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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EMMY AWARD FASHION

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The Stars swooped in bold, smooth, and confident at this year’s 66th Annual Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater in downtown L.A. While it may seem “cliche” to wear red on the “Red Carpet,” actresses didn’t think twice about it this year, as pinks, corals, and reds dominated, following one of Fall’s top Fashion Trends this Season of red from head to toe as seen from the Prada to Valentino runways. There were many hits as well as a few misses this Emmy Awards, with designers trying new ideas as well as playing it safe. Other top Fall Fashion trends seen at this year’s Emmy Awards included “Old Hollywood” 30’s glamour, bright colors, cobalt blue, metallics,  the ballerina bun, natural make-up, brown smokey eye, and tousled bob. Below, are some of the most buzzed about celebrity styles from the 66th Emmy Awards Red Carpet, and my own take on how the stars handled Fall Fashion trends, from the best to the worst.

THE HITS

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Though it didn’t win any Emmy Awards this year, “Orange is the New Black” star Taylor Schilling, in my opinion, certainly won the award for most glamorous on the Red Carpet at this year’s Emmys. Decked out in a beautiful jeweled Zuhair Murad gown, Taylor shimmered with “Old Hollywood” 1930’s glam, a trend on the Fall Fashion runways this Season. Taylor’s stylist Richard Maran gathered the star’s hair into a loose, low bun with delicate, effortless waves, finishing the look with this Fall Season’s popular “brown smoky eye” with just a hint of glitter in the creases. Taylor has me wanting to copy this glamorous look with Laura Mercier’s secret camouflage foundation, nude smoky eye palette, and sparkling lip glisse. I’ll also be shopping the 30’s style trend this Fall, from Hale Bob’s beaded blouses for casual days to BCBG Max Azria’s  glamorous dresses for an evening out. Taylor Schilling takes the top award in Fall Fashion Trends for this year’s Emmy Awards.

 

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 HEIDI KLUM IN ZAC POSEN

Fashion icon Heidi Klum always impresses on the Red Carpet. With designer Zac Posen as her date, Heidi ravished in a coral Zac Posen gown, and completed the look with chic Jimmy Choo shoes and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry for the perfect glamorous touch. I love Heidi’s look because not only does she appear perfectly put together, she also oozes confidence and femininity in a perfectly balanced approach. Heidi’s “beachy waves,” a popular look for Fall Hairstyles 2014, perfectly match the delicate shape of the dress’s flutter sleeves. This Fall, I’ll try the “beach wave” look by running John Master’s Organic Sea Spray through damp hair, blow drying, applying Bumble and Bumble Texture Creme, and curling random strands away from face with Chi Ultra Ceramic Flat Iron. Heidi Klum’s Emmy look was definitely one of my top choices this year.

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 ROBIN WRIGHT IN RALPH LAUREN

Though not as highly praised by most fashion critics, I couldn’t help but notice the lovely Robin Wright in a custom designed Ralph Lauren pantsuit. While most women opt for the traditional dress, Robin took a big fashion risk wearing a suit to the Emmy Awards. I applaud her daring, as well as her fashion-forward approach, as “menswear” is a big Fall Fashion trend this season seen on the J.Crew to Christian Dior runways. Robin took a feminine approach to the  menswear pantsuit with a glamorous cut-out back, fitted trousers showing off her feminine physic, natural make-up, and upswept hairdo. I hope this “backless” pantsuit takes off. I’ll be the first one to buy one.

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 SARAH HYLAND IN CHRISTIAN SIRIANO

“Modern Family’s” 23-year-old Sarah Hyland showed a glamorous yet playful side in her Christian Siriano white top and coral A-line skirt, befitting of her youth and exuburance. The half-top look is a little risky sometimes, as it can come across as being too “showy,” “risqué,” or just plain tacky. Sarah pulls off the look beautifully by showing off her body in a tasteful and chic manner, while alluding to the “sport-inspired” trend hitting the Fall Fashion shows this year from DKNY to Tom Ford. With glowing bronzed toned skin, Sarah continued the chic look with the very popular Fall Hairstyle 2014 trendthe ballerina bun. Not just reserved for the gym, Sarah’s fashion forward sense makes me want to try the half top look for daytime with H & M’s crop top and skinny jeans  or evening wear with Bebe’s Colorblock midi dress.

 

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 AMY POEHLER IN THEIA

As I posted in last week’s Fall Fashion Blog, metallics are here in a big way, from dresses, to handbags, to jackets, to shoes. Parks and Recreation’s Amy Poehler, as well as Gwen Stefani and Taryn Manning,  rocked the Red Carpet on Emmy night in shimmering metallics. Amy chose a vintage “20’s” style silver dress by Irish designer Don O’Neill for Theia Couture, accessorized with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry, popular with celebrities. She finished off her glamorous look with Fall Hairstyle Trend, tousled “beachy” waves and neutral, natural makeup. While she did take a more traditionally accepted Red Carpet fashion approach expected at these events, with her blonde hair and confident presence, Amy Poehler oozes “Old Hollywood” glamour reminiscent of Carole Lombard, Lauren Bacall, and Marilyn Monroe. She knows her body well, and how to play up her best features, pleasing both her audience as well as fashion critics.

THE MISSES

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 JULIA ROBERTS IN ELIE SAAB

While many fashion critics praised Julia Roberts’ fashion sense on this year’s Emmy Red Carpet, I found her Elie Saab dress a little drab and not as flattering as her toned physic deserves. I love her daring confidence to choose a shorter dress, while most celebs stuck with the traditional long gown, showing off her perfectly toned legs. She beautifully carries off Fall Hairstyle and Makeup trends with her carefree tousled “beach” waves and natural makeup, showing a flawless, ageless complexion. While I love the plunging deep “V” neckline and flattering long sleeves (also a daring fashion move), I feel that the length of the skirt should have gone either shorter above the knee, or longer with Fall Fashion’s “midi” skirt trend. I also feel that the popular “A” line silhouette does not suit Julia’s fit figure, and the added “peplum” material at the hipline only adds bulk and volume not needed. Change the shape of the skirt, and I would have loved Julia’s Red Carpet look.

 

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 KERRY WASHINGTON IN PRADA

Another raved about look from fashion critics at this year’s Emmys, Kerry Washington’s Prada dress just didn’t satisfy. While the actress sparkled in a beautiful orange-citrus colored gown, a Fall Fashion trend, accented with glittering silver trim, the “peek-a-boo” black mini dress just didn’t work. The black skirt cuts off the actress’s gorgeous leg line and shows hesitancy rather than daring as Angelina Jolie pulled off successfully at the 2012 Academy Awards. While I applaud Kerry Washington’s coy demeanor and wanting to remain conservative, the “Scandal” actress could have done without the underskirt, or worn a black sequined mini skirt instead. Though I did love her Fall Hairstyle center part, I also would have loved a little more style and shape to her hairdo. Kerry Washington, however, rocked the “smoky eye” Fall Makeup trend and she was positively glowing as a new Mama.

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 CHRISTINA HENDRICKS IN MARCHESA

Christina Hendricks appeared radiant in Fall Fashion’s hottest color trend at this year’s Emmy Awards in a red Marchesa gown with delicate gold detailing. While red usually isn’t the best color on a redhead, the actress looked positively glowing and the color perfectly suits her. However, in comparing Christina Hendricks’ look from the Emmys 2010, this gown simply didn’t fit the actress’s luscious curves. The additional fabric around the waistline made for a heavy appearance, and the swarms of skirt around the legs seemed bunched instead of flowing and elegant. The actress would have fared best in a red Marchesa”mermaid” silhouette with smoother chiffon fabric, accentuating her lovely physic. I will be copying her “sun kissed” make up look for Fall with Pur Minerals Creme blush and Pur Minerals lipstick in Starlet used by makeup artist Vanessa Scali.

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 MAYIM BIALIK IN OLIVER TOLENTINO

Cobalt Blue was a major winner for many actresses at this year’s Emmy Awards including Mayim Bialik, however, I believe actresses Melissa Rauch and Keke Palmer pulled off the look much more successfully with modern silhouettes rather than outdated long sleeve lace. Though the Fall Fashion  Cobalt Blue color scheme looked lovely on the actress, the dress’s shape made her appear much older than her 38 years. Her up-do, though trendy for Fall Hairstyles, looked old fashioned and outdated. The actress would have looked years younger with luscious waves or a sleek ponytail, also trending for Fall Hairstyles. While it is perfectly admirable that the actress prefers more conservative gowns and “feels more comfortable when things aren’t hanging out,” I think she would have sparkled in a Giorgio Armani long sleeve gown with an updated shape. I can’t wait to try the Cobalt Blue color this Fall, though.

 

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 LENA DUNHAM IN GIAMBATTISTA VALLI COUTURE

Lena Dunham, star of TV’s “Girls” and “poster girl to women who are confident enough to wear clothes that imbue wit and eccentricity” (VOGUE, January 2014), appeared confident in a brightly colored Giambattista Valli Couture gown. Though she didn’t win an Emmy, her dress won the award for the “most talked about” among Fashion Critics and easily the most polarizing look from this year’s Emmy Awards. Though I applaud the actress for taking a very Fashion forward move, with this design appearing at the Fall Collection for Giambattista Valli in Paris, the shape just doesn’t compliment the actress’s figure. While the luscious bright pink skirt is a great Fashion statement and the color looks great on the actress, the loose fitting shirt looks messy. Lena Dunham could have fared best with a tighter fitting top to compliment the long flowing skirt as seen in her other fabulous Red Carpet looks at the 2013 Director’s Guild Awards and the 2014 Golden Globes. Unlike other Fashion Critics, I do, however, love the actress’s chic blonde bob trending for Fall Hairstyles 2014. I think it gives her a youthful, trendy, edgy appearance. 

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While there were many winners and losers at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards, for the most part, fashions scored a big success, remaining stylish, chic, forward thinking, and trendy. Long gone are the classic formal black gowns. This Season, Hollywood turns to big, bold colors and daring, dramatic silhouettes, grabbing styles and trends seen on all the major Fall Fashion runways this Season, from hot red, to bold brights, to cobalt blue. Hair and makeup stayed classic with the Ballerina Bun and natural colors or went dramatic with Bleach blonde bobs and smoky eyes. The key to mastering the trends from the Fall Fashion runways this season is adapting the looks to your own body in your own unique way. Unlike Lena Dunham or Kate Walsh who simply wore the same dress as on the runway, get creative this Season, be your own Fashion Designer, and adapt one of your favorite Fall Fashion looks to play up the best in you. “Don’t change to fit the fashion, change the fashion to fit you.”