Treat Yo Self: 7 Ways to Refresh, Recharge and Rejuvenate!

Do you ever feel like you’re always on the go, running, doing, being pulled in multiple directions or constantly wearing multiple hats?  Is your mind always ON?  Feeling low energy, stressed or guilty or that there’s never enough time in the day?  Do you seem to find time for everything and everyone but yourself?  Whether it’s work, class, kids, family, finances, relationships, projects…it’s easy to lose ourselves in the thick of everyday life.  Spoiler Alert – we don’t have all the answers or remedies, nor are we suggesting that all of these driving forces will change but we DO have some self-care tips to help you stay FAB along the way that don’t totally interrupt your schedule or flow.

1. Prioritize Getting Some ZZZZs – We know…easier said than done when we’ve become a society that burns the candle at both ends.  People stay up all night to study, work, or have fun. We think we can all agree that you feel better after getting a good night’s sleep but it’s deeper than that.  Harvard studies indicate that going without adequate sleep (7 – 9 hours) can have short-term results such as affects on judgment, mood, ability to learn and retain information, and may increase the risk of serious accidents and injury.  In the long term, chronic sleep deprivation may lead to a host of health problems including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even early mortality.  Additional benefits of sleep are improved memory, reduced inflammation which is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging, more creativity, sharpened attention, and LESS STRESS.  Need we say more?  Set expectations about when your day will end for yourself and others and then shut things down.  Try to go to bed around the same time nightly to create a habit for your mind and body.

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2. UNPLUG – Don’t be mad at the messenger…we get it. How many of us really work from 9-5 these days, and sometimes it seems as if our lives hinge on the information we’re receiving, watching, storing, communicating with our cell phones, television, and devices.  And yes, when it comes to FOMO (fear of missing out), the struggle is real!  But research shows that the advantages of powering down and having time and space to create, to rest our minds, be present, and have real (not virtual) connections with family, friends, and other people are REALLY important to enhancing the quality of life and in some instances our health.  That means we have to be deliberate in creating new habits. Here are a few suggestions we found:

  • Have Designated Check Out Times – Schedule your unplug time during the day and if you need to set an alarm to remind yourself to take 15 minutes to close your laptop, shut off your phone, etc., then do so.  Do this for longer periods on the weekends and get the whole family involved!
  • Power Down at Night – Disconnect from technology before bed. Research shows that we need to give our brains a chance to unwind for a more restful sleep.
  • Have a Phone-Free Meal Policy – Instead of looking at phones or the TV, take this time to talk about (or reflect on) your day, share stories, laugh, and problem solve about whatever is going on. Be present, enjoy the meal and connect.
  • Set Boundaries and Share Them – Communicate your new behaviors to friends, co-workers, and family to manage expectations and have more control of your time and what you give energy to.
  • Have Other Options for Enjoyment – Create outlets other than technology.  Instead of watching Netflix for an hour, read a book.  Instead of playing a game on an app, do yoga, meditate, go for a walk or take a bubble bath.

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3. Schedule a Date With Yourself – We have a saying here…Always be FLY (First Loving Yourself).  The same way we schedule activities, say yes to signup sheets at school, volunteer, make plans for Bae, friends and family, we can pencil in some time for ourselves to do whatever we enjoy or absolutely nothing.  The actual definition of Me Time is time spent relaxing on one’s own as opposed to working or doing things for others, seen as an opportunity to reduce stress or restore energy.  Well, if you’re waiting for your schedule to clear, things to slow down, less work, the perfect opportunity, more time in the day before you enjoy a little Me Time, it may never happen.  Put it on your calendar and treat it as an appointment that you have to keep. Make the necessary arrangements for the kids and/or spouse and avoid any guilt for taking some Me Time. You NEED it and DESERVE it.

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4. Say NO – It sounds simple and it can be but it’s difficult to find the time to refresh and recharge when you’re overbooked, over-committed, and stressed out about doing things that you don’t really want to do.  So saying “no” is about setting limits and releasing yourself from guilt.  Lisa Dunbar, author of The Upside of Saying No says that this practice starts with (1) accepting your right to say no and (2) uncovering organizational beliefs around values and work/life balance.  Remember, we ARE super women but we don’t have to be Superwomen to all people and all things all the time.  It’s okay to take our capes off in exchange for some extra time for ourselves and the things we enjoy.

5. Plan Ahead FOR REAL – Do you know someone who is ALWAYS late? Or maybe that someone is you.  Don’t worry, we’re not judging but it’s the perfect example of creating unnecessary stress on yourself or on others by not keeping it all the way 100 when scheduling your time.  If you have a meeting at 5:00, can you really meet your girlfriend for happy hour at 6:30 across town? Let’s think about it…even if the meeting wraps at 5:30 (unlikely), you still have to consider the lingering good-bye/small talk that may occur afterwards, walking to your car or catching an Uber/taxi, rush-hour traffic, parking, walking from your car to the venue, etc.  We’re stressed out just thinking about the added pressure of trying to be only a little late versus a lot late which is more likely because the plan wasn’t realistic.  See where we’re going with this?  Time management isn’t just a skill to include on a resume.  Practicing good, realistic time management will increase your productivity and timeliness while reducing situations that cause you to sleep less, eat poorly, fail to meet expectations, and have added stress, anxiety or pressure.

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6. Pay Attention to What You Eat/Drink – Let’s face it, everyone isn’t meant to be a size 2 or 10 or 14 but we can’t ignore the facts that what we put into our bodies affects us beyond our weight.  When you’re 21 you may be able to live on pizza and cocktails and still fit into your favorite jeans and also function at optimal levels throughout the day but for everyone else…probably not so much.  Our motto at the studio is to enjoy everything in moderation so we’re not going to be super preachy when it comes to diet.  BUT it’s been proven that eating more lean meats, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains and less foods that are processed or high in added sugar, saturated fat and sodium leads to more energy, increased productivity, enhanced moods, weight regulation, longer lifespan, and better health.

7. Gratitude Journaling – Take a few minutes at the end of each day (or week if daily seems impossible) to focus on what’s good in your life and write them down. This simple task forces you to shift your thoughts in a way that’s positive which has an amazing effect on your overall mood.

Coachella Recap

With weekend 2 of Coachella finally over, the post-festival blues are kicking in pretty hard. Thankfully, reminiscing and looking back on photos and videos is doing a good job at keeping our spirits alive. We hope our mini recap will keep you going throughout the week!

The Music:

The festival’s eight stages (can’t forget about the Do LaB) allows for such a diverse music experience. From the non-stop party at Sahara with EDM and hip hop talent to the cool and collective vibes from the Mojave tent, there’s something there for everyone. We spent some time enjoying the talents at each of the stages. Acts such as The XX and Bon Iver were extraordinary and allowed for you to either dance close to the stage or to take a seat in the grass and enjoy the show from a distance. Porter Robinson and Madeon had a very special show Sunday night. It was their last time ever performing together, and they made it a beautiful finale as their show was perfectly timed with the sunset. We got to learn a dance with Capital Cities and listen to a full orchestra with Hans Zimmer. Each show had a combination of lights and visuals that were mesmerizing and blew us away. We watched as many performances as we could, and could go on and on for hours about each one. The lineup this year did not disappoint at all. We’ll have to keep watching our videos to relive those beautiful moments.

 

The Art:

Each year tops the prior year when it comes to the art installations. This year was all about color. The giant party piñatas served multiple functions; they were both amazing blocks of colors to serve as photo backgrounds as well as the perfect provider of shade during the hot daytime hours. The other installation we loved looked like it had jumped straight out of Dr. Seuss’ world. Trees made of odd shapes, lumps, colors, and patterns formed a perfect forest of amazement. Each tree figure was unique and a great presentation of the diversity that Coachella brings. The mirror installation was quite the sight both during the day and at night. The one difference that separated it from the other works of art was that you weren’t able to see it up close and could only obverse from a distance. Although the balloons are there every year, they are always a hit and so much fun to photograph. However, did you know that if you followed the balloon train to the end of the line that you could actually get to hold the end of the rope? If you don’t mind waiting in a small line, you could get the perfect Coachella shot holding the infamous balloons.

  

We can’t forget about all the other aspects of Coachella either… there’s the yummy food, the sea of beautiful and thoughtfully planned out outfits, and the rose gardens, among others things. Coachella may be over until next year, but the summer festival season is just getting started. And to help style your festival outfits, we have hand selected our favorite bags, bottles, and flasks for you to bring with you to your next music festival! You can shop them all here!

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Sara & Aleksandra

the FAB Team

We’re Celebrating Earth Day!

This weekend is very special! No, it’s not because it’s Coachella Weekend 2… it’s Earth Day! This Saturday, April 22nd, we will be celebrating the planet and everything that we love about it. To get you into the spirit, we’ve come up with a few easy ways you can join in on the fun.

1) Take a bike ride

Have you been wanting to try that new ice cream spot in town? Instead of getting into your car, take a bike ride, or even a walk, there instead! You’ll not only help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but you’ll also get to enjoy the fresh air and change of scenery. Plus, you’ll feel less guilty about having ice cream if you’ve worked out to get there! You earned it!

2) Reuse your shopping bag

If you love food as much as we do (which you obviously do) you’re always at the grocery store picking up some more snacks or items for dinner. Instead of using the plastic or paper bags at the register, bring your own cute reusable bags! These can be store-bought or custom made. Not only will you be saving by not having to pay for plastic or paper bags during your purchase, but you’ll also get to walk away with a cute bag full of goodies.

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3) Plant a pot of flowers

It’s spring season so nurserys at Lowe’s, Home Depot, and other hardware stores are blooming with dozens of beautiful flowers. Stop by and pick up a single container for a few dollars and plant it in your yard or in a pot. If you take care of it well, it’ll bloom more than twice its size next year and will keep growing over the year. It’ll make your home more beautiful and will be a gift to the Earth that keeps giving back.

4) Bring your own go-to mug to the coffee shop

If you stop by the coffee shop every morning, why not bring your own go-to mug or tumbler? You’ll be helping the planet by not using a paper or plastic cup that will eventually end up in the trash. Some places, such as Starbucks, will even give you a discount for bringing your cup. Plus, coffee always tastes better from a cute mug.

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5) Buy a re-usable water bottle 

Plastic water bottles are not only a waste of money but they are also really bad for our environment! Buying a re-usable water bottle will not only help save the planet (and some of your money) but you’ll also get so many compliments on your cute and trendy water bottle! You can shop all our water bottles here. Screen Shot 2017-05-09 at 9.44.54 AM

Remember that this Earth is the only home we have. Every thing that we do, big or little, does make a difference.

Sara & Aleksandra

the FAB Team

Not an April Fool’s Joke…

Each month is known for certain popular holidays. Valentine’s Day is in February, Memorial Day in May, and Halloween in October. April does have its share of holidays as well, but most of us only know April for Easter and Earth Day. So, I did a little bit of research and found 5 new and not-so-common April holidays that we can start celebrating and add to our FAB Fives list!

April 3rd – Don’t Go to Work Unless it’s Fun Day

We can probably already guess what you’re thinking… But when you work for for a company that celebrates beauty and diversity, every day is fun!

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April 6th – California Poppy Day

There might be a little bias regarding why we chose this holiday to highlight. We are located in California, so by default our favorite flower is the golden poppy! This time of year, they are blooming in beautiful fields at Lake Clementine and in the Antelope Valley, along with a few other spots. If you are planning a trip to one of these beautiful golden fields, do so soon! They are apparently only going to be in full bloom for just another week.

April 8th – All is Ours Day

There should be more holidays like this! Seize the day! Keep an open mind and stay optimistic. Imagine the possibilities. They are endless. What a great day this will be. Or not… that is left up to you.

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April 22nd – Girl Scout Leader Day

This day honors the thousands of volunteers who help to make the Girl Scout program a success. They are helping make these scouts true girl bosses, one by one. And we think that is awesome!

April 30th – Hairstyle Appreciation Day

Just like beautiful bodies come in all shapes and skin tones, beautiful hair also comes in all textures, colors, and shapes! So embrace your curls, love your relaxed texture, and appreciate all of the other fabulous hairstyles that you see on the fierce women around you!

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This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive of all that April has to offer… if you know of any fun ones that we’ve missed, please let us know in the comments. Happy April!

Aleksandra & Sara

the FAB Team

 

Five FAB Breakfast Spots in DTLA

Our studio is in the heart of the Fashion District in Downtown LA and not only do we love the energy, art, creativity and culture…we also LOVE the food. They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, correct? Therefore, breakfast should never be boring. Thankfully, being located in Downtown Los Angeles has given us the opportunity to be fortunate enough to try dozens of different breakfast and brunch spots. However, we decided to compile a small list of four of our favorite spots that won’t be overcrowded and are sure to meet even your highest breakfast standards.

1. Faith and Flower

Faith and Flower is, in my humble opinion, the best brunch hidden gem. While most spots have crazy wait-times or require reservations, I was able to show up here on a Sunday afternoon and be seated right away. The outdoor and indoor seating is equally enjoyable. Their menus are inside actual books – so cool! Their food is meant to be shared – so, order several plates for the group and enjoy all of the different and delicious food they offer.

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2. Far Bar

If you can find Far Bar, you’ll be in brunch heaven. There is a normal entrance, but that’s no fun, right? The outdoor seating to this restaurant has a secret entrance that you would miss if you were just walking by and not looking for it. Between two large buildings is a small passage just large enough for a person to go through. Once you walk all the way down, you’ll arrive in their outdoor seating area, all complete with hanging lights and sparkly plants.

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3. Syrup Desserts

Syrup has an amazing selection of different types of waffles. But, the best part about this place is that you can add scoops of ice cream to your waffles. Because why not have dessert for breakfast?

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4. Wake & Late

Four words: Best. Breakfast. Burrito. Ever. This restaurant is small and has an even smaller menu – but that’s a good thing, because that means they do those few things really, really well. They’re open really early – then close for the middle of the day – and then open up late again for those 1AM breakfast burrito cravings.

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5. Bottega Louie

You may know them for their absolutely delightful macarons packaged in colorful gift boxes but Bottega Louie also has a bomb breakfast menu that will leave you wanting more.  Favorites include the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and French Toast with strawberry compote and almonds.

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Aleksandra, Sara & Charissa

the FAB Team

Women’s Day aka Best Holiday of the Year!

IWD? No, that does not stand for “I want donuts” (but yes, we do). Instead it stands for something a bit more exciting… International Women’s Day!

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IWD is celebrated on the 8th of March every year. It recognizes the struggle that women have fought to gain equal rights. Even though we are still continuing to change the world today, it is important to reflect on the progress that has been created by all of the strong women before us. Additionally, it is so wonderful to reflect on our own achievements, because each of us is an amazing woman with the potential to accomplish anything we set our mind on and to shatter every glass ceiling that comes our way.

Never forget that every single one of us are important and powerful, and that we do touch the lives of all those around us. We are mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, friends, wives, bosses, leaders, influencers, role models, inspirations, and heros.

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So, although we wish we could celebrate every day as though it is IWD, we encourage you to take a few extra seconds today to reach out to some of the important women in your life and wish them a beautiful and FAB International Women’s Day. Buy a sunflower, send a card (we have dozens of perfect options like the ones above), make a phone call, or drop by their home and remind them just how appreciated they are.

Happy International Women’s Day from the team at Fashionistas For You!

Aleksandra, Sara & Charissa

the FAB Team

Can’t Hide Our Love for Hidden Figures

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This week we are crushing hard on Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monae.  While everyone else can’t stop talking about the envelope shuffle over La La Land and Moonlight, I’m still focusing on how incredible it is that Hidden Figures was nominated for three academy awards: Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress, and Adapted Screenplay!

As bummed as I am to find out that the movie did not happen to win in any of these categories, I’m more than ecstatic that a film like this was nominated in so many categories and has already snagged a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast and multiple NAACP Image Awards just to name a few.

With recent controversy over the years regarding “Oscar’s so white”, it’s refreshing to see a nomination of a movie that not just has a diverse, mostly Black cast, but also has a cast that is most significantly female.

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Coincidentally, February is Black History Month, and March is Women’s History Month. All of this attention could not have come at a more perfect time!
The celebration of diversity and being proud of your culture and ethnicity is exactly what Fashionistas For You is all about. You can be any race, shape, size, height, or ethnicity, and still be crazy intelligent, as well as crazy beautiful. We love that Hidden FIgures embodies that part of our mission statement and recommend that you take the time to watch the movie for the first time (or 10th time, like us)!

Aleksandra, Sara & Charissa

the FAB Team