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Up Your Wedding Guest Game With These Pieces

Finding wedding guest dresses that can impress other guests attending the big event can be difficult. If you’re not afraid to up the game on your wedding guest dresses, you might be able to stand out and really show off your unique and gorgeous style with ease.

Are there ways to find sustainable wedding guest dresses? Would it be worth it to show off with a pair of statement shoes? And how else might you be able to grab a little extra attention at the next wedding you’re attending? If you need a little assistance, allow me to point you in the right direction with a few useful tips and tricks.

Find Sustainable Wedding Guest Dresses

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If you want to make sure you don’t look like anyone else at the wedding, then don’t go to the same stores where everyone else is already shopping. Instead, try to find stores that make sustainability a priority and allow you to invest in pieces you’ll truly love.

Finding sustainable wedding guest dresses doesn’t have to be difficult, especially if you try looking in the right places. Some stores and online retailers put sustainability into their mission statement, meaning stores like Reformation are fantastic if you want to find dresses that are specially made and long-lasting. While you might expect to pay a little more at these locations, this is because you’re paying for improved quality that’s expected to last far longer than other clothing options. This will also encourage you to only select items you’ll really love wearing for a long time.

Alternatively, you can also go shopping in thrift stores. If you want to make this a bit more of a socially involved event, you certainly can. This is because going thrifting with your friends allows you to conduct a more thorough search of the entire establishment, get opinions on one another’s outfits, and share excitement about the fun styles and good deals. Going to a thrift store is a great way to ensure you’re not going to wear something that can be easily found off the rack in the mall, making it look more one-of-a-kind and unique.

Look Into Getting Statement Shoes

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While you think everyone might only be interested in your wedding guest dresses, it might be fun to look into letting another part of your outfit shine. Here, I’m talking about picking out shoes that are the centerpiece of your outfit at the wedding. Instead of picking the boring block heels in black or nude, it may not be a bad idea to find other footwear that takes on a bit more of the limelight.

While many people do not necessarily find this practical, it is possible for you to do this without ever wearing the shoes again. You can also find these shoes for pretty reasonable prices by going to online resellers or thrift stores with pretty good shoe selections. What might this look like for you?

Many people have been told to find shoes that work well with multiple outfits in their closets, and this often requires us to get footwear in neutral colors that are commonly thought to go with almost every color. And while this might be what your closet looks like, I’ll bet there are a few colors that are a bit more prominent than others. If you have a lot of purple in your wardrobe, try finding purple shoes you can wear with a lot of the items in your closet, for example.

Additionally, you can also find shoes that are in different shapes and have a non-traditional silhouette to them. Maybe this means, instead of finding block heels or stilettos, you find platform shoes, chunky boots, or other footwear that has fun accessories. What might these accessories be? Consider sequins, rhinestones, sparkles, spikes, tassels, feathers, velvet… almost anything you have the ability to imagine. Even if you get one of these in a neutral color, you’re sure to stand out whenever you wear them.

Focus on Your Makeup

If you don’t have the budget to get an all-new wardrobe for the wedding you’re attending, that’s okay! You can focus on the other aspects of your look instead. For example, you can choose to focus on your makeup look and have this be the eye-catching part of your outfit. Play with fun colors, add some sparkles, and go a little “extra” with your eyelashes. The point is not to be too traditional in your looks and really just allow a part of your look to stand out in the crowd.

Don’t Forget to Accessorize

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If you’re really trying to stand out, try not to forget about your accessories. What do I mean by this? Many wedding guests forget to add accessories to their wedding guest outfits, so adding a couple of necklaces or bracelets to your look just might make you look extremely well put together. You can do the same by picking out earrings or rings that go well with another part of your outfit, as well. You might even look to Reformation to find sustainable and gorgeous shoes.

Conclusion

If you’re looking to up your wedding guest game, the key takeaway is to avoid looking too traditional. Instead of pulling a look off the mannequin or off the shelf, make an effort to find pieces that make you look unique and well put together. Don’t be afraid to look different from everyone else, especially if you feel confident and know you look good.

Getting To Know oHHo

My longtime sponsor Jill Kay is a community builder with the new American based company oHHo. oHHo is a cannabis and botanical wellness company dedicated to bringing you Plants with Benefits™.  I have included a few common questions asked about oHHo products below for your reference and so you can see what all the hype is about. oHHo literally has a safe and effective product for everything: aches and pains, anxiety, sleeplessness, products for your pets and so much more. You can check out Jill’s page HERE and check out her best sellers. Also, check out Jill’s INSTAGRAM page for more helpful information about oHHo and its products! NS Lifestyles readers will enjoy 10% off all orders with code JILLKAY.

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What is CBD and what does it do?

CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol. It is a non-intoxicating natural compound extracted from the cannabis Sativa (hemp) plant. CBD and other cannabinoids fit receptors of the Endocannabinoid System helping optimize bodily functions. Genetics, brain chemistry & life experience influence individual benefits.

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Does CBD have any unwanted side effects?

Across a number of controlled & open lab trials of the potential therapeutic effects of CBD, it is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile. It is important to remember that CBD can affect everyone differently and what might happen for one person might not be the same for you. When you first start taking CBD, they recommend starting with a low dose and gradually building up.

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Is oHHo legal?

The 2018 Farm Bill made hemp-derived products federally legal across the whole of the United States. However, Arizona, Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota and Texas have not fully adopted this law change. Across the rest of the world, the legal landscape regarding CBD is rapidly evolving. It is recommend that everyone checks the status of laws surrounding CBD in the country to which they are traveling. Europe and the UK allow CBD with varying levels of THC content, while destinations in Asia and the Middle East, among others, continue to regard CBD as an illegal substance. Before traveling with oHHo, we strongly recommend checking the law and exercising discretion. For more information regarding domestic travel, click here.

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Is oHHo expensive?

They pack a lot of CBD into the bottles because they want customers to have plenty of doses. The oils come in different strengths. Each 15mL bottle contains between 50-75 effective 15mg doses and each 30mL bottle contains between 100-150 effective 15mg doses. They provide only the best possible artisanal and craft hemp extract grown in the best possible way, extracted cleanly and tested by independent laboratories every time.   But everyone is different and CBD affects everyone differently, so if you are not 100% satisfied with the product, they honor a full refund.

Something Gourmet for Your Furry Friend…

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How cute is today’s post? A few homemade dog treats that are fast and simple to make but your dogs will absolutely love.

Apple Cubes

2 apples

1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 cup non-fat yogurt

Cut apple into 4-5 pieces removing the core. Blend the apple slices, pumpkin, and yogurt until smooth. Pour the mixture into an ice cube tray and freeze for at least 6 hours. The result…a cool treat for your pup!!!

Banana Almond Snack

1 egg

1/3 banana

1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a sheet with parchment paper. Mash the banana, and add all
other ingredients until well blended. The dough will be thick and gooey. Drop dime-sized spoons of the mix onto your lined baking sheet, and place in the oven for 10 minutes, turning the pan halfway through. Make sure they cool before your pup enjoys a few!

Fruity Frosty Hearts

Watermelon

Raspberries

Yogurt

Mix all ingredients together with a fork until combined. Pour the mix into an ice tray or treat
a mold of your choice (I love the bone-shaped ones). Place in the freezer for at least 6 hours, and they’re ready to serve.

Happy 10 Year Anniversary To The J House!

 The J House Greenwich is thrilled to celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. After a decade of service as one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in Fairfield County, Connecticut, The J House is commemorating its success with new renovations slated for this year. These renovations will further enhance the existing hip vibe at The J House as a destination offering a contemporary and unique lifestyle experience. 

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Over the past decade, The J House has been a hotel of choice for some of the most distinguished travelers visiting the tri-state region. It remains the cool place to be seen, and it has welcomed countless celebrities and high-profile executives who relish its unique hip, fun vibe. The staff at The J House puts together some of the grandest events and celebrations in the region – including everything from weddings and anniversaries to corporate meetings and conferences, art events, and social get-togethers. The J House is also well known for its romance packages, girlfriend weekends, and staycations. 

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“Since 2012, The J House has offered an unmatched dimension of luxury and sophisticated service. Celebrating 10 years of wonderful memories is a key milestone in our history, and we look forward to continuously exceeding the expectations of our guests,” said John Fareri, Owner of The J House Greenwich. “I would like to thank our guests and business partners for their support, and thank our amazing team for their consistent service and flawless attention to the details that truly define The J

House experience.”

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The renovations that began last year will continue throughout the hotel, including guestrooms, suites, and public spaces. All of the suites, including The Ambassador Suite, are receiving a fresh new look. Each of the hotel’s 83 high-tech guestrooms and suites will receive brand new luxury vinyl flooring, new furniture, new TVs, and mini-refrigerators. Hallways will receive new carpeting, and The Ambassador Suite’s expansive outdoor deck will also receive new furniture. One of their beautiful event spaces, known as The Riverside Room, will be completely transformed this summer with a fresh look that includes hardwood flooring and a sustainable green wall. Tony’s patio bar and waterfall will be enhanced with marble and new lighting. In total, these renovations will cost approximately $1,000,000.  

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The renovations will further enhance the already existing boutique hotel experience that The J House offers its guests. The hotel offers fine dining via Tony’s restaurant, the “world-class” J Spa, exquisite banquet rooms, and attentive service that has set The J House apart from other hotels over the years. The hotel features a stunning outdoor seasonal heated pool with an expansive pool deck and cabana. It is also pet friendly and provides welcome gifts to its furry friends upon arrival.

Below is a list of amenities that have been established over the years at The J House since its inception in May 2012:

  • EV Charging Stations (2022)
  •  The J House will add convenient charging stations for guests driving electronic vehicles. 
  • NestSeeker’s International (2021)
  •  A luxury global real estate brokerage firm made The J House their home. At the nexus of technology and media, NestSeekers specializes in ultra-luxury and new development. 
  • Tony’s at The J House (2019)
  • Executive Chef Denis Radovic’s Italian Steakhouse menu presents homemade pasta, market fresh fish, prime dry-aged steaks, vibrant salads, seasonal specialties, and a revolving cheese selection. The wine list is expansive. In the summer of 2020, Tony’s at The J House partnered with “Miku” and serves fresh sushi daily. Managing Partner, Tony Capasso, keeps guests entertained with his lively personality and trivia. The restaurant’s patio also features a retractable roof – keeping it the perfect setting for any season.  
  • The J Spa (2015)
  • The Spa at The J House spoils guests with a complete range of personalized spa treatments, from a revitalizing facial to a heavenly massage or aromatic body treatment. Its range of treatments are suitable for both female and male clients and can be adapted to suit any specific requirements. The spa also features an extra-large treatment room for couples’ massages. 
  • The J House Coffee Bar (2014)
  • The J House Coffee Bar features premium brand espresso, drip coffees, cold brews, and specialty drinks brewed with beans from Bonjo Coffee. Gather with work associates around its communal table or pull up a comfortable seat in its lounge while enjoying a great cup of coffee or a bite to eat. 

For more information on The J House and to find out what it means to live the “J Life”, please visit www.jhousegreenwich.com. To make reservations, please call (203) 698-6980 or click here.  

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About The J House Greenwich

The J House Greenwich, a boutique hotel located in Greenwich, Connecticut, is one of the area’s premier luxury hotels for business or leisure travelers. Its event spaces are perfect for conferences and off-site meetings, as well as social events such as weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, anniversaries, and birthdays. We offer 83 high-tech guest rooms and suites featuring deluxe mirror televisions, fully automated lights, and shades, wireless internet, and many other amenities.

SHARKS AT THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY NOW EXTENDED THROUGH SEPTEMBER 4, 2023

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SPECIAL EXHIBITION EDUCATES VISITORS ABOUT THE OCEAN’S MAGNIFICENT AND MISUNDERSTOOD TOP PREDATORSScreen Shot 2022-07-21 at 2.06.31 PM.png
 The American Museum of Natural History has announced that the special exhibition Sharks will remain on view through September 4, 2023. As reports of shark sightings are on the rise this summer, the Museum’s newest special exhibition sheds light on the facts and fiction behind these magnificent ocean animals. Fixed in the public imagination as toothy, fearsome predators, sharks are far more fascinating, and more complex, than their depiction in popular culture. The reality is that most sharks pose no threat to people and, in fact, play a vital role in healthy ecosystems. Through life-size models, touch-free interactives, real fossils, and dynamic media presentations, visitors to Sharks can discover the incredible diversity of this intriguing group of fishes and learn about the conservation threats they are facing today. 
WHERE:American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West
ADMISSION:Tickets that include admission to Sharks start at $28 for adults, $16.50 for children (ages 3–12), and $22.50 for seniors and students. Timed-entry tickets must be reserved in advance at www.amnh.org.
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Happy Self Care Day


Self-care is so important for overall health, and with today being International Self-Care Day I wanted to share a few favorite self-care tips and tricks from TheSoul Publishing – an award-winning publishing co. behind one of the top five YouTube channels, 5-Minute Crafts.

  • DIY Bath Bomb: Baths are a great form of self-care and relaxation. Next time you’re looking to relax, try making this easy bath bomb! Mix baking soda, citric acid, coconut oil, your favorite essential oil, and coloring. Once mixed evenly, place the mixture into an empty ice cube tray and allow it to sit together to dry. Once hardened, pop the bath bomb out of the tray, place into bath water, and relax!
  • Make Your Own Moisturizer: Add aloe vera gel, almond oil, lavender essential oil, and cedarwood essential oil into a mixing bowl and mix until evenly spread. Place the mixture into a container with a lid to store, and you’re all set! 
  • Honey & Brown Sugar Exfoliator: Struggling with dry, cracked skin? Try this easy-to-make honey exfoliator! Simply mix brown sugar, honey, and coconut oil together in a bowl. Once evenly mixed, scoop out the mixture and rub it onto your dry skin. Rinse off and done! Your skin will be left feeling soft and smooth. 
  • Find even more of 5-Minute Crafts’ self-care tips here
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