Five Cozy – chic Winter Trends to follow

Since winter has been heavily upon us with snow and blizzards, and the temperature dropping below 20F I thought I can give you some styling suggestions how to keep it chic & cosy this cold season. The oversized sweaters have begun to be very popular and when styled correctly they are great asset to everyone’s winter wardrobe. This casual smart Gucci cardigan is versatile, comfy and can be worn every day with jeans, slacks, or leggings.

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We can add some classic Gucci Guccissima fringe scarf to complete this look.

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The transition from season to season isn’t always smooth and the heat may have hit New York City a little late this year but don’t be fooled. This is a time for cold weather attire. Now I know it happened suddenly and you’re feeling unprepared but don’t sweat it. Our stylists here at Boutique On 57 have you covered with the fashionable winter five.

COLOR is first on our list. Go bold or go home! We’re only kidding, we would love to see you at our place but color is the name of the game. Whether it’s a vivid red pantsuit like one below from Biba or orange knit or some rich chocolate nail polish you’re going to see a lot of color. Mix and match (accentuate that orange knit with some bright red leather pants) or double up on one but either way, be sure to take a risk greater than neutral.

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FUR. We know you aren’t new to the faux fur trend but this fall it’s all about eccentric looks. Pops of color, perhaps even patterns, fur has a whole new look so have some fun and experiment with this cozy trend. Check out this Dennis Basso broadtail trimmed brown coat.DENNIS-BASSO-COAT-2

If you usually find new pieces when shopping the vintage racks than you’ll love the fourth trend, SIXTIES. Groovy, we know. We love the sixties silhouettes so much over here at Boutique On 57 that they actually inspired Kasia’s new line (more on that another time).

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The last of the winter five will keep you warm well through the winter season. We happen to love our TURTLENECKS. Form fitted sweater dresses? Oversized crop tops? This neckline knows no boundaries. Check this Brunello Cucinelli gray tunic, turtleneck top.

That may be the winter five but there are many other trends you’ll see pop up this fall including embellished socks, winter parkas, feline inspired prints and lets not forget velvet. Go for one or go for all, we can’t wait to see which trends you choose to sport.

KASIA

P.S. As always I would love to hear from you how do you dress in cold winter season. What’s your favorite styles and trends this season? Share your commends and tips with the rest of us.

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Splurge With Purpose: Warmth and Style

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Moschino beige coat with black fur trim

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We’ve all seen the news and heard the rumors. Yes, this winter is going to be a cold one but luckily here at Boutique on 57 we have a great selection of designer coats that will keep you warm all season without you having to compromise your personal style. Choose from reversible, down, classic, quilted, embroidered and many others to find the perfect piece for you. And no matter where you decide to spend your winter months, Boutique On 57 has just what you need to accommodate your fashionista lifestyle.

After spending the hot months searching high and low for the best deals in designer outerwear, I came across a few items that I could not pass up. My favorite styles this year are fur and shearling options. And I know what you’re thinking, “it’s already cold Kasia, I have a coat.” But what you don’t have is one of these coats. I guarantee you won’t want to pass these up. Christmas is just a few days away; it’s time you splurge on something nice for yourself.

My best deal by far this year was the J. Mendel Paris Ivory Off White Cocoon Mink Fur Coat. Not only was it absolutely gorgeous, but honey, when the price drops over twenty grand you buy it! So why am I telling you about this coat that is sold out? Because I have two other amazing fur options with the same detailing I loved about the J. Mendel option, and they are offered at amazing discounts.

The Dennis Basso Broad Tail Trim Fur Coat is perfect to keep you warm and cozy all season long. And with adjusting tussles and strings, it will be the perfect fit for your body that in a coat can often be hard to find. I also love the flip-buttoned pockets feature, which will save you from your iPhone (or other important items) from falling right out of your pockets, something that seems to be an issue with most larger winter coats. And at over 50% off, who can say no?

If you fancy fur but don’t want it covering your entire jacket, then you have to check out the Love Moschino Beige Black Fur Collar Coat. This is my favorite color outerwear item this season because it offers a sense of uniqueness and has the potential to be the color of the season. And when the wind blows strong, you won’t blink twice with the warm fur collar embracing your rosy cheeks. Oh, and did I mention the price is only $650? What are you waiting for?

Now lets discuss shearling. Not only is it naturally water resistant, but also it offers great flexibility and breathability to keep you nice and toasty but not drenched in sweat once you enter that subway car. And Boutique On 57 can provide you with the best options out there.

If it’s a long coat you love, then may I suggest the Bally Black Shearling Coat? Made of 100% genuine lambskin fur, and trimmed with black fur, this is the perfect everyday option. And again, at over 50% off, is it even a question? But if you prefer shorter options to show off those sexy jeans you just bought, your best bet is the Escada Cognac Shearling Jacket. I love its ¾ length sleeves that will allow you to accessorize with the long gloves that are one of my favorite winter trends. Also 100% genuine lambskin, this item is the perfect Bolero-styled piece of the season. And it must be your lucky day because this piece is over 75% off at just under $1000.

With Christmas being just a few days away, don’t miss the opportunity to treat yourself (or a friend or family member) to a gift well worth the investment. Not only are all of these coats greatly discounted making them very affordable, but they are pieces that will last a lifetime. Get in the holiday spirit and do what us fashionistas do best, shop!

And even better, if you’re a new customer be sure to enter your email address prior to your purchase to receive an extra 10% off.

KASIA

 

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you about your winter trends to stay warm and chic. Share your favorite designer coats brands with us and tell us why you like them.

 

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Perfect Bar for perfect body

Everybody has a story. Theirs is a little nuttier than most.

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In 1961, Dr. Bud Keith opened one of the very first gyms; it was called Healthhouse Gym and Juice Bar. Dr. Keith was a nutritionist and health fanatic way ahead of his time. “He knew that what we eat has a direct effect on what we feel,” and he wanted to share this knowledge with the world. So Bud decided to travel the states in a motorhome with his family to educate others on the importance of healthy living. And in an attempt to feed his eight children, he and his wife Barbara created their own protein bar that is now known today as the “Perfect Bar.”

Bud partnered with Jack LaLane in an effort to help change the way people viewed health and fitness, and to share his belief that “whole foods are the only acceptable source of nourishment for your body.” Don’t you agree? But while constantly traveling, it began to become difficult to feed his eight children whole, healthy foods. So one day Bud ground up a bunch of dried fruits and vegetables and mixed them with fresh peanut butter and honey. When he took one bite the only words he had were, “it’s perfect!”

The kids loved these “peanut butter” bars and would sell them on the street as other kids sold lemonade. It wasn’t until 2005 when their father was diagnosed with skin cancer that the idea to start a real business was ever discussed. There were now thirteen children and with a need to provide for her children, Barbara knew it was time to take a gamble and turn their family recipe into a family business.

“For the children to carry on that legacy is a show of dedication and passion and love for their father,” said Mike Burgener, Senior International Weightlifting Coach and friend of the family. And daughter Lee has explained that the business is truly “about learning and growing and building and sharing those nutrition principles that were instilled in us as kids… all of that together is what I think makes perfect bar perfect.” And I must say, I completely agree.

These days it may all be about “gluten free” or “organic” foods but in the 80s and 90s, Dr. Bud Keith and his ideas were considered a little out there. Luckily today the bars and the nutrition concepts behind them have become widely accepted and the loved by many. And with 20 organic super foods and high quality protein in every bar, who can complain?

You can find the Perfect Bar in the refrigerated section of your local grocery or convenience store like Wholefood. The Keith’s believe in Mother Nature’s natural preservative, cold. And remember as they say, “if a bar is not refrigerated, it is not perfect.” So go out today and look for Buddy the Bee, you know, that flying bodybuilder with wings and a stinger, and try one for yourself. I recommend the classic recipe, Almond Coconut. Or if you want the same nutty taste but with fewer calories, check out Almond Acai let me know what you think!

BONUS FOR YOU: If you would like to try these delicious bars visit http:www.Snackbear.com and enter promo code SnackSmarter at check out and receive 10% off. ENJOY!

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you what is your perfect bar experience? Which flavor is your favorited and how do you snack while traveling? Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.

KASIA

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

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The holidays have come and gone. All that hard work you put into finding the perfect present for your significant other and baking holiday cookies for your work party finally paid off. But lets be honest, by the 26th you were exhausted. Fortunately, by the 31st you had rested up a bit and it was time to throw on that gorgeous cocktail dress of yours, or perhaps some silk pajamas for a cozier night in with loved ones; either way you raised your glass at midnight and toasted to the new year, and a new you.

But today isn’t the first of January and it’s possible you’ve already broken some of your resolutions. Yes it can happen that fast, and no you’re not alone. Many people get carried away with resolutions for a better year and fail all to quickly. It’s why you can find a greatly discounted gym membership this week. They know you’ll head to the gym for a few days, maybe weeks or months but eventually stop going and forget your being charged monthly. It’s a trick and a struggle we can all relate to.

So whether you’ve already broken a few resolutions or you’re just looking for some advice on how to keep the promises you made to yourself, I am here to help. Here are a few tips that I hope will lead you to a better year in 2015, and a better you!

Eliminate the “shoulds.” When you made your list of resolutions this year were you thinking of what you really want? Or were you thinking about what you “should” want based on the general public or opinions of others? Don’t waste your time by committing to a change you don’t really want because it won’t last and you’ll only feel defeated. Making a change, no matter how big or small, is difficult. Make sure your resolutions are ones you really want to commit to so you won’t waver when things get tough.

Choose wisely. As much as I would like to make 20 resolutions for 2015, I know that the more I make, the less focused I will be. It’s better to focus all of your energy on two or three main goals in a year than to spread yourself thin across 20 and not fully complete even one goal. In order to be successful, I advise you narrow your resolutions down to just a few that are most important to you. That way, you won’t worry about overwhelming yourself and throwing it all out the window. Commitment is key. Give yourself a fighting change by focusing on only a few.

Plan it out. Now that you’ve made some real resolutions it’s time to get specific and make a plan. Let’s say your resolution is to eat healthier, reword it in a way that gives your clarity on what exactly that is.  For example, instead say “I will learn to cook one new, healthy recipe every week,” or “I will only eat out twice a month.” Then write what steps you will take to follow through. Maybe you commit to researching recipes and making your grocery list every Tuesday night, doing the shopping every Saturday morning and cooking the actual meal every Sunday night. By creating a routine for yourself that you can realistically follow, you will be less likely to slip up because there are no excuses. You know exactly what you need to do, when you have the time to do it and how you will do it. Stay honest with yourself and create an action plan that works for you.

Keep your head in the game. You chose these resolutions. You eliminated the ones you didn’t really want for yourself. You committed to doing these few things because it’s what you truly desire. And you made a plan to make it happen. But how will you make sure you stay on track? Maybe you need to set repeat mobile reminders incase you lose focus. Or maybe you have a tendency to lose your motivation. Try changing those reminders to inspiring quotes that get you excited so when you get a random pop up on your phone with a great quote, that motivation will flood through you all over again. And if technology isn’t your friend, try doing the same thing with pen and paper. Create a chart for yourself that you can stick to your fridge or add it all to your wall calendar. Find what works for you and do it now. You will thank yourself later.

Hold Yourself Accountable. Like I said earlier, we need to be honest with ourselves. We aren’t always perfect so we know a slip up is possible. Just like you did when creating an action plan and making your own reminders to keep you focused, you have to plan ahead for failures and have a consequence ready for yourself in case of emergency. For example, let’s say you ate out three times this month. Then tell yourself that the amount of money you spent on that third meal out has to be donated to a charity or corporation you hate. This way you’ll think twice about slipping up because you’ll be forced to do something you don’t want to do.

Reward yourself. You’ve put a lot of energy into these few resolutions and prepared for the worst, but the end goal doesn’t have to be your only reward for keeping your resolution. You are displaying discipline. You’re working hard. You deserve a reminder that you are doing great. Reward yourself. Maybe your goal was to lose 5lbs a month for the entire year. If you’ve stayed on track every month, buy yourself a new outfit or treat yourself to a manicure. Not only will you feel great for losing those 5lbs that month, but you will also be excited to do it again next month.

Now is the time to set yourself up for success. Follow these few, simple steps and you will be on your way to success, and a very happy new year!

Outfits:

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Kobi Thorn white/black dress

KASIA

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you what is your New Year’s resolution and how you are planning to make it happen? Share your tips, suggestions and advice with the rest of us.

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Dr. Eben Alexander proves Heaven’s existence

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All You Need Is Love.

The Beatles were definitely on to something when they wrote, “All You Need is Love.” It may sound cliché but whether you’re a skeptic or romantic I think we can all agree on the most powerful emotion in the world. Yep, that’s right. We’re talking about love. That four-letter word gives you all the super powers you need.

I recently met with best selling author, Eben Alexander. You may have heard of his book “Proof of Heaven” or perhaps his second, “Map to Heaven” where he revealed how he found some peace and healing through self- discovery in a tragic event. In his first book, “Proof of Heaven,” Alexander touched millions of hearts through his story of a near death experience and experience in heaven. But at the same time his story raised some serious questions and doubts held by many readers. They put him on what’s known as a “skeptical trial.” But with his own experiences validating life after death’s existence, Dr. Alexander fearlessly stood his ground and remained transparent to share his story of pure truth with the world.

Dr. Eben Alexander is one of the top neurosurgeons in the country, with a blossoming career of 25 years. He is a well-respected academic with the best credentials one can have, from both Harvard and Duke University. But he decided to risk it all by sharing his NDE that led him down the path to heaven. And as soon as “Proof of Heaven” hit the New York Times Best Selling List, skeptics and non-believers lined up in a rush to debate his story. Some questioned his sanity, saying it was all just a hallucination. Some called him delirious and accused him of fabricating the whole experience, demanding more proofs. But one thing Dr. Alexander never backed down. He was telling his own truth.

Dr. Alexander is brain expert, performing thousands of brain surgeries and maintaining a firm stance on what makes up consciousness. So it seemed surprising a man of his stature would risk his reputation to tell a tale beyond this world resembling that of a fantasy. Nonetheless, he told his story with confidence and explained his belief that the mind can exist separately from the brain. And because we do not yet have a full explanation for mind and consciousness, skeptics avoid the turn to supernatural explanations, believing it is all just an attempt to fill a void.

Dr. Alexander’s does not stand alone. Millions of people all over the world have had similar occurrences and the common dominator of most of these stories has been the feeling of unconditional love. Yes, we’re back to love. To get the most out of NDEs you must keep an open mind and open heart and let love into your life. Life and death is an unavoidable journey for each and every one of us. There are moments that we will never forget, events that change our lives forever in a split second. The steep turns that we take, challenges we face, always bring us to the same place. We are crafting the legacy we will leave behind. Everything has a price.

The questions and doubts remain of the realms of heaven. It is a concept many struggle with as we are on the path to discovery. But the overall meaning is simple; we can create love manually because it is found in our hearts manuals.

When I asked Dr. Eben Alexander for directions on how to get to heaven he said I’ll never find it if I search for it with my mind in a mechanical sense. Throughout my interview, his passionate words swept me up in intrigue and all of my questions for him drifted away. To me, his story is unlike any other. I was left in awe and filled with wonder. Unfortunately, we know finding heaven won’t be as easy as entering an access code. Open sesame? I wish! But our world is filled with many mysteries that are not easily explainable. We may never know, was Dr. Alexander’s NDE a real trip to heaven or a product of neural activity?

Science and spirituality may not be a match made in heaven, but who can determine the truth for anyone today? We need to look deeper and continue our search. We must dig, observe and keep our eyes open for any sign that leads us to truth and understanding. We have a chance to open our mind and hearts to transform our lives by accepting the most powerful feeling in the world, love. It is there we will find ourselves in heaven. Doesn’t it sound perfectly sublime?

To get Dr. Eben Alexander books click here

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KASIA


P.S. As always i would like to hear from you. Do you believe in Haven’s existence? How do you find unconditional Love? Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.

 

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