Self

5 Self Care Ideas for December

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Holiday Season is such a busy time.  Kids have school projects coming due.  There are band concerts and chorus shows to attend.  Have you got all your baking done yet?  Then the meal planning and the visiting schedule have yet to be worked out.  Oh, and how are those resolutions coming along?  It never ends does it?  It’s easy to get overworked and stressed out on a daily basis.  I know it happens a lot to me.  I can easily forget unless I write the reminders down.

Here are five quick and easy ways to take care of yourself this month.

1. Turn off all the phones and electronic devices for an evening.  Play a board game as a family or go see the lights.  Plan something besides the norm.  We all need a change of pace once in awhile.

2.Don’t put up all your decorations.  Go through them and donate what you really don’t want or need. We were pushed into this by accident.  We adopted two cats this summer so this is their first Christmas.  We didn’t want the ornaments to be ruined so we only put on lights and ribbon.  The ribbon has already been pulled off by the cats.  Thankfully they have not tried to climb the tree yet.

3. Just say no.  You don’t need to go to your cousins house for the day after Christmas extended family celebration.  You don’t have to go to your families Christmas and then drive like a bat out of hell to your spouses family 4 hours later.  Take a holiday off.

4.Give less gifts.  Your sanity and wallet will thank you.  Does your sister really need more potholders?  I know they have kitties on them and that just screams her but let someone else get them. In my family we have this rule that once a person hits 18 they no longer get gifts.  If you are over 18 the next time you get a gift is for graduation, marriage, new home, or birth of a child.  No more holidays.

5. Have a different meal than normal.  A huge Christmas meal with all the trimmings?  I know you can make it potluck.  I just get tired of it all.  So how about a lasagna or pizza instead of ham or turkey?  It doesn’t have to be crazy!

I hope these self care ideas help.  I know they technically are not traditional self care ideas like getting a pedicure.  Sometimes you just have to cut down or not do anything as a form of self preservation.  Good luck.

 

Clothing

10 Fashion Terms to know

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Here are ten quick fashion terms to know.

1. Action Back: Term used to describe the extra fullness at the back of a jacket, shirt or dress from the shoulder to the waist. Normally a pleat, that helps with movement.

2. Bolero: A waist length open jacket worn by women.

3. Cashmere: a luxurious fabric made from the hair of a goat that is native to Northern India’s Kashmir region as well as several other Asian nations. The wool for the fabric is taken by combing the animals.

4. Felt: Non-woven fabric made by compressing wool and hair fibers in a flat form by heat and steam.

5. Flannel: A soft, delicate fabric tightly woven into a twill or plain weave and has a soft nape.  It can be made of woolen, worsted or some combination of.

6. Mittens: Hand covering with a thumb compartment and another area for the fingers.

7. Parasol: An umbrella used for sun protection that can be made of cloth to match clothing. A popular accessory during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

8. Parka: A hooded fur jacket worn of Native Americans in the Arctic regions.

9. Taffeta: A type of crisp fabric with a smooth surface. At one time made of silk, currently made in man made fibers.

10. Ultramarine: A deep shade of purple blue.

 

 

 

 

Clothing

10 Fashion Terms to know.

Yes, its another time for a fun and informative ten fashion terms to know.  Impress your friends with your new fashionista vocab! This monthly feature will have you sounded like a insider in no time.

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Acrylic: Generic name for fibers and yarn that are man made from resin. Acrylic is considered an easy care item that can retain it’s shape. Used in sweaters, hosiery and dresses.

Admiralty Cloth: A Melton-type fabric used by the British Navel forces for officer’s uniforms and coats.

Cadet Blue: A light blue grey color worn by cadets at various military academies.

Cadet Cloth:  A heavy flannel cloth used for overcoats by military academy cadets in a blue grey color.

Damask:  A fabric made in a Jacquard weave in a pattern of various sizes. It reverses on the other side. Originally from Damascus, Syria.

Diadem: A crown or headpiece wider and higher toward the front.

Ikat: A method of dyeing yarn pronounced ee-kat from Malaysia.

Muslin: A fabric of plain weave in various weights that can be used in sheets, pillowcases to summer dresses and blouses. Fabric is lustrous, long wearing, soft and washable.

Rayon: A term for man-made fibers taken from trees, cotton, and wood plants. Used for it’s low cost, it can be woven or knitted. It drapes and dyes well, but wrinkles easily. Used in undergarments, dresses and shirts.

Ready-to-wear: Clothing that is mass produced in a variety of standard sizes. The first ready to wear dresses debuted in Paris in 1792.

 

 

 

 

 

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Food

10 Cooking Terms to Know

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Are you a cook?  I must admit, I’m not.  I can make things and they are edible, but no one will ever say to me “That’s a great meal.”  I never grew up in a cooking family.  So everything I know is self taught or down to a cookbook.  Any recipes you find on this blog are tried and true on my own family several times.  Still sometimes I wonder, what does this term mean when I read a cookbook. As a result, once a month I will do a short article on various cooking terms that I run across.  I think it will be fun for us to learn together.

Al Dente- Tender but firm to the bite.

Blanch- To Blanch something is to put it into boiling water from a few seconds to minutes.  Then removing it and placing it into ice water.

Caramelize- To cook something slowly until it becomes brown and sweet.

Deglaze- To deglaze a pan you moisten then scrape up the brown bits of food that stick to the bottom of the pan.

Dredge- To dredge something is to create a crispy coating on the outside of meat by coating it in flour or cornmeal etc. It is more commonly known as breading.

Flambe- Meaning “flame” in French, flambe is when you add alcohol to a hot pan to create a burst of flames.

Gratin- A dish that has a slightly browned crust usually made of breadcrumbs or cheese.

Meuniere- A sauce of brown butter, parsley, and lemon.

Scallop- A well known term for any type of common saltwater clams.

Basmati Rice-  Basmati is Hindi for “fragrant.” A long a slender form of rice found in traditional Indian cooking.

Are there any other terms that you would like me to define?  Is there a cooking term that you think others should know about?  Leave it in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

Clothing

Say yes to a classic wardrobe. Classic vs Trendy.

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What is a classic wardrobe?  Has it been the same?  Has it changed? Do I need one.  Fashion is on of the most popular topics for blogs.  It rules Pinterest, and plays an integral part in Instagram.  During certain times of our lives clothes matter differently.

To me a classic wardrobe is something that is a standard, more conservative look.  It is meant to show quality and value.  You can’t look at a piece of standard wardrobe and say “Wow, 1980 was an interesting year for clothes.”  You look up and say instead “I wonder where she got that?”

Trendy is something new, current, that stands out but manufactured for the masses. A trendy item is something that lasts for a very short while and then no one wants to wear it.  Think Bell Bottoms, jelly bracelets, and the like.  Growing up, especially during the teen and college years, is where most of our trendy clothes come from.  Fast fashion is very popular and cheap for this reason. It’s best to spend as little money on it as you can.  You end up getting rid of it too fast.

My background is in fashion.  My love of clothes has changed so much over the years. Growing up, I loved to watch fashion shows and read the glossy magazines.  I knew all the latest designers and what was current.  I loved putting together outfits for people and styling new looks.  I learned to draw and sew.  Clothing was important.  It still is, but in a different way.

We all need clothes.  Some of us more than others.  An inuit in Northern Alaska or Canada is going to need more clothing than a Masai warrior who lives on the African Savannah. A business woman in New York is going to need more clothing and a greater variety than a housewife in Tokyo. It is rare we go naked.  Clothing protects us.  It also tells people who we are.  If your punk you have a different style than say a banker.  It varies.

Don’t take these wardrobe lists as gospel.  They are a starting point.  Take your life, your likes, and your lifestyle and adapt these to you.  Edit what you need.  If you are a punk rocker, you may like the idea of a motorcycle jacket. The banker I wrote about might like it too.  Or they may prefer a more tailored leather jacket they can wear to work or out.  They are adapting the clothing to their situations.

Color plays a hug part of a wardrobe.  Many of your classic pieces will be in one of the basic neutral colors.  In fashion magazines, they are constantly changing what a neutral color is.  In all honesty, it’s just to get you to buy more clothing. Neutrals are neutral.  They don’t change.  The neutral colors are: black, white, grey, and brown and all they shades those colors entail. Generally speaking your basic wardrobe, your classic wardrobe, should be in neutral colors. This allows you to mix and match trendier colors such as Marsala (Pantone’s 2015 color of the year) or Greenery (Pantone’s 2017 color of the year).

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Ready to start building your own basic wardrobe?  Check out tomorrow’s post for my 15 basic wardrobe pieces.  Also, coming soon photos of my new wardrobe and posts about me trying to get a capsule wardrobe.  Stay tuned!

What do you think should go into a basic wardrobe?  What is your go to piece or color? Let me know in the comments.