Dress to impress on your First date

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What is the first thought that pops into your head when you hear the words “first date?” I often hear the phrase, “I have nothing to wear!”

Nerves aside, there is nothing quite like the rush you get before a first date. Your mind begins to race. What will you talk about? What will you order? When the check comes do you offer to pay? And before you know it, your plate of hypothetical questions is full.

You’re nervous for good reason, first dates are the foundation of a potential relationship. It can be a lot of pressure but follow these 5 simple rules and rest assured, your date will run smooth.

1Wear something comfortable. Of course you want to dress to impress but a first date is not the time to learn how to walk in sky-high heels. Unless you consider yourself a pro, my suggestion is choose another option, perhaps a kitten heel or wedge? This way you can focus on the conversation, not the pavement.

Now for clothing, comfortable doesn’t mean you should throw on a tank and sweats. Wear something that makes you feel relaxed, both physically and emotionally. Choose an outfit that always makes you feel confident and leave that new dress at home; do you really want to find out it is completely sheer in the restaurant’s lighting right across from your date? And be sure the outfit doesn’t just look good standing. You want to feel comfortable whether you’re sitting, standing or taking a long, romantic after-dinner stroll.

2Leave a little mystery. Yes, you do want to show some skin but not enough to make you look like your date’s escort for the evening. Keep it classy. Show off a little leg or cleavage but not simultaneously. You don’t want to portray an image of something you are not. Reveal just enough to gain his attention and leave him wanting more.

3. Dress for the occasion. Everyone loves a good surprise but will you enjoy that Broadway show in your ripped jeans and booties? Or will you miss the first act because you were too focused on that dress you wish you had worn instead? Don’t let the location of your first date be a surprise. Try to find out where you are going and Google the dress code. You will thank yourself later.

4Feel beautiful. No matter what you choose to wear, make the decision to feel beautiful. If you feel attractive and amazing your date will take notice, trust me. Be confident and you won’t just feel hot, you’ll look hot! Soon you’re going to have more first date offers than you can handle.

5Be yourself. The last and most important rule is simple, just be yourself. If someone else doesn’t like you for who you are, then that person is clearly not right for you. Don’t pretend to be anyone else but yourself because there are a lot of people out there who will love you for exactly who you are, nothing more and nothing less. Let that inner beauty shine through and show your true self, no matter what your style!

KASIA

Outfits:

Just Cavalli red dress

Giafranco Ferre red bag

Charlotte Olympia leopard print calfskin pumps

Biba red pant suit

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you what is your rule when you go on the first date? How do you dress, and behave? Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.

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Denim that never goes out of style

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JEANS-7JEANS-8JEANS-11jeans-2jeans-1Will we ever get sick of denim? It all started as simple men’s work wear, and now it has become a modern day closet for practically everyone. Denim offers an endless variety of indigo washes, specialty fabrics, and every different silhouettes; the styling possibilities are endless. Denim has been transformed into shorts, skirts, t-shirts, jackets, and the rest is left for your imagination. They go with just about everything.

In my case, I could never get tired of denim, it’s a classic and it’s too fun. Denim has been versatile and useful throughout the years. It’s inspirational how it has evolved in the fashion world for the better.

In my wardrobe I have a denim Levi white jacket. I used to wear it back in the day for every occasion, but stopped using it because I thought it was old-fashioned and that no one wore denim jackets, I felt out of place. But I’ve given it a second chance. I use it with everything, just like how it was twenty years ago, with a fun played dress, with a pair of jeans, even with my exercise clothing when I leave the gym. It truly is a life savor.

Regarding jeans, I have countless pairs in every color. When you find the right fit for your bottoms, you need to have more! My favorite brand is AG by Adriano Goldsmith , and True Religion. I feel comfortable in them and the fit is just right. And if you need to explore your options I would highly recommend you give AG a  try. This is an amazing brand for every shape and size. They offer different cuts depending on your taste. Be careful; don’t let denim carry you away!

I also love my buttoned-up denim t-shirt. I can wear it with a pair of jeans (denim on denim), over my swimsuit, with a colored skirt, anything, and it never ceases to bore me. It’s such a classic look that it’s really hard to go wrong. You can wear it around your waist with a simple tank top, or on top of it unbuttoned. There are million ways of wearing it depending on your style and comfort zone.

Let’s make denim the “it” trend of summer!

Jeans:

Blue: 7 for all man kind 

red: Koral

White: True Religion

KASIA

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you what is your favorite jeans brand and style? Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us. 

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Cinnamon Snail The Number One Food Truck in New York City

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CINAMON-SNAIL-16CINAMON-SNAIL-24CINAMON-SNAIL-29As a certified health educator and culinary graduate with a specialization in raw chocolates and pastries, you can imagine the importance I place on healthy eating for both body and mind. But as a business owner living in New York City, I can appreciate the convenience of grabbing a meal on the go. It can be hard to maintain a healthy diet when you can’t find the time to grocery shop, let alone cook at home. So when I recently came across an all vegan food truck I knew I had to share my experience.

On my way to work one day, I noticed a colorful truck in the distance with a long line of people. When I reached the corner of 55th and Broadway, I recognized the name written across the side, the Cinnamon Snail. I knew I had heard of this food truck before so I decided to join the masses waiting for a fresh pastry and a delicious wrap sandwiches. While in line, I quickly remembered where I had heard about this food truck once I overheard a woman tell her friend they were listed on Yelp as the number one place to eat in NYC. With my memory refreshed, I had to chime in and the ladies proceeded to tell me about their favorite dishes.

Grabbing a quick bite to eat on your way to work or in between meetings doesn’t have to be a high calorie, high fat, greasy breakfast sandwich. The Cinnamon Snail is an all vegan food truck that offers delicious and healthy breakfast and lunch options, and the occasional dinner, along with a decadent list of pastries and desserts. From gluten free nut blondie bars to raspberry blackout or jalapeno brownies, be prepared for your mouth to water with desire, just as mine did.

The menu changes with the seasons including weekly specials and soups and everything is baked fresh daily, beginning as early as 3am. By the time it was my turn to order, some of the pastries had already sold out and it wasn’t even 10AM yet. I couldn’t believe it! But even with some items already gone, it was hard to choose because everything looked so delicious. I decided to go with their vegan chocolate cheesecake doughnut and was more than satisfied. It was so good, in fact, that I took another trip to CS again that same week!

What I love about the Cinnamon Snail is that they offer much more than a healthy, delicious meal. They offer an original experience. In an effort to keep their fans intrigued (and because it can be difficult to find the same parking spot twice) you must follow them on Twitter or Facebook to find their location for the day. Then when you get there, you’ll most likely find yourself joining a long line of people excited to try the many different options available. But don’t stress about the wait, the crowd is always friendly and willing to share with you their favorite dishes! And if you love to cook like I do, you might even find yourself in a cooking class with some of these other foodies. You have to watch the Facebook page closely though because the popular Cinnamon Snail cooking classes usually sell out within one hour but I hear they are absolutely amazing.

After learning all about the Cinnamon Snail, I was quite impressed to find out they have only been around since February of 2010. Already they have won the number one place to eat in NYC on Yelp twice. According to the Huffington Post, they are also one of the ten best food trucks in America. And they pride themselves on being true humanitarians. If you don’t have the money, no need to worry. They are happy to put some yummy food into the bellies of the needy and are willing to barter with creative types too. Why not put your food photography skills to use and enjoy some free healthy, delicious vegan food? I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed.

And if you really love the Cinnamon Snail, consider supporting them by ordering some fun, fashionable items from their Etsy shop. Their “We Test on Animals” tee really had me laughing. And I love their rainbow unicorn shirt, reminiscent of Lisa Frank products. But even without their fancy truck, popular cooking classes and fun swag, the Cinnamon Snail gets my vote for the best vegan food truck in NYC because of their unique creations that are always healthy and delicious.

Check out their Facebook or Twitter page to find out where they are today:

https://www.facebook.com/TheCinnamonSnail

https://twitter.com/VeganLunchTruck

KASIA

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you if you even happen to try those delicious doughnuts please share your experience, and with the rest of us.

Outfit:

Blumarine raspberry dress

Chanel charm bag

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Better dressed people score more success

MEATMARKET-53MEATMARKET-23KASIA IN REDMEATMARKET-57MEATMARKET-18MEATMARKET-49MEATMARKET-22Personal appearance equals the way you represent yourself. It reflects the way you dress, or fix your hair, it tells a lot about yourself and the way you want other people to see you. In other words, first impressions stick with people, whether you are going on a first date, heading to you first day of work, people REMEMBER. So why not help people recall your first day of STYLE. This is the best form of self-expression. It only takes five minutes to fix up, so make it worth it. When you take that extra time you will feel better and more confident for your FIRST day.

I remember as if it were yesterday my first day of work. I was getting myself into a new, scary, and unknown world, the world of fashion. I felt like an ant in a world of elephants, ready to be stepped on by one of those massive creatures. I wasn’t clear of what I had to do, what I had to wear, or what I had to say; it was all just a blur. But I knew that those were the nerves kicking into my system. So I decided to step it up, I got that job for a reason, so I might as well squeeze the juice out of it. Or, as other people would say, “grow some balls”.

I opened the building doors wearing the best, elegant, and chic outfit I could find in my wardrobe. This was it, the day I’ve been waiting for my whole life. And turns out it wasn’t as bad as I thought; I got to meet new people, got complimented by my outfit (the best part!), and did a great job. I caused a good first impression on my boss and co-workers, and build up confidence that helped me outperform on work. As I always like to say: “when you feel good, you look good”.

First impressions can influence the way other people treat you and look at you. If you look messy and confused that’s the way people are going to see you in everyday life, but if you look decent and respectable, then people are going to see you and treat you that way. So always dedicate at least five minutes to you, it’s not hard and it will bring rewarding consequences.

Outfit:

Donna Karan NY black white stripe dress

Giafranco Ferre red satchel bag

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you. What is your idea of scoring success? How do you dress for this part?

KASIA

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Project flat stomach this summer

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FOOTBALL-16Are you tired of hiding your belly under baggy tops? YES! Are you tired of buying pants a size too big to cover up your love handles? YES! So, are you ready to eliminate your belly and have a flat stomach? YESSS! If you really want to eliminate your muffin top for good and win an elusive six-pack, follow these steps and make it happen.

Your body is like a chain; the best way of burning that belly fat is by working all of your muscles groups in order to get that killer six-pack.  Don’t concentrate on doing just abs or crunches, work on every muscle of your body to strengthen your body and burn calories.

Secondly, start balancing on the palm of your hand and balls of your feet, that way you will core abdominal muscles, practice balance, and strengthen your chest and back muscles.

My third step is the toughest battle, eliminating love handles. The best way of getting rid of them is by doing side-bench stretch. Although they will not be removed 100%, you will break down the fat that is build in that zone of your body.

The following step and one of the most important: the food! Eliminate preservatives and focus on eating whole, quality, organic foods rich in nutrients. Beans and legumes, berries, and nuts are three great foods that help you burn fat more rapidly. So prepare a snack before heading to the gym with one of these three foods, and don’t be scare to alternate them.

This next step may be challenging for some of you, eliminating alcohol and sugar. Alcohol is your worst enemy, it contains estrogen that holds onto the weight and stimulates your appetite. Ergo eliminate it until you’ve achieved your health goal.

Our last step is to reduce sodium intake and up water intake. By reducing and eliminating sodium intake, you reduce the chances of bloating and water retention. And this is no brainer; drink 8 or more glasses of water a day.

By eating healthy, doing at least 45 minutes of exercise a day, and following these simple steps you will win that body you’ve always dreamed of faster than a heartbeat. These tips will help you shed inches and pounds, banish the bloat, and feel even more beautiful. Hello, skinny jeans!

P.S. As always I would like to hear from you how do you keep your stomach flat? Share your comments, tips and suggestions with the rest of us.

KASIA

 

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