Events, Health & Well-Being, Life's Challenges

You Only Have One Heart … Treat It Kindly!

February 2, 2017 • By

VH-hearthealth-tee-graphic-exampleFebruary: the month devoted to matters of the heart: Love and … health. Yes, heart health. We all know that Valentine’s Day falls on February 14th, but did you know that February is also National Heart Health Month, dedicated to both raising awareness of heart disease and raising money for heart health research? Proclamation 3566 was formally dedicated by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Join us on Friday, February 3rd, National Wear Red Day.  All around the nation, including here at Velvet Heart, women (and men) are wearing RED to support Women’s Heart Health. Learn more here ….

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Learn the FACTS:

  • FACT: Heart disease strikes women regardless of ages or socio-economic class. For this we need only remember the recent death of Carrie Fisher , due to heart disease less than two months ago. carrie fisher heart hollywood blvd

Give yourself the perfect Valentine’s Day gift this year. Commit to “Live each day with a strong heart” by taking just a few simple steps:

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  • Step 3: Eat Right: Click here for tips from celebrity chefs for heart-healthy cooking.

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  • Step 4: Laugh each and every day!  The expression “laughter is the best medicine” is nothing to laugh about! It’s true! Research shows that there is a decrease in stress hormones, a reduction in artery inflammation and an increase in HDL, or the “good” cholesterol when we laugh. Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, cardiologist and director of women and heart disease at the New York City Lenox Hill Hospital said,  “Once you start laughing, it forces you to feel better,” said Dr. Steinbaum, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement. An added bonus: the positive effects of a good chuckle have been found to last 24 hours. Now that’s the kind of medicine we love!

Health & Well-Being, Life's Challenges, Resolutions

I Resolve to (try to) Keep My Resolutions!

January 9, 2017 • By

Start on January 1

Okay … we’re two weeks into the New Year ! Are your resolutions still holding? Well, if not, don’t kick yourself. It appears that only 8% of those who make promises to themselves actually keep them! So how do they do it? Why do some succeed while so many of us fail?

Studies show (yes, there are actually studies done on the “keeping of resolutions”) there are four steps to success:

  1. Keep it Simple
  2. Make it Tangible
  3. Make it Obvious
  4. Keep Believing You Can Do It

KEEP IT SIMPLE: Set small, reasonable goals that can be achieved one step at a time. This time honored “kiss” will remind you:

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MAKE IT TANGIBLE: Your goal/s should be based on rational targets. Not “I’ll lose weight,” but rather “I’ll lose 10 pounds.” Not “I’m going to write my book,” but rather break a larger goal into steps: Step 1: “I’m going to prepare the outline for my book” … and when you reach your first goal, set Step 2: “I’m going to write the introduction or chapter one,” etc. According to John Norcross, Professor of Psychotherapy at the University of Scranton, “We say if you can’t measure it, it’s not a very good resolution because vague goals beget vague resolutions.”

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MAKE IT OBVIOUS: Post a chart of your progress as a daily reminder. Or, like blogger Julia in the movie, JULIE AND JULIA and the original blog: Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen, make your pledge public. Use social media and let friends and family know your goal … they can help you keep on track. We all need support from time-to-time and your BFF may be that perfect someone who can keep you from slipping.

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KEEP BELIEVING YOU CAN DO IT: Have faith in yourself! Willpower can carry you through … but here’s something you should know about willpower. Psychological studies show that willpower, a “mind-body reaction to choice,” can get depleted. Fatigue can set it. “A growing body of research shows that resisting repeated temptations takes a mental toll. Some experts liken willpower to a muscle that can get fatigued from overuse.” On the positive side, willpower is a renewable resourse. You can essentially “re-boot” it.  Essentially, if you believe you have the strength to reach your goal, you will. I’m reminded of a quote I learned as a child:  “If you will it, it is no dream.”

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Wishing you all a healthy and happy 2017, and success in keeping your resolutions!


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Behind The Scenes, Events, Holidays, L.A. Life Style

What We Heart at the Holidays!

December 14, 2016 • By

Warm sweaters, cozy fires, steaming hot cocoa … these are just a few of the traditional holiday “favorite things” that most everyone associates with this chilly, but festive, time of the year, and we want to share with you, our readers, some holiday traditions HEARTED by members of our crew here at Velvet Heart!

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Hallie/Asst. Marketing – DIY Holiday Wrapping

 

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Lusha/Associate Designer  – Christmas Lights

 

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Itzel/Associate Designer  Holiday Nail Designs

 

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Kellie/Sr. Merchandiser & Melissa /Asst. Merchandiser – Holiday music 

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Anthony / Design Intern –  Holiday shopping

 

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Stephanie /E-commerce Manager – Presents!!


Blogger Spotlight, Styles and Trends for Today, Trending

Holiday Looks with Guest Blogger Kimberly Kong of Sensible Stylista

November 7, 2016 • By

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Alright everyone, it’s time for real talk.  The holiday season’s coming up, which means we’re all getting ready to get our splurges on (#sorrynotsorry).  I personally love indulging in all things savory…and sweet (aka all delish food), ha! What can I say? I love my noms.  Now, this all leads me beautifully to a very important topic: how to feel comfortable while looking cute.  I’ll be sharing three effortlessly fashionable outfits with you guys today.  You’ll be able to eat as much as you want without feeling constricted, and you’ll ooze serious steeze (style + ease) while you’re at it.  So, without further ado, let’s get to it.

My first look epitomizes fall-friendly style.  I centered my outfit around Velvet Heart’s Olsen shirt dress, and it’s literally the softest thing I own.  If you’re a fan of plaid, this is a serious must-have.  I styled the piece with a drape vest and threw on suede boots to up my texture game.  To finish things off, I accessorized with a silver statement necklace.

 

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Outfit no. 2’s vibe is casual and minimalist.  I’m a fan of all things lace-up, so naturally, I fell in love with Velvet Heart’s Bridgette top.  If you’re looking for a timeless basic that screams quality, pick this shirt up stat.  To mask potential muffin top, I went with a pair of high waisted jeans, and threw on a long duster on top to show off my layering game.  Now, since my ensemble’s fairly simple, I elevated my look with a pop of animal print!  It’s amazing how much of a difference a splash of print makes.

 

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I centered my third and final look around a fabulous printed long Cannes tunic from Velvet Heart.  FYI: This tank has high side slits – just wanted to give you guys a heads up.  Personally, I didn’t want to show too much skin so I wore mid-rise gray skinnies + a chunky knit on top.  Also, I went easy on the accessory front because I wanted my top & faux-fur collar to take centerstage.

 

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How do you guys stay fashionable during the holidays? Is comfort important to you?  Let me know by leaving a comment below!  To see more outfit posts + lifestyle blasts, check out my blog, Sensible Stylista.

XO

Kimberly Kong

 

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Denim

Denim Care: How to make your jeans last longer!

August 30, 2016 • By

A good pair of jeans is a staple in every woman’s closet. And while finding your perfect pair can be a long process, when you do, you’ll want the jeans to last for as long as possible.

There is actually a right way to clean your jeans if you’d like to maintain their color and quality. Here are 7 tips to help you preserve and care for your cherished pairs:

1. Washing them too often will make the color fade faster

When it comes to a good pair of jeans, you can wear one for 5 to 10 times before having to wash them. If you can’t see the dirt, they’re probably not really dirty

2. Spot clean

Use a laundry stain remover, leave it on for a few minutes, then use a damp cloth to wet the area and scrub the stain

3. Try the steam clean approach

Hang them in the bathroom while you’re taking a shower so the steam and scents from your soap permeate your jeans, making them smell nice and fresh.

4. When it comes time to wash them, it’s best to do so in cold water

Turn the jeans inside out and make sure to either hang them outside to dry if it’s a nice day (keeping them out of the sun), or put them on a drying rack. When washing for the first time, toss in two spoonfuls of salt to help set the dye.

5. For darker washes – add distilled vinegar

While doing laundry, add half a cup so the darker hued denim will retain its color after washing.

6. Washing by hand is always better than machine-wash

Start by filling the sink with cold water, add half a teaspoon of detergent. Turn your jeans inside out, plop them in the water and walk away. Come back in an hour and rise with cold water.

7. Hold off on bleach

Not only will it mess with the color, but it could also deteriorate the yarns in the denim fabric.

 

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Styles and Trends for Today, Trending

How to Style the Shirt Dress

August 5, 2016 • By

One of the hottest trends happening right now is the “shirt dress.” The “must have” closet item that transcends seasons. So what actually IS a “shirt dress”? It’s simply a longer version of a shirt – almost any shirt: long sleeve, sleeveless, short sleeve, rolled sleeves, button down, pop-over, and with collar choices and hem lengths galore. There’s a shirt dress out there perfect for everybody … and every body type, and when styled right, a shirt dress can look chic, cool and totally #OOTD worthy.

Here are 6 style tips on how to wear a shirt dress to get you inspired:

  1. To achieve a smart, yet summery style, pair with your favorite summer shoes and/or a woven hat to capture the spirit of summer.

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Or for a simple summer twist..wear as a topper with shorts.

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2.  Belt it. If you’re looking for a simple way to spruce up your dress, why not try adding a belt?  It’ll give you more definition and a flattering silhouette. We love this simple trick!

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3. Keep it casual with a pair of slip-on sneakers or slides. Add a leather jacket to toughen up the look.

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4. For a more professional look, try adding a blazer and flats or heels.

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5. Make a shirt dress look elegant with strappy heels and an accent purse.

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6. Transition into fall by layering. Add a sweater on top or a turtleneck shirt underneath. Pair with leggings or pants and other cold weather accessories.

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*all photos via pinterest.com*

To find the perfect shirt dress for you, shop these looks and more at velvetheart.com

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Holidays, L.A. Life Style, Styles and Trends for Today

Summertime & the Livin’ is Easy!

July 8, 2016 • By

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SummertimeDisplaying VH_fall_5682 (1).jpgthe wonderful song written in 1935 by George Gershwin for the opera Porgy and Bess, perfectly sets the tone for what summer is, or should be, all about. Days are longer and hotter, life moves from the fast to the slow lane and everything, from the clothes we wear, to the food we eat, to the places we go, should be “easy”.

When it comes to fashion, think soft, lightweight fabrics … cotton, linen, rayon and one of our favorites, renewable Tencel in a super lightweight weave, and choose loose and comfy silhouettes.Displaying VH_fall_5682 (1).jpg Sundresses that go from day to night, tops that can be worn open over a tank or buttoned up, tucked in or tied at the waist, and happy, fresh colors. These things all shout “summer is here!”

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Al fresco dining is de rigueur when it’s too warm to stand over a hot stove, so plan to dine outside as often as possible whether at home, at the beach, at a park, a concert venue or a restaurant patio. Plan ahead for menus that can be eaten cold or at room temperature,

  

add candles, music (invest in a set of wireless speakers),

  

and good libations and every meal will be a party. Bon appetit … and enjoy your summer!

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Events, Holidays, L.A. Life Style, Styles and Trends for Today

Red, White & True Blue! Celebrate the 4th in Style!

June 25, 2016 • By

The 4th of July is just around the corner, and you know what that means. It’s time to relax with family and friends at a backyard barbeque, a pool party, park picnic or a beach party – whatever you do, it will probably be casual and laidback – but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Here’s some last minute tips to help make your celebration sparkle with pizzazz!

#1. Dress the part. Show off your patriotic pride and rock your red, white and blue! The limited color palette does not mean limited choices of dress. This is the holiday to show off your independence! Go with all three colors, or emphasize one and add dashes of the others (or just two colors, like a classic blue/white combo if you like to celebrate in a more subdued manner). And of course, what you don will depend upon your location and your activites, so here are a few ideas to help inspire you and get you in a celebratory mood!

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For low-key get togethers, you might opt for shorts or a romper. Denim and chambray are your logical, and patriotic choices, since jeans are the original American “national costume.” Pair with a cute pair of stylish flats or the latest hot-trend, white-white sneakers. Need to be a bit more “dressed up”? Opt for a simple, but chic, sundress that proclaims your effortless style. The key here is your accessories. Don’t overdo. Remember that key word, casual. And don’t forget those most important accessories: sunscreen and a hat.

#2 Set the Mood. If you are hosting, stock up on inexpensive traditional bandanas in red, white and blue. They can be used as napkins, quickly stitched together for a quick table cloth or runner, and cut into triangles for an easy DIY banner. Simply glue the short edge over a piece of twine.

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#3. The Red, white & blue palette should continue to your table. Fresh summer fruits provide everything you need. Red strawberries and watermelon, white slices of dragon fruit, banana, pealed apples and pears, and loads of blue berries. Provide skewers and marshmellows and let your guests make their own red-white-and blue kabobs, with melted white chocolate as an extra sweet treat. Create a Patriotic Punch (instructions here) and use red licorice sticks as straws, and don’t put that watermelon shell to waste. Use it as a punch bowl!

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#4 Play some patriotic themed games. Baseball, frisbee and flag-football are all great American pastimes, but here are a few other DIY ideas in case some guests are not quite so energetic: Pop the Balloon Flag dart game , the United States of Bingo and that old faithful, Patriotic Ring Toss . fourth of july games 2

Last, but not least, remember WHY we celebrate the 4th of July. We are truly blessed to live in the land of E pluribus unum !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Holidays, Hot Spots in L.A., L.A. Life Style

Let’s getaway … but not too far away

April 4, 2016 • By

We love L.A., but sometimes all that traffic and noise and hustle and bustle is just too much and we long for wide open spaces where you can hear yourself think and the air smells clean and fresh. Lucky for Angelenos there are a number of places within a 1 to 3 hour drive where someone can go to find peace and quiet and enjoy the beauty of nature. Here are five dream mini-vacations for your consideration, and we actually discovered one of these treasures during our last photoshoot for the Velvet Heart Fall 2016 look book.

SYCAMORE COVE STATE PARK: We booked the shoot at Sycamore Cove State Park at the northern edge of Malibu, though technically in Oxnard city limits. The beautiful stretch of pristine beach is bordered by craggy rock formations at either end with easy access and parking from Pacific Coast Highway. Picnic tables and barbeques are available for public use, so you can relax, dine, listen to waves and even spot the occasional whale passing by (we saw one!). This beach is a bit of heaven, and to be honest, we hope not too many people visit. It’s simply a bit of paradise. And if you get tired of the beach, just cross PCH and you have access to the Sycamore Canyon Park and miles of hiking trails. Something for everyone.

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VASQUEZ ROCKS PARK: If a more vigorous activity is your thing, drive about 40 miles north of L.A., off the 14 Freeway to Agua Dulce, and you’re in another world.  The almost eerie formation of red, sandstone peaks that make up Vasquez Rocks Park, jut out from the earth like some prehistoric lizard crawling out of the sand. These rocks, formed thousands of years ago by one of those dreaded earthquakes along the San Andreas fault, are just waiting to be climbed.  Reminder: wear sunscreen, proper shoes, a hat and bring water.READ MORE