You’re walking through your favorite mall. As you stroll past the plethora of windows filled with the most eye-catching tops and dresses, you stop dead in your tracks. The entire mall hushes into silence to usher in the slow-jam background music of “Lucky” by Jason Mraz. Your fellow mall-goers fade as the lights go dim and a single spot light flashes on.
You’ve just fallen in love at first sight.
As you approach what you now know to be the love of your life, or at least this season, your stomach is filled with butterflies and you’re fighting back tears of joy.
You’ve never seen a more perfect romper in your entire life.
The closer you get to your new beloved, the closer you feel to heaven on earth. In anticipation of touching the soft, airy fabric you reach out your hand… but just before your fingers reach it, something catches your eye.
The price tag.
At first the numbers are all a blur, but as they come into clarity your heart sinks. You retract your hand as if you’ve touched a scalding hot frying pan. The background music screeches to a halt, the harsh fluorescent lights flash back on and the loud cries of babies and intense sounds of mall hubbub begin to pierce your ears.
Next thing you know, you’re sitting on the mall bench in a puddle of tears, stuffing your mouth with a Sprinkles Cupcake you had previously passed up in a moment of strength and optimism.
We’ve all been there. Probably more often than we’d like to admit. The heartbreak of an over-priced romper is very real. But I’m here to tell you to get off that mall bench, put the cupcake down & wipe away your tears.
Shopping for your next romper doesn’t have to end in heartache! Lovestitch has made it a priority to keep our most coveted rompers at the lowest price for our customers, without sacrificing quality and style. Shop Lovestitch Rompers now! (I promise, you won't be disappointed.)
Welcome to DAY TWO of the year 2015! Two days ago most of us resolved to start a new habit, break an old one, live a fuller life, remove negativity, increase positivity… Some resolved to lose weight, some to gain weight. Whether we announced it aloud or not, most of us resolved to make some kind of change.
On New Year’s Eve it’s especially easy to see the year ahead as a new beginning and the truth is, it CAN be a new beginning. But there’s a catch: It’s REALLY HARD to make a lifestyle change!
I for one, get slapped in the face with this reality on DAY 2 of every new year. The rose colored glasses of excitement fade, the party hats come off and you realize that the beginning of a new year isn't going to magically change your habits for you. Which is quite disappointing if you ask me! But it’s reality and it’s probably for the best…What’s that old saying? “Nothing worthwhile comes easy…”?
Last year I resolved to start waking up at 4:30AM to go to the gym before work… and I failed.
This year, upon reflection and conversations with strangers, I realized that the reason why most of us fail to accomplish our resolutions is because we procrastinate. On New Year’s Eve we are gung-ho to make a change but on the day we actually have to take action, we put it off because, well, waking up at 4:30AM to go to the gym is a really difficult habit to start!
It’s in these first few days of the new year that we set the tone for the rest of the year. If you make an excuse as to why you can’t start your resolution until January 7th, the odds of successfully making a long-term change are against you from the get-go.
So on this reality-slap-of-a-day, I challenge myself and invite you to accept the same challenge: START. RIGHT. NOW.
Put down the coffee you said you’d cut back on. Get up right now and get the a glass of water you promised to drink more of. Go to your fridge, take that last piece of leftover pizza and give it to homeless person. Pick up your phone & set your alarm for 4:30AM. Whatever it is you resolved to do, START RIGHT NOW! Because this time next year, you will be 100% responsible for whether or not you've accomplished all that you set out to do.
We've officially got 363 days left to make a change. Let's DO THIS!
The New Year is truly a time to sit back and reflect on the past year and re-center yourself if you do not do so on a regular basis. There is something magical about a brand new year ahead and leaving the past behind. It can be fun to set resolutions and goals but more importantly you should focus on where you were at exactly this time last year. Realize where you were and where you ARE and give yourself credit for all the growth you have experienced. As human beings we have the opportunity to be constantly evolving and learning. If we are blessed enough to have these experiences, we must take the time to express our gratitude for them, the happy, the sad, the exciting, and the traumatic. Every year when I think of where I was exactly a year prior, I am always thankful for where I am RIGHT NOW. Because right here, right now, is exactly where I am supposed to be.
The holidays are a time for reflection, a time to take a deep breath and be thankful for all the good in life. Gatherings with family and friends are what truly get me excited for the holiday season. I love to cook (and eat!), give heartfelt gifts and laugh with people I don't get to see everyday. When I am with family and friends on the holidays, nothing else matters in that moment. I completely immerse myself in living in the present and enjoying and savoring every single minute. Cherishing the holidays has taught me to be more present every single day. I encourage all of you to stop and take a few minutes to realize all that you are grateful for and express appreciation for all of the people in your life who bring something positive to you, whether it be good vibes, a smile, or wisdom.
I sincerely hope you enjoy your holiday, be grateful, express love, and be present!
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh
SWEET POTATO DELIGHT
It's that magical time of the year again! This is the time of year when family and friends reunite for shared memories, traditions, laughter, cocktails, and yummy meals made with love.
While we ARE advocates of all of the above, we're also well aware of the fact that most "meals made with love", are also made with butter... And sugar. And LOVE! And more butter. And more sugar. And maybe a dollop or two of heavy whipping cream, and LOVE, for good measure.
Again, we're advocates of enjoying the holiday season to the fullest! Which is why we'd like to share one of our absolute favorite holiday snack recipes; created with love (and health) in mind, sans the butter, sugar and cream :) Happy eating!
What you'll need:
1 large mixing bowl
3 table spoons of coconut oil
2-3 medium sized sweet potatoes
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1 Large non-stick cookie sheet
1 Oven preheated to 350°
What to do:
- If you prefer sweet potato without the skin, peel them! Otherwise, simply wash your sweet potatoes!
- Thinly slice your sweet potatoes into circles (see image for reference) and place them into your large mixing bowl
- Add 3 tablespoons of coconut oil (more or less is fine as long as the potatoes are coated)
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon (more or less to taste)
- Get your hands a little dirty! Massage the coconut oil and cinnamon into the potatoes until each slice is fairly evenly coated.
- Transfer your potatoes flat onto to the non-stick cookie sheet - there should be only 1 layer of potatoes on the sheet
Hopefully your oven is preheated and ready! Place the cookie sheet in the oven for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, FLIP THE POTATOES & place back in the oven for another 15 minutes.
That's it! Once your potatoes are done, take them out to cool & munch away! This tasty treat is great as a cold snack too! Bake a double batch and save half to snack on later, right out of the fridge!
** The beauty of this recipe is in it's simplicity, but feel free to add sea salt and/or coconut sugar to taste. **
It’s coat season and there are so many styles to choose from! If you're at all unsure about what type of winter coat to invest in, just go for a pea coat. This all time favorite seems to be the eternally classic winter-style coat. Solidifying itself as the essential coat that defines modern American style, originally made for naval sailors in the early 19th century the pea coat’s duty was to protect sailors from the elements of the sea. It didn't take long for this outerwear piece to become a fashion staple.
The beauty of a pea coat is that it's clean, simple, elegant, and suits any style and occasion. It's versatile and easy to wear, making it essential for our beloved world travelers.
Our homage to this American classic is the Lovestitch Nora Pea Coat. Giving it a feminine twist with a faux-fur detachable collar and medal medallion buttons, this coat truly embodies a feminine, modern classic.
Layer the Nora pea coat over any holiday outfit!