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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FALL HOME FASHION



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 Crisp air. Cozy fires. Warm sweaters. Hot Cocoa. Spicy pumpkins. Falling leaves. The Fall season is in the air and it’s time to start feeling the season. Cooler temperatures call for warmer palettes and cozier fabrics. Take a hint from the Fall Fashion runway trends and start filling your home with the richness of the Fall Season. Try one of my suggestions this Fall and fill your home with warmth, coziness, and comfort.

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Cable Knit isn’t just for sweaters this Fall. I’m loving the coziness of Soft Surroundings’ Cable Knit Boudoir pillows, as soft and touchable as your favorite Cable Knit sweater. Available in the colors Spa, White, and Mushroom, these cozy pillows will help you easily segue into the Fall season. Just throw them over your couch or chair and you are ready for the Fall Season ahead, or pair with Soft Surroundings’ other sumptuous pieces from the Basics Bedding Collection.  

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A great way to segue into the Fall Season is to change up your bedding colors and fabric. Trade in the cool cotton sheets and lighter colors for warmer down comforters and browns, oranges and rusts. Try Kohls’ luscious Micro Flannel deep pocket sheets  in a variety of Fall colors and one of Ralph Lauren’s comfy Fall down comforters. Add a touch of warmth to your bedroom with World Market’s soft sheepskin rug, Pier 1’s Spiced Cake column candles, and Pottery Barn’s throw pillows  in a variety of Fall colors. 

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 Fall decorating doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. For a quick and easy Fall centerpiece for your dining table, grab a chicken wire basket and fill with moss, grass, and leaves from your backyard, pumpkins and gourds from the market, and intersperse with tall and column candles from Yankee Candles in new Fall fragrances. Other creative organic ways to decorate for Fall this season:

Make a “Leaf Wreath.” Take a walk and gather Fall leaves, sticks, branches, acorns and pinecones. Using twine, string your sticks and branches together into a “wreath.” Taking your hot glue gun, glue leaves on the wreath and fill in open spots with acorns and pinecones.

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Gather colorful Fall leaves and branches from your yard and place them in contrasting glass vases, mason jars, and containers.

 

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Make “Pumpkin Luminarias.” Gather mini pumpkins, cut out 1-inch-wide circles, scoop out the centers with a tablespoon, and insert votive candles.

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For a fun Fall entertaining idea for your guests, offer a “make-your-own” Candy Apple table. Start with hot, boiling fudge and caramel pots. Insert popsicle sticks into luscious organic apples, and let guests dip them into the fudge or caramel, and then sprinkle the toppings of their choice. Offer bowls of M&Ms, peanut butter chips, granola, white chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, raisins, butterscotch chips, cocoa crisps, Oreos, and fruity pebbles. Let guests place finished apples on waxpaper-lined trays to set and harden. Guests can enjoy or wrap in colorful plastic wrap for a take-home treat

 

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Another fun Fall entertaining idea, buy organic Gala apples at the market and use them as serving “goblets” for your homemade apple cider. Cut off the tops, carve out the center leaving a 1-inch trim, and fill with hot, steaming cider, garnishing with a cinnamon stick for stirring. For the best Apple Cider recipe, try Spiced Apple Cider by A Beautiful Mess:

Needed: 4-5 cups Apple Juice,1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 3 ounces spiced rum (optional), cinnamon sticks

In a small pot heat the apple juice, spices and rum (if using) over low/medium heat. Stir often while the mixture is heating so the spices will blend into the juice (you don’t want any spice clumps). Once it’s hot pour into apple goblets and garnish with cinnamon sticks.

Or, try other Warm Cider recipes with a twist from Martha Stewart Living.

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The appetizer tray never looked so festive. For your next Fall party or gathering, carve out the center of a medium-size pumpkin and fill with your favorite dipping sauce for your vegetable tray. For a sweet twist, fill pumpkin with Trader Joe’s cookie butter and serve with Honey Maid grahams, apple slices, bananas, doughnut holes, and honey wheat pretzels. Your guests will be delighted at your next Fall occasion.

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For an easy Fall decorating idea, replace candles with mini pumpkins on your candlesticks and stands throughout the house. Support your local Farmers Markets and spend a weekend at the Pumpkin Patch gathering all sizes, colors, and shapes. Bring them home a scatter throughout the home for a perfectly festive Fall Season.

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Another low maintenance but festive Fall decorating tip, gather pumpkins from your Pumpkin Patch trip and scatter across your front and back porch, layering and overlapping with no particular pattern, creating your very own “mini” Pumpkin Patch. Take one of the biggest pumpkins and etch your home address for your front porch. For nighttime shimmer, carve a couple of pumpkins and insert glowing candles (either Pottery Barn’s flickering flameless or  Pier 1 Imports’ unscented candles) for a glimmering Fall night.

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Take a tip from Michael Kors, and personalize your home space this Fall by grouping family and friend pictures together with sleek silver photo frames. “Everybody has a story, and the most effective way to tell it is in a series of silver frames.” (Michael Kors) Shop silver photo frames at Shopstyle or visit your local Flea Market for vintage finds. Group photos on the mantel, entry table, coffee table, bedside table, or even the bathroom.

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A fur throw, a roaring fire, and cashmere-covered walls are all Tommy Hilfiger needs to segue into the Fall Season at his Connecticut home. While we all may not be able to cover our walls in cashmere, shop for faux furs from Restoration Hardware and cashmere throws from Williams-Sonoma to add to living rooms and bedrooms for a cozy Fall feel. Add Ikea Candles and Lanterns around the room and toss Kohls’ pillows in a variety of Fall colors on chairs and around the roaring fireplace. Warm some hot cocoa and snuggle in for a perfect Fall evening.

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As the temperatures begin to drop, get into the festive Fall Season with little touches here and there around the home and garden. Fall Home Fashion can be as low key or elaborate as you want it to be. Fall Decorating can be as easy as adding a new throw, lighting pumpkin spice candles, or brewing hot apple cider to usher in the Fall season. Or plan a Fall Festival and serve fun, Fall, festive foods and use pumpkins, candles, and Fall decor from nature to decorate. As the Fall Season brings many wonderful holidays, stay focused on what makes you happy, cozy, and warm, and you will end up spreading the true meaning of the Fall Season to all those around you.

These are just some of my favorite Fall Home Fashion ideas, but I’d love to hear YOUR thought, ideas, and suggestions. Like our Blog and comment. I’d love to hear from you.