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Bella’s Fall Fashion Essentials

SCARVES! Chunky, oversized scarves are something every girl should have in their closet to keep warm and complete a simple outfit. Floral or printed infinity scarfs are also a way to go, especially on a warmer day. La De Da is a great place to find trendy, one of a kind scarves.

bellafallBOOTS! Ankle boots, combat boots, cowboy boots, knee high boots, biker boots, booties – ladies we love em all! Boots are something that never go out of style and can be fashionable but functional. If you’re looking for the perfect place to find a stylish boot, Bush-Flora Shoes has a great selection! 

WATCHES! Mix up your arm candy with a watch. Watches are becoming more popular and the different styles of watches are never ending. Choose your favorite watch and add a bangle to enhance the statement. Michael Kors, Coach, Kate Spade, Fossil and Guess are just a few popular watch brands but adding a simple boutique watch is still very simple yet a statement piece. Yarid’s boutique offers several different brands of watches that are sure to give you that final statement piece. 

bellafall1CHUNKY CARDIGANS! MUST MUST HAVE! (By the way, you can never have too many or too many colors) La De Da has several different fashionable cardigans that would add a perfect layering item to your fall wardrobe.

TIGHTS! You can still wear your favorite dresses and/or skirts with a cute pair of tights! Make sure you stick to fall colors and don’t head for the bright, summer floral dress. Patterned and solid color tights are very popular to spice up a plain dress or skirt. But if you are looking for a safe and settle way to go, you can never go wrong with simple black tights. H&M has tons of printed leggings and tights that will be sure to add some flare to your outfit!

 

Written by Kristi Hall

Make Thanksgiving Easier

bellaweb1With the parades, football games and plenty of food, Thanksgiving is usually enjoyed by all. But what if you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner and welcoming friends and family into your home? Thanksgiving can all of a sudden become very stressful and overwhelming.
Jacqueline Whitmore, an internationally-recognized etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, says focus on the five Ps:  Prior planning prevents poor performance. 
Here are her 10 tips for being a hospitable host during the holidays: 

  • Do your homework: Find out ahead of time if any of your guests have food allergies or other dietary restrictions and plan your menu accordingly or prepare a buffet with a variety of items.  Keep it simple and serve what you know.  Don’t try to serve an unfamiliar, complicated, or labor-intensive dish your first time out. 
  • Keep a list: Write down all of the items you need to make your meal complete.  It’s especially frustrating when you think you have all of your ingredients and then discover in the midst of cooking that you don’t have enough salt, sugar, or butter.   
  • Have a variety of beverages on hand: The mark of a good host is to have a few bottles of red and white wine along with plenty of nonalcoholic beverages for the teetotalers in the group. 
  • Stock up on snacks:  This includes nuts, chips, salsa or dip, one or two different cheeses, crackers, and one or two kinds of frozen appetizers.  Choose hors d’oeuvres that are easy to eat and require only one bite.  This will ensure that no one gets crumbs on his or her nice outfit or on your floor. 
  • Do as much as possible the day before: Don’t wait until the last minute. Set your table the night before.  Clean and polish your serving pieces and fill your salt and pepper shakers a few days before Thanksgiving dinner to avoid last-minute flurries.  
  • Iron your linens. When you are serving cocktails, provide linen cocktail napkins or, at the very least, decorative paper cocktail napkins.  For dinner, use linen napkins because they’re more elegant than paper ones.  
  • Set the mood: Candles are an easy, inexpensive, quick way to make any home more inviting.  Buy as many candles as you can and place them throughout your house.  Remember to reserve a few unscented ones for the dinner table.  Light your candles approximately 15 or 20 minutes prior to your guests’ arrival, and then light the candles on your dinner table just before everyone sits down to dine.  
  • Choose your tunes: Music is a vital element in the staging of a good holiday get together, as it sets the tone for the evening.  Create a dinner party playlist on your iPod or iPhone or preset your CD player so there’s music in the air when your guests arrive and keep it playing throughout the evening.  
  • Preset your coffee and tea service: About an hour before your party, set up your coffeemaker and put cream, milk, sugar, and sweetener in decorative containers.  Put condiments in attractive bowls or containers rather than placing bottles directly on the table.  Put your coffee cups, saucers, teaspoons, and assorted teas on a tray on a side table.  
  • Make time for yourself. Allow plenty of time to shower, get dressed, and look your best for your party.  You’ll want to greet your guests at the door with a relaxed smile on your face.  The more prepared you are, the more comfortable you will feel, and the better time you’ll have at your own party.

Suki Skin Care

Finding the right skin care products for your skin can take years. That’s why Suki Kramer founded Suki Skin Care–to make it easier for women to be more comfortable in their own skin.

Suki products are 100% natural, free of any synthetic ingredients, gluten and soy free. The products are aimed to address the needs of people with skin problems, combination issues, and sensitivities in one reliable brand.

A variety of products are offered including: cleansers, toners, moisturizers, masques, and creams. You can also shop for products for your specific skin type.

bellabeautyoneIf you are interested in purchasing Suki products you can order online or check out their store locator on their website to find the closest store to you. The website offers a custom 10 sample pack to purchase if you are uncertain or want to try out products before committing!

 

Written by Kristi Hall

Tis the Season for Pomegranates

Switch up your Thanksgiving dinner up this fall by adding a new ingredient to your delicious meal. October-January is pomegranate season, making November National Pomegranate Month!

POM Wonderful offers several unique recipes using pomegranates as a main ingredient. Adding pomegranates to your yogurt, cereal and oatmeal is another quick way to add more flavor and nutrients to your food. Pomegranates add color to a salad and can also be enjoyed alone.
There are several benefits in adding pomegranates to your diet. They offer several vitamins and minerals and are also a great source of potassium. When it comes to picking out a pomegranate, you should always select by the weight (the heavier, the more juice it contains) and not the color.

Below is a simple recipe showing you how easy it is to add pomegranates to your meal! For more recipes, check out Simply Wonderful.  

bellaweb1Pomegranate-Citrus Pound Cake

1 3⁄ 4 cups arils from POM Wonderful Pomegranates
(or 1 3⁄4 cups POM POMS Fresh Arils)
3/4 lb. unsalted butter, softened
2 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
8 whole eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2  teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
1 tablespoon orange zest
3 tablespoons orange juice

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare fresh pomegranate arils, if necessary.
Combine all of the dry ingredients except sugar in a bowl and set aside. 
Cream the softened butter and sugar together, then incorporate the vanilla extract. 
Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter mixture. Slowly add the flour mixture 1⁄2 cup at a time, making sure to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl often.
Once all of the flour is added, add the orange zest and juice, and continue to beat on medium speed for 5 minutes. While the batter is mixing, grease and flour a standard bundt or tube pan.
After 5 minutes, gently fold the pomegranate arils into the batter using a rubber spatula. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes before unmolding.
Serve with whipped cream and additional pomegranate arils. 

 

Written by Kristi Hall

 

Jam Packed with Flavor

New ImageWith the holidays approaching, picking out the right gifts for your friends can be tricky. All natural jams by Department of Sweet Diversions can be a quick and easy sweet treat to give out or even keep for yourself!
All ingredients for the jams are handmade, organic and completely free of preservatives. No processed foods are added and fruits and herbs are bought from the local farmer’s market only a few miles away from their commercial kitchen.
Each jam comes in a 6 ounce jar. Currently, they are available in nine flavors– but they change seasonally. Their most popular options are The Suite Surprise, which is their custom apple butter and The Grand Scheme, their strawberry jam.
“In a world where so much of our food is full of preservatives and mass produced, I’m glad to be able to bring a level of delicious simplicity to our jams that I remember as a kid,” says co-owner, Virginie Strub.
The jars can be ordered individually or gift sets are available. You can also request your jar to be wrapped as well to make it easier for gift giving! To purchase one of Department of Sweet Diversions’ jams head over to their website and get your favorite flavor for the holidays!

Written by Kristi Hall

 

Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

The holidays are right around the corner! If you are looking for a meaningful, unique gift, we are here to help. Check out these ideas from UncommonGoods:

glassesWooden Martini Glasses: A great gift for your favorite hostess, the bowl and base of this glass are crafted from black walnut with a handsome grain that echoes the ripples in your drink. Wood is a better insulator than glass and helps keep cocktails chilled longer. They are finished with FDA-approved sealant to keep the wood from interfering with the beverage’s flavors. Sold on their webpage in sets of two. 

Mother Nestling Birds Necklace: Inspired by moms but made for anyone, these newly redesigned recycled sterling silver necklaces are sweet, simple and bound to become an everyday favorite. These darling birds are a great holiday gift for moms and grandmothers! Visit UncommonGoods to purchase one for your loved one.

millSteampunk Coffee Mill: Perfect for the coffee lover in your life, this steampunk-inspired design is highlighted by a black walnut lid and cast iron grinder. It holds enough coffee beans to make 4-5 cups of drip coffee. After being grinded, the aromatic grounds settle in a mason jar container, ready to perk the recipient up for their morning routine. Follow this link for more information. 

Uncommon Goods is full of unique holiday gift ideas for every special person in your life! Also, as an independently-owned business, they have the freedom to support several nonprofit organizations. With every purchase made on their site, they donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice. Charities they support include RAINN, American Forests, Women for Women International, and Reach Out and Read.

 

Check out their website for more information, and pick up a November issue of Bella Magazine for more holiday gift suggestions!

 

Meet Sarah Scott

sarahSarah Scott is compassionate, driven to help others succeed, savvy in business and remarkably adaptable. Originally hailing from Chicago, she contemplated a teaching career but discovered her passion in Graphic Design. Beginning her business at the precipice of the recession (2009), Sarah drove ahead relentlessly and never looked back, building a successful company on the tenets of honesty, value and unparalleled quality. She is past President of her city’s Rotary Club, an avid athlete and a generous volunteer in her community. Sarah possesses the kind of unbridled joy that makes you love life itself.  

Nominated by Jenny Carter

Thank you for your participation this month! We want to take a moment to recognize all of the fantastic women in our area who we did not have the opportunity to mention– keep being the amazing and inspirational force that you are!

Stick to Your Diet

bellaweb2Halloween is almost here, followed by Thanksgiving next month and then (dare we say it?) Christmas! While many people find joy in the holiday season, for those trying to lose weight it can be the most miserable time of the year. Fortunately, it is possible to stay dedicated to your diet while surrounded by unhealthy food.

Colin Christopher, author of Success Through Manipulation, provides a few great tips on staying healthy in the face of tempting sweets and foods: 

  • Don’t skip meals this holiday season: Some people skip meals thinking they will be able to consume more goodies at Halloween, more turkey and stuffing at Thanksgiving and more of Christmas dinner.  This will guarantee your failure as it leads to increased hunger, binge eating and depriving your body of necessary calories to convert to energy.
  •  There’s no such thing as eating healthy now to balance out bad meals later: Many people think living on salads and fruit now gives them permission to indulge in whatever they want later.  If you’re trying to lose weight and eat right, salads and fruit are a good choice, but stuffing yourself full of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie later on will still bring plenty of negative consequences. 
  • Have a plan: Bad food choices are going to be in abundance this time of year.  Have a plan in place so you don’t succumb to these negative choices.  Choose healthier options, drink plenty of water which is good for you and will fill you up, and stop eating when your body feels satisfied. 
  • Don’t compare yourself to others: Just because Aunt Mildred shows up to Thanksgiving dinner and she’s 100 pounds heavier than you, doesn’t give you permission to go on an eating spree.   
  • You are responsible: If you gain five pounds at Thanksgiving, it’s your fault.  Stop blaming the holiday, the Halloween candy, the turkey or the pumpkin pie.  It’s very possible to control what you eat this time of year but it’s ultimately your responsibility. 
  • Learn to say no: When Aunt Mildred insists that you try her world famous pecan pie, politely decline.  Explain to her that you are on a diet and very serious about getting healthy.  She will understand. Same goes for the kids or the neighbors with candy on Halloween. 
  • Exercise doesn’t give you the right to eat poorly: Many people think they can go for a long bike ride or hit the gym a few times during the holidays so they can indulge in the holiday feast.  Working out and exercise is great, but it’s never a pass to load up on bad food at the holidays. 
  • Let your clothes be a reminder: Don’t wear something that fits loosely and hides any excess fat.  Wear something that just fits your body and may not be the most flattering.  Let this be a reminder when you grab for that dessert, second serving or the Halloween bowl. This is also a great way to reinforce the idea in your subconscious mind that it’s time to get healthy. 
  • Traveling for the holidays is no excuse: A lot of patients tell me they indulged in fast food or a bag of chips because it was the only option at the airport.  When traveling, pack a healthy meal before you board your flight or hit the road this holiday season.   
  • Dig deep: Whether the temptation is Halloween candy, Thanksgiving pies or other holiday season food, dig deep and ask yourself how bad you want to see results.  If you really commit to the process, you can lose weight and get healthy – even at the holidays.  Being partially committed never works. 

Article contributed by Colin Christopher