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One of the best things about beauty and personal care is that it unites people. Entire websites have been built on discussions of product recommendations, beauty regimens, and new launches. Beauty videos account for an increasing number of YouTube viewers; new product categories coincide with huge growth at retailers like Target, Sephora, Ulta Beauty, and Credo Beauty; and a constant influx of new, local indie brands keep everyone guessing about what’s next.

We’re all always looking to tweak, improve, add, subtract, and upgrade—so we asked 11 real women the best advice they’d ever heard or experienced. Here’s a compilation of the tips, tricks, and shifts that actually changed their lives:

1. Upgrade your diet.

“I have never been vegetarian or dairy-free. Well into my 30s I developed cystic acne. I was told it was most likely hormonal, went on a prescription with no results, and tried countless topical routines. After cutting out most meat and dairy (I still consume nonhomogenized) and occasional hard cheeses), all of my acne has completely cleared. I’m a food lover and cook every day, but after these results, it has been easy to stay away from food I thought I’d never imagine giving up.” —Kimi

2. Don’t overlook the details.

“The best beauty advice I’ve ever received was to start getting my lashes and brows tinted!” —Rachel

3. Consider hair color, eye color, and skin undertones.

“The best advice I’ve ever received was from a friend’s mom in high school who told me that I should be wearing makeup that complimented my coloring and undertones (fair skin, super-red hair), not just what everyone else was using. At the time I was a little offended…but I was using a ton of black eyeliner and had no idea what I was doing, and now when I see photos, I cringe. I always think of what she said when I buy products, and it’s how I came to my simple everyday makeup look of brown mascara, a little white eye shadow, and cool pink blush.” —Melissa

4. Consistency matters more than products.

“I was told by a skin care expert that it matters far more to have a routine that you do consistently rather than what the products specifically are. Many products offer similar benefits, and sometimes we drive ourselves crazy asking if we should get this moisturizer or that, so I find comfort in knowing that if I wash my face, apply some type of serum, and moisturize it, I’m doing OK.” —Liz

5. Bare your fresh face.

“My mom has always said that your skin will always look better without foundation.” —Emma

6. Listen to your body.

“The best beauty advice I’ve received was ‘Listen to your body.’ Whenever I am experiencing an outbreak externally, I check in with the internal: What have I been eating or drinking too much of (and too little of), and I try to regain some balance before I go off to buy the latest product or before I call my dermatologist.” —Jeré

7. Give makeup a rest.

“The best skin care advice I ever got was from my Korean girlfriend’s mom. She told me that it’s important to ‘let the skin rest’ and not overwork it: Give it time to breathe without makeup, never do more than one mask a week, and be kind to it—no pulling, no tugging, no rubbing.” —Amy

8. Stress less.

“My grandma, who just turned 80 and is in phenomenal shape, swears by long walks, hats for sun protection, and minimal stress.” —Krysten

9. Approach breakouts like inflammation.

“When getting a facial at CAP Beauty, I recently learned to completely shift the way I approach breakouts and think of a breakout as inflammation that’s just crying out to be soothed. It’s a game-changer. So instead of overcleansing and overdrying my skin when it breaks out, I actually add more moisture and more oil so that my skin is hydrated and it can heal itself!” —Laura

10. Protect your skin.

“My mom taught me one of the simplest, but most important, beauty rules: Wear sunscreen and reapply often! This has kept me from many painful burns and has kept my super-fair skin looking good!” —Melissa

11. Smile.

“‘You don’t need all that stuff on your face!’ My mom is a minimalist when it comes to makeup, and I’m a big believer in her routine: wash your face with cold water and a very little bit of plain soap. Go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, drink more water. Smile.” —Rosemary

Source: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/best-beauty-advice-from-real-women?utm_term=pos-2&utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=180318

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As someone whose weekend routine now consists of a solid two to three hours spent in my kitchen prepping my meals for the week, it is hard to remember how I got through each day just five years ago when I was relying on the thousands of NYC restaurants to keep me fed. When I first moved to NYC, I had very limited experience in the kitchen. I had just begun working full-time, and I felt so blessed to be living in such an exciting and lively city that had seemingly endless options for one of my favorite things: food. After a year of knocking off as many restaurants from my “must-go” list as possible, I noticed a few things: The majority, if not all, of my paycheck was being spent on food, my lifelong trustworthy digestive system decided to end our wonderful relationship and leave me confused and bloated, and even when I purchased “healthy” meals, I still felt sluggish and tired.

All of these issues slowly moved to the back burner once I decided to finally put my big-girl pants on and learn how to cook. Not only did I realize how much I enjoyed the act of cooking and experimenting in my kitchen, but I physically felt like a completely different person. Cooking your own meals and controlling the ingredients that go into each one makes a world of difference. As a self-proclaimed meal-prepping connoisseur, I am constantly trying to encourage others to give this life-changing practice a chance and help them along this journey. By providing numerous easily preppable recipes on my website and hosting meal-prep cooking classes, I make it my goal to help as many people give this lifestyle a try as possible. However, there will always be reasons or excuses for why people would choose not to spend a few hours on Sunday setting themselves up for a healthier week ahead. To help give you that extra push you need to get in the kitchen, I’m sharing the biggest hurdles people face when meal-prepping—and exactly how to overcome them.

1. The Problem: Eating the same thing multiple days in a row is boring and repetitive.

The solution? Pick 2 breakfasts and 4 lunch/dinner options to batch cook for the week to mix up your meals.

Trust me; I get it; meal fatigue is real. Nobody wants to eat the same meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner five days in a row; no need to convince me of that! I believe that you should truly look forward to absolutely every single meal you are about to enjoy. It is a privilege to have a plate of food in front of you when you are hungry, so why should you waste time eating something you don’t enjoy? However, no one has time to individually prep 15 different meals on a Sunday for the week ahead. In order to break free of repetition, my advice is to batch cook at least two breakfast options and at least four lunch/dinner options for the next five days. For breakfast, try cooking one sweet and one savory option, such as these vegetable omelet muffins and overnight oats, in order to mix things up throughout the week. By having four different meals to choose from for lunch or dinner, you are able to plan it out so that you aren’t eating the same meal on back-to-back days or the same exact lunch every single day.

2. The problem: Grocery stores can be too overwhelming.

The solution? Find a more unique time to go shopping and always be prepared with a list.

Something I never fully understood until I moved to NYC and experienced the longest line for the most popular club in the entire city: Trader Joe’s on a Sunday afternoon. When I first witnessed the line wrapping around the outside of the Union Square TJ’s, my jaw quite literally dropped to the floor; I thought they were giving away everything for free (unfortunately, I was wrong). The first step to handling this craziness is to plan your grocery store runs at opportune times. Yes, I know it is convenient to leisurely stroll in after enjoying a nice brunch on a Sunday, but the rest of the world feels the same way. Instead, assess your schedule for the week or weekend ahead and figure out a time where you happen to be free that the majority of other people may not be. Whether it be a Friday night you decide not to go out (hello, open aisles) or an early Saturday morning (I have no shame in waiting outside the grocery store before it opens and being the first one through the doors that day), find a time that will make this trip less crowded and stressful. The second step to conquering the grocery store is to go in with an organized plan. Without a list of groceries for the week, you may find yourself aimlessly wandering the aisles and grabbing every random item in sight. I’ve been there; it doubles not only the amount of time spent in the store but also your grocery bill.

3. The problem: It’s difficult and expensive to cook for one person.

The solution? Find a friend to cook with/for or double the recipe and freeze the leftovers.

It seems counterintuitive, but cooking for one can be deceptively expensive. Unfortunately, not many ingredients come in single-serving sizes. Because of that, who said you have to cook individual servings? If you are prepping dinner for yourself, choose a recipe that freezes well, double or triple it, and store it in the freezer to enjoy at some point over the next few weeks. Another, less common but as effective, way to help the cooking-for-one conundrum is finding a co-worker or two who have similar tastes and health goals as you and begin a meal-prep group. To make this work, you would each choose one night of the week to prep lunch for the next day, make multiple servings of the dish (depending on how many people are in the group), and then bring in lunch for the group on your designated day. Not only are you no longer cooking for one, but you are now also having others prep some of your meals for you. Killing two birds with one stone!

4. The problem: Weekends are meant to be spent traveling and having fun—not in the kitchen.

The solution? Take advantage of weekends when you have extra time and stockpile your freezer.

In a world so work-focused, the weekends are our sacred space. After just a few months at my full-time job, I quickly understood what the saying “working for the weekend” truly meant. That being said, people like to enjoy their weekends by filling them with hobbies that they may not get to enjoy during the workweek. Specifically, traveling. When I go away for the weekend, meal-prepping is the last thing I want to do upon entering my apartment late on a Sunday night. This is why my freezer is my traveling buddy’s best friend. As mentioned in the earlier point, during the weekends that I am local and have time to prep meals, I am constantly tripling recipes and stockpiling them in my freezer. Currently my drawers are filled with mason jars containing individual frozen servings of some of my favorite recipes, like this vegan sweet potato chili and cauliflower yam & thyme soup. This way, when I get home from a trip on a Sunday night, I can throw them in the fridge to defrost and easily enjoy throughout the week.

5. The problem: There is always either too much food prepped—or not enough.

The solution? Look at your upcoming week and plan out exactly how many meals you need.

Wasting food is a big no-no in my apartment; I will make a hodgepodge bowl of a meal out of scraps just to avoid throwing out food from my fridge. In order to make sure you are not cooking too much food, or finding yourself with a bare kitchen and a hungry stomach, sit down before you meal-prep and take a look at your calendar for the upcoming week. Map out how many breakfasts, lunches, and dinners you will need. Personally, I always cook one less lunch or dinner option than my schedule sees fit, knowing that more often than not I will make a last-minute plan for one of those meals and, if I am not correct in guessing so, can whip something up quickly with staples found in my pantry. After planning out exactly how many meals you need for the week, write down all of the necessary ingredients for each dish and then combine them into one master grocery list to bring with you to the store.

Source: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/meal-prep-problems-solutions?utm_term=pos-1&utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=180318

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Chloe Coscarelli is the chef behind some of the most decadent, delicious vegan food around. After becoming the first vegan chef to win the Food Network’s cupcake wars, she released three vegan cookbooks and cooked all over the country (including the prestigious James Beard House). Her new cookbook, Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan, focuses on easy-to-make dishes with bold flavors and textures, perfect for vegans and non-vegans alike. These cinnamon roll pancakes are just one of the many drool-worthy inclusions.  

Vegan Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Serves 2

My mom makes the best cinnamon rolls in the world. I make amazing pancakes. We have joined forces, and together we present: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes! Take one bite of this vegan brunch hybrid, and you’ll never need to wait in line for a Cronut again.

Ingredients, Pancakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons vegan margarine or refined coconut oil, at room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Avocado oil, for greasing

Ingredients, Glaze

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup water


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the almond milk and maple syrup. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk to combine. Do not overmix.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the margarine, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Transfer to a pastry bag or plastic zip-top bag and snip off one corner.
  3. Lightly grease a large nonstick skillet or griddle and heat over medium heat. When the pan shimmers, measure out ¼ cup of the batter (or eyeball it) and pour it onto the skillet. Pipe a circular swirl of the cinnamon mixture into the batter. Repeat to fill the skillet. When small bubbles appear in the center of the pancakes, after about 4 minutes, flip. Cook on the other side for about 1 minute more, until lightly browned and cooked through. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the skillet between batches as needed.
  4. Meanwhile, make the glaze: In a small bowl, combine the powdered sugar and water and whisk until smooth.
  5. Drizzle the pancakes with the glaze and serve.

Source: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/vegan-cinnamon-roll-pancake-recipe

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It’s high time we learn that beauty is not only skin deep: The skin is a mirror that reflects everything going on behind the scenes, inside our bodies. Aging is characterized by chronic, low-grade inflammation. In fact, the connection between inflammation and aging is so strong that the duo has even earned itself a celebrity couple nickname à la Kimye: “inflammaging.” Some foods accelerate this process by adding fuel to the inflammation fire. In the body, chronic inflammation translates to aches and pains as well as an increased risk for age-related diseases such as atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and type 2 diabetes. In the skin, inflammation induces oxidative stress, reducing cells’ ability to defend themselves from free radical damage and promoting collagen breakdown. Wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and skin sagging result.

While you can’t stop the aging process (and you shouldn’t want to!), you can increase the longevity of your skin and body by eliminating these six foods:

1. Sugar

Although insulin is natural and very necessary, high levels—which we experience after eating a sugary food or carbohydrate-rich meal—are extremely inflammatory. Elevated blood sugar levels also accelerate a natural process called glycation, in which glucose attaches to proteins in the body and makes them rigid. This includes collagen and elastin, proteins that keep the skin smooth, elastic, and tight. These rigid proteins are called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs for short. This acronym couldn’t be more appropriate: Not only do AGEs trigger an inflammatory reaction, but they also cause collagen and elastin to become brittle and break, promoting skin aging. Even more concerning: AGEs are behind a number of age-related degenerative diseases, such as atherosclerosis, macular degeneration, and Alzheimer’s.

The blood sugar highs and lows we experience from a sugary treat or carb-heavy meal also zap us of our energy. And certainly nothing makes us feel a decade older than lacking the energy to get through the day let alone a 2 p.m. meeting!

2. Vegetable oils (including canola, soy, corn, and sunflower seed)

Not only are these oils some of the most unnatural, processed foods on the market, but they’re also loaded with polyunsaturated omega-6 essential fatty acids, which kick-start the inflammatory process. And while omega-3 essential fatty acids signal the chemical messengers that turn off the inflammatory process, the average person consumes 10 to 15 times more omega-6s than omega-3s. Since we ought to be consuming the two in about equal quantities, our bodies are perfectly able to inflame without being able to properly anti-inflame. It’s the perfect recipe for chronic inflammation and inflammaging of both the skin and body.

The solution lies in increasing our omega-3 essential fatty acid intake and reducing omega-6 essential fatty acids in the diet. And keep a close eye on ingredient labels—vegetable oils are a main feature in processed foods, from mayonnaise to crackers.

3. Wheat and the gluten-containing grains barley, rye, and triticale

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Gluten is a composite of the proteins glutenin and gliadin, the latter of which has been shown to cause intestinal permeability or “leaky gut.” By allowing toxins and undigested food particles to pass through the intestinal lining, leaky gut prompts an immune response and is a significant cause of chronic inflammation. Amylase trypsin inhibitors (ATIs) found in wheat have also been shown to provoke an inflammatory immune response in the GI tract.

4. Refined grains

These high-glycemic, simple carbohydrates might as well be table sugar to your body since they’re so quickly converted to glucose once digested. In fact, a single serving of “healthy whole grain” breakfast cereal can have a glycemic index higher than pure table sugar! As a result, these refined grains similarly cause a dramatic, pro-inflammatory insulin spike.

5. Burned and charred foods

AGEs aren’t just a result of elevated blood sugar levels—they’re also found in burned and charred foods. These dietary AGEs are likewise pro-inflammatory. On the day-to-day, the best cooking options to minimize dietary AGEs are boiling, steaming, slow-cooking, low- to medium-heat baking, and medium-heat pan-frying.

6. Conventional dairy

It’s estimated that 75 percent of the adult population can’t properly digest dairy. Since improper digestion and food intolerances are a major source of chronic inflammation, for a large majority of the population, dairy wreaks havoc on the body from the digestive system to the skin and is best removed. If you’re going for dairy, make sure it’s hormone-free, or opt for one of the many plant-based milks currently available on the market.

Source: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/foods-that-cause-aging?utm_term=pos-1&utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=180316

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This Sunday’s daylight saving time brought with it an extra hour of light and the promise of spring for those of us in the northern hemisphere. But the spring forward also means one less hour of sleep and a seasonal transition that may take some getting used to. This is the perfect time of year to revisit your sleep routine and implement new habits. Here is your ultimate guide to maximizing rest for your most energetic spring yet.

Why does daylight saving affect our bodies?

While skipping over one hour of sleep may seem like no big deal, research finds it could be pretty damaging—especially if you’re someone who doesn’t get enough shut-eye to begin with. Small disruptions in sleep can add up to mess with our moodattention span, and mental sharpness. And this fogginess can stick around for a while. In fact, one study out of the University of Colorado found that there are more fatal motor vehicle accidents during the first six days after the clocks spring ahead.

In addition to making us lose sleep, spring forward means the sun will rise later in the morning. Sunshine helps fire up our internal clocks and regulate our circadian rhythms, so waking up in darkness can throw us off.

The good news is, science shows we can reset our body’s internal clock in as little as a couple of days. The secret to getting back on track? Practicing good sleep hygiene for the days following spring forward and investing in a mattress that supports a good night’s rest, like Avocado Green Mattress. Their nontoxic mattress offers pressure-point support for all types of sleepers thanks to its 100 percent natural, VOC-free latex foam. At the same time, its sustainably sourced wool layer helps to regulate your sleep temperature through the night (which is actually a huge determinant of overall sleep quality). Plus, since the entire mattress is made from sustainable, natural ingredients like organic cotton and wool, you can rest easy knowing that you’re not inhaling harsh chemicals that can off-gas from synthetic mattresses. Research shows that such contamination can cause headaches and fatigue and increase the risk of respiratory diseases like asthma.

Pair your nontoxic mattress with these holistic sleep hacks and get ready for the most restorative rest ever.

Holistic hacks that will get your sleep schedule back on track.

Photo: Michela Ravasio

In the morning:

While sleeping in a little later this week may sound appealing, resist the temptation. Wake up at your normal time to help the body’s internal clock regulate. Upon waking, drink water with lemon or apple cider vinegar to quickly hydrate and kick-start your digestion. Then, if you can, wait until the sun rises and take a walk outside. Getting moving first thing in the morning is a super-healthy practice, and doing so outside is one of the quickest ways to help your body thrive considering time in the sun can do everything from increase our vitamin D production to improve immune function and boost mood.

In the afternoon:

Come mid- to late-afternoon this week, you’ll want to avoid pumping your system with anything that will keep you up at night, since your body will naturally want to fall asleep later anyway. Time to make energizing (but caffeine-free) tonics your new best friend. Gather the supplies for a turmeric powder and ginger tonic or adaptogenic potion at your desk, and make a ritual of practicing this small act of self-care that will set you up for a more restorative sleep.

In the evening:

The right bedtime routine can really set you up for success—and it doesn’t have to take hours. Here’s a quick but relaxing one that you can play with and make your own:

  • 30 minutes to 1 hour before bed, turn off your phone and all electronics in the bedroom.
  • Sip a cup of calming herbal tea (bonus if you want to use it to do a facial steam, too), and sit in bed with a book, journal, or something else low-tech.
  • Right before bed, sit up and begin to steady your breath. Work your way up to inhaling for a count of two, holding the breath for a count of one, exhaling gently for a count of four, and holding the breath for a count of one. Repeat for a few moments.
  • Internally express gratitude for three things that happened that day. If you have a particularly stressful day coming up, visualize yourself flowing through it with ease before lights out.

All of these exercises are meant to promote relaxation and regulate your sleep this week and all year-round. Pair them with an Avocado Green Mattresspillow, and mattress topper, and rest easy knowing that you’re in for a restorative slumber.

Source: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/a-holistic-sleep-reset-for-more-energy-this-spring?utm_term=pos-4&utm_source=mbg&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=180314

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I’m quick to regret the label of chronic pain. I believe in the power of words and thoughts, so the idea of labeling a consistent pain as “chronic” feels like a resignation of control and possibility. For about two and a half years now, I’ve experienced persistent little nudges and discomfort in various parts of my bodies—mostly symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, joint pain, and the general discomfort that comes along with a desk job. Yes, I visited doctors and specialists to no avail and eventually turned to alternative healing modalities—like acupuncture, exercise, hot and cold therapy, physical therapy—searching for answers in the form of relief, management, and prevention. And while these methods worked, only temporarily so. Plus, I never feel that these practices address the root of the pain circulating throughout my body, which is sharp and rarely dormant these days.

Recently, my symptoms have fluctuated in and out of remission, except for, I noticed, during the periods of heightened stress and anxiousness, which seemed to exacerbate the symptoms. On my quest to further investigate the mind-body connection in relation to pain and body trauma, I stumbled across Pyeng Threadgill’s workwith mindful movement.

“It’s about guiding people on how to be more integrated into all areas of your life. It’s a practice, not an overnight thing.”

Threadgill came across the Alexander Technique years ago as a vocalist and performer looking for tools to help strengthen her voice and body instruments. “I learned a lot about how we’re using our whole system. There’s an opportunity for openness. Time feels less rushed,” she told mbg during a session at her studio in Brooklyn. Today, she’s a certified instructor who’s reframed the technique as mindfulness and movement re-education to help everyday people focus on their movement habits and the stresses that can trigger chronic injuries and pain. “It’s about guiding people on how to be more integrated into all areas of your life. It’s a practice, not an overnight thing.”

During our session, Threadgill led me through a series of exercises steeped in awareness and conversation. Different from other bodywork treatments like massage, both Pyeng and I guided the treatment, with Pyeng adjusting the moves depending on how I responded to a particular feeling, a gentle pull on my arm there, a guided neck stretch here. After all, one of the primary principles of the technique is cultivating awareness. She explained that the moves were to help retrain the nervous system. “A lot of what we’re connecting to is connective tissue—loosening the grip of connective tissue to allow the muscles underneath to move more freely.”

I walked away from my session with Pyeng lighter and with remarkably less tension and tightness. If we all learned to think about our full alignment and our daily habits, could we shift the conversation on chronic pain from coping to healing? Pyeng’s take: “It’s about the liberation from identifying with your energies. If we can recognize our body and habits, we can change the course of our movement and, ultimately, our outlook on pain.”


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Your bedroom is the first thing you see in the morning and the thing you fall asleep to at night. Needless to say, it pays to take the time to make it soothing, joyful, and expressive of your personality. But where to start? We spoke with six interior designers for their take on how to make $100 in bedroom décor go the distance. Here are some of their top tips, favorite products, and budget-friendly DIY hacks.

Start with a blank canvas and go from there.

Start with a white bed and then find a throw that screams your personality. That will set the tone for the rest of the room. Good table lights for reading are also a necessity for every bedroom. We like to scour the flea markets for these statement pieces because it’s always more affordable and more eclectic. The Rose Bowl in LA is the best if you live nearby or can manage to ship your find back to your hometown!

—Amy Morris & Anna Polonsky, co-founders of The MP Shift

Add some new colors and patterns.

Photo: Chasing Paper

For an easy and affordable way to revive your bedroom’s design game, refresh the walls! Wallpaper has really made a comeback in the last couple of years—even renters can indulge with removable options like Chasing Paper. Paint can also really bring new life to a room. If you’re feeling on the lazier side and aren’t up for self-install wallpaper or painting, then swapping out your old throw pillows for new ones is also a great way to maximize impact as well.

Whitney Giancoliinterior designer

Get a little crafty.

One hundred dollars can go a long way! Start with the bed area and buy a sample can of wall paint in a beautiful soft color and paint a rectangular headboard using a wide brush to create visible brush strokes toward the edges. Need new bedside tables? Vintage, non-upholstered wooden chairs from the flea market make for a great, budget-friendly option and the backrests are great for fastening clamp lights. Paint them the same color if you can’t find a matching pair. Put a tray or cork trivet on each chair to arrange your necessities and decorations.

Then invest in some air-cleaning plants such as philodendron, aloe vera, ficus, and peace lily for a natural feeling, warmth, and color. Finish it off by putting your most beautiful clothes and handbags on display using simple wire hangers.

Emeli Ericsson, interior designer behind The Conscious Interior Stylist

Candles, pillows, and plants.

I think tried-and-true things like candles, pillows, and plants (and if you are not a plant person, flowers) add beautiful new life to a room. I love having small bouquets going in my bedrooms, especially in spring. I think it’s symbolic of the new life and season to come. Switching out throw pillows is also another great, inexpensive way to completely change the vibe of the room. And candles just create a serene and relaxing environment—which is so important in the bedroom! These days you can even change art fairly easily with great printables from Etsy.

Tanya Meda, interior designer behind House of Six Interiors

Break things down into categories.

When I approach any design project, I set the intention of creating a space that’s stylish, functional, and increases positive vibrations— “woo-woo,” I know but also important! To get the most out of a $100 budget, I’d recommend focusing on five key elements:


If you want a soft, closer-to-cotton touch minus the high-thread-count price tag, go for eco-friendly bamboo bedding (you can usually find some for around $30). I’ve found that it’s incredibly soft, stain- and wrinkle-resistant, and lasts longer than cotton.


When it comes to lighting, a sophisticated touch is just a Target run away. Brass lamp bases from their Project 62 and Threshold brands start at $19.99 and have Hollywood glam written all over them. And don’t underestimate the power of a dimmer! It can help you control your environment according to mood and activity, and some options, like Lutron’s incandescent dimmer start at around $15.

Air & Sleep Quality

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Plants are great at eliminating indoor air pollution and odors. Spider plants are great for air quality and aloe Vera emits oxygen at night making for a more restful slumber. A drop of lavender and eucalyptus in a diffuser on your nightstand will send you off to a dreamy and delicious sleep with the bonus of moistening the air for easier breathing. This one from Puritan’s Pride is super affordable.


My favorite Etsy shops—ThePairaBirds by illustrator Tabitha Brown, Coco & James, and Printable Gift Ideas—have stunning prints starting at a low price. Minted and Society6 are also great sources for affordable art. Last but not least, don’t forget to check your local art shows and flea markets.


I’m not a fan of tech in the bedroom, but it’s pretty much our new reality. This $12.87 wall charger with dual USB ports and AC outlets will at least make your charging life a little simpler.

Magalie René, interior designer

Splurge on a tray or large basket.

One way I would spend money in the bedroom is on a beautiful accessory tray for my bedside table. Think marble, metallic, or lacquer for a pop of color. A messy bedside table can make a space feel a bit untidy. But by having a lovely tray, items like loose change, jewelry, etc., can be confined to one place.

Another great buy is a large basket. A beautiful basket can add texture, act as storage, and bring interest to an uninteresting corner.

Delia Kenza, Homepolish interior designer

Source: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/articles/best-ways-to-spend-100-in-your-bedroom

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