The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date

The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date

Everyone’s heard it: “It takes a Village.” I mean, mostly that statement crops up when we talk about child rearing but I think it applies to life in general. Whether we prefer to have few, very close friends or a large broader group of friends, we’re all built to need connection. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 4: The power of the friend date”

The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself

The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself

You know what they say: if you’re going to talk to yourself, make sure you say something nice. We admit, it’s not something we’re consistently good at. We find it easier to congratulate ourselves and confirm our greatness when something goes well. But we then forget to continue this positive self-talk when things aren’t going well. When we feel down, challenged, or unworthy, we find it hard to believe what we’re saying to ourselves.

Let’s rewind for a second. When we started journaling in Week One with the Five Minute Journal, we were surprised that one of their daily sections was to explicitly record a personal affirmation. It was the toughest part of the morning routine, and we kept tweaking our affirmations to find just the right words. It just wasn’t happening.

Wow. If that isn’t an indicator that our self-talk needed some clarity, we don’t know what is! Self-talk, affirmations, the mindset work of reframing, deleting, and replacing old stories all take time – and there’s only so much headway we could make in a week. But, a little change is still change. We knew we needed more help so we turned to the number one affirmation podcast in the world, Affirmationpod with Josie Ong and the brand new Left-Brained Hippie with Shelsey Cayer. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment Week 3: Sometimes the best talk to have is with yourself”

Handled’s Roundup of the 2018 Met Gala Where Heavenly Bodies Reigned Supreme

Handled’s Roundup of the 2018 Met Gala Where Heavenly Bodies Reigned Supreme

The first Monday in May is, and will forever be, Met Gala day (aka fashion’s Oscars) to the fashionable and fashion-obsessed.  Year on year, the Gala awes and inspires as we watch fashion, music, film and business elite play the ultimate game of over-the-top dress up, always to a particular theme that sets the tone for the Costume Institute’s headline exhibition (and serves as the Institute’s major source of fundraising).

Last night was no exception. The 2018 Met Gala Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination reigned over the city of New York (not to mention our TV, mobile phone & computer screens), and if we are being honest, it may have been one of the best ever. Hosted by the ultimate fashion dream team – Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Amal Clooney and Donatella Versace – the Gala showcased the Catholic Church’s influence throughout the history of fashion.  Just the theme itself promised visions of grandeur and unapologetic in-your-face opulence, and we were not disappointed. Robes reminiscent of 18th century Rococo; Middle Ages chainmail, hairnets and halos; Renaissance velvet, pearls, gold and jewels (oh my!); and romantic ruching and pleating. You name it, we saw it and it had our eyes misting and our hearts speeding. Continue reading “Handled’s Roundup of the 2018 Met Gala Where Heavenly Bodies Reigned Supreme”

Self-Care Experiment Week 2: Let’s Get Physical

Self-Care Experiment Week 2: Let’s Get Physical

At Handled, we run around a lot during an average day. Probably more than most people – that’s just part of the job! Easily clocking an average of 10,000 steps a day sounds pretty impressive and while walking is great exercise, it doesn’t do a whole lot to take care of excess stress. Plus, since it’s the only kind of exercise we’ve been doing for the past few months, we’ve been feeling less tight and toned than we’re comfortable with – especially as Spring comes around.

Most sources suggest that about three hours of vigorous activity is sufficient on a weekly basis, and honestly that seems just about the maximum any busy person could fit into their schedule. But we’re all about getting the most out of this Self-Care Experiment so we thought: what would happen if we did an hour a day – every day – instead? That way we could try seven different types of workouts and see how well each of them served our Self-Care purposes. Sound crazy? Crazy like a fox! So that’s what we did. Continue reading “Self-Care Experiment Week 2: Let’s Get Physical”

The Self-Care Experiment – Week 1: The 5 Minute Journal

The Self-Care Experiment – Week 1: The 5 Minute Journal

When was the last time you journaled?

Do you have to search back to your teenaged days, when you filled a padlocked diary with the angsty flare-ups and minutiae of high school life? Or maybe, like us, you pick up a fresh ‘Travel Journal’ notebook each time you exercise your wanderlust so you can record every exciting moment of your adventures.

If this is journaling, it’s just not practical for everyday life – and that’s exactly why most of us don’t do it.

But, considering how many experts wax poetic about the benefits of journaling as though it’s a self-care cure-all, we started wondering: had we been doing it wrong this whole time? So, we checked out a bunch of different options to find a better way. Continue reading “The Self-Care Experiment – Week 1: The 5 Minute Journal”

Self-Care – How do you like yours?

Self-Care – How do you like yours?

Since last time we were in this space together, we’ve been feeling tired. Like really, exhausted, candle-at-both-ends, biting our tongues, sending ourselves to our rooms kind of tired. Right after a piece we wrote about self-care, you say? Hello irony, our old friend….

At Handled we’ve had lots of practice providing self-care to others, but sometimes we need a good dose of our own medicine. And so we asked you: What are your preferred self-care activities? And, more to the point:

Do you know what fills your cup and brings you a sense of emotional, mental, or spiritual well-being? Continue reading “Self-Care – How do you like yours?”

15 Minutes with Raquel

15 Minutes with Raquel

Spring is here (really, we promise it is) and with it comes renewal and a chance for all of us to let the colour into our every day again, try something new, and just blow all those winter blahs away.

Here at Handled we’re having our own version of a Spring renewal, and that ever so sassy & fresh breath of air you’re feeling is our new Handler- RAQUEL!  She’s a girl who appreciates a good Zara + Missoni pairing, and is all about food, fashion, travel & dogs.  We’re oh so lucky to have her join the fam, and know you’ll love her too. Continue reading “15 Minutes with Raquel”

Fashion Week F/W’18 Roundup- Bringing Inspiration From The Shows Into Your Wardrobe

Fashion Week F/W’18 Roundup- Bringing Inspiration From The Shows Into Your Wardrobe

Fashion week season has wrapped up, and it’s time to talk about those fabulous trends that stormed the runways. Couture fashions can seem downright intimidating and darn near impossible to style into an everyday wardrobe (when only viewed as high fashion). The key is to look beyond that, break down the outfit and see what individually stands out.

Handled to the rescue.  We’ve selected our most coveted trends and statement pieces to show you how to take the inspo from the runway and make it rock in your everyday closet. Continue reading “Fashion Week F/W’18 Roundup- Bringing Inspiration From The Shows Into Your Wardrobe”