Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's Been Far Too Long + Sale Shopping

Hi Friends!  Oh it has been too long!  I've been a bad blogger over here on Two Design Cents!  How has life been?  Are you pumped for the beginning of a new season?  It's been very, very, very busy for me.  There are many projects going on.  I have been able to fit in some family time(yay for family visiting!  It doesn't happen often enough), girl time(I need more!), and lots of productivity(this needs to continue to happen!). 

This is a bit of a tangent post, but here it goes!
Ohhhh San Diego sunsets are so pretty!

It's not necessary to spend a ton of money on multiple different pieces.  Sometimes it's nice to  take an old piece in your closet and use it to completely revamp your look.  I've always been pretty cheap about buying alot of clothes, but I love that one item in my closet that I continue to see and want to wear.  I love going through the sale racks at stores and stocking up on multiple items for cheap.  One of my favorite steals are these 3 tops(cream, pink, and black) I got for $10 each.  It is similar to this top pictured, but not exactly the same.   They are completely quality and I've had them for a couple years and wear them a least once a week.  Since I love prints so much I'm always searching for bold tops with pretty details that will compliment the prints nicely.  Take advantage of retail not being in the best place right now and attack those sales racks!

I have some fun new products coming to my store, but I really wanted to share this new style tip I shared on my store's blog yesterday.  


I'd love for you to check out this post for Style Tip #3 if you have some time!  This is one of my favorite looks because it requires basically zero work and anyone can rock it.  

Let me know if you end up trying it out, I'd love to see what size scarf you use and how you style it!

Question for you:  Do you shop alot or not so much?  What is your favorite item to wear?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

EMKY Labor Day Weekend Sale Going On NOW!

Stock up on your favorite EMKY looks this weekend!  Lots of styles on sale.  Define your look by adding a new piece to your wardrobe!  Have a great weekend.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Happy Labor Day Weekend + Sale

I hope everyone has an amazing Labor Day weekend filled with whatever you wish it to be filled with.     Mine will be filled with work, relaxation, yoga, and spending time with my main squeeze.   I'll be having a sale on emkyshop.com this weekend(8/30-9/1), I would love if you would stop by!  25-40% off most of the store in preparation for Fall!  
One of my personal favorite prints, MOO MOO.

What is something your looking forward to this weekend?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Set Your Intention

It's so easy to just go along for the ride every day and get washed up in day-to-day activities.  As a person with lots of responsibility, it's hard not to feel this way.   Most of us have work, social commitments, more work, family commitments, health commitments, appointments, and goals.  With all the commitments, when are we supposed to factor in the what about me part and the taking my life to the next step part?  


Time is limited.  You must make it a point to set your intention to be where you want to be, or you will simply never get there.  You don't have to worry, you don't have to stress, but you must move in that direction and set your intention for you day, week, month, year, and life time  to get where you want to be.   Write it down, say it out loud, and put it into action.

What's your intention for today?  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Knot-Free Ponytail For Runners

I've been having alot of problems with my hair becoming a tangled mess every time I go for a jog.  I used to keep my hair layered more, but recently I've been growing it out and it's just getting to be a massive mess after flopping around for a bit on the treadmill.  I think my favorite breakfast may enhance how strong and long my hair has become in the past couple of years!  When I go for a jog I tie my hair into a ponytail at the nape of my neck.  I used to be able to just put it in a bun at the top of  my head, but for some reason it just doesn't cooperate anymore!  I think there is just too much hair and it falls off balance and it end up giving me a head ache!.  

Last week I decided to secure the ponytail with a couple of additional hair ties at the middle and the end.  It works wonders and the result is no tangled mess at the end of my run!   I personally don't think it's the cutest looking, but if I can actually get a brush through my hair pain-free at the end of the work out, I'm happy to sport this look.

Finished product...

Works like an absolute charm!


Question:  How Do you have long or short hair?  How do you tie your hair back when you exercise?  Any suggestions?  Have you ever tried this particular style?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

10 Ideas To Do This Weekend

Are your weekends getting a little monotonous?  I'm guilty of being a major homebody.  Though I do go through phases that I like to hang out frequently or be by myself alot and work on personal goals.  Currently it's the latter, but I tell you, once I hang out with friends or commit to a new activity or trip, I feel like a brand new shiny coin.  It's nice to break up a routine and just do something different.  Try one(or all!) of these ideas this weekend to add a little spark to your routine!

1.  Reconnect with an old friend or relative.  Pick up the phone, make a brunch date, have a walk date, invite someone over for a cheese plate.  Whatever it is have a twenty minute(or 3 hour!) chat with someone over the phone or in person.  A little social interaction is always a great addition for any weekend. 

2.  Make a bucket list.  If you're currently lacking funds or motivation, grab a pen and paper and label it "bucket list".  Then, let your imagination run wild and start writing things you dream to do.  Maybe some items you can do tomorrow, maybe somethings you can do by the end of the year, and maybe there are goals you can do in ten years.  Write it down, no matter how big or small and keep the list in a safe place and read it from time to time.  Even if you don't currently have time to do these things, you can always plan for the future.  Sometimes just the act of creating a goal for the future makes the day(or life!) much more fun and exciting.  

3.  Book a ticket.  Have you been putting off  visiting a friend or family?  Just book it(as long as you can afford it of course!).  Stop putting it off, make the plan, and commit to the visit.  I'm definitely guilty of being flaky with putting off trips for months, but it's always so much fun to see someone you haven't seen that person for the longest time or go on a trip somewhere you've been dreaming of(see #3).  


4.  Road Trip!  Sometimes this is easier said then done depending on where you live, but a little excursion breaks up the monotony of the weekly regimen.  Research drivable ventures that spark your interest and go for it! 


5.  Pick up a new book and spend a few hours reading it.   Ahhh this is such a treat.  I love diving into a new book and laying on the couch with a blanket with no where to go and just read.  Pick something out that you have been meaning to read and make time for it.  If you don't want to spend the last weeks of summer couped up, grab a blanket and a coffee and go to a park and sprawl out and sit back and relax.  Ahhhhhhh...I feel relaxed already thinking of this!



6.  Have a picnic in the park.  Or on the beach.  Or in your living room if it's raining.  Or in your back yard if you don't feel like getting in the car, subway, or walking somewhere.  Put some food together, find a delicious dessert, grab a blanket, and park yourself somewhere.  Maybe this is an affair by yourself or with a huge group of friends.  It's fun to sometimes skip the restaurant and just chill in your surroundings, take off your shoes, and relax with some grub!

7.  Make a mood board.  We're entering a new season here pretty soon, why not make a visual representation of what you want to accomplish over the next few months?  Do you know there are only 4 months left in 2014!?  Wow.  This is a great time to reflect on what has gone on up until this point in the year and really focus on what you want to accomplish over the next few months.  Clip pictures from old magazines, write quotes on pieces of paper, and glue everything down to a piece of foam core.  It's nice to break away from pinterest to develop something to look at daily away from the computer.  

8.  Start a journal.  It's so nice to just write about what's going on.  I swear if something is bothering you, you have a goal you want to accomplish, or you just want to reflect on life-writing it down helps process the feelings you are having.  In my experience it is so therapeutic to just release some energy by putting it on paper.  

9.  Go on a hike.  Or a walk in an area you don't normally seek out.  Having a new visual while getting your blood flowing is such a great use of time.  Solo?  Download a new podcast or listen to a new Pandora station.  Feeling chatty?  Grab a buddy or your phone and start chatting! 

10.  Watch a gorgeous sunset or sunrise.  Plan a date with yourself or with a buddy and make it a point to watch the sun at dawn or dusk and just enjoy it.  You may have to drive to see it or maybe you should drive to a place with an elevated view so it will be even more special.  I used to live about a block from the beach and I definitely took advantage of all the sunsets that were always so gorgeous!

What's on your agenda this weekend?  What's one of your favorite goals on your bucket list?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

3 Basic Tips For Juicing

I love juicing.  I have been consistently juicing for about 2 years now.  I went through a spurt where I worked from home, and I was really good about juicing everyday. I eat amazing sometimes and I also drink wine and eat french fries sometimes(dumb boyfriends and their influence!  Ha!).  I don't juice everyday.  I think that's a little unrealistic for my lifestyle right now, but I think it's great to juice when you "feel" like it or force yourself to do it every now and again because the benefits are so rewarding(see #3).  Here are some basic tips that may help. 

1. Invest wisely.  Juicing can be expensive.  FIrst, you have the actual juicer, which can run you anywhere from $100-300.  This can be very pricey depending on your budget.  I own the Breville Juice Fountain and it's been kicking it for around 2 years(since I started), and I sure hope it doesn't break anytime soon.  I paid around $225-250 for it, which I think is absolutely worth it.  The price on this model is currently around $150 here.  Haha apparently it went down in price since I purchased it!
http://www.amazon.com/Breville-JE98XL-Fountain-850-Watt-Extractor/dp/B003R28HWQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408509934&sr=8-1&keywords=breville+amazon

2. Pick fruits and vegetables that juice well and research combinations.   When I chat with people about juicing I always hear one thing: "I barely get any juice out of what I'm juicing".   Do not juice spinach and kale and expect to get a ton of juice.  Try to choose at least one thing that is water dense.  Some great choices are: celery, carrots, beets, apples, cucumber, and oranges.  My favorite combination is lemons, beets, carrots, celery and cucumber.  This combo is fairly cheap to make and you will get alot of juice for your money.   Even Dre likes beets;)
http://beetsbydre.tumblr.com/

3.  Juice when you crave it.  If I just eat normally and healthy, I go through these periods where I feel like NOTHING will satisfy me.  I'll just eat random things, but nothing will do the trick.  As I'm sure your well aware, most food in general is extremely processed and it's hard to say how much nutrition we actually get from the food we eat on a daily basis.  Honestly, even if you do drink juice in the morning, a sandwich for lunch, and pasta for dinner OR you eat completely raw...how much nutrition are you getting?  

Well-how do you feel?

I always feel better when I juice.  I know this sounds corny, but it's true.  I'm in a much better mood and my appetite is just on point.  When juicing, it's as if my body is getting what it needs.   Try juicing when you feel like it.  If you never feel like juicing, I would say either do it a couple times a week or try doing it for a week straight.   

If juicing isn't your thing here's some helpful tips to get your day off to a great start! Happy juicing!!  


Questions for you:

Do you juice?  If so what time of day do you prefer to have your juice?