Smart People Follow These Tips For Staying Healthy

It all starts with that tickle in your throat…

You know how the story goes. You are living life, just working, traveling, and socializing. Next thing you know, you get that feeling in your throat. Then comes the runny nose, coughing and sneezing. Then you are down for the count. In the bed with a stuffy nose, medicine and tissue by your bedside.

Anyone can get sick any time of the year. But wintertime is where we usually see an increase in this all too common scenario of cold and flu.  So what is one to do? Sure we can be reactive and nurse ourselves back to health. But how many of you have ever heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is better than the cure”? By taking a few simple steps, we can decrease our downtime or possibly avoid cold and flu all together.  Continue reading to find out ways to stay healthy this winter.

1. Wash your hands and dry off with disposable towels.

Think about how many things you touch throughout the day before you have a “need” to wash your hands. The flu virus can live on surfaces such as clothing, keyboards, and doorknobs for several hours. So it is important to wash your hands often using antibacterial soap. Keep hand sanitizer nearby when you can’t get to a sink.

2. Stay Away.

From sick people that is. The droplets from coughing and sneezing can travel a considerable distance. These droplets can wreak havoc on the healthy, thus weakening the immune system and making you more susceptible to getting sick.

3. Drink Water.

We all know that water has a multitude of benefits such as keeping skin clear and keeping one regular.  However, dehydration weakens the immune system.  So go ahead and pour yourself a glass of water. It will boost your immunity and flush out your system by ridding your body of all that can make you sick.

4. Eat Healthy.

Don’t depend solely on supplements that promise to boost your health. Make sure your diet is balanced. This means including colorful fruits and vegetables which are high in antioxidants. Also, include foods that are high in essential fatty acid, such as fish, to help ward off the common cold and flu.

5. Put A Lid On It.

Mom knew what she was talking about when she told you to wear a hat on your head. Most of our body heat escapes from the head. Don’t get tricked into complacency with a mild day sandwiched in between an otherwise brutally cold week. Keep your eye on the weather report to inform you when you should layer up and when you can take some of those layers off.

6. Get Some Fresh Air.

Even during the winter months, occasionally open the windows (or at least crack them). Doing so gives fresh air the chance to flow in and decrease the chance of airborne viruses making you their host.

7. Stop Stressing And Get Your Rest.

Your body restores itself when you get a good night’s rest. So be sure to get those 7-8 hours. This period of sleep can help your body fight off infection.

These are just a few of the many ways to stay healthy this winter. But what if after all of these precautions you still fall ill?  It happens to the best of us. Keep your chicken soup on hand, drink green tea, and explore the benefits of using raw garlic and echinacea in your daily routine.  If your symptoms last more that two days and are unresponsive to your over-the-counter medicines, see a doctor.


7 Questions For Jo Skelton, Peep Eyewear

On November 30, 2021, in Fashion, by edwardpan

Jo Skelton
Peep Eyewear

Jo Skelton is obsessed with vintage (a woman after my own heart). She’s been a fan of vintage since she was a little girl. So it’s no wonder that she was drawn to starting Peep Eyewear, a shop that sells vintage eyeglasses fitted with modern lenses. We touched base with the vintage love to find out more about her and her dedication to making the past new and sustainable fashion.

  1. Tell us about yourself. What are your fashion creds?
    I’ve always had an obsession with vintage. I’ve been scouting and collecting vintage since I was a school girl. I thrived on standing out from the crowd and wearing one-of-a-kind pieces that nobody else had. I saw vintage online, but few were doing it justice and I wanted to create a brand worthy of these special pieces, not just open another vintage stall.
  1. Why did you decide to start Peep Eyewear and how are the glasses produced?
    I decided to start Peep Eyewear because I wanted a creative outlet that let me indulge my passion for vintage eyewear where I could also work flexibly around my family. It’s great fun finding frames and choosing tints. We chose to repurpose fabulous, often handmade, vintage pieces over mass production. We source frames from all over the land. Bringing them home to our workshop where we recondition them; professionally polishing and reshaping, before fitting with modern lenses and tints. It helps having a hubby in the Optical industry!
  1. Why is sustainability so important to you?
    We feel the need to do our bit. By making even small changes to become sustainable and raise awareness, we can make positive contributions to the future of our planet and our children. Once your eyes have been opened, it’s impossible to go back. It’s a work in progress for us. We’re looking at how we can evolve the business to become even more sustainable.
  1. What’s the biggest lesson that you’ve learned as an entrepreneur in the fashion industry?
    Hold your nerve. Stay true to yourself and your vision of your brand and business. Keep the faith.
  1. Describe your personal style. Who are your style icons and why?
    Simple, casual, and contemporary with a dash of quirk. Jackie O for her classic style and Iris Apfel for fabulousness.
  1. What’s always in your fridge?
    Eggs and avocados (excellent for eyes!)
  1. What three things can’t you live without?
    Family, sunglasses, and something to read.

The 5 White Tops That Will Up Your Fashion Game

On November 30, 2021, in Fashion, by edwardpan

Fab White Tops That Your Closet Needs

If you’re like me, you can never have too many white tops. White tops are must-have staples that every girl needs in her closet. If you have a good selection of white tops, you can quickly pull together an outfit for work, for brunch, or just to hit the supermarket. But finding white tops that are don’t look like every other generic tops can be a task. Lucky for you, I’ve pulled together five of my favorite sustainable white tops that will easily pair with all of your delicious goodies in your closet.

This soft and comfy simple white top by Wildlife Works is made from 100% organic cotton. It is hand-cut and sewn in Kenya, supporting sustainable jobs around the Wildlife Works animal sanctuary. Available at Modavanti

If you are going to shop at H&M, consider their Conscious Collection. This long-sleeved jersey top has a touch of spandex for great stretch and is made from organic cotton. Available at HM

Not only does this white button-down top have a dashing vegan-leather collar and cuffs, it also has a gorgeous split back look. Delikate Rayne has made it totally with PVC-free vegan materials. Available at Ethica

You will not want to hide this posh white top under a jacket. The sleeves have exquisite lace details and top notch tailoring. This top will totally up your work shirt game. Available at Rêve En Vert

I love how delicate and dainty this top from PeopleTree is. It has clean lines and a simple belt that will surely give you that curvaceous look that all girls love. Made from 100% organic Fairtrade certified cotton. Available at PeopleTree


A Seersucker Suit Makes the American Man

Americana or “American culture” is defined by the products and ideas with which it is synonymous. Coca-Cola, the “Stars and Stripes”, blue jeans and red cups (for some strange reason) are k markers of American culture around the world and typically the most seen items at international phenomena known as America Parties. These events are exactly what the name entails: social gatherings where attendees dress, talk, drink, and party like Americans. As an American, it is kind of strange to see how our culture manifests itself in others, and at times I wonder, “What defines the quintessential American?” As a sartorial fanatic, of course, this question is framed by discussion about men’s fashion. So, the real question is, “How does the quintessential American man dress?”

We have to begin with classics like the Navy Blazer, the Khaki Chino, and the Penny Loafer. Other classics like the white T-Shirt or Blue Jeans are synonymous with the quintessential American man as well, but is this where it ends? Certainly, the quintessential American man cannot be sartorially defined by 5 or 6 pieces. That is yet to be seen, but one piece stands out above the others as quintessentially American, in my mind, and that is the Seersucker Suit. This thin, all-cotton fabric suit originated in British India during the early colonial period and was favored over other materials in warmer weather. The Seersucker Suit became an instant staple in the States, especially in the South where warmer weather existed throughout the year. It’s taken on a number of cultural meanings over the years: innately contemptible during the 1920’s, in military uniforms briefly in the 1930’s and 1940’s, and innately contemptible again in the 1980’s. The US Senate even held Seersucker Thursday from 1996 to June 2012, where Senators and their staffers dressed in Seersucker to “bring a little Southern charm to the Nation’s Capitol”. But I beg to differ. Seersucker suits have undeniable swag. Every well-dressed man knows that.

The Seersucker Suit is definitely in the closet of the quintessential American man and here’s why:

A man in a Seersucker is about his business but also ready to kick-back.

A man in a Seersucker is automatically assumed to be a gentleman.

A man in a Seersucker is the coolest individual wherever he is by presence alone.

Summer is upon us, and the man with the Seersucker is the man with a plan. Besides, what else would you wear your suede white oxford shoes with?