A part of feeling good is also looking your best, so I’ve included some of my favorite fashion and style statements for this spring and summer.
I am a flats girl–always have been. So for me, the tall gladiator style lace up sandals are definitely a game changer for women who prefer flat sandals.
Your hair and shoes can change the vibe of your whole outfit. This summer, I plan to rock my natural locks with some tall gladiators and cute accessories.
The black gladiator sandals are simple and classy. They go well with many shorts and dresses. Etsy has various styles for affordable prices.
I also went with the Chloe’ orange suede wedge gladiator sandals, which are a hot style this spring and summer. They are also one of Vogue’s “Top 7 Accessory Trends of Spring – 2015.”
My personal favorite is the suede lace up gladiator sandals, Free People Decibel Tall Sandals from FreePeople.com. They give a cute, sexy outdoorsy edge that go well with army green or jean blue shorts for a nice summer day.
The infamous dress that has become increasingly popular for its color illusion (is it blue and black or white and gold?) is now being used to bring attention to a more significant issue of domestic violence.
The question has shifted from “what color is the dress?” to “why is it so hard to see black and blue?”
The South African branch of the Salvation Army retweeted an ad which posed the question on a photo of a woman wearing “the dress. “ The woman was covered in black and blue marks all over her body.
The question was followed by an even bolder statement:
“The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in 6 women are victims of domestic violence. Stop abuse against women.”
Nearly 4.8 million women in the U.S experience domestic violence. The Salvation Army has served as a safe haven for victims of domestic abuse for over 150 years and ranks as the second largest provider of shelter for domestic violence victims.
The original ad was designed by the Ireland/Davenport agency in Johannesburg and was advertised in the Cape Times Newspaper on Friday morning, according to the Washington Post.
For Fashion Week, I posted some of my favorite looks on Instagram. The feed back that I got after posting inspired me to check out the hottest designers and online shopping sites and post my ideas on my site.
Some of my items are a bit expensive. But I’ll post more reasonable prices for working moms in future posts.
My first set is a casual and simple hook up. When it comes to colors, black is a classic–you can never go wrong with black.
Frame Denim Le Color Ripped Film Noir: black stretched-denim skinny jeans, $190, visit Shopmrsh.com.
Yellow Tank: I added a pop of color with the yellow cami tank.
Whitchery Contrast Trim Cardi: timeless grey waterfall silhouette, $78, visit Witchery.com.
Bari Exotic Combo Lace-Up Day Booties: these booties look excellent when paired with skinny jeans or military style jackets, $350, visit BCBG.com.
Michael Kors Camden Medium Drawstring Satchel: carry this Michael Kors bag wherever you go. It is roomy and okay for almost any outfit or occasion, $358, visit Zappos.com.
Black Lipstick: Red lipstick adds a touch of “sophistication and power,” according to Elle magazine March 2015 issue, but black lipstick is bold. This shade gives the outfit a bit of an edgy look.
Marc Jacobs ‘Daisy Sorbet’ Eau de Toilette Spray: $76, Nordstrom.com
Please let me know your thoughts on my picks. I would love to hear from you!
Cheers! Today is a special day for women everywhere. Since 1911, we’ve celebrated Women’s Day to acknowledge the progress that we’ve made and are continuing to make while calling for greater equality for women.
Today, we salute powerful women such as women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony whose hard work and dedication opened the door to voting rights for women under the 19th Amendment. Her work, along with many other female figures, has paved the way for women to have rights today.
We also celebrate women like political activist and author Angela Davis who was linked to the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. She was leader of the Communist Party and was heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement. Her writing had a significant influence in the history of women’s rights.
Poet and activist Maya Angelou is a literary icon whose work has influenced many activists of her time during the Civil Rights Movement such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.
Alice Paul began the National Women’s Party and proposed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the constitution.
Every year on March 8, we challenge and encourage women to remember how far we’ve come and to continue to push toward advancement and gender equality everywhere.
“I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anyone on earth. The sense of independence and security is so sweet.” – Susan B. Anthony
To moms who are hesitant to vaccinate their children against the measles, mumps and rubella, trust me when I tell you, I’m also guilty of having the same doubts.
Growing up, we relied on natural remedies–the thought of injecting your child with a harmful substance is scary. I also tuned into parent discussions and followed the latest news on the topic, so I’m fully aware of findings that show links to autism and reports of the vaccine containing harmful metals. However, with news of outbreaks gaining national attention, it wouldn’t hurt to consider getting your child vaccinated.
One story that caught my attention is about new parent, Jennifer Hibben-White, who lashed out on hesitant moms. Her Facebook post went viral after pointing out other mom’s ignorance about the matter.
“You think you are protecting them by letting them eat their shovel full of dirt and reducing antibiotics and eating organic? You aren’t,’ she wrote.
‘”And you would be the first to line up if you had an inkling of what the death of a child feels like.”
“You would be crawling through the streets on your hands and knees, begging, begging to get that vaccine into your precious babies,” she wrote.
Hibben-White was reacting from news that her newborn son–only 15 days old–had been potentially exposed to the disease at the doctor’s office in Pilkington, Ontario. And her son Griffen is too young to receive the vaccination, so he is unprotected. Hibben-White previously lost her daughter who died in her sleep due to an undetected blood infection, which made things much worse.
She urges parents to get vaccinations for their children and feels that Griffen shouldn’t have to suffer for what she calls our “reckless abuse of protection.”
When parents refuse to vaccinate children, it increases the chances of measles cases in people with weaker immune systems such as cancer patients, infants like Griffen, and the elder population.
The disease spreads in numbers. It will spread if enough people decide to go unvaccinated, which is what is happening right now. A wide range of people become vulnerable to the disease, and that’s how it came back into the U.S after we had already gotten the number of cases down. As of February 11, a total of 125 measles cases have been confirmed in the U.S in an ongoing measles outbreak linked to the Disney theme parks in Orange County, California. Many are pointing the finger at anti-vaxxers who are keeping their children from getting vaccinated.
Instead, more moms should worry about what would happen if their children got the measles than what’s in the vaccines–it is a deadly disease. It is pneumonia, brain infection and the leading cause of child blindness around the world.
Debunking The Myths
For moms, some concerns are that injections are linked to autism through an ingredient used as a preservative in childhood vaccines called Thimerosal. But the ingredient was removed since 2001 in all vaccines except influenza. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not support an association between Thimerosal and autism. A review by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) also rejects any relationship between Thimerosal containing vaccines and autism.
According to the CDC eight studied vaccines are generally safe, and any serious adverse events following these vaccinations are rare.
Well, why is it that children who are vaccinated still get the measles? Even vaccinated children may receive symptoms when exposed to the measles. Nevertheless, the measles vaccine is 99% effective, which means one in 100 people who receives two doses of the vaccine could still get it. They may even get a few symptoms, but not as severe as unvaccinated children.
Believe it or not, the foods that we eat can trigger anxiety symptoms. Cake, brownies, fried and sugary foods are foods that we turn to for comfort. Although gratifying at the moment, such foods have a negative impact on our moods later on.
After eating lots of foods with fructose corn syrup, food dyes and artificial sweeteners, many people develop mood swings due to an abrupt rise and fall in their blood sugar. Even worse, they may feel burdened with guilt afterward. Who doesn’t regret the extra slice of pie after it was scoffed down before realizing it?
There are foods high in magnesium and calcium that actually help to relieve anxiety symptoms and boost emotional health i.e almonds, bananas, spinach, oatmeal, fish and others.
Additionally, magnesium-rich foods also promote restful nights. Magnesium is a calming nutrient that nourishes the nervous system and helps prevent anxiety, irritability, worrying and etc.
Before you overindulge in a high calorie snack, take a moment to consider some healthier options that will help reduce your anxiety, drop the pounds and live an all around healthier life.
I promised myself that I wouldn’t make a New Year’s resolution this year because it’s a little cliche’ and too traditional. Besides, people usually ditch their resolutions by the end of January. I figured if I could wait until the end of January, warm up to the new year and continue to transform my mindset as well as my spiritual man, my chances of sticking to any goal would be higher. So January is over, and I’m excited about all the wonderful adventures that lie ahead.
My first journey is reaching my hair goal for 2015. I cut off the rest of my permed hair, also known as the “big chop,” and have begun my natural hair journey. So you’ll be hearing a lot about that! I decided to cut my hair and go fully natural as a symbol of letting go of the old and embracing the new and positive. You can check out the pictures on my new Instagram page: @writer.taylorbennett.
I have also joined the “Live Richer Challenge” by Tiffany the Budgetnista, author and “America’s favorite financial educator.” She offers free financial advice to women and was featured in Today, MSNBC, Times, Black Enterprise and more. Her enthusiasm and unique way of financial counseling has inspired over 10,000 women world-wide to take control of their finances. I’ve seen an improvement in the way I manage my money as a result of the challenge.
My next step is to change my eating habits and start working out. I would like to reach my weight loss goals before 2016, and Weight Watchers may be a start.
I realize that creating the life you want isn’t easy. It requires a lot of time, effort and a support system of like-minded people. Please join me on my journey to personal development, spiritual growth, success and better health. What are your personal development goals for the year?
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