the last thing I want to do is sit down and watch a show with a strained and problematic character relationships. So for those of you who are with me, here are a few oldies but goodie TV show that will send you to bed feeling a bit happier than you were before you turned on the TV. 

Bewitched// This is probably one of my all time favorite shows. Samantha and Darrin are just such a cute couple and I always love how Samantha’s family members are literally always popping in and out. 

I Love Lucy// Lucy probably one of the most iconic tv shows that has every existed. I have started watching this one again on Amazon Prime and have fallen in love with the show all over again

Save By The Bell// Hands down, one of the best TV shows of the 90’s. I used to watch this everyday after school; even at the age of six I was rooting for Zack and Kelly!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Guest Post :: 5 Ways Stress And Anxiety Affects Your Skin

Along with a breath of new air, beautiful flowers, sunshine, and the sense of everything being renewed, Spring can also bring a little stress. No matter what your age the spring seems to have stressful moments… tax season, holidays, and if you’re still in school – exams. As much as we all hate to admit it, everyone is guilty of letting stress get the better of them and in return it can affect your skin and health. Today Peter Minkoff is sharing five ways stress and anxiety affects your skin and what you can do about it.
Stressful and anxious situations are something most of us have to deal with on an everyday basis, and they can often get the best of us. Not only does stress trickle from our brains to our bodies, but it can show up on the skin as well, and even exacerbate existing physical and psychological conditions, which in turn wreaks havoc on our complexion. Here are five negative ways stress and anxiety affect our skin:

1. Flushed face

When you feel anxious or stressed, you breathe in short and shallow breaths, and can even find yourself holding your breaths for longer periods of time, which can often lead to flushing of redness. In order to calm your face down, try breathing in a scented candleor a soothing beauty elixir that contains calming ingredients, such as chamomile and patchouli, which will keep you from feeling overly stressed and anxious. It may sound too simple to be effective, but it’s crucial for achieving a properly functioning system and lowered levels of stress.

2. Flare-ups and breakouts

Whether you’re prone to acne, psoriasis or eczema, stress can cause all sorts of existing skin conditions to flare up. When it comes to acne, stress and anxiety activate cortisol, which can throw off the other hormones in your body and cause breakouts on any part of your skin. Stress also has the tendency to disrupt the balance between the good and bad bacteria in your stomach that can then show up on your skin in the form of acne, whether you’re prone to breakouts or not. In order to prevent this from happening, try to drink a lot of water and eat a healthy, balanced diet, as your body can’t handle stress well if it’s not properly nourished.

3. Cold sores

Cold sores are small, but painful sores or blister-like lesions that appear on certain areas of the skin, such as the lips, chin and cheeks. They are caused by a highly contagious virus called HSV that remains inactive most of the time once it enters the body. However, if a common trigger like excessive stress or anxiety activates the virus, itchy and painful cold sores can develop. While there is no way to prevent the appearance of cold sores, a high quality cold sore creamcould reduce their frequency and duration, or even get rid of them completely.

4. Rashes and hives

Both rashes and hives are caused by dysbiosis, or an imbalance in your gut. They occur when stress or anxiety takes over and too many bad bacteria outweigh the good. In order to help minimize the chances of getting a rash or hives when you’re stressed out, try to practice some deep breathing exercises. Take a big breath that fills your whole stomach, hold it in for a couple of seconds, then exhale slowly through your mouth, and repeat the process until you’ve managed to calm yourself down.

5. Fine lines

Constantly making the same facial expressions, such as furrowing your brows or pursing your lips when you’re stressed, could lead to the appearance of deeper wrinkles in those areas over time. So, be mindful of making unconscious facial expressions when you’re feeling anxious, especially while sitting at your desk. If you need help training your muscles to relax, put a piece of clear tape between your eyebrows or above your upper lip when you’re at work. That way, when the muscles contract, the tape will crinkle, reminding you to relax and eventually helping you drop the habit.
Since we can’t avoid the stress of everyday life completely, the best thing we can do is learn how to manage it properly and treat it adequately, in order to avoid any negative consequences.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Happy Hour Time

Aloha Friday! It’s so wonderful to see you again! March is finally here and spring is in the air! The flowers are blooming, the days are getting a little longer, and the weather is getting a little warmer {thank goodness}, and it’s St. Patty’s Day weekend! Here’s to dancing a jig, enjoying a few potatoes, a little luck, and some basketball. Cheers!

“We must dare to be great; and we must realized that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage.”
~ Teddy Roosevelt 

Drink Special! 
Goat’s Delight
¾ounce brandy
¾ounce kirschwasser
½teaspoon cream
1 dash pernod
1 dash almond-flavored syrup
Ice cubes
Stir with ice and strain into cocktail glass

Around Town!
Nashville, TN: The Book of Mormon at TPAC, March 12 – March 14
Franklin, TN: St. Patty’s Day Bash at Mockingbird Theater with Molly Ramone, Sunday, March 17, 6:00pm
New Orleans, LA: Pink Beautiful Trauma World Tour at Smoothie King Center, Sunday, March 17, 7:30pm
Savannah, GA: St. Patrick’s Weekend in Savannah at Embassy Suites, Friday, March 15 – Monday, March 18
Charlotte, NC: 2019 ACC Tournament at Spectrum Center, Friday, March 15 – Sunday, March 17, 5:00pm

Friday, March 15, 2019

Guest Post :: The Best Paint Colors For Each Room In The House

Spring is the perfect time to rearrange and paint to give your house a fresh feel after a long winter. Today Lisa is guest posting on the blog and is sharing the best paint colors for each room!
Source: Sherwin-Williams
Are you interested in giving your home a new feel? If the answer is yes, it might be time to spruce up your interior with a fresh coat of paint. Paint makes all the difference in a home. It’s amazing how a simple change, like the color on the wall, can completely transform a space.

However, choosing a paint color is no easy task. How in the world are you supposed to sift through the thousands of paint colors out there? The answer is, you can’t.

Before you go flipping through dozens of paint color fan decks, you might consider this:

Color has a psychological effecton our brain.

 Yep—it’s true. Paint is more than just a color on a wall. In fact, the colors we choose to put on display in our homes can affect our emotions, even our mood. While certain colors calm us, others stimulate our brains. 

With the power of color in mind, you can narrow down your color choices by matching the purpose of the room with the right color.

1.      The Kitchen
Warm colors tend to work well in the kitchen. That’s because colors in this palette are known to stimulate appetite. If you’ve ever wondered why every fast-food restaurant features warm hues, this is why. Contrary to popular belief, warm colors can be done tastefully. The goal is not to replicate your kitchen after the local McDonald’s franchise.

One of our favorite warm colors, is Sherwin-Williams’ color of the year, Cavern Clay.

2.      The Bedroom
When choosing a color for your bedroom, stay away from intense colors like reds, purples, and oranges. Colors in these hues tend to energize and stimulate our brains, which the opposite of what we want to achieve here—sleep.
Source: iStock Photo
The best colors for sleep are cool tones that help you feel relaxed. Try out light shades of blue and neutral when creating your sleep haven. Hues in this color family have been proven to lower blood pressure and help you relax. Not to mention, blue psychologically stands for serenity, calm, tranquility and peace.

However, the color on the walls isn’t the only thing that promotes a good night’s sleep. Make sure to manage the light, noise and mattress you are sleeping onto get your best night’s sleep each and every night.

3.      The Living Room
Next up is the living room. The room of congregation, relaxation and Netflix binges. After a long day, there’s nothing like coming home, kicking off your shoes and plopping down on the living room couch to relax.

A great color for the living room is green. Here’s why:

Green is said to be the color of balance, harmony, refreshment and comfort. For one of the most popular rooms in the house, you’ll want this space to be an inviting place to relax and host guests. Green helps you achieve an inviting ambiance.
Source: iStock Photo
1.      The Master Bath

         Last but not least, the bathroom

The best color for your bathroom is white. White represents cleanliness and offers a cool, refreshing feeling. Just walking into a crisp, white bathroom will make you want to pop in the shower.

All in all, your paint choices should be a representation of you and your style. This is simply a guide to navigate the endless sea of color options.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Spring Party Dresses

With hints of spring in the air everyone seems to be in a signigicintyly better mood and climbing out of their winter rut. After all, who couldn’t help but walk with a little extra spring in their step when longer days, sunshine, newly bloomed flowers and dress, and of course, a new wave of fashion on the way!?

I always think it’s a bit funny {in a good way} that people are always so ready to break out the next season’s wardrobe a little ahead of time. In Nashville, it can be 79 degress outside in September and people will start to break out cable-knits and boots {me included} then in March, once it hits 65 degress…Hello Spring!
I’m cold-natured so I usually have to hold off till April to start doing Spring clothes, but let me just say, there are some sup cute spring party dresses out there this year!!! Whether you are looking for a garden party dress or a dress for the races…her e are some of my favorites!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Guest Post :: Top 5 Benefits of Spa Treatments

I for one could go for a spa day just about now, and every single day of the week. There is just something about going to a place that is meant just for a relaxing and pampering experience. As if we didn’t need any more reasons to love a spa day there are actually a few health benefits that come from Spa Treatments! Today Peter Minkoff is guest posting and is sharing the top five benefits of spa treatments!
Everyone’s aware of the fact that spa treatments are beyond amazing, but do you really know anything about their most important benefits? If the answer is ‘no’, just keep on reading and you’ll learn something new today! Here are the top five benefits of spa treatments you should know about, so check them out and enjoy!

They can lower your stress levels and help you relax

You’ve probably already known that visiting a spa is one of the best ways to de-stress and relax, which is exactly why millions of people love it so much. In fact, a visit to the spa is a fantastic opportunity to let go of your everyday worries and separate yourself from your routine that can be quite stressful. Besides that, you should also know that enjoying a few relaxing spa treatments can result in a clear mind and increased productivity once you leave the spa, which are the benefits you should definitely take into consideration! 

They can slow down the process of aging

In case you weren’t aware of it, the fact is that a large number of spa treatments are designed to address the process of aging. Of course, we’re talking mostly about facials, which are known to both prevent and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by stimulating collagen production and hydrating the skin. On the other hand, when it comes to full-body treatments, we must say that these, too, stimulate cell renewal and therefore make your skin much smoother and firmer. Apart from diminishing wrinkles and other signs of aging, such spa treatments can improve your overall skin tone as well, so give them a try and you’ll see what we were talking about!

They can relieve pain

Spa treatments such as massages are undoubtedly the best possible choice when you’re experiencing any kind of pain – especially trigger point pain, chronic one, soreness, and referred pain in your muscles. If that’s the case with you, be sure to opt for a treatment that improves blood circulation and flexibility while relieving pain, relaxing tender muscles, and releasing emotional stress at the same time. One of such treatments is trigger point release therapy you can book at Sol Spa in Eastern Suburbs, which is a great option if you live in Sydney. This kind of treatment will address specific areas that hold a lot of stress and tension, which is exactly what your muscles need!

They can promote better sleep

As already mentioned, spa treatments are an amazing way to relax and unwind, which is exactly why we can freely say that paying a visit to your favorite spa will promote better sleep. This is particularly true for any kind of massage, simply because massages are known for relaxing your muscles, lowering your blood pressure, and helping you maintain a healthy heart rate. All of these significantly contribute to a better night’s sleep, so don’t skip them if you have trouble falling asleep at night and you’ll instantly see a fabulous improvement!

They can support weight loss

Last but not least, various spa treatments are said to support weight loss and help you maintain a healthy weight, which as a wonderful advantage you should certainly bear in mind. This goes primarily for hot spa treatments, which open up the skin’s pores in order to get rid of the toxins while encouraging the body to burn calories at the same time. Apart from these, we should also mention deep tissue massages that can break down deposits of fat through the pressure and friction exerted on the skin. Of course, we must emphasize the importance of a well-balanced diet and other healthy lifestyle habits which, in combination with these spa treatments, can do wonders for your body!
Spa treatments indeed have a lot of fantastic benefits, but you know what? These five are unquestionably the most important of them, so make sure to bear them in mind the next time you book an appointment at your favorite spa. All you have to do is to completely relax and enjoy the moment, as that’s the only way to experience the best side of magnificent spa treatments!

5 Simple Ways To Take Care of Yourself

It always seems like such a challenge to carve out a little time to just take care of yourself. Half of the time I let myself get way too run down, and I just become so spacey when it comes to doing anything. Truthfully in the long, setting a little time aside a day to do something for yourself make you more productive and better able to take on certain situations and tasks.

The thing that is the hardest for me is watching Netflix before I go to bed and checking email while I do it. It really does make going to bed on time pretty much impossible. Below are five simple ways to take care of yourself.
Exercise// It truly is amazing how much of a difference working out can make. My mind is always so much more clear after, not to mention I love the results.

Read// There is something about reading an actually book and turning a page that is just so relaxing. I love how after a long day you can just get lost in a great book and be transported to a different world.

Journal// I have gotten into journaling this year and I absolutely love it! There is something therapeutic about the process, especially after a hard day, It is just a great way to go back and reflect.

Weekend Trip// Sometimes you just need to get away and recharge your batteries. Even if it’s just a staycation. I feel like a little trip of any sorts always hits spot. I usually come back rested and with a clear mind. 

Phones and Computer// If I get on my phone or computer after I have showered at night I will be up another w hours before I am a blt to go to sleep. One thing always seems to lead to another, and I some point it becomes hard to break away from technology. But I always feel better when I set thing to the side

What do you do to take care of yourself?

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dressed To Impress

This time of year there always seems to be some event going on, for charities, to black ties, to weddings, and sometimes the just because events. Call me old-fashioned, but this time of year I prefer a long dress for anything, I don’t know why, but for some reason I just feel like for winter and early spring events long dresses just seem more glamorous and elegant in my mind. Plus, I kind of love the fact that long formals are now referred to as maxi dresses; I mean let’s face facts, who doesn’t love a well constructed maxi dress that is bound to make the right statement!?
Along with finding the perfect dress to make just the right statement, it’s like the sprinkles on top of ice cream when you also get a great deal on a dress that makes you feel stunning! Quiz Clothing has so many great options on their website at such a great deal that I just couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favorites!

Thursday, February 28, 2019

7 Tips For Styling Your Room For Better Sleep

Have you ever noticed that the slightest change can make all the difference? The older I get the harder it is for me to fall asleep. But in all fairness there are a lot of things in my bed time routine that are big ‘no-no;s’, like watching netflixs, using my phone right before bed, using my bed to check emails and such instead of just using it for sleep. Today Lisa is guest posting and is sharing a fabulous post on how to style your room for a better nights sleep.
Your bedroom is your sanctuary, a place to rest your head after a long day. It’s where you begin and end each day so you want to ensure it’s designed to support your total relaxation. If you feel like your bedroom is far from a sleep oasis, here are seven tips for creating a space that instills serenity and calm for a good night’s sleep.

1.     Consider Feng Shui
If you believe in the impact of energy flow based on the placement of furniture and objects in a room, then consider guidelines for bed structure and placement that promote deeper, more quality sleep. Maintain the feng shui energy of love and healing in your bedroom. Bed guidelines in feng shui mean a solid headboard, good mattress, good frame height, and no underneath storage. See details and further guidelineson feng shui bed placement.

     2.    Style Your Bedside Table
You want to avoid clutter and unnecessary items on your bedside table, while carefully choosing only what you truly need to sleep to place on your bedside table. Choose a book you can cozy up with, a diffuser using essential oils, an alarm clock, and perhaps a sleep mask.

3.   Add Plants
Did you know plants help you sleep? They help in two main ways. First, they are a scientifically proven stress reducer. Secondly, plants significantly curb indoor air pollution that can prohibit sleep, since toxins can cause irritation, swelling and congestion of airways. When picking out a plant or two for your bedroom, see top ten plants for removing toxins from your home.

4.   Pick a New Room Color
When picking out a color palette for your room, realize that there is a color psychology that will determine how this color impacts your mood and energy. Light shades of blue are ideal for establishing calming serenity, where yellow and green are a close second. Steer clear of warm tones like red, orange, brown, and purple, which stimulate and energize.

5.    Control Your Lighting
Make sure and avoid harsh overhead lighting involving fluorescent bulbs. Choose incandescent bulbs for a soft, warm glow. Red bulbs are great for stimulating melatonin production and hence sleep, so consider a string of them near your bed. Pick the right light bulbs for you. Since light is a natural suppressor of melatonin, limit how much light you are exposed to an hour before your sleep. Consider a dimmable switch in your bedroom as well.

6.   Make Your Bedroom Just for Sleep
As you are styling your ideal sleep haven, remember to make your bedroom just for sleep. Remove exercise equipment, work documents, and anything non-sleep related that can increase stress and the number of distractions. While you are at it, remove phones, tablets, and any other electronic device that can distract you. No scrolling through social media in bed! The light emitted from such devices delays your falling asleep.

7.  Minimize Noise
Eliminate sound by customizing your walls and windows. Consider a white noise machine, ear plugs, or headphones. Avoid running appliances near bedtime, and move your bed in your room so it is not adjacent to the laundry room, for example. You can’t control all distracting noises around you, but consider asking the people you live with to turn down the TV or otherwise keep noise to a minimum.

You can make these simple, affordable changes in order to transform your bedroom into a sleep haven. Have fun with your decor, making it your ideal place for building peace and serenity.