Zen Your Life

As students, it’s so easy to become stressed and overwhelmed by our hectic schedules. About a year ago my old roommates and I found this tiny yoga studio in the West Loop that offered free community hot yoga classes. Walking to the yoga studio at 6:00 AM, we were all complaining about life, people, and school. By the time we finished the class and were walking back to our apartment we couldn’t find anything to complain about because we felt so good. 
Because of my hectic schedule I wasn’t able to attend the classes anymore and I could feel all my stress building up. I now do my own yoga at home from YouTube videos or try to attend the classes my apartment offers. Sometimes we just don’t realize how busy we are, especially in the city, and we don’t make time for ourselves. We let the stress build up over time and eventually explode-or end up sick. I wanted to write this blog to inspire everyone to try yoga out and show some other things that help me unwind and de-stress.
To start off, here are some of the benefits of yoga
I’m always looking to try new yoga videos, and I just did this one and it’s really good for beginners. I also love that you get to cover yourself in a blanket at the end- I almost fell asleep. 
Tea is one of my favorite things in the world and has a ton of amazing health benefits. I always take the time to have a cup of tea at night. Tazo Tea has a “Zen” flavor mixed of green tea, lemongrass, and spearmint. 
Bath and Body Works has an Aromatherapy line infused with essential oils to help you de-stress and relax. My favorite is the Eucalyptus Spearmint Pillow Mist. The bottles range from $10-$15 depending on the scent, but they last forever- two mists is more than enough. 
I also like to take the time every night to light candles and just relax.
I also take the labels off of some of my candles (if they easily come off), because I read in an article that if you get rid of the “visual noise” that it makes for a more peaceful environment. Plus if the candles come in a cute container it can be used as decor.

I hope everyone can relax and enjoy themselves and take time out of your day to appreciate all you have accomplished remember to do things for yourself, because you are the only one who can make yourself happy.
Gina Nicolette

How to Spring-ify Your Home on a Budget

The other day I came across an article in the Wall Street Journal that discussed the trends in flowers and gardening. Of course I was intrigued by this because I didn’t really know how there could be a trend in flowers.  The current flower trend is known as “Field to Vase Bouquets.” The point is for to give your home that rustic feel (with a good smell of course). Unfortunately, I don’t know where I can go pick beautiful flowers in the city, but if I’m lucky my mom might let me take some from her rose garden. 

Below is a screen shot of the article, so you can beautify and spring-ify your home or you can make a bouquet for your significant other 😉 This would also make a beautiful Mother’s Day gift! 

Most of the flowers in my apartment are fake… below is a picture of one of my window ledges.
The green pot is growing basil and the middle is a flower from a garden show.
The rest of the flowers are fake (I got them from Dollar Tree- The sell fake flower bouquets for $1.00)
I bought these tiny vases from Michael’s craft store. I love the pop of color especially when the sun shines in. 

Happy Spring!
Gina Martirano

Spring/Summer 2014 trends

After taking a trends and concepts class two quarters ago at Ai, I learned more about trend forecasting. Many people just look to see what others are wearing, but others do tedious research to find the trends in apparel, interior design, and makeup. When I did a trend report for class, I learned that Spring/Summer 2014 will be filled with pastel colors. Well here spring is, and in Chicago, everyone is still in their Hunter rain boots and North Face jackets.
 Here is the trend report I did for Spring/Summer 2014, and hopefully we will be seeing spring soon in Chicago…

Express has a lot of pastel halter tops and of course pointed flats to go with them. I also found a few light blue bracelets to match
My most recent purchase from Steve Madden and I can’t wait until I get to wear these adorable mint stilettos out!

Henri Bendel has a selection of adorable pastel wristlets

I have to finish with a picture from Betsey Johnson’s Spring/Summer 2014 fashion show because my trend board was inspired by her collection and her crazy colors and designs

Happy spring everyone,
xoxo Gina