Mindful Ways To Contribute To Your Community

Looking for simple ways to do your part for your community? Check out Green Entrepreneur and Founder of RUMI X, Melissa Chu's tips below and learn how you can mindfully contribute to a greener, cleaner planet every day. 

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1) Stop Junk Mail  Every year 100 million trees are chopped down for junk mail sent to American homes. Contact The Direct Marketing association at The-DMA.org to remove your name from mailing lists of their members. Say yes to paperless e-statements to curtail junk mail. Login to your bank and utilities accounts to select "go paper free" and you’ll save trees, water, and emissions, too.

2Recycling is not just for the home  Recycle paper at at the office by having a communal “recycle paper” bin and reuse blank sides of the papers for jotting down notes or diagramming things out. Buy recycled paper products and support the whole cycle.

3) Serviettes, please! Cut the paper napkin out, literally. Paper napkins are not a necessity even if we think they are. One study says that the average American uses six napkins a day—astoundingly, 2,200 a year! Make like the French, and use a proper fabric table napkin when dining at home, which you can wash and reuse again. It also makes us feel a little bit fancier, and would literally save billions of bleached white squares in our overflowing landfills.

4) Buy local when possible  Shopping for food produced closer to home makes sense. We save on the carbon footprint it would take to get it here while supporting our local economy too, and Farmers Markets are a fun place to chill and meet friends.

5) Swap bulbs to LED lights in your home.  LED’s are the most progressive lighting option when considering energy saving. They use one third of the electricity of a regular incandescent bulb and last 10 times longer. They have become the standard and are pretty much available at any convenience store nowadays. No need to hunt around for these super lights anymore.

6Invest in a reusable bottle  Tote your reusable coffee mug or water bottle with pride and skip buying a new one at every lunchtime stop.

7) Reuse and repurpose  Change your mindset and think twice before throwing anything out. Think, “how can this be repurposed?” Google it, Youtube it, and you can basically find any DIY video out there to give new life into whatever you have on hand. There are some pretty nifty life hacks out there to save money.
 

8) Reusable bags are not just for the market - use them for all shopping!  Sounds obvious, right? Well, in an average year, U.S. households use about 100 billion plastic bags, 99 percent of which are never recycled. The horror!

 

INSTAGRAM 101 - HOW TO CREATE CAPTIVATING CONTENT

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Want to step up your instagram game? Create a flawless feed with the below tips.

Make a plan

Decide what you want your feed to be about. Pick themes you like or a specific signature style to stick to and keep your feed consistent, don't get hung up on trends. Choose quality over quantity and create engaging posts that are athestically pleasing and relevant to your target demographic.

Create Beautiful Content

Use The Grid Feature to help position the camera and create pleasing compositions. Our eyes love symmetry, so try to create a balance between elements in the photo.

Look for natural lines- they give the picture direction and naturally draw your viewers eyes along the photo. Diagonal lines create a sense of movement

Keep your scene simple and pick one focal point where you want the viewers eye to focus. Look for strong colors, lines & shapes, contrast between these helps outline focal points.

 

Utilize Photograph editing apps

Free apps VSCO and snapseed are two popular and user-friendly options that allow you to adjust and edit elements such as contrast, colors, perspective and add filters. Try not to over-edit as this can create distorted and unnatural images.

Rookie, offers advanced functions, including shutter speed and white balance controls, which can keep colors accurate in your photos, or try iphone app, Camera+, which offers a stabilizer to combat shaky hands and keep pictures sharp

 

Practice makes perfect

Take a lot of photos - It’s rare to get a picture just right on the first try, so take multiple snaps of whatever you’re trying to capture, you’ll quickly notice that one or two are already better than the rest. Look for angles, elements you like and keep them in mind for future photography

 

Drive the conversation with creative captions

Encourage engagement with questions and tags. Use popular hashtags  and be sure to geotag photos to help other users discover you

Some feeds we love @mzskin + @dybrkr

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JACKIE'S INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER: WHAT'S IN MY BAG?

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Hey guys, Jackie here!

Today, Friday September 15th, I had the pleasure of taking over the @3dprmarketing Instagram account. As a part of my takeover, I thought I'd give you all a glimpse of the top 10 items in my work bag!

1. Michael Kors Wallet | 2. Urban Decay NAKED2 Palette | 3. Oxygenetix Oxygenating Foundation (Beige) | 4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pencil (Medium Brown) | 5. Nature Addicts Apple Raspberry Fruit Sticks | 6. MZ Skin Cleanse and Clarify Mask - Dual Action AHA Cleanser and Mask | 7. Covergirl Advanced Radiance Pressed Powder (120 - Natural Beige) | 8. Maybelline New York Lash Sensational | 9. RUMI X - Your Words Shorts | 10. Kiwami Greens Matcha Pack

HOLIDAY LOOKBOOK 2017

It may only be September, but it's never too early to plan for what's next! We got the ball rolling on this year's holiday season on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, by once again hosting our exclusive, annual Holiday Lookbook event! This year's collection featured unique goods and services ranging from functional to fabulous, with amazing gift ideas for women, men, and children! In case you missed it, here's a quick recap with our Holiday Lookbook highlights and top picks for this year's hottest Holiday gift items:

 

LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED

Influencers @cheatdayeats and @cy_eats took to their Instagram stories to share their exciting Southern Wicked Lemonade tasting experience with their followers

Influencers @cheatdayeats and @cy_eats took to their Instagram stories to share their exciting Southern Wicked Lemonade tasting experience with their followers

What's a party without some booze? To kick off this year's Holiday Lookbook, we had the Southern Wicked Lemonade team on-site to offer their array of organic sipping cocktails, featuring moonshine, vodka, and vodka/gin blends. Sweet to the taste and warm to the palette, Southern Wicked Lemonade is "Potent Enough for a Man, But Made for a Woman”!


HAPPIEST AT THE HOLIDAY LOOKBOOK

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Looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member that likes to travel? Look no further than Happiest Tee! The insanely soft luxury tees from Happiest Tee allow you to celebrate your favorite destinations in both style and comfort. Where's your happy place? (Ours is at the Holiday Lookbook, but we don't think they have one for that... yet!)


TOO MANY CHRISTMAS COOKIES? GET FIT AND FEEL GOOD WITH RUMI X

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RUMI X brings to its colorful clothes a philosophy of wellness, with the entire range of products being made from sustainable sources, such as recycled plastic bottles and coffee grounds, in an effort to reduce waste and pollution. The RUMI X mission to preserve the environment compelled the level to seek out the most advances eco-technology to create the high-quality performance wear that makes up the collection-- the result is breathable, flattering sportswear and everyday apparel that will keep you feeling good this holiday season, without compromising an eco-conscious mindset!


THAT HOLIDAY GLOW, THOUGH!

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Oxygenetix took full advantage of the beautiful makeup counter space at EZ Studios and showcased their breakthrough line of foundations and moisturizers by color-matching lucky attendees! Their unique, light and breathable formula is sure to keep your skin glowing all Holiday Season long!


CHA-CHAING AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE

Model and Influencer, @alyshagrace (middle), shows off her bag of goodies while posing in-between the power couple behind Cha-cha Chic, Cathy Garcia (left) and Jim Tiberia (right)

Model and Influencer, @alyshagrace (middle), shows off her bag of goodies while posing in-between the power couple behind Cha-cha Chic, Cathy Garcia (left) and Jim Tiberia (right)

Keep it fun and festive this Holiday Season with zesty clothing and accessories from Cha-Cha ChicTheir latin-inspired tees will help you forget the winter weather and make you feel like you're on a tropical holiday getaway! 


'UNLEASH’ YOUR HOLIDAY CHEER WITH PELUCHES

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Make sure you don't forget a stocking stuffer for your furry friend! Peluches have an elastic bungee cord that clips right to your dog’s collar so that it never leaves their side. That way they can play with their bouncy BFF, even when they’re all by themselves. (They also make one doggone comfy pillow!) In addition, for every toy purchased, Peluches will spread the holiday cheer by donating one to a homeless shelter dog in need!


That's a WRAP! 🎁 Hope to see you next year!

 

HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT SHADE OF FOUNDATION FOR YOUR SKIN

Have you ever noticed how a certain shade of lipstick can make your eyes pop while another leaves you looking washed out? This effect is due to the cool or warm undertones found in your skin, these are the dominant colors that lie below the skin’s surface. When selecting a foundation it’s important to not only consider skin color but also match these undertones in order to create a flawless finish that gives you a natural looking glow.

Undertones can be Cool (pinkish or bluish), Warm (yellow or golden) or Neutral which is a mix of both. You can have the same skin color as someone, but a different undertone. One easy way to check is to look at the veins on your forearms – blue veins indicate a cool base while greenish veins indicate a warmer yellower base. Another clue can be found in the way skin reacts to the sun – warmer tones tend to tan while cooler skin is prone to burns.

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Once you’ve selected a few shades that match your skin color and undertones, test them by dabbing some swatches of foundation on your jawline to find the perfect fit. The correct hue should disappear right into the surrounding skin. Don’t be afraid to mix shades to get the right balance - our skin changes season to season so having a few options to blend is essential for achieving a flawless foundation finish year round.

Choose an oil free foundation with SPF to protect skin from sun damage and avoid blemishes. The Oxygenetix Foundation range is our pick for a long-lasting finish that allows skin to breath.

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Fox News Magazine 8 Signs You've Met Your Soulmate and Not Just a 'Life Partner' sharepin 8 Signs You've Met Your Soulmate and Not Just a 'Life Partner'

In his famous novel "Anna Karenina," author Leo Tolstoy wrote the following about one of his character's feelings for his beloved: "He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began."

What better way to sum up how it feels when you meet your perfect match? In today’s dating world, we find ourselves sifting through all sorts of different people and experiencing an array of relationships with the goal of finding that one person who we truly feel we're one with.

Not just anyone can fulfill you the way your soulmate can, says Dr. Carmen Harra, a relationship expert, psychologist, and author of "The Karma Queens' Guide to Relationships." "Your soulmate makes you feel entirely whole, healed and intact, like no piece is missing from the puzzle. A life partner, on the other hand, can be a great supporter and companion, but is limited in their capacity to enrich your spirit," she says. So, how do you know if you’ve truly found your perfect match? Here are eight indicators: #1. You feel secure and protected. As Harra says, "Your perfect match will make you feel like you have a guardian angel by your side, regardless of your gender." That means men, too, should feel protected by their woman. A person who plays on your insecurities and fears, whether consciously or subconsciously, is not your soulmate. #2. You can’t imagine your life without him (or her).  When you’re not together, do you feel incomplete? If you’ve found your perfect match, you can’t imagine being without this person, and you’ll do whatever it takes to keep them in your life. It’s often hard just being apart for short bouts of time. READ: Why an Attractive Woman Has a Big Effect on Your Memory #3. You might have a flashback. Perhaps when you first met this person, you felt like you’ve talked before, or that you already knew each other. "You might even feel an odd sense of déjà vu, as if the moment in time has already taken place. Soulmates often choose to come back together during the same lifetime," says Harra. (In this case, she means you might have even crossed paths before, but timing was not yet on your side.) #4. It’s intense. When you’re in a relationship with your perfect match, it will be more intense than normal relationships. The passion and emotional intimacy will feel stronger. It can be more intense on bad days, too. "During these negative episodes, soulmates will communicate the right way and will take into consideration each other’s issues and emotions to reach common ground," says Harra. In other words, it’s a good thing that you fight instead of holding back feelings. READ: 10 Tips For a More Satisfying Sex Life #5. You just get each other.  Soulmates can finish each other’s sentences, and they know what each other needs, says Harra. "Soulmates develop a sense of empathy towards each other. They can pick up on one another’s needs, feelings, and what’s bothering them without even asking or having the other express it." Furthermore, soulmates are also mentally inseparable. (Ever pick up the phone to text your love only to have them text you at the same time?) #6. You see the world through the same set of eyes. You see eye-to-eye on everything from parenting style to spending habits, and from diet to intimacy. And when you disagree on something, you agree that you disagree. #7. You laugh at the same stuff. If you can’t make it through a Will Ferrell movie without wetting yourself, but your partner doesn’t crack a smile, chances are you’re not a good fit. A study published in the Western Journal of Communication found that 75 percent of happy couples laugh together at least once a day, with many self-proclaimed happily married couples citing humor as a significant contribution to their married life. READ: Rev Run Reveals His Three Silly Secrets to a Happy Marriage #8. Your love is more than love. It’s unexplainable. Describing what it’s like to be with your perfect match and how your soulmate makes you feel is just difficult. As Harra says, it’s a tenacious, profound and lingering emotion, and mere words don't do it justice. Even describing the feeling as "deep love" can still seem insufficient. Source: http://magazine.foxnews.com/love/signs-youve-met-your-soulmate-the-one-truly-in-love?intcmp=hphz1

Not just anyone can fulfill you the way your soulmate can, says Dr. Carmen Harra, a relationship expert, psychologist, and author of "The Karma Queens' Guide to Relationships." "Your soulmate makes you feel entirely whole, healed and intact, like no piece is missing from the puzzle. A life partner, on the other hand, can be a great supporter and companion, but is limited in their capacity to enrich your spirit," she says.

So, how do you know if you’ve truly found your perfect match? Here are eight indicators:

#1. You feel secure and protected.

As Harra says, "Your perfect match will make you feel like you have a guardian angel by your side, regardless of your gender." That means men, too, should feel protected by their woman. A person who plays on your insecurities and fears, whether consciously or subconsciously, is not your soulmate.

#2. You can’t imagine your life without him (or her). 

When you’re not together, do you feel incomplete? If you’ve found your perfect match, you can’t imagine being without this person, and you’ll do whatever it takes to keep them in your life. It’s often hard just being apart for short bouts of time.

READ: Why an Attractive Woman Has a Big Effect on Your Memory

#3. You might have a flashback.

Perhaps when you first met this person, you felt like you’ve talked before, or that you already knew each other. "You might even feel an odd sense of déjà vu, as if the moment in time has already taken place. Soulmates often choose to come back together during the same lifetime," says Harra. (In this case, she means you might have even crossed paths before, but timing was not yet on your side.)

#4. It’s intense.

When you’re in a relationship with your perfect match, it will be more intense than normal relationships. The passion and emotional intimacy will feel stronger. It can be more intense on bad days, too. "During these negative episodes, soulmates will communicate the right way and will take into consideration each other’s issues and emotions to reach common ground," says Harra. In other words, it’s a good thing that you fight instead of holding back feelings.

READ: 10 Tips For a More Satisfying Sex Life

#5. You just get each other. 

Soulmates can finish each other’s sentences, and they know what each other needs, says Harra. "Soulmates develop a sense of empathy towards each other. They can pick up on one another’s needs, feelings, and what’s bothering them without even asking or having the other express it." Furthermore, soulmates are also mentally inseparable. (Ever pick up the phone to text your love only to have them text you at the same time?)

#6. You see the world through the same set of eyes.

You see eye-to-eye on everything from parenting style to spending habits, and from diet to intimacy. And when you disagree on something, you agree that you disagree.

#7. You laugh at the same stuff.

If you can’t make it through a Will Ferrell movie without wetting yourself, but your partner doesn’t crack a smile, chances are you’re not a good fit. A study published in the Western Journal of Communication found that 75 percent of happy couples laugh together at least once a day, with many self-proclaimed happily married couples citing humor as a significant contribution to their married life.

READ: Rev Run Reveals His Three Silly Secrets to a Happy Marriage

#8. Your love is more than love. It’s unexplainable.

Describing what it’s like to be with your perfect match and how your soulmate makes you feel is just difficult. As Harra says, it’s a tenacious, profound and lingering emotion, and mere words don't do it justice. Even describing the feeling as "deep love" can still seem insufficient.

Source: http://magazine.foxnews.com/love/signs-youve-met-your-soulmate-the-one-truly-in-love?intcmp=hphz1

Dominique Bistro’s Brunch, West Village, NYC

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Dominique Bistro’s Brunch, West Village, NYC

June 2, 2016

I just adore Dominique Bistro. It’s a small French place on the corner of Christopher and Gay Streets in the West Village with tall windows allowing in the light and a noise level where I can hear myself think.

 

I returned recently — as their guest — for brunch. I started with a mimosa, my dining partner had a bellini. We shared three delicious entrees each made with cage free, organic eggs.

I don’t normally like eggs Benedict as I find the hollandaise way too rich. But the sauce “choron” served atop the smoked salmon eggs Benedict ($18) had the addition of tomatoes making it so much less rich that I lapped it up.

My least favorite entree was their croque monsieur ($12) withcooked ham and gruyere on organic bread with a side of mixed green as it was a bit dry and ordinary. What I loved and highly recommend is the duck hash ($18), a dish of shaved duck and diced potatoes with huge meaty chunks of lardons topped first with poached eggs and then arugula.  I’d go back for that anytime.

We also sampled a sweet entree, which we indulged in as our dessert. The homemade waffles ($15) topped with fresh blueberries and strawberries, was finished with a huge dollop of chocolate mousse.

 

- bonnie

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Source: http://www.biteofthebest.com/dominique-bistros-brunch-west-village-nyc/