Aging Gracefully

March 8, 2013 at 9:58 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty, Life and Living | 2 Comments
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In recent weeks, I have been actively involved in throwback Thursdays on Instagram.  This comes as no surprise to my friends who might remember the old photos I started posting on Facebook five years ago, as I always had a camera on me as a youngin’ (some things never change).  It appears that my inherent need and desire to document life comes in many forms and has become a constant in my life for a long time.

And what’s really interesting about looking back at old photos is seeing how much we have grown.  I’ve had many people say to me recently that I look the same as I did in high school, some saying I look better now.  When I look back at these photos, I see lots of bad phases, some awkwardness as I grew into my body, and some periods where I had things going just right.  Sometimes, I looked really young, and boy was I skinny!

Overall, I think I have been aging pretty well.  In many ways, I have to agree that I don’t look all that different from when I was a senior in high school.  There are small changes — gray hairs sprouting, the beginnings of creases in my face — little things that freak you out when you look in the mirror, but are to be expected.

I consider myself pretty lucky that I haven’t fallen off the deep end, but it takes hard work to ensure a graceful aging process, and it takes knowledge.  What can I expect to happen to my body as I get older?  I can already feel how foods affect me differently now than they did when I was young. McDonald’s sounds like a good idea at the time, but now I immediately regret it after I eat it.  My body is less forgiving in many ways, so I need to think twice to make sure I care for it.

Bottom line — you can’t wait until you are old to start doing good for your body.  I am in a constant battle between enjoying all of the deliciousness this world has to offer and in making healthy choices.  I’ll do really well for a week, and then allow myself to cheat.  This cycle has been working for now, but I know at some point I’ll have to tip the scale towards the healthy side more often.

But I’ll probably always sneak a piece of chocolate. Old habits die hard.

In the Jewelry Box

August 21, 2012 at 7:32 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty | Leave a comment

The saying goes “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” What girl doesn’t love something shiny? Girls love wearing pretty things. It makes them feel pretty. It makes them feel like a princess. Oooh, does anyone remember the game Pretty, Pretty Princess?

I’ve gone through a lot of different jewelry stages. Aside from following the trends from the Tiffany Bean to Pandora, I wore a lot of jewelry at different times in my life. In middle school, there was a time when my whole arm was covered in bracelets. That was normal back then. Then there was the period where I wore 10 rings — one on each finger. Nowadays, I still wear jewelry, but I’ve toned it down a bunch.

As a kid, my father actually made jewelry and sold it at jewelry shows. So when my good friend starting creating handcrafted jewelry, I was super excited. It was like revisiting a creative part of my past. I loved the idea, and I love her style.

By using pieces of broken and old jewelry, the Eclectique Collection creates one of a kind funky, yet antique looking jewelry — pieces that really make a bold statement. And as an independent artist, the owner makes custom pieces too. It’s a great way to breathe new life into old pieces with sentimental value.

This is the kind of innovation and creativity I love to support, and the final products are pretty spectacular. So consider this your independent artist plug of the week and check out this girl’s awesome jewelry!

Guest Post: The Best Fruits To Make Your Skin Shine With Youth

July 10, 2012 at 7:37 am | Posted in Fashion, Fitness and Beauty | Leave a comment
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Summer is the time of year when we all focus a little more on our looks.  We eat lighter, we work out more, we try to get a little color.  I for one am known to turn right to smoothies as soon as the temperature hits 75 — the cool, sweet, fresh fruit hits the spot every time.  And it’s good to know that there is a real benefit to eating fresh fruit, and the people over at are sharing with Pushing Thirtyy readers the best fruits to keep you looking young.  Check out their site for even more tips.

It only takes a single stroll down the beauty aisle to realize that if there is one thing we all want in this world, it is youthful looking skin. If the amount of products were not overwhelming enough than the constant marketing campaigns and exorbitant price tags are certainly capable of exhausting anyone who is looking for younger skin.

Luckily, as she typically does, mother earth provides natural ingredients that provide the same results as their costly, manufactured counterparts. And the good news is, all you have to do is eat them. The best fruits to make your skin shine with youth are listed below. So what are you waiting for? Get to a market near you to start reaping the natural and inexpensive benefits of the fruits of the earth!

Berries of All Shapes & Colors
Strawberries, blueberries and even blackberries can provide the same antioxidants as the beloved green tea, giving your skin a more youthful appearance. Antioxidants kick out the skin sagging agents that ravage your skin each day, including the environmental components you pick up during your commute.

Citrus Fruits
Lemons and oranges can provide an exceptional source of Vitamin C, which operates as a form of collagen to the skin. Their consumption will help reduce lines and wrinkles, while boosting a youthful glow.

Ah, the wonder fruit. Avocados provide complex B vitamins to level the skin’s tone, diminishing the appearance of red or inflamed patches that even make-up cannot cover. What’s more, with its continued consumption, you may not even need make-up at all. This is good news for the guys!

Mangoes provide an excellent source of Vitamin A, which will saturate the skin with moisture from the inside out. Like water, it hydrates you throughout, and the results are glowing skin that is supple to the touch.

Easy to transport and eat, bananas provide a bevy of benefits including Vitamin B complex, which not only increases its ability to moisturize, but to smooth the skin. This helps curtail unsightly dry patches and flakiness that moisturizers cannot.

Dried Apricots
One of the only ways to get iron from a fruit is to eat dried apricots. These tasty beauties will help diminish dark circles that appear under the eyes, and provide an overall even skin tone.

Regular Apricots
Before they are left out to dry to provide you with a regular dose of skin-evening iron, regular apricots are a terrific source of beta-carotene, which can reverse the effects of over exposure to sunlight.

A perfect source of Vitamin C, Kiwi can reverse the signs of aging due to stress or smoking, knocking a couple of years off of your appearance, no matter how you slice it. Its delicious make-up is also a great source of hydration for dry or itchy skin.

This delicious tropical fruit zaps free radicals from the skin, allowing its elasticity to remain intact, which contributes to a tightened face that looks full of life.

When in doubt, look to brightly colored fruits to contribute to your youthful complexion, and be sure to stay as hydrated as possible by adding water to your diet, in addition to these beautiful fruits. There is not a single fruit that is bad for you,  unless it’s poisonous!  So eat as much of it as you can to reap the benefits throughout your body. The healthier your overall body is, the more your skin will show it, especially where your face is concerned. The result of eating more of the fruits listed above is healthy, younger looking skin, and we could all use a little more of that!

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