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Enjoy the Holidays without the Guilt! December 16 2015, 0 Comments

We’ve all heard that Americans gain weight over the holidays.  Some reports say it’s about 5 pounds, others say it’s 7-10. That’s a lot of weight! And with so many parties and gatherings with big meals, it’s easy to feel stuffed many days of the holiday season. I’m here to share some good news that might have you feeling a little better about yourself come New Year’s Eve, when we all make that resolution to lose weight: scientific research has shown that people really only gain about one pound during the time from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

While we can all breathe a sigh of relief that we aren’t necessarily packing on the pounds during the holiday season, it is important to keep those healthy eating habits going, something that’s hard to do when party trays full of rich food and overflowing buffets abound. Here are a few tips to help you resist over-indulging through the holidays.

  • Eat a regular meal before going to a party. That way you’ll be more apt to eat healthier foods, and you also won’t be starving and inclined to fill up on rich party foods.
  • Choose water or sparkling water with some fruit juice over alcoholic beverages or sodas, which are packed with calories and sugar. Instead, save those extra calories for something you’re craving, like a gingerbread man.
  • Chew gum. Once you’ve been through the food line once, pop a piece of gum in your mouth to help keep you from grazing or going back for seconds.
  • Resist pressure from others to eat. We’ve all been in situations where Grandma’s fudge is being passed around or Aunt Lucy’s fruitcake, and even though you don’t really like either one, you feel obligated to take a piece and eat it because they worked so hard. One way to get around that is to go ahead and take it, tell them thank you, and wrap it up for later. You might never eat it, but they’ll never know.
  • Indulge a little. Now that you know you won’t necessarily gain 10 pounds between now and New Year’s, you can feel a little better about eating that pumpkin pie or slipping those sugar cookies into your lunch. After all, there are some foods that we really only eat this time of year, and depriving ourselves of them takes a little of the fun out of the season.

I know I’m going to be eating a lot of great food over the holidays. I can’t wait for my brother’s ribs and my sister’s chocolate pie. Great news - our Go Free Lindsay Cords and Margaret Velveteens are my favorite styles this time of year as they both have that wonderfully forgiving “give” to the fabric so the waist band doesn’t get too uncomfortable after enjoying that great food!  But as with all things, moderation is key. And eating well and staying healthy are the best ways to help you feel sexy, inside and out! 

In the meantime,  don't forget to check out the latest issue of BellaMia magazine for some great inspiration and tips for a healthy mind, body and spirit. 

Happy Holidays from all of us at Go Free Pants to all of you!  Cheers and best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year in 2016!


Embracing Boot Season: Short, Long and In-Between! December 08 2015, 0 Comments

One thing I love about fall and winter fashion is the opportunity to pull out my boots. Or better yet, to go shopping for new boots! They are such versatile shoes -- they keep your feet warm and protected, they can be sturdy and practical or feminine and flirty, and they add panache to almost any outfit.

I have noticed one thing among my friends over the years. Some people are very adamant about the type of boot they like to wear. I have friends who will only wear tall boots, while others are strictly ankle boots. I actually like to go both ways, depending on the outfit. And this fall there’s a new style that might help bring the two factions together, the midi boot. Designed to fall halfway between the ankle and the knee, it offers the best of both worlds!

Here’s a short breakdown of this winter’s styles.

 

 

 

 

Ankle boots. [Pictured: Valentino boots from Zappos.] With super-high heels and all sorts of configurations, there’s an ankle boot style to fit almost anyone’s taste. This winter you’ll see ankle boots with a wrap-around look, boots that are all glammed up with studs, suede or metallic-hued materials and boots with creative cutouts. Ankle boots work great with jeans and pants, dressing up your somewhat casual outfits. Pair them up with our Lindsay Corduroy jeans for a great winter look.


Tall Boots.
 [PIctured: Gray suede from Anthropologie.] These might be seen as the classic, the long silhouette that envelopes a leg all the way from the foot up to the knee and beyond. Whether you like an ultra-feminine lace-up boot, traditional leather or a more daring fringe, the variety of styles en vogue this winter make it hard to choose just one. These boots work great with skinny jeans, leggings and mini-skirts.

Midi Boots. [Pictured: Red leather boots from Polyvore.com.] Borrowing a cue from the Old West, the traditional cowboy-boot look of some midis gives a glimpse to where this style came from. But the midi offers a lot more than the traditional brown leather. Perfect for a person who doesn’t really want the thigh-high boot but isn’t comfortable with ankle boots, this style is a compromise that works for everyone. You’ll find them in styles ranging from casual to elegant, high-heeled versions. They’re a perfect match for the longer, flowing skirts and also work well with skinny jeans. 

Check out my friends at Bootights for fun ways to accessorize your boots. 

What is your go-to boot? Are you a fan of the ankle boot, or do you lace up some thigh-high boots before heading out? Comment below and let us know!

 

Also, don't forget to check out the latest issue of BellaMia Magazine. I'm so proud to be a part of this wonderful venture, and you'll find articles by me on pages 65 and 99.

 


Introducing BellaMia Magazine March 24 2015, 0 Comments

I am so excited to be able to introduce you to one of my new favorite magazines. It’s called BellaMia, which translates to beautiful me or my beautiful, and the entire magazine focuses on things we can do to let our inner beauty shine through. Founded by Mia Saenz, a wonderful woman who I am honored to have the opportunity to work with, the magazine is Mia’s way of bringing her passions about self love and core confidence to all women. A very spiritual person herself, Mia has devoted her life to helping others find happiness within themselves.

This wonderful publication is all about helping women discover their true beauty, which is also what we promote at Go Free Pants! Just like Mia, we believe that true beauty comes from within. When you feel good about yourself, you walk with confidence and exude a sexiness that other people can’t help but notice.

I was excited to be asked to be a contributing writer for BellaMia Magazine, which you can read online. Given that National Healthcare Decision Day is coming up on April 16, I took the first opportunity as a contributing writer in the premiere issue which came out March 1, 2015 to educate readers about something that is very important to me - making sure you have documented your end of life plans. I know, talking about death is a very hard thing to do. But it is something we all should do long before the crisis to prepare ourselves and our loved ones for the inevitable. If you haven’t taken time for the 3 D’s, Decide, Discuss and Document, now is a great time to do it. Give your loved ones the gift of peace of mind by making your end of life wishes known so family members are not fretting, wringing their hands or arguing about what to do. They will know what to do because they heard it from you!

For help with creating your own advanced care directives, you can visit GotPlans123.org for more information.

And be sure to follow BellaMia Magazine for great information on all aspects of your life, from health and nutrition to beauty and exercise.