1SRBoutique is back!

I began 1SRBoutique on eBay four years ago.  I had a nice run but I am now open on a new platform.  Join me on Poshmark! I have lots of treasures available now and will be adding inventory regularly; so check the page often.  Looking for something unique? Send me a message.  If I don’t have it I can direct you to someone who does.  Shop my closet here http://www.poshmark.com/closet/1srboutique

Happy Shopping!

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Here Comes the Bride

Wedding season is quickly approaching. All of the planning, although fun, can quickly become overwhelming. Wedding Expos are a convenient way to eliminate some of the stress. You can essentially have meet and greets with all your potential vendors without taking up very much of your time.

There are many expos to choose from. They are in no way created equally. My favorite is the Wedding Experience. Check their website for locations. ( http://www.weddingexperience.com )   I recently visited the expo at the Baltimore Convention Center. If you plan on marrying in the DMV and missed this expo, don’t worry. I’ll share website links to my favorite vendors of the event.

 

Shira’s Event Design Services Picks 

Ksquared Events and Design http://www.Ksquaredevents.com

Your Royal Occasions http://www.yourroyaloccasions.com


Shira’s Photographer Pick

Gobrail Photography http://www.GobrailPhotography.com

Shira’a Bakery Picks

SugarBakers Cakes  http://www.sugarbakerscakes.com

Stone House Cakery http://www.StoneHouseCakeryandCafe.com

Shira’s D.J. Pick

Horizon Entertainment http://www.horizonentertainment.com

Shira’s Travel Agency Pick (Destination wedding/honeymoon)

Dreamers Travel http://www.dreamerstravel.com

Happy Planning!

Next Week I’ll Be Overweight

Next week I’ll be overweight and I couldn’t be happier.  You may be wondering why I am happy about being overweight.  The answer is simple.  Today I am obese so overweight will be an improvement.  It is funny how weight sneaks up.  One day you wake up and you’re thirty pounds heavier than you thought.  It seems to just come out of nowhere.  You never see it coming.

I stopped weighing myself a long time ago.  I made the decision to assess my size by my measuring tape and the fit of my clothes.  I did notice a change.  Suddenly my waist was measuring an extra two inches.  I worked to get it off but the two inches grew to three.  The good thing is that I always gain weight in porportion.  My bust, waist, and hips all gain the same amount of inches; so I think I carry the weight pretty well.  The bad thing about it is it makes the weight gain easier to ignore.  Stress did not help either.  Certain stressors send me to food while others put me in starvation mode.  Guess which one I experienced.  I knew it was a problem.  My pants were getting tighter and tighter.  I knew it was a problem but stress…

I finally decided to really put my weight issue in the forefront after seeing my doctor a little under two weeks ago.  I bought a scale and I set the simple goal of two pounds a week.  My first week I lost five pounds.  That was just the motivation I needed to keep it up.  I’m three days away from my two week marker and I have already lost another four pounds.  The weight is coming off much faster than I anticipated.  Five pounds a week is beyond my expectations.  I was giving myself roughly a month to lose ten pounds and I may exceed that goal in two weeks.

So yes, I am pretty proud of my accomplishments so far.  Now you understand my excitement over being overweight.  I just need to keep up the momentum and do my best to manage stress.  One day at a time until I reach my goal…

Out of the Red – Managing My BP

I am finally out of the red and I am so grateful. I cannot celebrate yet though….well maybe just a little.  I have been in the red for longer than I would like to admit.  I was determined though, to get this under control.  This reading is evidence of my efforts working.  This is just the beginning. This is just one day.

My blood pressure has been a major concern.  Hypertension is prevalent on both sides of my family.  I realize that with my efforts I still may not be able to manage it completely on my own.  Ultimately that is my goal.  I am actively working to achieve that goal by managing stress where I can, paying attention to my diet, and exercising regularly.  Seeing that green today was just the motivation I needed to keep going.

Check out some of the steps I have taken to date:

https://shirareneebethea.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/next-step-exercise/

https://shirareneebethea.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/self-care/

https://shirareneebethea.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/baby-steps-back-to-good-health/

Spa Day at Home

This time of year, it becomes increasingly difficult to convince myself to leave the house. Even when the outcome is beneficial, like a stress relieving day at the spa or a much needed fitness class. I just can’t bring myself to do it. Sometimes getting out of the bed is challenging in itself; making leaving the house next to impossible.

I’m trying new things to combat the stress that comes with the changing seasons. One thing that seems to be working is giving myself activities to look forward to inside the house. Maybe it will raise my spirits enough to actually leave the house. Maybe not. At a minimum it gets me out the bed. That’s progress.

Spa days at home are life savers. I spend hours on scented baths, showers, exfoliation, clay masks, facial massage, moisturizing, manicures, and pedicures. When I’m done, I feel a little lighter, a little less stressed, a little more prepared for the outside world. It doesn’t have to be expensive.  It doesn’t have to take hours. Your only moment alone may be the shower. If so, use that time.   Also it doesn’t have to be expensive.  Whether you find products in a department store, drug store, or grocery store doesn’t matter.  What matters is taking out time for you.  Afterall, if you don’t take time out for you you’ll be less able to help others.

Know When to Let Go

There will be times when reconnecting isn’t everything you had hoped for. Time can change relationships. Interests change. People change. A bond once treasured can evolve into something you are better off without. It happens. It is neither a good thing or bad thing. Sometimes it’s just a thing.

What is most important, I think, is growth. When making a decision to rekindle a relationship that has fizzled, consider growth. Consider how much growth each of you have had. Also consider the directions in which you have gone and are going. In some instances the person you remember is no longer there. In others, you may be able to pick up right where you left off.

Just remember not to accept a connection that can stunt your growth in an attempt to bring back what was. It is okay to remember and appreciate how things were while accepting it is no longer. It is okay to protect your present state.

Winter Essential

I’m just going to say it.  Fleece lined leggings may be one of the best known inventions of man.  Winter is my least favorite season; in fashion and in general.  I love Autumn fashion but that’s another blog post.  Back to Winter, it can be pretty yes but I can do without it.  I would be happy to hibernate until Spring.  I believe I have a touch of Seasonal Affective Disorder.  It is still Autumn but the weather is beginning to transition into the next season.  The temperature is warmest first thing in the morning.  It drops throughout the day.

I woke up early this morning and saw that exact forecast on the 5am news.  Temperatures will be dropping throughout the day.  On top of that there will be wind gusts increasing in speed.  I could already hear it.  The wind was whipping past my windows and creating funnels with fallen leaves.  The huge trees surrounding my home were swaying as were the power lines, a disaster waiting to happen.  Who wants to be out in that? Not me.

Something changed though.  I was looking at my recent online purchases which included fleece lined leggings.  I hadn’t worn them out yet.  I had tried them on and was so impressed with the comfort that I ordered more.  Looking at those leggings and listening to that wind prompted me to go outside into the wind gusts.  It seemed silly.  It was still dark but I did it.  Let me tell you…the freedom I felt was indescribable.  It was like a was standing with my arms fully extended with the biggest grin as a camera panned around me, you know that scene in the movies lol.  That was me.  suddenly I wanted to play catch me if you can with the wind.  But really what wind? I couldn’t feel it, at least my legs couldn’t.  All they felt was joy, overwhelming joy!

Now by the time I went back in, my face felt like it had taken a beaten by the wind.  My legs felt like perfection.  Maybe I should look into a fleece lined ski mask.