Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Even though I crave warm weather all Winter long, I find that it creeps up on me every year. One minute I am enjoying sugar cookies for dinner, and the next I am trying to put on a swimsuit without crying.
Who's with me?
So you don't suffer the same fate, here is the first in a series of summer slim-down tips, courtesy of OK! Weekly magazine. (Yes, I get it, I read it and I do not feel badly about it. So there.)
Diet: Cut out coffee (And Diet Coke, too).
And try some green tea instead. While coffee elevates stress and increases cravings, green tea has the opposite effect. Also replace artificial sweeteners with honey or agave, and be sure to drink plenty of water. Your body can sometimes mistake thirst for hunger.
Workout: Start strength training.
Instead of hating every minute on the treadmill, start with two days a week of total-body strength training. Weight training will help you slim down and building muscle will speed up your metabolism so you keep burning calories even after your workout is over.
Motivation: Set a realistic goal.
A pound a week is a good place to start, but shedding weight doesn't have to be your main motivation. Any small lifestyle change will add up to a noticeable difference wherever you want to see it most.
There now, that wasn't so bad. Right?
What are your summer-ready fitness tips?
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
There will be door prizes for our most prompt shoppers. Easter egg hunt starts at 10 AM and there will be eggs filled with candy, toys, Shabby Apple coupons and even a certificate for a free dress!
We'll see you there!!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
It's not too often that you get to try on Shabby Apple dresses to your heart's content without paying for shipping fees but this, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly that occasion. We've partnered up with the Riverwoods in Provo and this event is going to be stellar.
Maybe you've been thinking about this dress for your little lady for Easter--It'll be there; she can try it on and you can see just how darling it looks IRL.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Jewelry as nostalgia-- I love it!
So I took quickly to the Internet and started a search for a state charm necklace of my very own. I couldn't find anything quite so colorful as what Kjrsten is modeling here, but I did dig up a few options.
For some sleek, silver state charms, check out Victoria's Vintage Charms.
Or, if a ready-made version is more up your alley, check out these loaded bracelets from Eclecticala. Each one has a different theme with corresponding charms, including some state charms and other USA landmarks like Mount Rushmore.
If you are looking for something more colorful, and you happen to be from Rhode Island, you are in luck at at Vintage Charm Jewelry.
And you Floridians might be interested in this brightly colored find.
I loved these next state charms because they had a little more detail inside the state lines (I adore the Colorado cowboy!), but they don't have every state.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
I was standing in an old second-hand shop in Irkusk, Russia (Yes, Siberia. No, no real explanation as to why) with THE PREFECT DRESS in my hands, wanting to try it on. The light in the basement shop was bad, the musty smell overwhelming, and the disinterested, half-blind old woman attendant stared at me as I walked through and touched everything. The dress had spoken to me. Soft, washed, cornflower blue silk; buttons up the front; pockets. It had to be mine.
The game of charades to ask if I could try it on was comical. I mimed the action of trying on a dress and posing in front of a mirror, oh la la-ing at myself. When she returned this with a blank stare, I did the only thing I could think of (the most American thing I could possibly do) and flashed her the thumbs up, hoping she would take that as an "is this okay" indicator. There was no dressing room (this I did not know) and so she finally acquiesced and held up an old shawl in a corner so I could slip it on. It fit like magic. Oh. No.
But there was no price tag. Another game of charades. No haggling allowed when you have to pantomime. After 20 minutes we understood each other as only woman can when clothing is involved and I walked out of the shop, with more resolve to learn Russian than I had had in my two previous years of college classes. Next time, I wouldn't have to mime....
In that vein, Fashionistas, and in honor of our new Baja Line, We've put together the FASHIONISTA'S GUIDE TO SPANISH. Hopefully it will come in handy sometime soon!
"Can I try this on?" -- ¿Puedo probar esto?
"Where are the dressing rooms?" -- ¿Dónde están los camerinos?
"I love the cut, but does it come in another color?" -- ¿Me encanta el corte, pero no viene en otro color?
"Do you have this in a size...." -- ¿Tiene usted esta en un tamaño de...?
"Does this make me look fat?" -- ¿Esto me hace parecer gorda?
"I'll buy it!" -- Lo compro!
"Do you take credit cards?" -- ¿Aceptan tarjetas de crédito?
"I want something with higher/lower heels" -- Quiero algo con major/menor talones.
"Do you have a bag that matches these shoes?" -- ¿Tiene una bolsa que coincida con estos zapatos?
"Is that for sale?" -- ¿es esta a la venta?
"How much is it?" -- ¿Cuánto es?
"Where can I buy a copy of Vogue Magazine" -- ¿Dónde puedo comprar un ejemplar de la revista Vogue?
"Do you know a good tailor/dry cleaner/shoe repair...?" -- ¿Conoces a un buen sastre / tintorería / reparación de calzado...?
So there you have it, ladies. Now you have no excuse not to take that trip to Madrid or Caracas...
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
The SUN IS OUT, the icy depths of winter are over, and it is time to CELEBRATE.
Halve, pit, and peel avocados. Coarsely mash in a bowl. Stir in onion, chiles, 1/4 cup lime juice, and 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, then fold in pomegranate seeds, mango, and cilantro. Season with salt and additional lime juice
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
It is that time of year when cold, gray weather is getting pretty darn old and we all start longing for the warmth and sunshine of Spring and Summer.
Dear Winter, we are over you.
To escape the bleak mid-winter blahs I am off to Australia!
(Yes, you should feel very jealous. Go ahead.)
But before I leave, I am going to let you in on a little secret that will help you get through these last few yucky weeks (months? I hope not) of Old Man Winter.
On March 9th, Shabby Apple is releasing a new slew of fabulous women's dresses. The desert inspired Baja Line will transport you to Old Mexico before you can say, "Another margarita, please!" Fancy yourself skipping through an Old Spanish Mission with the Sundace Kid on your arm, and the bleak winter will be nothing but a bad memory.
If you're looking for a little advanced sunshine in your wardrobe, pick up a swingin' fedora like this one,
and some cargos like this,
or this cargo skirt,
to bring a little south-of-the-border flair to what you wear.
I am passing the blog into very capable hands while I am away, so keep checking back for more information about the Baja Line and much more!