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7 Fun Ideas for Coordinating Styles with Your Partner

7 Fun Ideas for Coordinating Styles with Your Partner

You’re in love. Sometimes you just can’t believe how lucky you are to have him or her in your life, and you feel like you just want to celebrate it. Go ahead and show the world that you’re proud to be a couple by trying all of these fashionably fun matching outfit ideas. We’ve included seven of them to get you a week’s worth of envious looks from public bystanders.

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    1. Do the relaxed vacation look with fun shoes like celebrities Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl

    Each of you should grab plain cotton button-down, long-sleeve shirts in your respective perfect blue hues. Those with very dark hair or very tanned and dark skin tones should go with lighter, brighter shades of blue. Those with blonde hair or fair skin look best in medium to navy shades of blue. Whoever loves their jeans the most should wear them, and your partner can wear nearly any color and style of pants they like since this color scheme is very versatile. Finish the look with matching sneakers in the same bright color.

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      2. Take the best Christmas-morning photos with complimentary pajamas

      Just admit it: When you look at the sweet photos of actress Kristin Bell and her hubby Dax Shepard by the Christmas tree in their matching pajamas, you smile. How can you not? Recreate this joyful holiday romance in your own home by getting your own coordinating plaid or striped PJs. Rather than matching exactly, one of you can wear it in a green color while the other wears the same style in red. Now you’ve got the perfect outfits for your next pajama party too.

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        3. Be the classic “fashion-fabulous” power couple in spring or summer with coordinating white bottoms

        First, ladies can wear any white skirt of your choice; we prefer the perfect pencil skirt that flatters your body type and flares in the right places when needed. Then top it with a white button-down shirt or any neutral-colored casual shirt and finish with white heels.

        For him, first, it’s important for men to protect any long-sleeved polo or dress shirt from sweat or deodorant stains by wearing the best undershirts for men that fit and feel like a breathable second skin. For example, you can find undershirt options that help wick moisture away to keep men feeling dry and cool while also staying in place all day. Then, he’ll add his best business-casual shirt and top it with a navy-blue or neutral-toned sports jacket or vest. Finish with white pants, and you’re ready to hit the town together like James Bond and his favorite supermodel.

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          4. Rock the new “Grease Lightning” look together like Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik

          Ladies, plaid “jeggings” or skinny jeans are especially hot in patterns of red, white and black. Then pair them with your best-loved red shirt; the ’50s-style cut is optional. For him, it’s easy to match you as long as he sticks to white and black colors only in his complementary outfit. Of course, we love the final polish of a black leather jacket to bring out his bad-boy side.

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            5. Sunbathe in matching surfboard beach shorts

            Bring fun fashion to the beach with matching shorts that look cute on her and handsome on him. Both pairs have sexy and casual black waistbands with a comfortable drawstring fit that flatters every waistline, mimicking the common style of men’s briefs. While the fabric patterns are the same, hers are short and foxy while his are knee-length trunks for full coverage while surfing. All she needs is a matching bikini top, and he can wear his go-to tank top when you two stroll down the boardwalk.

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              6. Create custom-printed matching jerseys that make a clever sentence together

              Naturally, this idea is even more enjoyable when you both love the same sports team and get jerseys in your team colors. However, you can also just buy plain gray jersey shirts with black stripes, which look good on everyone. This alternative neutral color can also be a good compromise if you both like opposing sports teams too. Bring your shirts to a custom-printing T-shirt shop, and one of you should start the sentence of your choice on your shirt, and it will end on your partner’s shirt. A favorite for spouses is:

              Him: “I stole her heart … ”

              Her: ” … so I’m stealing his last name.”

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                7. Dress as the dynamic aviator duo

                Ever since the press caught Eleanor Calder and Louis Tomlinson from the band One Direction in these complementary casual outfits, we’ve fallen in love with this carefree-chic look that shows just how cute you and your partner can be together without overdoing it.

                Start by both of you putting on a pair of jeans, but pick different colors in medium-to-dark shades of blue, black, or even brown. Then for men, slip on a Raglan T-shirt with mid-length sleeves or any other T-shirt that shows off your pecs that’s in either white, blue, gray or beige. Ladies, slip on a button-down shirt that’s sleeveless or short-sleeved in any color that’s not neutral, a shade slightly brighter than your mate’s shirt. Finish it off with matching aviator sunglasses, and you’re ready to walk through the park with Starbuck’s drinks in hand.

                Now that you’re both cleverly coordinated with each other, you know what time it is. Pull out your smartphone and take those romantic couple selfies! You can also go old-school style and jump in a photo booth together because, after all, being in love makes everything more fun.

                Featured photo credit: Teenvogue.com via assets.teenvogue.com

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                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                Listen carefully:

                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                1. Pray Daily

                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                3. Smile Often

                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                8. Go Exercise

                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                The Bottom Line

                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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