5 Fall fashion must haves

Hi there, Supers!

Today, we’re talking fashion. As I look to expand my career reach with some personal styling services, I’m paying more and more attention to what’s popular right now. I’m a HUGE believer in wearing whatever the heck you want, but if you’re into fashion, here we go.

One of my biggest fashion tips is to know where to invest your money. Where do you need to pay for a truly quality item, and when can you pick up something from Target?

Enter this Fall Fashion guide.

What I’ve done here is look at the trends and pick out the things that are not one and done, as far as the season goes. I don’t want you to spend your money on something you’ll only wear twice before it’s really out of fashion.

What I want is a super suit that will last you!

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So! Let’s take a look. If you’re only going to buy 5 things this fall to update your wardrobe, they should be…

1: Denim mini skirt: If you bought one this Summer, you’re in luck! You’ll definitely want one of those this fall. They’re so versatile! Warm out? Pair with a cardigan and loafers. Getting chilly? Jacket and boots. One of those perfect, cold fall days? Absolutely, tights, boots, sweater and latte. You with me? I’ll admit, I definitely need to pick one of these up. I haven’t owned a denim skirt in years, but they’re everywhere right now, and I’m definitely starting to see the appeal of these laid back, sexy skirts.

top: Bloomingdale’s, $106.31 bottom left: ROMWE, $12.59, bottom middle: Target, $22.59, bottom right: Forever21, $17.90

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2: silk Bomber jacket: I got one of these in my Dia Box last month, and I was instantly in love. I’m a sucker for jackets anyway, but this one just felt so nice! Light enough for warm days, cool enough for evenings, casual enough for jeans, cute with a dress. Mine is olive green, but I’m thinking I might need one in a good pop of color, too…

top: St. John, $358.00 right: Shein, $25.00, bottom: Neiman Marcus, $49.00

 

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3: wide leg trouser: This fall’s trouser has wide legs and a high waist, making your waist look smaller and your legs look longer. They’re a little reminiscent of bellbottoms, actually, but don’t worry: they’re easy to wear to work or on the go. We’ll see them in a variety of prints and patterns, but if you’re nervous, I think a wide leg denim is really a great place to start. Pair it with a cropped jacket and tucked in tee for a slightly rock vibe, or with a button down shirt for a clean, finished look.

left: Modcloth, $75.00 middle: Kohl’s, $17.60 , right Missguided, $45.00 bottom: Poetic Justice, $64.00

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4: Statement coat: I love jackets. I think it’s because I’m cold a lot, but I love to wear layers, and I am THRILLED that this look is in right now. Whether it’s fur, a cropped puffer, a long dramatic duster or a shocking shade, the statement coat is absolutely in right now, and it is absolutely divine. Personally, I’m seeing a lot of red leather in stores right now, which I LOVE, because I have been wearing a red leather moto style jacket for years now. It makes me feel powerful and sexy, and I get a ton of compliments on it. If you’re not sure how to approach this, I would recommend starting with a length. Cropped? Normal? Knee length? Longer? Once you know what length (and style) you want, find something you love, and don’t forget to think about other things you might wear with a coat- favorite scarves, bags, and shoes come to my mind. I think you can absolutely mix colors and textures, according to your personal taste here- I wear my red leather jacket pretty regularly with a dark teal or even eggplant bag and don’t worry about it unless I’m trying to be extra fancy for some reason!

Left: Bloomingdale’s, $199.00 Middle: Primary New York, $195.00, middle right: Free People, $268.00 far right: Burlington, $99.99

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Western accessories: country girls at heart, rejoice! The world’s most comfortable boot is back. I’m a long standing convert to the cowgirl bootie, but I may have to up my game and find a more mid calf version this fall! Other excellent western accessories include silver and turquoise ~anything~, whether it’s earrings, necklaces, bracelets, rings, or belt buckles. My vote? Stay away from the rhinestone embellished jean booties, but anything else is in, as far as I’m concerned- and the more the merrier.

Boots: DSW, $99.99

Jewelry: asos, varies

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Bonus: boots and booties: I just could NOT leave this one out, but surely, you know this already, right? I love boots, and have a growing fondness for booties, and they’re so perfect for fall!! Pick up a pair in a statement color, in cognac, in black, and in this fall’s surprising neutral, white and you’ll be good to go in no time.

Top: Vince Camuto, $150, Middle: Dr. Martens, $140, bottom, DSW, $100,

actual bottom: FSJ $84.99

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Whew! I think that’s it. I’m so excited- I love it when the weather gets cooler and the clothes amp up. Layers, jackets, boots, jeans… that’s my kind of weather.

 

So what do you think, supers? Are you ready for some fall fashion updating? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments!

 

Until next time,

xoxo

Charis

 

 

A little bit of a life update

Hi Supers!

I hope your new year is off to a cracking start! I have to admit- mine is! That’s a nice change after last year!

So let’s have a few life updates, eh?

When I dropped off the face of the internet in October, I was designing a show and working full time as the Costume Shop Supervisor at King’s Island, a major amusement park outside of Cincinnati.

This Winter, King’s Island brought back an old favorite- Winterfest. It opened on Black Friday. Winterfest is part lights show, part amusement park, and LOTS of live (and costumed!) entertainment. There were 13 shows and 2 groups of costumed characters.

We did costume fittings from November 9-11. My show ran the following week and weekend- November 15-17.

The next week was the week of Thanksgiving. Due to a variety of factors, I worked 119 hours.  I didn’t even know there were that many hours IN a week.

For the next several weeks, I hardly came up for air. I was working a minimum of 70 hours a week, every week.

I was also prepping Christmas, and trying to, well… be a Superhero. I’m sorry I didn’t have time to tell you about it then!

Christmas happened- by a lot of luck and the skin of my teeth. It was lovely- my brother and his girlfriend came home, and somehow, I managed to even spend some time with them.

The wrapping theme this year was agates and gem stones- there are some tutorials coming here soon, so keep an eye peeled! Here’s an example of the finished products, though:

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In the middle of Winterfest, Christmas and everything else, the job I had my fingers crossed about came through for the next three months. (As I’ll be on a hiatus from the Park). More info to come on that after I sign paperwork on Thursday. If you’re curious, I’ll be sharing it first on my professional costuming facebook page.

And then it was New Years! Winterfest closed on December 30, and this last week two of my best girlfriends came to town.

I took zero pictures with either of them- we were too busy enjoying our time together! But I had a great New Years with one best friend, and a great couple of days with the other.

But all of that wasn’t exactly conducive to getting myself centered for the new year- and I don’t have time to just stop and recenter very often.

And so, here we are. It’s the second Monday of the new year, andI’m treading water. I’m exhausted. I’m ready to curl up on my couch and binge on something until I can’t move.

But instead, I’m hopping from job to job, emails about projects I haven’t even signed on yet, finishing up the last pieces of Winterfest tear down, behind on designing the show, Christmas decorations still up, eating waffles for dinner.

But y’all, I’m so HAPPY doing this. It makes me feel alive. Not 120 hour weeks over a holiday. But working a bunch of projects, checking in with my students, spending time with friends, and coming home to my pets in our cozy superhero hideout.

So that’s kind of where I’ve been- but I’m glad to be back here with you!

Superhero Action of the day: What have you been doing that makes you feel alive?

10 things I’m loving for January

Hello Supers!

It’s January 1! Happy New Year! Let’s start this year off on the right foot. In the spirit of a new year and a fresh start, here are 10 things I’m loving for January.

  1. Rocketbook Everlast Ya’ll, I’m so excited about this notebook I can’t even talk about it. It sends pdf versions of the pages to pre-determined folders in a variety of cloud systems, like Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox or more. AND IT IS ERASABLE. YOU GUYS. I’m so excited about the possibilities. rocketbook_everlast_lettersize_1024x1024
  2. Soda Stream If you aren’t familiar with these, they’re pretty cool. You fill the bottle with regular water, and it carbonates it for you. I’m looking forward to reducing my waste this year (since I’m utterly addicted to seltzer water). This seems like a great solution!41zlgrgbedl-_sl500_ac_ss350_
  3. YakTrax cabin socks– I got these as a Christmas gift, but they are already a favorite! They’re fuzzy like stay at home socks, but knit on the outside like regular socks. SO warm, and so cozy, but thinner and less bulky than slipper socks. Win!2a225c0c3da1ab6561cb8b4b108a49ca-cabin-socks-best-socks
  4. Anchor Glass tupperware– I’m slowly switching over to all glass tupperware and I just got some of these. I’m really happy with them so far. High quality, heavy duty and very nice looking.

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5. Agate coasters– I actually made a set of these this year for Christmas (tutorial coming soon!) and now I’m obsessed. They’re just so beautiful. You can buy a set, or just wait for the tutorial coming later this month.

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6. One Line a Day Journal: Full disclosure, I haven’t started this just yet, although I plan to tonight! This is a journal where you just write down one thing for the day, every day, for five years. I can’t wait to see where I am when I’m done with it. What a great way to practice mindfulness and gratitude!this-one-line-a-day-journal-is-my-most-prized-pos-2-8431-1509734021-4_dblbig

7. Sonia Kashuk brow pencil– Although this is not as good as my Anastasia brow crayon, it comes in at a much lower price point. The color is good, and it has a pretty decent amount of staying power. dsc_0346

8. How to Be a Wallflower I bought this book for my mom for Christmas, and everyone who sees it is obsessed. The art is stunning, and the ideas about mindfulness, mental health and gratitude are really lovely. a1i-hxvmlxl

9. Over the door pockets I bought this to store crafting and sewing supplies in, and I’m obsessed. It has double pockets, which is neat, and seems very sturdy. 

10. Coleman first aid kit I bought this as a gift, but I will probably get one of my own. It’s the size of an altoid tin, but holds all sorts of little essentials. Great for keeping in the car!

There you have it! I hope you find some things you love!

Love and Light to You

Alternatively titled “No, I’m not Dead Yet”

 

Hello, dear ones.

I’m sorry I let you down. I’m sorry I started this and then dropped it on it’s head. I will try to do better.

The good news is, I ended up with so much work I simply couldn’t keep up.

The bad news is, absolutely everything except work took a backseat. Again. Well, almost everything. There’s a life updates post scheduled for next week, and I promise I’ll give you all the details then.

For now, though, I want you to know, as we head into 2018 (WHAT?!) tonight, that I’m pulling for you. I hope you have a magical year. I hope you take on projects that scare you and I hope you ace them. I hope you take risks. I hope you love hard. In short, I hope you live BIG. I hope you set some goals and knock them out of the park. I hope you find the tribe that will help you, and I hope you let them. And I hope that this corner of the internet is a source of inspiration, guidance, and hope for you.

Here’s what you can except from Superhero Living in 2018:

  • More frequent posts
  • More ways to make your busy life easier, including recipes, advice, systems, and ways to have fun too.
  • more ways to find gratitude in the little things
  • more ways to celebrate the wins and to get through the losses

In short, more ways to live like a Superhero. Because that’s what I’m all about.

 

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I’m glad you’ve stuck with me. 2017 was… rough. I’m glad it’s gone. Boy, did I do some growing. Now, I’m ready to blast off. Watch out 2018. I’m coming for you.

 

OMP: Paleo meatloaf

 

It’s been a minute since I posted a recipe, huh?

Well, this is a good one, especially with the unseasonably cool weather we’re having here in Southwest Ohio!

Say what you want about meatloaf, I love it. My mom makes good meatloaf, and maybe that’s why. To me, it’s comforting. It goes with anything. And although it isn’t a super quick meal to make, it lasts a long time and it’s pretty easy.

When I changed my diet to being mostly paleo, I eventually went looking for a good meatloaf recipe. Meatloaf usually has breadcrumbs in it (strike one!), and the best ones are topped with that awesome ketchup based glaze (strike two, lots of sugar).

But man, I found a recipe that I like. If you want to try it, you can find it here. It’s pretty good… but I think I’ve improved on it a bit.

The last time I made this recipe, I forgot to buy tomato paste to help it knit together. I stewed, rather like my fictional tomatoes, trying to decide what to do.

And then I had a stroke of genius. I had canned pumpkin. I added most of the can of pumpkin to my meatloaf and baked it up. I also added quite a few eggs and as usual, kind of punted on the seasonings.

So now, we’ve got whole 30, AIP, Gluten free, paleo meatloaf! Woo!

The results were excellent. I made one full size meatloaf and two baby size ones, and I ate meatloaf for at least a week. But I love leftovers, so that was fine by me!

Here’s the complete recipe:

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds Ground beef
  • 3 eggs
  • medium white onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup almond meal or flour
  • 8 ounces canned pumpkin (NOT pie filling. Don’t do that to yourself)
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 T oregano

Process:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together. The better mixed, the better your results will be. Really get in there!
  3. Place meatloaf in greased loaf pans (I used one large and two small)
  4. Bake for an hour or until cooked through (less time for the little guys!)
  5. Top with a can of tomato sauce + 2 tsp italian seasoning, if desired.

 

Enjoy!

 

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How to Grocery Shop like Supergirl

Hi Superheroes! Happy Tuesday!

Today, we’re going to take a spin around my favorite grocery stores and see how we can make this regular task a little less… boring and awful.

To be fair, I don’t mind the grocery store. But I have a system (surprise!) that makes it pretty painless.

So let’s dig in!

First of all, make a plan. We’ve already talked about meal planning. That’s definitely how I make my grocery list. If I’m really on top of my game, I even organize my list by type of item, if not by department of the store. Once you’ve got your list, you can feel confident in what you need to get, and it’s easier to keep interlopers out of your cart!

Choose a time that doesn’t suck. There are times when the grocery store is more crowded. My recommendation is to avoid the store at those times. For me, that means I avoid the store like the plague from 5-7 pm on weekdays and completely on Saturdays. It just isn’t worth it. My favorite times are mid afternoon weekdays, evenings or Sunday afternoons.  Really, the less people in the store, the happier you’ll be. That also means you avoid upcoming holidays if at all possible, in case that wasn’t obvious.

Eat a snack before you go. You ever go to the grocery store hungry? And then you get to the checkout and you’ve spent $50 more than you intended and you get home and you just can’t understand how those donuts, cheetos or beer ended up in your kitchen. This is solved by eating before you go! Grab a kind bar or some beef jerky and get your shop on. On that same note, take a drink with you! I usually have water or club soda, but I’ve been known to pick up a drink at that super handy Starbucks kiosk in the front of my store when I need a pick me up.

Use headphones. My distraction of choice is almost always audiobooks, but good upbeat music works well too! Not so loud that people can’t get your attention if they need it- but enough to put you in a good mood!

Shop the outside of the store. This is an oldie but a goodie: nothing good happens in the inner aisles of the Grocery Store. Stick to the outer edges and avoid the treacherous ice cream and cookie aisles.

And as a bonus tip, find a grocery store you really like, but also one that is convenient for you. For example, I love Trader Joe’s… but the nearest one is a full 20 minute drive in the opposite direction of anything else I do. So I mostly shop at Kroger, which I like better than Meijer, and is more in my price range than Whole Foods.

And there you have it! 6 tips to make grocery store trips less painful! I hope this helps you out there!

Superhero Action of the Day: What’s your favorite Grocery Store? Why?Leave me a comment or let me know by using #Superheroliving on social media!

 

A few words on spending time with people

Today, I had the unadulterated joy of spending the majority of my day with my (almost) 93 year old grandmother. She is a joy. Smart, funny, self deprecating, kind. We had a lovely afternoon catching up, and then, this evening, I went to a potluck dinner with some of the people from my church. I was the youngest one in the room by a solid twenty years. And I thoroughly enjoyed it.

And that made me think about how valuable it is to spend time with people from other generations. Whether it’s spending time with kids, or people older than you, I hope you find time to learn from these people.

There are a million things we can learn from people who are different than us, in general. But people with more life experience are a wealth of… well… experience!

And if I have to explain why that’s valuable… too bad, I can’t.

 

Superhero Action of the Day: Call your parents or grandparents, if you still can. Or think about a way to get to know someone of a different generation than you.

F(m)F Fridays: Crafted and Cured

If you live in the Dayton area and you haven’t been to Crafted and Cured yet, it’s way, way, way past time.

Full disclosure, I hadn’t been before last week. It had been on my list of “things to do”, but I just hadn’t gotten over there.

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Crafted and Cured is a craft beer and meat/cheese place in the Oregon District of downtown Dayton. It’s in the extended blocks of the district, on Wayne avenue in the Dietz building. There are several more stores going into that building, so it’s definitely a place to keep your eye on for the future.

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For now, though, Crafted and Cured is no slouch! The decor is funky in an antique-y way. The people are very friendly and very, very knowledgeable. The “Crafted” bar has 60 taps. Yes, 60. Many of them, although not all, are local, and they have a healthy variety of things, including two taps for non alcoholic drinks. There’s wine as well, although not as much. The “Cured” counter has a menu that includes a variety of different cheeses and meats. You can choose any combination of the meats and cheeses, and the chefs will put together a custom cheese board for you. And they are really works of art. I mean, look at this thing:IMG_1649IMG_1670

It is a little pricey for the evening, although I think well worth it. My one real complaint is that there aren’t any “pre built” cheese board options, and the menu is a little overwhelming. The things we chose for our board were all really superbly delicious, but I had no idea if they would go together well at all- still don’t, in fact. It would be nice to be able to choose from a few options that had been curated for the customer a little bit. img_1673.jpg

But really, that’s my only improvement. It’s a dynamite little spot- I can’t wait to go back!

 

Superhero Action of the Day: have you been anywhere new lately? I’d love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments!

5 ways to make life easier

Hi Superheroes!

We’re all busy. Work, school, family, friends, working out, saving the world- how are we supposed to keep up? It’s hard! So here’s a couple of tips to help you out when things feel like you’ll never, ever, EVER catch up.

 

  1. Put your bills on auto pay. As many of them as possible. Yes, it is absolutely TERRIFYING to do that if you aren’t ABSOLUTELY sure there will be enough money in your account- but it is one less thing to think about (and forget about). Some examples might be: savings/retirement, cable/internet, electricity, gas, water, trash pickup, gym memberships, or (of course) subscription services. I try to leave the really big bills (for me that’s rent and student loans) up to me as to when exactly I pay them so I can double check that they’re not causing me a problem.  Almost everything else goes on auto pay, which makes my semi monthly bill paying sessions very quick and easy!
  2. While we’re at it… SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES. I’ve already told you I’m obsessed with Dollar Shave Club. But the other super handy subscription service I use is Amazon’s Subscribe and Save. I chose 5 products that I wanted to receive either every month or every other month, and I put them on subscribe and save. I get them for a slightly cheaper price AND I never have to remember to pick them up at the store. For me, those five products were dog treats, KIND bars, Larabars, tampons and face cloths. Five isn’t the limit either- the more you subscribe, the more you save! For me, these five products were something I either forgot to buy regularly but needed, or else i had to make a special trip just to get them. Either way, now they get delivered to my door.
  3. Plan ahead. I know this seems like a no brainer. But the more you plan ahead, the easier you’ll breathe. Find a calendar that works for you, and then use it! Maybe it’s your phone, maybe it’s on paper. Either way, schedule absolutely EVERYTHING in. Sometimes I even schedule in my travel time from point A to point B- and sometimes I add important listening or phone calls to that time. Also, plan your meals. You’ll feel so much better physically, and man, does it make you feel like an adult.
  4. Keep your home clean. This is SO hard when you’re busy. Believe me, I know. But it is so, so helpful to take 5-10 minutes at the end of your day, no matter what, and do one chore. Put away laundry. Swiffer the floors. Wipe down the surfaces in your bathroom. Oh, and try to do your dishes before bed too. Or at least load the dishwasher.
  5. Have a triage list. Sometimes, things just get too crazy. Hopefully these periods don’t last too long, but occasionally, all of us will have to let somethings go in order to get through a very busy time in our lives. I find it helpful to know which of my priorities and projects can get dropped in what order. For example, for me, my list looks like this: TV, pleasure reading or making, time with friends and family (sorry!), cleaning, side projects, exercise, sleep, cooking, work (because work is usually the thing sucking my time away). So, TV is the first thing I cut out, and work becomes my “must do, must finish on time” item. Although I really start to feel uncomfortable when I have to start cutting in on my cleaning, side projects or exercise, I know that if I have to, I can cut down on that stuff and come back to it when life slows down again. I don’t like it, but I can deal with it.

 

Super hero action of the day: How do you save time when you’re busy? And what’s your triage list look like?

7 ways to beat the heat

Happy first day of Summer, Northern Hemisphere! Was it hot today where you are? It was in the 90’s here today- not as hot as some places, I know, but plenty warm enough for me! Also, my superhero hideout does not have air conditioning, so by the end of the day, it is WARM up in here.

So today, let’s look at ways to stick it out in the heat!

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  1. Popsicles. I know this is probably pretty obvious, but man do I eat A LOT of popsicles during the summer. I usually buy these Outshine fruit bars. I regularly eat one before bed, and I at least FEEL cooler, even if my body temperature hasn’t gone down at all. 31oc1rk5z6l
  2. If you have one of these handy microwave rice bags, pop it in the freezer for about an hour to give yourself a nice chilly hug.
  3. TURN THE OVEN OFF. Again, maybe this is obvious, but if at all humanly possible, just don’t use the oven. Summer is a great time to use your crock pot to do your cooking, or to take a good look at salads and smoothies.
  4. Use cold water. Sometimes I drink a huge glass of it. Sometimes, even in the middle of the day, I take an ice cold shower for as long as I can stand it. Sometimes I just run my arms under cold water at the tap- or just my feet.
  5. Stay hydrated! When you’re hot, you’re sweating, and sweat uses a lot of liquid! Plus, sweat is the best way we have to cool our bodies. And water is good for you.
  6. Choose strategic times to exercise, and give yourself a proper cool down. My boxing gym is not air conditioned. When it’s 90 degrees outside, it’s about 100 in there. Sometimes that means I don’t go to a lot of boxing in the Summer. It’s just too hot. To avoid this, workout first thing in the morning, or after dark- or go someplace cool- just make sure to cool down properly when you’re done!
  7. If all else fails, get an ac unit. Last spring, I bought a portable room air conditioner unit (you can check them out here). It’s loud, it doubles my electric bill if I use it a lot, it’s a pain to store… but it gets the job done. Even better, I can choose when it’s hot enough to use it and when I can do without, because it doesn’t take up the entire window for the entire Summer. I can remove the vent when I want to, or push it into another room. Totally worth the inconvenience.

Superhero Action of the day: what’s your favorite way to stay cool when it’s hot outside? Drop me a comment- I’d love the new ideas!