Bandanas are Back

Bandanas have been in my life ever since I can remember. However, I was not always so fond of them as I am now. I have many memories of my mom accessorizing my hair with bandanas during my childhood saying how stylish they were when she was growing up despite my incessant protests that I looked ridiculous. As I grew, I learned to tolerate them, and even like them on certain occasions. Even so, I can only recall a handful of times I have been seen sporting one in the past eight years.

Recently bandanas have come full circle and made a stylish and trendy reappearance.  This return began at music festivals like Coachella, notorious for its stylishly dressed attendees in eclectic and western inspired pieces.  I for one, am ecstatic that is western trend is coming back for the sheer versatility of the bandana.  Unlike previous trends gracing festival grounds, this ‘It’ accessory is very affordable and  has some real practicality to it, too.  A bandana can be worn as a head wrap, a headband, a scarf, a choker, a bracelet, and I have even seen it worn as a top on some occasions. So many possibilities!

The Trend

My Picks

Free People (1) | Urban Outfitters (1) | Free People (2) | Urban Outfitters (2) | Nasty Gal |
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Which ‘It’ trends are your favorite? Let me know if you have any bandana suggestions! 🙂

xx, Kendall

My Fitbit

One of my New Year Resolutions is to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. I picked this number because the American Heart association says you should walk 10,000 steps a day in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. At school I easily walk 11,000 steps a day just walking to and from my classes, and I almost always reach 15,000 steps on weekends. It’s really hard to reach my goal while I am on break and home from school because it isn’t necessary for me to walk everywhere here. flex_3qtr_black_3lights_300dpi.jpg

While I am home, I am constantly trying to think of ways to reach my step goal. It’s so much more challenging since our roads are not easily walkable and very narrow. My favorite way to get my steps in is to walk my dog one or two times a day.

I received a Fitbit Flex as a High School graduation gift and it is one of the most useful gifts I have ever received.  This is one of the more inexpensive products in the Fitbit product line. There’s a tracker for every budget, too. The trackers range from around $60- $250. There are even Fitbits designed by designers like Tory Burch so they actually look like a bracelet!

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My favorite part about my Fitbit is actually the app that comes along with it.  It tells me a variety of things like my steps, miles, calories burned, and active minutes. It even tracks my sleep and will tell me about my quality of sleep. The best part about the app, though, is that you can compete with your friends and see who can get the most amount of steps in a week. Competing with my friends has motivated me to be active on days when I would rather be a couch potato all day.

*this post is not affiliated in any way this Fitbit, I just really love the product :)*

What fitness trackers do you like?

xx, Kendall

 

How to keep your New Year’s Resolutions

Its been exactly a week since New Years Resolutions have been made.  Many of us pick the typical: loose weight, be more active, learn an instrument, or eat more healthy.  That was the easy part.  Now here comes the hard part- actually keeping those resolutions.

We are all guilty of giving up on our resolutions way too soon.  This year lets at least try to stick to them.

Here are my tips on making your resolutions stick:

  1. Make 5 max. resolutions.  A mistake many of us make (I know I always do) is to pick too many resolutions.  Overload is never the answer. Pick at most 5 resolutions that you really want to focus on and stick with.  By focusing on these, you are less likely to get overwhelmed and able to spend more time on each.
  2. Make a list once a week of tasks relating to your resolutions.  If you want to lose weight, it might be “go to the gym and try 2 different fitness classes.” If you want to learn the guitar, it might be ” learn three chords by Friday.”
  3. Put it in your calendar.  Allot a certain amount of time each day/week to your resolutions.  Doing this will help you stay focused and on track for success.
  4. It’s okay if you don’t complete all of them.  I know I always get so stressed out over my resolutions because I want to make sure I do all of them.  Thats not the point of them though, they shouldn’t stress you out.  They are supposed to help you have goals and have fun throughout the year.  So, if you don’t complete all of them, don’t worry.
  5. Have fun! The point is to have fun and do new things. So go out there are kick butt with your resolutions this year.

 

What are your New Year Resolutions for 2016?

xx, Kendall