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How to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays: Health, Food, & Fitness Tips

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The Holiday season can be a stressful time for everyone.  There’s good-but-exhausting things like parties, and so not-so-great things like maxing out your credit card on gifts.  If you live in a cold climate like New England, seasonal depression can also start taking it’s toll.  In this season of giving to others it can be so easy to neglect your own needs and even your health.  Here are some tips for how to stay health through the Holidays and getting you through to January with your body and mind taken care of…

Food

Healthy options

You can call me weird (wouldn’t be the first time, won’t be the last), but I get a little thrill out of taking an indulgent recipe and making it healthier but still delicious.  It’s all about experimenting with great substitutions.  Are you all about toast slathered in butter on Christmas morning?  Try whole grain toast with some coconut oil.  It’s just as yummy, and will keep you fuller longer so you won’t be tempted to grab extra rolls at dinner.

Pick your pleasure

Holiday time is not the time to deprive yourself, but it’s important not to gorge of everything in sight.  Do you live for a slice of pumpkin pie but care less about stuffing?  Then skip the stuffing (or just have a little) and treat yourself to a big slice o’ pie.  Save your calories for the things that matter to you.

Make it homemade

I know it can be tempting to cut corners and go store-bought, but the more of your holiday meals you make yourself the better.  You can control the ingredients, and make sure you’re not filling up on artificial chemicals that are going to make you even hungrier, or worse, make you sick.  Plus, I feel much less guilty about eating Christmas cookies when I know I’ve burned a ton of calories baking them myself.

Be a food snob

Sometimes it’s not the food itself that’s the issue, it’s the chemicals and artificial sweeteners.  My rule is that if I’m going to indulge, I make it the best quality indulgence.  Don’t waste calories on cheap pre-dinner crackers… save them for a post-dinner macaron from a special bakery.

How to Stay Health Through the Holidays: Health, Food, & Fitness Tips

Fitness

Make time to exercise

Between the weather and the craziness it can be so easy to forget about fitness.  But it’s so important for your body and mind to fit it in.  Too cold outside? Go to the gym, or do a workout DVD.  No time?  I’ve been loving the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. It’s only 20 min, it’s an effective, full-body workout…and I promise you’ll enjoy it even if you don’t think you’re a Jillian Michaels fan (I wasn’t).

How to Stay Health Through the Holidays: Health, Food, & Fitness Tips

Get in touch with your inner yogi

There is nothing like a yoga session to calm your mind and keep you sane.  If you’ve tried yoga but thought it was too intense, too serious, or just too expensive, I highly recommend Yoga with Adriene.  Her workouts are free on YouTube, and you can pick one that fits your time limit and/or mood.  I’m definitely going to be trying her Yoga for Digestion on Thanksgiving.

Calm your mind

Along the same lines of yoga, meditation is so important.  Some times we just need some peace.  I really love the calm app because you can pick the length of time that you want to meditate.  I usually do 5-10 mins, but when I travel and I have trouble getting to sleep I’ve done the 30 min mediation and had some of the best nights sleep ever!

How to Stay Health Through the Holidays: Health, Food, & Fitness Tips

Mental Health

We can’t neglect our mental health as well.  I made a video all about my struggles with anxiety and depression and some tips I have for dealing with it.  I hope this video encourages others to talk about their struggles and to feel a little less alone….

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Valentino Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape

Valentino Inspired Thanksgiving Tablescape - EverydayStarlet.com @SarahBlodgett

Thanksgiving seems like an overlooked holiday these days.  Stores put out Halloween candy and decorations in August, and the second Nov 1st arrives it’s on to Christmas stuff.  It’s such a shame because Thanksgiving is a holiday that can be enjoyed by all…. who doesn’t like a day dedicated to overeating…um…I mean giving thanks..wink, wink.

So the day after Halloween, I jumped head first into decorating for Thanksgiving.

After I designed my Kate Spade Halloween Table, I decided to do a different fashion designer themed table for each Holiday.  When I saw these studded pumpkins at Jo-Ann Fabric I just knew that Thanksgiving would be inspired by Valentino.

The studs on the pumpkins remind me of the famous Valentino Rockstud Pump.  I had to include some bows in honor of the infamous Valentino Couture Bow Pump, and some red (although this is burgundy to avoid it looking too Christmasy) in honor of Valentino’s legendary red carpet dresses.  A Pinterest search of Valentino’s fashion lead me to dresses with a sheer embroidery detail (this one especially inspired me).  I tried to emulate that on a budget with some inexpensive tulle fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric as a runner, and some leaves I clipped off a glitter poinsettia from Michaels.

The only thing that cost a little more were these pedestals from Jo-Ann Fabric, but they are so worth it, and I’m sure I’ll be using them again.

All in all, a budget Thanksgiving table that’s a fitting tribute to a legendary high end designer!

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Which fashion designer would you like to see a inspire a tablescape inspired?

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Sephora Haul & Some Other Splurges

Sephora Haul & Some Other Splurges

Anyone who knows me… or even anyone who’s taken a quick peek at Everyday Starlet.. knows that I’m a bit of a shopaholic.  So when Brooke from InAWorldofBees.com offered to send me her Sephora Friends & Family discount I’m pretty sure I actually squealed with happiness!  Only select people got the discount and I was so excited to receive it… my credit card is hurting though because I did some damage!  I planned my shopping cart with more focus than anything in my life… and I even took a preliminary trip to Sephora for fragrance testing… here’s a look at what I got… and a few other splurges, like a Charlotte Tilbury purchase from Nordstroms, and more!

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Sephora Haul & Some Other Splurges

Here’s what I got…

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October 2015 Favorites: Fitness, Beauty, Fashion, Etc

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I’ve done a lot of shopping this month (shocker, I know, wink, wink).  However, I haven’t had a chance to really test out my new finds.  So my October Favorites are small, but I have a few things I’ve really been loving that I had to share with you…

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Here’s what I’ve been loving…

Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred– I’ve tried a lot of workouts in my day, but I have never seen results as quickly as I have with the first week of this workout… and that’s just level one!

October 2015 Favorites: Fitness, Beauty, Fashion, Etc

My Home Goods mug and my homemade pumpkin lattes, and caramel apple lattes with tea from Celestial Seasonings… they taste so sinful, but with just tea, almond milk, honey, and a frother, they’re definitely waistline friendly!

October 2015 Favorites: Fitness, Beauty, Fashion, Etc

For beauty products, I’ve been obsessed with my Shiseido Facial Cotton (which I bought in my Cambridge Sephora Haul), and my new dark circle concealer combo: Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Brightener combined with Neutralizer

October 2015 Favorites: Fitness, Beauty, Fashion, Etc

My Primark Hat… and be sure to check out my post all about How to Wear a Hat..with Confidence

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What have you been loving this month?

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Get Ready With Me for a Celebrity Fashion Show

Get Ready With Me for a Celebrity Fashion Show I lucky enough to be asked to be in a Celebrity Fashion show to support the Boys & Girls Club Worcester along with my fashionable friend, crooner Dale LePage.  The evening was so exciting, getting break out my inner Naomi Campbell (but without throwing my phone, of course) and strut my stuff down the runway. The night went so fast, and everyone seemed to have such a great time!  I thought you might enjoy coming along for my fitting and getting ready with me for the big night as I do my hair, makeup, and pick out the perfect outfit for a night full of fashion for a great cause ….

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You can hear more of Dale’s music in my Glowing Skin Makeup Tutorial!… and if you’re in the Central Massachusetts area you can check out the Adore Boutique!  My fringe dress and boots can be seen here. This is the second time I’ve worn it, and every time I do the compliments keep coming!  These boots are so stylish, comfortable, and affordable (my absolute favorite combination)!

Affordable, Fun, Fringe Glamour Get Ready With Me for a Celebrity Fashion Show

Have you done a fashion show before? I’d love to hear your experience… Hope you had a fabulous weekend!!

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Kate Spade Halloween Tablescape & Fall Weekend Vlog

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Since I started Everyday Starlet, I’ve kinda taken over decorating my Mom’s dining room table.  We never eat at this table, but it really is the centerpiece of the house, so we like to have it styled for the current season or holiday.  I was trying to come up with a new idea for Halloween.  My Mom spotted white pumpkins with gold dots at Jo Anne Fabric one day.  That started my brain whirling into a Kate Spade frenzy.  Alas, I didn’t go back and pick up the pumpkins in time and they were sold out everywhere.  I still decided to keep going forward with the Kate Spade theme.  Ms. Spade is known for fun patterns and general whimsy, and Halloween should be whimsical… so it just made sense.  After several trips to Jo Anne Fabric and Michaels, I created my table.  I made the sign, using a spin on Kate Spade’s famous quote “Eat Cake For Breakfast”… because candy just felt right for Halloween.

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If you’d like to see how I put this table together, as well as some getting ready for Fall beauty routines, recipes, and a pumpkin recipe fail… then check out my weekend vlog…

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I’m already planning my Thanksgiving table, and I’m thinking about starting a series of doing a table inspired by a different fashion designer for each holiday.  I’d love to hear which designers are your favorites and which ones you would like to see as an inspiration for a holiday table!

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What I’m Loving This Week: Tech, Blogging, Grunge Glam & De-Stressing

Wayfair Heart Home Conference

This week was supposed to be mellow (if you saw yesterday’s post, then pun intended).  However, it’s ended up being a pretty stressful week. My new iPhone stopped working less than a week after I got it… and since they didn’t have any in stock, and I NEED a phone for this weekend (more on that later)… I traded it in for a new 6s.  Right after I write this I’m going to frantically get it set up the way I want it and pack for the weekend… (more…)

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