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Between work meetings, picking up the kids from school, cooking dinner for the family, and everything else in between, stress can get the best of us. We all need to take a moment to breathe, relax more, and stress less. Here are five ways we’ve found helpful to relieve stress in our lives:
1. Unplug - In today’s society, we are so consumed with technology. From watching TV, to being stuck on our laptops, and attached to the hip with our phones, we often forget what life was without all these gadgets. Make sure to unplug every so often and enjoy a little peace and quiet.
2. Meditate - When you meditate, you clear away the information overload that builds up daily and adds to your stress. It’s easy to learn, can be practiced almost anywhere, and provides a quick way to get your stress levels in check. All you really need is a few minutes and a place to stretch out.
3. Walk it out - The power of walking as a stress-reliever and mood enhancer is often underestimated. Walking is such a simple exercise, one that most people do without thinking. A short, brisk walk can do wonders for shifting your attention away from the day’s challenges and toward appreciating the present moment.
4. Drink Tea - If you're a coffee-guzzler, consider going green. Green tea that is! Coffee raises levels of the notorious stress hormone, cortisol, while green tea offers health and beauty benefits, says Nicholas Perricone, MD, author of 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health, and Longevity. Chamomile tea is a traditional favorite for calming the mind and reducing stress.
5. Laugh - The physical act of laughing releases tension and brings positive physiological changes. Finding ways to work more laughter into your day can be an effective route to stress relief.
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We were thrilled to learn about our next Lotus Woman, Caroline Misan Alvo. A New Yorker with an eye for fashion and function, Caroline founded her own online boutique, Gambita. She explains why she decided to open shop with a niche focus on the Petite market. Her ultimate goal is to help women feel and look their very best.
Growing up with Brazilian parents I moved from Ecuador, to Mexico City, before finally settling down in the New York City area. My time abroad sparked my interest in international development, which led to my decision to study International Relations in college. Most recently I worked for VisionSpring, a non-profit that provides affordable eyeglasses in developing countries.
However, after working around 6 years in international development, my life took an unexpected turn. In January, I had come back from my honeymoon and it was my third day back on the job, when suddenly I was laid off.
It was a huge blow, but I was determined to make the best of it. A few years ago I first thought of the idea for Gambita, but being that I was content in my job (and that I believed I had no qualifications to start my own business), I decided to suppress my entrepreneurial itch. However since my circumstances changed, I believed it was time to finally take the plunge and start this business. There were a number of times when the voice in the back of my head was trying to discourage me, but I knew I had to focus on my goal and just listen to my gut.
Gambita was inspired by my own personal experience. Being four-foot-nine, shopping was always an issue. But, assuming that it was just because I was exceptionally short, I thought it was a personal issue, rather than a women’s issue.
Talking to other petite women, I realized that wasn't true. Approximately half of the female population in the United States is under five-foot-four; that’s fifty million women with no exclusive retailer to cater to their unique needs.
Combining an amazing shopping experience with curated pieces tailored to fit petite needs, Gambita aims to fix this problem. We look for petite specific and fashion-forward pieces to tailor to petite women who are not afraid of color, print, and looking chic and put-together.
But that’s not all. We have the greater goal of petite women empowerment. We want petite not only to be synonymous with “gambita” but also with “powerful” and “sexy”. That’s why we have features in our blog such as “Petites in the Street” and “Petite Women in History” where we showcase women under five-foot-four that look amazing and do amazing things.
LOTUS: Why “Gambita”?
CAROLINE: In January when I was looking for a name for my new company, I was thinking of something with “petite” or “chiquita” in the name but I had some issues. Petite was overdone and I couldn’t get the idea of “Chiquita banana” out of my head. So, I went with a nickname, “gambita”. Gambita started out as a nickname my husband gave me. My husband translated “shrimp” to “gamba” in Spanish and modified to mean “little shrimp” or “gambita”. I’d love to make “gambita” synonymous with “petite”.
LOTUS: Have you faced any challenges as a “Gambita”?
CAROLINE: Aside from the issues of standing room only concerts and getting things off high shelves, shopping is the obvious issue. Shopping has always been such a process and demoralizing for me. I love shopping, but even if I try on fifty things, I would struggle to find things that fit. Some items either needed to be altered, couldn’t be altered at all, or just wouldn’t work. I had always thought it was a personal issue—I was just exceptionally short. But then I realized I wasn’t alone. That’s how Gambita came about.
LOTUS: Who inspires you?
CAROLINE: Shakira inspires me because she is a fierce force of nature. Not only is she petite, gorgeous, super talented, and still relevant, she balances being a humanitarian, a mother, and a rock star. I admire her sense of style and her attitude.
Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook is another inspiration. I appreciate her conversations about women in the workplace and on women asserting themselves. She’s a great role model for my generation of women and younger generations to come.
LOTUS: Any advice for your fellow women?
CAROLINE: I have two phrases: “Never settle” and “Be remarkable”. I try to live by these tidbits of advice every day. Whether it be in work, in personal life, or when interacting with someone in a grocery store, be remarkable, and never settle.
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Here at Lotus, we like to dream big. In fact, the bigger the dream, the better. It's not so much about technically realizing your dreams that make them so important, but I think, it has a lot more to do with the mind shift that happens when you tell yourself, "I can do this...". When you have a thought, and you share that thought with someone, it becomes real. And if you constantly are thinking about that thought, aligning your actions with it will produce results, events, conversations, and eventually, all of these elements combine to make everything collide at "perfect timing". Have you noticed that after you've worked really hard something, that "luck" seems to follow you? The next time you catch this happening, try to think back to your first thought of that dream. You might notice that a series of fortunate events often follow your hard work. Go ahead and speak your dreams into existence and find others that support them. Dare to dream big!
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"A mother is someone who dreams great dreams for you, but then she lets you chase the dreams you have for yourself, and loves you just the same."
Happy Mother's Day!
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Spring has sprung! With this lovely season comes beautiful weather, a time for renewal and for most, new wardrobe. Lotus Premium Denim had the honor of participating in HerCity's Spring Fashionista Fling on Thursday, April 25 at the San Jose Museum of Modern Art. On this exquisite warm evening, women of the San Jose community gathered for some much-needed shopping therapy and ventured to one of Downtown's spring event of the season. With a signature HerCity grab bag in one hand and Skinny Girl cocktail in the other, fashionistas enjoyed an event filled with local women-ran companies that had something to complement any woman's style. Fashion finds included apparel, shoes, accessories, gifts and tasty delights!It wouldn't be a true fashion event without a fashion show. Style pros from Brixton Hue Salon shared style secrets as Lotus Premium Denim rocked the runway with The Usuals in two ready-to-wear runway shows. Our gorgeous models were "show stoppers" with our Inspire and Love styles, showing styles from “Daytime fun” to “Night time Chic”. Pops of colors for your tops as well as fun foot candy is a trend to incorporate into your closet this spring. "Bright hues of mint green, electric blues, oranges or fuchsias will 'spring' some step into your wardrobe" says Marie Millares of The Usuals. Pair your billowy blouses or bright comfy tops with our 'made to fit' denim, and you are sure to look and feel your best, not to mention comfortable this spring season! Many thank you's to Amy Anderson & Jenna Tenorio of HerCity, the DSJA team and Marie from The Usuals for putting on a fashionably fun, well executed event! We are grateful to partner with these successful, woman empowering organizations. From the aspiring vendors, beautiful new faces, food, drinks and venue, it was truly a successful evening and pleasure to be apart of. Be sure to read more about upcoming HerCity events this year!
*Credit for the gorgeous photos below goes to Kate Amunrud, blogger for HerCity.
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