7 Habits of People Who Age Well

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Maintain a positive attitude.

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You are what you think you are when it comes to aging. Seniors who think of age as a means to wisdom and overall satisfaction are more than 40 percent more likely to recover from a disability than those who see aging as synonymous with helplessness or uselessness, according to The Journal of the American Medical Association.


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Watch what you eat…

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Nutrition plays a major role in how your body ages. “The latest research shows that a low-glycemic diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein is healthiest,” says Dr. Jeffrey Benabio, Physician Director of Healthcare Transformation at Kaiser Permanente Primary Care. One great example is the Mediterranean diet, rich in plant-based foods, whole grains, nuts, and red wine (in moderation!). It also involves eating fish twice each week and cutting back on salt. Research shows that this type of diet may help you age better by warding off heart attacks, strokes, and premature death, according to Harvard Medical School. An added bonus: Benabio says that foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, such as walnuts, salmon, and flaxseed, help your skin manufacture the essential oils it needs to protect itself and can help skin look younger. In contrast, sugary, carbohydrate-heavy, and fatty foods—think, chips, soda, and white bread—can speed up the aging process, says Benabio. “So, when shopping or dining out, opt for whole grains and natural sweeteners,” he says. 


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…And how much you eat.

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Overeating may lead to a shorter life span, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes, according to the NIH. To age well and live longer, it’s best to stick to a balanced diet that consists of about 2.5 cups of vegetables, 1.5 to two cups of fruit, six ounces of grains, three cups of dairy, and five ounces of protein each day.


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Exercise regularly.

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Staying active is a vital part of aging well. The average woman can lose 23 percent of her muscle mass between ages of 30 and 70, says Fabio Comana, a faculty instructor at the National Academy of Sports Medicine. You lose muscle more rapidly as you age, but exercise—resistance workouts in particular—can increase mass and strength, even well into your 90s, says Comana.  Staying fit may also reduce age-related memory loss, according to a study published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Plus, Alzheimer’s disease accounts for approximately 60 to 70 percent of all dementia cases, says Comana, adding that increasing physical activity can decrease this statistic by 25 percent. That’s because exercise strengthens the hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with learning.


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Stay social.

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Friends and relatives can help you live longer. Those of us with strong social ties were shown to have a 50 percent higher chance of living longer than those with poor or insufficient relationships, according to a study published in the journal PLoS Medicine.


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Protect your skin from the sun.

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Too much time in the sun can cause wrinkles, not to mention cancerBut wearing sunscreen can help prevent your skin’s aging. And while the sun’s UV rays do trigger vitamin D production, which is essential for bone health, that’s hardly a good reason to expose yourself. “Here are the facts,” Benabio says. “After a few minutes of sun, your skin stops making vitamin D…and starts making skin cancer.” Most people get plenty of Vitamin D, but if you think you’re not, try eating more salmon or even eggs (don’t skip the yolk).


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Get plenty of sleep.

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You probably know that you should snooze for seven to nine hours each night, according to the National Sleep Foundation. But did you know that not sleeping enough may mean a higher risk of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Plus, naps can improve memory and even help make up for missing nightly Zzs. And it turns out that “beauty sleep” isn’t a myth. During sleep, your body releases a growth hormone that helps restore collagen and elastin, the essential building blocks of young, healthy skin, says Benabio.  Recent studies have also shown a connection between insomnia and accelerated aging of the brain, Benabio says. In other words, chronic lack of sleep adversely affects your brain’s function and speeds up the aging process. “Too many of us treat sleep as a luxury instead of a need,” says Benabio. “If I could encourage people do make one healthy change this year, it would be to sleep more.”

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5 Things Every Apartment Needs

As a single woman living in a major city, apartment living is the norm. I think finding a flat that fits your lifestyle is important. Unlike a house, there is little flexibility to alter an apartment to one’s liking. So, I always try to find a place in an area I like with the amenities I must have, i.e;  a garden tub, dual sinks, a parking garage, and lots of closet space. (I have a post on my accessory closet coming up next week)

I think of myself as an apartment pro. Especially since I actually worked as an apartment kocater a fee years ago. I found that when it comes to apartment living, having certain things make an apartment feel more cozy and chic. Here are the top five must-haves to accomplish that task:

1. Candles. Invest in quality brand candles that not only smell great but add to the look of your place. Nothing says Tre Tre Chic like a luxury scented candles that fills the room with a intoxicating scent. Plus who doesn’t love candle light?

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2. Floral Arrangements. The right floral arrangement will add life to any room.  Make sure to invest in a few great vases for each room to hold your bouquets. *Be careful not to buy cheap looking fake flowers.

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Small Arrangements Are Perfect for Small Spaces

3. Curtains. You’d be surprised just how different a room feels with curtains compared to rooms with just blinds or no window treatment at all.

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4. Accent Pillows. Decorative pillows add a pop to sofas, loveseats, and bedrooms. If you haven’t already picked a color scheme for your place, you may want to consider solid colored furniture and add color with your accent pillows and floral arrangements. This way you can change up your decor when you want without breaking your budget.

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5. A Touch of Paint. Depending on the size of your apartment an accent wall may be just the thing you need. Don’t go overboard with multiple accent walls. If you’re in a small one bedroom or a studio, choose a color that isn’t too dark. *Remember, darker colors make things look smaller.

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Happy Apartment Living!

Dawn B.

11 Problems for People with Good Taste

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1. You walk into any store—low- or high-end—and your favorite item is always the most expensive one. Who knew that little brass tray would ring up as more than certain pieces of furniture?

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2. You’ve had to stop watching makeover shows on TV because your stress level gets too high. All that loud sighing muttering “Oh I could do so much better” can take a toll.

3. You create secret boards on Pinterest—otherwise all your friends wind up with the exact. same. accessories. Sure it’s flattering, but you’d rather not have identical bookshelves.

4. You’ve never gotten your security deposit back. And you KNOW your past landlords have hiked up the rent based on your improvements.

5. You’ve wondered if some of your  friends like you, or just the amazing things you’ve helped pick out for them. So often, those coffee dates turn into “want to pop over and check out that shop? I’m in the market for xyz…

6. You have so many coffee table books and fab decorative items, there’s no longer room for actual coffee on your table. Time to edit it down? Or time to get a bigger coffee table?

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7. When you dress down people still accuse you of looking fancy or “overdressed” compared to them.

8. You have more pics of home or fashion looks than selfies on your Instagram. And yes, each one of them took a solid amount of time to style to get just right.

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9. You have trouble visiting certain family members or friends at home because of an overwhelming desire to move their sofa to the opposite wall or organize something in a more appealing way. And you don’t want to start that fight…again.10. When you say “Thank you, you shouldn’t have!” you mean it. Really. They should not have. This gift is going straight to the Goodwill. When will people learn to stop trying to shop for you?

11. Your calendar is filled with dinner parties…and you suspect you’re only on the invite list because of your reputation for hostess gifts. Did your cousin’s ex-girlfriend really want you at her birthday party or does she just remember the vase you gave them at their housewarming?

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Resource: Elle Decor website  with my added words. – Dawn B.

Trendy Ear Piercing Ideas

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When it comes to earrings, I am all in. I am always trying different styles. But more recently I considered getting a second  piercing added to each ear just to be able to wear a stud or pearl earring with whatever other pair of earrings I choose to wear.

I was pleasently surprised by the different ear piercing ideas I came across. What do you guys think? The first image below is my favorite. But they are all pretty cute.
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My advice: Don’t take ear piercing too seriously. If you want to try something different, go for it. You can always take it out when you’re tired of the look.

– 💋 Dawn B.

How To Start The New Year Like A Boss

Every year people make tons of new year resolutions. Although many of us try to see those resolutions through, the truth is that most of us never get past the end of February before we are back to old habits. Why is that?

I think we get caught up on the idea of starting something new or starting over but we don’t really figure out what we need to do to succeed…Like A Boss!

If you want to start 2016 like you own it, here are some ideas that will help:
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1. Know Yourself.

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There is nothing wrong with dreaming big. Actually, I recommend it. But being a boss means owning your life. And that means knowing yourself well enough to make changes you  know you can actually handle. For example: Planning to lose 65 pounds in two month on an all liquid diet may be a bit much. 

Access your lifestyle, find out your limits (time, finances, etc), and make reasonable changes that you can stick with long term. For larger changes, seek outside assistance to make sure you can handle everything that needs to be done. Whatever your plans are, do them well.

2. Share With Discretion. We have all seen the countless resolutions online. It’s actually become a series of joke memes and tweets. That’s not how a boss starts ma new year. The best idea is to show your results not share your plans.

If you need an accountability partner or two, confide in those closest to you who support your decisions. The last thing you need is someone in your ear mocking your goals or sabotaging your hard work.

👉A boss doesn’t talk about it, she is about it. Besides, when you finally reach your goals, then you can share them with the world. Then you’ll really have a story to tell.

3. Release Your Inhibitions. An inhibition is a force that prevents something from happening—and often comes from you yourself.

Don’t start your new year standing in your own way. If you want to cut your hair, do it. If you want to change careers, go for it. Whatever it is that you’ve wanted to do, see, or try, you owe it to yourself to do so.

The major regrets that most people have later in life are the things they didn’t do. DON’T let this be you.

4. Let The Haters Hate. Know this one thing to be absolutely true, Haters Gonna Hate!

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Seriously. No matter how great you are, how kind you are, or how giving you are, someone is bound to hate what you’re up to and there is nothing you can do about it. Now that that’s clear, it should be understood that their opinion is irrelevant because it really doesn’t have anything to do with your life.

Think of it like this, Haters are  just reminders that you’re living life on your own terms. And that my dear is awesome!

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I don’t know about you, but I plan to be wildly content with the life I live. That means going out there and creating the life I deserve. I hope you will do the same. 🙆

– Dawn B.

3 Ways To Make Your Everyday Life More Fabulous

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Life can be stressful. We all know this. Often times we assume only the rich and famous can have a fabulous day-to-day life, but that isn’t true. Anyone can live life a bit more fab. Here’s how:

3. Focus On What You Love. Life is full of distractions. Often the expectations of others or even the expectations that we place upon ourselves force us to put what we love on the back burner. We are so busy working or doing for others that we have so little time to do what we love. Yet, focusing on what we love is crucial to truly having a fulfilling life.

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Hobbies You Love Such As Bike Riding Are A Must

2. Loose Yourself InThe Moment. If you think about it, the only time we truly have is right now. The past is done and we can’t be sure what tomorrow brings  So why not really make the most out of your time?  This may sound “extra” to some people, but I really believe in celebrating life in small glamorous ways. I randomly buy champagne just to have a glass, I put  fresh flower petals in my bubble baths, and sometimes on weeknights I book a really nice hotel room, order room service, and just relax with my phone on silent. I do these things because I don’t want to be a person who needs a reason to do something nice. Life should be celebrated every day in some kind of way, big or small.

1. Tune Out Bad Vibes. Have you ever noticed how draining some people can be? Always complaining or gossiping or whatever vibe-killing trait they tend to have. Well, if you don’t take anything else from this blog post I hope it is this: Separate Yourself From Draining People.

There is nothing fabulous about spending time with anyone who makes you feel low or judged. Associate with loving, positive people and keep everyone else at a distance. *That may include staying away from them on social media as well.

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I promise you, if you apply the three things listed above your days will become much brighter.

– Dawn B.

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My Dream Tub

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Being an apartment renter, I don’t have the luxury of building out my living space the way I wish I could. So, all I can do is dream of the house I plan to build out in the next few years.

I have started a vision board just for my future home that includes my dream closet, bathroom, and kitchen. Today, I added images for my master bathroom and fell in love with so many options I added them all and will figure it out when the time comes. Until then, I can only drool over them. Here are a few of my faves: 

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In-ground Bathtub ♡

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Bathtub for Two

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– Dawn B.

The Right Necklace

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Have you ever wondered what necklace to wear with your outfit? Don’t worry, many women have. You’d be surprised by how many times I see a great look ruined by the wrong necklace and/or earring combo. The trick is matching your necklime with a necklace that compliments its style. I came across the following diagram on Paper Blog and decided to share:

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Here is another diagram with similar information:

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– Dawn B.

When I Grow Up

Aging has always been a frightening topic amongst most women. For some reason many of us view getting older as a sad, at times overwhelming thing when in reality it represents the gift of time… Time to master the art of living. That’s why seeing images in the media of gorgeous mature women is such a fantastic thing. It celebrates womem who have aged both proudly and gracefully. Here are a few of the women I can only hope to look as great as when I grow up:

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Tina Knowles Lawson (Beyonce's Mom) - Age 61

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Actress Jane Fonda- for W Magazine - Age 77

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Supermodel Iman- Age 59

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Fashion Model Carmen Dell'Orefice- Age 84

Cheers to these fabulous women and others like them for promoting a positive image of aging for the next generations.

– Dawn B.