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Where to Spritz: Fragrance Guide

Where to Spritz Fragrance Guide #LOVESTYLE It’s not always about what to wear…sometimes it’s where to wear it. Especially when it comes to fragrances. Here’s the best advice I have about where to spritz so your fragrance works in harmony with your skin.

The point of fragrance is you. So start off by spritzing lightly and not letting the fragrance overpower you or cling to you heavily. After a warm shower, apply your fragrance while you are still warm. The fragrance absorbs by the warmth of your skin. Using the same brand of fragrance, shower gels, body lotions and treatment creams will maintain fullness and enhance your scent.

Spraying fragrance in the air and waiting for the mist to fall lightly on your hair allows the scent to diffuse over your body. You do get the most out of your fragrance by spritzing lightly even in unconventional places. A word from the wise, never spritz directly on your clothes or intimates. It will cause discoloration. My “Where to Spritz Fragrance Guide” showcases key pulse points where you can spray your perfume so the aromas will rise and intensify all day long.

Where to Spritz Fragrance Guide

  • Inside the Wrist – Warm up your scent by spritzing inside the wrist. The pulse is a hot spot that allows a beautiful fragrance to be released to linger. (Tip: Don’t rub your wrists together, it will crush the scents!)
  • Nape of the Neck – Expect unexpected hugs and kisses! Feel sexy and sensual and spraying near the throat, on the back of the neck or shoulders.
  • Inner Elbows – Place your perfume in the inner elbows over a vein. Your body heat will emit your scent.
  • Behind the Knees – There’s nothing like reactivating the scent as you’re walking on the beach and your body temperature rises.
  • Cleavage – Dab fragrance lightly in one of the sensual places of the body.
  • Behind the Ear – Although this area may not a ‘pulse point’ a dab behind the ear keeps a subtle scent for hours.

The unforgettable Coco Chanel replied to a woman who asked, “Where should one use perfume?” with, “Wherever one wants to be kissed.”

Keep Coco’s words in mind when you want your wildest dreams to come true, but keep the “Where to Spritz Fragrance Guide” in mind for drawing the attention you desire everyday.

Love,

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PiYo Toning Challenge

Toning PIYO WorkoutDawn DykstraHi, my name is Dawn and I’m a Health & Fitness Coach. I virtually coach clients through at-home workouts and meal planning. I love to see people realize their full potential and achieve confidence in their body, strength in their daily movements and maximum health through nutrition. I’m a newlywed living in Milwaukee, WI and I love to eat, travel and sip on lattes.

I want to show you that fitness does not have to be complicated. You can do a lot from your own home, with zero equipment. Fancy gym memberships and confusing weight machines are not necessary! You can get an amazing, calorie-torching workout using nothing but your own body weight. The PiYo Toning Challenge I’m about to guide you through are simple, yet extremely effective. You can do them in your living room, your backyard or even a hotel room.

PiYo is a strength-based format inspired by Pilates and Yoga. However, instead of holding poses like you do in traditional Pilates and Yoga classes, you move through them dynamically, thereby incorporating a cardio element. What you’ll get with PiYo is strength, cardio and flexibility all rolled into one workout.

PiYo Toning Challenge

1. Dynamic Warrior I

Stand in a high lunge position with your arms extended straight up overhead, framing your ears. Lower down into a deep lunge, keeping your knee over your ankle.

Repeat for 1 minute, rest for 20 seconds, than repeat for 1 minute on the other leg.

Dynamic Warrior Capris : Marc Jacobs New York | Tank: Champion® Continue reading →

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Farm to Table: Fiesta on the Farm

Welcome back to Farm to Table! This time we’re doing things a little bit differently; we’re bringing the table out to the farm!

Last week my friend Kellie and I headed out to Amy and Brian Ray’s farm, Aisling SmallHolding, for their annual chili cook-off and pie contest, where they allowed us to tour their farm, try some of their amazing produce and show off some of our favorite new products from Fiesta® Dinnerware.

Farm to Table: Fiesta on the FarmWhile Amy and Brian were getting ready for their big shindig, Kellie and I set the table amidst their tomato and squash patches. We thought the colorful linens and fun colors were the perfect thing to liven up this summer party.

Farm to Table: Fiesta on the FarmFor our table settings, we picked some of our favorite summer colors from Fiesta’s huge assortment: turquoise, lapis, scarlet, cobalt, sunflower, lemongrass, and the newest addition to the lineup, poppy. We absolutely loved the combination of the poppy bowl with the more subdued cool tone of the lapis plate. Continue reading →

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Chris: Shades of Blue

9-5 Chic: Chris - Shades of Blue #LOVESTYLE

Chris is our thoughtful, bubbly Customer Service Specialist for the website, and has been working for the company for almost 34 years! She has graced multiple offices with her great energy and personality; she started on the sales floor, then headed to the buying offices, and is currently in eCommerce. She keeps customers happy, brides smiling, knows the ins and outs of all sales, and is a guru for keeping the customer number one! Chris loves a great book, finding little gems at flea markets and boutiques, and feels great during a tough boot camp or yoga class. She has wonderful friends and family, and treasures her time making new memories traveling, cooking, drinking wine and more with them.

9-5 Chic: Chris - Shades of Blue #LOVESTYLE

Top: Ruff Hewn | Jeans: Ruff Hewn | Purse: Lucky Brand | Earrings: Nine West Vintage America | Bracelet: Nine West Vintage America | Sunglasses: Fossil | Necklace: Kenneth Cole | Blazer: Ruff Hewn

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The ABC’s of Acne Prevention

The ABC's of Acne Prevention

Never underestimate the power of pesty acne breakouts during the back to school season. It’s the time when pimples are popping up everywhere mainly due to improper skincare, stress, hormonal changes, lack of information and diet.

Whether you are attending high school or headed to an on campus appearance, if it’s important, you start having pimple panic rages. Don’t panic, you are not alone! I’ve got you covered on how to get rid of acne in no time flat.

If you start now, you may go back to school with skin as clear as that first morning bell.

Florida’s Acne Homework

A. Cleanse

A. CleanseFor a safe, gentle and effective way to clean, try the new ‘state of the art’ Clarisonic MIA 2 Acne Clarifying Collection. Proven to clean 6 times better than your hands leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. Its powerful salicylic acid-based cleanser helps to gently dry and clear acne blemishes and the enriched vitamins and botanicals reduce the appearance of redness. The Clarisonic kit is great for at home and the dorm and includes Mia 2 Cleansing Device, an Acne Cleansing Brush Head, and an Acne Daily Clarifying Cleanser and pLink Charger.

Smooth, soften and heal your skin with Fashion Fair Blemish Control Cleansing Foam. This blemish control cleansing foam is formulated with salicylic acid, to help prevent clogging of pores. It clears impurities and dead skin cells and it contains vitamins A and E and is recommended for oily skin.

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Gym Makeup Tips

Let’s talk about the “right” makeup products, and tips that will protect your skin inside and outside the gym. #LoveStyle

Many women don’t like to go out without make-up and some don’t even want to workout without makeup. So for all you ladies who prefer to sweat it out with a finished face, there are beauty products that give you the coverage you want without looking “made up” when you workout.

Its no secret that working out in full makeup may cause serious skin problems. The longer you workout, build up perspiration and allow makeup to settle, the more likely it is that clogged pores could cause blemishes and aging facial lines. The good news is you’re getting fit. The bad news is there can be problems when you don’t apply the proper “makeup for exercising”.

Let’s talk about the “right” makeup products, and tips that will protect your skin inside and outside the gym.

Florida’s Gym Makeup Essentials

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15.

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15Look like you’re not wearing makeup with Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15. Whether you’re kick boxing, biking or in a Zumba class, boost your skin with Clinique’s tinted moisturizer with skin-perfecting colour. It’s lightweight, feels fabulous, oil-free and gives your face a natural look.

My Pro Tip: A small smidge of tinted moisturizer may motivate you to reach your goals when looking your best! Continue reading →

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#LoveStyle Files: Office Style 101

#LoveStyle Files: Office Style 101

Will Rogers once said “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” — and that holds true for your fashion choices, as well. The clothing and accessories you choose to wear on a daily basis to work not only express your style, but your personality and work ethic.

So, how do you make sure your work style conveys your personality in a fashionable — and respectable — way? It’s all about creating a “collection” of pieces that can mix and match to work style success.

Start with the versatile basics, such as the perfect black blazer, a well-cut pencil skirt, a patterned blouse, a does-it-all handbag and sophisticated pumps. Once you have the staples, you can continue to build your wardrobe to give you plenty of professional options. The addition of a power suit, neutral trousers, stylish flats, a white button-down shirt, an elegant watch and a day dress will position your closet for easy mixing and matching. It’s all about wisely stocking your closet; making sure all the pieces go together so you can grab and go. I pulled together my top office essential picks for a fashionable wear-to-work wardrobe.

Jordan’s Office Style 101

#LoveStyle Files: Office Style 101

  1. Calvin Klein Black Lux Lamb Satchel
  2. Nautica® One Button Ponte Jacket
  3. Nine West® Crochet Fit And Flare Dress
  4. AK Anne Klein® “Yedda” Pointed-toe Pumps
  5. Fossil® Women’s Stella Silvertone Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
  6. MICHAEL Michael Kors® Zip Ponte Skirt
  7. Anne Klein® Houndstooth Print Blouse

Office Style 101 Rules of Thumb:

  • Stick to one color family. Workwear pieces are often an investment, so you don’t want to limit your mix-and-match options. Neutrals like white, black, gray and tan should populate much of your work wardrobe, but be sure to mix in a few patterns and complimentary colors to keep it from becoming stale.
  • Don’t forget the accessories. Staple accessories like a versatile satchel and watch are important, but jewelry and shoes that celebrate your personality and style shouldn’t be overlooked. Just be sure they are still work appropriate. Accessories also provide a great opportunity to incorporate the latest trends into your work wardrobe without making an investment.

Once you start thinking of your closet as a collection, rather than a random assemblage of pieces, dressing to smash the glass ceiling will be the easiest task you tackle all day.

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Top 3 Running Tips for Beginners

Top 3 Running Tips for Beginners #LoveStyleHi, my name is Dawn and I’m a fellow runner and Health & Fitness Coach. I virtually coach clients through at-home workouts and meal planning. I love to see people realize their full potential and achieve confidence in their body, strength in their daily movements and maximum health through nutrition. I will run my third half marathon this week. I’m a newlywed living in Milwaukee, WI and I love to eat, travel and sip on lattes.

Why run? (Unless you’re being chased by a bear, that is.) Aside from the obvious cardiovascular benefits, running gives you the opportunity to explore nature, take your fitness to new heights, enjoy camaraderie on the running trails, crush new goals, and yes, experience the infamous “runner’s high” (What’s that all about anyway? Read on. I’ll tell you.) If you’ve been yearning to join the club and see if running is all it’s cracked up to be, here are my TOP 3 tips to get you started.

3 Tips for Beginner Runners

Top 3 Running Tips for Beginners1.) Invest in a good pair of running shoes.

Getting yourself a good pair of running shoes is crucial. Bon-Ton carries several great brands, including Asics, Reebok and Ryka. I picked up this pair of Asics there and they fit like slippers. Running in old shoes is a no-no. Proper cushioning and support is crucial for preventing injury and shoes wear out over time. A good rule of thumb is to replace your shoes every 500 – 600 miles.

If you don’t have a lot of money to drop on new kicks, just make sure you pick a pair designed for running that you are comfortable in! Trust me, I am all ABOUT the fitness fashion but this is not the time to buy based on looks. If you plan on running long distances, consider buying a pair a half size bigger than your normal shoe size, as your feet will swell and flatten out over time.

Long Story Short: If your shoes are uncomfortable, pinching or ill-fitting, you are not setting yourself up for success.

2.) Find a running buddy.

While running may be considered a solo sport, it can actually be a very social activity. The running community is extensive, welcoming and friendly. When you’re first getting started, running with a friend or group makes the experience really fun! It is comforting knowing that someone is “in it with you” and you will bond over shared struggles (how long IS THIS HILL?!) and triumphs (woo! longest distance yet!).

Anytime you start something new, it can be uncomfortable and when that moment hits, it’s the friend next to you that will keep you going. If you don’t have friends that run, check out local running groups and clubs, or even virtual running communities. There are plenty of running-centered groups on social media where you can share stories, find success partners, ask questions and celebrate your successes.

Long Story Short: Surrounding yourself by like-minded individuals and sharing your journey will enhance your experience, so plug in to the running community.

3.) Set a goal.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of running is doing things you’ve never done before. Maybe you can only run for 15 minutes without stopping. Guess what? When you run for 20 minutes without stopping it is going to be the most fabulous day and you will want to SHOUT it from the rooftops!

The sense of accomplishment that comes with achieving new distances/times is like none I have experienced with any other type of fitness. I encourage you to sign up for a race or set a goal distance and publicly announce your intention to run it. Even if it’s a quarter mile farther than you’ve ever gone, you’ll reap the exhilarating benefits of accomplishing a new goal, your body will start to release endorphins, aka the “runner’s high”, and you’ll have a reason to get out the door as you begin to fall in love with running.

Long Story Short: Maximize the full potential of the benefits of running by pushing yourself just a little bit.

Top 3 Running Tips for BeginnersShoes: Asics Watch: Asics Leggings: Marc New York

Congratulations! You are a runner. Own your success and celebrate it. If you run, you can call yourself a runner. That term is not reserved for the elites in Boston.

If you’re like me, you probably have Pinterest boards exploding with recipes, shoes and fitness fashion. Create a Pinterest board with your favorite active styles from Bon-Ton and you could win your board! Get all the info and enter to win.

Enjoy your journey, once you start running, it will be with you forever. It will turn a bad day into a good one, reveal strength within yourself you never knew you had, and create memories to last a lifetime. Happy running!

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The Bra Fit Basics

Five insider tips and tricks to aid you on your journey to finding the bra of your dreams. After all, who doesn’t love a little strap appeal?

Most of us have worn a bra since high school.

In other words: You’d think we’d be bra fit aficionados by now.

Over time, however, it has become increasingly evident for many of us that while we know how to choose our favorite color, fabric and style, a perfect fitting bra remains elusive.

Don’t fret! I’ve compiled five insider tips and tricks to aid you on your journey to finding the bra of your dreams. After all, who doesn’t love a little strap appeal? Continue reading →

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