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SIP IN STYLE: 3 Late Summer Pairings of Cool Cocktails and Chic Scarves

You know I love to have at least one (or 4) of blog post round-up of a collection

one of my favorite treats: Summer Cocktails. This year is no exception, but
thought I'd have some fun and change it up a bit. So this year, as an homage
to the soon to come end of Summer, I've curated 3 sets of pairings: putting
some sweet Summer style together with cool and cooling cocktails, and
each set within a fitting travel destination. Do join us!

Emerson's Daily Lessons: How to Make Each Day Your Very Best Day

 Write it on your heart - that every day is the best day in the year.
“Write it on your heart - that every day is the best day in the year.

He is rich who owns the day - and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could.

Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. 
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.” 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Collected Poems and Translations" 

The esteemed Mr. Emerson surely was one who
espoused the concept of 'Living Beautifully'.
Here, in these words, are his instructions,
if you will, on how  do so.

Keep them in your mind daily, and in your heart,
whether you are experiencing happiness,
and most especially when you are
experiencing the difficulties or "absurdities" of life.

They will shift your focus, give you strength and act as a guide.
These words can be used soothe you, comfort your heart, ease your mind
and calm your body, to fill you with a mindset of beauty, gratitude, peace and joy.

May your year ahead be one that encompasses
this Mantra for a beautiful life.

6 Reasons Why Working Out in Nature Is So Good For You | FitnessTrainer

Nailing your gym routine is great and all, but you may want to
think about moving it to the great outdoors occasionally.

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This great post was written by guest writer Erin Vaughan,
who loves yoga and running and being outside in nature.
Obviously, she knows how to live beautifully!
Hope you enjoy our post on why and how you can
boost the benefits of your workout by getting outside.

Outdoor exercise has additional advantages for your mental health,
energy levels and overall health—plus it’s pretty great on the old budget, too.
Here are some ways you can improve your
workout routine by taking it outside for a change!

The Mental Health Benefits Are Enormous
Exercise in any form is great for your mental health, but those
benefits are multiplied when you get active outdoors.
A study carried out by the Peninsula College of Medicine
and Dentistry looked at how exercising in the natural
environment compared to working out indoors.
Participants reported “greater feelings of revitalization,
increased energy and positive engagement, together with
decreases in tension, confusion, anger and depression,”
according to the study. But perhaps most importantly,
many people said that working out in nature made them feel
more likely to stick to their exercise program
a pretty significant finding, when you think about it!

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It Could Boost Your Productivity At Work
Working out before work or on your lunch break?
It could be great for your career! Study after study shows that focus
improves significantly after a short stint in the great outdoors.
Trying to move to a lunchtime workout routine?
Be sure to pack a healthy lunch to give you more time for your workout.
And trade out your low-impact cardio for high-intensity interval training,
which will allow you to burn more calories and
build more muscle with a shorter time commitment.

It Gives You Extra Energy
If you’re trying to kick your caffeine habit, you might want to think
about exercising outside instead. Research indicates that
a few minutes outdoors has the same impact on your energy levels
as a cup of coffee - without all the extra calories!
Think about that next time you feel like going for a Starbucks run.

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It Gets You Some Extra Vitamins
Good morning, sunshine! Among the unsung benefits of working out
outdoors is the chance to soak up some rays.
Your body needs sunlight to produce vitamin D3, which helps you
absorb nutrients like calcium and phosphorous,
as well assisting with vital immune system functions.
So slather on the sunscreen and take yourself
out for an extended outdoor run.

It Costs Less Than the Gym
Looking to shave some money off your monthly budget?
Try taking your run outside. Many trails and parks are free to visit
nd some urban parks even feature equipment like pullup bars and
sit up benches that you can incorporate into your workout.
And apps like RunKeeper and MapMyRun can help you find
and filter the best trails for your style of workout.

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Outdoor Running Changes Your Stride
If you regularly jog outdoors, it can affect your running routine
for the positive. Studies have found that runners flex their ankles more
when they run outside versus on treadmills,
which improves overall flexibility. Runners also have the opportunity
to practice running downhill, hard to do when you’re stuck in the gym!

So long boring workout routines! It’s time to think outside the gym!

We all want to get the most out of the time
we spend working out or being active.
But sometimes you may need a bit of help, incentive, or instruction.
I'd like to introduce you to
It's an online markeplace that make it  easy to find the help you need.
Sort of like
a Hotels.com for finding your personal trainer. FitnessTrainer.com helps
find, compare and book personal trainers that are local to you. Yay!
FYI; I'm not being paid to tell you about them, I
just love sharing ways
to help you live your life more beautifu
And that inclu
des way to maintain your health and well-being.
So look them up
soon and find your perfect
personal trainer
for a new you in 2018!

Erin Vaughan is a yoga fanatic, runner and sometime cyclist.
She currently resides in Austin, TX where she
writes for
FitnessTrainer.com, the leading online marketplace to find
a local personal trainer that can help you
achieve your health and wellness goals!

Our Love Affair With Coffee Culture (Why It Needs Organic FairTrade Sustainability)

 Groundwork's all natural Grande Pumpkin Latte's with individual pumpkin pies!

Recently we celebrated International Coffee Day, and the fact that one of my
favorite things, besides a good chunk of organic chocolate, is a
great cup of organic, fair-trade coffee, I had to include a post about
the future of the revered beans and the elixir that's made with them.
And about the coffee business... because the business side of
coffee is why it's so important to buy an organically grown,
fairly-traded, ethically imported bag of beans.

Being a major coffee lover, I've also been supporting and
shouting out the best companies to buy from for a long time,
beautiful brands, such as Groundwork, Ethical Bean
and Equal Exchange, for instance, as well as this one;
from my blog.


But the other side of the story, as it is with much of the grocery shopping
we do, is hidden in many cases. And it's not a very pretty story.
Unless, that is, if you purchaseyour beans and brew from companies
and brands that are committed to making that story a better one.
those who are makeing the extra effort, not so much to get the pricing down,
but to ensure that the coffee plantations are not adding to global warming or
polluting the environment, and creating relationships with the people who
grow and harvest the beans, as well as pay them
what they are owed instead of exploiting them.

  Emma Loewe, a writer for
mindbodygreen, explains that,
and also how it's possible that coffee could very well
become the world's most sustainable crop
"Today marks International Coffee Day, an occasion for caffeine lovers
everywhere to raise a mug to their favorite brew. First kicked off three years
ago, the nascent holiday celebrates the farmers and the land that make today's
coffee culture possible.
The caffeine conundrum:  Unfortunately, our fervor for
cold brews and almond milk lattes has created a double-edged sword of sorts.
While it brings more employment opportunities to poor regions,
...global thirst for coffee beans has led us to the outer edges of the
earth on a hunt for more farmland... making mass deforestation and
human rights issues a huge concern in business."

Find out more about the various aspects involved
in the growing and trading of coffee beans.
Also, you can learn the easy way to spot a good brand to buy,
one that's truly certified organic and fair trade.
(hint: it isn't the cute name or the chic packaging)

You, buying smart, will help make the world a more beautiful place,
and make your cup of morning Joe taste all the sweeter.

  READ Emma's mindbodygreen post:
Coffee Culture & The Rise of A Sustainable Crop >


Style A Beautiful Summer Resort Look With Color and Accessories


You don't have to travel far to get yourself into gorgeous Resort look.
I'll show you how to use
accessories to create your own.
Here, I'm using tropical influenced pieces in soft
peachy pinks and beachy blues, for Summer style
with a chic resort look and relaxed feel.

Start with the star of this set,
the statement resort wrap scarf "Paradise-Ocean Palms"
in organic sateen, by Beau Monde Organics.

Then color coordinate your look; I've chosen pastel peach-pinks, 
like the orange-pink Kitten sun shades with rose-gold 
and the comfy-chic pink suede Hamptons espadrilles.
To make it work, I've added the contrast color of seaglass blue in
eco-jewelry accents, like these from earrings Natalie Frigo
and bracelet by Daisy Bead works, and topped it off with
a neutral colored straw widebrim sunshade hat.
Pull it all together with a natural bamboo Ark bag by Cult Gaia. 
Use these ideas for your outfit, and anywhere you go,
you'll be sure to feel beautiful, and leave memorable impressions.

To see all the item descriptions or to shop, click through to see my
interactive 'Beautiful Summer Peachy-Beachy' set on Polyvore.

and enjoy a beautiful Summer!