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NO SHAVE NOVEMBER?

It’s inevitable! For most women, hair removal is part of our everyday routine. Tweezing, shaving, waxing, the methods may actually vary for different areas of our body.

But does no shave November also apply to women? Okay, okay… Maybe it sounds like I’m about to cause an upheaval and empower women to embrace their fur. Trust me, that’s not my plan. Ew!

But I must admit, I’ve always been a little envious of the fact that men don’t have to shave their legs. I guess as a girl, society expects you to always be hair free. And while shaving your legs seemed like the coolest thing ever in sixth grade, nowadays I dread it. The reality is that the older you get the less exciting it becomes. Now I see it as more of a chore. Don’t you?

For a really long time, I contemplated the idea of laser hair removal. But I was too cheap to go to a spa and commit to buying a package, so instead I tried an at-home-equipment. I researched these gadgets like a mad woman and after finally committing to one and using it a few times, I wasn’t impressed.

Having already embarked on a mission to be hair-free, I jumped on the bandwagon and finally committed to an actual package at Touch Laser Med Spa.  I started with my full bikini and then decided to also include my legs. After just one session, I saw about 70% less hair growth.Zara_Tank_Old Navy_Shorts_ootd) (13)Zara_Tank_Old Navy_Shorts_ootd) (7)
Touch uses The Candela GentleYAG® laser system which is top-of-the-line equipment. It requires no gel and is safe for all skin types. According to experts, “The infrared laser delivers invisible energy deep into the skin. By heating its targets slowly, it is very effective and safe. This is especially true for darker skinned individuals who would not normally be candidates for laser procedures.”

So far, I’ve only had two session and it has proven to be extremely effective. I’m a fan. No-shave November, I’m ready for you!

Ready to give laser hair removal a try? If you live in Miami or even Peru, give Touch Laser Med Spa a call and book your appointment. Use the code FLAIRMIAMI and get 20% off any procedure.

Before your visit, make sure to limit plucking and waxing for about 5-6 weeks before the treatment. Waxing and plucking temporarily removes the root of the hair, which is something to avoid since the laser actually targets the root. Also avoid sun exposure both before and after the treatment — sun exposure makes the process less effective.

Does it hurt? Hmmm. The pain varies but I’d describe it as small flicks on your skin. It’s not bad and it sure beats waxing. (That hurts like hell.) The first session is a little more painful than the rest, but afterward it’s smooth sailing.


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Just a few weeks ago on September 6, Miguel and I had the privilege of celebrating our seven year anniversary.

To celebrate and enjoy our last days of summer, we booked a last minute weekend getaway to New Smyrna Beach. The change of scenery helped us reflect on our personal journey and on marriage — our adventure of love.

 

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However, with hurricane season upon us our getaway was delayed a week due to Tropical Storm Erika. If you are a Floridian, you know all too well how we prepare for storms around here. Sometimes, we rush to the stores and raid the canned goods, water and battery isles — while other times we just kick-back and bring out the board games as we wait for the storm to pass through. Let me tell you from experience, being prepared for a storm before it hits is always the wiser choice.

But in our day-to-day, how do we prepare for the storms of life? Because one of the things that what we’ve learned while being married is that every marriage is an adventure in adversity.

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What exactly am I talking about? Well, a few weeks back, Miguel and I attended Christ Journey Church as we normally do. Actually, it was just a couple of weeks before our anniversary that we heard this life-changing sermon on marriage. In this message, Pastor Bill White shared some of the most practical marriage advice we’ve heard in a while. It was note worthy, applicable and definitely worth sharing. The message was so helpful that I had to ask our pastor if I could share it with you. Here’s what I learned…

See in Ecclesiastes 4:12 it says “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.” In the past I’ve heard teachers refer to that cord/strand as you, God and your significant other. And if you kept God at the center, that strand would withstand adversity. Though that concept still remains, our pastor dove a little deeper by also teaching about the three different types of love that can be found in Scriptures. Philia love – a friendly brotherly love. Eros love – an erotic love with physical desire and longing. And Agape love – an unconditional, abounding love. The combination of those three creating a storm-ready “not easily broken” marriage.

Marriage is a commitment of love and a promise to persevere even when times get hard — because as we know, hard times will come. In fact according to NY best-selling authors Dr. Les and Leslie Parrot, the average couple has 312 fights a year. (312?!? Yikes.) These fights can come from unspoken expectations (including money, sex, power), lack of communication, external circumstances (job loss, in-laws, kids) or past influences and/or experiences.

So what makes a strong marriage?

  • A strong marriage creates an emotionally safe environment. Philia love.
    It offers the safety of emotional friendship. It is a place where you feel loved, heard and are never judged.
  • A strong marriage is volitional and secure. Agape love.
    It consists of a strong willful commitment to make it work and make it fun. One feels safe knowing that your spouse is in it for the long haul.
  • A strong marriage is physically sensual. Eros love.
    It is a love that says I am all in with all of me.  You desire each other and are generous to one another sexually.

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Simply knowing all these things may help your marriage, but true change really comes down to action. So what can you do to better your marriage? Here are a few practical steps to help you cover the basics:

  1. Tend to your relationship with God. Because He is the source of unconditional love and forgiveness.
  2. Make time every day to connect with your spouse. Look and listen to each other and share an emotional connection. (Miguel and I call it our happy and crappy time. It is a time where we share the crappy and happy part of our days.)
  3. Make time every week to be together. Set a date-night and make it a priority. Not sure what to do? Make a list of favorite things to do (go on a bike-ride, take a walk, go to the movies). We’re foodies so we recently started a must-try restaurant list.
  4. Give each other a token of love every month. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Think flowers, a card, chocolates, a hand-written love letter, anything.  And don’t wait for an anniversary!
  5. Have a change of scenery or plan a getaway every quarter. It is not only refreshing, but in some circumstances it can allow you to talk and focus on things you otherwise wouldn’t have time for.
  6. Be generous to each other sexually. Don’t neglect your physical relationship. Enjoy each other and love each other fully!


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No marriage is perfect and our relationship is definitely not the exception. Through this post I am by no means trying to portray a perfect marriage. In fact, everything that I’ve just shared with you, Miguel and I are learning to put into practice ourselves.

In fact, if you personally know us, you also know that we’ve had a fair share of ups-and-downs, because again — no marriage is perfect. (If anybody tells you otherwise, find new friends. Ha!) The positive side to it all is that good habits build a healthy marriage. With time and by God’s grace we learn that in order for a marriage to withstand adversity we must first surrender it to God and then do everything we can to tend to it with our time, energy, money and full devotion.

Are you in a storm right now? Don’t quit. Fight for love. Because a wise friend once said, “Sometimes setbacks can be setups to something even greater!”

PS: Still have questions? Feel free to let me know if I can be of any help to you in this topic. I love praying for my married friends and I get so excited to see God’s hand in every circumstance — good and bad.

PSS: If you and your significant other want to have matching three-o-fab tees like us. (305 /30fab get it?) Use the code FLAIRBESTIES at checkout and get a 20% off discount!

I know what you’re thinking, school is back in session and that must mean that summer is officially over!

Allow me to give you a small glimmer of hope… Summer is still here! And though we may very well be entering its last days, you technically still have till September 23 till Fall officially begins.

So why not make the best of it? Here are 6 ways to enjoy the last days of summer:

  1. Soak up the sun and spend some time outdoors. I know the sun isn’t everyone’s best friend, but a little vitamin D can actually be good for you. Pick a good book and plop down on the beach, or at a park. You’ll be glad you did.
  2. Book a last minute weekend getaway. I’m sure that traveling is easier when the kids are out of school. But did you know that it’s also more expensive? Rates tend to go down a bit once the kiddos are back in session. I know it’s easy to let busyness get the best of us, but don’t let it! Weekends are meant for rest and relaxation not errands. Go ahead, seize the weekend and book a quick and easy vacation. Maybe you can even make it a road trip?
  3. Watch a sunrise/sunset and snap a few pics. What it is about pink and orange skies that make them so refreshing and breathtaking? Maybe the fact that no human will ever have the power and ability to replicate them? The sky is God’s perfect canvas, so pick a time and day to just admire God’s perfection and His wonderful creation.
  4. Make your favorite summer recipe. Think back to your childhood days… What did you love making? Did something come to mind? Whether it’s a homemade ice cream or your favorite smoothie. Replicate it and sit back and enjoy.  Growing up, my sister and I loved making a no-bake strawberry mousse pie. Maybe I’ll make it and share the recipe soon.
  5. Have lunch outdoors and take a walk. A good meal is always a good mood booster, pair it with a pretty day and a breezy walk outdoors and you’re set.
  6. Wear something bold! Whether its a citrus lime or a bold blue, wear something that pops. Bold colors, patterns and necklaces are perfect for the summer.

This weekend, the hubby and I got started on our list. We had an outdoor brunch and enjoyed a walk around our neighborhood. Oh and I kind of did #6, I wore an awesome bold statement necklace from our friends at Happiness Boutique. (PS: They offer free shipping world-wide!)

How will you seize the last days of summer?

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ONE OF THE GUYS

If I were a guy, I’d be one tiny little fella… It’s a little comical to even think of it honestly. Me as a man?

Well, this past weekend I was kind of “one of the guys”, a few of our friends came over and we hung out at the beach. I basked under the sun next to my hubby, while the other fellas scoped out their surroundings. It was quite humorous actually, hearing their conversations and comments.

Anyway, Tyler one of our friends whom you’ll get to meet in this post, was asked by a random dude if his physique “was natural”. It was such an odd question, that I thought it deserved a post in itself.

Tyler, spent 6.5 years on active duty as a Naval Officer, he has always enjoyed challenging himself mentally and physically through rigorous workouts. And he explained to us that his physique comes through hard training.  This rigorous training served him well while being deployed in Iraq with the 101st Airborne — and throughout his time in the military.  Now, it is basically just a part of life as it is something he enjoys.

Wanting to push your body to the limits? Here’s the brutal recommended workout. It’s 30Fab approved!

The Murph Workout

Do this as fast as you can. Pull-ups can be modified if needed. And if you’ve killed this workout and want to increase your endurance, you can add a 20lb vest.

The exercises in this workout aren’t anything you haven’t heard of before. But it was named The Murph after a great American veteran, LT Michael Murphy, who was killed while serving in Afghanistan. It was one of his favorite workouts. He called it the “Body Armor.”

Ready to give it a try? Be sure to get a good stretch before and after!
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The end of summer is near, and that means that fall is fast approaching! But let’s face it, Miami sun is here to stay (whether we like it or not) and though enjoying the beach all year long has its perks, it also has it’s downfalls. Sun damage. So, how do locals prevent sunburns and wrinkles?

Flair Miami got the scoop from renowned dermatologist, Leyda Elizabeth Bowes M.D and she’s giving us some great insight.
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Q&A with Dr. Bowes
1. With Fall around the corner, should climate and weather affect our skin care regimen? If so, how?

You should always pay attention to how your skin reacts to the climate change since not everyone’s skin reacts the same way. In most cases, the skin can become dry in cooler months and oily in warm weather.

To help you deal with Miami’s heat and humidity, I recommend using a wipe and cleanser to be sure you are cleaning all the oil off your skin. The new Neutrogena Double Cleansing method is absolutely perfect for this because it’s not only a new technique, but a better one! Use the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, followed by the Deep Clean Gentle Scrub.

2. SPF. SPF. SPF. We hear about it all the time, but what does it stand for and what is the right amount to use?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor.

An SPF of 30 is the minimum SPF required when directly exposed to the sun. For daily use, I like the Neutrogena Ultra Sheer line because it’s lightweight and goes great under makeup. For those who like to engage in athletic activities or outdoor exercise, I recommend Neutrogena’s NEW CoolDry Sport Sunscreen with micromesh technology that allows sweat to pass through and evaporate away while providing durable protection. It’s a great option for our fitness-fanatics!

It is recommended to use one ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass, to cover the exposed areas of your body. Adjust the amount according to the size of your body.

Good thing the City of Miami Beach and Mount Sinai Medical Center placed 50 sunscreen dispensers near beach entrances to promote a safer and healthier community.

Sunblock Miami beach Miami Pics-123. What’s the best way to treat sun damage? And is there a difference between freckles and brown spots?

There are many ways to treat sun damaged skin. Simple steps you can do at home include exfoliating in order to smooth your skin and remove the extra layers of dead cells. Next, you must take care of those dark spots. It’s important to incorporate skin care products with antioxidants (vitamin C and E) and retinol to rejuvenate your skin to help reduce signs of sun damage and keep your skin looking its best. Neutrogena® Rapid Tone Repair Dark Spot Corrector is formulated with Accelerated Retinol SA and works to continuously renew the skin. It also contains vitamin C to help diminish the look of dark spots and discoloration for a brighter, more even skin tone.

The main difference between freckles and dark or brown spots is the age of the person and the size and location of the spots. Freckles are small, can appear anywhere and are directly attributed to sun exposure, although they can also be inherited. Freckles can appear on anyone of any age, especially children. Dark spots on the other hand, are not hereditary, tend to develop on the hands and face, can also be larger in size and begin to be noticed in middle age.
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4. Now, let’s talk about fine lines and wrinkles. We all hate those, what causes them and can they be avoided?

The number one cause of wrinkles is the sun. Avoid it as much as you can, always using precautions to avoid sun damage such as wearing sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. Don’t forget to use a daily moisturizer. Skin that is hydrated looks better, so lines and creases are less noticeable. And again, using a daily retinol cream is essential to correct the signs of aging skin and eliminate fine lines. Another important component in anti-aging creams is Vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant that protects the skin against damage and aging caused by free radicals.

5. Best recommended morning and night regimen. Go!

CLEANSE, MOISTURIZE and PROTECT.

In the mornings, I recommend cleansing the face and using a moisturizer with anti-oxidants such as vitamin C in order to prevent damage caused by free radicals that can deteriorate the skin. After the moisturizer, you should always apply sunscreen with broad spectrum protection in order to help prevent sun damage from UV rays causing premature wrinkles and dark spots.

At nighttime, it is very important to remove your makeup as well as all of the dirt and impurities. The new Neutrogena Ultra-Light Cleansing Oil removes 99% of dirt, oil and makeup even waterproof mascara; it provides an effective clean for soft, healthy looking skin.

6. Any last words of wisdom?

It is a common misconception that since most Hispanics have a darker skin tone, it is not necessary to use sunscreen. No matter your skin tone, daily use of sunscreen is essential to not only protect your skin from the sun but also to help prevent wrinkles or even worse, skin cancer. Always apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun, covering all areas of the skin that will be exposed to the sun, including the ears and neck.

Okay, Miami. You’ve got the low down on how to keep your skin healthy and bright, now you may roam freely. Enjoy the next few days of Summer and remember to try to stay under the shade!Miami Pics-16Miami Pics-6

BELLATONE

It seems that nowadays everyone loves dancing and exercising at the same time … We workouts like Vixen, Zumba and even Reggae Fit Cized. The good thing is that 3 out of 4 of these dance workouts were originated here in our own Miami. Including a dance class Bellatone-fusion 30 min to help you get the bikini body you need in just a short time!

It is no surprise that people like Miami shake what mom gave them! ;) I included. Recently I started back to the gym, and although I love lifting weights, I also like taking breaks here and there with a couple of dance classes.

Well, last week, I had the privilege of going to Bellatone at Crunch Gym in Washington Avenue and it was all a blast! Imagine a mix between Shakira and the Latin flavor of salsa … That’s Bellatone. Inspired by dance and traditional belly-dancing salsa moves – the combination is perfect for curing the body.

You’re not doing twerking the public? Do not worry, no twerking involved. (At least, not in the class fuy.) But if you’re a little introverted and prefer to exercise in the comfort of your home, now you can try CrunchLive.com, register and get unlimited access to more than 70 training sessions line – all the popular classes including Bellatone Crunch.

Also, as reader Miami Flair and The Miamian, you can get a free trial of 7 days. Be sure to use the code Flair7 and Kamila Cardenas, Miami superstar interpreter will join with you anywhere, anytime on a screen nearby. ;)

Glowing flawless skin, everybody wants it… More than a having a chic outfit, or wearing the latest make-up trend — gorgeous, flawless skin is very much coveted. And these days, there are so many different articles, magazines and sources that tell us how to achieve a healthy and youthful glow. But, is it just me, or do these methods and steps to healthy skin constantly change? As a consumer, it seems like the more I read, the more overwhelmed with information I become. I just want clear and concise steps to achieve a natural healthy glow.  Skin varies and changes with age, weather, and complexions, and it’s important to know your skin type and care for it accordingly. I personally, haven’t always cared for my skin adequately. But, as soon as I said goodbye to my 20’s, I realized that having a healthy skin regimen is a must. So, here are 5 easy steps to healthy skin:

    1. Wear SPF daily. Even on rainy days. Sun-damage is hard to reverse, therefore, avoid being under the sun between 10a-2p. If you must sun-bathe (as I often do), make sure that you re-apply your sunscreen and that your sun-block is no lower than SPF 15 . Also, be sure that your SPF is labeled “broad-spetrum”, meaning that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. (If you plan on being outdoors for several hours, re-apply every 2-3 hours.) I wear Neutrogena’s Visibly Even Daily Moisturizer.
    2. Have a simple cleansing routine. Washing your face is a simple task, but it is extremely important and beneficial. I recommend washing it once in the morning, and once more before going to bed. Throughout the day, your face is subjected to dirt, debri, bacteria and pollutants. Daily removal of such impurities is crucial to having healthy skin. I recommend any of the Neutrogena Naturals line, because they gently cleanses without the use of harsh chemicals, sulfates or paragons.
    3. Exfoliate the skin regularly. Through exfoliation you remove dead-skin cells and reveal new skin underneath.  Exfoliation can be done professionally both mechanically and chemically, but it can also be done at home. When old skin begins to layer on your face, skin starts to look dull and dry. Removing the old skin and allowing the new skin to regenerate will guarantee healthier and younger looking skin. I exfoliate once a week with a homemade coconut oil scrub.
    4. Use anti-oxidants and serums. The biggest difference between serums and creams, is that serums penetrate the skin faster and deeper. They have a higher concentration of anti-aging/hydrating ingredients without the use of extra fluids. However, it is really the active ingredients that defines the serum. Antioxidant rich serums (such as those rich in Vitamin C) tend to work well at preventing oxidative strain from pollution and UV radiation that we are all exposed to during the day, making them ideal for application under a sunscreen in the morning. These multifunctional serums work to protect the skin as well as improve the evenness of the skin tone and reduce the number and depth of facial wrinkles,” says Dermatologist Dr. Adam Geyer.  I use the Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C that provides me with the right amount of antioxidants and retinol, giving my skin a luminous and brighter feel. (Purchase it using the code SAVERTC and get 20% off.)
    5. Hydrate, moisturize, hydrate. Proper hydration is crucial for a healthy glow. Not only does your skin need to be properly hydrated, but so does your entire body. If your skin is dry/flacky, it is a clear sign that your body longs for hydration and moisturizer. Dry skin is more prone to wrinkles and loses its elasticity faster. Therefore, drinking water and moisturizing your skin (even if you have oily skin) will help fight wrinkles and seal in the moisture. Find the right moisturizer for you…. I’m still in the hunt for a good one. I recommend that you moisturize, twice a day everyday!

Note: I am by no means a skin expert or dermatologist, (I am just like you, learning through trial and error) but over the past few weeks a few of you have asked what I use on my skin on a regular basis. So, there you have it!

What products have you found that work for you?

Olive oil, argan oil, avocado oil, sesame oil… The options and choices for oils these days are endless. Plus, vegetable oil, and canola oil are so passé.

But, once in a while we get introduced to products that capture our attention and change our lives — oh, the endless ways to use coconut oil.

It’s no secret that coconut oil is all the rage, but what’s the big deal, really? And what can you actually use it for?

This household item is incredibly versatile and can actually do some pretty amazing things. The best part is that it is affordable (I get mine from Trader Joe’s for $5.99) and can easily become an all-in-one staple product in any home.

Here are 10 easy ways to use coconut oil:

  1. Cooking. Known for being a great medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) coconut oil is perfect for cooking and frying at high-heats. Although high in saturated fat, coconut oil can withstand higher temperatures, allowing it to also keep its nutritional value.
  2. Moisturizing. Coconut oil is safe for all skin types, and easily penetrates the skin. Apply a thin layer to your skin for an anti-aging moisturizer filled with Vitamin E & antibacterial/antioxidant goodness.
  3. Coffee Creamer. Replace half and half, milk and creamers for a tablespoon of coconut oil. You’ll get just the right amount of flavor plus an extra boost of energy.
  4. Oil Pulling is a natural and traditional teeth whitening method. Place 1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil in your mouth, swish it around for 15-20 minutes, spit (into a trash can to avoid clogging), rinse and brush. Repeat daily, for about a month and over time, this will whiten your teeth, cleanse your gums and boost your oral health!
  5. Body Scrub. If you’re into DIY projects, coconut oil will be your new best friend. Mix 1/2 cup of coconut oil with 1/4 cup of granulated brown sugar, and you’ve got yourself the perfect homemade body scrub. For an added hint of scent, feel free to add some citrus zest or a few drops of essential oil.
  6. Deodorant. Let’s get real… Nobody wants body odor. But like many products and antipersiporants, the deodorant you buy at your local drug store is most likely filled with aluminum, parabens and a bunch of other junk that’s not good for you. But fear not, coconut oil, can satisfy all your armpit needs as it also kills off bacteria and yeast. All you need to make your own deaodorant is baking soda, root powder, and of course coconut oil. Here’s a great recipe you can follow.
  7. Hair Conditioning. Coconut oil also works as a great deep-conditioning treatment on either wet or dry hair, it’s 100% natural and free of silicones and other harsh chemicals that can damage your hair.  Just massage a few tablespoons to dry or damp hair, comb through hair from roots to ends, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes with a shower cap. For dry damaged hair, you may also sit under a dryer and apply low-heat.
  8. Lip balm and lip scrub. Dry chapped lips? You guessed it, dab a little coconut oil overnight and it does the trick. Flaky lips? Mix it with some sea salt for the perfect lip scrub.
  9. Shaving. Toss that shaving cream that leaves you all itchy and is overly scented, replace it with some good ol’ coconut oil. Rub a generous amount on your legs, shave and rinse. Once you’re done, you won’t even need to apply lotion.
  10. Eye make-up remover.  No rubbing or tugging required, coconut oil gently glides through your skin removing all the unwanted eye-makeup, all while moisturizing your skin.

Do you know of any other uses that I haven’t mentioned? Share them with us and let us know…

Working out isn’t always fun. But what if I told you that you can kick-start your fitness goals with a little fashionable ensemble? And, that it’s also a frugal find! Yep, I found (well, my dear friend Georgia told me about…) the perfect way to be both fashionable and fit, introducing, Fabletics an online retailer for affordable and chic workout apparel!

The company has been around for a little over a year, Fabletics is an online subscription retailer that offers men’s and women’s (fashionable and quality material) active-wear.

“With Fabletics, we want to create a community, a movement to help you live fit and achieve your passions…” says Hudson.

The rom-com celebrity is now also a savvy and empowering business owner and brand ambassador. Plus, when it comes to being fabulously fit, Kate Hudson sure does set the tone. As co-founder of the company, she is definitely a “fitspiration” to many.

With brands like Lululemon, Mondetta, and Athleta, regular athletic gear has now taken a turn from good ol’ tees and shorts — toward a more quality-fashion fitness apparel.

But, my favorite part of Fabletics is its flawless true-to-size fit. (You know, I have short-girl problems… And finding workout pants I don’t have to hem is a huge win!) The brand offers an array of size options and is comprised of the most high-performance, quality materials. Their prices are affordable and every month, members receive a brand-new personalized outfit curated by their stylists.

Oh, and did I mention it’s free to join? Check it out today!

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Let’s face it! We all have bad days. You know, days that you simply want to stay in bed and do nothing. Slowly but surely, reality sets in… The alarm goes off and it’s time to get up and get back to the daily grind. Though we are all entitled to a bad day, or two, there are a few healthy habits that can prevent these bad days from taking over our lives.

Lately, I’ve had some time to reflect/observe women that I admire and respect. I’ve come to realize that happiness doesn’t just happen, it’s a choice you make… A daily choice, you wake up and choose joy! Each and every day…

There are a few ways to choose happiness and prevent you from feeling like you’re in the dumps, here are 5 habits of a happy woman:

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  • Happy women deal with their emotions.
    Dealing with your emotions doesn’t mean sulking nor suppressing. Though setbacks come your way, happy healthy women know how to feel, deal and then let it be. Certain situations call for damage control, while others simple are what they are. Happy women don’t run away from feeling, instead, they deal with their pain, sorrow, or stress. And, it is because they’ve dealt and coped with their feelings (in a healthy manner, or with a counselor) that they are able to bounce back.

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  • Happy women count their blessings, not their burdens.
    Be thankful for what you have and you’ll find yourself complaining less and appreciating more. Negativity drains, while positivity and a grateful spirit fills the heart with joy.
    “…When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
    Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” – Johnson Oatman Jr.

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  • Happy women thrive in community with other women.
    As women, we are genetically-hard wired for relationships and friendships. According to a UCLA study on friendships, in a time of despair, women deal with stress differently than men, due to the oxytocyn levels that are released in our bloodstream. Men, tend to retrieve or fight back, while women, often seek comfort and affection. Kaplan’s study suggests that, “Friendships between women are special. They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marriage, and help us remember who we really are.”

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  • Happy women make time for a creative outlet.
    We’re all creative in some way, shape or form. Whether it’s drawing, crafting, cooking, writing, knitting, song-writing, you name it. The opportunities are endless, find your niche and set time for it. Not sure you’re creatively gifted? What do you enjoy doing? Just do more of that! Make time for yourself and thrive in it. Who says you have to be good at it? Just do it and have fun, I promise you’ll reap the emotional rewards anyway.

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  • Happy women give.
    You’ve heard it said, “it is better to give than to receive.” And, as much as I enjoy getting a good gift, I love even more the pleasure of giving and witnessing the reaction of the person receiving. The path to a happy life is regularly giving of your time, energy, love and resources. By giving and caring for one another we not only help humanity but it also helps our well being.

    Because after all, life isn’t just about surviving, it’s about THRIVING!

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    BETSEY JOHNSON sunnies
    THEORY jacket
    ZARA dress
    TORY BURCH sandals
    3.1 PHILLIP LIM x TARGET bag
    NECKLACE from a boutique in Spain

Last but not least, happiness often comes from treasuring great memories, and in honor of Flair Miami’s anniversary month,  we have yet another giveaway! Your very own styled and photographed session with Then-Gea Photography and FlairMiami. To enter the drawing, be sure to follow @Then-GeaPhotography and @VanniaEnriquez on Instagram and enter your information on the widget below, winners will be announced May 22!

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