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Monday, November 28, 2016

Gratitude After Thanksgiving

Happy Monday...I hope everyone had a nice weekend and holiday. I saw Stevie Nicks in concert last night and it was wonderful! 



Now that Thanksgiving has passed, what about the other 364 days of the year? 
This year will be coming to a close very soon. Why not create some new habits right now? Have a mindset of being grateful every day and not just on a holiday.  

It's easy to get caught up in this fast paced, busy  life we all live...It's easy to focus on what's wrong in our lives...The thoughts we think and what we choose to give our attention to, is the energy we send off into the universe...What we are attracting into our life. When we consciously focus on what we are thankful for, we are sending out positive vibes. Shift your way of thinking from what you are lacking, to the multitude of good that is already present in your life. 

Ready to have an attitude of gratitude? 



Each morning, start out your day by thinking about what you are grateful for.  - You can also create a gratitude journal where you physically jot down what you are thankful for. Click here to read my blog post on creating your own gratitude journal.

Be mindful - Many times throughout the day, I'll remind myself to observe my surroundings and appreciate the present moment. Staying in the NOW, eases our worries, and makes us feel more joy and happiness. 


Share your gratitude with others - There's always room for more love and appreciation. 


Here are few things that I am thankful for:

  • Having such wonderful people in my life, who support and love me. 
  • Traveling. I truly feel such freedom and my soul becomes more alive. 
  • The life lessons I've learned from difficult moments in my life....It has made me stronger and wiser. 
  • Sunsets and the changing of the seasons. 
  • The unique perspective that each and every one of us brings forth. 
  • And...Netflix because of the Gilmore Girls revival (I had to throw that one in there)!


What are you thankful for? 



Also, if you haven't listened to Alicia Key's new song, Holy War...I highly recommend you do so. It's a beautiful song about us all coming together and loving one another.


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pain, Pain Go Away...Please Don't Come Back Another Day!

You may have read my blog post on invisible illnesses, that talked about my neurological condition, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) or RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) as it was previously known. If not, you can click here

November is awareness month for the condition and so I wanted to make a post to commemorate that. 

CRPS/RSD is a chronic pain condition that generally affects a limb, but can be present anywhere in the body. The brain receives false pain signals and the body reacts as if it's under attack. It is rated higher on the the McGill Pain Index than childbirth. 

The most common symptoms are:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Changes in skin color or temperature 
  • Sensitivity to touch/sensations

The pain can spread to another part of the body and is flared by stress. 

There is no cure, but there are many forms of treatments. 



I'm very into holistic healing and here are some things that help me...

  • If you can calm the mind, and relax your body...you may be able to ease some of your pain. I like to meditate in the morning and before bed. Biofeedback is also quite helpful. 

  • Regularly doing stretches, to ensure movement. Restricting blood flow only makes it worse. 

  • Alternative medicine techniques such as Cranio Sacral, Reiki, and EFT. 

EFT is one of my favorite things to teach people how to do, since it is something    you can learn to do for yourself. 

EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique and is commonly referred to as Tapping. By tapping on meridian points, it has been said to help with pain, anxiety, negative thoughts, etc. I like to describe it as a mix of acupressure, self hypnosis, and energy medicine all wrapped into one. 

  • I'm a big advocate for essential oils. Some great ones for inflammation and pain are; lavender, eucalyptus, frankincense, and peppermint. 

  • If you can handle the sensation, a TENS unit can really help with the pain. 

  • Diet plays a major part in our health and well-being. There are certain foods that inflame my body. I recommend staying away from...sugar, caffeine, processed foods, aspartame, and dairy products. Moderation is key! And everyone's body is different...so it may be trial and error for you.  

  • I take a lot of natural supplements and I currently am working with a doctor who is the brain child behind Preleve. Preleve is an anti inflammatory supplement that combines six ingredients to help combat inflammation and pain. It contains Turmeric, Chinese Skullcap, Boswellia, Indian Frankincense, Ginger, and Undenatured Collagen Type 2.  

If you're interested in trying this supplement, send me an email (TheZenFashionista@Gmail.Com) and I'll tell you more.  

This blog post, I have a random question...What is your favorite candle scent?


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Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween 2016 + Some Fran Fine Costume Inspiration

Happy November! 

I like to go all out on Halloween and this year, I ended up with three different costumes. 

Anyone who knows me, will tell you that Fran Drescher is one of my role models and that her TV show, The Nanny is my favorite sitcom. I've actually already been her character, Fran Fine on two previous Halloweens...This year I was inspired to do it again, but try a more well known look of Fran's. 

I know a lot of the designers that were used as wardrobe for the show and found some of Linda Segal's outfits online. This one screamed Fran. 




But, I knew I needed something else to make it more recognizable...So, I kept searching and came across this vintage 90's blazer. It ended up only being $12...Score!




Fran's makeup is fairly simple...A light foundation, nude eyeshadow, liquid liner on the lid, red lipstick, and some blush. 

Teasing my hair is always interesting, since I have a lot of hair....Tons of hairspray was used! 





I helped my mother host a party and had my own small get together with friends the next night. Here are some pictures!













I love artistic costumes like this!








My second costume was actually inspired by Fran as well, and a little bit by Raquel Welch. I'd seen this costume before...it was advertised for July 4th, and when I saw it at the Halloween store, I just had to get it.




And now for some of the food....






Earwax anyone?





The party was 90's/early 2000's themed and so I had chokers, mad libs, milky (gel) pens, and a variety of candy...such as Warheads and Ring Pops. 



I always have a puking pumpkin and this year I made "ghosts."


There were a lot of deserts...From pumpkin rolls to cookies...Look how cute these Rice Krispies pumpkin treats that my friend Jayson made are. 

I went trick -or- treating for the first time in probably ten years. It was a lot of fun. My friend found me a Cookie Monster onesie. My third costume was definitely "practical" based on the chilly weather. It was super comfy.




My Halloweekend was a full one...How about yours? Did you dress up? What are your goals for November?


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XOXOTheZenFashionista

Monday, October 10, 2016

Yom Kippur Resolutions 5777/2016

Yom Kippur...Known as the day of atonement. I reflect on the past year and consider it a time to do a spiritual cleansing. I love this holiday; it's not just a time to right wrongs and vow to change, it's a time to become more aware. To learn what is working and what isn't. To start creating new habits. Unlike the typical January 1st resolutions, these are more spiritually based. 

Today, I'm looking inward and seeing what doesn't serve me and what I want to create for myself in the upcoming year. 

In the year 5777, I will....

  • Let go - Find the silver lining each day

  • Stay present and be more mindful 

  • Listen to my intuition 

  • Continue on my current path of self discovery

  • Find joy in the little things 

  • Reconnect to G-D and source.

In the coming year, I will count my blessings and remember how grateful I am. I will let my light shine and radiate love and positivity. 

I pray for peace and compassion as we enter this new year. 

Gmar Chatimah Tova! May you be inscribed in the book of life. ❤



What is something you'd like to accomplish before 2016 is over? We've still got 81 days to go! 

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Fall Fashion Finds

Happy Monday (and L'Shana Tova...a happy new year to those who celebrate).

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. I especially love putting together cute outfits for the season. 


Here are some of my fall fashion finds. 
(Towards the bottom of this post, you will find pictures you can click for more information about each item). 


Bat Print Long Sleeve Pullover 


Who doesn't love a comfy sweater when it starts to get chilly? Pullovers/Sweaters by Wildfox are extremely soft and long lasting. Best part? It's on sale and perfect for Halloween time. 



Bare Minimum Sweater Dress




Sweater dresses are easy to dress up or down and I happen to love this one from Nasty Gal because of the cutout shoulders. 


Utility Vest




Time to start layering with this stylish cargo vest!


Colorblock Moto Jacket




I'm in love with this statement piece. It definitely will dress up any outfit. I may just have to get it for myself! 


Halloween Bats Stars and Moon Tights




I had to throw another Halloween item in here! I've bought tights from Asos before and they are my go to place to find fun and unique designs and patterns. 


Calf Hi 2-Layer Fringe Boot




Fringe boots always catch my eye, and I just adore this color! Besides grey, they come in black and dusty brown. 

I'd Rather Be In Stars Hollow 




Since the Netflix Gilmore Girls revival is sooo soon (Aka November 25th), here is a fun design I created. It's on Redbubble, so you can order it as a sticker, on a coffee mug, a shirt, etc!  

You can click here to have a look :)


Question of the week: Any Gilmore Girls fans out there?





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Sunday, September 25, 2016

September Shenanigans: Sophia Loren and Some Sewing

Happy Monday!  

I had the pleasure of seeing Sophia Loren speak on September 14 at the Detroit Opera House. 

As you may know, I'm a lover of all things Old Hollywood. So, seeing the legend that is Ms. Loren in person, was a pretty exciting experience. 




Here is some of what I learned from Sophia's talk:

  • She's very shy. 

  • Her mother won a Greta Garbo look alike contest

  • While on the set of Pride and the Passion, she got to know Frank Sinatra. Not knowing much English, he taught her profanities. He told her it was proper English. 

  • The idea for doing a question and answer event like this actually came from Cary Grant many years ago. 

  • Her family is what is most important to her. 

  • She adores Meryl Streep.

  • When asked what her beauty secret was..she jokingly responded saying, "pasta" and then changed her answer to "I was born beautiful," which certainly got some laughs out of the audience.

  • The best onscreen kisser was Marcello Mastroianni.

  • She said that Carlo Ponti had the kindest eyes and that when she's going through something difficult, she'll think of him and it makes things better.








Learning to sew....



I've been enrolled in a fashion program through Parson's School of Design and one of my recent projects was to design a purse, make a mock version and then a finished product that I could sell. I decided to create a purse that was Stevie Nicks inspired. 


I was really nervous about this project. I had never sewn before. In my 21 Things I'd Like To Accomplish Before I Turn 22 post, my first item listed was to learn how to sew. 

The purse is in a crescent moon shape and is made out of black suede. I then put lace over it. 


I really love the finished product and am proud of myself. I can't wait for my next sewing project. 


What did you do over the weekend? I've been traveling. I flew from Las Vegas to Denver. The sunsets here are one of my favorite parts about Colorado. 

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

My Summer In Review

In June, I made a summer bucket list. I only completed a few things on it, but my summer was filled with a lot of fun. Here are some of the highlights!




I planned my 21st birthday party



Made new business cards



Hung out with friends 





Went to LA (Blog post on that coming soon)



Went to three concerts. 




Traveled to Chicago and Vegas 




Went to the cider mill




We tried frozen cider slushies! Yum!

Traveled up north in Michigan to Petoskey 



I went to the two vegan restaurants on my bucket list



Chive Kitchen has weekly hot dog specials for $8.00. Their vegetarian chili is amazing. I can't wait to go back.




I have been wanting to try Greenspace Cafe for a while. The owner of the restaurant is a cardiologist and everything is plant based, organic and fresh. 


And I finally went to Ikea (That place is huge and the food was delicious)




What fun things did you do this summer? Are you looking forward to fall?


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