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TRAIN YOUR BRAIN TO BE HAPPY

There’s a lot to be said for being happy. You feel better, have more energy and are healthier. The problem is that an astounding 80 percent of our thoughts are negative. According to Loretta Breuning, Ph.D., author of The Science of Positivity, “Our brain is not designed to create happiness, as much as we wish it were so. Our brain evolved to promote survival. It saves the happy chemicals for opportunities to meet a survival need, and only releases them in short spurts which are quickly...

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WHAT TO WEAR TO A ZOOM MEETING

Zoom meetings require that you select your clothing from the waist up carefully. You want to be able to communicate your message and not detract from it with clothing that doesn’t flatter or fit you. My friend in Rochester had an important meeting and reached out to me for some help. Good. The colors are good, but the pale peach blouse pulls at the neck and is a little too light. This outfit looks somewhat unfinished. Better. The black blouse has more impact, but the cut of the neckline...

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POSITIVE AGING

I recently read an article about the fashion designer, Norma Kamali. In her new book, I Am Invincible, Kamali, who is 75 and ageless details her philosophy of “aging with power”. Reading her suggestions got me thinking- what we “non-celebrities” can do to age better and look as young as we feel? I found that there is strong evidence that we can control many aspects of what is considered inevitable. Dr. Sara Gottfried believes that, “genetics loads the gun and environment...

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TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

Last week I read an article by Elizabeth Bernstein in The Wall Street Journal suggesting that to combat stress, negative emotions and exhaustion one needs to create a mental-fitness regime. Covid melancholy is real and there are ways we can feel better. Here is the advice excerpted from the article. Make sleep nonnegotiable. Most adults need 7 – 8 hours of quality sleep. Set a consistent wake-up time, create a relaxing wind-down routine, turn down the thermostat, disconnect technology...

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CLEAR CLOSET CLUTTER WITH FENG SHUI

I admit, my post Christmas closet is a bit of a mess and I want to start the year off by creating a clutter-free closet. Everything in there needs a little tweaking, but my shelves need a major overhaul. I have stacked bric a brac, unused handbags, unopened pantyhose (really, I haven’t worn pantyhose since the eighties), hats etc. All of this stuff is dusty and unattractive. Plus, studies have shown the more organized someone’s home is, the more optimistic and clear-minded they’ll feel. ...

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NEW PANTONE COLORS SPRING 2021

“There is general agreement on very little little in this world perhaps, for one thing: This year has been a mess, and the next one cannot come fast enough. – Vanessa Friedman It is no surprise that the folks at the Pantone Institute- the color trend forecasters have selected two colors as the “color” of the year. The colors Ultimate Gray and Illuminating appear to be a metaphor for “the light at the end of the tunnel”. Be prepared to see lots of this color...

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IS IT TIME TO MOVE ON FROM SWEATPANTS?

Is it time to move on from sweatpants? Not having a schedule, an office to go to, a concert to attend or a restaurant meal to enjoy has really rocked our sense of fashion. Without events to attend, many gals feel that they just don’t have a reason to wear anything but sweats. Wearing sloppy clothes day after day really brings your spirits down.“Wearing the same tired clothes each day can lead to a lack of motivation and a sense that each day bleeds into the next. Clothing shapes your...

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HOW TO BE MORE HAPPY

Last week I was fortunate to hear Laurie Santos, PhD, speak (Livestream) about Happiness and The Science of Well-Being for the Center for Women’s Health Research at The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She was inspiring. Laurie Santos is a Professor of Psychology at Yale University and an expert on human cognition, decision-making, and the search for happiness. A couple of years ago, her course “Psychology and the Good Life”— which is now called “The Science of Well-Being“— became...

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DONATE NOW!

NPR’s annual clothing drive benefitting The Assistance League of Denver starts November 3 – 14th. Grab your black bag and fill it with useful donations and we will reward you with a 25% coupon.

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THE CASE FOR GETTING DRESSED

A comment that we often hear from our shoppers is that they don’t need anything because they aren’t going anywhere. True- but while you may not be going anywhere, you still need to take care of yourself and dress as though you are headed out. It’s all about our mental health. Recently I read an article called “The Case for Getting Dressed” and I think the information is spot on and perfect for today “The way we dress has a correlation with our emotional...

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