No more food and weight talk please! This week has been a strange week in terms of healthy eating and weight talk. If those things trigger you, please bypass this post. I have had so many convos about healthy eating. Most of the conversations covered these questions: what do you eat, how do eat, how has it helped you, and finally do you feel healthy? Then everyone wants to try and tell me what is right for my body. No ma’am!
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Today we have a guest post from Asiah Mae. She is a goddess who produces many cool projects like For the Scribes and illvibethetribe. Today she graciously shares her full moon ritual with us. Thank you Asiah Mae!
Happy Hunter’s Moon aka Full Moon in Aries!
Are you ready to reap what you’ve been sowing? Aries full moon is all about personal truths. The fierce, determined person inside of you, the badass that’s forever getting it done. Oh and the passion! This is what Aries brings to us. You’re probably feeling very powerful, or super ready to start a new project. Maybe you’ve cleaned the whole house today (I definitely have), organized your blog, or ran a mile.
Either way, you’re ready to go. But slow down! Full moons are for release, and re-evaluation, and with the sun in polar opposite and balancing Libra ask yourself: in what areas do I need to be more balanced? In what ways do I need to give more to myself, but also to others? Aries can be a selfish and boastful sign, and it’s also ruled by Mars, the planet of war, so we need to take extra care as to not hurt anyone around us with our words or emotions today. Take some time to meditate and figure out what’s your “why” today. What’s the passion behind what you want or what you do? What obstacles do you need to get over in order to be your best you?
Full Moon Ritual
- red candles
- fire safe bowl
- crystals (optional)
Start by clearing your space with either sage, Palo Santo or with the energy of your mind. Find a quiet space and set the mood. I usually have a playlist going very softly, incense lit, and things that make me happy surrounding me, in this case some items that represent your passions. Light your red candle and meditate upon what you’d like to let go of, and what you’d like to manifest. Visualize yourself wrapped in a red bubble, start at the top of your toes and let it surround you. Inside of the bubble, visualize all of your passions taking form. Let that sink into you.
When you open your eyes, begin to write. Make a list of all the things you’re passionate about, and why. On another sheet of paper, write down all the things you want to let go of, and what you would like to replace it with. Always close with your karma free clause.
“I welcome all of this into my life, or something greater, for the greatest good of all concerned”.
When you are finished, fold each paper and burn it with the red candle. Drop them in the bowl. Make sure it is completely burned. Take your ashes outside and toss it to the wind (Libra is Air, Aries is fire.) Take note of how you feel after, your energy levels and the color of the flame. Let me know on social media at @_asiahmae on twitter!
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I was looking for yoga slash meditation videos one day during a moment of self care when I found the YouTube channel of Faith Hunter. Faith Hunter is an amazing woman. Her videos are easy to follow and the overall vibe of her channel is calm and serene. She has some guided meditations and a beginner yoga playlist is yoga is something you’re interested in. Below I decided to list some of my favorite Faith Hunter videos.
What Is A Natal Chart
Hey everybody! How’s it going? One of the things I did while I took my blogging break was get my natal chart done. What is a natal chart? Well…the natal chart or birth chart is an astrological forecast for your life based on the movement of the planets, moons, stars, and even asteroids at your time of birth. It also basically tells you why you are the way you are.
I’ve been trying to write this blog post for what seems like forever. Last week when I was trying to write my Dollar Tree haul post, my internet kept going out. My internet has been cutting off and on. I am about to lose it to ATT on the phone if it doesn’t stop acting up. UGH!!!
Sooo I know you all have been wondering where Jai and The Fat and Skinny on Fashion has been, well I am still here. We’re still here. I took a much needed break throughout the holidays, this blog’s 8th birthday and my very own 30th birthday! I needed to take a break. Sometimes you just need time to relax, relate, and release. Don’t worry. The blog will be back with more vlogs and fashion news. Happy new year!
The holidays can be a stressful time. Couple that with the anxiety most people seem to be feeling this year, and it all can be a bit overwhelming. If you are stressed out or looking for a good post workout stretch session try this video from JessicaSmithTV. I’ve been using her workout videos on YouTube for awhile now, and I really like them.
I know you have been wondering where I have been the past few weeks. I am a fashion design student, so I was really busy with school. It really took a lot out of me completing my assignments for Collections class. I had to create a tiny clothing collection for class. I spent a lot of time, money, and resources trying to make magic happen. This was the first time I would show my own designs to the world, and I didn’t want to half step anything. I created countless test muslin shells and patterns, and had way too many visits to the fabric store.
Sorry if I have been somewhat inconsistent with the blog. I have been thinking of taking the blog back to the way it used to be, but most importantly I’ve been working hard on school work. I am in Collections class now, so I will be showing several garments for my first fashion show at school in March. The pressure is on. I have redone one garment so many times. I have literally remade the pattern and then sewn the dress in muslin like a million times. Please bear with me while I try to get my fashion education on! Thanks. Photo from here.
I can’t believe it. The Fat and Skinny on Fashion Blog is six!! The little blog I started as a hobby and then became my graduate thesis project is growing up. I am so proud of my baby. Because of my blog, I have gone to various fashion weeks-including New York Fashion Week, met a lot of cool people, and made some awesome friends. I have experienced so many wonderful things because of my blog that I would have never dreamed of doing.
I love my Erin Condren 2014-2015 Life Planner. I am trying to become more organized this year and into the next, and this is a start. There are so many pages for me to write down different dates, and it comes with stickers!!!! The covers are interchangeable, so you can buy one for each of your moods, seasons, or holidays.
Hey Guys! I wanted to give you a little update about my life since I moved and started fashion design school. As you can see I blog pretty sporadically now, but I do try to keep at least 2-3 posts up each week. That is because the move and school has been super hectic. I can’t wait until Spring Break!!!! I need lots and lots of sleep.
Happy 5th Birthday The Fat and Skinny on Fashion! I am so proud of what you have become. I started this blog as a graduate school project 5 years ago today. I still can’t believe I have stuck with it. This blog has helped me graduate from graduate school, meet new people, and learn new skills. I am a computer whiz now!
I just have to share my natural hair journey with you. I can’t believe that this weekend marked one whole year without a relaxer. My last relaxer was on November, 15th 2012. Crazy to think about it. This is my second time going natural, and I am really committed to it. Transitioning to natural hair hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would be. To be quite honest, I had heard all of these horror stories. I thought I was going to have the hardest time combing my hair and taking care of it, but I haven’t. Praise the lord! Clearly I’m doing something right.
Here are five festive holiday food apps to get your holiday meal planning underway. Actually you can use most of these apps year-round, but this is a season of baking and cooking. I have been baking something or another almost every week for the past few weeks now. Baking and cooking are super fun to me. I’m already trying to figure out what I am going to make next week. These food apps are great for helping you bake cute little fall treats or plan dinner and snacks for those intimate family gatherings. With Hanukkah coming early and Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the time to plan out all the sweet and savory items that make you go “Yummy yum yum! Photo from here.
Five Festive Holiday Food Apps:
- BigOven is great because it has a couple hundred thousand recipes that you can search through with vivid images. I love the food apps with great pictures. BigOven also has a menu planner and a grocery list. This app is available on the Apple and Android systems, and it is free.
- How To Cook Everything by New York Times columnist Mark Bittman and based on his bestselling cookbook is a treasure trove of menus. While you do have to pay for the app, it makes up for it with a shopping lists, favorite recipes list, and the option to share recipes among friends and family. This is one of the best food apps for both beginners and experienced foodies. Not bad for $4.99. It is only available on the Apple App Store, and it looks great on my iPad.
- Allrecipes.com has several apps available like their DinnerSpinner – which my friend Jesika loves- and their Your Kitchen Inpsiration app-which I love. With five different apps for Apple, Android, Kindle, and Windows, it is super easy to get your cook, bake, and eat on this holiday season.
- Pinterest is the one app that I keep going back to on my Android phone, iPad tablet, and Macbook, because it has oodles and oodles of recipes. I can find recipes for baking on there. I can find recipes for jolly cocktails or look for food recipes by holiday or time of day. The fact that I can easily organize them by board or send them to friends. I love the sharing feature. My hair dresser and I share pins all day every single day.
- Bon Appetit’s Thanksgiving app is only available in the Apple App Store, but it is free. I wish my Android sisters could see this app in all of its glory because it is really great. You can look through tasty recipes, use the already planned menus, customize your own menu, look at foodie and cocktail tip guides, use the timer to manage your Thanksgiving planning/cooking more wisely, and watch informative videos. Whoo!! Popped a pie in the oven I’m sweatin’!! That’s a lot of good stuff.
Hopefully all of these apps help you get your grub on this holiday season. Now I’m off to plan my next big meal.
I’ve been feeling accomplished lately, so so very accomplished lately. I have to tell you all the story of my sewing dilemmas, and how I finally got it right. I have been trying to learn how to sew just about all of my life. I have been breaking machines and wasting material on fruitless projects and futile dreams, but now that it all in the past. You all know my mantra, “It’s my time and I’m ready for the next step.” Well it is true.
I have a love/hate relationship with facing rejection. Like most people I hate rejection, but unlike some people I love it a little bit too. Rejection can be hard to take and digest. It can hurt you and leave you confused. There are so many times that I’ve sent in a request for something or a pitch to a website for an article and then get turned super down. The waiting part can be just as nerve racking as the rejection itself. The feeling my nerves get from just the thought of rejection can be like sitting on a small boat on a stormy sea. When it starts to happen more and more frequently, you begin to forget about all those times in between the rejections that you actually got accepted or a great and mighty YES!
So I am sitting here at what is basically 2am in the morning trying to figure out how to downsize my life. I try to keep a clean rooms clean. I try to put things back in their place and not let things pile up on me, but here I am feeling like I am overcrowded and the walls are caving in.
My room looks a mess, and no matter how much I clean the mess comes back the next day. Now I am looking at the Phillip Lim for Target bag that I own that looks just like the Celine bag in the photo. It is so small and I want to carry it, but I haven’t yet because I had carried huge bags for years. I am tired of carrying huge bags though.
I’m currently perusing Target’s website to find the smallest wallet I can find. I feel like buying a tiny or at least a smaller one will force me to start carrying a smaller bag, which will in turn help me downsize my life. Since I am moving at the end of this year, I feel like now is the time to plan my apartment with a minimalist point of view. Even though I have kitchen supplies already boxed up waiting for the day I move, I really am going to try and get back to my clean and minimalist living style.
I am starting with baby steps to get my life back on track. What are you doing to downsize your life? Photo found here.