15
Jun

Philanthropy Project of the Month: Delight in the Lord Ministries, Inc.

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Delight in the Lord Ministries, Inc – Cierra Crowe and friend

 

Each month, Walker Pharmacy and Boutique is honored to partner with a local charity or non-profit organization by donating a cash fund based on the number of prescriptions filled in our pharmacy locations.  These funds help support these organizations by funding for the needs of the administrators and the needs of those they serve.  For the month of June, we are proud to partner with an organization rooted in Brooklet, Georgia — Delight in the Lord Ministries, Inc.

In the past, the organizations that we have partnered with have been local charities that are helping our surrounding communities, and it has been a blessing to see the direct results benefiting our fellow citizens.  But DL Ministries is distinctly different from previous endeavors because we have the opportunity to fund a local young lady, Cierra Crowe, as she ministers and provides for young children in Uganda, Africa!  By visiting Cierra’s website at www.delightinthelordministries.org or via Facebook through @delightinthelordministries, you will find the remarkable story of DLM’s beginnings as Cierra shares how a short mission trip captured her heart and a seed was planted for her to return on a more permanent basis to pursue education, vocation training, and feeding programs for the children of Uganda.  Cierra also shares blog updates that will enable you to personally participate in the heart of the ministry and to witness how your funds are blessing the growth of the ministry’s outreach as her feeding programs have been established and as she works to establish affordable, quality education for all children.  Now as the guardian parent of three boys previously living at a shelter, Cierra is learning what it means to parent these children with grace under pressure!

If you are interested in learning more about this ministry, please visit Cierra’s website where you will have the opportunity to donate.  As is always the case, it is difficult to feel limited in our resources to financially support those whom we are committed to encouraging in any way we can.  By spreading the word about Walker Pharmacy’s monthly philanthropy, you will be encouraging others to participate with you as a team as they bring their own prescriptions for secure donations.  Edward Everett Hale once said, “I am only one, but still I am one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  We as individuals can affect others in profound ways, but our efforts to take a stand and come together as a community can affect a mission or an individual in untold ways for years to come.  Please consider partnering with us today and putting the word out in our community as we seek to bless Cierra and the people of Uganda in tangible ways this month!  Join us next month to find out what our July philanthropy project will be and how you can participate!

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~ A note from the author, Sydney: I love that quote from Edward Hale because it reminds me not only of the power of an individual’s determined devotion, but also of the magnified power devoted individuals pulling together as a community with the same mind and fiercely devoted heart to make the world a better place for someone else.  In the chaos of this world and the heartbreak that each breaking news update brings, it is easy to become disheartened that darkness and evil have become such overwhelming forces.  But as history shows, genuine revolutions are born in persecution and spread like wildfires in the face of such darkness.  Love at its truest form is sacrificial, and sacrificial love is the greatest force on Earth.  Let’s come together as a community to penetrate the darkness and offer our love and devotion to others who need our brotherly faithfulness.  Blessings to you, and join us next week for more updates from Walker Boutique!

1
Jun

Three Essential Infused Water Recipes

There’s something about summer that makes me want to go fruit crazy. Likely it is the return of the farmer’s market with all of their fresh produce. With the arrival of summer, infused water becomes a staple in my household. When water becomes infused not only does it look lovely, it can also serve as a great source of antioxidants or other essential minerals as well as encourage others to drink their required amount of water daily.

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With all the options for infused water you may be confused at what goes with what. Luckily, there aren’t many ways in which you can go wrong when pairing fruits, herbs, veggies, etc. Just play around with different mixes until you find something that suits you. 

For all infused waters, the recipe is simple. You will slice your fruit and add them to a pitcher of water. Allow the fruit to infuse for a minimum of 10 minutes before serving. 

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Strawberry Blueberry – You can absolutely never go wrong with a basic berry mix. While strawberries and blueberries go extremely well together you could also substitute raspberries, blackberries, or any other berry. If you want to add a bit of extra flavor, toss in a few mint leaves. 

 

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Cucumber Lime Mint  – This green concoction is perfect for a day relaxing by the pool. Cucumber is known for its relaxing and anti-inflammatory purposes while the lime and mint counter the cucumber by adding a spark of energy to the mix. 

 

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Citrus Trio – Another great grouping for infused water is to do a purely citrus infusion. The varying levels of citrus  will counter each other and create a unique but delicious taste. For this recipe I added lime, grapefruit, and orange. Lemon or other variations of citrus can also be substituted. 

 

Now that you have three ideas to get you started, I encourage you to try your own hand at creating an infused water to keep on hand. With the amount of available fruits, the possibilities are endless for what you can create. 

Tell me below in the comments, what mix of fruit would you like to try?

 

20
Apr

Checklist for Spring Fashion Essentials

 

Springtime is one of the best times of the year when we celebrate blooming flowers, fresh breezes, greenery coming back to life, and the beginning of all our favorite warm weather activities.  In the South, we have learned how unpredictable the weather can sometimes be during spring season, with sudden changes in temperature and rain or shine forecasts.  This means that we have to be fully prepared with our spring wardrobes, making sure that all manner of cute and comfortable clothing is readily accessible!  Today, we are sharing our spring essentials checklist to be your shopping guide for this season.  With new apparel and accessories arriving by the oodles every day at Walker Boutique, you will easily be able to find everything you need for a practical and fashion forward closet this year!  Download our checklist and be sure to check out our related suggestions below to help you find what you need at Walker Boutique!

 

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spring wardrobe checklist

If you’re like me, sundresses invoke the same emotion as the perfect spring day that’s sunny with a high of 75.  Oh, happy day 🙂  Long or short, sleeveless, strappy, or strapless, a good sundress is the perfect hallmark for your warm weather closet essentials.  For the practical shopper, check out our latest  in colorful Piko sundresses for comfortable versatility that you can dress up or down for any activity.  If you’re shopping for special occasion, shop sundresses in fashion forward prints or fabrics like Victorian florals, chambray, or linen for a more refined silhouette.

 

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Piko sundress $32.95/Victorian floral dress $38

Athletic wear has come a long way from the shiny and loud neon spandex of the ’80s, and now you can feel comfortable to go anywhere in your workout gear like our All For Color athletic and swimwear lines available at Walker Boutique West.  A high neckline the hottest trend in swimwear this year, so be sure to stop by to find your favorite mix and match two pieces!

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Athletic gear and swimwear at Walker Boutique West

Shibori tie dye patterns appeared in recent years, bringing a refreshing and more sophisticated take on a beloved retro design.  At Walker, you will find stunning oversized tunics and fringed tanks in glorious combinations of marbled colors that make a statement piece for your ensembles.  Pair these with tribal statement necklaces from Designs by Devra Jewelry like her best-selling pieces adorned with horns!  

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Shibori tie dye

And speaking of jewelry…

A good rule of thumb is to balance fitted clothing with dainty, minimalist jewelry and flowy, oversized clothing with bold statement jewelry.  In order to avoid looking weighted down, nix the idea of pairing a heavy necklace with your more tailored items; instead, respect the balance and pair those items with our favorite pearl choker or dainty Kendra Scott exposed druzy pendants.  And to avoid those delicate pieces being overwhelmed by bold patterns and lots of fabric, pair your flowy and oversized clothing with stronger statement pieces that feature mixed media beads and stones and daring pieces such as the horns, tassels, and large stones that adorn most statement jewelry today!  We love pairing our favorite Piko tops and dresses with the latest from DBD jewelry that features pops of colors.

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Jewelry at Walker Boutique

That’s our highlight of essential spring clothing items you will need this season, including the gorgeous patterns, colors, and fabrics that are fashion forward for 2016.  What is your go-to item for warm weather?  Tell us in the comments below!

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney: Something about springtime weather just makes you want to revel in the fresh, green grass and soak up every drop of sun that your skin will drink.  And with that refreshing wind of the new season comes the itch to celebrate each day with the happy colors and patterns of warm weather!  I hope that you, like me, are enjoying perusing the latest on the blog and on Pinterest for inspiration.  But more importantly, I hope you feel a fresh wind in your spirit, a fresh fire in your bones to enjoy each day that this year brings.  As Marilla wisely counseled Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables, “Tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it.”  Seize the day. Live in it. Bring flowers to a lonely stranger.  Leave a secret card for your co-worker.  Jump in the pool with your clothes on!  Let’s make each day worth living for ourselves and everyone around us.  Blessings!

 

23
Mar

Happy Easter from Walker Boutique

 

The arrival of  Easter is much like the sunrise that I have watched as I write this entry; the still darkness seems to saturate everything, until a sudden and glorious light peers over the horizon and casts the shadows to the ground.  Each holiday brings with it the memories of past celebrations and milestones, as well as new opportunities for creating new memories.  For some, those memories might carry the bitter sting of what has been lost, or serve as a reminder of just how much everything has changed.  But this weekend, we celebrate the one holiday that faithfully reminds us that what was lost has been restored, and that everything has indeed changed… eternally, for the better.

No matter what circumstance you find yourself in, remember as you go throughout this week that darkness can never become a permanent shadow over your life because God’s grace is available to you in Christ.  

This is just your friendly Wednesday reminder that no matter how things change, His promises remain.  Seasons change, but He is faithful and able.  He is not here, but He is risen… and you are welcome in His presence.  

Pin our image below for a constant reminder of the everlasting significance of that Good Friday, and that even more glorious Sunday.  Happy Easter from all of us at Walker Boutique!

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~ A note from the author, Sydney: Thank you for visiting with us this Wednesday, where we wanted to take a step back from the world of business to lift up and  share the life-changing truth of Good Friday and Easter Sunday that so many of us have experienced for ourselves.  We hope that you feel the presence and love of God that is without end, displayed for you and celebrated 2,000 years later on this weekend.  Grace and peace to you, dear reader!

10
Mar

Create New Ideas With 2016 Color of the Year

 

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photo credits: Hale.com // Getty Images // Italian Bark  //Flickr

Coffee and a good book

Ebony and ivory

Peanut butter and jelly

What do all these things have in common?  

One of these things by itself is great.  But the full experience of its value is in the combined balance of its companion.  In the words of Rob Bass, “it takes two to make a thing go right”!  Apparently, Pantone agreed with this statement when they set tradition aside and announced that their 2016 Color of the Year would be a harmonious pair of two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.

For some, this may lead to another question: What is Pantone?

You know, you really have an inquisitive mind.  I think I like you. 🙂  To answer your question, Pantone is an American corporation best known for its color-matching system that influences many industries, especially those involving textiles.  For years, Pantone has been announcing their official Color of the Year as a way to inspire creative thought and to remind us to celebrate every color on the spectrum for its possibilities.  Many industries such as the fashion world, home decor companies, and the wedding industry work with Pantone to incorporate this color of the year into their products in order to make it available to the consumer.  That’s you!

In recent years, Pantone’s official colors have been rich, one-dimensional shades such as Marsala, Orchid, and Emerald.  For 2016, Pantone decided to break from tradition to bring versatility and tranquil balance in two complimentary colors that work in harmony for fresh inspiration.  So without further ado, today we would like to kick off a celebration of new ideas with ready-to-pin photo collages of these two colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.  We are featuring three areas in which anyone can express their favorite ways of styling these colors of the year, so follow us through our favorite photos that show this duo in fashion, home decor, and weddings for beautiful examples in how you can make these colors all your own this year!

Industry one : fashion  

Rose quartz has the ability to perform as an elegant neutral or feminine pastel, and the recent popularity of rose gold jewelry may have been the prelude to this darling hue making a splash in apparel.  With the gentle and light touch of a blushing glow, this shade will translate from sweet spring pastels to serene winter neutrals throughout the year!

A complimentary contrast to rose quartz is the tranquil and pleasant hue of Serenity Blue that both balances and enhances its softer counter-part.  Whether worn alone in our ever-popular chambray shirtdress or paired with its 2016 pink partner in a stunning watercolor like our trending cut-out shoulder top, this sentimental shade is sure to become a favorite for its clean and soothing tones.

Industry two: home decor

Decorating your living spaces really provides the opportunity to experiment and the freedom of creative control with how much of each color you would like to feature in your home.  As seen here, making a statement with a fixed feature such as your front door, a major appliance, or even an accent wall can allow for accentuating with a statement piece.  Or if you’re more of a mix-and-match person, consider collecting small details like rose gold table accents or incorporating another shade like a slate gray.  These colors are just as suitable as featured statement colors or accent colors on a variety of color palettes.  Translate these shades in any style from French Country to Modern!

Industry three: weddings

Weddings are the quintessential event for creating a color theme, and 2016’s color pairing is producing some of my favorite looks for the traditional blue and pink combination.  Far from cutesy and juvenile shades that we see at baby showers, the dusty periwinkle and blushing rose speak elegance and provide undertones of stength and tenderness to make it the perfect balance for a marriage of masculine and feminine colors.  Make your ceremony crisp and clean with precise balances of these two shades or feel free to accentuate using other complimentary colors with verdent greenery, neutral wooden ornaments, golden table accents, or even red roses in your bouquets!  The possibilities are endless to take this inspiration and make it all your own!

Each season will bring new ideas on styling these classic colors, from the pastels of spring to adding pops of bold color to mix with in summer, to the transition to understated neutrals in fall and winter.  We can’t wait to see a regeneration of all-new ideas and themes for 2016!

Which of these areas are you most likely to try the Colors of the Year?  Do you have any particular favorite stylings?

 

writer~ A note from the author: Are you enjoying this 2016’s Colors of the Year?  Each individual has their own palettes and hues that captivate them, and my anticipation grows each year to see what Pantone might suggest as the new color for inspired experimentation!  Not every year promises a shade that we gravitate towards, but the mission of forcing our minds to quite literally “color outside” of the box is always accomplished.  I hope that you find wonderful ways to make these colors work for you.  Go color your world!

 

 

24
Feb

5 Spring Fashion Trends To Inspire You In 2016

 

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I don’t know about you, but I have approached fashion trend reports with more than a little caution – and for good reason!  To be honest, I don’t like to be told what to do when it comes to fashion (okay, maybe when it comes to life in general, too).  Perhaps you’re like me and your rebel streak comes out when someone tries to dictate your wardrobe.  Excuse me, you don’t know my life!  This is especially frustrating when those orchestrating the trends are designing clothes for only one body type.  And frankly, it is unsettling when there is a mystery around what designs, silhouettes, and colors are going to trickle down from the runway or fashion blog.  No matter how high-end some try to make it look, let’s face it: some designs just don’t work for the everywoman!

However, as I began to study fashion in college and became more familiar with how to observe cohesive designs or predict coming trends, I became more comfortable with the idea of allowing these designs to inspire my own personal taste rather than brainwash me into “what’s hot” and what’s not.  Because each woman is different in her figure and in her personality, it is illogical to feel as though fashion bloggers and runway designers set unbreakable rules in place.  So instead of seeing these predictions as intimidating rules to live by, we are free to instead view them as assets in bringing refreshing new ideas to our own personal expressions of style.  Without further ado, we would like to reveal five upcoming trends from the runways and street style inspiration that you can make your own for spring 2016!

One: Flared denim

In fashion, the pendulum tends to swing from one extreme to the other within a period of time and brings refreshing differences from the way we have grown accustomed to styling our wardrobes.  For instance, skinny jeans have taken culture by storm and are here to stay as classic standards.  But this spring, it’s time to celebrate the pendulum’s swing to the other side and to break out the universally-flattering flare leg!  How this cut ever faded into the background is a mystery.  The slim design from thigh to mid-calf is accentuated with a tasteful flare that brings dimension and balance to your figure, and with high waists also enjoying some popularity, the combination gives you endless options to elongate your legs and flatter your shape.  Be sure to check out this how-to in selecting the best shoes to pair with this look!

 

Two: Ruffles

To be certain, this trend will be fun to watch as it is interpreted for a variety of styles from the dynamic and dramatic to the simple and feminine.  Although I have always been one to approach this style with hesitation, the variations in design for 2016 are eye-catching show stoppers, such as dainty ruffles on cap sleeves or flowing waves encircling maxi skirts.  In our boutique, we love this classic design from Mud Pie in lightweight chambray with fun ruffles on the neckline.  It’s perfectly suited to your work apparel or after-hours “playtime”!

 

Three: High Necklines

 The high neckline is coming back in a couple of different variations such as the Victorian-era fashions from the runways that feature delicate accents like ruffles and lace.  The ’90s are also inspiring a lot of high neck halters that we saw bring a more feminine appeal than the traditional open-neck halter.  We particularly love the high necklines in swimsuit designs for 2016!

 

Cut-out Shoulders

It’s time to break out the shoulder workouts this season because you might just be playing peekaboo with your sleeves!  The runways are featuring more fun and funky designs to reveal a little skin, but fashion bloggers and street style fashion photographers are capturing this look in a more relatable style with appealing designs.  We are seeing a lot of off-the-shoulder tops, but the most popular style is the cut-out sleeve that guarantees you’ll be comfortable in your own skin.  Enjoy showing a little shoulder as the temperature rises!

 

Wrap skirts 

The hallmark of any trend worth noticing is versatility, and the wrap skirt has such potential to transform your ability to mix and match.  Examples of this trend are all over the map from casual minis to dramatic, flowy maxis, but my personal favorite is the twist on the classy pencil skirt!  The midi length gives the wrap design a chance to spruce up office attire without risking wardrobe malfunctions, and the silhouette is stunning in solids or fun prints!

These are just a few ideas to kickstart your spring wardrobe inspiration!  Other honorable mentions for upcoming trends are:

What do you think of these looks?  Which ones would you try this season?  We would love to know your expert opinion!

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney:

Thanks for stopping by today for our spring trend forecast!  The study of fashion and culture is fascinating, and I love that we can recreate and inspire with such creativity even with our wardrobes.  I don’t know how I feel about the mule shoe trend, but I am personally very excited to pull my yellow cathead sneakers out again and flare leg jeans are my true love in denim 🙂  Be brave this year and do your thing with your favorite designs that you see!  As a wise lady, once said, “You do you, girl!”  Happy Wednesday, we will see you next week!

10
Feb

5 Refreshing Valentine’s Date Ideas

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I am going to let you in on a little secret… I actually despise traditional dates. There is just something about a dinner and a movie that gets under my skin and irks me. I tend find that I am happiest when I am doing something a little more exciting with my significant other. The issue with this is that often times I find myself struggling to think of fun and exciting date ideas that go beyond tradition. 

Over the past 4 years of dating, I have found that my absolute favorite dates are the ones that involve new experiences and giving back to others. I have compiled my top 5 dates to share with you today! 

Travel Somewhere New

Whether the destination be near or far the excitement of visiting somewhere new is by far one of the best feelings. You could stick close to home and visit a nearby town you have never found time to go to or even travel a few hours away and stay in a local Bed and Breakfast. With this date the possibilities are endless.

Take a Hike

As our pharmacists clearly stated on their Facebook page, nature is an essential “medication.” Taking a walk around your neighborhood, at a local trail, or at any state park can be a fun way to spend your afternoon with your significant other and get a bit of exercise in the process. 

Coffee Shop Hop

My personal favorite date involves excessive amounts of caffeine and calories. I absolutely love coffee shops (it may have something to do with working at one) and I love to frequent them as much as possible. Many times coffee shops will have local bands play which makes for a calming cheap date. Visit one shop and sip on a cappuccino while listening to the band before making your way to the next shop to hear another artist and indulge in a pastry. 

Play with the Puppies

Ever since I got my pup, Lilly, I have become an obsessive dog mom. I spend way too much time dreaming about saving all of the shelter dogs. Though I realize this is not possible, it is possible to bring a bit of joy to these puppies. Get together with your loved one and make a date our of visiting the shelter. Bring a few new toys along and stay for a while playing with the dogs currently awaiting adoption. 

Shop for Someone Else

Finally, one of the most rewarding dates I have been on involved my boyfriend and I going to Walmart and shopping for others. When we did this we were shopping for toys for Toys for Tots but there are so many other charities that could use the support. Imagine picking up dog toys and food for the shelter, canned goods for the food pantry, or essential items for the homeless shelter. Choose a charity near and dear to your heart and shop until you drop!

 

How do you plan to spend your Valentine’s Day? Tell me below in the comments!

3
Feb

Five Unusual Beauty Tips

 

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Five unusual tips for your beauty regimen

 

For some, beauty regimens mean tranquil time to themselves to think, relax, and creatively put themselves together each morning.  It’s a routine they wouldn’t miss for the world.  For others, a beauty regimen is a chore, a stressful configuration of what to use, when to use it, what to combine, and how to get it done efficiently.  There are numerous and helpful posts that will cater to either crowd to provide the best methods and the best products.  While we hope to share with you some of our favorites, today we would like to explore some more unusual and broader tips for experimentation within your lifestyle and your beauty repertoire! 

Experiment One: Give the understudy a chance

We all have that one feature that we are more confident about or at least we are more comfortable in our ability to enhance with makeup and beauty products.  This feature is the star of the show, so to speak.  Maybe it’s your luscious hair, your stunning eyes, or your enviable jawline.  But what if you devoted some time to highlighting a different feature?  (Give yourself a challenge and select the area you feel the least confident about!)  Learn about your features and what makes them distinct like the shape, color, or size.  Then, look up tutorials on different ways to give those areas some love!  If you’ve got the perfect pout, you probably rock red lipstick every day.  But what about your cheekbones?  Put the red lip pout in time-out and draw the eyes up toward your cheekbones with some bronzing powder or dewy blush mousse!  Do you have gorgeous eyes but your skin could use some TLC?  Research or ask a consultant for an accurate match to your complexion and find the best product that gives you illuminating coverage.  And do yourself the favor of drinking water and eating fruits to give your skin a rejuvenated glow!  Highlighting other features will provide you with more wonderful options for different daytime and evening looks!  If you’re looking for some insight on good products or for tutorials on new ways to enhance your features, check out one of my favorite resources at Beauty and the Boutique for wonderful step-by-step educational videos!

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Experiment Two: Be a relationship revolutionary

How much of our time on our devices is spent looking at ways we could look better, feel better, do better?  Try putting aside the time you might be spending on your phone so that you can engage with people.  Make an effort to circumvent the small chat and even avoid discussions centered around what you saw online, if possible.  Think of questions that you’ve really wondered about and instead, wonder aloud!  Finally mentioning those thoughts that you believe only you think of might generate some lively and bonding conversation.  Instead of using the same stale questions of  “where are you from?” or “what did you study in college?”, ask others questions that you truly want to know the answer to.  Think of what you might like to be asked and then offer those questions to invite personable dialogue!  Engaging the people around you in the human experience together will challenge you, validate you, and encourage you and those with whom you spend that time!  And when less trivial matters are finally not the order of discussion, personal characteristics like empathy and insight and even some shared laughter will lift your spirit above the things that make you self-aware.  If we don’t want to be judged as books by their covers, we must offer more interesting conversation than simple book title-length sentences.

 

Experiment Three – Shop deliberately for quality clothing

Too many of us have bought a garment too soon due to pressure, cultural dictations, or our own curiosity that made it seem like a good idea at the time!  But now that it’s out of the store and in the closet, that budding shopping romance has come to a cold and bitter end.  What if we experimented with shopping more thoughtfully and learned to avoid buying cheap, poorly constructed garments?  In order to shop deliberately, make a list of your closet essentials and then add the silhouettes you know that you like or that aren’t the most flattering to your build.  (For me, capris and patterned bottoms are a no-no, but cargo jeans or fit-and-flare dresses are welcomed in my closets!) Then with patience and a discerning eye, shop with deliberate knowledge of what you need from clothing lines that provide high quality fabric and construction.  Your patience will literally pay off as you invest in garments that are well-made, long-lasting, and complementing to your body.  At Walker Boutique, we enjoy providing collections with fine, tailored construction and quality fabrics such as Mud Pie and TYLER BÖE that will give you your money’s worth in quality and items with a long life of use!  One of my favorites in Mud Pie’s spring line is our  Marley shirtdress in chambray with a charming tie waist and figure-flattering button-up silhouette!

 

Experiment Four: Go to bed thirty minutes earlier

Getting more rest isn’t as unusual a tip and it seems like a no-brainer for health and beauty reasons.  And yet, we STILL don’t do it, do we?  We know it’s better for our bodies, and we know that when we are well-rested, we look and feel more relaxed, confident, and beautiful.  So quit the excuses, Sweetheart!  🙂  Reevaluate and carve out thirty minutes of your time that you may be subconsciously spending in unnecessary areas that are taking away those healthy benefits.  Just for a week, go to bed thirty minutes earlier than normal and see how you feel in the mornings!  This may be more difficult for night owls, but make the decision to power down around 8:30 or 9 in the evening and get in the bed by 10.  Those hours of sleep before midnight are as restorative to your body as all the other hours after midnight combined, so give your brain and body the chance to experience this kind of rest!  Soon you’ll begin to notice the small changes that result in a more rested you and you will have the renewed energy and interest in dressing yourself, as well as the confidence to try new things.

Experiment Five: Try ten new things in a year

Women feel most confident and beautiful not when they spend five hours getting their hair and makeup just right but when they are doing an activity that loosens the bonds on the real woman within.  Numerous red carpet celebrities have been quoted saying that they feel most beautiful when they are doing something they love; why can’t that be true for you, too?  Take the time for a mini-vacation or even a day-trip adventure, get your hands dirty in the yard or garden, volunteer for your favorite local charity, play paintball, or sign up for dancing lessons!  Dancing especially has a unique way of allowing you to express emotions that can’t be put into words.  In the privacy of home, search YouTube to try the fiery flamenco or the spirited lindy hop to loosen up and let your hair down!  Whatever activity you choose, just take the risk to enjoy anything that requires an adventurous spirit and not a stitch of makeup!  Giving yourself – and your face – a break from the routine will provide the chance to get reacquainted with the true you and the reasons you should love that person within.

Some of these ideas may seem unorthodox for incorporating into a beauty regimen, but it’s so important to remember that beauty doesn’t come from a jar or a contour kit!  Beauty comes from the person you are, and it would be a tragic shame to let the world’s expectations or dictations squelch all that you are or prevent you from taking care of yourself, body and soul.  We hope that you will try at least one experiment for just a month and see what a difference it makes both in your appearance and more importantly, your spirit.  Until next Wednesday, Beautiful! 😉

 

~ A note from Sydney:  Thank you, dear Reader, for coming to visit with us again!  We are eager to learn more about how we can serve our customers in lasting ways and to know what matters to you.  I invite you to please do us the honor of sharing with us by your comments, emails, or posts on any of our social media any questions or comments you may have for us!  Is there a line you wish we would carry?  Do you have questions about weddings, fashion, home decor, or lifestyle interests?  We are here to listen to what you have to say, and it would be the greatest pleasure to hear from you!  Please comment below and be on the lookout for upcoming newsletters and voluntary surveys if you are interested in providing customer feedback!  Until next time, Happy Wednesday!

 

27
Jan

Tips for Staying on Top During Flu Season

 

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By now you are already sick or know someone who is coming down with a cold. Once again, it is that time of year. The time when sniffy noses and cold chills begin to take over our bodies as we succumb to none other than the flu. At Walker Pharmacy and Boutique we take health very seriously. What can we say? It’s in our genes.

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4 Sources of Inspiration: A Collection of Our Favorite Blogs and Websites

 

The Internet is saturated with information, a zillion different blogs, and Pinterest categories that we try to wade through to find the inspiration and knowledge that we seek.  With all the information out there to wade through and our limited time to read it all, how can we decide where to find the best information?  Tutorials – which are the most effective?  Recipes – whose are the tastiest?  Editorials – who is telling the truth?  The best resource providers and bloggers out there are going to give you the best quality of information that they know how to provide.  You should be able to visit and come away feeling more encouraged, more inspired, more knowledgeable, or more introspective than before.  So today, we are bringing you a round up of some of the best resources out there for you to add to your inspiration repertoire!  From beauty to design to lifestyle, we are showcasing the best business owners and designers in their respective fields!

4 Sources of Inspiration

Katie. Brittany Jepsen. Dale Partridge. Lauren Hooker.

Beauty & the Boutique – British stylist and makeup artist simply known on her site as “Katie” founded this site where you can find all manner of beauty and styling tips, tricks, and information in her video tutorials.  As one who struggled with confidence in the area of beauty products, Katie founded her site to share her victory over self-esteem struggles.  Now a very successful makeup artist, she can give you all the inside information about the easy and inexpensive ways to reveal your natural beauty and personal style!  Some of our favorite videos are The Right Way To Apply Eyeliner For Your Eye ShapeOne Genius Way To Inspire Every Outfit, and How To Layer Your Tops Like Never Before!

Elle & Co. Design – Graphic designer and entrepreneur Lauren Hooker devotes her time and business to helping “other creative business owners through designing their brands, offering e-courses, and sharing tips and insights” on her blog.  This brilliant lady possesses a unique belief that a business owner doesn’t have to hide her secrets of success, but can become successful as a resource to help others achieve their dreams, even if they become competitors in her own field.  You will find in her an inexhaustible wealth of information for how to run your beautifully designed business or blog in a successful and distinct way.  She is the embodiment of what Zig Ziglar meant when he said, “Stop selling.  Start helping.”  Check out her amazing blog here and don’t miss her offered courses in Adobe Illustrator and more! 

The House That Lars Built – Interior designer Brittany Jepsen has turned her degree in design into a successful and gorgeous platform where she shares her latest creations, collaborations with other artists, and DIY projects.  I discovered her on Pinterest and had to control my temptation to spend twelve or more hours just looking at her innovative, bright, and cheerful ideas! Follow this link to print her beautiful floral (and FREE) 2016 calendar!

The Daily Positive – Entrepreneur Dale Partridge founded this source of daily encouragement and thought-provoking challenges after his own struggle with anxiety.  In keeping with his mission for starting this site, each article will provide you with the reminder you need to daily “live a life of purpose.”  From How To Become A Millionaire By 30 to 3 Hard Truths About Liars to How The Most Mature People Create Meaningful Relationships, this site endeavors to help you stand all the way up into the person you were meant to be by delivering articles of hard truths and sound wisdom.  It’s more than just a database of motivational quotes; you can find deep encouragement of substance in Health, Relationships, Business, Leadership, Faith, and Culture in daily doses that give your mind just enough to chew on and become inspired!  Check out one of my favorite infographics from their post on How To Become A Morning Person And Love It to help you kick-start your productivity!

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Take Back Your Mornings

 

~ A note from the author, Sydney: One of my favorite quotes is from entrepreneur Dale Partridge: “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”  Isn’t that so true today?  With an infinity of information at our fingertips, we live in a constant state of needing inspiration, direction, motivation, or knowledge; but our time – and attention spans – are so limited.  I hope that today’s post provided you with time well-spent discovering meaningful resources that will encourage you and challenge you to live the life to which you are called and to chase after the dream that ignites a fire in your bones!  As Zig Ziglar said, “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”  Now go – take a hold of that dream!  We’ll see you next week!