Sugar is a powerful substance, and if you’ve been fueling your body on mostly Twinkies and cupcakes, the detox from it is going to be a rude awakening. Sugar detox is a real thing. In fact, when you quit sugar, you can expect your body to go into a serious phase of withdrawal including fatigue, anxiety and irritability, depression and detachment, rapid heart rate and palpitations, and poor sleep. In honor of you brave ones determined to forge healthier new lifestyles, we rounded up some guilt free treats to help you curb those crazy-making cravings and survive this new sugar-free frontier.
Trader Joe’s Fruit Soft And Juicy Mango ($20)-Dried mango snacks deliver the sweet hit you’re looking for, and will keep you busy chewing all day long. Although they have natural fruit sugar, the fiber actually slows down your body’s digestion of glucose so you don’t get the crazy insulin spike or subsequent crash.
Yogi Tea Green Energy ($7)-Speed up the withdrawal process with some detoxifying green tea. Also, drinking fluids regularly throughout the day will help flush the sugar out of your system.
Bobby’s Sauerkraut ($7) A little sour for your sweet? Sauerkraut may seem like a weird substitute for a sugar craving, but the naturally occurring probiotic in this snack will help keep the craving at bay.
Hoop there it is: Hoops have never actually left our lobes, so to say they’re having a comeback isn’t exactly accurate. But hoop earrings are definitely trending for spring, in an array of styles and sizes, gracing the ears of some of our favorite fashionistas. From thick to oversized to finely detailed and embellished, you really can’t go wrong when choosing to rock a hoop. In fact, now is the time to refresh that accessory drawer, and you can start by turning your lonely lobes into lovely statement-makers with a fresh and fierce pair of fly hoop earrings.
In the throws of fresh motherhood, many of us find ourselves barely keeping it together, let alone maintaining any sense of our former fashionista glory days. Throw in the challenges of breastfeeding on-the-go and most of us quickly find ourselves feeling like a hot mess. When it comes to nursing gracefully, it’s all about comfort and easy access. We rounded up a few tricks from the nursing trade to help keep things running smoothly and stylishly.
Trade out your tired nursing cover up for a chic lightweight scarf.
The hunt for a flawless complexion is over. Why? Because of sheet masks. Can we get an amen? Apparently, the answer to our skin prayers has been hiding in plain sight, and we vow never to question a K-beauty craze. Still not convinced? Let us count the ways. Sheet masks are foolproof: use, remove, and discard…done. As a reminder, sheet masks are fabric sheets soaked in skin nutrition. Which brings us to our next point: sheet masks offer targeted, more potent treatment, the sheet acts as a barrier keeping all the good stuff on the skin and deep in the dermis where it counts. The serum and formulations stay on the skin long after the mask is tossed, and, more often than not, you’ll actually have extra product left over to massage into your face, neck, and décolletage. So, go ahead, put one on, look silly for a few minutes, snap a selfie, and let a gorgeous complexion emerge. In a variety of shapes, sizes, and formulas for all skin types and concerns, sheet masks are like the It girl of skincare.
We’ll just let these sheet masks speak for themselves…and tackle every one of your skin woes. We fully support the sheet mask selfie next time you want to #sheetmaskandchill. It’s a thing.
The promise of spring is finally in the air, and the freshest way to flirt with blossoming spring fashions is with some fabulous new footwear. From seventies-inspired mules to seductive sling backs and sizzling platforms, this season’s sandals are packed with a plethora of stylish sartorial possibilities. We gathered up the sexiest spring sandals, and all for under $100, to help you spring forward into the hautest new trends.
One of the fiercest and most fashionable ways to begin to flirt with spring is to pull in some fresh footwear. A strappy ankle boot or a little peep-toe lace-up bootie provides the perfect transitional element to help you move effortlessly through this upcoming seasonal shift. Stylish mom Chrissy Teigen opted for a strappy buckled boot, proving some bold bootie flair can go a long way. We rounded up some fresh spring booties, and all for under $100, to help you flirt your way into new spring possibilities.
A little bit Scottish, a little bit Vivenne Westwood, a whole lotta street style. Yes, we are mad for plaid this season. Spring is suggesting you get outside, so pick a skirt that sings, a dress with checks, pants with panache, or a pretty tailored jacket, and let your inner prepster or grunge girl out (equal parts both, perhaps?). Who knows, it’s all in the mix. Traditionally made of wool, today’s plaid comes in a variety of lighter fabrics. Think linens and cottons for eighties preppy, or embrace nostalgic nineties flannel reinvented as a dress. Whatever you choose, we detect a pattern here. And it looks terrific on you.
The Britney Spears schoolgirl uniform a la Baby One More Time music video is one way to wear it, but a midi and a black turtleneck feels more style teacher than student. Add an ankle boot and a high pony for smart-meets-sexy.
Believe in yourself. Bet on yourself. Whatever you’re dreaming is possible. Your dreams have as much validity as anyone else’s. How serious are you about making them come true? Have you written them down? Do you make a consistent effort to pursue them daily? Weekly? Monthly? Do you invest in yourself as much as you invest in others?
We live in such an extraordinary time, where records can still be broken. History can still be made. There is still opportunity to make your mark, no matter where you are or where you come from. The extraordinary actress Viola Davis is a perfect example of this. She is the first African American actress to garner an Emmy, Tony, and Academy Award, despite being born into extreme poverty.
There are always obstacles. More often than not, the ones we face (whether internal or external) are severe and seem insurmountable, but let me remind you that others have done more with less! God takes our dreams as serious as we do. As we reflect on the so many of the recent achievements of African Americans and women in general, in entertainment, politics and beyond, allow these stories of heroism to inspire you. Let the legacy of courage and the indomitable spirit of others galvanize you to pursue the impossible.
You know what you desire deeply in your heart…Whether it’s something spectacular in your career, something remarkable for your family or community; perhaps it’s finding the love you’ve always wanted. Don’t stop striving, learning, networking, pursuing, doing everything you possibly can, until it comes to fruition. Most importantly, don’t settle because the very thing you seek probably is seeking you and just may be right around life’s corner.
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