February 29, 2012

RANDOM FACT: Health

60 fewer calories' worth of sugary snacks people eat later in the day, when they chew sugar-free gum after lunch.

Source: Penningron Biomedical Research Center

February 26, 2012

RANDOM FACT: Happiness

According to a new Yale University study, heating up will improve your mood.  Our physical temperature and how connected we feel to others both register in the same part of the brain and often become linked, explains study coauthor John Bargh, Ph. D., professor of psychology and cognitive science.  Plus we associate warmth with the love and security we experienced during childhood.  “Any source of heat – wearing a sweater, bundling up in a blanket or holding a mug of hot chocolate – should give you that sense of comfort,” Bargh says.

Source: Fitness Magazine, November/December 2011.

February 25, 2012

The Real Haute Style

Quite a few of the outfits in this slide show are very chic, very wearable and very doable with what most of us already have in the closet. Love all the bright colors.  Second outfit is probably my favorite. 

"24 Date-Night Outfit Ideas to Steal From Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week Fashion: glamour.com"



February 17, 2012

Currently Craving

I would so totally love one of these adorable Kate Spade handbags for spring.  They come in such juicy colors.  Cannot wait until they start making knock-offs.  :D



Yeah, there are actually a couple of her designs I’d love to get my paws on. 


February 11, 2012

February 10, 2012

RANDOM TIP: Fashion

Flesh-colored shoes, or close approximations like khaki, tan and taupe, will make your legs look longer, your ankles more delicately tapered and underplay the size of your feet. They're also a neutral that goes with almost anything.

February 9, 2012

RANDOM THOUGHT: How To Create Better Solutions

The way to better solutions is:

(1) learn the value of measurements (nothing improves that is not measured);

(2) measure everything you can about important processes in your key activities (each measurement will teach you something you need to know);

(3) identify the best practices anyone has ever done in these areas (especially by looking outside your industry), and anticipate where these best practices will be in 5 years;

(4) assemble best practices together in new ways that no one has ever done before to exceed the future best practice;

(5) identify the ideal best practice (the best people will ever be able to do -- for communications this will be having everyone get the message in one second, like shouting "fire" in a crowded theater where smoke and flames are evident);

(6) find ways to approach the ideal best practice by applying the analogy of where humans do it almost perfectly now to your situation;

(7) assemble the right people, resources and incentives to get the job done;

(8) repeat the process (you will get better at it and find better ideas, each you time you do this again).

Robert E. Kelley "How To Be a Star At Work: 9 Breakthrough Strategies You Need to Succeed"
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0812931696/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=therapeleablo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0812931696

February 3, 2012

RANDOM TIP: Beauty

"Pamper yourself. Your health and appearance are positively influenced by increasing your emotional and mental well-being," says Dr. Howard Murad, founder of Murad Skincare.  Seek daily R&R.

Read more: Skin Care Secrets - Tips for Younger Looking Skin - Real Beauty