February 25th, 2014 · Print
Hopefully most of you know this already, but February is American Heart Month! And that’s not just because of Valentine’s Day, roses and chocolates — it’s also a month dedicated to heart disease awareness.
For a long time, awareness of the risks of heart disease in women was incredibly low. Thankfully, through amazing initiatives from the American Heart Association and people all over the country and the world, our perspective on this issue is changing for the better every day.
But it’s still not enough. Heart disease kills a woman every minute, and only 20% of women correctly identify it as their leading health threat. It can strike if you’re young, old, active, sedentary, a chain-smoker or a marathon runner.
Two years ago, around the time we left New York, I started having heart flutters that seemed to come out of nowhere. After asking my primary care doctor about it, she suggested that I go see a cardiologist, and even gave me the name of a doctor to try.
Do you know how long that name sat on my desk?
Six months. I moved across the country, completely ignoring this scary, potentially dangerous symptom I was having, for a number of reasons: I was in denial, it was too scary to know if anything was wrong, and I figured that I was young and healthy, so there couldn’t really be anything to worry about.
So I understand how women can walk around, oblivious to heart disease risks. It’s easy to be oblivious. It’s a lot less scary.
But it’s also incredibly dangerous. If Chad had told me that he was having those same symptoms, I would have booked a doctor’s appointment for him in a second. And yet, for some reason, I couldn’t seem to take that same basic precaution to protect my own health.
It’s not an uncommon problem that women have (and men, too): we can be really bad at taking care of ourselves. Sometimes it’s because we’re too busy taking care of everyone else, sometimes it’s because we’re afraid, and sometimes it’s because when we’re making our lists of priorities, it’s easy to put ourselves dead last.
In the end, I was lucky: after moving to Houston, I saw a terrific cardiologist who was able to capture my heart flutters an EKG, and who told me definitively that it was benign and didn’t need treatment. But to this day, it gives me chills to wonder about the impact of those months of delay, if it had been something more serious.
So, this month, I’m putting on every red item in my closet (well, many of them) to remind you all to take care of yourselves. Eat healthy, stay active, take steps to reduce your day-to-day stress, and make sure that you’re paying attention to your body.
And the next time you make that priority list, remember to put yourself on it too.
Tieks flats, Brahmin bag, Alice and Olivia dress, Sabo Skirt blazer (old), BCBG Scarf.
February 24th, 2014 · Print
I know spring hasn’t quite hit most of the country yet, but here in Texas, it’s in full force! And from the moment it warms up, I start thinking about how my beauty routine changes.
For instance: I don’t have to slather on as much Simple Skincare Replenishing Rich Moisturizer every night and morning! I change my moisturizer to the Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer, which has SPF 15 for those sunnier days! (My foundation also has SPF, so don’t worry, I’m still getting sun protection during the winter!)
And my beauty routine changes too! I start reaching for my bronzer a little more frequently, and easing up on the dramatic eye makeup. Spring is the perfect time to try out a fresh-faced, minimal makeup look, so that’s what I always gravitate towards!
For this look, I created a subtle smoky eye using brown liner, and brown and gold eye shadow. I use the darker brown shadow in the crease and right along my lash line, and then fill in the rest of my eye with shimmery gold. I used a combination of blush and bronzer to highlight my cheekbones, and went with a soft, natural pink lipstick. The end result is makeup that hardly looks like you’re wearing makeup — perfect to accentuate your natural beauty!
What’s your favorite spring makeup look? Share it in the comments below!
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February 21st, 2014 · Print
I’m not completely finished with our nursery yet, but I wanted to share one of my most exciting projects with you guys: this DIY dresser!
So, let me make this fully clear: I do not consider myself a crafting wizard. Most DIY projects are way too tricky and time-consuming for me, and I tend to generally avoid them. But this one is just so easy, I felt like it would be cruel if I didn’t share it!
(Also, I have a secret weapon: my father in law is incredibly handy, and lives 20 minutes away, which is pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to me. It means that when I start being all “I wonder if it’s safe to inhale spray paint at four months pregnant,” my awesome mother and father in law swoop in and remove the paint can from my general proximity ASAP!)
But even without handy in-laws, this is one you guys can attempt at home! I love IKEA furniture — once it’s constructed, don’t get me started on the actual assembly process — but sometimes it tends to be a little bit… plain. It’s pretty and it’s well-built, but their designs are sometimes just too simple for my taste.
Which means that it’s time to dress them up!
For this project, you need:
A set over Overlays. I bought the Anne set for the Hemnes dresser, which is available here.
The IKEA Hemnes dresser ($299, available here)
Double-Side Mounting Tape, to use while you’re spray painting the Overlays
Dresser Knobs (I found mine on eBay here)
My step-by-step photos are below, but I also have a few tips you should know about!
First, when you spray paint the Overlays, use the mounting tape (make sure it’s the removeable kind) to elevate them slightly from whatever they’re resting on (we used cardboard). That way, you can spray paint the sides of the overlays more easily, and they won’t stick to the backdrop.
Also, when you’re attaching the Overlays to the drawers, use only a small amount of Liquid Nails, because you don’t want to get any on the rest of the dresser.
Other than that, this is a pretty quick, easy DIY project that produces an amazing, gorgeous result!
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