September is a time for many women to reinvent themselves. When transitioning into any season a lot of people think about what the rest of the year (and their closet) has to hold. This is why September issues are so large. People are moving from one season to another and want to know what the trends are for fall/winter.
September is also the time for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Fashion Week kicked off last Thursday in New York City and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Even if you can’t be there you can still watch the majority of the shows on NYFW.com and get filled in on all of the upcoming trends for Spring 2017.
Which designer’s collection are you most excited to see?
Sometimes it can be difficult to eat something in the morning. Many of us grab a protein bar or a piece of fruit to eat during our commute to work, but starting the day off right with a nutritious breakfast can help you energy throughout the day. I have been searching for an easy and healthy breakfast recipe that keeps me full until lunch. I have looked at food blogs, Pinterest and recipe books and one of the most common recipes I found was an no cook, refrigerator oatmeal. I tried a few recipes, but none of them were “me”, so I experimented with some ingredients and came up with something my taste buds were excited to wake up to. My recipe is below, but the nice thing about this breakfast is that you can add anything you want to make it something you like. Many people add peanut butter, cocoa powder, different fruits, etc, so have fun experimenting until you find what works for you.
What do you like to eat for breakfast?
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats (regular or gluten free)
2/3 cup almond milk
1/4 cup low fat Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
as many raspberries you would like
Place oats, almond milk, yogurt, vanilla extract and cinnamon into a bowl and stir until mixed.
It can be hard to transition your closet into a new season, especially when it comes to your work wardrobe. Below is a little outfit inspiration to help you figure out what you are going to wear to the office this fall.
After a long day at work it can be nice to sink into the sofa and watch your favorite television show. Fall is the time for many new television shows to premier, so I put together a list of 5 of the most anticipated new television shows set to premier in the next few weeks and it is below.
Which new television shows are you most excited to watch this fall?
Whether you are at a bonfire on the beach, telling ghost stories around a campfire in the mountains or relaxing at home next to your fire pit, s’mores are a must! Below is a little outfit inspiration for the next time you get to devour the delicious treat.
Do you prefer to sit by a fire on the beach, the mountains, your backyard or somewhere else?
Labor Day is the unofficial end to summer, so rather than renting a hotel room this holiday weekend get outside and be one with nature before the warm weather comes to an end. If you aren’t one for camping, but want to sit around a campfire, sleep under the stars all while enjoying the sounds of nature then glamping could be what you are looking for. Below are 10 glamorous glamping destinations to help you relax and enjoy the outdoors this labor day weekend.
Summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean there are still a lot of summer events planned. Some of my favorite events of the summer are arts festivals. Most arts festivals have hundreds of artists which means you will see different types of mediums and artwork in every price range, so there is something for everyone. Below is a little outfit inspiration for the next time you get to enjoy an arts festival.
Do you buy art when you go to arts festivals or do you prefer to look and appreciate?
Buying art can be fun, but very intimidating; especially if it is the first piece you have purchased and you don’t know what questions to ask. To help, I spoke to a director of a local gallery to see what 5 questions every first time art buyer should ask before making that big purchase and they are below.
What questions do you ask when speaking with an artist or gallerist?
Who is the artist? Ask where the artist studied, their age, if they are living, if they have any important awards or are published, etc. This helps you figure out where the artist is in their career and where they are headed. If you are purchasing art in a gallery the gallerist should be happy to tell you all of the important information and give you a bio about the artist. If you get to meet the artist ask what the inspiration is behind the piece and any other questions that are meaningful to you. You don’t always get to meet the artist and can really add to the experience, so if you get a chance make sure to take it.
What is the medium? Knowing the medium will help you determine its value. There are so many different mediums out there, so make sure to do a little research and get to know the type of art you are interested in purchasing. If you are looking for originals ask if the artist does giclees or prints so you don’t see your piece hanging somewhere else.
Ask yourself if is true love or infatuation? Most likely you are purchasing art to have for a long time, so you want to make sure you love it. Does it speak to you and do you connect to it emotionally? Most galleries will allow you to take art work home on a trial basis to make sure it works in your space before purchasing it. If you aren’t local ask what the return policy is. Maybe you can ship it on approval. After all, art looks different in your home than it does in the gallery.
Is the price right for you? There is nothing worse than buyers remorse especially if you are unable to return it. The price of art work varies greatly. It can depend on how reputable the artist is, where they are at in their career, the medium used, the size, etc. Many artists price by square inch, so the larger the piece the more expensive it is. At times an artist will determine the price by how much time it took them to paint it or the materials used. Ask the gallerist or artist if the price is negotiable. Rarely are the prices set in stone, so you can usually get a better deal than the price originally offered.
Is it a quality piece? Look at the materials used and see if it is well finished. Does it have a varnish or a type of glaze to help protect the piece? Also look at the shape it is in. Damage can reduce the value to the piece and the overall cost. Check for any scratches or tears before purchasing. If there is any damage and you love the piece ask the seller to restore it for you an no extra cost. If it is a reputable gallery they should have no problem making the painting perfect for you.
Art is a personal thing and is has been said that what we hang on our walls can say a lot about us. It is a visual representation of what we believe in and who we are. Summer is a time for outdoor festivals; many of which are arts festivals, so I thought it would be fitting to talk about art this week. Below is a quote about art by, Thomas Merton.
Have you ever lost yourself in a piece of art, but also feel completely understood?