Monthly Handmade Style Guide

This month we are going to rave about embroidery! Whether on shirts, coats, pants, purses, shoes, and more; hand embroidery is a unique and decorative way to showcase your handmade fashions.

Examples of embroidery have been dated as far back as the 3rd century BC in China;and was also very important in Islamic culture as it was a sign of high social status in Muslim societies. it is a beautiful process that has been around for years, and the way we have integrated into our everyday wear is unique, beautiful, and will never be a trend that will fail as it is an unstoppable art.

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Remember, supporting handmade artisans means so much more than you may know; a handmade item is valued far more than an item that was made for mass consumption. There is a sense of authenticity and originality where handmade is concerned. There are so many other reasons; but lets start by rejecting the mass market of mediocrity.

Let’s take a look at some amazing hand embroidered fashions!

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I really adore this embroidered feminist tee! Find this cutie @ Bitty Brooklyn on Etsy.

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OMG I cannot even handle how ADORABLE this felted and embroidered purse is! Find it @ Life and Wool on Etsy.

Crossbody Handbag Small Felted Bags and Purse Needle Felted Make Up Purse Gift for Her

How can you NOT feel cute in these charming embroidery hoop necklaces? Find them @ Mary’s Dream Studio on Etsy.

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This embroidered hoop art TOTALLY speaks to me as it mentions a line from one of my favorite musicals(Sound of Music!). Find this amazing piece of artistry @  Garland and Pendant on Etsy.

Climb Every Mountain Hand Embroidered Hoop | Sound of Music, embroidery hoop art, Rustic, Mountains, Woodland, Adventure, hand embroidery

This stunning cotton dress was hand embroidered; this is the real deal my friends! This is artistry at it’s finest; one of a kind and so gorgeous. Find this dress @ Solomiya ON Etsy.

Ukrainian Traditional Boho Lacy Wedding, Prom, Engagement Dress. Floral Design: Red Poppy Flowers, Chamomile, Cornflowers. Hand Embroidered.

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Review: The Balm -By Nieves

Today I am reviewing one of the most amazing bodycare products I have every tried;  “The Balm” By Nieves. This amazing product contains organic sesame and coconut oils, soy wax, and intoxicating essential oils of virginia cedar, lavender, ylang ylang, and orange.

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It can be difficult to find products that do not have a lot of chemical ingredients. I am a huge advocate of organic and pure; I want to know what I am putting on my body and this product does not disappoint.

 As Nieves says in her “About” section on her website :

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“I started By Nieves in Oakland and later moved the whole operation to Northern California’s remote and wild Lost Coast, where I find as much inspiration in the fresh air and open space as I did in the city.

Even though I live on the edge of the world and like to keep things simple, I do admit I kinda like luxury. Each and every By Nieves product is as sensually indulgent as it is natural.”

Nieves has high standards for her products, as well she should for such incredible products. She has this to say about her incredible skin care line :

“I make just a few products, each one multi-functional and great for most skin types. My ingredients are powerful, simple, vegan, and organic when possible.”

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I had the opportunity to pick up “The Balm” at a craft fair in Portland a year or so ago. To be honest the glorious and rich scent affected me the most and that is what made me buy it.  Admittedly, it sat on my shelf for some time before I began to use it on my hands for scent and softness.

I pulled it out a few weeks ago to try on my cracked heels as nothing else was helping. I massaged a dime size amount on each heel (it doesn’t take much), and the overnight results were magical. I woke up to soft, supple heels, no cracks, no pain; there was just a touch of roughness left and that cleared up after 2-3 days of continued use! I was so shocked I could not believe the rate of healing. 

The Balm is absolutely a daily product that can help eczema, athletes foot, cracked heels, after shave balm, massage balm, and the list goes on. It is gentle, healthy, and non-irritating for the skin. I personally love dabbing it on my pulse points as a heady, sexy perfume; the scent is extremely long lasting. I know that part of reviewing is offering the good and bad, but honestly, I do not have one negative thing to say about this product! I want to try more of By Nieves amazing products so I can spread the word about handcrafted, healthy skincare products. Here are a few final bullet points about my favorite parts of this amazing product:

  • Long lasting ingredients
  • Intoxicatingly beautiful scent, but not overwhelming
  • No synthetic ingredients
  • Hand crafted in small batches
  • Fair pricing
  • Vegan and cruelty free

I hope to get the opportunity to try and review all of By Nieves products; if they are as good as The Balm I will be in heaven. As always, with any product it will not always work with every skin type.  If you feel uncertain or concerned about trying a whole bottle or container of any of  By Nieves products, I recommend the “Dabble” bag on their website. It features small trial sizes of their products and is only $20.00.

 

From website: “Customers love my skincare products, and we’re proud of what the press has said. We we’ve been awarded ‘Best Local Skincare’ in the SF Weekly and featured in The New York Times.”

You can find  all of By Nieves stunning products  on their website @ bynieves.com

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*Disclaimer- Information is provided for general informational purposes and should not be considered medical advice. Product information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

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How you can change your eating habits in one easy step

Nobody likes the word diet, I myself prefer “health goals”.And goals can be difficult to stick to. You know the drill: New Years day is the time you make that commitment to lose a certain amount of weight by choosing your favorite fad diet. Fast forward 3 months later, your cheat day becomes  a daily event and you decide it is just. too. hard.

I am going to help you make one easy change to get yourself a headstart on reaching your health goals. Taking care of your body does not have to be a chore, it can, in fact change your life. By changing your eating habits you can look forward too: better sleep, more energy, lower stress and anxiety levels, and so so much more. Are you ready for your one  easy step?

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 Cut your sugar intake. “Why does this matter, Erin”?  Sugar messes with your insulin level,and causes calories to turn into belly fat. It can raise blood pressure which it turn can cause damage over time to the whole circulatory system. It also creates a vicious cycle of intense cravings and effects our mental state by impairing memory and learning skills. Also if you have ever experienced a sugar crash, you may understand the feelings of depression and anxiety; these  come on due to your insulin levels rapidly rising then dropping.

“Many Americans eat about five times the amount of sugar they should consume” says Natasha Janacic-Kahric an associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University Hospital.

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Public enemy number one lurks in way more than just candy, such as: salad dressings, sauces, french fries, breads, and so much more. Start off by cutting your intake in half. How can you do this, beyond limiting sweets? Here are some ideas:

1.) Make your own salad dressing

2.)Don’t keep treats  readily available in the house

3.)Choose whole, fresh fruit over juice or processed fruit drinks.

4.)Stop buying processed foods and  read labels

5.) replace unhealthy snacks for filling ones like nuts,skinny pop,almond butter

6.) read labels to see what is in your foods

7.) Drink more water; we often mistake thirst for hunger

These are just a few of the many ways you can cut your sugar intake . It is so important that we teach our kids and peers healthy habits, and the mental and body changes that they can look forward to by investing in these simple steps for a better and healthier future.

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Monthly Handmade Style Guide

Spring is almost here and that means the warm weather is on it’s way! That is why I am excited to talk  about… WORKOUT WEAR! 

“Wait, what? Erin….. workout wear? ugh!” 

Yes,  I am going to show you some fun and fashionable workout gear.

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I know most of us feel like working out is a chore; that is because  we do not do it as often as we should. Movement every day is essential to the well being of our health and livelihood! And one of the best parts of working out, besides getting healthier is getting to dress in fun, fresh new workout threads! As always, I promote handmade in US only, so let’s take a look at some of the best handmade designs!

Love this mermaid workout headband; I mean MERMAIDS! Find this and more @ Hippie Runner Headband .

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This tank is so cute, how can you resist? Find this and more @ Sweet Bee Studios.

Running Late is my Cardio // Mom tank // Sassy Tank // Workout Gear // Fitness Clothing // Gym Wear

Coffee is part of a healthy morning breakfast(SRSLY!), so this adorable hat is a must! Find this and more @ Sun Chaser Market.

Coffee + Cardio, Womens Trucker Hat, Summer Baseball Cap, Gym Hat, Coffee Love, Fitness Fashion, Workout Gear, Activewear, Exercise, Runner

You can still have tacos and workout, and this adorable water bottle proves it! Find this and more @ The Redheaded Scrapper.

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These are just a few of the adorable pieces of workout gear you can find that are handmade. Working out does NOT have to be boring when you are in style and having a blast! Keep up the good work, I believe in you!

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You are Enough

Have you ever just felt ” I am not enough”? We all have those sinking feelings of inadequacy that haunt us, often daily.  Well, I am here to tell you that YOU ARE ENOUGH. Your existence in this world is enough, you just need to believe it.

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Now, look. When I say you are enough it does NOT mean you have been sized up, and judged and determined to finally be enough. It just simply means the who you are ,RIGHT NOW, is enough. You are your own worth, AND you are worthy.

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I want you to repeat after me: I am worthy of of abundance, of happiness, of prosperity , of kindness, of good fortune, of loving relationships, of adventure, and every day after this I promise to remember : I AM ENOUGH. Now go on, get out there and rock your life. you totally deserve it!

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