Montana Lake House Home Tour and Interior Styling Tips

Montana Lake House Home Tour and Interior Styling Tips

Today at Style Beyond Age I´m welcoming you into my home with open arms for an exclusive Montana lake house home tour and to share a few of my interior styling tips along the way.

I hope you’ll join me…

Montana Lake House Home Tour

 

Living in such a beautiful location is a blessing, but when we originally brought the cabin in Montana, I felt such an obligation to do the surroundings justice. I hope I now have. The first order of business was to extend, adding several decks and floor-to-ceiling windows to the back of the property to make the most of that view.

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Lake House Living

I learnt quickly that what you gain in picturesque privacy, you lose in convenience, and I wasn´t initially prepared for the challenges to come my way.  From being totally cut-off with no power (which also means no water from the well), to being blocked inside our home; there were many obstacles we did not anticipate. However, as the saying goes you live, you learn and as you well know, we made it through those early days to see the other side.

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Livable Luxury

I knew I wanted to stay true to the area, so we developed our own cabin chic style, incorporating local stone and wood with more modern, glossy materials like glass and metals. In our living area, you will see a combination of glass, stone, wood and various textiles tied together with burnt orange accents. The cozy snug just around the corner, incorporates the same hues, but swaps the clean modern walls, for cozier wrap-around wood paneling; perfect for movie night. 

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Combining Minimalism and Maximalism

When I´m styling a home, especially a home I am living in, I want it to feel organic yet artistic, modern yet diverse and fashion-forward yet established. I find combining minimalist design, with maximalist styling is a great way to inject soul and depth.  I’m obsessed with old tapestries and textiles, especially when mixed in with more modern elements. It all feels so collected over time and has a sense of story, which is something I look for and hope to achieve with my interior styling. You will notice this influence, woven throughout the house, but I really went to town in the guest house.

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Bathroom Design

 

When it came to designing the bathrooms, I was thinking mountain chic combined with spa sensuality. As with most rooms in this house, the lake offered inspiration. I pulled colors and textures from outside and chose beautiful statement pieces that exude calm but are far from boring.

This is one tub with a view that I´m sure to miss when we move on…

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Couples Walk-In Closets

 

And of course, I´ve left the best until last. Follow me through to the closets. You´ll be glad to see we created his and hers areas, so there´s no bickering over closet room in this house. His closet is no fun to look at, so here is a bit of mine. It´s a space I spend a lot of time in and I often come here to think and feel inspired; it´s my #SheChateau if you will.

I have several tips for styling your closet, which I covered in a previous blog, so head over there for some of my ultimate closet hacksDo you have a favorite place to hang out in your home?

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My Closet the She Chateau
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Interior Styling Tips

If you´re undergoing a renovation or just feel like refreshing your home, here are some of my favorite home styling tips.

Interior Styling Tip #1

Identify the focal point for your room and develop your style around it – we don´t want too many heroes fighting for attention.

 

Interior Styling Tip #2

We want to create interest, encourage the eye to wander and discover something new. We can achieve this by introducing texture and building up the layers to create depth in each space.

 

Interior Styling Tip #3

As you style a room, notice where the voids are, where you need height and verticality, where you need something to grab attention and where you might want to retain negative space.

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Home Styling Tip #4

Consider scale and the variety of shapes you are using, taking note to offset something soft with more angular, weighted pieces.

 

Home Styling Tip #5

Furniture is an art form and a few key pieces will really inject life and creativity into your home. Focus on quality over quantity.

 

Home Styling Tip #6

Aim for livable luxury, rather than show home perfection; it´s much more, well livable, and you´ll quickly feel at home in the space.

Montana Lake House Home Tour

Thanks for joining me today at home in Montana. It´s been great to show you around and I´ve really enjoyed having you here with me. Let´s do it again soon.

 

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Why I Stopped and Restarted Eating a Pescatarian Diet

Why I Stopped and Restarted Eating a Pescatarian Diet

I´ve been eating a Pescatarian diet for decades, but there are pros and cons. On the Style Beyond Age blog I´m sharing the benefits and the pitfalls to avoid. I know because I fell into one.

What is a Pescatarian Diet?

 

You hear Pescatarian and you think of fish, but it´s a heavily plant-based diet. The difference being, unlike a vegan or vegetarian diet, it incorporates fish and seafood as a primary protein source.

My Experience Eating a Pescatarian Diet

 

I had been eating this way for decades, then a little over a year ago I had a mercury test. There it was in my bloodstream. I stopped eating fish and began a daily detox shake. Now, I am about to start back on my Pescatarian ways, but I had my scare. Hence why I´m sharing the good with the bad, and the detox juice recipe that helped me through.

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Health Benefits of being Pescatarian

 

The addition of seafood to a heavily plant-based diet means valuable nutrients such as vitamin B12, Omega-3 fatty acids, zinc and protein are in greater supply. According to the experts, health benefits can include lower blood cholesterol, lower blood pressure and a decreased risk of heart disease or diabetes.

 

Cons to a Pescatarian Diet

 

Eating high levels of seafood can expose yourself to higher levels of mercury, which can have alarming side effects and is something to take seriously. Like any diet, it is about balance. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) advise limiting consumption to two or three servings a week, and opting for fish with low mercury levels.

But how do you know?

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High Mercury Fish

 

As a rule, larger fish are more likely to contain higher levels of mercury. The reason being, they absorb the mercury from the smaller fish they ingest throughout their lifetime. It´s helpful to know which fish are high in mercury, so you know what to avoid, and what to enjoy as you please.

 

Fish Low in Mercury – Eat at will

Anchovies, Scallops, Herring, Pollock, Sardines, Catfish, Shrimp, Oysters, Crayfish, and Squid.

 

Fish with Moderate Levels of Mercury – Enjoy sparingly

Carp, Cod, Lobster, Herring, Hake and Salmon.

 

Fish high in Mercury – Be weary

Swordfish, King Mackerel, Marlin, Bigeye Tuna and Northern Pike.

 

If you are concerned about high levels of mercury, a simple blood test will give you the answer. You know who to call…

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Quality Matters

 

As with most things, quality matters. The amount of mercury in fish can be affected by pollution in its environment or over-farming, so ask the questions about where your fish came from. When shopping for wild-caught fish, FOS (Friend of the Sea) or MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) seals show the catch was responsibly sourced. If purchasing farmed fish, support sustainable operations where possible.

 

Daily Detox Juice Recipe

 

Should you get caught out, like I did, then a detox can help to flush your system. This Heavy Metal Detox Juice is designed to purge them from the body, and it´s a recipe I enjoy. I say recipe, but there is no cooking involved, promise.

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I opt for a juice, as I find smoothies to be a landmine of carbohydrates disguised as something healthy and nutritious; which of course they are, but with consequences that are often ignored. No thank you weight gain; I´m after a cleanse and it´s so simple; you´ll see…

Returning to a Pescatarian Diet

 

So, after a year of detox juices and clean eating, I´m reverting back to my Pescatarian diet; only this time a little wiser.

If you´re also considering the switch, here are some food bloggers for thought…

Pescatarian Friendly Recipes

 

For the keen cooks among you, of which I am not, these are worth a look. I´m all for the culinary creativity, and the eating; it´s the clean-up I can’t stand.

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How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

How to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

The world is gripped by a pandemic and we´re all doing our part to stay healthy and flatten the curve. Prevention is better than cure, so let´s talk about how we can boost our immune system naturally. Who´s with me?

 

Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

 

I am not a healthcare professional (thank you to those that are), but as time is something we have more of recently, I´ve been researching and looking for ways we can boost our immune system naturally. What we eat, how we spend our time and our mindset, all play a part in strengthening ours body´s defenses.

Here are the tips I discovered along the way…

Eat Well

 

Food is our fuel and eating the right food can help to strengthen our immune systems. Here are the key foods experts recommend and why:

 

Citrus Fruits

 

Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C, which is said to increase the production of the infection-fighting white blood cells. Our bodies don´t store or produce vitamin C naturally, so we need to obtain in through our diets. Luckily for us, it´s quite easy to do, as there are a wide variety of citrus fruits that are high in vitamin C. These include grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, satsumas, lemons and limes. A hot lemon water in the morning, a fruit Buddha bowl for breakfast, or a zingy lime dressing on a salad; tasty and healthy!

Spinach

 

Spinach is another great source of vitamin C and it´s packed full of antioxidants. These beauties help to fight infections and are great friends to our immune system. Like most green vegetables, spinach retains the most nutrients when it is cooked as little as possible. You can enjoy it raw in it a morning smoothie or green salad. If you prefer spinach cooked, try it with fish or a poached egg. Just wilt it lightly as this enhances the vitamin A levels and ensures you still receive maximum goodness.

 

Broccoli

 

This is one vegetable that is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Broccoli contains vitamins A, C and E as well as antioxidants and fiber. To keep all of  it´s nutrients intact, cook it as little as possible, or better yet, enjoy it raw in a crunchy salad.

 

Garlic

 

Garlic is said to have many benefits for good health. Its immune-boosting properties come from a high concentration of sulfur-rich compounds. They think it also lowers blood pressure and helps to maintain healthy arteries. Garlic is found in cuisines around the world and can be worked into most meals, so it´s easy to reap the benefits.

 

Ginger

 

Ginger has long been used for medicinal purposes. Its benefits include reduced inflammation, lower cholesterol and reduced feelings of nausea. It packs a punch, but it is also very versatile. Add it to a morning smoothie, sip a ginger tea or create a simple stir fry.

Almonds

 

Almonds are packed full of vitamin E and although this normally takes a back seat to vitamin C, it is still crucial to maintaining a healthy immune system. Nuts are also packed full of healthy fats and make a great snack. A half-cup serving of almonds, provides almost all of your daily recommended amount of vitamin E.

 

Green Tea

 

Green team is packed with antioxidants and specifically EGCG, which has been shown to enhance immune function. Enjoy regularly to help you stay in tip top shape.

Rest to be at Your Best

 

Our body needs time to rest, repair and recuperate and it does that while we sleep. Advice recommends we have at least seven hours each night to give our body time to do it´s thing. If you find yourself struggling to sleep, regular exercise, a healthy diet and reducing stress can help you to have a more peaceful night.

Find Positive Ways to Pass the Time

 

Have you already enjoyed a Netflix binge watching session? Yes, me too! Netflix has been a great way to relax and pass the time, but sitting on the couch all day isn´t necessarily great for our soul or state of mind. We don´t have to stop the series binges, but incorporating other activities into the day can have some great benefits to our mental health and our immune system.

Here are some suggestions I came across that I found useful:

Zoom with Family

Staying connected with loved ones, when we can´t actually meet, hug or touch each other, is so important. Zoom allows you to get the whole gang together. Enjoy a casual call with friends, or take it to the next level with a pre-arranged quiz or games night.

 

Laughter is the Best Medicine

I was pleasantly surprised by this one, as it turns out laughter really is the best medicine. It boosts your mood and can also increase the levels of antibodies in the mucus of your nose and mouth. It sounds icky, but as this is an entry point for many germs, laughter is a great form of defense. 

 

Exercise Little and Often

 

With movement restrictions in place all around the world, we have to get a little creative when it comes to exercise. Little and often works well. Try for 30 minutes, 5 days a week and you´ll reap the benefits. Exercise not only helps to maintain a healthy body weight, it also boosts your immune system and mental health.

Avoid Stress and Additional Anxiety

 

Stress and anxiety have a negative impact on our immune systems, so if you find yourself feeling anxious after watching the news or scrolling through social media then make an effort to switch off. Take a few days away from the media and instead use the time connect with friends. They´ll pick you up in no time and may be feeling the same way too.

I hope you found this share helpful.

Stay healthy. Stay happy. Stay safe.

Manage Mental Health with these 10 “Me Time” Tips

Manage Mental Health with these 10 “Me Time” Tips

At Style Beyond Age we´re firm believer that “Me Time” and mental health go hand in hand, so today on the blog we´re sharing how to manage mental health with these 10 “Me Time” tips

After a few midnight musings, I’ve realized its unhealthy to get too wrapped up in the media machine. Instead, let´s treat ourselves and manage mental health with these 10 “Me Time” tips. We can use this time to nurture ourselves, both mentally and physically and maybe make a few lifestyle improvements along the way, although that isn´t my main aim here. This is all about managing our mental health and giving ourselves some TLC.  “Me time” also doesn´t need to mean more isolation and deep thinking; it´s about doing the things that make us feel good.

Here are some of the ways I´ll be taking care of myself and monitoring my mental health along the way.

Manage Mental Health with these 10 “Me Time” Tips 

1 – Rest to Feel Your Best

 

A good day starts with a good night’s sleep. We should all be getting seven hours or more each night. If sleep is something you struggle with, experiment with a few drops of essential oil on your pillow or added to a bath before bed, lavender works great.

 

2 – Get Outside

 

Being outside in nature is incredibly soothing. With movement restrictions in place, we´re a bit limited, but a walk around the garden, out with the dog or yoga on the terrace are all ways we can still enjoy the outdoors. The benefits include reduced anxiety and stress, as well as improved physical and mental wellbeing, which are all currently welcome.

 

3 – Unplug from the Media 

 

Take some “Me Time” and really enjoy it. Turn off the news, put down your phone and stop scrolling. Just sit back, relax, enjoy yourself and those around you. You could read a few chapters of your book, enjoy a calming meditation, play games together; whatever gives you the good feels; do it!

4 – Take an Epsom Salt Bath

 

An Epsom Salt bath soothes many woes; from eliminating dry skin and inflammation to encouraging detoxification and relaxation. For an extra treat I recommend adding a splash of lavender essential oil. It´s total bliss!

 

5 – Continue your Skincare Routine  

 

When our skin feels good, we feel good. Treat yourself to a relaxing face mask and leave yourself with a soft and glowing complexion. You could amp up the enjoyment with a home face massage too. A good hand care regime is also needed, with all this hand washing. Find out what products I´m using to ward off dry hands here. 

 

6 – Make Staying Active a Priority

 

Staying active offers so many benefits. It helps to keep us strong, healthy, flexible and can ease the menopause monster. Gyms might be closed, but we can still join an online class, train in the garden, or watch some of the many free classes available on video platforms like YouTube.

7 – Connect with Your Favorites

 

Family and friends bring with them all the good feels. Make the effort and time to enjoy the company of those you love the most, and do it as often as possible. Video calls and online meeting services like Zoom, make staying connected simple.

 

8 – Enjoy feeling Sexy

 

Sexy is an attitude rather than a look. Be confident, enjoy your body, have fun and your personal style of sexy will shine through.

 

9 – Say No when it suits You

 

Learn to say “no” when something doesn´t serve you. Toxicity is like poison. Let go of it and allow yourself to thrive.

 

10 – Self-Monitor through Meditation

 

I recognize the benefits of meditation, but I can´t say it came to me naturally. I´ve never been one to sit still for too long. Meditation is about more than that though. It´s your time to check in with yourself. It allows us to manage our mindset. Notice how your feeling, the peaks and troughs, and act.

 

Manage Mental Health with these 10 “Me Time” Tips 

 

Shut out the noise and allow some serenity in.  Good health isn´t just physical. Our souls need TLC too.

Now go treat yourself and manage mental health with these 10 “Me Time” tips.

Stay safe. Stay home. Stay healthy.

Coronavirus Advice from a Source I Trust: Let´s Do More

Coronavirus Advice from a Source I Trust: Let´s Do More

Coronavirus advice from a source I trust. What is true and what is fake news? What should we be concerned about and what is just fear mongering? What habits should be disregarded and what more could we be doing to get the spread of Covid-19 under control?  If you´re anything like me, your head is full of questions just like this.

 

It´s an unprecedented time and we´ve all been enlisted to do our part. For some that involves fighting this fight on the front lines, and a huge thanks to you all, but for most of us it simply means staying at home and taking responsibility for our own actions.

 

I was recently sent the following from Irene Ken, a physician whose daughter is an Assistant Professor in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University. It’s quite informative and outlines truths, unthruths and actions we can all be taking. It is clear, to the point and fear-monger free, which is why I approve. I hope you also find it useful at this crazy time.

 

Remember fear and panic are contagious, but so are happiness, laughter and peace. Choose wisely.

Battling Coronavirus

Facts, Fiction & Actions to take  

 

  • The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.

 

  • Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own.  The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.

 

  • The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat.  That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam cuts through the fat (that is why it´s important to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam).  By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.

 

  • Heat melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything.  In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
  • Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% dissolves any fat, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.

 

  • Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.

 

  • Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.

 

  • No Bactericide serves.  The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; they cannot kill what is not alive with antibiotics, but we can quickly disintegrate its structure with the other tips included here.

 

  • Never shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth.  While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic; and wood, because it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic).  But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours and can lodge in your nose.

 

  • The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial conditioned air in houses and cars.  They also need moisture to stay stable and darkness.  Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.

 

  • UV Light on any object that may contain it, breaks down the virus protein.  For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask UV light is perfect.  Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.

     

    • The virus cannot go through healthy skin.

     

    • Vinegar is not useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.

     

    • Spirits or vodka aren´t enough. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.

     

    • Listerine works! It is 65% alcohol.

     

    • The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be.  The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.

     

    • This is said a lot, but you must wash your hands before and after touching pets, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phones, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc.  And when using the bathroom.

     

    • Keep hands moisturized. They dry out after lots of washing and the molecules can hide in the micro cracks.  The thicker the moisturizer, the better.  

     

    • Keep your nails short so that the virus does not hide there.

    I made it home to Montana and now I´m staying here.

     

    Sending you lots of love, light and laughter. Stay safe, stay home and thank you to everyone for doing your part.

    Take Control This Valentine’s Day

    Take Control This Valentine’s Day

    Take control this Valentine´s Day.

    This year we´re doing things a little differently. It’s less about me, more about him. I´m about to take control this Valentine´s day; and after a fantastic day and night, you might consider doing the same.

    There is so much emphasis on men handling the Valentine’s Day arrangements, so I´ve decided I´m taking charge this year; it´s my chance to treat him.

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    The Action Plan

     

    The stage is set and the treats are all lined up.

    I´ve arranged hubby a massage at The Crescent Court Wellness Spa, a stunning hotel in uptown Dallas. It´s the perfect place to relax and recharge before a night of fun. As well as the treatment rooms, there’s  a hot and cold whirlpool, cryotherapy chamber, wellness center and nail bar. I may even grab myself a quick Mani Pedi while I wait.

    Wine and Dine HIM this Valentine´s Day 

    To follow, we´ll be enjoying a lobster dinner at The Crescent Club, Dallas, whilst soaking up the stunning views from the 17th floor. My mouth is watering already!

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    I’m still wondering where it all went! 

    For Afters 

     

    Once we´ve wined and dined ourselves to satisfaction, we´ll probably head out for a walk around the vibrant Dallas arts district. It´s only a few blocks away, so it would be rude not too explore a little.

     

    Take Control this Valentine´s Day

     

    And there we have it. My Valentine’s Day treat to my husband. Thanks to The Crescent Court Hotel for helping me to make it one to remember. I´m sure I´ll be sharing lots of snippets on my Instagram Stories so stay tuned.

    How will you be spending this Valentine’s Day? Let me know in the comments…

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    Flying First Class to a Safari Shack

    Flying First Class to a Safari Shack

    Join our Resident Traveler as she´s flying fist class to a safari shack. This one was a trip filled with indulgence, adventure and inspiration. It began in the lap of luxury and ended in an African safari hut. Both equally delightful in their own unique way, but a trip full of juxtaposition.

    Intrigued? Let´s join our resident traveler for the journey…

    Flying First Class to Dubai

     

    A real bathroom, a real bar, a huge TV, a cute desk, comfy pajamas, private space and food that is delicious beyond words. No, this isn´t a 5* hotel, it´s an airplane, honest!

    This sneak peek is thanks to Emirates and our resident traveler, my sister. I’m told it´s the best 16 hours she´s ever spent in the air, however, this was one adventure that was not going to continue the way it started!

    Boarding a Bush Plane

     

    After disembarking in Dubai and enjoying the land of luxury, the next stage of the journey began. It was time to board a bush plane destined for Zambia. The environment couldn´t have been more of a contrast; leaving the land of luxury behind and becoming immersed in the understated magic of a Zambian reserve.

    It was a change of circumstances for sure, but both were equally beautiful. The luxury bathroom 35,000 feet in the sky was replaced with an open-roof shack, and visits from the first-class cabin crew replaced with wild animals wandering free outside the door. Wow! The opulence was gone, and it was replaced with something very different, but equally unique and amazing.

    Flying First Class to a Safari Shack 

    The lesson of the trip? There is beauty in every situation, we just need to open our eyes and appreciate it.

    This was one trip that was full of contrasts, but what an adventure! I hope you enjoyed joining our resident traveler for this beautiful journey.

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    My Chinese New Year Celebrations

    My Chinese New Year Celebrations

    Today on the Style Beyond Age blog, I´m sharing my Chinese New Year celebrations. Do you stay up for New Year’s? I can’t do that anymore, so I started celebrating the Chinese New Year. This year it is January 25 and I make an occasion of it.

     

    You can celebrate New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day; make it an event, learn a little bit about the history and the expectations for the new year.

     

    My Chinese New Year Celebrations 

    In Chinese culture, superstitions are intertwined with food and traditional dishes are said to welcome in good luck and prosperity for the year ahead. I thought it could be fun to find out a bit more, so here we go… 

    A whole fish is a staple for most Chinese New Year celebrations.

     

    Why? It’s intended to welcome prosperity for the year ahead.

    Dumplings are a popular choice.

     

    Why? Their appearance is similar to a traditional currency used in imperial China. They are said to attract wealth for the year ahead.

    A whole chicken is often served.

     

    Why? It represents family togetherness and rebirth.

    Spring rolls are a traditional favorite.

     

    Why? Their name literally welcomes in the new spring season.

    Extra-long noodles are served during the celebrations.

     

    Why? They are said to represent a long life. It is customary to slurp down the noodles, so the strands stay intact. If you give this a try, please don´t choke!

    The star of the dessert table is a glutinous rice cake, which translates to the New Year cake.

     

    Why? It is said to symbolize growth, as the word for cake sounds like the word for tall or growth.

    Fascinating and delicious, but If you don’t feel like cooking there is always your favorite Chinese takeout right around the corner.

    Remember to decorate a bit, Pier 1 and World Market are great for that.

    There was a fantastic window display at Neiman Marcus and I just had to capture it for you.

    Enjoy your Chinese New Year Celebrations 

     

    Don’t forget the tea or the sake if you were so inclined!

    Wishing you a very happy and prosperous Chinese New Year.

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    10 Tips to Stay Active After 50

    10 Tips to Stay Active After 50

    The spirit of wellness continues on the Style Beyond Age blog, we´re sharing 10 tips to stay active after 50.

    The new year is a time when we´re supposed to feel energized and full of ambition, but instead the holiday over-indulge often leaves us feeling bloated and a bit lethargic. The best tonic to tackle the tiredness is to get moving, and so I’m sharing my 10 top tips to stay active after 50 and have some fun along the way.

     

     Tips to Stay Active After 50 

     

    Use it or Loose it

    Staying active after 50, offers so many benefits. It helps to keep us strong, healthy, flexible and it also combats the effects of the menopause monster. But exercise doesn’t always call for your blood, sweat and tears. A healthy life is all about wellness. I love to stay active, whilst enjoying myself at the same time, so here are my top tips to do just that…

    1 – Walk and Talk

    Taking a walk is a great way to get outside and be active. To amp up the fun factor, invite a friend. After half an hour of walking and talking you´ll have caught up on all the gossip and completed your 30 minute work out for the day without even realising it.

    2 – Yoga

    Yoga is a great way to stay active, whilst improving strength, balance and flexibility. It comes in many shapes and forms and can be tailored to suit your needs and abilities. Some styles are more fast-paced or strenuous than others, so if you aren´t a full blown Yogi yet, then look out for a suitable teacher or gentle yoga class close to you.
    AloMoves offer free online classes to try.

    3 – Shop till you Drop

    Some partners might disagree, but shopping is exercise – believe me! Spending a few hours walking around the mall gives you (and your credit card) a great work out for the day.

     

    I also like to don a pair of killer heels to up the ante and really get those calves workings!

    4 – Pilates

    Pilates is a fantastic way for us to stay fit, providing a range of mental and physical benefits. It allows us to tone and strengthen our muscles, without being too taxing on the joints. Attending a regular class is also a great way to meet and mingle.

    Staying at home? There are always online classes and videos.

    5 – Swim and Sauna

    Swimming is a great form or exercise that works the whole body, whilst being gentle on the muscles and joints. Select the stroke, speed and distance that works for you and off you go.

     

    After completing a few lengths, I like to treat myself to a relaxing sauna. It´s a great end to the work out as it’s can improve circulation, ease pain, reduce stress and improve cardiovascular health. That´s a win for me!

    6 – Respiration and Relaxation

    Controlled breathing has been shown to reduce stress, boost your immune system, increase alertness and it’s a great way to start the day.

     

    Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Then exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat this four times and the benefits are yours for the taking.

    7 – Resistance Training

    Don’t let the fancy name, put you off. Resistance training is simply using your own body weight to get stronger, which makes it great as it´s super easy to do at home.

     

    Exercises can include planks, side planks, hip bridges, lunges and squats. Each exercise can be modified to suit your skills and abilities. For those looking to really challenge themselves you can start using resistance bands for an added challenge.

    8 – Arm Toning

    The bingo wings and toothbrush wobble are a real pain point for a lot of women. Arm exercises are a great way to tone up this problem area and banish the upper arm wobble for good.

     

    Push ups, dips and arm curls are simple exercises that help to improving toning and all can easily be performed in the comfort of your own home.

    9 – Morning Stretches

     

    If you´ve been following me for a while, you´ll know I’m always zipping here, there and everywhere. Morning stretches are a great way to get your body warm and moving first thing.

     

    Five minutes and a few simple exercises can improve flexibility, mobility and alleviate stiffness. A combination of neck, arm, and leg movements leave you feeling ready for the day.

    10 – Local Classes

    Be socially active. It´s no fun to exercise alone. Pop to your local health centre or gym and see what they have to offer. The after-class coffee with friends is always a welcome reward.

    Tips to Stay Active After 50 

    I hope you´ve enjoyed this share. A healthy body and mind are what it´s all about!

    If you´ve got any questions, leave me a comment so I can reply below and don´t forget to share with a friend so the walking and talking can commence.

    Sending wellness wishes to all for 2020.

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    My Wellness Journey at 65

    My Wellness Journey at 65

    My joy for life is still burning strong, here I´m sharing my wellness journey at 65. Join us on the Style Beyond Age blog.

     

    As you might know, I started to live full-time In Montana about four years ago. I was finished with my large construction project there and we moved into a gorgeous home.  After that project was finished  I had nothing to do no one to talk to and the winters are cloudy and long.   I had no purpose and very few connections. I finally had to pull myself up by my bootstraps and reinvent myself.  So at 65 I finally started to connect on social media. I chose Instagram for the beauty there, the women I saw and the art I could create.  I had never even been on Facebook.

     

    So when we were talking about wellness and it became such a large all encompassing topic I thought I would start with ‘the meat of the coconut’  as I put in my post. For me that was getting centered and finding my power.  All the creams workouts and detoxes can’t begin to help if your mind and your self-worth are not aligned. I took a few steps to begin to control just that.  Here  is what I ended up doing

    My Wellness Journey after 65 

    1. Exercise every day!

     

    Even if it’s 15 minutes on a treadmill or a long brisk walk.  Get out in nature when you can; it is very important to connect in that way.

     

    The key here is consistency. Start small and consistent. It’s easier to stay on track that way. I used to think if I didn’t work out after some arbitrary time let’s say 10am I “wouldn’t get around to it” this time I worked out whenever I had the time but never let one day slip by.  I don’t know if this happens to you, but if I miss one day I can talk myself into missing others – Don’t do that!

    2. Teach yourself to set boundaries and say no!

     

    Trust me when I say this will empower you, lighten the load and remind you of your strength.

     

    Not only that, it frees up your time so you have no excuse not to spend the measly 1/2 hour it takes to get centered .  It occurs to me now that we might fill our time with things for others in order to avoid doing something for ourselves.  I promise you will not lose your friends They might even admire you for it.

    3. Start your day with a healthy quick and a tasty green drink.

     

    I used to say I don’t eat breakfast, but you have to “break the fast”. if you want your body and mind to get going. I never thought I would like a green drink, but I have a recipe here for a detox that is an every day easy to make way to get your veggies from Jacquelyn Jones, Health and Wellness Coach and Vegan Chef.

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    4. Take the few minutes to put on your make up.

     

    When you look good you feel good you will be surprised how that helps.

    5. Go through your closet and

    put your comfortable but everyday prettier things upfront.

     

    For a long time I had a tendency to wear my old sweats and that does not serve you well.  As our resident stylist once told me if you don’t want to look ugly keep your ugly things in the back of the closet.  Well, she used other words!

    When I did that I never wore them again I’m not saying you should be fully decked out, uncomfortable or in any way out of place. Just show pride in yourself.

    6. Finally Don’t play the victim

     

    As Nelson Mandela was quoted saying it doesn’t serve you to act small.

     

    Wellness for Women over 50 

     

    I hope you enjoyed this share. For more fun and ways to live your life to the fullest, after 50, join us for more on the blog. 

     

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    5 Affirmations to Attract in the New Year

    5 Affirmations to Attract in the New Year

    It´s the perfect way to start your year with Style Beyond Age. Here are 5 affirmations to attract in the New Year.

     

    A New Outlook

    At this time of year, everyone is busy setting their resolutions and goals for the new year ahead. If I´m being honest, I´m not a huge fan of resolutions. They tend to focus on giving things up or taking something away, so this year I’ve decided to try something new.

     

     

    Attracting not Subtracting

    Ive chosen five self-love meditation affirmations that will replace my typical new year resolutions and allow me to focus on growth and attraction for the year ahead. I wanted to share them to remind each of us of the power of thought and visualization.

     

    My New Year Affirmations

     

    In 2020, I will express gratitude for what I am lucky enough to have and experience.

    In 2020, I will celebrate my body and it´s unique and miraculous abilities.

    In 2020, I will release the negative and make room for people and things that make me happy.

    In 2020, I will enjoy expressing my boundless creativity, without apology.

    In 2020, I will treat myself with the same kindness I offer to family and friends.

     

     

    5 Affirmations to Attract in the New Year

    Happy New Year. Happy New Decade!

     

    Sending you lots of love and happiness for the year ahead.

     

    Love, Sonia x

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    DIY Winter Solstice Cleansing Ritual

    DIY Winter Solstice Cleansing Ritual

    Join Style Beyond Age this December 21 for our DIY Winter Solstice Cleansing Ritual. For a long time, I didn’t think much about 21 December. It was a cold, dark day in the run up to Christmas, but I now realize this dark cold day is the perfect opportunity for growth and cleansing.

     

    Winter Solstice Traditions

    The 21 December marks the Winter Solstice, an event that is celebrated by many different cultures in a variety of ways. From welcoming in the sunrise on a mountain top, to dancing, gift-giving and celebrating the triumph of light over dark.

    When you break it down, everyone is essentially seeking to center themselves, rid themselves of old energy and make room for the good fortune that is said to arrive with the rising sun.

     

    The DIY Cleanse

    This year I´m going to be ushering in the Winter Solstice by partaking in a simple, yet effective DIY Solstice Cleansing Ritual. It´s something we can all do at home, so I´m inviting you to join me. Follow these six simple steps to get ready to welcome the good vibes that 2020 will bring.

     

     

    Step 1: Light a Candle

    Settle yourself in a dim room, turn off all electrical equipment to avoid distractions and light a candle. This symbolic act of bringing light to the darkness will help to focus your mind and illuminate your space.

     

     

     

    Step 2: Breathe

    Controlled, intentional breathing helps to alleviate stress and relax your body. Spending just five minutes on this simple exercise can release toxins, expel bad energy and invigorate your whole nervous system. I also like to gather a few of my favorite crystals and meditate on what I want to invite into my world.

    Step 3: Cleanse your Space

    Now you´re relaxed and ready to receive, we can begin cleansing our space. I do this by smudging; the act of burning sage or palo santo to clear and cultivate the energy of your home.

    A bundle of sage is said to boost your inner clarity and wisdom, whilst banishing negative energy. A stick of palo santo is said to encourage grounding, cleansing and good fortune for the New Year. Whichever you choose, it´s all about welcoming in good energy and dispelling negative ones.

    Step 4: Exfoliate

    Now that your room is cleared and cleansed, it´s time to clean and cleanse ourselves. I start by dry brushing my whole body. This removes any dry, dead skin and encourages new cell growth, leaving you feel invigorated and energized.

    Step 5: Wash Away

    After exfoliating, take a warm shower to remove any remaining dead cells and symbolically wash away all that doesn’t serve you.

     

     

     

    Step 6: Moisturize

    To finish off the cleansing process, treat your body to some sustenance and moisturize yourself all over. I also like to add a drop of essential oils and massage them into the bottom of my feet, so the benefits are felt as its absorbed into the bloodstream.

    And Relax!

    We´re finished. These six simple steps are the perfect way to relax, cleanse and welcome the rising sun with all the positive energy that it brings.

    I hope you enjoy this DIY Winter Solstice Cleansing Ritual. From me to you, I wish you the best possible for the New Year.

     

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