FALL INTO SIMPLE HEALTHY HABITS FOR BODY AND HOME

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Just as spring is a time for rebirth, autumn is also considered a transitional season. The weather turns brisk, the leaves on the trees change from dull brown to a firestorm of color,  and darkness settles in a little earlier. For many, it is a favorite time of year, but for others, it can be a trigger to falling off the health and fitness wagon. After all, how can you be expected to ignore pumpkin spice lattes? The key is to set goals BEFORE the new year, not over a drink as the clock strikes midnight.
“Fall … is a great time to start a (health and) fitness program because you’re going to create good habits for the holiday season and the upcoming winter months,” says Justin Price, owner of Biomechanics a personal training and wellness facility in San Diego.
Not only is Fall a good time to plan a strategic exercise regime, but also to change your summer skin care, eating habits, and stress management. Take a look at our four most important “wellness” points you can focus on this Season to help keep you energized, healthy, and happy.

TASTY & TRIM

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It’s so hard to resist those spicy pumpkin lattes or warm delicious hot cocoas. Well, you can still enjoy your favorite cold weather beverage. Our helpful tips when you are out:
(1) Use milk (3% milk fat) rather than the heftier half-and-half (18% milk fat)
(2) Opt for the “skinny” version, made with skim milk rather than whole
(3) Forgo the calorie rich whipped cream
(4) Order a small, rather than large

Or, make your own at home with our favorite low-cal pumpkin spice latte recipe:
You need:
1½ cups unsweetened cashew milk or other non-dairy milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
3 teaspoons regular vanilla
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 tablespoons pureed pumpkin
1 pack Starbucks VIA instant coffee (or favorite brand)

Directions:
(1) Place cashew milk, maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin a small saucepan and bring to a simmer
(2) Stir in instant coffee
(3) Transfer to a mug and sprinkle cinnamon on top. Enjoy!

CLEAN HEALTHY MEALS

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While we all look forward to Halloween’s scrumptious candies and the holidays’ luscious turkey, ham, and pumpkin pie, there is a way you can still indulge yet stay trim throughout the entire Season. The key is to not deprive yourself so much that you overcompensate later. We like model Gigi Hadid’s motto: “Eat clean to stay fit, eat a burger to stay sane.”
On your regular days, start with a small healthy breakfast like whole grain oatmeal, fruit, eggs, or cereal to kick start your metabolism. Curb your mid-day slump with a healthy salad of greens and protein. Finish the day off with a light dinner of chicken or fish, and vegetables. Maintain this daily routine on normal days.

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When you are out on the town, no need to sacrifice your regime. You can still order your favorites, just order dressings on the side, limit heavy breads, opt for lean meats or salads, and stay hydrated with water. Spending a little extra time on what you eat throughout your normal routine, means you can indulge a little on the special days without “falling off the bandwagon.”

KEEPING SKIN CLEAN

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As the warmth of summer’s sun fades and we go into the “hibernation” Season, sometimes our skin takes a backseat to the busy-ness of Fall’s activities. With the crisp cool air, skin can easily lose moisture so it is vital to change your daily skin care regime. Take a look at some of our favorite tips from top designers and dermatologists.

AT HOME EYE REMEDIES

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The simplest way to look energetic throughout this busy time of year is to keep your peeps bright and alert. While a comforting facial is always beneficial, we don’t always have the time in our busy schedules. The easiest way to stay fresh is with a quick at-home eye treatment right before you go to bed, or just when you wake up. In addition to reducing salt, hydrating with water, and preventing allergens, these are our favorite “quick tips:”

(1)  CUCUMBERS (containing antioxidants and flavonoids): Place a cool slice on each eye and take a rest for 30 minutes. Afterward you’ll feel nice and refreshed.
(2) RAW POTATO SLICES: They stay cool longer and contain an astringent that helps remove the water from under the eyes. Lay over the eyes and reap the benefits.
(3) WITCH HAZEL: Chill witch hazel (a well-known astringent to reduce swelling and redness) and apply a bit to cotton pad; let sit on closed eyes for 5 minutes.
(4) COLD WATER: Refresh your face with a cool water wash first thing in the morning. If your eyes feel extra puffy, dip a washcloth in cold water, squeeze out excess and lay over eyes.

NEW SKIN CARE REGIME

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With the fluctuating weather, it is extra important to slough off dead cells and keep skin hydrated against the Season’s uneven temperatures. Make sure you lather up with an additional amount of non-comedogenic hydration. Instead of relying on chemical ridden products, why not make your own easy nourishing face and body scrub at home to use throughout the Fall months ahead:
DIRECTIONS:
In a small bowl mix: One tablespoon of brown sugar
A generous squeeze of honey
A teaspoon of olive oil
Mix until one paste. After removing any makeup, massage this concoction all over your face for a minute or so and then rinse with warm water. (Make a larger quantity for full body exfoliation).

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SIMPLIFIED FALL MAKE-UP IDEAS

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With the new Season comes new beauty trends. Even though the leaves turn darker and the nights come sooner, that doesn’t mean that make-up must follow. This year, counterbalance warmer colors with a fresh-faced, simple make-up care routine you’ll sure to appreciate, especially on those busy days.

Click her to check out this quick “how to” on daily make-up you can start today:
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And when you DO feel like dressing up a bit, just swipe on this Season’s most glamorous lip colors in power reds, 90’s browns, or liquid berry.

BE CALM AND REJUVENATE

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During the hectic Season, take a little time to calm, cleanse, and rejuvenate. Our favorite way is through aromatherapy, the most natural way to release stress. The methods of use are what makes aromatherapy one of the most beautiful and indulgent of all the complementary therapies. From vaporizing, to massage, to bathing, to foot baths, there are so many ways to enjoy the captivating aromas of our pure essential oils.

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Our favorite way to relax is vaporisation, the most popular and versatile method of use in Aromatherapy. Once the particles are inhaled, the essential oil vapors may alter moods and balance emotions within seconds.

How to:
Fill your vaporiser with water to the level indicated. Add 6-9 drops in total of pure essential oils to the water and light the candle at the base of a Ceramic Vaporiser or switch on your Electric or Ultra Sonic Vaporiser.

Don’t stop with just your home. You can stay calm throughout the day in your car with lemon infused oils to reduce anxiety and stress or revive during the mid-afternoon  slump with coffee or cinnamon reviving scents.

And finally, end the day in peace with a indulgent warm bath. Bathing is the most beautiful and nurturing method of use in the practice of Aromatherapy. All the senses are engaged in this practice and the mind and body are totally relaxed as the pure essential oils enter the body.

How to:
Add 3 drops in total of chosen oils like Rose or Lavender to one teaspoon of Sweet Almond Massage Base Oil and disperse into bath water. Agitate the surface of the bath and then immerse body and relax for 10 minutes.

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SIMPLE CELEBRATIONS CREATE LIFETIME MEMORIES

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The year would not be complete without the celebrations that fill the Season, creating pockets of joy to last a lifetime. No need for extravagance; let nature take over and provide the perfect backdrop for your Fall party. Whether you are planning a Halloween masquerade, gearing up for Thanksgiving, or hosting a casual get-together, go simple this Season.

Fill a glass urn with pine cones and colorful leaves from the back yard or make a centerpiece with pumpkins from your local pumpkin patch. Enhance your house with cinnamon essential oils for a calm environment, and add a couple of plaid throw blankets over chairs. If the weather permits, end your party with an old fashioned marshmallow roasting and snuggle into your warm blankets for an entertaining evening of fun, food, and fellowship.

Added bonus, hosting your own gathering means you get to pull out your favorite party wear, and stay cozy and warm without having to step foot out of the door. Make it easy on yourself by having guests bring their favorite Fall goodies, and stir together a simple apple cider that young and old alike can enjoy.

Check out our favorite Fall party wear to try:
“Sparkling” Black Sequin Pullover Sweater
“Pullover” Pale Blue Knit Sweater
“Miranda” Novelty Floral Lace Crochet Sweater

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In this hectic time year, you can find ways to detox and decompress throughout your daily activities. Whether you opt for a “skinny” latte, relax with a natural scrub, overhaul your makeup routine, or calm with essential oils, enter the Season refreshed and revived rather than tired and stressed. Look for ways to get out and enjoy the fresh crisp air and the colorful changes in nature, inspiring you to try a few new things this Fall. Comment below and let us know which refreshing ideas appeal to you!

Remember no matter what we here at Posh at Play always encourage you to
BE YOU, BE FABULOUS, AND ALWAYS BE FEMININE.

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FUNCTIONAL FASHION: MAXIMIZING YOUR WARDROBE

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We’d all like to make our lives a little easier and functional, spending less yet gaining a little more. Whether you’re an “on the go” girl who’s looking for transitional clothing to go from morning to evening, a traveler who needs to pack light, or you are just looking to simplify your wardrobe, take a look at our “Functional Fashion” picks that are a must have for this season.

ITEMS YOU CAN WEAR MORNING TO EVENING

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We all have busy lives to lead and who wants to think about packing a bunch of clothes for the entire day? Why not grab a great versatile piece that can carry you from morning to evening? Go with a chic black jumpsuit, demure enough for the office, yet spiced up in the evening with a quick change of shoes and a cozy feather or sequined jacket.

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Make like Kendall Jenner and have your jumpsuit work with you in your favorite comfy boat shoes or sneakers to keep you moving all day long. Your streamlined outfit might not come fashioned with enough pockets to hold all your necessities throughout all your activities.

THERE’S NO SHAME IN COMFY SHOES

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Let your comfy shoes take you places this Season. While we love a good heel now and again, there’s no problem with taking a “lower” road this year. When you are on the go, the last thing you want is for your feet to give out mid-day. We are loving the “ballerina” flat for Fall. Comfy and chic, this shoe can pair easily with your favorite skinnies, leggings, or midi skirts throughout the Season.

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AND bonus points: we love these “foldable” flats that can slip easily into your purse for a quick change throughout the day. Slip off your work heels and pull out your flats when you need to dash around town for a few errands or activities with the kids feeling fab and fashionable this Season.

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And you MUST include the ankle boot into your Autumn wardrobe. Warm, comfy, and stylish, the ankle boot is perfect to pair with everything from your favorite cropped jeans, to leggings, to even a maxi dress or skirt.

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OMG! Ugg boots are still in style for Fall? Of course they are. These are the perfect comfy functional shoe to fit into your daily routine. Able to pair with anything, these boots will keep you warm and stylish all Season long.

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Celebs from Sarah Jessica Parker, to Ashley Greene, to Kendall Jenner have been spotted sporting the trend. So what’s keeping you from pulling out your comfy Uggs? OR go ahead and buy some new ones for the current Season.

Need some more celeb “Ugg style” inspiration? Click here to check out more styles:
Celebrity Fall Ugg Style Options

GO MODERN WITH REVERSIBLE CLOTHING

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Clothing is having an era of re-birth with the reversible fashion trend. The simplest way to switch your outfit in an instant is with “reversible clothing,”an item that can be turned inside out to completely change the look, feel, and color. We are crushing on Jia Collection’s branding style. Now you can have several different styling options with just one simple garment.

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With their wide variety of dresses, knits, and jackets, you can go from morning at work to lunch with the girls to date night in the evening wearing a completely different look, but the same item all day long.

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We also like Helene Clarkson’s clean yet flattering line suitable to take you all over the world with just a few key pieces tucked into your carry-on. From business to pleasure, you’ll only have to pack a few items with her reversible skirts, blouses, and jackets.

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Don’t just stop at your daytime wardrobe. Why not try reversible active wear for your daily workout routine. No need to spend a fortune on sports attire- make your fitness fashion go double duty by investing in reversible sports bras, leggings, or jackets.

A comfy pair of leggings can work for you day or night, paired with a blazer for work, a Tee for daytime, your reversible crop for workouts, and a sequined top for nighttime activities.

Check out our favorite legging options here:
“Pascalla” Black Ultra Suede Leggings
“Jepson” Ponte Stretch Leggings
“Taylor” Blue Print Jersey Leggings

While you are on the go, consider clever travel pieces which include built in pockets that allow you to stay moving without the need of a purse or extra baggage. Check out the Clever Travel Companion fashion line suitable for workouts, travel, and active days. Not only are money belts, fanny packs, and vests the opposite of fashionable, but they can also make you more of a target for scams and crime, especially when traveling.

CONVERTIBLE CLOTHING 

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You can also make one item work for you without it being “reversible.” Why not try the convertible clothing option using one item in a variety of different ways. We are loving Elizabeth and James’s convertible trench and the multitude of different ways you can fashion one item of clothing. Traveling has never been easier and your closet will thank you. Wear as trench for cooler days, take off the sleeves for a cute shirt dress effect, then take away the bottom for a chic cropped jacket.

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS THE ONESIE IS YOUR GO-TO

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It’s an expression of the need to disconnect from the pre-scheduled daily routines. Inspired by the ones who come alive when the shift ends, living life on an inverted schedule, as kings and queens of the moment, the onesie is a huge trend this Season. From celebs like Beyonce to Kylie Jenner, everyone is getting on board the newest fully functional wardrobe necessity.

Check out the site “Onepiece” who’s setting the mark on this Season’s latest trend. Whether you have a long flight ahead of you, pair with a jacket for errands around town, or snuggle up for a cozy night in, the onesie is a fashion statement that can travel with you wherever you go.

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On the go all day, flying through the airport, or just don’t have time to make it home, functional fashion can be your friend this Season. If you choose to slip a sweater over that maxi, switch out your handbag for a wristlet, pair your summer shorts with a cozy pair of tight, or take on the “onesie,” there are limitless ways to stay stylish while cozy this Season.

No matter how you decide to stay “functional,” remember:
Be YOU, Be Fashionable, and ALWAYS Be Feminine.

FALL’S DRESS TRENDS

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Fall festivals. Halloween parties. Thanksgiving family gatherings. Work Christmas cocktails. With the many special events and holiday celebrations near at hand, this week’s blog focuses on Fall’s favorite dress trends. This Season you’ll see a wealth of old traditional styles updated with new silhouettes and shapes for the modern woman. So set aside your comfy jeans, take a look at our top dress picks, and start adding some of this year’s favorite dresses to your wardrobe collection for Fall and Winter 2015.

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MAD FOR PLAID

One of our favorite Fall styles that we’ve already added to our wardrobe is the plaid dress. From Tommy Hilfiger to Phillip Lim to Badgley Mischka, the runways were filled with plaid on shirt dresses, A-lines, flair skirts, and sheaths. This Season, there’s a plaid dress for every figure and any type of style. On errand day, go casual in Sam Edelman’s blue plaid shirtdress paired with your favorite sneakers or cinch with Ralph Lauren’s black stretch belt combined with a chunky ankle boot and chic cross body bag from Fossil for lunch with the girls. If you prefer a more feminine style, go with Sanctuary’s red plaid fit and flare dress paired with black and gold buckle heels from Ralph Lauren for perfect holiday style. Take the trend to the office in Felicity & Coco’s plaid crepe shift dress, black bolero blazer from Hale Bob, and black heels from Softwalk for all day comfort and style.

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Your plaid dress can also go double duty as an accessory tied around another of your favorite Fall dresses. For extra chilly days, use your plaid dress as another option other than a jacket to keep you warm against the elements. Whichever style you choose, be sure to add the plaid dress to your wardrobe collection this Season.

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SPARKLE & SHINE

Now’s the time to pull out your favorite sparkle and shine in style. Not just reserved for dressier occasions, designers this Season have made your sequined dress suitable for work or play. With just the right accessories, you can shimmer morning, noon, and night. We love Hale Bob’s pewter cami sequined dress with V neck or go with the long sleeved wrap version paired with a cozy gray Ombre pullover sweater from Hale Bob and leather buckle booties from Calvin Klein for a chic everyday street style look. Carry your look into the cocktail hour by combining your sequined dress with Stuart Weitzman’s silver strappy heels and Pedro Garcia’s Swarovski Crystal studded clutch. Make your look suitable for work by topping with Hale Bob’s black Bolero jacket, warm black tights, and Nine West wedge heels.

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VINTAGE VICTORIAN

Hail to the Queen. From Marc Jacobs to Gianni Pucci to Alberta Ferretti, Fall 2015 and Spring 2016’s runways were filled with an updated take on vintage Victorian fashion. To keep your throwback look fresh and new, look for lace inserts, shorter hemlines, sheer fabrics, and tight bodices. Try Hale Bob’s black embroidered mesh long sleeve lace dress or the long sleeve stretch dress paired with  vintage black lace up booties from Schutz and a faux fur wrap from Ted Baker to stay cozy and warm on chillier nights. For a night on the town or your upcoming Fall party, go with Hale Bob’s black stretch lace maxi dress, flattering for all body types. Accessorize to play up the “Victorian vibe” with a Mother-of- Pearl cameo necklace and a limited edition vintage floral clutch from the Victorian Trading Company.

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COLD SHOULDER

Look ahead to one of Spring 2016’s hottest silhouette trends on the runway with the cold shoulder dress. While Summer was all about the strapless look, designers this Season are moving onto the one shoulder style. From J Mendel to Tome to Verses to Tanya Taylor, this Spring’s preview shows are all about letting that one shoulder shine. Start your holiday Season in style and wear the trend now with Hale Bob’s vintage bright pink Charmeuse one shoulder dress paired with your favorite heels and sparkle clutch. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, on your next evening out opt for the vintage one shoulder peplum dress from Hale Bob combined with Vince Camuto suede black booties and a black leather jacket from Trouve for a rockin good time. Mini or maxi. A line or sheath. Stay ahead of the trends and include the one shoulder dress into your holiday wardrobe collection.

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WINTER BLOOMS

Just because the weather is turning chilly and the flowers are fading doesn’t mean your fashion has to. On Fall’s gloomiest days, point to the coming Spring with a flowy floral printed dress. Look for darker colored floral patterns and accessorize with heavier fabrics like leather and suede to reflect the changing Seasons. We like Hale Bob’s pleated floral sheath dress paired with River Island’s peep toe ankle boots and a classic leather jacket from AG Jeans. On casual days, go with Hale Bob’s black and white floral shirt dress combined with wedges and Liberty Garden’s black Menswear sweatshirt tied loosely around your waist. Complete with Free People’s luxe leather cross body bag and you are ready to take on the day ahead.

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PRETTY IN PASTELS

Another favorite trend to carry into the cooler Season is light colored pastels. No need to throw your powder pink or seaside blue to the back of the closet. With just the right accessories, you can continue wearing your favorite Summer hues throughout the Fall and Winter ahead. Try pairing your pastels with cool gray and ivory white for a warmer feel. For Lauren Conrad’s look as pictured above, try Liberty Garden’s pale pink maxi dress combined with gray suede booties from Michael Kors, a soft cropped jacket from Derek Lam, and a floppy “Boho” hat from Calvin Klein. Think pink at the office with Hale Bob’s blush suede sheath dress complete with the white washed silk jacket, ivory heels and matching briefcase from L.A.P.A. Segue into the cocktail hour by slipping into VC Signature’s dainty crystal embellished strappy heels and shaping the jacket for a chic faux fur stole from Eliza J.

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LADY IN RED

Lastly, what would the holiday Season be without a classic red color dress.  From Zac Posen to Dolce & Gabbana to Valentino, Fall 2015’s fashion runway was sizzling with red from head to toe. On your most elegant evening affair, we love Hale Bob’s luscious ruby red silk gown paired with your favorite dancing heels and a glittering crystal clutch. Or, go for this Season’s favorite “Marsala” red color with Hale Bob’s short lace long sleeved dress accessorized with matching peep toed pumps from Charles by Charles David and dangle earrings. From Cherry to Marsala,  Berry to Scarlet, don’t forget to include your favorite shade of red into your closet this Fall.

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From basic plaid to sparkling sequins, from bright red to subtle pink, there is a trending dress style to fit any shape and suit every personality this Fall.  Whether you choose to go modern with the mini one shoulder dress or throwback to Vintage Victorian, choose a dress that suits your style and reflects your unique YOU. For all of your Fall and Winter needs, don’t forget to visit our convenient online shop POSH AT PLAY, constantly updated with all the latest trends and fashions.

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