How and Why Your Home Should Be More Rustic

8 Style Tips for Rustic Decor: Its not too surprising that our National Park Service labels its design qualities as rustic because rustic decor utilizes the innate beauty of nature. Rather than paint over a beam of wood, it is the unique and natural variations in the wood that decorate. This results in a more sustainable production of furniture with less toxins than a traditional store bought piece of furniture. An authentic piece of rustic decor truly is a more earth friendly product. There are less dyes, bleach, glazes, glues and plastics in rustic design.

It’s like harboring a piece of forest in your home. A modern home can offer the same appealing quality as a cabin in the woods by incorporating rustic elements of design. Though the use of rustic furnishings and decor came to fruition at the turn of the century, mainly by pioneers who were forced to …

Friday Favorite: Female Rapper, Raven Felix

Even in the chaos of the woman's evolving social role, Raven Felix manages to spit out some poignant and powerful lyrics. Her song, "Little Less Hard" featuring Ashley Jones conveys authentic memoir; these lyrics are revealing. Her words in this song come closer to confessional greats like Eminem and Sylvia Plath.

Even in the chaos of woman’s evolving social role, Raven Felix manages to spit out some poignant and powerful lyrics. Her song, “Little Less Hard” featuring Ashley Jones conveys authenticity; these lyrics are revealing. With her words she approaches confessional greats like Eminem and Sylvia Plath. I’ll admit, Raven Felix still has a long way …

How to Become Hotter in Five Seconds (without surgery)

5 Ways to Become Hotter in Less Than 5 Seconds: To be hot in America today calls for a myriad of juxtapositions and strange inaccuracies. The media seems to want us to have big butts, big lips and big breasts, while we somehow simultaneously maintain a tiny waist, a thigh gap and no back fat. In a natural biological sense, this is an outright impossible feat.

So, the only option for “hotness” is surgery, according to pop culture. Otherwise, how else am I going to grow boobs and carve out a six pack at once? In a moment of trippy contemplation on the way home, it occurred to me that all these surgical trends are essentially bloody ways of turning us …

Refresh Your Home With Mint Green

Perhaps the most refreshing shade of green is mint. Though it is typically envisioned as a sweet and dainty pastel color, when used on an accent wall or on a unique piece of furniture, the power rather than the pastel of mint green unveils itself. A mint accent wall makes a small space feel larger, while also alleviating anxieties from the mind. It calms the senses and encourages imagination.

Like ying yang, the color, green, conveys two opposites effectively: it  stimulates as it soothes. We feel recharged and calm at the same time, filled with positive energy. It is the power of green, which manages to resonate without inner energy, rebalancing us (Color Psychology). You can bring the healing benefits of nature indoors with …

7 Style Tips for Surfer Girls

7 Style Tips for Surfer Girls: So, how does a surf betty manage style and safety? Balancing my innate sense of responsibility (something that hit me so hard and so suddenly when I was around 27) with my intrinsic desire to be a beach bum requires some creative strategies.

A long long time ago, my friends and I used to lay out on the beach lathered in baby oil, baking like chicken fingers, hunting a golden brown. I remember the days when going to the beach felt less complicated. The sun wasn’t the enemy. Beer and surfing seemed like a fine match. These days, …

South Florida’s Social Snake: Sneaky Forms of Sexual Harassment on the Street

6 Sneaky Forms of Sexual Harassment:It's unbelievable. It feels like a time warp. This also highlights the major behavioral gap between professionals and non-professionals. While sexual harassment is less tolerated in a professional work environment, it still reigns our streets. Most noticeable are the loudest forms. For example, a few quick honks, basic cat-calling or whistling and my least favorite, the looooong squeaky kiss. The other day as I waited for my dog to finish her business, I was labeled a "mami" by some shirtless hairy gut riding his bicycle.

The bright green flier hangs proudly on the bulletin board just across my office door. It offers a quick overview of sexual harassment in the workplace and useful phone numbers. Luckily, I work in a place that has little tolerance for unprofessional and unwelcome behavior so I’ve never had to read it too closely. But …

15 Ways to Style Your Succulents

15 Ways to Style Succulents: There's a common joke that succulents are perfect for the laxy gardener, but they are also perfect for designers. Succulents are the royalty of indoor gardens. Because they are so easy to please they can be maneuvered and styled in creative ways, bringing color and Mother Earth to stuffy rooms. They tend to require less soil, less water, and they clean air very efficiently. As I begin to brainstorm my new succulent project, I have found some innovative design inspirations. Here's a few looks I may implement that will hopefully inspire you too.

“Somebody went shopping!” I gasped upon learning that three of my potted plants had been stolen while our apartment was being tented. To protect them from the toxic chemicals, I placed them in the outdoor courtyard, completely convinced they would be fine. Nowhere in any corner of my mind did I think someone would steal …

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