Saturday, January 20, 2018

Four ways to relax your mind


Stress is a normal aspect of everyday life. These are some fun and easy ways to relieve stress and relax your mind. 

1) Do something creative


A great way to relax your mind is to get creative. Creativity allows your brain to escape from the stresses of daily life for a moment and focus on one thing. So, picking up a creative hobby that you can take on daily (for a few minutes to however long) is a great way to stay creative, inspired and stress-free. 

Look at life through a lens and try out photography. You can capture different little moments from your life and create a visual journal. Drawing is another option, just get yourself a sketchbook and sketch anything that comes to mind for a few minutes daily. Alternatively, you can always start painting which is a great way to boost your mood. 

2) Get your life together


I don't know about you, but I always find I'm most stressed when I have a million things on my mind. The best way to combat this feeling is through managing your time and getting organized. 

Start off your day by making a written list of the things that you need to complete at specific times throughout the day. This will relax your mind and help keep you organized because everything that was on your mind is now visually planned out.

Also, try to tackle the harder things on your to-dos first. So, that now you have gotten the more stressful work done and out of the way.  

3) Get your daily dose of Potassium


Eat a banana or any Potassium-rich snack to get your daily dose of Potassium. Potassium is a known mineral to regulate blood pressure. Healthy levels of Potassium within your system help reduce stress and anxiety. 

4) Listen to music and write creatively


Listening to any genre of music you love is known to boost endorphins in your brain. Endorphins are the "feel-good" chemicals in your brain and this helps to keep you relaxed and happy. So, create a playlist of your favorite songs and listen to this playlist whenever you're feeling stressed.  

My favorite playlists at the moment:

Write what's on your mind whether it's your feelings or dreams. It's an engaging way to clear your mind and get creative with your writing. Writing often can help you develop a writing style and writing creatively can help you with stress. Keeping a journal of your dreams, feelings, or daily activities is a fun way to clear your mind and have something to read and reflect on later.


These are just some of the fun and easy things I do to relax my mind, so I hope you found them helpful for you too!

Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in Lifestyle.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

2018 Fashion Trend Predictions


Hey Lovelies, we've officially started the new year in 2018 and I'm bringing you another fashion rundown! This fashion rundown is about my style and fashion trend predictions for 2018. Check out my last post on throwback fashion trends that are here to stay in 2018, because I'm adding to that with today's fashion rundown. 

Corduroy

This textured form of velvet will make its comeback in 2018. Corduroy is seen in so many different fashion pieces and styles. It's such a great fashion staple to incorporate into your winter wardrobe. 

Plastic and Vinyl 

The style and trends of the '70s are making their comeback. This year, plan to see a whole lot of plastic, vinyl and faux leather in many different styles everywhere. From '70s-inspired vinyl miniskirts to faux-patent leather field coats, this style will essentially be the frontline of fashion this year.

Bold Mixed Prints

This year, a fashion statement you'll see is prints and lots of it. And the most popular print of the season is floral prints. Mixed-matched patterns and prints in bold and bright colors are bound to make the biggest fashion statements in 2018. The best way to rock this style is by wearing clothing pieces that have similar color tones.


Faux Fur Teddy Coat

A Teddy Coat is a style of a faux fur coat that mimics teddy bear fur. Teddy Coats will be the perfect and cozy fashion staple to have in your winter wardrobe this year.

Nineties Branded Sweatshirt

The style and trends of the 90s were the frontlines of fashion in 2017, and it definitely looks like it will stay that way in 2018. From Hilfiger to Fila and Champion, the iconic nineties branded sweatshirts, t-shirts and hoodies are back and will be a dominant trend in 2018.


Statement Jewelry

Oversized statement jewelry was a trend in the eighties and nineties that will make its comeback in 2018. Bold statement jewelry, like statement necklaces or earrings, are a great way to accessorize your looks this year. Another statement fashion accessory that will make its comeback are tiny cat eye sunglasses. Tiny cat eye sunglasses will be the statement accessory for the Spring.

Buckled-Up Heels

Buckle shoes are one of the retro styles that is sure to make its comeback in 2018. There are so many styles and it's such a versatile statement piece that you can incorporate into your wardrobe and outfits.


Leopard Print

You can start feeling all types of cheetahlicious as leopard print will make its comeback in 2018. This is such a cute print that can be styled in many unique ways.

Zig Zag Print

Again, with the comeback of nineties fashion and style is the zig zag print. This 90's print is a little bit out there, however, if styled the right way will be A Look in 2018. 


Lavender and Ultraviolet

Ultraviolet and the soft shades of lilac and lavender took over runways at the New York Fashion Week Summer/Spring 2018 shows. These will definitely become staple colors in the Spring of 2018.

Belt Bags

Belt Bags are basically a cuter version of fanny packs. They are being seen everywhere at the moment and can be worn as a crossbody or around the waist like a regular fanny pack.


Utility Style Jumpsuits

For my girls that love rompers and jumpsuits, this one's for you. This staple will be a big trend in 2018, and it's the Utility Style Jumpsuits. This style of the silhouette is inspired by the classic flight suit and comes in slouchy and boxy styles.



Hope you enjoyed this rundown of my fashion trend predictions for 2018.

Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in fashion.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Throwback fashion trends that are here to stay in 2018


Hey Lovelies and Merry Christmas! We're getting closer and closer to kicking off the new year, which is still so unreal to me. And, with each year the current fashion trends worn are a revival of fashion pieces from the past. With clothing pieces and accessories from the 1950s straight through the early 2000s reemerging, these revivals are now current additions to our wardrobe. So, this a quick rundown on the few throwback fashion trends that are here to stay in 2018.

The 1950s: The Beret

This classic fashion piece of the fifties was revived in 2017. The Beret has quickly come back on the front line of fashion. And it's been a popular fall fashion statement piece worn by both girls and guys.

The 1960s: Checkered, Plaid and Gingham Print

The Checkered, Plaid and Gingham Print are classic sixties prints that became a huge trend this year. This print has resurfaced in many unique styles, of which have been inspired by classic sixties and seventies fashion silhouettes. From the straight-neck plaid mini dress to the plaid wide leg pants, these are prints and styles that are here to stay in 2018.


The 1970s: High Waist Bell Bottom Flare Pants (the Wide Leg Pants) and Platform Boots

Wide Leg Pants paired with Platform Boots are two fashion statement pieces of the past that have been brought back to popularity this year. These often paired fashion pieces are a simple way to elevate your look.

The 1980s: Moto Jacket and Fishnets

Although when thinking of the eighties, bold colors may come to mind. There was the rock aspect that brought to light fashion pieces we all adore, being Moto Jackets and Fishnets. These fashion pieces have been an ongoing trend that is here to stay in 2018. The current way we've started styling these classic eighties fashion pieces is through layering them. The layered style of fishnet tights under jeans has been a cute trend that will accompany us in 2018.


The 1990s: Denim and Slip Dresses

Denim and Slip Dresses are classic nineties fashion pieces that were the frontline of fashion in 2017. Denim on denim has become a huge style choice this year, as well as, the layered looks created with slip dresses. Personally, I loved styling outfits with these throwback clothing pieces and will continue to do so, in 2018.

The 2000s: Tracksuits and Chokers

Chokers definitely were revived in 2017. Since its revival, they now have come in a variety of cute styles. From the classic tattoo choker to the layered choker necklace sets and even denim chokers. This is a throwback fashion accessory that I've personally been loving and will continue to wear in 2018. As for tracksuits, these were on the frontline of fashion in the early 2000s. Tracksuits from brands like Adidas and Juicy Couture were the go-to fashion choice in the late nineties and early 2000s. These have all made their comeback in 2017, as brands like Adidas have risen to popularity. 


Fashion Throwback Extras!

The 1920s: The Newsboy Cap

Also currently known as the "Baker Boy Hat" is a hat style that was worn in the early 1920s. The Newsboy Cap was popular in the 1920s among young men. Nevertheless, the style was revived in the early 2000s and became a popular statement piece among women. Currently, the known as the "Baker Boy Hat", it has stayed a popular hat style choice among women and fashion houses.


The 1990s: Oversized Sweaters

Oversized sweaters and turtlenecks are the fashion staples of the nineties! This is a throwback fashion trend that has become increasingly popular over the years and is here to stay. I love styling this classic nineties fashion piece by wearing an oversized sweater or turtleneck loosely tucked into a pair of high waist jeans. Additionally, I would add a belt to cinch in everything at the waist. Oversized sweaters can be styled many distinct ways and will continue to stay on the frontline of fashion.




Hope you enjoyed this rundown on the throwback fashion trends that are here to stay on the frontline of fashion in 2018.

Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in the KoutureChristmas Series!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

4 ways to instantly elevate your holiday looks!


Hey Lovelies, today I'm going to let you in on a few tips to elevating your style for the holidays! These are quick things you can incorporate when styling and trying to getting ready for the holidays. So, whether you're getting ready for a holiday party, spending time with your girls or just trying to look cute at home with family. These are some of the quick tips to get you looking extra cute in your outfits this holiday season! 

1. The Right Fit.

It's important that when you're picking out clothing pieces to wear, that they fit you right. Find clothing items that fit your body right, looks great and makes you feel comfortable and confident. You can also get things tailored to fit you to your liking. A simple and inexpensive way to elevate your look and find the right fit with looser clothing is by wearing a belt or sash. You can tie a belt or sash around the waist to really cinch in the loose fabric and make your top look and more fitting. 

2. Elevate your basics.

To elevate your basic clothing pieces, style them with a trendy statement piece or accessorize. A trendy or statement clothing piece paired with basics takes a look to a whole new level. Find a cute statement piece to style with a basic clothing item for your holiday look. The current favorite statement pieces I've been loving the look of are the straight neck plaid mini dresses or slip dresses. Those statement pieces look cute when worn with a basic top or turtleneck underneath. 


Alternatively, you can wear a simple clothing piece but, accessorizing the right way can elevate your holiday look. Simple looks are elevated when you accessorize the right way. So, wearing some cute studs, a bracelet and/or necklace and the right pair of footwear can elevate a simple dress you might plan on wearing. You can also try styling your holiday outfit with a scarf, handbag or a cute hat and see what you like best. 

Added Tip: Swap out your flats for heels. Sorry for all the flats lovers, but depending on your holiday outfit heels instantly dress up your look a lot more. Plus, this is such a great way to instantly elevate your look and make you look poised and chic. 

3. Try on different clothing items and layer your pieces.

Get creative and be your own stylist! Fashion is both fun and experimental, so definitely try to see if you can wear an item in a different way. Mix and match different clothing items to do this.  This will allow you to see what holiday looks you liked best and gives you multiple outfit ideas for all the holiday festivities.


4. Smile and wear your look with confidence.

Smiling and exuding confidence when wearing your holiday look is the best way elevate your holiday look. Wear a look that you love and that you're comfortable and confident in. A smile and confidence are the best (And free!) accessories to any outfit.So strut your stuff and serve all looks this holiday season with confidence. 


I want to see you all serving love and looks this holiday season, so I hope you enjoyed these quick tips to help you elevate your style for the holiday season!

Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in the KoutureChristmas Series!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Moodboards


Hey Lovelies, what better way to start off the holidays than with Christmas decor! When decorating your home or anywhere for the holidays it's best to have a theme and some inspiration. I happen to grab the best inspiration when I create mood boards! They're such a great way to compile photos that inspire you and form a theme on a visual mood board, whether it's a physical mood board or a digital one. Sites, like Pinterest and WeHeartIt, allow you to create digital mood boards with beautiful photos from around the web. 

I love photography but, the photos below are not mine and are from Pinterest and WeHeartIt, but I've compiled these photos I've found to make my very own digital mood board for inspiration. As the holiday season progresses I definitely plan to take a lot of my own Christmas-sy shots to show you all. Either way, you can also turn this digital mood board into a physical one, simply by printing out the mood board images below and sticking them onto a physical mood board of your own. Along the way, you can also add more visuals you'd like onto your physical mood board.



The mood boards I put together are holiday-themed, and I hope the different visuals gave you some inspiration for your holiday theme and/or decor. 



Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in the KoutureChristmas Series!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

25 Holiday Movies you need to start watching right now


Hey Lovelies, it's officially December and I'm really excited about the holidays, as I know many of you probably are. When it comes to the Christmas holiday season, I really like taking some free time to watch the many holiday movies there are! So, to kick off the new holiday series on the blog, "KoutureChristmas", is a list of the 25-holiday movie classics you need to start watching! 

1. A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story is a timeless holiday classic that never gets old. 


2. Home Alone Series

This is a 90's classic that never fails to make us laugh throughout the holiday season with the likes of Kevin McCallister and the crazy concept captured throughout the series. 


3. The Polar Express

"The bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe." Such a beautiful Christmas classic about the magical journey a boy takes to the North Pole on The Polar Express.


4. Merry Christmas Drake and Josh 

If you grew up watching Drake and Josh, you'll love watching this crazy Christmas movie with the two. 


5. Elf

"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear" - Buddy


6. White Christmas

A 50's holiday classic with an emotional wartime prologue starring the likes of Bing Crosby singing you through all of your favorite Christmas classics. 


7. It's a Wonderful Life 

"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings". It's a Wonderful Life is a 40's classic black and white Christmas fantasy film starring the likes of James Stewart and Donna Reed. 


8. How the Grinch Stole Christmas

This classic Christmas comedy as a live-action adaptation of Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas is brought to life with Jim Carrey as the Grinch.


9. The Santa Clause Series

This movie series is another 90's Christmas classic that never gets old.  It follows the story of Tim Allen as Scott Calvin who starts off as a divorced dad but, after a major mishap, he transforms into the jolly old fat man we all know and love.


10. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is a cute Christmas comedy starring young Dylan and Cole Sprouse. 


11. Eloise at Christmastime

The story follows the return of Eloise, a six-year-old girl famous at The Plaza Hotel (where she resides) for her antics. In this cute Christmas story, Eloise's antics come to play as she plays cupid in trying to reunite Rachel Peabody with Bill before Rachel marries another man.  


12. Love Actually

A classic Christmas romantic comedy that follows the lives of eight different couples dealing with the complexities of love before the holidays.


13. The Mistle-tones

A Christmas comedy starring Tia Mowry as Holly and Tori Spelling as Marci. Holly is a talented singer that forms her own musical group rival to Marci's musical group and challenges them to a competition Christmas Eve.


14. Christmas Cupid

Christmas Cupid is a comedy starring Christina Milian, Ashley Benson and Chad Michael Murray. Ashley Benson plays a famous starlet that dies unexpectedly and her ghost comes back to guide a Hollywood Publicist, played by Christina Milian towards true love. 


15. Disney's A Christmas Carol

This is a must-watch animated Christmas classic. A Christmas Carol follows the story of a miserable old man named Ebenezer Scrooge voiced by Jim Carrey. Scrooge encounters a spirit and three ghosts as a means to have him change his miserable ways as the Christmas Holiday approaches. 


16. The Nightmare Before Christmas

A Christmas musical fantasy that follows the adventures of Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king who stumbles upon Christmastown. 


17. Miracle on 34th Street

A beautiful Christmas classic that reminds you of the magic of the holiday season. There is both the original 1947 version and the 1994 remake so if you'd like try to watch both versions. 


18. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

A classic stop-motion must-watch Christmas special. It's such an old-school and heartwarming classic for all ages. 


19. A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas is an animated Christmas classic and an all-time favorite that brings so much nostalgia. 


20. Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman is another animated Christmas classic special based on the song "Frosty the Snowman".


21. Arthur Christmas

A must-watch Christmas comedy that questions Santa's ability to deliver billions of presents to the whole world in one night. 


22. Jingle all the way

This Christmas comedy does well in displaying the craziness that comes with shopping for the holidays. This follows the mission of a father, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger who vowed to get his son an action figure that is sold out in every store. He travels all over town competing with other parents trying to find this one toy and the craziness that comes with shopping for the holidays unfolds.


23. Bad Santa

 As part of an annual Christmas scheme, criminals, Willie Stokes, and his partner disguise themselves as Santa Clause and an elf. This was done as a way to work as a mall Santa in their grand scheme to try and rob the department stores within the mall. This is a dark Christmas comedy that confirms all your thoughts about weird mall Santas.


24. Unaccompanied Minors

A Christmas Eve blizzard shuts down an airport leaving these unaccompanied minors in an airport to run wild. Their antics lead to holiday pandemonium before Christmas.


25. The Holiday

This romantic holiday comedy stars Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black and Kate Winslet. The two women, played by Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet are from different parts of the world and decide to swap homes for the holidays and you follow the story that unravels for both women. 



As the first post for KoutureChristmas, I hope you liked this list of holiday movies to watch to kick off the holiday season! Let me know in the comments what you'd like to see next, on the blog, as part of the KoutureChristmas series! 



Thanks so much for reading loves! Until next time for more in the KoutureChristmas Series!