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5 Unique Things To Do With Your Gal Pals

August 4th is National Friendship Day and whether it’s a day at the spa or an adventurous excursion, call your besties, get your calendars out and set some time aside to make some memories!

1. Fan Girl Fun

Singing at the top of your lungs and dancing in your seat is the perfect way to have some fun with your friends! See what concerts are coming to your area or plan ahead and take a trip to go see that favorite boy band that you may or may not still be dreaming about after all these years. (Hello, Backstreet Boys!)

2. Race for Adventure

No one gives you that extra boost of confidence to step outside your comfort zone like your girlfriends. Plan something adventurous for your group like zip lining, going up in a hot air balloon (imagine those breathtaking views!), going on a hike, or truly take the plunge and go skydiving!

Doing something as a group that takes a bit of courage will do wonders for the bond you all share and will also make each of you feel more empowered than ever before!

3. Lash Out

Every lady needs to ‘lash out’ at times, which is why scheduling appointments for you and your gal pals at The Lash Lounge is a must! When planned in advance, many of our salons welcome groups to come in, enjoy a spa like experience, relax and receive a lash or brow service. Each of you will feel rejuvenated, refreshed and overjoyed when seeing everyone’s stunning transformations.

Don’t stop there! Plan a girls night out so you and your tribe can hit the town with your new, flawless lashes! We’re quite certain you all will be the talk of the town after everyone sees those flawless photos on Instagram.

4. A Recipe for Fun

Are there some foodies in your friend group or some who need a little extra help in the kitchen? If so, sign everyone up for a cooking class! There are a number of places that offer fun classes, and some chefs in certain areas will even come to your own home. However you plan to do it, enjoy creating some new recipes with your pals…and don’t forget the wine!

5. Chick Flick Fling

When does life allow you to relax with your bff’s and binge watch all of those epic chick flicks or sitcoms you all know and love? (Raise your hand if a Friends marathon instantly popped into your mind!) Pencil in some time at someone’s house or chip in on a suite at a hip hotel and make it a day of watching your favorite flicks…with room service, of course!

Want to take it up a notch? Suggest that the group get matching pj’s and bring loads of your favorite sweet treats. After you all indulge, relax and roar with laughter, we bet y’all will be planning your next chick flick fling before this one even ends!


Whether for a few hours or a full week, time with friends is good for the soul and we hope you’re now inspired to get some fun with the girls on the books!

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6 Simple Ways to Add Balance to Your Busy…

Are you tired of feeling pulled in a million directions? We feel you!

We’ve got some easy ways you can simplify your life and find that much-needed balance you deserve!

1. REFRESH YOUR ROUTINE

Sticking to a set routine can keep your sanity in check, but sometimes it can be refreshing to change things up a bit:

  • If you work from home, get out of the house at least once a week and work from a local coffee shop.
  • Take a different route to work and get inspired by a scenic detour.
  • Step away from the office and join your coworkers for lunch.
  • Try a new fitness class at your gym instead of going to yoga for the millionth time.

Whatever it is, see how a simple change in your routine can help you thrive in the other areas of your life.

2. GET SOCIAL

Getting out with friends, visiting with family and even grabbing a quick coffee with your bestie can do wonders for your wellbeing. In fact, studies have shown time and time again that socializing can leave you motivated, help you de-stress and have many benefits for your physical and mental health.

So, set that to-do list aside, get out the calendar, text your friends, call the sitter and schedule a gathering on the books. You’ll be so glad you did!

3. NOD TO THE NEW

Take the plunge and give one of the many things that you have filed away in your brain under “someday” a chance:

  • Get that cute haircut you’ve been contemplating.
  • Go for the fun and bright nail polish instead of your usual neutral shade.
  • Skip your routine Friday night restaurant visit and try the new eatery down the street.
  • Make that appointment at The Lash Lounge for the full set of volume lashes you’ve seen all of your friends rock. (Hello, lash envy!)

It is so very empowering when you step outside of your comfort zone!

4. PRESS PAUSE

Sitting behind a computer all day or working on a home project becomes monotonous and exhausting. Press pause and step away for a bit, even if only for 10 minutes. You just might find that when you get back to what you were doing, you will feel more energized and ready to conquer the task!

5. KEEP IT CLUTTER FREE

Did you know when you’re surrounded by clutter, you can feel even more stressed? It’s true, which is why Cleaning off your desks, tidying up the space you spend most time in or investing in some organizational items to help keep the clutter under control is key to finding balance in your day-to-day life.

It’s time to splurge on that shiny rose gold desk organizer!

6. LEAN IN TO YOUR LIMITATIONS

Everyone has limitations, which isn’t our favorite thing to think about. But the thing is, everyone has their own unique amazing strengths! When you accept your weaknesses as areas of opportunity, you gain a whole new outlook. You can always strive to be the best version of yourself, but along the way, stop being so hard on yourself!

For example, maybe you’re not a “competition-ready” chef. If you’re constantly beating yourself up about it, consider taking some cooking lessons to improve. You’ll be shocked at your mad, new kitchen skills. Plus, think of the joy and sense of accomplishment when your family and friends start asking for seconds!


The moral of this story (we mean “blog”) is to be kind to yourself. Whether large or small, you need to add balance to your life in order to reduce stress, become a better version of yourself and find time for what really matters!

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5 Ways Women Can Reduce Stress

Women. We wear a lot of hats. At work, at home, with family and friends—in so many areas of our lives, we juggle A LOT to hold everything together. While some of us handle stress better than others, many women don’t have or don’t make time to de-stress.

In honor of Stress Awareness Month, we’re calling it like we see it: We can do better!
Today, we’re sharing some simple ways you can reduce the stress in your life. We can save the world and enjoy it, too!

So, take note, ladies, and DO NOT feel guilty about taking some time to do what you need to do to lower your stress. After all, you owe it to yourself!

1. DELEGATE THE DETAILS

As women, we often feel we have to do everything perfectly. For instance, your child’s birthday is coming up:

  • Do you bake her a unicorn cake yourself, spending precious painstaking hours trying to make it exactly like the picture on Pinterest?
  • Or do you go down to your local bakery and pay triple what it would cost you to make it, knowing it will turn out perfect and save you a lot of stress and time?

If you have the means, we say order the cake! And not only that—hire the cleaning service to get your house spotless, pick up take-out once (or twice) a week, and get lash extensions so you can save time in front of the mirror each morning. The bottom line is: It’s O.K. to take shortcuts where you can. If it helps to simplify your life and take a little stress off your shoulders, do it!

2. GET MOVING

This stress reliever is not a new one, but it’s one that is proven time and time again! Exercising and getting that heart pumping is a great way to get blood flowing and reduce stress in your body. Regular exercise also helps to improve sleep, gives you more energy and can reduce your blood pressure. All of these things combined will bring those stress levels down. Even if it’s just 20 30 minutes a day of walking, hitting the gym for a fitness class or doing something active, give this simple solution a try and see what a difference it makes!

3. SPEND SOME TIME WITH A PET

Did you know that pets can relieve stress? It’s true! A pet can relieve stress in a number of ways:
They can lower blood pressure.
They can inspire us to get active.
They make us laugh and bring us joy.
They reduce loneliness.
They increase cardiovascular health.
They make us feel love.

So, whether it’s your pet, your friend’s pet or you decide to adopt a pet, think twice about those four-legged friends. They can be a life-saver when it comes to stress…literally! Those super sweet snuggles aren’t bad either!

4. CHANGE UP YOUR ROUTINE

We all get in a rut from time to time. Maybe you take the same route to work every morning. What if you changed up your morning commute to something a little more scenic? Maybe you eat the same three things every day for lunch. Why not splurge and hop into your favorite burger joint for a change? Or maybe your look needs a refresh. Get a new hairstyle or get those brows microbladed at The Lash Lounge so they’re not looking “barely there.”

Whatever the rut you’re in, doing even the smallest things to change things up can brighten your day and relieve some of that stress. After all, change IS good sometimes!

5. MAKE SOME “ME TIME”

When you do something for YOU, stress will take a serious backseat. And listen, ladies, it doesn’t have to be something huge here, but it can be if that’s what you really need!

Do anything at all—whether it’s as simple as going on a walk, taking a long bubble bath or enjoying a full day of shopping. Then, of course, there’s our personal favorite: visiting The Lash Lounge for any lash or brow service your heart desires. You’ll enjoy a super relaxing experience in a luxurious atmosphere with comfy spa beds, plush blankets and an escape to wherever your headphones may take you!


Whatever it is we as women do, we must remember that we all give so much of ourselves and time to other people and other things. Once in a while, we don’t just need to think about making stress relief a priority; we MUST make it one. It will lead to a happier, more productive life…and we all could use that!

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3 Women To Watch Who Are Making A Difference

Raise your hand if you celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8th. We did and we’re still feeling on top of the world and empowered, which is why we are excited to share three incredible women who are doing great things not only for other women, but for others around the world.

EMMA WATSON

We’ve known her for years as J. K. Rowling’s fictional character, Hermione, in Harry Potter, but did you know that actress Emma Watson is not only a talented British actress but also an ethical fashion pioneer, activist for women’s equality and UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador? It’s true!

Over the last few years, one of the many issues Emma has gotten people to think more about is where and how clothes are made. For years, she’s had a love for fashion, which then turned into a passion for supporting ethical and sustainable fashion. It was during her press tour for Beauty and the Beast in 2017 that she documented the lovely outfits she was wearing and also explained how each look was sourced and made. While each outfit may not have necessarily been practical for everyday life, she simply made a difference by bringing attention to problems in the fashion world and making people think before they shop.

A super cool moment (we still have on the brain) was when Emma attended the Met Gala in 2016 and turned heads when she wore a gown made from recycled plastic bottles. Yes, you read that right…recycled plastic bottles! She shared the vision behind the gown on her Facebook page: “Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the Met Gala proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.”

Thanks to Emma for shining the light on an issue and topic we should certainly think and learn more about! Want more about her recycled gown? We thought you did, so click here!

LARAYIA GASTON

Helping the homeless might not be what you would picture this beautiful woman having a passion for, but she does! In fact, Larayia Gaston has a non-profit organization called Lunch On Me, which has a sole mission to ending starvation all while focusing on the mind, body and spirit of the homeless in LA.

Reaching nearly 10,000 people a month, Larayia’s organization feeds the homeless on Skid Row. And it’s not just one meal a week, it’s six organic meals a week. Why organic? Larayia has said that she herself eats organic and when this idea came to her, she decided that these people deserve the same quality, nutritious food she was eating. It was then that she partnered with local businesses and restaurants to redistribute organic food that would ultimately be wasted.

Being a firm believer that healing includes self-love, Larayia, along with volunteers, sits, talks, listens and builds relationships with people. She has also helped to organize things like yoga classes and healing gatherings to further meet the needs of others and heal their minds, bodies and souls. She said, “We are revolutionizing unity and empowerment for those who are broken and in search for hope. We are using our light to shine on the often invisible.”

Talk about a being selfless…wow! If you want to learn more about Larayia’s mission, organization and even donate to Lunch On Me, you can do that by clicking here.

ASHLEY GRAHAM

Super model, judge from America’s Next Top Model, TV host and author are just a few of the accomplishments and projects Ashley Graham has taken part in over the years, but her true mission…advocating for self and body acceptance.

Over the years, Ashley has not been shy about showing her own body. In fact, she has used it as a tool to open the door and discuss subjects many women are self-conscious about such as weight, cellulite, clothing sizes and more. In interviews, Ashley has expressed that she does not like the term “plus size” because when that term is used, it instantly puts women in a category and assumption that they are not healthy, they eat poorly, they don’t exercise and don’t care as much about their bodies.

Even though she has graced the covers of magazines like Vogue, Elle and Glamour (to name a few), Ashley has not and will not allow herself and other women to be put in a category. At one point in her modeling career, she considered giving up her profession due to the insecurities and self-conscious feelings she had about her own body. Thanks to her mother, who told her that her body could change lives and help other women, she kept going and didn’t give up.

Since then she’s been paving the way for body positivity by embracing her own body and doing so with confidence. She also has not been afraid to take on the fashion industry and be a voice for real women, helping to redefine the global image of beauty. One of Ashley’s most inspiring speeches to date was when she made a moving TED Talk in 2015. Click here to see what she said, hear more about her story and how she became her very own role model.

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We hope you found something inspiring about one, if not all three of these incredible women who are not afraid to take a stand and who are striving to make a change. As the saying goes, “Empowered women, empower women” and we certainly feel empowered after learning more about Emma, Larayia and Ashley!

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6 Ways to Find Self-Love and Be Empowered

From doing what truly makes you happy, to letting go of what’s dragging you down, finding even the simplest ways to love yourself will empower you and lead you to do great things. So, take note and try applying even just one of these 6 things to your life today!

GIFT YOURSELF HAPPINESS

We all feel good when we’re happy. When we take the time to do the things that make us happy, that positivity trickles into all other areas of our lives. A happy person feels empowered and motivated to do more; that can make a HUGE difference at work, at home and with friends and family.

So, find time to do what makes you happy, girl! Even if it’s as simple as indulging in your favorite coffee drink or buying that pair of fab shoes you’ve been eyeing for weeks. You’re worth it!

FORGIVE YOUR FAILURES

There’s no avoiding it: Failure is a part of life. We all experience it and, oftentimes, it’s our failures that lead us to something even better. Don’t tear yourself down when you fail; instead, build yourself up! Get back up and try, try, try again! When you face failure, embrace it. Learn from it. Grow!

EMBRACE YOUR STYLE

Those with a great amount of self-love often ROCK and OWN their personal style, whether it’s low-key, all about comfort or dressing to the nines. You may love to wear sneakers all day every day (you may even have the same pair in 20 different colors!) while your BFF wouldn’t dare be caught without heels. You both feel 100% when you wear what your heart desires, no matter the current trend or what others may think. This, ladies, is the definition of self-love. When we embrace who we are and our personal style, there’s only one way to feel…EMPOWERED!

(We bet you all those knock-’em-dead style days all include lashes though, are we right? 😉 )

DON’T SETTLE

Of course, every aspect of our lives can’t \go exactly how we’d like it to, but we can always strive for more; we don’t have to settle! Even the small steps make a difference. Think about your job, your relationship, your health—decide what it is you want to improve, then embrace the journey. First, find the drive and motivation to reach your goals, then set out to achieve them. That can-do attitude in itself is empowering!

Self-love means not settling. Self-love is knowing you’re capable and deserving of more!

LET GO

Whether it’s a friend, relationship or habit that is bringing you down…let it go. It can be easier said than done but finding true self-love means having the courage to let go of the people or things that we know are not good for us. Love yourself enough to let go and see how free you feel when you do!

BE SELFISH

As women, we are always putting others before ourselves. We feel like it’s our job to make sure everyone’s needs are met before even thinking about our own. But how about we let you in on a little secret? It’s OKAY to be selfish sometimes! That’s right, we said it! It’s okay to be selfish.

If you need to cancel your dinner plans just to stay at home on the couch with your dog, in your PJs and in front of your favorite chick-flick, do it! If you need to say no to the tenth birthday party your child has been invited to this month, do it! If you need to let your husband handle the kids for half a day while you go to the spa, get your lashes done or simply go shopping ALONE, do it!

Instead of always taking one for the team, let the team give you one every now and then. It’s good for the soul, for your relationships and your sanity. Love yourself enough to be selfish from time to time and see what a difference it can make!

Is there something you do when it comes to self-love that makes you feel empowered and gives your soul a boost? We’d love to know! Please comment and share your self-love tip below!

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10 Valentine Gift Ideas to Make Any Woman Feel…

Whether she’s a glam, nail polish and jewelry-loving gal or a low-key lady who loves to stay in, keep it cozy and indulge in a few sweet treats, we’ve got a variety of fine and fab gifts she’s sure to love this Valentine’s Day! (Psst…ladies, if you’re reading this, copy this link and share it with your Valentine. A little help in the gift department is always appreciated and, of course…you’ll get JUST what you want! Wink, wink.)

Colorful, Custom, Yummy + Cozy Gifts for Valentine’s Day!

1. Say it with cacti and something that will last way longer than roses this year. Bliss Succulent | $25

2.Give her a collection of six neutral nail polishes that deliver health, great wear and shine. Bed of Roses Polish Set | $36

3. 24K gold and a heart? Yes, please! This ring will make her own heart go “pitter patter” every time she looks at it! Liza Echeverry Love is Love Signet Ring | $188

4. What lady doesn’t love a fun, personalized piece of jewelry? Available in a variety of colors, this laser-cut pendant is sure to impress. Moon and Lola Script Font Necklace | $48

5. Renowned for their creamy texture and exceptional silkiness, these chocolates will win the way to her heart. The pretty packaging will give you some bonus points, too! Louis Sherry 12 Piece Truffle Tin | $40

6. That’s right, let your lady feel like Audrey Hepburn every day with this luxurious fragrance from The House of Tiffany. The bottle is quite pretty too, which you know she’ll appreciate! Tiffany Eau de Parfum | $76–$132

7. She will thank you every time she slips her tired feet into these chic, plush genuine-shearling lined slippers. Shaine Wisp Shearline Slippers by UGG | $109.95

8. She’ll know just how ‘sweet’ you really are when you gift her with gourmet gummies made with (wait for it…) Dom Pérignon Vintage Champagne! Sugarfina Champagne Bears | $8.50-$20.00

9. A luxury environment, lash naps, plus lash and brow transformations are all in store when she gets a gift card from The Lash Lounge. Whether you purchase one at a Lash Lounge or gift her with an e-gift card*, she will certainly feel pampered and oh-so-pretty! (Trust us, that extra boost of confidence will definitely catch your eye when you see her after her visit.) *For e-gift card purchases, click here, select your salon, then scroll down to “Gift Cards” and click “Purchase a Gift Card.”

10. Get her this lovely lavender throw set, so she can use one to get comfy on the couch and one when she goes nighty night. It’s 100% cotton and will be sure to keep her cozy wherever she relaxes. Amraupur Throw Set | $23.99

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10 Ways to Empower YOURSELF

As we are making our way through the new year, one goal we should all have  should not only be working to empower others, but also ourselves! See below for 10 ways you can empower yourself and start NOW!

1. Find your passion

Whether it’s art, academia, writing, tech, fashion, charity, animals, food, reading, etc find something that you love and care about. It may not happen overnight but vision boards and Pinterest are great tools to help you. When you find something you love you will be more committed and focused to giving your time to it accordingly. (via medium.com)

2. Don’t wait around…Take action

The surefire way to tell the difference between a regular team member and an empowered one is to see how they handle work. Empowered people don’t wait around for someone else to walk them through a challenge, they come up with an action plan to accomplish the task at hand. Own your job! (via jonschultz.com)

3. Kindness

Be consciously kinder to you. The more you do for you, the better you’ll feel. Each kindness will make you want more. It helps you focus on you and believe that you deserve good. Give yourself a break when you’re tired. Take a bath. Buy the lotion or coffee that costs a few dollars more than the cheap brand. Self-kindness can blossom into self-love from which self-empowerment can grow. (via beliefnet.com)

4. Tidy up

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin

Steve Jobs began leading Apple in 1997 and then began one of the largest-scale cleanups in history. Within a year, Jobs had cancelled 70 percent of Apple’s products and turned a $1 billion loss into a $700 million profit. What soon followed was a series of ground-breaking and now-ubiquitous products: the iPod, iMac, iPhone, and iPad. You don’t have to re-make a multimillion-dollar company to start making improvements in your professional life. Begin with your office or home work space. Remember, there would be no iPhone without a clear space for its development. So clear out the clutter to make room for new ideas and innovations. (via cnbc.com)

5. Set the right kind of goals

The mother of one of my friends has the mantra: “small successes, not big failures.” While there’s nothing wrong with having big, lofty goals … be sure you’re setting reasonable goals that you can accomplish. Short-term measurements of success can help build your confidence (and empower you) with each achievement. Whereas, if your measure of success is this big, lofty goal you’ve set that may take years to achieve, your confidence won’t grow as quickly. Long term goals stretch out the path to success —build your confidence and empower yourself every day. (via jonschultz.com)

6. Raise up others

As Maya Angelou said: “When you know better you do better.” None of us can be successful without the help of others and vice versa. Take time to mentor or be a mentee. Attend speaking engagements or conferences. Be a supportive friend. Showing up can take on many forms, but the key is to be present and have empathy for your sisters. (via medium.com)

7. Let go

Let go of negative people. We absorb other people’s negativity. That’s why it’s good to avoid the negative or toxic ones who bring you down and make you feel like you’re not capable. If you want to keep one in your life, limit time spent with that person. And ask that they not make the negative comments. If they do, leave. Love yourself enough to not allow negative people to hurt you. (via beliefnet.com)

8. Have a self care day

Even Superwoman can use a spa day. Take one day of the week (or at least a few hours) to binge that Netflix series you’ve been eyeing, catch up on some sleep, take a bath with some tea, or have a spa day with a girlfriend. Feeling rejuvenated and relaxed will make you more productive the rest of the week. (via medium.com)

9. Take action to seize opportunity

Business owner, investor, and philanthropist Richard Branson is known worldwide for his many successful ventures. His net worth totals over $5 billion dollars. Less known is the story of how his airline, Virgin Airways, came into being.

Branson was in his late 20s, waiting for a flight to the Virgin Islands, when he found out that his flight was being cancelled. Not having any other options, he took the initiative, writing “Virgin Airlines $29” on a blackboard and walking around the airport. Using the money to finance it, he chartered a plane then and there and took himself and his happy passengers to their destination. When you encounter a problem, consider a direct solution, even if you haven’t worked out all the details. You may be surprised at what you are capable of.(via cnbc.com)

10. Adopt a Positive Mindset

Never underestimate the power of a positive mindset. The mind is a very powerful entity that controls everything within our inner being. Thinking positively through all situations gives women a sense of calm, a peace of mind, happiness, productivity and a full feeling of self-worth. There is nothing a woman cannot do with a positive mindset. Maintaining the daily habit of being aware of what and how the mind is thinking allows women to pick and choose their thoughts by being in control of their mental state. Thinking positively helps women confidently solve problems and face life’s daily challenges with a smile, knowing that everything will work out to their benefit and the benefit of others. (via lifehack.org)

Want more? Check out this post: 4 Ways Women Can Truly Empower Women

 

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3 Real Women, Their Lashes and Simplified Beauty Routines

There’s nothing more exciting and rewarding than seeing photos of our guests with smiles on their faces because they adore their lashes. We also love it when we get messages from these real women sharing how the experience and services at The Lash Lounge has transformed not only their look but also their lives. Today we are thrilled to share 3 of these real women and what they’re saying about their lashes and their new simplified, time saving beauty routines!

Amanda Upadhyaya

What Amanda has to say: 

Getting lash extensions from The Lash Lounge last month has made SUCH a huge impact on how fast I can get ready every morning. As the mom of a preschooler, I don’t have much time to spend getting ready before we start our day so it’s so helpful to just be able to throw on some BB cream and head out the door, while still looking completely “put together.” Having lash extensions over the holidays was a game changer, especially since my family and I spent the new year in Park City. Between snow storms and snowball fights with my husband and son, I was one of the only mamas without the wet mascara eyes, makeup stayed intact and my lashes had me still looking fresh and flawless even after being poured down on with snow!

Follow Amanda on Instagram @southcoaststyleoc


Sydney Massingale

  • Mother
  • Fashion + Lifestyle Blogger
  • Previous Teacher
  • Lash Addict from The Lash Lounge Carmel in Carmel, Indiana

What Sydney (AKA Syd) has to say: 

My lash extensions have made my “getting ready” time A LOT quicker! Often, I don’t have to wear mascara at all and when I do, it’s just very little and takes very little time, like 1-2 minutes. It’s nice to not have to invest the time into putting a ton of mascara on yet I  still get the long, full lash look I want!

Follow Syd on Instagram @syd_massingale


Grace Liang

What Grace has to say: 

I LOVE my lash extensions from The Lash Lounge! They make me feel like a million bucks and I am addicted to them! During my last refill at The Lash Lounge, I chose even longer lash extensions and I can’t believe what a big  difference they make! Ladies, find a Lash Lounge near you and give yourself the opportunity to not only look good, but feel good, too! And if you live in Michigan, you can visit the Bloomfield location (Coming Soon) or the Rochester Hills location!

Follow Grace on Instagram @colorandgrace

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14 Resolutions All Women Should Make for the New…

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019! Whether for your health, body or mind, see these 14 resolutions that all women should make for the new year!

1. Give Yourself 30 Minutes Of “Me Time” A Week

Relieving stress is a great goal, but pretty hard to grab if you don’t pinpoint how to do it. One way: Set aside 30 minutes a week for some quiet time by yourself. You can use this time to meditate, journal, walk in nature, or simply just breathe. Now that’s a New Year’s resolution idea you can probably get behind. (via womenshealthmag.com)

2. Give Yourself More Compliments

Repeat after us: “Today is my day. I’m thankful for me.” Positive self-talk can help you focus on what’s good in your life, says psychologist Joy Harden Bradford, Ph.D. Research shows that a little vitamin G (for gratitude) can make you feel happier and more satisfied and even improve your sleep. “If you repeat an affirmation related to gratitude in the morning, you’re likely to show and feel more of it throughout that day,” Bradford says. You’re so welcome! (via goodhousekeeping.com)

3. Ask For Help

We’re specifically talking to you, moms. It takes a village to raise a family, and that means you deserve help on this journey through parenthood. Pretending you can do it all only hurts you and, inevitably, your family because it leaves you emotionally and mentally depleted. Whether it’s asking your spouse to take over the chores or hiring an extra set of hands to give you a break, you deserve the help and should resolve to ask for it in 2019 – and beyond. (via mom.me)

5. Get Healthy

Every year, you say it (and you might even give it an honest effort before throwing in the towel), but 2019 is officially the year of reclaiming your health. The trick? Throw away your preconditioned ideas about weight and clothing size, and focus on being truly healthy. That means exercising to keep your heart and mind active, eating a mostly healthy diet (with the occasional indulgence) and taking care of your mental health to help remove roadblocks to your success. (via mom.me)

6. Write To Yourself

When your inner critic picks up her bullhorn, jot down the kind words you’d say to a friend in the same situation. “We have such a hard time channeling compassion for ourselves,” says Emma Seppala, Ph.D., of Stanford’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research. “Writing it down makes it easier to shift perspective.”(via goodhousekeeping.com)

7. Embrace Your Figure

Before you make any  fashion resolutions, the first step is to get familiar with the shape of your body and fully embrace it. What may look good on a pear shaped figure will most likely not suit an apple shaped one. Knowing your body shape and what suits it will help you grow your confidence and ensure you always look good, no matter what you wear, even when you’re wearing a swimsuit. ( via joyfulsource.com)

8. Get Your Life On A Schedule

If you regularly use the word “chaos” to describe your family’s daily life, then let us introduce you to the magic of a day planner for 2019. Having a set daily schedule that includes waking up, meals, activities, appointments, bedtime and more, will help your family operate like a well-oiled machine. While adapting to a new schedule can initially be rough, once everyone adjusts, the chaos will give way to calm and comfort. (via mom.me)

12. Do One Thing At A Time

Multitasking doesn’t make you more efficient, but it does stress you out, says mindfulness expert Pedram Shojai, author of The Art of Stopping Time. “If your focus is fragmented, you’ll likely find yourself getting anxious as new items come up when old ones are still incomplete,” he says. Instead, he suggests, organize your activities into chunks of time, such as kid time and cooking time, and then “commit to being focused in that allotted time and see what happens.” (via goodhousekeeping.com)

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Gift Ideas That Will Make Her Feel Pampered

Life seems to never slow down which means gifts that make you feel pampered are always appreciated … right, ladies? Whether you need some gift ideas for that special gal in your life or you need some ideas to share with your significant other, we’ve rounded up some great gifts that are sure to make any woman feel relaxed and pampered!

 

 

 

 

1. Pottery Barn Faux Fur Slippers

Fight the winter blues and cold feet with these creamy white slippers. The touch of faux fur—which comes in four colors, with at least one to satisfy even the pickiest person on your list—dresses them up, but it’s the super soft, cushy fabric that will delight whoever opens up this gift. (via health.com)

2. The Little Book of Mindfulness

Letting go of stress, living in the moment, and managing our modern world: it’s all here in this little book of 10 minutes a day to less stress. (via travelandleisure.com)

3. Bamboo Bath Caddy

This waterproof bamboo caddy will hold everything she needs to take her bath-time relaxation up a notch: a book or tablet, wine glass, snacks, and bathing needs like soap. It’s super sturdy, since the handles are extendable with non-slip silicone grips, so she doesn’t have to worry about it sliding out of place. (via prevention.com)

4. Diptyque Lavender Scented Candle

It’s no secret that lavender is one of the most soothing fragrances in the world, often used to ease stress and release tension headaches. And when it comes to candles, it doesn’t get much better than Parisian candle house Diptyque. This therapeutic candle will help calm anyone on your list who needs some serious de-stressing. (via travelandleisure.com)

5. Bloomsy Box

Handpicked, hand-tied bouquets sent from sustainable farms around the globe make a super fabulous gift. Choose from weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly deliveries to give that special someone (or yourself) beautiful blooms to brighten up their life! (via bloomsybox.com)

6. Clarisonic Exfoliator

Sometimes a simple face wash just doesn’t cut it when you need a good scrub. That’s where the Clarisonic comes in. Named on of our best exfoliators, it uses a “micro-massage” technology to flush out any dirt, oil, makeup, or sweat lodged deep within your pores. You can adjust the speed to your liking, pair the device with your favorite cleanser, and gently buff away for glowing skin. (via prevention.com)

7. Tea Forté Winter Sampler Collection

Herbal tea has an impressive range of health benefits—from relaxing your muscles to soothing an upset stomach. Surprise the tea lover in your life with this winter sampler collection from Tea Forté. It includes 15 pre-portioned single steep tea packets, including harvest apple spice, rum raisin biscotti, spiced ginger plum, sweet orange spice, and winter chai.(via prevention.com)

8. An E-Gift Card from The Lash Lounge

Effortless beauty, lash and brow services, a luxurious environment AND lash naps … what woman wouldn’t feel pampered?!? An E-Gift Card from The Lash Lounge will give her all of this and more! Click here to find a salon near you and to purchase.

9. Homedics Ellia Gather Ultrasonic Diffuser

Adding aromatherapy to your self-care routine can help enhance your relaxation and melt stress away. This ceramic woven diffuser adds style to any room. It delivers the scent of essential oils, and also has a remote-powered light that changes color. The device can also play a variety of soothing sounds. (via health.com)