Fashion Friday: Always On Time, Sort Of?

Well, here’s a little post to lighten things up on the blog. My views will never change, and its so refreshing to see y’alls comments, and sharing your stories with me. I love to see that there are real people out there that had to deal with real problems.

Moving forward! As always!

Happy Fashion Friday! After all this nasty talk, fashion is a for sure cheer up. Lately, I’ve gotten so many compliments and just people in general noticing my giant gold watch. I’m not kidding when I said its giant. I was super inspired by my favorite fashion vlogger, Claire Marshall, and the giant gold watch always on her wrist.

photo(12)As seen here, and her lovely cat Bruce! Y’all can follow her on Instagram or Youtube @heyclaire

When I was still working in retail a couple of months ago, there was a mens watch, gold, huge, and everything I needed. I, of course snagged it up, and I absolutely love it! Yes, its HUGE, but its fabulous. Claire’s I think is in fact a mens watch as well. Anyways, back to actually wearing the watch. A watch should be versatile, as well as add a sophisticated touch to your wardrobe. I hate seeing the giant colored ones, and what not (unless you are Betsey Johnson), so always keep your wardrobe in mind. Nina Garcia frequently wears mens watches as well because its very chic for a woman to be able to wear a mens wardrobe with elegance, and it can even be a tease. Hints the 80’s look that slammed our runways around ’84, and is still popular these days.

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I love my gold watch. Keep your eyes peeled, and if you find a mens you love do not be afraid to throw it into your wardrobe. Chic and sophistication at its finest. Thank you to my wonderful co-worker, Anthony, who had to take a billion links out of it to fit. Have a fantastic Fashion Friday my loves!

-haley.

Hello Spring Break.

Finally, I have a decent amount of free time. Rocco and I are loving just vegging out at home. First off, I just wanted to say thank you to those who have submitted their pic for the PH Pets contest! There is still one day left! Check out the contest tab for more info. Also, I wanted to say a HUGE THANK YOU to anyone who has ever clicked on this page, commented, voted, liked, shared, or supported. It means so incredibly much to be the winner of the Pulmonary Hypertension Association 2014 Young Outstanding PH Citizen Award. I’ll be at the conference in Indianapolis to receive the award, on top of all other functions, and I cant wait to meet y’all!

Moving on…

Since we’re broke as a joke, Rocco and I will not be hitting the beach, the mountains, or a resort. However, we are determined to make this a fantastic spring break. So here are some things to keep y’all busy my loves, and feeling fresh!

WORK OUT

I’m not saying go run some laps, but as a heart and lung patient, it is important to keep yourself as healthy as possible. Unless being told by the doctor, you should do everything possible to stay active without putting yourself in dangerous health situations. I used to be a dancer, so I will always have that love deep in my failing heart. I absolutely love Yoga, and pilates. If you can, start with simple Sun Salutations to your favorite (relaxed) music. I choose Frank Ocean sometimes, for all you young kiddos out there. If you’re wearing oxygen, make sure you have a long cannula so you can set your oxygen down, and move like so without choking yourself out. The goal is to control your breathing during these movements, and to keep your muscles controlled, and head and neck STRAIGHT (aka, mountain pose.) Do not bend your head and neck. Also, squeeze your gut to maintain your balance. If you choose to do hip opening exercises (they feel AMAZING but will PULL a lot at first), they will work on releasing all the tension in your hips. Women carry a ton of stress in our hips, so opening and loosening these muscles will feel fantastic after a while, and you may even notice yourself emotional after this exercise. Remember, do NOT do this before bed thinking you’ll tire yourself out. Your body will release endorphins to make you feel great, energized, and refreshed, which will do the exact opposite. Do these in the mornings to help yourself wake up. 🙂

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GET ORGANIZED

Spring cleaning is underway! It’s proven that when our physical lives are cluttered, we feel literally cluttered, and stressed. It takes a lot to be able to get on here, post, respond, and stay on track on top of working, and what not. I feel like I don’t have time to clean, but I promise, it’s all about time management. Take some time each day to work on one side of your house,  or room. The other day I completely cleaned my room, and today I brushed Rocco’s winter coat off of him, and gave him a flea treatment. It’s the little things to get out-of-the-way that will truly help!

photo(2)Where the magic happens. Ha, just kidding, sort of.

GET OUTSIDE

Yes, feel the sunshine on your skin, breathe actual fresh air, put down the phone, and gadgets! Social media has been killing me lately. Today, the weather has warmed up (almost the 70’s), and sister and I are taking advantage by going and walking! If there wasn’t wildfires, I would be in Palo Duro Canyon. Anyways, get outside and DO something. Unless, its snowing…BUT, if there is sunshine, you should be under it!

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A LITTLE SHOPPING

Of course, my favorite, unfortunately. Drive to your favorite place, vintage shop, or even shop online if you have the resources. If you’re in a tight spot, one of my favorite things to do that is shopping, but doesn’t cost a dime is shopping online, but only putting your favorite items into a wish list! When you eventually hit payday, all your favorites are there to choose from. I’m excited, because I just ordered a fabulous shirt from So Worth Loving. Check them out!

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Enjoy this new season approaching us loves! Stay tuned for more to come this week on some more serious issues, as well as PH fun! Our song of the week? Better by Saint Pepsi. Soooo catchy.

-haley.

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Friday Favorites!

So its been a couple of months, and instead of Fashion Friday I’m doing a “Friday Favorites”. If you’ve never seen one of these before, I just talk about my favorite things lately to encourage y’all to branch out and try new things. Why? Because its life, and we need a little refreshing from time to time. Also, I don’t believe in posting about PH all the time. Yes, this is a blog revolving around a rare disease, but other parts of our life are just as important. “Don’t tell me you’re one of those people who becomes their disease.” (The Fault in Our Stars) I have an actual list I’m going to stick to so that every one of these posts will at least have the appearance of being organized. Each post, I will mention my favorite (at the time) music, makeup, book, clothing, TV show, something to do, nail polish, movie, drink and household item. Here we gooo.

The Music.

I’m always discovering new bands, and rediscovering my classics. When I tell people music is important to me, I’m extremely serious about that…hints why I do a song of the week. Music is what feeling sounds like. Right now, I feel Night Beds one hundred percent. Favorite song? 22 and Ramona. Their sound is so emotional, and moving. There are no other words.

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The Makeup.

Lately, makeup has currently been eating my face away. Every morning I wake up I find a new little red dot tucked in the corner or crease of another part of my face. Good grief. However, MAC foundation has saved my life! Its been my absolute favorite (I can’t tell you which kind because its like I got a personal fit, so go find your match.) What I can say is it does cover and matify your face. Also, Too Faced Primed and Poreless powder (can be found at Ulta) has been so fantastic as well for covering up those little ridiculous blemishes.

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The Book.

As much as I talk about The Fault in Our Stars, I don’t give enough credit towards Looking For Alaska my other favorite by the inevitable John Green. Its dark and twisty in the most perfect of ways, and I loved this book incredibly much. John Green is beyond talented. So, as much attention as TFIOS is getting, don’t forget to shine some light on Look For Alaska.

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The Clothing.

Oh, Jeez. Honestly, I’m obsessed with gold jewelry and vintage lazy finds. I love finding REAL plaid, not this shit at old navy that’s stiff and pink. I love finding the plaid that is soft, worn down, vintage, over-sized and the sleeves are rolled. I’m also obsessed with simple gold jewelry to accent this lazy look. It’s like taking a loud, boyish fashion yet giving it a delicate womanly touch. Try it, which might require a Goodwill run.

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The TV Show.

I am so obsessed with Sex and The City right now. I used to watch this all through high school, and at the time it was weird but cool. Now its hysterical in ways I thought I would never imagine, and it’s just always going to be that all time girl show. Plus, I love the writing in it, for obvious reasons. Sorry loves, I’m just really in touch with my chick flick side lately.

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Something To Do.

With the same old partying, shops, bars, movie theater’s…things just get tiring really fast. However, I never get tired of bowling. Honestly, it seems like the fun is overlooked. Everytime we go we all have so much fun, whether we are drinking or not. Not everyone is from the same small old town as me, but next time you get the chance, take a date, friends, family and go bowling. A little bit of competition, beer, and a whole lot of laughing.

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The Nail Polish.

When I first saw this color I had flashbacks to my first grade years. However, I think Essie did a great job of turning it into not only a fun, but chic color. I’m not quite ready for light “summer” nails, and this bright yet overpowering color is the perfect balance. Aruba Blue by Essie.

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The Movie.

This has been a favorite since high school, and has a special place in my heart. Dan in Real Life is that perfect little love story, that’s screwed up in its own ways to make you appreciate it even more. The characters, setting, dialogue, and music have always been fantastic. It’s just one of those “feel good” films to uplift your spirits in the weirdest of ways, and when has Steve Carrell ever been not funny? Valentine favorite this year y’all, even for the singles.

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The Drink.

I know I’m a Texan, but beer will never be my thing. Three words y’all. Cherry Vodka Sour.

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Household Item.

Recently, my obsession with candles has taken a new turn. I have them everywhere (usually tea lights) because I love the look in my room. Also, I’m a very picky candle-scent person. Usually I have pumpkin candles, evergreen tree candles, and that’s it. I hate the flower ones, the fruit ones, the cookie ones…just no. They get my stomach going, and before I know it I’m nauseous. I like something clean, or relaxed smelling….and y’all I have found the most perfect candle scent ever. Might I add it’s not seasonal, so it’ll be out all year. Its called Mahogany Teakwood… also known as Sexy Man. This scent is so masculine (not too much), and leaves my room smelling like a guy just walked out. That sounds tacky, but I really don’t care. This to me is such a romantic scent, and why not get it for yourself around this time of year? Helllloooo Ladies. Sexy candle alert! Buy it.

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Sorry this post is up late loves! Branch out, and now you have some new things (hopefully) to think about trying! Enjoy your weekend y’all with not too many Cherry Vodka Sours. 😉

-haley.

Fashion Friday: Feel Good.

Oh, finally. I have not forgotten, in fact this is a daily subject in my life. Also, a passionate subject. FASHION FRIDAY!!!!

So, usually I’m giving tips on how to cover up some medical PH mishaps (fat ankles, red blotching, tubes, oxygen, cold) due to medication that we take, but lets not forget about the MENTAL side to our disease. We can cover our bodies however we need to, but we also need clothes to make us feel good. When I think about amazing fashion that makes us feel good only one person immediately comes to mind. betseyBETSEY JOHNSON.

Of course its Betsey. Of course. If you have no clue who I’m talking about, lets sum it up to the queen of pink, fun, and staying true to yourself. Betsey is a designer that started in the 60’s (Alley Cat by Betsey). She had a great, and extravagant taste that didn’t stop her! She stayed true to her crazy fun self, and pushed through. Now she’s an extremely successful and well-known designer. She’s famous for doing a cart-wheel at the end of her runway shows, and these aren’t the boring runway shows either. The models are laughing, playing around, blowing kisses, and all of this is encouraged by Betsey. Her clothes, shoes, perfumes, sunglasses, socks, purses, and even cards and stationary sets are a hit! You can find her at Macy’s, Dillards, Nordstrom, and Michael’s for your cards and pens! She’s fabulous.

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Moving on, her personality is just contagious. Never has she once acted like she cared which is so refreshing. She’s truthful to the core, and everyone needs a “Betsey” in their life. In fact, the world needs a whole lot more of Betsey! Many times I’ve used her leopard fuzzy socks to wear into surgery because not only are they warm, but fabulous. So, if you are looking to add a little spice to your life in fashion, or anything of the sort, think Betsey! Just looking at her products will make anyone smile. Fashion Icon at its finest. Thank you Betsey for being you! Happy Friday Loves. Take care of every part of you!

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photo(125)Betsey “Raven” Sunglasses right before my first specialist appointment.

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-haley.

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I Am Determined.

I hope y’all are set for Christmas. If you are shopping tomorrow, shame shame. Its Christmas eve and you should be at home! Dont worry, I’ll be fricken working. I’m exhausted y’all.

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Anyways, I’m really feeling some determination lately to reach my goal. Wait, which one? All of them. I would love to be a published author eventually, and I really want this blog to be more of an inspirational place. To do that, I need to post more, keep y’all updated, and of course I need y’alls help too! Do whatever you can to share, post, like, and what not. Media is an overwhelmingly massive sea of so many individuals, so I’m really working my tail off. I’m so excited to try my hardest to not only make this a great place for my mind but y’alls as well. For some odd reason, I feel so inspired today. I have no idea where it comes from. Other than that, I need more coffee and some pain pills. After my awful mood I’ve been existing in for the past month, I finally took my pills last night. I’m paying for it today. Dont skip y’all! There will be a few posts later in the week that aren’t really PH centered, but they are extremely important to me, and I’m a loud person so I’ll be voicing my opinions on those topics. Stay tuned. Also, this blog has a FACEBOOK PAGE you can find and stay updated with! It’s so easy! http://www.facebook.com/phenomenalhaley     GO LIKE IT! There will be contests for Facebook people only sometimes, so make sure you are in that circle.

If you haven’t already, TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to submit your question to me to win the Hope Angel off my tree, and a Just Breathe T-shirt! Hurry Hurry loves. 🙂 I will see y’all tomorrow for a Christmas post! Song of the week is my absolute classic favorite, Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song.” Have a listen.

Last Minute Gift? Check.

This is by far the funnest thing I’ve ever done. Why? Because I love coffee, I collect coffee mugs, I love art, I love crafting…well, you get the point. Anyways, I think homemade gifts speak louder than the two hundred-dollar jeans you bought someone. If you are a last-minute person like me, don’t want to mess with the shopping crowds, and still want a unique gift then this is something you should definitely consider.

Not Just a Sharpie Mugs

photo(105)My mug reads, “I can fall in love with the sound of words.”

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You will see these all over pinterest, except some people will lead you to believe that this can be done with just a regular sharpie. Well, yes, some people do it that way, but you will soon see your design fading away. I encourage you to instead purchase the super permanent, and perfect for this project “Sharpie Paint Pen.” Make sure to get the oil based pen, NOT the water based. They have a variety of colors to choose from, and since I’m dark and twisty I stuck to black. Moving on!

photo(108)I put a ring on the handle! Have fun with it!

I had hell trying to find cute ceramic mugs. Of course, they were right under my nose the whole time at walmart. This place has a whole section of just plain white ceramic dishes that excited the artist in me! I shall definitely be trying other things soon. Find the cups you will need, I chose a large more rounded mug. It’s all about your preference.

photo(106)I love surprises! Had to write this on the inside.

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Once you get the mug home, make sure to clean it to get any hand oils and dust particles off the mug. After that you can start your work of art! You will need to shake the paint pen for a little pit, then press the tip down to get the ink flowing to it. DO NOT press it down on the mug. Once a mark is made, it cannot be removed, so carefully plot out your design. Also, the paint pen is moody. It’ll seem like its running out, and sometimes if you try to go over a part of the mug again it’ll look awful. Keep trying until the ink is in “full flow” mode again after shaking it and pressing the tip down again. If you can’t think of a design, get on Pinterest. For the person you’re gifting use their name, obsessions, loves, or whatever. It’ll make a fabulous personalized gift.

photo(107)Whiskers on the other side of course!

Once you are done designing, put the mug inside your NOT TURNED ON YET oven. You want to mug to preheat INSIDE the oven to prevent cracking. Turn it on, set the dial to 425 degrees, and then let the mug bake. Turn your timer to 35 minutes, and keep checking on your mug to make sure it doesn’t turn brown. It didn’t happen to me, but ya never know! The house will smell weird, but once checking on your mug after 35 minutes, if it looks good I gave mine another five minutes just in case. Once your extra optional time is up, turn off the oven and let the mug sit in there for another hour, almost two. It needs to cool down with the oven to prevent cracking.

After you pull your mug out of the oven, it should look the same! If there were some spots where your pen wasn’t as dark, it will seem even lighter on the mug now. Its okay, you know what to do next time. The pen will still have texture on the mug, I tried picking at mine to see (carefully) but nothing came off. Just remember, and tell the person this, NO DISHWASHER! Other than that your mug should be fabulous. Another idea? Get something small like jewelry, a gift card or whatever to wrap and put on the inside. Double surprise! 😉 Enjoy loves! Merry Texas Christmas!

-haley.

Fat Ankle Fashion: Boot Season!

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Happy Fashion Friday for the first time in forever! A HUGE THANK YOU to Briley Dockery and her photography for making this happen! Its winter, which means boots are all the rage right now. Feel free to take complete and full advantage of abusing Fat Ankle Fashion! This is such a great season for those of us with this problem. Some of you make it to this site because you googled how to cover up your fat ankles, which landed you here. I’m so glad you came. For the rest of us that are here, it’s because of Pulmonary Hypertension, and its side effects along with our lovely medication. Why do we have fat ankles? Well, for some of us we are in right-sided heart failure. Our heart has become too tired and weak to pump out all the fluids in our bodies, so it sits in our ankles because we stand on them. For others, it’s because our vasodilators (or any medication) is dilating our arteries so much that those fluids just naturally sink into our feet as well. Bottom line, fluid build up (edema) is NEVER a good thing, you should always keep your doctor informed, and it’s not pretty so you can always try to cover it up! First on the list are tips to make it go away. How? Compression (orthopedic) socks that require the love of Jesus to get them on and off. I used to wear these (yes, at nineteen) to work when I was wearing flared jeans and shoes that covered. No one can see that you have them on, and they help so much by squeezing your lovely legs together to keep from swelling. Also, keep your feet up, (my ex boyfriend bought me extra pillows and would pile them into my “foot tower”) , and actually drink a lot of water. Last, get some diuretics from your doctor (and don’t forget your potassium!) Okay, now that we’ve covered that, lets talk about different boots this season.

We have so many to choose from if you walk into ANY store. Here are the few that are in my closet, and I need A LOT more! I have orange combat boots (resembling the Doc Marten look), my plain black boots that hit almost to my knee (Charlotte Russe), my ankle black boots (not pictured), my black ankle bootie wedges (Forever 21), and my leopard wedges (Forever 21)!

1. Always Wearing Them – Black Boots

They’re flat, they’re comfortable, and they cover. You can find them in any style, any color, and just about any store. Have fun with it. I have big calves, so I always look for some with a little give!

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2. My Second Favorite – The Wedges

These are perfect for when my feet decide to act up on formal occasions. These are so incredibly comfortable because the cushion, and also, wedges are easier to walk in. Moving on, they zip to cover where my feet are usually swelling and are versatile. You should always have a shoe like this for formal occasions when strappy cute sandals, or platforms will expose the ankles.

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3. Ankle Black Boots

These have made a crazy comeback. I absolutely love the look, and this is perfect for fat ankle fashion. Whats fantastic about this style? It’s not just for fall/winter but you can throw shorts on, and wear these ankle boots. For more style tips on doing that, look at Claire Marshall’s videos on YouTube. She is fantastic with all of that.

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4. The Risk-Takers

Fat ankle fashion can actually be fashionable. There are so many different bootie wedges, and these are not only one of my favorites, but every time I wear them I get compliments. Little does the crowd know what I’m attempting to cover up! But hey, looking fantastic is kind of the goal.

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This is the easiest, and best season for Fat Ankle Fashion! Go forth and have fun covering those things up! Have a lovely friday y’all. 🙂

-haley.

Your Shirts are (finally) Ready! Please Actually Read This.

Finally finally finally finally finally finally.

The shirts are ready. I picked them up the day before Thanksgiving. Why am I just now telling you and posting about it? Because, well, Thanksgiving. Then I worked overnight on black friday, then I had a Psychology test due on Saturday as well as my Novel. I somewhat got sleep, I barely passed my test, and I finished, and won NaNoWriMo. “I’m doing a lot right now” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Also, I have to go deliver posters to schools.

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Anyways, before you send me an email, always always always check the blog posts for updates and whatnot. I will tell the world as soon as I know something. So always come here first and actually move your eyeballs across the words! Your lovely T-shirts are ready. What took forever was completely out of my hands, as I turned them in November 15th, expecting to have them by the 20th. Well, the yellow background in the design had to be taken out of it, and they had to send the photo off to a digital artist to do that, taking another week. Then adding on to the week to print them, it literally took forever. I apologize. You showed your support by ordering, and now you will finally have them. Keep in mind, I am one person, and I really am trying to keep everyone happy. Moving on!! I am going today to buy all of y’alls lovely packaging, then tonight (on top of Christmas decorating) I will be mass packaging them, and sending them out. If I have verified your payment with you, THEN you will get a notification when I ship your shirts! Sound fantastic?! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Stay tuned for ACTUAL posts coming this week instead of continuous updates. Love y’all, but I’m exhausted.

-haley.

Be Thankful…and Win This Contest.

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I hope y’all have enjoyed the lovely holiday! Its days like this that give us the opportunity to step back, and actually LOOK for reasons to be thankful…unless you are camped out by Best Buy. I’m sorry, I just think it’s unnerving how we go straight from Halloween to Christmas music, to black friday. WHERE is the slow time to just sit with our families and relax? Anyways, I hope y’all are enjoying yourselves. Here is a little alternative to joining the massive crowds! Today only, send me what/who/whatever you are thankful for, and enter yourself at the chance to WIN THREE JUST BREATHE T-SHIRTS! Stay at home, relax, submit your story and hopefully you will win. Y’all are awesome, I love y’all, and I will see you next week with A LOT of changes coming your way!!

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-haley.

Keep Out the Cold.

I once heard that cold air was harsh on the lungs, but never really thought about it until the past couple of weeks. My class starts at 7:30 in the morning, which requires me to walk a long distance across campus, in the dark, and in forty-five degree weather. By the time I arrived at my building, I was gasping, and realized that it didn’t matter how many times I took a deep breath, the cold air wasn’t helping. So, after some research I found that it is true! Cold air is super harsh on our lungs (our noses turn red from trying to warm it up before it hits our lungs), but with PH I don’t breathe through my nose when walking since its kind of a workout. I breathe through my mouth. Cold weather for people with any lung condition is extra harsh. We need that warm air because with cold air, it causes bronchial-constriction which leaves our chest feeling extra tight, we breathe harder, and sometimes even cough. Well, doesn’t that just suck.

However!! Take these ridiculously simple steps in order to help your breathing when you venture out into the cold.

A SCARF

scarf You don’t have to look like a Eskimo, but a chic scarf (an infinity one, or regular) draped around your neck looks completely stylish and normal. How does this help my breathing? When walking outside, take the front part of the scarf by your face, and pull it up over your mouth and nose like a mask. You might look like a serial killer, but a cute and stylish one at that. It’ll keep the air you’re breathing in warm and moist, and make a quick walk outside a whole lot easier. You shouldn’t be gasping after this trick!

COFFEE

coffeeI’m a coffee addict, and this is totally a little white girl suggestion, but when you’re walking in the cold not only does it taste yummy, but coffee (or hot tea) will of course warm you right up. It sounds ridiculous, but I had time to bring coffee with me to class, and it worked. However, take care of your coffee breath. hahaha.

I know this consisted of two suggestions, but hey, try them and surely it’ll help your lungs in dealing with the cold. Other than these walks, you shouldnt be out in the cold anyways!! Anyways, stay warm, and keep breathing. There is still time to get your contest question in at your chance to win a shirt! Check out the contest tab for more info! 🙂

-haley.