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7.27.2010

Summerize Your Style

I don't know about you all, but for me summer is not usually thought of as high fashion..when most wardrobe items are flip-flops, tanks, shorts {although as free as that style allows most to be}, but stylish doesn't immediately come to mind.

But I'm here to tell you, while trying to keep cool, there are lots of ways to still bring elegance to your summer style. The quickest and most effective way to accomplish a stylish appearance is with accessories. Some statement jewelry can offer your summer wardrobe some embellishment with subtle details, while still feeling comfortable under the sun. The key to spicing up your style this summer is owning and knowing how to use accessories elegantly. Looking perfectly polished in the summer months isn't always easy--especially on those days that are unbearably hot. With that in mind, it's very important to start investing in a few classic pieces of jewelry. Sometimes, just adding that one necklace to a rather boring/not so elegant outfit, can give us that opportunity to make heads turn.

We recognize, however, that keeping your accessories in tune with what you wear is vital. Always remember, your clothes need to be of a similar coloring of an unfussy fabric and pattern that will make the necklace stand out. We don't want to seem that we're trying too hard.



7.22.2010

Why Is Gardening Good For You


Don't forget to incorporate the outdoors in your decorating to give your home that updated look. Researchers actually have found evidence that “gardening is good for your health, reducing stress levels, lowering blood pressure and even helping you live longer.”

And who after a busy/stressful day wouldn't want to have that great escape to come home to? Not only is it rewarding and absorbing but gardening may even provide better exercise than going to the gym. How so? According to experts, “activities such as digging and raking are good steady exercise, which burns more calories than cycling.” At the same time taking care of our beautiful planet!

Just remember, plant roots thrive in soil that has a balance of particles that hold on to enough moisture to keep roots from drying out while allowing excess water to drain away. Gardeners call this mixture loam. In such soil, air circulates freely, allowing microorganisms to go about their work of adding nutrients to the soil. Large amounts of organic matter—compost—should be added to both clay and sandy soils to achieve a balance. When it is spaded into the ground, compost conditions the soil.

Since, like a sponge, it holds on to moisture, less watering is needed. Compost comes complete with millions of friendly bacteria that will continue to break down decaying matter, turning the matter into nutrients that plants need in order to grow vigorously. Compost also helps balance the soil so that it is neither too acidic nor too alkaline.

What, though, if you know little about gardening? Do you have friends, neighbors, or acquaintances who have experience in this regard? Then why not ask them for help or advice? It may also be possible for you to purchase or borrow some books on gardening.

One of my favorite plants is the Begonia with big red bronze leaf. It blooms all season and thrives in sun or shade. So, happy gardening!!!