MORE THAN A BUZZWORD

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If you’re fairly present on social media like I am, you may have noticed some really positive words are trending lately. Words like authentic, and intentional, and vulnerable – they’ve all been reaching their veritable status buzzwords and are now being hashtagged at a fever pitch. It seems fairly evident that people are growing increasingly weary of the constant facade and are tired of being bombarded with picture perfect highlight reels of seemingly perfect lives on social media. So we carve these words into the covers of our journals or buy beautiful hand lettered prints on Etsy, determined to apply their virtues as we embrace the new year.

And for many, thats where it stops.

Because reality is that these are incredibly demanding words. They fly in the face of all that we value as a modern society and demand that we live in a radically countercultural way to everyone and everything around us. And for most of us, thats just simply not what we signed up for.

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I mean sure, we like the IDEA of “intentional,” and we want people to SEE us “authentic,” but are we really ready to sign up for turning our entire existence upside down to dedicate ourselves to words that so wholly refute most everything we have built our lives on?

And so countless women across Instagram throw their hair into a strategically messy ponytail, put on their makeup but skip those last steps of eyeliner and gloss, and take 3-4 outtakes before finding the perfect selfie to hashtag #therealme

Moms all over Facebook straighten up their living rooms, leaving a few toys scattered just so, and post a half-truth update about needing to be #authentic about the way their house isn’t actually perfect.

Ugly, gross, embarrassing truth time? I’ve DONE this. For my own personal confession, I present to you Exhibit A in the case against me for my own pseudo-authenticity. Last year I posted this photo to Instagram:

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I captioned it, “Authenticity Moment” and went on to talk about how important it was to show our real lives on social media and not be afraid to show our messes. And sure, there are a few dishes in the sink here, and the paper towel roll needs refilling, but seriously? You want to see a REAL authenticity moment? THIS is what my sink actually looks like sometimes:

Y’all. I CANT EVEN. Feel free to call me out for that one, because I *know* I deserve it.

We are selling ourselves short if we really think this is the best we can do. Authenticity is so much more than a buzzword. Being Intentional? Its hard work: taking every thought captive, and making every choice with a real thought to our values and goals. And being vulnerable? Its probably the most intense of them all – baring our flaws in all their glory so that HIS glory can shine through. Its easier said than done, but it certainly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to do them either.

Pseudo-authenticity isn’t helping anyone. Can we all just agree to stop cleaning up our houses for company and then saying “oh sorry for the mess” when they walk in? Can we actively try to look at our social media and consciously reflect our lives in their most authentic state? Can we stop simply lettering these words across our coffee mugs and surrender ourselves to them in a real and radical way? Or maybe for some of us its a simple as promising not to keep offhandedly hash tagging these life altering words until we’re wholly ready to see …

HOW TO STITCH FIX LIKE A PRO

If you haven’t yet heard of Stitch Fix let me be the first to tell you that this subscription box service is completely changing the face of shopping for women everywhere. Imagine items handpicked especially for you by a personal stylist, sent directly to your home for you to try on in your own time and with your own wardrobe, and whatever you don’t like you simply drop into a prepaid shipping bag and send right back. Now imagine the service itself is essentially free, because although they charge a $20 “styling fee” the fee is always applied to whatever you purchase from your box, so it ultimately costs you nothing. That my friends is EXACTLY what Stitch Fix provides.

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As a mom with two little boys Stitch Fix has been one of the best things that ever happened to me, because it meant finally doing away with my least favorite aspect of shopping – dragging two little boys into a crowded dressing room with me while I cram myself in and out of ill fitting pants under unflattering florescent lighting while listening to them fight over my iPhone. Now I excitedly open my Stitch Fix packages in my own timing (aka: when no kids are around,) I can sip on a “mommy beverage” of choice, and effortlessly try pieces on in my own bedroom. I can even try putting them into outfits with items from my existing wardrobe to see how easily I could integrate the new pieces. No more digging through racks trying to narrow it down to styles I like, no more wonky mirrors or yucky lighting, and no more rushing to beat a toddler meltdown. Shopping became luxurious again, and its been heavenly.

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Let’s take a peek into my most recent fix to see what the service is really like.

For starters, every package comes beautifully branded and designed, which definitely adds to the overall experience of being spoiled.

Inside the box are your 5 hand chosen items, the return bag, a personalized note from your stylist, an invoice listing out each items price breakdown, and an example card for each of the pieces showing 2 ways it could potentially by styled

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Open up the tissue to reveal the items your stylist has chosen!

I made a challenge to myself that I would try on every single piece my stylist sends, even if Im not a fan at first look. And let me say: that challenge has paid off. Sometimes my stylist seems to know whats going to fit my shape even better than I do. Plus it can be fun to try something new and step out of a fashion rut – you might surprise yourself!

Here are the items I received this fix. All 5 were definitely “keepers” for me.

So now that we have seen the ins and outs of Stitch Fix, lets get down to the juicy stuff – how to get the MOST out of this service. I’ve boiled it down to my top 5 tips.

1) YOUR MOST IMPORTANT TOOL IS YOUR PINTEREST BOARD – HANDS DOWN.

When filling out your style profile during your Stitch Fix sign up, they give you the option to link to a single Pinterest board. This board is hands down the most important key to getting the most out of your fix. Make sure that this board is dedicated only to styles you would want your stylist to consider when putting together your fix. It can even be helpful to create a separate board you use solely for tracking styles you are most interested …

10 tips for creating a unique bathroom experience

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The most critical decisions are undertaken on the shower, with the sleekness of the duscharmatur regendusche watching you as the water flows. While many people tend to decorate the bathroom last, a luxurious and fresh bathroom will offer you renewed energy and a seamless getaway. Today, it is more about enhancing the visual appeal and how you feel when you get into the bathroom.

Fortunately, some smart design choices can help overhaul and bring life to your boring bathroom. If you are searching for ideas and tips that help your bathroom look unique, stand out, and unconventional, you are at the right place. This article has tips on how to create a unique bathroom experience. Tag along!

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1. Upgrade Your Shower Faucet

When you have no time to loll in the bathtub, the right shower head will leave you feeling pampered in a few minutes. A Shower faucet controls the water flow. But more importantly, they are the face of your bathroom. While several faucets are available in the market with high workability and comfort, you should consider the material and sleek elements.

The most stylish and durable material is the stainless-steel faucets, and they are visually appealing. Copper and brass faucets are also classy and functional where corrosion is an issue. You can find a shower faucet that is programable to automatically change water temperature and pressure when showering.

2. Incorporate Natural Décor

There is a reason why the most luxurious spas are established in mountains, beaches, and other natural wonderlands. Having plants in the bathroom is one of the easiest tricks to make your bathroom experience unique. You can place the potted houseplants on the countertop, floor, and other bathroom surfaces or try and hang a potted plant from the ceiling. Ensure to select plants that thrive well in a humid bathroom environment and the kind of light the bathroom receives. If the live plants are not ideal for your skills or space, set a vase filled with fresh flowers on a countertop or shelf, or decorate with faux plants.

3. Create A Calm Experience with Colors

A suitable color scheme can enhance tranquility. Choose muted, soft colors to create a serene environment. When choosing your bathroom color scheme, you should avoid high-contrast color pairings such as orange and blue or white and black that often seem to energize and bold instead of calming. Instead, go with soft shades such as light blue, creamy white, dusty lilac, and sand beige. You can finish the scene with complementary hardware.

4. Declutter The Bathroom

Bathroom countertops covered in cosmetics, toiletries, and styling tools can prevent serenity. Jam-packed countertops and cluttered bathroom cabinets are not conducive to your relaxation. To establish a serene experience, you should clean and keep the surroundings uncluttered, meaning your bathroom should provide ample drawers and cabinets. Begin by eliminating any expired or unused products. Keep the items you don’t regularly use inside drawers, cabinets, or baskets when restocking. For the few essential products, you use daily, neatly tuck them away on counter space and open storage.

5. Incorporate More Storage

Incorporating more storage in your bathroom will make it easy to keep an uncluttered and clean look. In addition to drawers and bathroom cabinets, you can include baskets, shelves, and mount hooks to boost organization and storage.

6. Introduce Calming Scents

Indulging the sense of smell is a top spa secret that you can easily engage in your personal space. You can do this by placing a diffuser on the countertop or setting the scented candles around your tub. You can choose vanilla, jasmine, lavender, and …