Sweet ’16

sweet 16By Bre Ausby
“At 16, set your goals, turn your dreams into reality, you have your whole life ahead of you.” -Unknown

Here we are, in the second month of the year 2016, meaning you either stayed in the race with your goals or you completely gave up because something did not go exactly as planned. Much like the year you turned 16 years old, this year marks the beginning of the rest of your life. This year you’ve more than likely set goals for the amount of weight you want to lose, you’ve determine what foods you won’t eat, and you’ve told yourself that you’re leaving everything that wasn’t good for you last year behind. Granted we do this every year on January 1st and every year on our birthdays; however, by day 3 we have failed completely.

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Why I’m Loving #BodyPosi

   As I’m sure everyone knows in this day and age negative body outlooks are unfortunately a big part of today’s society. Everywhere you look in the media you see articles ranging from: how to obtain the “perfect” body to crazy fad diets that absolutely no one can possibly stick to for any length of time. So of course, it only seems natural that the majority of people are finding it hard to keep up with this day and age’s ideal body type. I myself struggled with anorexia for six years of my life and still to this day occasionally falter and succumb to wanting that Victoria’s Secret model body, however recently I’ve come across a new movement that is way more positive than “thinspiration” and that my friends is the movement of “Body Posi“.
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Assuming you have been on Twitter within the past year, I’m going to guess that you have probably heard of the “BodyPosi” hashtag. But in case you haven’t let me give you the run down:

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#OOTD: Kicking It Up in Calia

While working at Dick’s sporting goods recently I had the opportunity to work with their merchandising team on a brand new active wear line by singer Carrie Underwood called Calia. I have to admit that after three days of working alongside the other merchandisers on this project; I totally found a reason to buy some new clothes for the gym!
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So what is Calia exactly? Calia, as I stated earlier, is a new line of exercise wear by Carrie Underwood. However what makes is unique is the fact that it is specifically designed not only as exercise wear, but also for women on the go. These clothes are things you can definitely wear everyday while out shopping, running errands, or just having lunch with friends, without looking like a gym rat. I feel this is the reason I was so drawn to the Calia line myself, because they’re not so much exercise clothes but they are lifestyle clothes. And with how crazy my life can be I was thrilled to find an exercise line that I could wear all day while running errands, doing photo shoots (yes these clothes are actually appropriate for my job! Awesome, right?) and having casual lunch meetings with clients. I have to say it was great not to have to change once I got to Planet Fitness. Another great thing I have to point out about this line is that it is incredibly comfortable as well as incredibly well made and true to size (something I feel is hard to gauge in active wear nowadays).
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VIP Holiday Botox Party!

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This Friday Dec. 7th you are invited to the “House of Beauty” event at the fabulous Lexington Plastic Surgeons offices in NYC for the Annual VIP/Celebrity Botox Party.

Founder and Director of Lexington Plastic Surgeons – Dr. Michael Jones opens the doors to his facilities for one night of pampering in a socializing. Dr. Michael Jones is a renowned specialist in facial plastic and reconstructive Continue Reading

Fashion Industry Highlight – SBG Designs

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SBG Designs is a renowned jewelry company based in Minneapolis, MN. Designer and Owner, Sara Beth Goldfine created her jewelry line for the person who wants to “wear something different”.

Paisley Iridescent Metallic Pink crystal and silver necklace

Her collections have very distinctive characteristics, but are still one of a kind and versatile. Sara’s use of rare and vintage stones for her unique pieces along with her great attention to detail allows for brand to appeal to customer that appreciates both quality and fashion.
In business for over 7 years, it comes as no surprise that SBG Designs has become a leader in the fashion jewelry industry. Seen in many major fashion publications and worn by numerous celebrities Kim Kardashian, Continue Reading

Sweaters for Penguins… Yep meant that!!

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A true Happy Feet Story….

It seems that every time we listen to the news or read a newspaper it only displays the negative events that are going on in the community.  Recently I was pleasantly surprised when reading an upbeat article about giving back to a country in desperate need.  On October 5th there was a terrible oil spill, dumping 2,500 barrels of fuel, off the coast of New Zealand in Tauranga.

Like in many other spills in the past, it has resulted in the health decline of the wildlife population.   A New Zealand yarn retailer, Skeinz, followed in the steps of the Penguin Foundation and their attempts to help the penguin population, in the 2000 Australian fuel spill, by collecting knitted sweaters.  The sweaters prevent the penguins from preening their feathers, enabling them to ingest the toxins, and to keep them warm since the spilled oil ruined their natural oils.  Once the penguins are able to be properly washed, the sweaters are then discarded.

On the Skeinz blog, they provided a pattern so those who wanted to help could donate their creations.  The blog has reported they are appreciative of the amount of feedback they have received.  They currently are not accepting anymore sweaters to aid in the clean-up for the wildlife.  However, they are still collecting sweaters for those who still want to contribute.  The retailer will be selling penguin stuffed animals with these sweaters on and donating the proceeds to an organization that will use all of the monies to go towards the health and rehabilitation of those affected.

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If anyone is a knitter and would like to donate a sweater the pattern is:

Penguin Jumper in 8ply  – Must be 100% Wool Yarn1 pair 3.25mm , 1 pair of 3.75mm needles , 1 set of 3.25mm dpn’s or circular

Cast on 36 stitches using 3.25 needles.K1, P1 to end of row. Repeat this row 7 times.  Change to 3.75mm needles and K2, P2 rib. Work 4 rows increasing at each end of every row. (44 sts)

Continue until work measures 15 cms.

Decrease 1 st at each end of every row until 28 sts remain.

Decrease 1 st. in middle of next row (27 sts.)

Leave on needle.

Make second side the same.

Transfer the 54 sts from both pieces to 3 of the set of 4 3.25mm needles.(18 sts on each.) and work a round neck in K1 P1 rib for 10 rows.

Cast off.

Stitch up sides to decreasing to 27sts (opening for flipper). Add elastic to the top and bottom to prevent the penguins getting out of them. Top: 15cm of elastic; bottom 17 cm (knots allowed). Flat elastic OK

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!!!

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It is not only in October  that women (and men!) need to be focus on the prevention , medical testing and research that helps spread awareness of the risks and causes of Breast Cancer. All throughout the year we need to be proactive and supportive of the cause to stop more people from becoming victims of this silent killer!! So I challenge to do your part to Walk, Sponsor walkers, Sponsor a Charity Group, Find out more about how you can be a voice for the cause in your city, or just make sure that you encourage those dear to you to make sure they stay on top of their health!

Also don’t forget about our Dose of PINK Charity Contest this month!! Go to our Dose of Vitamin F Contest Page and get all the details of how you could be entered to win this:

You Win all these Charitable Goodies!!!