For most women, a shoe obsession trumps any other item in the accessories universe. But for me, it’s always been bags. Give me a clutch over heels any day. And if it’s handmade of buttery leather, all the more enticing. And this is what makes K. slademade so delectable. Kelsea’s pieces are the staples every girl should keep at hand. They are chic, understated little luxuries made for day-to-day functional glam. Oh, and they can be monogrammed (swoon). I’m seriously eyeing the tip pouch in pink pastel, the Brooklyn foldover clutch in black with the blue zipper (!!), and the Heather crossbody in red poppy.
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It’s now been ten days since the official start of summer, which means we are only a couple of days away from the Fourth and what always feels like the real start of bathing suit season. Normally, this would be the time when I’d break into a bit of a panicked sweat, considering this curvy Cuban body doesn’t play nice with teeny bikinis. But today also makes ten weeks since Lucy was born. And pushing a small person out of your body tends to make you see it quite differently.
Granted, I still have my hangups and I know I have a long way to go in terms of personal goals. But I also understand that these bumps and curves are a little more pronounced because, well, I made a baby. And that’s pretty damn fantastic. So I’ll bask in this new self-confidence as long as I can and hope it lasts long enough to get me through bathing suit season (and the rest of the year in Miami). In the meantime, I’ve picked out some one-piece numbers that actually feel pretty sexy. Take a look and let me know what you think.
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Getting a massage is a good way to de-stress. Sometimes you just need a moment to yourself to relax and recuperate. But looking at the prices of most massages can put the stress right back into the process. It has long seemed that professional massages are a luxury reserved for the affluent. But this doesn’t have to be the case. There are ways to find professional massages at discounted prices that won’t raise your blood pressure. Here are three ideas for how to get a good massage for fairly cheap.
Look online at Groupon for discounts. Groupon.com offers discounts of up to 80 percent on all different kinds of massages. Whether you’re looking for Swedish, shiatsu, or deep tissue massages, there’s a good chance you’ll find one on Groupon. On their website they explain that all their discount massages are from carefully-chosen, reputable businesses, so you can be sure your massage will take place in a clean and comfortable environment.
Check out massage schools in your area. Students at most massage therapy schools are required to have a certain number of hours of hands-on experience. They usually have a student clinic where this takes place. They aren’t free, but the cost is much less expensive than your average massage. Check online at the school’s website for information about student massages, or, if you can’t find the information online, call the school and ask.
Try one of the increasing number of no-frills massage boutiques. Because of its popularity, massage parlors are popping up all over the place. Arthritis Today explains that now there are a number of new franchises that cater to those of more modest means. They offer 60 minute massages for around $40. This is an exceptional bargain for a good massage. The savings is due to the fact that these boutiques don’t spend as much time or money on the atmosphere and extras you’ll get at a spa. But the massage itself can be just as good, and that’s what you really want to spend your money on. Here are a few of these massage boutiques: Massage Envy, Massage Heights, LaVida Massage, and Zen Massage.
If you find yourself dealing with a lot of tension and stress, a massage might be just what you need to unwind. You may have always felt that this is a luxury you simply can’t afford. However, if you’re willing to look for deals, or get a massage in a no-frills environment, you can find your way to a soothing, relaxing and inexpensive massage.