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 STREET FASHION…ON THE LOOSE IN NEW YORK CITY

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This week one of our fashion bloggers is set loose on the streets of New York City to discover and report the latest trends in Fall fashion street wear. What is the common girl on the street wearing to business, lunch, and evening? And how do New Yorkers incorporate fashion into their busy, non stop lifestyles? Let’s discover what’s trending and find out ways you can implement into your Seasonal wardrobe and your lifestyle needs this year.

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PRACTICAL COATS WITHOUT THE YAWN 

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In preparation for the trip, I ended up packing only one bomber leather jacket. However, I should have followed the chic coat option all of New York is wearing this Season. In the city that never sleeps, women know that an all purpose, durable coat is the way to go for Fall. Lighter than fur or wool, the camel trench coat is one of this Season’s favorite jacket options, suitable paired over your work suit and later with a chic midi dress and over the knee suede boots.

Be FURocious 

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Being from L.A., I had wondered if “fur” is a taboo touchy clothing piece for Fall so ended up leaving my faux fur vest and real fur jacket at home. That’s not the case here in NYC. Cozy fur vests and coats are all the rage paired over anything from business suits to a day out in Central Park, faux of course for the protection of animals.

And Don’t Forget The Brights

You hear the myth that all New Yorkers only wear black and dark colors, so as to not stand out too much as a tourist, I opted to pack and wear neutral colors only. Boy was I wrong. New York women know how to stand in color, but with a more sophisticated approach. They pair one brightly lit statement piece and accessorize with solid colors and minimal jewelry. Try your black slacks with a bright outer piece to stand out like an “Oh So Chic” New Yorker.

ALL WHITE IS STILL OK 

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Throw out the “no white” after Labor Day rule, and make your own rules like the New York women do. I tend to always push my white and ivory clothes to the back of the closet for Fall and Winter, but the New York women know that rules were made to be broken. They steer clear of silk and chiffon pieces, in favor of heavier fabrics like wool. I am actually on the look out for a white leather jacket for Fall here in the Fashion District.

Seen outside Carnegie Hall, I liked how she dressed up for the night in a tailored dress and crisp heels for a busy night out on the town.

Some Of Our Favorite White Pieces 
Ivory Tailored Bolero Jacket
Catrinah Lace Dress
Laszio Sequin Cocktail Dress
Silk Charmeuse Dress
Joe Ultra Suede Leggings
Bruna Embossed Faux Fur Jacket

SILKY SLIP DRESS

I’ve always been a bit leery of wearing a barely there silk slip dress during the Fall. But New Yorkers are pairing the slinky silhouette this Season with hardier fare, from tees underneath, to moto jackets, to long trenches. Combine with your favorite ankle boots for downtown shopping style and switch to strappy heels as you head to a Broadway show. Check out this flowy one I found at Bloomingdale’s in the heart of the city.
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Need a little romance in your afternoon? Try a glitter knit slip dress paired with a chunky oversized cardigan for a chic and comfortable New York errand running girl. No time for a trip home? Pull slinky heels from your tote and meet friends at Hudson Clearwater hidden restaurant.
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Check out the Brooklyn Museum  in a sophisticated black & white slip dress and leather jacket then dine at Saul for a NY evening to remember.

ANKLE LOVING BOOTS 

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And speaking of ankle boots, they are my “go to” shoes roaming the streets of NYC. As I expected, the streets are covered with every single boot style imaginable, from combat, to suede, to rocker style, to patent leather. My ankle boots were perfect to pair with my leggings all day and with my jumpsuit at night for the ballet. If you only get one shoe this Fall, get the versatile ankle boot.

LONG VESTS AND SKINNIES MESH

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What a great styling option, suitable for women from young to old. Skinnies are easy to pack and slim the leg on everyone. I brought a variety of these adaptable pants to switch out with different shirt options. How does New York style their skinnies? With an oversized chunky sweater and ankle boots or heels for a night on the town. I just had to head to Macy’s on 34th to grab me a pair of NYC’s favorite.
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The vest and skinny work easily for the office or a chill fall NY day. Pair your black lace skinnies with a long sleeve knit top and oversized vest for office days or shimmy into your favorite jeans and satin top and stroll Manhattan for a totally you afternoon.

LAYERED LIKE A LOCAL

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Since I only took 1 carryon, I had to think about layers while in NYC. How do they keep so warm, especially on brisk windy Fall days? I spotted jeans paired with a plaid long sleeveinfinity scarf, and a chic wool blazer; an A line skirt with long sleeve sweater tucked in; and I myself wore leggings, tight sweater, and warm vest that kept me comfy all night long.
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On the go? Shimmy into a pair of leggings, pullover an oversized sweater and slip into to some concrete loving kicks for a busy New York Minute.

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No matter how you choose to layer, the ONE item all New Yorkers never go without is a long warm scarf. From Central Park to Broadway to Greenwich, these girls know how to style a scarf. Layer a long draping sweater over a knit top and infinity scarf with your favorite jeans tucked into some serious leather combat boots for a NY City walk about.
So whether you’re in The City to see the sites, taste to food, listen to the music or everything in between. Be sure to dress like a local, but always remember to
Be YOU, Be Fashionable, and ALWAYS Be Feminine.
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ACCESSORIZE YOUR FALL WARDROBE

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Welcome to the first week of Fall! As the season changes and the weather becomes a little cooler, it’s time to start trading in your chic strappy sandals and beach totes for Fall Fashion accessories. Everyday we focus on what we will wear, however we oftentimes overlook accessorizing our wardrobe with just the right elements to make even a sweater and skinny jeans pop with style. It doesn’t have to be complicated, even the smallest accessory can change an entire outfit for an updated look for Fall 2014. Even better, if you are on a budget this Fall, adding a few trending Fall accessories to your current wardrobe is a great way to update your style without spending too much money. We’ve made it even easier for you by picking out our favorite Fall Fashion accessories trending this Fall. Peruse our finds below, and pick out your favorite Fall accessory to try out this Season. Happy Shopping!

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FRINGE

Yee-haw! Country and Western touches are all the rage this Season, from handbags to jackets to skirts to jewelry. For a subtle western touch this Season, we are loving this neutral colored fringed oversized tote from Tory Burch or chic fringe earrings from H & M. Embrace the trend in full force with Free People’s fringe suede jacket or  fringe dress which can be paired over sleek silky pants like Chrissy Teigen at an MYNY event in NYC, or go with fringe western styled boots from Nordstrom for a rollicking good time. If you are feeling really daring this Fall, go for a Fringe hairstyle, a blunt choppy cut like Rose Byrne or fringe bangs like Jessica Chastain.

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With the sixties in full swing this Season, it is a perfect time to try out the knee high boot trend. This Fall, the flat heel knee hit boot paired with a short dress, mini-skirt, or skinny jeans will keep you feeling fresh, and chic all season long. We are loving these Tory Burch suede button back flat heel knee high boots paired with a chic Betsey Johnson plaid sweater mini-dress and a patterned Hale Bob scarf. Or try snug fitted  heeled knee high boots paired with Hudson skinny jeans and a cozy ribbed funnel neck sweater from Topshop for a casual look. Either way this Season’s knee high boots are a Fall accessory that will  have you feeling groovy all Season long.

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As we mentioned in our “Fall Fashion” blog in August, designers this season are going for a matching, monochromatic color scheme for Fall fashion and accessories. This season, you don’t have to question what color shoes or handbag to choose, just match with the same color scheme as your chosen outfit for an up-to-date look. Trending colors for Fall are hot red, bright yellow, gray on gray, bright orange, and neutral as well as soft beiges and pinks. Wearing a monochromatic look is not for the bashful, so go big and go bold this Fall for a hot evening out by paring an Anne Klein fit and flare dress with matching Valentino red boots and handbag from Ralph Lauren. For casual, try, hot red Citizens of Humanity skinny jeans, and a red chunky wool sweater. As fashion designer Harry Winston says, “People will always stare. Make it worth their while.”

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EVERYTHING FUR

Fur. Fur. Fur. Though it isn’t a groundbreaking fashion statement to wear fur in Fall and Winter, this season, look for fur on the most unusual accessories, from heels, to boots, to handbags, to jewelry, to collars. Forgo the usual fur coat, and update your Fall wardrobe with a chic fur vest. Pair the look with Hudson skinny black jeans, a contrasting Rag & Bone striped top, embellished bangles from Forever 21, and chic Guess heeled booties trimmed with fur for a perfect Fall look. Our top picks for fur vests are Topshop’s grey faux fur vest, Zara’s fur waistcoat with belt, and Anthropologie’s fur shawl vest. We’re loving the fur trend so much, we had to snatch the NEW DKNY faux fur handbag we found at Macy’s.

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ANIMAL PRINT

Roar! Beginning in the Spring of 2014 and continuing into the Fall season, animal print is definitely here to stay. For Fall, pair animal print accessories with basic wardrobe essentials to enhance the look. For a chic office style that can easily segue into cocktail hour, pair your favorite black midi skirt and crisp white button down with gold bangles and leopard print clutch and heels by Jennifer Lopez. You can also add little animal print touches with The Limited’s animal print belt paired with jeans, a leopard print watch by Betsey Johnson, or even an animal print wallet from Nine West for a quick trip to the market.

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THE FLOPPY HAT

Gone is the stocking cap and the fedora. Say hello to this Season’s oversized floppy hat. Trending throughout the Summer season as a chic beach and festival-goer accessory, the floppy hat segues easily into Fall by pairing with your oversized sunglasses, AC Collection wide leg jeans, and comfy chunky sweater. Not just for casual, wear your floppy hat to work in style paired with a maxi skirt and sweater, accessorized with gold bangles. For a dinner out, pair your hat with a chic black belted dress and stockings. Our favorite floppy hat picks are Nordstrom’s two-toned floppy hat, Topshop’s burgundy felt floppy hat, and Urban Outfitters’ studded floppy hat. For a completely different look, don’t just wait for a bad hair day. Accessorize with a floppy hat to spice up your wardrobe this Fall.

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BLANKET LENGTH PATTERNED SCARVES

The scarf is the new necklace this Fall season. The wonderful thing about scarves is that they are oftentimes less expensive than coats and jackets, allowing you to select several different fabric options for cooler or warmer days as the weather fluctuates. You also have the luxury of draping a scarf over your coat for extremely cold days, staying warm but fashionable at the same time. For warmer weather, drape a silky scarf over your favorite chunky sweater and grey AC Collection skinny jeans. Our favorites are Hale Bob’s neutral pattern scarf, Hale Bob’s bright purple scarf, and Etro’s muti-media print scarf with trendy fringe accents. Pair with Chinese Laundry’s knee high boots, combining two trendy Fall Fashion accessories into one. For colder winter weather, wrap a chunky wool scarf around your neckline and let it drape over your warm Kate Spade peacoat jacket, jeans, and boots. Our favorite wool cozy scarves this Season are Burberry’s Wool berry-colored scarf, Free People’s Boucle long scarf, or go longer with a soft, drapey shawl. Of all the wonderful accessory options this Fall, we choose the blanket length scarf as our first accessory buy of the Season.

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From belts to jewelry to scarves to shoes, accessorizing this Fall can be fun and doesn’t have to break the bank. Even if you don’t have much time to shop or much money to spend, pursue your favorite online store and add a chic fur vest for after-hours dinner, or a leopard patterned clutch, or a long scarf to keep you warm in the chillier Fall weather. The choice is yours- fringe accent, knee length boots, monochromatic ensemble, fur vest, leopard print, or waist length scarf. Which accessory will YOU choose this Fall?