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Why We Brunch: The social phenomenon of brunch & Why you shouldn’t skip

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

Podcast: Play in new windowSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | Stitcher | RSS | More everyone loves brunch Every time I meet someone new and we decide to make it official via swapping IG handles, mine gets a good reaction.  After typing in @neverskipbrunch to bring up my feed, there’s the inevitable, “What an awesome name,” “Oh my goodness I love that handle,” or “How did you come up with that, it’s amazing.” I always joke that I love snacks and sleeping in, and brunch lets me do both. While I don’t disagree that I’m pretty hilarious and my handle is indeed pretty witty, there’s something deeper going on here — it’s like we all love brunch. Seriously, brunch has gone from a hot weekend trend to a cultural staple in our society. With all the meals to meet for, coffee dates to have, or drinks to grab, why are there so many good feelings around brunch? Today, we dive into my favorite meal — and maybe yours — to discover the social phenomenon behind why we brunch. Brunch is inherently ❝ cheerful, sociable & enticing❞ – Brunch: a Plea The inventor of Brunch originally crafted the idea as a…

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Everything You Need to Know About the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

I t's almost time for the most important sale of the summer. If you don't know what I'm talking about, let me introduce you. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is so close - it starts July 12th! Why is this the only sale you should care about right now? Because it's oh so wonderful and instead of flipping through racks of picked-over pieces that are about to be out of season (aka left over summer styles) this sale is all about stocking up on some amazing fall pieces that are just now hitting stores.   Usually retailers put things on sale because they are going out of season or they haven't sold well. This is why sale racks usually don't have the good stuff. But this sale is different. This time they're putting merchandise that is just hitting racks on sale first, then raising the price back to normal once the sale is over. Psst...I'm hosting a $500 Nordstrom gift card giveaway that starts on July 11th and goes until the 17th - so if its then hop over to Instagram to find out how to enter. It will be on my feed and in my highlights. HOW TO GET EARLY…

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Summer Skincare Survival Guide

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

This post is in partnership with Alba Botanica. Summer Skincare H ello sunshine! It's almost time for days spent by the pool and weekends spent by the beach - preferably with a cocktail in hand. We're already all set with our swimsuit picks (HERE) and some adorable summer floral dress styles (HERE) - so now it's time to talk about some summer skincare.   We love summer, but with sunnier days and warmer weather bring a whole new set of skincare concerns. Here are some of the most common and some essential tips for combating them:   01. Restore Dry Skin Summer skin faces a different kind of dryness challenge than winter skin. In the winter, skin gets dried out due to chilly temps and dry air - but in the summer excessive sun and dehydration due to heat are the main culprits. You want to focus on deep moisture for your skin - which might seem counterintuitive since you might be feeling sweaty or have more oily skin than usual - but it's super important. Look for moisturizers that are light in texture but pack a punch. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid or aqua gels. While you might tend to want to…

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11 Flowy Floral Dress Styles Every Fashionista Needs for Summer

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

Flowy Summer Florals T he floral dress is an essential part of any fashionista's summer uniform. It's easy to know why: Floral dresses are fashion salads - all kinds of adorable trends all tossed together in a perfect and colorful combo. Some solid summer trends we're loving this season include sheer and translucent fabrics, lilac palettes, and ruffles. Pairing any of these with a floral print on one of the 11 styles below is a recipe for the perfect summer look. Time to cover 11 floral dress styles that are summer staples + over 30 picks for each style all under $100: 1. Bell Sleeves Bell sleeves bring the fun and drama to a sweet summery floral. They contrast well with a fitted sheath dress for a dramatic flair, but you can also find them on a light and flowy dress for a more boho vibe. This trend has stuck around since last year, and it's a perfect pick for an elevated floral dress, especially for a summer date night. Sleeves that hit above the wrist are ideal for a bell sleeve pick - and if you've ever tried to wash your hands in a bell sleeve ensemble you know why. 2. Cold Shoulder…

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Skincare Revamp: Daily + Weekly Routine

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

Let's get something clear...your skin. O k, I maybe can't clear your skin up completely, but I am going to share my daily and weekly skincare routine and why I do what I do. Hopefully, you will find some helpful tips to improve your routine, or maybe even adopt my whole thing if you are like I was a little bit ago and don't have a routine at all. P.S. If you want more skincare tips, you can see part 1 here and part 2 here Seriously, I was just winging it, occasionally finding time to wash my face and slather some creams. Then I decided that since this is not college anymore and I am full-time adulting, I needed to step up my game, do a little reading, and put together a consistent routine that worked for my skin. Well, after a while of trying different products and making some changes, here it is. MORNING ROUTINE EVENING ROUTINE WEEKLY ROUTINE MORNING T his is my morning skincare routine, including the products I use. I've been doing this whole thing for about a couple months now and I have already noticed a huge difference in my skin. 1. Cleanse Wait, I need to wash…

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How to pick the Perfect Gift // Open me when…

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

 The perfect gift Gifting is an art. And you might agree, but still find yourself scrambling to find the perfect gift, whether it's because you're totally short on ideas...or just really short on time. Gifting is something that almost no one is sunning at every time they find themselves wrapping up a present. What kind of giver are you? From thoughtful to funny, last minute to well-planned, everyone has their own kind of gifting style. Even if you love giving gifts or consider yourself great at it, sometimes you can find yourself drawing a blank as to what to give. Today I'm breaking down the art of gifting so that you will never be lost or rushing to find a last minute present. You've probably heard the saying, "The manner of giving is worth more than the gift." While it's probably a balance - the gift itself should have some purpose or intention behind it - in a sense, this saying is cliche but absolutely true. The art of gifting isn't just picking out an amazing gift, its creating an experience that conveys a feeling. How do you want your recipient to feel? This is the one and only starting…

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9 Habits to Nurture Your Creativity

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

Nurture Your Creativity. C reativity is more than just something we exercise via a hobby - creativity makes us feel alive. As we solve problems, find new connections between ideas, and generate new ones, we feel passionate, accomplished, and purposeful. But you already know how great creativity feels, you're here to find out how to get more of it. "The desire to create is one deepest yearnings of the human soul." - Dieter Uchtdorf   Ever feel like if you just had the recipe for the perfect cocktail of creativity you'd have the answer? Creativity can be hard to nail down, but here are some essential elements we know are part of the equation: The curiosity to explore and ask questions, mixed with the humility to know that you don't know everything, added into some mindfulness to be able to think about how to think, plus a little courage to take risks without fear of failure and question the way things are, and then a bit of action because your creativity can't be turned into innovation unless you do the work.   01. Let yourself play Y our creativity needs space to breathe, to experiment, and to try things out without…

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Suit up Beaches // 5 Perfect Summer Swimwear Trends

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

Sunshine on my mind. D ays are getting longer, temps are heating up and it's time to snag a perfect summer swimsuit. We're diving into some of my favorite swimwear trends to help you decide on the perfect suit. Summer swimwear trends have kind of become a tradition around here, since nothing puts you in a summer mood like suit shopping. But first, we can't talk about swimwear without talking about self-confidence. The truth is, the beginning of summer might bring up some negative feelings for you if you're feeling pressure to "loose the weight" or get your body "bikini ready." So if that's you, here are 5 things you need to hear before we can decide on what suit you're going to rock.   5 tips for bikini ready self-confidence: 1. Stop comparing. Stay focused on you. Comparison is bullshit. And it totally sucks. But it's also super easy to get sucked into. Sometimes avoiding comparison means doing it intentionally. When your mind starts wishing you had her ____, take that thought captive and delete it before you let it get to you. Confidence is not, "They will like me," it's "I'll be fine if they don't" 2. Let yourself…

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What the Ugly Duckling Can Teach Us About Modern Womanhood ?

816 1056 Kaylee // The Girl From Oklahoma

  a guest post by Kaylee Jones We all know the story of the ugly duckling. He grew up an outcast, because he looked different from his peers. However, after seeing his reflection in a pond one day, he realized he had never been a duckling at all; he was a swan who’d grown up judged by a duck standard of beauty. The story has been used as a parable to teach individuals to accept their own unique beauty, and by extension - themselves, in a world filled with subjective standards for both. I was your stereotypical ugly duckling. I had knobby knees, a bad haircut, and a wardrobe full of 90’s clothes. I grew up in a time before social media and makeup tutorials helped guide young girls through their awkward pubescent years.   My beauty routine consisted of Bon Bon lip glosses that looked like edible optical illusions, hair clips shaped like butterflies, and body glitter as an everyday accessory. There was no contouring. Highlighter was a utensil I used to study, not to accentuate my cheekbones. I crimped my hair, and I was proud. Feeling nostalgic? Stop. This wasn’t the theme of a party; it was our…

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What Kind of Yoga is Right for My Body?

816 1056 Nicole Morley // Nicole in Colour

   A guest post by Nicole Morley Last summer I went to my first Goat Yoga class. Yes Goat Yoga, you've heard of it right? It's where you go to a farm and the yoga teacher tries in vain to teach a gentle flow to distract you from the goats and sheep that just want to be your friend. I've been to yoga classes at breweries and wineries, I've done Yoga Nidra or sleeping yoga, I've taken Yin, Power, Hot, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and so many in between. There are a lot of different kinds of yoga now-a-days and it can be overwhelming if you're just starting out. How are you supposed to know what's right for your body and your fitness level? Let's start with an assessment. Do you feel really stressed out on a daily basis? Maybe you have super tight hamstrings and shoulders? Are you the kind of person that wants to sweat it out and be challenged, or are you more of a lay-on-my-mat-and-call-it-yoga type?      Picking the right yoga class is all about deciding what you need the most, and recognizing that what you need is going to change from day to day. Which of…

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4 Essential Steps to Self-Love

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

What does it mean to love yourself? Self-love is often used as a buzzword. We always hear quotes like "You can't truly love someone else unless you love yourself first." It's a concept that seems pretty big picture, its hard to understand how it fits into our everyday lives so we chalk it up to making time for bubble baths or making time for outward self-care, but its so much deeper than that. It's easy to understand why, Self love is f*cking hard. And it's not totally our fault, we live in a society where a message of "you're not enough" is projected more loudly and frequently than any voice that might whisper to tell us we're enough or absolutely worthy of love. No, I'm not a socially critical hippie, its an actual phenomenon.  Need some proof that we live in the opposite of a culture of self-love? Did you know about only 4% of women would call themselves beautiful?(1) That young girls are more afraid of being fat than getting cancer or loosing both their parents?(2) Or that self-esteem based on external sources is linked to major mental health consequences? (3) Those studies are devastating. It's not that we…

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The Power of Female Friendship

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

 Why are female friendships so hard? Supporting other women can be difficult. It's not our fault, from an early age we are trained to think being strong means going at it alone and our culture teaches us to be a little competitive towards other women. Whether it's the fact that Wonder Woman is a party of one, that every "girl squad" in any story throughout our childhood had one queen bee and a handful of obedient minions, or that internal motivation we seem to have to be the best, the prettiest, or the happiest girl in the room.  “Abandon the cultural myth that all female friendships must be bitchy, toxic, or competitive. This myth is like heels and purses — pretty but designed to slow women down.” ― Roxane Gay What's behind this? From a psychological perspective, an attractive, strong, and independent woman seems like she doesn't need the support of other women. Because of this, she is also likely not to invest in other "less strong" women. This means when a woman tries to promote herself or distinguish herself from others, she often seems like a "threat" and receives hostility from other women. She's not considered confident, strong, or willing…

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Tips for an Escape that Helps You Truly Recharge // Luxury Weekend Vail Getaway

816 1056 NEVER SKIP BRUNCH by Cara Newhart

A Getaway that Recharges Before we get to the Vail getaway details, first we need to re-shape the way you think about a getaway and talk about some tips for how to use your getaway to truly refresh. The goal of a getaway isn't just a gorgeous vacation, its taking a step back from  your daily life and schedule to give yourself space to be open to new experiences and ideas. An overly planned and perfectly scheduled vacation is rarely relaxing, but a getaway with minimal structure can be just what you need to shake off your stress and hit the reset button on your mindset. Take time to disconnect Use your getaway to unplug as much as possible. Whether this just means leaving your laptop at home or getting in just a little less screen time, take time to step back from your regular schedule and daily demands. This is especially important if you have a tendency to work or "catch up" on things over your weekend instead of relax. Don't underestimate the benefit of some screen free time. It can be a challenge to detach, but it's so worth it. Put in quality time A getaway is the…

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