Life. Is. Hectic. I find myself consistently putting off "me time" in the hopes of making another dent in my never-ending to-do list. The relief I get from each check mark propels the fantasy that, one day, I might be able to truly get on top of things...
But the reality is, our life's to-do list is infinite. And by forgoing self-care in exchange for check marks (aka immediate gratification), you negate the most important relationship in your life: the one with yourself. That being said, the last thing you want is to feel stressed about having to think of ways to squeeze some "me time" into your schedule... which is where a "Self-Care Jar" comes into play.
I heard about this simple DIY idea from a friend. It makes committing to 30 minutes of self-care a day painless. Simply find an old jar laying around your home, jot down different "me time" ideas on strips of paper, and pop them in! The key is to write down things that you'd not only enjoy but also will actually do…
Here are some ideas from my personal jar:
- Light a candle, sit on the floor, and meditate.
- Walk to the grocery store and buy yourself a bouquet of flowers.
- Practice yoga (I personally love doyogawithme.com. They have quick, effective, and free yoga tutorials).
- Take a bath (and if you're feeling extra fancy, throw in some flower petals and bath salts).
- Read a book.
- Go for a walk.
- Paint, draw, or fill in a coloring book.
Taking time to attend to your own care is not a declaration of selfishness, but rather a way of asserting "me too." I've found that having a jar full of "me time" ideas is an effortless way to make self-care a daily practice - having those bad boys at the ready makes taking care of bae just that much easier.
The holiday season is in full swing! And as the new year briskly approaches, we wanted to press pause to highlight some of our favorite #mylovestitch moments of 2016.
From laid back West Coast to chic and trendy, you've shown us how you rock your Lovestitch. Thanks for the inspiration, #mylovestitch Ladies. You killed it this year. Can't wait to see what you've got up your sleeves for 2017.
The holiday season is in full swing! Need a few suggestions on what to get the Lovestitch-loving ladies on your list? Whether her style is timelessly chic or glamorous and bold, our stylist picks are sure to help you cross some names off your holiday list.
G-R-E-Y; A classic color that is wrongfully connoted with such words as dull, old, and emotionless.
If we could rewrite the dictionary, that's what we'd say about the color grey. Because, let's keep it real: what other color can stretch the boundaries of monochromatic pairing? With it's endless array of shades, grey is the one color that is perfect for every time of the year. And considering Southern California's lack of "real seasons", year-round pieces hold a special place in our hearts.
So in honor of such a versatile color, we've highlighted eight of our favorite grey Lovestitch garments. Cheers, to you grey!
You may recognize this lovely face from our Fall Collection. Tyrie Rudolph was such a blast to have on set, that we simply could not get enough! So this week, we caught up with the mom and rising model and asked some questions to get to know a little more about her life.
Lovestitch: Where did you grow up? What’s a fond memory from your childhood?
Tyrie: I grew up in Indianapolis, IN. My favorite child memory was when my parents took my sisters and I to Six Flags every summer. I was always the smallest and my dad would put me on his shoulders so I never had to walk.
Lovestitch: We know even models have to have some down time! What’s one of your favorite ways to spend your free time?
Tyrie: I love to take spontaneous trips to Disneyland with my daughter. It’s literally the best place on earth.
Lovestitch: There is no one real way to prepare yourself for parenthood – what is one thing in particular that has surprised you about being a mom?
Tyrie: The most surprising thing about motherhood is realizing how much you do not know about life. My six year old has a lot of questions. She loves Sam Smith (weird I know), but she asked me about broken promises and latching on to someone... Try explaining that to a six year old.
Lovestitch: If you could go back and give one piece of advice to your 10 year old self, what would it be?
Tyrie: I would tell myself to never, ever, ever put a cap on your dreams! If someone told me I'd have the life I have now back when I was a 20 year old pregnant college dropout... I'd think that person was crazy. There is no ceiling in success!
Lovestitch: What’s your favorite Lovestitch piece and how do you style it?
Tyrie: My favorite piece is the Lennox Sweater Coat. It’s my all-time favorite! I know its cliché but I literally wear it with everything! Every time I wear it, I get the "where is that from?" question. I’ve even had a few people ask to try it on.
From trips to Disneyland with her daughter to showcasing fashion's newest trends, Tyrie clearly rocks at life. The more we learn about this model and mom, the more we're becoming her biggest fan. Can we be best friends now, Tyrie?
It's officially Fall (aka time to evaluate and update your cozy sweater collection)! Not to worry, you can still rock those maxi dresses: It's just about layering. And boy are you in luck, because we've got you covered.
This year's Fall Collection ranges from boho chic sweaters to cozy knit coatigans (think: coat warmth meets cardigan comfort). And although there are too many amazing pieces to choose from, we wanted to let you in one some of our personal favorites: The Lennox Sweater Coat has a thick and super cozy feel, large hood, and deep side pockets! It is so cozy and so chic, you will not want to take it off! The Celestial Sweater's sophisticated silhouette combines beautifully with it’s chunky knit texture and subtle metallic sheen. The Amelia Cardigan redefines standards of “luxe” and “cozy.” It is supremely soft and buttery and makes your outfit effortlessly chic. And of course The Quinn Poncho with its beautiful fall hues, warm wool blend, and fringed hem. This statement piece is oh so versatile!
So whether you're more of a classic gal or a free spirited bohemian babe, the Lovestitch Design Team created something tailor fit for you. Perhaps this is why we cannot get over blogger @rusticbones' recent post, featuring our Kai Cardigan and Tahiti Messenger Bag. Our Lovestitch pieces fit seamlessly into her signature, ethereal point of view. Clearly @rusticbones found the, dare we say, picture perfect Lovestitch coat for her individual style.
The stunning & hilarious Landyn never ceases to amaze us with her on-point sense of style, out-of-this-world recipes, and beautiful family photos! So when we found out that she had a crush on our Mila Maxi ... Well, you can imagine our excitement!
Although we could go on all day about what an amazing woman she is, why not see for yourself? Click here for some eye candy >
"I'll continue to tell you about this MILA MAXI DRESS by LOVESTITCH until I'm BLUE in the face. Seriously. It's a summer staple and my current obsession. I just keep ordering new colors. Can't stop. These are the latest ones I got. Here's the facts- a nice tan + gold bangles + great big shades and cool blue maxi.....you're WINNING this Summer Game! It's so easy. It's the only thing you can put on that looks like you tried, when really you didn't give it much thought. You'll feel flirty + chic + comfy while running those errands round town or sippin' margie's on a roof top deck somewhere.
Go ahead momma, get you one." - @Livingwithlandyn
This is a perfect opportunity to meet the team and see our garments first-hand!
April 30th & May 1st from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Central Park, Old Pasadena
275 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena CA 91105
Jackalope Art and Craft Fair:
A weekend shopping destination at Central Park in the heart of Old Pasadena, featuring over 200 local, curated and hand-selected artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts. Shoppers can expect to find trendsetting indie goods including original fashion and jewelry design, ceramics and paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art and photography, plus much more.
April 30th & May 1st, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Central Park, Old Pasadena
275 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena CA 91105
This location is open to all ages and is handicap friendly
The Jackalope Art & Craft Fair is FREE to attend, open to the public, and pet friendly.
Full list of participating artisans will be available in early 2016.
In addition to the 200+ vendors, a series of free to the community workshops will take place throughout the weekend at the fair.
There’s so much to taste at Jackalope Art & Craft Fair, but if you're making a day of it - check out the Old Town Area. Downtown Pasadena is home to hundreds of diverse restaurants, from quick bites on the go, to charming outdoor cafés, and even award-winning fine dining. There’s something for everyone.
We love cake and what do we love more than cake for dessert? Cake for breakfast! Usually we drink delicious smoothies, fruit and veggie juices or even dig into a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast but sometimes, we crave something a bit more decadent.
Here are some wonderful, tried and true recipes that will keep you looking forward to breakfast every morning.
It's the most magical time of the year. A fresh start and good intentions will make this year a memorable one. Make these desserts and ring in 2016!
Baking with champagne? Yes, Please!