I don’t know about you, but I find this transition period between winter and spring a little bit awkward. The weather can be so changeable, so it can be hard to know what to wear. The morning might start out overcast and grey, but by the afternoon the sun has come out, and it is nice and warm. Meaning what you’ve gone to work wearing isn’t suited to the weather in the afternoon. The struggle is real! So here are some essentials to get you through the transitional period, and get you ready for the glorious spring weather.

Donald J Pliner Maze Woven Leather Slip-On Sneaker, Light Bronze

Metallics

In spring, it does tend to be all about the colors. Pastels and floral prints are everywhere. But this year I am all about some metallic vibes to complement the color. You could channel the look with a silver midi skirt or a gold jacket. But if you’re not feeling quite bold enough just yet, there are other options for you. Go with some metallic accessories, and you’ll be onto something. It could be some silver flats or brogues. A rose gold clutch or chunky costume jewelry. The key thing to remember is that a little bit of metallic sparkle will go a long way!

Women’s Bb Dakota ‘Rhianna’ Illusion Yoke Lace Fit & Flare Dress

Light Pink

As has been said, spring does tend to be about color. But this season I can already tell that light pink is going to be the pastel color of choice. I love how versatile it can be. It can be worn with skirts and shirts, as well as sneakers and accessories. It is a much more subtle color option to wear, which is another reason why I am loving it. You can make the look uber girly too, putting white and soft pink together. Which is what I have been seeing a lot of on social media, like on the Petal Boutique Instagram page. I also like how you can keep things looking a lot more casual with these colors too. Think of some light pink sneakers worn with dungarees, for example.

J.O.A. Stripe Off Shoulder Blouse

Off the Shoulder

Tops worn off the shoulder are a big look for this time of year, and they’ll carry on until the warmth of summer too. There are a lot of tops that are of one shoulder, which make it easier to wear in this transitional period. Not as much skin is on show, so it works if it does suddenly start to rain. But to fully embrace the trend, there are lots of tops that are more bandeau style that sits off both shoulders. But you might want to keep that until we well and truly have some sunshine.

Petite Women’s Jag Jeans Creston Ankle Crop Stretch Twill Pants

Cropped White Pants

Who cares what people say about white, it can be worn whenever you want to. A cropped pair of white pants looks great at this time of year. They look perfect with a floral shirt or a soft pink jacket. They’d look good with a pair of metallic slippers too. The fact that they are cropped makes a difference as it shows you’re embracing the spring vibes.

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When I was little, I lived in denim dresses + overalls the way I live in striped t shirt dresses + AEO jeggings now. When I got a little older, honestly, after September 11th, I wore only patriotic themed clothes from Limited Too and Tommy Hilfiger. This was around the time I really started going to concerts and my concert uniform was this great pair of TH jeans that were inappropriate for a 7th grader low cut with the American flag spray painted down one leg and bedazzled with a peace sign. I liked to wear them with a white longsleeved t that said THTHTHTHTH all over it in red, white, and blue sparkles. I was stylin‘. I’m sure Aaron Carter, Jump 5, and Dream Street appreciated my fashion sense every time I finagled my way on or backstage.

I adore that fun denim is making a comeback. I think the most fun thing about fashion right now is it’s kind of anything goes. We can all admit the the 90s/ 2000s were not the best places on the fashion timeline, but crazy pieces that we remember with disdain are coming back retooled and restyled to fit better and look more chic,  although it is a little crazy to me that the same look I got from Limited Too is going for upwards of $300.

Between patches, frays, flairs, and overalls- I can’t decide what my favorite flashback style is! I might just need to try them all. Heaven knows that my short frame combined with my booty makes denim difficult, so likely they won’t all work for me. One of my best friends has been telling me for years that overalls aren’t flattering on anyone, but I’m going to politely disagree until I can try on a pair for myself. I’m also making myself a new patch jacket since the one I’d had for.ev.er. literally disintegrated on me last spring. Can’t wait to debut it!

the carolove denim

1.Velvet Heart Toni Cotton Patched Trucker Jacket||2.Afternoon Denim Jacket||3.NY Collection Cotton Patched Denim Jacket

4.Ripped Blue Denim Overalls||5.Blank NYC – Denim Short Overalls||6.Denim Overalls With Inside Bandana Print

7.Women’s Topshop Denim Pinafore Dress||8.Women’s Mavi Jeans Supersoft Denim Dress

9.WILLIAM RAST Patch Big Spring Wash Straight-Leg Jeans||10.Blue Distressed Ripped Embroidered Patch Jeans||11.The Billie High-Rise Cotton Patched Rolled Boyfriend Jean

12.Women’s Sun & Shadow Fringe Cuff Crop Jeans||13.Juniors Denim Skirt With Patches||14.Blank Denim App Happy Straight Jeans


How many of us find ourselves spending a fortune on beauty products? We can just spend and spend as there are always new products to try. But how about some natural ways to take care of our skin and appearance? There is no need to keep spending money on new products when there are things that you can do at home to beauty yourself and keep your beauty regime up. Here are just a few of them for you to try.

Banana Peel Teeth Whitening

Yes, you read that correctly. You can use banana peel to whiten your teeth. How low cost and easy is that, right? I know quite a few people that have tried it before and found that it really worked for them. All you need to do is brush your teeth as you normally would, with a natural toothpaste. You can use the banana peel first and then brush; it doesn’t make much of a difference. Take a piece from the inside of the banana peel (the white part) and gently rub around on your teeth for about 2 minutes. Rinse and repeat each day. If this doesn’t sound like your thing, then you could try some teeth whitening strips. This link gives a low-down on some of them ones on the market at the moment: www.TeethWhiteningAtHomeTips.com/best-teeth-whitening-strips. Just be sure to take a before and after picture if you’re going to try whitening your teeth. It won’t be instant, but after a couple of days, it will make a difference.

33oz Avocado Honey Hair Mask

Avocado Hair Masks

We all know the health benefits that avocados can bring to our bodies. They are full of healthy fats that our body needs to help repair and stay well. So why wouldn’t those work on our hair too? In fact, they do work on hair! So instead of spending a lot of money on conditioning hair treatments, try an avocado hair mask. So basically, after washing your hair, apply mashed avocado to your hair. It works well on the tips of your hair, as well as your scalp. So can help with split ends, as well as dandruff. There are some more about natural hair masks here https://www.diynatural.com/homemade-hair-masks/ if you’re interested to try some other ones too.

Oatmeal Face Mask

Oatmeal Face Masks

We all dream of clearer skin, don’t we? So why do we put chemicals and all sorts of lotions and potions on our skin? We could be using something much more natural like oats. If children get chickenpox, then it is recommended that they take a bath with oats in. So oats can help inflammation, as well as itchy or dry skin. So having oats as a base for a face mask is a great idea. The rest is up to you. You could try mashing a banana with the oats, as well as a small amount of milk. You could use oats and yogurt with a little honey that is great for its antibacterial effects. You can use egg whites too, as they can help to tighten skin. There are many options, so just look in your cupboard next time, instead of the store.

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It can be tricky trying to decide where to take your next vacation. After all, there are so many options that it can be tricky to figure out what to choose. If you’re really struggling, then the best thing to do is to try and find somewhere that offers you as much as possible. Some places are nice, but they have one thing to offer, and after that, they can get pretty stale. One place where that is most certainly not the case is Canada. No matter what kind of vacation you’re looking for, Canada has something for just about everyone. If you feel like you need a little more convincing, here are some of the reasons to visit this incredible country.

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Natural Beauty

Canada has a greater range of natural wonders than many other countries combined. The sheer scope of the landscape is, frankly, staggering. Canada has one of the largest coastlines in the world and boasts mountains, lakes, forests, arctic snows, and even some deserts! From the Canadian Rockies to its many national parks, the natural beauty of Canada is enough to leave you speechless.

Safety

Canada is consistently one of the safest places in the developed world. Its crime rates have fallen consistently for many years, and the levels of violent crime are absolutely tiny compared to places like the USA. Not only that but they even have methods to protect travelers and their borders without being discriminatory thanks to their eTA program. You can visit the website to find out more about how this program has made Canada safer and more secure for both citizens and tourists alike.

Diversity

It’s not just the landscape of Canada that’s incredibly diverse either. As a country that is built on people from all across the world, Canada prides itself on its cultural diversity. As well as all of the remarkable natural areas, Canada is filled with urban areas that boast some amazing ethnic neighborhoods, stores, and restaurants. Few places give you the opportunity to learn about the lives and histories of so many different kinds of people.

Price

With all of these incredible things to offer you would assume that Canada would be an incredibly expensive place to visit, but in reality, it’s not. The Canadian dollar is generally worth less than the US dollar, meaning that it’s a far more affordable exchange. Not only but many of the most bustling and vibrant cities in Canada aren’t all that expensive either. From accommodation to food prices, pretty much everyone can afford the wonderful experience that Canada can offer.

Nightlife

Not only is Canada’s culture incredibly diverse but it’s also very much alive and thriving. There are almost always events and festivals going on in one of its many cities so that pretty much every single time you step out of your door, you’re guaranteed to find something exciting to do.

The wonderful thing about Canada is that it’s the kind of place that you should visit over and over and never see all of it. Even just spending a little bit of time there is likely to get you completely hooked!

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When people mention alternative therapy it can make you imagine all kinds of weird things.  However modern alternative health therapy is actually pretty cool.

One such product is the ultrasonic diffuser.  A brilliant little pot that will clear the air in your home and uses essential oils to give you a little boost.

Don’t knock it before you try it.  There really are some great health benefits to these pretty little pots of magic.  So, let’s have a little look at how they can improve your life.

Homedics Ellia Aspire Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser – App. Enabled

Ultrasonic diffusers work in a similar way to nebulizing diffusers by creating a fine mist. The difference is that ultrasonic diffusers use water and essential oils to create a cool mist of water/oils that releases into the air. They double as a humidifier, so they are beneficial in winter, but they don’t put out as strong of a concentration of essential oils since they also use water. It is not recommended to use citrus essential oils with this type of diffuser as they can cause the parts to erode.

An ultrasonic diffuser is less expensive than a nebulizing diffuser which is another great reason to go with this type, however the health benefits far outweigh a simple dehumidifier.

Essential oils alongside a good supplement such as Finiti can be great for your skin as well as brilliant for your sense of well being.  When used in an ultrasonic diffuser you will feel the effects even more than simply using them to massage or deep steam inhale.  This is because they are constantly circulated around your home, office or car.

You can blend your own oils or use ready made blends such as these from Neal’s Yard.  Each one uses natural herb oils to lift your senses and increase your mood.  An ultrasonic diffuser placed in your living room can be great for eliminating the toxins in the air, if you use a lavender oil in your bedroom diffuser then you will sleep better and find yourself more relaxed.  The air you breath will be of better quality too and you will wake up in the morning feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.

There are loads of options on the market.  From cheaper brands such as Mindkoo, starting at less than $30 up to high branded diffusers from Neal’s Yard which can hit $120.  The Mindkoo diffuser is really sweet and has 12 different light settings which help to relax you even more.  So they don’t just smell good and do you good, they look pretty ace too.

Don’t think that going alternative means ditching modern medicine.  It doesn’t.  However there is research now that proves the benefits of using products like this, so used alongside modern medicine you could find yourself living a longer, happier and more calm life.  You may even find that certain allergies are eliminated when you use an ultrasonic diffuser.

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