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Faux Fur Fabulous – Replacing The One That Got Away

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Faux Fur Fabulous – Replacing The One That Got Away

Hi everyone and TGIF! If you remember from a post wayyyy at the beginning of September, I revealed my “one that got away” piece of clothing that came in a beautiful black and purple faux fur vest. Many moons ago, when Lil Red had no confidence, I purchased a real stunner of a faux fur vest from TJMaxx. Too nervous at what people might think and feeling like there was no way that I could pull it off, I returned the vest a day later. BIG MISTAKE. Because now, I would do anything to have it back. But, I did come pretty darn close to finding a good replacement. Check it out:

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I got this Romeo & Juliet Couture faux fur vest from TJMaxx for about twenty-four dollars. You can’t tell very well in the picture, but the jet black of the vest is mixed in with an inky midnight blue for a striking, night sky palette. What I loved about my original vest, was that the purple color was deep and blended seamlessly with its black base, and I feel like my newbie captures that perfectly. I love that the blue in this new vest is dark enough that the colors feel cohesive, but bright enough so that when it catches the light you can see the break up in the palette.

My blue ombre vest that was purchased in September is a lot of fun, and I love styling it. However, we all know that Lil Red is an all black everything girl at heart, so this vest was an absolute must. I like that this Romeo & Juliet Couture piece is more sleek than the other one that I have in my closet, because it gives me different styling options. I love my shaggy ombre vest, but I really like how this new one lays nice and close to my body for a slinky ink look against the fall and winter cold.

Now that I have a replacement to my one that got away vest, I feel at peace knowing that Sarah 2.0 finally has the confidence to pull off what the old me couldn’t. Is it exactly the same as old faithful? No. But, it’s close enough and makes a cool and edgy update to what was lost all of those years ago.

So there you have it, this Friday’s post: Faux Fur Fabulous – Replacing The One That Got Away! Do you have a one that got away clothing story? How do you style faux fur vests? I want to hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

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Chin Up: What To Expect From An Ultherapy Session

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Chin Up: What To Expect From An Ultherapy Session

We smile, yawn, gasp, and make a lot of different facial expressions during our lives. It’s a good thing, though, and a part of being human – but life leads to wrinkles and saggy skin over time. An increasing number of people are finding new ways to make sure that their skin stays tight and young-looking for as long as possible, and it doesn’t have to put you under the knife, either.

If you’re new to the methods of ultherapy, it’s smart to prepare yourself a bit before the first session. The good news, is that after it’s done, you won’t have to prepare yourself at all for other people’s reactions as the results are gradual and allow you to age with grace, rather than looking like you’ve been frozen in time.

What would I use it for?

If you feel like areas of your face are starting to slope, you may want to do something drastic about it. Some people head off for a numbing session of botox; others go for more permanent solutions, such as plastic surgery. While you need to choose the alternative that would work best for you, it’s always smart to look into every option out there – also the non-invasive ones like ultherapy.

Ultherapy uses focused ultrasounds in order to stimulate more collagen growth deep beneath your skin. A lot of people use it to lift their eyebrows or eyelids when they reach a certain age as the saggy skin may bother them, in general, and keep them from seeing as well as they would have been able to if the skin was lifted.

The same goes for aesthetic purposes and nothing should keep you from straightening out those wrinkles around your cleavage or make the skin in your neck or jawline a bit firmer if it could boost your confidence.

How long is the downtime?

Unlike many other alternatives in terms of giving your face a quick lift, ultherapy requires no downtime. You can literally step right out of the clinic and meet up with your friends or co-workers without any of them ever knowing.

The disadvantage to this, is that you may not see the results that you’re longing for as soon as you’d like, and it can take up to six months before the full effect hits you. It makes it a bit easier to get up in the morning and have a look in the mirror during these months, though, as you’ll be keeping a rigid eye on your skin from now on!

You will only need one session to get the kind of results that last for up to 18 months, and each of them will take between half an hour to two and a half hours, depending on how much work you want done. Luckily, our society is advanced enough to let everyone go about with their beauty business as they please. Want to wear no makeup one day and a full face the following day? Or how about a small nip and tuck to boost your self esteem? No problem, it’s all up to you.

Of course, it’s important to choose the procedure that you feel is best for you, so think it over and enjoy the beauty of confidence.

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Are You Ready To Start Expressing Yourself?

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Are You Ready To Start Expressing Yourself?

One thing that a lot of people struggle with is that they don’t feel as though they’re able to project much about who they are to the world as a whole. You might be the most interesting, creative, and exciting person on the planet and yet you still feel as though you blend into the background when you’re around other people. Sure, not everyone wants to be the center of attention, but it can be tough when it feels like people aren’t getting to see the real you.

However, that doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with that kind of situation for the rest of your life! Being able to express yourself isn’t all that difficult, you just need to know how to go about it, and feel comfortable enough to let the real you shine through no matter what. Here are a few simple things that you can do to get started on really showing the world what you’re made of:

Change Up Your Look: Not everyone is going to be obsessed with fashion, and that’s okay! But the way that you present yourself can have a huge impact on the way the world sees you and can be a wonderful opportunity for you to express yourself. Different styles say different things, and it’s cool to be able to share something about yourself with everyone that you walk past. And of course, no one feels the same every day so why not change up your look constantly?!

Many people will look completely different on a day to day basis, whether that’s through clothes, makeup, or even wigs. That might sound a bit drastic but it can be a lot of fun, and it’s worth trying at least a couple of times. When it comes to wigs, try CelebWigs for a bunch of different styles to see how you can express yourself. Of course, if you’re not looking to make that much of an entrance wherever you go, sticking to a style that you love and reflects who you are is just as good!

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Who doesn’t love a good makeover?!

Be Proud Of The Things You Love: We all have things that we’re passionate about, but a lot of the time we don’t want to express those things to other people because we’re worried about how they will judge them. This is where the idea of a “guilty pleasure” comes from. The truth, is that you should never have a guilty pleasure. If you love something, then that doesn’t impact anyone else’s life, so why shouldn’t you be proud of it? Whether it’s a type of music, TV, book, or anything else, wearing your passions on your sleeve can be a great way to express yourself to the world. And hey, you might even find that someone else feels the same way and you can strike up a new friendship.

Be Confident In Who You Are: One of the hardest things in the world is being confident in who you are. The media and the world around us work very hard to tell us that we’re not good enough. That we’re too fat, thin, short, tall, old, or young. All of these things mean that many of us are walking around on a day to day basis feeling as though we can’t be confident in who we are. But the world’s not going to change unless we change. So, no matter who you are, it’s important to be proud of it and never let the world tell you that there’s something wrong with that.

Change Your Environment: Of course, sometimes those kinds of feelings don’t come from inside yourself but from a toxic environment. Having friends who don’t appreciate who you are or people around you who try to make you feel bad for the way that you express yourself can make life very difficult and lonely for a lot of people. If that’s the case, then there’s nothing wrong with ending those friendships and changing your environment to something more loving and supportive. You would be amazed what a change of scenery can do for your self love and confidence.

Now, none of this is trying to tell you that you should try and be some kind of bold, brash person if that’s not who you are deep down. You should never try to be anyone else. The point is simply to be able to embrace what makes you a unique individual and to avoid hiding that from the world, because everyone deserves to see the real you shine.

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Getting Strong Quickly (Without The Bulk)

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Getting Strong Quickly (Without The Bulk)

It’s the most common question people ask in relation to exercise, can you get fit or ripped in a short period of time? The short answer is no, but the way to build strength is something that can be done in a short period of time. It just requires a suitable exercise regime, as well as understanding the best approaches to exercise. A lot of women like to get stronger, but think that in order to do this, they would have to bulk up to the size of a small house, but this isn’t true at all. And here is how you can do it:

Lift Heavier Weights: We all tend to think that light dumbbells will do the job but, unfortunately, the only way to gain strength is to lift heavier weights. It’s going to be tiring to lift up to double your body weight so, instead of struggling, you’re best to start off with body weight exercises.

Fuel Your Body: You wouldn’t put the wrong fuel in your car, so why would you fill your body with the wrong nutrients? The fact is, that strength and power are all made with an excellent diet rich in the key nutrients, such as magnesium, calcium, and protein. If you are serious about embarking on an exercise regime that is going to help improve your strength, you need to make sure that you have the best nutrients in your body. Putting yourself under sudden physical pressure like lifting weights can be a strain to begin with, especially if you are weak in your bones. However, resistance training has been shown to increase bone density, but it’s always worth supplementing yourself with the right nutrients to increase your bone strength and overall physical strength. There are supplements like AlgaeCal that are good for overall bone health, but some people are concerned with the side effects of supplements, especially if you haven’t taken them before. You can look up the AlgaeCal side effects online and make a decision for yourself, but if you aren’t fueling yourself with the adequate diet, then you need to have supplements, as well, to make sure that you are recovering properly.

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Rest And Recovery: A common problem that people have when it comes to starting an exercise routine is that they go 9000% and burn out quickly. People will work out every morning, afternoon, and night, and this will only make you weaker over time, so make sure that you get enough sleep and take days off. When you rest, it gives your muscles time to recover and to rebuild, so, therefore, you rebuild strength.

It is possible to gain strength without gaining size, but the important thing is to lift heavy weights for a short period of time. This is where a move like a deadlift or power clean (shown in the Featured Image picture) will come in handy, because it’s an explosive move where you have to generate the most amount of strength in your body for the shortest period of time, and this is the key to gaining strength. Combining this with a great diet and additional supplements is the best way to get strong quickly. Hello, beach bod!

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Sarah Selfies

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Sarah Selfies

Hi everyone and happy Thursday! Since the last selfies that were seen on my blog featured yours truly with a blue face mask on and a fresh face, I thought I would post some pics that I’m a little more confident with to make up for it. Take a looksee and have a fabulous day! Much love. -Sarah

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^^^ #bluesteel

Starting An Exercise Regime From The Beginning

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Starting An Exercise Regime From The Beginning

Most of us work sedentary jobs these days. When you’re sat behind a desk in an office, at the checkout of a till, or in the driver’s seat of a car for eight hours a day, it’s easy to fall into a routine of doing little to no exercise whatsoever. Before you know it, you’re so unfit that you struggle with even the most basic of daily tasks. No one sets out to end up like this, but it happens all of the time. But the great thing about the human body is how resilient it is. With a little effort and dedication, you can go from the most unfit person ever to running marathons. Our bodies can improve, heal, and achieve so much with the right training. If you’re fed up with huffing and puffing and want to live a healthier lifestyle, here’s how you can boost your fitness levels.

Build Up Your Foundation:

It’s not as easy as hopping on a treadmill and going for gold. When you’re unfit, you need to spend some time building a foundation or base level of fitness up. Your best bet for this is to head to the gym and keep using a piece of equipment that you’re comfortable with. Keep going until you can comfortably exercise for 30 minutes without it feeling like your heart and lungs are going to burst out of your chest. It might take a number of weeks or months to achieve this, but once you’re there you will have a solid base to work from.

Work On Flexibility & Strength:

It’s not just your cardiovascular system that you need to improve to increase your overall fitness. Strength and flexibility are also important, so be sure to incorporate these into your routine a couple of times a week. Strength training will increase your muscle strength and tone (and make cardio easier, since you have stronger muscles to support yourself) and flexibility will give you a greater range of motion. This keeps your muscles loose and supple and prevents injury.

Change It Up:

Once you’ve built up some strength, fitness, and flexibility, it’s time to change it up (REMIX!). Try out other pieces of equipment, look online at different routines, or book a few sessions with a personal trainer. When you keep doing one activity, your body will get used to it and you won’t get the most benefits from your work out. You could join some fun classes, sign up for a sport, try out HIIT, and even get some exercise equipment for your home to squeeze in those last minute workouts when you don’t have time to get to the gym. There are plenty of spin bike reviews here if you want to get into cycling or you could go with a rowing machine or treadmill. Either way, having equipment at home can help you up your activity levels and achieve your goals faster.

Set Goals:

Once you’re feeling fit and healthy, now is the time to start challenging yourself. Set some goals and do what you can to smash them. Decide exactly what you want to achieve in your fitness journey and take the proper steps to make it happen. Keep it fresh and enjoyable, because that way you’ll be far more likely to keep it up.

If you’re still trying for your beach bod this summer, keep these tips in mind and you’ll be bikini ready in no time! You go, girl!

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Bully-Proof: What to Do If Your Child is Being Picked On

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Bully-Proof: What to Do If Your Child is Being Picked On

When you first have kids, you like to think that you will always be there to protect them from any negative situations that may arise. But when they start school, that is a big part of the day where you can’t be there to supervise them.

Some school issues are minor and can be dealt with in a single conversation while others are more serious and may require an education lawyer. Bullying is certainly one of the trickiest problems to handle, but it is something that a lot of kids go through at one time or another (I did!). Here are a few steps to take if your child is going through a bullying problem:

Listen to Your Child: The first thing to do is to listen to your child about what has been going on. Sometimes, they won’t come to you directly, but you should look out for any signs of emotional distress, like becoming particularly quiet and withdrawn. When you are listening to them, try to avoid becoming too emotional, but instead you should try to calmly reassure them that this is not their fault. Of course, some action needs to be taken but you need to think about the right thing to do before rushing in headfirst.

Things to Avoid: The reaction that most kids dread is that you go immediately to speak to the head teacher or the bully’s parents. And you should also avoid telling them to hit or call names back as this can cause the problem to quickly escalate. And definitely avoid dismissing the experience as just something they have to go through when they are growing up. School should be a safe haven for kids, not somewhere that they dread going because of being bullied.

Helping Your Kids Deal with the Issue: Many bullies are looking to draw a reaction out of the kids they pick on, so try to encourage your child to appear confident even if they don’t feel it. If your child gives the impression that they aren’t bothered by what is being said, the bullies are more likely to get tired of it and move on. Encouraging your kids to join some social or sporting activities can help to boost their confidence when they are at school.

Getting Support From the School: If the issue continues, it may be time to get support from the school. The anti-bullying policy varies from place to place, so you should look up what your child’s school is before taking action. You should always make an appointment with the teacher you want to see rather than turning up unexpectedly. Find out how they think is best to proceed and make sure to follow this up to see how successful they have been.

Dealing With Your Own Feelings: You will probably have a whole range of emotions going through your system, so you should try talking with people who are close to you and get advice from a range of different sources. If you know parents whose kids have also gone through this issue, they may be a good place to start.

A child’s education is so important and a bully standing in the way of that is something that should never be tolerated!

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