Random thoughts about body image

I was watching “What Not To Wear”, a show that takes a sans-style chic, goes thru her closet and throws her favorite clothing into the trash because she agreed to get made over with a $5K wardrobe. Ok, I admit it, I would love to do that, I think. They would probably tell me that I wear too much black. I need to wear more things that are fitted and not loose and flowy….I get it.

Personally, I think if you have developed your own personal style, why should you change it to fit someone else’s definition of style. (Unless you clearly don’t have any, like the chicks they choose for this program)
So I love my leggings and boots and loose flowy tops. I’ll probably not change my fashion style…until some day, one day, I lose about 20 pounds, and I can wear the cute little fitted tees and dresses:) ala Carrie Bradshaw.

Which brings me to another story:
My friend and I were at Barnes and Noble before Christmas and we both bought a food journal and a bargain book, The Abs Diet. We planned on being accountable to each other, to be each other’s support and encouragement to lose weight. I have yet to start. I need a kick start!

I’ve been to the gym twice. I have the Isagenix program that my husband and I get automatic monthly shipments. I need to cleanse, detox. I just can’t get started. My resolution: Just show up. Just do it. Easier said than done. I wish I enjoyed running. I wish I had better workout shoes and cute yoga outfits. I wish I could get rid of the’tire’. I wish I had a good writing pen. (really.) I miss that hard sweat, the 2nd -day-after-a-good -work -out muscle pain.

Things I’m doing Tomorrow:
I’ll take a full body picture of myself http://fittipdaily.wordpress.com/2008/02/06/picture-your-weight-loss/ and post where I can’t miss it!

Going to Lainey’s Zumba class for a good hard sweat.

Logging my caloric intake.

Fish and Veggies.

Take down my Christmas decorations.
Tomorrow.

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Spoiled Chics The Boutique Receives 2009 Best of Sewickley Award

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Spoiled Chics The Boutique Receives 2009 Best of Sewickley Award

U.S. Commerce Association’s Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 — Spoiled Chics The Boutique has been selected for the 2009 Best of Sewickley Award in the Women’s Accessory & Specialty Stores category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA “Best of Local Business” Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

CONTACT:
U.S. Commerce Association
Email: PublicRelations@us-ca.org
URL: http://www.us-ca.org

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Save your local economy…three stores at a time.

I received the news this morning that our Norman Rockwell-esque Village is again losing a wonderful and vibrant business. I was sick in the pit of my stomach to hear the news, and with other merchants on the verge of closing or leaving, I started second guessing the viability of our own shop.

I took a deep breath, said a few prayers, and decided to use my drive to work as quiet time to detox my brain and
let my soul breathe.

I arrived at work, still not feeling like myself, thinking about the viability and life of our own little shop that has become part of this Village. Speaking with other merchants and store owners on the street, the word was out. Another empty storefront. “Did you hear that (this one) is closing at the end of the month?” “So and so is hanging on by a thread..”Depression, Fear, Panic and other negative thoughts set in and ate away at me.

But I choose to pull myself out of the negative aspirations and speak on a positive note.

“Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words….your words become your actions. … your actions become your habits..your habits become your character… your character becomes your destiny..”

Then I found the 350 Project online.
With the last 4 separate customers that came into the store, I began comversation and mentioned the 350 Project and it’s premise of ‘Save 3. Spend $50’ .

They loved it. They each were inspired and took several fliers to pass out to their organizations, friends, other merchants, and then spent $203.71 between the the 4 of them. I joked that they exceeded their commitment, and thanked them for their business.
Not even 20 minutes later, one of my neighboring merchants just came in ecstatic that one of the women who I spoke to, delivered the same flier to him, told him about the promotion and spent $50 at his shop. And this was just over a matter of a couple of hours..imagine what 30 days could do. It works!

It takes one person to start the trend. YOU. Present a Challenge to your community.
If every resident would Select 3 independently owned business that they would miss if they were gone, stop in and say hello, and Spend $50 between the three, over 30 days…a great percentage will go back to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures…plus…it helps to keep these businesses around.

Pick 3. Spend 50. Save Your local economy.

Visit the350Project.net

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Fashion Color Report 2009: Staying Fashionable on a Budget


Every season, Pantone surveys the designers of New York Fashion Week to identify the 10 most directional colors. Like a painter’s palette, FALL 2009 offers choice and diversity but the unique integration of colors is what makes it so appealing.

Get some great fashion advice from Project Runway’s Tim Gunn and other designers on how to stay fashionable on a budget. Learn everything you need to know on selecting the best color for your skin, hair and personality.

Pantone Fashion Color Report 2009

Update your foundational pieces in your wardrobes with a pop of color. Take your neutrals and add a scarf in burnt sienna. Add a cobalt blue bag to a basic black sheath..and take it a step further with a crisp white men’s shirt under it. Charcoals and purple. love it.

In these economic times, when we’re all trying to make the best of what we have..incorporate color! www.spoiledchics.com

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KUERO Bags transmit life,energy and passion..

KUERO, Handcrafted, Genuine Nicaraguan Artisan Leather

When a friend of mine, Alma Lleras, a former dancer with the American Ballet and now a jewelry designer, invited me to meet her handbag designer friend, I said yes, with trepidation and a little hesitation.

But when she walked into the store and we met for the first time, I knew that we had come upon something special.
Ana Velazquez, born in Canada to Nicaraguan parents and raised in Nicaragua, is a beautiful Latina. Growing up in a creative family, Ana’s mother is a fashion designer, and her grandmother, a jewelry designer.

” I’m inspired by my country, my family and aesthetic pleasures…Nicaragua’s history has produced strong, persistent, loving and hardworking people, people with dreams and a unique perspective of life”…
Like Ana, her bags are works of art, transmitting life, energy, passion, and a postive attitude.

KUERO, meaning ‘leather’ in Spanish, is launching in Pittsburgh, Pa. and is now available at Spoiled Chics the Boutique in Sewickley.
Master Representative, Randy Gray and Associates will roll out the line to other U.S cities beginning in January 2010.

More KUERO pics..

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Teen designer,Twisted Metal

At 13 years old, Alex Krosovic has accomplished more than most people twice his age. Excelling in academics, running cross-country, playing 4 instruments (piano, guitar, sax and trombone), fishing and kayaking, I wonder when he has time to create jewelry.

He’s been designing jewelry since he was 10. Wrapping and twisting wire into intricate shates and designs, the name “Twisted Metal” was a no brainer.

Depression glass hand wrapped in sterling silver wire pendants

Depression glass hand wrapped in sterling silver wire pendants

His sterling silver twisted wire rings grew in popularity and were so highly coveted that Blocher Jeweler of Ellwood City, Pa. (his hometown), partnered with Alex who began designing one-of-a-kind pieces and offering jewelry repair for their patrons.

During a brainstorming session at Spoiled Chics the Boutique in Sewickley, Pa., a collaboration of ideas ensued which will result in a new, hip, edgy collection of jewelry. Featuring details such as multi layered chains, mixed metals, leather strands, his current line of bone, wood, stone and ‘river glass’ will take on a whole new chapter of style.
Alex Krosovic, Twisted Metal, and his business partner/mom, Sondra Krosovic, also a designer,”On the Rocks Jewelry” will both be featured at a Trunk Show:
Date: September 12, 2009
Time: 10am-5pm
Place: Spoiled Chics the Boutique
350-1/2 Beaver St.
Sewickley, Pa. 15143
412.741.0977

Trunk Show info on Facebook

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It all comes down to…The Hat!

San Diego Hat Co., Ultra braid Xlarge contrast Brim

San Diego Hat Co., Ultra braid Xlarge contrast Brim

I am so envious of women who can just plop a hat on their head and look absolutely stunning. I am one of many women who, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t pull it off. I believe that there is an art to wearing a hat, one that I haven’t discovered.

However, there are lot’s of great reasons to wear a hat. A hat is a great accessory that will pull an outfit together, a simple sheath dress with a cute wide brim and you’re ready for all the Kentucky Derby parties.

There are certain rules that usually apply when selecting a hat:
Face shape and proportions for example, small face, small hat, wide face, wide brim

Skin color: The color of your hat should either complement or flatter your skin tone. If your skin is pale with rosy hues, then a pink or red or rust-colored hat would look nice on you. If your skin is dark or with yellow tones, you can wear just about any color hat but do try not to stick to just black.

Another very important reason is that a hat provides ample protection from the harmful rays of the sun. Skin cancer pevention and education has become more prevalent as we are becoming more aware of the dangers of exposing the skin to the sun. Not to mention the age spots, sun spots and freckles that appear on one’s complexion as a result of ‘laying out’.

Despite all the ‘rules’ about wearing a hat, I say, if you feel confident in a hat, if you love it and it makes you feel good, then forget all the ‘rules’.
San Diego Hat Co. available at Spoiled Chics the Boutique

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